Minister Conor Burns resigns after ‘intimidating’ member of the public

first_img Show Comments ▼ Share Listen to our daily City View podcast as we chart the economic fallout and business impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Conor Burns (left) with former UKIP leader Nigel Farage in 2018. (Getty Images) “Burns stated that his father had made extensive attempts over a period of years to reach a settlement on repayment of that loan,” the committee report read. The letter was over a loan dispute that Burns’ father was having with a company. The minister said he was getting in contact on behalf of his father to try and sort the matter. The report said: “This penalty reflects our view that the abuse of privilege for personal or family gain cannot be viewed as anything but a serious failure to uphold the values and principles of the House of Commons Code of Conduct, and that any member should be aware of this before behaving in the way he did. He was previously a parliamentary private secretary to Johnson when he was foreign secretary. Conor Burns (left) with former UKIP leader Nigel Farage in 2018. (Getty Images) Also Read: Trade minister Conor Burns resigns after ‘intimidating’ member of the public in dispute Trade minister Conor Burns has resigned after it was found he had abused his position to “intimidate a member of the public” in a dispute concerning his father. “We further recommend that Mr Burns should apologise in writing to the House for his breaches of the Code of Conduct by way of a letter to Mr Speaker, and that he should apologise in writing to the complainant as the injured party.” by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStorybonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyGloriousaDrone Captures What No One Was Supposed to SeeGloriousaNews SharperChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoNews Sharperzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach Raider The complaint concerns a letter written by Burns to a member of the public on House of Commons paper on 6 February. “Boris Johnson will continue to have my wholehearted support from the backbenches.” The House of Commons standards committee today recommended the minister be suspended for seven days.center_img whatsapp Burns told the standards committee that he believed he “was adhering to the guidance on the limited use of stationery for personal correspondence”. However, the committee found he was in breach of the code, because he “put personal interest before the public interest by suggesting that he would take advantage of his public office to pursue his father’s financial dispute”. An investigation upheld a complaint that Burns, a long-standing ally of Boris Johnson, used parliamentary stationery to “deal with a purely personal family interest and that Mr Burns was attempting to use parliamentary privilege to secure payment for his father”. The code of conduct for MP’s states that “modest use of stationery…for personal correspondence ispermitted”. Stefan Boscia Burns was elected as MP for Bournemouth West in the 2010 General Election. Trade minister Conor Burns resigns after ‘intimidating’ member of the public in dispute whatsapp Conor Burns (left) with former UKIP leader Nigel Farage in 2018. (Getty Images) Also Read: Trade minister Conor Burns resigns after ‘intimidating’ member of the public in dispute The Bournemouth West MP resigned from his post as trade minister shortly after the committee report was released. Monday 4 May 2020 11:53 am He tweeted: “With deep regret I have decided to resign as minister of state for international trade. last_img read more

432,761 refugees and migrants have crossed the Mediterranean in 2015, more than doubling total for 2014

first_img Share 432,761 refugees and migrants have crossed the Mediterranean in 2015, more than doubling total for 2014 Friday 11 September 2015 4:09 pm 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 FunUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoTheFashionBallAlica Schmidt Is The Most Beautiful Athlete To ExistTheFashionBallUndoBridesBlushThis Is Why The Royal Family Kept Quiet About Prince Harry’s Sister BridesBlushUndo whatsapp A total of 432,761 people crossed the Mediterranean so far in 2015, according to data released today.The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said that over double the amount of people who made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean in 2014 have already made the journey in 2015. Read more: How much would it cost the UK to let in all the asylum seekers?The IOM said the jump was due to a greater influx of Syrians from the Turkish coast to nearby Greek islands.The IOM also said 175,375 migrants from Syria have reached Greece in 2015.The number of Afghans, the country that accounts for the second most refugees, crossing the Mediterranean also rose to 50,177 from 32,414.Read more: Refugee quotas to be imposed across EU as Juncker warns “the bell tolls”This comes after Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, announced there would be binding quotas for the amount of refugees European Union countries accept.Prime Minister David Cameron announced earlier this week the UK will take up to 20,000 Syrian refugees in the next five years, but Germany has already said it could take 500,000 a year for the coming years. More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.com James Nickerson Show Comments ▼ whatsapplast_img read more

Harvard Medical School eases up on contentious ethics rule

first_img By Melissa Bailey Nov. 30, 2015 Reprints Tags ethicsHarvard Medical Schoolresearch HealthHarvard Medical School eases up on contentious ethics rule The Harvard Medical School has changed its ethics rule governing how much of an equity stake its faculty can have in certain companies. David L Ryan/The Boston Globe Harvard Medical School has created more wiggle room in one of its conflict-of-interest rules, after complaints from professors that the policy was hampering them from turning lab discoveries into treatments that could help people.The change, announced Nov. 20, affects medical school faculty who are conducting basic science experiments — fundamental research in test tubes and animals, not in human beings. It’s the first change to emerge from a review of the school’s conflict-of-interest rules that began in January.The ethics rules, put in place in 1990, included a measure barring faculty who own equity in a private company from receiving grants, lab materials, or other contributions from that company. The same prohibition held for faculty with over $30,000 in equity in a publicly traded company. advertisement Now Harvard Medical School Dean Jeffrey Flier has agreed to offer more wiggle room by letting faculty petition the school’s ethics committee for an exception to the rule. If they can show the benefits of the research outweigh the potential risks of conflict — and put in safeguards to manage that potential conflict — they’ll be allowed to accept contributions from a company in which they have equity. The move brings Harvard Medical School “in line with what leading organizations in academic medicine have recommended,” including the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Institute of Medicine, said Campbell.“Nobody wants conflict-of-interest rules to stop basic research if the conflict can be managed,” he said.The school also lifted the $30,000 cap for publicly traded companies, saying instead that faculty who accept sponsored research from a company cannot own equity amounting to over 1 percent of that company’s value.Dr. Donald Ingber, who directs Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, called the changes “subtle” but “a move in the right direction.” “Whenever there’s greater flexibility, it increases the likelihood of greater translation” of discoveries into clinical applications, he said, which is the goal of the Wyss. “The higher the wall, the more difficult it is to jump over that wall,” he said. “This’ll make it a little bit easier to collaborate.”Dr. Robert Mayer, the Harvard Medical School professor who chairs the committee that is reexamining the conflict-of-interest rules, said his group recommended this change after reviewing 1,600 faculty surveys, conducting a literature review, comparing policies at peer institutions, and hearing testimony from faculty. The committee is still reviewing another rule related to clinical trials and expects to make final recommendations by April. Until two weeks ago, implementation of that policy was among the strictest in the nation because it did not allow faculty to routinely petition for exceptions, according to Eric Campbell, a Harvard Medical School sociologist who studies these policies. The rule affects not just professors who work directly for the school, but 12,000 faculty across Harvard’s affiliated clinical sites, including five major academic teaching hospitals. Harvard came under pressure from faculty and some hospital administrators to change that policy amid a growing national debate about whether strict conflict-of-interest policies are holding back medical progress. The debate takes place against the backdrop of a changing medical landscape, where more professors are launching startups because government funding for research is harder to get and large drug companies have moved away from investing in early-stage research.advertisementlast_img read more

CSA reconsiders disclosure policy for cannabis companies with U.S. operations

first_img OSC alleges ex-CEO sought contact high from pot sector Canadian Press Misleading news releases about pot sector draw regulator’s ire Keywords CannabisCompanies Canadian Securities Administrators Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social mediacenter_img It said it would re-examine that stance if the U.S. federal government’s approach changed. Earlier this month, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Obama-era memo, which suggested the federal government would not intervene in states where the drug is legal even as marijuana remained illegal under federal law. The CSA says it will communicate more details about its position shortly. Read: Canadian Securities Exchange hits high in 2017 on pot, blockchain buzz Read: Online brokerage users complain of glitches as pot stocks plunge Read: TMX Group cracks down on marijuana companies that violate U.S. federal laws Going public in the U.K.? For pot companies, it’s complicated The Canadian Securities Association (CSA) says its reconsidering the appropriateness of its disclosure policy for cannabis companies with U.S. operations after the U.S. did away with the Cole Memorandum. In October, the CSA said cannabis companies with U.S. operations were clear to list in Canada so long as they disclosed the risks to investors. Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

PM Informs of Plans for Redevelopment of Downtown and Port Royal

first_imgPM Informs of Plans for Redevelopment of Downtown and Port Royal UncategorizedFebruary 29, 2008 RelatedPM Informs of Plans for Redevelopment of Downtown and Port Royal FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister Bruce Golding has informed that major plans are being put in place for the redevelopment of downtown Kingston, including the possibility of a cruise shipping port in Port Royal.“We have some major plans to transform downtown and to link it to Port Royal. We will be looking at the possibility of a cruise shipping port being established there and recreating the tradition of the rich culture of Port Royal. We want that city to come alive again,” Mr. Golding said.“We are actually in discussion with a cruise ship company; they were actually here about three weeks ago. They were very impressed, and we are having discussions with them and we are to meet with them the second week of March,” he added.Mr. Golding was speaking on his monthly radio call-in programme, ‘Jamaica House Live’, yesterday (February 27), as he responded to a concern raised by one of the callers on the state of downtown Kingston.The Prime Minister also noted that other plans for the redevelopment of downtown Kingston include the renovation of Sir William Grant Park and the construction of the new transport centre.‘Jamaica House Live’ is aired on 10 radio stations: RJR 94 FM, Nationwide Radio Digital AM, Love 101 FM, Hot 102, KLAS FM, Power 106 FM, Roots FM, Kool FM, Bess 100 FM and IRIE FM.The programme is part of the Government’s thrust to open the lines of communication and to hear suggestions, comments and general feedback from Jamaicans, both home and abroad. It provides the forum for Government to report on its stewardship in implementing policies and programmes to improve the lives of citizens.It is developed and produced by the Ministry of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports and the Jamaica Information Service (JIS). RelatedPM Informs of Plans for Redevelopment of Downtown and Port Royalcenter_img Advertisements RelatedPM Informs of Plans for Redevelopment of Downtown and Port Royallast_img read more

Initiatives to be Undertaken Early 2009 to Develop Clarendon

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Transport and Works, and Member of Parliament for Central Clarendon, Michael Henry has outlined several initiatives to be undertaken early next year, which should propel the parish into a new phase of development.Chief among these plans is the construction of an Aviation Training Institute, which will be permanently located at Vernamfield, after being temporarily housed at the Maritime Institute in Kingston.“Already we are signing off on the extension of the Aviation Training Institute in Singapore to be established here in Jamaica. That will be officially housed at the Caribbean Maritime Institute in Kingston until Vernamfield is ready to accommodate it. That, coupled with the proposed relocation of the Jamaica Defence Force Headquarters to Vernamfield, already speaks loudly in terms of the sort of parish springboard that we are looking at for mega development, right here in Clarendon. So although we have been going as quickly as we can, we hope that you understand very clearly that we are intending to move this as quickly as possible,” the Minister informed.He was speaking at the final meeting for 2008 of the Clarendon Parish Development Committee on December 3. In addition, Mr. Henry said, the Government has been moving as quickly as circumstances permit, to re-develop the railway system, as part of an integrated multi-modal transportation system, which encompasses land, sea, road, and rail.“Very high on the agenda of the Government and very high on the agenda of the parish will be the re-development of the railway. The re-development of the railway is being approached in a two-way phased programme. A submission of this has been already sent to Cabinet, where directions were given for some aspects of it to be revised. These revisions, with the exception of about two, are being dealt with inside the Ministry of Transport and Works, but the others require an outside input,” he added.Other immediate plans for the town include the installation of closed-circuit cameras, which are expected to significantly reduce the incidence of crime in the parish. There will also be ongoing efforts to resurface roads, clean drains and lay new water pipes to facilitate the rapid development of the area. RelatedInitiatives to be Undertaken Early 2009 to Develop Clarendon RelatedInitiatives to be Undertaken Early 2009 to Develop Clarendon Initiatives to be Undertaken Early 2009 to Develop Clarendon UncategorizedDecember 6, 2008center_img RelatedInitiatives to be Undertaken Early 2009 to Develop Clarendon Advertisementslast_img read more

Education Ministry’s Policy to Improve Literacy Takes Effect in June

first_imgEducation Ministry’s Policy to Improve Literacy Takes Effect in June EducationJanuary 22, 2009 Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Education’s (MOE) Competence-based Transition Policy, which will ensure that every child progressing to secondary school is literate, will come into effect in June this year.Senior Director of Human Resource and Modernisation in the Ministry, Ruth Morris, explained to JIS News that under the policy, no child, who is illiterate, will be allowed to sit the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT). “All children transitioning from the primary level to the secondary level must be literate,” she stated.Under the new policy, pupils must achieve mastery of the Grade Four Literacy Test before they are allowed to sit GSAT. Starting this year, the sitting of the Grade Four test will be moved from May to June, and it will be administered as a national external examination similar to GSAT.“Children will be registered and will sit it under examination conditions. Papers will be marked and scored externally to the school. The results will be published from the MOE,” Mrs. Morris informed.Each child, who has achieved mastery of the literacy test, will receive a certificate, which will qualify them to sit the GSAT in 2011. The schools will receive the performance of all the students.Those who are not successful at the June sitting will have other opportunities to take the test, during the two-year period until GSAT.“There are four windows to sit [the Grade 4 Literacy Test]. You will have a general sitting in June of each year and a supplemental sitting in December of each year so only the children, who did not master it in the general sitting, will sit the supplemental in December, so it will happen four times,” Mrs. Morris explained.According to the Senior Director, the main objective of the Competence-Based Transition Policy is to “secure the optimum level of literacy of the school-age population”.“Currently, we are having about 20 to 25 per cent of our children illiterate and that group represents a trend throughout the entire system,” she lamented.She noted that this problem of illiteracy has serious implications for the development of the affected children, in that they are unable to access secondary education in a proper way.“When you look at the Caribbean Secondary Examinations Council (CSEC) results, you have a low rate of success in English, Math etc,” she pointed out, noting that while the policy will be “obvious and apparent at grade four, the intention is to impact the system from grade one right through to grade 11.” RelatedEducation Ministry’s Policy to Improve Literacy Takes Effect in Junecenter_img RelatedEducation Ministry’s Policy to Improve Literacy Takes Effect in June RelatedEducation Ministry’s Policy to Improve Literacy Takes Effect in Junelast_img read more

Healthy living: What’s up sugar?

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Sept. 10, 2015 Which has more sugar: a Mega-Stuf Oreo or a Whopper? Whole milk or a Fig Newton? Greek yogurt or tomato soup? It’s not as straightforward as it seems! “We may not even realize we’re eating more sugar than we need,” says  Kathleen Farrell, a registered dietitian with Wardenburg Health Services. Find out more in this month’s issue of Student Health 101 online magazine.last_img

$121 Million Earmarked for Cadastral Mapping and Land Registration Project

first_img$121 Million Earmarked for Cadastral Mapping and Land Registration Project EnvironmentApril 10, 2013 Related$121 Million Earmarked for Cadastral Mapping and Land Registration Project Related$121 Million Earmarked for Cadastral Mapping and Land Registration Project Related$121 Million Earmarked for Cadastral Mapping and Land Registration Projectcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Government has allocated some $121 million to boost activities under the Cadastral Mapping and Land Registration project.This is outlined in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The programme seeks to assist persons, particularly rural residents currently occupying lands but not in possession of titles for those properties, to formalise their holdings by providing them with those documents.This is expected to enable them to, among other things, access capital to undertake and improve farming activities, thereby empowering them through economic development.For this fiscal year, the Government intends to provide documents required for title application inclusive of cadastral surveys and maps, to 1,000 poor settlers in the project areas of St. Mary, St. Ann and Portland.Also under the project, digital cadastral maps and hard copies for all parcels surveyed will be supplied; training programmes will be undertaken for approximately 50 persons; while a completion ceremony will be held, and commemorative plate installed.As at February 2013, a land surveyor was engaged, survey equipment and motor vehicles procured, and settlements and lots have been identified.The project, which is slated to end in February 2014, is being implemented by the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment, and Climate Change.By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter Advertisementslast_img read more

Suspect arrested for stealing bike, holding baggie of methamphetamines

first_imgHomeNewsCrimeSuspect arrested for stealing bike, holding baggie of methamphetamines Apr. 22, 2016 at 6:05 amCrimeSuspect arrested for stealing bike, holding baggie of methamphetamineseditor5 years agoNewsSanta Monicasanta monica news On April 16, 2016 at approximately 7:15 a.m.Officers conducted a bicycle stop for traffic violations. As the suspect, Steve Oscar Gongora, 52, homeless, was stopped, he discarded a small plastic baggie. The baggie contained methamphetamine. Further investigation, revealed possession of a stolen bicycle. Gongora was booked for felony possession of methamphetamine and possession of stolen property. Bail was set at $200,000.Note: Crime Watch is culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.Tags :NewsSanta Monicasanta monica newsshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentLetter: Why fear LUVE?Connect the dotsYou Might Also LikeBriefsNewsBeach House Begins Community Re-Opening June 15Guest Author2 days agoBriefsNewsInput Invited for Marine Park Improvement ProjectsGuest Author2 days agoBriefsNewsPublic Health Emphasizes the Importance of Vaccinations as Distancing and Masking Guidelines Relax Next WeekGuest Author2 days agoBriefsNews“Righting Our Wrongs” performance on June 11Guest Author2 days agoBriefsNewsSEATTLE Feds plan to curtail West Coast salmon fishing to help orcasGuest Author2 days agoColumnsFeaturedNewsOpinionWhat’s the Point?whats the pointGAY PRIDE MONTH IS HERE FOR ALL OF USDavid Pisarra2 days agolast_img read more