Indiana craft brew industry struggling due to pandemic

first_img Google+ Twitter CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Pinterest Twitter (“Beer” by Quinn Dombrowski, CC BY-SA 2.0) Craft beer was an industry spreading like wildfire in Indiana before the coronavirus pandemic brought everything to a halt in April.It provides nearly 8,000 full-time jobs for Hoosiers and accounts for rough $1 billion in economic impact throughout the whole of Indiana. Now, like any other business, it’s a matter of adapting to fit the times in order to meet the bottom line, says Rob Caputo with the Brewers of Indiana Guild.“You’ve had a lot of layoffs, a lot of furloughs. I think some folks have been doing pretty well, as far as just trying to manage this. And I don’t mean making money hand over fist,” he told Inside Indiana Business.Caputo said tough decisions have had to be made, such as the case of 3 Floyds in Munster. The 24-year-old brewery made the decision to shut down indefinitely over a month ago saying “the safety of our customers and staff is our first priority, and at this time, we do not have immediate plans to reopen 3 Floyds Brewpub for bar or dine-in service.”Nick Floyd, the founder of 3 Floyds, told the Chicago Tribune could open in a year or two.“People have had to make decisions, like 3 Floyds, pulling back on the front of the house in the restaurant,” Caputo added. “Once you start looking at the financial’s, what are the margins? Is this valuable to the business in the short term? And how many people are going to come out anyway? We don’t know.”Caputo gives props to state leaders for relaxing certain restrictions when it comes to selling alcohol to patrons curbside in order to help breweries and brewpubs to continue selling their product.But, the pandemic has had a big impact on the Indiana Brewers Guild itself he said. The organization lobbies for and provides certain services for breweries in Indiana. Since it’s a 501-C(6) trade association the Brewers Guild was not eligible to receive a PPP loan.Caputo said the Brewers Guild generates a lot of its funding by putting on events such as Broad Ripple Beer Fest, Bloomington Craft Beer Festival, and Indiana Microbrewers Fest. With all those events either postponed or canceled, the funding is drying up and thus the Guild has been forced to furlough most of its staff.-0- WhatsApp By Network Indiana – July 11, 2020 0 472 Facebook Facebook Previous articleSouth Bend man sentenced after pleading guilty to robberyNext articleIndiana schools set to get face masks, hand sanitizer Network Indiana WhatsApp Indiana craft brew industry struggling due to pandemic Google+ Pinterestlast_img read more

More executions could be set to happen in Terre Haute

first_img WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews By Network Indiana – August 26, 2020 2 323 Google+ Google+ Pinterest Facebook (“Jail cells at the Southborough Police Station” by my_southborough, CC BY-ND 2.0) Lezmond Mitchell, the only Native American on death row, is scheduled to be executed Wednesday, at the federal prison in Terre Haute. But, he likely will not be the last person to be executed there, says Robert Dunham, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center.Dunham believes that more executions are likely because they are being used to make a political point.“The prisoners who were selected weren’t selected for execution because of any compelling federal interest,” he said. “Some of the supporters of the president have been trying to argue that his opponents favor the rights of murderers, child murderers, police murderers, more so than the rights of families of victims.”Dunham said that though the executions may be legal (and there are arguments against the legality), he believes the motivations aren’t righteous.“Their entire approach and all of their arguments suggest that they’re doing this as kind of a vanity set of executions, because the president wants them, not because there is any national necessity,” he said.Dunham also argued that the executions need not be carried out during the pandemic, and that if they are legal and right, they can be carried out after the pandemic is over.“When you’re dealing with matters of life and death, you want to make sure that you’re following the law scrupulously,” said Dunham. “You want to make sure that you’re not putting the public or anybody else in danger when you’re trying to carry out the law.”Dunham said the Death Penalty Information Center does not take a stand for or against capital punishment, but does have issues with the way the federal government is handling the current batch of executions.Mitchell, if executed, would be the fourth person to be put to death by the federal government this summer, after a 17-year moratorium on federal executions. Twitter Pinterest More executions could be set to happen in Terre Haute Facebook Previous articleNew website reviews restaurant COVID-19 safety proceduresNext articleElkhart woman leads police on multi-county chase Network Indianalast_img read more

Get set for sub-zero wind chills for the entire week ahead

first_img Facebook Twitter WhatsApp IndianaLocalMichiganNewsWeather (Photo supplied/ABC 57) (Maci Tetrick/ABC 57 Meteorologist) On this Sunday, Feb. 7, the wind-chill feels like temperatures in the negative teens.Double up on layers and make sure to cover as much of your skin as possible. Take breaks indoors when you start to feel too cold.Temperatures only warm to 12 degrees by Sunday afternoon, but will feel even cooler than that with wind chill. These cold temperatures are a perfect excuse to stay in and watch the big game tonight.While there are a few more flurries early this morning, especially near Lake Michigan, most of today will be cloudy but quiet.Tonight there are additional chances for a few light snow showers or flurries, but there should be little new accumulation for your Monday morning drive.Monday is slightly warmer with a high around 18.The next round of snow is Monday night into Tuesday morning – we’ll pick up 1-2” for most of Michiana, with slightly higher totals near Lake Michigan. The Tuesday morning commute could be a bit messy because of this. Unfortunately, there is still no sign of a warm up in the 10 day forecast, as daytime highs stay below normal.WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM EST THIS AFTERNOONWHAT…Very cold wind chills expected. Wind chills as low as20 below zero.WHERE…Portions of northern Indiana.WHEN…From 3 AM EST /2 AM CST/ to 1 PM EST /noon CST/ Sunday.IMPACTS…The cold wind chills could cause frostbite onexposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.Your ABC 57 First Warning Neighborhood Weather Center Forecast:Today: Few AM snow showers. Cloudy and cold. High 12.Tonight: Light snow showers. Low 4.Monday: Cloudy and cold. PM snow. High 18.Tuesday: AM snow showers. Mostly cloudy. High 20. Google+ Get set for sub-zero wind chills for the entire week ahead Twitter Facebook Google+ By Jon Zimney – February 7, 2021 0 171 Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleHow to stay safe in extremely cold weatherNext articleSouth Bend, Elkhart warming centers available for those in need Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Speech: UKRI Research and Innovation Infrastructure Roadmap launch

first_imgAnd of course, at a global scale there are a different set of challenges, ones crying out for solutions grounded in technology, science and research: from climate change to how to deploy automation and AI to antimicrobial resistance.To shape the future, we need a planI am of the view that if you want to shape the future, you need to do more than worry. You need to act, and for that you need a plan.Part of having a plan involves having goals. This is why in the government’s Industrial Strategy has set out a number of grand challenges: areas of societal, global importance where we believe technology and innovation can help us solve some of the most pressing problems facing the world.It is also why we have set out a commitment to encourage investment in R&D. In other fields, the government has set clear targets as a sign of our aspiration. We show our commitment to our country’s security by spending the NATO target 2% of GDP on defence. We show our commitment to our international obligations by spending the UN aid target of 0.7% of GDP. And now, in the Industrial Strategy White Paper, we are signaling our commitment to the future of our country and the world through our goal to increase UK R&D spending to 2.4%. This is an ambitious target: an increase of two-thirds. We have begun this process with the biggest increase in public R&D funding for 40 year, ensuring that public spending on R&D will rise in every year of this parliament to around £12.5 billion in in 2021/22.As part of this investment in R&D, I’m pleased to announce – in addition to the launch of the Infrastructure Roadmap – the allocation of £70m through the ‘Accelerating innovative healthcare and medicines’ challenge of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. This investment from government and industry will speed up patient access to new medicines and improve treatments for our ageing society. It will also support new virtual reality projects to help patient recovery. This will see three new Advanced Therapies Treatment Centers opened across the UK in Birmingham, Newcastle and Manchester.We will be announcing further details of the second wave of challenges within the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund shortly. This new funding will support challenges to allow us to: Despite concerted efforts over a decade to improve business-university links, business R&D remains disappointingly low by international standards. (Some say we lack the critical mass of institutions that sit between business and research that are more common in countries like Germany or Korea.) Importance of achieving a good result for science from Brexit, both in terms of European research funding and in terms of the welcome the UK offers to the world’s best minds. Transform construction and food production Use technology to create the audiences of the future for our creative industries A strong suspicion that we are not making the most of the country’s potential when it comes to research talent. Whilst the total number of women professors are growing, HESA stats shows that in one third of universities the proportion of women professors has declined in the last five years. There are more black cleaners and porters than lecturers and professors. Develop the technologies and services to support a society that ages healthycenter_img Prosper from the energy revolution Thank you to the Royal Society for hosting us today. Speaking as a new science minister, there is nothing that reminds you of Britain’s awe-inspiring history of scientific excellence like a visit to the Royal Society.The photos of generations of distinguished fellows evoke the UK’s great tradition of research. The current fellowship is a list of global stars in discipline after discipline – a reminder that British science has a remarkable present as well as a great past. The sheaf of stats that you receive as a new minister bears this out – and I have rapidly learnt about exotic data like Field-Weighted Citation Indices – the moral of which is that when it comes to science, Britain continues to punch above its weight.I’ve also learnt that our research strengths go beyond the scientific remit of the Royal Society to fields of arts, humanities and social sciences. If the watchword of principle of 21st Century innovation is STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths – then the British research base is well positioned for success. After ten days in the job, it’s hard to think that if you are going to be a science and research minister anywhere, Britain is the place.But I’m also well aware that when it comes to research and innovation, the UK faces its fair share of challenges.Already I have heard some clear messages from you and your scientific colleagues about areas that need more work. Use data improve early diagnosis of disease Pioneer technologies in Next generation services and quantum technologies And we will continue this new approach to mission-driven innovation by launching an expression of interest for Wave 3 of the ISCF.Openness the worldTo tackle these challenges effectively, we will need to work together with the best and brightest from around the world. Science and innovation are global enterprises. Bill Joy, the founder of Sun Microsystems, famously said “no matter who you are, the smartest people mostly work for someone else”; this is true for companies, but it is also true for countries. British science is at its best when we collaborate deeply with other countries, and welcome researchers to the UK.To this end, we are working to deepen our research and innovation ties to other countries – such as the historic agreements we have recently signed with the US and China.It also means securing the best possible relationship with the EU after Brexit. I am deeply conscious of the importance of Horizon 2020 and future framework programmers to research in the UK and the huge benefits we have reaped from participation in programmes like the ERC. We are working hard to secure a good research and innovation agreement with the EU after Brexit, and I can confirm that I have already had cordial discussions with Commissioner Carlos Moedas, and will be sitting down with him and other EU science ministers in Bulgaria next week, as my first foreign trip in the job.UKRI and its strategic roleHaving goals is a necessary part of having a plan, but not a sufficient one. You also need to capacity to carry out the plan, and to work out how you are doing. This is where UK Research & Innovation comes into the picture.The establishment of UKRI was, from the point of view of science and research, the central part of the reforms set out in the Higher Education and Research Act. (At this point, I must acknowledge my great debt to my predecessor in this role Jo Johnson, for stewarding this major reform through Parliament, and to discussing it with so many of you here.)UKRI matters because it can fund research and innovation in a mindful, considered and strategic way. Because it brings together the seven Research Councils, it will be better able to bridge the gap between the sciences, social science, and arts & humanities. Because it connects Innovate UK together with the Research Councils, it will improve the links between research and innovation. The first two waves of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, which is financing R&D in fields with important business applications, suggest that these links are already bearing fruit.And by linking Research England to the research councils, it will enable us to carefully consider and better align our funding for specific research projects with the quality related research funding stream. Research England’s work with the other UK funding bodies and the Office for Students will help UKRI in its consideration of the sustainability of the research base, a joined up skills and talent pipeline and an approach to innovation which captures the strengths of each of the devolved nations.Just as important will be UKRI’s ability to make strategic funding choices. Sir John Kingman (who I was delighted to see appointed as substantive UKRI chair last week) argued that UKRI should aspire to provide a “strategic brain” for research funding, looking right across the UK landscape. This strategic brain would complement the existing processes of the research councils and Innovate UK, and would help ensure that funding opportunities were not overlooked because they fall afoul of disciplinary boundaries, and that important emerging areas are prioritized.The infrastructure roadmap – an example of what UKRI can doA good example of the kind of prioritization that UKRI makes possible is the Infrastructure Roadmap that we are here to initiate today, an initiative where the UK will want and need to play on a global scale. As you know far better that I do, good science and effective innovation depend not just on brainpower and funding but on the right infrastructure.Some of this is big, imposing physical kit: from linear accelerators and data centers to research stations, Met Office super-computers and, of course, Boaty McBoatface. Some of it is rather more intangible: such as carefully-collected longitudinal data sets or institutions like the Catapult centers, which are as much about networks and know-how as they are about physical buildings.The roadmap will survey the state of the UK’s research and innovation infrastructure, and use this mapping to inform the prioritisation of future investments.This matters. If we let our infrastructure decay, research and innovation suffer. In his superb book, “England and the Aeroplane”, historian of science David Edgerton describes how a lack of appropriate wind tunnels and testbed was one of the factors that caused Britain’s aerospace industry, which was at the cutting edge of technology at the end of WW2, to fall behind that of the US. But if we can invest strategically in new infrastructure, we can open up new vistas for research, especially as digital technologies are changing the way research works in discipline after discipline. An example of this is the Structural Genomics Consortium, based at the University of Oxford, is a great example of how open science has been used to spur on innovation in drug discovery. Currently funded by 13 public and private organisations, the consortium takes an open and innovative approach to intellectual property, which allows the industrial partners to collaborate and maximise the impact of the researchI hope that the Infrastructure Roadmap will be a sign of things to come from UKRI. There is huge potential for UKRI to build on the promising work that has been done by the Research Councils, Innovate UK and HEFCE in recent years to improve how we use data to understand the research base, to investigate promising areas, and to record the impact both of research itself and of the ways we fund research. There is also a great opportunity for UKRI to improve how we communicate research and its benefits to the general public, who after all pay for what we do and have a right to know about it – especially if we want to win popular support for greater public funding of research.This work will be led by Professor Mark Thomson, the new Executive Chair of the Science and Technology Facilities Council. I am delighted to announce Professor Thomson’s appointment today; he will be a great asset to STFC, reinforcing the UK’s reputation as being world-beating in this exciting and ever-evolving area of science.Mark will take over from STFC Chief Executive Brian Bowsher at the beginning of April when UKRI comes into being. I’m sure we would all like to take the opportunity to thank Brian for his sterling work at the helm of STFC over the last year and congratulate him for his OBE in the New Year Honours.Sir Mark and I will be speaking more about the future of UKRI in the weeks and months leading up to its formal launch on 1 April. I am hopeful that it will live up to its promise of being the most exciting research funder in the world.Encouraging optimism, and the limits of planningHaving spoken about the importance of having a plan, I’d like to conclude with a few words of humility. One thing I know is that plans that are too rigid generally don’t survive contact with reality.The best plans are dynamic, not dictatorial, and allow room for chance and for change. The same is true when it comes to the government’s vision for research and innovation.To encourage innovation, it is not enough to increase investment and to set challenges. We also need to provide the freedom that innovators and optimists need to thrive. In the world of business, this means creating the conditions for new entrants to and competing with old established firms. It means improving access to finance for the best new businesses to scale up.It means making sure that our regulators and the rules they make are tech-savvy, and responsive to new ways of doing things. We should draw on examples like the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, where informed, proportionate regulation, devised with public consent, created the conditions where research and investment could flourish, safe from both over-zealous legislators and public backlash.And it also means ensuring there is space for serendipity in research. As the sociologist Robert Merton pointed out over sixty years ago, major breakthroughs arise unexpectedly or obliquely. No doubt many of you will recognize this from your own research. Shatterproof glass, penicillin, cancer chemotherapy, and vulcanized rubber are just a few examples of how the most important discoveries are sometimes the most unexpected. Alongside challenge-led funding pots like the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, we believe it is essential to continue to fund curiosity- driven research generously. And we will continue to support a diverse funding system, which values the role of the UK’s impressive research charities, and recognizes the importance of QR funding in allowing institutions to invest in their own ideas and capabilities.Providing freedom and encouragement for innovators and independent thinkers is essential for the future of research and for the future of the country.ConclusionLet me conclude by congratulating UKRI beginning their infrastructure roadmap.Rising to Global expectations – It will be welcomed in much, if not all, of the UK’s S&R community; but there are global expectations, and we are being watched carefully to see how this great new organisation works – just what will be different for those wanting to work with UK researchers and innovators that will be ensure the UK is hugely attractive to others?As we celebrate rising R&D spend from HMG, how will UKRI balance the need to clear accountability (which suggests plenty of process and rules) with creating the space I have just referred to for creativity and invention?Launching in April 2018, UKRI will be critical – ensuring the UK maintains its world leading position in research and innovation. It will catalyse a more strategic, agile and interdisciplinary approach to addressing global challenges and play a key role in helping the UK strengthen its competitiveness as part of the new Industrial Strategy.If you want to shape the future, it helps to have a plan. UKRI and its infrastructure roadmap is part of that plan.last_img read more

Speech: Chancellor speech: German Family Business Conference 2018

first_imgThank you for inviting me here today.It is good to speak, at this time of great change for our continent, at the German Family Business conference.Both because family businesses have historically been, and continue to be, the very heart of our economies, and the bedrock of our communities.And because of the shared values that great family businesses here in Germany, in the UK, and across Europe, hold and represent:The belief in taking a long-term view of the economy and the world, and an ability to prosper, generation after generation;A focus on adapting in order to stay relevant – as the modern world changes around us;A view that to succeed is to leave your business in a stronger state than you inherit it.And the nations of Europe must adopt the same values:We must take a long-term view; we must adapt as the world around us changes – particularly as the technological revolution takes hold; we must ensure the decisions we take leave our countries and societies in a better place than we found them….…and we must work together – as a family of nations – to take on the common challenges that we face.And our continent faces many common challenges.The global and European economies have recently enjoyed a period of relative strength……but risks clearly remain.There’s been a rising tide of sentiment among our electorates, that questions the conventional wisdom of free trade, open markets, and globalisation……and whether our economic model is working for people across our continent…A challenge, that as leaders in government and business, we will have to take on, and win, all over again.We face a technological revolution – that, while presenting untold opportunities for improving living standards and driving progress……will also give rise to anxiety about the pace of change in the economy……and will require us collectively to evolve our tax, regulatory, and competition systems, so they are fit for the digital economy of the 21st Century.…to ensure people have the skills they need in a world of increasing automation……and to convince them that everyone will share in the benefits of technological change and the economic growth that flows from it.And beyond the borders of Europe we’ve seen an increasingly uncertain geopolitical context……earlier this week I returned from Canada with my German, French, Italian, and other G7 colleagues……and today our leaders meet to discuss some of these challenges too:From the threat of an emboldened and re-arming Russia on Europe’s east;The ongoing escalation of tensions across the Middle-East;…and the uncertainty around the policies of Europe’s largest trading partner, the US.We are all deeply concerned by the US decision last week to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Europe, and other allies around the world.We continue to raise these concerns with the US, and our close cooperation with Germany, the EU, and colleagues in other member states is a vital part of a unified response.These are challenges that we all face together as Europeans.Responding to them will require collaboration and co-operation.And if we want our shared values – German values, British values, French values – European values – to prevail, we must ensure that Europe continues to speak with one voice.I have enjoyed many productive discussions with my German counterparts on these shared challenges over the years that I have been Defence Secretary, Foreign Secretary, and Chancellor of the Exchequer……and I look forward to working with this German Government to determine how we will continue to work together on key issues – in an increasingly uncertain global context.And that is my central message today:That while Britain is leaving the political institutions of the European Union, we are not leaving Europe.Every family business – in Germany, in Britain, or anywhere in Europe – has a unique story to tell.And so too, do the individual nations of Europe.Each with its own history, culture, and experiences.Britain’s Island story has led us to a different conclusion about political integration in Europe……than that of Germany, or indeed, France……but we still respect the strong and consistent role that Germany has played in European integration……and understand the central place that the European Union occupies in German and wider European political and business philosophy.The Brexit vote makes us no less European.It makes us no less committed to a rules based international system, free trade, democracy, free speech and human rights.Just look at our foreign policy since the EU referendum:We remain firmly committed to the Paris Climate agreement;We are a vocal defender of the Iran nuclear deal;We continue to be the biggest advocates for free international trade, and the rules based trading system;We took action, with our French and American allies, when Assad used chemical weapons against his own people in his horrifying attack in Douma.We are working together to deliver stability and security in the Western Balkans, ahead of an important summit meeting in London next month.Our intelligence agencies collaborate to counter the evolving threat of terrorism, that has tragically affected us all in recent years.Our military shares the burden of protecting Nato’s eastern borders.And we are working with our allies to counter the unacceptable behaviour of the Russian state……which we in Britain experienced so recently in Salisbury.And we very much appreciate the solidarity of Germany and other European states in the days and weeks since.So when we say that Britain is leaving the political institutions of the European Union, but not leaving Europe, we really mean it.And I hope that in the Brexit negotiations we can draw upon these shared values, as we work towards a deep and comprehensive future partnership……and reach an outcome that supports our shared prosperity.Delivering benefit to both Britain and the EU.It was Britain’s and Germany’s economies that powered Europe out of the financial crisis -Between us, we have been responsible for almost half of all economic growth in the EU since 2010……and created more than half of all new jobs.And so it is my hope that the economic partnership and longstanding friendship between our two countries……that has helped bring about peace, security, and prosperity on this continent for over seventy years……can be mobilised to support our common goal of a deep, special, and mutually beneficial partnership between the EU and the UK in the future.Because while Europe has enjoyed a period of robust growth, we cannot be complacent.And our economies are not so strong that they can afford to be exposed unnecessarily to economic and financial stability risks from a bad Brexit outcome.And this isn’t just about the UK economy, but the German economy, and the EU economy.Germany exports more to the UK than any other country bar the US ……and from Aldi, to BMW, Bosch, to Sixt, German companies, many of which are family owned and represented here today, employ 412,000 people in the UK……and in return almost one in ten foreign companies here in Germany, are British.And just last week my favourite sandwich chain – Pret a Manger – was bought by a German family-owned investment group!The UK is a significant part of the EU marketplace.We represent almost 13 percent of the population of the EU……and 15 percent of its GDP.And it is clear to me that ensuring that businesses can continue to operate across that whole marketplace after Brexit……is essential to delivering a prosperous future relationship between the EU and the UK.We have made significant progress since Article 50 was triggered……both in our internal debate in the UK about what Brexit should mean……and in our negotiation with the EU.The first stage in the negotiations successfully settled many withdrawal issues……including the UK’s financial obligations to the EU.And in March we reached agreement on a transition period, running until the end of 2020……during which businesses in Germany, the UK and across Europe can continue to operate as before……ensuring that they will have only one set of changes to navigate at the end of that period.We’re currently focused on our future customs relationship……which I know from my discussions is a top priority for businesses in this room……and so it should be a top priority for European governments too.Germany exported more cars to the UK last year than to the US and China combined……10% of all French cheese exports go to the UK……80% of all Irish poultry exports.The UK is exploring two possible future customs models……both are “works in progress”……but we are confident that, building on the work we have done……we can develop from them a solution that responds to the concerns of businesses……minimises frictions and burdens at, and behind, the border……protects the hard-won progress in Ireland……and sustains our trade with our EU27 neighbours.And recognising that these future models will take time to develop and establish……and that businesses in the UK and across Europe need certainty as soon as possible……yesterday we published our proposals for a temporary customs arrangement……in line with our commitment in the December Joint Report to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland.Beyond customs, we continue to work on a model for a comprehensive future economic partnership……a partnership that protects the supply chains and established trade relationships that I have just talked about……safeguards jobs and businesses that depend on them, on both sides of the Channel……and promotes the values we share across the continent of Europe.And of course, in doing so, we don’t have to start from scratch.The UK and the EU27 start in a unique position……with deeply interconnected economies and supply chains……equivalent regulatory standards and regimes……and unrivalled collaboration in everything from trade, security, and defence……to education, science, technology and culture.We will set out more detail in the coming weeks on key elements of the British Government’s ambition for a mutually beneficial relationship between the EU and the UK:But for example, we’ll seek a comprehensive system of mutual recognition to ensure that, as now, products only need to undergo approvals in one country, to show that they meet regulatory standards across Europe;We’ll explore the terms on which the UK could maintain a relationship with EU agencies, such as those for chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and aerospace, so that they continue to benefit from UK expertise, and we can deliver such a system of single approvals;And on services, we all have an opportunity to establish the most ambitious free trade agreement ever – with continued recognition of professional qualifications, a labour mobility framework that enables travel to provide services to clients in person, to a bespoke partnership in financial services – to enable the ongoing delivery of cross-border financial services, in both directions, for the benefit of businesses and citizens on both sides of the channel, while protecting financial stability, and maintaining fair competition.But reaching agreement on all these key elements, and delivering on our vision of a future economic partnership that protects businesses, jobs, and prosperity, will only be possible if both sides want the same thing.“Zum Tango gehören immer zwei.”And I say this today – because I fear that some EU opinion-formers, in government and in business, have succumbed to the temptation to see the Brexit challenge as a problem for the UK to resolve alone.I understand the instinct that says: “They voted to leave – let them sort it out”.But this has to be a two-way conversation.And it has to reflect the political realities on both sides.One the one hand, the EU must recognise the British people’s vote to be outside of the EU’s political structures……and regain control of their borders.And on the other, we must recognise that anything that undermines the integrity of the Union, or looks like ‘cherry-picking’ will not be acceptable to the EU.Wir verlangen keine Extrawurst!Instead we recognise that we need to find a new balance of rights and responsibilities in our economic relationship……and that while the UK will no longer have all of the responsibilities it currently has……we will have to give up some advantages of membership too.We want both sides to work together creatively to reach a final-outcome that……allows business to carry on……protects European jobs and prosperity……and allows Britain to continue to contribute to Europe’s security.I recognise that what we are proposing is a uniquely close third county relationship……but the fact is that all of the EU’s third country relationships are unique……and so it would be perverse for the future UK-EU relationship to be uniquely ‘off the shelf’!For it was always forseen that the EU should have close relations with its neighbours……as Article 8 of the Treaty says……”the Union shall develop a special relationship with neighbouring countries, aiming to establish an area of prosperity and good neighbourliness”.And I passionately believe that all of us in this room, and across Europe, should be interested in an outcome that allows that……an outcome that properly reflects the 45 years that we have spent together as members of the EU……and I believe that with the political benefits of such a solution articulated by Member States……and the economic logic articulated by the voice of business……we can make this case, and win the argument for a future partnership that works in the common interests of all of our citizens.Reflecting the lessons of out Continent’s long history;Working together to ensure Europe remains an open, outward looking, free-trading Continent;Attracting talent and investment from around the world;Building a future partnership that we can be proud of……one that stands the test of time, and that will support the prosperity, security, and living standards of our children, and our children’s children.Thank you.last_img read more

Press release: Minister for Women joins procession through London

first_img Yesterday’s processions have the potential to go down in history, just as the processions 100 years ago, and to serve as a legacy for us all to build on. It is vital that we all play our part in celebrating our history, paying tribute to those who sacrificed so much to shape our country, and reigniting our determination to build on the great work of the great women who have gone before us. On Sunday 10 June, the Minister for Women joined thousands of women and girls as they walked together through London as part of a mass participation artwork to mark the centenary year of women’s suffrage.Processions took place in London, Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh, with participants wearing either green, white or violet – the colours of the suffrage movement – to give the appearance of a flowing river of colour through the cities’ streets.Nearly £210,000 of UK Government funding went towards commissioning women artists to work with organisations and communities across England to create centenary banners for the London Procession as part of an extensive public programme of creative workshops.Minister for Women Victoria Atkins said:last_img read more

Press release: Government announces support for Finn’s Law campaign in Parliament

first_imgPC Dave Wardell, Finn’s Police Dog handler, said: The Bill proposes amending the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to address concerns on an existing section where a defendant accused of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal can claim they were protecting themselves and justified in using physical force against a service animal.Sir Oliver Heald MP, who presented the Bill, said: This Bill will offer stronger protection for the many brave service animals that help to protect us. I pay tribute to PC David Wardell, Sir Oliver and all those who have campaigned for Finn’s Law. This Government is continuing to raise the bar on animal welfare, whether it be for our beloved pets, brave service animals or on farms. Courageous service animals such as police dogs and horses will be offered greater protection under a new law being backed by Government.The Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill has been published in Parliament by Sir Oliver Heald MP and is scheduled for its second reading today (Friday 15 June).It relates to the prominent Finn’s Law campaign, named after the police dog which was stabbed whilst pursuing a suspect with his handler PC David Wardell.The proposed legislation will remove a section of the current law of self-defence, often used by those who harm a service animal.This change, coupled with the government’s plans to increase maximum sentences for animal cruelty offences to five years in prison, will make sure those who harm service animals are punished accordingly.Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: My boy Finn, now retired, was one of several thousand service animals that work to protect the whole of society 24 hours a day, everyday. When Finn was seriously injured it didn’t seem right to me or the public that he was seen as an inanimate object/property, in law. This campaign and Bill is my way of saying thank you to Finn for saving my life and to the many others for the truly outstanding and brave work they do everyday. With the amazing support of my MP, Sir Oliver Heald QC, a great working relationship with Defra was formed. Sir Oliver, along with Sarah Dixon and Nicola Skelley, have worked so incredibly hard to get us to the point we are at today. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them and Defra from my heart and from the thousands of supporters that our service animals have. What you have done today will help protect our amazing service animals, animals we should be very proud of. It’s time for Finn’s Lawcenter_img We are absolutely delighted to receive and welcome the backing from Defra to Sir Oliver Heald’s amended Bill. Throughout the Finn’s Law campaign we have been grateful to Lord Gardiner, in particular, for the respectful discussions he has held with Sir Oliver. For too long have the Courts struggled with securing prosecutions for injuries intentionally inflicted on Police and Prison dogs and horses in particular. We are looking forward to the 2nd reading of Sir Oliver’s Bill and we feel optimistic for a positive outcome. We will continue to work tirelessly towards securing protection for these animals. I am delighted that the campaign for Finn’s Law has gained the support of the Government. I’ve had productive meetings with Defra ministers on this Bill and am looking forward to its passage through Parliament. This is a good day for all of our brave service animals. Nicola Skelley and Sarah Dixon, of the Finn’s Law Campaign, said:last_img read more

News story: THINK! Campaign urges young men to stop their friends drink-driving

first_img Drink-driving wrecks lives and we would encourage every driver to consider whether they really want to take the risk of mixing alcohol with being behind the wheel this Christmas. Regrettably, we have seen the number of people who admit to having driven while over the limit increase by 50% in the past 12 months from 8% to 12% so we welcome this hard-hitting campaign. It delivers a strong message that drink-driving is not acceptable, and also encourages people to speak up if they see their friends doing it. Drink driving needlessly puts human lives at risk. Our hard-hitting THINK! campaigns have already shown a positive impact on road users, encouraging safer behaviour so as to reduce the number of people killed and injured. This festive season, the simple message is that friends need to step in and stop their friends from getting behind the wheel after drinking. A recent RAC survey showed more than two thirds of people would urge their friend not to drive if they thought they were over the limit. This THINK! campaign provides simple solutions to encourage 18 to 24 year-old men to step in if they see their friend trying to drive home after drinking any alcohol.The films will be broadcast online and on social media during the Christmas and the party season as well as at football grounds, on Spotify and in pubs.RAC road safety spokesperson Pete Williams said: Media enquiries 020 7944 3021 National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Roads Policing, Chief Constable Anthony Bangham said: Switchboard 0300 330 3000 Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 The Department for Transport has also today announced the winners of stage 1 of the competition for new mobile breathalysers, in conjunction with the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS).These breathalysers will enable police officers to test drivers instantly at the road side, saving police time as well as getting drink drivers off the roads immediately as they won’t have time to sober up on their way to police station.The winners are Lion Laboratories and Intoximeters: companies that produce instruments to test alcohol on the breath. Their designs will now go be submitted for Home Office testing, with a view to being ready for 2020.In addition stage 2 of the competition will now be open for bids from manufacturers who are able to provide devices for police forces for trials. Don’t let your mates drink and drive – that’s the message for young men in this year’s Christmas THINK! campaign, which launches today (Friday, 14 December 2018).Three new films are being released, based on the award-winning #matesmatter campaign, which last year had the biggest shift in over a decade in young people’s attitudes towards drink driving.One of the films sees friends in a pub intervene when a man picks up his car keys after he has been drinking, kicking the keys around the venue before they’re taken away by the landlady, who calls for a taxi. Another shows a couple kissing, ignoring everything around them until a man picks up his car keys and goes to leave. The couple break the embrace and the boyfriend kisses the man as the girlfriend takes the keys, and says “Someone’s getting the bus home.”Christmas drink drive video: time to tackleRoad Safety Minister Jesse Norman said: Driving under the influence of drink or drugs is an incredibly dangerous and selfish decision to take, and it can have devastating consequences on people’s lives. Far too many people still attempt to drive under the influence and we are better prepared to catch them than ever before. We will ensure that they face the full penalty of law. Our message is the same all year round: do not do it. Roads media enquirieslast_img read more

Speech: Delivering long term stability to the Sahel region

first_imgThank you very much Mr President and may I like others start by passing our sincere condolences to Niger and France for the loss of their servicemen and women.Let me also thank our briefers and welcome to the Council His Excellency Mr Alpha Barry, Foreign Minister of Burkina Faso.As set out in the Secretary-General’s Report Mr President, there is some clear progress to be welcomed – particularly the resumption of Joint Force operations since January 2019 and the deployment of 75 per cent of troops as of March 2019. We recognise the efforts of the G5 Sahel States to combat cross-border threats despite difficult and adverse circumstances. Now, the Force must accelerate its efforts to achieve full operational capacity and demonstrate that its security capacity is greater than the sum of its parts. Evidence of tangible results from operations will build the Force’s credibility, both regionally and internationally.To aid the Joint Force in overcoming the challenges they face in terms of funding and thereby achieving full operationalisation, the United Kingdom strongly urges all partners to make good on the financial commitments they have made with the utmost urgency.On the UK’s part, we have contributed to the European Union’s package of support and provided further bilateral contributions which for the Joint Force alone totals around $20 million – that’s set against a far bigger contribution for the Sahel as a whole.Continuing the close cooperation with the EU, MINUSMA and Operation Barkhane is a vital step in aiding operational efforts. In this regard, we welcome the creation of the Coordinating Body for Mali in January, which serves as a framework to enhance information sharing and coordination among the various military and security forces present.We also welcome the steps taken to advance the human rights compliance framework and strongly urge continued efforts to further embed and operationalise this across the G5 Sahel Joint Force. This will not only lead to enhanced civilian protection but also support efforts to win “the hearts and minds” of the populations the Joint Force was created to protect, crucial to the stabilisation of the region. Any alleged human rights violations need to be fully investigated.Looking forward, we encourage the G5 Sahel Secretariat to finalise the Joint Force’s strategic concept of operations, which will both demonstrate a unity of purpose within the Joint Force and boost donor confidence.Mr President, the challenges facing the Sahel region are becoming progressively more complex. With increasing incidents of terrorism, criminality and inter-community violence in Mali’s central regions, we share the Secretary-General’s concerns about the spread of insecurity and terrorism to other parts of the region, including into Burkina Faso. We call upon G5 Sahel countries to expedite their efforts to deploy all outstanding troops and to fully establish the police component in order to address the growing trans-border threats.As with all areas of instability, military action alone is not the solution. As recognised by this Council in its December 2017 resolution on the support to the G5 Sahel Force, long term stability will only be delivered to the region if security efforts are accompanied by programmes to address governance, development, human rights and humanitarian issues.Thank you.last_img read more

Correspondence: Statement from the Secretary of State on the Clinician Pension Tax Scheme

first_imgThis statement confirms in relation to the NHS in England that the contractual commitments being entered into to make payments to clinicians affected by annual allowance pension tax will be honoured when clinicians retire.NHS England has set up special arrangements under which certain clinicians who provide services to the NHS and incur annual allowance tax charges as a result of their continued membership of any NHS pension scheme in 2019/20 (the Tax Charge): will be able to look to the NHS Pension Scheme to pay those tax charges under the Scheme Pays arrangements will receive additional payments in the future to compensate for any reduction in such payments as a result of the payment by NHS Pensions of the Tax Charge under the Scheme Pays ruleslast_img read more