Minister rules out industrial strategy being cut from UK’s Beis Department

first_imgManufacturing lobby Make UK told The Guardian that the decision was “frustrating” and “harsh”. The government’s industrial strategy push was launched in 2017 to try and consult with the private sector to improve productivity, infrastructure and business investment. (Gov.uk) Also Read: Minister rules out UK Beis Department rebrand to cut out industrial strategy Sky News reported that Kwarteng told the council it was being disbanded as the government “had decided to mark a departure from the Industrial Strategy brand” and would instead launch a new “plan for growth”. whatsapp Sky News first reported last week that Kwarteng had broken up the Industrial Strategy Council, which was launched when Theresa May was prime minister to help advise the government on how to create better conditions for UK businesses. It was widely reported last week that Kwarteng, the business secretary, had axed the government’s Industrial Strategy Council and that his department was likely to be slimlined and renamed. Stefan Boscia However, business minister Paul Scully refuted the claims today and told City A.M. that the department was “still going to be Beis as far as I know” and ruled out a rebrand any time soon. The government’s industrial strategy push was launched in 2017 to try and consult with the private sector to improve productivity, infrastructure and business investment. (Gov.uk) Also Read: Minister rules out UK Beis Department rebrand to cut out industrial strategy Minister rules out UK Beis Department rebrand to cut out industrial strategy The government’s industrial strategy push was launched in 2017 to try and consult with the private sector to improve productivity, infrastructure and business investment. Share Labour today cast doubt on Scully’s claims that industrial strategy will not be dropped from Beis, adding that the department “cannot be industrial strategy in name alone”. “All of that same agenda continues to do so, we don’t need to rebrand to do that.”center_img “At a time when we need to be strengthening our industrial strategy and make it work, the government decides we don’t need one,” shadow business secretary Ed Miliband said. Monday 8 March 2021 6:50 pm A government minister has said that industrial strategy will remain under the remit of Kwasi Kwarteng’s Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (Beis), despite speculation the portfolio will be dropped by the Whitehall department. “We’re working to the same agenda of making sure we can bounce back in our economy, but also we’ve got the plan for growth within that recovery to make sure we can build back better, build back greener,” he said. The council was headed by Bank of England chief economist Andy Haldane and included business leaders like Marks & Spencer chair Archie Norman and McKinsey’s head of UK operations Sir Charlie Mayfield. Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Before the Open newsletter: Start your day with the City View podcast and key market data The government’s industrial strategy push was launched in 2017 to try and consult with the private sector to improve productivity, infrastructure and business investment. (Gov.uk) “It shows why the government cannot be the partner business needs to help us thrive in the future as a country, including meeting the demands of the green transition and creating the jobs we sorely need as a country.” More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orglast_img read more

Housing Ministry has 8,000 Titles for Scheme Units

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Legal Department of the Ministry of Housing, Transport, Water & Works, has over 8,000 titles stored in its vault for housing units in various schemes built by the Government since the 1970s.Delivery of the titles is dependent on settlement of mortgage accounts. Many of the schemes are over 20 years old with accounts that have small balances.However, the handing over of titles has not been possible due to non-payment and several social factors.According to Garfield Maloney, Senior Marketing Officer in the Housing section of the Ministry, “a lot of the persons do not recognize the value of a title, so many are not coming forward to close their accounts. Some have come in only when they need the title to post bail for a relative or friend.”To date, five ceremonies have been held to hand over titles. A total of 137 titles have been presented.To expedite the process of handing over the titles, a special public education drive is planned. This is to make persons aware of the simple process involved in obtaining the titles.Explaining the process involved, Mr. Maloney said that “firstly, a check is made to see who occupies the unit presently. This is called an occupancy survey. Following this, an offer of sale is made as in some cases, the occupants are not the original owners”.“For the transaction to be completed, outstanding arrears have to be cleared by the prospective title owner. Following this, the tax authorities are advised to register them on the tax roll. We require submission of Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN) with application for regularization,” he added.The Government has been carrying the burden of liability for property taxes and utility payments for the housing units, and the handing over of titles makes it possible to transfer liability to the new owners.“As soon as they are regularized, they get letters addressed to the utility companies advising that they are legitimate owners and requesting their regularization as customers of the utility companies,” Mr. Maloney said. He also outlined several advantages of being in possession of a title. “It gives a feeling of security and self worth. It can be used as collateral to create wealth, for example borrowing for business or education. It also facilitates bequeathing property to your children or other family members as inheritance upon death,” he said. RelatedHousing Ministry has 8,000 Titles for Scheme Units Advertisements RelatedHousing Ministry has 8,000 Titles for Scheme Unitscenter_img Housing Ministry has 8,000 Titles for Scheme Units UncategorizedAugust 13, 2007 RelatedHousing Ministry has 8,000 Titles for Scheme Unitslast_img read more

Homes England revamps land disposal process to support SMEs and new entrants

first_imgHomes England revamps land disposal process to support SMEs and new entrants From July 2021 a new Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) will replace the current Delivery Partner Panel (DPP3). The DPS will change how Homes England procures housebuilders, increasing flexibility and introducing a new more proportionate approach to ensuring partners’ ability to deliver homes on sites.The DPS is planned to open for the first round of applications from April 2021. Housebuilders will have the option to apply to join the DPS at any time as our pipeline of sites coming to market are publicised on the Homes England Land Hub or are brought forward by public sector landowners. We are moving away from the DPP approach where housebuilders had one opportunity to join when the panel was renewed. This new dynamic and land led approach will open Homes England sites up more widely to the whole market and be more flexible to accommodate market changes.The DPS will also be available to help other public sector bodies, including local authorities and Registered Providers, procure a housebuilder or contractor to build homes on their land.The DPS will introduce different categories of membership. SMEs bidding to deliver smaller sites will benefit from simpler entry criteria whereas the entry criteria for developers bidding to deliver larger strategic sites will be proportionately more testing. Larger developers will be expected to demonstrate leadership around issues such as design quality, building safety and improving equality and diversity in the industry.Housebuilders will be able to tailor their membership to express interest in specific locations or types of development to give the agency the ability to more effectively market sites to interested parties.Throughout the lifetime of the DPS, housebuilders will be able to apply to enter new categories and amend their membership, giving SMEs the ability to take on more ambitious schemes as they grow.Minister of State for Housing Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP said:“We are helping more SME and new developers to get into the house building market, and the measures announced today will make it easier for them to work in partnership with Homes England – unlocking home ownership for more families across the country.“This compliments our recent work to simplify the outdated planning system through our planning reform proposals, making it easier and cheaper for small developers to build the homes we need.”Nick Walkley, Chief Executive of Homes England, said:“Whilst a government procurement framework may not sound like exciting news, our new Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) and land led approach really does modernise how we invite bids for public land. I hope our partners can see that we’ve actively listened to their feedback and acted on it.“Our new DPS, with its new flexibilities, new membership criteria and more effective approach to marketing sites, will benefit our partners in the public sector and the housebuilding sector, particularly new entrants and SMEs.” /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:building, Government, house, housing, industry, market, Minister, pipeline, quality, reform, Safety, testing, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

Roads funding to help drive Western Queensland’s economic recovery

first_imgRoads funding to help drive Western Queensland’s economic recovery The Morrison Government is investing in Western Queensland to secure the economic future of the region and the 2021-22 Budget is building on the strong foundations for a post COVID-19 recovery.Speaking at the Western Queensland Alliance of Council’s yesterday, Mr Buchholz told the assembled Mayor’s, Councillors and CEO’s that while there was always much to do in sprawling areas such as regional Queensland – but the Morrison Government was putting money where its mouth is.“I have been to many of your shires, sat around many of your Council boardrooms and in some instances, travelled great distances with you on your local road networks.“The firsthand experiences I’ve had on many of the roads means I understand the significant importance of your local land transport infrastructure – not just for the average road user or tourist, but for your industry’s.“That is why we continue our investment in the regions, making your roads better, safer and more productive to unlock the economic potential of agriculture, mining and Western Queensland,” Mr Buchholz said.North Queensland-based Senator, Susan McDonald, also attended the WQAC conference and said Western Queensland towns were important.“We have to stop viewing Western Queensland towns as “government towns” reliant on public funding to keep going.“We need to keep giving these towns the infrastructure, healthcare, internet connectivity and freedom to establish themselves as business hubs in their own right with the ability to grow their populations.“I’m proud to continue pushing this case with the relevant Ministers in Canberra,” Senator McDonald said.Mr Buchholz said examples of strong investment included Prairie Creek Bridge which had attracted $8 million in Federal funding through the REEF, along with $16 million for the Torrens Creek – Aramac Road and $10.4 million for the Richmond-Winton Road.“Every sealed and unsealed road in and out of your rural towns carries freight, it means moving product from paddock or mine to port, and that means jobs,” Mr Buchholz said.“It’s critical to your local economy, to our regional and national economy that we keep that freight moving, for jobs and our economic recovery.“That is why we have a $110 billion plan for infrastructure over 10 years. It isn’t attainable to get it all done in one hit – get through what is on the table, then let’s keep going,” he said.The 2021 Budget announced further funding of $400 million for Bruce Highway and critically, $400 million for the Inland Freight Route (Mungindi to Charters Towers).Mr Buchholz said that was only a snapshot of the works around the region.“We’ve seen a $4.7 million upgrade of the Ootan Road, now complete – and there is a range of other critical upgrades that keep communities and businesses connected – Coppermine Creek Bridge upgrade, the Federal Governments $16 million commitment to the Cloncurry-Dajarra Road upgrade, the list goes on,” Mr Buchholz said.“But I want to be clear, we’ve been able to make these investments, we have been able to partner with your councils and in some instance the State Government – because we were in an economic position to do so pre-COVID.“I look forward to continuing our productive relationships, to secure funding and deliver our pipeline of works for regional Queensland – to create jobs and secure the economic recovery,” Mr Buchholz said.The Australian Government has committed over $31 billion since 2013 to fund transport infrastructure projects in Queensland. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Agriculture, Aramac, AusPol, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, Bruce, Canberra, Charters Towers, conference, Federal, federal government, Government, infrastructure, Morrison, Morrison Government, Prairie, Queensland, regional development, Torrens Creeklast_img read more

An $8 million helping hand for state’s growing social enterprise sector

first_imgAn $8 million helping hand for state’s growing social enterprise sector Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development The Honourable Di FarmerQueensland’s growing social enterprise sector has been given an extra $8 million to help create jobs over the next two years.Minister for Employment and Small Business Di Farmer said the new Social Enterprise Jobs Fund will help the sector to grow, scale-up activities and create more training and employment opportunities, particularly for vulnerable and disadvantaged Queenslanders.“This is all about creating jobs and opportunities as we continue to implement Queensland’s plan for economic recovery,” Ms Farmer said.“The fund builds on the Queensland Social Enterprise Strategy (QSES), which was released in September 2019, and aims to develop the sector’s capability and capacity, foster connections and raise awareness, and improve market access.“Social enterprises will share in $3 million in development and growth grants targeting new and established businesses and community and sector-wide development.“The Community Social Enterprise Development grants guidelines are available now (from today) and grants applications will open this Thursday (3 June 2021), with further grants to be rolled out in the coming months.“A further $5 million will build the strength and resilience of the sector and maximise opportunities to supply to government.“These new programs will build on the $1 million in support provided to social enterprises since the release of the strategy.”The Minister said 26 social enterprises previously shared in $450,000 of grants to access professional advice and support to establish and grow their businesses.“Brisbane social enterprise, the Mu’ooz Eritrean Restaurant and Catering business, which trains refugee and migrant women, received one of the first social enterprise grants,” Ms Farmer said.Mu’ooz Director Saba Abraham said the funding enabled the business to implement a marketing and engagement strategy, employ extra staff and significantly boost confidence in promoting its services.“The grant helped us create a new product, a traditional sauce that is packaged, and due to the success of this product we are looking to employ another full-time chef, “Ms Abraham said.WorkRestart Social Enterprises also received funding for a project that aims to create up to 200 jobs for former prison inmates.“The project has secured 20 positions with local businesses and placed eight former inmates in jobs in construction and light manufacturing in the last two months.“WorkRestart is employing additional staff to manage the project, which includes work on social housing.“Under the strategy, eight Queensland sector leaders also attended the Social Enterprise World Forum in Ethiopia in 2019 to build knowledge, make global connections and support Queensland’s successful bid to host the event in 2022,” Ms Farmer said.“The jobs fund will harness the momentum built through the support to date and continue to promote a vibrant, diverse and sustainable social enterprise sector in Queensland.“It will help the sector to continue to develop and grow through providing grants, promoting potential procurement opportunities and supporting social enterprises to train and employ more Queenslanders.“It will also continue to support the Queensland Social Enterprise Council (QSEC) as the sector’s peak body with a renewed funding agreement until 30 June 2023 to enable the council to continue to provide a key consultative role.“We will work with the council and sector stakeholders to ensure that these initiatives respond to the unique opportunities and challenges for social enterprise in Queensland.‘It’s fitting to make this announcement during Small Business Month given the important role that social enterprises play in Queensland’s small business landscape”. /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:agreement, Australia, Brisbane, community, director, disadvantaged, employment, Ethiopia, full-time, Government, peak body, QLD, Queensland, resilience, restaurant, Small Business, social enterprise, sustainablelast_img read more

Honda’s cutting the Fit, Civic Coupe, and stickshift Accord

first_img Trending Videos In the U.S., the Civic coupe makes up only 6 percent of all Civic sales, while only 2 percent of Accord buyers opt for the manual transmission. That’s so low that the company actually stopped equipping any Accords with it last December, because it had already made enough to finish out the model year. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca In place of the Fit, the subcompact HR-V crossover, and base levels of the Civic, will become the company’s entry-level vehicles.Part of the Fit’s popularity problem was the rise of Honda’s other “five-door” model, the Civic Hatchback, built in Swindon, U.K. Honda introduced it to U.S. buyers in 2016, and as of last year, it made up 20 percent of all Civic sales. The Swindon plant is closing, and hatchback production will move to the U.S. in 2021.The Fit is known as the “Jazz” outside of North America, and an all-new one was released in Europe last year — but it stayed there, and the 2020 Fit is little changed from the last-generation model released for 2015. The Fit for North America is built in Mexico, which will expand its HR-V production in its place. RELATED Canadians opt for manual transmissions more often than Americans Electric car sales have now surpassed stickshift sales in the U.S. The Accord will get a refresh next year, while the Civic will be redesigned for 2022. The HR-V, introduced for 2016, is also due for a makeover. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car evercenter_img RELATED TAGSNews It’s the end of an era: Honda is retiring its Fit subcompact and Civic coupe, and the Accord sedan will no longer have a manual transmission.But the “save the manuals” folks can still breathe a sigh of relief. While the Accord may be going autobox-only, the Civic will keep a stick shift in the sedan, hatchback, Si, and Type R.The models on the chopping block will disappear at the end of 2020 because, according to Automotive News, they’re not selling well enough for Honda to make a business case for them. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS See More Videoslast_img read more

CU-Boulder Begins Search For Facilities Director

first_img Published: Sept. 17, 1997 A search committee has been formed to seek a new director of facilities management at the University of Colorado at Boulder, replacing Paul Tabolt, newly appointed vice chancellor for administration. Chaired by Jeff Lipton, director of business services, the committee has placed position announcements in local, state and national publications. The deadline for application is Oct. 24. John Bruning, assistant director for maintenance operations since 1993, has been tapped to serve as interim director of facilities management until a permanent director is named. Bruning is a fourth-generation employee of CU-Boulder. “My great-grandfather rang the bell between classes and performed maintenance at Old Main, my grandmother worked for the residence halls, and my father worked in facilities management for 33 years,” he said. Bruning attended CU in 1968-69 with a major in fine arts. He has worked in property management and maintenance in Breckenridge and Winter Park. In addition, he has been a contractor in Boulder and Fort Collins, specializing in historic residential renovation. In his interim role during the search, Bruning said he intends “to continue the momentum initiated by Paul Tabolt on improving our customer service, participating in the campus master plan revision, improving the capital development process and improving facilities management information systems.” The position of facilities management director is responsible for overall administration of facilities master planning, capital planning, design and construction, utilities and energy conservation, custodial and recycling services, grounds care and maintenance. The department supports about 9.6 million gross square feet of academic, administrative and research facilities, including 220 buildings on 748 acres. The organization employs 335 staff members, has an operating budget of $18.2 million and oversees a $150 million capital improvement program. Members of the search committee for the permanent director include: Jeff Lipton (chair), business services Steve Carr, molecular, cellular and development biology Gary Chadwick, Recreation Center Carlos Garcia, University Memorial Center Bill Herbstreit, financial services Norma Sorenson, facilities management Jackie Sullivan, College of Engineering and Applied Science John Satory, student administrator Garnett Tatum (ex officio), Affirmative Action and Services Paul Tabolt’s appointment as vice chancellor for administration was approved by the CU Board of Regents on Sept. 11, effective immediately. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

CU-Boulder Celebrates Black Awareness Month In February

first_imgEditors: A complete schedule of events is attached. The University of Colorado at Boulder will offer a variety of events in February in honor of Black Awareness Month. Event organizers hope to provide students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members with an enriching experience. “The African Diaspora consists of very diverse people, rich in culture and heritage,” said student organizer Amauri DaRocha. “The events planned for Black Awareness Month will explore that culture and heritage through poetry, music, folktales, lectures, workshops and a variety of other mediums. We hope these events will help people deepen their understanding of what black culture means to them.” Highlights include:ß A special presentation of “Ego Trippin’,” an imaginative, and unique production combining elements of poetry, music, spoken word and audience participation to explore the black aesthetic. Headlining the performance will be world-renowned literary figure Amiri Baraka, on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. in the University Memorial Center Glenn Miller Ballroom.ß An evening with Professor Derrick Bell: A compelling voice on issues of race and class in American society, Bell will discuss the progression of law over the past 50 years on Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Glenn Miller Ballroom.ß A weekly film series will be held on Thursdays through March 1 from noon to 2 p.m. in the University Memorial Center, room 305.ß Health and Body Politics presented by the Punany Poets: The Punany Poets dare to speak the unspeakable, shocking audiences across the world with their interpretation of American sexual values in “Health and Body Politics,” a poetic play about sex and survival. Writer Jessica Holter challenges the tradition of Black History Month with a music, poetry and dance production about the truths and distortions of black sexuality. The event is strictly for a mature audience and will be held on Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. at Macky Auditorium.ß African and African American Folktales: Lois Burrell will present African folk tales, old Negro folk tales, slave stories and poems. Crude, simple musical instruments from Africa will be incorporated into the program on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at Stearns Central, located in the Williams Village housing complex on the corner of 30th Street and Baseline Road.ß Soul Food Fest, Feb. 28, 4:45 to 7 p.m., at Sewell Hall. For information on tickets call 303-492-3356. Black Awareness Month calendars are available at the University Memorial Center information desk, the Black Student Alliance office and the Cultural Unity Center. Black Awareness Month activities are coordinated by the Black Student Alliance and the Black Faculty/Staff Association. For more information contact coordinators Valerie Embry at (303) 492-3842 or Amauri DaRocha at (303) 492-3154.CU-BOULDER BLACK AWARENESS MONTH ACTIVITIESFEBRUARY 2001The Strange Demise of Jim Crow: Feb. 8 at noon, UMC 305Ego Trippin’: Feb. 8 at 7 p.m., UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom.Black History Exhibit: Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Norlin Library Special Collections, room N345.Sister to Sister & Brother to Brother: Feb. 12 at 6 p.m., Sisters are in UMC room 305 and Brothers are in the UMC room 217.Black Student Alliance meeting: Feb. 14 at 6:30 p.m., UMC room 305.Health and Body Politics: Feb. 14 at 8 p.m., Macky Auditorium. Call (303) 492-6161 for ticket information.The Road to Brown: Feb. 15 at noon, UMC room 305.An Evening with Professor Derrick Bell: Feb. 15 at 7 p.m., Glenn Miller Ballroom.African Dance Seminar: Feb. 17 at 11 a.m., UMC room 305.Your History is Black History: Feb. 19 at 3 p.m., UMC room 305.Black Voices: A Forum for Change: Feb. 20 at 6 p.m., UMC room 305.Black Student Alliance meeting: Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m., UMC room 305.Freedom on My Mind (part 1): Feb. 22 at noon, UMC room 305Star Power: Feb. 26 at 5 p.m., UMC room 305.African and African American Tales: Feb. 27 at 7 p.m., Stearns Central 178, located in the Williams Village complex on the corner of 30th Street and Baseline Road.Soul Food Festival: Feb. 28 at 4:45 p.m., Sewell Hall.Freedom on My Mind (part 2): March 1 at noon, UMC room 305. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Feb. 6, 2001 last_img read more

Jamaicans Urged to Use Safe Water

first_imgRelatedJamaicans Urged to Use Safe Water RelatedJamaicans Urged to Use Safe Water RelatedJamaicans Urged to Use Safe Water Jamaicans Urged to Use Safe Water EnvironmentOctober 27, 2012center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Director of Emergency, Disaster Management and Special Services at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Marion Bullock DuCasse, is urging all Jamaicans to take the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of water-borne diseases, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Speaking at a press briefing on October 26, at the Ministry’s National Emergency Operation Centre at the Bustamante Children’s Hospital, in Kingston, Dr. Bullock DuCasse emphasised that it is important for Jamaicans to safeguard their health and safety, by using safe water. “We know that with the passage of the hurricane, a number of our water supply systems are not operational and there are also areas that may have been contaminated from pit latrines being washed out, as well as dirt and debris that have been deposited in the water,” Dr. DuCasse said. She indicated that there are two recommended methods of treating the water to ensure that it is safe for drinking and cooking, which include boiling and the addition of bleach. Commenting on the recommended treatment options, Dr. DuCasse advised that, “for boiling, we urge persons to allow the water to come to a boil and continue to boil for at least one minute before removing it from the flame.  It should then be allowed to cool before it is safe for use.” When using household bleach as a treatment agent, Dr. Bullock DuCasse advised that two drops of bleach should be added to 1 litre/1 quart of water, half teaspoon of bleach should be added to 20 litres/5 gallons of water, and 4 ½ teaspoons of bleach to 170 litres/45 gallons of water. Once the bleach is added, it should be mixed well and left for 30 minutes before it is used. “By these methods, we are hoping to reduce many of the water borne diseases,” she said,  adding that the Ministry hopes to have no reported cases of gastroenteritis or leptospirosis. Gastroenterisitis is an inflammation of the stomach and intestine which results in diarrhoea, vomiting, abdominal pain and cramps. Additionally, Dr. Bullock  DuCasse informed that the organism that causes leptospirosis may be present in contaminated water and can enter the body through mucus membranes, that is the lining of the eye, nostrils, the mouth and through the skin. She pointed out that the main areas are the large pools of water that have settled in homes and on the roads as a result of the passage of  Hurricane Sandy, and she is strongly advising persons to stay away from these pools. Caused by the bacteria, spirochete, leptospirosis, commonly transmitted through the urine of rats, can result in typical flu-like symptoms, such as headaches, muscle pains and fever, jaundice, and meningitis. Dr. Bullock Ducasse is imploring  persons  to visit their medical doctor or the nearest health care facility, if the signs of gastroenteritis or leptospirosis become evident.  Advertisementslast_img read more

PIOJ Head Says Expansion of Economy Requires Strong Private Sector

first_imgPIOJ Head Says Expansion of Economy Requires Strong Private Sector Finance & Public ServiceAugust 29, 2014Written by: Sharon Earle RelatedCompetitiveness and Growth Project to Get Underway Next Month FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedChurch Gets Help from Civil Servant of the Year to Set Up Homework Centre Story HighlightsDirector General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Colin Bullock, says expansion of the economy requires a strong private sector, fiscal consolidation, and strategic investments or mega projects.He also listed capacity building of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), proper spatial planning, a strategic framework to guide urban development and investment decision making.Mr. Bullock was speaking at a workshop jointly sponsored by the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Jamaica Money Market Brokers Limited (JMMB).center_img Advertisements Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Colin Bullock, says expansion of the economy requires a strong private sector, fiscal consolidation, and strategic investments or mega projects.He also listed capacity building of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), proper spatial planning, a strategic framework to guide urban development and investment decision making, foreign exchange earnings from local value added endeavours, and social transformation among the growth imperatives.Mr. Bullock was speaking at a workshop jointly sponsored by the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Jamaica Money Market Brokers Limited (JMMB), held at the Wexford Hotel in Montego Bay, on August 27.The workshop was designed to bring the Montego Bay business community up to speed with ‘The New Tax Imperatives’.Mr. Bullock explained that a stronger private sector would be able to absorb more persons seeking employment, as reform of the public sector demands that the wage bill be kept at a certain level.He pointed out that reform of the public sector employment regime is a requirement of the current International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreement with Jamaica, and that “this is the time for the private sector to step up, to grow, to be more dynamic and be able to absorb workers not having employment in a reformed public sector.”Mr. Bullock pointed out that the economy grew by 1.6 per cent for the January to June period,   and it is projected that there will be 1 per cent growth for the July to September quarter.Meanwhile, Chamber President, Nathan Robb, told JIS News that the workshop was necessary, as recent legislative changes and administrative reforms to the taxation and fiscal systems were introduced at such a pace, that many members of Montego Bay business community were not familiar with them.He said that the large turnout at the event showed that members wanted to be compliant with the new business practices and obligations, which were already being enforced by Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ). RelatedFourth Consecutive Quarter of Growthlast_img read more