Balls: Markets alone won’t deliver for UK

first_imgMonday 9 February 2015 8:59 pm Tags: NULL Express KCS Show Comments ▼ INTERVIEW Labour’s shadow chancellor Ed Balls discusses markets, exports and business backing with David HellierIT’S BEEN a bit of a bruising few days for those in the Labour Party charged with finessing its relationship with the UK’s top business leaders. But that won’t stop Ed Balls relishing the prospect of speaking at the British Chambers of Commerce’s annual conference today in front of hundreds of business leaders. Rather than viewing the assignment as stepping into the lions’ den, the shadow chancellor sees the conference as an ideal place at which to test the temperature and the mood of the business sector.“If you want to feel the pulse of what’s going on, the chamber of commerce is a really good place to be.”Balls appears to be growing in confidence about his and his party’s message for business, despite some outspoken criticisms made by leading business leaders in the past few days. He appears relatively untroubled by claims from those like former M&S boss Stuart Rose or Stefano Pessina, the acting chief executive of Walgreens Alliance Boots, that it would be damaging for the economy if Labour was elected.“The reality is that there are some business leaders who are signed up and active members of the Conservative Party and there are some who give money to Labour,” says Balls. “The majority of people who lead and work in businesses are not party political.”“I don’t find that people think we are on a different side. We’re all working for the same objective, an economy which works in a long-term way, has sufficient investment and can deliver living standards for all.”Balls says the British Chambers of Commerce conference gives him an ideal platform to put forward policies which he firmly believes are pro-business. The key planks of the shadow chancellor’s strategy rest on staying in Europe; investing in long-term skills training; setting up a business investment bank and having a long-term plan for infrastructure projects.Labour intends to set up a National Infrastructure Commission to identify Britain’s long-term needs as one of its priorities if it’s elected in May.Europe is the subject that possibly unites Labour with more business leaders than any other, with strong business support for reforming the UK’s membership of the EU from within. “When you have Cabinet ministers openly speculating about leaving Europe, you are playing fast and loose and there’s a high risk to business.”“If we say we’re considering walking away, there’s a danger that becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.”He finds the economy in better shape than it was but he is worried about several, what he terms, structural issues. For instance, he says that Britain’s export performance has worsened over the past few years and that the country has gone backwards on vocational training. These issues, he argues, are the result of a lack of long-term thinking in government, which has seen the economy grow on the back of falling commodity prices. He says Britain’s export performance has come in at 22 out of 28 countries since 2010 in terms of export growth. “We need to ask some questions here like what can we do to support the export market and what can a British investment bank do.”To those who say that Labour is anti-markets, Balls replies: “We have shown a huge understanding of how the markets work. Markets are really powerful in driving incentives but you need to write the rules of the game. Without them you get a lack of investment, collusion and a lack of competition.”“Markets alone won’t deliver long-term infrastructure, or stability for the energy industry or vocational learning. Markets can not fund a basic science base.”“But a proper plan must understand the dynamism of a market economy and ensure that government plays its proper role in assisting that.”The government’s role in policing HSBC’s tax avoidance scheme in Switzerland is also troubling Balls. “I want the financial services industry to succeed in the future but for that to happen we need the City and other financial professional services to be seen to be working to tougher standards and to tighter regulation. Every time we have a case like this, or Libor, or FX fines, this sets back London’s standing.”Balls then reflects on his time as City Minister. “When we set up the Financial Services Authority we wanted to move beyond the era of self-regulation and the Conservatives said we were being too tough… in retrospect we weren’t tough enough.” Balls: Markets alone won’t deliver for UK whatsapp Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoLivestlyThe Best Redhead Actresses, RankedLivestlyUndoNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyUndoSenior Living | Search AdsNew Senior Apartments Coming to Scottsdale (Take A Look at The Prices)Senior Living | Search AdsUndoBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MDUndoBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderUndoMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesUndo whatsapp Share last_img read more

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Popular ‘Pub Sub’ Twitter account abandoned after Publix backlash

first_imgAdvertisement Publix to offer walk-up COVID vaccines at Florida pharmacies May 10, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Ex-wife of Palm Beach Publix killer responds to sheriff’s criticism June 16, 2021 GAINESVILLE, Fla (AP) – A Twitter account called “Are Publix Chicken Tender Subs On Sale?” has been abandoned after lawyers for Publix apparently objected to the tweets. The popular account had nearly 40,000 followers and has been dormant since March 11, AP reports. One of the final tweets on the account said the popular Publix chicken tender subs were in-fact on sale but added “This may be our last tweet.”Since then, it stopped sharing updates altogether. An accompanying Facebook page also went silent. AdvertisementIt’s difficult to overstate the popularity of Publix chicken-tender subs, which consist of double hand-breaded chicken tenders with cheese and condiments on a doughy sub roll — which can approach a whopping 2,000 calories per sandwich. Entire discussion threads exist to debate exactly how to dress up the regional favorite sandwich.A big clue about what happened: In another post, the Twitter account said it had received a cease-and-desist order from Publix objecting to a related text message notification service. The account promised more details “later this week” but never shared more information.Since the account went quiet, dozens of Twitter users have tweeted at the account asking where they went. Advertisement Fact check: Viral Twitter photo of plastic bags full of gas was taken in 2019 June 7, 2021 AdvertisementTags: Publixtwitter Twitter to roll out new process for users to get verified May 21, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments The person behind the account was 26-year-old Bryan Dickey a graduate of the University of Central Florida and customer experience advocate at Postscript, a San Francisco-based text-messaging and marketing firm, according to his LinkedIn page. It identified him as founder and content creator of PubSub Creative LLC, which was described as a “niche digital community around Publix subs.”It’s not clear whether such a limited liability corporation actually exists. A search of corporate registration records across the U.S. found no evidence of it, and it’s not listed among existing or former entities on file with the Florida Division of Corporations. Even Google found only a mention on Dickey’s LinkedIn page.Dickey tweeted from his personal account earlier this month that Publix was objecting to a related text-message service he set up in January that allowed users to be notified about sub sales if they texted “PUBSUB” to a listed phone number. It wasn’t clear how Dickey was profiting from the service, but apparently that was too much for Publix. He said as early as January 2018 that he was making money off his Publix subs ventures, and last year said he had made more than $5,000.“Publix is bullying me with C&D’s for the SMS VIP club. Haven’t talked about it publicly yet. Basically all paths to profitability are legal red taped for now, but I can keep the socials running.”last_img read more

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Studying during Coronavirus: Portlaoise CBS student on prepping for state exams in a pandemic

first_imgHome News Studying during Coronavirus: Portlaoise CBS student on prepping for state exams in… News Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival By LaoisToday Reporter – 8th April 2020 TAGSCoronavirusLeaving CertPortlaoise CBSThómas Dunne Pinterest Facebook Pinterest The Coronavirus pandemic is affecting almost every aspect of our lives at the moment.Bar those working in essential services, the rest of the population is off work and instructed to stay in their homes for the majority of the time until Easter Sunday April 12 at the earliest.While around 120,000 Irish Leaving and Junior Cert students have seen their lives turned upside down in the last month.Those set to sit the Leaving Cert, about 55,000 of them, have been particularly inconvenienced as the one set of exams they have spent the past five or six years preparing for are now in jeopardy.They have been out of the school setting since March 13 after they were closed by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.On March 19, the Department of Education announced that Leaving Cert and Junior Cert orals and practical exams were cancelled and all students would be awarded full marks.However, with the written state exams just over two months away, the Department have been silent on what contingency plans, if any, are in place should they not be able to begin on June 3.All the time, students have been taken out of the routine that they have been used to for the past five or six years just moths before the all important exams.So, we decided to reach out to the schools in Laois and ask those getting ready to sit Leaving and Junior Cert exams how they are getting on.What their routine now is, how their school are trying to help them and whether they believe the exams should be postponed or done online if they cannot proceed on the scheduled date.So far we have heard from Portlaoise CBS’ Eamonn Delaney, Scoil Chriost Ri’s Kate Corrigan, Mountrath CS’ Seth Burns Mooney, Colaiste Iosagain’s Emma Dunne, St Fergal’s Niall Coss, Portlaoise College’s Lauren Mills,Heywood’s Dervla McDonagh, Knockbeg’s Ross Bolger and Clonaslee College’s Eva Hyland.Up next is Portlaoise CBS student and Portlaoise native Thómas Dunne.1 – What is your daily routine at the moment?I think everyone found it hard to get settled in to the whole ‘studying from home’, and get into a routine the first week, but by now I sort of have a routine worked out.Every night I tell myself I’ll be ready to study at 9am the next morning, but when there’s no one there to give you a late stamp, I usually don’t start until 10am. I try to do a solid six hours of study/ homework every day.2- What supports have your school provided for you and have they been useful?The school and our teachers have been such a great help since all of this started. Thankfully our school has been using Microsoft 365 for the past couple of years, which means we all have free access to all the Microsoft software (Word, Power point etc.).Before any of this kicked off a lot of our teachers posted homework, assignments and notes on Microsoft Teams almost every day, so all of us were well used to using it. I know this has been a great help, as a lot of other schools had to scramble to put together classes on Edmodo or Google Classroom.Teachers have definitely been keeping us busy with plenty of homework, notes, exam questions and they’ve made videos as well to explain different topics. They’re trying their best to carry on with their plans as if we’re still in school, and thankfully most of my teachers have finished the course, or are very close to it.3 – Are you getting out for much exercise?I’m a runner so social distancing hasn’t had much of an effect on my exercise, if anything it means I’ve even more time to go running on the roads – as long as I stay withing my 2km restriction.4 – How do you feel about the decision to scrap the oral/practical elements of some subjects and give everyone 100% across the board?There was a lot of mixed feelings over scrapping the orals. It suited some people, but I definitely wasn’t too happy about it. I’ve went to the Gaeltacht for the past five Summers and worked so hard to improve my oral Irish, so I don’t think it’s fair that we all get rewarded the same mark, and I know there’s a lot of other students who agree.We’ll all just get marked harder in the written paper. It was obvious that the orals couldn’t take place at their scheduled time (I was supposed to have my Irish oral last week, and French oral this week), but it was a bit of a rash decision to cancel them altogether. If they’re going to postpone the Leaving Cert, they could have postponed the orals and practicals too.5 – Do you find it hard to motivate yourself to study for the exams as it is unclear if the exams will even go ahead as currently scheduled?The worst part of trying to study and motivate yourself during all of this is the uncertainty. We have no idea when we’re going to be doing the Leaving Cert, or even if we’re going to be doing it at all.Teachers are trying to keep us motivated and the homework they post on Microsoft Teams is punctuated by the odd motivational quote, or a paragraph that sounds like a managers half time dressing room talk. And I’m glad they’re all trying to be positive about it, because it’s hard to write an essay about Hamlet’s insanity, when the sun is belting down outside, without going crazy yourself.There are so many different ideas floating around about what could happen with our Leaving Cert, and it’s hard to stay focused. The Minister for Education, Joe McHugh, has insisted that we will sit English Paper One on the 3rd of June, and every other subject in the following two/ three weeks as if there wasn’t any global pandemic.I haven’t heard any doctors or scientists agree that the Corona Virus will be under control by the start of June, and the minister still hasn’t even described any special measures he would put in place to stop the spread of the virus in exam halls filled with 50/ 60 students, so he’s hard to believe.Even if the exams were postponed at least then we could have a goal to work towards and we’d know where we stand, because right now it feels like we’re in limbo.6 – Are you able to interact with your friends? And if so, how are you doing this?Yeah I’m still keeping in contact with all my friends, but it’s hard not being able to meet anyone. There’s been a lot of Facetime calls, because we all got bored of snapchat after a day or two.Anyone I know who didn’t already have TikTok, has it downloaded by now and I think that’s how a lot of people are keeping themselves entertained. I never actually realised how hard prison would be, even with our phones, Netlfix and Disney Plus accounts the cabin fevers starting to set in.7 – How do feel young people are being portrayed in the media at the moment? They are being blamed a lot for ignoring social distancing guidelines. Do you believe this is a fair criticism?I think young people are burdening more than their fair share of criticism and blame for ignoring social distancing. The majority of young people are obeying social distancing guidelines better than adults, we weren’t the ones out panic buying in shops and emptying the shelves of pasta and toilet rolls.If you listened to the radio for an hour you’d think there were hoards of young people out roaming the streets, whilst no one over the age of 21 stepped outside their front door. I think it’s fair to say that not all young people are following the guidelines, but I don’t think we’re contributing to the spread of the Coronavirus any more than any other age group.8 – If the Coronavirus crisis continues and you can’t sit your exams in June, do you think they should be postponed or should exams be facilitated online?Like most students I don’t really know exactly what I want to happen. The ideal situation would be if everything just went back to normal but that’s obviously not going to happen anytime soon.We all appreciate that it’s a very difficult decision for the Department of Education, and that they’ll never please everyone, but they need to start making realistic proposals. I don’t know how fair online exams would be, and there’s a petition going around social media about implementing a predicted grades system, but I’m sure both of them ideas would be a logistical nightmare for the department.It would be painful to prolong the stress of the Leaving Cert for any longer, if exams were postponed. But if that had to happen, at least we’d know where we stand. If they’re planning on postponing exams, I hope the Department set a new date very soon, it wouldn’t be fair to tell us two weeks before the Leaving Cert that we’ll have to wait another two months to do it.9 – Anything else you’d like to add?I know everyone has been affected by the Corona Virus, social distancing measures and events being cancelled but I think people need to cut young people (especially 6th year students) a bit more slack.Not only are all my peers and I stressing about the uncertainty of the Leaving Cert, we’ve also missed out on our last few months of secondary school (which would probably be some of our most enjoyable times in school), we probably won’t have a graduation, our debs is on the ropes depending on how the virus spreads, and a lot of my friends spent their 18th Birthdays at home.SEE ALSO – WATCH: Laois mammy pulls off cruel and hilarious April Fool’s prank on kids WhatsApp Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Electric Picnic Facebook Previous articleNew powers will allow Gardaí to instruct holiday home owners to go home, says Minister for Justice Charlie FlanaganNext articleTributes paid to Laois woman following sad passing LaoisToday Reporter News Studying during Coronavirus: Portlaoise CBS student on prepping for state exams in a pandemic Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Electric Picnic last_img read more

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Canadian investors holding lots of cash: poll

Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Canadian investors are holding 13 per cent of their money in GICs and a full 11 per cent don’t know what they are invested in, according to a new poll conducted by Leger Marketing on behalf of full-service investment dealer Edward Jones. Among Canadians who have investments, including those with Registered Retirement Savings Plans and Tax Free Savings Accounts, the majority own mutual funds (41 per cent), followed by stocks (14 per cent), and closely followed by GICs (13 per cent). “Holding as much in cash and GICs as growth investments (such as stocks) means your portfolio may not be properly balanced, which can cause you to miss out on opportunities to grow your investments,” said Canadian market strategist for Edward Jones, Craig Fehr. “Cash is providing little to no return in today’s environment. It’s important that your investments are aligned with your long-term financial goals, not short-term emotions.” The survey also revealed that half of Canadians plan to make some kind of investment this year and of those, one in four plan to buy GICs, further adding to their cash and short-term holdings. “Given the market’s performance, with stocks doing well but the potential for rising interest rates going forward, we recommend investors review their portfolios, rebalancing their mix of stocks and bonds and adding quality investments that are poised to perform well today and over the long term,” Fehr said. Fehr adds that investors should be wary of being over weighted in long-term bonds as the threat of rising interest rates is likely to impact future returns. In the poll, Quebec was the province with the highest amount of investors holding bonds (10 per cent) and Manitoba/Saskatchewan was the lowest at 1 per cent. The overall average of bond holdings was 4 per cent. Canadians may need some help deciding what to invest in, of those choices offered in the poll question (mutual funds, GICs, Stocks, Bonds, Annuities/Segregated Funds), a full 28 per cent said they wouldn’t be putting their investments in any of those products and 20 per cent said they didn’t know where they would be putting their money in 2013. A survey of 1,501 Canadians was completed online between April 1 and April 4. A probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of +/- 2.5 per cent, 19 times out of 20. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Investment strategies,  Asset allocationCompanies Edward Jones How pension funds are positioning assets CPPIB betting that demand for sports data is a good long-term investment Related news Investors may have an unrealistic understanding of risk and return: survey IE Staff read more

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St. Ann Farmers Urged to Continue Production

first_imgRelatedSt. Ann Farmers Urged to Continue Production Advertisements St. Ann Farmers Urged to Continue Production UncategorizedSeptember 12, 2008 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Manager for the St. Ann branch of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Pedro Worghs, is encouraging farmers in the parish who suffered agricultural losses from Tropical Storm Gustav, not to be discouraged and to continue to produce.“At present we are in the process of completing our assessment of the damage and to date we have picked up that over $9 million worth of damage was done to agriculture in this parish,” Mr. Worghs told JIS News, informing that the farmers who suffered the most, were those involved in Greenhouse production.“Around 50 per cent of that $9 million damage was done to the greenhouse farmers,” he said, noting that one greenhouse in the Moneague area was destroyed while the roofs of others were destroyed.Crops that were most affected, he said, were bananas, plantains and vegetables, due to flooding in the Cave Valley area. He further added that vegetable farmers in the Douglas Castle area suffered major losses as well, noting that this and the Cave Valley area are the major vegetable growing areas, in the parish.“It is very important to note that in this parish, we tried to sensitise the farmers on actions to be taken before and after a hurricane. The Ministry of Agriculture and RADA, also ran a number of advertisements on air so I guess farmers must have heard those messages and took them seriously,” he said.He is urging farmers to continue to co-operate with the assessors in the fields so that the evaluation process can be completed smoothly.“I’m encouraging the farmers to pick up their pieces and restart. I know some people take it very seriously and might want to quit but I also know that farmers are real tough and you have the capacity to rise to any occasion,” he said.center_img RelatedSt. Ann Farmers Urged to Continue Production RelatedSt. Ann Farmers Urged to Continue Productionlast_img read more

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Vaccination certificate must for school admission in Kerala

first_img WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Vaccination certificate must for school admission in Kerala According to KK Shailaja, Health Minister, Kerala, a new draft Medical Policy would revitalise the health sectorThe Kerala cabinet has recently approved a draft Medical Policy which necessitates all students seeking admission must produce a vaccination card, said state Health Minister KK Shailaja. According to the minister, the new policy would revitalise the health sector.The other major highlights in the draft policy includes autonomy for the state run medical colleges, primary health centres in the state to function till 6 pm, separate clinics for transgenders, and a training programme for the common public who will be trained in trauma care so as to act quickly when an accident occurs.According to the basic health protocol presently in the state, vaccination for babies, starting from two months, includes against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, measles, mumps, rubella and polio.The draft policy was prepared by a team of 17 experts which was led by eminent neurosurgeon and Kerala University’s former Vice-Chancellor B Iqbal. Read Article News Share MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine storycenter_img By EH News Bureau on February 20, 2018 Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Related Posts Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025last_img read more

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Professor Fletcher Honoured for Work in Maternal Health

first_imgRelatedProfessor Fletcher Honoured for Work in Maternal Health FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Renowned obstetrician and gynaecologist, Professor Horace Fletcher, has been awarded the Gold Musgrave Medal for his revolutionary work in maternal health. He was one of two gold medalists recognised by the Institute of Jamaica on October 10 at its 2012 Musgrave Award ceremony held at the Institute’s East Street headquarters, downtown Kingston. The other was retired University of the West Indies (UWI) Professor Edward Baugh, for his contribution to literature. He was however unavoidably absent from the ceremony. A total of 14 esteemed individuals and organisationswere honoured with gold, silver and bronze medals for their outstanding contributions in the fields of literature, science and the arts in Jamaica and the West Indies. On hand to make the presentations were: Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen; Minister of Education, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites; Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna; and Fellow of the Institute of Jamaica, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga. In a citation read by Deputy Chairman of Council, Institute of Jamaica, Ainsley Henriques, Professor Fletcher was credited for revolutionising the induction of labour by using the drug misoprostol, originally used to treat peptic ulcers. This treatment is used internationally and is considered more cost effective and safer than previous methods. The citation also noted that Professor Fletcher’s research has led to, among other things, the reduction of complications due to pre-eclampsia, a pregnancy induced hypertensive disorder, which is a leading cause of maternal deaths in approximately seven per cent of pregnancies in Jamaica. Crediting God, his parents and teachers for his accomplishments, Professor Fletcher, said it was an honour to receive the award. Professor Fletcher, who was responding on behalf of the other awardees, equated his joy at receiving the gold medal to the exuberance displayed by the West Indies cricket team when they won the T20 World Cup last Sunday (October 6). He congratulated his fellow awardees for excelling in their various fields. He also thanked the Institute “for nominating us and for honouring us in this way” as well as the Jamaica people for their support and their encouragement. The Silver Musgrave Medal went to Professor Bryan McFarlane for outstanding merit in the field of art and art education; Herbert Morrison Technical High School Band for outstanding merit in the field of music; Calabash International Literary Festival for contribution to literature; John Henry Thompson for his contribution to the field of science; Dr. Pauline Christie for outstanding merit in the field of linguistics; and Cuban Emmanuel ‘Rico’ Rodriguez for his contribution to music.  Bronze Musgrave Medals were awarded to Dr. Donald Shirley for merit in the field of music; Dr. Ellen Campbell-Grizzle for her contribution to science; Ebony G. Patterson for contribution to art; and Arlene Patricia Ononaiwu for merit in the field of library development. The Youth Musgrave Medal went to 14-year old Richaydo Farquharson for his achievement in entrepreneurship. The Musgrave Medals are awarded by the Institute of Jamaica in recognition of notable contributions to literature, science and art in Jamaica and the West Indies. The award was introduced in 1889 as a memorial to Sir Anthony Musgrave, Governor of Jamaica (1877-1883), who founded the Institute in 1879. RelatedProfessor Fletcher Honoured for Work in Maternal Health Professor Fletcher Honoured for Work in Maternal Health Health & WellnessOctober 12, 2012center_img Advertisements RelatedProfessor Fletcher Honoured for Work in Maternal Healthlast_img read more

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Tourism Ministry Pushing Entertainment to Attract Visitors

first_imgAdvertisements Tourism Ministry Pushing Entertainment to Attract VisitorsJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Tourism Ministry Pushing Entertainment to Attract Visitors TourismJanuary 31, 2014Written by: Douglas McIntosh State Minister for Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Damion Crawford, says the Ministry is seeking to use entertainment, especially Reggae music, as another drawing card to attract visitors to Jamaica.Speaking at the launch of Reggae Month 2014, at the Louise Bennett Garden Theatre, Hope Road, St. Andrew, on January 28, Mr. Crawford said the Ministry decided to focus on entertainment, as they wanted something that “draws persons to Jamaica to experience more than just the beach.”In this regard, he said the Ministry decided to partner with stakeholders, such as the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA), promoters of the annual Reggae Month celebrations, held in February, to promote a ‘Kingston for February’ initiative overseas, thereby using entertainment to reposition Kingston in a way that persons can, once again, see that Jamaica, in its totality, is the ideal destination for visitors.“What we have found is that during February, all the hotels on the north coast…in Negril, Ocho Rios, and Montego Bay…are full, and the ones in Kingston are relatively empty,” he said.The State Minister informed that this year, Jamaica’s entertainment was used, for the first time, as the base of a strategic advertising and promotional campaign  in several of the country’s overseas markets, adding that Reggae Month promotions  were done in Canada, Chicago, New York and Florida.“We are getting good feedback that it is actually leading to some bookings,” Mr. Crawford said.Commending JaRIA on their organization of Reggae Month, Mr. Crawford expressed the hope that it will be used to “celebrate the audiences that have supported the entertainers over time, the persons who have consumed the music, and to win new support for the music.”This year’s fifth staging of Reggae Month is being held under the theme: ‘The Journey Continues…’Commemoration of the month coincides with the anniversary of the births of two of Reggae music’s most established and recognized exponents – Dennis Brown on February 1, and Robert Nesta ‘Bob’ Marley, on February 6.Reggae Month 2014 officially kicks off on Sunday, February 2 with an Ecumenical Service at the University of the West Indies Chapel, Mona, St. Andrew. This will be followed by a slate of events.These include the 13th annual five-day Trench Town Community Festival, from February 5 to 9; a trade fair; as well as a number of concerts and live events; and symposia. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Photo: Melroy Sterling State Minister for Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Damion Crawford, speaking at the launch of activities in observance of Reggae Month 2014,at the Louise Bennett Garden Theatre, Hope Road, St. Andrew, on January 28. Thus year’s activities are being celebrated under the theme: ‘The Journey Continues…’center_img RelatedCaribbean Travel Marketplace Described As Huge Success Story HighlightsThe Ministry is seeking to use entertainment, especially Reggae music, as another drawing card to attract visitors to Jamaica.The Ministry decided to focus on entertainment, as they wanted something that “draws persons to Jamaica to experience more than just the beach.”The Ministry decided to partner with stakeholders to promote a ‘Kingston for February’ initiative overseas. RelatedSouth Coast Attractions to be Upgraded RelatedFurther Upgrading for Lover’s Leaplast_img read more

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Helios raises $630M following Airtel’s tower deal

first_img Tags Home Helios raises $630M following Airtel’s tower deal Helios Towers Africa has pulled in $630 million of fresh funding from financial backers, having just acquired a chunk of Bharti Airtel’s cellular tower portfolio in Africa.The new funds come from new and existing shareholders which are largely composed of leading private-equity groups.And Helios expects to shortly tie-up debt facilities worth a further $350 million, as it looks to grow its tower business through acquisitions and organic growth.The company has acquired 3,100 towers in four African countries from Bharti, which owns a total of 15,000 towers across the continent. The four countries in the sale and leaseback deal were not disclosed.Also, neither company revealed the price for the towers.For its part, Helios now claims to be the tower leader in Africa with a portfolio of over 7,800.The sale by Bharti has been mooted for some time, with Helios seen as one of four frontrunners.The portfolio is spread across so many different countries with various regulations, and a single sale was never realistic. Other piecemeal disposals are likely to follow.Bharti has wanted to sell its towers in Africa for the last year to reduce the cost of investing in passive infrastructure, which has impacted its financial results.Helios currently operates in Ghana, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo.Funding for Helios came from existing investors Quantum Strategic Partners, Helios Investment Partners, Albright Capital Management, RIT Capital Partners and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). New shareholders are Providence Equity Partners and IFC African, Latin American, and Caribbean Fund. Previous ArticleDish plans 600MHz bid for mobile broadband – reportNext ArticleInterview: Tero Lehtonen, Microsoft Bharti Airtel restructures to sharpen digital focus Richard Handford Asia Relatedcenter_img Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more Bharti Airtel makes enterprise IoT play Airtel returns to profit Author AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 10 JUL 2014 Bharti-AirtelFinancialHelioslast_img read more

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Listen: Tour and Miller on the Engines We Can’t Live Without

first_img Jonathan WittExecutive Editor, Discovery Institute Press and Senior Fellow, Center for Science and CultureJonathan Witt, PhD, is Executive Editor of Discovery Institute Press and a senior fellow and senior project manager with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. His latest book is Heretic: One Scientist’s Journey from Darwin to Design (DI Press, 2018) written with Finnish bioengineer Matti Leisola. Witt has also authored co-authored Intelligent Design Uncensored, A Meaningful World: How the Arts and Sciences Reveal the Genius of Nature, and The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom That Tolkien Got, and the West Forgot. Witt is the lead writer and associate producer for Poverty, Inc., winner of the $100,000 Templeton Freedom Award and recipient of over 50 international film festival honors.Follow JonathanTwitter Share Intelligent Design Listen: Tour and Miller on the Engines We Can’t Live WithoutJonathan [email protected] 14, 2020, 8:28 PM Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Recommended Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour TagsBrian MillerChristianitydisorderentropyfeedback loopsfirst cellfree energyinformationJames TourJeremy Englandmolecular enginesnon-equilibrium thermodynamicsorderorigin of lifeRice UniversityScience & Faith podcastthermodynamics,Trending Evolution Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Sharecenter_img Our Debt to the Scientific Atheists “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Photo credit: Philipp Potocnik via Unsplash.Today’s ID the Future podcast features Part 1 of an extended interview that first appeared on a podcast show hosted by distinguished Rice University synthetic organic chemist James M. Tour. As he typically does, since it’s the Science & Faith podcast, Dr. Tour begins his show by asking his guest for a statement of faith. Miller, a Christian and a physicist, gives his, and then they dive into origin-of-life science. In a surprisingly accessible discussion given the depth of the material, the pair cover a range of issues — thermodynamics and the origin of the first cell, entropy, free energy, order and disorder, molecular engines, non-equilibrium thermodynamics, and the need for engines and information to overcome the vicissitudes of entropy. Also in the mix — feedback loops, Jeremy England, and much more. Download the podcast or listen to it here.last_img read more

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