New job retention bonus at heart of Sunak’s £30bn spending spree

first_imgBut Sunak said it must end in October. Companies will be expected to chip in to the scheme from August. And he announced an immediate stamp duty holiday for the property sector. It will lift the payment threshold to £500,000 from the current £125,000 level. He said employees returning to work under the job retention bonus scheme “need to be doing decent work”. They will have to earn on average at least £520 per month between the end of the job retention scheme and the end of January 2021. whatsapp UK chancellor Rishi Sunak today put a new “job retention bonus” programme to encourage companies to bring back furloughed workers at the centre of a £30bn package aimed at kickstarting the economy. Yet she called for more immediate help. “With nearly 70 per cent of firms running low on cash, and three in four reporting lack of demand, more immediate direct support for firms, from grants to further business rates relief, is still urgently needed.”  Read more: Sunak slashes VAT on hospitality and tourism to five per cent The £2bn scheme will cover 100 per cent of the employee’s national minimum wage for 25 hours a week as well as national insurance contributions. Sunak said it will “directly pay employers to create new jobs”. Sunak also slashed VAT for the hospitality and tourism sectors to five per cent from 20 per cent for the next six months. On top of this, he announced a voucher which will provide a 50 per cent discount for eating out in August. Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s economic stimulus package of around £30bn was bigger than expected (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: New job retention bonus at heart of Rishi Sunak’s £30bn spending spree Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s economic stimulus package of around £30bn was bigger than expected (AFP via Getty Images) New job retention bonus at heart of Rishi Sunak’s £30bn spending spree Dodds said: “The chancellor still needs to abandon his one-size-fits-all approach to withdrawing the job retention and self employed schemes.” Harry Robertson On top of this, Sunak announced the government will “pay employers to create new apprenticeships”. “We will pay the bonus for all furloughed employees,” Sunak said. “So if employers bring back all 9m people who have been furloughed, this would be a £9bn policy to retain people in work.” Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s economic stimulus package of around £30bn was bigger than expected (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: New job retention bonus at heart of Rishi Sunak’s £30bn spending spree whatsapp Sunak laid bare the challenges threatening the economy. He said that in two months the UK economy contracted by 25 per cent, the same amount it grew in the previous eight years. Wednesday 8 July 2020 4:14 pmcenter_img In his summer statement, Sunak said employers who take back furloughed workers until the end of January will receive a £1,000 payment for each employee. It was part of a wide-ranging “plan for jobs” that also put money towards apprenticeships and training. Labour says sectors need specific support The chancellor confirmed the already announced ‘kickstarter scheme’ to create hundreds of thousands of six-month work placements for young people. Job retention bonus aims to ease employment woes The chancellor, who only took the helm at the Treasury in February, said the new job retention bonus scheme seeks to ease the pain expected when the job retention scheme ends.  He also confirmed a £111m programme to triple traineeships. They last from six weeks to six months and provide maths, English and CV writing training and a work placement. Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyUndobonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comUndoNoteableyAirport Security Couldn’t Believe These Jaw-Dropping MomentsNoteableyUndoOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutUndoJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USAUndoDefinitionThe 20 Worst Draft Picks Ever – Ryan Leaf Doesn’t Even Crack The Top 5DefinitionUndoFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterUndoCleverstTattoo Fails : No One Makes It Past No. 6 Without LaughingCleverstUndoPost Fun25 Worst Movies Ever, According To Rotten TomatoesPost FunUndo Yael Selfin, chief economist at KPMG, said more action will be needed to reskill workers. “A £30bn package to help secure jobs is welcome, but more efforts should be directed at creating a national training scheme to equip the rising number of unemployed for future jobs,” she said.  She said the scheme must support jobs “in industries that are viable in the long-term”. The government’s current job retention scheme has supported more than 9m people who were otherwise in danger of being laid off. It has cost tens of billions of pounds. UK firms will be paid £1,000 for each new apprentice they hire aged under 25 from August until the end of January. They will receive £1,500 for each new apprentice aged 25 and over. Share More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org Yet Labour shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds said the overall package did not go far enough. She said “many of the big decisions” had been “put off until later”. The chancellor will give a full Budget in the autumn. The bigger-than-expected fiscal stimulus package could be worth up to £30bn, depending on uptake. It will take the government’s total spending on the coronavirus crisis to around £190bn. Read more: Rishi Sunak Summer Statement LIVE: VAT for hospitality and tourism cut from 20 to 5 per cent “Calling for endless extensions to the furlough is just as irresponsible as it would have been back in June to end the scheme overnight,” he said. Carolyn Fairbairn, director-general of the CBI, called the jobs plan “an important step forward”. She said: “For young people, the kickstarter scheme will help create jobs in the short-run that can turn into opportunities for the long-run.” Show Comments ▼last_img read more

London’s Zencargo raises £30m to help firms navigate supply chain disruption

first_imgZencargo moves sea, air and road cargo, enabling businesses to be more efficient and sustainable in their logistics operations. Digital freight forwarder Zencargo has raised £30m to help businesses make decisions through a real-time overview of their supply chain. Damian Shepherd Relied on by the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Swoon Furniture and Soho Home, Zencargo handles all components of transporting goods and provides supply chain visibility. London’s Zencargo raises £30m to help firms navigate supply chain disruption Share whatsapp “Zencargo’s cutting edge technologies, plus deep industry experience and knowledge, are transforming the supply chain.” Zencargo created a live dashboard mapping its customers’ shipments during the recent Suez Canal blockage. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Also Read: London’s Zencargo raises £30m to help firms navigate supply chain disruption Show Comments ▼ During the recent Suez Canal blockage, Zencargo created a live dashboard mapping its customers’ shipments with vessels that were obstructed, before working directly with them to arrange alternative plans. Zencargo created a live dashboard mapping its customers’ shipments during the recent Suez Canal blockage. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Also Read: London’s Zencargo raises £30m to help firms navigate supply chain disruption center_img “With global freight reliability so low as a result of the pandemic, Brexit and the Suez Canal delays, it is more important than ever for businesses to make informed supply-chain decisions that will enable them to serve their customers,” said Alex Hersham, CEO and co-founder of Zencargo. Tuesday 11 May 2021 6:30 am Zencargo created a live dashboard mapping its customers’ shipments during the recent Suez Canal blockage. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Also Read: London’s Zencargo raises £30m to help firms navigate supply chain disruption Zencargo will use its latest round of funding to grow its team to 350 people over the next two years and expand internationally to the Netherlands, Hong Kong and the US. whatsapp Patrick Beitel, managing director at Digital+ Partners, said that the freight industry has struggled to keep pace with innovation, resulting in widespread inefficiencies. Zencargo created a live dashboard mapping its customers’ shipments during the recent Suez Canal blockage. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) The London-based firm has now raised a total of £42m and is targeting revenues of £100m for this year, and over £200m for 2022. The freight forwarder will also use the funding to make inroads into trade finance under the leadership of its newly appointed CFO, Chris Greenacre, who was previously director at PwC. Founded in 2017, the firm has more than doubled its headcount to 150 from 65 at the start of 2020. More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comlast_img read more

Veritas, genetics company founded by George Church, suspends U.S. operations

first_img General Assignment Reporter Kate covers biotech startups and the venture capital firms that back them. Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Veritas, genetics company founded by George Church, suspends U.S. operations GET STARTED Geneticist George Church during an interview in his office at Church Lab in Harvard University’s New Research Building. Kayana Szymczak for STAT Biotech Log In | Learn More Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED About the Author Reprints What’s included?center_img @sheridan_kate STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. By Kate Sheridan Dec. 5, 2019 Reprints Kate Sheridan What is it? [email protected] Veritas Genetics, the Boston-based personal genome testing company co-founded by noted Harvard Medical School professor George Church, suspended its operations in the United States, according to a statement the company posted Thursday on Twitter.The company experienced “an unexpected adverse financing situation,” according to the posted statement. “We are currently assessing all paths forward, including strategic options.” Tags biotechnologyBostonfinancegeneticsSTAT+last_img read more

South Korea-China Foreign Ministerial Talks

first_img South Korea-China Foreign Ministerial Talks News News News SHARE RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak center_img [imText1] By Daily NK – 2012.03.05 10:54am There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Ticket Sales for Cricket Match Skyrockets

first_imgRelatedTicket Sales for Cricket Match Skyrockets FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Buoyed by a spectacular opening ceremony and the winning start by the West Indies team, ticket sales for the remaining match in the ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2007 Group Stage featuring the West Indies and Ireland, have skyrocketed.With the match some three days away on March 23, some 12,000 tickets have been sold and if sales continue on the current path, the match should be sold out. So far, the party stand has been sold out.Stephen Price, Commercial Director at the ICC CWC West Indies 2007 Inc. told JIS News that ticket sales have been going extremely well, so much so that it has now surpassed expectations.“Jamaica had the advantage of having had four great events over the past week and a half. We had one glorious opening ceremony, which was televised globally and was appreciated not only by Jamaica on a whole, but also the Caribbean,” he noted.“Then, we had a great opening match between West Indies and Pakistan, which was followed by the exciting Zimbabwe versus Ireland match and then the upset of the tournament in terms of Ireland sending Pakistan packing,” Mr. Price said.All the excitement, including upsets, he informed, have made the group looked even more competitive, so much so that, persons are coming out of the woodwork to see the remaining matches.“The Ireland versus Zimbabwe match was a humdinger in terms of that tie that took place and what this has meant is that the group that Jamaica has gotten is an extremely competitive group, one in which you cannot overlook any game whatsoever,” Mr. Price said, adding that more than 14,000 tickets were sold for the West Indies versus Zimbabwe match.In terms of the impact of Pakistan’s early departure from the tournament on Super Eight ticket sales, Mr. Price said that the jury was still out. “We do not know what effect it will have on the Super Eight games across the tournament and we hope that it does not necessarily affect it,” he said.However, he pointed out that with the impending inclusion of Ireland in the next round, many of their fans, who comprise a strong contingent of 1,000 in Jamaica, will make the trip with their team. “We hope that it will bear fruit and also fans from North America as well as Ireland will come to the region to support their team,” he said. Advertisements RelatedTicket Sales for Cricket Match Skyrocketscenter_img RelatedTicket Sales for Cricket Match Skyrockets Ticket Sales for Cricket Match Skyrockets UncategorizedMarch 20, 2007last_img read more

Mico Care Centre in Mandeville Assisting Children with Learning Problems

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedMico Care Centre in Mandeville Assisting Children with Learning Problems RelatedMico Care Centre in Mandeville Assisting Children with Learning Problems Mico Care Centre in Mandeville Assisting Children with Learning Problems EducationJune 1, 2009center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Mico Care Centre in Mandeville, Manchester, in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has successfully helped more than 350 children with various learning problems, in the last two years.Speaking at a recent stakeholders meeting, held at the centre, Co-ordinator of the institution, Maxine Anderson, said the collaboration between Mico Care and UNICEF represents a valuable and vital role in the prevention of academic failure.“The partnership provided funding for two years, and it has helped with psycho-educational assessments of children whose parents could not afford the assessment. Additionally, several parents have benefitted from the eight workshops that were conducted during the period,” she said.“We appreciate the partnership with UNICEF, and its support has positively influenced the lives of our students, parents and teachers,” Miss Anderson added.She told the gathering that after the children are assessed, those who are slow learners are pulled out of the regular schools, and placed in the Remedial Intervention Programme that the centre offers.“Education has to be everybody’s business, and our teacher training package provides on-going field services and workshops geared at equipping teachers to better address the learning problems faced by children, in public and private schools,” Miss Anderson explained.Lauding the work of the centre and the contribution of UNICEF, Community Relations Officer at the Ministry of Education, Charmaine Gooden-Monteith, said the education system is dependent on all stakeholders to ensure the delivery of a high quality educational product, which optimises student learning.“This centre has had a positive impact on the delivery of education, as they are involved in the diagnosis and remediation of children with learning problems, and upgrading the teaching skills of classroom teachers and identifying and offering guidelines to gifted and talented students,” she noted. RelatedMico Care Centre in Mandeville Assisting Children with Learning Problemslast_img read more

AMA calls for stronger COVID response

first_imgAMA calls for stronger COVID response The AMA has called for a deadline of 30 June for the completion of the 1A COVID-19 vaccination rollout, with vulnerable populations still at high risk of contracting the virus.AMA President Dr Omar Khorshid has written to Health Minister Greg Hunt calling for the deadline and has said the AMA supports the mandatory vaccination of aged care workers, which is due to be discussed at National Cabinet this week.Dr Khorshid urged Minister Hunt and the Federal Government to strengthen its COVID-19 response and said urgent measures were needed in response to the pandemic, including a Commonwealth program to support businesses and workers in lockdown.He said the Victorian lockdown, which was today extended for a further seven days, had “highlighted the absence of a Commonwealth support for workers and businesses that face significant restrictions, and this would likely undermine the capacity of future public health responses”.“No state or territory should be put in the very difficult situation of having to choose between a necessary public health response and disrupting lives and livelihoods in the absence of sufficient Commonwealth support.“While New Zealand ended its general wage subsidies some time ago, it has recognised that COVID-19 is an ever-present risk by implementing a COVID-19 Resurgence Payment Scheme. This scheme is initiated when New Zealand’s COVID-19 alert system is elevated.“We think a similar scheme could be put in place by the Commonwealth to support our public health efforts in fighting COVID-19 and to give businesses and workers the certainty they need,” he said.Dr Khorshid said he’d been disappointed to learn that the Department of Health was unable to confirm how many workers in aged care had received a first vaccination shot, and said Australia was “more vulnerable than ever to a large-scale outbreak of COVID-19 due to public complacency, new variants and low vaccination rates”.“Commonwealth outreach services to aged care and disability services should be boosted, and rapid response teams deployed in greater numbers to aged care facilities with low vaccination take up. Governments need to work together to ensure completion of the aged care rollout as soon as possible.”Dr Khorshid said it was important to ensure aged-care workers were not disadvantaged in seeking to get vaccinated. “If they are required to attend work on a rostered day off to be vaccinated, they should be paid. If they need time off to visit a GP or vaccination hub, this should be treated as paid leave. We should not be forcing aged-care workers – who are generally low-paid – to choose between providing for their families and getting vaccinated.”Dr Khorshid also called on the Government to provide GPs with the funding support they needed to provide advice and support to vaccine hesitant patients. “These patients require more time with their GP; however, the current Medicare structure only supports very short consultations. This is discouraging patients and GPs alike and slowing down our roll out through general practice.”He said while the vaccine roll-out had faced significant hurdles, including limited supply, this could “no longer justify the failure to complete stage 1A of the roll out”, being carried out by both the Commonwealth and the states and territories.“The vaccine program has slipped badly in relation to stage 1A populations, and this could unnecessarily cost lives in settings like aged care and disability,” he said.“Despite our strong performance to date, Australia is still vulnerable to a large-scale outbreak of COVID-19. Restrictions have been relaxed to the point where people are living relatively normal lives with lots of movement and contact within the community. QR code requirements are being flouted and testing rates are variable.“The changes the AMA is calling for will ensure our most vulnerable populations are better protected from COVID-19 and will encourage more Australians to get vaccinated. Until around 80% of the population is vaccinated, further restrictions and lockdowns are inevitable,” Dr Khorshid said. /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. 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All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AMA, Australia, Australian Medical Association, commonwealth, Department of Health, disadvantaged, Federal, federal government, general practice, Government, health, health minister, healthcare, Medicare, New Zealand, public health, vaccination, Victorialast_img read more

Afternoon Brief, October 16

first_img TAGSAngelo GajaAustraliaCaliforniaChateau Haut-BaillyCroatiaDrew BledsoeGary VaynerchuckiDealwineMendocinoNapaNew ZealandOhioSignorello EstateSonomaSouth AmericaTerlatoTexasUnited KingdomWashingtonWSTA Share Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief Linkedin Advertisement Facebook Twitter Subscribe to the Afternoon BriefAdvertisement center_img Pinterest Trending Story:Fires Won’t Destroy California Wine IndustryFires are still burning in northern California as you read this, and people’s homes are still endangered. That said, it’s time to look at what the deadly wildfires will mean for the region’s wine industry, the most important in North America…Wine Country Wildfires:California’s Regional Wine Associations UniteIn the wake of the devastating wildfires in Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino counties, participating wineries and other wine loving businesses throughout California are donating a portion of their proceeds during the month of October to support those affected by the devastating Northern California Wildfires…California Firefighters Say They Finally ‘Turned a Corner’Meteorologists: Rain ‘Very Likely’ Coming to Wine Country Fire ZonesSharp Decline Expected in Grape Yield Due to Sonoma, Napa County FiresNapa Growers Employ Best Practices for Working in Smoky ConditionsCaution Advised When Picking Napa Wine Grapes in Fire AreasAt Napa Vineyards Untouched by Wildfires, Grapes Must Still Be PickedLatino Workers Flee California Wine Country Fires for Shelters, BeachesHope in Wine Country as Vineyards Assess the Long-Term Economic Impact of the WildfiresUpdate on Visiting the Napa ValleyWine Country Fires: Why Are They So Deadly, Destructive and Difficult to Stop?Economic Impact of the Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino FiresCalifornia Wildfires Threatening State’s Wine, Tourism IndustriesHow Will the California Fires Impact Wine?Today’s News:Chardonnay Plays an Important Role in WashingtonChardonnay has been at or near the top of the heap in Washington wine country for the better part of 30 years. But how did it get to that position?…How to Build a Killer Wine List in a Liquor Control StateHow Terlato Is Getting Its Groove BackOhio Winemakers Toast Industry’s Booming BizIs Texas the Next Great Wine Region to Watch For?iDealwine Update: Natural ProgressionViticulture, Not Climate, Is Changing ChampagneWSTA Warns of Further Hefty Price Hikes If Duty Is Not FrozenChanging Perceptions About Aussie Wine One Busload at a TimeAmerica’s Small and Independent Brewers Aim to Buy Anheuser-Busch InBevBlogs:What Is the Supplier Obligation?Has the Sun Set on UK Wine Blogging?Build a Map to the MarketGetting Acquainted with WinestyrSonoma County from the AshesWineIndustry.Jobs:Production ArtistBergin Screen Printing & Etching – Napa, CA, United StatesSales ManagerTonnellerie Vicard – Napa, CA, United StatesSales RepresentativeMonvera Glass Décor – Napa, CA, United StatesMore Wine Industry Jobs…Feature Your Job Listing in the Afternoon BriefPeople:Destroyed Signorello Winery Owner: “We Need to Get Back in Business”Drew Bledsoe Donating Wine Profits to Napa Valley Relief CharityHaut-Bailly Owner Makes ‘Officer’ Grade on French Honors ListAngelo Gaja Remains Optimistic That Italian Wine Industry Can ThriveWhy You Need to Listen to Gary Vaynerchuck Now Before It’s Too LateSupplier News:G3 Enterprises Will Contribute $100,000 to Fire Recovery Effort and Provide Transportation of Relief DonationsOur Community is Strong: Don’t Worry About Smoke Taint & Mavrik Reopens 10/16Cal/OSHA Maximum Penalties Nearly DoubledFree On-Demand Webinar: What to Consider Before Building a WineryMore Supplier News …Vineyard & Winery:Viña San Pedro, Chilean Parent Company of Gato Negro, Launches New U.S. Public Relations CampaignMove Over Big Brands: Those in the Know Have Discovered Ukranian Vodka Is a Better ChoiceThe Croatian Immigrant Family Who Created One of New Zealand’s Best WineriesIconic Hastings Vineyard For Sale in New ZealandSouth America’s Extreme Vineyards Previous articleG3 Enterprises Will Contribute $100,000 to Fire Recovery Effort and Provide Transportation of Relief DonationsNext articleLeaf & Khortytsa Named Taste of Atlanta 2017 Official Vodkas Editor ReddIt Email Home Afternoon Brief Afternoon Brief, October 16Afternoon BriefAfternoon Brief, October 16By Editor – October 16, 2017 32 0 last_img read more

ECJ Recommendations on Financing Finalised, Charter of Rights Bill Redrafted

first_imgRelatedECJ Recommendations on Financing Finalised, Charter of Rights Bill Redrafted RelatedECJ Recommendations on Financing Finalised, Charter of Rights Bill Redrafted ECJ Recommendations on Financing Finalised, Charter of Rights Bill Redrafted Office of the Prime MinisterJuly 30, 2010 RelatedECJ Recommendations on Financing Finalised, Charter of Rights Bill Redraftedcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister, Hon. Bruce Golding, on Wednesday (July 28) announced that the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) has finalised its recommendations for regulations governing political party financing.Mr. Golding, who was speaking during a recent sitting of the House of Representatives, stated that the recommendations have been accepted by both political parties.“I had hoped that the report could have reached Parliament before the (summer) recess so we could have had the time to study it, but I expect that it would be with us the moment we resume and it’s a matter that I hope we will take up early after the resumption,” Mr. Golding said.On another matter, the Prime Minister informed that the proposed Charter of Rights Bill has been redrafted. The passage of the Bill was suspended earlier this year after several concerns were raised by the Opposition.“We took counsel and I will today (July 29), submit (the Bill) to the Leader of the Opposition for her examination. The redrafted Bill, we believe, captures all of the issues that have been made and I would very much wish that we could have that Bill introduced to Parliament as early as possible in September,” Mr. Golding said.“I believe that both sides would want to see to what extent we can have that Charter of Rights and the provisions therein, brought into the Constitution before Parliament is prorogued at the end of the legislative year,” he added.The Charter of Rights Bill will repeal and replace chapter three of the Constitution and make provisions for life, liberty and security of individuals, freedom of expression, assembly and association, and respect for private and family life. Advertisementslast_img read more

Jamaica Making Strides in Addressing Climate Change

first_imgRelatedJamaica Making Strides in Addressing Climate Change Story HighlightsJamaica, over the years, has experienced a number of natural disasters, which have resulted in significant social dislocation and economic loss.The Government is making strides in reducing the island’s vulnerability to disaster through a number of projects and initiatives including the Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Project.The project, which is being implemented by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), targets vulnerable communities across Jamaica. It has four primary focus areas:  rehabilitation of watersheds through reforestation; improving coastal ecosystems; maintaining forest resources; and improving climate change awareness. RelatedJamaica Making Strides in Addressing Climate Change Jamaica, over the years, has experienced a number of natural disasters, which have resulted in significant social dislocation and economic loss.The Government is making strides in reducing the island’s vulnerability to disaster through a number of projects and initiatives including the Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Project.The project, which is being implemented by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), targets vulnerable communities across Jamaica. It has four primary focus areas:  rehabilitation of watersheds through reforestation; improving coastal ecosystems; maintaining forest resources; and improving climate change awareness.Project Manager at the PIOJ, Mary Gooden, tells JIS News that the 30-month project, which got underway last year, is being funded primarily by the European Union (EU) at a cost of €4.5 million.It is being executed in collaboration with the Meteorological Service of Jamaica, the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change (MWLECC), the Forestry Department, and the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA).NEPA’s focus is on the rehabilitation of coastal eco systems; the Forestry Department is addressing reforestation; while the Meteorological Service, PIOJ, and the MWLECC are focused on developing policies and plans to address climate change.Already, there have been gains under the project, with the Forestry Department replanting 222 hectares of more than 300 hectares of lands in watershed areas targeted for rehabilitation.Reforestation activities have been carried out in Pencar/Buff Bay; Yallahs; and Hope River watershed areas, in the communities of Oatley, Rose Hill,  Bellevue/Old England/Clydesdale, Wallenford, and Silver Hill; and Hyde Hall and Grants Mountain in the Rio Bueno watershed area.Work will also be done in the Portland Bight,Palisadoes/Port Royal Protected Areas, and the St. Thomas Morass.In addition, the Forestry Department has organised several community forestry committees to protect the areas during the restoration period. Importantly, Ms. Gooden says, persons within the affected communities will, to a large extent, benefit from the project, through employment opportunities.“Persons will be employed to carry out replanting, agro forestry, weeding, and maintaining of plants in an effort to bring them to fruition.  The trees to be planted are to protect the soil, and will enable the downstream to run off,” Ms. Gooden explains.She says this approach will also be useful in educating residents about how to protect the environment.Also coming out of the project, is the implementation of a climate change policy, which will serve as a guide for Jamaica.  The policy is a plan of action, as well as a legislative guide, linked to Vision 2030 Jamaica: The National Development Plan, which has the objective of making Jamaica, “the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business”.The PIOJ will also be staging a series of workshops, seminars and training sessions to educate staff within key government agencies, and community members on issues of climate change. This is part of the process to equip citizens to become more resilient and to protect themselves, as well as the environment, against natural hazards.Ms. Gooden says the hope is that people will integrate the information about climate change, including its causes, and how to mitigate the effects.“Our climate is changing and as individuals, we need to be concerned about how we impact the environment, because it takes individuals to make a change, and we need to do it for Jamaica,” she says. Jamaica Making Strides in Addressing Climate Change Climate ChangeFebruary 8, 2012Written by: Jeneva Gordoncenter_img Advertisements RelatedJamaica Making Strides in Addressing Climate Change FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail last_img read more