Andrew Bailey: Three issues the new BoE chief must tackle

first_imgBen Nelmes, head of public policy at the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association, said making Britain’s financial services sector “responsive to the big challenges facing society and the planet is one of the key challenges for the new governor”. Bailey has said little on the subject, but it seems unlikely that he will deviate from the path set by Carney, who has called on lenders and insurance firms to change their business models so they can survive in a net zero carbon emissions economy. whatsapp Andrew Bailey: Three issues the new Bank of England chief will have to tackle The UK has not been in an official recession – two consecutive quarters of falling growth – since the financial crisis. Given that Bailey’s term is eight years long, he is highly likely to have to deal with a downturn. Bailey does indeed have about as much experience of the BoE as it is possible to get, having started there in the 1980s and worked in myriad roles including director for banking services and executive director. He was chosen to be the chief executive of the powerful Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) watchdog in 2016. However, a series of investment and financial scandals caused many to criticise him as out of touch. Over the coming eight years, Bailey will certainly have to draw on his experience as Britain adapts to post-Brexit life and a changing world. 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The pound has already given up its post-election gains. whatsapp (AFP via Getty Images) That job has been made more complicated by the fact that interest rates of 0.75 per cent are close to record lows and the Bank’s balance sheet is inflated after years of stimulus bond-buying. Read more: FCA chief Andrew Bailey confirmed as next Bank of England governor Here are three major issues that will consume much of the new governor’s time. Read more: Bank of England holds interest rates at 0.75 per cent Read more: Mark Carney warns financial sector over climate change Show Comments ▼ Dealing with a downturn Carney’s Bank of England has been a world leader when it comes to addressing climate change. For example, it is building a “catastrophic” climate stress test for 2021 that will see whether banks can cope with a rapidly warming world that could damage assets. A key issue for Bailey will be supporting the City throughout tough negotiations during which financial services could become a sticking point. The talks are likely to revolve around the terms on which the UK is granted “equivalence” – the right of non-EU countries to access the bloc’s financial markets. 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Brexit negotiations Share A safe pair of hands. That’s the cliche about the new Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey, who will take over the position from Mark Carney in March. The City and the British public will be hoping it is correct. Paul Dales, chief economist at Capital Economics, said “some innovation” is likely to be needed. “It’s possible that monetary policy will be very different at the end of Bailey’s time as governor than at the start,” he said. Nonetheless, chancellor Sajid Javid overlooked these criticisms and opted for the Threadneedle Street veteran to take the helm at a key time for Britain’s economy. last_img read more

Nearing graduation, musician Byron Nicholai looks forward to college and new challenges

first_imgAlaska Native Arts & Culture | Arts & Culture | EducationNearing graduation, musician Byron Nicholai looks forward to college and new challengesMay 8, 2016 by Laura Kraegel, KNOM Share:Byron Nicholai performs with the Toksook Bay Traditional Dancers. (Photo by Laura Kraegel/KNOM).Byron Nicholai began posting fun, silly music videos on Facebook when he was 14 years old. Now, the Toksook Bay musician is 18, and his drumming and singing are celebrated for sharing traditional Yup’ik culture.Between releasing his first album and performing across the country, Nicholai has accomplished a lot in the last few years. But with high school graduation fast approaching, he said he’s ready for the next challenge: going to college and making even better music.Backstage at the 2016 Cama-i Dance Festival, Byron Nicholai is thinking about his future. He has just finished performing with the Toksook Bay Traditional Dancers, the hometown group that first taught him to sing and drum. Soon, though, he’ll take the stage for his solo act, “I Sing. You Dance.” Looking around the crowded high school gym in Bethel, Nicholai knows he’s come a long way from his early Facebook videos.“It was just something I did for fun. That’s it,” he said. “But now it’s like I need to give these people a message — something that they need to hear.”His music is still fun, but it’s based on big ideas about Yup’ik culture and identity. Nicholai said most songs are inspired by the lessons he learns from his parents and the elders in his community. And just as they motivate him, he says he wants to share a positive message with the many kids who are now his fans.“What they see me doing, they will do,” he said. “It’s almost like ‘monkey see, monkey do,’ but with people. So I’m trying to help our culture grow song by song, dance by dance, and these little kids are into it. While I’m up there and they’re watching, they’re learning the songs, the dances, part of my culture. It’s just a part of them now as it was a part of me.”Midway through his set, Nicholai performs his signature song, “I Am Yup’ik.” The crowd sings along faintly for the first half, but then their voices swell enough that he steps back and lets his audience finish the final refrain.“I heard these little kids singing in front of me, singing along with me, and I was like, ‘Whoa. They know the song. Maybe I should back away from the mic and have them sing with me,’” he said. “So I do that and while I’m drumming, I hear them singing and I had that feeling of being a good role model. That’s why I’m trying to be.”Byron Nicholai sings and drums at the 2016 Cama-i Dance Festival in Bethel. (Photo by Laura Kraegel/KNOM)That attitude extends beyond music, too. Early in high school, Nicholai planned to study computer science in college. But after everything that has happened in his music career, he said he feels called to do something else, especially after a memorable experience last year in the Bristol Bay community of Igiugig.“I was there to teach the people how to sing and dance,” he said. “The looks on their faces are what made me feel that I was doing something right for the people. The determination on their faces — they wanted to learn. I was like, ‘Wow. I was doing a good job at that. Maybe I could become a Yup’ik teacher.’”In the fall, Nicholai will start at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He said he’ll major in elementary education and minor in Alaska Native Studies. His goal is to teach Yup’ik language and culture at a school in rural Alaska. Until then, though, he’s doing his best to finish senior year strong, prepare for life away from home, and stay on top of his songwriting. He said it’s not always easy.“If I was someone else looking at me, it would be a fun life. But it’s not always fun because I feel like a lot of weight is put on my shoulders,” he said. “These papers, these deadlines, the emails, the calls — how am I going to keep that up when I’m doing things at school? When am I going to find the time? When am I going to have a break to do what I want?”This summer, Nicholai will get a short break. He said he hasn’t made too many plans beyond playing basketball, playing music, and spending time with his family. But that doesn’t mean he’s looking to slow down.“There’s this word that my teacher said. He says I’ve accomplished a lot, but I want more. Ambitious! Yes. I’m just ambitious. I want more.”Which leaves the big question: When can fans expect another album? Nicholai said he doesn’t have a timeline for releasing new music, but it’s certainly on his mind. He’s writing songs and experimenting with a loop station. He said he wants to continue growing — maybe mix some modern beats into the traditional style, maybe even add a new instrument.“I have a guitar at home. Maybe I could use it one day,” he said. “Maybe I could have a harmonica. Just keep my music growing and entertaining.”While his music evolves, though, Nicholai said he doesn’t want to stray from his message of empowerment or his connection to Yup’ik culture. No matter what, he hopes his songs always resonate with his people.“It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from or how old you are. You still have the power to make a difference,” he said. “It’s just all in the mind. I mean, growing up, I thought I was just going to be a regular, teenage boy. That’s all I thought I was going to be. But with all of this happening, I realize that I am much more.”Share this story:last_img read more

Five Laois players involved as IT Carlow reach Fitzgibbon Cup quarter final

first_img IT Carlow are through to the quarter finals following their second group win of the competition.They faced GMIT, who have Abbeyleix’s Alan Kelly on their panel, in their second group game on Friday night.DJ Carey fielded five Laois players on his starting 15 with Abbeyleix’s Enda Rowland the only scorer of them as he contributed three frees from goals. WhatsApp By Alan Hartnett – 19th January 2020 Twitter Facebook Clough-Ballacolla’s Stephen Bergin, Ballinakill’s Sean Downey, The Harps’ Podge Delaney and Camross’ Eoin Gaughan also played on the evening in a 1-16 to 1-13 win.IT Carlow are the only team with substantial Laois interest remaining after Trinity College and LIT were eliminated today.Trinity had Portlaoise’s Eoin O’Connor on their panel while Rathdowney-Errill’s Eric Killeen was with LIT although he did not play as they lost for the second consecutive weekend as he is injured.Daniel Comerford’s Maynooth still have an outside chance of reaching the last eight despite his side’s defeat to DCU.The Harps defender was corner back in to 1-20 to 0-12 loss but they will can still reach the quarter final if they defeat UL on Wednesday.Check out all the results and next week’s fixtures below:Group A(1) UL, (2) DCU DE, (3) Maynooth University, (4) TrinityGroup B(1) Mary I, (2) TU Dublin, (3) WIT, (4) LITGroup C(1) NUIG, (2) UCC, (3) CITGroup D(1) UCD, (2) IT Carlow, (3) GMITRound 1 – Sunday January 12Group ADCU 0-21 UL 0-18Trinity 0-15 Maynooth 0-16Group BTU Dublin 1-10 Mary I 1-19LIT 1-14 WIT 1-23Group C NUIG 0-17 UCC 0-19Group DUCD 2-16 IT Carlow 3-20Round 2 – Sunday January 19Group A Maynooth 1-12 DCU 1-20UL 3-21 Trinity 0-13Group BMary I 4-24 LIT 1-19WIT 4-22 TUD 0-12Group C UCC 0-22 CIT 0-14Group DIT Carlow 1-16 GMIT 1-13Round 3 – Wednesday/Thursday January 22/23Groups A & BTeam 1 v Team 3Team 4 v Team 2Group C & DTeam 3 v Team 1Quarter Finals – Wednesday/Thursday January 29/30  Group Winners Have Home Advantage(E) Winner A V Runner Up B(F) Winner B V Runner Up A(G) UCC V Runner Up D(H) IT Carlow V Runner Up C 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Pinterest Five Laois players involved as IT Carlow reach Fitzgibbon Cup quarter final SEE ALSO – Huge Laois involvement as IT Carlow, DCU and UCD reach Sigerson Cup semis TAGSFitzgibbon Cup WhatsApp Electric Picnic Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Facebook Twitter Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role GAA Pinterest News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Home Sport GAA Five Laois players involved as IT Carlow reach Fitzgibbon Cup quarter final SportGAAHurling Previous articleThe Week That Was: The Top 10 stories of the past seven daysNext articleThe General Election, Safaris and Job interviews – It’s all in our Tweets of the Week Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.last_img read more

IOSCO, FSB to examine fund liquidity during Covid

first_img Shutterstock Related news Global policymakers are launching a review of the impact on investment fund liquidity as financial markets tumbled in response to the initial onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) and the Financial Stability Board (FSB) are carrying out a joint analysis of the open-ended investment funds that faced redemption pressures due to pandemic-driven market stress in March and April last year. Among other things, their analysis will review the availability and use of liquidity management tools by funds during the crisis, their impact on the overall market, and links to the funds’ underlying assets.To help inform that analysis, the groups launched a survey to collect information from regulators on the implementation and use of IOSCO’s guidance on liquidity risk management for investment funds, which was issued back in 2018.The survey also seeks information on their liquidity risk management practices and experiences during the market turmoil last March.The deadline to participate in the voluntary survey is April 16.At the same time, IOSCO launched a review of its 2018 guidance on liquidity risk management, which is intended to ensure investors are protected during stressed market conditions and to prevent broader financial stability issues.The results of that review are expected by the autumn of 2022. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Regulators aim to root out pandemic-driven liquidity issues James Langton Singapore’s financial regulator invests in innovation Fed keeps key rate near zero, sees inflation as ‘transitory’ Keywords Money market funds,  Mutual funds,  Pandemics,  CoronavirusCompanies Financial Stability Board, International Organization of Securities Commissions Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Industrial action at DVLA Tuesday 4 May to Friday 7 May

first_imgIndustrial action at DVLA Tuesday 4 May to Friday 7 May Industrial action is scheduled to take place between Tuesday 4 and Friday 7 May that will directly affect DVLA services. During this time, you are likely to experience delays with the paper applications you send to us and if trying to reach /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:Government, industrial, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

Top 10 least expensive cars in Canada for 2017

first_img We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. With the best powertrain warranty of all, the Mitsubishi Mirage comes in five trim levels starting with the base ES 5MT. That brings one of the smallest engines, however, a 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine with only 78 horsepower via a five‑speed manual transmission. Fuel consumption is rated at 5.8 L/100 km highway, 7.1 city.3. Chevrolet Spark: $9,995Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22017 Chevrolet Spark Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 From top left, clockwise: Hyundai Accent, Nissan Micra, Mitsubishi Mirage, Chevrolet Spark Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” All-new for 2016, the Toyota Yaris hatchback gets a low MSRP but comes with Toyota’s “Safety Sense” suite of features. Available in six trim levels, the cheapest three-door, CE 5M gets a five-speed manual transmission, 6.1-inch audio display, Bluetooth, power windows and door locks as well as nine airbags. Fuel consumption is rated at 6.5 L/100 km highway, 7.8 city.RELATED ‹ Previous Next › Frugality is often seen as being “cheap,” but it is a strategy that can pay real dividends as the years go by. No question, five dollars in your pocket is better than five in someone else’s — the point being that wealth comes not just from a good offence (good sources of income) but a strong defence, too, in which every expense, no matter how small, is controlled, minimized or reduced, whether it’s as simple as returning unwanted or unneeded stuff to the store, or as big as buying a second car. Spend less, save more. Control the burn rate.With that in mind, we set out to see what new cars in Canada currently offer the lowest advertised MSRPs, avoiding such frilly add-ons such as automatic or CVT transmissions and air conditioning that drive up cost. No, you don’t get much more than basic transportation with these vehicles, and, yes, you will get ugly hubcaps; but you also get a brand-new vehicle that won’t break the piggybank, preserving cash for something else, and almost certainly good on gas (saving again, yeah!).10. Nissan Sentra: $15,898 Powering the 2017 Rio is a 1.6-litre inline-four engine with 137 horsepower and 123 lb.-ft. of torque, controlled via a six-speed manual. Power windows and door locks, steering-wheel audio controls and the same safety features as higher-trim-level Rios are all part of the economical package. Fuel consumption is rated at 6.6 L/100 km highway, 8.8 city.6. Nissan Versa Note: $14,498Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22017 Nissan Versa Note Unchanged for 2017, the third-generation Honda Fit gets a 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine that makes 130 hp and 114 lb.-ft. of torque. The DX is the cheapest of five trim levels and comes with a six-speed manual, rearview camera, power windows and door locks, a five-inch colour LCD screen, LED tail lights, keyless entry and 15-inch wheels. Fuel consumption is rated at 6.6 L/100 km highway, 8.1 city.7. Kia Rio: $14,595Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22017 Kia Rio PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Redesigned for 2016, the 2017 Nissan Sentra comes in five trim levels, with the S costing the least money. That gets you a 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine with six-speed manual transmission, remote keyless entry, Bluetooth and cruise control with illuminated steering-wheel-mounted controls. Fuel consumption is rated at 6.8 L/100 km highway, 9.0 city.9. Toyota Yaris Hatchback: $15,475Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22017 Toyota Yaris SE Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo Trending in Canada RELATED TAGSAccentChevroletFitHondaHyundaiJeepKiaMicraMirageMitsubishiNissanPatriotRioSentraSparkToyotaVersa NoteYarisHatchbackSedanSUVCompactCUV / CrossoverFamily / Mid-sizeSubcompactFamily VehiclesNew VehiclesAutomotive EnginesAutomotive ReviewsAutomotive TechnologyCanadaCars and Car DesignChevrolet SparkcompactConsumer ElectronicsCrossoverCulture and LifestyleElectronicsHatchbacksHewlett-Packard CompanyHonda FitHyundai AccentJeep PatriotKia RioMitsubishi MirageNissan MicraNissan Motor Co. Ltd.Nissan SentraNissan VersaPassenger CarsScience and TechnologySubcompactSUVs and CrossoversTechnologyToyota Motor CorporationToyota YarisVehicle ControlVersa Notes Frequently touted as the lowest-priced car in Canada, the Nissan Micra is a roomy small car with a 1.6-litre inline-four engine with 109 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission is standard on base models, and a higher-priced, full-fledged race-car version is available for purchase. Fuel consumption is rated at 6.8 L/100 km highway, 8.7 city.1. Hyundai Accent: $9,390Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22017 Hyundai Accent Prices do not include freight, delivery, taxes or other fees. Car Review: 2017 Toyota Yaris SE8. Honda Fit: $15,050Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22017 Honda Fit The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever With current discounts, the Accent steals the lead from Nissan to currently become the lowest-priced car in Canada — for cash deals. Normally, $13,999 but with a current price of $9,390 for remaining new in-stock 2017 Accent L manual five-door models, that’s hard to beat. With a 1.6-litre inline-four engine that makes 138 horsepower and 123 lb.-ft. of torque, the lowest-cost L registers fuel consumption of 6.3 L/100 km highway, 8.7 city. Combined with the best price of them all, it doesn’t get more frugal than that. advertisement See More Videos Handout / Nissan Completely redesigned in 2016, the Chevy Spark has room for four passengers. It is powered by a new Ecotec 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine with 98 horsepower. Up to 10 airbags and a backup camera come standard. Fuel consumption is rated at 6.2 L/100 km highway, 8.0 city.2. Nissan Micra: $9,988Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22017 Nissan Micra The most affordable SUV in Canada, the Jeep Patriot has been given a discount of $5,750 to currently land at $14,295 for FWD versions. Available in seven colours, the lowest-priced Patriot gets a five-speed manual transmission and a 2.0L four-cylinder engine with 158 hp. Standard are 16-inch wheels and engine block heater, but locks and windows are old-school manual. Fuel consumption is rated at 7.3 L/100 km highway, 10.9 city.4. Mitsubishi Mirage: $12,698Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Available in four trim levels, the least expensive S, like all Versa Notes, is powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine with 109 horsepower managed through a five-speed manual transmission. Air conditioning is standard, as are dual power heated outside mirrors and illuminated steering wheel audio controls. Fuel consumption is rated at 6.6 L/100 km highway, 8.6 city.5. Jeep Patriot: $14,295 Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22017 Jeep Patriot Trending Videoslast_img read more

BMW takes in-car voice commands to the next level with AI

first_img Trending Videos PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Cynics might consider this just an upgraded version of voice command functions available on most premium saloons, but there’s actually quite a bit more to the Intelligent Personal Assistant than that.Dubbed the ‘revolution of driving pleasure’, the program allows operators to configure standard settings like climate control, music selection and driving mode, but also allows the driver to ask the Intelli…the IPA how certain functions work (“How does the High Beam Assistant work?”) and enquire about the car’s current status (“What does this warning light mean?”). Because browsing the user manual is such a faff, don’t you find?In another neat twist, you can also sync the IPA to your smartphone and operate the system remotely from outside the vehicle. This is not just a one-time deal either, BMW also confirming that the range of functions available will be ‘constantly expanded’ with every BMW Operating System upgrade.The new system will be available on the new X5, Z4 and 8 Series in March 2019, and will be configurable with up to 23 languages. RELATED TAGSBMWNews See More Videos COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTScenter_img *Long-time readers may remember that my current daily runner is a 2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo christened ‘Monte’ by my wife and in-laws. Let’s just keep that between us, okay… Handout / BMW A form of artificial intelligence, the system is entirely voice-activated, taking BMW’s established Open Mobility Cloud concept a couple of stages further by allowing the driver to access all of the car’s functions, essentially, by having a conversation with the car.“Hey BMW, I’m cold,” will activate the climate control. “Hey BMW, look for the nearest gas station,” will activate the sat-nav. And “Hey BMW, I’m tired,” changes the ambient lighting, temperature and music to help the driver stay more alert.To activate the system, driver and/or passengers simply say, “Hey BMW” to the dashboard – think Amazon’s ‘Alexa’ on four wheels – and make their requests. And yes, there’s an option to give your BMW its own personal name. Urgh…BMW’s Intelligent Personal Assistant will combine voice commands with AI to let drivers ask their car basically any question and have it react. Call me a miserable git if you will – and, Lord knows, many have in the past – but I’ve never really got on-board with the whole ‘give the car a name’ fad.Emotional attachment? Absolutely, but there are limits. Indeed, many’s the conversation I’ve had with family and friends over the years, who, having jumped into the latest BMW M3, Jaguar F-Type or Range Rover Sport I’ve had on loan that week, have taken the shine off the experience somewhat by saying, “let’s call her Charlotte.” Or “Adelaide.” Or, in one particularly egregious example, “Poppy.”*Unfortunately BMW is not making it easy for me to fight this good fight with the launch of its new Intelligent Personal Assistant program. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information.last_img read more

'Obsession With Thinness' Is Topic Of March 12 CU-Boulder Lecture By Prominent Speaker Jean Kilbourne

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Jean Kilbourne, known internationally for her pioneering work to improve the image of women in media and advertising, will present a free public lecture March 12 as part of Body Acceptance Month at the University of Colorado at Boulder. “The Obsession with Thinness” will take place in room 235 of the University Memorial Center at 7:30 p.m. CU-Boulder has double the national campus average rate of anorexia, according to university health officials. “We are trying to reach out to students and give them the opportunity to think about the messages that say, ‘In order to be happy, to be loved, to feel good about yourself, you have to look a certain way,’ ” said Robin Kolble, coordinator of the CU-Boulder Student Wellness Program. Kilbourne’s films, slide lectures and television appearances have been seen by millions of people around the world. She has appeared on “The Today Show,” “20/20” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Award-winning films based on her lectures include “Killing Us Softly,” “Pack of Lies” and “Slim Hopes.” Her recent book, “Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel,” won the Distinguished Publication Award from the Association for Women in Psychology and was hailed as “a profound work that is required reading for informed consumers” by Publishers Weekly. Kilbourne has served as an adviser to the U.S. Surgeon General and testified before Congress. She is currently a visiting scholar at Wellesley College in Massachusetts and holds a doctorate in education from Boston University. The New York Times Magazine named Kilbourne one of the three most popular speakers on college campuses. She also has won the National Association for Campus Activities’ Lecturer of the Year award. Kilbourne’s presentation is among many events taking place on campus in March in connection with CU-Boulder Body Acceptance Month and National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, which was held Feb. 23-27. Other upcoming events related to Body Acceptance Month include: * March 8: cooking demonstration, Student Recreation Center, 5 p.m. * March 9: Breakfast Day – free breakfast, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Norlin Quadrangle. * March 10: “Bulky Boys!” with John Fox, Student Recreation Center, 5 p.m. * March 15: Body Acceptance Month information table, UMC. * March 17: nutrition presentation with Nanci Grayson, UMC 457 at noon. The events are made possible by the CU-Boulder Student Wellness Program, the Community Health Education department of Wardenburg Health Center, CU-Boulder Department of Psychological Health and Psychiatry, CU-Boulder Women’s Resource Center, CU-Boulder Department of Housing, the President’s Fund for Diversity and the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs. For more information call the Student Wellness Program at (303) 492-2937. Published: March 2, 2004 last_img read more

Cape Classics Named Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s “Importer of the Year”

first_imgFacebook AdvertisementNEW YORK, NY (November 15, 2018) – After two consecutive nominations, South African and French wine importer, Cape Classics, has been named  the 2018 Wine Star Award winner for “Importer of the Year” from Wine Enthusiast Magazine.Cape Classics was co-founded more than 25 years ago by André Shearer and his brother Gary, shortly after trade between the U.S. and South Africa resumed following the end of apartheid. André was driven to introduce the U.S. market to the finest South African wines with a focus on premium, independent producers. “We’re thrilled to receive this incredible award,” says André Shearer, Chairman and CEO of Cape Classics. “We share it with everyone who has touched our business from shareholders, staff and partners in South Africa, France and the U.S., this award validates all our hard work and commitment to social responsibility and education.”Today, the Cape Classics seal is stamped on 25% of all South African wine available in the U.S., and is the largest player in the South African wine import business. In 2013, Cape Classics expanded its portfolio to include wines from France, a natural extension due to the many historical and stylistic synergies the two regions share. In addition, Cape Classics produces its own wines under the Indaba, Jam Jar and Braai labels. A portion of all global sales of the Indaba Wines brand support the Indaba Foundation (IF), a fully accredited 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established by Cape Classics to provide early childhood AMI Montessori teacher training, learning materials and educational infrastructure to young, at-risk children living in the South African Winelands.In announcing the nomination, Wine Enthusiast conveyed that Cape Classics has a focus on quality and are meticulous in their portfolio selection, choosing to work with family-run farms that embrace sustainable, ecological and social practices. Robert Bradshaw, President and COO of Cape Classics shared, “there is so much to celebrate in this moment. From the gifted and committed families that produce the wines we sell from both South Africa and France, to our incredible team, to our deep commitment to authentic relationships, and doing things the old fashioned way – this win is a validation of our corporate values.”Wine Enthusiast Magazine was founded in 1988 and has grown to become the world’s largest periodical for wine and spirits. Each year the magazine honors the individuals and companies that made outstanding achievements over the past year in the wine and alcoholic beverage world, across 16 categories including Innovator of the Year, Winemaker of the Year and Wine Region of the Year. This is Wine Enthusiast’s 19th Annual Wine Star Awards. Winners will be honored at a black tie gala in Miami on January 28, 2019.ABOUT CAPE CLASSICSBehind every farm, winemaker, bottle and grape lies an untold story. Collectively, we discover these tales and share them with our customers. Demanding authenticity, Cape Classics operates the “old-fashioned” way, with relationships and social responsibility at the forefront of our business. The 33 wineries we represent throughout South Africa and France embrace sustainable eco and social practices, doing their part to help preserve lands for future generations while improving the human condition now. Our wines are expressive, crafted with passion and perspective, and delivered with the same hallmark levels of service and professionalism since 1992. Twitter TAGSCape ClassicsWine Enthusiast Wine Star Awards Pinterest Share Linkedin Email ReddIt Home Industry News Releases Cape Classics Named Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s “Importer of the Year”Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessCape Classics Named Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s “Importer of the Year”By Press Release – November 15, 2018 252 0 Previous articleHigh Quality Oak Products and Production MachinesNext articleCome See the Brand New Tanks You Asked For! Press Releaselast_img read more

Mylab develops first made in India test kit for COVID-19

first_img By EH News Bureau on March 24, 2020 Comments (0) Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Share Read Article Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” The kit received commercial approval from Indian FDA/ Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation and is named as Mylab PathoDetect COVID-19 Qualitative PCR kitAs India fights back the epidemic COVID-19, limited testing facilities and expensive testing kits has become the biggest concern for the authorities. In order to combat this challenge, Pune-based molecular diagnostics company Mylab Discovery Solutions has developed the first made in India test kit for COVID-19 in a record time of six weeks. The kit is the first one to receive commercial approval from Indian FDA/ Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) and is named as Mylab PathoDetect COVID-19 Qualitative PCR kit. Further, Mylab is the only Indian company to have achieved 100 per cent sensitivity and 100 per cent specificity in the ICMR evaluation.Hasmukh Rawal, Managing Director, Mylab Discovery Solutions, said, “With emphasis on ‘Make in India’ and support from local and central government,  the COVID- 19 kit, has been made as per WHO/CDC guidelines. It was developed and evaluated in a record time”. He further added that the support and the immediate action from regulatory bodies (CDSCO/FDA), evaluation centre of ICMR, NIV, Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) and the central and state governments during this national emergency is commendable.Mylab currently manufactures ID-NAT screening kits for blood banks/hospitals, Quantitative HIV, HBV and HCV kits. Apart from this, Mylab has received clearance from Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) to manufacture the COVID-19 Qualitative kit, in the same facility. The Mylab COVID-19 kit has been evaluated at Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).  “We have been trying hard to make cutting edge technology available to our country at a reasonable and affordable price. Since this test is based on the sensitive PCR technology, even early stage infection can be detected, with highest accuracy as has been seen during tests at ICMR. The ICMR tested, CDSCO approved kit makes detection faster too,” said Shailendra Kawade, Executive Director, Mylab.Mylab promised that it can manufacture up to one lakh tests in a week which can be further scaled up if needed. Further, the company claims that its test kits can test about 100 patients with one kit. An average lab with automated PCR can test more than 1000 patients a day. With local sourcing of test kits it will be a major breakthrough for India as the testing kit by Mylab would cost nearly one fourth of the current procurement cost. Moreover, Mylab PathoDetect COVID-19 Qualitative PCR kit screens and detects the infection within 2.5 hours, compared to 7+ hours taken by current protocols. This means that laboratories will be able to do twice the number of reactions in the same time on one machine. The Mylab manufacturing facility, approved by FDA/CDSCO is compliant with MDR 2017 regulation for Manufacturing Medical Device of Class A,B,C and D and ISO 13485: 2016 certification. Mylab develops first made in India test kit for COVID-19 Related Posts MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals News COVID-19FDA/ Central Drugs Standard Control OrganisationMylab Discovery SolutionsMylab PathoDetect COVID-19 Qualitative PCR kit Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Add Commentlast_img read more