Culture secretary confirms UK government will push for Fifa reform

first_imgThe UK government has said that it will do all it can to bring about change in Fifa, following the “disappointing” re-elected of president Sepp Blatter.Secretary of state for culture, media and sport, John Whittingdale, echoed Prime Minister David Cameron’s calls for Blatter to step down.  Amid arrests of senior Fifa officials over corruption allegations, he dubbed Blatter’s reputation “utterly destroyed”. Read more: As the Fifa corruption crisis continues, should sponsors be considering pulling back cash?Responding to an urgent question in Parliament, Whittingdale said:Fifa’s support for its discredited president was incredibly disappointing. But it will not have surprised the footballing public who have become increasingly cynical as the allegations of misconduct and malfeasance have piled up.He criticised Fifa’s voting system, saying it “support[ed] the incumbent”, while adding that “what remained of Sepp Blatter’s credibility has been utterly destroyed”. More than 70 national associations voted against Blatter in the presidency elections, a sign, said Whittingdale, showing that “momentum is building against him”.Blatter has refused to step down as Fifa president despite appeals for him to do so. He has not been accused of any wrongdoing himself, despite senior officials in the organisation being arrested.  Culture secretary confirms UK government will push for Fifa reform by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmLivestlyThe Best Redhead Actresses, RankedLivestlyTotal PastThis Was Found Hiding In An Oil Painting – Take A Closer LookTotal PastNovelodgePierce Brosnan’s Wife Lost 120 Pounds – This Is Her NowNovelodge Show Comments ▼ Monday 1 June 2015 2:23 pm ashley.kirk Sharecenter_img whatsapp More From Our Partners Killer drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org whatsapp Tags: Fifa crisislast_img read more

News / SF Holding secures partnership with DP DHL’s Chinese contract logistics unit

first_imgBy Gavin van Marle 26/10/2018 Deutsche Post DHL has sold its Chinese contract logistics business to emerging domestic logistics player SF Holding, for an initial €700m.DP DHL will receive an upfront payment of Rmb5.5bn (€700m) and the two parties have signed a 10-year agreement that will see the German company paid a “revenue-based partnership fee”.DP DHL Group’s supply chain China business will be incorporated into SF Holding and operate as a co-branded organisation.It will cover the supply chain business in mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau, and does not include its international express, freight transport and e-commerce logistics solutions in China.DHL said the company would operate under the leadership of Yin Zou, the current chief executive of Greater China of DHL Supply Chain, with his existing management team.It added: “This strategic partnership will allow Deutsche Post DHL Group to continue to participate in the fast-growing Chinese supply chain market, leveraging SF Holding’s extensive domestic infrastructure, distribution network and broad base of local customers.“This will accelerate the expansion of the co-branded organization’s customer base. Deutsche Post DHL Group is committed to enhancing the organization’s product and services offering by providing the breadth of its global supply chain expertise.Deutsche Post DHL Group chief executive Frank Appel added: “The joint capabilities of Deutsche Post DHL Group and SF Holding will create a unique platform to meet the need for a high quality end-to-end supply chain provider in China.“SF Holding’s local market expertise in China has real advantages for our customers across industries including technology, healthcare, retail, automotive, and e-commerce. Combined with our global operations standards and network support, the agreement provides a solid foundation to continue exploring further opportunities in China in the coming years.”Earlier this year, SF Holding subsidiary SF Express ploughed $100m into US digital freight forwarder Flexport, and SF Holding chairman Dick Wong explained that today’s deal was part of the same expansion strategy.“SF Holding has been actively expanding its business-to-business (B2B) capabilities and pursuing different strategic partnerships to grow SF Holding into a truly integrated logistics solutions provider that delivers best-in-class services for our clients,” he said.last_img read more

In Pictures: Tears of joy as Mountmellick students pick up their Leaving Cert results

first_img GAA Previous articleIn Pictures: Happiness with results at Heywood CS – and one student with 625 pointsNext articleIn Pictures: All smiles as St Fergal’s Rathdowney students collect their results 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. Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Pinterest Twitter Facebook SEE ALSO – Moment In Time: Heywood CS celebrate brilliant Leaving Cert results in 2009 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Home News Community In Pictures: Tears of joy as Mountmellick students pick up their Leaving… NewsCommunityEducation GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Twittercenter_img Pinterest It was emotional day in Mountmellick Community School – and having just returned from their Debs a few hours ago, you can bet that’s a good reason why!But the throngs came in to the school to collect their results at 10.30am – with principal Larry Curtin and vice-principal Frances Kerry La Rosa on hand to offer support and advice to the students.A total of 86 pupils did the Leaving Cert in Mountmellick CS, with the highest result coming in at an incredible 583 points.Speaking after the results, vice-principal Kerry La Rosa said she was thrilled for the students, but re-iterated the line: ‘It’s not the be all and end all’.“There was lots of happiness here today. A good few H1s across the board too. It’s not the be all and end-all but we’re thrilled with them, they are a credit to themselves,” said Ms Kerry La Rosa.Adding to this, principal Curtin said: “It’s a testament to the hard work that the students, teachers, staff members and parents have all helped put in.“It’s reassuring to see students doing well and it’s also reassuring to see students making progress,” said Mr Curtin.Mountmellick CS will see a further 150 first year pupils walk through its doors on August 26, something which both principal and vice-principal said stands as testament to the school. WhatsApp Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory TAGSLeaving Cert ResultsMountmellick CS WhatsApp GAA Facebook By Siun Lennon – 13th August 2019 In Pictures: Tears of joy as Mountmellick students pick up their Leaving Cert resultslast_img read more

OSC imposes sanctions on Gold-Quest promoters

Investors were lured to Gold-Quest as a result of the promotional activities of Naida Allarde, Bernardo Giangrosso, Kevin Persaud, Maxine Lobban and Wayne Lobban, and their respective companies, Simply Wealth Financial Group Inc. and K&S Global Wealth Creative Strategies Inc. In June 2012, following an OSC hearing, the commission found the promoters traded in securities without registration, engaged in an illegal distribution of securities, and allowed the Simply Wealth and K&S Global companies to breach sections of the Ontario Securities Act. In its decision on sanctions, the OSC prohibited the promoters from trading in securities for five years and ordered each of them to pay a $15,000 administrative penalty. In addition the OSC ordered Simply Wealth, Allarde and Giangrosso to disgorge $215,790 to the commission. K&S Global and Persaud were ordered to disgorge $90,000 to the OSC, and Maxine and Wayne Lobben were ordered to disgorge $120,427. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The Ontario Securities Commission Wednesday imposed sanctions and costs totaling more than $500,000 against the promoters of a Ponzi scheme operating as Gold-Quest International. From June 2006 to June 2008, investors were persuaded to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in a scheme that promised an annual return of 87.5%. Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator Keywords Fraud,  EnforcementCompanies Ontario Securities Commission BFI investors plead for firm’s sale IE Staff read more

Empire Life CFO to retire

first_img IA Financial chief Yvon Charest announces his retirement Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Resignations and retirementsCompanies Empire Life Insurance Co. “Gary’s integrity and business acumen have been invaluable to our organization. On behalf of the entire team at Empire Life, I thank him for his contributions and wish him all the best in his retirement,” he adds. Scott Ewert, vice president and CFO of Empire Life’s parent company, Toronto-based E-L Financial Corp. Ltd., will assume the position of interim CFO at Empire Life. Empire Life has initiated a search process for a new CFO. Photo copyright: jirsak/123RF Sheila Murray to retire from CI Financial in March Related news IE Staff Street Capital appoints chief product and marketing officer jirsak/123RF Gary McCabe, senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) of Kingston, Ont.-based Empire Life Insurance Co., is retiring on April 30. “As CFO of Empire Life for the past eight years, Gary has provided exceptional oversight and guidance to the company’s operations, enabling us to focus on delivering the very best solutions for our customers and their evolving needs,” says Mark Sylvia, Empire Life’s president and CEO, in a statement released on Monday. BMO announces executive retirements Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Manager Insight: Earnings recovery could push U.S. market higher, Fidelity strategist says

first_img Franklin Templeton renames funds with new managers NEO, Invesco launch four index PTFs Change to Counsel Global Small Cap Fund Michael Ryval Even though the benchmark S&P 500 Index has set record highs this year, Jurrien Timmer, the Boston-based director of global macro at Fidelity Investments, argues that market conditions are favourable and could push the index a little higher and generate modest gains for investors. “From 2009 to 2015, the market was ripping higher, by almost 20% a year. Then it was in a holding pattern for a year and a half, stuck in a range between 1,800 and 2,130 points on the S&P 500, with lots of small moves in between,” says Timmer. Keywords Fund managers center_img Today the S&P 500 Index is at about 2,140 points, a level that has not been driven by earnings growth but rather by strong liquidity conditions. Typically, Timmer observes, the Federal Reserve would be guiding markets toward further rate hikes, but then there would be a shock, such as the Chinese devaluing their currency, and that would force the market down. “The Fed would respond to that by saying, ‘We’re going to have fewer hikes, or no hike at all.’” The Fed’s stance created a more favourable liquidity backdrop. Financial conditions improved, the U.S. dollar dropped slightly and markets would go back up again, says Timmer. “Every rally within that trading range was driven by improving financial conditions, and not by improving earnings growth. That’s been against a backdrop of full valuations of 18 times earnings, which is about where the market should be.” The turning point came last June, in the wake of the Brexit referendum on the United Kingdom voting to leave the European Union, when the Fed backtracked on raising rates once again, and triggered a world-wide decline in bond yields. In some cases, sovereign bond yields turned negative, and even the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury yield of 1.5% was almost neck-and-neck with inflation. “This was the key that drove the market to new highs,” observes Timmer, noting that the market rebound was driven by a group of defensive high-dividend paying stocks that were scooped up by yield-hungry investors. “This ‘breakout’ was a liquidity-driven move. There is an insatiable search for yield around the world. And the U.S. is not in bad shape as the economy is chugging along. But there is this global tide of lower yields and it’s driving U.S. yields down, too.” Still, Timmer argues that there are so-called “green shoots” of earnings growth that are supporting the U.S. market. “Earnings growth is still falling and around -2%, year-over-year for the second quarter. But we all know at certain inflection points the market tends to focus more on the rate of change than on the level of earnings,” says Timmer. “We have had five quarters of negative earnings growth,” he says. “That’s significant; it’s like an earnings recession. But the worst point was in the first quarter when earnings fell 7%, year over year. In fact, you had a sequence of worsening rates of change. Yet in the second quarter the rate of change improved dramatically, from -7% to -2.3%.” Beneath the surface, “things are getting less bad,” argues Timmer. “That’s an important momentum shift on the earnings side. And it is something the market is also responding to. These two moves are pushing the market upwards: we have improving liquidity, driving dividend-paying stocks higher and dragging the market with it, and earnings growth is starting to get a little better, at least on a rate-of-change basis.” Assuming that earnings do come through, as the market is expecting, then price-earnings multiples will decline somewhat and valuations will become less stretched. “If you look at current price over earnings and if the rate of change is going to improve, then that earnings number will go up and the price-earnings multiple will catch up to that.” Looking at the market, Timmer notes that industrial, energy and materials stocks are the most visible winners in the earnings game, as they have benefited from stabilizing oil and metal prices and a weaker greenback that has lifted profits for multinational companies. “It’s the most economically sensitive sectors which have benefited.” Timmer admits there is a risk that earnings may stay sluggish for some time. “I don’t have any sense that annual earnings growth will go back to 5% or 6%, as they have done historically. So we may still be in a low-earnings growth of 1% to 2%. Yet that’s an improvement over -1%. And when things start to get less bad, the market starts to respond to that.” Timmer does not have excessive expectations for the S&P 500 Index. “The market may just grind higher. I don’t think we’re going back to the days of 2009-2015 when the market rose 20% a year. It’s going to be a grind higher, based on this ongoing combination of favourable financial conditions and slightly better earnings growth,” says Timmer, adding that over the next few years total returns from the U.S. market might be in the mid-single digits in local terms. One concern Timmer has is that the quality of earnings is poor because about 70% of earnings are generated through share buybacks. “It’s a poor quality and low-growth earnings environment,” he says. “That is not a recipe for a runaway bull market.” Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related newslast_img read more

PM Golding Congratulates Shericka Williams on her Silver Medal

first_imgPM Golding Congratulates Shericka Williams on her Silver Medal UncategorizedAugust 20, 2008 RelatedPM Golding Congratulates Shericka Williams on her Silver Medal Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister Bruce Golding, has congratulated Shericka Williams on her silver medal victory in the women’s 400m in the Beijing Olympics this morning. Williams came out ahead of event favourite, Sanya Richards of the USA, who placed third.Mr. Golding said the entire Jamaica is beaming with pride and joy, at the exceptionally high level of performance being displayed by Jamaica’s athletes at the Olympics.Mr. Golding said he is assured that the athletes will not disappoint the country and that they will continue to claim victory in the remaining competitions. He said this could be achieved if they continue to work hard and stay focussed.center_img RelatedPM Golding Congratulates Shericka Williams on her Silver Medal RelatedPM Golding Congratulates Shericka Williams on her Silver Medallast_img read more

Questions and answers about UN mission to SAFER oil tanker in Yemen

first_imgQuestions and answers about UN mission to SAFER oil tanker in Yemen The United Nations1. What is the SAFER oil tanker?SAFER is a Floating Storage and Offloading (FSO) oil vessel moored off Yemen’s west coast, approximately 8 kilometers (4.8 nautical miles) South West of the Ras Isa peninsula on the West coast of Yemen, permanently anchored at the same location for more than 30 years without any dry-docking or shipyard repairs.The vessel was converted in 1986 from the single hull oil carrier “Esso Japan”, initially built in 1976, to FSO SAFER. SAFER is legally owned by the national oil company, the Safer Exploration & Production Operation Company (SEPOC). Prior to the escalation of the conflict in 2015, the vessel was used to store and export oil from fields around Ma’rib. The de-facto authorities in Sana’a have controlled the waters where the SAFER is moored since 2015.2. What would happen if there is a spill or other disaster onboard the SAFER?The tanker is reportedly holding nearly 1.1 million barrels of oil, which is about four times as much oil as spilled from the Exxon Valdez in 1989. The aging tanker has not undergone regular maintenance since the escalation of the conflict in 2015. SAFER’s structure, equipment and operating systems are deteriorating, leaving the tanker at risk of leaking, exploding or catching fire.A spill would have catastrophic environmental and humanitarian consequences. Research by independent experts indicates that a major oil spill would severely impact Red Sea ecosystems on which almost 30 million people depend, including at least 1.6 million Yemenis. All the fisheries along the Yemeni west coast would be impacted within days and the livelihoods of the fishing communities would collapse, at a time when 90 per cent of these populations are already dependent on humanitarian aid. The shores of Hudaydah, Hajjah and Taiz will likely be the worst-hit. If fire erupts on SAFER for any reason, more than 8.4 million people could be exposed to harmful levels of pollutants.A worst-case scenario could lead to the immediate closure of the key port of Hudaydah, which is estimated to cause steep increases in the prices of food and fuel and hinder the delivery of vital humanitarian aid to millions of Yemenis. Yemen, particularly in the north, cannot afford the closure of Hudaydah port. Yemen imports about 90 per cent of its staple food and almost everything else, and so the majority of Yemenis heavily rely on imports to meet their basic needs. A majority of imports enter through Hudaydah. The risk of Hudaydah port closing is even more alarming at a time when Yemen is facing a renewed risk of famine, as confirmed by recent food security assessments. Overall, the economic cost of an oil spill from the SAFER tanker to Yemen fisheries could run to an estimated $1.5 billion over 25 years.Other Red Sea littoral countries, including Djibouti, Eritrea and Saudi Arabia, are also likely to be impacted. A spill could also debilitate one of the world’s busiest commercial shipping routes through the Red Sea, which accounts for about 10 per cent of global trade.3. What has the UN been doing to address the issue?The United Nations has been seeking to deploy an expert mission to assess the condition of the tanker and conduct initial repairs for over two years. In August 2019, the United Nations deployed a team of experts to Djibouti, which was to serve as the staging location for the mission, based on agreement in principle from all parties. That mission was cancelled after the de-facto Houthi authorities withdrew their approval the night before departure.Negotiations with the de-facto authorities in Sana’a have been ongoing ever since to deploy another mission. These discussions accelerated following reports of a leak of seawater into the SAFER engine room in May 2020. That leak was contained, but it is unclear how long the fix will last.Since then, the United Nations has been engaging with the de-facto authorities to agree on a detailed Scope of Work for the proposed mission, which has three clear objectives:To assess the condition of the SAFER oil tanker through analysis of its systems and structure;To conduct urgent possible initial maintenance that might reduce the risk of an oil leak until a permanent solution is applied;To formulate evidence-based options on what solutions are possible to permanently remove the threat of an oil spill.The United Nations received a letter on 21 November 2020 from the de-facto authorities in Sana’a officially signaling their approval of the Scope of Work. In light of this approval, the United Nations is now in a position to commence the logistical preparations for the mission, including by using donor funds to secure the technical experts and procure the necessary equipment. The Government of Yemen has expressed its full support for the proposed technical mission as well.The deployment of the initial expert mission will not eliminate the threat of an oil spill from SAFER. The mission is designed to produce the needed assessment and generate evidence-based options to permanently address the threat posed by the tanker. The United Nations has no prejudgment as to the outcome of the assessment.The technical experts will conduct light maintenance tasks in accordance with an agreed Scope of Work document, subject to having practical access, as well as environmental limitations, and other considerations regarding the personal safety of the mission’s staff, upholding the integrity of the vessel and its systems, and other relevant factors.In addition to working on the deployment of an expert mission, UN entities are also supporting contingency planning efforts aimed at strengthening readiness for assistance and response, should a spill occur.4. What has changed since 2019?The situation is now even more urgent than it was in 2019. On 27 May, seawater leaked into the engine room, threatening to destabilize or sink the vessel and to cause a massive oil spill. It took the divers from the SAFER corporation a total of 28 hours under water over five days to contain the relatively small leak through a temporary fix. This was a dangerous and a very difficult task and it remains unclear how long this patch may hold. The next incident might not be something that can be contained. The explosion in the port of Beirut serves as a tragic reminder of the cost of inaction.The international community has been clearer than ever that it expects progress on this critical issue to be made, including at a special Security Council meeting dedicated to the SAFER on 15 July 2020. The mission will be deploying based on multiple rounds of constructive technical discussions with the de-facto authorities and a detailed, mutually-agreed Scope of Work document.5. What is the Scope of Work document?The Scope of Work is a mutually-agreed technical document that outlines in detail the objectives of the mission and the tasks the mission staff will undertake once onboard the SAFER. It has been finalized following weeks of consultations with the de-facto authorities in Sana’a in an effort to ensure clarity and to avoid any misunderstandings that could lead to the mission’s delay or cancellation later.The Scope of Work was endorsed by the de-facto authorities in a formal letter dated 21 November. This has provided the United Nations with the required confidence to start spending donor money and begin the ongoing procurement process for the specialized equipment needed by the mission. The Scope of Work document can be found at this link6. What is the timeline for the mission’s deployment?As of late December 2020, the United Nations estimates the mission team can arrive on site by midFebruary. However, the timing of deployment will depend on a number of factors including the market availability of the needed equipment and staff, shipping times and routes, transit weather conditions and funding availability.The mission will continue to require facilitation as planning progresses including additional permits and authorizations to enable the mission’s success. As such, the continued cooperation of all stakeholders, particularly the de-facto authorities in Sana’a, will be a crucial factor in the timely deployment of the mission. The United Nations appreciates the commitments received from all stakeholders to continue this facilitation. /UN News 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:agreement, Beirut, community, Djibouti, Eritrea, exploration, explosion, Government, Humanitarian, Japan, operation, production, Saudi Arabia, Security Council, UN, United Nations, Yemenlast_img read more

Minister for London visits Scale Space White City

first_imgMinister for London visits Scale Space White City Paul Scully MP visited Scale Space this week, a new scale up community based at Imperial’s White City Campus.Scale Space is the UK’s first scale-up community created specifically to help innovative businesses accelerate and grow. During the visit, the Minister spoke directly with several exciting companies based in the facility, including: DNAe, a pioneering molecular diagnostics business Avado, a digitally-powered professional learning business Salary Finance, who partner with employers to improve employee wellbeing Agilisys, a digital transformation specialist to the public sector Second Nature, a behavioural science and smart technology business As the Government’s scale up champion and Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Labour Markets, Mr Scully has recently pledged support for Innovate UK’s new peer networks for scaling businesses, in collaboration with the ScaleUp Institute. Welcoming the Minister were the Provost Professor Ian Walmsley, Mark Sanders, Executive Chairman at Scale Space and Irene Graham, CEO of ScaleUp Institute. Professor Walmsley introduced Imperial’s White City Campus to the Minister and explained that the College is creating a network of innovation spaces for businesses of all sizes – major corporations, high-tech and high-growth companies, SMEs, start-ups and entrepreneurs – to work alongside Imperial at every stage of their development and growth.“Building up scaling companies through activities like Scale Space are a key part of our entrepreneurial system – and I’m delighted that the Minister was able to see that today and hear from the scale ups based at our White City Campus.” Professor Ian Walmsley ProvostEarlier this year, Imperial College Business School opened a 12,000 sq ft purpose-built space dedicated to teaching and research, which is being used by Business School students and academics.The Business School’s suite of MBA and Master’s degree programmes will have elements taught at two new teaching areas at Scale Space, providing students with the opportunity to forge connections with tenant companies, alongside the wider entrepreneurship community of White City. Mark Sanders explained how Scale Space has been created to help the UK’s scale-up sector overcome growth challenges and secure the right support to grow effectively. It helps members overcome challenges for long term success by creating a growth community, connecting businesses together for mutual benefit, and drawing on the specific skills and expertise within Imperial and Blenheim Chalcot.The Minister toured labs of DNAe, a spinout from Imperial, which is developing a platform that performs DNA sequencing on a microchip to provide rapid, actionable information to clinicians. A quickfire showcase of several other member companies, including Agilysis, Second Nature, Avado and Salary Finance, rounded off the visit.“It was fantastic to meet so many engaging and creative business leaders at Scale Space” Paul Scully MP Minister of LondonClean tech startup Puraffinity, who recently graduated from White City Incubator, was also highlighted as a prime example of how the White City ecosystem supports fast-growth companies at each stage of their entrepreneurial journey.The Minister said: “Scaleups play an absolutely pivotal role in creating jobs, pioneering innovation and generating wealth for the nation – they will be critical as we build back better from the pandemic.It was fantastic to meet so many engaging and creative business leaders at Scale Space and to highlight the extensive support which the government is offering to boost private enterprise – including the new Help to Grow schemes, funding through the British Business Bank, the Peer Networks mentoring programme and the 38 English growth hubs.”A bird’s eye view of the White City Campus /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:Blenheim, British, diagnostics, DNA, DNA sequencing, English, entrepreneurs, Government, Imperial College London, innovation, London, Paul Scully, Professor, purpose-built, Small Business, technology, UK, universitylast_img read more

PM Highlights Significant Reduction In Murders

first_imgRelatedPM Highlights Significant Reduction In Murders PM Highlights Significant Reduction In Murders National SecurityOctober 6, 2011Written by: Chris Patterson FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedPM Highlights Significant Reduction In Murders RelatedPM Highlights Significant Reduction In Murderscenter_img Story HighlightsPrime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, says for the first time in recent history, the country experienced a 40 per cent decline in murder over the last 15 months.“The year-to-date homicide rate is now 821 compared to 1,097 last year. This means a reduction of 276 homicides so far this year and when compared to 2009,  some 388 fewer homicides than that year,” he pointed out, while commending members of the Security Forces for the outstanding work they have been doing.In his message, read by State Minister in the Ministry of National Security, Hon. Dr. St. Aubyn Bartlett, at the Special Constabulary Force Association (SCFA) award ceremony, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston on October 5, the Prime Minister said that, “while we embrace this success, let us be mindful that the crime rate still remains at an unacceptable level and we must not in any way reduce our efforts.” Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, says for the first time in recent history, the country experienced a 40 per cent decline in murder over the last 15 months.“The year-to-date homicide rate is now 821 compared to 1,097 last year. This means a reduction of 276 homicides so far this year and when compared to 2009,  some 388 fewer homicides than that year,” he pointed out, while commending members of the Security Forces for the outstanding work they have been doing.In his message, read by State Minister in the Ministry of National Security, Hon. Dr. St. Aubyn Bartlett, at the Special Constabulary Force Association (SCFA) award ceremony, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston on October 5, the Prime Minister said that, “while we embrace this success, let us be mindful that the crime rate still remains at an unacceptable level and we must not in any way reduce our efforts.”The Prime Minister  said that in spite of the challenges that prevail, “I urge your members to not let their feet falter, but to keep them firmly planted as we strive together to achieve the vision that we share for Jamaica- a country where sanctity and security are restored and our people enjoy peace and order.”He noted that anti crime initiatives, such as the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) and the web-based Justice Crime Observatory Integrated Crime and Violence Information System, among others, are critical measures in the fight to reduce crime.The Prime Minister expressed gratitude to the many retired and active police officers who have served and continue to serve the country well.“The importance of our nation’s police officers cannot be underscored enough. The growth of our nation hinges on them, as without safety and security, the very foundation of our country will be eroded and prosperity will elude us,” he said.Mr. Golding said that despite the challenges they have faced, they have been unwavering in their mandate to assist in protecting and serving the people of Jamaica.In his remarks, Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, said national safety and security are fundamental elements of a stable economy and society.He noted that those, when paired with other factors, have the potential to increase the country’s development prospects and standard of living of its citizens, adding that it is for this reason that both elements are at the core of the bi-partisan Vision 2030-national development plan.“One of the challenges of this vision is to create the environment and conditions so that productive enterprises will be able to operate in an atmosphere where they feel secure. Based on experience and past demonstration of your commitment, I believe the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF) is capable of serving as one of the driving forces for the achievement of this national vision,” he said.Vision 2030 Jamaica is the country’s first long-term national development plan, which aims at enabling Jamaica to achieve developed country status by 2030.  It is based on a comprehensive vision:  ‘Jamaica, the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business’.The Governor General commended members of the ISCF for their remarkable service to Jamaica in the area of law enforcement. “Despite the challenges and resource constraints, you have remained a formidable force within our country’s national security apparatus and deserve the highest praise and recognition. I do not doubt your commitment to the police force and to the country,” he said.For his part, Chief Technical Director in the Ministry of National Security, Vivian Brown, commended members of the ISCF for the role they have played in maintaining order in the country.“The blue seam police are a very visible presence in our communities and our streets and are a symbol that the island has come to rely on and to trust,” he said.During the ceremony, 33 persons were honoured for their sterling contribution to the ISCF. Advertisementslast_img read more