Ed Balls 4 Prez, a General Election, Farage back at the top of Ukip – and eight other political possibilities bookies are placing odds on for 2017

Farage has been Ukip leader twice – could he do it again?6. Ukip to disband: 25/1When Article 50 is triggered, Ukip will have achieved its main aim – leading to speculation it could just throw in the towel.7. Ed Balls to be elected to Parliament: 11/4Having staged one of the most glorious comebacks ever during his stint on Strictly Come Dancing, Balls is in the electorate’s good books.8. Ed Balls to become Labour leader: 33/1You never know…9. Tony Blair to stand for Parliament: 8/1The former Prime Minister has insisted he won’t run – but he’s also been very vocal on the subject of Brexit.10. SNP to win a Westminster seat outside of Scotland: 50/1  whatsapp After a year of political upheaval in the UK and across the pond, will things calm down in 2017? Not likely, if odds by Betway are anything to go by – with Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, Nigel Farage and (naturally) Ed Balls all set to have a tumultuous 2017. Ed Balls 4 Prez, a General Election, Farage back at the top of Ukip – and eight other political possibilities bookies are placing odds on for 2017 Want to know what’s going to happen next year? Start polishing your crystal ball…1. Theresa May to call a General Election: 6/4With Article 50 due to be triggered in March, it wouldn’t take much for the public – or MPs – to demand a General Election. 2. Jeremy Corbyn to become Prime Minister: 10/1Unlikely. Pretty unlikely.3. Jeremy Corbyn to win Parliamentary Beard of the Year: 4/5This year Corbyn won the title for a record seventh time. Given researchers have said we’ve reached peak beard, next year might be the time someone else wins…4. Ukip to change leader in 2017: 5/2The party had no fewer than three leaders during the course of 2016. 5. Nigel Farage to end 2017 as Ukip leader: 20/1 Thursday 29 December 2016 2:49 pm Share As people lose faith in the main parties, the SNP has gained popularity elsewhere. There are already suggestions Edinburgh will try to steal the City’s crown after Brexit…11. Date set for second Brexit referendum: 20/1That second referendum petition might not have worked – but there’s still a slim chance Brexit might not mean Brexit after all. Emma Haslett whatsapp More From Our Partners Biden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.com read more

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Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, July 17, 2018

first_img Facebook Community Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, July 17, 2018 TAGSDeaths RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, July 17, 2018 Deaths WhatsApp Rugby Previous articleHeath Rounders Set for All Ireland Semi-FinalNext articleCAB investigating suspected Laois criminals LaoisToday Reporter Pinterest Twittercenter_img Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Monday, July 16, 2018 Community Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.John William (Jack) HumphreysEmmett Street, Mountmellick, LaoisHumphreys, Emmett Street, Mountmellick, Co. Laois. John William (Jack) called home on July 13th 2018 in the loving care of the staff of Oak Dale Nursing Home, Portarlington. Very sadly missed by his devoted wife Frances, daughter Sandra, son in law George, grandchildren Austin, Graham and Lorna, brother Wilfred and family in California, neices, nephews and friends. Funeral Service at 12 noon on Monday, July 16th, at St. Paul’s Church, Mountmellick and interment afterwards.William KeaneCorrigeen, Stradbally, LaoisKeane, Corrigeen, Stradbally, Co. Laois July 14th 2018. Peacefully, surrounded by his loving family. William (Willie), in his 85th year. Deeply regretted by his loving family, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, extended family and many friends. Reposing at his residence from 4 pm on Sunday evening with rosary at 8 pm. Removal on Monday morning to arrive at the Church of the Assumption, the Heath for 11 am Requiem Mass. Interment afterwards in the adjoining churchyard. Family flowers only donations if desired to the Laois Hospice.Robert SamblinClarney Hall, Rathdowney, Laois / Dublin 8, DublinSamblin, South Circular Road, Dublin, Ballyfermot and Rathdowney, Co. Laois. July 11th 2018. Unexpectedly, Robert, beloved son of Tanya and Anthony and brother of Bryan, James, Lauren and Aoife, sadly mourned by his family, his grandmothers Ellen and Eithne, his aunts and uncles, his nephew Sean, his beloved Audinga, relatives and his many friends. Reposing at his parents’ home (Clarney Hall, Rathdowney, Co. Laois) on Sunday evening from 5pm with prayers at 8pm. Funeral Mass on Monday in The Church of The Holy Trinity, Rathdowney at 11am followed by cremation at Newlands Cross Crematorium, Dublin arriving at 2pm.Kitty ShermanMoneynamuck, Johnstown, Kilkenny / LaoisSherman, Moneynamuck, Johnstown, Co. Kilkenny, July 13th 2018. Peacefully, in the wonderful care of the nurses and staff of The Sacred Heart Nursing Home, Crosspatrick. Kitty, predeceased by her husband Bertie. Deeply regretted by her sister-in-law Kitty, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Reposing at O’Sullivan’s Funeral Home, Rathdowney, on Saturday evening with rosary at 9pm. Funeral prayers on Sunday evening at 7pm followed by removal at 7.30 to the Church of The Immaculate Conception Galmoy. Funeral Mass on Monday at 11am followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.Napolitano MarcelloAghoney, Timahoe, LaoisThe death has occurred of Napolitano, Marcello, Aghoney, Timahoe, Co. Laois, July 11th 2018. Peacefully surrounded by his loving wife Katherine and daughter Anna-Maria at St. James’ Hospital. Deeply regretted by his loving family, step daughter Julie-Marie Beer, sister Cinzia, his friends in the Society of Creative Anachronism, his Randonneur colleagues, his many relatives and acquaintances.May he rest in peace. Cremation will take place privately.Alice Drennan (née Bergin)Bridge St., Portlaoise, Laois / Maynooth, KildareAlice Drennan, Bridge St., Portlaoise and late of Maynooth and Ballybrack, Co. Tipperary, July 12th 2018. Peacefully surrounded by her loving family at Portlaoise Regional Hosp. Alice, beloved wife of the late Bill (William), Shanahoe. Dearly loved mother to John and cherished grandmother to Timothy and Michael. Deeply regretted by her loving family, daughter-in-law Ciara, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.Reposing at Keegan’s Funeral Home, Portlaoise on Friday evening from 7 pm with rosary at 8 pm. Removal on Saturday morning to SS Peter and Paul’s Church to arrive for 10 am Requiem Mass. Interment afterwards in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery, Portlaoise.Eileen (Irene) Flood (née Sheehy)20 Silverbrook, Mountmellick, Laois / Tallaght, DublinEileen (Irene) Flood (nee Sheehy), 20 Silverbrook, Mountmellick, Co. Laois (formerly of Kilnamanagh, Tallaght). Died 10th July 2018. Sadly missed by her loving husband Maurice, daughters Adrienne and Sharon, sons Michael & David, thirteen grandchildren and great grandchild, her brother Tommy and sister Kay, brother-in-law David, sister-in-law Phil, daughters-in-law Caroline and Suzanne, sons-in-law Lar and Brian, nieces, nephews, friends and neighbours. Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding By LaoisToday Reporter – 17th July 2018 Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’last_img read more

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GDP slips in November: StatsCan

Julian Beltrame Household debt-to-income ratio fell in first quarter: Statscan Keywords Economic indicators Leading indicators signal steady rebound: OECD Related news Opposition critics called on the federal government to hike spending to support growth and jobs, rather than seek further savings in an effort to balance the budget. “With 72,000 jobs lost in two months (October, November), Canada needs a jobs budget, not a cuts budget,” said Liberal finance critic Scott Brison. The NDP’s Peter Julian warned the government’s announced intentions “are a serious, serious mistake,” noting that the GDP setback is only the latest of a “litany” of indicators showing the economy braking — from jobs creation, to the trade and current account deficit to the fall in real wages. In the House, question period was dominated by criticism of another government cost-saving initiative, reforms to Old Age Security that would see Ottawa pay less than currently projected on income support to seniors in future years. Prime Minister Harper defended his plans, saying OAS needs to be put on a sustainable track for the future, adding that seniors already receiving benefits would not be affected. November’s surprising weakness to output — a 0.2% gain had been expected — brings economic growth over the last three recorded months to a snail-paced 0.7%. Analysts noted that most of November’s weakness was due to one sector — oil and gas extraction, in part due to temporary maintenance shutdowns — but also pointed out there was not enough strength elsewhere in the economy to fill the gap. “While we can brush it off as due to weakness in one sector, the fact is nothing else stepped up to the plate to offset that weakness, and that just shows how sluggish the underlying economy is,” said Douglas Porter, deputy chief economist with the Bank of Montreal. Several private sector forecasters, including BMO, quickly downgraded their outlooks for the fourth quarter of 2011 by about half a point, saying that the Bank of Canada’s projection of two per cent expansion now seems out of reach. Porter also wondered whether the federal government, which is expected to table its next budget in just over a month, should be contemplating major cutbacks. The federal government is committed to cut at least $4 billion in the next three years — in addition to other spending restraint — and recent statements from ministers suggest the slashing could reach $8 billion. Based on the lower figure, the Centre for Policy Alternatives estimates job losses throughout the country would top 60,000 over the next three years. Even before these fresh measures, Ottawa and the provinces were winding down the stimulus spending brought in to offset a global credit crisis that sparked the 2008-09 recession. With less government spending, the public sector is likely to represent a net drag to growth in 2012 as opposed to a boost in 2011. “I can sympathize with unwinding the stimulus, I just wonder if the appetite for restraint should be as heavy as it seems to be,” said Porter. “We need to make sure that growth stays on track before we start carving heavily on spending.” In the most recent economic review from the Bank of Canada, the government sector was forecast to cost the economy 0.1% in output this year, compared to contributing 0.3% in 2011 and 1.2% in 2010. Union economist Erin Weir of the United Steelworkers said a reduction in public investments “could push Canada’s fragile economy back into recession.” The last three months of 2011 has also seen about 55,000 jobs vanish, although December was a net positive and analysts expect Statistics Canada will confirm a modest employment pickup in January as well when it reports Friday. Most private sector economists believe it would take an external shock such as a full-blown European financial crisis to tip Canada into a recession. The likely scenario is slow growth below two per cent, they say, a view shared by the central bank and the International Monetary Fund. The last few months of data shows there are few strong engines of growth in Canada’s economy. November’s big loser was oil and gas extraction, down 2.5%. But wholesale trade, finance and insurance, and construction also saw outright shrinkage, part of the overall 0.6% retreat in the goods-producing sector. Some comfort can be taken that manufacturing rose 0.6%, led by the auto sector, said CIBC economist Emanuella Enenajor. Other gainers were retail trade, accommodation and food services, professional services and real estate agents and brokers services. The Canadian economic recovery is showing signs of stalling, even as Ottawa prepares for an austerity budget that further slashes public sector contributions to growth. Statistics Canada reported Tuesday that real gross domestic product actually shrank by 0.1% in November, following zero growth in October. Economy lost 68,000 jobs in May Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

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Plans Far Advanced for Establishment of Joint Regional Command Centre

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Plans are far advanced for the establishment of the Joint Regional Command Centre, to be based in Barbados.This was stated by Chairman of the Security Sub-Committee and Deputy Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, at a press briefing on the first day of the Sixth Meeting of the Bureau of Council of Ministers of National Security and Law Enforcement, which was held in Port of Spain on December 2.“It is being established in Barbados as we speak,” she said, adding that the centre would be regionally staffed.The Chairman also acknowledged that the region had sought technical assistance from the government of the United States to establish the centre.This assistance, she further clarified, was provided in the same way as other requests from other governments, “or the same way that developed countries, for example Europe, may receive technical assistance from NATO”.It is expected that the centre will co-ordinate processes for the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS), which is also being developed in collaboration with the United States.Allaying fears concerning the APIS infringing on people’s privacy, Miss Mottley assured that the system only related to obtaining the names, passport number and visas of persons.“[These are] things within the machine readable zone of the passport and indeed are already the subject of exchanges across many countries in the world and in fact, is information that would be public once the person landed and cleared immigration,” she argued.In the meantime, the Chairman expressed satisfaction with a recent meeting with all the regional airlines as well as international airlines operating within the region.“We had a very successful meeting, because we recognize that they are key stakeholders with us in our ability to manage this process of expediting the movement of persons throughout the single domestic space, while at the same time, not in any way compromising the security of our nationals, who obviously will have to be equally concerned about their own security, given the level of attention on the region during Cricket World Cup,” she said. Plans Far Advanced for Establishment of Joint Regional Command Centre UncategorizedDecember 3, 2006 RelatedPlans Far Advanced for Establishment of Joint Regional Command Centre Advertisementscenter_img RelatedPlans Far Advanced for Establishment of Joint Regional Command Centre RelatedPlans Far Advanced for Establishment of Joint Regional Command Centrelast_img read more

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JCDT Prepares Nomination for Blue & John Crow Mountains National Park to UNESCO Heritage List

first_imgRelatedJCDT Prepares Nomination for Blue & John Crow Mountains National Park to UNESCO Heritage List Advertisements RelatedJCDT Prepares Nomination for Blue & John Crow Mountains National Park to UNESCO Heritage List FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT) is finalizing arrangements for the nomination of the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) list of world heritage sites.JCDT Executive Director, Susan Otuokon, addressing a press conference at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston on (Jan. 16), said that the site, which was declared Jamaica’s first terrestrial national park in 1990, is being nominated for its mixture of natural and cultural heritage.“We are nominating the Blue and John Crow Mountains because, according to the world heritage site criteria, it contains the most important and significant biological diversity and natural habitat, including those containing threatened species (of plants and animals),” she explained, noting that the site is an outstanding example of ecological and biological processes.She informed that the JCDT received just over US$23,000 from UNESCO, which was used to prepare a nomination dossier for submission to the World Heritage Centre in Paris.“We have received recommendations from UNESCO as to how to improve the nomination dossier. The next step is for the document to be finalized, and sent out to various agencies like the Jamaica National Heritage Trust. There is a National World Heritage Site Committee that will review the document and check to ensure that everything is in it. We will then send it off to Paris to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Committee, and we hope that we will be able to do that before the end of September this year,” Mrs. Otuokon said.If approved, the park will be the first and only listed mixed site in Jamaica and the Caribbean. “So this site is going to be a mixed one, with both natural and cultural heritage criteria that will make it very special in the world. There are about 851 world heritage sites listed as at the end of 2006 of which between 30 and 50 are mixed sites,” Mrs. Otuokon outlined.The decision by the World Heritage Site Committee will not be known before 2010, as the body meets once per year and the 2008 assembly will be held before the JCDT’s September submission date. The committee will consider Jamaica’s submission at its May 2009 meeting. At that meeting, the organization is expected to receive a report from a special team, which will be sent to Jamaica to evaluate the site to ensure that all criteria are met. “But, we are confident of the likelihood of the site being inscribed on the World Heritage Site,” Mrs. Otuokon said.Minister of Information, Culture, Youth, & Sports, Olivia Grange, in her remarks, commended the JCDT’s efforts at “seeking to conserve our natural resources and our natural and cultural heritage.”“The Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust has, in a very novel way, sought to incorporate our natural heritage with the built and intangible and they have done so in our world renowned Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park. As a non-government organization, your work is a reflection of the true Jamaican persona – pride, dedication, and sense of self,” Ms. Grange stated.center_img JCDT Prepares Nomination for Blue & John Crow Mountains National Park to UNESCO Heritage List UncategorizedJanuary 17, 2008 RelatedJCDT Prepares Nomination for Blue & John Crow Mountains National Park to UNESCO Heritage Listlast_img read more

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Boosting Social Housing In Bendigo

first_imgBoosting Social Housing In Bendigo VIC PremierThe Andrews Labor Government is providing safe, secure housing for young Victorians at risk of homelessness in regional Victoria.Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation Melissa Horne and Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards today attended the official opening of the eight new social housing units in North Bendigo, thanks to a $2.7 million grant from the Victorian Property Fund.The two-bedroom units will serve as long-term affordable rental housing for young people fleeing family violence situations, young people leaving state care, those leaving the justice system, and others with little or no family support. The units were completed in October, with tenants gradually beginning to move in.The grant for the units was provided to Haven; Home, Safe, a not-for-profit community housing association. The funds will also go towards the construction of eight additional units in Flora Hill, with building set to begin shortly.The project involves a partnership with Anglicare, a major provider of youth and family services in the Greater Bendigo area. Anglicare provides support services to assist the young tenants in maintaining their homes and meet everyday living needs.Tenants will have access to a range of support programs, including services that improve opportunities to complete their education, learn life skills, and hold down employment.The development includes a range of environmentally sustainable design features to keep accommodation affordable, including high-efficiency building fabrics, passive design features and plumbed rainwater collection tanks. Rent will also be capped at 75 per cent market rate or 30 per cent of household income.The property is close to the Bendigo CBD, transport, schools, TAFE, community services, and employment opportunities.Having a safe and affordable place to live has never been more important, and this project will address not only the need for additional accommodation for youth at risk of homelessness but also the need to keep young people connected to family, friends and their community.As stated by Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation Melissa Horne“Having a safe and affordable place to live has never been more important, which is why we’re so proud to fund projects like these.” As stated by Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards “This isn’t just about housing – it’s about investing in people to provide them with a solid foundation that enables them to rebuild their lives.”As stated by Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan“Providing young people in Bendigo with stable housing, support and mentoring allows them to reach their full potential. These centrally located units will mean young tenants can easily access the range of services they need.” /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:AusPol, Australia, building, community, community services, education, employment, family violence, Flora Hill, Government, homelessness, Minister, property, regulation, sustainable, TAFE, Victoria, violencelast_img read more

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$15 billion horticulture value in 2019/20 Hort Stats Handbook shows

first_img$15 billion horticulture value in 2019/20 Hort Stats Handbook shows HORT INNOVATION today launches the latest Horticulture Statistics Handbook – offering the most comprehensive and contemporary data available on all sectors of the Australian horticulture industry in one easy-to-read guide.The horticulture sector overall exceeded $15 billion in production value in 2019/20 despite the challenging growing and market conditions. Although production volume had decreased by 1.5% due to seasonal conditions such as drought and bushfires, value increased by 4.5%, from $14.4 billion to $15.1 billion.Hort Innovation Head of Data and Insights Adam Briggs said, “This growth shows that consumers are still supporting and purchasing Aussie fruit, vegetables and nuts despite price increases.”Featuring more than 470 pages of information drawn from several supply chain sources, including international trade statistics and industry peak bodies, the Handbook includes data on more than 70 horticultural products including fruit, nuts, vegetables, nursery, turf and cut flowers.Adam said, “This year the Handbook will also be mobile phone compatible for the first time, meaning users can access this incredible data anywhere, anytime.”According to James Whiteside, CEO of AUSVEG, Peak Industry Body for the vegetable and potato industries, the hort stats dataset is an important resource that helps industry gain a clearer picture of its production value and volume compared to previous years.“The Horticulture Statistics Handbook has informed our understanding of the performance of the vegetable and potato industries, and provided growers and industry bodies with important data for government, researchers and decision-makers to support policy formation and contribute to a greater understanding of the broader industry,” said James.Adam said, “Nuts have performed extremely well again, having grown by $221 million, one-third of the total growth in horticulture value. Almonds continued their expansion, with value growth of 14%, while macadamias bounced back from a tough 2018/19 to experience value growth of 26%.“Apples have had two years of double-digit value growth (10% and 13%), despite two years of slight reductions in volume due to seasonal conditions.While COVID-19 represented challenges, such as the disruption of export supply chains, the industry showed great resilience in its response. Some industries even experienced an increase in demand, such as turf which increased in value by 15% from $243 million to $280 million. This can be attributed to COVID-19 with people turning to gardening and filling their homes with green life during lockdown.” /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:Almonds, Aussie, Australian, bushfires, Government, Hort Innovation, horticulture, industry, innovation, International trade, mobile phone, production, resilience, statistics, supply chain, vegetableslast_img read more

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East Asian Languages Chair Announces Department Name Change

first_img Published: April 12, 1999 The department of East Asian languages and literatures has changed its name to the department of East Asian languages and civilizations, according to Laurel Rasplica Rodd, department chair.The department’s mission is the teaching of language and culture, as well as a scholarly focus on texts, broadly defined.”While the designation of ‘literature’ was accurate, if listeners understood literature to mean texts of any sort, it was very easy to misinterpret it and believe that the department only treated “belles lettres” (such as poetry and fiction),” Rasplica Rodd said.”The new name is a more accurate reflection of the actual content of both undergraduate and graduate programs. It also more accurately reflects the scholarly expertise of our faculty and our interdisciplinary connections with many other units on campus.”EALC faculty teach or cross-list courses in other departments across the arts and sciences college, including comparative literature, religious studies and the interdisciplinary Asian studies program. They also collaborate with faculty in other departments in sponsoring visiting lectures, workshops and other events with a broad appeal. The name change also reflects the recent addition of two master’s tracks in Chinese language and civilization and Japanese language and civilization. The first students will be graduating from these programs this spring.EALC offers undergraduate majors in Chinese and Japanese, as well as the M.A. degree in four separate tracks: Chinese language and literature, Japanese language and literature, Chinese language and civilization and Japanese language and civilization.Because of its unique status as a department focusing on non-Western cultures, EALC shoulders a special responsibility in broadening student perspectives and internationalizing the campus.Faculty and students in EALC are active in the Center for the Humanities and the Arts, serving on its advisory committees and participating in the annual seminar, as well as in administration and activities of the interdisciplinary Asian Studies Center.Tracks such as the new Teaching English to Speakers of East Asian Languages (TESEAL) master’s degree program, a collaborative effort between EALC and the linguistics department, represent another form of integration, as does the collaboration of Japanese faculty in the training of students in secondary education in Japanese. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

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Commencement address asks, ‘How will you respond when your moment comes?’

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Dec. 20, 2013 The University of Colorado Boulder today honored candidates for 1,899 degrees, including 1,399 bachelor’s degrees, 310 master’s degrees, nine law degrees and 181 doctoral degrees.The campus-wide event, held in the Coors Events Center, was a celebratory occasion marked with occasional outbursts of joy from graduates and their families.Addressing the graduates, Hazel Barnes Prize winner and commencement speaker Kristi Anseth, distinguished professor of chemical and biological engineering, shared that she had launched an impromptu research project amongst her students and colleagues, assessing how much they remembered about the speakers at their own commencement ceremonies. The odds were not her in favor, so she wanted to leave the graduates with some simple advice they might remember.She shared a story about a famous tightrope walker named “The Great Blondin,” who in 1859 crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope. Once famous, he declared to a crowd that amassed to watch him cross the falls (which he did numerous times) that he intended to cross on a tightrope pushing a wheelbarrow. He asked the crowd if they thought he could do it, and all hands went up. He then pointed to one man in the crowd and said if the man was certain he could cross the falls, then he should get in the wheelbarrow.“There will be times in your life when knowing things won’t matter as much as how you respond to the unanticipated, scary or unexpected, and when that happens you’ll have to decide whether or not to get into the wheelbarrow,” she said.Her last bit of advice to the graduates was to keep an open mind wherever life might lead.“Whatever strong belief you now hold about what it means to be successful, I hope you will stay open to the possibility that you may have got it all wrong and graciously accept your new awareness when it comes, with gratitude and humility,” she said.Dr. David C. Fajgenbaum was slated to receive the Distinguished Service Award for his exceptional contributions to the nation, but was unable to attend and his award was accepted on his behalf. Fajgenbaum’s research and advocacy efforts have brought national attention to the issue of college students dealing with grief. He also is a tireless advocate for brain cancer research, rare disease research and college students’ bereavement.Due to recent academic calendar changes, this ceremony will be the last winter ceremony held on a Friday. Beginning with the with the re-establishment of campus reading days in the 2014-15 academic year, both the winter and spring ceremonies will move to Saturday morning.Full text of Professor Anseth’s address will be available on the Commencement website. The text of Chancellor DiStefano’s address is available on the Chancellor’s website.Share your graduation thoughts in the CU-Boulder Facebook winter commencement photo album, and look for your social media posts in our Storify at www.colorado.edu/social/2013-winter-commencement.last_img read more

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Health care delivery in St. Mary to be improved

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail PORT ANTONIO — The Ministry of Health has approved funds for the rehabilitation of the operating theatre at the Port Maria Hospital in St. Mary, and the construction of a health clinic in the Brainerd/Sue River area of the parish. Mayor of Port Maria, Councillor Richard Creary, made the announcement while addressing the launch of Health Month activities for St. Mary on Friday, April 1 at the Port Maria town square. He said improvements to the hospital and the construction of the new health clinic, will significantly improve the delivery of health care to residents of the parish. He said that the projects will get underway in “short order.” Councillor Creary said that the Government was fully committed to the no user fee policy and pointed out that there has been a 40 per cent increase in the number of persons using public health facilities since its introduction in April 2008. “The policy is working,” he stated. Parish Manager for St. Mary Health Services, Dr. Isaac Brown, outlined the activities planned for the month, which is being observed under the theme: ‘Be alert, disease prevention needs your attention’. These include a community meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 5 at Richmond Square, while Women at Real Risk (WARR), a health team from the United States of America, will be visiting a number of health centres in the parish to carry out cancer screening .  The schedule of visits by WARR is as follows: Rock River Health Centre on April 11; Windsor Castle Health Centre on April 12; Islington Health Centre on April 13; and Clonmel Health Centre on April 14. On April 19, there will be an Open Day and Mini Fair at the Jeffery Town Health Centre, while the month of activities will culminate with a staff wellness day on April 29 at the Westmoreland Oval in Annotto Bay beginning at 10:00 a.m. Health Education Officer at St. Mary Health Services, Pauline Steele-Davis, said  the month will showcase the operations and functions of the health services, and to educate persons to make healthy lifestyles choices. “We seek to promote health, prevent diseases, and sensitise the community about service delivery at the health facilities in the parish, with the expectation that these services will be utilised by the populace,” she stated. Member of Parliament for East Central St. Mary, Dr. Morais Guy, in his remarks, congratulated the organisers and called on the residents to prevent lifestyles diseases by making healthy choices. Also present at the function were, Director of Nursing Services at the Port Maria Hospital, Linda Sutherland-Hines; Board member of the North East Regional Health Authority (NERHA), Julius Dixon; and Regional Technical Director of NERHA, Dr. Patrick Wheatle. The launch included a cultural presentation by students of the Port Maria Primary School. RelatedHealth care delivery in St. Mary to be improved RelatedHealth care delivery in St. Mary to be improved By LORNA WILLIAMS, JIS Reporter RelatedHealth care delivery in St. Mary to be improved Health care delivery in St. Mary to be improved Health & WellnessApril 5, 2011 Advertisementslast_img read more

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