13 Jul

Barratt is building on another strong year of housing growth

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRelated ArticlesTop 10 Date Night In Movies & Films Of All Time10 Amazing RVs You Won’t Want To Miss8 Surprisingly Simple Ways to Keep Your Liver Healthy whatsapp Caitlin Morrison Barratt is building on another strong year of housing growth Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Wednesday 12 November 2014 9:35 pmcenter_img BARRATT Developments said yester­day it was on track to deliver a strong year of growth and that market conditions would remain robust for the group across all UK regions.The housebuilder said its sales rate of 0.63 net private reservations per site per week in the 19 weeks to 9 November was down on the 0.71 reported last year following the launch of Help-to-Buy. However, it said it was on course to hit its target of 15,000 house sale com­pletions this year “by continuing to focus on delivering high quality, well designed homes in places where people want to live”, said chief executive Mark Clare. Private forward sales, excluding joint ventures, rose 11.9 per cent in the period to £1.26bn. Share Tags: NULL More From Our Partners Kamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orglast_img read more

4 Jul

News / ‘No hope’ of bounce-back in demand for container shipping this year

first_img Cold water is being poured on any optimistic outlook by some ocean carriers for a speedy recovery of the container industry from the impact of Covid-19.In his latest assessment of the market, Bimco’s chief analyst, Peter Sand, said the current economic situation “provides no hope for a short-term recovery”.“The coronavirus pandemic looks set to continue to hammer container shipping demand,” he added.He said the lower demand that came when China shut down in February had passed, but had been replaced by a global demand shock as countries around the world entered lockdown as the epidemic spread.Mr Sand believes “no sudden bounce back in demand”  is expected, and noted that, even under the WTO’s most optimistic forecast, “container shipping demand will fall by 10%” this year.“Sales of containerised consumer goods have been some of the hardest-hit by lockdown measures, and lower consumer spending power is likely to persist for a prolonged period,” he said.And during a webinar organised by TOC Events this morning, SeaIntelligence founder Lars Jensen agreed. He said he could not see a rebound taking pace this year, especially given that retail inventory levels were now higher than they were at the beginning of the global financial crisis.“Rebound in 2020 will depend on three factors: firstly, the virus needs to be gone; secondly, if the virus is gone consumers will need to start spending as they did before, and given how many people have lost their jobs this is extremely unlikely; and thirdly, we are shortly entering the peak season, which is when retailers stock up for Christmas – but is any retailer seriously predicting strong Christmas sales this year?“My most optimistic prediction of a rebound is 2021,” he said.Meanwhile, Mr Sand noted that the idle container ship fleet had reached a new record of 2.65m teu, due to the aggressive blanking of sailings by carriers, which has so far protected freight rates from collapsing.But, he said, this strategy would be “tested in the coming months” and was only “temporarily hiding the losses”.He explained: “While savings are made by not sailing, the empty ships are still generating loss on a daily basis – some operating costs are still present and financing unchanged, while not providing any income.”Indeed, according to Hapag-Lloyd chief executive Rolf Habben Jansen, each blank sailing leaves carriers facing approximately 40% of the intended voyage costs.Notwithstanding that ocean carriers must present an optimistic outlook to their shareholders, and not least their shipper customers, who worry about a repeat of the Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy in 2016, there is a more realistic view to be found when drilling down into the accounts of the container lines for the first three months of the year.Maersk for example said within its Q1 interims that its full-year guidance “remains suspended”, while other carriers have highlighted the damage to their balance sheets that the pandemic is likely to cause.Japanese shipping group NYK, a 40% equity holder of the merged ONE container line, warned in its full-year to 31 March, financial results yesterday that the impact of Covid-19 “will be immense”. It said it assumed April to June would be the “worst period” and that “economic activities will subsequently pick up at a moderate pace”.But it cautioned: “We believe that the world will not be ‘post-corona’, but will co-exist with corona.” By Mike Wackett 26/05/2020 ID 79752504 © Steve Allen | Dreamstime.comlast_img read more

21 Jun

Boil water notice issued for all addresses within Heritage Landing

first_imgAdvertisement No Content Available 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 AdvertisementAll affected customers will be notified with a rescission notice as soon as the water quality is confirmed to be at safe consumption levels, said Charlotte County Utilities.For future emergency notices, click here and click Utility Notices. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementTags: Heritage Landing CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. – The Charlotte County Utilities Department has issued a boil water notice for a portion of the Burnt Store service area due to work being done on the water lines.All customers with addresses within Heritage Landing should boil all water intended for drinking or cooking at a rolling boil for a minimum of one minute.Charlotte County Utilities issued the notice due to reduced system pressure from the shut-off of the water supply and as a precautionary measure.The boil water notice is in place until further notice. Advertisement RELATEDTOPICSlast_img read more

21 Jun

Crime drops in Fort Myers

first_imgFort Myers police officer involved in Freeh Report back on leave June 10, 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 AdvertisementChief Diggs is proud of the department’s progress, but wants to improve community relationships.City officials are partnering with the police department to hand out a community survey. It will be sent to all Fort Myers residents to see what changes they want to see.The goal with doing all of this is to improve the department. Advertisement Fort Myers Police Chief Diggs’ contract extended by city council June 9, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS FORT MYERS, Fla.– Fort Myers Police officials met with council members in Fort Myers to discuss how they can improve their department.Police said they are proud of the progress they have made in the last four years because crime decreased. From 2016 to 2020, property crimes decreased by 21%.When it comes to burglaries, from 2016 to 2020 they dropped by 45%. Fort Myers Police Chief Derrick Diggs said he believes their ‘place based enforcement’ helped. This means the department focuses patrols on high crime areas.center_img Woman arrested during drug bust at Fort Myers home June 10, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement AdvertisementTags: Fort Myers Police Department Man killed during shooting at Central Avenue June 12, 2021last_img read more

20 Jun

Deaths in Laois – Sunday, October 21, 2018

first_img TAGSDeaths in Laois Previous articleAnother win for Portlaoise Panthers as ladies continue unbeaten startNext articleLaois band getting ready to rock at home and away Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Sunday, October 21, 2018 Deaths Pinterest New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Community Deaths in Laois – Sunday, October 21, 2018 Facebook WhatsApp Facebook Council Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Margaret Plunkett (née O’Brien)Westlands, Portlaoise, Laois/Thomastown, KilkennyPlunkett, Westlands, Portlaoise and late of Coppenagh, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. Oct 20th 2018 Peacefully surrounded by her loving family. Margaret (Peg), beloved wife of the late Jim, and dearly loved mother to George, Seamus and Oliver. Cherished grandmother to Denise, George, Karen, Reuben and Polly. Great-grandmother to George, Sadie, and Senan. Deepy regretted by her daughters-in-law Elizabeth, Denise, and Catriona, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.Reposing at Keegan’s Funeral Home, Portlaoise on Sunday from 7pm, with rosary at 9pm. Removal on Monday to Ss Peter and Paul’s Church to arrive for 1pm mass. Interment will follow in Ss Peter and Paul’s Cemetery, Portlaoise.Winnifred (Una) BakerStillbrook, Mountrath, LaoisWinnifred (Una) Baker, Stillbrook, Mountrath, Co. Laois. Died October 19th Peacefully at The Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise. Beloved daughter of the late Patrick and Mary. Predeceased by her siblings Tess, May O Brien, Peg O Neill, Lil Fitzpatrick, Michael, John and Tom. Deeply regretted by her neices, nephews, grandneices, grandnephews, great-grandnephews, nieces, neighbours, relatives and many friends. Reposing Burke’s Funeral Home, Mountrath Sunday from 5pm. Recital of The Rosary at 8pm. Removal on Monday at 10.30am to St Fintan’s Church for 11am Requiem Mass. Burial after in Clonenagh Cemetery.Tom NevilleOak Park, Carlow Town, Carlow / Fethard-on-Sea, Wexford / Clonaslee, LaoisTom Neville died in the loving care of Aut Even Hospital, Kilkenny. Formerly of Fethard on Sea. Retired Teagasc and former Wexford Hurler. Beloved husband of Annie and much loved father of Mary. Sadly missed by his wife, daughter, sisters Stáis and Kathleen, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, Peter, Emma and all his other grand-nieces and grand-nephews, cousins, relatives, many friends especially those of his GAA family. Reposing in R. Healy & Son Funeral Home Pollerton Castle, Carlow (Ericode R93 TC53) from 3pm on Sunday concluding with prayers at 8pm. Funeral Mass on Monday at 10am in the Cathedral of the Assumption, Carlow. Burial afterwards in St. Manmam’s Cemetery, Clonaslee, Co. Laois, arriving 1pm approx. Family flowers only, please, donations in lieu to Cystic Fibrosis Ireland.Tom PetersStradbally rd., Portlaoise, Laois / Dunnamaggin, KilkennyTom, (ex Detective Garda), beloved husband of Betty and loving father to Elma, and Breidette (O’Donnell), and the late Dick. Surrounded by his loving family after a short illness. Cherished grandfather to Ellen, Eva, and Luke. Deeply regretted by his loving family, son-in-law Paul, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, relatives and friends. Reposing privately. Funeral will arrive at Ss Peter and Paul’s Church, Portlaoise at 6pm on Sunday evening. Requiem mass at 11am on Monday followed by interment in Ss Peter and Paul’s Cemetery.Sandra Byrne (née O’Reilly)Rathgilbert House, Athy, Kildare / Kells, Meath / LaoisBYRNE née O’Reilly, Sandra, Rathgilbert House, Athy, Co. Kildare (and late of Kilbeg House, Kells, Co. Meath) October 19, 2018. Deeply regretted by her loving husband Liam, children Audrey and Timmy, sisters Valerie and Caroline, brothers Graham and Gerard, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and a wide circle of friends. Reposing at Rathgilbert House (Eir Code R14 XR70) between 1pm and 5pm on Sunday. Removal on Monday morning at 10.30am to arrive at St. Joseph’s Church, Ballyadams for Requiem Mass at 11am. Burial afterwards in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Ballyadams. House private otherwise.Maureen McEvoy (née Maloney)Woodstock Grove, Athy, Kildare / Vicarstown, LaoisFormerly Raheenaniska, Vicarstown County Laois. Peacefully in the loving care of the staff of Aut Even Hospital, Kilkenny. Loving wife of the late John, dear sister of the late Frank and loving mother of Ann (recently deceased). Deeply regretted by her loving daughters Mary and Paula, brother Jim, grandsons David and Adam, great-granddaughter Croiadh, great-grandson Fionn, son-in-law Adrian, sister-in-law Ann, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Rest In Peace. Reposing at the Presentation Chapel Sradbally on Friday from 6pm with Rosary at 8pm. Removal on Saturday at 11:30am arriving Church of the Assumption Vicarstown for Requiem Mass at 12 noon. Funeral afterwards to Moyanna Cemetery.Piotr Dzierzawska 17 Laurel Drive, Portlaoise, LaoisThe death has occured of Piotr Dzierzawska. Cremation has taken place. He is deeply mourned by his loving wife Jolanta, neighbours and many friends.Memorial service will take place in Keegan’s Funeral Home on Sunday, 21st October, at 3pm. No flowers, please, donations, if desired, to the ISPCA.Martina Behan (née Brophy)Rushall, Mountrath, LaoisMartina Behan (nee Brophy), Rushall, Mountrath, Co. Laois. October 16. 2018. Peacefully at her home, surrounded by her loving family and friends. Deeply regretted by her husband Billy, daughters Amy and Rachel, sons Daryl and Josh, sisters Anne and Mary, brother Billy, extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends.Reposing in Guilfoyle’s Funeral Home, Castletown, Mountrath this Thursday evening, Oct. 18th, from 6 o’c with rosary in the funeral home at 9 o’c. Removal on Friday, morning Oct. 19th, at 10.30 o’c to St. Fintan’s Church, Mountrath for Funeral Mass at 11 o’c, with burial immediately afterwards in St. Fintan’s Cemetery, Mountrath.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Saturday, October 20, 2018 Twitter Pinterest By Alan Hartnett – 21st October 2018 Community RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more

19 Jun

Families of victims abducted by North Korean agents gather at Bangkok…

first_img The International Coalition to Stop Crimes against Humanity in North Korea (ICNK) hosted an international symposium in Bangkok, Thailand, on November 17 at Kasetsart University’s political science department, supported by the Thai National Human Rights Commission. The family members of the victims of North Korean abductions in South Korea, Japan, and Thailand are set to get together at the event.The symposium focused on the issue of North Korea’s actions and the response of the international community, covering the forcible disappearance of Japanese and Thai citizens, as well as abductions of South Koreans.Abductions and forced disappearances by the North Korean state are also said to have been perpetrated against European and Southeast Asian citizens. However, due to complicating factors such as political ramifications and the safety of the victim’s families, the issue has not been widely publicized.The Thai government’s response to the abduction issue has been similar and relatively inactive in addressing the problem. However, as a result of the enduring efforts of Banjong Panchoi’s, the nephew of abduction victim Anocha Panchoi, the Thai government recently began to show more interest in the abduction issue. In this context, ICNK was permitted to hold a symposium with the cooperation of the Association for the Rescue of North Korea Abductees, Chiangmai (ARNKA), a member organization of ICNK, together with the Thai National Human Rights Commission.In response, Kwon Eun Kyoung, Secretariat of the International Coalition to Stop Crimes against Humanity in North Korea, said, “I hope that those governments who maintain diplomatic relations with North Korea including Thailand will more actively engage them on the issue of abduction. It will be of great help if the Thai government actively cooperates in resolving the issue.”“Forced detainment is one of the more serious human rights violations classified as one of the ‘crimes against humanity’ stipulated in the Rome Statute by the International Criminal Court (ICC),” Ms. Kwon noted, emphasizing that it is important for NGOs and the families of abductees to raise their voice together to ensure that the UN and the international community remains focused on identifying the parties responsible in North Korea. “Of all kinds of human rights abuses by the North Korean regime, the abduction issue is strategically very important because it is difficult for the North Korean regime to logically evade its culpability due to the nationalities of the victims and their families,” she added.“Most of all, we must not only confirm the location of the abductees but also push for their repatriation.”Those who participated in the event include Ha Young Nam, director of the ‘Korean War Abductees’ Family Union,’ Hwang In Cheol, a representative of the ‘Korean Air Abductees’ Families’ (a group of family members of the missing passengers and crew of a Korean Airlines (KAL) aircraft hijacked by North Korea in 1969), Kim Dong Nam, president of the ‘International Network for a Free North Korea,’ and Teruaki Sumoto, representative of the ‘Association of Families of Victims Kidnapped by North Korea (AFVKN).’  SHARE Ordinary Pyongyang residents have not received government rations since mid-April By Daily NK – 2016.11.18 3:25pm News North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store Families of victims abducted by North Korean agents gather at Bangkok symposiumcenter_img News News AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Newslast_img read more

18 Jun

Supreme Court upholds Industrial Alliance’s language rights

first_img GWL reports ‘solid’ Q1 earnings IA appealed the case, which made its way to the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC). In a decision released Nov. 16, the SCC ruled that the Tax Court must hear the case again because some witnesses were not permitted to testify in French.“The [language rights] violations were numerous and, in some cases, serious and repeated, and they brought the administration of justice into disrepute,” wrote the SCC in its decision.Mazraani, who has represented himself throughout the last six years, wrote in a memorandum to the SCC that the legal process has been a “slow kill,” particularly because his employment status is still not resolved. He saw the language issue as tangential, writing, “I strongly refuse to be a part of the language issue. It is a political issue.”Of his motivations, he said, “This case [concerns the] public interest and it is a protection [sic] to every financial advisor who [has] suffered from financial institutions’ exploitation by working hundreds of hours for free.”Facts of the caseIn 2012, after Mazraani had worked for six months as an insurance representative, IA terminated his contract because he had not made any sales for five consecutive weeks.Following that, Mazraani asked the Canada Employment Insurance Commission to consider his IA work to be employment so he could qualify for unemployment insurance. When both the commission and the Canada Revenue Agency denied this request, he appealed to the TCC.At first, Mazraani and the Minister of National Revenue were the only parties involved in the proceedings. However, IA intervened because Mazraani had signed IA’s standard contract; if the court ruled in Mazraani’s favour, it could affect the employment status of the other 400 insurance reps contracted with IA. “The case was calling [IA’s] business model into question,” the SCC wrote in its judgment.As such, the majority of witnesses were affiliated with IA.Lost in translationThe TCC judge began the proceedings in English. IA’s lawyers had drafted key documents in French; Mazraani said he was more comfortable in English. Yet, in the SCC’s opinion, “The judge did nothing to […] ensure that everyone understood their language rights.”On the second day of the hearing, Industrial Alliance’s first witness asked to testify in French. The judge offered to bring in an interpreter but warned that doing so would postpone the hearing for a day. As such, the witness agreed to speak in English, using a few French words.Throughout the rest of the six-day hearing, the judge continued to speak in English and insisted that IA’s witnesses do the same. Further, the judge interrupted and admonished IA’s witnesses when they spoke in French or tried to request language accommodations.“The judge should have intervened to explain that the right to testify in the official language of one’s choice is unconditional,” the ruling said.The TCC judge found that Mazraani was an employee. In his ruling, he criticized IA’s witnesses for using imprecise language, and “wrote scathingly about insurance companies in general.” The judge also ordered IA, even though it was an intervener, to pay the costs of the Tax Court proceedings.IA appealed this decision to the Federal Court of Appeal, which ordered a new hearing before another TCC judge. After that ruling was appealed to the SCC, the high court upheld the appeal court’s order.“In Canada, the right to speak in the official language of one’s choice in certain courts is a fundamental and substantive right that is recognized in both constitutional and quasi‑constitutional laws,” noted the SCC ruling.After the SCC ruling’s release, Jordan Stone, an associate at Weir Foulds in Toronto, tweeted: “This case underlies the importance of ensuring the language rights of witnesses in discipline hearings are respected. While this decision focuses on ‘courts,’ regulators should pay careful attention to the [SCC’s] comments.” Sun Life Financial buying Pinnacle Care International The Supreme Court of Canada has confirmed that a judge violated the language rights of several employees of Quebec City-based Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc. (IA) who testified in a Tax Court case about whether IA insurance reps are employees or contractors.In the 2016 Tax Court of Canada (TCC) case, an insurance representative who had been dismissed from IA argued that he qualified for unemployment benefits, despite the fact that his contract stipulated he was self-employed. The TCC ruled in favour of the rep, Kassem Mazraani, finding he was indeed an employee and throwing into question IA’s business model. Supreme Court of Canada spirer/123RF Melissa ShinAlizée Calza Bitcoin surge doesn’t affect damages, B.C. court says Keywords Life insurance industry,  Insurance advisors,  LawsuitsCompanies Tax Court of Canada, Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

17 Jun

Health Minister Commends NHF’S Contribution to Health Care

first_imgRelatedHealth Minister Commends NHF’S Contribution to Health Care Health Minister Commends NHF’S Contribution to Health Care Health & WellnessSeptember 27, 2009 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Health, Hon Rudyard Spencer, has commended the work of the National Health Fund (NHF) in advancing health care for Jamaicans.“I want to place on record my tremendous appreciation for what the health fund is doing to advance the cause of health care for the Jamaican people. I am proud of the National Health Fund and you should be too,” Mr. Spencer said.He was speaking on Wednesday (September 23) at a ceremony marking the start of the renovation and expansion of a facility at the Lionel Town Hospital, Clarendon, for the training of Dialysis and Pharmacy Technicians.The Health Minister said the abolition of user fees has led more persons to seek prescription drugs, which has caused some problems in the health sector, as it was impractical for the existing staff to be serving significantly more people.“More people accessing drugs, made it impossible for the same amount of drugs before to serve significantly more people and, against that background, there emerged some talks between the National Health Fund and myself,” he said.He added that it was in that context that a team from the NHF, University of Technology (UTech) and himself visited Lionel Town Hospital and identified the building to house the training school.Mr. Spencer said that the health sector in Jamaica has a serious shortage of Dialysis and Pharmacy Technicians, and it was out of that concern that the idea was born.“If you have a shortage of people and you cannot get those people, the next best is to train those people, and we are going to do just that at Lionel Town Hospital. I am really fascinated because, having trained here for a year, these graduates can move on to develop a skill at the University of the West Indies or UTech,” he said.The Health Minister also charged persons who have passes in CSEC subjects, to make use of the opportunity available at the training centre, and also called on the community to pass on the word about the facility.The training programme for the technicians will be delivered by UTech, through two certificate courses at the technician level to over 100 participants who will be identified by the Ministry of Health.Participants need five subjects in the Caribbean Secondary Examination (CSEC), inclusive of Mathematics, English and a Science subject. Advertisementscenter_img RelatedHealth Minister Commends NHF’S Contribution to Health Care RelatedHealth Minister Commends NHF’S Contribution to Health Carelast_img read more

16 Jun

Labor will provide important funding for Surf Life Saving

first_imgLabor will provide important funding for Surf Life Saving Tasmanian Labor$886,000 for fully equipped inflatable rescue boats$370,204 for personal protective equipmentLabor is working for Tasmanians to deliver healthy, active and safer communitiesA majority Labor Government will provide significant new funding to Surf Life Saving Tasmania to ensure it can continue its crucial work in addition to the current funding that SLST receives.Labor Member for Braddon Anita Dow said the funding investment would help fund inflatable rescue boats, personal protective equipment and rescue water craft.“Surf Life Saving does incredible work in Tasmania and it is important they have the resources they need to continue to save lives and protect Tasmanians,” Ms Dow said.“Our funding commitment includes $886,000 for 30 fully equipped inflatable rescue boats on trailers with a spare motor and low light response kits to be circulated to Surf Life Saving clubs in Tasmania.“We will also provide $370,204 for inland, inshore and coastal personal protective equipment, with the funding providing 110 x wet weather PPE response kits, an additional 32 x flood rescues PPE kits for training and response and a further $27,000 for three rapid response water rescue crafts.”Ms Dow said the new equipment will deliver better outcomes for Tasmanians.“This new equipment will ensure Tasmanians can feel safe in our beaches and waterways, knowing Surf Life Saving Tasmania has the right equipment to help in emergencies.“I am proud that a Labor Government will fund this vital equipment.“Labor is working for Tasmanians to deliver healthy, active and safer communities.”Anita Dow MPLabor Member for Braddon /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:Government, Investment, outcomes, personal protective equipment, rescue, resources, Tasmania, Tasmanian Labor, Tassie, Water, weatherlast_img read more

12 Jun

PIOJ Aims at Probate Reform to Mobilise Public and Private Assets

first_imgPIOJ Aims at Probate Reform to Mobilise Public and Private Assets Finance & Public ServiceJanuary 27, 2012Written by: Douglas McIntosh RelatedPIOJ Aims at Probate Reform to Mobilise Public and Private Assets Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Dr. Gladstone Hutchinson, has announced that probate reform, which aims to mobilise private and public assets, deemed under-utilised, is expected to come on stream within the next few months.Speaking on the final day of the Jamaica Stock Exchange’s (JSE) seventh Investments and Capital Markets Conference at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston, on January 26, Dr. Hutchinson said asset mobilisation is a pivotal component in realising the commitment of creating an enabling business environment, as outlined in the country’s long-term National Development Plan, Vision 2030 Jamaica.Vision 2030 Jamaica  is the country’s first long-term  national development plan, which aims at enabling  Jamaica to  achieve developed country status  by 2030.  It is  based  on a comprehensive vision:  “Jamaica, the place of choice  to live, work, raise families and do business.”“With asset mobilisation, what we (at the PIOJ) are interested in doing, is figuring out how we can mobilise idle or latently productive human, physical and financial assets in both the public and private sectors. That is, increasing the mobility of these assets and enabling greater efficiency in the use of these assets to support production,” he explained, while stressing the importance of private/public collaboration in this regard.Citing land as an example where probate reform would be effective, the PIOJ Head pointed to some 6,000 cases of wills for properties, which cannot be probated, because of difficulties being experienced in processing these documents. He noted that challenges were being experienced, particularly with wills prepared between 1920 and 1945, which “were all just done on (paper) leaves”, hence, “we can’t move the process through.”“We have worked it through and we now know the one area which is left for it (probate reform) to go through, as we have already solved where the bottleneck is. It basically means that we have to electronically put all these things (will and land information) on the system, scan them, and put them in, so that we can move. We are on the verge of breaking through on that. All the legislations  (are in place),  and we are expecting to have this breakthrough within the next couple of months,” he assured.Dr. Hutchinson said asset mobilisation is one of six priority areas the PIOJ has identified for collaborative policy development between the government and private sector, given the current “tight fiscal constraints.” The others are: social inclusion, competitiveness, public sector transformation, business networking, and built and natural environment issues.“What we are calling for now, is for a modern relationship. A modern partnership between government and the private sector, where government concentrates on the delivery of its core functions, so that the private sector can concentrate on project risk and business risk for their activities, including those that they are going to partner with government on,” he  said.In this regard, the PIOJ Head stressed that addressing the challenges associated with probate reform  is necessary.“It will lead to significant economic elasticity. It also leads to significant economic (benefits), because for a lot of people, their primary asset is the land that they inherited which, in a number of cases, they cannot currently use. And, to get it going, we are going to need the private sector’s imagination and entrepreneurship,” Dr. Hutchinson underscored. Story HighlightsDirector General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Dr. Gladstone Hutchinson, has announced that probate reform, which aims to mobilise private and public assets, deemed under-utilised, is expected to come on stream within the next few months.Speaking on the final day of the Jamaica Stock Exchange’s (JSE) seventh Investments and Capital Markets Conference at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston, on January 26, Dr. Hutchinson said asset mobilisation is a pivotal component in realising the commitment of creating an enabling business environment, as outlined in the country’s long-term National Development Plan, Vision 2030 Jamaica. Vision 2030 Jamaica  is the country’s first long-term  national development plan, which aims at enabling  Jamaica to  achieve developed country status  by 2030.  It is  based  on a comprehensive vision:  “Jamaica, the place of choice  to live, work, raise families and do business.”   RelatedPIOJ Aims at Probate Reform to Mobilise Public and Private Assetscenter_img RelatedPIOJ Aims at Probate Reform to Mobilise Public and Private Assets FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisementslast_img read more