Questrade cleared to offer CFDs

The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) has given permission for an online broker to offer contracts for difference (CFDs) and other over-the-counter (OTC) foreign exchange contracts by providing upfront risk disclosure, rather than a prospectus. According to Thursday OSC Bulletin, the OSC has approved an application from Questrade Inc., granting relief from prospectus requirements in connection with the distribution of CFDs and OTC foreign exchange contracts, subject to various terms and conditions. James Langton The conditions include that the transactions comply with the rules of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC); that clients be provided with risk disclosure before entering into a transaction, and that they acknowledge receiving and reading that disclosure; among other things. The decision indicates that the firm believes requiring a prospectus in order to trade OTC contracts with retail clients “would not be appropriate since the disclosure of a great deal of the information required under a prospectus and under the reporting issuer regime is not material to a client seeking to enter into an OTC transaction.” Instead, it maintains that the information to be given to this sort of client “should principally focus on enhancing the client’s appreciation of product risk including counterparty risk”; adding that most OTC positions are opened and closed on the same day, and are marked to market and cash settled daily. The relief does not apply in Alberta, the decision notes, indicating that the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) has concerns about relying on a passport system decision to allow a prospectus exemption for OTC contracts. So, the firm will make a separate application for relief in Alberta, if it wants to offer OTC contracts to clients there without a prospectus. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media CMC Markets preps to sell CFDs to retail investors CMC Markets to offer CFD trading to Canadian retail investors Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Questrade offers CFD trading Keywords CFDs — Contracts for differenceCompanies Ontario Securities Commission, Questrade Financial Group Inc. Related news read more

CSA adopts changes for funds transitioning to IFRS

Initially proposed in 2009, the IFRS-related amendments to were deferred and not finalized at the time securities legislation was first changed to accommodate the transition to IFRS by registrants and reporting issuers, other than investment funds, for financial years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2011. In 2010, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) recognized a potentially significant accounting issue for investment funds and made revisions in 2012 to largely resolve this issue. To accommodate the timing of the IASB revisions, the Canadian Accounting Standards Board (AcSB) issued a deferral of the mandatory IFRS changeover date for investment funds for three years until Jan. 1, 2014. The CSA was also of the view that it was preferable to wait for the IASB’s revisions before IFRS was adopted by investment funds in Canada. The final amendments published today reflect comments received on the 2009 proposal, additional stakeholder consultations and further IASB developments related to investment funds. The changes impact investment fund requirements relating to the presentation of financial statements and terminology to reflect the transition to IFRS. IE Staff After pandemic’s liquidity storm, possible fund reform Share this article and your comments with peers on social media SEC to overhaul fund valuation rules Keywords Investment funds,  IFRSCompanies North American Securities Administrators Association Related news The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) has completed the final step in the transition to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for investment funds. The CSA Thursday published final amendments to National Instrument 81-106 Investment Fund Continuous Disclosure, its Companion Policy and related amendments. Investment funds must apply the changes for financial years beginning on or after January 1. Retail investor costs in EU regs’ crosshairs for 2021 Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

Annual inflation rate rises 0.5% in September

first_imgEconomists on average had expected a year-over-year increase of 0.4%, according to financial data firm Refinitiv.The statistics agency says that prices were up in six of the eight major components of the consumer price index, including increases in tuition fees as students headed back to school.The price index for food was up 1.6% last month, a slight slowing from the 1.8% bump recorded in August. Passenger vehicle prices were up 2.7%, and housing was up 2.6%.The agency also says the back-to-school shopping season wasn’t as big as it was one year ago, noted by a year-over-year drop of 4.1% in clothing and footwear prices.Statistics Canada says the consumer price index would have increased by 1% in September had a 10.7% year-over-year drop in the price of gasoline not been factored in.The Bank of Canada intends to keep its key policy interest rate at 0.25%, which is as low as it will go, until inflation is back at the central bank’s 2% target.The hope is that by keeping its rate low, the central bank can drive down rates on mortgages and loans to make it easier for people to borrow and spend to aid the economy as it recuperates from the Covid-19 crisis.In September, the average of Canada’s three measures for core inflation, which are considered better gauges of underlying price pressures and closely tracked by the Bank of Canada, was about 1.7%.The central bank will make its rate announcement next week, and release an updated economic outlook.CIBC senior economist Royce Mendes wrote in a note that governor Tiff Macklem will have every reason to maintain the ample amount of monetary stimulus with headline inflation closer to zero than the central bank’s target, even after adjusting for Covid-19 purchasing patterns.The results in the monthly inflation reading showed the continued effect the pandemic has had on the travel and accommodation sector, where prices fell — albeit not as much compared to previous Septembers.Air transportation prices fell by 3.2% in September compared to a 16% drop in August, bucking the traditional yearly trend of declines in September as demand weakens after the summer travel season.Traveller accommodation prices were 26.5% lower in September than the same month last year as tourist activity remains weak.Border closures, travel advisories and restrictions have contributed to lower prices for air travel and traveller accommodation, Statistics Canada says. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Statistics Canada says September inflation was up 0.5% compared with a year ago.The reading compared with an increase of 0.1% in August. center_img Canadian Press Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

SRHA Intensifies Malaria Control Programme in St. Elizabeth

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, has intensified the malaria control programme in St. Elizabeth, especially on the coast.Chief Public Health Inspector for the parish, Lester Beharie informed JIS News that the control programme, which began in December 2006, “is continuing, as we are treating existing breeding sites and searching for new sites”. “The coastline areas that we are dealing with include Great Bay, Calabash Bay, Sandy Bank, Billy’s Bay, Bluntas, Parottee, Spice Grove, Arlington,Vineyard, Black River, Hodges, Crawford, Galleon, Dalintober and Font Hill,” he outlined.Mr. Beharie said the programme involved the elimination of larvae and adult mosquitoes, oiling stagnant water, thermal fogging and spraying. “We have intensified our control operations, in that we are doing more fogging and oiling, which we do at shorter intervals. Every seven days we will repeat our cycle,” he pointed out.Mr. Beharie explained that it was standard procedure that whenever an affected area is identified, fogging is done for three consecutive nights and repeated at seven-day intervals, “which is what we have been doing in Great Bay, where malaria cases have been confirmed”.He explained that the illness is treatable, and is appealing to “anyone coming down with any symptoms associated with the disease, to visit the health centre, a private doctor or the nearest hospital, especially if they are experiencing fever”.“We are also appealing to householders to get rid of any mosquito breeding places,” he stressed. Mr. Beharie told JIS News that he is also urging residents to open their doors and windows when fogging is being done. “However, when spraying is not being carried out, persons should close their doors and windows before it becomes dark, as the type of mosquito which carries the disease gets very active at that time,” he said. RelatedSRHA Intensifies Malaria Control Programme in St. Elizabeth Advertisements RelatedSRHA Intensifies Malaria Control Programme in St. Elizabethcenter_img SRHA Intensifies Malaria Control Programme in St. Elizabeth UncategorizedFebruary 9, 2007 RelatedSRHA Intensifies Malaria Control Programme in St. Elizabethlast_img read more

Housing Minister Pleased With Joint Venture Project

first_imgHousing Minister Pleased With Joint Venture Project UncategorizedJanuary 13, 2008 RelatedHousing Minister Pleased With Joint Venture Project RelatedHousing Minister Pleased With Joint Venture Project FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Water and Housing, Dr. Horace Chang, has said he is pleased with the outcome of a joint venture agreement between the Government and New Era Homes, which is providing almost 1,000 middle income housing solutions in Portmore, St. Catherine. Under the joint venture programme, the land is owned by the individual developer and financing is done through different agencies, including the National Housing Trust (NHT). Government involvement could allow beneficiaries to realise savings of up to 20 per cent. However, beneficiaries are restricted from selling the house under 10 years or they will incur a penalty.Speaking with JIS News following a tour of the development recently, Minister Chang said the project had met the standards mandated by government, adding that the project was part of government’s thrust to provide some 15,000 homes per year. He emphasised that to achieve this goal, the joint venture facility would have to be utilised.The development includes two and three bedroom units and town houses utilizing a gated cluster concept. “This is a nice development; the quality is good; the layout, the management, the cluster concept is really people and community-friendly. They’ve put in the facilities, including a small commercial area, a nice playing field; they’re using a lot of solar and the space is good,” he said.Dr. Chang pointed out that the houses were designed to meet the needs of young professionals, and that there was good value for money in the project.The Minister said he was concerned about the rising costs of housing units and that the government would be looking at the contributing factors. “We’re really concerned that inflation on real estate is growing fast and therefore house prices are going up.There is a great demand and the supply is short and we have to find ways of ensuring that the demand is met,” he noted.Dr. Chang stressed that the possibility of manufacturing more of the inputs locally would have to be explored, to reduce the basic cost of units.center_img RelatedHousing Minister Pleased With Joint Venture Project Advertisementslast_img read more

Release of ACCC perishable agricultural goods inquiry report

first_imgRelease of ACCC perishable agricultural goods inquiry report The Morrison Government has today released the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC’s) report into bargaining power imbalances in the domestic supply chains of perishable agricultural goods in Australia.This follows a direction by the Government to the ACCC in August in response to concerns of harmful conduct in the perishable agricultural goods industry.The ACCC’s inquiry found examples of one-sided contracting practices, commercial retribution, inefficient allocation of risk and a lack of price transparency.In particular, the ACCC indicated that as a result of matters identified during the inquiry, it will conduct further compliance activity with respect to a range of alleged unfair contract terms in the chicken meat industry and alleged non-compliance by horticulture wholesalers within the Horticulture Code.At the same time, the ACCC identified positive developments arising from the Dairy Code, including evidence of competition among processors on raw milk prices after prices were announced on 1 June 2020 and that written agreements were in operation across a vast majority of processors.The Government is progressing a number of initiatives that support the findings and recommendations of the ACCC, including legislation to strengthen unfair contract term protections under the Australian Consumer Law, enhancing the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct and improving price transparency for the dairy industry under the Dairy Code.The Government would like to thank participants who provided input to the inquiry, with over 80 written and oral submissions received.The Government is committed to a vibrant and sustainable market-based agricultural sector and will consider the ACCC findings and recommendations in detail. /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:ACCC, AusPol, Australia, Australian, Australian Treasury, Commission, consumer law, dairy, food, Government, horticulture, industry, law, legislation, Morrison, Morrison Government, operation, sustainablelast_img read more

CU-Boulder Hosts Creative Exhibit For Advertising Students Dec. 13-27

first_img Published: Dec. 3, 2000 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail The School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Colorado at Boulder will hold its first Creative Exhibit by Advanced Advertising Students Dec. 13-27 at the Dairy Center for the Arts. An opening reception for the exhibit, along with a ceremony for recipients of the One Club scholarship awards, will be held Dec. 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the center, 2590 Walnut St. in Boulder. According to Brett Robbs, associate professor and head of the undergraduate advertising sequence, the exhibit is designed to showcase the high-quality, creative work of graduating seniors in the program. The school plans to hold the event annually. “This exhibit is a way for us to demonstrate the remarkable creative power of advertising students at CU,” Robbs said. “It also provides an opportunity for agency professionals to meet students and review their work and potential as future interns or full-time employees.” The reception and exhibit are open to the public. High school students interested in advertising careers are encouraged to attend. Four selections in the exhibit will be awarded prizes of $500 each, one for “Best of Show” for a single piece of work and three for portfolios, based on a body of work completed this semester. Advertising professionals from the creative community will judge the exhibits, including Mike Sukle of Sukle Advertising in Denver; Dan Richardson of TDA Advertising & Design in Boulder; and David Stone, free-lance writer. CU-Boulder students are generating national interest in the advertising program. Last May three students won first place in the print discipline at the One Club’s Young Creative Professionals advertising competition held in New York City, competing against professional advertising agencies and graduate portfolio schools from around the country. A second CU team received a merit award in the One Club’s annual Student Competition. The success of the program is largely due to the leadership of two TDA Advertising professionals, Jonathan Schoenberg, creative director, and Eric Liebhauser, senior copywriter, who are teaching classes for seniors about the creative process and evaluating their work based on professional standards. “We are pleased and encouraged with all of the recent student accolades,” Liebhauser said. “The exhibit presents a chance for those unfamiliar with the program to see more of the great student work that’s been done this year.” CU-Boulder’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication provides a variety of degree programs for students interested in journalism careers. Undergraduate program offerings include advertising, broadcast news, broadcast production management, news-editorial and media studies. Graduate degree programs are offered in mass communication research, newsgathering, integrated marketing communications, environmental journalism and communication. For more information visit the school’s Web site at www.colorado.edu/Journalism.last_img read more

CU-Boulder Enrollment Reaches All-Time High With Growth in Minority Students, Graduate Enrollment

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Sept. 17, 2009 Despite struggling national and Colorado economies, the University of Colorado at Boulder is showing an all-time high in total enrollment, with key gains in the total number of graduate students, and undergraduate and graduate students of color.CU-Boulder’s fall 2009 census figures, announced today, showed 30,196 degree-seeking students are enrolled at CU-Boulder, an increase of 1.6 percent (487 students) over last year’s previous record, and a gain achieved despite a planned drop in the number of new freshmen, from 5,855 in 2008 to 5,519 this year.Of that 5,519 new freshmen, 3,227—or 58.5 percent—are Colorado residents, while 2,292—41.5 percent—are nonresidents. New freshmen come from 1,534 different high schools, 239 in Colorado and 1,294 from other states or countries.The resident freshmen total represents a 5 percent increase over 2008’s total of 3,064, while the number of nonresidents decreased by 17 percent. Still, the total number of CU-Boulder undergraduates stands at an all-time high of 25,408, an increase of 328 from last year, with 314 additional residents and 14 additional nonresidents compared to fall 2008.”We didn’t expect that last year’s off-the-charts freshman class would be replicated this year, given the economy and some changes to our admissions processes,” said CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano. “Despite those factors, when we see the strong numbers of returning, transfer and new graduate students, it is clear that CU-Boulder is holding its value even in the toughest economic times.”Overall, ethnic minorities comprise 15.1 percent of undergraduates, compared to 14.9 percent in 2008. In fact, all undergraduate ethnic group numbers are higher than 2008, with a 3 percent increase in minority enrollment compared to a 1 percent for non-minority. Asian undergraduates increased by 3 percent, African-American by 5 percent, Hispanic/Latino by 1 percent and Native American by 13 percent. The number of ethnic minority graduate students is also the highest ever, at 520—29 more than last year and 22 more than the previous high, set in 1995.Students of color constitute 16 percent of freshmen, the same percentage as 2006 through 2008, and the total number of undergraduates of color—3,832—is up almost 100 from last fall. Among new freshmen, 889 are students of color, a decrease of 42 from last fall, but a smaller decrease (4.5 percent to 5.4 percent) than the overall freshman decrease.”Many of our faculty, staff and students are working hard to instill a stronger culture of inclusive excellence,” said Sallye McKee, vice chancellor for diversity, equity and community engagement. “Our strategic plan, Flagship 2030, provides a bold vision of becoming a role model in this regard for the nation, and under the leadership of Chancellor DiStefano we are making strides. We hope that prospective students and their families will continue to take notice. We need their presence if we are to build a student body that respects, embraces, celebrates and reflects the multidimensional aspects of human diversity.”Total graduate enrollment increased by 159 students, from 4,629 to 4,788. There are 51 more resident graduate students and 108 more nonresidents than last year.”A key part of the Flagship 2030 Strategic Plan is to increase opportunities for post-baccalaureate education and graduate student enrollment,” said John Stevenson, dean of the Graduate School at CU-Boulder. “These numbers show we’re making progress toward that goal, and reveal also that our programs of excellence and our research achievements are a strong draw for graduate students from across the United States and throughout the world.”CU-Boulder Director of Admissions Kevin MacLennan said he is pleased that CU-Boulder this year has arrived at a freshman class that “is very close to the size of our record-setting 2007 class.””Given one of the worst recessions in our country’s history, this is really phenomenal,” said MacLennan. “I echo Chancellor DiStefano that this is an excellent indicator of CU’s reputation for value. I would put it this way: CU is on virtually everybody’s list as one of the premier destinations in American higher education.”All figures are for students enrolled at census on Sept. 11, seeking a CU-Boulder degree or teacher licensure, with main-campus credit hours. This excludes non-degree students, reciprocal students from other CU campuses, study abroad students, those enrolled exclusively in continuing education or extended studies classes, and those using faculty/staff tuition waiver benefits for all of their credit hours.Links to related CU-Boulder enrollment data from the Office of Institutional Research are available at:Overall enrollment: Total degree-seeking vs. not degree-seeking, over timewww.colorado.edu/pba/records/time/degseek.htmBy college: Degree-seeking only, by grad/undergrad and college, over time (students in two colleges are counted in both)www.colorado.edu/pba/records/time/enrlcol.htmBy new vs. continuing: Degree-seeking only, by grad/undergrad, residency, and new vs. continuing, over timewww.colorado.edu/pba/records/time/enrl88plus.htmDetails including diversity for fall 2009 vs. fall 2008, residency, college (first college only), all by degree-seeking vs. otherswww.colorado.edu/pba/records/snap/097087/index.htmMost popular undergraduate majorswww.colorado.edu/pba/records/misctopics/popmaj09.htmEnrollment since 1877www.colorado.edu/pba/records/enrl1877/intro.htmAcademic preparation or qualifications of freshman applicants, admits, and matriculants over timewww.colorado.edu/pba/records/acprep/index.htmlast_img read more

How commercial vessels could become tsunami early-warning systems

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail To see if that might be feasible, the researchers ran a mock scenario: They built computer simulations that drew on the locations of real ships near the Cascadia Subduction Zone. They also imagined that each of the digitized ships was carrying a GPS sensor that could precisely measure its elevation, or how it bobbed up and down in the waves. Sheehan explained that such vessels already use satellite systems to transmit their exact locations in the ocean—so the new sensors might only be a modest upgrade. The team then ran a synthetic experiment to see if ships at those locations might be able to forecast a tsunami. The test was a success. The findings show that similar networks of ships could be used to identify tsunami waves long before they ever reached shore, and all without needing to diverge from their normal routes.“A single ship couldn’t do this,” Sheehan said. “The power comes from having 100 ships in the same area that are all going up and down at the same time.”Scientists at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information based in Boulder collaborated with the team to provide information on current tsunami warning systems and Cascadia tsunami hazards.​The researchers calculated that, at a minimum, you’d need a web of ships traveling about 12 miles, or 20 kilometers, apart to make accurate tsunami forecasts using their method. Just how much of an advanced warning such a fleet could provide to people onshore isn’t clear. It may depend on where the ships happen to be at that moment.But Hossen noted that team’s method could, theoretically, be applied in any ocean in the world as long as it had enough shipping traffic—even in regions like the Indian Ocean where the tsunami risk is high but disaster preparedness resources are often scant. “If we can use these ships, then it would probably be much more affordable for any country, not just developed ones,” he said. Other coauthors on the new study include David Mencin, a research scientist at CIRES, and Iyan Mulia of the University of Tokyo in Japan. Scientists may have discovered a new ally in efforts to keep coastal communities in the Pacific Northwest safe from future tsunamis, according to a new study: Fleets of commercial shipping vessels.The research taps into an urgent need for communities like Newport, Oregon, a seaside town that is home to more than 10,000 people. If a tsunami formed along a fault line in the Pacific called the Cascadia Subduction Zone, residents there might have just minutes to get to safety, said study coauthor Anne Sheehan. “A tsunami can take 20 or 30 minutes to reach the coastline, so the time is very short,” said Sheehan, a fellow at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at CU Boulder. Fallout from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami along the Sumatra coast. (Credit: U.S. Navy) In a study now under review in the journal Earth and Space Science, she and her colleagues think that they may have stumbled upon a possible solution. Drawing on computer simulations, the group reports that networks of cargo ships carrying special GPS sensors could, theoretically, work together to automatically monitor a shoreline for possible tsunami waves—spotting these dangerous surges in less than 10 minutes in some cases. The team will present its findings Thursday, Dec. 10 at the 2020 virtual fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).Lead author M. Jakir Hossen added that this early warning system would be much less expensive to put in place than current tsunami forecasting tools.“There are so many ships that are already traveling in the Cascadia Subduction Zone area,” said Hossen, a visiting fellow at CIRES. “We’re thinking about how we can use those existing facilities for tsunami forecasts.”When not ifIn a geologic sense, the Cascadia Subduction Zone is a bomb waiting to go off. Over the last few decades, scientists have discovered that intense energy seems to be building in the tectonic plates that lie miles below the Pacific Ocean from Northern California to British Columbia. “They could release this energy anytime and trigger a huge earthquake. The tsunami size could be as big as the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami,” Hossen said. But as big as such a wave could be, if you were swimming in the open ocean, you might not even know that you were in the middle of a tsunami. That can make these disasters hard to predict ahead of time, said Sheehan, also a professor in the Department of Geological Sciences.“Even a really big tsunami wave would be only a meter tall in the open ocean, and it would take 15 minutes to pass you,” she said. Scientists currently use seafloor sensors to record when a possible tsunami might be passing overhead. But these gauges are costly to install and maintain. Sheehan and her colleagues had a different idea: Why not take advantage of all of the ships that are already out there in the ocean, delivering goods like cars and produce to towns up and down the Pacific Coast?Global warning systemcenter_img Published: Dec. 10, 2020 • By Daniel Strain A stretch of the Oregon coast near the town of Cannon Beach. (Credit: CC Photo by Abhinaba Basu via Wikimedia Commons) Categories:Science & TechnologyNews Headlineslast_img read more

ECC Stages Back-To-School Fair August 21

first_imgRelatedDarren Phillips Wins Marcus Garvey Scholarship Given By St. Ann Parish Council ECC Stages Back-To-School Fair August 21 EducationAugust 18, 2015Written by: Judith A. Hunter RelatedYoung People Urged To Use Education To Rise From Poverty FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Early Childhood Commission (ECC) will hold its inaugural Back-to-School Fair at Emancipation Park in New Kingston on Friday, August 21, beginning at 10:00 a.m.The fair forms a major part of the ECC’s Communication Strategy, which is currently focusing on the areas of Nutrition, Early Stimulation and Parenting Education at the early childhood level.                                                                                     .“We are using this fair to heighten the awareness of parents, members of the general public and early childhood practitioners of Day Care Centres and Basic and Infant schools about the importance of ensuring that the needs of our children are met in these critical areas,” Executive Director at the ECC, Dr. Joan Reid, said in an interview with JIS News.“We have to ensure that we get it right from the start by investing in our children today, in order to provide for them a secure future,” she added.Among the participants at the fair will be the Ministry of Health, which will offer free immunization for children at the early childhood level. Parents are being urged to take along their children’s Child Health and Development Passport.The Registrar General’s Department (RGD) will provide birth registration service, while the Child Development Agency (CDA) will be on hand to provide tips for operating an early childhood Institution.In addition, patrons attending the fair will be able to purchase Smarter Cards from the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC), while the Jamaica Fire Brigade and the Road Safety Unit will be on hand to provide safety tips and free demonstrations.According to Communications Manager at the ECC, Celia Morgan, several presentations on various topics from inter-sectoral agencies with an Early Childhood Development focus, will be made.Topics such as effective parenting at the early childhood level; the ECC’s registration process; and the provision of support for parents through the Ministry of Labour’s Early Stimulation Programme and the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) will be discussed, she said.“The event, which is expected to attract a large crowd, is geared towards educating parents, early childhood practitioners and children about important issues regarding the proper growth and development of children in the early childhood cohort,” Miss Morgan noted.There will be entertainment, prizes, surprises and giveaways throughout the day.center_img Story HighlightsThe Early Childhood Commission (ECC) will hold its inaugural Back-to-School Fair at Emancipation Park in New Kingston on Friday, August 21, beginning at 10:00 a.m.The fair forms a major part of the ECC’s Communication Strategy, which is currently focusing on the areas of Nutrition, Early Stimulation and Parenting Education at the early childhood level. Among the participants at the fair will be the Ministry of Health, which will offer free immunization for children at the early childhood level. Parents are being urged to take along their children’s Child Health and Development Passport. RelatedHundreds Gain Employment Under Heart/NTA’s School Leaving Training Programme Advertisementslast_img read more