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Speech: Penny Mordaunt speech at the Kenyan Chamber of Commerce

first_imgThank you.Principal Secretary, Professor Low, Mr Chairman, members of the Chamber.I am delighted to be here today to contribute to your discussions on the future of Global Britain and to celebrate the UK’s flourishing economic relationship with Kenya.I want to begin by thanking the Chairman and members of the British Chamber of Commerce Kenya for hosting us here today; for the enormous contribution you make to the economies of Kenya and the UK; and the inspiring example that you are setting here in East Africa.As members of the British business community here in Kenya, you have a unique understanding of the strong economic ties between our countries.You see the potential for these ties to grow and develop.You understand that the UK must move away from a relationship with Africa that is dominated by aid, and towards one that embraces the power of economic growth and delivers mutual prosperity.And you understand that sustained, job-creating growth will play a vital role in lifting people out of poverty, and allow Kenya to realise its ambition of economic independence.You know that great changes are underway, both here in Kenya and at home.This is a really exciting moment for the UK’s partnership in Africa and around the world.As we prepare to leave the EU and enter a new phase of international engagement, we will renew our focus on our African relationships.There are abundant opportunities across the continent, and nowhere more than in Sub-Saharan Africa. These opportunities will only grow over the next twenty years.We want to ensure complete coherence on our approach, and we are determined to ensure that our efforts across the continent become more than the sum of their individual parts.We are also determined to ensure that our renewed focus on Africa’s economic development delivers jobs, investment and trade.For both the UK and Kenya, this presents a tremendous opportunity.When we talk of growth in Africa, we risk limiting our outlook to the large economies at either end of the continent.But Kenya should not be overlooked.In recent years, it has dramatically improved its ‘ease of doing business’ rankings, rising 30 places in the last three years on the World Bank’s global index.The country has an impressive growth rate – greater than most of its neighbours and many developing countries.It has an immense appetite for economic expansion and diversification. It acts as a critical regional hub, providing trade access to 200 million people across seven countries.And Kenya’s reputation for innovation spreads across the continent. It is leading the charge in sectors, such as mobile money, and transforming lives across Africa.As with all growing economies, we know that there are still hurdles to jump. But no one can deny that Kenya is a profound success story – the largest and most diverse economy in East Africa.Throughout this journey, the UK has stood beside Kenya every step of the way.The British government’s support has driven essential policy and regulatory changes that have helped Kenya and its neighbours power ahead in recent years.We have delivered transformational reforms to the country’s ports, borders and infrastructure; to facilitate trade across the region; and have helped harness the use of technology to improve services and help businesses to reach their customers, including those who might otherwise have been left behind.Our commercial impact in Kenya is without equal.The UK is the largest cumulative investor in Kenya, and the fourth exporter of goods.British companies, both local and global, rank among Kenya’s most successful and respected firms.We contribute an enormous proportion of tax revenue to Kenya; seven of the top ten corporate tax payers in this country are British companies, and the revenue they generate delivers investment across the breadth of the Kenyan government’s priorities, changing the lives of Kenyans as their country grows.British companies directly employ a quarter of a million Kenyans and are growing the job market. Just recently, Chamber member East African Breweries Ltd / Diageo announced a new site that will bring over 100,000 jobs to the Kenyan economy and shows that British investment is not limited to the major cities.Our investment travels through Kenyan society more than other countries, because our firms reinvest significant revenues in their local communities and value chains.Unilever, which was recently rated Kenya’s top employer for the fourth time in a row – an incredible achievement that demonstrates the company’s commitment to its workforce.And GSK, which has reinvested 20% of profits from its African interests to train community healthcare workers and combat childhood mortality.These are just two examples of the tremendous work of members of this Chamber.These companies represent the best of British investment. They set a gold standard with their business practices, and in doing so they send a powerful message about British standards and our commitment.They demonstrate the real impact of British commercial engagement on the country’s economic and social progress.Across the UK government, we are determined to ensure that we support British companies abroad in every way possible, to boost the economies of both countries and the lives of Kenyan people.On the way here from the airport this morning, I was delighted to visit the Hela garment factory.Opened just 18 months ago it already employs over 4,000 people. It has invested heavily in corporate social responsibility, introducing a safe water programme, child care facilities and free lunches for its staff.Other companies in the export zone now follow their example, and Hela’s team already provides training and support for its fellow companies to deliver their own CSR programmes.Hela is a world leader in responsible manufacturing and sets the standard for others in East Africa to follow. They are working in partnership with the British government to advise Kenya on how it can grow the manufacturing sector to deliver the best conditions, not just for businesses like theirs, but for the Kenyans who work for them.To ensure that this ripple effect is also felt beyond the manufacturing sector, UK aid is also partnering with the government to create more comprehensive Special Economic Zones, allowing companies – not only those who export – to flourish and grow, bringing jobs and wealth to Kenya.We want British commercial and government expertise to play its part in preparing Kenya’s economy for its next phase of growth.We will continue to invest and scale up our trade initiatives like Trade Mark East Africa, to tackle barriers and to increase the potential for trade success across the region. And we will continue to grow CDC.We will increase our infrastructure development funds, building the crucial pathways for trade and investment and removing obstacles to the economic expansion we all want to see.We will launch our five-year urban programme to unlock both development and commercial opportunities at the sub-national level, responding to the opportunities that Kenya’s devolution brings.And we will enhance our modern partnership with the Government of Kenya to strengthen the bilateral economic relationship and long term prosperity of both countries.We are building a great team to do this work, including experts on trade policy, export finance and investment.I am delighted that many government colleagues and implementing partners are here with us today, demonstrating our commitment to a whole of government approach on this important issue.I hope you will take the opportunity to talk to them about opportunities to partner in your areas of expertise. You are part of the team too. We cannot do this without you.The support of the British business community will be crucial to the success of a new, modern UK-Kenya partnership.We need you to keep doing all that you are doing. Keep growing the economy, keep creating jobs, keep setting world class standards.Please share your success stories. The British are famously bad at ‘blowing our own trumpets’ – but I ask you to promote your successes. This will build confidence in Kenya’s potential and show others what can be achieved.And tell us what you need. If there are changes that need to be made or areas where you need support, talk to our team. They are there to help.We have a huge opportunity to shape the health, wealth and prosperity of the nation in a way that grows and protects the economy of the UK too.Our development, diplomatic and commercial investment here has helped to create a self-sufficient economy and a powerful trading partner for the future. The UK should be enormously proud of that.Kenya now stands strong and we must transition our relationship to a new, modern footing, for the mutual prosperity of our two great nations.Thank you for the part that you are playing in that and the part you will play in the future.last_img read more

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Lysol Maker: Don’t Drink Our Cleaning Products

first_imgVia rb.comNEW YORK – The company that makes Lysol has an urgent message to its customers: do not to consume our cleaning products.It comes after President Trump suggested the possibility of injecting disinfectants to protect people from Coronavirus.The suggestion came Thursday during the White House Coronavirus Task Force news briefing.Reckitt Benckiser, a British company, warned Friday human consumption of disinfectant products is dangerous. “Under no circumstance should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body through injection, ingestion or any other route,” the company said in a statement.They issued the statement after, “recent speculation and social media activity.” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Colombian Army Claims that FARC Surrounded Soldier’s Corpse with Explosives

first_imgBy Dialogo December 06, 2010 It’s a shame that there are people who support these barbaric acts. Life in prison for these monsters who are supposed to be democratic. You cannot achieve democracy with violence. Meanwhile the military is the one that kills the people, rapes and murders children and are the murderers and are the false positives. The FARC Colombian guerrilla group set up explosives around the corpse of a career soldier who drowned as a consequence of the strong rains that are lashing the Andean nation, making recovery of the body difficult, the Army claimed in a statement. “The soldier Alexander Valderrama disappeared on Tuesday, 16 November, in the waters of the El Toro ravine. According to what it has been possible to determine, the cause of his death is believed to have been drowning as a consequence of the torrential rains and sudden increases in water flow,” the statement indicated. According to the Army’s Ninth Brigade, headquartered in the southern department of Huila, “the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) surrounded the body of the thirty-two-year-old soldier with explosives, making quick recovery of the body difficult.” According to the armed forces, the military will pursue the incident on the international level, charging the chief Colombian guerrilla group – with around seven thousand combatants according to Defense Ministry figures – with violating international humanitarian law. The FARC have a presence in this region of Colombia. On Tuesday, a car bomb exploded in front of a police station in the municipality of Vegalarga, leaving an undetermined number of dead, according to Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera, due to the fact that the explosion scattered the victims’ remains.last_img read more

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H5N1 virus in Michigan swans was mild form

first_imgAug 29, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Final tests confirmed that two mute swans in Michigan had a mild strain of H5N1 avian influenza virus, not the lethal Asian variety, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced yesterday.Authorities discovered the virus in the wild swans, which appeared healthy, when they were sacrificed on Aug 8 and tested in conjunction with a population-reduction plan at a game area on Lake Erie in southeastern Michigan. Initial tests detected an H5 virus along with an N1 subtype, but experts weren’t sure if the birds were infected with two separate avian flu strains or if the findings represented low-pathogenic H5N1.The testing, done at the USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, detected the “North American strain” of low-pathogenic H5N1 in one of 20 samples collected from the two swans, according to a USDA press release. Preliminary test results on Aug 14 indicated that an H5N1 strain could be present in two of the samples, but only one sample contained enough of the virus to permit testing.Low-pathogenic avian flu viruses are common in wild birds and typically cause minor illness or no signs of disease. The mild form of H5N1 has been found several times in wild birds in North America and poses no threat to humans, the USDA said.In other avian flu news, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a disposal guide for handling chickens and other domestic birds infected with avian flu. The guide discusses topics such as roles during disposal activities, carcass management, equipment cleaning and disinfection, transportation, and protective equipment. Though the USDA is the lead federal agency in responding to large-scale animal carcass disposal, the EPA provides technical assistance and support for decontamination and disposal issues.In Vietnam, health officials said yesterday that the H5N1 virus was found on a small duck farm in the southern Ben Tre province, according to a Reuters report. The source of the infection is not known. An animal health official in the district told Reuters that all 84 ducks were culled and that ducks on 14 nearby farms tested negative for the disease. An H5 virus resurfaced in ducks and storks in the past month, but no human H5N1 infections have been reported in Vietnam since December, the Reuters report notes.Meanwhile in the Netherlands, testing of two northern hawk owls that were found dead at a Rotterdam zoo did not confirm that they died of H5N1 avian flu, according to a Dutch government report posted 2 days ago on ProMED-mail, the Internet-based reporting system of the International Society for Infectious Diseases. Two rounds of testing raised suspicions about the presence of the H5N1 in the birds, but investigators have not been able to isolate the virus.See also:Aug 28 USDA press release on negative H5N1 test results in Michigan mute swanslast_img read more

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CDC, states weigh usefulness of school closures

first_img Public Health Seattle and King County, in its revised school closure guidance posted yesterday, said its policy change is an enhanced version of the approach it uses for seasonal influenza and is based on what is known about the new influenza virus and its spread. The guidance notes that the new strain, already spread widely, will continue for some time and that illness severity doesn’t appear to be greater than typical seasonal influenza. Schools that have a confirmed novel influenza case have three options: remain open with the individual isolated at home, close schools based on public health and community assessment, or close schools for a set number of days based on CDC guidance, which could change. Therefore, he said, the CDC is considering changing its advice from automatically closing schools to asking schools and parents to weed out sick children and individually send them home for at least a week. The CDC’s advice to close schools for 2 weeks has been “very aggressive—you may only get one chance to get out in front of a new infectious disease,” Besser said. But the rapid spread of the virus across the country, plus information from multiple locations that the spectrum of disease is about as severe as average seasonal flu, has caused the agency to reconsider. Besser said that, in those areas, parents are asked to check their children in the morning, and, if they are sick or are starting to feel a little sick, to keep them home for a full 7 days, even if they start to feel better before that period is up. In addition, schools and individual teachers are asked to take a close look at children as they arrive in the morning and to send them home if the school believes they are developing illness—for 7 days or until they are proven not to have flu. That procedure is already followed in Canada and in Seattle, which “asks people to really push hard on personal responsibility,” Besser said, and today Minnesota followed suit. Health and education officials in that state released updated school closure guidance that asks parents and teachers to identify and isolate children who have a fever and a recent onset of flu-like symptoms. Acting CDC director Dr. Richard Besser said in a press briefing that the virus is so widespread in the United States that “closing the schools as a means of not letting [the novel flu] spread through the community is not very effective.” “The fact that the novel influenza is currently behaving like regular flu does not mean we can relax,” said Sanne Magnan, MD, Minnesota commissioner of health, in a press release today. “Seasonal flu is a major health concern in its own right. It’s one of our leading causes of death, year in and year out.” As the outbreak progresses, laboratory diagnosis will identify a shrinking proportion of cases, as testing demand exceeds capacity and many people who have mild infections won’t see their doctors. “Closing schools where cases happen to be diagnosed while leaving most schools with undiagnosed cases open does not make sense as an ongoing influenza control strategy in our community,” the department said. May 4, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) signaled today that it will change its current recommendation—which is to close schools for at least 2 weeks when a confirmed case of novel H1N1 swine flu is found among students—as health officials in the Seattle area and Minnesota scaled back their guidance to reflect more of a seasonal influenza approach. “I would expect that as we get more information we will be looking to revise that guidance,” he said. Minnesota officials today unveiled similar guidance aimed at keeping students and staff with influenza symptoms out of schools, rather than routinely closing schools. They said in a statement that it’s not possible to identify every case of novel influenza, because the symptoms mimic those of other respiratory diseases. “We also know that we have other acute viral respiratory infections circulating in Minnesota,” they said in the statement. Public Health Seattle and King County has several tools for schools and parents on its Web site, including a guide for parents on when to keep a child home from school, a flu symptom checklist, and advice on how to care for someone who has influenza. “Individualized school closure based on reports of diagnosed cases is less effective, in addition to being impractical, as a control measure,” the Seattle-King County health department said. However, officials added that, consistent with seasonal influenza policy, some schools might be closed if large numbers of students or faculty become ill. Minnesota officials also said they are developing enhanced school-based surveillance for influenza-like illnesses.last_img read more

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Benelux fund tenders €100m money market mandate via IPE Quest

first_imgThe pension fund requires a track record of at least five years.Interested parties should apply by 15 June, stating performance to 31 March, net of fees.Separately, a Swiss pension fund has turned to IPE Quest’s Discovery service to search for a domestic equity manager for a CHF10m (€8.7m) mandate.According to DS-2442, the investor is looking for an all-cap or large-cap strategy via a manager with a high active share to beat its benchmark, which is the SPI index.The manager should ideally have a track record of at least three years. The pension fund estimates placing the mandate in February next year.It is open to investing via a pooled or segregated mandate.If possible, the investor would prefer to receive replies to the search in German.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest, Discovery, or Innovation tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email [email protected] A Benelux pension fund is looking for a money market fund manager for a €100m mandate via IPE Quest.According to search QN-2443, the investor wants the mandate to be run passively and investments restricted to Europe.The fund must invest in low-risk, short-term assets and have a triple-A rating. The pension fund is seeking a “very high level” of daily liquidity and the expected return for the fund must match the Eonia benchmark as much as possible.The successful applicant would need to have at least €5bn under management for the asset class and at least €10bn as a firm.last_img read more

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CargoSmart: Schedule Reliability Rises in Q3 2019

first_imgThe overall ocean schedule reliability for the third quarter of 2019 was 75.7%, slightly higher than in the second quarter of the year, according to intelligence provider CargoSmart.The peak of on-time schedule reliability was 80.2% in July 2019. It then dropped to 73.8% in August and remained at a similar level at 73.1% in September 2019.Comparing 2019 and 2018, the monthly reliability was higher and fluctuated less in the third quarter of 2019 compared to the same period a year earlier.When looking at the schedule reliability on 25 trade lanes, CargoSmart said that Intra Middle East, Europe-Middle East, and Intra South America had the highest schedule reliability in the quarter, with average reliability of 93.1%, 89.1%, and 88.6% respectively.When comparing the schedule reliability to the second quarter of the year, 13 of the 25 trade lanes decreased. The Intra Europe, Europe-Middle East, and Intra North America had the biggest increases, while Africa-North America, Africa-Middle East, and North America-Oceania dropped the most with Intra Africa continuing to have the lowest quarterly reliability.last_img read more

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“We Have the Lowest Neonatal Mortality in the OECS” -Dr McIntyre

first_img Share 77 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! The island’s Hon Health Minister, Dr Irving McIntyre says Dominica’s infant mortality rate is surpassing global expectations and is ahead of the region.He was again debunking a report published in The Lancet in November.The Lancet is a weekly peer-reviewed general medical journal  which is said to be among the world’s oldest, most prestigious, and best known general medical journals.The Lancet published an article describing Dominica as lagging far behind the rest of the world in its rate of childhood mortality.The article says the probability of children dying between the age of birth and five years old in Dominica is rising.The Ministry of Health and the Chief Medical Officer rebuked that report as totally erroneous.When the House of Parliament met last week, Hon Senator Annette Sanford raised the subject again prompting the Hon Health Minister, Dr Mcintyre to Respond.“When I hear people talk about our infant mortality, it’s very sad. Can you imagine the article in The Lancet, the author cannot even differentiate between intrapartum and neonatal mortality? Totally wrong,” he said.“The WHO Sustainable Development Goals puts the target* for neonatal mortality at 12 per 1,000 live births by 2030. We are only in 2020 and we have achieved 8.4 per 1,000,” Dr McIntyre announced. “And the WHO put the infant mortality target at 25 per 1,000 live births and we are at 8.3. We have achieved this already.”The SDG’s are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve oceans and forests.The Hon Minister assures, “We have the lowest neonatal mortality in the OECS. These are facts.”He says The Lancet article is based on estimates and not fact.*The targets mean that nations are to aim not to exceed those figures. Sharecenter_img Share LifestyleLocalNewsPolitics “We Have the Lowest Neonatal Mortality in the OECS” -Dr McIntyre by: – February 18, 2020 Tweetlast_img read more

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Jones: Criticism spurred us on

first_img Some of the strongest criticism came from ex-United players like Gary Neville, who compared Van Gaal’s side to a pub team and Paul Scholes, who labelled some of United’s play “prehistoric”. But with United now five points clear of fifth-placed Liverpool, their critics have fallen silent. “People criticising does spur you on,” Jones said. “You are always going to get critics. We are at a massive club here at Manchester United and if things aren’t going as well as they should be then there is always going to be people wanting to have a dig and a pop at you. “We have been well aware of the criticism we have had. We are professionals and we are in a job where people have an opinion about you and they are entitled to it and we just have to get on with it. “People can assume and predict and it is up to us to prove them all wrong. That is what the lads enjoy doing. We enjoy proving them wrong. So far we have done that.” Jones has come in for criticism himself this season, but he and Chris Smalling performed well against a fierce Liverpool attack at Anfield and the two kept 29-goal striker Harry Kane quiet in the 3-0 win over Spurs. Jones and Smalling were identified as long-term replacements for Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic at United. Press Association Phil Jones says public criticism of Manchester United has fuelled the team’s recent revival. The pair were also touted as alternatives to the Ferdinand-John Terry partnership with England, but as Jones points out, they have not played together often as a centre-half pairing. “It has been difficult for us,” said Jones, who has played alongside Smalling at centre-back for England just once. “It had been documented that me and Chris were going to be the next centre-backs at United but it has not gone how we would have liked it. “Somebody told me the other day that we have actually only played alongside each other about four times in four seasons. “You cannot build a partnership on four games. “Hopefully now we have had back-to-back games together we can keep it going and keep playing well together. We complement each other well.” United are now odds-on to qualify for the Champions League after they recorded back-to-back wins over Tottenham and Liverpool. Such a double would have seemed impossible just a few months ago. Manager Louis van Gaal came under fire after his team put in a number of underwhelming displays. last_img read more

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18-year-old Navy recruit at dies at boot camp

first_imgAn 18-year-old Navy recruit died during boot camp in Illinois earlier this week.Kelsey Nobles, of Mobile, Alabama died Tuesday after collapsing during training at the Navy Recruit Training Center in Great Lakes, Illinois, Navy officials confirm.Doctors say she passed out after her physical test and went into cardiac arrest.Nobles’ father, Harold, told WKRG-TV that she was taken to a civilian hospital where she was pronounced dead.The Navy is currently investigating the matter.It is the second death under similar circumstances to occur at the boot camp in the past few months.Nobles’ father describes his daughter as a young woman who was “the sweetest soul” and “had the biggest heart.”She graduated high school less than a year ago.No other information is available at this time.last_img read more