Britain’s tax bill at its highest since 1955 in comparison to earnings

first_img Alex Daniel Read This Next20 Stars Who’ve Posted Nude Selfies, From Lizzo to John Legend (Photos)The WrapIf You’re Losing Hair in This Specific Spot, It Might Be a Thyroid IssueVegamourTop 5 Tips If You’re Losing Your EyebrowsVegamourWhat Causes Hair Loss? Every Trigger ExplainedVegamour’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Pleads Guilty to Attempted ChildThe WrapSmoking and Hair Loss: Are They Connected?VegamourThis Is How Often You Should Cut Your HairVegamourRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap Britain’s tax bill at its highest since 1955 in comparison to earnings whatsapp By this measure, Brits went 149 days before taking home their earnings, the longest period since 1955.Conservative leadership candidate and home secretary Sajid Javid said “simpler, flatter, lower taxes” should be a priority for the government and that they both “good economic sense” and are “also the right thing to do.”Esther McVey, also running for leadership of the Tory party added: “Higher tax bills hit the least well-off families the hardest and it is dispiriting for hard-working taxpayers to have to work right up until the start of June just to pay their yearly tax bill.”A HM Treasury spokesperson said: “The UK’s tax burden is below the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development average, and in line with competitors.“Since 2010 we have reduced the burden of tax, so people can keep more of their hard-earned money, by increasing the personal allowance and freezing fuel duty. We’re also cutting corporation tax to help over one million businesses to grow.”Tax Freedom Day in the United Kingdom is now well over a month later than in the USA, where this year it fell on 16 April, down from 19 April the year earlier. Tory heavyweights have taken aim at high taxes in the UK to mark what a think tank has dubbed Tax Freedom Day, a measure of when Brits stop paying tax and start pocketing their earnings.The Adam Smith Institute has estimated that every penny the average person earned for working up to and including 29 May went to the taxman. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikePast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm Oraclebonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldPost FunA Coast Guard Spotted Movement On A Remote Island, Then Looked CloserPost FunDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionUnify Health LabsNeed To Lose A Few Pounds? Here Is What Randy Jackson DoesUnify Health LabsDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStorycenter_img whatsapp Share Thursday 30 May 2019 12:44 am Tags: People Sajid Javidlast_img read more

More than half a million ‘zombie’ firms set to fail

first_img ‘Zombie’ firms set to fail as pandemic leaves 527,000 businesses on cliff-edge Share Tags: Save our SMEs whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyNoteableyAirport Security Couldn’t Believe These Jaw-Dropping MomentsNoteableyFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterbonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comGrowitchRachel Frederickson, 31, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoGrowitchAttorneys RankerAfter Losing Massive Weight, Precious Is Gorgeous NowAttorneys RankerDidUKnowUnsold 2020 SUVs Now Almost Being Given Away: See PricesDidUKnowElite HeraldKate Middleton Dropped An Unexpected Baby BombshellElite Heraldlivestly.comThis Is What The Black Diamond On A Measuring Tape Meanslivestly.com Ric Traynor, executive chairman of Begbies Traynor said: “Many of these support measures will have simply delayed the inevitable, with the can being firmly kicked down the road.” Friday 24 July 2020 9:17 am Getty Images (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: ‘Zombie’ firms set to fail as pandemic leaves 527,000 businesses on cliff-edge whatsapp And it is likely that the impact of the pandemic will become more apparent during the second half of the year, as government support unwinds and courts reopen. Begbies Traynor partner Julie Palmer said: ” This crisis will force many zombie companies out of business. While these were clinging on to survival prior to the pandemic, many will now have become simply unviable due to high levels of debts and poor sales.” Save our SMEs Angharad Carrick Get the news as it happens by following City A.M. on Twitter.  “Many businesses will have to deal with a toxic mix of reduced sales and increased levels of debt, plus the complications of dealing with staffing levels that cannot be supported by the level of business going forward.”center_img A record 527,000 businesses were in significant financial distress at the end of June, an increase of 33,000 since the beginning of the year. “Significant” distress is businesses with minor CCJs, of less than £5,000, filed against them. Getty Images (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: ‘Zombie’ firms set to fail as pandemic leaves 527,000 businesses on cliff-edge The story is similar in the bar and restaurant sector, with a four per cent increase in the last quarter alone. Pubs bore the brunt of the increase, with a six per cent rise in the number of firms in significant distress. More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.com Getty Images (AFP via Getty Images) It represents a seven per cent increase since the start of the year, and nine per cent year-on-year, according to new research from corporate restructuring firm Begbies Traynor. Show Comments ▼ More than 17,000 real estate and construction firms have fallen into distress in the last quarter. With six per cent more commercial builders and four per cent more housebuilders in significant financial distress. While the coronavirus pandemic has pushed a number of companies to the brink, it has actually reduced court activity and thus the number of County Court Judgments (CCJ) and winding up petitions. While retail sales in the UK jumped 14 per cent in June as shops started to reopen, the number of online retail businesses in distress has increased by seven per cent to 9,756 businesses since the start of the year. last_img read more

After early containment, COVID-19 spreads rapidly in rural Alaska

first_imgArctic | Coronavirus | Northwest | Southwest | WesternAfter early containment, COVID-19 spreads rapidly in rural AlaskaOctober 14, 2020 by Lex Treinen, Alaska Public Media Share:Maija Lukin during her self-isolation in Kotzebue. (Photo courtesy of Maija Lukin)At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, many rural communities acted quickly to impose strict quarantine measures to keep the virus out of their towns. That was largely successful in stalling the spread of COVID-19.But over the past several weeks, that’s started to change. Clusters of cases have flared up in dozens of villages across the state.Gambell, Quinhagak, Stebbins, Buckland and Utqiagvik have all reported recent outbreaks. Some of those villages had case counts that grew quickly to dozens of people. Rural cases still make up just over one in 10 reported cases statewide, but the sudden, rapid growth is a worrying sign.“It’s a building crisis, but it’s not as loud as when you see 100 cases a day in Anchorage or 60 cases a day in Fairbanks,” said Christina McDonogh, a law student originally from Perryville who has been tracking rural COVID-19 cases on a Facebook group.Northern and Northwest Alaska, where all villages are off the road system, now have the highest case rates — the average number of daily positive cases per capita over the last week — in the state. Crowded housing makes containing the spread especially difficult.Kotzebue resident Maija Lukin was diagnosed with COVID-19 about two weeks ago.She got a rapid test in town and returned home. About 45 minutes later, she got a call from the clinic informing her she was positive. Without saying a word, her husband put on a mask and held one out for her to do the same She put it on while still on the phone. They had recently lost a friend to the virus, so fear of it was still raw.“I just started crying and (my husband) was like ‘you’re not positive, you’re not positive’ and I was staring at him with tears running down my face,” she said.But Lukin and her family were fortunate: they had a large house with their kids’ empty bedrooms, which allowed them to isolate within the same home. She hung up a blanket as a divider wall, so she could use the lower part of the house, which had its own kitchen and bathroom, as well as a separate entrance.“I was packing things like packing clothes for myself to go into the other side of the house,” she said.Her husband and 3-year-old granddaughter, whom she takes care of, would stay on one side of the house in the hopes that they wouldn’t catch the virus, while she isolated in the other. But separating a three-year-old from her grandmother wasn’t easy.“Our granddaughter freaked out. And she was like, ‘Where’s my ana, don’t leave me!’” said Lukin.Multigenerational households and extended families living nearby are much more common in rural Alaska than in the urban parts of the state, making social distancing especially hard. Some communities have imposed harsh lockdowns, and families are having to make tough decisions to stop seeing elders or kids. But that’s not always enough to keep the disease out, . And the virus has found a way to sneak into dozens of rural communities, where it can spread quickly.“When you’re living in a rural place, you’re used to stopping by people’s houses. That’s how you pass the time, you stop by your grandma’s house, you stop by your uncle’s house, usually don’t even knock on the door. But with that being unsafe now, it’s very, very difficult to feel feel like yourself, and to feel connected to who you are,” said McDonogh.McDonogh said that after many medical appointments were delayed early on in the pandemic, she’s heard of a new vector of transmission: medical transports.“For people to receive routine medical care, they have to fly to Anchorage or to Fairbanks. And these are the two huge hot spots in the state,” she said.Of course, she says, medical care shouldn’t be delayed. But she’s hoping that residents and officials keep paying attention to making sure people have places to quarantine when they return to their villages.State officials say they’ve been working with tribes to plan for large outbreaks. They have conducted staged exercises for how to respond if there is one, according to Tim Struna, Chief of Public Health Nursing for the state of Alaska.“It is a concern for everybody, and everybody is passionate about making sure that as soon as a case is identified, that there’s this, this team that is going to surround it and do everything they can to keep it as contained and as small as possible,” he said at a Thursday press conference.Despite their best efforts, many worry that if cases around the state continue to rise, it could mean trouble for rural communities who rely on cities for their healthcare.“If Anchorage is full, where are they going to send people? They can send people to Seattle, where they have their own number of cases? It’s a really big problem,” she said.So far, Anchorage’s ICU capacity has been within a normal range for this time of year, according to Jared Kosin, president of the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association. But he warned that could change soon following a spike in cases that began over two weeks ago. Normally, it takes about two weeks for a surge in cases to manifest as more filled beds.“It’s really important to remember that hospital capacity, the number of beds you have available is a lagging indicator. So if you’re trying to use capacity as a measure for the pandemic, you’re getting the wrong indicator,” he said at a Thursday press conference.That’s why officials are renewing calls on city-dwellers to mask up and take other precautions to make sure that rural residents have access to the hospital beds they’ll need.As for Maija Lukin’s granddaughter – Lukin decided that living at different ends of the house was worse than the increased risk of her catching COVID. Lukin is wearing a mask at home and letting her granddaughter sleep with her, but in a different bed on the other side of the room.Share this story:last_img read more

News / Getting rock and roll back on the road after Covid – it’s just Rock-it science

first_imgBy Ian Putzger in Toronto 09/06/2021 Few companies in the logistics space were walloped as hard by the pandemic as Rock-it Cargo.The California-based company has built up a reputation as the largest mover of equipment for events, the logistics behind world tours of high-profile acts like The Rolling Stones and Taylor Swift.But Covid-19 put an abrupt stop to this business, dealing a crippling blow to live events, where the sport segment had grown rapidly in recent years for Rock-it.One area less impacted was Rock-it’s fine arts logistics work with auction houses, which kept going, albeit at diminished volume, said CEO Paul Martins, and with the recent easing of Covid restrictions, the action has begun to pick up again. “We’re starting to get a sense of normalcy back in the US, seeing sports events attracting larger crowds,” he said. “We have started shipping for the [delayed Tokyo] Olympics and for the European PGA tennis.”Except for some domestic events, live entertainment will take longer to make a comeback and Mr Martins expects to see that get into gear in the fourth quarter. Tours often involve multiple countries, so travel bans, quarantine requirements and local restrictions make this a complicated slalom at this point.And some of the routine elements of the logistics services behind these events are barely back in action. Onboard-courier has always been an important element to cover last-minute needs and emergencies, but current quarantine requirements, restrictions and the significantly elevated cost severely curtail it, he explained.“The biggest challenge is just lift,” he said. “I’ve never seen the supply chain so stressed.”The reduced available capacity and the high cost of airfreight are major hurdles, something that he does not expect to change before the end of the year. What complicates the matter further is the extent of supply chain disruption at many international gateways.For touring acts, this multiplies the danger of delays that could jeopardise a performance. Equipment and materials not only have to reach the venue in time to be built up, but they also have to be broken down and loaded onto the flight to the next stop on the tour each time.Mr Martins hopes these challenges will be significantly reduced next year, as many performers aim to go back on tour then: “We’re having discussions with a lot of touring groups about 2022,” he said.There has been a trend to make stage events more elaborate and glamorous, so the amount of gear to be shipped has increased considerably, and Mr Martins reckons this will continue.“Next year, for example, The Rolling Stones will celebrate their 60th anniversary and I don’t believe they’ll do it in a small way.”One question mark hanging over all this is the possibility of a new wave of the pandemic.“I think that will always be a concern going forward,” he said, but Mr Martins is encouraged by the fact that recent crowd events like the PGA Championship and the Superbowl did not lead to spikes in infections.“The Olympics in Japan are still a big concern,” he said. “All we can do is work with our customers on planning for this.”Meanwhile, there are new pastures to develop: Rock-it has used the down time from the pandemic to examine the viability of spreading into other verticals. Essentially, anything that requires mission-critical logistics with a high demand for high-touch, bespoke solutions, would be suitable, Mr Martins said.Rock-it has handled PPE shipments and moved into the energy sector, mostly renewables, and film and personal entertainment and the aerospace industry offer interesting opportunities, he said.The company has moved to establish a charter division, which was a logical step: “We normally do upwards of 300 widebody freighters,” Mr Martins noted.Rock-it is also expanding geographically. Last month, it signed a partnership agreement with Jeddah-based Sela Sport Co. to be its global freight forwarding and logistics provider outside Saudi Arabia, while Sela acts as logistics provider to Rock-it in Saudi Arabia.In 2019, Rock-it acquired a stake in Triple M Entertainment Logistics, another logistics provider to live event shippers, based in Antwerp, which led to an expansion of Triple M, which has since opened offices in Amsterdam. And Mr Martins plans further expansion in Europe.“We’ll make investments in partners in a couple of countries,” he said.last_img read more

Senate reaches deal to extend Medicare pay bump for health care providers through 2021

first_img By Rachel Cohrs March 23, 2021 Reprints Rachel Cohrs What is it? Politics WASHINGTON — Senate leaders have reached an agreement to extend a Medicare pay bump for health care providers through 2021, a major lobbying win for hospitals.Senate leaders cut a deal on Tuesday, just days ahead of the March 31 deadline when the 2% pay boost is set to expire, according to bill text obtained by STAT. Congress last year gave providers the boost to help their bottom lines during the Covid-19 pandemic. Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Senate reaches deal to extend Medicare pay bump for health care providers through 2021 GET STARTED STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. @rachelcohrs center_img ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images Log In | Learn More About the Author Reprints [email protected] Washington Correspondent Rachel reports on the intersection of politics and health policy. Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Tags CongresshospitalsMedicarephysicianspolicySTAT+ What’s included?last_img read more

Top Tweets and Facebook comments of the Week

first_img Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad One age-old Laois establishment is getting abroad the gin producing train… Community Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding More outrageous dumping was the topic of conversation for many this week Pinterest Community Top TweetsThe Top Tweets around Laois this week were about the tragic Florida school schooling, match fixtures and illegal dumping.So strange that Kinder Eggs are banned in America to protect children but some lunatic can still pick up an automatic rifle legally and kill 17 school children— Senan Hogan O’Brien (@senhob) February 15, 2018 Facebook Twitter beyond mind numbing to think there are grown adults in America who think that MORE GUNS are the answer to this… I can’t fathom the sheer stupidity and ignorance. Every time something like this happens it comes back to one thing. You are the only nation this happens to. Wake up.— Claudia Keane (@StingsPen) February 15, 2018 Don’t understand how tickets can sell out on ticketmaster so quickly but appear on seatwave for more than three times that amount straight after ?? An absolute joke @TicketmasterIre— Lauren from Tonga (@Lauren0809) February 16, 2018 Home We Are Laois Top Tweets and Facebook comments of the Week We Are Laois Previous articleLaois Abroad: A Mountrath man climbing the property ladder in BerlinNext articleWATCH: Our Duke back on track after impressive win in Gowran Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Facebook WhatsApp Kieran Molloy and Liam Silke will miss the Sigeron Cup final because they play Moorfield in the club semi final on Saturday. THREE important competitions overlapping with matches fixed for the same day. Beyond belief— Colm Parkinson (@Woolberto) February 15, 2018 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pinterest SEE ALSO – Laois Abroad: A Mountrath man climbing the property ladder in Berlin How would you live with yourself? pic.twitter.com/cQAOkuFwn8— EoinBarry (@EoinFBarry) February 11, 2018Facebook commentsThere was huge congratulations for the All-Ireland Colleges football glory for a Laois quintet Tributes were paid to this O’Dempsey’s club legend Top Tweets and Facebook comments of the Week By Siun Lennon – 17th February 2018 Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ WhatsApp Rugby Dismay and anger followed as it was announced that Portlaoise will not become the ‘midlands capital’last_img read more

My pick for the Picnic: Must-see act The2Johnnies

first_img 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Twitter By Gavin Cooper – 30th August 2019 Facebook My pick for the Picnic: Must-see act The2Johnnies RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory GAA Pinterest TAGSElectric PicnicThe2Johnnies Previous articleElectric Picnic and I: The Laois politician that got on stage with FatBoy Slim!Next articleREVEALED: Laois’s Top 10 Hottest Farmers and Blow-Ins Gavin Cooper Twittercenter_img The act I’m most looking forward to seeing this year is The2Johnnies.The band from Tipperary have some serious tunes and their love of GAA is what I like about them so much.As a GAA fanatic myself, some of their songs are based on playing county and they also do sketches of certain stereotypes at GAA matches. Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Facebook GAA WhatsApp WhatsApp GAA Home News Community My pick for the Picnic: Must-see act The2Johnnies NewsCommunity Pinterest From ‘When I Play County’ to ‘Junior ‘B’ All-Star’, they are mighty craic and hopefully 19 Year Noel makes an appearance.19 Year Noel being famous as he hurled senior for 19 years.The lads are very popular with young people as one half of the pair, Johnny B is a hurl maker and many young people want a hurl made by Johnny B.The lads also have a very good podcast which tops the charts in Ireland. I always listen to the podcast on the bus to colllege. What a great way to start your day!This will be my first time seeing the two boys and hopefully it won’t be the last time either.The Boom will surely be back this weekend when the two lads take to the stage. Here’s hoping they put on a show that I won’t forget.SEE ALSO – BREAKING: First Electric Picnic stage times announcedlast_img read more

Madoff accountant charged with aiding Ponzi scheme

Retail trading surge on regulators’ radar, Vingoe says Related news U.S. authorities have charged a longtime accountant for many of the oldest and wealthiest clients of legendary fraudster, Bernard Madoff, for his role in helping create the false books and records used in Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and in a parallel action, the U.S. attorney’s office announced criminal charges against, Paul Konigsberg, a lawyer and certified public accountant, who was the senior tax partner of Konigsberg Wolf & Co., P.C. alleging that he aided in the falsification of books and records at Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (BMIS). The allegations have not been proven. The SEC alleges that Konigsberg aided the falsification of books and records at BMIS from at least the mid-1990s to late 2008. It says that he provided tax or accounting services for more than 200 BMIS client accounts, including five of Madoff’s wealthiest and oldest clients who invested more than a billion dollars combined in the firm. And, it notes he received fees directly from the clients for the accounting services, but that Madoff also paid him a monthly fee of $15,000 or $20,000 as a ‘retainer’ for providing accounting services to a wealthy and longtime Madoff client and his adult children. The SEC charges that Konigsberg coordinated with BMIS staff to: decide upon desired investment or tax gains and losses to be manufactured and reported in client account statements and in BMIS computer systems; consult about backdated trades and fictitious account activity entered into the computer systems to create the desired trading results; and, to design fictitious account activity to be entered into the firm’s books and records and reflected on new phony account statements. Konigsberg, 77, was arrested in New York. He is charged in two counts of conspiracy, one count of falsifying the books and records of a broker-dealer, one count of falsifying the books and records of an investment advisor, and one count of making false statements in a document. The U.S. attorney’s office says that he faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison, and that he is also subject to mandatory restitution and criminal forfeiture, and faces criminal fines up to twice the gross gain derived from the offense. The SEC’s complaint seeks disgorgement of ill-gotten gains, financial penalties, and permanent injunctions against Konigsberg. “Konigsberg played a vital role in Madoff’s deception of his oldest and wealthiest clients over many years,” said Andrew Calamari, director of the SEC’s New York Regional Office. “Konigsberg’s acquiescence, cooperation, and collaboration were essential to the Madoff fraud.” Facebook LinkedIn Twitter James Langton DoJ launches task force to tackle Covid-19 fraud Keywords FraudCompanies Securities and Exchange Commission Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Imposters among us, CSA warns read more

Project Planning Important To Successful Roll-Out Of E10 Project – Mullings

first_imgProject Planning Important To Successful Roll-Out Of E10 Project – Mullings UncategorizedNovember 7, 2008 RelatedProject Planning Important To Successful Roll-Out Of E10 Project – Mullings FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Energy, Clive Mullings, has underscored the importance of project planning, implementation and management, noting that these principles were critical to the successful introduction and recent roll-out of the E10 project, which will provide more environmentally friendly fuel for the transport sector.The E10 fuel, a blend of 10 per cent ethanol from sugar cane and 90 per cent 87 octane gasoline, was officially launched on November 1 at the Petcom Portmore service station.“When you start off with a project, expect anything to go wrong, and so you will have your contingencies in place. Government was able to deliver on time and out-market the marketing companies. I must commend the (E10) team that when faced with challenges, did not wilt, but took responsibility. Project implementation in Jamaica is something that we have to improve upon,” he stated.He was speaking at a management development symposium hosted by the Project Management Institute (PMI) Jamaica Doctor Bird Chapter yesterday (Nov. 6), at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston in observance of International Project Management Day 2008, under the theme ‘Project Management: Making It Work’.Detailing the history of the project, the challenges that faced the project team and how these were overcome, Mr. Mullings said that since 1986, there had been various research into the feasibility of producing ethanol from sugar, and introducing it to the local energy mix, especially in the transportation sector.However, he said there was a period of inactivity until 2005, when there was a pilot project, which saw some 70 vehicles being utilised with a blend to see what would be the response, and to collect data.“That went very well, but the true test came about when we decided to introduce it. It’s not that you just come, put two blends together and then produce it – you have to get your regulatory framework intact; you have to ensure that the infrastructure is correct; you have to ensure that promotion is correct; you have to have buy-in from the various stakeholders. In June we decided we were going to do it. We pulled several people from various disciplines, from technical areas, legal areas, (and) young people in terms of engineering. We set a timeline..we put it out there, so credibility is now going to be assessed in terms of delivery time, and what you deliver. It was a very daunting task, but we had to remain focussed,” he outlined, noting that the project was in fact “delivered” at the end of October.“We engaged everybody. gasoline retailers, haulage contractors, the marketing companies – but there was a latent reluctance because it was believed that Government doesn’t deliver and we were told that they have been hearing about ethanol coming and it has never happened,” he noted.He said that to combat this resistance borne of past experiences, Petcom was mandated to do whatever was necessary to get things moving on the ground in terms of preparation, and to give the public a sense that the project would in fact be a reality.“They went out, had their tanks cleaned and had the foresight to also buy equipment, which they are now going to be leasing to the marketing companies that are not up to speed. We also had to get buy-in and when we started out with our public education programme it wasn’t going every well and we terminated that ad agency:, said Minister Mullings. “Issues of procurement come up.so having terminated the ad agency seven days before actually rolling out the product we had to do it in-house. So you had everybody coming together and driving the promotion, and pushing it,” he told the gathering. The E10 blend is also available at Petcom service stations in Naggo Head, Braeton, and Angel’s in St. Catherine, as well as Slipe Road in Kingston. Other service stations throughout Kingston have also begun to serve E10 to motorists.Meanwhile, Mr. Mullings also pointed to the petcoke co-generation power project with the Jamaica Public Service Company, as further demonstration of the Government’s commitment to execute programmes that are responsive to the energy needs of the country.The project will seek to produce and utilise petroleum coke (petcoke), a low cost fuel, to generate electricity.“Here again,” the Minster said, “project implementation and management is going to be absolutely critical. It is going to take a lot of effort, focus and capacity to deliver. These projects will be critical for us so that we can deliver to the country.”International Project Management Day is intended to encourage project-based organisations worldwide or organisations which utilise project management methodologies, to recognise the application of such methodologies, the success of their application, and the work of project managers and their teams, and to demonstrate appreciation for their work. RelatedProject Planning Important To Successful Roll-Out Of E10 Project – Mullingscenter_img RelatedProject Planning Important To Successful Roll-Out Of E10 Project – Mullings Advertisements read more

Vaz Sworn in as Member of Parliament

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Daryl Vaz was sworn in Tuesday (March 31), at Gordon House, as the Member of Parliament(MP) for West Portland, following his success in last week Monday’s by-election in the constituency.Mr. Vaz won the by-election by scoring 7,915 votes to defeat the People’s National Party’s (PNP) candidate, Kenneth Rowe, who polled 5,626, and retained the seat he had won in the 2007 General Election, but lost in the Courts which ruled that he was ineligible to sit in Parliament because of his United States citizenship.Mr. Vaz renounced his U.S. citizenship prior to contesting the by-election, which was ordered by the Courts. He will be sworn in on Wednesday(April 1) at King’s House, as Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister(OPM), the position he held prior to the Court’s decision.Prime Minister Bruce Golding was among the Members who welcomed back Mr. Vaz to the House of Representatives.“I want to say how pleased we are, not only that he has rejoined us, but he has rejoined us with a much stronger and more secure mandate,” Mr. Golding said.Minister of Energy, Clive Mullings, said that Mr. Vaz’s election victory was not an ordinary one, in the course of things.“It was a demonstration of faith and confidence in a representative who works hard and, despite the views put forward by analysts about the role of representatives and on the constitutional issues, the exercise of democracy has shown that you must always have faith and confidence in the people,” he said.In his response, Mr. Vaz noted that the by-election was not only non-violent and fun, but that the people had set an example for the other 59 constituencies to follow.“The events that culminated in my swearing in today have been a victory for the rule of law, a victory for democracy and for the will of the electorate in West Portland and a victory for true representation. I look forward to continuing to work with all Members of Parliament for the upliftment of the lives of the people of West Portland and Jamaica,” Mr. Vaz said. RelatedVaz Sworn in as Member of Parliament Vaz Sworn in as Member of Parliament ParliamentMarch 31, 2009 RelatedVaz Sworn in as Member of Parliamentcenter_img RelatedVaz Sworn in as Member of Parliament Advertisementslast_img read more