UK retains seventh spot in ease of doing business ranking

New Zealand topped the ranking, which lists 119 economies worldwide according to criteria such as ease of starting a business, ease of registering property, and other business regulations.Ease of doing business top 10 Share Jasper Jolly 8 (6) Norway 82.16 -0.25 7 (7) UK 82.22 -0.12 3 (3) Denmark 84.06 -0.01 Rank (2016) Country Score (100) Change 2 (2) Singapore 84.57 +0.04 UK retains seventh spot in ease of doing business ranking Tuesday 31 October 2017 2:51 pm 9 (16) Georgia 82.04 +2.12 5 (4) Hong Kong 83.44 +0.29 whatsapp 10 (9) Sweden 81.27 +0.03 whatsapp 6 (8) United States 82.54 -0.01 Read more: UK slips out of top 20 ranks for ease of doing businessSingapore and Denmark retained their second and third spots, followed by South Korea and Hong Kong.The governments of some smaller nations have made concerted efforts to rise up the ranking in order to attract investors.For instance, Estonia and Lithuania rank at 12th and 16th respectively, while more bureaucratic nations struggle. Italy comes in at 46th. China, the world’s second largest economy, ranks at only 78th, while India rose by 30 places to 100th.The report found developing countries were responsible for the majority of reforms over the last year, with Sub-Saharan Africa enjoying a record year of business reform.Read more: UK is the world’s sixth-most business friendly countryHowever, Somalia remained bottom of the list, while Venezuela fell a place to 188th.The World Bank, which is focused on encouraging development, produces the report to provide a comparison of standards in the business environment. 1 (1) New Zealand 86.55 -0.18 Shanta Devarajan, the World Bank’s senior director for development economics, said: “Public policy plays a decisive role in enabling small and medium businesses to start, operate and expand. Governments around the world are increasingly turning to Doing Business for objective data to underpin their actions.”However, the report does not measure macroeconomic stability, development of the financial system, market size, the incidence of bribery and corruption, meaning some of its findings can seem superficially odd.For instance, Macedonia ranks higher than Germany, while Mauritius ranks well above Japan.Read more: Focus on business environment and universities after Brexit, report urges The UK retained its spot as the seventh best nation in the world for ease of doing business, according to an influential ranking published today.The US leapfrogged the UK to move up to sixth overall, according to the 15th annual Doing Business report from the World Bank, published today. In 2015 the UK came in sixth. 4 (5) South Korea 83.92 0 More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org read more

Only a failing healthcare system would discourage patients from getting tested

first_img Share Kate AndrewsKate Andrews is associate director at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Opinion I don’t doubt the sincerity of the authors who voiced their concerns over PSA tests, but their own language suggests that they are really concerned about a very different problem facing cancer patients in the UK.Angela Culhane, chief executive of Prostate Cancer UK, noted that there is “not clear guidance” for men if they test positive for genetic risk, while professor David Curtis from University College London complained of “valuable medical time” being used to speak to GPs about results, suggesting that acting on the findings would “waste even more of the NHS’s scarce resources”.These are not complaints about the test itself, but rather concerns about capacity within the NHS if more people start seeking out non-emergency and preventive appointments.These factors have to be considered – it is simply not possible, in any health system, to provide everyone with everything that modern medicine has to offer, even if Britain spent 100 per cent of GDP on healthcare.But it is the rationing and bureaucratic structure that remains the biggest flaw of the NHS, rearing its ugly head in areas of testing and treatment which are far less controversial than prostate cancer screenings. Friday 22 March 2019 8:13 am Yesterday, in the same newspaper, a host of medical professionals pushed back against the his advice. They highlighted that screening for prostate-specific antigen (PSA) remains controversial.Having done a bit of digging, it seems that they have a point. The test is prone to inaccuracies and can cause unnecessary duress for people who test false-positive.But I am sceptical of the vigour with which Hancock is being condemned, especially when you consider the NHS website’s own advice on PSA testing. Noting that a faulty test result could “mean many men receive treatment unnecessarily”, the NHS also states that “screening has been shown to reduce a man’s chance of dying from prostate cancer”.As a result, the NHS offers an “informed choice programme” to men over 50, which provides patients the opportunity to speak to their GPs about the pros and cons of the test.This seems a suitably nuanced approach to medicine that is still evolving, and not wholly incompatible with the health secretary’s own article. whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likebonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm OraclePost FunA Coast Guard Spotted Movement On A Remote Island, Then Looked CloserPost FunZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldHealthyGem20 Hair Shapes That Make A Man Over 60 Look 40HealthyGemPets DetectiveAfter Céline Dion’s Major Weight Loss, She Confirms What We Suspected All AlongPets DetectiveDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily Funny The screening age for bowel cancer has finally dropped by a decade in England – a long overdue move, which was delayed partially due to lack of resources and staff. Even so, Bowel Cancer UK estimates that thousands are waiting beyond the target for the lifesaving diagnostic test.Even when waiting targets are hit for diagnostics, patients are often looking at months before they begin treatment. The accepted waiting target for cancer patients to start treatment in the UK is up to a staggering 62 days.It is horrific, then, but not surprising that if UK patients with the four most common types of cancer were treated in the Netherlands rather than on the NHS, more than 9,000 lives would be saved every year; if treated in Germany, 12,000 lives would be saved; in Belgium, an amazing 14,000.It is fair to question specific advice dished out by the health secretary or anyone else, especially if the test or medicine is still new. But we should not fault him for encouraging patients to gain full knowledge – and some control – over their own health.If arming oneself with facts and figures leads to a rise in demand from healthcare providers, that would be, under many other systems, a good thing. Only under a fundamentally outdated model like the NHS could it be considered irresponsible to encourage patients to ask for the health information to which they are entitled. Only a failing healthcare system would discourage patients from getting tested Tags: Trading Archive Health secretary Matt Hancock is facing backlash for sharing his personal testimony about health screenings.Writing for The Times, Hancock hailed predictive risk tests as a tool that “may save my life”, after discovering his increased risk of having prostate cancer. whatsapp City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M.last_img read more

Nancy Pelosi expects Donald Trump impeachment hearings to begin this month

first_img Nancy Pelosi expects Donald Trump impeachment hearings to begin this month “I assume there would be public hearing in November,” the top House Democrat said in an interview with Bloomberg, but insisted there was no deadline to finish the investigation. Read more: Downing Street responds to Donald Trump’s Brexit deal criticism Friday 1 November 2019 4:25 pm WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 15: U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a weekly news conference November 15, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Pelosi discussed various topics including her run for Speaker of House of Representatives. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Her comments come the day after the House voted to move on to the next stage of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, establishing the formal process for public hearings in the investigation. Pelosi also said that any case made to impeach the president “has to be ironclad”. Read more: US lawmakers vote to start next stage of Donald Trump impeachment inquiry “We have not made any decisions on if the president will be impeached.” whatsapp Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi has said she expects the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump to begin public hearings this month. center_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStorybonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comzenherald.comDolly Finally Took Off Her Wig, Fans Gaspedzenherald.comDefinition24 Of The Most Hilarious Yard Signs Ever WrittenDefinitionPost Fun25 Worst Movies Ever, According To Rotten TomatoesPost Fun An impeachment inquiry is the first stage during which the House decides where there is sufficient evidence to impeach a president, which could lead to their removal from office. Share whatsapp The speaker said today that closed-door depositions of witnesses will continue as long as they are “productive” for the inquiry. Should the House vote to impeach Trump by a simple majority, the vote then passes to the US Senate, which has to back impeachment with a two-thirds majority in order to convict the president. This is currently considered to be a highly unlikely outcome. Anna Menin “I don’t know what the timetable will be – the truth will set us free,” said Pelosi. last_img read more

Gambling stocks continue slide as MPs seek £2 online limit

first_img“We think there is minimal risk to any meaningful deposit and stakes limits being introduced over our forecast periods,” they said. “Yesterday’s share price falls were significantly overdone in our view,” they said. Paddy Power-owner Flutter‘s share price fell 1.64 per cent today to 7,802p, having fallen 3.39 per cent yesterday. The ban on using credit cards will come into effect in April Read more: Flutter shares surge on merger with Stars Group to create huge betting giant Rank Group‘s shares slipped 4.4 per cent to 228p, after falling 4.4 per cent yesterday. whatsapp Read more: Gambling stocks tumble as MPs call for online casino stake limit “The recommendations in the report would, if implemented, reduce online gambling revenue,” the broker wrote in a note today. Liberum added that that government may not want to reduce its tax income from online gambling. “It is harder to see where else in the sector could be squeezed to pay for reduced online slots revenue, and duty,” it said. But it warned that betting firms’ share prices will be stuck in the doldrums until there is a clear path forward. “Until greater clarity emerges it is hard to see how share prices can make progress,” analysts noted. James Booth Gambling stocks fell for a second day this morning, following a report by MPs released yesterday that called for a cut in online casino stakes. The gambling related harm all-party parliamentary group (APPG) yesterday called for stake and deposit limits to be introduced on online gambling products. GVC shares were down marginally after falling 10.47 per cent yesterday. Despite the tumbling share prices, analysts at Canaccord Genuity argued today that the sell-offs were an overreaction. 888 Holdings‘ shares fell 1.54 per cent to 153p this morning, having fallen 13.67 per cent yesterday. Read more: Gambling firms fork out £19.6m in record year for fines “The parliamentary group was seen [as] influential in the debate about gaming machines in betting shops. Tming of yesterday’s interim report may Liberum argued that the report is “influential but not decisive”. whatsapp be intended to influence the content of party manifestos for the election.” Tuesday 5 November 2019 9:58 am Share Gambling stocks continue to slide as MPs seek £2 online betting limit The interim report follows the introduction of stake limits for fixed-odds betting terminals in betting shops last year, where the maximum stake was cut from £100 to £2. MPs’ report released this week argued for the introduction of a £2 online limit, in line with land-based venues. “If gambling is covered in forthcoming party manifestos we will get a better idea of whether any of the ideas in the report will be adopted by government. William Hill shares fell 3.55 per cent today to 170p, having fallen 12.66 per cent yesterday.  In the event that a minimum stake was introduced they said the companies would be able to absorb the hit. “We think the companies themselves are well placed to mitigate much of the financial impact through increased customer recycling, changes in return to player percentages and reductions in marketing spend,” they said. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyUndoNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyUndoMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryUndoPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryUndobonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comUndozenherald.comDolly Finally Took Off Her Wig, Fans Gaspedzenherald.comUndoDefinition24 Of The Most Hilarious Yard Signs Ever WrittenDefinitionUndoPost Fun25 Worst Movies Ever, According To Rotten TomatoesPost FunUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndolast_img read more

Here’s your guide to the Laois hurlers opening Joe McDonagh Cup match against Westmeath

first_img TAGSJoe McDonagh CupLaois senior hurlersLaois v WestmeathWestmeath Pinterest Rugby RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Home Sport GAA Here’s your guide to the Laois hurlers opening Joe McDonagh Cup match… SportGAAHurlingLaois Senior Hurling Team Council Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining WhatsApp Facebook Twitter By Sean Hennessy – 5th May 2018 Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad WhatsApp Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Saturday, May 5, 2018Next articleThe Big Five: There are some big games taking place this weekend Sean HennessyA former Knockbeg student, and is currently a student in the University of Limerick trying to scrape a BA in History and Politics. A marquee player in the goals for Annanough, but well capable of doing a job in full-forward and has the knack to turn his hand to any sport (except running). Only starting out in his journalistic career but already the specialist farming and property reporter. Happiest when Liverpool and Laois are winning! Brought to you in association with Hanlon KitchensThe new Joe McDonagh Cup kicks off this weekend with the first round of games taking place and Laois have home advantage in the opening round as they entertain Westmeath.Laois finished in the bottom two of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B but they proved toO good for Antrim in the relegation playoff, and that important win will hopefully provide a sufficient platform for Laois to stake a charge at claiming the very first Joe McDonagh Cup and a place in the All Ireland series.Starting TeamsThe teams named ahead of Saturday’s game are:LAOIS: Enda Rowland; Lee Cleere, Leigh Bergin, Joe Phelan; Podge Lawlor, Matthew Whelan, Eric Killeen; Aidan Corby, Paddy Purcell; Ben Conroy, Cha Dwyer, James Ryan; Ross King, Neil Foyle, Willie Dunphy. Subs: Eoin Fleming, Ciaran Comerford, Mark Kavanagh, Jack Kelly, Stephen Maher, Paddy McCane, Ryan Mullaney, Conor Quinlan, PJ Scully, Colm Stapleton, Cian TaylorWESTMEATH: Shane McGovern; Shane Power, Tommy Doyle, Gary Greville; Liam Varley, Aonghus Clarke, Paul Greville; Eoin Price, Robbie Greville; John Gilligan, Derek McNicholas, Joey Boyle; Niall O’Brien, Niall Mitchell, Ciaran Doyle.What Westmeath players should we watch out for?Allan Devine scored a total of 1-37 in five games in the league but is on the bench for this occasion but the likes of Robbie Greville, Eoin Price, Niall O’Brien and Niall Mitchell offer a scoring threat too and they all impressed in the Fitzgibbon Cup for their respective colleges.At the back Thomas Doyle is a quality full back, having done a number on Seamus Callinan in last year’s championship, while Derek McNicholas is another name to watch out for.Another man to keep an eye on is Mountrath native, Paddy Carroll who has featured in goals for Westmeath in last year’s championship and this year’s league although he is listed as the sub-keeper for today’s game.What’s Westmeath’s season been like so far? Westmeath had an impressive NHL Division 2A campaign, winning all five games but that counted for nothing when Carlow overturned the Lake County in the final.That loss ended their hopes of promotion to Division 1B. Despite that, it has to be remembered that they were unbeaten and in those five games they grabbed 5-90 so they know where the goals are.What’s the history between the sides?The latest meeting between these two was in last year’s opening round of the Leinster Championship round robin, and it was the O’Moore County who came out on top that day winning 1-23 to 2-17. Laois will be hoping that result will repeat itself this afternoon.Only nine of the Laois team that started last year’s game start again today – with only four in the same position.SCORERS – Laois: Ross King 0-10 (eight frees, one ’65), Stephen Maher 0-4, Aaron Dunphy 0-3, Paddy Whelan 1-0, Cha Dwyer 0-2, Enda Rowland (free), Cian Taylor, Willie Dunphy, Paddy Purcell 0-1 each. Westmeath: Alan Devine 0-5 (three frees), Niall Mitchell 0-4, Robbie Greville 1-1, Eoin Price 1-0, Paul Greville 0-2 (one free), Gary Greville, Cormac Boyle, Derek McNicholas, Shane McGovern, Jack Galvin 0-1 eachLAOIS: Enda Rowland (Abbeyleix); Cahir Healy (Portlaoise), Leigh Bergin (Shanahoe), Dwane Palmer (Camross); Ciaran Collier (Camross), Cha Dwyer (Ballinakill), Lee Cleere (Clough-Ballacolla); Paddy Purcell (Rathdowney-Errill), Ross King (Rathdowney-Errill); Cian Taylor (Portlaoise), Aidan Corby (Clough-Ballacolla), Ben Conroy (Slieve Bloom); Willie Dunphy (Clough-Ballacolla), Stephen Maher (Clough-Ballacolla), Patrick Whelan (Borris-Kilcotton). Subs: Aaron Dunphy (Borris-Kilcotton) for Corby (29), Matthew Whelan (Borris-Kilcotton) for Taylor (41), Sean Downey (Ballinakill) for Conroy (49), Eanna Lyons for Dwyer (62 mins), Eric Killeen (Rathdowney-Errill) for P Whelan (66 mins)WESTMEATH: Paddy Moloney; Conor Shaw, Tommy Doyle, Tommy Gallagher; Gary Greville, Paul Greville, Joey Boyle; Aonghus Clarke, Cormac Boyle; Alan Devine, Derek McNicholas, Niall Mitchell; Shane McGovern, Robbie Greville, Killian Doyle. Subs: E Price for K Doyle (41), D Egerton for J Boyle (55), N O’Brien for McGovern (57), J Galvin for C Boyle (66)REFEREE: James Owens (Wexford)What are the odds? Laois are currently 2/5 to open their McDonagh Cup campaign with a win, while Westmeath are 9/4 to beat Laois. A draw is 10/1.When, where and how much?3pm on Saturday, May 5th in O’Moore Park. It’s €15 for adults. Children U-16 go free.Where can I follow the game?We’ll be live-blogging the game on LaoisToday.ie as well as giving some updates on our new LaoisToday Sport Snapchat account. For those wanting to listen to commentary, Jack Nolan will be on duty providing you blow by blow commentary, so tune into Midlands 103.SEE ALSO – Laois man in Westmeath colours against his home county this Saturday Pinterest Here’s your guide to the Laois hurlers opening Joe McDonagh Cup match against Westmeath Twitter Facebook Community Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government fundinglast_img read more

Deaths in Laois – Wednesday, December 23, 2020

first_img Facebook Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleAppeal for information following robbery of woman after mass in Laois villageNext articleFr Paddy: Light brighter than any Darkness LaoisToday Reporter Electric Picnic Electric Picnic Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Wednesday, December 23, 2020 Deaths Deaths in Laois – Wednesday, December 23, 2020 Pinterest TAGSDeaths in Laois RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Electric Picnic WhatsApp Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Teresa (Winifred) DoylePortlaoise, Laois / Artane, DublinDoyle Teresa (Winifred), (Portlaoise and Artane) – December 20th, 2020 – (peacefully) at the Mater Hospital, following a long illness; loving mother of Roseanne and cherished gran to Calum. Sadly missed by Roseanne’s partner Richard, sister Roisín, brother Peter, sisters-in-law Dolores and Mary, cousins, nephews, nieces, Chester, relatives and friends.A private family funeral will take place due to Government advice regarding public gatherings. Those who would have liked to attend the funeral, but cannot due to current restrictions, may leave a personal message in the section “condolences” below or on www.kirwans.ie. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu, if desired, to the Irish Cancer Society.“May she Rest in Peace”Martin (Bunny) CarrollMarian Avenue, Portlaoise, LaoisPredeceased by his mother and father, brothers Bill, Henry and Ned, sister Shiela. Martin died, peacefully, in the loving care of his wife Chris, and daughters Sinead, Louise and Karen. Deeply regretted by his wife, daughters, brothers Michael and John, sister Mary, grandsons Jamie, Jack and Aaron, son-in-law Peter, his uncle Peter, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.Due to present circumstances, a private family funeral will take place. Requiem Mass for Martin will take place on Monday at 2pm in St. Peter and Paul ‘s Church, Portlaoise and will be live streamed on https://www.portlaoiseparish.ie/webcam/ Interment afterwards in St. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery.Dermot McGannStradbally Rd, Portlaoise, Laois/Athenry, GalwayMc GANN Dermot A.J (Derry). (Portlaoise and formerly Attymon Co. Galway) December 18th 2020, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family in the Blackrock clinic. Loving husband of Miriam (Daly), brother of Nuala and adored Dad, Granddad and Great Granddad.Predeceased by his son Niall, brother Cyril and sisters Fidelma and Cora. He will be very sadly missed by his wife Miriam, daughters Marisa, Susan, Olga, sons-in-law Diarmuid, Bernard and Martin, Grandchildren Aisling, Ruth, Niall, Síofra, Stephen, Ella, Jack, Niall, Conor, Grainne and his Great Grandchildren Eddie and Timmy, Siofra’s husband Brian, Aisling’s fiance John G, brothers-in- law Dom Kevin Daly and Michael, Sisters- in- law Brenda, Mary, Deirdre and Madeleine, nieces, nephews, extended family, friends and former colleagues in Telecom Eireann.Family Flowers only. Donations in lieu to The Irish Kidney Association.His caring character and quick wit will be remembered and missed.Say not in grief ‘he is no more’ but in thankfulness that he was.Given the current exceptional circumstances and to protect the welfare of everyone who knew him , a private funeral, with immediate family only, will take place at 12 noon on Monday in St. Peter and Paul’s Church, Portlaoise and will be streamed on the webcam http://www.portlaoiseparish.ie/web-cam/. Burial will follow in Deans Grange cemetery at 11 am on Tuesday morning.The family thank you for your cooperation, understanding and support during this sensitive time.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, December 22, 2020 By LaoisToday Reporter – 23rd December 2020 Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Pinterestlast_img read more

‘Laos 9’ Thrust into Propaganda Fray

first_img ‘Laos 9’ Thrust into Propaganda Fray News News SHARE News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest [imText1]23 days after their sudden repatriation from Laos through China, nine teenagers have been thrown into the public eye in North Korea. Chosun Central News Agency revealed news of them on June 20th, covering a press conference held in Pyongyang during which the nine alleged that they were kept in China and taken to Laos against their will.The piece alleges that the nine had been living at the home of a South Korean minister in China for between five months and three years before they were taken by car across the Chinese border into Laos. However, the Laotian government, realizing that the nine were being kidnapped and taken to South Korea, helped them to return to Pyongyang.The home of the minister, Jang Ha Jin, and his wife was in Dandong, just across the Sino-North Korean border from Sinuiju, the piece notes.It also alleges abuses committed against the nine, saying that their freedom in China was circumscribed and they were beaten with an umbrella or baseball bat if they failed to memorize religious texts properly. “They wrote ’General Kim Jong Il is eternal’ and ‘Long live the Chosun Workers’ Party’ in their notebooks, and when the couple saw the writing, they called them ‘commies’ and ‘communist spies,’ took off their shoes and beat them mercilessly,” it adds.The nine are alleged to have explained that although they had left the motherland, they couldn’t forget the love of the North Korean leader, and were unable to erase the image of his portrait from their hearts. Ever since the nine were repatriated at the end of last month, it had been expected that they would be instrumentalized for use in state propaganda in some way. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img News By Park Seong Guk – 2013.06.21 8:44pm Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak AvatarPark Seong Guk Facebook Twitter North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

TD increases initial US$ green bond to $1 billion

first_img “We are thrilled with the response to our inaugural U.S dollar green bond issue, one of the largest from a financial institution,” says Amy West, head of socially responsible finance with TD Securities. TD is not new to green bonds as it has already participated in underwriting more than $6.5-billion in green bonds since 2010 and was the first Canadian bank to issue a green bond in 2014. “We are seeing an exciting level of growth in the green bond market as investors recognize the opportunities associated with the transition to the low carbon economy,” adds Karen Clarke-Whistler, chief environment officer with TD Bank Group. “Participating in the green bond market is core to TD’s low carbon business strategy and the success of our second green bond highlights the unique opportunity for financial institutions.” Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Green bonds to bounce back in 2021: Moody’s Keywords Green bondsCompanies Toronto-Dominion Bank IE Staff Sustainable bond issuance set record in Q1: Moody’scenter_img Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD) closed on the issuance of a US$1-billion green bond, its first in U.S. dollars and one of the largest green bonds ever issued by a bank. Initially targeting an issue size of US$500 million, the transaction was upsized to US$1 billion and almost 70% of the issue went to green investors. Green bonds grow amid rising interest in sustainability: Fitch Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

Another former rep banned for falsified line of credit application

first_imggavel 123RF Another man has been permanently banned by the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (MFDA) and ordered to pay a fine after he allegedly submitted a falsified application for a personal line of credit.In a notice of hearing from Oct. 2018, the MFDA alleged that Roman Vendrov, a former dealing rep with Shah Financial Planning Inc. in Toronto, applied for a personal line of credit for $60,000 with Investors Group Financial Services Inc. using false information on March 14, 2016. Vendrov was terminated by Shah on Nov. 16, 2016. Keywords EnforcementCompanies Mutual Fund Dealers Association IE Staff Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media In addition to being employed by Shah, Vendrov was also a Shah client whose account was serviced by another Shah employee — referred to by the MFDA as NK — who partially completed Vendrov’s line of credit application, the MFDA said. (NK is the respondent in a separate and ongoing MFDA disciplinary proceeding.)The MFDA alleged that Vendrov’s application falsely claimed he held assets valued at $319,289.65 in an account with Hampton Securities Ltd., and units of the Marquest Monthly Pay Fund Class A mutual fund valued at more than $180,000.Vendrov provided a fabricated account statement from Hampton, but did not have a Hampton account, the MFDA said. In addition, he provided an account statement from Shah stating that he held units of the Marquest fund valued at $188,115.29, when the actual value of the units on Dec. 31, 2015, was $121,915.29.Vendrov’s application was approved, and he obtained at least $49,386 from the line of credit.“By virtue of the foregoing, the Respondent failed to observe high standards of ethics and conduct in the transaction of business or engaged in conduct which is unbecoming and detrimental to the public interest,” the MFDA wrote in its notice of hearing.The MFDA said it became aware of the alleged misconduct after Investors Group, also an MFDA member, filed reports on the MFDA’s Member Event Tracking System in May 2016. These reports indicated that other individuals, including NK, had also submitted falsified documents to obtain loans and lines of credit.Vendrov did not cooperate with the MFDA’s investigation, which prevented the self-regulatory organization from fully determining the nature and extent of his conduct. It also prevented the MFDA from determining whether Vendrov had any knowledge of falsified loan applications submitted by NK.The MFDA announced Monday that it had imposed a permanent ban on Vendrov, in addition to ordering that he pay a $115,000 fine and $7,500 in costs.This marks the second time in the past week that the MFDA has permanently banned a former rep for allegedly falsifying a line of credit application. BFI investors plead for firm’s sale Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator Related news PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance caselast_img read more

Against Intolerance – PM Golding

first_imgRelatedAgainst Intolerance – PM Golding Against Intolerance – PM Golding UncategorizedNovember 28, 2008 RelatedAgainst Intolerance – PM Golding FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister Bruce Golding, has expressed disappointment at how some fellow parliamentarians, who support the retention of the death penalty, behaved during this week’s debate in Parliament.The Prime Minister, who recently ushered two conscience votes on capital punishment, said that he did not agree with the insensitive behaviour.“I would have preferred if we did not see some of the intolerance that we saw. People who were in favour of hanging were so impatient of the views of people who are opposed to hanging and vice versa.” Mr. Golding told listeners to last night’s call-in radio programme – Jamaica House Live.Mr. Golding told his caller from Atlanta that his own support of the death penalty was formed on a personal view that certain crimes justified the ultimate punishment.“You can’t claim that you have a right to live and that your right is sacred and you go and take people’s lives in that way. For those who claim that our justice system is not perfect and that you can hang an innocent person, when I see the kind of scrutiny that our cases go through and if there is even one slight defect in the procedure, you better believe that the Privy Council is going to pick it up and shut it down. If you go all the way through to the Privy Council, you should be prepared to pay that price.”Earlier this week, Parliament voted two to one to retain the death penalty. The next step is a similar conscience vote in the Senate.center_img Advertisements RelatedAgainst Intolerance – PM Goldinglast_img read more