Sterling falls as Theresa May receives her first ministerial resignation over her Brexit deal

first_img“We are a proud nation and it is a sad day when we are reduced to obeying rules made by other countries who have shown that they do not have our best interests at heart.”The pound came off its high of $1.305 after May announced the cabinet’s backing for her Brexit deal last night, falling as low as 1.297 in early morning market movements.More to follow. He told Theresa May: “We will be locked in a customs arrangement indefinitely, bound by rules determined by the EU over which we have no say.“Worse, we will not be able to leave the customs arrangement unilaterally if we wish to do so. Northern Ireland in the meantime will be subject to a different relationship with the EU from the rest of the UK.” “This agreement does not provide for the United Kingdom being a soveriegn, independent country leaving the shackles of the EU, however it is worded. Thursday 15 November 2018 8:19 am Sterling fell this morning after a minister announced his resignation over the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal, which won the backing of the cabinet last night.Shailesh Vara, a minister for Northern Ireland, informed Downing Street of his resignation this morning, saying the deal leaves the UK “in a half-way house with no time limit” on when it can fully leave the EU. whatsapp More From Our Partners Matt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com Tags: Brexit People Theresa May whatsapp Share Sterling falls as Theresa May receives her first ministerial resignation over her Brexit deal Joe Curtis last_img read more

As Alaska prepares to spend millions on coronavirus response, years of cuts have starved the public health system

first_imgCoronavirus | Economy | Health | Politics | State GovernmentAs Alaska prepares to spend millions on coronavirus response, years of cuts have starved the public health systemMarch 11, 2020 by James Brooks and Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News Share:A hsopital bed at the Sitka Community Hospital. (Photo by Emily Kwong/KCAW)In December, budget documents for Alaska’s public health nursing program carried a warning: Years of budget cuts have starved the state’s public health wing of resources and staff.“The reduced workforce decreases capacity to provide timely and effective response to emerging outbreaks and threats while maintaining other core services,” the program warned.This week, Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposed $13 million in new spending to monitor and prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.But state officials and legislators familiar with the state’s public health system say that funding injection cannot erase years of budget cuts.In 2014, when state spending reached its modern peak, Alaska was spending $28 million per year from the state treasury on public health nursing and $7.6 million on epidemiology. Six years later, those figures have dropped to $22 million and $2 million, respectively.That 2014 budget called for 110 public health nurses statewide, plus aides and support staff. The budget now calls for 90 nurses, but the state has been unable to fill all of those positions. Budget cuts mean the state’s pay and benefits for public health nurses now lag behind similar positions in other states. The state’s personnel directory lists 70 public health nurses on staff.Those cuts, some legislators say, have left Alaska vulnerable to a threat exactly like the one it faces now.“Definitely we’re in a worse spot right now. The cuts that have gone on have been detrimental to the retention of those people who are so needed at this point,” said Sen. Donny Olson, D-Golovin.In addition to serving on the Senate Finance Committee, Olson is a doctor.In December, budget documents for Alaska’s public health nursing program carried a warning: Years of budget cuts have starved the state’s public health wing of resources and staff.“The reduced workforce decreases capacity to provide timely and effective response to emerging outbreaks and threats while maintaining other core services,” the program warned.This week, Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposed $13 million in new spending to monitor and prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.But state officials and legislators familiar with the state’s public health system say that funding injection cannot erase years of budget cuts.In 2014, when state spending reached its modern peak, Alaska was spending $28 million per year from the state treasury on public health nursing and $7.6 million on epidemiology. Six years later, those figures have dropped to $22 million and $2 million, respectively.That 2014 budget called for 110 public health nurses statewide, plus aides and support staff. The budget now calls for 90 nurses, but the state has been unable to fill all of those positions. Budget cuts mean the state’s pay and benefits for public health nurses now lag behind similar positions in other states. The state’s personnel directory lists 70 public health nurses on staff.Those cuts, some legislators say, have left Alaska vulnerable to a threat exactly like the one it faces now.“Definitely we’re in a worse spot right now. The cuts that have gone on have been detrimental to the retention of those people who are so needed at this point,” said Sen. Donny Olson, D-Golovin.“If we do have a coronavirus emergency, we’re ill-prepared for it,” he said.In a Monday news conference, Dunleavy said Alaska is prepared. State officials assisted in the evacuation of Americans from the Chinese city of Wuhan in January, and the governor said the state has been planning since then.No cases of coronavirus have been found in Alaska, but Dunleavy is asking the Alaska Legislature for $13 million — $4 million in state funding and permission to accept $9 million in federal money.“We really do feel like we’re maxing out on Department of Health and Social Services resources … and we need help,” said Dr. Anne Zink, the state’s chief medical officer.That money would pay for 10 temporary workers: five public health nurses, three nurse epidemiologists, one microbiologist and one emergency manager.Zink said the worry is that the state’s health care system might not have enough resources to cope with a flood of additional patients on top of ordinary needs.“We don’t have systems set up to deal with that increase,” she said.Half of the governor’s request involves the state’s public health nursing system. In small communities across Alaska, public health nurses are frontline health care workers. The new additions may be based in hub cities, but they would be responsible for a swath of rural Alaska, Zink said.“I think of public health nurses as the worker bees keeping things running,” Zink said.Compounding the funding problem, state reports indicate budget cuts have made those nurses less efficient.“Recruitment difficulties, including delays in recruitment of administrative staff, has required nurses to take on administrative duties,” a 2018 report said.With nurses filling out paperwork instead of treating patients, “the Section of Public Health Nursing lost over 8,000 hours of reimbursable professional nursing time,” the report said.“Budget cuts have consequences,” said Sen. Natasha von Imhof, R-Anchorage and co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee.Von Imhof also serves as chair of the Senate subcommittee in charge of the state’s health budget. She said she and other lawmakers will be watching to see if the governor’s request is enough.“It’s hard to say if this is the tip of the iceberg or this is sufficient,” she said.This story was originally published by the Anchorage Daily News and is republished here with permission.Share this story:last_img read more

Airbus climbs on board mission to send humans into space… for £310m

first_imgThursday 11 December 2014 9:38 am More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com whatsapp Tags: International Space Station Sarah Spickernell Airbus climbs on board mission to send humans into space… for £310m Airbus has signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to build part of the US Orion vehicle, which is being designed to carry humans into space.  The aircraft manufacturer will design a back section of the new spaceship – the part responsible for propelling it up into space. It will also carry the essentials for human survival, like air and water. valued at €390m (£310m), the contract was signed by officials from the two parties in Berlin. Witnesses present included representatives from the German federal government, the German space agency, NASA and US industry. An initial, unmanned flight test due to take place late in 2017. If the test is successful, Orion will be used to transport humans first to an asteroid and then to Mars.  “It is of course my wish to have a European astronaut – a man or a woman – on board the Orion capsule sometime in the next decade,” Thomas Reiter, ESA’s human space flight director, told the BBC. “I don’t think it is too far-fetched to believe that with this path we have now opened, we will get flight opportunities.” Most of the section will be developed in Germany, but some minor components will be transported from other parts of Europe. The main body of Orion is being built by the American firm Lockheed Martin.  But the US is not paying anything for the extra part being developed in Europe – it falls under a “barter agreement” between the two powers over their space activities. In return for the ESA’s help with Orion, the US will cover any costs Europe incurs at the International Space Station (ISS) between 2018 and 2020.  Long-term, it is hoped that this will lead to an ongoing relationship between the Europe and the US, in which ESA and Airbus work together to provide hardware for every Orion mission.   Share whatsapp Show Comments ▼last_img read more

News / Air cargo on course for growth, but faces volatility in demand, supply and prices

first_img© James Vallee | By Ian Putzger, Americas correspondent 26/03/2021 The air cargo industry is in for good times, although volatility will both be a cause of growth and a challenge.This is the diagnosis of Brian Clancy, MD of Logistics Capital & Strategy (LogCapStrat), a strategic supply chain consultancy.He predicts that recovery from the pandemic, combined with long-term structural shifts that favour a heightened role for airfreight, is providing the impetus for robust growth over the coming years.E-commerce and PPE aside, 2020 was a year of contraction for US airfreight: tonnage dropped 6%, more than the 2.2% decline in US GDP; on the import side four categories related to the pandemic and its repercussions – PPE, laptops, rubber gloves and digital cameras – accounted for 90% of growth, whereas most other commodities suffered contraction. And virtually all that growth was generated in Asia, Mr Clancy noted.center_img This year the outlook is for recovery, he says. While the IMF projects global GDP growth of 5.1% this year, LogCapStrat anticipates a boom in international air cargo demand, followed by further upward momentum in the following years.From a 2019 baseline, it projects CAGR of 3.9% through 2025 for the US airfreight market, which translates into 5.2% CAGR from a 2020 baseline.For the 2020-2025 period, LogCapStrat predicts 10.1% CAGR for the US-Latin America market, 6.6% on the transatlantic and 6.5% on the transpacific sector.Freighters have assumed an outsize role in airfreight as a result of the collapse of bellyhold capacity. Mr Clancy said all-cargo planes would remain in high demand. Belly capacity would only reach 80% of its 2019 level over the period, he predicted.Moreover, more than 500 widebody passenger planes would be retired and many replaced with narrowbodies, particularly the A321, resulting in reduced belly capacity, he said.While capacity remains constrained, demand is expected to be strong, augmented by e-commerce, which is likely to have another boom year in 2021, followed by growth at a “new normal” rate.For freight, LogCapStrat sees momentum from underlying economic factors as well as from a strategic shift in supply chain strategy.The traditional model for a product sourced from China involves containerised ocean transport to a US west coast port, followed by overland transport to the retailer’s distribution centre and on to retail outlets, where consumers purchase the item in question and then take care of the final mile to the home themselves.This model has an average transit of about 125 days and requires accurate demand planning, given the long transit and large volumes involved. Corrections are cumbersome and costly.In recent years, more and more business has begun to shift to the model favoured by the e-commerce sector, where the item is sent by air from China to a fulfilment centre in North America, from where it is dispatched to the consumer’s home. This cuts transit time down to a weekly cycle, while shipment size is reduced from container to pallet dimensions.“We will see more fragmentation of volume, shipment sizes declining and ocean containers become airfreight pallets,” Mr Clancy said.While shipping by air raises transport costs significantly, the model reduces inventory costs and also diminishes the risk of ending up with a warehouse full of unwanted product, resulting in lower costs overall, Mr Clancy argued.Furthermore, shipping by air avoids lengthy delays of shipments from problems like the current logjams at US west coast ports. Mr Clancy warned that the instability of the ocean network could take a long time to re-balance,  and he expects to see episodic problems with the ocean and intermodal network. And traffic will be uneven.“Over the next two to three years, we’re going to have a lot of demand volatility, which will produce spikes in traffic,” he predicted. “There will be lots of volatility. The new normal is volatility in demand, supply and prices.”And capacity is going to be tight and erratic, he warned. This will result in continuing upward pressure on prices, which will be adjusted on a more frequent basis than the traditional seasonal changes.last_img read more

Deaths in Laois – Wednesday, April 22, 2020

first_img WhatsApp Deaths in Laois – Wednesday, April 22, 2020 Pinterest WhatsApp TAGSDeaths in Laois Previous articleElectric Picnic promoter says ‘most shows will go back 12 months’ following new Coronavirus directiveNext articleGOAL urging young Laois people to take action in time of crisis with launch of ‘Global Sparks’ campaign Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.William (Billy) FlynnCourtwood, Ballybrittas, LaoisWilliam (Bill) Flynn, Courtwood, Ballybrittas, died 21st of April 2020 peacefully at Oghill Nursing Home surrounded by his loving family. Deeply regretted by his wife Mary, sons Liam, Cathal, Martin and Robert and their families. Sadly missed by his brothers Jimmy, John, Lar and Ned, sisters Mary, Theresa and Nancy, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and a large circle of friends and neighbours. Predeceased by brothers Michael, Paddy and Joe.Funeral mass and Interment private. Covid 19 protocol in place. Social distancing to be observed. Memorial mass to be organised at a later date.The Flynn family would like to thank you for your co-operation, understanding and support during this sensitive and difficult time.Ida Mitchell (née Lalor)Abbeyleix, LaoisPeacefully, after a short illness in her 90th Year in Portlaoise General Hospital. Predeceased by her husband Albert (Bert) and son-in-law Cyril Mc Murray. Ida will be dearly missed by her daughters Helen Mc Murray and Hazel Wellwood,son-in-law Cecil, grandchildren Scott, Tristan, Nevil and Adam, sisters Sadie Baskin and Marie Hogan, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, friends and neighbours and all at Brookhaven Nursing Home Ballyragget.Due to Corvid 19 Directive Ida’s Funeral will be Family only. A memorial service will take place later.Eamon KealeyCapoley, Portlaoise, LaoisKealey, Eamon – Capoley, Portlaoise. April 20th 2020 Peacefully in the loving care of the staff of St Vincent’s Hospital, Mountmellick. Deeply regretted by his loving brothers and Sisters, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces. Relatives and friends.Government Covid-19 protocol in place. Social distancing to be observed. A memorial mass will take place at a later date.John DeffewEmmet Street, Mountmellick, LaoisJohn Leo Deffew, Emmet Street, Mountmellick, Co. Laois and late of Callary Street, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Passed away, peacefully, April 18th 2020, in the wonderful care of The Staff at St. Paul’s Ward, St. Vincent’s Community Nursing Home, Mountmellick. John will be remembered with love and sadly missed by his daughter Frances, son-in-law Sean, grandchildren Emily and Millie, siblings Willie, Andrew, Mary Murphy, Elizabeth McDonald and Anne Kelly, brothers-in-law Joe and Sean. John will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and his neighbours in Laois, Offaly and Clare. Predeceased by his beloved and adored daughter Eileen Deffew, parents Leo and Brigid, nephew Mark McDonald, Patterson Estate and sister-in-law Betty Deffew. ”Say not in grief he is no more but thankful that he was”. Loved always and forever till we meet again.John’s family would like to express their thanks to the dedicated staff at St.Vincents who are working tirelessly to care for all their residentsJohn’s funeral will be private, due to COVID 19 restrictions. His family will arrange a memorial Mass after the pandemic has cleared.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, April 21, 2020 Facebook By Alan Hartnett – 22nd April 2020 Twitter News Facebook Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Wednesday, April 22, 2020 Deaths Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Twitter Electric Picnic Electric Picnic Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

Many Canadians unsure about maintaining their desired lifestyle in retirement

Survey finds Canadians aren’t sure how much they’ll need for retirement Related news Most Canadians understand that how much money they need in retirement will be determined by the lifestyle they choose. But fewer are confident that their retirement income will support their desired lifestyle for the length of their retirement. Recent research from Winnipeg-based Investors Group revealed that 30% of Canadians are not aware of how long their savings, pension and investments will support their desired level of retirement income. Earnings surge for Great-West Lifeco in Q4 IE Staff “The connection between how much you need and the lifestyle you live is a pretty obvious one for most Canadians,” says Aurele Courcelles, director, tax and estate planning, of Investors Group. “Those who have no idea of how long their savings, pensions and investments will sustain their desired retirement lifestyle could be in for some unpleasant surprises. They should get to work on developing a clearer idea of how they plan to live in retirement and if the lifestyle they have in mind is financially feasible.” Courcelles shares some pointers for those grappling to get a better understanding of their retirement needs: > Start by making sure you understand your specific financial position and understand where your retirement income will be coming from and how much. > Make sure your budget is realistic and that your income can cover all the planned expenses. > Be sure to take into account periodic expenses, including insurance payments and taxes. Don’t forget to budget for vacations. > Apply the basic rule of budgeting: be sure that on a monthly basis, income will exceed expenses. For retirees, it’s important to understand where their retirement income is coming from and how they can maximize it. “Making sure that retirement savings last long enough will also require adjustments to investment portfolios to match the various retirement living phases individuals can expect to experience over a lifetime of retirement living,” says Courcelles. Survey data was gathered through teleVox, Harris/Decima’s national telephone omnibus survey. The data were gathered between Nov. 8 and 12, 2012 for a total of 1,000 completes.A sample of the same size has a margin of error of 3.1%, 19 times out of 20. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Retirement Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Snowbirds win legal battle to reinstate out-of-province medical coverage read more

CSA tells investors to check advisors’ registration

first_img Keywords Fraud Retail trading surge on regulators’ radar, Vingoe says Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) is encouraging investors to check their financial advisor’s registration on Mar. 18. The CSA provides its “national registration search” tool through the website www.aretheyregistered.ca to help make this task easier for investors on Check Registration Day. The online search mechanism allows the public to check whether a firm or individual is registered to sell securities or offer investment advice in a particular province or territory. Investors can also contact their local securities regulatory authority to verify registration for a financial services firm or advisor. “Investors should have confidence in the individual or firm they choose to handle their investments and a registration check is a critical initial step in building that confidence,” says Bill Rice, chair of the CSA and chair and CEO of the Alberta Securities Commission. The CSA is reminding investors that Canadian securities regulators will only register firms and individuals that meet specific qualifications and standards. Imposters among us, CSA warnscenter_img DoJ launches task force to tackle Covid-19 fraud Tessie Sanci Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

IIROC privacy policy takes effect on May 1

first_img James Langton Keywords EnforcementCompanies Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada Facebook LinkedIn Twitter BFI investors plead for firm’s sale For instance, the policy will require the parties to an IIROC disciplinary proceeding to redact certain personal information from documents that are filed with a hearing panel, or the national hearing coordinator. The policy also requires that only a redacted version of the hearing record from a disciplinary proceeding will be provided in response to public requests. The policy does not apply to documents exchanged between IIROC staff and respondents. And, clean copies of any documents should be available for viewing by the hearing panel, if requested. Also, the names of respondents don’t have to be redacted, and other personal information of a respondent may also be excluded from the policy, if a hearing panel deems that the information is relevant to the proceeding. The policy also requires that, when making a decision, hearing panels will avoid referring to any personal information, as much as possible. Hearing panels will be required to balance the need to include relevant information against the privacy interests of the individuals involved, the policy notes. PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator A new privacy policy is being adopted by the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) that will require that most personal information be redacted from filings made public as part of enforcement proceedings. The new policy, which takes effect on May 1, will apply to all disciplinary and settlement proceedings and aims to provide guidance on the use and disclosure of personal information in disciplinary proceedings. It sets limits on the use and disclosure of personal information that can be referred to in the course of hearings, or collected as part of the hearing record, in cases before IIROC hearing panels. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related newslast_img read more

Jamaica Library Service Honours Cecil Charlton

first_imgRelatedJamaica Library Service Honours Cecil Charlton RelatedJamaica Library Service Honours Cecil Charlton Jamaica Library Service Honours Cecil Charlton UncategorizedDecember 5, 2006 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Former Mayor of Mandeville, Cecil C. Charlton, has been honoured by the Jamaica Library Service and the Manchester Parish Library network for 48 years of service to the organization.The ceremony was held recently at the Mandeville Hotel in Manchester, with scores of persons in attendance.In his tribute to Mr. Charlton, Custos of Manchester, Dr. Gilbert Allen, said that, “the footprints made by this icon of a man in this community are bold indeed and indelible”.Dr. Allen said that Mr. Charlton, or ‘Maas C’, as he is affectionately called, had a goal at almost every aspect of community life and had made a success of most. “He’s a man who can be considered a true role model . of courage and tenacity,” he said.“The community salutes him most for his benevolence and his philanthropy . his long and faithful service to voluntary organizations, his membership of the Manchester Parish Library committee . and as Chairman for the past 40 years,” Dr. Allen said.Meanwhile, Director General of the Jamaica Library Service, Patricia Roberts, thanked Mr. Charlton and his family for their service to the town of Mandeville and to the organization.“From us at the Jamaica Library Service we thank you for what you have done. We look forward to continue sharing and working with you. You are in our hearts and will remain in our hearts and you are very special to us,” she said.Mr. Charlton joined the Manchester Library Committee as a representative of the Parish Council in 1958, 10 years after the establishment of the Jamaica Library Service.In his determination to have a new, well equipped library for his parish, he was instrumental in acquiring the site on which the library is located. He was active in developing ideas for the design of the building and initiated the extra funding needed to facilitate construction.“I remember well his excitement and satisfaction in seeing the parish library moved from the bat-infested building . to its newly built two-storey home,” former Director of the Jamaica Library Service, Gloria Salmon said.“As a member and Chairman . Mr. Charlton helped to conceptualize and foster the growth of the parish service from eight book centres operated by volunteers to 12 branch libraries, 6 of which occupy their own buildings; 54 book mobile stops throughout the parish, 197 school libraries served by the School’s Library Service from its regional office; and the establishment of the Region 3 headquarters at the Manchester Parish Library, which now supervises delivery of library services to the parishes of Manchester and Clarendon,” she added.Responding, Mr. Charlton said he felt good serving the library service and to be recognized. “It is the leading of Almighty God why I did it, because if I didn’t do that, who knows where else I could be this evening; so with Christ in the vessel, I’m here with you smiling in the storm,” he said.“I am very grateful for what is happening this evening. It has strengthened me and I will never forget it,” Mr. Charlton added.center_img RelatedJamaica Library Service Honours Cecil Charlton Advertisementslast_img read more

85 PMOs Registered by RADA

first_imgRelated85 PMOs Registered by RADA Related85 PMOs Registered by RADA Related85 PMOs Registered by RADA FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A total of 85 community-based Production and Marketing Organisations (PMOs) have been registered by the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), which will enable them to access funding and other support to benefit their members.Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, on Wednesday (February 10) presented RADA certificates of registration to 50 groups in Westmoreland and 35 in Hanover, at separate ceremonies held in the parish capitals of Savanna-la-mar and Lucea, respectively.“These certificates are actually like a passport for the PMOs, where they can . say that they are an agent of RADA, and they are an organisation within the body of RADA,” Mr. Hutchison explained.Speaking to JIS News after the presentation ceremony in Hanover, he said that the PMOs, are the driving force behind the agricultural sector at this time, noting their invaluable work in the marketing of agricultural produce from their respective communities.Stating that the certificates presented will help to “strengthen their hands a little more,” he said that the PMOs can put forward proposals, and seek funding for community projects from various agencies.He mentioned a new funding initiative to come on stream by the end of February, dubbed the ‘Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI)’, through which they can seek assistance. The programme, he informed, will be implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF). He said that large organisations can access up to US$200,000 to fund projects, with a maximum of US$50,000 for small groups.A total of 160 certificates of registration will be handed over to PMOs in the parishes of St. James and Trelawny over the next few days.The PMOs, which consist of farmers, benefit from training in marketing support and good agricultural practices.center_img 85 PMOs Registered by RADA AgricultureFebruary 12, 2010 Advertisementslast_img read more