In pictures: Here’s what Battersea’s stunning roof garden will look like

first_img whatsapp Battersea Power Station yester­day unveiled the look of its Foster and Partners designed roof gar­dens, ahead of the third phase of the closely watched project.The developers of the scheme said the Battersea Roof Gardens and Prospect Park would house one of the biggest roof gar­dens in London. “We have worked on many gardens, but never before on this scale,” Foster and Partner senior executive partner Grant Brooker said.“There is simply no roof garden like this in any private development in the world, so it really does offer a unique residential opportunity.”The development is set to launch its third phase next Friday, having won planning consent from Wandsworth council last week. Phase 3 of the plan will involve 1,305 Gehry Partners and Foster and Partners designed homes. James Corner Field Operations will design the garden on the roof. More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.com‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.com Show Comments ▼ In pictures: Here’s what Battersea’s stunning roof garden will look like Share center_img Tags: NULL Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramUndoinvesting.comThe Military Spent $1 Billion On this New Vehicle, And Here’s The First Lookinvesting.comUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndoPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunUndo whatsapp Wednesday 22 October 2014 8:28 pm Michael Bow Bow last_img read more

General Election 2015: Tony Blair adds to Labour warchest to help Miliband fight the Unions

first_imgSunday 15 March 2015 5:08 am Show Comments ▼ Tags: General Election 2015 Share whatsapp General Election 2015: Tony Blair adds to Labour warchest to help Miliband fight the Unions Billy Ehrenberg whatsapp Tony Blair has flung himself back into the political fray, after it was revealed he organised a deal to secure Labour up to £1m of funding if it gets on the wrong side of its Unite donors.Blair set up a dinner at his home last week, at which Hull football club’s chairman, Assem Allam, agreed to donate an extra £300,000 to Labour, a sum that would take his total donations to the party’s electioneering to £500,000. If Labour loses the backing of union Unite, Allam said, he would donate a further £500,000. Blair ha come under fire for his brokering, with MPs loyal to Unite claiming his behaviour was “underhand” and would cost the party seats.Labour’s relationship with both UK business and Unite is seemingly on a knife edge. Before the dinner Allam said that Labour’s attitude to successful businessmen is “they should go away and die”.According to the Times, after the meeting Allam said:I want to see a strong Labour party less reliant on trade union money, so I have said if you have any problem with the Unite money I will make my donation £1m.As I have always said to our friends in the Labour party, Tony Blair and Ed Miliband, I would increase my political donations to gradually reduce the Labour party’s financial reliance on the trade unions.I hope I can inspire other like-minded business people to do the same so that the Labour party can stand on their own without having to satisfy one paymaster. Meanwhile Unite chairman Len McCluskey wants Labour to name Karie Murphy, a Unite activist who was implicated, but cleared of wrongdoing, in the Falkirk vote-rigging scandal, on the shortlist of candidates for the Halifax constituency. Miliband is less than keen on the idea, and some fear that Unite could pull its £1.5m in funding in protest, a possibility the union strongly denies.Labour MPs who are members of Unite see Blair’s involvement as an underhand attempt to undermine the influence of Unite.   More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comlast_img read more

Investor hit with trading ban, fine

first_img SEC alleges man sold insider trading tips on dark web James Langton Keywords Insider tradingCompanies Ontario Securities Commission A Toronto man has been banned from trading for five years and ordered to disgorge his profits after he admitted to trading on inside information obtained from his son, who worked at a Big Four accounting firm. A hearing panel of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) on Thursday approved a settlement between Fernando Postrado and OSC staff under which Postrado is banned from trading for five years and ordered to disgorge the $109,200 he made from trading on inside information. He also must pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 and $4,250 in costs. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media FINRA bans analyst for insider tradingcenter_img Under the terms of the settlement, Postrado admitted to insider trading based on tips from his son, Andrei Miguel Postrado, who worked in the real estate and construction tax department at KPMG LLP (Canada) and passed along news of two pending takeovers. The elder Postrado bought shares in the firms ahead of the public announcement of the mergers and acquisitions transactions in his online discount brokerage accounts, generating profits of $101,776 on one of the trades and US$4,605 on the other. According to the settlement, “Fernando has accepted full responsibility for his conduct and is remorseful. He has fully cooperated with staff’s investigation. He has extremely limited resources and no assets in hisname.” It also notes that the elder Postrado followed up the tips from his son “by researching and analyzing the financial performance and fundamentals of the [companies] and considered them to be good and worthwhile investments.” KPMG says it co-operated with the OSC’s investigation, and that it terminated Andrei Postrado after the allegations came to light. “Given the firm’s commitment to conduct ourselves at all times with the highest integrity and respect for the law, we were appalled to learn of these allegations against our former employee,” the firm said in a statement. “We are confident that this was an isolated incident and is in no way reflective of how we conduct our business. KPMG is committed to continuing to provide our clients with best in class professional service while protecting their privacy and the confidentiality of their information.” ASIC ready to make deals with devils Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related newslast_img read more

A colourful end to school year

first_imgA colourful end to school year On Friday 4 December, a total of 60 students from Marysville Primary School participated in a ‘colour run’ event to celebrate the end of the school year and to recognise the hard work of students during this challenging year. This event is the first of many colour run events happening at primary schools across our Shire and is proudly supported by Murrindindi Shire Council with funding via the Victorian Government’s FReeZa Program. /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:council, Government, local council, Marysville, Murrindindi, Murrindindi Shire Council, school, students, Victorialast_img read more

A-League games return to Tasmania

first_imgA-League games return to Tasmania Peter Gutwein,PremierJane Howlett,Minister for Sport and RecreationFor the first time since 2013, A-League games will be played in Tasmania this year following an agreement between the Tasmanian Government, Western United Football Club, and Football Tasmania.Premier Peter Gutwein said the agreement would see Victorian club Western United host two games per year at UTAS Stadium in Launceston across the 2021 and 2022 seasons.Calder United, a women’s team affiliated with Western United, will also play a match against a Tasmanian women’s select team in 2021, with a W-League game to be played in 2022.“The return of A-League games to Launceston is a great win for our State and once again confirms Tasmania’s ability to host elite level sport,” the Premier said.“Tasmania has a rich sporting history and this partnership is another important marker in our plan to secure elite sports that deliver numerous economic benefits, as well as positioning Tasmania as a destination of choice for visitors.“We have seen strong growth in football participation in recent years in Tasmania, and this will further create opportunities and incentives to develop our local talent, as well as further our ambition to establish an A-League team of our own here in Tasmania.”As part of the agreement, the Government will provide funding of $480,000 across two years which will include junior football clinics and youth camps attended by the WUFC and Calder United players and coaches.Minister for Sport and Recreation Jane Howlett said the partnership would encourage further participation in football across the State.“Football is surging in popularity as a participation sport in Tasmania and this partnership with Western United Football Club and the A-League will further encourage people to take up the sport at all levels,” Minister Howlett said.“Tasmania is already punching above our weight in our ability to host elite level sporting events, including the introduction of our very own NBL team later this year.“There is no doubt that Tasmanians love their sport and I encourage everyone to turn out in force and get behind Western United in their home away from home, as well as supporting our own Tasmanian women’s team when they face Calder United.” /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:agreement, AusPol, Australia, elite sports, football, Force, Game, Government, Launceston, love, Minister, Premier, Sport and Recreation, sports, TAS, Tasmania, Tassie, Weight, winlast_img read more

How years of international collaboration led to Hope circling Mars

first_imgEngineers work on the Hope probe in a cleanroom. (Credit: MBRSC)On Feb. 14, 2021, the Emirates Mars Mission (EMM), the first mission to Mars led by an Arab nation, released its inaugural image of the red planet in incredible detail. The photo, taken by the mission’s Hope (“Al Amal” in Arabic) probe, showed the red planet at dawn as sunlight moved across the surface—just revealing the edges of Olympus Mons, the tallest volcano in the solar system.Noora Alsaeed is a scholar at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) in the United Arab Emirates and PhD student at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at CU Boulder. For Alsaeed, who doesn’t directly work on the mission, the photo is a promise of things to come. Once the probe launches its full science operations later this year, it will collect data on Martian weather at all points on the planet and at all times of day and seasons of the year.  “It was the best Valentine’s Day gift ever,” said Alsaeed, who grew up in Dubai in the UAE. “The photo captured everything that EMM is going to study. You could see the dust lifting off the surface. You could see the clouds around the North and South poles.”It was also a gift that was only possible because of international collaboration.Beginning in 2015, Alsaeed joined dozens of other young researchers and engineers from the MBRSC who traveled to the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Boulder. Over five years, many of them developed, built, and tested the Hope probe and laid out its scientific goals working in collaboration with engineers and scientists at LASP. There was plenty of cultural exchange: Alsaeed has loved hiking in the mountains (but didn’t enjoy this year’s cold and snowy weather). She and her compatriots from the UAE, in turn, have taught their American friends about the central role that hospitality plays in Arabic-speaking countries.In the process, these researchers learned the ins and outs of planetary science and aerospace engineering—from how carbon dioxide falls as snow over the Martian poles to how to design a propellant tank that can carry enough fuel to put a spacecraft into orbit around Mars.The mission is being led by the MBRSC and includes a group of knowledge partners and experts from around the world—including at LASP, Arizona State University, the University of California, Berkeley and Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.“This sort of mission is like a primordial soup for innovation where you have all these diverse minds working together,” Alsaeed said.As David Brain, a professor at LASP who leads the U.S. science team for EMM put it, “science doesn’t like international boundaries.”Making it look easy Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail By Daniel Strain • Published: April 1, 2021 Mohsen Mohammed Al Awadhi had a close eye on the product of that collaboration on Feb. 9. He was sitting at a computer screen in the Mission Operations Center at the MBRSC in Dubai when Hope began what engineers call a Mars orbit insertion maneuver.The feat wasn’t easy—to swing itself into orbit around Mars, the spacecraft had to burn its thrusters for nearly 30 minutes, slowing its speed down from about 75,000 to 11,000 miles per hour. When the maneuver was successful and the control room burst into cheers, Al Awadhi remembers feeling “confused.”“I wasn’t sure if we were done because it was so easy,” said Al Awadhi, who’s the mission systems engineer for EMM. “That showed the hard work of the team—that they made this critical event feel so easy.”Al Awadhi had a long road to get to this point. When he graduated from college in 2010, he didn’t think he’d ever be able to use his skills to explore outer space. Instead, he worked on airplanes. But several years later, he jumped at the opportunity to get involved in EMM—in large part because he knew that the UAE was seeking to build a sustainable space program that would inspire Arab youth and engage in the worldwide space science community.“We’re not just doing this to say we’re doing this,” Al Awadhi said. “We want to lead a mission that is unique and that is actually contributing to the scientific community.”To make that happen, Al Awadhi and his wife, among others, moved to Boulder in 2015 and stayed until 2020. He worked side-by-side with engineers at LASP to learn about the unique challenges that come from sending equipment made on Earth millions of miles into space. All interplanetary space missions, for example, need to abide by “planetary protection” protocols—guidelines that prevent space probes and landers from contaminating bodies like Mars with living organisms from Earth.    The Emirates Mars Mission’s first image of the red planet. Olympus Mons is the circular structure just above the shadow. (Credit: MBRSC/UAE Space Agency/CU-LASP/EMM-EXI) Top: The Hope probe in a cleanroom; bottom: Artist’s rendering of the Hope probe in orbit around Mars. (Credits: MBRSC) Along the way, Al Awadhi earned his master’s degree in aerospace engineering from CU Boulder and saw the birth of his first son.“Boulder will always be my second home,” Al Awadhi said.His colleagues at LASP feel the same way. Nicolas Ferrington is the systems engineering manager at the institute and worked closely with Al Awadhi on EMM. He said that he wanted to be a part of a mission that bridged national and cultural divides.“Before EMM, I had never interacted on a close level with someone from the Middle East,” Ferrington said.It wasn’t always easy. Ferrington noted that he had to adapt his own leadership style for his new colleagues. In the past, when he saw a problem that needed fixing, the engineer jumped in and took care of it on his own. The team from the UAE, however, didn’t have that same go-it-alone attitude, so Ferrington learned how to let other people step up. He hopes that more space projects will follow the MBRSC and LASP’s lead in the coming years—especially as nations like the UAE look to start their own space programs.“If you’re just purchasing a spacecraft from somebody, you’re not building the capacity in-house. You’re not allowing your own population to grow,” Ferrington said. “You need to find a model to transfer that knowledge.”Lighting up redIn the UAE, the mission has already become a symbol of national pride. To celebrate Hope’s arrival at Mars, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper, was lit in red light—as were landmarks across the Middle East.Brain said that people in the UAE today are as excited about space as Americans were during the Apollo era. During one of his trips to Dubai, the scientist spoke to a class of middle school girls about their nation’s mission to Mars.“I couldn’t get out of the room they were so excited,” he said. “That engagement was astounding. I remember my own middle school experience of how uncool it was to show interest in things like that.”Alsaeed added that the best part of the mission for her has been all of the messages she’s received from young people who want to know how they, too, can become a Mars explorer. When she was an undergraduate student at the American University of Sharjah in the UAE, her college didn’t offer a physics degree, let alone a major in planetary science. Today, she said, young girls in the UAE won’t have to leave their home to reach the stars, and that might be the real legacy of EMM.“They already have the passion,” Alsaeed said. “Now they feel like they can act on it.” Categories:SpaceNews Headlineslast_img read more

Acker to Accept Cryptocurrency Effective Immediately

first_imgTwitter ReddIt Linkedin Share AdvertisementAmerica’s Oldest Wine Shop Will Transact in the World’s Newest CurrenciesNEW YORK, NY – April 13, 2021 Acker, America’s oldest wine shop and the world’s largest fine wine auction house, will begin accepting the world’s newest, digital currencies as payment at auction and retail effective immediately.  Acker will accept Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Dogecoin, PAX, Gemini Dollar, and BUSD.  Using the bitcoin payment processor, BitPay, clients can pay for auction purchases as easily as transacting via credit card.  Acker has also added two of the top digital currencies, Bitcoin and Ethereum, to its Acker Markets platform, which provides an insider’s look at the top producers, vintages, and regions in the wine auction market relative to other significant financial markets. “Cryptocurrencies are no longer a passing fad, and, as one of the oldest licensed businesses in America, Acker is proud to accept this novel form of payment as we continue to evolve in our third century as a company,” remarked Acker Chairman, John Kapon.  “Cryptocurrency is here to stay, and we are excited to offer these additional options for payment in this ever-changing and shifting world.  We look forward to growing our already robust network of wine lovers and making more exciting announcements in the digital space soon.”The auction season continues for Acker with another “live online” auction in Hong Kong on April 23rd and 24th and returns to Delaware on May 12th and 13th.   Acker is currently accepting wines for its Spring “live online” auctions, with weekly web auctions closing every week.  For more information, email [email protected] AckerEstablished in 1820, Acker is the oldest wine shop in America and the world’s largest fine and rare wine auction house.  Since third generation wine merchant John Kapon, Chairman of Acker, started the auction business in 1998, the house has gained worldwide recognition.  Acker offers a vast array of services, including cellar consultations, a deep retail inventory of fine and rare wine for immediate sale, first class wine education amenities, and fine and rare wine auctions.Advertisement Email TAGSAcker Previous article100% Cheese Crisp and Fastest Growing Wine Brand Partner at Select Retailers This SpringNext articlePiper Sonoma Partners with Farm to Pantry Press Release Pinterest Home Industry News Releases Acker to Accept Cryptocurrency Effective ImmediatelyIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessAcker to Accept Cryptocurrency Effective ImmediatelyBy Press Release – April 13, 2021 338 0 Facebooklast_img read more

ICT to be A Growth Driver -Vaz

first_imgRelatedICT to be A Growth Driver -Vaz ICT to be A Growth Driver -Vaz InformationJuly 23, 2010 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, has said that the government is working to create a productive Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry that will drive social and economic growth.The industry, he said, will be supported by a legal and regulatory framework, which promotes universal access, social inclusiveness and competitiveness.“ICTs will be the driver of economic and social development in this country,” Minister Vaz stated, as he addressed Flow’s fourth anniversary media breakfast held this morning (July 22) at the telecommunications provider’s St. Lucia Avenue headquarters in New Kingston.Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz (centre), addresses Flow’s fourth anniversary media breakfast, held at the company’s St. Lucia Avenue headquarters in New Kingston this morning (July 22). Listening are President and Chief Operating Officer of Flow, Michele English, and Director of Commercial Services, Andrew Fazio.According to the Technology Minister, ICT should be leveraged to transform Jamaica’s productive capacity, in the bid to achieve developed country status by 2030.He said that all Jamaicans must be engaged in exploiting and reaping the benefits from the technology available and pledged to work “tirelessly” to support the best use of ICT in Jamaica, from software developers to bloggers and other content producers.He noted that the government is of the view that expansion of broadband at greater speeds and bandwidth is a critical element in the building of a knowledge-based society. “We want to see ubiquitous and economic broadband access that is heavily utilised by everyone – children, senior citizens, laymen and professionals,” he stated.He noted that “while we are happy to see the speeds at which we can now download information, the availability of broadband provides an opportunity to upload the wealth of the island’s culture, music, sports and cuisine”.Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz (right), is greeted by Director of Commercial Services at Flow, Andrew Fazio. Occasion was the telecommunications provider’s fourth anniversary media breakfast, held this morning (July 22) at its St. Lucia Avenue headquarters in New Kingston.“We are anxious to reverse the one-way traffic into cyber space with a view to capitalising on our natural resources,” he stated.The Minister congratulated Flow on its achievements, as it continues to spread its operations across the island, and the wider region.Flow, which provides a wide array of interactive telecommunications services, has invested some US$700 million in building communication infrastructure in Jamaica, informed President and Chief Operating Officer, Michele English.She noted that there had been a 70 per cent reduction in the price of Internet service to residential consumers with Flow coming into the market, and a 78 per cent reduction for commercial consumers.She said that in terms of world broadband pricing, Flow has the fourth lowest price on a per megabyte basis, out of 34 countries. She noted also that the company plans to invest some $80 million in a variety of educational, sports and cultural programmes across the island this year. RelatedArchives Critical to Jamaica’s Historycenter_img Advertisements RelatedICT to be A Growth Driver -Vazlast_img read more

$4.4 Billion Set Aside for PATH Beneficiaries

first_imgRelatedArchives Critical to Jamaica’s History RelatedJIS Jamaica 50 Photo Album Wins International Award $4.4 Billion Set Aside for PATH Beneficiaries InformationApril 5, 2013 RelatedNo Let Up in NHT Housing Provisionscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A sum of $4.4 billion has been earmarked in the 2013/2014 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives, for the Integrated Social Protection and Labour Programme.The project’s main objective is to support the Government of Jamaica’s efforts to improve human capital and labour market outcomes of the poor by enhancing the effectiveness of key social protection programmes.Anticipated targets for this fiscal year include: the payment of Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) grants to approximately 400,000 beneficiaries, effective August 2013, reflecting a 15 per cent increase in payments; payment of post-secondary grants to 2,500 PATH students; introduction of a bus fare assistance programme for PATH students; development of a school feeding policy; and implementation of an on-the-job training pilot project.Physical targets initially envisaged under the programme include conducting baseline studies to support the development of a national employment policy strategy; implementation of a pilot for a parenting education workshop for PATH beneficiary households with children age two to six years old; and upgrading the PATH management information system.The project is being implemented by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, with support funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). It is slated to run from December 2012 to November 2016.By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker, JIS Reporter Advertisementslast_img read more

RADA CEO Urges Farmers To Register With ABIS

first_imgRADA CEO Urges Farmers To Register With ABIS AgricultureDecember 30, 2014Written by: Chris Patterson RelatedFarmers Urged To Increase Production to Supply Bethel Town Sorrel Plant FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedGovt Looking to Use Mined-Out Lands for Bamboo Cultivation Story HighlightsChief Executive Officer of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Lenworth Fulton, is encouraging more of the island’s farmers to register with the Government’s Agricultural Business Information System (ABIS).ABIS is a web-based information programme developed by RADA, which provides information on crops, livestock, and agricultural production, markets and stakeholders, to support the business of agriculture.It provides data to boost the capacity and competitiveness of stakeholders, and better measurement of capacity and performance to Government, agro-processors, food retailers, restaurateurs, and the consuming public.center_img RelatedLocal Bamboo Ketchup Now Available Chief Executive Officer of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Lenworth Fulton, is encouraging more of the island’s farmers to register with the Government’s Agricultural Business Information System (ABIS).ABIS is a web-based information programme developed by RADA, which provides information on crops, livestock, and agricultural production, markets and stakeholders, to support the business of agriculture.It provides data to boost the capacity and competitiveness of stakeholders, and better measurement of capacity and performance to Government, agro-processors, food retailers, restaurateurs, and the consuming public.Making the appeal during a recent interview with JIS News, Mr. Fulton informed that a total of 170,513 farmers have registered with ABIS, adding that it has been doing “very well” since its implementation.“It will be the major tool that the police will use to fight praedial larceny. We will meet with the police hierarchy very soon to determine how the police will use this database to question people who are transporting agricultural produce, because it will have all the data (needed),” he said.Mr. Fulton noted that through ABIS, RADA is able to “reach” the farmers and provide vital information regarding best practices, among other things. “For us, it is a tool that we would have to reach you, and you would be in the database where we know where you are and what crop you are growing,” he added.The CEO urged farmers to visit their RADA parish office for more details on how to become registered.Additionally, he said that from ABIS, a tracker has been developed to identify the most important crops, “so that in real time, any marketer can go on the system and get those farmers…and offer them a price for what they have; so it is another marketing tool and another protective tool.”Mr. Fulton said based on figures from the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), a total of 220,000 farmers are in the island. Advertisementslast_img read more

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