Government pressure on public broadcasting

first_img March 16, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders is very disturbed by the government’s illegal and arbitrary dismissal of four members of the state-owned broadcaster RTV Slovenija’s supervisory board. Appointed for four-year terms by the previous social-democratic government in January 2010, they were fired by the current conservative government last week.“Their dismissal is contrary to the letter and spirit of the law and constitutes unacceptable political interference in RTV’s operations,” Reporters Without Borders said. “If the government could dismiss the supervisory board’s members, they would be independent only in theory. Respect for public broadcasting’s institutions and independence are essential conditions for the rule of law. If the government does not reverse this decision, it will be accused of dealing a very dangerous blow to media freedom in Slovenia.”The four supervisory board members who were dismissed by Prime Minister Janez Janša’s conservative government on 26 July – Nataša Koprivšek, Marjan Sedmak, Aljoša Štampar and Matjaž Medved – were appointed by Borut Pahor’s social-democratic government on 21 January 2010 for four-year terms ending in 2014. Candidates have been invited to apply for the newly-vacant positions.The government appoints four of the supervisory board’s 11 members but there is no legal provision for their dismissal before their four-year terms are over. Their terms can only end prematurely if they resign or are unable to continue fulfilling their duties as a result of death, illness, imprisonment and so on.The government’s decision is line with a recommendation by the parliamentary committee for education, science, culture, sport and youth, which is dominated by the ruling coalition. The committee “rejected” the RTV supervisory board’s annual report in April and called for the replacement of the four members named by the previous government. In so doing, the committee exceeded its powers. According to law, it is supposed to take note of the report but not to issue recommendations or vote on it.In defence of their actions, the parliamentary committee and government accused the supervisory board of lacking authority and transparency. The board’s chair, Lenart Šetinc, described the accusations as “fabricated and unverified” and said the committee and government had acted in an “illegitimate and illegal” manner out of “purely political motives.”“It does not bode well for the rule of law when the government violates legislation,” Šetinc said. “One of the pillars of RTV’s independence is the article of the law that says that its staff and the members of its supervisory bodies cannot be arbitrarily dismissed by the government.”Concern about growing government influence over the media has been heightened by the announced creation of a new TV station in the next few months by Telekom Slovenije, a telecommunications company that is 72 per cent state-owned. TS is one of the country’s biggest companies and has a near monopoly of telecommunications and Internet access. Many journalists fear that the new TV station, to be called TSMedia, will be subservient to the government, which is at the same trying to exercise more and more control over RTV.According to Slovenian law, a telecommunications company cannot own a TV station. TS nonetheless expects to get the green light from the Postal and Electronic Communications Agency (APEK), and the future TV station has already bought the broadcasting rights for the next three seasons of the UEFA Champions League. Organisation News June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Slovenia Help by sharing this information Public media independence under threat in the Czech Republic and Slovenia SloveniaEurope – Central Asia to go furthercenter_img SloveniaEurope – Central Asia May 21, 2021 Find out more August 3, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government pressure on public broadcasting News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU RSF_en News Six press freedom NGOs ask the European Commission to respond publicly to Slovenian Prime Minister’s attacks on the media Newslast_img read more

Technical Defaults Under Companies Act To Be Decriminalized : Minister Of Corporate Affairs

first_imgTop StoriesTechnical Defaults Under Companies Act To Be Decriminalized : Minister Of Corporate Affairs LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK16 May 2020 11:50 PMShare This – xNirmala Sitharaman, Union Minister of Corporate Affairs, on Sunday announced the plans to decriminalize various technical defaults under the Companies Act 2013.Violations involving minor and procedural defaults such as shortcomings in CSR reporting, inadequacies in board reports, filing defaults, delay in holding AGM etc will be decriminalized, said Nirmala Sitharaman, Finance Minister,…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginNirmala Sitharaman, Union Minister of Corporate Affairs, on Sunday announced the plans to decriminalize various technical defaults under the Companies Act 2013.Violations involving minor and procedural defaults such as shortcomings in CSR reporting, inadequacies in board reports, filing defaults, delay in holding AGM etc will be decriminalized, said Nirmala Sitharaman, Finance Minister, while announcing the last tranche of economic stimulus package on Sunday.Majority of the compoundable offences sections will be shifted to the “Internal Adjudication Mechanism”(IAM) and powers of RD for compounding will be enhanced. 58 Sections will be dealt with by the IAM in place of the earlier 18 sections.Seven compoundable offences will be altogether dropped and five will be dealt under the alternative framework. Lower penalties will be prescribed for small companies, one-person companies, start-ups and producer companies.The Minister said that this move will “de-clog” the criminal courts and the NCLT. Appropriate Ordinance for effecting these changes will be brought in, said the Minister.Ease of doing businessTo increase the ease of doing business, the Minister announced that companies will be allowed to directly list their securities in foreign jurisdictions.  Private companies which list Non-Convertible Debentures on stock exchanges will not be regarded as listed companies. Steps will be taken for creating additional benches for NCLAT.The Finance Minister also announced major changes in the regime under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code.The Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced that debts incurred due to COVID-19 lockdown will not be treated as “default” under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016. There will be an embargo on fresh insolvency proceedings will be initiated for a period of one year. Minimum threshold to initiate insolvency proceedings will be raised to Rs 1 crore from the Rs 1 lakh. For MSMES, a special insolvency framework will be notified under Section 240A IBC, added the Finance Minister.Next Storylast_img read more

PM pushes HR to centre stage

first_imgPM pushes HR to centre stageOn 25 Nov 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article CBI Conference: Susan Anderson, director of HR policy at the CBI, welcomesTony Blair’s focus on improving the UK’s skills baseThe importance of HR to the future of business and the UK economy moved upthe corporate agenda again after taking centre stage at this year’s CBI annualconference. Increasing employee skills, improving workforce development and raisingproductivity were all headline messages delivered at this year’s conference bysome of the country’s biggest political figures. It’s little wonder that Susan Anderson, the director of HR policy at theCBI, openly punched the air with delight as many of the key issues affectingthe profession were cited by the Prime Minister. Tony Blair and chancellor Gordon Brown told delegates that the UK mustincrease its skills base and promised the Government would ease the regulatoryburden, especially from Europe. HR can often be overlooked at the major business conferences, but this timeskills, pensions, workplace legislation and European red tape – all major HRissues – came to the forefront. “People issues are completely central to business and that’s themessage that Tony Blair gave us. HR should be playing a role in ensuring peopleare being managed properly and that the right people are in the business,”Anderson told Personnel Today. Anderson said the conference could herald a new awareness of the importanceof good people management and hopes the Government will get more involved insome areas. “It was interesting that the Prime Minster talked about employersworking with the Government and coming up with genuine solutions – not justproblems. I think the focus now is partnership to get these issues resolved. “Last year we were all talking about skills and now 12 months later,we’ve heard Tony Blair put it at the top of his business agenda,” shesaid. Skills message Anderson believes that Blair’s skills message is something that employersmust heed and that starts with looking at their own organisation at a grassroots level. “The real challenge is working out what competencies employers need sothey can always have the right people in the right jobs. “I think there’s been some complacency and there are definitelyperformance and skills issues. Some companies need to get back to basics andthink about the competencies they need and how they can get them,” shesaid. Employers must also start to improve the quality of line management and lookat the way business deals with its poor performers. “There are some examples of best practice, but there has also been somesloppy management thinking within companies,” she said. Regulation was, and always will be, one of the main gripes brought up at theconference and, although Anderson admits it seems to be a perennial complaint,she was pleased to hear Blair mention some of the red tape that is problematicfor HR. “It was good to hear Blair list some of the directives that the HRprofession has to deal with. It’s important to look at EU regulations becausethey’re often too rigid and inflexible for employers to work with.” Enforcement issue Anderson said the argument was not with regulation itself, more the way itis enforced. She said domestic regulations were often disliked by business inprinciple, but were much less damaging than EU laws because business is atleast fully consulted. “The stuff from Europe always seems the most difficult to deal with,it’s always so black and white. Each country should have more flexibilityaround implementation because every market is unique,” she added. HR will also play a major role in designing the future of pensions, withAnderson predicting that ‘crunch time’ is just around the corner. Her message to HR was not to get too bogged down in the process side of therole and try to influence at a macro level. “HR people can sometimes be a little too introspective. Businessdoesn’t look at HR, it looks at its people. Everybody should be improving theirskills and HR is the facilitator of this.” In 12 months’ time, she jokes, most members will still be talking about toomuch red tape, but between the complaints, the delegates might have a differentview of HR. “We need to be at a stage where people issues are not just HR issuesbut are embedded into the business. I want to see HR more integrated becauseall this is now mainstream business thinking so it should be treated as such.Managers and employees should not be thinking ‘that’s just an HR issue’.” By Ross Wigham Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar opens up about prostate cancer diagnosis

first_img Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailKevork S. Djansezian/Getty ImagesBy ANGELINE JANE BERNABE and MYA GREEN, ABC News(NEW YORK) — For the first time, basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is opening up about his private battle with prostate cancer since being diagnosed 11 years ago.In an essay Abdul-Jabbar wrote for WebMD, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer revealed how he’s had prostate cancer, leukemia and heart bypass surgery to shed light on the health challenges facing Black people.Abdul-Jabbar wrote that while he’s received some of the best medical attention over the years as an NBA star, he’s aware of how others in the Black community do not.“While I’m grateful for my advantages, I’m acutely aware that many others in the Black community do not have the same options and that is my responsibility to join with those fighting to change that,” he wrote. “Because Black lives are at risk. Serious risk.”“We’re at a crossroads here,” Abdul-Jabbar told ABC News’ Good Morning America in an interview about his op-ed. “People are either going to take health care seriously and promote it and support it, or people will be struggling, and we want to end the struggling. We want people to be well.”In his essay, Abdul-Jabbar pointed out that some of the health issues Black people are prone to as a group include diabetes, heart problems, obesity and cancer.African Americans have the highest mortality rate of any racial group for all cancers combined, and have higher rates of diabetes, hypertension and heart disease than other groups, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health. The trend continues with COVID-19, which Abdul-Jabbar highlighted in his essay.“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted just how malignant the system is,” Abdul-Jabbar wrote. “The virus has hit the African American community at a much higher and more devastating rate than it has the white community. At the same time, they receive a lower standard of care.”In addition, Abdul-Jabbar pointed out how more Black people are dying from COVID-19 at higher rates because they are essential workers.According to several states’ analysis of data, the coronavirus pandemic has hit Black and Latino communities across the U.S. hard, killing people of color at a disproportionate rate compared to white Americans.And based on an analysis released by the Economic Policy Institute, people of color (Black, Latino, Asian American and other non-whites) account for 43% of all essential workers in the nation amid the coronavirus pandemic.Because of this, “the risk of infection may be greater for workers in essential industries who continue to work outside the home despite outbreaks in their communities, including some people who may need to continue working in these jobs because of their economic circumstances,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a post, “COVID-19 in Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups.”“The fact that people of color have more face-to-face jobs with people, they are more likely to be involved in healthcare,” said Abdul-Jabbar. “And they have to use public transportation, just those factors by themselves will make the people of color more susceptible, more vulnerable to a pandemic.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img December 14, 2020 /Sports News – National Kareem Abdul-Jabbar opens up about prostate cancer diagnosislast_img read more

Channel 5 turns portal property porn trend into a new TV show

first_imgAnother TV show has launched that capitalises on the growing public fascination with other people’s upmarket homes on Rightmove, turning it into reality TV gold.It joins a crowded stable of programmes that now pack the schedules of many TV stations including the grandaddy of them all, Location, Location, Location.The latest is Sally Lindsay’s Poshest Sleepover on Channel 5 which features the Coronation Street actress staying a night at some of the UK’s plushest properties.The first, due to air at 7pm this Saturday, features the five-bedroom 8,051 sq.ft home of London developer and Mayfair resident Kam Babaee and partner Ana Totoc (pictured, above).Mansion developerBabaee is the CEO of the K10 Group, which specialises in building and refurbishing mansions for the super-rich in and around the capital.He is the business partner of Phones 4U billionaire John Caudwell, and his father used to build mansions and private palaces for the Shah of Iran and Queen Farah but, when the revolution in Iran happened in 1979, a young Babaee was sent to London to live and he made London his home and has never looked back.The programme initially visits the couple’s glitzy property in Mayfair before moving to K10’s latest completed project Culross House off Park Lane, which is for sale at £30 million.Other mansions to be featured in the programme include Ugbrooke House in Chudleigh, Devon, the home of society upper-crust the Honourable Alexander Clifford.Sally Lindsay’s Poshest Sleepover is made by Chatterbox, whose founders have made some of the UK’s best-known reality TV shows including Gogglebox, UK Border Force and Come Dine With Me.Alison Quirk, co-owner of Chatterbox, says: “Filming during this era of COVID-19 is not without its challenges, but we were fortunate to be able to film the series during the warm summer months of 2020 so we had the advantage of being able to do a lot of filming outdoors.”Read more about property TV shows.Watch the trailerhttps://thenegotiator.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SallyLindsaysPoshSleepover_20_Final_290121.mp4K10 Group February 3, 2021Nigel Lewis4 commentsAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 3rd February 2021 at 9:32 amYou can not always believe PR Nigel for sure – unless of course it us, we though are public relations/an advocacy for the whole of the proptech sector, and do not handle single media stars – apart from Zara – but she is in her own cockapoo starlit ecosystem.Log in to ReplyNigel Lewis, Online Editor, The Negotiator Online Editor, The Negotiator 3rd February 2021 at 1:32 pmWell indeed. I am told the property in Hammersmith is his former home and is where his ex-wife now lives.Log in to ReplyJames Wyatt, Barton Wyatt Barton Wyatt 3rd February 2021 at 8:58 amWill be interesting to see if Mr Babaee has moved from Hammersmith to Mayfair….https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/millionaire-pleads-poverty-after-failing-20322165Log in to ReplyNigel Lewis, Online Editor, The Negotiator Online Editor, The Negotiator 3rd February 2021 at 9:19 amHis PR confirms he definitely lives in Mayfair!Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Channel 5 turns portal property porn trend into a new TV show previous nextHousing MarketChannel 5 turns portal property porn trend into a new TV showThe millions of Brits whose pastimes include looking at the nation’s upmarket homes on Rightmove now have their own show.Nigel Lewis3rd February 20214 Comments10,892 Viewslast_img read more

Uni boffins unlock body-consciousness in brains

first_imgOxford University researchers have discovered how our brain’s sense of body ownership can be manipulated by illusion.Scientists from the university conducted a series of experiments incorporating what’s known as ‘the rubber hand illusion’ – a well-known psychological trick in which a participant’s hand is concealed, while a prosthetic hand is placed in their line of vision and stimulated.The concealed hand and the rubber hand were stroked simultaneously, leading the participant to believe they were experiencing real physical sensations in the prosthetic hand.As a result, the temperature of the participants’ concealed, real, hand substantially dropped, revealing that the human body will abandon a limb if it believes it has found an adequate replacement.The researchers were astonished, and say their results show characteristics of the human nervous system never seen before.“An exciting find”Professor Charles Spence, from Oxford’s Department of Experimental Psychology, said, “This is an exciting find that will provide a better understanding of the link, demonstrating that the brain is malleable enough to incorporate changes.”His team’s recently published research, which involved collaboration with other experts from Italy and the Netherlands, has already received a flurry of international praise.The experiments were intended to replicate distorted perceptions of body ownership reported by patients suffering from conditions such as schizophrenia, autism or strokes.“This is the first time anyone has looked to see what effect the rubber hand illusion has on people’s own bodies,” commented Prof Spence.“Studies have been done on patients with schizophrenia and autism, but never on healthy subjects” he said.Further investigations by specialists into the subject are continuing.last_img read more

SO FAR 2019 IS PROVEN TO BE HUGE SUCESS FOR THE CITY- COUNTY …

first_img CCO THANKS  SUPPORTERS FOR ASSISTANCE US CONCERNING ADDING A COMPLIMENTARY OBITUARIES AND HIGH SCHOOL NEWSThe City-County Observer has grown extensively over the past 17 years. We owe this growth to both our readers and our community as a whole. 2019 has so far proven to be yet another huge year for the City-County Observer.A couple of times this year our the site was down for a period of time during the year due to server overload, but our publication still managed to meet our goals for this year for page views. The City-County Observer was accessed from every state of the Union, and 59 countries worldwide so far in 2019.The City-County Observer also celebrated its annual “Community Service Awards luncheon” in 2018 to a sellout crowd at the Tropicana Hotel in October, solidifying its place as a legitimate form of recognition for our local good public policy office-holders, and stewards of the public trust.In addition to last year’s successful annual “Community Service Awards” luncheon, the City-County Observer revamped its entire website with a new theme. The new theme has been well received and has drastically increased the reach of the City-County Observer to its readership.The City-County Observer has secured another mutual agreement with Thestatehousefiles.com to share articles to be published in the CCO. The agreement has helped the City-County Observer is meeting the expectations of its place to bring current and breaking news from around the state to its readers. Thestatehousefiles.com is a highly regarded Indiana news publication run by Franklin College journalism students and will be providing up-to-date news on developments statewide.The City-County Observer was finally able to bring an obituary section to our readers. Many City-County Observer readers do not subscribe to the local paper and are demanding that the City-County Observer provide this service. We also just implemented a ‘High School News” section which covers all the area and parochial and public schools in the region. The City-County Observer now reaches every state in the union and 63 countries.Our “Working Outside The Box” so far has been a phenomenal success. Yesterday presentation by local business icon John Dunn was amazing. John took us through an enlightening journey of successes and failures that he experienced throughout his illustrious business career. When he finished his emotional and touching presentation he received a well-deserved standing ovation.On October 25, 2019, the City-County Observer will be hosting its annual “Community Service Awards” luncheon at the Tropicana-Evansville.  We will be announcing our luncheon guest speaker next week and guarantee that it will impress many CCO supporters.It is the City-County Observer’s mission to continue providing people of this region with current news that they need and expect from a local media source.In conclusion, the City-County Observer is preparing for another phenomenal year of being the”Community Watch Dog” for the region. Only so much of our success may is to be credited to us. The rest is a credit to our readers and advertisers without whom we would not exist.Thank you sincerely for your continued readership and we look forward to seeing you on our site for rest of the year and years to come!SignedCity-County Observer StaffFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Not Your Typical Day for Freshman at Ocean City High School

first_imgTarrell “Breeze” Edwards, of Hip Hop Fundamentals, led the Ocean City High School freshmen in some breakdancing moves By Donald WittkowskiMost of the time, students at Ocean City High School are focusing on history, math, English, chemistry and other subjects typical of their classroom studies.But when hundreds of freshmen filed into the auditorium on Friday, the “teacher,” a guy nicknamed Breeze, told them the subject would be “hip hop 101.”Students who volunteered to join Breeze on stage followed his lead to learn the latest steps, slides and spins that are part of the hip hop and breakdancing repertoire.Yes, believe it or not, this was school.Each year, the high school’s incoming freshman class goes through a daylong orientation that combines entertainment, pop culture, athletics and social consciousness. An anti-bullying component is included.It is an elaborate event called Freshman Teambuilding Day. It helps freshmen make the transition from middle school to high school, where they are confronted with a host of new academic and social challenges, including blending in with the upperclassmen.“It’s a big jump from middle school to high school,” explained Chris Clark, a social studies teacher who organizes the teambuilding day with special education teacher Nicole McMaster.“We’re just trying to get the younger kids to interact with the upperclassmen. We want them to get to know some new faces,” McMaster added.Clark described Freshman Teambuilding Day as the only event of its kind in New Jersey’s schools. Ocean City has been doing it for about 10 years.Clark said the high school originally tried using traditional classroom instruction to help the freshmen acclimate to a whole new environment, but later discovered it was more effective to expose them to more unconventional teambuilding methods.“It’s really about making connections and building relationships with other kids in school,” he said.One freshman, 14-year-old Kate Carter, of Margate, said the teambuilding day would help her to collaborate with other students, including upperclassmen.“Meeting new people can open new doors,” Carter said.The activities were highlighted by a dance performance by a Philadelphia group called Hip Hop Fundamentals. HHF is an educational consultant that uses music and dance to engage students who might not otherwise be reached through traditional teaching methods.“Are you guys ready to see some dancing?” HHF co-founder Steve “Steve Believe” Lunger said in a booming voice to energize the freshmen.Accompanied by a thumping soundtrack, Lunger and fellow dancers Mark “Metal” Wong, David “DKizzo” Kruth and Tarrell “Breeze” Edwards performed new and old-school breakdancing moves while mixing in history lessons about hip hop culture.Students were invited up on stage to learn the basics of breakdancing and try their luck at some improvised rap lyrics. Don’t worry, parents, they kept the lyrics clean.“Are you guys having fun? Is this a good start to your education?” Lunger asked at one point, eliciting applause and roars of approval from the audience.Joey D’Amico, a 14-year-old freshman from Margate, said he was completely surprised to find out that his school day would include a history lesson on hip hop and breakdancing.“I think it’s cool to learn about the history of hip hop,” D’Amico said. “It’s definitely a different type of learning. It’s not math or science or history or the more traditional type of learning. It’s something new.”The approximately 320 freshmen in this year’s class also spent time outside at the high school football stadium for a series of athletic events that promoted teambuilding.More than 30 teachers, 160 upperclassmen and some local police officers and firefighters were part of the activities, Clark said.Forest Wan, 17, a senior from Upper Township, was one of the upperclassmen helping the freshmen with their orientation. He noted that the teambuilding day was an important part of his transition to high school when he was a freshman.“It’s an important job and role for me to do,” Wan said. “I feel I have a moral obligation to help these younger students.”Tom Ballezzi, now a math teacher, recalled going through teambuilding day when he was a high school freshman in 2007. As a senior, he was one of the upperclassmen who served in a mentoring role to the freshmen.“It’s something I remember to this day,” Ballezzi said. “In my freshman year, it was such a great experience. Then I wanted to give back as an upperclassman. Now, I’m giving back as a teacher.”last_img read more

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first_imgT here is one overriding story this summer: wheat and commodity price increases. They have affected the interim results of Premier (pg 4) and they have affected every strand of bakery. I have taken more phone calls and comments about this subject recently than anything else. It has made people wary because the situation is fluid – not finite – and further price increases cannot be ruled out.If you read the News Analysis on price pressures (pg 14-15) you will see evidence that many commodity prices have doubled. Maple Leaf’s Guy Hall puts it succinctly when he says that there is a commodity crisis and no hiding place.Quite a few of you, I know, are keeping cuttings about the increases and using them in your presentations to custo-mers, so I hope you find the information helpful.And as Premier’s Robert Schofield told us this week: “The increase in raw materials is not short-term. Prices here have to go up.” He is having to take some very difficult decisions affecting whole bread plant closures, but trading is still extremely tough.Does it help to hear what some of our counterparts in Europe are going through? In France, the definitive baguette, almost the country’s emblem, is due to increase in price. So the French president’s wife is now being compared to Marie-Antoinette of “Let them eat cake” fame (or ’brioches’, as is the correct translation). In Germany, meanwhile, bread is due to rise in price by 5% and croissants, containing even more commodities such as butter, are due to rise by up to 17% (pg 12).The whole industry needs the support of the major retai-lers over these price rises, which are unprecented for 15 years, as we have heard. Importantly, consumers are getting the message about food price rises. The topic is being covered on TV and in the press constantly. Consumers will pay more and family bakers and supermarkets must have the courage and will to accept the rises and pass them onto shoppers.Also this week, Improve CEO Jack Matthews updates us on the new bakery qualifications, Steve Ray of Kidder- minster-based Tony’s tells us why family bakers are making a comeback and we hear why Wrapid, a new food chain, believes that hand-held flatbreads are the food-to-go of the future. Fair enough, but I can’t live without my crusty loaf!last_img read more

Press release: PM hosts business leaders to celebrate and strengthen economic ties during US State Visit

first_img BAE Systems – Sir Roger Carr, Chairman. Defence, security and aerospace company BAE systems employs around 64,000 people in both the US and the UK, with US business accounting for more than 40% of sales. GSK – Emma Walmsley, CEO. GSK is the UK’s leading vaccine, pharmaceuticals and consumer healthcare company, employing around 17,000 people in the UK and 15,000 across the US. National Grid – John Pettigrew, CEO. National Grid employs over 16,000 people in the US and over 5,000 in the UK. They supply energy for more than 20 million people in the northeastern United States. Reckitt Benckiser – Rakesh Kapoor, CEO. Reckitt Benckiser employs over 40,000 people worldwide, including 4,000 in the UK and 4,000 in the US. 20 million of its health and hygiene products are sold daily around the world. Barclays – Jes Staley, CEO. British multinational consumer and wholesale bank Barclays employs around 40,000 people in the UK and 11,000 in the US. The US is one of the most important sources of healthcare innovation in the world. Life sciences is also a strategic strength for the UK and there is a great opportunity for us to partner further to retain and accelerate both countries’ global leadership in this sector, generating better outcomes for patients and economic growth on both sides of the Atlantic. Lockheed Martin – Marillyn Hewson, Chairman, President and CEO. Global security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin employs over 100,000 people worldwide, including around 2,000 in the UK – which is their largest presence outside of the US. JP Morgan Chase – Viswas Raghavan, CEO. American multinational investment bank and financial services company JP Morgan is the largest bank in the US. It has offices in London, Bournemouth, Glasgow and Edinburgh – with London serving as headquarters for the EMEA region. The Bournemouth campus is the largest private sector employer in Dorset. Goldman Sachs International – Richard Gnodde, CEO. Goldman Sachs is a global investment banking, securities and investment management firm headquartered in New York with offices in all major financial centres around the world. The company employs around 6,000 people in the UK and approximately 36,000 worldwide. Bechtel – Stu Jones, President – Regions and Corporate Affairs. Bechtel is the premiere US engineering, procurement, construction, and project management firm in the United States. London is home to its Global Infrastructure HQ, supporting major projects worldwide, including the largest civil works project in the world today – the Riyadh Metro Program. The firm employs approximately 30,000 staff worldwide and has employed more than 10,000 UK citizens over the past decade. Splunk – Richard Timperlake, Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa. Software company Splunk has customers in 110 countries and employs over 4,700 people worldwide. Splunk has two offices in the UK, recently expanding its office in Reading and announcing a move to a larger office in Paddington in late 2019. The U.S and UK are two of RB’s top three markets. Our commitment to the U.S was underlined in 2017 when we made the largest investment in our history with the acquisition of the U.S-based company, Mead Johnson Nutrition for nearly $18 billion. We have ear-marked a further combined $200 million of investment in both countries, with our intention to create two state of the art health laboratories in Zeeland, Michigan and Hull, which will result in new, high quality science jobs. The close relationship between the UK and the U.S was an important factor behind these investment decisions. The business leaders expected at today’s roundtable are:UK: Our relationship with the United States of America is long-standing and operates to our mutual benefit on the firm foundation of trust, transparency and true partnership. Theresa May will welcome the depth and future potential of transatlantic ties today as she and President Trump co-host a business roundtable on the second day of his State Visit to the UK.The Prime Minister will tell business leaders that by working together to seize opportunities and tackle shared challenges we will create more jobs, drive more growth, and ensure our economic partnership continues to grow even stronger in the years ahead.The event at St James’ Palace will bring together ten leading companies – five from the UK and five from the United States – to discuss the strength of our economic links and the sectors where expanding our cooperation further could benefit both sides.CEOs and senior representatives from BAE Systems, GlaxoSmithKline, National Grid, Barclays, Reckitt Benckiser, JP Morgan, Lockheed Martin, Goldman Sachs International, Bechtel and Splunk are expected to attend.The businesses at the roundtable demonstrate the breadth of UK-US business links and represent a variety of sectors, from life sciences and defence to financial services and consumer products. They underscore the breadth of UK-US business ties and will discuss a number of areas where further collaboration can lead to greater investment and job creation in the future.Discussions are expected to focus in particular on research, development and innovation, investment in infrastructure, and the scope for closer partnership in regulation and financial services.Addressing the UK-US economic relationship the Prime Minister is expected to say:center_img It is a great partnership, but one I believe we can make greater still. With a bilateral free trade agreement, with broader economic co-operation, and by continuing to work together to underpin, shape and influence the global economy and its rules and institutions – keeping markets free, fair and open, and keeping our industries competitive. There are opportunities to seize, and there are challenges we need to work together to tackle. Today, let us look at how we do both. Through dialogue like this we can ensure that our economic partnership not only endures but continues to grow stronger for many years to come – making our businesses more competitive, and creating jobs, opportunity and prosperity for all our people. Sir Roger Carr, Chairman of BAE Systems said: The United States is already the UK’s largest single trading partner in the world and trade between our countries – worth £190 billion last year – has grown by more than 70% over the last decade. We are also the largest investors in each other’s economies – with mutual investments valued at as much as $1 trillion.Our businesses are creating jobs and opportunities on both sides of the Atlantic. The British companies at today’s roundtable collectively employ around 176,000 people in the UK and United States. And in total, British companies employ a million people across the United States with a million more working for American companies in the UK.Emma Walmsley, Chief Executive Officer at GSK, said: The roundtable is also due to be attended by The Duke of York, Chancellor Philip Hammond, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, Her Majesty’s Ambassador Sir Kim Darroch, US Ambassador to the UK Woody Johnson, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and Ivanka Trump.Rakesh Kapoor, Chief Executive Officer of Reckitt Benckiser: US:last_img read more