Labour wouldn’t offer second vote on Brexit, says John McDonnell

first_img Tags: Trading Archive Read more: Labour leadership to ‘back members’ on second Brexit voteBusiness groups hit out at Labour’s shareholding plans last night, claiming they would hurt firms.”Labour’s anti-business positioning is starting to bite,” said Carolyn Fairbairn from the CBI.”Rising wages are what everyone wants to see. But Labour is wrong to assert that workers will be helped by these proposals in their current form. Their diktat on employee share ownership will only encourage investors to pack their bags and will harm those who can least afford it. If investment falls, so does productivity and pay.” Monday 24 September 2018 11:25 am The opposition would seek to force a general election over Brexit, but if that is not possible would back a so-called people’s vote, he told Radio 4’s Today programme this morning.Read more: Labour opens new front in party’s war on businessHowever, choosing to remain in the EU would not be an option on that ballot under Labour, he said, saying it would be a choice between accepting any deal the UK strikes with the bloc and crashing out without one.“If we are going to respect the last referendum, it will be about the deal, it will be a negotiation on the deal,” he said.Pressed on whether ‘remain’ would be an option, he said: “Parliament will decide what’s in that ballot paper; we believe it should be a vote on the deal itself, and then enable us to go back and do the negotiations.”   Labour would not offer a second vote on Brexit, shadow chancellor John McDonnell appeared to admit this morning. Sharecenter_img Joe Curtis Labour’s Liverpool conference is expected to commit the party to seeking a second vote if it doesn’t manage to trigger a general election.McDonnell also doubled down on his plan to force companies to put 10 per cent of shares into so-called “inclusive ownership funds” that give staff shares in their companies.“Any company that is successful does it on the basis of the state,” he told Radio 4. “The training, the education the infrastructure that goes in, even the NHS treats their workers when they’re sick, and all we’re saying is above a certain level, part of this dividend becomes a social dividend and that will go to the state.”He also called for an earnings cap on FTSE chief executives, claiming their wages are 145 times higher than their staff’s average earnings.“That’s grotesque inequality and we’ve got to tackle that,” he said. “We’ve got to have a more equal society and we have to look at how we can do that. Shareholdings is one and pay ratios is another.” whatsapp whatsapp Labour wouldn’t offer second vote on Brexit, says John McDonnell last_img read more

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UK households gloomy about finances as coronavirus crisis hits home

first_imgHowever, there were little signs of stress on household balance sheets despite a further strong deterioration in earnings. Monday 18 May 2020 11:36 am UK households were slightly more positive about their finances in May than in April, but the month still ranked as one of the most pessimistic since 2009. Share Job security perceptions sank into deep pessimistic territory inApril, and latest data revealed that perceptions remained at thislevel during May. Debt levels held stable once again, while unsecured lending needs rose only slightly. “It is also disconcerting to see so many survey respondentsindicating concern towards job security, which could havea significant impact on consumer spending if the negativeeconomic impact of the pandemic is protracted. whatsapp Joe Hayes, economist at IHS Markit, said: “The financial toll ofthe coronavirus pandemic and the consequent public healthmeasures has been heavy, with recent survey data showingunparalleled declines in workplace activity and incomes fromemployment. Although the headline number rose, it remained among the worst month recorded since the survey was started in 2009. The rate of decrease was unchanged from April’s survey record, with those employed in media, culture or entertainment sectors signalling the sharpest decline in activity. “Nevertheless, there still appears to be little stress onhousehold balance sheets, although this partly reflecteda survey-record slump in household spending during May. More than half of all survey respondents (51 per cent) reported a drop in household spending since April, with falling expenditure most widespread in the highest income brackets. The avoidance of rising consumer borrowing was largely achievedthrough a rapid drop in household spending, with this indexfalling to a survey-record low in May. The negative job security outlook was broad-based across all industries.center_img There was also a small rise in the future household finance index, although the figure still showed a strong degree of pessimism towards the outlook for financial health. “Debt levels were broadly unchanged and unsecured lendingneeds such as credit cards barely rose. The concern for thehousehold sector remains the labour market, which will bevital in determining the speed at which consumer spendingcan return once the economy emerges from the lockdown.” The survey showed that Incomes from employment deteriorated at the fastest rate on record in May. Prior to April, the strongest decline was seen in March 2009, althoughthe two most recent drops in incomes outpaced this by a wide margin. Also Read: UK households gloomy about finances as coronavirus crisis hits home Also Read: UK households gloomy about finances as coronavirus crisis hits home IHS Markit’s UK household finance index (HFI) – which measures households’ overall perceptions of financial wellbeing – recorded 37.8 in May, up slightly from April’s eight-and-a-half year low of 34.9. UK households gloomy about finances as coronavirus crisis hits home UK households reported a further severe decline in workplace activity during May. James Booth Show Comments ▼ whatsapplast_img read more

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Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, January 22, 2019

first_img Community Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, January 22, 2019 Deaths WhatsApp Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, January 22, 2019 Pinterest Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Carmel Fitzpatrick (née Dempsey)Borris Rd, Portlaoise, LaoisFitzpatrick, Borris Road, Portlaoise, January 20th 2019, Peacefully surrounded by her loving family. Carmel, beloved wife of the late Christoper Noel Fitzpatrick. Dearly loved mother to James, Betty Conroy and Noel. Deeply regretted by her loving family. sister Rosie Connolly, grandchildren, Lorraine, James, Barry, Tracey, Patricia, Dean, Conor and Megan, great-grandchildren Keeva, Rhys, Erica, Faye, Kayla and Hayley, son in law, daughters in law, bros in law, sisters in law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.Reposing at Keegan’s Funeral Home on Monday evening from 6pm with rosary at 8pm. Removal on Tuesday morning to SS Peter and Paul’s Church for 10am requiem Mass. Interment will follow in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery.Frances PhelanClonincurragh, Mountrath, LaoisFrances Phelan (neé Mc Coy), Clonincurragh, Mountrath, Co.Laois, (and late of Ballingarry, Co. Tipperary). Died 20th January 2019, (peacefully) at home, in the tender loving care of her family, much loved mother of Tom, Mary, Eddie, Frances, Geraldine, Joe, Sarah, and Margaret, Sadly missed by her sons, daughters, her 32 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren, extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends. May She Rest In Peace Reposing at her home on this Monday, with Rosary at 9.0’clock. Removal on Tuesday morning to St. Edmund’s Church, Castletown, for Requiem Mass at 12 noon, followed by Burial in St. Fintan’s Cemetery, Mountrath.Richard Anderson37 Upper Beladd, Portlaoise, LaoisEx member of the Defence Forces. Beloved husband of Cecilia and predeceased by his brothers Martin, Michael, Liam and his sister Mary. Deeply regretted by his loving family, brothers John, Tom and Pat, sisters Stella, Betty, Helen and Brigid, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives and friends.Reposing in his niece (Regina Farrell’s) home at 4 Rathevan Heights, Portlaoise from 6:30 to 8:00pm on Monday evening with rosary commencing at 8:00. Removal on Tuesday to SS Peter & Paul’s church for 12:00 noon requiem mass. Interment afterwards in SS Peter & Paul’s cemetery.John (Johnny) KeatingWolfhill, Laois/Castlecomer, KilkennyFormerly of Crutt, Clogh, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny. At Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise. Sadly missed by his loving wife Eileen, sons Francis and Paul, and their partners Julie and Sheila, grandsons James and Jake, brothers and sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.Reposing at Coady’s Funeral Home, Castlecomer from 3pm on Sunday with Vigil Prayers and Rosary at 8pm. Funeral Prayers on Monday morning at 10.45am followed by removal to Saint Mary’s Church, Wolfhill arriving for Requiem Mass at 12 Noon, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.Paddy GillmanGraiguecullen /Curraduff Newmarket, Co. CorkPaddy died peacefully in the loving care of Signature Care, Killerig. Aged 100 years. Treasured husband of the late Maura and much loved father of Marie, Dick and Michael. Predeceased by his granddaughter Kate, brothers Con, Jack and Stephen and sister Josephine. Sadly missed by his daughter, sons, son-in-law William, daughters-in-law Stephanie and Marie, sister Mary, grandchildren Elaine, Eimear, Stephen, Patrick, Jack, David, Conor and Sarah, great-grandchildren Sam and Isabelle, sister-in-law Phyllis, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.Reposing at his home (Eircode R93 D7W3) from 4pm on Saturday concluding with prayers at 7.30pm. Funeral Mass on Sunday at 1pm in St. Clare’s Church, Graiguecullen. Burial afterwards in St. Mary’s Cemetery. House private on Sunday morning.Family flowers only, donations in lieu to St. Fiacc’s House.Pat McNameeThe Heath, Portlaoise, Laois / Virginia, CavanPat passed away peacefully in the presence of his loving family in Kilminchy Lodge Nursing Home, Portlaoise. Sadly missed by his loving wife Marion, sons Patrick, Barry and James, daughters Shirley, Jenifer, Nicola, Amanda and Louise, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his brothers Seamus and Tom. Deeply missed by his siblings Helen, Margaret, Mike, Eugene and Kevin. His brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, neighbours and friends.Reposing at his residence today (Thursday) from 5 o clock with recital of the Rosary at 8 o clock. House strictly private on Friday please. Arriving to The Church of the Assumption, The Heath for 7 o clock Prayers on Friday evening. Requiem Mass on Saturday morning at 11 o clock followed by Interment in adjoining Cemetery.William (Billy) TurnerTemperance Street, Abbeyleix, LaoisIn the loving care of St. Vincent’s Hospital, Mountmellick. Sadly missed by his loving sisters Rose and Betty and also Henry, nieces Sinead, Catriona and Sorcha, nephew Ciaran, cousins, neighbours, relatives and friends.Reposing at the Chapel of Adoration adjoining the Church of The Most Holy Rosary, Abbeyleix from 6.30.pm on Saturday, January 19th. with recital of the Rosary at 9pm. Removal to The Church of The Most Holy Rosary, Abbeyleix for Requiem Mass at 11am on Sunday. Interment afterwards in Raheen Cemetery.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Monday, January 21, 2019 Twitter WhatsApp Twittercenter_img Facebook Previous articleLaois athlete and coaches ready to fly the flag for the upcoming Special Olympics GamesNext articleSugrue says Laois ‘need to be better than 2018’ as Division 3 test draws closer 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. New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Pinterest By Alan Hartnett – 22nd January 2019 Council Facebook Community Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic yearlast_img read more

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Deaths in Laois – Saturday, December 5, 2020

first_img Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Twitter By LaoisToday Reporter – 5th December 2020 Facebook Pinterest Electric Picnic Electric Picnic WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img Previous articleOver 350 lots sold at latest online Hennessy Auctioneers machinery auctionNext articleKilleshin appoint new manager for 2021 season LaoisToday Reporter Electric Picnic Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Saturday, December 5, 2020 Deaths Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Facebook Pinterest Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Noel DavisEmo Park, Ballybrittas, LaoisUnexpectedly, at his home. Dearly loved by his wife Marie, sons Liam, Brian, Cormac, Fergal and Noel jnr, daughters-in-law Mary, Geraldine, Natalia, Eileen and Siobhán, his grandchildren Eoghan, Ailbhe, Anna, Eimear, Aoife, Cian, Ted, Rua, Jim and Sophie. Also missed by his brother Thomas and sister Kathleen (King) New Ross.Due to the Covid 19 restrictions, a Private Family Funeral will take place. Removal from Maher’s Chapel of Rest, Portarlington, on Monday at 11am, travelling via the Old Pound and his residence, arriving St Paul’s Church, Emo, for Requiem Mass at 12 noon. Burial afterwards in the New Cemetery, Emo. People are welcome to stand along the route to the church, in the churchyard and in the cemetery with social distancing being observed.Tom CaldbeckClonbroc, Rathangan, Offaly/Mountrath, Laois/Rathangan, KildareFormerly of Ringstown, Mountrath, County Laois. Peacefully in his 96th year in the excellent loving care of Oghill Nursing Home, Monasterevin. Predeceased by his sister Peg and brothers Charlie, Rich, Rob and Frank. Deeply missed by his loyal neighbours and friends, niece Betty (Carter), and nephew Robert and families and cousins.Due to the Covid 19 restrictions, a private family Funeral will take place. Removal from Maher’s Chapel of Rest, Portarlington, on Friday at 1.10pm, arriving Rathangan Parish Church for Funeral Service at 2pm. Burial afterwards in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Rathangan. People are welcome to stand along the route to the church, in the churchyard and in the cemetery.Teresa McMahon (née Troy)Bracklone Street, Portarlington, LaoisPeacefully at St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin. Deeply regretted by her loving husband Michael, brothers Michael, Ciaran, Joe and Thomas, uncle Liam, aunt Breda, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours and many friends.Due to the Covid 19 restrictions A Private Family Funeral will take place. Removal from her residence on Friday at 11:10am arriving St Michael’s Church, Portarlington for Requiem Mass at 12 noon. Funeral afterwards to St Michael’s Cemetery, Portarlington. People are welcome to stand along the route, in the Churchyard and in the Cemetery with Social Distancing being observed.Bill McEvoyKlicoke, Ballybrophy, LaoisWilliam McEvoy, “Bill” (Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éirinn) late of Kilcoke, Ballybrophy, Co. Laois , passed away peacefully at his home in Lake Grove, Long Island, New York on Wednesday, November 25th, surrounded by his loving family. Predeceased by his wife Lily, daughter Marion, brother Seán (Durrow, Co.Laois), sister Julia Dowling (Dublin).He is survived by his children Patrick, Kieran, Margaret, Billy, Lillian, Joseph, Colleen and Kathleen, 25 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; sisters Mollie Stapleton (Leeds, England), Bridie O’Kane (Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow), Margaret Duggan ( Portlaoise). Cousins, nieces, nephews and his many friends in Ireland, England, U.S.A. and Canada.Reposing at Maloneys Funeral Home, Ronkonkoma, U.S.A on Tuesday, December 1st (5-9pm U.S.A.E.T). Funeral Mass on Wednesday , December 2nd at Assumption Church, Centereach, Long Island, followed by burial at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Port Jefferson at 1pm.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Friday, December 4, 2020 Deaths in Laois – Saturday, December 5, 2020last_img read more

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TD CEO gets 8% raise in direct compensation

first_img Melissa Shin Toronto-Dominion Bank’s board really likes Bharat Masrani—so much that it has asked the group president and CEO to stay on beyond his anticipated term.“Given his strong performance, and significant medium-term transformation initiatives that are underway, the board has requested, and Mr. Masrani has agreed, to be available to serve as CEO beyond 2020, the year in which his existing compensation arrangements anticipate retirement and when he would cease to accrue additional pension benefits,” the board writes in its letter to shareholders, which appears in the bank’s proxy circular released last week. close-up of the top of td canada trust tower building, toronto yelo34/123RF Keywords Banking industryCompanies Toronto-Dominion Bank Canadian banks to focus on growth, spending and buybacks after strong second quarter TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Fed plays limited role in assessing climate risks for banks Related news By way of compensation, TD has increased his pension cap and given him a one-time stock option award of $1.9 million.The board also expressed its confidence through Masrani’s direct compensation, paying him 8% more in 2018 compared to 2017. He earned $11.7 million in direct compensation, which was $945,000 above his targeted amount.Taking into account Masrani’s pension, perks and other compensation, he made a total of $15.3 million in fiscal 2018, compared to $12.4 million the year before.His 2018 total comp is $2 million higher than that of Scotiabank’s CEO; Scotiabank is the only other Big Five bank to release its proxy circular so far. TD’s circular notes that it had the second-highest market capitalization of its peers for the period, while Scotiabank was third.The other named executive officers in the circular also earned more in fiscal 2018:Riaz Ahmed, group head and CFO, TD Bank Group made total compensation of $4.3 million, compared to $4.1 million in 2017.Bob Dorrance, group head, Wholesale Banking, TD Bank Group and chairman, CEO and president, TD Securities, made $8.9 million, compared to $8.6 million in 2017.Greg Braca, group head, U.S. Banking, TD Bank Group, and president and CEO of the U.S. TD Bank, made $5.8 million, compared to $4.8 million in 2017.Teri Currie, group head, Canadian Personal Banking, TD Bank Group made $4.8 million, compared to $4.1 million in 2017.Gender diversityFive of the bank’s 14 director nominees are women, or 36%. The bank also notes that three of the 12 executive officer positions are held by women.Shareholder proposalsTD is facing two shareholder proposals this year, which the bank advises voting against.A request that the bank stop financing and divest of projects that emit high levels of greenhouse gases.A request that the compensation committee disclose the equity ratio it uses in its compensation-setting process.A shareholder withdrew two environment-related proposals after discussions with the bank.TD will hold its annual general meeting April 4, 2019. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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Zak named assistant vice chancellor of safety

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Melissa Zak, Assistant Vice Chancellor of SafetyUniversity of Colorado Boulder Police Chief Melissa Zak, who for the past three years has helped lead the campus through crises and high-profile events such as floods, a presidential debate and demonstrations, will assume a new role Jan. 1 as the university’s assistant vice chancellor of safety.Zak will oversee the planning, organization and coordination of all campus safety functions, including the police and environmental health and safety departments, and will manage the campus’s response to crises and emergencies. She will report directly to David Kang, vice chancellor for infrastructure and safety, and will continue to serve as police chief until a search yields her successor.“Melissa has a proven track record of working collaboratively and effectively with all of the university’s stakeholders,” Kang said. “She is well positioned to develop and lead a culture of safety across our campus, and I am grateful to have someone of her caliber and with her experience on my team.”Among the major initiatives Zak will undertake in her new role is a more focused shift toward operations that prevent issues from occurring in the first place, rather than mitigating them as they arise, Kang said.“We have an added duty to be extra vigilant when it comes to the safety and security of the students that we have been entrusted to educate and prepare for the future,” Kang added. “Complacency and status quo is not good enough when it comes to safety, and we need to work together to create a culture of responsibility, ownership, innovation and unending vigilance when it comes to all aspects of safety across the university.”As police chief, Zak has focused on safety and collaboration, and said there is a correlation between safety and success for students, faculty and staff, despite the challenges faced by any university.“CU Boulder must continue to maintain and promote a culture of safety in classrooms, labs, residence halls, facilities, pathways and roads,” she said. “However, I realize that creating a safety culture and environment looks different for many of us on campus. I look forward to listening to all of our stakeholders and working together to identify solutions to promote our university’s three main goals of shaping tomorrow’s leaders, being the top university for innovation and impacting humanity.”Before arriving in Boulder in 2013 as deputy police chief, Zak was a 21-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department. She holds a master’s degree in conflict negotiation from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and Senior Management Institute for Police.As an LAPD captain, Zak oversaw gang and detective operations, community relations, critical incident and special events, and administrative investigations for an area covering the University of Southern California and more than 400 LAPD employees. Her LAPD experience includes managing safety at USC football games, the Academy Awards and the LA Marathon.As CU Boulder’s campus police chief, she has overseen a full-service agency with 46 commissioned police officers who provide around-the-clock patrol and dispatch communications; criminal case investigations; crime prevention programs; emergency and disaster preparedness planning; hostile threat assessment and response; and event security oversight for the university community.In addition, Zak has been instrumental in building productive, effective interjurisdictional relationships with city of Boulder and Boulder County law-enforcement agencies.Categories:AdministrationCampus Community Published: Dec. 16, 2016 last_img read more

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Rocky Pond Estate Winery Adds Accomplished Consulting Winemaker

first_img TAGSpeopleRocky Pond Estate WinerySteve Leveque AdvertisementSteve Leveque Joins the Growing All-Star TeamOrondo, WA • Rocky Pond Estate Winery, the Washington producer crafting wines from their beautiful and sustainably farmed riverside and lakeside estate vineyards, has reached an agreement with highly regarded and accomplished winemaker and viticulturist Steve Leveque. He will join the team for the 2020 growing season and will lead all winemaking activities alongside their established Winemaker Shane Collins and current vineyard management team led by Javier Rocha. “We are filled with excitement and anticipation as we welcome Steve to the team,” stated Owners and Founders David and Michelle Dufenhorst. “This is another building block in our mission to elevate Rocky Pond as the top Eastern Washington wine destination. We believe in the potential of this special region, its micro-climates, and soils. By adding Steve to share his wealth of experience and to guide our excellent winemaking and vineyard teams, we hope to take our offering to the next level.”Leveque’s list of winemaking work is impressive, extensive, and full of household names like HALL, Chalk Hill, Opus One, and Mondavi. His addition to the Rocky Pond team is a monumental investment in the future of wine quality and vineyard management that will further elevate and expand the burgeoning program for decades to come.Leveque honed his winemaking techniques during his 10-year tenure as winemaker at Robert Mondavi Winery. He also gleaned cutting-edge ideas from leading viticulture research and visionary collaborators including prominent wine consultant Michel Rolland. Steve went on to work as executive vice president and winemaker of Chalk Hill Estate Winery in Sonoma, where he handcrafted an award-winning portfolio from small-lot Bordeaux varietals and Chardonnay. Leveque has also earned three 100 Point scores from Wine Advocate, two 100 Point scores from Jeb Dunnuck and the #2 Wine in the World from Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2011. Over 80 of Steve’s wines have been rated 99-95 Points from the elite wine publications. “I am excited and humbled to be working with such a dedicated and talented team.  The level of commitment and leadership shown by the Dufenhorst family is something I rarely get to experience, and I can’t wait to make wine from their amazing vineyards.” states Steve Leveque. “The Double D and Rocky Reach vineyards, with an abundance of rock and glacial silt soils, coupled with ideal climatic conditions, makes me confident that world-class wines will be the standard at Rocky Pond.”The Dufenhorsts have been actively compiling quite the all-star team. They are laser-focused on increasing quality across the board through innovation in winemaking, sustainable vineyard practices, and elevated hospitality experiences. Leveque will work alongside current Rocky Pond Winemaker and native of Lake Chelan Shane Collins in addition to President John Ware who recently took the reins after twenty years at Quilceda Creek. Rocky Pond currently operates two beautifully adorned tasting lounges – one in Chelan and the other in Woodinville – for their beloved wine club members and wine lovers alike. They invite guests for wine tastings, bottle purchases, and culinary chef specials created by their in-house Executive Chef each week by reservation at www.rockypondwinery.com. About Rocky Pond Estate WineryRocky Pond Estate Winery was established in 2013 by David and Michelle Dufenhorst. The winery itself takes its name from the tumbled granite stones found on their estate vineyards located in one of the most awe-inspiring regions of the Columbia River Valley. The Dufenhorsts knew upon first seeing their Columbia River site, it was both an ideal location for world-class grape-growing and future home for their family.Regionally, Rocky Pond Estate Winery is making a name for itself as a premier Washington winery that is focused on producing Bordeaux and Rhone-style wines that showcase the truly unique terroir of their sustainably farmed riverside estate vineyards deeply rooted in the soils of the geographic wonder that is the Columbia River Valley. Advertisement Email Share ReddIt Linkedin Home Industry News Releases Rocky Pond Estate Winery Adds Accomplished Consulting WinemakerIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessRocky Pond Estate Winery Adds Accomplished Consulting WinemakerBy Press Release – July 15, 2020 346 0 Pinterest Twitter Facebook Previous articleTexas Winery Uncorks New OpportunitiesNext articleKaren O and Napa Winery Support the Black Trans Community Press Releaselast_img read more

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COMPLANT to Make Jamaica Leading Sugar Producer in Region

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail MONTEGO BAY — Chairman of the COMPLANT International Group, Li Zhimin, says his firm plans an extensive overhaul of the three sugar estates it acquired from the Government last July, to create a modern large scale sugar enterprise which is the leading in the region. “Rehabilitating the three sugar estates, as soon as possible, is a shared aspiration among the Jamaican Government, COMPLANT Sugar and all the employees, since it is in line with the best interest of all parties involved,” he stated. He made the comments while meeting with the staff of the Frome Sugar Factory, Westmoreland, and local media personnel, at the factory, Monday April 18, following a tour of the facility, accompanied by Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon Dr. Christopher Tufton, a top level delegation from COMPLANT and a number of ministry officials. COMPLANT acquired Frome, Bernard Lodge and Monymusk sugar estates from the Jamaican Government through its sugar divestment programme, and will take over full ownership in August. Mr. Li said that the COMPLANT Group came to Jamaica with confidence and good faith, and would like to take root in the island. Explaining that his company, through a subsidiary, COMPLANT Sugar, is currently operating five sugar estates in Asia, Africa and Latin America, he noted that COMPLANT Sugar has accumulated extensive experience in investing and participating in sugar. He also outlined four suggestions he thinks are key to the successful recovery of the local estates. One suggestion calls for Chinese and local employees to cooperate, in good faith, making joint efforts to explore localised administrative methods, to ensure the success of the project. Another was for a change in the old mindset, and working together to create a bright future and a harmonious labour relationship. The third called for a good job in planting and maintaining the canes, for a good start to the project; and the fourth, was for preserving the company’s properties for a smooth transfer in the future. “Although our way forward may be a bumpy ride, I believe that with common efforts made by both Chinese and Jamaican employees, through unity and collaboration, we will be able to rise above any difficulty and achieve our goal to rehabilitate these sugar estates and revitalize the Jamaican sugar industry,” he said through his interpreter. Mr. Li noted also that, over the next three-four years, his company will upgrade the annual production levels of both Frome and Monymusk, to approximately 170,000 tonnes of sugar, and include the production of Ethanol. Dr. Tufton, in his statement, outlined the terms of the agreement between the Government and COMPLANT noting that, on conclusion, it will represent the largest single investment of all times in the agricultural sector. He pointed out that, under the terms of the agreements, the three factories and surrounding lands were sold to COMPLANT, and some 30,000 hectares of cane lands are to be leased for a period of 50 years, renewable for another 25 years. COMPLANT will, in turn, invest some US$127 million in refurbishing field and factory operations on the estates. Dr. Tufton explained that, as part of the agreement, a feasibility study was launched to determine the viability of a 200,000 tonnes refinery, as well as an ethanol plant. “Subject to feasibility, an additional US$200 million will be invested in these two enterprises”, he stated. He also assured that the investments exhibited a profound vote of confidence in the Jamaican economy. RelatedCOMPLANT to Make Jamaica Leading Sugar Producer in Region COMPLANT to Make Jamaica Leading Sugar Producer in Region AgricultureApril 19, 2011 By Bryan Miller Advertisements RelatedCOMPLANT to Make Jamaica Leading Sugar Producer in Region RelatedCOMPLANT to Make Jamaica Leading Sugar Producer in Regionlast_img read more

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Education Minister Highlights Initiatives to Increase Literacy

first_imgAdvertisements Education Minister Highlights Initiatives to Increase Literacy EducationSeptember 16, 2011 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Education Minister, Hon. Andrew Holness, says several initiatives have been implemented to increase literacy at the Grade Four level, to prevent students from leaving primary school without mastering the subject. Addressing the recent official launch of the 2011/2012 school year at the St. Richards Primary School, in Kingston, the Minister said that one measure is the tracking of students, which ensures that they are literate before leaving primary school. He  said  that the tracking results  have shown that 85 per cent of  the students have mastered the Grade Four Literacy Test since 2010, adding that this included repeaters. “The last result from the grade four literacy test showed that sixty seven per cent of students who sat the grade four literacy test for the first time attained mastery. We can safely say that those students, if  they continue in a programme of education, will develop a level of literacy that will enable them to articulate and matriculate in a high school. They should be able to access the high school curriculum and leave school with a level of certification,” he said. To further improve literacy in schools, the Ministry of Education has also put in place several other programmes, such as: National Students Registry; National Literacy Programme;  Competence Based Transition, and the Alternative Secondary Transitional Education Programme (ASTEP). The Minister encouraged teachers to become parents, guidance councillors, and mentors to students, despite the difficulties faced on a daily basis. Mr. Holness  emphasised  that all it takes is for  parents, teachers and communities to keep their shoulders to the “wheel of education,”  with one goal – ‘We can achieve, we must achieve, we will achieve’. By Jeneva Gordon, JIS PRO RelatedEducation Minister Highlights Initiatives to Increase Literacycenter_img RelatedEducation Minister Highlights Initiatives to Increase Literacy RelatedEducation Minister Highlights Initiatives to Increase Literacylast_img read more

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Tufton Pushes Japan/Jamaica Cooperation

first_imgRelatedTufton Pushes Japan/Jamaica Cooperation FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, says there are numerous possibilities for significant expansion of trade and investment with Japan, as a result of a longstanding 40-year relationship with that country. Speaking at a special working luncheon hosted by JAMPRO for a visiting Japan-CARICOM Economic Mission to Jamaica, at the Terra Nova Hotel, Kingston on Tuesday (November 24), Dr. Tufton cited the development of Jamaica’s coffee industry as an example of the areas of cooperation between the two countries. “I say, without contradiction, that the development of our coffee industry has been largely due to the contribution of Japanese investors to that industry over the past 30 years, and it has benefitted the industry significantly, (as) 80 to 85 per cent of Blue Mountain coffee is shipped to Japan,” the Minister stated. He said this clearly indicated that, with the right combination and through cooperation, a platform could be created for building other critical areas of investment opportunities. Noting that Jamaica is a globally recognised brand,  Dr. Tufton cited the need to leverage this advantage, in a way which creates value for the stakeholders, and the country, in general. He said strategic partners were being sought to help convert Brand Jamaica into a value proposition. “I think that Blue Mountain coffee is a perfect example on which to benchmark, and to seek to find other critical strategic alliances that could lead to creating value from a recognition that already exists,” he argued. He said that Jamaica is strategically positioned, geographically and through trade arrangements with North America, to take advantage of that continent’s markets. “We are seeking a platform where you are located, not just for Japanese consumers, but for consumers that you serve within that region,” Dr. Tufton said.  He explained that Japan has been able to develop the expertise to drive efficiencies, in terms of systems and processes, while Jamaica is still trying to find its way in that space. “There are many possibilities (and) there is a lot of potential. It is for us, now, to seek to facilitate the understanding,” Dr. Tufton contended. The 14-member trade Japan/CARICOM Economic Trade Mission, which comprises Japanese government officials, local embassy staff and private sector stakeholders, are engaged in activities aimed at highlighting areas of economic collaboration and Japanese investments over a three-day period, which began on Wednesday November 23, 2011. By Douglas McIntosh, JIS Reporter RelatedTufton Pushes Japan/Jamaica Cooperation Tufton Pushes Japan/Jamaica Cooperation Foreign AffairsNovember 25, 2011 Advertisements RelatedTufton Pushes Japan/Jamaica Cooperationlast_img read more

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