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Singapore fund boosts stake in TV firm Nielsen

first_img Express KCS whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Weekzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldLivestlyThe Best Redhead Actresses, RankedLivestlyNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableySenior Living | Search AdsSenior Apartments Coming to Scottsdale (Take A Look At The Prices)Senior Living | Search AdsLux & LushShe Hid Her True Identity All Her Life With MakeupLux & LushPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past Factory whatsapp Show Comments ▼ SINGAPORE’S sovereign wealth fund GIC has increased its stake in data company Nielsen, and now holds five per cent of the firm’s common stock.According to a US Securities and Exchange Commission filing, the stake comprises of 18,788,010 shares, which has a market value of $16.7bn (£10.9bn). The amount paid by GIC to increase its holding in the TV viewing figures specialist has not been disclosed. GIC, which has been ranked as the eighth-largest fund in the world by the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute, with $320bn of assets, has spent the past year taking on a series of stakes in businesses throughout various emerging and developed markets. Plans for a £2bn float of UK roadside recovery business RAC were thrown off track in September last year, when the fund swooped in to buy a major stake in the firm from private equity owner Carlyle Group. GIC is now joint majority shareholder of RAC together with Carlyle. At the time of that deal, Henry Ormond, senior vice-president of GIC Special Investments, said RAC was a good example of GIC’s investment objectives as a long-term investor because it “combines both consistently strong financial performance, driven by the outstanding quality of service it offers its members, and continued growth potential”.Last year also saw the fund up its holding in online pet store Pets at Home. The Singapore-based fund also holds stakes in Heathrow Air­port and the Broadgate office and retail complex in London, and has previously had large stakes in Citigroup and UBS.Shares in Nielsen were narrowly up by around 0.3 per cent on the New York Stock Exchange yesterday. center_img Share Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofBaked Sesame Salmon: Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof Thursday 5 February 2015 8:06 pm Singapore fund boosts stake in TV firm Nielsen Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Zac Goldsmith joins the contest to be the next mayor of London

first_img Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofBest Wine Gifts & Wine Accessories at Every PriceGayotHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat is ‘Ranked-Choice Voting,’ the New System for New York’s MayoralFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily Proof Tags: NULL whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikePost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment Guruzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveLivestlyThe Best Redhead Actresses, RankedLivestlyTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmNovelodgePierce Brosnan’s Wife Lost 120 Pounds – This Is Her NowNovelodge Tuesday 9 June 2015 9:32 pm Sharecenter_img Zac Goldsmith joins the contest to be the next mayor of London Express KCS Show Comments ▼ whatsapp TORY MP Zac Goldsmith entered the race for City Hall yesterday, saying that he decided to run after being approached by “people from across the political spectrum.”Goldsmith, who was first elected as the MP for Richmond Park in 2010, told the Evening Standard that he could get the best deal for the capital.“London needs a mayor who can work with government to get the resources that London needs to deal with massive pressures on housing, transport and policing but is also strong enough to stand up to the government when it gets things wrong,” he said.Goldsmith said that he had written to the 77,000 constituents who re-elected him, asking them to vote by post to consent to his mayoral race. “I have just been re-elected as MP and it’s important to know whether or not my constituents are happy for me to run for mayor,” he said. “They must have the right to say no and it is now up to them to decide without interference.”If Goldsmith wins the mayoral election next year, he is expected to step down as an MP, triggering a by-election. A longtime opponent of Heathrow airport expansion, Goldsmith has separately threatened to resign and spark a by-election if the government agrees to expand the west London airport. last_img read more

Kids today: Watching TV is a punishment for iPad generation of children

first_img Catherine Neilan Thursday 9 July 2015 5:04 am Watching TV used to be something you had to negotiate as a post-homework treat – now it has become a punishment for a new generation of children. TV has been edged out by smartphones and tablets as the entertainment platform of choice – but it is so disliked by the new generation of kids that when they misbehave, parents take away their iPads and tell them they have to “watch TV instead”.  That’s the case for half of households where children have access to a tablet or smartphone according to a recent study.  The study, conducted in the US by brand consultants Miner & Co, found that kids preferred the personal freedom of mobile devices, allowing them to watch what they want without having to compromise with their parents or siblings.  Tablets are even more popular than dessert, the study found, while TV is now second or third screen for many kids.  Miner & Co Studio said the study had implications for “TV networks, cable and satellite companies, streaming services and content creators as they market and develop entertainment for the next generation”.    whatsapp Show Comments ▼center_img Share whatsapp Kids today: Watching TV is a punishment for iPad generation of children Tags: NULLlast_img read more

National Meeting Held to Mark 3rd Anniversary of Kim Jong Eun…

first_img AvatarChoi Song Min Facebook Twitter Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak A national meeting was held on Monday at the “April 25House of Culture” in Pyongyang to mark the third anniversary of Kim Jong Eun’sappointment to supreme commander of the Chosun People’s Army [KPA] and pledgeloyalty to the young leader, reported by Chosun TV and all other branches ofNorth Korea’s state media. Army General Ri Yong Gil, alternate member of the PoliticalBureau of the Central Committee of the Chosun Workers’ Party and chief of theChosun People’s Army General Staff, delivered a report at the event, wherein hedeclared that Kim Jong Eun “is recording the ever-victorious revolutionaryhistory with his great idea, distinguished leadership ability and noblevirtues. “General Ri went on to praise the military advancementstaking place under Kim Jong Eun’s rule. “He saw to it that the level of armsand equipment was steadily raised as required by a modern war and thereby putthe military and technical might of the KPA on the highest level whereby it canbeat back any formidable enemy at one blow,” he stated, noting Kim Jong Eun’s Songun politics and “politics of independence” as the mechanismsensuring that “stern sledge-hammer blows are dealt at the heinous moves of theseparatist forces at home and abroad to escalate confrontation with theDPRK.” “The whole country is seething with a great leap forward andinnovations in the production and construction by dint of the army-peoplecoordinated operations, the concerted efforts of the KPA holding high thebanner of carrying out the WPK’s idea and defending the WPK’s policies,” the report went on, ascribing all the achievements to the young leader’s unwavering guidance.Those present at the event included Kim Ki Nam, Choe ThaeBok, Ri Yong Gil, and “other senior officials of the party, state and army,members of the party central guidance organs in Pyongyang…[and] officialsand labor innovators of institutions, factories and enterprises.” Conversely, Hwang Pyong So, the director of the GeneralPolitical Department of the Korean People’s Army, and Choe Ryong Hae, secretaryof the Chosun Workers’ Party were absent from the event.Kim Jong Eun first assumed the position of supreme commanderof the KPA on December 30th, 2011, 13 days after the death of Kim Jong Il. North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China News News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img National Meeting Held to Mark 3rd Anniversary of Kim Jong Eun as Supreme Commander News By Choi Song Min – 2014.12.30 9:24pm There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest SHARE News last_img read more

BMOAM introduces five new ETFs

first_imgBusinessman progress strategy calculations Mixed media nexusplexus/123RF The fixed-income ETFs include:> BMO Short-Term Bond Index ETF, which offers exposure to one- to five-year Canadian investment-grade bonds. It has an estimated management expense ratio (MER) of 0.10%.>BMO Corporate Bond Index ETF, which offers exposure to Canadian investment-grade corporate bonds across all sectors and maturities. It has an estimated MER of 0.17%.>BMO Government Bond Index ETF, which provides investors with exposure to Canadian federal, provincial and municipal bonds across all maturities. It has an estimated MER of 0.17%.“We recognize that investors are searching for solutions in a rapidly changing fixed income market,” says Kevin Gopaul, head of BMO Global Asset Management Inc., in a statement. “We deliver tailored ETFs that are as wide or as precise as investors’ needs to build the best possible portfolios.”In addition, BMOAM is adding hedged and unhedged options to two existing specialty income ETFs. The new ETFs include:> BMO Europe High Dividend Covered Call ETF, which offers exposure to a portfolio of dividend-paying European companies with a covered call overlay. It has an estimated MER of 0.73%. BMOAM also offers a currency-hedged version of this ETF: BMO Europe High Dividend Covered Call Hedged to CAD ETF.> BMO US High Dividend Covered Call Hedged to CAD ETF, which provides exposure to a portfolio of dividend-paying U.S. companies with a covered-call overlay. It has an estimated MER of 0.73%. BMOAM also offers a non-currency-hedged version of that ETF: BMO US High Dividend Covered Call ETF.BMOAM is the second largest provider of ETFs in Canada in terms of assets under management (AUM), with $47.5 billion in AUM as of the end of February, according to figures from National Bank Financial Inc. Related news Toronto-based BMO Asset Management Inc. (BMOAM) has announced the launch of five new ETFs, including three Canadian fixed-income funds.The new ETFs began trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Wednesday. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media BMO InvestorLine launches commission-free trading for ETFs Megan Harman Keywords ETFsCompanies BMO Asset Management Desjardins to close four ETFs Ninepoint launches three ETFs on NEO Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Conflicts, crypto, cyber risk: the year ahead in compliance

first_imgOSC corporate finance report aims to aid compliance Regulators must avert looming irrelevance: IAP Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Bitcoin should face tough capital rules, Basel Committee says One of the self-regulatory organization’s (SRO) major focuses is the implementation of the CFRs, which will take place in two stages: certain requirements come into force on June 30 and the rest will be adopted by Dec. 31.To aid compliance with the new requirements, IIROC said it will publish additional guidance relating to know-your-client (KYC) and suitability obligations.It also said it’s enhancing its business conduct compliance exam efforts to incorporate the new CFR rules.In particular the report noted the new requirements related to conflicts of interest that take effect June 30. Reviewing firms’ approach to managing conflicts — specifically compensation-related conflicts — has already been a focus of IIROC’s compliance work for the past several years, it said, but the CFR amendments will raise the bar.“The reliance on disclosure alone as a means of addressing conflicts will generally not be sufficient, and furthermore the nature of the disclosure must include a description of the manner in which the firm is addressing the identified conflict in the best interests of clients,” the report said.IIROC will also implement its new plain-language rulebook at the end of 2021, along with the full CFR requirements.“The simultaneous implementation of these two major initiatives will entail a significant amount of preparation on the part of member firms as well as IIROC,” it said.Firms must devote adequate resources to these tasks and should raise any implementation questions with IIROC “on a timely basis,” it said.Alongside these projects, the SRO is also focusing on technology risk, given the shift to remote working and the increase in cyberattacks during the Covid-19 pandemic.“The pandemic has accelerated the pace of change and adoption of technology at many firms, particularly those that are small- and medium-sized,” IIROC said. “As part of our commitment to support industry transformation, we will publish guidance to firms on technology risk to ensure that the critical risks of such adoption and change are being properly managed.”The new guidance, which IIROC expects to publish by March 31, “will cover key risks and controls, and the importance of good governance.”Additionally IIROC said it’s working with the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) on a regulatory framework for the fledgling cryptoasset trading business. Investors can expect a joint notice from the two organizations in the coming months, it noted. Incentive conflicts, regulatory burdens on AMF agenda Keywords Self-regulatory organizations,  Regulatory reform,  Client-focused reforms,  Compliance,  Cybersecurity,  Cryptoassets,  Conflicts of interest,  Compensation plansCompanies Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada With the client-focused reforms (CFRs) taking effect this year alongside a new plain-language rulebook, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) is planning added guidance to help firms cope.The industry self-regulatory organization published a report Monday outlining industry compliance priorities and challenges for the year ahead. Related news James Langton Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

Jamaica and U.S. to Sign Tsunami Warning System MOU

first_imgRelatedJamaica and U.S. to Sign Tsunami Warning System MOU RelatedJamaica and U.S. to Sign Tsunami Warning System MOU Jamaica and U.S. to Sign Tsunami Warning System MOU UncategorizedJuly 30, 2006 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Local Government and Environment, Dean Peart has announced that the Government of Jamaica is in the final stages of dialogue with the United States government, regarding a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the establishment of a tsunami early warning system in the island, and the rest of the Caribbean.“A tsunami warning system is one in which sensory devices planted beneath the sea are capable of detecting a high intensity earthquake and in real time, relay the information via satellite to the various stations across the Caribbean and to the headquarters in Washington for processing and analysis. Following this an advisory where necessary will be dispatched,” Mr. Peart explained inhis contribution to the 2006/07 Sectoral Debate in House of Representatives last week.Citing the benefits for Jamaica under this MoU he said these included, “Jamaica receiving a state-of-the-art broad band equipment ready for use in local, regional and global tsunami early warning systems where currently inadequate capability exists”.In addition, the Minister explained, “Jamaica is set to benefit from the significantly upgraded earthquake sensing equipment and data interpretation capabilities.this MoU would see the U.S. government bearing the cost of all equipment, testing of sites, vault construction and training of locals to operate the station”.Mr. Peart further informed that this early warning system would be made up of nine stations, one of which is to be located at Pike in Manchester.center_img RelatedJamaica and U.S. to Sign Tsunami Warning System MOU Advertisementslast_img read more

Youth Information Centres Much Used by Young People

first_imgRelatedYouth Information Centres Much Used by Young People RelatedYouth Information Centres Much Used by Young People Advertisements Youth Information Centres Much Used by Young People UncategorizedJune 13, 2007center_img RelatedYouth Information Centres Much Used by Young People FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Education and Youth, Maxine Henry Wilson, has said that the Youth Information Centres operating in Portmore, Kingston and St. Mary represented one of the most highly successful strategies employed by the Ministry in reaching young people.Making her contribution to the 2007/08 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives yesterday (June 12), she informed that the Portmore Youth Information Centre was used 24,108 times in the calendar year 2006 at an average of 77 young persons per day. This represented a 76 per cent increase over 2005. She also informed that the centre in St. Mary was used 10,142 times in the calendar year 2006 at an average of 33 users per day, of which 787 were new users.“The total usage figures represent a 14.8 per cent increase over the corresponding period in 2005,” Mrs. Henry Wilson said.In relation to the Kingston Information Centre, after six months of operation, the centre was used 2,600 times with 467 new users.“A significant percentage of these young persons are from the inner city communities, in particular Allman Town and Woodford Park,” Mrs. Henry Wilson said.The information centres are operated by the National Centre for Youth Development, and the organisation is working assiduously to ensure that at least three centres are opened by the end of this financial year.“The Ministry of Education and Youth is currently in the final stages of negotiations with the United Nations Children’s Fund to secure a grant of approximately $20 million to fund the establishment of Youth Information Centres in St. Ann, St. Elizabeth and St. Thomas,” the Minister told the House.last_img read more

$30 million boost for South Australian recycling industry

first_img$30 million boost for South Australian recycling industry The Hon Sussan Ley MP, Minister for the EnvironmentThe Hon Trevor Evans, Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental ManagementThe Hon David Speirs, South Australian Minister for Environment and WaterSouth Australia’s recycling industry will receive a $30 million boost with the Morrison Coalition Government and Marshall Liberal Government signing up to a National Partnership on Recycling Infrastructure.The partnership is the result of the Morrison Government’s $190 million Recycling Modernisation Fund (RMF) which will generate more than $600 million in infrastructure investment for Australia’s waste management and resource recovery sector.Federal Minister for Environment Sussan Ley said the Commonwealth Government and the State Government have each committed $15 million to advance recycling infrastructure in South Australia under the RMF.“This $30 million partnership between the Morrison Coalition Government and Marshall Liberal Governments will be a significant boost for South Australian’s recycling industry and will help support our commitment to stop Australia’s unprocessed waste plastic, paper, glass and tyres being sent overseas for disposal,” Minister Ley said.“Expressions of interest are now being sought from industry, local government and non-government organisations who stand ready to commit at least one-third of the project cost.“The co-funding model gives everyone skin in the recycling game and will increase the supply of high-quality recycled materials available for business and industry.”South Australian Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said the extra funding will further enhance South Australia’s reputation as a national leader in waste management.“I am delighted to see the Commonwealth and the South Australian Government sign this agreement,” Minister Speirs said.“South Australia leads the nation when it comes to resource recovery, with 83.8 per cent of all waste generated being diverted from landfill. This funding will further improve the recycling infrastructure across our state.“The funding in South Australia will be focusing on partner projects that are investigating new technology and equipment related to mixed plastics reprocessing, improving the recovery and separation of soft plastics, and increasing glass re-manufacturing.“Unlocking the potential in these materials and keeping resources circulating through our economy increases our resilience to supply chain challenges and creates local jobs while also benefiting our environment.”Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management, Trevor Evans MP, said he was looking forward to seeing the innovative projects that would receive funding through this co-investment.“South Australia continues to be a national leader on recycling and waste reduction issues, and these new projects will deliver local green jobs and the state of the art infrastructure needed to boost our domestic recycling capacity and to significantly reduce how much waste goes to landfill. These new infrastructure projects are a crucial step in bringing the circular economy to life in South Australia,” Assistant Minister Evans said.More than 4,800 people are already employed in South Australia’s waste and resource recovery sector. The RMF is encouraging further investment and innovation to ensure waste streams are harnessed as manufacturing assets.Partners who are ready to contribute at least one-third of the cost of their project in partnership with the Commonwealth and South Australian Government, and have projects that are ready to scale up to deliver improved recycling infrastructure in South Australia are invited to submit an Expression of Interest now through Green Industries SA: https://www.greenindustries.sa.gov.au/funding/Commonwealth /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:Agriculture, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, circular economy, commonwealth, environment, environmental management, Federal, Government, infrastructure, Morrison, Morrison Government, resilience, SA, South Australia, supply chain, technologylast_img read more

Gov. Jay Inslee announces ‘Healthy Washington’ phased plan to reopen businesses in Washington

first_imgThe plan, which starts Jan. 11, focuses on a regional approach to tracking COVID-19 activity in the stateOLYMPIA — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday announced a new plan to begin reopening businesses in the state.The “Healthy Washington” plan shifts to a two-phased system, focusing on regional metrics for COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced a new plan Tuesday aimed at getting businesses reopened as COVID-19 cases decline. Image courtesy Office of Washington Gov. Jay InsleeWashington Gov. Jay Inslee announced a new plan Tuesday aimed at getting businesses reopened as COVID-19 cases decline. Image courtesy Office of Washington Gov. Jay InsleeAt a press conference on Tuesday, Inslee described the plan as a “new path forward” for moving towards economic recovery as the pandemic begins to ease.“No one was untouched by the effects of the pandemic in 2020; many have and continue to suffer through no fault of their own,” Inslee said. “We aren’t out of this yet, but we are close to turning the corner on COVID-19 and this third wave of infection.”Unlike the previous four-phased reopening plan that was largely abandoned, this approach, which would begin Jan. 11, focuses on eight regions, roughly based on Emergency Medical Services districts..Clark County, which is in the “Southwest” region, includes Cowlitz, Skamania, Klickitat, and Wahkiakum counties.Starting next Monday, state restrictions will be eased slightly on some forms of entertainment, as well as fitness activities.Those would include ticketed events with ten or fewer people per group, and physical fitness programs limited to one client at a time per 500 square feet.The Healthy Washington reopening plan divides the state into eight regions for gauging COVID-19 activity. Image courtesy Office of Washington Gov. Jay InsleeThe Healthy Washington reopening plan divides the state into eight regions for gauging COVID-19 activity. Image courtesy Office of Washington Gov. Jay InsleeAnother change will be that moving through phases would happen automatically, based on the COVID-19 activity metrics tracked by the state Department of Health (DOH).“Our intent is to ensure that regions, the communities within them, and our state as whole have a balanced path toward recovery from the pandemic that relies on multiple key metrics that look at disease trajectory and health system capacity” said Deputy Secretary for COVID Response Lacy Fehrenbach. “This plan offers the start of a clear way forward as we continue to slow the spread of COVID-19, while we get more people vaccinated over the next few months.”Fehrenbach added that they would be basing the phase metrics on data from Friday, Jan. 8, and a region could start in Phase 2 on Jan. 11 if they meet all four of the requirements, which include:Decreasing trend in two-week rate of COVID-19 cases per 100K population (decrease >10%)Decreasing trend in two-week rate new COVID-19 hospital admission rates per 100K population (decrease >10%)ICU occupancy (total — COVID-19 and non-COVID-19) of less than 90%COVID-19 test positivity rate of <10%Metrics will be assessed each Friday on the state’s Risk Assessment Dashboard. Once a region is deemed to have met the requirements, they would be moved into the next phase the following Monday.Once in Phase 2, regions must maintain at least three of those metrics to avoid being moved back to Phase 1, meaning case rates and hospital admissions must continue to decline or remain flat.“Our goal is to reopen our economy safely, and to do it as quickly as possible. Every week, we plan on tracking our ongoing progress in protecting our communities against COVID-19,” said Secretary of Health Umair Shah. “The governor’s new plan will allow all of us to understand what measures are being used for the path forward including when it makes sense to ease restrictions across the state.”DOH and local health departments would reserve the right to move a region outside of this timing, the governor’s office noted.The first two phases of the Healthy Washington reopening plan, which begins Jan. 11. Image courtesy Office of Washington Gov. Jay InsleeThe first two phases of the Healthy Washington reopening plan, which begins Jan. 11. Image courtesy Office of Washington Gov. Jay InsleeIn Phase 2, indoor social gatherings of up to five people from outside your own household (limit, two households) would be permitted, or up to 15 people for outdoor gatherings. Restaurants could also reopen for indoor dining, with capacity limited at 25 percent, with an 11 p.m. closing time.Gyms and other physical fitness businesses would be allowed to expand to 25 percent capacity in Phase 2, and moderate risk indoor sports and all outdoor sports would also be allowed to resume, with restrictions on spectator capacity.“It’s a new year, and COVID-19 is no longer new to us,” Inslee said. “We’ve learned a lot; we’ve struggled a lot; we’ve accomplished a lot. Washingtonians are undeterred. This battle continues, but the turning point is on its way.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyCovid-19LatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : WATCH: Clark County TODAY LIVE • Tuesday, January 5, 2021 Next : Battle Ground schools prep for phased return to in-person learningAdvertisementThis is placeholder text Gov. Jay Inslee announces ‘Healthy Washington’ phased plan to reopen businesses in WashingtonPosted by Chris BrownDate: Tuesday, January 5, 2021in: Newsshare 0 last_img read more