Wonga cuts interest rates and fees as FCA clamps down

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Comment / The US Big Three must pay more attention to cargo to satisfy their shareholders

first_imgAfter all, from players such as Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United – which control the majority of the US domestic market – you should expect some big news at any time about strategy, both in their core passenger business and in cargo. In fact, with regard to the latter, these three carriers could easily exploit their sheer size to boost their cargo operations both Stateside and elsewhere – or am I completely wrong?If FedEx is shelling out top dollar on TNT in Europe, why shouldn’t they?Cargo news of the monthIf big news in cargo is what you are after, then check out Time magazine’s headline last week: “Airlines Ban Big Game Trophies from Cargo After Cecil the Lion Deathnews.”Time’s article pointed out that the ban is on “all lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo ‘trophies’,” adding that Delta, United and American announced on Monday that they would no longer allow such shipments.Time magazine’s wasn’t the only headline that caught my attention. “The killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe triggered mounting global outrage,” Bloomberg reported. Luckily for those bullish on cargo trades, the BBC’s headline came out: “Cecil the lion: Why a hunting ban is not the answer”.The death of Cecil won’t hurt the profits of the three US carriers, so that’s a relatively easy trade to abandon overnight, but Delta, American and United should nonetheless state their intention with regard to their cargo units, which are rather small on a global scale but may contribute to value destruction over time if they are not properly run.The devil is in the detail, and cargo strategy is very important, as it will gauge their ability to cover multiple aspects of their global businesses, while maintaining financial discipline; it will also say a lot about their broader strategy – in this context, consider that all three carriers are at a very critical juncture at present.Similarities, stock performanceFinancially, these three companies are not dissimilar, although Delta is the strongest, and its shares command a 20% premium over those of its rivals, based on their forward core cash flow multiples.Over the last two couple of years their performances read:Delta’s stock price: +120%AA’s stock price: +127%UAL’s stock price: +73%The problem is that all these stocks peaked in early January, and ever since they have recorded the following performances:Delta’s stock price: -6%AA’s stock price: -20%UAL’s stock price: -12%Unsurprisingly, volatility has come back with a vengeance on the back of increased domestic competition that has brought downwards pressure on revenue. Hence, quite simply, their stocks have not bottomed out based on fundaments, core margins, cash flows, relative valuations, leverage and a zillion of other factors, including a top-down approach, according to which Brent will fast appreciate in the second half of 2015, in my view.Cargo performanceAmerican, in particular, drew the attention of our team in July when it announced a new European sales focus.The group is set to up competition in European skies – where competition is not needed at all. But it makes some sense, in the light of its recent performance. For the three months ended 30 June, its cargo unit reported revenues of $194m, down 12% year-on-year, out of almost $11bn of group sales for the quarter.Delta’s quarterly results similarly showed $200m of cargo revenues, down 10% year-on-year, out of $10bn of group revenue for the three months ended 30 June. The annualised figure for its cargo top-line, based on revenues of $424m for the first six-months of 2015 (1H 14: $447m), is about $1.7bn for the year, which stands at about 50% and 63% of Air France’s and Lufthansa’s cargo revenues, respectively.United Cargo, which claims now to have captured the top position in both cargo volume and revenue among US passenger carriers, is nevertheless a similar in size to its domestic rivals. Its revenues declined more slowly, though, at -1.3% over the three months ended 30 June, but they were up 7% to $471m in the first half of the year.If the Americans are serious about cargo, European expansion could come from deeper ties with their ailing German and French rivals – neither of which has much cash, but both have precious traffic rights. Of course, the hot topic right now is expansion abroad in their core passenger businesses, not cargo.Far EastAt the end of July, Delta secured a 3.55% stake in China Eastern Airlines, “a move that would make it the first US carrier to own part of a Chinese airline,” news agency Reuters pointed out. “Delta’s purchase challenges rival United Continental, the leading US airline for service to China,” it added. United told The Loadstar that its leadership position there was a “key to our growth plans”.But there are a few reasons why these carriers would do well to pay attention to their home markets and their cargo operations before making a foray abroad. In early July, United estimated that “passenger revenue per mile, a key benchmark, fell between 5.25-5.75% in the second quarter, consistent with analyst expectations,” according to AFP.While disappointing “versus earlier quarter hopes, it did not deteriorate more than expected, said Barclays,” AFP added. At the time, American also trimmed its forecast “for adding seat capacity in 2015 up 1%, down from the 2% growth previously planned (…) the move is seen as likely to promote higher seat prices.”In mid-July, Delta’s boss said that the group planned to cancel orders for 60 new planes from Boeing and Embraer after pilots voted against a new multi-year contract. Earlier this week, Delta said that passenger unit revenues in July dropped 3% on a comparable basis – a strong dollar, lower surcharges in international markets and excess seats weighed down its performance.On top of all this, about a month ago the US Justice Department announced an investigation over “possible unlawful coordination” concerning all three carries, news of which pushed down the shares of all the major US players in the industry.So, there are bigger issues than cargo and Cecil the lion, of course, but there may be soon more than pride at stake if core operating cash flows deteriorate fast and hefty fines hit. Then, analysts and investors will want to know the full details of every single line of business, particularly those – such as cargo – that are unlikely to make their cost of capital. There is a strong sense of pride, as well as rivalry, in the US airline industry. Details matter, but it doesn’t look like any of the major players – the so-called Big Three – is paying enough attention to some hidden assets in their portfolios – namely, cargo assets.Closely monitored by investors, suppliers and customers, the largest US carriers have fought hard in recent years to survive and then to secure the lion’s share of the market to the apparent benefit of their shareholders, who have recorded outstanding returns since the end of 2013, after a very difficult stint in the wake of the credit crunch five years earlier.Ever since, the US airline industry has gone through big changes, as testified by the merger between American Airlines and US Airways – a tie-up that created the biggest carrier in the world, in a deal that was inconceivable until the early years of the century, but granted survival to both in 2013.Now all the major carriers are looking at expanding their core passenger businesses abroad rather than drafting survival plans, which is a great achievement, really, but here at The Loadstar we also wonder whether they could kindly provide us some clarity on their cargo plans in Europe and elsewhere. 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Knockbeg Army all set for Leinster ‘A’ U-16 football final

first_img Pinterest Knockbeg Army all set for Leinster ‘A’ U-16 football final Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Wednesday, March 6, 2019Next articleEuropean parliament are one step closer to scrapping clock changes – Clune Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Home Sport GAA Knockbeg Army all set for Leinster ‘A’ U-16 football final SportGAAGaelic Football WhatsApp The Knockbeg Army will be out in full force this afternoon as they will go for Leinster U-16 ‘A’ football championship glory.The final will take place in either O’Moore Park or Ratheniska at 12.30pm and standing in their way are North Leinster champions Martist of Athlone.The game is provisionally scheduled for O’Moore Park but a pitch inspection will have to be carried out on the venue this morning following heavy overnight rain.This Knockbeg team are coached by Laois senior football captain Stephen Attride and his fellow teacher Conor Ronan.Knockbeg’s journey to this stage began last year when they were put in a tough group which comprised of Wexford duo St Peter’s and Good Counsel.The year started off on a low point with the away trip to St. Peter’s. Knockbeg went into the game with high expectations for the year but a good display from a well drilled St. Peter’s saw them prevail by 3-6 to 0-6.Knockbeg had to regather themselves after the disappointing loss as another tough task was on the horizon with the visit of Good Counsel College. This time the team performance was far better, and they beat Good Counsel comfortably. The score finished 6-10 to 1-8.The group of three was finely balanced as all teams had one win and one loss but due to points difference St. Peter’s topped the group, Knockbeg finished second and Good Counsel third. Community Pinterest St Peter’s progressed straight through to a semi final while Knockbeg and Good Counsel had to play quarter finals.Knockbeg drew Naas CBS in the Quarter Final and a fine first half display saw them run out 5-18 to 3-11 winners. Newbridge were next up for Knockbeg where a Bryan McMahon hat-trick helped them to a 6-9 to 3-7 win. That set up a South-Leinster showdown with the side who had beaten them in Round 1 – St Peter’s of Wexford.But this time Knockbeg were different and they built up a first half lead thanks to an Oisin Byrne goal and won by 1-14 to 0-7 in the end to be crowned champions.Knockbeg were in bonus territory now but they weren’t content with just showing up as they faced Dublin champions Colasite Eoin.Following a topsy-turvy affair in Blessington last week, Knockbeg came back from behind on more than one occasion to see off their opponents.A late Colin Dunne point forced extra time where Knockbeg went on to win 5-14 to 2-14 in the end. The Knockbeg team contains players for Carlow and Kildare but the majority come from Laois.Killeshin, St Joseph’s, Ballylinan, Crettyard, Arles-Killeen, Graiguecullen, Barrowhouse, Annanough and Arles-Kilcruise all have players on the panel.Best of luck to the lads this afternoon!PATH TO THE FINALSL R1: Knockbeg 0-6 St Peter’s 3-6SL R2: Knockbeg 6-10 Good Counsel 1-8SL QF: Knockbeg 5-18 Naas 3-11SL SF: Knockbeg 6-9 Newbridge 3-7SL Final: Knockbeg 1-14 St Peter’s 0-7L SF: Knockbeg 5-14 Colaiste Eoin 2-14 (AET)L Final: Knockbeg v Martist AthloneKNCOKBEG PANEL: Seán Dollard (Killeshin); Jamie Kelly (St Joseph’s), Orrie Doran (Killeshin); Brendan McDonald (Killeshin), Tomás Byrne (St. Joseph’s), Shane Buggy (Éire Óg), Jesse McEvoy (Ballylinan), Ciarán Burke (Crettyard); Ian Shanahan (St. Joseph’s); Oisín Hooney (St. Joseph’s), Colin Dunne (Arles-Killeen), Oisín Doyle (Clonmore), Bryan McMahon (Palatine), Oisín Byrne (Arles-Killeen), Fionn Bergin (Grangenolvin) Lee Byrne(Graiguecullen), Dáire Brophy (Tinryland), Adam Fennelly(Tinryland), T.J. Burke (Barrowhouse), Ben Crotty (Éire Óg), Michael Hosey (Tinryland), Conall Bergin (Grangenolvin), Oisín Nolan (Castledermot), Brian O’Sullivan (Crettyard), Oisín O’Reilly (Graiguecullen), Kevin Lambe (Arles-Killeen), Rory Lawlor (Annanough), Joseph Morrin (St. Josephs), Darragh Murphy (Arles-Kilcruise), Seán Tuomey (Na Fianna Óg), Micheál Downey(Ballylinan), Karl O’Hara (Palatine), Lee Shannon (Palatine), Jake Dore (St. Patricks), Adam Deay (Clonmore), Michael Wall(Arles-Killeen) WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Twitter SEE ALSO – Laois GAA chiefs back Doheny O’Moore Park fight bid Podcasts Council TAGSKnockbeg College By Alan Hartnett – 6th March 2019 Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Talking Sport Podcast: County finals galore, international call ups and Mike Henchy interviewlast_img read more

N. Korea focuses on ending ship-based smuggling on border

first_img Facebook Twitter North Korea hikes “party contributions” Russia-based workers must pay by 30-55% News AvatarSeulkee JangSeulkee Jang is one of Daily NK’s full-time journalists. Please direct any questions about her articles to [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store North Korean authorities recently ordered that ships travelling near the Sino-North Korean border must have a security official on board as part of efforts to crack down on smuggling, Daily NK has learned.  “The order concerns ships travelling along the Yalu River and states that they must have a Ministry of State Security [MSS] agent on board,” a source in China told Daily NK on June 25. “The order applies to all ships, regardless of whether they are container ships or fishing boats, and irrespective of their affiliation or purpose.” Earlier this month, the MSS announced that anyone caught engaging in criminal activity near the border, including smuggling and attempting to defect, will be subject to strong punishments rather than rehabilitative measures, such as time at a forced labor camp. The announcement of several measures pertaining to illegal activity near the border in the space of a month demonstrates how sensitive North Korean authorities are to smuggling and information leaks in the area. BREAKING CORRUPTIONThe order is also aimed at preventing corruption between local security officials and smugglers, according to the source. Since it is common for smugglers to bribe local security officials, the MSS will reportedly send agents from the central government rather than local officers to work on the ships. Smugglers say that the new order will only lead to more expensive bribes. “You can earn up to RMB 10,000 [around USD 1,412] a day taking goods across the Yalu River,” the source said. “Because there’s so much money to be made, the measures won’t stop the smuggling. Smugglers will just have to pay higher bribes to the security officials.” It takes bribes of around RMB 5,000 to RMB 7,000 [USD 700 to USD 1,000] to pay off security officials, the source said, adding, “Smugglers are complaining that instead of reducing smuggling, [the new measures] will simply push up the cost of doing business.”Please direct any comments or questions about this article to [email protected] in Koreancenter_img News North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) News TAGSMinistry of State Securitysino-north korean borderships SHARElast_img read more

COJ’s Company Rules Gazzetted

first_imgAdvertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Company Rules of the Companies Office of Jamaica (COJ) have been gazetted, which means that they are now part of the legislation under which the COJ operates.The Company Rules govern the standards for submitting and accepting documents for registration, as well as selecting company names and certifying overseas documents.Speaking with JIS News, Removal and Restoration Supervisor at the COJ, Sharon Prendergast, pointed out that the practices contained in the Company Rules “existed before but have now been formally published as part of the law”.Mrs. Prendergast explained that the only significant change in the practices of the COJ on the implementation of the rules, relates to the certification of overseas documents. “Previously under the old Companies Act, the information could have been certified by a notary public but with the rules now gazetted, we ask that for registration, the certification be done by an official of the body, which has custody of the original documents,” she outlined. In relation to the selection of a company name, Mrs. Prendergast informed that under the rules, a company cannot be registered with a name that is identical or similar to that of an existing company already registered under the Act, which would likely cause confusion in the marketplace. It also goes further to say that the company’s name should not infringe on a registered trademark or be misleading or offensive in any way.Turning to the standards for documents to be filed with the COJ, Mrs. Prendergast told JIS News that the rules stipulate that documents must be filed in letter size, with margins of at least an inch and a half at the top and an inch on each side.She added that “documents being submitted to the COJ must be free of correction fluid.if corrections have to be made to documents that you are submitting, you need to strike it through once, make an initial by the section that you have corrected and proceed with completing your document.”“We are asking that all documents be signed and should clearly state the capacity of the person who is signing,” she said adding that the documents will not be registered if they do not meet the standards outlined in the Company Rules. RelatedCOJ’s Company Rules Gazzetted RelatedCOJ’s Company Rules Gazzettedcenter_img RelatedCOJ’s Company Rules Gazzetted COJ’s Company Rules Gazzetted UncategorizedSeptember 16, 2006last_img read more

Agriculture Ministry Gets Sponsorship Cheques for Hemispheric Meeting

first_imgAgriculture Ministry Gets Sponsorship Cheques for Hemispheric Meeting AgricultureSeptember 1, 2009 Advertisements RelatedAgriculture Ministry Gets Sponsorship Cheques for Hemispheric Meeting RelatedAgriculture Ministry Gets Sponsorship Cheques for Hemispheric Meetingcenter_img RelatedAgriculture Ministry Gets Sponsorship Cheques for Hemispheric Meeting FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, was today (Sept. 1) presented with two sponsorship cheques totalling $4, 050,000 (US$ 45,000) towards the staging of two important international conferences on agriculture in Montego Bay St. James next month.The conferences are part of activities to mark the Inter-American Institute for Co-operation on Agriculture (IICA)-organised Week of Agriculture and Rural Life of the Americas from October 25 to 31.During the brief handing over ceremony held at the Ministry’s Hope Gardens location in Kingston, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Jamaica Broilers Groups of Companies, Christopher Levy handed over $2, 250,000 (US$ 25,000), while Head of Digicel Business, Jamaica, Niall Sheehy gave $1, 800,000 (US$20,000).Dr. Tufton said that he was appreciative of the sponsorship, noting that “your identifying with the event, will obviously help to stimulate the richness of the event, but also, as commercial entities, there is an opportunity for you to expose yourself to a very wide marketplace, and there is certainly an opportunity for you to develop relationships that will move way beyond the particular event.”Mr. Levy said that Jamaica Broilers was pleased to support the event, which was being held in Jamaica and the English-Speaking Caribbean for the first time. The meeting, he said, was a critical step in ensuring food security across the region.Mr. Sheehy, for his part, informed that Digicel will be the main telecommunications provider for the event, with business media rooms to be set up, with internet and voice services, where journalists can make phone calls, file news reports and conduct interviews.Themed, ‘Building Capacity for Enhancing Food Security and Rural Life in the Americas,’ the one-week meeting will bring together agricultural policy makers within the hemisphere to discuss matters of importance to agriculture.“It involves countries that are developing as well as countries that are developed. It is a week of activities that seeks to expose research, current trends, new developments, challenges, and also to stimulate relationships that will augur well overtime for the agricultural sector,” Dr. Tufton informed.Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, (centre) accepts a $1, 800,000 (US$ 20,000) representational cheque from Head of Digicel Business, Jamaica Niall Sheehy (second left) during a handing over ceremony at the Ministry on Tuesday (Sept. 1). The cheque will go towards the staging of two conferences to be held in Montego Bay St. James, as part of the Week of Agriculture and Rural Life of the Americas from October 25 to 31. Sharing the occasion are (from left): Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Donovan Stanberry; Digicel’s Sales and Distribution Director, Jason Corrigan; and Inter-American Institute for Co-operation on Agriculture (IICA) Representative in Jamaica, Cynthia Currie.IICA Representative in Jamaica, Cynthia Currie, said that the week-long event will place focus on the private sector component “which we think is going to be very important because getting the private sector on board of course, is absolutely key to the sustainability of the growth of Jamaican agriculture in particular, but we can spread that across the region.”Participating delegations will attend two meetings: The Fifth Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture and Rural Life, in the context of the Summit of the Americas process; and the Fifteenth Regular Meeting of the Inter-American Board of Agriculture (IABA), which the highest governing body of IICA.The Fifth Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture and Rural Life in the Americas, will mark the culmination of the 2008-2009 Ministerial Process, with participants focussing on the implementation of the AGRO 2003-2015 Plan, which is the shared long-term agenda for promoting the sustainable development of agriculture and the rural milieu.The Ministerial Process is a hemispheric effort focussing on dialogue, consensus building and commitment, and encompassing a number of objectives and strategic actions the goal of which is the sustainable development of agriculture and the rural milieu.It focusses on the implementation of the Ministerial Agreement adopted at the Fourth Ministerial Meeting held in Guatemala in 2007, and seeks to develop a broad-based approach to thinking and acting in agriculture, and promote agricultural and non agricultural stakeholders working together to improve farming and rural life in the Americas.The Fifth Ministerial Meeting will look at the challenges that countries face in promoting the development of agriculture, improving the standard of living in the rural population, and achieving food security.The current and potential contribution of the private sector to food security, food imports, food production, injection of capital, value-added production, agro-industry and technological developments will also be discussed.The meeting is expected to conclude with the adoption of a Hemispheric Ministerial Agreement, to be implemented by the countries of the region with the support of IICA and other relevant organisations.last_img read more

Measures to reduce harm from storm overflows to be made law

first_imgMeasures to reduce harm from storm overflows to be made law Measures to reduce sewage discharges from storm overflows will be put into law, the government confirmed today (Monday 29 March), as part of an ambitious agenda to build back greener from the pandemic.During wet weather, storm overflows act to prevent sewers becoming overloaded with a combination of sewage and rain and release diluted wastewater into rivers. However, their use has increased in recent years as climate change has led to greater rainfall and water infrastructure has not kept pace with population growth.Reducing the reliance of water companies on storm overflows is important to help cut pollution in waterways, and earlier this year the Government announced it was working with Philip Dunne MP on shared ambitions to tackle high levels of sewage in our rivers, following the introduction of his Private Member’s Bill in 2020.This ambition has now been turned into action, with the government confirming that a number of key policies will be made law. This will create three key duties to oversee some of the changes needed to improve our water environment:a duty on government to publish a plan by September 2022 to reduce sewage discharges from storm overflows;a duty on government to report to Parliament on progress on implementing the plan; anda duty on water companies to publish data on storm overflow operation on an annual basis.This builds on the work already underway by the Storm Overflows Taskforce, set up in September 2020 to bring together government, the water industry, regulators and environmental NGOs to accelerate progress in this area.Through the Taskforce, water companies have committed to increase the number of overflows they will improve over the next five years. This means a further 800 overflows will be investigated and nearly 800 improved between 2020 and 2025.The government expects to consult on potential options for ways to eliminate harm from storm overflows to take forward later this year.Environment Minister Rebecca Pow said:Putting new commitments to improve our rivers into law is an important step forward to cut down the water sector’s reliance on storm overflows.This step is one of many – but an important one nonetheless – to provide greater protection for our water environment and the wildlife that relies on it.I would like to thank Philip Dunne for his commitment to championing this vital cause as we continue to work with him and others to make real progress in this area.Philip Dunne, MP for Ludlow and Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, said:I introduced my Private Members Bill to help tackle the scourge of sewage discharges polluting our waterways. Due to the impact of the pandemic on the Parliamentary timetable, I have been working to encourage the Government to adopt the key principles of my Bill.I am delighted that the Environment Minister has honoured her pledge to seek a legislative route to give effect to the main objectives: from the Government updating Parliament on the progress it is making in reducing sewage discharges, to placing a duty on water companies to publish storm overflow data.Today’s commitment by the Government means all the hard work with campaigners and colleagues in Parliament over the past year is not wasted and we shall work in the next session to find the best route to turn this into statute.The Environmental Audit Committee is also holding an inquiry at present into measures to improve the water quality of our rivers, so I am also looking forward to the recommendations which emerge being able to inform the next stage of the Government’s work to improve water quality.Chair of the Environment Agency Emma Howard Boyd said:We all have a responsibility to protect our water environment and I am pleased to see government accelerating the delivery on its pledge to drive further improvements and reduce the reliance of the water sector on storm overflows.While storm overflows play an important role in not overloading our sewers, it is vital that water companies strive to keep their use to an absolute minimum. Our changing climate will put more pressure on our drainage network so it’s great to see this commitment to action.We look forward to working with the government, the Taskforce and Philip Dunne MP to bring about the urgent changes needed to protect our precious water environment so we can enjoy clean and healthy rivers for generations to come.While today’s announcement sees the government take a leading role in driving forward the action needed to enhance the health of our rivers, the work of the Taskforce so far has also highlighted the importance of close collaboration – across government, industry, businesses and the public at large – to eliminate harm from storm overflows given the scale of the challenge and the time it will take to achieve.Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of The Rivers Trust, said:We welcome this further announcement from the government, which includes legal duties on the government and water companies. We look forward to understanding specific details on how this legislation will be introduced.Delivering a plan will require contributions from the whole of society, in particular landowners, housing developers, highway constructors and homeowners, to divert clean water away from sewers. People also need to play their part by not flushing oil, sanitary products, nappies and other unflushables down drains and sewers where they cause blockages.This concerted action needs to be driven by the government with legislation and funding for infrastructure and public education. We are delighted that Philip Dunne’s Private Member’s Bill, which The Rivers Trust has supported from the outset, has led to this step change. /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:climate change, education, environment, Government, Howard, industry, infrastructure, legislation, Minister, operation, pandemic, parliament, pollution, UK, UK Government, Wastewater, water quality, wildlifelast_img read more

WATCH: Clark County TODAY LIVE • Wednesday, April 14, 2021

first_img High school basketball practice has started for the big schools in Southwest Washington, and Battle Ground’s Kaden Perry is hoping to make more memories with his Battle G…Read more When eligibility changes on Thursday, anyone who is 16 years or older can schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination.Read more Listings in Clark County increased 32 percent from February to March, but still down 8 percent from a year ago.Read more WATCH: Clark County TODAY LIVE • Wednesday, April 14, 2021Posted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Wednesday, April 14, 2021in: Newsshare 0 Woodland’s first graders learn about one of the Pacific Northwest’s biggest industries from an expert in the field WATCH: New vaccine appointments available at Tower Mall ; A look at real estate listings and building permits ; PeaceHealth implements new lung-searching robot ; Battle Ground basketball player headed to Gonzaga after one more season ; Woodland first graders learn about logging. With Gonzaga in the future, Kaden Perry thrilled for one more Battle Ground season Posted by ClarkCountyToday.com|Tuesday, April 13, 2021 |in : YouthWoodland's first graders learn about one of the Pacific Northwest's biggest industries from an expert in the field center_img Real estate listing shortage still exists; building permits on the rise Posted by Ken Vance, Editor|Wednesday, April 14, 2021 |in : NewsReal estate listing shortage still exists; building permits on the rise Posted by Paul Valencia|Wednesday, April 14, 2021 |in : SportsWith Gonzaga in the future, Kaden Perry thrilled for one more Battle Ground season Posted by Ken Vance, Editor|Wednesday, April 14, 2021 |in : NewsFirst-dose COVID-19 vaccination appointments available at Tower Mall First-dose COVID-19 vaccination appointments available at Tower Mall North Fork Elementary School students learn about the logging industry from Jim Morris, owner of Morris Trucking NW and father of Kimberly Miller, first grade teacher at…Read more AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Battle Ground TigersBIA of Clark Countybuilding permitsCano Real EstateClark CountyClark County TodayClark County Today LiveClark County Washingtoncollege basketballcoronavirusCovid-19educationforestsGonzaga Universityhigh school basketballKaden PerryLatestLive Broadcastlocal newslogginglungsMorris Trucking NWNorth Fork ElementaryPeaceHealthreal estaterobotscienceTower Mall Vaccination Sitetruckingvaccination appointmentsvaccinesWoodland Washingtonshare 0 Previous : Letter: ‘Homeowners can improve the chances that their loved ones, their property, and the firefighters responding will survive a wildland fire by following some simple guidelines’ Next : Clark County Historical Museum to reopen ThursdayAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Global survey finds buyers want EVs priced at $47k, with 468-km range

first_img COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS See More Videos The results of the study (dubbed “Accelerating the Evolution”) found that to achieve mass adoption, electric cars must, on average, offer 31-minute charging times; 468 km of range; and have a base price of US$36,000 (CDN$47,250).The price was the biggest factor for adoption, according to consumers, with charge time and range following in importance. Some 61 per cent of buyers are adopting a wait-and-see approach, hoping that battery technology will improve vastly before purchasing.Fleet managers are equally cautious, with 54 per cent of them saying they would wait for competitors to switch before doing so themselves.RELATED Motor Mouth: Can electric vehicles sell without incentives? The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Why would an oil company commission a study to find out when EVs become viable? Well, Castrol’s hoping to diversify its products, and will soon offer “e-fluid” lubricants for EVs. advertisement Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 At a perfectly legal 100 km/h, the Leaf used about 20 kilowatt-hours per 100 kilometres. That works out to about 310 kilometres — a far cry from the 349 which Nissan claims, but it’s hardly worth mentioning. But bump up your speed to 130 km/h, however, and things go to hell in a hand-basket.  Handout / Nissan First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened Electric car sales have now surpassed stickshift sales in the U.S.“An equally critical challenge is helping consumers understand that, in many cases, the future that they want from electric vehicles is closer than they may think,” the study summarizes.So when will the tipping point occur? Some automakers have gotten close to reaching one or two of the criteria, but capturing the trifecta is a different story. Most consumers surveyed said they would consider buying an electric car by 2024, while the study itself predicts mainstream adoption will occur by 2032 in the U.S.; 2025 and 2027 in India and China; and 2031 in France. Trending Videos We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. RELATED TAGSNissanFlexElectric CarsElectric VehiclesNew VehiclesFlex Electric cars are becoming more and more popular, but most people are still a long way away from switching to plug-in power and away from reliable gasoline vehicles, Green Car Reports reports.Oil company Castrol commissioned a global survey to find out the tipping point where most consumers would be willing to take an EV over a fuel-burning car as a viable transportation option.The study surveyed 9,000 consumers, 750 fleet managers, and 30 automotive industry professionals in the United States, United Kingdom, Norway, France, Germany, India, China, and Japan. 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 Trending in Canada ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

‘PSAs elicited high levels of discomfort among young adult smokers in different countries’

first_img‘PSAs elicited high levels of discomfort among young adult smokers in different countries’ PSAs are effective strategies to spread public health warnings. Dr Nandita Murukutla, VP Global Policy & Research, Country Director-India, Vital Strategies, in an interaction with Viveka Roychowdhury, explains how the ‘TB-Cough’ PSA launched by The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoH&FW) on this year’s World No Tobacco Day, was developed and implemented with technical support from Vital StrategiesWhat are the strategies to gauge the effectiveness and impact of Public Service Announcements (PSAs) like the ‘TB-Cough’ film launched by MoH&FW, Government of India?These Public Service Announcements (PSAs) are pre-tested among representative focus groups to gauge their effectiveness. The key messages must be understandable and memorable, with the effect of changing the viewer’s knowledge and attitudes about the harms of tobacco. This research also seeks to identify any potential for improvement, so the PSA can be amended to ensure maximal effectiveness when it airs.‘TB Cough’ was very highly rated in a rigorous message testing exercise, where 20 focus group discussions (with 10-12 respondents in each group) evaluated 16 different PSAs. These PSAs included warning messages about smokeless tobacco, bidi and cigarettes, and second hand smoke exposure, as well as TB and tobacco.Further analysis can be conducted to help evaluate the campaign’s impact. Typically, this is undertaken through a nationally-representative household survey of tobacco users, conducted by a reputable research agency. The best time to run the evaluation is soon after the campaign ends, and ask respondents questions about topics including whether they recall the campaign and what they think about tobacco use after viewing the campaign.What have been the most effective PSAs in India and globally? How did these help shape public health policy?Studies published to date show that PSAs can be highly effective in communicating the serious health harms of tobacco use and in prompting intention to quit and quit attempts across high-, medium- and low- income countries. They are an integral part of the W (Warn) in the WHO MPOWER framework of proven, cost effective interventions to reduce tobacco use.Evidence from more than four decades of tobacco control mass media social marketing campaigns in High Income Countries (HICs) shows that strong graphic messages that evoke negative emotions are consistently best at delivering attitudinal and behaviour change. The public is more likely to recall these PSAs, think about them, and discuss them with others (National Cancer Institute, 2008). They can also help to shape public health policy, as they can build support for policy change, prompt behavioural change, and influence social norms around tobacco use ( http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10810730.2011.601395 ).The ‘Ten Country Study’In Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs), including India, the ‘Ten country study’ (Wakefield M, Bayly M, Durkin S, et al. Tobacco Control (2011) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21994276) found that three PSAs, featuring graphic images of the serious health harms of smoking, performed consistently highly across all countries. Two of these ads showed diseased human tissue or body parts, and a third used a disgust-provoking metaphor to illustrate how tar accumulates in smokers’ lungs.These PSAs elicited high levels of message acceptance and personalised perceived effectiveness (‘I understand this message and feel it applies to me’) and consistently high levels of discomfort (which is effective in encouraging behaviour change) among a sample of young adult smokers in different countries.In comparison, a different PSA called Bubblewrap was used to illustrate smoking-related emphysema. This PSA did not achieve consistent results across different countries partly because the bubblewrap metaphor is complex and the PSA did not generate feelings of discomfort in the viewer.PSAs that feature the experiences of real victims of tobacco can be highly effective, but a PSA featuring the personal testimonial of a female smoker with lung cancer (Zita) also elicited a variable response – scoring highly in Mexico, the Philippines and India, but lower in Bangladesh, Russia and Indonesia. One of the issues with this PSA is that in some countries, the lack of explicit references to smoking impeded comprehension.The Ten Country Study suggests that what worked best in HICS also will work best in LMICs. Using graphic imagery to communicate the serious harms of smoking and provide reasons to quit can generate universally high understanding and engagement. These PSAs often employ imagery that viewers can relate to, no matter where they live, as internal body parts look the same in every country. This also means they can be easily adapted for broadcast in different countries, as many do not feature actors. Findings from recent anti-smoking mass media reviews also indicate that these types of ads perform well across a range of demographic and socioeconomic population groups. Disgust is a universal response, and fear can be a strong motivator for behaviour change, if used correctly.India’s experienceThe Government of India launched a national television and radio mass media campaign, Mukesh, featuring a smokeless tobacco victim. It ran for six weeks during November and December 2009. The campaign affected smokeless tobacco users as intended: 63 per cent of smokeless-only users and 72 per cent of dual users (i.e, those who consumed both smoking and smokeless forms of tobacco) recalled seeing the PSA, primarily on television. The vast majority (over 70 per cent) of those aware of the campaign said that it made them stop and think, was relevant to their lives and provided new information. 75 per cent of smokeless-only users and 77 per cent of dual users said that it made them feel concerned about their habit. Campaign awareness was associated with better knowledge, more negative attitudes towards smokeless tobacco and an increase in quitting intentions and behaviours among smokeless tobacco users.What are the most important components of such PSAs, in terms of designing content, reach etc?Vital Strategies adopts a best-practice, strategic and evidence-based approach to health communications, based on proven theories and models of communication and behaviour change. We advocate a “breakthrough” model which begins with strategic planning, formative research and behaviour analysis, followed by communication planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. When applied effectively and within the appropriate context, strategic communications can be a powerful tool for achieving changes in social norms around tobacco use. The costs, time and effort involved in producing a new mass media campaign can seem formidable, so Vital Strategies encourages governments to adapt existing, proven, effective PSAs to enable them to implement campaigns more rapidly and cost-efficiently. The savings made on production costs and time mean more resources can be concentrated on media placement, to achieve the greatest possible reach.A recent paper analysing Vital Strategies’ use of “Raw and Real” campaigns that feature real tobacco victims (Tahir Turk et. Al, Tobacco Control, July 2016. http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2016/07/18/tobaccocontrol-2016-052968) confirms that messages developed and used effectively in HICs can be successfully translated and adapted for use in LMICs, but that more localised, culturally sensitive approaches are also required. Personal testimonial PSAs that are culturally appropriate (like Sunita) and employ emotional appeals, graphic disease depictions and other effective techniques, are highly cost-effective and increase the campaign’s efficiency in terms of target audience recall and other metrics.What is Vital Strategies’ involvement in such projects?Vital Strategies – an NGO headquartered in New York City (US), with a regional office in New Delhi (India) – is one of the five global partner organisations in the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, which includes the World Health Organisation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Initiative assists countries (including India) that have the highest burden of tobacco use, working with governments and civil society to help them reduce their country’s burden of tobacco-related disease through the implementation of proven policies and programmes. Vital Strategies’ team of strategic health communication and policy advocacy experts provides technical assistance to governments around the world, enabling them to implement cost-effective, best practice social marketing campaigns. These campaigns support policy change as well as tobacco cessation efforts, mainly using well-tested, proven graphic imagery and highly emotive PSAs to communicate the health harms of tobacco.We use an evidence-based, strategic health communication programming model. Our approach is iterative, collaborative and audience-focussed, using insights from stakeholders and research findings to inform decisions about the best ways to effect behaviour change. We employ a comprehensive range of processes including identifying problems and populations at most risk, defining the programme’s behavioural objectives, identifying an overall strategic approach, articulating key messages, media production (development of PSAs), message-testing, selecting communication tools and channels, and post-campaign evaluation. In addition, we have built a multi-language online resource of low-cost and no-cost PSAs, health warnings and supportive materials (at http://www.mediabeacon.org/tobacco-control/) to enable governments to more rapidly and cost-effectively select and adapt proven, impactful campaigns.In India, Vital Strategies has supported the MoH&FW, Government of India (GOI), in the design and implementation of 15 national tobacco control communication campaigns. Vital Strategies also helps the MOHFW to amplify its messages through earned media activity and social media campaigns that run in parallel with the mass media campaigns. 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