Mark Carney told to clarify dramatic house price fall warning in case of ‘no-deal’ Brexit

first_img whatsapp Owen Bennett Mark Carney told to clarify dramatic house price fall warning in case of ‘no-deal’ Brexit Bank of England governor Mark Carney needs to clarify whether house prices would be slashed by a third in a ‘no deal’ Brexit, the chair of the Treasury select committee has insisted. whatsapp Thursday 11 October 2018 6:35 pm Share Tags: Bank of England Brexit Mark Carney People Morgan also used the letter to urge Carney to provide a “full and frank” assessment of the various outcomes of Brexit, including the deal agree by the UK and EU.The former Education Secretary asked for that analysis to be handed over to MPs before Parliament has a vote on the deal Theresa May plans to bring back from Brussels.She made a similar request in a letter to the Financial Conduct Authority. Nicky Morgan has written to Carney asking him to clear up exactly what he told the Cabinet on September 13 during a presentation on the risks of the UK leaving the EU without a trade deal.The BBC reported he told ministers that in a worst-case scenario house prices could fall by 33% over three years.However, it was later claimed the governor was setting out what the Bank of England was prepared for – not what it was forecasting.In a letter to Carney, Morgan asked for clarity on the issue, and said: “I note the confusion surrounding your briefing to Cabinet on 13 September, and in particular media reports that this contained a forecast that house prices would fall by a third in a ‘no deal’ scenario.”I would be grateful for confirmation that what you set out to Cabinet was in fact the Bank’s 2018 stress test scenario (which includes a 33 per cent fall in residential property prices as one of its parameters), which in turn is being used to draw inferences about [the] Bank’s preparedness for ‘no deal’.”last_img read more

My LA to Z: Mahershala Ali

first_imgCelebrityMy LA to Z: Mahershala AliThe Oakland-born actor returns as the conflicted Remy on House of Cards (season three premiers tomorrow). Here he talks secluded beaches, late night turkey burgers, and his three favorite bike routesBy Thomas Harlander – February 26, 20151913ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItEl Matador State BeachWhat’s so great about L.A. is you always have people showing you these secret spots. My wife moved to L.A. with me shortly after we got married, and she took me to Matador out in Malibu. We went a couple times, and I absolutely loved it. It feels relatively private—you’re somewhat secluded by the rocks that poke out in the ocean, which create this alcove. We spent an afternoon out there hanging out and picnicking. It’s gorgeous.Runyon CanyonIn L.A., there’s concrete everywhere. But what I love about Runyon Canyon are the hikes and being able to go out in nature and take it all in. People appreciate the outdoors in L.A., but if you’re there long enough, you can take for granted what it really has to offer. You don’t really have to have a gym membership in L.A. You can just go outside and go for a hike or go for a walk.Golden Saddle CycleryIt’s my favorite bike shop in L.A. They have really cool, very unique bikes—commuter bikes, things you could ride on every day, but they also have more of the high-end road bikes as well. If you want to work on something with them, they’ll order something for you. They’re great guys. Really easy to talk to, and approachable. In bike culture, a lot of the guys in some of those shops can be arrogant—it becomes this thing of who knows more and what do you know and how cool is your bike. It can be off-putting sometimes. But at Golden Saddle, they’re really cool. It’s not a big shop, but when you go in there, you can get anything you need and get it taken care of.CyclingBelieve it or not, I cycle a lot—even with all the traffic. There are a couple places where it feels as safe as it’s going to, and there are a couple loops I’ve created where I can see a lot of the city. It feels great. When I was living in Los Feliz, the ride that I would do almost every day was from Los Feliz all the way up Sunset into downtown. Then I would loop around and go back up Cesar Chavez, which bleeds into Sunset, and I would ride up the hills through Echo park and back into Los Feliz. I loved doing that ride. It would probably take me about 45 minutes depending upon how much I was obeying the lights. I’ve definitely gotten a ticket going through a stop sign on my bike.Another ride, if I’m feeling up to it, is a shorter ride from Los Feliz that’s tougher on the body. It goes from Los Feliz up to the Griffith Observatory, and that is amazing. It’s a nice, windy path with a gradual incline on the way up. Then you get to come back down the hill with the speed, so that’s a blast.The last ride I would do was out to Venice or Santa Monica from my place in Los Feliz. I would do that to take advantage of the destination. That’s usually a three-hour trip—it would take me a little over an hour to get out there, then I would hang out for an hour and get my energy back up, and then ride back home. Those are my three favorite rides, and they’re nice destinations.Silver Lake Farmers MarketI like the Silver Lake Farmers Market on Sunset. My wife and I like to walk over there and hang out. It’s a nice, pretty modest scene for L.A. Go there to grab your vegetables and whatnot. People sell a lot of cool things—a little vintage clothing here and there. They do an outdoor movie night—we’ve never been able to catch it because it’s only a couple nights a month, so you have to be really on top of it to catch it. But people bring their chairs out and watch a movie.The KitchenI like that it’s open really late. After a really full day, my wife and I will go to a movie and then we’ll go over, grab something to eat, and hang out because it’s not shutting down at 10:00. It’s not a lot to look at on the outside, but inside it’s nice and low key with terrific food—American for the most part, and always fresh. They have this turkey burger there that is awesome. And then they do this really great salmon dish as well. I rotate between the turkey burger, the salmon, and they do a phenomenal chicken sandwich and chicken pot pie. Also, they don’t rush you. You can go there for an hour and a half or two hours and talk.ForageEverything is organic. They usually have a great salmon. You go up there and you get to pick what you want, so you can get the kale salad, or they’ll have a number of different items. The menu is never really the same. And they always have great desserts. I’m a cookie guy, so I’ll get a great cookie. Sometimes they’ll have a chocolate chip pecan cookie, and there’s an oatmeal one, too. Basically, if they have a chocolate chip cookie, I’m good to go.Sky’s Gourmet TacosIt’s like a full-on Mexican fusion place. They have an amazing shrimp burrito. They do a lot of open face burritos and great tacos, so that place is, like, amazing. It’s a really humble, kind of modest spot, but it’s fantastic food.Fix CoffeeFix in Echo Park is really terrific. It’s a really nice scene: you can sit outside, and there’s some seating indoors as well. It’s kind of tucked away. Everyone in Echo Park knows about it, so there are moments when it’s busy, but it still feels like an intimate spot. If you’re up in that area, you can go there and really hang out for a good part of the day and do some work. Plus, they’ve got great coffee.Surplus Value CenterThere’s an Army and Navy store that has a lot of cool stuff in Silver Lake. I’ll go there because I find that they carry stuff that’s not necessarily American specific. Like, they’ll have Swiss army pants in there. You can get a cool camo jacket. Some of the stuff is used, some of the stuff is new, but you can always find something really cool in there to mix into your wardrobe. I got these great pants in there for $15 or $20 bucks, and any time I wear them, somebody asks me about them. You can find cool stuff that is well made, and you can get it for next to nothing.Photographs courtesy (in order): (1) malibuhiking.com (2) wikipedia.org; (4) flickr.com/Håkan Dahlström; (5) flickr.com/dogolaca; (9) fixcoffeeco.com; (10) surplusvaluecenter.net. All other photographs courtesy facebook.com.  TAGSHouse of CardsMahershala AliMy LA to ZNetflixPrevious articlePicture This: Food Photographers Dylan + Jeni Focus on L.A.’s Cocktail SceneNext articleBusted: L.A.’s Worst Speed Trap is in Studio CityThomas Harlander RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORAfter Its Surprise Cancelation from Netflix, ‘Tuca & Bertie’ Gets a Second LifeArbitration Leaks Reveal a New Misconduct Allegation Against Kevin SpaceyNetflix Reveals Remodel Plans for the Egyptian Theaterlast_img read more

SSE price cuts: Fifth energy supplier slashes gas prices following Npower, British Gas, E.On, and Scottish Power

first_img whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Lynsey Barber Video Carousel – cityam_native_carousel – 426 00:00/00:50 LIVERead More Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndoNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyUndoBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MDUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 50 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndo More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.com Sharecenter_img Monday 26 January 2015 2:39 am SSE price cuts: Fifth energy supplier slashes gas prices following Npower, British Gas, E.On, and Scottish Power SSE is the latest energy supplier to cut its prices, passing on savings from the falling cost of wholesale gas to customers.The energy giant will slash its household gas prices by 4.1 per cent, or £28 a year on the typical gas bill. The cuts will take effect from 30 April and the lower price will be guaranteed until at least July 2016.The FTSE 100 firm is the fifth of the big six suppliers to drop the price of gas, after wholesale prices fell by as much as 20 per cent since November last year and 30 per cent since January last year, .It follows Npower, British Gas, E.On and Scottish Power all making price cuts in the last few weeks, as energy firms bow to pressure from the government and consumer groups to reflect the fall in their pricing. EDF has not yet cut its prices.SSE director Steve Forbes said: “We were the only supplier to freeze prices and we promised we would cut them if we could; now we’re delivering on that promise with an average £28 reduction in gas bills. Only SSE customers can bank on the fact that their standard energy prices won’t increase under any circumstances before July 2016. Our prices are coming down, they’re staying down and we want to work with government to bring them down further.”Standard gas tariffs have been cut by 5.1 per cent at Npower, 3.5 per cent at E.On, five per cent at British Gas and 4.8 per cent at Scottish Power. whatsapp Tags: British Gas Company E.On Npower Scottish Power SSElast_img read more

News / Change is in the air for Asia’s airlines, but cargo seems to be flying

first_img By Alexander Whiteman 14/11/2017 Cargo accounted for 22.4% of the group’s total, compared with 19.1% this time last year, significantly above the 8-10% industry average for cargo revenue contribution.Cathay Pacific Cargo also saw strong growth in volumes and revenue, but this was not enough for a carrier that, as recently as 2014, was heralded the world’s best airline.Cargo volumes for Hong Kong’s airline climbed 11.5% to 966,000 tonnes for the six months to June, resulting in revenues of $1.3bn (HK$10.5bn), an increase of 11.7% year-on-year.But with a $320m group operating loss – which the carrier attributed to “a fierce market” – and a 50% share price decline, the carrier lost its status as a component of the Hang Seng Index.All Nippon Airlines (ANA) suffered dwindling domestic volumes in the six months to September (down 2.8%), which it put down to declining volumes being handled at its Hokkaido hub.That said, its international business was flying, with revenues up 31% to $480m (¥54bn) and volumes up by 9.4% to 500,000 tonnes.While Cathay laments its lost status and ANA considers its domestic future, China Southern Airlines has gained ground, with year-to-date cargo revenue up 16% and volumes up 6.5% to 1.2m tonnes.Similarly, Singapore Airlines Cargo fared well, with revenues for the six months to September jumping 6%, leading to $32m in operating profits and reversing last year’s $45m operating loss.In a statement the carrier pointed to a 4.7% bounce in volumes and improved cargo yields on the back of strong trade conditions.“Singapore Airlines Cargo will continue to pursue charter opportunities and deploy capacity to match demand,” said a spokesperson. “Currently, our freighter network [comprising seven 747-400 freighters] covers 19 cities in 13 countries.”First-half figures from IATA indicated an overall 10.1% bounce in freight demand for the Asia-Pacific airlines, with seasonally adjusted international volumes now 4% above the level reached in 2010.“Strong upward trends in air freight for Asia Pacific airlines is set against a volatile, but generally strong, backdrop of buoyant export orderbooks for the region’s manufacturers,” said IATA.“Export conditions are the strongest in Chinese Taipei, while exporters in the major markets of China and Japan are also continuing to report growing orders.”World ACD backed up IATA’s assessment of the market, stating that, alongside Europe (up 12.6%) Asia Pacific was the best-performing area in terms of volume growth (up 14.2%).“Asia Pacific can add the distinction that it is also the only area with double-digit yield growth, year on year, for each month in the period January to September,” it added.“Where did most of the growing volumes go to? Four destinations account for 30% of the growth in 2017: China East, US midwest, Germany and Japan.”Recognising the strength of the wider market – and perhaps perceiving Cathay’s vulnerability – DHL Express has announced a €335m expansion of its Central Asia Hub in partnership with Hong Kong Airport Authority.Chief executive of DHL Express Ken Allen said given the rise in international e-commerce and intra-Asia trade, DHL was “committed to strengthening” its global network and services.The expanded facility will be equipped with an enhanced material handling system, which a spokesperson said would increase throughput capacity from 75,000 shipments an hour to 125,000. © Brad Calkinscenter_img Asia’s carriers face shifting paradigms: Korean Airlines’ third-quarter profits fell almost 90%, while Cathay Pacific has lost its Hang Seng indexing after reporting its worst half-year results in two decades.Profits for the Korean flag-carrier between June and September plummeted from $455m (KRW511bn) to $55.2m – and strong cargo revenues may have prevented an even more substantial decline.Contrasting with declines in passenger markets, cargo revenues for the carrier were up across the board, with the Americas seeing a 23% surge to more than $222m.Domestic cargo revenue aside (up 7%), all other markets reported double-digit increases, with Japan and South-east Asia joining the Americas with growth exceeding 20%.last_img read more

Why People Living With Uncontrolled Seizures Should Get a Specific Diagnosis

first_img[ Close ] Helping your doctor to uncover a more specific diagnosis can make a difference. You’ll know what you’re up against, what to expect in the future, and what treatment options may end up working well.However, there are challenges to finding a specific diagnosis. No two people living with specific epilepsy syndromes have the same initial signs and symptoms. Also, signs and symptoms can change over time, confounding diagnosis. For example, up to 3 out of 4 people with a rare and severe form of epilepsy may no longer have the same seizure types as when the seizures first started.1  Misdiagnosis and under-recognition are common problems for rare and severe epilepsies, including Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), Dravet syndrome and Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC). In one study, nearly 30% of patients with LGS were previously misdiagnosed.2 In another study, the time from onset to an accurate diagnosis of Dravet syndrome was ≈4.8 years.3Here are four reasons why a specific diagnosis could make a real difference for people living with refractory epilepsy:1. You’ll know what you’re up against.It’s fairly common for people to reach adulthood before receiving a specific diagnosis. But knowing earlier could mean all the difference—it can unlock treatment options, access to foundations and grants or financial assistance, connect you with a supportive community of others who can share their experience, and much more.One of the benefits of finding your specific diagnosis is the opportunity to connect with advocacy groups. They are a community of support that brings families together to share advice, support, participate in events, learn about grant opportunities, or simply feel at ease in each other’s presence. For many, finding their support group made a world of difference.2. You’ll get to connect with a community of people who understand exactly what you’re going through.If you learn that you or your loved one is living with LGS, Dravet and TSC there are many resources available where you can find invaluable information, take advantage of support programs, and have opportunities to connect with others with similar experiences. See how one mother looked to her community for information. “Lili was 6 months old when she was diagnosed with seizures. She was first diagnosed with infantile spasms syndrome, and then it was around the age of 3 or 4 that it transitioned into LGS… Close to her turning 6 months old and all of a sudden I remember like we would go into her crib and we would be like hi Lili, and she would make this jumping movement… And so we called the pediatrician, and it’s ironic now because we remember saying to him… “She’s doing this weird behavior where it’s almost like a seizure and she’s like jumping and she’s doing it several times and we don’t know what it is.”We sort of always thought, well, she’s going to grow out of this, or it’s going to get better, or the next medication we try is going to just stop all of these seizures… There was such little information.There’s nothing wrong with getting a second opinion and seeking out other doctors. I think the research component and doctors who are on sort of a cutting edge of different treatments and willing to try other treatments and have experience trying other treatments, is important.” -Natalie, Lili’s mom3. You’ll get information about clinical trials and treatments that might helpHaving a specific diagnosis can open the door to treatment options that may help, and help your doctor identify new treatment options. Without a specific diagnosis, a tailored treatment can be challenging.2,5 Treatment plans and management can be personalized to particular conditions.2,34. You’ll know more information to help you prepare for what may happen in the futureMany families advocate for a specific diagnosis in order to get access to the best possible treatment plan, additional resources, and a community of support. Finding a specific diagnosis is possible—and it starts with filling in the gaps before you talk to your doctor.Talk to Your DoctorLiving with uncontrolled seizures can be scary, and seizures often vary from person to person—that’s why it’s so important to know what to tell your doctor to help fill in the gaps that may lead to a more specific diagnosis. This assessment was created based on extensive research to help you and your doctor begin the conversation and gain valuable insights toward finding a more specific diagnosis or simply learning more about what may be behind the uncontrolled seizures.References 1. Kerr M, Kluger G, Philip, S. Evolution and management of Lennox-Gastaut syndrome through adolescence and into adulthood: are seizures always the primary issue? Epileptic Disord 2011; 13 (Suppl. 1): S15-S26. 2. Bourgeois B, Douglass L, Sankan R. Lennox-Gastaut syndrome: A consensus approach to differential diagnosis. Epilepsia, 55 (Suppl. 4):4–9, 2014 doi:10.1111/epi.125673. Wirrell EC, Laux L, Donner E, et al. Optimizing diagnosis and management of Dravet syndrome: recommendations from a North American Consensus Panel. Pediatr Neurol. 2017;68:18-34. 4. Arzimanoglou A, Resnick T. All children who experience epileptic falls do not necessarily have Lennox-Gastaut syndrome…but many do. Epileptic Disord. 2011; (suppl 1):S3-S13.5. Piña-Garza JE, Boyce D, Tworek DM, et al. The refractory epilepsy screening tool for Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (REST-LGS). Epilepsy Behav. 2019;90:148-153.last_img read more

Planned hazard reduction burn near Mathoura

first_imgPlanned hazard reduction burn near Mathoura The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is planning a hazard reduction burn in Murray Valley Regional Park, Gulpa precinct, adjacent to Mathoura on Thursday 1 April, weather permitting. NPWS Area Manager Robin Mares said the 62 hectare burn aims to reduce fuel loads in the area to provide increased protection to Mathoura in case of wildfire.“The burn is due to begin at about 10am and will only be ignited if weather conditions, including the wind direction, are suitable at the time.“We are taking advantage of favourable conditions to conduct this strategic burn and thank neighbours for their understanding.“Preparations for the burn have been put in place by staff over the past week and the operation is expected to be largely completed by the end of the day with patrols occurring post burn.“People with asthma or who are susceptible to respiratory problems are advised to keep clear of the immediate area or stay indoors.“There should be no impact on local traffic,” Mr Mares said.All burns across New South Wales will continue to be coordinated with the Rural Fire Service to ensure the impact on the community, including from smoke, are assessed at a regional level.Details on specific burns will be made available in advance on the Rural Fire Service website, ‘Fires Near Me’ app, and on the NPWS Alerts website.For health information relating to smoke from bushfires and hazard reduction burning, visit NSW Health or the Asthma Foundation.For up to date information on these, and other, planned hazard reduction activities, visit the Rural Fire Service. /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:Asthma, AusPol, bushfires, community, environment, Government, health, Impact, Mathoura, National Park, New South Wales, NSW, NSW Health, operation, Smoke, visit, weather, website, wildlifelast_img read more

Four tips to successfully navigating the CWA

first_imgCategories:ConferencesEvents & Exhibits Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: April 7, 2017 center_img With over 200 events in one week, the 69th Conference on World Affairs might seem intimidating, especially to newcomers. Follow these easy tips to choose conference events best suited to your interests.Download the CWA appEnrich your experience at CWA by download the free, new and improved app, featuring: An interactive campus map,Tool to create your own schedule,Transportation and parking information,Live Q&A in sessions,Schedule notifications,Speaker biographies andEasy sharing to social media.Grab a CWA programPick up a 2017 CWA program at the following locations (or view online).Alfalfa’s Market at 1651 BroadwayBoulder Main Public Library at 1001 Arapahoe AvenueCU University Memorial Center at 1669 Euclid AvenueHazel’s Beverage World at 1955 28th StreetNorth Boulder Rec Center at 3170 BroadwaySouth Boulder Rec Center at 1360 Gillaspie DriveEast Boulder Rec Center at 5660 Sioux DriveChoose a conference themeThis year, the CWA will feature three new themes to help conference-goers choose specific subjects that are of interest to them.Democracy now!Future of foodSpace explorationReview panelist biosEach year, the CWA brings in speakers from all over the world, specializing in a wide variety of subjects. Choosing panels based on their expertise is a great way to ensure a positive conference experience.last_img read more

Quarterly Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the First Quarter of 2015

first_imgStory HighlightsDuring the first quarter of 2015, the Jamaican economy grew by 0.4 per cent when compared to the similar quarter of 2014. This growth was due mainly to a 0.6 per cent increase in the Services industries.All industries within the services industries recorded increased levels of output with the exception of Electricity & Water Supply and Producers of Government Services.Contributing to the growth in the Hotels and Restaurants industry was increased activities in hotel & short-stay accommodation. RelatedFinance Minister Confident of Passing Ninth IMF Review RelatedStrong Fiscal Performance Continues – Richard Byles Quarterly Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the First Quarter of 2015 Finance & Public ServiceJuly 9, 2015Written by: Statistical Institute of Jamaica RelatedFinancial Situation in Greece Will Not Significantly Impact Jamaica – EPOC Co-Chaircenter_img During the first quarter of 2015, the Jamaican economy grew by 0.4 per cent when compared to the similar quarter of 2014. This growth was due mainly to a 0.6 per cent increase in the Services industries.All industries within the services industries recorded increased levels of output with the exception of Electricity & Water Supply and Producers of Government Services which fell by 2.8 per cent and 0.1 per cent respectively. Increased output was recorded for: Hotels & Restaurants (4.0 per cent), Other Services (1.5 per cent), Transport, Storage & Communication (0.9 per cent), Real Estate, Renting & Business Activities (0.4 per cent), Wholesale & Retail Trade; Repairs; Installation of Machinery & Equipment (0.3 per cent), and Finance & Insurance Services (0.2 per cent).Contributing to the growth in the Hotels and Restaurants industry was increased activities in hotel & short-stay accommodation, which was positively impacted by increased foreign national arrivals during the quarter.Output of the Goods Producing industries declined by 0.4 per cent due largely to a 0.6 per cent reduction in Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing and a 2.0 per cent decline in Manufacturing. The performance of the Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing industry was largely attributed to the severe drought conditions which continued to affect the island. Construction and Mining & Quarrying, however, grew by 1.3 per cent and 0.6 per cent respectively. The performance of the Construction industry reflected increased activities in building construction and civil engineering.When compared with the fourth quarter of 2014, the economy grew by 0.2 per cent. This was largely the result of a 4.1 per cent increase in the Goods Producing industries. The Services industries, however, fell by 1.0 per cent.The Gross Domestic Product first Quarter 2015 is available at the Statistical Institute of Jamaica’s Distribution Centre located at 7 Cecelio Avenue, Kingston 10. The GDP data is also published on the STATIN website at www.statinja.gov.jm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisementslast_img read more

‘Young Guns’ Having Fun

first_imgPINEHURST, N.C. – Three of golf’s brightest young stars stood on the tee box of the treacherous par-3 ninth hole early Thursday afternoon at the year’s most treacherous tournament. This being their last hole of the opening round, it was the point where their nerves should have been completely frayed, where the mental anguish had eaten away at their composure and the frustration had left their scorecards as barren as Pinehurst’s numerous waste areas. Instead, Jordan Spieth, Hideki Matsuyama and Rickie Fowler assessed the warm breeze with the patience of a routine practice session. Each of them might have even cracked a little smile – usually forbidden at the U.S. Open – when Spieth broke the silence with a pertinent observation. “Nobody,” he said to playing partners who along with him were a collective 4 under for the round, “is going to beat our score today.’” Consider it the innocence of youth that minutes later both Spieth and Fowler were cleaning up bogeys to conclude their rounds, but that underscores the major theme of their day. In a tournament where it’s so often believed that experience is of the utmost importance, the USGA’s so-called “Young Guns” group included a trio of players who each shot even par or better. Spieth, 20, posted a 1-under 69; Matsuyama, 22, matched that score; and Fowler, 25, shot even-par 70. U.S. Open: Articles, videos and photos U.S. Open full-field scores “It was a lot of fun,” Spieth insisted, using an adjective not often associated with this event. “Both of those guys played really well, so we were able to feed off each other. You just want to see some putts go in at a venue like this. You just want to see any putts going in, so you know you can make them.” Perhaps the biggest takeaway from this group was the not-so-gentle reminder that youthfulness is not synonymous with inexperience. That even though these three combined are still younger than Jack Nicklaus, that doesn’t mean they aren’t seasoned enough to contend for this major championship. Spieth has already shown that ability. Just two months ago, he played in the final pairing at the Masters Tournament and finished in a share of second place. He followed that with a fourth-place result at The Players Championship. Which means that anyone thinking the world’s 10th-ranked player wouldn’t be a serious contender this week clearly hasn’t been paying attention lately. “I’m striking it pretty well; it’s getting close,” he said after a round that included four birdies against three bogeys. “I started missing fairways in the middle kind of second half of the round today. It’s not fun to play out of the weeds, but I got it around. So if I get back on track to the beginning of the round, sure, I think there’s some birdies out there.” Same goes for Matsuyama. The recent Memorial Tournament champion matched Spieth’s birdie and bogey total on Thursday, once again proving himself to be a player ready-made for major contention. In six previous major starts, he’s made five cuts and owns three top-20 finishes. “Putting was the strong part of my game today,” he allowed. “Just one shot at a time tomorrow and just do my very best.” If there was a story in the early-morning hours, it was Fowler arriving at the course in plus-fours with argyle socks pulled to his knees – an unmistakable tribute to the late Payne Stewart, who won this tournament on this course 15 years ago. “It’s cool to be in the position I’m in to wear some attire like he used to wear, to give tribute to him,” he explained. “Obviously he had a special week here in ’99. And I’m off to a decent start.” With a T-10 at last year’s U.S. Open and a T-5 earlier this year at the Masters, Fowler is establishing himself as another young player who has a knack for getting into contention at majors – just like Spieth and Matsuyama. “Jordan is one of the top players in the world right now, Hideki is obviously moving up the world ranks and I’ve kind of been hanging around,” he said. “We’re going to be playing against each other for a long time. And it’s fun to be able to get ourselves in contention at majors. “There are so many good young players out right now, we’re trying to get into the scene a little bit. We’re trying to take some of the majors away from some of the older guys.” It wasn’t long after that final hole of the day, after Spieth proudly proclaimed that they’d have the day’s best combined score and two of them promptly followed with bogeys, that he was retelling the story of this bravado. “I guess I jinxed it,” he said with a laugh. Maybe. On a day when three young stars collectively played the U.S. Open in under par, though, even this jinx couldn’t keep ‘em from laughing about it afterward.last_img read more

New Food Bank Director Brings Strong Background in Anti-Hunger Advocacy

first_imgJessy Lee’s first day as executive director of Whitefish’s North Valley Food Bank was Valentine’s Day, a fitting time to begin the process of falling in love with her new community and new job.Part of that process has involved quickly learning the ropes and getting her bearings through full-on cultural and professional immersion.“It’s been a whirlwind,” she said earlier this week. “It’s been a crash course in learning about the Whitefish community, finding my way way around.”“It’s an honor to serve Whitefish community members in this capacity,” she added. “I grew up in Billings and I’m thrilled for the opportunity to continue serving my fellow Montanans.”Lee is only the third executive director in the food bank’s history, replacing SueAnn Grogan-King, who was at the helm for four years after replacing the late June Munski-Feenan, the organization’s founder. Munski-Feenan ran the food bank, originally out of her garage, for four decades until her death at age 86 in 2014.A North Valley Food Bank press release called Munski-Feenan “our community’s own Mother Teresa.” Lee feels privileged to have the opportunity to fill those big shoes.“She’s got quite the legacy,” Lee said. “She had these longstanding relationships with basically everyone in the community, and she was able to get a lot done through those relationships. And I think it’s really important for somebody in my position to continue to foster those relationships and continue to keep people engaged and make sure we’re being the best stewards of people’s resources as we can.”Lee brings her own solid foundation of experience, having worked off and on at the Missoula Food Bank for the last decade. A Montana native originally from Billings, Lee moved to Missoula in 2006 and received her bachelor’s of social work degree from the University of Montana. She completed her master’s of public administration at UM just before accepting her new assignment in Whitefish.Lee was awarded the MPA/Nonprofit Public Service Award recipient for the 2018-2019 academic year for her “commitment to excellence in public service and academic excellence.”Her work with the Missoula Food Bank was broad, including both advocacy work and program management.“I care about humanity; it’s that simple,” she said. “I dove into the work and eventually oversaw all programs at Missoula Food Bank. It was the pleasure of my life.”That experience dovetails with her academic studies to form a strong backbone for her new job.“I know my way around the food security universe pretty well,” she said. “I’ve managed some of the federal and state grants that provide nutrition to seniors and children, so I have a pretty good idea from the government perspective and private nonprofit perspective.”Jim Cummings, North Valley Food Bank’s board president, said Lee emerged from a field of strong candidates.“We are thrilled to have Jessy join our team,” Cummings said. “We had several well-qualified candidates. We are confident we found the right person for the job.”Lee is eager to continue strengthening anti-hunger and food-security efforts in Whitefish and beyond.“Whitefish as a community has really come together to address things like summer meals for children and weekend (Backpack Assistance programs) that are administered outside of the food bank environment,” she said.“I think there’s some work to do beyond Whitefish,” she added, noting the need for more food access in places like Bad Rock Canyon, which she believes North Valley Bank can play a role in developing even though it’s outside of Whitefish.“If you have the infrastructure like we do, I think there’s a moral obligation to do so,” she said. “North Valley Food Bank is in the incredible position of having a new facility and a strong volunteer base to be able to make things like that happen.”For more information about North Valley Food Bank, visit www.northvalleyfoodbank.org. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more