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FTSE 100 sinks into the red as coronavirus spreads across China

first_img There are fears the already relatively weak Chinese economy will be hit by the coronavirus outbreak (AFP via Getty Images) The fall in stocks came ahead of another meeting of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) emergency committee. It will decide whether the coronavirus outbreak constitutes an international health crisis. Share whatsapp WHO decided against labelling the coronavirus a global emergency when it met last week. But cases have grown rapidly since then. Meanwhile, British Airways, Lufthansa and Virgin Atlantic have suspended flights to mainland China. There are fears the already relatively weak Chinese economy will be hit by the coronavirus outbreak (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: FTSE 100 back in the red as coronavirus surpasses Sars outbreak Nervous investors bought so-called safe-haven assets as they sold shares. The yield on the 10-year US Treasury bond fell two basis points (0.02 percentage points) to 1.564 per cent, a level not seen since October. Show Comments ▼ Google and Ikea are the latest global firms to close operations in China. Much of the country remains in lockdown during an extended Lunar New Year holiday, raising fears that the virus will damage an already relatively weak economy. Coronavirus has now killed 170 while the number of infections has risen to 7,700. There were around 5,200 cases of Sars, which claimed around 800 lives in 2002 and 2003. FTSE 100 back in the red as coronavirus surpasses Sars outbreak There are fears the already relatively weak Chinese economy will be hit by the coronavirus outbreak (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: FTSE 100 back in the red as coronavirus surpasses Sars outbreak Thursday 30 January 2020 8:57 am Australian citizens arrive from Wuhan last week wearing masks in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus In Europe, Britain’s FTSE 100 had dropped 0.7 per cent by 8.45am. Germany’s Dax was down 1.1 per cent, and France’s CAC 40 fell 1.2 per cent. whatsapp More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com The Hong Kong stock index shed 2.6 per cent overnight after falling three per cent the previous day. Japan’s Nikkei 225 fell 1.7 per cent, while South Korea’s Kospi also dropped 1.7 per cent. John Redwood, chief global strategist for broker Charles Stanley, said: “The spread of the coronavirus has upset the bullish markets that started 2020. There will be an immediate impact on the Chinese economy.” The UK’s own evacuation of 200 Brits has been delayed until at least tomorrow. They will be quarantined for two weeks when they arrive back in Britain. The FTSE 100 fell sharply in early trading today as European stocks sank into the red after the number of coronavirus cases surpassed the total for the Sars outbreak in the early 2000s. “Consumer confidence is likely to fall, and in the worst affected cities people are not going to the shops or out on the streets,” he said. “But as confirmed cases are found in the USA, Japan, France and other countries, all share markets fall.” “With concerns about the economic impact of the coronavirus rising unabated, risk aversion has again dominated,” said Chris Scicluna of Daiwa Capital Markets. Countries are evacuating their citizens out of the Hubei province, where the virus originated. Australia, South Korea, Singapore and New Zealand are quarantining evacuees for a fortnight regardless of whether they show symptoms. 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UK govt scientists looking at how to ease lockdown faster for remote areas

first_imgThe chief scientific adviser to the Ministry of Defence Dame Angela Maclean today said location “was a huge focus” for government scientists when looking at lockdown restrictions and that the UK’s islands were “particularly interesting”. Restrictions have been lifted for more than a week now, however a further 545 people died in the UK from Covid-19 today bringing the total to 35,341. This could be implemented as early as 1 June. A couple walk on the causeway leading to the Corbiere lighthouse in Jersey, Channel Islands (Getty Images) Also Read: UK government scientists looking at how to ease coronavirus lockdown faster for remote areas Share The lockdown was eased for the whole of England, however Johnson said the government would consider making decisions on a regional basis in the future. “Islands are a very special case, which are particularly interesting, but there are also other parts of the country. whatsapp “The spread of infection across the country is quite diverse, quite heterogenous and that does of course raise interesting questions particularly as we get into this right down to what we should do about that.” The government’s top scientists are looking at ways of lifting the lockdown at a faster rate in remote parts of the UK that have very few or no coronavirus cases. Boris Johnson eased the government’s lockdown earlier this month as a part of a three-stage easing of restrictions. A couple walk on the causeway leading to the Corbiere lighthouse in Jersey, Channel Islands (Getty Images) The government’s next phase of easing the coronavirus lockdown will see primary schools open and “non-essential retail stores” opened in England with social distancing restrictions. A couple walk on the causeway leading to the Corbiere lighthouse in Jersey, Channel Islands (Getty Images) Also Read: UK government scientists looking at how to ease coronavirus lockdown faster for remote areas The next stage, which will be no earlier than 4 July, will see some parts of the hospitality sector re-open. When asked at today’s press briefing if the lockdown could be lifted for Britain’s islands or remote areas without Covid-19 cases, Maclean said: “I can tell you for sure location is a huge focus of ours at the moment. UK government scientists looking at how to ease coronavirus lockdown faster for remote areas Johnson was clear when the road map was announced that if infections spiked then the government would act to re-enact parts of lockdown if necessary. Show Comments ▼ Tuesday 19 May 2020 6:36 pm whatsapp Stefan Boscia last_img read more

Chinook salmon are getting smaller, and researchers say killer whales may be to blame

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | Fisheries | Oceans | SoutheastChinook salmon are getting smaller, and researchers say killer whales may be to blameDecember 30, 2019 by Eric Stone, Alaska’s Energy Desk Share:Chase Hanis poses with his 2017 winning king salmon. (Photo courtesy Ketchikan CHARR King Salmon Derby)Chinook salmon, also known as king salmon, are getting smaller, and a team of scientists at the University of Washington think they know why. A new study says killer whales might be behind Chinook’s declining size.Chinook salmon are an important part of life in Southeast Alaska. Part of the prized fish’s value is its size. Chinook are the largest Pacific salmon.But in the last two years, returns have been low. Ketchikan, Wrangell and Petersburg all saw their king salmon derbies cancelled in 2018 and 2019. And forecasts for 2020 don’t look much better.But it’s not just their numbers that are declining.University of Washington researcher Jan Ohlberger published a paper last year that shows Chinook are getting smaller, too. Up to 10 percent smaller.That discovery intrigued the researcher.“The question is, what is the cause of that?” said Ohlberger in a recent phone interview.A causal claim is difficult to make. Correlation, of course, doesn’t always imply causation. So, Ohlberger and his team started modeling the effects of several hypothesized causes of the decline in size. They looked at environmental factors such as climate, changes in the salmon’s prey, and even competition with other salmon species. Ohlberger’s team also looked at the effect of commercial and sport fishing, since fishermen, of course, prefer larger fish. But over the last 50 years, researchers say the impact of fishing has shrunk. Of course, humans aren’t the only animals who love to snack on Chinook.“Killer whales currently are estimated to consume more adult fish — more adult Chinook salmon — than fishery catches take,” Ohlberger said.Killer whale populations along the Alaska coast are booming. And they love big ol’ kings. “Resident killer whales specifically prey on Chinook salmon, and have a preference for the largest fish,” Ohlberger said.Ohlberger said his simulations show that killer whales’ preference for larger salmon may explain the decline in Chinook size.“These killer whales are having an effect on Chinook salmon not only on numbers, but specifically on the mean sizes — and they likely have induced some evolutionary change,” he said.As killer whales pick off the biggest salmon, that leaves smaller Chinook to reproduce.What does this mean for wildlife managers tasked with sustainably managing Chinook populations?“If killer whales are contributing to these coast-wide trends, any local management action needs to be put in a broader context,” Ohlberger said.Ohlberger said the findings could give officials a broader picture of what’s happening to Chinook populations up and down the Pacific coast. And that can help guide management decisions.“So, increasing abundances or hatchery production of Chinook salmon down here might be less effective given that there is a lot of predation,” he said.He said if managers have better information about what’s eating what, they can make more informed decisions about how to best protect the struggling Chinook.Ohlberger’s study is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Share this story:last_img read more

City jobs drive UK productivity as sector grows: Average finance worker contributes £85,000 to the economy each year

first_img Show Comments ▼ Sunday 21 December 2014 11:57 pm Express KCS City jobs drive UK productivity as sector grows: Average finance worker contributes £85,000 to the economy each year whatsappcenter_img whatsapp The City is continuing to punch above its weight to boost productivity in the economy, figures out today reveal.Around 2.1m people now work in the finance and professional services industry across the nation.  This represents only 7.2 per cent of the UK’s workforce, but contributes 12 per cent of the UK’s £1.5 trillion total GDP. Figures by TheCityUK, based on 2013 year-end ONS data, found the average worker in financial and related professional services contributes £85,000 to the UK economy per year – nearly double the £47,000 UK average. The industry continued to rebound from the financial crisis, with employment levels at their highest since the onset of the crash and an additional 34,000 new jobs created in 2013.  Of that, 16,000 were based in London. Just under half of these were in the government-touted northern  powerhouse of the regions around Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and Newcastle, underlining chancellor George Osborne’s focus on creating another centre to balance London. However, the same data showed Leeds, Liverpool and Newcastle had a net loss of jobs in the sector. Chris Cummings, chief executive of TheCityUK, said: “These figures emphasise the significant contribution the financial and related professional services industry makes to the UK’s  economy and its central role in driving economic growth. “It is vital that the UK continues to remain an attractive  destination for foreign direct investment and that its status as a leading international financial centre is maintained… It is also critical to ensure the ongoing competitiveness of the UK and its ability to continue to create jobs and build a strong growing economy.”   Share Tags: Northern powerhouse projectlast_img read more

US supply data sends oil prices tumbling again

first_img Video Carousel – cityam_native_carousel – 426 00:00/00:50 LIVERead More Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictUndoPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunUndoComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndoGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesUndo CRUDE oil prices fell again yesterday, on news that US stockpiles rose again last week.Global benchmark Brent crude was back to trading below $50 per barrel, despite earlier gains, in a marked departure from the three-day bull market seen over the last few days of August. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) also fell, to trade around $43.55. The latest numbers from the Energy Information Administration, out yesterday afternoon, show that US crude inventories rose by 4.67m barrels to 455.4m barrels in the week to 28 August. Meanwhile, gasoline inventories fell slightly, by 271,000 barrels.“The report is mixed in that it is bearish for crude oil, but somewhat supportive of refined products,” said John Kilduff at Again Capital. “Crude oil imports re­bounded markedly and refinery utilisation fell again, allowing for the substantial crude oil inventory rise.”Yesterday’s report followed numbers from the American Petroleum Instit­ute on Tuesday, which showed an increase in crude stockpiles of 7.6m barrels.Analysts at IG said the latest US data – coming alongside Saudi Arabia oil production well above its quota under the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries – made it “clear that the supply glut dominating the oil market is not over”. “With US driving season out the way, demand will certainly wane into the winter months, and with Iran bringing increasingly more crude to market, there is a good chance that oil prices could fall once more,” the spread betting group added.Meanwhile, analysts at Barclays yesterday warned that oil is “set for a rapid slowdown in import growth” in China. Several commentators have pointed to concerns over the Chinese economy as a factor driving oil prices down. However, Malcolm Graham-Wood, analyst at HydroCarbon Capital, said that, following a rise of nearly 30 per cent over the past week, “it was inevitable that the oil price would come off”. He added: “Still, we are over five bucks up on this time last week so mustn’t really complain.” Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Texas governor said he plans to strip the Legislature’s paybusinessinsider.com whatsapp Sharecenter_img Express KCS Thursday 3 September 2015 5:14 am whatsapp US supply data sends oil prices tumbling again Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Rare meteorite falls on UK driveway, could contain ‘ingredients for life’

first_imgCNN – Fragments of a rare space rock were discovered on a Cotswolds driveway and could answer questions about the history of the solar system and life on earth. A fireball streaked across the sky over the United Kingdom and Northern Europe on Feb. 28 — it was an uncommon kind of meterorite. Scientists recovered nearly 11 ounces from the Gloucestershire town of Winchcombe. They said the rock was formed by carbonaceous chondrite. The substance contains some of the most pristine and primitive material in the solar system. It has been known to have organic material and amino acids, which are needed for life. There are approximately 65,000 known meteorites on Earth. Only 1,206 have been witnessed to fall, and of these, only 51 are carbonaceous chondrites, according to the Natural History Museum in London. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Jeff Bezos to go to space on first crewed flight of Blue Origin rocket June 8, 2021 Solar orbiter mission captures sun blasts that could disrupt technology on Earth May 19, 2021 Advertisement AdvertisementTags: Spacecenter_img Space Force commander fired after criticizing the United States military May 17, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementThousands of people saw the meteorite fall around 9:54 p.m. It was speeding at nearly 14 kilometers per second before hitting Earth’s atmosphere. Footage of the fireball shot by members of the public and the UK Fireball Alliance camera networks helped locate the meteorite and determine exactly where it came from in the solar system, the museum said.“Nearly all meteorites come to us from asteroids, the leftover building blocks of the solar system that can tell us how planets like the Earth formed. The opportunity to be one of the first people to see and study a meteorite that was recovered almost immediately after falling is a dream come true!” said Ashley King, UK research and innovation future leaders fellow in the department of earth sciences at the Museum. Curiosity rover spots colorful, sparkling clouds on Mars June 2, 2021 Advertisementlast_img read more

Why you need to hear about Blackberry Hearing …

first_img Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GAA Facebook WhatsApp Facebook GAA Many people suffer hearing loss with age, so that by age 70, many of us already need help.Recent studies indicate that our mental wellbeing is affected by hearing loss. If you or someone you know is suffering from hearing loss then they should get in touch with the team in Blackberry Hearing.Blackberry Hearing offers advanced hearing aids at significantly lower prices than many other retailers.Blackberry Hearing was established in 2015 by John Ryan and Dave Gleeson who drew on their long business experience to provide quality solutions at the best prices with exceptional customer care.“We built the business from scratch around the principles of affordability, transparency, quality and customer care”, says John.There is a government grant to help you purchase hearing aids and while eligibility depends on PRSI payments. most people are eligible.The grant is worth €500 per hearing aid or €1000 per pair. With Blackberry Hearing’s affordable pricing, you can buy a Widex Dream 330 hearing aid for €499 inclusive of grant.Always available on the phone, Blackberry Hearing provides clear information on pricing, grant eligibility and the clinic locations. We explain if you qualify for the grant and we can book you into a FREE Hearing Consultation at a clinic near you. You may purchase on the day and we guarantee customer satisfaction or your money back.Blackberry Hearing hold over 70 clinics nationwide and employ degree level or masters level audiologists only.Click here to request a free consultation or contact the team on 01 6978470. In addition you can check out the Blackberry Hearing Facebook page here.SEE ALSO – What the customers say about Blackberry Hearing TAGSBlackberry Hearing Why you need to hear about Blackberry Hearing … Twitter Pinterest Previous articleLaois Chamber to be revived as CEO position is advertisedNext articleLaois minor hurlers confirm panel, captain and vice-captain LaoisToday Reporter Home Sponsored Why you need to hear about Blackberry Hearing … Sponsored Twitter 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory GAA WhatsApp Pinterest By LaoisToday Reporter – 25th April 2019 last_img read more

Business sentiment down slightly, but remains positive

first_img Canadian Press Leading indicators signal steady rebound: OECD Share this article and your comments with peers on social media graph with canadian flag grkistock/123RF A new survey by the Bank of Canada suggests overall business sentiment has weakened slightly, but continues to be positive.The central bank’s business outlook survey indicator decreased slightly, but remains elevated as responses to almost all the survey questions were holding above their historical averages. Economy lost 68,000 jobs in May “Plans to increase investment and employment, often supported by sales expectations, are widespread, especially in the services sector,” the bank said.The survey results come ahead of the central bank’s next interest rate decision set for Jan. 9 when it will also release its updated outlook for the economy.Over the next 12 months, the survey suggested that firms expect sales growth to stabilize, while those linked to western Canadian oil prices and to housing in some regions expect demand to weaken or remain subdued and sales growth to moderate.The price of oil, which has fallen to under US$50 per barrel from more than US$75 in early October, has countered the boost from resolved trade negotiations, said CIBC chief economist Avery Shenfeld.“NAFTA was no longer up the air, but the weakness in oil prices was enough to send the Bank of Canada’s outlook survey to less rosy readings in the fourth quarter,” he said in a note.He said the survey showed a solid balance of opinion pointing to growth in capital spending and net hiring next year, but not enough to prompt a rate hike in the new year.“All told, not enough for a rate hike in January, but some ammunition for Poloz to claim that higher rates will later be needed,” he said referring to Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz.The survey showed expectations of future sales were down, likely from the energy sector, but there were other positive signs, said Toronot-Dominion Bank senior economist Brian DePratto in a note.“Elsewhere however, there are a few areas to cheer: order books remain decent, investment intentions solid, and hiring plans are healthy.”He said higher lending rates may be hitting personal borrowers, but don’t look to have translated into tightened conditions for business.The indicator of investment spending on machinery and equipment pulled back slightly, but the survey found intentions are still solid.On balance, plans to hire more workers continue to be widespread and similar to the previous survey.The survey based on interviews with senior managers of about 100 firms was done from Nov. 5 to Nov. 28. Keywords Economic indicatorsCompanies Bank of Canada Related news Household debt-to-income ratio fell in first quarter: Statscan Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

TSX dips to lowest level since February

first_img Related news Canadian Press Keywords Marketwatch In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 4.74 points at 24,819.78. The S&P 500 index was down 7.61 points at 2,744.45, while the Nasdaq composite was down 120.13 points at 7,333.02.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of US74.24¢ compared with an average of US73.93¢ on Friday.The July crude contract was down US25¢ at US$53.25 per barrel and the July natural gas contract was down US5.1¢ at US$2.40 per mmBTU.The August gold contract was up US$16.80 at US$1,327.90 an ounce and the July copper contract was up one penny at US$2.65 a pound. 123RF S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Canada’s main stock index dipped to its lowest level since February despite gold prices hitting a three-month high on heightened trade concerns.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 21.60 points to 16,015.89. TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

Defence Secretary hails support for military families

first_imgDefence Secretary hails support for military families Speaking as he officially received Andrew Selous MP’s ‘Living In Our Shoes’ report into the needs of service families, which was published last June, the Defence Secretary said progress has already been made against many of the report’s recommendations.These include a £200 million cash injection for vital improvements and renovations to service family and single-living accommodation and the launch of the Partner Career Support Programme Pilot, which provides online career advice and mentoring to spouses and partners of service personnel.In addition, military families across several defence sites have benefitted from the roll out of the ‘wraparound childcare’ pilot, which so far has provided children of service personnel aged 4-11 with free breakfast and after-school care.Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said:My thanks go to Andrew Selous and his team for compiling such a thorough and valuable report. I’m pleased we’ve already made significant progress with initiatives such as free childcare and giving service families more choice and flexibility about where they live.Without service families, our Armed Forces couldn’t do their job, so it’s vital they receive the best support possible to live, work and bring up a family.We will shortly be introducing new legislation to strengthen the Armed Forces Covenant and make the recognition and care of service families a national priority.Fulfilling a manifesto commitment, the Armed Forces Bill will seek to strengthen the Covenant in law, helping ensure that service personnel, their families and veterans are not disadvantaged because of their service.Minister for Defence People and Veterans Johnny Mercer said:Armed Forces families are at the very heart of our military and it is only right that we do everything we can to guarantee service personnel and their loved ones are not disadvantaged due to the unique nature of service life.The wellbeing of our Armed Forces goes beyond the MoD and we will continue to work with the devolved administrations, the charitable sector and across government to take forward Andrew Selous’ recommendations as we refresh our UK Armed Forces Families Strategy.The refreshed Forces Families Strategy, to be published this summer, seeks to make life in the Armed Forces community an attractive place to raise a family, helping them to embrace the rewarding aspects of service life and overcome its unique challenges.To build on a range of government initiatives brought in to support veterans over the past year, the Ministry of Defence will also introduce new measures to help Armed Forces personnel and their families prepare for transition to the civilian world from the beginning of their service career.These include the development of a life skills training package such as personal monitoring and assessment tools. This follows last year’s publication of the Defence Holistic Transition Policy which provides an additional layer of support for service personnel during their departure from service into civilian life. /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:career, childcare, children, community, Defence, Family, Government, launch, legislation, military, Minister, Secretary, UK, UK Government, veterans, Wallacelast_img read more