first_img Alex Hogan/STAT By Ed Silverman May 18, 2018 Reprints [email protected] Tags drug pricesLitigationpatentspharmaceuticalspharmalittleSTAT+ Ed Silverman GET STARTED Pharmalot @Pharmalot Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Log In | Learn More center_img STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. And so, another working week will soon draw to a close. Not a moment too soon, yes? This is, you may recall, our treasured signal to daydream about weekend plans. And our agenda is ambitious. We hope to noodle around the Pharmalot grounds, visit the Pharmalot ancestors and take in another installment of our ‘Let’s-see-them-before-they-die‘ concert series. And what about you? This is, as we regularly remind you, a fine time to enjoy the great outdoors. Perhaps, you could catch up on your reading or make time for someone special. Or you could tune out the real world and watch the Royal Wedding. Well, whatever you do, have a grand time. But be safe. Enjoy, and see you soon…Amgen (AMGN) will charge $6,900 a year for a new drug that can spare migraine sufferers a few headaches each month, a price well below Wall Street expectations as the company hopes to avoid payer backlash that has hamstrung recent drug launches, STAT reports. The drug, called Aimovig, is meant for patients who experience at least four migraines per month. There are roughly 24 million patients in the U.S. who would be candidates for treatment. The Institute for Clinical and Economic R, a nonprofit that assesses the value of medicines, pegged cost effectiveness at $8,500. What is it? About the Author Reprints Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. What’s included? Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Pharmalittle: Amgen migraine drug costs less than expected; J&J halts development on Alzheimer’s drug last_img read more

first_img Related news When the world caught Covid, diversified investors stayed healthy In a unique market cycle recently characterized by greater volatility, two reports reconsider active management and the traditional asset allocation mix.After fees, active investing typically doesn’t outperform passive, as is well documented by the S&P Indices versus Active reports (a.k.a. SPIVA). Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Michelle Schriver With bond yields low and rising, what is the price of safety? Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Display board of Stock market quotes tidty/123RF Keywords Alternative investments,  Asset allocationCompanies AGF Management Ltd. However, in an environment of low interest rates and high valuations for traditional assets, “downside risks are mounting,” noted a report from Geneva, Switzerland-based Unigestion, released Friday. As a result, active managers, with their focus on fundamentals and risk management, may be better placed than passive managers to ensure downside resilience and deliver returns in volatile markets, the report said.At the same time, active management must up its game if it wants the opportunity to capture alpha and make a difference to investors.To deliver better outcomes, active managers are embracing new technologies, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence, the report said. And those who allocate capital responsibly to finance growth in a sustainable way are part of an important secular trend toward “more purposeful capitalism,” it said.Active managers are also finding new ways to replicate the role of traditional assets. The need for new sources of return and diversification is driving the development of alternative risk premia strategies, the report said.The need to incorporate alternative strategies into portfolios given current market conditions was the topic of a recent AGF blog post. Examining a 60/40 asset allocation, Kevin McCreadie, CEO and chief investment officer at Toronto-based AGF Management Inc., said a simple combination of stocks and bonds won’t necessarily support adequate portfolio growth in an environment of tepid economic growth and persistent low yields.“Too many investors are ill-equipped to handle the growing risk of a late-cycle economy that, sooner or later, will culminate in a recession and major equity selloff,” he wrote.Incorporating alternative investments is a potential solution.“From long/short equity strategies to real assets including infrastructure, real estate and/or commodities such as gold, investors can enhance their 60/40 portfolios through different sources of potential yield and uncorrelated returns,” McCreadie wrote.For full details, read the reports from Unigestion and AGF. Hedge funds look to increase crypto exposurelast_img read more

first_imgCultural Arts Projects Update As part of the response to COVID-19, on the 22 May 2020 the Federal Government announced a $500M Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program (LRCIP). As part of this program Council received $1,985,254 in funding.On review of Council’s strategic plans and asset management plans, the installation of a new lift was recommended for delivery under the LRCIP.The upstairs of the Brown Street complex, which encompasses the Hamilton Cinema, Hamilton Gallery, Hamilton PAC and the Council offices is currently serviced only by the Hamilton cinema lift, making it the only access point for people with accessibility issues.As many community members would be aware, the Hamilton cinema lift is failing, unreliable and needs to be replaced. Council determined that rather replace the cinema lift and leave the Brown Street complex without disability access for a long period of time throughout construction, a second lift would be built at the Gallery. The new lift will then be the primary accessibility point for the complex.The project tender was advertised on 31 July 2020 and Council awarded the contract at the October 2020 meeting to the Ultrabuild Construction Group Pty Ltd for the value of $208,000 (incl. GST).Manager Cultural Arts Amy Knight said the lift installation works will require the Gallery to close in order to protect and maintain the integrity of the collection.“The Gallery will close from 1 March – 6 June. This allows time for staff to de-install current exhibitions/collection and re-install new exhibitions once the lift is in place,” Knight said.“Throughout the closure, the Hamilton Gallery team have put together a full program of works to ensure that customers don’t have to miss out on the Gallery experience!– A POP-UP GALLERY will be established in a prominent location, which will showcase works from local artists.– A PUBLIC ART EXPRESSION OF INTEREST will be released to the public to develop an artwork to help brighten the entry to the Gallery, Library and Cinema.– A TOURING EXHIBITION of works and educational material from Hamilton Gallery will travel to early childhood and primary schools.“There will also be a large program of works taking place within the Gallery, including alterations to collection stores and the audit and digitisation of the entire works on paper collection. Australian Museums and Galleries Association, Working for Victoria and Creative Victoria have partnered with Hamilton Gallery to employ two full time Support officers to implement this project over six months,” Knight said.Southern Grampians Shire Mayor Bruach Colliton said while it is unfortunate we have to close the Gallery again, it is vitally important that we ensure our Brown Street buildings are accessible by all of our patrons.“We want all of our community members to be able to access our cultural facilities and offices, so this is a very important project for us. It has been made possible thanks to COVID related funding from the State Government through the Local Government Community Infrastructure Program and we thank the State Government for this assistance to make this project happen” Cr Colliton said.PAC ROOF REPLACEMENTThe current Performing Arts Centre (PAC) building in Hamilton was built in 1910.Council undertook a condition assessment of its buildings in early 2019. The assessment found that while the main building is structurally sound and serviceable for use, the roof is in poor condition and suffering leakage issues. The report recommended the roof be replaced to maintain the structural integrity of the building.In December 2020, Council awarded the tender contract for the Hamilton Performing Arts Centre Maintenance and Roof Replacement to BDH Construction Pty. Ltd for the value of $210,100.00 (incl. GST).“The roof replacement will require the Hamilton PAC to remain closed until the beginning of July 2021,” Knight said.“As they did throughout COVID lockdown, the Hamilton PAC team have adapted well and have expertly thought outside the box to be able to continue bringing the performing arts to the Greater Hamilton community throughout the closure of the building.– The Wind in the Willows, direct from a sell-out season at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne, will take place at the Hamilton Botanic Gardens on Sat 6 February, with two shows at 10am and 6pm.– Hidden Creatures is a series of school-based workshops that will culminate in a community art event held in conjunction with the Hamilton Gallery at the Botanic Gardens on Saturday 27 March– The Merger, the stage play of comedian Damian Callinan, will show in Balmoral at the Mechanics Hall on Friday 7 May.– Comedy Festival Roadshow will perform this year in Dunkeld at the Sterling Place Community Centre on 28 May“A re-opening event is already being planned for July along with a full program of events for the second half of 2021 and we look forward to sharing this with our valued patrons,” Knight concluded.“It’s unfortunate that the PAC needs to remain closed into 2021, however it is vital to the ongoing structural integrity of the building that we replace the roof as soon as possible,” Cr Colliton said. /Public Release. 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first_imgNew Parramatta NCAT’s out of bag People living and working in Parramatta and the Western Sydney region will have improved access to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) with the opening of a new registry and hearing rooms today. Attorney General Mark Speakman said the $2.3 million project is delivering a state of the art tribunal facility to one of NSW’s fastest growing regions.“This facility marks a dramatic improvement in NCAT’s capacity in Parramatta. Hearing days will increase fourfold from five a week in the borrowed hearing room in the Commonwealth Law Courts Complex,” Mr Speakman said.“With its simple, cost-effective dispute resolution process, NCAT is one of the critical strands in the NSW Government’s aim of providing affordable, accessible and effective access to justice.”The new NCAT Parramatta includes four hearing rooms equipped with high-definition video conferencing technology, five conciliation rooms, a registry, a public service counter and a waiting room.Through its four specialist divisions and Appeal Panel, NCAT deals with a wide range of civil matters, including neighbour and tenancy issues, building works and consumer claims, as well as decisions on guardianship and administrative review of government decisions.Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee said the new tribunal facilities will enable many more local people to solve their NCAT disputes locally.“I’m thrilled that these new modern tribunal premises will result in an increase NCAT’s capacity to conduct hearings in Parramatta now and position it to meet future demand in the region.. This means more convenience for the people of Western Sydney, and that’s always welcome,” Mr Lee said.In response to COVID-19, NCAT has been conducting the majority of hearings either on the papers, by telephone or by audio-visual link with more than 79,000 hearings conducted. Before the temporary changes introduced in response to the pandemic NCAT conducted hearings in 70 locations across the state.The new NCAT Parramatta Registry joins NCAT’s other registries in the Sydney CBD, Liverpool, Penrith, Tamworth, Newcastle and Wollongong. NCAT also has hearing facilities in Gosford, Campbelltown and Lismore.Download media release: New Parramatta NCAT’s out of the bag PDF, 241.7 KB /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:attorney-general, Australia, Campbelltown, commonwealth, Courts, Department of Communities and Justice, Gosford, Government, Lismore, liverpool, Newcastle, NSW, Parramatta, Penrith, Sydney, Tamworth, technology, Western Sydney, Wollongonglast_img read more

first_img Published: May 2, 1999 The numerous achievements and contributions of retiring University of Colorado at Boulder Professor Jane Bock will be recognized in a ceremony titled “Jane Bock: 30 Years of Service to CU and the West” on Wednesday, May 12.The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. in Old Main Chapel and is free and open to the public. The department of environmental, population and organismic biology and the Center of the American West are co-sponsoring the event.Bock, a field biologist, has inspired generations of young botanists with her engaging classroom presence and deep knowledge of the field. Throughout her 30 years at CU-Boulder, she has remained selflessly dedicated to the university, her department and the Center of the American West.In 1997, Bock won CU-Boulder’s highest recognition, the Hazel Barnes Prize, for the integration of scientific research and excellent teaching. She also has used her expertise in forensic botany to assist police in criminal investigations.At the ceremony, three colleagues will interview Professor Bock, highlighting her distinguished career and devoted service to the community.A reception at the Old Main Heritage Center will immediately follow the ceremony. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

first_img Published: Feb. 3, 2000 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail The University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries and the ethnic studies department will hold a day of events at Norlin Library on Friday, Feb. 18, to remember the time when Japanese-Americans were put into “war relocation authority” camps during World War II. On Feb. 19, 1942 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order allowing the U.S. military to force Americans of Japanese descent into the camps. “Amache: Day of Remembrance” begins from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Norlin Library Center for British Studies with a brown-bag lunch recognizing library faculty and staff who have helped build and preserve the state’s largest collection of documentation on the Amache Relocation Center at the CU-Boulder Libraries Archive. Afterward, a short film documentary, “Emi,” about a Japanese-American woman who recounts the time she spent at the Manzanar Relocation Center, will be shown as part of a presentation of “Japanese-American Women’s Views of Camp.” The film will be followed with a discussion led by Marge Taniwaki, a local activist who lived at Manzanar, and Nancy Kawasaki, a psychologist at the CU-Boulder Multicultural Counseling Center. In the afternoon, a reception will be held from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Norlin Library Center for British Studies with Tom Masamori, a Colorado River Relocation Center survivor. Masamori will present an exhibit of Amache photographs and slides he collected and will talk about his experience in the camp. A pilot film, “The Amache Project,” also will be shown followed by a discussion with the filmmakers, Irene Rawlings and David Foxhoven. The film was funded by the Colorado Humanities Council and also sponsored by the “Mile Hi” Denver chapter of the Japanese-American Citizens League. Light refreshments will be served at the reception. “Even though what transpired more than 50 years ago might seem like history,” said Lane Hirabayashi, CU-Boulder ethnic studies professor, “I think because of the violation of constitutional rights and the precedent that it set, it’s important to remember what happened so that if we hit a war crisis again we’ll be able to manage the kinds of questions dealing with civil liberties more effectively and certainly more fairly.” Amache, also known as the Granada Relocation Center, was located in Granada, Colo., near the Kansas border, and was a relatively small camp, holding 7,318 residents at its peak. Amache was one of dozens of camps built around the country after Executive Order 9066 was signed, allowing the military to carry out the mass incarceration of more than 110,000 people of Japanese descent, with stays of between one and five years. For information on “Amache: Day of Remembrance” events contact Lane Hirabayashi of ethnic studies at (303) 492-0419, or Melissa Gray of the public information office at the CU Libraries at (303) 492-1462.last_img read more

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via Google PlusShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail When you’re searching for an internship or job, making a good first impression is important. A majority of employers report that they check social media when screening candidates. Employers most likely start with LinkedIn, but they may expand to other sites like Twitter and Instagram. With this, it’s more important than ever to make sure your online presence is in top-shape.As companies begin recruiting now for summer interns and soon-to-be college graduates, this is a great time to update your online profiles. Here are three tips to help you get started.1. Clean up your social mediaSearch your name with Google and check various social networks to see what potential employers would see if they searched for you online. This includes photos and any interactions you’ve had such as comments, blogs and other online posts. As you review your online activities, look at your online presence from an employer’s perspective. Do you see anything that would make someone not want to hire you? Does your social media accurately represent you and your interests?If there’s anything that could be perceived as negative or concerning, consider removing it. And update your profiles to show your activities and interests. For example, if you are passionate about making change in the world, show how you’re involved in your community with photos, blogs, shared articles, etc.Being mindful of how future employers may perceive you online can help ensure you’re a good candidate. Consider if what you’re posting will keep you from landing an internship or job.2. Build your LinkedIn profileMany people use LinkedIn to highlight work experience, accomplishments and professional skills. However, your LinkedIn profile can also be a place to share your goals, interests and personality.Here are some tips for enhancing your LinkedIn profile:Choose a photo that gives a good first impression and looks professional. Career Services offers professional headshots several times throughout the year.Write a compelling summary. This is your chance to introduce yourself and share who you are. Mention any projects or work you’re especially proud of, or any awards or accolades you’ve received.Be descriptive about any internships, volunteering or jobs you’ve had, even if they don’t seem relevant.Include links to any websites, online portfolios or other work you have online. Or, consider creating your own website to showcase your work (Wix is a good resource).Have a career advisor or friend review your profile and give you feedback.Keep your profile updated and current. For more tips, check out these examples of LinkedIn profiles that stand out.Your LinkedIn account also allows you to connect with others, follow up after interviews and stay in touch with peers and professional colleagues. Check out LinkedIn profiles of professionals you admire, and follow people you’d like to get to know. You can start by making connections with CU Boulder alumni.3. Create your Handshake accountJust like LinkedIn, Handshake is an online recruiting tool used by hundreds of employers with postings for CU students. By having a public account on Handshake, you can be found by more than 14,000 employers around the world with internship and job opportunities.Here’s how to get started on Handshake:By uploading your résumé, many of the fields on your profile will fill in automatically. Make sure your major, expected graduation date and GPA were added correctly. If you don’t have a résumé, you’ll need to fill these details in manually.Add a professional photo or headshot.List your work experience with your most recent experience first. You’ll want to list on-campus jobs and volunteer experiences here as well.Be sure to list any student clubs or organizations you are involved with.Skills are the primary field that employers use to search for job or internship candidates. Employers look for behavioral skills, like interpersonal communication and the ability to work with others (teamwork). They will also look for technical skills related to the job position, like writing, using Excel or Photoshop, etc. By listing your skills, you are highlighting character traits and unique abilities that make you employable. Make your account public. You are five times more likely to be found and messaged by employers if your account is public.Think of these steps as “curating” your online presence. This is a chance to tell your story, show your individuality and represent who you are. Your online presence holds more potential than just being on a social platform – it is your personal brand!For more tips on building your online presence, stop by our drop-in hours or make an appointment to meet with a career development advisor.Tags:Career PrepHandshakeJob Searchlast_img read more

first_imgwww.ibwsshow.comFacebook: International Bulk Wine & Spirits ShowInstagram: /ibwsshowTwitter: @ibwsshowAdvertisement Home Wine Industry Spotlights Grow Your Bulk & Private Label Business in USAWine Industry SpotlightsGrow Your Bulk & Private Label Business in USABy Press Release – August 29, 2012 14 0 Facebook Email Share ReddIt Twitter Pinterest Linkedin AdvertisementBook Your Spot by 15th Sept & Save $800 + Get a 2 Day Complimentary Conference Pass Valued at $500 Included.Join the biggest gathering of the Private Label, Bulk Wine, Bulk Spirits and Contract Manufacturing Industry on July 25-26 in San Francisco. No show offers buyers a greater opportunity to meet producers who offer private label wine, spirits, bulk wine, bulk spirits and contract manufacturing. IBWSS is the only show in the US that will bring the world to you.WHO ARE THE VISITORS / BUYERS?Wineries, distilleries, importers, distributors, retailers, national and regional chains, negociants, brokerage firms who are looking for bulk wine, bulk spirits, private label manufacturing and grapes.WHERE AND WHENJuly 25-26, 2018 – South San Francisco Conference Center (July 25: 11 am to 5 pm, July 26: 11 am to 4 pm) TTB and Sample assistance will be provided to overseas exhibitors. Please email us for more information/questions about sending samples.PRICINGSuper Early Bird: $2400 – Ends September 15, 2017. Limited to first 20 exhibitors only. Includes complimentary all session conference pass valued at $500. Early Bird: $2800 – Ends October 31, 2017 Regular: $3200 – Starts November 1, 2017LIMITED EXHIBITOR SPOTS AVAILABILITYThe event will offer 100 exhibits only, so space is limited. Exhibitors are encouraged to reserve space early as booths are expected to sell out quickly. Register before September 15 to get super early bird pricing. (pay only 25% deposit now).SET UP INCLUSIONSThe show is a trestle table set up, you will not pay anything extra for chairs and tables and wifi. Your pricing covers ALL costs associated with the show. You are required to bring in one roll-up banner only and may place marketing material on your table. IBWSS will provide you with the below. Tasting Table White Tablecloth & Skirting 2 Chairs + Ice Bucket + Spittoon Glasses will be provided to buyers at the show For more information about the show, please visit www.ibwsshow.com or email [email protected] NowIBWSS 2017 TESTIMONIALSWHENFrom: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 09:00amTo: Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 4:00pmWHERESouth San Francisco Conference Center255 South Airport Boulevard South San Francisco, CA 94080 Previous articleSpotlight: Moss AdamsNext articleNorth Coast Wine Industry Expo is Dec. 5 Press Releaselast_img read more

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Energy and Mining, Hon. James Robertson, broke ground for the new US$50 million Wigton Windfarm project (project II), located in Rose Hill, Manchester on Wednesday (March 17).Wigton Windfarm Limited is a subsidiary of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ). It has successfully generated and delivered approximately 306 GWh of electricity to the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPSCo) grid using wind power.The current project, Wigton I, is registered by the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change, and has been trading carbon credits under an Emissions Reduction Purchase Agreement with the Dutch Government since 2005.The new project will maximize wind potential and assist in meeting the renewable energy policy target of 11% by 2012, as well as offer health and environmental benefits from operating clean, renewable energy facilities, as against traditional power plants.In his address, Mr. Roberson, said Wigton II will save the country much hard currency and, along with the soon to be established Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project, will drive lower electricity costs.“We will be using the new energy policy to drive a new Jamaica,” the Minister said.Group Managing Director of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), Dr. Ruth Potopsingh, addressing the audience at the Wigton Windfarm 11 project in Manchester, on Wednesday (March 17).Group Managing Director at the PCJ, Dr, Ruth Potopsingh, told the gathering that, while the Government is playing a lead role in developing the energy sector, space exists for private investments.She said that the energy diversification strategy must be twinned with energy efficiency and conservation, on a national basis.“As we move towards realizing the achievement of Jamaica’s energy diversification strategy, only a concerted effort will achieve the change of successful reduction of our use of petroleum energy to make the difference to our environment and most importantly, our energy bill,” she stated.The Wigton II is 100% debt financed from the PetroCaribe Fund, and commissioning of the plant is scheduled to commence in July 2010. Minister Breaks Ground for Wind Energy Expansion TechnologyMarch 18, 2010 RelatedMinister Breaks Ground for Wind Energy Expansion RelatedMinister Breaks Ground for Wind Energy Expansioncenter_img RelatedMinister Breaks Ground for Wind Energy Expansion Advertisementslast_img read more

first_imgStory HighlightsThe Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has received an additional 15 vehicles to strengthen its crime fighting efforts in resort areas across five rural parishes.The brand-new Toyota Corolla motor cars, acquired by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) at a cost of $28.2 million, were handed over to Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington, during a ceremony held on Wednesday, February 27, at the Commissioner’s Old Hope Road offices.The units will be deployed to the parishes of Trelawny, St. James, Hanover, Westmoreland and St. Mary. The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has received an additional 15 vehicles to strengthen its crime fighting efforts in resort areas across five rural parishes.The brand-new Toyota Corolla motor cars, acquired by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) at a cost of $28.2 million, were handed over to Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington, during a ceremony held on Wednesday, February 27, at the Commissioner’s Old Hope Road offices.The units will be deployed to the parishes of Trelawny, St. James, Hanover, Westmoreland and St. Mary.State Minister for Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Damian Crawford, who addressed the handing over ceremony on behalf of portfolio Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, said it is important that crime fighters are provided with the necessary tools to effectively execute their duties.He further congratulated the Ministry of National Security for the outstanding job it has been doing, particularly as it regards the recent reduction in the crime rate and Commissioner Ellington, “under whose watch this has been accomplished.”Mr. Crawford urged the men and women of the JCF to “keep up the good work and to utilise the vehicles well”.National Security Minister, Hon. Peter Bunting, in conveying gratitude, noted the importance of investing in the country’s security infrastructure. Such provision, he said, will result in direct benefits not only for the tourism product, but for all other productive sectors.Commissioner Ellington, for his part, said the majority of the vehicles will be utilised for highway policing to ensure the safety of tourists on the roadways. He said the traffic police will be out in their numbers in these resort towns to enforce the road traffic rules.In the meantime, Director of Projects at the TEF, Christopher Miller, said the Fund is mindful of its mandate to implement projects and programmes to enhance the overall tourist experience in Jamaica, while providing for the sustainable development of the sector.He noted that to this end, the TEF has approved grants in excess of $8.5 million over the past two and a half years for projects geared towards strengthening the capacity of the JCF in the resort areas.“We believe we will reap the rewards of these investments as we work towards the development of a sustainable tourism sector, while creating a safer society for all,” he remarked.The donation of the vehicles is part of ongoing efforts by the TEF and the Tourism Ministry to bolster the resources of local law enforcers.In May of last year, the Ministry presented 16 sports utility vehicles, purchased at a cost of $32 million, to the JCF, which were deployed across seven divisions in resort areas.Additionally, the Montego Hills Police Station in St. James was refurbished at a cost of $6 million, while, through a partnership with the St. James Police-Citizens Action Committee, the JCF was provided with motorcycles at a cost of $1.5 million. The motorcycles are being used in the monitoring and enforcement of the traffic laws along the Rose Hall main road, otherwise called the “Elegant Corridor”, in the Montego Bay resort area. RelatedJCF Gets Additional Vehicles for Resort Areas RelatedJCF Gets Additional Vehicles for Resort Areas FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail center_img Advertisements RelatedJCF Gets Additional Vehicles for Resort Areas JCF Gets Additional Vehicles for Resort Areas National SecurityFebruary 27, 2013Written by: Athaliah Reynolds-Bakerlast_img read more