‘He’s Doing A Good Job’: Supporters rally nationwide to defend Trump

first_imgFederal Government | National News | NPR News‘He’s Doing A Good Job’: Supporters rally nationwide to defend TrumpMarch 5, 2017 by Colin Dwyer, NPR News Share:About 700 people gathered at the Minnesota capitol in St. Paul to show support for Republican President Donald Trump on March 4, 2017. It was one of many “March 4 Trump” events held around the country. About 100 people were also there protesting against Donald Trump. (Creative Commons photo by Fibonacci Blue )Supporters of President Trump gathered at locations across the U.S. on Saturday, in a bid to challenge what rally organizers call the country’s “seditious fringe.” In a series of demonstrations dubbed the “March 4 Trump” — or the Spirit of America Rallies — organizers have pledged to provide “forgotten voices a mechanism so they can be heard.”“They aren’t giving [Trump] a chance,” Patty Collins, a local organizer, told The Indianapolis Star. “We are here to show support for the president of the United States.”Saturday’s demonstrations — which were intended to be small, according to the Main Street Patriots — come just one week after Trump tweeted something of a call for rallies backing his administration.“Maybe the millions of people who voted to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN should have their own rally,” Trump tweeted. “It would be the biggest of them all!”Maybe the millions of people who voted to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN should have their own rally. It would be the biggest of them all!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2017From New York City to Raleigh, N.C., from Austin to Washington, D.C., Trump supporters answered that call — though in many instances, counterprotesters were also there to meet them.At the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, scuffles broke out between pro-Trump demonstrators and a smaller group of anti-Trump protesters, according to the Star Tribune. While the two parties were quickly separated by police and fellow demonstrators, the Minneapolis newspaper reports that both sides continued to lob insults at each other from close range:“The two groups continued to trade taunts — ‘Get a job!’ was one volleyed at the counterprotesters — and chants and shouts reverbated through the rotunda. Someone — it was unclear who, except that it was not police — sprayed a chemical irritant, causing some scattering and coughing on both sides.“At least two people were arrested.”Kerfuffles like the one in Minnesota broke out elsewhere, as well.Outside the Texas State Capitol in Austin, where police estimate roughly 300 supporters gathered, Taylor Goldenstein of the Austin Statesman witnessed heated confrontations between the two groups amid chants of “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA!” Those skirmishes were broken up by police without serious injury.Oh dear. Counter protesters start yelling. Crowds confronting. #March4Trump pic.twitter.com/jzofvbppSJ— Taylor Goldenstein (@taygoldenstein) March 4, 2017For the most part, however, the demonstrations have been peaceful — and in Austin, at least, charitable as well. The Austin American-Statesman notes that pro-Trump “attendees are told to bring donations for the homeless and veterans, such as canned goods, clothing, blankets and hygiene products, according to the [organizers’] Facebook page.”“There have been so many protests against [Trump], we just want to spend a day showing him there are people who support him,” Jennifer Drabbant, a local organizer, told the Statesman.Counter protestors have left. #March4Trump rally looks like this now (from left to right above rotunda): pic.twitter.com/Qw6rrMe3zw— Ricardo Lopez (@rljourno) March 4, 2017It was a sentiment echoed at the D.C. rally, where a man who identified himself as a registered Democrat told the gathering he was frustrated with the worldwide women’s marches the day after Trump’s inauguration. Most of the people who joined those marches expressed opposition to the new president’s agenda.“He was in office less than 24 hours,” the man told the crowd from stage.#March4Trump leaves Washington Monument, en route to White House. pic.twitter.com/RVS560C2Ix— Josh Fatzick (@JoshFatzick) March 4, 2017Meanwhile, Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth reports “it was a clash of the signs and chants” outside the State Capitol on Saturday, as demonstrators gathered near counterprotesters.“He’s doing a good job, I think,” Trump supporter Trent Herbert told Roth. “I think a lot of times he should stay off Twitter.”Christy Trammell of Franklin, Tenn., says she’s attending the Nashville demonstration — her first political rally — as a direct response to January’s women’s marches.“Seeing the people there that were trying to act like they represent women,” she told Blake Farmer of member station WPLN, “it was appalling to me.”Farmer reports that the Nashville rally, which wasn’t quite as big as organizers would have liked, nevertheless voiced their support of Trump’s proposed wall along the border with Mexico, as well as rolling back transgender bathroom protections.Still, in Nashville, as elsewhere, protesters persistently chanted slogans from the edges. Organizers of one counterprotest in D.C. summed up their motivations behind showing up in opposition.“We won’t sit idly by when Trump supporters come to town and celebrate: fear, hate, and misogyny,” Smash Racism DC wrote on its Facebook page.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.Share this story:last_img read more

News / Restructure delivers the goods: Deutsche Post-DHL reports Q1 results

first_img“The rollout of the new IT infrastructure continues to progress well. The division is thus well on the way to closing the profitability gap to its leading competitors in the medium-term,” it added.DP-DHL chief financial officer Melanie Kreis said: “Freight had a strong start to 2019. The division succeeded in increasing revenue within a weaker forwarding market environment. But, more important still is the fact that our selective approach substantially improved profitability.”According to Loadstar Premium head Alessandro Pasetti, the freight forwarding unit’s turnaround, spearheaded by former Kuehne + Nagel executive Tim Scharwath, saw it reverse the historical trend of overspending in the first three months of the year.He said: “The biggest highlight, after years  when in Q1 it regularly burned €100m on average, was positive operating cash flow hitting €52m. So we have now moved into best-case territory.”He added that this could result in the forwarding unit returning to M&A activity, or possibly entertaining a separate IPO.Meanwhile, contract logistics operation DHL Supply Chain saw ebit “surge” from €55m in the first quarter of last year to €486m, largely as a result of the sale of its Chinese operation – it said that after this one-off item was removed, ebit grew 12.4%.Revenue grew 4.6% year on year to €3.3bn and it saw €100m in new business wins. It added that some of the earnings from the Chinese sale were “reinvested into restructuring the supply chain business, mainly in the UK”.Jeffries analyst David Kerstens noted that, at a group level, the improvements in forwarding and supply chain were offset by weaker results in the mail and express divisions.Express revenue grew 5.3% to €4bn, but ebit declined slightly, from €461m last year to €453m, which it said was due to a combination of negative currency effects and a “decision made in the second half of 2018 to gradually reduce volumes of particularly heavy shipments”.Ms Kreis explained: “The result also reflects slower economic growth and the decision to increasingly grow by focusing on smaller, lighter, and therefore higher-margin shipments.“This will enable Express to even more efficiently utilise its unique global infrastructure and further improve its margin over the medium term.”The quarter was also the first in which its mail and e-commerce businesses were separated – Post & Parcel revenues were flat year on year at €3.8bn, while ebit declined significantly, from €405m last year to €227m, although last year was boosted by a non-recurring €108m pensions obligation adjustment.The newly created E-commerce unit, which has just completed its first three months as a separate entity, posted revenue of €1bn but an ebit loss of €28m, which it said was mainly a result of restructuring costs.Ms Kreis said the group was maintaining its previous estimates of a full-year ebit in the €3.9bn-€4.3bn range this year, and continued to target an ebit of €5bn for 2020. Deutsche Post-DHL today reported a 28.1% year-on-year increase in group ebit for the first quarter.In a busy three months it completed the sale of its contract logistics business in China to SF Holding and reorganised its postal and e-commerce divisions.Its freight forwarding unit, which has come under the microscope in recent years, also posted significant gains, with revenue growing 4.8% to reach €3.8bn and ebit up 42.9% year on year to reach €100m.“The division continued to pursue its selective approach of concentrating primarily on high-margin business,” it said. By Gavin van Marle 10/05/2019last_img read more

After nearly dying five times, a young doctor learned to treat himself. Now he wants to help others with rare disease

first_imgBiotech By Matthew Herper Sept. 12, 2019 Reprints 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. Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the biotech sector — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Matthew Herper [email protected] Log In | Learn More Dr. David Fajgenbaum has nearly died not once, but five times. The cause each time was a rare disorder called Castleman disease, an affliction on the boundary between cancer and an autoimmune disorder. It caused his entire body to swell up. Previously a muscled college football player, he first became bloated, then very thin.Fajgenbaum, who was in medical school when he got sick, did something extraordinary. He founded a patient advocacy group, the Castleman Disease Collaborative Network. But more than that, he delved into the science of his disease, and proposed the treatment that, after five relapses, has kept him healthy since. It was an existing drug, sirolimus, that no one had thought to use for Castleman disease. Football, he said, helped him deal with the failure inherent in medical research.Now 34, Fajgenbaum details his experience in a new book, “Chasing My Cure,” in which he also writes about his mother’s death from brain cancer and the way the disease affected every aspect of his life, including his relationship with his wife. He’s an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Translational Medicine and Human Genetics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. @matthewherper Senior Writer, Medicine, Editorial Director of Events Matthew covers medical innovation — both its promise and its perils.center_img What’s included? GET STARTED Dr. David Fajgenbaum answers questions from a young woman who has been diagnosed with Castleman disease and her mother in his office at the University of Pennsylvania. Jessica Kourkounis About the Author Reprints 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. What is it? After nearly dying five times, a young doctor learned to treat himself. Now he wants to help others with rare disease Tags biotechnologycancerdrug developmentpatient advocacylast_img read more

Ignoring cancer care now may trade one public health crisis — Covid-19 — for another, NCI chief warns

first_img“We think that [mortality] estimate we provided is very conservative and likely to grow if we continue to postpone screening treatment and other cancer care,” Sharpless told STAT. “We’re very worried about the consequences of … delaying therapy on our patients.”Now is the time to reopen cancer care, Sharpless said. Hospitals that are now seeing fewer Covid-19 patients are beginning to ramp up care and patients shouldn’t be afraid to go there, if they observe reasonable precautions, he said. advertisement @cooney_liz HealthIgnoring cancer care now may trade one public health crisis — Covid-19 — for another, NCI chief warns By Elizabeth Cooney June 19, 2020 Reprints Mammograms for breast cancer screening. Damian Dovarganes/AP Elizabeth Cooney “Clearly, postponing procedures and deferring care as a result of the pandemic was prudent at one time, but the spread, duration, and future peaks of COVID-19 remain unclear,” he wrote in an editorial published in this week’s Science. “However, ignoring life-threatening non-COVID-19 conditions such as cancer for too long may turn one public health crisis into many others. Let’s avoid that outcome.”What if states’ decisions to reopen and relax social distancing measures drives another surge in Covid-19 cases?Ned Sharpless, director of the National Cancer Institute DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images“We now have a lot more experience than we did a few months ago, starting to understand its route of transmission and patterns of spread,” he said in the interview. “I think now we can be judicious in the use of testing and mask wearing and good social distancing and certain [other] behaviors.”What if there’s a second wave in the fall?“We can open hospitals and worry about a second wave. I think it’s possible to do both. We have to,” he said. “To do otherwise, we’re going to trade different public health emergencies. So I think we can’t delay cancer care forever.” Routine cancer screenings have plummeted during the pandemic, medical records data show NCI estimates a drop of 75% in mammograms since March, which may be conservative, Sharpless said, compared to the 95% cited by Epic, the electronic health records vendor. Whether “upstaging,” the term for diagnosing cancer at a later stage, will become a problem depends on the cancer. Some cancers are called indolent because their growth can be slow enough that a three- or six-month delay won’t matter. But in lung cancer, for which there is no screening equivalent to mammography or colonoscopy, even a month’s delay can be harmful.“Three months is a lot of time and six months — well, then you start to see a 1%  increase in mortality,” he said.  Ned Sharpless is worried.The director of the National Cancer Institute believes the Covid-19 pandemic is posing a danger to cancer patients across a wide spectrum of care and research. People — and their health care providers — are postponing screening measures like mammograms and colonoscopies. Fewer cancers are being diagnosed, and treatment regimens are being stretched out into less frequent encounters. Clinical trials have seen patient enrollment plummet.An NCI model looking just at breast cancer and colorectal cancer predicts there will be 10,000 excess deaths in the U.S. over the next 10 years because of pandemic-related delays in diagnosing and treating these tumors. That’s about a 1% increase over the number of expected deaths during that time span, with most of the rise coming in the next two years. And that assumes cancer care depressed by the coronavirus rebounds after six months.advertisement Please enter a valid email address. Privacy Policy Leave this field empty if you’re human: Certain adaptations made by hospitals treating cancer patients and researchers running  cancer clinical trials could continue, including telemedicine visits for some care and oral consent over the phone rather than in person to participate in trials. “The coronavirus pandemic is a public health event that everyone should be worried about and should behave appropriately, including people who run hospitals. They need to preserve capacity and take a proper pandemic response,” Sharpless said. “But the things we do to diminish our risk are not without impact on other areas. Public health and cancer outcomes are inextricably linked.“We have to realize the tradeoffs we make when we work on one versus the other and find that right balance.” About the Author Reprints General Assignment Reporter Liz focuses on cancer, biomedical engineering, and how patients feel the effects of Covid-19. Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. [email protected] Related: Tags cancerCoronavirusgovernment agencieshospitalslast_img read more

Trying to manage curiosity-driven science risks limiting discoveries

first_img Adobe By Mark C. Fishman and Marc Kirschner March 16, 2021 Reprints Leave this field empty if you’re human: And yet we know that risk takers, dreamers, and iconoclasts are vitally important in science. There is a strong argument to be made that we should do everything we can to support and protect discovery scientists, understanding that there will be periods of harvest and periods of famine, and no one will be able to predict either in advance.It is hard to match the exhilaration of unanticipated curiosity-driven discoveries, as we have both experienced. One of us (M.C.F.) found new genetic pathways in fish embryos that show how the heart is fashioned, which led to a better understanding of heart diseases. The other (M.K.) found that a nondividing frog egg continued to pulse at the pace of normal cell division and, for the first time, one could imagine a biochemical clock controlling cell division in all animals and plants, which would ultimately suggest new targets in cancer.Whatever the value of management principles, scientists must be encouraged to follow their inclinations. In doing so, they plant the seeds of new fundamental discoveries that we cannot now imagine that will grow into the victory gardens of tomorrow.This can happen only when we see science for what it is: a creative endeavor to be cultivated, not managed.Mark C. Fishman is a cardiologist and developmental geneticist, professor of stem cell and regenerative biology at Harvard University, and former president of the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research. Marc Kirschner is a cell biologist and systems biologist and a university professor at Harvard University. Please enter a valid email address. Privacy Policy Innovative medicines and technologies tend to originate in curiosity-driven research, so improving efficiency at that stage should have downstream benefits to society. As most of this work is funded by the government, wouldn’t management approaches ensure we get the best bang for our buck?Of all the steps of the process of discovery leading to useful outcomes, curiosity-driven research seems random and self-indulgent to most non-scientists. The misguided Golden Fleece Awards of Sen. William Proxmire (D-Wis.), presumably for wasteful government expenditures, often used the titles of fundamental, curiosity-driven scientific projects as whimsical examples.Project management does work well in applied science, for example in the development phase of drug discovery. The definition of critical path and potential impediments and the assignment of responsibilities are approaches that can improve productivity.Granting agencies, inundated with more requests for funding than money to disburse, wish to be evenhanded, and so require more and more-specific goal orientation and predictability, with clear objectives and even specific roles outlined for each lab member, all backed by sufficient data to prove that the goals are achievable within the lifetime of the grant. The process expects predictability of outcome and time frame. It has become more a contract than a license to fish for new discoveries.Academic institutions, especially when strapped for funds, turn to approaches that have become standard in the business world, including adoption of bureaucratic structures designed to bring in money and to meet accounting requirements from funding agencies. In this environment, run by those not deeply involved in day-to-day science, it becomes difficult to make the case for the apparent inefficiency of curiosity-driven work.This trend has been exaggerated by businesslike attention to secrecy for protection of intellectual property, a consequence of the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980, which encouraged universities to patent discoveries made from research supported by federal dollars. Institutions established technology transfer offices to protect their products. This has formalized the process for transferring information and materials between institutions with the goal of generating institutional funds. Financial success is rare, but the concealment of discoveries and materials has slowed, and in many cases blocked, the transfer of information between researchers at different institutions. What does managed science look like? It is exemplified by grant-giving agencies that prefer to fund programs that promise specific and demonstrably achievable outcomes, along with timelines against which such promises are tracked. That’s a perfectly fine approach for product development. But curiosity-driven science, by its nature, is unpredictable and sporadic in its successes. If new grants or continued funding or other rewards depend upon meeting performance metrics, the temptation is to keep promises modest and goals achievable.The management approach has invaded discovery science for several reasons.advertisement Marc Kirschner First OpinionTrying to manage curiosity-driven science risks limiting discoveries Mark C. Fishman In contrast, the rapid and open release of information about SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, brought the power of the global scientific community to bear on this critical problem and enabled the rapid generation of novel mRNA vaccines against it. Of course, data released in such a fashion must be taken as tentative and be checked but, on balance, it enables scientists to move more quickly in rapidly evolving fields.A culture of close management is antithetical to fundamental discovery. That process works best when curiosity-driven enterprises are expected to be unpredictable, as scientists follow their instincts into sometimes abstruse problems. Timelines and deliverables are inappropriate because great breakthroughs are often unforeseeable.The most productive scientific enterprises worldwide have been run by scientists holding loose reins on other scientists. One example is the famous Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England, where, in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s unconstrained science worked out the structure of DNA, the atomic level structure of proteins, and the triplet nature of the genetic code — not to mention inventing monoclonal antibody technology and a method for sequencing DNA.Bell Labs is another example, where a few unshackled scientists invented the laser, the solar cell, the transistor, satellite communication, radio astronomy, and information theory.What about the Covid-19 vaccines, you may ask, which were developed as a product in record time using well-managed industrial approaches? That work stands on the shoulders of decades of esoteric scientific discovery about how to modify mRNA and ensure it is stable outside of cells.Here’s the tension being played out today: While many scientists say that important scientific advance depends on curiosity-driven exploration, grant and university administrators feel it could be better managed and directed.Scientists are not immune to pressure like this. When the major arbiters of funding demand greater predictability and predetermined “impact,” and scientific institutions adjudicate decisions about space and promotion based on such funding, many scientists, consciously or subconsciously, lower their risk tolerance and choose incremental and safe projects. There is more security today in following trendy or well-trodden paths than there is in launching into uncharted waters. It is a rare mentor these days who suggests that a junior faculty protégé take on a risky project and chance years without publishable data. About the Authors Reprints Related: Ever since Arthur D. Little created the first consulting firm in 1886, management consultants have turned their attention to nearly everything from advertising to education to statecraft. They and their management principles are now insinuating themselves into the funding, management, and training of scientists. We think that threatens scientific discovery at its very core.Here’s the central question: Should scientific discovery, by which we mean the unravelling of nature’s mysteries by curiosity-driven scientists, be managed using principles adopted from business, or should curiosity-driven science be a refuge from such control?If management consultants help businesses operate more efficiently, why not extend their purview to fields — especially those where public dollars are used — such as science? With better management, so the thinking goes, the practical benefits from science could be more efficiently achieved.advertisement [email protected] Tags research Exercising Bayh-Dole march-in rights would handicap Covid-19 innovation NewslettersSign up for The Readout Your daily guide to what’s happening in biotech. [email protected] last_img read more

CSI celebrates advisor success

CFP exam candidates recognized for top achievement Keywords DesignationsCompanies Canadian Securities Institute The campaign, which will run nationally between October 2013 and January 2014, is intended to put a human face to the industry through a variety of outlets including social media, such as through Twitter at #AdviceforAdvisors, and interviews of designation holders available on YouTube. Currently there are three videos available for viewing featuring individuals holding the Personal Financial Planner (PFP), Chartered Investment Manager (CIM)and Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI)designations. Latest CFP exam sitting had 72% overall pass rate Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter New philanthropy designation available for Advocis members The Toronto-based Canadian Securities Institute (CSI) is putting the spotlight on success stories rather than the bad apples of the Canadian financial services industry with a new campaign called Faces Behind the Letters. “The media tends to play up these cases of advisors who are a bit unscrupulous and that tends to taint the whole industry,” says Marshall Beyer, senior director, CSI, in Toronto. “Rather than [focusing on] the negativity in the media, here’s a chance to showcase individuals who have shown leadership, excellence and professionalism.” Fiona Collie Related news read more

Fed payments task force identifies key priorities

first_img FSB sets policy agenda for 2020 James Langton A U.S. industry task force that’s tackling the challenge of beefing up the payments system is launching a survey seeking feedback on its preliminary work. The task force, which was convened by the U.S. Federal Reserve Board, on Tuesday launched an online survey that aims to gather feedback on its efforts at enhancing the safety, security and resiliency of the national payment system. The research is intended to help ensure that the solutions being pursued will meet industry needs. Keywords Payments system FSB seeks faster, cheaper global payments Committee calls for collaboration on cross-border paymentscenter_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media “Tackling today’s security challenges will require the commitment of all payment system participants,” says Gordon Werkema, payments strategy director for the Federal Reserve, in a news release. “The Secure Payments Task Force is particularly interested in understanding any barriers that may exist to implementing the planned solutions.” Additionally, the Fed indicated that three working groups are focusing on priority areas are documenting the current environment, setting out the attributes of a more effective environment, and the barriers to implementing solutions. “Payment security issues such as data breaches and identity theft affect everyone,” said Todd Aadland, the Federal Reserve’s payments security strategy leader. “We encourage people who are knowledgeable about or interested in payment security to take the survey and share their thoughts.” The survey is open until Nov. 8. Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

BoJ Says Agriculture and Tourism are Economy’s Best Performers

first_imgRelatedBoJ Says Agriculture and Tourism are Economy’s Best Performers RelatedBoJ Says Agriculture and Tourism are Economy’s Best Performers RelatedBoJ Says Agriculture and Tourism are Economy’s Best Performers Advertisementscenter_img BoJ Says Agriculture and Tourism are Economy’s Best Performers AgricultureAugust 12, 2009 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Agriculture and tourism continue to be the strongest performers in the Jamaican economy, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s Quarterly Economic Report for April-June, which was released Wednesday (August 12).The Report said that Agriculture continues to be one of the few sectors to record positive growth, despite the impact of the global economic crisis. Its recovery is expected to continue, conditional on favourable weather and the ongoing drive to improve productivity.The only other sector projected to record expansion is the Hotel and Restaurants sector. This sector benefitted from the diversions of visitors to Jamaica from Mexico due to the outbreak of the H1N1 virus there, as well as the advertising and promotional activities of the Ministry of Tourism. In this context total stopover arrivals are expected to grow by 1.5 per cent.The Agriculture, forestry and fishing sector was estimated to have recorded robust growth, reflecting continued recovery driven by relatively good weather conditions and co-ordinated growth initiatives by the Ministry of Agriculture.“These initiatives included, inter alia, the development of greenhouse farms and the provision of machinery and lower cost fertiliser to assist farmers in land cultivation and crop development,” the BOJ said.While domestic crop production remains below pre-Hurricane Ivan levels, the initiatives by the Ministry have enhanced the recovery process.The industry’s growth reflected increases in both domestic and export crop production. Domestic crop production increased by 22.3 percent, relative to the decline of 11.3 per cent in the corresponding 2008 quarter.Among crops grown for export, citrus and cocoa were estimated to have grown by 92.6 per cent and 65.4 per cent, respectively, relative to the corresponding period a year earlier. Sugar, however, contracted by 22.0 per cent due to the closure of two major sugar factories slated for divestment.Growth in Hotels and Restaurants was estimated to be above the average expansion of 1.9 per cent over the last eight quarters. The industry’s performance was inferred from an increase of 7.1 per cent in stop-over arrivals, which offset an estimated decline of 5.5 per cent in activities within the restaurant industry.The performance of the hotels sub-industry reflected the impact of the diversions of visitors to Jamaica from Mexico. The intensified advertising by the Jamaica Tourist Board and industry players, as well as a diversified tourism product continued to play a significant role in growth of the industry, the Report said.last_img read more

Alarm Bells On Housing Stress Must Spur Action

first_imgAlarm Bells On Housing Stress Must Spur Action The Australian Greens MPsAustralian Greens Housing spokesperson and Senator for NSW, Senator Mehreen Faruqi, has responded to a report by Equity Economics projecting a national 24 per cent rise in housing stress and 9 per cent rise in homelessness next year. NSW will be particularly hard hit with housing stress to rise by 42 per cent and homelessness by 19 per cent.Senator Faruqi said:“The alarm bells are well and truly ringing on housing stress and homelessness.“We need the federal government to declare this a crisis and to look at all policy options to avoid this looming disaster.“A huge national investment in social housing in the coming years will be required to ensure everyone has a roof over their head. Housing is a human right.“In the short term, homelessness services will need to be properly funded and there is no way we can let the Jobseeker payment go back to the pre-Covid rate.“The Covid-19 response has shown us that homelessness is not inevitable. Governments can choose to either tackle or ignore it. It’s our responsibility to make sure everyone has a roof over their head,” she said. /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:AusPol, Australia, Australian Greens, coronavirus, covid-19, crisis, disaster, federal government, Government, homelessness, housing, Human, Investment, NSWlast_img read more

FY21 voluntary force management programs conclude May 27

first_imgFY21 voluntary force management programs conclude May 27 The Department of the Air Force will conclude fiscal year 2021 voluntary officer and enlisted force management programs May 27.The application window for the expanded PALACE CHASE program and limited Active Duty Service Commitment waivers opened January 2021.“We are pleased with the progress made to date,” said Lt. Gen. Brian Kelly, deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services. “These voluntary programs helped balance the size of the force while providing flexible options that met some of our Airman’s needs and goals.”Applications are processed on a first-in, first-out basis. Interested members should review the eligibility criteria and the list of eligible Air Force specialties, grades and year groups before submitting their applications for consideration. Applications will not be accepted after midnight CST May 27.Airmen approved for a service commitment waiver are required to repay the government for related unearned portions of bonuses, special pays, education assistance and all other monetary incentives. Airmen released under the expanded PALACE CHASE program are relieved of recoupment obligation for unearned bonuses. Recoupment of education costs will be deferred contingent upon successful completion of the PALACE CHASE obligation. /U.S. Air Force 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:air force, education, Force, Government, U.S. Air Forcelast_img read more