Foreign Secretary statement With UK aid support, people in Ivory Coast to be first vaccinated through COVAX

first_imgForeign Secretary statement With UK aid support, people in Ivory Coast to be first vaccinated through COVAX Today, Monday 1 March, people in the Ivory Coast will receive the first Covid-19 vaccines through COVAX. To date the UK has committed £548 million to COVAX to ensure global access to vaccines, and has consistently called other donors to step up their support. The vaccines are the first of more than a billion doses going to developing countries this year through COVAX.Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said:Today, with UK aid support, people in Côte d’Ivoire are the first to receive vaccinations through COVAX – the biggest ever global vaccine campaign to end the pandemic.We’re proud to be one of the biggest donors to COVAX, securing over one billion doses for the most vulnerable around the world. We do it because we want to be a force for good in the world, and because we need a global solution to a global pandemic.This follows the news last week of the unanimous agreement of UN Security Council Resolution 2565 for ceasefires in conflict zones to allow the delivery of vaccines to some of the world’s most vulnerable people. The UK called for this resolution as Chair of the UN Security Council last month. The resolution was co-sponsored by 112 countries, including all 15 members of the Security Council. /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:agreement, campaign, conflict, council, covid-19, Government, ivory, pandemic, resolution, Secretary, security, Security Council, UK, UK Government, UN, Vaccines, worldlast_img read more

Teachers’ retroactive salaries ready

first_imgTeachers’ retroactive salaries ready EducationDecember 21, 2010 RelatedTeachers’ retroactive salaries ready RelatedTeachers’ retroactive salaries ready FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The cheques for teachers’ salaries of non bursar-paid schools, including retroactive sums, have been sent to the regional offices of the Ministry of Education.The sums for bursar paid schools were uploaded yesterday by the National Commercial Bank (NCB). Accounts in banks other than NCB are to be credited by 3:00 o’clock this afternoon.The cheques for the retroactive and regular salaries of watchmen will be sent out tomorrow morning for payment on December 23, the normal payday for that category.The Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT) had ruled in October that the government should pay $500 million this year of the $8 billion owed to public sector teachers.The IDT said the remaining $7.5 billion are to be paid in three equal instalments over the next three financial years.center_img RelatedTeachers’ retroactive salaries ready Advertisementslast_img read more

Authentic Jamaican Products on Sale at Kumba Mi Yabba

first_imgRelatedCulture Ministry Launches Culture Card Pilot Programme RelatedMuseums and Galleries Free for Students With Culture Cards Authentic Jamaican Products on Sale at Kumba Mi Yabba CultureDecember 13, 2013Written by: Kadian Brown Authentic Jamaican Products on Sale at Kumba Mi YabbaJIS 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 RelatedCulture Ministry Launches Visual Art Exhibition Christmas shoppers and lovers of authentic Jamaican products will be in for a treat at this year’s Kumba Mi Yabba Christmas Village, the Jamaican craft producers’ marketplace, set for the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, on Sunday, December 22.The Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) led event, provides a platform for local producers and manufacturers of innovative and indigenous products and services, to showcase their merchandise. Additionally, the show provides the medium for entrepreneurs to access a wider market, both locally and overseas.Speaking with JIS News, Manager of Things Jamaican, the retail arm of the JBDC, Janine Taylor, informed that Kumba Mi Yabba is a market access event for its clients, with products ranging from ceramic items, paintings, carvings, household accessories, aromatherapy items, clothing, accessories, craft items made from leather and straw and local cuisines.In addition to the marketing component, there will be a strong cultural and family oriented package for patrons, including a Kiddies Fun Village, traditional and cultural performances and a food village.“The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) partnership is richer this year as we want to create that feel, that energy of a traditional Jamaican Christmas, while we celebrate all things Jamaican, including the products and entertainment,” Mrs. Taylor expressed.She added that some 40 producers/exhibitors are expected at the event, including those involved in agro-processing, as “we are trying to tie in the whole farmers market idea and create a grand market feel with a little bit of everything.”“This particular event works well in promoting and developing the micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) sector, as it allows their products and services to be displayed and to show that there is in fact a market for high quality, authentic Jamaican products that can be produced here in the domestic market,” Mrs. Taylor said.“The more we are able to build our local economy, the more we will be able to provide more jobs and create and strengthen the whole entrepreneurship initiative…so whether you need your outfit for your Christmas party or gifts, just about anything that you would want for the festive season, you can get it at Kumba Mi Yabba,” she highlighted.The event is free of cost and will last from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For further information on registration, persons may call 758-3967-8, 928-5161-5; email [email protected] or visit the JBDC’s website at www.jbdc.net.center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisements Photo: JIS Photographer Story HighlightsChristmas shoppers and lovers of authentic Jamaican products will be in for a treat at this year’s Kumba Mi Yabba Christmas Village.The JBDC-led event, provides a platform for local producers and manufacturers of innovative and indigenous products and services, to showcase their merchandise.There will be a strong cultural and family oriented package for patrons, including a Kiddies Fun Village.last_img read more

Motech returns to the black during Q3 2015

first_imgMotech returns to the black during Q3 2015Taiwan’s largest solar cell maker has reported its first positive operating margin since the second quarter of 2014, as well as its highest revenues in four years. December 8, 2015 Christian Roselund Finance Legal Markets Markets & Policy Share Things are looking up for Motech. After a difficult year for all Taiwanese PV makers following the imposition of U.S. tariffs on cells from Taiwan as well as Chinese solar products in mid-2014, the company has returned to profitability.Motech managed to squeeze out a 1.9% operating margin during the quarter, its first positive result since the second quarter of 2014. Additionally, the company’s revenue of US$215 million is the highest quarterly result since late 2011.In a presentation of quarterly results Motech did not comment on what led to this turnaround, however the company reported shipments of 737 MW. As Motech reached 2 GW of annual capacity during the Q2 2015, this indicates that it shipped well above its production during the third quarter.Motech’s gross and net margins have both been rising for the last two quarters. The company’s acquisition of Topcell earlier this year made it the world’s largest cell maker, and Motech plans to put 600 MW of PV module capacity online in China in 2016 through a joint venture with Solargiga.Motech will hold 19% of JV Jinzhou Yangguang Motech Renewable Energy, which will also focus on design, construction and engineering of PV plants. This will give the cell maker a foothold downstream as well, following the lead of fellow Taiwanese cell maker Neo Solar Power, which has moved aggressively into project development.This content is protected by copyright and may not be reused. 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Talk Amongst Yourselves: Should NEJC cities bar discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity?

first_imgDavid Poppa of Roeland Park helped organize an Equality Kansas demonstration in March showing support for the proposed anti-discrimination ordinance.The Roeland Park City Council for several weeks has been discussing an anti-discrimination ordinance that would add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes when it comes to housing and business services. Those two classes are not protected now by state or federal law.How do you feel about the proposed ordinance? Do you think discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation are issues in northeast Johnson County? If you don’t live in Roeland Park, would you like to see your city pass an anti-discrimination ordinance similar to the one they are considering?[socialpoll id=”2199112″]Talk Amongst Yourselves is shawneemissionpost.com’s daily conversation starter for northeast Johnson County. Have a topic you’d like to suggest?Email us!last_img read more

JLL Completes Deer Valley Land Purchase; Announces Plans For 169,000 SF Industrial Project

first_imgThe Phoenix office of Jones Lang LaSalle completed a 9.4-acre land purchase for The MACK Company. The buyer will soon kick off construction at the site for the development of MACK Pinnacle, a new 169,000 SF, Class A industrial development.Located just west of the SWC of Pinnacle Peak Road and 7th St. in north Phoenix, the land for MACK Pinnacle sold for $2.685M. The new project is scheduled to complete in May 2014.The Jones Lang LaSalle team of Executive Vice Presidents Steve Sayre and Pat Harlan, and Associate Kyle Westfall, along with Jones Lang LaSalle Managing Directors Mark Detmer and Bo Mills, represented The MACK Company. Luke Lewis of Luke Land Realty represented the seller, 7th Street & Airport Drive II, LLC.According to JLL, MACK developed approximately 500,000 SF of industrial product in the submarket almost a decade ago. Its new project, MACK Pinnacle, will encompass two Class A industrial buildings, one at 90,575 SF and 30-foot clear height and the other at 78,281 SF and 24-foot clear height.Additional features include A-1 light industrial zoning, ESFR sprinkler system and a location on a major intersection with immediate access to the two main transportation corridors in the submarket, I-17 and the Loop 101 freeway.last_img read more

The first Croatian Parks Week from 21 to 29 May 2016

first_imgWith more than 40 different activities, Croatian national parks and nature parks will mark the Day of Nature Protection of the Republic of Croatia, the International Day for Biodiversity and the European Day of Parks.Within the brand Parks of Croatia, organized by the Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection, 8 national and 11 nature parks and the UNDP PARCS project, from 21 to 29 May will mark the first Croatian Parks Week. In a week, Croatian parks will mark the Day of Nature Protection of the Republic of Croatia and the International Day for Biodiversity on May 22 and the European Day of Parks on May 24 with numerous interesting events for visitors.After creating the Parks of Croatia brand, which united all Croatian national and nature parks, for the first time we decided to dedicate a whole week a year to our protected areas, said Valentina Futač, PARCS project manager “Hrvatski parkovi prošle su godine privukli preko 3,1 milijun posjetitelja te su zasigurno jedan od najboljih promotora Hrvatske u svijetu, a uključivanje lokalnog stanovništva u aktivnosti koje organiziraju prepoznato je kao bitno za podizanje svijesti o važnosti zaštite prirode i očuvanja bioraznolikosti. U devet dana u našim će se parkovima održati više od 40 različitih aktivnosti osmišljenih za sve dobne uzraste pa pozivam građane da nam se pridruže i uživaju u prirodnim ljepotama Hrvatske” points out FutachIn terms of preserved nature, Croatia is one of the richest countries, a resource that we must preserve and nurture. Lectures and competitions for primary school students, educational workshops, volunteer programs for cleaning the environment and the seabed, presenting offers from local producers of indigenous products and competitive races are just some of the activities that public institutions want to show to local people and the general public. what natural resources Croatia abounds in.The wish of the organizers is for the Croatian Parks Week to become a traditional event with which 8 national and 11 nature parks will open the main part of the season. See the schedule of all events here, and you can find out more about the whole project at www.parkovihrvatske.hrlast_img read more

FLU NEWS SCAN: H5N1 death in Vietnam, H5N1 research advisory

first_imgFeb 1, 2012Vietnam reports H5N1 deathVietnam today reported its second death from H5N1 avian flu this year, after confirming no cases of the disease for almost 2 years, according to a report from Tuoi Tre News. Ministry of Health officials confirmed that a 26-year-old woman from Soc Trang province was hospitalized Jan 23 with a fever and other symptoms and died Jan 28. Tests conducted at the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City confirmed H5N1, the story said. The woman had slaughtered poultry and eaten “infected meat” in an area that had experienced a mass poultry die-off. Soc Trang is in the Mekong Delta.Canada calls for highest precautions for engineered H5N1The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) ruled today that work on engineered H5N1 avian flu viruses capable of spreading efficiently in ferrets must be undertaken only in containment level 4 facilities, those with the strictest biosafety measures. PHAC announced the decision in a biosafety advisory that referred to recent studies on H5N1 transmission in ferrets, including the two submitted to Science and Nature that a US biosecurity panel on Dec 20 asked not to be published in their entirety because of biosecurity concerns. Today’s advisory states, “H5N1 viruses capable of efficient human-to-human transmission, including via aerosols or the airborne route, are considered Risk Group 4 human pathogens and require Containment Level 4 physical containment and operational practices.” The agency adds, “No containment requirements are stipulated for non-proliferative clinical/diagnostic activities based on the fact that this virus is currently not in circulation.”Feb 1 PHAC advisorylast_img read more

Review panel finds CDC weak on lab safety

first_imgAn external panel of experts concluded that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a weak commitment to laboratory safety and that a sizable share of lab workers are afraid to report safety lapses, among other problems, according to a report released this week.The panel, which was assigned to review the agency’s safety performance in the wake of mishaps last year, said the CDC risks losing its credibility because of the safety problems. It said lab safety training is inadequate and inconsistent and that CDC labs should be required to undergo safety reviews and accreditation by outside groups.”Leadership commitment toward safety has been inconsistent and insufficient at multiple levels,” the report states. “Safety, including lab safety, is viewed by many as something separate from and outside the primary missions of public health and research. Safety is not integrated into strategic planning and is not currently part of the CDC culture, enterprise-wide.”The report was completed in January but was not posted on the CDC Web site until this week. The agency said today that it generally agrees with the committee’s recommendations and is already working on implementing many of them. It also said the committee’s findings are based mostly on information gathered last August and September.Panel assignment followed safety breachesThe expert panel, a working group of the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) of the agency, was established last July after two safety breaches came to light.One involved the contamination of a culture of low-pathogenic avian influenza virus with a highly pathogenic H5N1 virus and shipment of the culture to an external lab, which happened in January 2014 but didn’t come to light until months later. The other, in June 2014, involved the transfer of potentially viable Bacillus anthracis from a biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) lab to a BSL-2 lab, risking exposure for dozens of workers. Neither incident led to any known infections or illnesses.Yet another incident happened in December, when some material that may have contained live Ebola virus was mistakenly moved from a BSL-4 lab to a BSL-2 lab, leading to possible exposure of a technician who worked with the material in the less secure lab. The technician remained healthy.The 11-member review panel is chaired by Kenneth Berns, MD, PhD, of the University of Florida in Gainesville, and co-chaired by Joseph Kanabrocki, PhD, of the University of Chicago. It is formally known as the External Laboratory Safety Workgroup (ELSW) of the ACD. The group visited CDC labs, conducted a lab-safety culture survey, and met with internal staff and leadership.Regarding the CDC leaders’ commitment to lab safety, the panel found that employees don’t understand the CDC’s response to accidents or how the response should be communicated to agency units outside the affected labs. “Disturbingly, the negative responses peak among those individuals who work at BSL3 and 4, especially among those holding a master’s degree.”To improve the lab safety climate, the ELSW recommended that the CDC leadership communicate a “CDC way” that features “the performance of responsible science practiced in a consistently safe manner.”‘Fragmented’ approach to trainingRegarding training, the panel said, “The organizational complexity of the CDC has contributed to a fragmented, inconsistent approach to laboratory safety training. The majority of training is now conducted online. . . . The CDC does not have its own hands-on directly observed centralized safety training program.”The group recommended that the agency establish a standardized training curriculum for all lab personnel along with standard methods for evaluating skills.On the matter of reporting incidents, the ELSW’s survey revealed that “a significant percentage of CDC staff have concerns about experiencing negative repercussions, either personally or more generally to the Agency, as a result of reporting incidents involving exposures to pathogenic organisms or other hazardous materials.”In particular, some workers in labs that handle federally designated select agents fear regulatory or other negative consequences if they report mishaps. For example, when the B anthracis incident occurred in June, many scientists were concerned that there were violations of the Select Agent rules, but there “were no mentions of people being similarly concerned with biosafety,” the panel said. It added that other findings also suggested more concern about biosecurity requirements than biosafety.The panel said the CDC needs to establish “a culture of responsible science and accountability. This culture of responsible science will require prompt and accurate reporting of incidents or breaches in standard protocol without fear of reprimand or punishment. (Not reporting should be considered a breach of responsibility.)”Structural problemsIn other findings, the experts said the CDC’s organizational structure does not support maintaining a culture of shared responsibility and consistent practices across different units. It noted that two key safety oversight groups are outside the chain of command for CDC centers and divisions.In addition, “Risk assessments of proposed research activities are either not being done in a standardized manner or are not being done at all.” For example, the Institutional Biosafety Committee reviews only recombinant DNA research.While calling the CDC “an incredibly capable organization,” the panel said, “We are very concerned that the CDC is on the way to losing credibility. The CDC must not see itself as ‘special.’ The internal controls and rules that the rest of the world works under also apply to CDC.”The committee concluded by recommending an external review and accreditation process for CDC labs and calling on the agency to formally track and report its progress in following up on the group’s recommendations.CDC says improvements are under wayIn a statement sent by spokesman Tom Skinner in response to the report today, the CDC said, “CDC has done much work to address the recommendations from the external and internal assessments. Anecdotal feedback from lab scientists suggests that the improvements are well received and are having a positive effect.”The agency said that although the ELSW presented its findings to the full advisory committee in January, it began its review of CDC’s laboratories in August and did most its assessment at the CDC in August and September. “So the report reflects observations of the workgroup made several months ago.”Kanabrocki, the panel’s co-chair, confirmed that timeline today. In e-mail comments to CIDRAP News, he added, “The ELSW is being updated regularly concerning the CDC response to the recommendations of the ACD. Among numerous other activities initiated in response to the ACD recommendations, I know that recruitment for a new position, an Associate Director of Laboratory Science and Safety that will report directly to the CDC Director, is well underway.”The CDC statement said that when the ELSW presented its findings in January, CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, “noted that while some of the recommended actions can be implemented relatively quickly, others will take time to implement, including those relating to organizational structures and funding.”Significant progress has already been made, and some decisions will be left for the new ADLSS [associate director for lab science and safety] to address and have input into these key issues. The bottom line is that CDC agrees with the proposed actions, is implementing them, and is deeply appreciative of the ELSW’s efforts and expert advice.”Newly adopted precautionsThe agency provided a list of steps it has taken so far, including:Establishing additional safeguards as part of standard operating procedures for all material intended for inactivation and removal from high containment labsCreating and reinforcing effective and redundant systems and controls for protocols and procedures, including inactivation and transfer of biological materials and access to laboratoriesStandardizing laboratory protocols to include additional safety elementsEnsuring adherence to laboratory quality and safety protocolsImplementing new procedures and training of CDC laboratory staff that will keep pace with advancing technologies and protocol demandsDeveloping a standardized approach for conducting risk assessments for work with biological materialsDeveloping enhanced competency-based laboratory safety training programsReviewing and monitoring the implementation of training policies and procedures for new and existing staffThe statement also listed several additional steps it is taking or plans to take, including enhancing biosecurity and biosafety training and clarifying policies on the disposition of leftover samples when staff members leave their jobs.See also: CDC ELSW report, posted Mar 16General CDC lab safety informationInformation about the ELSWJun 19, 2014, CIDRAP News story “CDC probes anthrax exposure at its research labs” Aug 15, 2014, CIDRAP News story “CDC probe of H5N1 cross-contamination reveals protocol lapses, reporting delays” Dec 29, 2014, CIDRAP News story “CDC lab tech still healthy after possible Ebola exposure”last_img read more

The rail union

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