Analysts: ‘Dogged’ Barclays weathering pandemic storm as investment banking arm booms

first_imgResults The bank, alongside other major high street banks, has been hit with extra credit impairment charges due to the economic impact of the pandemic. Also Read: Analysts: ‘Dogged’ Barclays weathering pandemic storm as investment banking arm booms by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeThe Legacy ReportMan Who Predicted 2020 Crash 45 Days Early Issues Next Major WarningThe Legacy ReportBrake For It40 New Features In The 2021 Ford BroncoBrake For ItDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyFungus EliminatorIf You Have Toenail Fungus Try This TonightFungus EliminatorMoneyWise.comMechanics Say You Should Avoid These Cars In 2021  MoneyWise.comDrivepedia30+ Funny Photos Of Car Owners Having A Rough DayDrivepediaFactableAluminum Foil Uses You’ll Want to KnowFactableLivestlyPlugs Have These Two Holes At The End, Here’s WhyLivestlyBlood Pressure Solution4 Worst Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure Solution Richard Hunter, head of markets at Interactive Investor, said that Barclays’ resilience sets the bar high for its rivals. Damian Shepherd Barclays’ investment banking arm is ‘firing on all cylinders’ after posting a record income earlier this morning. Also Read: Analysts: ‘Dogged’ Barclays weathering pandemic storm as investment banking arm booms This was offset by a strong performance in Barclays’ investment bank, which benefited from a surge in trading volumes early in the year. Analysts: ‘Dogged’ Barclays weathering pandemic storm as investment banking arm booms whatsapp Barclays will resume its annual dividend as its profit suffered a less severe hit from the pandemic than expected. Also Read: Analysts: ‘Dogged’ Barclays weathering pandemic storm as investment banking arm booms “At a time when the retail side of Barclays has seen a significant fall in income, the experience of the past 12 months validates the bank’s argument that it should have both retail and investment banking arms,” Moore said. ‘Dogged’ performance Absorbing blows “Barclays has come out from the Covid corner fighting, but it will need to stay fit, lean and focused to withstand the unpredictable test ahead,” she said.center_img John Moore, senior investment manager at Brewin Dolphin, deems the success of Barclays’ investment division ‘ironic’ for activists who had called for its sale. “There is light at the end of the tunnel given the bank’s financial strength and diversity, and Barclays is currently the preferred player in the sector, with the market consensus of the shares as a buy reflective of recovery prospects.” Show Comments ▼ Thursday 18 February 2021 10:01 am It announced a dividend of 1p per share, as well as £700m share buyback. whatsapp Share Susannah Streeter, senior investment analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, believes Barclays has dodged Covid blows with its strong trading arm. “In all, the performance is dogged, set against an extraordinary backdrop,” he said. Barclays reported a pre-tax profit of £3.1bn in 2020, a 30 per cent drop on the previous year. Also Read: Analysts: ‘Dogged’ Barclays weathering pandemic storm as investment banking arm booms The division’s success has helped the bank to soften the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, which hit profits repeatedly in 2020. Income from this division rose 22 per cent to £12.5bn, accounting for more than half the bank’s income. Profit for the fourth quarter fell more sharply, plummeting from £1.1bn to £0.6bn, while total yearly income was flat at £21.8bn. Tags: Barclays Company It set aside £4.8bn for bad loans in 2020, more than double the amount of the previous year.last_img read more

California court says Novartis — and pharma — can be sued over generic drug warnings

first_img What is it? California court says Novartis — and pharma — can be sued over generic drug warnings 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. Tags legalpharmaceuticalsSTAT+ In a blow to the pharmaceutical industry, the California Supreme Court ruled that Novartis (NVS) can be held responsible for injuries blamed on versions of its drugs made by generic manufacturers.The ruling contradicted most decisions in courts elsewhere around the country and, importantly, may create new liability for drug makers, which could be sued in California for failing to warn patients about the risks posed by generic versions of their medicines. Log In | Learn More What’s included? Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. 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. [email protected] center_img Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED @Pharmalot By Ed Silverman Dec. 22, 2017 Reprints Pharmalot GET STARTED MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images About the Author Reprints Ed Silvermanlast_img read more

A J&J unit pays $360 million for illegally using a charity to pay kickbacks to Medicare patients

first_img Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. About the Author Reprints By Ed Silverman Dec. 6, 2018 Reprints Mel Evans/AP What’s included? Pharmalot [email protected] Log In | Learn More A J&J unit pays $360 million for illegally using a charity to pay kickbacks to Medicare patients A Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) unit agreed to pay $360 million to resolve charges of illegally using a supposedly independent charity to pay kickbacks to Medicare patients as a way to cover their out-of-pocket costs.The settlement comes more than two years after federal prosecutors issued a subpoena in connection with an investigation of payments that Actelion Pharmaceuticals, which J&J acquired last year, made to Caring Voice Coalition during 2014 and 2015. The charity provided financial assistance to patients who would not otherwise have been able to afford several medicines for combating high blood pressure in the lungs.center_img What is it? Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Tags drug pricingMedicarepharmaceuticalsSTAT+ Ed Silverman 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. GET STARTED @Pharmalot 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.last_img read more

40,000 pounds of beer spilled on I-85 in multi-car crash

first_imgCar slams into utility pole in Naples, causing nearly $40k in damage June 9, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments June 16, 2021 Driver leads deputies on chase in Collier County June 9, 2021 Car splits in two after slamming into Cape Coral power pole RELATEDTOPICS Advertisement At least one injured in overnight McGregor Boulevard crash June 5, 2021 AdvertisementThe Georgia State Patrol reported one injury in the crash. That person was taken to an area hospital for treatment, though their condition has not been released. The crash is under investigation. AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementTags: crashGeorgia Advertisement TROUP COUNTY, Ga. [WXIA] – A lot of Bud Light was wasted in an I-85 crash on Sunday — 40,000 pounds to be exact. The crash happened around 4:30 p.m. near Greenville Road in Georgia and involved two tractor-trailers, a pickup truck and a passenger vehicle, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety [DPS]During the crash, a tractor-trailer carrying beer overturned and spilled booze across the northbound lanes. The road was blocked for hours as crews cleaned up the lost brewskis. The road finally cleared by 11 p.m., according to the Georgia Department of Transportation. last_img read more

Minister Vaz Clarifies National Security Minister’s Health Issues

first_imgMinister Vaz Clarifies National Security Minister’s Health Issues InformationOctober 22, 2009 RelatedMinister Vaz Clarifies National Security Minister’s Health Issues FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, has clarified media issues linked to National Security Minister, Senator the Hon. Dwight Nelson’s health.Speaking at the weekly Post Cabinet press briefing Wednesday (October 21) at Jamaica House, Mr. Vaz said that he was concerned about some media reports which suggested that the Minister’s health problem, requiring him to seek medical attention overseas, may have been due to a misdiagnosis.The Minister explained that the advice of the doctors was based on Computed Axial Tomography (CAT) scans done in Jamaica, which indicated that there may have been a problem with an artery or a blood vessel to his intestines, as well as an inflamed gall bladder.“Let me make it clear that, the doctors gave advice based on the fact that if the diagnosis of a blockage in the artery or the blood vessel was in fact so, then that would have two sets of implications,” he explained.He said that one implication was that this it would require an operation that persons have not undergone in Jamaica in many years, if ever at all. The other being that post operation care would be very critical.“As such, the facilities and, especially the equipment, was something that was taken very seriously into consideration,” he said.Mr. Vaz noted that the Minister left the island by air ambulance, to undergo tests at a hospital recommended by the physicians at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI).“Minister Nelson underwent six days of tests…at the end of that six days, it was decided that they would not operate on Minister Nelson, but they would deal with it through medication first, and he would go back in six weeks time for a follow-up visit to see how improved he is,” he stated.Mr. Vaz said that the next visit will also determine whether the medication can allay a possible operation. He confirmed that Minister Nelson has returned to the island, is back at work and “is feeling fine.”“I just want to say again to the doctors in Jamaica, that took care of Senator Nelson, that we appreciate all that was done for him, including the advice that was given in terms of facilitating him to go and get additional tests and consultations with a number of doctors,” he concluded. RelatedMinister Vaz Clarifies National Security Minister’s Health Issuescenter_img RelatedArchives Critical to Jamaica’s History Advertisementslast_img read more

Clark County Sheriff’s Office provides response to COVID-19 cautions

first_imgClark County Sheriff’s Office provides response to COVID-19 cautionsPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Sunday, March 15, 2020in: Community Newsshare 0 CCSO will continue to respond to all calls where there are life safety issuesVANCOUVER — The Clark County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) is working with other local leaders to share information, develop plans and communicate updates.The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is working with other local leaders to share information, develop plans and communicate updates.The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is working with other local leaders to share information, develop plans and communicate updates.CCSO will continue to respond to all calls where there are life safety issues. For non-emergency requests, deputies may call prior to their arrival to help them determine the level of service needed and/or whether they can help over the phone.“We ask that If you have individual needs that can be handled over the phone, please consider calling 3-1-1 and/or calling our West Precinct directly during regular business hours Monday- Friday (360) 397-6079,’’ stated a CCSO news release. “Given the current CDC recommendations, we have added additional safety measures for our staff.’’All non-essential activities or gatherings shall be limited to help CCSO mitigate any potential exposure for its staff and the community. Community rooms will be closed to the public, planned gatherings postponed. All ride-alongs with deputies are being suspended.“We ask that community members consider rescheduling non-essential business that they may have at our Headquarters and West Precinct location,’’ the news release stated.Deputies will limit their attendance at public events, following CDC social gathering guidelines.“We are making plans for staffing should some of our personnel become ill,’’ the news release stated. “We are increasing the cleaning of vehicles, equipment, buildings and work space.’’Additional information related to the COVID-19 virus is available on the Clark County Public Health website at:https://www.clark.wa.gov/public-health“Thank you to our CCSO family and all first responders for the work you are doing everyday to keep our community safe during these difficult and uncertain times,’’ a CCSO news release stated Saturday.No further information at this time.Information provided by Clark County Sheriff’s Office.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyCovid-19Vancouvershare 0 Previous : Clark County Historical Museum to temporarily close to the public in response to COVID-19 Next : City of Vancouver community centers close March 16-31AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Toyota reveals what caused its Le Mans loss

first_img advertisement RELATED TAGSToyotaNews24 Hours of Le MansDriving.caLe MansMotorsportsSportsToyota Motor Corporation Despite Le Mans heartbreak, Toyota has plenty to build on Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Trending Videos ‹ Previous Next › Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Toyota Gazoo Racing of Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kamui Kobayashi drives during the Le Mans 24 Hour race at the Circuit de la Sarthe on June 19, 2016 in Le Mans, France. Toyota‘s finish at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans was nothing short of heartbreaking – and now we know why it happened.On the very last lap of the race, the No. 5 Toyota TS 050 racer experienced a sudden loss of power and came to a halt. In a statement released today, Toyota Gazoo Racing revealed a “defect on a connector on the air line between the turbocharger and the intercooler” was to blame.While the team is still investigating what caused the failure so the issue doesn’t rear its head again, they do know that the defect resulted in a loss of control over the turbo. Eventually, the team was able to restore power and limp through the rest of the lap, but was unable to do so within the race’s six-minute maximum. This bumped the No. 5 TS 050 down to 45th place. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Trending in Canada See More Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Toyota Gazoo Racing’s full statement is right here.RELATED COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca last_img read more

Video Link To Be Offered In Case Of Overflow At Robert Ballard Lecture

first_imgIn case of overflow attendance at the Feb. 3 lecture of deep-sea explorer Robert D. Ballard, a live video link will be set up in the University Memorial Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder.Ballard, who discovered the sunken Titanic, the Bismarck and the Yorktown, will give a free illustrated lecture on “Deep Sea Explorations” at 8 p.m. in Macky Auditorium on the CU-Boulder campus. The public is invited to attend and no tickets or advance reservations are required for the 34th George Gamow Memorial Lecture.The doors to Macky Auditorium will open at 7:30 p.m. but seating is limited to 2,000 people. In case of overflow attendance, a live video link of Ballard’s lecture will be presented in the Glenn Miller Ballroom of the University Memorial Center.Following the lecture, the public is invited to a free reception for Ballard in the British Studies Room of Norlin Library, located on the fifth floor of the library’s west side.Parking will be available at the Euclid Autopark next to the University Memorial Center for $1.25. From Denver take Highway 36 to the Baseline Road exit, turn left on Baseline, right on Broadway and right again at the second traffic light, onto Euclid. The parking structure is located one-half block down Euclid on the left.Parking for the disabled will be available in lot 380 near Macky Auditorium and attendants will be on duty. People who need parking assistance should call in advance.For information call 303-492-6431. Published: Feb. 1, 1999 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

10 things to do this week: Mindfulness, bingo night, more

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Nov. 30, 2020 This week brings the ongoing Late Night Breakfast cooking challenge, Pre-Law Tuesday Talk, workshops on ethical photography and resilience, DIY friendship bracelets and more.All weekLate Night Breakfast cooking challenge Through Dec. 4 Virtual Share your culinary creations with the Buff community! Submit your best dish now through Dec. 4 for a chance to win a $150 gift card. Learn more about how to participate.Monday, Nov. 30Health Professions 101 10–10:30 a.m.  Virtual Interested in becoming a physician, dentist, nurse, physical therapist, physician assistant, pharmacist or other health professional? This small group session will answer the most common questions about health professions, help you understand the basic requirements (including prerequisite coursework) and introduce you to essential resources and services at CU to support your preparation. RSVP on Handshake.A&S Students: Finding Alternative Opportunities   11 a.m. to noon Virtual  Learn about how to get into volunteer work and project-based options such as micro-internships and contractual work.Tuesday, Dec. 1Pre-Law Tuesday Talk 5:30 p.m. Virtual  Attention all pre-law Buffs: Join this panel discussion with directors and deans of admissions from Boston College School of Law, UC Irvine School of Law, University of Iowa College of Law and Fordham University School of Law to gain valuable insight. Even if you are not a law student but are interested in law, this is a great event to attend.Wednesday, Dec. 2Wellness Wednesday: Mindfulness 2–4 p.m. Virtual Practice mindfulness and finish strong!SKOServe: Ethical photography 5–6:30  Virtual How do the photos we take impact the communities we seek to serve? What stories do photos and posts tell about our service work? SKOServe is a series of mini educational trainings that explore various topics related to volunteering and social and environmental justice. This training explores photos, posts and captions related to volunteering that we typically see on social media and how we can change the way we help through ethical photography. DIY Night: Friendship bracelets 6 p.m. Virtual All you crafty Buffs out there: Join the Center for Student Involvement for DIY Night! Pick up the materials for a craft, then tune in to watch the virtual craft night together! Each participant will need to RSVP in advance and coordinate a time to pick up their craft kit from CSI (UMC 330). Limited to the first 15–20 students to register, so register now!Thursday, Dec. 3Think About It Thursday: What is resilience? 1–2 p.m. Virtual Learn more about resilience in this brief presentation and discussion.Friday, Dec. 4Feel Good Friday  12:15 p.m. Virtual There’s no better way to dive into the weekend than to feel good! Join us for an opportunity to be led through a powerful guided meditation to undo stress, soothe the nervous system and feel better! Let all of your worries drain away! Finals week bingo night 4 p.m.  Virtual Join your fellow Buffs for a casual night of bingo! Virtual bingo cards will be provided to all students who register. You will have the chance to win a variety of gift cards from Best Buy, Amazon, Home Depot and more. Open to the first 30 students who register—register today!Categories:Things to DoCampus Communitylast_img read more

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