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Ford sales ease off the gas amid product switch

first_img Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat is ‘Ranked-Choice Voting,’ the New System for New York’s MayoralFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily Proof Tuesday 28 April 2015 9:14 pm Express KCS whatsapp whatsapp Share Show Comments ▼center_img Tags: NULL FORD saw a fall in profits for the first three months of the year as its sales in North America were dampened by a product switchover.Globally, the firm sold 1.57m vehicles, down 21,000 compared with a year earlier, according to its financial results released yesterday.Fewer vehicle sales were registered in North America – it’s biggest market – due to the ongoing launches of the F-150 pickup truck and the Ford Edge SUV. There were 678,000 sales in North America – a fall of 39,000.Ford chief executive Mark Fields remained upbeat. He said it “was a good start to a year in which our results will grow progressively stronger as the new products we have been launching start to pay off. We are re-confirming that 2015 will be a breakthrough year for Ford”. The second largest US car producer maintained its full-year forecast of pre-tax profit between $8.5bn (£5.5bn) and $9.5bn.Ford’s overall net income for the first three months of the year fell seven per cent to $924m, or 23 cents a share, from $989m, or 24 cents a share, a year earlier. Revenue fell 5.6 per cent to $33.9bn. The company also benefitted from a narrowing of losses in South America and Europe, but conditions are expected to stay tough.“The external environment in South America has deteriorated compared to where we were just a few months ago,” Ford Chief Financial Officer Bob Shanks told reporters.Ford made a pre-tax loss of $189m in South America, a $321m improvement on the first three months of 2014. Pre-tax losses in Europe amounted to £185m, a $9m improvement. Ford sales ease off the gas amid product switch by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorOpulent ExpressHer Quadruplets Were Born Without A Hitch. Then Doctors Realized SomethingOpulent ExpressNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableylast_img read more

Professionalism isn’t something medical students absorb. It must be taught

first_img By David Rothman Aug. 24, 2018 Reprints Newsletters Sign up for First Opinion A weekly digest of our opinion column, with insight from industry experts. Tags educationphysicians Today more than ever, we need physicians who are committed to the principles of professionalism. The principles themselves are well-established: physicians must be altruistic, always putting their patients’ interests first and above their own; they must be committed to lifelong learning; they must be responsible for the quality of care that they and their colleagues deliver; and they must advocate for the well-being not only of their own patients but also the population at large.Yet medical educators haven’t always been methodical and diligent in teaching these tenets to the next generation of doctors. It isn’t difficult. It just requires an intentional focus on helping students build an ethical foundation that will let them balance competing needs and resolve moral dilemmas while also being good, caring, tolerant, and empathetic doctors.Here are five key reasons why medical educators must do a better job of teaching medical professionalism:advertisement Related: David Rothman Patient advocacy. Patients have become far more involved in and savvy about their care. The physician monopoly of medical knowledge is broken. Patients can investigate conditions on their own by doing a simple Google search or going to the website of countless disease-focused organizations. Given this, physicians must recognize that theirs is not the only voice in the room. Professionalism makes clear that they must be more open to the perspectives that patients bring to the encounter.Although these issues are making professionalism harder to maintain, it is also spurring innovative approaches that can serve as models for educational and professional institutions. In 2010, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation and the Institute on Medicine as a Profession, which I direct, launched a pilot program to encourage innovative methods for teaching professionalism to the next generation of physicians and establish professionalism as a standard to be instilled and cultivated through medical education.A new report summarizes lessons learned from that effort. It offers important best practices from 19 educational institutions that have been developing new models for teaching professionalism. Here are some key takeaways to guide future work:Put small grants to work. Providing small grants to medical schools had a catalytic influence on the institution. Involving faculty, students, residents, and staff in discussions about professionalism opened opportunities to discuss other issues, such as burnout and the physician’s role as advocate, and helped break down traditional barriers between students and faculty members. As a result, all 19 programs continued after the grant period and integrated professionalism into institutional curricula or residency programming.Faculty development is essential. No professionalism program will succeed without serious attention to faculty development. Since the explicit teaching of professionalism is relatively new, most faculty members have had little experience with it as learners or teachers. Consequently, professionalism needs champions at the highest levels of the organization. This is important for both role-modeling professionalism at all levels and for the necessary commitment of time and resources. Deans and chiefs of service need to be included and visible to students and residents. [email protected] Doctor-patient disconnect. There is a growing distance between doctors and their patients; in many cases, they have become strangers at the bedside. The rise of extraordinary specialization taking the form of hospitalists for hospitalized patients and laborists for pregnant women means that in many instances doctors cannot or will not know the patient they are caring for and the patient will not always know or have a prior relationship with the doctor at his or her bedside. Under these circumstances, maintaining trust is far more difficult than it is with an established doctor-patient relationship. Professionalism will ensure that patient interest continues to dominate the clinical encounter.Governmental oversight. State and federal governments now intrude regularly on physician autonomy. Professionalism must be invoked when government bodies regulate what doctors can say or must say to patients. In 2011, for example, the Florida legislature passed a bill that limited what physicians could say to patients about firearm ownership, even though that kind of information is important to protecting adult and child health. Although the law was overturned in 2017, physicians must clarify why such intrusions are not in the best interests of patients or communities. Transparent environment. Physicians today practice under a high level of transparency. The Physician Payments Sunshine Act reveals doctors’ financial connections with pharmaceutical and device companies, while electronic health records make their clinical decisions available for the scrutiny of employers and colleagues. Professionalism will help ensure that the data will be used to improve patient outcomes.advertisement About the Author Reprintscenter_img Please enter a valid email address. Healing the ‘moral injury’ of clinicians will take a village Related: Privacy Policy Dear fellow doctors: Please play nice Leave this field empty if you’re human: For example, a project at the University of Rochester Medical Center focused on enhancing faculty members’ skills and attitudes about patient-centered communication. It established a program in which surgeons are paired to give and receive feedback on improving communication skills with patients. The ultimate aim is to create a model for peer coaching that can be adopted by other specialties and departments throughout the medical center.Aim for longitudinal integration. Professionalism needs to be integrated longitudinally and through the educational experience. The content and principles of professionalism must be continually reinforced. Advocacy and community-based programs have been effective ways to teach and model professionalism. The University of California, San Francisco-Fresno Pediatrics Residency Program is partnering with the Fresno United School District, Fresno State University, and other organizations to foster the development of lifelong advocacy skills among medical students.Pay attention to burnout. Unprofessional behavior can be a manifestation of burnout, which both faculty members and students experience. Burnout makes it difficult to put patient’s needs first. Re-instilling professionalism with its accompanying commitment to purpose can be a strong antidote to burnout. Already overburdened faculty must not see this as an additional assignment but as an opportunity to be reinvigorated. Empathy and tolerance of ambiguity in medicine are critical tenets of professionalism, yet they are not taught or tested in medical training.To combat burnout, Thomas Jefferson University joined forces with the Lantern Theater Company of Philadelphia to help physicians, residents, nurses, and medical students process the complexities of their daily experience into theatrical vignettes that will be performed. Participants are tested on empathy, tolerance for ambiguity, and burnout. Studies show that watching drama might increase empathy; this program is testing whether performing it might actually have a longer-lasting effect.Today’s health care environment places multiple stressors on doctors and other health professionals who want to put their patient’s needs first. They are confronted by increasing demands on their time, energy, and abilities. Despite these hurdles — indeed, because of these hurdles — educators in the health professions must step up and adopt a more deliberate and integrated approach to teaching professionalism.David Rothman, Ph.D., is the president of the Institute on Medicine as a Profession. Time of transformation. We are at a moment of extraordinary transformation in how medical practice is organized. Once upon a time, patients saw solo practitioners — visiting one-to-two-person offices in which the physicians were completely in charge of both the business side and the medical side of the practice. That period is over. Physicians now are usually salaried, and therefore subject to the incentives and disincentives offered by their employers. Professionalism helps ensure that patient interests, not employers’, predominate in clinical care. Adobe First OpinionProfessionalism isn’t something medical students absorb. It must be taught last_img read more

Hanawon director offers glimpse into highs and lows of resettlement process…

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China News A unified Korean Peninsula is something weall dream about. But what do the experts think that process will look like?It’s time for “Unification Table Talk” where we interview experts inthis field. Since Kim Jong Un rose to power, borderregions have been buttoned up and escape routes have been blocked off as partof a crackdown effort that has halved the number of defectors who are able toreach South Korea compared to years past. Although this is a dramaticreduction, some defectors do still manage to slip through the net in order tostart their new lives here in South Korea. At the present moment, there arenearly 30 thousand such defectors in South Korea. On this edition of “Unification Table Talk,”we sit down with Hanawon Director Kim Jung Tae to discuss what defectors do inorder to acclimate to their new surroundings and what the government is doingto help ease the transition. Hanawon is an agency dedicated to assistingdefectors adjust to their new lives in South Korea. It is funded and organizedby the Ministry of Unification. 1. Right now how many defectors are livingin South Korea? There are approximately 28 thousand peoplefrom North Korea living here right now. 2. What kind of trends do we see these daysin terms of defectors entering South Korea? In the 1990s, about one thousand peoplecame per year. That doubled in the 2000s when about 1,500-2,000 people came peryear. It jumped again in 2009 to its highest figure at 2,914. After that itstarted to come down again to about 1,500/year. Last year we saw about 1,396people enter the country.   2-1. The graph looks like it’s revealing adownwards curve…. That’s right. This year in the last threemonths, only about 300 people have come in. 2-2. Why do you think so many defectorswere able to escape in 2009? At that time there were a few instances ofgovernment level officials sneaking out and taking a large amount of peoplewith them. That ended up being the most we’d ever gotten. 3. Once the defectors come to South Korea,what kind of processes are in place to help them settle here in South Koreansociety? In some cases, there are planned entrances,in which case the government will be duly informed. But in most instances, thedefectors volunteer themselves to the North Korean Defector Resident ProtectionServices Center at the National Intelligence Service. At that facility, theresidents are interviewed and researched for approximately one month. Afterthat point, they are sent to the Hanawon facility, where they get three monthsof training in basic adaptation techniques. Then they are assigned to rented apartmentsin different regions throughout the city. Once they move into their newapartments, we show them our local assistance center. That’s where they willcontinue to get detailed advice about making their new lives.   4. I think we can all agree just howimportant it is that these defectors get settled and adapted to life here inSouth Korea. In your experience, what is the most difficult element of thattransition for them? They have a lot of struggles, honestly. Toexpress their feelings on the matter, there’s an expression. It goes, “In NorthKorea, we starve. In 3rd countries, we don’t know the language.When we come to South Korea, we don’t know how to live.” As the director ofHanawon, I can certainly understand what they mean by this. It has been 70years since our country has been divided. That means three or four generationsof living apart from one another. Now, we’re still the same people, still cutfrom the same cloth, so we look the same and can understand each other to adegree, but we’ve grown up in totally different sociopolitical circumstances.If you look at it from a cultural perspective, South Korea is like a totallydifferent country to defectors. I think that’s the most accurate way to sum uptheir view on things. 4-1. So even though we share the samelanguage, there are still cultural differences which present challenges for thedefectors. I’ve also heard some people say that South Koreans tend to use a lotof English loan words, and that adapting to South Korean dialects can betricky. Through the process of becoming exposed tothe globalized world, South Korea has started using an abundant amount offoreign words and concepts with a high frequency. There’s also a slightprejudice against those who speak pure Korean without dropping in these trendywords and ideas from other cultures.  For example, instead of “chae-so,”North Koreans say “nam-sae” for vegetable, and instead of “Ga-gae,” NorthKoreans say “sang-jeom” for store. So then they come here anticipating thatthey’ve finally come to a place outside North Korea where they can expressthemselves comfortably, and they are confronted with a really differentdialect, pickled with alien words and phrases. The ensuing attempt tounderstand and be understood can be quite stressful for them.   5. It must be difficult to adjust to lifehere. Just to review, Hanawon is an agency dedicated to assisting defectorsadjust to their new lives in South Korea. It is funded and organized by theMinistry of Unification. What kind of education and support does Hanawon giveto the defectors? Defectors start their new lives with us atHanawon. It’s no exaggeration to say that. In truth, the defectors havesuccessfully made it to the South in body, but in spirit they’re stillstruggling in terms of reconciling their values, emotions, and culturalexpectations with the new surroundings they suddenly find themselves in. Until they overcome these struggles, they haven’t completely escaped. At Hanawon, it’s our responsibility tounderstand this, and bearing it in mind, train them with the best copingmechanisms we can find. In just about 400 hours, we have to give them anunderstanding of South Korean society, and since many of them are going tostart working life shortly after release from Hanawon, we have to give themcareer guidance about working life expectations and job hunting as well. That’swhy we devote about ¾ of our time together to those sorts of issues. In theremaining time, we discuss emotional stability, health maintenance, andcultural differences. 6. Do men, women, and children receivedifferent training? First of all, we send women who come withtheir families to a dedicated facility in Anseong. They get their educationtogether over there. We send the men to Hwacheon Hanawon. We specialize theprograms to our trainees. We try to match up the program’s characteristics tothe needs of their specific population. Elementary school kids go to the nearbySamjuk Elementary School for their education. The middle school kids areeducated separately in separate school called the HanaDuel School inside theHanawon complex. They start out there getting their most basic education andthen when their placement gets settled, they can move out to one of many differentregions. 7. What kind of policies does the SouthKorean government have in terms of supporting and assisting the defectors? Whenthey first arrive, I imagine they’d need some financial support. What kind offiscal policies are in place to support that? When they first come here, we really try toeducate them in means for self reliance. We think that’s the best way to getsettled and adjusted. So the first thing they need to do when they come here isfind a job. So we have a job placement program. We also have job training, andonce they do find themselves employed we also offer employment bonuses. We alsotry to recognize and consider what sort of skills and work experiences thedefectors have had in North Korea and 3rd countries. Then we try to land theman opportunity in that field. And because we recognize that acclimating to theSouth Korean work style can be difficult, the government is extending the workprotection duration from two years to three. During this work protection time, the governmentoffers support, assistance, and legal protections to the workers. We also knowthat getting started here can be an expensive prospect, so we have createdsomething called the “Future Happiness Fund.” It’s a government supportedsavings plan. The government matches the donations of the defector, so insidefive years it’s possible to save up about KRW 50 million won (USD ~45,000).That fund is now being installed for the long term benefit of defectors. 7-1. I can see how that could significantlyimprove their ability to adapt. I think a lot of our listeners in North Koreawill be curious about the housing situation. Can you speak a bit about that? We have leased apartments available for theresidents in different regions all over. This is extremely helpful for thedefectors, but it also places some limitations. Unfortunately we can’t providehousing in the far out and rural regions such as Sanchon. So they tend tosettle down in areas with concentrated apartment complexes. The applicationprocess in place for securing these apartments is a bit different from the waythat most South Koreans procure a house. We use this advantage to try to ensurethat our defectors have a place to call home as soon as they leave Hanawon. 8. Every defector has different financialcapabilities and resources, different social experiences, and different levelsof adaptation ability. On that basis, there are some who argue that the supportpolicies in place should customize to each individual. Would that kind ofpolicy be possible in your opinion? I’m not so sure. Considering we are nownearing 30 thousand defectors living here in South Korea, individualizedsupport services would be an awfully difficult agenda to put into action. As Isaid before, we do customize our support services by gender and age, includingschool level. In terms of individualized support, there are volunteers at eachregional Hana support center who work one on one with the defectors and fulfillthat role. 8-1. I imagine that the psychologicaladaptation must be difficult and time consuming. Are there any specific supportservices aimed at easing the transition?   We run an emotional support program to helpthe defectors while they are at the Hanawon intake facility. Once they leave,we have a mentoring system that is administered through the Hana regionaloffices. This way, they always have someone close by to give advice and lend anear. They help the defectors overcome some of the emotional and psychologicaldifficulties through a long term personal relationship. 9. However, as you know, some defectorshave actually elected to live in a 3rd country after coming and spending sometime in Korea. What do you think prevented them from being able to successfullyadapt to South Korean society? There are myriad different stories andexplanations for one defectors choose to leave after arriving in South Korea,but the majority of these cases have to do with misunderstandings that arisefrom cultural differences. In North Korea, they had no experience at all withthe concept of freedom. Some think that freedom simply means the ability to doas they please. This can lead to some impetuous behavior that ends up causingdifficulties. So these particular individuals feel a sense of disappointmentwhen they realize that freedom does not mean that you can do whatever you wantwhenever you want. They end up leaving because they suspect itmight be better someplace else. Over half of them return after realizing thatthat really isn’t the case. Looking back at these cases, I think there is ademonstrated need to establish some preventative measures to clear up thesekind of confusions before they even happen. 10. Yes, it does seem like there should bea plan in plan along those lines. What kind of policies does the governmenthave in place to help the defectors who have trouble adapting? As I said, I think that those preventativemeasures need to be built into the education process at Hanawon. When thedefectors choose to leave South Korea, they lose all of the benefits that theyhad been enjoying. Some of them don’t realize this, so I think that they shouldbe warned about that as well during their education at Hanawon. When I givelectures at Hanawon about settlement procedures and advice, I’m sure to givethem specific examples about what the consequences are for those who elect toleave. It really isn’t a very attractive alternative. So even if the temptationarises it’s best to stick it out.11. I wonder what your evaluation is ofSouth Korea’s defector support policies.   First off, considering I’m an involvedparty and a beneficiary of these laws, I think there are definitely somelimitations to how objectively I’m able to evaluate the policies in question. Ithink that these policies have a profound impact on the way that the defectorssettle and on their ability to adapt to their new lives here. I have been doing a lot of thinking aboutwhat obstacles prevent defectors from adjusting to South Korean working life. Ithink it is related to the way that South Koreans and defectors think about oneanother. I wrote my doctoral thesis on this topic in 2014. I came out of thatwriting process thinking that cash contributions aimed at helping defectorsresettle are not entirely positive things. I think that the cash contributionsavoid the heart of the problem and reflect the prejudices that South Koreanshold about defectors. I think that ultimately that sort of policy has anadverse effect. It discourages and damages the ability and will of defectors tomake a happy life here. A large number of South Koreans believethat excessive monetary support is actually a hindrance to the defectors’ willand ability to adapt and resettle. There has been word that this has causedproblems for South Koreans as well, but the truth is that most defectors usethe resources we allocate to go on to live healthy, productive lives. It istrue that a small minority are looking to take advantage of the system byavoiding hard working and soaking up as many benefits as possible. You mightview this as a flaw in the system. 12. What is the most important aspect ofthe policies that support defectors? The most important thing to do is to equipthese individuals with the skills and knowledge necessary to adjust to lifehere in South Korea. This kind of effort contributes to an optimistic portrayalof life in South Korea that the defectors can relay to their families in theNorth. Secondly, I think helping the defectors to live productive working andsocial lives in South Korea will help South Koreans have a positive view ofthem. We talk a lot about how unification iscoming and what we need to do to be prepared for that, but helping the currentgeneration of defectors adjust to life here forms the basis of a model that canbe used down the line. That’s why it is so important to create and sustain anenvironment that is mutually beneficial to defectors and South Koreans. Thefuture of unification depends on it.   13. In the future, we can expect evenlarger amounts of defectors to arrive here. What steps can average SouthKoreans make in order to smooth the transition for these defectors? It takes two to tango, doesn’t it? And wehave a saying that habits that you pick up as a child tend to continue onthrough old age. It’s certainly true that North Koreans have to work hard inorder to learn and lead prosperous lives here, but I think that us South Koreansalso have a responsibility to contribute to an atmosphere of tolerance,understanding, and collaboration. Understanding and forgiveness are the mostattractive attitudes for South Koreans to take with regards to assisting ourdefector friends. 13-1. Director Kim, I’d like to ask you apersonal question. You were the director of Hanawon’s Elementary School programfrom 1999 to 2001. I’m curious about that experience. What was the mostdifficult experience? What was the most rewarding? I believe that my time as director of thatelementary program was the most fruitful and rewarding period of my33-year-long professional life. Before starting that job, I was working at theMinistry of Health and Welfare on unification preparedness. I was then transferredto the Ministry of Unification. Before working at Hanawon, I was the sectionchief of resettlement support services. After my appointment to the elementaryschool program, I was tasked with handling over 3,000 students. I feel aspecial connection and affection for those students, even to this day. Theycontact me from time to time and I’m able to give them advice about this andthat. It is just such a rewarding job. 13-2. We’ve all seen that you are likelythe foremost expert on defector resettlement and it’s clear that you areworking hard to help these defectors. Given your experiences and position, I’mcurious about what your thoughts and predictions are about the future,especially as they relate to unification and North Korea.   My hope is that unification will cease tobe merely a talking point and an impossible wish. Let’s work to bring separatedfamilies together as fast as we possibly can. Let’s start a unification processthat is centered on helping people, rather than one built on national ideology.While it is true that the government has its work to do, every single person iscapable of making a small contribution. This important task of makingunification a reality is not the task of politicians in faraway places, butrather the duty of everyday South Koreans.  This has been “Unification Table Talk.”Today we sat down with Kim Jung-Tae, the director of Hanawon. We discussed themechanics behind the policies that support defectors. Mr. Director, thank youfor coming in to speak with us today.     AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News SHARE Hanawon director offers glimpse into highs and lows of resettlement process for N. 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Industry Modernization Project Receives $13.4 Million

first_imgRelatedIndustry Modernization Project Receives $13.4 Million FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Industry Modernization Project/Productive Integration of Micro-Enterprises in Jamaica has been allocated some $13.4 million in the 2006/07 Estimates of Expenditure, which was tabled in the House of Representatives today (April 12).The two-year project, which began in April of 2005, and was implemented by the Jamaica Business Development Centre, will assist the micro, small and medium size enterprises to make a meaningful and visible contribution to industrial and economic development by increasing their competitiveness in the agro-processing and craft sub-sectors.Work done up to March of this year, include the signing of a project financing agreement; strengthening of product distribution channels/intermediaries; upgrading of enterprises in the craft and agro-processing sub-sectors and the strengthening of the agro-processing sub-sector’s supportive system.Meanwhile, the anticipated target for this fiscal year should see increased sales for targeted intermediaries; a functional mechanism for the development and commissioning of commercial collections for the targeted industries; production networks established to deliver on the commissioned request, and an effective network of services institutions strengthened and equipped to deliver relevant support to the target sector.The project is funded by the Jamaican Government and the Multi-lateral Investment Fund and has been implemented by the Ministry of Housing, Transport and Works. RelatedIndustry Modernization Project Receives $13.4 Million RelatedIndustry Modernization Project Receives $13.4 Millioncenter_img Industry Modernization Project Receives $13.4 Million UncategorizedApril 12, 2006 Advertisementslast_img read more

Jamaica Must Invest in Creating Leaders

first_imgJamaica Must Invest in Creating Leaders UncategorizedNovember 26, 2007 Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Senator Warren Newby, has said that developing countries such as Jamaica must invest in creating leaders in order to be competitive in the global arena.“Our capacity to build leaders will indicate where we will go in the world,” Senator Newby stated as he gave the keynote address at the St. James Parish Council’s Junior Mayor competition held last week at the Montego Bay Civic Centre.According to Senator Newby, the country’s leadership is being challenged by a variety of situations such as severe economic pressures, the national debt and low productivity, but must nevertheless be diligent, have a sense of purpose, be pragmatic and courageous, while “showing an understanding of the global challenges in which we are being called upon to operate”.“It is therefore incumbent on leadership not to be content with the conditions as is but to clearly articulate, to clearly lead a process that will take us out of the current conditions into one which is better than the one in which we find ourselves. This is a call on leadership to think outside of the box,” he stated.He lauded the organizers of the competition, which he said, “is integral in the trust to develop youth leaders across our country. The St. James Parish Council must be commended for the support and leadership it has given to this programme over the years”.In the competition which followed, 17 junior councillors made well researched and spirited presentations on various topics, with Michael Nattoo of the Cambridge High School in South St. James emerging victorious and winning the coveted Junior Mayor title.His presentation was on the topic: ‘Is the local authority doing enough to prepare the people of St. James for mitigating natural disasters?’For his victory, Michael also received a $15,000 bursary from Minister of Water and Housing and Member of Parliament for North West St. James,Dr. Horace Chang; the Mayor of Montego Bay trophy; a $5,000 book grant from Jamaica Public Service Company; and other gifts and certificates.All the junior councillors received gifts and certificates from the St. James Parish Council. RelatedJamaica Must Invest in Creating Leaderscenter_img RelatedJamaica Must Invest in Creating Leaders RelatedJamaica Must Invest in Creating Leaderslast_img read more

Parents Urged to Provide Greater Support at Early Childhood Level

first_imgRelatedParents Urged to Provide Greater Support at Early Childhood Level Parents Urged to Provide Greater Support at Early Childhood Level EducationFebruary 27, 2009 RelatedParents Urged to Provide Greater Support at Early Childhood Level FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Guidance Counsellor of the St. Ann’s Bay Primary School, Saloman Smith, has appealed to parents to provide greater support at the early childhood level so that their children can reach their full potential.Addressing an Open Day at the James Hill Basic School in Clarendon, recently, Mr. Smith said that parents have a duty to ensure that the foundation set at the early childhood level was a strong one, on which students would be able to build, successfully, at the primary and secondary levels.“When it is done right here, the children will have it easier going into the primary schools and the high schools, because their minds are stimulated, and they are ready to learn,” he stated.He advised parents to remain in close contact with the school, as it was at this stage that teachers would be able to observe any problems, which would require professional attention, or a specific kind of treatment.“With the support of the parents, with the support of the community, it will ensure that the children do well. We teach the children that their parents are there with them, and once the parents are there with them, the foundation will be let us work together to ensure that these houses that are being built will be strong when they grow up,” Mr. Smith encouraged.Principal of the institution, Karlene Smith, told JIS News that staff members were committed to working hard to provide the solid educational base required for students to continue to do well and achieve their lifelong goals. The school has 75 students on roll.center_img RelatedParents Urged to Provide Greater Support at Early Childhood Level Advertisementslast_img read more

Australian FM statement on fire at Cox’s Bazar

first_imgAustralian FM statement on fire at Cox’s Bazar Department of Foreign Affairs and TradeI am deeply saddened by the news of the devastating fire in the Kutupalong Balukali refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. I offer my sincere condolences to those who have lost loved ones. The impact on over 120,000 people and the extensive damage to food distribution centres, health clinics, learning centres and essential facilities is of great concern to Australia and the international community.I commend the response of the Government of Bangladesh and Rohingya volunteers who assisted with bringing the fire under control and the initial rescue operation, and the humanitarian agencies delivering food assistance, emergency shelter, and water and sanitation services for those affected.Australia is committed to sustaining our humanitarian assistance for the Rohingya and host communities in Cox’s Bazar. In light of this devastating event, I announce today an additional $10 million in emergency assistance from the existing humanitarian budget to those affected by the fire. Our additional support will be provided through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Organization for Migration, the World Food Programme and the United Nations Population Fund.This funding is in addition to the over $260 million Australia has provided to the humanitarian response for Rohingya refugees and host communities in Bangladesh since 2017. /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:AusPol, Australia, Australian, Bangladesh, Commissioner, community, DFAT, Emergency, FM, Foreign Affairs, Foreign policy, Government, Humanitarian, Impact, migration, Minister for Foreign Affairs, operation, refugee camp, refugees, Rohingya, United Nationslast_img read more

Next-generation Buick Regal won’t be a sedan

first_img GM will reveal the 2018 Buick Regal on April 4. We’ll bring you full details then – and a closer look when it makes an appearance at the New York Auto Show on April 12. If GM’s recent sale of Opel is any indication, the 2018 Regal could realistically be the last rebadged Opel we’ll see in North America. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 The Opel Insignia Sports Tourer (left) and Insignia Grand Sport (right) will likely be sold in North America as Buicks. Yes, even the wagon. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Trending in Canada RELATED TAGSBuickRegalNew YorkNew York Auto ShowNewsAdam Opel AGAsiaAutomotive ReviewsAutomotive ShowsBuick RegalCars and Car DesignChinaCulture and LifestyleEast AsiaEuropeGeneral Motors CorporationHatchbacksNew York International Auto ShowNorth AmericaOntarioOpel InsigniaOshawaPassenger CarsSedansWagons The 2018 Buick Regal is due for a wild change when it debuts next month.Given the Regal is essentially a rebadged Opel Insignia, Automotive News says we can expect the 2018 Regal to evolve into what we see in Europe – a slick hatchback with sedan styling, and a wagon. Yes, a Buick Regal wagon. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Buick will still build a traditional Regal sedan, but it will reportedly be exclusive to China. While the current Regal is built at GM’s plant in Oshawa, Ontario, the next-generation model will be assembled alongside the Insignia in Europe. advertisement COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

Lawsuit claims older Tesla’s battery capacities are being artificially lowered

first_imgTesla sued by family of Florida man killed in Autopilot crashThe lawsuit counters that Tesla “chose to go behind the backs of its customers and use software updates and throttling of the battery to avoid liability” in the wake of these vehicle fires involving the overcharging of lithium batteries. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Trending Videos RELATED TAGSTeslaSedanLuxuryElectric CarsElectric VehiclesLuxury VehiclesNew Vehicles COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS The automaker’s defense notes the software update was made after a Model S caught fire in Hong Kong; the incident prompted Tesla to revise its charging and thermal management settings “to help further protect the battery and improve battery longevity.”RELATED ‹ Previous Next › PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | center_img Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 You wouldn’t know by looking at it, but this Tesla Model S P80D can drive itself See More Videos Owners have also alleged the reduction in battery capacity has lowered the value of their vehicles. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever advertisement Trending in Canada A lawsuit recently filed by the owner of a Tesla Model S alleges the California EV manufacturer is artificially limiting the capacity of older Tesla models so it would avoid having to replace defective batteries, Reuters reports.“Under the guise of ‘safety’ and increasing the ‘longevity’ of the batteries of the Class Vehicles, Tesla fraudulently manipulated its software with the intent to avoid its duties and legal obligations to customers to fix, repair, or replace the batteries of the Class Vehicles, all of which Tesla knew were defective, yet failed to inform its customers of the defects,” the lawsuit alleges.It goes on to say that potentially “thousands” of owners of older Tesla models have had their battery driving ranges lowered by as many as 64 kilometres following a recent over-the-air software update. Plaintiff David Rasmussen’s 2014 Model S 85 says his battery capacity fell by about 8 kWh, but that he was told by Tesla the degradation was normal. Other owners have said their cars no longer charge to 100 per cent. last_img read more

El Dorado Winery Association Partners with CellarPass for 29th Annual “Passport…

first_imgLinkedin AdvertisementPassport Offers Complimentary Tastings at Dozens of Heralded Wineries and Tasting RoomsSAN FRANCISCO, CA, OCTOBER 29, 2019 – CellarPass, the leading wine country travel booking platform, has partnered with the El Dorado Winery Association by selling passes to the 29th Annual Passport to The Great Out There weekend, April 17 – 19, 2020. This 3-day event showcases the best the El Dorado grape-growing region has to offer, from award-winning wines and charming tasting rooms, to panoramic vineyard views. The 2020 weekend has been reimagined and promises to be a more engaging event with creative and experiential offerings for pass holders. Enjoy back roads, hidden gems, secret experiences and surprises, and prepare to see a side of winemaking, terroir and creative expression that can only be found in the Sierra Foothills and El Dorado American Viticultural Area.The passport weekend will showcase more than 20 wineries tucked into high elevation vineyards along the famed Apple Hill region and in rustic historic towns, greeting The Great Out There passport holders with the region’s unique brand of hospitality. Winemakers and winery owners will be offering limited releases, unique and interesting grape varieties, live music, food pairings and other surprises over the 3-day weekend.Participating wineries and tasting rooms include some of the most renowned in the region, including Boeger Winery, Bumgarner Winery/Camino Tasting Barn & Bumgarner Winery/Fair Play Tasting Room, Chateau Davell Winery, Crystal Basin Cellars, diVittorio Winery, Fenton Herriott Vineyards, Findleton Estate Winery, Holly’s Hill Vineyards, Lava Cap Winery, Madroña Vineyards, Mediterranean Vineyards, Miraflores Winery, Narrow Gate Vineyards, Nello Olivo Winery, Rucksack Cellars, Saluti Cellars, Shadow Ranch Vineyard, Smokey Ridge Farmstand & Winery, Via Romano Vineyards, and Windwalker Vineyard. Participating locations may require advance reservations, or may offer drop in opportunities. “We are excited to present a more exciting and engaging event for 2020. In addition to fabulous El Dorado wines, our friendly, welcoming and creative spirit will delight all your senses, not just your taste buds,” stated said Kara Sather, Association Director, El Dorado Winery Association. “Each participating winery will not only be offering incredible wine and food pairings, but also authentic and engaging experiences. Whether it’s live music, art demonstrations, historical tours or winemaking insights, your journey to The Great Out There will create treasured memories of wine, food and fun. We look forward to seeing you April 17 through 19!” Passport to The Great Out There begins at $40 for a 1-day General Admission, to $120 for a 3-day VIP all-inclusive passport. In addition, a special Designated Driver Passport is available for $20/day for those who do not plan on wine tasting during the weekend, but would still like to join in on the fun with full access to all of the tasty bites, live entertainment and incredible properties.Tickets for “Passport to The Great Out There” are available beginning Friday, November 1st at The “Passport to the Great Out There” is valid April 17 – 19, 2020. Single-day, 2-day, 3-day general admission and VIP passes are available. The 29th Annual “Passport to The Great Out There makes an ideal holiday gift for any wine and travel enthusiast. “Our guests are always asking for our recommendations on where to visit and the El Dorado region checks a lot of marks for an ideal weekend destination, one of those being quality wines that will no doubt exceed everyone’s expectations,” says CellarPass co-founder Jonathan Elliman. “The region offers a large selection of tasting experiences and The Great Out There passport is the perfect way to be introduced to the wines of the region”, continues Elliman. “We’re equally-pleased to work with another Destination Marketing Organization that sees the value our passport platform has to offer coupled with our decades of industry experience to ensure the 2020 event is its biggest success to date.” For more information on CellarPass and to purchase the 29th Annual Passport to The Great Out There”, please visit CellarPass  Share About the El Dorado Winery Association TAGSCellarPassConsumerEl Dorado Winery Association Advertisement Twitter Facebook Home Industry News Releases El Dorado Winery Association Partners with CellarPass for 29th Annual “Passport to…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessEl Dorado Winery Association Partners with CellarPass for 29th Annual “Passport to the Great Out There” WeekendBy Press Release – October 29, 2019 305 0 Pinterest Celebrating 10 years, CellarPass is the leading real-time guest management platform designed for tasting rooms that offers visitors an easy way to buy tickets and book reservations, online or through a mobile-friendly website. Headquartered in San Francisco, with local offices in Paso Robles, Seattle and Napa Valley, CellarPass offers enterprise-level guest management platform for the alcohol industry that allows the leading wineries, breweries and distilleries a tool that enhances the visitor experience while building long-lasting relationships. For more information about CellarPass, visit Follow CellarPass on Facebook at, on Twitter at and on Instagram at to get fresh updates. Email ReddIt The El Dorado Winery Association (EDWA) represents the unified interests of its members by promoting the brand El Dorado and increasing the recognition of El Dorado County’s wine region as a quality wine tasting experience and destination. EDWA members, united through cooperation, encouragement, shared knowledge and education, strive to improve wine quality and the tasting experience. EDWA influences local agencies to support the expanding wine industry and its positive impact on local economic growth. The ongoing marketing of our wine region is a catalyst to advance the notoriety of El Dorado County’s wine growing regions as world-class wine destinations. Previous articleAfternoon Brief, October 28Next articleVinexpo Shanghai: A New Way of Making Business in China Press Releaselast_img read more