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Hammond: No-deal Brexit would cost £90bn

By on September 4, 2021

first_img No-deal Brexit would cost UK £90bn, warns Philip Hammond “That will also have to be factored in to future spending and tax decisions.” Owen Bennett Warning that money might not be enough, Hammond told MPs: “I have no doubt whatsoever that in a no-deal exit we will need all of that money and more to respond to the immediate impacts of the disruption of a no-deal exit, and that will mean there is no money available for longer-term either tax cuts or spending increases. whatsapp Tags: Brexit Speaking in the Commons, the chancellor claimed that leaving the EU without an agreement would cause such a hit to the UK economy the £27bn war-chest created to deal with its impact would have little impact. Tuesday 2 July 2019 4:03 pm He then hinted he could join with any attempts by MPs to block a no-deal Brexit, having already conceded it was unlikely he would stay as chancellor once May is replaced. Hammond has repeatedly warned against a no deal scenario. LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 22: Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond leaves 11 Downing Street on May 22, 2019 in London, England. Members of the Cabinet are meeting today with growing numbers of Conservative party members calling for Prime Minister Theresa May to resign. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images) by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likebonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm OracleDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionUnderstand Solar$0 Down Solar in Scottsdale. How Much Can You Save? Try Our Free Solar Calculator Now.Understand SolarMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyNext RefinanceThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryNext Refinance “But let me go further, the Government’s analysis suggests that in a disruptive no-deal exit there will be a hit to the exchequer of about £90bn. Jeremy Hunt said on Monday he would make the decision on whether to abandon talks with Brussels on 30 September, and use some of the £27billion fiscal headroom created by Hammond to help the farming and fishing sectors cope with a no deal outcome. whatsapp And during Treasury questions he said such an outcome would be “bad for the UK, bad for the British economy, bad for the British people”. Read more: Jeremy Hunt sets no-deal Brexit ‘D-Day’ Both contenders to replace Theresa May as Prime Minister have pledged to take the UK out of the EU without a deal if they are unable to get changes to the current withdrawal agreement. Share A disruptive no deal Brexit could cost the treasury £90bn – far more than is set aside to cope with such an outcome, Philip Hammond warned today. Read more: Is the Brexit party losing momentum? Boris Johnson has promised to take the UK out of the EU on 31 October “come what may” – dialling up the chances of a no deal Brexit. Hammond said: “We cannot however rule out that that could happen because it is not entirely in our hands but I do agree…that it would be wrong for a British government to seek to pursue no deal as a policy and I believe that it will be for the House of Commons, of which I will continue proudly to be a member, to ensure that that doesn’t happen.” WATCH: The Chancellor confirms that in a No Deal Brexit there will be no fiscal headroom to gift a tax cut worth over £9bn to the top 10% of earners as Boris Johnson has promised. Government analysis suggests a No Deal would result in a £90billion hit to the Exchequer. pic.twitter.com/dpgzY6dCjS— Chuka Umunna (@ChukaUmunna) July 2, 2019last_img read more

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Republican John McCain Just Utterly Annihilated The Entire Trump Agenda in…

By on August 18, 2021

first_imgPoliticsRepublican John McCain Just Utterly Annihilated The Entire Trump Agenda in 4 MinutesThis may go down as the speech the senator is remembered byBy Joe Donatelli – February 17, 20171187ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItSen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) spoke today at the 2017 Munich Security Conference and gave a rousing speech in which he made an impassioned defense of the West, and offered a brutal critique of the Trump administration’s lying and nationalism–all without mentioning the president’s name once.The text of McCain’s remarks at the 2017 Munich Security Conference:“My friends: In the four decades I have attended this conference, I cannot recall a year where its purpose was more necessary or more important.“The next panel asks us to consider whether the West will survive. In recent years, this question would invite accusations of hyperbole and alarmism. Not this year. If ever there were a time to treat this question with a deadly seriousness, it is now.“This question was real, half a century ago, for Ewald von Kleist and the founders of this conference. Indeed, it is why they first started coming to Munich. They did not assume the West would survive, because they had seen its near annihilation. They saw open markets give way to beggar-thy-neighbor protectionism, and the poverty that imposed. They saw a world order fracture into clashing ethnic and nationalist passions, and the misery that wrought. They saw the rise of hostile great powers, and the failure of deterrence, and the wars that followed.“From the ashes of the most awful calamity in human history was born what we call the West—a new, and different, and better kind of world order … one based not on blood-and-soil nationalism, or spheres of influence, or conquest of the weak by the strong, but rather on universal values, rule of law, open commerce, and respect for national sovereignty and independence. Indeed, the entire idea of the West is that it open to any person or any nation that honors and upholds these values.“The unprecedented period of security and prosperity that we have enjoyed for the past seven decades did not happen by accident. It happened not only because of the appeal of our values, but because we backed them with our power and persevered in their defense. Our predecessors did not believe in the end of history—or that it bends, inevitably, toward justice. That is up to us. That requires our persistent, painstaking effort. And that is why we come to Munich, year after year after year.“What would von Kleist’s generation say if they saw our world today? I fear that much about it would be all-too-familiar to them, and they would be alarmed by it.“They would be alarmed by an increasing turn away from universal values and toward old ties of blood, and race, and sectarianism.“They would be alarmed by the hardening resentment we see toward immigrants, and refugees, and minority groups, especially Muslims.“They would be alarmed by the growing inability, and even unwillingness, to separate truth from lies.“They would be alarmed that more and more of our fellow citizens seem to be flirting with authoritarianism and romanticizing it as our moral equivalent.“But what would alarm them most, I think, is a sense that many of our peoples, including in my own country, are giving up on the West … that they see it as a bad deal that we may be better off without … and that while Western nations still have the power to maintain our world order, it is unclear whether we have the will.“All of us must accept our share of the blame for this turn of events. We grew complacent. We made mistakes. At times we tried to do too much, and at others we failed to do enough. We lost touch with many of our people. We have been too slow to recognize and respond to their hardships. We need to face up to these realities, but this does not mean losing hope and retreating. That we must not do.“I know there is profound concern across Europe and the world that America is laying down the mantle of global leadership. I can only speak for myself, but I do not believe that is the message you will hear from all of the American leaders who cared enough to travel here to Munich this weekend. That is not the message you heard today from Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis. That is not the message you will hear from Vice President Mike Pence. That is not the message you will hear from Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly. And that is certainly not the message you will hear tomorrow from our bipartisan congressional delegation.“Make no mistake, my friends: These are dangerous times, but you should not count America out, and we should not count each other out. We must be prudent, but we cannot wring our hands and wallow in self-doubt. We must appreciate the limits of our power, but we cannot allow ourselves to question the rightness and goodness of the West. We must understand and learn from our mistakes, but we cannot be paralyzed by fear. We cannot give up on ourselves and on each other. That is the definition of decadence. And that is how world orders really do decline and fall.“This is exactly what our adversaries want. This is their goal. They have no meaningful allies, so they seek to sow dissent among us and divide us from each other. They know that their power and influence are inferior to ours, so they seek to subvert us, and erode our resolve to resist, and terrorize us into passivity. They know they have little to offer the world beyond selfishness and fear, so they seek to undermine our confidence in ourselves and our belief in our own values.“We must take our own side in this fight. We must be vigilant. We must persevere. And through it all, we must never, never cease to believe in the moral superiority of our own values—that we stand for truth against falsehood, freedom against tyranny, right against injustice, hope against despair … and that even though we will inevitably take losses and suffer setbacks, through it all, so long as people of goodwill and courage refuse to lose faith in the West, it will endure.“That is why we come to Munich, year in and year out—to revitalize our common moral purpose, our belief that our values are worth the fighting for. Because in the final analysis, the survival of the West is not just a material struggle; it is now, and has always been, a moral struggle. Now more than ever, we must not forget this.“During one of the darkest years of the early Cold War, William Faulkner delivered a short speech in Stockholm upon receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature. ‘I decline to accept the end of man,’ Faulkner said. ‘I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.’“Even now, when the temptation to despair is greatest, I refuse to accept the end of the West. I refuse to accept the demise of our world order. I refuse to accept that our greatest triumphs cannot once again spring from our moments of greatest peril, as they have so many times before. I refuse to accept that our values are morally equivalent to those of our adversaries. I am a proud, unapologetic believer in the West, and I believe we must always, always stand up for it—for if we do not, who will?”RELATED: This New Poll Says Americans Are Evenly Split on Impeachment TAGSDonald TrumpPrevious article17 Photos of Storm Clouds in L.A. that Will Make You Never Want to Leave Your HouseNext articleThe Fanciest All-You-Can-Eat Buffet in L.A.Joe Donatelli RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORRep. Adam Schiff Wants a ‘Wholesale Review’ of the Trump DOJAfter Several Controversies, Tito Ortiz Resigns from Huntington Beach City CouncilThe World According to Nikki Haskell, High Society’s Perennial Party Girllast_img read more

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18-year-old dead after riding on car in Lehigh Acres

By on June 21, 2021

first_imgAdvertisement LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. – An 18-year-old woman died after riding on top of a car in Lehigh Acres Wednesday night. According to Florida Highway Patrol, the incident happened near the intersection of East Penn Road and Maple Avenue North around 6:10 p.m. “We heard screaming of horror on the side of the house,” she says.Mabel rushed over to perform CPR.“I would just look at her little face and she had a beautiful face and I get so bad, as a mother I would never want anyone to go through that again,” she said.FHP said the driver of the vehicle wasn’t drunk or on drugs. At this point charges are pending while FHP works to piece together the details. 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 RELATEDTOPICS Lehigh Acres man gains attention for riding bike backwards June 16, 2021 Advertisement North Port woman sentenced to 13 years for deadly crash after spring training game June 14, 2021 Session ID: 2021-06-17:a696bcfda5052a851881c7f5 Player Element ID: vjs_video_3 OK Close Modal DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 1xPlayback RateFullscreencenter_img Troopers said a 15-year-old girl from Lehigh Acres was driving south on Maple Street North, while the Cape Coral 18-year-old was sitting outside of the car on the trunk. Another passenger was inside the car — a 17-year-old girl from Lehigh Acres.The victim fell off the car and landed in the road, according to FHP. She was taken to Lehigh Regional where she was later pronounced dead. AdvertisementThe driver and the 17-year-old weren’t hurt. A woman said she tried to perform CPR, but it was too late.“I tried to save her. I tried to save her.” Mabel Merlano choked back tears recalling the vivid moments after the 18-year-old girl was thrown from a vehicle. Mabel said her husband saw it happen. Lehigh Elementary preschool teacher accused of child abuse won’t renew contract June 16, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently behind liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 1xPlayback RateChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND AdvertisementTags: Deadly crashfhpLehigh Acres Driver slams parked cars into Lehigh Acres home June 17, 2021last_img read more

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Nature of retirement is changing, survey reveals

By on June 18, 2021

first_imgCouple getting financial retirement advice from consultant at home alexraths/123RF Anne-Marie Vettorel Share this article and your comments with peers on social media It’s the “end of retirement as we know it,” according to a report released Monday by Toronto-based Bank of Montreal (BMO) Wealth Management. As Canada experiences longer life expectancies, low fertility rates and, as a consequence, an aging population, the nature of retirement is changing.Based on a survey of Canadians aged 55 and over, the report finds that Canadians are extending their working years, as 47% of respondents are afraid of running out of money and 51% are worried about the health problems that can come with living longer (and the associated costs). Related news Earnings surge for Great-West Lifeco in Q4 Facebook LinkedIn Twitter “In order to have the long and fulfilling retirement that most Canadians want, effective financial decisions need to be made about savings strategies, retirement and estate planning goals,” Chris Buttigieg, director of the wealth institute at BMO Wealth Management, says in a statement.BMO offers a series of tips for people navigating these decisions in 2018. First, communication between spouses and partners is critical. Weighing compromises and doing financial planning together can “help both partners achieve their financial goals,” BMO says in a news release.Additionally, gifts or support for adult children or grandchildren should be weighed within a larger context to ensure they don’t compromise stability in retirement. Those approaching retirement should consider the cost of healthcare and long-term care, have a tax-effective decumulation strategy (that includes income-splitting if applicable), plan for charitable giving and have proactive conversations with legal professions about wills and estate planning.The full report can be found here. Survey finds Canadians aren’t sure how much they’ll need for retirement Snowbirds win legal battle to reinstate out-of-province medical coverage Keywords RetirementCompanies Bank of Montreal last_img read more

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Ministry of Health Moves to Boost Capacity in Nephrology Care

By on June 17, 2021

first_imgRelatedMinistry of Health Moves to Boost Capacity in Nephrology Care Advertisements RelatedMinistry of Health Moves to Boost Capacity in Nephrology Care Ministry of Health Moves to Boost Capacity in Nephrology Care UncategorizedDecember 27, 2007center_img RelatedMinistry of Health Moves to Boost Capacity in Nephrology Care FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail In another two months, the Ministry of Health will turn out its first four certified nephrology nurses, as it embarks on a sustainable course towards building quality and efficiency in the island’s state-run renal units.The nurses in training – Lisa Miller, Sophia Henry, Maxine Simpson, and Leset Stephenson – who have experience in renal care, look forward to their new status and appreciate the expanded role they will play in assisting the Ministry to grapple with the growing cases of renal kidney disease.From their classroom adjacent to the Renal Unit of the Kingston Public Hospital, the four registered nurses, who, for the past five months, have been participating in the inaugural nephrology nurse training programme, spoke candidly with JIS News of their experience to date.“For me, knowledge has been increased . I feel more competent going back to the field,” says Nurse Simpson.For Nurse Stephenson, the studies have expanded her horizons. “You get a chance (to attend to) the person as he enters this acute renal failure, which is an opportunity that I’ve never been exposed to, being in the Dialysis Unit where the patient is at the end stage of renal function. Now you’re seeing the patient when you can actually do something to reverse the phase, and I think that is just fabulous,” she notes.As the ladies talk, it soon becomes evident that they love what they do. Demonstrably competent, intelligent, professional and compassionate about nephrology, it is clear that they deserve the distinction of being the first to benefit under the training programme.Nephrology nursing is concerned with the prevention, care and assessment of health needs of the adult and paediatric patient and their families, who are experiencing the real or threatened impact of acute or chronic renal failure. The focus of the course is on the provision of replacement therapy; self care teaching and assisting the individual to make informed choices.The decision by the Ministry of Health to establish a formal training programme was taken following a needs analysis, which found that there is a shortage of nephrology nurses in the island, says Yvonne Young-Reid, the Ministry’s Training and Development Officer for Nurses.“Out of this needs analysis, we recognized that there was a need to expose some of our nurses to nephrology training. The programme was not available locally. A proposal was submitted to the National Health Fund, and funding was approved. As a consequence, we’re now able to develop our own local institution,” she informs JIS News.This training programme, which was launched in June, is expected to increase the cohort of certified specialist nurses in the field, and concomitantly, enhance the efficiency of the country’s renal care units. The training centre is managed by the Critical Care Unit at the Kingston Public Hospital. Of the four nurses in training, two are from the KPH and the other two from Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay.Underscoring the importance of the certification/training programme, Acting Chief Nursing Officer at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Leila McWhinney-Dehaney, says it comes at a time when the health system is grappling with an increase in chronic lifestyle diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension, which she notes, is causing end-stage renal disease. “Hence, to address the issue of renal disease, we have determined the need for specialist care for (these) patients,” she points out.The training programme comprises seven months of dedicated study, where the nurses are being exposed to didactic and clinical teaching and field training.Following an initial four weeks of full classroom training, the nurses have a schedule of two-days of classroom teaching and three days of clinical experience in renal settings such as dialysis wards, clinics, and transplant and intensive care units and operating theatres. The final component of the curriculum, which according to Dr. McWhinney-Dehaney, is comprehensive and competitive with any other curriculum anywhere in the world, will see the nurses visiting the Jackson Memorial Hospital in the United States for one week of observation.The training programme, she says, is not only aimed at improving the technical competence of the nurses in terms of renal care, but “we believe these nurses ought to be able to educate the patient, the family, the community in terms of prevention and also management of illnesses that will contribute to end stage renal disease, and also to manage their condition as they are dialyzed.”The move to boost capacity in renal care will ensure the long-term sustainability of health service in this field. “The more we train is the more the capacity of our hospitals will be boosted, and we are looking at long-term sustainability . so right across the island, eventually, we will be able to give service to patients, who fall victims of renal disease. And we are also hoping that with our education of patients, that we will also prevent more patients reaching that stage. So the more trained professionals we have, is the higher likelihood of us stemming the tide of this disease process,” the doctor postulates.She adds that at the end of this course, the newly certified nurses will be asked to supervise the next batch of trainees, which is expected to increase to eight registered nurses next year, in keeping with the Ministry’s two to one student/tutor policy. Only two certified nephrology nurses are presently in the island.The Ministry is hoping that the highly prepared nurses, will be so equipped to conduct research that will guide the Ministry in determining policy and how patients are managed.Daphne Bartley, a veteran nephrology nurse of some 30 years, who helped to formulate the curriculum for the training programme and is the first certified nephrology nurse in the profession, heartily endorses the introduction of the Jamaican-based training programme.She recalls her early days as a nurse working in the KPH’s Renal Unit in the 1970s, when no specialist nursing care was available. The hospital has offered renal transplant service since 1970. “I had to do a lot of reading to care for the (patients) because they needed special care,” she tells JIS News. She notes that her desire to pursue training led her to the United Kingdom, where she endured seven months of “quite intensive” and “in-depth” studies and “would not have made it” without the background experience she had acquired in the Renal Unit.Nurse Bartley, along with noted consultant nephrologist, Professor Lawson-Douglas, have been working over the years to address the shortage of nurses and trained staff. Together, in the absence of a formal training programme, the two have been providing supervision and in-service training for scores of registered nurses operating in the Renal Units of the KPH and Cornwall Regional Hospital, as well as agitating for the enhancement of renal services. Their commitment to patients of renal disease is at the heart of the work they both do with the Kidney Foundation founded by the Professor.Today, patients with acute/chronic renal failure, end-stage renal disease can access renal placement therapies in the form of haemo-dialysis, peritoneal dialysis and kidney transplants, at the government’s two renal units.Haemo-dialysis, one of the effective treatment methods, involves a mechanized process of removing excess fluids and toxins from the blood of patients suffering from kidney failure. Without this critical procedure, patients can get very ill and die. Most patients require three sessions a week with each session lasting between three and five hours, depending on their needs.In the meantime, as the first training programme draws to a close, a new cohort of nurses are preparing for the second run of the programme. It’s a course that has been in demand for a long time, Mrs. Young-Reid points out, noting “we didn’t even have to advertise the programme. Immediately, they understood that this was going to be happening locally, interest was so aroused.”And understandably so, concurs President of the Nurses Association of Jamaica, Edith Allwood-Anderson, who notes that “the nephrology course, is.very necessary. As a matter of fact, it is very vital and essential at this time, because the lifestyle diseases – diabetes, hypertension, all of those things sometimes affect the kidneys and the circulatory system, and so this course at this time will assist Jamaicans in getting a higher level of improved care.”“But even as we train just about four of these nurses at this time, we have need for maybe another 50 renal nurses throughout Jamaica, so we’re hoping that the programme itself will be intensified .that we seek to twin with other areas, whether in America or the Caribbean to have this kind of training that we can maximize training of nurses in the care of these patients,” she suggests.Mrs. Allwood-Anderson tells the JIS New that the Association will be pushing nurses within the system to take up the formal training now being offered. “Overall, it is very dear to our hearts. We have been lobbying this for years, and we want to see this maximized,” she says.Nurses seeking entry into the course must have six to 12 months experience in a renal setting. They have to also be registered nurses with current licences, have a minimum of two to three years post registration experience, well developed verbal and written communication skills, basic life support certification, and have demonstrated the ability to adapt to a new environment.Critical care experience is useful but not compulsory. Students can submit all applications through the relevant authorities by December of each year and attend an interview in March of the following year.last_img read more

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Ambassador Johnson to Represent Gov’t at U.S. Presidential Inauguration

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first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States of America, Anthony Johnson, will represent the Government of Jamaica, at the inauguration ceremony of America’s 44th President, Barack Obama, tomorrow ( Jan. 20), which will be held on the steps of the US Congress, downtown Washington, DC.In addition to attending the inauguration, Ambassador Johnson, will also attend various events planned by the presidential inaugural committee. These include the inaugural parade, the official eastern inaugural ball, and a national prayer service at the Washington National Cathedral.In an interview with JIS News, Ambassador Johnson, said he was honoured to represent the people and Government of Jamaica at this historical event in US history.He added that, “President-elect Obama has been called to lead the most powerful nation in the world at a time when the world faces its most formidable challenges in our lifetime. His message during the election campaign demonstrated his profound understanding of these challenges as he shared his vision for a new world of peace and prosperity”.Ambassador Johnson noted that the hope is that developing countries like Jamaica, so often left on the peripheries of the global agenda, will be more involved in the foreign policy framework, which recognises that shared broad- based development is the surest way to secure and maintain global prosperity and stability. “I look forward to the strengthening under his administration of the warm relation that Jamaica has enjoyed with the US for many years,” he said.On Sunday (Jan. 18), Ambassador Johnson attended an inaugural reception hosted by Senator Vincent Hughes and Jamaican-born actress, Sheryl-Lee Ralph, and the Caribbean American Presidential Inaugural Ball.Meanwhile, Jamaican-born Jacquie Patterson, a former Peace Corps volunteer has been selected to carry the flag of Jamaica in the inaugural parade as part of the US Peace Corps delegation, while 15 year-old, high-achiever student, from Tampa, Florida, Jamaican-born John Henry Marley, was invited by the US Congressional Youth Leadership Council, and the National Youth Leadership forum to share in the historical ceremony. RelatedAmbassador Johnson to Represent Gov’t at U.S. Presidential Inauguration RelatedAmbassador Johnson to Represent Gov’t at U.S. Presidential Inauguration Ambassador Johnson to Represent Gov’t at U.S. Presidential Inauguration Foreign AffairsJanuary 20, 2009center_img Advertisements RelatedAmbassador Johnson to Represent Gov’t at U.S. Presidential Inaugurationlast_img read more

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Icebreaking at Owen Sound, Ontario

By on June 16, 2021

first_imgIcebreaking at Owen Sound, Ontario From: Canadian Coast GuardThe Canadian Coast Guard advises residents of Owen Sound, Ontario that there may be icebreaking operations in the area on or around March 8, 2021.Sarnia, Ontario – The Canadian Coast Guard advises residents of Owen Sound, Ontario that there may be icebreaking operations in the area on or around March 8, 2021.It is recommended that all recreational users of the ice – pedestrians, fishers, snowmobilers, all-terrain vehicle (ATV) operators – leave the ice during icebreaking operations. The ice may move, creating a real danger for anyone on the ice. Additionally, they should plan their activities carefully and use extreme caution after operations are complete as the ice will remain unstable after the icebreaker has left the area.Coast Guard icebreaking service on the Great Lakes and connecting waterways is delivered in close co-operation between the Canadian and United States Coast Guards. By working together the two Coast Guards ensure scheduled vessel traffic can move through the shipping channels and into and out of community harbours.The date is subject to change with no notice, as activities could begin before or after that period, depending on operational requirements or weather conditions.Details of the Canadian/U.S. Coast Guard icebreaking partnership can be viewed, here.– 30 – /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Canada, community, Government, Ice, Owen, United States, vehicle, weatherlast_img read more

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Extreme playground makeover takes place at South Ridge Elementary School

By on June 15, 2021

guestLabel Subscribe Connect with LoginI allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgreeNotify of new follow-up comments new replies to my comments I allow to use my email address and send notification about new comments and replies (you can unsubscribe at any time). 0 Comments Inline FeedbacksView all comments Name*Email*Website Name*Email*Website guestLabel Extreme playground makeover takes place at South Ridge Elementary SchoolPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Wednesday, September 18, 2019in: Community News, Youthshare 0 Volunteers pull together to provide some much needed improvements for the children RIDGEFIELD — Have you ever wanted to be on a makeover show to magically transform your home?  The South Ridge Elementary School playground had a similar makeover thanks to some volunteers. Volunteers led a recent playground makeover at South Ridge Elementary School in Ridgefield. Photo courtesy of Ridgefield Public SchoolsVolunteers led a recent playground makeover at South Ridge Elementary School in Ridgefield. Photo courtesy of Ridgefield Public SchoolsLast year, some of the PTO members realized that the playground lines and activities were getting very worn.  With the traffic of many little feet and the challenging northwest weather, some of the lines on the asphalt had eroded completely away.  So for the beginning of the new school year, they organized a paint party.Photo courtesy of Ridgefield Public SchoolsPhoto courtesy of Ridgefield Public SchoolsPhoto courtesy of Ridgefield Public SchoolsPhoto courtesy of Ridgefield Public SchoolsLisa Hernandez’ business, Hernandez Quality Painting, donated the colorful paint.  Anne Lamping got approval and organized the event. With the help of Joanne and Stephen Cloud, Hailey Heath, Nick Hunziker, and Amber Nelsen, they spent hours cleaning the surfaces, prepping them, and painting new lines for basketball goals, hopscotch, and tic-tac-toe. The next project is to repaint the colorful map of the United States.Information provided by Ridgefield Public Schools.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyRidgefieldshare 0 Previous : PeaceHealth Southwest to offer Service of Remembrance for families grieving the loss of a child Next : Fire destroys garage in WashougalAdvertisementThis is placeholder text I allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgree read more

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Long-time Battle Ground School Board member stepping down

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first_imgMonty Anderson said he’s stepping aside so someone can be appointed to finish out the remainder of his termBATTLE GROUND — The longest-running member of the Battle Ground school board is calling it quits.Outgoing Superintendent Mark Ross announced the impending resignation of Monty Anderson at Monday’s Board of Directors meeting.“I didn’t actually plan on running for the board last time around,” Anderson said Tuesday in an interview with Clark County Today. “But because Ken (Root) and Mavis (Nickels) had resigned and we had two new board members, I wanted to run because of the continuity.”Monty Anderson, center, listens to debate about Comprehensive Sexual Education curriculum during a school board meeting in 2019. Photo by Chris BrownMonty Anderson, center, listens to debate about Comprehensive Sexual Education curriculum during a school board meeting in 2019. Photo by Chris BrownBattle Ground School Board Director Monty Anderson is stepping down effective Feb. 22 after nearly 12 years on the board. Photo courtesy Battle Ground Public SchoolsBattle Ground School Board Director Monty Anderson is stepping down effective Feb. 22 after nearly 12 years on the board. Photo courtesy Battle Ground Public SchoolsAnderson, who defeated Frederick Striker in 2009 to win his first term on the school board, ran unopposed in 2013 and 2017. He says he resigned, rather than completing his term, to give someone a chance to be named to the position.“I talked to a bunch of people, and they told me that if I didn’t resign, I probably wouldn’t be able to,” Anderson says. “Nobody would run against me.”The long-time financial director for Tapani Underground said he ran originally in 2009 at the request of a number of people in the community, after it appeared Striker would once again be unopposed. “That’s not the American way,” he says, “there should always be an opponent.”Current vice-president Troy McCoy, whose term also ends after this year, faced a challenger in 2017, but current board President Mark Watrin and District 2 Director Rob Henrikson ran unopposed last November after they were originally selected to replace Root and Nickels.Jackie Maddox was named to replace Tina Lambert, who stepped down last year, and has not yet announced if she plans to run for the seat outright in November.A dozen years in any elected position is a long time, but things have rarely been boring in the Battle Ground school district.In 2013, the district parted ways with Superintendent Shonny Bria who had said she was retiring. It was later learned she had been asked to leave, and a $401,715 settlement agreement left a sour taste in the mouths of taxpayers.“The first years that I was on the board, we didn’t even have a policy to have a fund balance,” recalls Anderson.Since then, the district has worked hard to win back the public’s trust, including six straight years of clean financial audits.“A lot has changed, and I believe it’s for the better,” he says. “People have long memories, but I think that there’s been an increase in trust.”In 2018, the district weathered one of the longest teacher strikes in its history, and a dispute over Comprehensive Sexual Education curriculum in 2019 became national news and led to a state law making the classes mandatory, though parents can still opt out.The Battle Ground School Board will be looking for someone to replace Monty Anderson, who is stepping down this month after nearly 12 years in the volunteer position. Photo courtesy Battle Ground Public SchoolsThe Battle Ground School Board will be looking for someone to replace Monty Anderson, who is stepping down this month after nearly 12 years in the volunteer position. Photo courtesy Battle Ground Public SchoolsAll of that was a precursor to last March, when schools statewide shutdown at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, districts and school boards have faced difficult choices over remote learning programs, and now the slow march towards getting children back into classrooms.“There have been challenges, and we’ve overcome it,” says Anderson. “And I think that Battle Ground is in a great spot.”The district will have a new superintendent in July after Mark Ross retires and Deputy Superintendent Denny Waters takes over the top administrative position. Anderson says that kind of continuity in leadership has been shown to benefit students at all grade levels.For anyone planning to apply to take his spot on the board, Anderson has a bit of advice.“If you want to do a good job, that takes a lot of time,” he says. “And, as a volunteer position, you got to be ready to put that time in.”He also discovered that his own personal views sometimes had to take a back seat to what was best for all students in the district, even if that meant angering a few people along the way.“You can’t just think about your little group,” he says, “you have to think about how your decisions are going to affect everybody.”One of the best bits of advice he received from someone who urged him to run in 2009 still sticks with Anderson.“You’re a servant of the public,” he recalls. “And doesn’t mean that you have to go against your convictions, but you have to weigh in, and make sure that it’s going to be right for the public.”Anderson’s final day on the board will be the Feb. 22 board meeting.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Battle GroundClark CountyLatestshare 0 Previous : WATCH: Clark County TODAY LIVE • Tuesday, February 9, 2021 Next : Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler hosts her first tele-town hall of 2021AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Long-time Battle Ground School Board member stepping downPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Tuesday, February 9, 2021in: Newsshare 0 last_img read more

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Virtual lecture May 19 to discuss population, health around the world

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first_imgMay 19, 2021. 7:00pm (Mountain Time). Online only. Free and open to the public. Registration required. Missed the event? Watch hereAbout the EventJoin us for an educational evening with Distinguished Professor Jane Menken, who will present a virtual lecture titled “Population and Health around the World: A Demographer’s Journey.” Professor Menken’s talk will focus on interventions intended to improve health and wellbeing and evaluations of their impacts – intended and unintended. She will spotlight two projects of hers:Long-term impacts (35 years) of a maternal and child health and family planning program in a rural area of Bangladesh; andThe impacts of expanded access to the full range of contraceptives in Colorado on female high school graduation.She will also touch on two additional ongoing projects:Effects of a post-apartheid pension plan that no longer was racially based in an area of South Africa with high HIV prevalence; andConsequences of decentralization of health services in rural Honduras on maternal and child health.About the SpeakerJane Menken is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Research Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder and former Director (2001-2015) of its Institute of Behavioral Science. Much of her work concerns fertility; she has developed mathematical models of reproduction and carried out studies of the increase in sterility as women age, fertility determinants in Bangladesh, and teenage pregnancy and childbearing in the United States. More recent research emphasizes population policy, child mortality in developing countries, and demographic change in South Asia. Her current work is on evaluation of health and family planning programs as determinants of health and education, effects of early life conditions on adult health, particularly of women, social impact of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, and impact of Honduran decentralization of health services on population health. She is the author of over 100 publications and author or editor of six books. Menken was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (1989), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1990), and the National Academy of Medicine (1995), and as 1985 President of the Population Association of America. She was honored as the 2009 Laureate of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population.Educated at the University of Pennsylvania (B.A. in Mathematics, 1960), Harvard School of Public Health (M.S. in Biostatistics, 1962), and Princeton University (Ph.D., Sociology and Demography, 1975), she held various positions at Princeton University in the Office of Population Research (1975-1987), including Assistant Director (1978-86) and Associate Director (1986-87), and as Professor of Sociology (1980-82) and Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs (1982-87). She became a faculty member at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1997.  She is deeply committed to research capacity building in the developing world. She served as Chair of the African Population and Health Research Center (Nairobi, Kenya) Board of Directors, and a member of the Southern African Journal of Demography Editorial Board. She chaired the Steering Committee of the Mellon HIV/AIDS Program at the University of KwaZuluNatal, (Durban, South Africa) and the Scientific Advisory Committee of the INDEPTH Network (2002-2007). In recognition of her work with the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) on collaborative research on HIV/AIDS and in developing their Population Studies Program, WITS awarded her an Honorary Professorship. The CU African Population Studies Research and Training Program, which is directed by Menken, has been supported through grants from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the NIH Fogarty International Center and the National Institute on Aging.  About the SeriesThe CU Boulder Retired Faculty Association (UCBRFA) presents the distinguished professors of the University of Colorado, a lecture and presentation series featuring some of our finest professors and their extraordinary research and scholarly work.last_img read more

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