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Investor sentiment in City upbeat as Trump hints at orderly transfer

first_img whatsapp The US dollar has come under pressure again on the back of the more positive outlook for risk, as well as the prospect that “a new US administration could well be less US dollar friendly, when it comes to monetary and fiscal policy,” Hewson said. Share Reports that Joe Biden has asked former Fed chairman Janet Yellen to be the next US Treasury Secretary further boost sentiment, Hewson said, adding this is raising the hope of a much more consensual approach between the central bank and US administration over the next four years. Michiel Willems “President Trump somewhat begrudgingly makes life easier by gradually removing the various obstacles to a smooth process,” Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets UK, tells City A.M. this morning. Tags: Donald Trump FTSE 100 Joe Biden People US Presidential Election 2020 The news that some quarantine rules could get eased to six days from 15 December if passengers pay for a coronavirus test that comes back negative has been welcomed by the travel sector, sending the likes of Air France, Lufthansa and EasyJet higher this morning. Quarantine rules eased US markets look set to carry on from where they left off last night, opening higher with the S&P500 set to have another look above the 3,600 level.   “Expectations are for a fairly resilient reading of 101.5, however they could well be impacted by the recent restrictions that have been imposed in places like California, New York and Chicago, with the recent announcement by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot who urged people not to travel over the Thanksgiving holiday period,” Hewson concluded. Talk of a health passport from IATA also appears to be gaining traction, as a possible solution to unlocking the various border restrictions caused by the pandemic, particularly on long haul flights, Hewson said. Also Read: Investor sentiment in City upbeat as Trump hints at orderly transfer of power Investor sentiment in City upbeat as Trump hints at orderly transfer of power “This would work in conjunction with a vaccine program, allowing passengers to avoid extended quarantine times if they have had a vaccine and is cross checked on their passport,” he noted. Despite the lacklustre start to this week’s trading, investor sentiment in the City and beyond is certainly becoming much less pessimistic. This renewed push appears to have come about as a result of overnight events in the US, where Joe Biden is starting the transition process to a new US administration next year. whatsapp Higher oil prices and a more optimistic outlook are also helping the likes of BP and Royal Dutch Shell this morning, while, on the company’s front, the full year numbers from Compass Group has seen revenues fall sharply over the year, with sports and leisure taking the biggest hit due to the various closures of sports and leisure venues. It has also raised the prospect that Lael Brainard, who was in line to fill the US Treasury Secretary role, and who currently sits on the Fed board, could well become the next Fed chair when current incumbent Jerome Powell’s term comes up for renewal in February 2022. Some investors have construed this as the ultimate golden ticket for markets, Hewson noted. Show Comments ▼ On the data front the latest US consumer confidence numbers could well be impacted by the recent surge in virus cases ahead of this week’s Thanksgiving holiday. Also Read: Investor sentiment in City upbeat as Trump hints at orderly transfer of power However, this seems highly ambitious and not a little dystopian, and is likely to present a number of significant civil liberties obstacles, he said, warning it could undergo “some significant pushback, but it does appear to speak to a direction of travel in the context of a return to getting the aviation sector back in the air, pun intended.” Also Read: Investor sentiment in City upbeat as Trump hints at orderly transfer of power Across the pond Tuesday 24 November 2020 10:33 amlast_img read more

MPs back Prince Philip statue on The Mall in London

first_img whatsapp The Queen Mother’s statue, erected in 2009, cost £2m and was paid for by the production of a one-off five-pound coin that commemorated the Queen’s 80th birthday. Stefan Boscia Share Notice of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh’s death is displayed on the large screen at Piccadilly Circus (Getty Images) Also Read: MPs back Prince Philip statue on The Mall in London The Sunday Telegraph reports that Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer both support the idea of erecting a statue of the Duke of Edinburgh nearby his in-laws. The Mall already has statues of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother alongside a statue of her husband King George VI. Sir Charles Walker, vice chairman of the 1922 committee of Tory backbenchers, told the Sunday Telegraph that a statue for the Duke of Edinburgh would be “a fitting tribute to mark a lifetime of public service and duty”. Every living US president paid tribute to the Duke, as did a host of European leaders and fellow royals. In a statement, incumbent Joe Biden said: “Over the course of his 99-year life, he saw our world change dramatically and repeatedly. From his service during World War II, to his 73 years alongside the Queen, and his entire life in the public eye — Prince Philip gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK, the Commonwealth, and to his family.” Sunday 11 April 2021 10:39 am Prince Philip is set to be commemorated with a statue along The Mall in London, after the idea gained cross-party backing by MPs. center_img Notice of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh’s death is displayed on the large screen at Piccadilly Circus (Getty Images) Also Read: MPs back Prince Philip statue on The Mall in London MPs back Prince Philip statue on The Mall in London whatsapp Tributes from world leaders for Prince Philip have flowed in over the past two days, after the Queen’s consort died aged 99 on Friday. More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.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.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com Barack Obama praised the Duke’s “extraordinary example”, while George Bush said that he had “brought boundless strength and support to the sovereign”. Any statue would likely cost millions of pounds, however a public appeal for donations could bypass the need to directly use taxpayer funds. Notice of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh’s death is displayed on the large screen at Piccadilly Circus (Getty Images) A source close to the Prime Minister said he would be on board with the idea, while a Labour source said “a statue would seem a fitting tribute for his years of service”. Show Comments ▼last_img read more

Tribal council proposes Iñupiaq language and culture partnership with Nome Public Schools

first_imgAlaska Native Arts & Culture | Arts & Culture | Education | WesternTribal council proposes Iñupiaq language and culture partnership with Nome Public SchoolsMay 21, 2016 by Laura Kraegel, KNOM Share:King Island in June of 2014. (Photo by Carrie Ojanen Cockerham)As this school year winds down, the Board of Education for Nome Public Schools is looking ahead to next year. At a recent meeting, the board heard a new proposal during public comments. Megan Alvanna-Stimpfle — the Vice Chief of the King Island Tribal Council — asked the school district to partner with the council and apply for a grant from the Alaska Native Education Program.She said the funding would provide students with an afterschool activity focused on Iñupiaq culture and language. In the longer term, she said the council wants to work toward an even larger language program, like an immersion school within the district.“We have this opportunity to save a language and time is of the essence for us to collectively act,” she said. “We’re ready to be partners because we can’t afford to not act.”Superintendent Shawn Arnold said he’ll arrange a meeting between district officials and the King Island Tribal Council to discuss the partnership further.The school board is scheduled to meet again on May 24. Their work session will focus on budget amendments for the fiscal year 2016.Share this story:last_img read more

With cut after cut, state food safety inspections stretch years apart

first_imgAleutians | Food | Health | Juneau | State GovernmentWith cut after cut, state food safety inspections stretch years apartJuly 31, 2017 by Carter Barrett Share:The food safety permit for the Timberline Bar and Grill in Juneau hangs on its wall on Saturday. With fewer inspectors conducting fewer inspections, some restaurants go years between inspections. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2017/07/31foodsafetynpr1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Salmon patties sizzle on a grill at The Salmon Spot, a new addition to Juneau’s many downtown seasonal food stands. Its license hangs just above a box of plastic gloves.With food inspectors available in town, navigating the permits and getting open for business was a lot of work – but not impossible. The seasonal stands in Juneau are inspected regularly.Food Safety and Sanitation license hangs on the wall inside Forno Rosso, a mobile food stand in Juneau. The stand features a full-size custom pizza. They were inspected twice in 2016, both with zero violations.In the western Aleutian island of Adak, there are only two full-service restaurants. The federal government considers restaurants high-risk and recommends food safety regulators inspect them four times a year.But none of the restaurants in Adak have been inspected in over four years.In 2013, the Aleutian Sports Bar and Grill was cited for rodent droppings and storing food in the kitchen restroom, among other violations. It’s since closed its kitchen.In Alaska, inspections are creeping further apart. High-risk facilities are inspected on average once every 18 to 24 months. In rural areas, it can be even longer.Outside of Anchorage, the state’s Food Safety and Sanitation Program is responsible for inspecting restaurants pools, spas, tattoo parlors, food processors and other facilities. The check-ins are intended to protect public health. But after several years of state budget cuts, fewer inspectors are paying fewer visits.“I would say the number of inspections staff at this point would need to triple or maybe even quadruple for us to be able to get out with any degree of adequacy,” said Kimberly Stryker. She manages the state’s Food Safety and Sanitation Program.Her inspectors have to triage.In 2016, 50 percent of high-risk retail food establishments were inspected – up a few points from two years before. Less than one in five low-risk facilities – like coffee shops, bars, grocery stores – were inspected.Low-risk facilities are only inspected if there are complaints or if inspectors have time.How frequently Food Safety and Sanitation inspects a facility is based on an assessment that factors in proximity to their offices, the concentration of high-risk facilities, if it is a hub community with access to smaller villages, among other criteria.“Once you go outside those larger communities, you’re really talking about much more expensive travel, much more difficult travel,” Stryker said.A round trip Anchorage-to-Adak plane ticket is $1,200, and there’s only one flight a week.Over the last three years, lawmakers cut over a million dollars from Food Safety and Sanitation’s budget. Two offices closed and a fifth of the staff was cut. And expensive plane tickets to a town with just a handful of restaurants are harder to justify.“I would say overall it’s resulted in a reduction in our capacity to be able to prevent and respond to illness outbreaks, reports of illness, or reports of lack of sanitation,” Stryker said.The Federal Food and Drug Administration contracts to inspect facilities that sell food across state lines – usually large processing plants. The state uses these trips to inspect other nearby facilities as well. The state also raised the fees facilities must pay, to make up for lost funds.“We’re like a puppy dog chasing our tail, that’s just what we do, we’re never caught up,” said Jason Wiard, an environmental health officer based in Juneau. “It gets a little stressful, it gets a little tough.”Part of the job is being gone for a week or more on trips.“You might be sleeping in places that would surprise you,” Wiard said. “You could be sleeping on a gym floor, in a clinic cause there’s no lodging, or you might have someone say, ‘You can sleep on my couch.’”Staff turnover is common in Food Safety and Sanitation because of tough working conditions and budget layoffs. Keeping staff well trained, and investing money in training is a challenge.In recent weeks two fully-trained inspectors quit. Stryker remembers an employee counting 16 positions that have turned over since November 2014.Are there consequences?The Centers for Disease Control estimates 1 in 6 Americans gets sick from a foodborne illness a year.According to the most recent CDC data, 2015 was Alaska’s worst year for foodborne illnesses and hospitalizations since its tracking began in 1998. There were 234 reported illnesses and 31 hospitalizations where the location of preparation was confirmed as restaurants.Data from the Centers for Disease Control. No cases were reported in 2007, 2009 and 2011. Only cases that are part of an outbreak under the CDC’s definition are counted. (Graph by Carter Barrett/KTOO)“I can certainly speak as an Alaskan first, and as a public servant second, I’m concerned about Alaskans becoming sick with foodborne illness,” Stryker said. “It’s completely preventable and it can absolutely change a person’s life.”The city manager in Adak said the small town rumor mill keeps restaurants and cooks in-check, but Adak is scheduled to be inspected this fall.“I’ve been out to rural communities where I’ve been just scared. Like, I know it’s been so long since we’d been out here. You show up and they’re dialed in perfectly,” Wiard said. “I think everybody understands the importance of food safety. Then again, I’ve been to places where you walk in and it’s a disaster.”There used to be a McDonald’s, a movie theater and a swimming pool in Adak. They’re gone now, just the skeletal, weathered structures are left. A zombie movie was nearly filmed on the island – the perfect apocalyptic-esque set.“When they don’t see us for a lot of years it’s hard to go in there and say, ‘You’re doing all this stuff wrong.’ And they’re like, ‘Great, where were you for the last 10 years? We’d love to hear this more often, so we’re not out of compliance,’” Wiard said.In Juneau, sometimes it takes a visit to reassure food safety. In 2011, Wiard shut down Juneau’s downtown soup kitchen, The Glory Hole.“It was awful, it was egregious, it was the worst thing possible that I could have done,” Wiard said. “They had lots of rodents, and cockroaches and ickies.”After an overnight cleaning binge, Wiard returned early the next morning to see if the kitchen could reopen for breakfast.“Just the impact of being able to do that, so folks down at The Glory Hole could have a breakfast that morning, you know, that was some of the sacrifices that I look at – yeah, that was a good thing,” Wiard said.In rural communities, that level of follow up and education isn’t always possible.As for the Food Safety and Sanitation Program’s budget for this year, it didn’t lose any more funding.Share this story:last_img read more

Sealaska Heritage settles Ravenstail coat case with Neiman Marcus, other defendants

first_imgAlaska Native Arts & Culture | Alaska Native Government & Policy | Business | Crime & Courts | SoutheastSealaska Heritage settles Ravenstail coat case with Neiman Marcus, other defendantsMarch 3, 2021 by Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO Share:Neiman Marcus sold the product on the left under the name “Ravenstail Knitted Coat.” Sealaska Heritage Institute sued in April 2020, saying that infringed on the copyrighted pattern in “Discovering the Angles of an Electrified Heart,” center, originally by the late weaver Clarissa Rizal, background. (Top photos courtesy of Sealaska Heritage Institute, background photo by Tripp J Crouse/KTOO)Sealaska Heritage Institute and the luxury retailer Neiman Marcus have settled a lawsuit over a coat the company sold. The coat bears a striking resemblance to a copyrighted, Alaska Native Ravenstail pattern.The case began with Neiman Marcus but eventually grew to include 11 defendants.In a statement, Sealaska Heritage said they’ve agreed to work together to resolve the issue “under Tlingit law and cultural protocols.”Jacob Adams is the cultural nonprofit’s attorney on the case. He said the terms of the settlement are confidential, but some effects of it may become public.“There are conditions that are being met to meet the Tlingit law aspect and cultural requirement aspect. So, in the future, some things may be seen as a result of the settlement,” Adams said.He said confidentiality helps avoid generalizing case law among other Indigenous groups that have their own cultural requirements.In a filing on Monday, lawyers from both sides asked the U.S. District Court to hold off on dismissing the case until at least Oct. 1. They need time to fulfill the conditions of the settlement.Adams said this case is an indicator of shifting attitudes around Indigenous groups objecting to the commercialization of their culture.“Most of the time it would just end with someone saying, ‘Oops.’ Right?” he said. “‘Sorry.’ Or, ‘We didn’t know.’ Or, ‘We did know, but we were really trying to celebrate you. We were giving you exposure. Look how beneficial our actions were to you. It was out of a good place that we’ve done this,’ right?”Now, he said there’s a growing recognition of Indigenous ownership rights.“And it’s a real leveling of the power dynamics,” he said. “And it’s also making sure that indigenous ownership is respected as much as any other ownership, right? Under the law.”Sealaska Heritage Institute and the heirs of the late weaver Clarissa Rizal sued the luxury retailer last April. In addition to violating the copyright, they said Neiman Marcus violated the Indian Arts and Crafts Act by misrepresenting the coat as an Alaska Native craft.Alaska-based attorneys for the defendants did not respond to requests for comment. But in Sealaska Heritage’s statement, the nonprofit said the retailer and associated defendants asserted the design was public domain and truthfully advertised. They will not have to admit fault or wrongdoing under the settlement.Lily Hope was one of the plaintiffs and Clarissa Rizal’s daughter. She said she’s glad the dispute has been resolved.Share this story:last_img read more

Savoonga woman to join White House council on environmental justice

first_imgClimate Change | Environment | Federal Government | Health | WesternSavoonga woman to join White House council on environmental justiceApril 10, 2021 by Kevin S. Fox, KNOM – Nome Share:Vi Waghiyi at KNOM (Zoe Grueskin/KNOM)Viola Waghiyi of Savoonga is one of the 26 members chosen for a new White House advisory council on environmental justice. The council will give advice and recommendations on how to address current and historic environmental injustices across the United States.“It is an honor, not only as a Sivuqaq Yupik grandmother and Native Village of Savoonga tribal citizen, but as an Arctic Indigenous person who has been working on environmental health and justice issues going on 19 years,” Waghiyi said.As the environmental health and justice program director at Alaska Community Action on Toxics, Waghiyi has advocated for environmental health on her native St. Lawrence Island. Since the end of the Cold War, her tribal community has been trying to hold the U.S. military accountable for toxic contamination from two Cold War bases.Waghiyi says the council will be one way she’ll exercise her voice.“[To] make sure that the priorities – including military toxic contamination and the persistent organic pollutants – are at the forefront with this administration. These have resulted in health disparities never before seen in our people,” she said.Persistent organic pollutants, or POPs, have contaminated the food supply for subsistence diets. St. Lawrence Islanders are experiencing a range of related health issues – including cancer – due to POP contamination.“Even though we don’t have manufacturers or chemical plants, we are finding them [POPs] in our backyards, in our lands and waters, in our bodies, and in our most sacred traditional foods that have sustained our people for millennia,” Waghiyi said.According to Waghiyi, the Yupik people still feel the benefits of maintaining their traditional diet outweigh the risks.Her appointment shows the federal government’s growing geopolitical interest in the Arctic. While different branches of the military have announced plans for operating, once again, in Alaska and the Arctic, Waghiyi says that a seat at the table in Washington is timely and important.“It is so important because a lot of times we are never at the table when decisions are being made for us miles and miles away,” she said. “This will ensure that we have a voice at the White House.”The council was established to confront long-standing environmental injustices and to ensure that historically marginalized and polluted communities have greater input on federal policies and decisions.Council members will serve in a voluntary capacity, offering recommendations in a number of areas including climate change resilience, pollution and tribal and Indigenous issues.Share this story:last_img read more

Glaxo ‘turns back the clock’ and resumes payments to doctors

first_img GET STARTED Glaxo ‘turns back the clock’ and resumes payments to doctors In an unexpected move, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) will resume payments to doctors who help promote some of their medicines, reversing a policy begun five years ago after marketing scandals that led, in part, to an infamous settlement with U.S. authorities.Going forward, the company will pay doctors who speak on its behalf for “select” products in the U.S. and Japan, but this could extend to major markets in Europe, North America, and Asia starting next year. Nonetheless, Glaxo insisted total payments will be “significantly lower” than before the old policy was announced in 2013. Ed Silverman Sang Tan/AP Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Log In | Learn More Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. 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. Pharmalot center_img [email protected] What is it? By Ed Silverman Oct. 2, 2018 Reprints About the Author Reprints What’s included? 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 Tags pharmaceuticalsphysiciansSTAT+last_img read more

Parents Must Be More Vigilant – Holness

first_imgParents Must Be More Vigilant – Holness UncategorizedNovember 16, 2008 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Education, Andrew Holness, is calling on parents to be more vigilant in protecting their children, especially in light of the recent spate of violent attacks against them.“In light of what is happening in our society and the great panic that is in our society, regarding violence towards our children, and the unfortunate incidents that have occurred with many of our children, I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to our parents, to take greater care and effort in protecting our children,” Mr. Holness implored.The Minister made this plea during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with Spanish Ambassador, Jesus Silva, for the provision of accommodation for parents at several Spanish hotels, at the Ministry’s headquarters in Kingston, on November 14.“Whilst the State has a responsibility to provide security, parents have an even greater responsibility in ensuring that they protect their children, and it is not necessarily protection in terms of security, but protection in terms of love and care, in terms of attention and effort, in terms of wishing the best for your children, and ensuring that you put out the best for your children,” Mr. Holness said.The agreement is being facilitated by the Spanish-Jamaica Foundation, and is part of Parenting Month (November) activities, which include workshops and other events to help parents become more effective parents.Twelve parents will be given the opportunity to enjoy a week-end for two, at four of the hotels in the RIU group, free of cost. They will be nominated by students, through a parenting competition in the six regions of the Ministry. Two parents will then be selected from each region.Senior Advisor in the Ministry and Chair of the Parent Month Planning Committee, Dr. Rebecca Tortello, said that the parents who are chosen by the Ministry, would have embodied strong, efficient and effective parenting. “The Ministry will then use these model parents in workshops with other parents, to share best practices,” she informed.Ambassador Silva, who is President of the Spanish-Jamaica Foundation, said that the nine Spanish Groups that form the Spanish-Jamaica Foundation, have embarked on several projects, that are meant to be instruments to help with the development of important sectors of the Jamaican society and economy. He said the Board expressed its will to get more involved in the education and health sectors. “So, the proposal that came from the Minister of Education, was very timely. Certainly, this is only the first of, hopefully, many other possibilities that we will partner to do, in the field of education,” he noted.The Foundation is a non-profit organisation that was created in 2006, by the Spanish groups that are currently investing in Jamaica.Parenting Month is being celebrated under the theme – ‘Parenting: Right From the Start’. RelatedParents Must Be More Vigilant – Holness RelatedParents Must Be More Vigilant – Holnesscenter_img RelatedParents Must Be More Vigilant – Holness Advertisementslast_img read more

African Development Bank, IFAD and partners redouble efforts to stop hunger in Africa and strengthen food security

first_imgAfrican Development Bank, IFAD and partners redouble efforts to stop hunger in Africa and strengthen food security – The African Development Bank and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), in partnership with the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) and the CGIAR System Organization, today pledged to work closely with African leaders to address rising hunger on the continent and shore up adequate financing to transform and modernize Africa’s food production.The impact of climate change, rising fragility and conflict, and locust invasions in East and Southern Africa is taking a toll on the continent.A two-day high-level dialogue will focus on modernizing food production, making African agriculture more business oriented, and strengthening agriculture value chains.Finding solutions will require strong backing from governments, development partners and the private sector.The virtual event brought together government officials, heads of multilateral development banks, development partners, regional organizations, research institutions, business leaders, private sector operators, investment agencies, participants from academia, civil society organizations and experts from across Africa and beyond.The dialogue is an opportunity to share achievements and lessons from across the African continent and accelerate agricultural transformation.Across the continent, hunger poses an even greater risk than Covid-19. The number of people living with hunger increased from 214 million to 246 million between 2015 and 2020. Agricultural and agro-business related activities could provide employment opportunities for millions of young Africans, who account for 70% of the population.Transforming commitments into action, the parties are expected to announce new financing to support food transformation and the creation of jobs in Africa’s agro-industry.“Getting new and appropriate technologies into the hands of African farmers is a key part of addressing Africa’s agriculture and food security needs. Unless we show strong collective resolve and turn ambition into reality, we will be confronted with enormous food shortages on the continent,” African Development Bank President Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina said. “Rapid population growth, urbanization and ongoing climate change will make this certain. The consequences of not acting would be devastating.”“Africa has the potential to feed itself and feed the world,” said IFAD President Gilbert F. Houngbo. “If we commit today to increasing investments in modernizing agriculture, providing skills, finance and better access to food value chains, agriculture has the potential to become a thriving and successful sector that creates jobs and provides livelihoods for small-scale farmers and rural populations – in particular, for millions of young Africans joining the job market.”Enhanced productivity, integrated value chains and economies of scale are at the heart of Africa’s food security challenge.The food security summit will showcase the African Development Bank’s highly successful Technologies for African Agricultural Technologies (TAAT) and other development partner success stories.The virtual dialogues will include heads of state of 18 African countries; Agnès Kalibata, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the 2021 Food System Summit; Tony Blair, Executive Chairman of the Institute for Global Change; and the heads of the Food and Agriculture Organization, the Islamic Development Bank Group, Afreximbank, and the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa, among others. /Public Release. 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Governor Newsom Calls for Discontinuation of Winery Tastings & Events

first_imgLinkedin ReddIt Pinterest Share Facebook Home Industry News Releases Governor Newsom Calls for Discontinuation of Winery Tastings & EventsIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessGovernor Newsom Calls for Discontinuation of Winery Tastings & EventsBy Press Release – March 16, 2020 2009 0 Twitter AdvertisementNew Recommendations on Winery Tastings & EventsCalifornia Governor Newsom called today for the closure of bars, pubs and wineries in the state to help curtail the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The closure recommendation applies only to winery tasting activities and events. The purchase and pick up of wine and winery business and production operations are not impacted.The Governor also called on restaurants to reduce occupancy by half to facilitate social distancing. A restaurant is defined as a business that derives 51% or more of gross sales from food prepared onsite.Following the Governor’s announcement today, we participated in a call with his office and offer the following recommendations to members based on current information:Discontinue consumer tastings and events.Allow consumers into the winery only for the purchase and pick up of wine.Intensify cleaning and sanitation procedures to ensure visitor and employee safety.Implement social distancing in operations, defined as maintaining a distance of six feet or more from another person.Follow the recommendations of the CDC and California Department of Public Health– wash hands frequently, avoid close contact, avoid touching the face, cover sneezes and coughs, remain at home when sick, and take additional precautions if elderly or at-risk.Resources & InformationCenter for Disease Control – COVID-19 GuidanceWorld Health Organization – COVID-19 GuidanceCalifornia Department of Public Health – COVID-19 UpdatesWe will continue to provide updates as new information is available.Wine Institute Comment:The safety of our visitors, communities, employees and their families is the number one priority of the California wine community during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.We are working with the Governor’s office to implement recommendations to reduce the exposure and spread of the disease by limiting visitor access to winery tasting rooms for purchase and pick up only, intensifying cleaning and sanitation procedures and following the guidance of the CDC and California Department of Health.Wine InstituteEstablished in 1934, Wine Institute is the public policy advocacy group of 1,000 California wineries and affiliated businesses that initiates and advocates state, federal and international public policy to enhance the environment to responsibly produce, promote and enjoy wine. Wine Institute membership represents more than 80 percent of U.S. wine production and 95 percent of U.S. wine exports. Wine Institute’s export promotion program for California wines involves more than 170 wineries that export to 142 countries. Thirteen global representative offices conduct marketing and promotional programs in 25 countries across the globe. For more information visit wineinstitute.org.Advertisement TAGSCaliforniaCoronavirusfeaturedWine Institute Email Previous articleAfternoon Brief, March 13Next articlePowerful Tools for Wineries Changing from Barrel Ageing to Oak Ageing Press Releaselast_img read more