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first_imgUpgradation of Tezpur mental hospital almost complete: SharmaTezpur (Assam), Jul 10 (PTI) The upgradation ofLokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi Regional Institute of MentalHealth (LGBRIMH) is in full swing and its 336 bedded newhospital building is almost complete, Tezpur Lok Sabha BJP MPR P Sharma said here today.Laying the foundation stone of the Central Library andInformatics Centre building of LGBRIMH, Sharma said the newhospital with all the facilities for treatment of psychiatricdisorders is almost ready to serve the entire Northeastregion.A new academic building, cafeteria, hostels andresidential quarters have already been completed, Sharma said.A modern Central Library and Informatics Centre will be comingup at LGBRIMH.Sharma said the project was sanctioned by the Centreafter the submission of a memorandum to the Prime Minister andUnion Health Minister during the last Parliament session.Highlighting the importance of good mental health,Sharma said there was a need for a specialised centre in theregion.LGBRMH Director Dr Sailen Deuri said the InformaticsCenter will be one of its kind in the region with facilitiesfor teleconferencing, telemedicine and telecommunication.The estimated cost of the project is around Rs 23.43crore and would be completed within a period of two years fromthe date of commencement of construction, Dr Deuri said.A 100-bedded Neurology and Neurosurgery Block as wellas a Sports and Recreational Facility will also be coming upin LGBRIMH in phases for the all-round development of theinstitute, he added. PTI CORR ESBJM JM JMadvertisementlast_img read more

Historic legal ganja tree planted at UWI

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppJamaica, 20 Apr 2015 – THE University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, planted its first legal ganja (marijuana) plant yesterday, symbolising its position as the pioneer in legally cultivating and researching the benefits of the drug in Jamaica.Emotive adjectives coloured the presentations from government and university officials at the function marking the event, at the Agora Gardens, Faculty of Medical Sciences Teaching and Research Complex.Minister of Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining Phillip Paulwell suggested that it was “a wonderful day”, while UWI principal, Professor Archibald McDonald, pronounced it a “historic and amazing day”.“If we can play our cards right, good things can happen for the people of Jamaica,” Minister of Justice, Senator Mark Golding, who piloted the Bill in the Senate decriminalising the drug, commented.Under the provisions of a ministerial order issued by Paulwell recently, under the Dangerous Drugs Act, the UWI, Mona, as well as the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) are now licensed to grow ganja for research purposes.Yesterday’s event was to witness the planting of the first legal ganja plant on the UWI campus.Paulwell explained that he issued the order under Section 7 (d) of the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act, which was passed by Parliament in February.He said that the order was “absolutely critical” if Jamaica is to be cited as the place for medicinal research and development of the product.“We now have an opportunity to catch up (and) I want Jamaica to be the centre of excellence for research in medicinal ganja,” Paulwell said.He stated that the order will also allow the university to contract farming of the weed outside of the Mona campus, but suggested that, when that is done, the university should pay particular attention to the small farmers.He said that the law also allows him to grant authorisation to other bodies. However, he warned those interested in the commercial aspects of the drug to start by looking at their own research and development capabilities, and the opportunities being created at the university for research and development.Professor McDonald, noting that the UWI has recently assumed pole position among tertiary institutions in the Caribbean, thanked the Government and the parliament for making the ganja experiment possible.“Almost two years ago this was the most conservative institution in the Caribbean, and today here we are planting the first legal ganja plant after 102 years,” McDonald said.He said that ganja had been demonised for economic reasons, and alcohol and cigarettes were never so demonised because they originated in the northern countries.“Ganja originated from countries in the south, therefore, it was important that the interests of alcohol and cigarettes were protected,” he said.He said that the UWI will now do the necessary research aimed at providing the scientific basis to show that ganja is a medicine, and is effective against a range of diseases.Senator Golding, meanwhile, reiterated that the interest of the Rastafarian community would be protected.He said that there were three areas to protect their interest: (1) entitlement to certain lands designated for cultivation for sacramental purposes; (2) places of worship to be designated as such for the use of ganja as a sacrament; (3) and events primarily for observing the faith to be exempted from the Act.Golding also said that he will also be setting up an advisory group to give guidance on how the permits are to be issued. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Turks and Caicos another step closer to being newest UWI Open Campus site Turks and Caicos Hosts UWI Open Campus Council Meeting Related Items:dangerous drugs act, ganja, legal, planting, UWI Recommended for you Universities organization formed – French, Spanish, Dutch and English speaking representedlast_img read more

TEF provides additional 350M for Exim Bank Loan Facility

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, September 4, 2017 – Kingston – The Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) has allocated an additional $350 million to the National Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of Jamaica to continue the provision of loans to the operators of small and medium-sized tourism enterprises (SMTEs).The allocation represents the second tranche of the $1-billion TEF/EXIM Bank Jamaica loan facility, which was launched in September 2016 with an initial $300 million capital injection by the tourism entity.    The facility enables the industry stakeholders to access between $5 million and $25 million at five per cent interest for five years.Among those eligible are operators involved in spa and wellness; gastronomy – restaurants and food-related businesses; small accommodations; shopping and galleries; attractions; knowledge networks; and sports and entertainment as well as manufacturers and suppliers.Speaking at the official handover at the Tourism Ministry in New Kingston on Wednesday, August 30, Portfolio Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said the loan facility was a critical financial lifeline that had allowed and would enable more sector stakeholders to create jobs, generate growth and facilitate economic well-being.Additionally, he said it represented the Government’s acknowledgement of the entities’ integral role in the tourism value chain.“The idea was born out of the need to build capacity within the sector and provide financial support to enterprises that would better enable them to capitalise on business opportunities to better participate in the supply chain of the sector,” the Minister said.Mr. Bartlett advised that the first tranche of the loan facility has been fully disbursed, and encouraged other entrepreneurs not yet accessing the provision to take advantage of it to grow their businesses.EXIM Bank Managing Director, Lisa Bell, disclosed that the entity has, to date, processed more than 28 loan applications totalling $509 million under the programme. She said applications totalling $408 million have been approved, with disbursements totalling $311 million.The applications processed for approval fall in the categories of: attractions – $84.5 million; small accommodations – $105 million; gastronomy – $25 million; linkages – $32 million; shopping networks – $30 million; manufacturing – $47.5 million; services – $48.4 million; spa and wellness – $12. 5 million; and domestic tours and car rentals – $125 million.“We are very pleased about that, because we knew this programme could be revolutionary, not only because of its attractive terms and conditions but it really would put funding into the hands of those who needed it,” Mrs. Bell said.She further noted that the Bank has received an additional 25 qualified expressions of interest totaling approximately $470 million.In 2015, the World Bank noted that formal SMTEs contribute up to 60 per cent of total employment and up to 40 per of national income in emerging economies.In the Caribbean, these enterprises contribute more than 90 per cent of employment and 70 per cent of the gross domestic product.For more information on the loan facility, persons may call the EXIM Bank at (876) 630-1400 to make an appointment; visit its offices at 85 Hope Road, Kingston 6; or website at www.eximbankja.com.last_img read more

Hearst Magazines and Condé Nast Joint Venture PubWorX Acquires ProCirc

first_img PubWorX launched in February 2016 with the purpose of providing a range of services to small and large publishers in procurement, production, marketing, and circulation management, at scale. Essentially, it’s a one-stop shop that allows publishers to streamline resources and allow them to focus on their core business propositions, like content creation and audience and business development. It also saves publishers money by allowing them to work with fewer vendors. It’s also a unique media partnership, with two of magazine media’s largest private publishing companies teaming up to deliver publishing solutions to potential competitors across a range of categories. According to both Hearst and Condé, PubCirc will continue to operate independently as a division of PubWorX. President and cofounder Cary Zel, and CEO Marc Passarelli will remain in their leadership roles at the company. Further, a company spokesperson tells min that sales teams will be integrated to increase productivity. And PubWorx will continue to look for opportunities for interdivisional synergies down the road. The Hearst Magazines and Condé Nast joint venture — PubWorX — has acquired ProCirc, a Florida-based publishing services company with more than 50 publishing clients across more than 250 titles. The deal also adds more than 18 million readers to its service base. “ProCirc is a company we have long admired for its strategic, analytical approach to circulation management,” says PubworX CEO, Al Perruzza. “Both PubWorX and ProCirc have strong industry and supply-base relationships, and together, we can provide even more personalized service to a broader range of clients, amplifying our ability to quickly deliver bottom line results for their businesses.”center_img This deal is significant because it further consolidates a shrinking marketplace of publishing services. Magazine media once had a vast network of service providers — from printers to fulfillment houses to circulation management companies, which ranged from small regional companies, to large national operations. But now, fewer players are left at the negotiation table, and those remaining may find it difficult to compete with large entities like PubWorX that can offer more robust, affordable solutions. Terms were not disclosed. However, ProCirc’s clients include a list of notable magazine publishers, including Bonnier, Rodale, Outside Magazine, and New York Media.last_img read more

Game Of Thrones Live Experience Is Coming To A Town Near You

first_imgFull orchestra and choir will perform music from the show with visuals across North America and Europe in 2018Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Sep 26, 2017 – 5:01 pm The hit HBO show “Game Of Thones” live concert experience will return to the road in 2018 with an extensive run of shows across North America and Europe.Led by composer Ramin Djawadi, who was nominated for a GRAMMY for Best Score Soundtrack For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media for his work on “Iron Man” for 2008, the run of dates kicks off in Madrid on May 8, and will feature a full orchestra with choir accompanied by visuals from the show.”The scale and spectacle of the production brought the world of Westeros to life in a truly immersive fashion,” Djawadi said, according to Billboard. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to share the experience with fans not only in North America again, but also to cross the narrow sea for the first time and bring the show to Europe.”This news comes after a successful stint of concerts earlier this year in the U.S. Next year’s concerts will feature music from the seventh season and give fans who can’t get enough of the series something to hold them over until the ninth season arrives in early 2019.Ed Sheeran To Mastodon: Vote On Your Favorite ‘Game Of Thrones’ Cameo Twitter “Game Of Thrones” Live Experience Is Coming To A Town Near You Facebook Want To Experience “Game Of Thrones” Live? game-thrones-live-experience-coming-town-near-you Email News last_img read more