No-deal Brexit fears have increased, Carney warns

first_img“In the event that the policy of the government were to switch, the forecast of the Bank of England would switch accordingly,” he said. 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 HistoryDefinitionMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryUnderstand Solar$0 Down Solar in Scottsdale. How Much Can You Save? Try Our Free Solar Calculator Now.Understand SolarNext RefinanceThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryNext RefinanceDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily Funny He said that both Conservative Party leadership candidates – Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt – had said it was preferable to reach a deal with the EU if possible.  “As best as I can tell, this uncertainty effect that has been weighing on business, and particularly business investment, is continuing to operate. Share Read more: 150,000 firms not ready for a no-deal Brexit, Mark Carney says Wednesday 26 June 2019 11:53 am whatsapp Jessica Clark Read more: Mark Carney cautiously welcomes Facebook’s new currency Libra “Expectations of no deal have gone up in markets, that uncertainty is still there for business and that is affecting the short term economic performance.”center_img Carney added that the BoE would only factor a no-deal Brexit into its economic forecasts if the next prime minister announces plans to leave the EU without an agreement.  The uncertainty surrounding the UK’s future relationship with the European Union is having a greater impact on businesses than before the original Brexit deadline date of 29 March. Tags: Brexit whatsapp “The degree of uncertainty [for businesses] is as high as it was just prior to the 29 March deadline. If you squint marginally it’s gone up a bit. No-deal Brexit fears have increased, Bank of England governor Mark Carney warns Market expectations of a no-deal Brexit have increased over the last few months, Bank of England (BoE) governor Mark Carney warned today. “Market expectations of no deal have gone up in recent months. There has been a notable increase,” Carney told the treasury select committee during an evidence session on the BoE’s inflation report.last_img read more

Eurozone gets Christmas lift from fastest sales growth since 2007

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News / Tigers begins to roar as Asia’s e-commerce market starts to bite

first_imgIn China, eShop utilises social media platform WeChat to market to 750m users. The online store is an extension to eTigers, the 3PL’s enterprise solution for cross-border e-commerce logistics.“We can go to a mid-sized retailer and offer to bring it into China, including full fiscal representation, meaning it doesn’t have to register or appoint an agent, as we do all of that for them.“Plus, we handle all their fulfilment and returns business,” Mr Jillings said.Chief executive Andrew JillingsCustomers so far include martial arts apparel designer Gr1ps, cycling brand Rapha and Canada Goose, which manufactures extreme weather clothing.Tigers operates an asset-light model, owning just a handful of facilities and vehicles in each location. Deliveries are handled at facilities in China, Hong Kong or at Kuala Lumpur Airport in Malaysia, which acts as an entry point for South-east Asia.Last-mile deliveries are subcontracted to postal services or selected couriers chosen through Smart Courier, an in-house system developed to allow customers to track their shipment regardless of the vendor.Tigers chief information officer Mark Gatenby explained: “Smart Courier allows us to connect to all the APIs of the couriers to get all the tracking information and bring it through to a single source. Soon it will allow us to rate-shop between those vendors as well.”Tigers has focused on cloud-based technology and data analytics, which it argued was a way to create client value beyond that of traditional logistics services.Tigers Gravity, for example, is a big data system that helps retailers and manufacturers plan their supply chains.“The system has a lot of links out to the whole data-sphere. So it will crawl through social media looking for fashion trends and then we feed that back to our customers,” Mr Gatenby said.“It can also crawl through news feeds to look for stories which might cause supply chain disruption. Some of them are not very subtle – a port strike everyone knows about – but if you can find out an hour before everyone else, you’ll get the cheaper booking at the port down the road.”The system can also calculate the landed costs of proposed garment designs by predicting future cotton prices and analysing freight rates and clearance costs.“In the old style, everyone just moved boxes. Customers expect quite a bit more now. We’ve put a lot of effort into understanding our customers’ business. You will become their partner if you can solve their problems for them,” Mr Gatenby added.Mr Jillings said providing front-end revenue opportunities for online retailers could be key for logistics companies hoping to tap into e-commerce growth.“I think it’s where the business is going.” he said. “The challenge – and we’ve experienced it – is that e-commerce is a completely different business to freight forwarding. We’ve been working on this for seven years and the team really understands omni-channel distribution, the returns business and the tech side.“I think a lot of forwarders have to go down this road and some of the bigger ones will make acquisitions. But it’s tough to integrate an old freight forwarding mentality with this young e-commerce mentality,” he added. Hong Kong-based 3PL Tigers is moving beyond traditional logistics services with its new e-commerce marketplace, eShop.It will support SMEs entering the rapidly expanding China and South-east Asia e-commerce markets by providing a one-stop shop for marketing, payments, supply chain, order fulfilment and returns.Tigers chief executive Andrew Jillings told The Loadstar e-commerce was now the company’s fastest-growing sector, having entered the industry in 2010.“It’s been very successful, it’s growing phenomenally in the US and in the UK, Holland, Germany, Australia, China – just everywhere.” By Sam Whelan, Asia correspondent 20/03/2017last_img read more

Ebola virus persists in semen far longer than thought, study finds

first_img How Ebola killsVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsEnabledDisabledPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9 facebook twitter Email Linkhttps://www.statnews.com/2016/08/30/ebola-semen-persistence/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:0003:0403:04  The Ebola virus only has 7 genes and is smaller than a blood cell, but during an infection the deadly disease can shut down multiple organs. Here’s how it works. Hyacinth Empinado/STAT After it became apparent some people in the West African Ebola outbreak were being infected through sex, the WHO advised that male survivors be tested so they would know their status. It advises abstinence or the use of condoms until a man has twice tested negative for the virus.The researchers reported on results from 429 participants in the program, 38 of whom tested positive at least once for traces of Ebola in their semen.That ratio — 9 percent — is a bit deceptive. Dr. Mary Choi, one of the lead authors of the article, said the program was only established in July of 2015, six or seven months after the peak of Liberia’s outbreak.Had the testing begun earlier, Choi said, it would have undoubtedly found more men who were positive. Given how late the work started, finding any was a bit of a surprise, she admitted.“We just figured we’d be open for a couple of months, and then we would test everybody and everyone would test negative and then we would close,” said Choi, a medical epidemiologist in CDC’s viral special pathogens branch. By Helen Branswell Aug. 30, 2016 Reprints About the Author Reprints Tags Ebolainfectious diseasesexually transmitted disease The work, published Tuesday in the journal Lancet Global Health, was done by scientists from the Liberian Ministry of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization.The findings come from Liberia’s Men’s Health Screening Program, set up to test male survivors of Ebola to see if they are still emitting virus in their semen and could potentially infect a sexual partner.advertisement HealthEbola virus persists in semen far longer than thought, study finds Related: NIAID NewslettersSign up for The Readout Your daily guide to what’s happening in biotech. Senior Writer, Infectious Disease Helen covers issues broadly related to infectious diseases, including outbreaks, preparedness, research, and vaccine development.center_img Please enter a valid email address. History credits this man with discovering Ebola on his own. History is wrong @HelenBranswell “We really didn’t think we would be getting that many people testing positive at that point in the outbreak. But we did. And because of that, we’re still operating today.”As part of the program, participants worked with trained counselors who advised them on what to do if their results were positive. Choi attributed the program’s success in getting men to come back for repeated testing — especially given the stigma attached to having had Ebola — to the work the counselors did.Survivors over age 40 were more likely than younger men to have positive semen tests, the researchers reported.Dr. Daniel Bausch, an Ebola expert working at the WHO, wrote in a commentary that this is the first time age has been identified as a risk factor for long-term Ebola shedding. It might provide a clue, he suggested, as to why this phenomenon happens, suggesting it may be due to age-related changes in the immune system.Bausch — and the authors themselves — cautioned that just because they found fragments of virus in the semen of these survivors doesn’t mean the men were capable of infecting a sex partner.The test used in the study detects traces of virus, but cannot indicate if they are part of live viruses — which would be infectious — or are residues of infection that are of no consequence.One would need to try to grow virus from the semen samples to answer that question. But given how dangerous the Ebola virus is, that work would need to be done in a laboratory with the highest level of biosafety and biosecurity precautions. West Africa doesn’t have such a lab.Bausch noted a team from the CDC did a similar study, checking the semen of American Ebola survivors. While they found viral fragments out to nine months in one case, they did not manage to grow virus from semen samples after 70 days post-infection. Leave this field empty if you’re human: Still, until more is known, Bausch said, caution is needed.“A documented case of sexual transmission in Liberia six months after acute Ebola virus disease, along with accumulating evidence of similar events, remind us that even low levels of virus can result in transmission,” he wrote.Choi said more research is needed to try to figure out why this happens.“What we’ve learned from this is that how long this virus stays in each man really does vary,” she said. “And we don’t really understand why that is.” Privacy Policy Helen Branswell The Ebola virus can hide itself in the testicles of men who’ve survived the disease for far longer than had been previously thought, a new study suggests.In fact, the research reports on a man who was still emitting fragments of Ebola viruses in his semen 565 days after he became ill — or 18 months.Previous studies had suggested the longest men emitted Ebola virus fragments was nine months.advertisementlast_img read more

Startup Spotlight: Going after immune regulators when they cause disease instead of prevent it

first_img Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the biotech sector — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED About the Author Reprints Q32 Bio has two targets in its sights: the two arms of the immune system.The Cambridge, Mass., startup on Wednesday announced $46 million in Series A financing led by Atlas Venture, and disclosed it aims to address problems with both innate immunity, the body’s initial response to an invader, and adaptive immunity, which develops antibodies to the foreign interloper.  By Elizabeth Cooney May 27, 2020 Reprints Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Startup Spotlight: Going after immune regulators when they cause disease instead of prevent it Elizabeth Cooney STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Biotech GET STARTEDcenter_img [email protected] @cooney_liz Log In | Learn More What is it? General Assignment Reporter Liz focuses on cancer, biomedical engineering, and how patients feel the effects of Covid-19. Tags biologicsbiotechnologyBostondrug developmentSTAT+ Alex Hogan/STAT What’s included?last_img read more

In Pictures: Mountmellick Utd win first ever CCFL Futsal Cup

first_img WhatsApp By Siun Lennon – 3rd February 2019 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest This was the first year the League introduced their new Futsal Cup competition.Although all of the League’s clubs did not enter teams, those that did found the competition very enjoyable and helped them with some of the skills of the game like first touch control and short accurate passing.This competition will have a permanent place on the Leagues calendar and it is expected that the take up next season will be much higher.MOUNTMELLICK UTD: Mark Grennan, Robbie Conran, Keith Ryan, Daniel O’Riordan, Eoghan O’Riordan, Brandon Cooper, Mark Goodwin, Darren Strong, Mark Dowling In Pictures: Mountmellick Utd win first ever CCFL Futsal Cup Mountmellick Utd 28 Raharney Utd 4CCFL Futsal CupMountmellick Utd have won the first ever CCFL Futsal Cup after a 24-goal victory over Westmeath’s Raharney Utd.The side, overseen by Tommy Christie and player-manager Mark Grennan, topped Group A after comprehenisve wins over Towerhill Rovers and Maryborough. Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp This left them facing Kinnegad Juniors – who were second in group B with four teams.They defeated Kinnegad 18-7 on aggregate over the two legs to see them go through to the final with top of group B team Raharney.The final was a one-sided affair for most of the first and second leg – both played today.Tommy Christie, who manages the full Mountmellick Utd CCFL side , credited the use of Mountmellick Sports Complex for helping progress the players in indoor soccer.“The Sports Complex is great here. I suppose most of the lads are well used to indoor soccer because we play in the Complex so much,” said Christie. New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Community center_img TAGSCCFL Futsal CupMountmellick Utd Twitter Community SEE ALSO – Futsal Cup victory for Mountmellick Utd, FAI Junior Cup defeat for Crettyard Utd and all of this weekend’s CCFL results Facebook Twitter Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Council Home Sport Soccer In Pictures: Mountmellick Utd win first ever CCFL Futsal Cup SportSoccer Previous articleFAI Junior Cup defeat for Crettyard Utd and all of this weekend’s CCFL resultsNext articleDeaths in Laois – Monday, February 4, 2019 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. Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic yearlast_img read more

Financials, energy stocks lead TSX lower

TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March Financials and energy stocks led the way to a sharp loss on the Toronto stock market Tuesday amid worries that negotiations to cut Greece’s debt could fall apart. The S&P/TSX composite index fell 126.47 points to 12,395.24 as traders worried that such a development could play havoc with the financial sector and punish commodity prices. The TSX Venture Exchange was down 12.63 points to 1,576.29. Malcolm Morrison Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector Keywords Marketwatch Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors The Canadian dollar was off 0.25 of a cent to 99.02 cents US despite a stronger than expected retail sales report for November. Statistics Canada said sales rose a better than expected 0.3% to $38.7 billion. It was the fourth consecutive month that retail sales increased and the results beat economists’ expectations for a 0.2% rise. The agency said that seven of 11 retail subsectors, representing 65% of total retail sales, reported gains. U.S. markets were generally weak with the Dow industrials down 33.07 points to 12,675.75. The Nasdaq composite index rose 2.47 points to 2,786.64 and the S&P 500 index declined 1.37 points to 1,314.63. Buying sentiment was muted after finance ministers of countries that use the euro announced that Greece would pay less than four per cent interest on the new bonds creditors will get in a debt swap meant to cut what the country owes by about €100 billion. That interest rate is below what the creditors have been willing to accept. In response, the head of the group that represents the country’s private creditors — banks and other investment firms — warned that the future of Europe is threatened if a voluntary debt reduction deal over Greece is not reached. Banks that hold Greek debt have already been asked to take a 50% loss on those investments and some think even that writedown isn’t big enough. A deal between the Greek government and the banks that hold Greek national bonds is considered crucial to the stability of the European financial system. Investors fear that if Greece can’t pay its debt, it could trigger a panic. Time is running out as Greece has several billions of euros in debt coming due in March. On the earnings front, Canadian National Railway Co. (TSX:CNR) shares were off $3.74 to $75.86 even as the company announced it was raising its quarterly dividend by 15% to 37.5 cents per share. CN generated a quarterly profit of $592 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 as revenue rose 12% from a year before to a record $2.38 billion. However, the company’s operating ratio — reflecting how much of CN’s revenue is required to pay for its operating activities — was 64.7%, up 1.3 points from the fourth quarter of 2010 although still extremely low by industry standards. McDonald’s net income rose by 11% in the fourth quarter to US$1.38 billion or $1.33 a share. Revenue jumped 10% to $6.82 billion, slightly above expectations of $6.81 billion but its shares slipped $2.20 to US$98.75. Health-care products company Johnson & Johnson reported fourth-quarter net income slumped 89% to US$218 million or eight cents a share. Excluding special items, adjusted earnings per share were $1.13, four cents better than forecast. Sales narrowly missed expectations, coming in at $16.26 billion and its shares were unchanged at US$65. Traders also took in a glum report from the International Monetary fund which said recession in Europe will slow the global economy this year. The IMF forecasts global growth of 3.25% this year, slower than the four per cent pace it projected in September, which doesn’t bode well for earnings and revenue growth. “The world we’re living in is one in which revenue growth is going to be very constrained even if the GDP readings are positive,” said John Johnston, chief strategist at David Rea Ltd.. “And that tells us with all the cost cutting that the trend growth rate in earnings for the next several years is going to be in the low to mid single digits.” The latest round of worries about the Greek debt crisis pushed the financials sector down one per cent as Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) stepped back 59 cents to $53.96 while Royal Bank (TSX:RY) dropped $1.03 to $53.79. Uncertainty over a Greek debt deal also depressed commodity markets, with the March crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange losing 63 cents to US$98.95 a barrel. The TSX energy sector lost 0.6% as Talisman Energy (TSX:TLM) gave back 36 cents to C$12.14 and Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) fell 79 cents to $47.19. The base metals component eased one per cent as March copper gained a cent to US$3.81 a pound. Ivanhoe Mines (TSX:IVN) dropped 77 cents to C$17.53 and Lundin Mining (TSX:LUN) declined 27 cents to $4.96. The gold sector declined about 1.9% while gold prices also fell with the February contract in New York down $13.80 to US$1,664.50 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) faded $1.33 to C$45.95 and Iamgold (TSX:IMG) shed 33 cents to $15.55. Investors continued to express their unhappiness over the management shakeup at Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) that saw co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis step down. They were unimpressed after the new CEO, Thorsten Heins, told analysts he didn’t think drastic change was needed at the BlackBerry maker. Its shares fell 50 cents or 3.19% to $15.17 on top of a slide Monday of more than nine per cent. Elsewhere in the tech sector, semiconductor maker Gennum Corp. (TSX:GND) said Monday that it is being acquired by Semtech Corp.(Nasdaq:SMTC) for $500 million. Gennum stockholders will receive $13.55 in cash for each common share. On Tuesday, Gennum shares soared $7.30, or 118.7%, to $13.45. read more

OSC announces Market Structure Advisory Committee members

Keywords AppointmentsCompanies Ontario Securities Commission The committee includes prominent market structure experts such as Doug Clark from ITG Canada and TD Securities’ Peter Haynes; along with a variety of other representatives from dealers, buy-side firms, trading venues, and technology firms. “The Market Structure Advisory Committee brings together a wealth of experience and knowledge, and we look forward to continuing to receive valuable input from the committee,” said Susan Greenglass, director, market regulation, at the OSC. The committee, which meets at least four times a year, has a two-year term, starting Nov. 1. In addition to Clark and Haynes, the MSAC members for 2013-2015 also includes: Stephen Bain from RBC Capital Markets; Ricardo DaCosta of IRESS Market Technology Canada; TMX Group’s Deanna Djurdjevic; Craig Gaskin of TD Asset Management; Dan Kessous from Chi-X Canada; Albert Kovacs of Liquidnet Canada; Lafleche Montreuil with Desjardins Securities; Andy O’Hara from Tradebot Systems; former manager of market regulation at the OSC, Cindy Petlock, who is on the committee as an independent; Kelly Reynolds from Hillsdale Investment Management; another independent, Vidis Vaiciunas; Blackrock’s Paul Whitehead; and, Evan Young from Scotia Capital. SEC names new top cop The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) has put together the latest version of its committee that advises the regulator on all-important market structure issues. The OSC announced the new membership of its Market Structure Advisory Committee (MSAC), which is both a forum to discuss market-related issues, and serves as a source of feedback to OSC staff on policy development and rule-making. OSC adds vice chair, commissioner Share this article and your comments with peers on social media OSC vice-chair’s position extended to 2022 Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news James Langton read more


first_imgRelatedADDRESS BY THE MOST HON. PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER PRIME MINISTER AT HANDING OVER OF MONALTRIE INNER CITY HOUSING PROJECT Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail You know you are special as a new community, when not only your present Prime Minister, but also your former Prime Minister, The Most Hon. P.J. Patterson, come to celebrate with you.I want to begin by acknowledging Mr. Patterson in a very special way.It was his passion and commitment to making sure that more and more Jamaicans were able to own land and their own homes which is at the heart of this project, and our presence here this afternoon.His administration is particularly noted for its strong emphasis on land and home ownership programmes.As someone in public life, I have been asked many, many times to break ground or cut a ribbon to open a new building.It is always a very satisfying experience to take part in such occasions. But I can tell you, nothing brings me greater joy than to witness the handing over of keys to brand new home owners.Only those who know what it is to dream what seemed like “the impossible dream” of owning a home, can really understand.Only those who after having spent sleepless nights wishing, hoping, praying and trying to find a way, can truly understand what it feels like to see that dream come true.There is a sense of accomplishment, a feeling of pride, thanksgiving and relief, knowing that you can ‘come in from the cold’, and never have to pay rent, or “cotch” with anyone again.My fellow Jamaicans, it feels very good to be here with you this afternoon.For you, this is a time of celebration; a proud and happy moment.I am very aware of the struggle and the sacrifices that you have made in order to get to this point in your lives.Moments like these remind me of why I was drawn to enter the world of politics and government in the first place.I wanted then, as I do now, to play a part in helping the majority of Jamaicans experience more moments like these.Moments when they can feel that they are getting somewhere with their lives; moments when they can feel proud of their achievements.You know those special moments I am talking about – having a son or daughter graduate with honours from school or university; getting your own certificate or diploma after working in the days and studying at nights.There are special moments that open the door to productive opportunities;Starting your own business; launching a new product; receiving a land title, or indeed, the keys to your own home.These are all special moments that we cherish in our lives.These moments, ladies and gentlemen, are the milestones of improving the quality of life.For me, improving the quality of life for the Jamaican people must be at the heart of every policy or programme pursued by the government.It must be the driving force behind the work of every government ministry, department, agency or institution.And so today, as I stand here, I am very proud of the institution that has been working to improve quality of life in the area of housing, the National Housing Trust (NHT).Ever since emancipation, there has been a desperate need for housing in Jamaica.In the 1970s, housing came in for special attention from government then.There was the need to step up the pace, which lead to the setting up of the NHT, in 1976 — thirty years ago.Through the contributions of workers and employers, it dramatically expanded the capacity of government to provide housing solutions for Jamaicans.At the same time, the establishment of the NHT removed partisan politics by introducing a fair and equitable system under which contributors could receive a housing benefit.Over the years, the NHT has helped thousands and thousands of Jamaicans to own, maintain and upgrade their homes.But there is still a long way to go to satisfy the housing needs of the nation.This is why the work being done under the NHT’s inner city housing project as part of the government’s urban renewal programme is so important.It is addressing inner city housing needs in a very big way, bringing light and hope to many.When Bob Marley sang “cold ground was my bed last night and rock stone was my pillow”, he was expounding an inner city reality.When the Mighty Diamonds sang “I need a roof over my head”, they were also singing inner city blues.For people at all levels of the society, buying a home is the biggest investment they will ever make.It is a steep investment.And truth be told, many Jamaicans could not afford to buy a home, without major assistance.Through the inner city housing project, government is subsidizing your opportunity to own a home.The programme is making available, quality housing at affordable prices.As long as I remain in a position to, this programme will continue to be a priority government programme.And, if we are to really get rid of the squalor and unacceptable living conditions in which our people live, then the programme will have to move at a galloping pace.The need is simply too great and there is still a lot of catching-up to do.Homeowners, I am asking you to play your part in keeping the housing train running on track.I know that most of you do not need to be reminded, but it is very important to make your mortgage payments on time. I am encouraging you to make your homes, your castles and make your community, your kingdom here on earth.This is your opportunity to build a model community.The inner city housing project has put a great deal of emphasis on training in community living, leadership, conflict resolution and other areas.This will provide you with the knowledge and skills for better community living.Indeed, our hope for Jamaica lies in building strong, caring communities.In sharing the responsibility for creating and maintaining an environment that supports the well-being and development of every single resident.The key idea is that of taking responsibility.There are personal responsibilities; family responsibilities and community responsibilities.Taking responsibility means keeping the public and common areas neat, clean and beautiful.It means ensuring that, seen from outside, your own space meets the same standards.It means sharing responsibility for the security of the community, working in partnership with the police.It means sharing the responsibility for all the children of the community, encouraging them to be the best that they can be.Every community member has a duty to be vigilant about the safety and protection of every child.Taking responsibility means looking out for the senior citizens, making sure that their special needs are met.It means involving everyone in cultural and sporting activities, to help strengthen the bonds of the community.To be able to accomplish these things, means that you must be in contact with each other, and be on good terms with your neighbours.It is not about being nosy and interfering, because privacy must always be respected.It is about living in harmony and in a neighbourly manner.Be your brother’s keeper and your sister’s keeper.Build a strong community organization and keep it alive by your participation.And so today, as you receive the keys to your new home and embark upon a new community life together, I extend hearty congratulations to all new home owners.You are not only receiving the keys to a building, but also keys to a higher quality experience of living.I pray that you make a good home here.To borrow from a statement once made by the great African American Pastor, Howard Thurman:“You have to be at home somewhere before you can feel at home anywhere.”God bless your homes! God bless your community, and God bless Jamaica land, we all so dearly love.I thank you ADDRESS BY THE MOST HON. PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER PRIME MINISTER AT HANDING OVER OF MONALTRIE INNER CITY HOUSING PROJECT UncategorizedOctober 21, 2006center_img RelatedADDRESS BY THE MOST HON. PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER PRIME MINISTER AT HANDING OVER OF MONALTRIE INNER CITY HOUSING PROJECT RelatedADDRESS BY THE MOST HON. PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER PRIME MINISTER AT HANDING OVER OF MONALTRIE INNER CITY HOUSING PROJECTlast_img read more

Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection Partners with Calistoga Wine Growers to Host…

first_imgEmail Home Industry News Releases Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection Partners with Calistoga Wine Growers to Host the…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessSolage, Auberge Resorts Collection Partners with Calistoga Wine Growers to Host the Sixth-Annual Calistoga Food and Wine Event, May 9-11, 2019By Press Release – April 12, 2019 165 0 Previous articleNine Wines Earn Gold from Legislators in Wine CompetitionNext articleVancouver Island Winery Continues to Lead the Way Press Release Pinterest TAGSCalistoga Wine GrowersSolage Auberge Resorts CollectionThe Friedkin Group AdvertisementSolage Kicks Off Three-Day Annual Celebration of Upper Valley Vintners, Farmers and Chefs in Calistoga, Napa ValleyCalistoga, Calif. (APRIL 11, 2019) – Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection, the award-winning Napa Valley resort located in Calistoga, has partnered with Calistoga Wine Growers to host the sixth-annual Calistoga Food & Wine Event, a multi-day event showcasing the talents of celebrated Calistoga wineries and chefs from Thursday, May 9 through Saturday, May 11, 2019.  Founded by Solbar at Solage in 2013, the annual event brings the community together through culinary creativity, distinct regional wines and live entertainment.“Solage is honored to team up with some of the top culinary masterminds and award-winning vintners in this region for this spectacular event that celebrates the Calistoga community,” said Donald Stamets, General Manager, Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection. “We look forward to this annual celebration each year as it brings together both newcomers and old friends as they experience the local flavors of the region through innovative dishes, unique pairings and wines prepared by the very best.”For the ultimate luxurious experience, Solage is offering guests a special Calistoga Food & Wine Package, which includes a nightly room rate in one of Solage’s expansive studios and two tickets to The Grand Tasting event with over 40 wineries to taste from.The weekend will kick off on Thursday, May 9 with an exclusive reception highlighting three exceptional local chefs including Solage’s Executive Chef Gustavo Rios and seven wineries pouring their top-tier wines at Clos Pegase Winery, a classic Napa Valley destination for award-winning, estate wines and awe-inspiring architecture. On Friday, May 10 participants will join Solbar’s Executive Chef Rios for a delectable four-course tasting experience set among the rolling vineyards of Hindsight Wines. During this intimate tasting experience, guests will enjoy seasonal flavors prepared by Chef Rios while sipping on exquisitely paired Hindsight Wines.  Later that afternoon, participants can sip, savor, mingle and learn about Calistoga wines at the Calistoga Winemakers Roundtable led by Leslie Sbrocco, famed television celebrity and host of “Check Please Bay Area”. During this interactive roundtable discussion, guests will be able to enjoy light bites and taste wines from each participating winemaker while learning about the unique characteristics of their wines and the Calistoga AVA. Following the roundtable discussion and Q and A session, guests will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with the winemakers as well as make arrangements to visit their wineries. In the evening, participating local restaurants will be offering a customized Calistoga Food & Wine dinner menu, which will include complimentary corkage for Calistoga AVA wines.The week culminates on Saturday, May 11 at Solage for The Grand Tasting event with Solbar Executive Chef Gustavo Rios and the Calistoga Winegrowers. The annual event features over 40 of Calistoga’s premiere wineries paired with tastings from local restaurants. Solage provides an elegant yet welcoming backdrop to showcase the region’s top-tier and most sought-after wineries along with delicious small bites and live cooking stations from local restaurants highlighting locally-grown seasonal ingredients.Availability for all Calistoga Food & Wine Events are limited and requires tickets to be purchased in advance on Eventbrite.Participating Calistoga wineries include: 2880, Amici Cellars, August Briggs Winery, Baldacci Vineyards, Ballentine Vineyards, Barlow Vineyards, Bennett Lane Winery, Bragg Vineyards, CAMi Vineyards, Canard Vineyard, Chateau Montelena, Clos Pegase, Coquerel Family Estate Wines, Davis Estates, Dutch Henry, Fairwinds Estate Winery, Fisher Vineyards, Girard, Hindsight Wines, Huge Bear Wines, Jack Brooks Vineyard, Jericho Canyon Vineyard, Jones Family Vineyards, Kaiser Family Winery, Kenefick Ranch Vineyards, Knighton Family Vineyards, La Sirena, Phifer Pavitt Wine, Poggi Wines, Romeo Vineyards and Cellars, Sebright Cellars, Shypoke, Storybook Mountain Vineyards, Sterling Vineyards, Switchback Ridge, Tom Eddy Winery, Twomey Cellars, Von Strasser/Lava Vine, Weppler Vineyards and Ziata.Participating restaurants include Solbar at Solage. Auberge Resorts Collection, The Lakehouse at Calistoga Ranch, Auberge Resorts Collection, Lovina, Evangeline, Johnny’s, Veraison, Drake Bay Oysters and more.About Solage, Auberge Resorts CollectionSolage, Auberge Resorts Collection, redefines “fun” in the heart of California wine country with 89 design-focused and environmentally conscious studios, each featuring complimentary cruiser bicycles for guests use and a 130-foot landmark swimming pool. A local favorite and destination for foodies, the resort is home to acclaimed signature restaurant Solbar, which offers a living menu that has no borders and is guided by the seasons. The award-winning Spa Solage offers 20,000 square feet of health and wellness with 14 treatment rooms, Bathhouse, state-of-the-art gym and a Yoga & Movement Studio with complimentary daily fitness classes. Since opening in 2007, Solage has garnered numerous industry awards, including recent appearances on the Condé Nast Traveler 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards List and U.S. News’ Best Hotels of 2018 List.About Auberge Resorts CollectionAuberge Resorts Collection is a portfolio of extraordinary hotels, resorts, residences and private clubs. While each property is unique, all share a crafted approach to luxury and bring the soul of the locale to life through captivating design, exceptional cuisine and spas, and gracious yet unobtrusive service. With 19 hotels and resorts across three continents, Auberge invites guests to create unforgettable stories in some of the world’s most desirable destinations. For more information about Auberge Resorts Collection, please visit aubergeresorts.com. Follow Auberge Resorts Collection on Facebook at facebook.com/AubergeResorts and on Twitter and Instagram at @AubergeResorts and #AlwaysAuberge. About Calistoga Wine GrowersLocated at the top of the Napa Valley, Calistoga Wine Growers (CWG) mission is to promote and protect the past, present and future of grape growing and winemaking in the Calistoga AVA.  The AVA was approved in 2009 and became official in 2010 though it has always been considered a unique wine grape growing location, with viticultural and winery census data dating to 1880 listing Calistoga as a distinct region separate from Napa. Rich volcanic bedrock and sediment provide a geologic uniformity, while the AVA’s diverse topography ranges from steep mountains to valley floor making Calistoga entirely unique to other Napa Valley AVAs.  The Calistoga AVA is cooled by air currents drawn in from the Russian River; these currents are strong enough to support the sailplanes that were headquartered for years at the Glider port in downtown Calistoga. The hot air rises and mixes with cooling breezes from the Russian River in the late afternoon until after sunset, cooling the valley floor to about 65 degrees. In addition, cooling breezes flow down the slopes of both the Vaca and Mayacamas mountains, and on fog-free nights, the cool air moving downslope can bring the temperature down another 12-15 degrees.  Calistoga’s wines, people and businesses make’s a visit a great Napa Valley experience.  For more information, please visit www.calistogawinegrowers.com.About The Friedkin GroupThe Friedkin Group encompasses a consortium of automotive, hospitality, entertainment, golf and adventure companies. These organizations include: Gulf States Toyota, GSFSGroup, GSM, US AutoLogistics, Ascent Automotive Group, Auberge Resorts Collection, Imperative Entertainment, 30WEST, NEON, Diamond Creek Golf Club, Congaree and Legendary Adventures. The Friedkin Group is led by Chairman and CEO Dan Friedkin. For more information, visit www.friedkin.comAdvertisement Linkedin Twitter Facebook ReddIt Sharelast_img read more