Safe as houses? Our electoral map is fuelling voter apathy

first_imgIt is hard to define exactly how many “safe seats” there are out of the UK’s 650 constituencies, but the simple answer is “lots”.  Safe as houses? Our electoral map is fuelling voter apathy Perhaps it means a greater range of opportunities for individuals to get their concerns heard in parliament. 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The other parties, it seems, don’t think I’m worth their time.  It’s bad news for me, because I would quite like to get rid of my MP. Not only do I find his party’s pledges to nationalise vast swathes of the economy somewhat suspect, but his personal refusal to tackle the antisemitism crisis within Labour and his reluctance to even acknowledge that this is a major problem makes him, in my mind, unfit to be an MP, let alone a party leader. With so much talk over the past three years about whether parliament or Downing Street is acting “undemocratically”, the confidence that we can hold our representatives to account is not a trivial concern. I am a resident of Islington North, represented by the career politician Jeremy Corbyn for the past 36 years. It is therefore no wonder that my vote is not particularly sought after. It is, in essence, meaningless.  If you don’t have a chance of firing your MP, you’d be forgiven for wondering what the point is (Getty Images) Against this backdrop, is it any wonder that disengagement and apathy have become hallmarks of our political system? If you don’t even have a chance of firing your local MP, you’d be forgiven for wondering what the point of it all is.  For a start, 101 have not changed party hands since 1945. More recently, research by the Electoral Reform Society predicted the outcome in 368 seats before the 2015 election and estimated that 25.7m voters lived in constituencies where there was really no contest. That’s over half the electorate.  However, that does not mean that our major parties can afford to ignore the tide of apathy.  Share This is not necessarily an argument in favour of reconsidering our first past the post electoral system. Every form of democracy has its benefits and its pitfalls.  This is to be expected in the seat of a party leader, but when I mentioned on Twitter how little I had been canvassed, the response was a flurry of messages from people in seats across the country held by MPs of all political stripes, who are simply being ignored in this election. City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. More generally, democracies work best when a large proportion of the electorate feel that they have a stake in the country’s future. High engagement helps legitimise the government, whoever it is led by.  From a self-interested perspective, they may find that safe seats do not remain safe forever. Labour’s panicky change of strategy this week to refocus attention on its Northern and Midland heartlands shows the danger of assuming you can take your traditional bases for granted. Perhaps it means stricter rules, so that there are more ways to remove an MP who is clearly unfit for the job. (One might think of Jared  whatsapp Regardless of whether electoral reform is back on the agenda in the near future, something needs to be done to re-engage the majority of voters who do not live in closely-fought marginal seats.  Rachel Cunliffe O’Mara, whose decision to take “time out” after a string of jaw-dropping complaints against him left his Sheffield Hallam constituents effectively without an MP for months.)  And if you look at the best and worst results for the major parties, factoring in the regional players in Northern Ireland and Scotland, around 400 seats suddenly don’t seem worth fighting over. Proportional representation may seem fairer, but tends to give disproportionate influence to fringe or single-issue parties that can skew the government in radical directions (just look at Israel). Alternative vote or list systems add an extra layer of complexity, and can result in some people’s votes being counted more than others’.  The UK’s system, for all its flaws, has historically resulted in majority governments that can act swiftly and effectively, without the need for laborious coalitions as in some European countries. Obviously this has not worked too well in recent elections, but a few bumpy years is not a good argument for wholesale electoral reform. Or maybe it just means more candidates knocking on doors to chat to voters, even in places where they know they will win or think they have no chance. Islington North residents matter too. In an election we keep being told will define the future direction of this country for decades to come, it is in politicians’ best interests to remember that. With less than two weeks to go until the country heads to the polls, I have personally encountered precisely one attempt to garner my vote, in the form of a leaflet from my local Green candidate.  I am far from alone in being deemed irrelevant by the various campaigns. I’m not even in a minority. While the parties may talk a lofty nationwide game as they feud over Brexit, the NHS, and the future of the economy, the dirty little secret is that they’re really not that interested in most of us. Opinion Main image credit: Getty And why should they? The Labour MP in my constituency has a majority of over 33,000 so clearly doesn’t need to bother with my vote, while the others aren’t wasting resources on a battle they can’t win. Friday 29 November 2019 6:45 amlast_img read more

News / ‘Resilient’ freight business rescues a tough year for DFDS

first_img Despite the dramatic decline in passenger numbers last year, a fourth-quarter surge in freight volumes helped mitigate the decline in Danish ferry operator DFDS’s profitability. “Passenger results were wiped out by the pandemic,” chief executive Torben Carlson said, referring to a 93% year-on-year decline in numbers, “but we also saw how resilient our freight business is.” Fourth-quarter freight volumes on its North Sea routes were up 16%, and 17% on cross-Channel services, attributed to pre-Brexit stockpiling, while Baltic and Mediterranean routes both saw 7% growth. “We are glad to have Brexit finally behind us because the uncertainty it created has gone, although the long-term effect on the UK economy remains uncertain,” Mr Carlsen said. The group recorded fourth-quarter revenues of just under Dkr3.8bn ($619.7m), a year-on-year decline of 6.8%, while quarterly ebitda was almost unchanged at Dkr769m. Full-year revenues came in at just under Dkr14bn, a drop of 15.8% on 2019, while full-year ebitda declined 24.8% to Dkr2.74bn. And Mr Carlsen said that the group had seen costs go up since the beginning of the year, which had combined with a widely reported step drop in cross-Channel trade during January. “Teething issues? We have seen a little more than that, with increased empty running and increased need for extra equipment which both raise costs. The integration between the customs systems and ours, and the customers’ need to declare the correct information have caused big operational challenges. “We have employees who have worked 40 days non-stop on this,” he said, adding that its seafood business in Scotland had to temporarily “ask customers not to come to us”. He said it was difficult to determine the cause of the drop in UK ferry freight volumes in January, how much could be attributed to the previous month’s stockpiling and how much to the customs problems. “It’s difficult to split the water on this, but the decline was actually a bit less than we expected given how much stockpiling was done in December. There may be some exports from the UK which have been impacted, while we think that most imports haven’t been affected by the teething problems. However, he said there could be renewed issues in July, when the UK border controls are due to be implemented. “But hopefully not as bad as January. For the EU, it is not so critical if goods from the UK cannot arrive, but for the UK it is very critical if goods cannot arrive from the EU. So, we expect customs will work to make sure it is not as bad as it was in January.” While attention is now largely focused on what is likely to happen to its cross-Channel and North Sea services into the UK, this month also saw DFDS launch a new service between Dunkirk and Rosslare, bypassing the UK landbridge, which it said had reached 100% utilisation. “There is currently very high demand for the Ireland-France service, but we need to see what the long-term viability of the route will be once the border situation on the Channel normalises, once the UK has put its border controls in place in July. The group has forecast 2021 revenue growth of 20-25% and a Dkr3bn-3.5bn ebitda. Capex this year is expected to be up to Dkr2.8bn, as a result of the first payment of the acquisition of HSF logistics, as well as financing two newbuild ferries which are due to be delivered this year. Photo 78972208 © Paul Wishart – By Gavin van Marle 10/02/2021last_img read more

Increased breastfeeding could save lives — if governments step up their game

first_img One of the most powerful lifesavers for babies doesn’t come from a pharmaceutical company. Instead, it comes from a mother’s breasts.That’s the takeaway from two papers published Thursday in the Lancet, in which researchers from around the world teamed up to analyze the scientific literature about breastfeeding.They found that increased breastfeeding worldwide could save over 800,000 children’s lives each year. And it could prevent 20,000 mothers from dying of breast and ovarian cancers, too.advertisement General Assignment Reporter Eric focuses on narrative features, exploring the startling ways that science and medicine affect people’s lives. Increased breastfeeding could save more than 800,000 children’s lives each year, according to a new analysis. Andrew Burton/Getty Images Related: “Breastfeeding is an exquisite personalized medicine,” said Dr. Cesar Victora, an epidemiologist at the Federal University of Pelotas, in Brazil, and a lead author of the papers. “There is a biological dialogue between mother and child. The breast milk may change according to the child’s need.”Victora’s comprehensive reviews come just days after the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) released a new set of guidelines urging physicians to support new mothers whether or not they choose to breastfeed.advertisement [email protected] Here’s what causes deaths among children worldwide These are just the most recent contributions to a long-standing debate as to whether breastfeeding is promoted too aggressively. HealthIncreased breastfeeding could save lives — if governments step up their game Eric Boodman The World Health Organization recommends that babies be fed nothing but breast milk for the first six months of life, and those guidelines have been taken up by many other organizations, including ACOG.But the US advisory group now wants to make sure that doctors are also taking patients’ choices into account.To Courtney Jung, a political scientist at the University of Toronto, that change is huge. She had been researching questions of race and indigenous identity, but she took a detour into the politics of breastfeeding when she became pregnant herself and realized what a hot-button issue it was. Last month, she published a book called “Lactivism.”“Right now, most of the initiatives that are advanced to promote breastfeeding are about putting more pressure on mothers to breastfeed,” she told STAT. “They’re not about supporting women’s own choices, and making it easier for them to choose to breastfeed.”Victora and his team are explicit: They don’t want to lay the blame on mothers for not respecting guidelines to the T. “We want to change the perspective from pointing the finger at women who don’t breast feed to pointing the finger at governments,” said Victora. And he singled out the American government as one of the worst.The United States is the only highly developed country that doesn’t give paid maternity leave, making it hard for American mothers to breastfeed their kids, Victora noted. He called on the US government and others to introduce more family-friendly leave policies, and to put limits on the advertising of formula.Those measures could go a long way to promoting breastfeeding, which is thought to save lives for a wide range of reasons. Breastfeeding can release hormones that decrease the mother’s risk of breast cancer, and at the same time allows her to pass on her defenses against microbes to her offspring. She also doesn’t have to worry about whether the water she is using to dilute formula is clean, which is of particular concern in the developing world.The papers also chronicle other benefits to breastfeeding, which include everything from slightly higher IQ levels to a richer gut microbiome.“The cognitive side of it is tremendously important,” said Susan Horton, an economist at the University of Waterloo, in Canada, and one of the authors of the papers.But the mechanisms that explain why breastfeeding can be so protective are still poorly understood. As Victora put it, “We’re still scratching the surface regarding the components that are present in breast milk.” @ericboodman About the Author Reprints By Eric Boodman Jan. 28, 2016 Reprints Tags breast cancerbreastfeedinginfant mortalitylast_img read more

Canada says drug spending keeps rising due to increasingly expensive specialty meds

first_img What’s included? Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Log In | Learn More Adobe Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED GET STARTED Tags drug pricingSTAT+ What is it? Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Pharmalot center_img Canada says drug spending keeps rising due to increasingly expensive specialty meds By Ed Silverman March 26, 2021 Reprints STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Ed Silverman About the Author Reprints [email protected] As Canadians brace for new rules to address prescription drug spending, a government report found sales of patented medicines rose a “modest” 3.5% in 2019 and that prices were stable, but a growing number of increasingly expensive, specialized treatments are driving overall costs higher.Such medicines — such as biologics and cancer therapies — now account for approximately half of all sales of patented medicines in the country, a “dramatic” increase from 10% less than a decade ago, the report found. In 2009, only one of the top 10 selling patented medicines cost more than $1,000 a year. By 2019, seven of the top 10 had annual treatment costs exceeding $10,000 annually. @Pharmalot last_img read more

Former SWFL basketball star returns home for Fort Myers Tip-Off

first_imgAdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisement Advertisement AdvertisementTags: BasketFort Myers Tip offJadrian Tracey AdvertisementHe said beginning his college career back at home seemed next to impossible.“This is really a dream, really a dream like I never would’ve thought I would be home,” Tracey said.Playing big-time basketball in the Southwest Florida area is something he’s wanted to do since getting his first taste as a boy in the old Germain Arena. No Content Availablecenter_img “I used to be the towel boy, and I used to clean all the floors when the guys went down and stuff,” Tracey said.No longer cleaning up for the players, Jadrian now will get to take a familiar court at Suncoast Arena as he has worked out with the Bucs and FSW Head Coach Eric Murphy during his climb to St. Joe’s.“You know any time he is in town he will text me or hit me up and see what we are doing so you know I am excited to see how he has progressed in his basketball career,” Murphy said. Jadrian said he is excited for some of the perks in Southwest Florida that he’s missed. “I said get ready for that weatherman. It’s different down there man,” Tracey said.He said seeing family and getting back on the court is what this trip is all about.“We are going down there to play basketball you know what I mean. It is going to be nice to see my family and stuff but at the end of the day I am going down there to play basketball,” Tracey said.St. Joseph’s and Auburn will be the second game to tip-off following number 1 Gonzaga and number 6 Kansas at 1:30 p.m. RELATEDTOPICS FORT MYERS, Fla. – On Thursday, college basketball will take over Southwest Florida as some of the best teams in the country will begin their seasons in the Fort Myers Tip-Off.The event has been made even more memorable for one member of the St. Joseph’s team.St. Joseph’s was added to the rearranged 2020 Fort Myers Tip-Off field a short time ago which came as a surprise to freshman and 239-native Jadrian Tracey but provided a unique opportunity.In high school, Tracey went from SFCA to Riverdale to West Oaks Academy in Orlando before heading up to St. Joe’s in Philadelphia. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentslast_img read more

Canada viewed favourably for financial services regulation

first_img Borden Ladner Gervais acquires AUM Law James Langton A new report comparing the regulatory environments for financial services around the world finds that Canada is viewed as one of the best. The Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA) Monday released the report, Comparative Regulatory Environments, which it commissioned from the UK-based think-tank Z/Yen. Related news New IAFP program lets CFAs fast-track to planner designation Keywords ComplianceCompanies Toronto Financial Services Alliance Based on an online survey of industry professionals, the report found that the regulatory environments of Canada and Singapore rank in the top tier. The second tier includes Switzerland, Hong Kong, the UK, and the U.S, while the European Union (EU) and Dubai make up the third tier. The report indicates that Canada ranked first for reducing financial crime, consumer protection and predictability, but was rated much lower for its openness to foreign firms and the cost of compliance. The survey respondents rated Dubai and Hong Kong as the least costly jurisdictions, in terms of compliance. The UK and Singapore ranked best in terms of openness to foreign business, whereas Canada was rated well below the leaders in this area. “The report reaffirms the attractive regulatory environment Canada currently has for financial services and how important it is for government regulatory policy to maintain this advantage,” said Janet Ecker, president & CEO of the TFSA. Ontario regulator explains cuts to red tape Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Housing affordability reaches crisis level in Vancouver, says RBC report

first_img Housing affordability in Greater Vancouver reached a “crisis level” in the first quarter, with additional interest rate hikes expected to take another bite out of Canadian housing affordability in the months to come, according to a Royal Bank report.The share of household income required to cover mortgage payments, property taxes and utilities in the Greater Vancouver Area reached a record high of 87.8% in the first quarter, rising 1.5 percentage points from the fourth quarter and up 9.5% from the prior year. row of houses on spring street in toronto elenathewise/123RF GTA home sales down 13% between April and May: TRREB Keywords Housing Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Tougher stress tests won’t chill housing market: Scotia Ross Marowits “And things could get worse if — or when — interest rates rise further,” said the report by RBC chief economist Craig Wright and senior economist Robert Hogue.A cooling in the market may take pressure off prices but it’s unlikely to ease affordability tensions, they wrote.The cost of home ownership in Victoria was also high at 62.7%, up from 48% in mid-2015.The Bank of Canada is expected to increase its overnight rate by one percentage point to 2.25% by the first half of 2019.Growing household income and cooler housing markets in some areas should provide some limited offset.Nationally, the proportion of income required to pay home ownership costs rose 0.4 percentage points from the fourth quarter to 48.4%.The move reversed a 0.3 percentage point drop in the fourth quarter.“Well, the winning streak for housing affordability in Canada ended … at just one quarter!” said the report.Mortgage rates increased in the previous two quarters, but a drop in home prices — mainly in the Greater Toronto Area — trimmed ownership costs modestly.The Greater Toronto Area saw affordability improve slightly to 74.2% as a dip in home prices counteracted higher interest rates.The mortgage stress test that came into effect in January added downward pressure on property values that were still adjusting to new measures in Ontario including a 15% foreign buyer tax and the expansion of rent controls to all private rental units.RBC said home prices in and around the country’s largest city should move slightly higher in the near term after declining modestly in the past two quarters.Saskatoon, Ottawa, Halifax and St. John’s, N.L., saw the largest declines in affordability in more than a year, but housing costs remained low at between 27% and 36.6%.“This shouldn’t raise too many concerns at this stage because the level of the measure for each of these markets remains close to its historical average — indicating that any affordability-related stress isn’t abnormally high,” said the report.However, stress may be building in the Greater Montreal Area, which saw costs reach their highest point since 2011 at 43.7%.“Montreal’s housing market continues to show all-round, solid momentum and steadily rising prices in the early part of 2018,” RBC said. “The flipside, though, is that it’s becoming less and less affordable to own a home in the area.”Ownership costs rose slightly in Saint John in the first quarter, but the New Brunswick city was the most affordable of those tracked by RBC at 25.9%.Halifax affordability was resilient at 32.7%, with a 1.2% decrease in resales in the first quarter, compared to 13% drop nationally.Housing remains inexpensive outside Canada’s three hottest housing markets — Vancouver, Toronto and Victoria, said a separate report from the Bank of Montreal. In most cities, property costs are less than four-times family income while mortgage payments consume less than 20% of salaries, which is little changed from the mid-2000s.“Borrowing five-year money costs little more today than five years ago and remains well below historic norms,” said BMO senior economist Sal Guatieri.“Government intensification policies that restrict the supply of ground-related units, low joblessness and well-paying, high-tech jobs are also cushioning prices.” Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Global housing prices rise amid pandemic: BISlast_img read more

Class sizes to increase, teaching jobs at risk under Berejiklian plan

first_imgClass sizes to increase, teaching jobs at risk under Berejiklian plan TFEDClassroom teachers, executive, specialist and principal positions are at risk due to the Berejiklian Government’s decision to push ahead with public school closures in the Murwillumbah community.Teachers and principals are concerned that the Government’s policy of amalgamating schools in regional areas will cost jobs, drive up class sizes and reduce subject choice for students.NSW Teachers Federation Deputy President Henry Rajendra said this is further evidence that the NSW Government’s recently announced plan for Murwillumbah is bad for students and their learning.“This is policy on the run which will have a devastating impact on the local community,” Mr Rajendra said.“It appears the Government has not considered the impact on student learning. The Berejiklian Government is leaning towards economic rationalism over educational reasoning.”The Department of Education’s project website claims, ‘There will be no change to standard, maximum student to staff ratios and class sizes will be consistent with NSW Department of Education guidelines and maximum size limits.’“This is nothing more than spin and a concerted effort to con the community. Cutting this many teaching positions will result in larger class sizes,” Mr Rajendra said.“An examination of the staffing impact on amalgamating the schools on current enrolments reveals that primary school provision will, as a minimum, lose a classroom teacher, up to two assistant principal positions and a principal position and a reduction in teacher-librarian staffing.”“The situation is far worse for high school staffing. On current enrolments, it is predicted that at least 16 positions, 20 per cent of the teacher staffing entitlement, will be cut including classroom, head teacher, teacher-librarian, careers adviser and principal positions.”“Ultimately, this will narrow the curriculum, leave students with fewer subjects to consider, increase class sizes and the workload of teachers.“In what continues to be a difficult year for NSW residents and the Murwillumbah community, the NSW Government is now effectively announcing job losses by stealth inflicting more pain on schools, students, teachers and the local economy.”“Public school teachers are already working in an under-resourced system at the hands of the Berejiklian Government. This is nothing more than a disingenuous and mean-spirited act of negligence”.“The NSW Teachers Federation is concerned that this contraction of public schooling is not limited to Murwillumbah. The government has claimed that the Murwillumbah project is, ‘the first of its kind for regional NSW’.”“While we will continue to protect and enhance the provision of public schooling in Murwillumbah, we must brace ourselves /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Berejiklian, community, Economy, education, Government, Impact, job loss, jobs, Murwillumbah, NSW, President, project, school, students, teacher, websitelast_img read more

No more excuses – time to change aged care

first_imgNo more excuses – time to change aged care Today the Morrison Government released the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s Final Report and in doing so they can no longer delay real change in aged care.After more than two years of this comprehensive inquiry into the sector, this is a significant moment for HSU members and branches. Our officials and members appeared as witnesses at four hearings, and we contributed over three dozen written submissions, including worker statements from members around the country.Quotes attributable to Health Services Union National President, Gerard Hayes“The final report is here, the recommendations are in, and we look forward to working closely with the government and all involved in the aged care sector to ensure the recommendations are appropriately actioned.”“The aged care system is underfunded, undervalued and under stress, and the government must work quickly to deliver desperately needed reform.”“We owe it to all older Australians, their families and the workers who care for them. It’s time to change aged care and build a world-class system centred on dignity and respect for all.”Quotes attributable to HSU Aged Care Members“Sometimes I finish my shift and I’m in tears because I knew I couldn’t provide the support the residents needed,” aged care worker Karen said, “it’s a production line.”“If the residents need help, we should have the people there to give it to them,” aged care worker Lindy said, “we shouldn’t be relying on ambulances all the time.”“Where’s the money going? Residents are paying thousands of dollars a month and there’s lots of taxpayer funding. Where’s it all going?” aged care worker Chrissy said.“Residents are told to pick their two days a week they want a shower,” aged care worker Rachel said, “there’s a lady who likes her hair blow dried just once a week. That’s it. But I just don’t have the time to do it and I feel awful.”“Not having enough time to spend on each resident’s care is heartbreaking,” aged care worker Honorine said, “everyone does the best they can but there is only so much we can do in this broken system.”Download media releaseAccess the final reportJoin the fight to change aged care /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:aged care, Commission, Download, Government, health, health services, Health Services Union, HSU National, Morrison, Morrison Government, President, production, quality, reform, royal commission, stress, taxpayerlast_img read more

Ledson Winery & Vineyards Announces Mother’s Day Experience

first_imgHome Industry News Releases Ledson Winery & Vineyards Announces Mother’s Day ExperienceIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessLedson Winery & Vineyards Announces Mother’s Day ExperienceBy Press Release – May 6, 2019 139 0 TAGSConsumerLedson Winery & Vineyards Linkedin Twitter AdvertisementKENWOOD, CA (MAY 3, 2019) – Treat Mom to a world-class wine experience at the Ledson Castle on Mother’s Day with a tasting of small-lot handcrafted wines. With the purchase of a wine tasting on May 12, 2019 mothers will receive a complimentary splash of our Redwood Valley ‘Sweet Ida May’ Late Harvest Port-Style Zinfandel paired with a Zinfandel infused chocolate brownie. Be sure to visit our Gourmet Marketplace to create the perfect picnic with mom for an al fresco lunch enjoyed in our majestic oak grove with spectacular views that mom will never forget. Grab some bottles of the 2017 Zina Hyde Cunningham Pinot Noir Rosé which will be featured at 20% off on Mother’s Day only.Ledson wines are available at the Ledson Winery in Kenwood, the Ledson Hotel in Sonoma, through the wine club or in the online store, The Ledson Family has been farming grapes and making wine in Sonoma County for more than 150 years, Steve Ledson founded Ledson Winery & Vineyards in 1993. Ledson Winery is located at 7335 Sonoma Highway in Kenwood, and is open daily from 10am to 5pm. For more information, call the winery at (707) 537-3810 or visit the website: the best hospitality in wine country with Zina Hyde Cunningham wines, Ledson Winery, the Ledson Hotel and Mountain Terraces Vineyard Winery.Advertisement ReddIt Share Previous articleG3 Enterprises Brings Specialized Capabilities to Service Small to Mid-sized Premium WineriesNext articleChâteau Malartic-Lagravière Celebrates Culinary Excellence Press Release Facebook Email Pinterestlast_img read more