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Sadiq Khan slams ‘unacceptable’ London lockdown plans

first_imgKhan came down hard on the government’s handling of the crisis thus far. He said “time and time” again it had acted too slowly or made the wrong call. Sadiq Khan slams ‘unacceptable’ London lockdown plans Edward Thicknesse The mayor accused Johnson of “riding roughshod” over locally elected officials. He also said the approach would lead to worse outcomes for London and the country. In it, Khan said making such plans without including local leaders “is totally unacceptable and a clear affront to London and Londoners”. London mayor Sadiq Khan has hit out at Boris Johnson after the Prime Minister reportedly discussed drastic contingency plans to lockdown London in event of a second coronavirus wave without involving City Hall. Share London mayor Sadiq Khan has hit out at Boris Johnson after the Prime Minister reportedly discussed drastic contingency plans to lockdown London (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Sadiq Khan slams ‘unacceptable’ London lockdown plans The capital’s mayor responded today with a sharp letter addressed to Johnson. A Downing Street spokesman said that the government’s virus containment strategy had set out that shutting down local transport networks was an option, Tags: Coronavirus Show Comments ▼ The session came as fears continue to rise over a second wave of coronavirus. So far it has killed nearly 50,000 people in the UK.  “Decisions continue to be taken without consultation with those who run and understand the country’s biggest city”, he wrote. London mayor Sadiq Khan has hit out at Boris Johnson after the Prime Minister reportedly discussed drastic contingency plans to lockdown London (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Sadiq Khan slams ‘unacceptable’ London lockdown plans “Some of these decisions – and the public messaging that flows from them – do not work for a major metropolitan area the size of London. One of the options discussed by Johnson as part of a “war gaming” session with chancellor Rishi Sunak was using the M25 as a quarantine ring, according to the Sunday Times. “The government would better understand that, if London’s government was treated properly and brought into decision-making,” he went on. Downing Street sources dismissed yesterday’s claims as “speculative”. Housing secretary Robert Jenrick said he was not aware of any plans to place London back in lockdown.center_img whatsapp ‘A clear affront to Londoners’ whatsapp Monday 3 August 2020 1:00 pm Measures being considered include banning overnight stays and telling people not to travel in and out of the capital, the Sunday Times reported. London mayor Sadiq Khan has hit out at Boris Johnson after the Prime Minister reportedly discussed drastic contingency plans to lockdown London (AFP via Getty Images) Khan added that it was 12 weeks since he had been invited to the government’s emergency COBR committee to represent London. Before the Open newsletter: Start your day with the City View podcast and key market data However, the government has repeatedly stressed that it will take all actions it deems necessary to try to prevent a spike in cases.  Khan cited the treatment of transport operator Transport for London (TfL), which received a £1.6bn bailout in May, as one such example.  What would a London lockdown involve? A number of London lockdown measures were reportedly discussed at last Wednesday’s planning session. “One of the purposes of the contain strategy was to make politicians and the public aware of the steps that we might need to take in the future, if we were dealing with a specific local outbreak”, he said. 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Early morning big bang mystifies Petersburg residents

first_imgSoutheastEarly morning big bang mystifies Petersburg residentsNovember 24, 2015 by Angela Denning, KFSK Share:Petersburg was abuzz with talk of a big bang early Saturday morning. Some people believe it was lightning and thunder while others think it might have been a meteor.On the sidewalks, at the stores, at the bars, people have been talking about a loud sound they heard around 2:30 a.m. Saturday. Most have never heard anything like it before.Lifelong Petersburg resident Devren Bennett was asleep at home in Tlingit and Haida Housing Subdivision. Like many others, he was jolted awake.“I woke up from a dead sleep to what sounded like a jet sitting on top of our house with the engine wound up all the way,” Bennett said. ” First thought was a landslide of some sort, but there’s no mountains around my house that would cause anything like that, otherwise I had no idea.”“So did you actually feel something?” I asked him.“Absolutely, you could definitely feel the vibrations,” Bennett said.Rebecca Anderson heard the loud boom in Severson Subdivision.“I remember waking up and wondering why there was a jet at that early hour of the morning,” Anderson said. “And then within less than a second I realized it was not a jet. My next thought was lighting and as the sound progressed I realized it didn’t sound like any thunder I heard before. It sounded like repetitive blasts, really rapid blasts. I was actually concerned we were under some sort of attack or the military was shooting at somebody for a second and as I listened it just sounded like, pop-pop-pop-pop-pop-pop. You could hear it coming and going. And then after the sound stopped making the blasting, I could still hear it echoing through the mountains.”Another resident, Chris Lopez, was watching TV at his home on Lumber Street.“It sounded like a jet or something taking off and then I felt the rumble and I thought, ‘Oh wow, thunder,’” Lopez said. “I got up to go to the bathroom, came back and I looked around, I was looking for lightning, nothing happened so I laid back down and just getting ready to go back to sleep and then all of a sudden this great big bright flash through the shudders appeared and it was really bright, I mean really bright … and then a few seconds later, the rumbling or what sounded like thunder anyway. I sat up and watched and looked out. There was no rain so I don’t know what it was, but I just assumed it was thunder because that’s what it sounded like to me. But it was very close and very loud.”Some were more certain about what it was. Five people in Petersburg reported seeing a meteor to the American Meteor Society.One of them was 66-year-old John Havrilek. He was in his bedroom which has a wall of windows looking out at Petersburg Creek.“This flash woke me up and I looked out and saw this brilliant streak flash across the sky,” Havrilek said. “And within seconds after the streak, this huge explosion that reverberated through the mountains for a good 30, 40, 50 seconds. It just seems like it went on forever. And the flash and the streak are something I had never seen before. It was like a gigantic shooting star.”Havrilek is from the Midwest where he experienced a lot of lighting and thunder. He said it was nothing like that.It could have been a meteor, according to Travis Rector, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He doesn’t have any data about the event to say one way or another, but it is possible.“You can have an object that if it’s large enough and breaks up as it’s passing overhead, you could see a flash of light and also possibly hear it,” Rector said.He said usually if you see a streak of light like a shooting star it’s a meteor the size of dust or a grain of sand. If you hear a boom from it then it could be the size of a small to medium sized rock that could fit in your hand. It could also be space junk, but those move slower than meteors.In any case, Rector said, it likely burned up before hitting the ground and was not tracked because it’s so small.While accounts of meteors were mounting, the weather forecasters in Juneau was also seeing something unusual: a large cluster of lightning strikes Southeast of the village of Kake on Kupreanof Island.Kimberly Vaughan works at the Juneau Forecast Office.“With that many lightning strikes, there very well could have been lighting in a cloud which would then have caused the lightning which people may have seen or the traveling of light that they may have been seeing,” said Vaughan. “Because this column was probably thousands of feet high and so very well could have been, even with the mountains right there, very well visible from people in Petersburg.”She said this type of weather is not common for Southeast Alaska.Maybe it was lightning and thunder or maybe it was a meteor. Or maybe it was both happening at the same time. With believers on both sides of the issue, it might just remain a mystery.Share this story:last_img read more

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Klukwan’s Jilkaat Kwaan heritage center aims to ‘carry culture forward’

first_imgAlaska Native Arts & Culture | Arts & Culture | History | Local Government | SoutheastKlukwan’s Jilkaat Kwaan heritage center aims to ‘carry culture forward’November 23, 2016 by Emily Files, KHNS-Haines Share:The Chilkat Cultural Landscape Map, the introductory exhibit in the heritage center. (Photo by Emily Files/KHNS)It was a historic year for the Chilkat Indian village of Klukwan. After more than a decade of work, the Jilkaat Kwaan Cultural Heritage Center opened its doors in May.The center tells the still-evolving story of the Chilkat people and also houses some of the world’s most admired works of Northwest Coast Art, the Whale House Collection.Audio Playerhttp://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/22JilkaatKwaanwINTRO.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“The first thing that you see when you walk into our exhibit gallery is the Chilkat cultural landscape map,” said Lani Hotch, the executive director of the heritage center. “And we see the interpretive panel here, Jilkaat Kwaan Aani, the land of the Chilkat people.”“And there’s a quote there, Aan Yatku Saani. It’s a formal way to address a group of people,” she said. It means “honorable people of the land.”“I thought that was so appropriate because whether you live in a little house along the Chilkat River or a skyscraper in Manhattan, we’re all dependent on the land.”Hotch is one of the Klukwan residents who led the enormous effort to build this cultural center. Klukwan is a village of about 100 people, and the cost of the center is close to $8 million.The idea for a cultural center has been around for almost a century. But the effort that finally led to success began with a strategic planning session about 15 years ago.“We went through this visioning process, what we wanted Klukwan to look like in five years, 10 years, 20 years. This is a huge part of that vision,” she said. “So it’s really cool to see it come to pass.”Hotch said they talked about Klukwan’s strongest assets: a rich cultural heritage and a beautiful landscape.“The idea behind this building is not so much museum, but a culture center, where people can still carry their culture forward.”You can see the emphasis on the living culture throughout the center. One example is a weaving exhibit that honors the past and present.“Klukwan is well-known for our legacy of weaving here,” Hotch said. “Chilkat weaving didn’t originate with the Chilkat people, it originated with the Tsimshian people, but our people became so talented and prolific that the art form became known as Chilkat weaving.”Lani Hotch, executive director of the Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center, stands next to her contemporary weaving that represents Berners Bay. (Photo by Emily Files/KHNS)Hotch herself is a master weaver skilled at creating Chilkat blankets. She made a contemporary weaving representing Berners Bay for the center’s cultural landscape map.Just outside of Juneau, Berners Bay is the southern boundary of the Chilkat people’s ancestral homeland.Hotch’s weaving is a bright aqua color with patterns and shapes that make it totally distinct from Chilkat weaving. She says some people frowned on this.“They wanted to see me weaving Chilkat because that’s our legacy here, but I’m of the opinion that each generation has a right to impact their culture,” she said. “A right, if not a duty.”The contemporary weaving isn’t the only piece of the exhibit that stirred some controversy.The heart of the cultural center is a collection of masterful artworks that are between 200 and 300 years old.The Whale House rain screen and house posts are arranged to create a functioning clan house within the center. (Note: KHNS was not permitted to take photos of the Whale House artifacts.)“I don’t think anyone could ever duplicate what we’re looking at,” said Jones Hotch Jr., the Gaanaxteidi clan leader and caretaker of the Whale House. He also is Lani Hotch’s husband. “What the four house posts and rain screen, what I say is, that’s our birth certificate. It tells us where we’re from.”During the planning of the cultural center, the Gaanaxteidi clan agreed to house the objects here, even though putting them in a public place is a break from tradition.One reason to keep them here is for protection. Over the last century or so, there have been multiple attempts to remove the Whale House artifacts and display them outside of Klukwan.“So many of our at.oow, our objects are in different museums. And it’s like they’re not home,” Jones Hotch said. “This is, what we’re standing on, this is their homeland.”The day the Whale House objects were returned to Klukwan, it was raining, he said.“I said it’s the elders are crying, they’re happy they’re getting back to Klukwan.”Lani Hotch said the most gratifying thing about the center opening is seeing young people getting involved.Her hope is that the cultural center will bring back people who haven’t been able to find employment in Klukwan before.“This is their future, and that’s why we did it.”She can already see that happening.The center employed about 25 people during the summer.In a village of about 100, it’s a big impact. Hotch says that makes the enormous effort it took to bring the center to life worth it.The Jilkaat Kwaan center will host workshops and classes periodically throughout the winter.It will open again for tours in the spring.Share this story:last_img read more

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4 Valentine’s Day Horror Stories Compliments of L.A. Comedians

first_imgDatingcomedy4 Valentine’s Day Horror Stories Compliments of L.A. Comedians’Tis the season for schadenfreudeBy Kelly MacLean – February 6, 20181003ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItFebruary 14th generally occurs during the tail end of the lunar year, recognized by Tibetans to be the unluckiest time of the year, filled with erratic energy, malicious spirits, and, yes, evil. Many live in fear of this time of year, even refusing to leave the house until the new year begins. Sound familiar?It certainly resonates with me. Twice, I’ve spent Valentines Day day puking my guts out. Then there was the year my boyfriend back home went to a strip club and then confessed over our Valentine’s Day Skype call, embarrassed that he’d run into my parents’ friend there (I’m not sure which aspect disturbed me more).Here are some other Valentine’s Day horror stories to make us all feel better about the mediocre-at-best day we’re all about to overspend on.Joe DeRosa, comedian and actor (Comedy Central’s You Let Me Down, Better Call Saul)“A week into knowing this woman, she told me she loved me. I should have run in the opposite direction, but I didn’t. The thing about dating a crazy person is you’re constantly trying to salvage it. You’re like, ‘If I’ve invested this much time and walk out now, it’s a waste,’ like getting sick the last week of senior year when you have a perfect attendance record. So I was gonna save the relationship with a Valentine’s dinner. That day I woke up with the flu and had to work late, but was determined to make the date happen and terrified of canceling on her. There I am in my apartment cooking gnocchi, standing over a pot and steam is just barreling out of it. The oven is on. I feel like I’m gonna pass out. At dinner she says, ‘I think you’re in love with my best friend.’ Whaaattt? The night devolved into hours of fighting [and] trying to convince her otherwise. We slept on opposite sides of the bed, parted like the Red Sea. Still super sick, I broke up with her the next morning and went to work. She sent me an email later entitled ‘My Bloody Valentine.’” Edi Patterson, comedian and actor (Vice Principals, the Groundlings)“Ninth grade. Texas City, Texas. I’m rocking the haircut of a not-cool boy from a John Hughes movie and a Gumby T-shirt that I designed and hand painted (with puffy paint, thanksss so much). I also have the inexplicable balls to ask a very cute, very cool baseball player to the Sadie Hawkins dance, which happens on Valentine’s Day. I ask him after art class. It’s super awkward. He mutters ‘sure’ as he’s literally walking away. Valentine’s evening comes. He and his mom pick me up. I like the ‘farmer girl’ outfit that my mom cobbled together, but there’s just ultimately not a lot to be done about the Anthony Michael Hall hair. Bone-chillingly, I think I even had a ribbon in it. The conversation on the ride was crushingly minimal. The second we got inside the dance, he ditched me to find his friends, and later left without telling me. It suuuuuuuucked. Perfect eye-burning, hot-face, about-to-cry, feeling-like-the-loneliest-person-on-earth teenage embarrassment. Every so often I still get a Facebook friend request from him. Yeah, not gonna be hitting accept like ever, bruh. Quick but crucially important side note, I have honestly had exceptionally rad and fun V-Days for many years now due to my dope, way more cute than that guy husband, Dan O’Connor. So, eat a fat bag of dicks, *J.R.(*not his real name, although his name was a douchey two-letter name.)” Matteson Perry, storyteller and author (The Moth Radio Hour, Available: A memoir of Heartbreak, Hookups, Love, and Brunch)“During recess on Valentine’s day in the fourth grade, a girl presented me with a large chocolate heart. For some strange reason, I showed my thanks by opening the chocolate right there and shoving the entire thing in my mouth. I chewed and chewed, but it was too big to swallow, and quickly my throat and nasal passage filled with liquefied chocolate. I couldn’t breathe! I spit out everything in my mouth, the wad of half-chewed chocolate plopping at the girl’s feet. Undeterred, she asked, ‘Will you be my boyfriend?’ Afraid and embarrassed, I said no and ran away.” Erica Rhodes, comedian and actor (A Prairie Home Companion, The Off Season)“One year I was single on V-day and thought, ‘I’m going to take myself out for ice cream.’ I decided to walk (it was about two miles away). It was hot out and it felt like a long walk. But I felt like a ‘strong, independent woman’ taking myself out for ice cream and was SO excited to get my favorite, mint chocolate chip in a chocolate cone. When I got in line and reached into my purse, I suddenly realized I forgot my credit card and I had no cash. Desperate to satisfy my craving, I started digging for coins. I found exactly $3 in coins thinking it was enough, but when I requested the cone [the woman behind the counter] said, ‘A cup is $3 but a cone is $4.’ I bashfully changed my order to a cup and handed over a handful of change, like a pathetic, homeless girl. She must have felt bad for me, because as she handed me my cup of mint chocolate chip ice-cream she said sweetly, ‘I added some broken cone pieces in there for you.’ I thanked her and walked home two miles alone with my melting ice cream and charity cone pieces. Then I called my Mom and she said, ‘I don’t know what’s sadder: being single on V-day or being single on V-day and talking to your Mom.’”And a bonus story about being a female comedian on Valentine’s Day… Jackie Kashian, comedian and host of The Dork Forest“Valentine’s Day in the world of stand-up comedy is almost always a guaranteed booking if you’re a woman. In the old times (hell, let’s not even—early 2000s and some places today), the way bookers booked women comics would be ONE WOMAN. And one or two headliners per year…usually the opener or middle. Never more. Except on Valentine’s Day. Then it’s ‘Ladies Night.’ And it would be booked as a freak show. Sometimes the club booked a ‘token man’ to host who might feel obliged to make crummy comments about what each woman comic looks like. But the cool thing about Valentine Day gigs was that you would, finally, have a green room of just women comics hanging and riffing.”RELATED: The Best Ways to Celebrate Galentine’s Day—and Why You Really ShouldStay on top of the latest in L.A. food and culture. Sign up for our newsletters today. TAGSComedyValentine’s DayPrevious articleKnow Your Streets: Huntington DriveNext articleMake These Movie-Themed Cocktails For the Ultimate Oscar-Watching PartyKelly MacLean RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORMeg Stalter’s Awkward Characters Were the Breakout Stars of a Weird YearA New Book Takes a Long Overdue Look at the History of Native Americans in ComedyValentine’s Day Cannabis Gifts for Someone Else—or Yourselflast_img read more

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Insurance pay lagging behind other sectors

first_imgINSURANCE sector workers are losing ground to other professionals, a study from recruiters Reed.co.uk showed today.Just six per cent of those in the insurance industry received a pay rise in the last year, compared with 41 per cent of all professional workers.For instance, 32 per cent of workers in the technology sector were given a pay rise, and 27 per cent of accountancy and finance function workers saw their pay increase.Beating all of them are workers in the property and construction sector – rocketing house prices have helped 44 per cent of the industry’s workers get a pay rise.One-third of all professionals received a bonus in the year. In construction and property, the figure was 28 per cent.Meanwhile 22 per cent of finance and accountancy workers received a bonus, and 16 per cent of technology professionals were given the award.Overall, 57 per cent of professionals would choose a different career if they had their time again. Two-thirds of property and construction professionals wish they had chosen a different career. But only 47 per cent of finance workers agreed. More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org Express KCS Share Sunday 11 January 2015 10:46 pm whatsapp Tags: NULLcenter_img whatsapp Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryHero WarsThis game will keep you up all night!Hero WarsMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramFungus EliminatorIf You Have Toenail Fungus Try This TonightFungus EliminatorMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MDThe Chef PickElisabeth Shue, 57, Sends Fans Wild As She Flaunts Age-Defying FigureThe Chef PickUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive Supplement Insurance pay lagging behind other sectors last_img read more

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Brightline to build train station at Disney Springs

first_img‘I spent $15,000’: Man arrested at Disney Springs after refusing temperature check April 6, 2021 AdvertisementTags: brightlineDisney Springs “We’re excited to work with Brightline as they pursue the potential development of a train station at Walt Disney World Resort, a project that would support our local economy and offer a bold, forward-looking transportation solution for our community and guests,” said Jeff Vahle, president of Walt Disney World Resort. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Brightline and Walt Disney World Resort announced they have agreed to build a train station at Disney Springs.The Brightline station will add a new travel option between Walt Disney World and Orlando International Airport, reported local NBC affiliate WESH.The train will also connect guests from Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach and planned stations in Aventura, Boca Raton and Port Miami, Brightline officials said. The expansion from West Palm Beach to the Orlando International Airport is scheduled to be completed in 2022. AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisementcenter_img AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementThe agreement is conditioned upon Brightline’s completion of certain obligations, which include all necessary government approvals. It’s unclear when construction on the Disney Springs station will begin. “Brightline will offer a car-free connection to the millions of visitors from around the state and the world who plan to make Walt Disney World Resort part of their vacation plans,” said Patrick Goddard, president of Brightline. “Our mission has always been to connect our guests to the people and places that matter, and Walt Disney World Resort is a tremendous example of this.” Advertisement RELATEDTOPICSlast_img read more

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ODPEM to Set Up Child-Friendly Shelters

first_imgRelatedODPEM to Set Up Child-Friendly Shelters RelatedODPEM to Set Up Child-Friendly Shelters ODPEM to Set Up Child-Friendly Shelters UncategorizedAugust 22, 2008 RelatedODPEM to Set Up Child-Friendly Shelterscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Several shelters across the island will be designated as priority shelters by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), to ensure the safety and protection of children in an emergency.Regional Coordinator at the ODPEM, Sophia Mitchell, made the announcement on Monday (August 18), at a community forum held at the Old Harbour Bay Primary School in St. Catherine.The meeting was held to update residents on disaster preparedness plans for the community. It was organised by the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), in collaboration with the ODPEM and the Old Harbour Bay Community Development Association.“For this upcoming season we have come up with a plan, where we are looking at what we call priority shelters,” Miss Mitchell said, stating that the Old Harbour High School in St. Catherine, has been designated a priority shelter in the event of a hurricane.Miss Mitchell, who was guest speaker at the event, said the initiative was part of a plan by the ODPEM, to create a more friendly and safe environment for children during a disaster. She explained that the priority shelters would be equipped with toys, books, and hygiene kits for children of different age groups less than five years.“We recognise that children under five are most vulnerable in an emergency and therefore, from the ODPEM stand point, we will be making some effort,” she said.The Regional Coordinator said that with the advent of the Child Care and Protection Act of 2004, shelters would be monitored by officials from the Ministry of Health to ensure the protection and safety of children.“When they do their assessment, and based on that assessment come to a conclusion that some corrective measures need to be done, then they will act on it. Because the minute you enter a shelter, you become a ward of the state,” Miss Mitchell pointed out, noting that children in shelters could be exposed to physical abuse and sexual violence.In her presentation, Miss Mitchell also reminded the residents that shelters should be regarded as a temporary housing facility.“A shelter is the last resort. You first stay with friends and relatives. When you have no friends and relatives, then you come to the shelter,” she emphasised.Other speakers were Sergeant Howard Perry, Old Harbour Bay Police Station; Environmentalist, Peter Espeut and Senior Public Health Inspector, St. Catherine, Simeon Bromfield. Also attending the meeting were the Chairperson, Old Harbour Bay Community Development Association, Murelda Folkes and Regional Manager for the Regional Services Department at the JIS, Shelly-Ann Harris. Advertisementslast_img read more

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PM to Receive Report on LNG from Energy Ministry

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Energy and Mining is to make a presentation to Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, on September 24, following which there should be a direction on the way forward for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), as the country seeks cheaper and varying energy sources.Speaking at a press conference at the Ministry’s Trafalgar Road offices in Kingston, today (September 10), Energy and Mining Minister, Hon. James Robertson, explained that a Ministry Committee had met several times within the last two months, and that a request for final proposals from interested companies, would be issued within the next month.“We have had visits numbering in the hundreds from many companies to look at many aspects of the liquefied natural gas build-out and roll-out. The Government at this time would have to be looking for companies that would be able to come in and give us a turn-key operation. A lot of work has been done, the staff at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) has been working at it, (as well as) the Ministry, and the Prime Minister’s Task Force,” Mr. Robertson said.Minister of Energy and Mining, Hon. James Robertson (centre), fields questions during a press conference, held at the Ministry’s Trafalgar Road offices in Kingston, today (September 10), to provide an update on developments in the bauxite industry, and energy related matters. Also participating are Commissioner of Mines, Mr. Clinton Thompson (right); and Executive Director of the Jamaica Bauxite Institute (JBI), Parris Lyew Ayee.He cited the 24th World Gas Conference slated for Argentina from October 3- 9, which a team from Jamaica will be attending, to have a final look at how a Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) operates. An FSRU is a facility that receives LNG from off-loading carriers for plants.The World Gas Conference provides a unique opportunity every three years to strengthen relationships with partners, customers and suppliers from around the world. This year, participants will be able to see the latest products and projects, and the conference will provide valuable outcomes to the key stakeholders of the global energy and gas industries.The key technical discussions will include, among other things: the global energy challenge; reviewing the strategies for natural gas towards 2030; and the contribution of the natural gas industry, as it relates to supply, safety and the environment. PM to Receive Report on LNG from Energy Ministry EnergySeptember 10, 2009 Advertisements RelatedPM to Receive Report on LNG from Energy Ministrycenter_img RelatedPM to Receive Report on LNG from Energy Ministry RelatedPM to Receive Report on LNG from Energy Ministrylast_img read more

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NSW latest coronavirus data as at 6 December

first_imgNSW latest coronavirus data as at 6 December NSW recorded no new cases of locally acquired COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.Five cases were reported in overseas travellers, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the start of the pandemic to 4,421.CasesCountConfirmed cases (incl. interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 4,421 Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 55 Total tests carried out 3,538,908 There were 9,827 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with 11,953 in the previous 24 hours.NSW Health is treating 71 COVID-19 cases, none of whom are in intensive care. Most cases (93 per cent) are being treated in non-acute, out-of-hospital care, including returned travellers in Special Health Accommodation.Investigations continue into the source of the recent COVID-19 case who works at a Sydney quarantine hotel complex. As reported on Friday afternoon, the viral genome sequence from the case does not match the virus strains seen in recent clusters in Australia and may be of United States origin.The ongoing investigations are exploring whether the source of infection was international aircrew who were self-isolating in the hotel at the time.Testing of close contacts of the case is continuing, and no further positive results have been identified.NSW Health continues to urge travellers who may have travelled on the same public transport services as the recent case to come forward for testing. As previously reported, the case travelled on a number of train and light rail services between 27 and 30 November, including trains between Minto and Lidcombe and Lidcombe and Central, and light rail between Central and Capitol Square and Central and Convention. If you travelled on any of these routes on these dates, please visit the NSW Government website for further details of times and further actions required from passengers. The website includes updated information on close and casual contacts.Additionally, anyone living in the Minto and Lidcombe areas who is feeling unwell – no matter how mild their symptoms – is urged to come forward immediately for testing, and to isolate until a negative result is received.There are more than 300 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW. To find your nearest clinic visit COVID-19 testing clinics or contact your GP.NSW Health is treating 75 COVID-19 cases, none of whom are in intensive care. Most cases, 96 per cent, are being treated in non-acute, out-of-hospital care, including returned travellers in the Special Health Accommodation. To help stop the spread of COVID-19If you are unwell, get tested and isolate right away – don’t delay.Wash your hands regularly. Take hand sanitiser with you when you go out.Keep your distance. Leave 1.5 metres between yourself and others. Wear a mask when using public transport, rideshares and taxis, and in shops, places of worship and other places where you can’t physically distance. When taking taxis or rideshares, commuters should also sit in the back. Likely source of confirmed COVID-19 cases in NSW Likely source of infectionCases past 24 hours*Cases past 7 days**All casesOverseas 539 2,460 Interstate 0090Locally acquired – linked to known case or cluster 001,437Locally acquired – no links to known case or cluster00433Locally acquired – investigation ongoing 01 1 Under initial investigation000Total540 4,421 Note: Case counts reported for a particular day may vary over time due to ongoing investigations and case review.*notified from 8pm 4 December 2020 to 8pm 5 December 2020**from 8pm 29 November 2020 to 8pm 5 December 2020Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to date Since 29 March 2020 CountSymptomatic travellers tested 7,563 Found positive 165 Since 30 June 2020CountAsymptomatic travellers screened at day 2 54,439 Found positive305 Since 15 May 2020 CountAsymptomatic travellers screened at day 1066,273 Found positive159 /Public Release. 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No large public gatherings in Byron Shire

first_imgNo large public gatherings in Byron Shire People celebrating the end of 2020 and the start of 2021 at Byron Bay are warned that celebrations must comply with the COVID-19 protocols set out by the NSW Government.Under the current restrictions, outdoor gatherings are limited to no more than 100 people in a public place including beaches and parks.The COVID-19 pandemic has meant the cancellation of the Soul Street event on New Year’s Eve and First Sun on New Year’s Day and there are no other public events planned in Byron Bay this New Year’s Eve.Phil Holloway, Byron Shire Council’s Acting General Manager, said anyone coming to Byron Bay should heed the public health warnings relating to COVID-19, particularly those around social distancing.“As we are seeing in Sydney this is not the time to be complacent about COVID-19 and people coming to Byron Bay to party the night away should think again,” Mr Holloway said.“There will be a heavy police presence in town and our beaches, parks and public areas are alcohol-free zones,” he said.“It is very disappointing to see some people in Byron Bay disregarding the rules around social gatherings with Police having to break up large crowds of people at Apex Park, Belongil and Tyagarah in recent days.“The police and our community have a zero tolerance for anti-social behaviour of any sort,” Mr Holloway said.Council staff are patrolling over the holiday period targeting illegal camping and parking.“This year has been very difficult for a lot of people and as keen as we are to welcome in 2021, I ask anyone coming to Byron Bay to respect our town and our community and do the right thing,” Mr Holloway said. /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:Byron Bay, Byron Council, Byron Shire Council, camping, community, coronavirus, council, covid-19, Government, Holiday, local council, NSW, pandemic, police, public health, social distancing, sun, Sydneylast_img read more

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