The fictional town of Trumpton enjoys Ukip’s website failure

first_img Show Comments ▼ The lolz were mighty yesterday when it was revealed that Ukip’s website was down. At first, political satire site Guido Fawkes suggested Ukip hadn’t paid its bill – as Kippers were faced with a holding page from domain site 123-Reg when trying to access their party’s web page. Who was in charge of paying that?!Naturally, Ukip soon refuted this – pointing to a problem with their DNS records. Further lolz emerged when it was deemed to be an error on the part of German company Host Europe. Oh, the irony.  To get further insight into the technical issues facing Ukip, The Capitalist went to the only place one could expect to find hard hitting political commentary – the fiction town of Trumpton and its legion of political Twitter accounts.  “We have decided not to renew our hosting because the interweb is a modern day fad and we don’t like it,” tweeted @Trumpton_Ukip. Indeed. “After an investigation into our website troubles today, it turns out the WWW has open borders and free movement of ideas – we don’t like it,” it continued.  https://twitter.com/Trumpton_UKIP/status/552420741267087363 Trumpton’s Labour candidate soon waded in, having found a place to buy Ukip.org, the party’s domain, for £168.62. “Whoever nabs this first wins the internet.”  Later on, an indie record label Alcopop Records claimed to have purchased the domain, but it was all too good to be true. “So it looks like Go Daddy has sold us the website, but given it back to Ukip… We’ll be back Farage! Sorry guys,” it tweeted later.  Quite the saga…  Express KCS Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmUndoHero WarsAdvertisement This game will keep you up all night!Hero WarsUndoGundry MDDoctor Shares How To Control Your Farts (Do This Daily)Gundry MDUndoThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramUndoPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryUndoWolf & ShepherdNFL Star Rob Gronkowski Loves These ShoesWolf & ShepherdUndoBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MDUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndo More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.com Sharecenter_img whatsapp Tuesday 6 January 2015 8:40 pm The fictional town of Trumpton enjoys Ukip’s website failure whatsapp Tags: NULLlast_img read more

The surgeon general’s dismissal should alarm all doctors

first_img @hakique Like Murthy, most public health physicians work in organizations with few, if any, degrees of separation from their political masters, and these bosses very often have other interests, such as maintaining the support of their political base or appearing to have control over crises. Public health doctors who adopt positions different from their employers do so at their peril. In other words, while pharmaceutical companies use enticements to influence a clinician’s treatment of patients, governments influence a public health doctor’s treatment of the population with an implied threat: “Comply or goodbye.”Some might characterize sacrificing an important job in the public service as naive idealism. You can’t positively influence public health “from the outside,” they might say. At least from the inside, with collaboration and a bit of compromise, you can make incremental change. The slow steps of the tortoise beat the long leaps of the hare, after all. It all sounds wise.These platitudes will be common as long as Murthy’s bold example of standing on principle is rare. But if clinicians, researchers, and public health doctors alike — consistently, unapologetically, and with meticulous reasoning — put the interests of patients above all other interests, including their own, we could see real change. Industry may redirect efforts from marketing to innovation, research agendas may reflect the most important health needs, health system reform may finally address inequities, and patients with mental illness may be treated instead of incarcerated.In the meantime, I hope that Murthy finds comfort in the possibility that his steadfastness will inspire something great in our profession. As Rosa Parks said, “Today’s mighty oak is yesterday’s nut that held its ground.”Hakique Virani, MD, is a specialist physician in public health, preventive medicine, and addiction medicine and assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. He made the sort of sacrifice that defines our profession — the kind based on the unchanging “patients first” credo. But do doctors, without fail, put patients first?advertisement Related: Democratic senators question Trump over dismissal of surgeon general When Dr. Vivek Murthy’s photo suddenly disappeared from the US surgeon general’s Twitter account, social media was abuzz with people speculating on which proverbial hill his career as surgeon general had ended. Doctors like me wondered which devoted guardian of the public’s health could next face the same fate.The day after being fired, Murthy confirmed on Facebook that he had refused to abandon his commitment to “a healthier and more compassionate America.” Faced with a conflict between personal or career interest and the interests of his patient — the American population — he chose principle over paycheck, like a doctor should.On Wednesday, seven US senators wrote to President Trump asking why Murthy was removed from his position before his term had expired “in light of (the) Administration’s pattern of politically motivated and ethically questionable personnel decisions.” Had it been his stance on gun control? Criminal drug policy? Affordable health care? Or was he dismissed for being the kind of fellow who joined forces with Elmo to debunk the anti-vaccination myths President Trump has given credence to?advertisement By Hakique Virani May 3, 2017 Reprints The public needs to know why Murthy was asked to resign. Doctors do, too. We are often at the intersection of politics, ethics, and health and, when confronted by a conflict of interest, should act like Murthy. Hakique Viranicenter_img Vivek Murthy, surgeon general, is ousted by Trump administration Conflicts are everywhere in medicine, and sometimes the patients’ interest loses out. We know that the pharmaceutical industry uses seductive methods to influence what doctors prescribe. Few would argue about what’s right and wrong in that relationship. But wrong still happens.Structural conflicts of interest in clinical medicine also introduce tension. For instance, most physicians are paid more to see patients with advanced disease than to help patients stay healthy, and invasive treatments pay better than watchful waiting. A difference between the patient’s knowledge and the doctor’s leaves room for supplier-induced-demand. On the other hand, if a physician is salaried rather than paid per service, there may be an incentive to provide less care. The point is, there are unavoidable conflicts between market variables and medical ones, so patients are left to trust their doctor’s commitment to optimizing their health, and conflicts of interest can arise.Medical research has its share of conflict, which goes beyond industry funding of clinical trials. Civil societies depend on universities to be pillars of impartiality, but corporate sponsorship and special-interest funding play a role in what gets studied. So does the pressure on academic physicians to publish. Since novel findings are generally felt to be most publishable, repeating previous studies isn’t carried out as often as it should be. But repeating studies is essential to confirming what’s best for patients.Then there are public health doctors like the surgeon general and his colleagues in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — the ones we trust to call the shots in pandemics or on matters of great public health importance. For them, conflicts of interest might be least recognized yet they can have extremely deleterious and far-reaching health effects. Their job is to ensure that the most vital health determinants — like social and physical environments, public policy, and health services — best promote and protect human health. No extraneous interest should supersede that one. Former US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy Charles Dharapak/AP About the Author Reprints First OpinionThe surgeon general’s dismissal should alarm all doctors Related: Tags Donald Trumppublic healthlast_img read more

FDA: Drug and device companies in Puerto Rico still operating far below capacity after storm

first_img What is it? FDA: Drug and device companies in Puerto Rico still operating far below capacity after storm Tags pharmaceuticalspolicySTAT+ What’s included? Workers repair a damaged road in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico, a month after the passage of Hurricane Maria. RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP/Getty Images Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED By Ike Swetlitz Oct. 23, 2017 Reprints Log In | Learn More Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Pharma STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. WASHINGTON — Drug and device companies with manufacturing operations in Puerto Rico have told the American public that their plants are getting up and running again, but that does “not reveal the true scope of the challenge that we are facing,” Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in prepared congressional testimony made available Monday.“We have surveyed firms and can anecdotally relate that reports of manufacturing running below 50 percent are common, with many firms operating around 20 percent capacity, and some even less,” Gottlieb’s remarks read. “We have found no firm operating above 70 percent of their normal operation.” GET STARTEDlast_img read more

Cape Coral man pulls gun during fit of road rage, lies about being police officer

first_imgAdvertisementCape Coral police said the victim pulled into a lot to try and read the SUV’s plate, obtained a number, and saw the driver openly carrying a pistol on his hip. The victim was approached by a witness who saw the road rage incident. The witness approached Bartlett at Sam’s gas pumps to tell him he could not openly carry in Florida, according to Cape Coral police. Bartlett told them that he was a law enforcement officer and gave the witness his name. Bartlett was identified as the suspect by Cape Coral police. He was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, improper exhibition of a firearm, false personation of a law enforcement officer, and open carrying a weapon. AdvertisementTags: Cape Coralpolice CAPE CORAL, Fla. – A man was arrested for pointing a gun at a person during a road rage incident and falsely claiming to be a police officer. Cape Coral police arrested Thomas Bartlett, 59, at his home Friday. The police department’s telephone response unit received a report of a road rage incident at around 9 a.m. on Thursday, an hour after the incident happened. A man said he was making a U-turn at the intersection of Santa Barbara Boulevard and Tropicana Parkway to head south when an SUV tailgated him. The SUV also pulled alongside him and swerved toward him. The man told police the driver of the SUV pointed a black pistol on his hip. The man pulled over to avoid the threat, then saw the SUV pull into the parking lot of Sam’s Club off of SW Pine Island Road. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments RELATEDTOPICS Cape Coral break in foiled by barking dog June 17, 2021center_img He was taken to the Lee County Jail. Advertisement Cape Coral canal levels remain low even after recent rains June 17, 2021 27 Cape Coral bridges up for repairs after minor cracks found June 17, 2021 Cape Coral man tries to figure out meaning of his 25-year-old tattoos June 16, 2021last_img read more

All of this week’s golf results from around the Laois clubs

first_img All of the golf results from around the clubs. If your club would like to have your results included then please email [email protected] MOUNTRATHSubscription Vouchers April 20-22 Results1st – Brian Purcell Snr (9) 37pts2nd– John Rogers (5) 36pts (back 9)3rd– Jack Cooper (19) 36pts (back 9)4th– Dermot Dobbyn (16) 36pts5th– Eddie Fitzpatrick (8) 35pts (back 6)CSS – Friday 35pts/Saturday 37pts/Sunday 35ptsThursday Open Singles, April 19th Results1st – Stuart Carter (1) 39ptsCSS – 35ptsLadies Subscription Vouchers April 20-22 Results1st – Mary McCarthy 34pts2nd– Rita Keenan 33ptsPORTARLINGTONClub LottoNow at €14,800Junior, Intermediate and Minor Scratch CupsSaturday 27th/Sunday 28th May. Members €15; Visitors €2018 Hole Open Stableford Singles every Wednesday (Ladies and Gents)  – Visitors €15Duggan Cup on April 22  Portarlington GC 2 Mountrath GC 318 Hole Open Stableford – Wednesday, April 181st – Joe Murray 42pts2nd – Stefan Crabb 41pts3rd – Niall Byrne 38pts(b9)Gross – Kevin Connolly 39ptsSponsors: Fletcher’s Hardware PortarlingtonGolden Girls Results – Thursday, April 191st – Joan Murphy, Pauline Fitzpatrick & Mary Fallon (39 pts)2nd – Marie Conlon, Helen Whelehan & Anne Guinan (38 pts)Ladies Results Tuesday, April 17Sponsored by 57 Boutique Portarlington (Mary Miller)18 Hole Singles Stableford1st – Eina Pang (38 pts)2nd – Rita Sheedy (33 pts)3rd – Greta Foran (32 pts) (B9)Trustees’ Prize Williams Waller Cup – 18 Hole StrokeSaturday 21st and Sunday 22nd April1st – Michael Wilcox 652nd – Kevin Kennedy 66 (B9)Gross – Daniel Murphy 693rd – Dermot McGurrell 66 (B6)4th – Evan Slattery 66Sponsors: Wesley Dempsey, Pat Kitson, Michael Moore & Michael J. TurleyTHE HEATH18 Hole Stableford 1st – Theresa Ryan(36)39pts2nd – Ber Fitzpatrick (27)39pts3rd – Helen Bergin(20)32pts4th – Pat Lambe(16)27ptsSingles 15/4/181st – Patrick Keenan (9) 36pts2nd – Thomas Garven(15) 36pts3rd – Liam Horgan(7) 36ptsSingles 14/4/181st – Alec Bland (18) 41pts2nd – John O’Sullivan(28) 40pts3rd – Thomas Ely (13) 39ptsRATHDOWNEY Husqvarna Tuesday Open Singles 17/4/181st – Sean McLoughlin (26) 36pts2nd – Declan Dowling (13) 34pts3Ball Classic 21-22/4/181st – Tom Sweeney (15), Martin Moore (14), Eamon Kiely (21) 90pts2nd – Paul Gray (12), Willie Bowe (15), Sean Mullins (15) 85pts3rd – Jim Kells (21), William O’Connell (26) Larry Phelan (17) 85ptsLadies Prize – Noeline Delahunty (11), Kathleen Maher (13), Teresa Cahill (21) 81ptsSeniors Results 19/4/’18Category A1st – P.J Duggan 40pts2nd – Paddy Delaney 37ptsCategory B1st – Pat Hartigan 38pts2nd – Larry Phelan 35ptsPORTLAOISEMen’s Single Stableford1st – Paul McEvoy 39pts2nd – Maurice Bohan 37pts3rd – James Cooper 37ptsMen’s Open Single StablefordTuesday, April 241st – Stefan Crabb 39pts2nd – Francis Greene 36pts3rd – Jim Coss 36ptsABBEYLEIX Shaws Open Singles –Thursday/Friday, April 19/201st – Noel Burke JNR (11) – 38pts2nd – Mark Ring (19) – 37pts3rd – Tom Molumby (8) – 36ptsNed Hinchin Trophy 2018 Saturday/Sunday April 21/221st – Eamonn Doyle (20) – 36pts2nd – Noel Concannon (05) – 36pts – Gross3rd – Val Kavanagh (13) – 36pts4th – Michael Anderson (12) – 35ptsLadies 18 Hole Stableford Sunday, April 81st – Nancy Scully (18) – 34 pts2nd – Mary McCabe (15) – 33 pts3rd – Catherine Connolly (16) – 31 ptsLadies April Medal 18 Hole Stroke1st – Ita Dunne (32) 77 net2nd – Brigid Malone (22) 80 net3rd – Catherine Connolly (16) 82 netSEE ALSO – A Round and About with Tony Conlon from Portlaoise Golf Club WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleAll of the latest CCFL fixtures and tablesNext articleDeaths in Laois – Tuesday, April 24, 2018 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. Twitter TAGSGolf results Council By Steven Miller – 24th April 2018 Twitter Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining All of this week’s golf results from around the Laois clubs WhatsApp Pinterest Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Home Sport Golf All of this week’s golf results from around the Laois clubs SportGolf Facebook Pinterest Rugby Facebook Community Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government fundinglast_img read more

New financial services ombudsman wants greater enforcement powers

first_img Alexandra Posadzki FCAC to probe banks’ complaints handling processes Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Dispute resolutionCompanies Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments Insurance OmbudService makes western expansion a priority OBSI updates terms of reference Related news But although OBSI can recommend that firms compensate clients up to $350,000, companies are under no obligation to abide by the organization’s decisions. OBSI’s only enforcement tool is its “name and shame” mandate, which allows it to go public with its findings if a company refuses the arbitrator’s recommendations. However, Sarah Bradley — the woman chosen to head up the organization after long-serving ombudsman Douglas Melville stepped down last spring — says that system contains weaknesses. “Nobody is really happy with naming and shaming,” said Bradley, the former chairwoman and CEO of the Nova Scotia Securities Commission, in one of her first interviews since taking the helm of OBSI in September. For consumers, the lack of teeth means no compensation may be paid. For the financial services industry, publishing investigation details leaves all firms “tarred with the same brush,” Bradley said. “Binding authority, or the ability to make enforceable recommendations against firms, would, I think, be beneficial to the vast majority of our stakeholders, but we do have to also keep in mind that it will come at a cost,” said Bradley. “It will result in a little bit more formality to our process. It may increase cost somewhat.” Bradley says OBSI and its industry members are currently considering whether such changes should be made. “We are looking at it,” she said. “I think for there to be an amendment or an adjustment to that system is going to require co-operation and buy-in from all stakeholders.” Until late 2012, a firm had only refused OBSI’s recommendations once in its 17-year history. Since then, the ombudsman has faced more than a dozen refusals, a fact that Bradley attributes to a backlog of difficult to resolve complaints stemming from the global financial crisis. “When, as an organization, we decided to confront and overcome and clear that backlog, it meant closing those cases, despite the fact that there was not an acceptance of our recommendations,” said Bradley. OBSI has been working to strengthen its relationships with the financial services industry following a period of tension that saw two of its large member firms — TD Bank (TSX:TD) and Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY) — ditch the organization in favour of another arbitrator. Bradley says sluggish case-processing times stemming from the backlog was among the chief concerns cited by the two banks and a number of other members who have considered leaving the organization — an issue that the arbitrator has since resolved. “We took the concerns that were voiced by our stakeholders very seriously,” said Bradley. “TD and RBC shared their reasons for departure with us and it led to a period of reflection and very significant process improvements. What’s emerged from that is that we have, now, a much more robust and efficient system for handling complaints. We do not have a backlog.” That could change given recent market turmoil stemming from the Chinese stock market crash and lagging commodity prices. Dispute resolution services often see an uptick in complaints when markets turn south, said Bradley. So far, the arbitrator hasn’t seen the volume of complaints rise in any identifiable way — but Bradley says OBSI is bracing itself for the possibility. “A key goal for our organization is to be ready.” Canada’s new financial services ombudsman says she would welcome regulatory changes giving the organization more power to enforce its decisions — but notes that such changes would come at a cost. The Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments, or OBSI, is an impartial organization that serves as an alternative to costly legal battles by resolving disputes between banks or investment firms and their customers. Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

Jay Clayton sworn in as SEC chairman

first_imgJames Langton PenderFund names new SVP for investments CETFA elects new board leader Facebook LinkedIn Twitter TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Related newscenter_img Clayton comes to the SEC from New York-based law firm Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, where he was a partner, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, along with other capital markets issues. From 2009 to 2017, he also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, teaching a class on M&A, among other things. He is a member of the bar in New York and Washington, D.C., and has degrees in engineering and economics, in addition to law. “It is a tremendous honour to lead the SEC and to be sworn in by Justice Kennedy, whom I greatly admire,” said Clayton in a statement. “The work of the SEC is fundamental to growing the economy, creating jobs, and providing investors and entrepreneurs with a share of the American Dream.” Clayton replaces Michael Piwowar, acting chairman, who has been in the role since January after the previous chairwoman, Mary Jo White, stepped down. Clayton’s term expires on June 5, 2021. Keywords AppointmentsCompanies Securities and Exchange Commission Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Veteran Wall Street lawyer Jay Clayton was formally sworn in as chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Thursday. Clayton was nominated to the post by U.S. President Donald Trump back in January and confirmed by Congress earlier this week. last_img read more

Association of Regional Local Government Administrators to be Formed

first_imgAdvertisements Association of Regional Local Government Administrators to be Formed UncategorizedMay 30, 2008 RelatedAssociation of Regional Local Government Administrators to be Formed RelatedAssociation of Regional Local Government Administrators to be Formedcenter_img RelatedAssociation of Regional Local Government Administrators to be Formed FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail An Association of Regional Local Government Administrators is in the making, as a result of discussions being held at the Regional Local Government Consultation and Conference taking place in Montego Bay.This was announced today (May 29), by Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Local Government matters, Robert Montague, at the five-day conference, which is being held at the Rose Hall Resort and Country Club. It will end on May 30.The State Minister said that a Resolution has been passed and a Steering Committee formed to guide the process of establishing the new organization.“From all indications, local government administration in the region seems poised as a result of this ground-breaking workshop,” he argued.“This is important, because as a region we must develop our own systems, laws and models, based on our experiences and realities. Local governance therefore offers us the last chance, the last frontier for us as a region to come together,” he emphasizedMr. Montague, who is also Chairman of the Caribbean Forum of Local Government Ministers, congratulated the local government administrators for taking the initiative towards forming the new organization.He pointed out that on May 30, the outcome of the consultations would be considered, and on May 31, a technical Working Group would meet to collate all inputs of the conference.The State Minister said that all the information garnered would be further discussed at consultations to be held at the national level during the period June to September, and at a regional consultation to be held in November. These would then be incorporated into a final document, which would be published and made available to all local government stakeholders, including presentations to the CARICOM Heads of Government.The conference is sponsored by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Commonwealth Secretariat, under the theme: ‘Enhancing Local Governance in the Caribbean’.Approximately 100 representatives from eight countries across the region are participating.last_img read more

Road Safety of Paramount Importance says Transport Minister

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Transport and Works Minister, Hon. Mike Henry, is advising motorists and other road users to be particularly careful approaching the end of the year, with all the festivities and hype the period normally brings, which usually gets played out somewhat in terms of poor driving habits and other miss-use of the roadways.In noting reports on the tragic accident in St. Ann earlier this week, which resulted in five fatalities and over 30 other persons sustaining injuries; along with the bizarre loss of a student’s life on a bus in Clarendon earlier this week, Minister Henry said there were reports that careless driving played a critical part in the St. Ann incident, and carelessness was written all over the Clarendon tragedy. The St. Ann incident cemented the country’s failure to meet the Below 300 target for road fatalities this year.The Minister said the time had come for road users to put themselves into the frame of mind of the relatives of the victims of fatal crashes “and begin to understand and accept and that this business of callous driving habits and other irresponsible use of the roadways is simply robbing us of loved ones whom we would love to be still with us.” Additionally, he said the bad habits were costing the country dearly in terms of health services and unnecessary funeral costs. Families have spent over $100 million across Jamaica to bury their relatives this year.Minister Henry noted that the Road Safety Unit in the Ministry had pointed to speeding, careless overtaking and inadequate use of safety devices such as seatbelts, as three of the main factors contributing to the high rate of road fatalities annually. He therefore called upon all drivers and passengers to wear seatbelts every time, including back seat passengers in both private and public passenger vehicles.Since the start of the year, 26 children have been killed in traffic crashes. Eight of these children were passengers, four in private motor cars, three in taxis and one in a bus. Most of the children passengers were in the back seat or other seats, but five of them were thrown from the vehicles.“This must stop. I am profoundly concerned about the non-use of seatbelt and child restraint systems, thus I am calling upon the Jamaica Constabulary Force to enforce the Protective Devices Legislation of 1999, that mandates that all passengers, whether they are in taxis or private motor cars, must wear their seatbelts every time,” insisted the Minister.“I also use this opportunity to beseech taxi operators and their associations to ensure that both their back seat and front seat passengers are attired with seatbelts prior to moving off. The wanton disregard with respect to the usage of seatbelts in taxis must stop,” declared Minister Henry.Additionally, he said indiscipline driving among youthful persons ranging from teenagers to the early 30s, had long been a major concern of the Road Safety Unit. Mr. Henry pointed to a recent police report of wantonly careless driving among a group of unlicensed youngsters promoting a dance in the Corporate Area, describing the incident as a wake-up call of sorts for road users.“We need people to begin to appreciate that the more we as individuals focus on doing our part in fostering road safety, the more of us will be around for this Christmas and beyond,” added the Minister. Advertisements RelatedRoad Safety of Paramount Importance says Transport Minister RelatedRoad Safety of Paramount Importance says Transport Ministercenter_img Road Safety of Paramount Importance says Transport Minister TransportDecember 12, 2009 RelatedRoad Safety of Paramount Importance says Transport Ministerlast_img read more

FuelWatch: Top up before Perth petrol price rise 19 January

first_imgFuelWatch: Top up before Perth petrol price rise 19 January The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 32 cents per litre (cpl) to 142.8 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money.FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 20 January 2021, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Coles Express hiking by 46 cpl up to 155.9 cpl; Caltex Woolworths up to 153.9 cpl; 7-Eleven up to 152.9 cpl; BP and Caltex/Ampol up to 151.9 cpl; Puma up to 151.7 cpl; and Vibe up to 147.3 cpl.Perth’s weekly petrol price cycle results in prices, on average, being cheapest on Monday and Tuesday and at their most expensive on Wednesday and Thursday – that’s why FuelWatch recommends filling up today.If you need to fill up tomorrow, use FuelWatch as there are still over 30 sites selling below 109 cpl. The difference between the highest and lowest priced sites is 51 cpl, which means you can save up to $30 on a 60 litre tank of fuel.Tuesday’s cheapest ULP is available for:107.7 cpl at 7-Eleven Midland, 7-Eleven Midvale, Puma Midvale and Puma Wattle Grove in the East;104.7 cpl at Costco Perth Airport (membership required) and 105.7 cpl at 7-Eleven Kelmscott Central in the South; and105.7 cpl at 7-Eleven Wanneroo and 7-Eleven Wanneroo South in the North.Wednesday’s cheapest ULP will be available for:109.5 cpl at Shell High Wycombe in the East;104.7 cpl at Costco Perth Airport (membership required) and 105.5 cpl at Liberty Gosnells in the South; and105.9 cpl at 7-Eleven Banksia Grove, 7-Eleven Morley and Liberty Banksia Grove in the North.Drivers can head to the mobile compatible www.fuelwatch.wa.gov.au /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:7-Eleven, airport, Caltex, Central, Coles, fuel, Gosnells, Government, Industry regulation, mobile, money, Perth, petrol, Wanneroo, Western Australia, Woolworthslast_img read more

12321