Takeover frenzy continues as LRG snaps up 13-branch Gibbs Gillespie

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Takeover frenzy continues as LRG snaps up 13-branch Gibbs Gillespie previous nextAgencies & PeopleTakeover frenzy continues as LRG snaps up 13-branch Gibbs GillespieDeal will see Gibbs Gillespie brand and staff retained but founders will step away from the 30-year-old business.Nigel Lewis1st March 202102,747 Views Leaders Romans Group (LRG) has bought 13-branch independent estate agency Gibbs Gillespie for an undisclosed sum.The purchase is the latest in an extraordinary run of acquisitions and mergers in recent months within the industry, and is LRG’s largest to date and includes branches across Middlesex, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.The Gibbs Gillespie name will be retained by LRG and the jobs of its 144 full-time and 49 weekend staff will not be affected, although founders James Gibbs and Paul Gillespie are to step away from the business following a transition period.LRG says it want to grow the Gibbs Gillespie estate agency network, and retain branches where both brands operate.Paul Gillespie comments: “We are proud to have served our local area with market-leading property advice for over 30 years. We launched Gibbs Gillespie to set the new standard for property agents, and we are confident it will continue to do so under the LRG umbrella. There is an exciting future ahead for the business”.Formidable groupJames Gibbs says: “I have always admired Leaders Romans Group and realised many years ago how similar we are.  I am confident the joining of Gibbs Gillespie and LRG will be a formula for an impressive and formidable group”.Kevin Shaw (pictured), Group Managing Director of the Estate Agency Division at LRG, says: “Our ‘keeping it local’ ethos aligns perfectly with what Gibbs Gillespie stands for, and I look forward to working with the great people that are joining LRG from the business”.The deal was facilitated by business acquisition specialist Accelve and follows several other recent LRG acquisitions including multi-branch Lenwell and Moginie James in Cardiff.Leaders Romans Group Kevin Shaw Leaders Gibbs Gillespie March 1, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Other Sports Shamkir Chess: Viswanathan Anand stays in hunt, Magnus Carlsen extends lead

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Magnus Carlsen has won the Shamkir Chess tournament.Viswanathan Anand lost to Magnus Carlsen earlier in the tournament.Magnus Carlsen is leading by one and a half points against Anand. New Delhi: Viswanathan Anand, the former five-time world champion, played out a solid draw against Alexander Grischuk while Magnus Carlsen, the reigning world champion, showed that he is the best in the business by defeating Anish Giri and extending his lead by one and a half points with just two rounds remaining in the Shamkir Chess Memorial tournament. In the earlier round, having done the hard work, Anand fumbled and lost to Sergey Karjakin of Russia in the sixth round. Playing the black side of a queen’s gambit declined, Anand came up with some spectacular preparation that should have been good enough for a draw but Karjakin pressed hard where it mattered and went on to secure a rare victory against Anand.The game between Carlsen and Giri saw an exchange of knights and it seemed like the game would be heading to a draw. However, Carlsen displayed his class by displaying a strong pawn effort in the middle board and putting Giri’s queen under immense pressure. With the advantage of two rooks, Carlsen’s position was simply too strong and Giri resigned after 43 moves. In the Anand vs Grischuk, the Indian Grandmaster opted for a rather safe opening and Grischuk displayed a solid game as the game ended in a draw in just 32 moves. With just two rounds remaining, Anand will be hoping that Carlsen loses one and draws one game and he wins the remaining two in order to have a chance at the title. Anand will next take on Teimour Radjabov in round eight while his final round will be against Vaselin Topalov.The Shamkir Chess tournament is played in the memory of Vugar Gashimov, an Azerbaijani Chess Grandmaster who once reached a peak ranking of number six in the world and was noted for his play in the blitz format of the game. Gashimov fell ill in 2000 with epilepsy but he was later diagnosed with brain tumor. His last tournament was the Tata Steel Chess tournament in 2012 but on January 11, 2014, he died at the age of 24. The first edition of the tournament was held in his memory in 2014 and has been continuing since then.Carlsen is a three-time winner of the tournament while Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, who lost to Anand in the third round, won the tournament in 2016 and 2017. These were the years in which Carlsen did not participate. highlightslast_img read more

Hollywood Film to Expose Darwin Dogma

first_imgDarwin is going to get a surprise on his birthday next year.  Ben Stein is releasing a film on Feb. 12, 2008, entitled “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.”  The gift may not be what Darwin wants.  The press release subtitle asks, “Whatever happened to free speech?”  Apparently Premise Media decided to document the trend among Darwinists to crush any dissent:What freedom-loving student wouldn’t be outraged to discover that his high school science teacher is teaching a theory as indisputable fact, and that university professors unmercifully crush any fellow scientists who dare question the prevailing system of belief?  This isn’t the latest Hollywood comedy; it’s a disturbing new documentary that will shock anyone who thinks all scientists are free to follow the evidence wherever it may lead….    Ben Stein, the lovable, monotone teacher from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Wonder Years is on a journey to answer one of the biggest questions ever asked: Were we designed or are we simply the end result of an ancient mud puddle struck by lightning?  Stein, who is also a lawyer, an economist, a former presidential speechwriter, author and social commentator, is stunned by what he finds on his journey.  He discovers an elitist scientific establishment that has traded in its skepticism for dogma.  But even worse, along the way, Stein uncovers a long line of biologists, astronomers, chemists and philosophers who have had their reputations destroyed and their careers ruined by a scientific establishment that allows absolutely no dissent from Charles Darwin’s theory of random mutation and natural selection.The Discovery Institute, one of the frequent targets of the Big Science “Darwinian machine,” is looking forward to this documentary with cautious optimism.  The movie trailer can be found at ExpelledTheMovie.com.  It shows Ben in shorts and a tie blowing the bullhorn on suppression.  The site contains a blog, newsroom and other resources for involvement.Well, this is an interesting development.  Will the Darwin attack machine try to take on Ben Stein, or just ignore him?  Do we finally have a courageous reporter unafraid to ask the hard questions and stand up to institutionalized suppression?  What will the NCSE do to forestall a media crisis, right when they are trying to make Darwin Day an international event?  They certainly have ample warning, so this will be a battle royale worth watching.  We just hope that the comedy-documentary format will not detract from the scientific and philosophical flaws of Darwinism.  These need airing in serious circles among trained minds.  Still, sometimes a media focus can help shake a stalled discussion loose.  Stein’s appeal to the rebel instinct may attract some youthful bystanders to ask questions.    Most likely the Darwin Party will try to portray Ben Stein as a clown who doesn’t know what he is talking about, and treat the film like a small roadside protest that can be safely ignored as Big Science marches on in the Darwin parade.  We know their tactics: whitewash the cases of suppression in the film as small-time aberrations, lie about all the overwhelming evidence for evolution, pick on small flaws in the film but ignore the main points, and marginalize Stein and film fans as religious nuts.  It appears that Stein and the producers will not take being pigeonholed so easily.  They intend this to start a nationwide debate.  We’ll see.  The Darwin Party has amassed a huge arsenal to protect its idol.  The thing about idols, though, is: the bigger they are, the harder they fall.  Pieces of the Darwin idol may one day become trophies as coveted as pieces of the Berlin Wall.(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Taking a look at past and present trades

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCI suspect everyone is waiting for the Aug. 10 USDA report that includes estimated ear weights and yields. I think if the average national yield is 175, $4 Dec corn is likely. Then every bushel above that value decreases Dec futures by 10 cents (i.e. 180 national yield would mean Dec corn at $3.50).Beans are still caught up in tariff issues while weather continues to be uncertain. There is a lot of risk in both directions right now. Market action: Previous trade resultsThree of my trades expired last Friday. As you can see below, the three trades provided me with relatively low risk potential opportunities to get added premium in a non-profitable, sideways market on some of my corn. In the end, one of the three trades added 9 cents of added premium to my ongoing “pot of premium” on 10% of my production and the other two were essentially a wash. While I wish I could have received a bit more added premium, I definitely prefer considering alternative trading solutions that allow me the opportunity to get some added premium over waiting and hoping this market turns around because I don’t know when it will. Following shows all the details and results.Trade 1: Sold callOn 6/18/18 when Sep corn was near $3.65 I sold the following call:Sold an Aug $3.80 call for 9 cents that expires July 27 on 5% of my ’17 productionIf corn is trading below the strike price when this option expires I keep the 9-cent premium and add it to another trade later.If corn is trading above the strike price when this option expires I have to sell corn for the strike price PLUS I keep the premium. This means a price of $3.89 on Sep futures. My trade thoughts and rationale on 6/18/18Since I still need to sell some of my remaining ’17 corn but I don’t want to sell $3.65 Sep futures, this trade allows me to get values close to $4 if we rally some. If the market stays sideways, I keep the 9-cent premiums. There isn’t a downside protection with these trades, but that isn’t the goal for this trade. Final resultsCorn closed below $3.80, so I keep the 9-cent premium to add to my pot of premium I’ve been collecting all year. Trade 2: Sold straddleOn 6/13/18 when Sep corn was around $3.85, I sold an Aug $4 straddle (selling both a put and call) and bought a $3.70 Aug put, collecting 30 cents total on 10% of my 2017 production.What does this mean?If Sep corn is $4 on 7/27/18, I keep all of the 30 centsEvery penny corn is below $4 I get less premium until $3.70. With the $3.70 put I won’t lose anything on the trade, but I don’t have any grain protected to the downside or sold.For every penny higher than $4 I get less premium until $4.30At $4.30 or higher I have to make a corn sale at $4 against Sep futures, but I still get to keep the 30 cents, so it’s like selling $4.30. My trade thoughts and rationale on 6/13/18This trade is most profitable in a sideways market. With the current good weather forecasts, I’d be happy collecting the premium to add to another opportunity later. However, if the market drops significantly I’m also protected from losing money or having to buy corn back with this trade. With what I know today, if the market rallies I’ll be very happy with a $4.30 sold price. I’m comfortable with any market outcome of this trade. Final resultsThe market closed below $3.70 so I made and lost nothing on this trade except commissions for placing the trade. Trade 3: Sold straddleOn 6/18/18, 5 days after trade 2, and after a 20-cent drop in corn with Sep futures around $3.65, I sold an Aug $3.70 straddle (sold both the put and the call) and collected 29 cents total on 10% of my production What does this mean?If Sep corn is at $3.70 at expiration on 7/27/18 I keep all of the 29 centsFor every penny corn is below $3.70, I get less premium until $3.41. At this point, I either have to buy back futures (i.e. remove a sale) or take a penny loss for every penny under $3.41 on the trade.For every penny higher than $3.70 I get less premium until $3.99.At $3.99 or higher I have to sell my corn for $3.70 against Sep futures, but I still keep the 29 cents, so it’s like selling $3.99 My trade thoughts and rationale On 6/18/18Like Trade 2, this trade is most profitable in a sideways market. But unlike Trade 2, there are no puts in place to protect my downside. I think a 20-30 cent range is likely. Since I’m behind in my sales and I want the market to rally, I would be fine potentially losing a little on the upside potential. Regardless, this trade only represents 10% of my ’17 production, so I’m comfortable with any outcome. Final resultsOn 7/18/18, when Sep corn was trading at $3.47, I bought back the put portion of the straddle for 25 cents. 13 of the last 15 years corn prices decreased from mid-July to the end of July, so I thought there was a good chance prices would fall below $3.41, and I would then have to take a loss on the trade. Instead, after commissions and buying back the call for 25 cents that I had originally sold for 29 cents I profited about 3 cent in the end. Those profits managed to cover the commissions in the previous trade and is why these two trades ended up being a wash. Market action: New trades I just placed and rationaleAs stated above, when the market is down and many signs indicate continued sideways activity, rather than doing nothing and waiting, I prefer to consistently seek alternative trading solutions in that provide relatively lower risk opportunities that could add premium to my grain marketing. That being said, on all trades I do I know all potential outcomes for any market scenario (up, down and sideways) and I’m willing to accept all three, or I don’t place the trade.Following details some recent trades including all the details and rationale. New Trade 1: Sold straddleOn 7/18/18 when Sep corn was around $3.48, I sold an Sep $3.45 straddle (selling both a put and call) and bought a $3.30 Sep put, collecting 15 cents total on 10% of my 2017 production. What does this mean?If Sep corn is $3.45 on 8/24/18 I keep all of the 15 centsFor every penny corn is below $3.45 I get less premium until $3.30. With the $3.30 put I won’t lose anything on the trade, but I don’t have any grain protected to the downside or sold.For every penny higher than $3.45 I get less premium until $3.60At $3.60 or higher I have to make a corn sale at $3.45 against Sep futures, but I still get to keep the 15 cents, so it’s like selling $3.60 My trade thoughts and rationale on 7/18/18This trade is most profitable in a sideways market. With the current good weather forecasts, I’d be happy collecting the premium to add to another opportunity later. However, if the market drops significantly I’m also protected from losing money or having to buy corn back with this trade. With what I know today, I would prefer that the market would rally and I’ll be very happy with a $3.60 sold price because I have a lot of different trades already working that need prices to be above $3.60. I’m comfortable with any market outcome with this trade. New Trade 2: Sold callOn 7/19/18 when Sep corn was near $3.51 I sold the following call:Sold an Sep $3.50 call for 10 cents that expires Aug 24 on 10% of my ’17 productionIf corn is trading below the strike price when this option expires I keep the 10-cent premium and add it to another trade later.If corn is trading above the strike price when this option expires I have to sell corn for the strike price PLUS I keep the premium. This means a price of $3.60 on Sep futures. My trade thoughts and rationale on 7/19/18Since I still needed to sell some of my remaining ’17 corn, but I don’t want to sell $3.50 Sep futures, this trade allows me to get a slightly higher value. If the market stays sideways, I keep the 10-cent premiums. There isn’t a downside protection with these trades but that wasn’t what I was trying to accomplish with this trade either. My overall ’17 crop positionThere is 45% of my ’17 crop is still unpriced. With the new trades above and others already in place that 45% is covered with different option strategies making my final position vary depending on the Sep futures price on 8/24. If Sep futures are:Below $3.30 nothing is sold but I collect about 10 cents on 25% of productionAt $3.40 I collect 10 cents on 35% of production but no additional sales are madeAt $3.50 I collect 10 cents on 35% of production but no additional sales are made$3.60 I will sell 20% of my production for $3.60 and collect 10 cents on 15% of productionAt $3.70 I will sell 20% of my production for $3.60 and collect 10 cents on 25% of productionAt $3.80 I will sell 30% of my production for $3.78 and collect 20 cents on 15% of productionAt $4.00+ I will have the right to finish my ’17 production sales for a $3.95 average priceWith Sep futures prices around the $3.65 level and the USDA crop report on Aug. 10, I have a plan that is ready for a range of prices. Like all farmers I hope prices rally, because I would like to finish up sales on the ’17 crop before Sept. 1. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at [email protected]last_img read more

Adobe Acrobat Version 8 Released

first_imgIn the first signs of integration with the MacroMedia line of products since acquiring MacroMedia in 2005 for $3.4 Billion, Adobe has re-branded the FlashPlayer-based MacroMedia Breeze product as Acrobat Connect.  Connect is a new addition to the Acrobat product line but it is quite a bit different than the other Acrobat component products.Acrobat Connect is a hosted web conferencing service similar to WebEx or Microsoft’s NetMeeting.  Members are assigned permanent virtual meeting rooms with fixed user-definable URLs, similar to phone numbers or email addresses.  The service is billed monthly with unlimited usage for up to 15 participants.  Functionality is similar to other web conferencing solutions, including screen sharing, white boarding, chat and video conferencing.  The Connect Meeting room allows customized layout with small windows of information called “pods”.  The Acrobat Connect service is free through the end of the year and $39/month after that.  There is also an SDK that would allow developers to create custom interactive applications based on Connect.Another new version 8 capability include the Acrobat 8 Professional support for true redaction.  In earlier versions of Acrobat, text could be redacted by hiding the text with layered markups, but the text was still in the file and could even be searched.Acrobat 8 introduces a redaction toolbar with a “Search & Redact” capability.  Redactions are displayed using color-codes that you select based based on the type of redaction being made.  Redacted text is totally removed from the document.  Within the context of document management, the feature is great — a frequently asked for capability, but you’ll need to remember to keep the original document archived using a different set of access control privileges.Formtek is a partner member of the Adobe Solutions Network. Yesterday Adobe announced the availability of version 8 of the Acrobat family of products.last_img read more

Meural Acquired by NETGEAR – Confirmed

first_imgBrad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Tags:#digital art#Meural Meural, the digital art platform we love and have in our office displaying beautiful art was just acquired by NETGEAR. This was just announced at NETGEAR’s Analyst Day.Meural started in 2014 by Jerry Hu and Vladimir Vukicevic. They has since raised $9.4 million over four rounds of funding from NETGEAR, Corigin Ventures, Bolt, Bryan Rosenblatt, Forefront Venture Partners, Firstrock Capital, Elio Leoni Sceti, and Francois Bennahmias.We’ve reached out to Meural and NETGEAR for confirmation on the price of the acquisition and terms of the sale. Updates to come. Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Related Posts What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … How to Get Started in China and Have Successlast_img read more

Make Your Money Count With Experiential Gifts

first_imgBy Carol ChurchThe holiday season is approaching quickly. The average American spends more than $1,000 on holiday gifts, according to a recent survey, and over 50% admit that they’re likely to go into debt over holiday spending.  Many of us do work hard to economize on gifts, but with lots of people to buy for and the ever-present pressure to create holiday magic, it can be hard to be sensible about the amount we spend.Image via Pixabay.com, CC0Yet how many gifts are truly thought about long after the boxes and wrapping paper are just a memory? For some of us, the credit card may “remember” the gifts a lot longer than family members do! While it’s understandable to want to make others happy at the holidays, are the gifts we purchase worth the hard-earned cash we spend?Try Giving Experiences InsteadHere’s a tip for gift givers who are looking to spend their money wisely: try an “experience” present instead. There are many possibilities, but ideas include tickets to a theme park, movie, concert, or event; lessons for something they’ve always wanted to try, like watercolors or rock climbing; a fun experience, like paint-your-own pottery, a massage, or zip-lining; or a trip or a getaway.  For military families, don’t forget that the Office of Information, Tickets and Travel on base can make experiences like these more affordable, too.Some of these ideas may sound expensive. But there are plenty of experience gifts in all price ranges. The internet is full of ideas, but some could include a family camping trip (this could take place in the backyard!), homemade gift certificates for a lunch date or dinner out to a favorite restaurant, a promised outing to a fun place like the miniature golfing spot, driving range, batting cage, bowling alley, or a bounce gym, or an afternoon at home making fancy cupcakes.Some givers, especially parents, might shy away from giving a gift that can’t really be “wrapped” and isn’t a physical “thing.” This is a mistake! Research shows that so-called experiential presents are actually some of the most loved, memorable, and valuable gifts we can give. Why?Gifts like these are often social and can strengthen the relationship between the gifter and the gifteeWe often get to enjoy gifts like these together with the giftee, which can help build relationships and fond memories. Even if he or she will have the experience without us, the emotional intensity of an experience gift can help bond the giver to the receiver, research finds.Experiential gifts don’t lose luster as time goes byPhysical “things” break, get boring, get lost, and so on. None of this can happen to our memories of an experience. They stay shiny, special, and treasured.Experiential gifts are unique and hard to compareIf you’ve ever felt unhappy because your kid’s best friend is getting the new (iPhone, PlayStation, whatever) and yours isn’t, you know that gift comparison anxiety is real. While experiences aren’t completely immune to this kind of thing, they’re less easy to put side by side and compare.Experiential gifts provide additional happiness due to anticipationMilitary Family Programs (2015). 2015 Kentucky Military Family Camps. University of Kentucky.Have you noticed that part of the enjoyment of a vacation is thinking about how great that vacation is going to be while you’re at work the week before? Experiential gifts provide more “anticipatory enjoyment” than material gifts—we get to look forward to them with excitement.Most of us are always going to spend at least some money on gifts–at holidays, and on birthdays, anniversaries, and other occasions. Of course, saving ahead of time, staying within a budget, and keeping costs manageable are key, but another way to cope with the expense is to make your money really count. Experiential presents are one way to make that happen.Sources:Backman, M. (2016). Here’s what the average American spends on holiday gifts. Retrieved from https://www.fool.com/retirement/2016/12/01/heres-what-the-average-american-spends-on-holiday.aspxGordon, A. (2015). 3 reasons not to spend your money on things. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/between-you-and-me/201506/3-reasons-not-spend-your-money-thingsScienceDaily. (2016). There’s a science to gift giving: experiences are better than material items. Retrieved from https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161215143300.htmlast_img read more

PM Medal to Windrush Migrant who Returned in 1989 to Help Build Community

first_img Recipient of the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation (PMMA), Stanley Roy Archer, lives by the famous quote of former President of the United States, John F. Kennedy: “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country”. Recipient of the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation (PMMA), Stanley Roy Archer, lives by the famous quote of former President of the United States, John F. Kennedy: “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country”.Born in the parish of St. Ann, Mr. Archer grew up in Jeffery Town, St. Mary, but migrated to the United Kingdom in 1954 and as part of the Windrush generation. “I am humbled by this recognition,” he tells JIS News, after collecting his award recently at Jamaica House for service to Jamaica (Agriculture and Civic Development).Mr. Archer says being able to give back to his community and Jamaica is what keeps him going.“On my return to Jamaica in 1989, the year after Hurricane Gilbert totally destroyed farms, I knew I had to do something for Jamaica land I love,” he says. Mr. Archer recalls that when he visitedJamaica then, the intention was to return to England, but he was so alarmed at the situation in Jeffery Town, he changed his mind. “There was nothing here in farming, everything was mashed up, not even the boiler house was standing, so I decided to stay and help build back my community,” he tells JIS News.One of Mr. Archer’s first tasks was to ensure that there was piped water in Jeffery Town and its environs. He lobbied the political representatives on both sides to support his efforts and was able to obtain three miles of four-inch pipes.With assistance from the National Water Commission (NWC), farmers and members of the community volunteered their services to lay the pipes, which are, today, still providing piped water for the community.Members of the community worked with Mr. Archer to orchestrate the revival of the farms and livelihood of Jeffery Town, which is famous for bananas, breadfruit, dasheen and sugar cane.According to Mr. Archer, after hearing several complaints from farmers who expressed their frustration at not being able to find markets for their produce and livestock, he formed the Jeffery Town Farmers’ Association (JTFA) on his verandah. Three decades later, the JTFA is one of Jamaica’s most successful farmers’ associations, recognised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).In 2014, the JTFA was one of 26 indigenous communities from across the world that were awarded the Equator Prize.The members were lauded for their work to protect environmental resources and sustainably manage natural ecosystems, and for their efforts to address climate change head on and innovate new solutions to issues of food security, land management and water conservation.According to a UNDP case study, JTFA presently employs a multimedia approach to inform and educate farming communities on alternative energy options, sustainable agricultural techniques and disaster risk reduction.As part of his efforts to ensure that there was sustained development of the farming community in the early 1990s, Mr. Archer bought several milking cows, which were distributed to individuals.This insightful individual also initiated dairy milk production to supply Nestlé Limited. He also started a goat-rearing project by cross-breeding South African goats with local ones.His contribution to the development of Jeffery Town is not only limited to farming. His approach to community development is holistic, and he has brought in several medical teams from overseas to offer free medical check-ups. He also coordinated the official ground-breaking for the Jeffrey Town Health Centre.Schools and children of farmers also benefited from his philanthropy through the donation of computers and computer desks. In 2006, Mr. Archer started the annual Jeffrey Town BreadfruitFestival and was instrumental in the start-up of the multimedia centre, funded by UNESCO (2008-2009) and was involved in the initial planning of the local community Radio Station, JET FM 88.9.Mr. Archer was among 65 institutions and persons who were bestowed with the Prime Minister’s Jamaica 55 Commemorative Medal of Appreciation for service to Agriculture and Civic Development. Story Highlights Mr. Archer says being able to give back to his community and Jamaica is what keeps him going. One of Mr. Archer’s first tasks was to ensure that there was piped water in Jeffery Town and its environs. He lobbied the political representatives on both sides to support his efforts and was able to obtain three miles of four-inch pipes.last_img read more

Metis veterans awaiting apology from federal government

first_imgA Métis veteran at a Winnipeg Remembrance Day service (APTN file).The Canadian PressThe vice president of the Métis National Council is urging Veterans Affairs Minister Lawrence MacAulay and his staff to ensure an apology is issued soon to Métis veterans from the Second World War.In a letter to the minister, David Chartrand says an apology to veterans who were “disrespected” and “ignored” must happen soon because veterans are nearing the end of their lives.Chartrand says the Manitoba Métis community recently lost another Second World War veteran, who did not receive recognition and justice before his death.He also says the federal government and the Métis Nation were close to reaching an agreement under former veterans affairs minister Seamus O’Regan.O’Regan was moved out of the portfolio and into Indigenous Services during a January cabinet shuffle.MacAulay’s office says it plans to speak with Chartrand and the Métis National Council in the near future on the issue, adding the minister remains committed to “appropriately recognizing” Métis veterans for their courage and sacrifices.last_img read more

No Case against Athenee Harvey as corruption charges are tossed out

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Smith owes TCI $20 Million; US Dept of Justice given green light to extradite Ex-Govt Consultant ordered to leave TCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 Jul 2015 – The case against suspended Permanent Secretary Athenee Harvey has been dropped; the Director of Public Prosecutions believes that the evidence and new standards together justify his decision that there is no case against Harvey. It is the second vindication in this matter where there was allegedly a move by Harvey, the Permanent Secretary of Finance to use her authority or position to try to get away with not paying customs duties. The DPP, John Masters says he is not convinced, explaining in a media statement issued late today, a new Full Code Test, which his soon to be instituted helped him to arrive at his decision that Athenee Harvey did not violate the Code of Conduct, despite the situation at the Grand Turk Cruise Center last August getting heated from time to time. The Integrity Commission was compelled to bring the case against Harvey when there were complaints from the Customs Department; officers who felt abused by Harvey. The DPP proposes to reach out to the Comptroller of Customs with a view to helping the department work on its protocol and procedures for greater clarity to its officers. It was also revealed in that statement today that that Harvey was aware of others having off loaded luggage at the cruise center and was a cruise passenger, actually on vacation and not functioning in her capacity as the PS Finance. These factors all admittedly influenced the decision of the DPP to discontinue the case which was due to run this week at the Supreme Court. Again, Athenee Harvey has seen the case of corruption against her tossed out; what remains to be seen is what the future looks like now within Government for the woman who once headed the Ministry of Finance. Slap on the wrist charge for ex-EMS consultant says some Related Items:Atheena harvey, case, dpp, droped, john masterslast_img read more