The media’s greatest enemy isn’t Trump, it’s the tech titans

Share The media’s greatest enemy isn’t Trump, it’s the tech titans Lucie Greene whatsapp In tech news, Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg was lambasted last month for reportedly commenting that he doesn’t care about publishers (you know, the ones Facebook is eating). Facebook has denied the claim, but the firm’s rampant cannibalisation of the media, large and small publishers alike, would suggest otherwise.Read more: Trump takes aim at Google for biased ‘leftwing media’ search resultsOf the two sides, Trump has received the biggest outcry from the press, facing accusations of censorship, fascism, and more. But big tech’s quieter danger to media is arguably far more serious.After all, Trump’s “fake news” rally cries and tweets about the “failing New York Times” ironically continue to boost sales of traditional publications. The opposite can be said of big tech.From advertising power to the ability to set public narratives and dodge accountability, Silicon Valley is a threat to journalism. Monday 3 September 2018 9:47 am Amazon chief Jeff Bezos stands distinct amid this trend, in being relatively open to the mainstream media. Not only did he buy the Washington Post in 2013, a paper which continues to win Pulitzers for its journalism, but he has also acknowledged the need for external scrutiny of Amazon.“I say, ‘look, we are a large corporation. We deserve to be inspected. It’s going to happen. Don’t take it personally.’ Because when you take it personally, you start to do things that are counterproductive.”Still, the fact that the world’s richest man, whose fortune is based on the relentless disruptive power of Silicon Valley, owns a national newspaper might in itself create unease.All of which is to say that those who fear for the future of the free press are looking in the wrong place. Trump may seem to exemplify the threat of an Orwellian media landscape, but Silicon Valley has the power to make it a reality.Read more: Media giant suffers revenue blow amid Google and Facebook changes And it’s not just the companies – it’s tech leaders themselves. Paypal co-founder and tech heavyweight Peter Thiel has already been able to close down a media organisation he disliked (Gawker) by throwing his vast funds behind an arguably unrelated lawsuit.Could Tesla’s Elon Musk, who is regularly in aggressive Twitter spats with individual journalists, be next? Or even Zuckerberg?Big tech brands present themselves as the very antithesis of the US President – indeed, many have personally spoken out against Trump’s policies. But delve beyond Silicon Valley’s ukulele-accompanied promo videos, “likes”, and rainbow flags, and you’ll find a host of characters just as thin-skinned, controlling, and opaque as Trump.Like Trump, the Silicon Valley titans appear strikingly lacking in self-awareness and rely on sloganeering just as simplistic as “make America great again” to put forth their narratives. Think of Zuckerberg’s relentless referrals to his Facebook empire as a “community”, Airbnb’s attachment to its tagline “belonging”, and the vast majority of Musk’s Twitter feed that has enabled him to become something of a cult figure.Moreover, these companies continue to present themselves as underdogs. They promote the narrative that the now beleaguered traditional media brands remain dominant, when the current financial and cultural pressures on journalism are more real than ever – thanks primarily to the efforts of the Silicon Valley giants themselves. whatsapp What is the biggest threat to the future of the media: President Donald Trump, or Silicon Valley?In the presidential corner, Trump’s regular attacks on the “fake news media” have provoked a robust response. This summer, newspapers coordinated a string of editorials defending the essential role of the press as a lens on power and a positive force in a democratic society. Facebook and Google are rapidly supplanting the press and wielding power which in many ways now transcends not just media, but governance itself, as the fumbled and inconsequential congressional questioning of Zuckerberg in April showed. Zuckerberg ran rings around America’s congressmen, who, it transpired, lacked both the technological understanding and the regulatory mechanisms to hold his firm to account.The Google and Facebook duopoly currently controls the way we receive news. According to the Pew Research Center, 67 per cent of Americans now get at least some of their news from social media platforms, while 45 per cent cite Facebook specifically.Facebook alone generates more ad dollars than all of America’s newspapers, while Google has twice the ad revenues of Facebook. Together, these two companies control six out of 10 new dollars spent on digital advertising.And tech’s dominance in the news cycle is growing by the day. Facebook is launching its own news service, and Apple is rumoured to be interested in buying Conde Nast, while Amazon is also shaping up as a rapidly growing digital advertising entity. Instagram and YouTube have both launched long-form entertainment shows – will news be next?With little regulation and business models that transcend national borders, the potential for distorting influence on public attitudes is real – and it’s getting bigger. read more

Credit rating outlooks improve in all sectors: Fitch

first_img Credit rating outlooks stabilized in the first half of 2014, says Fitch Ratings in its latest global credit outlook report. The rating agency says that net rating outlooks improved in all sectors in the first half, led by sovereigns, including an upgrade for Spain and the revision of Italy’s outlook to stable. Keywords Bond With bond yields low and rising, what is the price of safety? One notable exception to this trend was European financial institutions, which are facing more negative outlooks, largely due to governments’ efforts to reduce taxpayer support for banks. These efforts to end “too-big-to-fail” policies have led to the assignment of negative outlooks on a number of entities, Fitch notes, despite the widespread improvement in capitalization. Apart from this, the improving economic picture is driving brighter credit outlooks generally. Fitch forecasts that economic growth in the developed markets will increase to 1.8% in 2014 and 2.2% in 2015. In particular, it predicts that the U.S. should see a strong recovery in the second half of 2014, with annual growth of 2.3% and a declining output gap. “The eurozone crisis has passed its acute phase and both Germany and Spain should see healthy growth,” it adds. That said, with the economic recovery is gaining strength, Fitch also observes that the U.S. Federal Reserve Board and the Bank of England are now faced with the challenging task of reducing the flow of easy money, which brings its own set of risks. Fitch says it sees eurozone deflation as a serious risk, but that it is not its base case. At the same time, it says that central banks’ quantitative easing efforts have stoked inflation in certain financial assets. “As investors watch keenly for signs of a peak, sudden sell-offs risk dislocating these markets as well as causing contagion,” it says. “The search for yield has also affected insurance company investment portfolios, with risk profiles rising, albeit from low levels. Furthermore, plentiful market liquidity and low sovereign yields are weakening the resolve of governments to continue fiscal consolidation, capping the recent trend of positive sovereign rating actions,” it notes. Additionally, Fitch says that heightened market volatility could damage emerging markets access to finance, “at a time when growth is slowing in many countries.” Catastrophe bond market gains momentum Share this article and your comments with peers on social mediacenter_img Related news James Langton When bond ratings slip, investors shrug Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

IMF Executive Board Completes Third Review Under Policy Coordination Instrument for Rwanda

first_imgIMF Executive Board Completes Third Review Under Policy Coordination Instrument for Rwanda GDP growth is projected to contract by 0.2 percent in 2020 and is expected to recover to 5.7 percent next year. To address the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, the authorities acted swiftly by adopting early stringent containment measures and implementing a large policy package.Containing fiscal risks and planning contingency measures remains critical given the highly uncertain economic outlook.Reforms to accelerate the transition to a private sector-led growth will be key in the post-pandemic period given the limited fiscal space. Washington, DC: The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded on December 16, 2020 the third review of Rwanda’s program supported by the IMF’s Policy Consultation Instrument (PCI)[1]. The PCI program was approved on June 28, 2019 (Press Release No.19/258) to support the implementation of Rwanda’s National Strategy for Transformation (NST).Rwanda continues to grapple with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. Real GDP contracted by 4.4 percent year-on-year in the first half of 2020; but a recovery is afoot following the end of the full lockdown in the second half. As a result, real GDP growth is expected to be slightly negative at -0.2 percent in 2020, and is projected to rebound to 5.7 in 2021, albeit below potential.The authorities’ policy measures in response to the pandemic were generally well-designed, and appropriately aimed at providing support to households and businesses, boosting healthcare spending, and providing sufficient liquidity to the banking system and relief to borrowers. The associated spending needs coupled with revenue underperformance due to the crisis have caused deviations from the earlier fiscal program targets under the program. As a result, fiscal deficit is expected at 8.5 percent of GDP in FY2020/21, with public debt projected at 67 percent of GDP at end-2020. The crisis has also affected progress on structural reforms.While the immediate policy priorities have shifted to supporting the economy through the crisis, the objectives of the PCI, which expires in June 2022, remain appropriate. The remainder of the program aims to strike a balance between sustaining the economic recovery and maintaining fiscal responsibility. The authorities and staff agreed that going forward it will be critical to monitor and contain financial sector and fiscal risks including from state-owned enterprises.Following the Executive Board’s discussion of Rwanda, Mr. Tao Zhang, Deputy Managing Director and Acting Chair, issued the following statement:“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to take a heavy toll on Rwanda’s economy and society. The near-term outlook remains highly uncertain. Growth is expected to contract in 2020, putting additional pressures on public finances and the balance of payments.“The authorities’ fiscal package in response to the crisis is providing needed support to vulnerable households and businesses. Strong reporting and procurement practices are key to ensuring the effectiveness and proper oversight of this spending.“The uncertain outlook calls for sound contingency planning and fiscal risk management. To preserve fiscal space, the authorities should reprioritize spending and seek additional concessional financing should the outlook deteriorate further. Fiscal risks from state-owned enterprises and state-guaranteed loans should be closely monitored.“Monetary policy has rightly been accommodative, and temporary extraordinary measures have provided liquidity to the banking sector. Looking ahead, the central bank should keep monetary policy data driven and continue to closely monitor credit and liquidity risks, including from loan restructuring, to safeguard financial stability.“Adopting a credible and growth-friendly fiscal consolidation strategy after the crisis abates will be critical to preserve debt sustainability while supporting the nascent recovery. The strategy should be centered on measures to re-ignite domestic revenue mobilization, streamline non-priority spending, and re-prioritize public investment. Such measures could be announced and legislated before the end of the program to support their credibility.“Going forward, the authorities should continue pushing ahead with structural reforms to promote private sector-led and inclusive growth. Other priority reforms include strengthening governance, fiscal transparency and risk management, improving tax compliance, and further strengthening the interest rate-based monetary policy framework.[1]The PCI is available to all IMF members that do not need Fund financial resources at the time of approval. It is designed for countries seeking to demonstrate commitment to a reform agenda or to unlock and coordinate financing from other official creditors or private investorsTable 1. Rwanda: Selected Economic Indicators, 2019-2025 2019202020212022202320242025 1st Rev.RCF-2Act.1st Rev.RCF-2Proj.1st Rev.RCF-2Proj.RCF-2Proj.Proj.Proj.Proj.Output and prices Real GDP8.59.49.48.02.0-0.28.06.35.78.06.88.07.57.5GDP deflator1.80.40.45.66.58.35.01.02.35.04.35.05.05.0CPI (period average)2.32.42.45.46.98.05.01.02.55.04.15.05.05.0CPI (end period)5.76.76.75.05.05.05.05.02.35.05.05.05.05.0Terms of trade (deterioration, -)-1.8-1.8-1.8-0.1-3.30.20.0-0.40.00.71.01.10.82.3Money and credit Broad money (M3)21.815.415.421.95.111.317.422.312.016.113.622.014.912.8Reserve money21.517.217.222.15.812.117.821.411.220.317.819.814.912.8Credit to non-government sector17.612.612.614.810.214.17.910.312.611.412.114.013.714.0M3/GDP (percent)27.926.326.329.825.427.030.928.928.029.628.530.731.331.3Budgetary central government Total revenue and grants23.623.623.623.120.123.122.920.723.420.623.223.823.923.3of which : tax revenue16.616.716.716.913.515.416.514.315.414.915.515.615.916.5of which : non-tax revenue2.62.72.72.12.01.92.12.32.42.12.52.52.52.5of which : grants4.54.24.24.14.65.84.34.15.63.65.25.75.64.3Expenditure31.931.831.829.031.732.929.230.131.327.230.229.628.327.0Current15.915.615.614.515.715.714.615.815.213.516.015.013.913.4Capital12.713.213.212.112.112.912.711.912.211.311.511.411.510.9Lending minus repayment3.33.03.02.43.94.31.92.43.92.32.73.12.92.6Primary balance-6.9-6.8-6.8-4.2-9.9-8.0-4.9-7.7-6.0-4.9-5.2-4.2-3.0-2.0Overall balance-12.7-12.3-12.3-10.0-16.2-15.5-10.6-13.6-13.5-10.2-12.2-11.5-10.0-8.0excluding grants-6.7-6.6-6.6-5.7-11.3-9.1-6.4-9.6-8.1-7.1-7.0-5.8-4.4-3.7Debt-creating overall bal. (exc. PKO)12.70.90.80.72.51.22.01.42.40.41.02.30.50.5Net domestic borrowing2.70.90.80.72.51.22.01.42.40.41.02.30.50.5Public debt Total public debt incl. guarantees59.058.558.158.968.165.959.875.771.176.373.773.372.070.0of which : external public debt46.045.645.448.155.055.649.861.958.463.060.761.061.160.8PV of total public debt incl. guarantees44.542.842.843.148.245.542.952.548.852.550.650.950.449.3Investment and savings Investment28.426.226.228.220.921.728.822.222.624.726.428.228.427.9Government12.713.213.212.112.112.912.711.912.211.311.511.411.510.9Nongovernment15.713.013.016.18.88.816.110.310.413.314.816.816.917.0Savings14.614.511.115.52.45.516.69.56.112.410.914.015.516.5Government3.33.83.84.5-0.21.74.00.72.63.52.03.04.45.6Nongovernment11.210.67.311.12.63.912.68.83.58.98.811.011.111.0External sector Exports (goods and services)21.522.222.221.813.118.222.621.222.722.626.226.827.727.9Imports (goods and services)34.936.936.934.129.334.434.333.839.835.242.341.741.139.8Current account balance (incl grants)-10.6-12.4-12.4-9.9-16.7-12.2-9.1-10.5-12.5-10.0-11.4-9.6-8.4-8.0Current account balance (excl grants)-13.9…-15.1-12.7-18.5-16.2-12.2-12.7-16.5-12.3-15.5-14.2-12.8-11.4Current account balance (excl. large projects)-10.4…-11.1-8.9-15.7-11.6-8.2-9.5-11.0-8.8-9.6-7.1-6.3…Gross international reserves In millions of US$1,3671,4401,4401,5531,2071,6431,6541,4611,4631,5981,5561,6541,8341,834In months of next year’s imports4.45.85.84.64.05.54.64.34.34.44.24.14.24.2Memorandum items: GDP at current market prices Rwanda francs (billion)9,0459,1059,10510,3139,8949,84111,68810,62910,64112,04311,86213,44915,18417,129Population (million)12.412.412.412.712.712.713.013.013.013.313.313.613.914.2Sources: Rwandan authorities and IMF staff estimates.1 Overall deficit excl. spending on materialized contingent liabilities and other items already incl. in the DSA. /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:banking, covid-19, Economy, financial sector, GDP, GDP growth, Government, healthcare, IMF, Investment, resources, Rwanda, spending, sustainability, U.S., Washingtonlast_img read more

From VC Fiez: An exciting time in CU-Boulder research

first_imgI am delighted to share with you recent highlights from the University of Colorado Boulder’s research endeavors and creative works. While I have only been onboard a short time, I am impressed by the remarkable people, our dedicated partners and the excitement about CU-Boulder’s past and future impact. It could not be a more exciting time to serve as CU-Boulder’s Vice Chancellor for Research. Our research enterprise has never been stronger. Over the last decade, CU-Boulder’s sponsored research funding has increased by 66 percent. Partnerships – with the federal government, industry, other universities, non-profits, international collaborators and among campus units – are at the heart of the steady and consistent growth of our research programs. Nurturing our existing partnerships and cultivating new ones are among my top priorities. Today’s challenges are too big to tackle alone – strong collaborations are the cornerstones of advancing scientific research, innovation, and scholarship across campus and beyond. Categories:Leadership CornerCampus Community Terri FiezVice Chancellor for ResearchProfessor, Electrical, Computer & Energy Engineering With this in mind, this fall CU-Boulder launched our first Grand Challenge, a bold initiative called Our Space. Our Future. This initiative fuses CU-Boulder’s unique strengths in earth, space, engineering and social sciences with new technologies and partners to address the pace and pattern of changes in our environment, our resources and our planet. As we define and build out the Grand Challenge, we will engage the campus and community in a comprehensive and meaningful way. Together we will advance our understanding of global change, leading to high impact solutions for the future. Happy Holidays!center_img The 2014-2015 Research and Creative Work Report features some of the amazing research carried out by our students, staff and faculty in conjunction with our industry and government partners. It represents the tip of the iceberg and we hope that it will inspire you to learn more about our research, creativity, innovation and impact.   Published: Nov. 17, 2015 CU-Boulder is a hub of innovation and collaboration. I am thrilled to be here and I very much look forward to working with you to ensure the impact of our research and scholarly activities continues to improve the world we share. I am eager to get to know all of you so please feel free to reach out to me with your thoughts or to schedule a time when we can meet.    Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Opici Wines and Spirits Joins the Non-Alcoholic Spirit Category with MeMento

first_imgPinterest Home Industry News Releases Opici Wines and Spirits Joins the Non-Alcoholic Spirit Category with MeMentoIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessOpici Wines and Spirits Joins the Non-Alcoholic Spirit Category with MeMentoBy Press Release – January 14, 2021 243 0 Previous articleWinesellers, Ltd Releases Its Certified Organic Tiamo Prosecco Doc RoséNext articleSans Wine Co.’s First Ever Carignan Bottled Wine Now Available at Whole Foods Market Stores Nationwide Press Release TAGSOpici Wines and Spirits Twitter Linkedin Share Facebook ReddIt Email AdvertisementGlen Rock, NJ 12.12.2020:  Opici Wines and Spirits is excited to announce the launch of MeMento Non-Alcoholic Spirit. Made from natural ingredients with no sugar and no gluten, MeMento is an elegant vegan brand promoting a healthy lifestyle, mindful choices, and respect for nature.The ingredients (Mediterranean aromatic waters) are all distilled separately to retain their individual beneficial properties, and then combined at the end of the process. This allows consumers to enjoy the same complex and qualitative experience of enjoying a cocktail. Unlike other low-alcoholic products in the space, alcohol is never used in the distillation process, making it truly alcohol-free.“MeMento and Opici Wines and Spirits share the same values – family-owned and incredible quality to value for consumers.” says Don Opici, Managing Director of Opici Wines and Spirits. “We are excited to start our partnership with MeMento and together pioneer this exciting new category in the beverage alcohol space.”Inspired by sophisticated and ancient Florentine recipes and traditions, MeMento is the brainchild of Eugenio Muraro, an Italian engineer and advocate within the low-and no-ABV community. MeMento has received international recognition both for the quality of its unique tasting profile and for the elegant lines of its packaging.MeMento retails for $37 per 700 mL bottle and will be available at restaurants and retailers nationwide. Imported by Opici Wines and Spirits, Glen Rock, NJOpici Wines and Spirits: Named “Importer of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast, Opici Wines is a dynamic importer and producer of fine wines and artisanal spirits from around the globe. The portfolio consists of nearly 40 brands that are available nationally. Founded in 1913, Opici Wines is family owned and now managed by the fourth generation, Don Opici.Advertisement last_img read more

Jamaica Venture Capital Programme to be Launched in September

first_imgJamaica Venture Capital Programme to be Launched in SeptemberJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Advertisements RelatedSenate Approves Bill to Make Revenue Measures Permanent Jamaica Venture Capital Programme to be Launched in September Finance & Public ServiceAugust 15, 2013Written by: Douglas McIntosh FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Jamaica Venture Capital Programme (JVCP) is to be launched on September 9, during a special conference being hosted by the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston.Chairman of the DBJ, Joseph Matalon, says the activities being undertaken by the institution for the programme’s implementation over the next three years, will be unveiled during the one-day conference, being held under the theme: ‘Advancing Innovation and Entrepreneurship – Seeding Tomorrow’s Opportunities’.The JVCP is a Government of Jamaica (GoJ) initiative, aimed at developing the environment to mobilize long term equity funding to enable greater access to alternative financing sources for high potential, small and medium size (SME) enterprises, and entrepreneurs.Its implementation is being made possible through a technical co-operation agreement, signed by the DBJ and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in February this year.The agreement sees the IDB providing some $14 million (approximately US$150,000) in grant financing under its Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) facility, with the DBJ putting up counterpart funding totalling $12 million (approximately US$128,000).Speaking at Wednesday’s (August 14)  media launch for the conference at the DBJ’s New Kingston offices, Mr. Matalon said the team piloting the JVCP’s implementation, led by Programme Co-ordinator, Audrey Richards, has to date completed a number of activities .These include: a market review and analysis of the local investment community;  a strategic and implementation plan, currently being reviewed by the Project Steering Committee; and a review of the legal, regulatory, and tax framework for venture capital.The DBJ Chairman advised that recommendations for an “appropriate regime” for the local venture capital market are currently being developed.Mr. Matalon advised that Brazilian Consultant, Patrícia Freitas, who worked on the JVCP’s development over the past eight months, will present the strategic plan during the conference.She is one of several scheduled speakers for the forum, which the Chairman said aims to heighten awareness about the venture capital industry, and the potential opportunities it presents for local participating stakeholders.Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, is slated to speak during the opening session, which will have Professor of Investment Banking at the Harvard Business School in the United States, Josh Lerner, as the keynote speaker.Mr. Matalon informed that Professor Lerner has written several books on venture capital, and is “widely consulted” globally on the subject.Also speaking will be Principal Investment Specialist, Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Susana García-Robles, who has  had extensive experience in guiding the development of venture capital programmes throughout Latin America.Mr. Matalon said several Jamaican representatives are also scheduled to speak and participate in discussions, “to give us insight into their own experiences, whether as fund managers or entrepreneurs.”They include: Chief Executive Officer, First Global Financial Services, Stephen Whittingham, and principal in the firm, Portland Equity, Marion McIntosh.Additional information on the conference can be obtained by contacting the Development Bank of Jamaica at 929.4000; e-mailing them at [email protected]; or logging on to their website at: www.dbankjm.com or the JVCP website at: www.venturecapitaljamaica.com .center_img Photo: Melroy Sterling Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) Chairman, Joseph Matalon (centre), emphasizes a point during Wednesday’s (August 14) media briefing at the institution’s New Kingston offices, where he outlined details of developments pertaining to the Jamaica Venture Capital Programme’s (JVCP) implementation, being undertaken by the DBJ; and the upcoming conference in September, where the initiative is slated to be launched. Listening keenly are DBJ Managing Director, Milverton Reynolds (left); and JVCP Co-ordinator and Manager, Audrey Richards. Story HighlightsThe Jamaica Venture Capital Programme (JVCP) is to be launched on September 9The JVCP will provide alternative financing sources for high potential SMEsThe IDB will provide $14 million and the DBJ putting up $12 million RelatedWork Far Advanced to Establish Venture Capital Programme RelatedFinancial Markets Symposium and Fair for Downtown Kingstonlast_img read more

Join Michael Behe for an Online Conversation about Viruses and Evolution

first_imgOrigin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Evolution NewsEvolution News & Science Today (EN) provides original reporting and analysis about evolution, neuroscience, bioethics, intelligent design and other science-related issues, including breaking news about scientific research. It also covers the impact of science on culture and conflicts over free speech and academic freedom in science. Finally, it fact-checks and critiques media coverage of scientific issues. Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share In a free online Zoom webinar on Saturday, June 13, biochemist Behe will review the biochemistry of viruses in general and COVID-19 in particular. He will use these topical examples to illustrate a fundamental principle: Darwinian and other unintelligent evolutionary mechanisms can change life marginally, in ways that are medically important, yet they cannot explain life’s complex structure. Rather, the elegant molecular structures of life required purposeful intelligent design. TagsbiochemistryColoradocoronavirusCOVID-19Darwinian evolutionevolutionary mechanismsHoustonintelligent designMichael Behemolecular structuresScience & Culture NetworkSouthern Californiaviruseswebinar,Trending “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Join us from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. Registration is required! Find more information and a link to register here. The event is graciously sponsored by the Colorado, Houston, and Southern California Chapters of Discovery Institute’s Science & Culture Network. Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Recommended Photo credit: Michael Behe, by Chris Morgan. Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Evolution Join Michael Behe for an Online Conversation about Viruses and EvolutionEvolution News @DiscoveryCSCJune 2, 2020, 7:05 PM A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to Alllast_img read more

Campaign against tax injustices is continuing – Doherty

first_imgHomepage BannerNews 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By admin – October 10, 2016 Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Campaign against tax injustices is continuing – Doherty Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook A Donegal Deputy is continuing a campaign against tax injustices calling on policy to change in regards to tax avoidance schemes.This comes after the Sinn Fein Finance spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty made two submissions regarding such schemes to the Department of Finance and the Budgetary Scrutiny Committee.Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty has made two submissions to the Department of Finance and the Budgetary Scrutiny Committee against tax avoidance schemes.The first submission outlines the issue of non-resident investors using Alternative Investment Funds to purchase property in Ireland and avoid tax on the associated income and gains.The second submission concerns Section 110 companies, which he says has been used widely in the property mortgage market to avoid tax.Deputy Doherty outlines in his submission how policy change is needed to ensure that these structures cannot facilitate tax avoidance in this state.He added that for too long multi-national companies have been getting away with paying little or no tax in Ireland while the ordinary taxpayer has had to foot the bill.center_img Pinterest Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Previous articleBurt and Milford draw exciting Donegal Intermediate Football Club Championship FinalNext articleLocal demonstrations hear Brexit could have detrimental impact on North West economy admin Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pregnant women can receive Covid vaccine at LYIT’s vaccination centre Facebooklast_img read more

News / UK High Court blocks Djibouti bid to terminate box terminal JV with DP World

first_img The High Court of England & Wales has placed an injunction on Port de Djibouti’s (PDSA) attempts to terminate its joint-venture with DP World.The ruling follows the London Court of International Arbitration’s ruling in favour of DP World after Djibouti’s government seized control of the Doraleh Container Terminal.Under this latest court order, PDSA has been prohibited from removing DP World-appointed directors of the DCT joint-venture.The ruling said: “PDSA is [also] not to interfere with management of DCT until further [court] orders or resolution of the dispute by a London-seated arbitration tribunal. By Alexander Whiteman 05/09/2018 “If it seeks to replace DP World-nominated directors on 9 September, it may be in contempt of court and face a fine, seizure of assets and its officers and directors may be imprisoned.”The reference to “9 September” is that PDSA called an extraordinary shareholders meeting for that date with the intention of replacing the DP World-nominated directors.The ruling “makes clear” that PDSA cannot act as if the joint-venture has been terminated or appoint or remove directors without consent.DP World has also reportedly requested Standard Chartered Bank to reject any instructions it may receive following the 9 September meeting.The three-berth Doraleh facility has a quay length of 1,050 metres, an annual handling capacity of 1.2m teu and is the country’s largest single employer. The government holds a 67% stake and DP World 33%, while China Merchant has also recently acquired a 23% stake in the wider Djibouti port at a cost of $185m.last_img read more

Send Eddie back to ‘Table Top Mountain’ – Readers

first_img‘ The results are in, and SARugbymag.co.za readers have decided that England coach Eddie Jones should return to Cape Town if he gets sacked.Jones is expected to learn his fate next week as the England RFU is busy conducting an investigation into their fifth-place finish at the 2021 Six Nations.ALSO READ: ‘Lions tour is the correct call’After a poll on this website, the majority of readers decided that Jones’ next move should be to return to the Stormers, should the investigation result in him losing the England head coach job.The Australian was named as the Stormers’ head coach back in November 2015 after completing his World Cup duties with Japan. However, he infamously left the Cape team just eight days later to replace Stuart Lancaster as England head coach. The Stormers ended up appointing Robbie Fleck as their new head coach.Just over 63% of votes went to the Stormers, which could be an indication of the insecurity that the team’s fans are feeling under the current leadership. The next favourites were the Lions, with 13,38% of votes.Meanwhile, it is clear that fans of the Vodacom Bulls and Sharks are confident in Jake White and Sean Everitt, respectively. The Bulls received the lowest tally, with just 3,10%, while the Sharks only got 8,97% of votes. Both teams recently contested the 2020 Currie Cup final and appear in good stead under their head coaches.Photo: Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images Send Eddie back to ‘Table Top Mountain’ – Readers Five one-cap Boks that could still represent South AfricaSA Rugby MagUndo Posted in Bulls, Cheetahs, Currie Cup, Lions, Sharks, Stormers, Top headlines ‘ Post by SA Rugby magazine Shop Bras Online | Search AdsTake a Look at These Bra and Panty SetsShop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo GoGoPeak2019 Top 10 Most Beautiful Airline Flight AttendantsGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘center_img ‘ Loans | Search AdsLooking for loan in Hong Kong? Find options hereLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoWorld Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVSA Rugby MagUndoWatch: Kolbe makes Test players look amateur – Ugo MonyeSA Rugby MagUndoLife Exact BrazilRemember Grace Jones? She Is Almost 73, See Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Published on March 25, 2021 From the magazine: Jano Vermaak names his Perfect XVFormer Springbok, Bulls, Lions and Stormers scrumhalf Jano Vermaak names a team of the best he played alongside and against.SA Rugby MagUndoAlphaCuteOprah Winfrey Is Nearing 70 & This Is The House She Lives In TodayAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndoHero WarsThis game will keep you up all night!Hero Wars|SponsoredSponsoredUndoGoGoPeakTop 10 Most Beautiful Cities In The WorldGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndo熱門話題不要被酵素騙了!在萬寧賣的「這個」直接針對脂肪…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndo  647  56 MoneyMorningPaperThe 10 Richest Families Of The World. Especially No. 6 Is A Complete Surprise.MoneyMorningPaper|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ Eddie Jones ‘last_img read more