Advertisements RelatedPM Calls for New Path PM Calls for New Path Office of the Prime MinisterOctober 24, 2011 RelatedPrime Minister Golding Announces Cabinet Changes FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Social responsibility and the economy were the main issues addressed by Prime Minister, the Most Hon Andrew Holness, in his inaugural speech after being sworn in by the Governor-General at King’s House, Sunday (October 23). Speaking to a huge crowd massed across the green, sun-drenched lawns of King’s House, Mr. Holness said that on the eve of the nation’s 50th independence anniversary, Jamaicans must commit to building on their achievements, correcting the errors and developing the courage and energy to chart new paths to success. “Today, I take responsibility for the direction of this country. Today, my generation must take responsibility for charting new pathways to fulfilling our destiny. Today, let us start a new ethos of responsibility in all Jamaicans for Jamaica,” the 39-year-old Prime Minister said. On the issue of social responsibility, Mr. Holness focused primarily on the need for consensus across party lines, reduced tribalism and garrison politics, or “better politics”, and increased support for vulnerable Jamaicans, including children. “Let us be responsible for the education of our children, there is no reason why in modern Jamaica a child should leave school illiterate,” the former Education Minister said. He urged the removal of the “garrisons”, stating that Jamaica is yearning for a new politics to emerge, which will allow citizens to express their conscience and make their choices on a ballot. “Zones of political exclusion are incompatible with freedom, and aspects of our politics are an affront to liberty. It is time to end garrison politics,” the West Central St. Andrew MP argued. “I am willing to walk with the Leader of the Opposition in Tower Hill, and I may just turn up in Whitfield Town. I will be writing to the Leader of the Opposition, to invite her to discuss this important measure of coordinating access to closed communities for representatives of differing political persuasions,” he added. Mr. Holness also opened his arms to independent-minded Jamaicans who may feel excluded from bipartisan and tribal politics, suggesting that Jamaica is losing some of its best talent through their withdrawal. He said that for too long, Jamaicans have been distracted from the seriousness of their problems “by petty politics”. “On both sides, the civility of our politics must improve. We must all pledge to elevate our political discourse. Our leaders must transcend petty, mean spirited, tear down politics,” he urged. Turning to the economy, the Prime Minister noted that Jamaica’s potential for prosperity has not been realized and the country has underperformed. Jamaica cannot continue to borrow indefinitely, “as a palliative for short term gratification of social needs”, he cautioned. He said that the Government has developed a practical plan to gradually reduce the debt, while maintaining its support for the most vulnerable in the society. “The first strategy in borrowing less is getting more revenue, and the first strategy in getting more revenue is increasing the efficiency and simplicity of our tax administration and waiver systems,” he declared. He expressed the need for a “fairer, broader and less burdensome” tax system. Another strategy in borrowing less was managing the expenditure, including the public sector wage bill, he said. He noted that Government is now in dialogue with the trade unions and other stakeholders, to come up with a consensus position on managing the wage expectations. “I know the (trade) unions understand the situation the country faces, and I am hopeful for a positive outcome,” he stated. However, he said that Government must also reduce waste, inefficiency, corruption and profligacy as part of expenditure management. Turning to investment and jobs, Mr. Holness said that the country was well on its way to sustainable and meaningful job creation. “We have set the necessary macro pre-conditions for investment and growth with stable exchange rates, stable interest rate and stable inflation. Our next task is to resolve the micro economic environment for business,” the Prime Minister said, expressing optimism for increased and sustained investments in Jamaica. “The people are central to all our development activities and the poor and vulnerable are the focus of our social support,” he maintained. Closing his speech, Mr. Holness insisted that Jamaica’s collective capabilities exceed its challenges, but only through participation these capabilities and this potential can be seized. “I know that a better politics which allows broad participation and honest conversation with the electorate will lead to better, more sustainable policies to manage our economy and create jobs and opportunities. This is how we create a better Jamaican: Better politics, better policies, better people,” he said. By Balford Henry, JIS Reporter & Editor RelatedPM Calls for New Path
A leading US litigation funder has announced £10m profits ahead of its expansion into the UK market. In its financial results released this week, Burford Capital revealed it committed around £113m to 19 new investments during 2011. Since being launched in September 2009, the group has invested an average of £4m per case. Net returns are often as much as a third of the settlement, although this varies case-by-case. Now the funder plans an ‘aggressive’ move into the UK market, having acquired legal expenses insurer Firstssist in December. The acquisition could mean hundreds of UK cases on Firstassist’s books receive funding from Burford – at a much lower average investment – in the coming months. Chief executive Christopher Bogart said the existing model for the US business will change significantly when it transfers across the Atlantic. ‘As the prominence and acceptance of litigation funding continues to grow, we continue to see robust levels of inquiry and strong demand for our capital.’ He added: ‘Most excitingly, we are seeing an increase in the users of capital – litigants and law firms – thinking creatively about how to put capital to work in their businesses.’ Bogart explained that Burford had ‘no say whatsoever’ in how cases conclude and could not insist on early settlements. This model, he said, can only work if there are sufficient investments to ensure a return on investments every month. Bogart said he was aware of continued criticism of third-party litigation funding in the UK, but blamed it on ‘entirely self-interested people of firms that today benefit from the imbalances present in the litigation system’. However, he warned that with increasing investments in UK litigation comes the greater chance that unsuitable groups will join the market. ‘With increasing prominence comes the risk of market activity by those who are less than forthright about their capabilities and limitations,’ he said. ‘We urge diligence and probing investigation by investors or potential users of capital to ensure that claimed market participants in fact have the capital and the capacity to do what they promise.’
We believe we have made and will continue to make progress toward compromises on the items which have consensus. Multiple conference committees are setting schedules for action next week, and we anticipate public notice of those meetings soon. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Senate majority was set to hold a press conference today at 11:30am, but was cancelled shortly after. Senate President Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, released the following statement on the need to prioritize passage of an operating budget following the cancellation of the press conference….. Senate President Kelly, R-Fairbanks: “The Senate Majority is prioritizing negotiations on an operating budget above all else. The clock is ticking; 19,000 Alaskans and their families have their jobs on the line, with thousands more Alaskans and businesses searching for certainty and stability that the Legislature can provide with a budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. The Senate is committed to delivering that certainty to Alaskans and our economy. We will continue to work with the House next week on a prioritized budget and, secondarily, on the other items on the special session agenda. An operating budget and stabilization of our fiscal problems, including the elimination of cashable oil credits, remain our priorities, and we believe these items are matters of consensus that we can find a compromise on with our colleagues in the House.”
Orlando led 93-83 after Gordon’s dunk with 1:49 left in the game, but it was far from over. The Magic were 5 of 11 from the free throw line in the final 1:30. That included four misses in the final 30 seconds.Philadelphia’s last four field goals were 3-pointers that gave the visitor’s a chance at winning. Embiid hit the last of them with 5.1 seconds to play that cut the Sixers’ deficit to 98-97.Ben Simmons then stole the inbounds pass at the Magic end of the court and gave it to Embiid, who launched his desperation shot as the buzzer sounded. Bucks 112, Hawks 86Milwaukee Bucks guard Donte DiVincenzo (0) splits the defense of Atlanta Hawks center Damian Jones (30) and forward John Collins as he looks to pass during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)Atlanta (AP) — Khris Middleton scored 23 points, Ersan Ilyasova had season highs of 18 points and 17 rebounds and NBA-leading Milwaukee overcame Giannis Antetokunmpo’s absence to beat Atlanta.Antetokunmpo, the league MVP last season and second-leading scorer this season, sat out because of back soreness. He watched from the bench as his teammates helped Milwaukee improve to 28-5.The Hawks lost their ninth straight to drop to a league-worst 6-26. They lost guard Trae Young, the NBA’s fourth-leading scorer, to a right ankle sprain late in the second quarter. Philadelphia 76ers guard Furkan Korkmaz (30) attempts to lay up the ball against Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)Orlando, Fla. (AP) — Evan Fournier scored 20 points and Orlando survived a collapse from the free throw line in the final minute in the Magic’s 98-97 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night. Thunder 104, Hornets 102, OTOklahoma City Thunder’s Chris Paul (3) looks for the basket as he flies by Charlotte Hornets’ Terry Rozier (3) and P.J. Washington (25) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. The Thunder won in overtime, 104-102. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)Charlotte, N.C. (AP) — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 27 points, Dennis Schroder added 24 and Oklahoma City beat Charlotte in overtime for its fifth victory in six games.Chris Paul had 10 of his 16 points for the Thunder in the fourth quarter and overtime.Terry Rozier scored 26 points for Charlotte. Heat 113, Pacers 112Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler, center, loses control of the ball as he is guarded by Indiana Pacers forwards Domantas Sabonis, left, and T.J. Warren during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)Miami (AP) — Goran Dragic scored in the lane with 6.8 seconds remaining to cap a wild finish and Miami beat Indiana to improve to an NBA-best 14-1 at home.Dragic’s shot was the third by Miami on the go-ahead possession, after Jimmy Butler and Kendrick Nunn both missed but the Heat were able to grab offensive rebounds. Aaron Holiday had a chance to win it for Indiana, but his 10-footer with about a second left bounced away.Butler scored 20 points for Miami. Bam Adebayo had 18 points and 15 rebounds, including the offensive rebound that set up Dragic’s shot. Dragic had 14 points.Aaron Holiday scored 17 points for Indiana. Loading…Sponsored Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World Aaron Gordon had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Orlando. Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris each had 24 points and 11 rebounds for the 76ers, who had their three-game winning streak snapped. Embiid missed a desperation 30-footer at the buzzer. Celtics 129, Cavaliers 117Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward looks for room to maneuver with the ball against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kevin Porter Jr. (4), forward Larry Nance Jr. (22) and forward Kevin Love (0) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston (AP) — Jaylen Brown matched his career high with 34 points and Boston beat Cleveland for its fifth straight victory.Jayson Tatum had 24 of his 30 points in the first half, Enes Kanter added 14 points, and Kemba Walker had 13 to help Boston improve to 13-1 at home.Kevin Love matched his season high with 30 points and had seven rebounds for Cleveland. Warriors 106, Suns 95San Francisco (AP) — D’Angelo Russell had 31 points and six assists, and Golden State rallied from 10 down in the fourth quarter to beat Phoenix for its fourth straight victory.Damion Lee added 16 points, Alec Burks scored nine of his 13 in the fourth quarter, and Draymond Green had 11 points and seven rebounds.Devin Booker scored 34 points for Phoenix. The Suns have lost eight straight.
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Dear Editor,There is urgent need for an independent and external investigation to be conducted into the workings, or lack thereof, at the Human Resource Department of the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown.The performance of this department leaves much to be desired; and what makes it even more frustrating is that Councillors, and even the subject minister for this entity, seem to be completely unaware of, or unconcerned with, the torpor of this department.In fact, they have unwittingly upgraded what was a crappy Personnel Section, a sub-department, into an elaborate Human Resource Department, which is a full-fledged department, costing the citizens millions of dollars more each month.This means that they have now significantly increased their staff strength within that department by hiring friends, family members and church colleagues once again to a number of new highly paid jobs, whilst upgrading their existing staff members to new positions with fancy titles and super salaries, most of whom hardly do anything productive during the work day.This has certainly placed enormous and unnecessary pressure on their finances, which is supposed to be in dire straits.Without wishing to burden this letter with too much tedium, I shall highlight just a few of the scores of blunders continually committed by this department, much to the detriment of the workers.There is a situation whereby staffers, many of whom have served the Council above and beyond the call of duty for more than thirty years, have to wait for several years more to receive their pensions and gratuities. This is just heartless, as these persons then have to scrounge or depend on their families to survive whilst they await what is due to them. For those persons who functioned on what is termed the unfixed establishment, they, too, have to wait; after which the Personnel Section simply comes up with a figure which they seem to pull out from under their hats, and force these retired workers to accept as pension scheme payments; but which they are never able to show the recipients the mathematics they used to arrive at these figures.This is just cruel as well, as they are simply taking advantage of employees who may not have the capability to calculate their benefits themselves. And of course they are demanding a fee from these soon-to-be retirees.Another illustration of the ineptitude of this department, which has the responsibility of deducting statutory payments such as pay-as-you-earn taxes for the Guyana Revenue Authority, insurance contributions for the National Insurance Scheme, credit union dues etc, they unfailingly make these deductions from the Council’s employees, but then take several months to remit these deductions to the relevant agencies, and in some instances, they either do not remit these deductions at all, or do so without the correct identifying number, causing these payments to be placed in escrow, as the agency is unable to identify which is the correct Tom Jones.The end result of this is that Council employees lose all of their benefits when they become ill. This, I might add, is a criminal offence.So why is no one being sanctioned by the NIS, or GRA? Had it been a private entity, it would have been hauled before the courts. But, at City Hall, anything goes!Sincerely,Debra Gibson
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Anthony Martial is available for Sunday’s Premier League meeting with Arsenal.The Frenchman has been out of action since suffering a groin injury in the Champions League last-16 first-leg clash with Paris Saint-Germain back on February 12.He has thus missed the club’s last five matches in all competitions, including the remarkable second-leg victory over PSG that saw Marcus Rashford crash home a stoppage-time penalty to send Solskjaer’s side through. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But he is now back in contention and available to face the Gunners in what could be a crucial fixture in the race to finish in the top four.United currently occupy fourth spot but are only a point ahead of Unai Emery’s side, where a win at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday would significantly boost their chances of finishing in the Champions League spots.As well as positive news regarding Martial’s fitness, Solskjaer revealed that one of Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic should also be back, while Eric Bailly is fit despite being withdrawn in the first half of the win over PSG.The interim United manager told reporters in Friday’s press briefing: “Eric’s fine, Anthony will be available and hopefully we’ll have Nemanja or Ander as well.”It would appear that Jesse Lingard is still unavailable, however, with the England international having been missing since he was substituted in the first half of the 0-0 draw with Liverpool due to a hamstring problem.Alexis Sanchez also remains sidelined and is expected to miss the next “six to eight weeks” after he suffered a knee injury in the 3-2 Premier League victory over Southampton.One man who will be available again to Solskjaer is Paul Pogba.The France World Cup winner missed the second leg against PSG in midweek due to suspension, but is likely to come back in at the Emirates Stadium.Asked about his potential selection dilemma following the impressive performances of fringe players in Paris including Scott McTominay and Fred, he added: “[It’s the] same decisions you always have when you go into a game, you’ve got to consider their approach, systems.”But now of course fitness issues play [a part] more than ever. You’ve got players coming in, players who put a shift in, one of the hardest nights we had physically. Probably this one and the Arsenal FA Cup game were the two toughest games we had.”Scott and Fred covered the ground so much and is something we have to consider.”
New Delhi: A Delhi court Friday dismissed a plea by former finance minister P Chidambaram, lodged in Tihar jail in the INX Media corruption case, seeking to surrender in the money laundering case. Special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar junked his plea. The Enforcement Directorate had on Thursday told the court that Chidambaram’s arrest was necessary in the INX Media money laundering case and it will do so at an appropriate time. Chidambaram’s counsel had contended that the ED’s submission is mala fide and intended to make him suffer. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Chidambaram, 73, is already in judicial custody in the INX Media corruption case being probed by the CBI. ED had told the court that since Chidambaram was already in the judicial custody in the CBI case, he was not in a position to tamper with the evidence. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Chidambaram, had said that ED had come to the Congress leader’s house to arrest him on August 20 and 21 but now they do not want to do so just to ensure that he remains in judicial custody. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had argued that certain aspects were required to be probed before his custodial interrogation. The agency requires to interrogate six persons before his custodial interrogation and it was investigating money laundering which reaches beyond this country, he had said. He had contended that the accused cannot guide the probe and the order to take him in custody right now will curtail the discretion of probe agency. Prior to August 21, the ‘reasons to believe’ that he was required to be arrested existed and it exists even today, Mehta had said, adding that after arresting Chidambaram they would like to confront him with the evidence which has been gathered. On September 5, Chidambaram was remanded to 14-day judicial custody in the corruption case by the CBI till September 19. On the same day, the court had issued notice to the ED on Chidambaram’s plea seeking to surrender in the money laundering case lodged by the agency in which the Supreme Court had dismissed his plea against the August 20 order of the Delhi High Court denying him pre-arrest bail. The CBI had registered an FIR on May 15, 2017, alleging irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance granted to the INX Media group for receiving overseas funds of Rs 305 crore in 2007 during Chidambaram’s tenure as the finance minister. Thereafter, the Enforcement Directorate had lodged a money laundering case in this regard in 2017.