Nine out of 10 MPs say the UK’s air links are more important than ever before

Nine out of 10 MPs say the UK’s air links are more important than ever before Similarly, 82 per cent said the continued ability for airlines to fly between both the UK and the EU, and other non-EU members, should figure highly in the UK’s negotiations.Read More: London airports soar to new highs as UK shows Brexit “economic resilience”At present air service agreements provide a legal framework to travel between countries, with EU-level deals also opening passage between member states and the US and Canada, among other destinations.Such deals can include anything from the specific destinations to which flights can arrive, to the number of services which can operate.AOA chairman Ed Anderson said: “International aviation connectivity will the foundation upon which a truly global Britain is built, with already nearly three-quarters of visitors to the UK and 40 per cent of the UK’s trade by value travelling by air.” Read More: Majority of UK public thinks Heathrow expansion will be a post-Brexit boostIt comes less than two weeks after the government launched its consultation on a third runway at Heathrow with the publication of its national policy statement.A 16 week national consultation will mark the first phase of a year-long series of approvals for construction at the West London site. whatsapp Mark Sands Tuesday 14 February 2017 5:42 pm Almost nine out of 10 MPs say the UK’s air connectivity is more important than ever before, and a large majority say the issue should be a top negotiating priority for the government after Brexit.A survey commissioned by the Airport Operators Association found that 86 per cent of MPs agreed on the increased significance of air links for travel and trade in and out of Britain. Share whatsapp More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.com read more

UK inflation: What are people buying during coronavirus lockdown?

first_imgWednesday 20 May 2020 3:59 pm (Getty Images) Also Read: UK inflation: What are people buying during coronavirus lockdown? Adults also got in on the fun, with software, CDs, DVDs and music downloads all ticking up. While restaurants and hotels have been forced to close their doors during the lockdown, prices did tick up marginally over the month. (Getty Images) Clothing and footwear also suffered a significant drop in the latest figures as Brits decided not to update their wardrobes during the lockdown. The UK inflation rate tumbled to just 0.8 per cent in April, down from 1.5 per cent the previous month and marking the lowest level since August 2016, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Share The price of books tumbled, largely due to sales, though prices were still up on the same period last year. The decline was largely caused by a collapse in crude oil prices due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with consumption levels dropping 70 per cent due to travel restrictions. This was largely driven by fast food and takeaway services, some of which remained open to consumers. The biggest price increases were from pizzas and burgers, which rose 7.3 per cent and 4.6 per cent respectively (Getty Images) Also Read: UK inflation: What are people buying during coronavirus lockdown? There was further confirmation of the economic impact of the Covid-19 crisis this morning when new figures revealed a slump in inflation. Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerUndoDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyUndoMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndobonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comUndoBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderUndoPost FunWoman Refuses To Tip Waiter But Didn’t Realize What She Left At The TablePost FunUndoMaternity WeekAfter Céline Dion’s Major Weight Loss, She Confirms What We Suspected All AlongMaternity WeekUndo Petrol prices also plunged 10.4p per litre — the largest monthly fall since unleaded petrol was introduced in 1990. The lockdown losers whatsapp Ofgem’s energy price cap played a key role in this, as electricity prices edged up only 0.2 per cent in the month between March and April while gas prices dropped 3.5 per cent. whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Collapsing oil prices and a slump in shopping during the lockdown were both key factors in the sluggish figures. Overall, food prices also contributed to the upward inflation. There was a sharp price increase for vegetables, possibly due to a switch from internationally to domestically grown produce. However, rising demand for some consumer goods served to partially mitigate this fall as Brits looked for ways to stay entertained during the pandemic. James Warrington Brits found other ways of passing the time, too, with the second largest rise in prices coming from alcohol and tobacco. Overall, clothing prices fell 2.3 per cent, driven by large-scale discounting by retailers hoping to counteract a decline in sales. The only mitigation came from knitting wool, which enjoyed a price bump as people stayed at home. Pandemic purchases Stockpiling also contributed to an increase with prices amid booming demand for items with a long shelf life such as frozen fish, frozen chips and jars of cook-in sauce. As the UK ground to a halt due to the coronavirus outbreak, Brits splashed out on leisure and entertainment activities to fill the time. School closures prompted a sharp rise in prices for games, toys and hobbies, with items such as video games, craft kits and dolls contributing to an overall rise of 0.5 per cent. UK inflation: What are people buying during coronavirus lockdown? The main drag on the consumer prices index (CPI) — the measurement that determines inflation rate — was a sharp decline in energy and petrol prices. Tags: Coronaviruslast_img read more

Party Like It’s Prince’s Birthday with Maya Rudolph’s Prince Cover Band

first_imgMusicParty Like It’s Prince’s Birthday with Maya Rudolph’s Prince Cover BandLet’s go crazyBy Lisa Beebe – June 6, 20171604ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItPrincess is in town this week, and this women-fronted group isn’t just any Prince cover band—the Artist himself was a fan. Lead singers Gretchen Lieberum and Maya Rudolph perform Prince’s music live with the help of “various other beautiful people.” A Saturday Night Live cast member for several years, Rudolph is best known as an actress and comedian, but she and singer/songwriter Lieberum have been making music together since they met at UC Santa Cruz in the early 1990s.In the past few years Princess has appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The Tonight Show, and this week the band wraps up a short West Coast tour with two all-ages shows at the Teragram Ballroom. Thursday’s show is already sold out, but tickets ($30) are still available for Wednesday, June 7, which just happens to be Prince’s birthday.https://www.instagram.com/p/BUPWzGcD9Er/Prince didn’t believe in celebrating birthdays, but he did believe in Princess. “Gretchen and I got to meet him the last time he played in town. And he gave us both these big, nice hugs, and he said that he had our performance on Jimmy Fallon recorded on his DVR,” Rudolph told L.A. Weekly in 2015. She and Lieberum were both obsessed with Prince as teens, so as adults it’s only natural that they raise their voices in tribute to the ultimate sexy MF.RELATED: Battling Squirrels with Maya Rudolph TAGSMaya RudolphPrincePrevious articleThe Best Secret Menu Items at DisneylandNext articleThe Return of This Event Just Made Wednesday Night the Best Night of SummerLisa Beebe RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORThe Perfect Oscar Hosts May Have Reared Their Heads at the Golden GlobesThe Best Things to Do in L.A. This WeekThe 5 Most Interesting Things to Do in L.A. This Weekendlast_img read more

Pharmalot, Pharmalittle: AstraZeneca hired a fake doctor Down Under

first_img Tags drug pricingpharmaceuticalsSTAT+White House [email protected] By Ed Silverman March 9, 2017 Reprints 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. Hello, everyone, and how are you today? We are doing just fine, thank you, with help from a delightfully shiny sun enveloping the Pharmalot campus and a few needed cups of stimulation. Our flavor today is Cinnamon Dolce, for those keeping track. Meanwhile, here is the usual lineup of tidbits. We should note, by the way, that we will be taking an extended weekend and colleagues will fill in for us. On that note, have a wonderful few days and see you soon …AstraZeneca employed a man in Australia who allegedly falsified his credentials and posed as a doctor who was from India, ABC reports. Shyyam Acharya gained registration with the Medical Board of New South Wales in 2003 and, later, worked for the drug maker for 11 months from 2013 to 2014. The drug makers says that “his stated overseas medical qualification was not a core requirement of the role therefore was not investigated at the time.” GET STARTED What’s included? @Pharmalot Alex Hogan/STAT Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry.center_img About the Author Reprints Pharmalot Log In | Learn More 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. Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED What is it? Ed Silverman Pharmalot, Pharmalittle: AstraZeneca hired a fake doctor Down Under last_img read more

Derek Chauvin’s attorney files motion for new trial alleging jury misconduct

first_imgDOJ to investigate Minneapolis policing practices after ex-officer convicted of murder April 22, 2021 Advertisement“The publicity here was so pervasive and so prejudicial before and during this trial that it amounted to a structural defect in the proceedings,” Nelson wrote.The court also “abused its discretion” in not granting a change of venue or sequestering the jury, Nelson wrote.Nelson also wrote the prosecutors committed misconduct “including but not limited to: disparaging the Defense; improper vouching; and failing to adequately prepare its witnesses.” Advertisement 4 ex-Minneapolis cops indicted on civil rights charges in George Floyd’s death May 9, 2021 First juror in Derek Chauvin trial speaks out: “It felt like every day was a funeral” April 29, 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 Advertisement This is a developing story.The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved. 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 (CNN) — An attorney for Derek Chauvin filed a motion for a new trial on Tuesday.The former Minneapolis police officer was convicted on April 20 of second degree unintentional murder, second degree manslaughter and third degree murder in the death of George Floyd.The motion, filed by attorney Eric Nelson, cites factors including “the interests of justice; abuse of discretion that deprived the Defendant of a fair trial; prosecutorial and jury misconduct; errors of law at trial; and a verdict that is contrary to law.”Those include allegations of errors made by the judge, prosecutorial misconduct, witness intimidation and the impact of publicity. AdvertisementTags: Derek Chauvin Here’s what’s next for Derek Chauvin after being found guilty of George Floyd’s murder April 22, 2021last_img read more

Football Team of the Week following the conclusion of Round 2

first_img GAA Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Home Gaelic Football Club Football Football Team of the Week following the conclusion of Round 2 Gaelic FootballClub FootballSportGAA Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest By LaoisToday Reporter – 12th August 2019 Twitter Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Paddy O’Sullivan Portarlington – Photo Paul Dargan6. Paddy O’Sullivan (Portarlington)O’Sullivan made his Laois senior debuy this year and while Portarlington were somewhat disappointing against Ballyroan and needed an injury time point to force a replay, O’Sullivan was excellent for them, scoring three points from play.For Port to reach the latter stages of this championship they’ll need him to continue this form.Marty Scully Photo-Paul Dargan7 – Marty Scully (Ballyroan-Abbey)All the Ballyroan-Abbey and Emo players got two games last week with their dramatic replay on Tuesday night as well as Round 2 action at the weekend.Scully’s run made their goal in the win over Emo while he was very impressive against Portarlington too. Brings incredible energy and his direct running causes teams all sorts of problems.Alan Farrell – Photo Paul Dargan8 – Alan Farrell (Ballylinan)Farrell had an injury-disrupted year with Laois but he looks to be coming back to his best at club level.Scored a point for Ballylinan and gave the final pass for two of their three first-half goals. Picked up a black card for his troubles but it’s great to see him back to his all-running game that we’ve become accustomed to.Nigel Murphy Picture: Alf Harvey.9 – Nigel Murphy (Emo)Murphy is starting most games in attack but he’s such an energetic player that he could pop up anywhere. After scoring two goals in their drawn game with Ballyroan-Abbey, he hit them for three points from play in the replay and then added a further 1-2 from play against Stradbally a couple of days later.Arguably one of the best club players in the county.Sean O’Shea, Arles Killeen Picture: Alf Harvey/HRPhoto.ie10 – Sean O’Shea (Arles-Killeen)Arles-Killeen put in one of their best championship displays of recent seasons only to be denied by a late goal from Killeshin’s Gavin Brennan.O’Shea was in inspired form for Killeen as he scored four points from play an also played a part in a number of their other scores. Himself and Paul Kingston certainly asked plenty of questions of the Killeshin defence.James Moore, Ballyfin11 – James Moore (Ballyfin)Moore had a fantastic game in Ballyfin’s defeat over Crettyard on Saturday as he scored five points from centre-forward.Playing alongside his brother Sean, who was close to being chosen in this week’s team with a tally of 2-3, they were Crettyard’s biggest problem with their versatility and eye for the posts.Padraig McMahon12 – Padraig McMahon (Ballyroan-Abbey)The full-forward was causing all sort of problems for the Portarlington defence in their drawn game on Saturday.He scored 1-2 and also set up plenty of scores as the former Laois star showed he is still up there with the best players in the county. Was also very effective in their Round 1 replay win over Emo. Football Team of the Week following the conclusion of Round 2 Facebook GAA WhatsApp Twitter TAGSLaois IFCLaois JFCLaois SFCTeam of the Week WhatsApp GAA Pinterest Brought to you in association with Sammy Kelly BuildersThe football championships continued at the weekend with two games going to a replay.We had action in the first, second and third grades of the club football championship over the last seven .Ballyroan-Abbey and St Joseph’s lead the way with two players, but a total of 13 teams are represented on our second selection of the year.As always there was a number of players unlucky to miss out including Emo duo James O’Rourke and Paul Lawlor, Graiguecullen goalkeeper Danny Bolger, Portlaoise’s Ronan McEvoy, Sean Moore, who scored 2-3 for Ballyfin, and his team-mate Jack Priestley, Annanough’s Damien McCaul who scored 3-3 in their win over St Joseph’s and the ever-impressive Jaek Foster for Portarlington. 13 – Ross Munnelly (Arles-Kilcruise)Another almost constant Team of the Week contender. Hit Ballylinan for 2-6 on Sunday, 1-5 of it from play.Showed all his experience and composure as he slotted home a penalty in injury time to send the game to a replay. Previous articleJOB VACANCIES: Enva looking to fill a number of roles in PortlaoiseNext articlePortlaoise’s first independent study centre for secondary students set to open in September LaoisToday Reporter Ballylinan forwards Cathail Dunne and Andy McEvoy caused plenty of problems for Arles-Kilcruise while Paul Kingston was also excellent for Arles-Killeen.In any case, the team we went for is below.Agree? Disagree? Let us know.Aaron Cooney (left) and Cathail Dunne1 – Aaron Cooney (St Joseph’s) St Joseph’s got their championship back on track with a solid win over The Heath on Friday night with former Laois U-21 goalkeeper Aaron Cooney not just keeping a clean sheet but also saving a penalty at a crucial stage of the second half. His kick-outs were consistent throughout also.Portlaoise’s Paddy Downey2 – Paddy Downey (Portlaoise)Downey is after nailing down a starting place on the Portlaoise senior team and was given a tough task in being put on Laois U-20 star and senior panelist Alan Kinsella during their Round 2 clash against Courtwood.Time and time again, Downey came bursting out of defence with the ball and kept his man to a single point from play. It’s not easy break on to this Portlaoise team but he has impressed in both championship games to date.Mark Timmons Photo- Paul Dargan3 – Mark Timmons (Graiguecullen)There are some players who are constantly in the mix for Team of the Week selection and Graigue’s Mark Timmons is one of those.He might have ended up on the losing side against O’Dempsey’s but he put in another fine performance against an O’Dempsey’s attack that has a selection of top forwards.Darren Fitzpatrick Source: ©INPHO/James Crombie4 – Darren Fitzpatrick (Mountmellick)Fitzpatrick has represented Laois at U-21 level and has been a solid performer for Mountmellick for the last number of seasons.He’s playing in a sweeper role for them in the intermediate championship and their defence has been rock solid to date – conceding just 14 points – and no goals – in two games against Timahoe and Portlaoise, two of the stronger teams in the grade.Shane Nerney5 – Shane Nerney (O’Dempsey’s)Nerney has had a couple of fine seasons for O’Dempsey’s and has been knocking around the Laois panel for the last couple of years now too.He was impressive again in their win over Graiguecullen as they continued their winning form by booking a quarter-final place once again. Eoin Lowry14 – Eoin Lowry (Killeshin)Laois’ goal hero against Derry in the All Ireland Qualifiers, Lowry showed his class in Killeshin’s last-gasp win over Arles-Killeen.Lowry scored an impressive seven points with three being from placed balls and was central to almost every Killeshin attack, including the move that led to the winning goal.Josh Lacey St Joseph’s Photo: Paul Dargan15 – Josh Lacey (St Joseph’s)In his first year at senior, Lacey has really slotted in and added to the St Joseph’s attack. Hit a couple of points on his debut against O’Dempsey’s and showed his class around goal against The Heath with three lovely points from play.Knows where the goals are and has a sweet left boot. Definitely one to keep an eye on.RESULTSLaois Shopping Centre SFC Round 2 WinnersArles-Killeen 0-15 Killeshin 1-13 SEE FULL REPORT HERE Graiguecullen 0-10 O’Dempsey’s 0-13 SEE FULL REPORT HERE  Portarlington 0-16 Ballyroan-Abbey 2-10 SEE FULL REPORT HEREPortlaoise 1-13 Courtwood 1-7 SEE FULL REPORT HERELaois Shopping Centre SFC Round 2 QualifiersBallylinan 3-9 Arles-Kilcruise 2-12 SEE FULL REPORT HERE  Emo 3-12 Stradbally 1-12 SEE FULL REPORT HERE         Ballyfin 4-13 Crettyard 1-8 SEE FULL REPORT HERELaois Shopping Centre IFC Round 2 WinnersPortlaoise 0-6 Mountmellick 0-12 SEE FULL REPORT HERELaois Shopping Centre IFC Round 2 QualifierAnnanough 7-7 St Joseph’s 0-7 SEE FULL REPORT HERELaois Shopping Centre JFC Round 2 WinnersPark-Ratheniska 0-12 Killeshin 2-6O’Dempsey’s 1-16 The Heath 0-11SEE ALSO- History makers! Ireland U-20 women secure European bronze medal and promotion to Division A 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

Gov’t to Make Provision in Budget to Address Unattached Young People

first_imgGov’t to Make Provision in Budget to Address Unattached Young People UncategorizedJanuary 25, 2008 Advertisements RelatedGov’t to Make Provision in Budget to Address Unattached Young People RelatedGov’t to Make Provision in Budget to Address Unattached Young Peoplecenter_img RelatedGov’t to Make Provision in Budget to Address Unattached Young People FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, has announced that provisions are to be made in the 2008/09 Budget to effect changes within the education system that will adequately prepare high school students for substantial post-secondary pursuits.Mr. Golding told journalists at a media briefing on Wednesday (Jan. 23) at Jamaica House that a report presented at the recent Cabinet retreat by Education Minister, Andrew Holness revealed that of 53,000 young people who leave high school annually, 38,000 were “unattached”.“By unattached, they haven’t passed anything, are not going on to anything, have nothing to go on to, don’t have a job to go to, (and) they are not going on to any tertiary or vocational institution. They (either) go home or go on the street,” the Prime Minister explained.He lamented that, sadly, males dominate this group, noting that “females are doing much better in terms of going on to something, even though some of them, too, are left facing this total blank wall of hopelessness and despair.”“If you want to know where your young criminals are coming from, look within that (38,000) cohort. We (government) are going to have to address that. It is something that has to be addressed now as a matter of urgency,” Mr. Golding stressed.The Prime Minister stated that provisions will have to be made in the new budget to address the problem, which will involve change, “both in terms of our school structure as well as school processes, in order to redeem this large body (of young people)”.Noting that the move was necessary in order to counter the spectre of crime and develop the country’s people, the Prime Minister said, “If we don’t develop the capacity of our people, we are depriving ourselves of our most valuable asset, and we cannot continue to do that.”last_img read more

Labor blocks minimum jail term for child sex offenders again

first_imgLabor blocks minimum jail term for child sex offenders again Elise Archer,Attorney-General and Minister for JusticeSexual offences against children are heinous, and the community rightfully expects that anyone who commits serious sexual offences against children should go to jail.It is extremely disappointing that Labor has once again opposed our mandatory minimum sentences legislation in the Upper House.Labor’s Leader Rebecca White needs to explain to the Tasmanian community and victims’ advocate groups why they oppose a guarantee on jail sentences for convicted child sex offenders.Labor’s attempt to reduce criticism with maximum sentences – available under the Criminal Code – is farcical and simply shows they do not understand sentencing laws, and do not take this issue seriously.Victim survivors have every right to be grossly offended by Labor’s opposition to our Bill that ensures imprisonment of child sex offenders.We will continue to put this legislation before the Parliament because the Tasmanian community overwhelmingly supports mandatory minimum sentences for these types of serious offences. /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:AusPol, Australia, child sex, children, community, Criminal, Government, house, jail, justice, legislation, Minister, parliament, sex, TAS, Tasmania, Tassielast_img read more

Nine Communities to Benefit from Tourism Project

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) has signed a contract  with  the National Best Community Foundation and the Country style Community Tourism Network, valued at some $16 million, to benefit  nine communities from six parishes. This agreement is for the implementation of a community-based Tourism Strengthening and Promotion project, with a start-up date of June 26, 2012. The signing took place on June 14 in one of the beneficiary communities, Beeston Spring, Westmoreland, with Project Manager, Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI), at JSIF, Stephanie Hutchinson-Ffrench, signing on behalf of JSIF. Chief Executive Officer of the National Best Community Foundation (NBCF), Jacqueline Dacosta; and President of the Countrystyle Community Tourism Network (CCTN), Diana McIntyre-Pike, signed on behalf of their respective organisations.  Parish Manager of the Social Development Commission (SDC), Westmoreland, Ron Daley, signed on behalf of the beneficiary communities. According to Mrs. Hutchinson-Ffrench, the project is one that will not only make a significant contribution to Jamaica’s tourism product, but will also impact the economic prospects of all nine beneficiary communities. The communities are Lancaster and Resource, in Manchester; Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth; Albert Town, Trelawny; Charles Town, Portland; Hopewell and Axe-And-Adze, Hanover; and Bluefields and Beeston Spring, Westmoreland. Mrs. Hutchinson-Ffrench  explained that JSIF will provide approximately $13 million for the implementation of the project through funds from REDI, while the NBCF, CCTN and the nine beneficiary communities will provide the remaining $3 million as community contribution. “The goal of the project is in keeping with the Government of Jamaica’s draft community based tourism policy, which seeks to implement strategies to assist communities that offer a community based tourism product, to move from start-up to market ready,” she said. She pointed out that over 200 persons will be benefiting directly from the project, while there will also be indirect economic and social spin-offs accruing to the wider communities involved. The project will involve the following activities: (1)   An assessment of gaps and areas of opportunity for each community. (2)   Team Jamaica training for approximately 120 persons engaged in providing a tourism service or product. (3)   A comprehensive community tourism sensitisation programme. (4)   Conducting familiarisation tours with ground tour operators to experience the tourism product first hand, with a view that they will include the nine communities in the packages they sell. (5)   The production of promotional material and erection of directional and community signs. Minister of State with responsibility for Special Projects in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Luther Buchanan, who also spoke at the signing,  argued that it would be very beneficial to the nation if more communities get involved in community oriented projects, as this would bring back a sense of pride, as it relates to community development and the upliftment of persons. “Until we have developed the human capital that we have, we will never truly develop communities,” he said. He lauded JSIF for the work that they have been doing in communities across the island. RelatedNine Communities to Benefit from Tourism Project By Bryan Miller, JIS Reporter RelatedNine Communities to Benefit from Tourism Project Advertisements RelatedNine Communities to Benefit from Tourism Project Nine Communities to Benefit from Tourism Project TourismJune 15, 2012last_img read more

PM Cites Clarendon as Catalyst for Expansion of Sugar Cane Sub-Sector

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedPM Cites Clarendon as Catalyst for Expansion of Sugar Cane Sub-Sector RelatedPM Cites Clarendon as Catalyst for Expansion of Sugar Cane Sub-Sector Advertisements PM Cites Clarendon as Catalyst for Expansion of Sugar Cane Sub-Sector AgricultureFebruary 8, 2013Written by: Douglas McIntoshcenter_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, says Clarendon has the greatest potential to serve as a catalyst for the expansion of Jamaica’s sugar cane sub-sector, particularly among small farmers.Addressing Wednesday’s, February 6, contract signing and ground-breaking ceremony for the Springfield Sugar Barracks Relocation Project in the parish, the Prime Minister pointed out that Clarendon has over 2,000 acres of “idle” cane lands, owned by small farmers, which are ready to be “engaged” in cultivation.Mrs. Simpson Miller said $300 million has been earmarked for cane road improvement in the parish, pointing out that the tender process is currently being prepared with a view to the undertaking being completed and implemented during 2013/14 fiscal yearAdditionally, she advised that two agro parks are being developed at Ebony Park and Spring Plains at a cost of approximately $114 million and $145 million, respectively.“The agro parks development, initiated by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, is a key element of my Government’s Growth Inducement Strategy in the medium term. This (agro parks) initiative seeks to elevate agricultural production, diversify our agricultural outputs, and address every single facet of the agriculture value chain, from production to market, and (provide) support for our food security programme,” she outlined.Noting that sugar cultivation provides “seasonal” employment for farmers and other small stakeholders, Mrs. Simpson Miller pointed out that there was very little “meaningful” activity outside of this engagement during the “out of crop” season. This situation, she said, poses challenges for families dependent on the crop for their livelihood.“In response, the Government is also working towards economic transformation of southern Clarendon through other strategic investments in agriculture. In the Vernamfield area, we are investing $65 million to rehabilitate the irrigation system to expose our farmers to modern drip irrigation technology,” she stated, while disclosing that the Sugar Industry Authority (SIA)-managed Cane Expansion Fund, another resource option, currently stands at $1.5 billion.The Prime Minister noted that concerns have been raised about the sector’s overall viability and sustainability, with arguments being advanced that the administration should “abandon” the industry.In response, Mrs. Simpson Miller said the Government embarked on a transformation programme that sought to address social, economic and environmental imperatives “in a comprehensive way”.“Among the initiatives are: our focus on maximizing sugar cane production, particularly among small farmers. Under the Sugar Adaptation Strategy, which became operational in 2005, we began the privatization of the sugar estates. This is now complete. The government provided some 1,300 grants valuing some $156 million in this area to help dislocated sugar workers cope with the fall-out from the divestment,” she said.Additionally, the Prime Minister said the European Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development has voiced support for an extension of the current quota provision for African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) sugar exporters to 2020.“We, therefore, have every opportunity to put this industry on a sustainable path. We have to grow ourselves out of our economic difficulties. There are available markets, available lands, and available hands. You have it within you, we have it within ourselves to do it; let’s do it together,” she urged.Approximately 209 sugar workers residing in sugar estate barracks in Springfield, Clarendon, will benefit from 88 houses earmarked for development at a cost of just over $160 million under the Government’s Sugar Barracks Relocation Project.The project, to be executed over eight months by the firm, Seal Construction Company Limited, is being spearheaded by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries’ Sugar Transformation Unit (STU), under the Sugar Area Development Programme (SADP). Funding is provided under the European Union (EU) Accompanying Measures for Sugar Protocol (AMSP). RelatedPM Cites Clarendon as Catalyst for Expansion of Sugar Cane Sub-Sector Story HighlightsPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, says Clarendon has the greatest potential to serve as a catalyst for the expansion of Jamaica’s sugar cane sub-sector, particularly among small farmers.Addressing Wednesday’s, February 6, contract signing and ground-breaking ceremony for the Springfield Sugar Barracks Relocation Project in the parish, the Prime Minister pointed out that Clarendon has over 2,000 acres of “idle” cane lands, owned by small farmers, which are ready to be “engaged” in cultivation.Mrs. Simpson Miller said $300 million has been earmarked for cane road improvement in the parish, pointing out that the tender process is currently being prepared with a view to the undertaking being completed and implemented during 2013/14 fiscal yearlast_img read more