Warren drops out of presidential race

first_img Show Comments ▼ The Democratic offering for the November 2020 election is now seen as a two-horse race between Biden and Sanders, after fellow Democrat heavyweights Pete Buttigieg, Mike Bloomberg and Amy Klobuchar dropped out earlier this week. Warren informed campaign employees of her decision to pull out of the presidential race this morning, and is expected to hold a press conference later today. Warren drops out of presidential race (AFP via Getty Images) whatsapp More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org Elizabeth Warren has pulled out of the presidential race after a lacklustre showing on Super Tuesday, the Massachusetts senator announced today. In a stiffly-worded email to staffers yesterday, Warren’s campaign manager Roger Knau conceded that her Super Tuesday performance “fell well short of viability goals and projections”. Biden currently stands in poll position, with drop-outs Klobuchar and Buttigieg yesterday announcing their official endorsement of the former vice president.  Poppy Wood whatsapp The former Harvard professor entered the race with a pledge to weed out corruption within Washington and grand plans for a wealth tax on the richest Americans in a popular policy dubbed the “Ultra-Millionaire Tax”. Share Warren had been hailed as a champion of social issues such as student debt relief, universal child care and affordable housing, and surged to the fore last summer after announcing plans for wide-scale structural change in the US. Warren was considered a favourite of the liberal left and a frontrunner among Democratic candidates. However, a strong showing from rivals Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders on Super Tuesday — a day of cross-state primary elections and caucuses across the US — left Warren’s support lagging far behind. Focus will now shift to which Democrat candidate Warren chooses to endorse. Her support would be seen as welcome news for Sanders, who is looking to hoover up stray voters after trailing slightly behind Biden on Super Tuesday. The campaign had hoped to secure a position in the top two across the majority of states that voted on Tuesday, but failed to hit the mark in any of them, including Warren’s own state of Massachusetts. In her presidential manifesto, she also outlined her support for antitrust action, and received international support for her vow to break up big tech companies such as Facebook and Google.  Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerUndobonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comUndoMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoDefinitionThe Funniest Yard Signs EVER WrittenDefinitionUndoGloriousaDrone Captures What No One Was Supposed to SeeGloriousaUndoNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyUndoBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderUndo Her exit snuffs out any hope of a female candidate to take on incumbent President Donald Trump, despite early promise from a historically diverse field of women and people of colour. Thursday 5 March 2020 4:57 pmlast_img read more

News / Delayed AOC for new cargo airline in Germany frustrates Volga-Dnepr

first_imgThe CF article speculates that delays could be due to wrangling from Lufthansa, which was also reported to have attempted to make life hard for another former German freighter airline, Air Cargo Germany, which was 49% owned by Volga-Dnepr.However, as CF notes, there is not a great deal Lufthansa or anyone else can do, as Volga-Dnepr owners Alexei Isaikin and Vladimir Shcherbakov are both EU citizens.With little activity on the AOC, Vogla-Dnepr decided to put industry veteran Uli Ogiermann on the case – which now must be resolved by the start of next year when Volga-Dnepr’s AN-124 stops operating for NATO.Questions remain, however, over Antonov’s willingness to help certify the aircraft for Germany; and whether Volga-Dnepr could afford to modernise the aircraft in Germany and therefore not be reliant on Antonov.Volga-Dnepr, meanwhile, has remained virtually silent on the issue. It told MZ that, in the long term, depending on the market situation and regulation, it wants to establish airlines in different regions, revealing only that “Leipzig is an option”. The German media has unearthed more information concerning the Leipzig-based airline Volga-Dnepr Group intends to launch.Last week, Mitteldeutsche Zeitung noted that the application for a German AOC is being made under the name Value Cargo Logistics, a company formed five years ago, and, since 2016, headed by the Ruslan Salis vice president and former Leipzig Halle airport chief, Dierk  Nather.According to CargoForwarder, which has revealed much of the detail in this thorough article, Volga-Dnepr then applied for an AOC for the airline to German regulator Luftfahrt-Bundesamt (LBA). The LBA is not forthcoming with information however, and this could not be confirmed.The LBA told The Loadstar it was not able to publish or share information from the German Civil Aircraft Register, owing to a regulation which “simply forbids to provide [that information] to private persons or organisations “ By Alex Lennane 19/04/2018 Read more… A Volga-Dnepr AN-124 transporting giant pandas recently from China to Finlandlast_img read more

It’s time to eliminate all flavored cigarettes, not just the electronic kind

first_img [email protected] Derek Carr Drew Angerer/Getty Images Pratima Musburger By Derek Carr and Pratima Musburger Oct. 16, 2019 Reprints Public health advocates committed to centering health equity in their work must consider how to operationalize those values. When we learn about the ways that public policies have created or reinforced inequities, it is essential to acknowledge such harms while making the social justice case for correcting them. All too often, even the most well-intentioned policies can inadvertently exacerbate health disparities.Although eliminating flavored e-cigarettes is a necessary step to preventing a new generation from becoming addicted to nicotine, policies that fail to tackle menthol cigarettes and all other flavored tobacco products risk further entrenching health inequities. Now is the time to prohibit the sale of menthol cigarettes and all other flavored tobacco products. We have an obligation to learn from our past as we plan our future, and to ensure that, this time around, no communities get left behind.Derek Carr is a senior attorney and Pratima Musburger is a program director and senior attorney for ChangeLab Solutions, a nonprofit organization that advances equitable laws and policies that ensure healthy lives for all. ‘I really love the feeling’: As vaping injuries climb, doctors struggle to wean youth off nicotine The menthol exemption has had a significant adverse effect on the health of African Americans and other groups. It is a stark reminder of how essential public health protections for people of color and other marginalized communities frequently get left on the negotiating room floor.advertisement Related: The current public focus on vaping and flavored e-cigarettes presents an opportunity for the public health community to make clear the social justice imperative to end the sale of all flavored tobacco products, and demand that menthol cigarettes and flavored little cigars and cigarillos be included in any ban.Between 2004 and 2014, young adults continued to smoke menthol cigarettes at increasing levels even as overall smoking rates declined. More than 4 in 5 black smokers and 7 in 10 young LGBTQ+ smokers use menthol cigarettes. Studies also find that individuals with lower incomes, less education, and those who identify as LGBTQ+ more frequently consume flavored cigars, especially mentholated cigars.The tobacco industry has for decades systematically and perniciously targeted structurally disadvantaged groups. Although they no longer blanket communities with free cigarettes, predatory industry targeting continues to this day. For example, packs of Newport, a popular brand of menthol cigarettes, are cheaper and more heavily promoted in communities with higher percentages of black high-school students.There is no question that health outcomes are inconsistent across places and populations. But our policy responses sometimes fail to address these inequities and can, at times, reinforce systemic injustice. Even though the control of tobacco has been one of the most successful public health movements in modern history, stark racial, socioeconomic, and other demographic disparities persist in tobacco use and tobacco-related harm. Many of these disparities have even grown larger over time.center_img First OpinionIt’s time to eliminate all flavored cigarettes, not just the electronic kind Tags Health Disparitiespublic health Related: Vaping-related illness has a new name: EVALI About the Authors Reprints The unprecedented rise in youth vaping is a pressing public health challenge. More than one-quarter of all high school students now use e-cigarettes.Reducing e-cigarette use among youths is critical to preventing another generation of kids from becoming addicted to nicotine. We applaud efforts to prohibit the sale of menthol-, mint-, candy-, and fruit-flavored e-cigarettes. But government and public health leaders must not repeat the same mistake they made a decade ago when they allowed combustible menthol cigarettes to remain on the market.Failure to prohibit all flavored tobacco products will adversely affect the health of structurally disadvantaged groups such as youths, people of color, low-income communities, and people who identify as LGBTQ+. These groups already disproportionately bear the burden of tobacco use and related health harms, in part due to past policy decisions.advertisement @ChangeLabWorks In 2009, the landmark Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act granted the Food and Drug Administration broad authority to regulate the manufacture, distribution, and marketing of tobacco products. It outlawed flavored cigarettes — except menthol cigarettes.last_img read more

Who is getting sick, and how sick? A breakdown of coronavirus risk by demographic factors

first_imgOld and youngThe vast majority of cases in China — 87% — were in people ages 30 to 79, the China Center for Disease Control reported last month based on data from all 72,314 of those diagnosed with Covid-19 as of Feb. 11. That probably reflects something about biology more than lifestyle, such as being in frequent contact with other people. Teens and people in their 20s also encounter many others, at school and work and on public transit, yet they don’t seem to be contracting the disease at significant rates: Only 8.1% of cases were 20-somethings, 1.2% were teens, and 0.9% were 9 or younger. The World Health Organization mission to China found that 78% of the cases reported as of Feb. 20 were in people ages 30 to 69.advertisement Leave this field empty if you’re human: It’s possible the apparent sex imbalance reflects patterns of travel and contacts that make men more likely to be exposed to carriers of the virus, not any inherent biological differences. It’s also possible the apparent worse disease severity in men could skew the data. Among hospitalized patients, there is “a slight predominance of men,” U.S. researchers wrote last week in JAMA. If the virus hits men harder than women, health care systems will see, test, and count more men.To determine if there are sex differences in susceptibility to infection would require an unethical experiment: expose 1,000 otherwise similar men and women to the virus and see who gets sick.The difference is fatality rates, however, is real: 1.7% for women and 2.8% for men, China CDC reported.Sick or healthyThe male-female difference in fatality rates, and perhaps in reported incidence, may arise from differences in underlying health. People with pre-existing illness are more likely to get seriously ill from Covid-19, and men have a higher incidence of such chronic illnesses as cardiovascular disease.In the first large study of the effect of underlying illness, researchers in China analyzed 1,590 patients from throughout the country with laboratory-confirmed disease. They calculated how “co-morbidities” — existing illnesses — affected the risk of being admitted to intensive care, being put on a ventilator, or dying.After taking into account the patients’ ages and smoking status, the researchers found that the 399 patients with at least one additional disease (including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, hepatitis B, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic kidney diseases, and cancer) had a 79% greater chance of requiring intensive care or a respirator or both, or of dying, they reported last week in a paper posted to medRxiv, a preprint site that posts research before it has been peer-reviewed. The 130 with two or more additional diseases had 2.5 times the risk of any of those outcomes.That fits with what’s known about other respiratory viruses. People with a single co-morbidity who catch avian flu (H7N9) are 3.4 times more likely than otherwise-healthy flu patients to require ventilators and other intensive care. SARS and MERS, which are also caused by coronaviruses, are more severe in patients with underlying illnesses, too.Breaking down the Covid-19 risk with the most common co-morbidities, the scientists found that cancer raises the risk 3.5-fold, COPD 2.6-fold, and diabetes and hypertension by about 60%. Because it isn’t unusual for someone to have an underlying disease (especially diabetes and hypertension) but not know it, the last figure is likely an underestimate.Co-morbidities also raise the risk of dying from Covid-19. China CDC’s analysis of 44,672 patients found that the fatality rate in patients who reported no other health conditions was 0.9%. It was 10.5% for those with cardiovascular disease, 7.3% for those with diabetes, 6.3% for people with chronic respiratory diseases such as COPD, 6.0% for people with hypertension, and 5.6% for those with cancer.Underlying disease might change the course of Covid-19. During the height of the epidemic in Wuhan, 37 of 230 patients receiving dialysis for kidney failure at Renmin Hospital developed the disease. Even though none were sick enough to require intensive care or a mechanical ventilator, six of them died, for a very high fatality rate of 16%. Oddly, however, none of the six died of pneumonia, Renmin researchers reported. Instead, the causes of death were heart disease, stroke, and high blood levels of potassium (a result of kidney failure). The high fatality rate of Covid-19 in already-sick people might result not from the virus but from an exacerbation of existing disease.About 60% of U.S. adults have at least one underlying health condition, Tom Frieden, former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters on Monday.PregnancyIn early February, Chinese state media reported that a woman infected with the virus gave birth to a baby who later tested positive for it. Newborns might become infected because of close proximity to a patient, like anyone else, but the case raised fears that a pregnant woman can transmit the virus to her fetus via the placenta.Only one small study has investigated such “vertical transmission.” Scientists at Wuhan University found that, of nine pregnant patients infected with the virus (all had a caesarean section) in their third trimester, none seemed to pass the virus to their babies, all of whom scored at the top of the Apgar scale of newborn health.As for the mothers, “Covid-19 seems not to be especially severe in pregnant women, at least based on the small number in this study,” the scientists wrote. That was somewhat surprising because pregnancy suppresses the immune system (so it doesn’t attack the fetus); pregnant women are more susceptible to respiratory pathogens than non-pregnant women. Nevertheless, none of the nine women developed severe Covid-19 pneumonia.It may be that immuno-suppression is actually helpful. Some of the most serious symptoms of Covid-19 result from an immune system on the rampage rather than a lethargic one, Chinese scientists found: An extreme immune response called cytokine storm, a flood of immune cells and the biochemicals they produce, tears through lung tissue. Support STAT: If you value our coronavirus coverage, please consider making a one-time contribution to support our journalism. You can help us continue to produce authoritative pieces from the frontiers of health and medicine. The death toll skews old even more strongly. Overall, China CDC found, 2.3% of confirmed cases died. But the fatality rate was 14.8% in people 80 or older, likely reflecting the presence of other diseases, a weaker immune system, or simply worse overall health. By contrast, the fatality rate was 1.3% in 50-somethings, 0.4% in 40-somethings, and 0.2% in people 10 to 39.The age-related death risk probably reflects the strength, or weakness, of the respiratory system. About half of the 109 Covid-19 patients (ages 22 to 94) treated at Central Hospital of Wuhan, researchers there reported, developed acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), in which fluid builds up in the small air sacs of the lungs. That restricts how much air the lungs can take in, reducing the oxygen supply to vital organs, sometimes fatally; half of the ARDS patients died, compared to 9% of patients who did not develop the syndrome.The ARDS patients had an average age of 61, compared to an average age of 49 for those who did not develop ARDS. Elderly patients “were more likely to develop ARDS,” the researchers wrote, suggesting how age can make Covid-19 more severe and even fatal: age increases the risk that the respiratory system will basically shut down under viral assault.Youth, in contrast, seems to be protective. The WHO mission reported a relatively low incidence in people under 18, who made up only 2.4% of all reported cases. In fact, through mid-January, zero children in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, had contracted Covid-19. It’s not clear whether that’s because children do not show signs of illness even if infected.Even cases among children and teens aged 10 to 19 are rare. As of Feb. 11 there were 549 cases in that age group, 1.2% of the total, China CDC found. Only one had died.One intriguing explanation for the apparent resilience of youth: in regions near Hubei province, young children seem especially likely to be exposed to other coronaviruses, scientists in China reported in 2018. That might have given them at least partial immunity to this one.Men and womenThe effect of sex on susceptibility to Covid-19 is less clear than the age effect, but preliminary data suggest men might be more susceptible. China CDC found that 106 men had the disease for every 100 women, while the WHO mission found that men make up 51% of cases. A study of 1,099 Covid-19 patients in Wuhan through Jan. 29 found a greater imbalance: 58% were male, the China Medical Treatment Expert Group for Covid-19 reported last week in the New England Journal of Medicine. Privacy Policy [email protected] Mike Reddy for STAT @sxbegle About the Author Reprints Sharon Begleycenter_img The new coronavirus is not an equal-opportunity killer: Being elderly and having other illnesses, for instance, greatly increases the risk of dying from the disease the virus causes, Covid-19. It’s also possible being male could put you at increased risk.For both medical and public health reasons, researchers want to figure out who’s most at risk of being infected and who’s most at risk of developing severe or even lethal illness. With that kind of information, clinicians would know whom to treat more aggressively, government officials would have a better idea of steps to take, and everyone would know whether they need to take special, additional precautions.Here’s what research has shown three months into the outbreak:advertisement Please enter a valid email address. Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. By Sharon Begley March 3, 2020 Reprints Senior Writer, Science and Discovery (1956-2021) Sharon covered science and discovery. HealthWho is getting sick, and how sick? A breakdown of coronavirus risk by demographic factors Tags Coronavirusglobal healthinfectious disaselast_img read more

The time to follow CDC guidelines is now, local health experts say

first_imgAmazon distribution center officially opens in Collier County June 16, 2021 AdvertisementHealth experts like Robert Hawkes, Director of FGCU’s Physician Assistant Program were not surprised by this week’s surge. He said, “We totally expected it. We certainly saw it after the Thanksgiving holiday period.”  “I think in the next 7 to 14 days, we’ll start to see the numbers come down,” Hawkes said. Hollingsworth said there’s another factor that adds to the surge.  By Bayer AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement Dr. Kurt Vandock discusses the ideal protocol for mosquito control and shares proven ways to enhance customer service. COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — As thousands of Floridians get the vaccine, even more find themselves infected with coronavirus.Last week, Florida reported just over 91,000 new COVID-19 cases. This week it jumped 18.6% to nearly 112,000.  The Collier County Department of Health said this should serve as a reminder that it isn’t time to let your guard down.“Remember, COVID-19 still exists, not only in Collier County, not only in Southwest Florida, but throughout the country,” Kristine Hollingsworth, Public Information Officer for the Collier County Department of Health, said. Japan to ease COVID restrictions as country prepares for 2020 Olympics June 17, 2021 Wounded Warriors organization accuses City of Naples of discrimination June 16, 2021 Keep Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes Under Control With These 4 Steps RELATEDTOPICS Mosquitoes swarming Collier County, crews trap 25,000 in two nights June 17, 2021 Sponsored Content AdvertisementTags: CDCcollier countyCovid-19 Advertisement “What we’re seeing around the country is pandemic fatigue,” she said,  “People are getting tired of staying home and practicing those mitigation efforts.”  Hollingsworth said there has never been a more important time to follow CDC guidelines.last_img read more

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Operational Honours and Awards list November 2020

first_imgOperational Honours and Awards list November 2020 The serving personnel who have won from the array of awards and decorations have shown outstanding examples of courage and dedication to their work while on operation.The service they have given to the country ensures that Britain remains ready to face intensifying threats at home and abroad.The full list is below:Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)Colonel Marcus James MUDDOfficer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)Commander Suzy Helen CONWAY, Royal NavyCommander Richard Paul HEWITT, Royal NavyColonel John Leslie BAYNHAMMember of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)Lieutenant Commander Ben Russell MARTIN, Royal NavyMajor (now Acting Lieutenant Colonel) Philip O’CALLAGHAN, Royal MarinesLance Corporal Elham SEDEQI, The Parachute RegimentStaff Sergeant Jason Peter WILCOX, Intelligence CorpsQueens Commendation for Valuable ServiceCommander Benjamin Charles KEITH, Royal NavyLieutenant (now Lieutenant Commander) Alexander Antony SZWEDA, Royal NavyCorporal Louise Lillian COOPER, Adjutant General’s Corps (Staff and Personnel Support Branch)Captain Alun Huw MORRIS, Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical EngineersColonel Roderick Miles LEELance Corporal Hannah RICHARDSON, Royal Army Medical CorpsSergeant (now Staff Sergeant) Ashley Jade ROYLANCE, Intelligence CorpsMajor Kerry Anne SCHULTZ, The Royal Logistic CorpsLieutenant Colonel Matthew James Edney SMITH, Corps of Royal EngineersCorporal Samuel David George BUTLER, Royal Air ForceSquadron Leader John Michael PLENTY, Royal Air ForceThe Queen’s Commendation for BraveryStaff Sergeant Steven Wayne COCKBURN, The Royal Logistic CorpsCaptain Karl Anthony WILLIAMS, The Royal Logistic Corps /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:air force, army, Ashley, Britain, British, Force, Government, intelligence, Kerry, miles, navy, operation, Queen, Russell, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

U.S. President Biden’s Remarks on International Women’s Day

first_imgU.S. President Biden’s Remarks on International Women’s Day The White HouseEast Room4:27 P.M. ESTTHE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Madam Vice President, and thank you, Mr. Secretary.On Friday, I submitted to the Senate for confirmation my first slate of nominations for four-star command positions in our Armed Forces — among them, two outstanding and eminentlyqualified warriors and patriots. General Jacqueline Van Ovost in the United States Air Force is currently the only female four-star officer serving in our military. I nominated her as Commander of the United States Transportation Command.And when confirmed, the Lieutenant General Laura Richardson, of the United States Army, will be promoted in rank and join General Van Ovost as the only four-star — as another four-star general. I nominated her as Commander in the United States Southern Command.And, when confirmed, they will become the second and third women in the history of the United States Armed Forces to lead combatant commands.Each of these women have led careers demonstrating incomparable skill, integrity, and duty to country. And at every step, they’ve also helped push open the doors of opportunity to women in our military — blazing the trail a little wider, a little brighter for all the proud women following in their path and looking to their example.And I wanted to shine the light on these accomplishments for those women today because General Van Ovost — as reiterated in an interview this last week, and I’m the second person to say this — it’s hard to be what you can’t see. It’s hard to be what you can’t see, but you’ll soon see.Today is International Women’s Day. And we all need to see and to recognize the barrier-breaking accomplishments of these women. We need the young women just beginning their careers in the military service to see it and know that no door will be closed to them. We need women and men throughout the ranks to see and celebrate women’s accomplishments and leadership in the services. We need little girls and boys both, who have grown up dreaming of serving for their country, to know this is what generals in the United States Armed Forces look like. This is what Vice Presidents of United States look like.So I’d like to spend just a few minutes today making sure that America knows who General Van Ovost is and Lieutenant General Richardson is. They’re aviators. Both learned to fly planes before they were old enough to drive a car.General Van Ovost, a first-generation — is a first-generation American: the daughter of Dutch immigrants who owned a flying operation. She loved the freedom of flight and, as a teenager, flew herself to see Sally Ride lift off as the first woman in space. Sixteen years old, goes down to see Sally Ride. She said she was at several thousand feet watching from a distance.You know, women weren’t — were banned from flying combat missions when the General joined the force, so she focused on becoming a test pilot. And instead of learning to fly just one plane, she learned to fly everything, including Air Force Two when I was Vice President.General Van Ovost currently is — oversees Air Mobility Command: approximately 107,000 airmen and 1,100 planes that enable America’s air power and humanitarian assistance to go everywhere in the world it need be. From flying water to Texans after the recent storms, to ensuring our wounded warriors are evacuated for medical care from anywhere in the world, she gets it done.Lieutenant General Richardson’s parents were proud patriots. It must have rubbed off because Lieutenant General Richardson and her brother and sister all joined the Army. Her father encouraged her to join ROTC in college, even though that meant commuting to a different school.When Lieutenant General Richardson joined the Army Aviation Branch, women were banned from flying attack helicopters. She flew to — in support of combatant — combat missions, and conducting lift operations of her UH-1 — the so-called “Huey” — and the Blackhawks.Now, as a commanding general of the United States Army North, Lieutenant General Richardson oversees military ground responses here in North America all over — all over the last year. That’s meant getting military and medical personnel deployed to help in our response to this pandemic. More than 4,500 military and medical personnel deployed in hospitals across 14 states and the Navajo Nation to treat COVID-19 patients. It means more than 2,200 medical personnel are working, or soon will be, at vaccination sites in eight states and the United States Virgin Islands.I’m so proud of the incredible work Lieutenant General Richardson and her team have done to support the American people this year, and the American people are as well. They’re warriors. They’re crisis-tested commanders.But best of all — but best of all, they’re not done yet. Neither of these incredible generals is resting on her laurels or on her stars. They’re using their voices and actively working to change policies in the military to make it easier and safer for more women not just to join the military, but to stay in the military and to thrive.I’m incredibly proud that in 2015, under the Obama-Biden administration, we took the final steps to open up all positions in the military to anyone qualified to serve in them. The women who join today’s military aren’t told “no” when they apply to fly fighter jets or attack helicopters just because of their gender. They aren’t told “no” when they want to apply to Ranger School or infantry officer basic training.But they all know that there’s much, much more work to be done to ensure that women’s leadership is recognized and we have more diverse leaders; we reach the top echelons of command for all who are qualified, including all women — all women; and that all women feel safe and respected in our military — period.You know, some of — some of it is relatively straightforward work where we’re making good progress designing body armor that fits women properly; tailoring combat uniforms for women; creating maternity flight suits; updating — updating requirements for their hairstyles.And some of it is going to take — and — you know, an intensity of purpose and mission to really change the culture and habits that cause women to leave the military:That women are — making sure more diverse candidates are considering — being considered for career-advancing opportunities at every single level.That women aren’t penalized in their careers for having children.That women aren’t just token members, but integral parts throughout all branches and all divisions.And that they can completely, fairly engage in promotion and compete all across the board, including on the — on age and gender neutrality and the physical fitness test.You know that both members of the — of the military couples can thrive while serving, like Lieutenant General Richardson and her husband, Lieutenant General Richardson, who, I might add, I want to thank you for getting me off a mountain that was about 12- to 14,000 feet up on a goat path when our helicopter went down in a snowstorm. It’s good to see you, General. The ride down that mountain was more perilous in a truck than it was in the helicopter, but thank you.And we have to take on sexual assault and harassment and violence against women in the military. Sexual assault is a abhorrent and wrong at any time. And in our military, where so much of unit cohesion is built on trusting your fellow service members to have your back, there’s nothing less than a threat to our national security.I know Secretary Austin takes this as seriously as Vice President Harris and I do. That’s why his first memo as Secretary was a directive to take on sexual assault in the military and why he stepped up independent review — he set up an Independent Review Commission on Sexual Assault to make concrete recommendations for changes.This is going to be an all-hands-on-deck effort under my administration to end the scourge of sexual assault in the military. And we’re going to be focused on that from the very top. I know that we can do it.The U.S. Military has defeated American enemies on land, in air, and at sea, and this is not beyond us.I want to thank General Van Ovost — Ovost and Lieutenant General Richardson for their exemplary careers and service to our country. You’re America’s patriotism at its finest: undaunted and absolutely — absolutely able to do anything by any obstacle; determined to open wide and the doors of opportunity; and ready for the next challenge.It’s my great honor to serve as your Commander-in-Chief. And I look forward to hearing your active-duty and recommendations of how we will work together to keep the American people safe to meet every challenge in the 21st century.So I want to thank you both. And I want to thank Sec- — the former general — I keep calling him “General.” My — the guy who runs that outfit over there. I want to make sure we thank the Secretary for all he’s done to try to implement what we’ve just talked about, and for recommending these two women for promotion.Thank you all. May God bless you all. And may God protect our troops. Thank you.Thank you, everybody.Q Mr. President, can you pass voting rights with the Senate filibuster in its current form, do you think?THE PRESIDENT: I can talk to you about that later.4:43 P.M. EST /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. 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Bankrupt furniture maker sentenced for acting as director

first_imgBankrupt furniture maker sentenced for acting as director Allan Kenneth Barke (34), of Stockport, appeared at Chester Crown Court before HHJ Everett on 1 April where he was banned from acting as a company director for 8 years.The court heard that Allan Barke had been director of Cheshire Fitted Furniture Limited from its incorporation in November 2014 until September 2015.The furniture company traded until April 2016 when it was wound up and went into voluntary liquidation.Cheshire Fitted Furniture’s liquidation, however, triggered an investigation by the Insolvency Service, which found that Allan Barke had been declared bankrupt in September 2015 following a petition by the liquidators of AB Joinery (Stockport) Limited, a previous company he was director of.As part of his bankruptcy, Allan Barke was banned from acting as a company director and after Cheshire Fitted Furniture Limited went into liquidation, the furniture maker was not allowed to form a company with a similar name.The investigation, however, found Allan Barke had breached his restrictions when it was uncovered in June 2016, the furniture maker was trading under a company using the name CFF Joinery & Furniture, a name prohibited under the terms of the liquidation.He had also continued to act as sole director for the new company, CFF Joinery & Furniture, after being declared bankrupt, the court heard.Allan Barke was charged with one count of acting as the director of Cheshire Fitted Furniture Limited when he was disqualified from doing so due to bankruptcy and one count of continuing to use a proscribed company name after the business entered liquidation in April 2016.He pleaded guilty to both counts at Stockport Magistrates Court in January 2021. He was also given a 22 month prison sentence suspended for 2 years for a further 22 fraud offences separate following an investigation by Cheshire Police.The 8-year ban means he cannot directly or indirectly become involved, without the permission of the court, in the promotion, formation or management of a company.Julie Barnes, Chief Investigator at the Insolvency Service, said:Allan Barke would have known he was banned from running a company, especially one with a similar sounding name to the company wound-up. The furniture maker, however, flagrantly breached his ban when he started a new company offering similar services.Throughout our investigation and the court process, Allan Barke has been uncooperative but this ban handed down by the court will remove him from the business environment for a significant period.NotesAllan Kenneth Barke is of Stockport and his date of birth is May 1986.Company: Cheshire Fitted Furniture Limited (CFFL), company number 09323944.The sentence result was announced at Chester Crown Court by Judge Everett.Disqualification undertakings are the administrative equivalent of a disqualification order but do not involve court proceedings.Persons subject to a disqualification order are bound by a range of other restrictions. /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:ban, Barnes, business, court, director, environment, fraud, Government, investigation, magistrates court, Petition, police, Prison, running, Stockport, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

Cadillac is shuttering its BOOK subscription service

first_img Cadillac was one of the first in the industry to offer a car subscription service; brands like Volvo, Porsche and BMW are now taking a page from the American manufacturer and following suit.The car subscription service is a relatively new idea that is designed to combat the prevalence of ride-sharing apps like Uber and to make car “ownership” easier by taking away the stress of maintenance costs and potential resale worries. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca ‹ Previous Next › COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 The BOOK by Cadillac app allows members to choose from a suite of Cadillac vehicles, including XT5, CT6, CT6 PLUG-IN, Escalade, ATS-V and CTS-V.  Cadillac Cadillac’s car subscription service BOOK is being shelved amid time-consuming back-end technology issues and higher expected costs.The Wall Street Journal reports the US$1,800-per-month car subscription service will be suspended for the foreseeable future, and will only be reopened once adjustments have been made.Cadillac says BOOK was originally launched as a pilot program and was intended to generate new revenue streams and change traditional car ownership. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Trending Videos Subscribers will have 30 days to return their vehicles once they’ve been notified by the company. BOOK was only available in New York, Dallas and Los Angeles. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” advertisement We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. RELATED TAGSCadillacLuxuryLuxury VehiclesNew Vehicles Trending in Canada See More Videoslast_img read more