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Thursday 23 February 2017 8:07 am However, the figure missed the analysts’ consensus, which had predicted profits before tax of just shy of £4bn.Net operating income for the year slipped to £19.1bn, down six per cent on last year’s £20.3bn. The bank also cut its litigation and conduct costs for the year, which fell 69 per cent to £1.4bn, down from £4.4bn the year before.Of the 2016 conduct charges, £1bn related to additional payment protection insurance (PPI) costs, which were announced in the second and third quarters of the year. However, this is sharply down on the £2.8bn PPI cost the firm the year before. Barclays’ common equity tier 1 capital ratio improved to 12.4 per cent by the end of 2016, compared with 11.4 per cent at the end of 2015. However, in a bid to bolster its capital, the bank cut its total dividend for the year from 6.5p to just 3p. Barclays’ 2016 pre-tax profits almost treble at £3.2bn, as it eyes an early close for non-core While lenders had likely hoped PPI costs were mostly behind them, the Financial Conduct Authority announced last August it was considering a deadline for complaints of June 2019, not spring of 2018 as had previously been proposed, causing banks to continue topping up their provisions.It has been previously reported that the bank is planning to establish its EU headquarters in Dublin to make sure it can continue to serve customers following Brexit.However, the bank today noted it did not have any firm plans for Brexit yet.”We haven’t made any decisions for any significant movements,” group chief executive Jes Staley said on a conference call, adding he believed London would continue to be the “financial centre for Europe”. What Barclays saidStaley also said: whatsapp Barclays revealed this morning that its profits had shot up during 2016, and announced it would close down its non-core unit earlier than planned.The figuresThe banking giant reported a profit before tax of £3.2bn, up 182 per cent from £1.1bn in 2015. Shares in the group rose by more than two per cent at the open. Why it’s interestingBarclays has been working hard to whittle down its non-core assets, which have been weighing down its financial performance for some time now. The bank announced today it intends to close down its non-core division, which was set up in 2014 to house all the assets that no longer fit into the bank’s plans for the future, in June, six months earlier than originally planned.While the bank’s core business performed well during the year, bringing in a profit before tax of £6bn, non-core continued to dragged figures down, with a loss before tax of £2.8bn. Like all of the UK’s big banks, Barclays has been stung by legal costs in the years following the financial crisis, including shelling out billions for PPI. Share whatsapp We have accomplished a lot in a year, and I am thankful to each and every one of our colleagues who have made this possible. Their efforts mean that, in 2017, we can begin to move on from the restructuring of Barclays, shifting our focus solely to the future, and in particular to how we can generate attractive, sustainable, and distributable returns for our shareholders. Hayley Kirton read more

first_imgAging | Coronavirus | Health | State GovernmentAlaska will prioritize people 65 and up for next round of COVID-19 vaccine, breaking from federal guidanceJanuary 1, 2021 by Nat Herz, Alaska Public Media Share:SEARHC chief medical officer Dr. Elliot Bruhl receives his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. (SEARHC photo)The state of Alaska is breaking from federal guidance by focusing its next round of COVID-19 vaccine on elders age 65 and over. And it’s asking frontline essential workers, teachers, prisoners and others in high-risk settings to wait until those elderly Alaskans can be vaccinated first.The Department of Health and Social Services released the new guidelines Thursday afternoon. They outline which groups will receive the vaccine in what’s known as Phase 1b — after the frontline health-care workers, nursing home residents and staff emergency responders in Phase 1a.A federal vaccine committee recommended earlier this month that Phase 1b be designated for elders 75 and over, plus frontline essential workers like teachers, postal service and grocery store workers and bus drivers.The state is including all those groups in Phase 1b. But within Phase 1b, it’s prioritizing a larger group of elders by allowing those 65 and older to be vaccinated first, instead of 75 and older.Chief Medical Officer Doctor Anne Zink says there are a few reasons for that. First is that Alaska’s elderly population is smaller than other states’. Second, there are relatively few nursing home beds in Alaska, meaning that fewer elders were vaccinated as part of that group.“The third reason was just a real emphasis I think culturally on elders as a priority group in the state overall,” Zink said. “We heard that loud from many different components of the state.”The Alaska-specific recommendations were first debated by a committee of medical experts, then tweaked by Republican Governor Mike Dunleavy’s administration — a process that was not easy, Zink says.The state took testimony from more than 380 people and groups before issuing the new guidance.“It was really hard. It was incredibly hard. We really appreciate all the feedback, and there are really good arguments and all sorts of ways to slice this,” Zink said.Separately, the state announced on Wednesday that it will receive another 53,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the federal government in January. That’s slightly down from the 62,000 doses allocated to the state for December.Share this story:last_img read more

first_imgJames Langton Securities regulators in British Columbia have settled with a mining company accountant who sold shares in the firm after learning that its only mine was vastly over budget and before that information was publicly disclosed. The B.C. Securities Commission (BCSC) announced a settlement with Robert Launder, an accountant and mining cost analyst, who admitted that he sold shares of his firm’s parent company, Baja Mining Corp., with inside information. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media According to the settlement, Launder sold 5,000 shares in the company, and attempted to sell his other 10,000 shares, while in a special relationship with the company, with knowledge that its Boleo cooper mine project was an estimated $246 million over budget. The agreement indicates that he sold the shares before the cost overrun was publicly announced, and while he was subject to a trading blackout implemented by the firm. The news sparked an immediate 37% drop in the company’s stock price, it notes. By selling early, the agreement says he avoided a possible loss of $2,350, based on its five-day average price after the news was announced. The BCSC says that Launder has agreed to pay $24,350 to the BCSC, and to be prohibited from trading in any issuer with whom he is in a special relationship for three years.center_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Companies British Columbia Securities Commission last_img read more

first_imgRelatedGovernment Supporting Efforts of Police – PM Government Supporting Efforts of Police – PM UncategorizedJune 5, 2008 RelatedGovernment Supporting Efforts of Police – PM Advertisementscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister, Bruce Golding has assured that the Government is taking steps to support the efforts of the police in a number of critical, strategic areas. These include additional resources to increase mobility, and technical support for operational activity.Mr. Golding, in his statement in the House of Representatives yesterday (June 3), further informed that a number of legislative changes will be brought to Parliament to strengthen the capacity of the police to apprehend those engaged in violent criminal activity, especially those involving gun crimes.“Arrangements are also being made to expedite the trial of cases involving gun crimes to ensure that those who are guilty are not allowed free reign to continue their mayhem while the judicial process grinds slowly,” Mr. Golding said.Meanwhile, he said the reorganisation of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to transform it into an efficient peace-keeping law enforcement and crime fighting machine is one of paramount importance and urgency.He stated that the report of the Strategic Review of the JCF, which was conducted by a panel of eminent local and foreign experts, has been submitted and the National Security Council, which includes representatives of the Police Services Commission, had completed its preliminary review yesterday (June 3).“The review is to be discussed further with key stakeholders including the Police Federation, the Police Officers Association and the Police Oversight Authority,” Mr. Golding said.He added that in order to ensure the widest possible dissemination of the changes proposed so that the consultations can be adequately informed, the executive summary and complete list of recommendations will be published in the JCF Orders on Friday (June 6).“At the same time, I have directed the Minister of National Security to make available to his Opposition counterpart a copy of the full review and to invite him to discuss its findings and recommendations and seek consensus on these and on the implementation programme that will follow,” Mr. Golding said.He encouraged members of the Force, who have been apprehensive about the changes, that the review would recommend to “examine” the recommendations which will be published on Friday. RelatedGovernment Supporting Efforts of Police – PMlast_img read more

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Over 130,000 Jamaicans students should be enjoying the benefits of locally produced melon and June Plum juices next January, as part of their school feeding programme diet.Director of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries’ Centre of Excellence, Dr. Derrick Deslandes, says that the 130,000 students are just a pilot, as it could be expanded to include about 600,000 students feeding on locally produced juices, eggs and milk, if the project succeeds.“We are going into a pilot programme to introduce a mix between melon and June Plum into the school feeding programme starting early next month, and we are going to introduce this into the system by next January,” Dr. Deslandes told Friday night’s (November 20) 35th anniversary dinner of the Small Business Association of Jamaica (SBAJ).He said that three Ministers of Government- Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Education, Hon. Andrew Holness and the Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Karl Samuda – submitted the proposal to Cabinet last week Monday, and it was approved.Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Michael Stern, right, in the company of Director of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries’ Centre of Excellence, Dr. Derrick Deslandes, at Friday’s (November 20) 35th anniversary dinner of the Small Business Association of Jamaica at the Hilton Kingston Hotel.Once the programme kicks in January, there will be a demand for 500,000 pounds of melon, creating a value chain, immediately, and farmers will also be assured of a consistent income, he noted.“It means that now we are going to take that melon and we are going to puree it and store it, so that when the melon crop fails, we still have melon in storage that we can utilise. June Plum, the same thing,” Dr. Deslandes said.He related that the idea for the project was triggered by melon and June Plum gluts, which left the Ministry figuring what to do to help farmers with the excess fruits.“We had two years of June Plum backed up in the system that we could not move. So we looked around and realised that the school feeding programme looked like a good target,” he recalled.It’s smiles all around as Small Business Association of Jamaica’s director, Dollis Campbell (second left), makes a comment to Director of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Centre of Excellence, Dr. Derrick Deslandes, as he arrived at the Hilton Kingston Hotel for SBAJ’s 35th anniversary dinner on Friday (November 20). In the background are President of Jamaica Trade and Invest (JTI), Sancia Templer (second right), and GIFTE Caribbean’s Chief Executive Officer, Paul Bryan. Dr. Deslandes was guest speaker at the function.He said that it took the Ministry six-eight months to convince the other stakeholders about the viability of the project. Now, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is working on adding citrus juices to the menu.“We have 150,000 kilograms of (citrus concentrate) in Bog Walk, can’t move, and we are hoping to do a second day (of the school feeding programme), targeting orange juice or some variation,” he explained.“The whole idea is that we are going to start with one day per week (of the programme), perfect it, and then we move into two, three, four or five days per week,” he added.He said that the Ministry was also looking at utilising liquid egg in the project, as a tremendous amount of locally produced eggs are going to waste, currently, but could replace over $200 million worth of butter milk imports.He pointed out that the idea is that every day of the week the school feeding programme must be supplied by local products, including fruit juices, liquid egg and milk.A nutritious meal per day from Jamaican farmers for 600,000 students would have a significant impact on agriculture, Dr. Deslandes predicted.Master of Ceremony was Oscar Derby. The President of the SBAJ, Dalma James, welcomed the guests. Two past presidents, Edward Chin-Mook and Oswald Smith, were honoured. School Feeding Programme Starts Using Local Juices in January EducationNovember 23, 2009 RelatedSchool Feeding Programme Starts Using Local Juices in January RelatedSchool Feeding Programme Starts Using Local Juices in Januarycenter_img Advertisements RelatedSchool Feeding Programme Starts Using Local Juices in Januarylast_img read more

first_imgTribunal Finds Injury-Corrosion-resistant Steel Sheet from Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam From: Canadian International Trade TribunalThe Canadian International Trade Tribunal today found that the dumping of corrosion-resistant flat-rolled steel sheet products of carbon steel, originating in or exported from Turkey (excluding those goods exported by Borçelik Çelik Sanayi Ticaret A.Ş) and Vietnam, and the subsidizing of the aforementioned goods, originating in or exported from Turkey (excluding those goods exported by Atakaş Çelik Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş, Borçelik Çelik Sanayi Ticaret A.Ş and Tatmetal Çelik Sanayi Ve Ticaret A.Ş.), have caused injury to the domestic industry.The Tribunal also found that the volume of dumped goods, originating in or exported from the United Arab Emirates, and the volume of subsidized goods, originating in or exported from the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam, are negligible. The Tribunal therefore terminated its inquiry in respect of these goods.The complainant in this case was ArcelorMittal Dofasco G.P., of Hamilton, Ontario.The Tribunal will issue the reasons for its findings on December 1, 2020.The Tribunal is an independent quasi-judicial body that reports to Parliament through the Minister of Finance. It hears cases on dumped and subsidized imports, safeguard complaints, complaints about federal government procurement and appeals of customs and excise tax rulings. When requested by the federal government, the Tribunal also provides advice on other economic, trade and tariff matters. /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:Canada, federal government, finance, Government, Hamilton, industry, International trade, Minister, parliament, tax, trade, Turkey, UAE, Vietnamlast_img read more

first_imgAustralia Partners with Singapore on Hydrogen in Maritime Sector Prime MinisterAustralia and Singapore will establish a $30 million partnership to accelerate the deployment of low emissions fuels and technologies like clean hydrogen to reduce emissions in maritime and port operations.Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia was driving practical international partnerships to get new energy technologies to commercial parity with existing approaches.“We’re working with partners around the world to make clean energy more affordable and reliable,” Prime Minister Morrison said.“We are positioning Australia to succeed by investing now in the new technologies that will support jobs and industries into the future.“Developing new low emissions industries means more jobs for Australian workers, and cheaper energy means lower costs for businesses so they can reinvest in hiring more people.”Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor said getting new energy technologies to parity with existing technologies was the only way to reduce emissions without imposing taxes or new costs on households, businesses and industry.“We are working with our international partners and neighbours on practical commitments that will support technological innovation,” Minister Taylor said.“Our joint investment with Singapore will attract investment into Australia, create jobs, reduce global emissions and help deliver on the goals of the Technology Investment Roadmap.”The Australia-Singapore partnership is part of the Government’s $565.8 million commitment to build new international technology partnerships that make low emissions technologies cheaper and drive investment in Australia-based projects to create up to 2,500 jobs.The partnership recognises Singapore’s role as a major global shipping hub and Australia’s ambition to position itself as an emerging leader in the growing use of clean hydrogen and clean ammonia. This builds on the existing Australia-Singapore MOU on low emissions technologies and solutions.Each country will commit up to $10 million over five years to fund industry-led pilot and demonstration projects, with at least $10 million of additional investment expected to be leveraged from industry.The initiative will trial the use of clean hydrogen, clean ammonia and other hydrogen derivatives in shipping and port operations and explore the potential for hydrogen demand from the maritime sector.Building demand for future low emissions energy exports will help Australia’s emerging hydrogen industry scale up, attract investment and create jobs. This will be critical to achieving the Technology Investment Roadmap goal of producing clean hydrogen at under $2 a kilogram (‘H2 under 2’).Brokering practical international partnerships is a key part of the Government’s plan to accelerate the development of the Roadmap’s five priority technologies, with Australia’s Special Adviser on Low Emissions Technology, Dr Alan Finkel, playing a key role.Australia’s Technology Investment Roadmap will drive at least $80 billion of total new investment in low emissions technologies in Australia by 2030 and support over 160,000 jobs. /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:Australia, Australian, clean energy, demonstration, Government, industry, innovation, Investment, maritime, Minister, Morrison, Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, Singapore, technology, Technology Investment Roadmaplast_img read more

first_imgTwitter AdvertisementFor the first time, a national government minister will attend the annual Wine & Food Tourism Conference, when Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, presents the inaugural Wine & Food Tourism Awards at Spier, near Stellenbosch on 18 September.Conference convenor Margi Biggs said Minister Kubayi-Ngubane’s scheduled appearance at the conference signalled the importance of the fast-growing wine and food tourism sector. “There can be no more compelling way for travellers to access the heart and soul of a region, its natural features, its culture and its aspirations, than through its wine and food. The impact, however, is so much more far-reaching. It brings jobs, builds skills and enhances the opportunities and quality of life of otherwise marginalised rural communities.”According to the World Travel & Tourism Council, all travel and tourism in South Africa contributed 1.5 million jobs and R425.8bn to the economy in 2018, representing 8.6% of all economic activity.Biggs said the awards to be presented at the conference were intended to celebrate the inventive and appealing ways that local wine and gastro tourism providers were responding to global changes in travellers’ lifestyles, values and priorities. “These are the changemakers who are keeping our industry competitive, relevant and top of mind amongst travellers. They create superb, memorable experiences while addressing consumer concerns around eco and social sustainability, ethics, health and wellness.“Minister Kubayi-Ngubane’s participation at the conference is an affirmation of their work.  She is a member of the World Economic Forum initiative that has been established to ethically and sustainably advance the fourth industrial revolution through its Artificial Intelligence Council. So we hope to learn from her insights into some of the ways in which AI and machine learning are just starting to teach us about consumer behaviour and preferences to better inform and enhance the range and quality of local wine and food tourism offerings.”Commenting on United Nations World Travel Organisation predictions that international growth in all types of travel was predicted to increase 3% to 4% in 2019, compared with last year, she said: “A big reason is the greater accessibility of air travel. Also, some of the growth can be attributed to the greater number of domestic and international travellers who are seeking out novelty in flavour and experience and finding both in abundance, especially in emerging countries. South Africa’s renown for value and variety obviously makes it a very appealing destination and explains why it remains the largest tourism economy in Africa.“Local wine tourism providers are proving innovative and responsive in how they cater to traditional and mainstream wine and food lovers, as well as to those with an interest in ethical, sustainable, cultural, health and sports-oriented experiences. From the artisanal to augmented reality, South Africans are wonderfully adept at fashioning and curating world-class experiences and events that acknowledge long-standing traditions alongside the very latest in technology. No wonder then that we have had such an encouraging response to the awards with so many original and exciting nominations.”The Wine & Food Tourism Awards will be presented in three categories: Innovation, Service Excellence and The Authentic South African Experience. Individual specialist panels have been established to judge all three.For more information on the conference and its speaker programme, as well as to register, go to www.wineandfood.co.za.Advertisement Share Home Industry News Releases South Africa’s National Minister of Tourism to Attend Wine and Food ConferenceIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessSouth Africa’s National Minister of Tourism to Attend Wine and Food ConferenceBy Press Release – July 25, 2019 140 0 Email Previous articleVinexpo Paris 2020 Under the Patronage of the President of the French RepublicNext articleNapa Valley Grapegrowers’ 12th Annual “Harvest Stomp” Celebrates the Beginning of Harvest and Raises Funds for Education and Sustainable Farming Press Release Linkedin Pinterest ReddIt Facebook TAGSMinister Kubayi-NgubanepeopleWine & Food Tourism Conference last_img read more

first_img News Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 45% of trained nurses unable to carry out daily care activities: Study By salil sule on August 22, 2017 Related Posts Share The study was conducted using TESLA, and the findings are reflected in the recent report by Aspiring Minds on the employability of nursing professionals in IndiaA recent study conducted by Aspiring Minds on 3000 candidates reported 45 per cent of nursing candidates who underwent Nursing Assistant training across India lack proper knowledge to carry out daily care activities like transferring a paralysed patient from a bed to a wheelchair. The study was conducted using TESLA, Aspiring Minds’ flagship framework for vocational assessments. The findings are reflected in the recent report by Aspiring Minds, global leader in assessments, on the employability of nursing professionals in India.The findings of the report are :31-45 per cent candidates lack proper training to carry out daily care activities such as transferring a paralysed patient from a bed to a wheelchair. This is concerning and calls for more focus on real world situation handling and exhaustive practical training on the field.It is alarming that close to 40 per cent nursing candidates do not know how to handle a medical equipment as basic as a thermometer and have still graduated from the training programMost of the candidates are aware of the basic protective measures to take in order to maintain health and safety at workplace. This includes knowledge about safety symbols and usage of personal protective equipment used in the healthcare sector. WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionalscenter_img The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Read Article Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19”last_img read more

first_imgRelatedSome Water Systems Endangered, Says NWC RelatedSome Water Systems Endangered, Says NWC Advertisements RelatedSome Water Systems Endangered, Says NWCcenter_img Some Water Systems Endangered, Says NWC EnvironmentOctober 1, 2010 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Corporate Public Relations Manager at the National Water Commission (NWC), Charles Buchanan, says the company will continue to work closely with the Jamaica Public Service (JPS), and other partners, to maintain its systems as much as possible.This as heavy rains associated with a tropical depression continue to severely impact the island, affecting electricity and water systems.He was speaking at a press conference called by Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, at Jamaica House Wednesday (September 29). Representatives of several critical response ministries and agencies, including the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM); the Ministry of Health; the Meteorological Service; the Jamaica Defence Force; the Ministry of Tourism; the Ministry of Labour and Social Security; and the National Works Agency (NWA), attended.Mr. Buchanan said that a number of the NWC systems are either experiencing total shutdown, or significant reduction in output capacity, all of which have resulted in no water, or low water pressure.“The major challenges we are experiencing are primarily related to those systems that are electricity dependent.we are also having severe challenges as a result of extremely high turbidity conditions.we have had instances of flooding, blocked and damaged intakes, (we have also had) significant broken mains,” he explained. The broken mains were said to be affecting the Seaview treatment plant in Stony Hill, and the line that runs into Jacks Hill.Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz noted that, as of midday, some 170,000 JPS customers were without power, but that the company is seeking to facilitate restoration of service, as quickly as possible.last_img read more

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