News / Kerry Logistics profits rise, despite ‘a challenging and turbulent year’

first_img Kerry Logistics is “reserving its strengths and getting prepared to play a more vital role in supporting our customers to move well ahead of the aftermath [of Covid-19]”, it said, as it announced its 2019 results.“2019 was a challenging and turbulent year,” said chairman Kuok Khoon Hua, as the Asian forwarder reported revenue up 8% to HK41bn ($5.3bn), with core operating profit up 17% to HK$2.7bn. Net profit rose 4% to HK$1.37bn.Kerry’s international freight forwarding business rose 13% to HK$622m.“Global economic growth weakened considerably as international trade disputes dragged on and mainland China’s GDP growth slowed down. Social unrest in Hong Kong further impacted the local economy and affected consumer confidence, he said. “Despite the weak product demand and lower productivity worldwide, we registered growth in revenue, core operating profit and core net profit again in 2019. Supported by our diversified business portfolio, extensive geographical coverage and broad customer mix, we were able to achieve positive growth across all regions, with 55% increase in profit attributable to the shareholders year on year.”In Asia, segment profit rose by 22% in 2019, in part due to the strong performance of the Thailand operation. Kerry said it would have done better still if it had not continued to finance Kerry Express operations in Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia to the tune of HK$70m.But William Ma, group managing director, warned: “The Covid-19 pandemic outbreak is creating global business and financial turmoil. As of today, one-third of the world’s population is under varying degrees of lockdown. The world has been switching to a more domestic-based supply chains for daily essentials.“The group is in a relatively secure position to accommodate the strong demand for domestic logistics services, particularly in Hong Kong, Taiwan, mainland China, Thailand and some Asian countries.“Nonetheless, when the pandemic comes under control, the global supply chain will be in chaos and the recovery is expected to be slow and painful. We are reserving our strengths and getting prepared to play a more vital role in supporting our customers to move well ahead of the aftermath.” By Alex Lennane 31/03/2020last_img read more

After amyloid failures, it’s time to take a new tack for treating Alzheimer’s

first_img Alzheimer’s and amyloid: ‘It’s time to do something else’ Yet the harder they looked, the more difficult it became to defend the role of amyloid as a cause of Alzheimer’s. One big problem is that almost 40% of patients with dementia do not have amyloid plaques in their brains while many people who die with normal cognition do have them. Adobe First OpinionAfter amyloid failures, it’s time to take a new tack for treating Alzheimer’s Let’s put the problem in perspective. Cognitive decline, the hallmark of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, is caused by the loss of nerve cells in the brain and the connections between them — so-called synaptic dysfunction. Therapies to treat Alzheimer’s disease need to target these two problems. Amyloid doesn’t cause nerve cell death or synaptic dysfunction, but it does cause inflammation, which can lead to nerve cell death and synaptic dysfunction.The idea that Alzheimer’s is caused by chronic inflammation is supported by genome-wide association data in humans and abundant animal data. That makes targeting inflammation in and around nerve cells in the brain one of several promising strategies for treating it. No drugs have yet been approved for targeting Alzheimer’s-related inflammation, although several are in development and in clinical trials. XPro1595 , which my company, INmune Bio, has developed to target chronic inflammation in Alzheimer’s, is currently in Phase 1 clinical trials. Other drugs taking aim at inflammation, including GliaCure’s GC021109 , Alector’s AL002 and AL003, and Denali Pharmaceuticals’ DNL 747, have their own unique approaches.What we today call Alzheimer’s disease likely stems from several different causes, so exploring multiple strategies is important. And because Alzheimer’s is such a complex disease, there is a very low probability that a single therapy will treat all patients with dementia or be effective throughout their lifetimes. This complicates things, but that’s biology and it increases the need for multiple options.With imagination and innovation, we should be able to develop biomarkers to determine what is causing a particular patient’s Alzheimer’s disease and which treatment would be the best fit for it.Now that the insanity of amyloid is behind us, it’s time to make real progress.RJ Tesi, M.D., is CEO and co-founder of INmune Bio (NASDAQ: INMB), a publicly traded, clinical-stage biotechnology company developing therapies that target the innate immune system to fight disease. About the Author Reprints [email protected] @inmunebio Related: A comfortable partnership developed between believers in the amyloid hypothesis, funding agencies, and drug companies, so that only programs supporting this hypothesis were funded. Even today, the largest amount of NIH funding for Alzheimer’s disease research goes to amyloid-0related research.Following the advice of their academic advisers — most of them members of the amyloid cabal — drug companies dutifully developed drugs to target amyloid with the goal of treating Alzheimer’s disease. They believed it was only a matter of time before the Alzheimer’s problem was solved.Other ideas were starved of funding or greeted with polite rolling of the eyes. I experienced this firsthand as CEO of FPRT Bio from 2012 to 2015. We were investigating therapies for neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Our therapeutic strategy was to target microglial cells (a population of immune cells that live in the central nervous system) to eliminate neuroinflammation. Although we talked to a lot of private, venture, and corporate investors, FPRT Bio failed because it could not get financing. No one, and I do mean no one, in the investor or biopharma world believed that neuroinflammation was important. While we didn’t get laughed out of the meetings — we had too much data for that — we were politely shown the door and basically told, “Don’t call us, we’ll call you.”This is a good place to talk about groupthink, the psychological phenomenon that occurs within a group of people in which the desire for harmony or conformity results in irrational or dysfunctional decision-making. Groupthink describes the funding and execution of Alzheimer’s disease research and drug development over the last 30 years. Once amyloid became the target, all other ideas were abandoned, shunned, even ridiculed. Although I believe that this dark period is behind us, we’ve wasted three decades and billions of dollars. How an outsider in Alzheimer’s research bucked the prevailing theory — and clawed for validation center_img Over the past seven years, first one, then two, and now three programs in advanced stages of development that targeted amyloid have failed. Other ongoing programs targeting amyloid should expect similar results. Each program was run by a pharmaceutical company with significant experience and unlimited access to expertise and the financial resources needed to ensure success.One failed program may be bad luck. Two might be explained away. But after three or four it doesn’t take a medical scientist with many letters after his or her name and decades of research experience to conclude that amyloid is not the cause of Alzheimer’s disease.Although these drug-development failures have been wrenching for individuals with Alzheimer’s and their family members, disproving the amyloid hypothesis may paradoxically be a positive thing for people with dementia. Instead of biopharmaceutical groupthink, in which all companies pursue the same strategy, scientists and companies will be forced to step back, evaluate the data, and commit to innovative new programs.What’s next? A number of small companies are working on other-than-amyloid approaches to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Although these companies have had little success in getting the attention of investors and pharmaceutical partners, the failure of aducanumab is giving these non-amyloid strategies the attention they deserve.One targets mitochondria, the energy source of cells. These organelles can become impaired with age, which possibly causes Alzheimer’s. Another approach targets proteins such as tau, which can misfold. These misfolded proteins can accumulate and cause damage if they aren’t repaired. Chronic inflammation is also thought to contribute to Alzheimer’s, so another approach is to develop therapies that treat inflammation. Biogen halts studies of closely watched Alzheimer’s drug, a blow to hopes for new treatment Raymond J. Tesi Related: Other confusing findings, such as the fact that amyloid levels in the cerebral spinal fluid surrounding the brain go down as people get dementia, also made for uncomfortable explanations. Although this is the opposite of what would be expected, it was explained away by experts.advertisement If insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results, then the last decade or so of Alzheimer’s disease drug development has been insane. Three carefully designed, well-executed, and fully resourced trials targeting amyloid protein in the brain as the cause of Alzheimer’s disease have failed. It’s long past time to take a new approach to this mind-robbing disease.In 1906, psychiatrist Alois Alzheimer described the case of a 50-year-old woman he had followed for five years, from her admission to a psychiatric hospital for paranoia, progressive sleep and memory disturbance, aggression, and confusion until her death. His autopsy of her brain revealed unusual plaques of amyloid and tangles of neurofibrils. Three years later he described three more cases, including one individual whose brain showed only amyloid plaque. Alzheimer’s description of the symptoms of the disease that is now named after him is accurate even today, and many have assumed over the years that the pathology — the amyloid plaques and tangles in the brain — are an important part of the disease.After several stillborn attempts to ascribe a pathophysiology to Alzheimer’s disease, neuroscientists embraced amyloid as its cause. The amyloid hypothesis, first described in 1984, was the result of a combination of medical sleuthing and new technology for analyzing the genetic code. The natural extension of this hypothesis was the decision to target amyloid as a treatment of the disease. Medical scientists rolled up their sleeves and got to work.advertisement By Raymond J. Tesi April 30, 2019 Reprints Related: Tags dementiafinanceresearchlast_img read more

Magic Mulhall leads Laois to Celtic Challenge glory

first_imgHome Sport GAA Magic Mulhall leads Laois to Celtic Challenge glory SportGAAGaelic FootballHurling Community Facebook Twitter WhatsApp The forward scored 4-2 of Laois’s total as they edged out Antrim by five points.It was a stunning display by the teenager who was also part of the St Fergal’s Rathdowney team that went all the way to the All-Ireland Schools final earlier this year.Antrim started the better of the two and were five points up after 12 minutes.Paudie McGilligan fired two points while Joe McToal hit a goal and Conor McCloskey chipped in with another as a Gerry Williams point was the best Laois could muster.Laois needed a spark and they got it at the midpoint of the half. Oisin Murray charged forward and laid the ball off to Mulhall who raced through to fire the ball to the net.And Laois were level a couple of minutes later via Conor Walsh and Gerry Williams.The sides then traded points before Niall Bennett smashed one over from half way to give Laois a 1-6 to 1-5 lead at the break.Mulhall and McGilligan swapped points on the resumption of play before the Clough-Ballacolla man went goal crazy.He reeled off three goals in the next ten minutes while Conor Walsh also raised white flags to move Laois 4-9 to 1-9 in front with 10 minutes to play.Antrim refused to go away though and late goals from Colla McDonnell and Joe McToal made Laois sweat.But they held on with late points from Walsh and Mulhall to seal the victory.SCORERS – Laois: Kevin Mulhall 4-2 (1-1 frees), Niall Bennett 0-2 (one free), Gerry Williams 0-2 (one free), Conor Walsh 0-3, Fionan Mahoney 0-1 Antrim: Paudie McGilligan 0-8, Colla McDonnell 2-0, Ciaran McCloskey 0-1, Joe McToal 1-1LAOIS: Darragh Lyons (Ballyfin), Jamie Hickey (Portlaoise), Fionn Holland (Clonad), Eoin Naughton (Portlaoise); Rossa Duffy (Rosenallis), Niall Coss (Borris-Kilcotton), Dan Moore (Camross); Oisin Murray (Clonaslee-St Manman’s), Fionan Mahoney (Abbeyleix), Conor Walsh (Castletown), Jack Farrell (Rosenallis), Gerry Williams (Mountrath); Darragh McEvoy (Rosenallis), Niall Bennett (Camross), Kevin Mulhall (Clough-Ballacolla). Subs: Dean Dowling (Camross), Thomas Walsh (The Harps), Rossa Duffy (Rosenallis), Killian Kirwan (Mountrath), Shane Dooley (Rosenallis), Darragh Lyons (Ballyfin), Dylan Cuddy (Shanahoe), Oisin Scarry (Portlaoise), Sean Drea (Castletown), Aaron Lynott (Portlaoise), Padraig Walsh (The Harps), Bryan Bredin (Mountrath), Shane Farrell (Rosenallis)ANTRIM: Bailey Graham; Eoin Maye, Barry Scott, Owen Kennedy; Caoimhin Heaney, Ruairi McCloskey, Daniel Murray; Paudie McGilligan, Kieran McGill; Dylan Devlin, Enda Og McGarry, Cahir McCloskey; Colla McDonnell, Caolan O’Duffin, Joe McToal.SEE ALSO – Victim of ‘homophobic attack’ is ‘overwhelmed’ as campaign reaches almost €18,000 Facebook Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding WhatsApp Pinterest Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Magic Mulhall leads Laois to Celtic Challenge glorycenter_img TAGSCeltic ChallengeLaois v Antrim RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Previous articleNew to the Area: The Spanish girl with a Tapas restaurant, a young family and the difference between Portlaoise and the Basque CountryNext articleAll of Saturday’s Laois GAA results 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. Rugby Laois 4-12 Antrim 3-10Celtic Challenge Corn Jerome O’Leary (Division 4) FinalLaois have been crowned Celtic Challenge Jerome O’Leary Cup champions this evening as Clough-Ballacolla’s Kevin Mulhall fired them to glory. Twitter Community By Alan Hartnett – 30th June 2018 last_img read more

Complete transformation for new beer garden as De Bruns @Humes prepares to re-open in Portlaoise

first_img Twitter Facebook Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival By LaoisToday Reporter – 4th June 2021 Pinterest Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Complete transformation for new beer garden as De Bruns @Humes prepares to re-open in Portlaoise WhatsApp Previous articleCommunity group set to open volunteer-driven barista coffee shop at Laois tourist attractionNext articleTributes paid following the passing ‘lovely gently spoken lady’ Rita Keenan LaoisToday Reporter WhatsAppcenter_img Electric Picnic TAGSDe BrunsDe Bruns @HumesPortlaoiseStapo Browne It is also the home of the Laois Republic of Ireland supporters club and to town Reds supporters club.“Every sports supporter, no matter what sport, is welcome here,” says Stapo as he looks forward to re-opening.“When restrictions lift, looking forward to welcoming back all parties or special occasions including family gatherings.“It has been a tough time on everybody in the hospitality sector, so hopefully this is the beginning of the new normal.“A special word of thanks to Paddy Martin and Niall Fitzpatrick plant hire, for their massive effort in clearing and preparing the site.“Also to Jack Friel and Paul Dowling for the ground works, and for the absolute fantastic woodwork done by Greg Norton carpentry services.”SEE ALSO – Check out the dedicated jobs section on LaoisToday Twitter Electric Picnic Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Home Sponsored Complete transformation for new beer garden as De Bruns @Humes prepares to… Sponsored Being closed for a long spell of time has led to pubs and restaurants around the country using the opportunity to upgrade their facilities.And one such establishment to make the most of lockdown is De Bruns @Humes in Portlaoise, owned by Liam ‘Stapo’ Brown.The have completely overhauled an area at the back of the pub to accommodate a new beer garden that can comfortably seat 70 to 80 people.Outdoor service in pubs and restaurants resumes from this Monday, June 7, with indoor service allowed again from July onwards.And the owners have also used the time to renovate the function room with a new ceiling to include extra ventilation and retracting skylights.The family-run pub where Stapo’s four adult children – Niamh, Cliodhna, Tommy and Liam Og – help out is known as a great sports pub and the Brown family are supporters of all local sports clubs.Above – The area at De Bruns @Humes before it was converted into a beer garden; Below – a general view of the new beer garden at the popular Portlaoise pub Council Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 monthslast_img read more

UK Government confirms plans to modernise trade union regulator

first_imgUK Government confirms plans to modernise trade union regulator Government confirms plans to modernise the regulator for trade unions to boost transparency and provide reassurance to workers that high standards will be maintainednew enforcement powers and levy mechanism will bring the Certification Officer into line with other regulators like the Pensions Regulatorchanges to the regulator, previously approved by Parliament, do not affect unions’ rights to campaign on public policy or individual workers’ rights to join a union and take part in union activitiesThe regulator for trade unions and employers’ associations will be modernised to uphold high standards across the sector and provide reassurance to union members, the government has confirmed today.The reforms, which have previously been approved by Parliament, will bring the functions of the Certification Officer into line with other regulators, like the Pensions Regulator, Financial Reporting Council and Electoral Commission.Under the plans, which will reassure union members by ensuring unions uphold high standards, the Certification Officer will be able to respond when a third party raises concerns that a union or employers’ association may have breached its statutory duties. The Certification Officer will also be able to begin an investigation where they suspect a breach themselves.Breaches of statutory duties include allowing someone with a criminal record to hold a senior position, mismanaging political funds, failing to hold elections where required, refusing to allow access to accounting records when requested, and refusing to comply during investigations by the regulator into potential wrongdoing.Business Minister Paul Scully said:Trade unions can play a key role in helping workers understand their rights, which is why it is so important that the regulator is able to ensure they are complying with the law. Ensuring unions fulfil their statutory duties is to everyone’s benefit, including union members.These measures put the Certification Officer on a par with other regulators, and will ensure organisations are fully transparent and maintain high standards, while providing reassurance to union members.Like other regulators, such as the Electoral Commission, the Officer will have the ability to apply financial penalties to employers’ associations or trade unions of up to £20,000 where the most serious breaches are found to have occurred.The Officer will be funded by a levy on the organisations it oversees, in line with other regulators such as the Pensions Regulator and the Financial Reporting Council. To ensure the levy, which is set to come into force in April 2022, is affordable, the government plans for it to be capped at 2.5% of a union or employers’ association’s annual income, while organisations with the lowest income will be exempt entirely, and the government is engaging with relevant organisations to finalise the detail prior to implementation.The changes do not affect the rights and functions of trade unions, and will in no way impede the ability of organisations to campaign around public policy.Details of the changes are set out in the response to two government consultations on how the changes should be implemented, which will be published later today.NotesThe principle of the levy has previously been agreed by Parliament. The government will now engage further with relevant organisations to finalise the detail of the levy. Following this engagement, draft regulations for the levy will be laid before Parliamentthe government will also now lay regulations for the Certification Officer to have the power to impose financial penalties. Subject to Parliamentary approval, the intention is for the regulations to come into force in April 2022. Alongside the power to impose financial penalties, the government will also commence the investigatory powers and levy on the same datein addition to being capped at 2.5% of an organisation’s annual income, the levy will be limited so that it does not exceed the expenses of the Officer over a three-year period. The levy will also not have to cover legal costs arising from the Officer’s investigations and the cost of appointing external inspectorsSince last year alone, the government has taken a range of action taken to protect workers’ rights, including:Providing a well-earned pay rise to around 2 million of the UK’s lowest-paid workers through a higher minimum wage, backed up by a full communications campaign to make sure people check their pay.The National Living Wage, which we extended to 23 and 24 year olds, is now 33% higher than the minimum wage in 2015. This means that the average annual earnings of a full-time worker on the NLW have increased around £4,000.Young people and apprentices also saw above-inflation increases to their minimum wage rates.Enabling workers to carry over more annual leave, due to the pandemicIncreasing the reference period employers use to calculate holiday pay to improve seasonal workers’ wagesSetting out plans to crackdown on restrictive employment contracts to ensure up to 1.8 million low paid workers across the UK can pick up extra work if they want toProtecting the earnings of furloughed workers who take Maternity Pay and other forms of Parental or Adoption PayBringing into force ‘Jack’s Law’, a world-first, which gives statutory leave for parents who suffer the devastating loss of a childConducting a review into how victims of domestic abuse can be supported in the workplace, setting out the impact that domestic abuse has on victims, the challenges that it brings for employers and what best practice looks like.Introducing Key Information Documents to ensure that temporary work-seekers have all the facts they need to know upfront. /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:Commission, communications, crackdown, electoral commission, employment, full-time, Government, investigation, minimum wage, parliament, Paul Scully, trade union, UK, UK Government, younglast_img read more

Battle Ground schools Superintendent Mark Ross to retire at the end of the school year

first_imgBattle Ground schools Superintendent Mark Ross to retire at the end of the school yearPosted by Chris BrownDate: Tuesday, December 15, 2020in: Newsshare 0 Current Deputy Superintendent Denny Waters will replace RossBATTLE GROUND — Battle Ground Public Schools will have a new superintendent next year. During a sometimes emotional meeting on Monday, current Superintendent Mark Ross announced he would be retiring as of June 30, 2021.Mark Ross, Battle Ground Public Schools superintendent, announced this week he’s retiring at the end of the school year. Photo courtesy Battle Ground Public SchoolsMark Ross, Battle Ground Public Schools superintendent, announced this week he’s retiring at the end of the school year. Photo courtesy Battle Ground Public SchoolsThe Board later voted 5-0 in favor of naming current deputy superintendent Denny Waters as Ross’ replacement.“I’m kind of glad we’re not in person, because that would make it even harder,” Ross said, referring to the virtual meeting format due to the pandemic. “My time in Battle Ground has been the most rewarding and fulfilling experience of my 39 year career in education.”Ross began as a language arts teacher and athletics coach at Camas High School in 1982. He eventually moved north, teaching in the Issaquah and Renton school districts, before becoming assistant principal and dean of students at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.In 2000, Ross returned to Clark County, moving from assistant principal, to athletic director, and eventually a principal position in the Evergreen and Vancouver Public School districts.Battle Ground Public Schools Superintendent Mark Ross (background) listens during public testimony regarding Comprehensive Sexual Education curriculum in 2019. Photo by Mike SchultzBattle Ground Public Schools Superintendent Mark Ross (background) listens during public testimony regarding Comprehensive Sexual Education curriculum in 2019. Photo by Mike SchultzHe joined Battle Ground Public Schools in 2014 as an assistant superintendent, moving into the Superintendent role in 2017, replacing Mark Hottowe after his retirement.“Probably my lasting impression of Mark is going to be the first time I walked through the district office,” said Director Troy McCoy, who was the lone board member to vote against accepting Ross’ resignation. “Every single person there was like, ‘oh my gosh, the environment is so much better. It’s so great to have him here.”Ross’ time as the district’s top administrator has been far from easy. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the district had struggled through a pair of failed building bond measures, prompting difficult decisions over boundary realignments to ease overcrowding at several southern schools in the district.In 2018, following the state legislature’s McCleary basic education funding decision, Battle Ground faced one of the longest teacher strikes in the state, eventually ending up in court before a new contract was ratified in September of that year.Then, in 2019, the district faced community backlash over plans to adopt a modified version of the state’s Comprehensive Sexual Health curriculum. “It hasn’t always been easy,” said Ross, “but I’m proud of the collaboration and the professionalism by everyone involved. And that the decisions we’ve made were always with the best interest of students at heart.”“Thank you so much for your service, and your willingness to step up to a difficult job,” said Director Rob Hendrickson. “I appreciated your approachableness, and being able to come talk to you when I needed to.”During a lengthy executive session, the board decided to enter negotiations with deputy superintendent Denny Waters to become the new leader of the district and its 12,500 students once Ross retires.“To make any hiring decision, I go to the character of the person, and Denny has great character,” said McCoy, who recommended the hiring. “When you have the skills to do the job and the character to do it effectively—when you combine those two things—then you have a great candidate. And we have that in Denny.”Battle Ground Public Schools Deputy Superintendent Denny Waters in 2019. Waters will become the district’s next superintendent on July 1, 2021. Photo by Chris BrownBattle Ground Public Schools Deputy Superintendent Denny Waters in 2019. Waters will become the district’s next superintendent on July 1, 2021. Photo by Chris BrownWaters has 31 years of experience as an educator and administrator, starting in the Evergreen and Hawaii school districts. He came to Battle Ground in 2007 as an assistant principal at Battle Ground High School before moving to the district office in 2012 to be the executive director of Special Services.He was named the district’s deputy superintendent in 2017, moving to take Ross’ spot after he was named superintendent.“I am thrilled beyond words,” Waters said after the board approved the decision. “I am just so grateful to everybody … I will not let you down.”“I think the board made a great choice to keep moving the district forward the next several years,” Ross added before joking, “is it too late to rescind my June 30 date? Maybe I’ll head out with Santa Claus and go somewhere.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Battle GroundClark CountyLatestshare 0 Previous : First COVID-19 vaccine doses arrive in Washington state Next : Washington Secretary of State angry over website that threatened elections officialsAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Rehabilitation of Negril Waste Water Treatment Plant underway

first_imgRehabilitation of Negril Waste Water Treatment Plant underway EnvironmentJanuary 25, 2011 CONTACT: BRYAN MILLER JIS REGIONAL OFFICE MONTEGO BAY RelatedRehabilitation of Negril Waste Water Treatment Plant underway RelatedRehabilitation of Negril Waste Water Treatment Plant underway FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Ground was broken on Friday January 21 for rehabilitation and improvement works on the Negril Waste Water Treatment Plant in Westmoreland. The project is being undertaken at a cost of some $278 million through funding from the Government of Jamaica and the European Union (EU). The scope of work involves raising and connecting the embankments of the stabilisation ponds; installing flow control devices; improving the outlet structure; and procurement of a jet evacuator truck.  The work will start immediately and should be completed in one year. Chairman of the National Water Commission (NWC), David Chung, in his address at the ground breaking ceremony, said that the project will preserve the natural environment and aquatic biodiversity of the greater Negril area. He said that the expected results are: enhanced quality of the sea water and beaches, growth in aquatic biodiversity, and improved sanitary condition in the local communities. Minister of Water and Housing, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, was very upbeat about the work to be done and lauded the EU for collaborating with the Government on the project and many others across the island.  He underscored the importance of water and waste water management for the sustainable development of the island, noting that Government was committed to investing in the water sector. “We are beginning to move forward in a positive way, and that includes not only finding the capital but also addressing the quality of the work in terms of the efficiency levels, which will, in turn, include the efficiency of the (National) Water Commission”, he stated. Head of Delegation, EU, Ambassador Marco Mazzocchi-Alemani, in the meantime, pointed to the urgent need for the rehabilitation of the 10-year old waste water treatment plant to protect the natural environment and ensure the sustainability of tourism in the area. “There are risks my friends, risks to a very critical sector and component of the Jamaican economy,” he stated “We certainly do not want to have this wonderful jewel of Negril threatened, so this is why I am very glad…that at long last we can launch this work because at least, it is going to contribute to solving part of the problem,” he stated. RelatedRehabilitation of Negril Waste Water Treatment Plant underway Advertisementslast_img read more

Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education Now Underway

first_imgAssociate Degree in Early Childhood Education Now Underway EducationSeptember 14, 2015Written by: Rochelle Williams Photo: Mark Bell Chairman of the Joint Board of Teacher Education, Dr. Rose Davies speaking at the launch of the United Way of Jamaica’s 30th Anniversary Early Childhood Education Legacy Programme. The event was held recently at the Courtleigh Hotel and Suites in New Kingston. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedNCEL Reports Improved Performance by Students Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education Now UnderwayJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedPMI Donates Back-To-School Supplies to Montego Bay Studentscenter_img A pilot programme for the Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, is currently underway in several teaching institutions across the island.The Associate Degree, introduced by the Ministry of Education in September 2014, was designed by the Joint Board of Teacher Education (JBTE) and aims to improve the competencies of instructors in delivering material to their young pupils.The programme targets practicing paraprofessionals in the field, seeking to acquire formal qualifications. It is also open to school leavers with Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) qualifications, who are interested in pursuing a career in the area.The JBTE is providing oversight for the programme, which is being offered by the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) in Portland and the Church Teachers’ College in Manchester.Schools in the corporate area that offer the programme include Excelsior Community College, Shortwood Teachers’ College and St. Joseph Teachers’ College.The course provides participants with sound foundational knowledge in general education and in specialized early childhood development studies leading to a regionally and internationally recognized qualification in early childhood education.In an interview with JIS News, Chairman of the JBTE, Dr. Rose Davies explains that the Associate Degree programme is one of many efforts by the Ministry to make improvements in the sector.Dr. Davies says that currently, instructors in the public basic schools are predominantly paraprofessionals.“In the public sector where you have infant schools and so on, those teachers must have college level training whereas; in the basic school, this is not a legal requirement. So what you find is that you have a lot of persons at that level who are pre- trained or have gone to one or two workshops but are not formally trained and therein lies the problem,” Dr. Davies states.She argues that “early childhood is really where it begins” and the quality of the teacher is what “changes the game completely.”“So we really have to turn our attention now to improving the quality of the teacher right across the board,” she states.Additionally, the programme acts as a bridge, giving persons with vocational qualifications the opportunity to acquire higher academic credentials.She mentioned that some teachers have received different levels of training from the National Council on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (NCTVET), however, these programmes are very skills based, without having the academic base.“One of the aims of training in the early childhood sector is to be able to develop teachers who are very knowledgeable, who are proficient in what they do and who are able to really teach young children in ways that they are able to learn effectively. To do this, the teachers need to develop the methodologies, styles of teaching and learning and have the kind of knowledge base that will make this possible,” she notes.To this end, the programme offers courses in Theoretical Foundations of Early Childhood Education and Key Theories and Perspectives of Child Development and Socialization.The curriculum also offers training in general education, and foundational knowledge in various academic disciplines such as mathematics and communication to provide professional and personal enrichment, that will enable practitioners to develop a rich curriculum.Candidates are also introduced to contemporary trends, in early childhood curriculum practice that integrate the use of technology in the classroom.First year student in the Associate Degree Early Childhood Education at the Excelsior Community College, Tinneel McLaren also works as a Teachers Aid at the St. Peter and Paul Preparatory School in Kingston.Ms. McLaren gained entry to the programme using several CXC subjects that she earned in secondary school, as well as a level one NCTVET certification from the HEART Trust NTA Early Childhood Education programme.The aspiring teacher shared with JIS News her dreams of becoming a trained early childhood educator.“In the future I hope to own a school or nursery. I want to work my way up and have my own classroom and be a trained teacher so I decided to go this route. After I graduate, I plan to apply for a teaching position at St. Peter and Paul. I then want to continue to do my Bachelors degree so that I can further myself in the area,” she states.Ms. McLaren says that she is looking forward to the professional gains that she anticipates will follow, after she completes the programme.“This qualification will improve my professional prospects because for one, I will be getting better paid I suppose and although we don’t get a first degree through this programme it allows me to have some level of education that will enable me to have some formal training. But more importantly at the end of this training I will be able to pass on this knowledge to the children and hopefully do a good job at it,” Ms. McLaren states. Story HighlightsA pilot programme for the Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, is currently underway in several teaching institutions across the island.The Associate Degree, introduced by the Ministry of Education in September 2014, was designed by the Joint Board of Teacher Education (JBTE) and aims to improve the competencies of instructors in delivering material to their young pupils.The programme targets practicing paraprofessionals in the field, seeking to acquire formal qualifications. It is also open to school leavers with Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) qualifications, who are interested in pursuing a career in the area. RelatedMessage For International Literacy Day 2015 From Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites Advertisementslast_img read more

Small Cell Forum releases enterprise guide for operators

first_img Author AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 03 DEC 2013 Ken Wieland Previous ArticleVimpelCom partners with WhatsAppNext ArticleCoda secures Japanese investment IFA Berlin to get fresh format Home Small Cell Forum releases enterprise guide for operators Ken has been part of the MWC Mobile World Daily editorial team for the last three years, and is now contributing regularly to Mobile World Live. He has been a telecoms journalist for over 15 years, which includes eight…More Read more Tags Small Cell Forum targets 5G choice Vodafone ups diversity efforts Related UPDATED 4/12: As part of its efforts to persuade operators to deploy small cells in their networks, the Small Cell Forum – an independent industry organisation championing the technology – has published what it calls a “comprehensive package” of documents aimed at overcoming deployment barriers in the enterprise.It is Release Two of the Forum’s campaigning efforts.Release One – launched at this year’s Mobile World Congress in February – focused on best practice for 3G femtocell installation in homes and small offices.As part of Release Two, the twenty or so documents include such things as market drivers, independent business cases, enterprise reference architecture, SON use cases, co-deployment of cellular with Wi-Fi, enterprise IT integration, plus backhaul and deployment advice.Taken as a whole, the release is being pitched as giving readers the benefit of the Forum members’ experiences and best practice from successful deployments to date.GordonMansfieldphotograph“Addressing the wide range of enterprise cellular requirements has conventionally been challenging for operators both from a technical and a business perspective,” said Gordon Mansfield (pictured), chair of the Small Cell Forum. “Using small cells enables challenges to be addressed in unique ways, to the benefit of operators and enterprises alike, delivering value for both.”In a recent study of US enterprises with more than 500 employees, iGR, a market consultancy, found there are two basic strategies – aggressive or defensive – that mobile operator incumbents or new entrants could adopt with regard to small cells.For example, incumbent mobile operators could deploy picocells in the enterprise as a way to prevent churn. Conversely, mobile operators with a minority share of the market could use an aggressive, picocell-led strategy to disrupt the enterprise market for cellular voice and data service and gain subscribers.“US large companies represent a significant opportunity for small cell solutions, both for vendors and mobile operators,” said Iain Gillott, president and founder of iGR. “However, there are significant obstacles in this segment and it is clear from this new study that the vendors must provide the correct combination of small cell features and deployment and operating model to be successful.”The Small Cell Forum intends to publish its “Urban” material in two releases in 2014. Small Cell ForumTechnologylast_img read more

Class acts: Fowler, Garcia display dignity

first_imgPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The Players Championship delivered a class act as its champion early Sunday evening. The most boisterous of those fans at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course got a better winner than they deserved in Rickie Fowler. Those who heckled Sergio Garcia through the back nine couldn’t have been golf fans because they would have known a derisively aimed barb in this game isn’t the same as it is in a baseball, basketball or football game. A taunt in a golfer’s backswing is more like a fan running onto the football field and tripping a running back racing up a sideline. It can unfairly interfere with the final outcome. It can mar the competition. Most of us, I think, are tuning in to see the world’s best players decide who wins a championship, not some idiot fan with a belly full of booze. As is usually the case, it was an obnoxious minority standing out Sunday, but more than the usual few in that natural amphitheater around the 17th island hole. Both Fowler and Garcia handled the unique challenges this past week with a dignity that fans who care about the game’s special values appreciate. For all the grief Garcia has received for painting himself as a victim of bad fortune in the past, he navigated above the fray during and after his round. He may have learned the hard way, but he deserves credit. Garcia was a model of restraint and grace under fire. Sunday wasn’t just a day the world’s best players got to show off their tremendous skill on a larger stage than their niche sport is accustomed. It was a day they got to show off how their sport aspires to be admirably different, even with barbarians at the gate. No, this isn’t to say golfers are perfect. They’re as flawed and corruptible as athletes from other sports, but the honor is in how the game aspires to be different. It’s in how the game holds its participants to a higher standard. The sport aims for a standard of civility that matters more than ever. At a time when blow-hard chest thumping, taunting and deflating footballs are the growing norm in a world where sportsmanship seems to matter less and less, Fowler and Garcia reminded us what’s still possible. They didn’t just deliver high drama along with Kevin Kisner and others. They delivered it nobly. While there are sure to be folks rolling their eyes reading this, dismissing the message as naïve, prudish and even out of touch, the game’s line of civility moves when nobody cares to notice. Competition is based on the Latin word competere, which means to strive together. Michael Josephson of the Josephson Institute of Ethics once instructed this writer that sportsmanship is based on the ancient Olympic ideal that you honor your opponent because you’re striving for excellence together. Your opponent makes you better. Sportsmanship is civility’s first cousin. “Manners are more important than laws,” British statesman Edmund Burke once wrote. “Upon them in a great measure the laws depend. The law touches us but here and there, and now and then. Manners are what vex and soothe, corrupt or purify, exalt or debase, barbarize or refine us, by a constant, steady, uniform, insensible operation, like that of the air we breathe … They aid morals, they supply them, or they totally destroy them.” There was refinement in Fowler’s and Garcia’s efforts. Fowler might have been privately angry over learning his peers voted he and Ian Poulter the most overrated players on the PGA Tour in an anonymous survey last week, but he was old school in the way he handled it. There was no knee-jerk rebuke. He didn’t shut down with his fellow players or media. “Rickie doesn’t work that way,” Fowler’s mother, Lynn, said shortly after Sunday’s trophy presentation. “I don’t think he works like that, based on something negative, at all.” Fowler obviously relished proving he isn’t overrated. “I laughed at the poll, but, yeah, if there was any question, I think this right here answers anything you need to know,” Fowler said. That’s as close as Fowler got to sticking what his victory means in anyone’s face. Instead, Fowler let his clubs do the talking for him. And, wow, he couldn’t have designated more eloquent spokesmen. That’s old school. Fowler’s 3-wood at the 16th in regulation on Sunday – that was a statement. He carved a 240-yard shot over the edge of the lake to 2 feet to set up eagle. He made statements with all those wedges he hit in close making birdie three times at the 17th. He did again with those two 330-yard drives down the middle of the 18th fairway, maybe his best shots all week. Garcia endured heckling on the back nine. His caddie even asked for extra security after making the turn. Garcia had to step off his shot at the 17th tee because of the abuse. “Obviously, some guys there don’t deserve to be here watching golf,” Garcia said. Like Fowler, Garcia kept answering with his clubs. He was at his most eloquent holing a 40-footer for birdie at the 17th to help him get in the playoff with Fowler and Kisner. “We all three did some amazing things coming in,” Garcia said. “I thought it was a well-played championship.” It was more than that. It was well conducted. That matters, too.last_img read more