NTSB: Witness says tribal health executive was distracted before his helicopter disappeared over Gulf of Alaska

first_imgSearch & Rescue | SouthcentralNTSB: Witness says tribal health executive was distracted before his helicopter disappeared over Gulf of AlaskaMarch 23, 2021 by Nat Herz, Alaska Public Media Share:This float spotted by U.S. Coast Guard searchers is believed to be from the missing helicopter piloted by former tribal health executive Andy Teuber. (U.S. Coast Guard via NTSB)A witness who spoke with a tribal health executive before his helicopter went missing last month told federal investigators that the executive was “distracted, and was not himself,” according to a preliminary report published Tuesday.Andy Teuber, the former president of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, was alone, flying a helicopter from Anchorage to Kodiak when he went missing last month — with his last reported location near a cluster of islands known for treacherous weather conditions.It was the same day the Anchorage Daily News published a story in which Teuber’s former assistant accused him of sexual coercion and abuse.The new report issued Tuesday, by the National Transportation Safety Board, said that Teuber contacted a pilot from a helicopter business he owned, Kodiak Helicopters, the day he went missing.Teuber told the other pilot that “he needed the helicopter for the next few days, and he told him to cancel any previously scheduled charter flights,” according to the report.“He added that he had brief contact with (Teuber) while unloading his personal gear from the helicopter, but that (Teuber) seemed distracted and was not himself,” the report said. “Just before departure, (Teuber) commented to the Kodiak Helicopters pilot that he wanted to be in Kodiak, and with his family, when a local news story involving him was scheduled to publish.”Teuber has not been found, and until Tuesday, physical evidence from his helicopter was scant: U.S. Coast Guard searchers had seen, but not recovered, a float that was believed to have come off the missing aircraft.But Tuesday’s report says that an air charter operator located more debris in the days after the accident.“The debris was recovered and found to be parts of the helicopter’s float, landing skid, and fuselage structure,” the report said. “No other wreckage has been located at this time.”Share this story:last_img read more

Cash from cannabis companies creates conflicted researchers

first_img [email protected] I wanted to try medical marijuana. Why couldn’t my doctors help me? In contrast, academics funded by public medical research agencies have a wider range of views and are often more conservative. For example, an editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal called cannabis legalization “a national, uncontrolled experiment in which the profits of cannabis producers and tax revenues are squarely pitched against the health of Canadians.” The U.S. Surgeon General has also warned that cannabis use during adolescence and pregnancy is unsafe.An important concern from doctors and public health experts is that legalizing cannabis will increase its use and its associated harms. Industry-linked academics argue that legalization does not increase use, and that researchers are too biased with their “focus on risks of harm rather than possible benefits.” Canada’s quarterly National Cannabis Survey, however, has shown a small increase in self-reported cannabis use from between 14% and 16% in 2018 — before legalization in Canada — to 16% to 18% in 2019 after legalization. There were also significant increases in seniors, people aged 25-44, and in specific regions of the country.With millions of users and a growing customer base, around 40% of whom use cannabis daily, the cannabis industry has a huge incentive to manipulate public opinion and policy. In New Zealand, which is considering legalization this year, there have been calls to ban the industry from influencing public policy, similar to global treaties that regulate lobbying by the tobacco industry.Sensible regulators and university administrators should heed the call to keep the cannabis industry out of public policy and ban academics, universities, and research institutes from accepting funding from the cannabis industry. Just because cannabis is legal in an increasing number of jurisdictions does not mean it is a healthy product or that its manufacturers and lobbyists can’t have a deleterious effect on research and public health.Of course, cannabis industry scientists should be free to conduct and publish their own research. But they should do so without the sheen of credibility from public universities and hospitals. Cannabis companies should also not be able to use public institutions to promote their brands through displays of corporate social responsibility.Academic research on cannabis should be supported by disinterested public funding agencies, as the National Institutes of Health is doing, so researchers are not pressured or incentivized based on their ability to design industry-friendly studies.Accepting funding from an industry that sells addictive drugs — whether that’s alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, or something else — is ethically dubious for researchers who should be working for the public interest alone. An academic receiving or seeking funds from the cannabis industry should result in an ethics scandal, as it has done for alcohol research, not a press release.Shaun Khoo, Ph.D., is an addiction neuroscientist at the University of Montreal, Canada. He is supported by a postdoctoral fellowship from the Fonds de Recherche du Québec — Santé. Related: Related: In the United States, the University of California San Diego accepted $4.7 million from the Ray and Tye Noorda Foundation, and the University of Utah accepted $740,000 from the Wholistic Research & Education Foundation. Wholistic was founded by Andy Noorda and Pelin Thorogood, who also founded a company that sells products infused with cannabidiol (CBD) — a less psychoactive compound. In 2019, Pelin Thorogood was elected a trustee of the UC San Diego Foundation Board of Trustees.Those donations were eclipsed by a $9 million donation to Harvard and MIT by Bob Broderick, an alumnus of both institutions. As detailed by the Harvard Gazette, Broderick has invested in a variety of cannabis companies, including Tweed Marijuana and Aphria, as well as Tokyo Smoke. He is currently a board member of recreational cannabis companies Superette and Vapium.These companies clearly see marketing and public relations benefits from funding cannabis research. Canopy Growth lists its donations on its Corporate Social Responsibility page, the Wholistic foundation solicits industry donations to promote brand citizenship, visibility and advocacy, and Broderick told the Harvard Gazette that part of his purpose in donating was to “destigmatize the conversation around cannabis.” Funding by industry is a well-established source of bias in research. A variety of studies have shown that funding from industry can bias results. This holds true whether the studies are about pharmaceuticals, medical devices, or artificially-sweetened beverages. Industry funders can keep researchers focused on questions that may yield benefits for them, such as medicinal uses of cannabis, and away from unprofitable ideas, like reining in social media bots spreading unproven cannabis-related health claims.It comes as no surprise that academics funded by the cannabis industry have advocated for potential therapeutic benefits of the plant in medical journals and the media. The Conversation, a website that publishes news and opinion articles written by academics and researchers, has run articles by scientists funded by Canopy Growth touting cannabis for post-traumatic stress disorder, opioid addiction, and endometriosis. Unfortunately, media reports do not always disclose an academic’s cannabis industry funding.Other drug industry consultants have been vocal advocates for cannabis legalization and permissive cannabis policy.Medicinal cannabis is an important argument for legalization or the rescheduling of cannabis. In 2019, researchers supported by the University of New Mexico Medical Cannabis Research Fund claimed the results of their study on tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and CBD “justify immediate de-scheduling of all types of cannabis, in addition to hemp, so that cannabis with THC can be more widely accessible for pharmaceutical use by the general public.” Major donors to the university’s Medical Cannabis Research Fund include cannabis dispensaries, retailers of cannabis-themed cookie cutters, and developers of a tracking app for medical cannabis users. Imagine that scientists charged with doing research on tobacco’s health implications were funded by tobacco companies. (In fact, the tobacco industry used this tactic for decades to cast doubt on the adverse health effects of smoking.) But today it would be an outrageous conflict of interest — research on addictive drugs shouldn’t be paid for by people who stand to profit from selling them. Yet this is exactly what is happening with cannabis.Contrary to common belief, cannabis is an addictive drug with several harmful psychological and physiological effects. As is the case with every such drug, not all people who use it become addicted to it. In fact, most don’t. But it does lead to addiction in a subset of people. Cannabis use disorder is a diagnosable condition that is estimated to affect around 4 million people in the United States, or around 10% of users. It’s a similar story in Canada, where about 1.3% of the population have cannabis use disorder.To date, only a small number of compounds derived from cannabis, or related to them, have been approved by the FDA for treating seizures associated with specific conditions, chemotherapy-induced nausea, and AIDS-related anorexia. Despite numerous studies exploring the potential therapeutic uses of cannabis for other conditions, Cochrane reviews have concluded that there is no good evidence that it is beneficial for fibromyalgia, ulcerative colitis, chronic neuropathic pain, dementia, or Tourette syndrome. And public perception of the utility of the plant goes far beyond the evidence, with off-label uses for everything from chronic pain and opioid addiction to morning sickness during pregnancy.advertisement About the Author Reprints Universities in both Canada and the United States, however, have recently accepted multi-million-dollar donations from the cannabis industry. In 2018, the University of British Columbia and the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use accepted a CA$2.5 million gift from Canopy Growth (formerly Tweed Marijuana) to create a professorship and endowment fund. In 2019, Canopy Growth donated to research conducted by Fondation de l’Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montreal and to the Canadian Sleep and Circadian Network.advertisement This doesn’t mean that cannabis compounds don’t have medicinal properties. The human body has an endogenous cannabinoid system with important functions in modulating signals from the nervous system, and plays a variety of roles in mood, memory, and appetite. The endogenous cannabinoid system is targeted by the active ingredients in cannabis. It’s entirely possible that new medical uses will be discovered at some of the new research centers studying cannabinoids. In many cases, these are funded by philanthropic donations or government grants. Related: By Shaun Khoo Feb. 3, 2020 Reprints Novartis unit teams up with medical marijuana producer, marking milestone for pharma Adobe The cannabis boom could be good for science — and scientists First OpinionCash from cannabis companies creates conflicted researchers Shaun Khoo Tags ethicsmarijuanaresearchlast_img read more

Over 790 children in Laois waiting more than a year for occupational therapy – Stanley

first_img Twitter Community By Siun Lennon – 1st March 2019 Council Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Over 870 people in Laois are waiting over a year for occupational therapy. There are 1140 people are awaiting Speech and Language Therapy while 292 people not been accessed to date.This is according to Laois TD Brian Stanley.Deputy Stanley described the numbers on waiting lists for these services as ‘shocking’. “Shocking figures released to Sinn Féin show massive waiting lists for Occupational Therapy (O/T) and Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) in Laois/Offaly.“These are the most basic services and it is important that people have access to them in a timely manner,” said the Sinn Féin TD.The Occupational Therapy statistics show the total number of people awaiting First assessment is 2127 and 1607 of these are children. 878 are waiting for more than 1 year with the majority of these, 795 being under 18 years of age.“Also of huge concern is the fact that 419 of these are elderly people who are still awaiting an initial assessment.“In the case of Speech and Language Therapy the situation is not much better with a total of 1140 awaiting this service and 292 people not been accessed to date,” Deputy Stanley added.He stated that the delays in accessing these services can have a, ‘profound and long lasting impact on a person’s development and well-being’.“The reality is that the window of opportunity, when it comes to SLT and O/T for children, is short and significant delays can negatively impact on their development. It is an accepted fact that these key interventions must happen at the correct time in a child’s development.“If not it can cause additional problems for them into the future and into adulthood. Essentially these waiting lists are destroying the future for children.“Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy services are in crisis and it’s just another part of the overall dysfunctionality in many parts of the Health Service.“The Government need to put a plan in place for the future. The population is growing and more people need to be trained and more therapists recruited to work in a properly functioning Public Health Care system,” he concluded.SEE ALSO – The most popular name for boys and girls in Laois have been revealed Previous articleThe most popular name for boys and girls in Laois have been revealedNext articleGaisce calls on young people in Laois to take part in ‘Wavelength’ integration project Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img TAGSBrian Stanley TDDeputy Brian Stanley WhatsApp Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year Community New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Over 790 children in Laois waiting more than a year for occupational therapy – Stanley Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Pinterest Home News Over 790 children in Laois waiting more than a year for occupational… NewsPolitics Facebooklast_img read more

MoD: “Canceling Military Exercises Would Be Leaving the Front Door Open…

first_imgNews In response, State Department spokeswomanJen Psaki said, “The DPRK statement that inappropriatelylinks routine US-ROK exercises to the Possiblity of a nuclear test by NorthKorea is an implicit threat. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter Ordinary Pyongyang residents have not received government rations since mid-April AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News SHARE News MoD: “Canceling Military Exercises Would Be Leaving the Front Door Open for a Robber” South Korea’s Ministry of Defense hascompared the recent  offer by North Korea to suspend nuclear tests ifmilitary exercises between Washington and Seoul are canceled to “leaving thefront door open for a robber.”Kim Min Seok at a regular briefing “Thejoint ROK-US military exercises are to defend the Republic of Korea from NorthKorean military threats,” South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman said at aregular briefing today. “For North Korea to tie a tentative suspension of itsnuclear tests to the ROK-U.S. military exercises is not right.”He added, “North Korea’s nuclear tests areprohibited according to the UN Security Council resolution, and North Koreamust obey that.”On January 9th, Pyongyang said it waswilling to suspend nuclear tests if Washington agreed to call off annualmilitary drills held jointly with Seoul. By Daily NK – 2015.01.12 3:01pm Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China News last_img read more

Series D: More choice, lower fees for self-directed investors

first_img NBDB eliminates transaction fees for Canadian-listed ETFs Related news Rudy Luukko There’s a game-changing development this week for discount-brokerage clients who invest in mutual funds. Three additional sponsors — Mackenzie Financial Corp., Invesco Canada Ltd. and BlackRock Asset Management Canada Ltd. — will soon launch Series D funds with much reduced trailer fees. The first discounter to confirm that it will offer them is RBC Direct Investing, which announced Wednesday that the new Series D funds from the three companies will be available sometime in December, subject to regulatory approval. They’ll join existing Series D offerings that are already on RBC Direct Investing’s product shelf, mostly its proprietary RBC and PH&N funds, along with some third-party funds such as those offered by Beutel Goodman & Co. Ltd. Current investors will be able to switch to the new Series D funds once they’re available. Currently, the vast majority of fund companies do not provide a low-fee option to self-directed investors. As a result, do-it-yourselfers bear the full burden of trailer fees paid out of the fund management fees, since discounters receive the same compensation from the fund companies as full-service brokers and dealers. In effect, discount-brokerage clients pay for advice that they’re not getting. Reduced-fee Series D funds address this inequity. Invesco and Mackenzie confirmed that its Series D funds will pay a flat service fee of 0.25% a year for all categories of funds, much lower than their full-service trailers. At this level, discounters like RBC Direct Investing will be compensated for transactions and for ongoing administrative costs. Series D is available for all Mackenzie funds except for money-market funds, the corporate-class versions of the Symmetry Portfolios, and any funds that have been closed to new investments. Similarly, almost all of Inveco’s funds will be available in Series D, with money-market funds among the few exceptions. BlackRock Canada’s Series D will apply to its new family of seven mutual funds, which went on sale in October. The savings will be the greatest for the front-end-load option. For example, investors who choose this option for Series A of Mackenzie’s equity funds and nearly all of its balanced funds bear the cost of trailer fees amounting to 1% annually. For fixed-income funds under the same purchase option, the trailer fee for Series D will be slashed in half from the 0.50% payable on Series A. “We’re not pursuing this as a growth strategy,” Jeff Carney, Mackenzie Investments president and CEO, told Morningstar. “This is an accommodation for investors who have chosen to move to self-directed channels.” Along with being the top executive at Mackenzie, Carney is also co-president and CEO of IGM Financial Inc., the parent company for both the Mackenzie and Investors Group families of funds. The Investors Group funds are not affected, since they are distributed exclusively through a proprietary sales force that provides advice. In an interview, Carney emphasized that Mackenzie remains fully committed to serving advisor channels and encouraging Canadian investors to work with advisors. As Mackenzie stated today in a message to advisors posted on its website: “Our primary focus has always been on supporting advice and the advisors who provide this essential service to their clients. We emphatically assert that Canadian investors are best served when they work with a financial advisor.” Mackenzie’s message to advisors said that by correcting an obvious inequity with Series D, it is demonstrating its ongoing commitment to fair treatment of investors. “We believe that demonstration will carry weight in future discussions with our regulators that affect our industry.” Invesco Canada president Peter Intraligi said the new Invesco series reflects the company’s belief that investors have a right to decide how they should pay for advice, or not pay for it if they choose to invest on their own. Though Invesco is a strong supporter of advice channels and takes the position that investors achieve better results when working with an advisor, Intraligi said it would be hypocritical to advocate choice for clients of advisors while restricting choice to investors who choose to act on their own. Intraligi told Morningstar that Invesco began internal discussions that led to the creation of its Series D in December 2012, when the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) released its discussion paper on fund fees. Among the possibilities raised in that paper, which prompted numerous submissions by the industry, consumer advocates and other interested parties including Morningstar, was a ban on trailer fees and other compensation paid to brokers and dealers out of the funds’ management fees. Bans on embedded compensation have been implemented in the United Kingdom and Australia, and fund companies like Invesco and Mackenzie worry that Canadian regulators will follow suit. “The risk of a ban remains,” Intraligi says in a letter being emailed to advisors and posted on Invesco Canada’s advisor website, “so we’ve focused our efforts on defending your right to choose the business model that’s appropriate for you and your clients.” By creating new fund series that provide a reduced-fee alternative for do-it-yourself investors, companies like Mackenzie and Invesco believe they will be on firmer ground in arguing that investors should have a choice between embedded and non-embedded advisor compensation. In response to criticism from regulators and consumer advocates that embedded compensation puts brokers and dealers in a conflict of interest to the detriment of their clients, fund companies and the trade group that represents most of them, the Investment Funds Institute of Canada, say the solution is greater transparency. This is in the process of happening, they say, with new fee-disclosure requirements being implemented over the next three years under the regulatory reforms known as Client Relationship Model 2 (CRM 2). Share this article and your comments with peers on social mediacenter_img Make ban on DSC mutual funds retroactive to consultation launch: IAP Keywords Discount brokeragesCompanies RBC Direct Investing Class action filed on trailing commissions paid to discount brokers Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Two New Colonels Appointed in the JDF

first_imgRelatedTwo New Colonels Appointed in the JDF Two New Colonels Appointed in the JDF UncategorizedAugust 3, 2006 Advertisements RelatedTwo New Colonels Appointed in the JDFcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, in her capacity as Minister of Defence has announced the appointment of two new Colonels in the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF).Those promoted are Lieutenant Colonel George Reynolds and Lieutenant Colonel Antony Anderson. Both appointments became effective yesterday, August 02, 2006.Colonel Anderson joined the JDF in 1984, after completing his secondary education at Calabar High School. He pursued further training at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, England and the Canadian Forces Staff School in Toronto, Canada. He holds a Masters Degree in Defence Administration from the Royal Military College of Science, United Kingdom. He has commanded the JDF Air Wing as well as served as an Instructor on the Caribbean Junior Command and Staff Course.Colonel Reynolds, currently a Staff Officer, joined the JDF in 1980 after graduating from Knox College. He completed training at the Royal Navy College, the US Naval Driving and Salvage Training Centre and the World Maritime University in Sweden. He holds a Diploma in Human Resource Development and a Masters Degree in Maritime Administration and Environmental Protection.The new appointments became necessary following vacancies created with the retirement of Colonel L.H. Graham and Colonel A.V. Carter. RelatedTwo New Colonels Appointed in the JDFlast_img read more

Empowering Companies to Develop and Design Effective COVID-19 Vaccination Campaigns

first_imgEmpowering Companies to Develop and Design Effective COVID-19 Vaccination Campaigns Geneva, Switzerland – 111 senior business executives from AB InBev’s corporate affairs teams across the world joined the inaugural presentation of the Toolkit 2.0 “Designing and implementing campaigns in support of vaccination efforts to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19: Strategies for Companies” on 15 April 2021 at 9:00 EST.One of the great challenges we face today is linked to the development of effective communication strategies that promote the adoption of protective behaviors to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, including vaccination.This Toolkit presented by UNITAR and developed in collaboration with AB InBev aims to provide a guidance on developing effective communication strategies focused on promoting protective behavior and maximum uptake of COVID-19 vaccines. It highlights the role of individual behaviors and social norms in vaccination and protective efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.Companies around the world want and can make a contribution to help reduce the impact of the pandemic by working collaboratively with local, national and international public health organizations. Furthermore, the toolkit presented sets out how companies can work in partnership with local government stakeholders to develop effective COVID-19 communication strategies focused on promoting protective behavior and maximum uptake of the new COVID-19 vaccines that are now coming on stream.There are many assets that companies have and can use to help control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and reduce its impact. Companies’ assets can include:People and skills (i.e marketing expertise) Knowledge of the communities they service Brands and the trust people have in them Facilities (i.e. warehouses, call centers, etc.) Networks and value-chain partnersLogistics and cold capabilities Consumer and public reach Ability to provide useful products and services Events and sponsorships Technology and data Media investments Funding capabilities During this inaugural presentation, practical examples of actions companies like Ab InBev and other global companies in the United States and Colombia have taken, as well as initiatives that can be implemented to help reduce the impact of this virus on the population, working collaboratively with local, national and international public health organizations, while leveraging their own assets. /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:behavior, business, Colombia, communication, corporate, covid-19, Government, Impact, pandemic, public health, Switzerland, technology, United States, vaccination, Vaccines, worldlast_img read more

GM killing off Chevy Volt, Cruze, Impala and Buick LaCrosse cars

first_img 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” General Motors said it will cut more than 10,000 salaried staff and factory workers and close five factories in North America by the end of next year, part of a sweeping realignment to prepare for a future with a greater number of purely electric vehicles.Four factories in the U.S. and one in Canada, in Oshawa, Ontario, could be shuttered by the end of 2019 if the automaker and its unions don’t come up with an agreement to allocate more work to those facilities, GM said in a statement Monday.Along with two other factory closures outside North America, the company is jettisoning some of its slower-selling sedans. Specifically, GM said the company will cut the Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac CT6 sedans next year. GM is cutting more than 6,000 hourly and salaried workers at its plants and 15 percent of the salaried workers in North America for a total of more than 10,000.While GM is buying out and laying off workers in its core auto operations, the automaker has added close to 1,000 people in the past year at its Cruise autonomous cars division. The Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid will also be dropped along with the Chevy Cruze compact, which will be made in Mexico for other markets.The cuts come on the heels of surprisingly strong third-quarter earnings. GM CEO Mary Barra is trying to make the company leaner as U.S. auto demand slides from a record in 2016 and sales in China – GM’s other profit center – are also in a slump.Barra is also shifting resources toward building electric cars and, eventually, vehicles that drive themselves.“We’re taking these actions while the economy is strong,” Barra told reporters in Detroit. “This industry is changing very rapidly. We want to make sure we’re well-positioned. We think it’s appropriate to do it while company is strong and the economy is strong.”RELATED General Motors to close Oshawa plant: sourceThe plan to cut 15 percent of salaried workers follows a round of buyouts that GM offered to about a quarter of its longer-tenured workforce at the end of October. GM said the cuts will boost automotive free cash flow by $6 billion by the end of 2020 and result in one-time charges of up to $3.8 billion in the fourth quarter of this year and first quarter of 2019.The likely shutdowns have already opened up GM to political pushback, with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeting he has expressed “deep disappointment” with Barra directly.The U.S. plants are in places that have been economically devastated by job losses and pressure on wages for decades, which helped lead to the 2016 election of Donald Trump as president. RELATED TAGSChevroletVoltNon-LuxuryGM PlantNew VehiclesNon-Luxury COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTScenter_img We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. advertisement Trending in Canada Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2017 Chevrolet Volt ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

They served well? PM Golding says of Ben Clare & Colonel Leslie Lloyd

first_imgRelatedThey served well? PM Golding says of Ben Clare & Colonel Leslie Lloyd RelatedThey served well? PM Golding says of Ben Clare & Colonel Leslie Lloyd They served well? PM Golding says of Ben Clare & Colonel Leslie Lloyd Office of the Prime MinisterDecember 22, 2010 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister Bruce Golding paid tribute to former parliamentarians Ambassador Ben Clare who died on December 17 and Colonel Leslie Lloyd who died yesterday (December 21).Speaking in Parliament, Prime Minister Bruce Golding recalled that Ambassador Ben Clare served the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade with distinction.“Mr. Ben Clare entered Parliament in 1989 and served until 2002 and during that period was appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs… I can’t think of any Ministry for which he was more suited because of his temperament, because of his urbanity. He served there with sufficient distinction and accomplishment that even after leaving active politics, as we know, he served as a distinguished ambassador and I want to join in expressing condolences to his family,” Mr. Golding said.Of former Member of Parliament, Colonel Leslie Lloyd, the Prime Minister said that he had many personal reflections of Col Lloyd as they were members of the same family .Mr. Golding also boarded at his home while attending high school.“He was one of three people who have been members of this House defending different parties… He was someone who held strong views that defied party affiliation or friendship and he was never unwilling to defend those views even if he stood alone. So he was somebody of courage and of conviction even though there were many issues where he and I disagreed…I want to express condolences to Yolande and Eddy and all his family and friends”, Mr. Golding said.Colonel Lloyd was a Member of Parliament for East Central St Andrew and then for Central Kingston. He was a former officer in the Jamaica Defence Force.Mr. Golding said that both former Members of Parliament served the public well.center_img Advertisements RelatedThey served well? PM Golding says of Ben Clare & Colonel Leslie Lloydlast_img read more

Gov’t Moving Ahead With Plan To Merge, Close, Privatise Entities

first_imgAdvertisements Story HighlightsThe Government is moving ahead with plans to merge, close, privatise, or outsource the services of several public sector entities.This, as it steps up the drive to enhance efficiencies and realise cost savings through the ongoing reform process under the Public Sector Master Rationalisation Plan.Minister with responsibility for the Public Service, Hon. Horace Dalley, noted that the Administration has started the challenging process of undertaking the recommended 32 mergers, which have been approved by Cabinet. RelatedRegulation of Microfinance Firms Will Protect Sector against Money Laundering Gov’t Moving Ahead With Plan To Merge, Close, Privatise EntitiesJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedImproving Trade Facilitation Critical – Dalley Gov’t Moving Ahead With Plan To Merge, Close, Privatise Entities Finance & Public ServiceJuly 30, 2015Written by: Alecia Smith-Edwardscenter_img The Government is moving ahead with plans to merge, close, privatise, or outsource the services of several public sector entities.This, as it steps up the drive to enhance efficiencies and realise cost savings through the ongoing reform process under the Public Sector Master Rationalisation Plan.Minister with responsibility for the Public Service, Hon. Horace Dalley, noted that the Administration has started the challenging process of undertaking the recommended 32 mergers, which have been approved by Cabinet.He noted, however, that “hiccups” have been encountered in carrying out some of the mergers.He cited for example, the amalgamation of the Jamaica Racing Commission and the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission, noting that “despite all the efforts, we still have not completed that merger for more efficiency and in order to save costs and to take decisions quickly to benefit those who use the service.”Minister Dalley was addressing the launch of the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) report title: ‘Reforming Public Sector Reform’, on July 28, at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston.He noted further that 20 recommended agencies are to be privatised, among them is Caymanas Track Limited, while 11 entities are recommended for closure, “because we feel that what they do can be done or is being done elsewhere and there are multi- overlaps in the services that are offered.”In addition, nine entities have been approved by Cabinet for contracting out their services, but he noted that the process “has not been easy.”The current reform programme, under the 2011 Public Sector Master Rationalisation Plan, has been projected to save the Government $49.7 billion over five years. The rationalisation plan was one of the outputs of the Public Sector Transformation process, which was started in the previous Administration.Minister Dalley assured that the Government is committed to transforming the public sector and is now looking at new aspects of the process. “We have reached a stage now where the last push of 2011 to now, centred on a wider and broader reform initiative,” he said.Mr. Dalley noted that there are three objectives of the current phase of the reform process, which the political directorate has decided on.These are: to drive the growth agenda by facilitating businesses and enhancing Jamaica’s competitiveness by simplifying procedures and reducing bureaucratic processes that add no value; to serve people well, by delivering first class customer service; and to save the Government money through cost saving initiatives.“The reform now has to be focused on improving the wealth of our Jamaicans, creating jobs for our Jamaicans, making Jamaica grow like other countries so that more people can be employed, so that we can move to improve the social inclusion portion of our objectives and our thrust as a Government and protect the most vulnerable,” Minister Dalley  said.The CaPRI report identified the reasons for previous failed attempts at public sector reform and put forward several recommendations to guarantee the success of the current reform process. Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister with responsibility for the Public Service, Hon. Horace Dalley (at podium), addresses a ceremony to launch the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) report, entitled: ‘Reforming Public Sector Reform’ at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on July 28. Pictured at the head table is Co-Executive Director, CaPRI, Dr. Christopher Tufton. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedHighest Sum Ever Raised Through Bonds – Finance Ministerlast_img read more