German minister does not expect big insolvency wave until end of year

first_img FILE PHOTO: News conference on the government’s economic autumn projection in Berlin by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBePost FunGreat Songs That Artists Are Now Embarrassed OfPost FunAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthGameday NewsMichael Oher Tells A Whole Different Story About ‘The Blind Side’Gameday NewsMagellan TimesIf You See A Red Ball On A Power Line, Here’s What It MeansMagellan TimesMaternity WeekThis Was Found Hiding In An Oil Painting – Take A Closer LookMaternity WeekAuto InquirerA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedAuto InquirerPets DetectiveAfter Céline Dion’s Major Weight Loss, She Confirms What We Suspected All AlongPets Detective Reuters Friday 27 November 2020 1:39 pm German minister does not expect big insolvency wave until end of year Read This Next50,000-Plus People Want Jeff Bezos to Go to Space and Never Come BackThe WrapIf You’re Losing Hair in This Specific Spot, It Might Be a Thyroid IssueVegamour’Moonlight,’ ‘Do The Right Thing’ Among Classic Films Screening at AMC forThe WrapTop 5 Tips If You’re Losing Your EyebrowsVegamour20 Stars Who’ve Posted Nude Selfies, From Lizzo to John Legend (Photos)The WrapSmoking and Hair Loss: Are They Connected?VegamourRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapWhat Causes Hair Loss? Every Trigger ExplainedVegamourThis Is How Often You Should Cut Your HairVegamour “And therefore I do not expect any major waves of insolvency here either.”center_img whatsapp German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said today he expects emergency aid will prevent a big wave of insolvencies in November and December among businesses, such as restaurants and hotels, that have been forced to close due to coronavirus curbs. “I believe that for the sectors primarily concerned (…) we have – through the November and December aid – created a possibility for the economic consequences to remain within manageable limits,” he told a virtual news conference. Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Sharelast_img read more

Exclusive: ‘Allow yourself to f*** up’, says TED talk writer Susie Ashfield

first_img Michiel Willems The whole world was changing right in front of me, and I felt powerless to stop it.   Exclusive: ‘Allow yourself to f*** up once in a while’, says Speak2Impact founder and TED talk writer Susie Ashfield If you hold yourself accountable to unachievable levels of excellence consistently then you’re going to make your life much more difficult than it needs to be. Allow yourself to f*** up once in a while, because I can tell you from experience that it’s going to happen. Change your mindset from “this has to be brilliant, and if it’s not brilliant then it’s terrible” to ‘Whatever happens happens, I’m doing this for my own experience’ and you’ll find you feel much more confident about delivering. The whole world isn’t judging you nearly as harshly as you feel, in the same way the audience isn’t sat there just waiting for you to mess up your presentation. Also Read: Sunday Times Rich List: Who are the UK’s wealthiest women? Also Read: Exclusive: Meet the former UBS and JPMorgan heavyweights shaking up private banking The rush can even become addictive, I’ve seen some go from hating showing three people their PowerPoint to signing up for a live TEDx talk in front of a roomful of strangers. A touch of pressure is a very good thing, but if that turns into an expectation of a perfect delivery every time then you’re going to hate to any kind of performance. My clients laugh when I tell them that all I want them to be is ‘confidently average’, but it really challenges a mindset where perfectionism is blocking authenticity. It feels like a bit of an obvious answer here, but I’m going to have to go with Covid. In a world where your job relies almost totally on the concept of live audiences, I can’t tell you how completely lost I felt when the pandemic hit. I’m aware I’m far from being the only person in this position and many have had it a lot worse than I have, but I remember on a particularly low day driving through the city in a taxi and seeing all of the offices I used to confidently stroll into being boarded up. Susie Ashfield started out as the voice of middle-class products on day time television; everything from Channing Tatum’s latest blockbuster to Jersey Royal Potatoes. Seeing a gap in the market for speech training that blended performance art with the corporate environment, Ashfield founded Speak2Impact where she works to provide clients with a greater understanding of communication, through tone, structure and delivery. It takes a hell of a lot of preparation and practice for a speech to look so natural. The best way of describing what I do is that I make my clients look good, feel good and sound good when they speak publicly, whether that’s on a podcast, TEDx Talk, interview or, as with the story above, in front of a live audience of thousands. That was the biggest gig I’ve done for a client to date in terms of crowd size and we were both ecstatic after I’d watched him absolutely smash the delivery. Well, this insight allows me to translate technical content into storytelling that sticks with the listener and makes my clients more excited about delivering something that they know has humour and humanity in it. Once they’re confident enough to step away from using communication as a way of demonstrating how much they know about the subject, they can start to play with the material and actually deliver something that the audience want to hear. whatsapp I have been really lucky in terms of the individuals I get to work with and the stories they want to tell; from a female CEO engaging with internet trolls, to a financial rockstar who wanted to put pensions planning on the National Curriculum, to an app founder who decided to cross the Atlantic Ocean alone after his business failed. I helped each of them tell their stories in their own voice, as opposed to an automated, contrived cover version of who they really are. Whilst those days when I watch a client deliver are always special, I still love the day-to-day stuff as well. More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org What advice would you give to young women who’ve just started their professional life? Listening to an audience roar with laughter at my client dropping a joke in front of 6,000 people at the O2 arena. What that crowd didn’t know was that for months, we’d been rewriting that, rehearsing the delivery, saying it 100 different times in 100 different ways, just to get it to sound so ‘off the cuff’. Give us an example of that. whatsapp City A.M.‘s sits down with the speaker and trainer, who now runs high energy workshops, ranging from deal making conversations for City professionals to training in ‘TED style’ talks for people in a range of fields and sectors, with clients that include Santander, S&P Global, Coca Cola, Rolls Royce, Walt Disney and NATO. Pre-pandemic when there was face to face communication, my role was essentially client-hopping. I don’t cope well with staying in the same place for too long, so I’ve done my best to build a career where no one day is the same; one day I might be helping a CIO overcome the sense of impending doom they’re experiencing around an upcoming talk in front of the shareholders, the next I’ll find myself with an app founder getting them to talk about their own product in a way the rest of the world can understand, it’s amazing how being so close to your product renders you unable to explain it in tangible terms. These days I do all of that, but online from my kitchen. If you are one of those clients and you’re reading this, then I’m really looking forward to seeing you in real life and going for a drink. Please remember to not say something like “I thought you’d be taller in real life” though, because I hear that a lot (I’m 5’2 at a push…). The best communication should feel embarrassingly simple, so if you’re bold enough to deliver one clear key message wrapped up a joke then that may well be enough for your audience to not only remember you, but actually take action as a result of what you’ve said.center_img Ashfield specialises in coaching clients to deliver high impact speeches and presentations, from content structuring, to a delivery “that cannot be ignored,” as she puts it. Yes, female speech coaches are pretty rare, but young, female speech coaches are almost unheard of, and with the right client that gives them fresh insight. When I first started out that felt daunting, but having built a business almost entirely through word-of-mouth recommendations I feel like I can relax a little. It also means I understand the mindset of my clients who suffer from the dreaded imposter syndrome, and that feeling that they’re just not good enough. Also Read: Exclusive: Kimberly-Clark’s EMEA president on Kleenex demand exploding overnight But as it turned out, human beings can be a lot more resilient than we give ourselves credit for, and in just a few short months everyone had gotten their heads round the concept of working online, and with that emerged new communication issues and challenges. Tell us more about your clientbase. Share One of my hero’s is Dolly Parton, and my favourite quote of hers is ‘it costs a lot of money to look this cheap’. And then we had three lockdowns. You had an interesting journey so far. What has been the highlight in your career to date? Clients often feedback to me that much to their surprise; they’ve gone from loathing to loving the speech delivery process. And is there something you are particularly proud of? From what I have seen, most people who do the kind of work that you do are men. I now have clients that I feel I’ve been on very big emotional journey with who I’ve never actually met in reality. Yes, lockdown also did mean that people suddenly had a lot more time on their hands, so recently I’ve been working with a lot of people who’ve been avoiding facing their deep-rooted fear of public speaking until a global pandemic meant they’d completely ran out of excuses. These are the clients who feel that they’ll just have to live with their stage fright forever, and some of them are even physically sick or tearful before having to do a presentation. I get to witness clients going from ‘pulling a sickie’ the day before a presentation to conquering their greatest fears and performing confidently in front of their seniors with aplomb. Wednesday 9 June 2021 7:45 pm Alongside her voiceover work, she worked as an insurance broker in the City, managing a portfolio of high-net-worth individuals, including celebrities and business high flyers. Speak2Impact founder and TED talk writer Susie Ashfield It suddenly became more important than it ever had been before that my clients came across as genuine, vulnerable and engaged with the people the other side of their screen, and it felt as though the most desirable factor in communication coaching went from “make me look confident” to “I need to be authentic”. How has the pandemic changed your job? Since we have discussed the highlight of your career, let’s also touch on your biggest setback, so far. Show Comments ▼ Being an absolute clown. No seriously, I’m trained in clowning. I didn’t think this skill would ever have any use outside of drama school but in fact it allows me to find the points of interest in even the driest data, or see the colour amongst the beige. Coming in and asking a C-Suit executive of a major company the same sort of questions an eight-year-old child would feel facetious, until they realise, they’re struggling to find the answer. 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Air taxi brings South Naknek students to school, slowing village’s decline

first_imgEducation | SouthwestAir taxi brings South Naknek students to school, slowing village’s declineMay 31, 2016 by Hannah Colton, KDLG Share:Peter Geffe and Amy Angasan deplane on their way to school on a breezy May morning. (Photo by Hannah Colton/KDLG)For decades, the Bristol Bay Borough School District has relied on a unique form of pupil transportation; a daily air charter brings students in the village of South Naknek to the north side of the river to attend school in Naknek.According to the state Department of Education and Early Development, it’s the only daily air taxi to school in the state of Alaska, and it could well be the only one in the nation.When school lets out 3:30 p.m., Peter Gaffe and Amy Angasan climb into a 15-passenger van. Both brother and sister put in their earphones for the one-mile drive from the school to the small gravel landing strip that is the Naknek airport.Now teenagers, Peter and Amy moved to South Naknek from Anchorage when they were in elementary school and have been flying to school ever since. Though the twice-daily flight seemed fun at first, Peter says the novelty wore off pretty fast.“As time moved on it got a little more boring,” he says. “And nowadays it’s just something I do.Amy says she enjoys getting to see her two hometowns from the air every day – especially in the spring when everything greens up.Operated by King Air, it’s a short flight; the plane will touch down on the south side in less than five minutes. And besides being fast, the air taxi is the most reliable and safest way to get across the Naknek River.Twenty-foot tidal fluctuations make it impossible to launch a boat at the same time day after day, and the river doesn’t freeze consistently enough to drive vehicles across in the winter. An effort to build a bridge between the two communities never got enough support or funding.Of course, there are times when Peter and Amy can’t fly back across the river after school. Sometimes they get weathered out by fog or wind, or they have to miss the flight to stay for sports practice.“I have to stay over here most of the time during basketball,” says Peter.When they have to stay at school, Peter and Amy sleep at a friend’s house, or at their Aunt Nola Angasan’s place — a big, cheerfully noisy house in Naknek.Nola Angasan with her adopted granddaughter, “Little” Nola. (Photo by Hannah Colton/KDLG)Nola and her husband have hosted South Naknek students for the last 30 years. Between her own four kids, foster children, adopted grandkids and a popular day care business, Nola has always had a full house.“I really liked it, too,” says Nola. “You know, kids these days always seem to want to be somewhere else or take off. With my kids I never had to worry, they always wanted to be home because there was always someone here for them to play with or something to do.”Nola’s husband Steven grew up in South Naknek. He and his siblings took the air taxi to school in the 70s.“Can I ask you what that was like back then?”“Like nothing! Like riding a bike! It was everyday life.”Back then, South Naknek still had an elementary school for grades K-5. Still, Steven says there were enough middle and high school students to fill four plane loads every day.But then, just over a decade ago, the primary school closed too. South Naknek has been shrinking ever since.It’s a familiar story around Bristol Bay – communities like Portage Creek, Ivanof Bay, and Clarks Point have lost their schools in recent years to low enrollment.“For some it’s an instant decline,” says Steven Angasan. “After the school, then the mail planes quit coming, then everybody moves out to bring their kids to school. There (are) a few villages in this region that’ve shut down over the years.”Recently, the Trident Seafoods plant in South Naknek closed, taking with it a few more jobs and facilities. But the village is still hanging on, with 30-50 residents at any given time.I ask Steven if he thinks the air taxi is keeping some families around who would otherwise have to move to put their kids in school.“Yeah, probably,” he said. “Probably.”The daily air service is funded by a grant from the state Department of Education and Early Development. Each district gets a different amount per student – it’s a number set years ago based on factors including fuel costs, how much road there is, vehicle maintenance and local wages. The number for each district has grown at times, with inflation and legislative action.At nearly $3,000 per student, the Bristol Bay Borough School District has the highest per-student transportation allocation in the state, by a margin of hundreds of dollars. For comparison, the Anchorage School District gets about a sixth of that per student.It’s a figure that may cause some to cringe in a time when the state is grappling with a massive budget shortfall.But what’s important, says Superintendent Bill Hill, is that all the students in the Borough have access to school.“Students do have a right to an education in the state of Alaska,” says Hill. “This service provides South Naknek students the education that every student deserves. So we appreciate the fact that this can happen.”Peter Geffe and Amy Angasan are the last school-age kids in Naknek right now. After Peter graduates next spring, Amy might be doing the river hop alone in her senior year.But South Naknek isn’t a ghost town yet. There are still families who come and go, from Anchorage or Naknek or elsewhere, and as long as there’s state funding, the Superintendent says the air taxi will always be an option.Share this story:last_img read more

Eurasia Drilling to merge with Schlumberger

first_img More From Our Partners Kansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com OIL AND gas firm Schlumberger is set to acquire a 45.65 per cent minority shareholding in Russian company Eurasia Drilling for around $1.7bn (£1.1bn). The deal will involve Eurasia delisting from the public market, which is slated to take effect from 23 February. The transaction will deliver $22 a share to shareholders, which represents a premium of 81.1 per cent on Monday’s closing price.The price Schlumberger has agreed to pay includes the cost of a call option and various non-competition agreements. The call option will allow the firm to purchase the remaining shares in Eurasia during a two-year period commencing three years from the closing of the transaction.Roderick Peacock, chairman of Xenon Capital Partners, which is advising Eurasia Drilling’s core shareholders, said: “The sharp reduction in oil and gas prices over the last six months is likely to result in industry consolidation because of lower exploration and production activity. In this context, the proposed transaction offers minority shareholders the opportunity to realise a very substantial premium.”He added that the deal would establish an “exceptionally strong platform for delivering drilling services to Russia’s oil and gas industry as future market conditions stabilise”.Kirill Dmitriev, chief executive of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, commented: “This is a real vote of confidence by a major global company in Russian growth opportunities and the fundamentals of the oil and gas sector, in particular.” Tuesday 20 January 2015 8:18 pm whatsapp Tags: NULL Share Eurasia Drilling to merge with Schlumberger whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Express KCS last_img read more

WHO seeks to clarify: It’s not suggesting pregnancy delays in Zika regions

first_img Tags pregnancyWHOZika Virus HealthWHO seeks to clarify: It’s not suggesting pregnancy delays in Zika regions Felipe Dana/AP Some babies born to mothers infected with Zika during pregnancy have been found to have a host of birth defects, including microcephaly, a condition in which newborns have abnormally small heads and sometimes underdeveloped brains.Studies have suggested that 1 in 100 women infected in pregnancy might have a child with microcephaly — though one paper said the figure might be as high as 13 percent.And another study suggested about 29 percent of women infected during pregnancy may give birth to an infant with brain-related birth defects. Some babies have been born with visual and-or hearing impairments. Others have scarring in their brains — a sign of brain tissue death — or are missing parts of their brains. Are you at risk of contracting Zika virus?Volume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsEnabledDisabledPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9 facebook twitter Email Linkhttps://www.statnews.com/2016/06/10/who-zika-pregnancy-advice/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:0001:3301:33  Related: The world needs a Zika vaccine. Getting one will take years The World Health Organization is seeking to correct reports that ricocheted around the globe on Thursday indicating that the organization was advising tens of millions of people in Latin and South America to consider delaying pregnancy because of the risks associated with the Zika virus.In fact, the WHO did not mean to issue any such advice.William Perea, the WHO official who is coordinating global health guidance on the Zika outbreak, told STAT on Friday that the agency is not trying to push people in Zika-affected countries towards any one choice regarding pregnancy. Instead, he said, the WHO wanted to make it clear that women and men living in places where the virus is spreading should be fully informed about all of their options and the risks they entail.advertisement @HelenBranswell center_img By Helen Branswell June 10, 2016 Reprints Senior Writer, Infectious Disease Helen covers issues broadly related to infectious diseases, including outbreaks, preparedness, research, and vaccine development. Numerous news outlets around the world, STAT among them, interpreted that to mean the WHO was now taking a step it had previously declined to take. When asked earlier in the spring about whether people should be counseled to delay pregnancy, WHO officials said decisions about when to get pregnant were complicated personal matters.Perea said the WHO is aware that the updated guidance has been widely misinterpreted and is trying to figure out what to do to address the misunderstanding.“We understand that the way it’s phrased, it can be misinterpreted,” he said. About the Author Reprints Helen Branswell “WHO doesn’t want to make any of those options any more important than the other,” said Perea. “Delaying pregnancy is among them, obviously, but it’s not the only one.”The confusion arose because of a recent update to the global health agency’s guidance on preventing sexual spread of Zika. “Men and women of reproductive age living in affected areas should be informed and orientated to consider delaying pregnancy,” the guidance stated.advertisementlast_img read more

Pharmalot, Pharmalittle: Johnson & Johnson discloses drug prices to deflect criticism

first_img STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Ed Silverman About the Author Reprints Good morning, everyone, and nice to see you again. We were preoccupied yesterday with a panel engagement — these occur from time to time — but have now returned to the usual routine, as you can see. And what a routine it is. Deadlines, meetings, and whatnot are piling up quickly. No doubt, you can relate. So please join us as we cope with a few cups of stimulation. And of course, here are your tidbits. Have a smashing day and do keep in touch …Johnson & Johnson raised the list prices on its drugs by an average of 8.5 last year — and 3.5 percent after paying rebates and discounts, according to this report. List prices increased an average of 9.7 percent in 2015, 8.3 percent in 2014, and 9 percent in 2013. The disclosure was the latest by a big drug maker to explain pricing trends to an angry public, although Johnson & Johnson did not provide breakdowns by product. Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED What’s included? Alex Hogan/STAT By Ed Silverman Feb. 28, 2017 Reprints Tags drug pricespharmaceuticalsSTAT+center_img Pharmalot Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Pharmalot, Pharmalittle: Johnson & Johnson discloses drug prices to deflect criticism Log In | Learn More What is it? @Pharmalot [email protected] GET STARTEDlast_img read more

MESSAGE FOR WORLD WATER DAY 2009 BY MINISTER OF WATER AND HOUSING , HON. DR. HORACE CHANG, M.P.

first_imgRelatedMESSAGE FOR WORLD WATER DAY 2009 BY MINISTER OF WATER AND HOUSING , HON. DR. HORACE CHANG, M.P. Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Of all the earth’s natural resources, water is without a doubt, the most critical for sustaining life.We celebrate our freshwater resources every year on March 22, which was designated World Water Day by the United Nations in 1993.Every year, World Water Day draws attention to this important resource by highlighting a specific aspect of water.This year’s focus on transboundary water, speaks to the political importance of integrated water management and the political commitments, particularly among countries that share water resources.History has shown that “water” and “war” are not mutually exclusive concepts in the dry areas of the world.Here in Jamaica, we are waging our own battle, not to protect our freshwater resources from encroachment by other countries, but from our own actions.Even as the population grows, and demand for water increases, our critical water resources held primarily as groundwater are under increased threat.Industrial, agricultural and domestic pollution; the effects of droughts and floods; wastage; and over exploitation of our watersheds and vulnerable ecosystems, are a few of the threats to sustaining our water resources that demand attention now.A serious shift is needed in our thinking about water in Jamaica.Fresh water must be seen, not as a discrete commodity, but holistically. It is part of a complex and delicate ecological unit which includes our wetlands and watersheds, providing health, sanitation and recreation among other benefits.Any effort towards proper planning and management of our water resources must involve protecting our watersheds through stakeholder participation.Reducing the impacts of pollution on our sources of water; increasing soil conservation activities; forming partnerships and building capacity is an important part of this process.In addition, public education on the impact of everyday domestic, agricultural and industrial practices on our rivers and streams is critical if we are to prevent and reverse their detrimental effects on our water resources.The availability of safe and reliable water supply plays a significant role in the ability of people to care for their families and earn a living. Adequate and proactive water resources management is essential for a country’s growth and the reduction of poverty. In effect, water drives development.Economic growth and environmental protection must go hand in hand if Jamaica is to achieve its development targets.As we join countries around the world in celebrating World Water Day, I urge all Jamaicans to help protect our watersheds. Plant a tree to reduce runoff, increase infiltration and conserve the soil.Avoid dumping garbage and other forms of waste into our rivers and streams. Conserve water by turning off taps when brushing teeth and soaping in the shower. Repair leaks as they occur and reuse wastewater from laundry and bathrooms where possible.Rainwater harvesting must be used as a tool to augment existing water supply and meet demands in areas of high rainfall.We all have a role to play in ensuring that Jamaica continues to have ample supplies of good quality water for generations to come.It is my hope that we will know the worth of the water we have, before the well is dry. MESSAGE FOR WORLD WATER DAY 2009 BY MINISTER OF WATER AND HOUSING , HON. DR. HORACE CHANG, M.P. EnvironmentMarch 23, 2009center_img RelatedMESSAGE FOR WORLD WATER DAY 2009 BY MINISTER OF WATER AND HOUSING , HON. DR. HORACE CHANG, M.P. RelatedMESSAGE FOR WORLD WATER DAY 2009 BY MINISTER OF WATER AND HOUSING , HON. DR. HORACE CHANG, M.P.last_img read more

Year-long regional indigenous business roadshow kicks off in Townsville

first_imgYear-long regional indigenous business roadshow kicks off in Townsville The next generation of Townsville Indigenous start-ups, innovators, and entrepreneurs will be launched next week at the Townsville One Business Indigenous Business Expo. The event will bring together Indigenous businesses with government, corporate, council and community buyers. Hit hard by COVID lockdowns in 2020, the Townsville regional Indigenous business community has seized the opportunity to come together. One Business’s coordinator Leesa Watego says, “I love Zoom and use it nearly every day. I was so grateful for online opportunities in 2020, but there’s nothing like being in a room together in building business relationships and connections”.Indigenous business owner and One Business lead trainer Brendan Bishop says, “Business expos are like speed dating. It lets you connect with your brothers and sisters in business, but most importantly gives you a chance to meet potential buyers.“The One Business Expo will commence with a pitching session. Up to ten Indigenous businesses have done intensive pitch training to present their businesses to buyers and the community. The Expo will also include a trade show element where guests get a chance to meet the businesses and talk about their services in more detail. Fiona Mann-Bobongie who participated in the Solid Business program in Mackay in 2020 said about pitching, “Getting up and pitching gave me the confidence I needed to launch my new business. I got great feedback and support. I know how scary it can be, but getting up and talking about your business is really important.”Organisations and businesses wishing to support the emerging Indigenous business sector in North Queensland are invited to attend /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:building, business, community, corporate, council, entrepreneurs, Government, Indigenous, Internet, launch, Mackay, online, Queensland, Townsville, trade, Zoomlast_img read more

The 2019 Ford F-150 is getting the RTR racing team treatment

first_img See More Videos Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” The truck looks super-aggressive, with a custom grill with signature LED lights inset; and a front skid plate to keep the vital organs safe from rocks and detritus.While a massive truck might seem like a strange choice for a world-class drifter, Gittin says “expanding RTR into the Ford F-150 model has been a goal since day one.”RELATED Trending in Canada Vaughn Gittin Jr. is already hooning his brand-new Ford GTRTR parts will also be made available to purchase individually, so if you don’t wanna go whole-hog into an RTR, you can opt for just the cool LED-bedazzled grille, or a suspension upgrade package. This limited-edition Mustang handles like no other A pickup truck designed by professional drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s racing team RTR is finally ready for production, one year after the concept car was revealed at SEMA.The wild machine started life as a Ford F-150 pickup truck but has received a host of upgrades that make it unique. The largest change is the engine, which now makes 600 horsepower from a supercharged 5.0-litre V8.The stance has been lowered and widened to make it sit more like an aggressively tuned drift car, with 33-inch Nitto Ridge Grappler tires on all four corners. RELATED TAGSFordNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesNon-Luxury The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca advertisement COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 The 2017 Ford F-150 RTR Concept  Handout / Ford Trending Videos While the concept car should preview what the final version would look like, we’re assuming a few more changes will be made to bring it up to today’s standards when it’s released in the first quarter of 2019. ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

Spotlighting our emergency response dispatchers

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: April 12, 2018 Imagine sitting in a small room with six, large computer monitors in front of you. The phone rings and the person on the other end of the line is screaming because their loved one is not breathing.Such is the life of a public safety telecommunicator (dispatcher). This week, we celebrate the work they do, often without thanks.The second week of April each year is recognized as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, shining the spotlight on dispatchers, who are an integral part of the emergency response team.The CUPD dispatch center can be a lonely place. It is a small room filled with computer monitors and, usually, a single dispatcher. But this center answers more than 25,000 phone calls each year for many different reasons. The CUPD dispatchers work 24 hours a day each and every day of the year to provide a vital link between the university community and public safety services, including police, fire, ambulance, parking, security and more.While answering the phone lines, dispatchers are also required to communicate over the radio with police officers, community safety officials and firefighters to quickly provide them with needed information. Our dispatchers are dedicated to providing prompt, efficient and progressive emergency communications to the campus community.“Our dispatchers work tirelessly to be the voice of calm in the caller’s storm while also providing important information to our officers in the field,” said Interim Police Chief Paula Balafas. “We are all very proud and thankful for the work that they do.”Categories:SafetyCampus Communitylast_img read more