Hartley to lead an English-based Lions?

Posted On Jun 23 2021 by

first_imgNew odds released today suggest that England’s rise under Eddie Jones will be rewarded in New Zealand next summer. Rugby World looks at the betting markets LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS England’s historic series win in Australia has done more than propel them to second place in the World Rugby Rankings – it has made Dylan Hartley the near unbackable favourite to captain the British & Irish Lions in New Zealand next year.England coach Eddie Jones and vice-captain Billy Vunipola lavished praise on the Kiwi-born hooker during the Australia tour for driving high standards, and Betway clearly agree after pricing him at just 2-1 to follow Sam Warburton as Lions skipper.Wales lock Alun Wyn Jones is second favourite at 5-1 ahead of compatriot Warburton (8-1), the pair having shared the Test captaincy duties three years ago in Australia after first choice Warburton was injured in the second Test.Welsh partnership: Sam Warburton and Alun Wyn Jones ended up sharing the 2013 Lions captaincy dutiesThat series was won, which explains why the bookmakers aren’t looking beyond the Welsh duo or Hartley for the captaincy gig. Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw is 20-1 but will do well to make the Test team while Jamie Roberts and Richie Gray (both 33-1) represent poor value given neither has yet captained their country.Maro Itoje, who led England to an U20 world title, is a more realistic bet at the same 33-1 and you can also get 10-1 on the young English forward not losing any game he starts in 2016. Ignoring the rare sub appearances, he won 25 out of 25 last season for club and country and hasn’t lost since 10 May 2015, when Saracens were pipped 24-20 by Exeter at Allianz Park.Winning streak: You can get 10-1 on Maro Itoje not losing a game he starts in 2016 (Getty Images)Warren Gatland is expected to be the Lions coach again and the markets suggest he will have Gregor Townsend (5-2) on his management team and a proliferation of Englishmen in the playing ranks.George Ford and Owen Farrell are each a short-priced 7-2 to start the first Lions Test in Auckland, which will fuel the fires of Johnny Sexton and Dan Biggar, to name but two.No 8 Vunipola (1-2) is deemed a more likely starter than Taulupe Faletau (2-1) while the injured Manu Tuilagi is a mere 6-4. Henry Slade, as talented as anyone but yet to discover his best form since returning from a broken leg, is 11-2.Aaron Cruden’s curtailed series against Wales last month hasn’t stopped Betway cementing him at 2-5 on to take the New Zealand No 10 shirt, with Beauden Barrett’s stirring performances merely earning him a 5-2 price. And Sonny Bill Williams – not even playing 15s at the moment – is evens. Top ten: Aaron Cruden remains favourite to be the All Blacks’ stand-off for the Lions series (Getty Images)The All Blacks are 1-5 on to win the series, so punters might prefer to gamble on a surprise Lions series triumph (7-2) or even plump for an unbeaten tour – ten matches, three of them Tests – which is currently 33-1. If you think that sounds generous, bear in mind that even the magnificent 1971 Lions didn’t go unbeaten in New Zealand.England have won nine games on the bounce under Jones and they are 2-1 to go unbeaten in the calendar year. They play South Africa, Fiji, Argentina and Australia in the autumn (in that order), hardly a piece of cake.New Zealand’s lame finish to the Sevens World Series isn’t fooling the bookies, who make them joint 9-4 favourites with Fiji for the Olympics sevens gold medal in Rio.Argentina and Kenya (both 40-1) look good value and if you fancy another upset in a year full of them, how about Spain at 500-1? The repêchage winners have a fully pro set-up yet will be largely unknown by the major teams having not played in this year’s World Series.Great Britain (14-1) look a decent bet in the women’s competition.Long shot: Spain celebrate winning the Olympic repêchage – but can they complete the fairytale?In Europe, Leinster (25-1) stand out in the outright winner odds for the Champions Cup given their pedigree and the arrival of Sir Graham Henry as a coaching consultant, while in the Aviva Premiership, newly promoted Bristol are tipped to outshine both Newcastle and Worcester.Reigning champions Connacht (10-1) are only sixth favourites in the Guinness Pro12, and that ‘underdog’ scepticism is echoed in the 28-1 price attached to Leicester City in football’s Premier League.center_img The Rugby Championship is the next big competition in union and unsurprisingly New Zealand are 1-3 on to regain the title they let slip against Australia last year. The All Blacks have lost just two out of 21 Championship games since Argentina joined the party in 2012, but at a long-priced 22-1 the Pumas’ efforts in the past year – including a first away win in South Africa and their third-place finish at the U20 World Cup – are taking a while to sink in.Pumas on the loose: Argentina’s Julian Dominguez makes a tackle during the U20 World ChampionshipFor the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. Front runner: England captain is tipped to lead the 2017 Lions tour to New Zealand (Getty Images) last_img read more

MAD building / MAD arkitekter

Posted On Jun 17 2021 by

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/344920/mad-building-mad-arkitekter Clipboard 2013 CopyAbout this officeMad arkitekterOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsOsloHousingNorwayPublished on March 17, 2013Cite: “MAD building / MAD arkitekter” 17 Mar 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodWood Siding in KSR Villa BodrumPlasticsMitrexSolar SidingMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesCupa PizarrasCupaclad® 101 Random in Les PalmiersUrban ApplicationsIsland Exterior FabricatorsPublic Safety Answering Center II Envelope SystemConcreteKrytonConcrete Hardening – Hard-CemSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights – Ridgelight 25-40°Porcelain StonewareGrespaniaPorcelain Tiles – Coverlam ImperialWindowspanoramah!®ah! 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream 2013 Year:  Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/344920/mad-building-mad-arkitekter Clipboard Norway MAD building / MAD arkitekter Apartments Photographscenter_img MAD building / MAD arkitekterSave this projectSaveMAD building / MAD arkitekter “COPY” Architects: Mad arkitekter Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” Projects Save this picture!© Jiri Havran+ 18 Share ArchDaily photographs:  Jiri Havran, Kurt SingstadPhotographs:  Jiri Havran, Kurt SingstadSave this picture!© Jiri HavranRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreMetallicsSculptformClick-on Battens in Ivanhoe ApartmentsWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedText description provided by the architects. Nothing spurs creativity as tight restrictions. And you don’t get them much tighter than an 11 meter wide footprint for a 15 story housing block. Add two towering, 16 story-buildings as next-door neighbors, and it is obvious that something extraordinary had to be invented in order to make this work.Save this picture!© Jiri HavranSituationThe Opera Quarter is a central district in Oslo. The area is situated between the tracks of Oslo Central Station and Dronning Eufemias gate; a new avenue that will tie east and west together. Consisting of 12 buildings, the Opera Quarter will house 10 000 seats for work personnel, and 500 apartment units. All buildings are designed in accordance to the Barcode principal: long slender, high rise volumes with sightlines in between. Save this picture!Site PlanSite planThe master plan developed for the Opera Quarter is a result of an international competition held in 2003, where the Barcode concept by MVRDV, A-lab and DARK Arkitekter was selected. Demands were set for the volumes to stretch the full length of the site, have rectangular forms and hold uniform material expressions. The building blocks come down to form an exterior grid of public passages. At street level, program organization aims to work with the overall intentions for urban life and public interaction, as shops, service and offices gives something back to the city. Asking for an exceptional outcome is the site segment occupied by MAD’s residential building: less than 30 meters wide and flanked by high-rise office buildings with dark façade appearances. Daylight coverage from Southeast is secured, however, by the stepped volume of the neighboring building east from the apartments. Regulations specify demands related to the distance between apartment windows and neighboring buildings, and set the parameters for the extreme proportions executed in the project. Save this picture!© Jiri HavranThe ApartmentsBorn from this unique outset, the MAD-building is possibly one of the world’s most slender apartment blocks. Measurements of this 15 floor construction are 7,8 x 90 meters, and at its leanest point, width is shrunk to an astonishing 6 meters! These high-standard urban apartments offer exposure to daylight and connectivity to its context like few others. Designed in a finely tuned manner, conducted by high demands for quality and driven by its regulations, the MAD-building responds to the Barcode concept in a thorough manner.On a standard floor, there are six apartments of various sizes and shapes. Each apartment is provided a separate balcony, supplemented with the generous common gardens at roof level. All units have their living rooms and balconies facing Southeast, and the neighbouring buildings’ geometry allow sunlight to enter all day. Large sliding glass doors give a close connection between inside and outside. Along the less sun-exposed Northeastern façade, bathrooms and bedrooms are situated. A ceiling height of 2,7 meters is standard within all apartments. Save this picture!© Jiri HavranZig-zaging exterior walls within the outer aluminium leaf are tailored to balance the individual apartments’ needs. Variations of deeper balcony areas that emerge into slender French balconies in their stretch towards the circulation cores offer effective balance in the interior/exterior space utilization. Circulation cores are situated behind the outer corners in this zigzag wall; consequently, lateral stability is secured in the full width of the construction. Last but not least, the angular variations ensure a wider spectre of view, addressing more than the tall rise neighbours.  Save this picture!PlanThe outer skin of anodized, perforated aluminium, defines the rectangular Barcode body. Custom designed movable façade elements allow the occupants to control to which extent their apartment is exposed to sunlight and public surroundings. Along with being a valuable feature for residents in a densely populated district, this living façade that keep changing is architecturally exciting. Perforations are designed in a careful manner to allow views from inside the apartments, while still giving the expression of being uniform surfaces to exterior surroundings. Light filtered in interesting patterns on the organic inner skin of warm timber cladding assure a lively atmosphere within this sober envelop. At night, lights at the balconies leak through the perforation, making the envelope glow. The dialogue between these two skins, and their contrasts, are among the project’s most characteristic features.Save this picture!© Jiri HavranCommercial AreasConnecting the MAD-building to its context, floor 1 and 2 are assigned to gym facilities, business, offices and dining. As regulation sets different parameters for commercial areas within Barcode, this base slab is allowed to be extended in Southeast direction. In a base that aim to interact with urban surroundings, the public will have the opportunity to run on treadmills while overlooking the trains passing by, or enjoying a meal on the sunny terrace of the two-storey restaurant facing Dronning Eufemias gate.Flanking PassagesThematised outdoor areas designed by MAD flank the building. At the Southeast entrance side, a strip inspired by Norwegian nature has the ambition of working as a buffer between private residence and the city. It is designed to function as a passage, rather than a space to reside. A continuous urban surface is broken up by fields of forest flowers, small conifers, heather and moss, that will contribute to a distinct Norwegian character. These are hardy species that will adapt to the seasons and bring a rural experience to this district of concrete, steel and glass. At spring, a carpet of anemone flowers; in autumn, blueberry bushes and sparkling colours; and in the winter, covered in snow. Artificial lighting will enhance the various characters, and effect lights at the urban surface will complete the experience. Save this picture!© Kurt SingstadThe Northwestern strip is thematised as a cycling peloton. This area was a challenge: how does one create something interesting from a 10×90 meter passage with little sun exposure, with a demand of more than 200 bike racks – a passage that will also work as the main entrance to interior commercial areas. MAD’s simple, but genius solution was to create bike racks so beautiful that people more than willingly would walk a detour just to look at them! Custom designed ‘bikes’ in stainless steel offer secure bike storage, along with a visually and spatially interesting expression. Each steel bike has LED-lights employed; white facing the fjord, and red facing the city.Save this picture!© Jiri HavranOutdoor areasResidents of the apartments are offered great outdoor opportunities to sit back on a sunny day, enjoy rich views, or assemble social gatherings. Private balconies and shared roof terraces hold various qualities:At the 2nd floor, one can enter a shared roof terrace directly from the stair case. A sun exposed and wind sheltered space with large flower containers. The apartments at the 2nd floor have additional large private roof terraces secluded from the public ones.At the 13th floor, a large Northeast-facing shared roof terrace is employed, as regulation demanded the building to be lower at this point. Afternoon sun and a tall glass railing give good premises to enjoy the city view.At the 15th floor, the largest roof terrace is situated, offering spectacular views over both city and fjord. A zoned characteristic by fixed furniture and flower containers suggests different degrees of privacy and activity.Save this picture!SectionProject gallerySee allShow lessTaiwan Solar Powered Stadium / Toyo ItoArticlesDesign Days DubaiEventProject locationAddress:Oslo, NorwayLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share CopyApartments•Oslo, Norwaylast_img read more

Capital Campaigns (Fundraising Series)

Posted On Jun 16 2021 by

first_imgCapital Campaigns (Fundraising Series) [amzn_product_post]Whether you are running the capital campaign yourself or employing a consultant to help you design it, capital campaign planning is not a responsibility that can be easily delegated. If you are contemplating a capital appeal, you can increase your chances of success by understanding the principles of this book and adapting them to your own circumstances. The author uses a clear campaign model first established when she ran two successful and highly visible campaigns at The New York Public Library – it is a structure that has since been widely imitated throughout the US and the UK. This book is suitable for fundraisers, chief executives and other management staff, as well as trustees or management committees. Howard Lake | 7 April 2013 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  33 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Internet users targeted by changes to information law

Posted On Jun 12 2021 by

first_img Gambia: former president must stand trial for journalist’s murder News Three journalist arrested, two radio stations closed in Gambia GambiaAfrica to go further July 5, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Internet users targeted by changes to information law Photograph: President Yahya Jammeh (Seyllou / AFP) GambiaAfrica RSF_en August 6, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is very disturbed by amendments to the 2009 Information and Communications Act – the main law limiting freedom of information in Gambia – which the National Assembly passed on 3 July.Under the amended law, “spreading of false news against the government or public officials” is punishable by up to 15 years in prison or a fine of 3 million dalasis (64,000 euros). Its main target is Gambians who make fun of government officials online.“The amendments to the Information and Communications Act that the Gambian parliament has just adopted aggravate what is already one of Africa’s most repressive laws,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The authorities are using these amendments to target news providers and crack down on the Internet, one of the last spaces for freedom of information in Gambia. We call for their immediate withdrawal and a complete overhaul of the law, which already gags the media in the name of state security.”The amendments were proposed by information and communication minister Nana Grey-Johnson, who said their aim was the “deterrent punishment” of persons who engage in “treacherous campaigns” at home and abroad and incite “unpatriotic behaviour.”President Yahya Jammeh is on the May 2013 Reporters Without Borders list of “Predators of Press Freedom” while Gambia is ranked 152nd out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News News January 27, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Gambia Organisation Receive email alerts News Gambia still needs to address challenges to press freedom July 23, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Ex-offenders ‘make good employees’

Posted On May 12 2021 by

first_imgEx-offenders can prove hard working and loyal members of staff if they aregiven a chance, delegates at the CIPD’s Parole to Payroll conference heard. Neil Wallace, CIPD advisor on employing ex-offenders and former HR directorat manufacturing firm Corning Optical Fibre, believes employers need to changetheir attitudes towards ex-offenders when recruiting. He said: “When I was in HR I did not want to know about employingconvicted criminals. I had enough problems in the workforce so did everything Icould to check records. This must change and attitudes must move on from riskaversion to risk assessment.” Diana Worman, diversity advisor at the CIPD, agrees that former offenderscan make ideal employees.”Ex-offenders respond to a stable environment andare more likely to stay with an employer because it is harder for them to get ajob,” she said. “Organisations could be putting themselves in a horrendous situation ifthey continue to exclude and do not assess the talent of a large percentage ofthe potential workforce.” Bobby Cummines, chief executive of ex-offenders charity Unlock, said:”Former offenders will not let any fiddles go down because they know thatthey will be the first looked at. They are the best security systemaround.” Cummines, who served 13 years for armed robbery, told delegates thatex-offenders have the skills to be successful in the workplace. Ex-offendershave life skills and perspectives that employers might not have. The skillsthey have are transferable and can be used by businesses. “You (employers) can help ex-offenders to turn the use of their skillsfrom a negative to a positive,” he said. Ex-offenders ‘make good employees’On 28 May 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

The importance of the Antarctic in atmospheric sciences

Posted On May 9 2021 by

first_imgA prime objective of atmospheric science research in Antarctica is to use the special conditions found there to throw new light on global problems and, in particular, to test theories of the dynamics of the environment and its reactions to solar phenomena. This involves much international collaboration in planning, data collection and analysis, which is briefly described. The British Antarctic Survey theatre of operations is geographically and magnetically unique and therefore offers exceptionally favourable conditions for such tests. The development of new instruments, in particular those carried by satellite, has made research possible in uninhabited regions and enabled problems to be studied which were previously impracticable. The objects of this paper are to draw attention to the needs and possibilities, and to show some of the ways in which the specific investigations discussed by other contributors interact.last_img read more

Global energy investment on brink of historic $400bn annual decline

Posted On May 7 2021 by

first_imgClear warning signs for electricity gridsA rapid change in electricity-consumption habits as society has adapted its working patterns amid the lockdowns has delivered major challenges for grid operators, demanding new levels of flexibility.But with an anticipated 9% fall in investment this year deepening a 7% decline in 2019, the future resilience of power grids is a big concern raised by the analysis.Dr Birol added: “Electricity grids have been a vital underpinning of the emergency response to the health crisis — and of economic and social activities that have been able to continue under lockdown.“These networks have to be resilient and smart to ward against future shocks, but also to accommodate rising shares of wind and solar power. Today’s investment trends are clear warning signs for future electricity security.” Oil and gas sector will make the deepest spending cutsThe oil and gas industry, which has suffered the most across the broader energy spectrum as a result of low commodity prices and the travel restrictions that have decimated fuel demand, will bear the brunt of the spending cuts, according to the IEA’s latest analysis published today (27 May).A spending decline of almost a third is expected across the sector compared to 2019, with Big Oil having set the tone during a difficult first quarter by announcing capex budget cuts averaging around 25% compared to pre-crisis guidance.Many of the largest oil and gas cuts have been in the US shale industry, which was already under financial pressure before the pandemic and is now forecast for a 50% drop in investment activity during 2020 as the low-price environment exacerbates existing concerns.National oil companies (NOCs) are also tightening the purse strings, raising long-term questions about the future finances of developing economies that are heavily dependent on revenues from hydrocarbons. Coronavirus is expected to wipe around 20% from spending plans across all energy sectors this year, according to the International Energy Agency The spending decline could compromise energy security, national budgets and the low-carbon transition Global energy investment will fall by a fifth in 2020 – the largest drop in history, bringing serious implications for future fuel security and the low-carbon transition, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).Around $400bn is expected to be cut from spending across all major energy sectors this year, as the impact of coronavirus hits demand, financing capabilities and project logistics – prompting businesses to lower capital expenditure (capex) plans in a bid to protect their balance sheets.Oil and gas investments will account for the deepest cuts, although every sector — from coal to renewables and power grids — will be affected by the decline that’s been described as “staggering in both its scale and swiftness”.center_img Energy investment had been on track for six-year high in 2020Before the emergence of Covid-19, worldwide energy spending had been on track to grow by 2% compared to 2019, which would have been the largest annual rise for six years.The reversal means revenues flowing into governments and businesses will fall by more than $1tn this year, while near-term capital expenditure cuts could have longer-term consequences as project deferrals and cancellations lead to supply shortages in the years to come as demand recovers.Additionally, the energy watchdog cautions that “a post-crisis legacy of higher debt will present lasting risks to investment”.IEA executive director Dr Fatih Birol said: “The historic plunge in global energy investment is deeply troubling for many reasons. It means lost jobs and economic opportunities today, as well as lost energy supply that we might well need tomorrow once the economy recovers.“The slowdown in spending on key clean energy technologies also risks undermining the much-needed transition to more resilient and sustainable energy systems.” Slowdown in renewables investment compromises clean energy transitionIn the power sector, investment is forecast to fall broadly by 10% — a trend that will have knock-on effects for the clean energy transition that had been gaining momentum before Covid-19 began its spread around the globe.Spending on coal will fall by almost a quarter, although the emergence of China, which accounts for the majority of global coal spending, from strict lockdown could provide a sooner-than-expected boost.Last week, the IEA revealed that growth in renewable power capacity additions is on course to slow this year for the first time in two decades — declining by 13% compared to 2019 — as supply chain disruptions, project deferrals and financing issues conspire to stall the industry.In terms of investment, ongoing spending in renewable power projects is expected to fall by around 10% in 2020, further slowing the pace of the clean energy transition.Clean energy investment is nowhere near enough to accelerate transitions & achieve lasting reductions in emissions.It needs to more than double in the next 10 years to put the world on a path to meeting its sustainable energy & climate goals.Read more: https://t.co/NpsvgVslQH pic.twitter.com/dNUiikhL8s— Fatih Birol (@IEABirol) 27 May 2020Rooftop solar installations, in particular, have been “strongly affected” by the market turmoil, while final investment decisions for new utility-scale wind and solar projects during the first quarter of the year retreated to levels last seen three years ago.Numerous calls have emerged to integrate clean energy into national economic recovery plans which could inject new vigour into decarbonisation efforts, but the exact shape of government rebuilding plans has yet to be confirmed.last_img read more

INS Vikramaditya to Continue Sea Trials Early in Summer 2013

Posted On May 4 2021 by

first_img View post tag: trials INS Vikramaditya to Continue Sea Trials Early in Summer 2013 Aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya will take sea for trials again early in the summer 2013, said Sergei Novoselov…[mappress]Source: Russian Navy, December 11, 2012; Image: Flot Back to overview,Home naval-today INS Vikramaditya to Continue Sea Trials Early in Summer 2013 View post tag: Summer View post tag: News by topic View post tag: 2013 View post tag: early Share this article View post tag: Naval View post tag: Vikramaditya Industry news View post tag: sea View post tag: Navy View post tag: continue View post tag: INS December 11, 2012last_img

Vice President Pence visits Kokomo GM plant making ventilators

Posted On Apr 20 2021 by

first_img By Network Indiana – April 30, 2020 0 270 Twitter WhatsApp Vice President Pence visits Kokomo GM plant making ventilators Facebook Twitter Pinterest (“Vice President Pence in South and Central America” by The White House, Public Domain) Vice Pres. Mike Pence toured the GM plant in Kokomo Thursday, a plant that was converted from making cars to ventilators in 17 days. Pence and General Motors CEO Mary Barra pointed out that 600 vents have already been made at the plant.“We have moved quickly and have been talking about the fact that this all came together in about a month,” said Barra. “In my 40 years at General Motors, this is one of the proudest moments of my career.”“It’s amazing to think that this floor was empty about a month ago,” said Pence, who toured the plant, he said, on behalf of the president on a mission to thank the employees. “And General Motors, Ventec, and the State of Indiana, at the urging of the federal government put together a partnership.”Pence’s message was mainly one of thanks, saying he believes that history will record the vital role of Hoosiers in manufacturing ventilators.“I’m so proud of all of the volunteers here that are making this incredible partnership happen,” he said. “You all are part of our nation’s mission. It’s a mission to make sure that every American struggling with the coronavirus has the same level of health care and treatment that we would want for any member of our family.”Pence said that no American who has needed a ventilator has been denied one.In Indiana over 80 percent of vents are available. Some states, like Washington, have been able to send ventilators where the need is greater, as their populations have recovered.Pence spoke with people, while wearing a mask, who were building the vents, while being given information about the process by Ventec CEO Chris Kiple.Dr. Woody Myers, former state health commissioner now running for governor as a Democrat, said he believes Pence and Gov. Eric Holcomb should be more focused on getting Indiana’s economy back into shape.“While the manufacture of ventilators at the Kokomo GM plant is incredibly important for preparedness, we must do more as a state to also help small businesses,” he said. “Rather than touring a large business with his former boss, Vice President Pence, perhaps Governor Holcomb should read over my plan and act now to help the lifeblood of our economy.” Pinterest WhatsApp CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Google+ Facebook Google+ Previous articleBerrien County unveils new COVID-19 information websiteNext articleBusinesses should expect new rules to protect workers, customers Network Indianalast_img read more

Autumn statement: govt outlines apprenticeship and business rate plans

Posted On Apr 20 2021 by

first_imgTransport – Although the Department of Transport operational budget will be slashed by 37%, transport capital spending will rise 50% to £61bn. This will fund projects across the country, including the largest road investment programme since the 1970s, HS2, the electrification of various railways such as the Trans-Pennine and the Transport for the North programme. London will receive £11bn to invest in its transport infrastructure. Tax and cash support – As already announced, Corporation Tax will be reduced to 18%. 600,000 small businesses will receive help by the extension of the small businesses rate relief scheme for another year, while cash support given through Innovate UK will be protected by offering £165m in loans instead of grants. By the end of the decade, all individuals and small businesses will have their own digital tax account in order to manage their tax online. Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled plans for three million apprentices and handed local councils the power to cut business rates.He outlined the plans in his Autumn Statement and declared: “This is a big Spending Review by a government that does big things. It’s a long-term economic plan for our country’s future.”He added that, since the Summer Budget, new economic data had been published which confirmed that, since 2010, no economy in the G7 had grown faster than Britain. “We’ve grown almost three times faster than Japan, twice as fast as France, faster than Germany and at the same rate as the United States,” added Osborne.He said the economy would grow by 2.4% this year and that growth was then revised up from the Budget forecast in the next two years, to 2.4% in 2016 and 2.5% in 2017.Here are just a few of the measures announced today: Apprenticeships – Osborne said he wanted to see three million apprentices by 2020 and said the government would be spending twice as much on apprenticeships from when they came into office by 2020. A new apprenticeship levy from April 2017 will be set at a rate of 0.5% of an employer’s paybill, but employers will receive a £15,000 allowance to offset against a levy. This will mean 98% of employers, and all businesses with paybills of less than £3m, will pay no levy at all.center_img Business rates – As set out last month, Osborne confirmed uniform business rates would be abolished. Local councils will have the power to cut business rates to make their areas more attractive to business and will also keep all the revenue accrued from the rates. Elected mayors will be able to raise rates, provided the proceeds are used to fund specific infrastructure projects supported by the local business community. Environment – Defra’s day-to-day budget will fall 15%, although funding for national parks and forests will be protected.For more reaction from the baking industry see bakeryinfo.co.uk.last_img read more