G-A-Y launches legal challenge against 10pm curfew on hospitality venues

first_imgKill echoed Joseph’s comments that the restriction makes “no sense”, adding that it holds the backing of “no published scientific or medical foundation to reduce transmission rates”.  Joseph said the curfew “makes absolutely no sense”, and does “the opposite of protecting people by pushing them on to the street at the same time”. whatsapp Monday 5 October 2020 9:39 am Last week 100 major hospitality firms amped up pressure for the restriction to be dropped with an open letter urging the government to “think again over the damaging 10pm curfew, which has seen pubs up and down the country face a business-threatening drop in trade”. The owner of London’s G-A-Y nightclub is set to launch a legal challenge against the government’s 10pm hospitality curfew over claims it treats the night-time economy as a “scapegoat” for the spread of coronavirus. “If anything, it is counterproductive, with thousands leaving hospitality venues at 10.00pm, creating mass gatherings on the street and overcrowding public transport”, the NTIA chief added. Share ‘Counterproductive’ Save our SMEs Poppy Wood “They are going from being safe inside venues with staggered closing times to unsafe on overcrowded streets and overloaded public transport,” he said.  by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikePast Factory”Waltons” Actress Says Magazine Ended Her CareerPast FactoryDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableybonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USAZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStory A Treasury spokesman said: “We’ve supported the hospitality sector from the start of the outbreak, protecting millions of jobs through initiatives such as the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, VAT cuts, business rates holidays and cash grants of up to £25,000. Jeremy Joseph, owner of the London club and pub chain, today said he would pursue a potential judicial review on the national curfew for hospitality venues if the restriction is not scrapped.  Michael Kill, chief executive of the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) added that the 10pm curfew has had a “catastrophic impact on business levels, resulting in thousands of businesses making the difficult decision to close the doors, or make staff redundant”. The letter urged Sunak to “support pubs or be responsible for mass closures, job losses and hardship”. “Our support for business continues to reach millions of firms, and we stand ready to do more as necessary. Businesses can still access our loan schemes, a moratorium of eviction for commercial tenants and the statutory sick pay rebate scheme. The job support scheme is designed to protect jobs in businesses facing lower demand over the winter due to Covid, and is just one form of support on offer to employers during this difficult period.” (Getty Images for GAY TIMES) Also Read: G-A-Y launches legal challenge against 10pm curfew on hospitality venues It warned that even before the 10pm curfew was introduced, half of the UK’s 100,000 hospitality firms feared they would not be able to survive in eight months time.center_img Tags: Coronavirus Save our SMEs The letter to chancellor Rishi Sunak said measures to control the virus, including mandatory table service, had resulted in a huge drop in trade for an industry already “on its knees”. whatsapp The night-time economy is the UK’s fifth-biggest industry, accounting for at least eight per cent of the UK’s employment and annual revenues of £66bn, according to data from the NTIA. Meanwhile, London’s night-time economy directly supports 723,000 jobs — one in eight in the capital, according to the Office for National Statistics.  More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com Before the Open: Get the jump on the markets with our early morning newsletter Sam Karim QC, acting as lawyer for the business, said G-A-Y will launch judicial review proceedings if Hancock does not provide a “satisfactory response” by 4pm tomorrow. Show Comments ▼ G-A-Y launches legal challenge against 10pm curfew on hospitality venues (Getty Images for GAY TIMES) A major new study released last Friday warned that almost 300,000 jobs will be lost in the UK’s pubs, bars and breweries — landing a potential £7bn hit to the economy — unless the current restrictions are scrapped. It comes amid fierce criticism from PMs and industry figures that the 10pm curfew introduced on 24 September has done little to curb the spread of the virus, and in many cases may have contributed to a recent uptick in cases. Industry ‘on its knees’ (Getty Images for GAY TIMES) Also Read: G-A-Y launches legal challenge against 10pm curfew on hospitality venues In a letter to health secretary Matt Hancock, Joseph said the curfew has had a “significant impact on restaurants and other hospitality venues across the country” while the government “seems to direct the blame for this action on the sector, consistently treating the night-time economy as a scapegoat”.last_img read more

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Pound jumps more than one per cent after Brexit talks extended

first_img Traders latched on to the more upbeat announcement and bought sterling when Asian markets opened. “The pound let out a huge sigh of relief at the start of Monday,” said Connor Campbell, market analyst at Spreadex, “even if it may be a case of deferred pain.” Harry Robertson whatsapp Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen extended Brexit trade talks yesterday Also Read: Pound jumps more than one per cent after Brexit talks extended “Many will see any agreement arrived at at this late stage as a sticking plaster deal that simply buys time for the tangled web of sector-specific deals to be thrashed out during 2021 and beyond.” The rally has continued, with the pound up 1.3 per cent to $1.34. It was one per cent higher versus the euro, at €1.103. Investors have driven the pound up more than one per cent against the dollar and euro amid optimism about the extension of Brexit talks. Various newspapers reported over the weekend that the EU had moved closer to the UK’s position on competition policy and state aid rules. The UK wants more leeway to makes its own rules once the transition ends. Share Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen extended Brexit trade talks yesterday Monday 14 December 2020 9:33 am Pound’s gain comes with little time left Britain leaves the Brexit transition period on 31 December. The government has said it will not extend the transition, so a free-trade agreement must be reached before then. However, the two sides remain apart on the issues of competition policy and fishing rights. Some analysts remained pessimistic about the Brexit talks. “In spirit, if not in ink, the nature of the UK’s departure from the EU has arguably already been decided,” said Ayush Ansal, chief investment officer at the hedge fund Crimson Black Capital. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen extended Brexit trade talks yesterday Also Read: Pound jumps more than one per cent after Brexit talks extended Yesterday, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen agreed to “go the extra mile” and extend the deadline for trade talks. Von der Leyen said she had a “constructive and useful phone call with Boris Johnson” this afternoon. It was a marked softening of language from both sides. Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Tags: Brexit Sterling exchange rate Pound jumps more than one per cent after Brexit talks extended Sterling’s gains weighed on the FTSE 100, however, with the index up just 0.1 per cent this morning. A stronger pound makes the overseas earnings of FTSE firms worth less in relative terms.last_img read more

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All-New Renault Clio launches in Ireland – check it out in Joe Mallon Motors

first_imgHome Sponsored All-New Renault Clio launches in Ireland – check it out in Joe… Sponsored By LaoisToday Reporter – 14th January 2020 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GAA The All-New fifth generation Renault Clio has arrived on Irish shores and continues the trend for success and innovation set by the 1990 original.In the 30 years since the iconic supermini first went on sale, Clio has become Renault’s best-selling model worldwide, with 15 million Clios finding homes and shows no signs of slowing down, having proved to be Europe’s most popular B segment model since 2013.The All-New Clio also continues Renault’s strong tradition for safety, having already been awarded a five-star EuroNCAP rating.The already multi-award winning All-New Clio arrives here with totally refreshed exterior styling combined with revolutionary interior design and is available to order at Renault’s 27 dealerships from €16,990 RRP.Underpinning the All-New Clio is the strong and scalable CMF-B platform, which delivers improvements in space, safety, technology and weight saving.There’s also a new range of petrol and diesel engines, plus the debut of a new E-TECH petrol-electric hybrid option later in 2020.All-New Clio features higher quality materials, for a better fit and finish, coupled with greater use of safety and driver technologies from entry level and upwards.New and optional is the ‘Smart Cockpit’ with 9.3-inch portrait infotainment screen and a 10-inch TFT instrument cluster available as option on R.S. Line.The All-New Clio also has many enhanced customisation options available, and new colours including the eye-catching Valencia Orange, Celadon Blue, Pearl White and Urban Grey.All-New Clio boasts class leading levels of specification, with LED headlights and an array of ADAS features now standard across the range, and there is more interior and boot space but more compact exterior dimensions.Dynamique features the new EasyLink system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while Iconic’s EasyLink with built-in navigation includes intuitive Google address search.For the ultimate expression of All-New Clio’s tech leadership, the R.S. Line boasts full exterior R.S look, with 17” alloy wheels and the 9.3” EasyLink screen as standard.The All-New Clio engines range from 75hp up to 130hp with automatic, manual, petrol and diesel to cater for every customer’s driving style.The exceptional new TCe 100 engine will be a popular choice for Irish motorists producing class-leading performance while achieving a CAFÉ-beating 99g/km of CO2.For 201 Renault is supporting the national Carbon Action plan by rewarding customers for choosing a cleaner, lower emissions car with Renault Carbon Rewards, a simple and transparent offer, which delivers real and substantial savings to customers.With this unmissable offer, customers are guaranteed savings of €3,500 on new cars across the Renault range including All-New Clio with:€1,000 Carbon Cashback01% APR (saving customers €2,500 on interest payments compared to high street banks)These 201 offers, from Renault Bank, are available on all orders taken from now until 31st January 2020.Call into Joe Mallon Motors Portlaoise to see it for yourself  www.joemallonportlaoise.ie or phone 057 8665800. Pinterest Pinterest TAGSJoe Mallon MotorsRenault Clio SEE ALSO – Incredible Joe Mallon Motors effort as Movember raises over €12,000 Twitter GAA All-New Renault Clio launches in Ireland – check it out in Joe Mallon Motorscenter_img WhatsApp 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Facebook Facebook Previous articleIn Pictures: Dunamaise Arts Centre Gallery hosts Irish Prison Service Art ExhibitionNext articleDeaths in Laois – Tuesday, January 14, 2020 LaoisToday Reporter Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory News WhatsApp Twitter Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair rolelast_img read more

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MFDA to conform with CRM reforms

The Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (MFDA) is proposing the first set of amendments designed to bring its rules into line with the Canadian Securities Administrators’ (CSA) latest Client Relationship Model (CRM) reforms. The MFDA and the B.C. Securities Commission (BCSC) have published proposed amendments to the MFDA’s rules regarding relationship disclosure, and other rules, to reflect certain elements of the second phase of the CRM reforms (known as CRM 2), which are slated to come into effect on July 15, 2014. TD Waterhouse fined $4 million for ignoring CRM2 The proposed amendments will revise the MFDA’s rules to mirror the CSA’s requirements by requiring that the upfront relationship disclosure provided by dealers to indicate whether the firm will be receiving trailer commissions; to require disclosure that the client might be required to pay deferred sales charges, and setting out the fee schedule that will apply; and, to specify that a reasonable estimate of fees or charges will be disclosed to the client if the actual amount is not known at the time of disclosure. Additionally, the relationship disclosure will have to include a general explanation of how investment performance benchmarks might be used to assess the performance of a client’s investments, and any options for benchmark information that might be available to clients. The CRM 2 amendments regarding cost and performance reporting disclosure were adopted by the CSA on March 28. Those amendments came into force on July 15, and various aspects of the requirements are subject to transition periods of one, two or three years. Now, the SROs have to revise their own rules to conform to the CSA’s requirements. The proposed amendments were developed in consultation with the MFDA Policy Advisory Committee, and have been approved by the MFDA board. They are now out for a 60-day comment period. Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media James Langton Keywords Client relationship modelCompanies Mutual Fund Dealers Association CRM2 fee disclosures fail to enlighten, empower investors: report First enforcement, now an exemption Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

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Sun Life advisors will soon have access to expanded investment offerings

first_img Family of novice investor who killed himself sue Robinhood Tessie Sanci Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Biden’s pick for SEC flags trading-app gimmicks for scrutiny “Our advisors needed to have access to securities capabilities because they know many of their clients have securities,” says Vicken Kazazian, senior vice president of Sun Life’s career sales force. “Advisors wanted to make sure that piece was incorporated into the financial planning they do for their clients.” Although Qtrade does not have its own team of advisors, it is licensed under the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC). Therefore, Sun Life could employ regional teams of investment advisors that would be registered through Qtrade. This means that insurance advisors whose clients have investment portfolios containing securities could be referred within the firm. “[Sun Life will] use the Qtrade registrant structure and our platform to help facilitate that service offering for their clients,” says Bill Packham, interim CEO of Qtrade Financial Group. Each of these investment advisors that Sun Life brings on board would be responsive to Sun Life advisors within a specific region. If a Sun Life advisor has a client who owns securities, that advisor would facilitate an introduction between the client and the investment advisor who would also work with the client, Kazazian says. Sun Life is currently in the process of hiring licensed investment advisors to make this offering possible. The firm is also educating their advisors on this initiative so they can inform clients of the new services. As insurance companies look to build their wealth-management offering, online brokerage services are a natural extension of that, says Packham. “What [firms are] finding is they can partner with us to set up that arrangement, make that offering available to their clients,” Packham says, “and do so without incurring a lot of infrastructure, time and energy to build their own online platform.” The partnership, which will be in effect this autumn, will also allow Sun Life clients to access Qtrade’s online brokerage platform, Qtrade Investor, to execute their own trades. Information about online investing will be made available to clients through the Sun Life website. If they wish to read more, they can access a joint Sun Life and Qtrade website, which will provide further details and from there, clients can continue onto the Qtrade site to open an account. Sun Life clients who choose to use the discount brokerage provider will have access to products that include Canadian and U.S. stocks, bonds and T-bills; mutual funds; exchange-traded funds and commercial paper. Their fees will be the same as any other Qtrade client. For example, an equity trade will cost $8.75. Qtrade has already partnered with approximately 110 financial services institutions to provide its online brokerage service. In 2014, Qtrade announced an agreement with Winnipeg-based Great-West Life Assurance Co. to provide its discount brokerage and investment services to clients of that firm. Qtrade is a three-time winner of the Morningstar Award for best discount brokerage. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news Financial advisors with Toronto-based Sun Life Financial Inc. (TSX: SLF) will soon be able to connect with licensed investment advisors to serve the needs of clients who hold stocks and bonds in their portfolios. This is a result of a partnership that Sun Life announced with Qtrade Securities Inc., a brokerage service provider and a part of Vancouver-based Qtrade Financial Group, on Tuesday. BMO’s adviceDirect launches premium service Keywords Discount brokeragesCompanies Qtrade Financial Group, Sun Life Financial Inc. last_img read more

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IIROC offers discount on sanctions for quick settlements

first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case Facebook LinkedIn Twitter James Langton BFI investors plead for firm’s sale Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator Keywords Enforcement,  Self-regulatory organizationsCompanies Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada Effective immediately, targets of disciplinary actions from the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) can secure lighter punishments by settling cases quickly.The self-regulatory organization (SRO) has introduced a new initiative that would give both dealers and reps that are facing enforcement action the opportunity to secure a 30% discount on settlement sanctions in cases that are resolved more quickly. Related news gavel 123RF According to an IIROC notice, the reduction could apply to both monetary penalties and to the length of a suspension, but these sorts of settlements “will most often be applicable in cases in which only a fine is sought,” the SRO said.“While there are often valid reasons for the extensive negotiation of settlements, we believe there is an opportunity to achieve earlier resolutions in more cases, which leads to greater efficiency, more timely deterrence and effectively addresses investor harm,” said Charles Corlett, vice president, enforcement, at IIROC, in a release.“We want to encourage individuals to proactively cooperate and encourage firms to take remedial measures and address any investor harm through voluntary acts of compensation,” he added.At the same time, the SRO said that it has decided not to introduce a proposed program that would have sought to address relatively minor rule violations with standard penalties, and no public disclosure.IIROC decided to withdraw that proposal based on public feedback, including complaints that the practice of handing out anonymous discipline would not be in the public interest.There were also concerns about the clarity of the criteria under the proposed “minor contravention program”.For now, the SRO is withdrawing the proposed program, but it noted that it may make a new proposal in this area after considering possible alternative approaches.Both measures were developed by the SRO as part of an effort to expand its enforcement options, and to enhance its ability to efficiently deal with certain kinds of disciplinary cases.“Strengthening enforcement is one of IIROC’s strategic initiatives and plays a key role in our efforts to protect investors and support healthy Canadian capital markets,” said Corlett.last_img read more

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Home Secretary’s statement on coronavirus 21 January 2021

first_imgHome Secretary’s statement on coronavirus 21 January 2021 Good afternoon.I am joined today by Dr Vin Diwakar, NHS England Regional Medical Director for London, and Martin Hewitt, Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council.The rollout of our fantastic vaccination programme continues to make good progress.The brilliant NHS is vaccinating people at the rate of 200 jabs per minute.And as of today, four million, nine hundred and seventy-three thousand, two hundred and forty-eight people have been vaccinated across the United Kingdom.The NHS are working as quickly, efficiently and as fairly as possible to get the vaccine to priority groups.And I want to take this moment and opportunity to counter some of the disinformation about the vaccine – especially any messages targeted towards those from an ethnic minority background.This vaccine is safe for us all.It will protect you and your family.It is our best chance of beating this virus.So I urge everyone across our wonderfully diverse country to get the vaccine when their turn comes to keep us all safe.But we are sadly not out of the woods yet, this virus remains severe and it is a deadly threat.Our NHS is under immense pressure and large numbers of people are still falling ill and, sadly, dying.So it is absolutely crucial that you stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.Since yesterday, thirty-seven thousand eight hundred and ninety-two people have tested positive for coronavirus.As of 19 January, thirty-eight thousand, six hundred and seventy-six people were in hospital with coronavirus. That is up 4.8 per cent from the week before.Of those who have tested positive for coronavirus, across all settings, sadly ninety-four thousand, five-hundred and eighty people have died. That’s one thousand, two-hundred and ninety fatalities since yesterday.Every death is a tragedy and these numbers demonstrate, that this country remains in the grip of a pandemic.My thoughts go to all of those who have lost loved ones.The sacrifices that millions of you are making day in, day out are starting to make a difference.By staying at home, you are helping to keep those you care about safe, and contributing to this national effort.But there is still a small minority who refuse to do the right thing.To them, my message is clear: if you do not follow these rules, then the police will enforce them.Police officers are now moving more quickly to handing out fines when they encounter breaches. And they have my absolute backing in doing so.As we have done throughout this pandemic, we are constantly reviewing our approach to ensure that we can crack down on the most serious cases of rule-breaking.And today I can announce that next week we will be introducing a new £800 fine for those attending house parties, which will double for each repeat offence to a maximum level of £6,400.These fines will apply to those who attend illegal gatherings of more than 15 people in homes.The science is clear: such irresponsible behaviour poses a significant threat to public – not only to those in attendance, but also to the wonderful police officers who attend to shut down these events.From the outset, we have given the police the necessary powers to enforce the rules, which are in place to stop the spread of the virus.As this latest measure demonstrates, we will not stand by while a small number of individuals put others at risk.I want to take this opportunity to pay tribute to our police forces and our fire services for their extraordinary contribution throughout the pandemic.They are out there each and every day, supporting our communities, risking their own health to keep the rest of us safe.And we have seen in their own commitment during this whole response to the flooding caused by Storm Christoph.During such a difficult time for this country, the commitment and courage shown by our emergency services has been truly inspiring.Everyone has a role to play in our fight against this virus.So please: stay at home so we can protect the NHS and save lives.I will now hand over to Martin Hewitt, Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council. /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:coronavirus, council, director, Emergency, Emergency Services, Family, Government, hospital, London, pandemic, police, police chief, science, Secretary, UK, UK Government, United Kingdom, vaccination, vaccinelast_img read more

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On 32nd Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

first_imgOn 32nd Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Tomorrow marks the 32nd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Named after the nearby Gate of Heavenly Peace, the square is instead synonymous with the brutal actions by the Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1989 to silence tens of thousands of individuals advocating to have a say in their government and exercise their human rights and fundamental freedoms.These individuals had a noble and simple request: Recognize and respect our human rights, which are enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Instead of meeting this request with dignity and open debate, PRC authorities responded with violence. The courage of the brave individuals who stood shoulder-to-shoulder on June 4 reminds us that we must never stop seeking transparency on the events of that day, including a full accounting of all those killed, detained, or missing. The Tiananmen demonstrations are echoed in the struggle for democracy and freedom in Hong Kong, where a planned vigil to commemorate the massacre in Tiananmen Square was banned by local authorities.The United States will continue to stand with the people of China as they demand that their government respect universal human rights. We honor the sacrifices of those killed 32 years ago, and the brave activists who carry on their efforts today in the face of ongoing government repression. /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:anniversary, China, Democracy, Department of State, exercise, Government, Hong Kong, Human, Human Rights, missing, United States, violencelast_img read more

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Orbiting Space Shield Could Help To Image Earth-Like Planets, Says CU Study

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: July 4, 2006 A gigantic, daisy-shaped space shield could be used to block out pesky starlight and allow astronomers using an orbiting telescope to zero in on Earth-like planets in other solar systems, according to a University of Colorado at Boulder study. The thin plastic “starshade” would allow a telescope trailing thousands of miles behind it to image light from distant planets skimming by the giant petals without being swamped by light from the parent stars, said CU-Boulder Professor Webster Cash. Researchers could then identify planetary features like oceans, continents, polar caps and cloud banks and even detect biomarkers like methane, oxygen and water if they exist, he said. “We think this is a compelling concept, particularly because it can be built today with existing technology,” said Cash. “We will be able to study Earth-like planets tens of trillions of miles away and chemically analyze their atmospheres for signs of life.” A paper on the subject by Cash is featured on the cover of the July 6 issue of Nature. The paper includes mathematical solutions to optical challenges like the bending and scattering of light between the pliable, 50-yard-in-diameter starshade and the space telescope, which would orbit in tandem roughly 15,000 miles apart. Scientists would launch the telescope and starshade together into an orbit roughly 1 million miles from Earth, then remotely unfurl the starshade and use small thrusters to move it into lines of sight of nearby stars thought to harbor planets, said Cash. The thrusters would be intermittently turned on to hold the starshade steady during the observations of the planets, which would appear as bright specks. “Think of an outfielder holding up one hand to block out the sunlight as he tracks a fly ball,” said Cash, director of CU-Boulder’s Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy. “We would use the starshade as a giant hand to suppress the light emanating from a central star by a factor of about 10 billion.” The novel concept could be used to map planetary systems around distant stars and detect planets as small as Earth’s moon, said Cash. In recent years, more than 175 planets have been discovered orbiting other stars. Dubbed the New Worlds Observer, Cash’s design was selected for a $400,000 funding boost last October by NASA’s Institute for Advanced Concepts after being selected for initial study in 2004. The team includes researchers from Princeton University, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Ball Aerospace of Boulder, Northrop Grumman Corp. of Los Angeles and the Carnegie Institution in Washington, D.C. The team also has submitted a $400 million proposal with NASA’s Discovery Program to launch a stand-alone starshade to work in concert with the powerful James Webb Space Telescope. The James Webb Space Telescope is an infrared observatory slated for launch in 2013 and considered the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. Alternative proposals for imaging distant planets involve suppressing parent starlight once it has entered the telescope — a complicated, Rube Goldberg-like undertaking involving shifting mirrors and active electronics, said Marc Kuchner of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center’s Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics Laboratory. “In contrast, this is a very clean and simple optical concept, and may be the most promising idea yet on how to directly image our Earth-like neighbors,” said Kuchner, also a member of the New Worlds Observer science team. “For over a century, science fiction writers have speculated on the existence of Earth-like planets around nearby stars,” Cash wrote in Nature. “If they actually exist, use of an occulter could find them within the next decade.” An even more advanced version of the New Worlds Imager might involve a ring of telescopes placed on the moon beneath a fleet of orbiting starshades that would allow scientists to actually photograph distant, Earth-like planets, Cash speculated. “There is a bit of Buck Rogers in the New Worlds Imager concept, but seeking and mapping new lands is something that seems to ring deep in the human psyche.”last_img read more

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Introducing Corvezzo: New from Italy

first_imgReddIt TAGSCorvezzo Pinterest Home Industry News Releases Introducing Corvezzo: New from ItalyIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessIntroducing Corvezzo: New from ItalyBy Press Release – March 11, 2021 166 0 Twitter Share Linkedin AdvertisementOrganically Grown, Vegan Wines from the VenetoMiami, FL, March 12, 2021 – Origins Organic Imports, a wine import company dedicated to bringing to market organically grown wines, is proud to introduce Corvezzo, a leading name in organically grown, vegan wines from northeast Italy’s Veneto region. Family-owned and-run Corvezzo has the largest acreage in Italy of organic Glera and Pinot Grigio. All Corvezzo wines are 100% estate grown.Corvezzo makes its U.S. debut with three wines: a Pinot Grigio 2019 delle Venezie DOC, a Prosecco DOC Treviso Extra Dry, and a Prosecco DOC Rosé Extra Dry Millesimato. Available nationwide, all three are line-priced, with an SRP of $13.00. (See bottle shots attached.)“Giovanni Corvezzo and his family farm 380 acres – large enough to be a reliable supplier, small enough for that hands-on, quality touch. This is in keeping with our philosophy at Origins Organic, which is to deliver excellent quality organically grown wines at an affordable price.” — Labid Ameri, Co-owner, Origins Organic ImportsFounded in 1960 and based in the village of Cessalto near Treviso, Corvezzo was awarded organic certification in 2017. Transition to 100% organically farmed vineyards began under third-generation owner/winemaker Giovanni Corvezzo, soon after he took over at the helm in 2009. According to Corvezzo, who describes his winery’s signature style as fresh and bright, organic farming ultimately results in thicker grape skins, leading to heightened aromas, greater balance, and superior quality wines.Corvezzo Pinot Grigio 2019 delle Venezie DOC balances peach and tropical notes with a persistent minerality. The wine’s appealing roundness is due to the 5% aged in oak.Corvezzo Prosecco DOC Treviso Extra Dry: Pear, green apple and acacia flowers distinguish this well-knit blend of 85% Glera, with 10% Chardonnay added for structure and 5% Pinot Bianco for greater elegance and aroma.Corvezzo Prosecco DOC Rosé Extra Dry Millesimato: Pinot Nero at 15% (the legal maximum) added to the Glera base gives the wine an intense flavor of wild strawberries and small red berries. Fresh and strong on the attack, flavors of acacia flowers and citrus linger in the long finish. To maintain freshness, the wine stays in tank only 60 days.Origins Organic Imports is headed up by husband-and-wife team Labid Ameri and Anne Bousquet, owners of Domaine Bousquet, Argentina’s leading purveyor of organically grown wines. The Miami-based importer is dedicated to sourcing organically farmed wines from producers that share Ameri and Bousquet’s commitment to quality, conscience, and value. www.originsorganicimports.comAdvertisement Facebook Email Previous articleACME Fine Wines Introduces ACME Unfiltered: Tastings & Truffles in Partnership with Truffle ShuffleNext article3×3 Publishes a Digital Marketing Playbook for Beer, Wine, and Spirits Brands Press Releaselast_img read more

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