SpaceX's John Insprucker said the rocket's failure to land was an "exciting test". Source: SPADRE.COM - TWITTER @SPACEPADREISLE
SpaceX's John Insprucker said the rocket's failure to land was an "exciting test". Source: SPADRE.COM - TWITTER @SPACEPADREISLE
(Bloomberg) -- Annalena Baerbock, the chancellor candidate for Germany’s Greens, was the surprising winner of a poll of the country’s business leaders, underscoring her early edge in the race to succeed Angela Merkel.In a survey of 1,500 managers, Baerbock -- a 40-year-old who has never held a government post -- beat Armin Laschet, the candidate from Merkel’s conservatives, as well as Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, who is running for the Social Democrats.Baerbock was supported by 26.5%, nearly double the 14.3% backing for Laschet. Christian Lindner from the pro-business Free Democrats, who isn’t officially a candidate, was second with 16.2%, while Scholz was fourth with 10.5%. Nearly a third of the respondents were undecided.The survey -- conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday by Civey for the WirtschaftsWoche magazine -- is the latest sign of Baerbock’s sudden emergence as the front-runner. Ahead of September’s election, Merkel’s bloc has been damaged by a bruising power struggle, while voters are also frustrated with the handling of the coronavirus pandemic by her government.Baerbock was nominated publicly on Monday in a well-orchestrated event, where she presented the Greens’ plans for an overhaul of the German economy with investment in sustainable technology. Laschet, by contrast, limped into the contest on Tuesday after a messy struggle that saw many of his Christian Democratic colleagues question his leadership abilities.A snap poll by Forsa for German broadcaster RTL published Tuesday showed the Greens jumped five percentage points to 28%, surging ahead of Merkel’s bloc, which slumped seven points to 21%. While the survey is currently an outlier, the momentum is in the Greens’ favor as Germany’s conservatives struggle to chart a path after two decades under Merkel, who will step down after the September vote.The support among business leaders is unusual because the Greens are campaigning for policies that would increase manufacturing costs by raising the cost of pollution and making energy more expensive. The party also wants to tighten regulations on the finance industry.But the Greens’ track record -- including 10 years running Baden-Wuerttemberg, an industrial powerhouse in southwest Germany -- has shown it will be pragmatic. What’s more, the country’s political structure promotes stability by forcing broad-based coalitions like the current alliance between Merkel’s CDU/CSU bloc and the pro-labor Social Democrats.Under Baerbock and fellow co-leader Robert Habeck, the Greens have pushed into the political mainstream, bolstered by widespread German concern about global warming. The party has already indicated a willingness to compromise on some of its proposals and is more ready to invest to help companies transition to new technologies.(Recasts with more details)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
Climate activists have dumped fake coal outside the headquarters of a major insurance company in London in protest against the fossil fuel industry. Members of the Extinction Rebellion (XR) group used a tipper truck to deposit the rubble outside Lloyds of London in the City at around 7am on Friday. Protesters placed safety barriers around the area and placed placards in the mound reading ‘stop Adani’, ‘we are the dead canaries’ and ‘do not insure the West Cumbria coal mine.’
Spanish Interior Minister Fernando Grandes-Marlaska and the leader of the left-wing Unidas Podemos party Pablo Iglesias have received a death threat letter with bullets, Iglesias said. "Your wife, your parents and you are sentenced to the capital punishment, your time is running out," the anonymous letter said, according to a picture of the letter posted by former minister Iglesias on Twitter. He also posted a picture of four bullets together with the letter's envelope.
Hungary will reach a 40% inoculation rate by the middle of next week, Prime Minister Viktor Orban told public radio on Friday, a milestone that would allow resumption of a wide range of activities in the services sector en route to normalcy. Orban, who faces a tight election race in 2022, has struggled to balance pandemic-fighting efforts with growing calls to reopen the economy and avoid a second straight year of deep recession. "At four million people vaccinated, and I think that will come next Wednesday or Thursday, we will open a wide range of services for those who have vaccination cards," Orban said.
Young batsman Will Pucovski has not been offered a national contract for 2021-22.
(Bloomberg) -- Bitcoin declined for the seventh time in eight days, extending losses after President Joe Biden was said to propose almost doubling the capital-gains tax for the wealthy.The slide pushed Bitcoin down as much as 6.1% to about $48,432 in Friday trading as it continued to lose momentum. JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Tallbacken Capital Advisors LLC had recently warned there was potential for further downside after the largest cryptocurrency fell back from its record high of $64,870 on April 14 and took out key technical levels.“Bitcoin has slipped below the 50-day moving average support that it held sacrosanct through this rally,” said Pankaj Balani, CEO of Delta Exchange. “It looks like there is more downside here.”Read more: Wall Street Starts to See Weakness Emerge in Bitcoin ChartsTax concerns may be weighing, too -- as they did on American stocks Thursday. U.S. investors in the digital asset, which has advanced more than 70% this year despite its recent pullback, already face a capital gains tax if they sell the cryptocurrency after holding it for more than a year. But the coin’s been one of the best-performing assets in recent years -- anyone who bought a year ago is sitting on a nearly 550% gain. For investors who bought in April 2019, it’s roughly 800%.“One of the biggest things you have to worry about is that the things with the biggest gains are going to be most susceptible to selling,” said Matt Maley, chief market strategist for Miller Tabak + Co. “It doesn’t mean people will dump wholesale, dump 100% of their positions, but you have some people who have huge money in this and, therefore, a big jump in the capital gains tax, they’ll be leaving a lot of money on the table.”The IRS has stepped up enforcement of tax collection on crypto sales. The agency -- which began asking crypto users to disclose transactions on their 2019 individual tax returns -- asks taxpayers whether they “received, sold, sent, exchanged or otherwise acquired any financial interest in any digital currency.”Still, investors may need to buckle up for more volatility in the near-term.“People have been talking about the capital gains tax and U.S. stock-market selloff being the catalyst of this,” said Todd Morakis, co-founder of digital-finance product and service provider JST Capital. “If it is true we’ve moved too much -- but once Bitcoin gets a head of steam it is tough to stop unless you are at a technical area.(Updates prices and chart.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
Recycling the FPSO Berge Helene in compliance with Hong Kong Convention BW Offshore has signed an agreement to dispose of the FPSO Berge Helene for environmentally safe demolition and recycling in compliance with the Hong Kong Convention at Priya Blue shipyard in India. The FPSO Berge Helene (IMO 7360083) is a floating storage/production unit of 274,333 deadweight-ton capacity built in France in 1976 and converted to an FPSO in Singapore in 2005. The vessel is 372 meters long, 52 meters wide and has a depth of 27.4 meters. It is flagged and registered in Singapore, classed by DNV GL and has been in lay-up in Singapore since August 2018. The vessel is sold for a cash consideration of approximately USD 16 million. The recycling yard is certified to ISO standards and has been issued with a Statement of Compliance by Class NK in accordance with the IMO Resolution MEPC.210(63) and the Hong Kong International Convention for the safe and environmentally sound recycling of ships. The recycling yard will provide a Statement of Completion of the recycling in accordance with the Hong Kong Convention. The company has nominated Grieg Green as representatives to be on site at the recycling yard to monitor progress, compliance with environmental and safety regulations and that the ship recycling plan is being applied. A recycling plan has been prepared and provided by the yard in corporation with Grieg Green to ensure strict compliance with the above regulations. To ensure and incentivise safe recycling in this respect, the company will pay a safe recycling bonus upon completion. For further information, please contact:Ståle Andreassen, CFO, +65 97 27 86 47Anders S. Platou, Head of Corporate Finance, +47 99 50 47 40 IR@bwoffshore.com or www.bwoffshore.com About BW Offshore: BW Offshore engineers innovative floating production solutions. The Company has a fleet of 15 FPSOs with potential and ambition to grow. By leveraging four decades of offshore operations and project execution, the Company creates tailored offshore energy solutions for evolving markets world-wide. BW Offshore has around 2,000 employees and is publicly listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. This information is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to Section 5-12 the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.
A kitten has died after contracting Covid-19 from its owner, according to research by Glasgow University. The cats, of different breeds, were living in separate households and displayed mild to severe respiratory signs. Researchers believe both pets were infected by their owners, who had Covid-19 symptoms before the cats became unwell.
FirstGroup today sold its US yellow school buses business for a bumper £3.3 billion enabling it to repay its £300 million government Covid loan and hand £365 million to shareholders. The long-awaited deal comes despite the year of pandemic which has hit revenues as school campuses have been closed or operating on reduced numbers of students. FirstGroup is selling the First Student and First Transit divisions to EQT Infrastructure, the infrastructure investment arm of the Swedish EQT private equity group.
NASA and commercial rocket company SpaceX were due to launch a new four-astronaut team to the International Space Station early on Friday in what would be the first crew propelled into orbit by a rocket booster recycled from a previous spaceflight. The company's Crew Dragon capsule, the Endeavour, was set for liftoff atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 5:49 a.m. Eastern time (0949 GMT) from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The nearly 24-hour ride to the space station, which orbits some 250 miles (400 km) above Earth, had been set to begin on Thursday but was delayed for a day by unfavorable weather forecasts along the rocket's flight path.
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SAN DIEGO, April 23, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MagnoliaMedia announces the release of the report “TruthFinder Review” There are numerous background check services online, but it is hard to find one that stays true to its word. Many will promise instant, accurate and reliable reports, but that is hardly the case because they rely on public records—which are sometimes out-of-date or inaccurate. When different background check services are tested, it is no secret that some are better than others. TruthFinder is one of the most precise background check services. Click Here To Check the Latest Pricing for Truthfinder There are many qualities that make this site stand out, including the accurate records obtained, easy-to-use interface, and crystal clear explanations of how to use the background reports legally. The aim of this article is to explain TruthFinder from A to Z, including its features, pros, and cons. What Is TruthFinder? TruthFinder acts as a fact finder. It is a background checks platform that offers in-depth and updated information. This website turns up public records and can present data gleaned from social media accounts. TruthFinder investigations consist of the following information: Email addressPhone numberBirthdaysCriminal historyJob historyProperty ownership informationEducation backgroundNames of potential associates, friends, and family members TruthFinder Review Features TruthFinder presents information garnered from social media accounts and people can use it to search a range of records, including criminal records, marriage and divorce records, arrest records, and more. Ideally, it has several features that help with background checks, such as: Dark Web Scan and Monitoring Today, data breaches and identity theft are common occurrences. TruthFinder uses the feature to scan through various data points to protect its users from identifying compromised information on the dark web. This is done in partnership with Experian, a consumer reporting agency. People Search Users can search for specific people on TruthFinder. They simply need to enter the other person’s name in the search. This feature then pulls various public records from different online sources to offer a thoroughly detailed report. Click Here To Start a Background Check Self-Monitoring Tool With TruthFinder, a member can view their private records to see what others who search for them will find. Besides, the platform allows users to claim particular records as theirs. Hence, they can correct factual inaccuracies on it or hide them from other users. TruthFinder Pros and Cons TruthFinder is, by far, one of the best background check services on the internet. That does not mean the website is without fault. Here are the advantages and disadvantages alike: Easy-To-Use Interface The background checks with this company are easy to understand. TruthFinder is available on mobile apps (Android and iOS), too. This makes it easy to access the information for anyone who is away from the computer. Accurate and Recent Information Many background information companies offer a mix of old and new addresses and phone numbers that make it difficult to know which data is accurate. TruthFinder has correct, updated contact information. It shows recent phone numbers and email addresses, and does not list confusing and out-of-date information. Transparency According to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, it is unlawful to use data from regular background checks to screen tenants or make hiring decisions. That even includes cases where a criminal record or something else alarming comes up from these services. TruthFinder is clear and upfront about how subscribers can use the information found on the site. Offers Support If a member has difficulties using TruthFinder, there is a help section on the website. There is also the option to contact TruthFinder by email or the toll-free number. TruthFinder has support staff that are available every day to respond to any queries quickly. Cons TruthFinder is not for everyone. Here are some cons to the company: Lacks Trial Period TruthFinder does not offer a trial membership. It does not allow users to purchase reports without signing up for a month. Moreover, TruthFinder does not have the option for one-time purchases. This leads to a lot of frustration, and many users who do not find what they are looking for after turning in a whole month’s subscription fee. Uses Gimmicky Scare Tactics The site offers members legitimate warnings, including FCRA-compliance disclaimers and popups of unexpected or disturbing information. However, TruthFinder goes overboard with these messages to make the reports sound juicier. For instance, the company can warn about shocking criminal information and graphic items in a report for someone with no criminal record. That can be misleading and disingenuous. Unnecessary Emphasis on Horoscope TruthFinder information services allow members to check the compatibility of the horoscope with the subject of the report. While it might be useful to a portion of the potential market of TruthFinder, this feature can add an eeriness factor to an otherwise legitimate service. How Much Does TruthFinder Cost? TruthFinder requires users to sign up for a membership before offering any reports. The site charges its customers $28 per month and $23 per month (paid in a lump sum of $46) for the two-month membership. The company also allows members to subscribe to the one-month reverse phone lookup membership for $4.99 per month. Membership is automatically renewed when its period is up unless a member cancels before then. Another important note is that to download the PDF of the TruthFinder background report, one has to pay an additional $2. TruthFinder FAQs Review the following FAQs about TruthFinder to find out more about the service. Is TruthFinder Accurate? Compared with other platforms, TruthFinder offers the most accurate reports. However, all background checks typically rely on public records, and the results are sometimes inaccurate or out-of-date.Users should verify with a second source before acting on any background check discoveries. Is TruthFinder Legitimate? TruthFinder is a legitimate company, which is transparent about the services it offers and its data sources. Besides explaining what the site can be used for, TruthFinder clarifies that it is not a consumer credit agency. What Information Can Be Used From the TruthFinder Background Check? A user cannot use the TruthFinder report to decide about rentals and employment. However, members can use social media accounts, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses to reach out to long-lost relatives or friends. They can also use it to learn whether a person has been married before or verify any suspicion about a potential love interest. What Do Users Say About TruthFinder Background Check Reports? Positive reviews indicate people who found old friends and got lots of detailed information. The users also like how easy it is to use the site. However, some negative reviewers anticipated TruthFinder data to be more inaccurate, while others were bothered by all the promotional emails they received. On a Final Note TruthFinder is a reliable and reputable background check company that focuses on detailed reporting and an intuitive interface. It also contains some of the most accurate and recent information. Run a Background Check With TruthFinder Here For anyone trying to get in touch with someone, TruthFinder is the go-to site. However, the site may not be ideal for people who are not comfortable paying a monthly membership. Visit magnoliamedianetwork.com for more product comparisons and reviews. 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SAN DIEGO, April 23, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MagnoliaMedia announces the release of the review “Best People Finder Sites” Anyone looking to uncover more information about acquaintances, relatives, or associates, can quickly find answers using a people finder website. This article aims to review the best people search websites on the market, covering everything from pricing, features, and more. Continue reading to find out everything you need to know about the best people finder websites and search engines. The Best People Search Websites: At a Glance Truthfinder - Best Overall People Search WebsiteIntelius - Best People Search Website for Connecting with Lost RelativesInstant Checkmate - Best People Search Website for Targeted Searches How The Best People Search Website Were Evaluated Ease-of-use: A website's design and layout are especially important as it ensures the information clear and, of course, guarantees the site as a whole is easy to navigate. As such, people search websites with an aesthetically pleasing user interface, straightforward layout, and mobile-friendly design scored higher on this list. Features: Companies that provided a range of helpful features and online tools as well as delivering on their promises scored higher on this list. Pricing: Another essential aspect of any service is the price. Regardless of features, quality, and usefulness, if the price point is well beyond anyone's budget, customers will be disappointed. As such, value for money was taken into consideration and affected the ranking awarded to each search engine. Database: A feature specific to people search websites, online background checking services, and other search engines offering to reveal "hidden" information is the size of their online database. The bigger the database, the more information can be uncovered. Accuracy: Building on the previous point, accuracy is non-negotiable. The amount of data discovered will be irrelevant if the information is incorrect or out of date. As such, accuracy was taken into consideration when ranking the following top picks. Customer Satisfaction: Finally, this article looks at genuine customer feedback and takes on board their concerns and experiences with each company. The Top 3 People Search Sites 1. Truthfinder - Best Overall People Search Website Truthfinder is a good option when individuals want to make sure the information they find is up to date and without gaps. Starting price: $26/monthFree plan: NoGlobal people search: Works in the United States and AustraliaDownloadable reports: Available for an extra chargeMobile app: Yes What is Truthfinder? Truthfinder is an excellent people search finding service that will make tracking down lost friends, relatives, and associates hassle-free. Users can even use this site to perform a thorough background check that puts together a detailed and up-to-date report. The report includes information regarding the individual's family, coworkers, roommates, social media accounts, educational background, job history, property ownership, and contact information. Truthfinder Pricing To use this service, you will need to pay a monthly fee. One month costs around $30, while a three-month subscription costs $26. For customers looking to perform at least one search per day, a single report would cost less than $1.00. What Do Reviews Say? Truthfinder has some of the best customer reviews regarding the site's reliability and the accuracy of its database. Many consumers appreciate how intuitive the search engine is to work with and how detailed and up-to-date the reports are. There are a few negative comments from users. However, issues raised rarely refer to how up-to-date and accurate the reports are. The biggest drawback for most users is the number of promotion emails this company sends out. Reasons To Use Truthfinder: Truthfinder is a fantastic search engine, allowing you to connect with people you used to know and find out what information about yourself is public. The site can even be used to find relatives you may have lost contact with over the years. Other Things to Know Below are a few factors you should know if you decide to use Truthfinder: Provides a free mobile appData is up-to-dateUnlimited searches with a monthly subscriptionReports are detailed and sometimes containing information from up to 15 years agoNo trial period availableMonthly subscription onlyA single report cannot be purchased separately 2. Intelius - Best People Search Website for Connecting with Lost Relatives Intelius is a background check company that also offers a people search engine to help users find a person's contact information, social media accounts, address history, and even some of their interests. Starting price: $19.95/monthFree plan: Intelius offers a basic people search for freeGlobal people search: Most searches only in the USDownload the reports: YesMobile app: Yes What is Intelius? Intelius is a great people searching tool to work with, boasting a layout that is pleasant and straightforward to use. The site offers a simple service that will provide users with the background data that they need. The database contains more than 20 billion records, ensuring there is information to be found on anyone you're looking for. Intelius Pricing There are a few pricing points that come with this service. There is a Premier plan costing $19.95/month, and a Premium Plus plan costing $29.95/month. Users can also benefit from individual searches such as a reverse address lookup and people search, costing only $0.95. A single background check costs $39.95. People interested in more detailed reports can also perform a criminal record check costing $14.95 for statewide searches and $29.95 for nationwide searches. What Do Reviews Say? Intelius does have a few negative reviews regarding misleading advertising and hidden costs. Though, this seems to be an issue that all people search websites struggle with, including popular options as well. Reviews seem to be mixed with some people complaining that the pricing and trial options are confusing while others praise the platform and customer support. Moreover, there are plenty of positive reviews mentioning how successful Intelius was at connecting users with old friends where other people search sites had failed. Reasons To Use Intelius: Intelius is a good option for anyone trying to reconnect with family and friends from their past, including people who want to discover more about their new neighbors or friends they’ve met on social media. Click here to read the full Intelius Review. Other Things to Know Below are a few factors you should know if you decide to use Intelius: Provides PDF reportsReports accessible for 45 daysEasy to use with a clear interface that makes finding information stress-freeInteresting facts uncoveredEmployment data availableMobile app compatible with Android and iOS offers unlimited access to billions of public recordsMisleading pricing practices for “one-time report option” 3. Instant Checkmate - Best People Search Website for Targeted Searches The third option on our list is Instant Checkmate. Compared to the options above, Instant Checkmate provides extensive public information in a single search. Starting price: $34.78/monthFree plan: 5-Day $1.00 trial availableMobile app: YesDownloadable report: Yes What is Instant Checkmate? Instant Checkmate is a background check service that searches a person’s available public record information—phone numbers, social media profiles, email addresses, mailing addresses, and more. In some cases, Instant Checkmate can be used to find records related to death, assets, and a person's criminal history. This people search site offers a range of tools, from helping users connect with people they've met online to compiling a report on potential sex offenders in their area. Instant Checkmate also organizes the data and formats the report to ensure the information is easy to research and look through. The Pricing A monthly subscription costs $34.78/month while a three-month subscription averages around $27.82/month. For anyone uncertain about whether this is the right choice for them, Instant Checkmate also offers a shorter five-day trial that costs $1.00. What Do Reviews Say? Several review platforms show that this people search website has a good reputation. Instant Checkmate is also ranked as A+ by the BBB. The biggest complaint seems to be about the lack of clarity regarding membership prices and renewal costs. Reasons To Use Instant Checkmate: Instant Checkmate is one of the best background check companies out there and especially useful if you want to verify someone’s identity before meeting them or doing business with them. They also offer a broad range of search filters, including a deep web scan. Click here to read the full Instant Checkmate Review. Other Things To Know Below are a few factors you should know if you decide to use Instant Checkmate: Lots of search options available that other sites don't provideA 5-day trial costing only $2.00, no 100% free background checkProvides users with a deep web scanMobile app available for iOS and AndroidReverse phone lookup availableUsers can remove their own report from the databaseBonus features cost extra The Final Verdict People search sites can help individuals connect with old friends, work colleagues, college buddies, and more. These intuitive search engines can even uncover information regarding a person's address history, contact details, social media accounts, educational background, and more. If you're looking to connect with someone you used to know or if you'd like to find out more about a new partner, the top picks on this list are a great place to start. Visit magnoliamedianetwork.com for more product comparisons and reviews. Disclaimer: The information does not constitute advice or an offer to buy. Any purchase made from the above press release is made at your own risk. Consult an expert advisor or professional before any such purchase. Any purchase made from this link is subject to the final terms and conditions of the website’s selling mentioned in the source. The content publisher and its downstream distribution partners do not take any responsibility directly or indirectly. If you have any complaints or copyright issues related to this article, kindly contact the company this news is about. 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Mining companies awarded blocks in Egypt's Eastern Desert are set to start exploring for gold under a legislative overhaul that seeks eventually to unlock vast untapped mineral resources. Despite plentiful reserves and a rich mining history that gave rise to elaborate Pharaonic gold jewellery, Egypt has just one commercial gold mine in operation. Now, the country is banking on high gold prices and amended mining laws that scrap red tape and a profit-sharing rule, unpopular in the industry, to lure interest.
Company announcement no. 20/2021 April 23rd, 2021Søren Krogh Knudsen appointed new CEO of Columbus Company announcement Søren Krogh Knudsen will take up the position as President & CEO of Columbus. Søren joins from a position as Partner and Regional Head of PA Consulting Group in the Nordics as well as Global Head of Sales for PA Consulting Group. He is an experienced international leader within the management consultancy industry and has a very strong track record. Columbus’ Board of Directors has appointed Søren Krogh Knudsen as President & CEO of Columbus. Søren Krogh Knudsen will succeed Hans Henrik Thrane in his role as interim CEO since 27 August 2020. Hans Henrik Thrane will continue in his role as Corporate CFO in Columbus. “Søren Krogh Knudsen is an experienced international leader within the management consultancy industry with a very strong track record in transformational change and driving profitable growth. He is known for combining strong commercial credentials, management consultancy and an engaging, motivational leadership style. I look very much forward to working with Søren. It has taken almost a year to get the right CEO in place and during that time the management team as well as employees in Columbus have shown, as we can see from the results, a formidable effort in keeping Columbus on the right course, during the initial phases of Focus23 and that is very promising for the future cooperation in Columbus” says Ib Kunøe, Chairman of the Board of Directors in Columbus. Søren Krogh Knudsen, Columbus´ next CEO and President says: “All businesses are faced with a challenge to leverage the opportunity new technologies offer to improve customer experience, minimize environmental impact of services provided and maximize operational performance to win in the marketplace. Whilst technology is advancing at great pace, truly excelling at digital transformation is equally dependent on an organisation’s ability to absorb, implement and make sound use of technology. This is a market space where Columbus has a market leading position combined with an inspiring purpose, a strong client base, a strong financial foundation, and not least a talented and motivated global team. I am excited to join Columbus and contribute to the continued journey and success of the company. I have always strived to make a difference by creating work environments where people thrive and are able to develop and grow at pace towards their true passion and expertise. A big part of my motivation also comes from helping companies build a sustainable, growing, and profitable business. I see a very strong match between that and leading Columbus’ next journey with the goal of becoming the preferred digital trusted advisor for our customers”. Søren Krogh Knudsen joins Columbus after 13 years with PA Consulting Group most recently as Regional Head of the Nordics and Global Head of Sales. Prior to his tenure at PA Consulting Group, Søren spent 10 years with Verizon Communications based in Zurich and Copenhagen. During his tenure at PA Consulting Søren has advised multiple companies with a special focus on digital transformation, operating model design and strategy execution. He holds a degree as Academy Economist and an MBA. The appointment has no impact on Columbus’ financial outlook for 2021. Ib Kunøe Chairman of the Board For further information, please contact:Chairman of the Board, Ib Kunøe, +45 70 20 50 00 Attachment SE_20_2021_Søren_Krogh_Knudsen_appointed_new_CEO_of_Columbus
Covid spending pushes public sector net debt to 97.7 per cent of GDP
Sadiq Khan today admitted he had no idea how many more police he would be able to recruit if he won a second term as mayor. The number of Met police officers has increased by 874 to 32,475 since Mr Khan took office in May 2016, according to the latest data. The net increase has been partly driven by London receiving extra officers following a 2019 government pledge to provide an additional 20,000 across the country over three years.
A woman should be given a community penalty rather than jail for helping her boyfriend evade police after he killed a Sydney home invader with a samurai sword, a judge has been told.Hannah Quinn's offending had been at "the very lowest end of the range of seriousness" for such matters, her barrister Tom Hughes told her NSW Supreme Court sentencing hearing on Friday.
As reports of the Biden administration’s intent to cap nicotine levels in tobacco cigarettes have circulated throughout the month of April 2021, TAAT™ has launched an initiative titled “Beyond Nicotine™” in an effort to encourage awareness of TAAT™ among smokers aged 21+ in anticipation of these potential regulatory actions. Following a successful retail launch of TAAT™ in Ohio starting in Q4 2020, the Company plans to incorporate “Beyond Nicotine™” messaging into its current brand assets and media properties as well as upcoming launches in new U.S. markets throughout 2021 following a CAD $1.25 million order from a Texas wholesaler last week Picture 1 In the promotional graphic above, the Company has incorporated its “Beyond Nicotine™” slogan into its messaging in response to anticipated changes in U.S. regulations which could force tobacco companies to reduce nicotine levels in their cigarette products, potentially creating a competitive advantage for the Company with its nicotine-free alternative to tobacco cigarettes. Picture 2 Messaging with the “Beyond Nicotine™” slogan has been added to the Company’s consumer-facing website (http://trytaat.com), where smokers aged 21+ in the United States can learn more about TAAT™ and request a free sample pack or purchase the product by the carton. LAS VEGAS and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 23, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TAAT™ LIFESTYLE & WELLNESS LTD. (CSE: TAAT) (OTCQX: TOBAF) (FRANKFURT: 2TP2) (the “Company” or “TAAT™”) has launched its “Beyond Nicotine™” initiative with an objective of emphasizing the absence of nicotine in its flagship product TAAT™, which is formulated to taste and smell similarly to tobacco despite containing no actual tobacco. On Monday, April 19, 2021, the Wall Street Journal published a report that the Biden administration in the United States is considering enacting a requirement for tobacco companies to reduce nicotine levels in all cigarettes sold nationwide to a level at which they would no longer be addictive1. According to a CNBC report later that day, which covered the apparent negative impact of this announcement on the stock prices of several major tobacco firms (e.g., Altria, British American Tobacco, Philip Morris International), the goal of reducing nicotine levels in cigarettes would be to encourage smokers to give up tobacco or choose alternatives that are considered safer2. In Q4 2020, the Company began commercializing TAAT™ in Ohio, followed by the launch of its e-commerce portal enabling the majority of smokers aged 21+ in the United States to purchase TAAT™ Original, Smooth, and Menthol online for home delivery. Based on these impending regulations to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes sold in the United States, the Company has elected to launch Beyond Nicotine™ as an approach to building awareness of TAAT™ as a nicotine-free alternative to tobacco cigarettes for smokers aged 21+. In a press release dated April 14, 2021, the Company announced several key findings from a consumer research study which reflected positive reception of TAAT™, both in concept and as an actual product, which included nearly three quarters of subjects who sampled the product classifying the overall quality as “very good” or “somewhat good”. These sentiments largely reflect in-market performance of TAAT™ to date through in-store and online sales. A graphic accompanying this announcement is available athttps://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/03673a08-3a7c-4620-9424-f27874aa05ed Readers using news aggregation services may be unable to view the media above. Please access SEDAR or the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website for a version of this press release containing all published media. The Beyond Nicotine™ initiative will consist of moderate revisions to the Company’s messaging in its materials and communications and potentially campaigns through various media channels (e.g., online, digital out-of-home, point of sale) which would broadcast the Beyond Nicotine™ slogan to smokers aged 21+ in the United States. As of Thursday, April 22, 2021, the Company has updated certain parts of its consumer-facing website to include Beyond Nicotine™ messaging. Furthermore, TAAT™ has started producing promotional graphics built around Beyond Nicotine™, which the Company intends to strategically place and distribute throughout the tobacco marketplace in light of these potential regulatory changes in the United States relating to nicotine. A graphic accompanying this announcement is available athttps://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/c41ec899-a133-44f0-a5f6-e1aa508dba18 Readers using news aggregation services may be unable to view the media above. Please access SEDAR or the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website for a version of this press release containing all published media. TAAT™ CEO Setti Coscarella commented, “This announcement from the Biden administration alters the landscape in which we operate as smokers 21+ in the United States will no longer be thinking of nicotine as just something they might be considering leaving behind, but rather something they would soon have no choice but to reduce their intake of at a bare minimum. For several months now, I have been saying how the lack of nicotine in TAAT™ products is one of our best selling points because nicotine is objectively a useless drug. Indeed, tens of millions of smokers aged 21+ in the United States can currently choose between a ‘full-nicotine’ tobacco cigarette or a nicotine-free alternative such as TAAT™. However, it is very possible that later in 2021 the former option may not exist. Smokers aged 21+ now have the opportunity to try, and perhaps switch to TAAT™ and experience the difference that can be had by forgetting about nicotine and keeping the sensations they enjoy. We therefore expect Beyond Nicotine™ to be an important element of our brand in 2021 as the U.S. tobacco industry prepares to potentially take on an unprecedented shift, which we hope to be able to capitalize upon by providing smokers aged 21+ a better and nicotine-free choice.” Sources 1 - Wall Street Journal (April 19, 2021) Biden Administration Considering Rule to Cut Nicotine in Cigarettes 2 - CNBC (April 19, 2021) Tobacco stocks drop on report Biden administration is planning to cut nicotine levels in cigarettes On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Company, TAAT™ LIFESTYLE & WELLNESS LTD. “Setti Coscarella” Setti Coscarella, CEO and Director For further information, please contact: TAAT™ Investor Relations1-833-TAAT-USA (1-833-822-8872)email@example.com THE CANADIAN SECURITIES EXCHANGE (“CSE”) HAS NOT REVIEWED AND DOES NOT ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ACCURACY OR ADEQUACY OF THIS RELEASE, NOR HAS OR DOES THE CSE’S REGULATION SERVICES PROVIDER. About TAAT™ Lifestyle & Wellness Ltd. The Company has developed TAAT™, which is a tobacco-free and nicotine-free alternative to traditional cigarettes offered in "Original", "Smooth", and "Menthol" varieties. TAAT™'s base material is Beyond Tobacco™, a proprietary blend which undergoes a patent-pending refinement technique causing its scent and taste to resemble tobacco. Under executive leadership with "Big Tobacco" pedigree, TAAT™ was launched first in the United States in Q4 2020 as the Company seeks to position itself in the $814 billion1 global tobacco industry. For more information, please visit http://taatglobal.com. References 1 British American Tobacco - The Global Market Forward-Looking Statements This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Often, but not always, forward-looking information and information can be identified by the use of words such as “plans”, “expects” or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “estimates”, “intends”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, or “believes”, or variations of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur, or be achieved. Forward-looking information in this news release includes statements regarding the potential launch of Beyond Tobacco™, in addition to the following: Potential outcomes and effects of the Company’s Beyond Nicotine™ initiatives. The forward-looking information reflects management’s current expectations based on information currently available and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause outcomes to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking information. Although the Company believes that the assumptions and factors used in preparing the forward-looking information are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on such information and no assurance can be given that such events will occur in the disclosed timeframes or at all. Factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations include: (i) adverse market conditions; (ii) changes to the growth and size of the tobacco markets; and (iii) other factors beyond the control of the Company. The Company operates in a rapidly evolving environment. New risk factors emerge from time to time, and it is impossible for the Company’s management to predict all risk factors, nor can the Company assess the impact of all factors on Company’s business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ from those contained in any forward-looking information. The forward-looking information included in this news release are made as of the date of this news release and the Company expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law. The statements in this news release have not been evaluated by Health Canada or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. As each individual is different, the benefits, if any, of taking the Company’s products will vary from person to person. No claims or guarantees can be made as to the effects of the Company’s products on an individual’s health and well-being. The Company’s products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. 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