first_imgRelatedGov’t Working to Improve Competitiveness Ranking Advertisements RelatedGov’t Working to Improve Competitiveness Ranking FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce (MIIC), Hon. Anthony Hylton, says the Government is working to improve the country’s global competitiveness, by addressing significant hindrances to doing business and securing investments in the country. He said that through the National Competitiveness Council (NCC), the Ministry will target areas in the business environment that are critical to improving the country’s global competitiveness rankings. The Minister was addressing members of the diplomatic corps during a forum held at the Courtleigh Hotel, New Kingston on February 1 as part of activities for Diplomatic Week 2012. Established in 2010, the NCC brings the systems pertaining to national competitiveness under one umbrella. It seeks to implement cross-functional and multi-agency strategies to address the impediments associated with establishing and operating a business in Jamaica, and drive the creation and maintenance of a policy environment that facilitates continued improvements in the productivity and innovativeness of Jamaican micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). Minister Hylton said that even though Jamaica has lost ground in its business and economic competitiveness as evidenced by the recent rankings by global business and economic reports, theGovernment is committed to tackling major impediments to doing business and attracting investments in Jamaica. “We (the Government) take the results of the Global Competitiveness Report 2011-2012and the Doing Business Reportvery seriously.  These reports are quite instructive. They highlight critical areas of the economic and business environment that we ignore to our peril,” he said. He said that “through these reports, my attention was drawn to some of the areas that should be considered priority and the challenges that must be embraced in order to strengthen competitiveness and foster an environment that supports business investments.” Minister Hylton said that in order to develop a globally competitive platform for business and industry in the country, the Government will establish policies and programmes that are critical to fostering an environment that will stimulate industrial and commercial development. “The MIIC is formulating realistic policies and undertaking innovative programmes that enable investors to take advantage of business opportunities.  These opportunities, in turn, are designed to drive the development of the country’s industrial and commercial sectors,” he said. The Minister said these policies are aimed at creating an environment that enhances the global competitiveness of domestic-based companies by addressing specific areas of weaknesses in the economy, adding that the Government is focused on addressing the challenges of starting, operating and sustaining new ventures. “We will create the environment that is necessary for investments to occur, and are important for business vehicles to operate successfully.  Essentially, the strategic focus of the Ministry will be on restructuring and rationalising its operations to deliver the solutions that businesses seek,” he stated. Approximately 63 resident and non-resident Ambassadors and High Commissioners and Charge d’affaires are participating in the 14th annual Diplomatic Week which runs from Sunday, January 29 to Friday, February 3. By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporter RelatedGov’t Working to Improve Competitiveness Ranking Gov’t Working to Improve Competitiveness Ranking CommerceFebruary 3, 2012last_img read more

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first_img[email protected] :city of santa monicacrimedaily pressDistrict AttorneyNewsSanta Monicasanta monica newsThe Shoresshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentKate CagleSenior ReporterSenior reporter for the Santa Monica Daily Pressview all postsElectric flight presentation landing at SMOProsecutor: Parents who tortured children were ‘depraved’You Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall10 hours agoBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press14 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter21 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor21 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press21 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press21 hours ago HomeNewsElderly resident dies days after break-in at The Shores Jan. 19, 2018 at 5:00 amNewsElderly resident dies days after break-in at The ShoresKate Cagle3 years agocity of santa monicacrimedaily pressDistrict AttorneyNewsSanta Monicasanta monica newsThe Shores A 90-year-old tenant at The Shores apartment complex has died just days after a homeless man broke into her apartment while she was sleeping. A neighbor, who just happens to be a retired Los Angeles police officer and defense attorney, interrupted the break-in when he heard banging in the middle of the night.“She was scared to death,” said Mike McCowan, in an interview with the Daily Press shorty before attending Florence Kaufman’s funeral Thursday.Officers responded quickly to McCowan’s 9-1-1 call early Saturday morning, pulling up to The Shore around 5 a.m., Jan 13, according to police records of the evening. Lt. Saul Rodriguez says they found the suspect, Anthony Aikin, walking around the property when they arrived.Rodriguez said Aikin told police he had indeed entered Kaufman’s apartment, but said it was because he heard someone calling for help. He did not take anything. Rodriguez said he might have been hallucinating. McCowan believes Aikin may be crazy.“The guy was yelling and running back and forth by the time I saw him,” McCowan said. A loud banging on his neighbor’s door had awoken him in the middle of the night. The 84-year-old former cop looked through his peephole and immediately called the police when he saw the man busting through the widow’s door.Once help was on the way, McCowan went to get his gun. While the former officer owns a few firearms, he discovered that night he was out of bullets. He reached for a golf club instead before walking into the hall and confronting the man.“I’m so upset about this because I knew I saved her life but to see that this carried on and killed her hurts me a lot,” McCowan said. At 90-years-old, Kaufman slept through the break-in and had no idea what happened until McCowan and detectives filled her in. McCowan said she became more and more distraught over what happened in the following days. While the two neighbors had always been friendly, they became close in the days leading up to her death.“I would always say ‘hi’ to her. We knew each other,” McCowan said, “but after that night she was with me all the time. She was frightened. She thought I saved her life but she was still frightened.”“She was scared to death,” McCowan repeated.McCowan, who notably served as Sirhan Sirhan’s defense attorney after the Kennedy assassination, has been deeply impacted by the break-in and Kaufman’s subsequent death. He says he plans to visit Aikin in jail with one of Kaufman’s children to tell him she died.“He murdered her,” McCowan said. “He killed her with his actions. I know he’s crazy.”The District Attorney referred the case back to the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office and did not file any charges. The City Attorney did not return the Daily Press’s inquiries on the status of the case by press time.Lt. Rodriguez said detectives did not know about the victim’s death until the phone call from the Daily Press to verify the incident but said he would tell investigators and prosecutors. He said it’s not clear how Kaufman’s death would impact Aikin’s case.Connecting the dots between the two “would be very, very difficult,” Rodriguez said.Kaufman lived at The Shore with her late husband, Bill, for decades, according to Daily Press columnist Jack Neworth who knows the family well. Neworth said the couple maintained a college scholarship fund in honor of their son who was a teacher and died from AIDS after he was infected by a blood transfusion.The Shore is a luxury apartment building with 24 hour concierge service. Management did not return the Daily Press’s request for comment.last_img read more

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first_imgThis year’s Banff festival is dedicated to Mark Johnson of Kalispell who passed away from cancer in May. Johnson was a longtime member of the Nordic patrol and was involved in the film festival every year.“He was real active in the patrol and over the years was an instructor and trainer for mountaineering and avalanche preparedness and all kinds of programs that we run through our patrol,” said Steve Burgland, who helped found the backcountry ski patrol. “He’s missed.”For the latest information about the Banff Mountain Film Festival lineup, visit For the latest information about the Whitefish Mountain Films festival, visit the event’s Facebook page. Image from the film “Crossing the Ice,” taken by James Castrisson. Courtesy of banff mountain film festival Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Email Pip Hunt tried the city life. “It really didn’t last that long,” the 25-year-old professional freeskier says, laughing. “I need to be outside. I need to have that relationship with my environment and with the mountains and share in that with other people.”This adventurous spirit is embraced and celebrated by two upcoming annual events, the Whitefish Mountain Films festival, which Hunt is helping organize, and the Banff Mountain Film Festival in Kalispell.Both gatherings feature diverse lineups of documentary and extreme sports films that inspire and entrance by capturing with lavish cinematography the awe of outdoor exploration, from skiing, mountaineering and beyond.Whitefish Mountain Films is a two-day event this year, Nov. 9-10. The festival kicks off Friday night at 7 p.m. at the Bierstube at Whitefish Mountain Resort with a feature presentation guaranteed to whet the appetites of skiers and snowboarders anxious for the ski season. Matchstick Productions will present “Superheroes of Stoke,” a ski film detailing the history of freeskiing and showcasing some of the latest generation’s talents in backcountry powder. The following day the main Whitefish Mountain Films festival will be held at the O’Shaughnessy Center in downtown Whitefish beginning at 5 p.m. Last week Hunt was still helping arrange the entries, which range in topic from skiing to hiking to kayaking. One of the main presentations on the docket is Level 1’s Sunny, an action-packed freeskiing feature filmed in powder stashes around the world, including Switzerland, Austria and Japan. Hunt said the rest of the films would also showcase mountaineering treks, and other year-round activities common in the outdoor culture.“I really like how (outdoor film festivals) bring communities together to celebrate being in the mountains,” says Hunt, who lives in Jackson, Wyo., but often visits Whitefish where her mother lives. “It’s a very unique lifestyle that we choose to live.”Event organizers are asking for a $5 donation and all proceeds will support the Whitefish Trail project. The Banff Mountain Film Festival is one of the oldest outdoor documentary festivals in North America, dating back 37 years. The world-renowned festival returns to Kalispell for the 22nd year in a row, Nov. 12-13. Seven different outdoor films will be presented on both Monday and Tuesday night inside Flathead High School’s auditorium. The events begin at 7 p.m.Like Whitefish’s festival, Banff’s screenings were still being decided in the days leading up to the event but will showcase an array of outdoor activities. Tickets cost $14 and proceeds benefit the Flathead Nordic Backcountry Patrol, the local nonprofit organization of volunteers trained to respond to winter emergencies.last_img read more

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