This tiny sector of Portuguese industry shows how disastrous leaving the single market after Brexit could be

New economic study assesses the impacts of leaving the EU on Portugal’s mould industry. Paper finds that innovation would drop 50% and productivity would also fall. Lessons can be taken in Britain as it prepares to leave the EU’s trading area. British manufacturing relies heavily on innovation, and productivity is already very poor. LONDON — Exiting the European Single Market, could lead to both large falls in innovation and productivity in the country, according paper by economist Carlos Daniel Santos. Santos looked into the potential impacts of leaving a trading area — in this case the EU — on the moulds industry in Portugal, something the country is famous for,… Read More

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Hundreds of phone calls between Weld County commissioner, oversight board members, raise questions about fairness of audit process

During the course of a performance audit into Weld County commissioners, the man responsible for ensuring that audit be impartial had more than 150 phone calls with Commissioner Sean Conway, raising questions about the fairness of the audit process. The calls during that span were between Conway and Weld County Councilman Mike Grillos, who had regular contact with the auditor hired to look into the performance of county commissioners and Conway’s niece, Weld County Clerk and Recorder Carly Koppes. Weld County commissioners say they’re disturbed by the number and timing of calls, and two county council members plan to call for Grillos’ resignation Monday. “I don’t know how it could… Read More

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Trump administration disbands federal advisory committee on climate change

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration has decided to disband the federal advisory panel for the National Climate Assessment, a group aimed at helping policymakers and private-sector officials incorporate the government’s climate analysis into long-term planning. The charter for the 15-person Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment – which includes academics as well as local officials and corporate representatives – expires Sunday. On Friday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s acting administrator, Ben Friedman, informed the committee’s chair that the agency would not renew the panel. The National Climate Assessment is supposed to be issued every four years but has come out only three times since passage of the… Read More

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Obituary: Veteran political scientist Norman Ruff dies at age 78

VICTORIA — One of B.C.’s most respected political scientists, whose classes influenced a generation of politicians and whose commentary shaped decades of media coverage, has died. Norman Ruff, a professor emeritus at the University of Victoria, died Saturday evening from esophageal cancer at a hospice facility in Victoria. He was 78. Ruff spent 36 years as a professor of political science at UVic, barely slowing down after his retirement in 2005. His classes, including undergraduate courses in B.C. and Canadian political science, helped inspire numerous students to go on to become MLAs, cabinet ministers and political staffers. “I’m saddened to learn of Norman Ruff’s passing,” said Premier John Horgan. “He… Read More

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Donald Trump’s civil war

(Credit: Getty/Chip Somodevilla) Trump’s unwillingness to denounce the white supremacists who came to Charlottesville last weekend bent on violence has been part of his political strategy from the start. Remember, weeks after he began his campaign by alleging that Mexican immigrants were criminals and rapists, two brothers in Boston beat up and urinated on a 58-year-old homeless Mexican national, subsequently telling police “Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported.” Instead of condemning the brutality, Trump excused it by saying “people who are following me are very passionate. They love this country and they want this country to be great again.” During campaign rallies Trump repeatedly excused… Read More

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