UK will be ‘ruthless’ over quarantine, Johnson says when asked about France

first_img“We will be looking at the data a bit later on this afternoon … looking at exactly where France and other countries are getting to, and you know we can’t be remotely complacent about our own situation.”The French health ministry reported 2,524 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday – the highest since its lockdown restrictions.That has prompted speculation it could be the next European country added to Britain’s list – a move that would affect the large number of British tourists travelling there during English school holidays.For UK holidaymakers, France is the second most-visited country behind first-choice destination Spain. Almost 13 million Britons travelled to France in 2017, data from Statista showed.Britain usually welcomes about 3.5 million visitors from France each year according to the same data, making France the second biggest market for tourists coming into the UK behind the United States. Topics : British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his government was prepared to be ruthless with even its closest partners over COVID-19 quarantine rules, after he was asked whether France would be removed from the government’s safe-travel list.Britain has in recent weeks imposed a 14-day quarantine period for arrivals from countries like Spain and Belgium, responding to rising infections and fears of a second wave of the virus, having initially declared them safe for travel.”We’ve got to be absolutely ruthless about this, even with our closest and dearest friends and partners around the world,” Johnson told reporters on a visit to Northern Ireland.last_img read more

Auction success for music-filled home

first_imgElaine White, Russell Worthington and Valerie Ponting, at their mother’s former home at 15 Renwick St, Albion. Picture: Steve Pohlner“We’re finding a lot of people migrating over from Red Hill and Paddington, priced out of that marketplace but still wanting the accessibility to the city,” he said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours ago“So really strong interest from those suburbs in particular — and it’s generated good Sydney investor interest as well.”In the end, six parties raised a paddle.An opening bid of $500,000 was increased to $600,000 in seconds by another prospect.It was this determined second bidder who held off all others and looked like being the new owner at $736,000.Then, moments before the hammer dropped, a new buyer entered the tussle at $740,000.“I didn’t see that one coming,” Mr Treloar said during the call.The tug of war continued in $5000, and then $1000, increments until the new bidder came up the victor at $768,000. While a low cloud hung over Brisbane on Saturday morning, it wasn’t a grey day for those selling 15 Renwick St, Albion.The deceased estate was home to local identity, Hazel Restieaux, who’d reached 103-years-old.Mrs Restieaux had lived in the home for over 50 years and became the local music teacher spending hours with her student in the front room where her beloved piano still resides.Her descendants were there to see the modest, lowset, three-bedroom cottage close its doors on one chapter and begin the next. David Treloar auctioneer and principal Ray White Albion at the auction of 15 Renwick St, Albion. Picture: Steve PohlnerMrs Restieaux’s niece, Valerie Ponting, said it was a bittersweet moment selling her aunt’s home.“Up until she died she was the sole surviving member of the original Queensland Symphony Orchestra.“It’s the end of an era — she’s been here for so long.”The home has plenty of renovation potential and sits on a 544 square metre allotment.Auctioneer and marketing agent with Ray White Albion, David Treloar, confirmed there were 11 registered bidders with interest ranging from renovators and investors, through to developers keen on this flourishing suburb.center_img Bidders at the auction at 15 Renwick Street Albion. Picture: Steve PohlnerThe winning party was Graham Phillippi, bidding on behalf of his daughter and son-in-law, Kate and Sam Van Den Brule.It was Mr Phillipi’s first time at auction and he admitted to some nerves.“Not comfortable but it wasn’t my money I was spending,” Mr Phillipi said with a smile.“They’re going to renovate and live in it for a while depending on how plans work out,” he added.The seller’s said they were relieved the property would become the backdrop for a new family’s memories.last_img read more

UK’s Southwark pension fund to shed fossil fuel investments

first_imgShe also said the fund would look into investing in renewable energy.Colley said: “The commitment to cut pension investment in fossil fuels long term … is a measured and carefully considered decision based not only on ethical practice and the council’s continued drive to reduce exposure to fossil fuel but also on reducing the financial risk of investing in traditional energy sources, which will ultimately become obsolete.“The council will explore new opportunities to invest in the development of sustainable energy infrastructure alongside other local authorities, through the London CIV (collective investment vehicle).”Colley said the council was a long-term investor, aiming to deliver “a truly sustainable pension fund.”The announcement was made as part of the fund’s new responsible investment principles.A local campaign group – Fossil Free Southwark – collected around 1,000 signatures on a petition that was presented to the council’s Cabinet.Tim Gee, a local resident and campaigner, said on behalf of the group: “We warmly welcome these new investments principles that have been endorsed by the Cabinet and hope the Pensions Advisory Panel will put these principles into practice at the earliest opportunity.”Arabella Advisors, a firm that gives advice on philanthropic matters, said this month that the value of assets behind institutions and individuals that had committed to some kind of divestment from fossil fuel companies had doubled in the last 15 months to $5trn (€4.7trn).Pension funds and insurance companies now represent the largest sectors committed to divestment, the firm said, adding that this reflected the increased financial and fiduciary risks of holding fossil fuels in a world committed to staying below 2° Celsius. The London Borough of Southwark Pension Fund has become the second fund in the UK’s Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) to commit to selling off its investments in fossil fuels, following an announcement yesterday.With £1.2bn (€1.4bn) in assets, the pension fund is the largest in the UK to divest from fossil fuel related investments.In September, the £735m Waltham Forest Pension Fund said it was committing to divesting from fossil fuels.The chair of the Southwark pension fund, councillor Fiona Colley, Cabinet member for finance, modernisation and performance, announced the pension fund’s commitment to divesting over time any current investments in fossil fuels, because of growing financial risks.last_img read more

DWP ‘regrets’ wording in trustee ESG duties announcement

first_imgThe Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) “slightly regrets” some of the wording in the announcement about its consultation on changes to the investment regulations for occupational pension schemes, a civil servant has said.On Monday the government issued a press release announcing the launch of the consultation, which seeks to “clarify and strengthen” trustees’ investment duties. Headlined ‘Billions invested by pension schemes to be used for social good under new regulations’, the press release said that members would for the first time be given powers to hold their pension schemes to account over how social and environmental factors impact their investments.It quotes Esther McVey, secretary of state for work and pensions, as saying: “These new regulations will empower savers all over Britain, ensuring that their voices are heard when their savings are invested.” Speaking at a conference of the Association of Member Nominated Trustees in London this week, David Farrar, senior policy manager at the DWP, said the point the department had wanted to make was that the proposed regulation would “formalise the position of members to have their voices heard, in the sense that it would give them clarity about when and where trustees would take account of their views”.It “slightly regretted” some of the wording, he said, “because clearly it has set hares running a little bit where people think that we’re suggesting they have to take account of people’s views”.In reality, the DWP was trying “something a bit more modest”, added Farrar. Some lawyers had told IPE the statements in the press release were misleading. What the government saidThe government’s proposal is intended to make clear that the financially material risks trustees must take into account when making investment decisions include those stemming from environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) factors. This is separate from trustees’ ability to take account of members’ views on non-financial matters. The government has also proposed requiring trustees to make a statement explaining “the extent to which” they have taken into account scheme members’ views on such issues. This leaves open the possibility of trustees stating they don’t take members’ views into account at all – and the consultation document makes clear they are not obliged to do so. The document states: “Trustees have primacy in investment decisions and, while they should not necessarily rule out the ability to take account of members’ views, they are never obliged to, and the prime focus is to deliver a return to members.”  One lawyer said the wording in the press release about empowering members looked like “sloppy political rhetoric”, but added: “Perhaps they are cleverer than that – and are trying to pressure trustees to do this by the back door”.In its coverage of the DWP’s consultation, UK newspaper The Guardian portrayed the government’s proposals as heralding significant change for pension funds and the fight against climate change. They were “designed to give pension fund trustees more confidence to divest from environmentally damaging fossil fuels and put their cash in green alternatives if it meets their members’ wishes”, the paper wrote. According to the Law Commission, trustees can make investment decisions based on members’ views if they have good reason to think the scheme members hold the concern and the decision would not be significantly financially damaging. The consultation is open until 16 July.last_img read more

Digicel leads project to deliver high-capacity undersea cable to Haiti

first_img 18 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews Digicel leads project to deliver high-capacity undersea cable to Haiti by: – March 27, 2012 Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img A satellite image of Digicel’s extension to Columbus’ Fibralink System (in red), which will Reconnect Haiti to the Global Economy through Broadband Services from July 2012 .Tuesday 27th March 2012 – Kingston, Jamaica: Two years after Haiti was struck by a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake, the country is set to receive a major boost with the delivery of a US$16m 200km undersea cable which will link the country to the world via internet connectivity, thanks to Digicel.The project – which is being undertaken in conjunction with Columbus Networks, the leading undersea fibre-optic cable network provider in the Pan Caribbean – Americas region, and Alcatel-Lucent as technology supplier – will dramatically expand the range and quality of fixed and mobile broadband services and content delivered throughout the country. The earthquake in January 2010 damaged or destroyed much of Haiti’s communications infrastructure – including the country’s only other subsea cable link which, to date, has not been sufficiently reactivated and secured against risk of impact from future seismic events. As a result, the Haitian population and the Haitian economy have suffered from the lack of high-capacity broadband connectivity that is pivotal to expanding business, public sector and social activity in Haiti. Digicel Group Director of International Business, Conor Clarke, said; “For more than two years now, Haiti’s recovery has been hindered by the lack of reliable high-capacity broadband connections with the rest of the world. With the delivery of this critical undersea cable, the people of Haiti will see a truly dramatic improvement in the range and quality of communications services available.” Once completed, the FibraLink Extension to Haiti will provide a secure, high-capacity subsea link with 21 other countries in the Pan Caribbean – Americas region – as well as with the United States and the main internet backbone gateway in South Florida. Digicel is funding the entire project and has drawn on Alcatel-Lucent and Columbus Networks’ technology and demonstrated expertise necessary for the deployment of the high-capacity link. Marine services for the project will be provided by the co-contractor, IT International Telecom. Columbus Networks will own, operate and manage the Fibralink Extension after it is completed. Digicel’s undersea cable project is the latest in its ongoing recovery and rebuilding efforts in Haiti. As the single largest private investor in Haiti, Digicel has invested over U$600 million to date and employs over 900 people directly and more than 60,000 people indirectly. Paul Scott, President of Columbus Networks said; “We are committed to fostering the development and continuous improvement of the communication infrastructure throughout the region where broadband adoption rates continue to grow rapidly. This expansion will add to our network, enable us to enhance broadband connectivity further and thus deliver reliable, cost effective bandwidth and Cloud based services at cost-effective prices to a very large population base.” Philippe Dumont, President of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, said; “We are proud to be part of this initiative as one of the variety of other outreach programmes to support Haiti’s recovery. The benefits that this undersea link can bring to Haiti can’t be over-estimated. We are pleased to collaborate with Digicel and Columbus Networks on such a critical endeavour.”Alcatel-Lucent originally deployed the FibraLink system owned by Columbus Networks which provides coastal and terrestrial connectivity from Kingston to Ocho Rios and Montego Bay in Jamaica with direct connectivity to the US by integrating it into other parts of the Columbus Networks infrastructure. Press ReleaseDigicel Dominica Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Calibishie man conviction quashed by Court of Appeal

first_img Tweet 17 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share LocalNews Calibishie man conviction quashed by Court of Appeal by: – May 3, 2012 Court gavel. A Calibishie man has had a conviction against him quashed and a re-trial ordered when he appeared before Justices of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court on Thursday based on the trial judge’s “misdirection” to the jury.The Justices lead by Chief Justice Sir Hugh Rawlins upheld a criminal appeal against conviction in the trial of Garvin George verses the state for the murder of Julien Junior Joseph of Vieille Case.On the 23rd of November, 2011 a nine member jury found George guilty of the murder of Joseph on the 5th of February, 2010 at Calibishie. He was sentenced to serve an imprisonment term of 14 years on 27th February 2012 by High Court Judge Birnie Stephenson-Brooks.The decision to uphold the appeal came after Justice Davidson Baptiste highlighted a direction given to the jury by the trial judge who stated during jury directions that “it was for the accused to prove that the killing was self-defense”. A direction Baptiste described as “erroneous” and “should have been withdrawn”.Another Justice on the Appeal Court panel, Mario Michel also pointed another mis-direction to the jury which stated “after you have considered self-defense and rejected it, then you must move on to the next charge”. Justice Michel said he believes this statement should also have been withdrawn.Legal counsel for George, Wayne Norde appealed his clients’ conviction on six grounds including “the trial judge’s failure to give direction on the subject element of self-defense”.Chef Justice Rawlins ruled that the appeal was allowed and accordingly quashed the conviction and sentence and ordered a retrial in the “interest” of justice.He further cautioned George that he was “freed from the conviction but not free to leave the Court,” since an application for bail would have to be made before the high court.Rawlins reiterated that the Court of Appeal was in no position to make such applications.Norde indicated to the media that he would make an application for bail for his client, while Director of Public Prostitution Gene Pestaina said he would be perusing the matter.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Al Ahly want Nigeria’s Blessing Eleke

first_imgRelatedPosts Junior Ajayi to extend Al Ahly deal  Al Ahly face hot reception at Esperance in African final CAF Champions League final: Al Ahly win round one Cairo giants Al Ahly have expressed their interest in FC Luzern’s Nigerian forward Blessing Eleke, KingFut understands.Since his arrival at Al Ahly, manager Rene Weiler has relied on different players at the striker position, with none of them convincing the Swiss.Junior Ajayi, Walid Azaro, Marwan Mohsen, and Salah Mohsen have all featured for Al Ahly this season, with the quartet having seven goals between them out of 25 scored by the Reds this season.This forced Weiler to ask the board for a new striker in the January transfer window as he looks to bolster his side’s attacking department.According to KingFut’s sources, the main name on Weiler’s shortlist is Eleke, who plies his trade at Swiss side FC Luzern.It’s no surprise that Eleke, 23, is wanted by Weiler, giving that the Nigerian played last season under his charge, and had an impressive season, scoring 11 goals while assisting further three in 23 games.However, Eleke is having a slow start to this season, scoring only three goals in 21 games across all competitions, which could encourage FC Luzern to ship him off to Al Ahly.Despite being used heavily as a striker in Switzerland, Eleke can also play on the wings and possesses fast pace and strong physique.Before joining FC Luzern in July 2018, Eleke featured for the likes of Slovenian clubs ND Gorica and NK Olimpija Ljubljana, FC Ashdod, as well as Flying Sports Academy of Nigeria, where he started his career.He has never represented Nigeria at any level.His only trophy came during his time at NK Olimpija, when he lifted the league title in 2016. Tags: Al-Ahlylast_img read more

Taarabt set for Fulham medical

first_img Press Association Martin Jol has confirmed QPR playmaker Adel Taarabt will undergo a medical at Fulham on Tuesday ahead of a proposed loan move. A firm fans’ favourite at Loftus Road, the 24-year-old last summer extended his contract with the Hoops amid reported interest from Paris St Germain. However, Taarabt has had a tumultuous summer at relegated QPR and is now set to join west London rivals Fulham. “Then I was too late after that because he went to QPR, where he did ever so well. “Remember the fact he was an over £10million player 12 months ago, so I think you have to take them when they are bad and hopefully he will show his potential here.” Jol suggested a much-speculated move for Roma striker Pablo Osvaldo would prove too costly and was coy when asked about Aston Villa striker Darren Bent. “I don’t speculate on things that are not 100 per cent,” he said. “The only thing with Adel is his medical so I can inform you. Darren Bent, hopefully we can tell you something on another player by the end of the week. “We’ve got several doors open, so for us it is only us to make a decision and get the player.” “We agreed everything with the club so the only thing we have to do is a medical,” Jol said. “If that is sound and good, he will join us. The medical will be tomorrow. “I like his creativity and, of course, sometimes it comes off when he scores a lot of goals and I think he was involved in 40 goals [during the 2010/11 Championship promotion season]. “It is like Dimitar Berbatov – sometimes these fantastic talents will be blamed but I hope to find a way to gel him in together with the boys we’ve got. “I think he can do a hell of a job for us because he is a tremendous player on the ball.” Taarabt moved to England from Lens in 2007, linking up with a Tottenham side then managed by Jol. “I have known him now for a long time,” the Dutchman added. “When I was at Hamburg, I wanted him but thought the money Daniel Levy asked for was too much. “Then I went to Ajax and I thought it was too much for a player that never played. last_img read more

Broward Judge Removes Antonio Brown from House Arrest

first_imgA Broward County judge today granted Brown’s request to remove his ankle monitor.Brown is charged with felony burglary and battery after police say he and a trainer assaulted a mover he had hired at his home in Hollywood. Brown will be allowed to travel within the U.S., but is required to keep in daily contact with pretrial services.He remains free on $110-thousand bond and was also ordered to give up his passport and guns and undergo drug, alcohol and mental health testing. Former NFL star Antonio Brown is no longer on house arrest at his Broward County home. last_img

Around the block: Warrick’s heroic play preserved 2003 national championship, Syracuse legacy

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 27, 2013 at 12:43 am Contact Kevin: With less than five seconds remaining in the 2003 national championship game and Syracuse leading Kansas 81-78, the Jayhawks’ Michael Lee squared up from the corner to shoot a potentially game-tying 3-pointer.But the ball never reached the basket. Syracuse forward Hakim Warrick, playing center due to team foul trouble, raced to the corner and swatted Lee’s shot to preserve SU’s lead.The Orangemen were national champions.“Not too many people on the planet could have made that play,” Syracuse assistant coach Mike Hopkins said. “People didn’t really realize he was playing the center position. He wasn’t playing the forward, and he came all the way from the middle of the court. That was the difference of the game.”Warrick, now an eighth-year NBA player just released by the Orlando Magic on Saturday, was a key contributor to that 2003 national championship team and SU’s only title. The sophomore power forward out of the Philadelphia area averaged 14.8 points per game on the 2002-03 team, second only to Carmelo Anthony.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the 2005 NBA Draft, the Memphis Grizzlies selected him with the No. 19 overall pick.On the 2002-03 team, the bulk of attention was given to freshmen Anthony and Gerry McNamara.The Post-Standard columnist Bud Poliquin, who compares Warrick to current SU forward C.J. Fair, said Syracuse could not have completed its run through the NCAA Tournament without Warrick, whose ability to move across the court brought an extra dimension to the Syracuse lineup.“He was the prototypical (Jim) Boeheim forward,” Poliquin said. “Good, wiry, springy, all those wonderful clichés; the perfect basketball instrument. If he’s not there and replaced by another Hakim Warrick, no, the team doesn’t win it all.”If Warrick was underpublicized in 2003, the same could be said of his recruitment out of high school, said Sports Illustrated basketball writer Pete Thamel, who covered the recruitment. A late bloomer, Warrick was SU’s second target behind New York City product Julius Hodge, who ultimately chose North Carolina State.“Syracuse was pining, swooning, killing for Hodge,” Thamel said.Hodge never made it past the Sweet 16 during his career with the Wolfpack. Warrick won a national championship. Warrick increased his average points per game every season at Syracuse, culminating in a senior season in which he was named the Big East Conference Player of the Year and a consensus All-American.Former Syracuse forward Demetris Nichols, who arrived at Syracuse for Warrick’s junior season and currently plays for the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League, fondly remembers Warrick as a dynamic player he looked up to. Nichols describes Warrick at SU as a good, quiet kid who enjoyed playing video games and relaxing with friends. Warrick also made his fellow Orangemen better on the court.“He was a great teammate,” Nichols said. “He worked hard, and I looked up to him with his work ethic. He was the best player on the team, and I wanted to be the best when he left. To see him play well after college and where he went, I was influenced to do the same.”After being drafted by Memphis, Warrick spent four seasons with the Grizzlies, averaging double figures per game in three consecutive seasons from 2006-2009. He’s moved around a lot since then, seeing stints with Charlotte, Milwaukee, Phoenix, New Orleans and Orlando in the past four seasons. In 526 NBA games, he is a career 49-percent shooter.In an interview less than an hour before he was traded from Charlotte to Orlando last Thursday, Warrick looks back on his time at Syracuse with fond memories. He remembers the Orangemen going into the season unranked, and how the team started to see its potential through close, tough regular-season victories against teams like Missouri and Michigan State.And of course, he remembers the block.“I was playing center, and I remember Kueth (Duany) rotating when they swung the ball to the corner, and he couldn’t get there,” Warrick said. “I was just trying to alter the shot and contest it. I didn’t think I could block it. I just tried to turn my body away from him (Lee).”Warrick said he stays in touch with many of his Syracuse teammates, including Anthony, McNamara and his college roommates Josh Pace and Andrew Kouwe. Although he regards the Orange’s impending move to the Atlantic Coast Conference with mixed feelings, he points to SU’s stability under Boeheim as something that separates Syracuse from other programs.“Coming into that program, something that separates us is we’re like a family,” Warrick said. “With coach Boeheim, the same coach and the same loyalties, we’re more like a family than just a team.”Clay McKnight, who was an administrative assistant for the championship team, echoes the sentiment that the group formed a close bond, pointing to Pace as the “glue guy” of the team.McKnight said Warrick was the most fun to be around – always in a great mood and striving to improve his game. Warrick arrived at the gym early for workouts and embraced the idea of becoming a better player, but without seeking recognition for his achievements, McKnight said.“He was more quiet, quietly beating you in a way,” McKnight said. “He was just coming into his own and realizing his potential. He was not going to talk smack, he just performed.”Warrick’s roommate Kouwe, a walk-on for the 2002-03 team, described the team as “just having fun” during the end of the regular season and through the tournament run with wins over Manhattan, Oklahoma State, Auburn, Oklahoma and Texas before the 81-78 championship game victory against Kansas.Kouwe remembers the team soaking in the atmosphere of a packed Bourbon Street during Final Four week in New Orleans, and gives Warrick credit as one of many players who generated positive vibes all season long. A Buccaneers fan, Kouwe said he enjoyed football conversations with the Vikings-biased Warrick that often led to good-natured debate.“I still talk with him today,” said Kouwe, now a sales representative for New Era in New York. “He loved joking around in practice, and he made practice fun. He doesn’t take things too seriously.”Warrick said he hopes to stay injury-free and play five or six more seasons before retiring from professional basketball. He said he isn’t exactly sure what he’d like to do next, but that he’s working with a financial planner to make sure he’ll be financially stable.Whatever he does, he will always have a national championship ring – along with the iconic block that is replayed again and again at the Carrier Dome, and will likely continue as long as Syracuse basketball is played.When prompted for thoughts on the 2003 Syracuse team, former UW-Milwaukee and Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl launched into an in-depth description of the block. Thamel said, “You could not genetically compose a better player” to get to the corner and make the block. Poliquin considers it an electrifying moment, and McKnight recalls it as “one of Hakim’s many moments where you just said ‘Wow.’”Hopkins remembers being on the sideline, with a championship at stake, observing a scene that brought national glory to a team, school and city.“You never know,” Hopkins said. “You get a wide-open look by Mr. Lee – not a good experience when you’re a coach, seeing him that wide open. But then when you see Hakim fly out – not only that, he avoided the foul, he jumped to the side. Which was amazing.” Commentslast_img read more