Funeral firm Dignity posts rise in revenue amid Covid-19 crisis

first_img UK deaths soared to 663,000 in the period up 25 December 2020 compared to 584,000 in 2019. James Warrington UK deaths soared to 663,000 in the period up 25 December 2020 compared to 584,000 in 2019. Also Read: Funeral firm Dignity posts rise in revenue amid Covid-19 crisis whatsapp Tags: Dignity The London-listed firm booked underlying revenue of £234.5m to 25 September, up four per cent on the same period last year. Show Comments ▼ Dignity conducted 61,700 funerals in the first three quarters of the year, up from 52,100 in 2019. The firm has already completed a restructuring plan that will boost its reported earnings by roughly £10m and has identified annual cost savings of £8m. But following the “terrible impact” of Covid in the second quarter, Dignity said the number of deaths in the third quarter was broadly flat on the previous year. Underlying operating profit for the first nine months of the year slipped eight per cent to £44.2m, reflecting the impact of lockdown restrictions on funerals and the closure of crematoria. Dignity said it was also preparing for the outcome of a market study being carried out by the Competition and Markets Authority, as well upcoming regulation of the pre-paid funeral market by the City watchdog. “Ultimately it will take a combination of the serious pricing and product trials, alongside competitor reactions and the CMA final outcome, to define a strategy that harnesses the full capacity and bandwidth of our business, where we remain determined to grow market share without further dilution for shareholders.”center_img whatsapp Funeral provider Dignity has posted higher revenue in the first nine months of the year following a sharp spike in deaths caused by the outbreak of coronavirus. “We have played a crucial role in the country’s fight against Covid-19, whilst simultaneously challenging ourselves to do things better, collaborate constructively in the CMA’s market investigation, deal with continued fierce competition and finally start the work that will see our long held call for pre-need regulation become a reality,” said executive chairman Clive Whiley. The figures reflected a higher number of deaths across the UK following the outbreak of coronavirus earlier this year. 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The company said it would defer the search for a new chief executive to coincide with the outcomes of both its strategic review and the looming regulation. 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People’s QE makes strange bedfellows: Jeremy Corbyn is not the first to pitch a quantitative easing for people

first_imgFriday 18 September 2015 5:23 am Share Show Comments ▼ Labour’s new hard-left leader Jeremy Corbyn has proposed a range of ideas to transform Britain into an idyllic land of equality, where public sector workers happily whistle while they work and joyous children skip hand-in-hand through rainbows.  Some of these brainwaves have become known as “Corbynomics”, among which is a plan – coined The People’s QE and taken from tax blogger Richard Murphy – for the Bank of England to print money and splash it on infrastructure projects. Murphy explains: “If QE funding was used to fund essential infrastructure improvements across the UK… that could increase employment [and] create new business opportunities”. Sound familiar? Maybe not. But then The Capitalist doubts you’re au fait with the British National Party’s manifesto from back in 2010, which had a section on QE. “We would have employed at least a significant element of the new funding to create capital projects and investment in new infrastructure … which would also have created real jobs.”  Great minds, eh?  People’s QE makes strange bedfellows: Jeremy Corbyn is not the first to pitch a quantitative easing for people whatsapp Express KCS whatsapplast_img read more

Vaccine shortage stalls San Diego’s effort to battle hepatitis A outbreak

first_imgHealthVaccine shortage stalls San Diego’s effort to battle hepatitis A outbreak San Diego County, battling a deadly outbreak of hepatitis A, is postponing an outreach campaign to provide the second of two inoculations against the contagious liver disease until a national shortage of the vaccine is resolved, the county’s chief public health officer said.“Our goal is to get that vaccine in as many arms as possible for that first dose,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, who is leading the fight against an epidemic that has ravaged unsanitary homeless encampments in San Diego County for the past year, sickening 544 people and killing 20 of them as of Nov. 6.Nurses and other county medical workers are fanning out across the most at-risk areas to offer onsite inoculations, and if they run into people who are due for the second shot, they will still give it to them, said Wooten, Public Health Director at the county’s Health and Human Services Agency.advertisement Leave this field empty if you’re human: Single-dose vials of the company’s VAQTA brand vaccine have been on backorder since May and weren’t available until last week, Eisele said. The company expects prefilled syringes to be unavailable until the first quarter of next year, she added.Likewise, GlaxoSmithKline has been struggling to fill orders for its Havrix brand of the vaccine.“It’s unprecedented, and it’s very large what’s happening,” said Robin Gaitens, a spokeswoman for the company. GlaxoSmithKline only recently received a shipment of prefilled syringes and has a “limited supply of vials in stock,” she said.“We will continue to work with CDC, the California Department of Public Health, which is coordinating vaccine orders and distribution on behalf of the counties, and our private customers in California to help address the needs in the state,” Gaitens added.San Diego County’s Wooten said that despite the supply constraints nationwide, the county now has enough vaccine on hand to give the first injection, but not the second, to those most at risk of contracting the virus — namely, the county’s homeless people, illicit drug users and the professionals who provide care to them.The biggest challenge posed by the San Diego outbreak is getting the vaccines to people in the transient homeless population, Wooten said. To help address that, the county has hired about 100 temporary nurses to supplement the public health nursing staff, nurse volunteers from local hospitals, paramedics and homeless outreach workers who are on the front lines of the vaccination effort.The city of San Diego has also been taking actions to curb the spread of the infection. In addition to spraying the streets in infected areas with a bleach solution, it has so far installed 78 hand-washing stations and 16 portable toilets for the homeless. By Stephanie O’Neill — Kaiser Health News Nov. 14, 2017 Reprints The two hepatitis A vaccinations, considered the best way to control the spread of the virus, should be administered six months apart. The first shot is the most important, Wooten said, because it protects people 90 to 95 percent of the time against the virus that causes the disease. The second shot raises the protection level to “close to 100 percent,” she said.So far, 90,735 people have received vaccinations in San Diego County — most of them the first of the two-shot series, according to the county’s health agency.advertisement Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. Nurse Paulina Bobenrieth administers a hepatitis A vaccine to a San Diego resident. Sandy Huffaker for STAT Related: In pain and with nowhere to go, homeless patients find respite in a writing group Trending Now: The deadly nature of the epidemics in San Diego and Michigan worries public health officials the most, said Dr. Noele Nelson, a CDC specialist in hepatitis vaccine research and policy. “The number of deaths in the Michigan and San Diego outbreaks are quite high from what we’ve seen in the past,” she told members of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices at a late-October meeting in Atlanta.Hepatitis A is typically spread through the ingestion of fecal matter from an infected person — even in microscopic amounts. That can happen when people carrying the virus fail to wash their hands after defecating and then contaminate objects, food or water used by others. It can also spread through sexual contact.On Oct. 13, California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in an effort to increase the state’s supply of adult hepatitis A vaccine. The declaration allowed the state “to immediately purchase additional vaccines directly from manufacturers and coordinate distribution to people at greatest risk in affected areas,” the California Department of Public Health said.Before Brown’s emergency declaration, the department had distributed nearly 80,000 doses of the vaccine obtained through a federal vaccine program, but those supplies were insufficient, it said.Merck and GlaxoSmithKline sell the hepatitis A vaccine in pre-filled syringes and less costly single-dose vials.Pamela Eisele, a Merck spokeswoman, said the unexpectedly sharp rise in demand for the vaccine has limited availability of the company’s vaccine this year.center_img The city has also opened a public campsite with tents, sinks and restrooms for up to 200 people in a municipal operations yard downtown, said Katie Keach, spokeswoman for the city.Amy Gonyeau, chief operating officer of the Alpha Project, a homeless outreach organization that is operating the campsite for the city, said 181 people, including 40 children, are living there so far.Whether those efforts are making a dent in the spread of the hepatitis A infection isn’t yet known.“San Diego has reported fewer cases per week over the past two weeks than it reported previously,” the CDC’s Nelson said at last month’s advisory committee meeting in Atlanta. “But it’s too early to say this indicates a downward trend in the overall outbreak.”This story was originally published by Kaiser Health News.  An outbreak waiting to happen: Hepatitis A marches through San Diego’s homeless community Related: Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Privacy Policy The San Diego outbreak, and a number of others in California and across the United States, have generated a spike in demand for hepatitis A vaccine and put a squeeze on supplies, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unexpectedly high demand worldwide has constrained availability outside the U.S. as well, the agency said.Merck & Co. and GlaxoSmithKline, the two companies with approval from the Food and Drug Administration to sell the vaccine in the United States, said they have been hard-pressed to keep up with the demand and are working to boost their production.The effects of hepatitis A can range from mild to fatal. In addition to the deaths in San Diego, an outbreak of the illness in Michigan has sickened 486 people and killed 19, as of last Friday, according to the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services.Los Angeles and Santa Cruz counties are also fighting the illness, and infections linked to California’s outbreaks are spreading to homeless people in Utah and Arizona, and to men engaging in gay sex in Colorado, the CDC said. In New York City, health officials are confronting a smaller outbreak, mostly among gay or bisexual men. Stephanie O’Neill — Kaiser Health News Please enter a valid email address. About the Author Reprintslast_img read more

Do you want to turn your bathroom into a medical lab?

first_img BOSTON — A startup called Confer Health wants to put a medical test lab on your bathroom counter. And a group of venture capital firms have just supplied $9.5 million to help it do that.The question is, do you feel like you need a medical test lab on your bathroom counter, in between the electric toothbrush and the soap dispenser? 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. Business Scott Kirsner — Boston Globe About the Author Reprints GET STARTED What’s included? Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED DAVID L. RYAN/GLOBE STAFFConfer Health’s Nate Hixon worked on a device that will allow consumers to conduct some types of medical tests at home. David L Ryan/Boston Globe What is it? Do you want to turn your bathroom into a medical lab? By Scott Kirsner — Boston Globe April 12, 2018 Reprints Log In | Learn More 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. Tags diagnosticsmedical devicespatientspolicyresearchSTAT+last_img read more

The Heath come away with a gold medal in the All-Ireland final

first_img By LaoisToday Reporter – 24th August 2018 TAGSThe HeathThe Heath rounders Home Sport The Heath come away with a gold medal in the All-Ireland final Sport Community WhatsApp Pinterest Community New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Previous articleLucky Laois winner scoops €50,000 with Prize BondsNext articleEuropean camogie championship winners are visiting Laois this weekend LaoisToday Reporter Facebook Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ The Heath senior rounders teams just fell short of completing an All-Ireland treble last weekend but the mixed team retained their crown with an impressive victory over Glynn/Barntown.Unfortunately for The Heath women Glynn/Barntown just had to much firepower with the bat and sealed their third women’s title in a row.The Heath men fell to an agonizing defeat only losing by one score to Erne Eagles in what was an epic encounter.First up last weekend was the mixed match between The Heath and Glynn/Barntown of Wexford. The Heath were put into bat after the toss and from there on in they dominated this final.After fine fielding from Dylan Whitty from Glynn/Barntown and Rory Treacy of The Heath the score after the 1st innings was 8-2 in favour of The Heath.Dwayne Keane lead the way with the bat and Glynn/Barntown could not cope with The Heath’s exhibition of batting finding spaces all over the fieldDespite the best efforts from Dylan Whitty and Kenny O Reilly they just couldn’t live with the champions.The moment of the game came at the top of the 5th inning where James Kavanagh hit a home run which left Glynn/Barntown with too much to do to pull themselves back into the game.A catch from Aisling Boyle sealed the victory for the players in the black and amber and The Heath mixed team were crowned champions for the 2nd year in a row on a scoreline of 31-18.The Heath players were now in buoyant mood after clinching the first gold of the day but they were to be denied in the next two games.Next up was the turn of The Heath Ladies against Glynn/Barntown of Wexford. This was always going to be a tough assignment for The Heath ladies and that was the case.Despite the best efforts of captain Aoife Boyle with great fielding all game, they were unable to deny Glynn/Barntown winning three in a row. Glynn/Barntown won on a scoreline 15-6The last final of the day was The Heath men against Erne Eagle of Cavan. This game lived up the expectations and will probably go down in history as one of the greatest finals.It was nip and tuck all through the game, there was never daylight between either side at any stage.It came down to the last inning with Erne Eagle needing two to win and The Heath having two out. The pressure was on Hugh Brioday, he held his nerve and got the two scores needed which sparked joyous scenes from the players and spectators from the Cavan side.Erne Eagles won 16-15 in a remarkable encounter.It was not meant to be for The Heath to win all three, but it was a magnificent effort from everyone involved to still bring one gold back to Laois.Many thanks to Jamie Dowling for all his coverage of the Heath rounders teams over the past few months.SEE ALSO – ‘Bidding to create rounders history’ – The Heath get ready for three All Ireland’s Facebook WhatsApp The Heath come away with a gold medal in the All-Ireland final Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Council Twitterlast_img read more

Fascinating stories shared from personal testimonies at The Pantry

first_img GAA Fascinating stories shared from personal testimonies at The Pantry Pinterest The hurling great with seven All-Ireland medals spoke of his discomfort at being on stage, even though he is regularly a Sunday Game panellist on live television. He spoke of allowing the Laois players to think for themselves and quoted hurler Joe Phelan who said at the time ‘let’s reach for the stars’.‘I was gone,’ admitted Kieran Feeney from the stage as he revealed that alcohol and drugs were always his go-to, to get away from connecting to people.First up on the night was student debater Kayleigh McGrath who spoke of not fitting in, being gay and the confusion a teenager feels when they don’t even believe they belong to their own community.Psychotherapist Pam Clinton joked about seeing life as a series of little victories, like remembering to put out the correct bin or getting out the door on time in the morning against the backdrop of nobody being immune from life’s rules. Her speech ended with a deeply personal story about why we shouldn’t sweat the small stuff.Ann Marie Kelly then introduced Sister Helen Hyland, who is no stranger to Portlaoise. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By John Whelan – 29th September 2019 Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results WhatsApp Facebook GAA TAGSAnn Marie KellyCreative IrelandEddie BrennanIf the walls had earsThe Pantry WhatsApp Funded by Creative Ireland, Laois and curated by award winning broadcaster Ann Marie Kelly ‘If the walls had ears’ was set in the walled garden of The Pantry in Portlaoise. The magical garden allowed for a unique setting for stories to be recounted from the heart and to be heard with an open heart.Each contributor had to speak on the theme ‘When you believe…’ when relaying their own personal stories. The fairy lit trees supplied a backdrop of stillness and tranquillity to the stories of drug addiction, anxiety, grief, self-confidence and sexual awakening.‘Life is shit’ and ‘no-one is special’ said Pam Clinton, Psychotherapist; but, ‘life is there for the taking’ said Laois Hurling manager Eddie Brennan and all you need is ‘application and attitude’. Pinterest Home News Community Fascinating stories shared from personal testimonies at The Pantry NewsCommunity Facebook Twitter 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Twitter Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory As a former resident of Presentation Convent on Church Avenue, she was instrumental in the development of St. Francis School in the 1970’s. However, Sr. Helen’s story took us to Belfast where she spoke of a young man’s murder at the hands of Loyalist paramilitaries. Raymond Mooney worked with Sr. Helen in the 1980’s to facilitate prayer groups in the Ardoyne area and she described the circumstances and aftermath of his murder. The walled garden fell into a stunned silence during Helen’s moving retelling of Raymond’s story.Throughout the night, each story was punctuated by the music of Galway singer-songwriter Ultan Conlan, who added good humoured quips and banter with the audience and host. Ultan is just back from Los Angeles where he recorded a soon to be released album of new songs, many of which were previewed on the night. Judging by the audience reaction, we’ll be seeing Ultan back in Laois in the near future.Kieran Feeney ambled on stage with no notes and spoke directly from the heart. He recalled how quickly he was lost to gambling, alcohol and substance abuse as a young man. His personal and personable story reminded the audience that addiction doesn’t just happen to ‘hippies and artists’ and isn’t easily spotted. Kieran’s story of redemption drew one of the biggest responses of the night from those in attendance.When young Laois poet, Glory Anumudu took to the stage, she spoke about how her writing began after an incident of racial prejudice against her cousin, and how it inspired her to focus her anger in a creative way. Glory’s segment was concluded by a reciting of 3 brand new pieces of her work, each of which began with the line ‘When You Believe…’Aran Ni Mhurchu’s resilience and upbeat attitude shone through her speech as she told the audience about life with visual impairment. Her story was one of triumph over adversity and how having a positive outlook on life could overcome the challenge of sight loss.Eddie Brennan, a man who needs no introduction to Laois people after the success of the County’s hurlers in 2019, was invited on stage next by Ann Marie and as one of the key speakers on the night, he didn’t disappoint. He spoke of the importance of instilling pride of place into the Laois team and encouraging them to take ownership of their role on the panel and in the community. He spoke of his own struggles to break through onto the Kilkenny ranks as a younger man, and how concentrating on small improvements as the building blocks to better things is a more productive way of developing.Another highlight of the evening though was Helen O’Dea. A midwife and sexual health educator in Mary I, who regaled the audience with her ‘coming of age’ stories. The crowd doubled over with laughter at her account of her first period and how, what she was led to believe as a child, misinformed her when she was developing into a young woman. She finished her speech with advice for parents of young girls on how to inform them correctly of the changes in their bodies.Last, but not least on the night was teenage student Norbert Jez who bookended the evening with a story of the passing of his father who struggled with alcohol addiction. Norbert opened up about the conflict and confusion he feels with his grief.The mixture of youth and age, gender and sexuality, culture and belief was a breath of fresh air in a world where it has become harder to listen with all the noisy and nosy chatter of social media.You can hear further extracts from the night on The Open Door on Midlands 103FM this Monday evening at 7pm. Part One of the broadcast is available on SoundCloud via this link: ALSO – Need for loo and facilities in Laois villages highlighted Previous articleLaois business awarded with prestigious quality mark for high standardsNext articleRoad safety issues across the county warrant attention John WhelanJohn Whelan has been a journalist, commentator, columnist, political analyst, campaigner, politician and publisher ever since he was 17. Having been Editor of the Leinster Express, Offaly Express and the Leinster Leader he has also contributed extensively on a number of issues to all of the country’s flagship titles and programmes including the Irish Press, The Irish Independent, the Star, the Sunday Independent, the Sunday Business Post, The Sunday Times and Prime Time. He is founder of Communicate Ireland a PR, public affairs, event management and media services company.He is the author of the popular camping blog, Vanhalla – Camper Heaven. GAA last_img read more

CSA sets rules on non-GAAP financial reporting

first_img James Langton Regulators must avert looming irrelevance: IAP Keywords Regulatory reform,  Accounting standards,  DisclosureCompanies Canadian Securities Administrators Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media MFDA seeks to speed up account transfers Following a long-running consultation process, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) have published final rules setting out disclosure requirements for companies that use non-standard accounting measures.The national instrument, which will take effect Aug. 25, sets some ground rules for companies when they use financial metrics that don’t adhere to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Stacked white books on rules and regulations stuartphoto/123RF Facebook LinkedIn Twitter The CSA’s rules are intended to ensure that when companies voluntarily use non-GAAP measures to provide additional insight into their financial results, these disclosures are presented in a way that provides investors with some consistency and transparency.In a notice, the CSA indicates that the final rules are relatively flexible and don’t impose specific limitations, or set industry-specific requirements, on how to calculate non-GAAP measures.Instead, the rules aim to provide “clarity and consistency with respect to an issuer’s disclosure obligations aimed at improving the quality of information provided to investors about such measures,” the regulators said.The CSA acknowledged that some would prefer a more prescriptive approach to non-GAAP disclosure, but that “due to the numerous types of ever-evolving financial measures disclosed across a range of industries, we continue to believe that disclosure requirements are best suited to respond to investor needs for quality information without being overly prescriptive.”In a release, Louis Morisset, chair of the CSA and president and CEO of the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF), said, “This new rule will provide investors with the transparency they have asked for, consistent terminology and a standardized framework.”The new requirements will apply to financial year-ends that fall after Oct. 15 for reporting issuers and after Dec. 31 for non-reporting issuers.The CSA first made proposals in this area back in 2018, and revised those proposals in February 2020 after consultations that included 38 outreach sessions in seven cities.The second set of proposals was also subjected to further consultations and outreach, but most of the changes that resulted were minor, enabling the CSA to finalize the rules.“We believe we struck the right balance in the final rule by adjusting the scope and simplifying the disclosure requirements in response to stakeholder feedback,” Morisset said. OSC seeks market structure expertiselast_img read more

New UK centre of excellence to help improve global food security threatened by climate change

first_imgNew UK centre of excellence to help improve global food security threatened by climate change A new UK centre of excellence is being set up by partners on the Norwich Research Park to improve global food security which is threatened by the effects of climate change.The Norwich Institute for Sustainable Development, launched today will focus on developing solutions to enable farmers all over the world to build resilience to variability in rainfall, periods of drought and more extreme and unpredictable weather events.The Institute is launched with £750,000 of funding from the John Innes Foundation, and marks an important landmark. This is the first formal partnership of the internationally-recognised expertise in plant science from the John Innes Centre and the social sciences from UEA’s School of International Development.The new institute will be based at Norwich Research Park and also involves researchers from the Quadram Institute, Earlham Institute and The Sainsbury Laboratory.Research shows that yields of major staple foods like grains, fruits and vegetables are expected to decrease by between 3% and 10% per degree of warming and with global temperatures soaring year on year, it is hoped the work of the institute can help to mitigate these stark predictions.Communities all over the globe are impacted by food shortages. Food prices are rising, the nutritional quality of the food available is often insufficient, supply chain disruptions and in some cases, conflict, all cause nutritional deficits, and less developed countries often experience more of an impact.Professor Nitya Rao, Director for the new Institute said: “This is the most critical issue facing the world today. If we don’t act now crop yields will continue to reduce and become more unreliable over time.“People in the UK and across the world could soon see everyday foods like bread, cereals and tomatoes becoming more scarce and more expensive. This will affect those who are most vulnerable who may be unable to access adequate, nutritious and affordable food for themselves and their families.“It’s not all bad news though, as researchers have made considerable progress over the last 50 years, with technologies now available for dealing with pests, diseases and water scarcity, alongside attention to what people actually need. So a key focus for us is to change the way we work – to make sure that innovations meet farmers’ needs around the world, supporting farming communities to make agriculture more resilient and supporting the world’s food supply.”The Institute supports continued progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and the UK government’s stated ambition to “leverage wider UK expertise through the UK’s world-leading science, research and development base to tackle global problems”. /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:Agriculture, climate change, conflict, director, drought, Government, John Innes Centre, Professor, research, resilience, security, supply chain, sustainable, UK, UN, vegetableslast_img read more

Holness Says More Space Needed At Tertiary Level

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Minister of Education, Hon. Andrew Holness, has commended Carreras Limited for its commitment to education by providing tertiary scholarships to students for the past 49 years. Speaking at Carreras’ 2011/12 scholarship awards function at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston, Wednesday, October 5, Mr. Holness noted that the company’s “flagship programme” represented part of its commitment to Jamaica, particularly to tertiary education. He noted that, over the past three years, the number of students attaining four or more subjects in the Caribbean Examination Certificate/Caribbean Schools Examination Certificate (CSEC), including Mathematics and/or English, who are capable of matriculating to tertiary institutions, has consistently increased, moving from 14,000 to 17,000 over the period. While noting that this trend is set to continue, he also pointed to the attendant challenges associated with the provision of adequate sixth form spaces to accommodate students. “We have students who are doing well, and we can’t say to them ‘don’t do well’, we want them to do well. But then, we don’t have the places for them at sixth form, and we certainly don’t have the places, or the finances, for them at the tertiary level. So there is a serious problem in the tertiary sector,” Mr. Holness admitted. “I have expressed before, at this platform, at this event, certain policy directions which could alleviate the problem. Education is very close to my heart and it will remain close to my heart,” he added. Over 45 scholarships and bursaries, valued at over $2 million, were presented to students attending the universities, teacher training colleges and community colleges islandwide by Carreras. RelatedHolness Says More Space Needed At Tertiary Level RelatedHolness Says More Space Needed At Tertiary Level Holness Says More Space Needed At Tertiary Level EducationOctober 8, 2011 RelatedHolness Says More Space Needed At Tertiary Level By Douglas Mcintosh, JIS Reporter Advertisementslast_img read more

Aviation leasing rules to return in July

first_imgHomeNewsAviation leasing rules to return in July Jun. 12, 2018 at 3:54 pmNewsAviation leasing rules to return in Julyadmin3 years agodaily pressNewsSanta Monicasanta monica daily presssanta monica newssanta monica airport When the Santa Monica Airport Commission discussed a set of leasing guidelines designed to clarify rules for aviation businesses at Santa Monica airport last week, airport critics and supporters had some common ground: no-one likes the rules.Aviation advocates said the rules discriminate against businesses catering to pilots and violate requirements for maintaining operations at the airport. Airport critics said the rules provide the airport director with too much authority to waive requirements and do too little to increase safety for nearby residents.The new standards include insurance rules, security requirements, application procedures, general operator requirements and specialized rules for individual types of businesses. Commercial service providers such as fixed base operators (FBO), aircraft charter/air taxis, flight training schools, aircraft maintenance and repair stations, self-service fuel pumps, aircraft management services, air transportation arrangers, aircraft sales operators and other aeronautical services would be covered under the rules. The guidelines are an addendum to existing leasing rules and are part of a larger revision to the way leases are handled at the airport.“This is nothing new, this is a further explanation of what is in the Consent Decree,” said Commissioner Lael R Rubin. “For some people seeing the length and breadth of what this document is, it may seem this is something new.”The Consent Decree allows City Hall to close the airport in 2028, shorten the runway and resolved several ongoing legal disputes between the city and the FAA. Under the decree, the City is required to offer aeronautical businesses three-year lease terms and adhere to FAA standards that make the airport available to pilots on reasonable terms. Staff said the new Minimum Standards are in compliance with those rules.Airport director Stelios Makrides said meeting the minimum standards didn’t guarantee a lease would be issued. He said the standards were the first step in a leasing process that would involve the Commission, City Manager and possibly the City Council depending on the terms proposed and kind of business. He said his role was to determine the operational requirements for a business and retaining some flexibility in the applicability of the standards would allow staff to address the unexpected.Commissioner Chris Waller said he wanted staff to pay particular attention to rules governing on-demand flight operations that function like Uber or Bird for aircraft because their ground-based counterparts have shown they will exploit rules, or the lack thereof, to their benefit.“They’ll take any loophole possible,” he said. “They just go for profits and growth and don’t care about the community when they start blowing up.”Staff began discussing the proposals in January of this year by sending notices to stakeholders. They conducted seven meetings in February and asked for all comments to be received by March 9.However, both sides claimed the process moved too quickly and said additional time should be provided for public analysis and comments. The Commission said they would extend the public comment period for two weeks and scheduled a second discussion at their July 23 meeting where the public will have another chance to comment.Members of the public that would like to comment are asked to email [email protected] Staff said comments unrelated to the Minimum Standards will not be discussed during this [email protected] :daily pressNewsSanta Monicasanta monica daily presssanta monica newsshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentLocal entrepreneurs bring the animal doctor to your doorIn praise of beautiful Santa Monica!You Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall10 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson20 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter20 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor20 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press20 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press20 hours agolast_img read more