Spotify takes on Amazon and Apple by launching in 85 new markets

first_imgAfter the announcement shares in the Swedish company rose by six per cent. “Together these markets represent more than a billion people, with nearly half of them already using the internet. Some of the places we’re going like Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nigeria have the fastest growing internet populations in the world,” he said. Advertisers will be able to buy adverts in the marketplace for a range of podcasts and target audiences both on and off Spotify. Spotify reported on Monday that it would launch in 85 new markets, nearly doubling its market presences and making the service available to more than a billion people. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Spotify) Show Comments ▼ On Monday, Spotify announced a partnership with the Russo brothers, the creators of Marvel films such as “Avengers: Infinity War” for multiple podcast series. Spotify reported on Monday that it would launch in 85 new markets, nearly doubling its market presences and making the service available to more than a billion people. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Spotify) Also Read: Spotify takes on Amazon and Apple by launching in 85 new markets Tom Saunders Spotify is also attempting to make more money from podcasts and has announced the creation of a podcast advertising marketplace. Alex Norstrom, the chief premium business officer at Spotify, explained the rationale behind the move. whatsapp Tags: Spotifycenter_img Spotify reported on Monday that it would launch in 85 new markets, nearly doubling its market presences and making the service available to more than a billion people. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Spotify) Also Read: Spotify takes on Amazon and Apple by launching in 85 new markets Podcasts Spotify has already invested hundreds of millions of dollars to boost the range of podcasts it offers. Spotify said today it plans to launch in 85 new markets, nearly doubling its market presence and making the service available to more than a billion people worldwide. Share Spotify’s entry in new countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America significantly increases the gap with its closest rivals, Apple Music and Amazon Music. whatsapp Monday 22 February 2021 8:12 pm Spotify takes on Amazon and Apple by launching in 85 new markets last_img read more

Virgin Money swings to profit on lower bad loan provisions

first_img Show Comments ▼ Underlying profit more than doubled year-on-year to £245m, compared to £120m in the first half of 2020. Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeScalp Psoriasis SearchWhat Exactly is Scalp Psoriasis? See the SignsScalp Psoriasis SearchUndoCleaning Services | Search AdsHere’s What Cleaning Services In Scottsdale Should Actually CostCleaning Services | Search AdsUndo5log – Livinguard®This mask has been sold out in Germany 5 days after the government has tighten up5log – Livinguard®UndoHealth Gut BoostRandy Jackson: This 3 Minute Routine Transformed My HealthHealth Gut BoostUndoDinnerZUTop 5 Foods That Help Lose Weight FastDinnerZUUndoAmoMediaMan Leaves Wife For Her Sister, Her Revenge Is BrilliantAmoMediaUndowomengetfreebies.comGet free samples sent to your home. 100% free. Sign up Nowwomengetfreebies.comUndoMold Removal | Search AdsBathroom Mold Removal Tips That Might Surprise Most AmericansMold Removal | Search AdsUndoMike HistoryBruce Willis Is Nearing 70 & This Is The Car He Has TodayMike HistoryUndo “We’re continuing to manage through what is still an uncertain economic backdrop, but the bank is well placed, with a strong balance sheet, and through ongoing strategic delivery we have a clear path to long-term, improved sustainable returns.” Virgin Money took an impairment charge of £38m during the period, much lower that the £232m it saw a year earlier. Also Read: Virgin Money swings to profit on lower bad loan provisions Wednesday 5 May 2021 7:28 am Also Read: Virgin Money swings to profit on lower bad loan provisions whatsapp whatsappcenter_img Share David Duffy, CEO of Virgin Money, said that the lender remains “cautiously optimistic” about its future as the vaccine rollout continues to deliver positive revisions to economic expectations. The bank reported statutory pre-tax profit of £72m the six months ended 31 March, compared to a £7m loss a year earlier when it hade hefty provisions for potential bad loans. Virgin Money swings to profit on lower bad loan provisions Banking group Virgin Money today said it had improved half-year earnings after setting aside less cash to cover Covid-driven loan losses. Damian Shepherd Tags: Company Virgin Money Holdingslast_img read more

Coast Guard searches for 16 missing people off Florida coast

first_imgThe US Coast Guard is searching for 16 people missing off the coast of Florida from two different boats.The first search began after a man was rescued from the water by a good Samaritan Friday, two days after his boat capsized. The man was found about 23 miles off the coast of Fort Pierce, according to USCG Southeast.The Coast Guard responded and took the man, a Jamaican national, to a hospital, CNN reports.The man told the Coast Guard he and six others were in a boat that capsized Wednesday. The boat departed from Bimini, Bahamas. AdvertisementDC 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 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 comments A spokesperson for USCG told CNN it’s unclear why the vessel went missing.The Coast Guard deployed search planes and multiple boats to search for survivors. Missing submarine found broken at bottom of Bali Sea April 27, 2021 AdvertisementTags: Coast GuardMissing AdvertisementThe second search involves a “6-foot makeshift vessel” that went missing off the coast of Key West, the Coast Guard said. The vessel departed Havana, Cuba, Friday with 10 people on board. RELATEDTOPICScenter_img The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved Officials search for missing submarine that runs out of oxygen soon April 23, 2021 Advertisement 2 dead, 10 missing after boat from Cuba capsizes near Key West May 29, 2021 Coast Guard rescues 3 people after high winds push pink flamingo raft away from shore June 10, 2021 Advertisementlast_img read more

Aston Hill announces termination of Voya Global Income Solutions Fund

first_img The company had intended to either merge the fund into an open-end mutual fund that has substantially similar investment objectives, Aston Hill says, or convert to an open-end mutual fund. However, Aston Hill “does not have an open-end mutual fund with substantially similar investment objectives to effect a merger,” the company says, and “if the fund were to convert to an open-end mutual fund it would not have sufficient assets to create a well-diversified portfolio on a cost-effective basis.” Class A units of the fund are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol VGI.UN. The fund will distribute to unitholders their pro rata portions of the remaining assets of the fund attributable to each class of units. Payment is expected to be made following the termination date. “Unitholders need not take any action to receive the payment,” the company says. Aston Hill Capital Markets Inc. is a subsidiary of Aston Hill Financial Inc. SLGI Asset Management terminating two mutual funds BMO Private Investment Counsel announces fund merger Share this article and your comments with peers on social media IE Staff CI GAM announces fund mergerscenter_img Keywords Fund caps and terminationsCompanies Aston Hill Financial Inc. Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Toronto-based Aston Hill Capital Markets Inc., the manager of Voya Global Income Solutions Fund, announced on Friday that the fund will be terminated on Nov. 30. The decision to terminate the closed-end fund was made in accordance with the fund’s declaration of trust, Aston Hill says in a news release. last_img read more

Women advancing in the workplace, but barriers remain

first_img Canadian women are more confident and ambitious in the workplace than ever before, but still face barriers to success, according to a global survey from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) LLP to mark International Women’s Day.Specifically, 83% of Canadian women surveyed have faith in their ability to fulfil their career aspirations while 71% are actively seeking career advancement opportunities. peshkova/123RF Mature single women are wealthier than mature single men, StatsCan finds Still, a considerable percentage of women surveyed pointed out that they remain confronted with challenges. For example, 38% of women feel nervous about the impact starting a family would have on their careers.Furthermore, 35% of women believe that an employee’s diversity can be a barrier to career progression and 36% are worried that taking advantage of work-life balance and flexibility programs would make them appear less devoted to their careers.“Having more top female talent represented at all levels of business is key to the success of our economy,” says Bill McFarland, CEO and chief inclusion officer with PwC Canada, in a statement. “As leaders, we have an important role to play in accelerating progress on gender equity and the advancement of women by educating ourselves and our teams on unconscious biases; engaging in thoughtful dialogue around the challenges and opportunities for greater inclusion; and coaching and sponsoring top female talent.”These barriers to career advancement likely account for why so few women hold leadership positions.For example, Grant Thornton International Ltd.’s annual Women in Business Report found that the percentage of businesses with at least one woman in senior management has risen to 75% in 2018 from 66% in 2017, but the proportion of senior roles held by women has dipped to 24% from 25% over the same time frame.“Many business owners struggle to foster true diversity and inclusion,” says Dawne-Marie Macleod, partner and chairwoman at Grant Thornton Partner, in a statement. “It’s important that they move beyond policy and focus on the vital role leadership and culture can play in creating real progress in gender balance.” Pandemic job losses hit women harder than men, StatsCan says Leah Golob Keywords WomenCompanies PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news Already suffering, working women face tougher future Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Exciting ‘Cook- Off’ Competition for Denbigh 2006

first_imgRelatedExciting ‘Cook- Off’ Competition for Denbigh 2006 RelatedExciting ‘Cook- Off’ Competition for Denbigh 2006 Exciting ‘Cook- Off’ Competition for Denbigh 2006 UncategorizedJuly 30, 2006 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Patrons visiting this year’s Denbigh Agricultural and Industrial Show, will be able to feast their eyes and whet their appetites, as they watch 20 members of the Jamaica 4-H Clubs displaying their culinary skills and vying for top prizes in a ‘Cook -Off’ Competition on August 5 and 6.Speaking with JIS News, Home Economics Coordinator for the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, Sandra Ramsay, said the competition was being held for the second time as a result of the level of support and feedback that it received last year, from sponsors and patrons.“Based on the response from the audience who came and saw the clubbites cooking last year, we decided to do it again this year and because it was so good last year, we expanded the number of participants, as well as the number of days,” she said.The competition will be held over a two-day period and each day will accommodate ten participants who will vie for first, second and third spots. The competitions will be held near the main pavilion, beginning at 10:00 a.m.She said that the contest was open to members who had experience in meal preparation, and was not aimed at those who may have been parish winners in their food preparation competitions.“We don’t target the winners of food preparation competitions, we allow it to be an open activity and once persons have knowledge of meal preparation they can enter,” she stated.So far Miss Ramsey said, participants included those from clubs in the parishes of St. Mary, St. Catherine, Clarendon, and Kingston and St. Andrew.She added that feedback from those who had registered for the competition has been exciting. “The clubites are very much enthused and persons who participated last year want to come again this year because the prizes are very good,” she said.In explaining how the competition will work, Miss Ramsey said that the entrants would be given a mystery basket with ingredients, from which they will be required to prepare creative meals, “and they have to formulate a recipe, on spot, which they prepare and serve”.Outlining the criteria for the competition, she said that participants would be judged on; food texture, taste and flavour, presentation and the length of time it took to prepare the meals.Representatives of the Jamaica 4-H Clubs and the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) will be judging the event, which has so far received sponsorship from Digicel Jamaica and Grace Kennedy and Company Limited.Miss Ramsay said the competition was one of the mediums through which the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) and the 4-H Clubs promoted the use of local foods, as part of the ongoing ‘Eat Jamaican Campaign’.center_img RelatedExciting ‘Cook- Off’ Competition for Denbigh 2006 Advertisementslast_img read more

Quarterly financial update

first_imgQuarterly financial update Victoria’s second wave of COVID-19 is set to have a significant impact on the City of Greater Geelong’s 2020-21 financial result.A report presented to the Council during Tuesday night’s meeting provided an update for the first quarter of the financial year, covering the period 1 July to 30 September 2020.It showed the City has so far recorded an operating deficit of $1.4 million, well ahead of the $4.6 million deficit forecast to this stage of the year.However, an updated forecast for the full 2020-21 financial year predicts the City will now return an operating deficit of $33.4 million.This is $8.8 million more than the $24.6 million deficit forecast when the budget was adopted by the Council on 30 June.The report notes that the change in outlook is largely driven by additional COVID-19 community and business support packages agreed by the Council, as well as revenue lost due to the forced closure of leisure facilities during the second wave.Mayor Stephanie Asher said the higher deficit figure had not been completely unexpected.“The pandemic has impacted the entire community, and the Council has not been spared,” Mayor Asher said.“Interestingly, when our CEO Martin Cutter and I were first discussing the idea of going into deficit in March, he noted that if the COVID situation continued for six months or more we would likely be looking at an impact in excess of $30 million.“So his insight was incredibly accurate.”The 2020-21 budget has a strong strategic focus on infrastructure investment and COVID-19 business and community support.It includes the City’s largest ever capital works program, forecast at $160.1 million, designed to deliver essential community facilities and stimulate local jobs and spending during construction.The quarterly financial update notes that $25.5 million has so far been spent on capital works.“The deficit is partly outside of our control given the forced closure of our facilities, however it’s also been a conscious decision to invest heavily in support measures, community facilities and services to help our community recover from the pandemic,” Mayor Asher said.The update also reports that the City has been actively seeking state and federal government grants to assist the Greater Geelong community’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.So far in 2020-21, the City has secured:$8 million from the Victorian Government under the Working for Victoria fund to employ just under 200 full-time staff;$500,000 from the Victorian Government to support outdoor dining initiatives; and$2.1 million from the Australian Government to fund shovel ready road and local infrastructure projects.Projects funded under the latter two grants streams will be delivered throughout the course of the financial year.The Council’s Finance portfolio holder, Cr Anthony Aitken, said the government grants were a positive from the report.“We have secured a combined $10.6 million from the Victorian and Federal Governments to employ nearly 200 new staff, support outdoor dining initiatives and fund road and local infrastructure projects,” Cr Aitken said.“We thank them for their support.“However, the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted all tiers of governments and the City of Greater Geelong isn’t immune.“The Council will continue to monitor the impacts to our financial position.”The City’s initial 2020-21 forecast deficit was heavily influenced by early COVID-19 impacts plus the receipt of an $11.85 million Commonwealth Government Financial Assistance Grant late in the 2019-20 financial year, instead of the forecast 2020-21 financial year. /Public Release. 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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:Australian, Australian Government, business, commonwealth, community, covid-19, Federal, federal government, finance, full-time, Geelong, Geelong City Council, Government, infrastructure, Investment, local council, spending, Victorialast_img read more

Groundbreaking for 14-story hotel at ilani

first_imgGroundbreaking for 14-story hotel at ilaniPosted by Paul ValenciaDate: Friday, April 23, 2021in: Businessshare 0 Subscribe Connect with LoginI allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgreeNotify of new follow-up comments new replies to my comments I allow to use my email address and send notification about new comments and replies (you can unsubscribe at any time). Hotel plans revealed by ilani I allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgree Posted by Paul Valencia|Saturday, October 3, 2020 |in : BusinessHotel plans revealed by ilani Name*Email*Website Name*Email*Websitecenter_img guestLabel Cowlitz Tribe casino set for expansion this month, the opening of parking garage next month, and hotel construction to begin in early 2021.Read more AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:casinoClark CountyClark County TodayClark County WashingtonconstructiongroundbreakinghotelHoward S. Wrightilaniilani casinoLatestlocal newsRidgefieldRidgefield Washingtonshare 0 Previous : County to open drive-through property tax payment drop-off kiosk April 29-30 Next : Battle Ground mayor and community team present virtual State of the City AddressAdvertisementThis is placeholder text guestLabel Tribal leaders and local government officials among the invited guests to ceremonyRIDGEFIELD — Dignitaries used their commemorative shovels to dig into a decorative dirt pile.And if that was not symbolic enough, a huge excavator dug a big hole.The 14-story, luxury hotel that ilani announced in October is a day closer now after a groundbreaking ceremony held Friday, a day before the casino’s fourth anniversary.Here is the vision of the 14-story hotel at ilani. The casino held a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday. The hotel is set to open in 2023. Photo courtesy ilani.Here is the vision of the 14-story hotel at ilani. The casino held a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday. The hotel is set to open in 2023. Photo courtesy ilani.The build will take roughly 23 months, so expect the hotel to open around the time of ilani’s sixth birthday.Friday’s ceremony lasted about an hour. And 15 minutes after, Kara Fox-LaRose, president and general manager of ilani, was still all smiles, just thinking of the future.“It’s a momentous occasion that we’re so excited about,” Fox LaRose said. “We’re looking forward to many amazing things in the future. We’re excited about being able to extend our reach in the market, inviting new people to the property, and allowing people to stay over while they’re here so they can enjoy themselves a little bit longer.”An excavator outside of ilani was later used to help the groundbreaking ceremony for the casino’s new hotel, expected to open in 2023. Photo by Paul ValenciaAn excavator outside of ilani was later used to help the groundbreaking ceremony for the casino’s new hotel, expected to open in 2023. Photo by Paul ValenciaThe 300-room hotel, a glass tower, will feature suites and traditional rooms, a bar, a cafe, a full-service spa, and a restaurant on the 14th floor. Also, an indoor/outdoor swimming pool experience.Officials at ilani said there will be views of the Columbia River from the upper floors of one side of the hotel, and views of the mountains on the other side of the hotel.The hotel will “serve as a beacon, drawing visitors from far and wide and generating economic activity for our entire region,” Fox-LaRose said.A few hundred people were invited to ilani’s groundbreaking ceremony for its 14-story hotel. Photo by Paul ValenciaA few hundred people were invited to ilani’s groundbreaking ceremony for its 14-story hotel. Photo by Paul ValenciaThis is the latest expansion on the property since the casino opened in April 2017. The parking garage recently had its opening. And an expansion of the casino floor and restaurant space is going on now. Later this summer, a sportsbook is scheduled to open, as well as new restaurants.Friday, though, was a salute to the new hotel in the works.“A hotel for ilani has been part of our vision, and the past four years have been dedicated to putting all the necessary elements in place,” said Philip Harju, chairman of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. “We are thrilled to celebrate four successful years at ilani by embarking on this latest venture.”Media setting up prior to the groundbreaking ceremony at ilani as the casino starts construction on a new 14-story hotel. A display of the hotel is shown to the left of the podium. Photo by Paul ValenciaMedia setting up prior to the groundbreaking ceremony at ilani as the casino starts construction on a new 14-story hotel. A display of the hotel is shown to the left of the podium. Photo by Paul ValenciaTribal leaders noted that revenue from ilani goes toward tribe members. Many members have been struggling during the pandemic. Friedmutter Group from Las Vegas, which has been a partner of ilani on many projects, is the project architect. Howard S. Wright, based in Portland, is the general contractor. Also read: 0 Comments Inline FeedbacksView all commentslast_img read more

University embarks on plan to expand academic experience for first-year scholars

first_img With an eye toward expanding the undergraduate academic experience, the University of Colorado Boulder has embarked on a plan that includes piloting innovative freshman seminars and interest groups to create student cohorts with common interests and higher education goals.As part of the plan, three residential academic programs (RAPs) with lower student enrollment will transition into freshman interest groups (FIGs) and other new first-year programs. They include the Leadership, the Sustainable by Design, and the Sustainability and Social Innovation RAPs. Students currently enrolled in the programs will see no change to their 2016-17 RAP experience. Program changes will not take place until fall 2017. As with any major change, there will be personnel impacts, and five staff positions associated with these RAPs will be eliminated effective in May 2017. The university hopes to identify positions on campus into which these staff members can successfully transition. The Ethnic Living and Learning Community, which was affiliated with the Leadership RAP, has been identified as in alignment with campus priorities and will continue.A task force appointed by the Office of the Provost will evaluate the effectiveness and added value of the other 11 RAPs to students and their families. The multidisciplinary task force is expected to deliver its recommendations to the Office of Undergraduate Education by June 1. CU Boulder RAPs serve about 45 percent of all freshmen.“At the heart of this effort is our desire to improve the academic experience for all freshmen at CU Boulder and to improve retention and graduation outcomes,” said Provost Russell Moore. “I look forward to the task force’s report, its recommendations, and our ability to come together to support all of our students.”Along with this review, the campus this spring will launch the first phase of a new First-Year Seminar Program with the introduction of 32 seminars. Limited to 19 students each, the seminars will enable freshmen to select from a variety of topics taught by a faculty member and a peer assistant. The seminars will revolve around high-impact learning models that include extended projects, presentations and collaboration.Registration for the seminars opened Monday, Oct. 31. Each topic will have its own section number. Students who are interested in enrolling in the program can talk to an advisor for more information or search for FYSM 1000 when they register for spring classes through MyCUInfo.Students who enroll in the program will share a common interest in a specific topic so they can enhance their academic networks – a key component to student success, said Associate Vice Provost for Student Success Paul Chinowsky, who is spearheading the effort and will chair the RAPs Task Force.“Whether it is music, math or an interest in Shakespeare, first-year seminars are intended to be a gateway to building a student’s path to success,” Chinowsky said. “They will create opportunities for engagement with faculty who have directly designed them to personalize the academic experience for students. The seminars may even turn out to be the first step for a student to select a major if they have not yet done so.”FIGs, which have been shown to be very effective at retaining students, are gaining in popularity at other universities. They are living communities of 40 to 50 students enrolled in two to three common courses during their first year of college and who participate in faculty-guided discussions and activities. CU Boulder faculty will design the FIGs and will begin piloting two of them next fall, Chinowsky said.RAPs, meanwhile, will continue to provide first-year students living in residence halls with opportunities to learn in a “small college” environment within the larger university community, and maintain their focus on major fields of study such as communication, business, and the health professions.“Through deep collaboration with faculty and staff, these efforts will ensure that all of our students have access to high-quality first-year programs,” Provost Moore said. “Our students are not all the same and their choices for a great first-year experience shouldn’t be, either. This plan will give students more choices, allow the university to explore innovative programs, and help us envision a more efficient use of resources.” Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Nov. 2, 2016 center_img Categories:AcademicsCampus Communitylast_img read more

Gov’t Will Continue to Increase Investment in Education – PM

first_imgAdvertisements Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, says the Government will continue to make significant investments in the education sector in a bid to improve quality and performance standards.“Here in Jamaica, the education sector has consistently received the greatest share of the Budget after making provision for debt repayment. This amounts to over $80 billion every year,” the Prime Minister said.Mrs. Simpson Miller was addressing the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation ceremony for Service to Education, held yesterday (June 24), at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston.She said the Government’s efforts in education are designed to equip every Jamaican with the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to become productive citizens.“We see education as the best means for individual fulfilment and national development. It is a potent weapon to eradicate poverty to ensure social and economic mobility,” she noted.“The Government that I lead accepts that quality education is a right, not a privilege, and this is one of the main guiding principles as we negotiate in the global arena, the goals and targets for the post-2015 development agenda,” she added.She said that globally more countries are seeing the need to devote additional resources to building schools and funding educational needs, pointing out that between 1999 and 2012, 38 countries increased their educational spending by one percentage point or more of national income.The Prime Minister informed that locally significant progress has been made in education, citing improvements in mastery in literacy and numeracy at the grade four level. She noted that Jamaica is numbered among the 50 per cent of countries that have achieved universal primary enrolment.The Prime Minister said teachers are essential in providing quality education and lauded them for their sterling and outstanding contribution to the sector.“Teachers have always been and will continue to be among the most committed builders of our nation. They perform a service that builds the foundation as well as the superstructure of our country. They shape the minds of our children. I am standing here because of the commitment and dedication of our teachers; we cannot overemphasise the importance educators have in the future of every generation,” she said.The Prime Minister added that there could be no progress without the country’s hard-working educators and commended them for devoting their skills, time, energies and passion to the educational development of Jamaica.A total of 40 teachers, who have given outstanding service to the sector, were presented with the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation.Among the recipients were: Dr. Grace McLean; Radley Reid; Anita Steer; Claudette Jones; Claudette Kerr; the Reverend Canon Peter Mullings; Dr. Fritz Pinnock; Marjorie Tracey; Collington Powell; and Cecil Cornwall. Gov’t Will Continue to Increase Investment in Education – PMJIS 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 Story HighlightsPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, says the Government will continue to make significant investments in the education sector in a bid to improve quality and performance standards.She said the Government’s efforts in education are designed to equip every Jamaican with the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to become productive citizens.She said that globally more countries are seeing the need to devote additional resources to building schools and funding educational needs, pointing out that between 1999 and 2012, 38 countries increased their educational spending by one percentage point or more of national income. RelatedMinister Falconer to Represent Prime Minister at Regional Roundtable on Adolescent Pregnancy in the Caribbean RelatedState Agencies Must Provide Quality Service – PMcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedPolice Investigating Hacking of JIS Website Gov’t Will Continue to Increase Investment in Education – PM Office of the Prime MinisterJune 25, 2015Written by: Chris Patterson Photo: Yhomo HutchinsonGovernor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen (seated centre); Prime Minister the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller (seated third right); and Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites (seated second right); pose with the 40 educators, who were honoured with the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation, in recognition for their outstanding contribution to the sector, during a ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston on June 24. Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness (seated second left); Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Elaine Foster Allen (seated right); and President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association, Doran Dixon (standing right), also shared with the educators. last_img read more