Sajid Javid has just signalled a Budget concession on business rates

whatsapp It comes after the government has faced growing pressure on business rates – London’s Conservative MPs have been planning to push for more concessions for the capital’s firms, many of which have faced substantial increases.Read More: Should business rates be scrapped?And it marks a u-turn for the government – Javid and Hammond had previously moved to reassure Conservative MPs, providing details of the average rate changes across constituencies, and hitting out at “half-truths” and “misinformation” on the expected changes to business rates.However, the numbers provided by the government have since been questioned, with reports suggesting that ministers may have understated the increases. Share Sajid Javid has just signalled a Budget concession on business rates Communities secretary Sajid Javid has today signalled a government concession on support for firms facing substantial hikes in business rates later this year.The government has previously promised a £3.6bn package for transition measures, but Javid said today that he was working closely with chancellor Philip Hammond on demands for further support. More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org Wednesday 22 February 2017 4:26 pm Mark Sands Despite defending the incoming regime, and stating that three quarters of business will either see their business rates reduce or stay flat, Javid said: “It is clear to me that more needs to be done to level the playing field and to make the system fairer.”Javid cited in particular the challenges faced by high street businesses  and independent shops in competing with online retailers.Read More: Sadiq Khan “shocked” at business rate rise threatening London’s small firms”I am working closely with my right honourable friend the chancellor to determine how best to provide further support to business facing the steepest increases,” he said.”We expect to be in a position to make an announcement at the time of the Budget in just two weeks.” whatsapp read more

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US jobless claims hit 6.6m as coronavirus slams economy

first_img“It’s hard to find any good news in the economic data at the moment, and it’s unsurprising the Fed is stepping up its liquidity measures in such a significant fashion. US jobless claims hit 6.6m as coronavirus slams economy Last week the Department of Labor said 6.6m had claimed for unemployment benefits for the first time, which has now been revised up to 6.86m. whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. 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Data released by the Canadian government today showed the country lost 1m jobs last month. “These dismal numbers suggest another record-breaking April jobs report,” said Beth Ann Bovino, chief US economist at S&P Global Rating. “America is now in recession and as it appears to deepen, the question is how long it will it take before the US recovers.” HIALEAH, FLORIDA – APRIL 08: Helen Armas, who works for the City of Hialeah, hands out unemployment applications to people in their vehicles in front of the John F. Kennedy Library on April 08, 2020 in Hialeah, Florida. The city is distributing the printed unemployment forms to residents as people continue to have issues with access to the state of Florida’s unemployment website in the midst of widespread layoffs due to businesses closing during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Also Read: US jobless claims hit 6.6m as coronavirus slams economy “The Fed rode to the rescue again with funding for businesses and state and local governments. Importantly, the $2.3 trillion of funding announced today is backed by $195bn of the $454bn allocated in the CARES Act, meaning there is plenty more dry powder available if needed.” James Booth center_img HIALEAH, FLORIDA – APRIL 08: Helen Armas, who works for the City of Hialeah, hands out unemployment applications to people in their vehicles in front of the John F. Kennedy Library on April 08, 2020 in Hialeah, Florida. The city is distributing the printed unemployment forms to residents as people continue to have issues with access to the state of Florida’s unemployment website in the midst of widespread layoffs due to businesses closing during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Ronald Temple, co-head of multi-asset and head of US equity at Lazard Asset Management, said: “With 16.8m jobless claims in three weeks, the catastrophic scale of the covid-19 crisis is even more apparent. While the Fed has acted quickly, it is critical that the fiscal stimulus in the CARES Act be delivered immediately and be of sufficient size to support the economy. “Equity markets have been really strong of late, and it feels like they have lost touch with the reality for now. Markets will get pulled to and from by the bad data and positive Fed action.” US jobless claims hit 6.6m last week as a result of the coronavirus pandemic which has wreaked economic chaos. The data from the Department of Labor showed 6.6m Americans claimed unemployment benefits for the first time last week. HIALEAH, FLORIDA – APRIL 08: Helen Armas, who works for the City of Hialeah, hands out unemployment applications to people in their vehicles in front of the John F. Kennedy Library on April 08, 2020 in Hialeah, Florida. The city is distributing the printed unemployment forms to residents as people continue to have issues with access to the state of Florida’s unemployment website in the midst of widespread layoffs due to businesses closing during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Also Read: US jobless claims hit 6.6m as coronavirus slams economy HIALEAH, FLORIDA – APRIL 08: Helen Armas, who works for the City of Hialeah, hands out unemployment applications to people in their vehicles in front of the John F. Kennedy Library on April 08, 2020 in Hialeah, Florida. The city is distributing the printed unemployment forms to residents as people continue to have issues with access to the state of Florida’s unemployment website in the midst of widespread layoffs due to businesses closing during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Also Read: US jobless claims hit 6.6m as coronavirus slams economy whatsapp Share More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com Last week’s numbers eclipsed the previous record of 3.3m jobless claims set the previous week. The US Federal Reserve also pledged $2.3 trillion (£1.85 trillion) in aid today for local governments struggling with the crisis. Neil Birrell, chief investment officer at Premier Miton Investors, said: The US has had more than 430,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and has suffered more than 14,000 deaths.last_img read more

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New Anchorage museum exhibit hopes to shed light on pingoes

first_imgArctic | Arts & Culture | SouthcentralNew Anchorage museum exhibit hopes to shed light on pingoesJune 15, 2018 by Erin McKinstry, Alaska Public Media Share:The exhibit Murmur opens Friday at the Anchorage Museum. It was inspired by Arctic formations called pingoes and a murmuration of birds. (Photo by Erin McKinstry/Alaska Public Media)When Seattle-base sculptor John Grade first headed to the Arctic, he was searching for the northernmost tree he could find.Along the way, he was struck by something else: hills in an otherwise flat and open landscape.Those hills, called pingoes, inspired his sculpture Murmur which opened Friday at the Anchorage Museum.Audio Playerhttp://media.aprn.org/2018/ann-20180614-08.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“I’m a little bit surprised by how many people weren’t familiar with what a pingo was,” Grade said. “I think that’s because a lot of Alaskans aren’t up in the Arctic.”Grade spent three and a half days camping on top of a pingo and then used a drone to map it from above.The sculpture’s scale is impressive. The mound is 42 feet tall and almost as wide. It’s light brown and formed with different-sized panels made of salvaged Alaskan yellow cedar. They’re curved and splattered with small holes.“I wanted to have the sense of the wood being sort of ossified or that the wind had sort of formed its surface,” Grade said. “What we did when we’d finished carving all the surface of this wood was blast it with walnut shells.”A member of his team rides a boom lift and peers in through the pingo’s top.Others sit around the edges staring at computer screens. Three more work on the inside, testing out the sculpture’s moving walls.“When that artificial light’s turned off, you get all of this shadow play. The shadows are overlapping one another,” Grade said. “As these panels start to unfold, all of those shadows start moving all over the place.”A trip to the Arctic through the Anchorage Museum’s Polar Lab program inspired Grade to make the sculpture.Hydrostatic or “closed-circuit” pingoes form when trapped water beneath the ground freezes and expands.Hydrostatic pressure forces the mounds slowly upward.“Each year it’s cycling through and growing incrementally,” Grade said. “It could take 1,000 years before a mound grows just below the permafrost that might be 75 feet tall.”The top of the sculpture opens and closes, letting in shadows and light. (Photo by Erin McKinstry/Alaska Public Media)Their cores are made of ice.As that ice melts, pingoes collapse, forming lakes and then scars in the landscape.“They’re a very moving phenomena,” Grade said. “I think that they’re something that we can watch to kind of see how the climate’s changing in the Arctic.”It’s not just a pingo that Grade was looking to simulate for the exhibit.While paddling toward one on the Noatak, he watched a flock of birds create a murmuration that looked like the profile of a pingo.Murmurations are when birds dance together in massive, moving shapes. Most people associate them with starlings.“Seeing the birds in this very ephemeral fleeting moment and then comparing it to this glacial rise of a pingo over hundreds of years,” Grade said. “I wanted to do two things that I can’t do. I wanted to be in the middle of a murmur of birds, and I wanted to be inside a solid ice core of a pingo. So bringing those two things together with one sculpture was the initial drive.”Hence the name “Murmur.” Grade also wanted to give visitors a better sense of the Arctic environment through sounds and through visuals.To do that, he brought in Reilly Donovan, a new media artist.“Some of what you’ll see are puddles from the marshlands,” Donovan said. “You’ll also see mosquitoes flocking and very delicate fungi and flowers.”The exhibit uses something called augmented reality. Visitors wear HoloLens headsets that add sounds and holograms to their surroundings.Inside the pingo, a holographic ice core extends beneath the floor.Although scientists have cored pingoes, Donovan and Grade mostly had to use their imaginations.“As you traverse the terrain, you actually start illuminating and revealing holograms that populate the floor space,” Donovan said.Grade and Donovan worked with a team of 20 to create the exhibit, including a computer programmer and a mechanical engineer.The exhibit will be at the Anchorage Museum until September before it travels internationally.It’ll return to the museum in 2020, where it will hang upside down from the ceiling, meant to symbolize the collapse of a pingo.“What’s most important to me, is that people come into the experience and they’re able to project their own ideas about what that landscape might mean and how it is to interact with other people within the exhibit as well,” Grade said.Share this story:last_img read more

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Venezuela’s President Has Blocked Gustavo Dudamel’s Youth Orchestra from Playing in…

first_imgMusicPoliticsVenezuela’s President Has Blocked Gustavo Dudamel’s Youth Orchestra from Playing in the U.S.The L.A. Phil director now finds himself playing on the political stageBy Brittany Martin – August 22, 2017735ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItThe embattled president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, is not happy with L.A. Phil director Gustavo Dudamel. Dudamel has been working with the Youth Orchestra of Venezuela and was preparing to conduct the 180 young musicians during a U.S. tour — including a stop at the Hollywood Bowl next month — but those plans have been abruptly canceled by orders directly from President Maduro’s desk.Dudamel, who hails from Venezuela and serves as creative director of that country’s Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra in addition to his L.A. Phil duties, raised the government’s ire with a series of social media posts and newspaper op-eds that were seen as critical of the Maduro administration, the Los Angeles Times reports. In addition, over the weekend, the conductor was involved in securing the release of violist Wuilly Arteaga, who was beaten and detained after performing at an anti-government protest in July.As one of Venezuela’s most visible musicians, Dudamel has been criticized in the past by some for not using his public platform to speak out about the mounting problems facing the country, according to the classical music publication Limelight Magazine, but it seems that, with the escalating problems in the country, he is no longer remaining quiet, writing on his Facebook page that “We must stop ignoring the just cry of the people suffocated by an intolerable crisis.” President Maduro responded by criticizing Dudamel for spending too much time in Los Angeles and Spain working on other projects, and citing budget concerns as a reason for the cancellation, though also reportedly saying to reporters, “Welcome to politics, Gustavo Dudamel.”The September 17 concert that the National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela was set to perform as part of the Pacific Standard Time: L.A./L.A. initiative will still go on without them, featuring performances by Café Tacvba, La Santa Cecilia, and Mon Laferte.RELATED: My L.A. to Z: Gustavo Dudamel TAGSGustavo DudamelL.A. PhilPrevious articleThe Cop Who Became a RobberNext articleThis Photo Essay Captures The Faces of Raw Triumph at the L.A. MarathonBrittany Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORAfter a Decade, Will Gustavo Dudamel Stay at the L.A. Phil or Leave on a High Note?Yuval Sharon Ends a Three-Year L.A. Phil Tenure with ATLAS, His Most Ambitious Project YetHow a Local Brewery Created a Beer Worthy of the L.A. Phil’s Centennial Seasonlast_img read more

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Boisdale gets its smoke on with a 35th birthday bash for Forest

first_img Tags: NULL Boisdale gets its smoke on with a 35th birthday bash for Forest whatsapp Tuesday 4 November 2014 8:11 pm Share More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comcenter_img Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunBlood Pressure Solution4 Worst Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure SolutionLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver Health Gabriella Griffith whatsapp Forest, the pro-smoking lobby group, celebrated its 35th anniversary at one of finance’s favourite watering holes last night. Boisdale Belgravia happily provided an ample heated smoking area along with Cuban cocktails and Latin canapes. “The world is obsessed with people’s rights, but one sizeable group with no rights are smokers,” Boisdale owner Ranald Macdonald told The Capitalist. “There’s one organisation which defends their rights and that’s Forest.” Eighties pop icon Joe Jackson flew in from Berlin and several MPs popped along to get some fresh air, includ­ing Nigel Evans and David Nuttall who were played to by Macdonald’s son’s band Hidden Charms. last_img read more

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British Land confirms dividend after strong performances across the Cheesegrater, Broadgate and Facebook’s new Euston Road premises

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUnify Health LabsRandy Jackson: This 3 Minute Routine Transformed My HealthUnify Health LabsSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday Newszenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.com whatsapp Catherine Neilan whatsapp Share Show Comments ▼ The Cheesegrater, Broadgate and Facebook’s new Euston Road premises have contributed to a solid first quarter performance at British Land. The figuresThe landlord reported strong occupational demand, with lettings well ahead of estimated rental value.  In total during the three months the group agreed 129,000 sq ft of retail lettings or renewals, and 132,000 sq ft of office lettings or renewals. The Leadenhall Building, more widely known as the Cheesegrater, the City of London’s tallest building, is now around 90 per cent let or under-offer, up from 84 per cent at the full year, thanks to 107,000 sq ft of completed deals in the period and a further 52,000 sq ft under offer 12.5 per cent ahead of estimated rental value.  Read more: A storey-by-storey look at everything in the Cheesegrater It has also pushed forwards with its Broadgate development, and has recently received planning permission on 517,000 sq ft at 100 Liverpool Street.  And it is refurbishing 338 Euston Road, which has been “substantially pre-let to Facebook”.   British Land said its financial position “remains strong”, having raised £350m of convertible bonds, due in 2020, at a zero coupon with flexible settlement options.  The first quarter dividend was confirmed at 7.091p, 2.5 per cent ahead of last year.  What British Land saidChief executive Chris Grigg said: We’ve had a good start to the year, making real progress against the priorities set out at our results in May in what are strong occupational and investment markets. In retail, our operational metrics remain strong and we continue to recycle capital by selling selected mature assets and investing into our existing portfolio. In offices, we’re pleased with the deals we’ve done at The Leadenhall Building and in the supply constrained City market we’re positive about our prospects on the remaining space.We handed over 5 Broadgate to UBS in June, progressed our development pipeline and continued to invest in our campuses through public realm enhancements and refurbishments. We’ve taken advantage of favourable market conditions to raise £350 million of convertible bonds at a zero coupon, continuing our strong track record in accessing funding on competitive terms from a range of sources.”Share priceInvestors were perhaps hoping for a stronger increase in the dividend: British Land’s share price was trading down 0.3 per cent as markets opened.  British Land confirms dividend after strong performances across the Cheesegrater, Broadgate and Facebook’s new Euston Road premises Monday 20 July 2015 3:16 am Tags: bridges and landmarks British Land Co Company Facebook London buildingslast_img read more

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News / Gatemore stumps up £2m to help push DX Group back into the black

first_img DX Group’s largest shareholder, Gatemore Capital, has agreed to lend the company £2m to provide “the flexibility and stability to return it to profitability”.Chief investment officer of Gatemore Capital Liad Meidar told The Loadstar  UK courier and logistics company DX was in “clean-up mode” and looked “to put its bad news in the rear view mirror”.He said: “This loan will allow the company to clean up its balance sheet and pay off an outstanding loan to HSBC – which was initially going to be covered by leasebacks.“These would have included the freight hub at Willenhall, but with Gatemore providing the cash, neither DX nor its new management team will be constrained by this lease.”Mr Meidar said the mood now appeared more optimistic at DX following a fraught year for a company that has come under intense criticism from shareholders led by Gatemore.Gatemore, however, lightened its stance after it was agreed in June that Petar Cvetkovic would be replaced as chief executive.Then in August, the company said a planned merger with Menzies Distribution had been terminated and advanced talks were under way for a new management board.Chairman Bob Holt, who alongside Mr Cvetkovic was blamed by Gatemore for “destroying 90% of DX’s value”, was reportedly in “advanced discussions” with Ron Series to take over as chairman, with Paul Goodson, Russell Black and Lloyd Dunn as non-executive directors.A DX statement said Mr Holt would lead these changes before stepping down – and The Loadstar understands these appointments are now imminent.While Mr Meidar said the loan and management changes would not provide a “silver bullet” to solve the company’s problems, but would go some way towards helping.“This is an issue of day-to-day management, and we believe the new team is suitably qualified to help turn the situation at DX around,” said Mr Meidar.“They did a fantastic job at Tuffnells – DX Freight’s biggest competitor – and there is the belief they can do the same at DX, and are in the perfect position to bring back profitability.” By Alexander Whiteman 22/09/2017last_img read more

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PM Golding Identifies Areas of Growth for the Economy

first_imgPM Golding Identifies Areas of Growth for the Economy Office of the Prime MinisterAugust 21, 2009 RelatedPM Golding Identifies Areas of Growth for the Economy RelatedPM Golding Identifies Areas of Growth for the Economy RelatedPM Golding Identifies Areas of Growth for the Economycenter_img Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A programme to stimulate economic growth to alleviate problems brought on by the financial crisis, will be taken to Parliament next month.Addressing the official opening ceremony for the Scotiabank Groups Financial Centre in Kingston yesterday (August 20), Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding named some areas of the projected programme, which include energy, agriculture, telecommunications and tourism. In making the announcement, Mr. Golding stressed the importance of an energy policy, which has already been presented to Cabinet. “We’re not going to be able to make it in this world if our producers are paying 26 cents per kilowatt hour for electricity and competing against producers elsewhere who are paying between six and 12 cents per kilowatt hour and competing against our counterparts in Trinidad, who are paying three cents per kilowatt hour,” he said.“We have made significant progress and preliminary negotiations have been put in place in terms of a long term supplier for LNG. The recommendation before us now is to move away from what was originally contemplated, which was fixed installation, to a floating platform system which I’m advised is more cost effective. We have negotiations underway with three different countries to secure those long term supplies,” he added.Mr. Golding cited agriculture as another area that will be given much support to play a more effective role in driving the economy. “Accounting now for less than six per cent of GDP, we think it can do much more. I have a lot of faith and confidence in the team that we have at the Ministry of Agriculture, led by (Hon.) Dr. Christopher Tufton.”Mr. Golding said the Agriculture Ministry has achieved 10 per cent growth in the first quarter of this year and nine per cent in the second quarter; and added that the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) has confirmed that the sector has been recovering to what it was prior to the last two hurricanes.The telecommunications sector has also been identified as an area of growth. “The sector is so dynamic and the changes that take place in terms of the technology so rapid, that new opportunities are constantly being created,” Mr. Golding said. The Prime Minister said a new policy framework has been developed which is to be submitted to Cabinet and this will form the basis of the Government attracting significant investments in the area.“I expect to make an announcement in a short while that is very significant to what we consider to be the possibilities in that area for foreign exchange earnings and significant job creation,” he said.Mr. Golding said tourism has done well and accredited this to the work being done by Minister (Hon.) Ed Bartlett and his team. “There’s no other tourism destination in the Caribbean that has been able to hold its numbers. Our value is down by about four per cent, but our number is up by about four per cent. It has taken a lot of work and I want to pay tribute also to the private hotel operators, because they have worked hard,” the Prime Minister said.last_img read more

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UK sends further life-saving support to India

first_imgUK sends further life-saving support to India The UK will send 1,000 more ventilators for use in India’s hospitalsThe Chief Medical Officer, Chief Scientific Adviser and NHS staff have given help and advice to their Indian counterpartsFresh assistance follows medical relief sent by the Government last week and a surge in support from the British people to IndiaOn Tuesday the Prime Minister will hold a virtual meeting with Indian Prime Minister Modi to discuss deepening cooperation between the UK and IndiaIndia’s fight against a surge in coronavirus cases will be reinforced by new UK Government support announced by the Prime Minister today. 1,000 ventilators will be sent from the UK’s surplus supply to Indian hospitals to help the most severe Covid cases.This is in addition to 200 ventilators, 495 oxygen concentrators and 3 oxygen generation units the UK announced we were sending to India last week.Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance have also spoken to their Indian counterparts to provide advice, insight and expertise to the Indian healthcare system as it deals with the world’s worse surge in Covid levels.NHS England is also establishing a clinical advisory group led by Chief People Officer Prerana Issar to support India’s Covid response. The group will work with Indian institutions such as the All India Institute of Medical Services to share experience on managing Covid outbreaks. The group will include researchers in public and global health, alongside nursing and other health professionals who have experience of the Indian healthcare system.In a powerful demonstration of what Indian Prime Minister Modi has called the ‘living bridge’ between our countries, over the last week British people have come to the support of India in huge numbers. Businesses, civil society and the wider public have responded to appeals for help and launched funding drives.This includes the British Asian Trust’s ‘Oxygen for India’ emergency appeal, which is raising funds for oxygen concentrators to be rapidly deployed to Indian hospitals. The BAT appeal, which has been personally backed by the Prince of Wales, has raised more than £1.5m in the last week.Virgin Atlantic also flew 200 boxes of oxygen concentrators to Delhi on Saturday, after partnering with Khalsa Aid. Further cargo space will be given free of charge on 6 flights to India in the next week, in association with The Red Cross.India has also provided support to the UK throughout the coronavirus pandemic. As the ‘pharmacy of the world’ the country has kept its borders open to supply the UK with vital medicine and PPE – exporting over 11 million face masks and 3 million packets of paracetamol over the course of 2020.On Tuesday the Prime Minister will hold a virtual meeting with Prime Minister Modi to agree a huge range of commitments to deepen cooperation between the UK and India, including on fighting the coronavirus pandemic.Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:The terrible images we have seen in India in recent weeks are all the more powerful because of the close and enduring connection between the people of the UK and India.I am deeply moved by the surge of support the British people have provided to the people of India and am pleased the UK Government has been able to play our part in providing life-saving assistance.The UK will always be there for India in its time of need.The world is safer and stronger because of work between the UK and India. The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, for example, was developed in the UK, is currently being produced in the millions by India’s Serum Institute and will be distributed to the world at cost through COVAX.It is those shared values of openness and the pursuit of knowledge and scientific advancement for the betterment of our societies that lie at the heart of the relationship between the UK and India. During his call with Prime Minister Modi the Prime Minister will emphasise the importance of working with India to promote our shared values.India is the largest democracy in the world, a fellow Commonwealth country and in June Prime Minister Modi will travel to the UK to attend the G7 Summit as a guest – one of four world leaders invited to join the Summit of leading democracies.Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said:This support will help urgently meet some of India’s acute needs, particularly oxygen for patients. We are determined to help our Indian friends in their hour of need.We need to all work together to defeat Covid-19. No one is safe until we are all safe.Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock said:As a close friend of India, we have all felt the harrowing scenes and are determined to do all we can. Only a few months ago we felt the pressure of the pandemic here in the UK. This virus attacks all of us and in the battle against coronavirus, we’re all on the same side.This additional support will provide more capacity and expertise to help save lives and support India’s healthcare system. We will continue to work closely with the Indian government during this immensely challenging time. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. 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10 things to do this week: Spring break edition

first_img Published: March 20, 2015 Ten things to do this week. This is a weekly column highlighting events on campus and in Boulder by Samuel Fuller, history major and resident event virtuoso.Spring break has finally arrived, and for those of you not making it out to Cabo or Cancun this year do not despair; Colorado has plenty to offer. Whether you’re looking for outdoor adventures or something to distract you from the inevitable beach photos clouding your Facebook news feed, the following ten things will provide plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy your week off. This list includes both indoor and outdoor adventures, with the hope that everyone’s needs are accommodated. Visit the Rocky Mountain National Park or indulge your secret passion for fine art at the Boulder Arts Week. Whatever your fancy, Colorado has something to satisfy your needs.  Rocky Mountain National ParkLocated just outside beautiful Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most breathtaking locations in Colorado. At more than 400 square miles, the park offers a bounty of outdoor recreation opportunities. There are over 300 miles of hiking trails, as well as snow shoeing and cross country skiing opportunities. If you do intend to try your hand at snow shoeing or other winter sports, remember that the park does not rent gear; this must be obtained beforehand either in the town of Estes Park or back in Boulder. If you are more comfortable keeping to the confines of municipal life, the town of Estes Park also provides ample opportunities for fun and exploration. Rates and park opening times can be found on their website. They also have awesome webcams so you can check on the weather conditions before you go.The Great Sand DunesThe tallest sand dunes in North America are one of the more unique experiences Colorado has to offer. Located southwest of Pueblo, the sand dunes are literally, a huge collection of sand dunes that facilitate many different outdoor options. Things to do range from hiking and backpacking to sandboarding and even horseback riding. Do be aware that spring in Colorado can create unpredictable and potentially tumultuous weather conditions, some facilities are currently closed. Be sure to check their website for alerts before you plan your visit. This is also more likely to be a multi-day visit, so plan your stay and resources accordingly. Campsites and other lodging information can be found here.Garden of the GodsLocated on the west side of Colorado Springs and at the foot of the snow-capped Pike’s Peak, Garden of the Gods is a dramatic representation of Colorado’s diverse beauty. If you simply want to explore nature without the hassle of major physical exertion, Garden of the Gods is your go-to nature experience. Three hundred foot sandstone rock formations accompany the dramatic backdrop of Colorado’s Front Range; if the weather holds out this day trip can be one of your most memorable spring break excursions. Find out more information on their website.Pikes Peak Cog RailwayThis historical fixture of America’s most famous mountain provides spectacular views and a unique experience up Pikes Peak. Since 1891 this railway has ascended the 14,115 foot mountain. The train winds past waterfalls, through aspen and pine forest to reveal the breathtaking scenery of the Front Range. I would advise planning ahead and booking your places in advance. You can do so through their website.Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space MuseumWhilst museums may not be everyone’s cup of tea, they do offer a rich experience for many people including myself. The Air and Space Museum has an extensive collection of both aircraft and military exhibits that educate and inspire people of all ages to discover the wonders of past and present aviation endeavors. March 21 is “Cockpit Demo Day”, more information can be found on their website.Boulder Arts WeekBeginning March 27 and running until April 4, Boulder Arts Week is an exciting opportunity to share your own work and experience the work of others. Last year’s inaugural event hosted over 14,000 people, with the hope that this year’s tally will be equally as impressive. Events range from exhibitions to parties, and many include your fellow CU students. Of particular note is the “Art at the Riverside” event. Beginning at 6 p.m. on March 28 at The Riverside on Broadway, CU Students Shae Meyer, Daniel Stolberg, Sam Cikauskas and Dylan Gebbia-Richards will showcase their talents at this free art exhibition. Indulge your secret passion for fine art and find more events on the Boulder Art Week’s official calendar. Major league sports in DenverAny sports fans out there? If you haven’t yet experienced the tenacity of the Colorado sporting experience, I encourage you to make your way to the Pepsi Center next week. The Denver Nuggets and the Colorado Avalanche call the Pepsi Center home, and there are multiple home games occurring next week. For full scheduling information and tickets visit their online calendar. Also of note are the Colorado Rapids. Colorado’s Major League Soccer team takes on the newly created New York City football team, emphasis on the correct pronunciation of the sport’s nomenclature. This Saturday, March 21, they play at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Tickets are relatively cheap and are available through their website.Celestial Seasonings factory tourCelestial Seasonings, one of Boulder’s most renowned businesses, offers free factory tours. If you are looking for something to occupy your time in Boulder, but don’t want to overspend or don’t have the resources to travel too far, this is a great opportunity to spend your time exploring the business and products of one of Colorado’s most successful startups. Tours take place Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. More information on their website.Banjo Billy’s Bus TourAn old school bus tricked out to like a “hillbilly shack” gives guided tours of Boulder, exposing the history of Boulder’s haunted hotels and even the haunting tales of Macky Auditorium’s intriguing past. Clearly, take this tour with a grain of salt, nevertheless this is a riveting experience and a great way to spend an evening meeting new people and exploring a side of Boulder you have likely not seen before. Ticketing and more information is available on their website.Walking tour of DenverYou may not realize it, but Denver has a very storied and interesting past. From underground tunnels to a haunted Capitol Hill, this two-hour tour will detail all of Denver’s history in an accessible and enjoyable format. Multiple types of tours can be arranged, simply organize and reserve your spot through Denver History Tour’s website. Be aware that Denver, like any city, has a rich cultural history. As such, some tours highlight the darker side of Denver, possibly not appropriate if you are taking young children. The website’s descriptions offer insight into the content of the tours so be sure to read up before you book.Enjoy your break, delay that House of Cards marathon we know you were planning on having and explore the variety of fun opportunities at your disposal this coming week.As always, if you have any ideas or events that you would like to be included in future articles, feel free to email us at: [email protected], and don’t forget to check out all the great things to do at the CU-Boulder Events Calendar.Photo courtesy of the National Park Service. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mailcenter_img Categories:Things to DoCampus Communitylast_img read more

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