Zac Goldsmith targets ‘rogue agents’

first_imgHome » News » Zac Goldsmith targets ‘rogue agents’ previous nextRegulation & LawZac Goldsmith targets ‘rogue agents’London Mayor hopeful has vowed to address “rogue landlords and lack of housing” in the Capital.The Negotiator11th March 20160562 Views Zac Goldsmith has pledged to tackle the mounting housing crisis in the Capital in order to curb soaring house prices and rental values, as well as clampdown on high letting fees.Figures released by Goldsmith’s opponent, Labour’s Sadiq Khan, show that the average letting fee in the Capital has surged by 48 per cent since the last London Mayoral Election in 2012, reflecting a sharp rise in rents.The Tory mayoral candidate said the problem has been compounded by letting agents asking for a deposit equivalent to six weeks of rent, or at least one month’s rent in advance.While accepting that tenancy deposits are a necessity to protect landlords, the Richmond Park MP questions whether the fees being charged by letting agents are justifiable.“The agency fees are still very high – on average across London I think it’s around £330 and I don’t think people get £330-worth from their agents – it’s almost like a scam,” he said. “There are a lot of new businesses emerging where apps are being developed which I think very soon will effectively render the agents redundant.”London’s PRS has grown significantly over recent years. A decade ago private renting was 17 per cent of London’s housing stock. Today, over 26 per cent of London’s homes are rented privately.Despite the huge growth in the PRS, the regulations that govern it have remained largely unchanged since the 1980s, and Goldsmith wants to address the issue.He added, “We’ve got two million renters in Greater London as a whole, a lot of them get a bad deal, insecure tenancies, and paying too much and the conditions aren’t ideal and there’s a lot of rogue landlords as well.“I think the Housing Bill going through parliament takes us a big step forward (when) dealing with rogue landlords.”To help address the supply-demand imbalance in the capital, Goldsmith has pledged to build 50,000 homes – double the amount being built in London at the moment.Goldsmith continued, “I think it’s a mistake not to have any target in terms of the numbers of homes that we build, seriously.“It’s a big challenge but we can do it.”rogue agents housing crisis in Capital clampdown on high letting fees Zac Goldsmith March 11, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021last_img read more

Inaccurate info led to near miss of Royal Navy sub and ferry

first_imgTwo previous collisions between Royal Navy submarines and surface vessels show a similarity in that key decisions on board the submarines were made based on an insufficient appreciation of the location of surface ships in the vicinity, MAIB added. The submarine’s command team detected and tracked the ferry using visual, sonar and automatic information system data. As the ferry’s range reduced, the submarine’s officer of the watch altered course to avoid it. However, this turn was towards the ferry and reduced the time available for the submarine to keep out of the ferry’s way. “(T)he submarine’s control room electronic tactical display presented a picture of a safer situation than reality; this meant that safety-critical decisions made on board the submarine may have appeared rational at the time,” MAIB explained. Stena Superfast VII was on a scheduled North Channel crossing from Belfast to Cairnryan and an undisclosed Royal Navy submarine was at periscope depth conducting pre-deployment safety training in the same vicinity. A near miss between a Royal Navy submarine and Stena Superfast VII ferry occurred in 2018 because the submarine’s control room team had underestimated the ferry’s speed and overestimated its range, a report issued by UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) shows. View post tag: Royal Navy Post-event analysis showed that, prior to the ferry’s course alteration, there had been a serious risk of collision. With the sonar contact on a steady bearing, the submarine’s sonar team initiated a close quarters procedure; the commanding officer was also called to the control room. Based on the picture displayed by the submarine’s electronic tactical command system, the commanding officer intervened to cancel the close quarters procedure and ordered that the submarine remain at periscope depth rather than go deep to its safe depth. At about the same time, Stena Superfast VII’s lookout spotted a submarine periscope close on the port bow, and alerted the officer of the watch, who took immediate action to avoid the collision. After taking avoiding action, the ferry’s closest point of approach with the submarine was about 250 yards, which was unsafe; however, the submarine’s commanding officer believed the passing distance to be about 1000 yards, or four times the actual range. View post tag: submarine The Royal Navy has taken a series of actions in response to this incident, and previous similar accidents. As a result, a safety recommendation has been made to the Royal Navy to undertake an independent review of its actions taken to ensure that such actions have been effective in reducing the risk of collision between dived submarines and surface vessels. View post tag: MAIB Back on November 6, 2018, the ferry’s officer of the watch took urgent action to avoid a submerged submarine after its periscope had been spotted close ahead of the ferry.  Submarine periscope as seen from ferry. Photo: Stena Line Photo: Stena Line Share this articlelast_img read more

PostDoc in Dr. Hanping Feng’s Lab, Department of MIcrobial Pathogenesis

first_imgTwo Postdoc/Research Associate positions on therapeutic antibodyscreening/engineering and live vector-based delivery.Therapeutic antibodies are proven to be highly effective againsthuman diseases. Feng lab is working on the development of novelbi/multi-specific antibodies for treating infectious diseases andimmune disorders. The lab is also developing live vector-baseddelivery of therapeutic antibodies. Candidates should have deepunderstanding as well as skill sets on antibody libraryconstruction, sequence and diversity analyses, assay development,and expertise related to antibody biological and biophysicalcharacterization. Candidates who have research experience in yeastgenetics and engineering are also encouraged to apply. Please sendyour CV, along with contacts of three references to Dr. HanpingFeng ( [email protected]).Qualifications :Candidates should have deep understanding as well as skill sets onantibody library construction, sequence and diversity analyses,assay development, and expertise related to antibody biological andbiophysical characterization. Candidates who have researchexperience in yeast genetics and engineering are also encouraged toapply.last_img read more

Press release: Manufacturing of life-enhancing medicines boosted by new government funding

first_imgOne year on from the launch of the Industrial Strategy, this £7.3 million investment is the latest commitment from the £180 million Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) dedicated to leading-edge Medicines Manufacturing.Taking steps to improve patient access to life-saving treatments and medicines, Advanced Therapy Treatment Centres, working across the UK, will support the roll-out of cell and gene therapies as clinical trials show them to be safe and cost-effective. The centres bring together expert clinicians, researchers, scientists, developers and private companies to demonstrate how the therapies have impact on patients’ lives.Advanced therapies, including cell and gene therapies, represent the next generation of therapies that have the potential to offer treatments for a number of conditions including some blood cancers and inherited conditions for which there are currently limited treatment options.UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is responsible for managing the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, which funds the winners of the Medicines Manufacturing Challenge.Dr Ian Campbell, Interim Executive Chair, Innovate UK for UKRI, said: The 3 individual projects are: Arc Trinova in Northumberland will use new technologies to speed up the process of the production of patient specific medicines; it is currently a timely process dispensing individual doses from bulk because of the careful handling, labelling and batch release processes Oxford Biomedica will look to dramatically reduce the supply time for manufacturing by using a new digital and robotics framework to increase capacity, reduce waste and cut costs Autolus Ltd in London will look to avoid mix-ups of complex medicines on the supply chain by developing a computer based system that will constantly monitor the operation, making adjustments to timing, coordination and production where necessary, improving the efficiency of the whole system and working at a pace that human operators cannot imitate New technology can help us live longer, healthier lives and the new projects announced today will improve the speed and accuracy with which medicines get to the people that need them. Advances in technology can help us address the challenges that an ageing society presents and we are backing the technologies of tomorrow in our modern Industrial Strategy, with the biggest increase in public research and development investment in UK history. Autolus Ltd in London ‘Digital Delivery of Personalised Advanced Therapies’ that will look at using technology to boost the flawless tracking and tracing of thousands of individual patient batches to ensure there are no mix-ups ARC Trinova Ltd in Northumberland ‘Fill-Inova: Enabling flexible and agile highly potent medicines manufacture’ that will use technologies to increase the throughput to thousands of units per hour Oxford Biomedica ‘Digitalisation of Medicines Manufacturing’ that will look at how to dramatically reduce the supply time for manufacturing The projects announced today will bring real benefits to patients and boost the knowledge economy as part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy. This is vital for the UK as a global leader in the development of advanced therapies and medicine manufacturing. The Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult is playing a key role in the coordinating the work of the 3 Advanced Therapy Treatment Centres to ensure that learning and best practice is shared effectively. They will allow the creation of bespoke manufacturing and supply systems capable of operating across the entire NHS with the potential to treat many patients each month.center_img 2 new programmes to help companies produce more medicines and get them to patients quicker have been given a multi-million pound government boost companies in Northumberland, Oxford and London have been awarded £4.3 million funding to develop digital solutions, including artificial intelligence, which will streamline production of next-generation medicines in a separate series of investments, delivering on the commitment made in the Life Sciences Sector Deal, a further £3 million has been awarded to support the work of Advanced Therapy Treatment Centres in rolling out new cell and gene therapies across the NHS Patients could soon receive faster treatment thanks to a multi-million pound government boost to streamline the production of medicines and treatments, including those used to treat blood cancers and inherited disorders.Companies in Northumberland, Oxford and London will adopt new digital technologies, such as artificial intelligence, to support the manufacture of next-generation medicines and treatments.The £4.3 million funding aims to create more efficient and innovative methods for manufacturing medicines. The challenge works to set the UK apart as a leader with greater capacity for manufacture of safe, affordable and effective therapies.Life Sciences Minister Lord Henley said: Innovate Manchester Advanced Therapy Centre Hub (iMATCH), The Midlands-Wales Advanced Therapy Treatment Centre (MW-ATTC, comprising Birmingham, Wales and Nottingham) The Northern Alliance Advanced Therapies Treatment Centre (NAATTC, comprising Scotland, Newcastle and Leeds) The Advanced Therapy Treatment Centres have been established previously by £21 million funding from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and are working to develop systems and methodologies that will allow the delivery of advanced therapies across the healthcare system.The Advanced Therapy Treatment Centres are: Notes for editorsThe projects awarded funding in the Digitalisation of Medicines Manufacturing are:last_img read more

Greensky Bluegrass Welcomes Twiddle’s Mihali Savoulidis At Werk Out Fest [Watch]

first_imgLast weekend, a bounty of great musicians descended on Thornville, OH for the annual edition of The Werk Out Fest, including jamgrass darlings Greensky Bluegrass and Vermont jam band Twiddle. With so much talent in one festival, the sit-ins were almost an inevitability. Fortunately, the musicians at Werk Out Fest seized the opportunity in grand style.One such opportunity came during Greensky’s set, when the band welcomed out Twiddle guitarist Mihali Savoulidis to sit in on the song “Last Winter In The Copper Country,” originally written by Steppin’ In It. The GSBG favorite was only accentuated by Mihali’s rocking tones, and he gelled well with dobroist Anders Beck during the performance!Thanks to izeoftheworldphotos on YouTube, we can watch this exciting sit-in below. Enjoy!last_img read more

SOUTHCOM, US Embassy Security Cooperation Office, Assist Honduras During COVID-19 Pandemic

first_imgBy Steven McLoud/Diálogo May 21, 2020 Some 700 Honduran families are benefitting from humanitarian aid kits delivered by U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) to the National Risk Management System (SINAGER, in Spanish) of Honduras on May 8.These 700 hygiene kits contain soaps, toothpastes, brushes, sanitary napkins, toilet paper, and shampoo and were taken to prioritized sectors of Honduras.The donation was made in response to the request by the Honduran government agency of the Permanent Commission of Contingencies (COPECO, in Spanish) for supplies to have on hand to respond to emergencies due to the rainy season.Since the COVID-19 crisis began in Honduras in mid-March, the Security Cooperation Office (SCO) of the U.S. Embassy in Honduras through SOUTHCOM’s Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) has donated more than $150,000 worth of medical supplies, hygiene kits, and personal protection equipment (PPE).In late April, SOUTHCOM also delivered to COPECO a disbursement of PPEs for SINAGER, which was later distributed among the first response personnel working on the front lines combatting COVID-19.U.S. Air Force Colonel Francisco Rivera, SCO chief in Honduras, made the delivery. Those PPEs consisted of 1,500 KN 95 masks, 5,000 Nitrile gloves, 65 gallons of hand sanitizers, 1,500 medical gowns, and six infrared thermometers. In addition to SINAGER and COPECO, donations have also gone to the Honduran National Pulmonary Hospital and the Salvador Paredes Hospital.“Over the last decade, SOUTHCOM has steadily built COPECO’s capacity in Honduras through a series of HAP projects,” said Col. Rivera. “From 2010 to 2020, HAP funds were used to construct regional Emergency Operations Centers/Disaster Relief Warehouses (EOC/DRW) for COPECO regional offices in Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula, Gracias a Dios, El Paraíso, Atlántida, and Choluteca.”These facilities, which display commemorative plaques highlighting SOUTHCOM’s donation, are currently fully equipped to respond to natural and man-made disasters, Col. Rivera added. For COVID-19, each EOC/DRW is currently activated and providing assistance.last_img read more

Eleven judicial races decided, six go to runoffs

first_img Eleven judicial races decided, six go to runoffs Eleven judicial races decided, six go to runoffs Six circuit court races in Florida will be resolved by runoffs in November while another 11 were decided in the state’s August 31 primary.The voting also settled a handful of primaries in public defender and state attorney races.In the judicial races, every contest with three or more candidates resulted in a runoff. Those results, according to state records, are: • In the Fifth Circuit, Group 10, Stephen Spivey got 45.9 percent and Michael Takac 30.7 percent to make the runoff, eliminating Anthony Tatti who got 23.4 percent. • In the Sixth Circuit, Group 22, Cynthia Newton with 31.9 percent and Jack Day with 24.7 percent will meet in the runoff. They bested Walter Schafer, Jr., with 20.8 percent, Bill Vinson with 12.4 percent, and Michael Berry, Sr., with 10.2 percent. • In the Eighth Circuit, Group 9, Mark Moseley narrowly led Harvey Baxter, 32.9 to 31.4 percent. Eliminated were Dan Sikes with 15.5 percent and Craig Hall with 20.2 percent. • In the 11th Circuit, Group 40, William Thomas and Catherine Parks ran neck and neck, with 30 and 29.9 percent respectively, to make the runoff. They led Jose Velis with 23 percent and Don Cohn with 17.1 percent. • In the 12th Circuit, Group 2, Diana Moreland with 44 percent and Susan Chapman with 31.4 percent made the runoff. They eliminated William Salomone with 8.4 percent and Michael Mosca with 16.2 percent. • In the 19th Circuit, Group 2, Gary Sweet with 30.9 percent and Bob Pegg with 22.9 percent will meet in November. They led Jim Harpring with 18.4 percent, Albert Moore with 11.6 percent, and Darren Steele with 16.2 percent. Decided Races In contests that were decided in the August 31 balloting: • In the Fifth Circuit, Group 24, Willard Pope defeated Scott Wynn 53.6 to 46.4 percent. • In the Sixth Circuit, Group 18, George Greer bested Jan Govan 65 to 35 percent. • In the 11th Circuit, Group 3, John Schlesinger outpolled Teresa Pooler 57.1 to 42.9 percent. • In the 11th Circuit, Group 32, Barbara Areces topped D. Bruce Levy 57.9 to 42.1 percent. • In the 11th Circuit, Group 45, Peter Adrien defeated Henry Harnage, 57 to 43 percent. • In the 13th Circuit, Group 17, Charles “Ed” Bergmann defeated Beth Reineke 58.5 to 41.5 percent. • In the 15th Circuit, group 4, Martin Cohn topped Robert Arnold 53.5 to 46.5 percent. • In the 17th Circuit, Group 13, Hope Tieman-Bristol won over Mila Schwartzreich 53.6 to 46.4. (Although the election ran generally with few glitches, the Florida Secretary of State’s Web site erroneously reported that Schwartzreich won with 100 percent of the vote. The Broward County Supervisor of Elections Web site had the correct totals.) • In the 17th Circuit, Group 51, Cheryl Aleman overcame Robert Malove, 52.9 to 47.1 percent. • In the 19th Circuit, Group 1, Jim McCann bested Robert Belanger 58.5 to 41.5 percent.The state does not track results for county judge elections. PDs and Prosecutors In the only public defender primary, incumbent Democrat Rick Parker defeated challenger Dean Galigani 59.7 to 40.3 percent. He has no opposition in November.There were three primaries for state attorney around the state. In the 11th Circuit Republican primary, Al Milian defeated Leslie Rothenberg 71.2 to 28.8 percent, winning the right to face incumbent Democrat Katherine Fernandez Rundle in November. In the 13th Circuit Republican Primary, incumbent Mark Ober defeated Robin Fuson 76.2 to 23.8 percent. He won another term as there is no general election opponent. In the 16th Circuit, incumbent Republican Mark Kohl defeated Jonathan Ellsworth 53.6 to 46.4 percent. Kohl also won reelection as there is no general election opponent.center_img September 15, 2004 Regular Newslast_img read more

COVID-19: Riot breaks out in North Sulawesi prison amid virus fears

first_img“The inmates have been on edge because of COVID-19. We released 115 convicts yesterday, while the remaining 435 inmates were to stay in prison,” Lumaksono said.““These remaining inmates had also asked for parole because they were scared of [the pandemic].”Read also: COVID-19: Indonesia releases more than 5,500 inmates, plans to free 50,000As of Sunday, North Sulawesi had recorded at least 17 confirmed COVID-19 cases and two deaths caused by the disease. A riot broke out at Manado Penitentiary in North Sulawesi, allegedly triggered by visitation restrictions and early release of inmates amid COVID-19 concerns, culminating in a massive fire that razed parts of the prison complex on Saturday afternoon.A propane tank inside the prison appeared to have been ruptured by an as-yet-unidentified party at around 4:30 p.m. local time, resulting in the blaze that went on to damage some of the building’s vital infrastructures. Several areas in the correctional facility were still on fire hours later at 8:30 p.m.Lumaksono, the head of the Law and Human Rights Ministry office in North Sulawesi, confirmed that a riot had taken place at the penitentiary. Prison warden Sulistyo Ariwibowo remained tight-lipped as to what caused the unrest. Other members of the local police force who were at the scene to apprehend those involved in the riot are also yet to have any conclusive answer.“We have yet to learn the exact cause [of the incident]. Right now, members of the local police force and mobile brigade are securing the premises,” said Manado Police chief Sr. Comr. Benny Bawensel.Rumors have since circulated that the riot was incited by a number of drug convicts who had been complaining about the alleged restriction of their visitation privileges. The prison management had purportedly limited prison visits to prevent the distribution of illicit drugs in the building.Speculation was also rife that the incident was triggered by several inmates who envied their fellow inmates who were granted early release due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The remaining inmates had reportedly thrown rocks at a number of prison guards to convey their disappointment.Read also: Jokowi against releasing graft convicts amid COVID-19 pandemicNorth Sulawesi Police chief Sr. Comr. Jules Abast said the police had cooperated with the prison management to investigate the cause of the unrest. Police personnel had since regained control of the building, according to him.“The situation has returned [to normal],” Jules said, adding that around 400 inmates had been accounted for following the riot.He went on to say that several inmates and police personnel who sustained injuries during the conflict had also been evacuated.Parts of the prison that were damaged in the fire included cell blocks for graft and drug convicts, a polyclinic, cafeteria, and workshop, acting director general of corrections at the Law and Human Rights Ministry, Nugroho, said.Hundreds of the remaining inmates had since been transferred to several other correctional facilities across North Sulawesi, he said.“As many as 137 inmates have been transferred to other facilities across the province – 32 were transferred to Bitung Penitentiary, 34 to Tondano Penitentiary, 30 to Amurang Penitentiary, and 41 to the North Sulawesi Police headquarters,” Nugroho said in a statement on Sunday, adding that there were currently 295 remaining inmates at Manado Penitentiary.Tejo Harwanto, the directorate general’s order and security division head, went on to say that 41 inmates – including 18 suspects – had been apprehended.“We will further question them,” Tejo said. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

So much work, so little time: KPU under pressure over regional polls

first_imgSuch pressure on the commission comes after the House and the government decided in late May that this year’s regional elections should be held on Dec. 9 to elect 270 regional leaders, comprising nine governors, 224 regents and 37 mayors, even though the epidemic showed no sign of easing. The elections were pushed back by around three months from their initial schedule of Sept. 23, as mandated by a regulation in lieu of law issued by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo earlier in May.Read also: Health measures will increase cost of regional electionsThe commission has since been preparing a new KPU regulation (PKPU) stipulating a list of health protocols, along with PPE, that will be mandatory for election officers, candidates and voters during all stages of the elections, from the preparations starting this month to the final vote count a week after voting day. The procurement of the PPE for KPU officers, such as face masks, hand sanitizer, face shields and gloves, can be started once the regulation is in force.But the commission has yet to issue the regulation because the prevailing regional election law obliges the KPU to consult the House on every draft regulation before passing it. Even the consultation hearing was unilaterally moved by the House to Wednesday from the initial June 17, which Pramono described as only shortening the KPU’s time to prepare the health equipment. The House reportedly said the delay was a result of their tight schedule during the new sitting session which began on June 15.Pramono said even if the House approved the regulation on Wednesday, the KPU would still have to wait for the Law and Human Rights Ministry to promulgate it.Read also: Health measures will increase cost of regional electionsThe KPU would use the regulation as a legal basis to ask the Finance Ministry to disburse the state funds allocated for procuring health equipment. In a recent hearing with the House, the ministry agreed to add Rp 4.7 trillion (US$335.71 million) to the current election budget of around Rp 10 trillion, with Rp 1.02 trillion having been ready to be disbursed this month.To anticipate possible delays in PPE procurement due to PKPU uncertainty, the commission issued a circular on Friday instructing every regional KPU officer to perform the June 24 candidate verification by wearing any available PPE they had at home, even if it was only a face mask or gloves.“The circular is our temporary strategy to anticipate possible delays in procurement and prevent this issue from becoming more complicated in the future,” Pramono said.Critics have urged policymakers to push back the elections to 2021 over fears the outbreak could continue late into the year – and even beyond it – and put voters and election organizers at risk of contracting the disease. They also warned against low voter turnout.Read also: Year-end regional polls risk low turnout due to virus fearsHadar Nafis Gumay, cofounder of election watchdog Network for Democracy and Electoral Integrity (Netgrit) and a former KPU commissioner, questioned why the government insisted on holding the December elections despite the slapdash preparation.Fadli Ramadhanil of the Association for Election and Democracy (Perludem) said it would be “impossible for the KPU to apply strict health protocols in such a short time”, recommending the KPU postpone the elections until next year.But Home Minister Tito Karnavian was adamant about the plan, saying that postponing the elections would only undermine democracy.“If we have to postpone the elections, let’s say, until 2022, that means I have to assign 270 state officials as interim regional leaders for around two years,” he said in a recent statement. “That will be a bad move since the public will be led by those who are not [their elected leaders].”Topics : The General Elections Commission (KPU) is under pressure to procure all necessary health equipment and apply strict health protocols for the 2020 simultaneous regional elections, which the government has insisted on holding despite the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic.KPU Commissioner Pramono Ubaid Thantowy said the health equipment procurement was supposed to start on Monday, right after the commission sought approval from the House. This includes personal protective equipment (PPE), which should be ready to be used by KPU officers when verifying independent candidates face-to-face on Wednesday, or within only two days if they secure House approval.”The short amount of time available to prepare health equipment for the elections is concerning,” Pramono told The Jakarta Post on Friday. “But we are confident that all equipment can be ready before June 24 [Wednesday].”last_img read more

CIBC First Caribbean Bank on Christmas campaign to raise funds for President’s Charities Foundation

first_imgLocalNews CIBC First Caribbean Bank on Christmas campaign to raise funds for President’s Charities Foundation by: – December 22, 2011 Share Tweet Share 40 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Photo credit: cibcib.comCIBC First Caribbean is determined to give back to those for whom this sentiment might not be true, and for those whom the Christmas spirit may be thwarted by difficult circumstances.In its ongoing Christmas campaign, the Bank has made a pledge to distribute one percent of net retail sales made on its suite of Visa Classic and Visa Gold credit card products to charities in each of 15 countries across the Caribbean.In Dominica, the President’s Charities Foundation Incorporated has been adopted as that special charity. The President’s Charities Foundation Inc. is a registered nonprofit organization founded by His Excellency Dr. Nicholas J. O. Liverpool, President of Dominica, with its prime purpose of raising funds for distribution among charitable organizations in the society.The Foundation was formally incorporated in July 2006 and has from the year 2004 been involved in the hosting of the President’s Charities Foundation Dinner and Dance to raise funds for constructive and worthwhile social and community oriented projects and organizations or individuals throughout Dominica. The foundation also hosts a Christmas party for underprivileged children between the Ages of 5 and 12 from various parts of the Island. While the Foundation always welcomes donations from the community, CIBC First Caribbean wants to make sure that its pledge is extra special. Deputy Chairman of the foundation Mr. Antoine Raffoul expressed profound thanks to the Bank for what he called its thoughtfulness in adopting the Foundation as the recipient of the banks generous offer. He said that the money will augment the amount given to the various organizations which benefit from the President’s foundation.According to Managing Director of Retail Banking of CIBC First Caribbean, Rolf Phillips, the decision was an easy one that is in synch with the Bank’s continued commitment to a wide range of educational, humanitarian, youth development and entrepreneurship programmes that benefit a wide cross-section of people across the region.Country Head Paul Frampton stated that the Bank had a special affiliation with the President’s Charities Foundation Inc. and was always keen on supporting this very special cause.The Christmas campaign will climax on December 31st 2011 and thereafter the funds will be transferred.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more