Route to Fresh Talks Looking Rocky

first_img Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center Analysis & Opinion AvatarCho Jong Ik Route to Fresh Talks Looking Rocky RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Analysis & Opinion Facebook Twitter By Cho Jong Ik – 2013.06.12 8:45pm center_img Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” SHARE There will be no quick way back to the negotiating table after North Korea unilaterally ended hopes of talks taking place this week, experts have been telling Daily NK. Indeed, in the absence of any momentum behind talks, it won’t be easy to avoid sliding back toward the deep freeze.Stating on the afternoon of the 11th that it was postponing today’s planned dialogue in Seoul, North Korea declared that South Korea was “distorting” the talks agreement reached at Sunday’s working-level preliminary contact, and “making a mockery” of the inter-Korean talks process itself. Calling it a “provocation,” the North sought to place all the blame for the talks failure on South Korea.As such, it is unclear whether Pyongyang intends to discuss the possibility of talks in the near future. The North has certainly indicated that it plans to be “angry” at the collapse of the talks for the time being, once again cutting the recently reconnected inter-Korean communications channel at Panmunjom.The South Korean government is also unwilling to engage in additional discussion at the present time. The Blue House expressed indignation at the spurious justification employed by North Korea in cancelling today’s talks, asserting with no small degree of frustration that North Korea must change its attitude if dialogue is to have any hope of success, and saying that if this does not occur, it will not consider the idea of further dialogue.However, quite apart from its spuriousness as a rationale for cancelling the talks, it is clear that the “delegation level” hurdle will have to be cleared if dialogue between Seoul and Pyongyang is to be resurrected. North Korea is going to have to accept that South Korea may dispatch a vice-minister if Pyongyang wishes to send someone such as Kang Ji Young of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland.In the end, if North Korea were to start the ball rolling again with lower-level working contacts, then the dialogue process could be reinvigorated. However, experts say that this is unlikely for the time being.One anonymous official from President Park Geun Hye’s office told Daily NK today, “There is no way this is going to happen the way North Korea demanded,” adding, “And we will not simply meet again as if nothing ever happened. In addition, because this has run contrary to the principles President Park has been emphasizing, we will have to wait and see what happens next.”Analyzing the state of affairs, Professor Kim Young Soo of Sogang University added, “Given that the North talked about a ‘mockery’ and ‘distortion,’ restarting the talks is sure to be tough for the time being.”“An environment for talks has to be created; however, it isn’t easy to prepare the ground for that,” Professor Kim added. “There is probably no chance of the two sides reaching a consensus on the ‘level’ of the talks.”last_img read more

13 die in attempt to salvage Kim portraits amid flooding

first_img News US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again By Daily NK – 2016.10.07 9:44am RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsEconomy News SHARE North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) center_img AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] During the severe flooding in North Hamgyong Province inlate August, Daily NK has learned that a group of teachers and students in aschool near Hoeryong died in the rapid currents while trying to save idolizedmaterial and portraits of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.“At Songhak High Schoollocated near Hoeryong, 7 teachers – including the vice-principal, and 6students lost their lives while attempting to recover portraits and oilpaintings out of the flood waters,” a source in North Hamgyong Province reported to Daily NK on October 5.“The vice-principal, fearing punishment for notproperly protecting the idolization material, declared an emergency during theflood, and the teachers and students mobilized for the recovery task ended uplosing their lives.”In North Korea, citizens who prioritize saving portraits ofthe Kim family are praised as heroes, while those who focus on the rescue ofpeople or household goods are subject to ideological criticism. The statemandates a dogged adherence to the notion of “serving the leader first witheagerness” which essentiallyorders people to place the safety of portraits of the North Korean leadersbefore their own family.Any failure to save portraits is recorded on an individual’sofficial records, and stays with them for life. There are also politicalpenalties such as being expelled from the Party. In this way, the regimeenforces loyalty by directly threatening people’s livelihoods and socialstanding. “If it weren’t for the vice-principal’s forced displayof loyalty, they could have avoided tragedy. It was the demand for loyalty thatthe Party so emphasizes that drove them to their deaths,” the sourceadded.“The authorities are not even conducting proper loyaltyevaluations for the group that died,” the source continued, adding that“residents are commenting that they died in vain, and concluding thattheir own lives must now come first.”Although the bodies of the teachers and students have notyet been found, the authorities remain focused on restoring idolization figuresand houses, stating that those who died while trying to save the portraits werenot the only victims of the flood.According to separate source in North Hamgyong Province, the family members of the victimscannot approach the government directly about the matter, as it is directlyunder the authority of the General (Kim Jong Un).They are instead redirecting their anger toward the latevice-principal saying, “He shouldn’t have brought children into thedangerous rapids,” and “How could the poor children rest in peaceafter dying in such miserable conditions?” Facebook Twitter 13 die in attempt to salvage Kim portraits amid flooding News Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaderslast_img read more

Ex Red Deer advisor admits KYC, suitability failings

first_img Keywords EnforcementCompanies Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada Jones also admitted that he failed to use due diligence to ensure that his recommendations were suitable for the three clients when he recommended highly concentrated positions in individual sectors and securities (including commodity-based leveraged exchange-traded funds) with virtually no low-risk holdings. The panel noted that the clients sustained total losses in their accounts of 25% and 53% of the average equity value. In addition to the $75,000 fine, Jones agreed to a one-year suspension from registration, and to pay $5,000 in costs. IIROC formally initiated the investigation into Jones’s conduct in October 2012. He is no longer a registrant with an IIROC-regulated firm. The panel noted that Jones had no previous discipline history and cooperated throughout IIROC’s investigation. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter IE Staff Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator Share this article and your comments with peers on social mediacenter_img The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada has fined a former Red Deer, Alta. advisor $75,000 for Know Your Client (KYC) and suitability violations concerning three clients. Kelly Jones admitted to an IIROC hearing panel that between January 2008 and May 2012, while employed as a registered representative with the Red Deer branch of Richardson GMP Ltd., he failed to use due diligence to know the essential facts relative to three clients. The clients were retired or semi-retired, reliant on their investments for income, and were inexperienced investors, the panel noted. BFI investors plead for firm’s sale Related news PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance caselast_img read more

Investing to keep our community safe from COVID-19

first_imgInvesting to keep our community safe from COVID-19 Sarah Courtney,Minister for HealthInformation released today by the Department of Health shows medical locum expenditure was $33.7 million across Tasmania’s four major hospitals during 2019-20.Locum expenditure for 2019-20 was lowest in the most recent March to June quarter of 2020, noting the impact of COVID-19 on our health system.As a Government we are trying to reduce our reliance on locums, and we are working to improve this across all of our hospitals.Between coming to Government in March 2014 and June this year, there are now more than 1500 FTE additional staff in our health system.This includes an increase of 59.5 FTE medical practitioners in 2019-20, and we’ve recently announced new permanent positions in the NW to support the Mersey ED.Across the THS we have increased staffing significantly since 2014, and our record $9.8 billion health spend includes $6.2 billion for employee entitlements, including $1.5 billion this year alone.The information can be found at: https://www.health.tas.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/417962/RTI202021-014.pdf /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, community, coronavirus, covid-19, Department of Health, Government, health, Impact, Minister, staffing, TAS, Tasmania, Tassielast_img read more

First imprisonment under WA’s workplace safety and health laws

first_imgFirst imprisonment under WA’s workplace safety and health laws The director of a shed building company has become the first person to be sentenced to a term of imprisonment under WA’s workplace safety and health laws.Director of MT Sheds (WA) Pty Ltd – Mark Thomas Withers – was yesterday sentenced in the Esperance Magistrates Court to two years and two months’ imprisonment following the 2020 death of a young worker and the serious injury of another.He is to serve eight months of the sentence immediately, with the remaining 18 months suspended for 12 months. He was also fined $2250 for operating a crane without the appropriate licence.MT Sheds and Mr Withers pleaded guilty to a total of seven separate charges including charges in relation to the death of Jake Williams and serious injuries to Fraser Pinchin in March last year.The charges included one of gross negligence against MT Sheds, for which the company was fined $550,000.Mr Withers pleaded guilty to a charge that the company’s gross negligence offence occurred with his consent or was attributable to his neglect. It was on this charge that Mr Withers was sentenced to imprisonment.Other charges were that neither Mark Withers nor either of the two employees involved in the incident held High Risk Work Licences for work they were performing, and that MT Sheds allowed Jake Williams to do construction work when he did not hold a Construction Induction Training Certificate (“white card”).MT Sheds was fined a total of $55,000 for these breaches of the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations.The fines are the highest under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, following the McGowan Government’s increase in penalties for breaches of the workplace safety laws in 2018.The term of imprisonment of two years and two months is the longest term of imprisonment ever imposed for a work safety and health offence in Australia, and the eight month immediate term of imprisonment is also the longest immediate term ever imposed for a work safety and health offence in Australia.On the day of the incident, the two workers were installing roof sheets on a large machinery shed they were constructing on a farm for agricultural purposes without safety control measures in place.A strong wind or willy-willy lifted a sheet from the pack of roof sheets they were working near, causing them both to fall from a significant height.Jake Williams fell approximately nine metres from the apex of the roof, suffering fatal injuries, while Fraser Pinchin fell around seven metres from the roof’s edge near the gutter line, suffering multiple fractures of the pelvis, hip, wrist and ribs.WorkSafe WA Commissioner Darren Kavanagh said today that culpability for a work-related death did not get much worse than in this case.“Mr Withers completely failed in every sense to provide a safe workplace for his employees, and as a consequence a young man lost his life and a family lost a loved one,” he said.“The State Government is committed to improving workplace safety laws, including ensuring that significant penalties are available to provide incentive to comply with these laws and ensure that community expectations are met.“Even so, there are no winners in situations like these.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, building, Commissioner, community, director, Employees, Esperance, Family, Government, health, incident, Industry regulation, licence, magistrates court, WA, Western Australia, Williams, work safetylast_img read more

SWCA presents 2019 Construction Champions Award

first_imgSWCA presents 2019 Construction Champions AwardPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Tuesday, February 11, 2020in: Business, Community Newsshare 0 Gaynors Automotive honored as Rookie Member of the Year VANCOUVER — Southwest Washington Contractors Association introduced its 2019 Construction Champions Feb. 6, at its third annual Construction Executive Summit.The Construction Champions Awards recognize SWCA member organizations for their business success, participation in the Association and contributions to the community.The 2019 winners are:• General Contractor of the Year: Robertson & Olson Construction• Subcontractor of the Year: Anchor Concrete• Supplier of the Year: CalPortland• Rookie Member of the Year: Gaynors AutomotiveIn presenting the awards, SWCA President Chrissy Lyons and Executive Director Nelson Holmberg said all the companies nominated for these awards are, “more than deserving in every regard. Each of them has made a difference in the community, the industry and the association.”Robertson & Olson Construction – General Contractor of the YearRobertson & Olson has been very visible across the community for several years. Some could argue they are more visible now than ever before with their name on tower cranes over some very substantial projects in downtown Vancouver, and signs on projects across Southwest Washington.Honorable mention for General Contractor of the Year went to: Catworks Construction, Halbert Construction LLC and Tapani Incorporated.Anchor Concrete – Subcontractor of the YearAnchor Concrete is deeply involved in SWCA with service to the board of directors, several committees, contributions to the auction, and ideas that are valuable to members. They’ve proven themselves as an important partner on projects all over the metro area as well.Honorable mention for Subcontractor of the Year: B&B Tile and Masonry, North Fork Landscape, Inc., Tapani Incorporated and Tradesmen Electric, Inc.CalPortland – Supplier of the YearAnother member that’s deeply involved in SWCA, CalPortland serves the Board of Directors, sponsor of numerous association events, partner to many members and civic organizations and an obvious friend of the industry.Honorable Mention for Supplier of the Year: Cadman, Materials Testing & InspectionGaynors Automotive – Rookie Member of the YearGaynors Automotive was named the Rookie Member of the Year by the Southwest Washington Contractors Association. Gaynors Automotive (www.gaynors.com) has five locations in Clark County. Photo by Mike SchultzGaynors Automotive was named the Rookie Member of the Year by the Southwest Washington Contractors Association. Gaynors Automotive (www.gaynors.com) has five locations in Clark County. Photo by Mike SchultzGaynors Automotive became a member of SWCA in September 2019 and jumped right in. They were a supporter of the association even before joining, participating at the association’s golf tournament and engaging in industry-related conversations. They sponsored SWCA events – including providing free parking for the Summit – and are involved and very engaged in the association, making the most of their membership.Honorable Mention for Rookie Member of the Year: Columbia Rock Products, NW Bark Blowing, Tapio Construction Inc.About Southwest Washington Contractors AssociationSouthwest Washington Contractors Association (SWCA) is an organization of commercial construction professionals. Located in Vancouver, SWCA has 70-plus years of experience as a resource for the local construction industry. It is comprised of general contractors, specialty contractors, engineers, architects and services companies supportive of the industry. More information about the SWCA can be found at www.swca.org.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyVancouvershare 0 Previous : County Council reschedules March public hearings Next : PeaceHealth Southwest offers award-winning weight-loss programAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

News Roundup: Foolish mall parker gets boxed in, jerk jaywalker hits a pole and more

first_img Quebec moves up mandatory winter tire date by two weeksQuebec residents have fewer than 80 days to have snow tires installed on their vehicles if they plan to keep (legally) driving them on provincial roads this coming winter season. As of December 1, 2019 – a full two weeks earlier than last year’s date – all cars must be wearing the appropriate tires as outlined in a significant 80-point revision of the province’s Highway Safety Code. Those cars that don’t have winters from Dec 1 to March 15 not only run the heightened risk of an accident, but may also face fines of $200-$300. Study reveals top 10 cars kept the longest by original ownersA recent study conducted by online car search engine iSeeCars has rounded up the top 10 vehicles that owners keep the longest. On the list are five sports cars, three SUVs and one sedan. Toyota vehicles took four of the ten spots, with the Land Cruiser leading the list with an average ownership period of 11.4 years. The second longest-kept vehicle is the Chevrolet Corvette at 10.4 years, while the third spot goes to another sports car, the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class. Find out if your trusty ride made the list right here. Watch karma instantly and hilariously repay this stubborn jaywalkerIf you scrub to the 3:49 minute mark in the above video, you can clearly see the crosswalk a few metres up the road from where the man decides to cross in downtown Hamilton. When the car, which has a dashcam, honks but stops to allow the pedestrian to jaywalk across the street, the man stares down the driver HARD. But when he gets to the other side, eyes still locked on the driver, he walks right into a pole on the sidewalk. Is there anything more satisfying than watching a jerk get his comeuppance?  Trending Videos A shopper at an Argentinian mall who thought they’d found the perfect oversized parking spot for their small Peugeot 208 hatchback was instead served up a lesson in properly reading signs. The car was parked in the shopping cart area of the mall, but that didn’t stop the employees responsible for returning the carts to their home. A photo taken by another shopper and posted to Facebook shows the car surrounded on all sides by row after row of carts, and judging by the 7,000+ shares, few people feel sorry for the bonehead Peugeot driver.  Welcome to our weekly round-up of the biggest breaking stories on Driving.ca from this past week. Get caught up and ready to get on with the weekend, because it’s hard keeping pace in a digital traffic jam.Here’s what you missed while you were away. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. RELATED TAGSFlexNew VehiclesFlex See More Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever 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 | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS SHARE STORY Why a U.K. driver spent nearly $50k fighting a $165 speeding ticketA British man and former RAF electronics specialist has spent nearly $50,000 and three years disputing a $165 speeding ticket he received for allegedly doing 57 km/h in a 50 km/h zone. The man, who was sent the fine after being captured by a traffic camera, claims he’s been wrongly ticketed due to something called the “double Doppler effect,” which can cause cameras to incorrectly measure a vehicle’s speed when radio waves bounce off a second vehicle. Years and tens of thousands of dollars later and the man has given up and paid the fine. He still owes over $10,000 in legal fees, however, and is considering whether to go for another appeal.  Mall customer parked in the wrong spot gets instant paybackhttps://www.facebook.com/arnold.angelini/posts/10218459386106677 last_img read more

Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurates Johnson & Johnson Institute on Wheels

first_img Related Posts Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story It is a mobile training centre aimed at skilling 25,000 doctors in 400 towns in India for better patient careJohnson & Johnson Medical India launches its Johnson & Johnson Institute on Wheels, a mobile training centre designed to build the surgical skills of doctors, nurses, and para medical staff to address the demands of today’s health care delivery system and provide better outcomes to patients of India.Aligned with the Government of India’s ‘Skill India’ mission, the mobile surgical training centre was inaugurated by Dr Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Science & Technology, Government of India who was welcomed by Sushobhan Dasgupta, MD, Johnson & Johnson Medical India & Vice President, J&J Orthopaedics, AsPac at an event held in New Delhi.The mobile training centre will combine comprehensive educational programmes to harness the size, reach, technological resources and rich healthcare experience of Johnson & Johnson to enhance human health in India. It will travel to various medical colleges and teaching hospitals across the country to train budding & practicing surgeons and para medical staff on specialities including general surgery, laparoscopic surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, cardio thoracic surgery, orthopaedic procedures, neurology, gynecology, colorectal, head and neck, pediatric, urology, infection prevention and OT management. Hands on training using latest technologies will be provided by faculty members comprising of experienced doctors and surgeons.“At Johnson & Johnson Medical India, we are committed to supporting the government’s ‘Skill India’ program through the delivery of educational programs to healthcare professionals for improving the standards of care in this country”, said Dasgupta. “With the launch of the Johnson & Johnson Institute on Wheels, we hope to train 25,000 surgeons across 400 towns in the next five years.” By EH News Bureau on March 23, 2018 MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Read Article WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionalscenter_img Share Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” News Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurates Johnson & Johnson Institute on Wheels Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025last_img read more

Robertson Optimistic of Early Resumption of Operations by WINDALCO

first_imgRobertson Optimistic of Early Resumption of Operations by WINDALCO MiningMay 26, 2010 RelatedRobertson Optimistic of Early Resumption of Operations by WINDALCO Advertisements RelatedRobertson Optimistic of Early Resumption of Operations by WINDALCOcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Energy and Mining Minister, Hon. James Robertson, is optimistic of an earlier than anticipated restart of full operations by at least one of the island’s bauxite/alumina companies, West Indies Alumina Company Limited (WINDALCO).The Minister’s optimism comes in light of “early works” which are being undertaken at WINDALCO’s plant in Ewarton, St. Catherine.“Looking. at the early works. we are very happy with what we have seen,” he stated during a tour of the facility on Thursday (May 20), along with representatives of the Ministry; the Russian alumina firm, UC Rusal, which manages WINDALCO’s operations; the Jamaica Bauxite Institute (JBI); and the Office of the Commissioner of Mines.Speaking with JIS News, Mr. Robertson, while not able to say when WINDALCO’s operations are expected to restart, pointed out that both the Government and UC Rusal have been in discussions regarding the inputs from either side for the resumption. The aim, he said, is to ensure that WINDALCO is well positioned to operate efficiently once production gets underway.“We have been told what is required of us by the managers, UC Rusal, what they need to see us, the Government, put in place. So the Ministry knows what’s ahead of us. (and) they know what’s ahead of them, before a decision can be made for a re-start. What I’m doing is making sure the inputs, the cost factors in our bauxite alumina industry, allows us to be one of the top producing. countries,” he stated.Among the activities being undertaken, Mr. Robertson informed, is overall de-scaling operations, and the resuscitation of key equipment such as the Number Three Turbine at Ewarton that helps to power the facility. He said UC Rusal has given the assurance that the turbine, which sustained damage during last year’s hurricane season, will be back in operation by June 17.The Ministry, for its part, is looking to source more affordable options to oil for use by the bauxite companies, particularly Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), Mr. Robertson said, and assured that “we are on track to making sure that, that (LNG) project comes through.”Other undertakings by the Ministry include a new fiscal regime for the industry, which the Minister advised “has been looked at by a number of people, (including) the Cabinet”, as well as repairs to the railway lines, parts of which have either been damaged or stolen.The railway network is key to moving bauxite and alumina to ports for shipping overseas, as well as for transporting production inputs to the plants, such as caustic soda and crude oil. Mr. Robertson advised that Transport and Works Minister, Hon. Michael Henry, who has portfolio responsibility for the railway, “is on top of that” effort.“If these things are not in place. we won’t have an industry, and we won’t have a future,” he said.Minister Henry, later joined the touring party at a section of the bauxite railway corridor in Bog Walk, St. Catherine, where they perused the state of the track and apprized themselves of the extent of work to be undertaken.Mr. Henry told JIS News that several matters, including the cost for the use of the railway network by the bauxite companies would be “revisited” by his Ministry.Additionally, he advised that, at a later date, he would speak to the future of the railway system, and a study, which has been undertaken to this effect.Operations at WINDALCO’s plants in Ewarton and Kirkvine, Manchester, were scaled down last year by UC Rusal, consequent on the downturn in world demand for bauxite and alumina resulting from the global recession.The decline led to significant decreases in foreign exchange earnings from this sector, which accounts for some 60 per cent of the country’s revenue. The developments also resulted in upwards of 1,000 employees being laid off. RelatedRobertson Optimistic of Early Resumption of Operations by WINDALCOlast_img read more

Jamaica and Cuba collaborate to fight drug trade and crime

first_imgRelatedJamaica and Cuba collaborate to fight drug trade and crime RelatedJamaica and Cuba collaborate to fight drug trade and crime RelatedJamaica and Cuba collaborate to fight drug trade and crime Issued by: The Office of the Prime Minister FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaica recently sent a delegation to Cuba on an exploratory/preparatory visit with that country’s Ministry of the Interior as part of the government’s effort to increase collaboration and cooperation in the fight against the illicit drug trade and other forms of transnational organized crime. The Jamaica delegation was headed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Mrs. Dianne McIntosh.  Minister with responsibility for Information, Daryl Vaz who made the disclosure at yesterday’s (Jan 19) post cabinet press briefing,   said that the visit was in keeping with the goal of the National Security Policy to reduce violent crime. He said it was also part of government’s effort to dismantle organized criminal networks through strengthening bilateral and multilateral relationships. Jamaica and Cuba collaborate to fight drug trade and crime National SecurityJanuary 20, 2011 Advertisementslast_img read more