Alok Sharma says questions on Covid restrictions are ‘gotcha’ journalism

first_img Business secretary Alok Sharma arrives in Downing Street on September 1 (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Alok Sharma says questions on Covid restrictions are ‘gotcha’ journalism Responding to Sharma’s comments, deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner tweeted: “Absolute sheer arrogance and dismissive attitude, of course the PM and his ministers should know what the restrictions are, you brought them in. Sharma said this morning that “there is an element of slightly gotcha about this” when asked about the latest Covid restrictions and that the BBC programme he was on was resembling “a quiz show”. Many have complained that the latest set of coronavirus restrictions are too confusing, and up to 80 Tory MPs are prepared to rebel against the government over Johnson trying to extend his powers to unilaterally create new rules. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikePast Factory”Waltons” Actress Says Magazine Ended Her CareerPast FactoryDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableybonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comDefinitionThe 20 Worst Draft Picks Ever – Ryan Leaf Doesn’t Even Crack The Top 5DefinitionJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USAZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach Raider Before the Open newsletter: Start your day with the City View podcast and key market data “Nothing ‘gotcha’ about asking to clarify what the government coronavirus restrictions are on its own people.” whatsapp Business secretary Alok Sharma arrives in Downing Street on September 1 (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Alok Sharma says questions on Covid restrictions are ‘gotcha’ journalism He later apologised for the gaffe and said he “misspoke”. Alok Sharma says questions on Covid restrictions are ‘gotcha’ journalism whatsapp However, Sharma told the BBC that people should consult government websites about new restrictions. “In areas more restricted they should go to the website.” When asked if he thought that the Covid restrictions were as trivial as a game show, Sharma said: “No absolutely not, but what I’m saying to you is what’s important is people want to understand the precise restrictions they have. Business secretary Alok Sharma has said questions about new Covid restrictions amount to “gotcha” journalism, just one day after Boris Johnson could not explain his own rules at a press conference. The latest restrictions include things like a ban on having music above a certain level in pubs and a mandate that hospitality venues should stop people singing and dancing. “There is an element of slightly gotcha about this, about some of this line of questioning and you are a flagship programme when it comes to serious news – it’s not a quiz show,” he said. Wednesday 30 September 2020 10:43 am Business secretary Alok Sharma arrives in Downing Street on September 1 (AFP via Getty Images) Boris Johnson yesterday incorrectly said England’s rule of six – mandating that only six people can meet at a time – only counted indoors. Share Show Comments ▼ Stefan Boscia last_img read more

Nick Waterhouse’s Analog Sounds for a Digital Era

first_imgUncategorizedNick Waterhouse’s Analog Sounds for a Digital EraBy Drew Tewksbury – May 8, 2012625ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItNick Waterhouse isn’t old, but he is old school. For his debut album out this month, Time’s All Gone, the 25-year-old Echo Park resident takes a quick trip in the way-back machine, dishing out clean-cut garage pop. It’s living room rock tailor-made for twisting and shouting by the light of a cathode-ray TV. Waterhouse imagines a world where pop music stopped in 1967, populating it with skronking saxophones, backup doo-wops, and swinging beats. He is a student of midcentury rock, ravenously collecting 45s from the “Wall of Sound” era. His self-released single goes for upwards of $300 among online collectors who crave a vinyl slice of his jukebox jams. Catch him May 10 at the Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock, getting gritty while looking sharp. Photograph by Nick Walker TAGS2012L.A. CultureMay 2012Previous articleThe Otherworldy Terrain Of L.A. Bee FrassNext articleThe Tuesday Afternoon Cram, 5/8/12Drew Tewksbury RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORFollow in Pee-wee Herman’s Footsteps Across L.A.What Defines a Successful Immigrant?The Undocumented Immigrants Who Are Redefining ‘American’last_img read more

Homeowner remortgages surge as fears of base rate hike grow

first_img Video Carousel – cityam_native_carousel – 426 00:00/00:50 LIVERead More Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictUndoPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunUndoComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyUndoMoguldom NationFather Of 2 Sues Los Angeles Hospital After Wife Dies During ChildbirthMoguldom NationUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoUnify Health LabsRandy Jackson: This 3 Minute Routine Transformed My HealthUnify Health LabsUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndoGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsUndo Share Show Comments ▼ MORTGAGE borrowers are locking in record-low interest rates as the prospect of a rate rise and higher loan costs loom.The number of remortgage loans reached 46,423 last month, a massive 89 per cent jump on the same month last year and the most since November 2008, according to estimates from property services group LMS. Brokers recently told City A.M. that mortgage rates have been creeping off record lows, and are urging people to get good deals before the Bank of England lifts its base rate. An increase is currently expected around April next year. “Remortgaging has come back with a bite in July, following sluggish levels of activity throughout the latter part of 2014 and first months of 2015,” said LMS boss Andy Knee.“Despite news that a base rate rise may be on the cards, lenders have not hiked rates and there are still many excellent deals to be had as lenders compete for business. But these will not last forever and borrowers should consider remortgaging now to avoid missing out.”The total amount of equity withdrawn from remortgaging in July stood at £1.27bn, a 183 per cent jump from a year earlier, LMS said. More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years whatsappcenter_img whatsapp Homeowner remortgages surge as fears of base rate hike grow Tuesday 25 August 2015 4:32 am Express KCS Tags: UK house priceslast_img read more

Hugely popular Clonaslee Show returns on Sunday, September 8

first_img Facebook WhatsApp By LaoisToday Reporter – 2nd September 2019 Facebook Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results And who needs the Galway Races when you could be in with a chance of winning ‘Most Suitably Dressed Lady’ on the day?Rock on Paddy will be MC for the day and Noreside will be providing live music for crowds of all ages.The Clonaslee Show has gone from strength to strength from its conception, halting on only a couple of occasions – once for foot and mouth and then the 2017 deluge.With children going free and an adult ticket costing €10, the Clonaslee Show has proven to be the perfect day out for all the family for generations.Closing dates for entries is on Friday, August 31, and you can apply online here.SEE ALSO – Listen to all the LaoisToday podcasts on our Soundcloud account here GAA Pinterest Twitter TAGSClonasleeClonaslee Show RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory center_img 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin WhatsApp GAA Pinterest Hugely popular Clonaslee Show returns on Sunday, September 8 The Clonaslee Show has incredible history and goes back over 70 years – and it returns with what promises to be another great family day out this Sunday, September 8.The Clonaslee Show missed out due to almost freak-like flooding conditions in 2017 but returned in fine style 12 months ago and all is in place for another great effort in 2019.This year will be the 67th year of the show – with the Belgian Blue Pedigree Bull and Gain dog food All-Ireland championships taking place as well as a number of non-agricultural activities.Amazing prizes and entertainmentMassive prize raffles are taking place on the day, with an astounding prize fund of €2,500 up for grabs – with a top cash prize of €700.Bouncing castles, face painting, balloon modelling, bakery competitions and carnival rides ensure a perfect day for all the family. Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Monday, September 2, 2019Next articleGardai release road safety message for those leaving Electric Picnic today LaoisToday Reporter Twitter GAA Home Sponsored Hugely popular Clonaslee Show returns on Sunday, September 8 Sponsoredlast_img read more

Kims Pay Visit to Key Regime Propaganda Tool

first_img [imText1]On Saturday, Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported a recent onsite visit to Mansudae Art Institute by Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Eun.KCNA said that the two Kims spent a long time reviewing the all-important Distinguished Sculptures Section of the institute, noting that it contains a statue of Kim Il Sung and adding, “The General stated that the pieces created by the company are national treasures and, as such, should be put on display for the people to see at any time.”Kim Jong Il’s appearance at Mansudae Art Institute is likely to have been for the purposes of both reviewing one of the few internationally competitive facilities in the country and encouraging the idolization of Kim Jong Eun through one of the key propaganda tools at his disposal. An anonymous defector from North Korea who worked in the fine arts while inside North Korea explained why to The Daily NK today, saying, “The Mansudae Art Institute is the most important propaganda asset in the idolization of the successor, and is recognized as a primary source of capital for Offices 38 and 39, two of the hard-currency earning branches of the Workers’ Party.”“The Distinguished Sculptures Department is an earner of hard currency primarily involved in projects in Africa,” the source said, explaining also that “Mansudae is in what is regarded as one of the most important fields in North Korea, so graduates of art schools tend to make the high-paying sculptures section their first preference.”Meanwhile, Mansudae Art Institute is also one of the core tools in the establishment of the Kim Jong Eun succession, because it is in control of general propaganda tasks for the succession. In order to prepare the succession, the defector said that Mansudae Art Institute launched booklet, documentary and other propaganda projects about Kim Jong Eun a few years ahead of his official emergence, projects which are presumably ongoing.When Kim Jong Il took power, he also made sure to achieve early dominance of this department, the defector added. KCNA stated that Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Eun were accompanied by Politburo members Kim Ki Nam, Choi Tae Bok, Kim Kyoung Hee, Choi Ryong Hae, Kim Pyoung Hae and Mun Kyoung Deok. News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak By Im Jeong Jin – 2011.01.25 3:09pm AvatarIm Jeong Jin News Kims Pay Visit to Key Regime Propaganda Toolcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News SHARElast_img read more

Local Parks Program gives big boost to Casey facilities

first_imgLocal Parks Program gives big boost to Casey facilities More residents will be able to enjoy one of the City of Casey’s most popular attractions, Bayview Park, following a funding announcement by the State Government on Friday.Construction of an accessible path at Bayview Park (also known as the 1,001 steps), will commence in the middle of this year, ensuring more community members of all abilities can access and enjoy this outstanding facility.Since opening in 2019, Bayview Park has become an exercise hot spot for locals and visitors to the area, who come to enjoy the breathtaking views.The $950,000 project is being supported by the Victorian Government with $300,000 in funding through its Local Parks Program.City of Casey Chair of Administrators Noelene Duff PSM said that the addition of the accessible path at Bayview Park will help to further develop the reserve, while also meeting Council’s expectation that all parts of Casey are accessible for all.“As set out in our Council Plan and other formal strategies, including our Open Space Strategy, our vision is for a city that is well connected, as well as sustainable and well equipped to manage growth,” Ms Duff said.“The creation of this accessible path supports this vision and further cements Bayview Park as a premier destination in Casey.“Through the provision of an accessible path, the site will also be well equipped to withstand increased visitation.”A future stage of works will include expansion of the existing car park and additional tree planting, which are subject to future funding opportunities.The Casey Safety Village has also received $70,000 through the Local Parks Program, a figure that will be matched by Council and used to transform the space into a road safety themed playground, which is expected to be complete in early 2022.The revitalisation of this facility will allow it to be freely accessed by everyone, all year round.Ms Duff welcomed the funding to transform the Casey Safety Village and said it will ensure this fantastic facility is still offering maximum community benefit. /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:Bayview, car, Casey City, City of Casey, community, council, exercise, future, Government, local council, Premier, project, road safety, Safety, space, sustainable, Victorialast_img read more

India provides second consignment of medical supplies to Mauritius

first_img Read Article By ANI on May 25, 2020 Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Add Comment Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app News Public Health The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Comments (0) Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” India provides second consignment of medical supplies to Mauritius Related Posts Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Mauritius Health Minister Kailesh Jagutpal received the second consignment of essential medical supplies from IndiaIndia has provided the second consignment of essential medical supplies including 10 tonnes of Ayurvedic medicine to Mauritius amid the coronavirus crisis.Mauritius Health Minister Kailesh Jagutpal received the second consignment of essential medical supplies from India.The High Commission of India said in a statement that an Indian Medical Assistance Team has also arrived onboard INS Kesari to work with the Mauritius health authorities through mutual sharing of experience and expertise.“The second consignment of essential medical supplies from India arrived in Port Louis aboard INS Kesari. Minister for Health, Dr Jagutpal received the consignment on behalf of the Government of Mauritius,” the statement read.The supply of these medicines and the medical team has been arranged by the Indian government at the request of the Government of Mauritius.Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also spoke to his Mauritian counterpart Pravind Jugnauth and appreciated his government’s efforts in effectively controlling the spread of the deadly virus in the country.Last month, India had delivered half a million tablets of hydroxychloroquine to Mauritius as per their request.Mauritius is one of the first countries to receive supplies of this medicine after a special exemption was granted for a few countries. The consignment of essential medicines will be followed by a second consignment in the coming weeks.The shipment of essential medicines and Medical Assistance Team aboard INS Kesari is part of the ‘Mission SAGAR’ that reflects India’s commitment to work together with its maritime neighbours and partners in the Indian Ocean Region.The ‘Mission SAGAR’ has also included supplies for the Maldives, Madagascar, Seychelles and Comoros to jointly meet our common challenges in these difficult times.SAGAR (Security And Growth for All in the Region) reflects India’s vision for the Indian Ocean Region, which was articulated by Prime Minister Modi during his visit to Mauritius in March 2015. IndiaINS KesariKailesh JagutpalMauritiusmedical supplies Share WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionalslast_img read more

Country’s Performance better than Expected – Shaw

first_imgRelatedCountry’s Performance better than Expected – Shaw FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaica’s performance under the economic programme set out in its agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), has been better than expected, with the economy even over-performing in several areas.Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, made this announcement in the House of Representatives, today (March 18), when he gave an update on the country’s performance review, as assessed by the IMF team, which has been in the island for the past 10 days.He pointed out that underlying the success of the end of March test is the continued improvement in the economy with the Net International Reserves (NIR) at US$1.716 billion as of May 17, and gross reserves at US$2.379 billion, covering 17 weeks of imports. Meanwhile, interest rates have been falling, and inflation moderating, Mr. Shaw said.“The relative market stability in the period following the approval of the Stand-By Agreement contributed to the achievement of quantitative performance criteria on net international reserves and net domestic assets of the Bank of Jamaica, with margins. As regard fiscal performance, all quantitative targets have been met,” he stated.The Minister said the domestic debt exchange launched in January had yielded a larger than expected savings on the Government’s interest bill, and that following the Jamaica Debt Exchange (JDX), credit rating agencies had upgraded the country’s sovereign debt rating.“Eurobond prices on sovereign bonds have rallied, and the treasury bill rates have fallen to around 10 per cent, the lowest since 1982. One private sector source anticipates that by next year, interest rates will be the lowest since 1972,” Mr. Shaw told the House.“In light of these developments, the government of Jamaica is pleased to report that performance under the IMF Stand-By Arrangement is on track,” Mr. Shaw emphasised.Meanwhile, the Finance Minister said the updated Letter of Intent to the IMF is to be published on the websites of the Ministry and the Bank of Jamaica, in order to keep domestic and international agents informed about the government’s policy actions and intentions. “The Letter of Intent, once established, is not a static means that as we go along timely revisions are made in accordance with the outcomes,” he explained.Mr. Shaw said the government will maintain the fruitful dialogue it has had with the IMF, and will consult with the Fund on the adoption of measures and in advance of revisions to the policies contained in the Memorandum of Economic and Financial Policies. RelatedCountry’s Performance better than Expected – Shaw Country’s Performance better than Expected – Shaw Finance & Public ServiceMay 19, 2010center_img RelatedCountry’s Performance better than Expected – Shaw Advertisementslast_img read more

Rio mayor to face inquiry over Olympic course misconduct

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO – The mayor of Rio de Janeiro will face an inquiry into alleged misconduct in the construction of a golf course for the 2016 Olympics in a nature reserve, according to documents provided by the public prosecutors’ office Friday. Golf’s return to the Olympics after a more than century-long absence was meant to be triumphal, but the construction of the course in the Marapendi nature reserve — a narrow strip of green in the heart of one of Rio’s fastest-growing neighborhoods — has been dogged by legal wrangling and protests by activists. The inquiry into Mayor Eduardo Paes was opened earlier this month by prosecutor Alberto Flores Camargo following a complaint by the environmental group Golf For Whom, which contends the city has harmed taxpayers by allowing a private developer to build the course at what is expected to be a massive financial gain. The documents released Friday represent yet another possible legal imbroglio surrounding the golf course. In a separate case, the state prosecutors’ office has alleged ground was broken without the necessary environmental impact studies and other legal requirements. The documents show that Camargo is deciding whether to bring civil charges of “misconduct causing damage to the public treasury” against Rio’s mayor over allegations he helped pave the way for the golf course developer to make a hefty profit on its $21 million investment. The activists allege developers stand to earn some $350 million, according to the documents. “It must be verified whether the benefits granted (to the developer) were excessive compared with the compensation demanded by the city, which would cause damage to the public treasury,” the documents said. The activists allege the city government gerrymandered the boundaries of the nature reserve and changed area zoning laws in order to allow for the construction of the course, as well as a neighboring complex of luxury residential towers, called Riserva Golf. Buildings in the area used to be capped at six stories, but the four towers that make up the Riserva Golf complex are expected to stand some 20 stories high. Officials with the Rio state prosecutors’ office say the inquiry could last up to a year, with the prosecutor ultimately deciding to shelve the complaint or bring charges against the mayor. A civil conviction on misconduct charges could result in a public official being forced out of office or banned from holding another public office for up to 10 years, the officials said. Paes took office in 2009, and his second term will end in 2016. Because the inquiry does not challenge the legality of golf course, it will not affect its construction. While the documents say that copies were sent to City Hall, as well as to the developers, a spokeswoman for Mayor Paes said in an email that “City Hall has not been officially informed about this particular matter.”last_img read more

MRBI poll says 80% of people are in favour of wind farms

first_imgNews MRBI poll says 80% of people are in favour of wind farms Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal By News Highland – March 27, 2013 A new poll has found that the majority of people are in favour of harnessing Ireland’s wind energy potential.The MRBI poll for the Irish Wind Energy Association found 80 percent of those surveyed approve of the use of wind farms.A wind turbine collapsed during a storm in Donegal a few days ago and many living near wind farms say they’re too noisy.But Kenneth Matthews, CEO of IWEA, says communities and safety are always at the heart of the planning process:[podcast][/podcast] Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Previous articleDonegal County Board delighted with decision to play Donegal v Tyrone game at MacCumhaill ParkNext articleGarda had to drive ambulance to Letterkenny General Hospital as there was no paramedic available News Highland Google+center_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest Facebooklast_img read more