Media enquiries The UK congratulates President Paul Biya on his re-election. We remain deeply concerned about the deteriorating situation in the Anglophone regions, which continue to suffer from high levels of violence and human rights abuses perpetrated by both security forces and armed separatists. The UK calls on the Government of Cameroon to now take urgent action to address the crisis in the Anglophone regions. We hope that President Biya will reach out to all sections of Cameroonian society and work to build confidence and trust. It is crucial for all parties to engage in a peaceful and structured process leading to constitutional reforms, as previously set out by the President, and avoid excessive use of force. The UK is concerned at the worsening humanitarian situation in the Anglophone regions and the impact this is having on the lives of ordinary people. We call on all parties to grant full and unhindered humanitarian access to the affected population. The UK will continue to work alongside the international community to encourage and support efforts to resolve the Anglophone crisis. It is vital that all parties now work together to secure a peaceful future for all Cameroonians. For journalists Email [email protected] Further information Following the recent elections in Cameroon, the Minister for Africa Harriett Baldwin said: Follow Foreign Office Minister Harriett Baldwin on Twitter @hbaldwin Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook
Source: TescoTesco is rolling out what it claims is the UK’s largest network of recycling points for soft plastic, including bread bags.The recycling points are being placed in 171 stores in the south west of England and Wales with plans to roll them out to all large stores nationwide. This will be the first time that the UK has had a network of collection points of this size dedicated to the material, it claimed.Bread bags will be among the plastic collected alongside fruit and vegetable packaging, crisp packets, salad bags, and pet and baby food pouches as well as clingfilm and other soft plastics.Once collected, the plastic will be sent for recycling where it is washed, sorted and processed before being turned into new packaging. It will be used to pack items such as food and household products.The roll out follows a successful 10-store trial where customers responded positively, returning more than 10 times the expected amount of plastic, said the retailer. The material has already been used to produce food-grade packaging for a selection of Tesco cheeses.Most councils don’t collect soft plastic from homes for recycling and it therefore often goes to landfill or incineration, it added. However, LDPE bread bags can also be collected for recycling alongside other types of plastic bags at a number of major supermarkets.“It is an absolute priority to remove and reduce as much plastic as possible and ensure everything we use is recycled and kept out of the environment,” said Tesco director of quality, Sarah Bradbury.“Where plastic serves an important purpose such as reducing food waste, these new recycling points make sure that every piece can be easily recycled. Trials have shown they are popular with customers, so we believe rolling them out at scale will have a real impact.”Some of the UK’s biggest bread players have sought to improve the recycling rate of bread bags in recent years. Hovis, for example, launched a bread bag recycling programme in 2019 with recycling firm TerraCycle while Allied Bakeries added a recycling logo to the front of Kingsmill and Burgen bread bags to encourage more consumers to recycle them.
Harvard scientists have identified a method to help reduce autism symptoms in mice, a finding that could one day lead to new insight into how the disorder affects the brains of humans.In a July 31 study described in Neuron, Takao K. Hensch, a professor of molecular and cellular biology and of neurology, and Nadine Gogolla, now a group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Germany, found that boosting inhibitory neurotransmission early in brain development could reverse deficits in sensory integration associated with autismlike symptoms.“Despite ample evidence in humans that the insula [a brain region] is deeply involved in hallmarks of the social brain, such as empathy, pain, and urges, this is the first attempt to characterize its development in an experimentally tractable model,” said Hensch, who also serves as the director of the NIMH Conte Center at Harvard, which investigates the developmental origins of mental illness.Working in Hensch’s lab, Gogolla developed an assay for visualizing and quantifying sound-touch integration in the mouse insula by imaging intrinsic fluorescence of flavoproteins directly reflecting neuronal activity.Hensch’s team focused on the insular cortex in the brains of a particular inbred type of mouse, called BTBR, that is often used as a model of idiopathic autism. The researchers found that the parvalbumin basket cells, a group of inhibitory interneurons already suspected in autism and other psychiatric disorders, showed decreased expression of inhibitory marker proteins and electrophysiological activity.Treating newborn mice with a benzodiazepine shortly after birth, the team strengthened inhibitory neurotransmission and prevented deficits in multisensory integration. When administered to adult mice, however, the same treatment proved ineffective.The finding suggests there may be a critical period for maturation of multisensory integration in the insula, which is regulated by excitatory-inhibitory balance and crucial for healthy social development. The authors noted that the critical period overlaps with the emergence of rodent social play behavior, which relies on vocal and forepaw interactions.Further study of the critical period may help researchers gain a better understanding of the core pathology in autism and other psychiatric disorders where multisensory integration is affected, and could ultimately lead to the development of novel therapies or biomarkers for early diagnosis.Intriguingly, the researchers said, the rescue of multisensory integration with drug treatment in young BTBR mice correlates with an improvement in repetitive grooming behavior, an established phenotype in many mouse models of autism.Since the BTBR mice are hyper-responsive to sound but show a weaker insula response when sound and touch stimuli are presented together, the excessive grooming behavior — long viewed as pathologic — could actually be an adaptive response. Hensch hopes to study whether the voluntary tactile stimulation afforded by self-grooming is being used to dampen the heightened insular activity caused by undesired visceral or auditory input, and whether these observations can provide new insight into repetitive behaviors and sensory processing abnormalities in human autism.
As we enter the fall season and the 11th anniversary of the Lehman collapse, the overnight funding markets have come under stress. The common themes behind the dislocation are corporate taxes, mid-month treasury auctions, global uncertainty, quarter-end and the upcoming Federal Open Market Committee meeting. On September 17th, the Federal Reserve injected $75B of repo into the markets to combat the situation. The strategy helped calm the markets as overnight repo rates on the 18th traded down in the 2.40% range from as high as 10% the day prior. However, the Fed Funds rate traded above the Fed Target rate signaling the Fed will need to take additional action to control policy rate (see Figure 1). Although there is stress in overnight markets, the economy as a whole is in better shape than it was in 2008. Figure 1In addition, the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) followed suit and spiked at 5.25, up 3.25 from the prior week (see Figure 2). The concern, however, is that there is not enough liquidity to meet the funding demands of the markets and that extended increased rates will have a negative effect on the broader economy. The markets are looking for confirmation from the central bank that they will provide necessary liquidity to support the markets’ demands.Figure 2All eyes are on the Federal Open Market Committee to see if additional tools will be enacted to remove the pressure to provide liquidity and stabilize rates. The large institutions are still using LIBOR-based models to match assets, which was not disconnected like the Fed Funds and/or SOFR. However, depending on funding structures, they may be at a competitive disadvantage to overnight funding.Through the recent repo and SOFR market turbulence, LIBOR has remained much less volatile (see Figure 3). Figure 3On September 18th, the Fed made its second rate cut of the year to 1.75% – 2%, and said “a more extensive sequence of cuts” was on the table, if appropriate. They also lowered the IOER rate to 1.80%. The Fed appears to be reluctant to take aggressive measures, but has been slowly moving in that direction over the past several months with two rate cuts and bringing back repo operations. It remains to be seen if the Fed resuming overnight repo operations after a decade is a sign of more trouble in funding markets ahead, and a potential return to some type of outright securities purchases through a QE-type program on the horizon. Or, if it’s nothing more than a return to using a pre Lehman tool for providing market liquidity and the “big picture” market calm continuing. CONCLUSIONLiquidity is on the forefront of concern again. For financial institutions, when structuring wholesale funding options, it is critical to construct stable sources that are predictable though varying market conditions. The key components are to establish funding agreements, pricing indices within a structured bandwidth to avoid pricing dislocations as we are currently experiencing and diversification to avoid concentration. The goal is to stabilize funding levels through diversified sources while avoiding market noise. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,James Lutter D. James (Jim) Lutter is the Senior Vice President of Trading and Operations at PMA Financial Network and PMA Securities where he oversees PMA Funding, a service of both companies … Web: pmafunding.com Details
Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 22 Apr 2020 2:38 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.3kShares Arsenal are in talks to sign Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid (Getty Images)Arsenal are in talks with Atletico Madrid over a deal for Thomas Partey, according to the midfielder’s father.Reports have claimed that Mikel Arteta has been impressed with Partey’s performances for Atletico and has urged Arsenal’s hierarchy to make a move at the end of the season.The Ghana international has a a €50 million (£47m) release clause in his current deal with Atletico, and the Spanish club are looking to tie him down to a new contract which would see his clause raised to €100m(£93m).But Partey’s father, Jacob, has now revealed that Arsenal are attempting to negotiate a fee with Atletico before a new contract can be signed.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I called my son after hearing the rumours and he told me that the rumours are true,’ Jacob Partey, who was speaking in Ghana, told Tru FM’s ‘Sports World Show’. Thomas Partey’s father confirms talks over Arsenal transfer Thomas Partey has a €50m (£47m) release clause in his contract with Atletico Madrid (Getty)‘He told me they are holding talks between him and Arsenal.‘It all depends on the offer Atletico are demanding. If he goes to Arsenal fine, they have a lot supporters in Ghana.‘I will be happy if he decides to move to Arsenal. What they are discussing now is how Atletico will release him.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMeanwhile, Arteta admitted last week that Arsenal are keeping their options open ahead of the transfer window as the club’s final Premier League position will have a major impact on who they will sign.‘We have a lot of meetings to try and plan the season,’ said the Arsenal manager.‘We might have one, two, three different scenarios and we have to be prepared for all of them.‘I’m not a person that likes improvising a lot so we have to know that the circumstances can change every week and we have to be prepared as a club to react to that and adapt.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement
David Plank, Head of Australian Economics at ANZ. Source: Linkedin. High rise apartments in Brisbane’s West End. Picture: Mark Calleja.And despite the doom and gloom around Brisbane’s inner-city apartment market, Mr Gradwell said those oversupply concerns were no longer warranted, with attached dwelling completions reaching a peak in 2017.“Even though there’s still a strong pipeline of work in 2018 and 2019, the worst of that supply increase is behind us,” Mr Gradwell said.“We’re seeing demand is picking up now because Brisbane and the rest of Queensland’s population growth is really improving and confidence is pretty strong and that’s likely to accelerate.” OWNERS PAID THOUSANDS, SOLD FOR MILLIONS In good news for property investors in Brisbane, new figures from SQM Research show the rental vacancy rate fell to 2.9 per cent in May — the fifth straight monthly decline. “We believe that a rise in interstate migration is lifting population growth rates in Brisbane plus the peak in unit completions is creating this turnaround in the rental market,” SQM Research managing director Louis Christopher said. Brisbane home prices have only declined modestly. Image: AAP/Glenn Hunt.ABS chief economist Bruce Hockman said regulatory changes and tighter lending conditions had continued to impact investors, who were more active in the Sydney and Melbourne markets than Brisbane.“These cities have seen strong price growth over recent years particularly in detached dwellings,” Mr Hockman said. RENOVATION ADDS $158,000 TO SALE In its report, ANZ said “weakness in Australia’s housing market has persisted longer than we expected” and now sees the RBA starting to raise rates in August 2019, not May as originally predicted, with a second rate hike in November.The bank expects home prices around the country to fall by 4 per cent in 2018 and a further 2 per cent in 2019. The Reserve Bank of Australia kept interest rates on hold at 1.5 per cent at its last board meeting. Image: AAP/Peter Rae.But ANZ’s head of Australian Economics, David Plank, said he did not expect that to derail Australia’s economic outlook because it reflected a regulatory-induced tightening in the supply of credit rather than tighter monetary policy.“We think, as a result, that the impact on the economy will be less pervasive,” he said. A house for sale in the Brisbane suburb of Stafford. Image: AAP/Glenn Hunt.HOUSE prices in Sydney and Melbourne are set to slump 10 per cent as the nation faces a property correction, but Brisbane will be“insulated” from the storm, one of the nation’s biggest banks predicts.A report released by ANZ Bank reveals it expects the Queensland capital’s improving economy and population growth to “soften the extent of near-term price falls” driven by tighter credit and higher interest rates next year. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE ANZ senior economist Daniel Gradwell said Brisbane was in a much better position than Sydney and Melbourne, with home prices likely to stabilise — not fall — in 2019.“Brisbane hasn’t seen the same growth, so it’s likely to be insulated from that,” Mr Gradwell said. ANZ Bank has downgraded its outlook for house prices. Image: AAP/Joel Carrett.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoIt comes as official figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday show residential property prices fell 0.7 per cent nationally in the first three months of the year — led by the two biggest cities.Sydney recorded the third straight quarter of falling property prices (-1.2 per cent) and the first annual price fall (-0.5 per cent) since the March quarter of 2012, while Melbourne home prices fell 0.6 per cent.Brisbane home prices also declined 0.6 per cent during the quarter, but they are up 1.6 per cent on the same time a year ago. LAVISH BRISBANE SKY HOME SELLS AT HUGE DISCOUNT
Family First NZ has been in attendance at the World Congress of Families in Georgia. The event was hosted by Levan Vasadze (shown left, and below with Bob McCoskrie). His son was in the Auckland Rugby Academy, and we met him in Utah last year. We even watched the Rugby World Cup final together (he was supporting the All Blacks) and gave him an All Blacks shirt.Family First NZ is a partner of the World Congress (a fact that will send Craig Young in to a hissy fit).Background:The WCF regards the natural family as “the fundamental social unit, inscribed in human nature, and centred on the voluntary union of a man and a woman in the lifelong covenant of marriage. The natural family is defined by marriage, procreation and, in some cultures, adoption. Free, secure, and stable families that welcome children are necessary for healthy societies. History has shown that those societies that abandon the natural family as the norm are destined to decline and even extinction. The loving family reaches out in love and service to their communities and those in need. All social and cultural institutions should respect and uphold the rights and responsibilities of the family.”Central to the mission of the World Congress of Families is the celebration of and advocacy for the natural family, described by the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights as “the natural and fundamental group unit of society” and, as such, “entitled to protection by society and the state.” The UN declaration also observes that “men and women of full age…have the right to marry and found a family.” And the WCF believes the natural family is the foundation of a free and prosperous society, as well as the cradle of civilization. It is also far and away the best environment in which to raise children.The WCF is an affiliation of scholars, government and ecclesiastical leaders, as well as advocates who focus on all issues relevant to the welfare of children and family. At present, it has 42 organizations in 14 countries, on five continents, affiliated as partners. From 1997 to 2015, WCF held eight international Congresses—Prague (1997), Geneva (1999), Mexico City (2004), Warsaw (2007), Amsterdam (2009), Madrid (2012), Sydney (2013) and Salt Lake City, Utah, USA in 2015 – and now Georgia in 2016.
President Donald Trump, tweeted “The FBI, local and state law enforcement are working together in El Paso and in Dayton, Ohio. Information is rapidly being accumulated in Dayton. Much has already be learned in El Paso. Law enforcement was very rapid in both instances. Updates will be given throughout the day!”Victims have been treated at four different hospitals and it is believed that number is rising9 dead in mass shooting in Dayton https://t.co/lCVwbo97VG pic.twitter.com/0PkS6oCDOs— The Hill (@thehill) August 4, 2019 Another mass shooting in the last 24 hours has claimed the lives of nine people and injured 16. Police say this triggerman used a long gun open fire on a crowd of people within 24 hours of a horrific shooting in El Paso Texas that claimed 20 lives an injured 26. Police say the shooting began at about 1AM this morning on East Fifth Street in the Oregon district of the city.The shooter, who has not been identified, fired multiple rounds using a long gun, was killed by police outside of Ned Peppers Bar. He was wearing a bulletproof vest and had extra magazines. Mayor Nan Whaley said that police responded to the shooting in less than a minute. The motive is unknown at this time Fortunately, Dayton olice were in the area and quickly shot the gunman dead to prevent further bloodshed. The motive is unknown.
Bio Latest Posts Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] ELLSWORTH — Whether runners were wearing various shades of red, white and blue, camouflage-patterned clothing or anything else of note, Ellsworth had a patriotic feel in the air early Sunday morning.A total of 130 runners gathered at the Down East Family YMCA’s James Russell Wiggins Center on Sunday for the this year’s edition of the Veterans Remembrance Road Race. The fourth annual running of the race, which took place behind the Wiggins Center on Pond Street, stretched a total of 4 miles and featured runners as young as 9 years old and as old as 79.Prior to the race, a commemorative walk was held in which a number of contestants carried stones the entire length of the course. Those stones were engraved with the names of fallen soldiers.Among the stone carriers were Jason and Kristin Partridge of Bangor, both of whom are veterans themselves. The two hoisted their stones, which they said contained the names of former Air National Guard members, over their shoulders as they crossed the finish line.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“All these runners are very dedicated to their veterans and honoring what they fought so hard for,” DEFY Fitness Director Robin Clarke said. “They’ve done a lot of research on their soldiers.”One runner proudly held up a Wounded Warrior Project flag in his right hand from start to finish. Two others, James Perry of Eastbrook and Adam Murphy of Bangor, wore American flag-colored body suits that covered everything from their toes to their eyes the length of the race.Despite any possible hindrances that resulted from their festive attire, both Perry and Murphy placed in their respective age groups. Perry finished first among 20-29 men, and Murphy was second in the 40-49 grouping.Spectators applaud Judson Cake as he approaches the finish line at the Veterans Remembrance Road Race on Nov. 12 in Ellsworth. Cake won the race with a time of 21 minutes, 37 seconds. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLElsewhere at the front of the pack, 39-year-old Judson Cake of Bar Harbor was the race’s top finisher with a winning time of 21 minutes, 37 seconds. Ellsworth High School’s Matt Shea finished exactly three minutes behind him to claim second place.Rounding out the top five were Ellsworth’s Rob Shea, Dedham’s Jim Hunt and Tremont’s Stanley Grierson. The top female finisher was Winterport’s Cecilia Dube, whose time of 27 minutes, 31 seconds earned her sixth place overall.Age group winners from Ellsworth were Matt Shea (men, 10-19), Rob Shea (men, 40-49) and Lloyd Harmon (men, 70-99). Second-place award winners from the city were Andrew Kephart (men, 30-39) Jamie Harding (women, 30-39), Tom Kirby (60-69) and Nancy Patterson (women, 60-69).All veterans were allowed to compete in the race for free with valid military identification. A total of 21 veterans competed in the event, and a portion of the proceeds benefited The Summit Project and the Maine Veterans Project.The next scheduled road race in Hancock County will be the Santa Run 5K, which will be held Dec. 3 at the Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School. Registration begins 8 a.m. on race day, and the event will begin at 10. Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020
February 12, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPresbyterian (9-16, 6-6) vs. Radford (15-9, 10-2)Dedmon Center, Radford, Virginia; Thursday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Radford looks for its eighth straight win in the head-to-head series over Presbyterian. In its last seven wins against the Blue Hose, Radford has won by an average of 8 points. Presbyterian’s last win in the series came on March 3, 2016, a 65-64 victory. FEARLESS FRESHMEN: Presbyterian’s Cory Hightower, Michael Isler and Zeb Graham have collectively scored 38 percent of the team’s points this season, including 40 percent of all Blue Hose scoring over the last five games.DIALING IT UP A NOTCH: The Blue Hose have scored 67.3 points per game against conference opponents so far, an improvement from the 58.8 per game they managed against non-conference foes.FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Carlik Jones has either made or assisted on 54 percent of all Radford field goals over the last five games. The senior guard has 43 field goals and 32 assists in those games.SCORING THRESHOLDS: Radford is 0-5 when its offense scores 61 points or fewer. Presbyterian is a perfect 5-0 when it holds opponents to 62 or fewer points.COLD SPELL: Presbyterian has lost its last four road games, scoring 66.5 points, while allowing 78 per game. Radford looks to extend streak vs Presbyterian DID YOU KNOW: Radford has committed a turnover on just 16.7 percent of its possessions this season, which is the second-best percentage among all Big South teams. The Highlanders have turned the ball over only 10.8 times per game this season.___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com