Patron of Child Month Calls on Jamaicans to Protect the Nation’s Children

first_imgPatron of Child Month, Hon. Douglas Orane, is reminding Jamaicans, that they have a responsibility to protect the nation’s children.“We need to keep our eyes open, and anywhere we see abuse or hints of it, we should report it.  It is irresponsible to take the stance of ‘mi nah seh nutten’,” Mr. Orane said.He was speaking with JIS News at the Half Way Tree Transport Centre on May 17, as the nation observed Children’s Day under the theme ‘Encourage, Enable, Include Me’.Mr. Orane also appealed for all Jamaicans to work together to end violence against the nation’s children.“What bothers me is that the Secret Gardens Monument in downtown Kingston which is dedicated to children who were murdered, has run out of space. Something is fundamentally wrong in the way we as adults are treating our children,” he said.As part of Children’s Day activities, members of the National Child Month Committee (NCMC), along with private and public entities, were in the Transport Centre and its immediate environs greeting children and handing out tokens.Children’s Day is the flagship event of Child Month which allows for special attention to be placed on the nation’s children.Other activities for Child Month include a Family Expo and Special Needs Resource Fair to be held at Hope Gardens, St. Andrew, on May 25 and the National Day of Prayer on May 29, at the Maranatha Gospel Hall, 7 Deanery Road.last_img read more

Yukon battle heating up over Peel watershed

first_imgAPTN National News‘The fate of Yukon’s Peel River watershed remains in limbo.The watershed is made up of wilderness stretching 67,000 square kilometres across the northeastern part of the territory.Miners are demanding access to the area, but they’re opposed by First Nations who say the Peel is among the last pristine eco-systems in the world.As APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean reports, the latest set of recommendations to manage the region are being rejected by the Yukon government.last_img

Macro Enterprises begins construction on Aitken Creek spread of North Montney Mainline

first_imgThe Aitken Creek Section – Spread 2 is approximately 67 km of NPS 42-inch pipeline and related facilities, and the value of the contract is approximately CAD$200 million.The company said it is working with joint venture partner Spiecapag Canada Corp. on the project.“We are very pleased to be working again for TransCanada Pipelines Inc. and their subsidiary Nova Gas Transmission Ltd,” said Macro Enterprises President and CEO Frank Miles. “This award substantiates our growth plans. This also positions the Company for future opportunities in this market”.Macro said that construction on the pipeline spread is planned to be completed during the first quarter of 2019. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John-based Macro Enterprises Inc. announced Tuesday that it has started construction of the Aitken Creek section – Spread 2 of the North Montney Mainline Project.The North Montney Mainline comprises 301 kilometres of 42-inch pipeline, which will also include metering facilities, valve sites and compression facilities and will provide the added capacity needed to ship natural gas southward.The pipeline will be owned and operated by NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd., a subsidiary of TransCanada Pipelines Ltd.last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP Seek Assistance in Locating Missing Person

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Paul Beaudry (52). He was last seen in the Grande Prairie area on January 21, 2019 at approximately 9:00 a.m.Beaudry is described as:CaucasianBaldBrown eyes5’6″ / 140 lbsWearing blue jeans, orange shirt and a black jacketThere is a concern for Beaudry’s well-being. The RCMP would like to locate and speak with him as soon as possible. If you have any information about his whereabouts, please contact Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at 780-830-5700. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS) or by Internet at www.tipsubmit.comlast_img

Would prefer not to match more VVPATs EC to SC

first_imgNew Delhi: The Election Commission (EC) on Friday rejected the a plea by 21 Opposition parties seeking 50 per cent sample matching of the EVMs with the corresponding Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails (VVPATs), and said that it should be allowed to continue with the present system. Seeking the dismissal of the plea by the 21 Opposition parties, the EC in its response said that the plea “does not raise any ground or base for altering” the existing system of sample checking and urged the court that the “present system … for the imminent elections be continued …” The EC said this in response to a notice by the top court on the Opposition parties plea for increasing the sample matching of the EVMs with the corresponding VVPATs. The top court had sought the EC’s response on March 25 when it had slammed the poll panel for insisting that there was no need for increasing the sample matching of the EVMs with the corresponding VVPATs.last_img read more

Monetary economics in emerging markets needs a rethink RBI Guv

first_imgWashington: Observing that the global financial crisis has exposed several limitations of conventional and unconventional monetary policy tools, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das on Friday said monetary economics in emerging markets needs a rethink.This includes challenging the conventional wisdom of modern central banks to hike or reduce their interest rates by 25 basis points or multiples thereof, Das said in a special address delivered on the sidelines of the annual Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. Highly appreciated by the audience for his call for out-of-the-box thinking to address monetary policy challenges of the 21st century, Das said the unconventional monetary policies of advanced economies have resulted in “risks and spillovers” for the emerging markets. In his speech titled ‘Global Risks and Policy Challenges facing Emerging Market Economies’, Das observed that the global financial crisis has exposed several limitations of conventional and unconventional monetary policy tools. In despair, some have turned to the heterodox evolution of ideas that are being practiced as modern monetary theory, he noted. In the end, monetary policy must touch the real economy, spur investments, and maintain monetary and financial stability, he asserted. The time has come to think out of the box, including by challenging the conventional wisdom, he told the packed auditorium. Typically, modern central banks with interest rates as their main instrument move in baby steps — 25 basis points or multiples thereof — and announce a stance of tightening, neutrality or accommodation to guide the markets and the public on the likely future course of policy, he said. “One thought that comes to my mind is that if the unit of 25 basis points is not sacrosanct and just a convention, monetary policy can be well served by calibrating the size of the policy rate to the dynamics of the situation and the size of the change itself can convey the stance of policy,” the RBI Governor said. For instance, if easing of monetary policy is required but the central bank prefers to be cautious in its accommodation, a 10 basis points reduction in the policy rate would perhaps communicate the intent of authorities more clearly than two separate moves — one on the policy rate, wasting 15 basis points of valuable rate action to rounding off, and the other on the stance, which in a sense binds future policy action to a pre-committed direction, he said. Likewise, in a situation in which the central bank prefers to be accommodative but not overly so, it could announce a cut in the policy rate by 35 basis points if it has judged that the standard 25 basis points is too little, but its multiple, that is 50 basis points, is too much. “This approach can also be useful when the central bank is on a tightening mode and potentially help avoid policy turnaround from forward guidance via stance too far into the future, which in a highly volatile global scenario, may not even be a year,” Das said. Stating that management of global spillovers poses a formidable challenge to emerging market economies, Das told the audience that a truly global financial safety net remains elusive as in this age of mobile capital flows, consequences of their arrivals, sudden stops and reversals are to be borne nationally. As a result, emerging market economies (EMEs) are typically at the receiving end when global spillovers flare up, he said, adding that they have no recourse but to build their own forex reserve buffers. Paradoxically, the accumulation of reserves has become stigmatised, including with labels such as “currency manipulation”, he rued. “As I see it, we may be unintentionally setting the stage for several EME currencies to break out and challenge the hegemony of the dominant reserve currencies,” he said. “There is a need for greater understanding on both sides. In the meantime, so far as the Reserve Bank of India is concerned, we will continue to play by the extant rules of the game,” Das said in his special address. Das also said central banks have to interact closely with financial markets for transmission of monetary policy impulses. “In this context, ensuring a sound and efficient payment and settlement system is a pre-requisite,” he noted.last_img read more

Singapore PM promotes his heir apparent before power transfer

first_imgSingapore: Singapore’s leader Tuesday promoted his heir apparent to deputy prime minister as the city-state’s founding family prepares for a sensitive transfer of power to a younger generation. The cabinet reshuffle comes amid speculation elections could be held as early as this year, as part of a carefully orchestrated political transition that has been a hallmark of the country since independence in 1965. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, 67, said in a statement that Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat, 57, will become deputy prime minister from May 1. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHe will retain his post as finance minister and act as premier in Lee’s absence. In November, Heng was named to a key post in the People’s Action Party — which has held power in Singapore for decades — putting him on course to become the next prime minister in the coming years. The power handover will be a sensitive moment for the financial hub of 5.6 million people, which has been mostly ruled by either Lee or his father, late founding leader Lee Kuan Yew. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe country’s transformation into one of the world’s wealthiest and most stable societies is linked in many people’s minds to the rule of the Lee family. Premier Lee, who will lead his party into the forthcoming elections before handing over power, said that the cabinet changes are “part of the ongoing leadership renewal”. “The next generation leadership is taking shape, and progressively taking over from me and my older colleagues,” he said. Lee also announced that two deputy prime ministers, Teo Chee Hean, 64, and Tharman Shanmugaratnam, 62, will relinquish their posts and be appointed as senior ministers in the cabinet. Heng is set to become the country’s fourth prime minister and the second from outside the Lee family. He entered politics in 2011 and served as education minister before becoming finance minister. Prior to that, he was head of the central bank.last_img read more

Dunk can see a bright future for Brighton

first_imgBrighton and Hove Albion managed to claim a massive 1-0 win over Manchester United at home and they are far from the relegation zone where they were expected to be at this point of the season.Lewis Dunk claimed that he believes that the future is great for his team and they can become a “massive Premier League club” if the owner will continue making investments and improving the squad constantly.The defender spoke about his side’s future as he said, according to brightonandhoveindependent.co.uk:“For me, it’s probably a little bit more special. I’ve seen the club rise from nothing really. I’ve seen it from the times where the university was our training ground.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“But to see where the club is now, it’s amazing. We’re in the Premier League again next season, and it’s only going to improve from here.”“We’ve got everything to be a massive club, and hopefully the chairman invests again and we’ll push on next season.”“We looked at these last few games and it was a sore sight to see, but obviously we’ve secured safety in the first one.”last_img read more

KPBSD Salmon Celebration Scheduled For May 9

first_imgThe coho salmon fry were reared from eggs the students collected in an October ADF&G “egg take” and placed in classroom aquariums as part of the “Salmon in the Classroom” program. The celebration will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Johnson Lake State Park Campground in Kasilof. Approximately 900 elementary school students from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will help release hatchery-raised rainbow trout catchables into Johnson Lake. Students will also be releasing coho salmon fry into Arc Lake that same day. Hands-on salmon-related activity booths including juvenile and adult salmon identification, salmon life-cycle displays, a macroinvertebrate touch tank, information on catch-and-release fishing, spin and fly casting practice stations, the salmon “wheel of misfortune,” water quality testing, water and wildlife safety, waterfowl identification, stream flow demonstrations, and many more activities will also be setup for students to visit. Students will need approximately two hours to complete all the activities. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), Division of Sport Fish Soldotna office will hold its 19th Annual Kenai Peninsula Salmon Celebration on Thursday, May 9. The salmon-related activity booths are part of the ADF&G Aquatic Education program, which helps increase awareness of salmon and fosters a sense of stewardship toward our valuable natural resources. This event is made possible by the volunteer assistance of Sterling Elementary students, ADF&G staff, Alaska State Parks, and the Kenai River Professional Guide Association, along with many other agencies and community volunteers.last_img read more