Forecast for food inflation lowered: report

first_img Stagflation is U.S. economists’ biggest fear, SIFMA says However, meat will be more expensive than they previously thought, with prices expected to jump 7% to 9% by the end of the year. Lead author Sylvain Charlebois says the spike is due to low inventories, particularly for cattle and hogs, as well as grocers boosting prices to increase profits at the meat counter after prices were a little bit depressed at the end of 2016. The report says Canadians can also expect to see prices go up by as much as 5% for fruits and 4% for vegetables, blaming California’s rainy winter for some crop losses. The mid-year update provides some good news for shoppers’ wallets. Prices for dairy, eggs, bakery goods and cereals are expected to drop between 1% to 3%. They were expected to remain flat or rise up to 2%. Keywords Inflation Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Another jump in prices tightens the squeeze on U.S. consumers The researchers behind Canada’s annual food price report say that while they expect food inflation to be slightly lower this year than previously estimated, shoppers should expect big jumps in the price of meat. The mid-year forecast update by researchers from Dalhousie University in Halifax projects grocery and restaurant food prices will rise between 3% and 4% this year, rather than the 3% to 5% they anticipated back in December. center_img U.S. economy is warming up, but unlikely to overheat: Moody’s Canadian Press Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

COJ to take legal action against delinquent businesses

first_imgRelatedCOJ to take legal action against delinquent businesses RelatedCOJ to take legal action against delinquent businesses COJ to take legal action against delinquent businesses Office of the Prime MinisterMarch 11, 2011 Advertisements RelatedCOJ to take legal action against delinquent businesses CONTACT: KADIAN BROWN FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail By the end of March, the Companies Office of Jamaica (COJ) will be taking legal action against entities that refuse to comply with the registration requirement under the Registration of Business Names Act. “We will be taking to court all these businesses that have not been registered or have not renewed certification and have been served three notices,” said Compliance Manager/Attorney-at-Law at the COJ, Heather Mae Sutherland. She told JIS News that the application in the courts will allow for these businesses to be closed. According to Miss Sutherland, entities are formalised or become legal to conduct business when they are registered with the COJ or when they renew certification, which expires after three years. The Business Names Registration, she stressed, must be renewed after this time period or “failure to do so can lead to removal from the register or closure of business.” “We send out a first notice to indicate that you have not reregistered and we give you a period to comply then we send a second notice and if we still do not hear from you, we send you a final notice,” she explained. The notices are sent by registered post or delivered by field officers to both the place of business and to the proprietor’s address. She noted further that “where the Registrar has reasonable cause to believe that any business is not carrying on business, the business may be removed from the register if no answer is received to the Registrar’s notice within a month from the date of that notice.” Miss Sutherland warned that businesses that continue to operate after being ordered to close may face criminal liability. Penalties may include a fine of a maximum $15,000 or up to three months imprisonment for non-registration of business. She appealed to business owners to become informed and adhere to the conditions under the Registration of Business Names Act as certification is proof of ownership; proof of legal operation and inspires consumer confidence. Other benefits of registration include the opportunity to access loans and grants or obtain government and other contracts; the ability to advertise the business’ products and services, open bank accounts and encash cheques. Also, with registration, the business goes on to the COJ’s website which allows for anyone in the world to access basic information about the business. For further information on the Registration of Business Names Act and the registration or renewal process, contact the COJ at 908-4419-24 or visit the website at www.orcjamaica.com.last_img read more

Health Ministry Advances Work on Public/Private Partnership Policy

first_imgHealth Ministry Advances Work on Public/Private Partnership PolicyJIS 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 RelatedParents Urged to Protect Boys from Early Exposure to Pornography Health Ministry Advances Work on Public/Private Partnership Policy Health & WellnessJune 24, 2014Written by: Bryan Miller Story HighlightsHealth Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says the Ministry has undertaken significant work to develop a policy aimed at guiding public/private partnerships for effective public health care delivery.He says work has already been undertaken in relation to areas, such as nutrition, while pointing to the provision of diagnostics and radiology services as others for consideration.The Minister made the announcement while addressing the 10th anniversary dinner and awards ceremony for diagnostics firm, Island Radiology. Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says the Ministry has undertaken significant work to develop a policy aimed at guiding public/private partnerships for effective public health care delivery.He says work has already been undertaken in relation to areas, such as nutrition, while pointing to the provision of diagnostics and radiology services as others for consideration under the proposed arrangement.The Minister made the announcement while addressing the 10th anniversary dinner and awards ceremony for diagnostics firm, Island Radiology, at Club Hotel Riu, in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, on June 21.Meanwhile, Dr. Fenton Ferguson, again, underscored the need for the government and private sector to partner in delivering adequate quality health care, particularly in light of prevailing economic challenges.“We believe that in a period of tight fiscal constraints, no government present or future will be able to take on all the responsibilities of (public) health (care delivery), alone,” he contended.Dr. Ferguson pointed out that current public health care expenditure in Jamaica accounts for approximately 5.8 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP). Of this figure, he said the government finances three per cent of the cost, and the private sector – 2.8 per cent.The Minister said recommendations tabled at a recent Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) meeting he attended, propose that government expenditure should cover approximately six per cent of overall costs.He, however, argued that in light of Jamaica’s current economic challenges, a public/private partnership for this engagement is more practical and “very essential” approach to offsetting costs and delivering quality medical care.Against this background, Dr. Ferguson commended the management of Island Radiology on their decision to invest in the provision of a much needed service. Photo: JIS PhotographerHealth Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, emphasizes a point while addressing diagnostics firm, Island Radiology Limited’s 10th anniversary dinner and awards ceremony at the Club Hotel Riu in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, on June 21.center_img RelatedIncrease in Couple Families Advertisements RelatedNBTS Blood Drive Successful FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail last_img read more

Police rescue abducted Virginia teen girl; 34-year-old man taken into custody

first_imgFBI(RICHMOND, Va.) — A 14-year-old girl has been found safe Wednesday night almost 10 days after she went missing along with a 34-year-old man in Virginia.Isabel Shae Hicks had last been seen on Oct. 21 at her home in Bumpass, Virginia, about 40 miles north of Richmond, police said.She “appeared unharmed,” according to authorities.Police had previously said she was believed to be traveling with Bruce Lynch, who was taken into police custody when Hicks was found late Wednesday. The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office said a vehicle the two were in was stopped in Caroline County, north of Richmond, “after a pursuit.”He was spotted by an eyewitness with the teen in Hanover County on Monday and police previously said they feared the eighth-grader could be in extreme danger.Police said Lynch had altered his appearance, including shaving his beard and wearing new clothing, when he was seen with Hicks on Monday.Authorities previously said that Lynch was known to the teen, but declined to discuss their relationship.Hicks was located safe and an Amber Alert issued last week has been canceled, Virginia State Police said. Investigators did not provide details about where she was found, but they said they would offer offer more details as soon as possible.“Miss Hicks has been safely located and Lynch taken into custody,” Virginia State Police said in a statement. “The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office will provide an update shortly … please be patient, as they’re still in the midst of the investigation and arrest.”On Monday, investigators said there was no evidence to suggest that the teen had been taken forcefully. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

How to memorize an entire foreign dictionary — and become a Scrabble world champion

first_imgNew Zealand’s Nigel Richards, who doesn’t speak French, has won the French-language Scrabble world championships. In the Scrabble world, Richards is considered to be the best player ever, having won the English world Scrabble championships three times, the US national championships five times and the UK Open six times. His latest remarkable feat was achieved after reportedly memorising the entire French Scrabble dictionary in just nine weeks.Richards is not the only person who has wowed the world with exceptional memory skills. Dave Farrow is the Guinness World Record holder for greatest memory. In 2007 he spent around 14 hours memorising a random sequence of 59 separate packs of cards (3,068 individual cards), looking at each card once. In 1981, Rajan Mahadevan recited from memory the first 31,811 digits of pi, a record that was astonishingly broken by Hideaki Tomoyori in 1987, who recited 40,000 digits.For those of us struggling to remember what happened a couple of days ago, such innately superior memory capacity is remarkable. The question of whether these people are born with exceptional memory ability or acquire it by deliberate practice has interested both scientists and the general public alike for hundreds of years. Email Pinterest Share on Facebook Memory genius comes with practiceMany books were published in the 1980s and 90s on the topic of genius and exceptional performance, with pioneering research comparing the superior performance of chess experts over beginners.What became apparent, however, is that, although some people were able to recall large amounts of information seemingly effortlessly, their memory was truly exceptional only for materials that were specific to their expertise. In one study in the 1970s, William Chase and Herbert Simon at Carnegie Mellon University had world chess experts recall the configuration of chess pieces on a chessboard. When the chess experts were shown an actual chess positioned board, their recall of the pieces was far superior to novices. However, with random chessboards, players of all skill level had the same poor recall performance.In order to answer the question of how to achieve exceptional memory performance, Chase, alongside K Anders Ericsson, developed the “skilled memory theory” which proposed three basic principles.First, individuals need to rely on prior knowledge and patterns to encode and store the material in long-term-memory – what they called the “encoding principle”. Second, encoded information needs a “retrieval structure” – meaning it is associated with a cue when first seen so that it can be triggered during retrieval from long-term memory. And third, with additional practice people become more proficient in their encoding and can store the same amount of presented information in less time – the “speed-up principle”.Techniques to tryWhat this is referring to is a mnemonic strategy. We are all capable of using such strategies although some of us are more skilled at it then others. The oldest and most common method is the method of loci (Latin for “places”). In the method of loci, the mnemonist first creates a series of places, imagined rooms (the encoding principle), then puts what is to be remembered in said rooms, and finally walks from room to room in a fixed order, to recall the material (retrieval structure principle).The more familiar and elaborate the detail of the imagined place is, the faster they will be able to place and retrieval material (the speed-up principle). Many mnemonic methods such as loci require such visualisation. For example, digit sequences can be associated with word links. If 59 is “lip” and 47 is “rock”, then 5947 can be remembered by an interactive image of “lips kissing a rock”. Other mnemonic techniques include a digit-consonant system or converting digits into syllables (based on the Japanese language) which are then regrouped into words.Although Richards is a somewhat reclusive figure, so we can’t say for certain what techniques he used, it is more than likely that he is highly skilled at mnemonic strategies, along with having an exceptional mathematical talent to play scrabble. He, and others like him are able to utilise mnemonic strategies beyond our comprehensible understanding. However, whether it is his dedication to practice or some innate superior memory that is responsible for this ability is still under scientific investigation.By Lauren Knott, City University LondonThis article was originally published on The Conversation.Read the original article.center_img Share Share on Twitter LinkedInlast_img read more

Montauk Fall Festival

first_img Share For the 38th time, The Green and downtown Main Street in Montauk were closed on Saturday, October 12, and Sunday, October 13, for the Montauk Chamber of Commerce’s annual Montauk Fall Family Festival. At 11 AM, attendees clutched their 2019 Montauk Chamber of Commerce commemorative clam chowder mugs (red this year), in anticipation of sampling their choice of red or white chowder, prepared by top local restaurants. Inflatable rides, pumpkin decorating, face painting, a sports memorabilia auction, a book signing by Dwier Brown of “Field of Dreams,” plenty of carnival-style food and drink, a farmer’s market, and more made it a weekend of fun for all.last_img read more

Protesters on the front lines in St. Louis

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(ST.LOUIS) — It’s been four straight nights of civil unrest in St. Louis, Missouri, after former police officer Jason Stockley was acquitted of murder in the death of Anthony Lamar Smith.The protests have been marked by a police force digging-in behind an acting police chief who, after the third night, stated that his force “owned” the night.Indeed, every night, the arrest tally swelled during a mix of peaceful protests and violent flare-ups; police said they wanted to tamp down on property destruction and assaults against their own.“I’m proud to tell you the City of St. Louis is safe and the police owned tonight,” Lawrence O’Toole, the acting police chief, told reporters on Monday.Powering these daily rallies have been mostly peaceful protesters who have used creative tactics to emphasize their anger and demand for radical change after another white police officer was acquitted in the fatal shooting a black man under murky circumstances.The rally cry started on Friday after St. Louis Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson found Stockley, 36, not guilty of first-degree murder and armed criminal action.ABC News spoke to some of the mothers, religious leaders and students who have come out each night. Some have direct ties to Ferguson, Missouri, where in 2014 the police officer who shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was not asked to face charges or disciplinary action.Name: Reverend Clinton Stancil Age: 54 Occupation: Reverend of Wayman AME Church in St. Louis“It’s not peaceful, it’s nonviolent,” said Rev. Clinton Stancil just before the fourth day of protests got underway on Monday evening at the University Loop St. Louis, Missouri.Stancil is one of the original advocates for young protesters to take action and cause economic disruption in the city’s most bustling areas of commerce. Protestors have tactically marched to strategic centers of the city –- the malls, downtown and nightlife hotspots. Once there, he said, his group intends to cause nonviolent disruption in the business community in order to be heard.“Kill their economy until they stop killing their kids,” is the core of the strategy, he said.Affecting the city’s commerce is what Rev. Stancil believes will force the government to take their protests seriously.He believes the message of Black Lives Matter hasn’t wavered.“We can never say all lives matter until black lives matter,” he said. “White brother and sisters that are standing in solidarity need to speak up in this community.”Rev. Stancil said protesting is one of the ways to bring the youth of St. Louis together, with support and guidance.The movement, he said, has evolved since the protests in Michael Brown’s name in Ferguson; the Anthony Lamar Scott protests are more strategic.In Ferguson, protesters damaged their own community businesses and neighborhoods.Rev. Stencil hopes that this time protesters learn from Ferguson and focus on mass disruption.“We are no longer going to set fire,” he said, as he was heading into a meeting to devise where the next protest would be held. “We are going to disrupt until we get a seat at the table and a change in policy where police are held accountable for their actions.” Name: Fredrick “Fred” Scott Age: 65 Occupation: Retired and father of four sonsFred Scott came out during the protests and defiantly raised his handmade sign that reads, “Stop killing us!”It was a departure from his Ferguson sign that read: “Go kill Isis and leave us alone.”He said he has made it a mission to try to be on the streets during every protest calling out questionable police tactics.“I’m out there to represent the black brothers in the U.S.,” he said. “I’m there to support the young black people or any black man.”As a father raising four black sons, ranging from the ages of 24 to 50, in St. Louis, Scott feels he has a duty to be out and amongst the protests as opposed to watching them on the television.The retiree has encouraged his sons to join the protests too.His sons were with him protesting in Ferguson and the Scotts have taken their family unit to protest in St. Louis.“I try to gather them when I can, to teach them the right way so they know for the future,” he said.Over the past four days and whenever he and his sons attend any protest, Scott maintains that he and his sons follow the police instructions and always march peacefully.Despite the headway he feels has been made since Ferguson, Scott laments that the destruction hasn’t stopped.“I’m not trying to be destructive, I’m fed up,” he said as the sun began setting in the city. “Being a black man with black sons is scary.” Name: Anna Robinson Age: 20 Title: Freshman at the St. Louis Community College at Forest ParkAnna Robinson had never been to a protest before, but the chants and the amassing crowds outside of her downtown apartment downtown over the past days changed that.The student rushed downstairs and asked some of the protesters how she could get involved. The answer, they told her, was to stay outside.Robinson became a part of the cause and now she is also considering a law enforcement studies major.“I really didn’t know what I was expecting,” she said. “It was one of those experiences that gives you an interesting perspective of what’s really going on.”After 30 minutes, she said the peaceful protest turned surly with St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson’s home windows getting smashed and she said she saw some infighting amongst the protesters.The experience has reinforced her desire to help those she sees as disenfranchised.“There are corrupt cops out there, and I do not think that most cops are like that,” Robinson said.She said the diverse crowd of protesters was a surprise. She described seeing Hispanic, white, black and Asian activists, as well as retired cops and soldiers, working in solidarity.Robinson said she wants to help Black Lives Matter and plans to attend more of the protests in St. Louis, as long as they stay peaceful.Name: Michelle Higgins Age: 36 Title: Director of Faith for JusticeSomething about the man in the crowd during Saturday night’s rally didn’t sit right with Michelle Higgins.She said he was dressed in plainclothes and walking with a German shepherd, but she said he wasn’t blending in.“He was clearly a cop trying to keep undercover, but that was triggering,” she said.ABC News cannot confirm the identity of the man or why he was present.But the fact that a dog was walked out into the crowd of protesters hit Higgins hard. She said it hearkened back to the Civil Rights Movement’s past when dogs “were trained to attack us.” Higgins said she is encouraged by what she calls “the season of protest.”The past days have been speaking to not only Smith’s death but everyday atrocities.“What is unseen is how endangered black lives are and how hostile police are trained to be against black lives,” she said.She believes how police are being taught from the beginning needs to change.“When police take to the street they are trained to fear us before they hear us,” she said.After Ferguson, Higgins said that black people became “more and more aware of their political power.”She said coming out strong in St. Louis day after day has reinforced the message and represents positive change.“We can strike a healthy fear in places where power is held,” she said. Name: Emily Davis Age: 41 Title: Mother of three childrenEmily Davis is from Ferguson, Missouri.In the past four days, she has done everything possible to not miss protests in St. Louis.The effort isn’t merely helping but also setting an example to her kids ages 6, 10, and 11-years-old.“It’s the right thing to do,” she said. “I need my kids to see that it’s not okay to stand there and watch … It’s not okay. I need them to see me doing something.”She’s brought her own signs to the cause, including: “Due to injustice road closed.”The motive behind her efforts is to maintain the spirit of protest in the streets after the marches end.“We’ve been out there writing policies, knocking on doors in our neighborhoods,” she said. “We’re coming at this from all directions.”The mother, who said she was still going out again even after being pepper-sprayed and tear-gassed during the previous nights, wants more to happen.“We haven’t solved the problem yet.”She believes the public should “demand accountability” and so-called “good cops” to “stand up againstthe bad ones.”“Communities would be safer, the police would be safer and people from every background would be safer,” she said.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Zac Blair makes cut at U.S. Open, barely

first_imgZac Blair was through with his round by 2 p.m. in North Carolina Friday, but he had to wait an agonizing six hours to find out if he’d made the cut for the weekend at the U.S. Open Golf Tournament at Pinehurst Golf Resort.The former BYU golfer fired a 4-over-par 74, which put him at 5-over-par 145 for the tournament. When he completed his round, he was tied for 75th place overall. Not a good spot to make the cut, which includes the top 60 players and ties.As players ahead of him fell back in the pack, Blair moved up and finally got into the top 60 and finished in a tie for 60th with seven other golfers.After shooting a 71 in Thursday’s first round, Blair got off to a shaky start Friday with three bogeys on his first five holes along with a birdie at No. 4. On the back nine, he bogeyed 10 and 11 before making birdie at No. 13. When he bogeyed No. 16, it looked like he was going to miss the cut by one shot.Blair will tee off at 7:44 a.m. and be paired with Toru Taniguchi of Japan. By playing on the weekend, Blair should make a check of at least $15,000.last_img read more

On the move

first_imgWITH development taking over the landscape of Pakenham, it seems residents aren’t the only ones who have noticed. As houses…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img