EU to impose tougher controls on Covid vaccine exports to the UK

first_img Share The EU has updated its vaccine export restrictions to enforce tougher controls on shipments of jabs to the UK, as a bitter dispute over Covid vaccine supplies continues to escalate. Von der Leyen said last week that the bloc was facing “the crisis of this century”, as EU leaders face mounting criticism over the sluggish vaccine rollout across the continent. Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi imposed fresh restrictions across several regions last week following a 10 per cent rise in infections, with the country set to enter its third national lockdown over the Easter weekend. Just over 12 per cent of adults in the EU have received their first dose of a Covid vaccine, compared to more than 50 per cent of Britain’s adult population. She added: “The EU has an excellent portfolio of different vaccines and we have secured more than enough doses for the entire population. But we have to ensure timely and sufficient vaccine deliveries to EU citizens. Every day counts.” Wednesday 24 March 2021 1:51 pm Italy is one of 19 countries across the bloc to have recorded a spike in cases over recent weeks alongside the EU’s slow immunisation programme. Exports of coronavirus vaccines to the UK will now be based on “reciprocity and proportionality”, according to European Commission president Ursula Von der Leyen. A Downing Street spokesperson hit back at the move, saying: “We are all fighting the same pandemic — vaccines are an international operation; they are produced by collaboration by great scientists around the world. And we will continue to work with our European partners to deliver the vaccine rollout.” whatsapp “While our member states are facing the third wave of the pandemic and not every company is delivering on its contract, the EU is the only major OECD producer that continues to export vaccines at large scale to dozens of countries,” Von der Leyen told an EU press conference. It means border officials will need to take into account the vaccination rate and vaccine supply of countries before shipments can be authorised. The fresh restrictions, which are due to go before EU leaders tomorrow, stop short of a total ban on vaccine exports but are likely to further enflame tensions with Britain.center_img Also Read: EU to impose tougher controls on Covid vaccine exports to the UK whatsapp Italy became the first country to trigger the vaccine export mechanism earlier this month, when it blocked the shipment of 250,000 doses of the Astrazeneca vaccine to Australia due to supply shortages in the Mediterranean country. Also Read: EU to impose tougher controls on Covid vaccine exports to the UK The European Commission implemented border controls on vaccines at the end of January after Astrazeneca fell 75m doses short of the planned orders for the EU in the first quarter of 2021. EU to impose tougher controls on Covid vaccine exports to the UK Poppy Wood EU countries will now be required to consider whether a destination country restricts its own exports of vaccines and if the “conditions prevailing” mean exports are “justified”, added Valdis Dombrovskis, the executive vice-president of the European Commission. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeLivestlyPlugs Have These Two Holes At The End, Here’s WhyLivestlyBrake For It40 New Features In The 2021 Ford BroncoBrake For ItNational Injury BureauJury Finds Roundup Responsible For Lymphoma | Bayer To Pay $10 BillionNational Injury BureauMoneyWise.comThe Worst College In Every US State, RankedMoneyWise.comHomeLight.comDon’t Make This Mistake When You Sell Your Home. Try these 7 websites.HomeLight.comPast Factory”Waltons” Actress Says Magazine Ended Her CareerPast FactoryFactableAluminum Foil Uses You’ll Want to KnowFactableBlood Pressure Solution4 Worst Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure SolutionDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily Funny Show Comments ▼ Tags: Coronavirus Re-lockdown Vaccinelast_img read more

Park Service will not attempt recovery of wreckage in Denali National Park

first_imgInterior | Search & Rescue | Tourism | TransportationPark Service will not attempt recovery of wreckage in Denali National ParkAugust 11, 2018 by Corinne Smith, KTNA-Talkeetna Share:The wreckage of a de Havilland Beaver is seen near the summit of Thunder Mountain, about 14 miles southwest of the Denali summit. (Photo courtesy National Park Service)National Park Service says recovering the five deceased aboard a flightseeing plane that crashed Aug. 4 in Denali National Park and Preserve and removal of the aircraft exceed an acceptable level of risk and will not be attempted.The de Havilland Beaver, operated by K2 Aviation and flown by pilot Craig Layson, was carrying four Polish passengers when it crashed near the summit of Thunder Mountain, roughly 14 miles southwest of the summit of Denali.At the request of the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles, Park Service will not release the names of the passengers.The crash site includes multiple hazards, including avalanche danger, crevasses, unstable blocks of ice loosely attached to the mountain, and aircraft-related concerns such as protruding pieces of jagged metal.The wreckage sits in a crevasse.The aircraft is broken in half behind the wing and the tail section of the fuselage is pulling the aircraft down the steep slope.The focus of recovery efforts has been on the safety of personnel, the stability of the aircraft, and the complexity of possible recovery operations, the National Park Service said in a news release.Share this story:last_img read more

Conservative party conference 2015: Heathrow or Gatwick expansion? Government ministers promise airports decision by Christmas

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Weekzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsBridesBlushThis Is Why The Royal Family Kept Quiet About Prince Harry’s Sister BridesBlushEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity Mirror Government ministers are doubling down on their commitment to respond by the end of the year to the Airports Commission’s recommendation for a third runway at Heathrow.Speaking today at the Conservative party conference in Manchester, transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said he did not “hide the challenge” of choosing whether to back or reject the commission’s recommendation for Heathrow expansion.  “People have strong views, rightly,” McLoughlin said. “But Sir Howard Davies’ commission has produced a powerful report. And we will respond by the end of the year.”Earlier today, chancellor George Osborne told the BBC that a decision would be made before Christmas.If the government approves the Airports Commission’s recommendations, the expansion would also require a sign-off by parliament.Gavin Hayes, campaign director of the pro-Heathrow business group “Let Britain Fly”, told City A.M. this week that he expected a third runway would “command a clear majority in the House of Commons”.The two leading candidates for mayor of London, Zac Goldsmith and Sadiq Khan, both oppose Heathrow expansion.But Hayes said he did not think the candidates’ opposition would obstruct what he said is a “national decision”. “This is a decision for parliament,” he said. “It isn’t a decision for the mayor of London.” whatsapp Share Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Conservative party conference 2015: Heathrow or Gatwick expansion? Government ministers promise airports decision by Christmas Monday 5 October 2015 12:02 pm Lauren Fedor More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comlast_img read more

News / Vancouver Airport is building, but slowly and may miss out on a ‘golden opportunity’

first_img  As with most airports, 2019 is going down as a year more-or-less to forget, in terms of cargo growth at Vancouver International Airport; after a buoyant 2018, the momentum stalled. Jason Tse, manager, commercial leasing – cargo at the airport authority, said: “2018 was really good; 2019 has been a little bit of a challenge, which is probably reflective of the global situation.”. For most west coast gateways, the inbound sector from Asia has been the ‘Achilles heel’ this year, owing to the slump in US imports from China, but in Vancouver the inbound flows have been hurt less, according to Mr Tse, although transit traffic from China to the US was down. Westbound traffic fared worse: US exports to China, such as cherries from Washington state, were predictably weaker than the year before, but Canadian exports have also faced headwinds. By Ian Putzger, Americas correspondent 12/12/2019 © Vismaxcenter_img Canadian cherry exports were down, due to a weaker crop, while shipments of beef and pork were hit by an import ban in China (which was lifted in November, after a five-month embargo). And farmed salmon exports declined, attributed to Norwegian competitors flooding the market in response to an algae bloom, and this year’s wild salmon run came in at only about 10% of what had been expected. Arguably, the slowdown in traffic has eased the pressure on warehouse capacity. Forwarders have reported problems finding sufficient space. The airport is building. A couple of developments are due to be completed in the first half of the coming year. The Canadian Border Services Agency is expanding its inspection facility and bringing in new x-ray equipment that can scan full ULDs. This will bring a significant boost to its screening capacity, Mr Tse remarked. Vancouver International is expanding its international passenger terminal and some cargo development is coming in its wake. Beneath the passenger facility, there will be space for tail-to-tail transfer freight that otherwise would have to be taken to the cargo terminal.  Air Canada is the primary operator, in terms of ramp transfers. The airline is beefing up its capacity at the airport, putting in a bigger cooler and taking out its old material handling system. These developments are welcomed by cargo firms, but a number of them would like to see new warehousing capacity. However, these aspirations have to be kept on ice for the time being. The airport authority is working on a land development strategy that will include facility development, Mr Tse said, but actual construction is years away. Development would get under way in the next five to 10 years, he added.  Some fear that this may be too late to take advantage of looming opportunities, especially the potential of e-commerce. Stan Wraight, president and CEO of Strategic Aviation Solutions International, has argued that Vancouver should position itself as a gateway for international e-commerce flows into the US. Only five US airports are currently designated as gateways to handline international e-commerce imports, which offers a golden opportunity for Vancouver to step into the gap, he said. US imports of e-commerce merchandise have gone through the roof since the de minimis limit for personal duty-free imports was raised from US$200 to $800. “We don’t have a lot of insight how much e-commerce is coming in,” Mr Tse said, adding that he certainly sees scope for growth in Canada, noting that e-commerce has a market share of 7% in the country, as opposed to 22% in China and 18% in the UK. Northbound, the USMCA agreement to replace NAFTA augurs well for larger flows through Vancouver, as the tax-free limit for Canadians is set to go up to C$150 (US$113), he said. But, unlike its neighbour, Canada has made headway in free trade agreements, opening the door to further trade flows, he added. “There are big opportunities in South-east Asia. That’s probably the next big growth market,” he said. Flows to the US stand to gain from a pilot programme, under which the US Transportation Security Agency screens cargo coming through Vancouver first. This offers the chance to grow traffic to the Pacific north-west and northern California, Mr Tse said. Other possibilities are on the radar. “We’ve been looking at CEIV,” he said, but there are no concrete plans to pursue this at this point in time. Those eager to grow would like to see a greater sense of urgency at the airport.last_img read more

Sprott steps down

first_img Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Rudy Mezzetta PenderFund names new SVP for investments CETFA elects new board leadercenter_img Keywords Appointments TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Eric Sprott is stepping down as chairman of the board of Toronto-based asset manager Sprott Inc., the firm announced on Friday. Sprott, who will continue to hold the title of chairman emeritus, is leaving to focus on his personal investments and family. Jack Lee will replace Sprott as his namesake company’s chairman next month if he’s elected as director at the firm’s annual and special meeting on May 10, as expected. In a statement announcing the change, Lee thanked Sprott for his service and contributions to the company and pledged that the firm would “continue to be managed with the same entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to excellence that Eric instilled during his tenure.” Sprott founded institutional brokerage Sprott Securities Inc. in 1981, then spun out the firm’s investment management business to create Sprott Asset Management LP in 2000. In 2008, Sprott Inc. completed its initial public offering on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Lee, a 44-year-veteran of the oil and gas industry, is currently lead director of the corporation and serves as chairman of Alaris Royalty Corp. He was previously chairman of Canetic Resources Trust and president and CEO of Acclaim Energy Inc, a predecessor of Canetic.last_img read more

Government Facilitates doing Business Online

first_imgGovernment Facilitates doing Business Online UncategorizedDecember 3, 2006 RelatedGovernment Facilitates doing Business Online FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The advent of electronic commerce (e-commerce) and the rapid development of information and communication technology over the past decade, have revolutionized business practices across Jamaica.As a result of these developments in communication and information technology, the Government of Jamaica, through the Ministry of Industry, Technology, Energy and Commerce (MITEC), has developed a new piece of legislation called the Electronic Transactions Bill, which will facilitate a safer and easier way to do business online.“In recent times, there has been an increase in the use of the Internet to conduct transactions and these range from purchasing a book online to purchasing a ticket. This has resulted in what we would call e-commerce. Presently, most financial institutions offer e-banking services and within government, services are being offered online by entities, such as Jamaica Customs and Trade Board,” Wahkeene Murray, Legal Officer at MITEC informs JIS News.“These entities, however, are conducting their operations under a legal framework that is heavily dependent on documents that are in writing and signatures that are hand written. The purpose of the Bill is to create the requirements and to bring these requirements in line with the electronic age,” she adds.The Bill that was passed in the House of Representatives on November 14 seeks to make the legal framework by which e-commerce will be governed and will seek to facilitate electronic transactions by means of reliable electronic communication.“We are hoping that the Bill will eliminate the barriers which presently exist regarding uncertainties over writing and signature requirements, thereby promoting public confidence in the integrity and reliability of electronic transactions,” Miss Murray says.She points out that the Bill seeks to promote public confidence in the integrity of electronic communication and electronic transactions, in particular through the use of electronic signatures.Miss Murray informs JIS News that another objective of the Bill is to, “facilitate electronic filing of information with government agencies and statutory corporations and promote efficient delivery of government services by means of reliable electronic communication”.The Bill will address several issues, such as the legal recognition of electronic documents.“The Bill now gives legal effect, validity and admissibility to information communicated, created or stored electronically. As such, these documents will not have any less effect than a traditional, non electronic document,” Miss Murray emphasizes.She adds that, “not because it is not on hard copy, it does not mean that the document is not valid and has no legal effect”. Another issue that the Bill addresses is the matter of security in doing business online.“The Bill recognizes electronic signatures, because one of the things that is required now is hand written signatures and what the Bill does is that it ensures that there should be no issue arising over how one identifies or verify that the author of the document is in fact the author of the document,” Miss Murray explains.She says that parties to electronic contracts must be satisfied that the sender and receiver in the electronic transactions are who they purport to be. They must also be convinced that their electronic record can be authenticated and not forged while in transit.“The safety concerns addressed in the Bill relate chiefly to electronic signatures, that is information which is contained in or attached to an electronic document and is used by an individual to indicate his adoption of the content of that document,” Miss. Murray notes.The Bill requires that signatures in an electronic document must be capable of identifying the person, it must be uniquely linked to the person and the signature must be created by using a means that the person can maintain under his sole control.“Government is mindful of the potential dangers inherent in the use of the Internet. These include abuse of privacy, cyber piracy, and misuse of personal data, and computer hacking. Therefore, companion legislations will be promulgated to address these mischiefs,” Miss Murray tells JIS News.The Bill will allow for the admissibility and evidential weight of electronic information in the court system.“In legal proceedings, information or communication that is given electronically is admissible in court. Therefore, the court should not refuse to admit evidence solely on the ground that it is in electronic form or that it is not in its original form,” she says.She adds that when the court is looking at evidential weight, the Bill requires that certain things be taken into consideration such as the “reliability of the manner in which the information was generated, stored or communicated and the manner in which the integrity of the information was maintained”.“The Bill provides legal certainty as to the conclusion of contracts by electronic means and confirms that contracts can be formed electronically, provided of course that the parties agree to form a contract in that manner,” Miss Murray says.Persons who transact business online are the persons who will be most affected by this Bill, as it only applies to transactions between parties who have agreed to conduct a transaction electronically.Miss Murray points out that the Bill does not cover every type of transaction and specifically excludes from the operation of the Bill the following transactions: the making, execution, alteration or revocation of Wills and testamentary documents; the conveyance or transfer of real property or interest in real property; the creation, variation, performance or variation of any trust or power of attorney and any procedure governed by the Civil Procedure Rules 2002 or by rules of court made pursuant to any law.Any person who contravenes any provision of the Bill or any regulations made under the Bill can be liable upon conviction before a Resident Magistrate, to a fine not exceeding $1 million or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year, or to both such fines and imprisonment.“If however, the individual is convicted before a Circuit Court, he or she can be liable to a fine or imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or to both such fine and imprisonment,” Miss Murray notes.“Where a body corporate commits an offence under the Act and the offence is proved to have been committed with the consent or connivance of any Director, Manager or other similar officer of the body corporate, or any person purporting to act in any such capacity, that officer or person as well as the body corporate shall be liable for the offence,” she says.Miss Murray tells JIS News that the Bill will aid in the development of e-commerce in Jamaica. “We live in a global village and the Internet is being used to do much of the business across the world. The Government is desirous of seeing Jamaica become the e-commerce hub of the Caribbean and the Bill will aid in this development,” she adds.The Bill, the Legal Officer says, will provide numerous benefits to ordinary citizens of Jamaica.”It will provide increased convenience and choice for consumers. For example, the provision of e-banking services has the potential to greatly enhance the nation’s productivity, as persons can transact business, including paying bills. Therefore, countless hours which would be spent in banks have been saved by persons who use this service,” she says.Miss Murray argues that the Bill will also result in the extension of market reach for businesses and afford legal protection and certainty for consumers, businesses and industries.She points out that the Bill was widely circulated within the business community and they were given an opportunity to review and provide comments.Joylene Griffith Irving, Director of Public, Corporate and Government Affairs at Scotia Bank Jamaica Limited, says she endorses the Bill.”We welcome it as it will facilitate transactions online and sale of services online,” Mrs. Griffith Irving says.Piloting the Bill in the Houses of Representative on November 14, Minister of Industry, Technology, Energy and Commerce, Phillip Paulwell stressed that the Bill “is one piece of companion legislation that will enable us to deal with the new world of doing business and that world is via the internet”.“This Bill sets the framework and establishes the new system of doing business that will give people confidence to transact business electronically. It sets up the infrastructure to enable verification and to authenticate businesses that are engaged in electronic transactions,” Mr. Paulwell informed. RelatedGovernment Facilitates doing Business Onlinecenter_img Advertisements RelatedGovernment Facilitates doing Business Onlinelast_img read more

Jeep apparently set to introduce mystery three-row SUV

first_imgCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 A rendering of the 2018 Jeep Grand Commander. While only sold in the Chinese market, rumours are a Canadian version badged as a Chrysler is on its way. Most gearheads know Jeep is dropping two new SUVs next year. The brand has officially said it’s launching the Grand Wagoneer and the next-gen Grand Cherokee in the second and third quarters of 2021, respectively.But close inspection of a financial prospectus confirms another new SUV from the brand, one which will appear before the snow melts next year.According to the text-heavy doc (thanks, word-search tools) plans for an as-yet unnamed three-row SUV are well underway. Specifically, “production of an all-new 3-row full-size SUV will begin in the first quarter of 2021.” This notation is separate from the pair of nameplates mentioned above. First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened advertisement PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Jeep Wrangler Unlimited“>Check out the Rainbow Sheik’s… Those looking for a really good conspiracy theory can focus on the Gladiator, a machine that’s more than capable of earning an SUV-shaped body and an extra row of seats. The truck deploys a platform that is far more than just a Wrangler with a bed attached, after all.This path would also help Jeep amortize the Gladiator’s cost over two models instead of one. It’d be a macho and in-your-face alternative to the likes of Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot. RELATED TAGSJeepSUVNon-LuxuryNew Vehicles4x4gladiatorJeepNon-Luxuryscramblerthree-rowWagoneer Trending in Canada Trending Videos Word of this mystery machine was mentioned as recently as August, when the company gave investors a glimpse of future product during an earnings call. This tells us the unnamed SUV has been in gestation for more than a fleeting minute. It also lends credence to this news since all timelines mentioned in the prospectus match up with previous mentions of these products in other financial reports.What could it be? A current-gen Grand Cherokee stuffed with three rows of seats? That is doubtful, given that a new iteration is on the horizon and the “all-new” designation of this unknown vehicle. Sticking another row of chairs in a Wrangler also seems unlikely.RELATED However much of a pipe dream that may be, it is definitely worth noting Jeep currently sells a three-row rig called the Commander (pictured up top) exclusive to the Chinese market. Examples of this machine, rumoured to be heavily based on the current Cherokee, have been spotted in Michigan. ‹ Previous Next › See More Videos First Look: 2021 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Conceptlast_img read more

CU-Boulder Officials Clarify 'Two-Strikes' Alcohol Policy

first_img Published: Sept. 5, 2006 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail The University of Colorado at Boulder’s “two strikes” policy for enforcement of underage drinking has become an effective way for the campus to guide students, particularly freshmen, toward more responsible behavior, according to Jamal Ward, director of the Office of Judicial Affairs. Under the two strikes policy, adopted in fall 2004, students can be suspended after two underage drinking violations, but violations that harm other people are a primary focus of the policy’s enforcement in 2006, Ward said. “Our emphasis is on violations that adversely impact other students, the campus or the larger community,” he said. “Although the policy is no different than it was when it began in 2004, now we highlight and distinguish those behaviors that have the most impact on the individual student, on his or her peers, and on the community. “We still want students to know that two violations will subject them to suspension and we will not relax our position on this aspect of the policy,” Ward said. “However, our intent is to educate and assist students when the behavior warrants such action.” When adopted in 2004, the two strikes policy was a tightening of the earlier “three strikes” policy on underage drinking. The change was the result of research on alcohol-related disciplinary action at CU-Boulder that showed a small group of students were repeat offenders, performed poorly academically and were responsible for creating problems for other students, as well as themselves. The two strikes policy states that students who violate alcohol laws or policies for the second time during the entire period of their enrollment — whether they’re on probation or not — can be suspended. The policy also does not limit the university from employing more strict disciplinary action if the circumstances of a case warrant a more severe response. Parental notification, alcohol-awareness classes, community service and probation also occur on the first alcohol-related offense. A second parental notification, community service and referral to the city of Boulder’s “2nd Offender” program follow a second offense. If the student is already on probation, he or she is subject to suspension. The two strikes policy is one element of a set of alcohol-related initiatives on the CU-Boulder campus aimed at discouraging high-risk drinking. The campus communicates with students through orientation, e-mail communications, the CUConnect Web site and Ralphie’s Guide, among other methods, to increase awareness and understanding of alcohol policies and behavioral expectations. Also, early confusion about the number of ‘strikes’ students could accrue before facing serious consequences has been addressed since the policy’s inception. Some students were lumping alcohol violations with other incidents, like residence hall noise and trash violations, which are not considered ‘strikes.’ Consistent communication to students and parents has clarified the policy’s use only in alcohol-related Code of Conduct violations. Incoming freshmen also are encouraged to complete an online alcohol education course during their first semester on campus. The e-CHUG course addresses alcohol abuse by helping students evaluate their own drinking habits. E-CHUG, which stands for electronic Check-Up to Go, features a Web survey that allows students to enter information about their own drinking patterns and receive feedback about their alcohol use. The assessment takes under 10 minutes to complete, is self-guided and does not require contact time with a counselor or administrator. For more information visit www.colorado.edu/alcohol/index.html.last_img read more

Conference on World Affairs announces keynote speaker Leonard Pitts Jr.

first_img Published: Jan. 22, 2015 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail The University of Colorado’s perennially popular rite of spring is returning for its sixty-seventh year. The Annual Conference on World Affairs will be held April 6-10, 2015, on the CU-Boulder campus. Last year’s CWA attendance was 77,700 at 200 sessions over five days.This year’s keynote address, titled “In a Single Garment of Destiny”, will be delivered by Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. in Macky Auditorium on Monday, April 6, at 11:30 a.m.Pitts is a nationally syndicated columnist for the Miami Herald and winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. Pitts has won dozens of awards in a career that has spanned more than 35 years as a columnist, professor, radio producer, author and public lecturer. He has published four books: Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood (2006); Forward from This Moment: Selected Columns, 1994-2008 (2009); Before I Forget (2009); and most recently, Freeman (2012).The keynote title is inspired by a quote from Martin Luther King Jr.: “All life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”According to Pitts, “The speech will be about deconstructing the myth of race.” He goes on to say, “We tend to believe it is something somehow predestined and discernible with scientific exactness. It is actually something completely arbitrary, totally fabricated and, according to scholars, relatively new (about 300 years or so) in human experience. It is, in other words, something we chose. I submit that if we chose to believe in it, we can just as easily choose not to.”Preceding the opening keynote will be the traditional keynote procession into Macky through the CWA’s colorful “avenue of international flags” in Norlin Quad at 11:10 a.m.The keynote procession and address is a time-honored Boulder tradition. Past keynote speakers include Eleanor Roosevelt, Henry Kissinger, Arthur Miller, Charles Krauthammer and Chuck Hagel.CWA Director John Griffin says, “We are thrilled to have Leonard Pitts join the distinguished history of CWA keynote speakers. His address could not be more timely, as the issue of race has once again regained center stage in this country. We are so very pleased to have this opening keynote address kick off our 2015 event, which will also feature some well-loved, past CWA speakers and an exciting new roster of guests.”All Conference on World Affairs sessions are free and open to the public, making the CWA the largest, most accessible event of its kind in the country. A listing of participants confirmed to date is now online here. The full CWA schedule will be posted to www.colorado.edu/cwa in late March.Piper Jackson-Sevy Advertising and Media Liaison Conference on World Affairs University of Colorado Boulder T  303 492 2515 F  303 492 3934www.colorado.edu/cwacenter_img Leonard Pitts Jr. (Photo courtesy MIami Herald)last_img read more

Gov’t Welcomes EU’s Assistance with Rockfort Roads

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedGov’t Welcomes EU’s Assistance with Rockfort Roads Gov’t Welcomes EU’s Assistance with Rockfort Roads TransportAugust 24, 2011Written by: Latonya Linton RelatedGov’t Welcomes EU’s Assistance with Rockfort Roads FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail center_img Story HighlightsTwo roads in Rockfort, East Kingston, reconditioned by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) with $19 million worth of grant funding from the European Union’s (EU) Poverty Reduction Programme (Phase 2), were handed over on Tuesday August 23.The upgrading of Rusden and Tiverton roads, covering some 686 square metres, expected to improve entrance and exit to and from areas of Rockfort, were handed over to the Ministry of Transport and Works at a ceremony at the Johnson Town Seventh Day Adventist Church.Managing Director of JSIF, Scarlette Gillings, noted that the previous state of the roads affected the residents ability to travel in and out of the community. RelatedGov’t Welcomes EU’s Assistance with Rockfort Roads Two roads in Rockfort, East Kingston, reconditioned by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) with $19 million worth of grant funding from the European Union’s (EU) Poverty Reduction Programme (Phase 2), were handed over on Tuesday August 23.The upgrading of Rusden and Tiverton roads, covering some 686 square metres, expected to improve entrance and exit to and from areas of Rockfort, were handed over to the Ministry of Transport and Works at a ceremony at the Johnson Town Seventh Day Adventist Church.Managing Director of JSIF, Scarlette Gillings, noted that the previous state of the roads affected the residents ability to travel in and out of the community.“The consequence was a negative impact on students who had to walk to school, and the sick and elderly residents who were forced to walk long distances to get transportation to go to the health centre. Additionally, the police response time to crimes was hampered,” Mrs. Gillings said.She also noted that the roads lacked drainage, and the existing kerb and channel were blocked by dirt and debris washed onto the roadway during heavy rainfall.“The completion of these roads means that the small shop owners, tailors and seamstresses, mechanics and informal commercial importers and all who make their homes here, can raise their families with a greater peace of mind,” she said.Head of Delegation of the European Union, Ambassador Marco Mazzocchi Alemanni, stated that European Union has been very keen on undertaking road repairs in Jamaica.“We have already contributed, over a number of years, US$4 million for road maintenance, including studies and technical systems. We welcome anything that can improve the Jamaican road network,” he said.He explained that the rehabilitation of the two roads was the fourth project under Phase II of the Poverty Reduction Programme in the area. The others were the expansion of the Windward Road Primary and Junior High School, and the school feeding programme at Rennock Lodge Primary and Junior High SchoolMinister of State in the Ministry of Transport and Works, Hon Othniel Lawrence, commented that good roads were critical linkages to social and economic development.“One of the visions of the national development plan for Vision 2030 is for Jamaica to have a sustainable and efficient road network. We have progressed over the years, and Jamaica has much to celebrate with regards to the development and improvement of the country’s road network,” Mr. Lawrence said.He however noted that due to limited funds, the Government was “happy” to partner with various agencies and different countries to ensure proper roads and services. He expressed his appreciation to the EU for funding the repair of the two roads in East Kingston.Member of Parliament for East Kingston and Port Royal, Phillip Paulwell, also thanked the EU for their assistance.“I was so very pleased when, after the community approached JSIF, they got my support and very quickly we were able to get these two roads done at Tiverton and Rusden,” Mr. Paulwell said.last_img read more