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The outlook now is merely for weaker growth, not meltdown, he said in a speech last night to the Leicester Chamber of Commerce.Sentance’s remarks suggest the MPC remains deeply divided over whether a near-term move to cut rates is needed to prevent the economy from sliding deep into recession. The speech contradicts the views of fellow MPC member Sir John Gieve, who earlier this week warned ‘we must be careful not to underestimate the deflationary consequences of the credit crisis’, which prompted speculation a rate cut might be coming.Sentance set out a robust defence of the MPC’s approach to fighting inflation and sought to counter critics who have cast it as overly concerned with controlling prices. He noted that press commentary occasionally portrayed the MPC as, ‘inflation nutters’. Financial Times
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Walter LegerLeger will serve a five-year term on the seven-member board, succeeding Arnold Baker.The port commissioners also serve as directors of the New Orleans Public Belt Corporation (NOPB), a Port NOLA subsidiary.www.portnola.com
AT A MEETING of the UIC General Assembly in Montréal last month, the return to membership of Russian Railways after an absence of 58 years was approved unanimously. A series of joint ’technical discussions’ will now take place, leading to full membership for RZD in about a year.UIC Chairman Benedikt Weibel described the return of RZD as ’a prime example of the spirit of the October 2005 Delhi Declaration, which set out to transform UIC into a real worldwide organisation’.The General Assembly also approved a new two-level governance structure. At the global level, the Executive Board membership has been increased and balanced between the world’s railway regions. Five Regional Assemblies will cover Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. These will have ’a large degree of autonomy, with permanent support on hand from a regional support unit’.
USA: Short line group Ironhorse Resources has acquired the Sequatchie Valley Railroad and the Walking Horse & Eastern Railroad in Tennessee, which are to be renamed as the Sequatchie Valley Switching Co and the Walking Horse Railroad.The 18 km Sequatchie Valley Switching Co serves south central Tennessee from a connection with CSX at Bridgeport, Alabama. The 13 km Walking Horse Railroad connects with CSX at Wartrace. ‘As we’ve continued to pursue growth and acquisitions throughout our franchise, we have specifically targeted growth in Tennesse to bolster our operational efficiencies and marketing presence in the region’, said IHR President Matt Cundiff on April 8. ‘The addition of SQSC and WHRR will add diversification to our commodity base, increase our relationship with CSX, and additionally provide the ability to market industrial sites available on both railroads and rail connectivity to the Tennessee River.’
After a relatively quiet few months, 2019 is shaping up to be a great year for country music, with plenty of new album announcements and single releases to back them up. This week has been particularly strong on that front, with new releases from the likes of Brantley Gilbert, Riley Green, The Highwomen, Luke Combs and American Young among others.However, the clear winner this week was Kendell Marvel’s Hard Time With The Truth. It’s the first release from his upcoming second album, Solid Gold Sounds, which is due out on 11th October and is the follow-up to 2018’s Lowdown And Lonesome.Take a listen to the track below:The song starts off with a melodic, picked acoustic guitar line before the heavy, pulsing drumbeat kicks in. Marvel’s deep, gravelly vocals are layered over weighty piano chords on the verses, with a measured approach that stops the song from feeling too melodramatic. The quivering strings add to the layers of instrumentation which build up towards a hard rock-influenced chorus, with a wailing electric guitar riff backing Marvel’s powerful belt. You can really feel the conviction in his voice as he sings and he fills the song with raw emotion.However, what really stands out to me are the lyrics, which see Marvel telling a former partner that he’s fallen out of love with her – or perhaps never really loved her at all. There’s a frank, confessional nature to the song as Marvel confronts the reality of his relationship, not only with his ex but also with himself, as he sings ‘When I look into the mirror/Sometimes I don’t like what I see/It’s like I’m looking at the devil/Staring right straight back at me’. It’s definitely a twist on your standard country break-up song and there’s something about that I find really refreshing and authentic. I also really like the wordplay in the chorus – ‘It ain’t that I don’t like lyin’ next to you/Just always had a hard time with the truth’.Hard Time With The Truth is an atmospheric song which draws on blues and classic Southern rock influences and has plenty of dramatic flair, as well as showcasing Marvel’s distinctive vocals. He won over plenty of fans with his first album and on tour in the UK last year, when he supported Brothers Osborne. Based on this evidence, we’re in for another record that delivers more of the same – and should gain him a new audience to boot.Honorable MentionMidland seem to always be the bridesmaid and never the bride in our Song of the Week picks, but they’re still putting out consistently good tracks ahead of their sophomore album, Let It Roll, released later this month. The latest of these is Cheatin’ Songs, which does exactly what it says on the tin.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Sung from the perspective of a man whose wife is having an affair, it’s a classic country tune that sounds like ‘something circa 1973′ (to quote the lyrics), in the vein of Drinkin’ Problem and Burn Out from their debut album. What really surprised me about it though was Mark Wystrach’s delivery – his smooth vocals glide effortlessly over the melody and on the surface come across as quite wry and knowing, but there’s an uncertainty about it that brings the emotion of the song through in contrast to the deceptive, laid-back melody of the song. It’s definitely the best track they’ve put out from Let It Roll so far and is making me very keen to see what they’ve got in store on the rest of the album.
Trinidad, CMC – The Trinidad and Tobago police say they are investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths of two police officers in what they have described as a “suspected murder suicide incident” on Sunday.In a statement, the police said they were called to an apartment in Champ Fleurs, east of here on Sunday after residents heard “sounds of explosions” coming from the apartment.They said on arrival they discovered the bodies of Woman police Officer Raquel Kipps and Police Constable Michael Youksee on the floor in a bedroom with “appeared to be gunshot wounds to their heads”.They said that while the police woman died at the scene, her male relative was taken to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex where he succumbed to his injuries.Police said they recovered one firearm from the scene and that the probe into the incident is being led by a senior police officer.
He said rapid diagnosis and isolation are the keys to the prevention of transmission. Health Minister, Jeffrey Bostic Bostic said that’s why the testing protocol that Barbados has in place is so vital to the island’s ability to respond to the public health threat posed by this global pandemic. “Nevertheless, with the return of commercial flights to Barbados, these numbers are to be expected. Our public health protocols are proving their worth, as they allow us to detect and isolate people arriving into the country with the viral illness, before they leave the port of entry, in this instance, the Grantley Adams International Airport,” he added. “The overwhelming majority of the now 132 positive COVID cases Barbados has recorded has been Barbadian citizens or residents,” Bostic said. “The government has repeatedly made it clear that it shall accommodate all Barbadians abroad wanting to return home during this crisis, and therefore the increasing number of positive cases is to be considered in the context of our moral obligation to open our doors to citizens and residents of this country wanting to return home. “We continue to rely on the gold standard PCR COVID-19 test on entry as well as our recent decision to conduct a second test at the end of seven days quarantine for those persons arriving from countries deemed high risk,” he added. Over the weekend, the island recorded 12 new cases and Health Minister Lt. Col. Jeffrey Bostic said the six women and six men testing positive were all citizens or residents of Barbados who were returning home. All 12 are asymptomatic. Barbados now has 132 positive cases of the virus. BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Barbados government says it will continue to accommodate all nationals overseas wishing to return home even as the island continues to experience an increase in coronavirus (COVID-q19) cases. “The Ministry of Health and Wellness has prioritized scaled up testing, isolation and contact tracing since we recognize that these are the measures which most effectively help us to keep the infection out of the general population. CMC
The United Nations Human Rights office made the announcement of the newly-found graves while accusing the Congolese government of killing dozens of people.The U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said his investigators had gathered reports that implicated government troops. He said Congolese soldiers had dug the mass graves following fighting in the country’s central Kasai region in March.According to Zeid DRC troops killed at least 74 people, including 30 children. He further gave details of a separate incident in Kananga where soldiers had allegedly gone door to door raping women and children, and killing at least 40 people.Zeid said the discovery of new mass graves and the reports of continued violations “highlight the horror that has been unfolding in the Kasais over the last nine months.”The United Nations is therefore warning the government that unless it conducts a thorough, impartial investigation the UN would report the country to the International Criminal Court.The Democratic Republic of Congo’s government has said it will investigate, but only once it has seen the UN’s evidence. So far it has denied all abuse allegations. And the UN says it has failed to start inquiries into previous mass grave finds.