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Press release: More than half a billion for Wales in Chancellor’s Budget

first_imgThe Chancellor set out his Budget against a backdrop of positive economic news across Wales. Since 2010, 151,000 more people in Wales are in employment and in 2016 it had one of the highest productivity growth rates across the UK.The people of Wales will also benefit from measures to tackle the cost of living: More than £550 million of extra money for the Welsh Government, meaning its budget will have grown to over £16.1 billion by 2020. £120 million for a North Wales Growth Deal, generating investment, jobs and prosperity in the region. Continuing to support a Mid Wales Growth Deal, working with the Welsh Government, businesses and local councillors to agree a deal. Supporting the delivery of the M4 relief road by reviewing the Welsh Government’s borrowing powers. Giving Welsh councils the freedom to build more council homes by removing the borrowing cap on housing. Appointing a dedicated manager from the British Business Bank in Wales, for the first time, to help to reduce geographical imbalances in small businesses’ access to finance. Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said: My Budget sends a clear message to the people of Wales – your hard work is paying off. Thanks to the UK government’s careful stewardship of the economy, the public finances are in a much stronger position and national debt is falling. This means we have more money to invest in Wales’s future – including £550m of extra funding for the Welsh Government and £120m for a North Wales Growth Deal. Wales will benefit from over half a billion pounds in additional funding for the Welsh Government, as well as £120 million for a North Wales Growth Deal, the Chancellor has announced in the Budget today.This year’s Budget is a result of the UK government’s balanced approach to the country’s finances, meaning the Welsh Government will have more spending power, while keeping taxes low and debt falling.Today’s announcements for Wales include:center_img The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, said: Today’s budget shows the scale of ambition the UK Government has for Wales. From the clear support for a North Wales Growth Deal, reviewing borrowing capacity to deliver critical infrastructure projects, and the additional half a billion of spending power, this is a Budget that clearly backs Wales’s future prosperity. The wider package of announcements made today show that we are getting the important things right – backing hardworking people and unlocking key infrastructure. Taken together, these measures are proof positive of a UK Government that is building on a strong foundation for Wales’s economic prospects as part of a stronger United Kingdom. Fuel duty has been frozen for a ninth successive year. As a result of these nine years of freezes, by April 2020, the average car driver will have saved a cumulative £1,000 compared with the pre-2010 escalator. The National Living Wage will also rise next year to £8.21 per hour, with the current rate benefitting around 81,000 workers in Wales. An additional 20,000 people will also benefit from changes to the Minimum Wage, which will also increase to £7.70 per hour. The Personal Allowance will increase to £12,500 and the Higher Rate Threshold will also go up to £50,000, meaning people will keep more of what they earn.last_img read more

UK’s ‘tsunami’ of grief as coronavirus deaths pass 100,000

first_imgLONDON (AP) — The U.K. has become the first country in Europe to pass 100,000 coronavirus-related deaths. With more than 2 million dead worldwide, people the world over are mourning loved ones, but the U.K.’s toll weighs particularly heavily: It is the smallest nation to pass the grim milestone. For comparison, the United States, with five times Britain’s population, has four times the number of deaths. Alongside excess deaths comes excess grief, made even more acute by the social distancing measures in place to slow the virus’s spread. Charities and campaigning groups are urging the government to offer more help to deal with this “tsunami” of grief.last_img read more

Senate discusses sexual assault, recognition of Native American history

first_imgNotre Dame student senators focused on social justice issues during their meeting Monday evening, addressing the University’s policies regarding the treatment of sexual assault survivors and Native Americans.Over the past several weeks, the student senate discussed the Trump administration’s changes to Title IX, the federal civil rights law that regulates how colleges handle sexual assault allegations. Many student leaders have expressed concerns that Notre Dame will be less responsive to victims’ needs in the wake of these new changes.Student Title IX services manager Amber Monroe spoke to the senate about the University’s sexual assault resolution process and addressed concerns about new Title IX revisions.“A lot of these [changes] are not mandates. … We’re going to be given a lot of time to figure out what [the changes] look like for Notre Dame,” Monroe said. “What I can say is we will always be Notre Dame in the sense of caring for our students.”The proposed changes to Title IX allow colleges to resolve sexual assault allegations through mediation, a process in which victims and perpetrators discuss the allegations face-to-face. Monroe clarified that Notre Dame does not plan on using this kind of face-to-face mediation for sexual assault cases.But the University does offer other “alternative resolution” processes for sexual assault cases on a voluntary basis, she said. Victims can agree to engage in these processes, which are supposed to be forms of restorative justice — a way to help victims and perpetrators heal together. “I think that we forget sometimes that these are people,” Monroe said. “Emotions, behaviors and choices affect how these processes can metastasize and what they can look like for each individual.”Monroe explained that the University developed these alternative resolution strategies in response to student feedback. Many students noted in the 2016 Campus Climate Survey that they felt their options for resolving incidents of assault were too limited. Notably, these alternative resolution processes — unlike traditional administrative resolution processes — are non-disciplinary, meaning perpetrators cannot face disciplinary action after an alternative resolution is completed.Junior and Welsh Family Hall senator Lindsay McCray said a non-disciplinary resolution could endanger students.“There have been studies that indicate that the majority of sexual assaults are committed by repeat offenders,” she said. “So, in allowing [an] alternative resolution to occur in sexual assault cases, even if it’s not mediation, how does that protect the student body at all from rapists?”Monroe said the University considers each case individually and does not allow alternative resolutions for perpetrators who could pose serious threats to other students.After concluding the discussion of Title IX, senators shifted the conversation to Native American history and culture.Senators approved a resolution calling the University administration to recognize that Notre Dame’s campus sits on land that once belonged to the Potawatomi people. The resolution encouraged a statement acknowledging this history be featured at Welcome Weekend, graduation and the Walk the Walk Week luncheon.Additionally, the senate approved a resolution calling for a Native Studies minor in the College of Arts and Letters, drawing on the example of many other universities.“This … shows the people who are Native descendants that we respect you, we affirm you,” said Marcus Winchester-Jones, sophomore and president of the Native American Student Association of Notre Dame. “It … makes it so it’s a more welcoming community for everybody.”Tags: Native American Student Association of Notre Dame, Notre Dame Student Senate, Title IX, Title IX policylast_img read more

Flu kills more migratory birds in China

first_img Hall called for the immediate testing and electronic tagging of birds to identify infected ones and trace where they go, the story said. No birds have been killed to control the outbreak, because some of the birds are protected species. WHO statement on human case in Vietnamhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_06_28/en/index.html WHO and United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) officials reported the increased death toll among birds at a refuge in Qinghai province, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today. See also: AFP quoted Julie Hall, the WHO’s communicable-disease expert in China, as saying, “This is the first time we’ve seen large numbers of migratory birds dying from bird flu. So the virus has obviously changed to be more pathogenic to animals. What it means for humans we don’t know.” Wild waterfowl are recognized as the natural reservoir for all influenza A viruses and commonly carry them without getting sick, according to the WHO. A WHO official said 20 birds a day are still dying at the refuge, but the outbreak appears to be waning, according to an Associated Press report today. WHO and FAO officials voiced concern that China had tested only 12 birds, all of them dead, AFP reported. The officials worried that infected but asymptomatic birds could spread the virus to distant places when they migrate in August and September. WHO officials expressed concern that only two people have been tested for avian flu in connection with the outbreak, AFP reported. They also urged China to supply virus sequencing information as soon as possible so that experts can assess whether the virus has become more pathogenic. Also today, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Vietnam had confirmed another human case of H5N1 infection. That brings the WHO’s tally of human cases in Vietnam since December to 60, with the number of deaths remaining at 18. The case occurred in May in the northern province of Ha Tay. Hall said no human cases have been reported, but the presence of the virus in new bird species could mean an increased risk for humans. Initial reports of the outbreak, in May, said 178 birds had died of H5N1 flu. China later increased the number to 519 in an official report, and a Chinese official subsequently raised the number to more than 1,000. The dead birds were said to include five species. Jun 28, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – About 5,000 migratory birds have died of avian influenza at a wildlife sanctuary in northwestern China, close to five times as many as reported previously, United Nations officials who visited the site said today.last_img read more

Quilters display their work in Greensburg

first_imgExample of a “Fractured Quilt”Greensburg, In. — The Art on the Square Gallery and the Decatur County Arts Connection presents the display, “Quilted” through the end of February. All the works have been produced by the Tree City Quilt Club.The public is invited to a free “Second Friday” Wine and Cheese Reception hosted by the Gallery, February 9 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.The show includes exceptional and imaginative examples of Fine Arts Quilting using original patterns of hand and machine quilting, appliqué, hand dyed fabrics, embroidery, and other intricate techniques. The show has been organized by Nancy Derheimer, Judy Glore, and Margaret Parker.  “Of special new interest this year are fractured quilts made by the Club members dividing themselves into groups of 4 or 5 with each group taking one original drawing and crafting it using their own fabric choices.  The quilters then met again, cut up the quilts into pieces, mixed up the pieces and sewed them back together!  The result is what is called a “fractured quilt”, said Nancy Derheimer, quilter.Featured Artists include, JoAnn Baldwin, Dottie Bilbrey, Rose M. Colllins, Kathy Denny, Nancy Derheimer, Judy Glore, Rita Hellmich, Donna Hermesch, Nancy King, Sue Koors, Janet Meyer, Alice Rust, Jean Schoettmer, Jean Shultz, Jan Wantz, Susan Wilson, and Alice Woodhull.  Most of whom created the iconic and exquisite “Decatur County Barn Quilt”, a special Indiana Bicentennial offering that is on permanent display at the Decatur County courthouse.The ongoing “Gallery Night Out” painting opportunities are held each month.  The public is invited to bring family and friends of all ages and abilities to a fun evening at the Gallery on Tuesday, January 16th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Participants are encourage to bring their favorite beverages and snacks to enjoy during the evening. “We will be creating in easy acrylic painting and techniques either “Happy Snowman” or “Cardinal on a “Winter Branch”, said Judy Glore, instructor and President of the Decatur County Arts Connection.  “No prior painting experience is needed and all supplies and professional instruction will be provided for a $25 fee and you leave the evening with a finished painting.”, said Margaret Parker, instructor and officer of the Decatur County Arts Connection. Register by calling 812-663-8430 and indicate the Snowman or Cardinal.  Sample paintings are on display in the Gallery window or on the Facebook page ‘Art on the Square Gallery” or the website.   Other times, dates, and subjects can be arranged for small groups for the Gallery Night Out classes.Art On The Square Gallery is located at 114 E. Washington Street in Greensburg on the North Side of the Town Square with regular gallery hours, Wednesday to Friday from 11 A.M. to 3:30 P.M., and Saturday from 11:00 A.M., to 2:00 P.M., closed Sunday, Monday & Tuesday. Exhibits will be on display throughout the year with monthly special shows. For more information call 812-663-8600.Art on the Square Gallery is a subsidiary of Decatur County Arts Connection, Inc. a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization promoting arts events and activities through creation, exhibits, and education for the community’s enjoyment and growth. Become a financial supporter or the arts events sponsored by the Gallery by joining us as a Patron. Forms will be available and donations are tax deductible. “Supporting the Decatur County Arts Connection and the Art on the Square Fine Arts Gallery and their programs financially will ensure that the arts stay strong in our community.  The Gallery has been serving the community for almost 10 years and looks to expand its programming opportunities in the future with your support”, expressed Fred Craig, local fine arts photographer and VP of the DCAC..Our catch phrase is: Express yourself through Art.last_img read more

AFCON 2019: Black Stars XI v Benin – Kwadwo Asamoah benched

first_imgGhana begins the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations campaign against West African neighbours Benin on Tuesday evening in Ismailia. Coach Kwesi Appiah has named his lineup to face Benin nine hours before kick-off as the Black Stars seek to start this year’s tournament on a good note. Ghana will open their account in Egypt tonight, but how have they fared in their AFCON openers since 2000?3 wins ✅2 losses❌3 draws🤝#JoyAFCON #AFCON2019 #TotalAFCON2019 #BlackStars #FootballTogether #GoGhana #GHABEN pic.twitter.com/cHsY4c2zoj— JoySports #JoyAFCON (@JoySportsGH) June 25, 2019 Kwasi Appiah relied heavily on the 4-4-2 formation during the qualifiers but he is set to switch to a 4-2-3-1 formation. A system he tried in Black Stars last pre-tournament friendly against South Africa which ended 0-0. Despite the team failing to score, the performance exhibited according to Joy Sports’ tournament correspondent, Benedict Owusu, who watched the game, was very impressive. Making their debuts in the Africa Cup of Nations will be Lumor Agbeyenu, Kasim Nuhu and Thomas Agyepong. The shock omission is vice-captain of the side Kwadwo Asamoah who was expected to play in a midfield role. The Inter Milan star was reportedly Ghana’s best player in two pre-tournament friendlies. As expected, Maritzburg goalkeeper Richard Ofori is the first choice to start in goal. With Harrison Afful failing to make the squad due to injury,  Reading defender Andy Yiadom starts right back with Lumor Agbeyenu starting ahead of Baba Rahman.Metz defender John Boye will partner German-based Kassim Nuhu with Mubarak Wakaso and Partey shielding the back four.Atsu will play from his favourite right flank and Thomas Agyepong will be on duty on the opposite flank. Skipper Andre Ayew will play behind his brother Jordan Ayew.Ghana’s starting XI to face Benin: Richard Ofori- Andy Yiadom, Lumor Agbeyenu, John Boye, Kasim Nuhu- Mubarak Wakaso, Thomas Partey, Thomas Agyepong, Christian Atsu, Andre Ayew-Jordan Ayew.Follow all the tournament games with #JoyAFCON. There’s live radio commentary on Joy 99.7FM, post-match programs on Joy FM, JoyNews TV (available via MultiTV Digibox and on DStv channel 421), Joy Prime (on DStv 281), analysis shows, and fan zones. Follow complete social media coverage on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with @JoySportsGH.last_img read more