Could there be a UK general election in 2019?

first_imgBrexit party 11 per cent Could there be a UK general election in 2019? Green party 1 seat Leader Jeremy Corbyn has said the party would only agree to a general election if Johnson commits to passing legislation that makes a no-deal Brexit illegal. Given that the Prime Minister has prorogued parliament until 14 October, that means a new set of politicians could take their seats after the Commons’ five-week suspension. Yougov From his perspective, he faces little alternative: the former London mayor has pledged to pull the UK out of the EU in a “do or die” Brexit come Halloween, whether or not a deal is agreed. Johnson has hit back by threatening to bring forward a UK general election into this year. That will reduce the Tory ranks even further.  Brexit party 1 seat While the polls and predictions differ, Labour doesn’t come close to challenging the Conservatives in any predictions for a UK general election. A Yougov poll for the Times conducted over the last two days found the Conservatives hold a commanding lead over their rivals. It also found that the SNP would get a boost from anti-Brexit Scottish voters, adding 17 seats to bring them to a strong total of 52 seats in parliament. SNP 33 seats Liberal Democrats 16 per cent Frustratingly for Johnson, he cannot simply force a general election. Unusually, a survey of 10,000 adults for Conservative Group for Europe predicted a snap general election could deliver a hung parliament, where no party has a majority. Read more: Sterling beats $1.22 after MPs rip up Boris Johnson’s Brexit strategy Boris Johnson suffered his first parliamentary defeat as Prime Minister last night as 21 of his own Conservative MPs rebelled against him on a crucial bill – could he now call a UK general election? Share That leaves around two weeks until the 31 October Brexit deadline. A decisive victory would make it easier for Johnson to pass laws and secure the Brexit he wants. His task is made more difficult by Labour, a party most polls do not favour in a general election. The next UK general election is not due until 5 May 2022, which would mark five years since the last general election back in 2017. Check the poll. Johnson may feel he simply cannot wait that long. The defection of Conservative MP Phillip Lee to the Liberal Democrats last night wiped out the Prime Minister’s paper-thin parliamentary majority of one. The PM lost a vote by 328 votes to 301 that means the Commons will today decide whether or not to force him to seek an extension to the Brexit deadline of 31 October. All images credited to Getty Conservatives 311 seats That almost certainly will not happen, given Johnson’s stance on quitting the bloc. Joe Curtis LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – JUNE 23: Julian Fellowes heads towards a polling station to vote in the EU referendum at Royal Hospital Chelsea on June 23, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. The United Kingdom has gone to the polls to decide whether or not the country wishes to remain within the European Union. After a hard fought campaign from both REMAIN and LEAVE the vote is too close to call. A result on the referendum is expected on Friday morning. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) Plaid Cymru 4 seats Conservatives 339 seats whatsapp Prime Minister Boris Johnson is keen to call a UK general election in 2019 Who would win a UK general election? whatsapp Sporting Index However, Labour have said they will only back a new election if the Benn-Burt bill passes. The bill, due to be voted on today, would stop the government from pushing the date of an election back until November. Bookmaker Sporting Index has forecast a damaging election result for Labour under Corbyn, predicting the party will shed 46 seats to the Tories and Lib Dems.center_img Check the poll. Liberal Democrats 21 seats Labour 216 seats Polls could open in October 2019, just weeks before the Halloween Brexit deadline (Getty) He has committed himself to sacking all of the rebels, including Winston Churchill’s grandson, Sir Nicholas Soames. When would an election happen? Check the poll. Oddschecker Oddschecker puts the Tories’ chance of winning a majority at 75 per cent, or ⅓. But the Tories stand to gain a majority of 339 seats. Let’s have a look at some of them: Meanwhile, a UK general election victory for the Conservatives could swell the number of seats the party controls in parliament. Despite Johnson’s parliamentary defeat and decision to suspend the Commons, various polls suggest he holds the majority of the public’s support. The Lib Dems could gain 27 seats to bring their total to 39, the bookies added. How could Boris call a UK general election? The Prime Minister has said he doesn’t want a general election, but that hasn’t stopped him from pushing for one in parliament today. SNP 52 seats Labour 25 per cent Boris Johnson has proposed to hold a UK general election on 15 October 2019. Labour 242 seats Instead, under the 2010 Fixed-Term Parliaments Act a snap election requires the support of at least two-thirds of MPs. That means the magic number Boris must target is 434. Conservative Group for Europe Conservatives 35 per cent Why would Boris Johnson call a UK general election in 2019? But there is a risk that the government could move the date of a general election until after Brexit. Meanwhile Labour only have a 20 per cent chance of beating the Tories to deliver a majority. 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Liberal Democrats 39 seats Could Jeremy Corbyn win a UK general election in 2019? (Getty) Tags: Brexitlast_img read more

In a Fairbanks lab, Alaska scientists search for the new, more contagious coronavirus strain

first_imgCoronavirus | Health | Interior | Science & TechIn a Fairbanks lab, Alaska scientists search for the new, more contagious coronavirus strainJanuary 12, 2021 by Nathaniel Herz, Alaska Public Media Share:Stephanie DeRonde, a state microbiologist, uses an Illumina sequencer to analyze strains of the virus that causes COVID-19 at the Fairbanks public health lab in November. (Alaska Department of Health and Social Services)Alaska scientists are on the hunt for a new, more contagious strain of the coronavirus. The new variant was first found in Britain, and so far, eight states and dozens of countries have reported cases.While it does not appear to make people sicker, the new strain could spread 50% faster. That faster transmission rate can lead to more cases and more deaths, said Dr. Joe McLaughlin, the state epidemiologist, a briefing for reporters last week.“It really comes down to numbers: The more people that are infected, you are going to see increased counts of actual infection, as well as increased counts of hospitalization and death,” he said. “And that’s why this is so important for us to take very seriously.”Dr. Joe McLaughlin, the state epidemiologist. (DHSS)Identifying the specific mutation in the new virus is more difficult than simply testing for the presence of the virus itself. And unlike Britain, the U.S. lacks a large-scale national program to do what’s known as genome sequencing, leaving some states doing minimal testing.Alaska officials say they wish they could be analyzing more samples — right now they’re processing about 100 every five days — but the state is being strategic about which ones it targets for sequencing, said Jayme Parker, a top scientist at the state public health laboratory in Fairbanks.“We’re looking to sequence specimens from as much of a diverse geographical region of the state as we can, so that we can get an idea of what’s happening all over the state as opposed to just Fairbanks or Anchorage,” she said.The University of Alaska Anchorage is also doing some sequencing, and 17 samples are sent to the CDC each week as part of a national surveillance program, Parker said.One thing that’s been helpful in the state’s search is a lucky coincidence in the way the lab tests for the virus’ presence.The tests they use detect three different genes, Parker said. Two of them aren’t substantially different in the new strain of the coronavirus, but one is: the gene responsible for creating the virus’ signature spikes.So, when a coronavirus test detects two targets, but not the spike gene, the state identifies the sample as one that should be prioritized for sequencing, to see if it’s the new strain.“It actually is a bit of a silver lining, that we’re able to differentiate specimens that way,” Parker said.The state is also searching for the new strain by asking providers to share samples from patients who test positive after recently traveling, officials said. They’re urging people to get tested after traveling as a way to help with that effort.It’s unlikely the state will be able to keep the new COVID-19 strain from getting to Alaska and taking hold here, said Dr. Tom Hennessy, an infectious disease epidemiologist with the University of Alaska Anchorage’s College of Health.That makes it more urgent to vaccinate health-care workers and vulnerable Alaskans, which would blunt the impact of a faster-spreading form of the virus when it arrives, Hennessy said.Dr. Tom Hennessy (Tom Hennessy)“We’re in a race with it right now,” Hennessy said.Ultimately, many people are likely to be infected with the new strain. But vaccinations can help ensure that at least health care workers are protected, and that older Alaskans are less likely to get seriously ill, Hennessy added. And that means hospitals would be less likely to get overwhelmed, he said.“That’s what the vaccine can help us with, at this point,” he said. “It’s probably not going to prevent this from spreading widely in society.”So far, drug companies haven’t reported the COVID-19 vaccines are any less effective against the new strain, but Hennessy said experts continue to watch for new, emerging mutations that might hinder vaccination and treatment.One positive thing could come out of the state’s efforts to detect the new strain, officials said: They’re getting more practice at genetic sequencing, which could help them in their work fighting other viruses in Alaska like hepatitis and the flu. Share this story:last_img read more

Some #FreeBritney Protesters Are Suspicious of the Britney Spears Pop-Up Coming…

first_imgMusicPop CultureSome #FreeBritney Protesters Are Suspicious of the Britney Spears Pop-Up Coming to L.A.The Zone caters to the pop star’s most dedicated fans, but some diehards are saying they’ll skip itBy Paige Skinner – November 1, 20193436ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItDespite being a massive Britney Spears fan, Kevin Wu says he can’t in good conscience visit the Zone, the pop-up experience dedicated to the superstar coming to L.A. in January 2020.Wu, a member of the #FreeBritney movement, says while he would like to attend the ten-room exhibit, he believes it’s a way for Spears’s team to make money off her name without having to make her work.“Feelings are mixed about it,” Wu says. “I think the pop-up looks amazing. As a die-hard Britney fan, it looks like something I definitely want to witness and they’re selling merch that a lot of us are very excited about, so I know that the protesters are not all on the same page about this.”Spears is in the middle of court hearings regarding the 11-year conservatorship she became subject to back in 2008. While conservatorships are usually reserved for elderly people who can no longer make decisions for themselves, a judge mandated that Spears’s father, Jamie, oversee Spears’s finances following her two hospitalizations under psychiatric hold and multiple trips to rehab.Some fans also believe the timing of the new pop-up is suspicious, considering Spears’s next conservatorship-related court date is also in January. “If it is opening on the same day, then that is a very curious coincidence,” Wu says. “I think it’s very curious and I think this does deflect attention from the #FreeBritney movement.”This wouldn’t be the first time Spears’s fans believed the pop star’s team was trying to throw them off the scent of something fishy. Back in April, paparazzi photos were released of Spears exiting a hotel. The photos raised some eyebrows.“There’s a number of things that are sort of questionable about that,” Tess Barker, co-host of the podcast Britney’s Gram, told us at the time. “Britney never goes in and out of a hotel from the front entrance. A lot of celebrities don’t do that. I think it’s bizarre that there was only one photographer there. And the agency that circulated the photos sent out a very bizarre release with it to all the outlets, describing her in the photos as relaxed and happy, which I think is really quite disparate from the read that a lot of people get from her in those photos.”Members of the #FreeBritney movement have been vocal about the pop-up on Twitter. One fan wrote, “We are not going to the Zone and THATS THAT #FreeBritney.” Others question the timing, like Wu.The Zone did not respond to a request for comment.Wu says if the conservatorship ends, he and other fans will be more confident that the decisions Spears makes are her own.“We want her to live her best life,” Wu says. “Some people think that she wants to retire. If she wants to retire, then we are all for it. I personally don’t think that. I think she enjoys recording music and touring but on her own terms, so I would love to see new music, but like I said on Britney’s terms.”Whether or not fans decide to attend, Wu says the pop-up shows how much value Spears’s name still has. “(Spears’ name) resonates with a lot of people and a lot of people are excited not just the nostalgia factor but the experience,” Wu says.Today, Spears posted a teaser image of the Zone on Instagram and Twitter, saying, “OMG this looks so cool!!!” Even with the apparent endorsement, fans aren’t sold.Not until Britney is free from this illegal “hybrid business model” aka conservatorship. #FreeBritney #EndTheCONservatorship https://t.co/8aupMyrnny— I ♡ Britney (@xtinapackard) November 1, 2019The Zone runs January 31-April 26 at 6310 W. 3rd St., Fairfax.RELATED: Why #FreeBritney Protesters Think Britney Spears Is Being Held Against Her WillStay up to date with everything you need to know about L.A. by following us on Facebook and Instagram. TAGS#FreeBritneyBritney SpearsFree BritneyThe ZonePrevious articleThe Divergent Paths of Katie Hill and Katie Porter, Southern California’s Star-Crossed Congressional FreshmenNext articleThe Best Things to Do in L.A. in NovemberGwynedd Stuart RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORBritney Spears’s Upcoming Court Appearance Is Already Making WavesA New Britney Spears Podcast Promises to Be a ‘Super Legit’ Look at the Star’s Life and Legal WoesWhy Billie Eilish’s New Video Is Bringing Britney Spears to Mindlast_img read more

News / Trump bid to fast-track infrastructure project approval a mixed blessing for logistics

first_img By Ian Putzger 21/08/2017 © Daniel Raustadt The Trump administration is seeking to fast-track infrastructure project approval, but forwarders fear the windows for logistics planning may shrink as a result.On 15 August, President Trump signed an executive order aiming to curtail the time it takes to get an infrastructure project approved and delivered.The Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure Projects order allows an administration to develop a score card that tracks progress on a quarterly basis. Projects that miss key milestones will automatically spark senior agency officials’ attention.According to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chow, the average environmental review takes nearly five years and can be subject to 65 or more requirements or permits.She added that her department had already identified over two dozen policies and rules that will improve the process.During his election campaign, Donald Trump promised a US$1 trillion programme to rebuild the nation’s crumbling infrastructure. According to a study published last November by Washington-based transport research group TRIP, just fixing deteriorating roads and bridges in the US requires an investment of $740bn.In conjunction with $1 trillion in funding, the executive order suggests that the administration is about to unleash a flurry of infrastructure projects.Willy Hoffmann, senior vice-president of BNSF Logistics, welcomes the move. he said: “I think that’s a great step towards cutting bureaucracy and costs and will hopefully open the door for a lot of new infrastructure projects.”On the other hand, for project forwarders, who often find time for logistics planning tight due to project owners tackling this aspect late in the process (not infrequently after the project has received the green light), this could mean even tighter windows to get their job done.“While this is good for jump-starting shelved infrastructure projects around the country, it will likely lead to a nightmare of logistics planning,” warned Colin D’Abreo, CEO of forwarder KOG Transport.“Many projects, such as strengthening/replacing entire, or parts of, bridges for example, require large components. This will lead to bottlenecks in the inland transport permitting sectors, leading to delays in the projects,”Susan St Germain, executive director of projects at TransGroup Global Logistics, noted that federal orders only applied to federally managed infrastructure, such as federal highways. For projects utilising city or state roads, the respective permits would still have to be sorted out with the respective authorities.“I can count on one hand in my long career how many projects I have worked on where they were built right next to a federal highway,” she said. “Most places in the country will require environmental impact studies prior to a site receiving its permit for construction.”Moreover, she believes there is virtually no budgeting in place for federal transportation infrastructure projects.“We have ‘cleared the way for faster permits’ on federal highways that the current administration has not funded, nor have they articulated a plan,” she said.Two days after the executive order was signed the White House announced that it had abandoned plans to establish a council of independent advisors on infrastructure that was supposed to scrutinise transport projects and assist the government in the formulation of its infrastructure rebuilding plans.last_img read more

In defense of Medicare’s annual wellness exam

first_imgFirst OpinionIn defense of Medicare’s annual wellness exam The more relaxed nature of these visits helps some patients tell me things they might not have mentioned in a visit for an illness like an upper respiratory infection. During wellness visits, patients have told me about bothersome urinary incontinence and troublesome hearing loss. I have been surprised to learn that some patients do not have carbon monoxide detectors at home or have started smoking again. I have learned of patients who are experiencing problems with balance or mobility, leading me to refer them to physical therapy for exercises to prevent falls or possibly for evaluation for a device to help them walk more safely. I have recommended to some patients that they get medical alert devices, and encouraged others to think about with whom and where they would want to live if their health declined.Many of these issues may not have come up without the time allotted by the annual wellness exam and the prescriptive nudges embedded in it that help me think about my patients’ physical function, social support, and quality of life.My experience with Medicare’s annual wellness exam has been extremely favorable. I think my patients feel the same way. They often tell me at the end of the exam that they feel well cared for and that they are “very pleased” with the visit. In a recent First Opinion article, Dr. Ishani Ganguli notes that Medicare annual wellness exams are driven more by doctors offering these visits than by patients asking for them. It’s true that none of my patients scheduled an appointment with me specifically for a “Medicare annual wellness exam,” though some of them came in saying that they were there for a physical. None complained about receiving an annual wellness exam, although a few felt burdened about completing the health risk assessment form that is required as part of these exams.Unlike Dr. Ganguli, I’m not conflicted about the value of Medicare’s annual wellness visits. Instead, I believe they are a move in the right direction. They let me think about the care of my older patients in a comprehensive manner, rather than struggling to manage each of their health issues compartmentally.To be sure, Medicare’s free annual wellness visits should be evaluated in order to learn which parts of them work and which don’t. That way we can improve these visits and design systems to support them. Equally important, we should find ways to increase awareness about them among patients and physicians so more older adults have a chance to experience these visits and receive the best care possible.Mara A. Schonberg, M.D., is a primary care physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Once breast cancer is detected, nearly all older women undergo treatment for it. Yet there are risks associated with treatment. For these reasons, the American Cancer Society and other organizations recommend that older women who expect to live fewer than 10 more years not have screening mammograms. The rationale is that these women are unlikely to live longer as a result of being screened and that screening puts them at risk for experiencing harms related to the diagnosis and treatment of their cancer. Mara Schonberg Does Medicare’s free annual wellness visit do any good? By Mara Schonberg June 23, 2017 Reprints In my work as a primary care physician, time is a precious commodity. I rarely have enough of it in office visits with my patients. That’s one reason I’m all in favor of Medicare’s free annual wellness visits, though I know that other physicians feel differently about them.I began performing these exams with my older patients when Medicare began covering them in 2011. They afford me much-needed time to counsel my older patients about the potential benefits and risks of the ever-increasing number of preventive health measures available to them. I don’t simply check off whether a patient is up to date with his or her colonoscopy or other screening tests. (Screening means checking a seemingly healthy person for signs of hidden disease.) Instead, I use this time to talk with my patients about their overall health and goals so I can offer recommendations about their care that are in line with their values and preferences.There is a delay — sometimes a long one — between having a screening test and possibly benefiting from it. Patients must decide if they want to undergo a test today that may have some immediate risks to detect a disease that could cause them harm in the future but may never do that. For example, an older woman who has a mammogram today may be diagnosed with a small breast cancer. For many of them, this cancer is unlikely to have caused any harm for a number of years and may, in fact, never harm them.advertisement Tags agingcancerMedicarewellness @Mara_Schonberg Related: About the Author Reprints APStock Explaining the nuances of screening and the sometimes difficult-to-understand balance of benefits and risks isn’t easy to do in a minute or so. The Medicare annual wellness exam gives me time to discuss and individualize the benefits and risks of screening for breast, colon, prostate, and lung cancer based on the patient’s risk, life expectancy, and preferences. The visit also gives me time to provide individualized recommendations about the use of aspirin and statin medications for primary prevention of heart disease. Without the annual wellness visit, I would have limited opportunity to engage my older patients in these preference-based decisions.advertisementlast_img read more

Gardai investigating as government minister suggest Slieve Bloom fire ‘started deliberately’

first_img Twitter Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Council TAGSSlieve Bloom By Alan Hartnett – 9th March 2021 Gardaí and the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) are currently investigating the source of a fire in the Slieve Bloom mountains.On Sunday March 7, a blaze started on Clonlawn Hill near Ballyfin and quickly spread as fire units of the fire services reacted to try and bring it under control.Speaking today, Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien said that it is believed the fire was started deliberately. Pinterest Previous articleCoronavirus: 30 further deaths and 311 new cases as Laois rate continues to fallNext articleJOB VACANCY: JSD Contracting in Portlaoise seeking to hire Office Administrator Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Facebook Home News Gardai investigating as government minister suggest Slieve Bloom fire ‘started deliberately’ Newscenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival He said: “Wildfires do not occur naturally in Ireland.“The main cause of such conflagrations is thought to be the deliberate starting of fires without concern for the emergency services, the local wildlife, habitat, communities or even private property close by.“I would like to take this opportunity to express my deep appreciation for the Fire Service, National Parks and Wildlife Service staff and the Civil Defence who work tirelessly and selflessly to battle these fires year in and year out.“It is incumbent on all of us as custodians of nature and the land to work together to find solutions to avoid this happening in the future.“If anyone has any information about the fires in Wicklow or Laois, please contact your local NPWS office or the Gardaí.”While Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform Malcom Noonan said the fire damaged protected habitats and species, put communities and private property at risk and placed unnecessary additional burden on the emergency services.He said: “The illegal fires over the weekend in Wicklow Mountains National Park and in the Slieve Blooms in Laois have destroyed important upland habitat and displaced and potentially killed local wildlife at a critical time of year for many species.“Both of these sites are Special Areas of Conservation and among the most precious places in Ireland for nature.“Indeed, the Slieve Blooms SAC is home to a thriving population of hen harriers and other rare bird species, all nesting this time of year. Setting these fires is absolutely criminal and an all-too-frequent tragedy.“The setting of these fires is irresponsible and reckless and shows a disregard not only for nature, but also for people – the communities who live in these areas and have to breathe in the smoke, the individuals and families whose property is put at risk, and of course for our emergency services.“In the midst of a pandemic it is incredible that our emergency services are put in a position whereby their resources are pulled in this direction.“The National Parks and Wildlife Service in my Department will examine our own drone footage, drone footage from the Civil Defence and Copernicus satellite data to investigate and fully assess the damage caused by these fires.“In the last week, NPWS has deployed increased fire patrols at our sites and remains in close liaison with both the Gardaí and the Fire Services. These patrols have targeted known fire high risk areas.“Where appropriate, cross compliance is pursued with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.“My staff are committed to finding solutions to these fires and I call on all stakeholders including the local communities to work with us to find a way forward.”SEE ALSO – Laois Abroad: The Abbeyleix girl who headed Down Under and changed her life Pinterest Electric Picnic Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Electric Picnic WhatsApp Gardai investigating as government minister suggest Slieve Bloom fire ‘started deliberately’ Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 monthslast_img read more

Evolve to launch global bond ETF

first_img Ninepoint launches three ETFs on NEO Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Toronto-based Evolve Funds Group Inc. has filed a preliminary prospectus with the Canadian securities regulators for the Evolve Active Global Fixed Income ETF (EARN), the company announced Friday.The actively managed ETF invests primarily in global debt securities of corporate issuers. Evolve ETFs has appointed Frankfurt-based Allianz Global Investors (AllianzGI) as subadvisor for EARN. “Advisor and investor appetites for active management in fixed income continues to grow with an emphasis on security selection, credit analysis and risk management,” says Raj Lala, president and CEO of Evolve ETF, in statement.“Last year 40% of all Canadian fixed income ETF inflows were into active ETFs. AllianzGI provides extensive global resources and investment expertise, as fixed income securities continue to be a core component of investor portfolios,” adds Lala.The new ETF seeks to generate positive returns throughout interest rate and economic cycles, firstly by allocating to different credit asset classes, and also through bottom-up individual security selection. EARN also seeks to provide long-term returns in excess of the three-month U.S. dollar London Interbank Offered Rate by investing primarily in global debt securities of corporate issuers.“The opportunity to expand our presence in the Canadian market through this partnership with Evolve ETFs feels both well-timed and well-matched,” said David Newman, head of global high yield at AllianzGI, in a statement. “While Evolve has deep knowledge of the Canadian ETF market that we have been looking to break into, AllianzGI brings decades of experience across credit markets, and a team that has been a pioneer of global fixed income. Together, we can create a strong foothold in Canada with active management being the driving force that aligns us in subadvising our first active ETF and delivering value to financial advisors and Evolve’s clients.” Keywords ETFs,  BondCompanies Evolve Funds Group Inc. business finance and accounting as a abstract kentoh/123RF BMO InvestorLine launches commission-free trading for ETFs IE Staff Related news An inhospitable environment for bond ETFs Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

Covid-19: the ultimate extraordinary item

first_imgThe report indicated that the number of reviews increased in 2020, rising from 514 reviews in fiscal 2019 to 583 reviews in the latest fiscal year (ended March 31).While the number of reviews went up last year, the proportion of them that prompted regulatory action — such as a requirement to refile disclosure or a referral to enforcement — declined from 67% in 2019 to 55% in 2020.“Some of our reviews resulted in the issuer being referred to enforcement, cease-traded or placed on the default list,” the report noted.Looking ahead, the report also provided guidance on issuers reporting and disclosing the effects of Covid-19 on their businesses.“To support investors in making informed investment decisions, issuers should provide transparent and entity-specific disclosures, including information about the impact of Covid-19 on their operating performance, financial position, liquidity, and future prospects,” the CSA said.The report also highlighted key Covid-19 disclosure issues and detailed examples of deficient disclosure.Areas the pandemic could affect in a fast-shifting and uncertain environment include revenue recognition, impairment assessments, fair value calculations, government assistance and “going concern” assessments.“Given the rapidly changing environment, condensing or omitting certain disclosures in interim financial reports may no longer be appropriate because the information disclosed in the latest annual financial statements may be less relevant,” the CSA said.The report also highlighted potential deficiencies in issuers’ management discussion and analysis (MD&A), such as the disclosure of forward-looking information and reporting on the effects of the pandemic on liquidity and capital resources.“Market participants and investors expect reporting issuers to provide clear disclosure on how Covid-19 is impacting their business. The report will assist these issuers when preparing their financial statements and MD&A, including information about operating performance, financial position, liquidity and future prospects,” said Louis Morisset, chair of the CSA and president and CEO of the Autorité des marchés financiers. Keywords Pandemics,  Coronavirus,  DisclosureCompanies Canadian Securities Administrators a man on a precipice iStock Don’t believe the hype: BCSC proposes new rules for stock promoters CSA sets rules on non-GAAP financial reporting Related news Regulators propose slimming corporate disclosure Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Canadian securities regulators found fewer shortcomings in issuers’ continuous disclosure (CD) filings last year, but with the unprecedented Covid-19 outbreak weighing heavily on the economy, they’re calling on firms to provide investors with accurate, specific disclosure on the impact of the pandemic on their operations.The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published a report on Thursday setting out the results of their CD reviews for fiscal 2019 and fiscal 2020. James Langton last_img read more

DeLille Cellars Celebrates 25th Harvest in Washington State

first_imgTwitter Email TAGSBacchus Capital ManagementConsumerDeLille Cellars Share AdvertisementAcclaimed Winery Hosts Fall Release CelebrationWoodinville, WA, November 16, 2016: “I don’t have too many goals – I just try to keep working on each vintage. Each year is different. We have to get in there, taste the grapes and work the fermentations and the blending,” remarked Chris Upchurch, Executive Winemaker and Cofounder of DeLille Cellars of Washington State. “People think I’m a farmer, a scientist, an artist – but I’m really a craftsman who builds things.” Chris has been “building wine” at DeLille for 25 years now, having founded the winery in 1992 with Greg and Charles Lill and Jay Soloff. At that time, Washington had roughly 50 operating wineries and 5 tasting rooms in Woodinville. Today, there are over 900 wineries in Washington and over 140 wineries and tasting rooms in Woodinville.DeLille Cellars Cofounders toast their 25th harvest (L to R) Greg Lill, Chris Upchurch, and Jay Soloff“The wine industry in Washington has grown significantly, and it’s been great fun and very rewarding to be a part of that growth,” noted Greg Lill, CEO and Cofounder of DeLille Cellars. “Our focus on Bordeaux blends, our early commitment to the vineyards of Red Mountain, and our desire as a team to focus both on tradition as well as innovation has stood us in good stead and continues to motivate us every day.”Planting DeLille Cellars’ Grand Ciel estate vineyard on Red Mountain in 2001(L to R) Chris Upchurch, Jim Holmes vineyard manager, Greg Lill, Charles Lill and Jay Soloff“Whether it’s D2, our signature red blend, our latest release of Chaleur Blanc, with its balanced mix of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, or any other one of our wines, we like to think we continue to express the unique terroir of Washington and to keep ‘delicious’ in the foreground,” continued Upchurch.At the winery’s annual fall celebration at the DeLille Chateau in Woodinville, guests enjoyed several wines including 2015 Chaleur Blanc and 2014 D2 and Four Flags Cabernet Sauvignon. Throughout the coming months, both at the Carriage House Tasting Room in Woodinville and Maison DeLille Wine Lounge in Kirkland, DeLille will host flight programs, seasonal promotions and holiday tastings. On select Saturdays in December, Chris Upchurch will be on hand at the Carriage House. In 2017, DeLille will kick off its “Vine to Wine” dinner series, featuring its winemakers as well as partners in the vineyard.Winemaker Jason Gorski performing a punch down on the 2016 vintageDeLille Carriage House Tasting Room14421 Woodinville-Redmond Road NEWoodinville, WA 98072Tel: 425-877-9472Sunday – Thursday 12:00pm – 5:00pmFriday 12:00pm – 7:00pmSaturday 11:00pm – 5:00pmMaison DeLille Wine Lounge15 Lake StreetKirkland, WA 98033Tel: 425-205-2147Wednesday 3:00 – 9:00pmThursday – Saturday 3:00pm – 10:00pmSunday: 3:00 – 8:00pmAbout DeLille CellarsDeLille Cellars is a boutique artisan winery in Woodinville, Washington. The winery was founded in 1992 by Charles and Greg Lill, Jay Soloff and celebrated winemaker Chris Upchurch. DeLille was the first Washington State winery to focus on creating Bordeaux-style blends, with its D2 and Chaleur Estate Rouge. From the outset, the winery looked towards the Red Mountain AVA as the foundation of its wines, using fruit from its own vineyards as well as from other top vineyards in the state.Under the DeLille Cellars mark, DeLille produces a portfolio of Bordeaux-style wines: D2, Chaleur Estate Rouge, Harrison Hill, Four Flags and Chaleur Blanc, as well as a collection of Rhône-style selections. Under the Grand Ciel label, DeLille produces two estate vineyard wines: Grand Ciel Cabernet Sauvignon and Grand Ciel Syrah. Robert Parker Jr. of the Wine Advocate recognized DeLille Cellars as the “Lafite Rothschild’ of Washington State”.DeLille Cellars is a Bacchus Capital portfolio company.For more information, visit www.delillecellars.comAbout Bacchus Capital ManagementBacchus Capital Management is an investment firm providing strategic capital and making equity investments in United States wineries and wine businesses.Current Bacchus portfolio companies are: DeLille Cellars, Madrigal Family Winery, Maritime Wine Trading Collective, Panther Creek Cellars, Sbragia Family Vineyards, Dobbes Family Estate / Wine by Joe.Prior Bacchus portfolio companies are Andretti Winery, Cameron Hughes Wine, and Qupé.For more information, visit www.bacchuswinefund.comAdvertisement Facebook Linkedin Pinterest ReddIt Home Industry News Releases DeLille Cellars Celebrates 25th Harvest in Washington StateIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessDeLille Cellars Celebrates 25th Harvest in Washington StateBy Press Release – November 16, 2016 38 0 Previous articleCastello di Amorosa Offers Ride-Sharing for EmployeesNext articleNew Research Identifies Best Practices for Tasting Room, Wine Club & Online Wine Sales Press Releaselast_img read more

Leading Sommeliers Award Gold to Narmada Winery Melange 2014

first_imgPinterest AdvertisementNarmada Winery was awarded a gold medal for Narmada Melange 2014 at the TexSom International Wine Awards. This competition features a judging panel that includes no fewer than thirty-four Master Sommeliers and Masters of Wine. There were over 3000 entries from around the world, sampled by 67 judges from the US and nine other countries. Local sommelier John Filkins of Fiola Mare and Fiola in Washington, DC was among the esteemed judges.An attractive purple color shows off the freshness of this Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant blend that includes the four classic Bordeaux varietals. Made with 100% Virginia grapes, Narmada Melange shows lively fruit-forward flavors of plum, currant and blackberry seasoned by spicy oak and polished tannin. With its Invigorating finish and fine balance, the wine promises to improve with age.“While our 2014 Melange is bright and flavorful now, it is only available by special order,” says winemaker Dr. Sudha Patil. “We are confident that additional cellar aging will bring more depth and complexity. We’ve recently put together a vertical 3-pack of Melange, with vintages 2008, 2009, and 2010. The ’08 has matured in a particularly interesting way.” Melange 2011 is the vintage currently available at Narmada’s tasting room. No 2012 or 2013 was produced.Narmada Melange 2014 is a blend of 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 12% Petit Verdot. Food affinities pan-roasted venison with creamy baked potato and celeriac; shiitake and baby bella mushroom risotto; boeuf bourguignon (red wine and mushrooms).Additional accolades for Narmada Melange 2014 were received from Tastings, with a score of 91 points, and from the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association who awarded it it Best in Class last December. Melange 2014 is priced at $29 a bottle and is available at the winery at 43 Narmada Lane, Amissville, VA 20106 and through the winery’s online store at http://narmadawinery.orderport.net/product-details/0418/2014-Melange. Advertisement Previous articleSan Marzano Launches First U.S. Public Relations CampaignNext articleAfternoon Brief, March 30 Press Release Share Facebook Linkedin Home Industry News Releases Leading Sommeliers Award Gold to Narmada Winery Melange 2014Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessLeading Sommeliers Award Gold to Narmada Winery Melange 2014By Press Release – March 30, 2017 51 0 Twitter Email ReddIt TAGSConsumerNarmada Winery last_img read more