Scotiabank Announces $12.5 Million in Hurricane Assistance

first_imgAdvertisements Scotiabank Announces $12.5 Million in Hurricane Assistance EnvironmentNovember 8, 2012 RelatedScotiabank Announces $12.5 Million in Hurricane Assistance RelatedScotiabank Announces $12.5 Million in Hurricane Assistancecenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Seven schools and a number of small farmers that were hard hit by Hurricane Sandy will get assistance from Scotiabank to aid in their repair and recovery. Like Us Facebook for More News and Information The entity’s President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Bruce Bowen, made the announcement at a press conference on Wednesday November 7, at the bank’s headquarters downtown, Kingston, where he outlined a $12.5 million programme of assistance. The money will cover the total repairs of seven schools at a cost of $8.3 million; $1.2 million to purchase mattresses for needy families identified by the Salvation Army; and $3 million to assist dozens of small farmers to purchase seeds, pesticides and fertiliser for replanting. Among the schools to benefit is Norwich Primary in Portland, where the grade one block was flattened by the hurricane. Over 105 of the school’s 545 student population have been dislocated and are now housed in a nearby church. Approximately $3 million will be used to rebuild the block. Other schools to receive assistance are: Highgate Primary, Carron Hall All-Age, Carron Hall Infant, Bellefield Primary, and Zion Hill Primary in St. Mary; and St. George’s College in Kingston, which had significant damage to its library. Mr. Bowen noted that the level of Scotiabank’s commitment was made following consultation with stakeholders including branch managers; the Ministry of Education which identified the primary schools with the greatest needs; and the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA). “As we learnt of the damage, especially in St. Thomas, Portland and St. Mary, we felt dismay. The images of the damage to infrastructure, of the people that were stranded in those three parishes, were especially heart wrenching. It was with sadness, as well, that we learnt of the damage across Jamaica in the agricultural sector and that’s a sector that has been doing increasingly well in the last couple of years,” he stated. The Scotiabank CEO also announced a special $500 million loan fund, which the bank will make available to its customers between November 9 and December 28 to help homeowners and businesses recoup. The loan is at an interest rate of 9.75 per cent to 11.75 per cent and is to fund expenditure for repairs, replacements, rehabilitation, acquisition or replacement of equipment; replanting or resuscitating of crops; and repairing roofing on residential and commercial property. Principal of the Norwich Primary School, Claudia McLean; President of the St. Mary Chamber of Commerce, Jeffrey McKitty, and CEO of RADA, Harold Spaulding were on hand to express their appreciation for the bank’s generous donations. Mr. Spaulding informed that 21,000 of the 37,000 farmers affected by the hurricane were from the parishes of St. Thomas, Portland and St. Mary. Also slated to receive assistance through the Scotiabank programme will be families in Pumpkin Bottom, Hanover who were recently displaced by the overflowing Maggoty River. RelatedScotiabank Announces $12.5 Million in Hurricane Assistancelast_img read more

Oregon Standoff Highlights Rift Over Federal Land Control

first_imgMore than a week ago, a group of armed ranchers and self-described patriots took over a federal wildlife reserve in rural Oregon to protest the imprisonment of two men convicted of burning government land. While the imprisonment of father-and-son duo Dwight and Steven Hammond proved to be the spark that lit the powder keg for a vocal group of anti-government protestors, the Hammonds represent only a small portion of the dispute over federal land control across the American West.The leader of the Oregon occupation, Ammon Bundy (son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who forced a standoff with federal agents in 2014), has called for the federal government to hand over control of its land to state and local governments. Bundy believes that the federal government frequently harasses private landowners, users and ranchers. Others share his opinion across the West, including in Northwest Montana. “The current system of federal land management is failing America in every regard and something must be done,” said state Sen. Jennifer Fielder, a Republican from Thompson Falls who has been an outspoken proponent of transferring land from the federal government to the states. Fielder notes that in the eastern part of the country, states control 95 percent of public lands, but west of the Rockies, states only control 50 percent. She believes Montana could do a better job of managing public lands while offering more access. During the last session, she introduced legislation to study the transfer of public lands but Gov. Steve Bullock vetoed the bill. Prior to Bullock vetoing Senate Bill 215, it was the subject of a contentious debate in Helena, with many conservation groups opposing the effort. Critics of land transfers said its supporters were oversimplifying the issue. State Rep. Ed Lieser from Whitefish worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 30 years and called the transfer of public lands a “reckless” and “radical” idea that would never succeed and could actually result in a loss of public access.“The people behind these efforts don’t understand the challenges faced by federal management agencies,” he said. “I believe if they did understand the challenges there might be greater empathy.”Lieser said that regardless of who was managing the land the costs of doing so would remain the same and that in some cases a single state may not be able to cover it. He said he worried about the possibility of public lands being sold off to private owners, thus reducing access even more. One group supporting the efforts to transfer federal lands to the states is Montanans for Multiple Use, led by Clarence Taber, a former U.S. Forest Service employee. Taber believes the state could do a better job of managing public lands and points to Forest Service efforts to fight larger wildfires. Statistics show fighting larger wildfires are chewing through more of the federal agency’s budget every year. Taber said the Forest Service should manage the forests more aggressively with more timber and thinning projects. “Everything is so overregulated today and agenda driven. They don’t do any actual forest management these days,” Taber said.State officials have said Montana could not bear the financial burden of managing federal lands.Local supporters of transferring federal land are sympathetic toward the militia group in Oregon, but question the way in which they are trying to be heard. “The Hammonds have been tried as terrorists and it’s unbelievable. That’s why you’re seeing an uprising like this,” Fielder said. “But I don’t agree that taking over a federal building is the right way to go about this. I think there are other solutions here. I don’t believe what they’re doing is going to resolve any issues.“I wish they would focus their energy in the policy arena rather than taking the extreme actions that they’ve taken,” she added. Regardless of how the situation unfolds in Oregon, both sides of the federal land debate agree that it’s an issue that will not fade away anytime soon. “We’ll always see discontent with how federal lands are managed,” Lieser said. “Some people will like how it’s done and some people won’t.” 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.last_img read more

Global antibiotic resistance tracking project launched

first_imgGlobal charitable foundation Wellcome Trust today announced a new research project to track and document the burden of disease associated with antimicrobial resistance (AMR).The Global Burden of Disease AMR project will be collecting data from all over the world to create a map of disease and deaths caused by drug-resistant infections, according to a news release from UK-based Wellcome, which announced that it will be investing £2.4 million ($3.2 million US) in the project as part of its efforts to address the AMR threat. The UK government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are providing additional funding.The work will be carried out by researchers from the University of Oxford’s Big Data Institute and Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.Over the next 4 years, the researchers will collect data on select bacteria-antibacterial drug combinations, generating global estimates of resistance for these “bug-drug” duos from 1900 to the present in 195 countries. They will produce detailed maps to help policymakers and researchers develop tailored future studies and interventions.The data will be included in the Global Burden of Disease database, a tool that enables researchers to quantify health loss from diseases, injuries, and risk factors. Interactive data visualizations will be free and publicly accessible.”The Global Burden of Disease AMR project will provide vital information on the spread and impact of drug-resistance—both critical to effectively targeting global efforts,” Tim Jinks, PhD, Wellcome’s head of drug resistance, said in the news release.Call to actionThe announcement was made at the Call to Action conference in Berlin, a gathering of government ministers, scientists, industry officials, and civil society leaders to discuss the next steps in efforts to address AMR on a global level. The conference was organized by Wellcome in partnership with UK, Thai, and Ghanaian governments and the United Nations (UN) Foundation. Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England, told the BBC in a radio interview today that the conference is in part an effort to regain the momentum that’s been lost since September 2016, when the UN General Assembly agreed to take action on the AMR threat. “We haven’t had enough action to make a difference,” Davies said. “So the object of this conference is to really put it in people’s faces and say ‘what are you doing?'”A recent analysis by the Wellcome Trust and UN Foundation found that among 151 countries that responded to a questionnaire, 85% have developed or are developing a national action plan to address AMR, but fewer than half (48%) have a plan that addresses AMR in the human, animal, and environmental sectors. Only 5% have a plan with adequate funding and monitoring in place.Davies said the Global Burden of Disease AMR project will create “a picture, year on year, about what’s happening, and how it’s going.”In that way, people will be able to start to hold their governments to account,” she said.See also:Oct 13 Wellcome Trust news releaseOct 13 BBC4 Today programSep 23 CIDRAP News story “Report highlights progress made in global AMR fight”last_img read more

Boese Brothers Brewery Opening In Los Alamos

first_imgSam Boese, co-owner and brewmaster of Boese Brothers Brewery in front of the new establishment Tuesday at 145 Central Park Square. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.comUpdate: Boese Brothers Brewery reported this morning that due to unexpected delays, the brewery is now anticipating an August opening rather than July.By BONNIE J. GORDONLos Alamos Daily [email protected] hasn’t sat around with a friend or family member and a couple of beers, talking about opening your own brewery, club or bar?Well the Boese brothers didn’t just talk. Flash forward about 10 years and Boese Brothers Brewery is coming to Los Alamos. The Boese brothers, Sam and George, also have a Northeast Heights taproom in addition to their downtown brewery in Albuquerque, which they founded in 2014. They partner with New Mexico Hard Cider in Desert Dogs, a Santa Fe pub near the plaza.Boese is pronounced with a long o as in bow and a long e on the end as in zebra.“Occasionally, someone gets it right on the first try,” Sam said.Once you get the name down, Boese Brothers Brewery is pretty catchy.The new bar at 145 Central Park Square is undergoing renovations in the space formerly occupied by UnQuarked Wine Bar. A new marble bar has been installed and new tables, sporting the letter B had just been delivered Tuesday when the Los Alamos Daily Post spoke with Sam at the brewery.“We’re hoping for an early July opening,” Boese said. “We’re waiting on approval from the state, so I can’t say exactly when. The renovations are really coming along.”The new venue will serve the Boese Brothers beer, as well as cider from the New Mexico Hard Cider’s brewery. The Los Alamos location also will serve New Mexico wines, Boese said.“We’ll feature all of our beers on tap,” he said. “We brew between eight and 12 beers at a time, including seasonal beers. For summer, we’re brewing a watermelon sour beer and we have a grapefruit IPA coming.”The new brew pub also will serve food.“We have a great sandwich menu,” Boese said. “We serve hot and cold sandwiches as well as paninis. We’ll have favorites like Ruebens and lots of really great vegetarian choices. We make our own sauces and I promise you, these are great sandwiches.”The plan is to open in the early afternoon and close around 11 p.m., but Boese is leaving the door open to serving lunch and staying open later. The venue also will offer live music.“We’re hoping people will go barhopping and take in the various places in town,” he said.Imagine that, barhopping in Los Alamos.Boese is a graduate of the American Brewers Guild School and worked in several breweries before the brothers started their business, including one in China!He’s also a brand new resident of Los Alamos. Sam and his wife moved to town two months ago. He’s really enjoying his new hometown so far, he said.Hiring is underway at Boese Brothers Los Alamos location. They’re conducting interviews now, so interested people should get in touch soon.Email the brothers at [email protected] to set up an interview. To get a peak at the beer menu and learn more about Boese Brothers Brewery, visit read more