Govt Pursuing Private Partnerships for Development of Health Sector

first_imgGovt Pursuing Private Partnerships for Development of Health Sector Health & WellnessJanuary 30, 2013Written by: Alphea Saunders RelatedGovt Pursuing Private Partnerships for Development of Health Sector Story HighlightsMinister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson has indicated that the Government will be pursuing Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) for the development of the health sector.Dr. Ferguson, who was speaking at Tuesday’s (January 29) press launch of Heart Month 2013 at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston, said the arrangement is ideal, as it will facilitate private investments and allow the Government optimal use of its fiscal space.“We have had to get creative in our response to finance our growing health care needs. We realise that Government cannot continue to provide all the start-up financing required to update and modernise our health infrastructure and delivery systems,” he stated. RelatedGovt Pursuing Private Partnerships for Development of Health Sector FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail center_img RelatedGovt Pursuing Private Partnerships for Development of Health Sector Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson has indicated that the Government will be pursuing Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) for the development of the health sector.Dr. Ferguson, who was speaking at Tuesday’s (January 29) press launch of Heart Month 2013 at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston, said the arrangement is ideal, as it will facilitate private investments and allow the Government optimal use of its fiscal space.“We have had to get creative in our response to finance our growing health care needs. We realise that Government cannot continue to provide all the start-up financing required to update and modernise our health infrastructure and delivery systems,” he stated.He noted that in the past, the Ministry has had some partnership arrangements outside of a prescribed policy guideline, but said that a national policy framework for public private partnerships, developed by the Development Bank of Jamaica, was recently passed in Parliament.“Within this policy framework, the Ministry will enter into further PPP arrangements, taking account of the requirement specifics of health and healthcare,” he stated.According to Dr. Ferguson, having a structured PPP policy guideline provides for streamlining of PPP arrangements, improved transparency and broadening of access. The policy will also allow the Government to cut costs, reduce risks, and increase coverage levels, output quality, and efficiency.He said that while almost all areas of the public health system can benefit from PPPs, the Government would seek to promote some areas based on strategic and policy direction.These areas include: technologically intense services such as cancer treatment and dialysis; infrastructure development; health information management systems; pharmacy services; diagnostic services; health promotion interventions; non-clinical support services; training and research.Turning to other matters, the Minister told the gathering that the Government has been fine-tuning a gift policy designed to rationalise and streamline donations to the public health sector.Additionally, he informed, the Ministry is in the process of finalising the national strategic plan on non-communicable disease in the first quarter of the new fiscal year; establish a disease registry beginning with a cancer, hypertension and diabetes registry, and giving additional support to the renal registry.Heart Month 2013 is being observed under the theme: ‘Risks for Heart Disease: Does Sex Matter?’The Heart Foundation of Jamaica has organised a month of awareness and educational activities up to February 28, which includes an outside broadcast on Friday, February 1 at the Foundation’s Beechwood Avenue headquarters in Kingston; and a thanksgiving church service on February 3, at the Providence Methodist Church.There will also be a screening at the Duhaney Park Health Centre in Kingston on February 4; a media appreciation day at the Foundation; and plaza promotions and broadcasts on Friday, February 8, at the Sovereign Centre, Liguanea Lane Plaza, Boulevard Shopping Centre, Michi Shopping Centre; Tropical Plaza, Portmore Mall, and Spanish Town Shopping Centre.There will also be screenings in rural towns such as Brown’s Town and St. Ann’s Bay, St. Ann; Montego Bay, St. James; Lionel Town and Kellits in Clarendon; Porus in Manchester; Bellefield in St. Elizabeth and Lyssons in St. Thomas.Some 83,000 Jamaicans used the services of the Heart Foundation in 2011.The launch also saw presentations by Consultant Cardiologist, Dr. Marilyn Lawrence Wright on ‘Gender and cardiovascular disease’; and on the ‘role of the Heart Foundation in preventing cardiovascular disease’, by Executive Director of the Foundation and Vice President of the World Heart Federation, Deborah Chen. Advertisementslast_img read more

Principals, Guidance Counsellors to be Trained in Restorative Justice

first_imgPhoto: JIS PhotographerMinister of Justice, Senator Mark Golding speaking during the sitting of the Senate on Friday, February 21, as he gave an update on the Restorative Justice Programme. RelatedSixty Community Facilitators Trained in Restorative Justice RelatedFull Implementation of Criminal Case Management Must Be Achieved – Chief Justice Principals, Guidance Counsellors to be Trained in Restorative Justice JusticeFebruary 24, 2014Written by: Latonya Linton FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Principals, Guidance Counsellors to be Trained in Restorative JusticeJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlaycenter_img Principals and guidance counsellors from 95 schools across the island are to benefit from training in restorative justice over two days next month.The Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Education are collaborating in the initiative, which is aimed at applying the restorative justice principles in reducing conflict among students. The training will be held from March 4 to 5.“Restorative practices are an approach that has been used successfully in the education systems of other countries to proactively build positive school communities and reduce discipline referrals, suspensions and expulsions in school,” said Justice Minister, Hon. Mark Golding.He was speaking during the sitting of the Senate on Friday, February 21, as he gave an update on the Restorative Justice Programme.The Restorative Justice Policy was approved by Cabinet in 2013, and the programme has been implemented in 11 communities across Jamaica.These are: Tower Hill, Nannyville Gardens, Trench Town, and August Town in Kingston and St. Andrew; Granville in St. James; Effortsville and Canaan Heights in Clarendon; Homestead, March Pen and Ellerslie Pen in St. Catherine; and Russia in Westmoreland.“The programme has also established seven Restorative Justice Centres, which are servicing these volatile communities. We intend to open another centre to serve West Kingston,” Mr. Golding said.The Justice Minister also informed that at the national level, a total of 965 personnel from the Justice and National Security Ministries, Jamaica Constabulary Force and other stakeholder agencies, have benefitted from workshops.Since April 2013, the Restorative Justice Unit in the Ministry has been taking cases arising from disputes in communities.“To date, the Restorative Justice Unit has received 46 cases, many of which have been successfully resolved while others have entered the formal justice system,” Mr. Golding informed.He said that the unit also refers cases to the appropriate authorities in the Government services such as the Legal Aid Clinic, the National Land Agency and the police.Restorative Justice is a process whereby all the parties with a stake in a particular offence come together to resolve collectively, how to deal with the aftermath of the offence. It is a different way of thinking about crime and conflict.It focuses on holding the offender accountable in a more meaningful way. It repairs the harm caused by the offence, helps to reintegrate the offender into the community and helps to achieve a sense of healing for both the victim and the community. Story HighlightsPrincipals and guidance counsellors from 95 schools across the island are to benefit from training in restorative justice.The aim is to apply the restorative justice principles to reduce conflict among studentsThe Restorative Justice Policy was approved by Cabinet in 2013, and the programme has been implemented in 11 communities across Jamaica. RelatedJamaicans Urged To Fight Against Human Trafficking Advertisementslast_img read more

Simon’s rent collection inches up in Q2 while profits plummet

first_img This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now Simon Property Group’s David Simon (Getty, iStock)Across Simon Property’s portfolio of more than 200 U.S. malls, the company lost 10,500 shopping days from April through June.Rent collection, unsurprisingly, plummeted during that period. And so did net income, falling by nearly half, to $254.2 million from $495.3 million over the same period in 2019. Revenue fell nearly 25%, to $1.06 billion from $1.4 billion last year.Those were some of the grim numbers Simon released at Monday’s second quarter earnings call.CEO David Simon said the country’s largest mall operator has offered its struggling retail tenants rent relief during the pandemic, which has accounted for the revenue drop.“It’s a lot of judgement calls, it’s all about the relationship,” he said during the call. “We went out of our way universally to abate all local entrepreneurs and businesses.” Simon would not provide details about which retailers were granted relief. He added that the company has not “given up on Q2 collections.”Simon Property collected 51 percent of its rent from tenants in April and May, and 69 percent in June. The company also released July numbers, which were up: It collected 73 percent of rent owed last month. Those figures do not include rent abatements that the company granted. The company’s occupancy rate was down slightly across its portfolio, to 92.9 percent, from 94.4 percent year-over-year. Base minimum rent per square foot was up nearly 3 percent, to $56.02.Those improving rent collection numbers are in line with a recent report from Datex Property Solutions, which found major retail chains paid 80 percent of their July rent, by far the highest amount in months. Simon’s tenants include smaller brands as well.Simon is one of many landlords that has been aggressive in collecting rent amid the pandemic. The REIT has filed several lawsuits against major retailers to demand unpaid. On Thursday, it again sued its largest retail tenant, The Gap, for $107 million in skipped rent. Simon charged the retailer was “taking opportunistic advantage” of the shutdown by refusing to pay rent across its more than 2,000 stores.Simon is finding its own opportunities during the pandemic. As part of a partnership with Authentic Brands Group, it is poised to acquire Brooks Brothers out of bankruptcy.“We have a track record on capitalizing on various value-creating opportunities,” David Simon said during the call. The same day, a Wall Street Journal report revealed Simon Property is in talks with Amazon to turn its struggling anchor stores into distribution hubs. David Simon would not comment on the report, but called those kinds of distribution and fulfilment centers “a good trend long-term for us.”Contact Sasha Jones at [email protected] moreBarry Sternlicht on 1031s: Kill themHudson Pacific is effusive about Blackstone deal, defensive about office space“Headwind to profitability”: Amazon doubles down on fulfillment centerslast_img read more

Sander Sagosen on THW Kiel target!

first_imgEGYPT 2021: Marzo and Sagosen lead TOP scorers’ list Related Items:Sander Sagosen ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsThe HP World Handball Player 2018, Sander Sagosen is on target of the most succesful German team THW Kiel, writes Kieler Nachrichten.The “Zebras” want to come back to the TOP of European handball, but at this moment, there is no quality and energy in the squad which will be lead by Filip Jicha from the next summer, when Alfred Gislason leaves the club after 11 years.The 24-years old Norwegian superstar has valid contract with PSG Handball until 2020.NBSC World Handball Player 2018 – Sander Sagosen Recommended for you Click to comment Sander Sagosen is HP World Handball Player 2020 powered by NBSC ShareTweetShareShareEmail WORLD HANDBALL LEFT BACK 2020? Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Ireland: Providence decides on Druid well rig

first_imgIreland-based oil and gas exploration company Providence Resources is finalizing an agreement for the provision of a drilling rig to be used for drilling the Druid prospect, offshore Ireland. The company issued a tender for a rig contract for the Druid exploration well, in Frontier Exploration Licence (FEL) 2/14 in the southern Porcupine Basin, in September this year.FEL 2/14 is located c. 220 km off the south-west coast of Ireland and is situated in c. 2,250 meter water depth. The license is operated by Providence, with 80% stake, on behalf of its partner Sosina Exploration Limited, that holds the remaining 20% stake, and contains the Paleocene Druid and Lower Cretaceous Drombeg exploration prospects.As part of the ongoing operational build-up to the drilling of the exploration well on the Druid prospect in 2017, the company said on Tuesday it recently completed an evaluation of available and capable deep-water drilling units through a rig tender process.This process identified a number of suitable units and, according to EU procurement rules, the company has now issued a letter of intent to a contender for the provision of these services. Providence said that the parties will now proceed to finalize a contract over the coming weeks. The spud date is set for June 2017.Tony O’Reilly, Chief Executive of Providence Resources said: “This is another key milestone for our planned drilling at Druid, further demonstrating the progress that we are making in pursuing the continued development of our significant portfolio offshore Ireland.”last_img read more

OPINION: Pandemic is a warning we should respect nature

first_imgNature is saying something to us, and we have to listen. We take and take from her daily without considering the consequences it leaves on our planet. We forget that we are on borrowed time while she remains for future generations. Now, she is reminding us who is in charge. We have seen a lot of battles between people, whether it is political warfare, fighting for land, natural resources, a share of the economy, technology or science, and much of it has come at the expense of mother nature. We tend to forget, as much as we want to progress as humans, we still have a role to play in acknowledging nature’s existence, by living in a sustainable way. She warned us with climate change, she warned us with the water crisis, and she is warning us with this virus. We have seen the world come to a standstill due to the Covid-19 pandemic. And now, it’s in our backyard. Two weeks ago President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a national 21-day lockdown. As much as it has had a bad impact on many businesses, the lockdown is necessary for our health and survival. We have to put our differences aside and work together. It aches to see our lives disrupted, however, for us to get back to our normal routines, we have to adhere to the rules. And for now, it means staying at home. We were able to unite and each play our part through the water crisis. We can fight through this pandemic too. Our doctors, nurses, petrol attendants, supermarket workers, officials, journalists and other essential workers are out there, risking their lives, to provide us with services.We owe them a great deal of gratitude. It was sad to see looting of shops at some malls. Even if people were stealing much needed food, it is wrong and also not worth being caught and spending years in prison for it.As sports enthusiasts, we are sad to see sports, including the Tokyo Olympics, major rugby and football events, the Bayhill under-19 Premier Cup tournament and many other events postponed, but, we need to have patience to get through this pandemic. Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in isolation. When he came out, with the help of many of our struggle leaders, they were able to give us hope, hope for a country that we can call home. We are not perfect, but for a better tomorrow, the message is simple, let us play our part for our unborn generations. Look after our earth. Look after our brothers and sisters. Look after each other. Together we can. Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika.last_img read more