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Court allows Boris Johnson to prorogue parliament for now

first_imgFormer Conservative Prime Minister Sir John Major to join Gina Miller’s legal action against the prorogation of parliament Share whatsapp A court in Northern Ireland is set to hear the same plea today from a lawyer representing anti-no-deal campaigners, while Miller is set to attempt the same at the High Court in London. Michael Searles He said: “Weighing consideration in the balance, it’s in the interest of justice that it proceeds sooner rather than later.” Business owner and anti-Brexit activist Gina Miller has revealed her own legal challenge against the prorogation of parliament next week On Thursday they called for an interim interdict to prevent Johnson from proroguing parliament until that hearing, originally scheduled for 6 September, but it has been rejected. Major to take legal action “In view of the imminence of the prorogation – and to avoid duplication of effort, and taking up the court’s time through repetition – I intend to seek the court’s permission to intervene in the claim already initiated by Gina Miller, rather than to commence separate proceedings. A group of MPs and peers from various parties joined forces to file a petition at Scotland’s highest civil court earlier this summer to prevent Johnson being able to suspend parliament. Major said: “I promised that, if the Prime Minister prorogued parliament in order to prevent MPs from opposing his Brexit plans, I would seek judicial review of his action. “If granted permission to intervene, I intend to seek to assist the court from the perspective of having served in government as a minister and Prime Minister, and also in parliament for many years as a member of the House of Commons. She said: “Court hearing re Boris Johnson proroguing parliament will be heard next Thursday 5th September. I will be adjoined by Sir John Major.” The challenges to halt Johnson’s plans come in the wake of the Queen’s approval of Johnson proroguing parliament for five weeks, commencing 10 September. Following the court ruling in Scotland, a government spokesperson said: “As we have set out, the government needs to bring forward a strong domestic legislative agenda, and MPs are not prevented from scrutinising our withdrawal from the EU. Tags: Boris Johnson Read more: Boris Johnson’s Parliament prorogation generates huge backlash “A substantive hearing is set to place for Friday September 6, before the first possible date parliament could be prorogued.” More From Our Partners ‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.com Read more: Prorogue fallout continues as ex-minister says Johnson is ‘gagging’ MPs whatsapp Labour MP Ian Murray, who is backing the legal action in Scotland, said: “This verdict means a full hearing has been fast-tracked to next week, which is now the most important week in modern British history. “I will be represented by The Rt Hon The Lord Garnier QC and Tom Cleaver, who will be instructed by Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.” Doherty said: “I’m not satisfied that it has been demonstrated that there’s a need for an interim suspension or an interim interdict to be granted at this stage. It comes as Judge Lord Doherty dismissed the bid to halt the prorogation at the Court of Session in Edinburgh, after listening to the campaigners’ lawyer and a legal representative from the UK government. Anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller has also revealed she will be launching a separate legal challenge against the prorogation at a hearing next week where she will be adjoined by former Tory Prime Minister Sir John Major. “It is disappointing that we have to go to the courts to protect British democracy, but Boris Johnson’s attempt to silence the people’s representatives cannot go unchallenged. A Scottish court has rejected a bid from campaigners to stall Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s efforts to prorogue parliament until a full hearing is conducted next week. “As well as this legal battle in the Court of Session, the campaign against a no-deal Brexit will also take place in the House of Commons. “We must work tirelessly, across all parties and none, to fight against the devastation of a no-deal Brexit, fight for our democracy, and fight for the people to have a final say on Brexit.” However, the Judge added that the hearing would be moved forward to Tuesday 3 September with the need for an outcome to be reached quickly. Scottish court rejects legal bid to halt Boris Johnson’s plot to prorogue parliament More legal bids “We are glad the court found against the interdict – there was no good reason to seek one, given the full hearing is due to take place next week, and the process of bringing the session to an end will not start until the week commencing 9 September.” Friday 30 August 2019 10:31 amlast_img read more

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Trump administration moves to ban bump stocks

first_imgFederal Government | NPR News | Public SafetyTrump administration moves to ban bump stocksMarch 11, 2018 by Vanessa Romo, NPR News Share:Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Saturday that the Justice Department is formally moving to ban the sale or manufacture of bump stocks through regulatory action. (Photo by Evan Vucci/AP)The Justice Department has taken the first step in banning the sale, manufacture or possession of bump stocks through new regulation, as Congress stalls in drafting a legislative prohibition.“The Department of Justice has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a notice of a proposed regulation to clarify that the National Firearms and Gun Control Act defines ‘machinegun’ to include bump stock type devices,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement issued Saturday.Bump stocks are devices used to accelerate a gun’s shooting rate so it fires like an automatic weapon.As NPR’s Jessica Taylor reported, President Trump called on the Justice Department to change its regulations and formally ban the devices in February, following the deadly high school shooting in Parkland, Fla.The alleged shooter in the school massacre that killed 17 people did not use bump stocks, but the gunman who killed 58 concertgoers and injured more than 500 others in October in Las Vegas did.The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives recently closed the public comment period for its review of bump stock regulation. But in a 2010 assessment, the ATF concluded that the devices were not regulated under existing gun laws. And it ruled that only Congress can act to ban them.That is a view shared by gun safety supporters, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who pushed for a legislative ban last fall.“If ATF tries to ban these devices after admitting repeatedly that it lacks the authority to do so, that process could be tied up in court for years, and that would mean bump stocks would continue to be sold,” Feinstein said in a February statement.“Legislation is the only answer,” she added.The National Rifle Association is against a ban, but the organization says “devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.”The NRA did not immediately respond to requests for comment by NPR. However, The Associated Press reported that the powerful lobby group filed a lawsuit against the state of Florida on Friday after the governor signed a package new gun restrictions, including a ban on bump stocks.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.Share this story:last_img read more

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City Moves for 27 January 2015 | Who’s switching jobs

first_img Tags: NULL City Moves for 27 January 2015 | Who’s switching jobs More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com Express KCS LinklatersNicola Rabson (pictured) has been appointed global head of the law firm’s employment and incentives practice. She succeeds Ruth Goldman, who will remain global head of Linklaters’ pensions teams. Rabson has extensive experience in all areas of employment law.British Business BankChristopher Fox has been appointed chief financial officer at the bank for smaller businesses. He joins from UK Financial Investments, where he was head of banking, overseeing the government’s shareholdings in Lloyds Banking Group, RBS, and UK Asset Resolution. Fox previously worked at UBS for almost 20 years.Hermes Investment Management The investment management firm has appointed Ian Kennedy as chief operating officer. In 2009, he became interim chief executive at Fortis Private Banking, and steered the business through its sale to BNP Paribas Wealth Management (where he was subsequently chief operating officer and chief financial officer for the UK). Kennedy co-founded Investme Financial Services in 2012.InvestecThe bank’s corporate and institutional banking division has announced the appointment of Michael Jones as head of natural resources in London. He first joined Investec 10 years ago before leaving for Unicredit, where he has worked in its mining and metals team for the past five years.Gatehouse BankDavid Swan has been appointed head of real estate investment at the investment bank, which specialises in shariah-compliant products and services. He founded Bridgeport Real Estate in 2012, and has also held positions at Tishman Speyer, Arcapita and WW Advisors.AllianzGIAndrew Curran has been appointed senior product specialist in emerging markets debt at the investment management firm. He most recently was a senior salesman covering leveraged loans, distressed debt, and global high yield at Evolution Securities and Cantor Fitzgerald. Curran has also held roles at Morgan Stanley, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, and Bank of America.Martinez & PartnersThe insurance broker has appointed Ian Cullen as new business executive. He joins from Aon, where he was most recently rental business services development director.To appear in City Moves please email your career updates and pictures to [email protected] up to receive the new City Moves morning update if you haven’t already. whatsapp whatsapp Share Monday 26 January 2015 8:05 pm Show Comments ▼last_img read more

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Portlaoise to miss out as Athlone becomes ‘midlands capital’

first_img Portlaoise to miss out as Athlone becomes ‘midlands capital’ Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Home News Portlaoise to miss out as Athlone becomes ‘midlands capital’ News Pinterest Portlaoise has lost out to Athlone which is to be unveiled later as the ‘capital of the midlands’’, according to reports this morning.Project Ireland 2040 is set to be officially launched later this afternoon in Sligo.It now appears that Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran will see his hometown get ‘special status’. WhatsApp Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Facebook Pinterest Rugby Twitter Facebook Sligo, where the plan is being launched, gets special status as a ‘regional centre’, as does Letterkenny in Co Donegal, along with the midlands town.The special status for Athlone flies in the face of much commentary, including the view of one urban planner and government advisor who made a strong case for Portlaoise as a designated regional centre when he spoke to LaoisToday.Dr Brian Hughes noted that the impressive population growth in Laois has seen it enjoy the same aggregate growth as Athlone, Tullamore and Mullingar, the three towns chosen as a gateway under the former Spatial Strategy.“Everything is evidence based now,” he said, when it comes to planning and Portlaoise has much in its favour. He said Portlaoise is strategically placed close to the M7 and M8 motorways and also has a strong rail network. He said there is a strong necklace of towns which feed into Portlaoise including Mountmellick, Stradbally, Portarlington and Mountrath.“Because of all these reasons, Portlaoise comes into the winners enclosure, rather than the losers enclosure,” he said when it comes to the possibility of being designated a city status, resulting in greater investment in infrastructure.“There are very positive indicators on how Portlaoise is faring in relation to other towns,” he said.Portlaoise was also overlooked in the previous, and now scrapped, National Spatial Strategy, which designated Athlone/Tullamore/Mullingar as the ATM regional hub, which was to be earmarked for development.SnubRenua Ireland says it is particularly surprised by the snubbing of Portlaoise despite its status as one of Ireland’s fastest growing towns and strategic location.“We had hoped today’s plan would represent a new way of doing things,” Cllr John Leahy said.“Instead it appears to represent a bad case of Decentralisation II minus the ‘Parlon country’ signs,” he said.“Instead, the Midlands under this administration appears to be a case of ‘welcome to Boxer country’ and meanwhile the rest of us can go whistle for proper hospital, health and housing services and only dream of such basic fundamentals as hi-speed broadband, while 11,500 commuters from Laois will unfortunately see nothing in this plan which will bring them home for work anytime soon,” Cllr Leahy said.SEE ALSO – UPDATE: Man in hospital following stabbing incident in Laois Twitter By David Power – 16th February 2018 Council Community RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Previous articleUPDATE: Man in hospital following stabbing incident in LaoisNext articleMulti million euro urban regeneration plan secured for Portlaoise David PowerA journalist for over 20 years, David has worked for a number of regional titles both as journalist and editor. From Tullamore he also works as a content editor for Independent.ie. His heroes include Shane Lowry, Seamus Darby and Johnny Flaherty WhatsApplast_img read more

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Moment in Time: Cumann na mBunscol hurling and camogie finals 2009

first_img TAGSCumann na mBunscolCumann na mBunscol 2019Moment in Time Brought to you in association with Roll n Bowl PortlaoiseWe’re still in Cumann na mBunscol fever here at LaoisToday HQ and thought what would be better than to have this week’s Moment in Time look back at the annual hurling and camogie finals from 10 years ago.Many things have changed over the past decade, but the enjoyment and excitement the Cumann na mBunscol finals bring is still the same, as seen on many of the happy faces below.Following three pulsating days in O’Moore Park this week, the Cumann na mBunscol hurling and camogie finals have come to an end for another year.Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday saw teams from all over the county compete for silverware in Laois.192 goals were scored over the course of the three days by 44 teams in 22 finals.You can see full reports, results and photos on an excellent roundup piece on this year’s Cumann na mBunscol finals done by Alan Hartnett, who was certainly kept on his toes the past few days!In the photos below, all taken by Cumann na mBunscol stalwart Alf Harvey, there is many a familiar face and those who have gone on from Cumann na mBunscol hurling to the Laois senior hurling panel. Twitter Previous articleBox by box – how your area voted in the 2019 Local Elections in the Borris-Mountmellick Municipal DistrictNext articleGood Week, Bad Week: Cumann na mBunscol revivals, worthy recognition and European club championships Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. WhatsApp Moment in Time: Cumann na mBunscol hurling and camogie finals 2009 Pinterest Twitter GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Home We Are Laois Moment in Time Moment in Time: Cumann na mBunscol hurling and camogie finals 2009 We Are LaoisMoment in Time Facebookcenter_img Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Pinterest WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GAA By Siun Lennon – 1st June 2019 Here’s a look at this week’s Moment in Time:Supporting Scoil Mhuire Abbeyleix in the Division 1 hurling final.Picture: Alf Harvey.Clough who defeated KIlladooley in the Division 4 Camogie final.Picture: Alf Harvey.Emo who defeated Durrow in the Division 3 Camogie final.Picture: Alf Harvey.Clough celebrate their camogie win.Picture: Alf Harvey.Emo girls celebrate their camogie win.Picture: Alf Harvey.Derrylamogue who played Cullohill in the Division 3 Hurling final.Picture: Alf Harvey.Braving the weather at the Cumann na mBunscol finals.Picture: Alf Harvey.Durrow boys celebrate at the Cumann na mBunscol finals.Picture: Alf Harvey.Supporting Cullohill at the Cumann na mBunscol finals.Picture: Alf Harvey.Timahoe girls celebrate at the finals.Picture: Alf Harvey.Cullohill celebrate their win.Picture: Alf Harvey.Derrylamogue who played Cullohill in the Division 3 Hurling final.Picture: Alf Harvey.Eimear Delaney presents the trophy to the Scoil Bhride Rathdowney captain after winning the Division 2 camogie final.Picture: Alf Harvey.Scoil Mhuire Abbeyleix celebrate after winning the Division 1 final.Picture: Alf Harvey.Supporting Clough at the finals.Picture: Alf Harvey.Clough celebrate after winning their camogie final with captain Laura Finlay raising the trophy like her great-grandfather John did for Laois/Ballygeehan in winning the All Ireland in 1915.Picture: Alf Harvey.Durrow boys celebrate at the Cumann na mBunscol finals.Picture: Alf Harvey.Derrylamogue celebrate their hurling victory.Picture: Alf Harvey.Cullohill celebrate their win.Picture: Alf Harvey.Cullohill fans enjoy the day despite the rain at the Cumann na mBunscol finals.Picture: Alf Harvey.SEE ALSO – Local fundraiser organised for Mountmellick man and Tullamore Oncology Unit Facebook GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

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‘Let the kids play’ – Midlands League secretary pens open letter to FAI and politicians

first_img Facebook WhatsApp Electric Picnic Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic The secretary of the Midland Schoolboys League, the governing body for juvenile soccer in Laois, has penned an open letter to the FAI and politicians calling for matches to resume.Portarlington native Derek Collins issued the letter to all clubs in the league on Sunday morning.On Saturday, the FAI released a statement welcoming the government’s decision to Level 3 from Tuesday.They said: “The Football Association of Ireland welcomes the Government’s decision to move Ireland from Level 5 lockdown to Level 3 from Tuesday, December 1st, and will now hold internal meetings to discuss the implication of this move for our game.“The FAI also intends to hold discussions with the Government early next week in relation to Safer Return to Training and Safer Return to Play timelines for all levels of the game and will update stakeholders at the earliest opportunity.” ‘Let the kids play’ – Midlands League secretary pens open letter to FAI and politicians But under Level 3, only non-contact training in pods of 15 is permitted for ‘non-elite’ elements of soccer in Ireland.So essentially, only children who are playing for clubs in the League of Ireland are permitted to play games – while those that are not will have to wait until 2021 at the earliest.In Mr Collins’ letter, he fears that without the prospect of matches, children will be less inclined to train and their health will suffer as a result.At present, juvenile soccer players deemed ‘elite’ by the FAI are allowed to continue playing matches and Collins outlines how he believes this decision is completely contradictory.He fears that it will now be impossible to resume matches until February and also fears that this may suit the FAI as they may seek to force ‘summer soccer’ upon leagues who fought against such a move for many years in the past.And Mr Collins believes such a move would see many rural soccer clubs in Laois being forced to fold.His letter, in full, is published below:I think it’s now time to act following the news on Friday that kids playing underage grassroots football cannot go back to playing football (soccer) matches and any other team sports during the new Level 3 restrictions.I feel it is now time for every football club, their parents and extended families to email or canvas all their local TDs and Councillors across the midlands area to get your KIDS BACK PLAYING MATCHES.It is also time for our governing body to start looking after all kids playing football in this country – not just the national league clubs but all clubs that play our beautiful game.We welcome the FAI statement issued on Saturday night but the ‘Safer Return to Playing Matches’ protocols need to be implemented now for all levels of the game.While it is good to still be able to go to training, there is no end game to training. This I believe will end up with a lot of players not wanting to play or falling out of love with the beautiful game.If we continue to train without matches, it could result in a lot of kids returning to their online games and going without exercise which I believe will turn into health problems further down the line.We in the Midlands Schoolboys/girls League are now without games since early October (going into our 9th week).We had our governing body (FAI) and the government inform us of a word called ‘elite football’ (A select group that is superior in terms of ability or qualities to the rest of a group or society).This group of footballers starts with National League clubs at U-13 with some players being as young as 11.In the case of the MSL U-12s from our Emerging Talent Programme squad from the previous year, this group of elite footballers are so elite that they become grassroots players the following year as there is NO elite football for U-14s players the following year.National league, so called elite football, only has boys age groups at U-13, U-15, U-17 and U-19 at present and elite football for girls goes from U-17s to senior womens.The same boys and girls that are elite or grassroots players sit in the same classroom. They can meet up and go shopping or now they can go to the gym or go swimming – not just in the sea – but indoors in a pool. (How social distancing works there is beyond me).They may also have a brother or a sister who is deemed non-elite so you have the situation where parents are bringing one of their children to a match and leaving the other at home.There has not been any Covid-19 cases from any Schoolboy football games within Ireland to date and there have been no close contacts caused by Covid-19 either.We, as a league, have always upheld the most stringent restrictions for all training and matches that have been played.I feel there may be an undercurrent movement to move all football into a calendar season as the way things are going it will be at least February before we are allowed to play football which will coincide with a summer season.As it is, the present summer leagues have got an extension to March of 2021 which is a four month extension. Going on that, winter leagues would not finish until next September.In regards to the above, the following will happen in the midlands area: Clubs that are depending on farmers for grounds will not get them; Clubs without getting in memberships fees will not survive – if this happens your child, your nephews/your nieces your grandsons and your granddaughters will not play for your local club and will have to travel outside your parish, your town or your county if they wish to play.So we are asking every football clubs to contact their player’s parents and extended family and ask them to email or canvas their local TDs, County Councillors and any local and national media groups – both online and national print – to help us to get our KIDS BACK PLAYING MATCHES.Regards,Derek CollinsSecretary of the Midlands Schoolboy/girls LeagueSEE ALSO – Laois TD apologises for ‘inappropriate’ Tweet as DUP leader Foster hits out Twitter Twitter Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festivalcenter_img Home Sport Soccer ‘Let the kids play’ – Midlands League secretary pens open letter to… SportSoccer Pinterest Facebook Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date By Alan Hartnett – 30th November 2020 WhatsApp Previous articleLaois GAA TV proves a huge success as profit of almost €55,000Next articleThe new face seeking to win a place on the Laois GAA County Board 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. Electric Picnic TAGSDerek CollinsFAIMidlands Schoolboys League last_img read more

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With Friends Like These….

first_imgNews By Daily NK – 2012.12.03 3:01pm RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest SHARE Facebook Twitter News AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] center_img North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China With Friends Like These…. News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News [imText1]‘With Friends Like These…’ is the 39th cartoon drawn exclusively for Daily NK by Gregory Pence, who lives here in Seoul, busily shedding light on the political, economic and human rights problems of Northeast Asia.When a new leader enters office in any country, he or she normally hopes for a period of calm to follow, so that soft furnishings can be tested and meetings held without any excessive sense of urgency. However, when you are Xi Jinping and you have allies like North Korea, that kind of thing is just a dream. Pyongyang doesn’t like anyone to feel too comfortable.last_img read more

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Hundreds of soldiers dead or missing following flooding

first_img By Choi Song Min – 2016.09.28 11:57am North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) Facebook Twitter NewsEconomy US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again AvatarChoi Song Min Hundreds of soldiers dead or missing following flooding News center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News News Barracks and guard huts were overcome by powerful flooding earlier this month in North Korea’s North Hamgyong Province, and hundreds of border guards are said to have perished or gone missing as a result, Daily NK has learned.“It’s well known that this flood has caused the deaths of numerous civilians, but it’s also important to note that the flood has wiped out hundreds of border guards stationed on the banks of the Tumen River. The guards were sleeping in their barracks when the buildings were overcome with water, resulting in their sudden death or disappearance,” a source in North Hamgyong Province told Daily NK.The majority of the victims belonged to the Musan Squadron of North Hamgyong’s 27th Brigade and Yonsa County’s Namyang Brigade, as the brigades’ barracks were located within 20 meters of the Tumen River. Each platoon kept two soldiers stationed on watch while the remaining 30 soldiers were in their beds. “Those sleeping were unable to escape the raging waters,” the source lamented.“In addition, dozens of guard posts located on the banks of the river were overcome by the flood. Soldiers posted at these locations are also dead or missing.  Seven to eight soldiers were stationed at nighttime ‘detection stations.’ They also fell victim to the rising flood waters.” Weapons and ammunition being stored and guarded at the relevant facilities were carried away by the floodwaters or buried in the sludge thereafter. Furthermore, extremely expensive night surveillance equipment purchased with foreign currency from Germany was also damaged or lost. “Upon hearing the word about the flood,” the source said, “cadres in charge of the units located near the river hurriedly rallied the 27th Brigade’s officers to organize a mission to find the missing weapons and equipment. This search operation involves not just soldiers, but also individuals from civil defense forces from enterprises and collective farms.”An additional source in North Hamgyong Province explained that the authorities are concerned that some residents will take advantage of the authorities’ loss of nighttime surveillance equipment and attempt to defect. Therefore, soldiers, police, and civil-military groups have been mobilized to establish three cordoned off checkpoints to prevent such an outcome.Instructions were handed down to the residents through inminban [people’s unit, a type of neighborhood watch] meetings, wherein it was stated that a curfew is in effect and all people should return to their homes by 9 p.m. The curfew is being enforced by the armed soldiers and Ministry of People’s Security [MPS] officers.“Leading cadres from the 27th Brigade and Pyongyang have come down to deal with the matter, expressing more interest and concern in the lost and damaged arms and munitions rather than in the loss of human life associated with the flood,” he lamented. SHARE There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest last_img read more

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Cyber risk experts to gather in Montreal

first_img Desjardins Group says 2019 theft of 4.2 million members’ data cost $108 million “The level of interest and support from the global community for this conference reinforces the critical fact that cyber risk management is everyone’s business and best practices need to take a multi-disciplinary approach,” says Joel Baker, president and chief executive officer of MSA Research Inc., an analytical research firm that focuses on the insurance industry. MSA Research is also hosting the conference. The three-day conference will feature a discussion on regulatory perspectives and whether regulations concerning institutions’ risk management go far enough. Speakers will include Steve Randich, executive vice president and chief information officer for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and Narindar Bhavnani, director of operational risk for the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions. The conference will also hold a talk entitled, “Embedding cyber into enterprise risk,” where the ways in which cyber risk can be detrimental to business practices will be discussed. Salim Hasham, partner and cyber resilience and information security leader for PwC, and John Schramm, vice president of global information risk management and chief information risk officer for Manulife Financial, will be among the speakers. For more information regarding the conference, visit www.ICRMC.com. A world-class roster of experts with cross-sector, global and multi-disciplinary expertise will share their knowledge regarding cyber security at the International Cyber Risk Management Conference in late Spring. The conference will be held in Montreal from June 14 to 16. Related news Keywords Conferences,  Cybersecurity IIROC urges vigilance amid heightened cybersecurity threatscenter_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Court approves data breach settlements with BMO, CIBC Tessie Sanci Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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UK Government sets out plans for clean energy system and green jobs boom to build back greener

first_imgUK Government sets out plans for clean energy system and green jobs boom to build back greener Government sets out historic plans to clean up our energy system and keep bills affordable as we transition to net zeroEnergy White Paper will unleash a green economic recovery by supporting up to 220,000 jobs over the next decade across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Irelandkeeping consumer bills affordable, especially for the vulnerable and lowest income households, at the centre of plansThe UK government today set out ambitious plans to clean up our energy system, support up to 220,000 British jobs, and keep bills affordable as we transition to net zero by 2050.Building on the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, the Energy White Paper sets out specific steps the government will take over the next decade to cut emissions from industry, transport, and buildings by 230 million metric tonnes – equivalent to taking 7.5 million petrol cars off the road permanently – while supporting hundreds of thousands of new green jobs.We will put affordability at the heart of the UK’s decisive shift away from fossil fuels by boosting competition in the energy retail market to tackle the ‘loyalty penalty’ – longstanding customers who pay more than new ones – and by providing at least £6.7 billion in support to the fuel poor and most vulnerable over the next 6 years.Business and Energy Secretary Alok Sharma said:Today’s plan establishes a decisive and permanent shift away from our dependence on fossil fuels, towards cleaner energy sources that will put our country at the forefront of the global green industrial revolution.Through a major programme of investment and reform, we are determined to both decarbonise our economy in the most cost-effective way, while creating new sunrise industries and revitalising our industrial heartlands that will support new green jobs for generations to come.At every step of the way, we will place affordability and fairness at the heart of our reforms – unleashing a wave of competition so consumers get the best deals possible on their bills, while protecting the vulnerable and fuel poor with additional financial support.With this long-term plan, we are turning climate ambition into climate action – putting the UK firmly on the course to net zero to end our contribution to climate change as we build back greener.Alongside the Energy White Paper, the government has also confirmed that it is to enter negotiations with EDF in relation to the Sizewell C project in Suffolk as it considers options to enable investment in at least one nuclear power station by the end of this Parliament. If the project proceeds, it could create thousands of new jobs during construction and operation.This is the next step in considering the Sizewell C project, and negotiations will be subject to reaching a value for money deal and all other relevant approvals, before any final decision is taken on whether to proceed. The successful conclusion of these negotiations will be subject to thorough scrutiny and needs to satisfy the government’s robust legal, regulatory and national security requirements.Emma Pinchbeck, Chief Executive at Energy UK, said:Today’s White Paper reveals the scale and opportunity of the energy transition, with aims in it to at least double the amount of clean electricity produced today, start making our homes warmer and greener, and help the switch to electric vehicles.The energy industry will do our bit to innovate, supporting our customers so that they benefit from the net zero transition and investing in the green infrastructure we need – but clear policies from government help us do that. This is what the White Paper – and other publications over the next year – should provide.Rain Newton-Smith, Chief Economist at the Confederation of British Industry, said:The Energy White Paper is an important next step in our plans to reach our net zero emissions target. Action is needed now, and the welcome focus on job creation around the country, developing sustainable low-carbon industries, and ensuring the transition is fair for consumers will all help us achieve our ambitious climate goals.Business stands ready to deliver the investment and innovation needed to turn ambition into reality, and the proposals outlined in the Energy White Paper will give business further confidence to deliver new infrastructure, including electric vehicle charging, renewable power generation and low-carbon upgrades to people’s homes.Hugh McNeal, Chief Executive at Renewable UK, said:Today’s white paper provides greater clarity to the companies investing across the UK to deliver our net zero emissions target. Wind and renewable energy will be at the centre of our future energy system, providing the clean electricity and green hydrogen we need to decarbonise our economy. The next generation of onshore and offshore wind farms will bring tens of billions of pounds of investment to support a green recovery and create thousands of jobs across the country as we transition away from fossil fuels. To meet the goals set out in the white paper, it’s clear that we have to double-down on renewables as the main source of energy for our homes, transport and industry.Core parts of the Energy White Paper backing our ambitious plans include:Supporting up to 220,000 jobs in the next 10 years. This includes long-term jobs in major infrastructure projects for power generation, carbon capture storage and hydrogen, as well as a major programme of retrofitting homes for improved energy efficiency and clean heat.Transforming the UK’s energy system from one that was historically based on fossil fuels to one that is fit for a net zero economy, changing how we heat our homes and travel, doubling our electricity use, and harnessing renewable energy supplies.Keeping bills affordable for consumers by making the energy retail market truly competitive. This will include offering people a simple method of switching to a cheaper energy tariff, and testing automatically switching consumers to fairer deals to tackle “loyalty penalties”.Generating emission-free electricity by 2050 with a trajectory that will see us have overwhelmingly decarbonised power in the 2030s. Low carbon electricity will be a key enabler of our transition to a net zero economy with demand expected to double due to transport and low carbon heat.Establishing a UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS) from 1 January 2021 to replace the current EU ETS at the end of the Transition Period. It increases ambition on reducing emissions, and provides continuation of emissions trading for UK businesses and certainty on how they operate.Continuing to explore a range of financing options for new nuclear with developers including the Regulated Asset Base (RAB) funding model, which could help secure private investment and cost consumers less in the long run. Given the scale of the financing challenge, we will also consider the potential role of government finance during construction, provided there is clear value for money for consumers and taxpayers.Delivering ambitious electricity commitments through our world-beating commitment to deliver 40GW of offshore wind by 2030, including 1GW of floating wind, enough to power every home in the country – while attracting new offshore wind manufacturers to the UK.Investing £1 billion in state-of-the-art carbon capture storage in four industrial clusters by 2030 – sucking carbon out of industrial processes to stop emissions escaping to the air. Four low carbon clusters will be set up by 2030, and at least one fully net zero cluster by 2040, stimulating the market to attract new investors and manufacturers to reinvigorate our industrial heartlands.Kick-starting the hydrogen economy by working with industry to aim for 5GW of production by 2030, backed up by a new £240m net zero Hydrogen Fund for low carbon hydrogen production.Investing £1.3 billion to accelerate the rollout of charge points for electric vehicles in homes, streets and on motorways as well as up to £1 billion to support the electrification of cars, including for the mass-production of the batteries needed for electric vehicles. The rollout has levelling up at its heart, and will support economic growth across the UK – including in our strong manufacturing bases in the Midlands and the North East – while supporting the 169,000 jobs in our world-leading automotive sector.Supporting the lowest paid with their bills through a £6.7 billion package of measures that could save families in old inefficient homes up to £400. This includes extending the Warm Home Discount Scheme to 2026 to cover an extra three quarters of a million households and giving eligible households £150 off their electricity bills each winter. The £2 billion Green Homes Grant announced by the Chancellor has been extended for a further year in the Ten Point Plan.Moving away from fossil fuel boilers, helping to make people’s homes warmer, whilst keeping bills low. By the mid-2030s we expect all newly installed heating systems to be low carbon or to be appliances that we are confident can be converted to a clean fuel supply.Supporting North Sea oil and gas transition for the people and communities most affected by the move away from oil and gas production, ensuring that the expertise of the oil and gas sector be drawn on in developing carbon capture and storage and hydrogen production to provide new green jobs.Plans to create jobs through the Energy White Paper build on the unprecedented £280 billion support package that has been provided as part of the government’s Plan for Jobs to safeguard jobs in every region and nation of the UK, with support now extended until March 2021. This builds on the nine million jobs already protected through the furlough scheme, £13 billion provided for the self-employed, and billions of pounds in tax deferrals and grants for businesses.Kick-starting the process of ensuring fairness and affordability for bill-payers will be a series of consultations in spring 2021 to create the framework to introduce opt-in switching, consider reforms to the current roll-over tariff arrangements, and a call for evidence to begin a strategic dialogue between government, consumers and industry on affordability and fairness.The UK ETS will promote cost-effective decarbonisation, allowing businesses to cut carbon where it is cheapest to do so, promoting innovation and growth for UK businesses. It will be the world’s first net zero carbon cap and trade market, and a crucial step towards achieving the UK’s target for net zero carbon emissions by 2050.The scheme is more ambitious than the EU system it replaces – from day one the cap on emissions allowed within the system will be reduced by 5%, and we will consult in due course on how to align with net zero. This gives industry the certainty it needs to invest in low carbon technologies.NotesThe Energy White Paper builds further on the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan for clean energy, transport, nature and innovative technologies, as part of our plans to forge ahead with eradicating its contribution to climate change by 2050, particularly crucial in the run up to the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow next year. In the run up to COP26 we will bring forward a series of sectoral strategies, and our overarching Net Zero Strategy, which will set out more detail on how we will meet our net zero target and ambitious carbon budgets.The plan – which is part of the PM’s mission to level up across the country – will mobilise £12 billion of government investment to create and support up to 250,000 highly-skilled green jobs in the UK, and spur over three times as much private sector investment by 2030.At the centre of the Ten Point Plan are the UK’s industrial heartlands, including in the North East, North West, Yorkshire and the Humber, West Midlands, Scotland and Wales, which will drive forward the green industrial revolution and build green jobs and industries of the future.The government will also continue to engage with other developers with interest in the UK new nuclear market. This includes by creating an Advanced Nuclear Fund of up to £385 million to support the development of Small Modular Reactors and to support research and development into more advanced nuclear technologies, such as advanced modular reactors, as these technologies progress towards commercialisation.The government is open to linking the UK ETS internationally in principle and we are considering a range of options, but no decision on our preferred linking partners has yet been made.The government has already legislated to establish the new UK ETS, and the technical system underpinning the scheme is in final stages of development and on track to be ready on time.The UK ETS has been designed by the UK government jointly with the Scottish Government, Welsh Government and Northern Ireland Executive. /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. 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