Wednesday 22 October 2014 8:41 pm Cameron urges EU Ebola action Kate McCannKate McCann is a reporter at City A.M. She covers politics and insurance and can be contacted at [email protected] More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.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.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.com DAVID Cameron will put pressure on European leaders to do more to fight the spread of the deadly Ebola virus at a meeting of EU member states in Brussels today.The Prime Minister is said to be frustrated that member states had not pledged more cash to fight the spread of the disease, which originated in west Africa.He wants to persuade EU leaders to back a €1bn fund and send 2,000 medical personnel to help on the ground – 1,000 of whom would be in place by mid-December. Show Comments ▼ whatsapp whatsapp Share Tags: NULL
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Tags: Boris Johnson Diane Abbott London mayoral election 2016 People Share London mayor elections 2016: Diane Abbott launches bid to become Labour candidate – and the next Boris Johnson whatsapp whatsapp Lynsey Barber In the race to replace Boris Johnson as mayor of London, Diane Abbott has officially launched her campaign to gain Labour’s backing as the party’s candidate in the 2016 election.The veteran MP, who was re-elected as representative for Hackney and Stoke Newington with a comfortable majority in this General Election, is seeking to replace Boris Johnson, who promised to stand down at the next mayoral elections after gaining a seat in parliament – and David Cameron’s cabinet. Abbott is seeking to win over voters with promises of tackling inequality in the capital and the cost of living crisis caused by lack of affordable housing.The outspoken MP said she would highlight the importance of working with business to meet London’s challenges and “believes the City has much to contribute to making London a better place”.“Hard times call for a campaigning mayor. Now more than ever our city needs a mayor who will stand up for the interests of those increasingly left behind. But, as the MP for Hackney, I have always worked to bring all our communities together. And that is the kind of mayor that I will be,” Abbott said.The MP has worked with City firms such as UBS, Prudential and Linklaters on educational initiatives and runs the Black Women Mean Business network to support black businesswomen. Abbott faces fellow London MPs David Lammy and Tessa Jowell for the Labour Party’s candidacy in the race for City Hall.If successful, Abbott will stand down as the MP for Hackney, a seat she has held since 1987. Show Comments ▼ Wednesday 13 May 2015 7:35 am More From Our Partners Inside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.com
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bakhtiarzein/123RF James Langton TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Share this article and your comments with peers on social media CI GAM names its first-ever head of investment management Lowe takes over the post for a three-year term, effective immediately. He replaces the previous chairman, William Dudley, who retired from his position as president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on June 17. Dudley had headed the CGFS since 2012.The BIS also issued its annual report on Monday, stressing that policy-makers must undertake critical structural reforms if they hope to sustain the global economy’s positive momentum. The BIS’s report states that the recent economic strength is unusual and that the path to sustained expansion is narrow, but that the right approach to policy could enable it.In particular, the report notes that “Consolidating public finances is a priority”; and that policymakers must continue to cautiously tighten monetary policy. “It is important to deploy macroprudential measures where financial vulnerabilities are building up. Making labour and product markets more flexible and implementing post-crisis financial regulatory reforms are also key to securing long-term growth.”“We must seize the day. Addressing vulnerabilities is key to keeping the growth momentum on track,” said Agustín Carstens, general manager of the BIS, in a statement. “The stronger performance gives us a window to pursue necessary reforms and recalibrate policies. Let’s not miss this opportunity.”The BIS report also warns that escalating protectionism could trigger a downturn: “Political upheavals or disappointing profits could dent investors’ appetite for risk, shaking overstretched financial markets.” Covid vaccine-sharing discussions to dominate G7 summit talks Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Economic forecasts, AppointmentsCompanies Bank for International Settlements Related news The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has tapped the head of Australia’s central bank as its new chief as well as issued its new annual report, which highlighted the need for reforms to sustain global economic growth on Monday.The announcement from the BIS, a group of global financial sector policy-makers, followed its annual meeting in Basel during the weekend. Specifically, Philip Lowe, governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, has been appointed chairman of the Committee on the Global Financial System (CGFS), which serves as a forum for the world’s major central banks to monitor and assess issues in the global financial system.
RelatedUWI Alumni Association in Washington Holds 20th Anniversary Service June 28 RelatedUWI Alumni Association in Washington Holds 20th Anniversary Service June 28 Advertisements UWI Alumni Association in Washington Holds 20th Anniversary Service June 28 EducationJune 27, 2009 RelatedUWI Alumni Association in Washington Holds 20th Anniversary Service June 28 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The University of the West Indies (UWI) Alumni Association, Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area Branch in the USA, will mark its 20th Anniversary with a service of thanksgiving on June 28, at the Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, downtown Washington, D.C.Members of the Caribbean Diplomatic Corps, representatives of various universities in the Baltimore and Washington, DC metropolitan areas, as well as the alumni members are expected to attend the service.The guest speaker will be Vice Chancellor of the UWI, E. Nigel Harris, while Chancellor of the UWI, Sir George Alleyne, and Ambassador to the United States, Anthony Johnson, will bring greetings.The UWI Alumni Association of Washington, D.C., was formed in January 1989, under the dynamic leadership of Cecile Clayton, with the aim of bringing together the graduates in the greater Washington metropolitan area, particularly those who were not in the medical profession.According to the Association President, ShaShana Crichton, since its inception the membership has focussed on providing annual scholarships for needy students at UWI campuses. “Our goal is to continue our pledge to uphold the ideals and goals of our alma mater to ensure UWI’s place as a Caribbean education icon, and as a catalyst for Caribbean development and leadership,” the President said.Founding members of the Association include Sir George Alleyne and Lady Alleyne, Barbara Brissett, Rayness Mayne, Rudolph Smith, Dr. Michael Alleyne and Dr. Kortright Davis. Past Presidents include Dr. Michael Alleyne, Sonia Suberan, Stewart Daley, Yasmin Anderson Smith and Dr. Franklin Knight.
Home Telia Kcell stake sale falls through – report Previous ArticleZuckerberg offers VR update at Oculus unveilingNext ArticleKPN exec outlines BSS transformation challenges Telia claims positive start to strategy revamp KazakhstanKazakhTelecomKcellTelia Author Telia reveals revamp to boost infrastructure assets Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Related Tags Chris Donkin AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 27 SEP 2018 Telia targets cost cuts with new enterprise IoT play Telia and fixed-line operator Kazakhtelecom walked away from negotiations regarding the sale of the Swedish operator group’s majority stake in Kcell after failing to agree a price, Russian news site CNews reported.News broke the two were in discussions in January, with state-owned Kazakhtelecom the preferred bidder after a three-way tussle for Telia’s share in the Kazakhstan mobile operator. It saw-off opposition from Transtelecom and entrepreneur Aidan Karibzhanov to enter negotiations.The stake is worth an estimated $670 million, though details of the amount offered by the fixed-provider were not disclosed.In early 2018, Kazakhtelecom submitted details of its proposed acquisition to the country’s monopoly commission which, despite some opposition from rivals, approved the acquisition in principle.Attempts to offload its stake in Kcell is part of Telia’s wider strategy of selling assets outside of its core Nordics and Baltics markets, announced in 2015.The group has already divested stakes in Russian operator Megafon, Turkcell and Azerbaijan unit Azertel (held by Telia and Turkcell JV Fintur Holdings), while accelerating its drive to 5G within its core markets. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back
In the region’s closest 2010 legislative race, Republican Derek Skees defeated Democrat Will Hammerquist by fewer than 100 votes in Whitefish’s House District 4, ending a run a rare run of Democratic control in the Flathead Valley.Democrat Mike Jopek had held the seat for three straight terms before opting not to run for a fourth term, setting the stage for the battle between Skees and Hammerquist.This fall, two political newcomers are squaring off for House District 4, which has been left open because of Skees’ candidacy for state auditor. Skees is trying to unseat incumbent Democratic Auditor Monica Lindeen instead of defending his legislative seat.Kalispell attorney Tim Baldwin, a Republican, threw his hat into the ring when Rollan Roberts II switched over from House District 4 to run for Senate District 3. Roberts lost a close race to incumbent Republican Sen. Bruce Tutvedt, while Baldwin ran unopposed in his House primary.Baldwin, 33, now faces Whitefish Democrat Ed Lieser, 69, a retired U.S. Forest Service forester who defeated Tom Muri in the June Democratic primary.Lieser, who runs his own forestry consulting company, says his background in natural resources, environmental issues and business gives him valuable insight for addressing Montana’s most pressing concerns at the Legislature. He believes resource development and environmental protection needn’t be competing ideologies.“I take the approach that we can manage our natural resources and that we can do it while still protecting wildlife and water and all kinds of habitat,” he said. “We have to make sure we do it sustainably and protect the integrity of the ecosystems.”Baldwin, who ran unsuccessfully last year for Flathead Valley Community College’s board of trustees, considers himself a staunch defender of personal liberties and the constitution, while also holding views that make him somewhat of a maverick among state Republicans.He has been an outspoken supporter of medical marijuana, arguing for consistency in applying legal principles and respecting the will of the people, while also saying he would support the expansion of Medicaid if financially viable. The Legislature will have the option of expanding Medicaid to roughly 50,000 insured residents under the Affordable Care Act and Republican opposition already appears firm.Baldwin says that his willingness to espouse a range of views is important for an “objective and rational lawmaker reflecting the will of the people,” and he believes it also suits his diverse district of Democrats, Republicans and independents.“There’s a diverse mix – a wide variety – of people in the district,” Baldwin said. “I want to listen to them and be a voice for them.”Lieser is intrigued with the idea of a “restoration economy” in which good-paying jobs are produced through environmental restoration projects. He cites the Milltown Dam cleanup as an example. Whitefish’s River Design Group worked on the Milltown project and also works on projects across the West.He believes the Legislature could play a role in spurring restoration projects, which he says are a “logical win-win” and “an invaluable way to improve our economy while actually restoring our forests and lakes and streams.” In his definition of restoration, Lieser includes timber thinning projects.“Those kinds of opportunities really provide good-paying jobs for engineers and equipment operators, and they’re going to help our state in terms of our attractiveness to tourists and people who want to start businesses here,” he said.Both Baldwin and Lieser say property taxes are a foremost concern in their district, with many homeowners afraid they will be priced out of their homes.Lieser is open to exploring a number of possible property tax remedies, including a “circuit breaker” system based on income level means testing.Baldwin says natural resource development revenue and tourism dollars, perhaps in the form of user fees, could be used to lighten the tax burden on homeowners. He generally supports a more simplified tax system, including a flat tax on income.“A lot of people feel overtaxed and they’re upset about it and they want to see something done about it,” Baldwin said.House District 4 candidates were asked the following five questions:1. What can the Legislature do to spur economic recovery and job growth?2. How should the Legislature address the state government worker pension shortfall, which is projected to exceed $3 billion over the next 30 years?3. The U.S. Supreme Court gave states the choice of whether to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. What should Montana do and why?4. Given that the state is projected to have a surplus, what should be the Legislature’s budgetary priorities during the next session?5. What are the other most pressing issues facing the Legislature and why?HOUSE DISTRICT 4Name: Tim BaldwinAge: 33Party: RepublicanBio: Currently an attorney at Lerner Law Firm in Kalispell; previously an attorney at Baldwin Law Offices in Pensacola, Fla. and Kalispell; assistant state attorney for 1st Judicial Circuit in Florida; bachelor of arts degree in English and political science from University of West Florida; juris doctorate from Cumberland School of Law at Samford UniversityYears in the valley: 2Campaign website: www.tim4hd4.com1. The Legislature can do things like (a) lighten the tax burden, (b) make sure every person supports our state government, (c) ensure our regulations and tax system are simple, effective, and predictable, (d) open our state for tourism and investment, (e) responsibly use our natural resources, (f) develop alternative methods of energy creation, and (g) improve all of our education.2. Before any funding can be adequately budgeted, the first matter is to ensure Montana is fostering a healthy and prosperous economy. It is difficult to plan for 30 years in the future when the people are having difficulty paying bills and taxes today. From there, we should look at relieving taxpayer burdens as much as possible and where appropriate. Two examples of this include using public land more to generate state revenue and transitioning into a defined contribution plan. 3. Expanding Medicaid may be necessary, given our economic straits today. However, Montana should work towards creating an economic environment that allows people to generate wealth so they need not rely on Medicaid. Medical needs require individual attention and treatment. The Medicaid system does not necessarily allow for this kind of individual treatment and flexibility. Where people are able to fund their own health insurance, depending on their needs, the people will have more choice and flexibility, and the tax burden will be lighter. Montana should encourage this kind of personal health care planning, not primarily a “one size fits all” approach.4. Any surplus in the budget should be used as a credit toward any future tax needs. What should not be done is spend the money simply because we have it. 5. The obvious answer, to most, is the economy. Many individuals and families are suffering because of economic woes. I agree that the economy is a huge issue facing the 2013 Legislature. However, to me, there are other very important issues, such as personal liberty, government prudence, state-federal balance, justice, and education.Name: Ed LieserAge: 63Party: DemocratBio: Currently a self-employed forestry consultant, fire behavior analyst on National Incident Management Teams and guide for Roads Scholar, an eco-touring business; retired forester from the U.S. Forest Service after 30 years, including 18 years on the Flathead National Forest; bachelor of science degree in natural resources from the University of Minnesota; 18 graduate credits in forest ecology and silviculture from the University of Montana, University of Idaho and Washington State UniversityYears in the valley: 22 yearsCampaign website: www.lieser4legislature.com1. Examples of legislation that could contribute to business growth are the reduction or elimination of the business equipment tax for small businesses and freezing property taxes for small businesses. No discussion of the economy of the Flathead, and specifically Whitefish, is complete without including tourism. Tourism contributes $2.77 billion from non-residents to the Montana economy, and Whitefish is a leader in the state. In Montana, one in 13 jobs is created by out-of-state tourism. Protecting our forests, lakes and streamsis critical to the local and state economy. Restoring ecosystems is a growing industry around the country and one that could generate good-paying jobs while healing forests and streams. 2. I view the resolution of this shortfall as an important priority because it is an obligation made to the state’s employees. The teachers and public employees retirement system can be fixed by using a variety of funding sources. A portion of the state’s budget surplus could be used, as could a portion of the revenue from oil and coal and an increase in the contribution from current employees. Beyond that, I think the Legislature should look at the advantages and disadvantages of a combination of a pension system and a 401k plan. 3. I think Montana should expand Medicaid. Extending health care is not only compassionate, but makes good fiscal sense. The University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research projects the cost of expansion in Montana could reach $118 million by the year 2020. That would be offset by $750 to $900 million of federal money coming to Montana. I do not believe it would be prudent to forego the available federal funds. Furthermore, expansion would provide health care to approximately 50,000 people who currently use a very costly hospital emergency room. With medical coverage, people would be less likely to ignore chronic health issues and more likely to attend to incipient problems. 4. As mentioned earlier, a portion of the surplus could be used to address the pension shortfall. I believe property tax relief is another appropriate use. A portion of the surplus should be used to adequately fund public schools. It would be prudent to invest in infrastructure such as water and sewer systems, police protection and roads, particularly in places that are growing rapidly as a result of oil development. Investing in renewable energy research and development will diversify our energy portfolio and create future business opportunities and good-paying jobs, and reduce our dependence on foreign sources. We must also keep a reserve fund for wildfires and other unforeseen obligations. 5. My first priority is to work with legislators of both parties in a collegial manner, listening to their thoughts and ideas to find a way to make Montana government work and accomplish the business of the people. Providing an environment that allows for business expansion and sustainable development of natural resources that creates jobs and revenue for the residents of Montana is critical. It is imperative that property taxes for lower, middle and fixed-income homeowners is addressed in such a manner that is fair and people will not lose their homes. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Email
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