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first_imgSeven schools and a number of small farmers that were hard hit by Hurricane Sandy will get assistance from Scotiabank to aid in their repair and recovery. Like Us Facebook for More News and Information The entity’s President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Bruce Bowen, made the announcement at a press conference on Wednesday November 7, at the bank’s headquarters downtown, Kingston, where he outlined a $12.5 million programme of assistance. The money will cover the total repairs of seven schools at a cost of $8.3 million; $1.2 million to purchase mattresses for needy families identified by the Salvation Army; and $3 million to assist dozens of small farmers to purchase seeds, pesticides and fertiliser for replanting. Among the schools to benefit is Norwich Primary in Portland, where the grade one block was flattened by the hurricane. Over 105 of the school’s 545 student population have been dislocated and are now housed in a nearby church. Approximately $3 million will be used to rebuild the block. Other schools to receive assistance are: Highgate Primary, Carron Hall All-Age, Carron Hall Infant, Bellefield Primary, and Zion Hill Primary in St. Mary; and St. George’s College in Kingston, which had significant damage to its library. Mr. Bowen noted that the level of Scotiabank’s commitment was made following consultation with stakeholders including branch managers; the Ministry of Education which identified the primary schools with the greatest needs; and the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA). “As we learnt of the damage, especially in St. Thomas, Portland and St. Mary, we felt dismay. The images of the damage to infrastructure, of the people that were stranded in those three parishes, were especially heart wrenching. It was with sadness, as well, that we learnt of the damage across Jamaica in the agricultural sector and that’s a sector that has been doing increasingly well in the last couple of years,” he stated. The Scotiabank CEO also announced a special $500 million loan fund, which the bank will make available to its customers between November 9 and December 28 to help homeowners and businesses recoup. The loan is at an interest rate of 9.75 per cent to 11.75 per cent and is to fund expenditure for repairs, replacements, rehabilitation, acquisition or replacement of equipment; replanting or resuscitating of crops; and repairing roofing on residential and commercial property. Principal of the Norwich Primary School, Claudia McLean; President of the St. Mary Chamber of Commerce, Jeffrey McKitty, and CEO of RADA, Harold Spaulding were on hand to express their appreciation for the bank’s generous donations. Mr. Spaulding informed that 21,000 of the 37,000 farmers affected by the hurricane were from the parishes of St. Thomas, Portland and St. Mary. Also slated to receive assistance through the Scotiabank programme will be families in Pumpkin Bottom, Hanover who were recently displaced by the overflowing Maggoty River.last_img read more


first_imgCALGARY – A former official in the Obama White House says she has seen glimmers of optimism even as U.S. President Donald Trump dismantles much of his predecessor’s legacy.Tina Tchen was special assistant to former president Barack Obama, chief of staff to former first lady Michelle Obama and the executive director of the former administration’s Council on Women and Girls.She says she believes cultural shifts that took place during the Obama years can withstand the current political climate.In a speech to a Canadian Women’s Foundation breakfast in Calgary, Tchen likened it to climbing a mountain in left-to-right switchbacks rather than straight up.“We are perhaps in one of those moments, certainly in my country, where this switchback is taking us backward, at a time when there’s no one at the top driving change forward, and it’s certainly a time of struggle,” she said Thursday.In an interview, Tchen admitted to feeling discouraged at times as she watches policies that took years of work disappear in a matter of months. She cited as examples rollbacks of Obama-era guidelines on campus sexual assault as well as on rules meant to address pay inequality.“I know that there are real people who are going to be harmed,” she said.“We can’t be exhausted because there’s too much at stake. We can’t let down our guard. We can’t give up.”But while top-down policies from Washingon can sometimes nudge things along, real long-term progress happens at the community level, she suggested.“We think about LGBT issues entirely differently and we’re not going back. We think about women in the workplace entirely differently and we’re not going back,” Tchen said.“The genie’s out of the bottle and those progressive issues aren’t going to change.”Tchen has returned to her work as a lawyer in a private practice, where she is devoting much of her attention to fostering change in the corporate world.Gender discrimination, sexual harassment and diversity in the workplace have been seen as only human resources issues for too long, she said.The scandal surrounding disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s behaviour toward women has brought those issues to the fore, as have the many women coming forward to share their own experiences with sexual harassment and assault using the #metoo hashtag.Tchen said more and more business leaders are realizing that neglecting to properly handle cases of misconduct can destroy their business.“If you don’t have a culture of compliance and respect for your workers across the board, then that can lead to workers cheating your customers or defrauding the government,” she said.“Because if company management tolerates or even engages in unlawful acts of sexual harassment or worse, then why would employees expect management to do business honestly or respect consumer protection laws?”last_img read more


first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Negotiations between the House and Senate Armed Services committees to reconcile competing versions of the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill likely will last into the fall despite leaders’ hopes to reach a deal on a conference agreement before Congress leaves for a lengthy recess in July. The Senate approved its annual defense policy bill last week, months earlier than in recent years, but a number of substantive differences between the two versions can be expected to prevent conference discussions from wrapping up quickly, reported CQ Roll Call.One of the biggest differences is the House bill’s reliance on the overseas contingency operations (OCO) account to make up for shortfalls in readiness and modernization. That version uses the uncapped OCO account to pay for $18 billion of base budget needs not funded in the Obama administration’s request, including more weapons systems and higher force levels. The maneuver means the next administration would need to request supplementary war funds before the end of April.The Senate version did not adopt the House funding framework, although Senate Armed Services Chair John McCain (R-Ariz.) unsuccessfully attempted to add $18 billion to the OCO account when the bill was debated on the chamber floor. After the Senate passed its measure, McCain said he would still search for ways to boost defense spending, according to the story.A provision in the Senate version allowing the Defense Department to plan and design a detention facility to replace the prison at Guantánamo Bay almost certainly will be opposed by House Republicans.While both bills call for organizational changes at the Pentagon, the Senate includes more far-reaching measures, including language eliminating the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. The two also differ on provisions limiting the size of the National Security Council staff.last_img read more


first_img The Chainsmokers’ Memories: Do Not Open Tour Hits Europe In 2018 The GRAMMY-winning dance/pop super-duo recently performed in New York City at Global Citizen Festival on Sept. 23 and wrapped a run of shows in Asia as they continue to support their debut album, Memories … Do Not Open, which dropped back in April.  Email News GRAMMY-winning dance/pop duo take their world tour to 12 European countries next yearNate HertweckGRAMMYs Sep 26, 2017 – 11:21 am The Chainsmokers announced a European run of their Memories: Do Not Open arena tour, which will take them through 12 countries in 16 dates. NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am The Chainsmokers: GRAMMY Backstage With Danny Clinch The Chainsmokers will continue to make trips to Las Vegas for their Wynn residency, according to Billboard.Read More: Ed Sheeran Announces 2018 Stadium TourRead more Facebook https://www.instagram.com/p/BZdv_D0ncm8/?hl=en&taken-by=thechainsmokers Twitter The Chainsmokers Announce European Tour chainsmokers-memories-do-not-open-tour-hits-europe-2018last_img read more


first_img $49 Amazon Prime Day 2019: Everything to know See All Adorama See It Tags Apple 17 Photos 0 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors • See it Post a comment News • Amazon Echo Dot deal: 3 for $70 Preview • Amazon’s third Echo Dot takes a few cues from the Google Home Mini 1:43 $29 Amazon Prime Day 2019 Share your voice This Amazon site handles your biggest, bulkiest purchases See Itcenter_img CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Mentioned Above Amazon Echo Dot (third-generation, Charcoal) Crutchfield Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Amazon Echo Dot $29 Amazon could be charging retailers for making losses on Prime Day promo sales. Angela Lang/CNET Amazon is reportedly charging some grocery brands an additional fee during 2019 Prime Day if their promotional sales fall short and cause a loss for Amazon. The charge will “fund the profitability gap,” CNBC reported Tuesday, citing an email allegedly sent to the retailer’s vendors.Amazon Prime Day is arriving July 15-16 and will see a massive sale on Amazon.  Mobile Smart Home Smart Speakers & Displays Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Prime Day 2019: Don’t miss these early deals Amazon Prime Day 2019: Where to find the best deals on smartwatches and fitness trackers Now playing: Watch this: See It Review • Amazon Echo Dot 3 review: Alexa’s best Dot yet plays defense $49 Best Buy According to the report, though, Amazon will then waive the usual $500 placement fee to run Prime Day promotions for these grocery brands. “This year we’ve decided not to charge placement fees for inclusion in deal events, but instead we request our vendors to fund a [deal] if it’s unprofitable for the duration of the deal,” the email from Amazon reportedly said. “If additional funding is required, it will be based off total unprofitable units sold for the duration of the deal.”Amazon didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Early Prime Day deals include sales on Amazon Music Unlimited, Fire TV Recast, the Echo Dot, the Chamberlain myQ smart garage door opener, the Amazon Cloud Cam and Apple AirPods with a wireless charging case. Also expected to go on sale are Amazon’s full range of Echo speakers, Fire tablets, Fire TV streamers, Kindle readers and Blink cameras. reading • Amazon will reportedly make grocery brands pay for Prime Day losses Amazon Prime Amazon Applelast_img read more