Vote of no confidence in Boris Johnson could happen ‘next week’ says SNP MP

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During her address to delegates, Nicola Sturgeon announced a pledge to build a new network of NHS treatment centres and more financial support for carers of the SNP wins next year’s Holyrood elections. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) A vote of no confidence in the current government could be held as soon as next week according to senior SNP MP Stewart Hosie. Leader Jo Swinson said an “emergency government” may be required that not all parties could unite around Corbyn as the leader of it. Read more: Senior official for Brexit planning and head of Border Delivery Group set to quit SNP leader Nicole Sturgeon also suggested on Friday she may back Jeremy Corbyn becoming a “caretaker” Prime Minister. Share A no-confidence vote would allow parliament to vote on whether they want the current government to continue. “But it is also self-evidently the case that the second largest party (Labour) should have the first chance to form that administration. She said her party have suggested alternative MPs, including several senior members who plan to step down at the next election. The Liberal Democrats have already stated that Corbyn is too divisive a figure to play such a role.  Saturday 28 September 2019 1:36 pm Hosie said: “If another name came forward that was acceptable to everybody, a Ken Clarke or Dominic Grieve-type figure, then self-evidently that would be a good thing to do. He also suggested a vote could take place as early as Monday or Tuesday, but acknowledged there would need to be agreement among opposing parties and Tory rebels. Hosie said removing Prime Minister Boris Johnson from office may be the only way to guarantee the avoidance of a no-deal Brexit. “If Jo Swinson and the Lib Dems are actually serious about their stopping Brexit position then they need to stop playing political games, get on board with everybody else.” He said: “Our priority, all of us, is to prevent a no-deal exit from the European Union on the 31st. There are fears that Johnson could try to circumvent the “Benn Bill” requiring him to seek an extension if an agreement with the EU is not reached. “We have to do that because there is now no confidence that the Prime Minister will obey the law and seek the extension that parliament voted for only a few weeks ago,” he told the BBC. “If that is not in place and effectively pre-agreed, then we might end up having the general election on Boris Johnson’s terms and allowing him to run down the clock and crash out without a deal,” he said. “If we are serious about the extension that is the only game in town.”  Labour leader Corbyn also said he had a “productive meeting” with opposition parties on Thursday. Vote of no confidence in Boris Johnson could happen ‘next week’, says SNP MP “And to make the government carry out the EU number two act which requires them, in the event of a no-deal, to apply for an extension before the 31st of October so that we can continue our normal trading arrangements and then have a serious discussion about the future. “At that point, we’re ready for an election. But the priority is to prevent a no-deal exit, with all the problems this could cause the people of this country.” Hosie said it was vital a plan was in place to ensure a Brexit extension and not allow a general election on “Johnson’s terms”. 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Labour turns spotlight on Covid deals between government and Tory donors

first_img Michiel Willems View results Labour turns spotlight on Covid deals between government and Tory donors Tags: Boris Johnson Labour Party Sunday 15 November 2020 10:18 am Share Vaccine taskforce chief whatsapp The contracts for the PR advisers span until the end of this year when Bingham is expected to step down from the role. Johnson earlier congratulated her, saying she had done “fantastic work.” On the ‘My Little Crony’ map, Hill demonstrates how a range of government contracts have been awarded to political donors of the Conservative Party, or their associates, family members or employers. The Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, Valerie Vaz, has said a public inquiry is needed following the publication of a ‘map’ of deals between the UK government, multiple Conservative Party donors, several Tory MPs and some of their family members. A top aide of Boris Johnson has quit just two weeks into his new job. Also Read: Labour turns spotlight on Covid deals between government and Tory donors By using data from the openDemocracy platform and a number of other public sources, Hill zoomed in on government projects that were assigned since the start of the pandemic. She did this to expose the “scale of cronyism” within the UK government, as Hill put it. A top aide of Boris Johnson has quit just two weeks into his new job. ‘Crony’ map whatsapp Bingham is reportedly close associates with the father-in-law of prime minister Boris Johnson’s former top aide Dominic Cummings, who left Downing Street on Friday following an unrelated dispute. A top aide of Boris Johnson has quit just two weeks into his new job. Also Read: Labour turns spotlight on Covid deals between government and Tory donors No, it’s a waste of time and resourcesYes, this smells like cronyismI need to know more about this Last week, It was revealed that vaccine taskforce chief Kate Bingham, who is married to Tory minister Jesse Norman, had spent £670,000 of public money on PR advisers from a boutique company since being appointed to the role in May. For example, in September the company Globus Shetland Ltd reportedly won a government contract close to £94m for supplying face masks. In the last four years, the company donated around £400,000 to the Conservative Party. Hill’s map shows a web of government contracts, political donations and other agreements between key players in Cabinet, Whitehall, the Conservative Party, a range of MPs and some of their family members. “I think it might be time for a public inquiry, particularly on the £670,000 that has been allocated by the vaccine tsar for public relations. Now if you look at the ‘My Little Crony’ interactive map, it will link directly to the special, special adviser’s relation,” Vaz said. Join the debate: Should there be a public inquiry? Show Comments ▼ Vaz, Labour MP for Walsall South, calls for an investigation into claims made in the so-called ‘My Little Crony’ map, published by a political sciences student at Harvard, Sophie Hill.last_img read more

How activist investors will circle in on UK corporates in 2021

first_img Angharad Carrick In the UK just 36 corporates have been targeted by activists this year, compared with 55 in 2019.  Activists have so far been biding their time. The usually vocal Edward Bramson paused his campaign against Barclays boss Jes Staley at the start of the year. Healthcare has naturally enjoyed largely positive headlines this year with a proliferation of new healthtech firms as well as more established players like Pfizer and Astrazeneca which have been essential in the fight against the pandemic.  ESG concerns will fuel campaigns (Getty Images) Also Read: How activist investors will circle in on UK corporates in 2021 Not only do companies have to deal with the operational difficulties as they come out of the Covid crisis they are also going to come under pressure to shore up their ESG credentials.  Bramson has repeatedly called for the bank to cut its trading division to boost profitability. whatsapp That said it is extremely unlikely ESG activist campaigns will be limited to the industrials sector, with McKenzie predicting tech firms will come under increased scrutiny.  UK corporates vulnerable to activism Fundamentally activists tend to thrive in times of disruption, so the impact of Brexit will also undoubtedly push activists to question decision-making at the top of firms.  Industrials and healthcare feel the pressure  Why the UK? Corporates have been among some of the worst hit during the pandemic, with a number falling into administration. And with more of an activist-friendly governance and regulatory environment, the UK is more conducive to shareholder activism.  In the US there has been a well-documented history of more aggressive and very public campaigns, which don’t gain as much traction in continental Europe.  (Getty Images) Also Read: How activist investors will circle in on UK corporates in 2021 (Getty Images) Also Read: How activist investors will circle in on UK corporates in 2021 “It’s time to wake up and smell the coffee and start taking serious action about how you can improve the ESG rating,” McKenzie adds.  The UK sits in the middle of the two and new research by professional services firm Alvarez & Marsal predicts there will be a significant increase in campaigns next year.  As companies plan for their post-pandemic future there are signs that they will have to contend with a new threat: activist investors.  “Brexit is going to lead to the mispricing which is why the UK market generally is quite lowly valued at the moment… that’s one of the reasons why we’re forecasting more activity in the UK relative to continental Europe over the next 12 months,” Malcolm McKenzie, managing director at A&M tells City A.M.  (Getty Images) It exceeds France and Germany’s combined total and accounts for 37 per cent of all at-risk companies. That is not to say that there will be a flurry of deals come 1 January because activists will need to shore up their own position.  “If you’re a chief executive or chairman of a company with a poor ESG rating you’re likely to be more lowly valued than an equivalent company with a better ESG rating, and secondly you’re more likely to be attacked by an activist,” McKenzie says.  Sunday 20 December 2020 11:30 am What is essential is getting the Fidelitys and Blackrocks of the world on side and making them amenable to work with activists. “But you’ve got to do it in a way which works in the City of London culture,” he adds.    “It obviously plays straight into the ESG domain because clearly there’s waste… they tend to be global businesses so there’s a lot of logistics costs,” McKenzie says  “The E and S is very much the growing force that is driving ESG more broadly,” Paul Kinrade, A&M special adviser adds.  Share But with scrutiny on big pharma’s pricing strategies for different parts of the world health companies could soon come under pressure from investors.  Exxon Mobil is the most recent corporate to face pressure from multiple activist investor groups for a failure to address long-term energy transition needs, and Blackrock has also been making statements about voting down directors over climate inaction.  “It won’t be a sudden avalanche in January… but more campaigns will breed more campaigns because people will see it working… and it will build and you’ll get real momentum,” Kinrade concludes. (Getty Images) Also Read: How activist investors will circle in on UK corporates in 2021 whatsapp With the end of the crisis in sight following news of the rollout of a vaccine what will activist campaigns look like?   ESG has been a buzzword among investors for a while now and the pandemic has pushed these ideas into the mainstream.  Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoTaco RelishSuspicious Pics That Are Fishier Than The SeaTaco RelishUndoPost FunGreat Songs That Artists Are Now Embarrassed OfPost FunUndoAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorUndoComedyDogs Too Dangerous For Houses, Ranked in OrderComedyUndoBleacherBreaker41 Old Toys That Are Worth More Than Your HouseBleacherBreakerUndoLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthUndoMagellan TimesIf You See A Red Ball On A Power Line, Here’s What It MeansMagellan TimesUndoSportinal20+ Female Gymnasts And How They Look NowSportinalUndo (Getty Images) Also Read: How activist investors will circle in on UK corporates in 2021 “[They] will come more into focus as opposed to always referring to the nasty oil companies… people will increasingly start looking at tech companies. When you dive into it… a lot of those companies don’t have very good ESG ratings.”  The UK is forecasted to see the largest increase in public activist campaigns, with 60 companies now predicted to be at risk compared with 54 in December 2019.  “It’s all about the societal licence to operate and people think they’ve got the pricing strategy wrong like we saw with Aids drugs. There will be fuss about it and their ESG rating will go down,” says McKenzie. “This is further amplified by the government funds these firms are receiving and how it’s being used for the public good.”  (Getty Images) Also Read: How activist investors will circle in on UK corporates in 2021 Issues related to healthcare supply chains could also come into sharp focus next year. “We saw it with companies like Boohoo and healthcare is going to be receiving the same kind of focus. They’re going a good thing at the public level, but how are they driving that in the background?” says Paul.  But as companies get back on their feet 2021 will likely signal crunch time for many companies that have underperformed during the crisis.  The pause in activity from activists who were reluctant to be perceived as tone deaf during the height of the crisis will change in the new year. As a result of this renewed focus on ESG A&M’s research has found that industrials will be the most targeted sector.  (Getty Images) Also Read: How activist investors will circle in on UK corporates in 2021 The number of UK industrial firms at risk has grown from 52 in 2019 to 61 and the sector now accounts for 38 per cent of all “at risk” companies.  “An activist needs a wolf pack around them… if they get five per cent of the votes that’s not enough to get somebody on the board. It’s only if they can get the support of the institutional investors behind them that they can really get their teeth in,” says McKenzie.  How activist investors will circle in on UK corporates in 2021 Show Comments ▼last_img read more

German students explore Alaska through summer Rotary exchange

first_imgArts & Culture | Education | Outdoors | Southeast | WildlifeGerman students explore Alaska through summer Rotary exchangeAugust 25, 2016 by Abbey Collins, KFSK-Petersburg Share:Sisters Svea and Vilja Zahnke, and Jillian went on a glacier tour near Petersburg. (Photo courtesy of Bridget Wittstock)One Petersburg high school student spent part of her summer in Germany this year.She then brought a few German students back to Alaska. The girls explored each others cultures and took a chance on traveling through a Rotary short term exchange program.Vilja and Svea Zahnke knew they wanted to come to Alaska for years.“On TV they saw a documentary about Alaska,” said Jillian Wittstock, who’s family hosted the 15-year-old German twins in Petersburg this summer.The two did research and talked with their local Rotary director in Germany.“So they put it out there and nobody was taking it,” Wittstock said. “Nobody was going to get them there.”That’s where Petersburg Rotarian Dave Berg comes in.“She talked to him and he was like ‘well I’ll put it out there in Petersburg,’” Wittstock said.Still, nothing.Wittstock said Berg approached her mom to see if her daughter would be interested in the exchange.When she thought it would be a year-long commitment, she wasn’t interested.“I don’t really feel comfortable leaving home for that long yet,” Wittstock said. “But then he said it was just for the month, just in the summer and I wouldn’t be missing any school, it wouldn’t be a problem.”Rotary International offers youth exchange programs for students ages 15 to 19. The exchange programs vary in length, from a few weeks to a full year.The short-term exchange program, or STEP, is relatively new to the organization and allows participants to choose where they want to go.In late June, Wittstock traveled to Soltau, a city in Northern Germany between Hamburg and Hanover where she met the Zahnke sisters and spent the next month living with their family.“They took me to a couple different cities,” Wittstock said. “I got to go to Berlin and Rostock and Visma and Cochem. And we just drove, we didn’t have to fly anywhere because it’s all very close by.”Then in late July, the three flew together to the United States.Their first stop was Seattle.“First we go to the Adele concert in Seattle. That was … thank you,” Vilja Zahnke said.She’s the more talkative of the two sisters, and visibly excited about their time here.“Then in Alaska…Ah! The glacier. We (went on a) glacier tour. With a boat, and with Grampa Mike,” saidVilja, referring to Mike Schwartz who took them to the LeConte Glacier.Then, they went whale watching.“And that was … oh my god,” Vilja said. “We see breaches. A lot. Four, I think. I like the whales. It was so ‘BOOM!’ Any you feel that you are so tiny. And they are so big … I like the whales. And then they have a cabin. A very pretty cabin. And we make a fire there.”While camping, they tried a new, very American snack.“They tried s’mores for the first time,” Wittstock said.“We have no s’mores in Germany,” Vilja said. “That’s so sad.”They saw Alaska from the sky, taking a ride on a float plane, and visited the Anan Bear and Wildlife Observatory in Wrangell.“And then we see three brown bears and a lot of black bears,” Vilja said. “And some black bear cubs. That was so cute! I think I want to hug her and then the little cubs but then I think ehh, maybe not. That was so cute. And also, they are so next to you. And that was like ‘ooo!’ But also ‘ahhh!’”Coming from a city, Vilja and Svea appreciate life in small-town Alaska.“Here you have no traffic,” Vilja said. “The rest is beautiful. The nature and the mountains and the trees. It’s so beautiful. To us, it’s a city. I love it here because the air is so free and so clean. And the mountains.”“Everyone knows everyone,” Svea said.“This is also nice,” Vilja said. “And then you see the mountains, you hear whales when you wake up.”Sitting with the three girls, it’s clear that they have become friends.They share laughs, help each other with the others language and appear generally at ease.Wittstock is more open-minded about traveling now, and would like to do another exchange in the future.All three of them say they would do this one all over again.The deadline to apply for next summer’s Rotary Short Term Exchange Program will be in January, and is open to all high school students and 2017 graduates.The deadline for the long-term exchange program is October 15th.For more information, go to YE5010.org.Share this story:last_img read more

Fewer state Medicaid programs restrict access to hep C meds, but some hurdles still exist

first_img [email protected] Fewer state Medicaid programs restrict access to hep C meds, but some hurdles still exist By Ed Silverman Nov. 12, 2018 Reprints Ed Silverman What is it? Laura Morton for STAT Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. About the Author Reprints Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTEDcenter_img @Pharmalot GET STARTED Thanks to a combination of falling prices and litigation, more state Medicaid programs have eased restrictions on hepatitis C medications, according to a new analysis.Over the past year, 21 states either eliminated or reduced their restrictions based on a patient’s stage of liver disease, nine loosened rules that required patients to demonstrate they have not abused drugs or alcohol for a period of time before starting treatment, and six states scaled backed prescribing restrictions for health care providers. Log In | Learn More Pharmalot What’s included? STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Tags drug pricingMedicaidpharmaceuticalsSTAT+last_img read more

Fr Paddy: Divine Mercy – A sacred gift

first_img How can anyone argue against Divine Mercy Sunday?Divine Mercy is hope wrapped up in a loving God, ever ready to embrace us and forgive even our gravest sins. Believing in God, but not in Divine Mercy, would be a depressing and burdensome faith to bear.At the core of the Gospel story of the good thief is unconditional love and compassion. “Today, you will be with me in paradise, not, okay your sins are forgiven; now do this and this and this, and you will be saved. But today, now, you will enter into glory with me. Welcome!”Divine Mercy is often associated with the visions and private revelations of St. Faustina. Pope John Paul II had a great devotion to this Polish nun. When he declared the Second Sunday of Easter to be Divine Mercy Sunday, many took it as a papal decree to promote the devotions described in Faustina’s “Diary,” such as venerating the Divine Mercy image and praying the Chaplet.As Catholics, we have a soft spot for devotions and devotionals. It’s part of our hands-on, sacramental nature, but we are also a diverse bunch. What speaks to one, may not speak to another. Devotions and belief in private revelations, even if approved and recommended by the Church, are not mandatory. Offering a special Mass that includes the Divine Mercy devotions for those who wish it is a good thing.Presenting the devotions as an obligatory form of worship for the Second Sunday of Easter is not. Even some Divine Mercy websites are careful to stress that this Sunday is not meant to be a “party for devotees.” The focus, they say, should be on bringing “hardened sinners” back into the fold.Perhaps we, as a Church, need to spend less time worrying about bringing back the “hardened sinners,” and more time showing mercy to those struggling to stay despite personal hurts and rejection. We need to reach out to those who have one foot out the door, or who have already had the door closed on them.As we meditate in gratitude for God’s gracious mercy shown to us, we should look honestly at the mercy that we show to others. Our God is a God of mercy. Are we a Church of mercy?Mercy is who God is. It is love’s other name. Mercy is forgiveness.God is more interested in our future than in our past. He takes past sins seriously but never as the last word. God wants each of us to become the best person, he wills us to be and this requires conversion, a change of heart. Genuine mercy believes God’s grace has the power to transform us. God does not owe us forgiveness. Nor does God’s mercy licence us to continue to sin, it demands a response to go and from now on sin no more (John 8:11). God’s mercy motivates us to do better.God’s forgiveness is an easy thing to obtain. One needs only to ask. God forgives, he opens his loving arms and grants mercy. He gives love away.We do not have to feel guilty over the reality of our human frailty. God is not going to sternly judge us. No, God is running down the road toward us, eager to wrap his arms around us and kiss it better. The enormity of God’s love, which is so vast it is beyond measure or comprehension, creates in us an awareness of the depth of our inadequacy. But that awareness does not trigger feelings of unworthiness. Rather it creates a sense of poverty which allows us to trust fully in God and willingly accept his bountiful love.Forgiveness is one of the greatest gifts of the spiritual life. It enables us to be released from the sorrows of the past and reminds us to forgive others without hesitation, without question. Without question is hard to do, which only illustrates more clearly God’s love. Forgiveness simply says that we will never put someone out of our heart.Jesus says “Be merciful, just as the Father is merciful.” (Luke 6:36)Pope Francis’s message for Divine Mercy Sunday, is a very practical invitation to embrace Gods powerful love for us all.Jesus has this message for us: mercy. I think, and I say it with humility, that this is the Lord’s most powerful message: mercy. It is not easy to entrust oneself to God’s mercy, because it is an abyss beyond our comprehension. But we must! “Oh Father, if you knew my life, you would not say that to me!” “Why, what have you done?” “Oh, I am a great sinner!” “All the better! Go to Jesus: he likes you to tell him these things!” He forgets, he has a very special capacity for forgetting. He forgets, he kisses you, he embraces you and he simply says to you: “Neither do I condemn you; go, and sin no more” (John 8:11). That is the only advice he gives you. After a month, if you are in the same situation, let us go back to the Lord. The Lord never tires of forgiving, never! It is we, who tire of asking his forgiveness. Let us ask for the grace, not to tire of asking forgiveness, because he never tires of forgiving. Let us ask for this grace.SEE ALSO – Fr Paddy: 13 steps to ensure you have brighter days Pinterest GAA Pinterest TAGSFr PaddyFr Paddy Byrne By Fr Paddy – 27th April 2019 GAA Previous articleOur guide to the All-Ireland minor camogie final between Laois and LimerickNext articleWeekend Read: A campervan conversion is not just for Easter Fr PaddyFr Paddy is a curate in the hugely vibrant Portlaoise Parish. From Carlow town, he was educated in Carlow CBS and studied Business and Politics in Trinity College Dublin before training to be a priest in Carlow College.He is the youngest priest in the Kildare & Leighlin diocese and writes for a number of media outlets. He has almost 14,000 followers on Twitter. 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Citizenship appointments resume in all states and territories

first_imgCitizenship appointments resume in all states and territories More people now have the opportunity to become Australian citizens, with citizenship testing and appointments now available in all states and territories following COVID-19 shutdowns.In-person citizenship tests and appointments resumed in Melbourne this week, after COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria eased.Testing has progressively resumed in other states and territories as COVID-19 restrictions have allowed.More than 30,000 tests have been administered since testing resumed in July 2020. There are currently 117,000 people waiting for an appointment nationally, of which almost 40 per cent are in Victoria – with Melbourne being the second largest testing centre, after the combined Sydney sites.While citizenship processing continued during COVID-19, the pandemic has contributed to an increase in the number of people waiting for their citizenship applications to progress. The Government is providing additional resources and is increasing its opening hours at key locations to ensure that as many applications can be finalised as quickly as possible, while still maintaining the integrity of the citizenship program.Despite the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, since 31 March 2020, more than 90,000 people from every state and territory have become Australian citizens in online ceremonies.As at 31 October 2020, a further 14,000 people had become citizens through in-person ceremonies since they resumed in June 2020.In-person ceremonies have resumed in a number of states and territories as restrictions have eased, and local councils are encouraged to resume in-person ceremonies in a COVID-safe manner.Everyone who sits the citizenship test from now on will sit the updated test, which has a greater focus on Australian values, including the rule of law, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of association and equality of opportunity for all people in Australia.An updated version of the Australian Citizenship: Our Common Bond publication is available online in English and in 40 community languages to help people to prepare for the test.For more information on citizenship tests and appointments visit immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/citizenship/test-and-interview /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. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, Australian, citizenship, community, covid-19, English, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, Government, Home Affairs, local council, Melbourne, resources, rule of law, Sydney, testing, Victorialast_img read more

UK Government announces £50 million to support students impacted by Covid-19

first_imgUK Government announces £50 million to support students impacted by Covid-19 Thousands of students will benefit from an additional £50 million to support them with financial pressures from the pandemic, the Universities Minister has announced today (2 February).Today’s announcement is in addition to the £20 million announced in December, bringing the total to £70 million for this financial year.The new funding means that universities will be able to help students impacted by the pandemic, for example those facing additional costs for alternative accommodation, loss of employment, or extra costs to access their teaching online. Universities will distribute the funding and will be able to prioritise the funding to those most in need of help.The increased financial support comes as the majority of students have been asked to continue their studies remotely, as part of measures to reduce the transmission of coronavirus.This announcement follows the decision from many universities and accommodation providers to offer rent rebates for students who need stay away from their term-time address. The Government has encouraged others to join them and offer students partial refunds.Universities Minister Michelle Donelan said:This continues to be an incredibly difficult and challenging time for our students, and I am hugely grateful to all the university staff working hard to prioritise their health, wellbeing and learning during this pandemic.The additional £50 million that we are announcing today will mean we have distributed £70m for hardship in this financial year alone – on top of the £256m of government-funded student premium which universities can use for student support this academic year.This additional support will provide real, tangible help for those students struggling financially as a result of the pandemic.We will continue to prioritise a full return to education as soon possible, in line with public health advice. I am also working with universities and professional bodies to ensure students can graduate as planned.The Government also welcomes the decision from many universities and accommodation providers to offer rent rebates for students who need stay away from their term-time address, and encourages other to join them and offer students partial refunds. It asks all providers of student accommodation including universities, to make sure their rental policies have students’ best interests at heart and are communicated clearly.The funding will be distributed by the Office for Students directly to universities, which are best placed to assess student hardship locally. Universities will be able to help students, including international students, impacted by the pandemic, for example those facing additional costs arising from having to maintain accommodation in more than one location, or an inability to maintain employment, such as a job based close to their term-time accommodation for which they cannot access the furlough scheme, or to support students to access teaching remotely.The Government continues to monitor the situation and the impact of the funding.Students facing financial hardship are encouraged to contact their university or higher education provider if they find themselves facing financial difficulties related to Covid-19. /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. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:coronavirus, covid-19, education, employment, Government, Impact, international students, Minister, pandemic, public health, students, UK, UK Government, university, wellbeinglast_img read more

Robin Simcox appointed as Interim Lead of Commission for Countering Extremism

first_imgRobin Simcox appointed as Interim Lead of Commission for Countering Extremism His appointment for 6 months initially will involve working across government and with external partners to advise on how to tackle extremism in all its forms, including on the future role of the commission and on how government could further harness innovative thinking within the academic and think-tank sector on tackling extremism.Mr Simcox’s appointment follows the end of Sara Khan’s 3 year tenure leading the Commission. The former Lead Commissioner has been appointed by the Prime Minister as Independent Advisor on Social Cohesion and Resilience at the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government. The Home Secretary today wrote to Sara Khan to express her thanks for her contribution as Lead Commissioner of the Commission for Countering Extremism.Prior to founding the UK-based Counter Extremism Group, Mr Simcox previously served as a research fellow at the renowned Heritage Foundation in Washington D.C. A leading expert in the field of extremism, he has testified before US Congress on multiple occasions on issues related to Islamist terrorism.Robin Simcox said:It’s a great honour to be appointed the Interim Lead Commissioner for Countering Extremism. I look forward to building upon the valuable work already undertaken by Sara Khan and her team.Extremism is a scourge that has the potential to impact us all. There can be no place for it in the UK.I hope to be able to translate my experience in the counter-extremism field into recommendations that can help the government make headway on this key issue.Minster for Countering Extremism, Baroness Williams said:The government remains committed to tackling extremism and disrupting those who seek to sow hatred and division in our communities and radicalise others.The important work of the Commission for Countering Extremism will continue, and I’m delighted Robin Simcox will bring his expertise and innovative thinking to this role.I’d also like to thank Sara Khan for her dedication as Commissioner over the past 3 years and the significant contribution she has made to the government’s approach to tackling extremism. /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. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Commission, Commissioner, Government, housing, Local Government, Prime Minister, research, research fellow, resilience, Secretary, terrorism, U.S., UK, UK Government, Washington, Williamslast_img read more

Council could require permits for large adult groups using Santa Monica beaches

first_imgHomeFeaturedCouncil could require permits for large adult groups using Santa Monica beaches Dec. 17, 2018 at 5:00 amFeaturedNewsCouncil could require permits for large adult groups using Santa Monica beacheseditor2 years agoNewsSanta Monica Council will debate a set of changes to rules for local beaches and the regulation of some community events. Some of the updates are administrative in nature and cover small bookkeeping issues. For example, existing beach codes were established before the City took control of the Annenberg Beach House and the facility is currently excluded from relevant sections of the city code. Staff are asking for the property to be brought under the control of the relevant codes governing beaches and park property.  A second revision will explicitly allow staff to ban individuals from the city’s aquatic facilities. Current rules allow for issuing an administrative citation and staff can suspend an organization’s use permit but suspending use for an individual is not explicitly part of the code. The suspension would mirror those applied to the library allowing the individual to appeal the suspension and limiting the timeframe to one year maximum. Under existing rules, group activities (defined as less than 20 people) for individuals under the age of 18 require a permit on local beaches. Staff are asking the permit process be expanded to cover groups of adults. “Over the past several years, the City has seen an increase in organized adult groups of more than 20 entering the water for ocean swims and training,” said the report. “These groups include swim clubs, school teams and other swim training organizations. The unregulated organized group swim activity has caused use conflicts, overcrowding, and potentially unsafe conditions.”Staff said requiring a permit will allow lifeguards to better plan for everyone’s safety. “With the increase in adult-organized groups of 20 or more persons entering the water, staff is proposing expanding Code 4.55.210 to cover all organized groups, regardless of age,” said the staff report. “Such groups that visit the beach and enter the water would be required to acquire a City permit. Issuing permits for all groups when more than 20 persons enter the water will assist Los Angeles County Lifeguards in managing the water and ensuring adequate lifeguard coverage.”The final revision will allow vending during community events in residential neighborhoods. The change would allow activities like hosting a food truck during a block party.“Currently no vending is allowed on a closed street at a neighborhood street event or residential block party,” said the staff report. “Changing this policy to allow for vending or commercial activity on closed street events may offer benefits such as promoting and encouraging cultural enrichment, economic sustainability and vitality, and the enhancement of community identity. Additionally, neighborhood-serving businesses will have a better opportunity to engage with area residents. Neighborhood groups may be more apt to take part in a neighborhood block party as revenue from vendors (i.e. food trucks) may help cover the costs of producing the event.”Council will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 18 in City Hall, 1685 Main Street. Closed session begins at 5:30 p.m. and open session will not begin before 6:30 [email protected] :NewsSanta Monicashare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentSMMUSD considers foregoing Head Start in favor of district preschool modelAllen bill tries to streamline affordable housing constructionYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall9 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor19 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson19 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter19 hours agolast_img read more