Provident Financial boss rebuffs Brexit doom-mongering

by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUnify Health LabsRandy Jackson: This 3 Minute Routine Transformed My HealthUnify Health Labsinvesting.comThe Military Spent $1 Billion On this New Vehicle, And Here’s The First Lookinvesting.comWarped SpeedCan You Name More State Capitals Than A 5th Grader? Find Out Now!Warped SpeedPensAndPatronTori Roloff Confirms Devastating News About The FamilyPensAndPatronPets DetectiveNFL Quarterback’s Fiancée Makes A Startling Admission About Their Personal LifePets DetectiveHouse CoastPregnant Beggar Was Asking for Help, But Then One Woman Followed HerHouse Coast Share Read more: Provident Financial has a good feeling about 2016Speaking to City A.M. he said: “We’re pretty optimistic around growth.”Crook explained Provident Financial is fairly well insulated from the micro-economic impacts of the Brexit vote, given that nearly all of the group’s operations are in the UK. This means the problems facing other international firms – such as passporting – aren’t as much of an issue.Instead, macro issues affecting the economy are what impact the lender. Speaking this morning, ahead of Theresa May unveiling her 12-point plan for Britain’s exit from the EU, he said:”The forecasts and the gloom immediately after Brexit have been proven to be wrong. whatsapp Tuesday 17 January 2017 5:25 pm Provident Financial boss rebuffs Brexit doom-mongering I was just writing my board report and looking at the economic forecasts that are out there, they’ve all been upgraded over the last few weeks.I don’t personally subscribe to all the doom-mongering around the Leave vote. whatsapp Oliver Gill Read more: Provident Financial leaves negative analysts in the coldFar from stealing market share from other credit card operators, according to Crook, Vanquis provided credit cards to people who have never had one before.But due to the necessity of things like online purchases, he said: “Credit cards are a pretty essential part of modern life.“Fundamentally, we are serving customers in an underserved market. Ever since the financial crisis there is a lack of supply of credit into this market for all those that want it.“We are continuing to see strong demand and it’s not because we’re dropped credit standards to book more business.”Shares in Provident Financial edged down in trading, closing 0.9 per cent lower. Provident Financial operates a number of brands including Vanquis Bank and Satsuma Loans and released its annual trading update today. Crook summarised the figures as “on the money”.He added: “Today’s statement is a fair workmanlike update of how we finished the year.”An underserved marketDuring 2016, Vanquis Bank, which runs the credit card business of the group and represents around two-thirds of operations, opened 406,000 new accounts. This led to net customer numbers growing by nine per cent to 1,545,000. The boss of sub prime lender Provident Financial said post-Brexit economic doom-mongering has been proven to be wrong and is quietly confident about what 2017 will bring.Peter Crook, the chief exec of the FTSE 100 firm, revealed there was plenty of room for the firm to grow, “serving customers in an underserved market”. read more

The big business invasion of the co-working world is bad news for entrepreneurs

first_imgIn June, it was announced that HSBC was to take 1,135 desks at WeWork’s Two Southbank Place development in Waterloo. Of course, they are perfectly entitled to do so – but the result is that these desks are now not available to smaller businesses.  It has become such big business that WeWork, one of the earlier entrants to the space, is now valued at $47bn and is preparing for an initial public offering. The total number of sites and seats available is estimated to have roughly doubled each year since 2005. In February, we launched The Coalface, a co-working space in Finsbury Park. It’s perhaps not the most obvious location for a business hub, but the decision to base ourselves here stemmed from our understanding that co-working sites in more central locations were starting to become unaffordable for many.  whatsapp City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. Thursday 15 August 2019 4:01 am Share Unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly apparent that this may not be the case. However, I fear that if current trends continue, many of the people co-working has previously supported will be forced back into coffee shops or their homes.  The big business invasion of the co-working world is bad news for entrepreneurs whatsapp Opinion NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 26: People walk by the co-working space WeWork in the Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn on March 26, 2019 in New York City. WeWork, which lets freelancers and other non-traditional workers to become members in a shared or flexible office space, has expanded globally over the last year but continues to suffer large losses. While in 2018 WeWork saw a more than doubling of its sales to $1.82 billion from a year earlier, the company’s losses over that same period also more than doubled to $1.93 billion. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) And that isn’t the only issue. Many of our members want a co-working space not only because of the flexibility and affordability, but because they provide them with the opportunity to surround themselves with like-minded people. The influx of larger companies is making these spaces more corporate, and taking away the feeling of being part of a small business community. It can be lonely and stressful starting a business. Co-working has offered a lifeline to many young creatives by providing them with an environment in which they can grow their company, create jobs, and ultimately move on to bigger and better things. I have worked in co-working for many years, and watching this happen has been one of the most satisfying parts of my job.  And herein lies a major issue. The people that you would imagine are filling the multitude of co-working sites across London – tech entrepreneurs, designers, freelancers – are being edged out by giant corporations.  In recent years, the co-working market has exploded. Since we opened our doors, feedback from our members has shown that we were right. Most have previously worked in co-working offices in more central locations. The same stories keep coming back to us: “these places just aren’t friendly to small businesses anymore”, “we were priced out”,“they were full of corporates”.  Jonathan HausmannJonathan Hausmann is chief operating officer at The Coalface. And at times of economic instability, when we need job creation more than ever, this would ultimately benefit no one. Co-working was designed to offer smaller businesses and entrepreneurs a less expensive and more flexible alternative to traditional long leases for commercial office space. So surely it is good news for this demographic that there are now so many spaces available?  Main image credit: Getty Big companies have clocked the value of offering their staff a hip, trendy office as an alternative to the corporate, homogenous City sites they have occupied for decades. It’s good for their image, it’s good for recruitment, but it’s bad for the people who truly rely on co-working spaces to run their businesses.  by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Like1MDDoctor: Try This For A Fatty Liver (Watch) 1MDStuff AnsweredBest Mattress Deals for Seniors 2020Stuff AnsweredBill CruncherArizona Drivers With No DUI’s Getting A Pay Day This Month (Check If You Qualify)Bill CruncherUnderstand Solar$0 Down Solar in Scottsdale. How Much Can You Save? Try Our Free Solar Calculator Now.Understand SolarTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthElvenarIf You Are Above 30, this Fantasy Game is a Must-Have. No Install.ElvenarSenior Cars | Search AdsThe Best SUVs for Seniors (The Price Might Surprise You)Senior Cars | Search AdsFinance DailyHomeowners Born Before 1985 Can Get This Huge Benefit in June (But You Must Request It)Finance Dailylast_img read more

After inmate deaths and scathing report, lawmaker says reforms are in the works

first_imgCrime & Courts | State GovernmentAfter inmate deaths and scathing report, lawmaker says reforms are in the worksDecember 10, 2015 by Ellen Lockyer, KSKA Share:Following a spate of inmate deaths and a scathing report on the Department of Corrections, a key state senator says the legislature will consider reforms.Senate Judiciary Committee chair Lesil McGuire said Tuesday the legislature will consider an omnibus bill addressing reforms, including a comprehensive look at the statutes defining the parameters for incarceration for alcohol abuse. McGuire and other judiciary committee legislators listened to recommendations from the authors of the Department of Corrections administrative review in Anchorage on Tuesday.Dean Williams, a special assistant to the governor and one of the review authors, said some DOC policies had not been revised since the 1980s.“Certainly by what we found, there is a public trust issue here,” Williams says. “We have a ways to go on this.”Williams said failures of prison policies are system-wide and range from lack of training — or no training at all — for corrections officers, to the widespread disparity in interpretation of the alcohol statutes. Williams’ testimony focused on four cases of inmate deaths which could have been avoided, had prison staff been better trained.About two years ago, Davon Mosely, a young man who was not charged with a crime but was taken into protective custody on a welfare check, died in a solitary cell after going days without needed medication. Through a series of graphic photos taken from prison video, Williams showed the physical deterioration of Mosely, who died of internal bleeding, without medical attention.Davon Mosely in a holding cell on March 25, 2014. He died in the cell 10 days later.McGuire said many people now incarcerated in Alaska prisons have mental health issues.“It’s been an evolution, it didn’t happen overnight,” she said. “My belief is it is a combination of factors, but certainly the cuts to the community health system have left the mentally ill of Alaska without a home, without a place. At least two of these cases were those who were either had the disease of alcoholism or had a mental illness, and in both cases, neither had been charged with a crime.”McGuire said at this time, there is no indication of criminal behavior.“I haven’t seen anything that I have looked at that to me shows and intentional murder,” she said. “What I think you have is a systematic breakdown. You have lack of training, you have the timing of the training versus when the individual is asked to take the job, you have rules and policies that are arguably not being followed in the best interest of safety.”She said Davon Mosely’s fiancee and mother of his three children has requested the legislative package be named Davon’s Law.Vernisia Gordon, Davon Mosely’s fiancee, with their youngest child Justice Davon. The family is pushing for legislative reforms. They hope to call it Davon’s Law. (Photo by Ellen Lockyer/KSKA)The independent review, released in November, was conducted at the request of Gov. Bill Walker.Share this story:last_img read more

Fishermen on Yukon lose economic opportunity when buyer becomes overloaded, cancels opening

first_imgFisheries | Southwest | WildlifeFishermen on Yukon lose economic opportunity when buyer becomes overloaded, cancels openingJuly 20, 2017 by Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK-Bethel Share:Fishermen are selling more salmon than the Yukon River’s only buyer can handle.Record-breaking sales Monday closed a commercial opening for fishermen upriver.Those fishermen spent Tuesday watching tens of thousands of dollars swim by during the river’s first opportunity to sell king salmon this decade.Audio Playerhttp://media.aprn.org/2017/ann-20170719-05.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.District One in the lower Yukon River saw its first commercial opening of the fall season on Monday, and Kwik’Pak Fisheries bought five times its usual amount of fish.The buyer canceled the opening scheduled Tuesday evening for District Two.“Everybody’s got their limit and we’re at our limit, physically,” said Jack Schultheis, who manages Kwik’Pak Fisheries in Emmonak.The 12-hour opening targeted fall chum salmon, which sold for 60 cents a pound. And for the first time since 2011, any kings caught could be sold as well for a whopping $5.50 per pound.The opening infused hundreds of thousands of dollars into the pocketbooks of fishermen on the lower river.One of those fishermen was Matty Beans, who is from St. Mary’s, which is in District Two where the opening was canceled.The day before, he’d boated with his fishing partner to District One.“Fishing last night was great,” Beans said. “We had six totes of chums, roughly about 4,000 pounds.”And one king salmon.The trip took four hours each direction, over 70 miles in harsh weather.“Thirty-five mph wind in mist rain, and hard rain, and rain that makes your eyes squint,” Beans said.Most fishermen in District Two didn’t spend the time and fuel going out. They were planning on fishing in their district the following day. So why close the opening?“Yeah, we just got close to half a million pounds of fish, and we just don’t have the capacity to safely handle another opening,” Schultheis said.After another buyer dropped out this summer, Kwik’Pak became the only company buying fish.“Being able to take the fish where we’re not going to have quality issues or spoilage, and all our tender boats are loaded up,” Schultheis said. “To turn those boats around, I mean, it’s just too much for us.”When the opening in District Two of the Yukon was canceled Tuesday, just hours before it was to begin, fishermen upriver who had not made the drive down the day before had no choice but to stay on shore.“Communities of Pilot Station, Mountain Village, St. Mary’s, Pitka’s Point, Marshall, Russian Mission, we’re all in the district. None of us are going to be able to fish today,” Beans said. “Well that’s a couple grand we’re going to miss out on tonight. It’s going to affect us buying school clothes for (six) kids, putting more food on the table, stock up on heating fuel.”Fishermen across District Two have seen a decline in their ability to sell fish during commercial openings after the single buyer in their district, Boreal, never opened.Kwik’Pak sends a few tenders upriver during openings, but those can fill up with the catch from just a few fishermen.The Alaska Department of Fish and Game said that more openings are likely this season.Share this story:last_img read more

A rare rat virus infects eight people in Wisconsin and Illinois

first_imgHealthA rare rat virus infects eight people in Wisconsin and Illinois Associated Press About the Author Reprints Eight people in Wisconsin and Illinois have been infected with a rare virus caught from rats Francois Mori/AP By Associated Press Jan. 20, 2017 Reprints MADISON, Wis. — Health officials are investigating how a rare rat virus called the Seoul virus infected eight people in Wisconsin and Illinois.The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says all eight people had direct contact with rats at Illinois and Wisconsin ratteries, which are rat-breeding facilities.Humans can become infected with the Seoul virus through direct contact with rats, though the virus cannot spread from person to person. Symptoms can include fever, chills, nausea, aches and pains or irritated skin. Not everyone experiences symptoms.Both people in Wisconsin recovered from the infections. Five of the six people in Illinois showed no symptoms.Wisconsin, Illinois and federal health officials are investigating the source of the virus. None of the ratteries involved are currently selling rats.— AP Staff Tags infectious diseasepublic healthvirologylast_img read more

Laois businesses called to provide for male incontinence sufferers

first_img TAGSLaois hygiene Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Home News Community Laois businesses called to provide for male incontinence sufferers NewsCommunity WhatsApp By LaoisToday Reporter – 2nd April 2019 WhatsApp GAA One of Ireland’s leading experts in hygiene is calling on businesses throughout Laois to provide sanitary disposal facilities in their male public restrooms, for the disposal of incontinence products by men suffering from this condition.While many businesses provide sanitary disposal bins in their female bathrooms, men are often overlooked in this regard.As a result, men suffering from incontinence cannot dispose of their incontinence products in a hygienic way.Initial – one of the world’s largest business services companies – have said incontinence is an issue affecting many older people in Ireland, both men and women.The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing in 2017 found that 1 in 7 older adults in Ireland experience urinary incontinence. Previous articleMan arrested following high speed chase in LaoisNext articleWATCH: Laois soccer player scores a wonder goal against former club LaoisToday Reporter Pinterest Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Twitter GAA Facebook Twitter They also found that 25 percent of those affected experience limitations in their normal activities because of this.Dr Susmita Sarma, President of the Continence Foundation of Ireland said: “There is a lot that businesses can do to help facilitate those suffering from incontinence. It is a condition which is often overlooked and which affects many Irish people.“The provision of sanitary disposal facilities in men’s public bathrooms would be an important step for businesses to take in order to make their lavatories more accommodating”.Richard Faulkner, Technical Field Consultant with Initial said: “All public washrooms should have hygienic disposal facilities available.“Without sanitary bins in place, people either cannot dispose of their incontinence products or resort to using regular waste bins or toilets for disposing of them. This is both unhygienic and unsafe.”SEE ALSO – Uproar over Respond housing deposit scheme Facebook GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Pinterest Laois businesses called to provide for male incontinence suffererslast_img read more

The Beneficiaries of the 150-Day Battle

first_img By Daily NK – 2009.09.12 9:02am SHARE NewsEconomy As the “150-Day Battle” draws to a close, there are a couple of groups who are smiling thanks to the side effects of the campaign. A source from North Hamkyung Province told Daily NK on Friday, “Only railways staff and military officer’s families have gotten lucky; officer’s families are now vying with each other to move onto military bases!” The North Korean authorities offer privileges to those who live on military bases because of their service duties; raising livestock for the military, constructing additional facilities and such like. Therefore, they are generally exempt from mobilization and social assignments. However, despite these long-held privileges, officers’ families used not to want to stay on-base, because they could not do businesses in the jangmadang from such locations and had to belong to farming and livestock units within the corps. Military families living off-base have to take part in social assignments and are open to mobilization as members of People’s Units, but this was still seen as preferable to on-base life. But, since the start of the harsh “150-Day Battle,” officer families have been trying hard to move on-base in order to avoid the big mobilization campaign.fficers’ Families 150-Day Battle Jangmadang ActivitiesIn early May when the “150-Day Battle” started, the authorities changed the trading hours in the jangmadang, opening later so that during the daytime workers and housewives could be mobilized for Battle activities. Additionally, and more importantly, the authorities restricted population migration by issuing fewer, and shorter, domestic travel permits.The source explained, “Since the start of the Battle, they have been issuing only the ten-day travel permit. In the past, the term was 15 days. In addition, citizens can no longer get permits for family events like funerals or weddings.” The restrictions have hit wholesalers who carry products between the provinces and big cities, causing distribution and supply problems for the jangmadang. Officers and their families have filled this niche. According to the source, the only people who can travel easily nowadays are the staff on trains and officers’ families. The former use their position to transport goods, while the latter use military trucks to carry products to remote provinces. The advantage is that nobody can hinder a military truck; not even the People’s Safety Agency is able to regulate them, whether they possess the correct documentation or not. So, while almost everyone else is waiting for the 150-Day Battle to end, railways staff and officers’ families are doing nicely. News North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) The Beneficiaries of the 150-Day Battle US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once againcenter_img There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News News last_img read more

ADDRESS BY THE MOST HON. PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER, PRIME MINISTER AT THE OFFICIAL HANDOVER OF LOTS UNDER THE SUGAR WORKERS HOUSING PROGRAMME

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The process of housing the workers in our sugar industry takes another giant step forward today.As I stand on these lands, home to Jamaica’s oldest sugar estate and some of our finest rums, I cannot help but feeling a sense of history mixed with immense joy.This estate in the heart of the St. Elizabeth sugar belt dates back hundreds of years, bringing wealth and riches to many.Yet, one of the most disturbing aspects of our centuries of involvement in sugar has been the poor housing conditions sugar workers have endured.The fact is that up to recently only one in every four sugar workers owned house or land.Added to that, the conditions under which many sugar workers lived were unacceptable.My joy today comes from being here to share with you in an occasion which is changing that history.I am proud to be leading a government with vision, courage and sense of caring for its people.As sugar workers, you have toiled long and hard, often in the boiling sun, and in rain; in good times and in bad.You have to get out of bed at the ‘crack of dawn’, to make it to the fields.For years, you, our sugar workers, invested your energies in working these lands.You have all made a significant contribution to the industry and our nation’s development.I am proud of you. The estate and your unions appreciate your efforts.And yes, Jamaica applauds your work.Our world acclaim Appleton rum is demanded in countries all over the globe.This country will continue to owe you a debt of gratitude which cannot ever be repaid.What we are doing today in handing over these service lots can be considered a token of appreciation.This sugar workers housing programme has been made possible through the collective efforts of a number of players in the sugar industry.It shows us what can be accomplished when we work together and when we put the needs of others before our own.If you recall, it was in February 2000, that nine sugar estates and the Trade Unions representing sugar workers got together with the National Housing Trust.The objective was to work out a solution to the problem of decent housing for sugar workers.Today is a good day.It is an historic day and I am here to rejoice with you, proud new land owners.When you leave here this afternoon, you will have in your hands, a signed, sealed and delivered letter of possession for your lot.You will know for sure that you have your own land, on which you can build your home and raise your children.You will know that you have property to pass on to the next generation of your family.In all, 140 Appleton Estate employees will be enjoying that pride and joy of property ownership.In the five years since the initiative to improve housing for sugar workers got underway, the National Housing Trust has developed and completed 1,892 serviced lots on six sugar estates.Nineteen of these lots were completed at Bellrock; 79 at New Yarmouth; 665 at Frome, 587 at Monymusk, 402 at Bernard Lodge and now 140 at Appleton.These service lots have been developed at a cost of close to one billion dollars.The success of the programme and the dire need that exists have led to our decision to add a new phase next year.In April 2007, the NHT will begin construction of 400 housing units for sugar workers.These will be built at New Yarmouth, Monymusk, Frome, Bernard Lodge and Appleton Sugar Estates.The government of Jamaica has heard your pleas for assistance with housing and we are responding.While some of you will love to build your own units on these plots, others would prefer a completed unit and yet others only need a start.The NHT is providing a total overall subsidy of over 930-thousand dollars to each worker towards the purchase of their lot and a housing unit.Naturally, it is the lowest paid workers who will qualify for the full subsidy.We are helping you to make that start.With the construction of these 400 units by the NHT, the sum invested in the sugar workers housing programme will be increased to six billion dollars.Of this amount, cabinet has approved a total subsidy of $2.33 billion dollars.It means you will be able to purchase these lots and/or housing units at a substantially reduced cost.In fact, the open market price of these service lots is in the region of 676 thousand dollars.You are getting them for 350-thousand dollars.I would like to express my appreciation to the management of the sugar estates for their role in making a success of this effort.They provided the land while the NHT financed and managed the development.It is these arrangements, together with the subsidy from the government which have made it possible for you to get one of these lots for 350 thousand dollars.That is almost half the cost of its true value and much less than any NHT contributor could expect to pay for a piece of land of similar size.This is indeed a great day for the sugar workers of Jamaica — field workers and factory workers alike.Now you too can enjoy the sweet taste of sugar, and the pride that comes with being a titled land owner.To the workers who will receive their letters of possession, this represents a major milestone.It has been a great sacrifice to get this far.And you will have to sacrifice even more, as the best is yet to come.Even as you collect your titles today, I know some of you might be wondering when you will be able to start building.I know that for some workers, even with the current price of the lots, it may seem a little difficult to move to the next stage.But I am urging you to look to the future.When we Jamaicans make up our minds to do something constructive; when we really want something badly, nothing can stop us.I therefore encourage you today to remain focused. Make the investment and sacrifice.Stay up to date with your mortgage payments.Work at improving your property and watch its value grow.I say, take your time. Save.Overtime, when you are good and ready, there is the additional subsidy available to you from the NHT which can help with building your home.In fact, I have been told that ten of you who already received your letters of possession have begun the process of seeking additional loans to start construction of your homes.This is highly commendable and I am encouraged by it.I am very proud that you have already decided to take action by making that move.Soon, I know you will agree with me, that one of the sweetest things in life is to be able to own your very own home.As a matter of fact, I happen to know that in days gone by, some men in rural Jamaica would never think of proposing to a lady until he knew how he was going to put a roof over her head.There is nothing like being able to turn your own key, as we would say.When you can do that, you are on the way to being an independent man or woman.So never give up on your dreams.I am further encouraged that you have also come together as a group to secure the services of a contractor.As a group, I am sure you will all benefit from this move.Your combined numbers mean you can negotiate reduced rates and bulk purchasing of building materials.What this says to me is that you are a united group of workers.You believe in unity and as we know ‘unity is strength’.You will benefit much more as a group rather than trying to go it alone.This coming together; this pooling of effort, reminds me so much of the strong traditional values, we once had as a people.I speak of cooperation and unity. of togetherness … Of joining hands and hearts.We can accomplish so much when we work as a team.It is an act of togetherness which has made these lots possible and units to be constructed on them possible.This is one of the values we must hold on to dearly and practise if we are to secure our future as a nation.Sometimes, I cannot help but feel that, as a people, we are losing out on the value and benefits of this spirit of co-operation.But all is not lost. We must strive to recover and recapture this spirit which has served us so well in the past. You, the sugar workers of Appleton Estate, are proudly leading the way in rebuilding that spirit of cooperation.I commend you most heartily and urge you to keep up this fine example.By co-operating with each other, communities can achieve objectives which are not possible through individual effort.You have revived an old tradition which I hope will serve to inspire beneficiaries on other estates.It has taken a very long time, over four hundred years, and many struggles and sacrifices to move from the era of forced labour on the estates.Today, the rights of workers are guaranteed and workers have a voice at the workplace.It has taken a very long time to get to this point where deserving attention is given to the needs and concerns of working people.It has taken a long time to get to this stage where sugar workers are afforded an opportunity for decent housing.This function here today confirms that this long journey towards a better situation is well and truly underway.It symbolizes the progress that has been made and gives us real hope for the future.Let me in closing, again congratulate the Management of the Appleton sugar estate, the Trade Unions who helped to put this project together and of course the NHT for financing this development.Last but not least, my congratulations to you, the beneficiaries.I urge you to continue on the path on which you have begun.Let this new community at Appleton in St. Elizabeth be a model for other communities in Jamaica.Let it shine a clear, strong light of hope for all Jamaicans who aspire to owning their land and their homes!I see a great future for you and for your community in Appleton. ADDRESS BY THE MOST HON. PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER, PRIME MINISTER AT THE OFFICIAL HANDOVER OF LOTS UNDER THE SUGAR WORKERS HOUSING PROGRAMME UncategorizedNovember 27, 2006 RelatedADDRESS BY THE MOST HON. PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER, PRIME MINISTER AT THE OFFICIAL HANDOVER OF LOTS UNDER THE SUGAR WORKERS HOUSING PROGRAMME RelatedADDRESS BY THE MOST HON. PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER, PRIME MINISTER AT THE OFFICIAL HANDOVER OF LOTS UNDER THE SUGAR WORKERS HOUSING PROGRAMMEcenter_img RelatedADDRESS BY THE MOST HON. PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER, PRIME MINISTER AT THE OFFICIAL HANDOVER OF LOTS UNDER THE SUGAR WORKERS HOUSING PROGRAMME Advertisementslast_img read more

Information about COVID-19 at Willow Cree Healing Lodge

first_imgInformation about COVID-19 at Willow Cree Healing Lodge From: Correctional Service CanadaCorrectional Service Canada (CSC) advises that there is currently one resident who has tested positive for COVID-19 at Willow Cree Healing Lodge (WCHL) in Saskatchewan, as well as two people who work at WCHL. The institution’s routine has been modified for health purposes, and contact tracing is currently underway.Correctional Service Canada (CSC) advises that there is currently one resident who has tested positive for COVID-19 at Willow Cree Healing Lodge (WCHL) in Saskatchewan, as well as two people who work at WCHL. The institution’s routine has been modified for health purposes, and contact tracing is currently underway.The resident is being medically isolated and closely monitored by staff. The two people who work at WCHL are self-isolating at home. Close contacts of the symptomatic individuals are also self-isolating and have been tested.CSC is working closely with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and local public health authorities. At this time, WCHL is not accommodating visits. Decisions regarding access to the site and programs and services being provided are made in consultation with public health authorities.We recognize the importance of strong infection prevention and control measures to contain the spread of COVID-19. We are monitoring this situation closely and diligently, and we continue to apply our infection prevention and control measures. We continue to actively screen employees entering all our institutions, and, all employees and inmates at WCHL are equipped with medical masks and face shields. We have also increased cleaning and disinfecting at WCHL.The health and safety of offenders, our employees, and the public remains our top priority throughout this public health pandemic.We are committed to reducing the risks of COVID-19 in our operations and keeping inmates, our employees, and the public safe. We will continue to work with our public health partners, as well as engage with unions and stakeholders in taking the necessary steps to ensure everyone’s safety.Quick facts· WCHL currently has 41 residents at the facility.· The inmate is being medically isolated in a house-style residence within the institution.· When an employee becomes symptomatic or tests positive for COVID-19, they are required to contact local public health and self-isolate at home until cleared to return to work.· Due to the fact that visits are temporarily suspended at WCHL, other options are available to inmates to connect with their family and support networks such as video visitation or telephone.· Throughout this public health crisis, education has been an essential component to help prevent illness. We continue to raise awareness on how everyone can play a role in recognizing symptoms, implementing hygiene measures, ensuring masks are worn properly, and practicing physical distancing. /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:Canada, coronavirus, covid-19, crisis, education, Family, Government, health, health and safety, infection, pandemic, prevention, public health, public health crisis, Safety, videolast_img read more

Continued support for apprentices in Tasmania

first_imgContinued support for apprentices in Tasmania Jeremy Rockliff,Minister for Education and TrainingThe Tasmanian Government welcomes the Australian Government’s extension of the Boosting Apprentices Commencement (BAC) wage subsidy, which has so far supported more than 3,000 Tasmanians learn new skills and enter the workforce.The wage subsidy covers 50 per cent of a new apprentice or trainee’s wage since 5 October 2020 and has now been extended by 6 months until September 30 2021.The BAC investment supports and complements the Tasmanian Government’s plan to ensure we have the skilled workforce needed to support our economy as we recover from the pandemic and rebuild a stronger Tasmania.It comes on the back of strong results in Tasmania, with trade occupation completions in February 2021 up by 7.2 per cent on February 2020.In addition, there were 482 training contract registrations processed in February 2021, 5.2 per cent more than in February 2020. This included 141 registrations processed in the North West, 126 in the North and 215 in the South.The Tasmanian Government is investing more than $43 million to boost jobs for apprentices and trainees in Tasmania, to give businesses the confidence to employ more Tasmanians.This includes $10.5 million towards the Australian Government’s $21 million JobTrainer Fund, which is delivering up to 7000 additional free training places specifically for youth and the unemployed. /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:AusPol, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, Economy, education, Government, Investment, jobs, Minister, pandemic, TAS, Tasmania, Tassie, trade, workforcelast_img read more