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Tullow Oil’s optimistic half year forecast fails to push shares up

By on July 13, 2021

first_img Express KCS Share Tullow Oil’s optimistic half year forecast fails to push shares up whatsapp Wednesday 1 July 2015 8:09 pm whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapWatch President Biden Do Battle With a Cicada: ‘It Got Me’ (Video)The Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap TULLOW Oil failed to impress shareholders with a trading update yesterday, despite analysts describing the company’s announcement as largely positive.Aidan Heavey, Tullow chief executive, said the group had taken “a number of important steps” to ensure that it “remains on a firm financial footing”.The firm has suffered a series of setbacks over the last year, and in March tumbled out of the FTSE 100 after its share price dropped by over 50 per cent in the past 12 months.Yesterday, Tullow said it expects to report revenue of $800m (£512m) for the six months to 30 June, $1.3bn lower than the same period in 2015. Nevertheless, Brenda Kelly at London Capital Group said the update was positive, but added: “Clearly the drop in global oil prices has taken its toll.”Shares closed trading yesterday down by 1.65 per cent. Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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Black Monday: Billions wiped off FTSE 100 as it falls below 6,000 after China shock

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first_img Black Monday: Billions wiped off FTSE 100 as it falls below 6,000 after China shock More From Our Partners Institutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com Tags: Chinese economy Company FTSE 100 Global market turmoil whatsapp Show Comments ▼ The FTSE 100  fell below the psychologically significant 6,000 mark this afternoon for the first time since 2012, after stocks in China closed more than eight per cent lower.The market dipped below 5,900 points, more than five per cent lower, at lunchtime, its lowest point this year. Meanwhile, Germany’s Dax fell 4.5 per cent and France’s Cac 40 dropped 5.2 per cent. Overnight, markets in Asia were all casualties of heavy selloffs with the Nikkei falling 4.6 per cent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng falling 5.2 per cent and the Shanghai Composite falling 8.5 per cent, its biggest one-day loss in percentage terms since 2007.The selloff led Bloomberg analyst Mark Barton to suggest $3.2 trillion (£2 trillion) had been wiped off global stocks in the past five days.Meanwhile the Vix volatility index, also known as the “fear index”, has jumped to the highest level in years this morning, as has its European counterpart. The selloff came after a chaotic day of trading on Friday, when weaker than expected manufacturing data caused European markets to plummet. The FTSE closed 2.8 per cent lower, while the S&P 500 crashed below 2,000 points for the first time since February this year. Markets had spent the past few days falling steadily, as investors worried the Chinese central bank would stop its support of the stock markets. “Many market participants were expecting that their prayers will be answered over the weekend after they suffered heavy losses last week and the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) will trigger more quantitative easing and will reconfirm their support,” said Naeem Aslam, an analyst at Avatrade.”Unfortunately, there was nothing but disappointment and trader’s angst turned into anger this morning and they decided to liquidate their position causing a more intense sell off in the market.”However, some analysts saw upsides. “As yet, it is difficult to identify a positive catalyst to alter sentiment in the shorter term,” said Richard Hunter, head of equities at Hargreaves Lansdown.  “However, for the US and UK economies, which are both showing some strength as evidenced by the mere discussion of interest rate rises, and with a perfectly respectable set of second quarter results behind them, these recent falls may just have opened a window of opportunity for those looking to enter the market.”Indeed, the 2015 mantra of markets looking stretched on valuation grounds is now redundant, and more cautious investors may still benefit from the ‘bottom up’ method of investing we have been advocating for some considerable time.” center_img Monday 24 August 2015 2:21 pm Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoUnify Health LabsRandy Jackson: This 3 Minute Routine Transformed My HealthUnify Health LabsUndoSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunUndoComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyUndoForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesUndoGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndo Emma Haslett Share whatsapplast_img read more

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News / Get automated or in 10 years the industry won’t need you, forwarders warned

By on July 4, 2021

first_imgVenture capital (VC) and “Silicon Valley” tech-entrepreneurs claim to see vast inefficiency but enormous opportunity in freight forwarding. And the industry disruption from VC funding is only likely to increase, according to Haven’s Mr Tillman, who said the money pouring into logistics now was likely only just the beginning.  Zvi Schreiber, chief executive of Freightos, an online marketplace, agreed that the number of freight forwarders around the world would likely diminish. He added: “The digital part the startups are doing, we have it inside already. The only thing we can learn from them is that maybe they market themselves a bit better, and here and there they have nicer platforms.” Asked whether forwarders and carriers were willing to publish their rates online, Mr Schreiber said there was a growing willingness for users to be open with their pricing, especially on the spot market, because strong players with good rates and good service want to promote themselves. He added: “If you’re in the middle; if you’re not in the volume or niche side of the business and all you do is arbitrage freight that you don’t own, you’re done.  “The big guys are wise to think about value-added services because they won’t make money on freight. They should stay paranoid and stay terrified and then they’ll have a better business,” said Mr Tillman. “With these systems you cannot change the routing of the container or change vessels. Say there’s a shipment from Brazil to Australia – they find out they need someone handling it in Brazil and someone handling it in Australia. So it’s very simple, it’s freight forwarding. I’m not afraid at all,” said Mr Meincke.  He said that Kuehne + Nagel was the first forwarder with a global system where you can quote and book shipments online, but only 2% of their customers were booking online because “they don’t want to fill out all the forms.” “I think we’re just starting in terms of what we’ll see in venture capital investment in logistics. I want to see some big exits and some big raises. There’s a huge opportunity. Startups and tech companies just work differently than most people.” “In the next 10 years there’s no purpose to having you in the industry. You’re going to get swallowed by the big guys because you won’t be able to compete in the marketplace. Technology is only going to accelerate that.” Ocean freight forwarders are facing extinction within the next decade unless they embrace booking automation, delegates heard today at TPM Asia in Shenzhen. “I’m not terrified. They’re creating expectations which are away from the market. There are too many technically driven people creating ideas, and venture capital is jumping into it too. By Sam Whelan in Shenzhen 13/10/2016 Furthermore, he said even some of the biggest shippers were using Freightos because there was a gradual trend away from fixed contracts to the spot market, which currently makes up around 30% of global bookings. “I think 10 years from now there will be a lot of changes. I don’t think there will be 100,000 forwarders in the world like there are today, and the ones that survive and prosper will be the ones who automate,” said Mr Schreiber. Freightos works with around 1,000 forwarders to manage their rates and automate their quotes. Twenty-three of the top 25 3PLs in the world are customers, as are some of the biggest global shippers. Approximately 100,000 spot quotes are automated and processed every quarter.  However, Thorsten Meincke, senior vice-president global seafreight at Kuehne + Nagel, said he was unfazed by the proliferation of tech-startups entering the logistics industry. “The big guys are slowly shifting away from contracts because their business is more complex, and their ability to figure out their customers, suppliers and products a year in advance is going away,” he added.  © Ronfromyork | Dreamstime.com “They should be terrified,” said Matt Tillman, chief executive of Haven, an online freight booking startup geared towards commodity shippers. He said large 3PLs were already shifting away from solely focusing on freight forwarding by offering trade finance and other value-added services.last_img read more

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Cool Rail partners find more sustainable way to bring fresh produce from Spain

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first_imgBy Sam Whelan, Asia correspondent 07/12/2016 A new refrigerated rail service has launched between Spain and northern Europe, providing a more sustainable alternative to road freight for fresh produce shippers.Cool Rail operates twice-weekly reefer services between Valencia and Cologne. The service takes three days, one more than by road, but each container travels 83% fewer truck-km – resulting in a 70% reduction in CO2 emissions.Colruyt Group, which operates supermarkets in Belgium, France and Luxembourg, is using Cool Rail to import Spanish citrus and vegetables.Once in Cologne, its containers are trucked to a distribution centre in the Belgian city of Halle, before returning with freshly washed Euro Pool System (EPS) folding crates for the return trip to Valencia.“The containers are always fully loaded for every journey,” said Wim Verghote, Colruyt’s import project leader.Mr Verghote told The Coolstar the main objective for Colruyt was reducing its carbon footprint.“There was a big advantage as the Cool Rail containers never travel empty – EPS crates go southbound while oranges, broccoli and lettuces go northbound.“On top of that, we are convinced that reducing our environmental impact and obtaining cost efficiencies can be complementary,” he explained.Developed by a cross-border group of shippers, retailers and forwarders, Cool Rail was initiated by Dutch fruit and vegetable wholesaler Bakker Barendrecht, reusable packaging specialists EPS, and the port of Rotterdam – where the service will be extended next year, with a view to running five times a week.“It’s remarkable that so many partners could get together to work on more sustainable transport. Hopefully, this initiative will inspire others to take action,” said Mr Verghote.Colruyt Group is actively pursuing other more sustainable international freight options, including switching from road to rail and ocean. Last year the retailer managed to cut over 3m truck-kilometres for goods imported from elsewhere in Europe, with more than half the journeys carried out by train or boat.“From our experience, a land-sea route [from Valencia to Cologne] would take too long for these kinds of products. Air cargo is too expensive for this region and does not achieve our sustainability goals. Nevertheless, trucks will always be necessary for the first- and last-mile transport,” Mr Verghote added.Cool Rail uses diesel-electric reefer containers from Rotterdam-based manufacturer Unit45. The containers are equipped with a track and trace GPS system with real-time location and temperature information.Unit45 created the first reefer container in Europe with sufficient cargo capacity to handle 33 Europallets. It also helped pioneer Asia-Europe refrigerated rail services alongside the likes of Hewlett-Packard, via its 800 litre diesel tanks that can heat and cool the reefer interior for 22 days without refuelling.For Mr Verghote, Cool Rail’s Valencia-Cologne route is potentially just the beginning.“We are looking at several regions in Spain to import goods by train, such as Murcia and Almeria, with the goal to increase the frequency from twice a week to five times per week. On top of that, Cologne will be linked to Rotterdam by rail next year.“Longer term we have the ambition to extend the service to other North European countries,” he said.last_img read more

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Teaching a Martian to make a sandwich helps clinicians catch medical errors

By on June 23, 2021

first_img“Invariably the student will write, ‘open the bag of bread,’” Woods said. “And so he rips the bottom rather than doing the little twist-tie thing.”The instructor had threatened to smash open the jelly jar with a hammer, but has never followed through, Woods said.This is meant to teach students that their directions might not be carried out as intended, which might lead to confusion or harm. Woods said she experienced something like this in her own research — when she was trying to convince liver transplant surgeons to use a different combination of painkillers to cut down on side effects, she found that, even though she distributed a clearly articulated set of directions, surgeons weren’t following her directions.There were a few reasons, she said. A surgeon might have wanted to use the different painkiller, but hadn’t ordered it to be in the room for the surgery. When the surgeon got the painkiller in the room, she might not use it anyway because she was focused on the surgical procedure and not thinking about the painkillers. Woods’s solution was to have one of the nurses verbally remind the surgeon about the drugs and make sure they were used. The PhD program does that with some innovative methods. For example, in order to learn about how challenging it is to communicate medical directions, students practice explaining how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to an instructor pretending to be a Martian — someone who doesn’t have familiarity with basic English and the mechanics of peanut butter jars and bagged bread, said Donna Woods, an associate professor at the medical school who directs the PhD track.advertisement Don’t believe what you read on new report of medical error deaths Anywhere between tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands of Americans, depending on whom you ask, die of medical errors each year.Now, universities are looking to address that fact by teaching clinicians and administrators to see medical problems in a new light, using coursework that might range from investigating the ins and outs of Medicare to exercises in communication, courtesy of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.Certificate and master’s degree programs in patient safety have sprung up over the past decade, and the first PhD track specifically focusing on patient safety and quality of care was launched in 2012 at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Its first graduate completed the program this summer.advertisement Another exercise highlights doctor-patient communication, courtesy of Legos. The class splits up into teams to try to build the tallest building possible. But they also have to hew their designs to one member of the team — the “customer” — who wants the building to look a certain way, perhaps to have a red base or a green spire. The customer is only to reveal their preferences if the rest of the team asks.Woods said that, occasionally, team members will ask at the beginning of the exercise what the customers want — but for the duration of the half-hour building period, they’ll never check in with the customers again.That lapse can highlight how, in the flurry of communication between doctors, nurses, surgeons, therapists, and more, the act of asking patients what they need and want is often sidelined.These exercises are coupled with regular classes on research methods, so that students learn why the medical system is so complicated, and how they can work to make it better.“There’s really a paucity of research on what is exactly effective for improving quietly and safety of care,” said Woods. “How are you going to get that research in order to understand what will be effective and meaningful? You have to develop people who can do research in that area.”The first person in the country to receive a PhD in the field, Cynthia Barnard, is now the vice president for quality at Northwestern Memorial Healthcare. For her thesis, she surveyed patients on what they thought made for good medical care — and found a disconnect between what patients wanted and what hospitals were measuring. While hospitals keep track of readmission rates, what patients really care about is whether they are getting a correct diagnosis. And hospitals aren’t keeping good enough track of that.The field of patient safety research, meanwhile, is small but growing. At the turn of the millennium, “patient safety became ‘a thing,’” said Dr. Albert Wu, an internist and director of the Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Related: The programs target clinicians and hospital administrators who want to learn more about how to improve patient safety. While medical residents nowadays are learning more about patient safety than their predecessors, older doctors have to play catch-up. Related: Report finds preventable errors with popular surgery center_img Related: By Ike Swetlitz Nov. 7, 2016 Reprints Genetic testing fumbles, revealing ‘dark side’ of precision medicine Wu said that researchers had been studying health care quality in general since the late ’60s, but it wasn’t until the past few decades that it coalesced into a coherent field.President Bill Clinton mentioned a “Patients’ Bill of Rights” in his 2000 State of the Union address. A year later, an 18-month-old tragically died after a series of medical errors at Wu’s own institution. Researchers began to take patient safety more seriously, and hospitals began installing patient safety officers.Medical education has responded in turn. Northwestern launched one of the first master’s programs in patient safety in 2006. George Washington University launched a master’s and certificate program in health care quality in 2010, and Johns Hopkins started a certificate program in 2012.Some of these programs had optional research components, but professors at Northwestern decided that if they wanted to further advance the field, they needed to train more researchers. Thus the PhD track was born.The program remains small. Barnard was the sole graduate in 2016, and one more student is on track to finish up next June. Barnard said it will take a few years to get the word out — just like it did with their master’s program, which now has over a dozen graduates a year.And even with all the strides that the academic community has taken over the past decade, there’s still more work to be done. Barnard said that, for all the data we have collected, we still don’t know yet if patients are getting better — which patients think is the job of the doctor in the first place.“[Patients] believe we ought to hold ourselves accountable to make them better over a long period of time,” Barnard said. “We don’t even have the tools in place to do that.” HospitalsTeaching a Martian to make a sandwich helps clinicians catch medical errors Wiqan Ang/The Boston Globe Tags continuing medical educationeducationmedical errorslast_img read more

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U.S. pushes back on global declaration for TB drugs, a move advocacy groups say will restrict access

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first_img Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Ed Silverman STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. U.S. pushes back on global declaration for TB drugs, a move advocacy groups say will restrict access What’s included? @Pharmalot Log In | Learn More Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. GET STARTED X-rays of a tuberculosis patient. Spencer Platt/Getty Imagescenter_img By Ed Silverman July 5, 2018 Reprints What is it? Amid growing frustration over the cost and development of tuberculosis medicines, the U.S. government is pushing changes in global policy at a United Nations meeting this week that patient advocacy groups claim will make access and affordability more difficult for poorer countries.Specifically, the U.S. has proposed language that would negate provisions found in a World Trade Organization agreement, which allows countries to issue compulsory licenses as a way to create lower-cost alternatives to medicines, according to the latest draft version of an agreement. About the Author Reprints Pharmalot [email protected] Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Tags pharmaceuticalsSTAT+United Nationslast_img read more

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Court Of Appeal Rules In Favour of Prime Minister Golding

By on June 17, 2021

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedCourt Of Appeal Rules In Favour of Prime Minister Golding RelatedCourt Of Appeal Rules In Favour of Prime Minister Golding Court Of Appeal Rules In Favour of Prime Minister Golding UncategorizedMarch 5, 2008center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The court of Appeal today ruled in favour of Prime Minister Bruce Golding in dismissing the cases brought by the Opposition Leader, Portia Simpson Miller, challenging the removal of former members of the Public Service Commission (PSC).The Opposition Leader had requested an extension of time to apply for judicial review into the matter. Mrs. Simpson-Miller has been ordered to pay the legal costs incurred by the Prime Minister and the Attorney General.A statement from the Attorney General’s chambers said the verdict in favour of the Prime Minister, was reached after the court heard submissions by attorneys representing the Prime Minister, the Attorney General and the Leader of the Opposition.This ruling dismissed the order made by Mr. Justice McIntosh on January 10th granting the Opposition Leader an extension of time to apply for judicial review.The Prime Minister had appealed against a ruling on December 13, which granted leave to the Opposition Leader to go to the Judicial Review Court to prevent him from making recommendations to dismiss the former PSC members on the grounds of misbehaviour. According to the Attorney General, the Court of Appeal found that the extension of time to apply for judicial review was wrongfully granted by Mr. Justice McIntosh and so ruled that this was the end of the matter. RelatedCourt Of Appeal Rules In Favour of Prime Minister Goldinglast_img read more

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Mazda’s confirmed it’s building two new crossovers for North America

By on June 15, 2021

first_img 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 Mazda is going to share the US$1.6-billion factory with Toyota, which will build the Corolla alongside the new crossover.The other already-teased new vehicle headed to North America will likely be the CX-4, which is based on the brand-new, larger Mazda3 platform. (Both of the new crossovers, in fact, share that same platform.) It will be a more global vehicle sold in many markets, whereas the Alabama-built SUV will only be sold in North America.The current CX-3 is long overdue for a refresh, while the other vehicles in the lineup, the CX-5 and CX-9, have recently received new faces. Although the Japanese automaker only makes six cars, nearly two-thirds of the sales go to small crossovers. Mazda has announced it will be building not one, but two new crossovers for the U.S. – and, presumably, the Canadian – market.The first one was teased previously, is expected to be the CX-4 and will be revealed in Geneva, while the other is still in the concept and development stages.North America CEO Masahiro Moro told Automotive News at the Chicago auto show that Mazda will release another crossover – besides the one to be released at Geneva – that will be built at a brand-new plant in Huntsville, Alabama. advertisement The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever See More Videos Trending Videos RELATED TAGSMazdaSUVNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesNon-Luxurycenter_img COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. ‹ Previous Next › The new vehicle will start production at the Alabama plant around mid-2021. 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” Trending in Canadalast_img read more

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Montague Says New Food Safety Act Will Cover Imports

By on June 12, 2021

first_imgRelatedMontague Says New Food Safety Act Will Cover Imports FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Robert Montague, says Cabinet will soon deliberate over the drafting of a Food Safety Act, to set safety standards for imported foods. Mr. Montague said this is necessary as, “the protection of our Jamaican people is of paramount importance to the Government of Jamaica”. He was speaking at a food safety workshop for food industry regulatory agencies and stakeholders, at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge, University of the West Indies (UWI), on Thursday September 22. Mr. Montague pointed to the “significant reports of animal disease outbreaks globally”, which have been occurring simultaneously with the global market’s rapid expansion. He said the diseases, which include avian influenza and foot and mouth disease, have resulted in severe socio-economic dislocations and the death or emergency slaughter and disposal of large numbers of animals and, in some instances, entire herds. Against this background, he stressed the pivotal role of each country’s Veterinary Services in preventing and controlling animal diseases, and safeguarding both animal and public health. “This is a matter of paramount importance in ensuring the livelihood of a country’s farmers, and enhancing food security. It is the duty of the veterinary authority of each country to ensure that animals and animal products, intended for trade, meet the minimum required international standards,” he stated. Mr. Montague said this is necessary, in light of the Food Safety Modernization Act recently signed into law in the United States. He warned that there will be no room for error on the part of exporters, as the Americans are demanding increased protection against food borne illnesses “and we, in Jamaica, must demand no less”. “Just as how the Americans and the Europeans have set standards for foods coming into their marketplace, we too, in Jamaica, will be setting these standards for foods coming into our marketplace,” he asserted. He said that focus will be placed on enforcing the provisions of the local Act, after it is approved. Mr. Montague said his Ministry will also be focusing more attention on the abattoirs. He noted that a Ministry study has revealed that Jamaica needs four Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) certified abattoirs through which all commercial meats should be processed, and approximately 100 community abattoirs, to meet minimum standards. “This may not only ensure that animal products are safe for Jamaicans, but will allow us to export to any country in the world. It is our intention to build at least one of these commercial abattoirs within this financial year, and upgrade a number of the community abattoirs,” he assured. The two-day workshop, which ended Thursday, was hosted by the Ministry’s Veterinary Services Division under the theme, “The Role of Veterinary Services in Food Safety –The Way Forward”. Over 20 participants in the food industry attended the forum, which facilitated interactive discussions between the division and other regulatory agencies and stakeholders engaged in providing safe animal products. The forum was aimed at increasing awareness of the role and functionality of veterinary services in food safety, based on international standards, as well as to examine options with alternatives in achieving required food safety standards. RelatedMontague Says New Food Safety Act Will Cover Imports Montague Says New Food Safety Act Will Cover Imports AgricultureSeptember 23, 2011 RelatedMontague Says New Food Safety Act Will Cover Imports By Douglas Mcintosh, JIS Reporter Advertisementslast_img read more

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Your Column Here – A Daughter’s Plea for Her Aging Father

By on June 11, 2021

first_imgTags :city councilmemorial dayveteranwise & healthy agingyour column hereshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentBig Oil loses appeal, climate suits go to California courtsLetter to the Editor – From the Greatest Generation to nowYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall6 hours agoColumnsOpinionYour Column HereBring Back Library ServicesGuest Author12 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson17 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter17 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor17 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press17 hours ago HomeOpinionColumnsYour Column Here – A Daughter’s Plea for Her Aging Father May. 27, 2020 at 6:00 amColumnsFeaturedNewsYour Column HereYour Column Here – A Daughter’s Plea for Her Aging FatherGuest Author1 year agocity councilmemorial dayveteranwise & healthy agingyour column here Dear Editor,My name is Teresa Williams León. I am writing on behalf of my 84-year-old father, a Veteran of the Armed Forces, who served 21 years in the U.S. Air Force and another 20 years afterward as a U.S. Navy civilian. This past Memorial Day we honored those who died serving our country, giving the ultimate sacrifice. There are many Veterans today, those among us who are still living, and should not be forgotten. My father lived in Santa Monica for the past several years and goes to WISE & Healthy Aging in Santa Monica (on 4th street).I have been an adjunct faculty member at Santa Monica College since 1991 so my family’s ties to the beautiful community of Santa Monica are strong. I write to you today as an advocate for my father and for his peers, as many of our elders do not have access to voice their concerns.During this difficult period, I understand how budgetarily and economically city councils across our state are having to make tough choices. I am writing to make a strong plea to urge the Council *not* to cut social service programs — especially for our elders/seniors, those like my father.My father has suffered from major depressive disorder, as a result of his service in the military and sacrifice. One of his joys in life since he can no longer play his beloved softball or drive has been to go to WISE & Healthy Aging in Santa Monica, to participate in their well-planned, well-researched activities, to enjoy their healthy meals, and to dance and sing with the kind and caring staff and other seniors. WISE & Healthy Aging has been an amazing program for those like my father.Our elders, our seniors and our Veterans have served and contributed to our communities and our society at large. It is no wonder our elders of this generation have been termed,”The Greatest Generation!” My father served in Korea, Japan and Vietnam and has the emotional scars to show for his service. As our elders are growing older and living out the last years and decades of their lives, I strongly believe, we owe it to them to make their lives just a little bit warmer, kinder, and meaningful. That is the *least* we can do. WISE & Healthy Aging is one such program and facility that offers our elders the respect, the kindness, the joy, and the meaningfulness in their lives they so deserve –with sound, solid, well-rounded programming.As my father has aged, I see this once strong and fearless former Air Force Technical – Sergeant (USAF TSGT) and skillful softball player become more weary, doubtful and scared of the world he lives in. During the Covid-19 pandemic, *all of us* regardless of our age and profession are feeling afraid and experiencing uncertainty, but the most vulnerable among us are feeling this fear, uncertainty and doubt in a more intensified and heightened way. And so having a place like WISE & Healthy Aging is a gift for our elder parents and grandparents. This is why I was compelled to speak out, to ask that there be no cuts to funding programs for our elders and seniors who deserve to spend their remaining time on this earth with care, love, and dignity. Thinking of my father and the other vulnerable elders –especially our Veterans– who are at risk, I cannot stay quiet.We need to protect these social service programs with ample funding so those doing this work (i.e. care-taking and creating restorative programming for our elders and their well-being) — truly the work of angels– can continue and thrive.My honest plea is to urge the City Council to “increase” funding and expand programming, not to cut it. However, I understand, the looming economic crisis this pandemic is causing. So, if the Council can not increase the funding for programs for our elders and those who most need it, at the least please keep this funding and programming as is without cutting any of them. I am reminded of the Dalai Lama’s poignant statement, “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”Please don’t hurt those like my 84-year-old father by cutting social service funding to programs such as WISE & Healthy Aging. I plead and urge the City Council, at the least, to keep these “safety net” programs funded.Teresa Williams León, PhDAdjunct Faculty in Sociology, Santa Monica College and Professor, Department of Asian American Studies & Department of Central American Studies, College of Humanities, California State University Northridgelast_img read more

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