first_imgSaturday 25 October 2014 4:22 am whatsapp Glasgow Rangers’ share price tumbled this afternoon on the news that director Philip Nash quit, three weeks after Mike Ashley called for his removal.  Nash, who had prior stints as finance chief of both Liverpool and Arsenal, was brought in at the start of the year to help improve the club’s standing after it had suffered a period of money troubles.  Rangers entered administration in February 2012 before going into liquidation later that year, resurfacing in the third division of the Scottish League. Ashley, who is also the founder of Sports Direct and owner of Newcastle United, bumped up his existing holding to 8.29 per cent stake in early October, simultaneously calling for the heads of Nash and chief executive Graham Wallace. The board said at the time it was “united in its support of the executive team”.  In its announcement today, it said Nash had resigned with immediate effect, adding:  The board would like to thank Mr Nash for his significant contribution to the company during what has been a particularly challenging period. Rangers, which is registered as Rangers International Football Club, saw its share price fall 2.4 per cent today.   whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Catherine Neilan Share Rangers’ finance chief Philip Nash resigns after Mike Ashley oust threat More From Our Partners Supermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.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.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com Tags: Mike Ashley Peoplelast_img read more

first_img What’s included? Tags patientsSTAT+ Log In | Learn More Business What is it? How can Atul Gawande help reinvent health care with his new company? These people have some ideas By Justin Chen June 21, 2018 Reprints 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. 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. Unlock this article — plus daily market-moving biopharma analysis — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Dr. Atul Gawande is set to become the chief executive of a new health care company being formed by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase.The company, which has yet to be named, is being launched with lofty ambitions: to find innovative ways to improve health care for employees of the three companies. But its founders have hinted that company-wide solutions could help find solutions to problems across the entire U.S. health system. GET STARTED Hyacinth Empinado/STATlast_img read more

first_imgFORT MYERS, Fla. — Red Tide continues to linger in Southwest Florida.“Typically, we see red tide in the fall and it usually dissipates by November, December, January,” Calusa Waterkeeper John Cassani said. “But here we are, May, it’s still around. We’re hoping this isn’t the new normal.”Right now, the red tide levels are high enough to cause these fish kills. Adding to the problems, blue-green algae is popping up in Florida waters too. 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 Cape Coral allowed to spend $1M to prevent blue-green algae in canals June 11, 2021 Toxic algae decomposes in Matlacha causing awful stench and fish kills June 16, 2021 Advertisement Advertisement“It’s the storm water runoff from the rain that brings the nutrients that feeds the red tide and the back bays and the near shore areas,” Cassani said. The algae is toxic enough to make people and wildlife sick. Experts say this could be a problem for us.“Everyone’s just kind of holding their breath saying Oh my god, I hope this doesn’t become the Mega Bloom,” Cassani said. The Pros and Cons of Refinancing Student Loan Debt Blue-green algae advisories removed from Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve June 15, 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 AdvertisementTags: blue green algaered tide By Laurel Road for Doctors Anti-blue-green algae technology coming to Cape Coral canals June 15, 2021 The world of student loan debt can be confusing. Here’s your guide for managing medical student loans. With red tide to the west and blue-green algae to the east, experts say things aren’t looking good for our waters. There are ways to slow and eventually stop the damage.The Army Corps of Engineers is monitoring algae levels on our shores. If the levels get too high, they said they’ll adjust the amount of water they release from the lake. They hope things stay on the dry side as they release water into the Caloosahatchee River.“We’re looking at a little bit of a drier time frame and we’re hoping for the lake specifically  that the dry season holds on a little bit longer,” Colonel Andrew Kelly said.Experts said steps must be taken to reduce both kinds of algae before the two forces collide in our waters. Sponsored Content RELATEDTOPICS Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img Community Home News Calls for schools to ‘open on Saturdays’ to make up for snow… News Previous articleIn Pictures: Laois students display their projects at the Enterprise AwardsNext article€10,000 prize goes to O’Dempsey’s as first Laois €130 ticket draw is held Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Saturday school A director of the National Parents’ Council has suggested that schools who were forced to close due to snow last week could ‘open on Saturday’s’ to make up for lost days.Sean O’Riordan said “there’s no reason” why time missed couldn’t be made up on Saturdays.Responding to the worries of parents with children doing the Leaving Cert and Junior Cert, Mr O’Riordan said he thought the measure could work “particularly for the exam students”.He told Patricia Messenger on C103’s Cork Today Show: “Because of the time, that they’re caught between now and the exam date is set in stone – and I presume they’re not going to move that out what I would say is there’s no reason why this couldn’t be made up on a Saturday or two.“Particularly for the exam students.“I presume now that’ll upset some people but I’m sure if they could cut the holiday period if they had more advance notice of it, they probably would have done it around the Easter-time but this all came together.”He added: “They don’t have time to change it because I presume plans are made everywhere … it would be interesting to know whether a lot of parents that have students doing particularly the Leaving Cert or the Junior Cert, have they actually made holiday plans for Easter?“If the student can have a routine for learning and stick to it, in some schools they open them up on a Saturday and a Sunday for a bit of study time. Which in other words, it gets them in a routine.”Most schools in Laois were closed for three days last week and they previously lost two days because of Hurricane Ophelia.Yesterday, the INTO hit out at any suggestion that the Easter Holiday break would be shortened to make up for days lost from the snow.Speaking to Independent.ie, the INTO’s Assistant General Secretary Peter Mullan said that at such a short proximity it would be “very unfair to make sudden changes”.Last week, the same paper reported that the closures could affect the Easter holidays, or any mini-breaks that a school had planned to take in coming months.SEE ALSO – Teachers’ Union say it would be ‘very unfair’ to shorten Easter Holidays Pinterest Rugby Twitter Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining By Alan Hartnett – 7th March 2018 Council Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Calls for schools to ‘open on Saturdays’ to make up for snow days TAGSSchools Facebook Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgUpdate on UQ COVID-19 vaccine The University of Queensland and CSL today announce that the Phase 1 trial of the UQ-CSL v451 COVID-19 vaccine has shown that it elicits a robust response towards the virus and has a strong safety profile. There were no serious adverse events or safety concerns reported in the 216 trial participants. However, following consultation with the Australian Government, CSL will not progress the vaccine candidate to Phase 2/3 clinical trials.The University of Queensland commenced a Phase 1 trial of their COVID-19 vaccine candidate – v451 – in July 2020, to assess safety and immunogenicity in healthy volunteers. CSL was working towards taking responsibility for the Phase 2/3 clinical trial and large-scale manufacture of the vaccine, upon completion of successful trials.The Phase 1 data also showed the generation of antibodies directed towards fragments of a protein (gp41), which is a component used to stablise the vaccine. Trial participants were fully informed of the possibility of a partial immune response to this component, but it was unexpected that the levels induced would interfere with certain HIV tests.There is no possibility the vaccine causes infection, and routine follow up tests confirmed there is no HIV virus present.With advice from experts, CSL and UQ have worked through the implications that this issue presents to rolling out the vaccine into broad populations. It is generally agreed that significant changes would need to be made to well-established HIV testing procedures in the healthcare setting to accommodate rollout of this vaccine. Therefore, CSL and the Australian Government have agreed vaccine development will not proceed to Phase 2/3 trials.The Phase 1 trial will continue, where further analysis of the data will show how long the antibodies persist, with studies so far showing that levels are already falling. The University of Queensland plans to submit the full data for peer review publication.UQ Vice-Chancellor, Professor Deborah Terry, said while the outcome was disappointing, she was immensely proud of the UQ team who had shouldered a heavy burden of responsibility while the world watched on. “I also want to thank our many partners, our donors – including the Federal and Queensland Government – and of course the 216 Queenslanders who so willingly volunteered for the Phase 1 trials.”UQ vaccine co-lead, Professor Paul Young, said that although it was possible to re-engineer the vaccine, the team did not have the luxury of time needed. “Doing so would set back development by another 12 or so months, and while this is a tough decision to take, the urgent need for a vaccine has to be everyone’s priority.”“I said at the start of vaccine development that there were no guarantees, but what is really encouraging is that the core technology approach we used has passed the major clinical test. It is a safe and well-tolerated vaccine, producing the strong virus-neutralising effect that we were hoping to see. So we will continue to push forward and we are confident that with further work the Molecular Clamp technology will be a robust platform for future vaccine development here in Australia and to meet future biosecurity needs.Dr Andrew Nash, Chief Scientific Officer for CSL said this outcome highlights the risk of failure associated with early vaccine development, and the rigorous assessment involved in making decisions as to what discoveries advance.“This project has only been made possible by the innovative science developed by world-class scientists at The University of Queensland and the strong collaboration between our organisations, and many others, over the past 10 months. CSL and Seqirus are committed to continuing our work to protect the Australian population against COVID-19. Manufacture of approximately 30 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine candidate is underway, with first doses planned for release to Australia early next year. In addition, CSL has agreed at the request of the Australian Government to manufacture an additional 20 million doses.”UQ and CSL acknowledge the support of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) in partnering to enable the rapid development of the vaccine candidate through clinical trials. /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. 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first_imgProgressing Analysis Function Diversity & Inclusion Strategy The Analysis Function Diversity & Inclusion Strategy is supported by the D&I working group, which is made up of three elements or strands. Each strand supports one of the strategic aims outlined in the Analysis Function D&I Strategy;Attract – focus on recruitment and attracting a diverse range of candidates to careers in government analysis. This includes developing a school and university outreach approach, as well as consideration of recruitment diversity data to better understand success rates of candidates from different demographics at each stage of the process.Build – focus on creating additional development opportunities for members of the function un under-represented groups, organising a series of talks with senior analysts across government and looking to improve opportunity sharing across profession and departmental boundaries.Create – focus is to champion a more inclusive approach and practices across the function. The group seeks to capture different perspectives, identify and share best practice and encourage all analysts to create a welcoming culture in which everyone has the opportunity to thrive.Each month we’ll be updating this page, and the AF Newsletter with interesting nuggets and highlighting news from the Create group.The Create team champion best practice from across government and beyond to demonstrate that creating analytical teams that are both diverse and inclusive is not only right but also more effective. By regularly sharing best practice, the group aims to help you consider how to improve equality and inclusion in your teams and will begin to normalise what is currently the exceptional.By nurturing differing perspectives, the group hope to encourage analysts to take credit for their hard work and feel supported to bring their diverse experiences to the table in order to improve analytical outputs across government.If you would like to join the working group, tell us about best practice within your teams and departments or subscribe to the AF monthly Newsletter, please email us at  /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:culture, diversity, email, Government, school, UK, UK Government, universitylast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisementRaise a Glass to Harvest at More Than 50 Winery Events Around the StateSAN FRANCISCO —September marks the 13th annual California Wine Month, and it’s the perfect time to experience the annual harvest season. Wine enthusiasts can enjoy special tastings, festivals, concerts, wine and food offerings and more at wineries and other venues throughout the state.Vines have been grown in California for nearly 250 years, and the state is the fourth largest producer of wine in the world. California Wine Month was created to honor the culture of tradition and innovation built by the state’s 4,700 vintners and 5,900 growers and to recognize wine’s many contributions to the state and nation.California is the most visited state in the U.S. for food and wine-related activities, with 24 million visits to the state’s wine regions each year. California wineries offer a vast array of activities and amenities such as music, art, theater and gardens as well as hands-on visitor experiences.Visit discovercaliforniawines.com/californiawinemonth to view a full list of events by date and get a copy of this year’s “2017 California Wine Month Facts at a Glance” poster. Or, download a map of California wine regions and the 138 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) here. Event highlights include:North CoastCelebrate Sept. 1-3 with Sonoma Wine Country Weekend at Sonoma State University where top winemakers, growers and chefs will come together to celebrate the region’s finest wine and food. Stay in Sonoma for the Sonoma Valley Crush which offers hands-on harvest experiences at 12 boutique wineries Sept. 8-10.Winesong, now in its 33rd year on Sept. 8-9, invites attendees to stroll through the lush Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens while enjoying vintages poured by wineries from Mendocino, Sonoma, Napa, and beyond. The wine and food tasting is accented by various musical groups performing jazz, classical, blues and more.Voted on as one of the top 10 wine destinations in the world by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, the Calistoga Wine Experience on Sept. 9 in Napa Valley features wines from more than 35 Calistoga wineries and a chance to meet the owners and winemakers, enjoy appetizers and live jazz at a spectacular harvest setting.The Lake County Wine Auction Sept. 16 is a gala evening under the stars at Cache Creek Vineyard and Winery. The evening begins with a tasting of food from a selection of 10 juried purveyors paired with local wines. Guests enjoy a gourmet meal in the farm-to-table spirit as the sun sets, followed by the live auction and dancing, all to benefit the arts and health and community organizationsSan Francisco Bay & Santa Cruz MountainsOn Sept. 3 of Labor Day Weekend, wineries celebrate the exciting crush season at the Livermore Valley Harvest Wine Celebration. Wine lovers have enjoyed this unique event the last 35 years. Later in the month on Sept. 23, Livermore hosts a live auction with prizes ranging from wine to vacations to private dinners and more. The event will benefit underserved children in the East Bay with nutrition, healthcare and education.Also on Sept. 23, the annual Eat Drink Los Gatos features restaurant food booths, live music, and shopping in charming downtown Los Gatos. Sip tastings from dozens of local wineries while touring through downtown Los Gatos enjoying wine and food at local shops and restaurants.Central Coast: Monterey to Santa BarbaraAs the sun sets Sept. 2, the Highway 46 West Harvest Block Party will take place at Dark Star Cellars. This mini wine festival is one of the more popular events on the Central Coast.Enjoy an afternoon at Santa Barbara’s Taste of the Town featuring area wineries and more for the ultimate epicurean adventure in Santa Barbara. The event, which benefits the Arthritis Foundation, will take place on Sept. 10 at Riviera Gardens. Later in the month on Sept. 29, kick off four days of wine and culinary experiences at The Taste of Santa Barbara Wine Country. Attendees can expect to enjoy library wines, fall releases and small bites from local restaurants.Whether you have a grand car to show or just want to stroll through the gold course enjoying the views or tasting the best of Central Coast wines, the Automotive Concourse at Monarch Dunes, on Sept. 24, offers something for everyone. Admission for spectators is free.Inland ValleysThe 80th Annual Lodi Grape Festival celebrates Lodi agriculture while raising funds for community and charitable projects. The event is on Sept. 14-17 and will feature live music, activities for families and kids and a Friday wine tasting with Lodi wines.On Sept. 15, guests 21+ are invited to celebrate Madera Wine Trail’s California Wine Month Celebration. This event will offer wine tasting from local wineries, food by a variety of local restaurants and live music. The Madera Vintners Association will also honor and award partners and associates that have influenced the local wine industry, the MVA and its winery members.Sierra FoothillsLake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival takes place the weekend of Sept. 8. Enjoy three full days of cooking seminars and demonstrations, culinary competitions, wine tastings, a Farm-to-Tahoe dinner, live music, a gourmet marketplace, and more. This is an incredible opportunity to sample the culinary and winemaking talents of regional chefs.In South Lake Tahoe, Sample the Sierra is a unique farm-to-fork festival held on Sept. 16. The festival offers the chance to taste the creations of local Sierra Nevada talent – from food, wine and spirits to fresh produce and art. The event’s Sierra Chefs Challenge features local chefs competing for the coveted Sierra Chef title.Southern CaliforniaAt the Los Angeles Times’ The Taste, wine and food are the stars Sept. 1-3. Celebrate Southern California’s vibrant culinary scene at Paramount Pictures Studios iconic backlot, presenting five events with leading chefs and restaurants in L.A. and tastings. Guests can learn more about wine and food during special seminars and live demos.On Sept 10, enjoy complimentary tastings from more than 25 wineries at VINO-Palooza — a wine & music festival at The Marina Del Rey Hotel, LA.Celebrate California Wine Month Temecula style at CRUSH, a Wine & Culinary Showcase on Sept. 30. This harvest festival features 100-plus wines from more than 30 Temecula Valley wineries, paired with food from local restaurants and farms and live music. Wine lovers can purchase a SIP, Temecula Style passport, which offers savings at up to five of the 19 participating wineries any weekday during the month of September.California Wine Month PartnersCalifornia Wine Month is supported by restaurant, retail, hotel, media and association partners in California and throughout the U.S. including:National/Regional: California Pizza Kitchen, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, PF Chang’s, Safeway and Tavistock RestaurantsCalifornia: 1313 Main, Albertsons, Bistro Boudin, California Restaurant Association, Compline, Dean & Deluca, Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant, Giordano Brothers, Napa Valley Wine Train, Pavilions, San Francisco Wine School, Visit California and VonsNew York/New Jersey: Astor Wine & Spirits, BevMax, Bottle King, Chambers Street Wines, Fairway Market, Flatiron Wine & Spirits, Gary’s Wine & Marketplace, Shop Rite, Verve, Wine AwesomenessVisit www.discovercaliforniawines.com for information on wine regions, wines and winery amenities to plan a trip to California wine country. Established in 1934, Wine Institute is the association of nearly 1,000 California wineries and wine-related businesses with the mission to initiate and advocate state, federal and international public policy to enhance the environment for the responsible production, consumption and enjoyment of wine. See: www.wineinstitute.org.Advertisement Home Industry News Releases Celebrate California Wine Month in SeptemberIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessCelebrate California Wine Month in SeptemberBy Press Release – August 21, 2017 28 0 Twitter Previous articleWine Market Council’s 2017 Rosé Wine Consumer Survey Unveils Motivations and Preferences of Consumers Who Drink RoséNext articleJ. Tech Sales, LLC to become Novozymes Exclusive Distributor in the United States and Canada Press Release Email TAGSCaliforniaWine Institute Facebook Pinterest ReddIt Share Linkedinlast_img read more

first_imgRelatedJamaica Ready for US Billion Dollar BPO Industry FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Jamaicans in the Diaspora have been challenged to exploit the country’s potential for realising a significant share of the US billion dollar Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry. This charge was given at the recent 2nd Annual Awards and Scholarship Gala of the Jamaican American Bar Association, by Senator the Hon. Arthur Williams, Minister with responsibility for Information and the Public Service, at the Sheraton Hotel, Newark, New Jersey. BPO involves US companies utilising the services of a third party in order to perform its back office operations, including payroll administration, customer help desks/call centres, tele-marketing and accounting at a cheaper cost. Speaking on the theme, “Thriving in Difficult Economic Times: …Business, Growth and Investment Opportunities in Jamaica,” the Minister disclosed that the Government intends to unveil a five-point plan, aimed at expanding Jamaica’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT)/BPO sector. “This is with a view to doubling the number of jobs the sector currently provides, as well as enhancing the industry’s global competitiveness. The US$145 million local BPO industry accounts for six per cent of the Caribbean and Latin American market, which is valued US$2.5 billion.” Minister Williams, who represented the Prime Minister at the function, observed that already, the local sector comprises approximately 26 firms and accounts for nearly 11,000 full time jobs, but must attract significant investments in order to remain competitive. “Analysts conservatively estimate that Jamaica’s information and communications technology/Business Process Operations (ICT/BPO) sector must grow at a compounded rate of between 20 and 21 per cent per annum over the next four to five years, in order to remain competitive regionally,” he declared. He explained that BPO has, increasingly, become the best practice for global corporations seeking reduced costs, by focusing on core activities, process and technological improvements, while benefitting from reduced transaction costs and easier markets. The sector ranges from basic sales to more technical support in areas such as health care, finance and logistics management and the Minister, while reinforcing the promotional plug, noted that BPO is big business with global expenditure which totalled US$460 billion in 2007 and is projected to reach US$680 billion at the end of 2011. Senator Williams referenced information from the firm, International Data Corporation (IDC), which suggests that the global market will grow at an annual rate of nine per cent, and reach approximately US$1 trillion within three years. “Against this background, increased investments in the local ICT sector will be a top priority of the administration over the next 12 to 18 months. In this regard, the government’s main investment promotion agency, JAMPRO (Jamaica Promotions Corporation), will mobilise its resources to attract more ICT entrepreneurs and corporations to invest in Jamaica,” he said. He also emphasised that the Government’s position was that the local ICT/BPO sector presented the greatest opportunity to create jobs in the shortest possible time: jobs which will, in turn, increase the multiplier effect in the economy.                                               He disclosed that the Government’s five-point plan to drive expansion of the sector, will “focus on: market/client segmentation and targeting; infrastructure build out; a policy and legislative framework to stimulate and protect the industry; a cost effective approach to addressing training needs for the industry; and financing to support ICT activity.” With respect to the country’s ability to facilitate business as documented in the World Bank’s 2010 Ease of Doing Business Report, and the recent Global Competitiveness report for 2011 to 2012, the Minister pointed to the introduction of “comprehensive reform of the tax system aimed at reducing distortions, removing inefficiencies and stimulating growth”. “The reform, which was set out in the Green Paper tabled in Parliament earlier this year, will simplify the tax system, widen the tax base and improve equity, mainly through the rationalisation of tax waivers, exemptions and incentives,” he pointed out. He said that in addition, far-reaching economic reforms have been set in progress with “exceptional levels” of support from our multilateral partners, and designed to provide a foundation for lasting growth. The government’s growth and development strategy, he said, was geared to encouraging investments of all types and sizes. “We want to see the big investments, for they can have a big impact with a multiplier effect stimulating other investments. There are investments to be undertaken in manufacturing, logistics, telecommunications, shipping, tourism, entertainment, sports, energy and agriculture,” he stated. He also emphasised that of equal importance were small and medium size investments, which require less capital, but create more jobs and can penetrate the entire island. “It is time for Jamaican’s in the Diaspora to engage your friends, relatives and associates in the formation of strategic alliances and partnerships in viable projects back home,” the Minister pleaded. 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first_img By News Highland – December 28, 2009 Water supplies to a number of areas in the North West have been significantly affected by freezing temperatures.Both Donegal County Council and Northern Ireland Water say sub-zero temperatures have led to bursts occurring on watermain network and in customers’ homes. They’re urging customers to check any vacant or isolated properties for leaks, saying there’s been a big increase in calls from householders suffering from burst pipes because of the freezing weather.The NI Water spokesperson added that some customers are running taps in the belief that this will prevent freezing, and urged them not to do so, a point echoed in Donegal.Meanwhile, Donegal County Council is continuing to monitor pipes in the county – Any problems should be reported on the council’s emergency line at 074 91 72399. Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebookcenter_img Keyholders urged to check unoccupied premises for water problems Pinterest Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ Twitter Previous articleThaw sets in after “White Christmas” in DonegalNext articleMajor road problems as melting snow refreezes News Highland WhatsApp News Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

first_img By Alex Lennane 11/07/2017 Read more… © Ginasanders center_img Carriers – both air and sea – are attracted by the high yields that come with the transportation of pharmaceuticals.Airlines have taken the highest-value shipments and are swiftly ensuring that staff and handlers are well trained. CEIV and GDP are becoming ever more important to prove that transport quality is high. And customer expectations are growing – there can be no airport “black hole”, no temperature excursions, no delays. Meanwhile, technology is becoming ever more critical – shipment visibility is key.Maersk has introduced remote container management, which, combined with seamless transport in reefer containers, could eat into airline business. But long periods in transit, plus an insurance cap on high-value shipments will mean air is likely to remain the preferred choice for the high end.But this Loadstar LongRead also examines what is happening in the world of shippers. Disruption has come to pharma companies too: mobile health, apps and new developments from technology companies are starting to disrupt the heavily regulated and slow-to-move pharma business. What will this mean for the logistic industry?last_img read more