The City A.M. Shadow Monetary Policy Committee votes to hold rates steady

Share Chair: Mark Wall – Deutsche BankHOLD The Bank is at the limits of tolerating above-target inflation, but there is a case to be made for maintaining the neutral policy bias. The Brexit forecast error may be about to resolve itself as evidence of the real income shock and business relocations begin to appear. The cost of a policy mistake may be asymmetric too. With the latest quantitative easing tranche wrapping up this month, the BoE has all the more reason to proceed slowly as the post-referendum monetary stimulus unwinds.Kallum Pickering, BerenbergHOLD But send a strong signal that monetary policy will tighten in the coming months amid strong growth and rising household debt.James Sproule, Institute of DirectorsHIKE Reverse post-Brexit reduction and establish path to normalisation. This will help interest rate spreads to widen, reflecting actual risk and ideally helping the asset bubble to deflate.Vicky Pryce, CEBRHOLD Although inflation is rising and GDP data are better than originally forecast, growth remains unbalanced and the risks of a hard Brexit add to the short- and medium-term uncertainty.Simon Ward, Henderson whatsapp At their last monetary policy meeting the Bank predicted inflation to rise to above 2.7 per cent next year, with a consequent slowdown in consumer spending and UK GDP growth. The City A.M. Shadow Monetary Policy Committee votes to hold rates steady Jasper Jolly The BoE has previously stuck to a “neutral bias” on interest rates, with room to move monetary policy either way.Read more: No fireworks: Economists say BoE and Fed set to hold rates next weekCity A.M.’s Shadow MPC has voted in favour of holding rates again, although with a slight shift in bias towards tighter policy.The last change in monetary policy came in August in response to the Brexit vote, with a cut in the bank rate from 0.5 per cent to 0.25 per cent and an extension of quantitative easing (the asset purchase programme of bond buying) by £60bn in government bonds and £10bn from corporates. Since then the UK economy has proven remarkably resilient.The Bank may come under increasing pressure to raise interest rates over the coming months as the devaluation of sterling passes through to consumers in the form of higher prices. HIKE by 25 basis points. The August stimulus package was unnecessary, as monetary trends argued at the time. With GDP, inflation and wage data surprising to the upside, now is the time to start reversing it.Ross Walker, Natwest MarketsHOLD Higher than expected GDP growth and consumer price index (CPI) inflation outturns probably justify unchanged policy settings, but the medium-term risks for both remain firmly to the downside so I retain an easing bias.David Stubbs, JP Morgan Asset ManagementHOLD Rates should be kept on hold for the time being. There are early signs of weakness in UK consumer data, which make up 60 per cent of UK GDP. Retail sales in December fell 1.9 per cent month-on-month, the biggest decline in four and half years.Ruth Gregory, Capital EconomicsHOLD Next move in interest rates will probably be up. But heightened uncertainty around the economic outlook and little sign of rising domestic inflationary pressures suggests this is some way off.Simon French, Panmure GordonHOLD There are signs of moderation in the unsustainable pace of consumer borrowing. This, alongside Sterling’s recent resilience, means bank policy can remain on hold until more detail is available on Article 50 negotiations and the path of inflation.Adam Chester, Lloyds Bank Commercial BankingHOLD Rising inflation and the resilience of the economy mean that the case for sustaining last year’s emergency rate cut has weakened. Still, it remains too early to reverse course given the economic uncertainty. The Bank of England (BoE) is expected to leave interest rates and its quantitative easing policy unchanged at the latest meeting of the rate-setting Monetary Policy Committee (MPC).Most economists expect serious talk of a rate rise to be reserved until the latter half of the year at least – and the possibility remains of a further cut to the bank rate if the economy reacts badly to the process of leaving the EU. whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorWarped SpeedCan You Name More State Capitals Than A 5th Grader? 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Excitement over use of Ebola vaccine in outbreak tempered by real-world challenges

first_img Ebola vaccination efforts began in Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on Monday. Courtesy Gavi / Pascal Barollier ‘You’re holding your breath’: Scientists who toiled for years on an Ebola vaccine see the first one put to the test Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Senior Writer, Infectious Disease Helen covers issues broadly related to infectious diseases, including outbreaks, preparedness, research, and vaccine development. To date in this outbreak, there have been 58 cases and 27 deaths. The DRC declared the outbreak on May 8, but the WHO says cases date back to early April at least. The outbreak’s potential for spread within DRC and to surrounding countries has the WHO and other response agencies on high alert, but a panel of expert advisers said last Friday that the situation does not currently constitute a global health emergency.The vaccine was tested at the tail end of the 2013-2016 West African outbreak, in a ring vaccination trial. The ensuing study declared that the vaccine was 100 percent effective; there were no infections among people who received the vaccine at least 10 days earlier.Contacts who developed Ebola in the nine days after vaccination were excluded because they would have been infected before they were vaccinated, or contracted the virus before their immune systems had time to mount a response to the vaccine.Those findings give people hope this vaccine will help control Ebola outbreaks. But the 100 percent effective figure from the Guinea trial will create high expectations that paradoxically could work against the vaccine in the real world.Vaccinators will need to carefully explain that some people who receive the vaccine may still get sick because protection is not immediate or because some of them may already have been infected when they were vaccinated, Berkley said. Otherwise, people may assume the vaccine doesn’t work, or, worse, may wrongly conclude the vaccine can cause Ebola. Those kinds of rumors could profoundly affect people’s willingness to be vaccinated. Related: Likewise, the design of the program, which is called ring vaccination, can only succeed if disease detectives on the ground can provide vaccination teams with a thorough list of the people who should be vaccinated — people who are at risk of developing the disease because they are health care workers, or because they were in contact with someone who contracted Ebola. By Helen Branswell May 23, 2018 Reprints HealthExcitement over use of Ebola vaccine in outbreak tempered by real-world challenges Related: Tags global healthinfectious diseasepublic healthVaccinescenter_img The start of a vaccination program this week in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a first in an Ebola outbreak, was a cause for a mini celebration in research and outbreak response circles. But there are challenges ahead in the real-world use of the vaccine, warned the head of the global health organization that is funding the vaccination effort.Successful use of the vaccine requires response planners and vaccination teams to hit the right notes on several challenging communications messages, said Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, a public-private partnership that assists developing countries with immunization programs.Getting those messages wrong could endanger lives and undermine the effort to use vaccine to help extinguish this outbreak, said Berkley, who made a whirlwind trip over the weekend from Geneva to western DRC, where the outbreak is happening, to witness the start of the vaccinationadvertisement Trending Now: About the Author Reprints Likewise, health workers — a key population being targeted by this campaign — need to understand that they can’t let their guard down when it comes to treating Ebola patients, he said. “You want health workers to continue to use maximum precautions regardless of whether they’re vaccinated or not.”In the real world, no vaccine is 100 percent effective. And while this vaccine appears to generate a rapid immune response, it is not immediate.“One of the challenges is making sure that those messages are really heard and understood in both the health community … and then certainly in the more general community,” Berkley said.Another risk: No one knows how long protection with this vaccine lasts. A recent study reported the protection may last as long as two years in some people, but the reality is only about 16,000 people in total have ever been vaccinated with this product, and most of those vaccinations occurred within the last two to three years.Another communication challenge Berkley foresees stems from the fact that the vaccination effort is not a mass vaccination campaign. There is no attempt — and no need — at this point to try to vaccinate everyone.He’s concerned the “worried well” will show up demanding a shot. Said Berkley: “So the idea that there is only a subset of people who are going to get it is complicated. And people don’t understand that. And so education is going to be very important.”Still another challenge will be the fact that the vaccine is what is called “reactogenic.” As it activates the immune system, people can feel ill and even develop a fever. In the middle of an outbreak, people who have been in contact with Ebola cases and who develop a fever could be mistaken for Ebola patients themselves.During the vaccine trial in Guinea, people who received vaccine were given acetaminophen or other over-the-counter drugs used to lower fever. And that is part of the plan in DRC, Berkley said. “And obviously if somebody doesn’t get better or the fever gets worse, then they will be triaged in a different way.”This story has been updated with new cases totals from the WHO. Helen Branswell “There is a danger that vaccines get seen as the holy grail,” Berkley told STAT. “That is a problem because the main thing that’s going to control this epidemic is the traditional way of dealing with Ebola. And that’s getting the epidemiology under control, understanding what the contacts are, getting isolation, safe burial — all those things.”advertisement As Ebola flares once again, a rapid global response invites cautious hope @HelenBranswell “I’m a great fan of vaccines. We need to get them out,” continued Berkley. “But they rely on those other things, and we need to make sure that both are going in parallel.”The vaccination effort started Monday with immunizing health care workers in Mbandaka, the capital of Equateur, the province where the outbreak is taking place. There are more than 7,500 doses of the vaccine, made by Merck, on the ground already, and the company has been asked by the World Health Organization to send another 8,600, a Merck spokesperson said.In an interview posted on Twitter on Tuesday, Dr. Peter Salama, the World Health Organization’s deputy director-general for emergency preparedness and response, said the hope is that roughly 1,000 people will be vaccinated over the next week.“We’re really on an epidemiological knife-edge here,” Salama told Devex, a media platform for the international development community. He said the discovery of a number of cases in Wangata, a district within Mbandaka, changed the WHO’s estimate of the threat posed by this outbreak. More than 1 million people live in Mbandaka, which is located along the Congo River — a major transportation route that links the outbreak zone to large cities to the north and south.last_img read more

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Injured barred owl rescued by Florida Capitol Police

first_imgRELATEDTOPICS TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Officer with the Florida Capitol Police saved an injured barred owl last Friday, March 5, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.Two officers were flagged down to the area of a hurt owl around midnight on Friday. Witnesses said it hit a car near the state offices complex at Southwood.Although officers don’t usually respond to wildlife calls, rescue services that normally would have responded were unavailable because of how late it was.The one-and-a-half foot tall barred owl was in a busy road and unresponsive. The officers took it to the Northwood Animal Hospital for overnight treatment. From there, it was taken to St. Francis Wildlife on Saturday. Florida nursing homes report COVID-19 infection rates nearly double the national average June 16, 2021 AdvertisementTags: Capitol PoliceFloridalaw enforcement Two suffer shark bites off Florida beach June 16, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementSt. Francis Wildlife officials said that the adult male owl is recovering from head trauma and an old injury, but he has a positive recovery prognosis. They hope to return the owl to his habitat when he is fully recovered.center_img Over 1,000 unemployment claim call takers let go as DEO cancels contract June 12, 2021 Florida moves against foreign theft of intellectual property June 8, 2021 Advertisement AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisementlast_img read more

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The Pac-12 Fitness Challenge is coming

first_imgCategories:Sports & RecreationEvents & Exhibits Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Oct. 20, 2016 center_img It’s time to prove CU Boulder is the most active campus in the Pac-12. From Oct. 24 through 28, log your minutes of physical activity online and watch as we take the crown from Stanford for the first time in six years!The Pac-12 Fitness Challenge is a conference-wide initiative promoting regular physical activity. The challenge is simple: the university with the most activity minutes logged throughout the week is crowned the Pac-12 Fitness Challenge Champion.How to participate:Beginning Monday, Oct. 24, visit the Pac-12 Fitness Challenge website and track your daily physical activity.Record up to 120 minutes of physical activity per day through Friday, Oct. 28.Keep an eye on CU’s minutes compared to other schools in the Pac-12.Lead CU to victory by motivating your friends, family, co-workers and other supporters to join in. Every minute counts!Who can participate?StaffFacultyStudentsAlumniFriendsFamilySupportersPlus, for the duration of the challenge, Rec Center access and fitness classes are free for students, faculty and staff with a Buff OneCard. Classes range from 45- to 60-minutes long, and all skill levels are welcome.Stay tuned throughout the week to The Rec’s website and social media for the latest news on classes, giveaways and prizes—there will be t-shirts! Watch the video here.last_img read more

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Afternoon Brief, October 3

first_imgSubscribe to the Afternoon BriefAdvertisement Pinterest Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief Linkedin Advertisement Facebook Share ReddItcenter_img Email Previous articleLos Angeles Wine Grape Harvest Underway at Bel Air’s Moraga EstateNext articleBeach Party Celebrates San Luis Obispo’s Cool Climate Wines Editor Trending Story:Napa Valley Fruit Versus Napa Valley WineA proposal before the federal agency in charge of wine labeling has vintners in emerging regions complaining that Napa Valley is trying to hurt their businesses…Today’s News:Innovative BlueMorph UV Tank Sanitation Technology Expands Options and MarketsAfter a period of trials, BlueMorph UV delivered their first commercial ultraviolet light sanitation unit to Jackson Family Wines in September 2015, and in December of that year, they were presented with a WINnovation Award for their groundbreaking approach to tank sanitation…Millennials Putting a Cork in $2 ChuckForget the $2 Chuck. A new survey of wine industry leaders has found that millennials are flocking to the higher priced premium wines…North Coast Wine ‘Premiumization Train Keeps on Accelerating,’ Big M&A Players SayWhile the U.S. economy could be in low-growth mode for several more years, consumers continue to crave higher-end wines and other items, even if they have to stretch their means to get them, according to experts at a major wine industry symposium in Napa…Neighbor Sues Napa County Over Bell Cellar’s ExpansionPennsylvania 1st State to Allow Direct Shipping of Wine from AbroadNapa Valley Vintners Pledges $1 Million to the CIA at CopiaStatewide Wine Grape Virus Survey Underway in MichiganSanta Rosa Sisters Crowned at World Champion Grape StompHow June Heat Wave Affected Temecula Valley Wine Country HarvestClark County Wineries’ Crush in Full SwingConstellation Brands Linked to Canadian Wine Unit SaleRed the Best Bet for Bordeaux’s 2016 HarvestHow Brexit Is Having a Fizzing Effect on English WineiGeneration Joins Millennial, Gen-X and Baby Boomer Generations for Some WineBlogs:Whole Bunch Fermentation Is the New Wine FashionMaking Wine with Biodynamically Farmed Grapes — and MarijuanaThe Greatest Wines of the Past 25 Years?Vineyard Weed Control Should Start NowAround the World in 80 HarvestsWineIndustry.Jobs:Compliance – AdminDivine Wine Compliance – Saint Helena, CA, United StatesMaintenance TechnicianRack & Riddle Custom Wine Services – Healdsburg, CA, United StatesDelivery Driver / Harvest InternCarr Vineyards & Winery – Santa Barbara, CA, United StatesMore Wine Industry Jobs…Feature Your Job Listing in the Afternoon BriefPeople:Lodi Winegrape Commission Announces New Executive DirectorYoung Winemaker’s Pinot a Tribute to Sonoma County’s Saralee KundeDex McCreary Named Integrated Beverage Group’s Executive Vice President for National AccountsCharlotte Selles Joins Jackson Family WinesDonald Trump, SommelierSupplier News:Nomacorc Launches New “Green Line” Wine Closure PortfolioLafase He Grand Cru: For Wines with Structure and EleganceExtend Shelf-Life of Organic and Natural Foods and Beverages in Bag-in-Box and IBC Formats with Advanced Solutions from Aran Group4 Ways Labeltronix Can Help You, as Harvest Is Coming to an EndMore Supplier News …Vineyard & Winery:Gloria Ferrer Reveals Finalists in the 2016 “Glorious Bites Challenge”Jackson Family Wines Invests in Oregon WinemakingVintage Wine Estates Procures Rights to Market Middleton Family Wines’ Clayhouse and Buried Cane Branded WinesLos Angeles Wine Grape Harvest Underway at Bel Air’s Moraga EstateChampagne AR Lenoble and Jordan Winery Announces Partnership Home Afternoon Brief Afternoon Brief, October 3Afternoon BriefAfternoon Brief, October 3By Editor – October 3, 2016 14 0 Twitter TAGSAran GroupBell Cellar’sBlueMorphBordeauxBrexitCanadaCarr Vineyards & WineryChampagne AR LenobleCharlotte SellesCIAClark CountyConstellation BrandsCopiaDex McCrearyDivine Wine ComplianceDonald TrumpDTCEUGloria FerrerIntegrated Beverage GroupJackson Family WinesJordan WineryLabeltronixLaffortLodiLodi Winegrape CommisionLos AngelesMichiganMoraga EstateNapaNapa ValleyNomacorcPennsylvaniaRack & RiddleSanta RosaSaralee KundeSonoma CountySt. HelenaTemecula ValleyVintage Wine Estates last_img read more

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N.Y. Liquor Authority Partners with ShipCompliant by Sovos to Expedite Alcohol…

first_imgEmail TAGSNew York State Liquor AuthorityShipCompliant Linkedin Pinterest Facebook AdvertisementShipCompliant PRO to digitize registrations and renewals for NYSLA, one of the largest state liquor and alcohol agencies in the nation(BOSTON) September 19, 2019 – Global tax software provider Sovos today announced that the New York State Liquor Authority (NYSLA) has selected ShipCompliant Product Registration Online (PRO), an online submission and approval system for state alcohol agencies, to digitize its brand registration and renewal process for the sale of beer, wine and spirits.The NYSLA is one of the nation’s largest state liquor and alcohol regulatory agencies, currently managing more than 39,000 active brands, and will become the largest state to fully automate its beverage alcohol product registration online via the PRO platform. PRO’s user-friendly compliance interface will accelerate NYSLA’s brand registration processing, cutting down expected wait times from weeks to hours in many cases, while also reducing paper waste and shipping costs.“In order to remain competitive, our manufacturers and wholesalers require the ability to quickly introduce new products into the marketplace. Our partnership with ShipCompliant PRO helps us achieve this goal by fully automating the brand label registration and renewal process in New York, creating an approval process that is faster, easier and more cost-effective for those we serve,” said State Liquor Authority Chairman Vincent Bradley.New York’s Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Law requires all brand labels for beer, low-alcohol wine, liquor, hard cider and wine products to be registered and approved by the SLA before they are brought to market. Between 2016-2017, the agency processed an average of 40,000 renewal applications per year, generating $36.4 million and $43.4 million in revenue, respectively. In addition, the authority mailed more than 23,000 application letters, 800 renewal packets and 650 rejection packets in 2018 – translating into at least $125,000 in postage costs that taxpayers can expect to save next year.“Many state alcohol agencies continue to rely on costly, confusing and time-consuming manual processes for alcohol beverage brand registration,” said Larry Cormier, vice president and general manager of ShipCompliant by Sovos. “By bringing New York onto the PRO system, we not only help the state cut down on costs and time spent on brand registrations, but we will also help New York licensed wholesalers, importers and retailers to get their products to market faster.”Brand label renewals for spirits products are available through the PRO system during this renewal period, running until September 30. New brand registrations and renewals for all other products will be available by early 2020. In addition, with the digital transition, the NYSLA is moving to a rolling three-year renewal process, and users can easily bulk renew all products with a “select all” button instead of checking off brands one-by-one on paper.With ShipCompliant PRO, users can submit applications, along with any state fees, for speedy review. Agencies can examine all application details within the PRO portal, leave comments and approve registrations without any paper or postage required. ShipCompliant by Sovos retains all historical data for users securely in the cloud.PRO label submissions are available in Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and South Dakota.To learn more about Product Registration Online from ShipCompliant by Sovos, visit productregistrationonline.com.About ShipCompliant by SovosShipCompliant has been the leader in automated alcohol beverage compliance tools for more than 15 years, providing a full suite of cloud-based solutions to wineries, breweries, distilleries, importers, distributors and retailers to ensure they meet all federal and state regulations for direct-to-consumer and three-tier distribution. ShipCompliant’s solutions reduce risk, lessen the burden of compliance, accelerate bringing products to market, and enable revenue growth. With more than 40 partner integrations, ShipCompliant leads a robust ecosystem of technology partnerships, enabling powerful complementary solutions. For more information, please visit ShipCompliant.com.About The New York State Liquor AuthorityThe New York State Liquor Authority regulates and controls the manufacture, sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages within the State. The Authority works with local law enforcement agencies and localities across the State to ensure compliance with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law. In addition, the Authority issues and renews licenses and permits to manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers of alcoholic beverages.Advertisement Share ReddIt Twitter Home Industry News Releases N.Y. Liquor Authority Partners with ShipCompliant by Sovos to Expedite Alcohol Product…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessN.Y. Liquor Authority Partners with ShipCompliant by Sovos to Expedite Alcohol Product Registrations OnlineBy Press Release – September 19, 2019 324 0 Previous articleRegistration Is Now Open for the 2020 Oregon Wine SymposiumNext articleEME Announces First Annual Pinots & Plaid Press Releaselast_img read more

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Private Sector on board for ‘Jamaica 50’

first_img By O. Rodger Hutchinson, JIS PRO Advertisements RelatedPrivate Sector on board for ‘Jamaica 50’ RelatedPrivate Sector on board for ‘Jamaica 50’ Private Sector on board for ‘Jamaica 50’ CultureMay 3, 2012 RelatedPrivate Sector on board for ‘Jamaica 50’ FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The ‘Jamaica 50’ Secretariat will be receiving valuable support from private sector marketers as it begins ramping up publicity on celebratory activities. Director of the Secretariat, Robert Bryan, told a JIS Think Tank on Tuesday (May 1) that efforts to co-opt support from private sector professionals and companies for the activities is far advanced and the public should soon see a roll out of this effort.  “We are working with quite a few persons already and in fact, some of them are engaged in the delivery of key components of the programme. A lot of companies have volunteered their marketing departments to assist us in doing quite a bit of this.  We’ve made use of some of those offers and as we go along we’ll involve others,” he said. Support is also coming from the organisers of already established activities, which will be held in the summer, such as Sumfest, the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Military Tattoo, the National Athletics trials and the ‘Fun in the Son’ gospel concert. “The idea is that we want to ramp up the whole marketing and positioning for the celebration,” Mr. Bryan told JIS News.   He informed that “there are some corporate bodies that will be doing specific activities to mark and celebrate Jamaica 50 and there are some companies that their history is part and parcel of Jamaica’s history and they intend to position and make sure that the whole world knows. Those elements will be tied together, published on websites and become part of the roll-out of information we feel comfortable with.” He said that the Social Development Commission (SDC) has been asked to utilise its vast and intricate island-wide network to spearhead and coordinate a volunteer programme for Jamaica 50 and coming out of that effort, the Secretariat has been receiving numerous e-mails from persons and organisations offering their services. Mr. Bryan said that most of the fundamental elements of the programme have been finalised and while requests have been coming in “we’re not going to be able to do everything”. “We have to focus on a few things and try to do them well, that’s the reality of it.  The job is to get to the point where everybody realises and accepts that that is where we are given the time.”last_img read more

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Formula 1

first_imgNAPLES, Fla. – No, Stacy Lewis doesn’t have a CPU or motherboard in her head, but her peers all know she is practically a human calculator. She graduated with an accounting and finance degree from the University of Arkansas, and she loves running numbers in her head. Even Lewis, though, is unsure exactly how all the complex point scenarios set up for her Sunday bid to win the inaugural Race to the CME Globe and the $1 million jackpot that goes with it. She knows this, though. If she wins the CME Group Tour Championship, she’s guaranteed she will also win the Globe. And that’s a $1.5 million payday, the richest in the history of women’s golf. “I’ve been thinking about all these awards and the Race to the Globe, that kind of stuff, for three or four weeks now,” Lewis said. “Unfortunately, that’s not going to go away overnight. I’ve just got to go hit some greens tomorrow. That’s all I’m going to try to do.” CME Group Tour Championship: Articles, videos and photos With a 2-under-par 70 in wind and rain Saturday at the CME Group Tour Championship, Lewis assured she is the player to beat Sunday in the battle for the $1 million jackpot that goes to the winner of the season-long competition for the Globe. With Lewis, Michelle Wie and Lydia Ko taking turns atop the projected points standings on Saturday, Lewis ultimately walked away in the best position to win the jackpot. Lewis, though, had to take a peek at an LPGA spreadsheet in the back of the media room to figure out who is best positioned to challenge her. “I don’t know exactly how it all works, but I can tell you there are people on the leaderboard I’m definitely cheering for over others,” Lewis said. “I’m not going to wish any bad on anybody else, but there are definitely some people I’m cheering for. I’ve just got to take care of business tomorrow, more than anything.” Julieta Granada continued her strong play in the Tour Championship as she seeks to claim a wire-to-wire victory. She shot a 70 Saturday, moving to 9-under 207, good for a one-shot lead on Morgan Pressel (70) and Carlota Ciganda (71), a two-shot lead on Sandra Gal (70) and a three-shot lead on Lydia Ko (68) and So Yeon Ryu (70). Michelle Wie (72) is four behind with Angela Stanford (67), who shot the round of the day. Lewis is six shots back. In a multi-layered battle for big prizes this week, Lewis is in terrific position to become the first American since Betsy King in 1993 to sweep the Rolex Player of the Year, Vare Trophy for low scoring average and the official money title in the same season.  Rolex world No. 1 Inbee Park is the only player who could prevent that sweep, and she struggled to a 73 Saturday, falling five shots behind Lewis. Park sits tied for 38th on the Tour Championship leaderboard. Basically, Park must finish at least T-8 to have a chance to win Rolex Player of the Year, must beat Lewis by 15 shots to win the Vare Trophy and must win the Tour Championship to take the official money title. Though Lewis didn’t win a major championship this year, she could put an exclamation mark on a dominant season by walking away with all the big prizes Sunday, including that $1.5 million payday. The battle for the $1 million Globe appears to be down to Lewis, Ko, Ryu and Wie. With all the complex scenarios, winning the Tour Championship is the common focus. With wind and rain making for tough conditions, the difficulty of the golf course helped keep players honed in on making good swings and scores. “I’m just going to go out there tomorrow like I did today and not think about the big money that comes at the end of tomorrow,” Ko said. “Everybody is playing pretty good in this condition. All I can do is really try my best out there, because I know it’s going to be tough again tomorrow.” Ko and Wie both wrestled away the projected top spot in points from Lewis before giving it back. At one point, Ko and Lewis were tied for the projected points lead. Wie led by herself before getting in an awkward spot in a bunker at the 11th hole and making double bogey. “Overall, it was a tough day out there, and I still am not too far away, which I am really glad about,” Wie said. “There is a lot on the line, but you kind of just have to play golf.”last_img read more

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Youth addiction counselor to be appointed to Donegal next week

first_img Youth addiction counselor to be appointed to Donegal next week Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Facebook Facebook Previous articleMcClean brace puts Ireland joint topNext articleBritain’s Northern Secretary puts forward idea on how to treat the border with Ireland after Brexit. admin It’s been confirmed that a counselor specialising in addiction issues for adolescents and children has been appointed to Donegal.The position had been vacant for some time with the issue being raised at a recent Regional health Forum meeting.Councillor Gerry McMonagle has since received a response from the HSE confirming the post will be filled next week.Cllr. McMonagle says its welcome news for what is a vital service to the young people of the North West:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/gerry1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic center_img WhatsApp Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By admin – October 10, 2016 WhatsApplast_img read more

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News / Severe cargo congestion at Heathrow subdues delight over record volumes

first_imgBy Alex Lennane 10/11/2017 Heathrow’s jubilant announcement that cargo volumes are up some 10% year-on-year has been tempered by severe congestion in the cargo area.Police closed the area around the horseshoe this week, for the second time – thought to be due to issues in the Segro-owned cargo area, but which have spilled out onto Heathrow’s estate.One forwarder told The Loadstar this week: “Heathrow is screwed currently, due to queues and congestion. They just started turning all vehicles away – which is not conducive to speeding-up already delayed air freight movements.”Segro said it was looking to make improvements. “In line with seasonal demand, the traffic at, and around, the Heathrow cargo centre has increased,” said a spokesperson.“We are working with the airport, the Airline Operators Committee for Cargo (AOCC) and our customers to forecast busy days, so we can put in place appropriate traffic handling measures to ensure safety on site and to reduce the impact of the increased amount of freight on the surrounding roads as far as reasonably possible.”Heathrow has seen 20% year-on-year growth in transhipments, while October saw the airport’s busiest-ever month for cargo, with more than 150,000 tonnes passing through. Volumes were up 9.2% on September and are up more than 10% year-to-date.One source suggested that the congestion was not only due to increased volumes, but also shifts caused by e-commerce. The airport is also expecting to see record volumes this year, and the source said it was “the toughest peak on record”.“The growth in e-commerce is changing the way cargo is presented, impacting processing time. And with airlines bringing in bigger aircraft, demand is up.”The forwarder added: ”It’s a real old-school peak season.”Heathrow said it was in talks with Segro about how to improve traffic flows and was looking at whether to deploy traffic marshals every day over the next six weeks to help during the peak.A Heathrow spokesperson said: “We’re working closely with our colleagues and stakeholders to address the congestion surrounding Heathrow’s cargo centre. As the UK’s largest port by value, it’s a priority for us to provide fast and reliable access for cargo vehicles.“We understand that congestion and extended wait times in Shoreham Road still occur and are taking steps to address that. The landlord [Segro] is working on improvements and Heathrow is also reviewing innovative solutions to help in the short term.”The recent congestion focused on Southampton Road West, Stirling Road and the southern perimeter road, and predominantly originated from vehicle congestion in Shoreham Road. There has also been some temporary queuing of vehicles waiting to access Building 521.last_img read more

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