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July 13, 2021

Uber banned in New Delhi after driver rape allegations

first_img Lynsey Barber Tags: Uber Uber banned in New Delhi after driver rape allegations Monday 8 December 2014 5:19 am Show Comments ▼ center_img Uber has been banned in the Indian capital of New Delhi after one of its drivers was arrested on suspicion of raping a passenger.“[The] Transport Department has banned all activities relating to providing any transport service by the with immediate effect,” the city’s government said in a statement. Indian police arrested the Uber driver after a female passenger reported she had been sexually assaulted and beaten on Friday evening. The police said they would also take legal action against Uber for failing to run background checks on the driver.Delhi police deputy commissioner Madhur Verma said the police would take legal action against Uber for violations including a failure to check whether the driver, named as Shiv Kumar Yadav, had a clean police record and the lack of a satellite location device in his car.Verma said Yadav had previously been detained on suspicion of raping a passenger in 2011.The ban comes shortly after a statement from Uber boss Travis Kalanick in which he pointed the finger at the city’s own licensing practices.  “We will work with the government to establish clear background checks currently absent in their commercial transportation licensing programs,” Kalanick wrote in a blog post. “We will also partner closely with the groups who are leading the way on women’s safety here in New Delhi and around the country and invest in technology advances to help make New Delhi a safer city for women.”The taxi service also published details of some of the licensing processes it complied with in the country.“Safety is our #1 priority and in India, Uber exclusively partners with registered for-hire drivers who have undergone the commercial licensing process, hold government issued IDs, state-issued permits, and carry full commercial insurance. Uber also has a GPS trace and record of all trips that occur on the platform – information that has been shared with the authorities. We will continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement officials in their investigation to bring this crime to justice,” wrote Uber’s head marketing and partnerships in India, Saad Ahmed, in a blog post. whatsapp Share whatsapplast_img read more

July 13, 2021

BG Group share price rockets while Shell tumbles after takeover deal

first_imgWednesday 8 April 2015 3:31 am whatsapp Lynsey Barber whatsapp Share Show Comments ▼center_img Shares in BG Group have rocketed in early trading after a takeover deal by Royal Dutch Shell was confirmed.BG shares shot up more than 40 per cent to 1298.50 pence per share on yesterday’s close of 910.40 pence per share – their highest since September. Shares in BG, along with other oil producers, have been hit by falling oil prices over the last year. BG Group shares alone have fallen 30 per cent in the last year.Meanwhile, shares in Shell dipped more than five per cent to 2084.50 pence per share on yesterday’s close of 2208.50 pence per share.Other energy firms benefited in the deal bonanza as shares in rival energy firm BP were seen three per cent higher, while Tullow Oil was up more than 10 per cent. BG Group share price rockets while Shell tumbles after takeover deal Tags: BG Group Company Mergers and acquisitions Royal Dutch Shell Plc ‘A’ Royal Dutch Shell Plc ‘B’last_img read more

June 21, 2021

Health Matters: Navigating You through Breast Cancer

first_imgRELATEDTOPICS Health Matters: Managing the Stress of COVID-19 June 7, 2021 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 AdvertisementView More Health Matters video segments at Lee Health in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of health care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For more than 100 years, we’ve been providing our community with personalized preventative health services and primary care to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Lee Health – Caring People. Inspiring Care. Visit Health Matters: A Partnership in Medical Care June 13, 2021 Health Matters: Helping Children with Chest Wall Malformation June 13, 2021 Health Matters: Scoliosis Treatment for Children June 13, 2021center_img AdvertisementTags: breast cancerHealth MattersLee Healthnurse navigatorsregional cancer center Advertisement Advertisement 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 It’s a diagnosis that comes with many questions. From surgery to recovery to cost, nurse navigators can help patients better understand what to expect on their breast cancer journey. “We want them to know what to expect the day of surgery. We want them to know the different things to call the doctor for after surgery, any problems, anything like that, we actually go over the surgery itself so they know exactly what is going to happen during the surgery,” said Sheryl Atwood, a nurse navigator with Lee Health. Sheryl teaches a preop breast cancer class at the Regional Cancer Center. “We talk about the surgery itself and we also go over prevention of lymphedema when someone has lymph nodes removed there’s a risk of lymphedema developing. We do have lymphedema therapists here at Lee Health, and there are different treatments that they can do for it,” she said.The class also teaches patients exercises that can help them recover after surgery. “I think it is important for them to go through the class because it can help to reduce their anxiety. Once the class is over, they usually express to me that it was a huge help and they feel a lot better and relieved,” said Atwood. Giving patients the information and resources they need to help them navigate through their breast cancer journey. last_img read more

June 20, 2021

LIVE BLOG: Follow all of Friday evening’s Laois GAA action as senior status and intermediate final place on the line

first_img LIVE BLOG: Follow all of Friday evening’s Laois GAA action as senior status and intermediate final place on the line GAA Facebook Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory WhatsApp Pinterest By Steven Miller – 13th September 2019 Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Facebook Previous articleMeet the Laois man who’s been at more All Irelands than most of us can rememberNext articleIntermediate specialists Clonaslee see off Mountmellick to book final place Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Pinterestcenter_img GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Home Gaelic Football Club Football LIVE BLOG: Follow all of Friday evening’s Laois GAA action as senior… Gaelic FootballClub FootballSportGAA GAA Brought to you in association with Telfords It’s the start of a very busy weekend of Laois GAA club action as football goes centre stage once again.Because of Electric Picnic and the hurling weekend, it has been three weeks since we’ve had any major football championship games – and for some teams it’s five weeks since they’ve been in action.This weekend is a huge one. Four senior quarter-finals, the senior relegation game, two intermediate semi-finals and two junior semi-finals are all down for decision. Nine games in total – and LaoisToday are here to keep you right up to date.It is a slightly unusual weekend with no games down for decision on Saturday because of the All Ireland football final replay between Kerry and Dublin in Croke Park.It means we have two games on Friday, five on Sunday and two on Monday.This evening the first of the intermediate semi-finals takes place in O’Moore Park as Mountmellick and Clonaslee do battle for a final place. As the last two teams relegated from senior, expect this one to be a tense, closely-fought affair. That game gets underway at 8pm.At the same time out the road in Stradbally, The Heath and Crettyard will be battling for their senior survival.They meet at 8pm in the senior relegation game with the losers dropping to intermediate for 2020.The Heath have lost to Portarlington, St Joseph’s and Stradbally to arrive here while Crettyard have been beaten by Arles-Killeen, Ballyfin and Arles-Kilcruise.Expect that one, too, to be a right good battle.You can follow all of the action in our Live Blog below. Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more

June 20, 2021

Laois charity shop announces closure following passing of ‘dear colleague and manager’

first_img By Alan Hartnett – 19th May 2021 Twitter Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Home News Community Laois charity shop announces closure following passing of ‘dear colleague and manager’ NewsCommunity Twitter Laois charity shop announces closure following passing of ‘dear colleague and manager’ Council Pinterest Electric Picnic Facebook TAGSSheila WhelanThe Cuisle Centre Attached to the Cuisle Centre, it first opened its doors five years ago.However, like all retail outlets, the shop closed before Christmas due to the Covid-19 pandemic and Mrs Whelan sadly passed before it could reopen.In her memory, volunteers have come together and a closing down sale is ongoing until the end of next week.The shop is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm and Saturdays 10am to 2pm.Speaking on behalf of those involved, Carmel Gargan paid tribute to Sheila and thanked everyone who supported them over the years.She said: “We would like to thank all of our customers and donors who have supported us over the five years of our existence.“We also pay tribute to Sheila who started this project.“Her energy and enthusiasm in supporting the work of the Cuisle Centre in Portlaoise was amazing.”SEE ALSO – Talking Sport Podcast: Chris Conway and Damien Carter join us to review the weekend actioncenter_img Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date WhatsApp Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic Previous articleCo-captain McEvoy heralds younger players as camogie campaign set for the offNext articleLaois-Offaly Gardaí issue warning over cannabis sweets and jellies 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. WhatsApp Pinterest A Laois charity shop has announced it will close on Saturday May 29 following the passing of its manager.Sheila Whelan from Doirefeá, Ballydavis, Portlaoise, and formerly of Monasterevin in Kildare, passed away in February of this year.Mrs Whelan was a founding member of the Cuisle Fayre Charity Shop which is located on Church Avenue in Portlaoise. Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 monthslast_img read more

June 19, 2021

Rigoulot Says, “It is Difficult to Say We Don’t Mind”

first_img Analysis & Opinion Rigoulot Says, “It is Difficult to Say We Don’t Mind” [imText1]With the heated debates and discussions on building strategies for North Korean human rights, the second day of the international conference for the North Korean human rights, “Seoul Summit: Promoting Human Rights in North Korea” held in Northern Seoul was very stimulated with the foreign activists. With the most active North Korean human rights activists from all over the world gathered in one place, it was not difficult to recognize one of the few Europeans who had been involved in the North Korean human rights issues. Pierre Rigoulot is a reknowned French historian who had long been interested in human rights issues. The world learned about his interest in the North Korean human rights issues when his name appeared as the second author on Kang Chul Hwan’s famous book, “The Aquariums of Pyongyang.”The DailyNK was fortunate to meet Pierre Rigoulot, who clearly articulated about how the media could be used as the tool for effectively tackling the problem of North Korean human rights.Following is the interview with Mr. Pierre Rigoulot in full text.Q: Please tell us about your feelings about today’s conference.Concerning the conference, I was invited to the conference by the Citizen’s Alliance. The atmosphere was slightly different maybe because they avoided criticizing the South Korean government. During the conference, the South Korean government and the US government were criticized, and Scholte even criticized Bush. Different political wings represented concerned in human rights in North Korea. Regardless of right or left, you can be in favor of human rights. In France it is the same, we don’t mind political connections, we address human rights and 99% of the people are in support of human rights in North Korea although they may be indifferent. A French communist daily called, “Humanity,” was against North Korean Kim Jong Il. Q: What do you think must be used to solve the human rights problem in North Korea? Pressure or negotiations?The word “pressure” came often in the conference, but I do not oppose to both means. We have to pressure, in this point of view, we have to pressure from the militarily, for instance, we have to control satellites, navies, and survey what they are selling and buying such as whether they are smuggle missiles. In this aspect, use pressure in ways of military and ideology. Financial transactions, for instance, they are controlled of the counterfeiting money, that is another type of pressure. Yet at the same time we must not refuse to discuss with them. I hope that the six-party talks continue. It is important that North Korean diplomats meet diplomats from other countries. I think it is important to some Korean government officials to meet their North Korean counterparts and that they hold discussions about Gaesung Industrial Complex. In French, we say, “We must hold both ends of the chain.” You have to take in both possibilities, you have to pressure and also discuss. North Korea must not be isolated. Discussions must be held in the six-party talks in a military way between Seoul and Pyongyang. I don’t oppose the open door policy, or sunshine policy or other policies to avoid confrontations with western powers. If you don’t pressure, the discussions will be naïve, and North Koreans can take advantage, and without sanctions, they will continue taking advantages, and with sanctions, still, the negotiations can and must go on.Q: Tell us about the French North Korean Human Rights Committee, current activities and goals. About the NK gulag and Soviet NK, how is the NK gulag different?First of all, the gulag is gulag everywhere. There are some general characteristics found in the totalitarian state. The main issue of the gulag is to eliminate them, not exterminate them. Extermination is another thing. But it is to eliminate – put them apart from the society. They are prisoners, they are obliged to work in horrible conditions, they can die, but it does not matter as long as they are apart from the society. But in Asian concentration camps, Chinese or North Korean, there was something I didn’t find in others. There is a greater intention of “education” (brainwash), propaganda, to oblige people to change to change their mind, and ultimately to create a new man. Kang Chul Hwan, of Yoduk camp, he had to learn the biography of Kim Jong Il, forced to do self criticism and taught of the state ideology. That was practiced in the Soviet Union too, but not so much as in China, North Korea or Vietnam. Special characteristics of the North Korean gulags are their national characteristics. For instance, you have huge camps such as Yodok. With several tens of thousands of people, in fact, the number of gulags is not that high, only 7 or 8 camps. The camps can be big but not that many. In the North Korean gulag, I found that families were maintained, like Kang Chul Hwan, in a barrack, he lived with his grandmother, his sister, father, and uncle. In other camps, members of the family were separated. For Kang, his family could stay together. But it is not because North Korea is fully respectful of families. His mother was not there, his mother was forced to divorce his father. The difference is not that the government wanted to protect family, but in one way, all the members of the families were together. I have never seen that elsewhere. There is also something funny. American author, Bruce Cummings, wrote a review of the “Aquariums of Pyongyang,” and he said Rigoulot and Kang said North Korea is a totalitarian regime but he disagrees because the whole family was together even inside the gulags. So this regime is not so bad. (laugh)Q: What were your reasons for engaging in the North Korean human rights problem? .There are objective and subjective reasons. I am a researcher at a center for studies of the communist world. In my institute, I research about studies of communist, socialist, and trade-unionism. European communism is not so strong, there are no more communist states, but in current affairs, they are no longer concerned about comm. Ideology. So we look at countries where communist still lies such as Vietnam, Laos, North Korea, Cuba, and the last comm. I am working on a book about Cuba, my next interest will be on Cuba. But North Korea is something special. First of all, it looks like the Stalinist communist. You can make some comparison with Soviet Union. For instance, completely mad characteristics it has are similar to that of Stalin’s. One interesting thing for me is in North Korea is the state and the unique party, and the economy centralized by the party, controlled and panned. Ideology in North Korea has been changing since the 70s from the Marxist or Leninist roots. They abandoned it. More nationalist ideology has been replacing the room of Marx or Lenin. During the 70s, I heard that books on Marxism or Leninism were burnt; there are other interesting things also. There are some reference to a magic power by Kim Jong Il or Kim Il Sung, even describing them as geniuses. In the case of North Korea, it seems to me, it is more exaggerated, more different from classical Leninism. I heard that one day Kim Jong Il went on an inspection on the border, and thick fog came down as if to hide him from the enemies of South Korea and American soldiers, and he made an inspection of the army unit. After the inspection, when they wanted to take a picture with him, the fog disappeared, so they can take the picture. It is like saying the nature agrees with the importance of Kim Jong Il and his leadership. This is funny. There is a mix of archaism, and current ideology. Some things are derived from nationalism. Simple citizens like me can have compassion. With refugees, starving people, and concentration camps, it is difficult to say we don’t mind. It is difficult to say I don’t want to do anything about it. It is a very special state. In North Korea, so many horrible things are occurring and you want to do something about them. That is why I got interested. I could not help to be interested in North Korea. There are also subjective reasons. I met a South Korean woman. She told me about the division between South Korea and North Korea, and I wanted to know more about the country. When you know somebody who has a personal relationship with you, but tells you different from the book, you can no longer be an outsider to the matter. She sent me newspapers from South Korea such as The Korea Herald, helped me from Seoul and introduced me to the South Korea and North Korea problem. When you have someone with a relationship – friendship, a friend who tells you about menace of war in the Korean peninsula, poverty in North Korea, economical success of South Korea, you are no longer unfamiliar to the problem, it very much becomes your problem as well. Analysis & Opinion SHARE Facebook Twitter Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? center_img By Daily NK – 2005.12.11 12:30pm Analysis & Opinion AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? 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June 15, 2021

Ram recalls over 38,000 pickups due to airbag issues

first_img See More Videos FCA is recalling 38,890 Ram 1500 pickup trucks from the 2019 and 2020 model years due to an internal error in the Occupant Restraint Controller (ORC) that can cause the airbags to turn off. This poses as a safety risk because the airbags may not deploy in a crash, which can cause serious injury, bodily harm, or perhaps even death.To fix the issue, Ram will notify affected vehicle’s owners and instruct them to take their pickups to a dealer, where the Occupant Restraint Controller will be inspected. If found to be faulty, the part will be replaced. If no fault is detected, then it will simply be updated.In Canada, 38,890 RAM 1500 pickup trucks are affected, but it’s estimated that just under 296,000 units are affected in the U.S. alone, along with 1,817 in Mexico and 6,154 outside the NAFTA region. Ram 1500 Classic pickups are not affected. Trending in Canada advertisement PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever ‹ Previous Next ›center_img COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS RELATED TAGS1500RamNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesNon-Luxury Trending Videos The recall is expected to start on June 20. Customers can either check online, or contact FCA at 1-800-465-2001 and reference recall no. V61 or V71, to see if their trucks are affected. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn  Brian Harper / Driving last_img read more

June 13, 2021

Afternoon Brief, July 5

first_imgFacebook Twitter Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief Home Afternoon Brief Afternoon Brief, July 5Afternoon BriefAfternoon Brief, July 5By Editor – July 5, 2017 41 0 Email Pinterest Trending Story:Full Speed Ahead for Jackson Family WinesAs one of the wine industry’s most famous (and wealthy) celebrities, you might expect any interview with Barbara Banke to be a well rehearsed and stilted affair …Today’s News:French Michelin Buys 40 Percent Stake in Robert Parker Wine AdvocateMichelin, the tire giant and owner of the Michelin gourmet restaurant guide, has bought a 40 percent stake in the Robert Parker Wine Advocate – the fine wine guide of influential critic Robert Parker …California Association of Winegrape Growers Statement on Pierce’s Disease Control Program FundingGov. Jerry Brown on June 27 signed the 2017-18 state budget, which included a much-needed $5 million one-year budget augmentation for the Pierce’s Disease Control Program …Wine Grape Market May Shift in Lodi’s FavorVintners and growers heard a lot of good news Thursday during an industry symposium in Lodi, where speakers said the region’s wines are enjoying a better reputation for quality …How to Handle Warming Pacific Northwestern VineyardsHearings for New York Grape Research OrderCelebrate the Coming of Harvest in the Paso Robles Wine CountryMagpies Recruited to Safeguard Vineyards in Australia from Grape-Eating BirdsGuiding Right: Oregon’s Vineyard Tour Companies a Driving ForceTexas Liquor Agency Rebuked After Investigation of Spec’sAustralia Is Country of Honour at Vinexpo Hong KongChardonnay Joins the Bordeaux ClubSpanish Vineyards in Danger from DroughtAustralia’s Wine Screwcap RevolutionPutting Lower Alcohol Wine on the MapBlogs:You May Not Get Many Complaints, but That Doesn’t Mean Your Customers Are HappyTaking a Good Look at Wine LabelsThe Independent Sales ForceExploring MineralityIs Anyone Still Pretending Cannabis Legalization Is Good for Wine?WineIndustry.Jobs:Wine TrackerPacific Rim – West Richland, WA, United StatesMidwest Brand ManagerLuneau USA Wine Imports – Ohio, United StatesSkilled Cellar WorkerConeTech, Inc. – Santa Rosa, CA, United StatesMore Wine Industry Jobs…Feature Your Job Listing in the Afternoon BriefPeople:Vidon Vineyard Doubles Down on PhD WinemakersThe Stomping Ground Announces First Consulting WinemakerPedro Parra: Terroir WhispererPrince William and Kate Middleton Meet Jackson Family Wines Chairman Barbara Banke and Family at the Royal AscotHow This Australian Is Changing the French, and World, Wine SceneSupplier News:Liberation Distribution (LibDib) Celebrates First 100 DaysWonderful Nurseries Lives Up to Its “Growers First” ReputationAre You Ready for a Winery Audit?Protect Your Wine from Earthquakes: TOPCAP Seismic Wine Barrel Rack HolderMore Supplier News …Vineyard & Winery:BV Coastal Joins with Oceana to Save Something BeautifulMcWatters Collection Chardonnay Wins at Prestigious Chardonnay du MondeFiresteed Sells to Vintage Wine EstatesVilla Maria Not Threatening Sainsbury’s with Legal Action Over LabelMichael David Winery in Lodi Wins Award for Its Aid to Tourism Advertisementcenter_img Share Linkedin Previous articleThe Independent Sales ForceNext articleFerrari Trento Welcomes the National Basketball Players Association to Milan Editor ReddIt TAGSAustraliaBarbara BankeFiresteed CellarsHong KongInnoVintJackson Family WinesKate MiddletonLodiMichael David WineryMichelinNew YorkOregonPaso RoblesPedro ParraPrince WilliamRobert Parker Wine AdvocateSainsbury’sSpainSpec’sTexasThe Stomping GroundTOPCAPVidon VineyardVilla MariaVinexpo Subscribe to the Afternoon BriefAdvertisement last_img read more

June 12, 2021

Mayors and Councillors to Function as JPs

first_imgMayors and Councillors to Function as JPs Local GovernmentOctober 22, 2010 Advertisements RelatedMayors and Councillors to Function as JPs RelatedMayors and Councillors to Function as JPscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Government is moving to increase the public’s access to the services of Justices of the Peace (JP) with legislation that allows councillors and mayors to function as JPs.The Cabinet, at its meeting on October 4, approved amendments to the Attestation of Instruments Facilities Act to give mayors and councillors the authority to provide verification of documents.Making the announcement at on (October 20) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz explained that, “the amendments provide parish councillors with the same rights in this matter as the members of the House of Representatives”.Meanwhile, Cabinet also approved further amendments to section 70 of the Constitution to impose restrictions on the tenure of persons appointed to the Office of Prime Ministers.“The limited term of office will be nine years, whether or not they are consecutive.the amendment would not require a sitting prime minister to vacate office owing to him or her having exceeding the nine-year limit,” Mr. Vaz explained.Cabinet also sanctioned the implementation strategy for the establishment of an Environmental Regulatory Authority (ERA) to be tabled in Parliament as a Green Paper, and referred to the appropriate committee for consideration.“Cabinet further approved simultaneous review of the organisational arrangements of the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) in order to facilitate a smooth and effective separation of functions,” the Information Minister told journalists.Mr. Vaz explained that the ERA would provide the basis for effective and independent environmental policing, compliance monitoring, and enforcement. “It will have a direct impact on the protection Jamaica’s natural environment and biodiversity, public health and wellness in relation to environmental; pollution and sustainable development,” he stated.He said that consultations will be held with the relevant stakeholders and non-governmental organisations. RelatedMayors and Councillors to Function as JPslast_img read more

June 12, 2021

Enabling Environment Necessary for Competition to Thrive

first_imgEnabling Environment Necessary for Competition to Thrive CommerceSeptember 24, 2015Written by: Glenis A. Rose Story HighlightsMinister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, says the creation of an enabling business environment is essential for competition to thrive.Mrs. Ffolkes-Abrahams was speaking at the National Competition Day forum, held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, in Rose Hall, St. James, on September 23.The State Minister expressed the hope that the seminar will provide opportunities for dialogue between the telecommunications sector and consumers. Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon.Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams addresses participants at the National Competition Day forum, held on September 23, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St. James. Several representatives from 20 countries also participated in the event. RelatedConsumers Urged To Check Before Importing Motor Vehicles RelatedFood Exporters Urged to Become Compliant with Global Labelling Standards RelatedNine Jamaicans Participating in Leadership Programme in Canadacenter_img Enabling Environment Necessary for Competition to ThriveJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, says the creation of an enabling business environment is essential for competition to thrive.“Competition is the hallmark of a robust business environment.  It drives innovation, forces increased efficiency in the use of resources and often results in a reduction of costs to consumers,” the State Minister said.Mrs. Ffolkes-Abrahams was speaking at the National Competition Day forum, held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, in Rose Hall, St. James, on September 23.The Fair Trading Commission sponsored forum, entitled: ‘Transforming Jamaica digitally: from Flintstones to Jetsons’, also included representatives from more than 20 countries who converged on the Montego Bay Convention Centre for the 13th Latin American Competition Forum, hosted by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).The State Minister expressed the hope that the seminar will provide opportunities for dialogue between the telecommunications sector and consumers.“From a more academic perspective, we also hope that the seminar will facilitate practical discussions in order for us to learn from the best practices of countries that have previously undergone this stage of development,” Mrs. Ffolkes- Abrahams said.For his part, Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, said that one of the most significant milestones in the development of the country was when government took a decision to proactively negotiate with the then Cable and Wireless to end their monopoly on telecommunication services.“The most profound impact of that liberalization for consumers was seen in the introduction of new players in the mobile industry – Digicel and Oceanic.  This created a new industry as not only did we have persons having access to a wider variety of choices, but prices came down and the market actually grew,” he noted.“That has enabled us as a country to become more competitive in a critical industry and as such, allows us to attract more foreign-direct investments in this area,” Mr. Robinson informed. Advertisementslast_img read more