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first_imgThe foreign secretary made the announcement on Monday morning as he set out his so-called “Brexit delivery plan” in a bid to show he was serious about walking away from the talks with Brussels. Jeremy Hunt would decide on 30 September whether to take the UK out of the EU without a deal if he was Prime Minister, he has revealed. Owen Bennett “If my judgement is that is not the case, talks will stop and we will put our heads down and focus on no deal.” whatsapp In an ambitious move, Hunt would give himself just three weeks to secure a new deal with the EU after MPs return from the summer recess. Monday 1 July 2019 12:39 pm by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likebonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm OracleDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionUnderstand Solar$0 Down Solar in Scottsdale. How Much Can You Save? Try Our Free Solar Calculator Now.Understand SolarMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryNext RefinanceThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryNext RefinanceDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily Funny Taking to Twitter, the chancellor said: “The ‘fiscal firepower’ we have built up in case of a No-Deal Brexit will only be available for extra spending if we leave with an orderly transition. If not, it will all be needed to plug the hole a No Deal Brexit will make in the public finances.” Share Hunt responded to Hammond’s tweet by arguing he would be using the ‘fiscal firepower’ exactly as the chancellor intended – to boost the economy in case of a no deal Brexit. Hunt claimed he was able to make spending commitments in case of a no deal Brexit because of the “headroom” in the UK’s finances. He said: “I will start engaging with the European Union straight away throughout August, then when we have published our plan for a deal that we think will get through parliament by the end of August we will start formal negotiations in September.  Jeremy Hunt sets 30 September as no-deal Brexit ‘D-Day’ whatsappcenter_img To ensure the UK is ready for a no deal outcome, Hunt said he would cancel all civil service leave throughout August, create a special task force similar to those formed in times of national emergencies, and start preparing a “No Deal Brexit Budget” to prepare the economy. “This won’t be something that the European Union are seeing for the first time, but yes there is a hard deadline in what I said.  Corporation tax would be slashed to 12.5%, and billions would be pumped into sectors predicted to suffer the most in a no-deal scenario – such as farming and fishing. LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 01: Foreign Secretary and Conservative leadership contender, Jeremy Hunt leaves his London residence on July 1, 2019 in London, England. Mr Hunt is due to speak at the Policy Exchange later today as he continues his campaign to become the leader of the Conservative party and the next British Prime Minister. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) However, Hunt argued in his speech that this money would be available in the case of a no deal Brexit, something which Hammond disputes. “We spent just over £1 trillion bailing out the banks after the financial crisis. So if we did it for the bankers then why wouldn’t we do it what is needed for our fishermen and our farmers now?” he said. He said: “I think what Philip Hammond was talking about was the headroom that he has built up, and is jealously guarding at the moment, is headroom that is there to deal with the eventuality of a no-deal Brexit. “So I was very explicit yesterday that some of my other spending plans, more money for education, for example, things I passionately want to do, they will take longer to do in a no-deal situation because our immediate priority is going to be to support businesses that are directly affected by a dramatic change in our economic circumstances.” Chancellor Philip Hammond announced in March the government had a £26.6billion of spending firepower available if the UK was able to secure a withdrawal deal with the EU. “By the end of September I, as Prime Minister, will make a judgement as to whether there is a realistic prospect of a deal that can get through parliament in the short term.  The leadership hopeful justified ploughing money into those industries by comparing a no deal Brexit with 2008 financial crash. Tags: Brexitlast_img read more

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first_imgIt’s difficult to see how this could be predicted, especially under a points-based Australia-style system that the Tories want to introduce, unless the government were to set a cap and stick by it. It now trails the NHS, crime, and the economy, despite having been at the front of the pack just a few years before. While it may not be a top priority in this election cycle, the immigration debate is far from over in the UK, and there are major questions to be answered — especially in a post-Brexit scenario. Standing on the sidelines is no position for future leaders to take. Polling from FTI Research predicts the Conservatives primary vote will fall from 42.4 per cent in 2017 to 40 per cent in tomorrow’s General Election. (ITV via Getty Images) Kate AndrewsKate Andrews is associate director at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Perhaps their dithering on the topic reflects that the public isn’t as concerned about immigration anymore. While it was the major issue on the public’s mind leading up to the referendum, the Ipsos Mori Issues Index shows how the topic has plummeted in importance since the vote to leave the EU.  whatsapp But not on every issue. Much of the tactic in public policy debate has been to swerve or avoid detail. In some areas, policy lines have been muddled completely. Labour and the Tories are sweeping immigration under the rug this election whatsapp While the system will be facing a massive overhaul if Brexit is delivered, the Conservatives know that immigration is necessary for tax revenue, to pay for the pension and healthcare promises they made to the public. Meanwhile, Labour knows that efforts to tackle poverty and create meaningful opportunities for a better life are issues that transcend borders.  And no area stands out more obviously than immigration, a huge issue during the Brexit referendum that has now been shoved under the rug by the two major parties. While Boris Johnson has signalled that he’ll move away from arbitrary caps on migration (and recently made it easier for foreign graduates at UK universities to stay and work for up to two years), chief secretary to the Treasury Rishi Sunak also used the ITV debate to reveal that immigration figures would drop under a Conservative premiership.  But I suspect the silence is more reflective of a cowardliness in the two main parties to make the liberal case for immigration, from both the economic and ethical points of view. center_img The Conservatives aren’t dallying on the UK’s exit from the European Union. The Labour Party is offering more taxes and borrowing to turbo-charge public spending. The offers are clear — like them or loathe them. Friday 6 December 2019 10:02 am This election season is slogan heavy. “Get Brexit done.” “For the many, not the few.” While necessarily vague, this year’s party mottos have done a decent job of getting to the heart of their offers.  Opinion Share Labour seemed to have dodged the question completely by linking the immigration debate to a second referendum. As articulated by Labour’s Richard Burgon during the ITV election debate last Sunday, it will be a decision for voters to make second time round, with the party trying to stay as far away from making a definitive case for more or less migration.  Yet it’s been left to the smaller parties, like the Liberal Democrats, to make those harder but vitally necessary arguments. The status of migrants and refugees (particularly the latter group’s ability to work in the UK and contribute) has a home in some manifestos this election cycle, but not the major ones. It is a far cry from a policy stance to say that it will be determined by a myriad of moving parts sometime in the following year.  But meanwhile, the Conservatives can’t seem to decide how closely they will align themselves with Theresa May’s era of hostile immigration policy.  Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyUndoFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterUndoNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyUndozenherald.comDolly Finally Took Off Her Wig, Fans Gaspedzenherald.comUndoMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryUndoNinjaJournalistMichael Jordan’s Divorce Settlement Has Finally Been Revealed.NinjaJournalistUndoPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndobonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comUndo Tags: General election 2019 Jeremy Corbyn UK immigration City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. Chalk it up as a missed opportunity to engage in this important debate. But let’s not excuse it. last_img read more

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first_imgJuneau | Local Government | SoutheastProperty tax increase contested as Juneau officials budget for an uncertain yearApril 20, 2020 by Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO Share:Traffic moves down Marine Way past Juneau City Hall on Sept. 25, 2017. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2020/04/20CBJBUDGET-npr1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The Juneau Assembly and city finance staff are working on next year’s budget. It’s going to be an especially fuzzy process this go-around because of big, unpredictable factors related to the pandemic.Without any changes, current spending levels would wipe out the city’s $35 million of cash and reserves in two years.With the economy hunkered down and cruise season suspended, city officials know they’re going to have millions of dollars less in sales taxes and cruise ship taxes.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>They’re looking for ways to cut spending and increase revenue. On the spending side, the city manager has recommended significant reductions in capital projects. And on the revenue side, he’s suggested a property tax increase.The Juneau Chamber of Commerce called on its members last week to oppose the property tax increase.“Taxing your way to prosperity never has worked before,” said Charlie Williams, president of the chamber board. “But you know, we understand the Assembly has a tremendous challenge — tremendous challenge — ahead of them, and I’m certainly glad I am not one of the individuals sitting in that hot seat.”The chamber didn’t offer specific alternatives. Williams said that’s not its role. But he said we’re all in this pandemic together, and that the costs should be equitably split between the public and private sectors.So far, the city hasn’t had laid off or furloughed regular staff.At a recent Assembly meeting, city Finance Director Jeff Rogers offered some context on the property tax increase.“The increase of 1 full mill seems like a very large amount in one year. And by any definition, it is,” he said.But property taxes have been this high before. Fifteen years ago, rates tended to be as high or higher than what’s being proposed. They’ve come down since then due to a variety of factors.“We may be responding to an unprecedented crisis with a fairly precedented tax,” Rogers told the Assembly.The proposed increase works out to an extra $100 in taxes per $100,000 of a property’s assessed value.The property tax increase would take care of about a third of the city’s projected deficit. The ever-evolving pandemic response could also dramatically change the city’s budget assumptions.Loren Jones is serving on the Assembly for his eighth year. He chairs the committee working on the budget.“We’ve had some downs, we’ve had some reductions. … Always had more requests than we had money, but nothing like this.”He said these are the big unknowns:What financial aid, if any, is coming to municipalities from the state and federal governments?When will cruising resume, and will the pandemic have a lasting effect on that industry’s recovery?When will public health mandates affecting revenue at the city-owned hospital and airport be lifted?There’s also the governor’s veto of state funding for school construction projects. Juneau was counting on a few million dollars from the state to pay down those debts. The governor said he still intends to fund it with federal emergency dollars. However, it’s unclear if that’s legal.Jones expects the Assembly will have to revise the budget.“The philosophy we’re taking is that we are going to try, within our knowledge, to put together a budget based on our best estimates, knowing that it might be required that we revisit the budget one or two times during the year,” he said.The city has created an online budget tool that the public can play with that makes it easy to plug in numbers and assumptions to balance the budget. Jones suggests people get informed about what the city has to work with when it comes to the budget, and then offer concrete suggestions at public testimony hearings.The budget must be finalized by a June 15 deadline.The Juneau Assembly plans to meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday for public hearings on the budget. To submit public comment, email [email protected] in advance or participate by phone . You can follow that and other Assembly meetings on the city’s Facebook page and KTOO radio. Juneau Docks and Harbors Board OKs relief for fee-paying usersShare this story:last_img read more

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first_img Despite heavy investment in technology to predict customer demand, there is a “massive gap between consumer expectations and retailers’ ability to fulfill them”, according to a recent survey.The online survey, conducted by Oakland, California-based cloud supply chain platform GT Nexus in association with UK polling company YouGov, found that in the past 12 months 83% of UK consumers had found a product they wanted to purchase unavailable in a store, while 70% had found the same problem shopping on the internet.These so-called ‘stock-outs’ can, say the authors of the survey report, result in retailers paying a heavy price – 57% of the respondents that recalled the disappointment of not finding the product in-store took their business elsewhere or did not buy at all.The impact of stock-outs is more acute for online retailers, as 67% of those frustrated shoppers bought from another site or abandoned their purchase.The unavailability of fashion goods and footwear ranked high on the list of frustrating experiences for consumers, with a third of in-store and online shoppers saying what they wanted to purchase was not available.Boris Felgendreher, of GT Nexus, says the results illustrate an interesting contradiction.“Retailers have invested fortunes in technology to predict customer demand. Yet, many still struggle to co-ordinate the flow of products based on their predictions and taking account of all the unexpected disruptions than can occur that are difficult if not impossible to plan for.”Indeed, shoppers expect to find the product advertised available in all sizes, and the survey found they had “limited sympathy” for retailers that faced issues that impacted stock levels, such as strikes or natural disasters that interrupt the supply chain.“Stocking the right goods, at the right time, at the right place, in the right quantities is an enormous co-ordination effort, but that is what today’s shoppers have come to rightly expect,” said Mr Felgendreher.The continued investment in the front-end of retail businesses, such as customer-facing websites and in-store promotions, is not being enhanced by their ability to sense and respond to demand, according to Mr Felgendreher.And when retailers do respond to ‘the rush’ it is normally too late, given the complexity of modern supply chains. For example, UK and European forwarders importing from Asia, already having factored in allowances for slow-steaming, are now challenged by a raft of cancelled sailings and transhipment that not only delays cargo but also reduces visibility in terms of the arrival of the container on the quayside.As a consequence, shippers are obliged to overstock product as they can no longer rely on the ‘just-in-time’ concept for Asian imports.This is one of the reasons why warehouse demand has soared in the UK and facilities such as the logistics park at DP World’s London Gateway is brim full of Chinese imports awaiting the call forward from major retail stores. By Mike Wackett 25/08/2015last_img read more

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first_img By Alex Lennane 04/04/2018 The tariffs could disrupt transport. Nut producer Jim Zion, managing partner at Meridian Growers in Fresno, California, told National Public Radio he was considering diverting shipments already en route  if he could not reach a deal with the buyer.“We will have to ask our buyers how they would like to handle the additional cost, because obviously this wasn’t factored in when we made the original contract.“Either we’re going to have to give them a discount to cover this additional cost, or, if we can’t come up with an agreement, we will divert those containers to another destination that doesn’t have a tariff. If we can’t do that, we’ll have to bring them back. Regardless, this will definitely cost us some money.“Honestly, the next 24 hours is going to be critical. We have containers arriving in Asia within the next seven days, so I’ve got to make some decisions.”He said he expected additional costs of $2,000 to divert a container or up to $10,000 to bring shipments back to the US.Meanwhile, the US Agricultural Transportation Coalition (ATG) has told members they may be able to cancel their shipping contracts under the force majeure clause.A note to members stated: “To say that this will disrupt the US agriculture and forest products export shipping supply chain is a gross understatement. And the threat of more retaliation by China looms large…“Force majeure clauses in your ocean shipping contracts often allow the carrier or shipper to be excused from contract obligations in the case of ‘government restrictions’.”ATG believes shippers may not be able to meet their booked capacity levels and could be hit by fees for non-fulfilment from container lines. It argues that the tariffs do come under “governmental restrictions” and the force majeure clause could thus allow shippers out of their contracts.The tariffs imposed by China could also affect air freight, with many fresh fruit exports from the US hit by 15% tariffs, including cherries and berries.Last year, China imported 102,000 tons of cherries, of which 27,030 tons came from the US. US agricultural shippers are considering diverting or bringing back shipments hit by new tariffs which are already ‘on the water’.The latest salvo in what looks set to be a trade war has seen the US trade representative announce $12.5bn-worth of proposed tariffs on a wide variety of imports from China, including semi-conductors, car and aircraft parts.The move followed Monday’s announcement by China that it had imposed $3bn-worth of duties on goods including pork, fruit and steel.And this morning, China hit back with plans to introduce 25% tariffs on key exports, including cars, aircraft and beef.center_img © Skypixel last_img read more

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first_img Pinterest Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Twitter Twitter Community TAGSNaughton Scholarship RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Home News Portlaoise Leaving Cert student receives prestigious €20,000 Naughton Scholarship News Portlaoise Leaving Cert student receives prestigious €20,000 Naughton Scholarship A young Portlaoise student who sat his Leaving Cert in June has been awarded with a prestigious scholarship.Luan Fletcher-Calt, who was is a past pupil of Portlaoise CBS, was given the award.Each year 36 students are awarded Naughton Scholarships.There is at least one winner from each County in the Republic of Ireland.The scholarship is intended as a reward and encouragement to exceptional students who would like to study in the STEM field (science, technology, engineering and maths) at University.The school of each winning student also receives a prize for the schools science labs.The aim of the Naughton Foundation and it’s two founders, Martin and Carmel Naughton, is to build a community of very bright students whom will be worldwide leaders in their fields in the future, be it in research or industry.This is not the first time that a Portlaoise CBS student has been awarded a Naughton Scholarship.Luan follows in the footsteps of Scoil Chriost Ri student Ciara Burke who won the award last year.Luan is currently in Trinity College where he is studying Maths.Fair play Luan!SEE ALSO – In Pictures: Paddock NS cheer on their Slieve Bloom hurling idols Previous articleIn Pictures: Paddock NS cheer on their Slieve Bloom hurling idolsNext articleLIVE BLOG: Follow all the action from the Laois Camogie final 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. Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Community WhatsApp Facebook By Alan Hartnett – 21st September 2018 Council New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official openinglast_img read more

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first_imgRelatedUK Community Says Farewell to High Commissioner Mathurin RelatedUK Community Says Farewell to High Commissioner Mathurin FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Jamaican community in the United Kingdom (UK) on Saturday (Aug. 26) bade farewell to outgoing High Commissioner Gail Mathurin, who leaves London to take up new assignment in Geneva.The large turnout at the farewell dinner, held at the Holiday Inn Kensington Forum Hotel, included Lord Bill Morris, who said it was a privilege to have worked with the High Commissioner.“You have made a significant difference in our (Jamaica) standing in this society. You are an exceptional person,” he said before leading the audience in a rousing rendition of ‘For She’s a Jolly Good Fellow’.“We will miss you very much. We thank you for the many suggestions, advice and support that came from you. Your encouragement, guidance and wisdom were greatly appreciated,” noted Travis Johnson, Jamaica Diaspora Representative for the Northern Region (UK).Diaspora Representative for the Southern Region, Paulette Simpson, echoed this sentiment, and noted that Ms. Mathurin was also a role model for women.Dale Robinson, Manager for National Commercial Bank, said the High Commissioner has been a source of pride and support for the Jamaican business community in the UK.Deputy High Commissioner, Sharon Saunders, who spoke on behalf of the Commission’s staff, said that Ms. Mathurin had made a tremendous impact on the office and the Jamaican community at large.Describing the High Commissioner as a “phenomenal woman”, Mrs. Saunders also praised her skills, technical competence and management style.In her response, Ms. Mathurin thanked the Jamaican community for their support, loyalty and commitment to Jamaica. She noted that while she was sorry to go, her new role was a culmination of the work she has been doing with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade over the last 15 years.“As I prepare to leave, I will take with me wonderful memories of the Jamaican community and the Diaspora. Your continued love and commitment to Jamaica is humbling, and I thank you for your continued support,” she stated.She also thanked the business community and praised the work of the UK Diaspora movement.“I am pleased with the development of what has been happening with the Diaspora in the UK and what is remarkable is that it is all voluntary. I hope that the vision will continue to grow from strength to strength,” she further expressed.Ms. Mathurin, who has served as High Commissioner to London since April 2005, will assume the position as Jamaica’s new Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Specialist Agencies in Geneva. Advertisementscenter_img UK Community Says Farewell to High Commissioner Mathurin UncategorizedAugust 30, 2006 RelatedUK Community Says Farewell to High Commissioner Mathurinlast_img read more

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first_imgCanada Supports Rooms in St. John’s From: Canadian HeritageMinister Seamus O’Regan Jr. announces funding for The Rooms in Newfoundland and Labrador’s capital cityThe Government of Canada continues to support the creation and renovation of cultural spaces in order to improve access to arts and heritage.Today, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament (St. John’s South-Mount Pearl), announced $758,170 in funding for public cultural space The Rooms, in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. He made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage.The funding, which is being provided through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (CCSF), will allow The Rooms to purchase specialized equipment to manage the environmental conditions inside the building, as well as replace the uninterrupted power supply and the security, sprinkler and lighting systems. The project will also correct the deficiencies identified concerning the location of emergency lighting and installation of a fire separation for the boiler room.Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience provides for investments across the country-including investments for aging infrastructure-to support the arts and culture sector, which has been particularly hard hit by the COVID‑19 pandemic,.Quotes“Cultural spaces bring people together and enrich the lives of Canadians. That’s why I’m proud that our government is able to support the modernization of the spaces at The Rooms, so that visitors in St. John’s can keep learning about the history of Newfoundland and Labrador for years to come.”-The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage“For the past 15 years, The Rooms has brought families and visitors together to learn who we are and how we came to be, showcasing the best our province has to offer. We’re strengthening local cultural spaces so The Rooms can continue to provide unforgettable moments.”-The Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament (St. John’s South-Mount Pearl)“The funding announced today will contribute greatly to keeping The Rooms, the province’s preeminent cultural institution, in pristine condition. The Rooms is a distinctive and impressive structure that houses our museum, art gallery and archives, but it is so much more than that. It is one of the province’s finest cultural gems and a hub for creation, learning, and community. Thank you to the Federal Government for this investment, it will play a key role in preserving and protecting our historical and cultural assets to be enjoyed for generations to come.”-The Honourable Steve Crocker, Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation“This generous contribution from the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, enables The Rooms to make significant upgrades to the environmental control systems that protect the collections belonging to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. The fund also affords us the ability to improve accessibility to our galleries, and enhance our public programming. Increased sustainability, accessibility and enhanced experiences are priorities for The Rooms, and we are grateful to receive this grant, which allows us to achieve important work and deepen our impact within our community.”-Anne Chafe, CEO, The Rooms Corporation of Newfoundland and LabradorQuick factsThe Canada Cultural Spaces Fund supports the improvement of physical conditions for arts, heritage, culture and creative innovation, including creative hubs. The Fund supports renovation and construction projects, the acquisition of specialized equipment, as well as feasibility studies for cultural spaces.The Rooms opened its doors to the public in 2005. It is the largest public cultural space in Newfoundland and Labrador. /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. 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first_imgAdvertisements RelatedA Spirit that Soars Beyond a Broken Body RelatedA Spirit that Soars Beyond a Broken Body RelatedA Spirit that Soars Beyond a Broken Bodycenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail February 13, 2002, started out like any other day for Tamara Denise Gordon, but it would end like no other.Born in Canada to Jamaican parents, the then 16-year-old high school senior and aspiring basketball player was on a skiing trip with her classmates when she had a devastating accident, with caused irreparable injury to her spinal cord.The accident left her paralysed from the waist down and a brachial plexus injury to her left shoulder, with all the nerves from the spinal cord. The brachial plexus is the network of nerves that conducts signals from the spinal cord to the shoulder, arm and hand. The left-handed student lost the use of her hand and developed diabetes right after the accident.“The devastating accident changed the course of my life forever,” the now 24-year old said while addressing an audience recently at the Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA) in Toronto, as part of International Women’s Day celebrations.“The losses I experienced that day remain with me but the life lessons I learned far outweigh the losses. Many of my dreams were shattered but out of those broken pieces came new hopes, new dreams, and new challenges,” stated Tamara, who was speaking on the topic: ‘Overcoming despite your shortcomings’.She said she spent months at a rehabilitation centre and even though “I couldn’t do much for myself” the determined and resilient youngster graduated from high school as an Ontario Scholar with an average of more than 90 per cent. She was accepted at three “reputable” universities and chose to attend York University in Toronto.“I am proud to say that despite the challenges and many setbacks, I am now a graduate of York University with a Bachelor of Administrative Studies, Specialised Honours, with a distinction cum laude and also recognised as a member of the Dean’s Honour Roll,” Tamara said to thunderous applause.“Although my body is confined to this wheelchair, my mind is not. My body might be impaired, but my mind is vital and vibrant. My body can’t move without help, but my mind is free to soar to great heights and I am capable of great achievements. My body does not define me; it is my mind that determines the level of my achievements,” the confident young woman stated.The university graduate, who said she wants to be a motivational speaker and touch people’s lives, urged the audience to seek to make a positive impact on others.“Reaching out to others, helping others. is what makes life worthwhile. You might not be able to change the entire world, but you can make a difference in your corner of the world, by helping someone become a better person and in the process you too will be uplifted,” she pointed out.The recipient of numerous awards and accolades, Tamara said in life it is not so much what happens to you but what happens in you, that determines your success.“When I had my accident I had a choice – I could either give in and give up or lift up my head and move ahead. I chose to lift my head up and move ahead. There is never an ill wind that does not blow some good. I looked hard for the good and I learnt that it’s from adversities that the will to win is strengthened. This Jamaican Canadian decided that she had a lot more fight in her than any skiing accident could destroy,” she stated.Paying tribute to her mother, Marcia, Tamara said: “fi mi muuma neva raise no quitter.”“Thank God for a mom, who is so committed to my success that she has forgotten what tiredness means. When her legs get tired she finds a way to stand. When she’s out of energy she somehow finds a second wind. I owe her a debt I will never be able to repay,” she stated.The Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA), which is 48 years old this year, paid tribute through its Women’s Committee, to several members who have made sterling contributions to the organisation. These included first female president Kamala-Jean Gopie, Marcia Brown, Marie Chapman, Tamara Simone Gordon, Rosemarie Hylton and Kristy Salmon.Presentations were made to them by Dr. Lola Ramocan, wife of Jamaica’s Consul General; and former Mayor of Toronto and now Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, Barbara Hall.Consul General to Toronto, George Ramocan, congratulated the awardees for the difference they are making and paid tribute to women in general, for the work they are doing in maintaining the stability of society.“I want to salute women who are single mothers and head of their households; and who have sons who are teenagers. It is not particularly easy for you to manage but you are doing it. I want to salute you for being in the work place and doing double shifts in order to make your homes a place that is comfortable,” he stated. A Spirit that Soars Beyond a Broken Body CultureMarch 22, 2010last_img read more

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first_imgRelatedJAMPRO Lauds Corporate Area Business Services Operation Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton (left), in conversation with State Minister in the Ministry, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams, before making a presentation in the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on May 21. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedJamaica Up 54 Places on Logistics Index Story HighlightsMinister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, has announced plans to construct a film lot in Jamaica.Negotiations are far advanced for the lease of the 20-acre former Goodyear Factory and complex, near Morant Bay in St. Thomas, as the site for the film lot.The Minister pointed out that the lot will have multiple stages, outputting at Hollywood standards. Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, has announced plans to construct a film lot in Jamaica.He informed that negotiations are far advanced for the lease of the 20-acre former Goodyear Factory and complex, near Morant Bay in St. Thomas, as the site for the film lot.The Minister pointed out that the lot will have multiple stages, outputting at Hollywood standards.Mr. Hylton made the announcement during his contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on May 21.“A Hollywood studio has agreed to provide oversight on the project,” the Minister said, adding that the group, Real Vibez, is also in discussion with a leading music and film production school in the United States of America, to build a campus at the lot.He further revealed that a deal to produce five films has been signed with film producer Steven Paul, who produces the films ‘Ghost Rider’ and ‘Baby Geniuses’.The announcement comes as the government places increased focus on the development of the Cultural and Creative Industries.Mr. Hylton said his Ministry is in the process of reforming the National Industrial Policy to broaden the focus from trade in goods, services and commodities, to place greater emphasis on high-tech and knowledge services, focusing on design and intellectual property.He noted too, that the Government, through the Ministry and the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO), is committed to ensuring the highest level of Intellectual Property protection for the Jamaican creative and cultural industries and to stimulate growth of the sector.The Minister expressed hope that with the easing of the process to pass benchmark legislation under the International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme, important laws affecting the creative and cultural industries sector, will see movement this year.center_img RelatedJAMPRO Launches Global Business Connect Film Lot to be Constructed in St. ThomasJIS 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 Film Lot to be Constructed in St. Thomas CommerceMay 21, 2014Written by: Andrea Braham Advertisementslast_img read more

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