UK house prices: Surprise drop in house price growth sends annual rate to two-year low, according to Nationwide house price index

first_imgThursday 2 July 2015 2:30 am Catherine Neilan Tags: London house prices Nationwide UK house prices Share whatsapp Show Comments ▼center_img House price growth has dropped to a two-year low on the back of declines in June, according to Nationwide’s latest report.  Prices have dropped a surprise 0.2 per cent in June – halting increases in both May and April – causing the annual rate of increase to drop to just 3.3 per cent. One month earlier that figure stood at 4.6 per cent. At its peak in June last year, house prices were growing at 11.8 per cent.  Out of 13 regions in the UK, 11 experienced a slowdown in the annual rate – although most parts of the country, other than Wales and Scotland, are still in growth. Despite this, prices rose one per cent in the second quarter compared with the first three months of the year.  Robert Gardner, Nationwide’s chief economist, said: “House price growth continues to outpace earnings, but the gap is closing. “The slowdown in house price growth is not confined to, nor does it appear to be driven primarily by, developments in London. In quarter on quarter terms, London has continued to see price growth at or above the rate in the UK overall over the past three quarters, while the annual rate of price growth in the capital remains the second highest in the country.”  But Gardner noted that the gap between population growth and the rate of housebuilding could mean that “housing stock is likely to be used increasingly intensively until building activity catches up”.  “There are signs that this has been occurring, with the number of vacant properties trending down since 2008, though council tax changes in 2013 impacted reporting and probably overstate the decline in the last two years.” Howard Archer, chief European and UK economist for IHS, said: “While we are slightly surprised by June’s dip in house prices, it does not fundamentally change our view that house prices are likely to be firmer over the second half of the year amid improving activity. A current shortage of properties  on the market is also likely to provide support to house prices. “Consequently, we maintain the view that house prices will rise by six per cent over 2015. We currently see house prices rising by around five per cent in 2016.” whatsapp UK house prices: Surprise drop in house price growth sends annual rate to two-year low, according to Nationwide house price index last_img read more

Post-Unification, Development in North Korean Markets Possible Only After Independence

first_img tweet AvatarKim Yong Hun RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SHARE By Kim Yong Hun – 2007.07.20 6:08pm News News News Facebook Twittercenter_img There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News Post-Unification, Development in North Korean Markets Possible Only After Independence North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China [imText1]On the 19th, Ahn Byung Jik, Chairman for the New Right Foundation said, “Following unification, North Korea must pursue a path of reform and attempt to ensure that its markets become independent in order to induce rapid development.” At a seminar organized by the Network for North Korean Democracy and Human Rights for North Korea democracy activists and experts Mr. Ahn asserted, “Impulsive reform will not only create a estranged situation for the North Korean people in a new environment but further, South and North Koreans alike will experience economic stagnation as unification expenses reach an astronomical high.”Further Mr. Ahn said, “The merger of South and North Korea’s markets will cause friction and clashes between production and other labor issues such as wages. In the end, the market with labor forces and low productivity will experience economic stagnation and mass unemployment.”He added, “Costs and disturbances that will arise from immediate unification stems from the differences in everyday lifestyle by both citizens and their sudden integration and reciprocal difficulties” and maintained, “Even if North Korea does collapse, independent economic systems must be maintained.”Further, he said, “Not only are North Korean wages extremely low, but North Korea has sustained a planned economy and heterogenic lifestyle completely opposite to that of South Korean people” and urged, “Not only is it impossible for North Korean citizens to assimilate to South Korean lifestyle in a short period of time, it is extremely harsh to expect them to survive in one free market competition.” “As experienced by the German unification, rushed unification will only make North Koreans lose their home with a high possibility of them becoming slaves to South Korean people” he said and added, “At least for the protection of human rights and property rights of North Korean people, independent political economic systems must be upheld.”He said, “North Korean people may be discontent as gradual reform would mean retaining their backward society” yet claimed, “Assimilating gradually in a new environment while sustaining and improving the standard of living for North Korea is a wiser choice from the perspective of gradual reform.” North Korea must inevitably collapseFurther regarding the continuing starvation and prolonging foreign aid he asserted that the stage to reduce reproduction had been reached where reproduction could not simply be achieved which meant that collapse was inevitable. He said, “At present, there is little possibility of North Korea to regenerate with its own strength” and suggested, “North Korea’s only prospect of redevelopment is by enforcing reform through international aid, however, reform is inevitable that will be accompanied by regime change.” Further, he said, “The reason North Korea has been able to resist ruin is indebted to its one and only political ideological system and through the aid from China and South Korea” and prospected, “If sudden changes occur in this kind of political ideological system or international relations, it is only a matter of time before North Korea collapses.”As evidence to North Korea’s collapse, Mr. Ahn suggested several signs including ▲ collapse of a planned economy such as the termination of rations and starvation ▲ the loss of national supervisory systems for investigations on the use of national expenses, ▲ unstable population control resulting from a lack of daily needs ▲ immobilization of infrastructure such as ports, rails, electricity and ▲ low productivity and factory operations.He said, “North Korea is controlled by Kim Jong Il and a small number of military departments. Though there is a cabinet for form’s sake, in reality they are no different to puppet of Kim Jong Il” and stressed, “The financial system in North Korea and further the governmental system and the bureaucracy to support the nation collapsed completely.”last_img read more

True and Genuine Communication Needed in Social Partnership – Senator Williams

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedTrue and Genuine Communication Needed in Social Partnership – Senator Williams FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Senator the Hon. Arthur Williams, has emphasised that the social partnership required to achieve national transformation, will only be realised when there is “true and genuine” communication among stakeholders.Speaking at a conference for communication professionals in the public sector, held at the Office of the Prime Minister, on February 11, Senator Williams noted that “the relationships between the groups that are necessary for social partnership are strained and clouded by mistrust and cynicism.”However, he said much of this mistrust occurs because of an absence of effective communication among the various groups. He said the Government, Opposition, trade unions, private sector, civil society and academia must come to the table ready to listen, participate, and make sacrifices in the name of nation building.“We are all different in the way we perceive the world and how we perceive our respective interests. We operate under different policies and procedures and processes in our different working environment. With this realisation, I think we can fully appreciate the need to be open in sharing information,” he said.Managing Director of the RJR Communications Group and Chairman of the Media Association of Jamaica, Gary Allen (left), presents the main address at a conference for communication professionals in the public sector, put on by the National Transformation Programme, at the Office of the Prime Minister, on February 11. Looking on are Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Senator Arthur Williams (right) and National Director of the National Transformation Programme, Reverend Al Miller.He noted that this was sometimes not easy, especially as it relates to participation of the Opposition in establishing a social partnership. However, Senator Williams said efforts should be made for even limited participation of the Parliamentary Opposition in any social partnership aimed at national development.Meanwhile, Managing Director of the RJR Communications Group and Chairman of the Media Association of Jamaica, Gary Allen, also stressed the importance of effective communication from another angle, telling the communication practitioners how they could use communication as a tool to push the transformation message.Mr. Allen, who was guest speaker at the conference, emphasised that national transformation was not about cosmetic changes, but a complete about-face, and that their communication methods would have to reflect this.“Transformation is not a small incremental step from one place to the other. Transformation is not about changing the font that you use in the press releases or making the page look different. Transformation is not about just making sure that a line in the Minister’s speech is always there that says something about transforming something. Transformation is about doing some significant things that are noticeable and that have an impact that people can look at and recognise the change,” he explained.He is suggesting that efforts to get the transformation message to the public make use of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, Skype and Youtube.The one-day conference was put on by the National Transformation Programme under the theme: ‘Working Together Without Losing Mi Swagga!’ It focussed on how communication practitioners in the various Government departments can work together to push the process of national transformation, even as they maintain their individual identities and agendas. RelatedTrue and Genuine Communication Needed in Social Partnership – Senator Williamscenter_img RelatedTrue and Genuine Communication Needed in Social Partnership – Senator Williams True and Genuine Communication Needed in Social Partnership – Senator Williams Finance & Public ServiceFebruary 13, 2010last_img read more

New Family And Sports Facilities For Casey

first_imgNew Family And Sports Facilities For Casey VIC PremierNew and expanded facilities for families and sporting clubs in Casey are on the way thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund.Local Government Minister Shaun Leane has announced Casey City Council will receive $3.5 million towards three projects from the 2021 round of the Fund, which helps Melbourne’s rapidly developing interface and peri-urban councils deliver high-quality facilities for their communities.The three funded projects include:$2 million to redevelop the Pearcedale Recreation Reserve pavilion as a multipurpose facility for Australian rules, netball and cricket, as well as community events.$917,000 to expand and upgrade the Littlecroft Family and Community Centre in Narre Warren South, creating more space for kindergarten, maternal child health services and other community programs.$610,000 to upgrade the Woodbine Children’s Centre, refurbishing two kindergarten rooms, maternal child health and community rooms.The Growing Suburbs Fund has now invested more than $35.9 million towards 24 projects across Casey, including sports facilities in Cranbourne North and Clyde North that recently began construction.Since its establishment in 2015, the Growing Suburbs Fund has facilitated $913.2 million in local infrastructure, created more than 8,880 jobs and supported 253 projects across Melbourne’s fastest-growing areas.For more information on the Growing Suburbs Fund and other local government grants programs, visit stated by Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane“Every Growing Suburbs Fund project we support helps deliver vital facilities, creates jobs and makes a real difference for our fastest-growing communities.”“Whether it’s a new kindergarten or a sports pavilion, facilities like these help make sure everyone in greater Melbourne gets the chance to thrive.”Quote attributable Member for Cranbourne Pauline Richards“The Growing Suburbs Fund is all about helping communities grow and ensuring that people in areas like Casey have access to the services they need.”Quote attributable Member for Narre Warren South Gary Maas“The upgrade of the Littlecroft Family and Community Centre will ensure that families in Narre Warren South have access to kindergarten, maternal child and health and allied health services.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Andrews, AusPol, Australia, Australian, Casey City, Clyde, Clyde North, community, Government, grants program, health services, infrastructure, Local Government, Melbourne, Minister, Pearcedale, Victoria, Warrenlast_img read more

Ford recalls more than 56,000 trucks in Canada over fire risk

first_img See More Videos Trending in Canada COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2018 Ford F-250 Super Duty  Derek McNaughton / Driving PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. RELATED TAGSFordSuper DutyPickup TruckNon-LuxurySafety and MaintenanceMaintenanceNew VehiclesNon-Luxury Trending Videoscenter_img Dealers will correct the issue by adding a foil tape over the carpeting and insulation in the area that could ignite. Ford is recalling more than 56,000 Super Duty trucks in Canada because, in a collision, the seat belt pretensioners might spark and cause a fire, the automaker said mid-December.Some 56,112 examples of Super Duties built between October 2015 and October 2019 are affected in Canada, part of a total 547,538 trucks recalled across North America altogether.In some of these trucks, the front seat belt pretensioner could throw off “excessive sparks” during a collision, possibly igniting the vehicle’s carpeting or carpet insulation around the B-pillar. Ford has, in fact, already received one report of a post-collision interior fire happening in just this way. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever advertisement ‹ Previous Next › Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan”last_img read more

Entertaining, teaching and moving the spirit: A glance into the Early Music Ensemble

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: March 14, 2019 • By Corinne Baud The Early Music Ensemble rehearsing for the April 5 performance.“In the 17th and 18th century, music was understood as having three main functions: to entertain, to teach and to move the spirit,” says Professor of Harpsichord and Early Music Ensemble Director Robert Hill. Continuing this tradition, the Early Music Ensemble at the College of Music is centered around bringing the beauty of baroque music to students, faculty and audiences alike and showing its importance and relevance in music education. This will be on display at the upcoming concert on Friday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Grusin Music Hall.The few difference that set the ensemble apart from others is the musicians’ use of period bows with their modern instruments, as well as the technique in relation to the style of music they’re playing.“Most of the music that we’ve been diving into is a lot about sound production and creating resonance with the instrument,” says ensemble member and graduate student Lindsie Katz. “It’s different than modern instruments, where the focus is around creating a projection for large, modern concert halls.“Creating resonance and mimicking the music that was played back then requires us to move our instruments and bows differently, which isn’t what we’re used to but is a rewarding learning process,” says Katz.A learning process that requires openness to new and unexpected things, such as improvisation.“I love to experiment in an ensemble situation,” says Hill. “Early music is designed to do so. You can try out various theories of how the music functions through improvisation combined with the predictability of the pieces.”This mix of predictability and improvisation can be seen at the upcoming concert, as the ensemble performs works from both the 17th and 18th centuries. The instrumental Early Music ensemble will pair up with a vocal ensemble to perform 17th-century Italian pieces, while the second half features Johann Sebastian Bach’s Sonata in E minor for Flute and Basso Continuo, as well as Bach’s only cantata for obbligato harpsichord and solo voice, featuring bass vocalist Zachary Bryant.“As we started working, I realized each piece has different approaches in the physicality of the performance, which you only understand once you start to use the equipment,” says Katz. “It’s a whole-body experience, and when you really get it there’s a moment where it washes over you and it’s almost healing.”The passion for early music runs deep in all members of the ensemble, resonating within each of them in a unique way.“Pre-19th-century music has a depth and emotional spirit that I find utterly absorbing,” says Hill. “It makes me feel alive when I play the music, and really in touch with all parts of myself through this emotionally satisfying and intellectually challenging music.”Witness the fervor of the Early Music Ensemble at their concert on Friday, April 5, 7:30 p.m. in Grusin Music Hall. Find more information at read more

‘Down with Diversity’ virtual talk set for April 13

first_imgPlease NoteWilliam B. Allen’s lecture Down with Diversity on April 13, 2020 will now be held remotely at 7 p.m. MT (please note new time).You must register for this event via Eventbrite. After registration, but prior to the event, you will receive an email with information on how to access the lecture.About the LectureThe diversity regime has left higher education and much of the western world wandering in una selva oscura. Nor will we find our way clear of the self-seeding sprouts of identity politics until we renounce once and for all and intellectual indefensible and morally unsustainable commitment to diversity.  The Benson Center theme for the 2019-20 academic year is “American Identities.”  It is fair to say, however, that the theme says too much by saying too little.  That is, it announces an identity plurality without suggesting a foundation on which the plurality stands on anything more substantial than an “America” undefined. Thus, from e pluribus unum to ex unius plures has become a more likely prospect than any distinct national character. In this exploration we will weigh those prospects with an eye toward charting a path forward.About the SpeakerWilliam B. Allen is emeritus dean, James Madison College and emeritus professor of political philosophy at Michigan State University. Dr. Allen was the 2018-19 Benson Center Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy and is a Senior Scholar in Residence for 2019-20. He also served previously on the National Council for the Humanities and as Chairman and Member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He was previously the Ann & Herbert W. Vaughan Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program on American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University and Visiting Senior Scholar in the Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good at Villanova University. He is an expert on liberal arts education, its history, importance and problems. He is also Chairman and co-founder of Toward A Fair Michigan, whose mission was to further understanding of the equal opportunity issues involved in guaranteeing civil rights for all citizens, and to provide a civic forum for a fair and open exchange of views on the question of affirmative action.He has published extensively, most notably, George Washington: A Collection, George Washington: America’s First Progressive , The Personal and the Political: Three Fables by Montesquieu, Re-Thinking Uncle Tom: The Political Philosophy of H. B. Stowe, Habits of Mind: Fostering Access and Excellence in Higher Education (with Carol M. Allen), The Essential Antifederalist (with Gordon Lloyd, ) and The Federalist Papers: A Commentary. He served previously on the National Council for the Humanities and as Chairman and Member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. About the SeriesDr. Allen is the organizer (with Colleen Sheehan) and concluding speaker in the Benson Center’s 2019-20 American National Character lecture series. The Benson Center promotes critical reflection on the distinctive traditions and political perspectives that characterize Western civilization. It encourages residents of Colorado and the United States to more fully understand and appreciate their past, their future and a free and creative American society within an international environment.Conservative Thought and Policy Guest Speakers bring a unique perspective as guests of the Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy program. This year’s American National Character series expands on the Benson Center’s 2019-20 theme, American Identities.The Founding generation recognized the importance of cultivating a national character, by which they meant the formation of “a people” dedicated to the principles of the American Revolution and the great experiment in self-government. Today, Americans are fragmented, disunited and unclear about what, if anything, they hold in common. The American National Character Project seeks to explore and identify principles and purposes that Americans do or might in the future share, and to discover how to provide a way forward for republican self-governance in America.Tags:archive19-20 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Leaders Pay Glowing Tribute to Noel Hylton

first_imgRelatedNew Director General for Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority Photo: JIS PhotographerFormer Prime Minister, the Most Hon. P.J. Patterson (right); greets retired Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ), Noel Hylton (second left); upon his arrival at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston on Thursday (October 31) for a dinner hosted in Mr. Hylton’s honour. Others from left are: Minister with responsibility for Housing, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy; Member of Parliament for Central Clarendon; Member of Parliament, Michael Henry; and former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga (in background). RelatedStudy Recommends Plan to Improve Management of Portland Bight Protected Area Leaders Pay Glowing Tribute to Noel HyltonJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Rousing speeches and soothing entertainment filled the air as some of the country’s most influential individuals bade farewell to retiring Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ), Noel ‘Tony’ Hylton, at a reception held at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston on Thursday, October 31.Being the head of the nation’s port facilities and shipping industry is no easy feat, but based on the glowing tributes that flowed, Mr. Hylton steered the ship at the PAJ, effortlessly and superbly.Born in 1931 and an accountant by profession, Mr. Hylton was acknowledged for his considerable achievements in the public and private sectors which span more than 40 years.He joined the public sector in 1975 as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the PAJ, and has been influential in the development of the modern container terminal at the Port of Kingston, as well as the development of Jamaica’s first export free zone.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, headed the list of dignitaries at the function which also included former Prime Ministers, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga; the Most Hon. P.J Patterson; and the Hon. Bruce Golding. The event was hosted by the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing which has portfolio responsibility for the PAJ.Reflecting on the extraordinary contribution of Mr. Hylton to the public service, the Prime Minister, in her tribute, said he has left a stellar record of service, commitment, dedication, passion and achievement.“He stamped his indelible mark on the PAJ, and has chalked up an impressive and enviable record of public service, a testimony to his quest for excellence… He has served with equal distinction under no fewer than six Prime Ministers, spanning both political administrations,” Mrs. Simpson Miller noted.Reading an abridged version of a citation, Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, said during the tenure of Mr. Hylton, he fostered the evolution of the country’s vital port infrastructure and is responsible for moving the port into the 21st century.“His astute appreciation for the intricacies of international shipping resulted in some 20 major shipping lines including ZIM, Evergreen, Mersck, MCS, CMA-CGM and Seaboard accessing the facilities of the Kingston Container Terminal,” Dr. Davies said.“A dynamic, yet quiet and unassuming individual, the expertise of this man for all seasons was sought by successive Governments and major private sector entities,” the Minster continued, adding that the savvy Jamaican has contributed to the lives of many.In his comments, Mr. Hylton’s newly appointed successor at the PAJ, Professor Gordon Shirley, noted that he was “a very calming influence” in one of the most turbulent areas of our society down at the port in the 1970s.“It is there that he met Hugh Shearer, Michael Manley, Reg Ennis and made good friends of them. He learnt a lot from them but he also was able to take the lessons that he had gained from his exposure abroad and his understanding of the importance of being able to walk among kings and retain the common touch, to work with those persons he had to negotiate, but also to stand for the small man,” Professor Shirley said.Describing Mr. Hylton as a visionary, he noted that during his tenure there were no major industrial conflict, “in fact he has won the loyalty of a vast number of persons who have worked in that industry.”“He took the shipping industry in Jamaica from those finger piers… and converted it into one of the most modern transhipment terminals anywhere in the Caribbean. He led the process by which a labour intensive process was not just transformed and mechanized, but using the most modern technologies. It is under his watch that the Port of Kingston has become the most important port in the Caribbean,” he praised.Professor Shirley also noted that Mr. Hylton played a seminal role in the development of the Falmouth Pier, the ports in Ocho Rios and Montego Bay and the cruise shipping industry.Opposition Spokesperson on Transports, Karl Samuda, who represented the Leader of the Opposition, said Mr. Hylton “distinguished himself in no uncertain way,” through his commitment to his work and the development of the areas in which he worked.“Tony has represented Jamaica throughout the world, he has met with Heads of Government and Corporations…and he did it with great distinction and a sense of panache. It could never be said of Tony Hylton that he was a man to be taken for granted or that you would not immediately recognise that he carried with him a sense of dignity and class in the execution of his tasks,” he reminisced.Mr. Samuda suggested that even though Mr. Hylton is retiring from his current post, he still has a lot in which he can contribute to the continued development of the country and the logistics hub initiative.“Now that we are embarking on perhaps one of our most exciting opportunities, it is my humble opinion that a man of this vast experience, working together with Professor Gordon Shirley at the helm, will make a tremendous partnership in leading the way to succeeding in this venture,” he said.In his response, Mr. Hylton expressed gratitude for the recognition of his stewardship of the organisation. He noted that he was always motivated throughout his tenure by a desire to serve his country.“My contribution is to my country. I have had several offers… but I never considered private sector…I wanted to serve my country, and to serve it to the best of my ability. And I thank God tonight that I believe I have done so, and I will continue to do so with the help and guidance of all the people I admire,” Mr. Hylton said.Other guests at the function included: Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips; Minister with responsibility for Housing, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy; Opposition Members of Parliament, Michael Henry and Edmund Bartlett; and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Audrey Sewell, among others.During his years of service, Mr. Hylton received many awards. He was made a member of the Order of Distinction (Commander Class) for service to the shipping industry in 1979, before he received the nation’s fourth highest honour – membership in the Order of Jamaica.Over the course of his life he has also served as a Past Chairman of the Police Services Commission; member of the Royal Commission of Enquiry in the Fiji Islands in 1970; and  General Manager of the Shipping Association of Jamaica between 1970 and 1981, while he was Chairman and CEO of the Port Authority. He was also appointed President and Managing Director of Air Jamaica for two years in 2004. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail center_img Story HighlightsMr. Hylton was acknowledged for his considerable achievements in the public and private sectors.He joined the public sector in 1975 as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the PAJ.Mr. Hylton’s newly appointed successor at the PAJ, Professor Gordon Shirley, noted that he was “a very calming influence”. RelatedPrime Minister Lauds Contribution of Retired President of Port Authority Leaders Pay Glowing Tribute to Noel Hylton TransportNovember 4, 2013Written by: Chris Patterson Advertisementslast_img read more

Huawei launches flagship 4G phone; global branding campaign

first_img Author Previous ArticleSamsung unveils latest Galaxy NoteNext ArticleFirefox OS wins major operator backing Read more Chinese giant Huawei took the wraps off a new high-spec Android smartphone in Barcelona yesterday, touting the new Ascend P2 as the “fastest smartphone ever.”The device is a successor to the Ascend P1 that was launched at CES last year. It boasts a 4.7-inch display, 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and runs the latest Android 4.1 ‘Jelly Bean’ software.  It has 13-megapixel and 1.3-megapixel cameras back and front respectively. It will launch worldwide in Q2Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business unit, told reporters that the P2’s category 4 LTE radio was able to support download speeds of 150Mb/s, claiming this made it considerably faster than rival devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Apple iPhone.According to recent figures from Gartner, Huawei is now the world’s third-largest smartphone maker behind Samsung and Apple.Yu said that in 2012, out of 52 million handsets shipped by Huawei, 32 million were smartphones, representing a 60 per cent year-on-year increase. Annual sales at the unit were up 10 per cent to $7.5 billion.Huawei is also using Congress this year to launch a global brand campaign based on its new ‘Make it possible’ slogan.The firm’s branding director Amy Lou described the new concept as the start of a push to establish Huawei as “a great consumer brand” and a “visionary challenger.”“It has not been an easy shift from an OEM to our own branded phones; from the low-end to the high-end,” she admitted. The goal is to make Huwaei one of the world’s top 100 most recognisable brands in “the coming years.”The campaign will be rolled-out in selected markets around the world throughout the year, and will feature “retail experiences, online activities, and media engagement.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 24 FEB 2013 Matt Ablott HomeDevicesNews Huawei launches flagship 4G phone; global branding campaignlast_img read more

Major Drive

first_imgIf her shoes weren’t tied tightly, Lexi Thompson might come out of them making that powerful swing of hers. It’s a signature move, that tippy-toe finish, where all the torque she creates fuels her feet’s liftoff at impact, like a rocket leaving Cape Canaveral. “I get a little airborne,” Thompson says. At 6 feet tall, with her wide arc and a full-shoulder turn that reaches past parallel, the 19-year-old unleashes tremendous club-head speed. She put it all on display winning the Kraft Nabisco Championship, where she pounded her driver with impunity, hitting it just about every chance she got on the way to her first major championship title. “She hit the ball so well, it was unreal,” says Jim McLean, Thompson’s swing coach. The LPGA is back in action this week at the Lotte Championship in Hawaii, but Thompson will be taking the week off as she remains aglow in the aftermath of her breakthrough major. She plays a lot of events, and there’s a run of regular events now leading into a super-heated summer of more majors. Notably, Thompson is part of a bigger story in the game this spring. With Bubba Watson winning the Masters bombing big drives a week after Thompson did the same thing winning Kraft, the start of the year’s majors feels as if it’s all about the long ball. The biggest hitters in the men’s and women’s games claimed the year’s first majors. Thompson leads the LPGA in driving distance, averaging 274.6 yards per drive. Watson leads the PGA Tour in driving distance, averaging 315.4 yards per drive. It’s funny, but they share a lot in common in all the power they generate. Nobody taught them how to hit it long. Well, nobody beyond their fathers, who never considered themselves “swing coaches” in any formal sense. Thompson and Watson both grew up without coaches. After putting a golf club in his son’s hands for the first time, Gerry Watson offered Bubba some simple advice. “My dad told me to hit it as hard as I can, and then we’ll figure out the rest,” Bubba once said. Watson, 35, is a marvel of the modern swing. He hits shots the way Johnny Coltrane blew improvisational genius through his saxophone. He takes pride in the fact he honed his swing all on his own. “I’ve never had a swing coach, never had a lesson,” Watson said. “So, it’s all slap cuts, I guess you could say, with my driver.” Like Watson, Thompson got her start with her father, Scott, giving her the basics and then giving her the freedom to allow her natural gifts to flow through them. Scott didn’t have to tell his daughter to hit the ball hard. He sent her out on the course with her older brothers, Nicholas and Curtis. She learned to hit it hard watching them, swinging like them. Nicholas is one of the best drivers in professional golf. He was 13th in total driving on the PGA Tour last year. He was first in total driving on the Tour the year before that. He was third on the PGA Tour in total driving in ’08. Curtis, who plays at LSU, is the longest hitter in the family. Thompson and Watson aren’t just long. They can be uncannily accurate, given how far they hit it. When Watson won the Northern Trust Open at Riviera, he led the field in driving distance while finishing eighth in driving accuracy. Rolex world No. 3 Stacy Lewis says Thompson is “hands down” the best ball striker in the women’s game. Thompson and Watson share something else in common. Their footwork isn’t classic sheet music for the golf swing. Watson’s alignment mechanism is a golf mystery. It’s like he is the only one who knows true north in his setup. His feet shift and shuffle like Fred Astaire’s, but there’s no denying the athleticism in his move. Thompson’s footwork is distinctly her own, also. While she grew up without a coach, she has one now. She has worked with McLean for the last five years. “We did a lot of work on her short game, her wedges, and we look at her swing plane, but we’ve mainly tried to keep the swing that she brought to us,” McLean said. “Her footwork, the way she pulls up off the ground, that was something her father, Scott, asked about when we started working together. I said ‘We’re keeping that.’ It’s something she’s done since she was a little girl in trying to it hit it as far as she can. I like that move, and it’s not something I was going to train her out of.” McLean, who has one of the greatest video libraries of golf swings in the game, says Thompson’s liftoff at impact isn’t as uncommon as people think among gifted drivers of the golf ball. He says there’s some liftoff in Louis Oosthuizen’s swing, in Patrick Reed’s and in a young Davis Love III’s swing. Of course, Laura Davies features the most pronounced liftoff in the women’s game. And while Greg Norman didn’t have that same move, he had his own unique footwork, an unconventional slide that helped make him one of the great drivers of all time. “I’m biased, but when Lexi is hitting it good, nobody hits it better in the women’s game,” McLean said.last_img read more