Health Ministry Gets Help to Purchase Fogging Machines

first_imgThe United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), on February 6 handed over a cash grant for US$40,000 to the Ministry of Health’s vector control/dengue outbreak control and prevention programme. The money, which was handed over during a press briefing at the Ministry of Health, downtown Kingston, will be used to purchase 18 fogging machines and a drum of Malathion, one of the chemicals used in the fogging process to eliminate the adult mosquitoes.In his remarks, Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, expressed appreciation to the UNDP for the urgency in which the agency moved to assist with the dengue prevention and control programme after Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.“This has been a fruitful partnership which has enabled us to provide well needed services to the people of Jamaica in an effort to secure their health. We know we cannot go it alone and so we thank you for your profound understanding of the situation and the importance of reducing vector borne illnesses among our population,” Dr. Ferguson said.He added that the Ministry welcomes the partnership, which will result in better health outcomes for the people of Jamaica, especially amidst “this environment of declining budget”.In an effort to improve the vector control programme, the Ministry of Health has so far purchased 28 fogging machines at a cost of $5.2 million. The total expected to be purchased are 48 machines. The budget for the 48 machines is $9.02 million, made possible through the National Health Fund (NHF).For his part, UNDP Resident Representative, Arun Kashyap, said that while the new equipment will complement the efforts of the Ministry of Health at the national level, the epidemiology of mosquito-borne dengue suggests the need for an inclusive community approach that engages community leaders in sustainably managing potable water and ecological sanitation.“Communities will then be vigilant in keeping their surroundings hygienic, including ensuring adequate safeguards is in place to get rid of stagnant water, work with all stakeholders in the identification and management of water collection points and report early symptoms of infections to the relevant authority,” Mr. Kashyap said.He added that this should build community awareness and ownership of the national vision to eradicate incidences of dengue in Jamaica.Last year the Ministry of Health recorded more than 5,000 clinically suspected cases of dengue fever with 11confirmed deaths.last_img read more

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Gov’t Ready to Accept Proposals for Integrated Resorts

first_imgMinster of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, says there is no need for additional regulations before the Requests for Proposals (RFPs) are issued for the development of integrated resorts. He said that the regulations that have been promulgated “are all that is needed to issue the RFPs.” Dr. Phillips was speaking as he closed the 2013/2014 Budget debate on May 1 in the House of Representatives. The integrated resorts development, of which casino gaming will be one component, will provide a mix of tourism facilities, including but not limited to hotels, villas, and attractions, sporting facilities, service centres and shopping centres. The Finance Minister announced on April 18 that the Government will begin accepting bids for the construction of integrated resorts under the recently gazetted Casino Games Regulation 2012, as of June 1. The period for receipt of requests and completed applications will be from June 1 to September 30, 2013. The Casino Gaming Act was passed by both the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament in 2010. Dr. Phillips said the approved integrated resort developments are the means by which the Government proposes to substantially grow the hotel sector with accompanying casinos, entertainment, banqueting and other facilities. He noted that the model, which the government is using, is based on that introduced by Singapore, which is inclusive of hotels, restaurants, shopping and convention space, with casinos, and has led to a “phenomenal growth in tourism”. The Minister said that Singapore now earns more from its casino floors than Las Vegas in the United States. Local regulations also require that the integrated resort development, when completed, will comprise one or more hotels, providinglast_img read more

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Industry Minister Calls on More Young People to Offer Innovative Ideas

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, is calling on more youth in Jamaica to offer innovative ideas and creativity that will aid the nation with economic growth. “We want our young Jamaicans to unleash their entrepreneurial pursuits to create their own wealth.  Create your own wealth and wealth for our country by being your best selves,” he emphasised. “For example, at the Jamaica Emerging Manufacturers and Services Village, I saw three PhD graduates from the University of the West Indies who decided to put their knowledge to work and develop new and competitive nutraceutical products, utilising natural Jamaican materials,” Mr. Shaw said. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, is calling on more youth in Jamaica to offer innovative ideas and creativity that will aid the nation with economic growth.Speaking at the Optimist Club of Kingston Meeting on Thursday (September 27), at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica in St. Andrew, the Minister said youth account for nearly half of the nation’s population, and in keeping with that, they are the ones being looked to for solutions that will provide the country with growth.“The statistics show that almost 50 per cent, half of the Jamaican population, is below the age of 25 years. It is my belief that our youth will have to look at the kind of innovation and creativity that is needed as the catalyst for the growth and expansion of our economy,” Mr. Shaw said.The Minister noted that one of his most memorable experiences since becoming Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, was witnessing the participation of talented and innovative young entrepreneurs at this year’s Expo Jamaica in April.“For example, at the Jamaica Emerging Manufacturers and Services Village, I saw three PhD graduates from the University of the West Indies who decided to put their knowledge to work and develop new and competitive nutraceutical products, utilising natural Jamaican materials,” Mr. Shaw said.“We also saw packaging innovations for the coffee industry, which will allow consumers to have a coffee percolator in a bag,” he added.The Minister said he also wants to see young people forgetting the get-rich-quick and scamming mentality, and not being motivated by notions of instant gratification.“We want our young Jamaicans to unleash their entrepreneurial pursuits to create their own wealth.  Create your own wealth and wealth for our country by being your best selves,” he emphasised.last_img read more

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Pirates Kidnap Eight Seafarers from German MPP Ship

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Op Atalanta/EUNAVFOR Armed pirates have abducted eight crew members from a German multipurpose (MPP) ship at the Douala Anchorage, Cameroon.On late August 14, 2019, the 2002-built ship MarMalaita was attacked by pirates, Hamburg-based shipping company MC-Schiffahrt confirmed.After boarding the vessel, pirates kidnapped eight out of the vessel’s twelve crew members.“We have assembled our emergency response team and are doing utmost to deal with the case, in cooperation with all relevant authorities and crew managers,” MC-Schiffahrt said in a statement.An investigation into the incident has been launched, IMB Piracy Reporting Centre separately said.The 10,600 dwt MarMalaita was built by Damen Yichang in China and flies the flag of Antigua & Barbuda, VesselsValue’s data shows.As of August 19, MarMalaita is still moored at the Douala Anchorage, according to the cargo ship’s AIS data provided by MarineTraffic.last_img read more

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Prospective Teachers Interviewed by School Boards

first_img Acadia University students hoping to become teachers will get a chance to discuss their career opportunities when the province’s school boards visit the university on Wednesday, Jan. 18. The early hiring job fair is one of five planned at four universities in Nova Scotia and one in New Brunswick. “Early hiring job fairs help to keep our best new teachers at home in Nova Scotia,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. The boards are particularly interested in mathematics, physics, technology education and French teachers but note that other specialties may also be needed. “Teaching is such a rewarding career. You mean so much to so many,” said Kelli Ross, who graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University in 2005. She is now teaching with the Halifax Regional School Board. “If it had not been for the early hiring job fair, I would probably still be looking for a job,” added Ms. Ross. “I feel the students benefit too, from having a teacher who grew up in the area where they live. It helps them realize they have options for future employment in their home province.” “I love what I do. There is an amazing joy in seeing understanding dawn in someone’s eyes. I really enjoy passing on what I know about mathematics,” said Carolyn Benedict, who graduated from Saint Francis Xavier University last year. “Simply talking to the human resources people from the boards at job fairs reassures graduating teachers that positions are available,” explained Ms. Benedict, who is now teaching with the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board. “Great teachers can make an informed decision to stay and work in the province and, as a result, the quality of education in our schools is higher.” Additional career opportunities can arise later in the year and the school boards could continue hiring until September. As well, the boards will continue to recruit full-time teachers from their existing rosters of term and substitute teachers. While the job fairs focus on new graduates, opportunities exist for earlier and out-of-province graduates and they are encouraged to contact the school boards directly. Board contact information is available on the Department of Education website at www.ednet.ns.ca . At the job fairs, students also get a chance to meet the province’s registrar of teacher certification and representatives from the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, the Nova Scotia School Boards Association, and the Nova Scotia Teachers Plus Credit Union. EDUCATION–Prospective Teachers Interviewed by School Boardsat Acadialast_img read more

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Punjab Chief Minister accepts Sidhus resignation

first_imgChandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday accepted his Cabinet minister Navjot Sidhu’s resignation. The Chief Minister forwarded the resignation to Governor Punjab V.P. Singh Badnore for formal acceptance, an official in the Chief Minister’s Office told IANS. Sidhu, who had been at loggerheads with the Chief Minister, formally resigned on July 14 as Minister for Power and New and Renewable Energy Sources, the portfolio he had not taken charge of. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day Amarinder Singh has said that if Sidhu did not want to do his job, there was nothing that he could do about it. The Minister should have accepted his new portfolio instead of shunning work in the middle of the crucial paddy season, said the Chief Minister, reiterating that Sidhu was given a job, which he should have accepted and done. On June 6, Sidhu had been divested of the charge of Local Government and Tourism and Cultural Affairs portfolios and given Power and New and Renewable Energy Sources in a Cabinet reshuffle, the first after the Lok Sabha election results. Also Read – Don’t use ‘lynching’ to defame India: Bhagwat Barring four, there were changes in the portfolios of all the ministers as a result of the reallocation, which Amarinder Singh said, would help further streamline the governing system and bring more transparency and efficacy to various departments. However, Sidhu, who had been at loggerheads with the Chief Minister ever since his wife Navjot Kaur was denied a ticket for the Lok Sabha polls, refused to take charge of his new portfolios. On June 10, Sidhu met Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and Ahmed Patel in New Delhi and told them that his department had been singled out and publicly blamed for the party’s Lok Sabha poll defeat. Patel was entrusted with the task of resolving the rift between the Amarinder Singh and Sidhu. The Chief Minister even met Patel during his visit to Delhi last month, but his office described the meeting as merely a “courtesy call”.last_img read more

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Bangladesh to host Zimbabwe despite ICC ban

first_imgDhaka: Bangladesh will host Zimbabwe for a tri-nations Twenty20 tournament in September despite the African nation being suspended by the game’s world body, an official of the Bangladesh Cricket Board said Thursday. The International Cricket Council (ICC) suspended Zimbabwe in July over a failure to keep the sport free from government interference, putting the country’s participation in multi-nation events in doubt. “We have been informed by the concerned officials that there is no bar on Zimbabwe playing in bilateral matches.cThey are only suspended from ICC events. This is why we included them in the series,” BCB spokesman Jalal Yunus told AFP. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Afghanistan are the third team in the tournament scheduled to be held from September 13 to 24. Bangladesh were originally scheduled to play a bilateral series against Afghanistan in September, but officials said Zimbabwe had been included in the series following a request from the strife-torn country. The tri-series will be preceded by Afghanistan’s maiden Test match against Bangladesh in Chittagong from September 5 to 9. Fixtures: Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterAug 30: Afghanistan arrive in Bangladesh Sept 1-2: Two-day practice match between Afghanistan XI and BCB XI in Chittagong Sept 5-9: First and only Test between Bangladesh and Afghanistan in Chittagong Sept 8: Zimbabwe arrive in Bangladesh Sept 11: T20 practice match between Zimbabwe XI and BCB XI in Fatullah Sept 13: Bangladesh v Zimbabwe tri-nation T20I in Dhaka Sept 14: Afghanistan v Zimbabwe tri-nation T20I in Dhaka Sept 15: Bangladesh v Afghanistan tri-nation T20I in Dhaka Sept 18: Bangladesh v Zimbabwe tri-nation T20I in Chittagong Sept 20: Afghanistan v Zimbabwe tri-nation T20I in Chittagong Sept 21: Bangladesh v Afghanistan tri-nation T20I in Chittagong Sept 24: Final of tri-nation T20I in Dhakalast_img read more

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Ill not be joining any political party Sanjay Dutt

first_imgMumbai: A day after Maharashtra’s ruling coalition partner Rashtriya Samaj Paksha (RSP) chief and state Minister Mahadev Jankar claimed that Sanjay Dutt would join his party on September 25, the Bollywood actor on Monday clarified he would not be joining any political party. “I will not be joining any political party. Mr. Jankar is a dear friend and brother of mine and I humbly wish him good luck for his future endeavours,” said Sanjay, who was fielded by Samajwadi Party as a Lok Sabha candidate from Lucknow in 2009. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka It all started when, at a recent event, a video clip of the actor was played, in which he had said: “I congratulate RSP National President Mahadev Jankar, my friend and my brother. If I would have been here, I would have come.” Following this, Jankar had claimed: “Just now you heard the bytes of big boss… big brother. Sanjay Dutt has given September 25 day to join (RSP).” However, Monday’s clarification by Sanjay Dutt puts an end to all speculations.last_img read more

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High taxes growing debt Newfoundland and Labrador forecasts more deficits

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Newfoundland and Labrador’s latest budget relies on high taxes and heavy borrowing, pinning hopes once again on offshore oil prospects to eventually help control soaring debt.The $8.4-billion spending plan revealed Tuesday also forecasts a $683 million deficit and a shakeup at the Crown corporation responsible for huge cost overruns at the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project.Expenses will slightly rise as net debt for the province of just 529,000 people is expected to hit a historic high at $15.5 billion.Finance Minister Tom Osborne said the profitable oil and gas sector will be hived off from Nalcor Energy, which oversees the delayed and over-budget Muskrat Falls development in Labrador. A new Crown corporation will focus solely on the oil sector off Newfoundland.“We want to make sure that this industry reaches its full potential,” Osborne said of the Nalcor changes. “The maximum number of jobs, the maximum spin off, the maximum number of industry players, the maximum amount of oil production and the maximum royalties to the people of this province.“We have a very, very strong future in the oil industry.”Osborne said there will still be demand for fossil fuels as the world increasingly shifts to renewable energy sources. He also said Newfoundland’s offshore sector, while a significant carbon emitter, is relatively clean when compared to the Alberta oilsands.Federally required plans for a provincial carbon tax will be introduced this spring, Osborne said.Muskrat Falls, once fully online in 2020, will mean the province is almost totally powered by renewable hydro energy.The 2018 budget also forecasts deficits in each of the next three fiscal years, returning to a modest surplus by 2023 if the price of oil hovers around US$74 a barrel.The province will spend almost $3.2 billion on health care this year — far higher per person than what’s spent elsewhere in Canada, as it aims to cut smoking rates and increase exercise.Osborne said the governing Liberals have made strides to get the province’s battered fiscal house in order since the oil-price slide in 2014. They’ve cut 759 public sector jobs in the last two years and will reduce more through attrition as about 5,000 workers are eligible to retire, he told a news conference.More radical reductions would “shock” an already fragile economy, he said.Cost-cutting efforts also include less discretionary spending, and working with management and unions to reduce overtime and sick leave.“Back at the peak of oil, we were 30 per cent reliant on (it) as a revenue source for the province,” Osborne said. “Through finding efficiencies, through diversifying the economy, we’re now 14 per cent reliant on oil.”If those revenues increase, they’ll be used to eliminate deficits and pay down debt, he added.The budget forecasts oil at an average price of US$63 per barrel in 2018-19 and 2019-20, based on forecasts from 11 analysts. Brent crude was trading early Tuesday at about US$70 a barrel.Richard Alexander, executive director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Employers’ Council, represents members who employ more than half the province’s private sector workers. The council has called on the government for years to bring expenses more in line with reduced revenues.Instead, it’s spending far beyond its means while taking yet another gamble on volatile oil values, Alexander said in an interview.“What happens if interest rates go up? What happens if there’s a recession in the global economy? What happens if the price of oil doesn’t go where they expect it to go?” he asked.“Plan B is, now we have to make expenditure reductions on top of having $15 billion in debt — and that’s a very risky plan.”Newfoundland and Labrador’s tax rates are among the highest in Canada, driving young families away as the unemployment rate rose more than a percentage point last year to almost 15 per cent.“It’s stifling growth in the economy,” Alexander said.Others worry that an oil-or-bust approach makes the province an environmental laggard.“We need to be looking at climate change,” said interim NDP Leader Lorraine Michael. “If we don’t get out of the mentality that our revenue is only going to be oil and gas, and start planning for a diversified economy, we’re going to be 10 years down the road in the same situation.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter.last_img read more

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Prince Harry Awards Digital Media Champions For Invictus Games

first_imgPrince Harry has made an impassioned plea for the nation to support his paralympic-style sporting championships for injured servicemen and women.Prince Harry poses for a group photograph during a visit to Bethnal Green AcademyCredit/Copyright: www.princehenryofwales.org/The Prince told a group of students who have become digital media champions for the Invictus Games that the event would be the “most amazing weekends of your lives”.He met more than 60 young people from six schools across east and central London during a visit to Bethnal Green Academy where they were being trained by Facebook in how to use social media to promote the sporting event being staged in the capital from September 10-14.When he stopped in one classroom to join the students learning how to take pictures, he praised their enthusiasm and said: “We’re very short on time, it’s going to happen; what are we – a month and a half away from the actual Games.“The more noise and the more enthusiasm you guys can get behind the Invictus Games, get your friends involved, buy some tickets, come down and scream and shout – I promise you, you will not regret it, it will be the most amazing weekend of your lives.”More than 400 wounded and sick servicemen and women from 14 nations – from countries like Canada, Iraq, Estonia and Italy – will take part in a variety of events from wheelchair rugby and athletics to power lifting during the Games being staged at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Lee Valley Athletics Centre.As digital media champions, the students will have the opportunity to report from sporting sites on all the action and atmosphere.During his visit to the academy Prince Harry stopped in a workshop being run by staff from Facebook and sat with the students listening to advice on how to make interesting posts.He told the group that his team would also be putting information on Facebook and Twitter.Organisers hope that the students will be able to use social media to generate interest in the Games.Speaking at the certificate presentation ceremony The Prince highlighted why he had decided to bring the concept of the Games from the United States, where a version has been staged for a number of years, to the UK.He said: “Some of these guys shouldn’t be alive but they are, they’ve put themselves back out there – they want to put a show on for you guys, for us, that’s the selfless commitment.“They don’t see this as anything else apart from ‘right we’re going to put on a show for the British public to say thank you’.”He added: “They want to say thank you to us whereas I’m trying to get us to say thank you to them.”Source:www.princehenryofwales.orglast_img read more

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