Country’s Performance better than Expected – Shaw

first_imgRelatedCountry’s Performance better than Expected – Shaw FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaica’s performance under the economic programme set out in its agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), has been better than expected, with the economy even over-performing in several areas.Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, made this announcement in the House of Representatives, today (March 18), when he gave an update on the country’s performance review, as assessed by the IMF team, which has been in the island for the past 10 days.He pointed out that underlying the success of the end of March test is the continued improvement in the economy with the Net International Reserves (NIR) at US$1.716 billion as of May 17, and gross reserves at US$2.379 billion, covering 17 weeks of imports. Meanwhile, interest rates have been falling, and inflation moderating, Mr. Shaw said.“The relative market stability in the period following the approval of the Stand-By Agreement contributed to the achievement of quantitative performance criteria on net international reserves and net domestic assets of the Bank of Jamaica, with margins. As regard fiscal performance, all quantitative targets have been met,” he stated.The Minister said the domestic debt exchange launched in January had yielded a larger than expected savings on the Government’s interest bill, and that following the Jamaica Debt Exchange (JDX), credit rating agencies had upgraded the country’s sovereign debt rating.“Eurobond prices on sovereign bonds have rallied, and the treasury bill rates have fallen to around 10 per cent, the lowest since 1982. One private sector source anticipates that by next year, interest rates will be the lowest since 1972,” Mr. Shaw told the House.“In light of these developments, the government of Jamaica is pleased to report that performance under the IMF Stand-By Arrangement is on track,” Mr. Shaw emphasised.Meanwhile, the Finance Minister said the updated Letter of Intent to the IMF is to be published on the websites of the Ministry and the Bank of Jamaica, in order to keep domestic and international agents informed about the government’s policy actions and intentions. “The Letter of Intent, once established, is not a static document.it means that as we go along timely revisions are made in accordance with the outcomes,” he explained.Mr. Shaw said the government will maintain the fruitful dialogue it has had with the IMF, and will consult with the Fund on the adoption of measures and in advance of revisions to the policies contained in the Memorandum of Economic and Financial Policies. RelatedCountry’s Performance better than Expected – Shaw Country’s Performance better than Expected – Shaw Finance & Public ServiceMay 19, 2010center_img RelatedCountry’s Performance better than Expected – Shaw Advertisementslast_img read more

Countdown to Equitation Science Conference is On!

first_img Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. It’s only a month now until the 15th Annual International Equitation Science Conference is here! Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to ‘Bring Science to the Stable’ by attending lectures, seminars, and hands-on workshops from world renowned equine scientists. It is all coming to the University of Guelph August 19 – 21, 2019.Register Now at TheHorsePortal!Keynote speakers include Dr. Sandra Olsen, Dr. Camie Heleski, Dr. Nic de Brauwere, and Dr. Andrew McLean. Their topics range from the historical horse-human relationship, the development of equitation science, how human behavior effects equine welfare, and learning theory across different species. A special presentation on using current research to manage both wild and domestic horses will be shared by Clever Hans speaker Dr. Jonaki Bhattacharyya.There will be pre-conference workshops that include looking at equine behaviours in ethograms with Dr. Marc Pierard and how to communicate scientific information to equestrian communities with Christina Wilkens and Kate Fenner. The pre-conference also includes a large animal emergency rescue training session so you can be prepared for anything!The third day of the conference is a practical day which includes demonstrations and seminars that feature some of the latest technologies in equitation science.Learn more about these amazing speakers and topics at the ISES 2019 Blog; become part of the community that’s working to continue to improve equine welfare. Some of the blog posts include:Give your Riding Precision with “Vert”Working Towards a Better Understanding of Equine Welfare at the Farm LevelRevolutionizing Equestrian Sport: A Dashboard for Horses?If the Unspeakable Happens, Are You Ready?The Myths of Saddle Fitting – Helping Horses one Saddle at a Time!Equine Behaviour Expert Dr. Andrew McLeanCan we all agree on what horses do? An ethology workshop with Dr. Marc PierardA short evolutionary note of Equitation Science to be presented by Dr. Camie HeleskiDigging Deeper into the Life of Equine Archaeologist Sandra OlsenClever Hans speaker Jonaki Bhattacharyya: What feelings and images does the thought of “wild horses” evoke in youThe International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to facilitate research into the training of horses to enhance horse welfare and improve the horse-rider relationship. www.equitationscience.com. Tags: Equine Guelph, International Society for Equitation Science, ISES, equitation science, We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. SIGN UP Horse Sport Enewslast_img read more

Sussex County EMS in Delaware Earns First-ever National Accreditation

first_img“This is a tremendous achievement that we, and all of the citizens of Sussex County, should be immensely proud of,” Mr. Vincent said. “We all knew that ours was among the best emergency medical care systems in Delaware, the region, and across the nation. Now, we have independent proof that this is some of the best care that taxpayer dollars can buy.” GEORGETOWN, Del. — Sussex County Emergency Medical Services has earned accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS), one of the highest marks a prehospital EMS service can receive when evaluating its operations and the level of service it provides to patients. Re-accreditation by CAAS is required every three years and consists of a comprehensive self-assessment, application and on-site evaluation by industry experts, who verify compliance in clinical standards, operations and risk management, communications, equipment, facilities, as well as community relations and disaster management coordination. For this inaugural accreditation, Sussex County EMS received a perfect score on the evaluation. In addition to CAAS accreditation, Sussex County EMS has earned numerous awards and accolades over the years, including several wins at the annual Journal of Emergency Medical Services games, and recently received the American Heart Association’s Mission Lifeline Gold Plus award for excellence in STEMI (heart attack) care. Sussex County Emergency Medical Services Sussex County Council President Michael H. Vincent congratulated SCEMS on earning its first-ever accreditation, a testament to the hard work of countless dedicated professionals who have worked tirelessly since Sussex County EMS’ founding in 1990 to provide the highest care possible to the citizens and visitors of southern Delaware. CAAS, based in Glenview, Ill., is an independent commission established in 1990 to set a comprehensive series of standards for the ambulance-service industry. These standards often exceed state or local regulations putting a focus on all aspects of ambulance operations. They are designed to increase operational efficiency and clinical quality while decreasing risk and liability to organizations helping to ensure superior patient care, according to the commission. The accreditation, the first ever for Sussex County EMS, only the second advanced life support (ALS) system in Delaware to earn such a distinction, was awarded in late December 2019. It recognizes that Sussex County EMS meets or exceeds nationally-accepted high standards for patient care in the industry. “Our dedication to ensuring that we fulfill our motto of “Caring People, Quality Service” was the key to achieving accreditation,” Sussex County EMS Director Robert Stuart said. “SCEMS is proud that the Commission recognized our commitment to service excellence.”  With more than 20,000 EMS agencies in the United States alone, fewer than 200 agencies in North America currently hold CAAS accreditation. Sussex County EMS is a nationally accredited, County-operated department that augments the local volunteer fire/ambulance service by providing 24-hour-a-day advanced life support care to all of Sussex County with 10 full-time paramedic units, 99 field paramedics, and 17 administrative support staff.last_img read more

Dr Mariko Silver named Bennington College president

first_imgBennington College,Dr Mariko Silver has been selected as the 10th president of Bennington College. A leading educational, public policy, and international strategist, she has held prominent roles at Columbia University, at Arizona State University, in the administration of Arizona’s governor Janet Napolitano, and in the Obama administration. She will succeed Elizabeth Coleman, Bennington’s president for 25 years, who retires this month.‘Mariko Silver embodies a new model for the American college president’someone who sees the world not as a set of givens but as a collection of resources to be harnessed,’said Alan Kornberg ‘74, chairman of the Bennington College Board of Trustees. ‘She has an extraordinary intellectual and imaginative vitality, an outstanding track record, and a deep commitment to the College’s pedagogic traditions and values. Dr. Silver’s appointment also signals Bennington’s ambitions to expand the influence of the College’s founding ideals and contemporary practices in a world that is rapidly changing, that is simultaneously fragmented and interconnected, and that is, in every dimension, increasingly complex and global.’‘I am thrilled and honored to lead Bennington, one of the nation’s most innovative liberal arts colleges,’Silver said. ‘Bennington stands as a unique and essential voice in the higher education landscape. In its emphasis on the essential role of creativity throughout the curriculum, its developing focus on public service, its commitment to the teacher-practitioner model, and through its most fundamental organizational design element, which places students’and graduates’at the center of what matters, Bennington is distinctly positioned to engage head-on many of the challenges and opportunities facing higher education in the coming decade.’Silver comes to Bennington from Arizona State University (ASU), where, as senior advisor to President Michael Crow, she was a key strategist in what Newsweek called ‘one of the most radical redesigns in higher learning since the origins of the modern university.’She designed and led campus, community, and international initiatives focused on student engagement and accomplishment, on cutting-edge science, and on economic development. Silver also served as Professor of Practice in ASU’s School of Politics and Global Studies and established international research and teaching partnerships, including the international University Design Consortium.‘Mariko Silver’s ability to build programs and projects in collaboration with faculty, university leadership, and diverse community stakeholders is extraordinary,’said ASU President Michael Crow. ‘Both Bennington and ASU, while obviously of different institutional scale, place extraordinary value on innovative institutional architecture, push pedagogical boundaries in service of the best educational experience for students, and pursue the best teaching and thought leadership outcomes to improve the global trajectory. Strategic, visionary, collaborative, Mariko is an innovative thinker steeped in the challenges and opportunities for organizational change in higher education and an outstanding choice to lead Bennington into the future.’Silver served in the Obama administration as Acting Assistant Secretary for International Affairs and Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Policy of the US Department of Homeland Security where she created the first department-wide international strategy, managed the Department’s international engagements, and co-developed a global initiative to enhance aviation security. Prior to that, she served as Policy Advisor to Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, with responsibility for the state’s public and private universities, community colleges, and vocational institutions; the Arizona Department of Commerce; and Science Foundation Arizona. In these capacities she has worked with multiple communities and constituencies around the world and very close to home.”Whether balancing the needs of diverse communities, championing projects that serve both public and private needs, or understanding the role that education, science, and technology play in economic development, Mariko Silver has the ability to develop and advance big ideas,’said US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.Silver holds a BA in History from Yale University, an MSc in Science and Technology Policy from the University of Sussex (UK), and a PhD in Economic Geography from the University of California at Los Angeles. She and her husband, musician Thom Loubet, have one child.last_img read more

Syndergaard outdueled by Cole, Mets fall to Pirates 4-1

first_imgGerrit Cole ( AP Photo/File)PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Noah Syndergaard’s audition in New York is being extended, part of what Mets manager Terry Collins hints could be a six-man rotation.At the moment, New York’s needs don’t appear to be on the mound, but at the plate.The 22-year-old Syndergaard put together six professional if not dominant innings Friday night in Pittsburgh but received little help in a 4-1 loss. The Mets managed six singles off Pirates starter Gerrit Cole while falling to 7-13 on the road. New York is 9-11 this month and has scored two runs or fewer 10 times.The problem this time around might not have been the Mets hitters so much as it was Cole. The 24-year-old struck out 10 and came within two outs of his first career complete game.“Even up in the ninth inning, he’s still throwing 97,” Collins said. “Slider was absolutely devastating at times in the middle of the game. We knew going in he was going to be tough to hit.”Syndergaard (1-2) did his best to keep pace. He struck out the first four batters he faced and five in all but allowed the Pirates to scratch out more than enough runs to win for just the second time in their last eight games.“Not necessarily the best results I was looking for,” Syndergaard said. “I didn’t have the best velocity on my fastball tonight, working on throwing quite a bit of two-seams and I feel like they induced a lot of weak contact tonight.”While he wasn’t electric, Syndergaard was effective. And even with Dillon Gee coming off the disabled list in the next few days, there are no immediate plans to send Syndergaard back to the minors. That’s fine by the former first-round pick.“I’m glad to stay here,” Syndergaard said. “I feel like I’ve had some pretty good success here and I’m looking forward to making my next start. It’s all about having a short memory.”Chris Stewart had two hits and an RBI for Pittsburgh. Jung Ho Kang, Pedro Alvarez and Gregory Polanco also drove in runs as the Pirates took advantage of what few opportunities Syndergaard provided.Syndergaard matched Cole early but allowed the bottom of the Pittsburgh lineup to peck away at him. Alvarez doubled with two outs in the second and scored when Polanco snapped an 0-for-19 slump with an RBI-single to right and Stewart followed with a double.Pittsburgh added two more in the sixth thanks in part to a throwing error by Syndergaard and heady baserunning by Kang, who took second on a wayward pickoff attempt then stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly.That was more than enough for Cole, who came within two outs of Pittsburgh’s first complete game since July 28, 2014.COLE IN COMMANDThe scuffling Pirates have relied heavily on Cole (6-2) to become their stopper during an uneven opening quarter of the season. The 24-year-old halted Pittsburgh’s latest slide with his longest start of the season, keeping the Mets off balance with a fastball that topped out at 99 mph and a rapidly improving breaking ball. His defense chipped in whenever the Mets appeared ready to mount a threat, turning four double plays. Stewart also threw out two runners trying to steal second base, boosting Pittsburgh’s caught stealing total to 20, the best in the majors.“Wherever I wanted the ball to be, he threw it,” Stewart said. “It’s the best performance I’ve seen him throw so far. He keeps getting better and better. The sky’s the limit with him right now.”TRAINER’S ROOMMets: 3B David Murphy and C Travis d’Arnaud both took live batting practice on Friday as they continue their rehab from various injuries.Pirates: RHP Charlie Morton will return to the starting rotation Monday when Pittsburgh begins a three-game series with Miami. Morton hasn’t started a game in the majors since last September. He underwent offseason hip surgery and the rehab took longer than expected. Vance Worley (2-3, 4.17 ERA) will move the bullpen as a long reliever.UP NEXTThe three-game set continues on Saturday with a prime pitching matchup as New York’s Matt Harvey (5-1, 1.98 ERA) faces Pittsburgh’s resurgent A.J. Burnett (3-1, 1.38). The 38-year-old Burnett is second in the majors in ERA and is coming off seven scoreless innings in a win over the Cubs last Sunday. Harvey has not given up a run in his 16 innings while becoming the fifth pitcher in team history to surrender no runs with nine strikeouts in consecutive starts.last_img read more

Warriors’ repeat bid faces early test with Kerr’s absence

first_imgGolden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30), left, and teammate forward Harrison Barnes (40) go for a rebound over Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) during the first half of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Cleveland, Thursday, June 11, 2015. (Ronald Martinez/Pool Photo via AP/File)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ The Golden State Warriors couldn’t have scripted last season much better.With a fast start that left the rest of the NBA chasing them all season, no significant injuries and a run through the postseason that didn’t feature a single Game 7, the Warriors faced little adversity on the way to the franchise’s first championship in 40 years.With coach Steve Kerr on the sideline indefinitely with complications from back surgery, the Warriors are figuring out how to prepare for the new season as defending champions with interim coach Luke Walton in charge.That’s just one of the new challenges this season.“We’re going to get everybody’s best shot every single night and we know that,” MVP Stephen Curry said. “We’ve obviously set up and established a system of how we’re going to play and with the personnel we have is pretty much the same as last year. There is not going to be much change there. But we can’t just say we’re going to be the same team and show up and win 67 games and win a championship. It’s not going to be easy.”Last season looked that way when the Warriors won 21 of the first 23 games and finished with a 67-15 record, tied for the most wins since Chicago had 69 in 1996-97.Golden State then lost just five games in the postseason. After falling behind 2-1 in the second round to Memphis and the finals to Cleveland, the Warriors ran off three straight wins in each series.Yet the Warriors still have doubters who have called them lucky or speculated that teams like San Antonio have passed them by in the Western Conference.“All of a sudden we’re not a top dog anymore, which is fine,” center Andrew Bogut said. “I think it’s better and more motivation for us.”Here are some things to watch this season for the Warriors:KERR’S BACK: Kerr had a magic touch as a rookie coach starting with his move to start Harrison Barnes in place of Andre Iguodala. He kept Draymond Green in the starting lineup after former All-Star David Lee recovered from a preseason injury and then made two key moves in the postseason. First, he put Bogut on Tony Allen in a move that switched momentum in the second round against Memphis and then his decision to go small in the finals by starting Iguodala in place of Bogut was a key part of the finals win. Golden State doesn’t know when Kerr will be healthy enough to coach again and Walton has never been tested.HEALTHY LIVING: The only significant injury the Warriors dealt with last season was to Lee and that even proved to be a benefit because it got Green in the lineup. Staying healthy again could be more difficult because of the abbreviated summer following the long playoff run. But the Warriors have depth and Kerr did a good job managing minutes with no one playing more than 33 minutes a night.BIG OR SMALL: Golden State had much of its success last year with a small-ball lineup that had Green at center in place of Bogut. That leaves a combination of Iguodala, Barnes and Shaun Livingston on the wing to go with the shooting backcourt of Klay Thompson and Curry. That lineup changed the tide in the finals and could be a factor again this season“I’m not offended by it,” Bogut said. “If I can get three more championships by not playing the last two games of the finals series, I’ll shake your hand right now and take it.”NASH’S INFLUENCE: The Warriors lost associate coach Alvin Gentry to New Orleans but added another sharp offensive mind when former two-time MVP Steve Nash was brought on as a consultant. Nash will work closely with Curry and Thompson.“With my shooting ability, I draw so much attention,” Thompson said. “Hopefully this year I can expand my role as far as play making and get other guys involved and get other guys open shots. So I see Steve helping me a lot in that aspect.”CONTRACT TALK: The Warriors face a Nov. 2 deadline to give contract extensions to Barnes and backup big man Festus Ezeli or they can become restricted free agents next summer. While Golden State would retain the right to match any offer, the price could go up in the summer if Barnes and Ezeli have big seasons. Both players and the team have expressed interest in getting something done but it likely wouldn’t happen until close to the deadline.last_img read more