News / ‘Trump card’ played in US-China trade war could mean a winning hand for carriers

first_img Against the backdrop of an escalating US-China trade war, transpacific ocean carriers have had some success this week in lifting spot rates between Asia and the US west coast. There was also a spike in long-term contract rates recorded this month that will be welcome news for the loss-making container lines. The Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI) recorded a 13.7% jump today for US west coast spots, to $1,471 per 40ft, in reaction to blank sailing announcements from carriers that must shore up the market ahead of the critical peak season. Rates recorded by the SCFI for US east coast ports were flat, however, at $2,541 per 40ft, although supply has hitherto been tight on the route due to Panama Canal draught restrictions underpinning rates on the trade. Although transpacific spot rates have slumped by 22% for the west coast and 16% on the east coast since the beginning of the year, boosted by front-loading demand, they are currently on a par with last year’s market.  According to digital booking platform Freightos’s chief marketing officer, Eytan Buchman, the “real ‘Trump card’ for transpacific rates, at least in the short-term, is the Chinese threat to cut off rare earth exports to the US.” Mr Buchman said this could trigger the US to retaliate with an additional 25% of tariffs on the remaining 57% of Chinese imports currently are not subject to a duty. “In turn, this could trigger a spike of tariff-beating exports and, potentially, a much–needed early peak season for carriers,” suggested Mr Buchman. Elsewhere, Asia-North Europe carriers saw the SCFI component increase 5% on the week to $780 per teu, suggesting the upswing in rates on the route predicted by Hapag-Lloyd chief executive Rolf Habben Jansen could be starting to materialise. Nevertheless, the recovery still has a way to go, as spot rates on the route are some 11% lower than in the same week of 2018. Meanwhile, Mediterranean ports saw the SCFI increase 4.2% to $740 per teu. Spot rates on the route are 24% lower than in early January and 17% below the equivalent week of last year, suggesting that the previous robust nature of this market has been under pressure. But there is good news from ocean freight benchmarking platform Xeneta, which today released its XSI public index for May. According to the latest report from the Oslo-based analytics platform, based on its crowd-sourced data, global rates climbed 11.5% across the month, with US rates for imports jumping nearly 20%. The increase for May followed a 4.2% dive in the index in the previous month and is evidence of the “increasingly topsy-turvy nature of the freight rates landscape”, according to Xeneta’s chief executive, Patrik Berglund. Indeed, the disorderly nature of container trades is evident in several other tradelanes covered by the SCFI.  For example, spot rates to Latin America spiked this week by a massive 69.5%, to $1,361 per teu. However, rates for the troublesome tradelane are around 19% below the level of early January, and some 38% adrift of the equivalent week of 2018. © Kseniia Glazkova By Mike Wackett 31/05/2019last_img read more

Premium / Supply chain radar: The contract logistics battleground – where’s the growth?

first_img Reset Your Password Please Login Subscription required for Premium stories In order to view the entire article please login with a valid subscription below or register an account and subscribe to Premium One side of the supply chain trade, contract logistics (CL), is ancillary and often overlooked in quarterly updates but is vital for most global private and public 3PLs – take the relevant asset-light units of DP-DHL, XPO Logistics, Ceva Logistics, Kuehne + Nagel (K+N) and DSV Panalpina, to name a few – as part of their diversified operations.Here is a quick and dirty take on where growth* is and what to expect in key hot spots around the globe.(As a … LOGIN New Premium subscriber REGISTER Please either REGISTER or login below to continue << Go back Email* Password* Premium subscriber LOGIN By Alessandro Pasetti 27/12/2019 Email* Forgotten your password? Please click here Resetlast_img read more

The ongoing battle of living with an invisible illness

first_imgHome We Are Laois The ongoing battle of living with an invisible illness We Are Laois WhatsApp The ongoing battle of living with an invisible illness Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Pinterest Pinterest Louise Boyle is a Dublin native, putting down roots in Portlaoise with her family almost 20 years ago.  As a person with disabilities, and a mother of a child with a disability, Louise’s interests revolve around advocacy, community and fundraising for various charitiesGetting yelled at on a regular basis for parking in a disability parking space has almost become the norm for me, despite having a disability permit.I walk on, head held high. In reality, I’m squirming, cringing with such monumental embarrassment, all too conscious of the many eyes now on me.We have all heard about invisible illnesses. We’re asked not to judge others by appearance, but for many it is still not quite hitting home.Let me try to help with that.I am a mother. I am a wife. I am a sister, daughter, aunt, work colleague, and friend.I am someone with an invisible disability.In fact, I have a variety of chronic illnesses so it’s a lottery on any given day which one affects me more.Amongst other things, I have advanced osteoarthritis in most of my joints, spinal stenosis and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS).EDS is a genetic connective tissue disorder that causes a multitude of symptoms and secondary conditions, most notably, joints to be loose, often dislocating and inevitably leaves me in constant pain.I am 37.  I look like a “normal” 37 year old. But I’m not.For as long as I can remember life has been excruciatingly painful for me, even as a child.As I wake every morning, my first thoughts are “Oh sweet Jesus, I can’t move!” “Oh Christ, the pain!” “Oh sweet mother of pearl let me die now!!” Everything hurts.Every.Single.Part of me.Each breath is torture; like my ribs are in a vice, squeezing the very life from me. Every joint and muscle are so incredibly stiff. I look like C3PO getting out of bed taking my first morning steps!Living with chronic pain means you need to prioritise. The exhaustion and pain determines everything for you. At times, it’s choosing between A) having a shower or B) feeding the kids. My body cannot take both. And I think it’s a requirement to feed your kids. Like, EVERY DAY!My 15-year-old daughter also has EDS. We can, through the pain, have a great laugh with one another. While shuffling around the house, we would giggle at how stupid we look, but as we laugh, it just hurts more.For those of you who have any chronic illness, you’ll understand the importance of humour in our situations. It’s absolutely ESSENTIAL.Without it, we would be just a sobbing heap of self-fuelled pity. It may be dark, gallows humour, but humour nonetheless. If we can take the mickey out of each other and ourselves, then other people’s comments won’t hurt as muchWe are FUBARed. Cripples. Old women. Quasimodo. A crock.For the PC brigade, fear not, you lovely souls. It’s in the privacy of our own home that we call each other those things. We tease and insult each other about who is more crippled than the other but we do NOT refer to others like that!It’s simply our way of dealing with the hand that we have been dealt.The take away from all this?While the well-meaning, good hearted people out there might THINK they’re being good citizens giving out to people for parking in disability parking spots, just remember that there are those like my daughter and I.We go through hell every single day but still look “normal”. Maybe ask first if they have a valid disability parking disc before jumping to conclusions.Sometimes the do-gooding causes more harm than good.Some days I can conquer the world. Today, I got dressed!!SEE ALSO – In Pictures: Portlaoise Educate Together carry out big clean By LaoisToday Reporter – 22nd April 2019 Facebook Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Twittercenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleMoment in Time: Laois ICA Fashion Show wows the crowds in 2005Next articleExtra funding sought for five areas in Laois LaoisToday Reporter GAA Facebook Twitter GAA WhatsApp GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

The Lee Myung Bak Dossier

first_img The Lee Myung Bak Dossier Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? SHARE Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion Facebook Twitter AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] By Daily NK – 2005.09.13 5:59pm center_img [imText1]Asked about their preferences for the next president, 30 percent said they support former Prime Minister Goh Kun, while 16 percent backed Grand National Party chairwoman Park Geun-hye. Seoul Mayor Lee Myung Bak and Unification Minister Chung Dong Young were third and fourth on the list with 15 percent and 10 percent, respectively. (emphasis mine)The Grand National Party’s top two contenders for the presidency both owe much to the legacy of Park Chung Hee. If Ms. Park is the old dictator’s progeny in the biological sense, Lee Myung Bak is much more his progeny ideologically.Ideological RootsGeneral Park transformed Korea through large-scale state-controlled projects that reflected his socialist roots, which were themselves influenced by concepts of state-managed development Park learned during the Japanese occupation. Park came of age in a fascist system–fascism itself being an offshoot of communism–in which the state served as an omnipotent economic and social engineer, with corporations serving as junior partners.Park applied these practices to Korea’s post-war development, and Lee Myung Bak had a close, if troubled, relationship with Park’s world view, and his own experience mirrors his country’s during that era. Park came from a poor family and put himself through Korea University by doing odd jobs that included collecting garbage. After spending six months in prison for protesting against Park Chung Hee’s authoritarianism, in 1965 he graduated and turned his energy into the corporate world, rising to the top of Hyundai Construction & Engineering, perhaps the crown jewel of South Korea’s chaebol, at the age of 36. Lee’s political philosophy could best be described as a faith in the power of heavy equipment. Some would say this is also where he acquired his diplomatic and consensus-building skills. It is not for nothing that he is known as “the bulldozer,” a name Lee reportedly dislikes. With a strong focus on economic issues and an innate social conservatism, Lee’s political base will consist mainly of voters over 40.Mayor of SeoulDuring his tenure as mayor of Seoul, Lee certainly changed the face of the city, though not always for the better and presumably at great cost to taxpayers.His restoration of the Cheonggyecheon Stream downtown certainly beautified the city in a sense (before and after pics here, HT: antti), but did no good for its hellish traffic, and came at the terrible, mostly-forgotten cost of destroying–or so my friends report–the Pimat-Gil, the crowded, narrow alleys along the Chong-ro where you could buy grilled mackerel and soju shots on freezing January nights . . . it was one of the most uniquely “Korean” places in Seoul and I will never forgive Lee for destroying it. Others claimed that the plan damaged historical artifacts in the construction area. The price was a whopping $370 billion won, about $350 million. All of this created plenty of traffic disruption; Lee tried to improve these with a new system of bus lanes that failed so miserably he had to make a public apology. Not surprisingly, Lee fiercely opposed plans to relocate the capital out of Seoul, and his opposition made him a bitter and personal enemy of President Roh Moo Hyun and his party: When Lee joked with reporters that he might call out the military to prevent a move, the Uri party pounced on his statement and tried to link him with the authoritarian politicians he fought against as a student. “The mayor acts as if he is a person of the 21st century, but the remark shows how deeply he was devoted to anti-democracy and anti-parliamentarian elements of a dictatorial period,” Uri spokeswoman Kim Hyun Mee said.Lee can give as good as he gets: He calls President Roh Moo Hyun’s government “amateurs who don’t have the capacity and experience needed to run a country.”. . . . Lee has condemned what he calls Roh’s “politically motivated scheme” to “split the capital and win votes” outside Seoul for his party.International IssuesLee’s record on international issues is harder to assess, because it doesn’t appear that he either cares or speaks about them very much unless they are directly related to economic issues.Lee’s plans for bringing foreign investment into Seoul have in fact won international recognition. His love of public works projects (and perhaps his naked ambition to appeal to younger voters) showed when he proposed turning the U.S. Army’s Yongsan Garrison into a (roll eyes now) frigging peace park after the U.S. hands it over to the Korean government. One might expect someone with long ties to the Hyundai Group to be more supportive of using trade and engagement to gradually transform the North. Lee doesn’t appear to believe in the viability of that approach, even if the self-serving context is suspect: “The reunification of Korea is not so far away,” he said through an interpreter. “If you take into account that fact it would be rather absurd to relocate the capital south of Seoul both of in terms of politics and diplomacy.” South Korean officials tend to say unification is not around the corner — not least because the cost of reuniting the two halves of a peninsula divided for 50 years would be huge. But Lee pointed to the November 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall and Germany’s costly and hasty unification less than a year later. “The reunification of Germany took place unexpectedly and in very difficult circumstances,” said Lee. “That might be the case for Korea in the future. But still, as for now it would not be appropriate to get into details.”What I can’t find is so much as one solitary utterance about human rights in the North.No ambitious Korean politician could pass up the opportunity to bait the Japanese, and Tokyo’s racist loudmouth Governor Shintaro Ishihara recently proved himself an ideal sparring partner. But watch Lee’s appeal to red-meat nationalism squirm uneasily around his fear of upsetting the investors: Seoul City mayor Lee Myung Bak on Tuesday gave his Tokyo counterpart Shintaro Ishihara quid pro quo for labeling President Roh Moo Hyun’s criticism of Japan “third-rate politics.” “If our politics are third rate, then Ishihara’s must be fourth and fifth rate. . . .Anybody can criticize our politics, except Japan’s extreme right.” “Japan needs to apologize for the mistakes of its past and contribute to mutual prosperity in Asia and human happiness.” The mayor said rudeness aimed at a national leader “can threaten bilateral ties,” adding, “I call on Ishihara to reflect on his rash comments that break with international custom.” At a press conference later, Lee said he spoke out of concern for the national interest rather than to lend the president political support. “The economic and cultural cooperation between Seoul and Tokyo should not suffer, but if Japan continues to behave like this, it may have an influence,” Lee added.Social IssuesSocially, Lee is about as paleocon as they come, even for conservative, Confucio-evangelical Korea. Here is what I (and plenty of others) consider his oddest moment: As a devoted Presbyterian senior, he recently attended a religious meeting in Seoul and publicly said he was offering the city of Seoul to Almighty God in his capacity as Seoul mayor. Such a message drew widespread and vehement criticism from members of non-Christian community across the country as well as Seoul citizens and civic groups. Political observers said that such a comment was highly calculated and aimed at the forthcoming presidential elections. The Christian community in Korea exercises tremendous influence on local politics.This crosses the line between governing according to religious-based principles that shape our public morality and rank sectarianism–hardly a temperate comment in a nation that remains 40% Buddhist, Confucianist, and “miscellaneus.” More recently, Lee appointed himself guardian of the pubic morals by promising to send the cops to shut down “sexy dance contests,” thus threatening to make war against one of the universe’s last dwindling business models for completely harmless fun.Ethical TroublesLee Myung Bak’s ethical reputation is checkered, although some of the charges mirror the impeachment charge against Roh Moo Hyun in their hypertechnical pettiness. He was charged but acquitted of election law violations in 2003 for engaging in partisan campaigning before the official start of the election season. Similar charges had been levied against him in the past. More damaging are charges that he has used public funds to promote his own political goals. Lee has been accused of using taxpayer funds to buy up thousands of copies of “World Village,” a product from the publishers of “The Monthly Chosun,” in consideration for the latter’s favorable press coverage. He was accused of using taxpayer funds to bring sympathetic journalists along on a junket to Europe, an accusation that briefly resulted in Mayor Lee being barred from his city’s own press room. He was also said to have used public funds to support a political rally against moving the capital out of Seoul. Analysis & Opinion RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Analysis & Opinion Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke”last_img read more

School Gardens in Manchester to Establish Compost Heaps

first_imgRelatedSchool Gardens in Manchester to Establish Compost Heaps RelatedSchool Gardens in Manchester to Establish Compost Heaps School Gardens in Manchester to Establish Compost Heaps EducationFebruary 2, 2009 Advertisementscenter_img RelatedSchool Gardens in Manchester to Establish Compost Heaps FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail School gardens in Manchester are to begin establishing compost heaps as part of the requirement to maintain a school garden under the Jamaica 4-H Clubs School Garden Programme.At a meeting of the Manchester 4-H Clubs Advisory Council held on Thursday (Jan. 29) at the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) Office in Mandeville, Jamaica 4-H Clubs Parish Development Officer, Malonia Harper informed that, “we are in the process of discussing the establishment of compost heaps as a project in the schools in Manchester. We will be sourcing the books and other materials. We have gotten commitments for the vermin-compost aspects as we will be getting training through Caribbean Agricultural and Research institute (CARDI)”.Composting recycles organic household and yard and waste such as fruits, vegetables, yard clippings, and manure into a useful humus-like soil end product called compost. This in turn permits the return of needed organic matter and nutrients into the food chain, and reduces the amount of “green” waste going into landfills.Worm composting or vermin-composting is a method of recycling organic household and yard waste by using the Red Wriggler worms in a container. Food waste and moistened bedding are added, and the worms and micro-organisms eventually convert them to rich compost. The worms then excrete a soil rich-nutrient material called worm casting, which is added to soil to create a healthy growing environment for plants.last_img read more

St. Thomas Residents Attend Beekeeping Workshop

first_imgRelatedSt. Thomas Residents Attend Beekeeping Workshop FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail More than 30 persons drawn from several communities in Eastern St. Thomas, attended a two-day beekeeping workshop on March 17 and 18, at the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) parish office, in Morant Bay.The workshop, organised by the Social Development Commission (SDC), in collaboration with RADA, was staged to assist residents who were recently displaced, due to the decline in banana and sugar production in the parish.Some of the topics discussed were: pests affecting the industry, beekeeping equipment, site selection, examination of colony, and management of hives. Participants also took part in a practical exercise on how to use a bee smoker and how to care an apiary.Speaking at the closing ceremony on March 18 at the RADA St. Thomas office, Parish Manager of the SDC, Luther Cummings, said that RADA, the agency responsible for training farmers, would provide additional training and monitor the participants’ beekeeping businesses.“I would like to see an impact in the communities, as you take up this occupation, so that we can see more jobs being created in the community, and therefore improved sustainability,” he told the participants.Course Instructor and Director of Honeycomb Industries, Don Drummond, told JIS News that the workshop was a success.“It was quite successful, as the participants were enthusiastic and quite involved in the programme,” he said.He pointed out that the participants were taught basic beekeeping skills, from the setting up of an apiary to the harvesting of honey. “They know enough to recognise when they are going wrong and where to find help,” he added.Mr. Drummond explained that honey production was a viable business, adding that bee farmers were able to reap almost all of the honey produced. “One of the major problems of agriculture in Jamaica is praedial larceny, and that is not significant with beekeeping,” he said.Additionally, he said that the start-up and operational costs of beehives are “quite low and one is able to break even in a year and a half or two.”However, he raised concerns about the lack of start-up capital for potential bee-farmers. According to Mr. Drummond, it is difficult for some persons to get financing without collateral, as required by the banks.“It would be a very good day if we could get the financial institutions to accept the hives, which are quite valuable to be used as collateral,” he said, noting that a hive of bees is valued at some $15,000. St. Thomas Residents Attend Beekeeping Workshop AgricultureMarch 19, 2009 RelatedSt. Thomas Residents Attend Beekeeping Workshopcenter_img Advertisements RelatedSt. Thomas Residents Attend Beekeeping Workshoplast_img read more

Thunder Bay police move to new name-and-shame policy for drunk drivers

first_img PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS advertisement Trending Videos We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Attention, drunk drivers and morons everywhere: cops in Thunder Bay, Ontario will be publishing the names of anyone charged with impaired driving offenses. They are doing so in a push to deter motorists from climbing behind the wheel after having one too many.Why are they doing this now? Well, numbers are up, for starters. Last year, the gendarmes reported just over two hundred drivers were charged with impaired, according to a news release by the Thunder Bay Police Service.Through the end of November, 248 motorists had been tagged and, as the spokesperson pointed out, the calendar has yet to flip into the Christmas season. Still, this is one time you won’t want your name to go viral. Don’t drink and drive, folks. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Trending in Canadacenter_img RELATED TAGSFlexNew VehiclesOntarioalcoholdrugsFleximpaired drivingOntarioPoliceThunder Bay Impaired driving charges are no longer strictly alcohol-related. As shown, impairment through drug use also counts in the tally. Individuals charged criminally for impaired driving are also bound by a Ministry of Transportation 90-day administrative driver’s licence suspension and are prohibited from operating a motor vehicle on a roadway.It should be noted the Ontario Provincial Police has named drunk drivers in the past through news releases. Interestingly, York Regional Police Force tried this tactic in 2018 but gave up after less than a year because it didn’t lead to a drop in charges. Those in the arena of civil liberties aren’t thrilled with the idea of publicizing names, calling instead for social services and interventions. In the first week of December, the names of eight people, ranging in age from 22 to 82, were published on the police force’s website. They were charged criminally with impaired driving by alcohol or drugs, driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 80 mgs or above of alcohol in 100 ml of blood, or refusing to provide a breath/blood sample.RELATED Feature Story Can police really commandeer your car in Canada? by Coleman Molnar | August 27, 2020 First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened See More Videos ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

PATH Lauded By World Bank and IDB

first_imgPATH Lauded By World Bank and IDBJIS 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 Advertisements The Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) is being lauded by the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for its tremendous achievements over the past 12 years.Senior Public Sector Specialist, World Bank, Kathy Lalazarian, said that due to the programme’s successes, the World Bank’s Board of Directors, in January of this year, approved an additional US$40 million loan to strengthen PATH and expand its reach to 500,000 beneficiaries.Ms. Lalazarian was addressing a PATH Top Achievers Award ceremony, celebrating beneficiaries’ achievements in the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) and Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations, on July 9 at the Knutsford Court Hotel, in Kingston.PATH is a conditional cash transfer initiative, which delivers social assistance benefits to the most needy in the society. The programme is administered by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, in collaboration with the Ministries of Health and Education and other agencies. It is funded by the IDB, the World Bank and other development partners.As at June 2014, PATH cash transfers have been provided to approximately 370,000 registered beneficiaries.Ms. Lalazarian said the World Bank is pleased to be partnering with PATH for more than 10 years, noting that the programme has consistently succeeded in impacting the lives of thousands of the country’s most vulnerable and has also been able to increase school attendance and improve the vaccination rate among children.“Because of Jamaica’s PATH programme, other countries have been able to follow suit – Bahamas, Belize, Grenada and St. Lucia,” she noted.Ms. Lalazarian said the overall objective of the World Bank is to ensure that one in five Jamaicans, including nearly two thirds of the poorest children, will benefit from PATH programmes by 2017.She added that the institution also aims to have 1,000 young people graduating from the job readiness and skill training programme, and anticipates that 80 per cent of families enrolled in the programme will receive complementary benefits, such as entrepreneurship and skills training to help them become self-reliant.“We have every confidence that with the continued success of PATH, these indicators will all be achieved,” she said.In the meantime, IDB Representative, Donna Harris, said PATH is one of the principal vehicles by which the institution has continued to pursue its region-wide agenda.“PATH remains aligned to one of our strategic priorities that seeks to increase effectiveness of social policy, increase equity and reduce poverty, and in parallel, improve productivity of our member countries,” she said.Ms. Harris informed that over the past six years, the IDB has contributed US$145 million in loan financing to the programme. In addition, the institution has supported the research and knowledge agenda with grant financing in the sum of US$1.64 million that includes the support of the most vulnerable groups – persons with disabilities.Meanwhile, Project Director, PATH, Elsa Marks-Willis, said the programme has been internationally recognised as one of the premier conditional cash transfer projects due to its achievements.Among the successes that the Ministry has been able to record under the programme to date are: the design, development and maintenance of a state-of-the-art beneficiary management information system; and an effective benefit review mechanism to ensure the timely review of benefits in line with the rate of inflation.“We have also been able to develop a package of benefits to our PATH families to ensure regular school attendance and consequently, improvement in educational outcomes,” she added.Some of these benefits include: differentiated bi-monthly cash transfers to PATH beneficiary students, based on their gender and school grade; access to school meals free of charge under the Ministry of Education’s School Feeding Programme; transitional grants to assist students leaving the secondary system and who have been accepted into a post-secondary educational institution; and transportation allowances to students who are frequently non-compliant because of difficulties in meeting transportation costs to attend school regularly. RelatedOutstanding PATH Scholars Recognised RelatedPATH Helping to Reduce Child Labor RelatedBook on Caribbean Labour and Employment Laws Launchedcenter_img Story HighlightsThe Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) is being lauded by the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for its tremendous achievements over the past 12 years.Due to the programme’s successes, the World Bank’s Board of Directors, in January of this year, approved an additional US$40 million loan to strengthen PATH and expand its reach to 500,000 beneficiaries.PATH is a conditional cash transfer initiative, which delivers social assistance benefits to the most needy in the society. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail PATH Lauded By World Bank and IDB LabourJuly 11, 2014Written by: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker Photo: JIS PhotographerSector Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Donna Harris (left), and Senior Public Sector Specialist, World Bank, Kathy Lalazarian (right), congratulate Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) Top Achievers for 2012 and 2013 (from left): Denbigh High School student, Othneil Williams; Glenmuir High school student, Chedukia Longley; Immaculate Conception High student, Kimberley Burnett and Glenmuir High’s, Peter Williams, following the PATH Top Achievers Awards ceremony at the Knutsford Court hotel on July 9.last_img read more

Short game overcomes ‘gross’ play

first_imgSAN DIEGO – There was only one way to describe it, only one reasonable commentary for another round that included just three fairways hit and even more what-on-Earth-was-that? shots. “It was gross,” Tiger Woods said Saturday. The tone for his third round of the Farmers Insurance Open was set early, with his first tee shot tracking toward the out-of-bounds fence left before expiring in heavy rough. He spent most of his day with his head down, trudging toward delirious gallery members, most of whom got closer to Woods than they ever could have imagined. Caddie Joe LaCava might as well have had “Fore!” playing on a loop. Woods was left. And then he was right. Way right. On it went for five hours, Woods having little idea where his ball was going, fans ducking for cover, and playing partner Brandt Snedeker shaking his head. Because Woods didn’t sign for a score in the 80s Saturday. Didn’t even sign for something over par. No, on a sun-splashed afternoon on Torrey Pines’ difficult South Course, Woods somehow made only two bogeys (both on par 3s) and shot a 2-under 70 – four shots better than Snedeker, enough to climb 26 spots on the leaderboard. When a radio announcer asked afterward whether it seemed like it had all come together in the third round, Woods stared at him as if he’d spoken Greek. “I don’t know about coming together,” he said bemusedly. “It was a struggle out there. I didn’t hit it worth a darn all day. I was really struggling out there to find anything resembling a golf swing. But I was scoring. I was chipping, putting. I was grinding.” Full-field scores from the Farmers Insurance Open Farmers Insurance Open: Articles, photos and videos Across three rounds, he has hit only 14 of 42 fairways. That has led to him finding just 30 of 54 greens. Woods called it “gross,” and he wasn’t wrong. But there’s more to this game than statistics, than center-cut drives and pin-seeking approaches, and in that gray area is where Woods has excelled this week. He has scored. He’s at 3-under 213, in a tie for 39th, which is ahead of world No. 5 Hideki Matsuyama and recent Tour winner Patrick Cantlay and even his old rival, Phil Mickelson. Those three players rank ahead of him in every meaningful ball-striking statistic, and yet Woods, even with more than two years of competitive rust, is ahead where it matters most. How? Why? “The only thing I have,” he said, “is my short game and my heart. That got me through today.” And few could have predicted that, considering his recent shortcomings. Since 2014, even straightforward pitch shots have been an adventure, a collection of flubbed and thinned shots. He chalked up those recent horrors to being stuck between “release patterns,” but the evidence overwhelmingly suggested that he was suffering through the chipping yips. They ebb and flow, like a recurring virus, and they popped up again last month in the Bahamas, where he struggled around the tight, grainy Bermuda greens. One of the common misconceptions about the past few years, Woods said, was that his back pain would force him to work more on his short game than his driving. But that wasn’t true. Burning pain shot down his leg. His foot didn’t work. It hurt more to bend over and address the ball while chipping and putting – “Bunker shots were off-the-charts painful” – than it did wailing away on driver, so he played away from discomfort.  This fourth surgery, the last-ditch back fusion, changed that, and over the past few months Woods finally devoted the necessary time to shore up what was once one of his greatest strengths. To prepare for Torrey Pines’ rye grass, he overseeded one of the areas of his backyard practice facility, to work on the tricky pitch shots. Without that short game this week? “It would have been snowing on me,” he said. That means he would have shot in the 80s. But he didn’t, and that was the most remarkable part to Snedeker, who watched Woods get up and down seven of nine times, even after occasionally driving it off the planet. “His short game,” Snedeker said, “is probably as good or better than I ever remember it being.” Even after jettisoning swing coach Chris Como, it’s reasonable to believe Woods is too smart and too talented to not get his long game under control after a few weeks of range work. Eventually he’ll rediscover his “feels.” Eventually he’ll find his “go-to shot.” “The things I look for are: Is he fighting? Is he grinding? Is he doing the short-game stuff?” Snedeker said. “It’s all there. It’s not as far away as I thought it would be not being able to play professional golf for really two years. I was very encouraged by it.” Nothing gross about that.last_img read more

Democrats Tap Tester to Rebuild Embattled Party

first_img Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. After his party’s bloodletting in the Nov. 4 General Election, Montana’s senior U.S. Sen. Jon Tester is now at the helm of Democrats’ national efforts to resurrect the beleaguered party before the 2016 cycle and overcome dysfunction in Congress.Tester, a red-state Democrat, was recently named the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, giving him a seat at the embattled party’s leadership table and an opportunity to rebuild a party whose message has grown stale and ineffective.He takes the helm of the campaign after a series of painful Democratic losses in 2014, but will face a less pitched battle looking forward to 2016, when the contours of the Senate field largely favor Democrats, who have just 10 incumbents to defend.Meanwhile, Republicans have 24 seats in play, many in blue and neutral states, giving Democrats an opportunity to regain the majority.Tester said poor messaging, infighting and dysfunction in Congress turned voters away from the polls last month, particularly middle class families who feel neglected and disconnected with Beltway politics.“The fact is there are a lot of folks who stayed home because they were unhappy with the job we did, and who say we were not paying attention to the middle class. And they are right,” Tester said. “We need to work harder on making a clear, refined message that tells those folks we are working for them, and then we need to show them that we mean it.”Tester said he would tout measures that create jobs and empower the middle class “so folks can make a good living and live the American dream. I know that sounds rich in prose and lean in meat, but the truth is we can do things in the Senate that can help the middle class in this country.”In selecting Tester to head the DSCC – the leadership committee responsible for spearheading the campaign efforts of the Democratic Party in the Senate, including messaging, candidate recruitment and prodigious fundraising – the party chose a farmer and former school teacher from Big Sandy who has won two difficult, high-profile U.S. Senate races, gained traction in traditionally Republican constituencies in a red state and says he understands rural values.It’s also not his first time recruiting qualified, competitive candidates, and he points to his decade on the Big Sandy school board and recruitment efforts in the state Senate as proof of his ability to work with others and appeal to varied ranks of voters.When Tester was elected to the Montana Senate in 1998, his colleagues tapped him for party leadership early on because they recognized his ability to bring people from diverse backgrounds and ideologies together.During the 2004 campaign cycle, Tester crisscrossed Montana recruiting candidates to run for the state Senate, helping Democrats win back six seats to capture the Montana Senate for the first time since 1992.Tester said the experiences helped hone a valuable skillset, and that he’ll rely on the same on-the-ground tactics while leading the DSCC campaign arm, benefiting Democrats in 2016, as well as Montana.Tester said his proven appeal to rural and middle class voters will also buoy the campaign efforts as he recruits candidates who personify the American middle class, and not the flash and dysfunction of Beltway politics.“I think the people I appeal to are people who like real people in politics and not politicians,” he said. “The truth is I am still one of those guys. I still farm almost every weekend. I have a second job. People like real. And sometimes that is all I can be. I can’t be something I’m not, and I don’t always toe the party line.”Pragmatic problem solving rather than divisive politicking is the future of a vibrant Democratic party and a functioning Congress, Tester said, and he and others driving the massive recruitment and fundraising campaign share those values.Acknowledging that the chairmanship will add to his already time-consuming workload, Tester dismissed criticism that it will distract him from his senatorial duties, saying the influential leadership position is a boon for Montana.“I think that it gives me the opportunity to have more influence, to go out and recruit more people, have more of a say in leadership meetings that I have never sat in on before, and it gives me the opportunity to really push forward a policy agenda that will move this country forward,” he said. “Having a seat at the table is going to be a good thing for me to capitalize on.”He said he will make small business, agriculture and the middle class top priorities, and “recruit folks who share those values.”“That is the first priority right now,” he said.last_img read more