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JDF to Help Expedite Construction of Houses for Hurricane Victims

first_imgThe Government has enlisted the assistance of the Jamaica Defence Force’s (JDF) engineering unit to expedite the construction of some 500 houses for residents, whose homes were destroyed during the passage of Hurricane Sandy, by Christmas Day (December 25). Speaking at the weekly Jamaica House press briefing on Thursday (December 6), Minister with responsibility for  Housing, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy, informed that to date, there are 82 houses in varying stages of construction. The project, which commenced in November, in collaboration with Food for the Poor, will see homes being built for residents in the parishes of St. Mary, Portland and St. Thomas. Minister Guy noted that so far, 28 houses have been completed, “10 foundations have been added and the rest are in varying stages of completion.” “We have, however, recognised that we will not be in a position, solely with the help of Food for the Poor, to achieve the complete building of the houses by the 25th of December. Hence, the Jamaica Defence Force engineering unit as of last evening, are now working in tandem with  Food for the Poor, on the construction of these houses,” he stated. Dr. Guy said the incessant rains in the eastern parishes over the past few weeks, has delayed construction to some extent, but assured that the project will be completed within good time. In the meantime, he noted that the Government is also working closely with a number of the families who will be relocated, as they are living in areas that are highly vulnerable to environmental hazards. The Minister said this relates specifically, to communities that are prone to flooding and storm surges and areas that are not approved for building. These include communities such as Manchioneal and Annotto Bay in Portland. He noted that representatives from various government Ministries and departments have been working closely with the families to ensure that they are emotionally prepared for the major transition. Dr. Guy said the Government has identified crown lands in the respective parishes to which the residents will be relocated, and as such, has been working with the National Works Agency (NWA) to clear those areas and begin construction.last_img read more

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Minister Falconer and PAJ meet on Proposed Protocol

first_imgMinister with responsibility for Information, Sen. Sandrea Falconer on Thursday, April 25, met with a team from the Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) on the matter of protocols governing relations with the media and in particular the conduct of interviews with the Prime Minister.The PAJ was firm in its position that the Prime Minister was inaccessible to the media and again placed on record that Mrs. Simpson Miller has not done any major interview in the past 15 months. However, Minister Falconer pointed out that the Prime Minister was accessible and had in fact given several scheduled interviews including appearances at Jamaica House Media Briefings and many impromptu interviews.The meeting agreed that there must be respect in the interactions of journalists with the Prime Minister, with Minister Falconer reiterating government’s commitment to a free press.The meeting also discussed a range of proposals from both sides on improving the relations, with the PAJ agreeing to take a draft protocol to its membership for further discussion. It was agreed that the parties would hold follow up talks in the next two weeks with a view to finalizing revised procedures.The PAJ team was headed by veteran Journalist Wyvolyn Gager and included PAJ President, Jenni Campbell, Milton Walker, Naomi Francis, Rohan Powell, Irvin Forbes, and immediate past president Byron Buckley.The Minister was accompanied by members of the Prime Minister’s Support Unit and Head of the Minister’s Taskforce, Colin Campbell.Contact: Communications Unit-OPMTel: 926-0244Fax: 920-4684 Email: opm.news@opm.gov.jmWebsite: www.opm.gov.jmlast_img read more

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Migration Profile Will Benefit Key Stakeholders – UNDP rep

first_img United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative, Bruno Pouezat, says the 2017/ 2018 Extended Migration Profile of Jamaica is critical in helping stakeholders better understand migration trends, as well as the impact on human, social and economic development. The document is Jamaica’s second publication of a migration profile, which is essentially a pertinent body of research that will allow for the monitoring and evaluation of migration and development policy, including the socio-economic impact on Jamaica. He said that the profile will enable policymakers to access the existing body of evidence in a simple and efficient way, and offer an inter-agency coordination platform, leading to better information flows, more coherent policy actions and enhanced cooperation with entities. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative, Bruno Pouezat, says the 2017/ 2018 Extended Migration Profile of Jamaica is critical in helping stakeholders better understand migration trends, as well as the impact on human, social and economic development.He made the remarks at the launch of the publication during a ceremony held at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel on January 18.The document is Jamaica’s second publication of a migration profile, which is essentially a pertinent body of research that will allow for the monitoring and evaluation of migration and development policy, including the socio-economic impact on Jamaica.“The profile will recommend strategic ways to govern migration, so as to increase the human-development outcomes and mitigate risks for migrants, their families and the communities at original destination,” Mr. Pouezat noted.He said that the profile will enable policymakers to access the existing body of evidence in a simple and efficient way, and offer an inter-agency coordination platform, leading to better information flows, more coherent policy actions and enhanced cooperation with entities.Mr. Pouezat pointed out that further integrating migration into Jamaica’s development will bring benefits to the country.“We know that migrants contribute to their host nation’s labour markets, and we know that they contribute significantly to the public purse. Migrants contribute more in taxes and social contributions than they receive in benefits,” he argued.The 2017/2018 migration profile provides both primary and secondary data on matters such as migration flows in and outside of Jamaica, migrant stocks overseas, migrants’ characteristics, and diaspora engagements.It also provides data on remittance and investment inflows, social protection mechanisms in place for migrants, established governance frameworks, existing and updated legislation governing immigration, and gaps that prevent the effective streamlining of migration into national development strategies.The Extended Migration Profile of Jamaica shows that emigration, which is the act of leaving one’s own country to settle permanently in another, continues to outpace immigration, which is persons coming into the country.Though most persons still go to the United States, numbers fell from 24,538 in 2006 to 17,362 in 2015. Emigration of the tertiary-educated professionals and students has continued, leaving significant gaps in some sectors.Remittance receipts from Jamaican emigrants have trended upwards over the years 2011 to 2016. The Bank of Jamaica estimated remittances at just under US$2.3 billion in 2016, which contributed 16.1 per cent to Jamaica’s gross domestic product. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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NYKs LNG Carrier for Cameron Project Named in Geoje

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: NYK Nippon Yusen Kaisha’s (NYK) new LNG carrier was named at Samsung Heavy Industries’ (SHI) Geoje Shipyard on March 29, 2018.The newbuild, named Marvel Falcon, will be chartered to Mitsui & Co. Ltd. under a long-term contract, NYK said.The 293-meter-long ship is the first in a series of new vessels that will be used by Mitsui in the Cameron LNG Project.Following the delivery of the 114,084 gross ton Marvel Falcon scheduled for April 16, 2018, the ship will commence transporting LNG from the US state of Louisiana and other locations around the world for up to 25 years, including optional extension periods. The NYK Group will be responsible for ship management.The vessel has a 174,000 cubic meter capacity membrane-type cargo tank and is equipped with an X-DF diesel engine — a new two-stroke large-bore slow-speed diesel engine able to operate on marine gas oil or boil off gas stored as a liquid at cryogenic temperatures.The abovementioned project encompasses an LNG terminal near the Gulf of Mexico which is jointly owned by Sempra LNG & Midstream, ENGIE, Mitsui and Japan LNG Investment, a company owned by Mitsubishi Corporation and NYK.last_img read more

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Sebi imposes Rs 12 lakh fine on NDTV for disclosure lapses

first_imgNew Delhi: Markets regulator Sebi has imposed a penalty of Rs 12 lakh on New Delhi Television Ltd (NDTV) for failing to make timely disclosures to the stock exchanges. The order comes after the regulator examined multiple disclosure lapses by NDTV and noted non-compliance with the Substantial Acquisition of Shares and Takeover (SAST) Regulations. Sebi noted that Indiabulls Financial Services in January 2008 acquired 40 lakh shares of NDTV, amounting to 6.40 per cent of the total share capital of the firm. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep Further, the promoters of NDTV acquired 20.28 per cent of the total share capital of NDTV pursuant to an open offer in July 2008, Sebi said in an order dated Jun 17. Post the transaction, the entities were to make requisite disclosures to NDTV under relevant provisions of SAST norms, while NDTV in turn was supposed to report the same to BSE as well as NSE, it added. However, as per the order, the media company made inordinate delay in making disclosures related to change in the shareholdings of its promoters and Indiabulls Financial Services. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs “The allegation of delayed disclosures under Regulation 7(3) of SAST.. to BSE and NSE against the Noticee stands established,” Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) said. Consequently, a penalty of Rs 12 lakh has been imposed on NDTV which shall be payable “jointly and severally” by the media company. Last week, the regulator barred NDTV’s three key promoters — Prannoy Roy, Radhika Roy and their holding firm RRPR Holdings — from the capital markets for two years and also restrained the two individuals from holding any board or top management role at the company in this period. The Roy couple was also barred from holding a board or key managerial position at any other listed company for one year, Sebi had said while coming down heavily on them for violating various regulations by keeping minority shareholders in the dark about three loan agreements.last_img read more

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Toronto neurosurgeon charged with killing wife to stand trial next year

first_imgTORONTO – A Toronto neurosurgeon accused of killing his physician wife will stand trial next year, a judge ordered Wednesday.Dr. Mohammed Shamji is charged with first-degree murder and committing an indignity to human remains in the death of Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji, the mother of his three children.Shamji appeared in a Toronto court briefly Wednesday morning, where judge John McMahon said the man’s trial would begin April 1, 2019, and be heard by a jury.Shamji is scheduled to return to court May 30, when procedural motions related to his case will be discussed.Fric-Shamji, a family doctor at Scarborough and Rouge Hospital, was last seen Nov. 30, 2016.Her beaten body was found in a suitcase by the side of a road north of Toronto the following day. Shamji, her husband of 12 years, was arrested a day later.An investigation revealed Fric-Shamji, a family doctor at Scarborough and Rouge Hospital, died of strangulation and blunt force trauma, police have said.Prior to his arrest, Shamji worked at Toronto Western Hospital and was a faculty member at the University of Toronto.He and his wife both had advanced degrees in addition to their medical qualifications.Fric-Shamji had a master’s degree in public policy from Duke University, according to a biography in research she published. Shamji has a PhD in biomedical engineering, also from Duke.last_img read more

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Shepard Fairey Wants LA Public School Students To Get Creative

first_imgArtist Shepard Fairey is asking Los Angeles public school students to think creatively.Shepard Fairey Invites All LA Students to Collaborate in Third Segment of Los Angeles Fund for Public Education’s Arts Matter Public Art ProjectIn designing the third installment of the Los Angeles Fund for Public Education’s Arts Matter public art project, Fairey will create a design with inspiration from Los Angeles students. The resulting artwork will be displayed on city buses, billboards and other outdoor media throughout the month of July.The request from Fairey, best known for his Obey Giant work and the 2008 “Hope” campaign image of Barack Obama, is being distributed by LAUSD teachers beginning today. Students are asked to “Use your imagination and express yourself,” and tell Fairey, “What the world looks like when you take away the things that limit you.” Students must reply by April 29, via Twitter (using hashtag #artsmatter to @LAFund), email, Facebook or by mail. Fairey will use the responses to inspire his final design.Said Fairey: “Creativity is invaluable in student’s lives because it cultivates problem solving, boosts self-esteem, and promotes communication. Students want to express themselves and find their voices. Art and music are outlets that manifest differently for every individual which provide a perfect antidote for the frustrations of homogeny. Creativity fosters imagination and independence, but builds community at the same time.”“We are thrilled that Shepard Fairey is part of this public art project which calls attention to the critical role arts and creativity should play in our students’ lives. We need our students to be the creative thinkers of tomorrow, so it’s incredible that Shepard Fairey recognizes this as an opportunity to excite and educate our students by asking them to ‘imagine your life without limits,’” said LA Fund CEO Megan Chernin.Next up for LA Fund is supporting school-based arts integration programs for LAUSD. “The Arts Matter campaign has already raised over $865,000 to bring arts integration to LAUSD schools beginning in August 2013. The public support for Arts Matter and LAUSD has been phenomenal. I am certain that our students will provide Shepard Fairey with the inspiration he needs to move our city in a very exciting way,” explained Dr. Steven McCarthy, K-12 Arts Coordinator of LAUSD’s Arts Education Division.The Arts Matter public art project is made possible through the generous donation of outdoor media by CBS Outdoor, Clear Channel and other outdoor media companies. Artist Barbara Kruger created the first project and conceptualist John Baldessari the second, “Learn to Dream/Aprende a Sonar.” Both addressed the essential nature of the arts in developing creative thinking. Donations from the general public, LA Fund board members and corporations such as Mattel, Inc. and Conde Nast also support the Arts Matter public art project and school-based arts integration program.Founded in 2011, the Los Angeles Fund for Public Education is a philanthropic organization dedicated to driving positive change in the Los Angeles Unified School District. The LA Fund partners with LAUSD to invest in innovative, results-oriented programs designed to ensure every student in the nation’s second largest school system has a chance to succeed.For more information on LA Fund go to: www.lafund.org.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Reelected Phillip We have to act

first_img(photo credit: www.stewartphillip.ca)APTN National NewsVANCOUVER–First Nations communities in B.C. are facing “powerful forces” looking to “exploit the land for profit,” said veteran First Nations leader Grand Chief Stewart Phillip Thursday in a victory speech after retaining the post of president for the Union of BC Indian Chiefs during the organization’s annual general assembly.Phillip beat his only rival, Splats’in First Nation Chief Wayne Christian, 59 votes to 36 votes, to win the post for a fifth time.Phillip enters his fifth term at the head of the UBCIC during a tumultuous time in relations between First Nations and the British Columbia government as interest in the revenue and resource development of the province collide with the assertion of Aboriginal and title rights by First Nations communities.The most prominent looming conflict centres on Taseko Mine’s proposed copper and gold mine which is awaiting federal approval. The mine is strongly opposed by the Tsilhqot’in Nation because it threatens to destroy a lake sacred to the community.In his victory speech, Phillip said the time for talking had ended and the time for action had arrived.“Our old leaders used to talk about the Indian movement and I truly believe we have to get back to that…we are up against powerful forces that have completely different values…the other side is a corporate agenda. It is all about exploiting the land for profit and that is the dynamic we bring our children up in,” said Phillip. “We have to stand up with each other so we may be great again. So whatever communities take a stand, I always believe we have to be there at your side so they know they are not alone.“We can’t afford to continue to talk about these things, we have to act,” he said.Phillip also received the support of Christian who warned against issuing threats of blockades and violence in the heat of the moment.“Remember this when we do that that the first people impacted are our children and our schools. The second is the people on the streets…so we must be mindful when we speak in the public,” said Christian. “But to say we are going to promote violence, it is not going to help us in the long run.”UBCIC represents 99 First Nations communities across B.C.last_img read more

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Anil Sharma resigns from Himachal BJP cabinet; CM Thakur accepts resignation

first_imgShimla: Faced with tremendous pressures, Himachal Pradesh Power and Multi-Purpose Projects (MPP) Anil Sharma on Friday resigned from the cabinet but asserted that he will continue to serve as a member of the state assembly.”I have sent my resignation to Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur this morning,” he told the Millennium Post, minutes after his resignation was delivered at Chief Minister’s office. The Chief Minister, who was campaigning in Mandi, confirmed about Sharma’s resignation that has been accepted. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The minister had been facing pressures from the BJP to make his position clear after his son Ashray Sharma, along with grandfather Sukh Ram (former telecom minister) had joined the Congress and also got the ticket to contest Mandi parliamentary election against sitting BJP MP Ram Swaroop Sharma. When asked about circumstances leading to his resignation, Sharma said, “I have been facing a serious dilemma after my son and father had joined the Congress. Though I had made my position clear to the Chief Minister the kind of statements and cheap remarks being made about me and my family left me very much hurt.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIt’s now clear that Sukh Ram’s ambition to see his grandson Ashray Sharma rising has cost his son Anil Sharma dear. Sharma had joined the BJP in 2017 just before the assembly polls. Earlier, he was a cabinet minister in the Congress government. Ashray was instrumental in his entry to the BJP but now a reason for his exit too. The outgoing minister said on Thursday that the Chief Minister was in his constituency and tried to ridicule him publicly. This has hurt him and compelled to call it a day. He said, “I had no plans to make a political career when I contested by the first election in 1993. But my son definitely has an aptitude and interest to keep the legacy of his grandfather alive. I have decided not to stand by him. My status as a minister is not something bigger than the son’s career.” Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Friday mounted a fresh attack against Sharma. “You, despite being in my cabinet, kept contacting people to mobilise against BJP candidate. You even challenge the Chief Minister’s status saying it’s easy to be CM or MLA but impossible to be a leader. And, all these months your father (Pt Sukh Ram) frequently kept asking choicest portfolios to Anil Sharma and a Rajya Sabha seat to Ashray (grandson). What are you people (family) up to? I have so many secrets to tell as this family been a political opportunist.” When asked whether he will campaign for his son, Sharma said no in affirmative. “I will neither campaign for the Congress (i.e. his son) nor for the BJP,” he added. About Mandi seat, he said, “Wait and watch. It’s going to be a close finish. Ram Swaroop Sharma should not take shelter behind the Chief Minister if he wants to fight a battle. Let it be Ram Swaroop Sharma vs Ashray fight, not Jai Ram vs Ashray.”last_img read more

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Mexico set to officially pledge commitment to Annans Global Compact initiative

According to the UN Development Programme (UNDP), President Fox will launch the initiative at a conference in Mexico City that will be attended by nearly 400 business and civic leaders. The Global Compact will now be established around the world with more than 50 country networks.The Global Compact is a United Nations inter-agency initiative championed by Mr. Annan and designed to challenge businesses around the world to take greater responsibility in society and to act upon a set of universally recognized principles in the areas of human rights, labour rights and the environment. Since its initial launch in July 1999, the Compact has attracted the participation of hundreds of companies, labour groups, academic institutions, and civil society organizations.

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