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Treasury Select Committee chair hits back at chancellor over rules which could have blocked HBOS review

Treasury Select Committee chair hits back at chancellor over rules which could have blocked HBOS review

More From Our Partners Why people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.com Hayley Kirton whatsapp The chair of the influential Treasury Select Committee has written to the chancellor, slamming powers which could have been used to block reviews into recent high-profile scandals like HBOS.In a letter dated last Tuesday, but not published until today, Andrew Tyrie warned Philip Hammond that powers granted to the Treasury to push the stop button on financial reviews by regulators, even when they had been advised by the Committee or were of public importance, were excessive. whatsapp Monday 30 January 2017 12:01 am Treasury Select Committee chair hits back at chancellor over rules which could have blocked HBOS review Share “Given the Treasury’s central role in crisis management and financial regulation, this power represents a clear conflict of interest,” said Tyrie of his letter. “It could be used by the government to protect itself, its actions and other public bodies from legitimate scrutiny.”Far from opening up this area to much needed sunlight of public scrutiny the [Financial Services Act 2012], in some circumstances, curbs it. That won’t do.”Read more: FCA confirms it will investigate former HBOS bossesTyrie also pointed out the powers could have been used to shut down reviews into the 2008 collapse of HBOS. A report by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority into the issue was published in late 2015. In July last year, Tyrie published a letter slamming the way the watchdogs involved had handled the HBOS scandal, in particular highlighting the length of time between the collapse of the lender and the date the report was finally published. A Treasury spokesman said: “The government has an ongoing commitment to maintaining financial stability. We’ll consider the issues raised in the letter and reply in due course.” read more

Lloyd’s exits continue as chief commercial officer departs

Lloyd’s exits continue as chief commercial officer departs

Lloyd’s exits continue as chief commercial officer departs Read more: Private equity firm Apollo takes Aspen Insurance private in $2.6bn dealVandendael joined Lloyd’s in 2012. His responsibilities include business development and leading Lloyd’s global network which extends to 31 offices that support Lloyd’s licences to operate in over 200 countries.Beale said: “Vincent has energetically and enthusiastically flown the flag for Lloyd’s in every corner of the globe over the past six years. He will be greatly missed by the market and by everyone here at Lloyd’s. I have very much enjoyed working with Vincent and wish him every success in his new role.”Read more: We all make mistakes, so cover your back and get insuranceLloyd’s said Vandendael’s leaving date will be confirmed in due course. It has not named a replacement.Lloyd’s was hit by a £2bn loss for the last financial year after hurricanes and earthquakes caused claims to spike from £2.1bn to £4.5bn. Read This NextFox News’ Laura Ingraham Suggests Defunding the US Military Over CriticalThe WrapSmoking and Hair Loss: Are They Connected?VegamourTeammates, NFL execs expect Aaron Rodgers to do this in 2021SportsnautMore People Now Use YouTube Than Facebook or Instagram – What Happened?The WrapIf You’re Losing Hair in This Specific Spot, It Might Be a Thyroid IssueVegamour’The Harder They Fall’ Trailer: Jonathan Majors Seeks Revenge on Idris ElbaThe WrapWhat Causes Hair Loss? Every Trigger ExplainedVegamourTop 5 Tips If You’re Losing Your EyebrowsVegamour’The Blacklist’ Fans Are Not Happy They Didn’t Find Out What Was in ThatThe Wrap Exits from the C-suite at Lloyd’s of London are set to continue with the insurance market today announcing that its chief commercial officer Vincent Vandendael is leaving to join Everest Insurance as chief executive of international insurance.Vandendael’s resignation follows that of chief executive Inga Beale who is leaving Lloyd’s early next year and chief financial officer John Parry who is also set to leave the corporation after 17 years. James Booth whatsapp Share whatsapp Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldUndoinvesting.comThe Military Spent $1 Billion On this New Vehicle, And Here’s The First Lookinvesting.comUndomoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.comUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutUndoTotal PastThis Woman’s Obituary Was So Harsh, Her Son Was Left ReelingTotal PastUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoPensAndPatronTori Roloff Confirms Sad Family NewsPensAndPatronUndo Friday 31 August 2018 1:45 pm read more

UK banks could be tested for climate change resilience from next year, according to Bank of England governor Mark Carney

UK banks could be tested for climate change resilience from next year, according to Bank of England governor Mark Carney

first_img UK banks could be tested for climate change resilience from next year, according to Bank of England governor Mark Carney Monday 17 December 2018 11:31 am whatsapp UK bank stress tests could include resilience to the impact of climate change from next year, Bank of England governor Mark Carney said.Carney said he was weighing up whether the risks and opportunities of climate change should included in the test, which is known as the exploratory scenario, the Financial Times reported. More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.com whatsapp Share Banking stress tests explore the potential impact of a hypothetical scenario to ensure they are resilient and have enough capital to withstand shocks.The exploratory scenario test was introduced in 2017 and takes place every two years, with the next one due in 2019. It has no pass mark, unlike the main, annual health check which all lenders passed this year.The first exploratory scenario in 2017 examined the impact of fintech on the banking system.“From the first one we learnt a lot about how the banks managed or didn’t manage these types of issues. And it was quite instructive,” Carney said in an interview with the Financial Times.“And so the question is whether [climate change is] the next one, or the one after.” Jessica Clark Tags: Bank of England Climate change Mark Carney Peoplelast_img read more

Nigel Farage’s Brexit party on track to destroy Tories with 37 per cent of EU elections vote

Nigel Farage’s Brexit party on track to destroy Tories with 37 per cent of EU elections vote

first_img Nigel Farage’s Brexit party on track to destroy Tories with 37 per cent of EU elections vote The Brexit party is on course to deliver a crushing blow to the Conservatives at the EU elections later this week, polling data revealed today.Read more: London house prices suffer UK’s steepest fall Joe Curtis Read more: May loses support for Brexit deal after offering vote on second referendumBoth the main parties are widely expected to suffer retribution at the hands of Remain and Leave voters, with the Tories having failed to deliver Brexit and Labour MPs split on whether or not to oppose it. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikePast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm Oraclebonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryHealthyGem20 Hair Shapes That Make A Man Over 60 Look 40HealthyGemPost FunThe Deadliest Snakes Ever Found On The PlanetPost Fun whatsapp “The Brexit Party’s meteoric rise has been matched by the slump the other two parties experienced. While Nigel Farage’s party has since more than doubled its vote to 37 per cent, the Conservatives have seen their vote share halved to seven per cent and UKIP are down to just three per cent,” Yougov said.The Tories’ latest slide follows the Prime Minister’s decision yesterday to offer MPs a vote on whether to hold a second referendum or not.One previous advocate, Zac Goldsmith, said he would vote against “this convoluted mess” when May seeks parliamentary approval for the withdrawal agreement in the weeking starting on 3 June.That infuriated Tory MPs who had pledged to back her deal previously, which is due to go before the Commons for the fourth time in early June.Meanwhile Labour have slipped from 24 per cent that put the party in pole position to just half that figure now as the Lib Dems’ anti-Brexit platform won voters. Share Tags: Brexit Nigel Farage People Theresa May whatsapp Wednesday 22 May 2019 11:55 am Nigel Farage’s party will win a staggering 37 per cent of the public vote, according to Yougov’s latest survey.That is almost double the 19 per cent that the Liberal Democrats are expected to gather on Thursday’s elections, while Labour will win just 13 per cent.However, Prime Minister Theresa May’s Tory party is on track to suffer a humiliating defeat in the European parliament elections, with Yougov expecting Conservatives to win just seven per cent of the vote.That is even less than the 10 per cent support they had garnered last week, pushing them down into fifth place.The poll, conducted between 19 May and 21 May, means Farage’s Brexiters have risen from 15 per cent shortly after the party’s launch to lead the way. last_img read more

We’re missing the true point of hospital price transparency

We’re missing the true point of hospital price transparency

first_img About the Author Reprints Alex Hogan/STAT [email protected] I’m the perfect person to price shop for an operation. But the process went terribly Moreover, this mandate is based on the faulty assumption that health care is one of the few professions that don’t publicly disclose their prices. That’s just not true. @RecondoTech Related: Related: Since New Year’s Day, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has learned the hard way that forcing hospitals to post their standard prices online brings as much confusion as insight to prospective patients. Rather than enlighten us on the cost of, say, a knee replacement, we must now parse the complicated medical jargon associated with knee replacement surgery — do I need the Component FML P-STB Cndlr Knee Ant-Pstr Pors 54x55mm for $42,011 at one Texas hospital or do I need its Implant TIB Knee MOST HNGD SZ 2 at $25,956? — while trying to figure out how much insurers will knock off the price.This clearly wasn’t the intended result behind the CMS requirement that, as of Jan. 1, every hospital must post a “machine readable” copy of its chargemaster, a list of all charges the hospital can levy. Yet it shouldn’t have taken the actual implementation of this shortsighted policy to reveal it wouldn’t bring true price transparency into the cost of health care.My nearly 30 years of working with hospitals as an executive with companies like Cerner, McKesson, and now Recondo Technology have given me an up-close look at the true mirage a hospital’s chargemaster really is. In the absence of information about a patient’s unique level of insurance coverage, or if the patient’s insurer will even authorize a certain supply or prescription associated with a procedure, the numbers on the list are largely arbitrary.advertisement By Jay Deady Feb. 4, 2019 Reprints First OpinionWe’re missing the true point of hospital price transparency It bears repeating: People need help paying for their health care. A confusing list of charges that doesn’t reflect what they will ultimately owe won’t provide it.However, some proactive steps by hospitals can give consumers the information they need. And here I can actually give a nod to CMS’ mandate that hospitals post their charges. It sets the stage for hospitals to provide the kind of information that prospective patients need to compare, or at least evaluate, hospital charges.At this point, hospitals would be wise to direct visitors looking over the chargemaster to a price calculator that generates accurate estimates based on the visitor’s insurance coverage or ability to self-pay. Such calculators can also direct users to more information about the hospital’s payment assistance options.As more hospitals include such calculators on their websites (and ideally make them mobile friendly), it will become easier for people to do what CMS originally envisioned with price transparency: shop around for the best prices.Will this really lower the overall cost of care in America? Perhaps modestly. Health care remains local, and not every locality has a competitive market for health care services.But what we do know is that when prospective patients understand in advance what they will pay, and have a payment assistance option, they are more likely to go ahead and schedule the health care they need instead of dangerously putting it off (at an even higher cost).And that’s an outcome that price transparency should be aiming for.Jay Deady is CEO of Recondo Technology, a Denver-based health care technology company that helps hospitals replace manual revenue cycle management tasks — from claim status inquiries to patient price estimates — using artificial intelligence-powered automation. Tags hospitalsinsuranceMedicaidMedicare So I’ll reframe the issue like this: Health care is one of the few professions that doesn’t give a reliably accurate estimate of costs before the buyer receives services. That is what really needs to change.Some hospitals and health systems, such as Baylor Scott & White in Temple, Texas, and the Toledo, Ohio-based Promedica, are making it possible for patients to get accurate estimates from calculators embedded on their websites. (Full disclosure: These calculators use technology from my company, Recondo Technology.) You simply type in a few pieces of demographic data, the procedure and, if you’re insured, your insurance policy number. The calculator uses that information to generate an estimate based on the hospital’s chargemaster list, but adjusted to your insurance coverage, including deductible obligation, and then further tweaked to reflect the likelihood of what the insurance company will authorize under your specific plan.These calculators can also direct you to payment assistance options. And here we get to what should be the true point of price transparency: helping patients actually pay for their health care.The help is sorely needed. In a widely cited revelation last year, fully 40 percent of Americans are unable to cover even a $400 emergency. Square that with the average cost of a deductible, which now hovers at $1,573 for a single worker in an employer-sponsored health plan. That’s just the average; at least 26 percent of workers in such plans actually face a deductible of $2,000 or more.And then there’s co-insurance, which routinely clocks in at 10, 20, or 30 percent of a health care bill for many health plans. Add in the stratospheric costs of some prescription drugs and procedures and the sum is a sadly predictable outcome: Even the insured are now putting off health care, including people with serious conditions like diabetes. Jay Deady I’ve put my family on a health insurance experiment. It’s been a challenge Lawyers, accountants, mechanics, plumbers, electricians, and a vast range of other service providers don’t publicly disclose their prices for the same reason that hospitals and physicians don’t: the cost depends on the buyer’s unique needs.advertisementlast_img read more

CRA urged to reduce misallocated tax payments

CRA urged to reduce misallocated tax payments

Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news James Langton U.S. businesses may have to report crypto assets to IRS Government to reimburse self-employed workers who repaid CERB In some cases, misallocation results in interest and penalty charges against the taxpayer, and in others, they have faced payment demands from collection officers, the report notes. And, taxpayers also complain about the time and effort it takes to correct such errors. Many taxpayers have multiple accounts with the CRA, it notes, including personal income tax accounts spanning several years, as well as corporate accounts, and GST/HST accounts. And, the report finds that the taxman can do a better job of ensuring that payments are made to the correct account. “Our investigation revealed that payment misallocations do indeed occur,” it says. In some cases, these are due to errors by the CRA, while others can be attributed to taxpayers, it reports. And, while the CRA has quality control measures in place to detect and correct its own errors, these are less effective when an error or omission by a taxpayer causes the problem. The report also found that a large proportion of misallocations occur when payments are made by cheque, rather than electronically. As a result, the ombudsman recommends that the CRA review its standards and procedures for processing payments, “to ensure that CRA employees are afforded sufficient time to accurately and thoroughly perform their duties.” It also recommends that the CRA determine the optimal size for remittance batches to make the detection of processing errors most efficient — processing smaller batches of payments improves accuracy, it notes, as errors can be caught and corrected more easily. And, it calls on the CRA to educate taxpayers on how to avoid making remittance errors, and on how to correct them when they do occur. U.S. proposes tax of at least 15% on global corporate profits Keywords TaxesCompanies Canada Revenue Agency, Taxpayers’ Ombudsman Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) needs go do a better job of ensuring that tax payments are applied to the proper account, concludes a report released Thursday by Canada’s Taxpayers’ Ombudsman. Ombudsman J. Paul Dube issued the report examining complaints from taxpayers who say that their payments to the CRA are not allocated to the proper account. read more

Manager monitor: Large-caps that a value investor can bank on

Manager monitor: Large-caps that a value investor can bank on

9.7 Aug. 12 close Market cap Rogers Communications Inc. $40.35 Toronto-Dominion Bank $80.4 billion 9.5 52-week high/low $86.41 Related news $52.75-$39.10 *As of Aug 12, 2012 Source: Morningstar In the industrial sector, Thomson is enthusiastic about the global engineering and construction giant SNC Lavalin Group Inc. (TSX:SNC). It is a “controversial story,” given the company’s high-profile missteps, he says. “But the investment case is fairly straightforward,” based on valuation. The stock is cheap, he says, considering the company’s assets and potential to improve its construction earnings. Thomson notes that SNC’s recent share price was $41. From this he “deducts some $28 a share for the company’s investments.” These include its stake in the Highway 407 toll road in Ontario. In addition, he says, SNC has surplus cash on its balance sheet of $4 per share. This means, he says, that you are paying around $9 a share for the construction business, which makes for a P/E multiple of nine times on “currently depressed earnings.” SNC, says Thomson, is “winning prestigious contracts, including one for the extension of Highway 407, so its construction earnings should rebound.” Turning to resources stocks, Beutel Goodman Canadian Equity Fund remains substantially underweight in both the energy and materials sectors. Of the major Canadian energy players, Thomson considers that “many are high-cost producers that have an abysmal return on capital.” The better players, he says, include Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ), a top-10 holding in the fund. “The company has good, low-cost assets in Western Canada and excellent management.” Prominent oil-patch investor Murray Edwards, who has a significant stake in CNQ, is chairman of its board, Thomson notes. “The stock trades at a discount to the company’s net asset value per share and should give us our minimum return of 50% over the next three years.” Thomson has sold the bulk of the fund’s holding in Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX:TLM). “Talisman has a mixed bag of assets generating disappointing returns.” In the materials sector, the fund still has no holdings in gold stocks, says Thomson. “Despite their sharp declines, these stocks continue to be expensive by traditional valuation standards.” $89.11-$78.05 NEO, Invesco launch four index PTFs $21.0 billion Sonita Horvitch $92.5 billion Mark Thomson, managing director, equities at Toronto-based Beutel Goodman & Co. Ltd., says that there are significant opportunities in the Canadian equity market to invest in companies that are strong free cash-flow generators, good dividend growers and disciplined capital allocators, and that trade at reasonable valuations. “Prime hunting ground,” he says, “is among the major Canadian chartered banks and the leading Canadian telecom-services providers.” Thomson is cautious about Canadian energy and materials producers in general. Many are saddled with high costs and operational hiccups plus, in some cases, there is the challenge of commodity-price headwinds, he says. “There is a need to pick your spots.” Total % return 1Y* Total % return 3Y* 12.9 $65.66-$50.53 Keywords Fund managers 10.9 10.3 4.2 5.6 $63.33 Finally, Thomson says he is eschewing utilities and pipeline stocks, as well as real estate investment trusts. “Even though they’re solid cash-flow producers, they’re simply too expensive.” Beutel Goodman, which manages assets of $35 billion, is a traditional value manager. Thomson and his team manage some $13.5 billion in Canadian equities including Beutel Goodman Canadian Equity Fund, which had assets under management of $3.7 billion at the end of June. The fund, with 33 names, is predominantly a large-cap fund, with the holdings in the large-cap component averaging a market float of $30.9 billion. The fund also has a small-cap component, which was 6.6% at the end of June. Adding in the small-cap names in the different sectors, the fund had 36% of AUM in financials, 13.8% in consumer-discretionary stocks (including some companies with telecom-services characteristics), 8% in telecom-services companies and 10% in industrials, at the end of June. All these are overweight positions relative to the S&P/TSX Composite Index, the fund’s benchmark. Cash constituted some 2.5% of the fund at the end of June. “We are essentially fully invested,” says Thomson. Beutel Goodman Canadian Equity Fund has for some time favoured telecom-services stocks. “They are strong, sustainable free-cash-flow generators,” says Thomson. Furthermore, he says, over the past three to four years, these companies have become more disciplined allocators of capital and returned significant amounts of capital to shareholders. Thomson’s current favourite in this sector is Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX:RCI.B). “It boils down to valuation.” The stock is cheaper than the fund’s other major telecom-services holding, Telus Corp. (TSX:T), he says. Rogers, he notes, has reduced its common shares outstanding by 20% over the past five years through share buybacks and has raised its dividend substantially over that period. The stock, says Thomson, is capable of generating a return of at least 50% over the next three years. This is despite, he says, the potential entry of U.S telecom giant Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) into the Canadian market. “This possible entry is still very much up in the air.” A long-time proponent of Canadian bank stocks, Thomson says that these are currently cheap by historic standards and offer a dividend yield close to 4%. “This is comfortably above that of the Canadian equity market as a whole,” he says. The Canadian banks, he notes, are now almost at the end of the period of the regulatory demands on them to boost capital. “This will free up capital in an industry that generates significant excess capital.” Furthermore, he says, the banks have been raising their dividend-payout ratios and this, combined with rising bank earnings per share, has resulted in dividend increases. Also, he says, some of the banks, notably Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (TSX:CM) and Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY), have been buying back shares. Among the banks, Thomson favours Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD), which continues to be the fund’s largest holding (7.7% of AUM at the end of June), and Royal (5.9%), which is also in the top 10. “TD and Royal have dominant market shares in Canada retail banking,” he says. “This translates into enhanced returns on capital over time.” These two banks should also continue to make market share gains, he adds. In all, he considers that “these high-quality stocks” are capable of meeting Beutel Goodman’s threshold return requirement of 50% over the next three years. 6.9 Franklin Templeton renames funds with new managers Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Royal Bank of Canada Total % return 5Y* Change to Counsel Global Small Cap Fund Share this article and your comments with peers on social media 28.6 read more

New Zealand and Niue announce next steps towards quarantine-free travel

New Zealand and Niue announce next steps towards quarantine-free travel

first_imgNew Zealand and Niue announce next steps towards quarantine-free travel The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and the Premier of Niue Dalton Tagelagi have announced next steps towards quarantine-free travel between the two countries. Negotiations on the text of an ‘Arrangement to Facilitate Quarantine-Free Travel between Niue and New Zealand’ have concluded and both Cabinets have agreed to its signature.“We welcome progress towards the recommencement of two-way travel between Niue and New Zealand,” said Premier Tagelagi.The Arrangement outlines the health and border requirements for each country to meet in order to recommence quarantine-free travel, and annexes provide further detail on the implementation, including border and travel protocols.“Niue has successfully remained COVID-19 free throughout 2020, and this next step is a testament to all of our hard work to protect ourselves and the Pacific,” said Prime Minister Ardern.In recognition of Niue’s COVID-19 free status, Prime Minister Ardern and Premier Tagelagi have also agreed that officials will progress discussions to enable one-way quarantine-free travel from Niue to New Zealand, to enable improved access for essential travel and to support Niue’s economic recovery.Both countries will now develop in further detail the practical measures needed to safely recommence both one and two-way quarantine-free travel. /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:Ardern, Border, coronavirus, covid-19, Dalton, Government, meet, Minister, New Zealand, Niue, pacific, Premier, Prime Minister, travellast_img read more

Top Student Business Ideas To Compete At CU-Boulder

Top Student Business Ideas To Compete At CU-Boulder

first_img Published: April 15, 1997 The top business plans of aspiring student entrepreneurs at the University of Colorado at Boulder will be judged by a panel of local executives April 30 in the spring Business Plan Competition. The spring semester event is the climax of a class taught by Juan Rodriguez, professor of electrical and computer engineering and chairman of Ecrix Corp., and instructor Mike Befeler, a principal and founder of Storage Systems Marketing Inc. Rodriguez is a co-founder of both Storage Technology Corp. and Exabyte Corp. The competition will begin at 6:30 p.m. in room ECCR-265 of the Engineering Center. The event is free and open to the public. The class consists of 40 business and engineering students, both graduates and undergraduates, who divided into eight teams of three to six students. Each team worked all semester to prepare a complete business plan designed around a new product, software or service. Nine chief financial officers or controllers from local businesses served as financial advisers to the student groups during the semester. The four top teams from the class will compete on April 30. The winning team will receive $2,500 in donated prize money, second place finishers will receive $1,000 and third place $500. The Entrepreneurship Business Plan class is offered by the Center for Entrepreneurship, a joint program of the College of Business and Administration and the College of Engineering and Applied Science. Succeess magazine has named CU-Boulder one of the nation’s 25 best schools for entrepreneurs since the publication began doing rankings in 1994. The magazine said schools making the Success list “offer comprehensive course selections, direct experience with creating and growing companies, sessions with real entrepreneurs to teach real-world skills, training in technical disciplines and faculties dedicated to entrepreneurship.” For directions call 492-6431. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Back to school

Back to school

first_imgHomeFeaturedBack to school Aug. 24, 2019 at 9:55 amFeaturedNewsStudentsBack to schooleditor2 years agoback to schoolclassStudents Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District students returned to class last week.Tags :back to schoolclassStudentsshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentMetro to resume Expo Line service in downtown Los AngelesWhat Santa Monica can learn about elections from Lowell, MassYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press18 hours agolast_img read more