Up and down the ladder: The latest comings and goings

first_imgPharmalot Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Ed Silverman @Pharmalot What is it? By Ed Silverman Jan. 8, 2021 Reprints About the Author 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. GET STARTEDcenter_img Hired someone new and exciting? Promoted a rising star? Finally solved that hard-to-fill spot? Share the news with us, and we’ll share it with others. That’s right. Send us your changes, and we’ll find a home for them. Don’t be shy. Everyone wants to know who is coming and going.And here is our regular feature in which we highlight a different person each week. This time around, we note that Moderna (MRNA) hired Corinne Le Goff as chief commercial officer. Previously, she worked at Amgen (AMGN),where she was senior vice president and president of the U.S. business organization. Log In | Learn More What’s included? 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. Alex Hogan/STAT Up and down the ladder: The latest comings and goings [email protected] Tags jobspharmaceuticalsSTAT+last_img read more

Chinese Call for Regional Policy Changes

first_img SHARE News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Chinese approach to North Korea’s planned April missile launch has been revealed in a new Global Times editorial, in which the North’s decision to go ahead with the launch is described as a reaction to the international environment while the U.S., South Korea and Japan are urged to improve the regional security situation.Criticizing the other countries for “counting on the fact that China can eventually bring North Korea to its knees,” the op-ed piece released this morning states, “China should distance itself from the policy these three countries insist on. They need to answer the question of why the financially strapped North Korea is obsessed with developing strategic weapons, and why it barely cares about the condemnation from the international community.”The reason, it claims, is that “North Korea feels insecure,” because it has “long been haunted by a fear of outside invasion or intervention. It needs nuclear weapons and missile power to be able to strike U.S. territory to prevent any external threats.” Making clear that “keeping friendly ties (with North Korea) is important to China” because “It is a starting point for China to exert influence, and also in its fundamental interests in Northeast Asian diplomatic affairs,” it also goes on to state China’s view of its role in the region.“It is not simply yielding to North Korea’s demands,” the piece concedes, before adding, “but it cannot shape North Korea according to the will of Seoul, Tokyo and Washington.” By Chris Green – 2012.03.19 2:36pm Chinese Call for Regional Policy Changes News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest center_img News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak AvatarChris Green News Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Co-operators buys majority stake in living benefits distributor

first_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Advisors could play key role in helping clients prepare for major health risks Keywords Living benefitsCompanies Co-operators Group Ltd. Related news The Co-operators Group Ltd. announced on Tuesday that it has purchased a majority interest in Newmarket, Ont.-based living benefits insurance agency The Edge Benefits Inc. The transaction beefs up the Co-operators’ health insurance offerings, alongside its other insurance lines, which include home, auto, life, group, travel, commercial and farm insurance. Megan Harman Help clients close the insurance ‘say-do gap’ Canadians lack insurance coverage to deal with an unforeseen crisis The Edge Benefits distributes living benefits products designed for small business owners and self-employed individuals, including disability insurance, critical illness insurance and health and dental benefits, among other products. Its products are underwritten by a variety of insurance companies, including the Co-operators. The firm has 80 employees and more than 45,000 policyholders, and distributes its products through approximately 14,000 licensed insurance advisors. It will benefit from the backing of a larger, national firm, according to David Prince, one of two co-founding partners of the EDGE, along with Jeff Neale. “With The Co-operators, we foresee significant synergies that will build on the legacy we have established over the past 30 years,” said Prince. The two organizations have worked together since 2013, with Co-operators Life Insurance Company supplying disability products through The Edge Benefits. The Edge Benefits will continue to operate independently, and the current management team will remain in place, the companies said. “This was a natural fit, as the two organizations share similar values and have an established successful relationship,” said Kathy Bardswick, president and CEO of The Co-operators. “We look forward to the future, as The Edge Benefits will continue to operate independently, with the same business model and management team.” To enable business continuity, Prince will continue as chairman of the board of directors of The Edge Benefits until December 2017.last_img read more

Commissioner Stevens Announces Boost to Police Resources, South Australia

first_imgCommissioner Stevens Announces Boost to Police Resources, South Australia Police officers will return to frontline operational duties under a bold plan supported by the South Australian Government, which will see an additional 114 fully trained Protective Security Officers (PSO) deployed to medi-hotels. SA Police is now recruiting for these roles.Commissioner of Police Grant Stevens said the protracted requirement to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly stretched SAPOL’s existing workforce and this new initiative brings with it a welcome relief.“I have been holding discussions with government about the impacts of COVID-19 on our workforce for some time. I have been very pleased with the response received, allowing us to deliver this initiative,” Commissioner Stevens said.The South Australian Government has committed $23.6 million over two years, which will enable 168 PSOs to be dedicated to COVID-19 response duties. This funding will see police officers released from medi-hotels and returned to their substantive policing roles.The unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impacts on SAPOL as an organisation, especially those who deliver frontline services.“SAPOL’s efforts to ease pressure on frontline police began in 2020. Talks with government have now seen funding secured for 54 additional PSOs who have now all been deployed on COVID-19 response duties,” Commissioner Stevens said.“This was in addition to securing government funding for 72 extra police officers, some of whom have already been deployed to policing duties, while others are currently finalising recruit training. This next step is a very positive move by government.”A career as a PSO is challenging, rewarding and contributes to South Australia’s counter terrorism strategies, as well as community safety. In this role, the primary function is to maintain the security of government facilities, public officials and the community. PSOs are also deployed to SAPOL COVID-19 operations in duties commensurate with their training and qualifications. The training course is nine weeks, and it’s paid.If you are interested in becoming a Protective Security Officer, find out more about the role, and apply at https://www.police.sa.gov.au/join-us/achievemore/apply /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:Australia, Australian, Australian Government, career, Commissioner, community, covid-19, Government, pandemic, police, SA, SAPOL, security, South Australia, South Australia Police, terrorism, workforcelast_img read more

Mesa State College And CU-Boulder Announce Mechanical Engineering Partnership

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Feb. 22, 2008 Joint Mesa State College/CU-Boulder news releaseMesa State College and the University of Colorado at Boulder today announced a new partnership that will allow students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from CU-Boulder by taking classes delivered at Mesa State.MSC and CU-Boulder have developed this historic partnership to bring the first-ever baccalaureate engineering degree to Colorado’s Western Slope. Utilizing the outstanding faculty from both institutions, highly-qualified students will be able to attend Mesa State College in Grand Junction and earn an accredited degree in mechanical engineering from CU-Boulder.”I think this is the most significant academic addition to Mesa State in a generation,” said Mesa State President Tim Foster. “We are all about partnerships and to partner with CU in order to meet the Western Slope demand for mechanical engineers is tremendous.”CU President Hank Brown and CU-Boulder Chancellor G.P. “Bud” Peterson joined Foster in making the announcement at Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction during the Third Annual Energy Forum and Expo.”This partnership with Mesa State is a proud moment in the life of the University of Colorado,” said Brown. “The sharing of intellectual resources among our CU campuses, and in cooperation with other institutions around the state, the nation and the world, is one of the most valuable roles the university can play in the new century.””This is a marvelous opportunity for the University of Colorado at Boulder in general, and our College of Engineering and Applied Science in particular, to reach out to a group of talented students on the Western Slope,” Peterson said. “This historic partnership is entirely consistent with our Flagship 2030 Strategic Plan, and it will be a ‘win-win’ for all of us. I think it has fantastic benefits for the people and businesses of the Western Slope through the development of a qualified workforce and the generation of a variety of economic development projects.”Colorado Sen. Josh Penry and Reps. Bernie Buescher and Steve King also were on hand for the announcement.”This is a wonderful example of how well partnerships can work. I think it is great that West Slope students will now have access — without moving away — to a degree in mechanical engineering and that Mesa State and CU are working together to meet workforce demands,” King said.The innovative partnership will allow western Colorado students access to a world-class education they may not otherwise have been able to receive by offering the entire four-year engineering degree program in Grand Junction. Cohorts of 15 to 20 students per class will matriculate through the program offered entirely on the MSC campus, receiving MSC instruction and classes their first two years and then primarily CU-Boulder coursework for their final two years.By sharing costs, sharing faculty, and collaborating on laboratory and technology needs for a rigorous and demanding program, MSC and CU-Boulder will be able to graduate top-tier engineers ready for work in a variety of different applied professional fields, such as construction, architecture, energy development and more.Students in the program will study with Mesa State faculty for lower-division courses beginning in fall 2008. Upper-division mechanical engineering courses will be taught by CU faculty at Mesa State beginning in fall 2010.last_img read more

CU Prof Finds Nitrogen Pollution Increases Negative Impacts of Acid Precipitation in Soil

first_imgVegetation and soils already subjected to long-term acid rain could face even more stress in the form of nitrogen-laden precipitation, according to William D. Bowman, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder.In a paper released this week in the journal Nature Geoscience, Bowman detailed his study of acid precipitation on grassland soils of the Western Tatra Mountains of Slovakia. The study site received high levels of acid precipitation during the Soviet era of industrialization in Eastern Europe. Soils at their research site are at an unprecedented level of acidification, similar to those found near acid-mine drainage sites.”Soluble iron is increasing in the soils, while aluminum, the usual toxic culprit damaging plants and soil organisms, is decreasing,” said Bowman.In addition to extreme soil acidification, plants at the research site decreased growth when subjected to simulated levels of nitrogen pollution expected to occur in the next several decades. Plants typically increase growth when given additional nitrogen, but the loss of important plant nutrients, such as calcium, which are already extremely low in soils impacted by acid precipitation, coupled with the toxic aluminum and iron, inhibit plant growth.”Some plants may be more susceptible than others,” said Bowman, “but the combined levels of iron and aluminum that we’ve observed will negatively impact most vegetation. This study is a good example of the juncture between soil chemistry and ecosystem function. It also reminds us that chemical pollution is still a problem in many regions of the world.” Published: Nov. 5, 2008 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Afternoon Brief, March 20

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief Trending Story:Arsenic-Tainted Wine: Overkill or a Real Killer?If you drank a bottle of the alleged arsenic-tainted California wine, there’s probably no need to rush to the attorney’s office to update your will…Today’s News:Napa vineyard workers get $65,000 in sex discrimination caseEight farmworkers settled their sex discrimination complaint against a Napa Valley vineyard owner and two companies that worked on the property, the state Department of Fair Employment and Housing said…Scaremongers Spark Fear Over Arsenic in WineChris Lehane, a spokesman for The Wine Group: “It’s the equivalent of yelling fire in a crowded theater when there is no fire and in fact, everything’s perfectly safe”…Possible Indian casino plan alarms Napa vintners, countyNapa Valley Vintners is sounding the alarm that an Indian tribe and a Las Vegas company will be seeking to open a casino in Napa, Solano or Sonoma counties…Revision of CDFA regulations governing grapevine nursery stock productionLittle Fly, Big Problem for WineWellington dumps $40m of Treasury Wine stock as Ellerston buys moreIs the Prosecco bubble about to burst?FDA Regulations Pose Serious Problems For Small Wine BusinessWine geeks get their own ConAlex Gambal vineyard deal reveals shift in Burgundy as prices riseAustralian grape growers asked to consider future in biggest New South Wales wine regionChinese rivalling French to buy Bordeaux vineyardsWine Australia eyes ProWein expansionFree-trade turning point in B.C. wines’ 25-year historyTop Stories:“Very high levels of arsenic” in top-selling winesHow Real is the Danger of Arsenic Poisoning from Wine?What’s the Average Starting Salary in Tasting Rooms?10 Insights to Conclude: Consumer Choice is a MythNapa Winery Owner Involved in Suspected Murder-Suicide21st Annual Central Coast Insights with Experts and TroublemakersNapa Valley Vintners Announces 2015 Wine List Award WinnersWine in 2015: Five key trends to raise a glass toExtraordinary Brands Engage the HeartA silver bullet to replace copper in the vineyard?U.S. Authorities Sink Underwater Wine MaturationSurvey Shows Vineyard Planting Trends Down for California, Up for Washington StatePremium Boxed Wine Continues To Surge, As Gallo Preps New EntryJailbreaking yeast could amp up wine’s health benefits, reduce morning-after headachesNova Cadamatre: My Top Five Winemaking Nightmares Email Subscribe to the Afternoon BriefAdvertisement TAGSAustraliaBordeauxBoxed WineBrandingBritish ColumbiaBurgundyCasinoChinaFDAGalloGrape PestNapa Valley VintnersProseccoProWeinSommConTreasury Wine EstatesWashingtonWine CrimeYeast Linkedincenter_img ReddIt Share Pinterest Twitter Home Afternoon Brief Afternoon Brief, March 20Afternoon BriefAfternoon Brief, March 20By Editor – March 20, 2015 29 0 Previous articleRevision of CDFA regulations governing grapevine nursery stock productionNext articleIntroducing “The Mad Crush: A Memoir of Mythic Vines and Improbable Winemaking” Editorlast_img read more

Minimum Wage Commission Wraps up Consultations

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Residents in Central Jamaica had a chance to air their views as to whether or not there should be an increase in the national minimum wage, as the Minimum Wage Advisory Commission (MWAC) wrapped up its regional consultations on Thursday (March 18) in Manchester.Several persons, who attended the meeting held at the Manchester Club, agreed that while an increase in the minimum wage was not unreasonable, the state of the economy would make the move difficult at this time.“If the company is not growing it is foolish to make a demand for increase in wages; that is a recipe for disaster, not only for the company closing, but also for the worker losing his job. So, the first task is to get the company to grow,” said member of the Commission representing the trade unions, Danny Roberts.Mrs. Bernita Locke, who represents the Jamaica Employers Federation (JEF) on the Commission, said that any recommendation for an increase in the minimum wage, must take into consideration the two-year public sector wage freeze.She noted that a significant number of persons, who employ household helpers work in the public sector.“We concur with the Ministry of Labour (and Social Security) to reduce costs and save jobs; that is what the Federation has been imploring people to do,” she stated.Chairman of the Commission, Silvera Castro, in the meantime, reminded employers, who are able to pay workers above the minimum wage, to do so. “The minimum wage is just a guide and all we are saying is, don’t go below. We are here to protect both parties,” he stated.Last year the national minimum wage was increased by 10 per cent, moving from $3,700 to $4,070 for a 40-hour work week for householder helpers and from $5,500 to 6,050 per 40-hour week for security guards. Minimum Wage Commission Wraps up Consultations LabourMarch 22, 2010 RelatedMinimum Wage Commission Wraps up Consultations RelatedMinimum Wage Commission Wraps up Consultationscenter_img RelatedMinimum Wage Commission Wraps up Consultations Advertisementslast_img read more

Finance Ministry Pushes Ahead with Economic Reform Programme

first_imgAdvertisements Finance Ministry Pushes Ahead with Economic Reform ProgrammeJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedVulnerable Groups Benefit from Social Protection Initiatives FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Extended Fund FacilityConsequent on the Government’s attainment of these targets, the IMF’s Executive Board considered Jamaica’s application and, based on the report of its Staff Mission Team to Jamaica, approved a US$958 million four-year Extended Fund Facility (EFF) for the country in May. This entitled Jamaica to an initialUS$207.2 million draw down. The EFF has also unlock complementary funding support, totaling upwards of $900 million in loan and grant support from the European Union, World Bank, and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).Success of First Quarter Review – April to June The government’s implementation of measures under the ERP led to Jamaica passing the first EFF quarterly review, conducted by the IMF Staff Mission Team. This resulted in Jamaica being granted a second drawdown of US$30.6 million from the IMF to bring total disbursements under the EFF to approximately US$240.4 million.The measures implemented included: tabling of the 2013/14 budget, consistent with the 7.5 per cent primary surplus target in April; passage of the Revenue Administration Amendment Act, which promotes sector stakeholder compliance in relation to statutory obligations; completion and rolling out of a Central Treasury Management System (CTMS), which resulted in substantial savings to the Consolidated Fund; commencement of public sector transformation, which included Jamaica Customs being changed to an Executive Agency; Parliament’s commencement of the debate on pension reform in relation to the Pensions (Superannuation Funds and Retirement Schemes) (Validation and Amendment) Act.Success of Second Quarter Review – July to September Timely execution of the ERP during the July to September quarter resulted in the IMF Board’s approval of a third drawdown of another US$30 million under the EFF. The country’s performance has also put it in good stead for complementary funding support of approximately US$270 million from the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The IMF Staff Mission team reported that the country recorded economic growth of just under one per cent over the period.Additional Support FundingBetween September and October, the Government signed agreements with the European Union (EU) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for grant and loan support for Jamaica’s economic programme.In September, the administration received €7 million in budgetary support from the EU, which will assist in the implementation of various development programmes. The following month, the administration concluded a US$60 million IDB loan agreement, signed by Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, and the Bank’s President, Luis Alberto Moreno, in Washington, D.C.The loan is the third tranche of financing for the Public Financial and Performance Management Programme, and is aimed at strengthening fiscal discipline, improving public financial management, and boosting public performance management.Legislation to support ERPWith tax reform being a key element in the ERP’s implementation, Dr. Phillips piloted the Omnibus Tax Incentive Legislation in the House of Representatives, where it was debated and passed. It was also approved in the Senate.The legislation, development of which was largely done by a Ministry appointed Incentives Working Group, comprising private and public sector stakeholders, seeks to establish a transparent and coherent regime to govern all tax incentives.The Legislation comprises the Fiscal Incentives (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2013, which outlines reforms to the corporate tax structure, including introduction of an Employment Tax Credit (ETC); changes to the capital allowance regime; revision of provisions governing the utilisation of tax losses; and “grandfathering” and transitional arrangements relating to change from the old to the new incentives regime.It also includes the Income Tax Relief (Large Scale Projects and Pioneer Industries) Act 2013, which designates large scale projects and pioneer industries that would qualify for tax credit under the Income Tax Act. Other elements approved under the Omnibus Regime are the (Customs Tariff (Revision) (Amendment) Resolution 2013 and Stamp Duty (Amendments of Schedule) Order 2013.These provisions support a policy of granting waivers to the primary inputs integral to the production of goods and services.Public Expenditure Containment Efforts at public expenditure containment and, ultimately national debt reduction are being pursued through the divestment/privatization of key State entities, deemed necessary to enhance the country’s financial security, while improving their outputs.These entities include: Wallenford Coffee Company has been sold to AIC International Investments Limited, in a deal worth approximately $4 billion. For Kingston Container Terminal, three entities – DP World, PSA International, and Terminal Link Consortium – have been short-listed for consideration in the State entity’s proposed privatization.Enterprise Teams have also been appointed to oversee privatization of the Norman Manley International Airport, Jamaica Railway Corporation, and Caymanas Track Limited.Economic GrowthFocus on economic growth is also being facilitated at the sectoral level, particularly among micro, small and medium size enterprise (MSME) stakeholders. To this end, the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) allocated some $2 billion to facilitate expansion of this sector. To date, upwards of $1 billion of the sum has already been disbursed.The DBJ also announced plans to launch the Jamaica Venture Capital Programme within the first half of the 2014/15 fiscal year, which commences on April 1, 2014. This initiative is a joint undertaking with the IDB, and aims to provide readily accessible funding options to MSMEs.Major ProjectsSeveral major projects deemed central to advancing economic growth, are also being undertaken and are at various stages of implementation. These include: the North/South Highway, which will link the northern and southern sides of the island; the Logistics Hub Initiative, which seeks to position Jamaica as the fourth node in the global logistics trade chain; and the Agro-Parks project, which entails development of nine such facilities aimed at maximizing agricultural outputs and reducing the country’s food import bill, which averages nearly US$1 billion annually.Steadfast CommitmentDr. Phillips has, on several occasions, emphasized the need for steadfast commitment by the nation to all efforts necessary to see Jamaica through the current challenges, in order to spur growth, reduce the debt, and restore confidence in the country, thereby enhancing its global competitiveness.SEE MORE YEAR IN REVIEW FEATURES… RelatedJSIF Empowering Young People and Communities Finance Ministry Pushes Ahead with Economic Reform Programme Year in Review 2013January 9, 2014Written by: Douglas McIntosh Significant implementation of the government’s Economic Reform Programme (ERP), leading to a new four-year agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), dominated activities undertaken by the Ministry of Finance and Planning during 2013.The ERP’s provisions are consistent with the administration’s strategic priority focus on attaining fiscal prudence and a credible economic programme. It aims to spur economic growth, reduce public debt, maintain the country’s balance of payments schedule, and enhance the island’s global market competitiveness.The programme is also central to the four-year Memorandum of Economic and Fiscal Policies (MEFP), which charts the extent of funding support, framed under a US$958 million Extended Fund Facility (EFF), which the EMF’s Executive Board approved for Jamaica, in May.Overall, the ERP aims to, among other things: reduce Jamaica’s debt from 145 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP), to 96 per cent by 2020; attain a 7.5 per cent primary budgetary surplus target; and expenditure containment, inclusive of public sector salary restructuring to reduce the ratio to GDP from 10.6 per cent, as at March 31, 2013, to nine per cent by fiscal year 2015/16.Its implementation is being partly overseen by a Ministry-appointed Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC), co-chaired by Bank of Jamaica (BoJ) Governor, Brian Wynter, and Sagicor Life Jamaica Limited President and Chief Executive Officer, Richard Byles.Pre-Agreement ConditionsJamaica’s qualification for IMF funding support necessitated government’s implementation of several prior conditions, as agreed on with the IMF, which commenced in 2012 and continued in 2013.These included passage of several legislations in the Houses of Parliament, which were piloted by Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips.These included: the Public Debt Management Bill; and Revenue Administration Amendment Act.Other activities undertaken included: implementation of a National Debt Exchange (NDX), which yielded $17 billion in interest payment savings, following a 99 per cent stakeholder participation; a wage restraint agreement between the government and unions representing public sector employees, with civil servants foregoing salary increases over the next three years; and tabling of the 2013/14 budget, consistent with the 7.5 per cent primary surplus target, in April.Finance and Planning Year in Review AudioPausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenAudio Playerhttp://jis.gov.jm/media/Finance-YIR-20140114.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Play Story HighlightsSignificant implementation of the government’s Economic Reform Programme (ERP) dominated activities undertaken by the Ministry of Finance and Planning during 2013.Jamaica’s qualification for IMF funding support necessitated government’s implementation of several prior conditions, as agreed on with the IMF.The government’s implementation of measures under the ERP led to Jamaica passing the first EFF quarterly review, conducted by the IMF Staff Mission Team. Photo: JIS PhotographerFinance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips (2nd left), shares a light conversation with (from left): Bank of Jamaica (BoJ) Governor, Brian Wynter; International Monetary Fund (IMF) Mission Team Chief to Jamaica, Jan Kees Martijn; and IMF Resident Representative in Jamaica, Dr. Bert van Selm, during Thursday’s (August 22) media briefing, jointly hosted by the Finance Ministry and the Mission, in Kingston. Details of the country’s just concluded first quarter performance review, under the four-year IMF Extended Fund Facility (EFF), were outlined. RelatedEconomic Reform Programme Central to Reducing Debt and Spurring Growthlast_img read more

Gordon Town Residents and Korean Community Paint Primary School

first_imgGordon Town Residents and Korean Community Paint Primary School EducationJuly 11, 2014Written by: Andrea Braham and Elaine Reckord Advertisements Gordon Town Residents and Korean Community Paint Primary SchoolJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedSecurity to Be Improved In Schools Photo: JIS PhotographerEducation Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites (centre), looking up at a section of the newly painted St. Martin de Porres Primary School in Gordon Town, St. Andrew while conversing with Charge d’Affaires at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Kimo Lim (right), and Chairman of the school Board, Howard Findlator. The painting project was a community outreach effort of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Jamaica. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail center_img Story HighlightsMembers of the South Korean community in Jamaica joined forces with residents of Gordon Town, St. Andrew, to give the St. Martin De Porres Primary School a much needed facelift.The volunteers painted the exterior walls of the school, injecting some bright yellow colour and installed new window frames, last weekend (July 5), as part of a day of community service.For Charge d’Affaires at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Kimo Lim, the project was a labour of love and a means of further promoting mutual understanding between the two countries. Related4,900 Youth To Benefit From NYS Summer Programme RelatedRetired Educator Says Passion Key Members of the South Korean community in Jamaica joined forces with residents of Gordon Town, St. Andrew, to give the St. Martin De Porres Primary School a much needed facelift.The volunteers painted the exterior walls of the school, injecting some bright yellow colour and installed new window frames, last weekend (July 5), as part of a day of community service.For Charge d’Affaires at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Kimo Lim, the project was a labour of love and a means of further promoting mutual understanding between the two countries.Mr. Lim said the Embassy is especially targeting educational facilities because of the level of need. “We learned that Jamaican educational facilities are in need, because of financial challenges, so the Korean Embassy initiated and supported this project,” Mr. Lim said.“I believe education is the most important foundation for the country as well as for the individual.  We can help to put the beautiful smile on Jamaican children’s faces and I love that, and I hope that our Jamaican friends will be reminded that the Korean community is your friend and will be beside you,” he added.Education Minister, the Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, stopped by on his way to a funeral, to show his support.Rev. Thwaites, who also preaches at the nearby St. Martin De Porres Catholic Church, praised the volunteers for their decision to lend a helping hand to the education sector.“It’s a good example of exactly the kind of partnerships we need in education.  These people could have gone anywhere else in Jamaica, or in any other charitable area, in health, in security for their own purposes, and yet they have decided to give their time, their treasure and give their talent at the highest level,” the Minister said.He expressed hope that the example set by the volunteers would be infectious, “and all of us would make gestures like this.”In the meantime, Principal of the school, Fay Buchanan, was appreciative of the efforts by the Korean community.“I think it will impact the moral of students, parents and teachers. It enhances the environment and the aesthetics, which is very important to the learning process, so I am very pleased and I am thankful to the Korean Ambassador and his personnel for this great job,” she said.The link with the Korean Embassy was forged by Chairman of the school Board, Howard Findlator.“I think it is an excellent move by the Korean Association here in Jamaica. Often, voluntary work is not forthcoming, so we are very happy that the Korean Embassy chose St Martin De Porres. To paint this institution is quite a cost and so it will go a far way in making the environment more acceptable for the children,” he said.Mr. Findlator said the school has been receiving tremendous support from the community, especially from the Roman Catholic Church in Gordon Town, which has been providing financial and other support over the years.“This school has served the community for many years and as such the community embraces the school and protects it and therefore we have no challenges as it relates to the support from the community in general,” he added.Parent, Charmaine Melvern, who also participated in the beautification exercise, said the work was long overdue.“I’m happy… because it’s a long time we wanted to paint it, we did not have the funds, so when we heard about these people coming to paint, we were happy,” she said.The St. Martin de Porres Primary was established in 1968 and has a population of just over 300 students.last_img read more