Cabinet Sub-committee on Covid-19 to meet tomorrow

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Cabinet Sub-committee on Covid-19 to meet tomorrow Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest The reopening of schools on Monday is expected to be discussed when the Cabinet Sub-committee on Covid 19 meets tomorrow.The three party leaders along with the Health, Finance and Public Expenditure Ministers will attend as well as senior health officials.The meeting will take place as pressure on the health system increases amid rising coronavirus case numbers. By News Highland – January 4, 2021 Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic center_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Previous articleFirst Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine administered in Northern IrelandNext articleMain Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Monday January 4th News Highland Google+ Google+ Twitter Twitter Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme DL Debate – 24/05/21 last_img read more

SPU punishing fired sugar workers – GAWU

first_imgFishing access fee…says Govt agency “rubbing salt” in woundsThe National Industrial and Commercial Investments (NICIL) on Thursday received a letter on behalf of dismissed sugar workers asking the Government entity for an intervention regarding its sub-agency, the Special Purposes Unit (SPU) that has imposed fees for accessing fishing lands. This comes one day after Guyana Times published an article highlighting the plight of the ex-sugar workers who have been seeking to traverse the Skeldon Estate to fish and earn a livelihood.On Thursday, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU)NICIL’s Special Purpose Unit Head Colvin Heath-Londonslammed the SPU for the act, stating that such a fee brought additional burden on the already displaced workers. The Union added that the fee was tantamount to “rubbing salt on a deep wound” of the dismissed sugar workers.“GAWU is concerned that at a time when monies are already hard to come by, the fee being asked will bring to bear even more pressure. From the article, several persons who were interviewed confirmed the challenges they are facing since the estate closed its gates over a year ago,” the Union body explained.The Union has written to NICIL to express its concern and ask that consideration be given to a waiver of the fee in view of the circumstances that plague the sugar belt.“We hope that our request would be favourably considered to bring at least a little reprieve to the suffering that have become a sad characteristic of life in the villages that are linked to the now-closed sugar estates,” it further observed.This publication reported on Thursday that the redundant workers of the Skeldon Sugar Estate were being charged a fee of $500 to pass through a cultivation dam to catch fish reportedly by the SPU – which, according to workers, is issuing a one-month pass for $15,000. The SPU was set up by Government to oversee theFormer sugar workers are fishing in the savannahs for survivalprivatisation of estates.When contacted on the matter, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder said that it would be unethical to comment on a NICIL/SPU matter. On these grounds, he declined to speak on the fee imposition. This newspaper later tried to gather insight from SPU Head Colvin Heath-London on Thursday evening, but calls to his mobile phone went to voicemail.The affected workers who were made redundant when the estate closed are now facing major difficulties as they seek to gain new employment. Some of them catch fish and reap wild carilla (bitter gourd) from the savannahs, which are located behind the cultivation area, but are only accessible through the Skeldon Sugar Estate’s dams.As Guyana Times reported, many have turned to fishing to make a living while others catch fish in the savannahs to provide a meal for their families. Manam Singh, a former cane harvester and father of four, who worked with the estate for 22 years, told this publication on Wednesday that sometimes he buys the SPU pass and catches nothing. On Wednesday, he left home at 03:00h and at 10:00h returned home empty-handed.Initially, the ex-workers were not required to pay a fee to pass through the cultivation area, but then a fee of $100 was charged which was subsequently raised to $500 for one-time entry.“Right now you getting nothing and to find $500, it is very hard now. You have to get gas money and you not catching $500 fish. It is very hard,” Sibnauth Ramnarine had noted.Edwin Persaud, a pensioner, who said he has a sick wife, fishes for domestic purposes while Dhanraj Chatterpaul, who worked as a Pallman with the Skeldon Estate, said Wednesday that being asked to pay $500 per trip has created financial pressure on himself and family. This newspaper was also shown several receipts by the former workers indicating that they have paid the fee as demanded by SPU.A circular from the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) dated September 13, 2017 indicated that a fee of $100 per day was going to be imposed with immediate effect.last_img read more

Thundery downpours to batter Donegal as Met Eireann issue Status Yellow warning

first_imgA status yellow rain warning has been issued for Donegal as heavy downpours are set to strike the county. Met Eireann has warned of a risk of localised flooding due in certain areas due to the incoming persistent rain.There is the risk of heavy thundery downpours on Monday from 12pm to 4pm, especially over Munster and Leinster which may lead to spot flooding. There will be heavy thundery downpours this afternoon and evening, especially over Munster and Leinster which may lead to spot flooding. Becoming warm with top temperatures of 18 to 22 degrees in light variable or northeasterly breezes.— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) June 24, 2019Thundery downpours to batter Donegal as Met Eireann issue Status Yellow warning was last modified: June 25th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Warriors won’t leave California during preseason schedule

first_imgThe Warriors are sticking close to home for their 2019 preseason slate.Golden State will face LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the new-look Lakers in four of their five preseason games this year.They’ll open San Francisco’s new Chase Center Oct. 5 at 5 p.m. against the Lakers in DeMarcus Cousins’ preseason return to the Bay (that is, if the former Warrior plays). The two teams will also play Oct. 14, 16 and 18, all at 7:30 p.m., with the first two of those meetings at Staples Center and the …last_img

Warriors coach Steve Kerr ‘not a big fan’ of new coach’s challenge

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Despite being on the winning end of two coach’s challenges this season, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr would prefer not to have the option to stop the game to review a call. He’d rather keep it moving.The NBA adopted a coach’s challenge rule for the 2019-20 season on a one-year trial basis and, if were up to Kerr, it would last for one year only.Despite having experimented with the coach’s challenge several times in the preseason and winning two of his six challenges so far in …last_img

PBA quarterfinals: June Mar Fajardo, Beermen escape KaTropa for 1-0 edge

first_imgJune Mar Fajardo. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Defending champion San Miguel Beer got going when it mattered most to rally past TNT, 80-78, at the start of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.June Mar Fajardo made big plays on both ends, scoring San Miguel’s last five points and getting a crucial block inside the final two minutes to finish with 15 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc View comments “We thought we’re going to lose because of the bad start. I think we just got lucky in this one,” said SMB head coach Leo Austria.“Talk ’N Text really wanted to prove something, but the players just refused to lose and we were really just fortunate.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Beermen look to close out the KaTropa on Monday at Araneta Coliseum. Read Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Tough love: Yeng Guiao downplays tongue-lashing towards Poy Erram in NLEX loss PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

Gov’t Positioning Jamaica to Tap Into Billion-Dollar Minerals Industry

first_imgStory Highlights The Government, through the new National Minerals Policy (NMP) is positioning the country to tap into potential opportunities from the billion-dollar global minerals industry. The Government, through the new National Minerals Policy (NMP) is positioning the country to tap into potential opportunities from the billion-dollar global minerals industry.“The sector has a current value of just over US$1 billion, and under the new Minerals Policy every effort will be made to integrate it into the wider society, so that the ripple effect will trickle down to the community level,” said Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Michael Henry.He was speaking at the National Minerals Week Investment Forum at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on November 21.Minister Henry said Cabinet is to receive a submission shortly on the first draft of the NMP, which provides for the management and development of Jamaica’s mineral resources.It places emphasis on partnership between the public and the private sectors and outlines the possible benefits of the structured development of the minerals sector to the Jamaican people, as well as the mix of policy measures, objectives and strategies to be pursued in order to realise the sector’s continued transformation and optimal development.Minister Henry said the time has come for players in the sector to organise their operations to maximise returns and go for the growth that beckons.He argued that there is no way “we can improve this sector without taking steps to diversify it and take advantage of the value-added components that have seemingly eluded us over the years”.Meanwhile, he said efforts will be redoubled to ensure the sustainability of the sector, adding that more emphasis will be placed on the environment and the people.As such, he said, operations will be more stringently policed and operators will have to adhere to the regulations that govern the sector.Minister Henry also mentioned plans for the establishment of a National Minerals Institute for the training and development of human resources for the sector.“I am aiming to see the development of a training programme for young people in the industry,” he said, noting that the minerals school will provide an opportunity to “hone new skills and improve on what we have”.“As we move forward, I have given instructions for this to be fast-tracked,” he said.Minister Henry said the National Minerals Institute will have support from the Minerals Development Council and the National Mineral-Bearing Lands Management Committee.“I want to see a modernisation of the framework for sustainable mineral use. I want to see improved competitiveness, improved efficiency of operations, and, most importantly, improved occupational health among the workforce as we expose them to developing and new technologies,” he pointed out.The forum sought to promote interest and attract investment in the minerals sector. It was organised by the Ministry of Transport and Mining in association with the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO). Minister Henry also mentioned plans for the establishment of a National Minerals Institute for the training and development of human resources for the sector. “The sector has a current value of just over US$1 billion, and under the new Minerals Policy every effort will be made to integrate it into the wider society, so that the ripple effect will trickle down to the community level,” said Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Michael Henry.last_img read more

Jumbo Inks LoI for LNGPowered Heavy Lift Vessel

first_imgzoom Heavy lift shipping company Jumbo has today signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with China Merchants Industry Holdings (CMIH) for the engineering and construction of a new DP2 heavy lift crane vessel.The newly developed HLCV will be powered by dual-fuel engines and has the ability to run on natural gas (LNG), Jumbo said. The vessel has been designed together with Ulstein Design and Solutions B.V. Jumbo’s Basis of Design.“Despite the current offshore climate, we are committing to this industry long term. Signing this Letter of Intent alongside CMIH, with their partnering mentality, is a key milestone for Jumbo’s offshore division to further step-up, scale-up and diversify into the global offshore energy market,” Michael Kahn, Managing Director of Jumbo said.The ship’s hull will be outfitted with an X-BOW®, the objective being a more consistent transit speed and offshore workability in severe weather conditions. With a vessel length of 185 metres and a width of 36 metres the HLCV will be the world’s largest X-BOW® vessel, according to Jumbo.In addition, the newbuilding will be equipped with two offshore mast cranes with a lifting capacity of 2,200 and 400 tonnes respectively and with water depth ratings of 3,000m each.The HLCV will also feature a moon pool and is flex-lay prepared.Jumbo said that it intends to employ the new vessel for the installation of wind turbine foundations,  installation/decommissioning of fixed oil and gas facilities in shallow waters, installation of moorings systems and floating structures in deeper waters and that of subsea structures, foundations and (flex-lay) tie-backs.Jumbo expects to take delivery of the vessel in the first quarter of 2020.last_img read more

Nation is with ISRO scientists CM

first_imgNEW DELHI/KOLKATA: Leaders across political parties on Saturday hailed the dedication and passion of ISRO scientists, urging them not to be disheartened after Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram lander lost contact with ground stations minutes before its planned touchdown on the lunar surface.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said the ISRO scientists worked hard for Chandrayaan-2 mission and the nation is with them. “We are proud of our scientists. The @isro team worked hard for #Chandrayaan2. A befitting tribute to our founding fathers who envisioned India’s place in the league of scientifically advanced nations far ahead of their times,” she tweeted. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsPrime Minister Narendra Modi asked ISRO scientists not to get disheartened by the hurdles in the moon mission Chandrayaan-2 and asserted that there would be a “new dawn and better tomorrow”. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi lauded the ISRO scientists for their “incredible work” on the Chandrayaan 2. He said the scientists had laid the foundation for more path-breaking and ambitious space missions in future. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged scientists not to lose heart. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”We are proud of our scientists. They have created history.No need to lose heart. Our scientists have done a great job. Jai Hind!” CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury expressed confidence that the next steps will “more satisfying”. The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and The Guardian, among many other leading foreign media outlets, all carried stories on Chandrayaan-2, India’s landmark moon mission. American magazine Wired said the Chandrayaan-2 programme was India’s “most ambitious” space mission yet. The New York Times lauded India’s “engineering prowess and decades of space development”. British newspaper The Guardian, in its article titled “India’s moon landing suffers last-minute communications loss”, quoted Mathieu Weiss, a representative in India for France’s space agency CNES, as saying: “India is going where probably the future settlements of humans will be in 20 years, in 50 years, 100 years”. The Washington Post in its headline “India’s first attempt to land on the moon appears to have failed” said the mission had been a source of “immense national pride”. India’s bold bid to become only the fourth country to achieve a soft landing on the Moon suffered a setback in the wee hours of Saturday when the contact with Chandrayaan-2’s landing module was abruptly lost just 2.1 km above the lunar surface and seconds away. India also would have been the only country to land on the Moon’s unexplored south pole as part of the Rs 978 crore Chandrayaan-2 mission conceived a decade ago. WITH AGENCY INPUTSlast_img read more