Majority of hospitals expected to be back in operating profits from August: ICRA

first_img 20 per cent growth in FY2022 revenues expected, expected to go slow on capex to conserve cash and focus on better utilisation of existing facilitiesICRA Ratings expects the long-term outlook of the healthcare sector to remain ‘Stable’ despite its performance being recently affected due to  COVID-19-19.  The Stable outlook is on the back of structural strengths. The occupancy of companies in the sector is expected to bounce back substantially, to 60 per cent in FY2022, from the projected occupancy of 52 per cent in FY2021; and the revenue growth is estimated to rise to ~20 per cent in FY2022, against an expected contraction of ~19 per cent in FY2021, aided by a lower base.According to Kapil Banga, assistant vice president, ICRA, “There has been significant sequential improvement in occupancy every month after the sharp fall in April and majority of the players are expected to (be) back in operating profits, starting from the month of August, after reporting EBIDTA losses in Q1 and July. Pent-up demand is also likely to support the performance, as elective procedures cannot be delayed indefinitely, by domestic as well as international patients.”ICRA’s sample of companies includes Apollo Hospitals Enerprise, Fortis Healthcare, Narayana Hrudayalaya, Aster DM Healthcare (India business only), Max Healthcare Institute (previously part of Max India), Healthcare Global Enterprises, and Shalby.The significant capex in the last five years has started contributing to the profitability and the capex as well as start-up costs of new hospitals are likely to be much lower going forward, which will also aid profitability and debt protection indicators over the medium term.In FY2020, ICRA upgraded seven ratings and downgraded four (credit ratio of 1.75) and in FY2021 YTD, it has upgraded two entities and downgraded one (credit ratio of 2). The credit risk profile of entities in the sector had been on improving trajectory over the last two years and notwithstanding the near-term disruption, as well as given the essential nature of the services, the sector will report a speedy recovery.Nevertheless, the performance has been weak in the last three quarters, although worst is behind for the sector; occupancy plunged across all the players in the sector due to lockdown, restrictions on movement of people, suspension of international flights, cautious approach adapted by patients as well as hospitals due to fear of infection, sharp drop in OPD footfalls, and postponement of elective surgeries.As a result, the average occupancy of companies in ICRA’s sample set dropped from 59 per cent in Q1 FY2020 to 37 per cent in Q1 FY2021 and the average revenue per occupied bed (ARPOB) fell by ~1 per cent in Q1 FY2021. The companies in sample set reported a 39 per cent decline in revenues and posted EBITDA loss of Rs. 231 crore in Q1 FY2021, against an EBITDA of 620 crore in Q1 FY2020.The operating margin fell from ~14 per cent to ~ – nine per cent during this period. To weather the impact, the entities have reduced costs to the extent of 15~20 per cent, and the largest cost rationalisation has happened in doctor and employee expenses, which is the largest cost for hospitals.Amongst the various specialties, critical ailments such as oncology and cardiology have seen faster recovery from the lows while orthopaedics has been lagging during this period. Additionally, emergency & trauma as well as mother & child departments have been relatively resilient although lower traffic flows have impacted even the emergency and trauma revenues to an extent.The ARPOB and margins from the treatment of  COVID-19-19 patients is much lower than that of electives and the margins from  COVID-19-19 patients were further impacted due to the price caps placed by certain state governments; nonetheless, the contribution margin from treatment of  COVID-19-19 patients has been positive and it has cushioned the pressure on profitability during these challenging times due to a sharp drop in electives and medical tourism.The aggregate bed capacity of the companies in the sample set was flat, at ~24,600 beds compared to a CAGR bed addition of 5 per cent (addition of ~4600 beds) over the last four-year period. The trend of slow capex is likely to continue as players have adequate capacity for growth over the medium term and the focus is on conserving cash while also improving utilisation of existing facilities.The aggregate net debt of companies in the ICRA sample set reduced from Rs. 9362 crore as on March 31, 2019 to Rs. 9130 crore as on March 31, 2020 and even in Q1 FY2021, despite the cash losses, the net debt reduced marginally, to Rs. 9110 crore as on June 30, 2020, due to healthy collections from the institutional clients and payable management. The Net debt/EBITDA improved from 3.15x as on March 31, 2019 to 2.14x as on March 31, 2020 while the Net cash accruals/net debt improved from 19 per cent to 32 per cent during this period.Adds Banga, “Over the medium-to-long run, the demand is expected to continue to rise steadily, given the underlying fundamentals, including a growing population, increasing life expectancy, rising incidence of non-communicable lifestyle diseases, growing per capita spend, increasing penetration of health insurance and double-digit rise in medical tourism (excluding impact of  COVID-19-19). On the supply side, India currently faces significant shortage of beds and Government investments towards hospital bed addition are limited. This provides private sector players with the opportunity to step in to fill the gap.” Adoption of AI/ML can disrupt healthcare services Read Article Share MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Add Comment Finance News The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Related Posts Majority of hospitals expected to be back in operating profits from August: ICRA Comments (0) By EH News Bureau on October 27, 2020 WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Apollo Hospitals EnerpriseAster DM HealthcareFortis HealthcareHealthcare Global EnterprisesICRAMax Healthcare InstituteNarayana HrudayalayaShalby last_img read more


Citizenship requirement creates roadblock for some board/commission applicants

first_imgHomeNewsCitizenship requirement creates roadblock for some board/commission applicants Jun. 20, 2018 at 5:00 amNewsCitizenship requirement creates roadblock for some board/commission applicantsadmin3 years agodaily pressNewsSanta Monicasanta monica daily presssanta monica news City officials are hoping revisions to the rules for joining the City’s Boards and Commissions will spur more involvement in the civic process.Of the city’s 17 boards/commissions four contain language that effectively requires applicants to be citizens while the other 13 only require some kind of residency for participation and in at least one case, interested applicants have been barred from participating on one board while they would qualify for work on another.The situation came to light with a recent vacancy on the Santa Monica Library Board and language in the City charter that stipulates applicants must be “electors” in the city.“We discovered that the language was in there that controlled who participated and who didn’t,” said Director of Library Services Patty Wong. “We had a couple of potential interested people who withdrew because they were residents but they weren’t ‘electors’ and that means they had to be citizens.”“There shall be a Library Board consisting of five members to be appointed by the City Council from the qualified electors of the City and no member of said Board shall hold any paid office or employment in the City government,” reads the charter.The Library Board, Personnel Board, Airport Commission and Commission for the Senior Community have explicit citizenship requirements. The Social Services Commission lacks clarity on its participation requirement but could be interpreted to require citizenship. Other groups only require residency, work, property ownership or a business license.Rules governing the boards/commissions can be located in the City Charter, Municipal Code or an ordinance. As the Commission for the Senior Community is governed by the Municipal Code, removing its elector rule would just require action by the Council. However, the remainder of the rules are located in sections of the Charter and would require a public vote.Including Task Forces, non-profit appointments, and District Boards, Santa Monica has 24 organizations that make recommendations to the City Council. The 171 members of the various groups cover the Airport, Architectural Review, Arts, Audit, Building and Fire-Life Safety, Clean Beaches and Ocean Parcel Tax, Disabilities, Downtown Santa Monica, Environment, Housing, Landmarks, Library, Personnel, Planning, Recreation and Parks, Redevelopment, Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica Travel and Tourism, Senior Community, Social Services, Status of Women, and Urban Forest.Wong said her board isn’t as competitive as something like Planning Commission and the stricter rules make it more difficult to fill vacancies when they arise.“This is actually, we hope, a suggestion to council that this is a nice way of cleaning up language that is probably a little dated and as a community we wanted to really make sure that it was inclusive as of many different kinds of people as possible.”She said the Library has a strong commitment to be as representative of the community as possible and to be as diverse as possible.She said the information item published is informative in nature but it will be up to Council to decide if they want to pursue changes to the system.“We hope it will be a good conversation for council in terms of rethinking things to be more in the spirit of equity in the city,” she [email protected] :daily pressNewsSanta Monicasanta monica daily presssanta monica newsshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentPensions Cause Tensions$2.3 million public potty price tag gives Council pauseYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall10 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press20 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press20 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson20 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter20 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor20 hours agolast_img read more


Not my cup of tea

first_imgSitting on my breakfast table with the morning newspaper and sipping my masala tea, I started to ponder on the irony of how making a cup of masala tea was not my cup of tea until the start of lockdown. I could never seem to strike a balance in the flavours like that of Raju cachha, who owns a tea stall below my office. It was only due to the lockdown when I was forced to drink my pale masala tea every morning; did I concentrate all my energy into making the perfect masala tea.Such is the fate of many fellow humans. Just until a few months ago, the idea of wearing a mask seemed outlandish to many but is now not only a necessity but also a fashion trend. Today we will not step out of our homes without a mask, is it because of the penalty imposed? Or is it because of the virus which is so insignificant compared to us in size but can inflict harm a 100 fold? I am not sure of the reason, but what I know is how this virus has taught us a small behavioural change in people like wearing a mask and maintaining social distance is aiding in controlling the spread of the pandemic and saving a million lives. The World Health Organization (WHO) Outbreak Communications Planning guide suggests behavioural changes can reduce the spread by as much as 80%. Food, for thought, does it take a virus to teach us that small changes can help a community.The pandemic has not only changed human attitudes and behaviours but is also forcing organizations to respond to this change. However, the need to respond won’t end when the virus’s immediate threat eventually recedes. We will soon find a return to normalcy in many aspects of life. But there’s no question that many things will change, possibly forever. It has already altered the way we work, the way we learn, the way we teach, communicate and much more. How then can we keep up with this change? Daunting as it may seem, this drastic change that is engulfing us can bring about more good than bad like in the case of the positive environmental effect the lockdown has had.Our mind is not inherently wired to resist or accept the change it responds to change based on our conditioning. So, we need to remember, change while often difficult is our chance at being better every day. Our chance to embrace the opportunity to evolve and develop, to see and experience things from another point of view. Many might argue that change is not always a good thing. It can induce unnecessary stress and prove counterproductive or can be costly and even destructive. But to them, I shall quote Bill Clinton, who said: “The price of doing the same old thing is far higher than the price of change “.What is important now is how we condition our minds to embrace it. We are usually scared of the unknown and our natural innate response of ‘flight or fight’ is defaulted to ‘flight’ when it comes to change. We just need to focus our energies and work towards using this change to become better each day no matter whether it is making a cup of tea or whether it is learning a new skill, or studying on google meets. For change is inevitable as Heraclitus had said, ‘One of life’s constant is change’. His bite-size nugget of enlightenment can serve to be our motivation to go out there and embrace the change that is coming our way.Now pass me my pakoras while I sip my tea.last_img read more


Scenes From Mapmaker At Fuller Lodge Art Center

first_imgMaps as art: map of Israel by cartographer Andi Kron. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ The bluegrass band Quatro provided music at the opening reception of ‘Mapmaker’ Friday at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ Master cartographer Andi Kron’s map of the Trinity site detailing the mystery of ‘Hot Canyon’. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ A guest checks out the art at the opening reception for ‘MapMaker’ Friday at at Fuller Lodge Art Center. This new exhibit focused on maps, direction and the perception of the world. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.comcenter_img Visitors to the opening of ‘Mapmaker’ discuss the exhibit Friday at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ ‘Territories of Inspiration’ in the Portal Gallery features the art of Letitia Roller in Fuller Lodge Art Center. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.comlast_img read more


Latam Eco Review: Industrial fishing in the Galapagos, fracking Colombian cloud forests, whale sharks in Peru

first_imgRead all these stories in full at Mongabay-Latam in Spanish here. Amazon Rainforest, Biodiversity, Cloud Forests, Conservation, Environment, Fishing, Forests, Fracking, Indigenous Peoples, Mercury, Mining, Pollution, Rainforests, Satellite Imagery, Wildlife The most popular stories from our Spanish-language service, Mongabay-Latam, this past week followed high-volume fishing in the Galapagos, oil drilling in Colombian cloud forests, mercury levels in the Peruvian Amazon, whale sharks in Peru, and tiny catfish in Bolivia.A year after Ecuador captured Chinese shark cargo, high-volume fishing continuesA year ago, an illegal fishing boat was seized with 6,200 sharks of all sizes and weighing 300 tons in the ship’s hull. Most were highly migratory species protected under international law, such as hammerhead (Sphyrnidae), whale (Rhincodon typus), Galapagos (Carcharhinus galapagensis), blacktip reef (Carcharhinus melanopterus) and silky (Carcharhinus falciformis) sharks. A year later, though, high-volume fishing continues in the Galapagos, said Walter Bustos, former executive director of Galapagos National Park, in a recent interview.Juvenile sharks found in the hull of the Fu Yuan Yu Leng ship. Image courtesy of Galapagos National Park.Colombian cloud forest communities brace for frackingThe end of Colombia’s rebel conflict has renewed oil interest in the Galilea cloud forest, a strategic headwater for the center of the country, and where an environmental group is scrambling to establish a 330-square-kilometer (127-square-mile) conservation area by August 2019. While conventional exploration has resumed, fracking is also a possibility, and local communities fear that this relatively pristine area is now in the hands of companies with licenses operating without their consent.Always under cloud cover, the Galilea forest is one of the few remaining cloud forests in Colombia. Image by Cortolima.Tons of mercury dumped into Peru’s AmazonThe Madre de Dios region of Peru’s Amazon is inundated with 180 tons of mercury each year, according to the Canadian NGO Artisanal Gold Council. A local doctor is demanding that a lab be established to detect the metal and serve his patients. Despite the election year, experts say calls to solve the problem are ignored.Mercury used in illegal mining. Image by Manuel Sadarriaga.The fragile lives of the world’s biggest fishLittle is known about the whale shark (Rhincodon typus). In the last 20 years, fewer than 7,000 have been registered, but more have started to appear along the coasts of Peru and Ecuador. While they can live up to 100 years, the species is at increasing risk from plastic pollution, unregulated fishing, along with mangrove and coral degradation. Two years ago, the IUCN listed them as endangered.Whale sharks move slowly and don’t seem bothered by people. They swim at an average speed of 5 kilometers an hour (3 miles an hour). Image courtesy of Jonathan Green/Galapagos Whale Shark Project.Satellite images show copper mine’s first devastation of Ecuadoran AmazonEven before the El Mirador mine has started exploration for copper in southeastern Ecuador, it has already cleared 13 square kilometers (5 square miles) of forest. Satellite images from the Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP) show the extent of the deforestation between 2009 and 2017. Rural communities are worried about water pollution and the eviction of those who refused to sell their lands to the company. Almost a third of two Amazon provinces were granted in the concession. In Morona Santiago, 90 percent of the concession is in indigenous territory.Construction work by the Chinese company Ecuacorriente (ECSA). Image courtesy of the Amazon Social Action Community of the Condor Mirador Mountain Range (Cascomi).The big adventures of Bolivia’s tiny catfishNamed chipi chipis by the Tacana indigenous communities along Bolivia’s Beni River, these tiny catfish migrate 370 kilometers (230 miles) in 32 days. The Tacana helped researchers chart the massive annual migration of the 4-centimeter (1.6-inch) catfish (Trichomycterus barbouri) up the Amazon. “That the Tacana gave them a name shows how important they are, since they don’t name small fish. Their Tacana name shows they are an ancestral food and part of the culture,” said a researcher.Chipi chipis, the name given to this species of tiny catfish by the Tacana people of Bolivia, means “the smallest.” Image by Mileniusz Spanowicz / Wildlife Conservation Society. Article published by Maria Salazar Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more


October 4, 2019: My Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News

first_imgDeque announced Axe Pro, a beta version (currently free upgrade) of their popular web accessibility browser extension. Axe Pro offers extended features and intelligent guided tests. Best practices for improving game accessibility:Features that address 78% of #a11y issues:✅ good text size✅ complete remapping of controls✅ colorblind options/filters✅ legible [email protected] #GameUXsummit— Game UX Summit (@GameUX_Summit) October 2, 2019It’s best to build in accessibility from the start of your web project. Otherwise, you’re facing a huge cost of ignoring accessibility when designing your site.WordPressWonderful to see Anariel Design themes included in Kinsta’s WordPress for Nonprofits: Best Themes, Plugins, and Tools post. I’ve been a fan of their themes for several years, used one on the Canton Goodfellows website several years ago.You’re invited to join us for our October 15, 2019 West Metro Detroit WordPress quarterly WordPress Q & workshop. Get your questions answered and help fellow WordPress users with their sites at our casual meetup. Sad news for users of the Edit Flow plugin, a commonly used editorial collaboration plugin. Automattic has discontinued active development on the plugin. Publish Press is the only alternative with similar features.Learn more about WooCommerce at the free virtual two-day WooSesh conference on October 9-10, 2019. The conference has a range of topics for developers and agencies as well as people creating online stories without code.CSS and HTMLWhat a great collection of videos on web design and development, tools, and techniques from Mozilla! Short and to the point, more videos are planned to be released in the upcoming weeks. I enjoyed this video on bulleted lists and markers. User ExperienceHow do you summarize a collection of qualitative observations in user research? Maria Rosala of Nielsen Norman Group recommends using thematic analysis, which involves discovering significant themes in your findings.One of my favorite resources for e-commerce UX research! Congrats to Baymard Institute on their tenth anniversary. Which of their staff-picked 15 articles is your favorite? Looking for user experience and web professional events in southeast Michigan? Check out my October 2019 calendar of events. In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll discover how to summarize qualitative user research, learn about a free 24-hour virtual inclusive design conference, discover how to create a masonry layout with flexbox, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting my favorite user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, and HTML posts I’ve read in the past week.Hope you find the resources helpful in your work or projects!Want more resources like these on a daily basis? Follow me @redcrew on Twitter.Tweet of the Weekinstead of saying,”the software was not made accessible,”I say,”the software isn’t accessible because the developers did not code it properly.”#a11y— Rogue 👻 Bigham (@jeffbigham) October 3, 2019 Keep people, objects, location, and interactions components in mind as you learn the eight common methods and best practices for prototyping.AccessibilityThe National Federation of the Blind and Mattel have teamed up to create the first Braille version of the popular UNO game. Learn to play with Audible or printable Braille instructions at UNO Braille.Mark your calendars for next week! Inclusive Design 24 returns October 10, 2019 for a full day (24 hours) of sessions about accessibility and inclusive design. Did I mention it’s free? I love this solution for a masonry layout for photos. Create an adaptive photo layout with flexbox using a basic unordered list with flexbox. This is a more elegant solution than many WordPress plugins I’ve seen. I hadn’t thought of it that way.The reason you use semicolons in JavaScript is so you don’t forget to use them in CSS when you inevitably context switch from one to the other. You’re welcome. #CSS #JavaScript— hey don’t (@heydonworks) October 4, 2019Fascinating read as Michele Barker explains how to build a scrapbook layout with CSS Grid. What I Found InterestingProviding thoughtful, specific, actionable, and timely feedback goes far in being a great client. What about you, do you agree with Sara?Looking at a design is one thing; coding it is another. I learn a LOT about design from every single project I work on.Possibly the number one thing I’ve learned over the years from all of them is to not be afraid of (adding more) white space. ✨— Sara Soueidan (@SaraSoueidan) October 3, 2019Brighten up you week (or weekend) with these incredible images of Mars, taken by the European Space Agency’s Mars Express mission. Check out Mars’ north pole and the wispy clouds above it.If you like what you’ve read today, share the post with your colleagues and friends.Want to make sure you don’t miss out on updates? Subscribe to get notified when new posts are published.Did I miss some resources you found this week? I’d love to see them! Post them in the comments below.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedWeekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News: April 28, 2017In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn five tips for conducting qualitative research, find out what to avoid when backing up your WordPress site, discover a fun way to learn CSS Grid, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News: October 6, 2017In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn how to ask better UX research questions, find out what’s new in the upcoming WordPress 4.9 version, discover how to make your interface more accessible to all users, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I…In “Web design & development links”November 8, 2019: My Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development NewsIn this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn how to create online experiences that work well for older people, find a recap of the annual WordPress State of the Word, discover new underline CSS properties, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish…In “Web design & development links”last_img read more


Security Ministry Expands Rehabilitation Programme

first_imgHe explained that this approach is in conjunction with the National Rehabilitation Strategy, which the Department of Correctional Services has incorporated in its operational policies. State Minister in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., says the Ministry is expanding its rehabilitation programme to further reduce recidivism.Speaking to JIS News at the valedictory service for the 76th intake of Correctional Officers at the Salem Baptist Church in St. Ann on January 23, Senator Charles Jr. said that the partnership with advocacy group, Stand Up for Jamaica, through its Fresh Start programme, has garnered $45 million to boost the CXC curriculum and training for inmates.The State Minister added that this partnership and other projects, such as the ‘We Transform’ programme, which targets juveniles 12 to 18 years, will be used to expose inmates to life skills, vocational skills and prepare them for other opportunities.“The goal is really for us to train and to teach vocational skills where possible, and to help the inmates to be equipped, so that they can have purposeful rehabilitation for successful reintegration,” he said.The State Minister underscored the importance of the partnership, saying this will provide opportunities for inmates to get a job, so that they do not “reoffend”.He argued that while there might not be a 100 per cent success rate, this is an investment in the country.“This is a smart investment, not in a prisoner but in a Jamaican, because if we can transform these lives, when they return to their community they will be less of a risk, and they may even be constructive and productive citizens,” the State Minister said.last_img read more


After hiking twice theres no predetermined path for rates from here Poloz

first_imgOTTAWA – There is no prearranged route for further interest-rate hikes from the Bank of Canada, governor Stephen Poloz insisted Wednesday as he signalled the bank would be taking a more cautious approach to any future increases.The central bank raised rates twice over the summer following the economy’s surprisingly powerful start to the year.Moving forward, however, Poloz said bank officials will carefully assess a long list of lingering unknowns and external risks to their outlook. The goal is to update their understanding of the economy “in real time,” he said.“There is no predetermined path for interest rates from here,” Poloz said in a speech to the local board of trade in St. John’s.“Although we are confident that the economy has made significant progress, we simply can’t be certain of exactly how far there is left to go.”Poloz’s speech comes after the sizzling Canadian economy spurred the bank to raise the rate twice — first in July and then again earlier this month.Poloz shared several “unusual” unknowns now under close watch by the bank as it considers future moves. They include elevated levels of household debt, downward pressure of technological breakthroughs on inflation and slower-than-expected wage growth.He also noted how the period since the financial crisis has brought in a protracted period of slow economic growth and extremely low interest rates.“The fact is, nobody really knows,” Poloz said in response to a question about where rates could go from here.“We’re in uncharted territory.”In his address, Poloz warned that more surprises could lie ahead — in “either direction.”The speech pointed out that the bank’s decisions have become “particularly” data-dependent due to uncertainties such as geopolitical developments and protectionist sentiments in some parts of the world.He also offered details about the bank’s decision to raise the rate a second time following a run of unexpectedly strong economic numbers.Poloz noted, however, that he doesn’t expect the economy to maintain the torrid pace it set in the first half of 2017.The speech marked the first public comments by Poloz since the bank drew criticism for its communications approach ahead of the September hike, which caught many forecasters off guard.Some analysts took issue with the fact the bank did not provide any public remarks for them to scrutinize for hints during the eight-week period between the July and September rate decisions.A few days after the second hike, the bank publicly defended its communications strategy, saying about half the market had priced it in.“I think we’ve spilled enough ink on that earlier issue already,” Poloz said in response to a question on the bank’s messaging style.“And I’d just point out that an awful lot of people were not surprised by that interest-rate decision — how’d that happen?”Communications, and thinking about new ways to go about them, are always the subject of an “active discussion” at the bank, he added.The bank’s next scheduled rate announcement is scheduled for Oct. 25.Before his speech, most analysts had been expecting the central bank to raise the benchmark rate a few more times over the coming year.Poloz’s message led some to reconsider their projections on the timing of the bank’s next rate move.“It seems like these are really going to be last-minute decisions,” said Desjardins senior economist Jimmy Jean, who had been expecting the bank to hike rates again at next month’s meeting.Jean now expects a lot of uncertainty and volatility in the marketplace ahead of rate decisions unless there’s more direction from the bank about the approach it plans to take.Benjamin Reitzes, a strategist with BMO Capital Markets, wrote in a research note to clients that the speech showed Poloz is in no hurry to raise the rate.“The (Bank of Canada’s) bias is, of course, to push rates higher, but the data will determine how quickly they move.”— Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more


Council awards five capital road improvement projects for 2018

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John City Council has approved a list of capital roadworks projects for 2018.DGS Astro Paving was the low bidder, with a bid of $4.2 million, the City had budgeted $4.8 million.  DGS will work on the following projects:86th Street Frontage Road Phase 1 – between 93 Avenue and 96 Avenue, (east of the High School); Phase 2 of this project, from 96 Avenue to 98 Avenue is currently budgeted to be completed next year. This road is now gravel, and this will be a full reconstruct with base construction, storm sewer, LED streetlights, curb and gutter, asphalt and water valve upgrades. 113th Avenue between 102 Street and 103 Street – this project is for the replacement of the A/C water main, full base construction, installing proper storm sewer, adding sidewalk and LED street lighting. This area is currently deficient in all of this infrastructure.103rd Avenue between 102 Street and 104 Street – this project is for full base construction, installing proper storm sewer, adding sidewalk, LED street lighting, replacement of sanitary sewer and upgrade to water services. This area is currently deficient in all of this infrastructure.111th Avenue between 106 Street and 108 Street – this project is for full base construction, installing proper storm sewer, adding a sidewalk. LED street lighting and the installation of water main for increased looping in the area. This area is currently deficient in all of this infrastructure.Lane south of 100th Street between 100 Street and 102 Street – this project is part of the downtown revitalization plan. The paving of this lane to improve drainage and accessibility was one of the critical components.The City received three complaint submissions for the work with Knappett Industries bidding $4.5 and L.B. Chapman Construction bidding $4.7.  One bid from G. Baumeister Ltd did not meet the requirements of the tender.last_img read more


Fort St John RCMP still on the lookout for wanted person

first_imgAccording to RCMP, on the afternoon of August 14 at around 3:00 p.m., officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a dark coloured pickup, where the alleged driver, Davis who is well known to police, refused to stop and fled at a high rate of speed.As a result of this incident, RCMP have issued five arrest warrants for Davis varying from Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle to Driving without a valid driver’s licence.Davis is described as:Indigenous man5’8’’ tall, weighing 230 poundsblack hairbrown eyesThe RCMP say Davis is considered armed and dangerous, and should not be approached.If you see Davis, you are being asked to call 9-1-1 immediately. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – As of Monday afternoon, the Fort St. John RCMP say they are still on the lookout for 30-year-old Gavin Davis.On August 22, RCMP had put out an arrest warrant for Davis following an incident of flight from police.Police now believe that Davis could be in the Dawson Creek area.last_img read more