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Alphabet, Twitter and Starbucks send Wall Street to record highs

first_imgSaturday 27 July 2019 9:45 am Alphabet soared by 10.2 per cent after beating targets on higher ad sales and cloud unit growth. Michael Searles Two of the main indexes in the US, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq, ended Friday on record highs after significant gains from the likes of Alphabet and Starbucks. Read more: US economic growth falls short of Trump’s target Together it helped to push the S&P 500 communication services index up 3.2 per cent, the most among S&P sectors. It came on the back of data that showed US economic growth had slowed less than expected in the second quarter. whatsapp So far around 75 per cent of the 218 companies on the S&P 500 that have published results have topped profit estimates. Alphabet, Twitter and Starbucks send Wall Street to record highs In total the S&P 500 posted 36 new 52-week highs and 2 new lows, while the Nasdaq recorded 100 new highs and 65 new lows.center_img More From Our Partners UK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA 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.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org Twitter also rose by 9.1 per cent after its better-than-expected quarterly revenue and increase in daily users. It has also further strengthened expectations that the Federal Reserve will cut rates at a policy meeting next week, helping to power a strong run in stocks as Wall Street hit record levels. The US Commerce Department said GDP increased at an annual rate of 2.1 per cent, higher than the 1.8 per cent rate that economists had forecast.  whatsapp Traders work after the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on July 16, 2019, in New York City. – Wall Street stocks edged down from records early Tuesday following mixed banking earnings and worrisome manufacturing data contrasted with strong US retail sales. Shares of JPMorgan Chase, the largest US bank by assets, were slightly negative despite reporting record quarterly earnings as investors focused on the bank’s lowered forecast for net interest income in anticipation of Federal Reserve moves to cut interest rates. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images) Read more: Vodafone shares rise as it mulls stock market float In other stocks, McDonald’s increased 2.1 per cent to hit a record high after beating sales expectations, while Amazon fell 1.7 per cent after its first profit miss in two years. Share Starbucks’ share price hit a record high with a 9 per cent increase after it posted its biggest same-store sales growth in three years.last_img read more

Connecting to culture through dance

first_imgAlaska Native Arts & Culture | Arts & Culture | SoutheastConnecting to culture through danceMarch 19, 2016 by Emily Files, KHNS Share:Paulina Phillips and her son Stich Phillips. (StoryCorps photo)Haines resident Paulina Phillips, 83, first became involved in Native dance groups in Juneau, because she wanted to learn more about Tlingit culture.“I wanted to learn who I was because I didn’t know,” Phillips said. “My parents never talked to us about our culture. They were trying to get us away from Tlingit culture.”Phillips said her parents stopped taking part in traditional activities like potlatches.“Because they said, the missionaries said we were idolaters, worshipping idols — our totem poles, our crests. In fact, there was one village where they burned all their regalia.”Phillips wanted to learn about her culture, so she looked for a Native dance group. The first one she joined was the Juneau Tlingit Dancers, which her aunt Cecelia Koontz was a traditional leader in. Phillips told her aunt that she was interested in drumming, but her aunt didn’t take a hands-on approach to teaching.“She wasn’t really teaching me, I just had to watch.”Then, the day of the performance arrived.“I hadn’t even learned the songs yet. Our regular drummer, song leader, she quit that day. Cecelia led some of the songs when we were having the program. And we were having a break, and she came over and handed the drum to me.”“I got up on the stage and ‘oh no.’ I’m supposed to lead these people? I don’t even know the songs. I’m standing there, terrified; I didn’t know what to do.”After that, Phillips studied the songs and dances so she wouldn’t face another embarrassment. Eventually, she became a song leader. She continued in that role when she moved to Haines and joined the Gei San Dancers.The Gei San Dancers stopped performing for around 15 years. During that time, Phillips’ son, Stich, says they made a few attempts to get the group active again. Finally, about a year ago, the Gei San Dancers were revived. Phillips took on the role her aunt had taken in that first Juneau dance group — traditional leader.“The songs are our history, our names are our history. That was our history when we sang a song.”This interview was recorded by the Haines and Juneau Public Libraries and produced by Emily Files. StoryCorps is a national nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of our lives. More information at storycorps.org.Share this story:last_img read more

Forest Service chief makes quiet visit to Tongass National Forest

first_imgFederal Government | Nation & World | TimberForest Service chief makes quiet visit to Tongass National ForestJuly 15, 2019 by Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska Share:Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2019/07/12tongass-web.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Sen. Lisa Murkowski and U.S. Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen visited Naukati July 6 on Prince of Wales Island where the forest service completed a land swap with the Alaska Mental Health Trust. (Photo courtesy of Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee)Sen. Lisa Murkowski recently hosted the U.S. Forest Service’s top official in a visit to Tongass National Forest. The delegation kept a low profile during its visit to Southeast Alaska.Back in a mid-May budget hearing, Murkowski quizzed Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen. She wanted to know why recent timber sales in Tongass National Forest had no takers. And what was the Forest Service doing about it?“It is a challenge and I’d be glad to work with you more even come up to Alaska that we can roll up our sleeves and really look at this,” Christiansen replied.Murkowski — who chairs the powerful Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee — acted on this opening.“I welcome you up to this state any time summer, winter, spring fall,” she said.Christiansen chose summer. She spent July 6 and 7 in Wrangell, Ketchikan and Prince Wales Island as part of a flying visit with Alaska’s senior senator.At a Saturday morning meeting in Wrangell, the delegation heard from the timber industry and its boosters.“There was discussion about making sure that we’re able to keep the one remaining mill in Southeast operational,” Wrangell Borough Manager Lisa Von Bargen told CoastAlaska on Friday.That would be Viking Lumber Mill on Prince of Wales Island which employees a few dozen people.“And they’re struggling to get enough wood to keep going,” said Frank Roppel, a veteran figure in Southeast Alaska’s logging industry who sat in on the meeting.The octogenarian was a top Alaska Pulp Corporation executive. In its day, the company was a top regional employer, operating a sawmill in Wrangell and a pulp mill in Sitka from the 1950s until the ’90s.Roppel told CoastAlaska that the forest service chief asked good questions and was receptive to concerns over timber supplies for commercial logging.“We were encouraged that there’s some interest and willingness to try and help the industry,” he said.The exclusive gathering in Wrangell included about 10 business people and civic leaders and discussed the Trump administration’s controversial effort at crafting an exemption from the 2001 Roadless rule that would allow logging in more undeveloped parts of the Tongass.But at a roundtable of tribal leaders in Ketchikan the delegation heard a different perspective.“We prefer that there is no change the forest plan and I think most of the tribes are going that way,” said Ronald Leighton, president of the Organized Village of Kasaan on Prince of Wales Island.He says he used the audience with the Forest Service delegation to press for preferential access to old growth red cedar for traditional carvers.“When we did our longhouse we were having trouble finding quality cultural logs for that,” he said. “So, in fact, we had to buy from Sealaska.”None of the meetings were publicized in advance. The visit was only announced nearly a week later in a July 12 press release.But if it had been, the delegation would likely have gotten an earful from opponents to old growth logging in the Tongass.“We’re really sorry that Lisa Murkowski and chief Christiansen missed the Turnout for the Tongass Rally on June 22 in Juneau where 150 Alaskans turned out in support of the national roadless rule,” said Dan Cannon, Tongass Forest program manager for Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, an environmental group.Past public hearings and written comments have been overwhelmingly supportive of keeping the roadless protections for approximately 9.2 million acres in place.The Forest Service is expected to hold public hearings to a draft environmental impact statement for an Alaska-specific Roadless Rule later this year.“I would hope that Chief Christensen comes back during the public comments and the public meetings to actually hear from Alaskans,” Cannon said, “and travel to places beyond Ketchikan and Wrangell and go to Juneau go to Sitka and hear from larger swath of Southeast Alaskans.”Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, left, and U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski talk July 5 with Kirk Dahlstrom at the Viking Lumber mill in Klawock. The mill is the largest private employer on Prince of Wales Island. (Photo by Leila Kheiry/KRBD)The delegation also visited Naukati on Prince of Wales Island where the Forest Service completed a land swap with the Alaska Mental Health Trust.There was a Saturday visit to Staney Creek where the delegation met with the local branch of The Nature Conservancy which has partnered with the agency to undertake watershed restoration.“We talked about past work and collaboration between the Nature Conservancy in the Forest Service,” said Michael Kampnich, the nonprofit’s field representative on Prince of Wales Island.Commercial logging didn’t come up in those discussions, he said.The trip was almost exactly a year after Sen. Murkowski brought Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue to tour the Viking Lumber mill on Prince of Wales Island. That visit had the usual fanfare with media in tow.This time around, the Forest Service chief opted to keep a low profile in Alaska. But why?“This was a relationship building visit with Senator Murkowski in the State of Alaska,” Babete Anderson, a spokeswoman for the Forest Service in Washington, D.C. said in a statement in response to questions from CoastAlaska.Tonya Parish, a spokeswoman for the Senate committee that organized the trip, said in a statement that current protocol is to almost never give advance notice of visiting high-ranking officials and that the itinerary didn’t allow for public meetings or media interviews.She declined further comment.With additional reporting from KFSK’s Joe Viechnicki in Petersburg.Share this story:last_img read more

Shares slide at Chemical maker despite growth

first_img Express KCS Shares slide at Chemical maker despite growth SPECIALIST chemicals firm Johnson Matthey had one of its poorest days on the London Stock Exchange in more than two years yesterday. Despite telling the market it expects profits to rise in full year profits, the update fell short of some expectations.It reported a one per cent gain in third-quarter earnings, the company said in a trading update yesterday.Johnson Matthey, whose products are used in chemical manufacturing, joined other similar companies citing the oil price drop as a hindrance on investment in new and upgraded chemical plants.The shares fell as much as 5.8 per cent, the steepest intraday fall since November 2012. Shares ended the day’s trading down 3.2 per cent to 3,385p. However, the price remains one of Johnson Matthey’s highest and is up 3.43 per cent on a year ago.The London-listed firm, the world’s largest maker of autocatalysts, posted third-quarter pre-tax profit of £96.5m.Group sales, excluding the loss of a £10m commission contract with Anglo American Platinum, were seven per cent higher than the previous year at £745m thanks to a rise in new business and the sale of emissions-reducing car technologies.The company said its car technologies unit continued to perform well with sales nine per cent ahead of target, at £435m compared to the previous year figure of £397m. Operating profit was also ahead in the business unit. However, its precious metals unit sales dropped. whatsapp Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Tags: NULLcenter_img Share 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 ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MDUndoNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoConsumer TechSee Everything from Miles Away Like You Are Standing Next to ItConsumer TechUndo Wednesday 28 January 2015 8:42 pm More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comlast_img read more

S&P upgrades Greek credit rating ahead of vote today

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBedtimezBaby Keeps Waking Up With Scratches, Mom Checks Camera And Calls CopsBedtimezThe Chef PickElisabeth Shue, 57, Sends Fans Wild As She Flaunts Age-Defying FigureThe Chef PickPlays StarA Staff Was Insulting To This Man, But When She Saw Him The Day After, She Regretted ItPlays StarNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyItsTheVibeMost Miserable American Cities, RankedItsTheVibeLoan Insurance WealthHow Amal Clooney Looks Without Makeup Is Tough To HandleLoan Insurance WealthGadgetheory39 Of The Most Beautiful Women In HistoryGadgetheoryHouse Coast[Photos] Trail Cam Photos Captured In The Wilderness.House CoastMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPail Show Comments ▼ whatsapp STANDARD & Poor’s yesterday upgraded its foreign and local currency long-term sovereign credit ratings on Greece to CCC+ from CCC-, and said the outlook for the country is stable. The ratings agency said the change “reflects Greece’s improved liquidity perspective”, following the agreement reached with the Eurogroup last week regarding a three-year loan programme for Greece, via the European Stability Mechanism, along with the provision of €7.16bn (£5bn) in bridge financing to the Greek government.S&P said it no longer thinks a Greek default is “inevitable in the next six to 12 months”, but still considers “that Greece’s solvency over the next few years remains dependent on favourable business, financial, and economic conditions”, as well as any forthcoming funding relief on its official liabilities.Greece’s financial commitments appear to be unsustainable over the long term, the ratings agency said, adding that it believes the probability of the country leaving the Eurozone remains higher than one in three but less than 50 per cent.Meanwhile, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras tried to rally his party yesterday ahead of a vote being held today in the country’s parliament on the second package of measures demanded by international creditors to open talks on a new bailout deal.Tsipras has faced a revolt in the left-wing Syriza party over the mix of tax hikes, market reforms and spending cuts demanded by lenders but is expected to get the package, which could unlock up to €86bn in new loans, through parliament with the help of pro-European opposition parties.“Until today, I’ve seen reactions, I’ve read heroic statements, but I haven’t heard any alternative proposal,” he said, warning that party hardliners could not ignore the desire of most Greeks to remain in the euro.He added: “Syriza as a party must reflect society, must welcome the worries and expectations of tens of thousands of ordinary people who have pinned their hopes on it.” whatsapp Tuesday 21 July 2015 8:43 pm Share Express KCS S&P upgrades Greek credit rating ahead of vote today Tags: Standard & Poor’slast_img read more

Some 9/11 firefighters may have higher heart risks now

first_imgHealthSome 9/11 firefighters may have higher heart risks now Associated Press By Associated Press Sept. 6, 2019 Reprints Firefighters who arrived early or spent more time at the World Trade Center site after the 9/11 attacks seem to have a modestly higher risk of developing heart problems than those who came later or stayed less, doctors reported Friday.The research might have implications for any efforts to expand the list of health problems eligible for payment from a victim compensation fund.The study has some big limitations and can’t prove that dust or anything else about the disaster caused increased heart risks. It also doesn’t compare the New York firefighters to the general population or to other responders such as paramedics or construction workers.advertisement Mark Lennihan/AP Leave this field empty if you’re human: Judith Graber, a researcher at Rutgers School of Public Health who has studied other 9/11 responders, called the research “very well conducted” and said “the important thing is the accumulation of evidence” suggesting increased risk.Prezant said some other studies found signs suggesting a greater risk of heart problems, which are not covered now by the program that treats responders or the victim compensation fund. He said administrators will need more information to decide whether to include those conditions for any groups, such as firefighters who responded early.“This adds to the evidence but it doesn’t guarantee coverage,” Prezant said.Dr. Nieca Goldberg, a cardiologist at NYU Langone Health and an American Heart Association spokeswoman, said 9/11 responders must stay alert for possible problems.“Everyone needs to know potential symptoms of a heart attack so they can get rapid care,” she said.— Marilynn Marchione Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. Tags cardiology “This is a modest increase, not an epidemic,” said one study leader, Dr. David Prezant, chief medical officer of the Fire Department of the City of New York. However, “this risk increases over time; it doesn’t disappear.”Results of the federally funded study were published in the journal JAMA Network Open. It tracked the health of 9,796 male firefighters through 2017 — 16 years after the collapse of the twin towers exposed many to a cloud of thick dust and particles from fires that burned for days. Female firefighters were excluded because there were only 25 and their heart risks may differ.Medical records were available for years before the attacks, so researchers could consider high blood pressure, cholesterol, smoking, and other factors.They documented 489 heart problems since the disaster, including 120 heart attacks and roughly 300 procedures or surgeries for clogged arteries. Risks were higher among the 1,600 firefighters who arrived at the site by noon on Sept. 11, 2001, and among the 2,400 who worked there during six months or more.There are good records on arrival times but less on duration at the site, making that result less reliable. Being counted as having worked one month could be one day during that month or 30 days.center_img Please enter a valid email address. But it does suggest that working at the site raised risk for some firefighters more than others. Those who arrived by noon that day had a 44% greater chance of suffering a heart problem in the years since the attack compared to firefighters who came hours or days later.Risk was 33% higher for those who worked there during six or more months versus less time.advertisement Privacy Policy About the Author Reprints That may sound large but heart problems were fairly uncommon — only about 5% of these firefighters developed one. Trending Now: Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson last_img read more

Knockbeg 2nd Year basketballers reach All-Ireland final as First Years bid for same

first_img Previous articleIn Pictures: Serious style at The Heath Golf Club Fashion ShowNext articleHuge attendance at Laois secondary schools Track & Field championships Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Knockbeg 2nd Year basketballers reach All-Ireland final as First Years bid for same By Alan Hartnett – 11th April 2019 Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest 2019 has been a remarkable year for Knockbeg College on the sporting fields and that success continued yesterday on the basketball court.Knockbeg’s 2nd Years qualified for the quarter finals last week after defeating Presentation College Carlow and Old Bawn CS Tallaght in the Playoffs which were held in their brand new sports hall.The lads faced Cork side Skibbereen CS in the quarter finals yesterday and triumphed by 27 to 20.In the Oblate Hall in Inchicore, St Brendan’s Belmullet stood in Knockbeg’s way in the semi final but they once again came out the right side of a 28-22 scoreline.The side, who are coached by Colin Maxwell and Laura Dowling, will now face Colaiste Lorcain Castledermot on Wednesday May 1 in the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght at 1.30pm.Knockbeg faced Castledermot in the Midlands League final earlier this year and won by 23-21 – so another tight game is anticipated.KNOCKBEG SECOND YEAR TEAM: Conal Bergin, Sean Byrne, Gavin Dowling, Jack Byrne, Jack Dunne. Josh Drea Bienko, Jack Doyle, Matthew Farrell, Lewis Gannon, Conor Bowe, Jamie Conway, Aodhan Lowry, Fionn Anthony, Mark McDermott, Pablo Byrne EsteveMeanwhile, Knockbeg’s First Years will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of their older counterparts on Friday.They took on St Kieran’s College of Kilkenny and Coláiste Colm, Swords of Dublin in the Playoffs on Monday and won both games to reach the All-Ireland ‘C’ quarter finals.Knockbeg 2nd Year Basketball TeamThey are off to the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght on Friday at 11am to face St Michael’s College, Ballsbridge of Dublin in the quarter final.If they win that, they will face a semi final on the same day against the winners of St Olivers PP, Oldcastle and Dunmore CS.KNOCKBEG FIRST YEAR TEAM: Tommy Hutton, Peter Wall, Gavin Dowling, Brian Broderick, John Phiri, Darragh Loughman, Jamie Walker, Mikey Murphy, Oran Kirwan, Evan Askins, Cialann Brady, Kyle Holden, Eoin Crawley, Ray Glynn, Cailean Woodhouse, Brian Cox, Bobby Daly, Luke Bramley, Peter Whelan, Cian Campion.Aodhan Lowry and Jack Byrne after winning the 2nd Year Midlands LeagueKnockbeg College First Year Basketball teamSEE ALSO – Timahoe Community Hall presents cheque to Mary-Claire Knowles following fashion show 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Home Sport Basketball Knockbeg 2nd Year basketballers reach All-Ireland final as First Years bid for… SportBasketball WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GAA Facebook GAA Twitter Facebook GAA Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory TAGSKnockbeg College last_img read more

More Emphasis Must be Placed on MEEC Sector – JTI Official

first_imgMore Emphasis Must be Placed on MEEC Sector – JTI Official CommerceDecember 1, 2009 RelatedMore Emphasis Must be Placed on MEEC Sector – JTI Official FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Jamaica Trade and Invest (JTI) is pushing for greater emphasis to be placed on the Meeting, Exhibition, Events and Convention (MEEC) industry, which is not being given the same level of attention as tourism.Consulting Officer, Investment Services, at the JTI, Ms. Kerisha Cadogan, told a forum put on by year four hospitality students of the Excelsior Community College, at the Kingston-based school yesterday (November 30), that although the two industries are connected, tourism is actually a support activity to MEEC.Ms. Cadogan proposed that in this time when tourism is on the decline, globally, the country should try to tap its potential in the MEEC sector. She informed that Jamaica currently has 170,000 square feet of meeting space, with more than 30,000 hotel rooms to support these meeting spaces.“If you look at it in terms of just the sheer space we have, and the industry is growing, there is a lot of potential for persons like yourselves to take advantage of this industry. There are a lot of job openings that will be created as a result of the investments that are coming here,” she told the students.She said that the Government, through the Factory Construction Act, is offering import duty and income tax exemptions to persons who invest in venues catering to the MEEC sector. One such centre, which is currently being built for the MEEC market, is the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James, which is expected to have over 30,000 square feet of meeting space, which will be able to accommodate approximately 3,000 persons at a time.Consulting Officer, Investment Services, at the Jamaica Trade and Invest, Ms. Kerisha Cadogan, talks to a group of students from the Excelsior Community College, in Kingston, about opportunities in the Meeting, Exhibition, Event and Convention (MEEC) industry, during a forum put on by year four hospitality students, at the school, on November 30.Ms. Cadogan explained that the MEEC industry is an extremely profitable one, because of its linkages with several other industries, as when persons travel for entertainment shows, conventions or meetings, they usually require accommodation, food, entertainment and other services.She shared that a 2008 survey done by the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) showed that, on average, a meeting attendee spent US$109 per night and stayed an average of seven to eight nights. She said this contributed US$17.8 million to Jamaica’s economy in 2008, which does not include earnings from other industries which may have benefitted from the patronage of MEEC visitors.“That one person who spent an average of US$109 per night may have bought a piece of art when he was leaving, bought a hot dog at the airport, bought a chain for his daughter, went to Mystic Mountain and rode on the bob sled, or went to Passa Passa and enjoyed himself and bought a Heineken or a Red Stripe. But that is what this industry can lead to, linkages to several other industries and ensuring that when visitors come here, they spend on average more currency than if they had just come for a visit,” she illustrated.Ms. Cadogan said that while Jamaica does not even fall within the top 100 MEEC destinations, the potential is there to become one of the top destinations, in light of the fact that neighbouring country, Trinidad and Tobago, is currently placed in the top 20.The forum, which formed part of the students’ assessment, was held under the theme: ‘Positioning Jamaica in the Global Meeting, Exhibition, Events and Convention Industry’. RelatedMore Emphasis Must be Placed on MEEC Sector – JTI Officialcenter_img Advertisements RelatedMore Emphasis Must be Placed on MEEC Sector – JTI Officiallast_img read more

Maitland Regional Art Gallery announces bursary to support local artists

first_imgMaitland Regional Art Gallery announces bursary to support local artists Maitland City CouncilThe Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG) Members Committee is boosting funds back into the local art community by announcing a bursary that will provide financial support to artists.The Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG) Members Committee is boosting funds back into the local art community by announcing a bursary that will provide financial support to artists.Developed in response to the challenges brought about and experienced by artists in 2020, the MRAG Members Committee is offering direct funding for two prospective visual artists who live within a 100km radius of the Maitland local government area and one artist collective operating within the local government area.The opportunity is an initiative of the MRAG Members Committee whose support will provide the initial offer of the bursary of $5,000 for each visual artist, and $3,000 for the collective.This bursary is for the express purpose of supporting artists. No presentation outcomes are expected, however, successful applicants may be invited to engage in promotional opportunities presented by the Gallery.MRAG Members Committee Chair Sui-Linn White says, ‘The MRAG Members Committee is pleased to encourage and support local artists with this bursary. We trust it will help artists purchase and utilise new equipment, upgrades, refurbishments, materials, research or promotional initiatives. We hope this will allow them to continue their practice to their full potential.’Gallery Director Gerry Bobsien says, ‘The Gallery continues to advocate for the important contribution of artists in our community. This is a timely and welcome initiative.’ /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:community, director, Government, local council, Maitland, outcomes, purchase, researchlast_img read more

Ralphie's Resource Center Gears Up For Its Second Year

first_imgUniversity of Colorado at Boulder students have a central place to go when they need help with academic and student life as Ralphie’s Resource Center enters its second year. The center in Norlin Library exists to help with the administrative aspects of being a student, including using the Personal Look-Up Services or PLUS system, navigating graduation requirement information and making the most of what CU-Boulder has to offer. Ralphie’s Resource Center is coordinated by manager Robyn Sandekian and student services adviser Scarlett Pontón de Dutton. Both are CU alumnae, which gives them an understanding of campus life both as students and as staff members. Since opening in June 2001, Ralphie’s Resource Center has assisted more than 19,500 people. On average, 90 students come in daily to ask questions during the academic year. Because many students’ first interaction with Ralphie’s Resource Center occurs during freshman orientation, many people assume that Ralphie’s is only open to freshmen. In fact, graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, staff and parents are welcome to come in for help. The staff at Ralphie’s helps members of the CU community become familiar with campus services. Collaborative projects during the first year of operation included working with Wardenburg Health Center’s Sexual Health Education Office to host free HIV testing and with the Department of Housing’s Campus Card Office as an additional location for distributing RTD stickers. The staff also maintains CU-Boulder’s “Ask Ralphie” Web site, an important gateway of information for current and prospective students and the general public. Ralphie’s Resource Center is located on the first floor of Norlin Library by the east entrance. Until Aug. 30 the center will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The center will be closed Aug. 31-Sept. 2 for the Labor Day holiday weekend. Regular fall hours begin on Sept. 3 and will be from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The center is funded by the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. For additional information call (303) 735-RALF or (303) 735-RALP or visit the Web site at http://www.colorado.edu/ralphie. Published: Aug. 27, 2002 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more