4 Sep

Mark Kleinman’s big predictions for the Square Mile in 2019

first_imgFriday 11 January 2019 1:10 am •Another difficult year lies in store for Britain’s struggling outsourcers, but there will not be another collapse on the scale of Carillion. Interserve, the most vulnerable major player right now, will strike a deal with creditors that will see them take control, with RMD Kwikform, its prized subsidiary, being handed to lenders. Amey will be sold by Spanish owner Ferrovial to a private equity consortium. And Mitie’s turnaround under chief executive Phil Bentley will draw interest from at least one bidder.•Marks & Spencer, Direct Line Group, Greene King, Aviva and 3i Group will be among the blue-chip companies naming new chief executives, although few of those who depart will do so from a position of strength. In that exclusive club will be Simon Borrows, who will quit as the boss of 3i having done an exceptional job reviving its private equity investment strategy. And Paul Geddes, who departs Direct Line after a successful decade, will be rewarded with another big chief exec job outside the insurance sector.•The Government’s target of offloading its entire stake in Royal Bank of Scotland during this parliament had barely been published last autumn before the assumptions underpinning it began to look ambitious. Events this year will reinforce that sense, with Brexit-related uncertainty preventing the shares from gaining sufficient ground to justify further disposals. There will be better news elsewhere in the Whitehall disposal programme, with UK Asset Resolution offloading the last of its remaining mortgage portfolios by the year-end.•Equity markets will continue to fare poorly throughout the year, driven lower by repeated flare-ups in trade tensions. The FTSE 100 will close at 6,450 points, a disappointing outcome given that global economic growth figures will surprise (marginally) on the upside. Crude oil will end the year at $62 a barrel; and sterling will end the year in the doldrums, with a pound worth just $1.15.£ Mark Kleinman is the City Editor of Sky News. @MarkKleinmanSky Mark Kleinman’s big predictions for the Square Mile in 2019 Sir Martin Sorrell’s WPP exit, Unilever’s HQ U-turn, Melrose’s swoop for GKN: 2018 was a year full of surprises in the City. And while forecasting might be a fool’s errand, here are 10 predictions for the year ahead.•Theresa May will decisively lose next week’s “meaningful vote” on Brexit: that’s not a punt that will win many plaudits for prescience. But after that, there is a serious risk that her Government unravels as her plan B fails to corral substantial support from across the Commons. 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These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. whatsappcenter_img Tags: 3i Group Aviva Barclays Brexit Carillion Company easyJet FTSE 100 GKN Greene King Insurance Interserve Martin Sorrell People Private equity Rio Tinto Royal Mail Sir Philip Green Sky Theresa May Unilever WPP Mark KleinmanMark Kleinman is the city editor of Sky News •It will be a better year for Moya Greene than for Royal Mail, the company she ran until last year, and which will issue at least two profit warnings in 2019. After becoming a non-executive director of Easyjet and Rio Tinto, Greene will join the ranks of FTSE 100 chairs this year, replacing John McAdam at United Utilities. That said, she will, at the end of the year, still be one of barely a handful of female chairs in Britain’s blue-chip share index.•Thomas Cook will survive the year – perhaps. Booking volumes early in the new year will determine whether the venerable tour operator can avert the collapse from which it narrowly escaped eight years ago. Directors will sanction the sale of its airline in the spring as part of a financing package that will provide another medium-term stay of execution.•During another year of turmoil for the high street, the most significant shift will come in the form of Sir Philip Green’s exit from Britain’s retail sector. The tycoon will strike a series of deals in the autumn to carve up his Top Shop-to-Dorothy Perkins empire, while injecting a substantial sum into the group’s pension scheme. A tail-between-the-legs retreat? Perhaps, but a sensible one given another tsunami of bankruptcies across the industry.•Brexit’s impact on the City’s dealmaking fraternity will be profound, at least in the first quarter of 2019. The UK will slump down the M&A league tables as private equity sponsors and corporate chiefs alike sit on their hands amid currency volatility and economic uncertainty. The picture will look brighter after that, though, as deal activity is strengthened by a significant number of public-to-private takeovers. It won’t be enough to elevate the UK to more than half of 2018’s M&A level by value.•Edward Bramson is not known for his shy and retiring nature, so his campaign for a board seat at Barclays will be voluble. It won’t succeed, however; with a change of chairman scheduled for the spring, the bank will do enough to persuade leading investors that Bramson’s strategy is unlikely to strengthen the Barclays investment case. Regulators will also exert quiet pressure to deter Bramson from a more aggressive proxy battle. whatsapp Opinion Sharelast_img read more

4 Sep

Johnson’s leadership campaign receives £50,000 from CMC chief Cruddas

first_imgFormer Tory treasurer and long-term donor to the party, Cruddas, recently called for Theresa May’s successor to be committed to delivering Brexit. The former London Mayor met with potential wealthy backers at a private members’ club in Mayfair. “I’m going to give him [Johnson] some money and back him,” he told Bloomberg on Thursday. “I think we need a Brexiteer as our next prime minister. Read more: Boris Johnson wins legal challenge against court summons Cruddas is one of the City’s leading figures and is the founder of the financial spread-betting firm CMC. Michael Searles So far candidates have raised hundreds of thousands of pounds between them ahead of the leadership contest, which gets underway on Monday. Boris Johnson’s leadership campaign receives £50,000 from CMC chief Cruddas It comes as Johnson seeks to appease business leaders following his “f*** business” outburst last year in the wake of protests against a no deal Brexit and the consequences it could have on the British economy. Read more: Nigel Farage delivers letter to PM demanding Brexit party role in EU talks Friday 7 June 2019 2:29 pm “The country voted to leave the European Union and I think we should have someone that delivered that, and it should be someone like Boris Johnson.” Tory leadership candidate Boris Johnson has received a £50,000 donation to his campaign from CMC markets chief executive Peter Cruddas. whatsapp Johnson has tried to raise as much as £500,000, according to Sky News, although some of that will have been spent prior to today, when the limit to spending kicks in. He wrote the cheque for Johnson’s campaign earlier this week, as first reported by Sky News. Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likebonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comUndoPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryUndoZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldUndoFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm OracleUndoDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionUndoMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryUndoDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyUndoNext RefinanceThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryNext RefinanceUndoPost FunThe Deadliest Snakes Ever Found On The PlanetPost FunUndo Share Under the contest’s current rules, candidates can spend no more than £150,000 each between today and the election of a new leader. whatsapplast_img read more

24 Aug

Alaska’s governor-elect makes key appointments

first_imgGovernment | State GovernmentAlaska’s governor-elect makes key appointmentsNovember 26, 2018 by Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska Share:Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy talks to a group gathered at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Juneau, Alaska, during his campaign for governor. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy’s cabinet is taking shape with several key positions announced Monday to lead state agencies. And only one has worked for a state government.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2018/11/26CABINET.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The governor-elect recently tapped Jeremy Price to be his deputy chief of staff. Price grew up in Alaska, and from 2014 until recently he worked for a conservative group advocating less industry regulation.“We support lower taxes, limited government, and accountability for our elected officials,” he said during a June interview as head of the Alaska chapter of Americans for Prosperity.Founded in 2004, it’s a libertarian, conservative activist organization largely bankrolled by the billionaire Koch brothers. He’s also worked as Congressman Don Young’s legislative director and as an aide to Sen. Lisa Murkowski. He then worked for the American Petroleum Institute, the trade association for the oil and gas industry.Price isn’t the only oil-and-gas industry veteran tapped for a cabinet position.Jason Brune will be the commissioner for the Department of Environmental Conservation; he replaces Larry Hartig, who served in both the Parnell and Walker administrations.Brune most recently worked as land and resources senior director for Cook Inlet Region, Inc., an Alaska Native corporation that’s Southcentral Alaska’s largest private landowner. He also worked for the Resources Development Council and for the mining giant Anglo American.“He is tenacious, he is detail-orientated,” said Kara Moriarty, president and CEO of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association. She said Brune’s undergraduate degree in biology and graduate work in environmental science allows him to get into the weeds when talking policy.“He is very committed and loyal to whoever he works for, and so I think he’ll do an amazing job representing the state’s interests,” she said Monday.Brune has also served on several boards including the Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Recovery Team and Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Public Advisory Committee.That makes him known among environmentalists.“I’ve known Jason for a long time, I knew him when he was with the Resource Development Council,” said Bob Shavelson of environmental group Cook Inletkeeper. “He’s someone you can certainly talk to. He’s open-minded. He also has a very strong pro-development slant, so that’s what we would expect from the Dunleavy administration.”Shavelson said he’s skeptical that the incoming governor will be able to address the state’s fiscal problems through expanded resource development.“But I think we will see a much stronger emphasis on opening up large oil, gas and mining projects,” he said by phone in Homer.The incoming commissioner for the Department of Health and Social Services is Adam Crum, a conservative Republican from Wasilla. The governor’s team touts Crum’s private sector experience: he’s executive vice president of Northern Industrial Training. The Palmer-based firm offers welding classes and other vocational development courses.Crum has a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University.Two years ago he made a failed primary challenge against Sen. Shelley Hughes, a Wasilla Republican.“We spent considerable time with him,” recalled Pat Martin of Alaska Right to Life. “We of course asked him a lot of questions about his positions, about protecting life, and he was one of the candidates that we endorsed back in 2016.”The group says it wants to protect all life from the moment of conception: that means an end to abortion in Alaska.“And so if Adam’s role in the Department of Health and Social Services is such that he can make an impact on that, then we’re all for it,” Martin said.The right to abortion is protected by the U.S. and Alaska constitutions.“It’s not just about the right, it’s about ensuring access,” said Treasure Mackley at Planned Parenthood’s regional office in Seattle. “It’s ensuring that you have the ability to access a provider. You have the ability to access the birth control that you need. It’s about the ability you have to access a doctor.”Health and Social Services controls access — especially for rural and low-income women.She said Dunleavy’s decision to elevate Crum from a conservative political hopeful to head of the state’s largest social services agency is “deeply concerning for us.”Other Dunleavy administration appointments include Jonathan Quick as commissioner for the Department of Administration. He comes from the Kenai Peninsula Borough where he oversaw hundreds of public workers. As the state’s Administration commissioner, he’ll oversee thousands.Dunleavy’s budget director will be Donna Arduin, a state budget specialist and former private-sector financial analyst. Of this latest batch of picks, she’s the only one with state-level experience. She’s worked for Florida politicians Marco Rubio, Rick Scott and Jeb Bush. And for California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as he tried to weather that state’s fiscal crisis.Share this story:last_img read more

4 Jul

People / Andy Fitt named new managing director of Yusen Logistics UK

first_img Yusen Logistics has promoted Andy Fitt to be its new managing director in the UK.Mr Fitt has been with the company for the past three years, firstly as a business unit director and most recently as deputy managing director.He succeeds Kevin Appleton, who has moved up to become chairman of Yusen Logistics UK (YLUK).Mr Fitt said: “I am excited to take on this responsibility to continue driving YLUK forwards. The UK is a highly competitive and challenging market, with strategic importance for customers in all of our core vertical markets. “I look forward to further enhancing our performance and delivering on our M&A strategy; whilst ensuring business continuity through future challenges. As always, we will place customers at the heart of our business.”Mr Fitt has held previous executive positions held at CEVA, Norbert Dentressangle UK and TNT Logistics. YLUK said he “brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the role, and is committed to seeing through its strategic growth agenda over the coming few years”. By Gavin van Marle 11/05/2018last_img read more

23 Jun

Genetically modified mosquitoes are one step closer to being released in Florida

first_img The proposed US trial has two goals, as outlined in the environmental assessment: see if the genetic modification in the engineered mosquitos is passed on to offspring, and determine if the offspring actually die earlier as intended.In the trial, mosquitoes would be released in Key Haven into an experimental zone. The trial would also include a buffer zone and a control zone on the island. The zones would not be physically divided by barriers like nets, but Aedes aegypti only travel in an area encompassing a few hundred meters on average in their lifetime, so they should not migrate from one area to the other, said Oxitec spokesman Matthew Warren. Egg traps in both the experimental and control zones would help compare the mosquito populations.Oxitec’s mosquito is the first genetically engineered animal to be approved by the FDA for use in an open-release field trial, said FDA officials. “I think the pathways that would enable emergency use should be looked at, because the crisis is here and now. It would be an awful shame if in two or three years time we looked back and said why didn’t we do this when we had it in our hands,” he said during a Friday press conference.advertisement Related: By Ike Swetlitz Aug. 5, 2016 Reprints Related: In light of FDA’s findings and increasing numbers of locally acquired cases of Zika infection, Oxitec CEO Haydn Perry urged a state of emergency-type declaration be considered to get the field trial underway quickly, suggesting that should efforts fail in Florida, the company would reluctantly look to other communities for its first US trials. The Keys have the infrastructure needed to do the work, Perry said, and going anywhere else would likely require significant ramp-up. US moves to allow release of genetically modified mosquitoes A public comment period following the preliminary findings yielded more than 2,600 public comments, including those opposing the plan. In November, residents of the Florida Keys will vote in a nonbinding referendum on whether or not to proceed with the field trial.Phil Goodman, chairman of the mosquito board, said the board could vote to allow the field trial, regardless of the outcome of the referendum on the November ballot.“I would vote to move forward” before the referendum, Goodman said.When Oxitec’s genetically engineered Aedes aegypti mate with regular mosquitos in the wild, the offspring die before they are able to reproduce, thus decreasing the total mosquito population and the spread of diseases such as dengue, chikungunya, and possibly Zika. In field trials in Brazil, the Cayman Islands, and Panama, the population of mosquitos in the experimental areas dropped by about 90 percent within six to nine months. And according to Oxitec, in one treated location, incidence of dengue fell by 90 percent while in the nontreated area, incidence fell by about 50 percent. Based on field trial results, work continues in Brazil, Panama and the Cayman Islands. A biologist releases genetically modified mosquitoes in Brazil. Similar efforts are being proposed by Oxitec for the Florida Keys. Victor Moriyama/Getty Images Florida is one step closer to field trials of genetically engineered mosquitoes that could slow the spread of diseases like Zika.The Food and Drug Administration issued its final environmental assessment Friday, finding that a proposed field trial to test the mosquitoes is effectively safe for both humans and the environment.FDA’s decision is not a final approval — Oxitec, the company who created the mosquitoes, now awaits the decision of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, which oversees mosquito management. advertisement Florida Keys delays residents’ vote on genetically modified mosquitoes In the LabGenetically modified mosquitoes are one step closer to being released in Florida Tags genetically modified organismsmosquitoesZika Viruslast_img read more

23 Jun

Routine vaccinations for U.S. children have plummeted during the Covid-19 pandemic

first_img Privacy Policy Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Leave this field empty if you’re human: “I think that didn’t happen,” Offit said. “I think there were a number of practices that didn’t do that because they were too scared. And so this is the result. You have this dramatic decline.”Neither Edwards nor Offit was involved in this study.The research suggests that the drop-off in vaccinations was less acute — though still sharp — in children under the age of 2 than in those aged 2 to 18 years old. It also points to a gradual uptick in administration of measles-containing vaccines in children under the age of 2 from about the end of March. But weekly numbers administered to children aged 2 to 18 remained a fraction of the previous weekly total through the end of the study period.“The identified declines in routine pediatric vaccine ordering and doses administered might indicate that U.S. children and their communities face increased risks for outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases,” the authors warned. Related: Please enter a valid email address. Routine vaccination of children in the United States appeared to have declined dramatically in March and April, in the weeks after Covid-19 was declared a pandemic and the United States government declared a national emergency, a new study published Friday shows.The authors, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other institutions, used vaccine ordering data from pediatricians who administer vaccines through the Vaccines for Children Program, which provides government-purchased vaccines to about half of the children in the United States. The study, published by the CDC in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, compared orders for the period from Jan. 7 through April 21 this year to the same period last year.The findings suggest childhood vaccination efforts nearly ground to a halt between March 13 — when the national emergency was declared — and April 19.advertisement HealthRoutine vaccinations for U.S. children have plummeted during the Covid-19 pandemic There was a 2.5 million-dose decline in orders of regular childhood vaccines — not counting influenza vaccines — and a 250,000-dose decline in vaccines containing measles protection in that period, the authors reported. Doctors and public health experts have worried that a vast number of regular health care needs — including preventive care interventions like vaccinations — have gone unmet in the past few months as people shy away from interacting with a health system that has, at least in some places, been overwhelmed by caring for Covid-19 patients.advertisement By Helen Branswell May 8, 2020 Reprintscenter_img What the world learned in eradicating smallpox: Unity mattered Helen Branswell Pediatricians in particular have been concerned that children may be missing critical vaccinations, which the new data confirm has happened.“Routine immunizations in young children are critical to maintain during the pandemic,” said Kathryn Edwards, a pediatrician and scientific director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program in Nashville, Tenn. “The usual childhood diseases are still around and we need to protect our children from them.”Paul Offit, a pediatrician and vaccines expert at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, said his institution had urged all pediatricians to continue to hold well-child appointments for children under the age of 2 to ensure they got their vaccinations on schedule. Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. Senior Writer, Infectious Disease Helen covers issues broadly related to infectious diseases, including outbreaks, preparedness, research, and vaccine development. Tags Coronaviruspublic health @HelenBranswell About the Author Reprintslast_img read more

20 Jun

Number of parking tickets handed out in Laois during Covid-19 pandemic revealed

first_img Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 months Facebook Pinterest Electric Picnic Previous articleLaois heart failure patients urged to embrace free supportsNext articlePortlaoise Hospital issue statement as Emergency Department ‘very busy with significant delays’ LaoisToday Reporter WhatsApp WhatsApp Council Twitter Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival By LaoisToday Reporter – 18th May 2021 Pinterest Home News Council Number of parking tickets handed out in Laois during Covid-19 pandemic revealed NewsCouncil Number of parking tickets handed out in Laois during Covid-19 pandemic revealed RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter TAGSLaois County CouncilParking fines Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date The number of parking fines that were handed out to motorists in Laois by the County Council has been revealed.According to the Irish Independent, 934 parking fines were administered from March 2020 to April 2021.This is despite the fact that Laois endured four lockdowns – one more than everywhere else bar Kildare and Offaly – and parking charges were waived completely for a period of time too.Fines range from €40 for general parking offences such as not having a pay and display ticket, to €150 for parking in a disabled space without displaying a valid pass.In comparison with our neighbours, Laois handed out almost treble Carlow’s figure of 391 and substantially more than Offaly (664).But the county did administer far less fines than the more heavily populated regions of Tipperary, Kildare and Kilkenny.Kildare had the highest of these with 14,494, Kilkenny was next with 4,061 while Tipperary had 2,627.Nationally, two counties, Roscommon and Leitrim, gave out no fines whatsoever.Leitrim waived parking costs during the pandemic to support local businesses while Roscommon also has free parking in place. While Waterford did not provide any data for the survey,Local Authorities across the state took in more than €6.6m as they dished out more than 168,000 parking tickets.Unsurprisingly, the counties with the largest populations led the way in terms of fines.Dublin (45,153) had the most with Cork (26,292), Galway (14,680) and Limerick (10,167) coming in next.SEE ALSO – Big pay rise on the cards for County Councillors following government decision Electric Picnic last_img read more

17 Jun

Seventeen Year-Old is Junior Mayor for Montego Bay

first_imgSeventeen Year-Old is Junior Mayor for Montego Bay UncategorizedNovember 26, 2006 Advertisements RelatedSeventeen Year-Old is Junior Mayor for Montego Bay FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Seventeen year-old, first year student at the Montego Bay Community College, Jodi-Anne Redway is the new Junior Mayor of Montego Bay.The pre-university student was bestowed with the coveted position on Wednesday (Nov. 22), at the Montego Bay Civic Centre, after immerging with the most points in the recently concluded Montego Bay Junior Mayor competition.The Montego Bay Junior Mayor competition forms part of the Local Government Month activities of the St. James Parish Council. November is observed as Local Government month.Jodi-Anne emerged from a field of twelve of her teen aged peers who were drawn from seven high schools, and the Montego Bay Community College within the parish of St. James. The participants each had to make a ten-minute presentation on a selected topic before an audience, which included three selected judges.Based on their presentation, each student could harness a maximum of 105 points from the judges, and Jodi-Anne earned the most points, gaining 90 of the possible 105 points to be named the Junior Mayor of Montego Bay for 2006. Shenika Gray of Cambridge High School gained 86 points and was named Deputy Junior Mayor.In her presentation, the new Junior Mayor spoke on the topic: ‘The duties of Leaders’, in which she called for a lobbying for equal opportunities for all, and people empowerment. She said that these were necessary for Montego Bay as a municipality, and the parish of St. James as a whole, for full development.Pointing out that the local government representatives were key in achieving these targets, she said that creative ways had to be employed to mobilize people participation in the governance process, while at the same time ensuring that the necessary infrastructure and services were in place.Jodi-Anne expressed the view that the Parish Councillors should be that all important link between the man in the street, and the Local Government administrators.“I expect each of them (the Councillors) not to forget that a Councillor is a leader, taking action which will shape the future of the society. To do this the Councillors must be familiar not only with constituency problems but also with the bigger national picture and the complete Jamaican jurisprudence,” she stated.The student said that the Councillors should consider it their moral duty to give priority to the concerns and wishes of the electorate, always facilitating the cycle of information exchange.Guest speaker at the ceremony, Director for the National Centre for Youth Development, Ohene Blake, speaking on the topic; ‘Molding tomorrow’s leaders today’, stated that leadership did not begin at adulthood, as both young and old were today’s leaders. He said that for Jamaica to move into first world status then the quality of leadership within homes, churches, businesses, the political system, and schools must be improved.center_img RelatedSeventeen Year-Old is Junior Mayor for Montego Bay RelatedSeventeen Year-Old is Junior Mayor for Montego Baylast_img read more

17 Jun

Grade Four Achievement Test is not an Exam – Minister Henry-Wilson

first_imgRelatedGrade Four Achievement Test is not an Exam – Minister Henry-Wilson RelatedGrade Four Achievement Test is not an Exam – Minister Henry-Wilson Advertisements Grade Four Achievement Test is not an Exam – Minister Henry-Wilson UncategorizedJuly 10, 2007center_img RelatedGrade Four Achievement Test is not an Exam – Minister Henry-Wilson FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Education and Youth, Maxine Henry-Wilson has attributed low scores in one area of the Grade Four Achievement Test to a possible flaw in the Grade Four curriculum.Stating that no child has in fact failed the test, Mrs. Henry-Wilson emphasized that the test, “is not an exam. It’s not about a pass or fail.”The Minister was addressing parents attending the National Parent Teachers Association of Jamaica (NPTAJ) Conference at the University of Technology Auditorium in Kingston on Friday (July 6).Her remarks came in response to recent media reports propagating a high failure rate on the Grade Four Achievement Test among students in the public school system. Mrs. Henry-Wilson chided the media and critics on their interpretation of the results, and informed that she has asked the Ministry to educate the media about the Grade Four intervention.She indicated that most of the difficulties students had with the test was concentrated in one part of the test that assesses cognitive skills, and questioned the interventions used to prepare students for this section.“Why I want us to emphasize that the children have not failed is that, the test has different parts, and one of the things one of the officers pointed out to me was that many of the children passed two of the critical parts. The third part is the one about which there is concern, and it may be that we are not sufficiently focused on it. So it’s not a question of the children having failed it. It’s a question of whether in fact our interventions have been geared towards that part of the academic programme or the cognitive skills of the children,” she explained.The Education Minister also sought to clarify how the resultant decrease in the national average should be interpreted, indicating that a distinction should be made between the performances of boys and girls in any related discussion.While expressing concern about the performance of boys on the test, Mrs. Henry-Wilson informed that it was the boy’s scores that had lowered the national average.“The girls got a very high average and the boys brought down the national average,” she told the audience, assuring that the Ministry is “at the suggestion stage” in finding ways to deal with this situation.In the meantime, the Minister urged the media and other critics not to overlook those schools that have received 99 per cent on the test, and schools that have done well despite their poor work environment. “We should applaud parents and teachers whose schools have done well on the test,” she urged.Mrs. Henry-Wilson highlighted the transformation process that is taking place in the public school system. “When you go into the school and see some of the children, their demeanour, how well behaved they are, how they carry themselves, their presentations, the valedictorians, then you must know that something good is happening in that school,” she pointed out.“We need to big (them) up when good things happen,” she reiterated, adding, “We have made a quantum leap in terms of transformation. It is not a thing that is going to happen overnight. there (are) going to be increments,” the Minister said.last_img read more

17 Jun

Government Makes Adjustments to Motor Vehicle Import Policy

first_imgRelatedGovernment Makes Adjustments to Motor Vehicle Import Policy Advertisements Government Makes Adjustments to Motor Vehicle Import Policy UncategorizedSeptember 14, 2008 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Audley Shaw, has disclosed that the Government has reviewed the motor vehicle import policy, and has decided to modify the limitations imposed on the 20 per cent motor vehicle duty concession to public sector travelling officers, which was included in the 2008/2009 budget.“The Government has reviewed that policy and we have decided to make a modification. It will not go exactly back to the original policy. It will still be modified in terms of the cc rating (of the vehicles),” Mr Shaw said.“We will move the cc rating from 2,500 cc to 3,000 cc and in respect of the diesel vehicles; it will be moved from 2,500 cc to 3,200 cc. In terms of the CIF ceiling, it will be as it was before. The CIF will be US$25,000 and will attract the 20 per cent concession,” he added.Mr. Shaw also stated that for anything above the US$25,000 in terms of the cost of the vehicle, full duty will apply. He also stated that the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, will send out a circular outlining the changes made.The Minister of Finance was speaking yesterday (Sept. 11) during a ceremony held to sign the new two-year wage agreement (2008/10), between the Government and the Jamaica Police Federation, held at the Ministry’s National Heroes Circle Offices.Mr. Shaw explained that the motor vehicle concession is considered to be part of benefits provided to public sector employees by the Government, having regard to the “relatively modest pay structure” that exists in the sector.“It is not a benefit that should be transferred to other people and we are really asking organisations to assists us in ensuring that the system is not abused and that only the people for whom the benefits are intended are the persons who must receive the benefits,” Mr Shaw stressed.The Minister had announced in his 2008/09 Budget Debate presentation that the Government planned to limit the 20 per cent concession on vehicles to a CIF value of a maximum of US$25,000 and an engine size of the maximum of 2500 cc.center_img RelatedGovernment Makes Adjustments to Motor Vehicle Import Policy RelatedGovernment Makes Adjustments to Motor Vehicle Import Policylast_img read more