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Labour opens new front in party’s war on business

first_img   Labour’s party conference is getting underway in Liverpool, and the various factions of the hard-left are already putting on a good show as they compete for control of the agenda. It also leads to bad policy, such as the idea that a third of board seats should be occupied by workers, and today’s announcement that a Labour government would essentially seize ten per cent of a company’s shares in order to generate a “social dividend.” Having workers on the board of German car-makers did not prevent massive corruption in the industry and finding new ways to tax businesses will not guarantee a new revenue stream for the state. Indeed, heavy-handed interference in governance and ownership, combined with new taxes on income, dividends and profits will chip away at the tax base as – in the words of the CBI – investors pack their bags.The reaction from business and industry groups to Labour’s latest policy announcements should not be seen as knee-jerk criticism. These groups want good relations with a potential party of government, and they share the desire for improvements in pay and productivity.Their dismay at the way Labour has gone about formulating policy (without any input from the people who actually create jobs and businesses) is telling, and should set alarm bells ringing. Sunday 23 September 2018 9:10 pm by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStorymoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.comOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutCleverstTattoo Fails : No One Makes It Past No. 6 Without LaughingCleverstBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldRest Wow68 Hollywood Stars Who Look Unrecognizable NowRest WowMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTrading BlvdThis Picture of Prince Harry & Father at The Same Age Will Shock YouTrading Blvd whatsapp More From Our Partners Matt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org Tags: Brexit Jeremy Corbyn John McDonnell People Tax Christian May The trade unions used their voting power to block a bid by Momentum activists to force sitting MPs to face reselection challenges; members demanding a second Brexit referendum marched through the city, urging Jeremy Corbyn to get off the fence and join them; and a fringe meeting discussed the vital task of launching a state-run alternative to Google based on “public service ideas.”That was all on day one. Today, things get serious as marxist shadow chancellor John McDonnell takes to the stage to set out his party’s key economic policies.We’ve seen enough McDonnell speeches to know that his tone will be divisive: bankers are bad, capitalism is failing and a revolution is needed.We also know that he will announce detailed plans to rip up the UK’s corporate governance code and rebuild it in a way that “empowers workers.”At the heart of Labour’s approach to business is a misguided and desperately old-fashioned belief that life is a battle between workers and bosses. This idea permeates Labour’s policy-making, and leads to rhetorical flourishes about fat-cat bosses, rigged systems and a revolutionary fightback. Labour opens new front in party’s war on business whatsapp Sharelast_img read more

Over 1 million face loss of food aid over work requirements

first_imgEconomy | Family | Federal Government | Food | HealthOver 1 million face loss of food aid over work requirementsFebruary 17, 2016 by David A. Lieb, Associated Press Share:A volunteer unloads donated baked goods at a food bank in Des Moines, Iowa. Food banks could become strained, as more than 500,000 people could lose food stamps in 22 states reinstating work requirements this winter. APMore than 1 million low-income residents in 21 states could soon lose their government food stamps if they fail to meet work requirements that began kicking in this month.The rule change in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program was triggered by the improving economy — specifically, falling unemployment. But it is raising concerns among the poor, social service providers and food pantry workers, who fear an influx of hungry people.Recent experience in other states indicates that most of those affected will probably not meet the work requirements and will be cut off from food stamps.For many people, “it means less food, less adequate nutrition. And over the span of time, that can certainly have an impact on health — and the health care system,” said Dave Krepcho, president and chief executive of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.Advocates say some adults trying to find work face a host of obstacles, including criminal records, disabilities or lack of a driver’s license.The work-for-food requirements were first enacted under the 1996 welfare reform law signed by President Bill Clinton and sponsored by then-Rep. John Kasich, who is now Ohio’s governor and a Republican candidate for president.The provision applies to able-bodied adults ages 18 through 49 who have no children or other dependents in their home. It requires them to work, volunteer or attend education or job-training courses at least 80 hours a month to receive food aid. If they don’t, their benefits are cut off after three months.The U.S. Department of Agriculture can waive those work rules, either for entire states or certain counties and communities, when unemployment is high and jobs are scarce. Nearly every state was granted a waiver during the recession that began in 2008. But statewide waivers ended this month in at least 21 states, the largest group since the recession.An Associated Press analysis of food aid figures shows that nearly 1.1 million adults stand to lose their benefits in those 21 states if they do not get a job or an exemption. That includes about 300,000 in Florida, 150,000 in Tennessee and 110,000 in North Carolina. The three states account for such a big share because they did not seek any further waivers for local communities.In Tennessee, Terry Work said her 27-year-old deaf son recently was denied disability payments, meaning he is considered able-bodied. And that means he stands to lose his food stamps, even though she said her son has trouble keeping a job because of his deafness.“I know there’s going to be a lot of people in the county hurt by this,” said Work, founder of Helping Hands of Hickman County, a social service agency in a community about an hour west of Nashville.Nationwide, some 4.7 million food stamp recipients are deemed able-bodied adults without dependents, according to USDA. Only 1 in 4 has any income from a job. They receive an average of $164 a month from the program.In states that already have implemented the work requirements, many recipients have ended up losing their benefits.Wisconsin began phasing in work requirements last spring. Of the 22,500 able-bodied adults who became subject to the change between April and June, two-thirds were dropped from the rolls three months later for failing to meet the requirements.Some states could have applied for partial waivers but chose not to do so.North Carolina’s Republican-led government enacted a law last fall accelerating implementation of the work requirements and barring the state from seeking waivers unless there is a natural disaster. State Sen. Ralph Hise said the state was doing a disservice to the unemployed by providing them long-term food aid.“People are developing gaps on their resumes, and it’s actually making it harder for individuals to ultimately find employment,” said Hise, a Republican who represents a rural part of western North Carolina.In Missouri, the GOP-led Legislature overrode a veto by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon to enact a law barring the state from waiving work requirements until at least 2019. The three-month clock started ticking Jan. 1 for 60,000 people in Missouri, where unemployment is down to just 4.4 percent.“We were seeing a lot of people who were receiving food stamps who weren’t even trying to get a job,” said the law’s sponsor, Sen. David Sater, a Republican whose Missouri district includes the tourist destination of Branson. “I know in my area you can find a temporary job for 20 hours (a week) fairly easily. It just didn’t seem right to me to have somebody doing nothing and receiving food stamps.”Others say it’s not that simple to find work, even with an improving economy.Joe Heflin, 33, of Jefferson City, said he has been receiving food stamps for more than five years, since an injury ended his steady job as an iron worker and led to mental illness during his recovery. He said he gets nearly $200 a month in food stamps and has no other income. Heflin was recently notified that his food stamps could end if he doesn’t get a job or a disability exemption.“I think it’s a crummy deal,” Heflin said while waiting in line at a food pantry. “I think they ought to look into individuals more, or at least hear them out. … I depend on it, you know, to eat.”Policymakers often “don’t realize a lot of the struggles those individuals are dealing with,” said Mariana Chilton, director of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities at Drexel University in Philadelphia.Some are dealing with trauma from military service or exposure to violence and abuse, Chilton said. Others have recently gotten out of prison, making employers hesitant to hire them. Some adults who are considered able-bodied nonetheless have physical or mental problems.A study of 4,145 food stamp recipients in Franklin County, Ohio, who became subject to work requirements between December 2013 and February 2015 found that more than 30 percent said they had physical or mental limitations that affected their ability to work. A similar percentage had no high school diploma or equivalency degree. And 61 percent lacked a driver’s license.“There should have been more thought on how we look at employment and not thinking that people are sitting there, getting food stamps because they are lazy and don’t want to work,” said Octavia Rainey, a community activist in Raleigh, North Carolina.Some states have programs to help food stamp recipients improve their job skills. Elsewhere, it’s up to individuals to find programs run by nonprofit groups or by other state agencies. Sometimes, that can be daunting.Rainey said people who received letters informing them they could lose their food stamps sometimes were placed on hold when they called for more information — a problem for those using prepaid calling cards. And in Florida, food aid recipients received letters directing them to a state website for information.“A lot of these folks, they don’t have computers, they don’t have broadband access,” said Krepcho, the Central Florida food bank executive. “That’s ripe for people falling off the rolls.”Associated Press reporters Jonathan Drew in Raleigh, North Carolina, Travis Loller in Nashville, Tennessee, and Greg Moore in Milwaukee contributed to this report.Share this story:last_img read more

Unanimous ferry reform bill prompts constitutional challenge from Alaska’s governor

first_imgSoutheast | State Government | TransportationUnanimous ferry reform bill prompts constitutional challenge from Alaska’s governorMay 6, 2021 by Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska Share:The M/V Kennicott leaving Wrangell on Jan. 8, 2021 (Sage Smiley / KSTK)A ferry reform bill passed the Alaska House of Representatives 37-0 on Wednesday, with no objections from the floor. But Gov. Mike Dunleavy believes the bill violates the separation of powers clause in the Alaska Constitution.House Bill 63 would create an Alaska Marine Highway Operations Board, which would craft short- and long-term planning for Alaska’s ferry fleet. The bill would also bind the Alaska Department of Transportation to incorporate the board’s directions into daily operations.The Alaska Marine Highway System has been struggling with deep funding cuts, an aging fleet and steep declines in ridership during the COVID-19 pandemic.“My hometown of Sitka is getting less ferry service than any point since the 1960s,” Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins (D-Sitka) said on the House floor Wednesday. “That sort of puts things into context that we are definitely going backwards and not forwards. And it really affects people’s lives.”Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, D – Sitka, speaks during a House floor session in the Capitol in Juneau on March 16, 2020. (Skip Gray/KTOO)He relayed his experience as a coastal resident left in the lurch: At the end of last year’s legislative session, there were no state ferries between the capital and his hometown, so he used a private carrier.“It took me four weeks on Alaska Marine Lines to barge my car, from Juneau to Sitka,” Kreiss-Tomkins said. “This is simply not tenable for quality of life or commerce.”Reforming the Alaska Marine Highway System has been a priority of coastal legislators who want more autonomy for the state ferry system. And House Bill 63 found bipartisan support with Railbelt lawmakers like Rep. James Kauffman (R-Anchorage), who worked to refine the legislation.“Coming from South Anchorage, I didn’t think I would be getting all busy on a bill about the ferries,” the freshman legislator told fellow lawmakers. “But it turned out it was an enjoyable process, even though it was hard work.”Gov. Mike Dunleavy floated a similar initiative earlier in the year that’s stalled in a House committee.But this bill differs by requiring four of the board’s nine members be appointed by legislative leadership. That could be a sticking point with the executive branch, which released a statement questioning the House bill’s constitutionality just hours after its passage.The governor’s office says allowing lawmakers to appoint members to an executive board violates the separation of powers.“The Governor and Speaker (Louise) Stutes both share the belief that the advisory board needs to be reformed,” Governor’s Office spokesman Jeff Turner told CoastAlaska by email. “However, the board appointment process contained in HB 63 is considered to be unconstitutional by the administration because it permits the presiding officers of the legislature to appoint members to an executive board.”That wrinkle was raised in an April 6 legal memo to lawmakers. But legislative counsel said since the operations board would be largely advisory, a court may find no legal issues exist.The bill now heads to the state Senate for consideration, where its first hearing is set for May 11.The bill comes as lawmakers announce they’ve reached a consensus on a plan that would forward fund the ferry system by 18 months, rather than a year. The ferry system is also in line to receive nearly $77 million in federal pandemic relief.But the final ferry budget remains to be worked out by both legislative houses and signed by the governor.Share this story:last_img read more

Watchdog asks ethics officials to probe Azar over industry ties and views on rebates

first_img Log In | Learn More Watchdog asks ethics officials to probe Azar over industry ties and views on rebates 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. Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. A watchdog group has asked ethics officials at the Department of Health and Human Services to investigate the relationship between Alex Azar, who heads the department, and Eli Lilly (LLY), his former employer, over a recently proposed rule that would benefit drug makers.The request by the Campaign for Accountability, a nonprofit, comes in response to a proposal the Trump administration is considering to reduce or restrict rebates, which are essentially a type of discount that drug makers provide pharmacy benefit managers off the wholesale, or list, price for their medicines in order to receive favorable placement on formularies, which are lists of insured drugs. About the Author Reprints By Ed Silverman Aug. 28, 2018 Reprints What is it? [email protected] What’s included?center_img Pharmalot Ed Silverman Tags drug pricingpharmaceuticalspolicySTAT+ Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED GET STARTED 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. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images @Pharmalot last_img read more

Joe Mallon Motors Wins Groupe Renault Dealer of the Year Award

first_img Electric Picnic Twitter “It has been a very challenging year for many, and we are no different. To receive the award in a year that has seen the way we do business change so dramatically due to COVID-19, and how our team have adapted to meet this new challenge is very humbling.’’He continued, “We are very grateful to our team for their efforts and our loyal customers for choosing and trusting us with their motoring needs, thank you for helping make this possible.“Joe Mallon Motors is celebrating 35 years with the Renault brand and would like to thank our partners in Renault for the recognition.’’The winners of the Dealer Of The Year Award from each country in Europe are recognised at a combined ceremony, usually held in Paris. This is a prestigious event, to acknowledge the performance of each of the Dealerships.Previous winners of the award include O’Briens Mullingar, H&H Motors and Kearys Renault Cork.SEE ALSO – LISTEN: Selling cars online and a great gesture towards frontline workers RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest By LaoisToday Reporter – 25th November 2020 TAGSJoe Mallon Motors Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Facebook Home News Business Joe Mallon Motors Wins Groupe Renault Dealer of the Year Award NewsBusiness Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival As the dealership celebrates 35 Years with the brand, Joe Mallon Motors have been awarded the Renault Dealer of the Year award in Ireland with their overall performance this year topping that of all 28 Renault Dealers in Ireland.The Dealer of the Year award is based on KPIs, customer service and brand compliance. It is awarded by Groupe Renault and recognises the combined performance across all commercial areas of the business.Along with this award, Joe Mallon Motors have also been awarded CRM Dealer of the year. There are nine regional Dealerships eligible to win the Dealer of the Year Award in Ireland, along with 28 other Dealerships eligible to win the CRM Dealer of the Year Award.Joe Mallon Motors is a family run business with Dealerships in Naas and Portlaoise.Due to Covid-19, business has been different for all in the motor industry this year, and Joe Mallon Motors is no different.This year, the dealership has adapted to a new way of selling cars online, which has been a transition from the normal customer journey.Customers can now view the wide range of vehicles through their website, reserve a car, apply for finance, get a trade in valuation and even receive contactless car delivery from the Joe Mallon Motors team.Philip Mallon, Director, Joe Mallon Motors, commented on the win, “This is something we have been working towards for a long time.center_img Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleNew bill seeks to allow workers carry over annual leave into 2021Next articleLISTEN: R&B singer with Laois connections releases new single ahead of online gig LaoisToday Reporter Facebook Joe Mallon Motors Wins Groupe Renault Dealer of the Year Award Electric Picnic Electric Picnic Twitter Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival last_img read more

Spotting hedge fund fraud

Related news Global banks warn of possible losses from hedge fund default Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Hedge fund managers discuss Covid-19 playbooks, interest rates The due diligence that can stop an investor from misplacing their trust and their money with a fraudster doesn’t have to be difficult, according to Frank Casey, co-founder, managing partner, Vintage Investment Partners in Boston. Speaking at the Canadian Alternative Investment Forum in Toronto on Thursday, Casey offered four steps of due diligence that will identify fraud. California fraudsman gets 10 years for $147M global investment scam “I came up with this anagram T.I.P.S.,” said Casey. “What I love about it is that three-quarters of it is qualitative. Family offices can do it on their own, any investor can do it on their own.” Casey was one of a group, called the “Fox Hounds” who blew the whistle on Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, which collapsed in 2008. Here are Casey’s T.I.P.S for identifying possible hedge fund frauds: > T – Third-party verification Investors need to make sure the hedge fund has third party auditors and custodians. “Madoff was the broker, the manager, the custodian, the administrator,” said Casey, “Everybody wanted a piece of this guy and they were willing to ignore the fact that he was his own custodian.” > I – Internal controls The head manager and chief financial officer (CFO) should always be separate, according to Casey. If it is a small firm then they should have a third-party CFO. > P – Pedigree Investors need to research hedge fund managers and their teams, according to Casey, to make sure they actually have the credentials and experience they claim. Investors and family offices should even go so far as to hire a private investigator. “I want to see the pedigree of the manager,” said Casey, “but also the sub-managers and everybody they’re doing business with.” > S – Strategy Study the manager’s strategy to look for results that are simply too good to be true. This step requires some knowledge of the markets and how they work. Casey suggests finding managers that find opportunities in the market but that also eventually lose those same openings. “Always look for where the capital markets are inefficient,” he said, “because if you can find a management team that can exploit that inefficiency and they’ve got a tailwind behind it they will eventually trade themselves into efficiencies.” Keywords Fraud,  Hedge funds Fiona Collie read more

Canadian economy posts weakest back-to-back quarters of growth since 2015

first_img Keywords Economic indicatorsCompanies Statistics Canada Economy lost 68,000 jobs in May Canada’s economy expanded at an annualized pace of just 0.4% in the first three months of the year, giving the country its weakest back-to-back quarters of growth since 2015.The real gross domestic product reading for the first quarter followed a revised growth number of just 0.3% in the previous quarter, Statistics Canada said Friday in a new report. Businessman making presentation with his colleagues and business strategy digital layer effect at the office as concept everythingpossible/123RF It was the slowest two-quarter stretch of growth since an oil-price plunge caused the economy to shrink over the first half of 2015.Economists had expected growth at an annualized rate of 0.7% for the first quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The Statistics Canada report said downward pressure on first-quarter growth was driven by weakness in net trade as imports increased 1.9% and export volumes dropped 1% for their first quarterly decrease since 2017.Canada also saw a substantial contraction of 9.5% in its exports of farm and fishing products as well as a 2.8% drop in crude-oil shipments.On the positive side, the agency said overall economic growth was boosted by the highest quarterly level of household spending in two years, following broad-based increases that included strength in auto purchases and audio-visual equipment.The economy also saw an 8.7% increase in business investments on equipment and machinery—the biggest jolt in 23 years. The surge was fuelled in part by significant investments in aircraft and other transportation equipment, the report said.Looking ahead, the report’s month-to-month reading for March—the final month of the first quarter—suggested the second quarter could be off to a stronger start. March posted a 0.5% increase compared to a 0.2% contraction in February.The first-quarter reading Friday was slightly higher than the Bank of Canada’s prediction of 0.3%.On Thursday, Carolyn Wilkins, the central bank’s senior deputy governor, said the recent economic slowdown was temporary. She said growth has already been accelerating in the second quarter—which the Bank of Canada has predicted will post 1.3% growth.From there, Wilkins said Canada’s economic expansion should pick up its pace throughout the rest of 2019.Even with the expected domestic improvement, she underlined risks to the outlook. She warned the highly uncertain international trade environment—including the ongoing U.S.-China trade war—poses a threat for Canada.Wilkins also listed trade disruptions such as Beijing’s new restrictions on some Canadian agricultural products. A diplomatic conflict has intensified in recent months, leading China to reject shipments of some key Canadian goods, including canola.The central bank is also monitoring the possibility of a trade feud between the U.S. and the European Union. U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to apply tariffs on autos from the EU. Household debt-to-income ratio fell in first quarter: Statscan Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Leading indicators signal steady rebound: OECD Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Andy BlatchfordCanadian Press last_img read more

MoH taking necessary anti-cholera precautions

first_imgMoH taking necessary anti-cholera precautions Health & WellnessNovember 29, 2010 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail With a cholera outbreak in neighbouring Haiti affecting close to 60,000 individuals and resulting in over 1000 deaths, Jamaicans are being urged to take the necessary precautions to keep out the disease.Speaking in an interview with JIS News, Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sheila Campbell-Forrester, is urging all citizens to continue to do their part in ensuring proper hygiene and sanitation, in ensuring that Jamaica is kept cholera free.“They must wash their hands before they eat, after they use the bathroom, as frequently as possible; if you can’t wash it and you have sanitizer, use the sanitizers, because .if your hands are contaminated and you touch fruits, vegetables, or eat, you will become exposed to the disease,” she advised.Other ways of preventing cholera include ensuring that water is treated before drinking, washing fruits and vegetables before consumption and using treated water in preparing food and making ice.Dr. Campbell-Forrester is also encouraging individuals to treat water properly before consumption, for example by boiling the water.“You don’t just let it boil and take it off; you leave it for five minutes, until most of the bacteria would have been killed,” she said. The use of bleach is another measure that can be used.Dr. Campbell-Forrester stated that, despite not having any confirmation of cholera in Jamaica, the health sector continues to take appropriate precautions to ensure that they are in a position to respond decisively to any eventuality.She said that children and the elderly are particularly susceptible to diseases. To this end, the Ministry of Health is advising that special precautions be taken to protect them, as well as those living with HIV/AIDS and cancer.Other tips to help prevent Cholera are: practicing good hygiene and keep your surroundings clean; keeping garbage covered; keeping foods covered and safe from flies; washing all fruits and vegetables in treated water before eating them; using a toilet to dispose of faeces and urine; and not allowing body waste to seep into streams, rivers or water sources.About 75 per cent of people infected with vibrio cholera do not develop symptoms, although the bacteria are present in their faeces for 7 to 14 days after infection, and are shed back into the environment, potentially infecting others. Among people who develop symptoms, 80 per cent have mild or moderate symptoms, while around 20 per cent develop acute watery diarrhea, with severe dehydration.Cholera affects both children and adults and can kill within hours, but up to 80 per cent of cases can be successfully treated with oral rehydration salts. Effective control measures rely on prevention, preparedness and response. Advertisements RelatedMoH taking necessary anti-cholera precautionscenter_img RelatedMoH taking necessary anti-cholera precautions RelatedMoH taking necessary anti-cholera precautionslast_img read more

Online Tool Developed to Deepen Tourism Linkages

first_imgOnline Tool Developed to Deepen Tourism Linkages TourismJuly 3, 2013Written by: Alecia Smith-Edwards RelatedJamaica Welcomes 130 Passengers on New Flight from Canada Advertisements RelatedJamaica Encouraged to Develop Health Tourism Industrycenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail As part of the Government’s efforts to deepen the linkages between the tourism industry and the rest of the economy, an online tool has been developed for use by suppliers and buyers.Making the announcement during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, July 2, portfolio Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, said the programme provides a common area for buyers to identify needs and suppliers to meet those needs.“This tool is supported by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC), the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) and the EXIM Bank, and is plugged into databases operated by these agencies,” Dr. McNeill said.The Minister noted that the online tool was developed as a result of the deliberations of the Tourism Linkages Task Force, and out of which it was also determined that a Tourism Linkages Hub be established at the Tourism Ministry to drive the linkages initiative.“Already, reports of positive benefits are coming in from the manufacturing sector. Just a day or two ago one manufacturer credited the Hub initiative with his success in landing an order from a large hotel operator. Additionally, discussions are in an advanced stage for the supply of furniture to a major hotel chain,” the Minister said.Also coming out of the task force meetings, the EXIM Bank is creating a facility for receivables financing for suppliers who provide goods and services to the hotel sector, he further noted.“This will be enormously useful in reducing cost and keeping valuable capital in the suppliers’ hands, without a protracted wait for payment,” Dr. McNeill informed.Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwards RelatedMajor Tourism Projects to be Announced in Sectoral Debatelast_img read more

Krueger Wins Recount by 23 Votes

first_imgAlmost three weeks after the June 5 primary elections, Flathead County voters now know who will represent the Republican Party in the race for the Flathead County Commission District 3 seat. A recount conducted on June 25 showed that Gary Krueger bested fellow GOP candidate Gerald “Jay” Scott, 3,662 to 3,639. The 23-vote difference is seven votes off from the initial count; before Scott requested the recount, Krueger had 3,665 and Scott had 3,635. Krueger will move on to face Democrat candidate Clara Mears-LaChapelle, who ran unopposed in the primary elections. “It’s really nice to be on top and be able to plan on moving on for the November election,” Krueger said the afternoon of the recount. “It’s time to say thank you to all my supporters and contributors and the voters and the people who allowed us to have signs on their property. Name recognition is very important in these types of races.”“And thanks to Jay for a good campaign,” Krueger added.The District 3 seat represents the western part of the county. Commissioner Dale Lauman currently holds the seat, but is not seeking re-election. Five GOP candidates ran for the seat in the primaries, and voters cast a total of 15,078 ballots in the race.According to officials from the Flathead County Elections Department, the recount signals the end of a long primary election season, though they will begin gearing up for the general election soon.Krueger said he would maintain a strong presence in the community throughout the summer, including appearances in upcoming parades and at the fair. “I feel that the best thing I can go out to the public,” he said. Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more