Federal Government | National News | NPR News‘He’s Doing A Good Job’: Supporters rally nationwide to defend TrumpMarch 5, 2017 by Colin Dwyer, NPR News Share:About 700 people gathered at the Minnesota capitol in St. Paul to show support for Republican President Donald Trump on March 4, 2017. It was one of many “March 4 Trump” events held around the country. About 100 people were also there protesting against Donald Trump. (Creative Commons photo by Fibonacci Blue )Supporters of President Trump gathered at locations across the U.S. on Saturday, in a bid to challenge what rally organizers call the country’s “seditious fringe.” In a series of demonstrations dubbed the “March 4 Trump” — or the Spirit of America Rallies — organizers have pledged to provide “forgotten voices a mechanism so they can be heard.”“They aren’t giving [Trump] a chance,” Patty Collins, a local organizer, told The Indianapolis Star. “We are here to show support for the president of the United States.”Saturday’s demonstrations — which were intended to be small, according to the Main Street Patriots — come just one week after Trump tweeted something of a call for rallies backing his administration.“Maybe the millions of people who voted to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN should have their own rally,” Trump tweeted. “It would be the biggest of them all!”Maybe the millions of people who voted to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN should have their own rally. It would be the biggest of them all!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2017From New York City to Raleigh, N.C., from Austin to Washington, D.C., Trump supporters answered that call — though in many instances, counterprotesters were also there to meet them.At the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, scuffles broke out between pro-Trump demonstrators and a smaller group of anti-Trump protesters, according to the Star Tribune. While the two parties were quickly separated by police and fellow demonstrators, the Minneapolis newspaper reports that both sides continued to lob insults at each other from close range:“The two groups continued to trade taunts — ‘Get a job!’ was one volleyed at the counterprotesters — and chants and shouts reverbated through the rotunda. Someone — it was unclear who, except that it was not police — sprayed a chemical irritant, causing some scattering and coughing on both sides.“At least two people were arrested.”Kerfuffles like the one in Minnesota broke out elsewhere, as well.Outside the Texas State Capitol in Austin, where police estimate roughly 300 supporters gathered, Taylor Goldenstein of the Austin Statesman witnessed heated confrontations between the two groups amid chants of “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA!” Those skirmishes were broken up by police without serious injury.Oh dear. Counter protesters start yelling. Crowds confronting. #March4Trump pic.twitter.com/jzofvbppSJ— Taylor Goldenstein (@taygoldenstein) March 4, 2017For the most part, however, the demonstrations have been peaceful — and in Austin, at least, charitable as well. The Austin American-Statesman notes that pro-Trump “attendees are told to bring donations for the homeless and veterans, such as canned goods, clothing, blankets and hygiene products, according to the [organizers’] Facebook page.”“There have been so many protests against [Trump], we just want to spend a day showing him there are people who support him,” Jennifer Drabbant, a local organizer, told the Statesman.Counter protestors have left. #March4Trump rally looks like this now (from left to right above rotunda): pic.twitter.com/Qw6rrMe3zw— Ricardo Lopez (@rljourno) March 4, 2017It was a sentiment echoed at the D.C. rally, where a man who identified himself as a registered Democrat told the gathering he was frustrated with the worldwide women’s marches the day after Trump’s inauguration. Most of the people who joined those marches expressed opposition to the new president’s agenda.“He was in office less than 24 hours,” the man told the crowd from stage.#March4Trump leaves Washington Monument, en route to White House. pic.twitter.com/RVS560C2Ix— Josh Fatzick (@JoshFatzick) March 4, 2017Meanwhile, Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth reports “it was a clash of the signs and chants” outside the State Capitol on Saturday, as demonstrators gathered near counterprotesters.“He’s doing a good job, I think,” Trump supporter Trent Herbert told Roth. “I think a lot of times he should stay off Twitter.”Christy Trammell of Franklin, Tenn., says she’s attending the Nashville demonstration — her first political rally — as a direct response to January’s women’s marches.“Seeing the people there that were trying to act like they represent women,” she told Blake Farmer of member station WPLN, “it was appalling to me.”Farmer reports that the Nashville rally, which wasn’t quite as big as organizers would have liked, nevertheless voiced their support of Trump’s proposed wall along the border with Mexico, as well as rolling back transgender bathroom protections.Still, in Nashville, as elsewhere, protesters persistently chanted slogans from the edges. Organizers of one counterprotest in D.C. summed up their motivations behind showing up in opposition.“We won’t sit idly by when Trump supporters come to town and celebrate: fear, hate, and misogyny,” Smash Racism DC wrote on its Facebook page.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.Share this story:
“The rollout of the new IT infrastructure continues to progress well. The division is thus well on the way to closing the profitability gap to its leading competitors in the medium-term,” it added.DP-DHL chief financial officer Melanie Kreis said: “Freight had a strong start to 2019. The division succeeded in increasing revenue within a weaker forwarding market environment. But, more important still is the fact that our selective approach substantially improved profitability.”According to Loadstar Premium head Alessandro Pasetti, the freight forwarding unit’s turnaround, spearheaded by former Kuehne + Nagel executive Tim Scharwath, saw it reverse the historical trend of overspending in the first three months of the year.He said: “The biggest highlight, after years when in Q1 it regularly burned €100m on average, was positive operating cash flow hitting €52m. So we have now moved into best-case territory.”He added that this could result in the forwarding unit returning to M&A activity, or possibly entertaining a separate IPO.Meanwhile, contract logistics operation DHL Supply Chain saw ebit “surge” from €55m in the first quarter of last year to €486m, largely as a result of the sale of its Chinese operation – it said that after this one-off item was removed, ebit grew 12.4%.Revenue grew 4.6% year on year to €3.3bn and it saw €100m in new business wins. It added that some of the earnings from the Chinese sale were “reinvested into restructuring the supply chain business, mainly in the UK”.Jeffries analyst David Kerstens noted that, at a group level, the improvements in forwarding and supply chain were offset by weaker results in the mail and express divisions.Express revenue grew 5.3% to €4bn, but ebit declined slightly, from €461m last year to €453m, which it said was due to a combination of negative currency effects and a “decision made in the second half of 2018 to gradually reduce volumes of particularly heavy shipments”.Ms Kreis explained: “The result also reflects slower economic growth and the decision to increasingly grow by focusing on smaller, lighter, and therefore higher-margin shipments.“This will enable Express to even more efficiently utilise its unique global infrastructure and further improve its margin over the medium term.”The quarter was also the first in which its mail and e-commerce businesses were separated – Post & Parcel revenues were flat year on year at €3.8bn, while ebit declined significantly, from €405m last year to €227m, although last year was boosted by a non-recurring €108m pensions obligation adjustment.The newly created E-commerce unit, which has just completed its first three months as a separate entity, posted revenue of €1bn but an ebit loss of €28m, which it said was mainly a result of restructuring costs.Ms Kreis said the group was maintaining its previous estimates of a full-year ebit in the €3.9bn-€4.3bn range this year, and continued to target an ebit of €5bn for 2020. Deutsche Post-DHL today reported a 28.1% year-on-year increase in group ebit for the first quarter.In a busy three months it completed the sale of its contract logistics business in China to SF Holding and reorganised its postal and e-commerce divisions.Its freight forwarding unit, which has come under the microscope in recent years, also posted significant gains, with revenue growing 4.8% to reach €3.8bn and ebit up 42.9% year on year to reach €100m.“The division continued to pursue its selective approach of concentrating primarily on high-margin business,” it said. By Gavin van Marle 10/05/2019
Biotech By Matthew Herper Sept. 12, 2019 Reprints STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the biotech sector — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Matthew Herper [email protected] Log In | Learn More Dr. David Fajgenbaum has nearly died not once, but five times. The cause each time was a rare disorder called Castleman disease, an affliction on the boundary between cancer and an autoimmune disorder. It caused his entire body to swell up. Previously a muscled college football player, he first became bloated, then very thin.Fajgenbaum, who was in medical school when he got sick, did something extraordinary. He founded a patient advocacy group, the Castleman Disease Collaborative Network. But more than that, he delved into the science of his disease, and proposed the treatment that, after five relapses, has kept him healthy since. It was an existing drug, sirolimus, that no one had thought to use for Castleman disease. Football, he said, helped him deal with the failure inherent in medical research.Now 34, Fajgenbaum details his experience in a new book, “Chasing My Cure,” in which he also writes about his mother’s death from brain cancer and the way the disease affected every aspect of his life, including his relationship with his wife. He’s an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Translational Medicine and Human Genetics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. @matthewherper Senior Writer, Medicine, Editorial Director of Events Matthew covers medical innovation — both its promise and its perils. What’s included? GET STARTED Dr. David Fajgenbaum answers questions from a young woman who has been diagnosed with Castleman disease and her mother in his office at the University of Pennsylvania. Jessica Kourkounis About the Author Reprints Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. What is it? After nearly dying five times, a young doctor learned to treat himself. Now he wants to help others with rare disease Tags biotechnologycancerdrug developmentpatient advocacy
CFP exam candidates recognized for top achievement Keywords DesignationsCompanies Canadian Securities Institute The campaign, which will run nationally between October 2013 and January 2014, is intended to put a human face to the industry through a variety of outlets including social media, such as through Twitter at #AdviceforAdvisors, and interviews of designation holders available on YouTube. Currently there are three videos available for viewing featuring individuals holding the Personal Financial Planner (PFP), Chartered Investment Manager (CIM)and Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI)designations. Latest CFP exam sitting had 72% overall pass rate Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter New philanthropy designation available for Advocis members The Toronto-based Canadian Securities Institute (CSI) is putting the spotlight on success stories rather than the bad apples of the Canadian financial services industry with a new campaign called Faces Behind the Letters. “The media tends to play up these cases of advisors who are a bit unscrupulous and that tends to taint the whole industry,” says Marshall Beyer, senior director, CSI, in Toronto. “Rather than [focusing on] the negativity in the media, here’s a chance to showcase individuals who have shown leadership, excellence and professionalism.” Fiona Collie Related news
FSB sets policy agenda for 2020 James Langton A U.S. industry task force that’s tackling the challenge of beefing up the payments system is launching a survey seeking feedback on its preliminary work. The task force, which was convened by the U.S. Federal Reserve Board, on Tuesday launched an online survey that aims to gather feedback on its efforts at enhancing the safety, security and resiliency of the national payment system. The research is intended to help ensure that the solutions being pursued will meet industry needs. Keywords Payments system FSB seeks faster, cheaper global payments Committee calls for collaboration on cross-border payments Share this article and your comments with peers on social media “Tackling today’s security challenges will require the commitment of all payment system participants,” says Gordon Werkema, payments strategy director for the Federal Reserve, in a news release. “The Secure Payments Task Force is particularly interested in understanding any barriers that may exist to implementing the planned solutions.” Additionally, the Fed indicated that three working groups are focusing on priority areas are documenting the current environment, setting out the attributes of a more effective environment, and the barriers to implementing solutions. “Payment security issues such as data breaches and identity theft affect everyone,” said Todd Aadland, the Federal Reserve’s payments security strategy leader. “We encourage people who are knowledgeable about or interested in payment security to take the survey and share their thoughts.” The survey is open until Nov. 8. Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter
RelatedBoJ Says Agriculture and Tourism are Economy’s Best Performers RelatedBoJ Says Agriculture and Tourism are Economy’s Best Performers RelatedBoJ Says Agriculture and Tourism are Economy’s Best Performers Advertisements BoJ Says Agriculture and Tourism are Economy’s Best Performers AgricultureAugust 12, 2009 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Agriculture and tourism continue to be the strongest performers in the Jamaican economy, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s Quarterly Economic Report for April-June, which was released Wednesday (August 12).The Report said that Agriculture continues to be one of the few sectors to record positive growth, despite the impact of the global economic crisis. Its recovery is expected to continue, conditional on favourable weather and the ongoing drive to improve productivity.The only other sector projected to record expansion is the Hotel and Restaurants sector. This sector benefitted from the diversions of visitors to Jamaica from Mexico due to the outbreak of the H1N1 virus there, as well as the advertising and promotional activities of the Ministry of Tourism. In this context total stopover arrivals are expected to grow by 1.5 per cent.The Agriculture, forestry and fishing sector was estimated to have recorded robust growth, reflecting continued recovery driven by relatively good weather conditions and co-ordinated growth initiatives by the Ministry of Agriculture.“These initiatives included, inter alia, the development of greenhouse farms and the provision of machinery and lower cost fertiliser to assist farmers in land cultivation and crop development,” the BOJ said.While domestic crop production remains below pre-Hurricane Ivan levels, the initiatives by the Ministry have enhanced the recovery process.The industry’s growth reflected increases in both domestic and export crop production. Domestic crop production increased by 22.3 percent, relative to the decline of 11.3 per cent in the corresponding 2008 quarter.Among crops grown for export, citrus and cocoa were estimated to have grown by 92.6 per cent and 65.4 per cent, respectively, relative to the corresponding period a year earlier. Sugar, however, contracted by 22.0 per cent due to the closure of two major sugar factories slated for divestment.Growth in Hotels and Restaurants was estimated to be above the average expansion of 1.9 per cent over the last eight quarters. The industry’s performance was inferred from an increase of 7.1 per cent in stop-over arrivals, which offset an estimated decline of 5.5 per cent in activities within the restaurant industry.The performance of the hotels sub-industry reflected the impact of the diversions of visitors to Jamaica from Mexico. The intensified advertising by the Jamaica Tourist Board and industry players, as well as a diversified tourism product continued to play a significant role in growth of the industry, the Report said.
Alarm Bells On Housing Stress Must Spur Action The Australian Greens MPsAustralian Greens Housing spokesperson and Senator for NSW, Senator Mehreen Faruqi, has responded to a report by Equity Economics projecting a national 24 per cent rise in housing stress and 9 per cent rise in homelessness next year. NSW will be particularly hard hit with housing stress to rise by 42 per cent and homelessness by 19 per cent.Senator Faruqi said:“The alarm bells are well and truly ringing on housing stress and homelessness.“We need the federal government to declare this a crisis and to look at all policy options to avoid this looming disaster.“A huge national investment in social housing in the coming years will be required to ensure everyone has a roof over their head. Housing is a human right.“In the short term, homelessness services will need to be properly funded and there is no way we can let the Jobseeker payment go back to the pre-Covid rate.“The Covid-19 response has shown us that homelessness is not inevitable. Governments can choose to either tackle or ignore it. It’s our responsibility to make sure everyone has a roof over their head,” she said. /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:AusPol, Australia, Australian Greens, coronavirus, covid-19, crisis, disaster, federal government, Government, homelessness, housing, Human, Investment, NSW
FY21 voluntary force management programs conclude May 27 The Department of the Air Force will conclude fiscal year 2021 voluntary officer and enlisted force management programs May 27.The application window for the expanded PALACE CHASE program and limited Active Duty Service Commitment waivers opened January 2021.“We are pleased with the progress made to date,” said Lt. Gen. Brian Kelly, deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services. “These voluntary programs helped balance the size of the force while providing flexible options that met some of our Airman’s needs and goals.”Applications are processed on a first-in, first-out basis. Interested members should review the eligibility criteria and the list of eligible Air Force specialties, grades and year groups before submitting their applications for consideration. Applications will not be accepted after midnight CST May 27.Airmen approved for a service commitment waiver are required to repay the government for related unearned portions of bonuses, special pays, education assistance and all other monetary incentives. Airmen released under the expanded PALACE CHASE program are relieved of recoupment obligation for unearned bonuses. Recoupment of education costs will be deferred contingent upon successful completion of the PALACE CHASE obligation. /U.S. Air Force 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:air force, education, Force, Government, U.S. Air Force