War of words between Boots boss Stefano Pessina and Labour

first_imgAlliance Boots has been caught in a tit-for-tat row with Labour after boss Stefano Pessina accused the party of being anti-business. Pessina, who is executive chairman of Alliance Boots, which merged with US chemist Walgreens, attacked Labour’s policies for being “not helpful for business, not helpful for the country and in the end, it probably won’t be helpful for them”. In an interview, he went on to warn: “If they acted as they speak, it would be a catastrophe.”Labour’s shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna hit back, saying: “It is important that the voice of business is heard during this General Election campaign, not least on Europe. But the British people and British businesses will draw their own conclusions when those who don’t live here, don’t pay tax in this country and lead firms that reportedly avoid making a fair contribution in what they pay purport to know what is in Britain’s best interests.”The row follows comments by Institute of Directors director-general Simon Walker last week that, under Miliband, the Labour party had lost “the hard-won respect of the City of London” because of plans for higher top rate income tax, a mansion tax and energy pricing.Last night Alliance Boots said Pessina’s comments had been “taken out of context”, adding: “Stefano Pessina was expressing his personal views only and is not campaigning against Ed Miliband or the Labour party.” The statement added: “Prior to completion of the merger with Walgreens in December 2014, the corporation tax paid by Alliance Boots was 40 per cent higher in 2013-14 than in the prior year, at £90m. Cash taxes paid were also over 50 per cent higher in 2013-14 than those paid in its last year as a publicly listed company. Overall, the total amount of tax paid in the UK, including business rates, national insurance and corporation tax, was around £550m in 2013-14.” Sunday 1 February 2015 11:25 pm whatsapp More From Our Partners Supermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.com Tags: NULL Share Show Comments ▼ War of words between Boots boss Stefano Pessina and Labour Express KCS whatsapplast_img read more

Hilco Capital steps in to lead hat maker Tilley Endurables’ growth

first_imgSunday 28 June 2015 11:23 pm More From Our Partners Killer drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com whatsapp Hilco Capital steps in to lead hat maker Tilley Endurables’ growth Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Share RETAIL restructuring specialist Hilco Capital has bought Canadian travel hat maker Tilley Endurables and plans to bring the brand into new global markets.Tilley, founded in 1980 by Alex Tilley, is known for its Tilley hat, a cotton hat popular among sailors, hikers and fishermen. The company employs over 200 people across its manufacturing, wholesale and retail operations in Canada and wholesale operations in the UK and the US.The firm’s products are stocked in more than 2,500 stores worldwide, and UK stockists include Cotswold Outdoor and GO Outdoors.Paul McGowan, Hilco Capital’s chief executive, said: “Alex Tilley has built a great business and a very strong brand around a phenomenal product over the last 30 years. We’re delighted to pick up the mantle and draw on Hilco Capital’s expertise and resources to grow the business further and take the Tilley Hat to new markets around the world.”The value of the deal was not disclosed. Express KCS Tags: NULLlast_img read more

News / The dilemma for container terminal builders: are the liner customers there?

first_imgBy Mike Wackett 12/05/2015 The disconnect between the ordering of new container vessels and the building of terminals to handle them seems to have grown ever wider. Reports of port congestion confuse shippers and 3PLs when there appears to be new terminal capacity available to carriers.Containerships are generally ordered in year one and delivered in year three, but for new terminals – especially if they are to keep pace with the phenomenal jump in size and capacity of mega-vessels, the construction timeline is much longer.The spectacular opening ceremony of the fully-automated APM Terminals Maasvlakte II facility in Rotterdam last month would have impressed guests and potential customers and brought a successful conclusion to a 10-year project to add much-needed container handling capacity at Europe’s biggest box port.The timeline was impressive; particularly as the land had first to be reclaimed from the North Sea.Indeed, many box terminal operators looking to develop new, or expand existing, facilities in western Europe might have to budget for an extra five years’ delay, especially if there are challenges relating to planning and environmental issues. Yet the need to improve facilities to accommodate the massive increase in the size of container vessels is ever present, particularly during peak demand periods.And, having commissioned a new container facility, the terminal operator must also turn its attention to signing customers in order to start to repay the substantial investment. This is no doubt high on the agenda of APMT executives, but how long will it be before this €500m, 2.7m teu terminal garners sufficient business?In this week’s Container Insight Weekly, shipping consultant Drewry looks at how long it has taken other new container terminals around the world “to get up to speed”. Obtaining new business, it notes, is especially difficult where new facilities are built in mature markets, such as Europe.In one example, Drewry looks at the woeful utilisation level at Germany’s JadeWeserPort, at Wilhelmshaven, since its 2012 opening. Despite apparent demand from ocean carriers for a deepwater facility – due to the River Elbe depth restrictions at Hamburg and the port’s occasional bouts of congestion – the take-up has been extremely disappointing.However, the commitment of two strings by the 2M alliance of Maersk and MSC, and the associated feeding required, is expected to give the terminal a significant boost this year.Meanwhile, the DP World London Gateway facility in the River Thames was many years in the making, due mainly to an ownership change and political stagnation. But since its opening in October 2013, it has won new business from several carriers.Nonetheless, it is yet to attain its target of gaining a major Asia-Europe service, and so the investment for DP World and its peers goes on.last_img read more

Unacceptable waiting times for mental health appointments in Laois

first_img Community Unacceptable waiting times for mental health appointments in Laois WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Twitter Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin has said that adults in Laois are waiting an unacceptable length of time for mental health appointments.Deputy O’Loughlin who is a member of the Oireachtas Future of Mental Health Committee, said that statistics she had received revealed that the number of adults on the waiting list for Primary Care appointments in Laois is now at 138, with the longest wait being 10 months.These appointments are those made outside the hospital with GP’s, Public Health Nurses and a range of services in the community. Home News Unacceptable waiting times for mental health appointments in Laois News New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening By Alan Hartnett – 3rd October 2018 Pinterest TAGSMental Health “These waiting times are far too long and are causing distress to the people on these lists and their families.“Our Oireachtas Report on the Future of Mental Health Care showed annual spending of €917 million on mental health which was just 6.3% of the overall health budget.“This is a grave imbalance given the prevalence of mental health issues in our communities.“People in Laois should not have to wait for such protracted periods of time to see a mental health professional.“I will raise this mater I the Dáil at every opportunity in order to see a reduction in these waiting times.”SEE ALSO – New principal appointed to Clonaslee College A further 68 adults are on the waiting list for Adult Mental Health Psychologist appointments with the longest wait being 18 months.Speaking about these figures, Deputy O’Loughlin said, “We are all aware of the importance of swift intervention and assistance for people with mental health issues. Previous articleIn Pictures: National Le Cheile conference takes place in PortlaoiseNext articleRevenue seize drugs worth €249,000 in Portlaoise Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Facebook Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Council Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding last_img read more

In Pictures: Laois businesses shine a Midlands 103 Hospitality Awards

first_img Twitter Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results GAA GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Facebook Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SEE ALSO – UPDATE: Laois county hurlers and footballers set for busy June Twitter Over 400 people celebrated the 2019 Midlands 103 Hospitality Awards on Monday May 27 at a lavish gala event in Tullamore’s Bridge House Hotel.Now in its second year, the event attracted over 8,000 votes in 56 hotly contested categories.The expert judging panel, featuring Sammy Leslie from Castle Leslie, Sallyanne Clarke from L’Ecrivain Restaurant and Eamonn Gillespie from Harvey’s Point, independently assessed a shortlist of nominees and agonised over each winner.Thirteen Laois businesses and business people received awards on the night across different categories such as Tourism/Leisure, Hotels, Pubs/Bars and Restaurants.The five-star Heritage Hotel, Golf and Spa Resort in Killenard emerged as Overall Hotel of the Year.The Pantry Portlaoise scooped two accolades for best café and best restaurant manager.Musical entertainment was provided by Dave Lalor and The Sheerin Family Band, with a selection of Midlands 103 personalities sharing MC duties.You can see each of the Laois winners below. All photos are supplied by Midlands 103.Laois WinnersOverall Hotel of the Year – The Heritage Hotel, Killenard, Co. LaoisBest Value Hotel – Maldron Hotel, Abbeyleix Rd, Portlaoise, Co. LaoisBest Hotel Manager – Darragh Cruise, The Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise, Co. Laois(Hotel) Receptionist of the Year- Theresa Fennelly, Maldron Hotel, Abbeyleix Rd, Portlaoise, Co. LaoisBest Business Hotel – Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise, Co. LaoisRising Star (Hotel): Michael Murphy (General Manager) Killeshin Hotel, PortlaoiseBest Café – The Pantry, Main Street, Portlaoise. Co. LaoisBest Restaurant Manager – Rachel Doyle, The Pantry, PortlaoiseBest Dining Experience – Tynans Store Yard, Kew Lew Business Park, Portlaoise, Co. LaoisBest Hotel Restaurant – Kelly’s Steakhouse, Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise, Co. LaoisSpecial Merit (Restaurant): Yvonne Dunne, The Willow Tree, Rathdowney Golf ClubSpecial Merit Award (Bar): Mary Bland, The Bog Road, PortlaoiseBest Caravan/Camping/Glamping Experience Glamping Under the Stars, Portlaoise, Co. Laois Home News Community In Pictures: Laois businesses shine a Midlands 103 Hospitality Awards NewsCommunitycenter_img WhatsApp TAGSMidlands 103 Previous articleOur guide to what’s on this jam-packed June Bank Holiday weekendNext articleTimahoe Festival celebrating 1100 years of tradition set to kick off this weekend Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. WhatsApp Pinterest In Pictures: Laois businesses shine a Midlands 103 Hospitality Awards Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory GAA Pinterest By Siun Lennon – 31st May 2019 last_img read more

Lockdown impacts kimchi-making activities in Chongjin

first_imgResidents of Chongjin, North Hamgyong Province, are reportedly complaining of hardships with travel inside the city blocked and markets closed to stop the spread of COVID-19.A source in North Hamgyong Province told Daily NK on Thursday that inter-district travel in Chongjin has been blocked “as an emergency measure by the government to stop the spread of the infectious disease [COVID-19].” Locals are unable to prepare kimchi “as they are unable to buy ingredients for the kimchi-making season such as cabbage,” he added.According to the source, loudspeaker vehicles from the Chongjin party committee’s propaganda department have been going around downtown residential districts daily since mid-November, issuing dire warnings that “since the infectious disease is spreading, residents must not leave their own district for any reason.”In fact, with patrols – including security personnel – guarding all downtown roads, cars or carts carrying cabbage to and fro are nowhere to be seen, despite it being the height of the busy kimchi-making season, according to the source.“Every year around this time, Chongjin residents make kimchi with cabbage brought in surrounding farms or farmers’ private gardens, or with cabbage smuggled in from China, but this year they can’t even think of making kimchi with the distribution [of goods] halted and cabbage prices soaring,” he said. Chongjin Bag Factory in North KoreaThe Chongjin Bag Factory / Image: Rodong SinmunNormally, a household would spend RMB 200 (about USD 30) for cabbage to make kimchi, but this year, they have to spend RMB 1,000 (about USD 152), causing exasperation among locals. On top of that, North Korean authorities have shut down downtown markets, driving out all the sellers, who must now sell their wares on the move.“With markets closed for the time being, locals near the Sunam Market have moved to the embankment of the Susong Stream to trade their wares,” said the source. “Even then, security personnel and patrols kick them out, so they are selling their goods on the move.”Locals are reportedly complaining about the situation, saying that authorities “should allow them a livelihood even as they try to control the infectious disease [COVID-19]” and “everyone will starve to death at this rate.”Please direct any comments or questions about this article to [email protected] in Korean North Korea hikes “party contributions” Russia-based workers must pay by 30-55% Facebook Twitter TAGSnorth hamgyong provincechongjin SHARE News News center_img News AvatarJong So YongJong So Yong is one of Daily NK’s freelance reporters. Questions about her articles can be directed to [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) last_img read more

Manager Insight: The big drivers of the health-care boom

first_imgDiana Cawfield For the past five years, the health-care sector has been charging ahead in a bull market. “The pie has gotten bigger from people aging,” says Andrew Waight, who manages CI Global Health Sciences. An aging population consumes more health-care drugs, products and services. Waight notes that in the United States alone, there are about 78 million aging baby boomers. As well, demand for health care is fairly recession-resistant. People require medical treatment regardless of the state of the economy. “From the big-picture point of view (for health care), it’s those big drivers, demographics, consumers and lots of new technology and information,” says Waight, principal of Stanford, Conn.-based Altrinsic Global Advisors. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Based in Toronto, Waight has been the sole portfolio manager of CI Global Health Sciences since 1999. Before joining the investment industry in 1993, he managed three medical clinics in Toronto. He holds an honours bachelor of science degree in genetics, a master’s degree in biochemistry and an MBA, all from the University of Western Ontario. It isn’t only the U.S., the world’s biggest consumer of health care, that is driving this sector, Waight notes. Other countries are also ramping up their health-care spending, including developing countries. China is a prime example. At the same time as the world’s most populous country has grown, the percentage of GDP spent on health care has been rising. “So you’ve seen a massive influx of investments in hospitals, etc.,” says Waight. He adds that China has rolled out health-care insurance that now covers 95% of the population. “Then on top of that, you’ve seen an explosion in the middle class in China, so they’ve become increased consumers of health care.” Another major driver of the health-care sector is what Waight refers to as the “renaissance” in biotechnology stocks. When the components of the human genome were first mapped or “sequenced” 15 years ago, there was elation over all the new drugs that would result. That never materialized, Waight says, because of the lengthy process of translating that research into medicine and drugs. “Guess what?” he says. “We’re now seeing a biological explosion in terms of the information coming out.” New technology has led to the development of more medical applications, says Waight. An example is in the area of oncology and the way leading-edge hospitals in the U.S. treat cancer today. A number of years ago, says Waight, if an individual had a suspicious-looking mole on their skin, a biopsy would be sent to a laboratory to determine whether the mole was benign or cancerous. Today, the biopsy is sent to a sequencing lab and the report will list what is driving the growth of that tumour. Waight says there are now drugs — “personalized medicine” — that are geared specifically for particular mutations. “We’re now getting better at designing drugs that are more targeted, with fewer side effects.” In the case of melanoma, 50% have a particular mutation, and there are two drugs on the market that treat it. In CI Global Health Sciences, Waight has a hefty 65% weighting in U.S.-based companies. The U.S. is “a private health-care system, so it attracts companies,” he says. Secondly, the depth of the U.S. market attracts venture capitalists who are willing to lend to health-care companies. Thirdly, there are strong partnerships between academia and business. “That’s why you see hotbeds of research at Cambridge University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard and in California,” says Waight. So there’s lots of strengths in the U.S. market.” Federal changes in the U.S., with the passing of the Affordable Care Act requiring everyone to have health insurance and offering subsidies for those who can’t afford it, has also had a positive impact. “If you’re looking at pharmaceutical and medical device companies,” says Waight, “all of a sudden you’ve got another 10 million customers who are getting their health care paid for, so they’re going to start consuming.” In terms of challenges in the health-care sector, “pricing is the big one,” says Waight. A lot of the new drugs are very expensive, such as the melanoma drug. As well, he says valuations in the big pharmaceutical companies are considered fair to overvalued in most cases. According to Waight, the high valuations have been driven by the successes in the product pipeline, and because Big Pharma companies are regarded as safe havens in a volatile world. The dividends also look attractive in a low-interest-rate environment, he adds. Looking ahead, “even though the valuations of a lot of biotech stocks and some of the pharma look stretched,” says Waight, ” it’s a diverse sector. Science does not stand still. There are always new companies coming through that have interesting intellectual properties.”last_img read more

Portfolio managers anticipate an uptick in REIT prices

first_img As a result of the decline, REITs “are currently trading at significant discounts to the net asset values of their properties and are relatively cheap,” says Derek Warren, assistant vice president and portfolio manager with Lincluden Investment Management Ltd. in Mississauga, Ont. At the same time, their yields have picked up appreciably, with spreads widening significantly to 5.5%-9%, he adds. A major reason for the recent price decline has been the prospect of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board increasing interest rates, which has been on the table for most of this year. An increase in interest rates in the U.S. would boost the debt servicing costs of REITs, says Warren, while Cheng notes that the current value of their income stream would also decrease. However, the market now believes that potential increase in short-term rates will not be as great as first anticipated, Cheng says. That suggests the threat of higher costs will disappear, leading to a pick-up in REIT prices. Over the long term, Cheng expects REITs to “provide returns in the high single digits or around 8% to 9%, which is very compelling.” In addition to providing potential capital appreciation, REITs are also an income vehicle. Cheng says the average distribution yield of REITs is around 5%, Cheng says. (About 10%-20% of REITs provide no distributions.) However, “the average investor can put together a portfolio in the 6%-7% yield range, without making sacrifices in quality,” Warren says. In comparison, bonds are yielding between 3% and 4%, he says. The performance of REITs is also tied to the health of the economy and the outlook for rents, says Warren: “If the economy is good, then rents will be stable.” Cheng notes that the weakest real estate market in Canada is in Alberta because of low oil prices, which have been a drag on the provincial economy. On the other hand, his long-term outlook for occupancy and rental income properties in Ontario and Quebec is positive. From a subsector standpoint, REITs that invest in industrial real estate are still attractive, Cheng says, although it would seem unlikely given the cyclical nature of the sector, which is usually tied to overall economic conditions. Meanwhile, office space REITS are “most desired by institutional investors and in high demand,” making these REITs attractive. Cheng is worried about long-term prospects of retail real estate REITs. “As online shopping accelerates, retail malls are struggling to attract shoppers.” However, within this sector, he believes malls and shopping centres that are anchored by grocery stores will remain steady. The residential REIT market for apartments is also attractive and is probably the next area of interest for pension funds, says Cheng. Warren notes that large Canadian and U.S. pension funds have been accumulating properties in this sector. Warren also sees potential in the retirement home sector, which has experienced significant merger and acquisition activity. This is the second article in a three-part series on real estate investing. Next: Investing in mortgage investment corporations Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords REITs Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news Threat of interest rate hike hangs over real estate mutual funds Prices for real estate investment trusts [REITs] in Canada and the U.S. have lost ground so far this year, but some portfolio managers are optimistic that the sector is poised for a rebound. “Since January [to the end of September], U.S. REITs [prices] are down 12% while Canadian REITs are down 11%,” says Ben Cheng, president and chief investment officer with Aston Hill Financial Inc. in Toronto. However, he assumes “a 10% bounce in REIT valuations, which could result in a 10%-15% pick up in prices by June 2016.” MICs and syndicated mortgages offer diversification Dwarka Lakhan last_img read more

PIOJ Head Calls for Greater Social Cohesiveness

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedPIOJ Head Calls for Greater Social Cohesiveness RelatedPIOJ Head Calls for Greater Social Cohesiveness FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Dr. Wesley Hughes is calling for greater social cohesiveness to create a more inclusive and caring society that will ensure every citizen is treated as a stakeholder.He made the call while addressing the launch of the 2005 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) Report and UNICEF’s 2007 Update of the Situation Analysis of Children in Jamaica at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Friday (November 30).The PIOJ head noted that a socially cohesive framework for Jamaica would go a far way in effectively dealing with existing challenges such as crime and heightened mistrust among individuals. He disclosed that a 2006 survey showed that the level of mistrust that existed, particularly of public institutions, was as high as 84 percent among Jamaicans.“This is very worrying and, to my mind, has to do with two things: 1) that the institutions are not functioning effectively and therefore people ignore them and do not have any trust in them, and 2) there is a low level of social cohesiveness in the society,” he argued.Dr. Hughes noted that “one of the important elements of a strong society is the degree to which people trust their institutions”. He added that institutions ranked with the highest level of trust, were those that “people get a benefit from and have some degree of expectation that they (institutions) will deliver.” These include the family, church, and financial institutions.“It has to do with how people sense that they are getting service delivery from the institutions. So it is a matter of how effective the institutions are functioning,” Dr. Hughes argued.To this end, Dr. Hughes cited the need to “move beyond the data collection to the next level of social policy.This he said meant going beyond a set of projects and programmes to a national social cohesiveness strategy which carried the message every single individual is important and had a stake in the society.Dr. Hughes said that if individuals were given a sense that the society was caring and committed to improving their condition then it “becomes easier to do other things.”“We have the policies and the programmes, and new ones are emerging. We just need to link them to create a society that is more cohesive, more inclusive, more caring for each and every one,” the PIOJ head stated.center_img PIOJ Head Calls for Greater Social Cohesiveness UncategorizedDecember 2, 2007 RelatedPIOJ Head Calls for Greater Social Cohesivenesslast_img read more

Jamaican Journey Captures Island’s Beauty

first_imgRelatedJamaican Journey Captures Island’s Beauty RelatedJamaican Journey Captures Island’s Beauty RelatedJamaican Journey Captures Island’s Beauty Advertisementscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail ‘Jamaican Journey’, a 105-page exploration of the island through art and poetry by artist Susan Alexander, was launched recently at the Broward College/South Regional Library in Pembroke Pines, Florida, United States of America (USA).Mrs. Alexander said that the book, which contains drawings, paintings and sculptures of Jamaican subjects, captures the beauty of the people, land, and culture, while at the same time highlighting her Jamaican experience spanning more than 50 years.Consul General to Miami, Sandra Grant Griffiths, in her remarks at the launch, described Mrs. Alexander’s work as “singularly special”, creating a “prism through which the beauty, grace and strength of our country and its people are reflected”.She noted that the “lyrical co-mingling of art and poetry,” as reflected in the book, “lend us new eyes to discern facets of cultural character that we often fail to perceive in the positive.”The pages depict picturesque scenes of places and people across the island, some heavily influenced by dance movements, revealing the period of the artist’s life as a dancer with the former Eddy Thomas Dance Company in Jamaica.A native of the United States of America, Mrs. Alexander came to Jamaica some 50 years ago. As a resident of the island, Ms. Alexander immersed herself in the island culture by becoming heavily involved with art education.Along with her late husband, Neville Alexander, she founded the Upstairs Downstairs Gallery in Kingston. With special emphasis on art education for young persons, the institution also mounts exhibitions for local and foreign artists.She also initiated art programmes in penal institutions across the island, and taught in Jamaica’s adult literacy programme during the 1970s.The book launch was held as part of activities by the Broward College/South Regional Library to mark Black History Month in February.Proceeds from raffles at the event will go towards the Louise Bennett-Coverley Scholarship, which is tenable at the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston.The scholarship was initiated by the Florida-based folklore group, Jamaica Folk Revue, following the death of the cultural ambassador in July 2006. Jamaican Journey Captures Island’s Beauty Foreign AffairsFebruary 18, 2009last_img read more