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Farmers call for green trade policy to help tackle climate change

Farmers call for green trade policy to help tackle climate change

Technology
The government should be pursuing a green trade policy in the wake of COVID-19 and Brexit, if it is serious about tackling climate change, according to the National Farmers' Union.The union's deputy president Stuart Roberts told Sky News that the green recovery being called for must include trade deals with countries pursuing similar net zero goals. Farmers have pledged to be net zero by 2040 and the UK has said it wants the country as a whole to reach the same target by 2050. Image: Mr Roberts, deputy president of the NFU, at his Hertfordshire farm "The biggest thing for me is what trade deals we end up doing... we still don't know," said Mr Roberts, who is a cattle, sheep and cereal farmer."We have some of the highest standards and ...
Pentagon’s top foreign policy official resigns

Pentagon’s top foreign policy official resigns

Business
June 18 (UPI) -- Kathryn Wheelbarger, the Pentagon's top official overseeing international security affairs, resigned Thursday after the White House canceled her nomination for a prominent senior role, Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirmed. Wheelbarger is the second Pentagon official to resign this week, with acting comptroller Elaine McCusker stepping down on Tuesday. Advertisement In both cases, White House staff are said to have scuttled the officials' nominations for new jobs over concerns about their loyalty to President Donald Trump. "Her leadership in support of the National Defense Strategy is evident in the proud accomplishments of her team," Esper said in a statement regarding Wheelbarger's departure. "She is someone I got to know well over the last three years and, with sincer...
‘Rooney Rule’: Clubs using policy ‘loophole’ – Troy Townsend from Kick It Out

‘Rooney Rule’: Clubs using policy ‘loophole’ – Troy Townsend from Kick It Out

Sports
Some clubs are using a "loophole" in a regulation aimed at increasing the number of black managers in football, says Troy Townsend from anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out.The English Football League (EFL) has a policy - informally known as the 'Rooney Rule' - that clubs must interview at least one black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) candidate for a managerial vacancy.But that is not necessary if they do not have a shortlisting process and interview only one candidate. "I'm not saying clubs are not following a process but they aren't nailed on to a process because there is a little bit of a loophole there," said Townsend."You aren't going to be held accountable. It's like dipping your...
A ‘Medigap’ policy picks up some costs that Medicare won’t. Here are tips for choosing one

A ‘Medigap’ policy picks up some costs that Medicare won’t. Here are tips for choosing one

Finance
Karen Ducey | Getty ImagesSo you've enrolled in Medicare and have determined that a supplement plan — aka, "Medigap" — is an appropriate add-on for you. There may be more decisions to make.While Medigap policies are standardized regardless of which insurance company sells them and where you live, the premiums can vary from insurer to insurer and among locations. And, experts say, this makes it important to understand the differences you may see when evaluating your options.You'd want to know "a carrier's premium rating system, its claims history and how good its customer service department is," said Elizabeth Gavino, founder of Lewin & Gavino in New York and an independent broker and general agent for Medicare plans.More from Personal Finance:Here's where to get your tax return do
IRDAI’s standard coronavirus insurance policy set to be a fixed benefit cover

IRDAI’s standard coronavirus insurance policy set to be a fixed benefit cover

Finance
Mumbai: The country’s insurance regulator has directed all general and health insurers to offer a standard coronavirus cover by June. While the final details of the proposed cover is still in works, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDAI) has come up with draft guidelines. As per the terms devised by the regulator, the standard covid-19 cover will be a benefit-based product offering a 100% lumpsum if a policyholder is tested positive and hospitalised. The minimum sum assured for the product will be Rs 50,000 and it can go upto a maximum of Rs 5 lakh. “In view of the global pandemic Covid-19, the Authority has decided to mandate all general and health insurers to offer a standard individual Benefit Based COVID-19 health insurance product,” according to the draft, a copy o