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  • Jeremy Corbyn admits Labour tax hike will hit lower earners

    first_img whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeWorld LifestyleRude Man On Plane Doesn’t Realize Who’s Behind HimWorld Lifestylebonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comDefinitionAge Has Finally Caught Up To These CelebsDefinitionzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comFree Hub20 Actors Who Stepped Away From Fame For Regular JobsFree HubFactable20 Things About The Boston Tea Party Most Likely Don’t RememberFactableNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyNovelodge50 Photos That Show The Wrong Side Of Cruise ShipsNovelodge James Booth Jeremy Corbyn was grilled on the Labour manifesto by Andrew Neil (Getty Images) “I would question that figure actually,” Corbyn said. “But what I would also say is that the whole purpose behind our manifesto, which I have here, is to recognise that we have to do something about the underfunding of our public services and the poverty and inequality that austerity has brought to this country.” Share “But they will also be getting a pay rise when we bring in a living wage. They will also be getting improvement in free nursery provision for two to four-year-olds,” Corbyn said. “These people, there’s almost 2m of them, are going to lose £250 and they earn a lot less than 80,000,” Neil said. “We think they could and should pay…a little bit more,” he added. whatsapp Neil also cited higher dividend taxes, arguing that someone on a state pension, an annuity over £4,000 and dividend income of £2,000, would stand to pay nearly £400 more per year in tax under Labour’s plans. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was forced to admit his party’s spending plans would lead to tax increases for some lower earners during an interview with the BBC last night. Wednesday 27 November 2019 7:25 am Jeremy Corbyn forced to admit lower earners will be hit by Labour tax increases Corbyn also appeared unaware that the top rate of income tax is 45 per cent, saying that top earners pay “a top rate of about 45-50 per cent”. Corbyn was also unaware of what percentage of income tax revenue top rate taxpayers contribute. Labour plans to scrap a tax allowance for married couples worth £250-a-year, saving £535m per year. “I couldn’t give you the exact figure, but they contribute quite a lot,” Corbyn said. 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.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little In a bruising encounter with veteran interviewer Andrew Neil, Corbyn rowed back on his initial claim that only those earning over £80,000 would see a tax increase under a Labour government.  Read more: Jeremy Corbyn defends Labour’s tax and spend plan Read more: Jeremy Corbyn refuses to apologise to chief rabbilast_img read more

  • Trump administration waives shipping restriction for Puerto Rico

    first_imgThat was in response to an announcement from White House press secretary Sarah Sanders: NPR’s Planet Money examined the Jones Act and says the 90-year-old law applies only to shipping, not other forms of transportation:“If you want to send a bunch of oranges by truck from Florida to Baltimore, no one cares who made the truck. Or if you want to fly computer chips across the country, it’s fine if the plane is made in France. But if you want send cargo by ship, according to the Jones Act, the ship has to be American made.”The law applies to all U.S. ports and has been a frequent source of tension between the U.S. maritime industry and its customers. That’s because using domestic ships usually costs more than foreign-flagged vessels.This spring, the Trump administration sided with the oil industry in withdrawing an Obama-era proposal that required companies drilling in the Gulf of Mexico to use more U.S. ships and crews.The domestic shipping industry argues the Jones Act is needed to preserve U.S. shipping jobs and for national security. Shipping industry lobbyist Darrell Conner told Planet Money that U.S. commercial ships could be conscripted into military service if needed.In signing a 10-day waiver that covers all products being shipped to Puerto Rico, Department of Homeland Security acting Secretary Elaine Duke side-stepped that controversy. She said the waiver is needed to help the territory after it suffered hits from both Hurricanes Irma and Maria.“It is intended to ensure we have enough fuel and commodities to support lifesaving efforts, respond to the storm, and restore critical services and critical infrastructure operations in the wake of these devastating storms,” Duke said.The U.S. has issued similar temporary waivers in the past, including one earlier this month as demand for gasoline outpaced supply ahead of Hurricane Irma.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit this story: Federal Government | Nation & World | NPR NewsTrump administration waives shipping restriction for Puerto RicoSeptember 28, 2017 by Jeff Brady, NPR Share:The Trump administration announced Thursday that it has temporarily waived a U.S. shipping restriction for Puerto Rico known as the Jones Act.Under the law, only U.S.-flagged ships are allowed to move goods between any U.S. ports. Now foreign-flagged vessels also will be able to move shipments from the U.S. mainland to Puerto Rico and between ports there. The move is intended to boost the delivery of much-needed relief supplies after Hurricane Maria battered the U.S. territory last week.The Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration thanked President Trump in a tweet:last_img read more

  • Opposition to FDA’s Robert Califf grows as senator threatens filibuster

    first_imgPoliticsOpposition to FDA’s Robert Califf grows as senator threatens filibuster Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) says he will filibuster the nomination of Robert Califf to lead the FDA. Drew Angerer/Getty Related: WASHINGTON — A growing number of senators are threatening to block Dr. Robert Califf’s nomination to head the Food and Drug Administration, including one who is promising an old-style filibuster on the Senate floor.Although the White House insists that President Barack Obama still has confidence in his pick to head the agency, the steady increase in the opposition — which includes Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders — suggests that Califf’s prospects for becoming the permanent head of FDA are getting weaker, not stronger.The latest threat comes from Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who said in a statement Wednesday that Califf has too many ties to the pharmaceutical industry to address the prescription opioid abuse crisis throughout the country.advertisement Related: By David Nather Jan. 28, 2016 Reprints Other senators, including Sanders, have said they’ll put a “hold” on Califf, a procedural step that just prevents his nomination from coming to the Senate floor. But Manchin said he will read letters on the Senate floor from West Virginia families that are dealing with opioid abuse, a statement that suggests he’d actually hold up the proceedings if Califf’s nomination ever gets to the floor.“We need to change the culture of the FDA, and that will not happen if the person at the helm is not a champion who is committed to pushing back against the pressure to continually approve new opioid medications given the significant risks to public health,” Manchin said, noting that opioid abuse has “ravaged” West Virginia.advertisementcenter_img The complaints about Califf’s pharmaceutical industry ties might be one of the only issues Sanders and Manchin have ever agreed on. Manchin is one of the most conservative Democrats in the Senate, about as far from Sanders’ “democratic socialism” as one can get.But Califf is also drawing other opponents from across the political spectrum. Senator Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, has said he’ll block Califf over the opioid addiction problem. Senator Kelly Ayotte, a New Hampshire Republican, told Bloomberg she’ll join Markey over the same issue. And Senator Lisa Murkowski, an Alaska Republican, says she’ll hold up the vote unless the FDA changes its position on the voluntary labeling of genetically modified fish.Califf, who helped establish Duke University’s clinical research center, has acknowledged that his studies have received funding from pharmaceutical companies. But he insists that they had no ability to change or hide the results, and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee approved his nomination with no dissenting votes earlier this month.For now, at least, the White House isn’t backing down — and says Califf will be able to manage any conflicts once he’s in the job.“Obviously, the president and the administration have full confidence in the ability of our nominee to make the kinds of decisions that are in the best interest of the health and safety of the American people,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said at a briefing Wednesday. “The president would not have nominated him to the job if he didn’t think that he would be able to effectively look out for the interests of middle-class families in that role.” Bernie Sanders says he’ll block Senate vote on FDA’s Robert Califf “Dr. Califf’s past involvement will have an impact on his effectiveness and leadership capabilities, and I cannot, in good conscience, allow his confirmation,” he said. Califf: I’ll never lower FDA’s approval standards Tags FDAopioidspolicyRobert Califflast_img read more

  • School district seeks social media posts from parents of Stoneman Douglas shooting victims

    first_imgAdvertisementThe district cited multiple lawsuits in which judges found social media postings were relevant for the defense, including lawsuits against local governments. The families of victims have several claims against the district, including that it knew the shooting suspect, 22-year-old Nikolas Cruz, was a threat and did little to protect the school from him.“Such postings are clearly relevant,” school district attorney Eugene Pettis wrote in a motion demanding the posts, according to the Sun Sentinel. David Brill, an attorney who represents parent Andrew Pollack, said the request is intrusive and unnecessary. Pollack’s 18-year-old daughter Meadow died in the shooting. He’s become an outspoken critic of the district and its superintendent, Robert Runcie. Advertisement AdvertisementTags: broward countymsd Knife-wielding man shot & killed by deputy April 17, 2021 Roadways reopened after investigation at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport April 2, 2021 PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) – A South Florida school district wants the families of students and staff who were killed in the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to turn over their social media posts from the period. Broward County Public Schools is saying it needs the posts as part of its defense against the families’ lawsuits accusing it of negligence.The district’s attorneys will ask a judge Thursday to order the families who are suing to turn over their Facebook, Twitter and other social media posts from the period after the massacre at the Parkland school. The shooting left 14 students and three staff members dead. Broward County Schools threatened by hackers demanding $40 million in ransom April 2, 2021 Pollack has posted much of his criticism on Twitter.Cruz, a former student at the high school, is charged with 17 counts of first-degree murder and faces a possible death sentence if convicted. His trial has been postponed because of the pandemic. He has a long history of emotional and behavioral problems, and his social media posts have been presented as evidence. They include threats and Instagram posts of him with guns. RELATEDTOPICS 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 Driver of stolen car arrested for leading Collier County deputies on chase April 2, 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 Advertisementlast_img read more

  • In Pictures: Singer Majella O’Donnell addresses packed Laois Hospice meeting

    first_img GAA GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory WhatsApp Laois Hospice Committee members Enda Thompson Phelan and Seamus O’Donoghue with Special Guest – Majella O’Donnell and Veronie Naughton , at the Laois Hospice Public Meeting in the Killeshin Hotel.Photo: Michael ScullySpecial Guest – Majella O’Donnell sings a song for the audience at the Laois Hospice Public Meeting in the Killeshin Hotel.Photo: Michael ScullySpecial Guest – Majella O’Donnell speaking at the Laois Hospice Public Meeting in the Killeshin Hotel.Photo: Michael ScullyJoe Ruane ( Head of Primary Care HSE ) speaking at the Laois Hospice Public Meeting in the Killeshin Hotel.Photo: Michael ScullySection of the audience at the Laois Hospice Public Meeting in the Killeshin Hotel.Photo: Michael ScullyMary Delaney( Secretary, Laois Hospice ) presenting a bouquet of flowers to Special guest – Majella O’Donnell , at the Laois Hospice Public Meeting in the Killeshin Hotel.Photo: Michael ScullyMoira Costigan, Mary Delaney and Breda Cooley , at the Laois Hospice Public Meeting in the Killeshin Hotel.Photo: Michael ScullyLaois Hospice Committee members with Special Guest – Majella O’Donnell , at the Laois Hospice Public Meeting in the Killeshin Hotel.Photo: Michael ScullySpecial Guest – Majella O’Donnell with Laois Hospice Chairman, Seamus O’Donoghue , at the Laois Hospice Public Meeting in the Killeshin Hotel.Photo: Michael ScullyLaois Hospice Committee members- Seamus O’Donoghue and Mary Delaney, Joe Ruane ( Head of Primary Care HSE ) Peter Naugton ( Medical Director laois Hospice ), at the Laois Hospice Public Meeting in the Killeshin Hotel.Photo: Michael ScullyBishop Michael Burrows ( Bishop of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory) and Fr. Martin Delaney, P.P. Rathdowney , at the Laois Hospice Public Meeting in the Killeshin Hotel.Photo: Michael ScullyBetty Hyland , Majella O’Donnell and Anne Buggie , at the Laois Hospice Public Meeting in the Killeshin Hotel.Photo: Michael ScullyMargaret Cross and Majella O’Donnell , at the Laois Hospice Public Meeting in the Killeshin Hotel.Photo: Michael Scully Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR In Pictures: Singer Majella O’Donnell addresses packed Laois Hospice meeting Twitter Twitter GAA Home News Community In Pictures: Singer Majella O’Donnell addresses packed Laois Hospice meeting NewsCommunity WhatsApp Previous articleLISTEN: Hurling finals, meeting Mike Quirke and Divisional Competitions – it’s all in our latest PodcastNext articleTrick or Treat – Anvil Inn getting into the Halloween spirit with Fancy Dress party this weekend Ronan Donlon TAGSLaois Hospice Facebook Pinterest TV star Majella O’Donnell, wife of country music superstar Daniel, was speaking at a Laois Hospice Foundation Public Meeting recently.The talk took place in the Killeshin Hotel, October 16, in Portlaoise.There was a big crowd there to listen to Mrs O’Donnell as she spoke about the work of the hospice.The talk was all about the developments that the hospice will be making in the coming years.Laois Hospice Foundation has helped to provide a palliative care service for Cancer patients, whose illness no longer responds to curative treatment.The talk was listened to by a very inquisitive crowd from all over the county of Laois.Micheal Scully was on hand taking pictures of the best of the action.See pictures below: Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Moira and Winifred Fitzpatrick with Majella O’Donnell , at the Laois Hospice Public Meeting in the Killeshin Hotel.Photo: Michael ScullySEE ALSO-Local weather forecaster predicts SNOW for Laois this week Facebook By Ronan Donlon – 22nd October 2019 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

  • Man Dies in Kaesong Dormitory

    first_img A South Korean employee was discovered dead inside the Kaesong Industrial Complex (KIC) at 7:25AM on November 30th. A police investigation is underway and an autopsy to determine the cause of death was scheduled to take place on December 1st.The man in his 50s, who has been named as Chu, was discovered in a dormitory by a co-worker, according to the Ministry of Unification and Paju police.The co-worker reportedly discovered the body when he dropped by the deceased man’s room to suggest eating breakfast together. A local medical team confirmed the death, and the body was then repatriated to South Korea with the agreement of North Korean complex management.A spokesperson for the police later said that Chu did not have any pre-existing illnesses or external injuries. He is thought likely to have died of heart failure. SHARE North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News Facebook Twitter News News center_img Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Kang Mi JinKang Mi JinKang Mi Jin is a North Korean defector turned journalist who fled North Korea in 2009. She has a degree in economics and writes largely on marketization and economy-related issues for Daily NK. Questions about her articles can be directed to [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Kang Mi Jin – 2013.12.02 7:36pm Man Dies in Kaesong Dormitory Newslast_img read more

  • Netizens worldwide expected to tune in live to inter-Korean summit, but…

    first_img SHARE The highly-anticipated 3rd inter-Korean summit this Friday, April 27, will be broadcast live and available to internet users worldwide. Image: Yonhap News AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] The South Korean government has announced that people across the world will be able to tune into a live broadcast of Friday’s much-anticipated inter-Korean summit via a free internet feed. But while South Koreans are expected to follow the event in large numbers, the same cannot be said for their North Korean counterparts.Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Yoon Young Chan announced the creation of an online platform allowing “members of the press and all people worldwide with a mobile connection to view the summit in real time.”However, this platform is not expected to be widely available to the now 3.7 million* cell phone users in North Korea.According to a 2017 Korea Information Society Development Institute (KISDI) report entitled ‘The present state and implications of North Korean wired and wireless communications services,’ the country appears to be in the “early stages of seeing data service offered to most cellular phones.”“Computers in Pyongyang connected to the internet can see speeds of 70-80 Mbps, while computers outside the capital offer speeds of around 10 Mbps – the standard internet speeds common in South Korea during the 2000s,” the report continued.Ordinary North Koreans will have trouble viewing the live feed of the summit because only a select number of elites have access to the world wide web, with the rest of the population limited instead to a heavily-censored intranet.But even if the authorities make the feed available to the country’s intranet users, limits to data allowances and the speeds required to watch the event smoothly will impact viewability.Mobile intranet in the North is currently provided through 3G systems, and it remains difficult for users to reliably access signal coverage needed to use voice or data services.South Korea, by comparison, has since transitioned to 4G wireless systems, and is expected to make the switch to 5G by 2020.Aside from the internet feed, it also remains unclear whether or not North Korean state television will broadcast the summit live. The two sides agreed on the decision to provide a live broadcast of the event, but no specific announcement has been made with regards to the North’s use of such feeds.Most state television broadcasts in North Korea are carefully planned and prerecorded – a system said to be a result of Kim Jong Il’s fears of information being leaked unintentionally during live broadcasts. The previous two inter-Korean summits in 2000 and 2007 were also not carried live on North Korean television.But the country has experimented with live broadcasts since Kim Jong Un came to power. Most recently, Korean Central Television (KCTV), Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), and Pyongyang Broadcasting System (PBS) aired live scenes from a fireworks show in celebration of Kim Jong Il’s birthday on February 16.The authorities may, however, be wary of live broadcasts after international media highlighted an apparent limp displayed by Kim Jong Un during a live airing of a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the death of Kim Il Sung on July 8, 2014.But as Kim Jong Un appears to be promoting North Korea as a ‘normal’ or ‘legitimate’ nation in the eyes of the world, there may still be a possibility that the authorities decide to air the summit live. * Estimated number according to a 2017 Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) study: “Status of mobile phone usage in North Korea.” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Daily NK – 2018.04.27 7:19am News North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) News North Korea hikes “party contributions” Russia-based workers must pay by 30-55% Netizens worldwide expected to tune in live to inter-Korean summit, but what about North Koreans? Facebook Twitter News Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store last_img read more

  • Institutional investors increasingly bulling on equities: Merrill

    first_imgJames Langton Related news Merrill says that this aggressive positioning “reflects a significant increase in investors’ inflation expectations”, with a net 71% expecting global core consumer inflation to be higher in 12 months. “A growing number of investors now see inflation moving above trend levels while global growth remains below-trend,” it says, adding that investors also remain confident that the world economy will strengthen over the next year. Still, the survey also found that a net 21% of investors are worried that stock markets are overvalued, which is the highest reading since 2000. Other potential risks, such as the prospect of Chinese debt defaults, “asset manias”, and eurozone deflation have all faded since last month, Merrill says. Instead, it notes that the prospect of geopolitical crises is now seen as the greatest tail risk, and threat to financial market stability. “Improving investor sentiment on global growth, inflation, equities and risk-taking are all testament to a potential macro normalization in the second half. This could eventually feed into a normalization of rates. If growth does pick up, volatility will rise too,” said Michael Hartnett, chief investment strategist at BofA Merrill Lynch Research. In this environment, the appeal of European equities is declining, with just 10% now citing the region as the most attractive to overweight across the next year, down 11 percentage points from June. Investors’ appetite for exposure to the eurozone periphery is also declining, it notes with confidence in both debt and equities from the region down from the previous survey. A total of 228 investors, with US$674 billion of assets under management, participated in the survey from July 3 to 10. Managers with $2.3 trillion in AUM sign anti-racism pledge Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Pension managers call for strengthened ESG disclosure by companiescenter_img Richardson Wealth, Bloom Burton form healthcare sector–focused alliance Keywords Institutional investors Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Despite being worried about valuations, global investors are increasingly bullish on the outlook for equity markets, according to the BofA Merrill Lynch’s latest survey of fund managers. The bank’s July survey found that a net 61% of global asset allocators are now overweight equities, which is the highest reading since early 2011 and represents the second most bullish stance in the survey’s history. last_img read more

  • FINRA sanctions brokerage firm for conflicts of interest

    first_img The firm settled the case, neither admitting nor denying the charges, but consenting to the entry of FINRA’s findings. “Compensation policies that reward representatives for moving customers from one complex proprietary product to other potentially higher cost products must include monitoring and supervision that ensure that the representatives are not putting their own financial interests ahead of their obligation to their customer,” says Brad Bennett, executive vice president and chief of enforcement at FINRA, in a statement. PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case BFI investors plead for firm’s sale Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords EnforcementCompanies Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator The U.S. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has fined Houston-based brokerage firm VALIC Financial Advisors Inc. (VFA) US$1.75 million for failing to identify and address certain conflicts of interest that were part of its compensation policy, causing brokers to favour its proprietary products. Specifically, VFA provided its registered reps a financial incentive to recommend customers move their funds from its variable annuities to the firm’s fee-based platform or into a proprietary fixed index annuity. VFA also prohibited reps from receiving compensation when moving clients from its own products to third-party products. last_img read more

  • Oxford Mall Vendors Receive $5Million to Restart – Thanks to PM Golding

    first_imgRelatedOxford Mall Vendors Receive $5Million to Restart – Thanks to PM Golding RelatedOxford Mall Vendors Receive $5Million to Restart – Thanks to PM Golding RelatedOxford Mall Vendors Receive $5Million to Restart – Thanks to PM Golding Advertisementscenter_img Oxford Mall Vendors Receive $5Million to Restart – Thanks to PM Golding Office of the Prime MinisterDecember 9, 2009 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Labour and Social Security has disbursed $5.7 million of grant money to 57 vendors whose stock was destroyed in the Oxford Mall fire of October 27.The grant came as the result of an intervention of the Prime Minister who saw the plight of the vendors first hand when he visited on the day of the fire. Speaking on behalf of the Prime Minister at the handing over of cheques yesterday ( Dec 8) , Special Technical Assistant Carlene Sinclair said that a total of 68 registered vendors lost goods and that cheques will be prepared for the remaining eleven vendors when all of the necessary documentation is in place. Ms Sinclair also said that the Oxford Mall is being refurbished.“We can say that of the 68 persons who are registered vendors of this mall, 34 persons have received airline tickets to go and access their goods so that they can at least start to stock up for the Christmas season. Today we are handing over cash grants of $100,000 each. We were able to process 57 persons”.“Today we are handing out $5.7 million in cash to the 57 persons. The other persons are being processed and it is a matter of ascertaining the correct TRN numbers. The physical working space is being refurbished at a tune of $2.4 million. The plans have been approved and the work is in progress and we expect completion of that to be in the middle of January. We want the vendors to make use of this grant to replenish your stock and start to make best use of the Christmas season..When the space is refurbished, that you will take the best care of it because it is your working space that you have to use to make your living.”Air Jamaica assisted 34 vendors with transportation overseas. Data Research Manager at the Kingston and St Andrew (KSAC) Markets Department, Michael Webb, expressed appreciation to the Ministry of labour and the Prime Minister for the assistance given to their tenants.“We must commend the Ministry of Labour and Social Security for how speedily they have dealt with processing the assistance grant to each of you. We wish to put on record our thanks to the Prime Minister, the KSAC, the Mayor and the Town Clerk for their involvement… As vendors we must act responsibly, pay your dues…I am glad that all of you are registered vendors and where your stock is of a certain value, you should try and get some insurance. May I express on behalf of the market department and the staff for the tremendous effort to make this morning a fruitful one.”Speaking on behalf of vendors, Marva Ottey encouraged the public to visit the mall as the stalls, known for competitively priced goods, are back in business.“A lot of you don’t know that the market is already back in process. Everything is all right; we started getting our goods back together. Christmas is here and we are ready to do whatever we have to do to make it work. Thanks for this little cash here, it is going to do a lot.”The Oxford Mall is a part of the KSAC markets department. Several streets in Downtown Kingston will be restricted to pedestrians to make browsing and shopping safer during the Christmas shopping season.last_img read more