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Eurozone producer prices rise for the first time since June 2013, although ECB may be left in a quandary

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by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo - Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldMedical MattersThis Picture Shows Who Prince Harry’s Father Really IsMedical MattersGive It LoveThese Twins Were Named "Most Beautiful In The World," Wait Until You See Them TodayGive It Lovemoneycougar.comDiana's Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.com Eurozone producer prices rise for the first time since June 2013, although ECB may be left in a quandary Jasper Jolly Thursday 5 January 2017 11:48 am Energy price rises of 0.7 per cent were the main contributor to the rises, after Opec (the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) agreed its historic production cut in November.Read more: Boost for ECB as Eurozone inflation reaches highest point since 2013Prices of intermediate goods, which are used to produce final goods for consumption, also rose by 0.5 per cent. The measure was higher across the whole European Union, driven in part by the 4.4 per cent rise in the UK’s producer price index – a result of the post-Brexit vote devaluation of sterling. whatsapp whatsapp Share Producer prices in the Eurozone increased for the first time in over three years, as inflation finally starts to take hold.The annual rate of producer price inflation rose to 0.1 per cent in November, breaking a trend which had been in place since June 2013. The rises will add to belief that consumer prices – which the European Central Bank (ECB) is mandated to control – are set to rise further, after flash estimates showed it almost doubling in December to 1.1 per cent.While the ECB will welcome the sign of recovery, economists in Germany have been pressurising it to raise interest rates to ensure inflation does not rise above target, but the central bank is keen to avoid triggering an investor sell-off during a weak recovery.Read more: British firms expect more growth than after Brexit vote but inflation loomsHoward Archer, chief UK and Europe economist at IHS Markit, noted: “Overall the ECB will likely be pleased with the November Eurozone producer price inflation data, although it will note that prices for consumer durable goods actually dipped while prices for capital goods were flat.“However, there was a marked pick-up in the prices of intermediate goods which hints that underlying price pressures may be starting to firm,” he added. More From Our Partners I blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.com

BoE and Treasury to resume coordinated response against coronavirus

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first_imgThursday 26 March 2020 8:35 am Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to explain how he plans to support Britain’s 5m self-employed workers through the coronavirus crisis. He has faced criticism over uncertainty on measures for the self-employed, as many workers ignored calls to stay at home. Share whatsapp Sign up to City A.M.’s Midday Update newsletter, delivered to your inbox every lunchtime Show Comments ▼ whatsapp BoE and Treasury to resume coordinated response to prevent coronavirus slump Governor Andrew Bailey, who has been in the job for less than two weeks, and other bank officials have suggested they will not cut the rate from its all-time low of 0.1 per cent into negative territory. They are instead likely to emphasise their determination to take more radical measures, likely a further increase in the quantitative easing programme. Jasper Lawler, head of research at London Capital Group, said: “We’re not looking for the Bank of England to cut interest rates below the new 0.1 per cent. Negative interest rates now would probably just smack of desperation.” (Getty Images) Also Read: BoE and Treasury to resume coordinated response to prevent coronavirus slump The Treasury and BoE launched the lending facility, Covid Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF), last week.center_img “There’s also a widespread view that the negative rates experiment in the Eurozone has failed. Some level of coordination with the UK Treasury is likely with Chancellor Rishi Sunak expected to announce plans to support the self-employed.” (Getty Images) It is designed to support liquidity among larger firms, helping them to bridge the disruption to their cash flows through the purchase of short-term debt in the form of commercial paper.  The Bank of England (BoE) and Treasury will resume their coordinated drive to prevent the coronavirus-related economic shutdown from triggering a deep recession. Get the news as it happens by following City A.M. on Twitter.  Last week Sunak took the unprecedented step of announcing the government would pay 80 per cent of the wages of private sector workers, in a bid to reduce unemployment. More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org The BoE, which has already made two emergency cuts to interest rates this month, is reportedly likely to hold off on further action when it makes a statement at noon after its scheduled March meeting. (Getty Images) Also Read: BoE and Treasury to resume coordinated response to prevent coronavirus slump Angharad Carrick last_img

Live Storytelling Magazine Pop Up is Back in L.A.

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first_imgMediaLive Storytelling Magazine Pop Up is Back in L.A.Writers, jounalists, and storytellers read previously unpublished work in what has been called the magazine equivalent to This American LifeBy Theis Duelund - April 16, 2015650ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddIt“It’s best described as a live magazine,” says Pop Up Magazine senior editor Pat Walters, about the new storytelling project, which is back in L.A. this Sunday night at the Ace Hotel downtown. “The idea is simply that we take the stories we like and put them on stage.” Thirteen contributors including singer-songwriter Dawn Landes, photographer Alec Soth, New Yorker staff writer Dana Goodyear, NPR’s The Kitchen Sisters, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sam Green, Radiolab’s Latif Nasser to name a few will read and perform at Sunday’s event.Pop Up Magazine started five years ago in San Francisco and is an off-shoot of California Sunday Magazine founded by Editor-in-Chief Douglas McGray. “Live magazines didn’t exist before this one. We get talented journalists to go on stage and read an unpublished story. It’s like a sneak preview and it’s typically never recorded, so it’s a real in-the-moment kind of experience,” says Walters. “We started in small theaters and ended up at the San Francisco Symphony Hall a couple of years ago where we did a show with Beck. It’s grown tremendously ever since.”In addition to storytelling Pop Up Magazine seeks to create a broader experience by incoporating music. Singer-songwriter Dawn Landes will be there to premiere music from a musical she is working on in addition to the background music composed by the Magik*Magik Orchestra.“Ultimately, Pop Up Magazine is about asking what live journalism means,” Walters says. “We’re trying different approaches. Last year, we set up a Pop Up restaurant with storytelling focused on the food being served; where it is from, what stories it tells us.” The goal is to always surprise people and keep things fresh.“The show is driven by great stories. They’re not talks or readings, they’re stories. Audiences are exposed to things they don’t expect. We cover a whole range of topics, from dating and the life of bees to revolutionary development in the study of autism and the legacy of Louis Armstrong.”Check out the schedule below:Photographer Alec SothNew Yorker staff writer Dana Goodyear Bestselling author and comedian Baratunde ThurstonSinger-songwriter Dawn LandesNew York Times bestselling author Suki KimWIRED contributing editor Steve SilbermanNational Geographic photographer Anand VarmaPublic radio’s The Kitchen SistersNew York Times Magazine photo editor Stacey BakerOscar-nominated filmmaker Sam GreenRadiolab‘s Latif Nasser TAGSPop-Up MagazineCalifornia Sunday MagazinePrevious articleAn Homage to A Chorus LineNext articleScene It Before: Toretto’s House from Furious 7Theis Duelund RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORThe 5 Best Things to Do in L.A. This WeekendHere’s a List of 12 Things You Must Do in JuneLindy West, Ava DuVernay, and Daniel Alarcón Will Perform at Pop-Up Magazine Tomorrowlast_img

The science behind Janet Jackson’s pregnancy at 49

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first_img The average new mom is older than ever Leave this field empty if you're human: Once the egg’s DNA has accumulated damage it can’t repair, then its division as an embryo goes haywire, with chromosomes sticking together when they should come apart. “The resulting embryo may end up with too many or too few chromosomes,” said Dr. Kutluk Oktay, a fertility doctor and researcher at the New York Medical College. “The majority of those end up in miscarriages.”So older would-be mothers often use eggs donated by younger, more fertile women. For younger women seeking pregnancy, donor eggs might only be discussed after they’ve tried other kinds of fertility treatments, but for those over 45, “that’s kind of where they start,” said Alicia Abdella, an infertility social worker at Massachusetts General Hospital.3. It’s the age of the egg rather than the age of the wombAccording to the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, “the single most important factor in predicting the success of [in vitro fertilization embryo transfer] is the age of the female partner.” Eric Boodman By Eric Boodman May 6, 2016 Reprints 1. Pregnancies after 50 are rare, but they do happenThe number of births to women of this age has jumped significantly: 743 women aged 50-54 gave birth in 2014, up from 255 in that age group a dozen years earlier, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But it’s still exceptionally rare: only 1 in 10,000 births in the US are to women Jackson’s age. There’s an overall trend toward older motherhood in the US. A growing share of these are first-time births, reflecting the fact that women, like Jackson, are waiting longer to start families.advertisement HealthThe science behind Janet Jackson’s pregnancy at 49 Where have all the triplets (and quadruplets, and quintuplets) gone? The organization has said that the likelihood of pregnancy using young donor eggs in an older mother are comparable to those of young women using their own eggs.Still, advancing age may make gestational surrogates an attractive alternative, since older women do face increased health risks with pregnancy, including gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, and premature birth. Cost can be one of the biggest barriers to gestational surrogacy, but for people for whom money is no object, it is an option. Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. Tags celebritiesfertilityJanet Jackson Among celebs, Jackson is probably the most noteworthy post-50 mom, though many stars — including Geena Davis, Sophie B. Hawkins, and Halle Berry — have had children in their late 40s. But Indian villager Rajo Devi wins the prize: She was 70 when she had her first child. As Jackson herself has put it, “Dammmn, baby.”2. It’s probably a donated egg“It’s exceptionally rare for patients to get pregnant naturally at 50 or over 45. They make history,” said Dr. David Keefe, an obstetrician-gynecologist and fertility researcher at New York University.In part that’s because around age 50, many women are entering menopause, after which egg harvesting isn’t possible.And as eggs age they also accumulate more genetic glitches. The mechanism is not completely understood, but it may be because eggs have shorter telomeres, the protective caps on the ends of our chromosomes.center_img Please enter a valid email address. @ericboodman Her tour might be called Unstoppable, but Janet Jackson has decided to put it on hold. That’s because the pop star is pregnant just weeks before her 50th birthday, according to the celebrity news site Entertainment Tonight.That will make hers a rare quinquagenarian pregnancy. But she’s one of a growing number of older new mothers in the United States — a trend that’s bolstered by changing societal norms and new advances in fertility treatments.Here are three things to know about pregnancy post-50.advertisement Related: Privacy Policy Janet Jackson recently announced she is pregnant at age 49. Francois Nel/Getty Images Related: [email protected] General Assignment Reporter Eric focuses on narrative features, exploring the startling ways that science and medicine affect people's lives. About the Author Reprintslast_img

Flu vaccine no match against bug that popped up near end

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first_img Privacy Policy Leave this field empty if you're human: Flu shots are recommended for virtually all Americans age 6 months or older. Officials say the vaccine is still worthwhile since it works against some strains, and it likely prevented 40,000 to 90,000 hospitalizations over the winter flu season.The CDC bases vaccine effectiveness on preventing cases bad enough to send someone to the doctor.— Mike Stobbe ATLANTA — The flu vaccine turned out to be a big disappointment again.The vaccine didn’t work against a flu bug that popped up halfway through the past flu season, dragging down overall effectiveness to 29%, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.The flu shot was working well early in the season with effectiveness put at 47% in February. But it was virtually worthless during a second wave driven by a tougher strain, at just 9%.advertisement Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT's top stories of the day. There was “no significant protection” against that strain, said the CDC’s Brendan Flannery. Two-wave U.S. flu season is now the longest in a decade About the Author Reprints Flu vaccines are made each year to protect against three or four different kinds of flu virus. The ingredients are based on predictions of what strains will make people sick the following winter.advertisement Related:center_img Associated Press Please enter a valid email address. HealthFlu vaccine no match against bug that popped up near end A medical assistant at a community health center in Seattle gives a patient a flu shot. Ted S. Warren/AP This season’s shot turned out to be a mismatch against the bug that showed up late.That pushed down the overall effectiveness to one of the lowest in recent years. Since 2011, the only season with a lower estimate was the winter of 2014-2015, when effectiveness was 19%. A mismatch was also blamed then.Vaccines against some other infectious diseases are not considered successful unless they are at least 90% effective. But flu is particularly challenging, partly because the virus can so quickly change. Overall, flu vaccine has averaged around 40%. By Associated Press June 27, 2019 Reprints Tags infectious diseasepublic healthlast_img

WFP and World Bank partner on socio-economic research in Iraq

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first_imgWFP and World Bank partner on socio-economic research in Iraq WFPBaghdad – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Bank are partnering on gathering key data on the impacts of COVID-19 on households, including people who are displaced, in camps, and those who have returned to their areas, as well as host communities. The surveys and analysis use WFP’s mobile Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (mVAM) system; going beyond food insecurity and regularly collecting vital information on labor markets, access to health services and child education, providing up-to-date snapshots of people’s socio-economic status on the ground during the pandemic. Beside collaborating on the design of the study, the World Bank have contributed financially to sustain the data collection.“Iraq’s multifaceted crisis has severely impacted the livelihoods of the Iraqi people,” said World Bank Iraq Representative Ramzi Neman. “The continuation of this study will provide a better understanding of the socio-economic impact of the crisis on the living conditions of households and thus better inform social protection programs aimed at bringing immediate relief to the most vulnerable.”With ongoing economic pressures and the resulting devaluation of the Iraqi currency, prices of some essential food items have risen, and families are further impacted. The research is being used for multiple purposes and provide the government, humanitarian and development communities with information to allow for evidence-based decisions on their pandemic response and support for the most vulnerable families. Additionally, the study supports a sustainable system to help monitor socio-economic changes and household needs.Once analyzed, the data and findings will also form the basis of key bulletins and reports, such as the ongoing series published by WFP and the World Bank in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).“WFP thanks the World Bank for its generous contribution towards this important research partnership, which is supporting informed planning and decision-making by key actors in Iraq,” said WFP Iraq Representative Abdirahman Meygag. “Knowing more means being able to do more and do it right. Together our work can help vulnerable families in the most effective way possible.”WFP and the World Bank both continue to work with the government on social protection efforts as well as the design of major reforms in the sector, to best meet families’ needs now and in the long-term.Download WFP’s latest data at: https://dataviz.vam.wfp.org/Dashboards/Hunger-Snapshots-Countries /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:Agriculture, covid-19, currency, Download, education, Government, health services, Humanitarian, Iraq, pandemic, pandemic response, research, sustainable, United Nations, WFP, World Banklast_img

Youth Ambassadors and Youth Grants Announced

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first_imgYouth Ambassadors and Youth Grants Announced NT GovernmentTwo inspiring Territorians have been appointed as ambassadors for NT Youth Week (NTYW) 2021.NTYW is an annual celebration of young people across the Territory involving a range of fun and exciting events and activities, with this year’s theme being ‘It’s Your Tomorrow’; aiming to encourage young Territorians to share a vision for a healthy future, celebrate culture and diversity, and encourage innovative ideas.The 2021 NTYW ambassadors are:Ms Emily Ford, a 22-year-old Rak Mak Mak Marranunggu woman from Kurrindju approximately 140 kilometres south-west of Darwin. Currently studying a Diploma of Arts at Charles Darwin University, Emily was Darwin’s Young Citizen for 2020.Ms Sunny Liu, a 24-year-old woman who is currently studying a Master of Teaching at CDU and is a Student Ambassador for StudyNT, having been an international student in Australia since 2014.Held from April 9 -28 2021, NTYW provides an opportunity for young people to express ideas, raise concerns and attend free events, right across the Territory.As part of their duties, the ambassadors will also assist in assessing the Youth Vibe Holiday Grant Rounds.Grants of up to $2000 are available for community groups and organisations who can deliver engaging, fun and youth-friendly events and activities to keep young people entertained across the school holidays. There is a total of $65,000 in grant funding available.Last year 26 organisations received funding to deliver programs, which included included sports, laser tag, theatre and free movie sessions.Applications close on 31 March 2021, to apply go to grantsnt.nt.gov.au.Quotes from the Minister for Youth, Lauren Moss:“The Territory Labor Government continues to invest in young people because we know offering engaging programs for personal development empowers our youth.“We are very lucky to have Sunny and Emily as part of our team this year as we promote our theme ‘It’s Your Tomorrow’. We as a Government are working to make a better Territory for our young people – and we need to listen to our young people in order to achieve that.“I encourage our Territory youth to get involved in Youth Week and express your views, and for providers to apply for the Youth Vibe Grants.”Quotes from 2021 Youth Week Ambassador Emily Ford:“I am excited to highlight, celebrate, and empower the young people of the NT as a Youth Week Ambassador for 2021. I hope to showcase the young people of the NT as the diverse, talented, and tenacious people that we are, who are able to affect great change in the NT and beyond.”Quotes from 2021 Youth Week Ambassador Sunny Liu:“As a NT Youth Week Ambassador for 2021, I hope to represent the voice of multicultural youth and help build a future that is welcoming, accepting and enriching for young people of all backgrounds in the NT. I want to help showcase the diverse faces and abilities of the NT youth, who are the true embodiment of boundless opportunities.” /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:Ambassador, AusPol, Australia, Charles Darwin University, community, culture, Darwin, diploma, Ford, Government, Holiday, international student, Minister, Northern Territory, Student, university, young, Youthlast_img

CU Police Department debuts recruitment plan for officers, civilian staff

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first_img Published: Nov. 20, 2019 The CU Boulder Police Department (CUPD) recently completed a recruitment plan document (PDF) with the assistance of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement and other campus partners. The goal of the effort, which started several months ago, is to hire a workforce that better reflects the diversity of campus and the Boulder community when it comes to gender, race and other areas.During this process, the group examined hiring practices over the past two calendar years based on gender and race. They examined all applicants for civilian and officer positions. From that evaluation, CUPD has developed and implemented a new recruitment plan to move the department forward.“We want a workforce that looks like our community in terms of ethnic, cultural, racial, and gender makeup,” said Police Chief Doreen Jokerst. “This will take time to achieve and we’re committed to that. We plan to be more strategic with our advertising and in our decisions on what career fairs and community events we attend to attract more interest from underrepresented candidates.”To aid in this process, Jokerst enlisted the help of campus Affirmative Action Officer David Pacheco and Brenda J. Allen, who recently retired as the vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion at CU’s Denver campus and Anschutz Medical Campus. Affirmative action is a federal law requirement for employers who are federal contractors, such as CU Boulder, to take positive actions toward outreach and employment opportunities for women, members of underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities.“CUPD’s recruitment plan is evidence of its commitment to attract not only more qualified candidates, but also to increase the diversity of its applicant pool,” said Pacheco. The recruitment objectives that have been established for the department will achieve the following:Enhance the diversity of CUPD with greater numbers of minorities and womenImprove retention rates of officers to keep the department staffed with experienced personnelIncrease the number of qualified and diverse applicants who apply for positions with CUPDBuild a robust applicant pool for those testing for the police officer position“I commend the department for taking a proactive approach in developing their recruitment plan,” Allen said. “The promising practices that Chief Jokerst and her team have built into their hiring process will guide them towards achieving their commitment to diversity.”Categories:SafetyInclusive ExcellenceCampus Community Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img

PM Miller: Good Progress made in First 100 Days

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first_img JUSTICE ·         A major step in the Justice Reform Implementation Unit with recruitment of a Director (retired judge from Canada) and Deputy Director (a Jamaican) ·         Four Restorative Justice Offices started in pilot communities of: •                  Tower Hill in Saint Andrew •                  Spanish Town in Saint Catherine •                  May Pen in Clarendon •                  Granville in Saint James ·         Establishment of “Designated Authority” to bring into effect the Protected Disclosure (Whistleblower) Act passed in 2011 ·         Drafting instructions issued for the establishment of legislation to give power to Judges of the Supreme Court to make orders for interim payment, in such circumstances as may be specified in the Rules of the Court ·         Appointed Day Order for the Caribbean Court of Justice (Original Jurisdiction) Act 2005 (Appointed Day Notice), thereby recognising under Jamaican law the jurisdiction of the CCJ in adjudicating disputes arising under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas ·         Complete reparatory legal research to identify the appropriate legislative approach to be taken in amending the Constitution to adopt the CCJ as Jamaica’s final court of appeal and for Jamaica to become a republic within the Commonwealth, in keeping with the recommendations arising from the constitutional review process which took place in the 1990s JAMAICA 50 Realistic Jamaica 50 Programme developed and now on fast track implementation AGRICULTURE ·         Production projects launched in ginger and turmeric -150 acres of additional ginger and 350 acres of turmeric, engaging over 360 ginger and turmeric farmers ·         An additional 450 persons will be engaged in the ginger and turmeric projects as unskilled labour ·         Cocoa Production has also been resuscitated to help re-engineer our rural economy through agro-processing, eco-tourism and entrepreneurship. These projects will entail the propagation of 200,000 high-producing grafted seedlings which will be able to plant out 500 new acres of cocoa INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION ·         Expanded the scope of the weekly Jamaica House Briefing ·         Review of the Access to Information Act and recommendations made to reduce the number of ‘exempt categories” in order to allow members of the public more access to Government information ·         Momentum to successful switchover to digital by 2015 has started ·         Monthly meetings of government communicators across all the Ministries and agencies to effect open and transparent communication of government information THE ECONOMY Having acquainted itself with the economic situation and the limited options, one of the first orders of business of the new administration was to: Put forward the Government’s position for a new arrangement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), recognizing the IMF will play some role in our future, at least in the short to medium term ·         Conclude the Article IV Consultation ·         Set the stage for discussions that will culminate with a possible country programme to commence during the Spring Meetings of the Fund, scheduled for April 20–22, in Washington, D.C. ·         Agree on the broad economic framework: fiscal deficit and debt management, tax and pension reforms, divestment of loss-making public sector enterprises, rationalization and elimination of tax waivers, containment of the public sector wage bill and related costs, implementation of measures to facilitate businesses and sustainable economic growth strategy with job creation and social protection for the most vulnerable in our society ·         Strengthen the national economic team by establishing an Economic Council consisting of three distinguished Jamaican professionals who bring to the table years of experience and technical expertise PM Miller: Good Progress made in First 100 Days Office of the Prime MinisterApril 16, 2012 Contact:    Communications Unit-OPM Tel:               926-0244 Fax:              920-4684                                        Email:           [email protected] SECURITY Although the challenges in the area of national security continue: ·         March ended with the lowest murder count for any single month in the last nine years ·         There has been a decline in sexual offences: rape is down by 24%  and carnal abuse by 51% ·         More firearms have been taken off the streets and from criminal hands:138 illegal firearms recovered compared to 122 for the similar period last year ·         The draft of the Organised/Anti-Gang legislation is now ready and is being reviewed. A $16 million anti gang campaign commenced ·         The DNA Bill is now with the Chief Parliamentary Counsel ·         Additional resources — motor vehicles, ballistic vests, tactical uniforms, motorbikes have been provided to the JCF EDUCATION ·         Brokered agreement for the construction of fifty (50) infant schools with Food for the Poor and signed agreement with the Chinese Government to construct five Infant Schools ·         Re-directed $300 million from other Ministry programmes to allow for the increased funding for the Early Childhood Sector ·         Re-organized the School Feeding Programme to provide greater assistance to basic schools and to introduce a breakfast programme ·         Established portal to facilitate public being able to ask questions directly to the Minister www.asktheminister.moe.gov.jm. ·         Finalised plans for Civics in Schools, the teachings of Marcus Garvey and Respect Agenda – a programme of values and attitude ·         Secured Fifty Jubilee Scholarships with PetroCaribe Fund ·         Reviewed of GSAT formally implemented ·         Partnership with the Jamaican German Automotive School and JUTC for students to repair public buses ·         Commenced survey of “school gate food”, food sold in tuck shops on premises or outside schools gates to be assessed for nutrition, price and food safety JEEP ·         To boost the job opportunities, the first phase of the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme – JEEP, was rolled out. The government has been able to identify some funds, without increasing the debt, to provide employment for 5,000 Jamaicans, approximately 1,200 of whom have already gained employment ·         Another 85 have been trained and placed in education and  an additional 200 persons are being trained under the Ministry of Youth and Culture to be certified in events coordination, lighting, stage management and production in keeping with the thrust to promote the cultural industries HEALTH ·         Vehicles valued at approximately $12 million were handed over to the four regional authorities, as part of efforts to enhance the Vector Control Programme ·         The cobalt machines at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) and the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) used to administer radiotherapy to cancer patients are back in service ·         A two-year Technical Services Agreement was signed with Cuba which will provide almost 500 health professionals — doctors, nurses, nursing tutors, physiotherapists, cytotechnologists, dieticians, and medical technologists,  to support health services delivery RelatedPM Miller: Good Progress made in First 100 Dayscenter_img RelatedPrime Minister Golding Announces Cabinet Changes TOURISM ·         The Resort Upgrading and Beautification Programme saw the completion and reopening of the Lovers Leap attraction ·         Resort beautification and upgrading projects were implemented in Ocho Rios, Falmouth, Montego Bay and the South Coast ·         150 million dollars have been allocated to employment-generating projects under Phase 1 of the Tourism Improvement Projects (TIP) which is supporting the national job creation objective. Projects identified under this programme include: South Coast Cleanup; Agualta Vale Roundabout; Hollywell; Hope Zoo; Mandela Highway-Spanish Town Bypass; Old Harbour Roundabout ·         Airlift contract negotiations have been entered into once again with Aeroflot in Russia one of the emerging markets currently being targeted SCIENCE & ICT ·         Implemented aggressive targeting of investment in information communication technology (ICT) sector ·         Reactivated the National Commission on Science and Technology (NCST) and the national awards programme in science and technology (S&T) innovation LOCAL GOVERNMENT ·         Full Ministry status was restored to Local Government and Community Development ·         Work on re-build the vibrancy of Parish Development Committees (PDCs) and Community Development Councils (CDCs) ·         Three pieces of legislation — the Local Governance Act, the Local Government Financing and Financial Management Act, and the Human Resource Management Act are on fast track to ensure completion within the 50th year of our independence YOUTH & CULTURE ·         NYS trained 815 youths in business administration and deployed them to schools and other public bodies as support personnel ·         Revision of National Cultural Policy has started with a target completion date of June ·         Consultations have began on the way forward for amendments to the Noise Abatement Act & Entertainment Zones ENERGY Jamaicans are burdened with the high cost of energy whether for business, or residential use. Reducing the cost of energy remains a priority objective. ·         Transformation of the energy sector to bring more players and achieve greater efficiencies and reduce costs to consumers is underway, including inter-connectivity arrangement with the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), to allow those able to generate and supply consumers directly to do so ·         Discussions re-opened with Trinidad and Tobago for the sourcing of LNG as we remain committed to the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project and intend to adhere to the 2014 deadline for completing the required facilities for its successful implementation ·         Establish the National Energy Council FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has stated that good and steady progress have been made during her Administration's first one hundred days in office. In a statement from Cartagena, Columbia where the Prime Minister is participating in the 6th Summit of the Americas, Mrs Simpson Miller said that, 'although I know that one hundred days is an extremely short time in the life of any Government, I am confident that any objective and balanced assessment of the Government’s performance would conclude that indeed, much has been done'. In support of her position, the Prime Minister highlighted a number of her Government's achievements. These included: INDUSTRY & INVESTMENT ·         Prepared roadmap outlining a ten-point strategy to facilitate and stimulate investment, commerce and employment to modernize and enhance the competitiveness of local industries ·         Key projects for growth in areas of tourism, shipping and logistics and infrastructure development identified ·         Successfully staged the Jamaica Investment Forum in March which attracted over 380 participants, 109 of whom were international investors in the areas of Manufacturing, Mining and Energy, ICT, Finance and Infrastructure development.  Commitments were made to enhancing the investment and business environment for both domestic and foreign investors and to facilitate the various investments leads that were brought to the Forum for action ·         Successfully negotiated along with the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) for use of the prestigious O2 Venue in London as the official Jamaica promotional and marketing site for the showcasing the country – its products, services and personalities during the 2012 Olympic Games ·         Signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Indian Small Business Development Agency for the provision of technical assistance and capacity building in the areas of business development, technology and innovation for the MSME Sector ·         Stablished of business regulatory offices in Western Jamaica During the period also, much work was done in restoring Jamaica’s good name in the international community through targeted contacts, support and meetings with world leaders, members of the diplomatic community, international organisations and our international development partners. The Prime Minister was quick to point out, that these achievements could not have been accomplished within the first one hundred days, if it were not for the overwhelming mandate given to the Government by the people of Jamaica, for which she and her colleagues will be forever grateful. She also stated that the Government will continue to be open and transparent as it goes about its mandate. Mrs Simpson Miller once again reminded the society that with the national and local government elections behind us, we must now settle down and focus on doing everything to improve the lives of our people, and by extension our country. RelatedPM Miller: Good Progress made in First 100 Days Advertisementslast_img

Paytm ups enterprise drive with new retail system

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first_imgHome Paytm ups enterprise drive with new retail system AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 09 JAN 2020 India mobile wallet company Paytm launched a new QR code platform for businesses allowing them to accept payments from both its system and rival providers, as it continues a bid to expand its retailer reach.Branded the all-in-one Paytm QR it allows merchants to use the same system to process transactions from Paytm’s own wallet and any others compatible with the National Payments Corporation of India’s RuPay, or UPI mobile payment interfaces.Codes can be supplied on standalone signs or included on a range of products including a calculator, clock, radio or multi-language payment speaker device.Alongside the QR move, Paytm unveiled an upgraded backend system for business customers with additional administrative features.The move comes two months after the company’s latest funding round, in which it bagged $1 billion to help expand the scope and scale of its operation. Among its goals are to expand its merchant footprint into areas currently underserved by the financial services sector with low penetration of non-cash payments. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back India amenaza con actuar contra la nueva política de privacidad de WhatsApp Author Related Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved... Read more Chris Donkin center_img Tags WhatsApp shrugs off India privacy update pressure Previous ArticleTwitter to trial reply blocking featuresNext ArticleMobile Mix: Viva Las Vegas Español IndiaPaytm WhatsApp sues India over new internet regulationslast_img