EU27 preparing to broaden Barnier’s mandate for 11th-hour Brexit deal

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whatsapp Monday 10 September 2018 9:22 am by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStorymoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.comZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldWTFactsHe Used To Be Handsome In 81s Now It’s Hard To Look At HimWTFactsTrading BlvdThis Picture of Prince Harry & Father at The Same Age Will Shock YouTrading BlvdGive It LoveThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayGive It LoveOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeCleverstTattoo Fails : No One Makes It Past No. 6 Without LaughingCleverst Catherine Neilan Share It is hoped this will give Barnier and his counterpart Brexit secretary Dominic Raab, as well as chief EU adviser Olly Robbins, enough leeway to secure a deal at the special Brexit summit in November. City A.M. reported in August that Barnier’s mandate would be broadened at the October Council, in particular to “fudge” options around the Irish border, in order to secure a deal in the remaining time.  One source said at the time: “There is a route where the deal that isn’t actually a deal pleases everybody… Getting a deal through to transition they will have to have some form of words that both sides can claim is a win.“But we’re in the world of fudge, and there’s plenty to go around… at the moment they just need to kick it on to give themselves some breathing space.”Another source said both German and Irish policy makers were pushing for greater flexibility “just to get this done”. The leaders of the EU27 are poised to hand Michel Barnier a new mandate in a bid to secure a last minute deal on Brexit. According to the FT, the leaders will discuss broadening the scope of the chief negotiator’s framework at an informal summit in Salzburg, Austria, on 20 September before adopting the new guidelines at the October European Council. EU27 preparing to broaden Barnier’s mandate for 11th-hour Brexit deal whatsapp Read This NextSmoking and Hair Loss: Are They Connected?Vegamour’The Harder They Fall’ Trailer: Jonathan Majors Seeks Revenge on Idris ElbaThe WrapIf You’re Losing Hair in This Specific Spot, It Might Be a Thyroid IssueVegamour’The Blacklist’ Fans Are Not Happy They Didn’t Find Out What Was in ThatThe Wrap’The Blacklist’ Finale All But Confirms Long-Held Fan Theory About Red’sThe WrapWhat Causes Hair Loss? Every Trigger ExplainedVegamourTop 5 Tips If You’re Losing Your EyebrowsVegamour15 Surprises About the Original ‘The Fast and the Furious,’ From CastThe WrapHow Often Can You Dye Your Hair?Vegamour read more


US military drone shot down by Iranian missile

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first_imgRead more: Jeremy Hunt slams Corbyn for ‘pathetic’ response to oil tanker attack The MQ-4C Triton drone was targeted as it flew over the Strait of Hormuz, south of Iran, Reuters said, citing an unnamed US officer. This contradicts an earlier story by Iran’s state-run news agency. IRNA reported the country’s Revolutionary Guards shot a US “spy” drone in the province of Hormozgan. whatsapp Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likebonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comUndoPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryUndoZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldUndoFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm OracleUndoDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionUndoMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryUndoDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyUndoUnderstand Solar$0 Down Solar in Scottsdale. How Much Can You Save? Try Our Free Solar Calculator Now.Understand SolarUndoNext RefinanceThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryNext RefinanceUndo A US military drone has reportedly been shot down in international airspace by an Iranian missile. The U.S. military has in recent days confirmed an attempt by Iran to shoot down a U.S. drone last week. It also confirmed a successful shootdown of one on 6 June by Iran-aligned Houthi forces in Yemen. Jessica Clark More From Our Partners Brave 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.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org However, a spokesperson for the US military’s central command said no US aircraft were flying over Iran on Wednesday. The story identified the drone as an RQ-4 Global Hawk. The Guards said it was shot down when it entered Iran’s airspace.center_img Tensions in the region have increased since the US accused Iran of attacking two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. In a statement last week the US said Iranian forces were “observed and recorded removing an unexploded limpet mine” from one of the ships. Share Read more: US says video shoes Iran removing unexploded mine A picture obtained by AFP from Iranian News Agency ISNA on June 13, 2019 reportedly shows fire and smoke billowing from Norwegian owned Front Altair tanker said to have been attacked in the waters of the Gulf of Oman. – Suspected attacks left two tankers in flames in the waters of the Gulf of Oman today, sending world oil prices soaring as Iran helped rescue stricken crew members. The mystery incident, the second involving shipping in the strategic sea lane in only a few weeks, came amid spiralling tensions between Tehran and Washington, which has pointed the finger at Iran over earlier tanker attacks in May. (Photo by – / ISNA / AFP) (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images) whatsapp US military drone shot down by Iranian missile in international airspace Thursday 20 June 2019 8:48 amlast_img read more


The City of London’s decade of growth – upwards

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News / Carriers may be getting containership capacity crisis under control at last

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first_imgThe OOCL Hong Kong was christened in South Korea last week By Gavin van Marle 17/05/2017 Container shipping lines may be finally getting the vessel overcapacity crisis under control.It was revealed today that the newbuild orderbook-to-fleet ratio is at the lowest level ever recorded. And liner analyst Alphaliner suggested it could drop further over coming months.Despite increasing numbers of ultra-large container vessels (ULCVs) joining the world’s box shipping fleet, Alphaliner said the orderbook-to-fleet ratio was 14.1% on 1 May – meaning all new vessels due for delivery until the end of 2019 would add just 14.1% to global fleet capacity.The previous low ratio was recorded in January 1999, at 14.6%.Alphaliner said: “The current slump is expected to be deeper and more prolonged, as the ratio looks set to shrink even further over the coming months, with no major new orders expected to be placed until the end of the year.”Since the beginning of last year, 106 containerships have been ordered, representing capacity of 341,000 teu. During the same period, carriers and shipowners have taken delivery of 189 vessels with a combined capacity of 1.28m teu.The last time an order was placed for a ULCV was the final quarter of 2015, while Q1 16 was the last time any vessel larger than 13,000 teu was ordered. Since then most orders have been for feeder vessels in the sub-2,000 teu range and some for 2,000-5,100 teu ships.However, there is still a considerable number of ULCVs due to join the global fleet, including the 21,413 teu OOCL Hong Kong, taking the title of world’s largest boxship, delivered last week.Since Maersk’s first Triple-E unit, the 18,340 Maersk McKinney Moller, arrived in 2013, 54 ULCVs have begun operating, and Alphaliner said another 51 are due to be delivered over the next couple of years: 14 more this year, 26 in 2018 and 11 in 2019.ULCVs are operated by Maersk, MSC, OOCL, MOL, UASC and China Cosco Shipping, and they will be joined by Evergreen and CMA CGM next year.One interesting aspect is that while ULCV capacity has grown, the actual size of the vessels has not – all have a length of between 395 and 400 metres, allowing 24 bays for 40ft boxes, and a beam of 58-59 metres, allowing containers to be stacked 23 across on deck with 21 rows in the holds.Extra capacity has been created by variable stacking configurations. Alphaliner explained: “Each series can stow either 11 or 12 standard containers under deck (depending on hull depth), as well as a similar number of tiers on deck, with differing lashing bridge designs. Each also has different bay distributions due to the different placement of the deckhouse and engine room and funnel.”last_img read more


Recommends / An open letter to container lines: please stop fooling yourselves

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first_imgID 49567994 © Jcpjr | Dreamstime.com With so much data available, it is utterly perplexing that there can be any lack of accuracy in the modern supply chain. Alas, there is. For senior logistics consultant Lars Greiner, the pain of it all has gotten too much. In this LinkedIn post he calls on container operators and port agents to “stop fooling yourselves”, veer away from the “overly optimistic” and instead punt for accurate timetabling – especially when anyone can get onto a vessel tracker and find a ship. Read more…center_img By Alexander Whiteman 27/08/2019last_img


The Trump administration is starting to overhaul its guidelines for companies that make mail-order DNA

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first_imgExclusive Dom Smith/STAT Log In | Learn More Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED What’s included? What is it? The Trump administration is starting to overhaul its guidelines for companies that make mail-order DNA Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. WASHINGTON — The Trump administration wants to modernize the federal guidelines for companies that sell made-to-order DNA in hopes of keeping dangerous genetic material — like smallpox or the Ebola virus — out of the hands of malicious potential customers, federal officials confirmed to STAT this week.The administration’s work is still in early stages, and it’s too soon to tell whether or how the government will make the guidelines more stringent, as companies and experts in the space have called for. Right now, the Department of Health and Human Services is kicking off “a broad interagency effort to review the guidance and make any necessary changes to reflect the evolving technological landscape,” said Theresa Lawrence, a director in HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. By Ike Swetlitz Aug. 29, 2018 Reprints GET STARTED Tags geneticspolicySTAT+White Houselast_img read more


The Successes and Failures of Trustpolitik

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first_imgWas President Park Geun Hye’s North Korea policy in 2013 a success or a failure? Thecontinuation of a principled policy, coupled to the fact that the North did notpresent a high-level threat to the South, would suggest success, and this has beenthe assessment of many in South Korea. It is positive that, despite events detrimental to inter-Korean relations, President Park’s Korean Peninsula trust-building(“Trustpolitik”) process of “shepherding change in North Korea throughdialogue” has continued unabated. However, the question remains:what strategy do we have for bringing about change in North Korea over thecoming year?ParkGeun Hye’s inauguration on February 25th, 2013 came after North Korea’sthird nuclear test on February 12th. The resulting shutdown of an inter-Koreans communications line through Panmunjom, UN sanctions onthe North, and U.S.–South Korea joint military exercises were all immediate sources of further tension. Then, while pushing the peninsula to crisis point, for instancevia the unilateral annulment of the Korean War Armistice Agreement, the North enforced the shutdown of the Kaesong Industrial Complex. Thereafter,from April, North Korea abruptly began to put on a conciliatory face. AfterChoe Ryong Hae’s visit to China in May, North-South dialogue began again andthe Kaesong Industrial Complex eventually reopened. North and South Korea also agreed to hold a round of separatedfamily reunions. However, at the peak of the Chuseok holiday on September 21stthe North made the sudden decision to postpone the reunions, just as it has seemed possible that even the Mt. Geumgang tourist zone, closed since 2008, would also reopen. North Korea soon focused its energies on slandering the South. Personal criticism,including diatribes targeted at Park Geun Hye personally, emerged, as well ascondemnation of the South Korean government as a “fascist regime” employing “Yushinrule,” an allusion to the legacy of former dictator Park Chung Hee. Verbal threatsagainst the South were dished out without hesitation. Nevertheless, in response to whatever was thrown at it, the Park administration stuck to its carrotand stick approach. Park did not abandon or abrogate South Korean leadership in inter-Koreanrelations, and so the North did not get the chance to drag Seoul around. The normalizationof the Kaesong Industrial Complex was achieved. Inthe process, Park took the chance to pitch her political ideas to neighboring and distant countriesalike. Embarking on five official overseastrips during her first year in office, she engaged in a total of 30 summitswith world leaders, and managed to procure agreement on the North Korean issue from all of them.Notably, President Xi Jinping of China agreed that North Korea should not beallowed to have, much less to use, nuclear weapons, and appears to share Park’sNorth Korea policy viewpoint.  A strongmessage has also been sent to North Korea itself, one that says if a provocation shouldoccur then the international community will respond.However,criticism against Park has more recently begun to mount over the perceived inability of her Trustpolitik approach to incite any real change in North Korea. Partly,this is because a fractious inter-Korean relationship means a lack of leadershipon the nuclear issue and no way to deal with Pyongyang’s general strategy of playingfor time to continue with de facto nuclearization. “Resolute and principled management” may have sent a strong message to the North, forestalling negative outcomes in the short to medium term, but no desirable positive results have followed. A flexibly principled response is the key, rather than a stubbornly principled one.Expertspoint out that any policy to incite change in North Korea through dialogue inevitablyrequires the “ball” to be thrown to the North constantly, and this is not being done actively enough. A variety of tacticsmust be employed, designed to match the prevailing circumstances.One suchNorth Korea expert explained to Daily NK, “In 2013 it was imperative for KimJong Eun, who was in his second year of rule, to produce visible results andshore up his system of monolithic rule. Due to this internal situation,the Park Geun Hye administration faced problems pressing it’s North Koreapolicy advantage. North Korea may respond better to South Korean policy changes in 2014 as it aims to improve relations with the United States and China.”“Thisyear, the South Korean government must work to deter the militaryprovocations that Kim Jong Eun could seek to execute in the process of firming up hisleadership, and cooperate with China and the United States to get North Korea to embark on the process of abandoning itsnuclear programs. [To do that] weneed to form a plan that increases levels of contact between North and South innon-political sectors, i.e. in the economic sphere,” he went on.SongDae Song of the Sejong Institute agreed, telling Daily NK by phone, “The fact that encouraging changein North Korea through dialogue is hard for the North Korean regime to dealwith was again confirmed last year, and, therefore, the South Korean government mustseek to bring about change via external forces and variables within North Korea [this year]. Giventhe belief that the internal power structure will wobble following Jang’sexecution, we must encourage changes that make use of the people’s politicaluncertainty.” By Daily NK – 2014.01.02 8:16pm Analysis & Opinion RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Analysis & Opinion Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” Analysis & Opinion Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? center_img Analysis & Opinion AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Facebook Twitter SHARE The Successes and Failures of Trustpolitik Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center last_img read more


Risk mounts for Canada housing: Fitch

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first_imgRisk mounts for Canada housing: Fitch Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The Canadian housing market is facing rising risks of a correction, but a full-blown U.S.-style crisis is still not in the cards, says Fitch Ratings. High debt levels threaten banks’ strong results: Fitch Related news James Langton Unsustainable home prices and record high household leverage, “render the Toronto and Vancouver housing markets increasingly vulnerable to a steep price correction,” the rating agency says in a report published on Thursday. Home prices in Toronto and Vancouver are up 45% and 36%, respectively, since January 2015, the report notes. At the same time, household debt is sitting at 167% of disposable income, which is the highest level among the G7 sovereigns. Nonetheless, key features of the Canadian sector will protect it from suffering a repeat of the U.S. housing crisis, the report says. “Canada is unlikely to mirror the declines and fallout experienced during the U.S. housing crisis due to major differences in the housing and mortgage finance systems,” says Kate Lin, director at Fitch, in a statement. “Canadian banks are subject to rigorous oversight and regulations requiring prudent mortgage lending and underwriting standards.” Additionally, credit quality for Canadian mortgage loans, “remains strong unlike the drift towards weak borrower and loan quality that we saw a decade ago in the U.S,” Lin adds. Subprime loans only make up approximately 10% of new mortgage volume, compared to 50% in the U.S. during the peak, the Fitch report says. As well, the Canadian government has been, “proactive in managing the risk of the nation’s housing market by taking unprecedented steps to tighten credit and limit speculation,” the report says. Photo copyright: vintom/123RF Keywords Banking industry,  Housing G7 tax pledge may be upstaged by CBDC work GTA home sales down 13% between April and May: TRREB Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more


SEC shuts down alleged US$125 million trading scheme

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first_img Keywords EnforcementCompanies Securities and Exchange Commission Related news Law concept - Law book with a wooden judges gavel on table in a courtroom or law enforcement office 123RF U.S. regulators have shuttered an offshore algorithmic trading scheme that allegedly took in at least US$125 million from investors.The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that a U.S. federal court imposed a temporary restraining order and asset freeze against three firms — Mediatrix Capital Inc., Blue Isle Markets Inc. and Blue Isle Markets Ltd. — and the three people who ran the firms amid allegations that they operated a fraudulent international trading program. James Langton The SEC alleged that, starting in 2016, Bahamas-based Mediatrix raised more than US$125 million from investors, claiming that their money would be invested in a highly profitable trading strategy that purportedly never had a down month.“In truth, the complaint alleges, the defendants’ trading strategy consistently lost money — losing more than US$18 million from its trading in 2018 alone,” the regulator said.Additionally, the SEC alleged that the defendants “misled investors by falsifying account statements and making Ponzi-like payments, all while misappropriating more than US$35 million of investor money for defendants’ personal use, including to purchase luxury properties and vehicles.”The allegations have not been proven.The SEC’s complaint, which was filed in federal district court in Colorado, charges all defendants with various securities law violations, and it has charged 20 relief defendants who allegedly received profits from the fraud. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case BFI investors plead for firm’s sale Mouth mechanic turned market manipulatorlast_img read more


CU-Boulder Finalizes New Alcohol Initiatives

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first_img Published: April 7, 2004 Chancellor Richard L. Byyny of the University of Colorado at Boulder today announced several new initiatives designed to supplement on-going campus efforts aimed at reducing high-risk alcohol use by students. The new initiatives will add more intensified research on alcohol issues on college campuses, expand CU-Boulder’s education and intervention programs, and strengthen campus sanctions for violations of alcohol rules and laws, Byyny said. The new initiatives will be implemented by fall 2004, he said. Over the past few years, the Boulder campus has implemented a number of actions intended to address alcohol issues. For example, the campus instituted a “three strikes” policy in sanctioning violators of alcohol policies. Under the current policy, a student is suspended if he or she accumulates three alcohol violations while enrolled at CU-Boulder. The announcement follows several months of work by a committee created last fall to consider and recommend new actions that may help the campus address alcohol issues among students. Led by Ron Stump, vice chancellor for student affairs, the group included representatives from the campus health service, student housing, judicial affairs, campus police and the university’s Standing Committee on Substance Abuse (SCOSA). “High-risk alcohol use continues to be one of the most challenging issues of our schools, colleges and society at large,” said Stump. “There is no single or easy answer to the issues we are facing. However, we must continue to work on building a safer and healthier environment for all members of our campus community.” Stump said that, despite the challenges, the CU-Boulder committee concluded that additional actions could have positive impacts on the problem. Also, the group felt that a number of current programs should be continued and enhanced. Specific initiatives include: * Clarifying high behavioral and academic expectations for prospective and entering students * Requiring a Web-based alcohol education program for all entering freshmen * Initiating a social norms campaign, led by students, to reinforce the positive values and behaviors that already exist among a majority of CU-Boulder students * Establishing parental notification on the first and any subsequent alcohol offense by a student and placing the student on probation * Instituting, within the “three strikes” policy, a “2nd strike” response that includes suspension for second-time violators already on probation for a first alcohol offense * Strengthening collaboration between the university campus and other communities * Referring second-time student offenders to the City of Boulder 2nd Offender Program, an educational workshop that focuses on smart decision-making regarding alcohol * Creating a total of 17 on-site student conduct boards for the campus’s residence halls, each serving a specific hall * Developing an assessment and research program to evaluate effectiveness of alcohol programs, including the new initiatives * Organizing and hosting conferences on alcohol awareness and intervention efforts * Petitioning national agencies, foundations and other organizations, such as the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), for support of campus alcohol initiatives The committee also strongly supported continuation and enhancement of several existing programs and efforts. For example, the group suggested the campus continue its ongoing research on alcohol issues, including work with the U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Center and CU-Boulder’s nationally recognized research centers in behavioral genetics, behavioral science and psychology. Also, the group endorsed continuing support for late-night social and recreational programs, peer educator programs, student health education and intervention programs, and substance-free living areas in residence halls. Members of the group recommended that CU-Boulder continue to include educational programming about alcohol issues, utilizing such tools as interactive theater presentations during orientation programs for entering students. The campus should continue its multi-media and other campaigns to communicate behavioral expectations for all students, the group said. The committee also recommended continued participation in campus-community coalitions and community-building programs and continuing such alcohol sanctions as suspension for any major alcohol violation that endangers the health and safety of another person. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more