Coronavirus: New York Stock Exchange trading floors reopen

first_img Coronavirus: New York Stock Exchange trading floors reopen Brokers are set to return in smaller numbers at first and wear protective masks while they work, while all traders and visitors will be screened and have their temperature checked when they enter the building. The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) will today reopen its trading floors following a two-month closure caused by the coronavirus outbreak. whatsapp (AFP via Getty Images) (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Coronavirus: New York Stock Exchange trading floors reopen James Warrington The waiver will require traders to acknowledge that returning to work could lead to them “contracting Covid-19, respiratory failure, death, and transmitting Covid-19 to family or household members and others who may also suffer these effects”, the Wall Street Journal reported. Traders will also reportedly have to sign a liability waiver that prevents them from suing the NYSE if they become infected with the virus. (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Coronavirus: New York Stock Exchange trading floors reopen center_img Anyone who fails to pass the temperature check will be banned from entering until they test negative for Covid-19 or self-isolate. Tuesday 26 May 2020 7:18 am In a blog post earlier this month NYSE president Stacey Cunningham said the floor would partially reopen on 26 March, though the stock exchange will implement a number of safety measures. Show Comments ▼ Share whatsapp More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told In March the bourse announced it would close its trading floor and move to electronic trading for the first time in its history after one employee and a trader tested positive for Covid-19. Tags: Coronaviruslast_img read more

A Machiavellian mastermind or a naïve kid? The story of the Flash Crash Trader

first_imgDespite his rising wealth, Sarao, like many independent day traders, became frustrated when a new breed of high-frequency trading firms arrived, using a combination of lighting-fast computers and statistical analysis to jump ahead of market moves. With his profits dented, Sarao made a decision that would land him in the US government’s crosshairs. “If you can’t beat em you may as well join em, eh?” he wrote on a forum before sending a developer a blueprint for his spoofing machine.  Back then, Sarao had lived on McDonald’s meals, driven a moped, and worn a pair of industrial ear defenders to block out noise. He was also a trading prodigy who quickly built a bankroll in the millions while those around him could only watch on in awe.  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. Liam VaughanLiam Vaughan is author of Flash Crash: A Trading Savant, A Global Manhunt and the Most Mysterious Market Crash in History. According to the American government, Navinder Singh Sarao had helped spark a trillion-dollar market crash (AFP via Getty Images) According to the complaint, Sarao had devised a system to place huge numbers of buy or sell orders into US markets, enticing others to follow suit, then cancel them before they were executed — a brand new offence known as “spoofing”. By misleading other market participants about supply and demand, he was able to briefly nudge markets higher or lower while simultaneously buying and selling himself to capitalize on the move.  Their target, Navinder Singh Sarao, had accumulated $70m buying and selling futures in his bedroom like he was playing a computer game. According to the American government, he had also helped spark a trillion-dollar market crash.   Share Calling around from Bloomberg’s London newsroom, I was amazed to discover that an old friend of mine had sat next to Nav when they were starting out as traders, in an unglamorous arcade above a Waitrose in Weybridge, Surrey — a far cry from the City of London and Canary Wharf.  Opinion The first time I heard the name Navinder Sarao was that afternoon, when the US Department of Justice issued a press release announcing the arrest. I was an investigative journalist for Bloomberg focused on white-collar crime. In my career I’d covered everything from investment bankers nudging interest rates to Russian money launders to playboy scammers on the Cote d’Azur. Show Comments ▼ For five years, Sarao had used his makeshift machine, which he christened the “NAVTrader”, with remarkable success, raking in sometimes millions of dollars in a day. Bizarrely, he barely spent any of the money, squirreling it away instead in offshore vehicles which he gave names like the “NAV Sarao Milking Markets Fund”. He didn’t tell his family or friends about his winnings, he would later say, because he was worried they would treat him differently.  Get City A.M. columnists’ views delivered straight to your inbox in our daily Midday Update newsletter. More From Our Partners Biden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years After his father shouted at him to come downstairs, Nav (as everyone called him) arrived in the hallway in tracksuit trousers and a dazed expression. Officers searching his bedroom found a single bed with a giant stuffed tiger, a games console and football memorabilia on the walls. The scene of the alleged crime was a home PC with a standard Internet connection. For the investigators who had been tracing Sarao for more than a year, it was difficult to fathom.  In the aftermath of his Sarao’s arrest, there was an immediate backlash. For one thing, Nav was a British citizen who had never stepped foot in the US. For another, spoofing had only just been outlawed — Sarao was only the second ever individual to be charged with the offense, and the first outside the US.  Main image credit: Getty But Nav was unique.  The answer, I learned as I pieced together the story, was all of the above and more. The most contentious aspect of the case, though, was the Americans’ accusation that Sarao had helped trigger the so-called Flash Crash of 6 May 2010, when stocks abruptly plummeted five per cent in four minutes. Sarao traded instruments called S&P 500 “e-minis”, which track blue-chip American stocks. It’s a vast market, with somewhere in the region of $200bn worth of trades each day. The idea that a guy in his bedroom could upend it using a home computer stretched credulity.  Many in the market came to view Sarao as a kind of Robin Hood figure who took on the high-frequency trading firms at their own game and won. So, was he a Machiavellian mastermind or just a naïve kid with too much time on his hands? Was he responsible for the crash or a convenient scapegoat? Was he a common cheat, or David taking on the Goliaths?  Friday 5 June 2020 1:21 pm On a cold morning in April 2015, half a dozen FBI agents and police officers pulled up outside a modest semi-detached house in Hounslow to arrest a man they considered to be among the most prolific and dangerous market manipulators in the world.  Flash Crash: A Trading Savant, A Global Manhunt and the Most Mysterious Market Crash in History (William Collins) is available now.  whatsapp A Machiavellian mastermind or a naïve kid? The story of the Flash Crash Trader whatsapplast_img read more

Best of the Brokers for 12 January 2015

first_img Sunday 11 January 2015 10:30 pm Show Comments ▼ Express KCS Best of the Brokers for 12 January 2015 Share To appear in Best of the Brokers, email your research to [email protected] FOOD GROUPNumis reiterated its “buy” rating following a “very satisfactory” full year update. The broker noted that “everything is on track”, including the firm’s Tesco-related expansion, and pointed to good progress in its Australian joint venture. Target price is unchanged at 549p.WYGWH Ireland reiterated its “buy” rating. The broker said the firm’s strong business base and “good track record under an effective management team” mean it is a good time to invest, and also highlighted the company’s involvement in strong UK projects.INFORMAPanmure Gordon reiterated its “buy” rating and said it foresees flat earnings per share in 2015, with a “return to good growth” from 2016 on. The broker stated that the bear case on stock is too cautious and said the current valuation fails to capture the “defensive quality” of the business. center_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryHero WarsThis game will keep you up all night!Hero WarsMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramFungus EliminatorIf You Have Toenail Fungus Try This TonightFungus EliminatorMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MDThe Chef PickElisabeth Shue, 57, Sends Fans Wild As She Flaunts Age-Defying FigureThe Chef PickUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive Supplement whatsapp whatsapp Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapKatt Williams Explains Why He Believes There ‘Is No Cancel Culture’ inThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap Tags: NULLlast_img read more

News / Port of Melbourne $300m ‘rail solution’ would restrict competition, claim shippers

first_img By Gavin van Marle 31/05/2019 ID 95986215 © Tktktk | Shippers in Australia have criticised Port of Melbourne’s plans to create intermodal links connecting its box terminals to the Victoria hinterland.Melbourne’s proposed Port Rail Solution (PRS) would see the port authority take back land currently leased to two container terminals in the Swanson Dock area, DP World and Patrick, and create a new rail facility – effectively giving the terminals on-dock rail capability.It said the project, at a reported cost of A$300m (US$207m), would be funded by a A$15 per import container fee, and this is now being considered by Freight Victoria, the state government’s freight department.However, shipper associations have expressed concern at the fee. A joint statement from the Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) and the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) notes that, if a $15 fee was applied to every import container for the 47-year length of the lease, it would deliver the port authority far more than A$300m.It called for “transparency on the investment and recovery by Port of Melbourne under the existing regulatory framework to ensure there is no over-recovery”.It also wants terminal operators to be “compelled to pass on the rental savings and lower rail operating costs to users”, and that “cost savings from larger ships calling at the port of Melbourne are passed through to cargo owners”.And while the FTA and APSA said they supported “rail, and the need for a port rail solution”, they added that the PRS needed to be considered holistically, given that significant investment in the hinterland rail infrastructure was still required.“This proposal needs to be considered in the context of the broader rail network. Melbourne does not yet have metropolitan rail hubs servicing the key import catchments, including the south-east, Truganina and Somerton.“So, while all importers will be funding the works, few will be direct beneficiaries until there is access to metropolitan port-rail services,” the statement said.Others have raised concerns that the PRS would restrict competition among Melbourne’s three container terminal operators. They argue that the new rail will only link to Swanson Dock terminals and not be extended to the Webb dock, where ICTSI operates the Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT), and which has been handling vessels of 8,00-9,000 teu, compared with the maximum 6,500 teu vessels DP World and Patrick can handle.Since its opening a little over two years ago, VICT has captured a 20% market share of the port’s container traffic, and has forecast this to increase to 25% by the end of the year.That growth has come despite the fact that its location in relation to rail means that, by comparison to DP World and Patrick, extra costs are involved in collecting a container from a rail siding by truck. A substantial part of these costs are as a direct result of the progressive reduction in maximum road mass limitations over the bridges/roads to Webb Dock, applied over recent years. These have served to significantly limit the reduced costs available from using high productivity freight vehicles.It remains unclear whether the A$15 fee would apply to boxes coming through VICT, but it is understood that the terminal’s management is concerned that the PRS would widen that cost differential, and has asked for a rail link to be extended to its facility.last_img read more

Tans — even from a new drug — aren’t the way to prevent skin cancer

first_img [email protected] June K. Robinson Sherry Pagoto Morne de Klerk/Getty Images [email protected] Related: Although lead scientist Dr. David Fisher said, “This is not a toy, it’s not a cosmetic,” the market for a tanning drug is huge. Tanning beds are a $2 billion a year industry, and the market for sunless tanning creams and sprays has reached $1 billion annually. First OpinionTans — even from a new drug — aren’t the way to prevent skin cancer Scientists have created a ‘sunless tanner’ drug that boosts melanin in skin Related: The media had fun reporting on a new tanning drug that causes the skin to darken in much the same way that the sun does. Headlines told us that “Scientists have created a safe sun-free tan,” proclaimed “Suntans for all,” and predicted “Tanning drug could prevent skin cancer.” The science is interesting. But what it means for sun-loving humans remains to be seen.Last month, a team of Boston-based researchers reported that applying a compound called topical salt-inducible kinase (SIK) inhibitor to skin cells stimulated them to produce melanin, the pigment that determines skin color and provides some protection against cancer-causing ultraviolet radiation. The team had previously used this technique to give mice a tan and now has successfully used it in human skin cells.This work may prove helpful for people born with little or no natural melanin, such as redheads, since melanin has a sun protection factor (SPF) of about 3 to 4. But a boost that small may not be meaningful for the rest of us. It also pales in comparison to current recommendations to use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.advertisement The origin of our national obsession with tanned skin is lost in the mists of time. Coco Chanel is rumored to have popularized the tan in the 1920s, shifting its association from outdoor labor to a lifestyle of wealth and leisure. It’s been nearly a century, and the nation’s love for the tan persists. Just visit any beach this summer. Or take a look at the tanning salons in every other strip mall. One study found that tanning salons actually outnumber McDonald’s in major U.S. cities.America’s obsession with the tan is enormously ironic. The desire of white Americans to be darker-skinned coincides with a long history of oppressing those who are naturally dark-skinned. African-Americans never once reaped the social benefits of Coco Chanel’s campaign. Even the word “tan” as a description of melanin-enhanced white skin is puzzling. The biologically identical melanin in African-American skin is referred to as “black.” At some point, we need to do some soul searching about what this desire to be tan really means.Researchers have a long way to go before a tanning drug hits the market. In the meantime, it’s important to keep in mind the escalating skin cancer epidemic, the dangers of tanning, and the fact that all skin colors are beautiful.Sherry Pagoto, Ph.D., is a professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Mass., and president-elect of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. She reports having performed a literature review for Johnson & Johnson regarding motivation to use sunscreen. June Robinson, M.D., is a dermatologist at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. About the Authors Reprints Skin cancer from tanning beds costs US $343 million per year Fisher suggested combining the tanning drug with sunscreen. But the devil is in the details. For example, sunscreen should be applied every two hours whereas a tanning drug applied that often could create a pretty intense tan. By combining a tanning drug with sunscreen, it might be impossible to know if your tan appeared because of shoddy sunscreen application or the drug. After all, tans from the sun and the drug look identical.Contrary to popular belief, tanning from the sun is not a good way to protect against skin cancer. That’s because DNA is damaged by ultraviolet radiation in the process.In fact, ultraviolet radiation from the sun and from tanning beds is the No. 1 preventable risk factor for skin cancer, which affects more than 1 million Americans every year. Skin cancer is more common than breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancers combined. Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer, killing nearly 10,000 Americans a year. Skin cancer is one of the few cancers that have been on the increase over the last few decades. Melanoma is twice as common today as it was in 1973, which points to environmental causes.Preventing skin cancer would save both lives and dollars, but that would require people to stop wanting to be tan. @DrSherryPagoto By Sherry Pagoto and June K. Robinson July 28, 2017 Reprints If people with little to no melanin were to use a tanning drug in addition to conscientious use of sunscreen and protective clothing, that could be a public health win. But we worry that people who routinely protect themselves from the sun might also buy into the idea that a chemical will help them tan — and the tan would protect them from skin cancer. That would be a public health loss if a false sense of security caused them to ease up on using sunscreen and wearing protective clothing, resulting in an unintended increase in skin cancer risk.advertisement Tags cancerdrug developmentwellnesslast_img read more

Lawmakers ask the Trump administration to investigate PBM pricing practices

first_img 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. Lawmakers ask the Trump administration to investigate PBM pricing practices [email protected] About the Author Reprints Log In | Learn More Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED @Pharmalot What is it? Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. What’s included?center_img Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., the Senate Finance Committee ranking member, and Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman. J. Scott Applewhite/AP Ed Silverman As pharmacy benefit managers undergo increasing scrutiny, two lawmakers have asked the Health and Human Services inspector general to investigate so-called spread pricing practices by these pharmaceutical middlemen as part of a larger inquiry into rising drug costs.In an April 8 letter released on Wednesday night, the heads of the Senate Finance Committee pointed to instances where PBMs have purportedly used this practice to make millions of dollars in excess profits at the expense of state Medicaid programs. Spread pricing is a crucial but little-known part of the opaque pharmaceutical pricing system and refers to fees PBMs pay pharmacies and bill back to Medicaid. By Ed Silverman April 11, 2019 Reprints GET STARTED Pharmalot 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 Congressdrug pricingMedicaidpharmaceuticalsSTAT+last_img read more

Gardai announce eight new speed van zones are coming to Laois

first_imgHome News Gardai announce eight new speed van zones are coming to Laois News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Electric Picnic WhatsApp Pinterest GAA Gardai announce eight new speed van zones are coming to Laois While the specific locations where the new speed vans will be located is not disclosed, the roads on which they will appear has been.One will be situated on a 5km stretch of the M7 while three more are primed for the N80 between Killeshin and Portlaoise, through Arles and Stradbally, to bring the total on that route to five.Two speed vans are heading for the R445 – this is the road from Borris-In-Ossory to Portlaoise which goes through Pike Of Rushall, Castletown and Mountrath.The R422, from Clonaslee to Rosenallis into Mountmellick and on to Emo, will also get a speed van.While the final new speed van is primed for the R435 which goes from Borris-In-Ossory on to Donaghmore and down to Rathdowney.Gardai say: “An Garda Síochána appeals to all road users, in particular motorists, to familiarise themselves with these sections of the road network.“We also appeal to motorists to always drive at an appropriate speed, to reduce the likelihood of being involved in a fatal or serious collision.“By identifying and targeting these high risk areas our aim is to continue to reduce the number and severity of collisions, thus save more lives and prevent more injuries from occurring. This makes the roads safer for every road user.”SEE ALSO – ‘Vicious personal campaign’ didn’t deter Flanagan as he gets elected for eighth time Twitter News Facebookcenter_img 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin WhatsApp Pinterest Gardai have announced that they are creating eight new zones where speed vans will be situated in Laois – starting on Monday February 17 at 6am.This is part of a new plan which will see a total of 1,322 safety cameras nationwide – an increase of 900.Currently there are six zones in Laois where speed vans are located.There are three along the N77 which goes from Durrow to Portlaoise and two on the N80 which goes from Killeshin to Portlaoise.While the other is on the R639 which is between Cullohill and Durrow. TAGSspeed van Facebook By Alan Hartnett – 11th February 2020 Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Twitter Previous articleElectric Picnic announce first act for sold out 2020 festivalNext articleFianna Fail’s Flanagan vows to fight on after failing to win General Election seat Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.last_img read more

Great sounding offer too good to be true: BCSC

first_img Keywords FraudCompanies British Columbia Securities Commission Imposters among us, CSA warns Related news Canadian Press Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The B.C. Securities Commission is warning potential investors about companies associated with a man who is offering economically impossible returns. The commission says Daniel Fernandez Rojo Filho claims to operate out of Vancouver and Orlando, Fla., and is hosting seminars on the purported investments of DFRF. center_img Retail trading surge on regulators’ radar, Vingoe says It says Filho is offering investments with returns of up to 15 per cent a month and promising that DFRF will soon be listed on a public stock exchange, after which investments will triple within 30 days. The securities regulator says that’s impossible and it’s illegal to say securities will be listed on an exchange without certain conditions being met. It says Filho also claims to be managing $144 billion in assets, that the company is extracting 10 tonnes of gold every month in Mali, Africa, and that a quarter of the profits are donated to humanitarian causes. Anyone who has been approached about any investment claims involving Filho’s companies is being urged to contact the securities commission. DoJ launches task force to tackle Covid-19 fraud Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Church Urged to Donate Land for the Building of Schools

first_imgRelatedChurch Urged to Donate Land for the Building of Schools Church Urged to Donate Land for the Building of Schools UncategorizedSeptember 17, 2008 RelatedChurch Urged to Donate Land for the Building of Schools RelatedChurch Urged to Donate Land for the Building of Schoolscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Education Minister, Andrew Holness, is calling on the church community to strengthen the partnership with the Education sector, by donating lands for the construction of more schools.“We want to continue the relationship; we want to broaden the partnership to bring in other church institutions. We have already started where the church will provide us with the land, and we will build on the land,” Mr. Holness told JIS News in an interview.“I make an open appeal. If there are any churches that have land, that they would want to build a school on, we would be willing to partner with them through the National Education Trust Fund, when it is established, to establish the school within the context of the national plan, to eliminate the shift system and ensure that there is a space up to the secondary level for every Jamaican student,” he added.He also said that the Church must be commended, regardless of the criticisms they might face from time to time.“In many ways, the Church has been criticised as not playing the lead role in the values and attitudes campaign, in terms of getting the soft skills needed for our young people to articulate in society. In some instances, it’s unfair, in some instances, it’s fair. But the Church must be commended, they have been with us very long, and we generally find that schools that are Church based institutions, tend to do very well, and tend to have a higher level of discipline,” the Minister argued.In the meantime, he is urging members of the media to hold the Education sector accountable, and disseminate the messages to the public.“One would want the media to hold the education sector accountable, particularly for performance, but we definitely need the media to assist us in carrying the messages. Our messages are not sensational, they may not make the headlines, and so they might not be news value; but they are important messages,” Mr. Holness said.He added that the media, like parents and teachers, must filter information that children receive, and put it in context.“Jamaica is very far advanced in the information age.but with the opening of the floodgates of information, there has been a breakdown with the institutions that filter and place, in context, the information that comes. My argument is not against exposure, I am not saying that students ought not to be exposed to the widest scope of information, but there must be a process of contextualising and filtering,” he told JIS News.“We need the media to understand that we are not asking for censorship, but that the media should be responsible in the information that it places for access by our children,” the Minister said.In the meantime, Mr. Holness is cautioning media practitioners, that the necessary laws would be enforced to protect the children from being recorded.“We need the media to understand that the school is not an open institution, where they can run in with their cameras and tapes and take pictures of the children. There are legislations in place that prohibit certain actions of the media, as they relate to children, and we intend to have those legislations enforced. We have already said to the schools that they have to put in a policy for how the media access the school to get information,” he said.The Church and the media are two of the many partners being targeted, through the Back to School theme: ‘Education is a Partnership’. Advertisementslast_img read more

North Clark County residents on alert as wildfire threatens to move their way

first_imgNorth Clark County residents on alert as wildfire threatens to move their wayPosted by Chris BrownDate: Wednesday, September 9, 2020in: Newsshare 0 Parts of Chelatchie Prairie were on a level 2 evacuation notice, with Amboy and Yacolt in level 1CHELATCHIE — UPDATE: This story has been updated to reflect new information on the size of the Big Hollow fire. Overall size has been downgraded from 22,000 acres to an estimated 12,050 acres as of Thursday at 10 a.m., per the US Forest Service.Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officials placed parts of Northeast Clark County on either level 1 (be on alert) or level 2 (get ready) evacuation notices Wednesday as sparks from the Big Hollow wildfire could spread east, possibly even jumping the reservoir and spreading into Cougar or Yale.A road closed sign greets travelers on Healy Road outside of Chelatchie Prairie due to the Big Hollow wildfire in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Photo by Mike SchultzA road closed sign greets travelers on Healy Road outside of Chelatchie Prairie due to the Big Hollow wildfire in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Photo by Mike SchultzThe fire was first reported Tuesday morning, and had grown to approximately 22,000 acres by Wednesday night. On Thursday morning, that estimate was downgraded to just over 12,000 acres according to the US Forest Service incident commander.On Wednesday afternoon areas north of Chelatchie Prairie up to the Cowlitz and Skamania county lines were placed on a level 2 evacuation notice, meaning people are being encouraged to pack their belongings and be ready to go. Areas south of Chelatchie including Amboy and north Yacolt were put on level 1, meaning they should be alert to any further information.That has not changed since Thursday morning, although CRESA officials confirmed that the fire has not yet made its way into Clark County.Battle Ground Public Schools announced on Wednesday evening that Yacolt Primary and Amboy Middle School would be closed Thursday, Sept. 10 due to the threat, and lunch services would be unavailable.Smoke from wildfires in Oregon made for a red sunset in Battle Ground on Wednesday. Photo by Chris BrownSmoke from wildfires in Oregon made for a red sunset in Battle Ground on Wednesday. Photo by Chris BrownOn Wednesday afternoon, Gifford Pinchot National Forest officials announced they were closing most of the southwestern portion of the forest and urging people to evacuate the area due to the extreme fire danger.The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on Wednesday announced it was closing most of its land in Eastern Washington to public access, including popular spots such as the Twin Lakes, Coffeepot Lake, Lakeview Ranch, and Pacific Lake Recreation Areas.BLM also closed access to all developed campgrounds in Northwest Oregon, and banned any open fires in most other areas around the state. Oregon Dept. of Forestry also announced the closure of all state-managed forests to public use due to the ongoing fires and risk of new ones.Smoke from the Big Hollow fire continued to pour into areas of north Clark County and south Cowlitz County, creating an eerie scene. It was added to on Wednesday evening as smoke from fires raging in Oregon was pushed northward by shifting winds.Washington DNR has closed roads leading out of Chelatchie Prairie due to the Big Hollow fire burning east of Yale Reservoir in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Photo by Mike SchultzWashington DNR has closed roads leading out of Chelatchie Prairie due to the Big Hollow fire burning east of Yale Reservoir in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Photo by Mike SchultzForecasters with the National Weather Service in Portland said winds should die down overnight, and remain relatively calm on Thursday, though hot conditions are expected to continue through at least Saturday. Showers are expected to move into the area early next week, bringing some much needed relief to fire crews who have been stretched to capacity throughout the region.Hot and breezy conditions have kept fire crews busy all over Clark County. Vancouver fire crews responded to dozens of small fires on Wednesday, including one just west of Livingston Mountain Quarry, and another along SR-14 near 164th Avenue.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:AmboyClark CountyLatestYacoltshare 0 Previous : Bi-State Bridge Committee cancels meeting as ODOT seeks input on tolling Next : State may seek 400-600 percent increase in unemployment insurance premiumsAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more