Senate education bill bolsters role of Alaska tribes

first_imgShare this story: Alaska Native Arts & Culture | Alaska Native Government & Policy | Arts & Culture | Education | Federal Government | Government | State GovernmentSenate education bill bolsters role of Alaska tribesJuly 20, 2015 by Liz Ruskin, APRN Share:An education bill  the U.S. Senate passed last week includes several provisions that boost the role of Alaska Native tribes. The bill, called “Every Child Achieves” rewrites the law known as “No Child Left Behind,” a key piece of the domestic legacy of President George W. Bush.Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who sits on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, says she added a provision requiring states and school districts to consult with tribes and Native parents as they develop education plans.“I think it’s time that our tribes and our Native organizations throughout the country will be part of designing the plans and shaping the programs used to improve schools that serve our Native students,” she said on the Senate floor.Indigenous Peoples and Languages of Alaska map by Michael Krauss. (courtesy of the Alaska Native Language Center)The bill establishes a competitive grant program to support Native language immersion schools. The legislation doesn’t authorize a specific amount of money for the grants.Murkowski also used the bill to revise the Alaska Native Educational Equity Program.  The long-standing grant program last year gave some $30 million to Alaska school districts, the University of Alaska, tribal groups and nonprofits. Murkowski says if the bill becomes law, future grants will go directly to tribes and Native organizations that have expertise running education programs, or to tribes that partner with school districts.“This will not only honor our constitutional relationship to Alaska Natives but ensure that they can take on more responsibility for helping their children succeed,” she said.The bill passed the Senate by a wide margin. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan praised it for easing the mandates of No Child Left Behind and reducing the amount of testing that eats up classroom time. But Duncan also says the bill doesn’t do enough for low-performing schools.last_img read more

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Key Republicans urge Trump to keep Francis Collins as NIH director

first_imgLeave this field empty if you’re human: The agency is in the midst of launching several major research efforts, including the Precision Medicine Initiative and Vice President Joe Biden’s cancer moonshot. Collins, who has served as director since 2009, has been instrumental to those programs.advertisement PoliticsKey Republicans urge Trump to keep Francis Collins as NIH director By Dylan Scott Dec. 2, 2016 Reprints Charles Dharapak/AP Trump has made few comments on NIH, aside from a 2015 remark that he had heard “terrible” things. But many in Washington have speculated since the election that Collins could end up staying on under Trump. Please enter a valid email address. WASHINGTON — In a letter sent Friday, top congressional Republicans urged President-elect Donald Trump to keep Dr. Francis Collins as director of the National Institutes of Health.Collins received the endorsement from key GOP members of Congress: outgoing House and Energy Commerce chairman Fred Upton, Senate health committee chairman Lamar Alexander, and the two chairmen of the appropriations committees that oversee NIH: Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri and Congressman Tom Cole of Oklahoma.“Dr. Collins is the right person, at the right time, to continue to lead the world’s premier biomedical research agency,” they said in the letter.advertisement Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. Privacy Policy Tags Donald TrumpFrancis CollinsNIHpolicy The only other known contender for the job is Congressman Andy Harris of Maryland, a Republican who has openly lobbied for the job in the past few days. But a lobbyist who works on medical research policy told STAT on Friday that even other Republicans on the Hill might prefer to see Collins stay in the role.The letter sent to Trump on Friday seems to confirm that.“Dr. Collins has a scientific vision. You can agree or disagree with it, but that was his perspective as a leader,” said the lobbyist, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the matter. “He’s worked with the [Obama] administration to come up with big initiatives to capture the imagination.”last_img read more

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Lee County Sheriff Marceno swears in young boy as honorary deputy

first_imgAdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Driver slams into parked cars in Lehigh Acres, deputies blame foul weather June 17, 2021 LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno held a special press conference on Tuesday morning to swear in the sheriff’s office’s newest honorary deputy.Alex Meyer, 9, who was diagnosed with cancer, was gifted a basket of goodies containing official Lee County Sheriff’s Office hats, Deputy Dogs merchandise, posters and stuffed animals. RELATEDTOPICS Honorary Deputy Meyer proudly wore one of the hats that he was gifted as Sheriff Marceno placed a personalized vest on him.“I always wanted one of these,” whispered Meyer as Sheriff Marceno pinned a badge to his vest. AdvertisementTags: honorary deputyLee County Sheriff’s Office Advertisement Man found guilty in 2018 murder of two Alva teens June 12, 2021 Advertisement AdvertisementSheriff Marceno gave Meyer a moment to explain why he was becoming an honorary deputy.“I wanted to become an officer because, well, I wanted to help people. I just wanted people to be safe in their country,” Honorary Deputy Meyer said. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments North Fort Myers man sentenced to over 2 years in prison for counterfeiting money June 16, 2021 Traffic Homicide Unit investigates Sanibel crash that left one man dead June 14, 2021last_img read more

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Coronavirus: One further death and 686 new cases as England plans to lift all restrictions by June 21

first_img Facebook WhatsApp By Alan Hartnett – 22nd February 2021 Coronavirus: One further death and 686 new cases as England plans to lift all restrictions by June 21 Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date 214,384 people have received their first dose126,320 people have received their second doseDr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said; “We continue to see really high levels of compliance amongst the population and this is having a positive impact on the levels of disease in our communities.“It is also having a positive impact on our hospitals – while last week there were 269 cases in healthcare workers and 4 outbreaks in our hospitals these represent a very significant reduction compared with the 839 cases and 15 outbreaks in the week to the 7th of February.“In time, vaccination will be our most powerful tool against COVID-19 and over the coming weeks those who are highest risk in our families and communities will get vaccinated. Electric Picnic Previous articleTalking Sport Podcast: Football Team of the Year, Transfer Dealings and Fittest Family contendersNext articleIntroducing the 2020 LaoisToday Senior football Team of the Year Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 months February 21 – 249February 20 – 252February 19 – 260February 18 – 254February 17 – 257February 16 – 259February 15 – 241February 14 – 232February 13 – 251February 12 – 260February 11 – 252February 10 – 252February 9 – 248February 8 – 243February 7 – 238February 6 – 253 Council TAGSCoronavirusCovid-19 Deputy CMO Dr Ronan Glynn There has been one further Coronavirus-related death and 686 new cases according to the figures released by the health authorities this evening.Of today’s new cases, 10 of them are in Laois which means the county’s 14-day incidence rate moves to 294 from 297.5 yesterday.Of the cases notified today:325 are men / 354 are women66% are under 45 years of ageThe median age is 34 years old278 in Dublin, 49 in Limerick, 37 in Kildare, 32 in Louth, 31 in Donegal and the remaining 259 cases are spread across all remaining counties.As of 8am today, 726 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 156 are in ICU. 33 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.As of February 19th, 340,704 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland: Twitter Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival WhatsApp Facebook “For now, each of us has a range of tried and trusted tools at our disposal – by keeping our distance, washing our hands, wearing face masks and staying at home we will continue to drive down transmission of this disease. Our collective efforts move us closer to the continued re-opening of our schools and the resumption of non-COVID healthcare services.”New Cases in LaoisFebruary 21 – 10February 20 – 13February 19 – 29February 18 – 13February 17 – 22February 16 – 24February 15 – 15February 14 – 7February 13 – 13February 12 – 19February 11 – 15February 10 – 22February 9 – 21February 8 – 10February 7 – 11February 6 – 2114-day case rate in Laois per 100,000 populationFebruary 21 – 294February 20 – 297.5February 19 – 307February 18 – 299.9February 17 – 303.4February 16 – 305.8February 15 – 284.5February 14 – 273.9February 13 – 296.4February 12 – 307February 11 – 297.5February 10 – 297February 9 – 292.8February 8 – 286.9February 7 – 281February 6 – 298.7New cases in Laois during past 14 days Electric Picnic Pinterest Pinterest England to lift restrictionsA four-stage plan could see all of England’s coronavirus restrictions finally lifted by 21 June, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced.Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be allowed to draw up their own reopening plans.The measures are expected to be put to a Commons vote before the House rises for Easter in late March.See more on that by clicking here.SEE ALSO – ‘Stay positive – if we survived the last 12 months, we can survive now’ Home News Coronavirus: One further death and 686 new cases as England plans to… News Twitterlast_img read more

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Stifel to buy Barclays’ U.S. wealth management unit

first_img Canaccord reports record revenues, drops proposal to acquire RF Capital Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Barclays plc is selling its high net worth brokerage business in the U.S. to Stifel Financial Corp., for an undisclosed sum, the British bank announced on Monday. The deal will see Stifel acquire Barclays’ U.S. wealth and investment management franchise, the firms say, and is expected to close in mid-November. Related news Keywords Wealth management Share this article and your comments with peers on social mediacenter_img TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning James Langton The business includes approximately 180 financial advisors in the U.S. managing approximately US$56 billion in total client assets. The advisory business is concentrated in New York and 11 other major metropolitan cities in the U.S. The acquisition also includes Barclays Wealth Trustees (U.S.) N.A. and all associated accounts, say the two firms, and as part of the deal, Stifel will distribute certain of Barclays’ equities and credit new issues in the U.S. “The sale of our U.S. wealth franchise to Stifel represents a good outcome for Barclays and for our clients,” said Akshaya Bhargava, Barclays’ chief executive of global wealth and investment management. The bank is still invested in building its global wealth business, Bhargava stressed, adding “Barclays remains committed to its international wealth and investment management business, which is a successful and growing part of the Barclays Group, and to its other businesses in the U.S.” “Barclays’ Wealth franchise in the U.S. is a high-touch, high-service business for sophisticated clients,” said Ronald Kruszewski, chairman and CEO of Stifel. “Combining the depth of Barclays’ franchise and breadth of Stifel’s product offerings, coupled with an entrepreneurial and client-focused culture, will create the premier wealth management platform in the industry today.” Stifel pulled out of Canada in 2013 when it closed its Canadian subsidiary, Stifel Nicolaus Canada, Inc., which had offices in Toronto and Calgary. One in five Canadian investors plans to switch wealth providers: EY studylast_img read more

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State Opening of Parliament March 25

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The State Opening of Parliament will take place on Thursday, March 25, beginning at 11:00 a.m.On that day, Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Sir Patrick Allen will deliver the Throne Speech, in which he will outline the government’s programmes and policies for the 2010/11 Fiscal Year, which begins on April 1.Later in the afternoon, Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, will table the 2010/11 Estimates of Expenditure in the House of Representatives.Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen (right), examines the Guard of Honour, mounted at the State Opening of Parliament, yesterday (March 25), at Gordon House.The estimates will provide details on how the programmes will be funded and what the various Ministries and agencies will receive for Recurrent (house-keeping) and Capital (development) expenses.The Standing Finance Committee of the House will meet to consider the estimates from March 30 to April 1.On Thursday, April 8, the Finance Minister will open the 2010/11 Budget Debate, which will last until April 21. During the debate, selected members of the Government and the Opposition will make presentations.Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen delivers the Throne Speech during the State Opening of Parliament, yesterday (March 25), at Gordon House.Opposition Spokesman on Finance, Dr. Omar Davies, is expected to make his presentation on Tuesday, April 13, while presentations will be made by a Government Minister and an Opposition Spokesman on Wednesday, April 14.On Thursday, April 15, Opposition Leader, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller is scheduled to make her contribution to the debate.Prime Minister, Hon. Bruce Golding is slated to make his presentation on Tuesday, April 20. The Finance Minister will close the debate on Wednesday, April 21.After the Budget Debate is completed, other members of the House of Representatives will make their presentations in the Sectoral Debate, which follows. RelatedState Opening of Parliament March 25 Advertisements RelatedState Opening of Parliament March 25center_img State Opening of Parliament March 25 ParliamentMarch 6, 2010 RelatedState Opening of Parliament March 25last_img read more

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Traditional stereotypes about masculinity may help explain support for Trump

first_imgTraditional stereotypes about masculinity may help explain support for Trump American politicians have long been expected to uphold a certain veneer: powerful, influential and never vulnerable. New Penn State research has found that these idealized forms of masculinity may also help explain support for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election and in the days leading up to the 2020 election.Across several studies, the researchers found that when men and women endorsed “hegemonic masculinity” – a culturally idealized form of masculinity that says men should be strong, tough, and dominant – they were more likely to vote for and have positive feelings about Trump.The researchers found this was true even when they controlled for political party, gender and how much the participants trusted the government.Nathaniel Schermerhorn, a dual doctoral candidate in psychology and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, said the findings – published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America – suggest that while American society seems to be ready for a female president, an active rejection of hegemonic masculinity may need to happen first.“The pervasiveness of hegemonic masculinity exists because we do not always know that our attitudes and behaviors are contributing to it,” Schermerhorn said. “The success of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign shows that even if we, as a society, have made progress in saying that discrimination and prejudice is undesirable, we have not, as a society, fully interrogated the systematic ways in which those prejudices are upheld.”Because American politics are largely dominated by men, the researchers said political campaigns often emphasize traditionally masculine characteristics to convince voters of a candidate’s competence and skill.“Historically, American politics have been a masculinity contest about proving which candidate is better,” Schermerhorn said. “Since the 1980s, the Republican party has used this to their rhetorical advantage by presenting the Republican candidate as masculine and feminizing the entire Democratic party, for example by calling them ‘snowflakes.’”Theresa Vescio, professor of psychology and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, said Trump’s 2016 campaign was no exception – he often criticized his opponent’s masculinity and displayed sexist attitudes toward Hilary Clinton while positioning himself as a tough, powerful and successful businessman.Vescio said that while this may resonate with voters who share similar ideals of masculinity, such attitudes may not actually be realistic.“In contemporary America, idealized forms of masculinity suggest that men should be high in power, status and dominance, while being physically, mentally and emotionally tough,” Vescio said. “But this is an incredibly high standard that few can achieve or maintain. Therefore, this is an idea that many men strive to achieve, but few men actually exhibit.”Vescio said that while Trump’s success with voters has been attributed to many different possible factors, she and the other researchers were specifically interested in to what extent hegemonic masculinity played a role with constituents.The researchers recruited a total of 2,007 participants for seven different studies. In the first six studies, participants answered questions about their endorsements of hegemonic masculinity, trust in the government, sexism, racism, homophobia and xenophobia. They also indicated their political affiliation, how they voted in the 2016 presidential election, and their evaluations of Trump and Clinton.In a seventh and final study, participants answered similar questions but also provided information about how they were going to vote in the 2020 presidential election, as well as their evaluations of Trump and Biden.After analyzing the data, the researchers found that across all studies, participants who endorsed hegemonic masculinity were more likely to vote for Trump and to evaluate him positively. This was true for women and men, white and non-white participants, Democrats and Republicans, and across level of education.“Additionally, we found that stronger endorsement of hegemonic masculinity was related to greater sexism, racism, homophobia, xenophobia, and Islamophobia,” Vescio said. “But, hegemonic masculinity continued to predict support for Trump even when controlling for these prejudices.”Schermerhorn said the results can help shine a light on how both men and women respond to masculine and feminine candidates. He said that because hegemonic masculinity is embedded in social and political institutions, people may internalize the status quo as beneficial, even when it isn’t.“While endorsing hegemonic masculinity predicted a higher likelihood of supporting Trump, it did not necessarily predict negative support for Democratic candidates,” he said. “This could suggest that hegemonic masculinity may actually be a predictor of maintaining the status quo and not the inverse – working against the status quo.” /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). 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Creating a common student-centered approach to teaching and learning

Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Sept. 3, 2019 Striving to become a student-centered campus is a primary motivation and central project of Academic Futures, as well as a key focus of Foundations of Excellence and the IDEA Plan. The project calls for a coordinated and collective effort in undergraduate teaching and learning, including developing a common learning experience, establishing a teaching and learning center, and taking a unified approach to advising. These important ideas are supported by the work of both Financial Futures and Strategic Facilities Visioning, and are tied to a host of other ongoing strategic projects CU Boulder.Later this month, the university will announce the structure of its Center for Teaching and Learning, which, under the direction of its new director, Kirk Ambrose, will be a combined resource for all who have a teaching role on campus – from tenured faculty to graduate students to adjunct instructors.The Center for Teaching and Learning will also be a hub for professional development on teaching and learning best practices for faculty and graduate students. The new center will build assessment capacity for faculty and departments, provide resources on inclusive pedagogy, and develop an education community of practice that allows best practices and innovative ideas to flow across the university.The Foundations of Excellence Advising Committee forwarded recommendations to the provost to improve the advising experience for CU Boulder students – projects that have been approved and funded.The Inclusion, Diversity and Excellence in Academics (IDEA) Plan, the campus’s blueprint for cultivating diversity, inclusion and equity and improving campus culture and climate, currently under review of campus leadership, will focus on a number of key provisions designed to improve the student experience in the classroom by creating an inclusive pedagogy community of practice for faculty facility via the Center for Teaching and Learning.Together, these initiatives work to focus faculty and staff efforts on reimaging and revitalizing the student experience and integrate the campus’s strategic imperatives—lead, innovate, impact—by improving the experience of CU people—students, faculty and staff—and the quality of CU programs, and the positive outcomes that occur from the symbiosis of both and that serve the public good.Categories:Academic FuturesFoundations of ExcellenceIDEA PlanStrategic InitiativesCampus Community read more

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PFI produces short film celebrating exemplary courage of women Corona Warriors

first_img Comments (0) Related Posts Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Share Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Add Comment WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals COVID-19 Updates News Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story By EH News Bureau on June 2, 2020 The film showcases ASHA, ANM workers as they go about their daily rounds in villages and small towns helping their communities in face of a global pandemic At the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic is the relentless effort of hundreds of frontline health workers. In rural India, this battle against the pandemic is being led by an army of women health workers – the Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) and Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANM) or frontline health workers. Population Foundation of India (PFI) works closely with these health workers at the grassroots level and has produced a short film celebrating their exemplary courage. The film showcases ASHA and ANM workers as they go about their daily rounds in villages and small towns helping their communities in the face of a global pandemic.The film, which is a little over a minute long, highlights the work health workers on the ground such as administering the polio vaccine, working with pregnant women, and educating people about social distancing and hygiene. ANMs and ASHAs are trained in basic healthcare and focus the core of their work in looking after the requirements of children, adolescents and women in their communities.  Much of their work also includes raising awareness and educating their communities on issues around family planning, vaccinations, maternal health, nutrition and child health.The last three months, under lockdown has been incredibly difficult for frontline workers. In parts of the country they have faced discrimination and even violence because of their work with COVID-19 patients.  Moreover,  with transport services restricted, accessibility to healthcare facilities has been a huge concern. But these health workers are trying their best to mitigate the crisis. “These women are warriors who have not just been performing their regular duties taken on additional responsibilities to raise awareness, conduct house to house surveys, monitor returning migrants and educate their communities on the precautions to take to curb the pandemic. To ensure they have the support they require to continue their work we should provide them with stable employment, training and social security benefits.  They must be empowered with tools for health education and communication for behaviour change. This film is a small gesture compared to their tremendous work on the ground,” added Poonam Muttreja, Executive Director, Population Foundation of India.You can watch the short film here: PFI produces short film celebrating exemplary courage of women Corona Warriors MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Accredited Social Health ActivistsAuxiliary Nurse MidwivesCOVID-19 pandemicfrontline health workersPopulation Foundation of Indiashort film Read Articlelast_img read more

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Measures Identified to address JUTC Debt

first_img By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporter RelatedMeasures Identified to address JUTC Debt FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Hon. Dr. Omar Davies, is expected to make an announcement soon as to how the government intends to clear some $11 billion in debt owed by the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC). Dr. Davies, who disclosed the extent of the debt on May 1, during the debate on a motion brought to the House by Opposition Spokesperson, Karl Samuda, said the public bus company will be unable to clear the debt by using hard cash. He said that “there has to be some creative arrangements” to deal with the sum, and while proposals are on the table, they will first have to be approved by Cabinet. “The reason why I cannot announce the solutions is that I will have to have formal endorsement from Cabinet (on) some of the measures which we are proposing. We are clear in our minds what is possible and what is not possible,” Dr. Davies said. According to the Minister, the debt includes $10 billion for statutory deductions and taxes, which have been drawn from the salaries of workers as well as the employer’s contribution that have not been paid over to the revenue authorities, and pension funds. The company owes $1 billion for accident claims. “Then, there are sums owed to creditors. The JUTC is what they would call an ‘equal opportunity debtor’; they owe everybody. They owe tyre suppliers, they owe Petrojam, they owe everybody,” he stated.  The Minister assured that the relevant state agencies such as the National Housing Trust (NHT) and National Insurance Scheme (NIS) will not deny benefit to an employee, but the arrears will have to be settled over a period of time. He noted however that he recently received a copy of a letter from the Chairman of the Pension Fund Management Committee “saying we have a finite time to make good or else you run the risk of undermining the viability of the Pension Fund”. Mr. Samuda, in his remarks, said the public transport sector is in “dire need of a major overhaul and a sense of direction that will restore reliability in terms of its ability to earn its way through its operations and not to rely on government support by way of a subsidy.’ He said that the total amount of subsidies over the past five years is $5.7 billion and the JUTC loses $2 million per day while in operation. He argued that the government will have to either grant a fare increase to the JUTC or continue to provide subsidy to the bus company. In his response, Dr. Davies, said it is important for the government to identify a feasible subsidy programme for the JUTC. “We believe it is possible to have quality service with a cap in terms of the level of subsidy, but we should not expect, neither in the near term or long-term, that the JUTC will be able to fully support its efforts. So, what we wish to do and what I’ll be proposing to the Minister of Finance and Planning, is to provide for us, on a reliable basis, this level of subsidy and we will sign a contract with the people to provide service of a given quality,” Dr. Davies said. The motion, which called on the Portfolio Minister to present to Parliament, a comprehensive policy/strategy, to bring financial viability and an early solution to these problems, was approved without amendments. RelatedMeasures Identified to address JUTC Debt Measures Identified to address JUTC Debt TransportMay 3, 2012 RelatedMeasures Identified to address JUTC Debt Advertisementslast_img read more

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