first_img Tags: Budget 2016 Google Google Tax whatsapp Express KCS Show Comments ▼ Share The government pledged another tax clampdown yesterday, with the implementation of a so-called “Google tax” taking centre stage. The Treasury expects to raise £3.1bn over the next five years through the various measures announced. There has been ongoing concern in many quarters over what is perceived to be an unfair diversion of taxes by multinationals to cheaper jurisdictions. Close to £560m is set to come from a crackdown on offshore tax havens, using the Common Reporting Standard, a database on offshore accounts in 90 countries. A further £715m is to be derived from closing corporation tax loopholes which exploit “contrived losses”. In order to close this loophole, companies will be prevented from bringing forward reliefs on trading losses, making it harder to claim relief on losses from previous years. A new “last chance” disclosure mechanism will be introduced next year, meaning tougher sanctions on those evading tax with penalties of at least 30 per cent on top of tax owed and interest. And there will be no immunity from criminal prosecutions in appropriate cases. center_img whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailzenherald.com20 Rules Genghis Khan’s Army Had To Live Byzenherald.comNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesHistory 10[Gallery] The 25 Worst Casting Choices of All-TimeHistory 10WorldemandCanal Drained For First Time And They Find ThisWorldemandComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyMoneyWise.com15 States Where Americans Don’t Want To Live AnymoreMoneyWise.com Budget 2015: Google Tax gets green light as Treasury aims to reap £3.1bn in new avoidance clampdown More From Our Partners Kamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com Wednesday 18 March 2015 9:02 pmlast_img read more

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first_img Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. He recalled helping a faculty member understand why it’s important to get away from narrow, often race-based notions about prospects for success.“This one physician decided to require that residents in his subspecialty program had to come from a top pre-med and have at least five publications,” he said. “I asked him if he had done all that way back when. Then I got, ‘Well, I was from a small town, and my family wasn’t well off,’ and all that. I said, ‘But you got into your specialty, didn’t you?’”All medical students, but especially those from underrepresented communities, can now expect more help. Today, schools may assign them coaches to help with writing essays and developing portfolios; training in test taking, time management, and other academic survival skills; counseling to help detect and manage learning disabilities and cope with social isolation and academic pressure.“Of course we’re looking at our pipeline to make sure we get people who can handle the rigors of medical school,” added Gibson. “But we also have to make sure we are setting them up for success.”Play the long gameNot all news is encouraging when it comes to diversity.In February, the New England Journal of Medicine examined medical school enrollment data over a 20-year period, 1997 through 2017. While the authors noted a 30% increase in residents from “racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in medicine,” they also found that the proportion of such students had dropped from 15% to 13%.The authors pointed particularly to the “growing gap between the racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic makeup of medical school classes and that of the general population.”Nationally, Latinos make up 17% of the U.S. population but only 4% of physicians. There’s a similar disparity for African Americans, who also make up 4% of the nation’s doctors but 14% of the population.“Ultimately, that’s the problem we’re trying to solve,” added Henderson, a co-author of the NEJM perspective. “But this is the long game.”Some schools saw steady increases over the past several years, according to the data from the AAMC. In others, numbers often stagnated or even dropped in the intervening years between 2009 and 2018. This happened with black students at Harvard and UC Davis.“That’s how health interventions work,” McDougle said. “You don’t tell a patient to lose weight, or to stop smoking and they become healthy right away,” he said. “There’s some up and down.“A public health campaign to reduce obesity or eliminate a contagious disease takes time to show improvement,” he added. “You have to stick to it to see long-term results.” Molly Ferguson for STAT HealthMedical schools are starting to diversify. But they’re learning hard lessons along the way [email protected] As medical students graduate this spring, American medical schools are celebrating the achievements of the nation’s newest doctors. They are also celebrating something else: an increase in the number of students from underrepresented populations.From 2017 to 2018, the number of black students enrolled in U.S. medical schools rose by 4.6%, while the number of medical students identifying as American Indian or Alaska Native increased by 6.3%, according to data released by the Association of American Medical Colleges. It’s the latest evidence of a steady increase in the enrollment of nonwhite students over the past several years.The numbers are encouraging, but only a start, educators say.advertisement Tags education Privacy Policy Leah Samuel Related: About the Author Reprints By Leah Samuel June 17, 2019 Reprints “Sure, you can make a pretty picture by adding different-colored faces. But the goal of improving representation has to be added to a school’s DNA — has to be embedded in the organizational infrastructure.” Leave this field empty if you’re human: In the seven years leading up to 2009, the number of black medical students in the U.S. had been decreasing annually. In 2009, however, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) toughened diversity requirements for accreditation. Specifically, the group went beyond its previous suggestion that medical schools “should have policies and practices ensuring the gender, racial, cultural, and economic diversity of its students.”Citing Supreme Court decisions among its reasons, the LCME now insists that schools “must” have policies and practices in place that achieve what it calls “appropriate diversity among its students….”It worked, according to a December study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. After 2009, the overall trend of declining enrollment of nonwhite students reversed.In some cases, schools that have failed to take heed of the new criteria have been forced to pay attention. In 2016, amid complaints of racism and student protests that led to high-level resignations, the LCME deemed the University of Missouri-Columbia medical school “noncompliant” in meeting diversity requirements.With its accreditation at stake, the school began aggressively recruiting students of color and addressing long-standing problems affecting them. By 2018, the number of black students enrolled there more than doubled, from 12 to 25, while the number of Latino students increased from two to 10, according to AAMC data.Medical schools have responded to the standards by dedicating space and funding to the task, and appointing individuals to help direct their diversity efforts. Ten years in, they are learning a lot.From within, and from the top downDr. Joan Reede, a pediatrician and Harvard’s dean for diversity and community partnership, emphasized that institutions must go beyond superficial changes, describing a process that is less like plastic surgery and more like gene editing.“Sure, you can make a pretty picture by adding different-colored faces,” she said. “But the goal of improving representation has to be added to a school’s DNA — has to be embedded in the organizational infrastructure.”center_img It’s important, she added, for an institution’s leadership to fall firmly into the first category. “When mandates come from the top, that’s when the culture changes,” Gibson said.Cultural change is what will help schools retain students from underrepresented backgrounds, said McDougle. “You can recruit all you want,” he said. “But if they don’t feel welcome, they won’t stay.”It’s not just about the studentsMedical schools have historically failed to diversify their faculty. With this in mind, the LCME has called for schools to diversify staffing as well.“In the U.S., racial numbers among medical faculty are even worse than [for] the students,”said Henderson, the associate dean at UC Davis, which launched its Center for a Diverse Healthcare Workforce in 2016. “It’s mostly white men, so you don’t have mentors to support students who might feel like impostors just being here.”Henderson recommends putting department heads in charge of faculty recruitment efforts.“Incentivize deans to value faculty diversity,” he said. “Designate resources, offer funding, dedicate recruitment packages.“Physicians are intensely competitive,” he added. “And if they know we’re measuring the percentage of the underrepresented, and their department is showing low numbers, they’re motivated.” Trending Now: Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson These doctors are trying to get more people of color to join their ranks. What some have overcome is startling “It’s good that the hard numbers are up,” said Dr. Mark Henderson, associate dean of admissions at the University of California, Davis. “But there are real gaps between who our residents are and the communities they serve.”The increases are also no accident.advertisement But when it comes to recruiting and supporting students of color, a diverse faculty must provide more than visible role models, said Reede, who founded a minority faculty development program for Harvard in 1990.“I’m not just interested in who gets a seat at the table, but whose voice is heard once they’re sitting there, and how much their voices influence policy,” Reede said.Meaningful measuresMaking diversity part of accreditation criteria has effectively changed the definition of what makes an institution viable. Similarly, school leaders are rethinking what makes a medical student successful.Some schools are reevaluating their entry and matriculation requirements, including test scores. They are also taking into account non-academic factors such as socioeconomic status.Henderson said this is where he often finds the most resistance to diversity initiatives.“The pushback comes when our average [test score] is lower,” he explained. “Someone in leadership came to me and said, ‘We’re bringing the wrong people into this medical school.’ There’s a lot of entrenched bias, and it can get very antagonistic. But a score on a test does not make a physician,” he added.McDougle agreed. “They’ll start talking about scores, which have nothing to do with clinical care,” he said. “A high MCAT score does not correlate with high performance in medical school.” To that end, Reede led a task force that helped develop Harvard’s diversity statement, which it unveiled during a 2017 public forum. AAMC data shows that Harvard’s enrollment of black medical students rose almost 5.3% from 2017 to 2018, while its Latino enrollment has nearly doubled since 2009.Whether issued as a standalone policy or added to a school’s guiding principles, a written diversity statement, presented publicly, doesn’t just formalize the school’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. It also signals that it’s a priority, explained Dr. Leon McDougle, chief diversity officer at Ohio State University.“When you say out loud that inclusiveness is a value within the strategic plan of your institution, the faculty will follow, or at least stay out of the way.”At Ohio State, the number of black medical students rose from 52 in 2009 to 95 in 2018. The number of Latino students rose from 18 to 48.Dr. Keisha Gibson, who has been promoting diversity and inclusion as both a student and faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, cautioned that administrators and faculty members tend to respond in three different ways.“We have people that are activated to help change things because they recognize the issues. Then there are some that recognize the issues but aren’t activated by it. And then there are the ones who just don’t get it,” she said. @leah_samuel Diversify or else: This Missouri medical school’s urgent plan to save its accreditation Please enter a valid email address. Related: Dr. Joan Reede, Harvard’s dean for diversity and community partnershiplast_img read more

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first_img WhatsApp Introducing the 2020 LaoisToday Minor football Team of the Year RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Check it out below:1- Conor Brown (Portlaoise)A very competent young keeper who has also represented Athlone Town in the League of Ireland.Brown will be eligible for this grade again next year and will be hoping to nail down the Laois jersey too when that championship begins next year.2- Sam Quinn (Ballyroan-Abbey)Padraig Rafter, Sam Quinn and Aaron BrennanSam Quinn is any managers dream because every time he takes to the field he gives a performance.Simply outstanding throughout the championship for Ballyroan-Abbey and his man marking ability is second to none.3- Ben Reddin (Portlaoise)Ben ReddinPlayed the majority of the club championship on the half back line but Reddin is selected here following his performances with Laois.He is an old school no-nonsense defender who never looks flustered and routinely makes a dispossession or a good block.4- Matthew Gibney (Ballyroan-Abbey)# Home Sport GAA Introducing the 2020 LaoisToday Minor football Team of the Year SportGAAGaelic Football This Ballyroan-Abbey won U-13, U-14, U-15 and U-17 ‘A’ championships in Laois and this man has had a large hand in all of them.He has explosive power that is unmatchable really and it will be very interesting to see how his playing career develops from here.10- Padraig Rafter (Rathdowney-Errill)Padraig RafterThere can’t be too many Rathdowney-Errill lads with minor ‘A’ football medals in their back pockets – but that’s what Padraig Rafter has.He worked tirelessly on the wing for Ballyroan-Abbey all year and proved a massive edition to their team this season.11- Jack Byrne (Graiguecullen)Graiguecullen pushed Portlaoise all the way in the semi final and this young man had another stellar year.Eligible for this grade again in 2021, he will be hoping to nail down a starting place with the Laois minors next season.12- Colin McEvoy (Portlaoise) Electric Picnic Facebook TAGSLaois MFCMinor football team of the year Aaron Brennan had a dream county final and when Ballyroan-Abbey struggled in the game, he always seemed to pop up in some space to relieve the pressure.His goal was a thing of beauty, a cracking half volley near the end of the first half, and his all-around play makes him worthy of being on this team.15- Conor Kelly (Graiguecullen) Conor Kelly burst onto the scene as a 15-year-old when he kicked 12 points for Graiguecullen in a minor ‘B’ win over Clonaslee in 2018.Two years on and he has continued on that upward trajectory that sees him primed to take the adult ranks by storm next year too.SEE ALSO – Introducing the 2020 LaoisToday Senior Ladies football Team of the Year Facebook Pinterest The Minor Football Championship came to a conclusion back in September as Ballyroan-Abbey defeated Portlaoise to claim the cup.Ballyroan-Abbey were going for their second title in three years after ending a 47 year wait for minor glory in 2018.They lost last year’s decider to Emo-Courtwood but they finished this game like a train to win 2-9 to 0-6 in the end. They have seven players represented, including one from Rathdowney-Errill who was eligible to play for them as an isolated player.Defeated finalists Portlaoise have five while Graiguecullen and Na Fianna Og, or Arles-Killeen to be exact, make up the rest of the selection. Ballyroan-Abbey did not concede a goal in either the semi final or final this year and a lot of that was down to this young man.Full back Matthew Gibney marshalled his defence and put his body on the line when required to keep teams out.5- Shaun Fitzpatrick (Ballyroan-Abbey) WhatsApp The same goes for Colin McEvoy who is also eligible for this grade in 2021.His ability to field ball from kick-outs is a very useful tool for any team and his kick passing ability from the half forward line is impressive too.13- Colin Dunne (Arles-Killeen)Into the full forward line now where Na Fianna Og’s sole representative Colin Dunne is up next.The Arles-Killeen man scored freely in all of their games as they reached the semi final this year and he will be a big edition to their senior team in 2021.14- Aaron Brennan (Ballyroan-Abbey) Extraordinarily versatile, Dempsey is comfortable on almost every line on the field it would seem.Played mainly at centre back for Portlaoise but showed with Laois he could operate at wing forward or full back – a trait that will be very useful as he graduates to adult GAA in 2021.7- Josh Hogan (Portlaoise)Good in the air, athletic, a tight man marker – there are a lot of things to like about Josh Hogan.He’s also a remarkably consistent performer who continues to improve with every game he plays.8- Davin McEvoy (Ballyroan-Abbey)Man of the match in the county final and deservedly so with the performance he put in in the final quarter in particular.This is his second minor title to win and he is another who is primed to tackle adult level next year.9- Lawson Obular (Ballyroan-Abbey) Twitter Electric Picnic Previous article2020 Remembered: The top-earning Laois solicitors on the Legal Aid systemNext article2020 Remembered: Mary Therese Lowndes: Senseless mink farming LaoisToday Reporter By LaoisToday Reporter – 24th December 2020 For the third year running, Shaun Fitzpatrick has been named on the minor football team of the year.The flying wing back is so consistent and he’ll easily make the step up to adult football in 2021.6- Ben Dempsey (Portlaoise) Electric Picnic Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Pinterest Twitter Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festivallast_img read more

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Related news James Langton He notes that the annual conference of the International Council of Securities Associations (ICSA) focused largely on shortcomings in the global reform process. Among other things, it highlighted: the apparent failure to produce harmonized reforms in response to the global financial crisis within the G20, which may have “serious unintended consequences” in various areas, including global over-the-counter derivatives markets; that regulators have already failed to foresee another crisis, in the form of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) scandal; and, that regulators continue to focus on rule-making at the expense of the underlying purpose of regulation. “However, in the wake of the LIBOR scandal there is increasingly the view regulators must move beyond specific rules and principles to achieve better alignment between stated values and the values financial institutions actually practice,” he says in the letter. “Regulators must of course continue to rely on core rules and principles, but also must begin to judge culture at the firm level. This means that regulators move away from mechanical box ticking to a more holistic approach to compliance, and give firms with different business models much more flexibility in meeting compliance requirements.” Russell notes that the global body for regulators, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), represents the best opportunity to alleviate some of the inconsistencies in global regulation, particularly in terms of the G20 agenda. To do this, it must start being more decisive and proactive, he suggests. “The organization must move beyond its member-driven roots and focus on more effective decision making. It must become a ‘member-directed’ organization where policy decisions can be made at the staff and secretariat level, not requiring full member consensus,” he says. “It must effectively stop operating as a typical multi-lateral institution.” While he concedes that IOSCO doesn’t have the enforcement power to ensure compliance with its proposals, Russell says that “peer review is still an effective instrument.” Additionally, he suggests that it needs greater operational focus, emphasizing regulatory harmonization. At the same time, policymakers at the G20 are also still grappling with slow economic recovery. They have disparate, evolving views of how to deal with this problem, while also reforming securities regulation, addressing systemic risk, and avoiding unintended consequences, he notes — numerous challenges that may require some novel thinking, and greater resolve. “These policy-makers and regulators must be open to new ideas and approaches and, perhaps more importantly, persevere in finding effective decision-making mechanisms to identify and implement consistent solutions to public policy and securities regulation,” he concludes. Borden Ladner Gervais acquires AUM Law Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Securities regulations,  ComplianceCompanies Investment Industry Association of Canada Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Regulators have to be prepared to innovate in order to deliver the sort of policy that effectively protects financial markets without too many negative side effects, suggests Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC) president and CEO, Ian Russell, in his latest letter to the industry. In the wake of a recent annual conference of securities industry lobbyists held in Sydney, Australia, last month, Russell reports that he detected “an erosion of optimism about achieving a global regulatory framework that will lead to needed efficiencies and integrity.” Task force recommends sweeping changes to OSC Shuttering of national securities regulator came as no surprise to industry read more

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first_imgIt also made a nod to federal aid to households and businesses that the bank said should maintain incomes during this second wave of Covid-19, and aid in recovery efforts.The Canadian economy took a nosedive in March and April when the pandemic first washed over the country, as non-essential businesses were ordered closed, workers told to stay at home and some three million jobs were lost.Since then, the country has clawed back just over four-fifths of those job losses, with growth for the last quarter of 2020 outpacing what the bank expected.The central bank’s most recent economic forecasts were based on having a vaccine becoming widely available in 2022, not by next year as now appears the case.Positive vaccine news was “providing reassurance that the pandemic will end,” the bank’s statement said, adding that questions marks remain around the “pace and breadth of the global rollout.”Shortly after the statement went out, Health Canada approved Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for use in this country.“That positive vaccine news really more than offsets those concerns about the near-term economic backdrop,” said RBC senior economist Josh Nye.“There is reason for the bank to be a bit more optimistic, but…they were sort of guarded in that optimism.”Indeed, Wednesday’s statement said the economy will need “extraordinary monetary policy support” in the forms of a rock-bottom policy rate and a continued bond-buying program unprecedented in the central bank’s history.The central bank held its key policy rate at 0.25%. It also announced it would continue its quantitative easing program by buying $4 billion of bonds per week.Both moves are designed to drive down interest rates on things like mortgages and business loans to prod spending and ease debt loads.The central bank said it will hold the policy interest rate at the effective lower bound, meaning it is as low as the bank believes it can go, until economic slack is absorbed so that its two% inflation target is sustainably achieved.In its statement, the Bank of Canada said it doesn’t expect inflation to get back on target until some time in 2023.Benjamin Reitzes, BMO’s director of Canadian rates, noted the caveat that the projection is from October’s forecasts, “suggesting the timeline could change in the January” update.The announcement marks the last interest rate decision the central bank will make this year, after an extraordinary 2020 that saw it slash rates in response to the economic crisis caused by Covid-19.The central bank’s extraordinary actions have put it into political crosshairs on Parliament Hill, where Conservatives have questioned its bond-buying program that effectively provides low-cost financing of federal debt.During Tuesday’s meeting of the House of Commons finance committee, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland defended the bank’s independence from the government under questioning from Conservative critic Pierre Poilievre.“It is something that I as finance minister prize and respect and I think that all MPs should do likewise,” she said.The bank’s next rate decision will be in late January, at which time it will update its economic and inflation outlook.Wednesday also marked a change in the upper echelons of the bank’s leadership, as senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins departs after a nearly 20-year career at the Bank of Canada.In a tweet, Freeland thanked Wilkins for her years of service, saying her “leadership, dedication and expertise have been invaluable,” particularly during the pandemic. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Positive news about vaccine delivery won’t be enough to give the economy a shot in the arm to start 2021, the Bank of Canada said Wednesday as it kept its key interest rate on hold and warned rising Covid-19 cases in Canada will weigh on near-term growth.The central bank said business restrictions in response to burgeoning case counts will hold down economic growth for the first three months of the new year and that the virus will “contribute to a choppy trajectory until a vaccine is widely available.” Related news Bank of Canada keeps key interest rate target on hold Close of businesswoman making announcement in paper trumpet 123RF Keywords Economy,  Interest rates,  Monetary policy,  Coronavirus Covid vaccine-sharing discussions to dominate G7 summit talks Jordan Press Digital shift cushioned blow to post-pandemic growth outlook, BoC deputy says Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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first_imgPersons Urged to Register Creative Works UncategorizedNovember 25, 2008 RelatedPersons Urged to Register Creative Works RelatedPersons Urged to Register Creative Works RelatedPersons Urged to Register Creative Workscenter_img Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Executive Director of the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO), Carol Simpson, has urged persons to ensure that their creative works are copyrighted, as they could be used as instruments in financial transactions, and as lifetime investments.Miss Simpson, who outlined the importance of Intellectual Property Rights, at a recent seminar put on by JIPO, at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville, Manchester, highlighted the many benefits that could accrue, when intellectual work is protected.“Intellectual property is an intangible property right. It refers to creation of the mind, which results in intellectual activity in the scientific, industrial, musical and dramatic fields. Legal protection of these creations is essential to maximise profit. Promotion and protection of intellectual property spur economic growth, create new jobs and industries, and enhance the quality and enjoyment of life,” she pointed out.The JIPO is currently promoting a Geographical Indications Project, a two- year programme between Jamaica and Switzerland, that is seeking to give technical assistance to agricultural and non-agricultural producers, for the protection of Jamaican goods and products.“It is called Geographical Indication (GI). GI is a sign used on goods that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that place of origin,” Miss Simpson said.“The progress and well-being of humanity evolves around intellectual protection. Creativity deserves to be valued and protected. Creative industries contribute to economic development. The absence of protection will discourage creativity, and the absence of protection reduces the value and security of the State,” she explained.last_img read more

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first_imgUK Government response AI and IP call for views The government has responded to its call for views on artificial intelligence (AI) and intellectual property (IP). This call for views was carried out between September and November 2020 and received 92 responses.The government response provides a summary of these responses and sets out actions to be taken forward. All areas of the call for views have been considered, including patents, copyright, designs, trade marks and trade secrets.The aim of the call for views was to understand the relationship between AI and IP. Many responses painted a positive future where artificial intelligence supports human creativity and innovation and supports technological advances. But there were also concerns that AI could compete with the human creators that intellectual property is designed to protect and reward. In many areas there was general agreement that the present framework could meet the challenges of the future. There were suggestions on how IP could better encourage and support the use and development of AI.To help meet the government’s ambitions on artificial intelligence technology and part of the IPOs broader strategy on IP and AI, a number of actions will be taken forward. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:agreement, AI, artificial intelligence, creativity, future, Government, Human, innovation, intelligence, meet, property, technology, trade, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

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first_imgCBA backs SME recovery Commonwealth Bank (CBA) has today announced the details of the loans it will offer from 1 April 2021 under the Federal Government’s SME Recovery Loan Scheme.Eligible businesses can now apply to CBA for loans up to $5 million with variable interest rates from as low as 2.6% p.a. for secured loans, and from 2.85% p.a. for secured loans with a repayment holiday from 12 months. Unsecured loans are available with rates from 3.25% p.a., and from 3.75% p.a. with a repayment holiday from 12 months.These new rates are as much as 75 basis points lower than loans offered by CBA through the Federal Government’s Coronavirus SME Loan Guarantee Scheme implemented in 2020.The new scheme is an extension of the SME Loan Guarantee Scheme and is available to businesses that were eligible to receive JobKeeper in the past three months, have a turnover of less than $250 million, or businesses impacted by the recent floods in Queensland and New South Wales.CBA’s Group Executive of Business Banking, Mike Vacy-Lyle said: “We’re committed to continuing to play a leadership role in Australia’s economic recovery. This scheme means businesses have the support they need to get back on their feet. As demonstrated in the previous rounds of Government support, CBA plans to play a leading role in mobilising much needed funding.“These lower-cost loans will help businesses to invest in assets like equipment and machinery, and will also support longer term investments that underpin growth and jobs. Businesses will be able to use the scheme to refinance existing loans.”Over the past fortnight, CBA has contacted 85,000 of its business customers who were receiving JobKeeper, checking in to understand how they are faring and whether they are in need of assistance. This follows similar customer check-ins last year, when CBA provided repayment deferrals on 83,000 business loans and proactively engaged all of these customers in advance of the deferral conclusion to understand the impacts of the pandemic on those businesses.“We’ve stayed very close to our customers to make sure we understand their needs and are available to support them,” Mr Vacy-Lyle said.Mr Vacy-Lyle said business customers had been resilient through the pandemic and nearly all customers have come off their repayment deferral introduced last year.Over the weekend, CBA introduced additional on-the-ground support for flood-impacted communities.“We have approximately 100,000 business customers located in flood-impacted areas that we are working with to support however we can,” Mr Vacy-Lyle said.“Regardless of individual circumstances, our teams are here and ready to help and I believe that this SME Recovery Loan Scheme will make a real difference for the longer-term success of many Australian businesses.”Businesses can now apply for a SME Recovery Loan on CBA’s website at commbank.com.au/sme-recovery or call our 24/7 Australian based business banking contact centre on 13 19 98. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Australian, bank, banking, business, CBA, Commonwealth Bank, coronavirus, Federal, federal government, Government, Holiday, JobKeeper, leadership, New South Wales, pandemic, Queensland, websitelast_img read more

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first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The second phase of the Jamaica Heritage Trail Project, was launched on Saturday, March 27, at the Riu Hotel in Ocho Rios, St. Ann.The launch, which saw the unveiling of newly installed signboards for Mammee Bay and Rio Bueno in St. Ann and Trelawny, respectively, is a joint effort of the Spanish Jamaica Foundation (SPJF), the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT) and the Tourism Product Development Corporation (TPDCo).“This Heritage Trail is just a small contribution to the idea of developing a wide range of offers to make a link with this nation, so that is why we decided that we wanted to highlight some places that have some historical importance for Jamaica,” Spanish Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Jesus Silva said at the launch, noting that the Spanish Foundation of Jamaica was also greatly involved in a number of social and educational projects.Turning to the first phase of the project, Ambassador Silva pointed out that since the launch in 2008, some 11 signboards have been erected and unveiled in various areas across the island.“With these two signs that we are launching, our intention is to reach a number around 30 or 40, so that we can really speak that there is a trail there and then we can develop more sophisticated ideas like planning to train tour guides to make routes around the signboards and trying to encourage some economic activities around the signboards,” he said, adding that the Foundation would seek to invite other companies to sponsor the Jamaica Heritage Trail.Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for North East St. Ann, Ms. Shahine Robinson, commended the Foundation on its vision for the Jamaica Heritage Trail and thanked them for their efforts in the venture. Second Phase of Heritage Trail Launched in St. Ann CultureMarch 29, 2010 RelatedSecond Phase of Heritage Trail Launched in St. Ann RelatedSecond Phase of Heritage Trail Launched in St. Anncenter_img RelatedSecond Phase of Heritage Trail Launched in St. Ann Advertisementslast_img read more

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first_imgNational Statistical System Critical To Policy Making CommerceMay 3, 2012Written by: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker RelatedNational Statistical System Critical To Policy Making FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedNational Statistical System Critical To Policy Making RelatedNational Statistical System Critical To Policy Makingcenter_img Advertisements Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, has endorsed the move to establish a National Statistical System (NSS), noting that it will, undoubtedly, support the government’s thrust towards data-driven and evidence-based policy making.Mr. Hylton said he hopes this model will also be replicated throughout the region with the eventual establishment of a regional statistical system, which would serve the needs of CARICOM member states.He was speaking to members of the manufacturing and distribution sectors on May 2 at a Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN)-organised workshop held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston.The workshop, under the theme ‘Promoting Development through better Statistics: A Public-Private Partnership,’ was held to shore-up private sector support for the development and implementation of the NSS, to promote the use of statistics in business/enterprise development, and the urgent need for the production and management of a sound statistical system in Jamaica.The NSS project, or the ‘Support for the Development of a National Statistics System’ programme, is being implemented by STATIN with financing assistance from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The project is being funded at a cost of US$692,000 over a three-year period.Minister Hylton told stakeholders that better statistics are required to inform policies, allocate scarce resources, monitor progress, to evaluate business effectiveness and to make evidence-based decisions.He noted that government policies cannot be based on anecdotes, fragments of data, or speculation derived from spurious data analysis, but must be founded on hard facts and evidence.“Policies that impact the process of economic development must all obey the principle of being grounded in facts,” he stated.  “We must adopt a scientific and evidence-based approach towards the decision-making process.”He also remarked that the aspired outcomes of the government’s Vision 2030, National Development Plan, critically demand the use of evidence-based decision making“The economic development process is shaped by policy decisions that govern the management of resources. Constant pressure from a variety of competing interests influences policy formation and decision making,” he said.The NSS programme will see the development of a coherent system geared towards providing quality and timely statistics and data that effectively meet the needs of stakeholders.The data will also inform the development of capacity and institutional structures and systems to support the system, increase business profitability and reduce poverty. Story HighlightsMinister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, has endorsed the move to establish a National Statistical System (NSS), noting that it will, undoubtedly, support the government’s thrust towards data-driven and evidence-based policy making.Mr. Hylton said he hopes this model will also be replicated throughout the region with the eventual establishment of a regional statistical system, which would serve the needs of CARICOM member states.He was speaking to members of the manufacturing and distribution sectors on May 2 at a Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN)-organised workshop held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston.last_img read more

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