Millennial salaries set to pick up after period of low growth post-crash, says think tank

first_img whatsapp Millennial salaries set to pick up after period of low growth post-crash, says think tank Share Sunday 16 September 2018 3:10 pm Despite average wages increasing 2.6 per cent in the three months up to July, growth is currently just ahead of the inflation rate. But a study from the Resolution Foundation suggests younger workers could be about to enjoy a period of wage growth, as starting salaries have risen for the first time in a decade, with those born between 1992 and 1995 earning an average salary of £299 a week. Those who entered the job market during the financial crisis who were born in the early 1990s have been left significantly out of pocket, taking home similar earnings to those born 15 years ago when they were the same age, the report said.Read more: WTF? Procter & Gamble looks to trademark millennial-friendly acronyms”Britain’s pay disaster was most acutely felt by those who entered the jobs market in the years during and since the financial crisis,” said research director Laura Gardiner.  More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org center_img Tags: Trading Archive “This 15 years of lost pay growth is unprecedented, and raises concerns about the potential long-term ‘scarring’ effects of being stuck on low pay when starting out,” Gardiner continued. “Although still tepid, pay growth is now building, and should gain pace as today’s 18 year olds begin careers over the coming years.” Housing market still ‘broken’However, in some areas Gardiner said the same problems of high rent and low home ownership will continue to effect younger millennials. “The decades-long pattern of lower home ownership rates and higher housing costs through successive cohorts shows no signs of budging without substantial intervention,” she said. “Many of these millennials will be entering a housing market that is broken – completely in the big cities – with rent providing a huge drag on their incomes.” whatsapp Josh Mines Millennial workers should be looking forward to an upturn in their pay packets after 10 years of “tepid” growth following the financial crash, according to an influential think tank. last_img read more

HSBC unfairly sold loans to small firms

first_imgWednesday 22 October 2014 8:33 pm Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar Programinvesting.comThe Military Spent $1 Billion On this New Vehicle, And Here’s The First Lookinvesting.comMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorElvenarIf You Like to Play, this Fantasy Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Elvenar Share HSBC unfairly sold loans to small firms whatsapp HSBC and First Trust Bank broke competition rules by wrongly indicating that small businesses had to have an account with them if they wanted a loan, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said yesterday.Former regulator the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) began the invest­igation, last year telling HSBC to review its sales process.In response, HSBC investigated and found some staff had told small firms that a business current account was required before a loan could be given.This so-called bundling was banned in 2002 as it could have stopped companies shopping around to get the best deal on each different banking product they used.The bank has been told to stop these banned sales practices by the end of the year and to retrain all sales staff in these products.“HSBC takes its responsibility to UK business seriously and we regret that the bank has not been fully compliant with bundling undertaking,” said an HSBC spokesperson. “Since the issue was discovered, we have been working with the CMA to implement a plan ensuring full compliance with the requirements, and will be regularly reporting back to the CMA.” center_img Tim Wallace whatsapp More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Wall St falls as stronger dollar weighs on fuel – New York Report

first_img Share Wall St falls as stronger dollar weighs on fuel – New York Report Tags: NULL whatsapp Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndozenherald.com20 Rules Genghis Khan’s Army Had To Live Byzenherald.comUndoNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyUndoMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesUndoComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyUndoGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsUndoMoneyWise.com15 States Where Americans Don’t Want To Live AnymoreMoneyWise.comUndoTheFashionBallPrince Harry Admits Meghan Markle May Not Be The OneTheFashionBallUndo US STOCKS fell yesterday as a stronger dollar weighed on oil and other commodity prices, sending energy and materials sectors lower.The greenback rose after a sharp decline on Wednesday. The Federal Reserve appeared to be more dovish than expected even as it opened the door for a Fed funds rate hike as soon as in June. US stocks rose more than one per cent on Wednesday after the Fed statement.WTI crude fell 1.9 per cent and Brent dropped 2.6 per cent as the dollar strengthened, and on concerns over excess supply. The S&P 500 energy index fell 1.7 per cent. “The forward path in interest rates is going to be slower than previously expected. The market celebrated that yesterday, and now it’s wondering what comes next,” said Kevin Caron, market strategist at Stifel, Nicolaus & Co in Florham Park, New Jersey.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 117.16 points, or 0.65 per cent, to 17,959.03, the S&P 500 lost 10.23 points, or 0.49 per cent, to 2,089.27 and the Nasdaq Composite added 9.55 points, or 0.19 per cent, to 4,992.38.Biotech stocks helped buoy the Nasdaq Composite and the S&P 500’s healthcare sector. Regeneron added 2.9 per cent to $486.02 and Biogen rose 1.3 per cent to $433.65 after Credit Suisse upped its price target on the stock to $500 from $400. The Nasdaq biotech index rose 1.9 per cent.Guess shares surged 16 per cent to $19.42. Quarterly profit beat analyst estimates as the apparel retailer’s expenses declined and online business grew. center_img Express KCS Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofBest Wine Gifts & Wine Accessories at Every PriceGayotCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofBaked Sesame Salmon: Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof Show Comments ▼ Thursday 19 March 2015 9:32 pm whatsapplast_img read more

News / Peace breaks out as new affinity grows between ports and unions on US west coast

first_img© Atomazul Labour relations on the US west coast appear to have entered a new era of cooperation between management and unions, according to speakers at last week’s Transpacific Maritime (TPM) conference in Long Beach.The considerable fury of shippers who blamed the International Longshoremen and Warehouse Union (ILWU) for the crippling port congestion that impeded much of the country’s container supply chains, has largely dissipated –  particularly where unions have been put in a position where they can explain themselves to shippers.Chris Lyttle, executive director of the port of Oakland authority, told delegates that the inclusion of Local 10 – the Oakland branch of the ILWU – in a port efficiency working group had had “a transformative effect”.He said: “I put a lot of our problems last year down to a lack of education and understanding, and a lot of the time the union wasn’t in the same room [as the other stakeholders in the supply chain].“Now we include the union in the port efficiency working group we have set up, and Local 10 is contributing in a very collaborative way. Just a few months ago its president handed his business card to a range of BCOs [beneficial cargo owners] and said ‘if you have a problem with your cargo, call me’.“Getting him in front of the end customer is incredibly important, because it defuses the tension and creates understanding,” Mr Lyttle added.David Arian, vice-president of the Los Angeles board of harbour commissioners, claimed there was a paradigm shift underway in the role that port authorities play in the wider supply chain.“The port of Los Angeles began the transition with the appointment of chief executive Gene Seroka – he brought in the concept of changing a port from landlord to hybrid operator.“What we are now asking ourselves is how can we help each terminal succeed?“Each terminal has a business plan – they are different and need different help to succeed,” he said, adding that Los Angeles port authority had also set up an efficiency committee.“Now were are going from terminal to terminal and asking management and labour to come together to improve efficiency, and we have had a couple of terminals where turn-time has been reduced by 21 minutes,” he said.“It is the role of the modern port authority to be a third-party that brings all the stakeholders together with the simple aim of getting the turn time [in Los Angeles] down to between 35 and 40 minutes,” he added. By Gavin van Marle 10/03/2016last_img read more

Obama administration declares Zika public health emergency in Puerto Rico

first_img Puerto Rico is being pummeled by Zika, with hundreds of cases of birth defects feared HealthObama administration declares Zika public health emergency in Puerto Rico The emergency declaration will allow the Puerto Rican government to receive more federal aid. Mario Tama/Getty Images According to the Puerto Rico health department, there are now 10,690 confirmed cases of Zika on the island, including 1,035 pregnant women.The Puerto Rican government can now apply for federal funds to train people to help with mosquito control and public education to help people protect themselves from the spread of Zika. It can also reassign public health or agency workers to beef up the response teams.advertisement Related: WASHINGTON — The Obama administration declared a public health emergency in Puerto Rico late Friday over the Zika virus, saying the outbreak on the island has become serious enough to require the extraordinary step.The declaration by the US Department of Health and Human Services allows the Puerto Rican government to receive more federal funds and reassign local public health officials to step up the efforts to fight the virus.“This emergency declaration allows us to provide additional support to the Puerto Rican government and reminds us of the importance of pregnant women, women of childbearing age, and their partners taking additional steps to protect themselves and their families from Zika,” Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said in a statement.advertisement Puerto Rico has been hit hard by the virus, far harder than anywhere in the continental United States. On Thursday, Dr. Vivek Murthy, the US surgeon general, visited the island and warned that as much as 25 percent of residents could be infected with the virus by the end of the year.The move comes a day after HHS announced it will shift money around to free up an additional $81 million, including $34 million at the National Institutes of Health and $47 million at the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, to fight the virus. By David Nather Aug. 12, 2016 Reprints Tags Barack ObamaCongresspolicyZika Viruslast_img read more

Azar’s ‘Sunset Rule’ will bring a dangerous new dawn for health regulation

first_img Newsletters Sign up for First Opinion A weekly digest of our opinion column, with insight from industry experts. By Jack Lienke Jan. 20, 2021 Reprints Privacy Policy Adobe Tags government agenciespolicy To meet the Sunset Rule’s targets, HHS would need to conduct 680 reviews per year. Compare that with the pace of Azar’s own Regulatory Reform Task Force, which managed to review a grand total of 111 rules for repeal in 2018, an achievement that looks downright impressive compared to 2019’s tally of 15. Alex Azar, secretary of the federal Department of Health and Human Services, spent his final days in office under fire for misleading states about the number of coronavirus vaccine doses they would receive this month. Unfortunately, the criticism didn’t deter Azar from closing out his tenure by making yet another promise his department can’t keep, one that puts thousands of existing health and safety protections at risk of automatic repeal.Azar’s insidious new policy, known as the Sunset Rule, commits HHS to reassessing the economic impacts of almost every one of the department’s existing regulations and establishes an extreme penalty for noncompliance: If a regulation is not reviewed by its 10th anniversary, it simply blinks out of existence.Completing these analyses on schedule would be a herculean and likely impossible task. The bulk of HHS’s regulations — an estimated 17,200 provisions spread across 3,400 separate rule-making packages — have either already passed the 10-year mark for review or soon will, and the Sunset Rule provides only a five-year grace period in which to review all of them.advertisement Related: @jacklienke Please enter a valid email address. Jack Lienke At worst, HHS staff simply won’t have time to complete all of the required reviews, in which case the unreviewed rules — whether they govern the safety of food and pharmaceutical products, the accuracy of medical tests, or the operations of hospitals and nursing homes — would expire, leaving regulated businesses free to ignore them with impunity.HHS insists that the Sunset Rule’s retrospective reviews “should be a priority” and that “it is willing to commit the necessary resources” to performing the thousands of analyses required by the new policy.One might reasonably wonder why, if Azar believes that a sweeping retrospective review of all HHS regulations is so essential, did he wait until the final day of his three-year tenure to initiate the process? Imagine how many regulations his staff could have already reviewed by now had he not instructed them to instead spend their time reducing access to contraception, enabling discrimination against gay and transgender patients, and helping states add work requirements to their Medicaid programs despite repeated court rulings deeming such requirements illegal.The truth is that Azar was unwilling to commit his own resources to a comprehensive review effort but is happy to volunteer the Biden administration for the task because doing so will impede the efforts of the incoming HHS secretary, Xavier Becerra, to reverse three years’ worth of harmful Azar policies.Azar’s HHS likewise dismisses concerns that the Sunset Rule will lead to the automatic repeal of important health and safety protections, arguing that if the department neglects to review a regulation with an approaching expiration date, the public will notice and urge the department to complete the task. But while HHS provides spreadsheets listing its regulations and the dates on which they were initially issued, the department does not guarantee the accuracy of the lists — which were compiled with artificial intelligence — or specify which of the listed provisions qualifies for one of the Sunset Rule’s comically vague exemptions, such as that for regulations “whose expiration … would violate any other Federal law.” So it is far from clear to the public which policies are truly vulnerable to rescission.Furthermore, the Sunset Rule does not provide that a regulation’s expiration will be suspended simply because of public objections to HHS’s failure to review it. If members of the public sound the alarm and HHS ignores them, the unreviewed provision will still expire. Even former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, who was appointed to the post by President Trump, has criticized the Sunset Rule as burdensome and unnecessary. Gottlieb points out that many rules at the FDA, a sub-agency of HHS, “establish long term scientific and regulatory principles that don’t need constant updating” and that forcing the agency’s staff to retrospectively review them will, at best, distract from more important work.advertisement Leave this field empty if you’re human: All of this is illegal. The federal Administrative Procedure Act requires that agencies provide a “reasoned explanation” for repealing a policy, based on a consideration of “relevant factors” such as the rule’s costs and benefits and the extent to which members of the public rely on it. Failure to provide such an explanation has foiled several high-profile Trump policies, such as its attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program.Yet in the Sunset Rule, HHS claims the power to repeal thousands of rules at once without so much as explaining what they do, much less justifying the harm that could arise in their absence. It’s an outrageous overreach, even by the standards of an administration with an 80% loss rate in the federal courts.In the end, the Sunset Rule won’t result in a large number of automatic rescissions — not because HHS will actually complete all of the required reviews but because the rule itself will be scrapped, either by Congress (using a joint resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act) or through a new rule-making under Becerra’s leadership.The likelihood that the Sunset Rule will be reversed, however, does not excuse Azar’s recklessness in issuing it. The fact remains that if the policy is implemented, it could do great damage to our system of health regulation and, in turn, to public health itself.In response to states’ anger over the flubbed vaccine rollout, Azar offered a glib defense of regulatory ambition: “You fail to achieve 100% of the goals you do not set.” But it is hardly admirable for a public official to make unrealistic and unjustified commitments, secure in the knowledge that the costs of his failure will be borne by others.Jack Lienke is the regulatory policy director of the Institute for Policy Integrity and adjunct professor of law, both at New York University School of Law. About the Author Reprints First OpinionAzar’s ‘Sunset Rule’ will bring a dangerous new dawn for health regulation After repeated delays, Trump’s HHS punts on oversight of a massive Covid-19 response fund for hospitals  last_img read more

School bus driver accused of sexually assaulting student in Florida

first_imgAdvertisementTags: Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Officesexual assaultstudents AdvertisementJohnson was arrested on one count of sexual battery and three counts of lewd and lascivious molestation. 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 commentsDC 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 Speeder let off with warning donates ticket amount to fund for fallen deputy April 27, 2021 WATCH: Marine units save Florida man from sinking jet ski May 9, 2021 HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. – A school bus driver in Florida was arrested for sexually assaulting a student. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said the student reported the incident and Ronale Johnson, 45, was arrested Friday. The sexual assault happened on Thursday when the student was alone with Johnson on the bus, according to Hillsborough County deputies. He serves as a bus driver for East Bay High School, Lennard High School, and Beth Shields Middle School in Hillsborough County. He has been an employee with the school district since February 2020, HCSO confirmed. Lee County man accused of assaulting child believed to have more victims June 17, 2021 Homicide investigation underway after missing Florida woman’s body found burning June 14, 2021 RELATEDTOPICSlast_img read more

Clough Ballacolla make it three from three as they overcome tough Castletown challenge

first_imgHome Sport GAA Clough Ballacolla make it three from three as they overcome tough Castletown… SportGAAHurling Clough Ballacolla make it three from three as they overcome tough Castletown challenge Twitter WhatsApp Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Pinterest Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad By Sean Hennessy – 15th April 2018 For most of the game, the full back line on both sides held out firm and there was no clear goal chance for either side.The closest the game got to a goal was Robbie Phelan’s effort that narrowly missed wide, after a mistake in the Castletown defence.Halfway through the second half, there was only a few points between the sides, but a quick spree of scoring from Clough Ballacolla, including three points from Willie Hyland, allowed for them to establish a strong lead and one that Castletown failed to recover from. In the end, seven points was the margin as Clough Ballacolla won 0-15 to 0-7.Scorers: Clough Ballacolla: Willie Hyland 0-8 (0-6 frees), Brian Corby 0-2, Steven Bergin 0-2, John Dwyer 0-2, Willie Dunphy 0-1. Castletown: Shane Phelan 0-3, Patrick Mullaney 0-2, Ryan Mullaney 0-2, Joe Phelan 0-1.CLOUGH-BALLACOLLA: Danny Hanlon; Damien Hogan, Darren Maher, Eoin Doyle; Lee Cleere, Mick McEvoy, Tom Delaney; Aidan Corby, Willie Hyland; Brian Corby, Sean Corby, Robbie Phelan; Willia Dunphy, John Dwyer, Steven Bergin. SUBS: Ronan Broderick, Canice Coonan, Shane Hanlon, Jordan Walsh.CASTLETOWN: Patrick Mullaney; Shane Cuddy, Eoin Peters, Paul Croke; John Gaughan, Evan Cuddy, Conor Phelan; Aaron Gaughan, Fionan Cuddy; Dylan Conroy, Brendan Reddin, Shane Phelan; Joe Phelan, Ryan Mullaney, Gearoid Gaughan subs: James Hooban.SEE ALSO – WATCH: Old Portlaoise primary school set on fire RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Facebook Pinterest Clough Ballacolla 0-15 Castletown 0-8Laois Shopping Centre ACHL Division 1Clough Ballacolla maintained their 100% record in this year’s Division 1 campaign as they overcame a tough game at home against Castletown.Conditions compromised what could have been a skillful display of fast, free-flowing hurling, but it was still a good game for the spectators with some tough hits and tackles a plenty.Clough Ballacolla seemed to be in control of the scoreboard from early on, but other than that it was a fairly even game of hurling.Willie Hyland was on fine form taking frees as usual, and he helped his side lead at the break, 0-7 to 0-3. Previous articleWATCH: Old Portlaoise primary school set on fireNext articleStrong second-half showing sees Camross get the better of Abbeyleix Sean HennessyA former Knockbeg student, and is currently a student in the University of Limerick trying to scrape a BA in History and Politics. A marquee player in the goals for Annanough, but well capable of doing a job in full-forward and has the knack to turn his hand to any sport (except running). Only starting out in his journalistic career but already the specialist farming and property reporter. Happiest when Liverpool and Laois are winning! Community Twitter Rugby Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Council TAGSACHL Division 1Castletown GAAClough-Ballacollahurling WhatsApplast_img read more

Plans Being Put in Place to Revitalize Coconut Industry

first_imgRelatedPlans Being Put in Place to Revitalize Coconut Industry RelatedPlans Being Put in Place to Revitalize Coconut Industry FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Coconut Industry Board (CIB) has outlined plans to make coconut production a sustainable enterprise, despite the ravages of the Lethal Yellowing disease.More than a million trees have been destroyed by the disease since 1997. Lethal Yellowing is caused by a type of bacteria which attacks many species of palms, including the coconut. The phytoplasmas (bacteria with a wall-less cell) reside in the phloem tissue of the plant and are transmitted from plant to plant by insects. The phloem tissue lies just below the bark, and is responsible for the transportation of food, water and nutrients.The ‘Sustainable Coconut Production through Control of Coconut Lethal Yellowing Programme’ includes production, expansion and disease control components and is being funded through the provision of $20 million from the United Nations, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Common Fund for Commodities. The initiative is outlined in the CIB’s 2008 plan of action.A project to replace 25,000 coconut trees in St. Thomas and Portland, the areas most impacted by Lethal Yellowing, began in January of this year. Under the Tree Replacement Programme, diseased trees are removed and burnt, and new disease-free seedlings planted. Eligible registered farmers should receive $500 per tree in compensation under the three-month project, which was undertaken at a cost of $10 million.Details of the re-planting programme were announced by Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture, J.C. Hutchinson in his Sectoral Presentation on May 21.In the 13 years since the newest outbreak, the Lethal Yellowing disease has affected all of the locally grown cultivars of coconut – including those once thought resistant. Since that time, the CIB has been working with several organisations including the University of the West Indies (UWI), to come up with ways of controlling the disease. So far UWI researchers have identified two possible insect carriers – the Myndus crudus, a leaf hopper and the Derbids (an insect that lives under the bark of the tree).The action plan notes, that while transmission studies have identified the possible vectors, they have not provided successful options for fighting the disease. The new CIB Board has opted for the more aggressive approach of cutting down and replanting trees as a more direct and effective way to control and perhaps eradicate Lethal Yellowing.The CIB’s sustainability programme also focuses on the expansion of coconut production into other areas of the island. Mr. Hutchinson also announced that an additional 100,000 coconut seedlings will be planted primarily in the traditional growing areas of St. Thomas, Portland and St. Mary. Forty thousand of the seedlings will be planted in other selected areas across the island.At the end of 2007, Jamaica had 24,857 hectares, amounting to just over 3.3 million coconut trees in production, a one per cent decline from 2006.The programme also provides for the establishment of a technical advisory group, a regional network to facilitate collaboration between countries affected by the disease; development of a list of candidate coconut cultivars to be introduced in Jamaica; an improved programme for identifying durable resistance to coconut lethal yellowing and the sourcing of 5,000 Brazilian seed nuts for field testing.There are also plans for the collection and testing of disease samples from Jamaica as well as other parts of the region; the expansion of the screening programme for alternative host plants; screening for potential insect vectors and the presence of the phytoplasma by way of molecular testing, as well as a study of the socio-economic and environmental impacts of the disease in selected areas. Advertisementscenter_img RelatedPlans Being Put in Place to Revitalize Coconut Industry Plans Being Put in Place to Revitalize Coconut Industry UncategorizedJune 3, 2008last_img read more

Wine Export Grant changes to help Australian producers pursue new markets

first_imgWine Export Grant changes to help Australian producers pursue new markets Wine Australia’s Wine Export Grants are now available to supplement promotional activities in any overseas market, and to facilitate a wide range of promotional and market research and development activities.Changes to the eligibility criteria have been made to increase accessibility of funds, and in recognition of the importance of market diversification, the exploration of new sales, marketing and distribution channels.Multiple reimbursements of up to 50 per cent are available to small and medium wine producers up to an accumulative cap of $25,000.The Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud said ‘The Government is committed to helping Australian wine producers explore new opportunities in overseas markets.’‘The inclusion of market research and development activities in this grant program will help wine exporters develop targeted marketing, sales and distribution strategies to facilitate entry into new markets.’Wine Australia Chief Executive Officer Andreas Clark welcomed the changes.‘While it’s been a challenging year for the wine sector, Australian wine producers are focussed on exploring new opportunities and leveraging from existing relationships.’‘While international travel restrictions have prevented producers from travelling to market to meet customers and grow their customer base, they are exploring new channels through which they can achieve the same outcomes.’‘Access to market intelligence and securing quality representation in export markets is vital for producers to develop market diversification and expansion strategies and I strongly encourage producers to take advantage of the funds that are available’, Mr Clark said.The grant deadline has been extended to 2 May 2022 or until funding is exhausted. Applications are assessed on a first-come, first-served basis. Previous applicants are welcome to apply.Application details for the Wine Export Grants are available here. /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:Accessibility, Agriculture, Australia, Australia Wine, Australian, drought, Emergency, Emergency Management, exploration, Export, Government, intelligence, market, Minister, outcomes, quality, researchlast_img read more