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  • Dodging a bullet: Japanese firm abandons safety drill that forced staff to squat inches away from high-speed trains

    first_img A Japanese railway firm has pulled the plug on a safety training drill that forced employees to squat in a maintenance tunnel while bullet trains rushed past at 300 km/h. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailRest Wow68 Hollywood Stars Who Look Unrecognizable NowRest WowBridesBlushWhat The Harry Potter Stars Look Like Out Of CostumeBridesBlushJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USAAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorOceandraw29 Gorgeous NASCAR Wives & Girlfriends, Don’t Miss #9OceandrawDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funny whatsapp Share More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.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.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.com One employee told the Mainichi Shimbun earlier this year: “The wind pressure was enormous. I felt as if I had been pressed down from above. It was scary, and I wondered what the point of it was.”Mechanics are now set to observe the trains from behind a fence outside of the tunnel. whatsapp Tags: Trading Archive Dodging a bullet: Japanese firm abandons safety drill that forced staff to squat inches away from high-speed trains Wednesday 31 October 2018 2:54 pm The unusual practice has been ditched by West Japan Railway company in the wake of mounting pressure from a staff union that feared for the safety of its workers.Officials said the exercise, which involved employees crouching inside a narrow maintenance tunnel just inches away from fast-moving trains, was designed to give workers a greater appreciation of the force generated by trains travelling at maximum speed.Some 240 trainee mechanics were involved in the drills that could last up to 20 minutes.The firm introduced the exercises after an incident in 2015 in which an aluminium part fell off a train, with the company saying that it wanted to “improve their worker’s skills of car inspection” and safety awareness after the accident.However, a rail workers’ union has been raising fears over potential injuries from debris and concerns around exposure to dust. Sebastian McCarthy last_img read more

  • Nome-Beltz principal resigns after 6 months on the job

    first_imgEducation | WesternNome-Beltz principal resigns after 6 months on the jobDecember 22, 2015 by Laura Kraegel, KNOM Share:Chip Sharpe goes seining at Educator Cultural Camp in July. His last day as principal will be Jan. 15. (Photo by Laura Kraegel/KNOM)The principal at Nome-Beltz has resigned for personal reasons after about six months on the job. Edwin “Chip” Sharpe’s last day as head of the high school will be Jan. 15.“Unfortunately, one of his family members is going through some health issues that he needs to tend to,” said Superintendent Shawn Arnold. “He’ll be returning back to Utah with them to make sure they’re taken care of.”Arnold said the district has already begun searching for a new principal and will consider outside applicants as well as candidates within Nome Public Schools.With the entire state short on qualified administrators, though, he said there may not be many applicants right away — especially midway through the school year.“But we’re confident that we’ll find somebody that’s the right fit and plans to stay with the school for a while,” Arnold said.Finding someone who will stay is particularly important to the district, given recent instability in the position.“It’s been about six principals in the last seven years,” Arnold said. “There is a concern about turnover here.”While Sharpe’s departure comes down to family matters, Arnold said compensation is often part of the problem.“Nome Public Schools isn’t as competitive as many other rural districts, just basically because of the funding mechanism,” he said. “We depend on our local municipality. We don’t get as much funding from the state. So we can’t often compete against other rural districts because they can offer higher salaries or greater benefits.”Arnold said the district is working to make more competitive offers and cut down on turnover in the long term.For right now, though, he said it’s unclear whether or not Nome-Beltz will have a new principal this school year. If hiring from outside, the district may have to wait for Sharpe’s replacement to finish the spring semester elsewhere and start in the fall.In the meantime, administrative duties at Nome-Beltz will fall to Assistant Principal Beth Sandefur and John Berkeley, the district’s director of federal programs and instruction.Share this story:last_img read more

  • Downtown Juneau apartment complex evacuated due to smoke, cause unknown

    first_imgJuneau | Public SafetyDowntown Juneau apartment complex evacuated due to smoke, cause unknownJune 19, 2017 by Tripp J Crouse, KTOO Share:Firefighters respond to reports of smoke at the Mendenhall Tower Apartments in downtown Juneau on Monday. Officials had evacuated the building as a precaution, but couldn’t find what caused the smoke. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)Where there’s smoke, there’s not always fire.While Juneau police cordoned off a two-block radius around the Mendenhall Tower Apartments on Monday morning, Capital City Fire/Rescue evacuated the downtown high-rise after smoke was reported in the upper floors.Assistant Chief Tod Chambers said residents reported smoke, though the alarm system hadn’t activated. He said crews found haze starting on the fifth floor all the way to the top of the 127-unit complex on Fourth Street.CCFR pulled the alarm system to evacuate the building as a precaution.“We searched every room, every apartment from the 10th, the 11th and the 12th floor; we found nothing as a cause,” Chambers said. “We did note that there was some work that appeared to be going on in the boiler. There was something going on in the boiler that may have been the cause of the problem.”Chambers said investigators searched for more than an hour but couldn’t identify the source of the smoke or the odors.“The manager, the staff at the Mendenhall Towers and the people that live there were very cooperative,” Chambers said. “Once we explained to them what was going on, they were patient and they followed through. They did what they were supposed to.”CCFR ventilated the building to get rid of the smoke and the smell.An apartment spokesperson said the last time the fire alarm was activated was a couple weeks ago when a young person inadvertently hit the bar with their backpack.Share this story:last_img read more

  • News / There must be a ‘win-win’ element in container line service contracts

    first_img By Gavin van Marle 22/11/2018 He believes carriers operating the Asia-US Gulf trade are approaching something of a crossroads as demand on the headhaul route from Asia means vessels are approaching capacity and US importers in the region could struggle to find space.However, he added, the demand was not enough without some backhaul volumes for lines to consider introducing larger vessels, and a predicted surge in resin exports – a by-product of the surge in US oil and gas production – to Asia had not materialised.“If this export surge had taken places as predicted, US exports could actually have become the headhaul trade, but current freight rates won’t cover the cost of introducing larger vessels and equipment repositioning,” Mr Finkel explained.He said a need to cover costs and maintain service levels was behind some of the more contentious issues that existed between carriers and their customers, such as the demurrage and detention fees currently the subject of a Federal Maritime Commission enquiry.“Most carriers are not looking to make money out of demurrage and detention; we are looking to get our equipment back. And this showing now, when there’s a lot of demand to be fulfilled. Free time is not free, and the longer you hold a line’s equipment the more damage is done to the overall supply chain,” he said.And he added that, in the hinterland leg of the container supply chain from destination port to shipper premises, lines also faced escalating costs which would need to be addressed.“There is growing concern among carriers that the intermodal service involving a trucking component is increasingly difficult because of the river shortage and no guarantee of static rates for a year.“We can start a year’s contract at a given point, but have no protection against truckers increasing their rates, and we re now trying to introduce some kind of escalation clause to mitigate that,” he said. © Ulrich Muellercenter_img Container carriers and customers need to work together to develop annual contracts that ensure shippers are provided with adequate service levels and lines are protected from cost spikes.Cosco vice president Howard Finkel told delegates at last week’s TOC Container Supply Chain event in Panama: “Service contracts are basically rate sheets, usually with a one-year time limit, whereas there ought to be a win-win element to contracts – lines get protection, volume and payment guarantees and shippers get excellent service at an agreed price.“We [Cosco] operate two services between Asia and the US Gulf – a premium service and a second that I call the “slow boat from China”, and unfortunately I cannot seem to get more money for the premium service,” he said.last_img read more

  • The elitist sheen at TEDMED makes some scientists uneasy. Still, they flock to it

    first_img A typical TEDMED talk, co-released on TED.com, receives an average of 500,000 to 1 million views. Psychiatrist Judson Brewer’s talk last year on breaking habits has chalked up 5.6 million views, and counting.“TEDMED reaches audiences around the world that none of us as individuals or organizations would necessarily reach,” said Dr. Jeremy Farrar, a tropical medicine expert and director of the Wellcome Trust, who spoke this year.“We have a responsibility to get off our benches and make people understand why we do what we do,” said Duke neuroscientist Kafui Dzirasa, who gave a talk on mental illness and treatment via electrical stimulation.And sometimes the connections can be lucrative: After her 2011 TEDMED talk on cracking the neural code of the retina, Cornell neuroscientist Sheila Nirenberg said she was approached by multiple venture capitalists. “All sorts of people said, ‘I know how to help you start a company. I know how to help you raise the money,’” she said.In the five years since, Nirenberg has founded two companies, one of which aims to start a clinical trial within the year for a prosthesis to restore vision.The TEDMED conference is all about presentations. And parties. TEDMEDPomp and profitInvestors led by entrepreneur Jay Walker, a founder of Priceline.com, purchased TEDMED in 2011 from the original founder of TED Talks.Walker has been running it for profit — but last week announced that it has been to converted to a nonprofit, now wholly owned by the newly formed TEDMED Foundation.That’s not to say the pomp and circumstance will be abandoned: “If we can help health and medicine be celebrated like we celebrate sports and entertainment, that would be great for all of us,” Bergin said.TEDMED defends its high ticket prices as necessary to support the speakers and pay for producing and distributing the talks. It also allows for a free live stream to teaching hospitals, medical schools, and other academic centers; this year, organizations in 120 countries tuned in. “We very much want those on the front lines on health and medicine to have access to this content,” Bergin said. By Megan Scudellari Dec. 8, 2016 Reprints HealthThe elitist sheen at TEDMED makes some scientists uneasy. Still, they flock to it Molly Ferguson for STAT Until recently a for-profit business, TEDMED does not try to hide its elitist sheen. You have to apply for the privilege of purchasing a $4,950 non-refundable ticket to the event. And that only covers the talks and the parties, not accommodations. A typical audience includes leaders from the worlds of industry, philanthropy, finance, health care, and academia.Such an atmosphere puts TEDMED — and its speakers — at risk of “losing touch” with the scientific community, said first-time speaker Dr. Charles Chiu, an infectious disease microbiologist at the University of California, San Francisco.Tight research budgets, for instance, “make it difficult to simply participate as a scientist,” he added. He noticed that government employees were conspicuously absent.Still, he’s glad he went.Indeed, many doctors and scientists who come to present their work here strongly defend TEDMED as an uncommon chance to rub elbows with potential funders who want to make a difference in health care — and an unrivaled forum to share science with the public. Speakers are not paid for their time, though many subsequently tout their talk on their websites or share it with colleagues and investors. Google’s bold bid to transform medicine hits turbulence under a divisive CEO Related: Related: This year’s program was built around the theme “What if?” — which Walker described during one of his four appearances onstage as the “two words of the scientific imagination.”Perhaps as a consequence of that theme, the conference was full of questions but few answers.Enthusiastic crowds gathered for several speakers who only tangentially touched on health, including a Darfur refugee poet, an eco-friendly mortician, and a fitness buff who traveled the world using only modes of transportation she could power with her own muscles.Several heavy hitters from the science community did take the stage: Chiu introduced the audience to next-generation genetic sequencing to identify infectious disease agents; longevity researcher Dr. Nir Barzilai outlined a clinical trial to treat aging with the drug metformin; and Genetic Alliance CEO Sharon Terry described her foray into citizen science and subsequent discovery of the gene causing her children’s genetic disorder, pseudoxanthoma elasticum.Dr. Sujey Morgan of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine gave a 12-minute talk on creating facial prostheses for patients who have experienced trauma, birth defects, or cancer. “It was like a dream come true,” she said.Only 300 doctors across the US work in this field, so Morgan jumped on the opportunity to raise awareness. “There are so many patients that need our help that don’t even know we’re out there,” she said. “This is the jump we need to make people aware of our specialty.”‘You can’t make a mistake’If speaking at TEDMED is exhilarating, it can also be terrifying.Invited speakers spend months presenting drafts of their presentations to TEDMED staff for editing, giving practice talks by Skype, and running through rehearsals with voice coaches. The stage itself is an intimidating circular platform flanked by video screens. Music pulses. Colored lights swirl. And a huge digital clock counts down the time on the back wall.“It’s stressful. You can’t make a mistake,” said Nirenberg, the neuroscientist. PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — You can’t beat the glitz at TEDMED.Hoisting purple cocktails at a private resort here in Palm Springs, 750 elite guests hobnobbed last week at the annual extravaganza — two and a half days of slickly produced talks about medicine and science, punctuated by parties and concerts.“We don’t think of TEDMED as simply an event,” said Shirley Bergin, TEDMED’s chief operating officer.advertisement Megan Scudellari Philanthropist Bill Gates talks public health, biotech, and the race for the White House It is, she said, a celebration of health and medicine.This year’s conference, however, was heavy on the celebration and light on the science. That focus on entertainment has sparked debate among serious scientists about the merits of the event — although, in the end, most of them say it would be foolish to pass up a chance to attend.advertisement Tags neurosciencephysiciansresearch About the Author Reprints “It is definitely not average training for a physician or scientist,” said Dr. Carla Pugh, a surgeon at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. “It felt like a one-woman Broadway show. There were things I would never talk about in front of my colleagues, that I talked about there.”In 2014, Pugh gave a TEDMED talk on the need for hands-on clinical training for physicians. (She also serves on TEDMED’s editorial advisory board, which helps identify speakers.)  After her presentation, a Fortune 500 company contacted Pugh about funding her research. “I’m very excited about it,” she said.As the conference wound down last week, Walker drew a standing ovation with a summary of the four themes he’d observed during the event: the power of story, of community, of passion, and of mission.There was no mention of health or medicine. With a rapper alter ego, a ‘loud-mouthed’ doctor takes on the medical establishment Related: [email protected] last_img read more

  • More treats for Electric Picnic goers as the Salty Dog announces its line up

    first_img By Siun Lennon – 9th August 2018 Facebook Facebook Home Lifestyle Electric Picnic More treats for Electric Picnic goers as the Salty Dog announces its… LifestyleElectric Picnic Twitter Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter TAGSElectric PicnicElectric Picnic 2018 Community WhatsApp Previous article“We lost our edge against Sligo, but have the chance to get that back” – Laois Ladies set for All-Ireland quarter finalNext articleLIVE BLOG: All of tonight’s SFC and IFC action Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. More treats for Electric Picnic goers as the Salty Dog announces its line up Rugby Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Community Brought to you in association with Expert LaoisThe Salty Dog has once again to come life – if ‘life’ is the right word for the kind of riff-raff that frequent this miscreant port.The shipwreck is ready – in all her glory – for business. Among the bands taking to the decks of this fallen 40-tonne French vessel are the explosive wild men of Otherkin, Bionic Rats, Interskalactic and Skatesques, and huge welcome back to the woods for ever-favourite Cathy Davey.Then there are the really noisy ones: Mick Pyro and Pete Pamf (aka Shogunz of Skank), Galway Street Club, the Bronx-Cuban Londoners who belt out gypsy Dr Schwamp, sea-soaked folksters The Eskies, 70s-style art rock from Five Grand Stereo, the out-of-work lunatics Jobseekerz, urban punk poet Jinx Lennon, the punky stage anarchists Pogueology, the maiden voyage for the high-octane men of Mullingar The Blizzards; we welcome State Lights and Keywest to our humble forest, along with the upbeat melodies of Katie Laffan, a burst of sunshine from Track Dogs, the incredible discovery of Modern Love, the Motown-worship of Bronagh Gallagher.Visits by six Main Arena acts The shipwreck will also receive some very, very special visits to the festival’s beloved shipwreck by no less than six Main Arena acts.OTHERKIN – KATIE LAFFAN – GALWAY STREET CLUB – THE BLIZZARDS – JINX LENNON – DR SCHWAMP – THE ESKIES – FIVE GRAND STEREO – TRACK DOGS – KEYWEST – BRONAGH GALLAGHER – THESE CHARMING MEN – INTERSKALACTIC – THE UNELECTABLES – SHOGUNS OF SKANK – THE PALE – STATE LIGHTS – BIONIC RATS – ROADHOUSE DOORS – MUTEFISH – JOBSEEKERZ – POGUEOLOGY – SKATUESQUES – MODERN LOVE – SQUARE PEGS – HUX AND THE HITMEN – THE WEDNESDAY GANG – TONY VILLIERS AND THE VILLAINS – THEFOUR – THE SALTY DOG NO STARS – MONTAUK HOTELSEE ALSO – B*Witched first throwback act announced for Electric Picnic Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’last_img read more

  • CPP investment fund grows to $192.8 billion

    Keywords Canada Pension PlanCompanies CPP Investment Board Related news CPP Investments CEO resigns after travelling for Covid-19 vaccine Linda Nguyen CPPIB reports record return for latest fiscal year “We’re on a pretty good path here,” Wiseman said in response to questions about his fund’s recent 1.8 per cent rate of return, which was below some benchmarks. “To look at it in any quarter, for any pension plan, for any investor, for any portfolio, is nonsensical but especially for one like us that’s got such a long-term time horizon,” he said. “We actually pay zero attention to this on a quarterly basis.” Two recent surveys by Mercer consulting firm and RBC Investor and Treasury Services said Canadian pension funds earned an average of 3.3 per cent or 3.6 per cent in the most recent quarter. The CPPIB, which manages funds on behalf of the Canada Pension Plan, has a long-term goal to earn an annual rate of four per cent after inflation. Currently, its 10-year rate of return is 6.8 per cent or 4.9 per cent after accounting for inflation. The CPPIB reported that it had net assets of $192.8 billion at Sept. 30, up from $188.9 billion at the end of the previous quarter. The gain included $3.3 billion in net investment income and $600 million in net CPP contributions from Canadian employees and employers. Wiseman said moving forward, the fund manager will continue to diversify its portfolio internationally, as it did in the previous quarter with the US$6 billion acquisition of half the stake in luxury U.S. retailer Neiman Marcus. “It’s one of the largest private-equity deals that have been done in the last year… (We’re) buying an iconic brand, an iconic asset, that is very well positioned to exploit the rebound in the U.S. economy,” he said. “We’re going to see this asset paying off in my view, getting on in the next quarter but in the next two, three, four, five years as the U.S. economy rebounds. That asset won’t show any appreciation or deprecation in the quarter. You have to look at it in the long term.” Its recent $480 million investment in Brazilian real estate company Aliansce Shopping Centers S.A. and other residential real estate holdings shows its belief that the fund will be able to cash in as the middle class in the South American country continues to grow, said Wiseman. Other investments during the quarter included $170 million for a 24 per cent interest in Calgary-based oil and gas producer TORC Oil and Gas Ltd. and US$125 million investment to increase its stake in the Mayflower partnership, a U.S. regional mall joint venture with Simon Property Group that was formed in 2011. Earlier this week, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said an expanded CPP fund is a good idea, but it should only be considered when there’s more strength in the economy and global economic risks lessen. Several provinces, particularly Ontario, have been pushing for action on the CPP for years, but have been held back by opposition from Quebec and Alberta, as well as the soft economic outlook. In December 2010, Ottawa and the provinces agreed to a half-way measure by creating so-called voluntary pooled registered plans. But this year, Prince Edward Island forwarded its own plan for expanding the CPP starting in 2016, which calls for boosting maximum CPP contributions to $4,681.20 a year from $2,356.20 over a three-year period starting in 2016. It also wants to hike the maximum annual benefit to $23,400 from $12,150. Premier Kathleen Wynne has also hinted that Ontario is prepared to expand the CPP on its own if no other provinces do not join it. Several business lobby groups have been opposed to the idea, instead, advocating for Canadians to find alternate plans for retirement, including pooled pension plans and other forms of savings without increasing the cost to business owners. The CPP Investment Board, one of the world’s largest pension funds, invests money not needed by the Canada Pension Plan to pay benefits for current retired contributors. There’s little sense in worrying about short-term return rates when the goal is to fund a national retirement system for the long haul, the head of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board said Friday. Quarterly measures are “nonsensical” when the assets are needed to last for decades, said Mark Wiseman, the fund manager’s president and CEO, after the CPPIB’s latest quarterly return lagged benchmarks. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Equity markets lift CPP in Q3 read more

  • Tech sector drove strong global VC investment in 2020: KPMG

    first_imgventure capital with metal gears tashatuvango/123RF A deadly first wave, followed by a tsunami of excess deaths Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media James Langton Ontario unlikely to balance budget by 2030: FAO Keywords Venture capital,  Pandemics,  CoronavirusCompanies KPMG LLP Thanks to a strong fourth quarter, global venture capital (VC) investment topped US$300 billion in 2020, according to a new report from KPMG LLP.With $80.8 billion (all figures in U.S. dollars) in fourth quarter investment, global VC funding totalled $300.5 billion for the year, which is the second highest total on record, trailing only 2018’s $329.7 billion. KPMG said that the strong fourth quarter was “driven by a continued resurgence of investment activity in Asia, particularly in China,” but that activity also remained robust in Europe and the Americas.Indeed, both the Americas region and Europe set full-year records for VC investment, with $164.3 billion in the Americas (including a record $156.2 billion in the U.S.) and $49 billion in Europe.Canada registered its fifth straight drop in quarterly VC investment in the fourth quarter, KPMG noted. Yet, investment was still strong “compared to historical norms,” it said.Looking ahead, KPMG said global VC investment is “expected to remain quite high” in the first quarter of 2021, “given the large amount of dry powder in the market, low interest rates in many regions of the world, and the increasing drive of corporates for digital transformation.”Indeed, the continued strength in tech amid the pandemic is fuelling robust VC investment.“We all know that Covid-19 has been an incredible challenge this year in every region of the world. But with great challenge often comes great opportunity – and the tech sector has certainly seen that this year,” said Kevin Smith, co-leader, KPMG Private Enterprise Emerging Giants Network, in a release.“The acceleration in digitization and changes in consumer behaviour have been significant,” Smith said. “VC investment has followed suit. Heading into [the first quarter of 2021], VC investment will likely remain very robust, particularly in areas like mobility, logistics and delivery, fintech, health and biotech, and edtech.”KPMG also reported that VC-backed exit activity reached a record high of $189 billion in the fourth quarter of 2020, led by high-profile IPOs for companies such as Airbnb and DoorDash.“IPO and M&A activity is also expected to remain very robust as other unicorns look to exit,” it said.“Given the very successful IPO exits of several high profile unicorns in [the fourth quarter], we can expect an increasing number of exits in 2021, especially with the booming phenomenon of SPAC transactions. 2021 is set to be very exciting,” said Conor Moore, co-leader, KPMG Private Enterprise Emerging Giants Network. Related news CERB payments went to workers hit hard by lockdowns: StatsCanlast_img read more

  • St. Thomas Infirmary Produces Own Chicken Meat

    first_imgSt. Thomas Infirmary Produces Own Chicken Meat Office of the Prime MinisterMarch 27, 2009 Advertisements RelatedSt. Thomas Infirmary Produces Own Chicken Meat RelatedSt. Thomas Infirmary Produces Own Chicken Meatcenter_img RelatedSt. Thomas Infirmary Produces Own Chicken Meat FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The St. Thomas Infirmary is now self-sufficient in chicken meat, as the protein source is produced on the premises in Morant Bay.Financing of the project, valued at some US$10,400, was provided by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations and the St. Thomas Parish Council. It was established through the collaborative effort of the Department of Local Government, the Board of Supervision and the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA).Minister of State in the Department of Local Government, Office of the Prime Minister, Robert Montague; Mayor of Morant Bay, Hanif Brown; FAO’s Representative, Dr. Dunstan Campbell and Matron of the St. Thomas Infirmary, Avis Harding-Davis, took part in the official opening ceremony, on Thursday (March 26), at the Infirmary.Giving an overview of the project, Mayor Brown said its main objective is to assist the institution in coping with the rising cost of food and to supplement the diet of inmates.The money from the FAO was used to expand an existing poultry house into a 400-bird capacity unit, and to construct a new 100-bird capacity layer unit and a fully-equipped slaughter unit. A storage room was also upgraded to secure feed and supplies. New equipment, such as a water tank, feeders, sink, stove, refrigerators and a slaughtering course were also installed.Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Local Government, Robert Montague (right), observes as chickens are being caught at a facility that he officially opened at the St. Thomas Infirmary on March 26. The chicken project was funded by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, in collaboration with the St. Thomas Parish Council and the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA).Mayor Brown said the Council provided funds to offset labour cost and minor materials. “A total of 563 birds have been slaughtered, to date, with an average weight of five pounds per bird, the bulk of which were used in the residents’ diet,” he said.The Mayor said that the Council, in collaboration with RADA, is planning to set up a fruit and garden plot at the infirmary.In his address, Mr. Montague thanked the sponsors for their “invaluable contribution.”“The fact that the global financial crisis is also affecting donor countries and entities, as reflected in budgetary pressures, it makes donations such as this even more significant and appreciated,” he said.The State Minister also congratulated the Parish Council for its contribution and interest in monitoring the progress and operation of the project.“This is a good example of local authorities stepping up to the plate and becoming more hands-on in the management and development of their constituency. The success of local government reform depends on the Councils’ willingness to take on this responsibility,” Mr. Montague said.last_img read more

  • Finance Bill 2021 Published

    first_imgFinance Bill 2021 Published the Finance Bill 2021 is published today, 11 March, legislating for tax changes announced at the Budget to support jobs and livelihoodsextensions to stamp duty and VAT cuts and new super-deduction effective from April 2021changes taking effect also strengthen finances and secure investment-led recoveryThe Bill will ensure a number of tax changes set out by the Chancellor at last week’s Budget will take effect from the start of the next tax year beginning in April 2021, including:the extension of the stamp duty holidayextending the VAT cut for tourism and hospitality to SeptemberAs the country begins to recover from the effects of the pandemic, the Bill also legislates to help strengthen the public finances in the medium term through:Increasing the rate of Corporation Tax to 25% on profits over £250,000 from April 2023, balancing the need to raise revenue with the objective of having an internationally competitive tax system. Over 90 per cent of businesses will pay less than the 25%.Maintaining Income Tax Personal Allowance and Higher Rate Threshold at 2021 levels. This is a progressive measure: the richest households will contribute the most.keeping the Capital Gains Tax Annual Exempt Amount (AEA), the inheritance tax nil-rate band and the pensions Lifetime Allowance at their current levelsThe Bill also helps deliver a fairer and more sustainable tax system too through legislating to:Implement a Plastic Packaging Tax which encourages the use of recycled plastic instead of new plastic within packaging. The rate of the tax is £200 per tonne of plastic packaging which contains less than 30% recycled plastic content.Reform the penalty regime for VAT and Income Tax Self-Assessment (ITSA) to make it fairer and more consistent. The new late submission regime will be points-based, and a financial penalty will only be issued when the relevant threshold is reached.The Bill helps drive an investment-led recovery through:the ‘super deduction’ – from 1 April 2021 until 31 March 2023. The independent OBR have forecast that, at its peak, the super-deduction will raise the level of business investment by 10%, or roughly £20bn a year.supporting the introduction of Freeports through allowing the government to designate ‘tax sites’ in Freeports in Great Britain, where businesses will be able to benefit from a number of tax reliefs.The Bill will now follow the normal passage through parliament. /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:Britain, business, Effect, finance, Government, Great Britain, Holiday, Investment, pandemic, parliament, penalty, reform, revenue, stamp duty, sustainable, tourism, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more