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The coronavirus crisis is a make-or-break moment for globalisation

first_imgPolitical appetite for that change so far has been limited. It has been hard to make the case to electorates that their governments should spend time and resources on challenges in China or Iran. whatsapp The UK pledged to become carbon neutral by 2050, yet for some, this isn’t enough. Activists have demanded that we achieve net-zero carbon emissions now, right now, any way we can. Close the airports, ban the cars, pursue a “degrowth” agenda — no matter the cost, they argue that the crisis demands it.  Shares are falling, industry is slowing, fewer cargo ships are setting sail, and the OECD has estimated that global growth could fall to its lowest since 2009.  But some of it is also driven by nostalgia for an bygone, simpler age — a time when people bought local products, when the country was more self-sufficient, and when governments could make decisions purely in the interests of their citizens, without playing complex games on the geopolitical stage. The anti-globalisation movement is going viral. A new disease — virtually unknown, fiercely contagious, at times deadly — has put every aspect of modern life at risk.  Coronavirus may shift perspectives. Understanding is dawning that, if nations are not going to self-isolate completely and shut off all contact with the rest of the world, their only alternative is stronger global collaboration. Opinion Now, with coronavirus outbreaks in 87 countries, the isolationists and the degrowthers are inadvertently getting their wish. whatsapp Two things are already becoming apparent. The first is that turning back the clock is not a viable option, whatever the nostalgists might like. Doing so may return us to a “simpler” age, but only by making us all poorer and by turning so many things we take for granted — from a world of information on our phones to the ability to visit loved ones far away — into either luxuries of the rich, or outright impossibilities.  Friday 6 March 2020 6:16 am The economic shock could have long-term implications far more severe than the health crisis itself. Shortages will drive up prices, closures will cost jobs, reduced spending could potentially lead to recession. Recovery will be tough. 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. Others have a different justification for their anti-globalisation backlash. As the reality of the climate threat has dawned, calls for drastic action have grown louder.  It was Tony Blair who, back in 2006, argued that the left-right dichotomy was over, and that the real political divide was now between “open” and “closed”. In recent years, the closed camp has been winning. Show Comments ▼ Clearly, there are questions to answer in terms of operational resilience. Over-reliance on one exporter — China —  has been a folly. Businesses and governments alike should have had better back-up plans. But that is not the only lesson.center_img The pleas of politicians — from David Cameron to Hillary Clinton — that the forces of globalisation and open trade have lowered prices and increased growth never quite resonated. What’s an extra percentage point of GDP growth against the closure of a beloved local shop? (AFP via Getty Images) Main image credit: Getty Rachel Cunliffe The coronavirus crisis is a make-or-break moment for globalisation The second is that, far from turning in on ourselves, a global crisis requires global solutions.  From the isolationism of Donald Trump, to the strand of Brexitism that wants to take back control of “our” politics, “our” industries, “our” fish, we have seen a revival of inward-looking political sentiment around the world.  More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org It may not work. Change is hard, especially in the midst of a panic. But while the coronavirus outbreak is teaching us what we stand to lose if globalisation crumbles, it could also be what finally spurs us to properly protect it. The hit to supply chains, meanwhile, continues. China is the world’s factory. Delays in production there are already hitting businesses far, far away — from tech giants like Apple and Microsoft, to small independent retailers. At the root of this shift are real concerns about the impact of globalisation on certain industries and demographic groups — farms and factories undercut by foreign rivals, or communities under pressure by a sudden influx of overseas workers. But assuming we do recover, and that this is not humanity’s extinction event, what comes next will be critical. While the coronavirus emergency has been branded a crisis of globalisation, it could actually be its saviour if it gives the world a taste of what non-globalised life looks like. We could go back, yes, but we would not like what we found there. The prizes of globalisation that coronavirus is now threatening, the prosperity and connectivity that have lifted a billion people out of abject poverty and raised living standards in the western world to the highest levels in human history, are too precious. Share While governments grapple with the domestic realities, urging citizens to self-isolate and wash their hands while reciting Shakespeare, a larger question is looming: is this the end for our globalised, interconnected, 21st-century system? Or, conversely, could the coronavirus outbreak be what saves it? The recent trend has been a pull away from multilateral institutions, towards nation-state sovereignty. When a sneeze in China gives the rest of the world a viral epidemic, that ideology is untenable. Already, two airlines have collapsed due to coronavirus pressures. The industry is spiralling, with share prices down on average 25 per cent  — six times more than during the SARS outbreak. Whether coronavirus or climate change, global governance frameworks are not robust enough to tackle a challenge which has no respect for borders. That needs to change.last_img read more

Visible haze from Lower 48 wildfires makes it to Ketchikan, but air quality in the region is still good

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | Climate Change | Environment | Outdoors | Southeast | WeatherVisible haze from Lower 48 wildfires makes it to Ketchikan, but air quality in the region is still goodSeptember 16, 2020 by Eric Stone, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Ketchikan Share:Smoky haze covered Ketchikan on Wednesday. The National Weather Service said it’s not anticipated to pose a health hazard. (Eric Stone/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Residents in Ketchikan woke up to hazy skies Wednesday morning.National Weather Service Forecaster Bryan Caffrey says that haze is smoke from wildfires burning on the west coast of the Lower 48.“There’s been a low off of Washington that’s been spinning, that’s what’s helped pull it up north into British Columbia, and finally just got in this morning to Dixon Entrance and the southern panhandle,” said Caffrey.Wildfire smoke has shattered records for poor air quality in Oregon, Washington and California.But here in Alaska, Caffrey says the smoke is forecast to remain suspended in the atmosphere over the southern panhandle Wednesday. That means it’s not anticipated to be a health hazard.Preliminary data from a Juneau air quality monitor run by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation places the area’s air quality in the “good” category. That means “little to no risk” to human health. Satellite-modeled data from company IQAir says the same for southern Southeast.Caffrey says the smoke likely won’t get as far north as the central panhandle.“We do have a front approaching tomorrow night. Not looking to bring any precip[itation] to the southern panhandle until maybe Friday, but that’ll help push everything back down south and east,” he said.Smoke from the record wildfire season in California and the Pacific Northwest has been visible all over the northern half of the Lower 48.Share this story:last_img read more

EU migrant crisis: Over 40 councils ready to offer sanctuary to Syrian refugees, says Yvette Cooper

first_img Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.com‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.com James Nickerson Saturday 5 September 2015 4:40 pm EU migrant crisis: Over 40 councils ready to offer sanctuary to Syrian refugees, says Yvette Cooper Tags: EU migrant crisis Syria crisiscenter_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity Mirrorzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comPsoriatic Arthritis | Search AdsWhat Is Psoriatic Arthritis? See Signs (Some Symptoms May Surprise)Psoriatic Arthritis | Search AdsArticles SkillHusband Leaves Wife For Her Sister, Not Knowing She Won The Lottery Just Moments BeforeArticles SkillDefinitionThe Most Famous Movie Filmed In Every U.S. StateDefinitionTotal PastThis Was Found Hiding In An Oil Painting – Take A Closer LookTotal Past Over 40 local councils around the UK have said they are ready to offer sanctuary to Syrian refugees who have fled in fear of their lives, Labour leadership candidate Yvette Cooper has said.Cooper, who earlier this week called on the UK to take 10,000 refugees, said councils replied within 24 hours for each to accept 10 families, and that it was up to the government to work with local authorities to ensure as many people as possible are helped. Read more: Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris wants to buy an island to house Syrian refugeesThe Evening Standard reports the shadow home secretary to have added:Already councils from across the country have said they want to work with the Government to help Britain offer sanctuary to more refugeesThere is a real determination and rising sense of moral purpose across Britain to help desperate families. But now the prime minister needs to match it.I’m once again urging the Government to work with councils to offer as many as 10,000 places for refugees and be part of a national mission to deal with this terrible humanitarian crisis.This comes after David Cameron yesterday pledged to accept “thousands” more refugees into the UK, and committed an extra £100m in aid to help refugees, taking the aid budget for Syria to £1bn.Read more: Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund show of support for asylum seekersThe Prime Minister said a comprehensive strategy was needed, and wanted to dissuade any refugees from taking the perilous journey in boats across the Mediterranean by taking refugees from camps in Syria.Meanwhile, David Miliband, who leads the International Rescue Committee, which helps refugees, said the UK should take 25,000 refugees.“No-one is going to persuade me that 25,000 refugees – which amounts to 40 refugees per parliamentary constituency – is too many,” he said to Channel 4 News. whatsapp whatsapp Sharelast_img read more

Labour donor: Jeremy Corbyn can’t ignore business

first_imgA top Labour donor has warned that Jeremy Corbyn must improve his relationship with the private sector if he is going to return his party to government. “If there is going to be a Labour government, it is going to be on the basis of support from both business and middle England,” John Mills, chairman and founder of JML told City A.M. last night. “One of my concerns about the Corybn approach is that I am not sure how strong a partnership with the private sector is really a part of his agenda,” said Mills. Mills, who is also a leader of the  eurosceptic “Labour for Britain” group, has donated shares valued at more than £1.7m in his company to the Labour party over the last 10 years.  His brother David Mills is married to Labour politician Tessa Jowell, who lost out on the party’s London  mayoral candidacy to Sadiq Khan last week. He told City A.M. that even though his preferred leadership candidate, Liz Kendall, received just 4.5 per cent of the vote, there remained a place for supporters like him in the party. “The Labour party is not just the Corbyn shadow cabinet,” he said  “There is a much wider Labour party, and I think one of the results of Corbyn’s success in the election is it is going to open up a much wider debate about what the Labour stands for. I would very much like to be a part of it.” Mills said that the party needed to learn an “important lesson” that there is a “significant proportion of the population who really feel strongly about austerity.” “There is a very widespread feeling that these policies are not effective,” he added. “My concern is whether the Corbyn agenda will be as effective at resolving these problems as it has been in highlighting them.” [infographic id=”326″]Support for Corbyn poured in over the weekend from politicians from around the word. More than a few of their messages raised eyebrows…BERNIE SANDERSThe left-leaning candidate in the US Democratic primary contest said he was “delighted” by Corbyn’s victory, telling reporters: “We need leadership in every country in the world which tells the billionaire class that they cannot have it all.” ALEXIS TSIPRASIn a statement on Saturday, Greece’s anti-austerity Syriza party said Corbyn’s win “sends message of hope to the people of Europe”. Its former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis is expected to make similar overtures when he takes the stage with Corbyn at an event in London tonight. CRISTINA FERNANDEZ DE KIRCHNERArgentina’s president said Corbyn’s victory was a “triumph for those of us who represent the will to put politics at the service of the people”. Corbyn has called for a power-sharing “joint administration” between Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Islands. GERRY ADAMSControversial Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams tweeted on Saturday: “Well done Jeremy Corbyn.” Adams has long been accused of being a member of the IRA, while Corbyn has been criticised for failing to explicitly condemn the organisation.   whatsapp Express KCS Share Labour donor: Jeremy Corbyn can’t ignore business by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekMoguldom NationFather Of 2 Sues Los Angeles Hospital After Wife Dies During ChildbirthMoguldom NationGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity Mirrorzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comcenter_img whatsapp Sunday 13 September 2015 11:50 pm Show Comments ▼last_img read more

News / Organic growth and acquisition take Waberer’s profits up a gear

first_img Waberer’s Optimum Solution’s “monumental” growth in 2017 came as a result of organic growth and its acquisition strategy.The Hungary-based haulier reported 17.8% growth in revenue over the year, bringing in some €674m and a near 38% jump in profits, which hit €29.7m.Chief executive Ferenc Lajko told The Loadstar: “Our strong results demonstrate success in our strategy to grow organically, with support from efficiency gains and adoption of cutting-edge technologies.“We have used resources like fuel in a more rational manner, which means savings in consumption reached 4%, thanks to training based on driving style analysis.”The carrier also saw a reduction in empty mileage, with its truck:load ratio raised to above 91%, while repair and maintenance costs also reduced in the final quarter.Acquiring Polish firm Link also played a pivotal role in the growth, with 430 trucks added to the Waberer’s fleet – a sizeable part of the 18% fleet expansion over the year.“Waberer’s [through the acquisition] not only obtained an important market, but a remarkable client portfolio and infrastructure,” said Mr Lajko.“The [ebit] increase was partly driven by the weak base, due to one-off costs in cost of goods sold in a generally low-season quarter with low capacity usage.“Underlying trends are unchanged, as margin gains reflect fuel efficiency and admin cost levels that offset margin dilution of a changing business mix in favour of freight forwarding.”Further fleet expansion is expected this year, Mr Lajko noting that it has some 100 vehicles on order for its Polish network alone.While he did not confirm the operator had benefited directly from the capacity constraints in air freight, he did say the company had experienced “increased” customer demand.“Economic development after the financial crisis gave a swing to road transport and we could utilise our capacity and well-built up network on Europe’s roads,” he added.“We are the market leader in FTL transport and our fleet operates with high efficiency, boosting our competitiveness significantly against other transport methods.” By Alexander Whiteman 14/03/2018last_img read more

Semi-finalists known after Kelly Cup action

first_img Twitter Community There were wins for Courtwood and O’Dempsey’s in today’s Kelly Cup action meaning the semi-final lineup is now known.Stradbally, who got the better of Clonaslee Gaels, last night will play Courtwood, who got the better of neighbours Emo today, while Arles-Kilcruise – who were given a walkover by Ballyfin Gaels – will meet O’Dempsey’s who were too strong for Graiguecullen.Both semi-finals are scheduled to take place next Saturday, March 3, with the final fixed for the following Friday, March 9.Courtwood 2-15 Emo 0-15First-half goals from Paddy Wilson and Niall Dunne helped Courtwood to a rare win over neighbours Emo this afternoon in their group-deciding game in Emo.The Eddie Kinsella-managed side had got off to a good start with a win over Mountmellick two weeks ago and they continued their good early-season form with an impressive win over last year’s intermediate champions.They led 2-8 to 0-10 at the break and remained on top throughout the second half to set up a semi-final clash with Stradbally next Saturday.COURTWOOD: Matthew Byron; Jake Doyle, Andrew Mulhare, Colm Wilson; Conor Hogan, Robert Flynn, Mark O’Halloran; Danny Luttrell, Barry Donnelly; Cian Doyle, Paddy Wilson, Matthew Kelly; Niall Dunne, David Duffy, Alan Kinsella. Subs used: Rory Doyle, Conor Luttrell, Sean O’Flynn, Will BolandEMO: David Whelan; Ian Fennelly, James O’Rourke, Paddy Dunne; Cian Langford, Shane Murphy, Evan Joyce; Nigel Murphy, Brian Gorman; Thomas Scully, Evan Costello, Rory Meredith; David Gorman, Paul Lawlor, Matthew Coman. Subs: Niall Gorman, Jack Owens, Sean RyanO’Dempsey’s 3-10 Graiguecullen 0-13O’Dempsey’s got the better of Graiguecullen this evening in Killenard.It was O’Dempesey’s who enjoyed the better of the first half as they led 1-4 to 0-4 at the break, Conor Meredith with the goal for O’Dempsey’s.With ten minutes of the restart O’Dempsey’s had took firm command of the game as two quickfire Daniel McCormack goals quelled any improvement that Graiguecullen showed in the second half. Points from Conor Meredith and Barry Kelly rounded off the scoring for the Killenard side.O’DEMPSEY’S: Padraig Bannon; Liam Whelehan, Daithi Howlin, Eoin Cunningham; Cormac O’Hora, Diarmuid Kelly, Rory Bracken; Brian Behan, Eoin Finlay; Barry Kelly, Conor Meredith, Pat Maher; Aaron Fitzpatrick, Daniel McCormack, Bryan Nugent.GRAIGUECULLEN: Ger Kiernan; Shane Aylward, Bobby Doyle, Liam Kearney; Martin Doyle, James Bolton, Luke Alsybury; Aaron Forbes, James Doogue; Alan Coleman, Brian Byrne, Barry Regan, Ryan O’Grady, Jamie Sheehan.SEE ALSO – Crettyard turn to former player as new management team put in place for 2018 TAGSCourtwoodEmoGraiguecullenKelly CupO’Dempsey’s Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Home Sport GAA Semi-finalists known after Kelly Cup action SportGAAGaelic Football Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Facebook Pinterest Previous articlePalmer Cup: Castletown Gaels clinch draw after letting lead slip to AbbeyleixNext articleIn Pictures: Serious style at annual Charity Gala Ball in Killenard Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. By Steven Miller – 24th February 2018 Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Council Semi-finalists known after Kelly Cup action WhatsApplast_img read more

Talking Points: January 22 EOs – Economic Relief

first_imgTalking Points: January 22 EOs – Economic Relief The White HouseAs the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the U.S. economy into crisis, millions of Americans are unemployment, falling behind on rent payment, or struggling with food security. And, because of pervasive system racism and inequality, the burdens of the economic crisis are hitting communities of color and underserved families the hardest.Today, President Biden is taking new executive actions to deliver economic relief for American families and businesses amid the COVID-19 crisis while addressing the racial inequities it has exacerbated. The President is also issuing an Executive Order that will launch an all-of-government effort to provide equitable emergency economic relief to working families, communities, and small businesses across the nation. The all-of-government effort will:Address the growing hunger crisis facing 29 million Americans — and as many as 12 million children – by asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to consider expanding and extending federal nutrition assistance programs. Ensure equitable and effective delivery of direct payments — by asking the Treasury Department to change its delivery structure and focus on getting relief to the 8 million Americans who still have not received the financial assistance to which they are entitled.Help approximately 2 million veterans maintain their financial footing by asking the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to consider pausing federal collections on overpayments and debts. Help ensure that unemployed Americans no longer have to choose between paying their bills and keeping themselves and their families safe from COVID-19 by asking the U.S. Department of Labor to clarify that workers who refuse unsafe working conditions can still receive unemployment insurance.Enable effective and equitable distribution of government assistance by establishing an interagency benefit coordination structure.While the President will continues working with Congress to take bold action that will help working families through the remainder of the crisis, he is taking these emergency measures and important steps to give millions of Americans real relief during the pandemic. The all-of-government executive order, combined with the President’s historic relief package and forthcoming jobs package will help Americans persevere through the pandemic and lay the foundation for a strong and equitable recovery. /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:Agriculture, america, american, children, Congress, Emergency, executive order, Government, inequality, insurance, nutrition, President, security, Small Business, unemployment, United States, veterans, White Houselast_img read more

Future of Britain’s railways Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail

first_imgFuture of Britain’s railways Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail Today (20 May 2021), we are announcing our plan for the transformation of Britain’s railways. The Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail fully reflects the independent recommendations of Keith Williams, to whom the government is grateful for his thorough work since 2018.Williams identified serious issues facing the railways before COVID-19 struck; the pandemic has exacerbated some of these and added more. The government has provided unprecedented support to keep the railways running during the pandemic. Now, we look to the future – today we are setting out an ambitious plan to ensure that the system is ready to meet these challenges.Today’s railway is fragmented – numerous bodies with different incentives lead to a lack of joined-up thinking. No single organisation is accountable for integration, planning and leadership across infrastructure, passenger services and freight operations.Even before COVID-19, the franchising model for passenger services had become unsustainable, with multiple failing franchises, delayed competitions and dwindling market confidence. East Coast and Northern had already failed and the government had to step in.To meet these challenges this government is introducing the biggest reform to the railway in 3 decades. We are committed to delivering a rail system that is the backbone of a cleaner, greener public transport system, offering passengers a better deal and greater value for money for taxpayers. That means getting the trains to run on time, providing a better quality of service and having a firm control of the sector’s costs.To bring about change on the scale that is needed:We will end 3 decades of fragmentation by bringing the railways back together under a new public body with a single, national leadership and a new brand and identity, built on the famous double arrow. Great British Railways (GBR) will run and plan the network, own the infrastructure, and collect most fare revenue. It will procure passenger services and set most fares and timetables.We will make the railways easier to use by simplifying fares and ticketing, providing more convenient ways to pay with contactless, smartphone and online, and protecting affordable walk-on fares and season tickets. Rail services will be better coordinated with each other and better integrated with other transport services such as trams, buses and bikes.We will keep the best elements of the private sector that have helped to drive growth. GBR will contract private partners to operate the trains to the timetable it sets. These contracts will include strong incentives for operators to run high-quality services and increase passenger demand.The contracts are not one-size-fits-all, so as demand recovers, long-distance routes will have more commercial freedom to attract new passengers. Freight is already a nimble, largely private sector market and will remain so, while benefiting from the national coordination, new safeguards and rules-based access system that will help it thrive.We will grow, not shrink, the network, continuing to invest tens of billions of pounds in new lines, trains, services and electrification.We will make the railways more efficient. Simpler structures and clear leadership will make decision-making easier and more transparent, reduce costs and make it cheaper to invest in modern ways to pay, upgrade the network and deliver new lines. The adversarial blame culture will end and everyone across the sector, including train operators, will be incentivised to work towards common goals, not least managing costs.These changes will transform the railways for the better. They will also make the sector more accountable to taxpayers and government. Government ministers will have strong levers to set direction, pursue government policies and oversee delivery to ensure the railways are managed effectively and spend public money efficiently. GBR will be empowered – a single, familiar brand with united, accountable leadership.These reforms represent a bold new offer to passengers – of punctual and reliable services, simpler tickets and a modern, green and innovative railway that meets the needs of the nation. In summary, our ambitious rail transformation programme will deliver 10 key outcomes:a modern passenger experiencea retail revolutionnew ways of working with the private sectoreconomic recovery and financial sustainable railwaysgreater control for local people and placescleaner, greener railwaysbold, new opportunities for rail freightincreased speed of delivery and efficient enhancementsskilled, innovative workforcea simpler industry structureThis is not renationalisation, which failed the railways, rather it is simplification. While Great British Railways acts as the guiding mind to coordinate the whole network, our plan will see greater involvement of the private sector – private companies will be contracted to run the trains, with stronger competition to run services.Our reforms will also unleash huge new opportunities for the private sector to innovate in areas such as ticket retailing and data that can be used by passengers to better plan their journeys.We look forward to building this new vision for Britain’s railways in collaboration with the sector. We are proud to set out plans to support our railways and serve our country with a system that is efficient, sustainable and run in the public interest. /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:Britain, British, Government, identity, industry, infrastructure, Keith, leadership, outcomes, public interest, public transport, smartphone, sustainable, Transport, UK, UK Government, Williams, workforcelast_img read more

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2020: From South Dakota Farm to California…

first_imgAdvertisementBy Laura NessWine’s Most Inspiring People 2020Jerry LohrHow many years does it take to become a full on legend in the wine business? For Jerry Lohr, who grew up in a South Dakota farming family milking the cows twice daily, it took less than 20 to establish J. Lohr Wines as a brand synonymous with quality and value. Now, 50 years on from the day he decided to plant vines instead of being a custom home developer, he has no intention of slowing down. “I might back off a little on the day to day operations, but I still sign all the checks and I am the CFO. Plus I’m overseeing our building projects.” The company recently completed a new 67K SF winemaking facility in Greenfield capable of storing 46k barrels.After graduating from South Dakota State University in 1958, Lohr moved to California, receiving an M.S. from Stanford in 1959. After pursuing a Ph.D. in civil engineering, he joined the Air Force in 1961, where he was a research scientist at the NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, from 1961-1964. Back then, vineyards were seen as an investment and tax write-off, but Lohr saw something more. Guided by tasting experiences at Paul Masson and his own general curiosity, he decided to research the best places in California to plant. At age 34, he planted his first 280 acres of vines in Arroyo Seco in 1972, seeing its enormous potential. In fact, Jerry Lohr, along with the Wente and Mirassou families, was instrumental in making Monterey a household name in the wine world.In 1986, convinced that Paso Robles was the next big thing, Lohr began planting Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot there. Three years ago, the J. Lohr team created “Pure Paso,” a blend of 70% Cabernet and 30% Petite Sirah that Jerry feels truly embodies the region’s rich, bold mouthfeel and intense varietal character, caused by the 50 degree swings that occur daily during the growing season.His hearty, obstacles-be-damned Midwest fortitude serves him well, as he travels back and forth from his home of 40 years in Saratoga, to his home away from home at the Black Oak motel in Paso Robles. He spends several days a week visiting the vineyard properties the company owns in Monterey and on the east side of Paso, checking up on ongoing construction and replanting projects. The company farms a total of 4,000 acres of estate vines on a total of 5,000 acres, including 35 acres in the St. Helena AVA of Napa.“I don’t spend much time on the computer,” he says, as he’s driving up highway 101, talking on the car phone in his trusty Jeep Grand Cherokee. “I’m either in a meeting or driving. I don’t do email. I use the phone instead.”With a staff of 200+ now that includes all three of his children, a sales staff of 50, two tasting rooms and their staff, plus 50 full and part time vineyard workers, J. Lohr has developed the kind of scalability that has allowed the company to reach a production of 1.7M cases yearly. “I never thought we’d get beyond 1M cases,” says Lohr, who targeted 125k cases when he started out. “We’re making 1M cases of Cabernet alone, at 5 different levels, all of it from Paso. The top 3 tiers are all hand-harvested.” He credits his mentor, Stan Wolfe from Paul Masson Winery in Saratoga, his first tasting room hangout, for telling him, “Get to your optimal level of production and then raise prices.” He notes that despite the fact that labor costs are constantly going up, he won’t do things on the cheap. He’s always sought to make wine from the very best grapes possible, and growing his own makes that possible. “We’ve always been a better value.” Linkedin Pinterest Share ReddIt Facebook Email Previous articleCentre Vinicole-Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Named Wine Growers’ Group of the Year by La Revue du Vin de FranceNext articleCelebrate Valentine’s Day at Wine & Chocolate Weekend. Madera Wineries Offer Wine & Chocolate Tasting, Food and Live Music Editor Twitter Home Wine Business Editorial Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2020: From South Dakota Farm to California Wine…Wine Business EditorialWine’s Most Inspiring People 2020: From South Dakota Farm to California Wine LegendBy Editor – January 15, 2020 941 0 J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines has achieved every goal the man has set, and then some. He’s personally received many accolades, including being honored in 2016 as an industry icon and pioneering winegrower by the Wine Enthusiast as an “American Wine Legend.” He’s only the third person in the sixteen-year history of the Wine Star Awards to receive this prestigious accolade. “I’ve had lots of glory,” he says, “But right now, the thing I’m concerned about is the water situation. It’s coming to a head. We need 24” of rain to grow grapes in Paso and we got 14” in 2018. We’ve established viticulture practices opposite of those who pour on nitrogen and water to increase tonnage: we’re after quality.” He’s working hard to get the right supervisors elected to enact smart policy. “I spent three hours on it this morning.”And the work is never done, which makes him both endearing and formidable to work with, and for.President and COO, Jeff Meier, who has been with the company since 1983, when he became winemaker, says Jerry is an incredibly brilliant man and never puts off until tomorrow what can be done today. “His values are honesty and frankness, financial acumen and prudence, lifelong learning through investment in research and education (both through financial gifts, research cooperation with Universities, attendance of industry education events around the globe and investment in employees to accomplish those goals) for constant improvement, vertical integration (from vineyard ownership and farming to our own national and international sales force) and finally, thorough analysis of issues (from his civil engineering education at South Dakota State and Stanford) to inform timely, wise decision making.” That about sums it.Director of Winemaking, Steve Peck, says, “Jerry has taught me the value of mutually beneficial outcomes in business. J. Lohr has been successful at least in part because Jerry respects and insists that our business partners be successful as well. That extends to the distributors, restaurants, and retailers that pour and feature our wine as well as our employees in the winery and in the vineyard. He’s just one of those guys that you want to work hard for.”Cynthia LohrLohr’s daughter, Cynthia, serves as chief brand officer, after a career building brands like Yahoo! and Alexa, which was sold to Amazon in 1999. She says her father’s core values are transparency, accountability, respect and authenticity. “If you spend 10 minutes with Jerry Lohr, you know quickly what he stands for, as his values resonate in everything he does.”Cynthia admits that her dad has set a very high bar, referring to herself as “the farmer’s daughter,” as she rises before dawn to stay ahead of the workload.She credits her father for his tireless advocacy. “My father is very focused, as we all know, and spends most of his free time advocating to better our industry through applied research, focused academics, even finding long-term solutions to dwindling natural resources. But he’s really interested in learning people’s stories, and has tremendous curiosity, not to mention grace, which he extends to each and every person he meets.”Kristen Barnhisel, Winemaker, White Wines, is based in their Greenfield operation. She says Jerry inspires her to never stop experimenting. “I’ve also learned to think more about the big picture, what 10 or 20 years down the road might look like. His leadership style encourages me to focus on the details for high wine quality. It also allows me the freedom to think outside the box to keep experimenting to create the best wine possible. I’m proud to have had the J. Lohr Gesture RVG poured at the James Beard House ‘Women Chefs Rule’ dinner in 2018 and to have the 2017 Riverstone Chardonnay on the Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Best Buy list.”Steve LohrJerry’s eldest son, Steve, who serves as CEO, truly enjoys the chance to work with his sister, Cynthia, and brother, Lawrence. It’s a rare opportunity for a family to work well together: something that Jerry credits to their individual skill sets meshing harmoniously with the needs of the business. Says Steve, “For one, it gives us a chance to see each other quite often, but more importantly, it’s nice to be able to bounce ideas off of each other knowing that we come from the same sense of shared values, goals and history with our business. I helped Jerry plant our first vineyard when I was ten years old, in Monterey County. Planting the vines inspired me to see the process through to completion, which in our case did not stop with the delivery of grapes to another winery, but having a consumer try our wine. The challenging mix of agriculture, production, sales, marketing and finance was (and still is) so intriguing; I knew even as a fifth-grader that this was something I would do for the rest of my life.”He says his dad knows a thing or two about making ice cream. “One of my fondest childhood memories (outside of hopping on a tractor with dad in the vineyard) is making strawberry ice cream with Dad, Mom (Carol), Cynthia and Lawrence.”Among Jerry’s many contributions to the industry, Steve points to the little known fact that his father funded the research into the DNA sequencing of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape. “This information is being made public so that all may benefit from the greater understanding of this grape variety,” says Steve.But it’s Jerry’s ability to engage with people one on one that has made him such a treasure. Says Meier, “One other thing about Jerry that really impressed me was his desire and ability to remember guest’s names – something that I am terrible at. I will never forget a distributor group visit of 45+ persons when I was first appointed winemaker. Jerry shook hands with each guest and 15 minutes later would call on them by name for questions. It made such a huge impression on those distributor personnel that they never forgot Jerry’s interest in taking the time to learn everyone’s name.”Peck shares, “I love this story that I heard from a former employee about Jerry when I joined the company in 2007. Jerry is big on education. He had arranged for himself and six or eight employees to fly to Australia in 2004 to attend the AWITC Conference to catch up on the very latest in viticulture and enology research. It was close to midnight and he was checking in at the airport in San Francisco. The airline agent let Jerry know that they had a first class upgrade available for him at no charge. Jerry is 6 foot 5. ‘What? I couldn’t possibly! What would people think?’ Jerry took the coach cabin and rotated from seat to seat so that he could have time to talk in depth with each of the employees individually about projects in each of their respective areas. Why waste an opportunity to get some work done? That’s Jerry. Always humble and always on task.”Continue Reading: Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2020Advertisement TAGSCynthia LohrfeaturedJ. Lohr WinesJeff MeierJerry LohrKristen BarnhiselLaura NessLawrence LohrSteve LohrSteve Peck last_img read more

Jamaica Records 20,000 Arrivals in One Day – Minister Bartlett

first_imgRelatedJamaica Records 20,000 Arrivals in One Day – Minister Bartlett Issued by: The Ministry of Tourism RelatedJamaica Records 20,000 Arrivals in One Day – Minister Bartlett Jamaica Records 20,000 Arrivals in One Day – Minister Bartlett TourismApril 21, 2011 RelatedJamaica Records 20,000 Arrivals in One Day – Minister Bartlett FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Tourism Minister, Ed Bartlett has revealed that Jamaica welcomed over 20,000 visitors to its shores yesterday, Wednesday April 20, 2011. Tourism Minister, the Hon. Edmund Bartlett has revealed that Jamaica welcomed over 20,000 visitors to its shores yesterday, Wednesday April 20, 2011. Speaking during the closing session of the 4th annual Tourism Outlook Seminar at the Half Moon Conference Centre in Montego Bay, St. James, Minister Bartlett said the visitors arrived by air at the Sangster International Airport and by sea at the Montego Freeport, as well as the Falmouth and Ocho Rios Cruise Ports. Minister Bartlett said “Wednesday April 20, 2011 was a particularly strong day for Jamaica in terms of visitor arrivals. It was a joy to see all three major cruise ports being very active, with Montego Bay welcoming 6,600 visitors, the new Falmouth Pier saw 5,500 visitors while Ocho Rios welcomed 3,500. In addition, over 5,000 visitors arrived at the Sangster International Airport.” The Tourism Minister stated that “if the trend of high arrivals continues, Jamaica’s tourist arrival figures will be hitting new heights by the end of this year and more Jamaicans will see the full impact of the industry in their communities.” Speaking at the seminar yesterday, Minister Bartlett stated that there was a 5.6% increase in stop over arrivals in Jamaica during the 2010-2011 Winter Tourist Season, which came to an end on April 15. The increase, he said was in-keeping with growth projections of between 4 and 5% in visitor arrivals. The Tourism Minister also announced that Jamaica recorded a 9.6% increase in cruise arrivals during the winter tourist season, over the same period in 2010. Advertisementslast_img read more