Opinion Forging closer ties with India is crucial, but let’s not lose sight of our neighbours After all, we may have left Europe, but a deal on the future relationship with the EU is anything but “done”. whatsapp Monday 3 February 2020 6:22 am Ties between our countries continue to grow in many areas of financial services, including fintech, insurance, and green finance. In addition, reforms like the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code have forged stronger links between our legal firms, and India is now firmly on the radar of many investors in the City. Share The UK-India partnership is now worth some £20bn, with nearly £450m in financial services. When compared to trade with the EU bloc and the US, these numbers are small. But when you take into account that the country is home to 1.3bn people, enjoys economic growth of nearly seven per cent, and has recently propelled itself up the ease of doing business rankings, it’s clear to see why India has the potential to become an important partner for companies across the UK. Main image credit: Getty Show Comments ▼ Add to this mix the commitment by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to making India one of his first destinations for an overseas visit following his re-election, and the future looks bright for both countries. Tags: Brexit Indian economy Yes, issues remain in terms of market access and restrictions to foreign direct investment. But what’s also clear, especially in the wake of India’s 2020 Union Budget, is that there is a willingness on both sides to drive forward trade. Sign up to City A.M.’s Midday Update newsletter, delivered to your inbox every lunchtime Now that the UK has formally left the EU, our trading ties with partners across the world will be more in focus than ever before. This includes our relationship with India, a country I visited last week to promote ties in financial and professional services. What’s more, the December 2020 deadline for new arrangements to be in place is ambitious, and it is critical that the services sector — which makes up around 80 per cent of the UK economy — is not sacrificed in the rush to get a deal. Get the news as it happens by following City A.M. on Twitter. These developments have not gone unnoticed by the Indian and UK governments. Work is already underway through the ongoing UK-India Joint Trade Review — the only one of its kind that the UK has with any other country — to lay the framework for a future trade partnership. There’s also the Joint Economic and Trade Committee looking at strategic ties, and the Economic and Financial Dialogue, focusing on trade and investment relations. Trading ties with countries like India are hugely important, but we shouldn’t lose sight of our neighbours either. Catherine McGuinness whatsapp City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. Will there be a trade deal in the future between India and the UK? Almost certainly, but it will take time, and first and foremost we need to get an agreement on the future of the highly complex UK-EU trading relationship. More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.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.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.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.com That partnership already has strong roots. The City Corporation has a longstanding programme of work in the country, having opened a representative office in Mumbai over 12 years ago. Meanwhile, the Square Mile is already home to more than 15 Indian financial firms, including heavyweights like the State Bank of India, ICICI, Punjab National Bank and GIC Re, as well as challenger fintechs like TMWPay. We’re also the world’s largest market for rupee-denominated Masala bonds, and the leading offshore centre for rupee trading.
Alaska’s Energy Desk | Community | Energy & MiningAnchorage Petroleum Wives Club welcomes new era with new nameMay 9, 2017 by Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk Share:Members of the Anchorage Petroleum Wives Club — soon to be the Anchorage Petroleum Women’s Association — pose by the Easter goodie bags they assembled for a youth homeless shelter. (photo courtesy Holly Lee)Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2017/05/09-wives.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.At a luncheon at the Lakefront hotel in Anchorage this April, Petroleum Wives Club president Linnea Ward greeted members from behind a small, cardboard ballot box.The Anchorage Petroleum Wives Club has been around longer than Alaska has been a state. It was founded shortly after the first big oil discovery. Its purpose was to welcome the wives of the oil workers flooding in to the state. But a lot has changed since then, so the Anchorage Petroleum Wives Club decided they needed a change, too. On April 26, the club held a historic vote, and the members decided unanimously to change their name to the Anchorage Petroleum Women’s Association — effective June 1.Club President Linnea Ward said there are several reasons for the rebranding. One is that “Petroleum Wives” might paint a misleading picture in some people’s minds.“I don’t know if this was true, but supposedly the gossip throughout the organization was that we were approached by some reality show wanting to talk about — you know they do the ‘desperate housewives of Orange County’ or whatever,” said Ward. “And so there was an interest in doing some ‘wives’ thing of Anchorage. And that’s just not us.”The Petroleum Wives want the world to know they’re not a group of cocktail-sipping, pearl-wearing socialites — although some do get together for a “ladies night out” now and then. Take Ward, for example: her husband may work for ConocoPhillips, but she’s a Ph.D. This spring, Ward earned her doctorate in public communication and technology. She actually wrote her dissertation about the Petroleum Wives.But mainly, Ward said the group changed its name because the petroleum industry has changed. Ward said she’s one of a growing number of club members who work, too.“We’re not all these super-wealthy [people], just trying to throw money out there, or [people] trying to destroy the Earth one step at a time,” said Ward.Like everyone else, she said, “we’re just trying to make our way in this world, we’re trying to give back. We’re trying to find meaning.”In addition to getting together for activities like hiking, playing cards and making crafts, the Petroleum Wives also spend time volunteering and raising funds for local charities.But increasingly, the meetups have to be scheduled around the 9-to-5 workday. Ward said another reason the club changed its name is to welcome a new kind of member — members like Anna Belanger, a petroleum geologist for Glacier Oil & Gas.There are lots more women working in Alaska’s oil industry than when the club started in the 1950s. The Petroleum Wives recently changed its rules to allow oil industry workers to become president or vice president of the club. Belanger said replacing ‘wives’ with ‘women’ in the name means a lot to her.When she found out about the club, she said, “I thought, ‘well, my husband is actually a fisherman — sport fishing on the Kenai River — he’s not in the oil industry. Am I able to join the organization?’”Belanger works for a small company. She said the group connects her with people across the oil industry. Belanger said she also appreciates meeting other women who understand the industry’s ups and downs.After oil prices crashed in 2015, many companies in Alaska announced mass layoffs. Member Zoe Smith’s husband was retired from BP by then, but she said during the downturn, the Petroleum Wives came together to help each other cope.“Especially the older ladies like myself, we’ve been through these cycles before,” said Smith. “And then you can share it with someone else. And it just gives support, that you maybe don’t find with your neighbor because they don’t really understand.”The Petroleum Wives kept meeting throughout the tough times — even after losing about 80 members, close to third of its membership.Today, they’re still going strong. In early April, about a dozen members got together to make Easter goodie bags for Covenant House, a homeless youth shelter in Anchorage. Holly Lee organized the get-together. Lee’s husband, an oil industry engineer, was transferred from Canada to Alaska in 2012.It’s pretty common for oil companies to move employees around the country –and even the world — every few years. Lee said finding friends in Anchorage wasn’t easy at first. But then she joined the Petroleum Wives Club.“We are often, many of us, out of our own country. We’re away from our family — like so many people who live in Alaska. And so this group provides a connectivity that I desperately needed.”Lee said some might argue the Petroleum Wives should have changed their name years ago. But she explained that for some members, the name represented a long tradition of women forging close friendships over shared connections to the oil industry.And in that way, the Anchorage Petroleum Women’s Association hasn’t forgotten its roots.Share this story:
Nation & World | Public SafetyThis is only a test: Why your cellphone will buzz Wednesday morningOctober 3, 2018 by Brian Naylor, NPR News Share:People with cellphones will receive a message like this one on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy FEMA)Wednesday at exactly 10:18 p.m. AKDT, you can expect to get a text headlined “Presidential Alert” on your cellphone.But it’s not exactly from President Trump. Rather, its a test of a new nationwide warning system that a president could use in case of an armed attack by another country, a cyberattack or a widespread natural disaster.During the Cold War, it was pretty common to see and hear tests of the Emergency Broadcasting System.Things are a little more sophisticated now, but basically the same minute-long, Emergency Alert System test is conducted every month or so on broadcast, cable, and satellite TV and radio. There’ll be one of those Wednesday afternoon too.But now there will also be an alert on your cellphone.Many cellphone users receive alerts now — Amber Alerts for missing children, and flash flood or tornado warnings. But Wednesday is the first time for a national, presidential alert issued by FEMA.There will be an audible tone and then a text that states: “Presidential Alert” followed by “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”FEMA estimates some 225 million devices, or about 75 percent of cellphone users in the U.S., will receive the alert. It will be provided by all the major carriers. And sorry, but you can’t opt out.Irwin Redlener, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University, says testing the system “is a good idea,” and there are a variety of scenarios where it would be good for the president to speak directly to the public.But Redlener has some qualms, especially, he says, when it comes to this president — like worrying it could be used for political purposes “or to create a diversion, if he felt the presidency was under threat.” Redlener says “these are not powers many Americans would want to give to Donald Trump.”Redlener is not alone. Last week, three people filed suit in New York to block the testing of the system, known as Wireless Emergency Alerts or WEA. The suit states the plaintiffs are Americans “who do not wish to receive text messages of any kind on any topic or subject from President Trump.” They say the government is violating their privacy and the sanctity of their homes and that it wants to turn people’s cellphones into “government loudspeakers that compel listening.”FEMA says that allegation is baseless. In a background briefing for reporters, a senior FEMA official conceded there is no opting out of the alert but said the system is very well-governed. “You would not have a situation where the president would just wake up one morning,” as the official put it, “and attempt to send a personal message.”And besides, he has Twitter for that.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.Share this story:
James Langton The Saskatchewan Financial Services Commission reports that it’s receiving an increasing number of complaints about pension unlocking scams. The SFSC says that, while each pension unlocking scam is unique, they are usually designed to look like legitimate investment opportunities, and typically promise the ability to unlock their pension funds without paying any tax. The arrangement often involves the purchase of shares in a company, it notes, and then part of the money used to buy shares is loaned back to the owner of the pension funds. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media FSRA founds advisory committee on pension sector Related news FSRA proposes guidance related to pension benefits upon marriage breakdown Keywords Pensions, Investment scamsCompanies Saskatchewan Financial Services Commission Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Don’t believe the hype: BCSC proposes new rules for stock promoters These sorts of unlocking scams are often targeted at those who are in financial distress and hoping to get immediate access to their locked-in money, it says. “Falling victim to one of these scams could have serious financial implications, including the total loss of your pension funds and significant tax penalties,” it warns. The SFSC says that those who encounter a scam should seek independent advice, do some independent research, and contact the regulator.
Foreign Secretary meeting with Heiko Maas, German Foreign Minister, 5 May Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab met German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas during the G7 Foreign and Development Ministerial Meeting.A Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office spokesperson said:Today the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas met as part of the G7 Foreign and Development Ministers’ Meeting at Lancaster House.The two ministers discussed Russia and Ukraine, sharing their concerns about malign Russian activity, and how the UK and Germany can work together to respond collectively to Russia’s destabilising behaviour.They discussed plans for climate action, looking forward to the UK’s hosting of COP26. They also noted the importance of girls’ education and ensuring a fully-financed Global Partnership for Education to drive the global recovery from Covid19.Finally, they discussed the recent UN-led talks in Geneva aimed to at making progress on resolving the Cyprus issue. /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:climate, commonwealth, Cyprus, education, foreign minister, G7, Geneva, German, Germany, Government, Lancaster, Minister, Russia, Secretary, UK, UK Government, Ukraine
Announcement of Visa Restrictions on Those Undermining Peaceful Resolution of Crisis The United States is deeply concerned by the continued violence in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon. We continue to call for both the Cameroonian government and separatist armed groups to end the violence and engage in a dialogue without preconditions to peacefully resolve the crisis. It is important that children can attend school and that humanitarian aid can be delivered. We urge all relevant stakeholders in Cameroon and in the diaspora to engage constructively and seek a peaceful resolution to the crisis.We condemn those who undermine peace through engaging in or inciting violence, human rights violations and abuses, and threats against advocates for peace or humanitarian workers.I am establishing a policy imposing visa restrictions on individuals who are believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining the peaceful resolution of the crisis in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon. This decision reflects our commitment to advance a dialogue to peacefully resolve the Anglophone crisis and support respect for human rights. The United States strongly supports the Cameroonian people, and we remain committed to working together to advance democracy and mutual prosperity for both our countries. /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:Cameroon, children, crisis, Democracy, Department of State, dialogue, Government, Human, Human Rights, Humanitarian, resolution, school, United States, violence, visa
Massage: Certified massage therapists are available to assist with relaxation, stress reduction, sports recovery, improved circulation, pain management and decreasing muscle spasms. Massage services are available for students, staff and faculty. Virtual personal training: If you’re looking to improve your form or follow a customized workout plan, consider signing up for virtual personal training sessions. A certified personal trainer will work with you one-on-one to reach your fitness goals. Learn more about personal training at The Rec. Outdoor Program: The Outdoor Program hosts a number of outdoor classes, trips and adventures ranging from avalanche safety and hiking to climbing and fly fishing. Their programs not only prepare you to plan your own trips, but they also allow you to enjoy group activities outside. Explore outdoor activities.Health and Wellness ResourcesThere are a number of resources available on campus to help you improve your physical health and fitness. Physical Therapy: Students can access physical therapy services through Medical Services at Wardenburg Health Center. Physical therapy is a great option for students looking to maximize movement, prevent and recover from injuries and avoid opioids or surgical interventions. StrengthCheck out strength equipment from the Rec Center, including dumbbells, resistance bands and morePractice bodyweight exercises like pushups, squats or step upsTake a trip to the outdoor fitness court to practice circuitsUse items around your house like jugs of water, rocks, bricks or a backpack Acupuncture: Licensed acupuncturists use tiny needles to stimulate points along the body’s energy flow channels to improve health. Acupuncture can be useful for back or neck pain, fatigue, digestive disorders, stress and more. RecoveryPractice yoga poses or follow along with a virtual stretching sessionInvest in a foam roller to roll out major muscle groupsGet a lacrosse or tennis ball to help release tension from plantar fasciitis 3: Join a groupIf you struggle to stay motivated or workout by yourself, don’t be afraid to look into group workout options. Here are just a few:Virtual fitness classes: The Rec Center offers a variety of virtual fitness classes, including dance, strength training, yoga and more. Workouts are available as pre-recorded sessions, or you can join a live version. Check out the full schedule. Looking to make the most of your space at home? Here are some tips to help you create a functional at-home gym.1: Designate a spaceThe first step in creating an at-home gym is to identify a space. Pick a room that meets your needs and can accommodate all of the activities you plan on doing. For instance, if you’re planning on doing movements like burpees, dancing or swinging kettlebells, it may be a good idea to find a space with ample room and high ceilings. Don’t be afraid to get creative. Working out at home isn’t for everyone, and that’s okay! Consider how you can create a space for yourself outside, whether it’s on your deck, on your lawn, at a local park or at the outdoor Fitness Court.Remember to be mindful of where you choose to workout, especially if you’re in a residence hall or apartment. Be respectful of your neighbors, especially in terms of noise (equipment, music, stomping, etc.). You can help reduce noise by wearing headphones, cushioning equipment with mats or pillows and working out on carpeted surfaces. If you live with roommates, talk about your plans and try to workout around everyone’s sleep and study schedules.2: Gather your equipmentDon’t worry, you don’t need expensive or high-end gym equipment to get a good workout in. In fact, there are a ton of free and low-cost equipment options available. Here are a few ideas to help you get started:CardioWalk, run, jog or hike on local trailsBike for free with BCyclePractice bodyweight exercises like lunges, jumping jacks or burpeesFollow along with The Rec’s free 10K training programCheck-out a jump rope or resistance bands from the Rec Center Recreation Injury Care Center: Certified athletic trainers provide a number of free services, including evaluations and referrals, first aid and emergency care, baseline concussion testing, performance and recovery strategies, taping, stretching techniques and more. RICC is open to Rec Center members who are injured while participating in programs or at Rec Center facilities. More Health & Wellness ArticlesTags:ExerciseOutdoors
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Add Comment Related Posts 40 million children aged 13 to 15 years using tobacco products globally: WHO WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Read Article Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app nicotineTobaccoWHO By Press Trust of India on May 31, 2020 News Public Health The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Share Comments (0) Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” The tobacco industry invests $9 billion every year to advertise its products targeting youngsters, with over 40 million children aged 13 to 15 years presently using nicotine items globally, the WHO warnsThe UN agency is focussing on spreading awareness among teenagers to mark World No Tobacco Day on Sunday.“More than 40 million young people today aged 13-15, have already started to use tobacco,” the WHO said, as it launched a kit for school students aged 13-17 to alert them about the marketing tactics of THE tobacco industry “Every year the tobacco industry invests more than $9 billion to advertise its products. Increasingly, it is targeting young people with nicotine and tobacco products in a bid to replace the eight million people that its products kill every year, the agency said.Even during a global pandemic, the tobacco and nicotine industry is pushing its products, the WHO said, adding that these addictive substances limit people’s ability to fight coronavirus.“Educating the youth is vital because nearly nine out of 10 smokers start before 18 years. We want to provide young people with the knowledge to speak out against tobacco industry manipulation,” said Ruediger Krech, Director for Health Promotion, WHO.In a bid to prevent addiction among 13 to 17-year-olds, the agency has highlighted commonly used tactics to watch out for.It points out that smoking e-cigarettes and hookah pipes — marketed as ‘safer’ alternatives to conventional cigarettes — is harmful, addictive, and increase the risk of developing heart and lung disease.The WHO also noted that the 15,000-odd flavours of tobacco items which are sold — such as bubble-gum and candy — are introduced in the market to attract youngsters who are likely to become serious nicotine-users later in life.Marketing strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic have included the offer of free branded masks and home delivery service during quarantine.The tobacco industry has also lobbied for its products to be listed as ‘essential’, the health agency said.With the view to reach maximum young people, the WHO has also launched the #TobaccoExposed challenge on youth online platform TikTok, and welcomed social media partnerships with other platforms including Pinterest and YouTube.The WHO has also launched a classroom activities kit that puts the students in the shoes of the tobacco industry to make them aware of how the manipulative tactics used by the industry.“Countries can protect children from industry exploitation by putting in place strict tobacco control laws, including regulating products like e-cigarettes that have already begun to hook a new generation of young people,” the WHO said. Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025