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  • Press release: Action on trade and inclusivity to benefit all Commonwealth citizens

    first_imgAlready accounting for one fifth of global trade, with intra-Commonwealth trade valued at $560 billion and estimated to rise to $700 billion by 2020, the organisation holds vast potential for future growth. New initiatives announced today will help make this happen.As Commonwealth partners, we have a lot to offer each other. And at home there is a gain by tapping into new markets and new talents.Speaking ahead of the Heads of Government Meeting, the Prime Minister will also call for the Commonwealth to be a beacon of free and inclusive trade at a time of fragile growth and continuing protectionism.To help make the most of the Commonwealth’s potential, Prime Minister Theresa May will unveil new programmes to free up trade, boost women’s participation in business and to upskill young people whom make up two thirds of the Commonwealth’s 2.4 billion citizens.The new SheTrades programme will offer £7 million in Commonwealth-wide support to increasing the presence of women-owned businesses to operate internationally from countries where being female is a professional barrier.Indeed, it has been estimated that if women played the same role as men in labour markets, as much as $28 trillion could be added to global GDP by 2025.The UK will work with the International Trade Centre (ITC) to deliver this, while also compiling the world’s first ‘Global Outlook’ on trade and gender in the Commonwealth. This will provide information needed to help Commonwealth countries implement more inclusive trade policy.UK Prime Minister Theresa May said: Our Commonwealth family already accounts for one-fifth of global trade, and we must continue to work together to build further upon this solid foundation by building on our existing trade links and establishing new ones. I firmly believe that regardless of which corner of the Commonwealth you are from, we all will benefit from the jobs created by doing so. Every one of those new jobs will mean another family seeing their hard work rewarded, and the spread of greater opportunity. The initiatives I have announced will see the Commonwealth being better able to respond to its youth, rise to the challenges they face and answer their ambitions for a better life. In taking decisive action today, we have begun a positive change which will echo through the generations. I am also proud that important action taken at this summit will mean that more women will be able to overcome barriers which keep them from participating in trade. The Prime Minister will also announce UK funding for a new Commonwealth Standards Network which helps harness the benefits of existing international standards. These will be a shared language for trading partners across the globe to enhance trust and create innovation.This will boost intra-Commonwealth trade and support developing countries to produce goods and services to internationally recognised standards and access new markets. The effective use of existing international standards will reduce trade costs between members.International common standards act as a common language that will help the UK forge new, and deepen existing trading relationships with our Commonwealth partners, which will bring benefit to both businesses and consumers in the UK.While this action will help, to truly tap into the Commonwealth’s potential there needs to be dedicated programmes for its young. The issue of youth unemployment has been raised as a key issue at this year’s summit, which is why Theresa May will announce action to help.Boosting trade will in turn boost jobs; tackling the youth unemployment which the Commonwealth knows is a real problem for its youngest citizens. Of the organisation’s 2.4 billion citizens, 60% are under 30.And young people looking to move into the workplace will benefit from a new £3.4 million apprenticeship and training programme in the Commonwealth, which will help promote and share best practice across the Commonwealth.last_img read more

  • News story: Batches of Durex Condoms recalled: people urged to check their batch numbers

    first_img Durex Real Feel 12 Pack 3014278 1000444370 Feb-2021 For more information, please visit the Durex website . 3014277 1000419930 Jan-2021 3014277 1000474804 Feb-2021 Reckitt Benckiser Group plc (RB) has announced that they are recalling specific batches of Durex condoms after they did not pass their required safety standards. This means there is a risk that the condom might tear or leak reducing its protection from sexually-transmitted diseases and pregnancy. See our website for more information.People are advised to check if they have any of the affected batches, which are listed in the table below. You will find the batch number on the bottom of the pack and on the foil wrapping of individual condoms.If anyone has an affected product, they are advised not to use them and return the product for a full refund.John Wilkinson, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s (MHRA) Director of Medical Devices said: 3014272 1000433145 Jan-2021 Please see the affected batches below: 3030444 1000430479 Jan-2021 3014277 1000416206 Dec-2020center_img 3014277 1000444367 Feb-2021 Durex Latex Free 12 Pack 3014272 1000444367 Feb-2021 Durex Real Feel 6 Pack 3040039 1000438054 Jan-2021 Durex Real Feel 18 Pack 3030444 1000434066 Jan-2021 Durex Real Feel 18 Pack (RF Tag) 3030445 1000430479 Jan-2021 Description SKU Code Batch Number Expiry Date It’s important that you check the batch numbers to see if you have a product from an affected batch. If you have, stop using them as there is a risk that they will tear or leak. If you have any questions, please speak to your healthcare professional or sexual health provider. Patient safety is our highest priority. We strongly encourage anyone to report any issues with this product, or more generally with any medical device, to our Yellow Card Scheme.last_img read more

  • Speech: Strengthening good governance in Kosovo

    first_imgThank you, Mr President. Let me start by thanking the Special Representative and the Under-Secretary-General for their briefings today. I’d also like to thank the Special Representative and his team for their continued dedication to Kosovo.Since UNMIK was authorised by this Council in 1999, Kosovo’s development from a conflict zone to a democratic country has been significant. And UNMIK has played an important role in achieving this progress. Due to the change in the situation on the ground in these past 20 years, the United Kingdom supports a strategic review of the mission to ensure that UNMIK’s efforts are properly tailored to the current needs and addresses the challenges that Kosovo still faces. We continue to call on Kosovo to implement the necessary reforms that will allow it to strengthen further the Rule of Law, good governance, reconciliation and security.Mr President, the United Kingdom echoes the concern expressed by the Special Representative about the prolonged disengagement by both Pristina and Belgrade from the EU-facilitated dialogue. We welcome the recent efforts by Germany and by France to reinvigorate the process. Progress on normalisation of relations between Kosovo and Serbia is in the interest of both countries, including in respect of their EU aspirations. But the provocative language and actions of both Governments risks future progress. We call on the leaders to react in a measured, proportionate fashion, reflective of the standing of their offices, and to focus on reaching a comprehensive, sustainable agreement that enjoys domestic support.It is also important for both sides to implement all agreements already reached to build confidence between the parties. We welcome the progress noted in the report on the common border crossing points and call for the resumption of coordination to enable the full implementation of the integrated border mechanism technical protocol.Mr President, we welcome the important work done by UNMIK and the Government of Kosovo to address legacy issues, including overseeing returns of displaced persons, verifying survivors of conflict-related sexual violence and investigating cases of missing persons. Justice for all victims and their families is crucial to future stability. We cannot allow a culture of impunity to exist. We call on both Pristina and Belgrade to provide all necessary support to existing domestic war crimes courts to ensure that outstanding war crimes cases are heard.Corruption and organised crime negatively affect the people of Kosovo and those across Europe. We welcome Kosovo’s efforts so far to tackle this scourge and urge that these efforts continue and indeed are increased and developed further. The Kosovo police operation on the 28th May was a legitimate operation carried out in accordance with the law, which resulted in the arrest of 19 police officers suspected of involvement in smuggling and organised crime and targeted multiple ethnicities across a number of municipalities. It is with regret that we note the injuries sustained. We are aware of the detention of two UNMIK officials during the course of the police operation. International personnel acting in the course of their duties must be treated in accordance with international law, just as they too must follow their missions’ mandates and codes of conduct. It would be inappropriate for me and for other members of this Council to comment further on that specific incident without clarification of the facts and so we should look forward to the outcome of UNMIK’s internal review before commenting further.Mr President, the United Kingdom welcomes the establishment of the anti-fraud unit, progress on legal reforms to increase transparency in political parties and the recent convictions in several high profile corruption cases. However, despite some progress on the rule of law, stronger, more consistent implementation of the rule of law and good governance structures are needed and will help Kosovo’s integration into the international community.Mr President, the United Kingdom will continue to support Kosovo as it moves forward with its efforts to develop as a stable, prosperous, multi-ethnic state, including through our support of UNMIK. We strongly urge the Governments of Kosovo and Serbia to desist from the divisive rhetoric that has become all too common and to return to the EU-facilitated dialogue in the interests of their peoples and European stability. Thank you.last_img read more

  • The String Cheese Incident Will Webcast Their Tour Opening Run In Boulder

    first_imgFans were beyond excited when The String Cheese Incident announced a series of intimate Winter Carnival performances throughout this month. Of course, with intimate performances comes the reality that tickets are harder to come by. Fortunately, Cheese has an option for those eager to check out their music this weekend.The band has announced webcast viewings of their performances on March 3rd and 4th at the Fox Theater in Boulder, CO, teaming up with and Listen Up for the occasion. You can see the information posted in the flyer below, but that’s not all the news from the Fox!The venue is celebrating their 25th anniversary all throughout March, and they’ve just announced a limited edition partnership with Conscious Alliance for the festivities. Each performance will have 20 limited posters, designed by R. Marx, custom made for this one of a kind celebration. With all proceeds going to charity, this is truly a win-win. You can see the details in the Fox’s announcement below.[Photo by Daniel Ojeda]last_img read more

  • Bankowski named to GMP board

    first_imgElizabeth Bankowski, a consultant in communication and corporate social responsibility has been nominated to serve on Green Mountain Power’s Board of Directors. The election will take place at the Company’s annual meeting of shareholders in May.Bankowski, 54, was a Senior Director at Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc. from 1991 until June 2001 and remains a trustee of the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation. She is also a trustee of The Windham Foundation and a board member of The Trust Company of Vermont. From 1985 to 1990, she served as Chief-of-Staff for Vermont Governor Madeleine M. Kunin, whose successful campaign she ran in 1984. In 1992, she served on President Clinton’s Transition Team, advising on economic issues. Ms. Bankowski was a founding board member for Businesses for Social Responsibility, a national organization, and served on the board of the Social Venture Network, an association of business and nonprofit executives concerned with business social responsibility.Ms. Bankowski lives in Brattleboro, Vermont.last_img read more


    first_imgColchester, Vt. Unicel has expanded its GSM wireless network with new and enhanced cell phone coverage in many ski areas across Vermont. The expansion is part of the companys $45 million investment over the past year in its Northeast operating area, including enhancements along the Vermont Interstates, in the Champlain Islands and throughout the Upper Valley.Unicel recently has added or enhanced cellular sites to its GSM network in or near the following ski areas in Vermont:” Grafton Ponds Nordic Ski Center” Jay Peak” Killington” Mount Snow” Okemo” Smugglers Notch” SugarbushUnicel also has an existing cellular network with superior coverage in a number of key ski resort areas for tourists and Vermonters, including Bolton Valley, Pico Mountain, Stratton, Stowe and Suicide Six.The ski areas are a vital component to Vermonts tourism and economy, said Tom McLaughlin, vice president of sales for Unicel. They are also the weekend haven of many Vermonters and we are proud that tourists and Unicel customers are able to both work and play on our network. We are very pleased to be working in conjunction with Unicel to provide our guests and potential guests with the best wireless service in Vermont, said Steve Clokey, director of marketing and promotion for Smugglers Notch. In addition to improved service, Unicel has also added a service for their customers to receive immediate updates of the Smuggs Snow Report by dialing #-s-m-u-g-g-s on their cell phone.These new developments bring the total number of GSM-capable cellular sites in Vermont to 95, giving customers who live, travel and ski in Vermont the benefits of an advanced network. GSM technology is recognized as the worldwide standard for wireless communication. To take advantage of these new features and the improved cellular network, customers need to have GSM-enabled phones.Unicel operates 11 retail stores and service centers in Vermont. Unicel products and services are also available through more than 40 cellular agents.About UnicelUnicel is a service of Rural Cellular Corp. (RCC) that focuses on primarily rural markets in 15 states across the U.S. The company operates 99 retail locations and has a comprehensive network of over 70 authorized agents and dealers. Unicel is committed to bringing the latest advances in wireless technology, products and services to its rural markets.Rural Cellular Corporation [NASDAQ: RCCC] was established in 1990. Since its initial public offering in February 1996, RCC has completed a series of acquisitions increasing its population served (POPs) where it directly markets from 600,000 to 6.4 million. Go to is external) for more information. ###For further information, please contact:Brandi Safford/Mark RayKelliher Samets [email protected](link sends e-mail)/[email protected](link sends e-mail)last_img read more

  • 10 financial choices you’ll regret in 10 years

    first_img“All I had to do was turn in the form to my HR department.”It was a simple task but one that was shoved to the side to deal with most important things throw at us.The form was a 401k enrollment firm and I my client was left wondering what could have been had she enrolled when it first became available to her.We’ve all faced similar decisions.Some we get right.  Some we are left wondering the possibilities of what could and should have been.Let’s take a look at some financial decisions that you’d kick yourself for in 10 years. Don’t do them! continue reading » 73SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

  • Ian Wright issues desperate plea to under-fire Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny

    first_img More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWright said: ‘For our captain who has been there for nearly 10 years, to get to a station where he is giving us unbelievable service. ‘We’ve seen him play through the pain, build a legacy and a legendary status he deserves.‘I have to question Laurent’s loyalty and love for the club to do this in pre-season, when you are the captain with young players, a time in the season when everyone should be together.‘This is going to be a tough season for Arsenal because we are in transition and we have a lot catching up to do. For our captain to refuse to go on a pre-season tour after nine years of unbelievable service to destroy your legacy at a club that you’ve to professed to love it’s baffling.‘Why? Who are you advisors? What are they saying to you? Your’e the one who has built up this legacy which is why the fans love you so much. You’re our captain, you’re our leader.‘Now our captain is refusing to go on the pre-season tour. How to you think that looks for Emile Smith Rowe who is blasting back into the squad?How does it feel for Reiss [Nelson] or [Joe] Willock or all those young guys coming through now to see the captain after all those years of service refuse to go?‘This is something that I literally cannot get my head round. I’m so disappointed in your decision to do this. And if your agents see this, and I hope you do, shame on you for convincing him. There is no way he has come up with this on your own.‘We don’t need this right now at Arsenal, we are behind the eight ball. We don’t need our leaders coming out doing things like this. It doesn’t set a good example to the numbers.‘I love you Laurent but this is a poor decision to make.’AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal About Connatix V67539 Read More Ian Wright has criticised Laurent Koscielny’s decision to sit out Arsenal’s pre-season tour (Picture: YouTube)Ian Wright has urged Laurent Koscielny to reconsider his decision to sit out Arsenal’s pre-season tour of America and believes the club captain has set an appalling example to the group of youngsters hoping to force their way into Unai Emery’s first team plans.Koscielny informed Emery of his decision to boycott the tour on Thursday, aggrieved at not being granted the opportunity to leave the club he had previously served with such distinction for nine years on a free transfer, 12 months before his contract expires.The 34-year-old is also said to be disgruntled with the way his playing schedule was managed following his return fom injury after seven months out with an Achilles injury, and is also reportedly dismayed by the direction in which the club is headed as Arsenal embark on a third successive season without Champions League football.AdvertisementAdvertisementWright believes the Frenchman has been poorly advised, but fears his actions are likely to have a detrimental impact on the likes of Reiss Nelson and Emile Smith Rowe who will be vying for first team places this season after spells on loan in Germany last term.ADVERTISEMENT PLAY Top articles by Metro Comment Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Video Settings 1 min. story Ian Wright issues desperate plea to under-fire Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny Read More Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Advertisementcenter_img Coming Next / 1/1 Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 12 Jul 2019 2:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1kShares Read More Skip Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Skip Ad Read More Full Screen Read More SPONSOREDlast_img read more

  • Edu reacts directly to Arsenal fan asking for Everton Soares transfer update

    first_imgArsenal are confident of completing the loan signing of Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)Stopped by an intrepid Arsenal fan in America earlier this week, Edu replied ‘let’s see, let’s see’ when asked if Everton was any closer to joining Arsenal.The Gunners complete their US tour with a friendly against Real Madrid tomorrow in Washington ahead of this weekend’s Emirates Cup.Martinelli is likely to be the only new player on show, but Arsenal are confident they will have completed the transfer of William Saliba and a loan move for Dani Ceballos by the end of this week.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal by Metro Skip PLAY Full Screen Top articles Read More About Connatix V67539 Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Skip Ad Read More Edu reacts directly to Arsenal fan asking for Everton Soares transfer update Comment 1 min. story Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for Edu’s Brazilian compatriot Everton Soares (Picture: Twitter)Arsenal’s newly appointed technical director Edu has urged the club’s fans to remain patient amid speculation he is set to make Everton Soares his latest signing.Unai Emery has identified a pressing need for reinforcements in wide areas, with both Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan flattering to deceive last season.Youngsters Reiss Nelson and Bukayo Saka are likely to be handed opportunities to impress in the first team, but the Spaniard is hopeful of recruiting a more experienced winger.Arsenal have failed with several bids for Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha and are reportedly pursuing Brazil international Everton as an alternative target.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 23 Jul 2019 12:24 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kSharescenter_img / Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Advertisement Video Settings Edu played a role in bringing teenager Gabriel Martinelli to north London from Sao Paulo based Ituano and is expected to make further use of his South American contacts in his new role.Everton impressed during Brazil’s victorious Copa America campaign earlier this summer and is valued at around £36million by Gremio.The 23-year-old is already said to be learning English ahead of a potential move to the Premier League, with Everton also rumoured to be interested in his services. Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Read More Coming Next Read More More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City🤷🏽‍♀️found the guy hopefully he tells me— Preciana Brown (@PrecianaBrown) July 22, 2019 SPONSORED Read More 1/1 Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Case filed against Urban Baron by IPO adjourned.

    first_imgUrban Baron, former DLP Minister. Photo Credit: GIS NewsThe criminal complaints filed by the Integrity in Public Office Commission against Former Dominica Labour Party Minister Urban Baron as a result of his failure to file a declaration to the Commission came up for hearing this morning.According to the Integrity In Public Office Act 2003, Act 6 of 2003 Seciton 16: 1″(1) A person in public life shall, in respect of each income year, file a declaration required under this Act within three months after the end of that income year.”Section 27: 1 of the Act also gives direction as to what action can be taken if public officers fail to file a declaration. “A person who –“(a) without reasonable cause, to furnish to the Commission a declaration or further particulars thereof which he is required to furnish in accordance with this Act; commits an offence, and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of twenty thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term of two years or to both such fine and imprisonment.”The matter has been adjourned as counsel for the Defendant Mr. Julien Prevost was engaged in another matter and therefore could not attend the hearing. Mr. Baron informed the Court that he would not wish the matter to be heard without his lawyer present.Mr. Joseph who represented the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution did not object to the application for adjournment.The matter has been adjourned to the 17th day of October, 2011.Dominica Vibes News 39 Views   no discussions LocalNews Case filed against Urban Baron by IPO adjourned. by: – April 18, 2011 Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharelast_img read more