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Sadiq Khan calls for compulsory face coverings in all stores

first_imgSadiq Khan has called for the government to make face coverings mandatory in all stores, after they were made compulsory on all English public transport networks yesterday. More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org Shapps said today that public transport had not been busy enough to warrant the change and that they only provided “marginal and perhaps incremental assistance” Speaking to Sky News today, he said: “If you are in shop, you are unlikely to be stood next to somebody for 10 minutes or longer. whatsapp He stressed that people should not wear surgical face masks, but instead should use coverings made out of cloth and other materials. “Certainly, it is not a silver bullet thing to do… but you’re protecting those around you, so it is quite a public spirited, altruistic thing to do,” he said. Transport secretary Grant Shapps said at yesterday’s press briefing that people will not be able to use English public transport networks without a face covering and that fines would be given for non-compliance. Show Comments ▼ “Why not err on the side of caution?” The government has been criticised by some, including Khan, for not making face coverings mandatory earlier on public transport. Before the Open newsletter: Start your day with the City View podcast and key market data Non-essential retail shops are set to re-open on 15 June, after the government moved to ease the coronavirus lockdown further two weeks ago. (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Sadiq Khan calls for compulsory face coverings in all stores Speaking to BBC today, Khan said: “Why not also make [face coverings] mandatory particularly in those confined spaces – public transport is one, shops are another – where you may inadvertently pass the virus on or inadvertently catch it?center_img Share “The big difference is that on public transport you are likely to be there for a long period of time…10 minutes, 20 minutes, even half an hour.” Transport workers and British Transport Police will monitor the new law, according to the transport secretary. “There is quite a big difference between the two.” whatsapp (AFP via Getty Images) The mayor of London said he welcomed the “U-turn from the government” on making coverings compulsory on public transport, but said it should go further. Stefan Boscia When asked about expanding the rule to other public spaces, Shapps said it would not be necessary. Sadiq Khan calls for compulsory face coverings in all stores Friday 5 June 2020 11:22 am by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStorybonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach Raiderzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteabley Outdoor car showrooms and outdoor markets were opened last week. (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Sadiq Khan calls for compulsory face coverings in all stores last_img read more

Google in talks to invest in Bloomberg rival Symphony

first_img whatsapp whatsapp More From Our Partners Fort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org Monday 5 October 2015 10:34 pm Google has reportedly entered into talks with Goldman Sachs-backed startup Symphony Communication for a round of fundraising. The talks are ongoing and no terms have been finalised, a source told Reuters. Earlier today the Wall Street Journal reported people familiar with the matter said Google had invested in a new round of funding for Symphony, valuing the company at about $650m (£429m).Read more: Goldman and others invest in new tech firm SymphonySymphony Communication is a messaging service that’s been tipped as a rival to the chat function on the Bloomberg terminal which market participants use to gossip, exchange information and make deals.  It’s backed by a whole host of big banks such as Bank of America, BNY Mellon, BlackRock, Citadel, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Jefferies, JPMorgan, Maverick Capital, Morgan Stanley, Nomura and Wells Fargo. Jessica Morris Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeNinjaJournalistDr. Phil’s Divorce Settlement Has Finally Been RevealedNinjaJournalistHollywood-TaleMarg Helgenberger: She Is Happily Married to This ManHollywood-TaleStuff AnsweredThe Price of These Fully Loaded Acura’s Will Take Your Breath AwayStuff AnsweredFinancial 10See The Wife Of The World’s Richest BillionairesFinancial 10TrueEditionNancy Sinatra Is Now 80 & Has To Live Like ThisTrueEditionTotal Battle – Tactical Game OnlineThis Game Can Train Your Brain To Think StrategicallyTotal Battle – Tactical Game OnlineSenior Living | Search AdsNew Senior Apartments Coming Nearby Scottsdale (Take a Look at The Cost)Senior Living | Search AdsStudent SeaHusband Leaves Wife For Her Sister, Not Knowing She Won The LotteryStudent Seago.dailystocktraders.comThis Secret IRS Loophole May Change Your Lifego.dailystocktraders.com Google in talks to invest in Bloomberg rival Symphony Sharelast_img read more

News / Capacity-stricken box lines under fire from European shippers over lost contracts

first_img By Alex Lennane 05/04/2017 Port of Felixstowe with a full moon © Rogerashford | Container lines have come under fire from European shippers claiming the capacity crisis on eastbound exports has resulted in lost contracts and sales.An emergency meeting of the European Shippers’ Council (ESC) last week heard some exports have been waiting two months to leave Europe, at the same time as spot rates are rising.“The present capacity is insufficient to take all shipments,” said the ESC in a statement. “In addition, carriers provide no guarantee whatsoever that all goods of a shipment will be loaded.”The council also said it needed to know whether these were genuine capacity challenges or simply a means for shipping lines to raise their prices.“No shipper has been invited to discuss the present market situation, or consulted in any way about the balance between shipments and capacity.”However, talking to The Loadstar, international transport director for French shippers’ association AUTF, Fabien Becquelin, said it was difficult to determine how much shippers had lost in revenues, noting that the majority of those affected dealt mainly in scrap material or low-value goods.But, he argued, if the lack of capacity was solely due to ship repositioning before the new alliances launched, such problems could have been mitigated by planning and communication.Noting blanked sailings in Asia, and the restructuring of services, Mr Becquelin said: “All these were predictable and should have been overcome by ad hoc preparation with customers, or a contingency plan.“Carriers are allowed to cooperate technically, so why aren’t they doing it when it can be profitable for the vast majority of shippers?“We have heard that there was a surge in European exports, but this has not been noticed by our members, the owners of the cargo. All we can see is the drastic reduction of available capacity in the lane.”He added that if the lack of capacity was only due to repositioning, the situation would likely recover quickly.Container shipping lines last year collectively lost billions of dollars as they were plagued by weak freight rates and overcapacity. But Mr Becquelin said it was not simply about price – but the requirement for a ship.He said: “It is not the shippers that ‘make the market’. Prices are pushed by carriers which fought for market share prior to rationalisation.“It is clear the financial situation is not sustainable. But whatever the situation, we are not talking mainly about price, we are talking about the minimum service that a carrier can offer: having a ship to board and a container to load with cargo.“Furthermore, it is not acceptable to come back on already signed or agreed commitments – there is a history of a gentleman’s agreement in the maritime sector – or take goods hostage that are already in the ports.”A new group made up of ESC members will monitor the situation closely, it said and plans to “analyse the changes in capacity, the time of delays, and the fluctuation of rates”.Once the data has been collected it will be used to “decide on possible next steps”.It added: “ESC will meet Europe’s DG Competition in the early summer to give them an informed view on the present crisis and discuss strategies to prevent this from happening again.”last_img read more

Local Fianna Fáil candidate Fiona O’Loughlin on course to be elected to the Seanad

first_img Previous articleLaois TD calls on banks to ‘change attitude’ during Coronavirus pandemicNext articleStudying during Coronavirus: St Fergal’s Rathdowney student on prepping for state exams in a pandemic Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Facebook Home News Local Fianna Fáil candidate Fiona O’Loughlin on course to be elected to… NewsPolitics RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role News By Steven Miller – 3rd April 2020 Electric Picnic O’Loughlin recently lost her seat in the Kildare South constituency, which now incorporates large parts of Laois including Portarlington, Monasterevin and Ballybrittas.Mark Daly got 167,000 while next in line was outgoing Sinn Féin Senator Niall O Donnghaile from Belfast with 120,000 with Labour’s Rebecca Moynihan with 104,000. They both should be safe but won’t pick up transfers to the same extent as the FF and FG candidates.Outgoing Fianna Fáil Senator Diarmuid Wilson from Cavan was next with 100,000. Garret Ahearn, a Tipperary councillor and a defeated candidate in the recent General Election, and outgoing Senator Martin Conway from Clare, both for Fine Gael, are tied with 90,000 each.Portarlington-based Independent candidate Salome Mbugua Henry got 5,000 and will be eliminated in the early counts.The count, which is being held in Dublin and streamed online, is not being attended by the candidates or their supporters due to the Coronavirus restrictions.Counting will continue throughout today with 19 candidates competing for the nine seats.Unlike the Industrial and Commercial panel, where Athy-based candidate Mark Wall won a seat for a Labour, it shouldn’t take 31 counts due to the smaller number of candidates.Voting for the vocational panels on the council is confined to city and county councillors, TDs and outgoing Senators.In all there are 60 seats in the Seanad – 43 on the five vocational panels, six on the two university panels and 11 for the Taoiseach’s nominees. They are chosen by the Taoiseach of the day though a new government would have to be formed before they are selected.All four of the other panels have been filled this week.The full first count was:Mark Daly (Fianna Fáil) – 167,000 (OUTSIDE)Niall O Donnghaile (Sinn Féin) – 120,000 (INSIDE)Rebecca Moynihan (Labour) – 104,000 (INSIDE)Diarmuid Wilson (Fianna Fáil) – 100,000 (INSIDE)Garret Ahearn (Fine Gael) – 90,000 (INSIDE)Martin Conway (Fine Gael) – 90,000 (OUTSIDE)Fiona O’Loughlin (Fianna Fáil) – 81,000 (OUTSIDE)Thomas J Welby (Independent) – 79,000 (INSIDE)Emer Currie (Fine Gael) – 64,000 (INSIDE)Noel Rock (Fine Gael) – 44,000 (INSIDE)Mick Cahill (Fianna Fáil) – 41,000 (OUTSIDE)John Bosco Conama (Independent) – 33,000 (OUTSIDE)Lorraine Clifford Lee (Fianna Fáil) – 30,000 (INSIDE)Joe Malone (Fianna Fáil) – 23,000 (OUTSIDE)John Dolan (Independent) – 22,000 (OUTSIDE)Anne Marie Flanagan (Independent) – 22,000 (OUTSIDE)Tony Geoghegan (Independent) – 10,000 (OUTSIDE)Timothy J Hogan (Independent) – 9,000Salome Mbugua Henry (Independent) – 5,000 (OUTSIDE)SEE ALSO – Mark Wall elected to the Seanad after marathon count Twitter Facebookcenter_img Pinterest Local Fianna Fáil candidate Fiona O’Loughlin on course to be elected to the Seanad Electric Picnic WhatsApp TAGS2020 Senate ElectionsFianna FailFiona O’Loughlin Pinterest Twitter Former Kildare South Fianna Fáil TD Fiona O’Loughlin should be in the mix for one of the seven seats on the Administrative panel in the Seanad.The results of the first count put her in seventh place but with a three Fianna Fáil candidates below her as well as Mark Daly, the outgoing Kerry-based Senator for the party, polling well over the quota, there will be a number of transfers to come into play.She got 88 first preference votes, or 88,000 as they are calculated for the purposes of Seanad elections. The quota is just over 141,000.Crucially, she is also in the top three ‘outside’ candidates, well ahead of the fourth-placed in that category – her party running mate, Mick Cahill, a councillor from Longford.There must be at least three candidates from the inside and outside panels. An inside candidate is one nominated by four TDs or Senators; an outside candidate is one put forward by a qualified nominating body – in O’Loughlin’s case the Irish Alzheimer’s Association. WhatsApp Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

Citizenship ceremonies return to City Hall for Australia Day

first_imgCitizenship ceremonies return to City Hall for Australia Day The City of Greater Geelong will host two citizenship ceremonies at City Hall on Australia Day, marking its first in-person ceremonies in almost 11 months.Up to 20 new Greater Geelong residents will be conferred as Australian citizens across a pair of ceremonies on Tuesday morning.In line with Victorian Government COVID-19 safety requirements, capacity for the events will be limited, with attendance by invite only.Acting Mayor Trent Sullivan, who will be the presiding officer, said citizenship ceremonies were always joyful occasions.We value our role in welcoming new Australian citizens to our increasingly diverse region and I’m looking forward to meeting some very happy new citizens on Australia Day.The ceremonies will also mark a major step forward in our progression out of the COVID-19 pandemic, as we finally get to hold them in person.The lockdown restrictions we all experienced during 2020 will make it extra special for the conferees to receive their certificates face-to-face.The most recent citizenship ceremony at City Hall was on 29 February 2020, with the next scheduled ceremony cancelled as COVID-19 restrictions came into effect.However, the City continued to welcome new citizens throughout the pandemic, conducting a total of 25 online ceremonies.The City holds citizenship ceremonies on Citizenship Day (17 September) and Australia Day (26 January) each year as one of its key responsibilities.In ordinary circumstances, the City also conducts at least one ceremony per month throughout the year. /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:Australia, Australian, citizenship, coronavirus, covid-19, Effect, Geelong, Geelong City Council, Government, Internet, local council, lockdown, online, pandemic, Safety, Victorialast_img read more

Yallourn coal-fired power station retirement: EnergyAustralia’s energy transition

first_imgYallourn coal-fired power station retirement: EnergyAustralia’s energy transition EnergyAustraliaYallourn power station will retire in mid-2028  Multimillion-dollar package to support Yallourn workforceCommitment to build Australia’s first four-hour utility-scale battery of 350 MW capacity by 2026 in the Latrobe Valley – larger than any battery operating in the world today EnergyAustralia’s carbon dioxide emissions to reduce by over 60 per cent relative to today once Yallourn retires.After decades of faithful service, EnergyAustralia has today announced the Yallourn power station in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley will retire in mid-2028 instead of 2032. EnergyAustralia Managing Director, Catherine Tanna, said EnergyAustralia approached the Victorian Government with the plan to retire Yallourn and transition to cleaner energy in a way that does not leave the workforce or the community behind.“The energy transition is too important to leave to chance – a plan that supports people, the Latrobe Valley and locks in energy storage capacity before Yallourn retires will ensure the smoothest transition possible,” said Catherine. “Our $10 million support package, coupled with seven years’ advance notice, means our power station and mine site people will have time to plan, reskill or retrain,” she said.“EnergyAustralia is determined to demonstrate that coal-fired power can exit the market in a way that supports our people and ensures customers continue to receive reliable energy.“Meanwhile, our new battery will help to secure Victoria’s energy supply and enable more renewables to enter the system. It would be larger than any battery operating in the world today.“Customers want affordable, reliable, cleaner sources of energy and as Yallourn has proudly supplied energy for 100 years we want to harness our history, and the expertise of our workforce, to repower Victoria.“We thank the Victorian Government for supporting a well-planned transition for workers, the community and the energy system.”EnergyAustralia’s goal is to be carbon neutral by 2050. Yallourn’s retirement will reduce the company’s carbon dioxide emissions by over 60 per cent relative to today, accelerating its carbon neutral ambition. Yallourn’s current generation capacity is up to 1480 MW, supplying about 20 per cent of Victoria’s electricity demand or eight per cent of the National Electricity Market.EnergyAustralia’s plan ensures storage is built to firm increased renewable energy in Victoria before Yallourn exits the system.“Today is really Day One of a long-term plan that brings together many people across the energy sector to work together to deliver the clean energy transformation for all.”EnergyAustralia historically invests between $200-$300 million per year to ensure the plant’s continued operation. Yallourn employs around 500 permanent workers on site, and for three to four months most years, the workforce increases to about 1000 for major unit outages.1 Based on forecast assumptions /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:carbon dioxide, carbon neutral, clean energy, community, electricity, energy storage, EnergyAustralia, Government, Latrobe, power station, renewable, renewable energy, retirement, Victoria, workforce, Yallournlast_img read more

JD and Diageo Partner on Responsible Drinking Efforts in China

first_imgHome Industry News Releases JD and Diageo Partner on Responsible Drinking Efforts in ChinaIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessJD and Diageo Partner on Responsible Drinking Efforts in ChinaBy Editor – November 6, 2020 814 0 Email ReddIt Share Twitter Pinterest Advertisement[Shanghai, China, 6 November 2020] JD.com, China’s largest retailer, and Diageo, the  world’s largest international spirits producer, have reached an agreement to partner on  promoting responsible drinking and moderate consumption of alcohol in the China market.  The announcement was made on Nov. 6th at the third annual China International Import  Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai. Mr. Weibiao Gu, General Manager East China for JD Super  (JD.com’s online supermarket), and Mr. Mark Edwards, Managing Director of Diageo China, were present for the signing ceremony at the UK Food & Drink Pavilion at CIIE. This initiative  is highly aligned with both partners’ commitment to leverage their respective business  strengths to bring positive and meaningful impact to society.  Specifically, under the agreement, JD and Diageo agree to jointly advance three initiatives.  First, the two partners will jointly collaborate to advance global standards for responsible  drinking in conjunction with leading organizations such as the International Alliance for  Responsible Drinking (IARD). In addition, JD and Diageo will work together with industry  partners in China to advance the development of a code of conduct for responsible sales of  alcohol online in China under the principle of self-governance. Finally, the parties will  promote DRINKiQ, a responsible drinking education platform, in China, as well as other  initiatives and campaigns that jointly advance consumer education and support reduction in  alcohol-related harm.  JD, as China’s retail and e-commerce leader in beer, wine and spirits, with over 400 million  active customers across the JD.com platform, has already taken steps to promote  responsible consumption of alcohol, such as providing clear guidance for safe consumption  in the product descriptions on its e-commerce platform. The company will continue to  strengthen its efforts in this area.  “We are pleased to further our commitment to consumer safety through this partnership with  Diageo and to pioneer efforts for responsible drinking on e-commerce platforms in China,”  said Mr. Weibiao Gu, General Manager East China for JD Super (JD.com’s online  supermarket). When it comes to the consumption of alcohol, in addition to ensuring product  quality, we want to guarantee that consumers have an enjoyable and informed experience.  This partnership with Diageo is an important step in that direction.”  Diageo has been a long-term, dedicated advocate of responsible drinking globally. DRINKiQ  marks one of its most signature efforts in this area. The interactive platform provides easily  digestible information for the public to enable them make more informed decisions when  consuming alcohol, and to prevent harmful behavior such as underage drinking, drunk driving and excessive consumption. “Bringing positive social impact to every market that we operate in is a mission of Diageo.  We are actively advocating for responsible drinking to ensure the well-being of our consumers.  Through the partnership with JD, we are confident that we can inspire more Chinese  consumers to engage in positive drinking behavior and hopefully we can contribute to Chinese  people’s aspirations towards a “better life” by celebrating life, every day, everywhere,” said  Mark Edwards, Managing Director of Diageo China. About JD JD.com is a leading technology driven e-commerce company transforming to become a  leading supply chain-based technology and service provider. The Company’s cutting-edge  retail infrastructure seeks to enable consumers to buy whatever they want, whenever and  wherever they want it. The Company has opened its technology and infrastructure to  partners, brands and other sectors, as part of its Retail as a Service offering to help drive  productivity and innovation across a range of industries. JD.com is the largest retailer in  China, a member of the NASDAQ100 and a Fortune Global 500 company. About Diageo Diageo is a global leading producer of international spirits. In 2002, Diageo China was  established in Shanghai. We have an outstanding collection of 6 alcohol categories in China  and 1 local spirits, ranging from scotch whisky, gin, vodka, liquor, rum, beer and Chinese Baijiu.  Our brands are crafted, authentic, premium with many standing out in each category, such as  Johnnie Walker, The Singleton, Baileys, Tanqueray and Guinness, which are well appreciated  by customers and consumers in China. Also, Diageo is the only company with direct  participation in Chinese Baijiu category, through an increased investment in Shui Jing Fang. Advertisement TAGSDiageoJD Facebook Linkedin Previous article“The Winemaker Sessions”: Perspectives on Vintage 2020 from Across the StateNext articleSans Wine Co. Launches First Ever Carignan Bottled Wine to Join Lineup of Organically Farmed Canned Wines Editorlast_img read more

Disabilities Council Undertaking Registration Exercise

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedDisabilities Council Undertaking Registration Exercise RelatedCorrectional Officers Accept Wage Restraint RelatedDisabilities Council Undertaking Registration Exercisecenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) is carrying out a registration exercise to determine the number of persons living with disabilities in the island.The process, which started in February, will continue until July of this year, Executive Director of the JCPD, Christine Hendricks, tells JIS News.She said the objective is to have accurate data regarding persons with disabilities so that effective planning can be undertaken and provisions made to meet their needs.Ms. Hendricks informed that although the Council has been registering persons with disabilities since its inception in 1973, it does not have an accurate figure as to the number of Jamaicans with a disability.There are approximately 12,000 persons on the JCPD’s register. Nearly 2,000 persons have been newly registered or re-entered into the database since February.Encouraging persons to sign up, the Executive Director said that once persons are registered with the Council, then the body guarantees that throughout each stage of development, their individual needs will be met.“First of all, it is very important to register because if the Government does not know that you exist, it is difficult to plan for you,” she noted.The registration exercise involves house-to-house calls and visits to institutions and communities that cater to persons with disabilities.“It’s not as widespread as the census because we wouldn’t have as many persons but we’re trying to capture the bulk as much as possible through the different locations and agencies,” she said.Ms. Hendricks noted that the council will also stage several public education campaigns to inform the wider public of the initiative.“We will be having campaigns both in the print and electronic media to ensure that the word gets out there. Of course, we are targeting also, the various agencies that serve persons with disabilities,” the Executive Director said.She added that the council will also be staging health fairs in all parishes, as part of efforts to register more persons.“We will be having at least two health fairs in each parish to see if we can gather persons at central points…it will be announced in short order as to where persons can come,” she said.Ms. Hendricks informed that even though the official registration will end in July, the process is ongoing.“People with disabilities are always being born, persons are always acquiring disabilities so the process … will continue as long as the council exists,” she added.The JCPD, a programme of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, caters to Jamaicans with various challenges, such as visual and hearing impairments, intellectual disabilities, speech impediment, autism, Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, paraplegia, quadriplegia, hemiplegia and multiple disabilities.For additional information, persons may contact the JCPD at 968-8373.Contact: Chris Patterson Disabilities Council Undertaking Registration Exercise LabourMay 21, 2013Written by: Chris Pattersonlast_img read more

The Florida Supreme Court officially came into being 175 years ago

first_imgThe Florida Supreme Court officially came into being 175 years ago The Florida Supreme Court was officially created 175 years ago. It happened on March 3, 1845, when Florida was admitted to the Union, becoming the 27 star in the American flag. Mar 04, 2020 News in Photos Florida’s admission was paired with that of the free state of Iowa. This was a continuation of the Missouri Compromise of 1820 in an effort to minimize the growing conflict between free and slave states. The first Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court would be Thomas Douglas, chosen nearly a year later in 1846 after the first justices had trouble traveling to Tallahassee to organize. His election as chief justice was recorded in official minute books still in the possession of the court today.William D. Moseley was the first governor, and the total population of Florida was only about 66,000, barely more than the minimum needed for statehood at the time. Most of the residents were concentrated in northern cities like Pensacola, Tallahassee, and St. Augustine. Florida was the least populous of all the Southern states.Today, Florida’s population exceeds 21-one million, making it the third most populous state in the nation and larger than any Southern state except Texas. Its economy of roughly a trillion dollars per year would make it the 17th largest economy in the world if it were standing alone.More images available on the Supreme Court Facebook page.last_img read more

Kalispell Declares State of Local Emergency

first_imgThe City of Kalispell declared a state of local emergency after passing an ordinance in an 8-1 vote on Monday night in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.If necessary, the declaration of emergency ordinance authorizes City Manager Doug Russell to access emergency funding, modify city purchases and modify council meeting dates and methodology for 90 days.“We’re not ceding our control of the city manager for the control of all city functions,” Mayor Mark Johnson said. “It’s really just to deal with the issues of COVID-19.”The declaration gives Kalispell the resources and “ability to act and react with our county health department,” Johnson said.The council meeting was held via videoconference.The ordinance also authorizes the city manager to “prevent ingress to or egress from all or part of the City and to direct law enforcement to enforce quarantines and curfews,” meaning the city could enforce the stay-at-home order and set a curfew, if necessary. However, Russell has clarified that “there is no curfew being implemented and no ingress or egress (restrictions),” and the city is following state and county public health guidelines.The ordinance led some residents to protest on Monday during the meeting in a demonstration outside of City Hall organized by Annie Bukacek, a local physician and member of the Flathead City-County Health Board, who said in an email to media that the city was ushering in “martial law.”While the city manager holds certain authorities, officials stressed that the declaration was written in broad terms to address all types of emergencies, meaning orders would only be carried out if deemed necessary.City Attorney Charles Harball explained to the council that the declaration looks identical to the other cities in Montana that have also declared a state of emergency, which is worded in order to maintain consistency.“When we’re dealing with issues of quarantine and cutting off ingress and egress, that only occurs as a contingency arises to make it necessary,” Harball said. “If we start playing too much with the language … we may actually be inhibiting our ability to act in the future.”After city officials discussed postponing the ordinance in order to clarify the declaration’s language, councilors voted to proceed with the exception of Sid Daoud of Ward 4.“Facing our emergency right now on a lack of data with less than 1% tested, (we’re) maybe jumping the gun and that is why I’m not going to support this resolution,” Daoud said.Additionally, councilors mentioned the City of Whitefish’s emergency ordinance that restricts reservations at hotels and short-term rentals, but Russell says there is no plan for a similar ordinance to be placed on the City of Kalispell’s agenda in the future. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more