DEBATE: Are the citizens’ convention on UK democracy proposals a good idea to restore faith in politics?

first_img One solution proposed is a citizens’ convention on UK democracy. This would engage with as large a section of the population as possible, and ask fundamental questions about how our system operates, not about individual policies. Think discussions on campaign finance, not Brexit. City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. Opinion whatsapp And the whole product will then be considered by parliament itself, where most people who are sick of politics feel the original problems rest. Lauren McEvatt, managing director at Morpeth Consulting, says NO. There is no baseline of education required, nor any remedy proposed to make up for the poor civic education throughout the UK in the last 30 years. A £3m budget is proposed, when the government’s last mass mail-out for the EU referendum pamphlet cost over £9m. A two-year timeline is laughable – the last commission on devolution in Wales took over five years. Share We’ve all heard the phrases: “in it for themselves”; “just for the few”. If you believe in democracy as the best form of representative government we can have, it’s a dispiriting landscape. Are the citizens’ convention on UK democracy proposals a good idea to restore faith in politics? Main image credit: Getty Eliot WilsonEliot Wilson is co-founder of Pivot Point and a former House of Commons official. and Lauren McEvattLauren McEvatt is managing director of Morpeth Consulting, and a former government adviser. LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 11: EU and Union Jack flags are waved as anti-Brexit demonstrators gather outside the Houses of Parliament on June 11, 2018 in London, England. The EU withdrawal bill returns to the House of Commons tomorrow for the first of two sessions in which MP’s will consider amendments imposed by the Lords, and another set of fresh amendments. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) Eliot Wilson, chief writer at Right Angles and a former House of Commons official, says YES. I don’t know if it will work. Maybe people are so apathetic that they won’t even respond. But,after more than 10 years working in parliament, I’m convinced that something has to be done. Structured, popular change is better than revolution. A change is gonna come, oh yes, it will. whatsapp Wednesday 31 July 2019 4:19 am DEBATE: Are the citizens’ convention on UK democracy proposals a good idea to restore faith in politics? There are a host of problems with these proposals: they are unrepresentative, their costs underestimated, and their security protections to prevent undue foreign influence non-existent. The UK’s constitution is in need of repair, but not this way. “Politics is broken.” That’s been the mantra for years now, at least since the expenses scandal of 2009. There has been a terrible rent opened between elected and electors, and an almost-complete loss of public trust. The use of household data from Royal Mail instead of electoral roll data will inevitably favour men. There are no provisions for weighing representation between the regions, and other constitutional partners such as the Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories do not feature at all. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeUnderstand Solar$0 Down Solar in Scottsdale. How Much Can You Save? Try Our Free Solar Calculator Now.Understand SolarLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver Healthbonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comGraber BlindsWindow Treatments So Sophisticated, It’s Hard to Believe They’re so AffordableGraber BlindsBest Selling Grills | Search AdsTraeger Blaze & American Grills On SaleBest Selling Grills | Search AdsPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm Oracle1MDDoctor: Try This For A Fatty Liver (Watch) 1MDlast_img read more

Alaska marine highway task force recommends shrinking fleet, forward funding the ferry system

first_imgEconomy | Juneau | Politics | Southcentral | Southeast | Southwest | State Government | Transportation | WesternAlaska marine highway task force recommends shrinking fleet, forward funding the ferry systemOctober 4, 2020 by Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska Share:The Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Columbia passes through Wrangell Narrows headed south from Petersburg in Southeast Alaska, June 15. 2012. (Photo by Skip Gray/KTOO)The group tasked with reshaping the future of the state-run ferry system is recommending the creation of an executive board, fewer vessels, and at least two years of forward funding for the cash-strapped ferries. The Alaska Marine Highway Reshaping Work Group wrapped up eight months of work this month and has forwarded its ideas to the governor’s office. The report has not yet been released to the public.Tom Barrett, a retired Coast Guard admiral and pipelines services executive, chaired the group’s 30-odd videoconference meetings.  At its final one on September 30, he said that the group’s recommendations should be taken as independent advice.“I’ve got no direction steering or limits suggested by anybody in the administration,” Barrett told members of the nine-person panel. “So it’s our report. People can like it or dislike it. Adopt recommendations or not, some of the changes we’re recommending are hard, and will require a fair amount of work to actually make happen.” Gov. Mike Dunleavy created the task force to evaluate the $250,000 ferry study prepared by Northern Economics last year. It did that and more, including endorsing the creation of a Marine Highway executive board to steer operations and long-term planning. That would replace the existing Marine Transportation Advisory Board which had originally been created for that role. It was downgraded to an advisory body by Gov. Sarah Palin in 2008.Fewer vessels running and in layupThe work group also recommends reducing the size of the fleet. Barrett pointed to laid up vessels including the two fast ferries and the Malaspina, which are moored at the private Ward Cove at public expense.“They cost $170,000 a month to keep at the dock,” he said of the idle ships, “and they’re never coming back in the system. And literally, you may have to give them away.”The group didn’t reach consensus on every issue. Some wanted language endorsing progress on replacing the Tustumena, a federally funded project on hold until 2023.The Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Tustumena sits at the dock in Akutan on the Alaska Peninsula, on July 28, 2012. (Photo by David Waters/KTOO)Tony Johansen, a road contractor from Fairbanks, maintains that it’s too expensive. He recommended scrapping service to Southwestern Alaska where airplanes can take people and barges can carry freight.“But surely don’t build a huge vessel,” Johansen said, “that’s going to cost a fortune to run with for a system that’s on its deathbed — unless it gets more money out of out of the state system.”That raised the hackles of Kodiak Republican Rep. Louise Stutes.Rep. Louise Stutes, R-Kodiak,  in the Alaska State Capitol on April 3, 2018. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)“My blood is boiling here,” she interjected. “Because to just arbitrarily tell a good portion of coastal Alaska: ‘Well, sorry, folks, you’re done.’ It just rubs me the wrong way. It is treating Alaskans poorly.”It’s unclear whether the Tustumena replacement project was addressed in the work group’s final draft.More roads, reduced labor costsDrafts circulated also recommend fewer sailings across the system, fewer communities served, ways to increase road access to coastal communities and to find ways to reduce personnel costs. Representing the marine highway’s ferry workers was Ben Goldrich of the marine engineers union. He pushed back on wages being a target for cuts. He suggested more effort to cut waste in procurement, repairs and maintenance from outsourcing by letting ferry crews do more routine maintenance and service work. “Ten or 15 years ago, there seemed to be a concerted effort to move away from the crews and move towards vendors and the shipyard,” Goldrich said. “Every time a part is ordered, somebody is trying to get a piece of the action. And that is a place where they can reduce costs by involving the crews more.”Other recommendations included asking the Legislature to provide forward funding for at least two years, allowing the marine highway to plan and create schedules 12 to 18 months in advance. Transportation agency to craft ‘implementation plan’Department of Transportation spokesperson Andy Mills confirmed that the document has arrived in the governor’s office, but said it won’t be publicly released until agency staff has a chance to digest it and prepare its own implementation plans in the next two weeks.“It’s our plan to have those discussions, and to have at least the initial outline of what recommendations we can act upon in the near and then maybe the long term, have that sketched out as well,” Mills told CoastAlaska on Friday.A majority of the work group looked favorably on a controversial new ferry terminal at Juneau’s Cascade Point. Proponents say it would shave two hours of travel time on runs up Lynn Canal, allowing dayboats to complete the round trip voyage between Juneau, Haines and Skagway within a 12-hour window.The work group also recommends the agency adopt a long term plan for the ferry system. And to create a three-member transition team to work within the agency to implement changes in the near future.Share this story:last_img read more

New drug combination extends survival with advanced kidney cancer. It’s poised to enter a competitive treatment market

first_imgBiotech [email protected] Log In | Learn More New drug combination extends survival with advanced kidney cancer. It’s poised to enter a competitive treatment market 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. Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the biotech sector — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Adam Feuerstein Patients with advanced kidney cancer live longer when treated with a combination of drugs from Bristol Myers Squibb and Exelixis compared to an older medicine, according to new clinical trial results reported Sunday.Convincing physicians to prescribe the new combination regimen for kidney cancer patients, though, will face a challenge: equally effective treatments already in use. GET STARTED What is it?center_img About the Author Reprints Adobe Senior Writer, Biotech Adam is STAT’s national biotech columnist, reporting on the intersection of biotech and Wall Street. He’s also a co-host of “The Readout LOUD” podcast. What’s included? By Adam Feuerstein Sept. 19, 2020 Reprints 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. @adamfeuerstein Tags biotechnologycancerESMO20pharmaceuticalsSTAT+last_img read more

Lee County could receive the COVID-19 vaccine as early as next week

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementTags: COVIDcovid-19 vaccineLee Health Advertisement“I think we’re looking at the week of the 21st or the week of the 28th as being the most likely dates that we will see a vaccine here in our community,” Antonucci said.The state of Florida’s current plan has healthcare workers among the first to receive the vaccine. Governor DeSantis said the state could receive 179,400 doses of the Pfizer vaccine from the federal government’s allocation. The governor said the first shipment of initial doses is expected within the week.Antonucci said that, though they are still waiting on further guidance from the state, they are ready to distribute the vaccine to frontline workers as soon as it’s available. Advertisement DOH-Collier bringing COVID-19 vaccines to homebound residents June 17, 2021 “We have already identified our high-risk frontline workers,” Antonucci said. “So those would be workers in the Emergency Department, the COVID units, and the Intensive Care Units.” Health Matters: Scoliosis Treatment for Children June 13, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentscenter_img LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Lee Health President and CEO Dr. Larry Antonucci said the healthcare system has been preparing for the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine for weeks.“We have been setting up areas where we have ultra-cold storage, places where they will be able to give the vaccine, employee health areas, and have teams ready to go when the vaccine arrives,” Antonucci said.After receiving FDA approval, the vaccine will first be sent to Florida’s five major metropolitan areas before being sent to our region, Dr. Antonucci said.Lee County could have access to the vaccine as early as next week, though it likely will take a bit longer than that. AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Health Matters: A Partnership in Medical Care June 13, 2021 Donors with O+ blood type needed at Lee Health June 17, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS After experiencing a dip in tourism, Lee County tourism officials hope that the vaccine’s imminent arrival will also bring more tourists back to our region.“Everybody has high hopes with the vaccine coming out,” said Tamara Pigott, the Executive Director of the Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau. “More people may be comfortable traveling once they get a vaccine.”However, Antonucci warns that we won’t be getting back to normal immediately since it will take weeks for the vaccine to work in every person.“Ultimately, until we have enough people in the community vaccinated and we have what’s called ‘herd immunity,’ it will not be completely safe,” Antonucci said.In the meantime, he said we should continue taking every COVID-19 precaution like washing our hands regularly, wearing a mask and social distancing.last_img read more

Micheal Martin set to be next Taoiseach as government formation talks near an end

first_img Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin chats to Sean Fleming at the party’s dinner dance in the Castle Arms in Durrow in 2017 Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin is set to become the next Taoiseach as a coalition government between his party, Fine Gael and the Greens edges ever closer.The parties have been in intense negotiations in recent days as they bring the government formation talks to an end, more than four months after the General Election was held.According to the Irish Times, it’s understood that Martin and Leo Varadkar will rotate the Taoiseach’s role, with Varadakar indicting to reporters in Dublin this morning that Fianna Fáil will hold the office first. WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Previous articlePamper The Camper: The festival industry, impact of covid-19, pushing through and making memoriesNext article‘We tried to be fair to players’ says Laois GAA chairman on club fixture schedule Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Pinterest TAGSFianna FailMicheal Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Electric Picnic Home News Micheal Martin set to be next Taoiseach as government formation talks near… NewsPoliticscenter_img Electric Picnic Twitter By Steven Miller – 15th June 2020 Pinterest News Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date If so, it will mean that the Cork politician, who has been leader of Fianna Fáil since 2011 will become the party’s latest Taoiseach.Up to now he has been the only Fianna Fáil leader never to be Taoiseach.The draft programme for government is expected to be signed off on today and will then be put to the members of the three parties for ratifications. It’s possible that all three parties will be expected to vote at the same time.The coming together of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, albeit with the support of the Green Party, signals the end of the old ‘civil war politics’, which dates back a century.Both main parties actually lost seats in the February General Election as Sinn Féin experienced their greatest election success and number of seats.But Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil didn’t enter negotiations with Sinn Féin, and Sinn Féin couldn’t get sufficient support from other left parties and Independents to form a majority.SEE ALSO – Number of properties sold in May falls again Facebook Facebook Micheal Martin set to be next Taoiseach as government formation talks near an endlast_img read more

World Oceans Day Cornish couple recognised by PM Boris Johnson for cleaning up coastline

first_imgWorld Oceans Day Cornish couple recognised by PM Boris Johnson for cleaning up coastline A Cornish couple have been awarded a Points of Light award by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in recognition of their dedication to keeping Cornwall’s coastline pristine.Through their organisation ‘Clean Ocean Sailing’, Steve Green and Monika Hertlová host eco-sailing expeditions around Cornwall and beyond, raising awareness of pollution in our oceans and helping to clean up our waters by collecting plastic waste from remote areas of coastline.Along with their team of volunteers, they hold recycling plastic workshops and also provide sailing training, as well as opportunities to join their crew and accompany them on regular clean up expeditions to areas of coastline that are largely inaccessible by foot.Over the last year, with the help of their 113-year old ship ‘Annette’ that they restored 13 years ago, they have continued to run sailing trips where pandemic restrictions have allowed and have retrieved hundreds of kilos of litter from the sea.In his letter to Steve and Monika, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:I was inspired to learn of your sailing expeditions on your lovingly restored ship ‘The Annette’ to collect hundreds of kilos of litter.I am proud that the UK has protected more than 4.3 million square kilometres of the world’s ocean and I am delighted that you are playing your part in preserving our marine life with your pirate ship patrols.As we mark World Oceans Day, and look forward to the G7 Summit, let me thank you for your fantastic work to preserve the natural beauty of Cornwall’s waters and coastline.The accolade was awarded on World Oceans Day, ahead of the G7 summit being hosted in Cornwall this week which will see the Prime Minister call on international leaders to step up action to tackle climate change and protect our oceans and natural environment.Today, the UK Government has also announced new plans to increase protections for England’s marine environments through a pilot scheme to designate sites as “Highly Protected Marine Areas”, alongside wider efforts to drive global action to protect our oceans. Under UK leadership, 80 countries have now signed up to an international target to protect at least 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030.The Prime Minister’s UK daily Point of Light award was first launched in April 2014 to recognise outstanding individuals making a difference in their communities. To date, 1653 individuals have received awards, ranging from pilots flying oxygen cylinders to India to teachers who set up online lessons during lockdown. /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:Boris Johnson, climate change, environment, G7, Government, India, leadership, Minister, pandemic, PM, pollution, Prime Minister, recycling, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

FCA will stop using Takata’s dangerous airbag inflators

first_img 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 | ‹ Previous Next › RELATED TAGSJeepNewsAutomobile ManufacturingChrysler Group LLCConsumer CyclicalsConsumer Products and ServicesIndustriesJeep WranglerManufacturing SectorMotor Vehicle ManufacturingNorth AmericaU.S. NHTSAUnited States Recalls have been slowed because Takata and other inflator manufacturers can’t make replacement parts fast enough. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS 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 We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Fiat Chrysler will stop using Takata airbag inflators without drying agents, period. advertisement Trending in Canada By next week, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to stop producing new vehicles in North America with the most dangerous type of Takata airbag inflators.The company says its factories will stop using inflators that don’t have a chemical drying agent. Inflators with a drying agent have been shown in tests to be much safer.Takata inflators can explode with too much force and send shrapnel into drivers and passengers. At least 11 people have died worldwide due to the problem. Automakers are recalling up to 69 million inflators in the U.S. without the drying agent. Inflators with the drying agent also could be recalled in a few years if Takata can’t prove they are safe. See More Videos FCA expects to stop using inflators without the drying chemical in global production by mid-September. The passenger-side airbag on the 2016 Jeep Wrangler is the last FCA vehicle in North America which uses a Takata airbag inflator without a drying agent. FCA says it’s unaware of that part failing.Members of U.S. congress have criticized automakers for selling vehicles that have Takata inflators without the drying agent because eventually they will have to be recalled. Takata uses the chemical ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion to fill airbags in a crash, but over time and when exposed to high heat and humidity, the chemical can deteriorate and burn too fast. It then can blow apart a metal canister designed to contain the explosion.The U.S. NHTSA concedes that new cars with Takata inflators that don’t have the drying agent will have to be recalled, but the agency says it takes at least six years for ammonium nitrate to deteriorate and pose a danger. The agency has a schedule to recall all inflators without the drying agent during the next three years. last_img read more

Grange: Government giving support to CARIFTA Swimming Championships

first_imgRelatedGrange: Government giving support to CARIFTA Swimming Championships RelatedGrange: Government giving support to CARIFTA Swimming Championships Grange: Government giving support to CARIFTA Swimming Championships SportMarch 10, 2010 Advertisementscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Honourable Olivia Grange, MP says the Government is giving significant support to the staging of the CARIFTA Swimming Championships being held in Jamaica next month.During a tour of stadium pool facilities today, Minister Grange said that the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture – through the Sports Development Foundation – had allocated 1.8 million dollars towards the purchase of swimming equipment which will be used during the championships.Minister Grange observed first hand the progress of repairs at the stadium pools. Work is focussed on replacing pipes and fittings under the pool deck which have been leaking for a long time.The General Manager of Independence Park Limited (which manages the National Stadium complex) Major Desmon Brown, said the repairs would be completed in time for the start of the CARIFTA Swimming Championships on April 3.Funding for the repairs at the stadium pools was provided by the Sports Development Foundation. RelatedGrange: Government giving support to CARIFTA Swimming Championshipslast_img read more

Developing Countries Must Help Themselves – Take Decisions to Secure Advancement – PM Golding

first_imgRelatedDeveloping Countries Must Help Themselves – Take Decisions to Secure Advancement – PM Golding RelatedDeveloping Countries Must Help Themselves – Take Decisions to Secure Advancement – PM Golding RelatedDeveloping Countries Must Help Themselves – Take Decisions to Secure Advancement – PM Golding Developing Countries Must Help Themselves – Take Decisions to Secure Advancement – PM Golding Office of the Prime MinisterSeptember 27, 2010center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister Bruce Golding on (Sept 27) told the United Nations General Assembly that developing countries must help themselves towards sustainable development.“We must recognize that there is a lot that we can and must do for ourselves. Each of us must adopt and pursue with fixity of purpose the appropriate economic and social policies and good governance practices. We must be prepared to take the tough decisions that are so often necessary to secure the advancement of our people and we must never squander the sacrifices we call on them to make. President Obama was right when he declared at the High-Level meeting last Wednesday that each of us must assume leadership of our own transformation even while requiring the support of the international community,” he said.Mr. Golding noted however, that long term development must not be decided by strength alone, but through co-operation.“The existing international financial system and multilateral trading arrangements will not enable these imbalances to be redressed. They have not done so up to now and they are unlikely to do so in the future. Market forces and competitiveness are indispensable for economic development but the new millennium cannot be defined by the survival of the fittest. We must make it our business to assist the weak to become fit in order to not just survive but prosper,” Mr. Golding said. Advertisementslast_img read more

Education… The Way to Progress – PM Golding

first_imgRelatedEducation… The Way to Progress – PM Golding RelatedEducation… The Way to Progress – PM Golding RelatedEducation… The Way to Progress – PM Golding FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister Bruce Golding has urged the community of Brandon Hill, Clarendon to protect their new infant school because education is their way to progress. “Protect your school…this is the community’s property, this is the community’s institution. It is the community’s ladder to prosperity and success,” the Prime Minister said. Mr. Golding was speaking yesterday morning March 17 at the official launch of the Cari-Med Foundation at the Evelyn Mitchell Infant School Centre of Excellence in Top Hill, which is a district of Brandon Hill in North Clarendon. The launch also served as the handing over ceremony of the school to the Jamaica Baptist Union as a government-run Church school. The school is the first major project of the Foundation. The Prime Minister lauded the Foundation’s vision and said, “Every dollar we invest in early childhood education is perhaps equivalent to ten dollars invested later in the learning process. If we enable them to be focused then the chances of them gaining success as they get older is so much greater.” Mr. Golding said that support for early childhood education is a subject where there is national agreement. “Between government and opposition, there is a consensus on the direction that we have to go. We supported the Establishment of the Early Childhood Commission, we are accelerating it to see how we can get this critical element of our educational system properly aligned and properly supported,” Mr. Golding said. Founder and Chairman of the Jamaica Early Childhood Development Foundation, Mrs. Lorna Golding made a cash donation to the school at the event. The Cari-Med Foundation donated about $70 million towards the construction of the school which is on land owned by the Jamaica Baptist Union. It opened in September 10 when it replaced four basic schools in the district. In his address, the Minister of Education said that the school was the first Infant school to be listed as a Centre of Excellence. It has four self-contained classrooms with washrooms, a multi-purpose area, and auditorium with stage, sick bay, canteen and administrative offices. Minister Holness said the project was an example of how the private sector can be a partner to increase the number of quality school spaces in the education system. The Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund donated a bus which provides a free pick up and drop off school bus service for the children. CHASE will fully maintain the bus for one year. The Evelyn Mitchell Infant School Centre of Excellence is named in memory of the mother of the Chairman of the Cari-Med Foundation, businessman, Glenford Christian. The Christian and Mitchell families were recognised at the function. Issued By: The Office of The Prime Minister Education… The Way to Progress – PM Golding EducationMarch 18, 2011 Advertisementslast_img read more