With tweaks, Alaska Supreme Court rules Yes for Salmon can go on ballot

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | Economy | Energy & Mining | Environment | Fisheries | State GovernmentWith tweaks, Alaska Supreme Court rules Yes for Salmon can go on ballotAugust 8, 2018 by Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk Share:It’s official — Yes for Salmon will be on the Nov. ballot. (Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)The Yes for Salmon initiative — or at least most of it — will be on the November ballot.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2018/08/SALMONBALLOT.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The Alaska Supreme Court today ruled that only certain provisions of the controversial ballot initiative are unconstitutional. Whether the rest becomes state law will be up to Alaska voters.The decision guarantees a big fight ahead. The initiative is aimed at putting in place a much tougher permitting regime for projects built in salmon habitat, and is fiercely opposed by a coalition of mining and oil companies, Alaska Native corporations and other groups.The court ruled that only two of the initiative’s provisions are unconstitutional because they explicitly bar the state from giving some projects a permit, in specific situations. That goes against a section of Alaska’s Constitution, which states that ballot initiatives can’t prioritize one state resource — here, certain fish species — over others, like mines and oil developments.So the Alaska Supreme Court is ordering that those two provisions must be cut out. But the court says the rest of the Yes for Salmon initiative is good to go.Stand for Salmon director Ryan Schryver, who is organizing the campaign in support of the initiative,  said he’s satisfied with the outcome.“We’re a little bit bummed that the Supreme Court removed a couple of provisions of the initiative. But they have left intact the heart and soul of what we were trying to do,” Schryver said.Lawyers for the state, who challenged the initiative in court, are also counting the outcome as a win. That’s because they weren’t arguing whether Yes for Salmon is good policy or not — they just said it violated a specific part of the Alaska constitution. Now that the Supreme Court took out the unconstitutional provisions, the state’s narrow legal challenge ends.“Our role as the attorneys for the Division of Elections and the Lieutenant Governor’s office is to ensure that no measure that violates article 11, section 7 [of the Alaska constitution] reaches the ballot. And so we succeeded in upholding that mission today,” said Elizabeth Bakalar, an assistant attorney general for the state who helped argue the case.Yes for Salmon’s opponents said the decision doesn’t change how they feel about the initiative.“The ballot measure still is just as concerning to our group and our 400-plus coalition members as it was yesterday,” said Kati Capozzi, the campaign manager for Stand for Alaska, a group formed to fight the initiative.Stand for Alaska is backed by the state’s biggest oil, gas and mining companies, like BP, ConocoPhillips, the Pebble Limited Partnership and Donlin Gold, as well as Alaska Native corporations, trade unions and other groups. Capozzi argued even in its altered form, Yes for Salmon will still have wide-reaching impacts on resource development in Alaska.“We plan to march forward, we plan to still continue informing Alaskans on the negative impacts this ballot measure will have on their lives,” Capozzi said.Stand for Alaska will march forward with a lot of money behind it — recent filings with the state show the group has raised more than $9 million over the entire campaign, including staff time. Yes for Salmon reports raising significantly less — just under $1 million, also including staff time. Share this story:last_img read more

Apprentices to get 20 per cent pay rise but George Osborne misses minimum wage goal

first_img whatsapp Share Apprentices to get 20 per cent pay rise but George Osborne misses minimum wage goal Tags: employment and wages General Election 2015 George Osborne People UK jobs whatsapp Express KCS Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.com Apprentices will get a 20 per cent pay rise this October, after business secretary Vince Cable won his battle to overrule the Low Pay Commission’s (LPC) recommendation of a 2.6 per cent rise in the minimum wage.By contrast, chancellor George Osborne has failed to meet his aspiration to hike the headline minimum wage to £7 per hour. Instead, it will rise by three per cent as recom­mended by the LPC, up 20p to £6.70.The announcement will be made today by Prime Minister David Cam­eron and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg. It is likely to be one of the last joint appearances the pair will make before the General Election.“At the heart of our long-term economic plan for Britain is a simple idea – that those who put in, should get out; that hard work is really rewarded; that the benefits of recovery are truly national,” Cameron will say.And Clegg will argue this shows the government stands for aspiration. “This is just one of the many ways in which we’ve created a fairer society while building a stronger economy. If you work hard, this government is behind you all the way,” he will say.Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna said the headline rate should be hiked to be £8 an hour. “This 20p rise falls far short of the £7 minimum wage which George Osborne promised over a year ago,” Umunna said. “Ministers have misled working families who have been left worse off.”However, some employers feel the decision to plump for a higher figure for apprentices might worsen their placement prospects. “The Commis­sion struck a careful balance, helping many low-paid workers without damaging their job prospects,” said Confederation of British Industry boss John Cridland. “It’s disappointing that the government has rejected the LPC’s recommendation.”And Sam Bowman from the Adam Smith Institute said it could do long- term harm to would-be apprentices. “Raising the minimum wage usually hurts people’s job prospects because it makes them costlier to employ,” he said. “The apprentice National Mini­mum Wage is very low to reflect that training apprentices is costly to employers.” Monday 16 March 2015 9:42 pmlast_img read more

The Week That Was: The Top 10 stories of the past seven days

first_img GAA WhatsApp 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin The Week That Was: The Top 10 stories of the past seven days Twitter Previous articleByrne, Burke and Blaney lead Portlaoise Panthers to U-18 Women’s National Cup finalNext articleLaois lads to the fore as IT Carlow make winning Fitzgibbon Cup start LaoisToday Reporter A lovely gesture.4 – New Laois hurling team for 2020 as neighbouring clubs vote to amalgamate fullyTo go ahead it needed 66% majority in both clubs.5 – Department of Justice says video of asylum seekers in cramped conditions in Laois ‘appears to be stagedA video, purporting to be from inside the East End Hotel in Portarlington, surfaced online on Friday evening.6 – WATCH: Question about Laois comes up on popular quiz showWhat are the odds??7 – Well-known Laois man wins big at Dublin poker tournamentWell done John!8 – Huge boost for Laois footballers as Portlaoise quartet return to the foldPortlaoise quartet Graham Brody, Cahir Healy, Kieran Lillis and Benny Carroll were back in training this week.9 – €2,050,560 secured for ‘The Cube’ In PortlaoisePortlaoise Town has been designated as Ireland’s first ‘Low Carbon Town’.10 – BREAKING: Laois Camogie pull out of 2020 competitions due to ‘unavailability of players’They are in talks with the Camogie Association to try resolve the issue.SEE ALSO – Historic Scoil Chríost Rí All Ireland football champions to be honoured in Civic Reception 1 – Laois priest launches blistering attack against planned RIC eventFr Paddy has his say on plans to stage an event commemorating the RIC.2 – 20 Laois people to watch out for in 2020We named all those you need to watch out for this year from Make-up artists to influencers and more.3 – Kind-hearted Laois mam gifts over €300k Lotto win to daughter to build her future Pinterest Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Home We Are Laois The Week That Was: The Top 10 stories of the past seven… We Are Laoiscenter_img TAGSThe Week that Was WhatsApp GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Twitter News By LaoisToday Reporter – 12th January 2020 Facebook Facebook Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair rolelast_img read more

OSC bans man for “predatory” behavior

Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Compensation funds available for Phoenix group victims According to the decision released Monday, OSC staff sought a $150,000 fine and $486,000 in disgorgement from Ahluwalia, along with trading, registration, and director & officer bans. It did not seek costs, noting that he co-operated with the regulator and avoided a costly hearing. Nevertheless, OSC staff said, “The respondent’s behaviour was predatory in the sense that he purchased the Electrolinks shares for one cent and then sold them to investors at 65 to 85 times that amount, and kept more than half of the proceeds. No disclosure was made to investors. The investors were told that Electrolinks would go public and that investors could expect a substantial return. Both of those statements were made solely to entice investors to purchase Electrolinks shares… this is the very type of behaviour that the commission seeks to eliminate from the capital markets.” The decision indicates that Ahluwalia argues that the proposed sanctions are too severe and will cause him financial hardship, but that he did not suggest alternative sanctions. The OSC sided with staff, ruling, ” In my view, the respondent’s behaviour was predatory; he obtained a large amount of money from investors based on misleading statements to them. In doing so, he breached key provisions of the Act. That is unacceptable conduct.” IIROC reaches settlement with three former All Group reps serezniy/123RF Related news Former Alberta planner fined, banned for illegal distribution scheme The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) has ordered almost $500,000 in disgorgement, a $150,000 fine, and a permanent ban against a man who admitted trading without registration. The OSC handed down sanctions against Mohinder Ahluwalia, who, based on an agreed statement of facts, admitted that he contravened Ontario securities law by trading without registration and selling shares in a firm (Electrolinks Corp.) that constituted a distribution without a prospectus or an exemption. BCSC sanctions founders, companies in failed insurance venture James Langton Keywords Illegal distributionsCompanies Ontario Securities Commission Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

OSC calls for applications to Investor Advisor Panel

first_img James Langton Retail trading surge on regulators’ radar, Vingoe says The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) is seeking applications for new members to sit on its Investor Advisory Panel (IAP), the commission announced Wednesday.The independent panel provides a retail investor perspective on the policy and rule-making initiatives of the OSC. Among other things, the IAP has advocated for a best interest standard, reforms to industry compensation structures and improvements to dispute resolution mechanisms. OSC finalizes DSC ban Related news meeting room interior with table, raw of chairs and block-notes,decorated in black and white tones portokalis/123RF “The IAP is an important voice for investors in the regulatory process, and new members will be selected to ensure that the panel continues to represent a broad range of relevant experience, skills, knowledge and perspectives,” the OSC says in news release..Neil Gross, a veteran securities lawyer and former head of the Canadian Foundation for Advancement of Investor Rights, was recently named IAP chairman.Also readBig changes to OSC’s independent Investor Advisory PanelThe new members will be appointed to the committee by Maureen Jensen, OSC chairwoman, based on the advice of a selection committee comprised of two OSC commissioners and a vice chairperson. Members are appointed for terms of up to two years.Applications are due Oct. 26. Keywords Investor protectionCompanies Ontario Securities Commission NASAA approves model act for establishing restitution funds Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

CRA provides clarity on the tax on split income

first_imgtax calculator with red button razihusin/123RF Michelle Schriver Time for tax-loss selling Keywords Income splitting,  Tax planning Related news The annual CRA roundtable featured manager Steve Fron and industry sector specialist Marina Panourgias from the Trust Section II, Income Tax Rulings Directorate. Asking the questions were perennial panellists Michael Cadesky of Cadesky Tax and Kim Moody of Moodys Gartner Tax Law.At the event, Fron stressed that his and Panourgias’s comments were conversational, and full written responses would be submitted to STEP Canada later this year. Both CRA reps stressed that each case is fact-dependent.Under the expanded rules, TOSI may apply when a client receives dividends or interest, or realizes a capital gain, from a private corporation, and a family member is actively engaged in the corporation’s business or holds at least 10% of its value. A typical situation involves a business owner aiming to split income by paying dividends to family-member shareholders.Read: Income splitting in the age of TOSIHere’s what the CRA had to say about TOSI exclusions in certain client situations.Meeting the labour test where a business runs on less than 20 hours per week of labourThe rules say TOSI can be avoided where a business owner’s spouse or children (age 18 or older) are actively engaged in the business on a “regular, continuous and substantial basis,” with an average of 20 hours per week considered the threshold. This labour requirement is known as the excluded business exemption.The CRA confirmed that a business that requires fewer than 20 hours of labour per week can still avoid TOSI. The example given at the roundtable was a business owned by a husband and wife that requires only 10 hours of work per week, with each spouse contributing five hours.The possibility exists for both spouses to be considered actively engaged in the business even though the bright-line test isn’t met, Fron said. To make the determination for any particular year or subsequent year, “consideration has to be given to the ongoing nature and labour requirements of the corporation’s business,” he said.Additional CRA comments accompany a similar situation described on the CRA’s website (Example 9).Fron also said that assessing a family member’s labour contributions ultimately depends on circumstances, including “the nature of the individual’s involvement in the business — so, the work and energy that the individual devotes to the business — and the nature of the business itself. The more an individual’s involved in the management and/or current activities of the business, the more likely that the individual will be considered to participate in the business.”Meeting the labour test to avoid TOSI on dividendsThe next example provided by STEP Canada was a professional corporation where the business owner owns all the voting common shares and the spouse owns non-voting preferred shares. The spouse works in the corporation as a receptionist for at least 20 hours per week and receives dividends of $150,000 annually. A receptionist working similar hours would be paid an annual salary of $18,000, STEP Canada said. The society sought confirmation that the dividend income wouldn’t be subject to TOSI, because the corporation met the labour test.Confirmation was received: Panourgias said the bright-line test was met, so the dividend would be TOSI-exempt.Exclusion for a spouse age 65+ or deceased, and share ownership structureThe rules say TOSI doesn’t apply to split income received if your spouse (or common-law partner) is age 65 or older, or is deceased, and the amounts would be excluded from TOSI for your spouse under these same rules. (These requirements are from the deeming rule in 120.4 1.1(c) of the Income Tax Act.)STEP Canada looked for confirmation of this TOSI exemption where the spouse age 65 or deceased qualifies for the excluded shares exemption because they hold company shares personally, while the other or surviving spouse holds the company shares indirectly through a trust. (Note that there are other requirements to qualify for the excluded shares exemption, but key for this discussion is the requirement of holding shares personally.)Generally, the exemption holds, Panourgias said, assuming the corporation has a basic and common share ownership structure.In the case of more complex structures, “it’s not clear whether the same approach would be applicable, so taxpayers should consider seeking confirmation of whether this general approach would apply to their specific fact situation,” she said.She added a warning: “Where artificial transactions are undertaken to achieve a similar but inappropriate result, the GAAR [general anti-avoidance rule] could be applicable.”Tracing ownership and attributes of shares after deathNext, consider a business owner who operates a services business. The owner and spouse own all the shares, and only the owner is actively engaged in the business. When the business owner dies, their company shares are gifted through their will to the spouse. The deeming rule provides that subsequent distributions from the corporation to the spouse wouldn’t be considered split income. The business would be deemed an excluded business in respect of the spouse, who would be deemed to be active in the business.STEP Canada’s question was whether the shares would also be TOSI-exempt when the spouse dies and the shares are gifted to the children. Panourgias said they would be, with the children also deemed actively engaged in the business.More generally, she said, “It is the CRA’s view that the effect of a previous application of the deeming rule in 120.4 1.1(b)(ii) could extend to a subsequent acquisition of property as a consequence of the death of another individual.” The section of the act she referenced refers to excluded businesses.A related question was what happens where the business owner and spouse have each bequeathed one-half of their shares to each of two children, and the spouse dies first. Recall that only the business owner is active in the business.The CRA responded that, while the shares that the children inherit from the spouse would be subject to TOSI, once the business owner dies, all the inherited shares would be exempt, starting in the tax year that the children inherit the business owner’s shares.After the business owner’s death, “the deeming rule would apply such that each of the children would be deemed to be actively engaged in the business of [the operating company] throughout five previous tax years,” Panourgias said. “The result is that any income from [the operating company] that would otherwise be subject to tax on split income would be an excluded amount.”Cadesky described the CRA’s response to the related question as “interesting” and “somewhat generous.”Split income and preferred beneficiary electionsSTEP Canada also sought confirmation concerning TOSI and the preferred beneficiary election.This election allows a trust to allocate trust income to a preferred beneficiary, whereupon the trust can take a deduction and the amount is included in the preferred beneficiary’s income. The CRA confirmed that these amounts included in a beneficiary’s income aren’t split income.That said, Panourgias noted that the definition of split income includes taxable dividends received in respect of corporate shares other than shares of a class listed on a designated stock exchange or shares of a mutual fund corporation. If such income allocated to a preferred beneficiary is also subject to a Subsection 104(19) designation, the amount designated is generally deemed a taxable dividend received by the preferred beneficiary and included in split income, she said, unless one of the TOSI exceptions applies.Caution on avoiding passive income rulesThe roundtable wouldn’t have been complete without a question on the new rules for passive investment income.Effective for 2019 based on the previous year’s adjusted aggregate investment income, or AAII, the new rules call for a private corporation’s small business deduction to be reduced by $5 for every $1 of investment income above $50,000, and reduced to zero at $150,000 of investment income.STEP Canada provided the example of a corporation (opco) owned by five other corporations (holdcos); the corporations are all related but not associated. Opco has a history of paying dividends equal to its annual income, with the holdcos building up large amounts of investment funds as a result. STEP asked if the anti-avoidance rule (Subsection 125 (5.2)) would apply if the opco continued this practice.Fron said the rule might apply if it can be “reasonably considered” that one of the reasons for paying the dividends was to reduce opco’s AAII. The same would be true where transfers are made via trusts, he said.The rule will be considered on a case-by-case basis, he said, and “caution here is warranted.” Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Ontario moves to shut down insurance side account loophole 2021 TFSA limit announced New tax rules are often accompanied by uncertainty until they’ve been tested, and the expanded rules for tax on split income (TOSI), effective for 2018, are no exception.To provide clarity on TOSI and other tax topics, the CRA answered questions posed by members of the Canadian branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP Canada) at the society’s national conference in Toronto on June 6 and 7. Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Jamaica Could Switch from Plastic Bags Soon

first_imgRelatedJamaica Could Switch from Plastic Bags Soon FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Like some other countries in the world, Jamaica will soon be switching from the use of plastic bags to more environmentally-friendly biodegradable bags.Bangladesh, China, and Ireland have reduced plastic bag consumption by 90 per cent, while Israel, Canada, Western India, Botswana, Kenya, South Africa, Taiwan, and Singapore have banned or are moving towards banning the plastic bag.Executive Director of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Joan Gordon-Webley, spoke of the Government’s intention, while speaking at the Regional Clean Schools’ Awards Competition and Waste to Art Expo, held on Friday, June 6 at the Mandeville Hotel, Manchester.The competition was organised by the NSWMA and SPM Waste Management Limited under the theme: ‘Maintaining a Clean Environment for the Preservation of Life’. It is an annual event geared towards teaching children to take pride in their environment and, through reuse and recycling, reduce the amount of waste they generate.Mrs. Gordon-Webley said that as part of the NSWMA’s own efforts, “the NSWMA is moving ahead, and as part of taking care of the environment, we are now moving out of the use of the ordinary plastic bags towards bio-degradable bags, and very shortly, we shall be bringing those on the market,” she said.She said that some of the challenges facing the world and Jamaica were as a result of the abuse of the environment. She cited the recent flooding in Ocho Rios, which, she said, was as a result of the burning and cutting of trees on the hillsides and not re-planting them. “If we are not very careful, the hillside is going to consume us,” she added. The Executive Director congratulated the 400 schools which participated in this year’s competition, pointing out that some schools in some regions did very well, but also noted the lack of involvement of schools in some regions.Mrs. Gordon-Webley said that next year’s competition would be bigger and better, and that the NSWMA would be going to schools and communities to speak about the environment.“It is not good only to speak about it. We have to do it. Our children are going to do things, based on the example we set,” she said. Advertisements RelatedJamaica Could Switch from Plastic Bags Sooncenter_img RelatedJamaica Could Switch from Plastic Bags Soon Jamaica Could Switch from Plastic Bags Soon UncategorizedJune 10, 2008last_img read more

Cabinet Approves Three-Man Commission to Enquire into Financial Meltdown of the 1990s

first_imgCabinet Approves Three-Man Commission to Enquire into Financial Meltdown of the 1990s UncategorizedOctober 16, 2008 RelatedCabinet Approves Three-Man Commission to Enquire into Financial Meltdown of the 1990s FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Cabinet has approved the appointment of a three-man Commission, to enquire into the collapse of several financial institutions during the 1990s, and the subsequent creation of the Financial Sector Adjustment Company (FINSAC), Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Senator Dwight Nelson, has announced.Speaking at today’s (Oct. 15) post-Cabinet media briefing at Jamaica House, Senator Nelson said that consensus was reached to appoint retired Supreme Court Judge, Justice Boyd Carey; accountant, Dale Blair; and investment manager, Charles Ross, as the persons who will comprise the Commission.Senator Nelson said their appointment is to be formalised by the Governor-General on a date to be announced.The Minister informed journalists that the Commission’s terms of reference are “very wide” and include, among other things, a review of FINSAC, in relation to borrowers, and determining whether those individuals were fairly treated.“You will recall that, during his Budget presentation, the Prime Minister spoke to the fact that he was petitioned by a number of borrowers, who claimed that they were unfairly treated by FINSAC. And he, during that presentation, alluded to the intention to create this Commission. The fact of the matter is that the question of whether or not debtors were treated fairly and equally is a very substantial question that needs to be answered. And the constituency of persons, who are so concerned, is large enough for us to take notice of. The appointment of this Commission is (intended) to put to bed, once and for all, whether or not those concerns are real,” he said.While not stating a specific date when the Commission would commence the enquiry, the Minister advised that “as soon as their appointment is formalised by the Governor-General, they can begin immediately.”The Minister informed that existing legislation would enable the Commission to “receive oral and documentary evidence, as they so require.”“Once the Commission has been appointed by the Governor-General, then we will have a full press briefing, where all the unanswered questions will be answered,” Senator Nelson assured. RelatedCabinet Approves Three-Man Commission to Enquire into Financial Meltdown of the 1990scenter_img Advertisements RelatedCabinet Approves Three-Man Commission to Enquire into Financial Meltdown of the 1990slast_img read more

Ministry Launches Government Health Card

first_imgRelatedMinistry Launches Government Health Card RelatedMinistry Launches Government Health Card Ministry Launches Government Health Card Health & WellnessAugust 20, 2009 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail As of February next year, Jamaicans should have increased access to drugs, under the free health care programme, when the Government of Jamaica Health Card comes fully into effect.The card was launched Thursday (August 20) at The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston. It will enable Jamaicans to more easily access drugs on the Vital, Essential and Necessary (VEN) list free of cost.Speaking at the launch, Health Minister, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, explained that the card could be used to fill prescriptions obtained from public health institutions, at all public sector pharmacies and selected private sector pharmacies.Minister of Health, Honourable Rudyard Spencer, delivers the main address at the launch of the Government of Jamaica Health Card, today (August 20), at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, in Kingston. Others (from left) are: Public Relations Agent at the National Health Fund, Shermaine Robotham; Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Fund, Hugh Lawson; and Acting Managing Director of the Health Corporation Limited, Yvette Martin.Admitting that “the availability of drugs is indeed a problem” since the abolition of user fees, Mr. Spencer said the introduction of the card would help to provide more points of access to Jamaicans seeking drugs, as well as provide a way to track drug usage.Mr. Spencer also noted that there were some persons who were hoarding the drugs accessed through the public health care system, and the card would help to arrest this problem.“You go to the pharmacy, you put in your health card and it will say, when was the last time you accessed drugs? What was the drug? Or, whether or not you are entitled to access the drugs?” He said.Minister of Health, Honourable Rudyard Spencer (left), consults with Acting Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health, Howard Lynch, during the launch of the Government of Jamaica Health Card, today (August 20), at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, in Kingston. The card will allow Jamaicans to fill prescriptions obtained at Government health institutions and some private pharmacies as well as Government pharmacies, free of cost.Mr. Spencer underscored that all Jamaicans are eligible for the card and that registration will begin on September 1.“Persons will be required to take along a Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN). The card will be mailed to an address supplied by the patient, within two weeks of registration,” he told persons attending the launch.The initiative is being implemented over a three-year period and is expected to cost the Government approximately $2.4 billion, of which the National Health Fund (NHF) will provide $300 million.Chief Executive Officer of the NHF, Hugh Lawson, also said the Fund will help to register persons for the programme at the various public sector health centres and hospitals. In addition, the NHF will contract private pharmacies and “monitor and audit the obligations of the private pharmacies.”Under the programme, the NHF will also pay a dispensing fee to the pharmacies weekly and will help with the public education campaign surrounding the use of the card. The Ministry is also partnering with the Health Corporation Limited for procurement of drugs and medical supplies, warehousing of the items and provision of an efficient system for their distribution to participating pharmacies.Acting Managing Director of the HCL, Yvette Martin, assured that the Corporation’s delivery capabilities have been bolstered, to ensure there is no shortage of drugs on the VEN list. While the card is expected to arrest problems with the dispensing of drugs since the abolition of user fees last year, the recruitment and training of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will continue.center_img RelatedMinistry Launches Government Health Card Advertisementslast_img read more

Join summer workshops on vacations, laughter, nutrition and more

first_imgPublished: April 19, 2021 CU Boulder’s Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) offers wellness seminars and support groups focused on tackling a variety of life-stage experiences as well as mental and emotional well-being during the summer months. Programs provide practical tools participants can practice and apply to their daily lives.Preparing Your Child for Life After High SchoolWills and Trusts 101Nutrition to Beat Seasonal AllergiesNew Employees: Self-Care and Work-Life Balance GroupMake the Most of Your VacationThe Power of LaughterMindfulness and Stress Management (Series)The Power of Play All of the below FSAP summer workshops are free to attend and are held virtually over Zoom. Preparing Your Child for Life After High SchoolDo you have a child who is ready to start planning for what will happen after high school? Andrew Bloom, a Boulder High School Counselor, will answer your questions about how to prepare yourself and your child for this momentous event. Topics will include college prep, looking at the trades or the military, financial planning and emotional preparation. Presented by Andrew Bloom. Learn more about this workshopLearning Outcomes Participants will be able to:Understand information about planning for life after high school with your childGenerate ideas for family conversations so that the process is as smooth and collaborative as possibleWho should attend? Any CU Boulder parents of high school-aged kids.  Date(s): Wednesday May 12, 2021Time: 12:00 – 1:30pmRegister for Preparing Your Child for Life After High SchoolWills and Trusts 101If you think this is only for the rich and famous, you may want to reconsider the concept and importance of estate planning. Planning can help you distribute your assets according to your wishes and the needs of your survivors, while minimize taxes. Come learn more about how you can get organized and also protect your legacy around these terms:Probate-What it is and how to avoid itTrusts-What they can do for youFees-What lawyers chargeDeath Taxes-What they amount toPower of Attorney-Never leave home without onePresented by Kurt Hofgard, JD, CLU, ChFC, AEP. Learn more about this workshopLearning OutcomesParticipants will be able to:Become educated about the importance of estate planning.Distribute assets according to your wishes and minimize taxes.Identify will and trust terms used in order to protect your legacy.Who should attend? This workshop is intended for any CU Boulder faculty or staff member who want to learn more about wills and trusts and their importance in asset planning and taking care of loved ones.Date(s): Thursday May 13, 2021Time:  12:00 – 1:00pmRegister for Wills and Trusts 101Nutrition to Beat Seasonal AllergiesAre you experiencing sneezing fits, nasal congestion, itchy eyes, and low energy?  If you suffer from seasonal allergies you may dread springtime.  This year find relief!  Allergies result from an overactive and confused immune system. Learn which foods and nutrients calm your immune system and which foods and habits can aggravate it.  Plus the interesting connection between your digestive function and your allergies symptoms.  Presented by nutritionist Jen Marshall, CNT of Be Balanced Healing. Learn more about this workshopLearning Outcomes Participants will be able to: Identify seasonal allergies and their causes. Find relief via foods and nutrients that work with your immune system. Understand the connection with your digestive function and symptoms of allergies. Who should attend? This workshop is intended for any CU Boulder faculty or staff member who wants to learn more about which foods, nutrients, and habits can either calm or aggravate your immune system during allergy season.Date(s): Wednesday June 9, 2021Time: 12:00 – 1:00pmRegister for Nutrition to Beat Seasonal AllergiesNew Employees: Self-care and Work-life Balance GroupThis four-week online mindfulness-based support group will allow you to connect with other new CU Boulder employees who may be experiencing similar struggles with their work-life balance and self-care. Throughout our sessions, you will get a chance to share ideas and experiences of what you have learned and are planning to put into action in terms of your work-life balance and self-care. We may use break out group modalities, as well as large group conversations (depending on how many folks join the group). No previous experience required in mindfulness practices or group work. Presented by Esther Horowitz, FSAP Staff Counselor. Learn more about this workshopLearning Outcomes Participants will be able to:Connect with other new CU Boulder employees: build community Find what is currently working and/or not working in routines Identify changes to make in work-life balance and self-care practices Learn quick techniques to create healthier approaches to work-life balance and self-care Transform current work-life balance into one that is more comfortable and sustainableWho should attend? This closed group is intended for all new CU Boulder faculty or staff members, who have been with us for a year or less, who want to connect with fellow new CU Boulder employees to explore and learn techniques to sustain work-life balance and self-care. Date(s): Wednesdays June 16, 23, 30, and July 7 Time: 12:00 -1:15pmRegister for New Employees Self-Care & Work-Life Balance GroupMake the Most of Your VacationIf you dread the amount of work you have to do before and after you leave on vacation, this session is for you. Creating a smoother transition allows you to retain the benefits of your time off and still have the energy and enthusiasm to work productivity without stressing your system unnecessarily. Presented by Christine Gust, MBA Doctor of Naturopathy. Learn more about this workshopLearning Outcomes Participants will be able to:Identify ways to take time off and return being able to be productive and less stressed Apply concepts to allow for a smooth transition pre and post-vacationWho should attend? Any CU Faculty or staff who would like to learn more about having more smooth and productive transitions from work to vacation. Date(s): Wednesday July 14, 2021Time: 12:00 -1:00pmRegister for Make the Most of Your VacationThe Power of LaughterEvidence for the direct benefits of humor lie in studies of the body’s chemical reaction to laughter. Among other things, laughter has been shown to reduce stress, boost the immune system and enhance brain chemistry through the release of serotonin and endorphins. Creating more self-induced boosts of serotonin can help enhance one’s ability to tolerate the stress response and think creatively of coping options. Come join us to learn more on how humor can be an effective means of dealing with overwhelming emotions and incorporate more of it into our lives. Presented by Meredith Lopez, FSAP Staff Counselor. Learn more about this workshopLearning Outcomes:Participants will be able toUnderstand how humor can affect mood and immune system Identify body’s chemical reaction to laughter Utilize humor to tolerate the body’s stress response to our everyday issuesWho should attend? This workshop is intended for any CU Boulder faculty or staff member who wants to learn more about how humor can help with mood, physiology and mental functioning.Date(s): Wednesday July 21, 2021Time: 12:00 – 1:00pmRegister for The Power of LaughterMindfulness and Stress Management SeriesStress management is a concern for everyone in these busy and uncertain times. The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) is hosting a 4 part workshop series to educate faculty and staff on mindfulness-based stress management strategies. Mindfulness is a powerful approach to self-care. It is paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. It is a skill that takes practice to cultivate and integrate into one’s life and when done properly, can help manage stress, improve focus, and boost emotional wellness. Presented by Paulette Erickson England, LCSW, FSAP licensed counselor. Learn more about this workshopLearning Outcomes:In this educational and participatory workshop series, attendees will learn and practice several strategies for managing everyday life stress, including mindfulness, meditation, visualization, guided imagery, cognitive restructuring, emotional health and regulation, communication, assertiveness and movement. At the end of this series, participants will have learned strategies to incorporate mindfulness practices into everyday life. Who should attend? Any faculty or staff member who may be interested in the topic and learning to integrate mindfulness into their daily lives.Date(s): Tuesdays August 3, 10, 17 & 24Time: 12:00 – 1:30pmRegister for Mindfulness and Stress Management SeriesThe Power of PlaySubmerged in the responsibilities of life, the seriousness of world affairs, and an ever-growing to-do list, we often forget to PLAY. Animals, on the other hand, continue to play throughout their adult lives! We may believe that play is somehow no longer appropriate or cast it aside as a frivolous waste of time. Research suggests, however, that play is essential to our well-being, creativity, and health: It boosts our creativity It helps us think outside the box It improves our health It makes us present It connects us Please join us for a “playful,” fun and informative seminar!! Presented by Lynzee Mckenzie. Learn more about this workshopLearning Outcomes Participants will be able to:Understand what research has to say about the benefits of play Apply concepts to help boost creativity, health and stay present in order to connect with ourselves and others Who should attend? Any CU faculty or staff member who wants to learn more about the power of play in boosting well-being, creativity, and health. Date(s): Wednesday Aug 4, 2021 Time: 12:00 – 1:00pmRegister for the Power of PlayTags:Newslast_img read more