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May prepares to face MPs after last-minute talks with EU

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Dominic Cummings’ war on conventions is just getting going

first_imgWednesday 19 February 2020 9:30 pm Share But Boris Johnson’s chief adviser, who is also under fire for creating a toxic environment for staffers, is used to riding out the odd media storm and has no time for subtlety. His slash-and-burn approach is not one of dark arts but of maximum disruption — test a policy idea by floating the most extreme version possible, and cut it back according to what people will put up with.  Sources suggest Number 10 may have had a hand in Damian Collins’ defenestration from the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee last month, encouraging MPs to vote for Julian Knight instead. Of course, Downing Street would have been pushing on an open door — Collins was not popular among the new, pro-Leave intake, as well as many of the existing MPs who’d had enough of his grandstanding. With Johnson’s positively obese majority and Brexit supposedly done, there is now no reason for him to reject the call when it finally comes, or so the (wishful) thinking goes. But that’s not how it is seen within Downing Street.    Either way Cummings does not give the impression of someone in it for the long-haul. He is in a hurry to tear down all conventions that to his mind stop the executive from exercising full power. The base test for everything is “what is the worst that can happen?” — and so far the answer is “very little”.  Opinion Much is being made of Dominic Cummings’ supposed overreach this week. As former Vote Leave colleagues note, Cummings builds an us-and-them mentality in which his team is pitted against everyone — Remainers, backbenchers, peers, bankers, judges, journalists — in the pursuit of getting whatever it is done.Ultimately insiders believe an HR misstep, rather than a policy one, may prove Cummings’ downfall. But until he crosses that line, he stays on as the bad cop, while the Prime Minister retains plausible deniability: Johnson didn’t know about Sabisky, he didn’t know about the BBC plans, he didn’t know that journalists were being blocked from briefings, and so on.  City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. Show Comments ▼ At the time Collins warned that this refusal to submit to the authority of parliament revealed a fundamental weakness in the process. “The current powers have been tested to their limits and found wanting,” he said last March.  whatsapp One failed gamble was Number 10’s attempted prorogation, but even here there was little in the way of punishment. It just so happens the government is now considering the role of judges and judicial reviews, which suggests a vindictive streak to some of his testing of the limits.   Downing Street declined to comment. But it would be something of an understatement to say that Collins is also not popular with Cummings, who last year was found in contempt of parliament for not agreeing to give evidence. center_img Cummings’ derision for parliamentary institutions is now expected to extend to the Liaison Committee, a kind of super-committee formed from the heads of all the others, and the only one with the power to call the Prime Minister to explain himself.  by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. 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The repercussions were slight: an angry letter, a few aggrieved comments, but fundamentally, as worried parliamentary sources tell me, nothing more could be done.  Catherine Neilan Much will depend on who replaces Wollaston. There are a handful of names who could present a headache for Number 10 — foreign affairs chair Tom Tugendhat and former business secretary Greg Clark among them, although Jeremy Hunt, who now chairs the health committee, could also be problematic if he choses.   “I know people are starting to see this but having worked with him I don’t think people quite understand the level to which Dom doesn’t give a s**t about convention.”  “Dom’s attitude will be ‘f**k ’em’,” says one former Number 10 source. “The way Dom sees it, you have to grip and totally control the message…  [Committee chairs are] showboaters. In that context, I would be pretty surprised if Dom let the PM sit down in front of the committee… Ultimately, whoever is at the head will only be as powerful as convention allows — and so far Cummings has proved just how weak that can be.  Another area of convention likely to enter the spotlight is parliamentary committees, where Johnson can expect rather less loyalty than his supine cabinet, who were happy to engage in a juvenile game of policy call and response at the most recent meeting.  Dominic Cummings’ war on conventions is just getting going His attack on the BBC proved so brutal that even Auntie-sceptic John Whittingdale blanched, while one of Number 10’s newly-hired “weirdos and misfits” had voiced his support for marital rape and sympathy for eugenics in online forums. Andrew Sabinsky’s Downing Street career lasted just a few days. Dominic Cummings, special adviser to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, arrives at Downing Street (Getty Images) Tags: Dominic Cummingslast_img read more

A symptom of the 2016 campaign: Obsessive-compulsive poll-checking disorder

first_img WASHINGTON — It was midway through the second presidential debate when Rebecca Goldfield got off the couch and started rummaging through her medicine chest.Goldfield, a prize-winning writer and filmmaker who really, really hates Donald Trump, wanted something to calm herself down. All she found was a sedative that had expired 10 years ago. She took it anyway.“I don’t usually take tranquilizers,” she said. “But my heart was racing, and I was desperate.”advertisement Leave this field empty if you’re human: The downside: when that stress and anxiety becomes too intense, week after week. If you can’t stop thinking about the race between Hillary Clinton and Trump and the latest revelations, you will eventually experience adverse effects “on cognition and mood, and biologically, in terms of heart rate, cholesterol, carbohydrate cravings.’’In such a situation, Flores said, it’s important to focus on what you can control: exercising, eating healthy foods, maintaining your normal schedule.“The more your usual healthy routine becomes replaced and focused around the polls and the election, that’s an early warning that you may be going down a road from which you will have cognitive and physical problems,” he said.So, where’s the line? How can you tell if your normal behavior has morphed into a clinical disorder?There are signs. Say you have stopped walking your dog because you fear passing the neighbor’s sign for the candidate you despise. Psychologists call this “avoidance.” There is benign avoidance, and going overboard.Then, there’s “catastrophizing,” the escalation of a normal worry into something beyond all reason. A hallmark of the condition: developing a fear that terrible things will happen that are beyond your control.“We have a level of perceived threat at this point, and that is what is driving us all to anxiety behavior,” Holland said. “So we are doing things that are biologically adaptive. We are hyper-aroused, awake at night.”Part of the remedy, he said, is remembering that it’s not our fault. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images By Sheila Kaplan Nov. 7, 2016 Reprints Dr. Stephen Holland, a Washington psychologist whose specialty is anxiety disorders, was not surprised to hear it. Many stable, successful people he knows are suffering some kind of election-related anxiety or other mental malady, causing them to engage in unusual — and sometimes risky — behavior.And he’s not feeling too well himself.advertisement At a conference of psychologists last weekend, Holland recalled, “Every single one of us was obsessively checking the news sites and the polls. We were acting like our obsessive-compulsive disorder patients. With all the typical consequences.” Tags 2016 electionanxietyDonald TrumpHillary Clintonpolicy Related: If the news was good, he said, it would ease their anxiety for a short time. But they inevitably felt the need to check again. Then, if they got bad news, their angst increased.It’s a vicious cycle, but not uncommon. Election-related stress is everywhere. But Holland and other mental health professionals say this year’s campaign has brought a marked increase in patients presenting with anxiety and other disorders, like OCD, avoidance, sleep disruption, irritability, drinking problems, and depression.Holland has diagnosed himself with what, half-kiddingly, he calls Obsessive-Compulsive Poll-Checking Disorder.Some level of anxiety is natural and harmless over a short-term, mental health specialists say. Nightmares may be natural, or a level of irritability might be unavoidable and nonthreatening.But others experience bona fide psychological disorders, requiring the intervention of a professional therapist.“One gauge is how it’s affecting your work,” said Dr. Benjamin Flores, a former psychiatry professor at Stanford University medical school, who now has a popular practice in Palo Alto, Calif. “How is your focus on the election affecting your relationships, your friendships and family? “Or, he added, are you drinking more, smoking more, or taking more drugs?If you are doing more of that to relieve your stress, Flores said, you may reach a clinical level of depression and anxiety — from which it could be tough to recover.“What’s interesting, professionally, is that there’s this slope that we can see with stress and anxiety, where up to a certain point it actually heightens our sense of energy and ability to concentrate and even heighten our sense of well-being,” Flores said. A conspiracy-free, facts-only guide to the health of Clinton and Trump Privacy Policy Please enter a valid email address. Anxious about your health? You might be at greater risk for heart disease Newsletters Sign up for D.C. Diagnosis An insider’s guide to the politics and policies of health care. Related: Dr. Michael C. Miller, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, said it’s important to have a post-election psychological plan.Miller advised separating one’s feelings about the horse-race aspect of the campaign from the real impact the election will have on one’s life.“Ultimately the outcome of this election is likely to have less impact on individuals, day to day, than we think,” said Miller, a Democrat. “It’s important to keep that in perspective.”It is more adaptive, Miller added, to turn that disappointment into something productive — and also to seek help.“If you find yourself caught up in a cycle of being paralyzed by the results,” he said. “It’s probably time to talk to your doctor.” PoliticsA symptom of the 2016 campaign: Obsessive-compulsive poll-checking disorder last_img read more

Coles-led Cerevel Therapeutics to raise $445 million to develop brain drugs with fewer side effects

first_img Senior Writer, Medicine, Editorial Director of Events Matthew covers medical innovation — both its promise and its perils. Damian Garde GET STARTED Coles-led Cerevel Therapeutics to raise $445 million to develop brain drugs with fewer side effects Cerevel Therapeutics, a Boston neuroscience company spun out from Pfizer in 2018 and led by the well-known CEO Tony Coles, is going public.The method of the public offering is somewhat unusual: Cerevel will raise roughly $445 million by merging with a public shell company launched by the hedge fund Perceptive Advisors in June — that shell company has already raised $130 million — and by raising a private investment from other investors to make up the rest of the amount. 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. 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. What is it? [email protected] Biotech Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED By Damian Garde and Matthew Herper July 30, 2020 Reprintscenter_img About the Authors Reprints What’s included? Matthew Herper Log In | Learn More Tags biotechnologyBostonneuroscienceSTAT+ National Biotech Reporter Damian covers biotech, is a co-writer of The Readout newsletter, and a co-host of “The Readout LOUD” podcast. @matthewherper [email protected] @damiangarde Adobelast_img read more

Florida surpasses 1 million COVID-19 cases

first_imgAdvertisementRecommended 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 SOUTHWEST Fla. – Florida has surpassed 1 million reported coronavirus cases Tuesday.The Florida Department of Health reported 8,847 new coronavirus cases on December 1, bringing the state’s total number of cases up to 1,008,166 since reporting began. Eighty-two new COVID-19 deaths were reported, bringing the total in Florida to 18,916.The total number of cases in Southwest Florida is 59,118 as of Tuesday’s reports from the Florida Department of Health. AdvertisementClick here to see a breakdown of state and local COVID-19 data.Florida moved to phase three of reopening in late September allowing bars, restaurants, and gyms to reopen without capacity restrictions. No announcements have been made on whether Florida will fall back to phase one or phase two restrictions. Governor Ron DeSantis announced in a press conference Monday that schools will remain open throughout the spring semester despite the one million case milestone impending. Two suffer shark bites off Florida beach June 16, 2021 Advertisement Florida has now become the third state to surpass 1 million cases behind California and Texas. RELATEDTOPICS Japan to ease COVID restrictions as country prepares for 2020 Olympics June 17, 2021 AdvertisementTags: Covid daily totalsCovid-19Florida Florida nursing homes report COVID-19 infection rates nearly double the national average June 16, 2021 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 Mobile pediatric clinic provides COVID vaccines for children 12+ June 15, 2021 Advertisementlast_img read more

Laois community turns out in droves to raise funds for an extremely worthy cause

first_img Council Community RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Facebook Pinterest What an amazing display this was. On Saturday, October 13, Camross was filled with over a hundred trucks and numerous tractors, raising much-needed funds for Down Syndrome Laois Branch.Locals and visitors raised the roof in Bergin’s afterwards for a large barbecue and music with a large raffle on the night.The DSI Laois branch took to Facebook to thank all those involved. Home News Community Laois community turns out in droves to raise funds for an extremely… NewsCommunity TAGSDown Syndrome Ireland ‘Laois Branch’tractor run “Some night last night folks. What a great community spirit, amazing turnout of Trucks, Tractors and spectators. Our sincere thanks to Barry Cuddy and his committee for organising such a spectacular event on behalf of our DSI Laois Branch” members“Our thanks also to all the sponsors and anyone who helped out in any way to make this event the huge success that it was. Gives great hope for the future of our members in Laois. Please remember, all funds raised in Laois stays in Laois for the benefit of our members here in Laois,” they said.Field of DreamsThe funds raised are going towards the Laois Branch ‘Field of Dreams’.The ‘Field of Dreams’ is a Training Centre of Excellence for adult members for DSI Laois, leading to meaningful paid employment and social inclusion.It aims benefit all our members throughout their life cycle and we depend on the generosity of the people of Laois to make this dream a reality. Abbeyleix will be the site for the ‘Field of Dreams’ and will be used as a sheltered employment training centre of excellence for adult members of Laois Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI).There is a ‘use it or lose it’ clause to the lease, followed by a 25-year lease if used thereafter.PRO of the Laois Down Syndrome Ireland branch, Michael Gorman, is extremely excited about the upcoming project.“This project is an opportunity for our adults to play a meaningful role in our community here in Laois in terms of paid employment as well as providing other vital Services and supports that will enhance our ‘Cradle to Grave Philosophy’ – providing these services and supports throughout the life cycle of our members.“So please come along and support us to make a physical difference to the mental health and well-being of our adult population in Laois by giving them a reason to get up in the morning through meaningful paid employment in the county,” he added.Laois DSI made a PowerPoint presentation to the full chamber of Laois County Council in May 2017 and received huge support from all county councillors present.SEE ALSO – Well-known Laois family set to take part in popular TV show Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Laois community turns out in droves to raise funds for an extremely worthy cause By Siun Lennon – 17th October 2018 Previous articlePortlaoise College launch 2018 Career and College exhibitionNext articleTreatment of those in Kolbe Special School, ‘just not right in this day and age’ Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Facebook Community WhatsApp New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official openinglast_img read more

Kim’s Last Exit to Moscow?

first_img Analysis & Opinion By Shin Joo Hyun – 2006.10.18 5:27pm Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? Analysis & Opinion Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR [imText1]As the UN Security Council passed a resolution of economic-diplomatic sanctions to punish North Korea, scholars speculate upon Kim Jong Il’s survival strategy. If the member states sincerely follow the resolution, North Korea’s economy would face the worst-case scenario, but it is uncertain whether Kim himself is bothered at all. And North Korea’s national policy is entirely up to Kim Jong Il’s private interest. North Korean specialists expect sanctions, including inspections of cargo ships heading to NK, limitation of Beijing and Seoul’s aid to Pyongyang, ban on trade of arms and other goods, will have a huge influence on North Korean economy. Some scholars anticipate that the North’s factory operation rate would fall as low as 10 percent, compared to current rate of 20 to 30 percent, and only agriculture would survive in the country. Nevertheless, such sanctions will hardly change Kim Jong Il’s behavior. In other words, sanctions against the North Korean economy is not necessarily sanction against Kim himself. So far, Kim Jong Il has shown little interest in people’s lives. His judgment is so poor that he even ordered to build goat farms around the country to produce meat during the worst period of famine in the mid 90s. And it is probable that Kim would emphasize the regime crisis more than the economic one. Most of all, his journey toward nuclear development while ignoring international isolation proves Kim’s lack of interest in national economy. Even the UN prohibition of exporting luxury goods to North Korea, as a part of the resolution’s decision, does not seem to effectively pressure Kim Jong Il. Kim’s beloved luxury cars, wine, watches and food ingredients could be smuggled from China. It might hurt Kim’s taste a little, but not as much as to change the dictator’s bad behavior. Kim Jong Il’s nuclear strategy is simple, simpler than popular conception; being a nuclear state to get rid of domestic insecurity and to intimidate the international society to receive more aid. Probably, Pakistan and India’s successful stories of being accepted into the extremely exclusive nuclear state club are in Kim’s mind. Therefore, Kim Jong Il will expand its nuclear arsenal and develop more sophisticated nuclear weapons technology despite international pressure. And he might act provocatively to solidify his position of nuclear state and send a message to the international society. Kim is expected to utilize his relatively cordial relationship with South Korea, China, and Russia. The most eminent threat now is the second nuclear test with warheads of tens of kilotons large, which would aim to the controversy over the first trial. India and Pakistan also tested their nuclear weapons, ranging from one kiloton to several tens of kilotons, more than five times each at their first set of the test in 1998. Both obtained the nuclear state status eventually after the tests. As of now, it is difficult to resume the six-party talks or bilateral talk between the U.S. and North Korea. It is impossible to negotiate as if nothing happened. Moreover, North Korea would never give up its nukes without compensation. Pyongyang seems to not consider improvement of the relationship with Washington in the near future. Rather, it would keep its propaganda defending nuclear weapons development as self-defense against the American threat. Interestingly, it has become more likely that Kim Jong Il is looking for an escape route through Russia, not China. And, by doing so, Kim might try to restrain Chinese sanction. Kim Jong Il informed Beijing about his nuclear test twenty minutes prior to the experiment, while notifying Moscow two hours earlier. Russia, although the international society was hesitant to confirm the test, recognized the North’s nuclear test. The chief envoy of Moscow to the six-party talks delivered North Korean officials’ supportive remarks on ‘nuclear-free Korean Peninsula’ as if they represent the Pyongyang government, after visiting NK on October 13. Thus, South Korea started to contact the Russians more to consult the North Korean issue. From now on, Kim Jong Il endeavors to break through the isolation in the international community, including China, via improved relations with Moscow. Russia, also, wants to use North Korea as leverage to influence Northeast Asia and the Korean Peninsula. The current situation is evidence of Pyongyang’s distrust of Beijing’s cooperation with the U.S. Kim Jong Il is not a great strategist, not even close. And he cares neither for the international opinion nor for his own people’s lives. Kim’s only point of interest is his regime’s existence, and thus he developed nukes. If nuclear warheads are given up, North Korea would receive economic compensation. But, at the same time, external pressure to reform the society and improve human rights conditions, and inflow of information into the people would be unbearable. In sum, Kim Jong Il’s survival strategy is to be acknowledged as a nuclear state. But it is not possible that the UN would bestow a ‘nuke club membership’ upon Kim Jong Il, who is more dangerous to export the nuclear technology to terrorists than any other countries. Unreliable Kim and the international society’s interests are completely incompatible. Ultimately, Kim’s nuclear warheads would destroy the owner himself. 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“Oh, No! They Are Only Skin And Bone!”

first_img Facebook Twitter “Oh, No! They Are Only Skin And Bone!” [imText1]“I can’t believe that! They are so cruel if they are real!! “Oh, no! They are just skin and bone!”“No way..”As watching video clips illustrating current reality in North Korea, the class were agitated by the graphic scenes. In the afternoon on the 15th, Class # 9, 2nd graders in Moonsung Communication & the Media High School in Inchon, were all devastated after watching starving North Korean children during the special class, “knowing North Korea properly,” arranged by the school. On June 15 South-North Declaration’s 7th anniversary, the school organized a special class, “Knowing North Korea properly,” as concerning over The Korean Teachers & Education Workers’ Union’s June 15 Declaration promotion may distort the values of students on North Korea.Lee Kwang Baik, the researcher of NKnet ( the Network for North Korean Democracy and Human Rights), who participated in the class as a teacher, made a strong focus on severe food crisis and supreme leader’s absolutism in North Korea for this 50min-class. The presentation, which held in class #9 on the 2nd grade, was broadcasted live to the whole school class rooms. Lee presented the food crisis from 1995 to 98, North Korean black market, Idolatrous cult towards Kim Il Sung & Kim Jung Il and defectors wandering about the world.” In North Korea, capital punishment is held in the public to prevent it happening again. These are the scenes of public execution.”Students were shocked by films illustrating dying-of- hunger children and public execution. It appeared that a number of students couldn’t take it for real. “Who can save whom?” a student sighed out to say as the video showed a North Korean kid shouting “Let’s save starving South Korean children!”Lee declared “So far, the education for Korean reunification has been showing a limited performance, either for the preparation against North Korean strategy to the South or for rosy ideas of the reunification such as June 15 South-North Declaration.” “I’ve prepared this presentation to show that the knowledge of straight reality in North Korea means the beginning of the reunification.” he explainedPark So Yeon, a 2nd grader in the school, who took the special class said “It was the most impressive scene that those who got an eyesight recovery operation were bowing and cheering towards Kim Jong Il’s portrait.” “Honestly, it’s hard to take the images I saw for real.” she reflected.The footage that Park mentioned is from the National Geographic TV: Inside North Korea, regarding Nepalese doctor’s eyesight recovery operation in North Korea. Upon the question if the thoughts on the reunification has been changed by the class, most of the students replied “Nevertheless, the reunification must be done.” “Since they have such a dreadful life condition, we should make an effort for theirs to be at least like ours. We may be inflicted but after all we are from one nation….“ they added.[imText2] News News AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak By Daily NK – 2007.06.18 1:28pm center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News News SHARE There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

Young People Urged to Become Entrepreneurs

first_imgRelatedYoung People Urged to Become Entrepreneurs Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Young people, aged 18 to 35 years, have benefited from a series of islandwide ‘Entrepreneurship Interface Meetings’, aimed at encouraging them to develop entrepreneurial skills and to seek opportunities for self-employment.The session, which started on March 22 and ended on April 5, were organized by the Jamaica Social Policy Evaluation (JASPEV) and saw participation from agencies such as the Jamaica Business Development Centre (JBDC), Scientific Research Council (SRC), Jamaica Employers Federation, Self Start Fund, Small Business Association of Jamaica, Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) and the Social Development Commission.JASPEV’s Prototype Co-ordinator at the Cabinet Office, Stedman Noble, told JIS News that the sessions were successful, with many young persons attending the various fora.“The agencies have come together .to look at the information given by these young people about the businesses that they wanted to do and they are following up with them to provide the critical services,” he informed.He indicated that JASPEV would be monitoring the results of the programme to ensure that the objectives were met.“We, at JBDC, will be meeting with the participants again on a one to one basis to see how best we can assist them,” said JBDC Business Development Officer, O’kiele Stewart, adding that agency was ready to provide the technical assistance and the training to enable the participants to start businesses.Meanwhile, Research Director for the SDC, Juanita Reid, told JIS News that the Commission’s role in the project was to sensitize the public about the meetings and mobilize persons to participate.She noted that many of the participants expressed the need for training, pointing out that they lacked information about product marketing and how they could work to sustain projects.Exposing the youth to various innovative business solutions was one of the key objectives of the sessions and some of the business ideas included ornamental fishing, apiculture, domestic tree crop and the making of soft toys and banana paper. RelatedYoung People Urged to Become Entrepreneurscenter_img Young People Urged to Become Entrepreneurs UncategorizedApril 7, 2006 RelatedYoung People Urged to Become Entrepreneurslast_img read more

Pass on Benefits to Consumers – PM

first_imgRelatedPass on Benefits to Consumers – PM FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has stated that she will be keeping a close watch on the sale of cement to the construction industry to ensure that the benefits of lower prices for the product arising from the waiver of import duties are passed on to consumers. She was speaking on Saturday (May 20) at the 10th Anniversary and Awards Ceremony of ARC Systems Limited, which was held at the Hilton Hotel in Kingston.Mrs. Simpson Miller said that she had been closely observing developments in the construction sector and that it had been anticipated that there would have been some improvement in the availability of cement following the initial reduction in duties. She said that instructions were given for the tariff on imported cement to be waived for a period of one year, when it became apparent that this was not the case.The Prime Minister said that this initiative should enable importers to better plan their strategies over a longer period. She therefore welcomed the announcement by the President and Chief Executive Officer of ARC Mr. Norman Horne, that his company would recommence its distribution of cement as of next month.In the meantime, the Prime Minister is urging the segment of the distributive trade involved in the supply of commodity goods, to remain on high alert as the hurricane season approaches. She said that Commerce Minister the Hon. Phillip Paulwell has met with representatives of the sector to ensure that adequate supplies of commodity goods will be in place throughout the season.Mrs. Simpson Miller commended ARC President Norman Horne for taking the risk to become involved in the manufacturing and distributive sectors in Jamaica. She said this has resulted in the creation of new jobs and the employment of persons particularly from inner city communities. She said the government would continue to provide the necessary policy framework for investment and productive activity. She further urged that companies be fair to employees and pay their requisite dues to the state.ARC systems Limited was started in 1996 and is the largest distributor of various types of manufactured and hardware items in Jamaica including zinc, nails, lumber and steel. The company began with five employees and now employs 200 workers. The ARC President said that the success of his company was an indication that the manufacturing sector was alive and well in Jamaica. RelatedPass on Benefits to Consumers – PM RelatedPass on Benefits to Consumers – PMcenter_img Advertisements Pass on Benefits to Consumers – PM UncategorizedMay 21, 2006last_img read more