Van Miert said the existing regime meant his officials were swamped with hundreds of small-fry cases which could be dealt with by national regulators.But governments are already beginning to see cracks in the proposal, even though most support its aims.“There are a lot of legal questions related to the change. Everyone agrees that you have to do something but then you get the problem of ensuring coherence of the decentralised system,” said one diplomat from a Scandinavian member state. “Maintaining control is legally very tricky.”Such concerns have been echoed by others, including the UK, which fears the proposed approach could lead to widely divergent interpretations of EU law by courts and regulators in different member states, creating legal uncertainty which would pose serious problems for companies planning new ventures.The current rules, which date back to the 1960s, require firms to seek the Commission’s approval for commercial agreements involving trade between member states – such as franchising or licensing arrangements – unless they fall within the scope of existing block exemptions.The White Paper drawn up by Van Miert recommends that companies and their lawyers should be given initial responsibility for judging the legality of their agreements instead of notifying the Commission first. Competition Commissioner Mario Monti hopes to win broad support for the planned new approach, which is designed to reduce his department’s mounting workload, at a meeting of Union industry ministers next Tuesday (9 November).Diplomats say there will be no debate on the reform plan at this stage, and that Monti will simply use the occasion to explain how the proposed new rules would work in practice.The proposals were drawn up by Monti’s predecessor Karel van Miert, who complained that current anti-trust rules were hampering the Commission’s efforts to police major anti-trust crimes in the EU, just before he left office. If these agreements were challenged later, it would be up to national authorities and courts rather than the Commission to investigate complaints – unless Monti and his officials judged that the case involved a really serious breach of EU competition rules.As well as devolving some of the Commission’s powers to member states, the new approach would put far more onus on complaints from companies and consumers who bear the brunt of anti-competitive practices. It would also set a four-month time limit for the Commission to inform complainants as to whether it intends to investigate their allegations in detail.
Pinterest “What we found is that most people don’t like these warning labels, whether they are smokers or nonsmokers,” said Nicole LaVoie, a doctoral student in communication and the lead author of the study, published online by the journal Communication Research and scheduled for a future print issue.“It makes them angry, it makes them express negative thoughts about the packaging, that they’re being manipulated,” LaVoie said. “Ultimately, it also makes them think that the source – the government in this case, mandating these labels – is being overly domineering, is being too much in their business.”What’s more, the strongest response of this kind came from participants who measured high in psychological reactance, a personality trait that makes them more prone to negative and resistant thoughts when they perceive they’re being told what to do, she said.In some cases, this trait can produce something close to a boomerang effect, according to Brian Quick, a professor of communication and one of three co-authors of the paper, who has studied psychological reactance theory with other health issues. “If these individuals see things as freedom threats, they are going to be more attracted to perform the threatened behavior.”Since smokers tend to be somewhat higher in this trait, LaVoie said, “we might actually be doing harm to a group that might need the most help if they’re battling an addiction to smoking.”The participants in the study were 435 undergraduates between the ages of 18 and 25, with a median age of 20. Smokers were 17.5 percent of the sample and nonsmokers (no smoking within the previous month) were 82.5 percent. About two-thirds were female and one-third male; 62.3 percent identified as white and the rest as nonwhite or multiracial.As part of the study, all participants were given a cigarette package of the same popular brand, along with a questionnaire designed to measure certain personality traits, as well as their reaction to the package. Half of the smokers and half of the nonsmokers were given packages with graphic warning labels with one of seven images, and the other half were given packages with a text-only label like the one now in use.The images had all been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use on graphic warning labels in the U.S., whenever they go into effect. (That was once scheduled to happen in 2012, following legislation, but the law has since been tied up in the courts.) Among the images were those of diseased lungs, a diseased mouth, a person dying of lung cancer, another afflicted by heart disease or stroke, and a corpse.Numerous studies in other countries have shown smoking decreasing after the implementation of graphic warning labels, LaVoie said, but in many cases the new labels coincided with other tobacco control measures such as tax increases and smoking bans.Also, many smokers in some of those countries simply buy and use slip covers that go over the package, she said. They can avoid the images, regain a sense of control and continue to smoke.That was one reason LaVoie wanted to conduct the study. “We always measure and look at the intended effects, like encouraging people to quit smoking, but sometimes we don’t remember to look at what else these messages are doing that we’re not thinking about, like causing reactance,” she said.“Our goal is to think about what can we do, what messages can we construct, that are effective for the whole, but also target these groups that are the most in need of help.” Images of disease and suffering should move smokers to kick the habit – at least, that’s the thinking behind graphic warning labels used on cigarette packages in much of the world, and maybe someday in the U.S.According to a University of Illinois study, however, “the good intentions of this tobacco control measure may be for naught.”The reason: Those graphic images are perceived by many as a threat to their freedom, choice or autonomy, and they respond accordingly. LinkedIn Share on Twitter Email Share Share on Facebook
Plastic Straws As at January 1, 2019, a ban will be instituted on the import and manufacture of plastic drinking straws. There will be no ban on wax-lined paper straws or other non-plastic straws. The importation of straws attached to lunch juice boxes and drink pouches will be banned as of January 1, 2021. Minister Vaz noted that consultations were held with several stakeholders in the industry. The meetings were facilitated through the Multi-Sectoral Working Group, established by Cabinet last year, along with representatives from the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation. In the meantime, Minister Vaz said the Government is seeking to devise a Deposit Refund Scheme supported by legislation to address the use and recycling of polyethylene terephthalate or PET bottles. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Expanded Polystyrene Foam Commencing January 1, 2019, the Government will institute a ban on the importation of expanded measures to regulate specific categories of plastic packaging materials polystyrene foam, commonly referred to as ‘Styrofoam™’, for use as finished goods in the food and beverage industry, that is, food and beverage containers. In addition, the local manufacture and distribution of polystyrene foam for use as finished goods in the food and beverage industry will be banned as at January 1, 2020. Minister Vaz added that the use of polystyrene for the packaging of food items such as raw meats will be exempt. However, producers of products which utilize such packaging must apply to NEPA for limited exemptions. Audio Playerhttps://today.caricom.org/wp-content/uploads/Daryl-Vaz-on-ban-on-plastic-audio.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. The Government of Jamaica has announced a ban on the importation, manufacture and distribution of three types of plastic products effective January 1, 2019. The historic move is part of a phased process of reducing the country’s use of plastics and plastic-based products and to regulate specific categories of plastic packaging materials. Minister with Responsibility for the Environment, Hon. Daryl Vaz made the announcement today (September 17) during a press briefing at Jamaica House. Measures to be implemented are as follows: Single Use Plastic Carrier/Shopping Bags As at January 1, 2019, the Government will impose a ban on the import, manufacture, distribution and use of all single-use plastic carrier bags with dimensions at and below 24 inches by 24 inches (24”x24”), which includes those bags commonly referred to locally as ‘scandal bags’ and ‘T-shirt bags’, used primarily in the retail and wholesale sectors. Minister Vaz stated that manufacturers and importers of single-use shopping bags made of polyethylene, and such products must apply to the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) for limited exemptions. These applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis for continued manufacture and importation, allowable not later than January 1, 2021. Barbados Announces Plastics Ban From April 1From Monday, April 1, the importation, retail, sale and use of petro-based single-use plastic (plastic made from petroleum) will no longer be allowed in Barbados. Products such as single-use plastic cups; cutlery, including plastic knives, forks and spoons; stirrers; straws; plates; egg trays (both plastic and Styrofoam), and Styrofoam containers…January 23, 2019In “Barbados”Opinion: Living with less plastic(Barbados Today) Look around you. Do you see any plastic? A supermarket or gas station bag blowing in the wind? A styrofoam food container or cup on the side of the road? A bottle or plastic-lined juice box that was just pelted out of a van? What about a snack…September 2, 2018In “Barbados”COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE FORTIETH REGULAR MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY Gros Islet, Saint Lucia, 3-5 JULY 2019The Fortieth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held at Gros Islet, Saint Lucia 3-5, July 2019 under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Honourable Allen Chastanet. Other Members of the Conference in attendance were: Prime Minister of…July 6, 2019In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp
Odfjell SE has finalised forming of an LPG/Ethylene shipping joint venture with Breakwater Capital and Oak Hill Advisors, L.P., first announced on May 16, 2014.In accordance with the joint venture agreement, Breakwater Capital and Oak Hill Advisors, L.P. have jointly agreed to invest approximately USD 50 million as consideration for the 50% equity interest in Odfjell’s LPG/Ethylene business.Further, Odfjell, Breakwater Capital and Oak Hill Advisors have each agreed to commit approximately USD 50 million to finance the further growth of the joint venture.[mappress]Press Release, October 01, 2014
The units had a weight of 87 tonnes each and were bound for a private power plant and moved successfully to the site.Meanwhile, another GPLN member, the Projects, Oil & Energy division of CSS Group recently handled the shipment of 1,200 cu m of air cooler units and accessories from a supplier’s yard in Malaysia to the port of Alexandria in Egypt. CSS Group says that whilst the entire job was undertaken smoothly and effectively in a very short period, with close coordination with both the agents and supplier, the task was not easy as it was contracted to undertake the work at very short notice.Saint-Petersburg, Russia based GPLN member TIS Ltd carried out a unique transportation of a turbine from Hamburg, Germany to Leningrad area in Russia. The weight of the turbine was approximately 308 tonness and had measured 10.93 m x 5.18 m x 4.86 m. www.dynamic-shipping.comwww.cssgroupsite.comtis-spb.comwww.gpln.net
This Aug. 22, 2014 file photo, shows Alexander Hamilton’s tomb in the graveyard at Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan. The inscription calls him a “patriot of incorruptible integrity, the soldier of approved valour, the statesman of consummate wisdom.” Hamilton was fatally shot in a duel with Aaron Burr in 1804. Interest in historic sites associated with Hamilton has increased thanks to the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton.” (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz, File) This Jan. 21, 2015 file photo, shows the Alexander Hamilton Room at the Museum of American Finance in Lower Manhattan. Hamilton, the Founding Father pictured on the $10 bill, was America’s first Treasury Secretary, and is credited with creating a modern financial system, funding the national debt, and establishing a mint with the dollar as currency. He founded the Bank of New York on the site where the finance museum is located. Interest in historic sites associated with Hamilton has increased thanks to the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton.” (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz, File) This Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, shows Hamilton Park in Weehawken, N.J., on the Hudson River across from Manhattan. The plaque and bust of Alexander Hamilton is near the dueling grounds where Hamilton was fatally shot by Aaron Burr in 1804. Interest in historic sites associated with Hamilton has increased thanks to the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton.” (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz. File) NEW YORK | Historic sites connected to Alexander Hamilton are getting a lot more visitors than they used to, thanks to a little Broadway show you might have heard about.Fans of the musical “Hamilton,” which won 11 Tony Awards Sunday, are hunting down every Hamilton spot they can think of, from his home in Harlem, to his burial site in Lower Manhattan, to Hamilton Park in Weehawken, New Jersey, near the dueling grounds where he was shot by Aaron Burr.Kerissa Bearce, 35, an instructional technology coach from Fort Worth, Texas, visited all those sites and many more when she came to New York to see the show with two friends. “I pretty much don’t remember anything about the founding of my country, but now I’m learning all of it,” Bearce said.Bearce is among thousands of “Hamilton” fans boosting visitor numbers at historic sites that in the past were barely on tourists’ radars. Hamilton Grange, his Harlem home and a National Park site, had as many visitors in the first five months of this year as it did in all of 2015 — more than 35,000 people. And that’s a 75 percent increase over the 21,000 visitors who toured the Grange in 2014, the year before “Hamilton” opened. Artifacts at the site include a piano that Hamilton’s daughter Angelica played. A replica of the instrument is featured in the show.But fans are also finding their way to more obscure spots, like the Schuyler-Hamilton House in Morristown, New Jersey, where Hamilton courted his wife Eliza.“We have 5-year-olds, 16-year-olds, 30-year-olds coming here now,” said Pat Sanftner, who gives tours of the Schuyler-Hamilton House. “We did not have that audience in our museum before. We had 60-year-olds. It’s wonderful to have these conversations now with visitors. We’re not just teaching. They’re questioning us and they’re thinking.”Tourists have always visited Hamilton’s tomb in the graveyard at Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan. But now, not only are more people paying their respects, but they’re also looking for the graves of Hamilton’s wife, sister-in-law, son and his buddy Hercules Mulligan. “Visitors also now leave flowers, stones, coins, notes, even a potted plant, at Hamilton’s monument and on Eliza’s stone just in front of it,” said Trinity spokeswoman Lynn Goswick.The show’s star and creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, wrote part of “Hamilton” at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Manhattan’s Washington Heights. The mansion’s executive director Carol Ward estimates that half of their visitors now come because of the show. “We’ve been riding the wave,” Ward said. “The show has gotten people interested in history in a completely new, fresh way.”The Morris-Jumel Mansion is known for a dinner party hosted there by President George Washington for his cabinet, attended by Hamilton, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. (A different dinner party depicted in the show’s song “The Room Where It Happens” took place at Jefferson’s residence, now marked with a plaque at 57 Maiden Lane in Lower Manhattan.) But the mansion has a Burr connection too: Burr married the rich widow who owned the house. She later divorced Burr, and her lawyer was Hamilton’s son.A truly obscure spot on the Hamilton trail is a well where a woman’s body was found in 1800, located in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood. Hamilton and Burr defended the woman’s lover against a murder charge, and while the well isn’t mentioned in the musical, the trial is referenced in one song. That was enough to send Bearce and her friends looking for the well, now located inside the COS clothing store on Spring Street.“We were in pursuit of that well,” said Bearce.Other pilgrimage sites include Hamilton statues in Central Park and at Columbia University. A sign outside 82 Jane St. in Greenwich Village marks the site where Hamilton was taken to die after the duel left him mortally wounded.Some destinations are advertising in the Broadway Playbill for “Hamilton,” including the Caribbean island of Nevis, where Hamilton was born, and the Museum of American Finance on Wall Street, where Hamilton founded the Bank of New York. The museum has an Alexander Hamilton Room.The Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society (AHA) has been holding Hamilton celebrations since 2012, but bigger turnouts are expected this year for AHA’s Celebrate Hamilton programs. Events scheduled for July include the “Young Immigrant Hamilton Tour,” July 7-8, in Elizabeth, New Jersey, where Hamilton attended prep school, and a July 7 talk about Hamilton as “Spymaster,” focusing on his espionage work, at Fraunces Tavern in Lower Manhattan.The New-York Historical Society launches “Summer of Hamilton” July 4 with a variety of programs plus artifacts like the pamphlet admitting Hamilton’s affair with Maria Reynolds. Hamilton items already on display at the society include a pair of statues depicting him and Burr facing off in the duel, along with replicas of their pistols.The “I Love NY” tourism campaign is pitching sites from a “Path Through History” trail using lyrics from the show. For example, as Washington’s “right-hand man,” Hamilton was a guest at the Van Wyck Homestead in Fishkill, New York. Eliza’s sister Angelica sings she’s “always by your side” at Eliza’s wedding to Hamilton at the Schuyler Mansion in Albany. And at the Dutchess County Courthouse in Poughkeepsie, Hamilton argued for ratification of the Constitution, as in, “We’re making history.”Online:SUMMER OF HAMILTON: https://www.nyhistory.org/summer-hamiltonALEXANDER HAMILTON AWARENESS SOCIETY: https://the-aha-society.com/index.php/initiatives/official-events/89-celebratehamilton/217-celebratehamilton-2016HAMILTON GRANGE: https://www.nps.gov/hagr/MORRIS-JUMEL MANSION: https://www.morrisjumel.org/SCHUYLER-HAMILTON HOUSE: https://www.njdar.org/schuyler-hamilton.htmlThis story corrects Bearce’s age. This Jan. 10, 2015 file photo, shows the dining room at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in New York. President George Washington hosted a dinner party here for his cabinet in 1790, including Secretary Treasurer Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson and Vice President John Adams. Washington used the mansion for his military headquarters in 1776. Interest in historic sites associated with Hamilton has increased thanks to the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton.” (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz, File) In this June 3, 2016 photo, a visitor to the cemetery of Trinity Church, stops at the grave of Alexander Hamilton, in New York’s Financial District. Interest in historic sites associated with Hamilton has increased thanks to the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton.” (AP Photo/Richard Drew) This June 25, 2015 photo shows The Grange, the home that Alexander Hamilton moved his family into in 1802 in the Harlem section of New York City. Interest in historic sites associated with Hamilton has increased thanks to the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton.” (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz) This Jan. 21, 2015 file photo, shows a black plaque at 82 Jane St. in New York marking the site where Alexander Hamilton died in 1804. Hamilton was shot in a duel by Aaron Burr in Weehawken, N.J., and died here a day later. Interest in historic sites associated with Hamilton has increased thanks to the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton.” (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz, File) This Jan. 20, 2015 file photo taken in the Schuyler-Hamilton House in Morristown, N.J., shows curator Patricia Sanftner holding pictures of Alexander Hamilton and his wife, Elizabeth Schuyler. Hamilton, who was George Washington’s aide de camp, courted Schuyler at the house while troops were encamped at Morristown in 1779 and 1780 during the Revolutionary War. The house, also known as the Jabez Campfield House, is owned by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Interest in historic sites associated with Hamilton has increased thanks to the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton.” (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz, File)
Colombian footballer Alejandro Penaranda was killed in a gun attack on Saturday in which his teammate Heissen Izquierdo was injured, reports said.Penaranda, who plied his trade for second division Deportivo Tulua, succumbed to his injuries.In a statement, published by ESPNFC, Deportivo Tulua confirmed the death of the 24-year-old forward in a “violent act”.”The incident took place at 12:40 a.m. local time. There was a party with various footballers,” police commander Hugo Casos was quoted as saying by ESPNFC.”A man came to the place asking for a woman and seconds later jumped over the wall and began to shoot the young men, leaving one dead and one injured,” the Deportivo Tulua statement said.According to the preliminary investigations, the attack was aimed at Alejandro and Heissen, although it is believed that a woman is involved who should have been at the party but wasn’t. The police believes it is a crime of passion.”Club Deportivo Tulu and America de Cali express their sincere condolences for the tragic death of the player Alejandro Penaranda, in a violent act that took place at Friday night in a house in Cali east,” the added.”Undoubtedly, the death of this 24-year-old, who was part of our institutions, is a terrible loss for professional football because there are many games left to play and many goals that would surely have come through the dedication and professionalism that he always showed.”We send a message of support to his family and friends and pray to God to give them strength to overcome the absence of this great person who always fought to achieve his dreams and who left an indelible mark on their hearts.advertisement”We raise a prayer to God for the quick recovery of Heissen Izquierdo, who was also affected in this terrible event.”Colombia players held a minute’s silence in memory of Penaranda before Friday’s 0-0 friendly draw against Egypt in Bergamo, Italy.(With IANS inputs)