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May blames Labour divisions for failure of Brexit talks

first_imgFriday 17 May 2019 12:49 pm May blames Labour divisions for failure of Brexit talks Share James Booth Tags: Brexit Jeremy Corbyn People Theresa May whatsapp Read more: Labour quits cross-party Brexit talks with ToriesLabour is deeply split over Brexit, with deputy leader Tom Watson calling strongly for a second referendum and calling Labour a “remain and reform” party on the EU.In contrast, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has a long history of Euroscepticism, has refused to go beyond the party line that Labour would only back a second referendum to prevent a “damaging Tory Brexit”.Corbyn in turn, blamed the weakness of May’s administration for the collapse of the Brexit talks, arguing that any deal agreed may be disregarded by her successor as leader.May said she would consider bringing forward some parliamentary votes to see if any of the ideas discussed in the talks could attract a majority.center_img Read more: BoE deputy recommends ‘British approach’ to post-Brexit regulation“We’ll also consider whether we have some votes to see whether the ideas that have come through command a majority in the House of Commons,” she said.May warned MPs they would be faced with a “stark choice” when her Brexit bill comes before parliament for a fourth time.“To vote to deliver on the referendum, to vote to deliver Brexit or to shy away again from delivering Brexit with all the uncertainty that would leave,” she said. Prime Minister Theresa May said today that a lack of unity within the Labour party helped contribute to the failure of the cross-party talks on Brexit.Speaking at a Conservative EU election event in Bristol, May said: “We haven’t been able to overcome the fact there isn’t a common position in Labour about whether they want to deliver Brexit or hold a second referendum which could reverse it.” by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikePast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm Oraclebonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyHealthyGem20 Hair Shapes That Make A Man Over 60 Look 40HealthyGemMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryPost FunThe Deadliest Snakes Ever Found On The PlanetPost Fun whatsapp last_img read more

News / IATA names Glyn Hughes its new head of cargo, as Des Vertannes bows out

first_img The affable and diplomatic Glyn Hughes has become the new global head of cargo for IATA – a move that is expected to be welcomed across the industry.The well-liked Mr Hughes has huge IATA cargo experience, having been at the organisation since 1991, when he joined to expand its Cargo Accounts Settlement Service (CASS) from an initial 35 members to well over 100. More recently, he was on the steering committee of the Global Air Cargo Advisory Council (Gacag).When asked about the job, he replied in a characteristic manner: “In the words of Jim Hacker [of UK TV comedy Yes Minister], if one is asked to serve one’s country it is his duty to oblige.”It is four years to the day that his predecessor, Des Vertannes, took up the mantle at IATA, with his own challenging brief of modernising the “antiquated” air cargo industry. By Alex Lennane 06/06/2014 The aim for Mr Hughes will be to build upon the work that he started, said Ram Menen, who today marks the first anniversary of his retirement as head of Emirates SkyCargo.“Des initiated major changes in the industry, and he’s built very strong foundations for new changes,” said Mr Menen. “Now, for IATA, it’s a question of building a superstructure on the top of the new foundations.“Before Des made the changes, that superstructure could not have been built.”A critical focus for IATA now must be to continue to equalise the relationships of the three parties involved in trading air cargo capacity under the guise of the Cargo Agency Modernisation Programme (CAMP), said Mr Menen.The programme, instigated by Mr Vertannes, initially focused on making forwarders principals in a contract, rather than agents of the airline. This relationship must now extend to shippers, argues Mr Menen.“The shippers now need to get involved and also become principals. Shippers complain about lack of transparency in the airfreight sector, but there’s nothing to stop them from buying services online – and paying for those services that they procure.”Noting that there is understandable resistance from forwarders for this to happen, he added: “Forwarders feel insecure – but airlines can’t provide the full services that shippers need, and shippers can’t either. So the forwarder is absolutely safe.”Mr Vertannes was also instrumental in improving the fairly disastrous relationship between FIATA and IATA.“In his masterful way, Des managed to bring those parties together,” said Mr Menen.Ram Menen (left) with Des Vertannes last night at his ‘leaving do’ in GenevaThe airfreight industry is often mocked because of the number of associations apparently needed to run it, but each has a different role to play. The role for IATA, the airlines’ representative, is to ensure the processes are in place for industry modernisation – and this is what the new head of cargo should focus on, say observers.Of course, the other issue for Mr Hughes is the roll-out of e-freight.Global penetration by the end of April was 14.3%. In a recent interview, Mr Vertannes acknowledged that this had been a disappointment and that he would have preferred to have seen 50% by his retirement day. But, assuming sufficient and continued impetus from IATA, e-freight is now well on its way.And Mr Vertannes leaves his successor with another challenge. At the end of IATA’s World Cargo Symposium in March, he charged the industry with cutting 48-hours off transit times.Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO, said: “Air cargo faces considerable challenges and we have an ambitious goal to improve the industry’s competitiveness through a cut in end-to-end shipping times of up to 48 hours. Glyn and his team will be dedicated to that goal, as well as to deliver the industry priorities of safety, security, quality, modernization and transformation through the e-cargo agenda.”But, as Mr Vertannes recently noted: “IATA can only encourage behavioural change.”It appears though, that IATA cannot do so at any decent pace. Citing the governance at IATA as the biggest frustration of his time there, he said: “Everything takes so long to shape and bring to a conclusion. You need to follow strict procedures and there is a consultative process, as you need to carry all the membership along with you.“Sometimes it’s difficult when you want things to happen at great speed – and they can’t.”We at The Loadstar wish Mr Vertannes every happiness in his retirement – and wish Mr Hughes fair winds and following seas in his unenviable task of taking the next steps to modernise the airfreight industry.last_img read more

A cyborg magician explains why she implanted 26 microchips and magnets in her body

first_imgThe Readout LOUDA cyborg magician explains why she implanted 26 microchips and magnets in her body A photo illustration of Anastasia Synn that represents “the version of myself that I would love to see one day but we are not there yet.” Sebastian Konopix LAS VEGAS — At a biohacker conference convened here the other day, panelists took to the stage, settled into their chairs, and launched into their slide decks. Not Anastasia Synn.With Frank Sinatra crooning “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” over the loudspeakers, Synn pulled out a giant needle and twisted it deeper and deeper into her left forearm as the music played on. It was only after finishing her routine, capped off by loud applause from the crowd of biohackers, that Synn sat down for a fireside chat about her work as a “cyborg magician.”Synn has 26 microchips and magnets implanted throughout her body. Unlike many biohackers who experiment purely out of personal interest, Synn does it for her magic career. These days, she’s doing less performing on stage and spending more time designing bodily implants for other magicians.advertisement Trending Now: STAT sat down with Synn after her performance last weekend at “Biohack the Planet” to learn more about her bodily implants, her medical precautions, and what it’s like to go through airport security.You’re often described in interviews as a cyborg. What does that mean to you?advertisement So you have a total of 26 bodily implants, including microchips and magnets, and you’re getting a 27th one this afternoon.Yes, and a 28th tomorrow. [A few days after this interview, Synn said she hadn’t yet installed implants No. 27 and 28. But, she said, “I suspect by the end of the month I’ll probably be up to 35.”]What do you use these implants to do?I’m a magician, so I use them in my magic act. And I also use them in my day-to-day life — to unlock my door at home, or to let my cat speak. I know that sounds crazy, but my cat’s upgraded even, so I can scan him, and he will tell his story about how I found him behind a grocery store. I love my cat.I can’t go into too much detail about how the implants are used in magic, but there’s multiple ways that they can be used and even more ways they can be designed to be used.What’s an example?The computer that I want to put my leg that we’re working on right now will actually have an NFC and a Wi-Fi and a Bluetooth. [NFC, or near field communication, is a technology that uses magnetic fields to connect two devices when they’re brought into close proximity with each other.]It’ll be able to read something by NFC, transfer it to my phone with Wi-Fi, transfer it to my hairpiece with Bluetooth, and then vibrate the magnet in my ear so I can receive secret information that no one else can hear. And I’m not wearing any kind of a headset, so people can inspect my ears. The magnets are great for doing any kind of coin manipulations — or anything that I can put magnetic material in can be held by my magnets. By Rebecca Robbins Sept. 6, 2019 Reprints To me, a cyborg is anyone that wants to add technology or anything that isn’t already in their body to their body to achieve a new sense or a new ability. NewslettersSign up for The Readout Your daily guide to what’s happening in biotech. Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Leave this field empty if you’re human: Are you using your implants in any way to monitor your health?I have one temperature chip under my arm, so I guess you could say that was a health monitor. It’s not hugely accurate. I think that if I were to choose again where to install it, I would put it directly in my armpit, where it could get a real legitimate reading. As far as other things, I would like to get my spire — which is a machine that you can buy on the market, from Amazon for example, and have it coated and implanted in my chest because it actually monitors my stress and my breathing. It texts me and says: ‘Hey, Anna. You’re really stressed out. Chill.’ And then it runs you through a breathing exercise. So I’d really like to have that become part of me, because I feel like it’s my best friend sometimes.Let’s talk about some precautions that you’re taking because you have these implants in your body. You’ve mentioned that you get your liver and kidneys checked every three months.The things that we’re coating my implants in are not medically sanctioned there. It’s not even like the silicone stuff that body modification people use just for decoration. It’s actually something that’s been in the medical field already, but not for this use. So we are using data sheets to make educated judgments on whether or not something should be used and following up with liver and kidney tests to make sure there’s no toxicity escaping into the body.And the thing you’d be monitoring is your white blood cell count?One thing. Also if you have any kind of renal failure, then obviously there’s a problem. So we’re monitoring for anything, any changes.So you said that you’ve put most of your implants in yourself. What is that like?I’ve put a little more than half of them in myself. The microchips are really easy to do. They come in a pre-sterilized assembly, you pop them in, and as long as you watch a quick five-minute YouTube video, I’m pretty sure anybody can do it. The ones that need to be scalpelled in — the larger magnets — I get my friend to do. He’s an emergency room nurse and he’s quite skilled with a scalpel, so I have no problems doing that. I have a high pain tolerance — I don’t know if you noticed — but I don’t have a problem with it. Some people might.I’m sure you get this question all the time: What is it like going through TSA at the airport?I actually have no problem with TSA whatsoever. The first time I went through, I showed them my implants and I said: ‘Is this going to set off any detectors?’ And I was really kind of proud and wanted to show them off. And they said: ‘I don’t know. Why don’t we try it?’ And I went through the magnet detector. Nothing. Then I went through the other one. Nothing. And since then even the wands haven’t been getting me when I go into shows.So, this past spring, you testified before the Nevada state legislature against a bill that sought to ban coercive microchipping. But you and other critics worried that the bill went too far, and could potentially ban transmitting devices that a person might want to implant out of their own free will. What made you so concerned about that bill?The fact that it wasn’t just banning coercive microchipping. It originally was introduced as that bill, but then it was sneakily changed into voluntary microchipping also being banned, and considering I already have 26, I saw a problem with that.I’m not a criminal, and I don’t want to be made one because people who don’t understand the technology are legislating it.I often hear a lot of concern about privacy and the risk of hacking when it comes to bodily implants like the ones that you have. How do you think about those concerns?Honestly, the concerns that I have with my implants are pretty much nil. But I know that there’s the concern mainly with anything that’s battery power. That’s what we’re all trying to fix, and what we’re all worried about, because batteries out gas and lithium is poisonous to the human body, and it tends to explode and catch fire. And nobody wants that under their skin. So, for me, that’s a big problem.This is a lightly edited transcript from a recent episode of STAT’s biotech podcast, “The Readout LOUD.” Like it? Consider subscribing to hear every episode. Privacy Policy Please enter a valid email address.last_img read more

Scotiabank Q2 net income beat expectations on strong international earnings

first_img Fed plays limited role in assessing climate risks for banks Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Bank of Nova Scotia main branch in Calgary, Alberta jewhyte/123RF Armina Ligaya The Bank of Nova Scotia’s second-quarter earnings beat expectations, fuelled by operations in Latin America and at home despite a slowdown in the Canadian housing market.Canada’s third-largestbank on Tuesday reported a nearly four cent jump in net income attributable to common shareholders. Its international division delivered 14% earnings growth and its Canadian banking division saw a 5% year-over-year increase. Keywords Earnings,  Banking industryCompanies Bank of Nova Scotia Toronto-based Scotiabank was the fourth of Canada’s biggest banks to report earnings for the three-month period ended April 30 that beat expectations against a backdrop of slowing real estate activity and tighter lending guidelines for uninsured mortgages as of Jan. 1.However, residential mortgage balances at Scotiabank during the period grew by 6%, compared with last year, to $203.8 billion, while the value of new mortgages issued during the period fell to $8.9 billion from $9 billion a year earlier and $10.3 billion in the previous quarter.Scotiabank chief financial officer Sean McGuckin said the bank is still expecting 5% growth for its 2018 financial year, helped by the pull-forward effect of buyers rushing to lock in home loans in the previous quarter ahead of the new rules.“We’re still very optimistic … With all the other growth levers we have in the bank, in international banking and in commercial lending, we can overcome any slowdown or moderation in our mortgage growth,” he told reporters on Tuesday.Scotiabank’s net income attributable to common shareholders during the quarter ended April 30 was $2.04 billion or $1.70 per diluted share, up from $1.97 billion or $1.62 per diluted share a year earlier. On an adjusted basis, the profit amounted to $1.71 per diluted share, compared with analysts’ expected earnings per share of $1.67, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Thebank’s Canadian banking division saw a 5% increase in net income attributable to equity holders to $1.02 billion, while its international banking arm saw an even bigger increase of 14% to $675 million.Scotiabank chief executive Brian Porter said its earnings at home were driven by solid asset growth led by commercial and small business, auto and mortgages, as well as margin expansion in a rising rate environment.Beyond Canada’s borders, thebank’s earning growth was driven by momentum in the Pacific Alliance countries of Mexico, Chile, Colombia and Peru.“International banking delivered another strong quarter, driven by double-digit loan growth in the Pacific Alliance, positive operating leverage and solid credit quality,” he told financial analysts.The Pacific Alliance trade bloc has been a key focus for Scotiabank, which has announced several regional acquisitions and strategic investments as it looks to expand its footprint in Latin America.In May, Scotiabank announced an agreement to acquire a 51% controlling interest in Peru’s Banco Cencosud for approximately $130 million. The bank also announced a deal in January to buy Citibank’s consumer and small and medium enterprise operations in Colombia for an undisclosed amount. Scotiabank said in December it had secured a deal to buy a 68% stake in a Chilean banking operation, BBVA Chile, for $2.9 billion.Scotiabank’s global banking and markets division, however, saw net income attributable to equity holders drop by 14% compared with the previous year to $447 million. The drop was due to “lower non-interest income, due primarily to high levels of client trading activity in equities last year, and the negative impact of foreign currency translation.”Gabriel Dechaine, an analyst with National Bank of Canada Financial Markets, called it a “solid but unspectacular quarter” and noted that Scotiabank’s adjusted growth in its Canadian banking division of 7% is “low relative to peers.”“Outperformance was driven by a re-alignment of reporting periods that added an extra month contribution from BNS Chile and the Canadian insurance business,” he said in a research note to clients. Previously, these divisions were reporting on a lag, and the realignment added one extra month of earnings to the latest quarter on a one-time basis.The latest quarterly earnings were also driven by lower provisions, which were offset by a higher tax rate, Dechaine added.The bank’s provisions for credit losses, or money set aside for bad loans, was $534 million, down 9% from the second quarter of 2017.The bank’s common equity tier 1 ratio, a key measure of the bank’s financial health, was 12%, up from 11.3% a year ago and 11.2% in the previous quarter. Canaccord reports record revenues, drops proposal to acquire RF Capital Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

NSF Grants $3.25 Million To CU-Based National Center For Women & Information Technology

first_imgIn an age of increasing gender equity in many areas, women still represent only 25 percent of all information technology professionals. With the help of a $3.25 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the University of Colorado at Boulder is leading the mobilization of the National Center for Women & Information Technology. The four-year grant became effective Oct. 1 with an initial $1 million from NSF. “I am delighted by this support for the mission of the center, which is to ensure that women are fully represented in the influential world of informational technology and computing,” said CU-Boulder Chancellor Richard Byyny. “The center’s goal is to achieve work force parity within 20 years, by making a concerted national effort that connects primary and higher education with careers in the IT industry and academia.” The center is a collaborative effort between universities, industry, government and not-for-profit organizations. Its core will be housed primarily on the CU-Boulder campus in the new Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society, or ATLAS, building, which is scheduled to open in fall 2006. ATLAS, a co-founder of the center, will continue to be a vital component, contributing center leadership and research to highlight effective educational programs. “We need women’s unique and creative approaches to technology in today’s innovative world,” said Lucinda Sanders, executive-in-residence for ATLAS and the center’s CEO. “But women continue to opt out of participation in information technology at all phases of the education and career pipeline. We intend to change that, through approaches that identify and actively disseminate effective practices and build a national movement for change.” According to national data, women accounted for only 28 percent of IT degrees in 2001, down from 37 percent in 1984. High-school-age women currently represent only 13 percent of the computer science Advanced Placement test-takers. The NSF grant is the largest work force grant ever from its Computer and Information Science and Engineering directorate. “Broadening participation is one of the primary programmatic objectives of CISE,” said NSF division director Gregory Andrews. “The National Center for Women & Information Technology’s research on effective practices and its broad national coalition offer excellent prospects for success.” CU President Betsy Hoffman feels very strongly about the importance of the center. According to Hoffman, “Information technology is the most influential area of our nation’s economy where women are still greatly underrepresented. The health of our nation depends upon the full involvement of all our citizens, and we are proud that the University of Colorado is leading this effort.” The National Center for Women & Information Technology is comprised of a network of partner organizations, companies and individuals. In addition to CU-Boulder, the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology serves as a founding and core organization of the center. The center’s hubs, which conduct programmatic and research activities for the center, also include the Association for Computing Machinery, the Computing Research Association, the Girl Scouts of the USA, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Berkeley and Irvine campuses of the University of California. Each of the hub institutions has provided significant support for the center. NSF, the AT&T Foundation, HP, the Colorado Institute of Technology and various individuals also have supplied planning support for the center. “The spirit of partnership that so many distinguished people and organizations have brought to the center to address this vital national issue is truly remarkable,” said Robert Schnabel, vice provost for academic and campus technology, ATLAS director and principal investigator on the NSF grant. “A crucial part of this is the academic and industry alliances, which will contribute and adapt effective practices and drive change nationally.” Founding members of the academic alliance include Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, Florida State University, Indiana University, Smith College, Spelman College, Stanford University, Texas A&M University, University of California at San Diego, University of Maryland Baltimore County, University of Texas at El Paso, University of Washington and the University of Wisconsin. Industry alliance founding members include Apple, Avaya, Bank of America, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft and Sun. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Oct. 17, 2004 last_img read more

Cyber security, big data analytics and AI among top digital technologies for healthcare and life sciences companies : Report

first_imgCyber security, big data analytics and AI among top digital technologies for healthcare and life sciences companies : Report News Share WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Related Posts Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine storycenter_img By EH News Bureau on March 6, 2018 Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Infosys research report titled, Digital Outlook for the Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry, highlights how digital technologies deployed at organisations are improving existing operations, solving new problems, and creating new opportunitiesInfosys research report titled, Digital Outlook for the Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry, highlights how digital technologies deployed at organisations are improving existing operations, solving new problems, and creating new opportunities. The research polled IT and business decision makers in the healthcare and life sciences industry as part of a global survey to discover the opportunities presented by new digital technologies.Key findings from the report stated that cyber security, big data analytics and AI are among the top three digital technologies being utilized the most by healthcare and life sciences companies today. According to the healthcare companies surveyed, investing in technologies for big data analytics for predicting risk and the onset of health problems (73 per cent), EHR systems modernisation (57per cent), and remote hospital-like care delivery (49 per cent) are the most commonly reported trends for the next three years which will make a positive impact on their organisation. Whereas life sciences respondents described that improving cyber security (64 per cent), using cloud-based technologies (54 per cent), and fostering industry collaboration (47 per cent) as the top trends. Healthcare providers plan to invest in digital technologies in the coming 12 months. EHR systems (68 per cent) and big data analytics (61 per cent) are currently receiving investments from most companies who consider them a trend in the coming three years. Life sciences organisations plan to invest in digital technologies in the coming 12 months, but not all investments are in the top trends: 76 pe rcent of those who consider it a trend over the next three years were investing in technologies to improve cyber security for protection of patient and trial data. A majority of healthcare and life sciences respondents said that their organisation could improve both existing skills and technologies in preparation for implementing the top trends of the next three years.Infosys commissioned independent market research company Vanson Bourne to undertake research to understand the use of digital technologies and key trends within nine different sectors. From October to December 2017, the quantitative and qualitative subset of the study was carried out, interviewing 1,000 senior IT and business decision makers in organizations that use digital technologies. Respondents were from organisations with 1,000 employees or more and $500 million global annual revenue or higher across verticals such as automotive, banking, CPG, healthcare, industrial manufacturing, insurance, life sciences, retail and utilities. Read Article Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025last_img read more

PM Simpson Miller to Advance Trade, Investment & Cooperation at CARICOM-Cuba Summit

first_imgRelatedWards of the State Honoured Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller will lead Jamaica’s delegation to the Fifth Summit of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba, which will be held in Havana, Cuba, on Monday, December 8, 2014. During the meeting, the Prime Minister is slated to lead discussions on a range of trade, investment and cooperation issues of benefit to Jamaica with the country’s closest neighbour. Jamaica and Cuba are currently engaged in several areas of technical cooperation, and culture, sports, health and agriculture have been identified as some of the possible areas for further cooperation.Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, as the Chairman of the CARICOM Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on External Trade, is also expected to lead discussions on trade and investment involving Cuba and the 15 member countries of CARICOM.During the visit to Cuba, the Prime Minister has been specially invited to be a keynote speaker, along with Cuban President Raul Castro, at an Official Ceremony on Sunday, December 7, to commemorate the 118th Anniversary of the Death of Cuban Liberator and Hero, Lieutenant General Antonio Maceo, an icon of the Cuban War of Independence. Maceo had spent considerable time in Jamaica, where his mother also lived and died.The Prime Minister will depart Jamaica for Cuba, on Saturday, December 6 and will return on Tuesday, December 9. During her visit to Cuba, Hon. Omar Davies, Minister of Transport, Works and Housing will be in charge of the Government.Jamaica’s delegation to the CARICOM-Cuba Summit includes: Senator the Hon. Arnold J. Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade; Ambassador A’Dale Robinson, Jamaica’s resident Ambassador in Havana, Cuba; and other officials  of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and the Office of the Prime Minister.The CARICOM-Cuba Summit will be convened under the joint chairmanship of the Hon. Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda and Chairman of CARICOM and  President Raύl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers of the Republic of Cuba. The Summit will provide the opportunity for the Jamaican Prime Minister and the other CARICOM leaders to engage in discussions on the strengthening of economic and technical cooperation with Cuba.The Summit is expected to adopt an agreed Declaration on the commitments made by the Caribbean leaders to advance CARICOM-Cuba cooperation and economic and trade relations in the areas of  health, agriculture, education, security, disaster risk management, sports and culture, transport and improved connectivity in the region, and trade development. The Declaration will also include initiatives for further collaboration on hemispheric and international issues of mutual interest, including wider regional integration, climate change and sustainable development, HIV/AIDS, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and other global health issues. RelatedPrime Minister Simpson Miller Addresses NHT Questions in Parliament Story HighlightsPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller will lead Jamaica’s delegation to the Fifth Summit of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba, which will be held in Havana, Cuba, on Monday, December 8, 2014.The Prime Minister is slated to lead discussions on a range of trade, investment and cooperation issues of benefit to Jamaica with the country’s closest neighbour.Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller is also expected to lead discussions on trade and investment involving Cuba and the 15 member countries of CARICOM. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail PM Simpson Miller to Advance Trade, Investment & Cooperation at CARICOM-Cuba SummitJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlaycenter_img Photo: JIS PhotographerLeader of the Opposition, The Most HonourablePortia Simpson Miller, O.N., M.P. Advertisements RelatedEarly Childhood Centre in Whitfield Town to be Expanded PM Simpson Miller to Advance Trade, Investment & Cooperation at CARICOM-Cuba Summit Prime MinisterDecember 5, 2014Written by: OPM Communications Unit last_img read more

Bill would allow prosecutors to seek resentencing if it ‘advances the interest of justice’

first_img Jan 22, 2021 By Jim Ash Senior Editor Top Stories Bill would allow prosecutors to seek resentencing if it ‘advances the interest of justice’ Sen. Jeff BrandesProsecutors could petition for resentencing if a felon’s original punishment “no longer advances the interest of justice” under a bill by Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg.SB 662, filed January 14, is nearly identical to a Washington state law that was enacted last year.Jacksonville defense attorney A. Wellington Barlow, a veteran reform advocate, says the measure could go a long way toward correcting unequal or overly harsh sentences that have contributed to mass incarceration.“It has the potential to be the most significant piece of legislation that addresses criminal justice reform that I’ve ever seen coming out of the state of Florida,” he said.The measure would require prosecutors to make “a reasonable effort” to notify victims if a resentencing hearing is granted. It would permit victims to deliver a statement “personally or by representation.”Judges would not be permitted to exceed the original sentence.The measure would increase a prosecutor’s discretion without imposing a mandate, and it has the potential to save taxpayers millions of dollars in prison costs, Barlow said.A. Wellington Barlow“For every year that we knock off of a client’s sentence, that’s saving the taxpayers about $22,000 a year, according to the latest OPPAGA study,” Barlow said, referring to the Legislature’s Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability. “I don’t see how anyone could oppose this.”The Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association has no position on the bill, said its president, Phil Archer.However, saying he was only weighing in as 18th Circuit state attorney, Archer recently sent a letter to the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee to oppose a proposed rule amendment that would have much the same effect as the bill.The proposed amendment to Rule 3.800 would allow a court to modify or reduce a sentence “upon the stipulation of the state attorney and the defendant.”State attorneys from the Ninth and 17th circuits wrote the committee to support the amendment. Archer’s colleagues from the Second and 14th circuits joined him in opposing the proposed amendment.Dated January 15, Archer’s letter is addressed to Second Judicial Circuit Judge Angela Dempsey, the committee chair.“I firmly believe that the potential consequences of opening up prior sentences at any time for any reason will be devastating to victims and survivors and does not serve justice,” Archer wrote.Calling the “finality” of sentencing an important component of the justice system, Archer says that trials, pleas, and sentencing hearings are “incredibly stressful” for victims and their families.“The idea that these same victims and survivors may be forced to repeat this process again for no other reason than the current state attorney has decided to change the sentence is unreasonable and cruel,” Archer wrote.Sentences can be revisited if new evidence arises or questions are raised about the actual innocence of the defendant, Archer said.“But this would allow a reduction or modification of a sentence based on nothing more than a future state attorney’s determination that his or her judgment is ‘better’ than the state attorney that was in office when the sentence was imposed.”SB 662 has yet to be referred to a committee. There is no House companion. The 60-day session convenes March 2.last_img read more

De La Torre files lawsuit to settle ‘common law’ conflict dispute

first_imgHomeFeaturedDe La Torre files lawsuit to settle ‘common law’ conflict dispute Mar. 26, 2021 at 6:00 amFeaturedNewsDe La Torre files lawsuit to settle ‘common law’ conflict disputeBrennon Dixson3 months agoCommon Law ConflictSanta Monica City Council A few months after being barred from a closed session City Council meeting for an alleged conflict of interest, Councilmember Oscar de la Torre is suing the City of Santa Monica to ensure it doesn’t happen again.The lawsuit, filed earlier this month in California Superior Court, details the events of a Council meeting held on January 26 along with de la Torre’s history as an advocate for district-based elections before asking for an injunction prohibiting the City of Santa Monica from preventing de la Torre’s participation in all City Council decisions, deliberations and discussions, unless a court determines he does indeed have a conflict of interest in certain matters before Council.“The City has received the lawsuit filed by Councilmember de la Torre challenging the Council’s determination,” City spokesperson Constance Farrell said in a statement that detailed de la Torre’s involvement with the Pico Neighborhood Association and Maria Loya v. City of Santa Monica case, which is currently pending a decision by the California Supreme Court.“The conflict is the result of Councilmember de la Torre’s personal relationships with the two plaintiffs who brought the litigation against the City. Councilmember de la Torre is married to plaintiff Maria Loya and is a former co-chair, and was deposed in the litigation as the person most knowledgeable of plaintiff Pico Neighborhood Association,” Farrell added, mentioning de la Torre is not precluded from participating in any Council discussions regarding the City’s election system, and that the conflict precludes him only from participating in discussions and decisions regarding the pending lawsuit.January’s 4-2 vote, which resulted after more than an hour-and-a-half of contentious discussion and fiery debate, also disqualified de la Torre from voting on any decisions relating to the Pico Neighborhood Association and Maria Loya v. City of Santa Monica case as well, which he said conflicts with the wishes of the voters who elected him into office.“The City Council majority voted to keep me from engaging on an issue that I was elected to address,” de la Torre said. “I don’t have a conflict, I have a mandate.”Councilmembers who voted to bar de la Torre from closed sessions related to the CVRA case disagreed, stating de la Torre has been so heavily involved in the litigation that it’s impossible for him to not be conflicted.“It’s like a football game. If I am planning, if I am going into the huddle, I am not inviting the coach from the other team into a strategy session about the play I’m going to call,” Mayor Sue Himmelrich said.“I think the point you just made is a key one… If this was a matter of policy discussion, there’s no question that the duly-elected council member Oscar de la Torre should be part of that policy discussion,” Councilmember Kevin McKeown said. “But this is, not at this point, a policy discussion. I honestly wish it were; I wish that five years ago — instead of suing the city — people who are interested in district elections had begun the process of public discussion because, by now, we could have had a ballot measure and voted on it. And the people, the city would have decided what they want to do. Instead, the plaintiffs chose litigation (and) Oscar was indeed part of that team.”“And like Mayor Himmelrich, I had the experience of being deposed in this case with Oscar in the room — and the only other people in the room were attorneys for their side or the city’s side. So, it’s very clear that Oscar took a role in the initiation and strategizing of this litigation. And for that reason, the common law conflict is quite obvious to me,” McKeown added as he stated he would certainly step down if his wife were suing the city and proposed that de la Torre voluntarily recuse himself from the matters.De la Torre disagreed back in January, stating he would do so if the Fair Political Practices Commission or courts ruled he should. This week, he expressed similar sentiments when he cited a FPPC letter sent to Interim City Attorney George Cardona that states de la Torre does not have a disqualifying conflict due to finances because he is not financially interested in any future settlement resulting in a monetary payment that would benefit the Pico Neighborhood Association.“How is it that the City Council majority who have voted to waste public funds to protect their own power, privilege and stipends get to claim that I have a conflict? Isn’t it more of a conflict for those Councilmembers who oppose district-based elections being that their positions are more secured through the illegal at large election scheme?” de la Torre asked this week. “I will respect the mandate of a more neutral court order that isn’t tainted…”Farrell said, “The City believes its determination was correct and will be responding to the lawsuit in court.”[email protected] :Common Law ConflictSanta Monica City Councilshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentCalifornia high court: Judges must weigh ability to pay bailCrime WatchYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agolast_img read more

Tele2 chief worried about uncertainty; outlook flat for 2014

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 07 FEB 2014 Home Tele2 chief worried about uncertainty; outlook flat for 2014 Related Tele2 looks to a post-pandemic world Failing to win 4G spectrum in Norway cast a pall over Tele2’s Q4 results, with Mats Granryd, CEO, acknowledging that a cloud of uncertainty now hangs over the group.He was nonetheless in fighting mood. “I see 2014 as a year when we remove uncertainty around Tele2,” he said.The Tele2 boss called on the group’s businesses in the Netherlands and Kazakhstan to “maintain their momentum within mobile” and for Tele2 Sweden to “cement its position in mobile data services”.“The situation in Norway will be addressed in a way that maximizes value for shareholders,” he added, although there was no hard detail as to how this might be done.There were reports this week that Tele2 was in talks with Access Industries, Norway’s surprise new entrant, about how it might revive its 4G ambition in Norway.Along with the Netherlands and Kazakhstan, Granryd sees Norway as key to growth outside its home market of Sweden.The Tele2 boss did not confirm such talks, but has previously committed to launching 4G in Norway on 1 May using existing frequencies.Encouragingly for Tele2, Q4 mobile end-user revenue for the group was up 5 per cent, to SEK3.72 billion ($570 million), compared with the same quarter the year before.Tele2 attributed the increase to mobile data revenue, which compensated for a decline in sales from mobile voice and SMS.Even so, overall Q4 revenue was SEK7.57 billion, a drop from the SEK7.87 billion generated in Q4 2012.Tele2 said the decline was mainly a result of “lower interconnect levels within mobile services” and “negative net sales development within consumer fixed broadband and fixed telephony”.Net profit for Q4, at SEK169 million, was also down (Q4 2012: SEK216 million). This was partly due to a higher tax bill.From a sales and operational point of view, Tele2 expects to flat-line during 2014. The group expects total revenue of around SEK30 billion (2013: SEK29.9 billion) and EBITDA of around SEK6 billion (2013: SEK5.9 billion). Tele2 set for exec team shake-up Previous ArticleVodafone signs as Ubuntu backerNext ArticleTelefonica searches the world for M2M partners Author FinancialTele2 Tele2 eyes converged boost with Com Hem rebrand Ken Wieland Tags Ken has been part of the MWC Mobile World Daily editorial team for the last three years, and is now contributing regularly to Mobile World Live. He has been a telecoms journalist for over 15 years, which includes eight…More Read more last_img read more