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Coronavirus: Ex-health secretary Jeremy Hunt calls UK response ‘concerning’

first_img whatsapp “You would have thought that every single thing we do in that four weeks would be designed to slow the spread of people catching the virus.” Jessica Clark The Prime Minister said the UK had moved into the “delay” phase, and said anyone with coronavirus symptoms, such as a fever or cough, should stay home for seven days. Hunt told the BBC: “I think it is surprising and concerning that we’re not doing any of it at all when we have just four weeks before we get to the stage that Italy is at.  More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com Boris Johnson said the UK would not ban public events – although he did not rule out introducing the measure in the future – as he set out the next phase of the government’s response to the outbreak.  Hunt also said he was “personally surprised that we’re still allowing external visits to care homes”.  Friday 13 March 2020 9:03 am Also Read: Coronavirus: Ex-health secretary Jeremy Hunt calls UK response ‘concerning’ Share whatsappcenter_img Evidence from other countries that have fought back the virus successfully showed that they “moved very early” on bringing in social distancing measures, he said.  Show Comments ▼ Johnson warned yesterday that up to 10,000 people in the UK may already be infected with the virus, although the number of confirmed cases currently stands at 596.  Coronavirus: Ex-health secretary Jeremy Hunt calls UK response ‘concerning’ The Prime Minister said many more people will die from the disease. The current death toll in the UK is 10 . Also Read: Coronavirus: Ex-health secretary Jeremy Hunt calls UK response ‘concerning’ Former health secretary Jeremy Hunt has said the government’s decision not to cancel public events amid the outbreak of coronavirus is “concerning”. Italy is in lockdown and the coronavirus death toll in the country has topped 1,000.  Other countries around the world  have banned mass gatherings and closed schools in an attempt to halt the spread of the virus. last_img read more

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Yukon kings arriving in early blast; Kuskokwim kings arriving in late trickle

first_imgFisheries | SouthwestYukon kings arriving in early blast; Kuskokwim kings arriving in late trickleJuly 19, 2017 by Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK-Bethel Share:King salmon, red salmon, and chum salmon. (Photo by Shane Iverson/KYUK)The Kuskokwim and Yukon Rivers are having opposite experiences with king salmon this season.Audio Playerhttp://media.aprn.org/2017/ann-20170718-09.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The Kuskokwim kings arrived late, in a small trickle, and state biologists now say that the run may meet escapement goals. Less than 60,000 kings are estimated to have passed the Bethel sonar station.To meet the lowest end of drainage-wide escapement, 65,000 kings would need to reach their spawning grounds.Meanwhile, the Yukon River kings arrived early in the largest run observed in more than a decade.More than a quarter-million kings have passed the lower river sonar site at Pilot Station. The run is expected to meet escapement goals and provide a larger subsistence harvest than last year.Some Yukon tributaries have already met escapement for king salmon, but high water is disrupting accurate counting on others.The summer chum run on the Yukon also is experiencing a banner year. More than 3 million summer chum have passed the lower river sonar station, far above historical numbers, and escapement goals for these fish are being met along the river.Starting July 18, chum salmon arriving in the Yukon River will be considered fall chum.Share this story:last_img read more

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Sidley Austin names 32 new partners across global network

first_img whatsapp Ollie Gordon Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofBaked Sesame Salmon: Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Share GLOBAL law firm Sidley Austin has elected 32 lawyers to its partner­ship, with the new partners to be spread across the law firm’s global network, it announced yesterday.Effective from 1 January, the new partner class is made up of lawyers from across the spectrum of the company practice areas. The class will be spread globally, with 23 new partners in the US – spread across six different cities, four in Asia, four in Europe, and one in Australia.“Our new partners have demon­strated their strong legal skills and commitment to providing clients with the highest level of service,” said Carter Phillips, chair of Sidley’s executive committee. “We are extremely proud of them because they have earned their place in the partnership through talent, hard work and dedication.” Larry Barden, chair of Sidley’s management committee, added: “We offer our heartfelt congratulations to this new class of partners and commend them on reaching this significant milestone in their careers. “We are proud of their hard work and demonstrated commitment to client service, and welcome them to the partnership.” Thursday 11 December 2014 8:39 pm Sidley Austin names 32 new partners across global network Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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first_img Show Comments ▼ RHS Chelsea Flower Show highlights from Prince Harry’s Sentebale garden and the M&G Garden to hot tip Laurent-Perrier Chatsworth Tuesday 19 May 2015 4:29 am Yesterday saw a triumphant start to the UK’s premier garden exhibition, which is a sell-out event once again.  The royals came out in force yesterday at the exclusive preview gala celebration for the Chelsea Flower Show. As well as the Queen, the cortege included the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke of York, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, The Princess Royal, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and Princess Alexandra.  https://twitter.com/BritishMonarchy/status/600317539978182658 One of the attractions was a garden designed for Sentebale, the charity co-founded by Prince Harry, which helps vulnerable children in Lesotho. The garden was created to “transport visitors to the landscape of Lesotho”, featuring flowers native to the country.   Synchronised swimmers perform in the M&G Garden (Source: Getty) There are 550 exhibitors taking place this year. Other highlights include the M&G Garden, designed by award-winner Jo Thompson for the show’s headline sponsor and the Beauty of Islam garden, designed for Al Barari Firm Management.   Designer Kamelia Bin Zaal in the Beauty of Islam show garden (Source: Getty)  The Morgan Stanley Healthy Cities show garden, designed by Chris Beardshaw A number of big names from the business world also attended the opening yesterday, including Rory Macnamara, former Morgan Grenfell director and recent addition to the board of Alliance Trust, as well as Rocco Forte, owner of the eponymous luxury hotel group. Lakshmi Mittal, the Indian steel magnate who owns a 34 per cent stake in Queens Park Rangers, also made an appearance.  Meanwhile luxury Dubai hotel Atlantis, The Palm teamed up with Selfridges’ award-winning florist Philippa Craddock and luxury tea brand TWG Tea to recreate the hotel in flowe form. VIP guests were served the world’s most expensive tea – TWG Tea’s Yellow Gold Tea Buds, which is plated with 24-ct gold and costs $480 a gram.  Esther Rantzen enjoying a cup of pricey tea (Source: Craig Sugden) Designer Matthew Williamson picked out his favourite garden on Twitter. https://twitter.com/MWWorld/status/600411862723878913 Celebrity cook Nigella Lawson preferred this offering   As did rival chef Nigel Slater https://twitter.com/NigelSlater/status/600563929409003520 Already a number of awards have been announced, with gold awards going to the likes of Brewin Dolphin, Homebase, Morgan Stanley and L’Occitane. The royal family were out in force (Source: Getty) According to William Hill, there is one clear favourite to take the title of Best Show Garden  at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. The Laurent-Perrier Chatsworth Garden, designed by Dan Pearson has seen its odds narrow from 4/1 to 8/13, which the bookies said underscored the “torrent of support” for his creation.  “It’s hard to pinpoint the root of this gamble, but the fact Pearson makes his return to Chelsea after over a decade away is likely to have swayed some people,” said spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke. The people’s choice award is still open; the deadline to vote is 1pm on May 21st. The details to vote are available here.  whatsapp Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity 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 FunInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorLearn It WiseAfter Losing 70lbs Susan Boyle Is So Skinny Now She Looks Like A ModelLearn It WiseTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveLivestlyThe Best Redhead Actresses, RankedLivestlyTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmNovelodgePierce Brosnan’s Wife Lost 120 Pounds – This Is Her NowNovelodge Catherine Neilan whatsapp Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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first_img© Al Robinson By Alex Whiteman, Brexit reporter 29/03/2021 Secretary of state for the Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) George Eustice has acknowledged that post-Brexit realities have placed SMEs in an unenviable position.He told the Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs Committee the costs of leaving the single market, including for export health certificates (EHC), checks and import agents, had resulted in a 5% to 15% increase in trading with the EU.“The principal cost is EHCs, which require a vet to sign-off and take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours to complete, with an hourly charge rate of around £40,” he said.“Some parts of the country, Cornwall for instance, offer subsidies, dropping the price to £20-£30 per hour, but with this and the other costs for small retailers, the additional expense may not make it worthwhile.”Despite recognising the difficulties, Mr Eustice offered no olive branch to the country’s struggling food exporters, instead suggesting it was up to business to resolve it.He said: “Probably what you’ll see, with some of these small artisan cheeses, is consolidation around an export agent and redistribution in the EU single market,” he added.However, data from the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) indicates that the problem goes far beyond “artisan cheeses”, pointing out that January salmon sales, for example, plummeted 98% year on year, with beef exports only marginally less drastic, down 91%, and whisky down 63%.Director for general farming and biosecurity at Defra, David Kennedy provided a confusing picture of current UK export numbers.Noting that export health certificate data indicated that meat and dairy exports had doubled since January, Mr Kennedy said the shortfall for exports was now at 20%, seemingly ignoring the impact on smaller industries.“We think we’re about 20% down on last year, export health certificates have doubled and things are picking up… the barriers are falling over time,” he said.“What’s coming up now is the minutiae; we’re very much now in a learning process that is product-specific – moving lamb compared to moving a pizza, which is a composite of different ingredients, is very different.”But for the beef, salmon – which Mr Eustice suggested would be “fairly unaffected” – and whisky sectors, even a doubling of EHCs would point to a significant shortfall on 2020.At 98% down, a doubling of EHCs between January and February would still leave the salmon sector 96% down, and beef exports would still be down 82%. When pressed, Mr Eustice said the figures outlined by his colleague reflected “overall freight flows”.He added: “Export health certificates have doubled on what we recorded in January, which indicates there would be a significant improvement.”Canterbury MP Rosie Duffield, citing the GB Shellfish Association, said Defra had displayed a “lack of understanding on the practices and relevant regulations  which have led to the current situation”, and she queried why the department had not better engaged.Mr Eustice said: “It’s not that we did not engage industry, the EU has changed its EHCs in a manner that, basically, ends a trade they said could continue.“It’s not that we do not understand the law, but rather that the reality is that the EU has changed the law, and they only announced this change on 3 February.”last_img read more

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Our pick of the Top Stories of the Week

first_img Rugby Twitter By Siun Lennon – 18th February 2018 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Community WhatsApp Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining A recent HSE report issued concerns over foetal monitors used in 11 hospitals including PortlaoiseTop earning solicitors on the Legal Aid in Laois Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Our pick of the Top Stories of the Week Facebookcenter_img Home We Are Laois Our pick of the Top Stories of the Week We Are Laois Previous articleMoment in Time: Clough-Ballacolla Dinner Dance 2010Next articleLaois Camogie make winning start to league campaign against Kildare Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Pinterest Council WhatsApp Pinterest NEWSSky-high rental prices The cost of rental properties in Laois continues to surgeFoetal monitor concerns in Portlaoise Hospital REVEALED: The top earning Laois solicitors on the Legal Aid systemEnterprise in LaoisEnterprise in Laois has been discussed heavily this week, with Enterprise Ireland and IDA visiting the county, and a multi-million euro urban regeneration plan secured for PortlaoiseSPORTHorse racingOur Duke is back on track after impressive win in GowranAll-Ireland glory There was All-Ireland College football glory for this Laois quintetLGFA scholarships This Laois duo were awarded Leinster LGFA third level scholarshipsGood news for Arles-KilcruiseArles-Kilcruise received a massive boost this week as a former Dr Crokes player transferred to the clubLaois man in League of Ireland This Clonaslee man is gearing up for his League of Ireland campaign with Waterford FCWE ARE LAOISLove is in the air!This Late Late Show Valentine’s couple returned to the Laois location where love first blossomedMy Job and I National sports journalist Brendan O’Brien spoke about being on top of the sporting world Moment in TimeWe threw it back to the stylish flares of the Mountmellick Dinner Dance in 2003COLUMNISTSFather Paddy In this week’s column, Father Paddy wrote about what Lent is all about…SEE ALSO –  Twitter Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squadlast_img read more

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10-Year-Old Shemar Willis Wins 2013 JIS Heritage Essay Competition

first_imgRelatedMinister Falconer Returns to Alma Mater for Motivational Session Story HighlightsThe Maxfield Primary and Junior High School student is the first male to cop the top prize in the three-year history of the contest, beating out more than 70 rivals.A visibly proud Shemar told JIS News that he felt “overwhelmed” at copping the top prize, pointing out that he felt pleased that his hard work has paid off. Chief Executive Officer, JIS, Donna-Marie Rowe, said the essay competition is part of the agency’s thrust in educating children on the country’s rich heritage and encouraging them to participate in national life. RelatedMinister Falconer Clarifies ‘Guidelines’ to Media RelatedTime Ripe For Media To Set Up Complaints Council – Minister Falconer Photo: JIS PhotographerGovernor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen (right), and Chief Executive Officer, Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Donna-Marie Rowe, share in the proud moment of JIS 2013 Heritage Essay Competition winner, Shemar Willis. The Maxfield Primary and Junior High School student raises his trophy in triumph, at the awards ceremony held today (Nov. 29), at King’s House. Advertisementscenter_img 10-Year-Old Shemar Willis Wins 2013 JIS Heritage Essay CompetitionJIS 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 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail 10-Year-Old Shemar Willis Wins 2013 JIS Heritage Essay Competition InformationNovember 30, 2013Written by: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker It was a moment of sheer pride and utter jubilation for 10-year old Shemar Willis, as he was announced the winner of the Jamaica Information Service’s (JIS) 2013 Heritage Essay competition during an awards ceremony held today (November 29) at King’s House.The Maxfield Primary and Junior High School student is the first male to cop the top prize in the three-year history of the contest, beating out more than 70 rivals.It was his outstanding essay on the topic: ‘What Makes Our Jamaican Heritage Special?’ that placed him ahead of his competitors. He also took the sectional prize for Best Entry in the 10-year old category.Shemar took home the coveted prizes of a weekend for four at Franklyn D. Resort, St. Ann; book voucher from Sangster’s Book Store; a printer from Royale Computers and Accessories; gift baskets courtesy of Lasco Distributors and GraceKennedy; $15,000 in cash from National Commercial Bank (NCB) Foundation; a Samsung E2200 mobile phone sponsored by Digicel Jamaica; a Samsung Galaxy tablet from Singer; and a trophy.A visibly proud Shemar told JIS News that he felt “overwhelmed” at copping the top prize, pointing out that he felt pleased that his hard work has paid off.Second place went to 11-year-old Tristan Isaacs of Jessie Ripoll Primary School, while nine-year old Mountain View Primary student, Jayla Smith, placed third. They received trophies, gift baskets, cash and other prizes.Keynote speaker, Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, congratulated the JIS for organising the annual essay competition, which he deemed “an excellent initiative”.He also commended all those who took part in the contest, pointing out that they are helping to ensure that Jamaica remains firmly rooted in the best of its heritage. “In this, you are all champions,” he stated.Taking the audience on a journey of Jamaica’s rich cultural heritage, the Governor-General said it is up to all of us to ensure that this is passed on to the younger generation.“Jamaica’s history, from the Tainos to Spanish colonisation, through to British colonial plantocracy and slavery, from Emancipation to Independence and beyond, forged the rich and diverse cultural heritage of which we boast today,” he stated.He noted that individuals and groups such as Marcus Garvey, Louise Bennett Coverley “Miss Lou”, Bob Marley, Jamaica Folk Singers, and the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC), have done their part in ensuring that this rich heritage not only remains relevant and alive, but is transported across the globe, impacting those near and far.“For a tiny island such as ours to have such an impact on the world, we are indeed a special people. There is so much that is good about Jamaica and that is what we should be focussing on,” he said.Chief Executive Officer, JIS, Donna-Marie Rowe, said the essay competition is part of the agency’s thrust in educating children on the country’s rich heritage and encouraging them to participate in national life.She noted that the success of the 2011 and 2012 competitions strengthened the JIS’ resolve to continue to engage the minds of Jamaica’s children to think about the different aspects of their heritage and what it means to them.“The essay competition is near and dear to our hearts, because it is, for us, a barometer for the teaching, learning and understanding of Jamaican heritage to our children across the nation,” she stated.last_img read more

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Jamaica Secures 2 Million Airlift Seats for Summer Season

first_imgRelatedTimeshare Concept To Be Added To Tourism Product Jamaica Secures 2 Million Airlift Seats for Summer Season ParliamentMay 28, 2014Written by: Douglas McIntosh Story HighlightsJamaica has secured two million airlift seats for stopover visitors, out of its traditional tourist markets of the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom/Europe, for the upcoming 2014 summer tourist season.1.4 million seats have been secured out of the United States, an increase of 11 per cent.The USA, Canada, and UK/Europe continue to be Jamaica’s major source markets for stopover arrivals. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Tourism and Entertainment, the Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill making his contribution to the 2014/2015 Sectoral Debate on Tuesday, May 27. RelatedBeaches To Be Improved For Public Accesscenter_img Jamaica Secures 2 Million Airlift Seats for Summer SeasonJIS 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 Related150 Jobs for First Phase of Kingston Wharves Logistics Project Jamaica has secured two million airlift seats for stopover visitors, out of its traditional tourist markets of the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom/Europe, for the upcoming 2014 summer tourist season.Tourism and Entertainment Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, has informed that 1.4 million seats have been secured out of the United States, an increase of 11 per cent; 260,000 out of Canada, a 21.6 per cent increase; and 163,000 out of the UK/Europe, representing a 10 per cent increase.The Minister made the announcement during his 2014/15 Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on May 27, under the theme – ‘Tourism:  Delivering on its Promise of Opportunities and Growth’.Dr. McNeill noted that the USA, Canada, and UK/Europe continue to be Jamaica’s major source markets for stopover arrivals. He informed that the North American market, comprising the United States and Canada, account for 80 per cent of arrivals to Jamaica.The Minister said the United States has remained “our main market” over the past several years and pointed out that while arrivals from that country have grown, “we believe we can do better, and will be paying particular attention to this market.”“The good news is that Southwest Airlines, the largest US carrier, with connections to most cities in America, will (commence) operating flights to Sangster International Airport (in Montego Bay) on July 1. This will bring exciting new opportunities for penetrating the US market, even further,” he added.In relation to Canada, which he described as Jamaica’s second largest visitor source market, Dr. McNeill said the country is poised to benefit from increased arrivals out of this destination.Following four years of decline experienced with the United Kingdom market, Dr. McNeill said Jamaica began to experience a resurgence out of that destination                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              in 2013.He advised that increased demand for travel to Jamaica has resulted in a 70 per cent increase in airlift from the UK over the last two years.“Last year, we had growth of 4.7 per cent, and the early figures up to February, show 9.2 per cent growth, which confirms the rebound in this critical market,” the Minister  said.He also welcomed the UK’s institution of a revised and “more equitable method” of calculating its Air Passenger Duty (APD), adding that “we are confident (this) will give further momentum in that market.”In relation to the wider European market, Dr. McNeill noted that the region has been “performing well,” having faced the “worst economic challenges” in recent years.The Minister pointed out that the city of Munich became Germany’s newest “gateway” to Jamaica, beginning November 2013. He argued that the city will be an important channel for potential visitors from Germany’s southern region, as well as German-speaking nations, and countries in Eastern Europe.Dr. McNeill said the Russian market has been a “major breakthrough” for Jamaica, and that since establishing connections with that country in January 2013, it has delivered nearly 14,500 visitors, with over 12,000 arriving in last year.“So successful was the new service that the operator had applied to provide scheduled service. However, current events in Ukraine have (delayed) those plans. We have continued to have dialogue with the operators and are hopeful that this situation can be resolved and we will see a return to service from this important source market,” he added.Dr. McNeill advised that under an initiative targeting Scandinavian countries, direct flights between Stockholm, Sweden and Montego Bay, commenced during the 2013 winter season, with each flight being provided by tour operators, Thomas Cook and TUI.“This has been of particular significance because it is a fourteen day rotation generating individual stays of said length.  This year we will see the addition in November of two new gateways, Helsinki and Copenhagen, and due to this we confidently expect growth from these Scandinavian markets,” the Minister said. Advertisementslast_img read more

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Do Not Steal NIC Property

first_imgRelatedMinister Pickersgill to Tour Port Antonio Water and Sewerage Project RelatedEarthquake Awareness Programme Underway In Westmoreland FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Members of the public are urged to desist from stealing National Irrigation Commission (NIC) property, such as water meters, pipes and pumping equipment, by Director of Engineering and Technical Service, Milton Henry.In an interview with JIS News, Mr. Henry said the NIC has been grappling with this problem for years.“We have lost millions of dollars due to the theft of our property and this has led to disruption of our operations and significant inconvenience to customers,” he noted.“We have received reports that several water meters in the Lakes Pen area of St. Catherine have been stolen. This has been reported to the Spanish Town Police Station, which is investigating the matter,” Mr. Henry added.Persons are reminded that the theft of NIC property is a criminal offence, which can lead to a three-year custodial sentence under the Irrigation Act.The National Irrigation Commission Limited, an agency of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, is the primary provider of irrigation services to the agricultural sector.It provides irrigation water within the districts of St. Dorothy, Rio Cobre and Colbeck, St. Catherine; Yallahs, St. Thomas; Mid-Clarendon; Braco, Trelawny; New Forest/Duff House in Manchester; Hounslow and Beacon/Little Park, St. Elizabeth and Seven Rivers in St. James. Do Not Steal NIC Property EnvironmentJanuary 28, 2015Written by: Judith A. Huntercenter_img RelatedClimate Change Policy and Action Plan to be Tabled this Month Story HighlightsMembers of the public are urged to desist from stealing National Irrigation Commission (NIC) property, such as water meters, pipes and pumping equipment, by Director of Engineering and Technical Service, Milton Henry.In an interview with JIS News, Mr. Henry said the NIC has been grappling with this problem for years.Persons are reminded that the theft of NIC property is a criminal offence, which can lead to a three-year custodial sentence under the Irrigation Act. Advertisementslast_img read more

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Uncertain Fate for Flathead Tribal Water Compact

first_imgEarlier this week a legislative committee heard hours of impassioned testimony from supporters and opponents of a proposed tribal water rights compact that would affect the Flathead Indian Reservation and much of western Montana. Meanwhile, the Legislature is considering other legislation that would postpone a final decision on the water agreement, while the outcome of a pending Montana Supreme Court case on one component of the settlement could also influence the compact’s fate.The March 27 House Judiciary Committee hearing was packed both inside the state Capitol committee room and outside in the hall with irrigators, landowners, attorneys and residents there to comment on the proposed water rights agreement.The intent of the agreement – called a compact – is to forever clarify and quantify the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ water rights both on and off the Flathead Indian Reservation, while protecting existing uses and rights. The off-reservation component is unique among the state’s tribal water settlements.The House committee took no immediate action on House Bill 629, which proposes to ratify the compact and calls on the state to pay $55 million for water projects on the reservation, including $30 million in improvements to the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project.The Legislature, U.S. Congress, tribal government and Montana Water Court must all approve the settlement, a process that could take years and begins with the Legislature first taking action.A long line of irrigators and landowners spoke in opposition to the compact, with some arguing that the public needs more time to understand the vast document and that the agreement needs to be tweaked before final approval. Some irrigators said they will receive less water after the compact, which could significantly damage their livelihoods. Opponents also said the compact could potentially restrict future development. But proponents – including a number of irrigators – also flooded into the hearing, arguing that detractors’ concerns are being driven by misinformation and that the settlement is ready to be ratified after a decade of negotiations. They maintain that years of scientific research, data compilation and public meetings have produced an equitable agreement that is a much better alternative than letting the issue play out in litigation – which they say will inevitably occur without a compact.Tribal members, including elected officials, spoke in favor of the compact, as did members of the Montana Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission, which has negotiated compacts with the state’s six other reservations. And an attorney representing Gov. Steve Bullock offered “strong support from the governor’s office.”The compact commission is trying to finalize its last remaining final compact before it expires this year, though Kalispell Sen. Verdell Jackson has proposed a measure to extend the commission so it has more time to work on the Flathead compact. Jackson’s proposal would move the commission’s expiration date from July 1 of this year to July 1 of 2015. The commission was established in 1979.Jackson’s Senate Bill 265 cleared the Senate by a vote of 31-19 in February and then was moved forward by a 10-6 vote in the House Natural Resources committee last week. The Kalispell Republican spoke in opposition to ratifying the compact at the March 27 hearing.Rep. Dan Salomon, R-Ronan, originally proposed a bill to ratify the compact but dropped it because he didn’t think it had enough support to pass the Legislature. He then introduced an alternative bill calling for a two-year legislative study of the compact, with ratification to occur in 2015. But the Ronan Republican also spoke at the March 27 hearing in favor of ratifying the compact now. He says he is in a unique position to comment on the agreement as an elected representative from Ronan, an irrigator and a member of the compact commission. Rep. Kathleen Williams, D-Bozeman, proposed HB 629 after Salomon announced he wasn’t going to introduce his bill.“You’re hearing opponents say we need more time, we need more time, but not really any suggestions,” Williams said at the hearing. “So you wouldn’t know as a compact commission what to change. I think all of the criticisms have been addressed. I understand that it’s scary, but I do think the compact is ready.” Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more

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