RelatedGovt. Committed to Longlasting Partnerships – Arscott By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker, JIS Reporter FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott, says the government is committed to establishing long lasting partnerships among its Ministries, departments and agencies with international and private sector groups. This, he said, is to improve safety and security in communities across the island, as well as continuing Jamaica’s development process. “We have to recognise that we are all impacted by crime and violence and the active participation and intervention of Local Government is an absolute necessity in creating safer communities across the island,” he argued. Mr. Arscott was making his contribution to the 2012/13 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 26, under the theme: ‘A Mission with a Vision: Covenant for Transformation’. He made special mention of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which has continued its partnership with the Ministry, through the ‘Enhancing Civil Society Participation in Local Governance’ Project, which seeks to address the subject of community safety and security as an emerging issue in local governance. The programme promotes a distinct partnership between the local authorities and civil society, particularly the Parish Development Committees (PDCs), the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), the Jamaica Fire Brigade, the Social Development Commission (SDC) and other key stakeholders. The project began in April, 2011 and has since been working with six pilot parishes, including: St. Catherine, Clarendon, Manchester, Westmoreland, Trelawny and St. Mary. The main aim and outcome of the project is to support the creation of safe and secure communities based on the establishment of Parish Safety and Security Committees in the selected local authorities, with a view to expanding the best practices to all other parishes in due course. Meanwhile, Mr. Arscott stated that the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Co-operation (CFTC) has provided grant funding through the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) to assist with the strategic orientation of the Local Authorities under the theme: ‘Consolidating the New Local Governance Paradigm: Challenges, Opportunities, and imperatives for the next three years’. “This provides us with a great opportunity to engage our new Councillors and new Council Administrations in the renewed thrust in the revitalisation process,” he said. The programme is being implemented on a regional basis over a two-day period for each region. The subjects cover a range of issues, including Local Economic Development, Community Safety and Security, the Local Authority as the Government of the Parish, and Communications Marketing in the new Local Governance Paradigm. “The CFTC has also committed to fund a medium term programme that will support a more direct, deliberate and concentrated effort on capacity building, operational efficiency and broader accountability and transparency in Governance at the local level,” Mr. Arscott said. The Minister expressed thanks to the CFTC for its contribution to Jamaica’s development process. Govt. Committed to Longlasting Partnerships – Arscott Local GovernmentJune 28, 2012 RelatedGovt. Committed to Longlasting Partnerships – Arscott RelatedGovt. Committed to Longlasting Partnerships – Arscott Advertisements read more
The Trump administration appeared ready to strike a deal with France ahead of the Davos summit to further negotiate before the tax or retaliatory tariffs go into effect.“The time for skepticism is over. America’s newfound prosperity is undeniable,” Trump told the audience, which included several global business leaders and diplomats who have been critical of his approach to trade, tax reform and deregulation.“America achieved this stunning turnaround … by adopting a whole new approach centered entirely on the well-being of the American workers,” he added. “Every decision we make … is focused on improving the lives of everyday Americans.”Claiming the “wreckage” caused by his predecessors’ economic and trade policies was the primary reason he ran for office three years ago, Trump described himself as a leader who has accomplished unprecedented change as he mounts his bid for a second term. Echoing a campaign message he has delivered to U.S. voters, the president also took aim at “socialism” and its “foolish fortune tellers [who] want to see us do badly.”“We won’t let that happen,” Trump said.Though he was greeted by a snow-carved “Act on climate” message upon landing here Tuesday morning, Trump did not explicitly mention climate change — an issue that has taken on new importance at Davos since his administration withdrew from the Paris Climate Accord — during his speech. In his only mention about the environment, he announced the U.S. would be joining the Trillion Trees Initiative, which aims to maintain existing forests and address the issues presented by climate change across the world. “Despite all of the cynics, I have never been more confident in America’s future,” he said during a Tuesday morning speech at the 50th annual gathering in Davos, where two overflow rooms were needed to accommodate the crowd for Trump’s remarks.By the end of his day, the president’s only comments on impeachment were a tossed off, “That whole thing is a hoax,” and one tweet — an all-caps “READ THE TRANSCRIPTS.” Beyond that, he left his communications strategy in the hands of his staff, which issued a scathing statement about Rep. Adam Schiff as he made the Democrats’ opening arguments on the Senate floor while Trump entertained business leaders with sports gossip and talk of 5G innovation at a private dinner in the Alps.Meanwhile in D.C., Trump’s aides were establishing an impeachment war room and plotting how to make their case to the American public.It was a restrained and on-message approach for a president who is typically unbounded and off-script, and whose disdain for the global elite surrounding him here has previously led to inflammatory rhetoric. The performance could hint at how Trump plans to appeal to the elite business community as he stumps for re-election — forget about the scandals, the stock market is doing great and job growth is steady.The strategy was on full display on Tuesday — in both his keynote address and in his eagerness to begin bilateral trade negotiations with a handful of foreign partners. During sit-downs with his Pakistani, Swiss and Iraqi counterparts, Trump assured each leader that trade topped his list of priorities.Trump was making his case to foreign leaders and business tycoons that his controversial approach to the global economy — trampling long-held norms on trade, tariffs and taxes — had contributed to a “blue-collar boom” in the United States. In lieu of his typical impeachment bombast, Trump spent his day challenging claims that his protectionist impulses have disrupted global trade. “In doing so, we will continue to show strong leadership in managing our trees and our forests,” Trump said before launching an implicit rebuke of environmental activists who have called for dramatic shifts in order to combat climate change.Nancy Cook contributed to this report. Also On POLITICO Trump lashes out at ‘perennial prophets of doom’ on climate By Stephen Brown and Laurenz Gehrke Altitude Trump, impeachment and American exceptionalism By John F. Harris “The two biggest trade deals ever made [and] they just happened to get done in the same week,” Trump said, accusing dignitaries and business leaders in the room of turning a blind eye to “chronic problems” in the international trade system “that have been ignored or enabled for decades.”Trump took credit for upending and improving that system, alluding to the wary reception he received during his only other trip as president to the Davos forum in 2018.“When I spoke at this forum two years ago, I told you that we had launched the great American comeback. Today, I’m proud to declare that the U.S. is in the midst of an economic boom, the likes of which the world has never seen before,” the president said.Trump leaves the Congress center during the World Economic Forum | Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty ImagesHe continued, “America’s economic turnaround has been nothing short of spectacular. We regained our stride, rediscovered our spirit and reawakened the powerful machinery of American enterprise.”But Trump’s celebratory remarks accompanied a stern warning to the elite global audience. Nodding to his “America First” agenda, the president cautioned his foreign counterparts not to pollute his efforts to level the field of international trade and said his top priority is U.S. workers.Hours after Trump’s remarks, House Democrats made the case on the Senate floor that Trump’s priority is actually himself. DAVOS, Switzerland — U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday couldn’t avoid pestering questions about his dawning impeachment trial as he shuttled from meeting to meeting at the annual World Economic Forum, thousands of miles away from Washington.His response: Look at the American economy.The usually bombastic president went radio silent during his eight-hour flight from Washington to Zurich — even as Fox News’ impeachment coverage played on television aboard Air Force One — and refrained from commenting at length about the historic political moment throughout his day in Davos. Instead, Trump kept his focus trained on the purported successes of his economic agenda — touting steady job growth, low unemployment and the “phase-one” trade agreement with China — even as wages continue to stagnate for the vast majority of American workers. Meanwhile in D.C., Trump’s aides were establishing an impeachment war room and plotting how to make their case to the American public that the president is being railroaded by a Democratic Party intent on doing everything it can to oust the president.“The Democrats are an utter joke,” White House counsel Pat Cipollone said in a statement circulated by the press office Tuesday morning.U.S. President Donald Trump sought to reassure the World Economic Forum that his economic policies and trade deals were working | Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty ImagesThe group of White House aides, Republican Party officials and outside advisers crafted talking points for Trump surrogates designed to sway public opinion. Elsewhere, Trump’s top GOP allies from the House impeachment process, tapped as presidential impeachment advisers, made plans to defend the president on TV.One senior administration official described the White House’s goal as making sure Democrats are held accountable in the public arena. Because the Senate is controlled by Republicans who are expected to acquit Trump, the White House aides are more focused on trying to sway public opinion.“We’re not messaging to senators personally,” the official said.Back in Switzerland, Trump began his morning speech with a brief brag about the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement and his incremental trade deal with China — both of which were finalized last week. Democrats have accused Trump of withholding financial aid and an official White House visit as leverage to pressure Ukraine to announce probes of Joe Biden, a potential Trump 2020 rival. They impeached him over the matter and on Tuesday made their opening arguments in the Senate trial that will determine Trump’s fate.Yet Trump didn’t bite.He deferred to his staff — both in Davos and back in D.C. — to respond to the specifics of the Democrats’ initial statements. “He has a full day here in Davos, but will be briefed by staff periodically,” insisted White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham.On the White House complex, the burgeoning war room was forming in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building adjacent to the West Wing. Officials from Trump’s legal team, legislative affairs team and communications office planned how to respond to the impeachment trial in real-time and coordinated with outside allies.Trump described himself as a leader who has accomplished unprecedented change as he mounts his bid for a second term.Meanwhile, in Switzerland, the chatter throughout the day focused on other issues, such as the Trump administration’s attempts to negotiate with French officials over a contentious digital tax that takes money from revenue that American tech companies earn in France. read more
Live Nation Entertainment has announced that it has partnered with Superfly and AC Entertainment, founders of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, to take over controlling interest of the massive North American festival. While Superfly and AC Entertainment will maintain management of Bonnaroo’s non-profit initiatives, such as the Bonnaroo Works Fund and other sustainability and community building efforts, Live Nation will manage its share of the 700-acre Great Stage Park property in Manchester, TN known as “The Farm.”“The addition of Bonnaroo builds on Live Nation Entertainment’s world leading festival portfolio of over 60 marquee festivals such as: Austin City Limits Music Festival, Lollapalooza, Reading, Leeds, T in the Park, Electric Daisy Carnival, Rock Werchter, and Watershed Music Festival to name a few,” said Michael Rapino, Live Nation CEO and president. “We continue to expand the industry’s most unparalleled and scalable festival platform all while driving strong revenue and growth for Live Nation on a global basis. Bonnaroo is another crown jewel in this festival channel strategy, one that appeals to both fans and artists in uniqueness and experience.”“We are strengthening our commitment to create the best possible experience at Bonnaroo,” said Rick Farman, co-founder of Superfly. “Through this partnership with Live Nation, we’re even more empowered to enhance the festival while preserving the integrity of the event that we’ve thoughtfully built over the past 14 years.”This year’s festival, to be held June 11th-14th, features performances from Billy Joel, Deadmau5, Kendrick Lamar, Mumford & Sons, My Morning Jacket, STS9, Alabama Shakes, and more.Check out the full lineup at L4LM’s 2015 Festival Guide[via WKRG] read more
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Bristol Live has advertised an upcoming charity night in aid of hospitals charity Above and Beyond. ‘An Evening with Gary and Lee Johnson’ will be led by BBC Radio Bristol’s Emma Britton, on Thursday, July 26th at Ashton Gate.Bristol Live also covers the news that City are soon to announce a new front of shirt sponsor.In the transfer rumours, Fulham are being linked with a move for defender Aden Flint, reports the 4th Official and Sports Mole.Bristol Live also believes Flint, who signed a new contract with City earlier in the year, is being watched by West Brom.Elsewhere, Football League World and Bristol Live carry reports linking keeper Frank Fielding with a move to Blackburn Rovers.And former City defender Ryan Fredericks could be set for a move to West Ham, writes Bristol Live. read more
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