No business is an island in the fight against climate change

first_imgMonday 23 September 2019 5:23 am whatsapp Another good tactic is to incentivise more sustainable behaviour among your employees, and even reward them for coming up with fresh ideas. More than a thousand Amazon employees planned a walkout, and we saw the Trade Union Congress urge their members to support climate strikers. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryMedical MattersThis Picture Shows Who Prince Harry’s Father Really IsMedical Matterszenherald.comDolly Finally Took Off Her Wig, Fans Gaspedzenherald.comMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStorybonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comPost Fun25 Worst Movies Ever, According To Rotten TomatoesPost FunNinjaJournalistMichael Jordan’s Divorce Settlement Has Finally Been Revealed.NinjaJournalist All chief executives should identify the risks that more extreme weather could have on the continuity of your business, while in turn figuring out where you can make it more resilient.     Business activism does not mean having to stand on a soap box and shout for change. It means using a company’s scale and reach to solve societal and environmental problems.  This isn’t good enough, and we won’t see the change we need unless everyone acknowledges their role in preventing climate change. However, the opportunity for real change will be lost if businesses don’t move away from grand purpose statements towards activism, because only then can we drive systemic change that has a lasting impact. Our Responsible Business Tracker findings showed that 86 per cent of companies have stated their purpose, but as little as 17 per cent have a plan to make sure that it’s practised at every level of the organisation.  whatsapp We have a deadline of 10 years to at least halve carbon emissions, which may feel like a long time, but in reality, it is just two or three business planning cycles. The challenge can seem insurmountable, but by taking steps to move from purpose to activism, we have a real chance to meet that 10-year deadline. Businesses must do more and put aside competition with each other to work collectively and tackle this problem together.  As a start, businesses can be supportive of employees wanting to take part in strikes by allowing them to take a day’s annual leave if possible, giving them the opportunity to learn from their experience. LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 20: Protesters hold banners as they attend the Global Climate Strike on September 20, 2019 in London, England. Millions of people are taking to the streets around the world to take part in protests inspired by the teenage Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. Students are preparing to walk out of lessons in what could be the largest climate protest in history. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) Greta Thunberg woke us up to the fact that our house is on fire, but how many leaders have acknowledged that this means their business is also going up in flames?  Last Friday, adults joined forces with students to inspire a call to action on the Earth’s climate and ecological emergencies. And finally, cut your carbon emissions by minimising your use of fossil fuel and finding ways to purchase or generate renewable energy. Share Gudrun CartwrightGudrun Cartwright is environment director of Business in the Community.  And if they can’t, they must have an honest conversation with their employees, customers, shareholders, regulators, and the general public in order to answer the most difficult question of all: If not, why not? You can join 150 organisations in signing the Business in the Community’s Waste to Wealth Commitment, which is a way of companies collectively working to eliminate avoidable waste by 2030.   For many offices, there are lots of small changes that can be made to the way resources are used to make these spaces more sustainable. It’s also worth considering how your staff can operate in workspaces differently in order to eliminate waste. Regardless of what you think of people taking time off work to strike against climate change, they have flung our planetary emergency right onto centre stage.  No business is an island in the fight against climate change More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orglast_img read more

Live events could drive UK’s mass Covid testing push, says UK Music boss

first_img (Getty Images) Also Read: Live events could drive UK’s mass Covid testing push, says UK Music boss Live events could drive UK’s mass Covid testing push, says UK Music boss James Warrington whatsapp (Getty Images) Tags: Coronavirus Test and Trace “If the government still sees mass testing as a means of keeping case rates down, then live events could act as a driver for mass testing take-up, especially among young people,” he added. Wednesday 17 February 2021 2:19 pm Jamie Njoku-Goodwin, a former aide to health secretary Matt Hancock, said widespread testing using lateral flow tests “has huge potential to bring back large events safely, and could also help in the fight against the virus”. But ministers have also suggested that testing in the UK’s nightlife and live events scene could play a role in reopening the economy. Michael Kill, chief executive of the Night Time Industries Association, said: “We have been lobbying government with a strategy for the safe opening of these important cultural institutions for some time now, using lateral flow testing has been a consistent narrative.center_img Share The live events sector could be a key driver of the government’s plans to launch a mass Covid testing blitz in England as lockdown is lifted, the chief executive of UK Music has said. whatsapp (Getty Images) Also Read: Live events could drive UK’s mass Covid testing push, says UK Music boss The campaign, which is set to be rolled out before children return to schools, is aimed at encouraging Brits to get tested even if they do not have symptoms, the Times reported. Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said rapid testing was the favoured method over vaccine passports for easing some restrictions, as it is not yet clear whether someone who has received the vaccine can still spread the virus. Show Comments ▼ The government is reportedly planning to ramp up testing across the country as a way of tracking the virus, even as the rollout of the vaccine continues at pace. “[We] feel now with this acknowledgement we will be given the opportunity to deliver pilot schemes which will substantiate the ability for this sector to open safely at the appropriate time, but more importantly we will be able to plan and prepare for that opportunity.” NHS Test and Trace is preparing to send out more than 400,000 rapid lateral flow tests by post each day in a bid to get the country back to normal.last_img read more

Best of the Brokers for 05 August 2015

first_imgWednesday 5 August 2015 5:39 am Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayot’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapWatch President Biden Do Battle With a Cicada: ‘It Got Me’ (Video)The WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap whatsapp Sharecenter_img Best of the Brokers for 05 August 2015 by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday Newszenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity Mirror Express KCS To appear in Best of the Brokers, email your research to [email protected] HellenicShore Capital expects Coca-Cola Hellenic to post strong volume growth but be hit by foreign exchange headwinds in its first-half results, due out next week. The broker kept its “sell” rating and 1,306p target price, but said a tough environment in some of its markets could result in further downgrade potential.Thomas Cook GroupJefferies said the impact from Tunisia and Greece, revealed in Thomas Cook’s trading update last week, was higher than it had provided for, as was the forex headwind. As a result, it cut its full-year earnings forecasts by a further six per cent. The broker retained its “buy” rating, but reduced its price target to 145p from 165p. whatsapplast_img read more

Blueberry prices climb on China-bound exports

first_img By Daily NK – 2017.09.06 4:07pm All prices are shown in KPW and current as of August 29, 2017. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Blueberries are flying off the shelves at a much faster rate than last year in the markets of North Korea’s Ryanggang Province. This is likely because their season is about to draw to a close and because they are being exported abroad and consumed by domestic shoppers. For more, we turn to Special Economic Correspondent Kang Mi Jin.Ryanggang Province is located in the northern part of North Korean in the alpine region. Blueberries sales in the market there are quite strong right now. A local source has informed Daily NK that the price has skyrocketed as a result of this increased demand, with blueberries selling for over 10,000 KPW more per kilogram than they did last year.Blueberries went on sale in August in Ryanggang Province, and their price has been steadily climbing since. The source explained that exports to China explain a sizable portion of these ballooning prices. At this time, a number of groups are absorbed in the process of exporting blueberries for the purpose of earning foreign currency in Samjiyon County, Daehongdan County, and Baekam County, where the blueberries are grown. Groups involved include students, members of the Women’s Socialist Union, and laborers. But they aren’t the only ones in on the act. Private individuals build small huts on the hillsides and cultivate their own blueberries to sell. Can you explain how the blueberries are exported to China? Sure. According to information given to Daily NK by inside informants, Chinese merchants are buying large quantities of blueberries in the markets of Yanggang Province. While this trend is nothing new, this year has seen a larger amount of merchants buying up vaster quantities of the berries, which has inflated the price. Because of this, the blueberry-producer regions have been transformed into temporary wholesale hubs. The areas are engrossed in blueberry sales annually during this time. The wholesalers go to the production regions because they can get cheaper prices than if they try to buy in the markets. Samjiyon County and Taehongdan County are particularly bustling with wholesalers. The producers are happy to sell the fruits at a cheaper price to wholesalers who come directly to the farm because they save on transportation costs and can ensure that the goods are fresh. The higher prices are good news for North Koreans on the sales side, who are walking around with wide grins. More individuals have entered the market with an eye to sell to Chinese merchants. The source added that the demand does not stop at export markets, however, because more and more domestic shoppers are also showing an interest in blueberries. For some time, the state’s cultivation and sale of Paektu Mountain blueberries for the purpose of earning foreign currency have involved mobilizing the residents to contribute their labor for little to nothing in return. What’s new this year? Yes, that’s is true. Around this time every year, residents in Ryanggang Province are mobilized. This involves students, workers, and Women’s Socialist Union members. Last year, for instance, the Hyesan Women’s Socialist Union was sent to Taehongdan County and Paekam County to work for 12 days on the blueberry farms. The requirement varies from year to year, but in general the residents are ordered to gather between 60 and 100 kg of the berries. Because the blueberries have come in better this year than years past, the conditions for the residents are slightly improved. If the harvest is good, it is easy to collect 20 kg in one day, but if it isn’t good, it’s a difficult endeavor to collect 5 kg in one day. It is harder to collect when there are lots of people. Because individuals hoping to earn money are also out on the farms, the fields are packed with people. Normally, to collect the blueberries, you have to go about 8 kilometers outside the city to medium sized farms in the valley, or even further to get to larger farms. Because of this, many people stay at barracks built on site. Can you break down the price of blueberries at Ryanggang Province markets? Yes, according to a conversation I had a few days ago with a local informant, blueberries in Hyesan Market and the Yeongbong area are selling for KPW 33,000 per kg. This is KPW 11,000 more than last year. I’ve been researching these prices for many years: in 2014, blueberries sold for KPW 11,000-15,000 per kg and in 2015, they sold for about KPW 22,000 per kg. So we can see that this upward trend is a years-long and continuing phenomenon. Last year, the blueberry harvest was not particularly strong. The price was nonetheless around KPW 20,000. The fact that prices have risen so much this year is good news for the residents involved in the production and sale of blueberries. The price is set to drop within a period of days, so many residents involved are working double time and staying up late to try to sell as many as they can before that happens.   You mentioned that students are mobilized to participate in the blueberry harvest. Does that mean they are responsible for the same workload that adults do on the farms?No, the students have smaller quotas to fulfill. The school departments in each region make a quota and then they pass the orders down. The amount is different depending on the age group. The amount that each student picks is not fixed by the central authorities. Every school and region have different amounts. The parents of the students are likely hoping that their children are given small amounts to pick.  SHARE There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Blueberry prices climb on China-bound exports AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Facebook Twitter News News News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

Nationals ‘spare change’ transition fund won’t support coal jobs: Miners Union

first_imgNationals ‘spare change’ transition fund won’t support coal jobs: Miners Union Mining & Energy UnionThe $25 million a year ‘Royalties for Rejuvenation’ fund announced by Deputy Premier John Barilaro comes with no plan for jobs and is little more than spare change, the Miners’ Union said today.CFMEU Northern Mining and NSW Energy District President Peter Jordan said the transition fund would leave coal miners scratching their heads.“I’m bewildered by what the Nationals think $25 million a year spread across all NSW’s coal regions – from the Illawarra to Mudgee to Boggabri – will actually do for jobs,” said Mr Jordan.“Given the $1.6 billion in royalties this Government raked in from mining last year, $25 million is a piddling amount.“It’s not a treasure chest, it’s spare change. It’s a fraction of what they’ve just handed over to Shenhua for the Watermark mining lease debacle.“This is not a serious investment in coal communities and comes with no plan for the jobs coal workers are supposed to ‘transition’ into.“If this Government wants to support coal communities it should get behind the multiple existing coal mines around the state – employing workers and supporting coal communities right now – that are up against it trying to get extension plans approved.“Instead it has apparently established a fund for their closure.“Coal miners are sick of being used as photo opportunities for politicians who think they can be bought off with cheap and insulting thought bubbles like this.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. 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:Boggabri, coal, energy, Government, Illawarra, Investment, jobs, Jordan, mining, Mudgee, NSW, Premier, Presidentlast_img read more

Experts see hope despite grim climate projections

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail By Clint Talbott • Published: Oct. 18, 2019 CU Boulder and NOAA scientists join panel discussion following Boulder screening of Ice on Fire, an HBO documentaryHuman activity has changed the climate, and humans have not yet done enough to slow—much less reverse—the damage, yet four scientists who study climate change all agreed this week that they have reason for optimism.The scientists, all of whom appear in the HBO documentary Ice on Fire, joined a panel discussion after the Boulder screening of the film on the University of Colorado Boulder campus. Gabrielle Petron, at right, makes a point during a panel discussion on campus following the CU Boulder screening of the HBO documentary Ice on Fire. To her left are other Boulder experts who also appear in the film: College of Arts and Sciences Interim Dean James W.C. White, NOAA Scientist Pieter Tans, and INSTAAR Climate Technician Jennifer Morse. Photo by Glenn Asakawa. At the top of the page is an image from the filming of the documentary. “On the pessimism scale, I’m an 8 or 9” on a scale of one to 10, said James W.C. White, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and a highly cited climatologist. On the optimism scale, however, he said he was a 9 or 10. “The generation of students that comes to this campus wants to change the world. I want to give them every opportunity to do that,” White said.Produced by Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio, George DiCaprio and Mathew Schmid, Ice on Fire focuses on solutions designed to slow the accelerating environmental crisis. It argues that renewable energy is necessary but insufficient to meet the climate challenge. White’s acknowledgement of the grim scientific findings but expression of hope reflected the themes of Ice on Fire, which also features three other Boulder scientists who joined the panel discussion: Jennifer Morse, climate technician at the Mountain Research Station of the CU Boulder Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR).Gabrielle Petron, research scientist at the CU Boulder Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).Pieter Tans, chief of the Carbon Cycle Greenhouse Gases Group at the NOAA Earth Systems Research Laboratory Global Monitoring Division. Waleed Abdalati, who directs CIRES and moderated the panel discussion, asked the experts how they’d rank both their pessimism and optimism.Tans said he was both pessimistic and optimistic, noting that the Paris Agreement on climate action hasn’t been effectively implemented. On the other hand, he said, people have the freedom to vote for government leaders who will take action.Petron, too, expressed both pessimism and optimism, emphasizing the desire of younger people to address climate change. “Even our generation, we want a world we can thrive in,” she said.Morse emphasized hope. “I’m super-optimistic about the next generation, but let’s not leave it all to them,” she said.Meanwhile, the rapid decreases in land and sea ice are grave causes for concern, the panelists said. “What’s concerning about an ice-free Arctic is a planet that has a very different weather pattern from where we live,” White said. “There’s a huge amount of carbon locked up in the Arctic.”Indigenous people see the change first hand, he added: “If you are indigenous to the Arctic, you are terrified.”Ice on Fire argues for a two-pronged approach to reversing the crisis: reducing carbon emissions through traditional renewable energy sources and new ones, like tidal energy, and implementing “drawdown” measures, focusing on methods for drawing down and sequestering carbon, including direct air capture, sea farms, urban farms, biochar, marine snow and bionic leaves.The panelists also discussed how individuals can help in their everyday lives, even if they can’t afford to buy solar panels and don’t own their own homes (and thus can’t invest in energy-efficiency measures). Consuming less stuff and eating lower on the food chain were two suggestions.After a spirited Q&A session with the audience, Abdalati asked the panelists to give the audience a one-sentence message to take home. Two responded with one word.Morse: “Together.”Tans: “Solidarity.”Petron: “We don’t have time; we need to act.”White: “Show your children and grandchildren that you really do love them.” DiCaprio film featuring four local scientists to be screened here Film ‘repeatedly takes the audience to the brink of despair, before pulling back with a glimmer of optimism,’ Cannes reviewer says Read more Categories:EventsTags:CIRESGeological SciencesINSTAARResearchcenter_img Related Articles Newly minted professors of distinction to be celebrated In Feb. 3 event, professors of physics, English, philosophy and integrative physiology to be officially recognized Read more Were the ancient Maya space pilots? 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India’s Pneumonia vaccination programme will be worth money, predicts study

first_img Share Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Read Article Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” The study was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through the global antibiotic resistance partnership and supported by Princeton University through its Grand Challenges ProgrammeResearchers at University of Strathclyde has predicted through its study that a programme to vaccinate 27 million new-born babies in India against pneumococcus could prevent approximately 35,000 under-five pneumonia death. The Indian government is currently rolling out a pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) across the country to tackle the disease, which claimed the lives of an estimated 105,000 children under the age of five in 2010.However, the vaccine is significantly more expensive than others included in India’s Universal Immunisation Programme. In addition, its effectiveness in low and middle-income countries is uncertain. The Global Alliance for vaccines and Immunization is currently helping to fund PCV provision until 2021, after which the Indian Government will have to bear the full costs.To predict the potential outcome and cost-effectiveness of India’s PCV programme, researchers at the University of Strathclyde in the UK and the Center for Disease Dynamics Economics and Policy in the US and in New Delhi, India used a model they had previously developed and validated called IndiaSim, which is representative of the Indian population and health system.The analysis considered the distribution of the dominant strains of the disease in India and the characteristics and behaviour of the host population within the country’s health system. The study, published in the journal BMJ Global Health, concludes the programme could prevent 34,800 under-five deaths, cost $240m (1,600 crore rupees) and save families $48.7 million in treatment costs annually.This outcome assumed vaccination coverage levels similar to those achieved by the diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus (DPT) immunisation programme; approximately 77 per cent. Increasing the coverage level to 90 per cent was found to be the most cost-effective outcome in over 95 per cent of simulated outcomes.Lead author Dr Itamar Megiddo, Assistant Professor and Chancellor’s Fellow in Strathclyde Business School says, “Pneumonia is a major cause of death in India and as many other countries have done the government decided to introduce PCV in its vaccination programme. However, PCV is expensive and its efficacy is uncertain for a number of reasons. These include a lack of information on the distribution of the disease-causing strains in India and lack of contextualized information on the efficacy of the vaccine in India and other low- and middle-income countries. The affordability and cost effectiveness for a country like India is especially important.”Dr Megiddo further says, “Although our study had limitations, and there are data gaps that need to be filled, even with conservative assumptions we believe the vaccination would avert a significant number of deaths. “It would also protect some of the poorest people in India from potentially catastrophic expenditure and deliver value for money. We would recommend the Indian Government includes PCV vaccination in the Universal Immunisation Programme, and the vaccine’s effectiveness should be continuously monitored as it is rolled out to provide more data to inform vaccination strategy.” India’s Pneumonia vaccination programme will be worth money, predicts study Related Postscenter_img The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story News By Swati Rana on July 10, 2018 WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healphalast_img read more

Ministry Submits Recommendations to OUR on Street Light Tariff

first_imgRelatedWestmoreland Steps Up Fight Against Mosquito Borne Diseases RelatedNSWMA to Establish Transfer Station in Westmoreland FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Local Government and Community Development has completed an analysis of the proposed tariff on street lights and has submitted its recommendations to the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR).This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Noel Arscott, while making his contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, June 17.He said this is significant for the Government, as what usually obtains is that the Ministry would simply have to accept whatever tariff is approved by the OUR, based on submissions by the Jamaica Public Service (JPS).Mr. Arscott explained that from this new proposal, a specific tariff system will be proposed for LED street lights, as well as a new system of measurement that will recognise smart street lights that can be dimmed at various times, thereby utilising less electricity.Additionally, the Minister informed that the Government is also working to complete a joint audit, with JPS, of all street lights installed, complete with Global Positioning System (GPS) mapping.The Minister said all this is being done as part of Government’s efforts to reduce the energy consumption for street lights and cutting the costs by at least $1 billion annually.In the meantime, Mr. Arscott said he has been working closely with the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining in the negotiation of the impending new All Island Electricity Licence to resolve a number of key issues relating to street lights, “that could have become an obstacle to getting more efficient street lighting.”“We have also had several consultations with the JPS, the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), and the Ministry of Finance to pave the way for the introduction of modern street lights,” the Minister said.He lamented that under the current arrangement, the Government has not been able to benefit from the reduction in costs associated with the deployment of efficient street lights.Mr. Arscott said the archaic system for the monitoring, repair or replacement of street lights has been found to be ineffective, as many lights across the island are now defective.He noted that as such, the Ministry and the Local Authorities continue to work towards the replacement of the existing street lights with efficient LED bulbs.The Request for Proposal (RFP) for this new programme will be issued shortly, and the Ministry expects to complete the procurement process by the end of this fiscal year, he informed. Ministry Submits Recommendations to OUR on Street Light Tariff Local GovernmentJune 18, 2014Written by: Athaliah Reynolds-Bakercenter_img RelatedGovernment Identifying Alternative to Rivertion Landfill Story HighlightsThe Ministry of Local Government and Community Development has completed an analysis of the proposed tariff on street lights.The Ministry has submitted its recommendations to the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR).What usually obtains is that the Ministry would simply have to accept whatever tariff is approved by the OUR, based on submissions by the JPS. Advertisementslast_img read more

Ground Broken At Site for LINAC Machine

first_imgPhoto: JIS PhotographerFormer Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, addressing participants at the ground breaking ceremony for a cancer treatment centre at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, St. James on November 6.The Centre will house one of two Linear Accelerator (LINAC) machines for radiation treatment. The other machine will be established at the St.Joseph’s Hospital in Kingston. Ground Broken At Site for LINAC MachineJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedRegional Health Authorities Audits and Conformance Reports Now Available Story HighlightsFormer Minister of Health Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson on Friday, November 6, broke ground at the site at which the Linear Accelerator (LINAC) machine for radiation treatment will be placed at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, St. James.The hospital, will house one of the two machines in its Cancer Care Centre of Excellence which is being developed. The other machine will be housed at a similar centre to be developed at the St. Joseph’s hospital in Kingston. RelatedGov’t Committed to Providing Quality Maternal and Neonatal Care FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail center_img Ground Broken At Site for LINAC Machine Health & WellnessNovember 9, 2015Written by: Glenis A. Rose RelatedGovt’s Sustained Support For Persons With HIV/AIDS Hailed Former Minister of Health Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson on Friday, November 6, broke ground at the site at which the Linear Accelerator (LINAC) machine for radiation treatment will be placed at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, St. James.The hospital, will house one of the two machines in its Cancer Care Centre of Excellence which is being developed. The other machine will be housed at a similar centre to be developed at the St. Joseph’s hospital in Kingston.The machines, estimated to cost US$15 million and funded jointly through the National Health Fund, the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund and the Tourism Enhancement Fund, will provide radiation treatment for cancer and cancer related illnesses.The project will see patients, especially those less financially able, receiving quality care and treatment and a greater chance of recovery from such an illness.Addressing participants at the ground breaking ceremony, Dr. Ferguson said the occasion was historic, and a victory for the provision of access to quality health care in Jamaica, especially for the poorer class.He informed that in 2012, the worldwide burden of cancer rose to an estimated 14 million cases per year, a figure he said, is expected to rise to 22 million annually within the next two decades.“In Jamaica there were 3,198 cancer deaths in 2010 accounting for 21 per cent of all deaths.  Cancer affects all ages, even our children.  The government has set a target to reduce the number of premature deaths…. by 25 per cent by the year 2025,” Dr. Ferguson argued.The former Health Minister said that several steps have already been taken towards  improving the provision of treatment services for persons with cancer, as well as measures to address primary prevention, screening, early detection, diagnosis, rehabilitation, survivorship and palliative care.“The development of the cancer treatment centre is a part of this holistic plan. Equipment for each site include one Linear accelerator, one CT simulator, one C-Arm mobile X-Ray unit and one Brachytherapy machine, with treatment planning system and related quality assurance equipment.  The Linacs are a major part of this mix, and they will revolutionize the way we deliver radiation treatment services in the public health sector,” Dr. Ferguson asserted. Advertisementslast_img read more

ATF joins probe of LA blast that injured 12 firefighters

first_imgHomeBriefsATF joins probe of LA blast that injured 12 firefighters May. 19, 2020 at 5:00 amBriefsCrimeATF joins probe of LA blast that injured 12 firefightersAssociated Press1 year agoATFblastfirefirefighters Investigators on Monday began combing the wreckage of a fire and explosion at a downtown Los Angeles hash oil manufacturer as six burned firefighters remained in the hospital and two more went home.The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is sending in special agents from around the country to help with the criminal investigation. They are expected to help reconstruct the scene, identify where the fire started and determine what caused it.Capt. Robert Long, commanding officer of the Los Angeles Police Department’s major crimes unit, said his detectives will be working with the ATF and “looking at all aspects of the business to see if all applicable safety rules were followed.”The blaze began late Saturday afternoon at a one-story commercial building in the city’s Toy District. Firefighters entered the building amid light to moderate smoke and went on the roof, normal procedures to try to quickly knock down any flames, officials said.One of the firefighters noticed that the pressure from the smoke and heat coming from the rear of the building were increasing. He ordered everyone to get out but a thunderous explosion rocked the building. Firefighters on the roof scrambled down ladders through a fireball, with their protective coats aflame. The wall of flames shot out the building and burned seats inside a fire truck across the street.Eleven were rushed to hospitals, and an additional firefighter was treated for a minor injury. Three were released from the hospital Sunday and two left Monday morning.The six firefighters who remain in the hospital are considered to be stable but their conditions were not immediately available.Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas told Fox 11 on Monday the eight firefighters still in the hospital are making “steady progress.”“I’m happy to report that they’re in good spirits. I visited with many of their families over the weekend and they’re on the right track to recovery,” he said. They have “various degrees of burns and some are minor nature, some are moderate and one is severe, so the timeline for recovery will be different for each one of them,” the chief said.STEFANIE DAZIO and JOHN ANTCZAK, Associated PressTags :ATFblastfirefirefightersshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentUCLA launches clinical trial to help reduce severity of COVID-19 illness in menSMMUSD readies for summer schoolYou Might Also LikeBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press10 hours agoBriefsCalifornia State Treasurer Fiona Ma to Speak at Online Santa Monica College Commencement Ceremony June 25Guest Author10 hours agoBriefsNewsBeach House Begins Community Re-Opening June 15Guest Author1 day agoBriefsNewsInput Invited for Marine Park Improvement ProjectsGuest Author1 day agoBriefsNewsPublic Health Emphasizes the Importance of Vaccinations as Distancing and Masking Guidelines Relax Next WeekGuest Author1 day agoBriefsNews“Righting Our Wrongs” performance on June 11Guest Author1 day agolast_img read more