Alaska law says lobbyists can’t raise cash for candidates. But lobbyists are still sending invites to fundraisers.

first_imgAlaska Native Government & Policy | Alaska’s Energy Desk | Business | Government | Politics | State GovernmentAlaska law says lobbyists can’t raise cash for candidates. But lobbyists are still sending invites to fundraisers.October 10, 2018 by Nat Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage Share:The Alaska State Capitol in downtown Juneau last year. (Photo by Tripp J Crouse/KTOO)Some of Alaska’s most prominent lobbyists are boosting the fundraising efforts of political candidates – a practice that, according to a top enforcement official, appears to violate a state law that’s designed to limit lobbyists’ influence over the legislative process.In the past year, lobbyists Ashley Reed and Jerry Mackie have emailed clients and friends invitations to political fundraisers for candidates including Gov. Bill Walker, House Speaker Bryce Edgmon and state Sens. Kevin Meyer and Lyman Hoffman, both of whom sit in Senate leadership.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2018/10/LOBBYISTS.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.That’s in spite of a state law that bars lobbyists from helping with legislative and gubernatorial candidates’ fundraising efforts. Penalties for violations include a fine capped at $1,000 and up to a year in prison.Both lobbyists said they received permission to send the invitations from the state’s lobbying enforcement agency, the Alaska Public Offices Commission. But the commission’s director, Heather Hebdon, said one of her employees had only issued non-binding, informal advice that won’t protect lobbyists against a complaint.Lawmakers approved the fundraising ban in 1992 as an anti-corruption measure, according to one of the advocates for the ban, former state Rep. David Finkelstein. When lobbyists help raise money for politicians’ campaigns, it can give them more leverage when they ask those politicians to vote in a particular way, Finkelstein said.“If someone raises you thousands and thousands of dollars, it’s hard not to feel beholden to them,” Finkelstein said. “I can say that out of personal experience.”Before the Legislature approved the ban, lobbyists were allowed to participate in political campaigns. And lawmakers often pressured them to help with fundraising, Finkelstein said, since many lobbyists’ clients are business and industry leaders who can write big checks.The law that Finkelstein helped pass says lobbyists can’t “directly or indirectly collect contributions” for candidates, and they can’t “otherwise engage in the fundraising activity of a legislative campaign or campaign for governor or lieutenant governor.” State regulations implementing the law say that lobbyists can’t solicit, collect, accept or deliver campaign funds or goods.Reed and Mackie represent some of the state and country’s largest corporations, plus a slew of nonprofits and tribal organizations. Each makes more than $700,000 a year to push the interests of their clients in the state Legislature and with executive branch agencies.In July, Reed – whose 15 clients include CVS Health, Wells Fargo Bank and Enstar Natural Gas – forwarded an emailed invitation to a fundraising lunch for Hoffman and Meyer.The event was held at Enstar’s Anchorage offices. The original invitation was written by one of the co-hosts of the lunch, Alaska State Chamber of Commerce President Curtis Thayer. Reed added his own message.“From my vantage point and perspective, these individuals have served the state well over the years. They are deserving of your support,” Reed wrote. “Please read the invitation below.”Reed’s email also included a disclaimer that acknowledged the legal prohibition on fundraising. It said: “This correspondence is NOT a solicitation; rather, it is intended to be advisory in nature.”Reed has also sent invitations on behalf of two Anchorage Republicans – Josh Revak, who’s running for a state House seat on the lower Hillside, and incumbent Sen. Mia Costello, according to copies obtained by Alaska Public Media.Mackie, meanwhile, last month sent an email that attached an invitation to a fundraiser for Hoffman and House Speaker Bryce Edgmon. Mackie, whose 20 clients include AT&T, Arctic Slope Regional Corp. and cruise line Holland America., did not write a message of his own.Jerry Mackie’s portrait from when he was a state senator.He also texted invitations last year to a fundraiser for Walker and to another event jointly benefiting Hoffman and Edgmon, according to a copy of the texts obtained by Alaska Public Media.In phone interviews, Reed and Mackie both said they thought their activity was authorized by the public offices commission.Mackie cited a legal interpretation he asked for last year from an employee at the commission, also known as APOC.The interpretation came from the commission’s lobbyist coordinator, Heather Dalberg, who’s a paralegal, not an attorney. She wrote that Mackie could inform people about fundraisers for candidates that Mackie personally supports, “as long as you are just informing and are in no way connected to the fundraiser.”The law contains a caveat that allows lobbyists to “personally advocate” for candidates in spite of the fundraising ban, Dalberg wrote.“Informing others of upcoming fundraisers for a candidate that a lobbyist personally supports is not prohibited,” she said.Mackie, a former state senator, said in a phone interview: “I did exactly what I was told by APOC that I could do, and nothing more.”Reed said he did not have any written guidance like Mackie’s. But he said he’s received similar advice in phone calls with commission employees.Any guidance that the lobbyists received from commission employees won’t insulate them from complaints, though, according to Hebdon, the commission’s executive director.Hebdon said information from phone calls like Reed’s, and even from a letter like Mackie’s, is non-binding, “informal advice” from staff that hasn’t been approved by her agency’s politically-appointed commissioners.The lobbyists could have asked the commissioners to issue a formal advisory opinion, Hebdon added. And she said she interprets the law differently from Dalberg, her employee who wrote the letter to Mackie.“A plain reading of the statute clearly prohibits anything to do with fundraisers,” Hebdon said. It’s pretty clear, she added, that lobbyists are barred from sending invitations.Lobbyists could cite informal advice to argue for reduced penalties if they’re found to have violated the law, Hebdon said. But, she added, “it certainly doesn’t protect them from a publicly-initiated complaint.”Reed and Mackie both said they would stop sending emails if Hebdon’s agency asks.“If the commission says we’re not supposed to do that, I won’t do it and I doubt any of the other lobbyists will do it,” Reed said.Lobbyists Royce Weller and Ashley Reed talk in the benches on the second floor of the State Capitol in January, 2017. (Marc Lester / ADN)After the lobbying law was approved in the 1990s, the public offices commission addressed several formal requests for advisory opinions from lobbyists who wanted to understand the limits of the fundraising ban. But even after those opinions, the differences between allowed and illegal activity are still subtle.Lobbyists can’t work with a candidate or campaign staffer to determine the details of a fundraiser. But they can do limited “clerical” work to help clients, like businesses, that are organizing fundraisers, the commissioners said in a 1994 ruling.When asked, the commissioners couldn’t agree on whether it’s legal for a lobbyist to prepare a list of guests that their clients would use when sending fundraiser invitations — though the commission’s staff recommended that such activity be considered illegal.The commissioners have never issued an opinion directly addressing whether it’s legal for lobbyists, under their own names, to send invitations to fundraisers in email or text messages, like Mackie and Reed did.Reed described that practice as commonplace among lobbyists. He also said that legislators running for re-election often ask him to distribute invitations to their fundraisers.“When they ask for a favor, you try to help them,” Reed said.Four of the candidates whose fundraiser invitations were emailed by the lobbyists — Edgmon, Hoffman, Walker and Meyer — didn’t respond to requests for comment.Revak and Costello, whose fundraiser information was emailed by Reed, both said they didn’t asked him to do that.“I didn’t ask for his help,” Revak said. “I’m not trying to game the system here.”Share this story:last_img read more

Strong Arm and a sunnier Sky lift the FTSE close to record – London Report

first_imgTHE TOP share index advanced yesterday towards a recent record high, with shares in ARM Holdings and Sky rising sharply after the companies announced strong profits.The blue-chip FTSE 100 was up 10.80 points, or 0.2 per cent, at 7,062.93 points by the close, after gaining 0.8 per cent in the previous session.However, the index pared earlier gains after coming within 0.2 per cent of a record high of 7,119.35 points, hit last week.Shares in Sky rose five per cent, the top gainer in the FTSE 100, as solid demand for pay TV at home and an improving picture in Europe helped it post a 20 per cent jump in nine-month profit.“Another set of encouraging numbers underlines Sky’s determination to position itself as a major European force within the media sector,” Richard Hunter, head of equities at Hargreaves Lansdown Stockbrokers, said.ARM Holdings rose 3.9 per cent after the chip designer — whose technology powers Apple’s iPhones — said its pre-tax profit was up 24 per cent. Strong Arm and a sunnier Sky lift the FTSE close to record – London Report Express KCS Share Tags: Company FTSE 100 whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Tuesday 21 April 2015 8:38 pm whatsapp More From Our Partners Killer drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com last_img read more

Pearson commences talks to sell off majority stake in Economist

UK PUBLISHING empire Pearson is in talks to sell its 50 per cent stake in The Economist to the journal’s other shareholders, with Italy’s Agnelli family announcing an interest in increasing its stake.The news comes shortly after Pearson’s sale of the Financial Times newspaper to Japanese media group Nikkei.According to a statement released by the group on Saturday, the publishing house “confirms it is in discussions with The Economist Group Board and trustees regarding the potential sale of our 50 per cent share in the group”.Pearson mentioned no potential buyers, and added there was no guarantee that talks “will lead to a transaction.”The Agnelli family’s investment company Exor said later that day it was in talks about raising its 4.72 per cent stake. Other owners of the publication include the Cadbury, Rothschild and Schroder families. Pearson commences talks to sell off majority stake in Economist More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUnify Health LabsRandy Jackson: This 3 Minute Routine Transformed My HealthUnify Health LabsSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday Newszenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.com Express KCS Sunday 26 July 2015 10:55 pm whatsapp Share Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Tags: NULL read more

News / IMO 2020 fuel rule will be a ‘game-changer’ for ‘top-heavy’ container charter market

first_imgBy Mike Wackett 03/01/2019 With 1.15m teu of newbuild capacity, including 46 ULCVs, expected to be delivered, 2019 is set to be another “interesting year” in container shipping, according to Alphaliner.Due to the “top-heavy” orderbook, the consultant is predicting a tighter outlook for tonnage in the 10,000 teu and under sector and a more modest global fleet expansion of around 3.5% than the 5.7% growth of last year.At the end of the year, the world’s cellular fleet stood at 5,284 ships, for 22.3m teu.Alphaliner said an 11.2% fleet increase in ships of 10,000-23,000 teu this year was likely to be tempered by a shrinkage of some 2.5% in the 4,000-10,000 teu range and an “anaemic” 2.5% growth in the very smallest containership sizes.ULCVs of 13,800-21,400 teu hit the water at an average rate of one a week last year, totalling 901,000 teu – 35 of the 52 were deployed between Asia and Europe.Their arrival triggered cascading and service restructures “purely implemented to make good use of smaller tonnage”.Most analysts expect containership scrapping to pick up again this year, driven by preparation for next year’s IMO 0.5% sulphur cap regulations, which will make older fuel-guzzling vessels much more expensive to operate.Only around 60 vessels, equating to just over 110,000 teu, were sold for demolition in 2018 – a seven-year low – compared with 151 ships for 431,000 teu scrapped in 2017.Alphaliner estimates containership deletions will be around 300,000 teu this year, with the number of ships sold for scrap accelerating in the second half as operators weed out the more uneconomic vessels from their fleets.At a cost of around $9m per vessel to retrofit exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers) to ships to enable the vessels to continue to consume cheaper heavy fuel oil post-IMO 2020, Alphaliner said it expected only chartered ships of 10 years and younger would be considered, given the requirement to recover the scrubber investment by way of higher daily hire fees.“IMO 2020 will be a game-changer, as it will bring fuel costs to the forefront,” said Alphaliner, “It should lead to a massification of volumes on all trades that will benefit the larger ships at the expense of smaller ones.”Consequently, the consultant’s charter market outlook for 2019 is heavily influenced by the pre-IMO 2020 preparations, which could also increase short-term demand as ships are temporarily taken out of service for tanks to be cleaned, or scrubbers to be fitted, and some are scrapped.What is certain however is that the low-sulphur regulations will have a significant impact on the container liner industry and, if not recovered, the associated higher fuel costs could prove to be extremely damaging for the financially weaker players.last_img read more

International panel calls for overhaul of WHO following Ebola crisis

first_imgHealthInternational panel calls for overhaul of WHO following Ebola crisis By Helen Branswell Nov. 22, 2015 Reprints Helen Branswell Ebola burial team members remove the body of Mekie Nagbe, 28, for cremation in Monrovia in October 2014. John Moore/Getty Images Independent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola It said the Geneva-based global health agency should strip itself of unnecessary programs and focus instead on efforts it is uniquely capable of handling. And it called on countries and donors to stop tying WHO funding to specific programs, noting that four of every five dollars the agency receives is earmarked by donors.Read more: 10 ways to protect against a global health disasterIn what seems like a coded indictment of the agency’s Director General, Dr. Margaret Chan, the panel’s report stressed that the WHO must be led by a strong leader unafraid of standing up to the agency’s member states. It also called for the creation of a global health committee within the UN Security Council to bring quick attention to emerging health crises.advertisement Ebola’s deadly tallyVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsEnabledDisabledPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9 facebook twitter Email Linkhttps://www.statnews.com/2015/11/22/ebola-response-review/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:0000:3700:37  The recommendations were drafted by the Independent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola, drawn up of academics, think tank researchers, and leaders of nongovernmental organizations. Their report, published in the journal The Lancet, is one of a number of reviews assessing the Ebola response that have or will soon be released.While the report addressed the roles that should be played by individual governments, the United Nations, and others in the event of a global health crisis, its harshest criticism was leveled at Geneva. “The reputation and credibility of WHO has suffered a particularly fierce blow,” said the panel, which also focused most of its recommendations on reforms there.It added: “Our primary goal is to convince high-level political leaders worldwide to make necessary and enduring changes to better prepare for future outbreaks while memories of the human costs of inaction remain vivid and fresh.”The unprecedented outbreak was more than 10 times larger than all previous known Ebola outbreaks combined. The most recent figures suggest it killed at least 11,314 people and that at least 28,634 people were infected. Early last week it appeared the outbreak might be over. But on Friday Liberia reported three new cases, its first since the summer.Quick action will be critical to reforming the WHO, outside experts watching the process said. Effecting change is difficult and if reform is to flow from the aftermath of the Ebola crisis, the WHO will need to move swiftly to embrace a few key recommendations that can be pushed through, suggested Dr. Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, a British charity that funds biomedical research.Infectious diseases expert Michael Osterholm concurred. Osterholm, who heads the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Diseases Research and Policy, said the momentum for reform will stall if the various groups critiquing the Ebola response draw up long wish lists. “There can’t be a list of 110 recommendations,” he said flatly.This panel issued 10, though several were made up of multiple parts. A number were aimed at strengthening the WHO’s emergency response capacity. While the panel demurred from advising the WHO on what programs it should cut, it did state firmly that responding to global health crises is one of the reasons the agency exists. About the Author Reprintscenter_img Dr. Peter Piot, one of the panel’s cochairs and director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said the head of the proposed center for emergency preparedness and response should report directly to the WHO director general and should be shielded from political pressure.The panel said countries that report disease outbreaks promptly should be publicly praised. Those that hold back information that puts the world at risk should be “named and shamed,” Piot said.The report also advises the WHO to publicly criticize countries that impose unwarranted trade and travel restrictions during outbreaks; the fear of those kinds of reprisals encourages affected countries to hide rather than disclose.The report does not directly criticize Chan, who declared Ebola a global emergency two months after Doctors Without Borders warned the situation was out of control. Three members of the panel interviewed by STAT sidestepped the question of whether the report’s multiple references to the need for a strong WHO leader was an indictment of the current director general. They said the panel wanted to look forward, not back.“Member states should insist on a director general with the character and capacity to challenge even the most powerful governments when necessary to protect public health,” the panel wrote. Internal emails obtained by the Associated Press suggested that the WHO was reluctant to declare the outbreak an emergency, fearing it would antagonize the affected countries.The WHO said it is already working to address some of the shortcomings that were raised in the report as well as in earlier appraisals of its Ebola response. “There were operational problems in early 2014 and that is what the reforms at WHO are all about. We are building the capacities to do that and moving from a technical/political organization to an operational one,” the agency said in a brief emailed statement when asked to comment on the report.Chan promised reform at the UN health agency’s annual general meeting last May.“I have heard what the world expects from WHO,” Chan said in her speech opening the World Health Assembly. “As director general of WHO, I am committed to building an organization with the culture, systems, and resources to lead the response to outbreaks and other health emergencies.”Chan’s second and final term ends on June 30, 2017, and would-be successors are likely already positioning themselves. Whether WHO member states will want an assertive and proactive director general remains to be seen, though recent history provides some cause for doubt.Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland headed the WHO during the 2003 SARS crisis. A former Norwegian prime minister, Brundtland made tough calls; under her, the WHO warned against unnecessary travel to China, Toronto, and other SARS-affected locations. The travel advisories were loathed by the countries named and won Brundtland no friends in their capitals. That tool has never been used since.“At the end of the day, countries are sovereign. They’re going to do what’s in their best interests,” acknowledged Dr. Ashish Jha, a panel cochair and director of the Harvard Global Health Institute. “But the reason we have entities like the WHO is to be able to act in ways that are necessary for the world’s health, even when an individual country is thinking narrowly about its own short-term interest.”There have been other recent attempts to reform the WHO, notably after the SARS outbreak and the 2009 flu pandemic — which left some countries arguing that the global health agency had overreacted. But those efforts stalled when policymakers’ attention shifted to new crises.With the waning of the Ebola outbreak and the recent attacks on Paris and Beirut, global security concerns may put global health reform on the back burner. But if the world lets this opportunity slip, it will “remain wholly unprepared for the next epidemic,” the panel wrote in its report.Said Jha: “I don’t think we have a choice on this. I think letting this one go is not only a disservice to the people who died unnecessarily in West Africa, but it represents a huge vulnerability for all of us going forward.” @HelenBranswell This story was updated at 5:10 p.m., Nov. 23.The World Health Organization must be overhauled and countries worldwide must reassess their roles if they are to protect against future crises such as the West African Ebola outbreak, according to a major report released late Sunday by a panel of international experts.The group, convened by the Harvard Global Health Institute and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, called for a rebuilding of the WHO’s emergency response capacity, which has been crippled by funding cuts in recent years.advertisement Senior Writer, Infectious Disease Helen covers issues broadly related to infectious diseases, including outbreaks, preparedness, research, and vaccine development. “The reputation and credibility of WHO has suffered a particularly fierce blow.” Tags Ebolaglobal healthWorld Health Organizationlast_img read more

The Weeknd to headline Super Bowl LV Halftime Show

first_imgAdvertisementRecommended 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“We are thrilled to have The Weeknd join us in Tampa Bay on the Pepsi Halftime Stage,” Brian Rolapp, NFL Chief Media and Business Officer said. “Halftime Show performances have a history of excellence and creativity and we look forward to seeing what he will bring to Super Bowl LV.”Past halftime performances include Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Prince, Madonna, among others. Super Bowl LV is scheduled for February 7, 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 The Weeknd will be performing solo at the Super Bowl — Here’s why February 7, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS Advertisement TAMPA, Fla. — The multi-platinum, three-time Grammy Award winner The Weeknd will headline the Super Bowl LV Halftime Show at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.The Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show is the most-watched musical performance of the year, with more than 104 million viewers tuning in to last year’s show. “We all grow up watching the world’s biggest acts playing the Super Bowl and one can only dream of being in that position. I’m humbled, honored and ecstatic to be the center of that infamous stage this year,” The Weeknd said.The Weeknd is one of the most listened to artists on Spotify — boasting an impressive 51 billion streams. His 2020 album After Hours is the #1 most streamed R&B album of all time and his track “Blinding Lights” went 5X RIAA-certified platinum and broke the record for Billboard’s longest-running #1 on its US radio chart at 46 weeks and counting. AdvertisementTags: The Weeknd Advertisementlast_img read more

28 Graduate from Beekeeping Training Programme

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Twenty-eight apprentice beekeepers recently graduated from a training programme in apiculture having benefited from a $2.9 million investment in the sector by the Ministry of Agriculture and Land.The Apiculture Unit of the Research and Development Division in the Ministry hosted the graduation ceremony for the apprentices, who were formerly unemployed young men and women and who participated in the Beekeeping Apprenticeship Programme for six months at the Bodles Research Station in Old Harbour.The young apprentices were each given a monthly stipend of $5,000 during training and at the graduation ceremony on April 6 they were also presented with Certificates of Completion, along with grant vouchers valued at $71,000 each. Addressing the ceremony, Agriculture Minister, Roger Clarke said, “Having come into difficulties with the European Union and traditional crops, sugar and banana, we needed to diversify. We identified one area of diversification and potential growth to be apiculture.”Minister Clarke went on to explain that apiculture and the Beekeeping Apprenticeship Programme also fell under the umbrella of the Ministry’s Agricultural Development Strategy, which seeks to train unemployed young people, particularly from rural communities in marketable skills to enable them to achieve economic sustainability.Minister Clarke also expressed satisfaction with the number of young persons enrolled in the apprenticeship programme, the majority being under 25 years of age. “I am elated to see so many young people participating in an agricultural programme because the average age of the Jamaican farmer ranges around 50 years and older,” he remarked.Mr. Clarke added that the 28 young persons had been selected to participate “in an industry that generates significant export earnings and has the potential to earn some one billion dollars”.In order for the country to tap into the worldwide demand for honey and operate on a sustainable basis, the Minister said, the Ministry had decided to forgo just the rudimentary construction of hives and instead invest in training highly skilled, certified young workers who would lay the proper foundation for sustainability.The participants were recognized for their contribution during the training programme. The award for Outstanding Dedication to the Beekeeping Apprenticeship Programme and Technical Competence in the Bee Industry went to Jeremy Lodge. Brahim Diop received the award for Most Improved and Resourceful Beekeeping Apprentice.The award for Innovation in Product Diversification and Packaging went to Aloune Wilson, while the award for Innovation in the Construction of Beekeeping Equipment was received by Dennis Reid. There was also an award for Outstanding Initiative and Contribution to the Development of the Beekeeping Restoration Apiary in St. Mary and this went to Kwesi Palmer.In addition, a similar award, Outstanding Dedication and Contribution to the Development of the Beekeeping Restoration Apiary in St. Mary went to Anthony Davidson.Steven McKenzie and Lloyd Taylor were recipients of the two awards to bee farmers in recognition of Outstanding Support and Contribution to the Beekeeping Apprenticeship Programme for 2005/2006. 28 Graduate from Beekeeping Training Programme AgricultureApril 14, 2006 RelatedIrish Potato Imports to Cease in Three Years RelatedJAS President Urges Diaspora Members to Invest in Agriculturecenter_img RelatedNew Fish Market Opens in Lucea Advertisementslast_img read more

Review of Age of Retirement Underway

first_imgRelatedReview of Age of Retirement Underway Advertisements Review of Age of Retirement Underway UncategorizedJune 27, 2008 RelatedReview of Age of Retirement Underwaycenter_img RelatedReview of Age of Retirement Underway FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Faith Innerarity, has said that a review of the age of retirement of civil servants is currently underway.Speaking at a Post Cabinet Press Briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister on June 25, Mrs. Innerarity informed that the need to review the age of retirement was as a result of the increase in life expectancy globally, which she noted related to advances in medical science.“Persons are living longer and therefore they have a much longer productive life. Secondly, the earlier you have retirement, the greater pressure on the social security systems and especially (in respect to) the ratio of the working age population to the dependent population, that balance is extremely important,” she explained.The Permanent Secretary said that pension schemes were being reformed all over the world due to the “demographic transition towards an aging population.”“In the case of Jamaica, we have had assistance from the World Bank as part of the pension reform system to look at our public sector pensions. Currently, there are several Acts which guide the determination of retirement, including the terms and conditions,” she further informed.Mrs. Innerarity noted that the age of retirement varies, but that in most instances, it is 60 years. She said that due to an ageing population, many countries have taken steps to increase the average age of retirement, based on the fact that life expectancy at birth is now much higher.She informed that a task force is being established to look at the retirement age policy, including representatives from the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, the Attorney General, the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, the Auditor General, representatives from the Jamaica Employers Federation, the Confederation of Trade Unions, and the Cabinet Office.Turning to the retirement age of judges, she noted that judges are persons with years of experience, and that they have certain knowledge which was acquired within a short period of time, “so in most jurisdictions, judges do serve up to age 70 and above. So the idea would really be to move upward the indicators.rather than a downward movement on the basis of the need for a certain level of expertise and the shortage of individuals with that level of knowledge and experience,” Mrs. Innerarity explained.last_img read more

By UK Chancellor of Duchy of Lancaster Gove and European Commission Vice-President Šefčovič

first_imgBy UK Chancellor of Duchy of Lancaster Gove and European Commission Vice-President Šefčovič The co-chairs of the EU-UK Joint Committee on the Withdrawal Agreement – European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič and the UK Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove – met to prepare the upcoming Joint Committee on the implementation of the Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland and the outstanding issues.After a frank but constructive discussion, and taking into account the views expressed on 3 February by the First Minister and deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, the two co-chairs agreed to:reiterate their full commitment to the Good Friday (Belfast) Agreement, and to the proper implementation of the Protocol – protecting the gains of the peace process, maintaining stability, avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland and impacting as little as possible on the everyday life of communities in both Ireland and Northern Irelandspare no effort to implement solutions mutually agreed on 17 December, as they form a foundation for our cooperationintensify the work of the Specialised Committee on the Protocol in order to address all outstanding issues, with the shared objective to find workable solutions on the groundunderpin this work by further joint engagement by the UK and the EU with business groups and civic society in Northern Irelandconvene the Joint Committee no later than 24 February to provide the necessary political steer and approval to this work in the spirit of collaboration, responsibility and pragmatism /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:agreement, Border, business, Commission, EU, Europe, european, Government, Ireland, Lancaster, Minister, Society, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

Danger, humour still a part of The Grand Tour formula

first_imgTrending in Canada Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Filming for Season Two of The Grand Tour, which airs today on Amazon Prime, took an ominous turn in June when Richard Hammond, one of the trio of stars headlining the show, had a serious crash in a Rimac Concept One electric car in Switzerland. Losing control on a hillclimb, Hammond and the 1,224-horsepower supercar rolled down a steep embankment, where the car burst into flames. The Rimac was completely destroyed, while the diminutive star ended up with a fractured knee; it could have been much worse.Today, however, the stars can joke about it. “Hammond is seven millimetres shorter than he was,” says co-host James May. “But only on one side.”Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Richard Hammond shows an x-ray of his injured knee as he sits in a hospital room in St Gallen, after he was involved in a car accident while filming in Switzerland. ‹ Previous Next › This element of danger – perceived or otherwise – has always been part of the draw of Top Gear and now The Grand Tour, whether it be driving cars off a cliff, or taking one of the most dangerous roads in the world in Bolivia, or even tempting furious mobs with a mocking licence plate in Argentina. And while there is a certain amount of planning involved in each episode, it’s the surprises that make the magic, according to Clarkson. “You can say, we’ll go here and we’ll do that,” he says. “At this point we will talk about this stuff, this stuff, and so on. But what actually gets said, when something doesn’t go true to plans, if a car breaks down or James falls over or Richard Hammond catches fire, that’s not scripted, obviously. We are freestyling it. And that is totally unscripted.“There are certain elements that need to push the story along that are scripted. The actual things that happen are unscripted. You can’t script what’s going to happen when you put yourself in an old car in the middle of Bolivia. You can’t script if something bad happens. And it usually does.“You always want something bad to happen. On The Grand Tour we love failure. It is a show where we don’t do what we set out to do.”But searching for adventure goes beyond the scenery and the cars, even beyond expecting the unexpected. There has to be a reason for each story, and Clarkson describes the creative process behind the glamorous shots. “Usually James and I wait for Richard to go on holiday and then we discuss where we are going and what we are doing. But the critical thing is, you have to find a story. Once you have the story, it tends to tell you where you are going in the world.”Hammond agrees. “We like to probe the boundaries of accepted thought and conceit. It is all intellectually driven.”And then he replies as you’d expect of The Grand Tour guys. “No, it’s ’cause we are idiots. It is driven by petulance and childishness.”  Trending Videos “Unlike [Hammond], I recognize cars have brake pedals,” says Clarkson. “He crashed two kilometres after the finish line, which is quite an achievement really. But the only news is that it made the schedule difficult.”May, however, is a little more reflective. “I decided after a lot soul searching that I wouldn’t drive off the edge of a cliff. But more seriously, yes, it does make me think, when we are out, particularly when we are in the middle of nowhere, that we ought to be a bit careful.”Careful or not, the trio has continued to put themselves in harms way across the world, all in the name of entertainment and the love of cars. “One of the guys we travel with is ex-special forces sort of bloke, and he is quite blunt you know, he doesn’t mince his words,” says May. “And he says, ‘You all puck about doing these things and there are some places where if you fall off the edge you might survive. But if we can’t get you, you’d probably starve or bleed to death.’ And I thought, ‘yes, actually he is right.’”Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2James May and Richard Hammond from the second season of The Grand Tour. It’s that kind of flippancy and insouciance that has attracted viewers to Hammond, May and Jeremy Clarkson since they were originally teamed together on the wildly popular BBC show Top Gear, before forming this new show last year. And lest you think this crash – the second serious entanglement for Hammond over the years – will make them ease off the throttle with their second show, you’d be terribly – and fortunately – wrong; at least, for the most part. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May from The Grand Tour, Season 2. RELATED TAGSNewsBoliviaEuropeJames MayJeremy ClarksonRichard HammondSouth AmericaStanislav NachevSwitzerlandWestern Europe COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS advertisement See More Videos We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Good and bad car advice from Clarkson, May and Hammond last_img read more