JEEP Lauded in the House

first_imgRelatedGov’t Looking to Boost Business for State Tyre Company Advertisements RelatedRoad Works in Hanover to be Completed Next Month FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, has lauded the work being done under the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) in the various constituencies across the island.“One of the interesting things about the JEEP is that even though you are spending far less money than the big ticket items in the Ministry, I believe it has been shown to have more impact than the big projects,” Dr. Davies said.The Minister was closing the 2013/2014 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on July 2.During the Sectoral Debate, which commenced in April, Members of Parliament highlighted the impact that the JEEP has had on their constituencies.“It has been demonstrated that Members of Parliament can have a say in actual expenditure taking place within their constituencies,” Dr. Davies pointed out.The JEEP was launched by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, on March 22 last year, in Kingston.It is one of the strategies of the Government to respond to the chronic unemployment status of some Jamaicans, particularly those in the lower socio-economic strata, persons with special needs as well as those with low skills levels.Meanwhile, Dr. Davies has called for a change in the way Sectoral Debates are conducted in the House of Representatives.“I think we need to have a shorter Sectoral Debate where we focus on sectoral issues, policy issues on both sides and then we should structure a period for presentations about constituency matters. But to try and mix them, I think this debate has shown that it hasn’t worked,” he argued.The Sectoral Debate, which followed the Budget Debate, allowed all Members of Parliament to speak on a wide range of policy and constituency issues.Contact: Latonya Lintoncenter_img RelatedTransport Operators Continue to Push for Fare Increase JEEP Lauded in the House TransportJuly 4, 2013Written by: Latonya Lintonlast_img read more

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Valamar Riviera employs 1200 new seasonal employees

first_imgValamar Riviera is a leading tourist company that can accommodate about 30 guests a day in its 15 hotels and resorts and 55.000 camping resorts along the Adriatic coast – in Istria, on the islands of Krk and Rab and in Dubrovnik, which is about 12 percent of total categorized accommodation in Croatia. The knowledge, professionalism and hard work of their 4.900 employees are the foundation of service excellence, sustainability and business growth.Also, Valamar Riviera is among the Top 5 employers in Croatia and has been named the best tourism company. That this is an employer that is attractive to seasonal workers is confirmed by the data on high returns – almost 65 percent of seasonal workers return to work at Valamar from year to year, and the company increases the number of permanent contracts from year to year. Thus, in 2016, 64 employees received permanent employment, and in 2017 another 178.Valamar for My job reveals the profile of the desired candidates and which job positions of seasonal workers it employs in the new tourist season.Which staff do you need the most for uninterrupted business in the 2017 season, and which job positions will the candidates offer at the Tourism Job Fair? For the upcoming tourist season, we are looking for more professional, hard-working and motivated people to work in a dynamic environment in tourist facilities. For successful business in the 2017 season, Valamar Riviera will employ 1200 new employees. We have the most vacancies in the food and beverage department (cook, assistant chef, kitchen worker, waiter, assistant waiter, waiter) in the household department (maid, cleaner), at the reception (receptionist, assistant receptionist, londiner), in the technical service and maintenance (homemaker, gardener, warehouse worker, driver), in sports (pool guards, sports workers), in the reservation center (sales associate in the reservation center), at info points (Perfect Experience Creator associate) and in animation.Photo: Valamar RivieraDo you offer seasonal workers secured accommodation? Valamar provides free accommodation to all seasonal workers who come to our destinations from different counties throughout Croatia, and from this year the quality of accommodation is further enhanced by the construction of “Valamar Staff Residence” centers in Dubrovnik (fully functional in 2018) on the island. Krk and Rabac (in Istria).It is part of the overall concern for the quality of life and working conditions, which is continuously worked on in order to satisfy employees.The premises are modernly decorated, everything is adapted to the needs of workers, and ensure maximum comfort of accommodation, mostly in single and double rooms. All rooms have a private bathroom with toilet, are equipped with comfortable furniture and have their own TV and refrigerator. The kitchen and dining room are intended for shared use and are equipped with a stove, refrigerator with freezer, microwave and other kitchen utensils. In a separate room that is also shared, there are washing, drying and ironing machines, and their use is, of course, free for all employees. Special attention was paid to the arrangement of the room for rest and socializing, so in addition to comfortable sofas and armchairs, a large TV, DVD player, PlayStation and board games were installed, and free wi-fi access was provided. Workers can also use the shared garden, which, in addition to beautifully landscaped horticulture, has wooden benches and a barbecue, as well as outdoor fitness equipment. Bicycle storage and parking space are also available to all.Valamar Riviera is one of the exhibitors online Tourism Job Fair which is being held from 22nd to 28th February and brings together employers in the fields of tourism, hospitality and hospitality.In addition to accommodation, job candidates are also interested in the salary they can expect. Can you provide indicative amounts?Valamar Riviera is one of the largest and most desirable employers in Croatia. We point out that since 2012, the average salary and income in Valamar have been continuously growing from year to year, even faster than the national average. In 2016, net earnings at the level of the year amounted to HRK 5.825, which is 24% more than the industry average.What advice would you give to interested candidates – how best to prepare for seasonal work in your hotels?In addition to strong motivation and ambition and a smile on the face that are necessary for work in tourism, for each job they are interested in, we advise candidates to find out what is expected of them and to get to know the tasks in more detail. The information can of course be obtained directly in a conversation with the employer as well as with the employees of Valamar Riviera. Knowledge of foreign languages ​​is a great advantage for every candidate, so we advise you to dedicate yourself to enriching your vocabulary and learning the terminology that will make their daily communication with guests easier, more pleasant and more professional. The focus is each in English, German and Italian.Source: Mojposao.netlast_img read more

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Senate committee probes proposed US Ebola funding

first_imgThe White House’s $6.18 billion emergency funding request for the domestic and global fight against Ebola received its first hearing in Congress today, prompting questions from senators on whether the funding and response steps have the right targets and garnering support from dozens of health groups, whose representatives said the funds are needed to build preparedness.Also in Washington, DC, today nurses from the nation’s biggest union held a vigil and press conference outside the White House to call for better personal protective equipment (PPE) for Ebola caregivers. The nurses also voiced concern over eroding patient care standards in the United States and globally.Events planned by National Nurses United (NNU) included strikes, pickets, rallies, and candlelight vigils in 15 states, as well as in Australia, Canada, Ireland, the Philippines, and Spain.Senators scrutinize emergency funding requestPresident Barack Obama on Nov 5 asked Congress for the Ebola investment, which includes $4.5 billion for the immediate response and $1.5 billion in contingency funds. The funding would be part of a $1 trillion spending package that House and Senate members are working on to fund the government past Dec 11 through the end of the fiscal year.Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., appropriations committee chair, said the $6.2 billion request was in line with emergency requests approved with bipartisan support to battle other diseases: $6.1 billion to address the avian flu threat during the Bush administration and $6.4 billion to respond to the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic during the Obama administration.”We have done this before when we have been faced with emergencies. Now we have to tackle this new development,” she said.Representatives from all of the federal agencies involved in the response were on hand to testify. Also, testimonies of at least 60 outside witnesses were submitted, representing 116 different health organizations. Mikulski said the bulk of the statements said sustained investments are needed for public health and that emergency funds are needed to battle Ebola in the short term.Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), the committee’s ranking member, said the size of the request, the government’s slow progress in detailing how it would spend the money, and missteps warrant the committee’s scrutiny. He said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for hospitals has been a moving target and that the Obama administration has sent mixed messages on quarantine issues. He said he is worried that federal Ebola plans revolve mainly around preparing for best-case scenarios.”Competent crisis planning, however, must include contingencies for the worst-case scenario, as well,” Shelby said, urging officials not to rule out any reasonable option for preventing the disease in the United States, including travel and visa restrictions.Officials who testified today were from the State Department, which includes the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Department of Defense (DoD), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In their opening statements, each official outlined agency requests:HHS: $2.43 billion focusing on preparedness for US health and public health systems, development of vaccines and drugs, and battling the disease in West AfricaDHS: $13.2 million, which includes $10.2 million for enhanced medical screening personnel and the rest for PPE, overtime, and other response costsState Department/USAID: $2.89 billion, which includes $2.1 billion in base funding to battle the outbreak in West Africa and $792 million in contingency funding as the outbreak evolvesDoD: $112 million for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to work on technologies to provide immediate temporary immunity and shorten the timelines for vaccine developmentMikulski aired some of the NNU concerns, including a request that Obama use his executive authority to set standardized PPE protocols.HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell said federal efforts have trained about 250,000 health workers in Ebola infection control and efforts are needed to continue the training, measure if it’s working, and assess if caregivers are comfortable with it. She said the funding request includes money for continuing Ebola training.Quarantine questioningSeveral senators questioned federal officials on why the DoD has a more stringent quarantine policy for troops returning from West Africa than the CDC’s recommendations  for travelers arriving from West Africa, including healthcare workers returning from treating Ebola patients.On Nov 7 the DoD announced more details about its mandatory 21-day controlled monitoring for service members returning from Operation United Assistance, which involves seven bases that will temporarily house the troops. So far, nearly 2,000 troops have been deployed to the region.Maj Gen James Lariviere, deputy director for politico-military affairs (Africa) and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that although the approach is more conservative, it isn’t based on scientific information that other agencies don’t have. He characterized the decision as operationally based, rather than medically based.Burwell added that the differences in approaches is influenced by the desires of the groups involved, and said that although the quarantine decisions should be based on level of risk and science, “it’s also important to respect those who are serving and the desires of those who have taken the step to serve.”Other medical concernsMike Johanns, R-Neb., asked federal officials if funds should be included to help cover costs for treating Ebola patients, since the cost of treatment can be extremely high, with private insurance not likely to cover all of the costs. Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha is one of the high-biocontainment units that has treated some of the US-based Ebola patients. Johanns urged federal officials to consider, given the challenge of treating Ebola patients, a more regional care model.Burwell said federal officials are taking a phased approach to beefing up biocontainment capacity and for now are focusing on facilities that are near five airports that are funneling all of the travelers arriving from West Africa.Some senators raised concerns about whether there is enough in Obama’s request to build up health systems and disease detection capacities in the wider West Africa region. Chris Coons, D-Del., said he spoke with Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who relayed her gratefulness to Americans for the US response efforts but urged the country to not ease off on its efforts.CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, said the CDC already has teams in each of the surrounding countries, and he said the cluster of Ebola infections in Mali (see related CIDRAP News story today) is a great concern.A handful of legislators pressed federal officials about why the United States hasn’t limited visas for people traveling from West Africa, similar to what Australia and Canada have done.DHS secretary Jeh Johnson said there are already mechanisms in place for denying visas to people when officials determine that travel would be too risky. He said, however, that putting a broader ban in place would set a dangerous precedent and hamper the response effort.”The biggest concern about limiting the number of visas is that other nations would follow, and that would isolate [outbreak] countries,” Johnson said. “I don’t want to see our country become a leader in isolating those countries.”Health groups weigh in on Ebola fundingTrust for America’s Health (TFAH), one of the groups that submitted a witness statement, said it supported the request, especially the funds that will go toward building long-term public health capacity in West Africa, assist state and local public health departments, and beef up the Strategic National Stockpile and hospital preparedness.Jeffrey Levi, PhD, TFAH’s executive director, said in the group’s statement that infectious disease control needs constant vigilance, requiring both emergency and ongoing funding. “Quite simply, we will never have a reliable public health system if it is constantly scrambling from crisis to crisis and from emergency funding stream to emergency funding stream with no continuity.”In testimony submitted by the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the group’s president, Stephen Calderwood, MD, said it and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society strongly support the Ebola funding request, both for response and to build capacity to address infectious diseases. “We urge that that this funding not come at the expense of other infectious disease programs, so that preparedness and response efforts for future outbreaks are not undermined.”Liberian man’s family, hospital reach settlementIn other US Ebola developments today, the Dallas hospital that cared for the Liberian man who was the nation’s first Ebola patient said it has resolved matters with the man’s family.Thomas Eric Duncan, who got sick with the virus after arriving from Liberia, was hospitalized at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where he died on Oct 8. After he died, his family called for an investigation into the care the man received, especially why he was released from the emergency department during an initial visit 2 days before he was isolated at the hospital.In a statement today, the hospital’s parent company, Texas Health Resources, repeated its condolences and said it regretted that the Ebola diagnosis wasn’t made during Duncan’s first visit to the emergency department, 2 days before he returned by ambulance and admitted. The man’s travel history to Liberia wasn’t fully communicated to his care team at that visit, and some experts have said a quicker Ebola diagnosis could have improved Duncan’s prognosis.Texas Health Resources said it is honoring Duncan by creating a memorial fund in his name to assist Ebola victims in Africa. It said it appreciates acknowledgment by the family’s attorney that Duncan received excellent inpatient care. “We are grateful to reach this point of reconciliation and healing for all involved,” it said in the statement.Financial details of the agreement were confidential, but Duncan’s family will benefit, the Dallas Morning News reported today.See also:Senate appropriations committee background materials and testimonyNov 11 NNU press releaseNov 12 TFAH news releaseNov 12 Texas Health Resources statementNov 12 Dallas Morning News storylast_img read more

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Teenage Driver Arrested after Crashing Car Whilst 6 Times over the Drink Limit

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPOLICE from Dumfries reported that a 19 year old man was arrested in the early hours of this morning following a crash and found to be almost 6 times over the drink driving limit.He was arrested and a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.A police Spokesperson gave this mesage “Drink and drug driving remains completely unacceptable and those caught face an automatic driving ban. We are determined to keep our roads safe, so if you have any information about drink or drug drivers make sure you pass it to Police Scotland by phoning 101”last_img read more

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CNW90 July 31, 2020

first_imgTo help stop the spread of COVID-19, The Florida Department of Health in Broward County reminds everyone to practice social distancing, wash your hands often with soap and water and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. In Local News, Broward County Office of Emergency Management says that COVID-19 testing sites may be closed beginning Thursday evening due to the threat of Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine to South Florida. The system is forecast to move over portions of Haiti and the Dominican Republic on Thursday. The Florida Division of Emergency Management forecast indicates that the cyclone could develop into a Tropical Storm with impacts to South Florida this weekend. If it does, all COVID-19 test sites will be closed until the storm passes. In Palm Beach County, officials announced that all testing sites will be closed for July 31st and August 1. With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, July 31 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90. Over in The Bahamas, The Bahamas government says it will implement two additional weekend lockdowns as the country continues to record increases in its COVID-19 cases. On Tuesday, 65 new cases were confirmed in the country, setting a new single day record and bringing the total cases to 447. Prime Minister Hurbert Minnis announced that from July 31 to August 4 and again from August 7 to 10th, all islands of The Bahamas, excluding Grand Bahama, where a complete lockdown is currently in place, will be on lockdown. Only food stores, gas stations, pharmacies and water depots will be permitted to operate on the Saturdays for an 11 hour period. Minnis said that all individuals wishing to leave the country during the lockdown can do so by air or by boat. Given the circumstances, the USCIS Ombudsman issued a statement on July 21st to address the card production delays. The Ombudsman’s office is offering to assist those with approved cards who are awaiting production by sending a list of those individuals to the USCIS to verify the status of production. Those affected can visit the Ombudsman’s website and file a request. Meanwhile, The governments of St. Lucia and Dominica have both indicated their plans to decriminalize marijuana and establish a cannabis industry in their respective countries. Dominica’s legislation will provide among other things, for the decriminalization of possession of 28 grams of marijuana or less. Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerritt said that his administration will forge ahead on the matter of developing a revenue stream, and foreign exchange earnings from a marijuana industry. St. Lucia, on the other hand, has began drafting of legislation that would establish a cannabis industry in the island. The law will also included looking at personal use, religious use and medicinal use of marijuana. Authorization was also given to look into the expungment of records for people incarcerated for marijuana of “less than 30 grams”, without violence attached to the charge. Now for the news in the detail For more information on these and other stories, visit CNWNETWORK.com. Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean – American outlet. Additionally, the country’s ministry of tourism has announced that no hotel or resort is permitted to allow guests to remain on its property without producing a negative COVID-19 test. This rules applies to both Bahamians and international travelers. The two islands join other countries in the region like Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, The Cayman Islands and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, were marijuana is decriminalized. Coming up in the newscast, USCIS experiences delay in printing work permits and green cards, St. Lucia and Dominica move to decriminalize marijuana and Bahamas announces additional lockdowns after spike in COVID-19 cases. Today’s newscast is brought to you by the Florida Department of Health; The USCIS has left hundreds of thousands of immigrants without their proper documents as the agency’s backlog for printing work permits and green cards have skyrocketed to over 150,000. The reason for the delays, it seems, is that the USCIS had a contract with an outside company to produce employment authorization documents (work permits) and green cards, which ended in June 2020. But rather than renew the contract, the USCIS decided to produce the cards in-house. Given the COVID-19 crisis and layoff’s of the agency, USCIS no longer has the financial or human resources to print the documents at the previous pace. Now for Caribbean News, Grenada yesterday announced a new case of the coronavirus, after going six weeks without any new reported cases. Health authorities said that a passenger who arrived on the island from the United States last week had tested positive for COVID-19. The island now has 24 cases of the virus, with 23 recoveries. The unidentified person was among a group of Grenadians who returned via a charter Jetblue flight last Wednesday and that under the new health protocol, all persons arriving on an international flight must be placed in 14 days mandatory quarantine. The island’s Maurice Bishop International Airport have been open to regional and charter flights, with international commercial flights schedule to commence on August 1. You’ve been watching CNW90, I’m…last_img read more

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