Douglas to form new Department of Labor

first_imgGovernor Announces Plan to Merge Departments to Form New Department ofLaborGinevan to Retire, McDonald to Head DET & Merger Effort, Terrill will Moveto AOTMontpelier, Vt.- The Douglas administration is proposing to merge theDepartment of Employment and Training (DET) and the Department of Laborand Industry (DLI) to create a single Department of Labor, Governor JimDouglas has announced.Current DET Commissioner Anne Ginevan, however, is retiring; the effectivedate of her departure is still to be determined. Ginevan, 63, and aresident of Middlebury, is the second direct appointee to step down at theend of the Governor’s first term.”Anne is a proven administrator, has done a great job working tostrengthen our network of job training and education programs and has astrong understanding of government affairs and the legislative process.She has been a valuable member of our team and will be missed.” Douglassaid.”The next step is for us to move forward with our plan to merge theDepartment of Employment and Training with the Department of Labor andIndustry to create a one-stop-shopping model for job training, workforcedevelopment, and responsible labor and industry policy,” Douglas added.”Empowering Vermonters with the skills that they need to succeed in the21st Century economy is a central component of my job creation strategy.”Governor Douglas will appoint current Agency of Transportation SecretaryPatricia McDonald, 61, of Berlin, to fill the vacancy at DET.Douglas said McDonald’s public and private sector management experience,and her relationship with key legislators will be important to the successof the merger proposal. “Pat’s banking and human resources managementexperience, coupled with her strong record of government service, make heran excellent choice to lead this effort,” Douglas said.Before working for state government, McDonald worked for CIBA-GEIGYCorporation for 20 years, moving to Vermont in 1989 to take a position asVice President of Human Relations and Regulatory Management at TheMerchant’s Bank. In 1994, McDonald was appointed Commissioner of MotorVehicles and in 2000 became Deputy Commissioner of Education. Prior toher appointment at AOT McDonald served as Commissioner of Personnel.Current Deputy Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and CommunityDevelopment Dawn Terrill will be appointed Vermont’s next Secretary ofTransportation. Terrill, 36, is a resident of Colchester.Prior to her appointment as Deputy Secretary of Commerce, Terrill servedas President and CEO of Hill Associates in Colchester, Vermont, a companythat provides education and training to service providers and equipmentmanufacturers in the telecommunications industry.Terrill joined Hill Associates in 1988, holding various managementpositions including those of Chief Financial Officer and Senior VicePresident.Her new agency has the mission of maintaining a transportation system thatallows for the safe movement of people and goods in a cost-effective,environmentally sensitive and timely manner. AOT oversees approximately14,000 miles of roadway, 320 miles of Interstate, over 2,370 miles oftoll-free state highways, 11,210 miles of municipal roads, 13 publictransit system, 16 public use airports, ten state-owned airports, and 623miles of rail, roughly half of which is state-owned.Douglas said he sought someone “who is a proven manager and whounderstands that maintaining and improving our transportationinfrastructure is critical to our job creation strategy. I have everyconfidence in Dawn’s ability to build on the tremendous progress we’vemade in the last two years.”###last_img read more

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Garlic stock will only suffice until April without Chinese imports

first_imgIndonesians could find it difficult to buy garlic during the Ramadan holiday season this year if the country fails to get imports from China soon, an official has said.Food Resilience Agency (BKP) head Agung Hendriadi said that the garlic stock had already fallen to 80,000 tons as of Thursday. With monthly garlic consumption of some 46,000 tons, current stocks would only suffice until April.So far, the Trade Ministry has only issued import permit letters for 62,000 tons out of 103,000 tons recommended by the Agriculture Ministry. Agung urged the Trade Ministry to issue a permit for at least 80,000 tons of garlic to fulfil domestic needs. Read also: Rising garlic price cannot be blamed on coronavirusIndonesia has long depended on China, the world’s leading garlic producer, to fulfil its domestic garlic consumption. In 2019 alone, Indonesia imported around 465,000 tons of garlic with an import value of nearly $530 million, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data showed.Indonesia is only able to produce 85,000 tons per year or only 10 percent of annual garlic needs, with the remaining 90 percent fulfilled by imports.The Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) commissioner Guntur Saragih also voiced concern on Feb. 14 but said the rising prices could not be blamed on the coronavirus.He instead blamed slow import realization for the scarcity, which he said had already happened before the virus broke out. The KPPU said that the government had issued import recommendations for more than 100,000 tons, 60,000 tons of which would be used to ensure supplies until the Ramadhan holidays – which were unrealized as of Feb. 14.”It’s a problem when imports are done late. Supply will certainly thin out, thus automatically shifting [prices],” Guntur said. However, his team’s investigation had yet to ascertain whether importers were intentionally holding back imports to push up prices.This is not the first time that garlic prices have skyrocketed. Last year, garlic prices spiked to more than Rp 80,000 per kg due to import recommendations not being issued until April 2019.Topics : “We are also trying to [import] from other countries like India and Thailand that also produce garlic,” he told reporters after a discussion with the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) in Jakarta on Thursday.The latest import effort aims to maintain supply and avoid further price increases amid the coronavirus outbreak. The virus has been blamed for the diminishing garlic supply from China, thereby spiking the commodity’s price in Indonesia.The price currently stands at a national average of Rp 46,600 (US$3.35) per kilogram, almost double the usual Rp 25,000 to Rp 30,000 per kg, according to the Information Center for Strategic Food Prices (PIHPS).“Insya Allah [God Willing], we hope that the coronavirus will go away soon so that we can rejoice once again,” Agung added.last_img read more

Canada finance minister resigns amid friction with Trudeau and charity scandal

first_img“This morning I went to the prime minister and I tendered my resignation,” Morneau told reporters at a hastily arranged news conference on Monday evening.”It’s appropriate that the prime minister find someone with a longer term approach for the role, since I’m not running for office,” he added.Morneau’s Toronto seat, a mix of low-income flats and million dollar homes that the party has held since 1993, is unlikely to be at risk for the Liberals, who have a minority government.One front-runner to replace Morneau is Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, a close Trudeau ally, who has held several high-profile cabinet roles. Canada’s finance minister resigned on Monday amid friction with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over spending policies and after coming under fire for his ties to a charity tapped to run a student grant program.Bill Morneau said he would not run for parliament again and would instead seek to become the next secretary general of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).Just last week, Trudeau had expressed confidence in his finance minister as rumors swirled of a rift between the two men. Morneau, 57, has been in the job since Trudeau’s Liberals took power in 2015. Morneau and his team have pushed back against other cabinet ministers about how much pandemic funding was needed, including to what extent the post-lockdown recovery could be helped by investing in environmental projects, sources told Reuters on Sunday.Trudeau, who campaigned on a platform to tackle climate change, believes the 2021 budget should have an ambitious environmental element to start weaning the heavily oil-dependent economy off fossil fuels and he recently hired former Bank of England Governor Mark Carney as an informal adviser, aides say.Canada’s budget deficit is forecast to hit C$343.2 billion ($253.4 billion), the largest shortfall since World War Two, this fiscal year. Total coronavirus support is nearly 14% of gross domestic product.BMO Chief Economist Doug Porter said a policy shift was unlikely under Morneau’s replacement given that “fiscal policy has been already pretty much running at full throttle”.”There has been the widespread perception that, ultimately, the policy thrust was being driven by the PM’s office,” he wrote in a research note.’Consumed by scandal’The Canadian dollar showed little reaction to the news.”We had a little bit of a sell-the-rumor type weakness in the lead up to the resignation,” said Ray Attrill, head of forex strategy at National Australia Bank in Sydney. “There doesn’t seem to be any suggestion at this stage that this any broader implications for the Canadian government.”Other possible replacements for the key post include Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne and President of Canada’s Treasury Board Jean-Yves Duclos.In a statement, Trudeau thanked Morneau for his service over the past five years and said he would “vigorously support” Morneau’s bid to head the OECD.OECD nominations are due by October. The United States plans to nominate deputy White House chief of staff Christopher Liddell for the secretary general job, a senior U.S. official said last month.Adding to Morneau’s challenges, several cabinet members were upset when he disclosed he had forgotten to repay travel expenses covered for him by a charity at the heart of an ethics probe. Morneau and Trudeau are both facing ethics inquiries related to the charity.Morneau’s resignation “is further proof of a government in chaos,” Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer said on Twitter, adding the “government is so consumed by scandal that Trudeau has amputated his right hand to try and save himself.”The clash reflected concerns among business leaders that Ottawa had little apparent interest in the economy, sources told Reuters.Business and analysts have also fretted about Ottawa becoming distracted by the discord as it tackles the coronavirus crisis.”I doubt you’ll be seeing other finance ministers around the world step down at this time of elevated economic and fiscal uncertainty,” said David Rosenberg, chief economist at Rosenberg Research & Associates.”It’s like a boxer being forced to take his gloves off in the fifth round.”center_img Topics :last_img read more