first_imgTuesday 8 September 2020 10:30 pm whatsapp Fines for non-compliance with the new restrictions will be £100 in the first instance and will double for every subsequent violation up to a maximum of £3,200. Boris Johnson will tomorrow ban social gatherings of more than six people in a tightening of England’s coronavirus restrictions. Some exemptions will apply to the rules, such as for weddings, funerals, and for organised team sports that are done in a “Covid secure way”. Before the Open newsletter: Start your day with the City View podcast and key market data whatsapp (AFP via Getty Images) Coronavirus: England to ban meetings of more than six people Johnson is expected to say tomorrow that he needs to “act now to stop the virus spreading” and to make the country’s Covid-19 restrictions “easier to understand and for the police to enforce”. The Prime Minister will announce at a press conference that the new limit, which will be cut down from 30, will apply indoors and outdoors and for people of all ages from Monday. A total of 2,948 Covid-19 cases were recorded throughout the entire UK on Monday, with people in their 20s and 30s the worst affected, according to Hancock. The change is in response to a jump in coronavirus cases in England, which health secretary Matt Hancock today labelled “concerning”. (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Coronavirus: England to ban meetings of more than six people Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableybonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comDefinitionThe 20 Worst Draft Picks Ever – Ryan Leaf Doesn’t Even Crack The Top 5DefinitionBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USAFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreaker (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Coronavirus: England to ban meetings of more than six people On Sunday, 2,988 new cases were recorded, which was the highest number of infections since May. He is expected to add: “It is absolutely critical that people now abide by these rules and remember the basics – washing your hands, covering your face, keeping space from others, and getting a test if you have symptoms.” More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.com Show Comments ▼ Stefan Boscia last_img read more

first_img As Agility Logistics reported bumper profits, its online freight booking platform ShipaFreight has claimed SMEs are turning to cross-border trade as a path to growth.First quarter numbers from the Kuwait-based logistics operator showed a near 30% upturn in profits, which hit $62.4m (KD18.9m) on revenues of $1.2bn – growing 16% year-on-year.During an investor call held today, chief financial officer Ehab Aziz described the first three months of 2018 as a “very strong start”.“All business units achieved strong growth, which came in line with the guidance and forecasts we set,” said Mr Aziz. By Alexander Whiteman 10/05/2018 “We expect 2018 to continue in much the same vein, and believe we are en route to our financial goal of $2.6bn by 2020.”The rate of growth in net profit was slightly ahead of EBITDA growth, which increased 22.6% on 2017’s numbers to $124.5m.This growth was mirrored across the group’s four divisions, with Global Integrated Logistics (GIL) revenues climbing 15.7% to $917m.“Even if we don’t hit our 2020 goal in time, I believe the numbers we have recorded suggest we are going in the right direction,” Mr Aziz added.“If we hit our goal one or maybe even two years later than expected, I do not believe this will be a significant problem.”Despite the strong start, the company noted that GIL’s net revenue margins dropped a near 2% due to yield pressures across road freight and project logistics operations.Chief executive of Agility’s project logistics business Grant Wattman told The Loadstar the project sector has been “sliding sideways” since 2016.“And it continues to slide, with most expecting this to be the case until the mid or latter part of 2018,” said Mr Wattman.“The reason for the more optimistic outlook is that activity level has picked up, with projects receiving Final Investment Decision (FID) and Notice to Proceed.”Mr Aziz said that looking ahead, the company was targeting margins of 4% in the medium term, which would put it on a par with the likes of Panalpina and DSV.Regardless of its yields hitting GIL’s margins, road freight itself saw suitable growth with revenues for the division up 8.4%.And both ocean (up 14%) and air freight (up 22.1%) revenues reported double-digit growth amid strong volume development, with an 11.5% rise in teus and a more modest 4.8% uptick in air tonnage.Chief executive Tarek Sultan said: “Agility continues to deliver results, and our double-digit EBITDA growth affirms the company’s momentum over the past three years.“GIL drives profitability through strong performance in ocean and air freight, in addition to improving its efficiency. And companies in Infrastructure posted healthy gains.”In the wake of publishing its first quarter numbers, Agility also released the results of a survey on the hurdles facing SMEs, conducted by subsidiary Shipa Freight.Most participants ranked exports as the best prospects, with 89% of respondents noting export revenues will grow in the next three years, and 71% targeting international rather than domestic business.Chief executive of Shipa Freight Toby Edwards said: “Smaller businesses used to think they couldn’t compete in trade but now many see it as their best path for growth.“SMEs aren’t naïve to obstacles to unlocking new markets. They see online tools and other technology as a way to conduct transactions, get financing and gather market intelligence.”Even so, just shy of half (42%) identified the costs of shipping abroad as a core stumbling block, claiming they were either “too high” or lacked an accurate picture.And 40% said they struggled to understand documentation requirements, with some 39% noting a hold up in customs and 27% stating their shipments had been lost in transit.last_img read more

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic Talking Business Podcast: Pat McDonagh on Supermac’s, the Killeshin Hotel and the post Covid future Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp It’s been the most unusual time for all businesses but the hospitality sector in particular has been hard hit.Among the first to close when the Coronavirus pandemic struck, it is one of the last to be allowed to re-open.This Monday, June 29, sees the latest phase of the Government’s plan to re-open society and business with hotels and restuarants permitted to open their doors for customers again.In the latest LaoisToday Talking Business Podcast, presenter Steven Miller is joined by Pat McDonagh, owner of Supermac’s and numerous hotels around the country including The Killeshin Hotel in Portlaoise.In a wide-ranging discussion he chats about how the challenges facing the hospitality sector in re-opening.And he also talks about his new Supermac’s outlet which is due to open at Junction 17 at Togher outside Portlaoise. Construction had to stop during the lockdown but it’s on course to be ready for the August Bank Holiday weekend.Its opening comes 25 years after he opened his first Supermac’s in the town and he looks at the various challenges and changes over the years.He also talks about what he sees as the various perspectives of customers – some who can’t wait to go places again and some who are a bit fearful.You can listen below in full or subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.The LaoisToday Podcast · Talking Business: Pat McDonagh Supermac’s, the Killeshin Hotel and the post Covid future Home We Are Laois Podcasts Talking Business Podcast: Pat McDonagh on Supermac’s, the Killeshin Hotel and the… We Are LaoisPodcasts By Alan Hartnett – 25th June 2020 Facebook Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datecenter_img Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleWATCH: Ireland captain and Minister for Health appear at Laois school’s 6th Class graduationNext articleWATCH: LaoisToday #LoveLaois campaign is officially launched as Laois Chamber and Laois Tourism row in behind it 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. Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival TAGSPat McDonaghSupermacsTalking Business Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role News Electric Picnic SEE ALSO – Works on €5 million Barrow Blueway to begin in July Twitterlast_img read more

first_img Twitter By Alan Hartnett – 7th October 2020 Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date News Twitter The GAA’s decision to impose a blanket ban on all club activity could not have come at a worse time for hurling clubs in Laois.This week should have been all about the build up to the championship finals in the top three grades of the game in the county.On Saturday, MW Hire O’Moore Park’s new lights would have been on for the first ever senior final clash between Borris-Kilcotton and Clough-Ballacolla – with the premier intermediate meeting of Portlaoise and The Harps due on before it.Then on Sunday, intermediate hurling would take centre stage as Trumera and Rathdowney-Errill were set to fight it out for honours.However, five days before the senior final, the rug was pulled out from under clubs and they’ve now been left in a state of limbo.Borris-Kilcotton manager Ciarán Comerford says that getting so close to the final only for it to be postponed has been particularly hard on his players.He said: “It isn’t ideal but I suppose what is really hurting is the fact that it was a Level 3 announcement from the government and not the Level 5 that was being touted.“The fact we were so close – we were five days out from the final against Clough-Ballacolla when the decision was made to impose a blanket ban on club games.“It is a tough one to take. People talk a lot about mindset around sport and lads had been building for the last few weeks for a semi final and then on to a final.“It isn’t going ahead now and what fills the void? Three of our lads went to Carlow last night to hurl in a challenge match with Laois and you’d wonder where their heads are at because the rug has been pulled out from under them and they have to switch their focus to inter county mode.”And with the Covid-19 situation in the country deteriorating on an almost daily basis now, the former Roscommon boss says there are genuine fears that the final will not be played at all.As soon as is practically possible, Comerford would be very grateful if any direction could be given from the GAA or Laois County Board on a provisional new date – even if that means waiting until St Patrick’s Day in 2021.He said: “That worry is always there (that it won’t be completed) and this is new territory for everyone. When you are trying to prepare teams, you look for dates. Be it the first round of the league, championship – whatever.“So ideally you would like a date or some indication of what the GAA or County Board are hoping to do. I understand that they probably don’t know themselves – so they can’t tell us.“But ultimately the game isn’t going ahead and we are heading into inter-county season after this weekend. So the earlier we are looking at is the mid to end of November.“And that is assuming the worst for Laois which isn’t what anybody wants. And by then of course, there is no guarantee that this things hasn’t progressed to Level 4 or 5.“So maybe the right thing to do is to say ‘right lads, we’ll aim for Paddy’s Day next year’. So then you down tools for a couple of months and get the hurls back out on the first week of January and aim for that date.“I am sure the people making these decisions are making them on the basis of information they are being given and I have no issue with that. But all I would ask is that as soon as they know or have a plan – that they let us know so we can make one ourselves.“If we are told that it would be after Laois are finished, you’d probably take a week or two off and then go again.“If it is further afield than that, then you’d really have to leave it so because there is no way you would keep lads focused or interested for that length of time.”In the GAA’s statement, giving their reasons for the blanket ban, they said: “The decision has been taken in the interest of public safety following a number of incidents that have been brought to our attention in recent days.“​In particular, post-match celebrations and a lack of social distancing at certain events have proved disappointing and problematic.”While the scenes following the Cork hurling final where city club Blackrock had won their first title in 18 years were widely criticised online, there was numerous other incidents of the whole thing fraying at the edges.Crowds were routinely spotted not practising social distancing at matches, we had scenes of wild celebration on pitches at full time, teams and supporters celebrating in pubs after matches in conflict with guidance, and inexplicably, there was even a case of a club allowing a player who was awaiting the result of a test, and subsequently tested positive, play in a county final.When you put it all together, it does not paint the GAA in a good light – something Comerford accepts but he also criticises the hierarchy for not being strong enough prior to this decision.He said: “It doesn’t paint a good picture. But the GAA President John Horan was interviewed on Monday and he said that they gave the clubs a warning shot last week.“Now their ‘warning shot’ was an email that instructed there to be no pre-match huddle, socially distant photos but nowhere did they suggest in that email that ‘hold on lads, yee are getting very close to stepping across the line here’.“I understand what has gone on before us in other places has gone against us.”Saturday at 5pm was supposed to be Borris-Kilcotton’s date with destiny against Clough-Ballacolla as they tried to claim just their second Bob O’Keeffe Cup since their amalgamation.The optimist in Comerford is holding out hope that it might still happen – but he knows now that it is more than unlikely.He said: “But I wonder maybe could there be some little bit of logic to say that I have 28 members of a panel, so too do Clough-Ballacolla. Let us in Saturday evening and we’ll play that game as planned.“Let us go home then and have a Zoom party or something – give the GAA those assurances. If people do things outside of that – that is outside of the club remit and it is on individuals themselves.“The optimist in me would love to see that but then I guess where do they draw the line? I know there are four or five senior finals still outstanding around the country – not to mention all the lower grades too.“It is just such a pity because it is so close that it is almost at the top of our fingers – but yet it is completely out of our control.”SEE ALSO – Action was needed around club GAA games – but cancelling fixtures is a step too far Facebook Pinterest ‘We were so close’ – Borris-Kilcotton manager yearns for new county final date following GAA ban Facebook TAGSBorris-KilcottonCiarán ComerfordCoronavirusGAALaois SHC Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival WhatsApp Electric Picnic Home Hurling Club Hurling ‘We were so close’ – Borris-Kilcotton manager yearns for new county final… HurlingClub HurlingSportGAA Previous articleCalls for range of new measures to support Laois people and businesses as Level 3 beginsNext articleHome Care help in Laois – a funding or an operational issue? 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 Electric Picnic last_img read more

Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Energy resources will continue to drive the economies of Saskatchewan, Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador forward next year, as the oil and gas sector powers Canadian economic growth, according to the latest provincial forecast from the Royal Bank of Canada. In a report released early Monday, Canada’s largest bank said “the biggest differentiating factor” for provincial growth in 2012 will continue to be a dynamic natural resource sector. Economy lost 68,000 jobs in May Canadian Press Related news OECD raises outlook for Canadian economic growth this year Keywords Provinces,  Economic forecasts All three provinces are oil and natural gas producers, with Newfoundland’s big offshore operations, Alberta’s growing oilsands production and new fields in Saskatchewan’s Bakken zone. The bank predicts Saskatchewan will experience the greatest provincial growth, at 4.2%, compared to 4.5 per this year. Royal Bank pegs Alberta’s growth at 3.9% and Newfoundland and Labrador’s at 2.8% — just above the predicted national average of 2.5%. The banks expects Manitoba’s economy to grow by 3.2%, by 2.3% in both Ontario and British Columbia, by 1.9% in P.E.I., 1.8% in Quebec and New Brunswick and 1.6% in Nova Scotia. “The biggest differentiating factor for provincial growth next year will continue to be the dynamism of the natural resource sector,” said Craig Wright, Royal Bank’s senior vice-president and chief economist. “Resources will continue to be a catalyst for increased capital investment and production in resource-heavy provinces like Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Newfoundland and Labrador.” In Quebec, the Royal notes that job losses this fall totalling 44,000 jobs in October and November resulted in the worst two-month job loss in nearly 30 years in Quebec, a slump that could dampen consumer confidence in the province in 2012. “In retrospect, we may have been overly optimistic about growth in the province,” added Wright. “While we remain confident that Quebec’s economy will improve, the fact remains that it is carrying very little momentum going into 2012.” In Ontario, the province is showing signs that it is on track for modest growth — with two per cent growth this year and 2.3% in 2012. The auto industry is also recovering, after production shutdowns caused by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami last spring and the more recent flooding in Thailand, which affected parts supplies to Japanese carmakers Toyota and Honda, which have major assembly plants in Ontario. “Barring any major slippage in the European sovereign debt crisis, Ontario’s economy is now on a path of modest growth that will extend into next year,” said Wright. “Recently, we have seen further recovery in the manufacturing sector, thanks in large part to rising vehicle production where we see plenty of room for further gains going forward.” Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Stagflation is U.S. economists’ biggest fear, SIFMA says read more

first_img Budget 2021 revives tax issues from 2019 Federal budget fails to support needed pension reform, retiree group says The slight decline in Canada’s score is due specifically to a reduction in the net replacement rate available for a median-income earner, the Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index states. Canada was bested by Denmark, the Netherlands and Australia, which landed in the top three. However, Canada’s retirement system still earned a grade of “B” and is described as a “system that has a sound structure, with many good features, but has some areas for improvement that differentiates it from an A-grade system,” the report states. The report includes some suggestions on measures that could be taken to improve Canada’s retirement system. These include: > Increasing the coverage of employees in occupational pension schemes through the development of an attractive product for those without an employer-sponsored pension plan. > Increasing the level of household savings for middle-income earners. > Increasing the labour force participation rate at older ages as life expectancies rise. Canada, under the Liberal Party, is actually moving in the opposite direction of most developed countries by moving the retirement age for old-age security back to 65 from 67, a plan put forward by the former Conservative government in 2013, the report states. A positive move for Canada’s retirement system is the federal government’ and most provincial governments’ recent promise to expand the Canada Pension Plan, according to Mercer Canada. “This expansion has not yet been recognized in the [index] and will help increase retirement benefits for those without an employer-sponsored pension,” says Scott Clausen, a partner in Mercer’s retirement business in Toronto, through a release. The annual Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index is sounding an alarm to all countries that they have to take immediate action in improving retirement systems as birth rates decline and populations continue to age. The full report is available on a joint website that Mercer and the ACFS have published. Photo copyright: rabbit/123RF Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Although Canada’s retirement system is still considered one of the best in the world, its standing in a global ranking has dropped slightly to eighth from seventh place, according to an annual research report by Mercer LLC and the Australian Centre for Financial Studies (ACFS). Related news Keywords Pensions,  Retirement Canadian plan sponsors post positive quarter despite bond slump Tessie Sanci No unanimity in global regulatory reform, IFIC report finds rabbit/123RFlast_img read more

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Jamaica Trade and Invest (JTI) is inviting investment in West Indian Sea Island Cotton, which has the potential to earn millions in foreign currency on a yearly basis.According to Executive Director in the Markets Division at the JTI, Kirk Kennedy, the industry “is open, ripe and ready for investment”.Mr. Kennedy, who was addressing an investment promotion seminar today (Aug. 13) at JTI’s offices on Trafalgar Road in Kingston, pointed out that with agriculture recording real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth of 16 per cent last year, there is significant potential for West Indian Sea Island cotton within the non-traditional export sector.“Agriculture had a very positive year in 2006. I think it is fair to say that the million dollar business of West Indian Sea Island cotton has a place in the seven per cent increase that was recorded in our non-traditional export. and this is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of our immediate potential,” he stated.President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Senator Norman Grant, also noted that there are significant opportunities to be gained from investment in the crop.“The market is there, the land is available and the farmers are ready and available to participate actively in the growing and cultivation of this product. there is a lot of money to be made,” he said.According to Senator Grant, West Indian Sea Island cotton is sold at US$10 per pound of lint with export markets in the United States, Switzerland and Japan.The current demand for cotton, he informed, is estimated at three million tonnes per year with Japan alone demanding more than two million tonnes, which is significantly more than current production levels.“We want to put back West Indian Sea Island cotton on the map to be one of those niche markets that we will develop to help grow the Jamaican economy and improve the livelihood of our farmers.and we want them (investors) to take charge of this tremendous industry,” he stated.The JAS President also sought to assure potential investors that adequate measures have been implemented by the Government to protect the crop from praedial thieves.“The police have stepped up their efforts to arrest those that continue to carry produce without demonstrating that they are in legitimate possession of agricultural items. and over the last six months, we have saved the sector some $100 million,” he informed.He pointed out further that “the product is very difficult to steal, it is labour intensive and by the time you try and pick a reasonable amount, somebody will be there to really catch up with you.”West Indian Sea Island cotton is the world’s highest quality cotton and is grown only in a few Caribbean islands such as Jamaica, Barbados, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos and St. Kitts.Jamaica in the only island within the English-speaking Caribbean that is capable of producing West Indian Sea Island cotton on a large scale without seriously affecting present agro-production balances in food distribution lines.There are about 17 farmers growing West Indian Sea Island cotton in the parishes of Clarendon, St. Catherine, Portland and St. Mary. JTI Invites Investment in West Indian Sea Island Cotton UncategorizedAugust 13, 2007 RelatedJTI Invites Investment in West Indian Sea Island Cotton RelatedJTI Invites Investment in West Indian Sea Island Cottoncenter_img RelatedJTI Invites Investment in West Indian Sea Island Cotton Advertisementslast_img read more

first_imgGov’t Looks to Strengthen Marine Patrol on North Coast UncategorizedDecember 10, 2007 RelatedGov’t Looks to Strengthen Marine Patrol on North Coast FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The government is stepping up its fight against the illegal trade in drugs and guns and is looking to establish a marine security outpost on the north coast, which will provide for increased patrol of the area between Discovery Bay and Port Antonio.Minister of National Security, Derrick Smith, speaking to JIS News following Friday’s (Dec. 7) official opening of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Coast Guard base at the old Bowden Wharf in St. Thomas, said it is imperative that efforts be strengthened to stop or drastically reduce the drug for gun trade, as well as to preserve the integrity of the island’s territorial waters.He noted that while the establishment of the Bowden Coast Guard base will provide for patrolling of the eastern coastline, the “next step is to bring on an additional vessel and to concentrate on the northern coast. We have something at Port Antonio in the northeast and we have something at Discovery Bay, but there is that stretch between Port Antonio, Ocho Rios and Discovery Bay that we will now have to look at,” he told JIS News.He noted that “it is not an easy task to patrol the coastline because on a good day, there are easily well over 100 vessels at sea, especially in areas used for fishing, and determining which boat is involved in illegal activities is no easy task, so presenting a security presence will be the best deterrent”.The Bowden Wharf, a natural deep water harbour once used as a port for the export of bananas, is the Coast Guard’s sixth security base for the patrol of the country’s territorial waters. The others are at Discovery Bay, Black River, Pedro Cays, Port Antonio and Port Royal.Turning to the crime problem, the Minister said that while there are calls for “all kinds of draconian measures to be introduced, we will not react out of panic.”“The government is not going to be intimidated by a handful of criminals nor cower from its responsibilities to the populace and we are committed to providing the JDF and the Jamaica Constabulary Force with the resources to protect Jamaicans,” he stated, noting that some $300 million has been provided to equip the security forces in this effort. Advertisementscenter_img RelatedGov’t Looks to Strengthen Marine Patrol on North Coast RelatedGov’t Looks to Strengthen Marine Patrol on North Coastlast_img read more

first_imgCity of Vancouver closing Navigation Center today in response to COVID-19 concernsPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Wednesday, March 18, 2020in: Community Newsshare 0 At this time, there are no known cases of COVID-19 at the Navigation Center VANCOUVER — In consultation with and guidance from Clark County Public Health and Community Services, the city of Vancouver will close the Navigation Center (2018 Grand Boulevard) at 5 p.m. on March 18, until further notice.The decision to close the facility was made after determining that continued operation of the Navigation Center would not be compatible with Public Health objectives to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 or with Gov. Jay Inslee's emergency order closing public venues. Photo by Mike SchultzThe decision to close the facility was made after determining that continued operation of the Navigation Center would not be compatible with Public Health objectives to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 or with Gov. Jay Inslee’s emergency order closing public venues. Photo by Mike SchultzAt this time, there are no known cases of COVID-19 at the Navigation Center. The decision to close the facility was made after determining that continued operation of the Navigation Center would not be compatible with Public Health objectives to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 or with Gov. Jay Inslee’s emergency order closing public venues.On Feb. 1, the city took over management of the facility on an interim basis while searching for a permanent operator. The Navigation Center’s interim operational model cannot sustain the sanitization procedures, social distancing guidelines and staff safety and availability levels required during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.The city is working to identify alternative solutions to provide access to restroom facilities in public spaces. More information on those plans will be shared soon as it is available.More details can be found at www.cityofvancouver.us/navigationcenter.Information provided by city of Vancouver.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyCovid-19Vancouvershare 0 Previous : “Rocky Mountain” Documentary – Chapter 2 Next : Clark County Public Health announces third death from COVID-19AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

first_imgPhoto: JIS PhotographerMinister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. A.J. Nicholson (right), is in light conversation with Trinidad and Tobago High Commissioner to Jamaica, Her Excellency Rev. Dr. Iva Gloudon, during Diplomatic Week activities held last year at Jamaica House. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. A. J. Nicholson, is reaffirming Jamaica’s commitment to regional integration, emphasizing that the country is unequivocal in its support for the renewal of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).“There is no turning back. Regional integration must be seen as an ongoing process, not a single event,” he argued, while addressing members of the Diplomatic Corps, and other stakeholders at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston, on February 4, as part of Diplomatic Week 2014.The Minister pointed out that Jamaica has been working actively with other CARICOM member states to identify priority areas and initiatives for enhancing the effectiveness of the Secretariat, and Community.He informed that Jamaica has also increased bilateral arrangements with CARICOM states, for example, having initiated consultations with Trinidad and Tobago at the ministerial level.“We agreed to several areas of cooperation for follow-up and collaboration. Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago will hold further consultations in Port of Spain on these and other matters in the first quarter of this year,” he said.The Minister noted, also, that the recently concluded Second Summit of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean and Latin America (CELAC), held in Havana, Cuba, adopted a proclamation, under which the 33 member states agreed to make the region a zone of peace.He commended the government of Cuba for hosting the forum, and its stewardship of CELAC over the years.Meanwhile, the Minister noted that the Association of Caribbean States continues to be highly relevant and Jamaica looks forward to that Summit to be held shortly, in Mexico.Senator Nicholson said Jamaica supports strengthening of the multilateral process, in creating of a more enabling environment, to protect regional security, and enhance opportunities for sustained economic and social growth.He noted that Jamaica remains active within the Organization of American States (OAS), particularly on human rights, justice, security matters, the promotion of integrated development, and the peaceful settlement of disputes through respect for international law.The Minister reminded that Jamaica will be putting forward Judge, Patrick Robinson, as a candidate for election to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in November. “CARICOM has not served on the ICJ for some time, and the support of your countries for this candidature will be highly appreciated,” he said.Diplomatic Week, coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, is being observed from February 2 to February 7, under the theme: ‘Partnership for Growth’. RelatedJamaican Wins 2013 Congressional Black Caucus Award FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedHigh Commission Hosts First Citizenship Ceremony in London Story HighlightsJamaica has been working actively with other CARICOM member states to identify priority areas and initiatives.Thirty-three member states agreed to make the region a zone of peace at the recently concluded CELAC summit. The Minister noted that the Association of Caribbean States continues to be highly relevant and Jamaica looks forward to that Summit to be held shortly, in Mexico.center_img Foreign Minister Reaffirms Country’s Commitment to Regional IntegrationJIS 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 Foreign Minister Reaffirms Country’s Commitment to Regional Integration Foreign AffairsFebruary 5, 2014Written by: Alphea Saunders RelatedHigh Commission in London Hosts Annual School Christmas Programme Advertisementslast_img read more