Murkowski missed — didn’t duck — abortion vote, staffer says

first_imgFamily | HealthMurkowski missed — didn’t duck — abortion vote, staffer saysSeptember 22, 2015 by Liz Ruskin, APRN-Washington Share:Sen. Lisa Murkowski. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources)A bill to ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy has failed to advance in the U.S. Senate. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who has angered both sides of the abortion debate in the past, did not vote on Tuesday’s bill.As her spokeswoman Karina Petersen explains it, Murkowski did not intentionally duck the abortion vote.“The senator missed the vote this morning because she had prior travel commitments,” Petersen said. “She had reviewed the Senate calendar earlier this year and made travel plans based on the timing of the Jewish holidays and the fact that the Senate historically not been in session around those holidays.”But this year, the eve of Yom Kippur coincides with the arrival of Pope Francis in Washington, and the Senate’s Republican leadership scheduled a vote on the abortion bill for the same day.Only 54 senators voted to advance the mid-term abortion ban. That’s six short of the number needed to proceed. According to Murkowski’s spokeswoman, her presence would not have put sponsors of the bill any closer.“Sen. Murkowski supports a woman’s right to make her own reproductive choices, however that support is not without limits,” Petersen said, reading from a prepared statement. “She opposes late-term abortion and supports restricting abortion after 20 weeks, so long as there are clear and workable exceptions, such as for victims of rape and incest and in cases where the life of the mother is threatened. While she does not support the bill that the Senate failed to advance today, she could support future legislation that meets this standard.”Sen. Dan Sullivan did vote for the ban, as did Congressman Don Young when the bill passed the House in May. But Murkowski, who is up for re-election next year, does not fit neatly into either side of the abortion debate.Last month, supporters of abortion rights were furious when she voted to proceed on a bill that would have defunded Planned Parenthood. Murkowski says she hoped to amend the bill to just defund affiliates if any are found to have broken laws against the sale of fetal parts. Now, the anti-abortion side is unhappy with her, too.“We are very disappointed and … she’s clearly confused about this legislation and its popularity among her constituents,” says Mallory Quigley, communications director for the Susan B. Anthony List. The anti-abortion group ran web ads over the summer asking Murkowski to support the 20-week ban.The Alaska Democratic Party, meanwhile, put out a press release after the vote, saying Murkowski “caved in” to right-wing interests.So where was Murkowski traveling to or from that caused her to miss the vote?“I don’t have that information to share. Sorry,” said Petersen, the spokeswoman. “The senator has things listed on her schedule that are listed as private. I know and am privy to the information that is official office travel and official appearances. If she’s is having dinner with her husband I wouldn’t have that information.”Ditto, Petersen says, for fundraising events. She says Murkowski returns to Washington Wednesday night, in time for the Pope’s address to Congress on Thursday. And, it appears, in time for another procedural vote on defunding Planned Parenthood, this one linked to averting a government shutdown.Share this story:last_img read more

British Airways flight BA356 to Nice declares emergency due to landing gear fault

first_img Share British Airways flight BA356 to Nice declares emergency due to landing gear fault Sunday 23 August 2015 7:53 pm Sarah Spickernell British Airways flight #BA356 to Nice has returned to Heathrow after declaring an emergency. The Airbus A320 jet left the London airport at 18:00 and was due to land in the France city two hours later. But after experiencing a technical fault, it started making circuits over Surrey and joined the queue to land at Heathrow runway 27R. According to reports, the plane suffered a landing gear fault and lost all its flight guidances.  https://twitter.com/airlivenet/status/635512473773281280 The plane has safely returned to Heathrow, and is due to take off again at 20:30. https://twitter.com/airlivenet/status/635520411598503936   by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUnify Health LabsRandy Jackson: This 3 Minute Routine Transformed My HealthUnify Health LabsMoguldom NationFather Of 2 Sues Los Angeles Hospital After Wife Dies During ChildbirthMoguldom NationSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday News whatsappcenter_img Tags: NULL whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayot’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapWatch President Biden Do Battle With a Cicada: ‘It Got Me’ (Video)The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap last_img read more

People / Twill chief Troels Randbøll Støvring quits to be a stay-at-home dad

first_imgBy Alex Lennane 02/05/2019 In one of the more heart-warming freight stories, Twill’s chief executive, Troels Randbøll Støvring, has decided to give up the thrills and spills of the business world to take on the cries and the highs of twin babies, as he becomes a stay-at-home dad.In a blog, he wrote that his decision had been a very simple one.“Leaving Twill is based on the same considerations that all of you go through in life: how to balance a fun, purposeful, and challenging job with being a great partner, a present parent and in general being there for friends and family.“My very personal conclusion is that these cannot co-exist for the next phase of my life. Twill is in an awesome development and needs a CEO that can drive that with every fibre in his/her body. If done correctly, Twill can become something truly extraordinary. Becoming a dad of twins has made it clear that I cannot be that CEO, and if try to do both, I will end up failing both.”At just 33 years old, Mr Støvring has plenty of time to revisit the corporate world, and suggests his “pause” could be as short as three months.Twill is Maersk’s digital forwarding arm, and it has been looking to develop its business in the US, according to Loadstar Premium sources.Mr Støvring added: “I am grateful and full of admiration for all the Twillers that have joined our purpose of levelling the playing field of international trade – allowing small and medium-sized companies full access to international trade. I know you will keep working for this purpose – full of passion and energy – and you will make a positive and visible difference in the world.last_img read more

Drug makers dismiss outrage over high prices as ‘abomination’

first_img And so it went at the drug industry’s biggest showcase, the J.P. Morgan Healthcare conference that’s running all week in the heart of this city’s financial district. As executives and investors shuttled from meeting to meeting, seeking deals, many dismissed public outrage at the industry as misguided.Public anger at drug companies is “an abomination,” Ron Cohen, chairman of the big industry group BIO, said at the Biotech Showcase.advertisement By Rebecca Robbins Jan. 12, 2016 Reprints BusinessDrug makers dismiss outrage over high prices as ‘abomination’ SAN FRANCISCO — The protesters carried handwritten signs accusing drug maker Gilead Sciences of greed for pricing its breakthrough hepatitis C drug at $84,000 per treatment.So it perhaps wasn’t surprising that during a panel discussion here Monday, a Gilead executive was asked how he lives with himself.Gregg Alton, the executive vice president for corporate and medical affairs, joked that he goes running. Then his tone turned serious as he talked about research, innovation, and the value of life-saving new drugs. “I sleep quite well,” he concluded.advertisement Related: Live Blog: Updates from JP Morgan Healthcare Conference But it was Gilead Sciences that was in the hot seat Monday. Outside the stately old hotel where the J.P. Morgan conference is being held, a handful of protesters marched with signs declaring “Gilead = Greed,” “Public Health Not Private Wealth,” and “Jail Gilead Drug Profiteers.” Gilead President John Milligan, however, said drug pricing is “more of a campaign issue than an actual issue,” the San Francisco Business Times reported.The company, based in Foster City, Calif., has drawn the ire of lawmakers, doctors, and patients for the the price of its hepatitis C drug Sovaldi. Gilead has made about $27 billion in sales for Sovaldi and a sister drug, Harvoni, since the former was introduced in 2013.Gilead defends the price by explaining that Sovaldi can cure patients of hepatitis C, preserving their health and eliminating the need for expensive treatments later in life, including liver transplants.The company was also keen on Monday to spotlight its work on other drugs.Milligan opened his presentation by talking about Gilead’s efforts to “help the globe” by developing and distributing medications for HIV, Ebola, and the parasitic disease visceral leishmaniasis, among other conditions.Gilead’s work on some of those drugs has drawn protests in the past, especially from AIDS activists concerned about access to the HIV medication. But Sovaldi has taken center stage lately. All the talk about pharma profiteering, Cohen said, is “a perversion of reality.”Many drug makers have raised prices in the past year.  And a slew of new drugs have hit the market with eye-popping price tags: cancer drugs at more than $11,000 a month; cholesterol drugs at more than $14,000 a year. Then there’s Martin Shkreli, the pharma executive who bought up a decades-old drug and hiked the price 5,000 percent, turning himself into a target of nationwide protests before he was arrested last month on securities fraud charges. Related: The price of the drug has become a burden not just for individual patients but also for the Medicaid system. Some states have begun restricting access to the drug to patients in the most dire condition. Last year the Kaiser Family Foundation estimated that Sovaldi had boosted Medicare’s annual drug costs by between $2 and $6.5 billion.In a poll conducted jointly this fall by STAT and and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, more than 9 of 10 respondents said it was “unreasonable” to price a hypothetical hepatitis C drug in the manner that Gilead did. (That poll did not specifically name the company.)And a Senate investigation released last month found that Gilead knew its prices would make the drug inaccessible for many Americans. “If Gilead’s approach is the future of how blockbuster drugs are launched in America, it’s going to cost billions and billions of dollars to treat just a fraction of patients in America,” Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said at the time. Related: Activists protest the high price of Gilead drugs outside the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco. Rebecca Robbins/STAT STAT-Harvard poll: Dismayed by drug prices, public supports Democrats’ ideas Tags drug pricesJPM16pharmaceutical industry Gilead pricing for Sovaldi hepatitis C drug slammed by senators last_img read more

Dr. Rhodd Highlights Benefits of Telemedicine

first_imgAdvertisements Dr. Rhodd Highlights Benefits of Telemedicine UncategorizedFebruary 19, 2007 RelatedDr. Rhodd Highlights Benefits of Telemedicine RelatedDr. Rhodd Highlights Benefits of Telemedicinecenter_img RelatedDr. Rhodd Highlights Benefits of Telemedicine FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail State Minister for National Security, Dr. Donald Rhodd has said that Jamaica is moving towards a future in telemedicine, the type most commonly used for specialty consults, disease management and follow-up care.“The use of telemedicine in which telecommunication-based technologies are applied to medicine, can make a valuable contribution to health care delivery in the region,” Dr. Rhodd emphasized. “It also makes for better time management, as it will allow for patients to receive consultations remotely, so that a patient at one hospital who would normally be transferred to another for consultation, could receive this service without having to travel,” he added. Dr. Rhodd was addressing medical practitioners at a medical conference, held recently at the Breezes Runaway Bay Hotel in St. Ann.Speaking on behalf of the Minister of Health, Horace Dalley, Dr. Rhodd said that the conference, with the theme: ‘Advancement in Medicine 2007: A US and Caribbean Perspective”, would provide a stage for local and overseas clinical experts to give an update on research diagnostic procedures and therapeutic breakthrough in the field of medicine.“As you are aware, expected years of life have increased in both developed and many developing countries. Health planners now have to pay more attention to the epidemic of chronic diseases and the most cost effective strategy is to promote a healthy lifestyle. The Government of Jamaica, through the Ministry of Health, has implemented programmes that address obesity, especially the emerging situation of obesity in children. This is being done through exercise and proper nutrition programmes in schools,” he said.The State Minister pointed out that the screening for heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, breast and cervical cancers was priority service for both the public and private sectors.“It is important to note that for advances in medicine to be sustained, a trained workforce must be available to the health sector. Funding is therefore continuously sought to build expertise and capacity.The National Health Fund, through its Institutional Benefits Project, has been giving financial assistance to the health sector in order for us to undertake various types of training and procurement of vital equipment,” Dr. Rhodd said.He commended the various organizations for organizing the conference, including the Organization of Strategic Development in Jamaica (OSDJ), the International Leadership Institute (ILI), the Ministry of Health, the University of the West Indies (UWI), the Medical Association of Jamaica (MAJ), the Mayo Clinic, and other overseas partners.last_img read more

Governments of Canada and Quebec invest in ten recreational and sports projects in Montreal Region

first_imgGovernments of Canada and Quebec invest in ten recreational and sports projects in Montreal Region From: Infrastructure CanadaAs the pandemic has made us more aware of the importance of having a healthy population, the governments of Canada and Quebec are proud to support close to 200 recreational and sports infrastructure projects across Quebec. Through these investments, Quebec municipalities will have modern and safe facilities that are easily accessible, thus creating winning conditions for physical activity in our communities.Today, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Isabelle Charest, Minister for Education and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, announced funding of close to $70 million for ten projects in the Montreal Region. They were joined by the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services and Member of Parliament for Ville-Marie-Le Sud-Ouest-Île-des-Soeurs, Chantal Rouleau, Minister Responsible for Transport, Minister Responsible for the Metropolis and Montréal Region, and Member of the National Assembly for Pointe-aux-Trembles, and Jocelyn Pauzé, Councillor Responsible for Resident Services and Worksite Management at the City of Montreal, on behalf of Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montreal. With this funding, local residents will have access to modern and safe facilities that will promote an active, healthy and inclusive lifestyle.This new infrastructure will enable the Montreal Region to create living environments that will attract families and workers, while stimulating the local economic recovery. Of note, a total of $20 million in funding will be used to renovate and partially rebuild the Gadbois Recreation Centre. This future recreation centre will be the result of a partial reconstruction and several renovations. The project will eventually provide recreational and sports spaces including gymnasiums, a gymnastics area, an indoor pool, bleachers, change rooms, martial arts rooms, a fitness room, a weight room and service rooms.In the Montreal Region, the Government of Canada is investing nearly $35 million through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, while the Government of Quebec is investing more than $35 million through its Recreational and Sports Infrastructure Financial Assistance Program.Quotes“Recreational and sports activities are essential to the communities where people want to live, work and raise their families. I am therefore pleased to announce a federal contribution of close to $35 million to fund ten recreational and sports infrastructure projects in the greater Montreal area. These investments will create jobs and stimulate the economy while providing Montrealers and visitors to the region with more and better choices to learn, play and help each other.The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities“The ten projects announced today will help citizens stay fit and connected to the community, whether it be the Gadbois Centre, which has served the residents of my riding for over 60 years, to the other sports and recreational facilities planned for the greater Montreal area, these projects will support the economy and the health and well-being of our population. I am proud to work with our partners to build healthy and inclusive communities for future generations.”The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services and Member of Parliament for Ville-Marie-Le-Sud-Ouest-Île-des-Sœurs“More than ever, we are becoming aware of the importance of being active. That is why we are implementing ways to allow Quebeckers to move more. Access to modern, quality sports and recreational infrastructure is a strong incentive to encourage regular physical activity. These projects will have a real impact on the quality of life of families and the vitality of our communities. I hope that, thanks to the investments we are announcing today, everyone will experience the pleasure of moving.”Isabelle Charest, Minister for Education and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women“Like everywhere else in the province, the Montreal Region deserves modern and safe sports and recreational facilities that meet the needs of families and athletes. That is why I am very pleased to announce these investments for ten projects that will benefit the entire community. Access to this infrastructure is an important asset for promoting physical activity and a healthy lifestyle.”Chantal Rouleau, Minister Responsible for Transport, Minister Responsible for the Metropolis and the Montréal Region and MNA for Pointe-aux-Trembles“Montreal is a metropolis on a human scale known for its quality of life. People enjoy and use our recreational and sports infrastructure, and this has been all the more apparent since the pandemic began. This is why we welcome the financial support of the governments of Quebec and Canada. Together, we are helping to make Montreal a pleasant city with quality infrastructures.”Valérie Plante, Mayor of MontrealQuick factsThrough the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), the federal government is investing more than $7.5 billion in Quebec between 2018 and 2028 in community, cultural and recreational infrastructure projects, green infrastructure, public transit, and infrastructure in rural and northern communities.The Government of Quebec’s Programme d’aide financière aux infrastructures récréatives et sportives (PAFIRS) [financial assistance program for recreational and sports infrastructure] is part of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) and the Integrated Bilateral Agreement (IBA), which aims to implement the ICIP in Quebec and establish the terms, obligations and commitments of the parties. The program has a budget of $294 million.The Ministère de l’Éducation is responsible for implementing the Recreational Infrastructure sub-stream of the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure stream of the IBA.By funding projects to build, develop, renovate, upgrade, expand or restore recreational and sports infrastructure, PAFIRS aims to support the presence of recreational and sports infrastructure that is in good condition in all regions of Quebec and increase access to this infrastructure for the people of Quebec. /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:agreement, Assembly, Canada, community, education, federal government, future generation, Government, Indigenous, infrastructure, Minister, pandemic, parliament, physical activity, Transport, womenlast_img read more

From Black Forest to Logan

first_imgFrom Black Forest to Logan The 34 tonne dryers are on their way to LoganThe City of Logan will soon be home to two enormous marvels of modern engineering created in the depths of Germany’s Black Forest.Two sewage sludge dryers, weighing 34 tonnes each, are on their way to be installed in Australia’s first biosolids gasification facility being built at the Loganholme Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP).The industrial-strength dryers are an integral component of the gasifier that will turn human waste into a marketable biochar suitable for a variety of uses.City of Logan commissioned Dutch company ELIQUO to build the dryers in their German factory after being unable to find an Australian company with the expertise to produce the appliances.It took nearly five months to build the dryers, which are larger than a shipping container at 18 metres long and 3.5 metres wide.They were then trucked through the narrow streets of Bonndorf in the state of Baden-Wurttemberg to port.They are currently being shipped to Australia and should arrive in City of Logan in August for assembly.Infrastructure Chair Councillor Teresa Lane said the dryers are another mind-boggling component of the Loganholme WWTP Biosolids Gasification Project.“Council has been looking at emerging technology as part of the project since officers first drew up plans to build the gasifier,” Cr Lane said.“I think it’s great they are pushing the boundaries on emerging environmental and innovative ideas that save residents money in the long run.“The dryers are an engineering feat given their size and the challenges posed by testing and transporting them during COVID-19.“Once they arrive in our city, they will be assembled along with the many other components required to bring the gasifier online.“This is an Australian-first and I’m confident we will achieve great outcomes for all the hard work put in.”Last year Council, along with project partners Pyrocal and Downer, successfully trialled a process of thermally treating sewage sludge (biosolids) to produce biogas.The biogas is then used as a renewable energy source as heat drying the remaining biosolids, turning it into a ‘biochar’, suitable for agricultural purposes.The Loganholme Gasification Project is expected to come online mid-2022 later this year and is designed to reduce CO2 output by about 4800 tonnes annually and prevent organic pollutants from entering the soil.The $17m project was made possible by a $6 million grant from the Australian Government’s renewable energy agency ARENA. /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:arena, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, Engineering, German, Germany, Government, infrastructure, local council, Logan, Logan City Council, renewable, renewable energy, technology, treatment, Wastewater, wastewater treatmentlast_img read more

CU-Boulder Enrolls Its Biggest Freshman Class; Overall Enrollment Is Up 1 Percent

first_imgThe University of Colorado at Boulder welcomed its largest freshman class ever this fall, with 5,617 new first-time students enrolled on Sept. 15, the date of the official census count for 2006. This year’s freshman class is larger than the previous record of 5,571 in 2003 and more than 600 students larger than last year. Colorado residents number 3,277, the largest number ever and 58 percent of the total. The large freshman class resulted, in part, from greater than anticipated numbers of admitted students deciding to enroll at CU-Boulder. Yield numbers – the percentage of admitted freshmen who enroll – increased this year over last, from 23 percent to 25 percent for nonresidents and from 48 percent to 50 percent for residents. “The fact that students are choosing Colorado in numbers higher than we had previously predicted is one more sign of the tremendous positive momentum overtaking this campus,” said CU-Boulder Chancellor G.P. “Bud” Peterson. In addition to the large increase in freshman yield, retention rates for nonresident continuing students also were much higher than projected. Increases in both yield and retention may be due to several new programs begun in the last two years. One policy, started in 2005, guarantees a tuition-rate freeze for four years, providing cost-certainty to families of out-of-state students. The Chancellor’s Achievement Scholarship, introduced in 2005, awards $15,000 over four years to students whose academic qualifications put them in the top 25 percent of nonresident admits, and the President’s Scholarship, introduced in 2006, awards $40,000 to a select group within those top students. Fall 2006 also is the second year of the CU Promise Program. This program guarantees that eligible Colorado residents from low-income families will be able to afford the academic costs of a CU education without going into debt. CU-Boulder offers eligible resident students a financial aid award package that includes a combination of grants, scholarships and a work-study award sufficient to fund the student share of tuition, fees and estimated book expenses. The fall 2006 program includes 127 students. Kevin MacLennan, director of admissions, said “I think the opportunity to participate in a great undergraduate educational experience at CU-Boulder is in the forefront of people’s minds as they make the decision about what college to attend.” Freshman applications increased from last year by 6 percent overall, to more than 18,000. The number of ethnic minority freshmen is up by 20 percent over last year, from 737 to 884. Minority freshman enrollment increased across the board, with Asian Americans up 14 percent, African Americans up 18 percent, Hispanics/Latinos up 19 percent and American Indians more than doubling. Minority freshman enrollment among Colorado residents increased by 11 percent, and among out-of-state freshmen by 55 percent. Total minority enrollment is up 98 over fall 2005 for undergraduates, and up 118 overall. Minorities now constitute 15 percent of undergraduates and 14.4 percent of all students, up 14.7 percent and 14.2 percent, respectively, from last fall. Enrollment of international students increased by 10 percent from 912 to 1,003, led by an increase of 60 percent in new international graduate-level students, from 127 to 203. Despite the record freshman class, overall undergraduate enrollment increased only 1 percent to 24,484, as many members of the large freshman class of 2002 have graduated, while the relatively small classes in 2004 and 2005 contributed to a lower total. Graduate-level and total enrollment also showed 1 percent increases, to 4,458 and 28,942 respectively. New graduate student enrollment increased to 1,286, up 77 or 6 percent from last year’s 1,209. Academic credentials of entering freshmen are statistically very similar to those seen in 2005. High school grades, class ranks, and ACT test scores are nearly identical to the prior year. Average SAT scores show a drop consistent with decreases nationally in these scores. A total of 1,244 transfer students enrolled, 60 fewer than last year or a decrease of 5 percent. Resident transfers dropped by 64 while nonresident transfers increased by four. Academic preparation of transfers was about the same, with an average transfer grade-point average of 3.18, compared to 3.16 in 2005. Among undergraduates, psychology remains by far the most popular major with 1,794 students, followed by integrative physiology with 1,089. Other majors with more than 700 students include political science, English, finance, marketing, and molecular, cellular and developmental biology. For more information check the following Web sites on overall enrollment: Total degree-seeking vs. not degree-seeking, over time www.colorado.edu/pba/records/time/degseek.htm; enrollment by college: www.colorado.edu/pba/records/time/enrlcol.htm; new vs. continuing students: www.colorado.edu/pba/records/time/enrl88plus.htm; student information including diversity for fall 2006 vs. fall 2005 www.colorado.edu/pba/records/snap/067057/index.htm; and most popular undergraduate majors: www.colorado.edu/pba/records/misctopics/popmaj06.htm. Published: Sept. 19, 2006 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Successful Initiatives and Accomplishments by Finance Ministry -Shaw

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Finance, Audley Shaw has outlined several achievements of the Finance Ministry including lowest interest rates in 30 years, single digit inflation despite the global recession, the JDX programme which saves Jamaica $31 billion annually in interest charges and the strengthening and stabilizing of the Jamaican dollar. Outlining the Government’s achievements since 2007 at a press conference at the Courtleigh Auditorium on December 14, 2011 Minister Shaw emphasized the importance of the JDX programme which has led to a sharp reduction in debt servicing costs. “During previous administrations, the debt servicing as a percentage of the budget averaged in the 60 percent region, that is to say 60 percent or more of the budget was spent on repaying debts. In one case it was high as 63 percent. He added that as a result of the JDX in its first full year, debt servicing costs were reduced to around 47 percent and is currently at 50 percent. “We had the courage to sit with our stakeholders and recognize that the average interest rate profile of the entire stock of domestic debt was just too high at 17 percent. We sat down as a civilized and reasonable community, brought it down together to 12 percent and since that time we have seen Central Bank rates hitting a new low of six and a quarter (6 ¼ ) percent, the lowest in over 30 years” Minister Shaw said. He said this initiative has led to sharp reductions in commercial banks’ lending rates and when combined with the initiatives to reduce the stamp duty on the transfer of mortgages, has increased loan portability. Minister Shaw added that mortgage rates have decreased by an average of five percent and for typical home mortgages from an average of 15 percent to 10 percent. Advertisements Successful Initiatives and Accomplishments by Finance Ministry -Shaw Finance & Public ServiceDecember 15, 2011 Contact:    Communications Unit-OPM RelatedSuccessful Initiatives and Accomplishments by Finance Ministry -Shaw RelatedSuccessful Initiatives and Accomplishments by Finance Ministry -Shaw RelatedSuccessful Initiatives and Accomplishments by Finance Ministry -Shawlast_img read more

Changes Coming for Work Permit Process on June 23

first_imgStory HighlightsAs of Monday, June 23, the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS) will restructure the processing of work permits for foreign nationals.The changes will see a four per cent increase in the current application fee of $14,400 to $15,000.Director of the Ministry’s Work Permit Unit, Lisa-Ann Grant, said the new structure is based on a categorisation of economic sectors with different fees applied to each group. As of Monday, June 23, the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS) will restructure the processing of work permits for foreign nationals to protect the Jamaican labour force from a saturation of skills that are already available locally.The changes will see a four per cent increase in the current application fee of $14,400 to $15,000.The reform is in keeping with the country’s Labour Market Reform, which is intended to create a dynamic labour market which can foster productivity growth, promote flexibility, provide an effective social safety net, and increase real incomes.Director of the Ministry’s Work Permit Unit, Lisa-Ann Grant, said the new structure is based on a categorisation of economic sectors with different fees applied to each group.“The sectors that will encourage investment, economic growth, and employment will attract lower fees. Conversely, the sectors for which adequate skill sets are available locally will attract higher fees,” she explained.She further informed that, “under the new regulations, the existing general permit fee of $180,000 per annum will be abolished to introduce several categories of employment under which respective fees are to be paid, in accordance with skill set demands”.Ms. Grant was speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank, on June 17 at the agency’s head office in Kingston.Ms. Grant noted that foreign nationals in the wholesale and retail trade and motor vehicle repair sector will pay a fee of $170,000 annually, while the hotel and restaurant services, and construction sectors will see work permit seekers paying $150,000 per annum.“Those in transport, storage and communication will pay up to $130,000, while persons in the manufacturing and agriculture, forestry and fishing sectors will pay a maximum of $110,000 in permit fees,” Ms. Grant added.The changes follow modifications to the Foreign Nationals and Commonwealth Citizens (Employment) (Work Permit Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2014.For more information on the restructured employment categories, the public is invited to contact the Ministry at 922-9590. Work permit fees were last increased in 2008. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedProcessing of Work Permits for Foreigners to be Restructured Photo: JIS PhotographerDirector of the Work Permit Unit at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Ms. Lisa-Ann Grant, speaking at a JIS ‘Think Thank’ on June 18. Related2,000 Persons to Benefit From $600 Million Welfare-To-Work Programmecenter_img RelatedFlexi-Work Arrangements Critical to Economic Growth – Labour Minister Changes Coming for Work Permit Process on June 23 LabourJune 19, 2014Written by: Shari-Ann Palmer Changes Coming for Work Permit Process on June 23JIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Advertisementslast_img read more