24,000 fish restocked across East Anglia 24,000 fish, grown at The Environment Agency’s Calverton Fish Farm, have been released at fisheries and rivers in Cambridgeshire, Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire and Suffolk.The fish consisted of barbel, chub, dace, roach and common bream.2,000 barbel were stocked along the Great Ouse at 3 locations which benefited 4 fisheries. The fisheries were:Biggleswade and Hitchin Angling AssociationNewport Pagnell Fishing AssociationOdell Angling ClubWeston Underwood Angling Club.Fisheries officer, Chris Middleton, releasing some of the 24,000 fish during the restocking.6000 chub and dace were released into the river Ivel at 3 locations. This benefited:Letchworth Garden City Angling Association at HenlowThe Ivel Protection Association sites at Biggleswade Mill and Biggleswade Common.Brandon and District Angling Club also received 6,000 chub and dace these fish went into their stretch of the Little Ouse downstream of Brandon Staunch.5,000 roach and 5,000 common bream were stocked into the Cambridge Fish Preservation and Angling Society stretch of the River Cam downstream of Baits Bite Lock.Fisheries officer, Chris Middleton, holding 2 fish during the restocking.These specific locations were chosen as they provided the most suitable habitat for juvenile fish. Also due to on-going joint habitat enhancement projects between the angling clubs and the Environment Agency’s local fisheries team.Chris Middleton, a fisheries officer for the Environment Agency, said:It was great to be able to boost fish numbers across four rivers in East Anglia. This valuable work was made possible thanks to fishing licence income.Fishing licences can be purchased here: https://www.gov.uk/fishing-licences/buy-a-fishing-licence /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:Brandon, Cambridge, environment, fish:, Fisheries, fishing, Government, habitat, licence, Lock, Middleton, Milton, Society, UK, UK Government, Weston
HomeNewsEducationSchool Board not sold on joint financing of Civic Center field Jul. 05, 2017 at 7:45 amEducationNewsSchool Board not sold on joint financing of Civic Center fieldMarina Andalon4 years agocivic centerdaily pressSanta MonicaSanta Monica-Malibu Unified School DistrictsmmusdCivic Center – Field The Santa Monica – Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) could be willing to contribute funds to construction of a new field on the Civic Center site if the project includes a softball field but Boardmembers don’t seem convinced a softball field should be part of the project.While joint funding appears to be contingent on the softball addition, the SMMUSD Board questioned the need for the softball overlay at their June 29 meeting. The discussion followed the Council’s decision to pursue a temporary field with a cost of about $8.6 million. Part of the cost is due to including a softball field overlay on the rectangular field and Council asked staff to consult with the school district on the need for a softball overlay on the site.Boardmembers said they were looking forward to having a temporary field at the Civic Center, however they debated if Samohi needs a softball overlay.Parent, Ann Hoover, a member of the Facilities District Advisory Committee said a field is not needed.“Thank you all for taking eight months to make this decision,” she said. “We advocated so hard for this and with respect to the softball overlay, we strongly recommend it not be pursued. It would increase the field, and it would have a chilling effect. Adding the softball field would cost more and eliminate more parking spaces.”Boardmember Laurie Liberman said she didn’t think the District would be asked to contribute funding unless school officials requested the softball field and that given the lack of advocacy for a softball field, she didn’t think it was necessary.“I watched the city council and believe there was a slight misunderstanding of why our staff proposes this in the first place,” she said. “The field was about solving a problem in the City as well as the district issues. The goal was to put together a project that helped all kinds of residents in the city. Samohi is just not big enough to have and do all the things we would like to do. “The discussion last week did not include any formal vote on the project due to the lack of specifics about the plan (it was approved just two days before the Board meeting) and primary responsibility for the project is with the City.After the meeting, district staff said it is unlikely SMMUSD will contribute money without a softball field in the project and as the project was still in its formative stages City staff will be responsible for finalizing the design elements. The final design is subject to a parking study, environmental review and will need approval from the Coastal Commission.Boardmember Ralph Mechur said a final decision will involve more discussions between the schools and City Hall.“This is a process, there will be a lot more steps and we need to continue to work to be collaborative with the City,” he [email protected] :civic centerdaily pressSanta MonicaSanta Monica-Malibu Unified School Districtsmmusdshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentMarina Andalonview all postsMan threatens victim with scissorsUpcoming one woman show goes ‘Beyond Black and White’You Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall11 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson22 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter22 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor22 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press22 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press22 hours ago
Broadhead said he expects the new company will have a strong balance sheet and increased cash flows due to anticipated synergies that will enable it to pursue more aggressively profitable growth opportunities. Entergy owns, manages, or invests in power plants generating more than 30,000 megawatts of electricity domestically and internationally and delivers electricity to about 2.5 million customers in portions of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. Information is available on the Internet at www.entergy.com. Suitors for halted Bellefonte nuclear project ask TVA to consider climate in reviving sale Facebook Based on the number of common shares currently outstanding, FPL Group shareholders will own 57 percent of the common equity of the combined company and Entergy shareholders will own 43 percent. The new company’s board of directors, which will include Broadhead and Leonard, will initially consist of 15 members, eight from FPL Group and seven from Entergy. The merged company will locate its corporate headquarters in Juno Beach, Fla., and will have its utility group headquarters in New Orleans, La. Each of the company’s six utilities will continue to maintain its headquarters at its present location. FPL Group, with annual revenues of more than $6 billion, is one of the nation’s largest providers of electricity-related services with a generating capacity of more than 20,000 megawatts. Its principal subsidiary, Florida Power & Light, serves 3.8 million customer accounts in Florida. FPL Group employs 11,350 employees and operates in 17 states. FPL Energy, LLC, FPL Group’s independent power production subsidiary, is a leader in generating electricity from clean and renewable fuels. Information is available on the Internet at www.fplgroup.com. Facebook Previous articleDuke Energy sells interest in Oklahoma merchant power facilityNext articleCalifornia steps up to Stage 2 emergency chloecox Entergy Corporation, with annual revenues of nearly $9 billion, is a global energy company engaged in power production, distribution operations, and related diversified services, with more than 12,200 employees. It is also a provider of wholesale energy marketing and trading services. TAGSEntergy No posts to display “This merger combines two strategically aligned, financially healthy companies into an organization that has no equal in the industry,” said Entergy Chairman Robert v.d. Luft. Wayne Leonard, Entergy chief executive officer, added, “Both companies have divested non-core businesses and are focusing on enhancing utility operations. At the same time, both are growing their wholesale generation businesses with an emphasis on clean energy from nuclear, natural gas and renewable energy sources. Combining our assets and skills will not only enhance our ability to achieve these strategic goals, but will also create the opportunity to move to a new level as a leading energy company.” Leonard will serve as president and chief executive officer of the merged company. At special shareholder meetings held in New York and New Orleans, 96.9 percent of FPL Group shareholders and 98.8 percent of Entergy shareholders who cast ballots voted in favor of merging the organizations into one company that will be the nation’s largest electric utility and power producer. The numbers represent 79.5 percent of FPL shares outstanding and 78.3 percent of Entergy shares outstanding. 12.18.2000 Nuclear Twitter � have nuclear capacity of more than 10,000 megawatts. Linkedin “Today’s shareholder votes represent a very important milestone on the road to completion of this merger by the end of 2001. Our shareholders have recognized the benefits the merger will provide in bringing together the scope, scale and resources necessary for achieving competitive investor returns and growth in the rapidly changing energy marketplace,” said James L. Broadhead, FPL Group chairman and chief executive officer. Broadhead will serve as chairman of the merged company. By chloecox – � serve more than 6.3 million customers � have a generating capacity of more than 48,000 megawatts Linkedin Twitter Optimizing Plant Performance: The April POWERGEN+ series activates today RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR In a tax-free, stock-for-stock exchange, each holder of FPL Group common stock will receive 1.00 share of the new holding company for each share of FPL Group common stock, and each holder of Entergy common stock will receive 0.585 of a share of the new holding company for each share of Entergy common stock. The transaction will be immediately accretive to both companies, based on consensus security analysts’ earnings estimates. Average annual earnings per share growth for the combined company is expected to be 10 percent or more. JUNO BEACH, Fla. and NEW ORLEANS, La., Dec. 15, 2000 Shareholders of FPL Group, Inc. (NYSE: FPL) and Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) today gave their approval to a proposed merger of equals that would result in one of the largest power companies in the nation. The merger will create a company that will: FPL Group and Entergy also will seek approval from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Securities and Exchange Commission, and others prior to the targeted completion of the merger before the end of 2001. In the filings, the companies highlighted synergy opportunities from the merger. The regulated businesses should realize cost savings of $110 million to $150 million derived from eliminating duplicate corporate and administrative positions and programs, as well as procurement economies. By sharing best practices between the various subsidiary companies, FPL Group and Entergy expect to maintain or enhance system reliability and customer service. The competitive businesses expect annual cost savings and revenue enhancements of $40 million to $125 million and capital savings ranging from $50 million to $100 million. The combined company expects the merger will provide annual synergies growing from $200 million to $375 million over the first few years after closing. New Jersey utility regulators extend zero-carbon breaks for PSEG nuclear power plants In other merger-related actions, FPL Group and Entergy in a Nov. 30 filing asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve the merger no later than June 1, 2001. Entergy has also filed for approval with various city and state regulators in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. FPL Group, Entergy shareholders approve merger
reaction of the macedonian team after the draw…http://youtu.be/n1hy62seyIg you afraid of Macedonia? 5 Comments Please change the name macedonia!! ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsDraw for European Play-Off for the World Championship 2015 in Qatar was held in Herning. Some really strong matches is ahead of us as Hungary VS Slovenia or Poland VS Germany. Serbia and Czech Republic will meet fourth time in battle for WCh in last five Play Offs. Czech Republic won the matches before WCh 2007, while Serbs celebrated before WCh 2009 and WCh 2011.Tough matches are expected between Austria and Norway, but the most interesting will be to see Grecee and Macedonia on the court.EUROPEAN PLAY-OFF:HUNGARY – SLOVENIAROMANIA – SWEDENPOLAND – GERMANYGREECE – MACEDONIASERBIA – CZECH REPUBLICRUSSIA – LITHUANIABOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA – ICELANDAUSTRIA – NORWAYMONTENEGRO – BELARUSBarrage matches are scheduled for 7/8 or 14 / 15th of June. Natasa 26. January 2014. at 22:24 Related Items:qatar 2015 handballl, Qatar handball dalibor 26. January 2014. at 22:17 5 Comments Recommended for you Qatar win Asian gold for the fourth time in a row! Qatar and Croatia secure Main Round tickets Konstantinos 26. January 2014. at 13:06 ShareTweetShareShareEmail Why..? We are Macedonia.. And please don’t mix politic with sport..on this site we talk sport not politic.. Best regards from Macedonia..!!!! Poland vs Germany – a big emotional problem Biegler Croatia secure 3 points for Main Round Andrzej 27. January 2014. at 20:06 dalibor 26. January 2014. at 23:03 Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
RELATED: Drivers react to unveiling | See the new Chevrolet for ’18DETROIT — Chevrolet dipped into its rich motorsports history in assembling the race car that will tackle the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2018, announcing Thursday that it will bring the Camaro ZL1 name to the sport’s top division.History, in this case, doesn’t mean a relic, not with seven-time series champ Jimmie Johnson’s grand introduction of the freshly race-ready car — a snarling, fast-revving Thursday afternoon rip on Detroit’s East Jefferson Avenue echoing off the towers of General Motors’ Renaissance Center headquarters. The deep-blue car, which will replace the outgoing Chevy SS next year, was adorned with the No. 8, the favored car number of pioneering racer and company founder Louis Chevrolet.It was enough to make longtime Chevy driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. consider his garage-space options back home in North Carolina.“Certainly, yeah!” said Earnhardt, who arrived at Thursday’s ceremony in the Camaro pace car used this weekend at Michigan International Speedway. “I’ll build some space, whatever we’ve got to do.”Bows toward history were all around as the cars took center stage with drivers, teams, NASCAR officials and eager GM employees, but among the 2018 Camaro’s primary objectives is current-day relevance, in the showroom and on the speedways. The race-prepared version will make its competition debut at Daytona International Speedway in February 2018.The Chevy SS has been a formidable racer, with 71 wins in NASCAR’s premier series, but it has competed without a significant refreshing since its 2013 debut. From a consumer standpoint, the Camaro represents a more visible model than its road-going predecessor. The low-volume SS, a V8-powered four-door sedan based on the Australian-built Holden Commodore, ends its production run this year.“Selfishly, it’s going to be a great race car, but it’s also going to be really good for the dealer business,” said Rick Hendrick, who has dual stakes in the Camaro through his dealership empire and Hendrick Motorsports operation. Earlier Thursday, Hendrick took delivery of the first production Camaro ZL1 1LE at Chevrolet’s Lansing, Michigan, plant.“When you’ve got 50 years of heritage and being a performance car, from the Z28 all the way through the line, the reviews on this car have been off the chart.”In this photo, the street model sits on the left, the race car on the right. HHP/HAROLD HINSON Keeping the road and track relation a strong one was a key part of the race car’s development, said Mark Kent, GM’s Director of Racing. Kent indicated that the street car’s dimensions dovetailed nicely with the required proportions of NASCAR’s current sixth-generation car platform. The similarities were so uncanny, Kent said, that he had to offer periodic reminders during group reviews about which one was the race car.Kent said wind-tunnel testing of the racing Camaro prototype had produced positive aerodynamic data, which drivers were eager to back up in testing and next year’s competition. While performance indicators have stoked optimism within the Chevy camp, the truest test is likely to come in Daytona’s Speedweeks next winter.“You don’t really know,” said Kyle Larson, a two-time winner this year in Chip Ganassi Racing’s Chevrolets. “I think you see with Toyota this year, it seemed like it took them a month or so to learn their new car, so hopefully we don’t have those little growing pains. They’re not even pains, because they’re still competitive. Hopefully we’re fast right off the bat with it. I think we will be. I think any time you develop something new, you’re developing it to be faster, and I don’t see why we shouldn’t be faster that where we are this season.”Said Johnson: “When you give the engineers a chance to refine a vehicle, then I think the heritage that the Camaro has, we definitely have high expectations for the car and for a faster vehicle than what we’re racing right now.”Once the performance bar is established, what remains are landmarks — the first pole, the first win and the ultimate goal of the first championship. The vying for those “firsts” will add an extra layer to the competition for bragging rights within the automaker’s ranks.Though Earnhardt’s full-time career will be coming to a close before the Camaro ZL1’s racing debut, he said he’ll be watching those contests with interest.“I think that’s something that’s on all the drivers’ minds, to be the guy to get the first win. There’s all kinds of little milestones like that in manufacturing and within your team,” Earnhardt said, noting that the next victory for his Hendrick-owned team will be its 250th.“I’m sure all the guys will be gunning for it here in February to put that thing in Victory Lane. It’d be awesome if we could do it at the Daytona 500, biggest race of the season to have a Camaro in Victory Lane. It’d be awesome.”
Mission Hills City Administrator becomes first woman to win prestigious award for Kansas public managersBy admin on December 20, 2020
Mission Hills’ Courtney Christensen is the first woman in the 28 year history of the Buford M. Watson, Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Management to win the honor.A longtime northeast Johnson County public administrator has become the first woman to win the Kansas Association of City/County Management’s top honor.Courtney Christensen, who has served as Mission Hills city administrator since 2000, found out at the association’s annual awards luncheon last month that she was the 2016 recipient of the Buford M. Watson, Jr., Award for Excellence in Public Management, which has been given annually for 28 years and is named for a former city manager of Lawrence. Christensen said she was shocked and honored to hear the luncheon emcee call her name for the award.“First they said ‘she,’ and I thought, well that’s really nice, because they hadn’t had a woman,” Christensen said. “So I was kind of looking around thinking, ‘Who could that be?’ And then they said, ‘social worker from Kansas State University,’ and I thought, ‘Oh my God. That’s got to be me.’”Indeed, before getting into public administration, Christensen spent six years as a social worker in a variety of roles, from counseling young children to making welfare visits. But she decided she wanted to seek a role in administration as she got further into her career, and had a professor suggest city management might be a good fit.Christensen’s first job in public administration came as an intern for Prairie Village City Administrator Barbara Vernon while she was still finishing her master’s degree at UMKC. From there, she eventually went on to take a job in the Kansas City, Mo., administration department, where she moved up the ranks over 12 years and became an assistant city manager. In April 2000, she started her role with Mission Hills.Christensen said her favorite part of the job is working on questions about how to do the most for residents with the tax dollars they pay to the city.“It’s like a puzzle,” she said. “First you’ve got to figure out how much money you’ve got. Then you have to figure out how you can do what the people want you to do within that money. And you have to move the pieces around.”She also said she takes pride in having helped launch the careers of a number of other city management professionals. Since she started the job, 17 public administration students have completed internships in her office, many of them going on to prominent careers in the Kansas City area. Chris Engel, who was recently named Merriam City Administrator, for example, was an intern in Christensen’s office.“A lot of them are city managers now,” she said of her former interns. “It’s really kind of fun.”
QSC announced the availability of new Attero Tech by QSC, including additions to the Axon family of network audio interfaces and Axiom family of analog audio I/O extenders, as well as a new purpose-built network amplifier.Axon Series Network Audio Interfaces:The Axon D2i is a single-gang Dante/AES67 network audio I/O wallplate, allowing for integration of analog devices into network audio applications. It features two XLR+quarter-inch TRS combo inputs for on-ramp of microphones, instruments or mixer outputs in applications where conveniently located audio connectivity is a must. It also includes an Axiom port for integration of Attero Tech by QSC Axiom wallplates (USB, Bluetooth or XLR) for additional I/O customization.The Axon DBU is a surface-mount Dante/AES67 network audio interface offering bi-directional USB and stereo Bluetooth audio I/O for the Q-SYS Ecosystem. It allows users to connect their personal devices to integrate the room’s audio into their web conferencing applications (such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom and Google Meet) via USB or Bluetooth. Its compact form factor allows maximizing system design flexibility with capabilities to mount under a table or in a rack.Axiom Series Analog Audio I/O Extenders:The Axiom AXPio audio expander includes two Flex I/O channels, allowing integrators to pair the AXPio with up to two Axiom wallplates (Axiom ML1, USB1, BT1) to simply and cost-effectively integrate analog audio devices into a room’s audio system, including QSC Business Music mixers and amplifiers. In addition, the AXPio provides RS-232 connectivity for control integration into Q-SYS.The Axiom USB1 provides bi-directional USB audio connectivity for education, corporate or hospitality applications. With the USB1, users can interface a device’s USB audio with the room’s audio system. It also offers BYOD support, allowing users to connect their laptops and integrate the room’s audio into web conferencing applications.The Axiom BT1 is a bi-directional Bluetooth audio wallplate that allows users to connect consumer-grade devices to a room’s audio system for music playback or Bluetooth conference call bridging, making this ideal for education, corporate or hospitality AV systems.See related QSC Intros New Two-Way Loudspeaker SystemAttero Tech by QSC Network Amplifier:The Axon DTH1620 is a Dante/AES67 network amplifier specifically designed to support high-channel, low-power applications, such as theme park rides, attractions and immersive exhibits. It offers 20 watts to each of its 16 channels in a ruggedized and compact form factor. It specializes in its ability to support both traditional passive transducers and haptic transducers for specialized audio applications.
The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) said on Monday that the staff of NYSE Regulation, Inc. has determined to commence proceedings to delist the common stock of Genco Shipping & Trading Limited – ticker symbol GNK – from the NYSE.As a result, trading in the company’s common stock was suspended immediately.“NYSE Regulation has determined that the Company is no longer suitable for listing. Pursuant to Listed Company Manual Section 802.01D, this decision was reached in view of the Company’s April 21, 2014 announcement that it and certain of its subsidiaries, other than Baltic Trading Limited – ticker symbol BALT – and its subsidiaries, have filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York,” NYSE said in a release.NYSE Regulation noted the uncertainty as to the timing and outcome of the bankruptcy process, as well as the ultimate effect of this process on the value of the Genco’s common stock. NYSE Regulation added that it may make an appraisal of, and determine on an individual basis, the suitability for continued listing of a listed security in light of all pertinent facts and circumstances whenever it deems appropriate.In addition, NYSE Regulation may suspend trading in a security and commence delisting proceedings if it believes that continued dealings in or listing of the security on the NYSE are not advisable.The company has a right to a review of this determination by a Committee of the Board of Directors of NYSE Regulation.“The NYSE will apply to the Securities and Exchange Commission to delist the common stock upon completion of all applicable procedures, including any appeal by the Company of the NYSE Regulation staff’s decision,” NYSE explained.[mappress]NYSE, April 22, 2014
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Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 27, 2017 – Nassau – The Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration, the Hon. Brent Symonette said that more has to be done to improve the country’s second industry.While delivering the keynote address at the Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB) meeting held September 20, 2017 at the British Colonial Hilton, Minister Symonette outlined some of the government’s objectives.“Over the past few months as the new Minister of Financial Services, I have recognized that there is a critical need to enable the financial services industry to operate more efficiently,” said the Minister.And this efficiency, according the Minister, would be achieved if the government implemented several measures including resourcing and restructuring the government agencies that provide support. The Minister said that by allowing for a more “competitive” environment through legislative reform and the development of new products and services in an environment that is customer friendly, the Bahamas would have a comparative or superior edge to competing jurisdictions.He also pointed to the easing of the immigration process so that it is more business friendly, timely and efficient in order to prevent the hindrance of operations as to allow options that make it feasible for investors to choose The Bahamas not only for business purposes but also as a place to reside. He said that it is also of paramount importance a change takes place in the way that business is conducted in the country.“It is clear that what we are doing is not enough. We cannot continue to do things the same way and expect different results. We have to open our minds and The Bahamas must find ways to open its doors to a global economy that allows professional exchanges that foster growth. And by this, I mean the exchange of legal expertise in certain areas like trust, arbitration, maritime and other financial services aspects. We must be forward thinking to open our economy so that we can advance ourselves. We must do this to survive,” said Minister Symonette.He said that there are many untapped opportunities out there and that the Ministry of Financial Services and Investments “is open” to listening to the voices of the private and public sectors in order to devise solutions to drive change and provide opportunities to grow the economy.“My Ministry has met with numerous entities over the past several months, and I can say that the universal challenge facing the industry has been centered heavily around the increased pressure from global regulatory bodies such as the OECD; the need to focus on the ease of doing business in The Bahamas; and the enhancement and integration of government departments through advanced technology,” said Minister Symonette. “We are listening very carefully and have identified areas deemed to be quick fixes or low lying fruits to which we have already begun to make improvements. It is time now to bring forth solutions instead of continuing to focus on the challenges.”By: Betty Vedrine (BIS)Photo Caption:Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration, the Hon. Brent Symonette, delivering the keynote address at a meeting held by the Bahamas Financial Services Board, September 20, 2017 at the British Colonial Hilton. (BIS Photos/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp