Downing Street raises stakes over Brexit showdown with reshuffle threat

City A.M. understands that at least one of those names is prepared to walk if they don’t get a deal they are happy with, with multiple sources reporting anger and shock at the apparent last-minute shift in policy.But the Prime Minister is reportedly standing firm over her plans, which have been “pitch-rolled” by chancellor Philip Hammond throughout the week.A senior ally of May told Politico the PM had “a full reshuffle plan” in place for any eventuality.“Collective responsibility will be asserted at the end of the day,” the source said. “A select number of ego-driven, leadership-dominated Cabinet ministers need to support the PM in the best interests of the U.K. — or their spots will be taken by a talented new generation of MPs who will sweep them away.”The same source told Politico that any ministers who quit would not be allowed to use their ministerial cars to make the 40-mile trip back to London. Friday 6 July 2018 9:52 am “Taxi cards for Aston’s taxis, the local cab firm, are in the foyer for those who decide they can’t face making the right decision for the country,” the figure said. “It is a cold world outside government.”“One or two empty cars returning might be a sensible amount of blood-letting,” they added. Catherine Neilan Downing Street raises stakes over Brexit showdown with reshuffle threat whatsapp Share Downing Street has raised the stakes for today’s crunch Chequers summit, with Theresa May fully prepared for resignations as she seeks to push forward on Brexit.Last night Cabinet ministers including Boris Johnson, David Davis, Andrea Leadsom, Esther McVey and Penny Mordaunt were said to be plotting a rebellion after May’s plans to keep the UK “harmonised” with the EU on goods were revealed. whatsapp More From Our Partners UK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little read more

WATCH: How Laois company CJ Sheeran’s have managed to stay going during the Coronavirus

first_imgHome News Business WATCH: How Laois company CJ Sheeran’s have managed to stay going during… NewsBusiness Previous articleIn Pictures: Laois camogie side swaps hurls for wooden spoons for club and community initiativeNext articleCruinniú na nÓg 2020 celebrates a Sense of Place in Laois LaoisToday Reporter News Pinterest WATCH: How Laois company CJ Sheeran’s have managed to stay going during the Coronavirus Ashleigh Doyle, director in CJ Sheeran’s, has been busy right throughout the Coronavirus pandemic CJ Sheeran’s in Mountrath is Ireland’s largest manufacturer of timber pallets with 180 employees across their sites in Laois, Westmeath, Dublin and Mayo.Though they’ve been effected by the outbreak of Coronavirus like every business, they have been able to keep going throughout the pandemic, as their director Ashleigh Doyle explained recently on a video interview with Laois Chamber.With a vast customer portfolio that includes food and beverage suppliers and pharmaceutical services, they were deemed essential to the supply chain and therefore allowed to continue working.While some of their customers that were non-essential weren’t open and weren’t doing business, the ones that were open were increasing their orders.Their administrative staff were able to move to working from home while production obviously had to continue on site, following the new safety measures.“It was very important for us that we were allowed continue working and to ensure continuity of supply to our customers,” said Ashleigh in the interview with Laois Chamber CEO Bernie Everard.“In the early weeks, late February, early March we did a lot of lobbying the Government to ensure we got that recognition as an essential supply so if there was a lockdown that we would be wise to that and be able to continue.“In the days before the main lockdown was announced we had that assurances that we’d fall into critical supply chain and essential services which was great news for us as we were able to stay going and it’s business as usual.”Ashleigh also detailed how their Business Continuity Plan, which they had in place, was able to be acted on.Having achieved the different ISO standards in recent years, they were well placed to manage the new working environment that was forced upon them.“Our business continuity plan – or the bones of it – would be something we’d have in place for contingency planning. When this became apparent we needed to assure our customers that we could continue supplying. We did a lot of work in the early days on our BCP.“We opened it all again … (and) ensured every measure was put in place to make sure we could stay going. It was a good document. We’ve had additions to it since.“It was a very fluid situation and as things progessed we needed to amend it as we went but it was a good guide for us to be quick out of the blocks.“We had to act fast and do everything we could to give assurances to our customers and protect our employees.Our own suppliers that they too were part of the supply chain and they too were putting in the measures.“Over the years we have designed a manual for every process and procedure here which definitely has been very beneficial for us.“When Covid came knocking we opened up all of those procedures again to see where we could insert an extra practice or protocol. We were very much in preventive mode.”Technology has allowed for most meetings, including the monthly financial reviews – where previously staff would have been travelling from across the country to their headquarters in Mountrath – have been able to be held on the likes of Zoom and Skype, something Ashleigh predicts can continue into the future.“It has saved a lot of time on commuting (and) even the meetings themselves are quicker. More focussed.“It’s definitely a method we can use for different meetings but it will be a mix going forward. Face to face interaction is important as well.“It has been a big shift in our mindset as well. Has forced us across on to Zoom and Skype and there’s no reason we can’t continue with that. It’s much more efficient.”And Ashleigh added that having put in place a lot of procedures and policies around Covid-19 and to ensure sanitization and social distancing, that challenge continues despite the easing of restrictions and the Government’s plan to re-open business and society.“That is our main aim over next couple of months to ensure complaceny doesn’t set in. We have been doing this for past six or seven weeks at this stage and just need people to understand have to continue the importance of it.”SEE ALSO – An open letter from LaoisToday: Think local, support local and #LoveLaois as businesses open their doors again By LaoisToday Reporter – 3rd June 2020 Twitter Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival WhatsApp Pinterest Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Facebook Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSCJ SheeranCoronavirus WhatsApp Electric Picnic Electric Picnic Twitter Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

Talks of inter-Korean summit surface but US-North Korea talks will be…

first_imgAnalysis & Opinion AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] By Daily NK – 2018.02.13 5:43pm Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” Analysis & Opinion President Moon Jae In and First Lady Kim Jung Sook acknowledge the national flag at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Behind them are Kim Young Nam of the North Korean Supreme People’s Assembly and Kim Yo Jong of the Korean Workers’ Party Central Committee. Next to President Moon and the First Lady are the Second Lady of the United States and Vice President Mike Pence. Image: Yonhap News Agency The key is whether North Korea and the US agree to engage in talks. President Moon mentioned the importance of US-North Korea talks taking place before a visit to North Korea, which can be interpreted as an indirect message that an inter-Korean summit will only be viable if a favorable environment between the US and North Korea is first created on the premise of denuclearization. Professor Hyunwook Kim of the Korean National Diplomatic Academy, noted that “the current Trump administration is prioritizing the North Korean issue, and it will continue to pursue a hardline approach of pressuring North Korea. In this context, the South Korean government has to push North Korea to engage in talks with the US.” However, several factors make it difficult for North Korea and the US to engage in talks anytime soon. The pre-conditions and objectives for such talks sharply differ between the two sides, and there is a strong possibility that North Korea will continue to engage in provocative actions after the Pyeongchang Olympics. Meanwhile, the US continues to pursue stronger sanctions and diplomatic pressure on North Korea. “A favorable environment can only be created if there’s momentum behind US-North Korea talks. But the US is already talking of maritime interdiction against the North, and within the South Korean government, there are hardline opinions that peace cannot be assumed to be an outcome of inter-Korean talks. So it’s not an easy place to be in for the South Korean government,” Professor Kim said.  Spokesperson for the Ministry of Unification Taehyun Baek said on February 12 at a press briefing that “it’s not a situation where only the two Koreas can make progress. So the South Korean government is making multilateral efforts to create a virtuous cycle in which inter-Korean relations and the North Korean nuclear issue will both be addressed.” The Ministry of Unification has published materials detailing the high-level North Korean delegation’s visits to the South. Concerning future plans for inter-Korean relations, the publication emphasized that “the South Korean government intends to pursue a virtuous cycle in which inter-Korean relations and denuclearization go hand in hand. And depending on the context, through the improvement of inter-Korean relations, it will bring about progress in US-North Korea talks.” The Ministry of Unification also announced that “based on a firm position of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula, the South Korean government will simultaneously cooperate with the international community’s sanctions against North Korea and maintain a position of working toward a peaceful solution.” “When there is progress made in denuclearization, the environment will be ready for genuine progress in inter-Korean relations,” it adds. SHARE Facebook Twitter Analysis & Opinion Kim Yo Jong, vice director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department of the Workers’ Party of Korea, handed President Moon Jae In a handwritten letter from Kim Jong Un in her capacity as a special envoy. She also took the opportunity to officially invite South Korea’s President Moon to visit Pyongyang, raising the possibility of a third inter-Korean summit. Moon’s response was, “Let’s try to create an environment where that can be possible.” However, analysts argue that considering the situation surrounding the North Korean nuclear issue, considerable obstacles to an inter-Korean summit exist.  Analysts speculate that if no progress is made on the North Korean nuclear issue, a visit by President Moon will not be easy. North Korea is refusing to give up its pursuit of nuclear weapons and is publicly proclaiming to have completed its nuclear armament. Meanwhile, the position of the US is that North Korea must take sincere actions toward denuclearization. Between these two positions, it is difficult for the South Korean government to make headway. This reality was made clear when Moon told Kim Yo Jong that “in order to improve inter-Korean relations, there must first be talks between North Korea and the US” and asked that “North Korea be proactive in initiating talks with the US.” Kang Choi, vice-director of the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, said in a phone call with Daily NK that “at the current stage, there is a very low possibility for an inter-Korean summit.” He added that “there are too many risks involved in pursuing an inter-Korean summit when North Korea has not mentioned the nuclear issue and is refusing to change its position on it.” Some are pointing out that if an inter-Korean summit takes place despite North Korea not taking any sincere actions toward denuclearization, this would send the wrong signal to the US and the international community. Until a more favorable environment is first created, as President Moon has said, the South Korean government has no choice but to take a cautious approach to the issue of a possible summit.  Analysis & Opinion Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center Kim Yo Jong handing President Moon Jae In a handwritten letter from Kim Jong Un on the morning of February 10 at the Blue House (South Korea’s presidential residence). Image: Yonhap News Agency Talks of inter-Korean summit surface but US-North Korea talks will be key RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? last_img read more

CIBC cuts Canada growth forecast to ‘mediocre’ 1.7%

Facebook LinkedIn Twitter OECD raises outlook for Canadian economic growth this year Hugh McKenna Stagflation is U.S. economists’ biggest fear, SIFMA says “Having earlier tapped fiscal stimulus and a housing boom to shelter the economy from sluggishness abroad, the country’s ability to set its own course is now much more limited,” Avery Shenfeld, the bank’s chief economist, said in a report. “Escaping economic mediocrity will depend on the kindness of strangers, with exports and related capital spending critical to Canada’s fate in 2013-14.” CIBC bases its somewhat bleak assessment on significant headwinds that continue to buffet the global economy. “It’s too early to get the full benefits of policy stimulus in Asia, Europe is too stubborn to soften its fiscal drag enough and amplify ECB bond purchases and Washington is too wedded to getting going on fiscal tightening stateside, if not the full fiscal cliff,” Shenfeld said. While Chinese GDP could show improvement towards an eight per cent pace as early as the end of this year, it is not likely to have much of an impact on other economies as Chinese imports are currently showing no growth at all on a year-over-year basis, he added. As a result, Shenfeld expects a delay before crude oil and other resources rebound in price. “The absence of a helping hand from abroad will leave Canada exposed,” he said. “Blaming temporary disruptions in energy production in Q3 for recent disappointments misses the point: GDP excluding resource extraction has also been decelerating (and) the loss of home building momentum will offset greater oil output.” Meanwhile, he says high household debt and moderate growth in real incomes will limit domestic consumption while governments are being hit by leaner than expected coffers due to downward revisions to nominal GDP. Governments, he noted, will be introducing further spending restraints or tax hikes for fiscal 2013. However, Shenfeld does expect things to pick up in 2014, with economic growth in Canada hitting 2.5%, led by recovery south of the border and a strengthening Chinese economy. “With its household sector healing, the U.S. should be positioned to lead the way towards a better year come 2014 if, as we expect, new fiscal tightening measures do not hit as deeply that year.” Shenfeld said that as U.S. housing recovery gathers steam it will drive related consumer spending in addition to actual home-building jobs. He also expects that by 2014, China will be feeling the full benefit of its own policy easing and the improvement in U.S.-bound exports. “Even Europe, if it finally recognizes the need for both a softer hand in fiscal tightening and a more aggressive central bank, might at least register positive growth at that point,” he said. On a related issue, Shenfeld believes interest rates will hold steady in Canada through 2013 but that Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney’s successor will nudge rates up 50 to 75 basis points in 2014. Carney is leaving Canada’s central bank to become the next governor of the Bank of England in July. Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Economic forecasts Economy lost 68,000 jobs in May CIBC is predicting “very mediocre” growth for Canada next year, citing a weak world economy and an absence of key economic drivers at home. The bank (TSX:CM) said Wednesday it now expects economic growth of only 1.7% in 2013 — down from its previous forecast of two per cent. read more

Jamaica Mortgage Bank Facilitating Affordable Home Ownership

first_imgJamaica Mortgage Bank Facilitating Affordable Home Ownership UncategorizedOctober 18, 2006 RelatedJamaica Mortgage Bank Facilitating Affordable Home Ownership RelatedJamaica Mortgage Bank Facilitating Affordable Home Ownership Advertisementscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Since its inception some 35 years ago, the Jamaica Mortgage Bank (JMB), has been making home ownership affordable for many Jamaicans.As the only financial institution of its type in Jamaica, the JMB was established with the broad concept of fostering the development of housing islandwide through the mobilization of loan funds to public and private sector housing developers and to other lending institutions; the operation of a secondary mortgage market facility, and the provision of mortgage indemnity insurance services.“We set out to promote the construction of environmentally safe and affordable housing units for all Jamaicans, and over the years the JMB has implemented a number of projects and programmes, aimed at assisting Jamaicans to own their own homes,” Director of Projects and Planning at the JMB, Patrick Peart, tells JIS News in an interview.At present, he elaborates, the bank has a portfolio of 35 projects islandwide, providing 5,075 housing units, with total funds amounting to $2.8 billion.“This financial year to date (April to September), the bank intended to finance the construction of 1,486 units at a cost of $1.4 billion. However, we have committed in excess of $1.6 billion for 2,361 housing units. This represents a 58 per cent increase in our housing units and a further 15 per cent increase in funds committed,” he informs.As part of its efforts to provide affordable housing, the bank in January of this year was not only able to reduce its lending rates to housing developers by three percentage points, from 21 per cent to 18 per cent, but also concluded a Line of Credit Agreement with the Economic and Social Development Bank of Venezuela (BANDES), through the San Jose Accord.“Through this loan, the bank will be able to access up to US$2 million at a concessionary interest rate, and this will allow the bank to pass this on through lower house prices, which will benefit prospective homeowners,” he explains.Mr. Peart notes that under this agreement, “it is stipulated that funds should be used to fund projects that would have huge social and economic benefits. We are seeking to use these funds to finance projects targeted at the lower income earners”.The bank, he informs, has identified a scheme in Ebony View, St. Catherine. “Under this project funds will be used to provide roads, water, electricity and sewer facilities for some 325 informal settlements. In addition, we intend to construct 100 low income, 2 bedroom units. There are plans in the pipeline to execute similar projects in Clarendon,” he notes.The Projects and Planning Director points out that the bank has been involved in housing development from the 1970s. “Over the past 35 years, the bank has implemented a number of projects and programmes, which have enriched the lives of many Jamaicans at the lower end of the economic strata,” said Mr. Peart.During the 1980s, the bank secured funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of Jamaica to fund projects, such as Squatter Settlement upgrading project, Core/Start-A-Home and Rural Home Improvement and Mortgage Loans.The Squatter Settlement upgrading programme involved the provision of roads, water, electricity and sewer systems at many informal settlements. The aim of the project was to upgrade and provide vehicular access, water supply, and sewage disposal facilities and encourage the legal ownership of land.“During this period there was a decline in construction, there was a lot of informal settlements, the JMB needed to halt the trend, so the upgrading of these squatter settlements was taken on as a project,” he says.All the lots, both privately and government owned, were sold on credit to the occupants and monthly payments were made to the then Ministry of Construction.In addition, during that period the JMB established the Core or Start-a-Home Programme. Under this project, one and two bedroom houses were built and sold at affordable rates to Jamaicans.Under the Rural Home Improvement and Mortgage Loans, the JMB disbursed loans totalling $8 million to the Jamaica Co-operative Credit Union members islandwide for improvements to existing homes. Mortgage loans were also provided to assist in the purchasing of houses.The JMB not only facilitated the provision of affordable houses to Jamaicans through the granting of loans to developers, but also under the Jamaica Mortgage Bank Act of 1960, can carry out other activities.He informs that the bank can guarantee loans made from private investment sources for building developments; sells investments of whatever kind when appropriate, lend money on security to be used for the construction of premises for private residential purposes or for commercial or industrial nature; lend money on mortgages and carry out any other transaction involving mortgages, furnish financial advice and provide or assist in obtaining managerial, technical and administrative services for persons engaged in building development in Jamaica.However, the single most important feature that distinguishes the JMB from Building Societies and other mortgage institutions is its operations within the secondary mortgage institution. At present, the bank is finalizing an agreement with the National Housing Trust (NHT) for a $500 million facility to expand the Secondary Mortgage Market.Mr. Peart explains that the JMB buys mortgages from existing institutions when these institutions need to improve their liquidity and the bank sells mortgages to these institutions when they are very liquid.This gives approved mortgage sellers the chance to liquidate a loan instead of waiting for the end of the maturity period and so provide resources for new mortgage commitments for home purchasers. Through this market, the bank carries out one of its principal functions, that of making mortgage financing more easily accessible to low and middle income homeowners.Mr. Peart informs that in the area of Mortgage Indemnity Insurance or the insuring of residential and commercial mortgage loans, the bank’s current portfolio includes 25,564 issued policies, totalling $722 million. The value of the Mortgage Insurance Fund was $765 million in March of this year. This represented a 16 per cent growth over the previous year.At the beginning of April 2000, the bank had an asset base of $1.989 billion, and at the end of March 2006, this had grown to $3.561 billion, representing a growth of 79 per cent over the 6-year period. The bank’s equity moved from $1.527 billion in 2000 to $2.2218 billion in 2006, registering a 45 per cent growth.The bank has also recorded significant growth in the area of loan disbursement. In March 2000, the bank disbursed $510 million in loans, while at the end of March 2006, the annual amount disbursed totalled $1.077 billion.“At the JMB, we are not driven by profit but by the number of units we finance.we really try to foster and promote affordable housing, that is what our bank is about,” Mr. Peart says. RelatedJamaica Mortgage Bank Facilitating Affordable Home Ownershiplast_img read more

PM Calls for Support for Jamaica’s Medical System

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister Bruce Golding has called on the Organisation for Strategic Development in Jamaica (OSDJ), a non-profit organization based in Minnesota, to provide assistance in configuring Jamaica’s medical system, so that it can be wired into a network of advancement in medicine, where the country can benefit from the research taking place all over the world.He says the country needs to get to a stage where the ordinary Jamaican can become the beneficiary of the genius of the human brain and the miracle of advancement of medicine. Mr. Golding said new mind-boggling advances in technology and medical research were opening new frontiers in terms of medical intervention but the challenge for developing countries like Jamaica, is how to share in that new experience.Mr. Golding was delivering the main address at the close of a two-day ‘Advancements in Medicine 2008’ conference and launch of the ‘Barry Wint memorial Fund’ at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort hotel in Ocho Rios over the weekend. Mr. Golding said Jamaica was blessed as so many of our countrymen in the Diaspora and other organizations that can be seen as part of the extended Jamaican family, have provided significant assistance to the country.He expressed the government’s gratitude to the OSDJ, through its President, Wayland Richards, for the donation of some 24 dialysis machines to hospitals in the island. He said the organization’s contribution has been an exceptional one since its few short years of existence and one which would help to save the lives of hundreds of Jamaicans who died from renal failure because they could not afford this aspect of health care.Also addressing the function was the United States Ambassador, Brenda Johnson who gave a commitment to assist the organisation in its various outreach programmes in Jamaica.The organization used the occasion to launch the Barry Wint memorial fund, through a moving tribute made by his widow, Mrs. Yvonne Wint. Dr Barry Wint was the Chief medical Officer and the chief architect of the ‘Advancements in medicine conference’. The fund will be used to provide scholarships to medical students, nurses and public health students in Jamaica, and to assist in the infrastructural development of medical facilities in the island. RelatedPM Calls for Support for Jamaica’s Medical System RelatedPM Calls for Support for Jamaica’s Medical System PM Calls for Support for Jamaica’s Medical System UncategorizedFebruary 26, 2008center_img RelatedPM Calls for Support for Jamaica’s Medical System Advertisementslast_img read more

PM to Discuss Role of Small Businesses in Creating Jobs on Jamaica House Live Tonight

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Labour and Social Security, Pearnel Charles, and President of the Small Business Association of Jamaica, Edward Chin Mook , will be the special guests of Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, tonight (March 4), on his monthly radio programme ‘Jamaica House Live.’They will discuss the global economic crisis and its impact on jobs, and the role of the small business sector in creating employment.Jamaica House Live is an interactive radio talk programme hosted by the Prime Minister, on the last Wednesday of each month. The first programme for this year was aired on Wednesday, January 31.The first of its kind by a Jamaican leader, the programme is syndicated live across all radio stations and broadcast live on the JIS website and IRIE TV globally.‘Jamaica House Live’, is presented in a very organic format, which gives the audience a chance to speak to the Prime Minister on any subject of their choice. Advertisements RelatedPM to Discuss Role of Small Businesses in Creating Jobs on Jamaica House Live Tonight PM to Discuss Role of Small Businesses in Creating Jobs on Jamaica House Live Tonight LabourMarch 4, 2009center_img RelatedPM to Discuss Role of Small Businesses in Creating Jobs on Jamaica House Live Tonight RelatedPM to Discuss Role of Small Businesses in Creating Jobs on Jamaica House Live Tonightlast_img read more

It’s a frog’s life: World Frog Day heralds bumper season for local frogs

first_imgIt’s a frog’s life: World Frog Day heralds bumper season for local frogs This World Frog Day (Friday March 20) it’s worth celebrating a bumper spring and summer for frogs in the Central West and Northern Tablelands. Doctor Joanne Ocock, Project Officer with the National Parks and Wildlife Service said native frogs have a range of strategies to deal with dry and wet cycles.“All the frogs in our area need water to lay eggs and allow tadpoles to develop into new frogs, but not all have the same strategy for surviving when the water starts to dry up.“There is not one secret formula for surviving as a frog in the Central West and North West Plains, it is inevitable that the dry will happen and they all approach it in different ways.“Frogs like the barking marsh frog or salmon-striped frog, lose water through their skin quickly so need to stay close to damp areas. They survive dry times by sheltering near remaining waterholes or creeks, down muddy cracks and in the middle of wetland reeds and rushes.“Tree frogs are the ones people see more often around the house, like the Peron’s tree frog or green tree frog. These frogs have a slightly different skin type so don’t lose water as easily. They also make sure to shelter in places with low wind exposure and high humidity, like a drainpipe. This means they can roam further from water and survive for long periods until the rains come again.“But the most extreme strategy is employed by the frogs who burrow underground and make a cocoon from layers of their own skin!“Frogs like the water-holding frog and striped burrowing frog, then wait out the dry for up to two years in a type of hibernation called aestivation when all bodily functions virtually shut down. Once they sense the rains have returned, the frog will eat the cocoon and dig its way back out, ready to soak up some water have a feed and get back to business. Until it dries out again.“The Central West and North West Plains are somewhat unique in the high numbers of each type of frog occurring here. This is due to the range of habitats from creeks and streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands and temporarily flooded depressions, providing perfect habitat for all sorts of frogs.“Get out and explore your local national park. Stop and listen for frogs, especially at dusk. You’ll hear a different chorus from those at your back window and will start to appreciate the variety of frogs in your local area,” Dr Ocock said.Not quite sure what you are hearing? The Australian Museum runs a fantastic identification app /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:AusPol, Australia, Australian, business, Central, deal, doctor, environment, exposure, Government, habitat, house, National Park, New South Wales, NSW, project, season, Water, wetland, wildlife, worldlast_img read more

Wine Shipments to Consumers Soar to Record $3.7 Billion in 2020

first_imgEmail Previous articleWine Entrepreneurship Master Class Offered Online in Spring 2021Next articleVIVANT Debuts the World’s First Global Livestreaming Wine Experience Platform Press Release TAGSSovos ShipCompliantWines Vines Analytics Share Facebook Twitter Home Industry News Releases Wine Shipments to Consumers Soar to Record $3.7 Billion in 2020Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessWine Shipments to Consumers Soar to Record $3.7 Billion in 2020By Press Release – January 25, 2021 781 0 ReddIt AdvertisementAnnual Sovos ShipCompliant Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Report shows historic 27% volume growth as buyers valued lower prices and online convenience amid COVID-19 restrictions(BOSTON) January 25, 2021 – Despite a nationwide pandemic that closed tasting rooms and restricted in-person sales for much of the past year, U.S. wineries shipped more than $3.7 billion worth of wine directly to consumers in 2020, according to the latest Direct-to-Consumer (DtC) Wine Shipping Report from Sovos ShipCompliant and Wines Vines Analytics. By volume, consumers dramatically increased the amount of wine purchased for direct shipment from wineries, leading to the largest single-year increase in annual shipments ever recorded. However, the record 8.39 million cases of wine shipped to consumers in 2020 – representing a 27% increase over 2019 – came at the cost of lower growth in value for the channel, which comparatively was up only 14.9% over 2019’s $3.2 billion in sales. And as consumers turned to lower-cost varietals, the average price per bottle for DtC shipments dipped by 9.5% to $36.83 per bottle, marking the sharpest-ever annual drop in price reported. “In 2020, the DtC channel became truly essential for wineries forced to shut down their tasting rooms and pivot from traditional sales due to COVID-19. By volume, DtC orders rapidly increased at the beginning of the pandemic and continued at higher levels throughout the year,” said Larry Cormier, vice president, general manager, Sovos ShipCompliant. “Bucking past trends, value emerged as a key driver of increased sales as wine drinkers flocked to lower-priced wines amid economic uncertainty.”As a general rule, the varietals and regions with the lowest average price per bottle shipped saw the largest year-over-year increases in volume. For example, the three regions with the lowest average price per bottle shipped – Sonoma, U.S. wineries located outside of the West Coast, and California’s less well-known wine counties, such as Mendocino – accounted for 53.1% of the total volume of wine shipped in 2020.“Regions with lower-priced wines significantly outperformed the overall DtC market in 2020. However, every region benefited from DtC shipments, which took on newfound importance as a way to make up for lost in-person sales,” said Andrew Adams, editor at Wines Vines Analytics. “While it is encouraging to see growth in the DtC market, we also cannot overlook the huge declines in visitations to wineries and tasting rooms, where the full long-term impact remains to be seen.”Other notable trends described in the 2021 Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Report include:Early pandemic gains translated into sustained DtC momentum in late 2020: The last quarter of 2020 saw a persistent and significant increase in shipments over 2019, with a consistently lower average price per bottle shipped as wine consumers continued their search for value.Sonoma saw the biggest volume gains: With 724,076 more cases shipped in 2020, Sonoma wineries were responsible for 40.6% of the entire DtC shipping channel’s volume increase, despite the fact that Sonoma accounts for only 31.6% of the overall volume of DtC shipments. By contrast, the more-expensive regions of Napa Valley and Oregon underperformed the overall wine shipping channel.Large wineries continued to gain DtC market share: America’s largest wineries – which ship the lowest priced wines each year, historically – benefited from downward pricing pressure in 2020. These substantial producers saw their average price per bottle shipped decline by 17.3% but shipped 54.7% more wine than in 2019. These large wineries now capture 18.2% of the volume of the entire DtC shipping channel, up from only 5.5% in 2015. Cheaper varietals prevailed: Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Blends, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Zinfandel remained the top five most commonly shipped wines in 2020. However, cheaper varietals, such as Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, Riesling and White Blends, significantly outperformed the channel with volume growth between 32% and 45%. Across all wine types, shipments with an average price per bottle of $30 or less increased by 41.6%.“Mandatory stay-at-home orders led many consumers to discover the convenience of buying wine online in 2020. Without having to leave their homes and not bound by retail walls’ and shelves’ wine selection, consumers tapped into a wide selection of wines across regions,” said beverage alcohol consultant Danny Brager. “The genie is now out of the bottle. The e-commerce sustained effect is likely to continue into 2021 as more wineries invest in digital marketing and direct-to-consumer shipping to both compensate for restrictions on tourism and in-person visits and to maximize their consumer touch points.”The Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Report is an annual collaboration between Sovos ShipCompliant and Wines Vines Analytics, examining shipment trends from wineries to U.S. consumers. The proprietary data included is compiled from an algorithm measuring total DtC shipments based on millions of anonymous direct shipping transactions filtered through the ShipCompliant system and paired with Wines Vines Analytics’ comprehensive data on U.S. wineries.To download the full Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Report and to see more insights and DtC trends, visit SovosSovos was built to solve the complexities of the digital transformation of tax, with complete, connected offerings for tax determination, continuous transaction control compliance, tax reporting and more. The company supports more than 8,000 customers, including half of the Fortune 500, operating in over 70 countries. Its SaaS products and proprietary Sovos S1 Platform integrate with a wide variety of business applications and government compliance processes. Sovos has employees throughout North America, Latin America and Europe, and is owned by Hg and TA Associates. For more information visit and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.About Sovos ShipCompliantSovos ShipCompliant has been the leader in automated alcohol beverage compliance tools for more than 15 years, providing a full suite of cloud-based solutions to wineries, breweries, distilleries, importers, distributors and retailers to ensure they meet all federal and state regulations for direct-to-consumer and three-tier distribution. ShipCompliant’s solutions reduce risk, lessen the burden of compliance, accelerate bringing products to market and enable revenue growth. With 60 partner integrations, Sovos ShipCompliant leads a robust ecosystem of technology partnerships, enabling powerful complementary solutions. For more information, visit and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.About Wines Vines AnalyticsThe Wines Vines Analytics team maintains the wine industry’s most accurate databases and provides data-driven analysis, data, insights and reports to help our clients grow and manage their businesses. For more information visit Pinterest Linkedinlast_img read more

Moto updates Z Play, adds new Mods

first_img Motorola expands 5G range, updates G line Lenovo focuses on camera with latest Moto Lenovo continues steady flow of Moto launches Author AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 02 JUN 2017 JBLMotoMotorola Previous ArticleTurkcell $4.2B lawsuit against MTN revivedNext ArticleQualcomm seeks NXP EU nod without concessions HomeDevicesNews Moto updates Z Play, adds new Modscenter_img Related Steve Costello Devices Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more Tags Motorola unveiled a new Z-series smartphone, alongside a new set of Mods peripherals, stating the add-ons offer “unprecedented mobile innovation”.The Moto Z2 Play smartphone is said to offer a “thinner, lighter design and faster performance”. It now measures 5.99mm in thickness, compared with 6.99mm for the previous Z Play, and weighs in at 145 grams, down from 165 grams.It is powered by a 2.2GHz octacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor, compared with 2GHz octacore Snapdragon 625. Motorola lists versions with 3GB or 4GB of RAM, whereas the previous Z Play was 3GB only, and also new is a 64GB storage version alongside the 32GB standard.Another notable change is the main camera. Whereas the 2016 device had a 16MP main camera, the new one adopts “12MP 1.4um dual autofocus pixel” technology. The company promised “brighter, sharper photos, even in low light”.Other features include Night Display, which adjusts the screen at night to reduce blue light output, and a redesigned fingerprint reader.Moto Z2 Play first launches in Brazil, with a global rollout later this month. It will cost $499 via Motorola’s online store.New ModsFour new mods were unveiled, which add features to the smartphone through an attached peripheral.Moto GamePad enables users to use the smartphone as a handheld gaming console. It offers dual control sticks, d-pad and action buttons, with 1035mAh built-in battery.An updated JBL SoundBoost speaker offers ten hours of playback and a water-repellent coating. Available in red, blue or black, it also features a “more premium design with fabric and improved contours”.Two Mods are related to power. The TurboPower Pack adds an extra day of battery life, or can be used to recharge the main battery, while the new Style Shell adds wireless charging.Available globally later in 2017, GamePad and JBL SoundBoost each cost $79.99, TurboPower Pack “starts at” $79.99; and Style Shell with Wireless Charging is $39.99.last_img read more