ANDERSON TO CHAIR SENATE COMMERCE COMMITTEE

first_img**FILE** Shown in this Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, file photo is State Sen. Bill Anderson, R-Pierson, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) Republican State Senator Bill Anderson of Pierson, will serve as the new commerce committee chairman when the Iowa Senate convenes in January.He has spent the last five years as the ranking member of the Senate commerce committee.Anderson was first elected to the Iowa Senate in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.The Senate Commerce Committee consists of 15 members and oversees legislation relating to the regulation of energy, banks, insurance, utilities, real estate, credit unions, and the sale of alcoholic beverages in Iowa.last_img read more

Health Minister Says Diaspora Adopt-A-Clinic Project Necessary

first_img “We need those clinics to function in the communities, be relevant to the communities and maintain the credibility. The main objective of the (project) is to provide a longer term relationship between the adopter and the service that is being provided (at the facility),” he said. Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the Diaspora Adopt-a-Clinic project is necessary for renewing faith in the primary healthcare system. The Minister informed that outside of the Diaspora, corporate entities such as LASCO, Wisynco and Victoria Mutual Building Society have also played their part in adopting facilities close to their businesses. Story Highlights Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the Diaspora Adopt-a-Clinic project is necessary for renewing faith in the primary healthcare system.Speaking at a special interest group meeting at the Jamaica Diaspora Conference in downtown Kingston on July 26, Dr. Tufton noted that many persons do not appear to have faith in that system because of a lack of belief in the quality of care they will receive.However, Dr.Tufton informed that the primary healthcare system is important in order to alleviate the burden experienced by the secondary and tertiary level healthcare system, which is where the Adopt-a-Clinic project becomes relevant.“We need those clinics to function in the communities, be relevant to the communities and maintain the credibility. The main objective of the (project) is to provide a longer term relationship between the adopter and the service that is being provided (at the facility),” he said.Following a needs assessment of 320 health centres, the Ministry of Health has prioritised 100 centres for adoption by the Diaspora and other friends of Jamaica.For the UK Diaspora Adopt-a-Clinic project, interested individuals can visit the established website at: adoptaclinicjamaica.co.uk to make donations of £5,000 or more as well as other contributions.Persons can also make donations through the Ministry’s Health and Wellness Foundation website, as some health centres require maintenance, infrastructural upgrades and equipment and furnishings.The Minister informed that outside of the Diaspora, corporate entities such as LASCO, Wisynco and Victoria Mutual Building Society have also played their part in adopting facilities close to their businesses.For his part, Chairman of Adopt-a-Clinic UK, Paul Harrison, pointed to the support the project has been receiving, particularly the Whitehall Health Centre in St. Thomas.He explained that a Nigerian man made a donation of £500 to the health centre based on his close association to a church pastored by a Jamaican.“He hears his pastor always talking about Jamaica and he said he wanted to adopt a clinic. He is going to head a team in his church and between them collectively, they will be making donations weekly and monthly to that particular clinic,” he explained.Mr. Harrison emphasised that the project will remain as transparent as possible.One of the committee members for the UK Diaspora Adopt-a-Clinic project, Dr. Nelda Frater, who owns a medical practice in England, is planning to support clinics in Wait-a-Bit, Trelawny, her birthplace.She plans to provide those clinics as well as others with water tanks and other equipment.last_img read more

Local Recording Artistes’ Children to Perform at ‘Kingston Reggae Night’

first_imgStory Highlights The children of several well-known local recording artistes will be afforded the opportunity to showcase their talents at the inaugural Kingston Reggae Night show, slated for the National Arena on August 5. Among the young artistes slated to perform are: Meleku Collins, son of Miguel ‘Sizzla Kalonji’ Collins; Pashion Minott, daughter of the late Lincoln ‘Sugar’ Minott; Garnett Silk Jr, son of the similarly named late top flight singer; Tony Rebel’s daughter, Davianah; and Imiru Tafari, son of Queen Ifrica, center_img The children of several well-known local recording artistes will be afforded the opportunity to showcase their talents at the inaugural Kingston Reggae Night show, slated for the National Arena on August 5.It is one of several nightly events scheduled at the Independence Festival Village at the National Stadium throughout the Emancipation/Independence period, from July 29 to August 5.Among the young artistes slated to perform are: Meleku Collins, son of Miguel “Sizzla Kalonji” Collins; Pashion Minott, daughter of the late Lincoln “Sugar” Minott; Garnett Silk Jr. son of the similarly named late top-flight singer; Tony Rebel’s daughter, Davianah; and Imiru Tafari, son of Queen Ifrica,Much is expected from these youngsters, who will be paying homage to their parents’ legacies through their performances.Patrons will also be entertained by former Third World Band member, Michael “Ibo” Cooper; Queen Ifrica; Chaka Demus; Bugle; Keznamdi; and LUST, among others.Other activities to be staged throughout the period are the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Coronation show on August 1; Festival Fashion Flair – August 2; Mello-Go-Roun – August 3; and World Reggae Dance Championship – August 4.The Village opens at 12 noon daily, with the nightly events beginning at eight o’clock.The activities are being spearheaded by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission under the theme: ‘Celebrating Jamaicans Home and Abroad’.last_img read more

Royal Caribbeans Newest Ship to Sail from AsiaPacific

first_imgzoom Miami-based cruise company Royal Caribbean International has unveiled future plans for the first Quantum Ultra-class ship to be based in the Asia-Pacific region.With nearly a decade since Royal Caribbean’s first cruise in China, the company will send the new ship to the region specifically designed for guests in the Asia-Pacific.Set to be launched in spring 2019, the yet-to-be-named ship will join its sister ships, Quantum of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas, Royal Caribbean said as it presented its full roster of 2018-19 China, Singapore and Australia itineraries.As part of the deployment plans for 2018-19, Mariner of the Seas will reposition to a new home in Miami, Florida embarking on a “Global Odyssey” from Asia that features three long sailings from Singapore to Dubai; Dubai to Barcelona; and Barcelona to Miami. Voyager of the Seas will have its first full season in Singapore in 2018-19, offering 3- to 7-night adventures throughout Southeast Asia with stops that include ports in Thailand and Malaysia.The new 2018-19 deployment season also includes an expanded offering of itineraries between Auckland, New Zealand and Melbourne or Sydney, Australia on Radiance of the Seas. During the winter, Ovation of the Seas will reposition to Sydney for its longest season in Australia.Royal Caribbean International sails 24 cruise ships to destinations in Bermuda and the Caribbean, Europe, Canada and New England, Alaska, South America, Asia, and Australia and New Zealand.last_img read more

MONTREAL STUDIO AUDIO Z LAUNCHES MICROWAVESTUDIO

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment With production budgets getting smaller and smaller, and content creators having to develop multiple skills such as video and audio, micowave.studio offers on array of recipes developed over the years, and tested on thousands of advertising projects. “Technology has only recently allowed us to bring this project to fruition” says Martin Rouillard, who runs research, development and innovation at Audio Z.YouTubers, podcasters, video editors and multimedia studios, will now have the possibility to offer a better audio experience, without having to go through the painstakingly complex process of putting a professional audio mix together. Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Advertisement MONTREAL – On May 23rd 2018, Montreal studio Audio Z launches it’s latest service: microwave.studio (https://microwave.studio/) ; an innovative intelligent audio mixing platform, created specifically with digital content creators in mind. Just like the microwave in our kitchens never replaced a high-end restaurant or a master chef’s talent and skills, microwave.studio doesn’t replace professional sound recording studios. “But for projects like a 3 hour podcast, a quick radio ad or an audiobook, microwave.studio can be a great solution”, stated Serge Laforest, Audio Z’s founder and président.Audio Z – Located on the 26th floor of the Stock Exchange tower, Audio Z has made a name for itself as a key player among Montreal’s audio post-production studios. Aside from 8 fully-equipped studios, music composition and mixing services, Microwave.studio is the third online service created by Audio Z, the two others being Webcargo.net and MSTR.TV.last_img read more

Aimia rejects US180 million Grupo Aeromexico offer for PLM stake

first_imgAimia Inc. has rejected an unsolicited US$180-million offer by Mexican airline operator Grupo Aeromexico to buy the Montreal-based company’s stake in their joint loyalty program PLM.The proposed transaction to buy Aimia’s 48.9 per cent stake in Premier Loyalty & Marketing (PLM), a joint venture which owns the Club Premier frequent flyer program, would have given Grupo Aeromexico full control.“The Company has promptly rejected the offer as it believes that its stake in PLM is worth significantly more than the offer price, which reflected no improvement whatsoever to the terms previously proposed by Aeromexico to Aimia in prior discussions between the parties,” Aimia said in a statement Thursday.Aimia noted that PLM generated adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of US$77.4-million in 2017, and the contract between the two parties runs until 2030.The offer came one day after a group led by Air Canada offered to buy Aimia’s loyalty business Aeroplan in a deal valued at $2.25 billion, including points liabilities they would assume.Grupo Aeromexico is “playing hardball” said Adam Shine, an analyst with National Bank in a note to clients.“If it wasn’t obvious yesterday, it’s increasingly clear today that Aimia is being pushed into selling off its pieces by larger partners who always had a stronger bargaining position in these assorted relationships.”Grupo Aeromexico, which currently owns 51.1 per cent of PLM, had said the offer for Aimia’s 48.9 per cent stake would expire at midnight on Aug. 3, but such deadlines are often amended.Club Premier has more than 3.7 million members and more than 100 partners, according to Aimia’s website.Grupo Aeromexico, which also operates its namesake airline, said it has informed Aimia that its current contract will not be extended beyond its current expiration date in 2030.“If completed, the Proposed Transaction would result in a positive outcome for Aimia’s shareholders as it provides an opportunity to realize an immediate return on the disposal of an asset, the divestiture of which would have otherwise been challenging,” the group said in a statement. “The Proposed Transaction would also provide benefits to Aimia’s stakeholders as it would provide material financial resources which Aimia can use to strengthen its core business.”Air Canada told its clients that the proposed transaction, which expires Aug. 2, would allow customers to transfer their points to the airline’s own loyalty program when it launches in 2020.Grupo Aeromexico said Thursday that the US$180 million price tag, including dividends and marketing fees paid to Aimia since its investment, represents an annualized rate of return for the Montreal-based company of approximately 18 per cent. The group also said launching an initial public offering of PLM is not an option.“For this reason it is Aeromexico’s view that the best long-term solution for all stakeholders is for Aeromexico to acquire the equity stake currently held by Aimia,” it said in a statement.last_img read more

Army probes Weliweriya incident

Meanwhile army spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya said that most soldiers placed at Weliweriya have been withdrawn and only a few still remain there. The army spokesman however noted that the soldiers never directly attacked the protesters and only defended themselves against a group who had attacked the police and army using petrol bombs.Weliweriya was tense last night with soldiers patrolling the area after violence broke out last evening leaving one person dead and at least 23 injured. “They are there to assist the police and we expect them to be removed from there soon. While assisting the police in its investigations the army is conducting it own internal investigation,” he said. The army has launched an investigation into the clashes at Weliweriya amidst allegations soldiers mishandled the situation.Army Commander Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake appointed a special board of inquiry headed by Major General Jagath Dias to investigate the army role in the clashes. Television footage showed soldiers firing in the air and at times directing their guns at the protesters who pelted stones and other objects at the troops during the violence earlier in the evening. (Colombo Gazette)CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO read more

Republic of Koreas foreignersonly HIV test violated New Zealand teachers rights –

The Geneva-based Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) was considering the case of the woman, whose contract was not renewed in 2009 after she refused to undergo a secondary mandatory HIV test required only of foreigners, arguing it was “discriminatory and an affront to her dignity.”In a statement released by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today, CERD members noted that the Republic of Korea did not provide any reasons to justify the mandatory testing, from which Korean and ethnic Korean teachers were exempt. They also noted that, during arbitration proceedings, the woman’s employers, the Uslan Metropolitan Office of Education (UMOE), said that HIV/AIDS tests were viewed as a means to check the values and morality of foreign English teachers.The testing policy, the Committee wrote in its findings , “does not appear to be justified on public health grounds or any other ground, and is a breach of the right to work without distinction to race, colour, national or ethnic origin.” The Committee called on the Republic of Korea to grant the woman adequate compensation for the moral and material damages she suffered. The Committee also urged the authorities to take steps to review regulations and policies related to the employment of foreigners and to abolish, in law and in practice, any legislation which creates or perpetuates racial discrimination. “The Committee recommends the State party to counter any manifestations of xenophobia, through stereotyping or stigmatizing, of foreigners by public officials, the media and the public at large,” members wrote. The Committee has asked the Republic of Korea to inform it within 90 days of the steps it has taken. In its submission to the Committee, the Republic of Korea said that, since 2010, its guidelines on the employment of foreign teachers do not specify that they have to submit results of HIV/AIDS and drugs tests to have their contracts renewed, and that mandatory testing is no longer required by the UMOE. read more