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September 4, 2021

Graduate given £60,000 in settlement over ‘Mickey Mouse’ degree

first_img August Graham whatsapp whatsapp Sunday 2 June 2019 4:08 pm A former university student who blasted her qualification as a “Mickey Mouse” degree has been given more than £60,000 in an out-of-court settlement.Pok Wong, who graduated in business studies in 2013, claimed victory in a Facebook post, the BBC reported, as she settled with the Anglia Ruskin University’s insurer. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likebonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm OracleZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryHealthyGem20 Hair Shapes That Make A Man Over 60 Look 40HealthyGemPost FunThe Deadliest Snakes Ever Found On The PlanetPost Fun center_img Read This Next20 Stars Who’ve Posted Nude Selfies, From Lizzo to John Legend (Photos)The WrapIf You’re Losing Hair in This Specific Spot, It Might Be a Thyroid IssueVegamourTop 5 Tips If You’re Losing Your EyebrowsVegamourWhat Causes Hair Loss? Every Trigger ExplainedVegamour’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Pleads Guilty to Attempted ChildThe WrapSmoking and Hair Loss: Are They Connected?VegamourThis Is How Often You Should Cut Your HairVegamourRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap Graduate given £60,000 in settlement over ‘Mickey Mouse’ degree However, the university hit back at its insurer’s solicitor, saying “we do not support their decision” adding it acted “negligently and against the university’s interests”.Wong had complained that the university offered a course which did not live up to the standard claimed in its advertising.“They misrepresented the prospect of career,” she told the BBC last year.The university said her litigation “has been rejected numerous times and has never been upheld.”Wong was ordered to pay £4,000 to cover the university’s legal costs in 2017, and a year later another £13,700 was added to this bill.The insurer has offered to settle for £15,000 and cover her costs. Wong, who graduated with a first, had originally asked for more than £60,000 in the lawsuit. Share Tags: Trading Archivelast_img read more

August 24, 2021

Murkowski strays from party lines in bid to restore Voting Rights Act

first_imgAlaska Native Government & Policy | Federal GovernmentMurkowski strays from party lines in bid to restore Voting Rights ActSeptember 10, 2015 by Liz Ruskin, APRN-Washington Share:Sen. Lisa Murkowski. (Photo courtesy of Sen. Murkowski’s office.)The settlement of an Alaska Native voting lawsuit comes on the same day as news that Sen. Lisa Murkowski has co-sponsored a bill to revive the Voting Rights Act. Sen. Murkowski is the first Republican to join more than 30 Democratic co-sponsors on an issue that has divided the two parties.Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott told reporters he thanks Murkowski for supporting the Voting Rights Advancement Act, pending in the U.S. Senate. Native American Rights Fund attorney Natalie Landreth thanked her, too.“I think it’s a lot of work … in the Native community to share information with her, and it’s a recognition on her part that access to the polls shouldn’t be a partisan issue and it’s unfortunate that in recent years it turned into one,” Landreth said.Democrats in Congress have been clamoring to restore the Voting Rights Act since 2013. That’s when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the 1965 Act. The law required several states to pre-clear any changes in voting procedures with the federal government, due to their history of ballot box discrimination. Alaska was one of those states. But the Supreme Court said the formula that decided which states had to pre-clear reached too far back in history, so since 2013, a chunk of the Voting Rights Act no longer applied. The bill Murkowski is co-sponsoring sets up a new formula, based on the past 25 years.Landreth says under the new formula, Alaska would no longer be under a blanket pre-clearance requirement. But any state would have to get federal approval to change specific things about how voters access the polls. Landreth says the bill has a list of those triggers, and they’re similar to key features of the settlement in the Native voting rights case.“When certain practices occur, no matter where they occur, they have to be pre-cleared, and that’s the removal of the only polling place or removal of language materials,” she said.Murkowski won re-election in a write-in in 2010, thanks in large part to the Native vote. The senator is up for re-election again next year. Landreth, though, says Murkowski isn’t just acting out of self-interest.“I don’t think so. I mean, I think that there are numerous senators with sizable Native populations and they haven’t jumped on in support of this,” she said.It’s unclear whether any other Senate Republicans will join Murkowski in supporting a restoration of the Voting Rights Act. Many see it as a law that gives too much power to the federal government. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says it’s a relic of times gone by.“Obviously it’s an important bill that passed back in the ‘60s, at a time when we had a very different America than we have today,” McConnell said in 2013. He said much the same last month, on the 50th anniversary of the original Voting Rights Act.Share this story:last_img read more

August 24, 2021

Wilderness therapy could battle addiction, is lacking in Alaska

first_imgAlcohol & Substance Abuse | Health | Juneau | Mental Health | Outdoors | SoutheastWilderness therapy could battle addiction, is lacking in AlaskaDecember 10, 2015 by Theresa Soley Share:One approach to battling addiction and other behavioral health issues lies just outside our front doors. (Photo by Theresa Soley/KTOO)Police reports, the press and social media are flooded with stories of substance abuse, heroin overdoses and deaths in Alaska’s capital. One approach for battling addiction and other behavioral health issues lies just outside our front doors.“Across the world people seek solitude or wilderness experiences because there is a healing process,” said Jerrie Dee, clinical director at Alaska Crossings.Alaska Crossings is a wilderness therapy program for youth with behavioral issues, including those with a history of drug abuse. The program takes adolescents, ages 12-18, on 64-day canoe trips into wild Southeast from Wrangell. The program uses wilderness as a catalyst for healing, Dee said. Natural challenges, silence and a sacred process emerge when immersed in the outdoors. Dee said these things can redirect someone’s life.Dee said wilderness immersion gives recovering drug users an opportunity to reset because external triggers and temptations are not present in the outdoors.“Often times substance use is more an emotional process than it is physical,” she said.Using surveys before, during and after immersion, Alaska Crossings has documented a substantial decline in participants’ negative symptoms. Long term effects after leaving the wilderness are harder to measure.Dee said the process works for adults, too, but as far as she knows, there aren’t any wilderness therapy programs for people over 18 in Alaska.Larry Olson, a licensed master addiction counselor in Juneau, said that many of the patients he sees started using prescription drugs in high school. With time, the habits spiraled into full addictions. He said there is no formula; some of his patients come from rough homes, but many come from loving families.Most of the six people who died of heroin overdoses in Juneau since February were under the age of 30, according to Alaska Dispatch News. And Olson said a large portion of his patients are under 30.Alaska Crossings admits youth who have struggled with addiction, but it is not a drug treatment program. Dee said that in the wilderness, guides can’t monitor for health issues, including withdrawal.When substance abuse is an applicant’s primary issue, it must be treated before admittance to Alaska Crossings and entering the wilderness, Dee said.This two-tier theory, detox then therapy, is common for wilderness addiction treatment programs.Olson, the addiction counselor, said that many adults who are battling addiction have weak, deteriorated bodies. High levels of activity may not be an option. But Olson said less rigorous wilderness experiences could provide opportunities for healing. He said that many of his patients speak of the importance of nature in their personal spirituality. Rekindling the human relationship with the natural world can be very healing, he said.“If people can redevelop a sense of awe and wonder at just life, that is really very, very good,” he said. The program follows a three-step process. The first is to develop discipline and routine, next is a focus on the participant’s unique treatment ambitions and third is learning to apply new skills to everyday life at home, said Alaska Crossings Director Stephen Helgeson.Helgeson said that paying for wilderness therapy programs, both as an organization and for participants, is the greatest challenge. Lack of funding makes it difficult to provide help to those who need it most.He hopes that as Medicaid expansion develops, more funding will become available for low-income adults.Share this story:last_img read more

August 24, 2021

How Dr. Anne Zink and 5 other Alaska health experts manage COVID-19 risks in their daily lives

first_imgCommunity | Coronavirus | Economy | HealthHow Dr. Anne Zink and 5 other Alaska health experts manage COVID-19 risks in their daily livesJuly 17, 2020 by Tegan Hanlon & Nat Herz, Alaska Public Media Share:This Alaska panel of experts breaks down how they manage COVID-19 risks in their daily lives. Top row, from left to right: Dr. Tom Hennessy, infectious disease epidemiologist and affiliate faculty member at University of Alaska Anchorage College of Health; Dr. Ellen Hodges chief of staff at Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. in Bethel; and Alaska state epidemiologist Dr. Joe McLaughlin. Bottom row: Dr. Bob Onders, medical director at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium; Dr. Elise Pletnikoff, family medicine physician at the Kodiak Area Native Association; and Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink.If you’ve been following the COVID-19 news, you probably know that health officials have warned about going to parties and bars. But how risky is hiking or dipnetting? How about ordering takeout? Should you send your kids to daycare?Inspired by The Washington Post, reporters Tegan Hanlon and Nat Herz recruited a panel of six local health experts to answer those questions, and to explain how they manage COVID-19 risks in their everyday lives.Here’s what they had to say: (Answers have been edited for clarity and condensed.)Question: When and where do you wear a mask? Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska chief medical officer: I wear it every time I walk into any sort of public space, building, grocery store, work, office building, anything like that. And if it’s a busier trail, I’ll have it on.Dr. Joe McLaughlin, Alaska state epidemiologist: Pretty much any time I can’t maintain at least a 6-foot distance from people who are outside of my social bubble. All indoor situations when I’m around other people. Also, outdoor situations when I’m going to be in close proximity to others outside of my social bubble for more than maybe a minute or so.Dr. Bob Onders, medical director, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium: I wear it whenever I’m around other people — indoors in particular such as stores, picking up to-go food, and at work if I’m not in my office alone. If I’m outdoors and in a situation where I can have adequate separation, I do not wear a mask.Dr. Ellen Hodges, chief of staff, Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation: I wear a face mask at all times, except when I’m in my household or with my household members outside exercising or when I’m seated at my desk when there isn’t anyone in the office.Dr. Tom Hennessy, infectious disease epidemiologist and affiliate faculty member, University of Alaska Anchorage College of Health: I wear a mask when I’m out in public and there’s a really good chance I won’t be able to maintain social distance. Sometimes I wear one even in the parking lot as I’m moving toward a grocery store, just in case I get close to somebody. I am not wearing a mask when I walk around in my neighborhood or ride my bicycle.Dr. Elise Pletnikoff, family medicine physician, Kodiak Area Native Association: I’m wearing a mask any time I’m at work when I’m not in my private office with the door closed. I rarely am going in public spaces, but when I do, I wear a mask if it’s not open air, and when I have close contact with other people.Q: Do you shop in grocery stores or order online? What precautions do you take? Zink: We’ve made a decision, as a family, to not go to the grocery store. We order online — the whole family chips in and puts their own order in on the app.McLaughlin: I definitely shop in grocery stores. I just wear a mask before I go in. When I’m inside, I’ll socially distance and I always wash my hands after I leave.Onders: I’ll order when I can, but sometimes I have to go into the store to get things. I try not to go when it’s a busy period. I wear a mask and wash my hands frequently. And I usually pack hand sanitizer with me.Hodges: I have a household of three people, so we really try to have only one of us go into the store and we try to limit our shopping to once a week. I always wear a mask and make sure that we try to go at odd times when there aren’t a lot of people.Hennessy: I’ve been buying groceries in stores. I wear a mask, I try to go at off hours so it’s not as busy. I bring hand sanitizer, I bring my own bags and bag my own groceries and I try to follow the directional signs, if they have lane markers. I’m also avoiding people who are in stores and not wearing a mask. That’s less common now, but prior to the mask mandate, I would steer around them and try to stay away from them. If they passed by me, I would sometimes hold my breath and wait for quite a few seconds until I would go into the air space that they had just occupied.Pletnikoff: I order online and get the groceries delivered to my car in the parking lot. My husband goes physically grocery shopping with a mask on.Q: Are you eating inside restaurants or going to bars? Why or why not?Zink: I’m not. Indoor spaces are definitely higher risk for transmission. I love a good restaurant and a great bar, but that is not worth the risk for me.McLaughlin: I haven’t been inside a restaurant or a bar since all this started. I’m not much of a bar-goer anyway and don’t go to restaurants a whole bunch.Onders: I am not. With the spacing right now and the indoor environment, and with the increased cases in Alaska, I think that it is a risk to dine indoors right now.Hodges: I do not dine in at restaurants, mostly because it’s indoors with lots of people around who may or may not be wearing masks, and I don’t feel like that’s particularly safe at this point in time.Hennessy: I’m not. I don’t feel comfortable going into restaurants. I certainly would not feel comfortable going into a bar, knowing the nature of those loud places where people are not observing social distancing. I’ve done takeout food, and have gone in to pay for my food.Pletnikoff: I’m not dining inside at all at restaurants right now. Mostly because I don’t want to be in an enclosed space unmasked. And, I have a 2-year-old so I’m not really spending any time in bars. I’m also 18 weeks pregnant, so I’m double not spending time in bars.Q: Are you eating outside at restaurants? Zink: It depends a lot on how it’s set up. We’ll eat outside, particularly if they’ll deliver to you. In Palmer, there’s a great little shop, 203 Kombucha, that from the beginning, they’ve all worn masks, and there’s a bunch of picnic tables outside and all spread out, and they’ll deliver to your table so you don’t have to go inside. When our family needs to get out and do something different, we’ll bike into town and order from them.McLaughlin: I would definitely feel comfortable eating outside, especially if there was good distancing between tables. Inside, if it’s a larger venue that has good distancing between tables, if the waiters and waitresses were wearing masks and people were following the strategies to decrease the risk of COVID transmission, I would consider it, though I probably wouldn’t spend a ton of time there. My preference would be to do take-out or to eat outside.Onders: I do. With appropriate spacing, and if I can observe that the restaurant is doing safe practices — staff adherence to masking guidelines and minimizing potential contacts or interactions between people within the restaurant.Hodges: There’s no options for outdoor dining in Bethel. Well, of course, except for my house.Hennessy: I’ve considered it but I haven’t actually done it. I might be willing to, especially if the tables were spaced appropriately and the ventilation was good. If it was semi-closed, like in a tent, and didn’t look like good ventilation and they were packing people in, I certainly wouldn’t go in that.Pletnikoff: If the servers were masked and the tables were spaced with at least six feet between diners with clear, open walking paths, that would be reasonable. But I personally am not doing that.Q: Are you going to get your hair cut? Zink: I have not gotten my hair cut since the pandemic. My daughter has gotten to be quite the little hair master, and so she has cut my husband’s and my other daughter’s hair. I’m going to empower her learning skills and, if I decide to get another haircut, have her do it.McLaughlin: My partner, Kim, actually cuts my hair at home, so I’m fortunate in that way. That said, I would go to a barber as long as both of us were wearing masks.Onders: I cut my own hair, so even pre-COVID I haven’t needed to go to a barber in many years.Hodges: I have not gotten my hair cut since the start of the pandemic. I might do that if I could go at a time when there weren’t other people in the area, and if the person who was cutting my hair wore a mask and I wore a mask.Hennessy: I haven’t. I’m growing a shaggy mane.Pletnikoff: I am not.Q: Do you disinfect your mail or packages or takeout containers?Zink: We don’t disinfect them, but we’ll let them sit for a day or two. And after we’ve handled them or touch them, then we wash our hands before we eat or anything else like that.McLaughlin: I don’t.Onders: I wait a period of time before opening mail and other packages. For take-out, I generally put the food in my own bowl or on a plate and use my own utensils.Hodges: I don’t. Our mail comes to a P.O. Box, it doesn’t come to our house. So our mail already sits at the post office for some time before it’s collected by us. I haven’t felt compelled to decontaminate takeout or groceries or mail.Hennessy: No. I do wash my hands after handling the mail, and typically what I’ve been doing is bringing it in the house, and setting it on the counter and not dealing with it for a day or so.Pletnikoff: Nope, I don’t disinfect anything like that. I wash my hands after touching things that have been in public spaces before I eat.Q: Are you allowing people outside your immediate family to come inside your home, like friends, cleaners or service people for repairs? Zink: We haven’t needed any repair people in the house since the pandemic started. We do our own cleaning, haven’t had friends in the house — our house is kind of our safe place. It provides less stress for all of us not to have to worry about that, and have made the decision not to have anyone else in our house.McLaughlin: Very rarely. We’ve only had a few of our closest friends that have come inside of our house since this all started. But we do socialize — my bubble is about 10 people, and they’re people that I know well. They’re doing a good job of trying to minimize their risk of getting COVID. And they would be very forthcoming with me if they had any signs or symptoms.Onders: No.Hodges: At the beginning of the pandemic we were pretty strict and we only had household members in our house. As restrictions have started to ease, we have a very small group of friends that we allow over. These are people, generally, that I know have practices consistent with my own, which is to be very cautious, and they haven’t traveled recently. And if possible, we stay outdoors.Hennessy: I have had one service worker come in the house — it was pretty unavoidable. But we’re not having friends over. Neighbors, I’ve socialized with, but we do it outside on the deck.Pletnikoff: We have a cleaning lady that comes every other week. She comes in with a mask and gloves and wears them the whole time. And my parents sometimes come and stay in the yard, but they don’t come in the house.Q: Are you seeing friends right now? Do you go into their homes or do you see them in other ways?Zink: I really try to avoid all indoor spaces in as many ways as possible. So, I would not go into a friend’s house. I will see friends on a run, or we’ll go for a walk around the neighborhood and we’ll just walk on opposite sides of the street, because that keeps us six feet away.McLaughlin: I try to maintain a three-foot distance from people within my social bubble. And then everybody outside of my social bubble, I’m maintaining at least a six-foot distance. And I avoid personal contact with everyone. Most of my interactions with people in my social bubble involve going for a hike or bike ride with maybe a friend or two.Onders: We try to see friends in an outdoor setting with spacing —either on a patio with spaced-out chairs or by a fire pit in an open space where we can spread out and visit. Socializing is important, and I think it can be done safely, particularly in the summer in Alaska. But having those distanced environments outdoors is a good thing. I also keep the number of people I see relatively small. I would like to easily be able to tell — if I ever get called — who I’d been in contact with for the last 14 days.Hodges: I have not been into anyone else’s home, except briefly, since the start of the pandemic. And I don’t spend much time with anyone except that core group of close friends. Since I work in health care, they are mostly either health care workers or close friends of my partner. I see them either at my house or outside, camping on the river or just outdoors at my own home.Hennessy: I haven’t been visiting with friends. I’ve been meeting with neighbors streetside as I’m out walking around.Pletnikoff: I’m rarely seeing friends now. I have one friend who’s been on maternity leave for three months, so she’s had essentially zero social contacts except for her newborn. I walk with her about twice a week outside, but we don’t go into each other’s homes.Q: Are you going to the gym? Zink: I am not going to the gym. We live in the most amazing playground in the world, so we’ve opted for going outside and doing weights and yoga here at home.McLaughlin: No. I only go to the Alaska Rock Gym in the winter. I’m not sure yet whether I’ll go back after the summer.Onders: No. It’s indoors, and I think there’s an increased potential for aerosolization or droplet transmission of COVID with heavy breathing.Hodges: No. We do have a gym here in town, but I have chosen not to go there and I do my exercising outdoors. Hennessy: No. We had a gym membership, but I don’t think I’d be comfortable doing that at this point. Breathing hard in spaces where I don’t really know much about the ventilation just seems like an unnecessary risk at this point.Pletnikoff: Not at all. I usually exercise outside anyway.Q: Are you hiking, biking or running outside with friends? If so, what precautions are you taking?Zink: I try to do it with people who have a similar risk value. If I’m on a busier trailhead, I’ll have a mask as an option in case I’m behind someone. And I make sure that we’re giving people plenty of space outside, to minimize the risk of transmission.McLaughlin: I usually go alone or with one or two or maybe a few friends who are within my social bubble. I try to stick to areas with fewer people, and if I see somebody I know, I stay at least six feet away when I’m chatting with them, and if it’s going to be more than a, ‘Hello, how’re you doing?’ I’ve got a mask.Onders: Generally, not with friends. I go with my partner or family members. I wouldn’t be opposed to doing those activities with friends, but work has been very busy so I’m prioritizing who I spend time with.Hodges: I do run outside and I only go with members of my own household, and we go very early in the morning and almost never come across people. We do walk our dogs and do quite a bit of hiking around, and we do that with more of that small group of core friends. Because those are the people who are often in my home as well, we don’t take any precautions. If we come across others, I try to stay more than six feet away. I carry a mask with me, but I only put the mask on if I have to be less than six feet from others, talking about a problem or something like that.Hennessy: I haven’t. My wife has been doing some hikes with friends, and they’re maintaining distance and traveling separately to trailheads, driving separate vehicles.Pletnikoff: I’m biking with my husband and daughter. I am walking with one friend who’s carefully social distancing, and then hiking with only my family. I breathe pretty heavily when I’m exercising and my friends usually do too — it’s sort of a higher-risk activity. The steeper the hike, the higher risk I think it is for heavily breathing and getting into each other’s air space. Because I work in health care, and I take care of vulnerable patients, it’s really important to me not to bring COVID into my practice.Q: Are you driving in cars with people outside of your immediate family? Zink: Nope. They’ve seen a lot of transmission from prolonged driving in cars. It’s made some of these traverses across Alaska harder, for runs and things like that — it’s been a lot more driving, a lot more of my husband and I trying to figure out coordination.McLaughlin: I have driven in a car a couple of times with people who are in my social bubble. One example was a car shuttle up in Bear Valley — we were doing a hike, and it was less than five minutes, but we wore masks, we tried to social distance inside of the car and we kept the windows down.Onders: Generally, no. There’s probably a few exceptions and everyone has worn a mask.Hodges: Only co-workers, like if we have to go up to the airport where we do testing, and generally speaking, we wear a mask when we’re in the vehicle.Hennessy: No. The car, closed space is set up for breathing the same air as another person whose COVID status I don’t really know anything about.Pletnikoff: Never.Q: Would you go on a fishing charter or go dipnetting this summer? Zink: I probably won’t, because I will be at my computer all summer. My family is debating about dipnetting — if they do go, they are thinking about a place with less people. We’ve even been talking about what tides would have less people, like dipnetting at night versus day.McLaughlin: I’m not a real big charter fisherman, but I would go dipnetting this year, for sure. I’d definitely go to the Copper River and I’d consider going to the Kenai River as well — you just want to make sure you’ve got that six-foot distance.Onders: I think there are safe ways to do that. Those are primarily outdoor activities and you can do them with a closer bubble of people who may be taking the same precautions you are taking.Hodges: We gillnet fish here, and you can dipnet fish here, and, generally speaking, I only go with members of my own household.Hennessy: I just made a decision not to do both of those things. Most years, I do both. But dipnetting on the Kenai River is a crowded experience, and when the fish are running, people want to get their nets in the water. I don’t really want to be put in a situation where I have to challenge somebody about being out of my space, or take the time to go down there and find out that people are not social distancing and turn around and come home. I am not going to go on charters for the same reason.Pletnikoff: That’s not how my family gets fish and so I’ve never done either of those things. My dad brings fish to us regularly and then my husband and I have a little boat that we will setnet or troll.Q: When do you think you’ll take your next out-of-state vacation? Or leave the state to visit family?Zink: I don’t know. It could be a while. I could see potentially traveling out of state for a family emergency or something like that. Definitely not for vacation. With this pandemic, we’ve canceled all our trips and our plans and we’re just going to wait and see.McLaughlin: Boy, not any time soon. I can barely get away from my computer for more than a few hours each day right now, even on the weekends. I really don’t know.Onders: I think it’s too far in the future to even know. My partner and I talk about that quite frequently because we had traveled a lot prior to COVID. Right now, I wouldn’t travel to the Lower 48, and then the situation in Alaska is escalating too. And with my work, I really have to be stringent to make sure that I’m not putting anyone else at risk by increasing my number of contacts.Hodges: Possibly in August (to visit family). But I’m very hesitant to travel out of state — there’s just a lot of spread right now, especially where some of my family is. If I did, I certainly would quarantine when I arrived back in Bethel. The only reason I would leave the state would be to visit family.Hennessy: We’ve canceled a couple trips already. We have something set up for Christmastime, but I suspect that will get canceled, too, unless the situation changes dramatically — we get a vaccine, or the outbreak goes way down. Seems like air travel now is a bad bet.Pletnikoff: Probably in 2021.Q: How are you traveling within Alaska right now?Zink: Just by car, because we’re in our own space and bubble. I did fly for work. Prior to that, I got tested and then flew on a commercial airline to Nome and we flew around to numerous communities on a private plane. And then I quarantined from my family for 14 days after that.McLaughlin: I’m pretty much staying local right now.Onders: My partner is from Nome, so we did travel out to Nome for a couple weeks and went through the process of testing and quarantining at a beach camp out of town prior to any contact. Other than that, we’ve only been going on nearby trips on the road system.Hodges: I am not traveling out of the region. I’ve traveled a few times for work in the region, and we require our employees to be tested before travel to another village — I’ve been to a village on a medevac to pick up a patient. And then, the only boating I’m doing is just on our river, in close proximity, to go camping.Hennessy: We’ve taken a few trips within the state to go camping and feel comfortable doing that, driving our own vehicle. Campgrounds are generally widely spaced and outdoors and it’s easy to maintain distance from people, so that has felt comfortable. I haven’t done any flying in-state or taken any other transport.Pletnikoff: I haven’t flown at all since February, so I haven’t left Kodiak. I would be comfortable traveling on an airplane to Anchorage with a mask on and appropriate safety measures, but I haven’t. In Kodiak, we drive out the road and go on our personal boat and I’m comfortable with both of those things, but we have minimal interactions with other people.Q: Are you willing to go to an outdoor barbecue? If so, how many people (outside of your household) would you feel comfortable being with? Zink: It depends on who’s going to be there and what that looks like. I don’t think there’s a set number, but we have friends who also have a very similar risk tolerance for this disease and, as a result, are keeping their bubbles very small, and so we’ve talked about having an outdoor barbecue with them. I’d make sure that we’re not sharing any utensils or serving off the same platter.McLaughlin: Yes, but it’s best to keep it small and stick with your social bubble.Onders: Generally, I would feel comfortable with groups of 10 or smaller, but it depends on spacing. Because I think potentially in larger spaces you could have more people and I would feel comfortable if the flow of people was controlled in some manner. And, I’d wash my hands before eating.Hodges: I would feel most comfortable if it were the people in my core group of friends, and certainly if it were less than 10 people. I really am trying to avoid large groups of people. I think limiting the amount of shared dishes and making sure the utensils aren’t shared and trying to limit the amount of cross-contamination that might occur is really important. But, most importantly, I would not go to a barbecue that had people whose practices I didn’t know and trust.Hennessy: I would be comfortable going to a barbecue if it was entirely outdoors and the people hosting it were really clear that they were going to require masks and ask people to social distance and had hand-washing capabilities or sanitizing available to people. If that was clear up front and everybody agreed to that, then I might go and visit with people. I would feel comfortable with something less than 10.Pletnikoff: I’m not eating with anybody outside of my household right now. But, I do think it would be reasonable — with social distancing with non-shared food — for people to eat in an outdoor space together.Q: If you had young children, would you allow them to go to summer camp or daycare? Zink: That development is so important for kids that I think it really would depend on the children themselves. I’d look at a small, closed, cohorted group, where there aren’t kids interacting between multiple age groups, that primarily did a lot of their activities outside.McLaughlin: I don’t have children, but I’d recommend considering a few factors: What’s the incidence of COVID in your particular community? How well does your family maintain a social bubble — is it leaky or tight? And, how frequently is your child going to come into contact with family members or friends who are at increased risk for more serious outcomes if they get COVID?Onders: It would depend on the scenario, and it would require investigating the specifics with the camps. I think some of the outdoor camps, with an appropriate, structured environment, can be beneficial and healthy for kids and not present a significant, increased risk. Close-quarters and indoors, again, increases the concern. It’s a risk-benefit analysis: You have to also think about, who are your other family members, and do they have medical conditions that put them at an increased risk if they end up getting COVID?Hodges: I’m grateful I don’t have to make that decision because I think that decision is really difficult for families right now. I think I would try very hard not to.Hennessy: I would allow my kids to go to summer camp or daycare if I was comfortable that the camp was taking appropriate measures to prevent the kids from mixing closely. Are they asking them to wear masks? Are they having them social distance, and do they have a mechanism to make sure that that happens? Do they emphasize hand washing and sanitizing? Those would be prerequisites for me.Pletnikoff: My daughter is going to daycare. We kept her home for eight weeks — it was really hard for my husband and I to both be working full-time with a 2-year-old at home. That was at a time before we knew much about coronavirus and children. Now, she’s been back at daycare and we know that coronavirus is not very dangerous for children and that children, for some reason, don’t spread it as much as adults do. Our provider has a small cohort of children that she keeps together and she’s very safe and so we’re comfortable with her in that setting. But I would not be comfortable with her being in a changing, large group of children.Q: If you had young kids, would you send them back to school in the fall?Zink: That is the debate we are having in our family right now. My kids are older and they’ve done really well with online learning, so it feels like a different situation for us. School is super important for kids — it’s how they learn, it’s so much interaction. But I think we need to take COVID really seriously. Part of it is going to depend on what the superintendent’s plans look like, and then part of it depends on my kids and their response to it. At this point, our kids are probably not going to brick and mortar schools in the fall, based on what we’re seeing in the numbers, but we’ll have to keep watching that.McLaughlin: I would be planning on it. We’re going to try to do whatever we can to get kids back to school. It’s just so important on so many fronts to have kids be physically present.Onders: The end of July is going to be telling — how these weekends went and the caseloads — so I think it’s hard to say right now. If not Alaska on the road system, I sure hope rural Alaska is able to allow their children to go back to school because they’ve taken extra precautions to keep COVID out or quickly eradicate it. But I think here, in Anchorage, we have to wait and see how the next few weeks go.Hodges: We’re working with the schools to try to come up with a safe plan, so I think so, and I trust that the schools are going to do the very best they can to limit infection rates and exposure for people.Hennessy: A lot remains to be seen about what the school environment is going to be in the fall. Will schools be able to create social distancing, or will they be able to create small pods of kids who interact, maybe, a little more closely? If the school is just a free-for-all and they’re not taking precautions, I’d be really uncomfortable with that. I’d want to see what the plan is for protecting students and to avoid mingling.Pletnikoff: I would. I think school is very important for children.Q: Are you making routine trips to the doctor or dentist?Zink: We’re not. We’re trying to be really good about flossing and brushing a ton. There will be a time where I will say, “Okay, we have to go back in to the dentist.”McLaughlin: I haven’t yet, but I should probably get my teeth cleaned soon.Onders: I feel fortunate that my health is good and I don’t have a need for that. So, it’s not based on any choice — I just don’t have a need for that.Hodges: I have not gone to the dentist. I did have a routine visit with a provider for my own health. I wore a mask and my provider wore a mask and I went first thing in the morning before there were any other patients around.Hennessy: Not routine, no. If it was necessary, sure. My wife got an allergy shot, and they’re taking precautions at the physicians’ office, so I think that’s a relatively safe environment to go into.Pletnikoff: No. I work at the doctor’s office. I have done phone visits for my pregnancy. Mostly because on my days off, I don’t want to come in and it’s more about convenience.Q: Are you working in your office right now? If so, what precautions do you take? Zink: I haven’t been back to my office in a long time. I’ve been there maybe twice since the pandemic. I don’t have any plans to go back in.McLaughlin: I work about two to three days a week in the office, and just try to maintain minimal interactions, social distancing, wearing masks whenever I’m around others, frequent handwashing. We do a lot of videoconferences and a lot of phone call teleconferences.Onders: If I’m in the office by myself, I’ll close the office door. And if I interact with anyone or walk through any common areas, I wear a mask. I still use frequent hand washing and don’t touch my face, nose or mouth with my hands. The conference rooms are closed, and any area where there’s group seating, it’s either eliminated or spread out.Hodges: I work in my office — there’s not really a way for me to work very effectively from home. So, I share a large group office with three people and our desks are more than six feet apart. I don’t wear a mask when I’m sitting at my desk and, generally, people stay six feet away. When we have meetings, we all wear masks.Hennessy: I’m working from home. In the few times I needed to go in, one of the facilities I went into had temperature checks, had me attest that I didn’t have symptoms and I had to wear a mask. I thought those were good measures.Pletnikoff: I am. I mask 100% of the time when I’m in the building, except when I’m in my private office with the door shut and no one else is in there. I wash my hands before and after contact with any patients. And I wash my hands before and after I eat. And, all of our patients are asked to put masks on and wear them for the duration of their visit. We’re doing a lot more phone visits and telemedicine than we usually do, too.Share this story:last_img read more

August 18, 2021

Michael Peña

first_imgCelebrityMichael PeñaThe star of a new Cesar Chavez biopic on enjoying Silver Lake, appreciating South L.A., and rolling with the LAPDBy Nancy Miller – March 25, 20141705ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItI’ve shot in L.A. a lot. I’ve shot here so much, I used to think, “Wow, I really want to travel someday,” and now that I am traveling, I’m like,“Wow, I really want to stay home.” I don’t get a lot of paparazzi, but people have shown up on my doorstep. One time a girl was there, saying, “Michael, you really touched me,” and I’m like, “I didn’t touch you—at all! I have no idea what you’re talking about.” Then she’s crying and like, “You know that scene you had in Eastbound & Down…” I think she’s going to say it was in Crash or World Trade Center. Instead she’s moved by an oddball part in a dark comedy series? I went from freaked out to pissed to confused.When I moved here from Chicago in 1996, I first lived in the Oakwood apartments. I moved to Hollywood for a month—Highland and Santa Monica—but back then there were so many crackheads, it just wasn’t cool. Eventually I moved to Los Feliz, which is where I’ve stayed. I’ve been here long enough to see Silver Lake has changed. It started off with a comic book store, then slowly but surely these great places came in. When my wife was pregnant in 2008, for exercise we used to walk to Intelligentsia at Sunset Junction. I love Cafe Stella and the Black Cat. The place I don’t want a lot of people to know about is Pho Café on Sunset near Silver Lake Boulevard. I don’t think they even have a sign. They just take your name and you have to wait—they don’t care who you think you are.Queue ’Em UpCesar Chavez: An American Hero(Opens March 28)Peña’s titular role as the legendary activist is his heaviest yet—literally (he gained 30 pounds for the part).End of Watch(2012)As Mike Zavala, Peña captured the grit and grind as a rookie LAPD cop in David Ayer’s masterfully written and directed drama.Crash(2005)His breakout role in Paul Haggis’s L.A.-based ensemble piece helped the film nab a Best Picture Oscar.I came to Los Angeles to be an actor, so right off the bat I wasn’t exposed to a whole bunch of crime and I didn’t live in the ghetto. But I’ve been lucky enough to see the stuff that not everybody sees. The film End of Watch was shot in South L.A.—the real deal. Jake Gyllenhaal and I did five months of research with the LAPD, including 30 ride-alongs and tactical training. I saw people who’d been shot, stabbed, and beat up. That film really opened my eyes to the idea that 80 percent of any place is good and 20 percent is out to get you. When you go to South L.A., there are certain people who are shady, but the same goes in Beverly Hills. It may be a different kind of shady, but it’s the same percentage. I have no qualms going to East L.A. and eating at a place where somebody else might be freaked out. My girl and I—we’re foodies. Going to Bäco Mercat is cool, but so is going to Guisados on Cesar E. Chavez Avenue in Boyle Heights.I have two tattoos; one is of my son’s name, and I love it—it’s got the right aesthetic. I’m Mexican and we have a certain body type, and for some reason that kind of tattoo across your chest works. I did it in one sitting at the Shamrock Social Club in West Hollywood. While I was in there, people were like, “What’s up, Mike?” That’s one of the great things about Los Angeles. It’s not a fake city to me. It’s filled with people trying to do the right thing and work hard at making good food and—hopefully—good movies and TV. TAGSBaco MercatCafe StellaGuisadosIntelligentsia Coffee & TeaJake GyllenhaalLAPDMichael PeñaShamrock Social ClubPrevious articleEssential T: Shrimp Taco at Bizarra CapitalNext articleFour Utopian Societies That Didn’t Pan Out—Including One in Southern CaliforniaNancy Miller RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORTamales Elena y Antojitos Brings Afro-Mexican Cuisine to the L.A. AreaLocal Bartenders Are Dishing on All the Crazy Stuff They See Working Behind L.A.’s BarsWe Ranked All 15 Guisados Tacoslast_img read more

July 13, 2021

Cable leads Lib Dems towards higher taxes

first_img Share Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofBaked Sesame Salmon: Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof Vince Cable emerged victorious yesterday after the Lib Dems put greater emphasis on tax rises than they had previously, in their plan to reduce the UK’s annual deficit.The party announced that in 2015-16 and 2017-18 the proportion of cuts to tax rises will be split 60/40. This is what Cable has long called for, while Alexander wanted 80-20, as implemented by the coalition.Alexander, who replaced Cable as his party’s economic spokesman for the election, claimed that the plan “broadly maintains the balance of tax and spend across the entire fiscal consolidation”. A source close to Alexander said that the ratio since 2010 will be 80-20. A source close to Cable, when asked if he had won the policy battle replied “I think he certainly has”. Another well placed source said: “it’s certainly not the language Danny would have wanted.” whatsapp Cable leads Lib Dems towards higher taxes Thursday 5 February 2015 8:40 pmcenter_img Express KCS Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldUndoLivestlyThe Best Redhead Actresses, RankedLivestlyUndoDefinitionWhat ‘Harry Potter’ Characters Were Actually Supposed To Look LikeDefinitionUndoNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyUndoWiced.comRenee Zellweger Is Not Apologizing For Her New LookWiced.comUndoThe Sports DropNetflix Is Cutting The Cord On These Shows (And Renewing These)The Sports DropUndo Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Tags: NULLlast_img read more

July 4, 2021

News / Latest sanctions over Crimea crisis will block EU trade routes to and from Russia

first_imgBy Alex Lennane 04/08/2014 According to Russian media reports at the time, the move effectively gave his company, TPS Avia, control over cargo at Moscow’s airport.The move also put the company at the forefront of contenders to buy the government’s 83% share in the airport once it is privatised.But on July 30, the EU included Mr Rotenberg on a list of people who face restrictions in the EU.The commission explained: “[Mr Rotenberg] has been favoured by Russian decision-makers in the award of important contracts from the Russian state of state-owned enterprises.”It added that one of his companies was involved in a feasibility study to build a bridge from Russia to Crimea.While it is not yet clear how the new sanctions might affect cargo operations at Sheremetyevo, Mr Rotenberg is unable to travel to the EU and has had all his assets in the EU frozen. Moscow Sheremetyevo is also conducting due diligence on incorporating several joint-ventures held by TPS Avia into the airport company.“One concern that is likely to be considered in the due diligence process – and one that has already been raised by Russian press – is the potential fundraising problems faced by TPS co-owner Arkady Rotenberg, who is on a list of Russians under economic sanctions by the US in the wake of the Crimea crisis,” says the Moodie Report.Mr Rotenberg and his brother Boris were hit by US sanctions in March, when their bank, SMP Bank, was named on the sanction list. But the impact of EU sanctions could affect them more – especially in the bid to take over Sheremetyevo.The latest EU sanctions include a list of goods which cannot be exported from the EU to Russia or Crimea, and it is now prohibited to import or be indirectly involved in the transport or brokering of any goods originating in Crimea or Sevastopol into the EU, or for EU-registered vessels to perform prohibited activities.Fines for breaching sanctions can be significant: French bank BNP Paribas was last month fined $8.9bn for breaching US sanctions on Iran.Russia responded last week by announcing that it would help support a market for goods from Crimea to be sold in Russia. It said between 20 and 40 tons of air cargo would arrive in Russia daily from Crimea, principally perishables including fish and vegetables.Thy won’t, however, arrive via Dobrolet, which began operations just a few weeks ago from Moscow to Crimea, which has been forced to suspend all its operations.The Aeroflot subsidiary said in a statement: “Several European counterparties have notified Dobrolet of their refusal to fulfill their leasing, repair and maintenance services, and airplane insurance agreements were annulled, as well as the provision of aeronautical information. Due to the unprecedented pressure that has been applied to Dobrolet by its European counterparties, the carrier has no option but to suspend flights and ticket sales.”However, a spokesman for the carrier told The Loadstar that the impact on the Aeroflot group overall “would not be material”.Meanwhile media reports indicate that the Ukraine government has decided to replace Dmytro Kiva, president and general designer of Antonov, with Sergey Merenkov. News that Mr Kiva might be replaced leaked in April, but was denied by Antonov at the time.The Ukraine plane-maker said last month that it had lost about $100m in business since the Crimea crisis began.Calling for new business partners outside of Russia, Mr Kiva told journalists: “We practically don’t work with them [the Russians] any more. It’s very sad, but because of the politics it is simply not possible.“The current situation in Ukraine has been terrible for our business.” EU and US sanctions on some Russian people and entities are expected to impact the freight industry.The future of cargo facilities at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport is in doubt following the inclusion of the owner of the company controlling cargo operations on the EU sanctions list, while forwarders are being warned of  “serious” consequences for breaching sanctions concerning the movement of goods to and from Crimea.As Dobrolet, Aeroflot’s new low-cost subsidiary, was forced to suspend flights after its European suppliers said they could no longer work with it, questions over cargo operations were raised.Arkady Rotenberg, President Vladimir Putin’s judo partner, last year bought a controlling stake in a project to build a new air freight terminal at Sheremetyevo, as well as a 44% stake in the existing air freight terminal, and a 50% stake in Airport Moscva, a cargo and mail processing company.last_img read more

June 20, 2021

Serious style as the Laois lads take over the All-Star Awards

first_img Graham Brody and his crew at the All-Stars What a crew we have here!The PWC GAA All-Stars Banquet is currently underway at the Convention Centre in Dublin.And there is a considerable Laois presence at the event in support of Graham Brody who was nominated for the goalkeeper position on the football team. Community New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening TAGSAll-Star Facebook Facebook He may have lost out to Monaghan’s Rory Beggan for the All-Star award but he is certainly not losing out to anyone when it comes to the style stakes.Brody, along with fellow inter-county footballers Damien O’Connor and Evan Costello, were togged out for the occasion by Eamonn Bracken Menswear in Portarlington.Keith Bracken is there to represent the business on the night while the crew is completed by chairman Peter O’Neill, his son Gary and Arles-Kilcruise’s Ross Munnelly.The long serving forward is sporting a sling after he damaged his AC joint in a recent trial game – but he will be back for another year with Laois once it heals up.On the night itself, the football All-Star team were presented with their awards while the hurling team was also announced.Dublin’s Brian Fenton was named player of the year while Kerry’s David Clifford was named young footballer of the year.Meanwhile, our hurlers were not found wanting either as Ross King and Paddy Carroll looked very well as they collected their Joe McDonagh awards.Rathdowney-Errill’s King and Mountrath native Carroll, who plays for Westmeath, made the Joe McDonagh team for their outstanding performances.Enjoy the rest of the night lads!SEE ALSO – Laois Ladies football announce new managers and backroom teams Council WhatsApp Pinterest By Alan Hartnett – 2nd November 2018 Twittercenter_img WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleIn Pictures: All systems go as Portlaoise Musical Society set for epic Titanic productionNext articleFr Paddy: Generosity is contagious and beneficial Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Community RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Serious style as the Laois lads take over the All-Star Awards Pinterest Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Home Sport GAA Serious style as the Laois lads take over the All-Star Awards SportGAA Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic yearlast_img read more

June 20, 2021

People First Credit Union CEO heads to Sierra Leone

first_img Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By LaoisToday Reporter – 21st May 2019 Facebook Previous articlePROFILED: The full list of candidates running for Local Election in PortlaoiseNext articleGet ready to party like it’s the 80s and Ibiza this Bank Holiday weekend LaoisToday Reporter Pinterest WhatsApp People First Credit Union CEO heads to Sierra Leone Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Twitter People First Credit Union would like to wish their CEO, Seán Dunne the best of luck as he embarks on a five day visit to Sierra Leone with the ILCU Foundation.Seán, along with another four CEOS, will be visiting Credit Unions across the Sierra Leone region to provide training and mentoring to their staff.Seán and his colleagues will share their credit union knowledge and skills to help their peers in Sierra Leone – embodying the credit union principle of Cooperation among Cooperatives.This visit is a fantastic opportunity to see at first-hand the credit union movement in Sierra Leone.About Sierra LeoneSierra Leone is one of the poorest countries in the world. The country is a similar size to the island of Ireland and has a population of 7 million people.However only 13% of the population have access to formal financial services. Prior to the decade long civil war it had a thriving cooperative movement.At present there are 28 credit unions supported by the ILCU Foundation. A local team of 7 staff are based in Freetown and they provide training and support to the credit unions across the country.At present there are over 7,000 members in the movement and the ILCU Foundation hope to double the membership numbers as part of their three-year co-funded project with Irish Aid.The ILCU Foundation’s work, thanks to the contributions from credit unions, is to help support the growth and development of sustainable credit unions to provide savings and loans to meet their members’ needs.People First would like to wish all the team travelling to Sierra Leone the best of luck.SEE ALSO – PROFILED: The full list of candidates running for Local Election in Portlaoise Pinterest Facebook Home Sponsored People First Credit Union CEO heads to Sierra Leone Sponsored TAGSPeople First Credit Union WhatsApp GAA GAA GAA Twitter 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

June 17, 2021

MTW pursuing development of domestic air transportation

first_imgRelatedMTW pursuing development of domestic air transportation RelatedMTW pursuing development of domestic air transportation RelatedMTW pursuing development of domestic air transportation MTW pursuing development of domestic air transportation TransportJanuary 23, 2010center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Transport and Works, Hon Michael Henry, says his Ministry will re-engage the development of the domestic air transport sector, as a critical part of the multi-modal transport policy it is seeking to implement.Mr. Henry pointed to the Boscobel Aerodrome in St. Mary, as a case in point which, he says, will soon be the third international port of call within the Jamaican aviation network.“It will be the third international port of entry into Jamaica, (and) it will be equipped with all the Immigration and Customs (facilities) that is necessary,” he stated.He added that the overall focus would be to create a network of airports, with a view to expanding communications.He was addressing a joint function to mark the opening of MBJ Airports Limited’s new domestic terminal at the Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay St. James, and the launch of Jamaica Air Shuttle, a new domestic inter-island air service.Mr. Henry stated that the airport development programme is just part of the multi-modal transportation policy of his Ministry, which involves the development and connectivity of road, sea, rail and air transportation sectors.He said that this will include the development of Vernamfield as an air cargo hub in southern Clarendon, plus the establishment of logistics centres.“All this is being complemented by an international approach, to ensure that Jamaica moves from merely air service agreements and more into an open skies policy approach,” he said.He said that he will be taking an open skies policy document to Cabinet, as soon as possible.Mr. Henry also announced the formation of Jamaica Far East Cargo Limited, owned by investors from the Far East, which will be pursuing flights to Jamaica shortly. He pointed out that the company needs no Government support or guarantees, and is fully registered.The company will fit perfectly into the multi-modal transportation plans his Ministry is pursuing, with respect to the transportation of cargo to, within and from Jamaica, Mr. Henry said. Advertisementslast_img read more