News story: Chair and Chief Executive Designates appointed to UK Trade Remedies Authority

first_img As we build our independent trade policy for the UK, it’s important that we continue to protect our domestic industries against harmful or unfair trading practices. So, it’s a real honour to be appointed as Chief Executive Designate of the TRA. I am very much looking forward to working with Sir David Wright and the new team to set up this exciting new body and begin doing its important work. The TRA will support UK businesses in the international trading environment. This is something I’ve been doing throughout my career, both in government and in the private sector, and protecting British businesses and jobs from harmful or unfair trading practices will be my key priority. I’m delighted to be appointed as Chair Designate of the TRA and I am ready to start building this crucial organisation, alongside a strong team. Chair Designate of the TRA, Sir David Wright said: The TRA will protect UK industry against unfair trading practices, so it is in our national interest to ensure it is set up and appropriately staffed now in the case of no deal. That is why I am calling for all opposition parties in both the House of Commons and Lords to give support to the Trade Bill to ensure no parts of the UK or UK industries are at risk of being unprotected. So, I am delighted to welcome Sir David and Claire as Chair and Chief Executive Designates to the TRA, which will take the reins on protecting British industry as we leave the European Union. I have the utmost confidence in their vast experience and I am certain they will do an excellent job in supporting UK businesses, ensuring that our trade with the world remains fair as well as free. Chief Executive Designate of the TRA, Claire Bassett said:center_img The Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade, the Rt. Hon Dr. Liam Fox MP, has today appointed Sir David Wright, the UK’s former Ambassador to Japan and Korea, to DIT as Chair Designate of the UK Trade Remedies Authority (TRA), which will serve to protect the UK’s industries from harmful or unfair trade after we leave the European Union.Sir David previously served as Chief Executive of British Trade International – later known as UK Trade and Investment.Department for International Trade Permanent Secretary, Antonia Romeo, has also announced that Claire Bassett, currently Chief Executive of the Electoral Commission and formerly of the Parole Board for England and Wales, has been appointed TRA Chief Executive Designate after an open Civil Service recruitment process. Claire will be leaving her role at the Electoral Commission.Based in Reading, the TRA will be a UK-wide body responsible for investigating claims of harmful or unfair trading practices by businesses abroad, including dumping products on the UK market. Where these are found, the TRA will propose measures to remove any injury suffered by UK industry, with a final decision taken by the Secretary of State.Welcoming their appointment, International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox MP said: Trade remedy measures support free trade by ensuring it is also based on rules, in accordance with the UK’s international obligations to the World Trade Organisation and traditions. These ensure that UK industry is not left unprotected against these unfair trading practices.The appointees will take up their posts in the coming months, and will be focused on establishing the TRA in preparation from the UK’s departure from the European Union in March next year.Notes to Editor:About Sir David Wright: Sir David presents an outstanding profile in international and bilateral trade policy. His distinguished career includes serving as the UK’s former ambassador to both the Republic of Korea and Japan. He was the first Chief Executive of British Trade International and, subsequently, UK Trade and Investment. Sir David also brings an impressive non-executive record, having served as Vice-Chairman of Barclays Capital until March 2018. About Claire Bassett: Claire offers extensive public body leadership experience, having most recently served as Chief Executive of the Electoral Commission. Prior to that, she was Chief Executive of both the Parole Board for England and Wales and the Criminal Cases Review Commission.last_img read more

Company releases Notre Dame sports trivia game ‘You Gotta Know South Bend’

first_imgAround four years ago, then-radio announcer Brad Riter decided to take a chance. As a man with over 20 years of experience in Buffalo sports radio, Riter decided to make a game that people from his hometown in upstate New York would enjoy. The whole point behind the game was to put something together that “would bring back nostalgia” for his hometown, he said. This game, which became “You Gotta Know Buffalo Sports,” involved hundreds of trivia questions about Buffalo sports and was first released for sale in 2014.While designing his first game, Riter was cautiously optimistic that his company would grow to expand into further cities. “I remember while I was working on the first game that I could envision a world in which I was in charge of a staff of writers that could crank out games for people in their own communities,” Riter said. “I had a hunch this would become my life, but you had to have some success before expanding to more markets.”After his first game was successful, Riter’s newly founded company, “You Gotta Know Games,” began to expand its reach. Since then, the company has released 21 additional trivia games, each focusing on a unique city — including South Bend.Early on, expansion was primarily focused on cities with multiple professional sports teams, such as Philadelphia, New York City and Pittsburgh. However, Riter said, as time progressed, the company decided to expand into cities with major college sports teams. “Our first foray into college sports was ‘You Gotta Know Columbus,’” he said. “It was our first attempt to reach outside of a pro city. We were trying to connect with the Ohio State Buckeyes fans. We knew it was going to be a challenge and that it was going to be different. I’m a Buckeyes fan, so it made sense that it would be the first market we would do.”After the release of the trivia game targeting Columbus, Riter decided to expand his company’s markets to include what he saw as the two most feasible audiences — Michigan fans and Notre Dame fans, noting that they were both incredibly passionate fanbases. In particular, Riter described Notre Dame’s national influence as a reason to release “You Gotta Know South Bend Sports.”“There’s not a city in America where you can’t find a core of Notre Dame fans,” Riter said. “There’s a sort of ‘America’s Team’ sense around Notre Dame.”“You Gotta Know South Bend Sports” is available through the company’s website and is available on Amazon Prime for $19.95. Riter noted those who play the game should not feel limited by the rules included on the box, as the intention of the game is to provide fun trivia.“We have a set of rules on the back of the box,” Riter said. “The rules on the back state that you race to 21 — there’s no dice, no board, nothing like that, there’s only the information that’s in the box. People buy the game, don’t read the rules, and start digging into it as if it is a book. Make your own rules — have fun. Ask your questions to your friends. It’s a conversation starter, really. Delve into it, do what you want and bring up what’s already on your hearts and minds. It’s about nostalgia and camaraderie that comes along with being a fan.”Tags: Band of the Fighting Irish, Brad Riter, South Bend sports, sports trivia, You Gotta Know Games, You Gotta Know South Bend Sportslast_img read more

TeamChild at risk of losing the funding game

first_img TeamChild at risk of losing the funding game Associate Editor “What would you do with a 14-year-old, retarded pregnant girl charged with battery on her mother?“Or a child, cared for by her octogenarian great grandmother, who is severely mentally ill and harasses her equally aged next-door neighbor to get an exciting ride in a police car?“How might one hope to arrange effective supervision of probation for a child whose own parents are incarcerated?”Second Judicial Circuit Judge Jonathan Sjostrom posed those very tough questions in a February 4 open letter.This Tallahassee juvenile delinquency judge already knows the answer:Let TeamChild, a program combining the skills of social workers and lawyers— through the Second Circuit Public Defenders Office, Legal Services of North Florida, and Florida State University College of Law’s Advocacy Center—tackle these most difficult cases of children charged with crimes.But as successful as TeamChild is in serving all of the needs of the whole child charged with a crime, the program is in danger of ceasing to exist because it is running out of money. Generous three-year start-up funding totaling $1.38 million from The Florida Bar Foundation for the TeamChild program ran out in June 2003. Last year’s legislative budget crisis nixed the hope of the program being funded through the Department of Juvenile Justice, as anticipated.“We are holding it together with spit and polish,” said Second Judicial Public Defender Nancy Daniels, who employs a social worker in her office to refer juvenile delinquent cases to legal services lawyers.“I’ve seen all the good it’s done with many, many delinquent children and their families. We need manna from heaven. If we had our druthers, we would have a steady funding source.”Instead, Kris Knab, executive director of Legal Services of North Florida, is furiously applying for mini-grants, dipping into her own pocket, squeezing a few thousand from the Tallahassee police chief, organizing Jazz for Justice benefits, arranging to reap some proceeds from donated goods at a thrift shop, and otherwise begging for more to keep the $121,500-a year program running that serves 112 clients in Leon and Gadsden counties. She has enough money to keep the program afloat through June. Legislators, she wonders, are you listening?“These children are on the edge of falling into nothingness for the rest of their life. Once they go over the edge, it’s hard to get them back up,” Knab said.“They’ve been labeled and kicked out, because at some point, too, your family gets disgusted you are a burden. This program is catching them right there at the edge of disaster and turning them into total successes.”She is quick to add: “Not all of them. We can’t catch all of them.”But there are so many successes to celebrate.Victor Williams, the social worker at the Second Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office, can put names and faces on those successes. Without TeamChild, Williams said he knows children will be placed inappropriately in juvenile delinquency residential commitment programs that won’t meet their real needs, because they don’t address the underlying issues that contribute to criminal activity: the need for special education services and mental health care, for starters.“I know most of the clients and their families, and it’s pretty cool to really help out,” Williams said. “I’ll be at a grocery store and bump into a kid’s mom, who tells me she appreciates her kid is on the honor roll now.“Or I may see someone who was a problem kid who DCF (Department of Children and Families) placed with a sister, and he tells me, ‘Yeah, man, I’m staying with my sister and I’m working on my GED at Lively (Vocational-Technical School) now.’“This program gives the client a sense that someone is listening to their needs,” Williams said. “And we don’t just drop the case. When problems arise, they know they can call me, and I can speak with a civil attorney and get things done. It makes parents feels like there is someone to reach out and touch.”TeamChild’s triumphs go beyond anecdotal stories.Proven success has been measured by an independent evaluation by Stefan Norrbin, a professor of economics, and David Rasmussen, dean of the College of Social Sciences at FSU.The goal of their 2002 study was to find out whether or not TeamChild significantly reduces the arrest rate among troubled youth who had been previously arrested two to three times a year. The evaluation found that the TeamChild program lowered post-treatment arrest rates by 45 percent. And the project generated between $2.44 and $3.91 of benefits for each dollar spent by saving law-enforcement and social-services costs, and as well as losses suffered by victims.“Whether a kid recidivates isn’t affected,” Rasmussen explained in an interview. “But if they do recidivate, it’s not as often. These kids are incredibly troubled, and there’s been lots of child abuse. The idea of saying they will never do anything again is probably heroic.”TeamChild, he concluded, is a cost-effective, beneficial alternative to “not just warehousing kids terribly cheated by society, by their parents actually, as a matter of fact, because they have had no one to advocate for them.”“The results are excellent on this one-year study,” said Kent Spuhler, director of Florida Legal Services. “If you look at that study, they were saying, ‘Boy, we really want to study these children two, three years from now, because it looks like the results will be even more impressive.”Spuhler said the TeamChild project advocates “ran into the perfect storm.”“You do something that you hope will work. We conceptualized it. Fortunately, The Florida Bar Foundation is willing to do risk funding, so they were able to put the money in the project when it was our idea. Then, when our idea was proven to work, we had the budget storm (during last year’s legislative session),” he said.And there was a shipwreck of funding that has left a scramble to piece it back together.“What we find is families have legal barriers, not just social service barriers. And if you don’t get rid of the legal barriers, social service work doesn’t have an opportunity to achieve success,” Spuhler said.The original TeamChild program was created in 1995 in Seattle, Washington, and has been replicated in Leon and Gadsden counties, as well as Broward County, with great success through the Foundation start-up funding. (Broward County’s TeamChild program serves only girls and the county’s special children’s services taxing district has prevented the program from shutting down, Sphuler said.)TeamChild’s fans include a cross-section of court officials, including Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente, who chairs the Steering Committee on Families and Children in the Court; Pat Badland, chief of the Office of Court Improvement at the Office of the State Courts Administrator; Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney Willie Meggs, president of the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association; Daniels, president of the Florida Public Defender Association; and Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell. They have written letters of support in a desperate search for funding that runs out in June.In his letter, Judge Sjostrom summed up TeamChild with a strong endorsement:“Our laws promise to both punish criminal conduct and also to address social, educational, mental health and other basic needs that, when neglected, breed juvenile crime. In my experience, TeamChild was indispensable in keeping the second part of the promise to the most troubled children.“Without TeamChild, each case would simply be processed as just another juvenile crime. I cannot pretend that we succeeded with all such children. But without TeamChild, many, many more children would have been lost in the system.” TeamChild at risk of losing the funding game March 1, 2004 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

GSK to develop plant-based COVID-19 vaccine with Canada’s Medicago

first_imgThe world’s largest vaccine-maker GSK has put its vaccine booster technology to work in a potential new COVID-19 shot, to be developed with a Canadian biopharmaceutical company backed by tobacco company Philip Morris.Rather than developing its own vaccine in the global race to combat the pandemic, GSK has instead focused on contributing its adjuvant technology to at least seven other global companies, including Sanofi and China’s Clover.The latest deal, with Canadian firm Medicago, uses plant-based technology that differs from GSK’s other coronavirus-partnerships and boosts the London-listed company’s chances of finding a successful candidate and scaling production relatively quickly. There are no approved vaccines for the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus, but 19 vaccines are being trialled in humans globally and some treatments, such as Gilead’s remdesivir, have been approved in certain regions.Medicago’s approach, already used in a flu vaccine awaiting Canadian approval, takes the leaves of a plant as bioreactors to produce one of the three spike proteins of the novel coronavirus, the S-spike, which can be then used in the vaccine with GSK’s adjuvant.GSK said on Tuesday the companies aimed to make their vaccine available in the first half of next year and produce about 100 million doses by the end of 2021. An early-stage human trial of three different dosage levels is expected to begin in mid-July.Adjuvants, or efficacy boosters, are added to some vaccines to increase the immune response with the aim of achieving more lasting immunity against an infection.Medicago, headquartered in Quebec City, Canada, is privately owned. PMI has a 33% stake, and Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma holds the remainder.PMI has said it is evaluating options for its stake in Medicago. It was not immediately available for further comment.Topics :last_img read more