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US made ‘fundamental misjudgement’ over tariff increases, says Chinese state newspaper

first_img Share 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 HeraldDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionPost FunA Coast Guard Spotted Movement On A Remote Island, Then Looked CloserPost FunDaily 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 Tags: Donald Trump People whatsapp US made ‘fundamental misjudgement’ over tariff increases, says Chinese state newspaper Sunday 12 May 2019 12:33 pm Read more: Trump says he knows why China U-turned on US trade dealUS trade representative Robert Lighthizer said on Friday that Trump had ordered him to begin the process of raising tariffs on “essentially all” remaining imports from China – a total of around $300bn worth of goods. China’s size means that the US “should not have an unrealistic illusion that once the trade war intensifies, it will have more bargaining chips at the negotiation table,” the English-language newspaper said, reacting to the US increasing tariffs on the goods to 25 per cent from 10 per cent.The strong words came after Chinese vice-premier Liu He said that China had not rowed back on promises made in the trade deal between the two countries.His statements to Hong Kong news service Phoenix were China’s first official response to allegations that it had backtracked on key elements of the deal. Liu said China objected to some of the phrasing of the agreement, and that it believed making changes to a deal before it is finalised was normal.US President Donald Trump yesterday reiterated his statement that China reneged on its promises because it thought it would be able to negotiate the deal with a Democratic president following the 2020 election.“I think that China felt they were being beaten so badly in the recent negotiation that they may as well wait around for the next election, 2020, to see if they could get lucky & have a Democrat win – in which case they would continue to rip-off the USA for $500 Billion a year,” he tweeted. The US made “a fundamental misjudgement” by ratcheting up tariffs on $200bn (£154bn) of Chinese goods and has “seriously underestimated China’s endurance,” according to an editorial article published today by the Global Times, a government-aligned Chinese tabloid newspaper.Read more: China threatens retaliation as Trump rolls out $200bn tariff hike whatsapp Today, the Global Times – which does not speak for the government but is run by the state-owned People’s Daily newspaper – said the United States had “seriously underestimated China’s endurance”.Its editorial said: “Because of the political system and social structure, China is in a much stronger position than other countries to weather the storm of a trade war.”The Global Times said the US is wrong in “believing China is unilaterally benefitting from China-US economic and trade relations”.However, it said China “is willing to take necessary measures to improve those balances between the two countries”.Talks are due to continue in Washington over the coming week, Liu said, according to Chinese state television on Saturday. Harry Robertson last_img read more

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Update: Assembly spares downtown pool, Douglas gym from budget cut list

first_imgCommunity | Juneau | Local GovernmentUpdate: Assembly spares downtown pool, Douglas gym from budget cut listMay 3, 2017 by Jacob Resneck, KTOO Share:Update | 6:42 p.m.At its finance committee meeting this evening, the Juneau Assembly removed the Augustus Brown Swimming Pool and Mt. Jumbo Gym from a list of possible cuts.The vote was 6-3 to spare the pool and 8-1 to spare the gym.Original story | 5:32 p.m.Students from Juneau-Douglas High School use the pool for an athletics program on Wednesday. (Photo by Jacob Resneck/KTOO)Cost cutting efforts at the City and Borough of Juneau continue as the Juneau Assembly mulls closing the downtown pool and a gymnasium in Douglas.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2017/05/170503FACILITIES-PKG.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Both are on the list of Parks and Recreation facilities facing closure. That’s because the Assembly is trying to fill a $1.9 million deficit without raising taxes. Limiting pool hours would save about $44,000. But shutting it down would save $562,100 annually.Previous efforts to shutter the pool were scuttled due to public outcry.“There’s some pretty passionate people about not wanting to close the pool,” Parks and Recreation Director Kirk Duncan said. “Quite frankly I’m really glad I’m not an Assembly member and don’t have to make those decisions. I think all of the Parks and Rec facilities are very important to the community, but also I recognize that we have some tough times.”Even if the Assembly spares the downtown pool this year, the facility will need significant investment.  The building is about 45 years old and nearing the end of its lifespan.“Augustus Brown pool has been here for many years,” Duncan said. “We estimate that it needs about $4.5 to $5 million in repairs. So that’s the long-term issue — how are we going to fund those repairs?”Juneau has a more modern swimming pool: The Dimond Aquatic Center in the Mendenhall Valley. But Juneau-Douglas High School students would lose a pool literally next door and downtown residents would have to travel.In downtown Douglas, the Mount Jumbo Gym is also on the proverbial chopping block.Buckets catch water from a roof leak inside the Mt. Jumbo Gym in Douglas on Wednesday. (Photo by Jacob Resneck/KTOO)“It was built as a school,” Facilities Superintendent Brent Fischer said. “The gym was built in 1941, the school was built in 1937. It was part of the school district.”The former Douglas High School building gym is now used as community space serving preschoolers, adults and everyone in between.“We get a lot of adults and youth using this, so it’s a good venue for the community,” Dave Pusich, the city’s recreation manager. “It gives them another outlet because there’s not a lot of gym space available.”Pusich grew up in Douglas and says the former high school is somewhat of a community landmark.“We also have lots of birthday parties on the weekends — it’s real busy,” he said. “We have a bouncing house we set up, lots of toys, so it’s pretty popular and it’s affordable.”Closing this gym would save less than $10,000 a year. But there are serious maintenance issues. The roof leaks. Patching things up would cost about $688,000. Renovations have been estimated to cost another $1.3 million. And to totally rehab the building so it’d be good for another 25 to 30 years would increase the cost to $4.8 million.The Assembly’s budget deadline isn’t until June. With minimal publicity, public comment is already arriving by email with more than a dozen emails urging the Assembly to save these and other facilities whose futures remain uncertain.Editor’s Note: Kirk Duncan is a member of KTOO’s board of directors.Share this story:last_img read more

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Greece doubts it will be able to cover its multiple loans by July

first_imgGREECE will struggle to make debt repayments to the IMF and the European Central Bank this year, its finance minister said yesterday.“We will not have liquidity problems for the public sector. But we will definitely have problems in making debt payments to the IMF now and to the ECB in July,” said finance minister Yanis Varoufakis. His remarks come a day after the Eurogroup of finance ministers agreed to a four-month bailout extension for Greece.Greece must repay an IMF loan of €1.6bn (£1.17bn) that matures in March and €7.5bn in maturing bonds held by the ECB in July and August. Greece is due to receive €7.2bn in remaining EU and IMF bailout funds, but German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble said Greece would not be paid if it does not fulfil the conditions.“This is what I tell my counter­parts: if you think it is in your in­terest to shoot down progressive governments like ours… then you should fear the worst,” said Varoufakis in response. whatsapp Express KCS whatsapp Greece doubts it will be able to cover its multiple loans by July More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org Sharecenter_img Show Comments ▼ Wednesday 25 February 2015 9:11 pm Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoGundry MD Bio Complete 3 SupplementTop Surgeon: This Simple Trick Empties Your Bowels Every Morning (Almost Immediately)Gundry MD Bio Complete 3 SupplementUndozenherald.com20 Rules Genghis Khan’s Army Had To Live Byzenherald.comUndoDiscovery29+ Fascinating U.S. Navy WarshipsDiscoveryUndoMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesUndoComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyUndoGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsUndoNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyUndo Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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News / Maersk targets forwarders as digital-first revolution spreads in Latin America

first_img Maersk Line appears to be continuing its process of vertical consolidation, admitting it is on the hunt for forwarding acquisitions in Latin America.Lars Nielsen, Maersk Line chief executive for Latin America & the Caribbean, told delegates at last week’s TOC Americas Container Supply Chain event in Cartagena: “We haven’t so far invested in any Latin American start-ups, but we have been looking at Brazil, where there are some digital-first freight forwarders that are using artificial intelligence – so it is very localised but there are some interesting projects.“We have also made investing in the cold chain a key priority, but there are two things lacking in Latin America – tech investment and investment in physical infrastructure,” he added.However, the digital revolution is beginning to spread across the region, according to Maximiliano Casal, founder and chief executive of what is claimed to be Latin America’s first digital freight forwarder, Mexico-based Nowports.The firm was part of Port of Cartagena’s Delta X Ventures accelerator and recently raised $5.5m in funding from Silicon Valley investors.Mr Casal told delegates the firm used AI and predictive logistics to help lower shippers’ costs – targeting SME customers in the e-commerce, automotive, perishables and construction industries.“Shippers are not very tech-friendly in this region so we need to provide a super-simple experience for them.“In this region their choice of freight forwarder is either very large multinationals or SME forwarders – of these, the multinationals are doing their own digital projects, while the traditional family-owned forwarder often understands it needs to digitise but doesn’t have the resources.“Our customers are looking for visibility of shipments, trustworthy information and support in analysing this information. We need to analyse how their shipments are behaving to understand if action is needed to be taken while in transit.“And to do that better, we need to partner with carriers,” he said.Mr Casal also had an interesting insight into how Nowports could compete with Flexport, which has built a $1bn war chest through a series of funding rounds and created an emerging giant amongst digital-first forwarders.“We have had conversations with Flexport founder Ryan Petersen and he told us its main focus was on Asia-US west coast and that Flexport’s investment priorities would be in last-mile, and possibly buying trucks.“The US market is very different from Latin America – you need a great network to connect the customs, ports and trucking companies to provide a good freight forwarding service.“I am sure Flexport will come to Latin America, but in the meantime we are using the money we have raised to expand our network. We recently opened new offices in Mexico, Chile, Colombia and Uruguay and have more coming in Brazil, Panama and Asia,” he said. By Gavin van Marle 04/11/2019last_img read more

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Disney, fearing a scandal, tried to press journal to withdraw research paper

first_img Please enter a valid email address. Tags academic publishingDisneymedical research Leave this field empty if you’re human: The study, published in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research, was a retrospective analysis of kids’ meals sold at Disney World.The authors looked at data from all 145 Disney World restaurants since it revamped its children’s menus to offer healthier default choices. In the new model, parents who want to order soda or fries for their kids — instead of choices like low-fat milk, fruit, or carrots — have to ask for them.The study found that nearly half the meals ordered for the children included the healthy default side dishes and two-thirds included the healthier drinks.The authors wrote that these choices resulted in significant reductions in calories, fat, and sodium in the kids’ meals, but not sugar.After the study was accepted by the journal, Disney asked the authors not to publish it. The editor, Brian Wansink, a Cornell University professor who edited the issue, told the authors it was too late to pull it.Wansink “advised me confidentially that it is considered unethical for sponsors of research to have input into publication issues,” Hill wrote to Disney in an email.A Disney spokesman acknowledged the effort.“Given the recent issues regarding Dr. Hill and the university, we questioned the wisdom of publishing the study,” said David Jefferson, a Disney spokesman. HealthDisney, fearing a scandal, tried to press journal to withdraw research paper Alex Hogan/STAT, APStock Related: The Walt Disney Company urged an academic journal to withdraw a nutritional study of children’s meals at Disney World last fall — a study it had funded — amid a public backlash over corporate involvement in scientific research, according to newly obtained emails.Disney wasn’t concerned about the study’s findings, but feared being publicly associated with one of its main authors, James Hill of the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Hill’s work last summer drew an outcry among scientists who felt his project, funded by Coca-Cola, played down the impact of sugary drinks in obesity.Emails obtained by STAT show that Disney asked Hill and a coauthor to withdraw the meal study — a step that many researchers would consider a breach of ethics.advertisement Privacy Policy Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day.center_img One of the lead authors of the study, John Peters, also a professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, said in an interview that the study was a legitimate subject of research, adding that no one had yet examined whether Disney’s approach was effective in providing families with healthier meals. Asked about Disney’s attempt to withdraw the study, he said the company had “never sponsored any research before and they were not really familiar with the rules of doing so.”Peters said he was worried about negative publicity surrounding industry-sponsored studies, which he believes can be unbiased if ethics guidelines are followed.“It’s kind of a shame this sort of scrutiny on industry-sponsored research can have unintended consequences — maybe scaring people off to say, ‘I don’t ever want to fund research as an industry because it’s not worth it,’” he said.Gary Ruskin, codirector of US Right to Know, a California-based consumer group that obtained the emails under the Colorado Open Records Act and provided them to STAT, said he was troubled by the authors’ disclosure on the paper.That disclosure said, “The Walt Disney Company and the National Institutes of Health,” which also contributed funding, “had no role in the design, analysis or writing of this article.”It suggests Disney shouldn’t have had the opportunity to edit the press release, Ruskin said. But the emails show Disney insisting on more information about the publication before they could give approval to a press release; the authors then provided Disney with the draft release.“I drafted a simple release … but we can edit to our hearts content,” Peters wrote.“It’s dishonest to disclose in their paper that Disney has no impact when Disney gets to approve the news release and when they do Disney’s bidding to try to take the paper back,” Ruskin said.In an email, Hill defended the work by Peters and his other coauthors, saying he was “happy the scientific community was able to learn about the good work with food that Disney is doing in their parks.”“I am sorry that companies like Disney have to worry about negative PR from funding research,” he added. “We need more, not less, research.” “The authors should follow the science, and Disney should not be influencing either how they do the study, how they report the study, or whether they report the study,” said George Annas, a Boston University professor of law and medicine who also directs the Center for Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights. “There can’t be any strings attached.” “The authors should follow the science, and Disney should not be influencing either how they do the study, how they report the study, or whether they report the study.” In one email, Hill told Disney an editor at the journal had advised him that “we risk some real negative PR if anyone found out that Disney was even trying to influence publication.” The company relented, but was later offered an opportunity by the authors to tailor the press release about the study’s findings. That, too, was unusual.The emails do not indicate that Disney influenced the findings, but they open a rare window on the back-and-forth between researchers and a corporate sponsor. They also mark what experts described as an unusual degree of corporate involvement in an academic study.advertisement George Annas, Boston University More people on Earth now obese than underweight By Sheila Kaplan April 8, 2016 Reprintslast_img read more

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Manulife lowers age limits on UL products

first_img Keywords Universal life insuranceCompanies Manulife Financial Corp. Manulife to increase premiums for UL policies Megan Harman Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news Single issue policies will be available to clients aged 30-85, from 45-85 previously; and joint last-to-die policies will be available to clients aged 40-90, from 55-90 previously. Manulife offers a Level Gold Investment Account UL product, which provides a hands-off investment option for clients, and a Level Client Investment Select product, which features a wide range of investment account options. Manulife also announced that it is increasing the tax-advantaged deposit room available for both new and existing Manulife UL clients.center_img Mistakes to avoid with universal life Toronto-based Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC) is expanding the market for its universal life (UL) insurance product by broadening the eligible issue ages to include younger clients. The insurer announced on Monday that it will lower the minimum issue ages by 15 years on both of its level cost of insurance (COI) Manulife UL products, effective May 25, 2015. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The role for universal lifelast_img read more

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Canadian banks compliant with Basel III liquidity rules

first_img Keywords Banking industryCompanies Basel Committee on Banking Supervision James Langton All of the jurisdictions it reviewed were rated as ‘compliant’ with the new global standards, which is the highest of the four possible grades they could have received from the reviews. The LCR requirements and LCR disclosure requirements were implemented by Canadian banking regulators in 2015. The standards adopted in Canada are compliant with the Basel rules overall, the BCBS report says, and the four components — the definition of high-quality liquid assets (HQLA), liquidity outflows, liquidity inflows and disclosure requirements — are also considered compliant with the new global standards. The report notes one area where Canadian regulators could benefit from further guidance from the BCBS, the treatment of certain mortgage-backed securities. With this latest set of reviews, the BCBS has now completed its review of the implementation of the LCR for all jurisdictions, and most countries have been assessed as compliant, or largely compliant, with the new standards. “The completion of these assessments and the high level of international consistency achieved in implementing the LCR is testament to the ongoing commitment of Basel Committee members to implement the Basel III regulatory reforms. It is essential we maintain this momentum in implementing the rest of the Committee’s post-crisis reforms,” says Stefan Ingves, chairman, BCBS, and governor of Sveriges Riksbank, in a statement. With its reviews of the LCR requirements complete, the BCBS will now turn its attention to assessing the consistency of implementation of the net stable funding ratio (NSFR) and the large exposures framework, it says. The NSFR requirements are due to start implementation in January 2018, and the large exposures framework will be adopted starting in January 2019. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media OSFI seeks to step up sector’s cyber resilience Related newscenter_img The Canadian banking industry is fully compliant with new liquidity rules that are being adopted as part of the new Basel III capital adequacy regime, according to a report published on Wednesday by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS). The BCBS published a series of reports assessing the implementation of the new liquidity coverage ratio (LCR) requirements in several countries, including Canada, Australia, Brazil, and Switzerland. How should banks allocate capital for crypto? Translating climate risks into financial risks takes work Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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Resident Magistrate’s Court to be Built in Cambridge, St. James

first_imgRelatedResident Magistrate’s Court to be Built in Cambridge, St. James RelatedResident Magistrate’s Court to be Built in Cambridge, St. James FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Cabinet has approved the award of a contract in the sum of $57.21 million to G.M. & Associates Limited to construct a Resident Magistrate’s court and a police station in Cambridge, St. James.Minister of Information and Development, Donald Buchanan, speaking at yesterday’s (May 21) post Cabinet press briefing held at Jamaica House, informed that the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of National Security have agreed to share the cost of construction.In the meantime, Cabinet has given its approval for the award of a contract valued at approximately $112.43 million to SEEN Environment, to supply and install a waste treatment plant and equipment for hazardous health care, waste collection and treatment.The Information Minister noted that the approval of the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), Natural Resources Conservation Authority (NRCA) and the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) would be required before the project gets underway.SEEN Environment is a company that is registered in Martinique. Advertisementscenter_img Resident Magistrate’s Court to be Built in Cambridge, St. James UncategorizedMay 22, 2007 RelatedResident Magistrate’s Court to be Built in Cambridge, St. Jameslast_img read more

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JAMSPRED Database Launched

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedJAMSPRED Database Launched RelatedJAMSPRED Database Launched FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Access to research material and technical reports on Caribbean policy issues, particularly those relating to social developments in Jamaica, has been enhanced through the creation of the Jamaica Social Policy Research Database (JAMSPRED).The database, which was officially launched at the National Library of Jamaica (NLJ) downtown Kingston on Wednesday (March 5), is a collaborative effort involving the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute for Social and Economic Research (SALISES) at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona; NLJ, and the Jamaica Social Policy Evaluation (JASPEV) project in the Office of the Cabinet. The database will be hosted on the NLJ’s website.Speaking at the launch, Chairperson of JAMSPRED’s working group, Jenny Jones, said the objective of the database is to sensitize persons about the studies and “provide summary information or abstracts of their content, and give details of the actual location of the documents.“Where it is possible, JAMSPRED aims to have an electronic copy of documents, and it has started with a few complete and high quality research studies and reports on the database, which the public would probably have great difficulty accessing otherwise,” she outlined.Another aim, she noted, is to provide links to other websites where data on Jamaica and the Caribbean can be found, noting that there are presently “over a dozen links, including all (of) the Jamaican ministry websites, one or two public sector agencies such as the Supreme Court, and a few Jamaican NGOs (Non- Governmental Organizations).”These, she said, include Caribbean and international links, with more expected to be added in the future. Guests attending the launch were given a demonstration on how to access the system by SALISES’ librarian, Norma Davis.Miss Jones explained that the concept for the database evolved out of discussions initiated by JASPEV, and held with SALISES and the NLJ. JASPEV, she informed, provided funding through a grant from the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), while SALISES undertook the development of the database, and NLJ made its website available for hosting the database.“This public sector/civil society partnership was sealed last year when a memorandum of understanding was signed between the three institutions. Since then, the web pages have been designed, more data has been collected and entered so that entries have now reached over 600, including academic studies, technical reports for ministries, NGO papers, research reports for international agencies, and conference papers,” she informed.Guest speaker, Senior Lecturer in Social Policy, Department Psychology, Sociology, and Social Work, UWI, Hermoine McKenzie, in endorsing JAMSPRED, said: “it gives the opportunity for every interested and concerned citizen, as well as specialist researchers and students, to access information about social policies in Jamaica and worldwide.”“Social policy reflects the efforts of governments and other organizations to address the living conditions and social lives of members of society. What is so meaningful about the database is that the combined experiences and efforts of all the sectors devoted to social policy can be brought together to be preserved and shared,” she said.Mrs. McKenzie noted that a critical aspect of the JASPEV project, out of which the database evolved, is the emphasis on evidence and results-based approaches to social policy.“Basically, the JASPEV project sought to uncover as much information as possible on social policies being implemented, and as much data as possible on outcomes and on lessons learnt,” she pointed out.Stressing the need for much more to be done in addressing social policy in evidence-based ways, Mrs. McKenzie said JAMSPRED, with its close to 800 records and capacity to accommodate a greater number of documents, “is an excellent and ongoing contribution to the process.”Other speakers at the function included Acting Principal Director in the Policy Development Section, Office of the Cabinet, Deborah Patrick Gardner; Executive Director of SALISES, Professor Neville Duncan; and Executive Director of the NLJ, Winsome Hudson.center_img RelatedJAMSPRED Database Launched JAMSPRED Database Launched UncategorizedMarch 7, 2008last_img read more

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Working with Yarra is working for Victoria

first_imgWorking with Yarra is working for Victoria Yarra City Council is working with the Victorian Government to create new job opportunities for unemployed workers through the Working for Victoria initiative.Yarra is creating more than 67 new local positions to help respond to and support local business and the community during coronavirus (COVID-19).Under the initiative, Yarra is creating a range of positions to help support outdoor dining and strengthen our community wellness initiatives.The roles will help provide additional local business support and liaison, clean and maintain outdoor dining spaces and enrich these spaces with arts and cultural displays as well as provide a coordinated community response to reduce digital and physical isolation and build capacity to connect with community services and support organisations.Yarra’s partnership with the Victorian Government and Working for Victoria is providing important opportunities for people who have lost their jobs, including those impacted by COVID-19, to find paid work that supports our local businesses and community. /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:Arts, business, community, community services, coronavirus, council, covid-19, digital, Government, isolation, jobs, local council, Victoria, Yarra, Yarra City Councillast_img read more

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