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Working nine to five – is it how we make a living?

By on September 4, 2021

first_imgUnlike their work-hard, play-hard predecessors, millennials and generation Z look to employers to offer flexible working hours and other perks not related to wages.In the past, conversations around flexible working have focused on parents. But employers increasingly recognise that flexibility is important to people of all ages and life stages.The Learning and Work Institute found that the number of people working part-time increased 5.7 per cent between 2016 and 2017. Meanwhile, research from Timewise found that a quarter of workers would rather work part-time if they knew that it would have no impact on their career progression.BizSpace is predominantly occupied by freelancers, micro-businesses, and entrepreneurs. We have noticed that Fridays have become quieter, as those working for themselves opt for longer hours across four days, and reward themselves with a three-day weekend.Consider that the number of self-employed workers has increased from to 4.8m in 2017 from 3.3m in 2001, according to the ONS, and that self-employed people now account for 15 per cent of the UK’s working population. whatsapp Emma LongEmma Long is commercial director of BizSpace Working nine to five – is it how we make a living? But is the nine-to-five working week a thing of the past?According to a poll carried out by YouGov, only six per cent of employees are working the traditional hours of 9am to 5pm, and just 14 per cent would opt for those hours if given the chance.The survey also revealed that 42 per cent of respondents were already working according to shift patterns, compressed hours, and job shares.Many of these people told researchers that working flexible hours made them more motivated and led them to stay in the job longer.The workplace is certainly evolving. Today’s labour force is far more focused on work-life balance than previous generations. For years, workers have resented the 40-hour working week. The iconic title track of Dolly Parton’s movie, now a high-profile West End musical, shines a light on these frustrations.“Working nine to five” is a byword for inflexibility, few prospects, and insufficient pay. As the workplace is increasingly populated by freelancers, those contracting them will find it harder to impose the traditional nine-to-five working day. Eventually, they will learn to focus on outputs rather than time spent in the office.Flexible working is getting easier to facilitate, thanks to advances in technology. In fact, recent studies have found that 70 per cent of professionals work remotely at least one day a week.Now, businesses are able to see employees as individuals, and can devise new systems of working that make sense for their unique circumstances. In turn, this means that they will be able to attract the best talent.And, of course, employees are more likely to be committed to their organisation, meaning that firms can reap the rewards in terms of engagement and productivity.Of course, working nine to five is not quite a thing of the past; many of us still put in a 40-hour working week.But as employees increasingly call the shots, the dreary workplace described by Dolly in her much-loved song will soon be confined to the screen – and the stage. Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyUndoLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthUndobonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comUndoDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyUndoPost FunRare Photos Show Us Who Meghan Markle Really IsPost FunUndoMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryUndoParenting FactorLily From The AT&T Ads Is Causing A Stir For One ReasonParenting FactorUndo Share Thursday 28 February 2019 7:12 am whatsapp Tags: Trading Archivelast_img read more

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Ravn is fighting to keep flying, but a French bank is pushing to sell off the company’s planes

By on August 24, 2021

first_imgA full-page ad that Ravn placed in the Anchorage Daily News last week.But as the federal judge in Ravn’s bankruptcy case pointed out at a hearing Wednesday, that money “ain’t in hand, yet.” And the company still owes $90 million to an array of lenders represented by the French international bank BNP Paribas, whose attorney calls a sale a “Hail Mary” and is pushing to have Ravn’s planes sold off piecemeal through a liquidation process that would shut down the company for good.“If it comes together that there’s somebody who’s interested in taking the (federal) money and funding a plan, that would be great news,” BNP’s attorney, David Neier, said at the hearing. “But we’re not giving up the liquidation process because there is no other path that has emerged that will work with this estate.”Ravn is majority-owned by a pair of East Coast private equity companies, J.F. Lehman and Co. and W Capital Partners. Before the pandemic, the company operated 72 planes and had 1,300 workers, and its network extended across the state, from the oil-rich North Slope to the major commercial fishing port of Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands, with dozens of other destinations in between.The pandemic caused a 90% drop in passenger bookings over three weeks, and Ravn laid off all but 40 of its employees and filed for bankruptcy protection in Delaware.Since then, Ravn’s management — led by chief executive Dave Pflieger, who collected more than $1.4 million in salary, bonuses and expense payments in the past year, according to court filings — has been fighting to find a buyer that could spare the company from liquidation.Beyond its newspaper advertisements, it’s promoted petitions and tweeted at President Donald Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. It also worked closely with Alaska’s Congressional delegation to secure the possible relief money from the federal government, and it says it’s contacted 19 different entities about a possible sale.The efforts to keep the company intact are aligned with the array of Alaska and other businesses owed millions of dollars by Ravn that are known as the “unsecured creditors” in the bankruptcy case. That means their claims rank behind the $90 million in debts to the “secured creditors” represented by BNP, the French bank.Ravn estimates that a liquidation would raise no more than $41 million. That would not be enough to pay the claims of the unsecured creditors, which include Anchorage-based Petro Star, GCI and Northern Air Cargo.So the unsecured creditors’ attorneys hope to see Ravn sold intact, which could allow it to start generating revenue again and make it more likely that the Alaska-based businesses and others are paid off.At Wednesday’s hearing, an attorney representing the unsecured lenders, Robert Stark, said Ravn has not given itself enough time nor hired an investment banker to help find a buyer. And he argued that the secured lenders are pushing the company too quickly toward liquidation.“We’re all puppets. And they’re the puppet masters,” Stark said. He added: “This company needs a chance to rehabilitate. It needs to heal, like every other part of this country..”A spokesman for BNP, the bank that represents the secured creditors, declined to comment. At the hearing, Neier, the bank’s attorney, disputed the “puppet master” remarks and argued that Ravn’s sale efforts are not “illusory.”“It’s more of a, ‘let’s see if we can do something better in the time we have allowed,’” Neier said.Neier said that Ravn already faces a revenue shortfall and will need more cash to get through the bankruptcy process. But Stark asked the judge at the hearing, Brendan Shannon, to give Ravn an extra month to find a buyer.Shannon instead agreed to extend the deadline two weeks, to July 9, saying that Alaska’s required two-week quarantine period for visitors has not given Ravn “a meaningful opportunity to really market these assets,” like its planes.“By all reports, this company is healthy, profitable and operating,” Shannon said. “If there’s an opportunity to reorganize this, provide these services, save these employees’ jobs, I would be on board with that. I can’t make economic circumstances and I cannot create value, but I can provide opportunity.”Shannon and Ravn’s attorneys both noted that there are still questions about whether or how the Department of the Treasury would allow a potential buyer to claim the $30 million in federal aid.“We haven’t received written confirmation, although we’re seeking it from Treasury that they understand that’s how we’re going to be using it and that it would be transferable,” said Jane Kim, a Ravn attorney.The federal money, and the uncertainty around it, is a big factor in assessing Ravn’s value, according to a person affiliated with a potential buyer, who asked to remain anonymous because of the sensitivity of the bidding process.“How can any potential buyer take that to the bank?” the person said. “The business itself has no value, unless and until (the chief executive) provides some kind of documentation to support their representation that a successor to Ravn would have access to this money.”Ravn officials did not respond to requests for comment.Share this story: Alaska’s Energy Desk | Coronavirus | TransportationRavn is fighting to keep flying, but a French bank is pushing to sell off the company’s planesMay 29, 2020 by Nat Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk Share:A RavnAir plane sits on the tarmac at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. (Courtesy RavnAir)Alaska’s largest rural airline is scrambling to find a buyer that can keep the company intact as it emerges from bankruptcy, rather than seeing its planes sold off piecemeal through a liquidation process.RavnAir Group flew to more than 100 Alaska communities before shutting down and filing for bankruptcy last month amid the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing some remote villages to charter planes to get residents medical care. Ravn is now running for-sale ads in the Anchorage Daily News and the Wall Street Journal, and a half-dozen potential buyers have signed non-disclosure agreements that allow them to review sensitive company data, according to court filings.Ravn’s management is touting $30 million in federal COVID-19 aid that it says the federal government could grant — if a potential buyer is found.last_img read more

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UK construction sector boosts GDP hopes as output bounces back – although it misses expectations

By on July 13, 2021

first_img whatsapp Friday 15 May 2015 4:52 am UK construction sector boosts GDP hopes as output bounces back – although it misses expectations Show Comments ▼ Britain’s construction industry rebounded in March bringing an end to four months of decline, boosting hopes that the disappointing first quarter gross domestic product figure will be revised upwards.Total construction output rose 3.9 per cent month-on-month, following a 0.3 per cent fall in February. However, this was slightly below analyst estimates for an increase of four per cent. Annual construction output fell by 1.1 per cent, slightly less than the 1.6 per cent fall forecast in preliminary estimate of first quarter gross domestic product.But despite the good news, the ONS said that the upward revision to construction output wouldn’t be enough to impact the awful first quarter GDP figure reported last month – although economists have suggested that combined with better-than-expected manufacturing data released earlier this week, things could start to look up.”There now looks to be a very good chance that gross domestic product growth in the first quarter will be revised up to 0.4 per cent quarter-on-quarter from 0.3 per cent quarter-on-quarter … although much will obviously depend on any revisions to growth in the dominant services sector, which is currently put at 0.5 per cent quarter-on-quarter,” Howard Archer, chief economist at IHS, said.The bad news was that new work in the construction sector fell 1.7 per cent – although the bulk of the drop took place in January.”Looking closely at the three months that make up [the first] quarter … most of this fall can be attributed to the large fall in January,” the ONS said.”Total housing, public other new work and private commercial work reported falls of 3.4 per cent, 6.6 per cent and 3.0 per cent respectively on the quarter.” center_img whatsapp Share Jessica Morris Tags: Construction industrylast_img read more

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Doctors on social media are being cyberbullied and sexually harassed. It’s time to change that

By on June 23, 2021

first_img With several colleagues, we published a research letter in JAMA Internal Medicine this week that uses data on online harassment collected in 2019, before the pandemic started. Our study demonstrates that 1 in 4 physicians who use social media reported being personally attacked. The most common reason reported for these attacks was engaging in advocacy, especially promoting vaccinations. Other reasons included advocacy related to reducing gun violence, as well as personal attacks on one’s race or religion.advertisement Vineet Arora By Vineet Arora, Tricia Pendergrast, and Shikha Jain Jan. 5, 2021 Reprints As women in medicine who use social media to advocate for public health and social justice, we know firsthand what it’s like to be personally attacked and sexually harassed online.These attacks have taken many forms. Some are more of a nuisance, like online trolling after advocating for mask wearing during the pandemic. Others are downright egregious and scary, such as an anonymous call to our hospital leadership “reporting” online advocacy efforts, or having our personal information published online, also known as doxxing.We also know we are not alone. Over the course of 2020, many physicians vocal on social media have been attacked for simply asking others to wear a mask or highlighting the challenges they face caring for patients in hospitals that are strained. Some have even received death threats.advertisement Tricia Pendergrast Related: Another disheartening aspect of the study was that 1 in 6 women physicians faced the additional threat of being sexually harassed online, often in the form of being sent sexually explicit messages or pornographic images. Threats of rape were also reported.While we performed this study before the pandemic, it is worth considering the implications for physicians on social media today.First, it’s likely that the rates of being attacked and harassed online are higher for physicians than other professionals, and this has become even more evident as we navigate Covid-19. One major reason for this is the politicization of mask wearing and other public health measures by President Trump. His false allegation that doctors are profiting off the virus further emboldened those who support him to attack physicians online.Second, as physicians willingly engage on social media — or are being asked to — to promote risk mitigation strategies, vaccinations, and other public health measures during the pandemic, they should be aware there is a risk of being attacked or harassed. This could be especially disconcerting and stressful for those who are engaging in social media for the first time, or for trainees who are just establishing their professional social media presences.Third, women and physicians of color face the additional risk of attacks that are grounded in sexism, racism, or the intersection of the two. For example, as health care advocacy efforts intersected with racial equity and justice, online attacks manifested in more overt ways, as we described in a recent New England Journal of Medicine article when a virtual #WhiteCoatsForBlackLives march was “Zoom bombed.” Newsletters Sign up for First Opinion A weekly digest of our opinion column, with insight from industry experts. First OpinionDoctors on social media are being cyberbullied and sexually harassed. It’s time to change that Leave this field empty if you’re human: Given the risks, it is tempting for many physicians to avoid social media altogether. This silence, however, would allow rampant medical misinformation online to go unchecked, leaving a void that is hard to fill. It is even more important today to ensure that the voices of credible physicians and scientists are not only heard but also protected and amplified online.To ensure that physicians and scientists continue their advocacy and online presence, health care institutions and professional societies can advise physicians, scientists, and trainees on how to advocate on social media in the safest way possible.One potential mechanism is to advocate in a group, either informally or formally. With several other colleagues, we started the Illinois Medical Professionals Action Collaborative Team (IMPACT) to bring together health professionals who were advocating on social media to amplify their voices for greater reach and to help influence local and state policy and public behavior.Groups such as the international Center for Countering Digital Hate have created playbooks for how to “disrupt the architecture of online hate and misinformation.” While attacks do and will occur, the group approach allows individuals to come to each other’s aid and provide moral support to continue.In addition to advocating together, it is also essential that the medical community join the fight to advocate for stronger laws to safeguard against cyberstalking online. Although it is widely recognized that cyberbullying and online sexual harassment are harmful, federal law addressing these situations is lacking, often leaving it up to individual states. To make matters worse, the line between free speech and a credible threat to a victim is often vague, and thus inconsistently enforced by local law enforcement. Finally, social media companies should be held accountable and take more decisive action to remove users who violate terms of service.As our nation faces the challenge of promoting a widespread mass vaccination effort in the face of vaccine hesitancy, it is imperative that doctors, scientists, and others are able to freely use social media to promote positive messaging without fear of retribution, retaliation, and harassment.Vineet Arora is a physician, professor of medicine, assistant dean for scholarship and discovery, and associate chief medical officer for the clinical learning environment, all at the University of Chicago, and a founding member of TIME’S Up Healthcare. Tricia Pendergrast is a second-year medical student at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and co-founder of GetMePPEChicago. Shikha Jain is a medical oncologist, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the University of Illinois in Chicago, director of communications strategies in medicine and associate director of oncology communication and digital innovation for the University of Illinois Cancer Center, and the founder and chair of the Women in Medicine Summit.Editor’s note: As of Mar. 5, 2021, Arora is no longer with Time’s Up Healthcare. @ShikhaJainMD Please enter a valid email address.center_img Adobe @FutureDocs @traependergrast About the Authors Reprints [email protected] Health care workers speaking truth on social media: amplify and protect their voices Privacy Policy Shikha Jain While it’s easy to believe that this is a byproduct of the expanded roles many physicians have assumed on social media to champion public health initiatives during the pandemic, the truth is that this form of harassment is not new. Tags advocacyphysicianslast_img read more

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PGPD phone upgrades could cause outages for non-emergency line

By on June 21, 2021

first_imgAdvertisement Punta Gorda police search for burglar believed to be targeting vacant homes June 1, 2021 Three women arrested during Punta Gorda drug bust June 16, 2021 Punta Gorda Police Department makes policies public May 4, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementTags: outagePunta Gorda Police Department Advertisementcenter_img PUNTA GORDA, Fla. – The Punta Gorda Police Department will be upgrading its phone system on Tuesday. The department said this will happen at about 6 p.m. and during this time, its non-emergency line may experience outages. If you are unable to reach the police department on its main non-emergency line, (941) 639-4111, you can use the number (941) 833-4181 instead. This upgrade will not impact 911 emergency calls. Officers rescue baby ducks from storm drain in Punta Gorda April 30, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement 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 commentslast_img read more

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BREAKING: Ploughing Championships opening time DELAYED further due to Storm Ali

By on June 20, 2021

first_img Pinterest Home News BREAKING: Ploughing Championships opening time DELAYED further due to Storm Ali News Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR BREAKING: Ploughing Championships opening time DELAYED further due to Storm Ali Community Twitter Ploughing This pesky storm is causing even more hassle this morning.LaoisToday understands that entry for the public has now been pushed back to 12.30pm.A Garda on site confirmed to one of our reporters that the public would not be permitted entry until then due to safety concerns.The National Ploughing Association said last night that opening would be delayed until 11am due to Storm Ali.However, as the storm continues to rage, the opening has been delayed.LaoisToday understands that an emergency meeting has now been called to discuss what happens next.It is believed that a lot of damage has been caused to the site by the storm.Sheds have been damaged and our picture shows one of them being held down by two JCBs.A number of trees are also reportedly down and work is ongoing to clear them.We will bring you more as we get it.SEE ALSO – Dad of ill Portlaoise girl who featured on ‘The Town’ series calls on Minister Harris to resign Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Facebook Council WhatsApp Community WhatsApp Previous articlePower outages and fallen trees in Laois due to Storm AliNext articleBREAKING: Ploughing Championships CANCELLED due to Storm Ali LaoisToday Reporter Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding By LaoisToday Reporter – 19th September 2018 Facebook Twitter TAGSNational Ploughing Championships New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official openinglast_img read more

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2018 Remembered – One of the all-time Laois greats made a return last night and scored a wonder goal to rescue a draw against biggest rivals

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first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By LaoisToday Reporter – 31st December 2018 Community Last night he made his return – after having a hip operation just before Christmas – when he came off the bench at half-time of their final round Division 1B league game against neighbours Arles-Kilcruise.And he did it style too, scoring 1-1 – the goal with the last kick of the game rescuing a draw for Killeen.“Left foot into the top corner from about 18 yards out – as good as I have ever seen him score,” said one long-time observer.Arles-Kilcruise were already assured of promotion and a league final place while Killeen were safe from relegation and out of the reckoning for one of the top two spots.But it was still a typical derby between two of Laois’s biggest rivals, one that saw Kevin Meaney and Donie Brennan given straight red cards in the opening half.Arles-Killeen led 0-7 to 1-2 at the break and although two second-half goals put Kilcruise, Beano’s brilliant late goal rescued a draw.It finished Killeen 1-10 Kilcruise 2-7.Kilcruise now have a final to look forward to against Ballyroan-Abbey next week while Killeen have a couple of weeks off before they Emo in the opening round of the championship. Kilcruise’s opening round is against Stradbally.SEE ALSO –  WATCH: This Beano McDonald tribute video will have you rolling back the years Twitter Twitter Pinterest Council Pinterest Brian ‘Beano’ McDonald, now aged 38, was a bit of a magician on the field, a household name across the country who represented club, county, province and country.At club level he played in three county finals with Arles-Killeen but had drifted away as a starter on the senior team in recent years, instead serving as a selector. TAGS2018 RememberedArles Killeen GAABrian ‘Beano’ McDonald Community Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ WhatsApp Beano McDonald scored a wonder goal for Arles-Killeen against neighbours Arles-Kilcruise last night In July of this year, the legendary Brian ‘Beano’ McDonald returned to the field and was met with high praise.Still doing what he does best, he saved the game for his club Arles Kileen.He was a fan’s favourite from the time he was about 16, he made his Laois senior debut when he was still minor, he was a star of the 2003 Leinster-winning team and was one of the best forwards the county ever produced. Facebook Previous article2018 Remembered – Well-known Laois man wins big on Winning Streak after Spinning the Wheel!Next article2018 Remembered – Electric Picnic and I: Meet the 17-year-old from Portlaoise stepping on stage at the Electric Picnic LaoisToday Reporter Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening 2018 Remembered – One of the all-time Laois greats made a return last night and scored a wonder goal to rescue a draw against biggest rivals Facebook Home We Are Laois 2018 Remembered – One of the all-time Laois greats made a return… We Are Laois WhatsApplast_img read more

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SIFMA takes issue with conflicts of interest report

By on June 18, 2021

first_img The U.S. Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) has released a report the aims to find flaws with a recent White House report estimating the financial impact of conflicted financial advice. The U.S. securities industry lobby group released a report Monday from National Economic Research Associates (NERA), which criticizes a recent report from the White House’s Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) that was issued in support of the government’s call for a proposal from the U.S. Department of Labor that will recommend a new fiduciary duty for retirement advice. Get ready for increased scrutiny of your compensation James Langton Facebook LinkedIn Twitter The CEA report, which was released last month, found that, on average, industry conflicts of interest cost investors 1% of their annual return. Given an estimated US$1.7 trillion of retirement account assets, it estimated that the aggregate annual cost of conflicted advice is about US$17 billion each year. The NERA report argues that the CEA report’s estimates of the cost of conflicted advice is not fully supported by the academic literature that underpins those estimates, and that its approach is flawed in multiple ways. It also says that the government’s report does not attempt to quantify the benefits provided by brokers, such as encouraging saving, diversification, risk reduction, and other intangible benefits of their services. “The [CEA] report does not consider the possibility that the benefits received by consumers may exceed the fees, thereby nullifying the apparent underperformance,” it says. Finally, the NERA report also says that the CEA paper ignores the negative consequences of regulatory reforms in other jurisdictions, such as the UK, including the risk that brokers stop serving smaller accounts, or that fees increased on smaller accounts, following regulation designed to reduce conflicts of interest. Related newscenter_img Keywords Conflicts of interestCompanies Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association New insurance regulations may be necessary to deal with conflicts of interest Share this article and your comments with peers on social media FAIR Canada seeks clarity on client-focused reformslast_img read more

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Govt. to Assist Vendors Who Lost Goods in Fire at Oxtord Mall

By on June 17, 2021

first_imgRelatedGovt. to Assist Vendors Who Lost Goods in Fire at Oxtord Mall RelatedGovt. to Assist Vendors Who Lost Goods in Fire at Oxtord Mall Govt. to Assist Vendors Who Lost Goods in Fire at Oxtord Mall Office of the Prime MinisterOctober 29, 2009 RelatedGovt. to Assist Vendors Who Lost Goods in Fire at Oxtord Mallcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister the Hon. Bruce Golding has said that the government will be assisting the 50 vendors who lost goods in the fire at the Oxford Mall in downtown Kingston, on Tuesday, October 27.Mr. Golding made the announcement during his monthly ‘Jamaica House Live’ call in programme, on Wednesday, October 28.“We can’t replace what they have lost, but we do feel that we have a duty to see how we can help them and put in some structures there for them and we are going to try to help them get back on their feet. That’s what governments are there for, to assist people when they are in distress and we are going to see how we can help them,” Mr. Golding said.The fire at the market started at about 1:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning. No one sustained injuries and the cause of the fire has not yet been determined.The Oxford Mall was among several markets refurbished at a cost of $20 million in November 2001. Advertisementslast_img read more

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Pattison Sign Group signals competitive future with technological growth

By on June 16, 2021

first_imgPattison Sign Group signals competitive future with technological growth From: Atlantic Canada Opportunities AgencyUpgrades and new equipment will increase productivity of major regional manufacturerInnovation is key to growing strong, resilient businesses that can adapt to new challenges and changing consumer needs. The Government of Canada is committed to helping Atlantic businesses access the tools and resources they need to innovate, grow and compete.Adopting new technology will increase production capacity of strategic manufacturing companyRené Arseneault, Member of Parliament for Madawaska-Restigouche, announced today a repayable contribution of $950,000 to support Pattison Sign Group in Edmundston. This investment will help the company install new equipment to automate the thermoforming of 3D plastic products, which is an important step in sign production. The project will result in fewer errors, less waste and productivity improvements.By supporting advanced manufacturing projects like this one, the Government of Canada is helping more Atlantic Canadian companies expand their business and compete in the global marketplace – creating jobs, strengthening communities, and growing the economy.Quotes“Helping regional employers become more productive and innovative is critical to economic recovery efforts across the country. We are committed to helping businesses explore new opportunities in advanced manufacturing.”– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA“This investment will allow Pattison Signs to move forward with innovative improvements and increase its production capacity. I’m proud that our government is investing in the future of this major employer in the region.”– René Arseneault, Member of Parliament for Madawaska-Restigouche“This new state-of-the-art equipment will allow us to improve our operational efficiency and consolidate our position as North American leader in the field of visual communication. This strategic investment aims to diversify our service offering by developing new products related to our industry but also products dedicated to new markets.”– Christian Duguay, Director of Operations, Pattison Sign GroupQuick factsThe Government of Canada, through ACOA’s Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) program, has provided a repayable contribution of $950,000 to Jim Pattison Industries.Operating under a division of Jim Pattison Industries Ltd, Pattison Sign Group manufactures various industrial and smart electronic panels for the Canadian, American and Latin American markets.The company employs more than 300 people at its Edmundston plant. /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:3D, advanced manufacturing, america, american, Canada, Christian, communication, Economic Development, efficiency, Government, innovation, Investment, North America, parliament, production, technologylast_img read more

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