Speech: PM words at Chequers press conference: 13 July 2018

first_imgI am pleased to welcome the President of the United States to Chequers today on his first official visit to the United Kingdom.No two countries do more together than ours to keep their peoples safe and prosperous.And we want to deepen that co-operation even further to meet the shared challenges we face, now and in the years ahead.This morning President Trump and I visited Sandhurst, where we saw a demonstration of joint-working between British and American Special Forces – just one example of what is today the broadest, deepest and most advanced security co-operation of any two countries in the world.Whether it is our pilots deterring the use of chemical weapons in Syria or defeating Daesh, our soldiers at the forefront of NATO’s presence in Eastern Europe, our navies in the Pacific enforcing sanctions on North Korea, or our unparalleled intelligence-sharing partnership thwarting attacks – our security co-operation is saving lives here in Britain, in America and right across the world.That partnership is set to grow, with our armies integrating to a level unmatched anywhere, and the UK set to spend £24 billion on US equipment and support over the next decade.Today we have also discussed how we can deepen our work together to respond to malign state activity, terrorism and serious crime.In particular, on Russia, I thanked President Trump for his support in responding to the appalling use of a nerve agent in Salisbury, after which he expelled 60 Russian intelligence officers.And I welcomed his meeting with President Putin in Helsinki on Monday.We agreed that it is important to engage Russia from a position of strength and unity – and that we should continue to deter and counter all efforts to undermine our democracies.Turning to our economic co-operation, with mutual investment between us already over $1 trillion, we want to go further.We agreed today, that as the UK leaves the European Union, we will pursue an ambitious US-UK Free Trade Agreement.The Chequers agreement reached last week provides the platform for Donald and me to agree an ambitious deal that works for both countries right across our economies.A deal that builds on the UK’s independent trade policy; reducing tariffs, delivering a gold-standard in financial services co-operation, and – as two of the world’s most advanced economies – seizing the opportunity of new technology.All of this will further enhance our economic co-operation, creating new jobs and prosperity for our peoples for generations to come.The UK-US relationship is also defined by the role we play on the world stage.Doing this means making tough calls and sometimes being prepared to say things that others might rather not hear.From the outset President Trump has been clear about how he sees the challenges we face.And on many, we agree.For example, the need to deal with the long-standing nuclear threat of DPRK, where the agreement in Singapore has set in train the prospect of denuclearisation, to which the UK is proud to be contributing expertise.Or the need to address the destabilising influence of Iran in the Middle East, where today we have discussed what more we can do to push back on Iran in Yemen and reduce humanitarian suffering.Or the need for NATO allies to increase their defence spending and capability, on which we saw significant increases at yesterday’s summit. This includes Afghanistan, where this week I announced a further uplift of 440 UK troops – an ongoing commitment to a mission that began as NATO’s only use of Article 5, acting in support of the US.Finally, let me say this about the wider transatlantic relationship.It is all of our responsibility to ensure that transatlantic unity endures. For it has been fundamental to the protection and projection of our interests and values for generations.With US leadership at its foundation, its beating heart remains our democratic values and our commitment to justice.Those values are something that we in the UK will always cherish – as I know the US will too.It is the strength of these values, and the common interests they create, that we see across the breadth of our societies in North America and Europe.And that is why I am confident that this transatlantic alliance will continue to be the bedrock of our shared security and prosperity for years to come.last_img read more

Press release: UK Statement on Allegations of Chemical Weapons Use in Aleppo

first_imgFCO Spokesperson: Email [email protected] The Syrian regime and its supporters have alleged that opposition forces carried out a chlorine attack on civilians in Aleppo on 24th November. We have seen nothing to support the claims made by Russia and Syria. It is likely that this was either a staged incident intended to frame the opposition, or an operation which went wrong and from which Russia and the regime sought to take advantage. We continue to work closely with international partners to establish more fully exactly what happened. We encourage those with relevant information to share it, and cooperate fully with the OPCW as it gathers information to further assess the incident. It is important for Syrians and the international community that the truth comes out. We frequently see the Syrian regime and its partners making false claims and using disinformation to cover their tracks. Allegations that the UK or its allies are in any way involved in this, or any other incident involving chemical weapons in Syria, are complete fabrications.center_img The United States has today also issued a statement on this incident – https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2018/12/287941.htmFurther informationFollow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Media enquiries For journalists The UK assesses it highly unlikely that chlorine was used in this incident, as the regime and its Russian allies have claimed. It is highly unlikely that the opposition was responsible.last_img read more

Premier’s bread division sees revenue plunge

first_imgRevenue contributed from Premier Foods’ Bread division has dropped by 27% in the half-year to 30 June 2012.Its divisional contribution fell from £30.7m in 2011 to £22.5m this year, as branded sales and its milling division took a hit on sales.Branded bread sales fell 2.9% to £184.3m, from £189.7m, while milling sales fell 8.3% to £95.2m.The company’s non-branded bread sales increased 1.5% to £68.8m, but this was not enough to stop Premier’s total bread sales registering a decline (-1.7%).The group’s Power Brands, which include Hovis, saw sales up 2% overall, with the grocery Power Brands achieving a sales rise of 4.9%. Overall group underlying trading profit increased by 3.2%.Michael Clarke, chief executive officer, said: “I’m pleased with the progress we are making to stabilise the business, refocus the portfolio and invest in our future growth. Our strategy of focusing on our Power Brands is starting to gain traction.”He said plans to simplify the business and drive further efficiency and effectiveness were proceeding ahead of plan and the company would deliver the previously announced £40m savings by the end of 2012.last_img read more

Dave Matthews Band Releases Two Legendary TRAX Recordings From Early Career

first_imgAfter celebrating their 25th anniversary with an archival recording from their first ever live performance, Dave Matthews Band presents a few more rare recordings from their hometown TRAX venue in Charlottesville, VA. Currently available for download is a special February 22 of 1994 show that marks their last performance at the venue, a place they frequently played in the years prior. Picking through hits like “Typical Situation,” “True Reflections,” and “Jimi Thing” makes this 17-track throwback collection an exciting release for DMB fans, and marks a pivotal moment as the beginning of the band’s extensive touring career. You can purchase the 2/22/94 show here.Also released for listen is a recording from November 11, 1992 of “Help Myself,” which when performed then was called “Desperate Hours.” According to the band’s Facebook page, “By November 1992, Dave Matthews Band had been performing together for just over a year. While the band had consistently made board tapes of their weekly Trax appearances, this show, recorded by John Alagia, is the very first live DMB multitrack recording.” You can stream “Help Myself” and pre-order the full show here.last_img read more

Putting things in their place

first_imgIn Harvard’s Collection of Historical and Scientific Instruments, curious items are the norm, like the exploding “thunder house,” a small wooden box used to demonstrate the value of lightning rods, or the control console of the Harvard cyclotron, which was the University’s second particle accelerator.But in the Putnam Gallery, in a display on vision and illusive nature, a giant plastic model of a human eyeball sits near the palette of the American painter John Singer Sargent, the surface of the latter covered in hardened strokes of muted color.Hidden in several of Harvard’s collections across the University are similar treasured curiosities, part of a new class and exhibit that encourage students and visitors to question traditional categories of knowledge. “Tangible Things,” on view through May 29, is organized in collaboration with a Harvard General Education course, “Tangible Things: Harvard Collections in World History.”“We are teaching students and visitors about a way of engaging the world and a way of engaging history,” said Laurel Ulrich, Harvard’s 300th Anniversary University Professor, who helped to develop the exhibit and course.The core of the exhibition is in the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments’ Special Exhibitions Gallery. There, visitors can view material categorized as art, history, archaeology and anthropology, science and medicine, books and manuscripts, and natural history, all culled from Harvard’s museums and libraries. They are also introduced to items that can’t be categorized quite so easily, including a tiger skull, a teapot, and a 100-year-old tortilla.“Some people think these categories have outlived their usefulness. What do you think?” reads a plaque in the display.Adding a hide-and-seek element to the show, Ulrich and co-creator Ivan Gaskell cleverly inserted a number of “guest objects” into regular displays at the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard Museum of Natural History, Houghton Library, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Schlesinger Library, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and the Semitic Museum.In the Museum of Natural History’s Glass Flowers gallery, intricate replicas of 847 species of plants handcrafted by 19th century glass artisans double as works of art. Nestled in the corner, a Louis Comfort Tiffany floriform vase, circa 1900, from Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum fits seamlessly into the collection.Next door in a case in the museum’s Mineral Hall, one could easily mistake what appears to be a gray stone. But upon closer inspection, the calcified specimen, normally found in Harvard’s Countway Library of Medicine, is a bladder stone removed from a man in 1809.Viewing an object from multiple perspectives helps students to engage, challenge their assumptions, explore history more deeply, and make connections between disciplines, said Gaskell and Ulrich. The exhibition and course are based on their work over the past several years with similar undergraduate and graduate seminars that explored how to write history from tangible things. Several items in the exhibit are objects studied by their earlier students.“We want to encourage students to think about what purpose categorizations serve, how do they function, how do they enable us to make knowledge claims, but how do they also inhibit us,” said Gaskell, Margaret S. Winthrop Curator and senior lecturer on history.“It’s a question of human imagination,” he added, “of not taking the line of least intellectual resistance.”A close-up of a Hughes-type printing telegraph by Louis-Clément Breguet, c. 1875.In the class, students are required to visit exhibits weekly. “Mostly we want you to look,” notes the syllabus. In addition, course participants are required to write two short papers and produce a final project based on a reinterpretation of objects in the exhibit.The class has been a runaway hit. Last month organizers were forced to relocate its weekly lectures to a larger auditorium to accommodate the 250 students who signed up.“I just wanted to jump into the class right away because I absolutely love the museum collections at Harvard,” said sophomore and organismic and evolutionary biology concentrator Joseph Brancale.After reviewing a selection of personal items that Gaskell and Ulrich brought to class earlier in the semester, including a starfish, a bronzed baby boot, and a Russian icon, Brancale said he noticed “discrepancies between the [established] categories.”“If you look at the underside of a starfish and you see the radial symmetry and all the little patterns. … You can apply that to art later on.”At its core, the class and exhibit, said Gaskell, reflect human interaction.“If we can help students, and anyone who is interested, to appreciate the role of things in human interactions more fully, how those relationships change over time, and how we can understand not only other people who are our contemporaries, but also those who lived before, then I think we will have done our job.”If you look at the underside of a starfish and you see the radial symmetry and all the little patterns. … You can apply that to art later on.”last_img read more

Slatyfork Enduro. Save the date and make plans to be here.

first_imgPractice and More:  Saturday practice runs with causal shuttles, Saturday evening dinner, fresh beverages (keg style), Sunday race meeting, race, awards, and dinner.  Camping is free. So, come on, ride, race, relax, cheer the racers on, enjoy.  Pocahontas County / Slatyfork / Snowshoe is the place to be.  See you for practice and Race day. Some past racer quotes:  “This place is raw! So Good!” “I have raced most of the Enduros on the east coast, this is my favorite event, best course, best trails and best party.” When:  Saturday practice August 10, Race day Sundaythe 11th. The Ride:  Here are some stats to peak your interest.  Total course length: 22 miles, number ofstages: 5 (we hope to add one more this year somewhere out on Turkey Pointbefore stage 3.  We will see if we canpull it off.)   Shuttles – two this savesaround 2000 feet of climbing, 4.5 miles of asphalt and gets you to the goods;  total elevation gain: 3221 feet, totalelevation loss 5710 feet.  So, if you are thinking Enduro, why twoshuttles?  Well, to get both Tea CreekMountain and Turkey Point Connector the only other option is grinding upasphalt – that just seems to take the fun out of it.  Though there have always been a few hardysouls that do the grind just because… and that is still an option. Overall Course Map The race is Mid August, there is a high probability that we will be 10 to 15 degrees cooler than wherever you are, the hiking is great, vistas along the race course are world class.  While you are here there is trout fishing, floating the Greenbrier River, Greenbrier River Trail, tours at the Green Bank Observatory, Snowshoe Bike Park, and much more.center_img Stage Profiles A crazy winter in Slatyfork,WV, but spring is finally here!  That means Pocahontas Trails is back in trail work mode getting ready for our 5th annual WV Enduro Series Slatyfork Enduro August 11 (practice) and 12 (race). Whether you are a hard core racer or a casual rider trying to match your times against your cohorts this is the race for you.  You get to ride and race some of the best of Slatyfork, many trails that have been part of a local MTB storied history Fat Tire Festival, Gauley Headwaters IMBA Epic Ride, Wild 100, and WVMBA Ultra Series.  Pocahontas Trails was founded in2013 to ensure the old school trails (lots of hand cut CCC trails, old rail andskid grades) of Pocahontas County were preserved.  We were starting to lose single track torestoration using machines; the restoration was necessary, the technique iswhat we objected to.  Since then we havea signed agreement with the Forest Service and have worked hard to coordinatetrail work.  This race is our primary fundraiser to help with purchasing tools, insurance, and local area promotion.  A Bit Of Background Think back to the ride here 8 to 10years ago:  dead fall everywhere, endlessmud, brush so thick it would eat your bars. All a thing of the past, in spite of some major hits by Mother Natureour recovery after each event has been fast and focused. Locally there is strong community support for mountain biking.  Leading the way is the Pocahontas County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) which funds trail maintenance in the Monongahela National Forest and is active in promotion of mountain biking; next is Snowshoe Bike Park our primary race sponsor donating shuttle support, prizes and a generous cash donation, then The Snowshoe Foundation for support with equipment and then all local businesses support us with donations.  Please check our web page for additional sponsors. During the early days of MTB the Slatyfork trails were in prime condition, then a few years of neglect followed by the last 5 or 6 years of restoration by Pocahontas Trails, the Forest Service and lots of volunteer hours.  Mother Nature has not been easy on us, the 2012 Derecho, multiple heavy flooding events, rain, more rain, ice storms, more rain, more wind,… well you get the picture.  The good news is that many hours of trail work have helped the trails weather all this well.  Dead fall gets cleared quickly, erosion repaired and mitigated, trail corridors are brushed back and the overall trail tread maintained.   That is the good news; the best news is that through all of this we have maintained the old school roots, rocks, single track experience, and still some of the classic Slatyfork mud.  Pocahontas Trails 2019 Details Pocahontas Trails is an equal opportunity provider and employer.Pocahontas Trails is a Permit Holder of the Monongahela National Forest Event Location:  Staging area / primitive camping / late registration / race start / food and music all located on Mine Road in Slatyfork.  GPS coordinates:  38.392696, -80.148513.   last_img read more

YLD supports bill seeking loan help for state attorneys, PDs

first_img YLD supports bill seeking loan help for state attorneys, PDs YLD supports bill seeking loan help for state attorneys, PDs A legislative position to help pay student loans for prosecutors and public defenders, preparing for a Supreme Court oral argument on changes to the Practicing with Professionalism rule, and continuing post-hurricane activities are all occupying the Young Lawyers Division.YLD President Michael Faehner reported to the Bar Board of Governors in December that the division also has been working on several other projects.He said the YLD board will seek authorization to lobby at the Bar board’s January meeting for SB 190, by Sen. Skip Campbell, D-Tamarac. The bill provides that for assistant state attorneys and public defenders who have completed three years of service, the state will pay $3,000 a year to help retire their student loans. After six years, the repayment amount goes up to $5,000, with the maximum repayment capped at $44,000.The YLD, Faehner said, wants to actively support the bill as a way to help assistant public defenders and state attorneys, who frequently make less that their counterparts in private practice but also have high student loans. The repayment plan would help those young lawyers continue their public service careers, he noted.The YLD’s proposed amendment to the Practicing With Professionalism rules were scheduled to have oral arguments at the Supreme Court on January 11 (after this News went to press). The main change being proposed is that government lawyers would lose their ability to defer taking the course — required of all new Bar members — until their government service ended and they entered private practice.Faehner reported that public defenders and the Criminal Law Section have made additional filings in the case. The proposed change would be prospective only.On hurricane activities, the YLD president said the section is winding down some programs but continuing others, while studying how it can improve the response to future storms.The YLD is phasing out the toll-free 800 number for hurricane victims set up at the Bar, which received around 10,000 phone calls since it was opened on August 15, Faehner said.In addition, nearly 100 lawyers participated in the YLD’s One Day Can Make a Difference program, where they volunteered to staff a legal help desk at a FEMA emergency center. That had a tremendous impact and “this truly was a team effort,” Faehner said.Local bars, law schools, and local young lawyer sections across the state also raised money and donated thousands of dollars to hurricane relief efforts.The focus is now shifting from immediate needs to long-term recovery efforts, Faehner reported. That includes clothing and book drives, adopting a hard-hit family for the holidays, offering counseling services for lawyers who had hurricane losses, and offering mediation programs to help resolve storm-related claims.With an unprecedented four storms hitting the state, “it was a challenge, we’ll admit it. It was something I was not prepared for,” Faehner said. “Approximately two weeks ago, we held the first hurricane summit ever through The Florida Bar Foundation in which all the members sat down together and shared their experiences and commiserated.“We will be more prepared next time.”Among other activities, the division:• Has established, pursuant to a request from Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Pariente, a statewide high school moot court competition, based in the five district courts of appeal.• Donated $6,000 to local young lawyers sections for their Christmas in January programs.• Donated $1,500 to the Florida Skin Cancer Foundation. Faehner noted that that is the most prevalent form of cancer for those ages 28 to 35.center_img January 15, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

Tularemia agent found in DC air, but no cases seen

first_img See also: The CDC notice said the usual incubation period for the disease is 3 to 5 days, suggesting that anyone exposed around Sep 25 would have become ill by today. But in rare cases symptoms can take longer to appear, the agency said. The air samples that yielded the findings were collected between 10 a.m. Sep 24 and 10 a.m. Sep 25, the Post reported. The air monitors are part of the federal BioWatch program, which monitors the air for pathogens in major cities around the country. The Post said Washington area health officials were notified of the findings on Sep 30. CIDRAP overview of tularemia The United States had an average of about 124 cases of tularemia per year in the 1990s, most of them occurring in rural areas. Tick bites and handling of infected animals are the most common routes of infection, but people can also contract it from insect bites, eating or drinking contaminated food or water, or inhaling the bacteria, according to the CDC. The disease can cause several different clinical syndromes, depending on the route of infection. The CDC notice said inhalation of the microbe is most likely to lead to pneumonic, oculoglandular, or oropharyngeal disease. Tularemia does not spread from person to person, and it can be effectively treated with antibiotics. But it can be fatal in some cases. The microbe is one of the six agents considered most likely to be used by terrorists as a biological weapon. But Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials said the pathogen probably was a natural occurrence and not the result of bioterrorism, according to a Washington Post report. Roebuck said today he didn’t know yet what quantity of the agent was found or what strain of tularemia it was. Oct 3, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Several air sensors detected traces of the tularemia pathogen on the Capitol Mall in Washington, DC, Sep 24 and 25, but no cases of illness have been reported among people who were in the area at the time, according to health officials. “We’re looking to find out if anyone in the medical community has any patients with symptoms that could be similar to tularemia,” he said. After tests in Washington detected the pathogen on air filters, further tests were done by the CDC in Atlanta, according to the Post. In a Sep 30 message to health agencies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said environmental air monitors in the Capitol Mall “signaled the low level presence of Francisella tularensis,” the bacterium that causes tularemia. Tens of thousands of people were on the mall Sep 24 for antiwar demonstrations and the National Book Festival, according to the Post. But no cases or suspected cases of tularemia have been reported, CDC spokesman Von Roebuck told CIDRAP News today.last_img read more

Crane Cams rewards top built engine drivers, builders with cash, credit prizes

first_imgDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Top finishing drivers in seven IMCA divisions and their engine builders will receive $250 in cash and another $250 credit toward future purchases from Crane Cams.Those drivers and their respective engine builders include national champions William Gould, IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified, Karl Performance, Des Moines, Iowa; Justin Kay, IMCA Late Model, Grove Automotive, Dubuque, Iowa; John Ricketts, IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars, Russell Shoulders Race Engines, Forney, Texas; Brandon Czarapata, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, Fisher Race Engines, Oshkosh, Wis.; and Gabe Tucker, Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods, Fletcher Racing Engines, Abilene, Texas. Justin Luinenburg and Tyler Frye also received $250 in cash and $250 product credit as the highest finishing built engine competitors in national standings for the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod.The same awards went to their engine builders, L & D Motors of Reading, Minn., and Dr. J’s Performance of Anaheim, Calif., respectively. Mach-1 Sport Compacts are not part of the program, introduced this year by the Daytona Beach, Fla., high performance parts manufacturer and distributorChecks and certificates were mailed from the IMCA home office.“Despite perception to the contrary, engine builders and our aftermarket component manufacturers are an integral part of the IMCA competition plan and we are proud to recognize their contributions and achievements in 2013,” said Kevin Yoder, director of marketing for IMCA. “Some of the best engine builders in the country powered our champions this year and they deserve the notoriety.”last_img read more

Liverpool sign Aspas

first_img Press Association Liverpool have confirmed the signing of striker Iago Aspas from Celta Vigo. The 25-year-old, who scored 12 goals for Primera Division club Celta last season, has signed a long-term contract with the Reds after passing his medical at Melwood. The deal is subject to international clearance, Liverpool announced on their website.Liverpool, who announced last week they had reached an agreement in principle to sign Aspas, did not disclose the transfer fee but it is believed to be around £7.7million. center_img Celta’s successful fight against relegation from the Primera Division on the final day of the season earlier this month held up progress. The Spaniard is Liverpool’s third signing of the summer after agreeing a deal for Man City defender Kolo Toure and on Saturday completing the capture of Luis Alberto from Sevilla. last_img read more