Arrivederci: Barclays ditches more of its Italian non-core assets

The portfolio, which has a book value of roughly €177m (£152.7m) of gross receivables, will reduce non-core risk weighted assets by around £78m.The sale is expected to complete in the second quarter of 2017.Read more: Barclays is preparing to move its EU headquarters to Dublin”Barclays Non-Core looks remarkably different today than it did a year ago – in that time we have completed the sale of a number of businesses, including our Portuguese and Italian retail banks, our southern European cards business, our Asian Wealth business and our index and risk analytics business, as well as reducing and simplifying our legacy derivatives and loans books,” commented Harry Harrison, head of Barclays Non-Core. “We look to continue this success in 2017.”Although the bank will keep its feet in Italy through its corporate and investment banking business, Barclays completed the sale of its Italian retail network to CheBanca! last August. While the bank’s Italain residual mortgage portfolio and other non-core retail and wealth loans are still part of Barclays Non-Core, it intends to run them down or exit them in due course. More From Our Partners Fans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.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.orgPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com Share Barclays today announced it has agreed to sell of more of its non-core assets in Italy.The banking giant revealed it would be selling a portfolio of non-core performing and non-performing small business and corporate loans to AnaCap Financial Partners, but did not disclose a sale price. Hayley Kirton Read more: Small business owner with an hour to spare? Here’s something you can doThe bank’s non-core division continues to weigh heavy on its results. In Barclays’ financial figures for the first nine months of 2016, profits before tax in the core business rose four per cent to £4.9bn, while losses in non-core plummeted 33 per cent to just shy of £2bn.Shares in Barclays are trading up trading up 0.1 per cent at 227.55p at time of writing. Arrivederci: Barclays ditches more of its Italian non-core assets Tuesday 7 February 2017 12:24 pm whatsapp whatsapp read more

News / XPO plans to reduce supplier numbers by 90% to cut costs, despite soaring earnings and $1bn new business pipeline

first_imgBy Gavin van Marle 04/11/2016 Meanwhile, Mr Jacobs yesterday said that despite the truckload sale, the company forecasts rising EBITDA levels over the next couple of years due to its long-term sales pipeline, particularly in the contract logistics, e-commerce and last mile segments.“North America logistics has closed $300m of new business this year, and $175m of that was in the third quarter alone, while in Europe over €330m of new contract logistics business has been closed in the first nine months. Globally, our new business pipeline is worth over $1bn,” he said.Yet the enormous double-digit increases seen in recent quarters – and again on display this week, with logistics revenues up $35.6% and transportation revenues up 72.5% – were largely to due to the effects of its acquisitions, and are unlikely to continue at such a steep pace as this is the final quarter where the numbers are affected by the Con-way purchase.“Starting next quarter, the numbers will include Con-way directly so you won’t see these type of growth numbers – but we will still see growth resulting from increased sales and reduced costs.”Following its August debt refinancing, ratings agency Standard & Poors upgraded XPO’s credit rating to B+ and classified its outlook as positive.S&P global ratings analyst Tatiana Kleiman said: “The upgrade of XPO reflects the strengthening of the company’s credit metrics, resulting from acquisition–related earnings growth and cost synergies, and our expectation that credit ratios will continue to improve over the next year as earnings climb and cash flow generation strengthens.” XPO Logistics has announced plans for a significant cost-cutting exercise, as it reported a third-quarter net profit of $13.8m on the back of a year-on-year 57.2% increase in revenues to $3.7bn, while adjusted EBITDA more than doubled to $352.7m.As result of soaring earnings, the company has raised its free cash flow target for the full-year 2016 to $175m from $150m three months ago, while its full-year adjusted EBITDA has been reduced slightly from the previous target of $1.265bn to $1.245bn, following last week’s sale of its truckload division to Canada’s TransForce, which will hit full-year earnings slightly.EBITDA targets for 2017 and 2018 now stand at $1.35bn and $1.575bn respectively, the latter reduced from the previous target of $1.7bn, again due to the truckload disposal.Chief executive Brad Jacobs maintained yesterday that the truckload divestment was primarily due to strategic reasons, although of the $558m cash price, some $550m has been used to reduce its debt – which it is now attacking on a variety of fronts.“The increased free cash flow can also be used to pay down debt, and in conjunction with our recent opportunistic refinancing of $2.6bn debt in August we have now lowered our annual interest expenses by $63m.“The free cash flow could also be used for dividend payments or share buybacks,” he added. He told The Loadstar that total debt was now under four times EBITDA, “which we are very comfortable with”.Mr Jacobs also sketched the outline of XPO’s long-term cost reduction plan.“The biggest opportunity for us is in procurement – we have a world-class procurement team and annual spend of $4.3bn across 80,000 suppliers.“Our plan is to reduce that number to 10,000 suppliers over the next three years, with ultimately 2,000 suppliers accounting for 80% of the spend, and this will be across all sorts of areas – labour, offices, trucks, trailers, facilities, real estate and IT.”Its IT investment budget for next year remains large, however, and currently stands at $425m for the year.“We’re happy to make that investment. Technology is a huge differentiator for us. We’ve built a highly scalable and integrated system using cloud-based technology that gives us agility and facilitates enhancements. This enables rapid technology development, testing and deployment. We see the ongoing enhancement of our technology as being critical to continually improving customer service and leveraging our scale.“In our last mile business, we hold the patents on industry-leading software for real-time workflow visibility and customer experience management. This gives us a competitive advantage in the last mile space, because it documents our ability to deliver superior end-customer satisfaction ratings. We can move quickly to address any sub-par carrier performance,” he told investors and analysts at the company’s results presentation yesterday.last_img read more

50-Bed Ward at KPH to be Refurbished

first_imgRelated50-Bed Ward at KPH to be Refurbished Related50-Bed Ward at KPH to be Refurbished Related50-Bed Ward at KPH to be Refurbished 50-Bed Ward at KPH to be Refurbished UncategorizedOctober 24, 2006center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Health, Hon. Horace Dalley, said today (October 24), that in addition to several pieces of medical equipment to be supplied to the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH), the 50-bed Edwina ward is to be refurbished at a cost of $5.4 million.“We are going to renovate the Edwina Ward. We need to put in new flooring so the space can be used. The Ministry of Health, through the National Health Fund, has the money to do that, but we are waiting on the arrangements to be made so that we can have the estimates ready and have someone contracted to do that work,” Mr. Dalley said.The Minister, who was touring the KPH, said there was a major strain on resources and staff at the hospital.“This is the major referral hospital in the country. Nobody can be turned away from the KPH. If, for instance, Annotto Bay Hospital has a problem and they can’t solve that clinical problem, they send it to KPH, because it must be solved here,” he emphasized.Among the new equipment to be supplied in the near future are simulators, which accurately localize cancer infected organs for treatment and minimize radiation damage to surrounding tissue, a Computed Axial Tomography (CAT) Machine, Magnetic Resonance Imagine Machine, a cobalt machine for radiation treatment of cancer, 16 dialysis machines and specialized stretchers.Furthermore, the Minister pointed out that the non-operational elevator at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital would soon be back in service.On the matter of improving dialysis service at the Renal Unit of the KPH, Minister Dalley said in order to double the capacity of the unit from 16 to 32, “the country needs another unit, either elsewhere or here at KPH, and people trained in that area, to be able to give the treatment”.Meanwhile, Senior Medical Officer at the KPH, Dr. Trevor McCartney, said that despite the high influx of patients at the hospital, quality healthcare was a priority. Advertisementslast_img read more

Rehabilitation of Bath Botanical Gardens is National Labour Day Project

first_imgRelatedRehabilitation of Bath Botanical Gardens is National Labour Day Project RelatedRehabilitation of Bath Botanical Gardens is National Labour Day Project RelatedRehabilitation of Bath Botanical Gardens is National Labour Day Project Rehabilitation of Bath Botanical Gardens is National Labour Day Project UncategorizedMay 5, 2007center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The rehabilitation of Bath Botanical Gardens in St. Thomas is the national project for Labour Day 2007, which will be observed on May 23 under the theme: ‘Honouring Our Ancestors.Strengthening Communities’.Chairman of the Project Sub-committee of the National Labour Day Secretariat, Dorothea Clarke told JIS News that the national project was quite fitting with this year’s theme, since it has a strong heritage component, being the second oldest botanical garden in the western hemisphere.Miss Clarke said that the scope of work would entail the cleaning-up and beautification of the gardens and surrounding areas; the creation of storyboards to highlight the significance of the plants and a healing garden with legal medicinal herbs and plants.In addition, there would be replanting of trees and plants that were originally in the gardens, repairing of the perimeter fence, and constructing walkways and a wishing well.The Chairman also informed that repairs would be done to the bathroom facilities, benches and gazebo at the gardens, along with the painting of kerbed walls. “We just want to do a general beautification of the gardens to make them appealing and a place that people would want to visit, not only just to see the trees but to relax in an oasis of peace and tranquility,” Miss Clarke pointed out.The Bath Botanical Gardens were established by the government in 1779. Many of the exotic plants introduced to Jamaica were first planted there, including the jacaranda, bougainvillea, mango, cinnamon, breadfruit, jackfruit and croton, which was used to mark the ancestors’ graves.Plants have also been supplied by the gardens to Kew Gardens in London and the British Museum of Natural History, which was founded with a collection of Jamaican plants.Suggested parish and community projects to mark the day include: the cleaning-up of historic cemeteries; beautifying national heritage sites; repairing monuments; and cleaning-up and refurbishing community centres, schools and churches.The National Labour Day project for last year was the beautification of Water Square in the historic town of Falmouth, Trelawny and included landscaping, painting and the erection of signs. Advertisementslast_img read more

Ag Chat – latest news and advice from Ag team 23 November

first_imgAg Chat – latest news and advice from Ag team 23 November In this month’s newsletter we take a look at:Register for our webinar on goatsPreparing for summer joiningLooking at perennials over summerFinance and business updateLooking at pastures — Curly windmill grassVine nutrition disorder app is ready for testingSuspect fall armyworm detected in Riverina.Click here to read the newsletter and if you aren’t already, be sure to subscribe to receive the next newsletter in your inbox! /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:business, finance, Government, Local Land Services, New South Wales, nutrition, testinglast_img read more

Mooloolaba Transport Corridor Upgrade first stage complete

first_imgMooloolaba Transport Corridor Upgrade first stage complete Sunshine Coast CouncilAn important milestone was reached today (April 16) with the completion of the $8.5 million upgrade of Walan Street, between Venning Street and Smith Street in Mooloolaba.The Walan Street upgrade now completes stage one of the Mooloolaba Transport Corridor Upgrade project which will include the widening of Walan Street and Brisbane Road to four traffic lanes, a new Mayes Canal bridge and other intersection and landscape improvements.Division 4 Councillor Joe Natoli said the Mooloolaba Transport Corridor Upgrade was an important transport project that would improve safety for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, improve traffic flow, reduce delays during peak periods and cater for future traffic growth.“We’re preparing now for the anticipated growth in traffic generated by residents, businesses and the attraction of Mooloolaba’s natural features, with daily trips expected to increase from around 61,000 today to more than 90,000 in 2041,” Cr Natoli said.“The upgrade to Walan Street is an important part of this future planning.“Motorists will also benefit from better access to the new ParknGo Mooloolaba Central car park and the new signalised intersection at Walan Street and Naroo Court.“Construction of the highly anticipated upgrade of Stages 2 and 3 of Brisbane Road to four traffic lanes will also soon begin.“It’s wonderful we are now in a position to move onto the Brisbane Road upgrade, which presents an opportunity to enhance the gateway arrival experience into Mooloolaba.“Thanks to the Federal Government’s $12 million funding contribution, we have brought forward the new Mayes Canal Bridge construction.”Stages 2 and 3 will now be built concurrently, with construction starting in May 2021 and anticipated for completion in late 2022.Councillor Natoli said these two stages would see the widening of Brisbane Road from two lanes to four lanes, connecting to Stage 1B Walan Street upgrade.“Located between Walan Street and Kyamba Court, Stages 2 and 3 will include intersection upgrades, provision for cyclists, landscaping and the new Mayes Canal Bridge,” Cr Natoli said.“The new bridge will maintain the same waterway clearance as the current bridge and be a 26.4-metre-wide, four lane bridge with shared pedestrian and cycle paths on both sides.“With Brisbane Road being one of Mooloolaba’s main arteries, we will keep traffic moving while we make this important upgrade.“Council will continue to make every effort to minimise impacts to the local community and businesses during construction however this is a major construction project and some inconvenience is to be expected.“Residents and interested parties will be provided with advance notice of anticipated impacts and will be updated as the project progresses.” /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:Australia, Brisbane, car, Central, community, council, court, Federal, federal government, future, Government, Pedestrian, project, QLD, Queensland, Safety, Sunshine Coast, Transportlast_img read more

Volkswagen is putting its way-hot I.D. Space Vizzion into production

first_img The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Volkswagen ID. Space Vizzion concept  Handout / Volkswagen Subscribe to Plugged In on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts.While he didn’t specifically name the Space Vizzion as the car going into production at that plant, he included in the post photos of him sitting in the concept, and described the forthcoming vehicle as “an elegant shooting brake,” an old-world term for a wagon.The Space Vizzion or Aero B will feature an all-electric drivetrain and ride upon VW’s MEB platform, which it’ll share with other members of the ID family. The power figures will likely resemble those of the ID.4 — 201 horsepower for a rear-wheel-drive model, and 302 horsepower for an all-wheel-drive version.RELATED Preview First Look: 2021 Volkswagen ID.4by Andrew McCredie | September 23, 2020 See More Videos Trending Videos Volkswagen will be sending its ID Space Vizzion concept, first unveiled at the 2019 L.A. auto show, into production, confirmed VW CEO Ralf Brandstätter mid-November.The vehicle will be built at VW’s Emden plant under the name “Aero B,” according to a LinkedIn post by Brandstätter.LISTEN: We talk EV public policy on this week’s Plugged In episode. RELATED TAGSVolkswagenStation WagonNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesNon-Luxury Trending in Canada We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. ‹ Previous Next › COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Brandstätter also said the vehicle would have 700 km of battery range; that seems optimistic, but the Space Vizzion does have a very aerodynamic shape. That shape also helps put the “space” in the name, as the vehicle will offer all the benefits of a true wagon.Volkswagen’s electric ID brand started with a set of concept vehicles, but now it seems most are making their way into production. These vehicles include the ID.3, ID.4, and the extremely retro ID.Buzz, modeled after a classic VW Type 2 Microbus. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca The vehicle’s debut at an American auto show has us hoping it will arrive in North American showrooms and not just European ones. Brandstätter says the Space Vizzion will roll off the assembly line beginning 2023. First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened advertisementlast_img read more

CU-Boulder’s Student Involvement Week kicks off Sept. 4

first_img“When students get involved on campus, they become more engaged in their campus community and establish those meaningful connections and relationships that will last a lifetime,” said Colin Spaulding, coordinator for activities and special events at the University Memorial Center. “Getting involved on campus is a great way to meet new people, connect with fellow students who have similar interests, as well as interact with a wide range of people on campus who you might not normally have a chance to meet or connect with.” With hundreds of student groups, clubs and organizations on campus, students at the University of Colorado Boulder have numerous opportunities to find their niche.Beginning Sept. 4, CU-Boulder will hold its annual Student Involvement Week, which includes a variety of events and fairs offering students information about different clubs and organizations on campus and in the greater Boulder community.“When students get involved on campus, they become more engaged in their campus community and establish those meaningful connections and relationships that will last a lifetime,” said Colin Spaulding, coordinator for activities and special events at the University Memorial Center. “Getting involved on campus is a great way to meet new people, connect with fellow students who have similar interests, as well as interact with a wide range of people on campus who you might not normally have a chance to meet or connect with.”In addition to meeting new friends, Spaulding says participating in extracurricular activities can also be beneficial with academics and landing a job after graduation. “A large amount of research exists showing that students who are involved are more likely to persist through to graduation, be more successful while in college, and be more satisfied with their collegiate experiences,” he said.Some of the week’s events include:Volunteer Fair — Tuesday, Sept. 4, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the UMC Dalton Trumbo Fountain Court.  Volunteer organizations from CU and the Boulder community will be showcased at the fair.Student Involvement Fair — Wednesday, Sept. 5, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the UMC fountain court. More than 100 student groups and organizations will be on hand to talk about how students can get involved.Study Abroad Fair — Thursday, Sept. 6, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the UMC fountain court. Students can learn about the experience of living and learning abroad and the variety of study abroad programs offered at CU-Boulder.CU Student Government Open House — Wednesday, Sept. 7, 1 to 3 p.m. in UMC room 125. Join CU-Boulder’s current elected student leaders to network and learn about the government that represents the student body, while enjoying free food.To find a complete list of the week’s events visit http://inthemix.colorado.edu/. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Aug. 31, 2012 Categories:Education & OutreachAcademicsNews HeadlinesCampus Communitylast_img read more

Schools Must Lead in Environmental Excellence – Rev. Thwaites

first_imgSchools Must Lead in Environmental Excellence – Rev. Thwaites EducationNovember 5, 2014Written by: Alecia Smith-Edwards RelatedHampton Principal and Marymount High Teacher Cop Lasco Awards FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Story HighlightsMinister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, says schools must lead the charge in becoming centres of environmental excellence and cleanliness.This, he said, is especially crucial “in a time where we have a virus around and where we are very concerned about our health.”The Minister was speaking with JIS News on Tuesday, November 4, following his participation in a clean-up and tree planting ceremony at the Dunoon Park Technical High School at Cawley Road, Kingston. Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, says schools must lead the charge in becoming centres of environmental excellence and cleanliness.This, he said, is especially crucial “in a time where we have a virus around and where we are very concerned about our health.”“Students and teachers must lead the community in establishing proper hygiene and good standards of environmental wellness,” he said.The Minister was speaking with JIS News on Tuesday, November 4, following his participation in a clean-up and tree planting ceremony at the Dunoon Park Technical High School at Cawley Road, Kingston.The activity aptly coincided with the national health emergency vector control clean-up campaign for which the Government has allocated $500 million.In the meantime, the Minister encouraged the school, given that it has access to space and some facilities to “aspire towards having a sixth form.”“That would mean that Dunoon would be fully equipped as a strong technical high school and that’s exactly what they need and exactly what Jamaica needs,” he said, while assuring of the Ministry’s assistance in this undertaking.Principal of the school, Shawn Aarons, said the day’s event formed part of activities for its 35th anniversary celebration.“We are happy to have the students cleaning their classrooms, cleaning their environs and planting 63 trees on the school compound. So we plant all the forest trees today and then we are going to plant the fruit trees after,” he said.Highlighting other events for the week-long celebration, Mr. Aarons informed that an Open Day will be held tomorrow (November 5); a Reflection Day on Thursday, November 6; a Fun Day on Friday, November 7; and a banquet on Saturday, November 8, which is “our birthday”.Established on November 1, 1979, by the Government of Jamaica with funding from the World Bank, Dunoon Park Technical High School officially opened its doors on November 8, 1979, to the first batch of 331 students.With a current enrolment of more than 900 students, the mission of the co-educational school is to provide students with the opportunity to develop skills, positive human values and attitudes, with which they can access opportunities for employment or further education. Schools Must Lead in Environmental Excellence – Rev. ThwaitesJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlaycenter_img Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites (left), and Principal of the Dunoon Park Technical High School in Kingston, Shawn Aarons (right), speak with students following a clean-up and tree-planting ceremony at the school on Tuesday (November 4). The activity was part of the institution’s 35th anniversary celebrations. RelatedEducation Ministry to Consider Sixth Form for Edith Dalton James High RelatedSolar Energy and Rainwater Harvesting Systems for Edith Dalton James High Advertisementslast_img read more

Success in The Midst of Hardship

first_imgSuccess in The Midst of Hardship CommunityJune 22, 2015Written by: Alecia Smith-Edwards Story HighlightsThe inadequacy of resources has always been a challenge for Ralston Wilson, but this was not a major hindrance to him when unfortunate circumstances abruptly flung him into playing the role of both mother and father to his two young children.Unfortunately, his son’s mother was killed shortly after their relationship ended; and his daughter’s mother, having fallen ill, died soon after child birth.A former security guard, the struggling father tells JIS News that following those tragic incidents, he did the best he could to care for his children with the help of close family members, like his mother and sister. Photo: JIS PhotographerA photo of Ralston Wilson (standing), a dedicated single father of two children. In a matriarchal society, where there is a tendency for fathers to be deemed as not fully embracing their responsibilities, the value of a good father such as Mr. Wilson should never be underestimated, but celebrated. RelatedHouseholders Urged to be Vigilant in Preventing Mosquito Breeding RelatedGovt. Looking at Legislation to Better Protect Household Workers FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail center_img Success in The Midst of HardshipJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedDifferent Approach to Policing in St. James The inadequacy of resources has always been a challenge for Ralston Wilson, but this was not a major hindrance to him when unfortunate circumstances abruptly flung him into playing the role of both mother and father to his two young children.Unfortunately, his son’s mother was killed shortly after their relationship ended; and his daughter’s mother, having fallen ill, died soon after child birth.A former security guard, the struggling father tells JIS News that following those tragic incidents, he did the best he could to care for his children with the help of close family members, like his mother and sister.“I had to try to be strong with the help of the Almighty. I tried to put those things behind (me) and just go forward,” he says.He notes that this period was very difficult, not only financially, but emotionally as he tried to cope with raising two small children, on his meagre salary, and what he earned as a farmer, part time.Mr. Wilson, who will soon be 58 years old, shares that he did not shy away from undertaking tasks normally ascribed to mothers, such as washing his children’s clothes, or bathing them when they were young.He admits that he shares a very close bond with his 23 year-old daughter Kimberly, noting that he did his best to ensure she had all she needed “so she will never be in a position to depend on anyone else or beg or anything”. He adds that he is particularly grateful for the help he received from his mother in raising her.The doting father says he is very proud of Kimberly who is now in her final year at the Northern Caribbean University in Manchester, where she is pursuing a degree in Mass Communication.Though a student loan is financing his daughter’s schooling, Mr. Wilson laments that he is unable to help her with her other day-to-day living expenses as he would like to. He is however grateful that Kimberly gets some financial assistance from family members from time to time.While limited finances are always at the forefront of Mr. Wilson’s concerns, Kimberly tells JIS News that she never felt deprived while growing up, as she was never short of the love and affection of her father, who is also her mother.“He is an amazing parent, the most amazing father anybody could ever ask for,” Kimberly gushes, pointing to the close knit relationship she has with her father, where she freely shares “anything at all” with him.Kimberly admits that not having known her mother “is a bitter sweet experience”, and is an absence which is normally felt more strongly during Mother’s Day. However, she says she is always able to cope because, “my father is always there for me”.She notes that her father who has now taken up farming full time “went above and beyond to provide for me.”Kimberly says her father is not highly educated, having not completed high school, and so he made sure she had a solid education. “He made a lot of sacrifices for me to go to community college and university,” she notes.Kimberly says even now, though she is working, she can still call on her father for assistance whenever she is short on cash. She says he is always worrying about her and whether she is able to afford food and transportation to work and school.The aspiring media practitioner says she appreciates that her father has worked very hard to provide for her, and she is now focused on completing her degree and getting a good job, so that she can take care of her father.“He is who I am doing everything for…if I feel like giving up….I worry about “how will this affect daddy”…he works very hard, but he’ll have to stop at some point. So I want to ensure I will be able to provide for him when that time comes,” she says.Mr. Wilson, who hails from the deep rural Potosi District in St. James, shares that his only regret is that he doesn’t have a closer relationship with his 33 year old son, Machel, who is a taxi operator.Kimberly often acts as the mediator between the two men who sometimes don’t see eye to eye, which results in quarrels. “If they have a problem, they both call me and then I’d have to try and rectify the situation,” she says, noting that she sees her father’s approach as “tough love”.Mr. Wilson says though he is not too pleased with what his son has done with his life after leaving St. James High, and how nonchalantly he deals with certain situations, he notes that he is “not a bad guy”. He just wishes Machel, whose mother died when he was 13, would try harder to have a more prosperous life than he did.It is clear that this father loves both his children unconditionally, and only wants what’s best for them. This is the kind of responsible parenting the Government and other well thinking Jamaicans would like to be emulated and encouraged for a more cohesive society.Admittedly, parenting is certainly not an easy task, and is even more overwhelming as a single parent. These individuals may feel there is nowhere to turn for support, but the Government has recognised the tremendous value of good parenting, and has put several initiatives in place to assist the nation’s parents.Importantly, it established the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) in 2013 which seeks to increase national awareness on the various issues affecting parents, provide support strategies to help parents address these issues, as well as to help parents connect with other parents and community members in an effort to cultivate an environment of positive parenting.In addition, the Ministry of National Security, through its Unite For Change Initiative, in collaboration with the NPSC as well as other private and public sector groups, has been working to empower parents in several communities across the island.According to Director of Crime Prevention and Community Safety in the Ministry of National Security, Courtney Brown, under the initiative, there is a series known as ‘Street Talk to Real Talk’, geared at targeted communities.“This involves…going house to house, corner to corner…and raising the issue of parenting and to hear from persons what are some of the challenges that they are facing in terms of parenting…and to engage them in a conversation as to how we can start to change how we approach parenting,” he says.The initiative provides parents with support from several non-governmental organizations.Importantly, Mr. Brown says, men are encouraged to not primarily be financial providers, but also extend themselves to other vital areas of child rearing, “being caring, being connected to that child, even in circumstances where you might not still be in a relationship with the mother of that child.”Though sometimes overwhelming, being a father has been a rewarding experience for Mr. Wilson, and is a role he would never rescind.In a matriarchal society, where there is a tendency for fathers to be deemed as not fully embracing their responsibilities, the value of a good father such as Mr. Wilson should be never be underestimated, but celebrated. Advertisementslast_img read more