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Four takeaways from Trump’s 2020 re-election bid

first_img whatsapp Serious issues Read more: Trump hits out at Draghi over stimulus Wednesday 19 June 2019 11:56 am As well as accusing the part of trying to “rip your country apart”, he also claimed that “a vote for any Democrat in 2020 is a vote for the rise of radical socialism and the destruction of the American dream”. Trump’s 2020 re-election bid: Four key takeaways He told the audience: “For the last two-and-a-half years, we have been under siege…They want a do-over. No other president should have to go through this again. It is so bad for our great country. A hoax. A great hoax.” Read more: Oil prices rise ahead of Trump meeting with China Such a change in slogan would suggest Trump’s focus in the coming months is going to be on his achievements during the first four years as President, and yesterday’s speech did start with a claim over having created a “more thriving, prospering and booming” country. To be or not to be impeached MAGA or KAG? That is the question. In recent weeks a number of high-profile Democrats have been joining the growing chorus of politicians calling for an impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump. But in the last month Trump has been shifting his 2020 vision to one of “Keep America Great”, or ‘KAG’, and last night he once again doubled down on the reworked slogan: “We are going to keep America great again” he told the 20,000-strong crowd of supporters. Mr Bombastic Such tussles come as Trump finds himself trailing behind several Democrat contenders in the polls, with a Quinnipiac survey yesterday showing vice president Joe Biden is beating the president in a hypothetical match up by 50 per cent to 41 per cent. Trump’s talk of border security also came just a day after he tweeted that US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would soon start removing “millions of illegal aliens”. The Donald hasformally kicked off his 2020 campaign. Speaking before thousands ofsupporters in the key battleground state of Florida last night, thebusinessman-turned-politician launched his bid to be re-elected tothe White House, officially kicking off what is set to be anotherheated presidential race.center_img MONTOURSVILLE, PA – MAY 20: U.S. President Donald Trump tosses a hat into the crowd as he arrives for a ‘Make America Great Again’ campaign rally at Williamsport Regional Airport, May 20, 2019 in Montoursville, Pennsylvania. Trump is making a trip to the swing state to drum up Republican support on the eve of a special election in Pennsylvania’s 12th congressional district, with Republican Fred Keller facing off against Democrat Marc Friedenberg. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Baby killers, extremists and socialists were just a few of the slurs Trump heaped on Democrats at yesterday’s rally. In his speech last night Trump did not shy away from the row over Russia’s election meddling, insisting that he “won” with special counsel Robert Mueller’s report while also calling the probe a “witch hunt”. Make America Great Again (MAGA) was indeed a campaign slogan that tapped into the emotions of millions of Americans during the 2016 race. Share In a rally that was as explosive as any during the 2016 race, perhaps the most noticeable difference was the change in slogan. “How do you give up the greatest theme of all time with a new theme?” Trump asked rhetorically. In a speech lastingalmost 80 minutes, Donald Trump hit out at Democrats, special counselRobert Mueller and the media, while also setting out his vision forthe next four years. Here are some of the takeaways from yesterday’srally: whatsapp But the Republican leader’s taste for rhetoric seems not to have faded during his three years in office and not before long he was targeting ‘Fake News’ media as well as a Democrat party that he accused of “flooding the country with illegal immigrants in the hopes it will expand their political base.” Rival Bernie Sanders hit back almost instantly, branding Trump’s comments as “lies, distortions, and total absolute nonsense”. Sebastian McCarthy ORLANDO, FLORIDA – JUNE 18: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during his rally where he announced his candidacy for a second presidential term at the Amway Center on June 18, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. President Trump is set to run against a wide open Democratic field of candidates. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Whoever wins the Democrat nomination, arguments over impeachment are likely to be at the forefront of the row between both sides, with over 60 members of the House having already called for an impeachment inquiry. 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Boris faces ERG rebellion as sources hint at backstop shift

first_imgBut what about the pro-Brexit MPs, who have fought against the backstop for the past two years? Johnson met the DUP’s Arlene Foster and Nigel Dodds yesterday, amid rumours that a Northern Ireland-only backstop could be put forward. Government sources argued that was wide of the mark, pointing back to Johnson’s agri-food comments as where the current line of thinking was. The EU wants “practical, operable alternatives” before it will consider any changes to the backstop – something Johnson is adamant has to go. So what are his options? Catherine Neilan Images: Getty Dominic Cummings is the special adviser to Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Reuters) Efforts are being put into finding loopholes, although even loyal Tory MPs have privately dubbed this approach “weasley”. The rebel alliance are awaiting an attempt by Number 10 “to try and frustrate [the anti no-deal law] in the courts” – but this they believe will fail. An extension followed by an election exacerbates that with voters going both to the Brexit Party, making much of Johnson’s failed promises, and the Liberal Democrats, who are scooping up disenfranchised One Nation Tories unhappy with the sacking of the 21 rebels last week. “History teaches us that any deal relating to Northern Ireland, which cannot command cross-community support, is doomed to failure. That is why the Northern Ireland backstop is flawed,” she said. Others agree it is a likely outcome, pointing to the fact Johnson no longer needs the DUP’s confidence and supply agreement, given his own sabotaging of the Conservative majority. As one Tory said: “The DUP only get you 10 MPs and the size of the problem is much bigger than that.” But the anti no-deal law – which gained royal assent on Monday – and Boris Johnson’s failure to secure a General Election, has changed all that. Now, the Prime Minister must get parliamentary approval – either for a deal, or no-deal – by 19 October or face the humiliation of requesting an extension from Brussels, something he has said he would rather “die in a ditch” than do. Working for the man With Johnson now backed into a corner, even government insiders are critical. Sources point to the weekend briefing about putting a Conservative candidate up against speaker John Bercow as one of a handful of recent tactical errors. Finally the wheels are moving – but the path forward is Escher-like and the room for error vast. Ultimately, the Prime Minister may even have to resign – although it’s not even clear what that would do, other than remove Johnson from a problem largely of his own making. They are likely to baulk at the idea of a concession like this, one strategist close to the group believes, particularly if Johnson repeats his threat to remove the whip. “If the backstop became Northern Ireland only, I don’t think that would cut the mustard. whatsapp Johnson remains emphatic that the UK will leave the EU on 31 October – but he also said on Monday that leaving without a deal would be a “failure of statecraft”. So where does this all leave us? Remainers are clear. As Lib Dem peer Lord Newby told City A.M.: “Boris is now a prisoner of parliament, and we will therefore not leave on 31 October.” “People think he’s some kind of strategic genius, rather than just someone who said he’d outwit Dominic Grieve and didn’t,” says one. That may be enough to convince those MPs who are genuinely desperate to avoid a no-deal.   The source goes on to point out that Johnson has ended up boxed in, just as his predecessor was. “People will want to know – ok Boris, is this better than Theresa May’s deal? Or is it just May’s deal in lipstick? They haven’t fought for years to be fobbed off with a bit of light powder.” Read more: Ex-Labour MP joins Liberal Democrats as anti-Brexit stance bolsters party Tags: Boris Johnson Brexit Politics as (un)usual Come on Arlene whatsapp But having been blocked from a no-deal, Johnson now faces the same problems as May: the only deal on offer will be unpalatable to a core faction within his party, meaning we could still lumber on without a resolution. Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyUndoFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterUndoNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyUndoPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryUndozenherald.comDolly Finally Took Off Her Wig, Fans Gaspedzenherald.comUndoMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryUndoYourDailyLamaHe Used To Be Handsome In 80s Now It’s Hard To Look At HimYourDailyLamaUndobonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comUndoPost Fun25 Worst Movies Ever, According To Rotten TomatoesPost FunUndo But while things have moved beyond Cummings’ control, there is still the suspicion that anything could happen while he is at Johnson’s side. Parliament has been shut down for the next five weeks – but Boris Johnson has just 50 days to get a deal and save his premiership. center_img But the Northern Ireland-only backstop comes up in conversation time and again. It has the backing of the EU, which makes it “feasible” before the Halloween deadline, according to one government insider.   Halloween party? Read more: Parliament prorogued: Scenes of chaos play out in Commons MPs privately don’t have many nice things to say about Johnson’s chief adviser Dominic Cummings, calling him a “thug” and a “bully”, arguing he is turning the party into a “shitshow”. About the most positive you hear is “battering ram” – effective, albeit at a cost. Despite what has been said in public, officials and MPs have been fairly frank that no work was going into alternative proposals to put in front of the EU. As recently as last week, officials would smile and shake their heads when asked what might emerge in place of the backstop. No deal was the only option in town. “I see no way out of this without an electoral event of some kind – whether that’s an election or a second referendum,” says the source close to the rebels. “There’s no keenness for that, but it’s the only way out.” The Cummings factor In Dublin on Monday the Prime Minister reiterated the trusted trader scheme, along with pre-clearance checks, as part of the alternative arrangements. He also said he was willing to recognise that agri-food is increasingly managed on a common basis across the island of Ireland. But she made it clear that the DUP would not go quietly if the Northern Ireland backstop were his ultimate route. Share Foster stressed it was “undemocratic and unconstitutional, and would place a tariff border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK”. “That would be unacceptable,” she added. But how pro-Brexit MPs will react is critical. “If it was a rebellion of 10 odds and sods, who they could then deselect, it wouldn’t be that big a deal. But if Jacob [Rees-Mogg] votes against it that would be a strong signal to potential Brexit Party voters that it is Brino – Brexit In Name Only,” one insider says. Foster also noted that the PM himself had rejected such an idea previously, and had reiterated that position during their meeting yesterday. After her meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, DUP leader Foster said she wanted “a sensible deal” and was “encouraged” by what Johnson had said while in Dublin. But having been blocked from a no-deal, Johnson now faces the same problems as May: the only deal on offer will be unpalatable to a core faction within his party, meaning we could still lumber on without a resolution. “Their Plan A was to leave without a deal, and they’ve been stopped,” says a source close to the group of former Conservative MPs. “Now we hear there is a live discussion about ditching the Cummings plan and going genuinely for a deal.” Still there is a chink of light that an agreement might be struck in October, which will pave the way for an exit soon after. The EU has indicated that operable alternatives to the backstop will be considered. Some insiders believe that could be simply a “tweak” to the existing Withdrawal Agreement, which Johnson will trumpet as a concession. Johnson might still be targeting a Halloween exit, but very few people in Westminster think he can get there. “It is now impossible to leave with a deal on 31 October,” says the pro-rebel source. “Andrea Leadsom – no Remoaner – was warning that you would need anything from three to nine months to legislate for Brexit. Now they are saying they can sort it all out in six sitting days? It’s just not plausible.” Time to ditch the DUP? The source close to the Remainer rebels insists there is no schadenfreude among those who have tried and failed to build consensus around a deal. “There is no glee,” he says. “Only frustration.” At the same time, rebels on both sides are threatening to thwart him. Arlene Foster is the leader of the DUP, a Northern Ireland party that is the Tories’ parliamentary ally (Getty) Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces ERG rebellion as sources hint at shift on backstop Wednesday 11 September 2019 10:02 am Yet private polling for the Tories makes for grim reading. City A.M. has been told about three different polls that suggest at best, the country could end up with another hung parliament. They would need a lot of convincing the backstop had been killed off,” he says. “Last week the PM tried saying ‘what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander’ – at that point, all you can say is he is sitting on a very sharp pencil.” “All roads lead to Corbyn,” says one frustrated insider. “That is the worst case scenario,” says another MP. “I don’t care what [my colleagues] say, and forget about Brexit: Corbyn would do untold damage to the country.” Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks with year four and year six pupils during a visit to Pimlico Primary school in London on September 10, 2019. (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read TOBY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images) last_img read more

Japan’s Abenomics is branded a failure as GDP points to an economic slump

first_imgTuesday 18 August 2015 4:57 am whatsapp Tags: Abenomics whatsapp Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictPsoriatic Arthritis | Search AdsWhat Is Psoriatic Arthritis? See Signs (Some Symptoms May Surprise)Psoriatic Arthritis | Search AdsPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity Mirrorzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comDefinitionThe Most Famous Movie Filmed In Every U.S. StateDefinitionArticles SkillHusband Leaves Wife For Her Sister, Not Knowing She Won The Lottery Just Moments BeforeArticles SkillTotal PastThis Was Found Hiding In An Oil Painting – Take A Closer LookTotal Past Share Express KCS Japan’s Abenomics is branded a failure as GDP points to an economic slump Japan could be forced to ramp up QE this autumn following its economic contraction – while experts are suggesting Abenomics has been a failure. Latest figures from the world’s third-largest economy show Q2 GDP shrunk 1.6 per cent on an annualised basis, brought down by lower consumer spending and weak exports. Private consumption fell 0.8 per cent from Q1, while exports were down 4.4 per cent – mostly on weaker demand from a slowing China. The news is raising question marks over whether the “Abenomomics” battle plan is even working at all. Now two and a half years into the programme, President Shinzo Abe’s declaration that he was firing the “bazooka” that would revive Japan’s stagnant economy seems to ring hollow. “Abenomics is definitely not working, it is nonsense,” says Gary Reynolds of Courtiers Investment Services. “You can see it’s not working because of what’s happening.” The disappointing figures mean Japan is on track for growth of just one per cent this fiscal year, well below the Bank of Japan’s July forecast of a 1.7 per cent increase in GDP, according to Capital Economics. The central bank’s inflation target of two per cent will also be missed. “The Q2 figures are better than expected, however they are a contraction. So this does raise question marks over Abenomics and its effectiveness, because we keep seeing this sluggishness in the economy,” says Adrian Lowcock of AXA Wealth. AUTUMN EASINGNow speculation is rife that the Bank will resort to a further round of QE this autumn, to extend its ¥80 trillion yen (£412bn) in annual asset purchases. Short positions on Japanese government bonds have leapt in size, as traders bet yields will be pushed down as the Bank increases purchases. “We remain convinced that the Bank of Japan will announce more easing in October,” says Marel Thieliant of Capital Economics. CURRENCY WARSIn the meantime, China’s decision to devalue the yuan by nearly two per cent is also going to put pressure on Japan. A key aim of Abenomics was to weaken the yen and end its decades of stubborn strength.  The yen has fallen 35 per cent against the dollar in the last 30 months, although it has recently found a floor and resisted further falls. Now China is undercutting Japan’s devaluation, the Bank of Japan may be under even more pressure to print money. “Competing economies are unlikely to stomach their rivals becoming more competitive, so they devalue their currencies. This is potentially the start of currency wars,” says Ben Gutteridge of Brewin Dolphin. Arguably this could mean good news for stock market investors (even if Japan’s economy fails to respond), as some experts believe the sole purpose of QE is to raise asset prices. “That is what it did in the UK and US… If you thought QE in Japan would raise asset prices then it has been a success,” Lowcock says.   last_img read more

Korro Bio raises $90 million to fix mutations that cause diseases

first_img What is it? Korro Bio, a Cambridge biotechnology firm, said Thursday it has raised more than $90 million in venture capital to advance its technology to repair genetic mutations that cause a variety of diseases.The startup, which was founded in 2018 by Cambridge venture capital firm Atlas Venture, hopes to treat disorders through RNA editing, a cutting-edge approach that makes changes to the molecular messengers that create proteins implicated in various illnesses. STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Korro Bio raises $90 million to fix mutations that cause diseases Tags Bostondrug developmentSTAT+ Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the biotech sector — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED By Jonathan Saltzman — Boston Globe Sept. 10, 2020 Reprints About the Author Reprints GET STARTED Log In | Learn More Biotech Adobe What’s included? Jonathan Saltzman — Boston Globelast_img read more

Calls for change at the Station road junction in Portlaoise

first_img Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Pinterest Previous articleFull steam ahead for St John’s 5km Fun Run in MonasterevinNext articleCalls for Biomass Producing Plant to be set up here Sean HennessyA former Knockbeg student, and is currently a student in the University of Limerick trying to scrape a BA in History and Politics. A marquee player in the goals for Annanough, but well capable of doing a job in full-forward and has the knack to turn his hand to any sport (except running). Only starting out in his journalistic career but already the specialist farming and property reporter. Happiest when Liverpool and Laois are winning! Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Council Twitter Twitter TAGSCllr Caroline Dwane StanleyCllr Noel TuohyLaois County CouncilPortlaoise Municipal District Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp Home News Council Calls for change at the Station road junction in Portlaoise NewsCouncil Calls for change at the Station road junction in Portlaoise Facebook Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste There was a call from some Councillors to make safer changes to the Station road junction in Portlaoise on Wednesday morning at the Portlaoise Municipal District meeting.The issue was raised by Cllr Noel Tuohy, who called for a mirror to be errected at the exit of the Station road onto the Mountmellick road to facilitate the safe exit of traffic.Cllr Tuohy feels thet it is a hazard for all road users, especially for the likes of learner and novice drivers or anyone who may not be familiar to the junction.Cllr Caroline Dwane Stanley also backed Cllr Tuohy’s motion, but she also suggested that a one-way system might help motorists get out onto the Mountmellick road in a safer fashion.Her proposal would see vehicles directed to turn left towards the roundabout at top square.This would mean cars intending to head for Mountmellick would have to circle the roundabout and head back out the Mountmellick road.Cllr Stanley also added that the Station road had been taken off the driving test route in Portlaoise because of the high level of risk attached to the junction.Cllr Noel Tuohy responded by saying that people wouldn’t adhere to the one way and that when the mirror had previously been implemented, the junction was somewhat safer.Senior Engineer Wes Wilkinson responded by saying that the Council does not supply or give agreement to the erection of mirrors at new location on public roads, but in this instance because of an existing mirror, the Council will replace it.SEE ALSO – Plans for new public toilets in Portlaoise By Sean Hennessy – 22nd February 2018 Rugby Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squadlast_img read more

Mutual fund industry parched by sales drought in August

first_img Canadian fund sales exceeded $23B in February Keywords Fund salesCompanies Investment Funds Institute of Canada Net sales of the Canadian mutual fund industry dried up in August, according to data published Thursday from the Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC).The industry recorded net sales of $299 million, down from $772 million in July, and far below the $1.8 billion in August 2017. James Langton Mutual fund sales slump continued in November Net sales of long-term funds were $43 million in August. Year-to-date net sales were $14.5 billion, 61% lower than year-to-date sales, 2017.Sales for all long-term asset classes declined in August. Bond funds dropped into net redemptions of $405 million, down from $33 million in net sales in July.Equity fund sales dropped to net redemptions of $24 million in August from net sales of $45 million in July.Net sales of balanced fund sales were $146 million in August, down from $519 million in July.Money market fund net sales were $257 million.Despite the sales drought, industry assets continued to rise. Total industry assets under management increased by $8.6 billion in the month, or 0.6%; to $1.54 trillion. Related news Savings money jar full of coins concept for saving or investment for a house, retirement or education flynt/123RF Mutual fund sales outpaced ETFs in September Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Region Observes CARICOM/Cuba Day

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Today (December 8), is being observed as CARICOM/Cuba Day by the Caribbean community, including Jamaica.At the 9th special Meeting of the Conference of Caribbean Heads of Government in 2003, it was agreed that member states would mark CARICOM/Cuba Day on December 8 each year, in recognition of the important relationship between the two groups.Member states have been encouraged by the CARICOM Secretariat to undertake activities at the national level to commemorate the occasion, including the mounting of exhibitions.Cuba enjoys excellent relations with CARICOM countries and is a full member of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS). The most significant development in the relationship is the CARICOM/Cuba Summit, which is held every three years. The first Summit was held in Havana, Cuba in July 2002.The second one was held in Barbados in December 2005 and the third is scheduled for Cuba in 2008.In 1992 a CARICOM-Cuba Joint Commission was established to promote technical co-operation between the two groups in the areas of technology, human resource development, the environment, disaster mitigation, meteorology, tourism and transportation.Additionally, in July 2000, a CARICOM/Cuba Trade and Economic Co-operation Agreement was signed to stimulate trade and business links between the two sides.CARICOM states benefit mostly from its relationship with Cuba in the areas of health, education and agriculture. Under the Operacion Milagro Eye Care Programme, more than 10,000 Caribbean citizens have benefited from free eye care in Cuba.Fifty academic scholarships are awarded by the Cuban Government each year to CARICOM nationals to study specific disciplines at Cuban institutions. These are in addition to scholarships offered on a bilateral basis to individual countries.Cuba has also been on a drive to help CARICOM countries observe better energy conservation practices by donating energy-saving light bulbs that have saved the region US$193 million.Jamaica and Cuba maintain excellent bilateral relations, having formally established diplomatic relations on December 8, 1972. RelatedRegion Observes CARICOM/Cuba Day RelatedRegion Observes CARICOM/Cuba Day Region Observes CARICOM/Cuba Day UncategorizedDecember 8, 2007center_img RelatedRegion Observes CARICOM/Cuba Day Advertisementslast_img read more

Quad Leaders’ Joint Statement: “The Spirit of Quad”

first_imgQuad Leaders’ Joint Statement: “The Spirit of Quad” The White House1. We have convened to reaffirm our commitment to quadrilateral cooperation between Australia, India, Japan, and the United States. We bring diverse perspectives and are united in a shared vision for the free and open Indo-Pacific. We strive for a region that is free, open, inclusive, healthy, anchored by democratic values, and unconstrained by coercion. We recall that our joint efforts toward this positive vision arose out of an international tragedy, the tsunami of 2004. Today, the global devastation wrought by COVID-19, the threat of climate change, and security challenges facing the region summon us with renewed purpose. On this historic occasion of March 12, 2021, the first-ever leader-level summit of the Quad, we pledge to strengthen our cooperation on the defining challenges of our time.2. Together, we commit to promoting a free, open rules-based order, rooted in international law to advance security and prosperity and counter threats to both in the Indo-Pacific and beyond. We support the rule of law, freedom of navigation and overflight, peaceful resolution of disputes, democratic values, and territorial integrity. We commit to work together and with a range of partners. We reaffirm our strong support for ASEAN’s unity and centrality as well as the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific. Full of potential, the Quad looks forward to the future; it seeks to uphold peace and prosperity and strengthen democratic resilience, based on universal values.3. Our common goals require us to reckon with the most urgent of global challenges. Today, we pledge to respond to the economic and health impacts of COVID-19, combat climate change, and address shared challenges, including in cyber space, critical technologies, counterterrorism, quality infrastructure investment, and humanitarian-assistance and disaster-relief as well as maritime domains.4. Building on the progress our countries have achieved on health security, we will join forces to expand safe, affordable, and effective vaccine production and equitable access, to speed economic recovery and benefit global health. With steadfast commitment to the health and safety of our own people, we also recognize that none of us can be safe as long as the pandemic continues to spread. We will, therefore, collaborate to strengthen equitable vaccine access for the Indo-Pacific, with close coordination with multilateral organizations including the World Health Organization and COVAX. We call for transparent and results-oriented reform at the World Health Organization. We are united in recognizing that climate change is a global priority and will work to strengthen the climate actions of all nations, including to keep a Paris-aligned temperature limit within reach. We look forward to a successful COP 26 in Glasgow. We will begin cooperation on the critical technologies of the future to ensure that innovation is consistent with a free, open, inclusive, and resilient Indo-Pacific. We will continue to prioritize the role of international law in the maritime domain, particularly as reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), and facilitate collaboration, including in maritime security, to meet challenges to the rules-based maritime order in the East and South China Seas. We reaffirm our commitment to the complete denuclearization of North Korea in accordance with United Nations Security Council resolutions, and also confirm the necessity of immediate resolution of the issue of Japanese abductees. As long-standing supporters of Myanmar and its people, we emphasize the urgent need to restore democracy and the priority of strengthening democratic resilience.5. To advance these goals and others, we will redouble our commitment to Quad engagement. We will combine our nations’ medical, scientific, financing, manufacturing and delivery, and development capabilities and establish a vaccine expert working group to implement our path-breaking commitment to safe and effective vaccine distribution; we will launch a critical- and emerging-technology working group to facilitate cooperation on international standards and innovative technologies of the future; and we will establish a climate working group to strengthen climate actions globally on mitigation, adaptation, resilience, technology, capacity-building, and climate finance. Our experts and senior officials will continue to meet regularly; our Foreign Ministers will converse often and meet at least once a year. At the leader level, we will hold an in-person summit by the end of 2021. The ambition of these engagements is fit to the moment; we are committed to leveraging our partnership to help the world’s most dynamic region respond to historic crisis, so that it may be the free, open, accessible, diverse, and thriving Indo-Pacific we all seek. /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. 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New law protects pets from domestic violence

first_imgNew law protects pets from domestic violence Domestic violence victim-survivors and their companion animals will have greater protections from abuse under new laws that commenced this weekend. Attorney General and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Mark Speakman said the protection of animals will now be a standard Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) condition after reforms passed Parliament in November.“Perpetrators often use animals to coerce or control victims, threatening to hurt or kill pets to keep them in a relationship or as punishment for leaving,” Mr Speakman said.“This cruelty and manipulation can leave victims terrified of the consequences for their beloved animals and can therefore delay or prevent them from leaving a violent situation. These reforms aim to help guard against this abhorrent form of abuse.”Amendments to the Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007 will:change the definition of ‘intimidation’ to indicate explicitly that harm to, or harm threatened to, animals is a form of intimidation. (Intimidation is an existing criminal offence with a maximum penalty of five years’ imprisonment); and,prohibit harm to animals as a standard condition in all ADVOs and Apprehended Personal Violence Orders.Delia Donovan, CEO of Domestic Violence NSW, the state’s leading organisation for specialist domestic violence services, said pets are an integral part of some people’s lives, and perpetrators often use them to gain control with threats to kill or hurt animals.“These reforms are essential to improving the safety of people experiencing domestic violence, and we wholeheartedly support them,” Ms Donovan said.RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman said for too long, animals in domestic and family violence situations have not been given the recognition they deserved.“We are pleased to see changes and the opportunity for more services to be equipped to support people and help animals live free from violence and abuse,” Mr Coleman saidIn addition, the NSW Government has invested $500,000 in the Pets and Animal Welfare Support (PAWS) Grants Program. The funds have been awarded to 19 women’s refuges and animal welfare organisations across NSW, enabling them to better support companion animals and victims escaping domestic violence.Download media release: New law protects pets from domestic violence PDF, 174.28 KB /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:animal welfare, attorney-general, Australia, Criminal, Department of Communities and Justice, domestic and family violence, domestic violence, Download, family violence, Government, grants program, Minister, NSW, parliament, prevention, RSPCA, RSPCA NSW, violencelast_img read more

University of Colorado at Boulder Achieves Reaccreditation

first_imgThe University of Colorado at Boulder has been awarded continuing accreditation without stipulation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, or NCA.NCA accreditation is a process that universities undergo every 10 years to ensure specified standards are met and to demonstrate to the public and key constituents — namely students and faculty — the quality of the infrastructure that supports academic programs, research and other activities. The University of Colorado has been accredited by the NCA since 1913 and was officially notified of continuing accreditation status on Aug. 18.”With its ambitious plans, its effective leaders, and its productive faculty and staff, the University is poised to become an even greater asset for the state of Colorado and the nation,” the site team stated in the report.This year’s accreditation was without stipulation or follow-up and is the result of more than two years of preparatory work by the university. The NCA’s site team visited the CU-Boulder campus on Feb. 22-24 to meet with key campus constituents and review programs and facilities. The visit followed the submission of extensive written and supportive materials by the university to the NCA at various points over 18 months.”We are extremely gratified by the award of accreditation without stipulation,” said CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano. “It is a testimony to the hard work and ingenuity of our faculty and staff, the overall strength of our academic programs, and the strong vision put forth in our Flagship 2030 Strategic Plan.”The Flagship 2030 Strategic Plan is the university’s blueprint for success in the new millennium. It was cited by the site team as a key asset and leverage point for the state of Colorado in the team’s report. “There are many good examples of how CU-Boulder is responding to a future shaped by multiple societal and economic trends. Among them are the following: multi-year residential academic experiences; experiential learning opportunities; collaboration with other regional universities, businesses, government and federal laboratories to establish educational research opportunities; and expansion of student and faculty exchanges around the world.”The overall result of the accreditation efforts, DiStefano said, is that students, parents, taxpayers and CU stakeholders “can have confidence in the resources that CU is applying to teaching, research and service, as well as in our methods, which we are continuing to sharpen to serve new generations of students.”In the report the site team noted, “The reputation of CU-Boulder may be better appreciated outside the state of Colorado than in the state itself. Those with a stake in the future of the state should be encouraged to embrace the University as a significant asset and invest in it.”The site team’s report, the notice of accreditation, and all materials prepared by CU-Boulder for the review are available for public review at www.colorado.edu/accreditation. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Sept. 15, 2010 last_img read more