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Nissan executives and Japanese officials hit back at Carlos Ghosn

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first_imgSaikawa succeeded Ghosn as Nissan chief executive in April 2017, but it tenure was marked by a succession of woeful financial results. In July, Nissan reported a 99 per cent drop in operating profit. Nissan executives and Japanese officials hit back at Carlos Ghosn Months later, Saikawa resigned as chief executive after admitting he and other top executives had been overpaid as part of a stock-related payment plan. whatsapp Saikawa succeeded Ghosn as Nissan chief executive It comes after a defiant but rambling press conference in Beirut from Ghosn yesterday in which he said the charges against him were “baseless” and vowed to clear his name. Ghosn fled the country late last month while awaiting trial for four charges of financial misconduct. Alex Daniel Japanese officials also responded to Ghosn’s castigation of the Japanese criminal justice system. The former Nissan boss said authorities subjected him to an “unspeakable ordeal” of “injustice … and persecution”. It was “a travesty against my human rights and dignity,” he added. Saikawa told reporters in Tokyo today: “I feel like I have been betrayed again.” Among them, he said, was Saikawa, as well as Masakazu Toyoda, an independent director at Nissan and special adviser to the Japanese cabinet. Tags: Automotive industry Nissan Sharecenter_img Suga added that the government will “take maximum measures” to ensure “due procedure of Japan’s criminal justice will be followed.” Thursday 9 January 2020 9:50 am whatsapp However, he denied any wrongdoing, and remains on the Nissan board. Show Comments ▼ Nissan and Renault declined to comment.  Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference on Thursday that Ghosn’s claims are “one-sided and totally lack persuasion”. Meanwhile, independent director Toyoda told reporters: “I don’t have time to deal with a one man show by someone who violated the law and escaped justice.” Read more: How Nissan’s fugitive ex-boss escaped Japan Read more: Carlos Ghosn lambasts Japanese government and Nissan for ‘collusion’ Ghosn named six former and current Nissan executives in his claims of a plot to unseat him, calling them “unscrupulous and vindictive individuals”. Former chief executive of Nissan and successor to Carlos Ghosn, Hiroto Saikawa, has slammed his former mentor’s daring escape from the authorities in Tokyo to his childhood home of Lebanon. Ghosn's press conference lasted more than two hours (AFP via Getty Images) last_img

Young leaders help shape Arctic policy at Model Arctic Council

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first_imgRhiannon Klein, who’s studying public policy at the University of Saskatchewan, said it works much like the real world Arctic Council.“The Arctic Council is not legally binding, necessarily,” Klein said. “They don’t have direct influence on making the policies at the government level in each of the countries, but they truly have an impact on shaping the policies that happen. I believe that the Arctic Council has quite a bit of sway within decision-makers in each of the Arctic state countries.” Arctic | Business | Climate Change | Economy | Energy & Mining | Environment | Fisheries | Government | Health | Juneau | Tourism | TransportationYoung leaders help shape Arctic policy at Model Arctic CouncilMarch 6, 2017 by Matt Miller, KTOO Share:Total of 63 students from 13 countries participated at Model Arctic Council 2016 in Fairbanks. (Photo courtesy University of Alaska Fairbanks)At the Model Arctic Council, tomorrow’s Arctic leaders are already having an impact with helping shape today’s Arctic policy.The Arctic Council returns to Alaska with meetings in Juneau this week and in Fairbanks in May. Representatives from eight Arctic countries and six indigenous groups work on shaping Arctic policy. Listen to the radio version of the story:Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2017/03/03modelac.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. To understand the work of the Arctic Council first-hand, a group of university students met in Fairbanks last spring to form a model council with real-world impacts.Model Arctic Council delegates included University of Alaska Anchorage student Caleb Amos, faculty adviser Piotr Graczyk from University of Tromsø The Arctic University in Norway, and York University student Veronica Guido from Canada. (Photo courtesy University of Alaska Fairbanks)The Model Arctic Council is a simulation where future leaders in Arctic and international affairs hone their negotiation, communication, leadership, critical analysis and research skills. It’s much like the Model United Nations in high school. But, this time, its college students role-playing representatives from circumpolar countries as they tackle problems together in a rapidly changing Arctic.Sixty-three college students from 13 countries, ranging from Iceland to Venezuela, compressed as much as two years’ worth of work into a little over a week.Veronica Guido, an indigenous student with a degree in political science from York University in Toronto, said they either represented the Arctic Council’s member states or non-voting representatives of the various circumpolar indigenous groups.“You have the indigenous groups from Russia. You have the Saami Council, Inuit Circumpolar Council, Aleut, and you have the Arctic Athabaskan,” Guido said. “Then I represented Gwich’in which is more of First Nations from Alaska and Canada. That was my role.”Mary Ehrlander, director of the Arctic and Northern Studies Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, was a faculty adviser to the group. She said they tried to match indigenous students to a role that was close to their ethnic background.Model Arctic Council delegates included Northeastern Federal University student Margarita Krivoshapkina from Russia and University of Alaska Fairbanks student Kimmy Cao from China. (Photo courtesy University of Alaska Fairbanks)“Because we wanted to have authenticity in that way,” Ehrlander said. “On the other hand, some of the students seem to have the greatest experience with trying to play a role that wasn’t them at all. It was really a learning experience for them to take on that identity and try to perform it.”Students prepared research papers on topics such as sustainable cruise tourism in the Arctic, managing maritime traffic for marine resource development, and human health and well-being in the Arctic.Eva Wu, an undergrad from McGill University in Canada studying the interplay between health and environment, said she was impressed by the level of preparation and critical analysis demonstrated by her fellow students.“It was really amazing the amount of people and the variety of people who were in the room,” Wu said. “They provided numerous different aspects and perspectives of each situation. That really was able to provide the entire program with a holistic focus. People would have expertise in various different areas.”The Model Arctic Council came up with list of priorities that could be considered by their real world counterparts this week in Juneau.They include advocating for ratification of an international convention controlling vessel ballast water, the hiring of indigenous people for tourism activities, alternative fuel use in the Arctic, sharing updated hydrographic maps for safe navigation, protecting water sources for communities affected by climate change, and reducing suicide among indigenous [email protected] Amb Jonas Mackenzie shares story of his 1st whale hunt w/ #MAC2016 delegates @uafairbanks #ASSW2016 pic.twitter.com/cnzPjnX8sy— US Arctic (@USArctic) March 14, 2016Some students play the role of each country’s representative to the Arctic Council, while others represent the various indigenous groups, called Permanent Participants, as they all discuss and debate the projects.“I took my role very personally,” said Guido, reflecting on her role as the Gwich’in representative. “It was really great to see other people respect that and stay in their role while still getting over the shock factor of having the actual Permanent Participants speak just as loudly or louder than the actual nation states. I enjoyed that part, that’s for sure.”Piotr Graczyk, a faculty adviser from University of Tromsø The Arctic University of Norway, said most of the work and consensus building usually happens at the lowest level of the Arctic Council.“The structure is quite different. And from one level, you go to another level. On the first level, working groups work on the projects,” Graczyk said. “When they’re approved and when there is consensus, you go to the next level, the level of the senior Arctic officials.”Once consensus was reached, students role-playing SAOs or each country’s representatives to the Council vote on the proposals, but the Permanent Participants don’t get to vote.center_img Last spring’s meeting of the Model Arctic Council coincided with the real Arctic Council meeting. Guido said Council members grabbed copies of their final document called the Fairbanks Declaration, as well as her fellow student’s research.“People approached them from the actual Arctic Council asking to read them further,” Guido said. “So, I know a lot of students didn’t expect anyone to read our position papers either.”Students were also approached by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Klein said.“They’ve asked to see all the student’s position papers as well, to pass them around the Ministry,” Klein said. “It’s just incredible to see that people are actually interested, too.”Students’ proposals are now expected to show up on the agenda in future meetings of the real Arctic Council, including in Alaska this spring.Share this story:last_img

Tillerson Confirms North Korea Missile An ICBM, Calls For Global Action

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first_imgFederal Government | Nation & World | NPR News | Public SafetyTillerson Confirms North Korea Missile An ICBM, Calls For Global ActionJuly 4, 2017 by Elise Hu, NPR Share:Updated at 7:19 p.m. ETSecretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed Tuesday that the missile launched by North Korea on Monday was an intercontinental ballistic missile, in a statement in which he condemned the test.“Testing an ICBM represents a new escalation of the threat to the United States, our allies and partners, the region, and the world,” Tillerson said.In response to the test, U.S. and South Korean forces conducted joint military exercises aimed at “countering North Korea’s destabilizing and unlawful actions on July 4,” according to a statement issued by the U.S. Army.The exercise, off the east coast of South Korea, deployed rockets from both the U.S. and South Korean missile arsenals, the statement said.It added: “The U.S. commitment to the defense of the ROK (Republic of Korea) in the face of threats is ironclad.”In an earlier joint statement, China and Russia called the test “unacceptable” and called for a moratorium on nuclear and missile tests by North Korea — and a suspension of large-scale military exercises by the U.S. and South Korea. The Associated Press has more:“The foreign ministries said that as a ‘voluntary political decision,’ North Korea should declare a ‘moratorium on testing nuclear devices and test launches of ballistic missiles.’ In turn, the U.S. and South Korea should ‘accordingly refrain from large-scale joint maneuvers,’ the joint statement added.“They said ‘the confronting parties’ involved should sit down for talks to agree on principles that include a refusal to use force and a pledge to make the Korean Peninsula free of nuclear weapons.”Our previous post continues below:North Korea says it has successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile, which in theory, can fly far enough to reach Alaska.North Korean state TV broke in with the announcement with a triumphant anchor declaring, “Our intercontinental ballistic rocket can reach anywhere in this world, and we can end America’s nuclear threat and bring peace to the Korean peninsula.”If confirmed, this would mark the first successful test of a North Korean missile capable of reaching the United States — a longstanding goal for Pyongyang. It’s not clear whether North Korea would have the ability to put a nuclear warhead on the missile, a separate technical challenge.In its initial analysis, the U.S. Pacific Command said it had detected and tracked the launch of an intermediate-range missile, which would have a much shorter range than what North Korea is claiming.South Korea’s and Japan’s militaries analyzed the flight and say the missile flew nearly 600 miles, reaching an altitude of 1,500 miles — higher than many satellites in orbit — before turning to come back down. It flew for an estimated 40 minutes before landing in the Sea of Japan and within Japan’s exclusive economic zone.If the missile were traveling forward instead of upward, in a flatter trajectory, it’s estimated it would have a range that could put Alaska at risk.The missile flight is the 12th North Korean provocation of the year, breaking United Nations resolutions barring such tests.“It is a serious threat to Japan’s security and cannot be tolerated,” Japan’s Defense Ministry said.The move by Pyongyang comes following a White House summit between President Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, in which the two countries pledged to coordinate on North Korea policy and continue a security alliance that has lasted more than 60 years.Moon assembled the country’s national security team for an emergency meeting.Trump responded to the test in tweets. Earlier he had indicated the reliance on China to help curb Pyongyang “hasn’t worked out,” and in two successive tweets following the morning missile launch, Trump seemed to poke fun at the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un. The tweets read:“North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life? Hard to believe that South Korea…..and Japan will put up with this much longer. Perhaps China will put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense once and for all!”China, for its part, says it has already increased the presence of security agents on its border with North Korea, signed on to U.N. sanctions packages and more strongly enforced sanctions that bar imports of North Korean coal into China. Coal accounts for an estimated 30 percent of North Korea’s exports.The missile flight could represent a significant technological and political accomplishment for North Korea. If Pyongyang has an ICBM, Japan, South Korea and the United States are in a much tougher negotiating position.Some analysts say it may no longer be realistic to pursue the longstanding U.S. goal of denuclearizing North Korea, and that instead the focus should be on a “freeze” to keep Pyongyang’s capabilities from advancing.Melissa Hanham — a researcher with the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies — says it’s time for efforts to engage North Korea at a diplomatic level.“We need to have really serious conversations amongst ourselves and with allies about what we’re willing to trade,” she says, “because so far there has been no price that was worth paying to stop their program.”Jihye Lee and Camila Domonoske contributed to this post.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.Share this story:last_img

Stocks to open up amid heavy slate of earnings

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Canadian Press The Toronto stock market headed for a slightly higher open amid some disappointing earnings reports while traders hoped that Greece would meet the necessary conditions to secure its next bailout. The Canadian dollar was ahead 0.16 of a cent to 100.55 cents US. Related news Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors Keywords Marketwatch S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March U.S. futures were positive with the Dow Jones industrial futures ahead 30 points to 12,873, the Nasdaq futures gained four points to 2,548.8 and the S&P 500 futures were up three points to 1,350. The Canadian corporate earnings season moved into high gear with reports coming in from some of the biggest names in the financial, communications and resource sectors. Telecommunications giant BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) said profits were up nearly 53% in the fourth quarter to $486 million or 62 cents a share. Adjusted earnings rose 5.1% to 62 cents a share, missing estimates by four cents. Revenues increased 10.4% to $5.17 billion. Mining company Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX:TCK.B) reported fourth quarter profit attributable to shareholders nearly doubled to $637 million, or $1.08 per share, a penny ahead of analyst expectations. Quarterly revenues totalled $3 billion in the fourth quarter, compared with $2.7 billion a year ago. Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC) reported a fourth-quarter loss of $69 million, compared to a year-ago profit of $1.79 billion, as it booked a charge of $665 million related to low interest rates. Total revenue was $9.7 billion from $3.42 billion a year earlier. In other earnings news, Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) reported a quarterly net loss of $60 million. Oilfield services company Precision Drilling Corp. (TSX:PD) handed in quarterly net profits of $28 million or 10 cents a share. Traders were also focused on Greece as the country tried to arrange a €130 billion bailout to stave off bankruptcy as early as late next month. The country’s political leaders first have to approve a package of new austerity measures demanded by creditors. Talks involving the country’s political leaders and international debt inspectors stalled overnight after leaders of the three parties backing Greece’s coalition government approved sweeping new austerity measures. But they balked at demands to make €300 million in pension cuts and another €325 million in savings. The sums are relatively small compared with the bailout package, but if Athens does not make up for it, it faces a potentially devastating default next month, which would send shockwaves across the financial system. Markets nevertheless seemed hopeful that a deal will eventually be reached, with analysts suggesting the political leaders wanted to show their resistance to the foreign demands ahead of general elections later this year. Commodity prices were mixed as the March crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange headed 75 cents higher to US$99.46 a barrel. Prices had also advanced Wednesday even as the U.S. Energy Information Administration said that U.S. petroleum demand fell by 4.8% to a four-week average of 18.1 million barrels per day, the weakest four-week average since April 1997. The EIA also reported that the U.S. crude supplies increased by 300,000 barrels last week. Copper prices were slightly lower as investors eyed data showing January inflation figures for China came in well above expectations. Consumer prices in the world’s second-largest economy rose by an unexpectedly strong 4.5% over a year earlier, up from December’s 4.1%. Food prices jumped 10.5%, accelerating from the previous month’s 9.1% rate. The price spike could complicate the government’s efforts to revive growth that slowed to a two-and-a-half-year low of 8.9% in the final quarter of 2011. Markets have been hoping that inflation would move lower, allowing Chinese leaders to loosen lending requirements and encourage growth. China is the world’s biggest consumer of copper, which has surged almost 14% so far this year on hopes for higher demand for the metal that is viewed as an economic bellwether because it is used in so many businesses. The March copper contract in New York dipped one cent to US$3.90 a pound. Bull ion prices edged higher with the April contract ahead $3.20 to US$1,734.50 an ounce. European markets were higher as the European Central Bank left its benchmark interest rate unchanged at a record low one per cent on Thursday while it waits to see whether the economy needs more help. The 17 countries that use the euro are struggling with a debt crisis and likely recession. The Bank of England also left rates unchanged but announced it would buy 50 billion pounds more in bonds to stimulate the lagging British economy. Output contracted 0.2% in the fourth quarter and another quarter of shrinkage would official mean recession. Two rate cuts by the ECB in November and December, and a massive offer of cheap credit to banks, have been given credit for helping steady financial markets and ease access to credit by indebted governments. London’s FTSE 100 index was ahead 0.27%, Frankfurt’s DAX gained 0.74% and the Paris CAC 40 was up 0.83%. Earlier, Asian shares were muted by the higher than expected Chinese inflation figures. On mainland China, the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.1% while the Shenzhen Composite Index gained 0.6%. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index closed down 0.2% while South Korea’s Kospi rose 0.5% and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng slipped marginally. 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Bank of England publishes approach to stress testing U.K. banks

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first_img The Bank of England on Wednesday announced its revised approach to stress testing the U.K. banking system over the next three years. The new stress testing procedure will introduce an annual cyclical scenario that will link the severity of the test to the financial cycle, including domestic, global and market elements. “Its severity is likely to be greater in an upswing, for example when growth in credit is rapid or asset prices unsustainably high,” the bank says in a statement. UK CMA proposes pension investment reforms James Langton Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media FCA proposals aim to improve competition in the investment platform marketcenter_img It will also incorporate an exploratory scenario covering risks unrelated to the financial cycle that may represent emerging or latent threats to financial stability or individual banks. The stress test will apply to banks with total retail deposits greater than £50 billion ($101.4 billion), but will not include U.K. subsidiaries of foreign-owned investment banks at this point. “The United Kingdom needs banks than can weather shocks without cutting lending to the real economy. Our first concurrent stress tests run in 2014 – centred on the housing market – gave us assurance that the banking sector as a whole was well-placed to withstand such a severe scenario. We have also recognized however the need for our approach to evolve,” says Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, in a statement. “The Bank of England is taking steps to ensure we can assess a range of future risks from a number of different sources to inform our micro- and macro-prudential policy decisions. Our approach embodies a comprehensive and detailed approach, a desire to deepen and strengthen our analysis, and the flexibility to respond to changing risks,” he says. The stress testing approach is expected to evolve further, the Bank of England says, and it will publish further information on its approach to stress testing beyond 2018. Keywords United Kingdom Facebook LinkedIn Twitter FCA consults on duty of care requirementlast_img

CONTRIBUTION TO SECTORAL DEBATE BY HORACE DALLEY, MINISTER OF HEALTH ON JUNE 19, 2007

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first_imgCONTRIBUTION TO SECTORAL DEBATE BY HORACE DALLEY, MINISTER OF HEALTH ON JUNE 19, 2007 UncategorizedJune 19, 2007 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail In this my second year as Minister of Health I am pleased to report to this House that it wasA year of triumph over some major challenges,A year of significant improvements in the human rights of our children,A year of notable achievements in health targets for our population and A year when the modernization of the health services took a major leap forwardThese were accomplished as a result of the dedication and persistence of: A staff ready to take the health services of Jamaica to first world standards A staff imbued with the desire to keep the health achievements of the past in tact,A staff willing to demonstrate to the world that we have the know-how and I take pride in making reference to the ICC Cricket World Cup. Jamaica not only provided health services at the various venues but also provided leadership for the CARICOM Region. Here I must acknowledge the work of Dr Marion Bullock-DuCasse and the team.On behalf of all Jamaica I thank the Permanent Secretary and all members of staff at the national level and in all the four Regional Health Authorities for their service in making 2006/2007 a remarkable year for health care in Jamaica.In addition I commend our National, Regional and International partners who assisted in our achievements during the year and for their continued support in the future.I especially thank the Prime Minister, Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller for her strong support for health. Her commitment to the improvement of health for all Jamaicans has made a profound impact on improvements in this sector.I would not be here were it not for the consistent support of my constituents in Clarendon. I am grateful that they continue to demonstrate confidence in my ability to represent their interests.To my personal staff, I appreciate your efforts and the contribution that you continue to make toward my day-to-day operations.I thank my family for their unwavering support. I keep going day after day because I am assured of your love and understanding.In this journey of life and in the performance of national responsibilities for health, I thank God for His mercies, His blessings and for His guidance.click here for more RelatedCONTRIBUTION TO SECTORAL DEBATE BY HORACE DALLEY, MINISTER OF HEALTH ON JUNE 19, 2007 Advertisementscenter_img RelatedCONTRIBUTION TO SECTORAL DEBATE BY HORACE DALLEY, MINISTER OF HEALTH ON JUNE 19, 2007 RelatedCONTRIBUTION TO SECTORAL DEBATE BY HORACE DALLEY, MINISTER OF HEALTH ON JUNE 19, 2007last_img

Prime Minister Bruce Golding for Caricom Inter-Sessional Conference in the Bahamas – March 7-8

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first_imgPrime Minister Bruce Golding for Caricom Inter-Sessional Conference in the Bahamas – March 7-8 UncategorizedMarch 5, 2008 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister Bruce Golding will lead a team of government officials to the 19th Inter-sessional meeting of The Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) scheduled for 7-8 March 2008, in Nassau, Bahamas.The team will comprise Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Kenneth Baugh, Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Karl Samuda, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance, Senator Dwight Nelson and other senior government officials from these Ministries.Prime Minister Golding will take the opportunity to present the government’s position on the implementation of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), developments related to the conduct of external trade negotiations and future external trade negotiations.Under the EPA, Caribbean Forum countries (CARIFORUM) and the European Union, are expected to co-operate in promoting innovation, diversification, modernisation, development, product and process quality in business, creativity and design, particularly in micro, small and medium enterprises and exchanges between networks of design centres located in the Europe Community and the CARIFORUM states.The Prime Minister returns to the island on Sunday, March 9. During his absence the Minister of Finance and Planning, Hon. Audley Shaw will be in charge of the government. RelatedPrime Minister Bruce Golding for Caricom Inter-Sessional Conference in the Bahamas – March 7-8 RelatedPrime Minister Bruce Golding for Caricom Inter-Sessional Conference in the Bahamas – March 7-8center_img RelatedPrime Minister Bruce Golding for Caricom Inter-Sessional Conference in the Bahamas – March 7-8 Advertisementslast_img

Manchester 4-H Marks Parish Achievement Day

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first_imgRelatedManchester 4-H Marks Parish Achievement Day FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Executive Director of the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, Lenworth Fulton, has said that, through the movement, youths are being exposed to sustainable ways of making a living.“So many of our youngsters have been told some fancy ways to make a living, but those ways are not sustainable. We are bringing to you a sustainable way to make a living and we are exposing you to some of the skills that you can go out there and make a good and honest living from”, he said.He was addressing participants and patrons at the Manchester 4-H Clubs’ Parish Achievement Day, on Thursday (March 5) at Kirkvine Sports Club.Mayor of Mandeville, Her Worship Brenda Ramsay said that the event, held under the theme “Youth Response To Food Security,” was timely and wise, as there is a fierce hunger for change.She said that the youths have embraced the concept of food security and have seen the need to respond, through their involvement in the Jamaica 4-H Clubs movement.“The 4-H Clubs movement has always been an integral part of our development in agriculture, as well as in having skills in small cottage industries and home management. The result has been the production of well rounded individuals”, she said.Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) representative, Winston Miller,said that the level of participation at the event showed what could be achieved with the involvement of clubbites and youngsters in the field of agriculture, agro processing, home management, arts and other disciplines.He urged principals and teachers to encourage the youths to get involved in Agriculture, as one way of growing the economy and emerging from the current economic slump.“Today with the downturn in world economies and its effects on jobs and the growth of tourism, manufacturing and bauxite, agriculture is probably the only sector that is poised for growth this year”, he said.Mr. Miller said that for persons who will be losing their jobs, as well as those who have money to invest in agriculture, protected or greenhouse agriculture is a viable alternative from which potential farmers and investors can realize significant returns on their investment.The Jamaica 4-H Clubs Parish Achievement Days are held annually at the parish, regional and national level.The events feature 4-H Clubbites competing for prizes and awards in events such as cattle judging, goat care and management, rabbit care and management, vegetable production and grading, cake making and other culinary arts, uniform making, ‘trash to cash’, organic farming concept such as vermiculture and compost heap. Manchester 4-H Marks Parish Achievement Day AgricultureMarch 7, 2009 Advertisementscenter_img RelatedManchester 4-H Marks Parish Achievement Day RelatedManchester 4-H Marks Parish Achievement Daylast_img

Renewable zones to position Queensland into a clean energy powerhouse

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first_imgRenewable zones to position Queensland into a clean energy powerhouse JOINT STATEMENTQueensland is accelerating towards its 50% renewable energy target, with interest in Queensland’s renewable energy zones shattering expectations and creating overwhelming interest from renewables investors.Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said her Government had been flooded with expressions of interest, with enough projects to create 60,000 megawatts of clean energy, with the combined capacity to power the nation.“Delivering new energy sources and new jobs is part of our plan for Queensland’s economic recovery by growing our regions,” the Premier said.“We’ve had expressions of interest for a further 192 projects that will charge up our state’s economic recovery, creating up to 57,000 jobs in the process.“Importantly, we are putting $145 million on the table to fund transmission infrastructure, making it easier for renewable projects to connect to the National Electricity Market, encouraging even more investment.“This builds on my Government’s investment of $500 million into cleaner, cheaper electricity, which will continue to drive down power prices for industry and homeowners.”Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Mick de Brenni said that the Government would be shortlisting and approving projects that delivered the most benefit for Queenslanders.“Between Cairns and Townsville, our initiative has attracted strong interest from a variety of projects which will support the growing demand for new economy minerals extraction and processing, that are critical to the components required in the renewable and technology sectors.“While around Longreach and Rockhampton we’ve attracted expressions of interest from 67 projects, creating significant opportunities to enable growth in the state’s renewable hydrogen development.“The most popular has been the southern zone covering the Darling Downs with 72 strong expressions of interest, which is well suited to the region’s growing opportunities in sustainable agriculture and ecotourism.The potential projects are across a mix of clean energy generation technologies including solar PV, wind, and biomass.A number of potential projects also offer storage technologies such as utility-scale batteries.“Energy storage will play an important role in a low emissions future, offering the ability to dispatch clean energy on demand,” Mr de Brenni said.“The next steps in cementing these zones will be progressed during 2021 with a priority on investments that focus on Queensland’s economic recovery from COVID-19.“Queensland is already generating 20 per cent of our electricity from renewable resources, and our investment in the renewable energy zones means we can add this clean energy to our electricity grid.”Minister de Brenni said the Palaszczuk Government already has a proven track record.“In just over six years our policies have turned the energy investment climate on its head, transforming the state from the LNP’s zero-dollar, zero-megawatt renewables vacuum to an $8.5 billion energy investment and 7,000 job powerhouse.“I welcome the proponent estimates showing these projects would support more than $93.7 billion investment if these are all developed.“What this looks like today is clean electricity coming from 33 operational large-scale wind and solar projects and there’s another 11 already committed or under construction.” /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:Australia, Cairns, clean energy, electricity, Government, infrastructure, Investment, Longreach, Palaszczuk, QLD, Queensland, renewable, renewable energy, resources, Rockhampton, sustainable, technology, Townsvillelast_img

Vaccine campaign to support culturally and linguistically diverse audiences

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first_imgVaccine campaign to support culturally and linguistically diverse audiences The Australian Government’s $31 million COVID-19 vaccination public information campaign is now rolling out across the country, with an additional $1.3 million provided for peak multicultural organsations to help reach culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.Making safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines available to everyone in Australia is a key priority for the Australia Government. That is why we are extending free access to COVID‑19 vaccines to all visa-holders in Australia.This will include refugees, asylum seekers, temporary protection visa holders and those on bridging visas. People currently residing in detention facilities will also be eligible, including those whose visas have been cancelled.We know that Australia is a vaccination nation, and we trust this campaign will provide the assurance and motivation for everyone in Australia to have the COVID-19 vaccination.A major roundtable was held today involving more than 50 community leaders to discuss how we can partner together in supporting the vaccination rollout.A comprehensive plan, including communication activities and community engagement strategies, has been developed in partnership with multicultural specialist agencies and, with advice from the national CALD Communities COVID-19 Health Advisory Group, to reach people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.The campaign will reach Australians through a range of channels including regular website updates, social media, health professionals and community and grass roots organisations, networks, and the media. It includes advertising in 32 languages across radio, print and social media, and will extend to communities that are harder to reach through traditional channels.Messages will target specific multicultural groups to ensure everyone in Australia has a full understanding of the vaccination program. Many people working in sectors such as aged care will be in the first groups to be vaccinated and are from CALD communities, and it is critical that they receive translated information that is culturally appropriate.Translated resources have been developed for multicultural communities, including radio and print editorials, a video development guide for community leaders to film their own videos, in-language web content, social media posts, posters, and newsletter articles. The Department of Health’s vaccine hub also has a translation button for 63 languages available on its website and on mobile devices.The Government is working with SBS to finalise short videos explaining the vaccine rollout in more than 60 languages, and with the Migration Council of Australia to produce an animated vaccine explainer in 29 languages. These products will be provided to multicultural peak bodies and networks and available online.As more information becomes available through expert medical advice and complete data sets from clinical trials, the Department will provide timely updates through its multicultural channels.The Australian Government is confident, given Australia’s current high vaccination rates, everyone able to take up the vaccine will do so in high numbers. /Media 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:aged care, AusPol, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, clinical trials, communication, community engagement, Department of Health, detention, Government, health, healthcare, migration, resources, SBS, social media, vaccinationlast_img