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Three Historical Collections Get Prestigious UNESCO Award

first_imgThree of Jamaica’s outstanding historical collections have been given special awards by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in recognition of the significance of the country’s heritage to the international community.The collections, ‘Protector of Immigrants’, ‘Registry of Slaves’, and ‘Silver Men of the Panama Canal’, contain records of Jamaica’s heritage during the period of slavery, Asiatic indentured immigration, and involvement in the construction of the Panama Canal. They have been incorporated in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register, and have been awarded two special Plaques of Inscription.The plaques were unveiled Thursday, June 27, by Minister with Responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, during a ceremony at the offices of the Jamaica Archives and Records Department (JARD) in Spanish Town, St. Catherine.Delivering the keynote address, Senator Falconer, described the unveiling as a “proud moment for Jamaica”. She said incorporation of the collections on the prestigious UNESCO register is a “fine tribute to the hard working staff of the Jamaica Archives and Records Department”.“Our inclusion in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register is a significant testimony to the quality and importance of our archival information. I have no doubt that, in time, other aspects of our historical memory will also similarly be recognised,” the Minister said.She pointed out that the unveilings is a strong signal of the administration’s “commitment and intention to continue the excellent work of preserving and making Jamaica’s historical records “matters of world and personal significance”.“I want to thank UNESCO, the Regional Office for the Caribbean, the Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO, the Jamaica Archives (and Records Department) and all of those (stakeholders) who, over the years, have helped us to preserve and make accessible, such records of world significance,” the Minister said.In her remarks, Government Archivist, Claudette Thomas, welcomed the recognition accorded the collections, while expressing the hope that “Jamaicans will seek to become (more) aware of the documentary heritage of this country.”She also expressed gratitude to the Office of the Prime Minister, under whose purview JARD falls, UNESCO, the Local Memory of the World Registry Committee, Ministry of Youth and Culture, and the University of the West Indies (UWI), for their support in “facilitating the achievement of another significant milestone”.Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO Programme Manager, Dr. Maria Smith, said that the collections are “important to our individual and our collective identities.”She said the Commission remains “committed to its mandate of seeking to advance the nation through education, science, culture, communication, and information.”Chairperson of the Local UNESCO Memory of the World Committee, Winsome Harrison, in commending JARD, said the incorporation of the three listings on the Register from any single country is a “major accomplishment”, noting that “it is not an easy thing to get listed on the Memory of the World Register.”“I am very happy to be sharing in this very proud moment for JARD. And to the staff…I say do enjoy this feeling of accomplishment,” she said.Mayor of Spanish Town, Councillor Norman Scott, said the recognition accorded the three collections, places into context the relevance and importance of records and archives “which are major sources of information that form part of the cultural and documentary heritage of Jamaica.”The Jamaica Archives and Records Department is the sole government entity mandated to preserve Jamaica’s cultural and documentary heritage for posterity. Its main purpose is to preserve records of government which on paper and in electronic and audio/visual formats.Contact: Douglas McIntoshlast_img read more

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Access to Information Ensures Greater Transparency – Minister Falconer

first_img Access to credible information will allow the public to better engage in national decision-making. Access to Information Act (2002) created a new avenue by which the public can have access to government information. Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, says access to credible information will allow the public to better engage in national decision-making while ensuring that there is greater transparency in governance.The Minister, who was speaking at the launch of the 2013/14 Access to Information National High School Essay Competition at the Office of the Prime Minister on Tuesday, September 24, said information that is neither credible nor truthful does not help the country to move forward.“I am a strong proponent of access to information. I am a strong believer in citizens’ participation and I believe that if we allow our citizens that access to the information in a timely manner, it will help them to develop and it will help our country to develop,” she added.Minister Falconer noted that the passage of the Access to Information Act (2002) created a new and meaningful avenue by which the public can have access to government information.She added that it forms part of the broader commitment to foster greater transparency and accountability in governance and the management of public affairs.“Over years, we have seen where ATI has given further effect to some of the fundamental principles underlying our democracy and the need for improved accountability, transparency and public participation in governance. By granting to the public that right of access, official government documents and data can now be accessed by the public,” she said.Senator Falconer further noted that access to information cannot be confined to a static request from a concerned individual or citizens’ action group to a government agency for information.“Information or data accessibility must move further to embrace open data, thus placing more responsibility on government to provide the public with clear, objective and complete information about its policies and decisions on an on-going basis,” she said.The ATI National High School Essay Competition, which is in its fifth year, is open to registered high school students between third and sixth forms.The competition which closes on January 31, 2014, focuses on the topic, “The Access to Information Act (2002) is critical for enabling citizens to exercise their voice, to effectively monitor and hold government accountable, and to enter into informed dialogue about decisions which affect their lives. Discuss.”Persons are encouraged to send entries to: Access to Information, Unit 5-9 South Odeon Avenue, Kingston 10 or by email to ati@cwjamaica.comor call 968-8282 for additional information.The ATI Act gives all citizens the legal right to see and get copies of official documents held by Government bodies. Citizens may also ask for personal information to be changed if it is incomplete, misleading, out of date or incorrect. The ATI National High School Essay Competition is open to registered high school students. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Savannah Port Expansion Kicks Off

first_imgPress Release; October 09, 2014; Image: GPA zoom Port of SavannahThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) have signed a Project Partnership Agreement (PPA), allowing construction on the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project to begin.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates that the harbor deepening project will bring USD 174 million in annual net benefits to the U.S., and for the Post-Panamax II vessels, the extra five feet of depth will allow for an additional 3,600 cargo containers in each transit, an increase of 78 percent.The project will cost approximately USD 706 million, including construction and environmental mitigation costs.As a part of this cost-sharing agreement, the Corps will be able to use the 40 percent share of state funds to begin construction while it awaits congressional appropriations for the remaining 60 percent of federal funding.The state has already set aside USD 266 million – the total state share for the project.“The signing of the PPA marks the starting point for construction on the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project,” said Savannah District Commander Col. Thomas Tickner. “This sets us on the path to improving transportation of goods into and out of this harbor in an environmentally sensitive manner, which will benefit the area, the region and the nation.” Follow @worldmaritimenelast_img read more

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27 million fire extinguishers recalled in Canada may not work in emergency

first_imgOTTAWA – More than 40 million fire extinguishers — including some 2.7 million sold in Canada — are being recalled because they may not work in an emergency.Some of the recalled models have been on the market for more than four decades. One death has been linked to problems with the extinguishers made by Kidde, according to a notice Thursday from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.In 2014, extinguishers failed to function as they should for emergency personnel responding to a fiery car wreck.The recall covers 134 models of push-button and plastic-handle extinguishers in the U.S. and Canada made from 1973 through Aug. 15 of this year. It includes models that were previously recalled in March of 2009 and February of 2015, Health Canada said Thursday.The government says the extinguishers can become clogged and fail to spray when needed. Also, the nozzle can come off with enough force to pose an injury hazard. Including the death, the CPSC says there have been 391 reports of extinguishers failing to work properly or of nozzles coming off, resulting in 16 injuries that included smoke inhalation and minor burns. Also, there were about 91 reports of property damage linked to the problem.Owners should contact Kidde to ask for a free replacement and for instructions on how to return recalled models. Kidde can be reached at (855) 271-0773 or at www.kidde.com .Kidde, based in Mebane, N.C., near Raleigh, says it has worked closely with the government to start the recall and make sure the extinguishers are replaced with different models as quickly as possible. The company also makes smoke detectors and other fire safety products.The recalled extinguishers are red, white and silver and are either ABC or BC rated. They were sold at Menards, Montgomery Ward, Sears, Home Depot, Wal-Mart and other home and hardware stores, as well as on Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com and other online retailers. They also were sold for use in commercial trucks, recreational vehicles and boats.last_img read more

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BJP trying to turn LS polls into ‘khaki election’, says Shashi Tharoor

first_imgThiruvananthapuram: The Lok Sabha polls should be fought on perennial issues like poverty and disease and not on a tragedy of one moment , says Congress leader Shashi Tharoor while accusing the BJP-led government of trying to turn the 2019 vote into a khaki election after the Pulwama attack. The momentum was with the Congress when the Pulwama tragedy struck on February 14, killing 40 CRPF soldiers, Tharoor said, hitting out at the government for trying to make the upcoming Lok Sabha polls a “national security based election . Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “We were doing very well by all estimations and the momentum was with us when the Pulwama tragedy struck us. Thereafter, the government has tried to make this a khaki election, a national security-based election, Tharoor told PTI in an interview. They are trying to hype their nationalist message that they were trying to protect the nation at the time of danger which, to my mind and my party’s view, has not been the principle challenge facing the country,” said the former diplomat and author who is aiming for a hat trick from the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha seat this time. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday In his view, a daily terror of hunger, poverty and disease strikes the hearts of millions of India and the government must deal with that too. “I am not minimising national security, but I am saying that the election has to be fought on perennial issues and not on a tragedy of one moment. That tragedy will be dealt with, has been dealt with and should be dealt with. “But there is a daily tragedy, the daily terror of hunger, poverty, disease that is also a terror that strikes the hearts of millions of our fellow Indians and that too needs to be dealt with by the government,” he said. Agreeing that some surveys have suggested the BJP’s chances have improved after the terror strike, Tharoor said it was the job of his party to remind people of the real issues. According to the Thiruvananthapuram MP, there has been a dramatic change in the character of India under BJP rule. An estimated 97 per cent of all communal violent incidents relating to cow vigilantism have happened in last four years, Tharoor said. And those are figures issued by the Home Ministry of Rajnath Singh. Not by Congress, not by any NGO. These are government figures. These are very serious crises,” he said. Lashing out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said “triumphant majoritarianism celebrates violence” and the “prime minister stays silent”. So the condoning of this kind of thing is a deep assault on the very foundations of our democracy,” the former Union minister said. He said there are attempts by the centre to undermine the Constitutional arrangement that India was a country for all religions. “That’s being undermined in the ruling party’s language and rhetoric and is also undermined by steps like the citizenship amendment Bill which will allow every citizen of a neighbouring country except Muslims to settle here. That kind of bigotry was never part of Indian nationhood,” he said. Tharoor also expressed the hope that the people of India will vote out the BJP as the party doesn’t deserve a second chance. Addressing the issue of farmer distress, he said, “Sadly, more farmers are committing suicide than there are victims of terrorism in India. I am not saying we should minimise… we should also keep our country safe, but we want the people to address the existing real problems which includes major levels of agrarian distress. For the first time in history, we have eight farmer suicides in Kerala.” The former UN diplomat also mocked the claims of the BJP government over job creation and said the saffron party was only interested in keeping its own job in Delhi. The Congress wants every person in India to have a job, he said. Due to the failed employment policies of the BJP government, skill development has not taken off effectively in the last five “wasted” years, Tharoor said, alleging that the exports and manufacturing sectors had taken a beating. “Thanks to demonetisation, not only the GDP growth got hit of 2 per cent, but small and micro enterprises have shut down across the country. Asked whether the Congress was ready to take on the BJP, he said it was “absolutely” ready. Common people, the Congress leader said, were suffering under NDA rule. An LPG cooking gas cylinder, which cost Rs 390 under the UPA regime, was priced Rs 975 under the BJP government for no good reason, he said. Excise duties for petrol have gone up to Rs 19.48 under BJP rule even when the world prices are dropping, he added.last_img read more

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Progress reported in UNbacked efforts to reduce pollution emissions from ships

The United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) has reported major progress on efforts to cut polluting and global warming emissions from ships, achieve more environmentally friendly recycling of vessels and prevent contamination from harmful organisms in ballast.Under amendments to the so-called MARPOL (marine pollution) accords unanimously adopted by IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) earlier this month, emissions of sulphur oxide (SOx), nitrogen oxide (NOx) and particulate matter from ships will be progressively reduced.“The MEPC maintained momentum on the issue and made substantive progress in developing technical and operational measures to address such emissions, including the development of an energy efficiency design index for new ships and an energy efficiency operational index, with associated guidelines for both,” the agency said in a news release. According to a consensus estimate for 2007, CO² emissions from international shipping amounted to 843 million tons, or 2.7 per cent of global CO² emissions, as compared to the 1.8 per cent estimate in 2000. In the absence of regulation, such emissions were predicted to increase by a factor of 2.4 to 3.0 by 2050. MARPOL Annex VI Regulations for the Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships entered into force in May 2005 and has so far been ratified by 53 countries, representing some 81.88 per cent of the gross tonnage of the world’s merchant shipping fleet. The MEPC discussed whether the application of measures to reduce or limit greenhouse gas emissions from ships should be mandatory or voluntary for all States. Several delegations spoke in favour of limiting mandatory reductions to those countries, mainly the more developed industrial nations countries listed in Annex 1 of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).But several other delegations said the regulatory framework should be applicable to all ships, irrespective of the flags they fly, noting that as three-quarters of the world’s merchant fleet fly the flag of countries not listed in Annex I, any regulatory regime would be ineffective if it were made applicable only to Annex I countries.On the issue of harmful aquatic organisms in ballast water, the MEPC adopted guidelines for ballast water sampling and approval of ballast water management systems as well as arrangements for responding to emergency situations involving ballast water.It also agreed on a guidance document on minimizing the risk of ship strikes with cetaceans, such as whales. With regard to recycling, ships will be required to carry an inventory of hazardous materials, specific to each ship. 14 October 2008The United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) has reported major progress on efforts to cut polluting and global warming emissions from ships, achieve more environmentally friendly recycling of vessels and prevent contamination from harmful organisms in ballast. read more

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Proposed private members bill would regulate gas prices across Ontario

TORONTO — An Ontario New Democrat is proposing a private member’s bill that would regulate gas prices, though the Liberal government doesn’t seem keen to do so.Gilles Bisson will introduce a bill next week that would allow the Ontario Energy Board to control both the retail price and wholesale mark-up of petroleum products in the province.“The bill would give the energy board the ability to, on a weekly basis, to regulate the price of gas across Ontario so that the market is more stable, that the pricing system is more transparent, and that people are not getting gouged at the pumps,” he said.People are frustrated by fluctuating gas prices, Bisson said, from region to region and from day to day.“You drive home at the end of a hard day, you look at the price of gas and you say, ‘Oh, it’s $1.15,”‘ Bisson said. “You say, ‘Well, I’ll gas up tomorrow morning. I’m kind of tired, I don’t think I’m going to go tonight.’ You go the next day and it’s 10 or 15 cents more.”On Thursday there was a nearly 40-cent difference in the price of gas between Hagersville, south of Hamilton, and Thunder Bay, according to GasBuddy, Bisson said.There would still be some regional differences under the proposed regulation, to account for fuel transportation costs, but not nearly as large as drivers see right now, he said.The OEB recently studied the gasoline market and it found that in some jurisdictions that regulated the sector, prices were actually higher. For example, there is evidence that in Newfoundland, retailers were setting their prices at the regulated maximum, the OEB found.Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault pointed to that report in a statement Friday and did not express support for Bisson’s bill.“The report confirms that regulating gas prices, as the NDP is calling for, would hurt consumers right across the province,” Thibeault wrote.The Canadian Press read more

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UN helps TimorLeste celebrate first anniversary of independence

Speaking at the opening ceremony, President Xanana Gusmão said that as the UN Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET) entered its final year, “to know that the commitment and support of the UN to Timor-Leste will continue [beyond UNMISET] makes us confident in the future.”The Timor-Leste Government decided to commemorate the first anniversary in a decentralized manner in all the 13 districts with soccer matches and cultural activities, assisted by UNMISET and other UN agencies.

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Security Council voices support for UN efforts in GeorgianAbkhaz conflict

In a statement to the press read out by the Council President for May, Ambassador Ellen Margrethe Løj of Denmark, the 15-member body welcomed the high-level meeting of the Group of Friends last month in Geneva, where both sides participated for the first time since July 2004 and expressed their willingness to intensify the search for a settlement of the conflict by peaceful means only.Council members also expressed their support for the UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) and Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, Heidi Tagliavini, “in the efforts to promote dialogue between the parties on political and security issues, the return of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), and economic cooperation, as well as for her intent to take advantage of the momentum achieved in Geneva in this regard,” Ambassador Løj said.”They urged the parties to act upon their expressed willingness to renew dialogue on these priority areas and ensure early resumption of the work in the relevant task forces and working groups,” she added.The statement came after the Council heard a closed-door briefing by the Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, who presented a report on the situation in Abkhazia, Georgia, and the activity of UNOMIG. The Special Envoy of the President of Georgia for Conflict-Resolution in Abkhazia, Georgia, Irakli Alasania, also made a statement. read more

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Afghan refugees will be given more time in Pakistan UN refugee agency

Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), after talks in Kabul, will seek official agreement on giving 3 million Afghan refugees nine more months in Pakistan before the agency’s voluntary repatriation programme closes down. The agreement, which was to have expired next March, will be extended in its present form to December next year, pending the approval of the respective governments and UNHCR. The preliminary decision was taken during a meeting this week of representatives on the Tripartite Commission, UNHCR said. Pakistani representatives also said refugees in the camps being closed tomorrow, for security reasons, in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) near the Afghan border, have been given a choice of going home in the UNHCR voluntary repatriation programme or relocating to other existing camps in Pakistan. Most returnees from the FATA camps are bound for the provinces of Khost, Nangarhar, and Paktya in eastern Afghanistan, as well as central Kabul province, UNHCR said. The Commission agreed to form a sub-committee to coordinate the camp closures and to facilitate the reintegration of Afghans returning home. It stressed the importance of addressing land and shelter issues in Afghanistan and called for robust international support. Pakistan’s plans to register all Afghans still living in the country in 2006 received support from the Government of Afghanistan and UNHCR and they agreed to finalize a proposal for the exercise in the coming weeks. A census conducted earlier this year by the Pakistani Government, with assistance from UNHCR, showed that more than 3 million Afghans are living in Pakistan. Some 280,000 Afghans have returned home from Pakistan so far this year, bringing to more than 2.5 million the number that has repatriated since early 2002. read more

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Reilly Free GP care for under 5s still on track

first_imgMINISTER FOR HEALTH Dr James Reilly has said that the plan for free GP care for under 5s is still on track – despite the fact it does not have cabinet approval yet.The Minister spoke to Sean O’Rourke on RTÉ Radio One this morning about the HSE and said that it is “not true” to say that the HSE had “shot the runways”, in the presenter’s words, by €300 million this year.He said that the HSE has a much greater grip on the financial systems in the department and has brought in a financial reform board.He pointed out that the health budget has reduced in real terms by nearly 20 per cent, while staff levels have fallen by 10 per cent and the Irish population has grown by 8 per cent over the last number of years.Reilly said that there had been a huge amount of progress made regarding the overrun in medical card and other community drug schemes. “We are only a few million, single digits off target now, and progress is accelerating so a great job has been done,” he said.While he acknowledged that some hospitals are having difficulties meeting budget targets, the HSE is there to support them.Regarding the €60 million that was promised from legislation on private insurance, and is not available until the legislation is in place, he said that the HSE will get the money “some other way”.BudgetsAsked would the HSE be short by the end of year, he said that he could not give a figure now.The HSE put in a figure at the beginning of the year of €190m but was allocated 90m. It had expected a 1 per cent demand but ended up having 2 per cent demand, said Reilly.He said that they will have the number of people on waiting lists for over 12 months down by the end of the year “by a major way”.Free GP careOn free GP care for under 5s, he said that he and Minister of State Alex White are “100 per cent behind” the idea, but government and cabinet haven’t signed off on it yet. It will cost around €40million plus for the scheme, he said.On medical cards, Minister Reilly said there has been no real change in the discretionary medical card assessment. He said that over 40pc of the population is covered by the cards.On the subject of the swine flu vaccine and the children who developed narcolepsy after getting it, he said he was “very sorry that they feel they have been left high and dry” after the government promised supports, and that if someone feels they haven’t been given the supports, he will find out what happened.He also said there ought to be a no-fault compensation scheme in place for people who suffer as a result of vaccine administration.Reilly said he is committed to GP care for all without cost by 2016.He said that the HSE had been in talks with consultants about reducing fees, and also with the Vhi on this issue.In my view if it takes only 16 per cent of the time to perform the procedure, the reduction in pay ought to be a hell of a lot more than 20 per cent and it will be.The Minister said he has “delivered a lot of what we promised” and when it comes to the elections he will let people judge the health service they had and the health service they have now.He said he has “more passion for it now than when I came in” for his job.“I expect to be castigated from a height – I didn’t do this job to be popular,” said Reilly.“Appalling”Dr Ray Walley, Chairman of the GP Committee of the IMO, said that the Ministers’ approach to free GP care for under 5s was “appalling”.He said that recently Minister Reilly and Minister White have “repeatedly raised hopes of a dramatic extension of free GP care for young people yet neither has made any attempt to engage with the GPs who they expect to provide this service”.He accused the Minister of not being serious about policy and initiative.Dr Walley said that the extension of free GP care for any section of the population required careful planning and resourcing:So far there is no sign of any interest by the Government in even discussing the issues involved with GPs which suggests they have little expectation of actually implementing the initiative.Read: Eilís Hardiman handed the task of integrating three children’s hospitals>last_img read more

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If you see children begging on the street the ISPCC want you

first_imgWith so many of us enjoying this festive time of year, Leanbh wants to protect the most vulnerable and isolated children in our society.The Leanbh service was established in 1997 and has worked with vulnerable children, young people and parents from minority ethnic groups during which time the ISPCC say child begging has reduced.Members of the public who see children involved in begging on the streets of Dublin to contact their out of hours service on 087 0625198.Read: Distressing short film imagines fate of missing child >Poll: Do you give money to people begging on the street? > THE ISPCC WANT people to report child begging to them as they seek to continue to reduce the number of children on the streets.The society’s Leanbh service has an out of hours contact number and a staff that works and engages with children who may be begging.Leanbh wants anyone who sees a children begging by themselves or with  a parent to contact either themselves or local gardaí with the whereabouts and description of the child.“We are asking people in Dublin to store the Leanbh number in their mobile phone and to get in touch with us if they see a child begging anywhere on the streets of Dublin,” says the ISPCC’s Siobhan Harvey.last_img read more

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Inter join Roma in the race for Fernandes

first_imgInter Milan have reportedly join AS Roma in the race for Bruno Fernandes’ services for next season, claims Gianluca Di MarzioThe Portugal international is currently attempting to rescind his contract at Sporting Lisbon, along with several of his teammates, and will then be able to enter the summer transfer market as a free agent.Roma were believed to have been leading the race for the highly-rated Fernandes, but Serie A rivals Inter have now made announced their interest in signing the 23-year-old.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.Head coach Luciano Spalletti is hoping to add a number of high profile signings this summer with Inter set to return to the Champions League for next season, despite a disappointing second-half to last season.The Serie A giants have reportedly met with Fernandes’ representatives and are hopeful of completing a deal.Fernandes scored 11 goals and added eight assists in 33 appearances for Sporting last season in the Primeira Liga.last_img read more

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TCI Govt Estate needs 20M injection Minister announces rentcutting plan

first_img Related Items:#GoldrayEwing, #magneticmedianews, providenciales Historic $4m road works project in Kew Town, Glass Shack, first ever sidewalks under construction Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Millennium Highway road works not behind schedule says Minister Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Turks and Caicos, August 10, 2017 – Providenciales – Government says the country could save, over the medium to long term, as much as $24m in revenue with the estate strategy decided upon at the Ministry of Infrastructure, Housing and Planning.    During his ministerial statement in the House of Assembly last month, Minister #GoldrayEwing said it would first take an investment though of $20m to resuscitate and renovate the Government properties across the islands.Minister Ewing said a government complex is coming for Provo.  “Mindful of the poor state of the existing Government Estate and the high level of costs associated with renting accommodations from within the private sector, to achieve savings in the medium to long term the Government is currently giving consideration to constructing purpose built accommodation in #Providenciales.   A Framework Document has already been produced and presented to Cabinet with a Working Party having subsequently been established to develop the concept further.”This will mean cutting down on rent to private citizens by Government, renegotiating existing leases and transferring financial liability to landlords if there are any new lease agreements for government office spaces.    The Minister said a government complex also makes sense for Grand Turk.#MagneticMediaNews New, stringent posture on illegal construction makes fines, personal demolition and possible deportation legal says PDM Minister, law now passedlast_img read more

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Mark Larson joins KUSI to discuss TransNet funds

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – TransNet funds are meant to fix roads across San Diego, but some San Diego members want that money to by used for mass transit.KUSI Contributor and AM 760 Radio Host Mark Larson joins KUSI to discuss further. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: June 25, 2019 Mark Larson joins KUSI to discuss TransNet funds June 25, 2019last_img read more

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PHOTOS WilmingtonTewksbury Chamber Of Commerce Holds Women In Business Event

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — On July 18, women from the Wilmington/Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce enjoyed patio networking at Artis Senior Living in Reading.In addition to the flowing Sangrias and appetizers, the ladies were treated to a presentation by Eleana Rogan Conway, Owner of Restore Meditation, on “The Power of the Present Moment”. Eleana shared the science and benefits of Mindfulness and how it can make you happy, healthy and successful.To learn more about the Chamber’s “Women In Business” Series, please contact Executive Director Nancy Vallee at 978-657-7211.Below are a few photos from the event:Chamber of Commerce Executive Directors with Artis Senior Living of Reading Team, and Eleana Rogan Conway, Owner/Founder of Restore MeditationLadies from the Wilmington/Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce: Susan Anton (LMT), Karen Halloran (CareOne at Wilmington), Robin Reiner (Peacock Chalk), and Nancy Vallee (Chamber Executive Director)Chamber member, Susan Anton (Licensed Massage Therapist at 200 Jefferson Way, Wilmington) was the big raffle winner at a recent Women In Business Networking event.(NOTE: The above information & photos were submitted by the Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington-Tewksbury Chamber Of Commerce To Co-Host ‘Women In Business’ Event On July 22In “Business”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, July 22, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce Gives ‘Welcome Bags’ To New ResidentsIn “Business”last_img read more

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Jal Shakti campaign reviewed

first_imgAnantapur: A 3-member Jal Shakti Abhiyan Central team headed by Joint Secretary L S Changsan is on a visit to the district to inspect the revival of several water bodies and conservation initiatives by district administration and DWMA in particular in the conservation campaign. Speaking to reporters at the Collector’s conference hall here on Saturday, Changsan said that the Jal Shakti-water conservation campaign has been launched in 26 water stressed mandals with five major intervention areas including construction of conservation infrastructure platforms, recharging of water bodies, renovation and revival of check dams etc and promoting afforestation. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us These initiatives are being implemented with the close involvement of district administration. The district, she said, has ancient water bodies and village tanks constructed during Emperor Srikrishnadevaraya period. The campaign involves convergence of Central and State governments and should result in increase in groundwater levels and boost green cover. Asked whether the Centre is thinking of penalising stakeholders, who does not contribute to water conservation by creating water harvesting infrastructures etc, Changsan said that the Centre would apply its mind on the suggestion. Also Read – Quarry checks bring down granite production Advertise With Us The official said that she had seen a paradox in the district where in one part of the district, paddy is being grown which is a water intensive crop while in another part there are signs of desertification. Millets, she said, should be promoted as part of crop diversification. A reporter suggested that millets and not rice should be subsidised and supplied through fair price shops, she said that it is a matter of policy decision. She however welcomed the suggestion. Earlier, she reviewed the progress of the current water conservation campaign with all the stakeholder departments. She called for a revival of 1 lakh defunct bore-wells in the district. She advised officials to take it up on a mission mode.last_img read more

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Aishwarya Rajeshs marriage Is she really tying the knot this year Here

first_imgAishwarya Rajesh.PR HandoutAishwarya Rajesh has responded to the rumours which claimed that she had found her soulmate and would tie the knot this year. Well, she has wondered at the rumours stating that she is curious to know about her rumoured beau.”Hey guys I have been hearing rumours on my love story… pls let me also know who tat guy is .. very much eager to know pls stop spreading such fake news … if something happens I would be first person to inform u all .. very much single an happie have a great weekend. [sic]” she tweeted. Thus putting an end to the speculations.The rumours had taken her fans by surprise considering the projects that she has in her hands. Aishwarya Rajesh, who had won a lot of appreciation for her role in Kanaa, is now part of Vikram’s delayed Dhruva Natchathiram, Ashwin Kakumanu’s Idhu Vedhalam Sollum Kathai and Seenu Ramasamy’s Idam Porul Yaeval.The actress has recently signed Sivakarthikeyan’s film with Pandiraj and will be seen in an important role in Kranthi Madhav’s next with Vijay Deverakonda. The actress has Mismatch, Vada Chennai 2 and a few other films in her kitty.In short, she has over a dozen films in different stages of making which clearly indicates that she has very less time even to think about the marriage.last_img read more

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AP PHOTOS Shopping getting IDs on election eve

first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Colorful posters for both Chavez and his challenger, former state governor Henrique Capriles, festoon Caracas’ streets. Some have been defaced.Shoppers, many wearing the red T-shirts of “Chavistas,” filled a government market to buy food at subsidized prices.At a park in the city, people sat on benches in a long line awaiting last-minute pickups of their national identification cards.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Four benefits of having a wireless security system CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Venezuelans crowded grocery stores and markets on Saturday to stock up on food or lined and collected the national ID cards they need for voting.Sunday’s ballot is expected to be the tightest presidential election faced by Chavez during nearly 14 years in office. Members of militias he has formed were out in the streets searching vehicles for weapons.Tensions between both political camps have been high, given the expectations of a close election. Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments   Share   Top Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

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