first_img The City of London Corporation is to borrow for the first time in 30 years as a number of projects, including a new centre for music, squeezes its finances.The Corporation could borrow around £1bn over the next three years from its city fund, which meets the costs of its local authorities and police force, and its city cash fund, an endowment fund that the Corporation has built up over 800 years. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikePast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm Oraclebonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldPost FunA Coast Guard Spotted Movement On A Remote Island, Then Looked CloserPost FunDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyHealthyGem20 Hair Shapes That Make A Man Over 60 Look 40HealthyGemMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStory whatsapp A spokesperson for the City of London Corporation said: “The City Corporation has an ambitious programme of major projects and other activity to deliver a vibrant and thriving city. These radical plans will help keep the city, London and the UK fit for the future.Read more: City of London Corporation warns against second Brexit vote“Whilst these projects will help us create a legacy for London, we will have to invest substantially for them to be successful, financing them through a number of means, including external borrowing.”“The way in which we have prudently managed our finances in the past enables us to invest with confidence for the future.” Alexandra Rogers Monday 13 May 2019 3:52 pm Share “These projects represent a substantial funding requirement of unprecedented scale in the context of the City Corporation’s more recent capital plans,” the Corporation said in its most recent budget. “They therefore present a significant challenge to the finances of the organisation, requiring a step change in the previously debt-free status of both city fund and city’s cash.”Read more: City Corporation forced into U-turn following homophobia rowThe four major projects that the Corporation needs to finance are the relocation of the Museum of London from the Barbican to Smithfield market; a new courts facility at Fleet Street dedicated to economic crime, a centre for music and the consolidation of the Corporation’s Billingsgate, New Spitalfields and Smithfield markets.The costs of the projects exceed £3bn.The city fund has been set a borrowing limit of £241m, while the city cash’s limit is £355m in 2019-20.”To date, the City Corporation has funded all of its capital expenditure from the sources listed above or through internal borrowing,” it said. “Going forward the impact of the major projects means that external borrowing will be required.” whatsapp More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston City of London Corporation to borrow for first time in 30 years as costs of projects bite Tags: Trading Archivelast_img read more

And I, Byron Nicholai, will always love…..Posted by I Sing. You Dance. on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 Alaska Native Arts & Culture | Arts & Culture | SouthwestToksook Bay singing and drumming phenom releases first albumNovember 1, 2015 by Charles Enoch, KYUK Share:Byron Nicholai’s Yup’ik songs have been popular in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta ever since he started uploading his performances to his Facebook page. Now they’re available on a variety of common online music sites.Toksook Bay’s Byron Nicolai recently released his first album “I Sing, You Dance.”Nicholai, who’s from Toksook Bay, recently recorded a 12 track album now available on Play, Spotify, Amazon and most recently iTunes under the album name “I Sing, You Dance.”Nicholai says he first got the idea to record and sell his songs from the comments on his ‘I Sing. You Dance” Facebook page.“People wanting to buy CD’s, ‘Where can I buy a CD?’ ‘Where do you sell your CD’s?’ and I told them that I don’t have a CD yet, and then they were saying, ‘Well, you need to make one because I want to buy one,” said Nicholai.Nicholai says the opportunity to professionally record his music arose after he was introduced to Frozen Whitefish band member Mike McIntyre who is also the owner of a new business, Yuk Media.McIntyre founded the company in June with the mission of bringing Yup’ik culture into the mainstream media as a means of preserving the culture for future generations. Nicholai became the first client. McIntyre says their project started under a pressing deadline; the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in mid-October.McIntyre says they discussed business over pizza and were able to record the songs in about five hours. Nicholai recorded some traditional songs passed down from family, friends and teachers; like the song called ‘Tarvautnauramken,’ or “Let me bless you.” It’s a song about performing a blessing to drive away evil spirits or sickness. Another song fans will notice is his signature song called ‘I Am Yup’ik.’They say the album also features three new songs Nicholai came up with during the recording.“One of my favorites is Ellu’urtaataunga,” said McIntyre. “We were sitting there and he starts singing something and I’m like, ‘what was that?’”“Yeah I just made that up,” said Nicolai.  “Mike’s like we need to put that in the album you should record it and sing it again.”After that Nicholai freestyled a couple more songs. Some of his sillier performances still can be found on Facebook. While the album is available online they haven’t produced CD’s yet but McIntyre says they hope to order a thousand to sell by Christmas.Nicholai performed for Secretary of State John Kerry and other dignitaries at the White House in Washington D.C. over the summer. But he says now he’s focusing on his schooling. He’s turned down a few requests for performances. He is in his senior year in high school and wants to finish school on time so he can get back to traveling and performing. He plans on going to college at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He says the location will make it easier to travel for performances. He plans to major in education and minor in Alaska Native studies.Share this story: read more

first_imgShare this story: Economy | Interior | Politics | Southcentral | State GovernmentLawmakers strike compromise on scaling back conflict of interest restrictionsApril 22, 2019 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:Rep. Chris Tuck,  D-Anchorage, discusses SB 89, a bill that would change the law regarding conflicts of interest involving legislators, family members, employers and potential employers, on Monday. He spoke during a free conference committee made up of members of both the House and the Senate at the Capitol in Juneau. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)The Alaska Legislature is close to passing a bill that would change the conflict of interest law passed last year. It would limit the number of cases that require lawmakers to disclose conflicts.The Senate passed an earlier version of the bill, which would have repealed the conflict of interest provisions entirely. The House passed its own version, and a conference committee agreed on the compromise Monday.Anchorage Democratic Rep. Chris Tuck described how the bill scales back the cases where lawmakers have to declare conflicts.“Conflicts are going to be reduced,” he said. “But when you do have a conflict, we’re basically tying that person’s hands all the way for any type of legislative action.”The bill would continue to bar lawmakers from taking action to financially benefit themselves or their spouses, as well as their current employer or an employer that they’re negotiating with.But it would no longer cover other family members, or anyone who pays the legislator or their family at least $10,000 in the previous year.And it also only affects cases where the benefit is greater for the lawmaker, their spouse or their employers than it is for their broader profession, industry or region. For example, a lawmaker who’s a doctor could vote on a bill that benefits all doctors, but not on one that benefits only those who specialize in the kind of medicine the lawmaker practices.Members of a free conference committee, made up of members of both the House and the Senate, discuss SB 89, a bill that would change the law regarding conflicts of interest involving legislators, family members, employers and potential employers, on Monday. The meeting was held in the Capitol in Juneau. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)North Pole Republican Sen. John Coghill said it’s rare that lawmakers would have a conflict under the changes. But he said the bill is needed, because last year’s law was unclear.“In the case(s) that we’ve been dealing with for years, hardly ever have we seen a clear-cut case where they are going to either get a job, aggrandize a company or themselves specifically. But this at least makes that clear,” Coghill said.The Select Committee on Legislative Ethics ruled that the law passed last year bars lawmakers from talking with constituents about pending bills if they have a conflict. The new bill explicitly says the law isn’t intended to restrict the ability of lawmakers and constituents to meet.League of Women Voters Alaska President Judy Andree supported last year’s law and expressed concerns about the Senate seeking to repeal the new restrictions. She’s worried the bill won’t cover legislators’ children. But she said it’s good that lawmakers reached a compromise.“I would not be opposed to them passing the agreed-upon changes, because it is better than what we had before,” Andree said.The bill now goes back to both the Senate and the House for final votes.Watch the latest legislative coverage from Gavel Alaska:last_img read more

first_imgMonday 23 March 2015 1:03 am Express KCS ASIAN cities are rapidly growing in importance as global financial centres as Hong Kong, Singapore and Seoul narrow the gap with their Western competitors, a new report shows. Eleven of the top 12 Asia and Asia-Pacific centres saw a rise in their ratings in the latest Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI) published today with Hong Kong – up two points – maintaining its place as the world’s third top financial centre.Busan in Korea was the biggest riser after gaining 11 points, followed by Shenzhen in China and Taipei in Taiwan, each gaining nine points.New York maintained its position as the world’s leading financial centre for the second year in a row though only by one point, with London hot on its heels. Both cities gained seven points in the ranking. Singapore, up eight points, remained in fourth place followed by Tokyo, Zurich and Seoul. All three cities moved up one place in the rankings after San Francisco lost some of the gains it made last year thanks to its status as a fintech hub. Among the areas of competitiveness tracked by the GFCI, London came top for financial sector development and infrastructure while New York leads in terms of reputation, business environment and its ability to attract talent.TOP FINANCIAL CENTRES1 New York2 London3 Hong Kong 4 Singapore5 Tokyo 6 Zurich 7 Seoul8 San Francisco 9 Chicago 10 Boston Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofBest Wine Gifts & Wine Accessories at Every PriceGayotCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofBaked Sesame Salmon: Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof Show Comments ▼ Sharecenter_img Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndozenherald.com20 Rules Genghis Khan’s Army Had To Live Byzenherald.comUndoNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyUndoMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesUndoComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyUndoMoneyWise.com15 States Where Americans Don’t Want To Live AnymoreMoneyWise.comUndoTheFashionBallPrince Harry Admits Meghan Markle May Not Be The OneTheFashionBallUndoMoney PopJackie Kennedy’s Granddaughter Is A BillionaireMoney PopUndo whatsapp whatsapp Asia cities gain ground as top financial centres Tags: NULLlast_img read more

first_img Share Wednesday 12 August 2015 5:37 am Tags: NULL Brazil’s credit rating nears junk status after Moody’s downgrade Moody’s cut Brazil’s credit rating to near-junk status yesterday, the second rating downgrade the country has sustained since President Dilma Rousseff came to power in 2011.The decision comes two weeks after rival ratings firm Standard & Poor’s (S&P) warned Brazil could lose its investment grade if fallout from a number of corruption investigations weighs further on economic growth. In March 2014, S&P downgraded Brazil’s long-term debt rating to BBB minus, its lowest investment-grade rating. Vice President Michel Temer warned Rousseff on Sunday that Brazil could become the next Greece if congress did not start helping the government’s austerity drive, a source said.Moody’s assigned a stable outlook to the new rating, signalling that the country’s investment grade status is safe in the short term. Video Carousel – cityam_native_carousel – 426 00:00/00:50 LIVERead More Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunUndoComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyUndoForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesUndoGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndocenter_img whatsapp More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Express KCS last_img read more

first_imgChild dies after drunk Texas man causes three-car crash in Lehigh Acres June 11, 2021 Lehigh Acres man gains attention for riding bike backwards June 16, 2021 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 Suspect breaks into Lehigh Acres Popeyes June 11, 2021 AdvertisementTags: Lehigh AcresStreet Race 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 AdvertisementDeputies said it’s unknown if citations will be filed and the incident is still an active investigation. center_img LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. – A street racing incident left one car heavily damaged after investigators said the car went airborne and ran off the road.Two cars were racing north on Gunnery Road around 9 p.m. Tuesday when one car ran off the left side of the road, went airborne and slammed to the ground, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said there were only minor injuries and the car did not crash into the other vehicle. The second racer was long gone by the time law enforcement arrived, according to LCSO. Lehigh Elementary preschool teacher accused of child abuse won’t renew contract June 16, 2021 Advertisement Advertisement RELATEDTOPICSlast_img read more

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest WhatsApp SEE ALSO – This Laois dog who travelled to Dublin and back is looking for his owners Council New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening G’s Gourmet Jams held their afternoon tea on Wednesday to raise funds as two of Daniel’s friends have worked there for 10 years. Daniel and his girlfriend Sara Lukaszewska both work in the Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise, and the hotel were eager to support the young Laois man in his recovery.Daniel and Sara, who both live in Portlaoise, went on holiday to Tenerife on August 1 when Daniel fell seriously ill.Daniel lost consciousness as he was sitting on a wall that was dividing the pathway from the beach and fell approximately three meters down.The fall resulted in a spinal injury which caused an instant paralysis in his legs. Daniel was placed in Intensive Therapy Unit and underwent a spinal surgery.Further distressing news came as Daniel was diagnosed with Anemia, due to a huge blood loss. He underwent two serious operations within five days. Although he is now recovering – he could not come home without medical assistance – something which is very costly.So Sara launched a GoFundMe page in a bid to raise the €30,000 needed to get her boyfriend home.An incredible responseThe response has been nothing short of incredible with almost €20,000 raised. This alone wasn’t enough to bring Daniel home but his parents, Aneta Wolska and Piotr Wolski, managed to secure a loan to get him back.Daniel was flown home on Saturday September 1 and has begun his recovery in the Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.Helen Gee, from G’s Gourmet Jams, said that they were amazed with the response their fundraiser received. “We’re absolutely thrilled and delighted to have received the €4,503 for Daniel,” she said today.Cavan Dunne, from the Killeshin Hotel group, previously told LaoisToday: “We want to help them raise awareness of their situation in whatever way possible. All treats will be for free with a box for people to leave donations and we will then add this to the fund also.”“The Killeshin, Supermacs, Bewleys and Kelly Lou Cakes have all pulled together to provide these hot drinks and treats,” added Cavan.Among those in attendance were the Irish Wheelchair Association, along with Daniel’s family, friends and general well-wishers.The photos were sent in to us from Alf Harvey at G’s Gourmet Jams and the Irish Wheelchair Assocaition kindly sent in their photos from the Killeshin Hotel.Iris Furlong, Margaret Palmer, Deirdre Gee, Pauline Palmer and Jean O’Neill, with at front: Sophie, Wendy, Bernie and PJ Cahill with John Clare at G’s Gourmet Jams for the Afternoon Tea Fundraiser for Daniel Wolski.Picture: Alf Harvey.Helen, Clive, Taylor-Grace and Lochlin Gee at G’s Gourmet Jams for the Afternoon Tea Fundraiser for Daniel Wolski.Picture: Alf Harvey.Iwona and Marek Lipniewicz; Dorota Mazik and Helen Gee at G’s Gourmet Jams for the Afternoon Tea Fundraiser for Daniel Wolski.Picture: Alf Harvey.Wendy Cahill, Sophie and Linda Moynan and Margaret Bergin at G’s Gourmet Jams for the Afternoon Tea Fundraiser for Daniel Wolski.Picture: Alf Harvey. Community Iris Furlong, Margaret Palmer, Deirdre Gee, Pauline Palmer and Jean O’Neill, with at front: Sophie, Wendy, Bernie and PJ Cahill with John Clare at G’s Gourmet Jams for the Afternoon Tea Fundraiser for Daniel Wolski.Picture: Alf Harvey. Last month we brought you the very upsetting news that a young Laois man had fallen seriously ill on a Spanish island.However, the good will and kindness of Laois people was shown this week as two fundraisers received spectacular amounts of money for young Daniel Wolski in both G’s Gourmet Jams in Ballypickas and The Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise.Combined, the fundraisers collected over €7,000 for the young Portlaoise man. Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Brian Brennan, Cyril and Helen Gee and Ivan Powell at G’s Gourmet Jams for the Afternoon Tea Fundraiser for Daniel Wolski.Picture: Alf Harvey. Fiona MacGowan and Ann Lawlor at G’s Gourmet Jams for the Afternoon Tea Fundraiser for Daniel Wolski.Picture: Alf Harvey.Sophie Cahill, Hannah McCorry and Sophie Moynan at G’s Gourmet Jams for the Afternoon Tea Fundraiser for Daniel Wolski.Picture: Alf Harvey.Aideen Lawlor, Ciara Lawlor and Jack Cahill at G’s Gourmet Jams for the Afternoon Tea Fundraiser for Daniel Wolski.Picture: Alf Harvey.Mary White, Mai Mulhall and Perry Nolan at G’s Gourmet Jams for the Afternoon Tea Fundraiser for Daniel Wolski.Picture: Alf Harvey.Margaret McDonald, Betty Brophy and Helen Malone at G’s Gourmet Jams for the Afternoon Tea Fundraiser for Daniel Wolski.Picture: Alf Harvey.Robert and Noah Miller at G’s Gourmet Jams for the Afternoon Tea Fundraiser for Daniel Wolski.Picture: Alf Harvey. Previous articleYoung Laois musicians take to centre stage at the Bord Gáis Energy TheatreNext articleElectric Picnic tickets SELL OUT in record time Siun Lennonún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Twitter By Siun Lennon – 7th September 2018 WhatsApp TAGSDaniel Wolski Twitter Facebook Home News Community In Pictures: Over €7,000 raised for seriously ill Laois man as local… NewsCommunity Community Pinterest Facebook In Pictures: Over €7,000 raised for seriously ill Laois man as local fundraisers goes down a treatlast_img read more

first_img Keywords Stock exchangesCompanies TMX Group Ltd. Canadian IPO market limps through Q3, PwC reports Nasdaq sharpens market surveillance Share this article and your comments with peers on social media “Israel is an important market for our exchanges and we are pleased to lead this delegation of leading Canadian innovation sector investment bankers and capital market advisors,” says Robert Peterman, vice president, global business development, TMX Group, in a statement. “Two key benefits we see for listing on either TSX or TSXV include access to North American investors that are able to support companies at all stages of growth; and a competitive landscape of investment banks to support these growth companies with financing and research coverage.” As at Sept. 30, there were six Israeli companies listed on TSX and Venture with a total market capitalization of approximately $2.5 billion. There were 87 new corporate listings on TSX and TSXVduring the first three quarters of 2017 across a broad range of industry sectors, including technology/innovation, life sciences and consumer products. TMX Group Ltd.’s equity exchanges, Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV), on Monday announced they have returned to Israel as part of a four-day roadshow from Oct. 22-25. The exchanges will lead a 12-member Canadian delegation comprised of investment bankers from Beacon Securities Ltd., Cormark Securities and Macquarie Capital; lawyers from Goodmans LLP, Miller Thomson LLP, and Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP; and accounting firm EY LLP. The delegation will focus on one-on-one meetings with Israeli market participants to raise awareness of North American capital markets and how TMX Group’s exchanges provide a global platform for growth. center_img James Langton Negative 2021 outlook on exchange, clearing sector: Fitch Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related newslast_img read more

first_imgRelatedDemand for Honey Growing – Cummings RelatedDemand for Honey Growing – Cummings Advertisements RelatedDemand for Honey Growing – Cummingscenter_img Demand for Honey Growing – Cummings UncategorizedMay 9, 2007 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, Victor Cummings has said that the demand for honey is increasing, particularly with North America experiencing a problem in the industry.“The bees are dying off and people are contacting us already to see how we can increase our supply of honey production and other byproducts from honey, in order to assist the American market,” said Mr. Cummings. “We are even being approached to see if we can start to produce queen bees that we can export to North America to assist them, as we have shown them that our queen bees are very resistant to the problem they are having, so there is tremendous growth there,” he added.The State Minister was speaking at the 85th annual general meeting of the Kingston and St. Andrew Association of Branch Societies of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), held at St. Jude’s Church Hall in Stony Hill, today (May 9). Mr. Cummings said that the Ministry and the Agricultural Support Services Project (ASSP) have consolidated the sub sector of apiculture into a viable sector, through the provision of training, loans and infrastructure in the sum of $83 million over the last three years.“We have also, in this area, provided approximately $20 million in loans and we have trained 20 new entrants, expanding our apprenticeship programme from 50 to 80 persons and providing loans to existing bee farmers and bringing them up to a level,” the State Minister informed. He reiterated the Government’s commitment to the development of the agricultural sector.“This government regards the agricultural sector as central to its economic development policy. The sector, with its strong linkage to tourism and manufacturing and being mainstay of the rural economy, must provide the springboard for sustainable growth in our economy,” said Mr. Cummings. He noted that real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the sector grew by 15.9 per cent last year, adding that the agricultural growth was underpinned by a 15.7 per cent increase in domestic food crops, 47.4 per cent in export crops and 49.8 per cent growth in fishing.“This remarkable performance stands as a vindication of the deliberate and conscious emphasis placed on the sector by the government. It is no secret that last year our subvention was increased to over $4 billion and this year it has once again been increased,” said Mr. Cummings.He pointed out that the deliberate effort made by the Ministry to promote high yields in non-traditional commodities and the support given the sector through many programmes and projects, has paid high dividends.last_img read more

first_imgLPA welcomes $135m in new funding for live music and entertainment industry LPALive Performance Australia (LPA), the arts and entertainment industry peak body, welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement today of $125 million in new RISE funding plus an additional $10 million for Support Act.LPA Chief Executive Evelyn Richardson said industry recovery is uneven, with parts of the live music and entertainment industry still unable to fully reactivate due to ongoing restrictions but preparing for full activation in Q4 and into 2022.“With JobKeeper ending this month, the music and live entertainment industry has a significant gap in Q2 and Q3 as it is unable to fully reactivate due to COVID-19 restrictions, notably venue capacity limits, border uncertainties and barriers to international acts entering Australia.“While we are now seeing more of our theatre productions back on stage, Australia’s live music industry is gearing to deliver events in Q4 onwards. We need to ensure we retain our critical skills base and businesses across the supply chain including artists, crew, technical businesses, managers, promoters and agents.“A boost to the existing RISE program to get more shows and acts on stages nationally will provide considerable community stimulus to both upstream and downstream businesses which are driven off the back of Australia’s $15 billion live performance industry.“Extending the scope of the RISE program will provide a targeted and temporary measure for the sector to retain its core skills base as it prepares for full reactivation in Q4 onwards. In addition to music promoters and festivals, this will encourage more direct applications from micro-businesses such as managers and booking agents for contemporary music tours and events.“It will also help support employment retention in the live music sector over the next six months when it will still be operating well below capacity. Making it easier for businesses to get support to plan shows and claim pre-production costs, which includes key entertainment workers, is critical.“Lowering the threshold of grant applications will provide more direct support to emerging artist tours and events as well as larger commercial entities.“We look forward to working with the government to get this money out the door as quickly as possible. This investment by government will help us keep companies alive, projects moving and people in jobs,” Ms Richardson said. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. 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:Australia, Border, community, covid-19, employment, Evelyn, Federal, federal government, Government, industry, Investment, JobKeeper, money, Music, peak body, supply chainlast_img read more