Premium / Supply chain radar: Mr Market is betting on Hapag–Lloyd + Evergreen, or… not

first_img Email* At times, capital markets send conflicting signs that can be easily dismissed. At other times, however, they are predictive.When it comes to the container shipping industry, the headache for M&A arbitrageurs is that several scenarios have emerged in the past four weeks or so, judging by Mr Market’s pricing of risk for the main prospects in the sector.Let’s look at what’s going on behind the scenes.Support or resistance? While we still try to figure out if ~ €38 a share is a support … Reset Your Password Password* LOGIN New Premium subscriber REGISTER Premium subscriber LOGIN Subscription required for Premium stories In order to view the entire article please login with a valid subscription below or register an account and subscribe to Premium By Alessandro Pasetti 17/07/2019 << Go back Forgotten your password? Please click here Please Login Please either REGISTER or login below to continue Email* Resetlast_img read more

Grennan hat-trick fires Mountmellick to victory as weather hits soccer fixtures again

first_img Twitter Home Sport Soccer Grennan hat-trick fires Mountmellick to victory as weather hits soccer fixtures again SportSoccer Facebook Tom Christle’s side are now seven points behind leaders and fellow Laois side Towerhill but they have two games in hand on the Portlaoise outfit.Veteran Mark Grennan was their hero today as he scored a hat-trick and played a role in a fourth goal too.Mountmellick took ten minutes to open the scoring as a long throw from Grennan was flicked on by John Watchorne where Robbie Hibbits finished at back post.Five minutes later, Grennan shot from 25 yards out and caught the keeper off guard to extend the lead.Eoghan O’Riordan then played a great ball through to Grennan who wrong footed the keeper on the half hour mark to make it 3-0.Grennan sealed the deal with his hat-trick in the second half and finished off the game.TEAM: Conor Comiskey; Jordan Collins, John Watchorne, Laurence Kenny, Cian Thompson, Eoghan O’Riodan, Mark Dowling, Gary Donoher, Robbie Hibbits, Shane Dowling, Mark Grennan. Subs Curtis Lee, Eddie Melia, Rian CossRESULTSCCFLCombined Counties Shield 2nd Round Kinnegad Juniors 6 Riverside FC 0Division 1 Cup 1st RoundRosenallis A 0 Clonaslee Utd 2Senior DivisionBallinahown 1 Willow Park 2Division 1Highfield Utd 0 Mountmellick Utd 4Division 3AMountmellick Celtic 1 Midlands Celtic 3Killeigh 3 Cloneygowan Celtic 0Division 3BClonmore Utd 1 East Galway 5Women’s Division Mountmellick Utd 0 Killeigh 3Kinnegad Juniors 1 Willow Park 9Mullingar Athletic 4 Birr Town 0CARLOW SOCCER LEAGUENationalist Premier Division New Oak Boys 1 St Patrick’s Boys 0Division One Crettyard United B 2 Mill Celtic 2Division Two Vale Wanderers B 2 Killeshin B 2St Patrick’s Boys B 7 St Joseph’s 1SEE ALSO – Seven Talking Points as Laois footballers lose to Kildare in National League RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival TAGSCarlow Soccer LeagueCCFL Pinterest By Alan Hartnett – 1st March 2020 Twitter Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role center_img Electric Picnic Previous articleSeven Talking Points as Laois footballers lose to Kildare in National LeagueNext articleFundraiser launched for Laois mother following serious life threatening illness Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Grennan hat-trick fires Mountmellick to victory as weather hits soccer fixtures again WhatsApp Electric Picnic Pinterest ohn Watchorne from Jeremiah Grants presenting a sponsored new kit from DS Sports to Mountmellick United fc senior team Storm Jorge meant all games in the CCFL were called off on Saturday.And with three storms in the last four weekends chucking a lot of water around the place, only a handful of soccer games were played anywhere today.We have a report from Mountmellick’s win over Highfield in Division 1 of the CCFL and all the results of the games involving Laois teams in the CCFL and Carlow leagues:Mountmellick United 4 Highfield 0 CCFL Division 1Mountmellick United are up to fourth in Division 1 of the CCFL following a comprehensive win over Highfield this morning. Facebook WhatsApp News last_img read more

Earthquake Education Campaign in Trelawny

first_imgAdvertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Residents of Falmouth and adjoining communities in Trelawny are benefitting from a public education campaign aimed at increasing their awareness about earthquakes and to arm them with preparedness strategies.The campaign, which is being carried out by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) in collaboration with the Trelawny Parish Council, got underway in December but has been intensified for Earthquake Awareness Week observances from January 9-15.A series of activities including sensitisation lectures at schools, in communities and at business places, exhibitions and simulation exercises, are being carried out under the theme: ‘Learn, plan, prepare … the next big quake could be near’.Chairman of the parish’s Disaster Preparedness Committee His Worship the Mayor of Falmouth, Councillor Colin Gager, told JIS News that the events have been successful so far.“Schools in the parish have been very accommodating of the activities and “this gives the assurance that our youths are receiving the necessary education on earthquakes and how they can be more prepared for such disasters,” he said.Library Assistant, Sydonie Codling (left) points out an interesting feature of the library’s earthquake display to Librarian, Elton Brown. The exhibition, mounted by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), is in observance of Earthquake Awareness Week from January 9 – 15 under the theme: ‘Learn, plan, prepare … the next big quake could be near’.He informed further that many persons have been viewing the earthquake exhibitions, which have been mounted at the Trelawny Parish Library, the Falmouth Post Office and the Falmouth headquarters of the Trelawny Fire Brigade.Councillor Gager told JIS News that a lot of work has been put into enhancing the parish’s readiness for disaster, including earthquakes.“We feel satisfied and very confident as we have done all that we needed to do. All our shelters are in place and emergency supplies are in storage and all in all, we are in ‘A’ position right now. I would, however, urge citizens to continue to make good use of the available information, so that if and when we are caught in a disaster, we can put all mitigating instructions into practice,” he urged.Library Assistant at the Trelawny Parish Library, Sydonie Codling, told JIS News that residents have been showing keen interest in the earthquake display.“During this period of the year, natural disasters are more prevalent and therefore, it is very important for people to gain adequate knowledge as to the prevention and emergency instructions as they relate to their safety, so here at the Trelawny Parish Library, it is a great pleasure for us to assist in making the information available to all,” she said. RelatedEarthquake Education Campaign in Trelawny RelatedEarthquake Education Campaign in Trelawnycenter_img RelatedEarthquake Education Campaign in Trelawny Earthquake Education Campaign in Trelawny EducationJanuary 14, 2010last_img read more

Council slashes red tape to support residents impacted by floods

first_imgCouncil slashes red tape to support residents impacted by floods The Hills Shire Council will look to waive fees for Development Application’s (DA’s) and repairs for flood affected residents during an Extraordinary Meeting of Council, as it helps the community to rebuild after the devastating March 2021 flood.Council will also consider during Thursday’s (April 1) meeting, waiving fees for works associated with the piling and clearing of vegetation or debris caused by the flood and will also assist caravan parks to get back to business.To also help flood affected residents, Council will also look at prioritising DA’s, construction certificates and any other Council applications associated with flood clean-up, support and repairs.Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne said this was one way Council was helping residents get through yet another difficult period.“We have all witnessed the devastating losses this flood has caused and part of the healing is the rebuilding process,” Mayor Byrne said.“Cleaning up, rebuilding homes and repairing and replacing anything else that was damaged and lost in this natural disaster will take some time, and we must ensure the process of rebuilding does not become economically unviable and a strain on families and businesses.“That’s why we are proposing a suite of initiatives that will help our residents to recover with ease and without the added stress of needing to go through lengthy approval periods,” Mayor Byrne added.Mayor Byrne said Council and emergency services, including the NSW State Emergency Service (SES) and the Rural Fire Service (RFS), and NSW Government departments, including the Local Land Services and Resilience NSW, had been working tirelessly and around the clock to provide relief and support to those who had been affected.“Both our urban and rural parts of our Shire were impacted by this heavy rain event. While the urban parts of our Shire are almost back to business, our focus is now on our rural region, along the Hawkesbury River – from Wisemans Ferry to Cattai – which was the worse hit by this flood,” Mayor Byrne said.“Council crews have been working to re-open roads, clear drains and clean up our parks and other community facilities which have been impacted by this natural disaster. We’ve also had Council officers assisting our emergency services, as well as coordinating the clean-up efforts through State Government agencies.“There are some sites within the Shire that require large machinery to remove debris and waste, which has washed up during the flooding. Resilience NSW is helping to deploy heavy plant machinery to affected areas.“We’ve worked hard to maintain garbage services throughout our region. Some areas were impacted by the floods, including sections of River Road and Pages Wharf Road in North Sackville. We’ve advised those residents to leave their bins out and to bag any excess rubbish and leave next to their bins. Collection will occur as soon as access is available. /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:business, caravan, community, council, disaster, Emergency, Emergency Services, fire, Government, Hawkesbury, Hills Shire Council, local council, Local Land Services, NSW, red tape, resilience, stress, Wisemans Ferrylast_img read more

China might be the next to ban sales of gas- and diesel-powered cars

first_imgCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Traffic on the second ring road as heavy air pollution continues to shroud Beijing on February 26, 2014. Chery’s Liu said as newer technologies are developed in the meantime, the strongest among the manufacturers with better resources will adapt to the market and continue to dominate. “Those who currently are outrunning the others in EVs will not necessarily continue to stay ahead,” he said. “The implementation of the ban for such a big market like China can be later than 2040,” said Liu Zhijia, an assistant general manager at Chery Automobile Co., the country’s biggest passenger car exporter that recently unveiled a new line for upscale battery-powered and plug-in hybrid models. “That will leave plenty of time for everyone to prepare.”While many global manufacturers, from Tesla to Nissan to General Motors, are racing to grab a slice of the electric-vehicle market in China, it is the local manufacturers that have found considerable success thanks to generous government subsidies.Leading the PackBYD led the pack in sales in the first seven months of this year, delivering 46,855 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, according to the China Passenger Car Association. Beijing Electric Vehicle, the EV division of state-owned BAIC Motor, followed with 36,084 units. In comparison, General Motors has sold 738 cars run on electricity since it launched the Chevrolet Volt-based Buick Velite 5 at the Shanghai auto show this April. That is 0.04 percent of its 2.1 million vehicles sold in total in China during the seven months.Besides subsidies that also are aimed at meeting the strategic goal of cutting expensive oil imports, the government plans to require automakers to earn enough credits or buy them from competitors with a surplus under a new cap-and-trade program for fuel economy and emissions.Honda will offer an electric car in the Chinese market, China COO Yasuhide Mizuno said at the Tianjin forum. The Japanese carmaker is developing the vehicle with Chinese joint ventures of Guangqi Honda Automobile and Dongfeng Honda Automobile, and will create a new brand with them, he said. Nissan, which unveiled an upgraded model of its Leaf last week, said it will introduce the car in China in 2018 or 2019.Startup Electric SUVInternet entrepreneur William Li’s Nio will start selling ES8, an SUV powered only by batteries, in mid-December. The startup is working with state-owned Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group, which also is in a venture with Volkswagen to introduce an electric SUV next year.In June, Tesla said it’s working with the Shanghai government to explore local manufacturing, a move that would allow it to achieve economies of scale and bring down manufacturing, labor and shipping costs.Though Chin has announced its intentions, the process will be complicated and will take time for all the auto-sector regulators to come up with an implementation plan, said Zhang Yang, a vice president at Nio. But it will help set a clear direction for manufacturers, he said on the sidelines of the Tianjin forum. China has the world’s largest scale of fossil-fuel vehicle production facilities.Changing Lane“This will ask everyone, from energy and technology sectors as well as traditional automakers, to change to the lane to develop new powertrains,’’ said Zhang. “It’s hard to say who can be the winners at the moment. All of us should stand the test of speed and endurance in this run.’’In July, the U.K. governmenet said it will ban sales of diesel- and gasoline-fueled cars by 2040, two weeks after France announced a similar plan to reduce air pollution and meet targets to keep global warming below 2ºC. Norway and the Netherlands are considering a more aggressive way to put an end on fossil fuel cars years earlier than its European peers. RELATED TAGSNewsAnhui Jianghuai Automobile Co. Ltd.AsiaAutomobile ManufacturingAutomotive TechnologyBAIC Motor Corp.Beijing ElectricBYD Co. 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The move will have a profound impact on the environment and growth of China’s auto industry, Xin said at an auto forum in Tianjin on Saturday.The world’s second-biggest economy, which has vowed to cap its carbon emissions by 2030 and curb worsening air pollution, is the latest to join countries such as the U.K. and France seeking to phase out vehicles using gasoline and diesel. The looming ban on combustion-engine automobiles will goad both local and global automakers to focus on introducing more zero-emission electric cars to help clean up smog-choked major cities. ‹ Previous Next › See More Videos Trending in Canada Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Trending Videoslast_img read more

Mountains warming faster than expected as climate changes, scientists report

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Categories:Education & OutreachScience & TechnologyNews Headlines An international team of scientists is calling for urgent and rigorous monitoring of temperature patterns in mountain regions after compiling evidence that high elevations could be warming faster than previously thought.Without substantially better information, people risk underestimating the severity of a number of already looming environmental challenges, including water shortages and the possible extinction of some alpine flora and fauna, according to the research team, which includes Henry Diaz and Imtiaz Rangwala from CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. Both researchers are part of NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory. NOAA is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.The team’s report is published in the journal Nature Climate Change.“There is growing evidence that high mountain regions are warming faster than lower elevations and such warming can accelerate many other environmental changes such as glacial melt and vegetation change,” said lead author, Nick Pepin of the University of Portsmouth. But scientists urgently need more and better data to confirm this, because there are so few observations from 11,000 feet or higher, he and his co-authors said.“It’s understandable. Mountains are difficult to study, they are remote and often inaccessible, and it is expensive and often challenging to find ways of effectively monitoring what is happening,” Pepin said. “Mountains are also very complicated landscapes, and have a wide variety of microclimates which makes it hard to see the overall picture.”The most striking evidence that mountain regions are warming more rapidly than surrounding regions comes from the Tibetan plateau, according to the new paper. There, temperatures have risen steadily over the past 50 years and the rate of change is speeding up. But masked by this general climate warming are pronounced differences at different elevations. For example, over the past 20 years temperatures above 13,000 ft (4,000 m) have risen nearly 75 percent faster than temperatures in areas below 6,500 ft (2,000 m). The picture is more complicated in other regions. In the Rocky Mountains, for example, there are so few data that reach back more than a decade, researchers have not been able to make broad conclusions about warming trends at various altitudes, said CIRES’ Diaz.However sparse, existing monitoring has been a huge help to scientists trying to understand how various physical processes act to change climate at high altitudes, said Rangwala.Records of weather patterns at high altitudes are “extremely sparse,” the researchers found. The density of weather stations above 4,500 m is roughly one-tenth that in areas below that elevation. Long-term data, crucial for detecting patterns, doesn’t yet exist above 5,000 m anywhere in the world. The longest observations above this elevation are 10 years on the summit of Kilimanjaro.The team of scientists came together as part of the Mountain Research Initiative, a mountain global change research effort funded by the Swiss National Foundation. The team includes scientists from the UK, United States, Switzerland, Canada, Ecuador, Pakistan, China, Italy, Austria and Kazakhstan. Between them, they have studied data on mountain temperatures worldwide collected over the past 60-70 years.Improved observations, satellite-based remote sensing and climate model simulations are all needed to gain a true picture of warming in mountain regions, said Raymond Bradley, a climatologist at the University of Massachusetts and one of the report’s co-authors. “We are calling for special efforts to be made to extend scientific observations upwards to the highest summits to capture richer data on what is happening across the world’s mountains,” Bradley said. “We also need a strong effort to find, collate and evaluate observational data that already exists wherever it is in the world. This requires international collaboration.”The world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest, stands at 8,848 meters (29,029 feet). More than 250 other mountains, including Mount Elbrus in Russia, Denali in Alaska, Mount Aconcagua in Argentina and Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa also all top the 5,000-meter (16,000-feet) mark.Contacts:  ●      Imtiaz Rangwala, CIRES scientist in NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory, [email protected], (303)497-6544 ●      Henry Diaz, CIRES scientist in NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory, [email protected] ●      Katy Human, [email protected], 303-735-0196 At 12,218 feet, Mount Cook is the highest mountain in New Zealand. An international team of scientists, including two from CIRES, is calling for better monitoring of temperature patterns in Earth’s highest altitude regions because of compelling evidence that these places are warming faster than others. Photo by Birgit Hassler, CIRES/NOAA Published: April 23, 2015 last_img read more

CRDDS introduces new workshop series

first_imgPublished: Sept. 10, 2020 The Center for Research Data & Digital Scholarship (CRDDS) is hosting all learning opportunities online this semester, including a new workshop series called Method of the Month (MoM). MoM workshops will focus on the larger procedures of data collection and analysis to serve as foundational knowledge for the tools. “People typically come to CRDDS for tool-specific help and there can be a knowledge gap,” explains CRDDS director for Digital Scholarship and Digital Scholarship Librarian Nickoal Eichmann-Kalwara. “Understanding the methods behind their approach is part one, because it will determine the types of questions researchers may ask and how it will shape their data for visualization and analysis. Whether it’s Digital Humanities or data science, the tools may change, but the methods less so.”The MoM for September, Geospatial Data & Visualization, is led by Earth, Environment and Geospatial Librarian Philip White. GIS is a scientific framework for gathering, analyzing, and visualizing geographic data to help people make more informed decisions. This month, CRDDS is offering GIS workshops on Tools for Geospatial Analysis, Finding Geospatial Data and Principles of Map Design.Each month focuses on a different topic and many of the workshops are shorter—30 minutes total—to help prevent “zoom fatigue.”In addition to MoM, CRDDS offers a full range of other workshops on coding, data management, digital humanities, copyright and publishing to support both university and community members working and learning remotely. “CRDDS is here to help people experiment, expand their knowledge and learn how to use research tools ethically,” said Eichmann-Kalwara. “We support the entire research data lifecycle, from planning to publishing to reuse, with an interdisciplinary aimVirtual drop-in consult hours are available each Tuesday from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. or you can schedule a one-on-one consultation with a data expert.A full list of workshops is available on the CRDDS events page. Be sure to check back often as new workshops are continuously added!All events are available via Zoom and are free and open to the public. For events that require registration, registrants will receive a reminder email before the event, with the Zoom link and Meeting ID.Categories:CRDDSTags:EventsWorkshoplast_img read more

Prognostic tests can help avoid chemo in 60% early breast cancer cases; but over 50% patients diagnosed in late stages

first_imgPrognostic tests can help avoid chemo in 60% early breast cancer cases; but over 50% patients diagnosed in late stages Breast Cancer Awareness Monthbreast conserving surgerychemotherapyprognostic tests Obesity major contributor to rising disease burden; 1 in 25 women face lifetime risk of breast cancer in India, early detection can improve survival rate to 80-90 per centEarly disease detection and use of new age prognostic tests to personalise treatment plans can help improve breast cancer survival rates to up to 90 per cent. Unfortunately, unlike in the US where over 70 per cent patients are diagnosed in early stages, in India over 50 per cent of patients are still diagnosed in advanced disease stages, resulting in a large burden of preventable deaths.As October is observed as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, oncologists are underlining the need to increase early stage diagnosis and make prognostic tests which help in identifying patients avoid toxic modalities of treatments, such as CanAssist Breast available to a larger number of patients.Padma Shri Dr Ramakant Deshpande, onco surgeon and Chairman,  Asian Cancer Institute expresses concern over rising disease incidence in relatively younger women and identifies increasing prevalence of obesity, consumption of processed foods, stress, lack of physical exercise and delayed pregnancies as contributing factors to the rising disease graph. He says that one in 25 women in India have a lifetime risk of developing breast cancer with women in urban areas facing a higher risk.“Advanced treatment modalities, ability to personalise treatment and use of new age prognostic tests today give us the ability to significantly prolong lives and save 80-90 per cent of breast cancer patients. Earlier most patients, even in relatively early stages were administered chemotherapy as an adjunct to surgery with the hope that it will improve survival, as there was no definite way of identifying tumours with lower aggressive potential where such toxic treatment could be avoided. Now, in early stage diseases, up to 60 per cent of patients can be spared chemotherapy and many can avoid total mastectomy by undergoing prognostic tests such as CanAssist Breast in the early disease stage. Unfortunately, over 50 per cent of breast cancers in India are diagnosed in stages 3 and 4, resulting in a large number of preventable deaths and low survival rates,” said Dr Ramakant Deshpande.Notably, breast cancer survival rates have improved significantly in western countries where preventive screenings and awareness ensure that a majority of cases are identified in the early stage of disease. In the US, it is estimated that up to 90 per cent of women survive five years of diagnosis and 84 per cent manage to survive 10 years. In India the survival rates remain much lower.Patients diagnosed with stage 1 or 2 breast cancers can undergo breast conserving surgery (BCS) which enables them to save their breasts. The possibility of avoiding aggressive treatment and chemotherapy is another major benefit of early detection.“Early stage breast cancer patients are recommended the use of prognostic tests such as CanAssist Breast to direct the use of chemotherapy. While chemotherapy is essential in many cases, it also has its side effects including psychological effects, possible hair loss, cosmetic changes- though temporary and reversible and a small possibility of bone marrow changes. Prognostic tests help identify the group of breast cancer patients which has a high risk of metastatic disease or relapse and we can actually target only that population for chemotherapy, sparing practically 60-70 per cent of patients from unnecessary chemotherapy. It not only improves quality of life and survival but also reduces cost of treatment for many,” added Dr Deshpande.With COVID-19 further delaying disease presentation in a large number of women and interrupting treatment in others, Dr Deshpande is concerned that the pandemic may result in a higher breast cancer deaths over the next few years.“The COVID-19 pandemic has further hampered timely hospital approach of patients, disease detection and treatment. Over the past six months, delayed diagnosis and thereby change in stage at first presentation itself has emerged as a major concern and since patients are presenting together now after a gap of nearly six months, disease presentation incidence at hospitals has almost doubled because of delays due to COVID. For patients living in rural areas it has been particularly difficult to be able to reach an oncologist on time. It is important to educate women to not delay reporting their symptoms because of the fear of pandemic because even a month’s delay in starting treatment can make the difference of life and death when it comes to breast cancer. There is no bar in undertaking diagnostic or therapeutic procedures including surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy even during Covid time’s with certain precautions,” added Dr Deshpande.Increased awareness, regular screening after 40 years of age, early detection, adoption of healthy and active lifestyles can help control incidence of disease and help with early presentation and higher cures.“Obesity, consumption of unhealthy processed foods, delayed age of child birth, lack of physical activity and high stress contributes towards increase in breast cancer incidence. Obesity per se is responsible for increasing the incidence by almost 70 per cent. Healthy living, good sleep, exercise, healthy diet and weight control can reduce risk of disease,” he added. WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals By EH News Bureau on October 30, 2020 Comments (0) Share Related Posts Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Add Comment Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Adoption of AI/ML can disrupt healthcare services Read Article Cancer Care News Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine storylast_img read more

Jamaica’s Economic Prospects are good – Ambassador Marks

first_imgJamaica’s Economic Prospects are good – Ambassador Marks Foreign AffairsNovember 8, 2010 Advertisements RelatedJamaica’s Economic Prospects are good – Ambassador Marks FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks has said that while the island is faced with the challenges posed by the global economic crisis, the prospects for its long-term sustainable economic development are strong.Addressing over 70 members of the Philadelphia business community, at a luncheon hosted by the Jamaica Trade Council of Greater Philadelphia, at the Duane Morris Law firm in downtown Philadelphia on Friday, November 5, Ambassador said, “Jamaica continues to show strong macro-economic indicators, which augur well for the stimulation of the productive capacity of the country. Since this year, a number of developments have given rise to a renewed optimism about the direction of the economy.”She pointed to the reduction of interest rates and Government treasury bills to single digit figures, down from over 15 years of double-digit rates. Ambassador Marks noted that the government was examining a range of options to entice the commercial banks to follow its lead and, from recent indications the rates in the banking sector have been unmoored, and were now moving downwards.“From my previous incarnation as an entrepreneur, I can appreciate the significance of this development – cheaper access to capital will have a positive impact on an increase in business activity in the country,” she said.Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks (centre), has the attention of pastor of the Saint Memorial Baptist church in Philadelphia, the Rev. Dr. Horace O. Russel (right); and pastor of the Clinton Avenue Presbyterian church in New Jersey, the Rev. Dr. Alfred B. Johnson, after delivering the main address at an investment luncheon hosted by the Jamaica Trade Council of Greater Philadelphia at the Duane Morris Law firm in downtown Philadelphia on Friday, November 5, 2010.Ambassador Marks told the Philadelphia business community that the successful implementation of the Jamaica Debt Exchange (JDX) programme had realised savings of $41 billion for the country. The government has also re-engaged the multilateral financial institutions, to access loans at very low interest rates, she pointed out.The Ambassador outlined that a number of major investment projects were either underway or were in the finals stages of planning. These include the US$220 million construction of the Falmouth cruise ship terminal; the Harmony Cove Casino and Hotel development of US$1.5 billion; conversion to Liquified Natural Gas (LNG), which will reduce fuels costs to the consumer by 30 per cent; the rehabilitation of the Palisadoes shoreline at a cost of US$56 million; and the US$2.5 billion Kingston re-development project.She pointed out that the government’s medium-term economic and financial programme was designed to return Jamaica to a path of sustainable growth and development.“One of my primary mission as Ambassador of Jamaica to the United States of America is to secure greater investment and business opportunities for Jamaica.in this regard, I see today as the beginning of my interaction with you to further develop and strengthen the cooperation between the Embassy and the Trade Council, with a view to promoting trade and investment in Jamaica,” said Ambassador Marks.Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks (left) is presented with a copy of the Philadelphia Tribune Newspaper by President and Chief Executive Officer of the 125 year old publication, Robert Bogle, after she toured the plant on Friday, November 5, while on an official visit to Philadelphia.She also lauded the conceptualisers and founders of the Jamaica Trade Council of Greater Philadelphia, stating that, “The Trade Council is perfectly placed to make an important contribution to the creation of business opportunities, promote trade, and encourage investment opportunities between Jamaica and the Greater Philadelphia area”.In his remarks, President of the Trade Council, Dr. Harold Mignott, explained that the Trade Council of Greater Philadelphia was established in January 2003 to promote trade and economic cooperation through public-private sector partnerships. He noted that since that time, there have been a number of activities that have been geared towards realizing these objectives.Ambassador Marks, who is on a two-day official visit to Philadelphia, will participate in a number of activities, which include an address to African and Caribbean round table investment seminar, a courtesy call on the Mayor of Philadelphia and delivering the keynote address at the African and Caribbean Awards Banquet. She also toured the 125 year old Philadelphia Tribune newspaper and met with the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Robert Bogle, and the editorial staff.center_img RelatedJamaica’s Economic Prospects are good – Ambassador Marks RelatedJamaica’s Economic Prospects are good – Ambassador Markslast_img read more

247 job seekers placed through LMIS

first_imgAdvertisements Related247 job seekers placed through LMIS 247 job seekers placed through LMIS LabourNovember 29, 2010 Related247 job seekers placed through LMIScenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A total 247 Jamaicans were placed in jobs over the three-month period April to June 2010 through the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s Labour Market Information System (LMIS).In addition, 584 job vacancies were posted on the online job search and placement facility and 1,031 persons were referred for proper training. The system attracted 2,177 job seekers over the period.State Minister for Labour and Social Security, Hon. Andrew Gallimore, made the revelation on Friday November 26 at a training workshop on the system for guidance officers and counsellors held at the Ministry in Kingston.The workshop aims to assist the counsellors to utilise the system to identify training and job opportunities for young people, and also equip them with the skills to train other counsellors in its use.Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Andrew Gallimore (left) greets Guidance Counsellor, St. Andrew Technical High School, Courtney Thomas (right) during a training workshop on the Labour Market Information System (LMIS) at the Ministry’s offices in downtown Kingston. Looking on are Senior Education Officer, Secondary Co-ordination, Ministry of Education, Nordia Birthwright-Hill (2nd left); and Guidance Counsellor, Boys Town All-Age, Janet Barton-Oakley.Mr. Gallimore said that counsellors play an integral role in moulding the lives of young people and as such, training them to assist youngsters to make better choices is important.“You are a critical part of moulding the future of this country. Our young people, without doubt, are going to write the next chapter of our country’s history and you, the guidance officers and counsellors, play a critical role,” he said.He noted that the system is able to identify the industries that are growing so that counsellors will be better able to guide students on a career path that will ensure that they are employed after school.The LMIS, which targets students, parents, guidance counsellors, career developers, employers, and post secondary institutions, gathers a range of qualitative and quantitative information related to: employment levels, unemployment, the educational levels of persons in the labour force, education and training, which will be required by the labour force in the future, and industries that are growing and contracting.The system represents an integrated and coordinated approach to the collection of information; facilitates collaboration between users and producers thereby ensuring the relevance of the information being produced; and facilitates greater accessibility to information on the labour market.The LMIS can be accessed through the Ministry’s website at www.mlss.gov.jm, or directly at www.lmis-ele.org.jm. Related247 job seekers placed through LMISlast_img read more