Only a third of UK businesses have completed Brexit risk assessments

first_img Poppy Wood Just over 50 per cent of firms surveyed by the BCC have taken steps recommended by the government to prepare for wide-scale changes when the UK formally leaves the bloc at the end of the year. The government has so far handed out contracts worth more than £180m to management consultants to prepare the UK for Brexit (Getty Images) Also Read: Only a third of UK businesses have completed Brexit risk assessments by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach Raiderbonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterDefinitionThe 20 Worst Draft Picks Ever – Ryan Leaf Doesn’t Even Crack The Top 5DefinitionOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutPast Factory”Waltons” Actress Says Magazine Ended Her CareerPast FactoryDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen Herald whatsapp Only 38 per cent of eligible firms have completed Brexit risk assessments this year, compared to 57 per cent of businesses in 2019, according to a report released today by the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC). The government earlier this year launched its £93m Check Change Go advertising blitz to prepare businesses and tourists for the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December. In a stiff warning to British businesses already reeling from the effects of the pandemic, the BCC said lack of preparation may significantly affect customs declarations and could lead to serious disruptions for UK customers and suppliers. Only a third of UK businesses have completed Brexit risk assessments Tags: Brexit “With just 98 days to go, business communities face the triple threat of a resurgent coronavirus, receding government support schemes, and a disorderly end to the transition period,” said BCC director general Adam Marshall. “The Check, Change, Go campaign gives the impression that Brexit-related changes are like getting an MOT — whereas the reality is that for many businesses, they’re more akin to planning a moon landing.  The government has so far handed out contracts worth more than £180m to management consultants to prepare the UK for Brexit (Getty Images) However, the BCC today slammed the campaign for failing to sufficiently inform businesses of necessary preparations before the UK leaves the EU in January. The government has so far handed out contracts worth more than £180m to management consultants to prepare the UK for Brexit (Getty Images) Also Read: Only a third of UK businesses have completed Brexit risk assessments Share Thursday 24 September 2020 1:49 pm Labour’s shadow business secretary Ed Miliband today backed calls for more support for businesses ahead of the Brexit deadline.  Gove faced accusations of creating a de facto Brexit border for lorry drivers entering Kent, after leaked documents showed they would need a “Kent access permit” to get into the country from the EU from 1 January. Just over a third of UK companies have completed a Brexit risk assessment this year, as businesses scramble to prepare for the end of the transition period in 98 days. “The government promised an oven-ready deal, but their incompetence is plain to see,” he told PA. whatsapp “Businesses need honest communication about the complexity of the changes they face – and stronger encouragement to act.” “The government must ramp up engagement with business urgently…  to ensure that the real-world issues facing firms get tackled immediately.” The business lobby group said British businesses have “significant unanswered questions” about the end of the transition period, with around half of UK firms having done nothing to prepare for Brexit. “They must stop prevaricating, focus on getting the deal they promised and giving businesses the answers they need, and ensure all preparations are in place for the end of the transition period.” A Cabinet Office spokesman rebuffed claims the government has failed to prepare businesses for Brexit, saying it will be “intensifying our engagement” with business groups in the coming weeks “so they can hit the ground running on 1 January 2021 and seize new opportunities”. Show Comments ▼ It comes after Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove yesterday acknowledged that the UK may see border queues of up to 7,000 lorries in a “reasonable worst-case scenario” after the transition period deadline. Before the Open: Get the jump on the markets with our early morning newsletterlast_img read more

Global warming makes expedition to ice-locked North Pole possible

first_imgArctic | Climate Change | Environment | Northwest | Oceans | Southeast | TransportationGlobal warming makes expedition to ice-locked North Pole possibleAugust 11, 2017 by Emily Kwong, KCAW-Sitka Share:Arctic Mission’s crew hails from Britain, the Netherlands, and the United States. From left to right: Jaap van Rijckevorsel, Tim Gordon, Pen Hadow, Nick Carter, Frances Brann, Heather Bauscher, Erik de Jong, Krystina Scheller, Fukimi, Tegid Cartwright and Conor McDonnell. (Photo courtesy Conor McDonnell)Two specially equipped sailboats are attempting a voyage that’s never been done before – a trip to the North Pole.Led by a British explorer, the international crew has moved the boats from their home in Sitka up to Nome, where they’re hoping to launch for their journey to the Pole this weekend.Melting sea ice in the Arctic could make their voyage possible for the first time in history.The North Pole has long been locked in ice. But climate change is breaking the Arctic apart, turning a polar landscape into something far more friendly for boats.Like the Snow Dragon II.With its big white sail, the yacht looks like a pleasure craft but is sturdy enough to collide with sea ice at full speed without breaking apart.Explorer Pen Hadow is actually taking two boats on the trip: the Snow Dragon with its aluminum hull and the Bagheera, which is made of steel. He hopes their journey will send a powerful message to world leaders that something isn’t right at the top of the world.“We are not going to be able to carry on mindlessly taking whatever we want from the environment and I think a lot of people are looking to this as a symbol for a new debate,” Hadow said.If two sailboats can get there, a whole universe of economic activity opens up – including shipping and fishing.Both Russia and Denmark have filed a claim for the seafloor of the North Pole and other countries want to expand northward too.Unlike the South Pole, the North Pole has no legal protections.Hadow wants to shine a spotlight on the vulnerability of this region, by being the first to get there.“It is a strange challenge and ambition indeed working very hard to put together a project that you don’t want to succeed,” Hadow said.Because success means the ice is going or gone. Hadow calls the project Arctic Mission. His crew of 10 includes lead scientist Tim Gordon, who will collect data from creatures both well-known and mysterious.“When the ice melts polar bears struggle to hunt seals, but there’s a lot going on beneath the waves that we know much less about.”Like bacteria, plankton and other species living in frigid temperatures and total darkness.In studying them, Gordon wants to create a snapshot of how human action is changing the world.“Now that the ice is melting, they are all of a sudden going to be exposed to commercial fishing, to commercial shipping, to a whole wave of new competitor animals that will come in.”In other words, Gordon said the whole food chain could be altered without ice to protect the region. There’s broad scientific consensus that the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet.Share this story:last_img read more

General Election 2015: 103 business leaders sign anti-Labour letter

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyOpulent ExpressHer Quadruplets Were Born Without A Hitch. Then Doctors Realized SomethingOpulent ExpressMoneyWise.com15 States Where Americans Don’t Want To Live AnymoreMoneyWise.com whatsapp Tags: General Election 2015 General Election 2015: 103 business leaders sign anti-Labour letter Joe Hall Show Comments ▼ Share whatsapp Over 100 business leaders have warned that a Labour government would “threaten jobs and deter investment” in a letter to be published in The Telegraph tomorrow.The letter, signed by 103 business bosses, praises the Conservative government which it says has “been good for business and has pursued policies which have supported investment and job creation”. Policies including the lowering of corporation tax showed the UK was “open for business”, the letter argues. According to the Telegraph it is the biggest ever endorsement by business leaders of a political party.Signatories include 30 chief executives of FTSE 350 companies including Bob Dudley of BP and George Weston of Associated British Foods, as well as recognisable figures such as Baroness Karen Brady and Duncan Bannatyne.Companies on the letter include Bloomberg, Dixons Carphone, Iceland, Ladbrokes, Ted Baker, Marston’s, Greene King  and Asos.   Tuesday 31 March 2015 6:21 pmlast_img read more

Timahoe NS student makes the cut at Intel Mini Scientist Regional Finals

first_img For the fifth consecutive year, Timahoe NS proved themselves to be the ‘cream of the crop’ at the Intel Mini Scientist Regional Finals.Twelve-year-old Aisling Ramsbottom, who is in 6th class, was crowned regional champion for her project entitled ‘MOO MOO MOWER’ and will now go on to represent her school at the All Ireland Finals at Dublin City University in February.Aisling was among 250 students from 90 schools exhibiting at I.T. Blanchardstown and the standard of competition was extremely high. Community WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SEE ALSO – Portlaoise Rugby Club planning Mega Social Night Home News Timahoe NS student makes the cut at Intel Mini Scientist Regional Finals  News Facebook Timahoe NS student makes the cut at Intel Mini Scientist Regional Finals  Twitter Pinterest Community Previous articlePortlaoise Rugby Club planning Mega Social NightNext articleIn Pictures: Huge turnout at annual Abbeyleix Christmas Fair Sarah Cullenhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSarah Cullen is a Journalism and New Media graduate from the University of Limerick. A Portlaoise native, she is happiest when tweeting and talking about dogs. Council New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Twitter By Sarah Cullen – 10th December 2018 This year, nearly 8,000 students across 18 counties took part in the competition.From the area finals held at school level last October Aisling qualified for the Regional Finals with her ‘MOO MOO MOWER ’ project.“My aim was to create a robotic mower for dairy farmers,” said Aisling.“I came up with the idea because I know that dairy farmers are very particular about their grass and that it takes a lot of time and money to top the paddocks every week.“Topping the grass to 5cm is the optimal length for grass growth and milk productivity, so I thought that a robotic mower would help to achieve this, saving farmers time and money,” she said.“My dad got an auto mower last year and I asked him if there was one available for agriculture. He said there wasn’t one on the market so I thought it would be good for farmers and the environment if one was developed,” she continued.As part of her project Aisling made contact with Husqvarna suggesting the creation of an auto mower for agricultural use and the company said it was interested in the idea and would forward it to its R & D department. Manchester based CEO of Claas Tyrrell Trevor, who comes for Edenderry, was also contacted by Aisling and he too was very encouraging in relation to turning her prototype into a product.Aisling’s wonderful back-drop and display also came in for huge attention and praise at the exhibition.This latest win continues the incredible run of success that the school has enjoyed in the competition in recent years.For the fifth year in succession, the school has reached the All Ireland final and were crowned All Ireland winners in 2015 and 2016, All Ireland Runners Up in 2018 as well as picking up a Highly Commended award in 2017.All roads now lead to The Helix in DCU where Aisling will once again try to ‘wow’ the judges with her passion for science.The Intel Mini Scientist competition, now in its twelfth year, gives young students the chance to explore science through project based learning and exhibitions.The first phase of the program involves students participating at exhibitions in their own schools which are visited by Intel employees who judge the first round of exhibitions and select from each school a winning project to go forward to a regional final. Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year TAGSIntel Mini Scientist Grand FinalTimahoe NS last_img read more

Laois town features a huge transformation, litter and a lack of services – it’s our top stories of the week

first_img Previous articleJobs in Laois: All the recent jobs in Laois as advertised on LaoisTodayNext articleLaois Hurling Memories: All Ireland ‘B’ glory in 2002 brings curtain down on eventful year Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Pinterest By Siun Lennon – 16th June 2019 GAA Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results NEWSDirty protestAround 50 inmates engaged in a ‘dirty protest’ in Midlands Prison Portlaoise last weekPortlaoise and litterPortlaoise rose to its best ever anti-litter league ranking, but was hit by vandalism and litter days later‘Just a number to these services’ A Portlaoise family spoke on the never-ending fight to get services for their child with intellectual disabilitiesRathdowney ‘asylum seekers’ not sure how long they will remain in LaoisA group of asylum seekers who are currently staying in Rathdowney do not know for how long they will be staying in LaoisTwo businesses on Portlaoise Main Street close in recent weeksTwo eateries have closed on Main Street Portlaoise in the past few weeksOld Laois cinema undergoes remarkable transformationA Laois cinema has undergone a remarkable transformation ahead of a screening of the well-loved film ‘Into the West’ SPORTTurner takes home gold at the Swimming World Series in BerlinLaois Paralympian Nicole Turner has brought home a haul of three medals back to Portarlington Three Laois men selected on the Irish wheelchair hurling panelThree Laois men are among the 12 players who will make up the first ever international wheelchair hurling squadWE ARE LAOIS Moment in TimeThe latest Moment in Time focused on the sixth Gordon Bennett Run in 2008COLUMNISTSFather PaddyFr Paddy penned words of appreciation after serving in Portlaoise for seven yearsSEE ALSO – Laois man among new Garda recruits RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Facebook TAGSTop StoriesTop stories of the week GAA Home We Are Laois A Bit of Fun Laois town features a huge transformation, litter and a lack of services… We Are LaoisA Bit of Fun Pinterest Laois town features a huge transformation, litter and a lack of services – it’s our top stories of the week Twitterlast_img read more

Gov’t Working to Ensure the Survival of Banana Industry – Dr. Tufton

first_imgRelatedGov’t Working to Ensure the Survival of Banana Industry – Dr. Tufton RelatedGov’t Working to Ensure the Survival of Banana Industry – Dr. Tufton RelatedGov’t Working to Ensure the Survival of Banana Industry – Dr. Tufton Advertisementscenter_img Gov’t Working to Ensure the Survival of Banana Industry – Dr. Tufton UncategorizedNovember 30, 2007 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Christopher Tufton, has said that the government is working assiduously, as part of a regional arrangement, to secure the best arrangement for the survival and sustainability of the banana industry.Dr. Tufton, who was addressing a meeting of banana farmers in Highgate, St. Mary recently, said that the government is fully committed to working with the European Union on a deal through which Jamaican bananas can still be exported to that market when the trade preferences provided under the Cotonou agreement expires at the end of the year.He noted, however that any new agreement reached might not be as advantageous as the one that previously existed, and might require local producers to pay a duty to enter the European market. This will mean that banana producers will have to be more efficient and cost effective, he pointed out.In the meantime, he said, the Ministry will be working closely with the banana farmers to ensure that the industry remains viable for both the local and export markets.This includes helping the farmers to secure fair trade certification, promoting greater consumption of bananas in hotels and on cruise liners, and providing support for the replanting exercise now underway.According to Minister Tufton, fair trade certification will enable the farmers to secure premium prices on the European market, while they stand to benefit from increased earnings from the move to encourage greater consumption in the tourism sector. The support for the replanting process will ensure the continuation of the industry as an employer of labour and a major contributor to the national economy.The Agriculture Minister noted that there are a number of significant challenges facing the banana industry, and it is of critical importance for the industry to accept those challenges and develop a programme of action to take it forward.Stating that the industry has made a significant contribution to the social and economic development of Jamaica over the years, Dr. Tufton recalled the period when the country was producing over 200 tonnes of banana annually.last_img read more

Support for drought-stressed regions fills a need

first_imgSupport for drought-stressed regions fills a need Hon Kris Faafoi An innovative iwi-led plan to help maintain water supply to a far North community battered by drought is set to get underway with support from the Government, Acting Minister for Emergency Management Kris Faafoi says.“The impacts of climate change are not something that just our grandchildren will have to deal with – we are already seeing them.“Te Hiku residents have experienced some of the most severe and prolonged drought conditions on record, leading to severe water shortages, restrictions and rural residents having to rely on tanker deliveries for their drinking water.“The region is expected to suffer more frequent and severe droughts, making it increasingly important that steps are taken now to increase the resilience of these communities to future droughts.“Which is why the Government is providing funding to purchase and install up to 1000 water tanks in Te Hiku for homes and community facilities.“Runanga Nui ō Te Aupōuri will lead the roll out of the project, which was championed by my colleague Kiri Allan, on behalf of wider communities supported by a number of Government departments,“The $8 million investment will have a number of tangible outcomes, including improving drought resilience and providing employment and skills opportunities. Longer term it will make a real social and economic difference to the community,” Kris Faafoi said.Haami Piripi, chair of Te Runanga o Te Rarawa, said changing weather patterns in the Te Hiku o Te Ika region made it critical the problem was addressed.“The effects on our whānau are devastating, particularly in rural areas where our marae and papakāinga become unusable with no or limited house supply and therefore have little or no ability to host local hui and events.“Water conservation and traditional ways of saving and reusing water have become for many, well-established practices within whānau. However with recent national emergencies and evacuations, marae and hapū were hosting whānau and holidaymakers through a time of water shortages and restrictions,” he said.Kris Faafoi said the government was committed to providing a sustainable solution. “Reliable water storage will mean greater resilience for this vulnerable community for which climate change is becoming a pressing reality.”Funding for the Te Hiku water security project is being provided from the National Emergency Management Agency administered drought financial assistance package. /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:climate change, community, conservation, drinking water, Emergency, Emergency Management, employment, Government, grandchildren, Investment, New Zealand, outcomes, resilience, Runanga, security, sustainable, water storagelast_img read more

Restructuring charges hit Ericsson profit

first_img Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 17 JUL 2015 Related Ericsson saw its bottom line hit by restructuring charges in Q2, although on a positive note its troubled North American operation has stabilised compared with the start of the year.The company reported a net income of SEK2.1 billion ($245 million), down 20 per cent from SEK2.7 billion, on revenue of SEK60.7 billion, up 11 per cent from SEK54.8 billion. However, sales adjusted for comparable units and currency decreased by 6 per cent year-on-year.The numbers were significantly impacted by restructuring charges of SEK2.7 billion. Operating income excluding restructure charges stood at SEK6.3 billion, up 49 per cent from SEK4.2 billion year-on-year.Ericsson recently announced a large round of job cuts in its home market, as part of a campaign to achieve savings of SEK9 billion during 2017 relative to 2014.“We are starting to see the impact of the savings. Later in 2015, as people start to leave the payroll in Sweden, we begin to see the bigger savings. We are on plan,” Jan Frykhammar, CFO of Ericsson, told Mobile World Live.Excluding restructuring charges and currency effects, operating expenses were slightly down year-on-year, Ericsson said.While further cuts are anticipated, the executive would not be drawn at this stage on where the axe may fall. “We continue to work to identify different efficiency measures, at the same time we will not talk in general about forecasts and so forth. If we see that we have structural savings and efficiencies to gain, we will inform the employees in that particular country first,” he said.“The fundamental is that we are trying to do two things: firstly, we try to become more effective and efficient as a company; and then at the same time we employ both service engineers, solutions architects, for instance, and sales people who can help us grow our target areas. So there will also be increases in headcounts related to target areas,” he continued.With regard to sales, Ericsson said that its North America region stabilised during the quarter, but remained at a lower level than a year ago. Total revenue for the region of SEK14.6 billion were down 4 per cent year-on-year, but up 19 per cent quarter-on-quarter.“From our point of view at least, the market is not declining anymore, it is sort of stable, and we saw some increases in the mobile broadband network business compared to the first. That’s why we used the word stabilisation, rather than any word we have used before, which was more around short term uncertainty and slowness,” the CFO said.With the wide rollout of 4G in China also benefiting operators in recent quarters, Frykhammar said that this is likely to continue in the immediate future. “The pace we are at right now, and have been at for three or four quarters, is what we think we will continue with for the rest of this year.”Vendor consolidationWhile Michel Combes, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent, has warned of “potential disturbance” in customer activity ahead of its planned merger with Nokia, which will create an emboldened rival to Ericsson, Frykhammar said that Ericsson is not seeing evidence that this is the case.“I haven’t heard or seen any changes in terms of customer behaviour,” he said, noting that for Ericsson it is “absolutely business as usual: we continue to stay very much focused on executing our own strategy”.Operator consolidation issuesWith a number of high-profile mergers between operators underway, particularly in Europe, where in-market consolidation is the order of the day, the Ericsson CFO also detailed how this is likely to impact vendors.“If we look at the experiences we have around consolidation in the operator space, which has been ongoing for many years for example in the US market, I think fundamentally fewer operators is good for the industry mid to long term, because it creates stronger customers that can sustain investments and differentiate by means of quality,” he said.“For Ericsson, and I think it goes for all vendors, during a period of consolidation, whether it has been announced or it’s speculation, it can create a bit of short-term uncertainty in terms of spend levels. But once mergers start being executed, there is a service opportunity initially, to support the customers in executing some of their synergies, with IT platforms and networks and so forth. Later on, it provides a capex opportunity as well,” Frykhammer continued. Previous ArticleFCC tightens auction rules amid Dish controversyNext ArticleMWC Shanghai: Why are we talking about 5G now? Former Ericsson employees charged in bribery case MásMóvil amplía su contrato con Ericsson Ericsson, Leonardo team on 5G productscenter_img Home Restructuring charges hit Ericsson profit Español Author Steve Costello Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more EricssonFinanciallast_img read more

The Recovery of a Racer Turned Mentor

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. The Friday before Erika Florian was set to take her semester finals in the winter of 2016, she headed to the mountains to let off steam before settling in to a stressful week of studying. Florian, then a sophomore at St. Lawrence University, was a lifelong ski racer and a member of her school’s ski club. Taking to the snow was a natural escape.On the last run of the day down Whiteface Mountain, Florian was skiing in the back of her group of friends when she hit a patch of soft snow, went down and smacked her head against the ground. She doesn’t remember getting back up, or telling a skier who saw her take the tumble that she’d hit her head really hard. She doesn’t remember waving that skier off when he told her to descend slowly down with him, or calling her dad while skiing straight down the mountain.Florian’s next memory is of sitting at ski patrol with her boots off listening to a patroller ask her the requisite questions: When is your birthday? What day is it? Where do you go to school?Unable to come up with answers, Florian broke down.“I had a sharp brain and it was all foreign and scary to me,” Florian said.Florian was diagnosed with a concussion and told that with a few days of dark rooms without screens she would be fine.She wasn’t.Florian started skiing at 2 years old. Her parents had met on their college ski team, and snow was more or less part of her genetic makeup.“My parents never forced [my brother and I] into it,” Florian said. “We just got really good at it by the time we could decide whether we wanted to continue doing it.”Growing up in Connecticut, Florian started racing in kindergarten and quickly progressed. When she and her brother outgrew the local competition, her family began renting a condo in New Hampshire and weekends turned into three-day racing affairs.“I wasn’t as intense as the academy skiers, and the fact that I was doing so well pushed me to do more,” Florian said.Eventually she joined the academy ranks, finishing high school at Proctor Academy where she got her first taste of international competition and set her sights on a competitive collegiate career.Florian received two offers from Division I schools and decided to attend St. Lawrence, only to discover when she showed up on campus that the coach had given away the spot to another girl.“It was super crushing for me, since that’s why I’d chosen the school,” Florian said. “But I decided my plan was to ski all the races and beat the St. Lawrence girls so I could earn a spot on the team.”Unfortunately a low snow year canceled much of the racing season, and instead of trying to race full-time, Florian joined the club team and stayed on it her sophomore year.“My identity as a ski racer, I needed that, and we were still able to race,” she said.Since Florian’s accident occurred going into the holidays, she was able to postpone her finals until after the break, giving her a few weeks of recovery.What started as a relatively normal recovery deteriorated when she tried studying for her genetics exam.“It seemed like my brain had been replaced by another person’s,” Florian said.As a double major in biology and chemistry, Florian was no stranger to long study sessions, but she found herself unable to retain much of the information. She ended up not taking the exam and received an incomplete in the class. She opted for a semester off from school to recover.Florian says her memory of the months following the accident doesn’t become clear until around May, so she relies heavily on journals from that time to recall what happened.While she has no memory of the first time she skied post accident, she knows it was in late January, while visiting an old ski team friend in Bozeman. For two days, Florian had no hesitancy getting back on the slopes.“My brain was whacked out and skiing gave me a disgusting headache, but I did it anyway,” Florian said. “I just really wanted to get back on skis.”After that trip, however, her ski season was done as her concussion symptoms persisted.In the majority of concussion cases, patients return to normal functioning within two weeks, with only a fraction of cases leading to post-concussive symptoms lingering past a month. Florian was affected for six months.Florian slept for around 16 hours every day. Her energy levels fluctuated drastically — getting dressed could be a chore — and her attempts at exercise were detrimental. A 10-minute walk caused a debilitating headache and left her bedridden all day.“It felt like my brain was too big for my head any time I exercised,” Florian said. “As a dedicated athlete, these were the worst months of my life.”The whole semester off was spent with physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and endless doctor appointments.“I was given basic things like coloring books and crossword puzzles, and I felt stupid all the time because they were so hard,” Florian said. “They were trying to get me back to the point where I could be a functioning human, let alone an athlete.”Erika Florian skies in the backcountry in northwestern Montana last winter. Photo by Will PhelpsWhen Florian decided to return to school in the fall of 2017, she didn’t go back to St. Lawrence, instead opting to transfer to Montana State University.She was back on the slopes that winter, even as she continued her recovery. A day of skiing left her feeling foggy, akin to downing a few beers, meaning any homework she needed to do had to be finished before the first chair.“You’re fully immersed in the moment, constantly thinking when you’re skiing, looking at the terrain and moving quick on your feet,” she said. “Maybe my brain was tired from that.”Instead of pursuing top-level racing again, Florian started coaching the ski team at Big Sky Resort, realizing it was the ultimate way to give back to her sport.“Coaching allows me to pass on information I’ve accumulated throughout my whole life that I’ve been keeping inside my brain,” Florian said. “And I’m obsessed with mentoring kids. Any kid that approaches me with a question, I will just give them all my knowledge.”Florian, now a nursing student at MSU’s Kalispell campus, immediately applied to coach at Big Mountain when she found out her nursing school placement, despite never having skied at Whitefish Mountain Resort before.“It’s awesome being able to help other kids progress to be good skiers in whatever way they want to,” she said. “Most kids here will race for a few years, then get on the freestyle team or do big mountain stuff. I just want to contribute to their ski career in any way I can.”Four years after her accident, Florian still notices some lingering effects. Her learning styles have shifted, forcing her to adopt new strategies in the classroom, and she finds that if her brain isn’t constantly stimulated — through physical activity, conversations or podcasts — she slips into a “boggy area,” as if her brain shifts into neutral when idling.On the mountain, her confidence to cut it loose it is still creeping back.“It’s taken up to this point to get over the hurdle of being scared of getting that severe of a concussion again,” Florian said. “Just this weekend I hit a cliff, like 15 feet tall, and it felt easy for the first time — I did it with comfort.”“Skiing is the way I feel alive, it’s my favorite thing to do,” Florian continued. “Part of it is skiing around these little groms who are killing it and they make me want to push myself.”Erika Florian also talks about her experiences dealing with concussion recovery on an episode of the Sideline Perspective [email protected] Emaillast_img read more

Donegal Youth Council welcomes referendum plans on dropping voting age to 16

first_img Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn The Donegal Youth Council is welcoming the Governments confirmation that a recommendation to lower the voting age from 18 to 16 will be put to referendum.The Government has confirmed that a referendum will take place before 2015.Donegal Youth Cllr, Molly McGinty said if the voting age is lowered, then more youth issues would be addressed:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/mollyWEB.mp3[/podcast] Donegal retains 14 Blue Flags, Lisfannon is not restored Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist Pinterest Facebook Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder Donegal Youth Council welcomes referendum plans on dropping voting age to 16 By News Highland – July 10, 2013 WhatsAppcenter_img WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Google+ Facebook Previous articleAbortion Legisltation: Minister warns Creighton faces long hard roadNext articleDonegal solicitor appointed to the board of the Hospital Grouo for the West/North West News Highland Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase Gardai investigate Castlefinn burglary Twitter Newslast_img read more