Prime Minister’s Remarks at the EU/GOJ Signing Ceremony

first_imgPhoto: JIS PhotographerLeader of the Opposition, The Most HonourablePortia Simpson Miller, O.N., M.P. SalutationsDr The Honourable Peter Phillips, Minister of Finance and PlanningThe Honourable Robert Pickersgill, Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate ChangeThe Honourable Derrick Kellier, Minister of Agriculture, Labour & Social SecurityHer Excellency Mrs Paola Amadei, Head of Delegation, European Union Delegation to JamaicaExcellencies representing Members States of the European UnionOther Members of the Diplomatic CorpsPermanent SecretariesDistinguished GuestsMembers of the Media Story HighlightsWe meet this morning to recognise, celebrate and solidify the special relationship that exists between the Government of Jamaica and the European Union.The EU-Jamaica relationship has remained strong over many years, as the European Union has established itself and its track record as the largest provider of grant resources to Jamaica.The Government continues to be grateful to the EU for extending a helping hand in the aftermath of natural disasters. Good Morning. RelatedOfficial Funeral for Late Former President of the Senate We meet this morning to recognise, celebrate and solidify the special relationship that exists between the Government of Jamaica and the European Union.The EU-Jamaica relationship has remained strong over many years, as the European Union has established itself and its track record as the largest provider of grant resources to Jamaica.The EU’s contributions to the many facets of Jamaica’s development go beyond European Development Fund (EDF) programme activities.I want to make special mention of the Accompanying Measures for Sugar Protocol Countries facility, which has been a major source of support to the Agricultural Sector over many years. The EU’s assistance has been special in enabling the Government to present keys to sugar workers as we remove them from sugar barracks to being owners of a piece of the Jamaican rock.The EU has been a significant partner in our ongoing efforts to transform the sugar industry in Jamaica.At the same time, the Special Framework of Assistance for the Banana Support Programme has been a major source of help to banana farmers and former banana growers, as we diversify our agricultural produce in light of changing international realities.The Government continues to be grateful to the EU for extending a helping hand in the aftermath of natural disasters.In recent times, the Tropical Storm Gustav and Tropical Storm Nicole Rehabilitation assistance programmes have been most helpful to our national recovery efforts.I am particularly thankful for the EU’s partnership under succeeding EDFs, including the 10th Fund, to advance the Poverty Reduction Programme of the Government of Jamaica.Other areas of national and community life in Jamaica which have benefited from EU support and funding have included Education, Human Rights Awareness, Macroeconomic Support including Debt Reduction, Security, Rural Development, Technical Cooperation and other socio-economic initiatives.It is significant that this 11th EDF ceremonial signing, to endorse the Programme signing which took place in Brussels in September, is taking place on the eve of the 2015 observance of 40 years of development partnership between Jamaica and the EU.I am delighted that we are activating Jamaica’s National Indicative Programme for the 11th EDF at a value of 46 Million Euros for the next six years.The national programme has benefited from consultations with a wide cross section of stakeholders which included Government Ministries and Agencies, the private sector, Parliamentarians, non-governmental organisations and international development partners.Among the receiving sectors, Justice has been allocated the largest share of the funding accounting for 50 per cent of the allocation or 23 Million Euros.Importantly, this allocation builds on previous funding of activities to improve justice and governance.In this regard, the EU is providing further support to the Government’s objective of ensuring that “the Jamaican society is secure, cohesive and just.” This is important in advancing gender-responsive, accountable and effective justice services, especially for vulnerable groups.Under this umbrella, the Government’s ongoing programme to improve conditions for the treatment of children in the justice system, will be receiving more financial support.We are committed to:–          Improving conditions in detention–          Reviewing the conditions in lockups because people, no matter, who they are, deserve to be treated with dignity and respect–          Creating better access to justice services at the community level…–          Improving efficiency in the justice process through better technology and infrastructure; and–          Treating children in conflict with the law according to established national standards and in keeping with Jamaica’s international obligations.Children should be bought up and treated with love.Under this 11th EDF, Environment and Climate change initiatives will come in for renewed focus with an allocation of 33 per cent of the available funding or 15.25 Million Euros.Jamaica stands among the countries in the world which have been most forward-thinking and decisive in our environmental planning and management, and in planning for the prevention and mitigation of the negative effects of climate change.Among the results we are expecting from collaboration with the EU in this area, are:–          Greater effectiveness in environmental planning and monitoring–          Better management of natural resources and the environment in general–          Enabling  more vulnerable groups to benefit from sustainable development initiatives; and–          Reduced damage and loss due to climate-related hazards.Public financial management and support to civil society are other areas designated for funding and support under the 11th EDF.I want to use this opportunity to place on record the appreciation of the Government of Jamaica for the EU having increased the initial amounts budgeted for Jamaica under the previous 10th EDF.This was largely as a result of needs arising from hurricanes and income reduction in exports during the global financial crisis.I view this ongoing partnership with the EU as critical support for Jamaica’s growth agenda.We are working to increase the pace of the growth that has started in the economy.We recognise that a greater level of growth in Jamaica is connected to Jamaica’s competiveness in the global economy.We are embarked on the mission of improving productivity and competitiveness with encouraging results so far, as seen in the country’s substantial improvement in global ranking.In remaining disciplined in pursuit of the Economic Reform Programme, we are resolute that growth must be accompanied by jobs and increased opportunities for the creation of new businesses.Growth must be inclusive: we are not leaving behind any sector or group as we advance to a more prosperous future for our country.As we thank the EU for its continued support, we continue to be responsive to unfolding national realities as we implement the Medium Term Socio-economic Policy Framework in a spirit of true and mutually respectful collaboration with our international partners.Again, we thank our EU partners and we commit to playing our part for the timely and efficient implementation of these vital programmes to 2020.I wish to recognize the member states of the European Union and ask their representatives to stand as we hail you in the name of partnership and progress.When I see the smiles on your faces at each event at which you represent your countries, I see commitment, partnership and friendship.When I see the smiles on the faces of the persons whose lives are changed for the better through the various programmes, I see your pride and satisfaction.Together, we know that all the efforts made to improve the lives of our peopleare worth it.Again I thank you and pray God’s blessing on this partnership.-end- Prime Minister’s Remarks at the EU/GOJ Signing CeremonyJIS 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 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Remarks by the Prime Minister, Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller ON, MPAt EU/GOJ Signing Ceremony, Jamaica HouseThursday, November 6, 2014 Prime Minister’s Remarks at the EU/GOJ Signing Ceremony Office of the Prime MinisterNovember 6, 2014Written by: OPM Communications Unit RelatedPrime Minister Advises Governor General on Central Westmoreland Election Date RelatedMajor CHIKV Clean-Up in West Kingston Advertisementslast_img read more

Vodafone may select banks for India IPO this week – report

first_imgHomeAsiaNews Vodafone may select banks for India IPO this week – report Asia WhatsApp takes more heat in India Banks shortlisted by Vodafone to handle the initial public offering of its India unit will make presentations in the UK today, with a decision scheduled for Tuesday or Wednesday, Economic Times (ET) reported.Interested banks previously made preliminary presentations to Rothschild, the adviser to the IPO.  Rothschild is mandated to keep the final selection down to four banks.Currently, Goldman Sachs, Citibank, Morgan Stanley, Axis Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank are all in the running. The Financial Times reported last week that 15 banks in total were invited to make a bid.The driver behind the IPO, expected to take place in June next year, is lowering the company’s debt, which is set to increase after a spectrum auction scheduled for later this year. Acquisition of spectrum could close the gap with number one operator Bharti Airtel. Vodafone is number two.The ET report added that Vodafone and Liberty Global’s merger in the Netherlands could delay the IPO. In February they agreed to merge their Dutch businesses. Vodafone is to make a €1 billion payment to Liberty to equalise ownership in the Netherlands.Vodafone has been mulling an IPO in India for years but had been held back by a long-running tax dispute with the Indian government.India’s tax department said it would seize Vodafone’s assets after it served the operator with a reminder notice over an outstanding INR142 billion ($2.03 billion) tax bill, an issue dating back to 2007.In February, Vodafone said it is committed to India and still enjoys a “constructive” relationship with the government.Last month, Vodafone India signed a pact to acquire cable firm You Broadband for approximately INR4 billion ($60.4 million) as it looks to boost its fixed line proposition. India adds detail on network equipment restrictions Related Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more Saleha Riaz center_img India to shun China vendors in 5G trials Author AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 25 APR 2016 Tags Previous ArticleChina Telecom names permanent CEO and COONext ArticleData is silver lining as Zain faces rough markets IndiaIPOVodafonelast_img read more

Report: Office market won’t return to glory until 2025

first_imgShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink TagsCommercial Real EstateCushman & Wakefield Share via Shortlinkcenter_img The analysis predicts that office vacancies across the world will continue upward (iStock)The office market won’t reach pre-Covid levels until 2025, a brokerage report has found.The analysis by Cushman and Wakefield predicts that office vacancies across the world will continue upward, reaching 15.6 percent in 2022, Bloomberg reported. About 95.8 million square feet of space will become vacant in the next two years.Before the coronavirus, the world’s average office vacancy rate was 10.9 percent, according to the report. After employees spent months working remotely, adjusting their living spaces to work from home, there has been limited enthusiasm for returning to the office, despite appeals from business leaders and New York City landlords to bring employees back.The brokerage report sees U.S. office rents falling 6.5 percent next year and 2.3 percent in 2022. The vacancy rate will continue to rise, but job gains will resume in 2021.Despite the grim outlook for the office sector, office workers will still fare better than those in the service industry, it forecasts.In Europe, rents are predicted to fall 7.8 percent next year and 1.7 percent in 2022, but the vacancy rate is expected to top out at 10.5 percent. Office-job losses in Europe will also not be as pronounced as in the U.S.Office rents in Greater China, where the pandemic began, will fall 8 percent this year and 5.2 percent in 2021, but will pick up after that. Office vacancy rates will linger at about 25 percent until 2024, when job growth will raise demand for office space, according to the report. [Bloomberg] — Georgia Kromrei  last_img read more

First Coradia trainset in Africa enters service

first_imgALGERIA: Minister of Public Works & Transport Abdelghani Zalene attended a ceremony on March 2 to open buildings at Alger’s Agha station and mark the entry into service of national railway SNTF’s first Alstom Coradia Polyvalent electro-diesel multiple-unit. Public services between Alger and Oran were scheduled to start the following day.SNTF and Alstom signed the €200m contract for the supply of 17 six-car 160 km/h inter-city trainsets on July 29 2015. The vehicles are being built at Alstom’s Reichshoffen site in France, with Saint-Ouen undertaking design work, Le Creusot supplying the bogies, Ornans the traction motors and alternators, Tarbes the drive system and Villeurbanne the on-board electronics and passenger information systems. Dynamic testing has been undertaken in France and at the Vélim test centre in the Czech Republic. The first trainset was delivered to the Port of Alger on January 28, and underwent testing on the SNTF network ahead of entry into passenger service. The rest of the fleet is scheduled to be delivered this year.The SNTF trainsets are the first from Alstom’s Coradia family to be supplied to Africa. They units are similar to those operated by France’s SNCF under the Régiolis brand, but are protected against sand, and feature powerful air-conditioning which has been tested in the climate chamber at Alstom’s La Rochelle site to verify performance in temperatures up to 55°C.last_img read more

NBA Christmas Day Jerseys

first_img Ready To Plow SportsLogos.Net ColeJ Share this post bucknut40 NBA Christmas Day Jerseys Sign in to follow this   3,972 NBA Christmas Day Jerseys 1,259 Digby OchentaYOcho88 UC! Wearin’ the C Location:Denver, Colo. 0 Share on other sites 4,212 Members 13 13 Members 202 Link to post Share on other sites Favourite Logos:Houston TexansSuper Bowl XXXVISuper Bowl XLIVMinnesota WildNew Orleans Hornets (Fleur de Bee) Share this post 202 Digby 353 Location:San Diego, CA / Parsippany, NJ These uniforms remind me of the leaked adidas tournement uniforms for this year for the teams that make it to the tournamentThe only good ones are Cincy and Texas A&M. 334 Jay_Mellowed Share on other sites 162 Forums Home Share this post philly97flyer 353 Share on other sites 1 Not sure which is the worst part — that the numbers and names will be impossible to read, that the Brooklyn/Boston game has potential to be a color vs color worst-case scenario, or that we’re ever closer to every NBA team using a single recolored template. Disaster all around. TheFuture Prev 0 139 LETSGOBLUEBEATMSU I think the only solid one from this set is the Jazz. The logo works with a simple outline. 3,760 Link to post 677 4,667 posts 71 Posted November 13, 2012 Peachy 1 bucknut40 Share this post personally im not a fan of the look, but i can appreciate them doing something different. making an event out of the Christmas games, and celebrating the time of year with special uniforms. its okay. there will be people who like it and buy it, and what that like/hate ratio is no one knows and dosent really matter. its one game. its not like people are going to say “thats a horrible jersey, im going to go watch WNBA now” or leave the stadium because of it. the big picture is, it really dosent matter. technically i think its fine. the refs will be able to read the numbers well enough and NBA players are highly recognizable to fans, you dont need to read a number to see who’s playing. i’d love to hear what Andrew thinks about these 1,119 posts 5,271 9,114 posts 5,271 5,731 posts 5,271 13,501 posts 0 Share this post Share on other sites Share this post Next 71 Next I don’t understand adidas’ & the NBA’s motives behind these Christmas Day uniforms. Their atrocious. i hate these so much. Posted November 14, 2012 Posted November 13, 2012 Share this post 3,760 2,258 posts 2 mania 162 Members Link to post Members “Hail To The Victors” 110 334 Sports Logos Location:Ohio Members 1,259 9,167 posts 353 0 0 Link to post Members Its just another ill-lookin jersey for all the you-know-what’s to buy, yoYeah, you’re right people from every ethnicity and social class really enjoy gimmick jerseys… I think if they wanted to go with a Christmas theme then red should also be used to break up all the green… Share this post All Activity Posted November 13, 2012 Sign in to follow this   Sports Logo News Posted November 13, 2012 Page 1 of 2   Share on other sites Members 0 Link to post Followers 0 Share on other sites Location:Atlanta Link to post njmeadowlanders Members Members 12-OH! 926 posts 0 The Golden One 110 Cujo Share this post Share this post 2 Members 1,259 Posted November 13, 2012 Location:PHX Posted November 13, 2012 202 BrandMooreArt Members Link to post njmeadowlanders 31,030 posts 0 AJM Share on other sites Share this post Cujo 162 Its just another ill-lookin jersey for all the you-know-what’s to buy, yo 333 sᴘᴏʀᴛsʙᴀʟʟ ᴄᴏᴍᴍᴇɴᴛᴇʀ 333 4,212 Raider Nation 4,212 This topic is now closed to further replies. mattb6 Favourite Logos:New York Mets 3,972 Link to post By bucknut40, November 13, 2012 in Sports Logo News ColeJ Favourite Logos:Colorado Avalanche Denver Broncos Michigan WolverinesColorado Rockies 334center_img 4,873 posts via Darren Rovell twitter Link to post Posted November 13, 2012 333 0 Share on other sites 191 Share this post Cujo Members Favourite Logos:New York Jets (1978-1997), Baltimore Ravens (1996-1998), Pittsburgh Penguins (1992-2000), Ottawa Senators (Current) Share on other sites 0 mattb6 128 8 Dark Green. 71 Followers 0 Members Share on other sites Cujo TheFuture OchentaYOcho88 GriffinM6 Members 3,972 Page 1 of 2   GriffinM6 191 Prev 110 Share this post 3,760 139 Graphic Designer Link to post Link to post 128 @GoldAsIce Share on other sites Members Mixed feelings. I’d have to agree with the previous poster and say it’s a good thing that the teams playing Christmas day will be wearing “special” uniforms. Christmas is one of the NBA’s showcase days, much like Thanksgiving with the NFL, New Year’s Day with the NHL (mainly the WInter Classic) and Memorial Day and Independence Day with MLB. Many times in those leagues the teams playing are wearing something special on those days, and the NBA is attempting to do the same thing here on Christmas.However, I don’t favor these uniforms particularly. Most of what’s been said about these uniforms thus far has been a bit hyperbolic though. They’re not necessarily atrocious or disasterous, but just plain looking. I say “meh” to them. My eyes and stomach are OK after seeing these, but I’m not going to knock down the doors of my sporting goods store to buy these either.These uniforms are just different, not special like what adidas and the NBA were probably aiming for. In short, adidas needs to go back to the lab and make something better than these things. Share on other sites 0 1,264 The Golden One Members 1,621 posts 1 Jay_Mellowed 8 Link to post Forums Home Members 677 Favourite Logos:Pensacola Blue Wahoos Primary philly97flyer Members Posted November 14, 2012 Member of the Right Brigade Location:Cheyenne, WY Posted November 13, 2012 0 191 Its just another ill-lookin jersey for all the you-know-what’s to buy, yoWow. Its just another ill-lookin jersey for all the you-know-what’s to buy, yoShut up. Link to post BrandMooreArt Share on other sites Share on other sites Of all the Christmas gear just unveiled, there is only one I’m not giving a grade of “F” to….Heat’s not HORRIBLE beacause with the extra thick outline you can still read the numbers..By the way does this make FOUR green jersies the Celtics have now? Green/White, Green/Black, Green/Gold, Green/Green.Also, the Nets jersey is dark green or black? Link to post 1,287 posts 8 1,264 Posted November 14, 2012 1 0 LETSGOBLUEBEATMSU 128 Would rather see teams play in their normal unis and just add the snowflake they used in the past. goforbroke 677 goforbroke Posted November 13, 2012 Posted November 13, 2012 Link to post All Activity mania Posted November 13, 2012 1,676 posts the entire state of texas will be wearing grey on christmas, apparently. Share this post Funkatron101 Sports Logos 31,030 posts 139 4,212 0 Location:Indiana > Miami Location:California Link to post Members Posted November 13, 2012 Share this post Share on other sites Location:Denver, Colo. Posted November 14, 2012 Share this post Go To Topic Listing These uniforms remind me of the leaked adidas tournement uniforms for this year for the teams that make it to the tournament Posted November 13, 2012 Posted November 13, 2012 10,968 posts Location:CHI-TOWN Of all the Christmas gear just unveiled, there is only one I’m not giving a grade of “F” to…. Share this post This link has ’em all –> http://www.ballersta…-christmas-day/ 5,743 posts 0 SportsLogos.Net Recommended Posts 0 Share this post Link to post Share on other sites Share on other sites 1,626 posts This link has ’em all –> http://www.ballersta…-christmas-day/Was the idea that they will be worn during weekends in second half dropped? ( the catalog had a warriors one and others, will those no longer be released?) If teams like the warriors we’re releasing it later and still will be worn don’t get why warriors are waiting with their third jersey ( yellow pinstripe jersey) release. Maybe there is hope now we won’t see these as much. 1,264 6,476 posts AJM Funkatron101 sᴘᴏʀᴛsʙᴀʟʟ ᴄᴏᴍᴍᴇɴᴛᴇʀ 323 posts Old School Fool Posted November 14, 2012 4,212 0 Share this post 13 4,212 Share this post Share on other sites Link to post Location:Waxahachie, Texas Old School Fool Posted November 13, 2012 Share on other sites Members Link to post 3,017 posts Location:Dayton, Ohio 0 Link to post Sports Logo News NBA Christmas Day Jerseyslast_img read more

HSI Foal Championship Qualifier Results from CoilÓg Equestrian Centre

first_img HSI Foal Championship Qualifier Results from CoilÓg Equestrian Centre Tags: 13 September 2019, 15:07 The Foal Championship aims to identify, evaluate and reward breeders who have bred a foal with the potential to be competitive at the highest level of showjumping or eventing disciplines.The fifth HSI foal qualifier took place on Tuesday 10th September at the CoilÓg Equestrian Centre. This qualifier was judged by Jane Darragh and Diane Gibson (eventing foals), Ned Campion and Brendan Doyle (showjumping foals).Horse Showjumping FoalsThe horse foal showjumping section was won by Jerry Lenihan’s filly foal by Ganesh Hero Z (ZANG) out of Marissa B (ISH), by Radolin (KWPN).Showjumping Section winner, Jerry Lenihan’s foal by Ganesh Hero Z (ZANG) out of Marissa B (ISH).The reserve was Kilmashogue Stud’s filly foal by Zirocco Blue VDL (SF) out of Pembrook Lisalea (ISH), by Lux Z (HANN).Horse Eventing FoalsThe horse foal eventing section was won by Patrick Wafer with a colt foal by Tyson (KWPN) out of Parkmore Evita (ISH), by Ghareeb (TB).Winner of the Eventing Section, Patrick Wafer’s foal by Tyson (KWPN) out of Parkmore Evita (ISH).The reserve was Sarah Whiteside’s colt by Centrestage (AES) out of Pistazie (ZDP), by Paradiesvodel (WESTF). Pony Showjumping FoalsThe pony foal showjumping section was won by Denise Leavy’s colt foal by Moonlight Silver Shadow (CP) out of Benny’s Girl (CP), by Kilkea Island (CP).Winner of the pony showjumping section, Denise Leavy’s foal by Moonlight Silver Shadow (CP) out of Benny’s Girl (CP).The reserve was Jerry Lenihan’s filly by Celtic Hero B Z (ZANG) out of Rushaun Clover (ISH), by Moores Clover (ISH).Pony Eventing FoalsThe pony eventing section was won by Helen Troughton with a colt by Masurenfuerst (TRAK) out of Honeyhill Lady (CP), by Robe Earl (CP).Winner of the pony eventing section, Helen Troughton’s foal by Masurenfuerst (TRAK) out of Honeyhill Lady (CP)The reserve was Denise Leavy’s filly by Moonlight Silver Shadow (CP) out of Shruffance Girl (CP), by Moy Johnnys Pride (CP). Home  »  General  »  HSI Foal Championship Qualifier Results from CoilÓg Equestrian Centre last_img read more