Labour plays down BT renationalisation rumour

first_imgTuesday 2 July 2019 8:57 pm Labour plays down BT renationalisation rumour Dan Neidle, a partner at law firm Clifford Chance, has stressed that UK government’s traditionally renationalised companies at market value, adding: “You have to look to the likes of Venezuela to see examples of a government deliberately setting out to pay less than market value compensation. More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org whatsapp LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 01: Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell talks with journalists in Trafalgar Square after speaking to Union members as they take part in the Labour Day March on May 1, 2019 in London, England. The Labour Day March through central London coincides with International Workers Day and campaigns for workers rights and the introduction of a public holiday on May 1. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images) The party has already committed to bringing rail companies, energy suppliers, water companies and the Royal Mail into public ownership if it formed the next government, and pledged to allow MPs to set the rate of compensation for shareholders. Last month Unison threw its weight behind Labour’s plan to nationalise parts of the energy market, issuing a report called Power to the People. “That’s not company that any British government of any political complexion wants to keep, and if any UK government did take the extraordinary step of nationalising for less than market value then pension funds and other institutional investors here and abroad would lose out, and in many cases they would sue.” Labour played down rumours yesterday it was looking to renationalise BT in a move that would cost around £30 billion. Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell poured cold water on the story, saying: “There will be a number of unions that will always raise their individual policies but no, we’re not looking at it.” whatsapp Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likebonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comUndoPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryUndoZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldUndoFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm OracleUndoDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionUndoPsoriatic Arthritis | Search AdsWhat Is Psoriatic Arthritis? See Signs (Some Symptoms May Surprise)Psoriatic Arthritis | Search AdsUndoUnderstand Solar$0 Down Solar in Scottsdale. How Much Can You Save? Try Our Free Solar Calculator Now.Understand SolarUndoMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryUndoDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyUndo He also said that while BT’s market capital is around £20 billion, the company has another £10 billion of debt that would have to be accounted for. Share Despite his words, the notion of renationalisation once again sparked concerns over whether Labour would seek to pay the market price in the event of such a grab. It was reported that advisers to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn were considering a plan drawn up by the Communications Workers’ Union to bring the company back into public ownership. Owen Bennett last_img read more

Broken lights on Quinhagak’s airport runway leave the village with limited air service

first_imgAlaska Native Government & Policy | Public Safety | Southwest | Transportation | WesternBroken lights on Quinhagak’s airport runway leave the village with limited air serviceDecember 4, 2019 by Krysti Shallenberger, KYUK – Bethel Share:Sign at the Quinhagak airport in the Native Village of Kwinhagak. (Creative Commons photo by IceCreamForEveryone)No night flights or medevacs have been able to land on the Native Village of Kwinhagak’s runway for the past two months, and it doesn’t look like they will be able to anytime soon.That’s because the runway lights are out, and the village is trying to figure out what to do.“There are some (lights) that are pulled out or have popped out, and there is one that looked like it was pulled out and the wires are showing,” said Tribal Administrator Patrick Cleveland.Cleveland isn’t sure how long the lights have been out. He and others noticed the lights were out around September. As the nights got longer, it was obvious they were not working. Kids have vandalized lights at rural airstrips before, but Cleveland doesn’t know if that’s what happened in Quinhagak.Cleveland said that the man who maintains the runway denies damaging the lights.“There was another source of damage that caused that,” he said.It’s put the tribe in a tough position. The Native Village of Kwinhagak took over the airport from the state in the 1990s, which means that they have to pay for lights and repairs.For now, Quinhagak has shut down the airport to all night flights until the end of the month, and possibly longer. The tribe is also advertising for a contractor to repair the lights. Cleveland said that one contractor has expressed interest so far.Shannon McCarthy, spokesperson for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, said the tribe can collaborate with DOT, but they need to apply for funding from the Federal Aviation Administration.In a Facebook post on Monday, Tribal Council President Darren Cleveland said that the state DOT promised emergency lights so that medevacs can land.For some Alaska villages, climate change means they may have to moveShare this story:last_img read more

Rouble plummets again on oil and China woes

first_imgMonday 1 December 2014 4:48 am Share Rouble plummets again on oil and China woes Emma Haslett The rouble fell at its fastest rate since the Russian crisis in 1998 this morning, as it approaches the end of the year as the world’s worst-performing currency.The currency fell 3.1 per cent to 52.00 against the dollar, at 2.5 per cent to 64.55 against the euro during early trading. In the past week alone, the currency has lost 10 per cent against the dollar. Over recent months, the rouble has been hit by a string of woes, including Western trade sanctions and the longest slide in oil prices since the beginning of the financial crisis. Rapid capital outflows from Russia have served to destabilise things even further.This morning, weak manufacturing data from China, which showed the sector as hit a six-month low, pushed prices down further. The sector is one of Russia’s strongest export markets. Oil prices fell further on weak trade in the Asian markets this morning, with a barrel of Brent Crude hitting $68.62, while WTI Crude fell to $64.67.At the end of October the Russian central bank took steps to stave off further slides in the rouble, hiking interest rates by 1.5 percentage points, but shied away from a decisive intervention in the market.Gleb Zadoya, head analyst at the Profit investment house in Moscow, said today’s fall would prompt further speculation as to whether the bank will take steps to intervene in the market. The only thing that matters to Russian market participants right now is how quickly the central bank will intervene in what is happening. Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramHero Wars This game will keep you up all night! Hero Wars MoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementThe Chef PickElisabeth Shue, 57, Sends Fans Wild As She Flaunts Age-Defying FigureThe Chef PickFungus EliminatorIf You Have Toenail Fungus Try This TonightFungus Eliminator whatsapp Tags: NULL whatsapplast_img read more

Worldview calls for Petroceltic chief exec Brian O’Cathain to go

first_img More From Our Partners Killer drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org Show Comments ▼ Worldview calls for Petroceltic chief exec Brian O’Cathain to go Share Capital management firm Worldview has announced it is suing Petroceltic International for breach of corporate governance.Worldview, which is the biggest shareholder in Petroceltic, said yesterday that it had issued legal proceedings against the company in the High Court in London last week.  However, a spokesman for Petroceltic said the company had not received notification of the proceedings and added that it did not know which jurisdiction the claim was being made in. According to Worldview, which is also calling for the immediate resignation of Petroceltic’s chief executive, Brian O’Cathain, the firm breached a corporate governance agreement between the two.  In particular, Worldview has alleged that Petroceltic, and specifically O’Cathain, did not intend to carry out a review of the company which was agreed to on 16 June 2014. Worldview partner and chief executive Angelo Moskov said: “Worldview is very disappointed that Brian O’Cathain and the management have chosen not to honour the company’s agreement with its largest shareholder. We see it as a gross breach of corporate governance. We are withdrawing our support for the CEO and the management team effective immediately and we reserve our right to pursue legal action against other executives and board members.” Petroceltic was recently the subject of speculation concerning a possible offer from Dragon Oil. After Dragon Oil  announced it would not be making an offer, Petroceltic’s share price plunged, by as much as 39 per cent at one point. whatsappcenter_img whatsapp Caitlin Morrison Sunday 7 December 2014 11:20 pm by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRelated ArticlesThe Best 80 Inch 4k TV For Under $2,000UndoTop 10 Date Night In Movies & Films Of All TimeUndo8 Surprisingly Simple Ways to Keep Your Liver HealthyUndo Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveUndoMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramUndoHero Wars Advertisement This game will keep you up all night! Hero Wars UndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsUndoFungus EliminatorIf You Have Toenail Fungus Try This TonightFungus EliminatorUndoElvenarAdvertisement #StayAtHome and Play this Fantasy Game. No Install.ElvenarUndo Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Household incomes, wonder goals and Emmy nominations – it’s our top stories of the week

first_img Pinterest Facebook GAA By Siun Lennon – 7th April 2019 WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Twitter Home We Are Laois Household incomes, wonder goals and Emmy nominations – it’s our top stories… We Are Laois WhatsApp NEWSLaois households among the lowest disposable incomes in the countryLaois has placed 20th of 26 counties in terms of the average household disposable income per person in the Republic of Ireland.Laois animator nominated for distinguished Emmy awardBarrowhouse native Seamus Malone received the prestigious Emmy nod for his work on the BBC and Netflix animated series Watership DownRathdowney Macra member to represent Laois at Mr Personality Festival 2019Rathdowney Macra member Colin Dowling to set to represent Laois at the annual Mr Personality Festival at the Springhill Court Hotel in KilkennyPortlaoise Hospital awarded Irish Hospice Foundation/HSE Design and Dignity grantThe Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise has been awarded an Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF)/HSE Design & Dignity grantSPORTLaois teenager selected to take part in international hockey competitionAbbeyleix teenager Daniel Brain has been selected on the Leinster Development Boys U-17 squad for the HOD hockey International tournament in Holland at Easter.WATCH: Laois soccer player scores a wonder goal against former clubStradbally native Garry Comerford unleashed a half volley which sailed into the top corner of the net for Cork City.Laois GAA pundit hits out at Carlow football coach as war of words continuesThe ding-dong war of words between Joe.ie’s Colm Parkinson and Carlow football coach Stephen Poacher continues to rumble on.WE ARE LAOISTweets of the weekWearing sandals on nights out, shop mishaps and praise for Portlaoise Hospital– it’s all in our Tweets of the weekApril Fools! Multi-million euro horse racing facility planned for Laois to compete with Punchestown and the Galway RacesPlans for Laois community to be taken over by Carlow in realignment of bordersCOLUMNISTS SEE ALSO – Laois woman Emma receives overall Sports Scholar of the Year award from DCU Previous articleLaois manager Sugrue blames ‘poor execution’ for Division 3 final lossNext articleFuture predictions, a monkey and a fashion shoot – It’s our Tweets of the Week Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. TAGSTop stories of the week GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory GAA Household incomes, wonder goals and Emmy nominations – it’s our top stories of the week Pinterestlast_img read more

North Korea to Send Cheering Squad to Incheon

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] North Korea hasannounced plans to dispatch a cheering squad to the Incheon Asian Games, which are to beheld in the South Korean port city this September. Thestate-run Chosun Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on the 7th, “We have decided to send acheering squad to the 17th Asian Games in Incheon for the improvement of North-South relations and tocreate an atmosphere of unity.”“Ourthoughtful measures will thaw relations on the divided Korean Peninsula throughnational reconciliation and display the two Koreas’ commitment to unification tothe world,” it emphasized.Pyongyang last sent a cheering squad to South Korea for the 2005 Asian Athletics Championships, which were also held in Incheon. Similar squads were also sent to the 2002 Asian Games in the city of Busan, and 2003 Summer Universiade in Daegu. Seoulhas agreed to facilitate this latest squad’s entry into South Korea.Whilstmaking the announcement, the North also called for improved North-Southrelations and the lifting of sanctions imposed after the sinking of a SouthKorean naval vessel in March 2010.It said, “The North and South should end mutual hostilities andslander in order to open up the road for reconciliation and unity.” It further called for the implementation of the inter-Korean summit agreements of 2000 and2007.It also urged South Korea to cease dialogue with the international community onnuclear matters, and declared the need for a unification policy that “thepeople” support. It explicitly foreswore President Park’s Dresden Declaration.The North usually embarks on a round of nominally conciliatory rhetoric at this time of year, because it is said that the day before he passed away on July 8th, 1994, Kim Il Sung signed a document outlining his desire for unification on the Korean Peninsula. This is often used as the backdrop to this type of media output.TheNorth announced on May 23rd that it would be sending a team of athletes to the Asian Games, making it the second country to declare its intention to participate. Facebook Twitter Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak North Korea to Send Cheering Squad to Incheon News News A team of North Korean cheerleaders arrive in South Korea for the 2005 Asian Games. | Image: Yonhap By Daily NK – 2014.07.07 5:54pm SHARE North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

Trelawny Parish Council Celebrating Award for Outstanding Financial Management

first_imgTrelawny Parish Council Celebrating Award for Outstanding Financial Management Finance & Public ServiceJanuary 18, 2010 RelatedTrelawny Parish Council Celebrating Award for Outstanding Financial Management RelatedTrelawny Parish Council Celebrating Award for Outstanding Financial Management Advertisementscenter_img RelatedTrelawny Parish Council Celebrating Award for Outstanding Financial Management FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Trelawny Parish Council is revelling in its recent award from the Department of Local Government for outstanding performance in financial management for the period 2007 to 2009.The award, which was presented at a special function held on December 30 in White River, St. Mary, was cause for much celebration at the first monthly meeting of the Council for 2010 held in its Chambers in Falmouth last week.Acting Secretary Manager of the Trelawny Parish Council, Gerald Lee, who spoke to JIS News after a brief cake cutting ceremony, said that of all the local authorities, Trelawny had the least amount of audit queries over the period.“What this means for us, is just to confirm the fact that we have been prudent in our financial management, and our operations have been guided by the provisions that have been laid down by the various acts that we operate under. It’s also a boost to our employees, which confirms that they are doing the right thing, and serves as a kind of motivator,” he stated.He added that the staff of the Trelawny Parish Council are very appreciative of the award.Chairman of the Council His Worship the Mayor of Falmouth, Councillor Collin Gager, stated that he viewed the award as a great achievement, which the members of staff must strive to hold on to.“I am feeling very proud of this Council that I am able to head this Local Government body and it has performed so well in its financial management so that we can receive an award. I think it means a lot to us, it has motivated us to show that we can do things and do them right,” he stated.He added that the recognition from the Local Government Department means a lot to all the workers within the Council.last_img read more

Call for urgent action on Pacific conservation

first_imgCall for urgent action on Pacific conservation 26 November 2020PĀNUI PĀPĀHOMEDIA STATEMENTCall for urgent action on Pacific conservationA declaration on the urgency of the global biodiversity crisis and the need for immediate, transformative action in the Pacific was agreed at a pan-Pacific conference today.The 10th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas is taking place this week across the Pacific.Minister of Conservation Kiritapu Allan says New Zealand has a long history of working with Pacific partners to deliver meaningful conservation benefits in the region.“New Zealand’s approach to nature conservation closely aligns with challenges and priorities being discussed at this conference.“We can share knowledge with our Pacific partners including our experience with initiatives such as the Jobs for Nature programme to create nature-based job opportunities and the Predator Free 2050 strategy to rid the country of the most damaging introduced predators.”Representatives from 21 Pacific island country governments, donor partners, NGOs and others are gathering virtually to agree on ways to help build a more resilient Pacific, with the natural world at its heart.The Vemööre Declaration sets out commitments to nature conservation action in the Pacific Islands region for the next four years.“New Zealand has a long history of working with our Pacific partners to share knowledge and deliver meaningful conservation benefits in the region,” Kiritapu Allan said.“This declaration provides valuable guidance for us and all partners in the region as we unify in our efforts to address the most pressing environmental challenges of our time.”As part of our commitment to conservation action in the Pacific, New Zealand is contributing to the Pacific Regional Invasive Species Management Support Service (PRISMSS) through a four-year programme.“We believe our longer-term work in PRISMSS will be a game changer, addressing the increasing threat of invasive species to the Pacific region’s environmental and economic wellbeing. We have experience to share and much to learn from the approaches of our Pacific partners,” Kiritapu Allan said.Background informationVemööre is a term in the Kwényï language from the Isle of Pines, New Caledonia, which refers to making something viable. New Caledonia is the host government for 10th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected AreasThe conference takes place every five years to prioritise threats to the environment, to help build regional nature conservation capacity and knowledge, and for partners to commit to action. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:conference, conservation, crisis, environment, Game, global biodiversity, Government, heart, jobs, language, Media, Minister, New Zealand, pacific, species, worldlast_img read more

Belief in Covid conspiracies linked with vaccine hesitancy, study finds

first_imgBelief in Covid conspiracies linked with vaccine hesitancy, study finds Low likelihood of accepting a coronavirus vaccine is associated with having “conspiracy suspicions” about the pandemic, a new study led by by the University of Bristol and King’s College London has found.Fifteen per cent of the UK public believe that reporters, scientists, and government officials are involved in a conspiracy to cover up important information about coronavirus” – but this almost triples, to 42 per cent, among those who say they’re unlikely to or definitely won’t get vaccinated against the virus.The study finds that this dynamic holds for belief in a number of conspiracy-related statements, and that people from BAME groups are also particularly likely to report believing such claims.Relying on social media for a lot of your information about the pandemic appears to play a role, too, as well as being linked to greater levels of potential concern about getting vaccinated.The findings are based on a survey of 4,860 UK adults aged 18-75 between 21 November and 22 December 2020.Conspiracy suspicions and theoriesNotable minorities of Britons have so-called “conspiracy suspicions” about the Covid-19 crisis, and these are especially widespread among those who are vaccine-hesitant. For example:27 per cent of the public believe “the real truth about coronavirus is being kept from the public”, which rises to 64 per cent among people who say they’re unlikely to or definitely won’t get vaccinated against the virus.21 per cent believe “an impartial, independent investigation of coronavirus would show once and for all that we’ve been lied to on a massive scale” – compared with 51 per cent of the vaccine-hesitant who say the same.Belief in more concrete conspiracy theories about the pandemic is also relatively common:One in five people in the UK believe “the authorities want us to think that coronavirus is much more dangerous than it really is” (20 per cent) and that “the government is deliberately allowing vulnerable people to die” (19 per cent).How beliefs and attitudes vary by ethnicityTwenty-seven per cent of ethnic minorities say they suspect that “reporters, scientists, and government officials are involved in a conspiracy to cover up important information about coronavirus” – almost twice as high as the 14 per cent of people from white ethnic groups who say they suspect the same.People from BAME groups (25 per cent) are also twice as likely as white people (13 per cent) to report believing “the only reason a coronavirus vaccine is being developed is to make money for pharmaceutical companies”.These kinds of beliefs may be contributing to uncertainty about getting a coronavirus vaccine among some BAME people:41 per cent of white people say potential concerns about how quickly a vaccine was developed would likely persuade them not to take it, compared with 58 per cent of people from other ethnic groups.41 per cent of people from BAME groups say concerns about not wanting to overload their immune system would probably convince them not to get vaccinated – almost twice as high as the 22 per cent of white people who feel the same.These concerns are reflected in the finding that people from ethnic minorities (15 per cent) are half as likely as those from white ethnic groups (31 per cent) to say they would like to be vaccinated immediately.The link with where people get their information fromThose whose knowledge about coronavirus comes primarily from certain online sources, including social media platforms, are significantly more likely to have conspiracy suspicions about the pandemic and think various conspiracy theories are true.While 15 per cent of the public overall think “reporters, scientists, and government officials are involved in a conspiracy to cover up important information about coronavirus”, this view is held by much larger proportions of those who get a great deal or fair amount of their information on the pandemic from the search engine DuckDuckGo (50 per cent), Instagram (43 per cent), WhatsApp (40 per cent), YouTube (37 per cent), Bing (34 per cent), Facebook (31 per cent) and Twitter (29 per cent).Relying on such sources is also associated with far greater levels of potential concern about getting vaccinated.For example, those who get a lot of their information from DuckDuckGo (63 per cent), WhatsApp (55 per cent), Instagram (54 per cent) and YouTube (49 per cent) are more than twice as likely as both the population overall (24 per cent) and those who rely on traditional media sources (24 per cent) to say they would probably be put off getting a coronavirus vaccine if there were concerns that it might overload their immune system.Dr Siobhan McAndrew, Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Social Science at the University of Bristol, said: “Willingness to report agreement with conspiracy suspicions and beliefs is related to low trust in traditional authority sources – to the point that it constitutes a threat to public health. This is a real challenge for the campaign to ensure the highest possible Covid-19 vaccination rates. A high proportion of the public have been exposed to content that undermines trust in coronavirus vaccines and public health measures, often content intentionally tailored to the fears and concerns of vulnerable groups. Such narratives undermining trust are widely and rapidly disseminated online. This is of urgent importance for public health communicators and social media companies alike, to ensure that positive, accurate and relevant messaging reaches the groups who need it most.”Dr Daniel Allington,Senior Lecturer in Social and Cultural Artificial Intelligence at King’s College London, added: “Social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram have begun to take action on viral misinformation, but our findings suggest that they still haven’t done enough to solve this very real problem.”Professor Bobby Duffy, Director of the Policy Institute at King’s College London, explained: “While some beliefs might seem outlandish, conspiracy suspicions are far from harmless speculation – especially in the midst of a deadly pandemic. Our findings show that although conspiracy thinking is limited to a minority of the population – something which is important to emphasise – levels of belief are particularly high among certain groups, such as the vaccine-hesitant. Addressing this mix of underlying beliefs, misleading information and harmful behaviour is a key public health challenge.”Report‘Coronavirus conspiracies and views of vaccination‘ by Daniel Allington, Siobhan McAndrew, Bobby Duffy and Vivienne Moxhall-Hal /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:artificial intelligence, coronavirus, Facebook, Government, Instagram, intelligence, investigation, London, public health, Scientists, social media, speculation, Twitter, UK, university, University of Bristol, vaccinationlast_img read more

Australia to host INF Netball World Cup 2027

first_imgAustralia to host INF Netball World Cup 2027 Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Minister for Sport Australia will host the 2027 International Netball Federation (INF) Netball World Cup.In another coup for the nation’s calendar of major sporting events, Netball Australia won its bid for the championship event in what will be its centenary year.Minister for Women, Marise Payne and Minister for Sport, Richard Colbeck, said the event will be another significant step in championing women’s sport and participation.“Netball is the number one participation event for Australian women and girls,” Minister Payne said.“The choice of Australia as host of the 2027 World Cup continues the momentum we have built with other major women’s sports, notably co-hosting the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup with New Zealand.“This latest success will deliver lasting benefits to netball by boosting our capacity to hold events and increasing community engagement.“Women’s sport plays a critical, frontline role in empowering women and girls and achieving gender equality.“The Netball World Cup elevates the talents, expertise and leadership of elite female athletes to the global stage. Women are powerful agents of change when they are competing at the highest level.”The Australian Government provided $350,000 to Netball Australia to support the development of its successful bid.The Cup will bring together 16 nations for 10 days of netball action.The INF praised Australia’s successful bid for the vision, design and legacy of the event.It will be the fourth time Australia has hosted the Netball World Cup after Perth in 1967 and Sydney in 1991 and 2015.Australia’s Diamonds won gold at the 1991 and 2015 competitions.Minister Colbeck said hosting the event will also provide a valuable opportunity to promote the power of women’s sport across the world.“Australia has an incredible track record of successfully hosting sporting events on a global scale,” he said.“And we know only too well how hosting events like this can boost not just our national profile but also the bottom line for businesses across regional centres as spectators jet in and make the most of everything Australia has to offer.“After a tough period – it’s something worth getting excited about.”Minister Colbeck said the event also served to reinforce Australia’s national sport plan – Sport 2030.“The Morrison Government is committed to strengthening Australia’s sport industry to promote and sustain industry growth, including through major sporting events such as the Netball World Cup,” Minister Colbeck said.Australia’s sports diplomacy strategy – Sports Diplomacy 2030 – also promotes Australia as a host of major international sporting events, Minister Colbeck said.The Netball World Cup was inaugurated in 1963 and is held every four years. /Media Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, community engagement, Department of Health, FIFA, gender equality, Government, health, healthcare, leadership, Marise Payne, Morrison, Morrison Government, New Zealand, Perth, Sydney, women, world cuplast_img read more