Residents have important role to play to mitigate disasters

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, September 22, 2017 – Mandeville – Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says the residents of Clarendon have an important role to play to mitigate natural disasters.“I have told the Mayor (of May Pen) that it is time for the Municipality to pay close attention to how people build in the parish of Clarendon.   Too many illegal structures are being constructed in river beds, on gully banks, and blocking drains.   These are all contributing factors to flooding,” the Minister said.During a tour of some areas in Clarendon that were damaged during the April floods on September 20, Mr. McKenzie said the parish is at the top of the list of  places known to be vulnerable to natural disasters in the island, and that the physical infrastructure cannot take any more battering.After the tour, the Minister addressed residents at a town hall meeting at the Edwin Allen High School.He told the audience that there are 47 shelters in the parish, covering a wide area, including Aenon Town, Spaldings, Kellits, Ritchies, and Frankfield, and the Government would be providing money to retrofit one main shelter in the northern part of Clarendon.The Minister noted that most of the present shelters are school buildings, which are not conducive to providing for the needs of those who use it.“What we have done is to provide money to retrofit one main shelter in the northern part of Clarendon, in case there is a need for it.   This shelter will be a lot more comfortable than schools. We will also have two 40-foot containers stocked with the necessary supplies, such as water, and other basic supplies.   One will be located in Kellitts and the other in Frankfield at the police station,” he said.The Minister noted that the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and the Parish Disaster Coordinator will ensure that everything is in place to respond in times of disaster.He also advised the residents that the Jamaica Pubic Service has been contacted with a view to start trimming the many trees that have been growing out of control in the area.Also speaking at the meeting was Michelle Graham, who chairs the Shelter and Welfare Committee for the parish in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.“We provide training for shelter managers and work closely with the health, fire and other departments, and do assessments of damage to homes after a disaster.    We stock basic items and find suppliers for items that will go to shelters for residents,” she said.The meeting also saw presentations from Executive Director of the National Solid Waste Management Authority, Audley Gordon; Director, Meteorological Service Division in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Evan Thompson; and Project Engineer, Water Resources Authority, Joanne Richards.Release: JISlast_img read more

Two young men shot near memorial for teenager fatally shot in Linda

first_img June 14, 2019 Two young men shot near memorial for teenager fatally shot in Linda Vista area Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: June 14, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, AN DIEGO (KUSI) – Two young men were shot Friday morning outside a memorial for a teenager who was fatally shot in May in the Linda Vista area, police said.Dispatchers received a call shortly before 12:30 a.m. from a person who reported hearing the sound of gunfire in the 6500 block of Kelly Street, San Diego police Officer Tony Martinez said.Officers responded to the area and witnesses told them at least one victim was placed in a vehicle that fled the scene, Martinez said.Two shooting victims, a 20-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy, arrived at Sharp Memorial Hospital a short time later, the officer said.The older victim had a gunshot wound to his leg and the younger victim had two gunshot wounds to his buttocks and one to his leg, Martinez said, adding that the injuries to both victims were not believed to be life- threatening.At the scene, police found bullet casings near a memorial for 16-year- old Carlos Valdovinos, who was fatally shot near the intersection of Kelly and Tait streets on May 23rd.The circumstances leading up to the shooting were under investigation and no suspect descriptions were immediately available.Gang detectives were investigating the shooting. KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Mukesh Ambani presents Reliance New Commerce and a plan to become zero

first_imgRIL Chairman and MD Mukesh AmbaniYoutube screenshot/RILReliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani on Monday said the company’s retail arm will soon unveil Reliance New Commerce, an initiative to digitally connect kirana stores across the country.Speaking to shareholders at RIL’s 42nd Annual General Meeting, Ambani said that the trials of Reliance Retail’s digital commerce venture have delivered positive results. “This user-friendly digital platform is designed for inventory management, customer relationship management, financial services and other services,” he added. According to the RIL Chairman, the initiative is aimed at digitally empowering kirana stores, including those in smaller townsSpeaking on other plans of the conglomerate, Ambani said only jet fuel and petrochemicals will be produced at its mega Jamnagar refinery complex and that he has laid out a roadmap to make the group a zero net-debt company in just 18 months.Ambani also said that Saudi Aramco will acquire 20 percent stake in RIL’s oil-to-chemical business.New Jamnagar strategyBillionaire Ambani’s new Jamnagar strategy means that the refinery would gradually reduce the production of auto fuels such as petrol, diesel, the consumption is expected to decline with the penetration of electric vehicles. Already, in the first quarter of FY20, fuel demand has shrunk resulting in a double-digit fall in India’s crude imports in June.”Jamnagar shall be the refinery icon of the world with the best-in-class performance,” RIL said in its annual report.It said the firm’s mission was to “ensure the Jamnagar refinery is future-ready with a strategic transformation to optimal oil-to-chemicals”.The RIL refinery currently converts crude oil sourced from around the globe into petrol, diesel, LPG, aviation turbine fuel (ATF), LPG, naphtha and other value-added fuels. Under the revised strategy, crude oil will be used to convert it into petrochemicals and ATF.The new RIL strategy is devised on the basis of ground realities. Globally, refining and marketing earnings have declined to almost 20 per cent in 2018. At $9.2 per barrel, though RIL’s refining margin has remained relatively strong even in a dynamic and volatile market, future is indicating tougher days that need an early preparation.Already in the country, there is surplus refining capacity and public sector undertakings (PSUs) are adding new production lines that will create additional capacity. The government’s electric vehicle focus is also expected to further dent the demand.The fundamentals of the Jamnagar oil-to-chemical strategy are to employ advanced molecule management to upgrade the refinery’s intermediate streams by value.”The oil-to-chemical programme is a roadmap implemented over a long time horizon, based on the market outlook and price triggers for refinery fuel products. The ultimate goal is to achieve greater than 70 per cent conversion of crude refined in Jamnagar, to competitive chemical building blocks of olefins and aromatics,” the annual report said.RIL plans to preserve as well as upgrade existing refinery margins while maximising asset utilisation for a sustainable competitive cost of chemicals.It has developed a disruptive technology innovation, a Multizone Catalytic Cracking (MCC) process, which converts a wide range of feedstock to high-value propylene and ethylene in a single riser.Implementing multi-billion dollar projects”All refined products priced below crude shall be eliminated for chemicals at the initial stage. Final fuel de-risking shall target the elimination of gasoline, alkylate and diesel, synchronised to the global evolution of E-mobility and transport fuel demand decline,” it said.As part of the oil-to-chemical strategy, RIL is already implementing multi-billion dollar projects. The company has built the world’s first-ever Refinery Off-Gas Cracker (ROGC) complex of 1.5 million tonnes per annum and is importing ethane from the US to produce petrochemicals. Mukesh Ambani was addressing the group’s 42nd AGM in Mumbai.IANSRoadmap to become zero net-debt companyMeanwhile, Mukesh Ambani has also laid out a roadmap to make the group a zero net-debt company in just 18 months. Ambani’s statement came in the wake of rising debt at the group level that reached a level of group Rs 1,54,478 crore in the last financial year.Addressing the group’s 42nd AGM in Mumbai, Ambani said he was confident of growing the company’s consolidated earnings 15 per cent annually over the next five years.He said the group’s telecom vertical Reliance Jio and retail venture Reliance Retail would account for 50 per cent of the company’s earnings soon.The RIL chairman also assured shareholders that they would continue to get periodic bonus issues and higher dividends once the group became debt-free.Shares of the company are up 20 percent since the last AGM in July 2018, but have underperformer Nifty by 11 per cent over the past three months. The stock has been down 9 per cent in the last one month.The company accumulated a gross debt of more than Rs 2.87 lakh crore, as it feverishly diversified into consumer-focused businesses in retail, telecom and e-commerce over the past few years besides majorly upgrading the core refining and petrochemicals businesses.In FY19, the company’s finance cost more than doubled to Rs 16,495 crore from Rs 8,052 crore in the previous year.The group attributed the increase primarily to the commencement of digital services business, petrochemical projects at Jamnagar and higher loan balances.Ambani told the AGM that RIL has transferred its telecom infrastructure assets into two separate infrastructure trusts for a consideration of Rs 1.25 lakh crore with the intention of raising money from large global institutional investors.”We have received strong interest and commitments from reputed global investors and are confident that these transactions will be completed by the end of this financial year. Post this, we ended last year with net debt of Rs 1,54,478 crore,” he said.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

Irani inaugurates CEPC office in Srinagar

first_imgS upporting the Kashmir carpet industry, Smriti Zubin Irani, Minister for Textiles, Government of India inaugurated Srinagar office of Carpet Export Promotion Council in the premises of IICT Srinagar through video conferencing on February 23, 2019.Eminent personalities including Shantmanu, IAS, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts); Ratnesh Kumar Jha, Additional Development Commissioner (Handicrafts); Mahavir Pratap Sharma, Chairman CEPC; Purnima Mittal, Additional District Development Commissioner Srinagar; Zubair Ahmad, Director IICT; Umer Hameed, second Vice-Chairman, CEPC, and Sanjay Kumar, Executive Director, CEPC; along with Gulam Nabi Dar from Carpet Manufacturers Association and Fiaz Ahmad, exporter, were also present on the occasion. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn her address, Irani expressed her happiness and wished that CEPC’s Srinagar office proves to be beneficial for all the stakeholders, and leads to enhance exports and on the other hand, also open new avenues for more employment opportunities in the region. On the video conference, she also informed that 90,000 applications have been received for the registration under Pahchan initiative and 60,000 Pahchan ID Cards have also been distributed to the artisans so far. The textile minister said that she desires for more such initiatives in order to benefit the weavers/ artisans of the country. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveInteracting with members of the carpet industry, the minister also talked about their issues and the concerns of Government on Handmade Carpet Sector, and also assure full support to the industry for its growth. A few points which were discussed on the inauguration included: Textile Committee in partnership with DCH and CEPC will provide special lab testing facilities at IICT in Srinagar, CEPC and DCH will assure availability of designers in collaboration with institutes like National Institute of Design (NID), FDIC etc.; Wool Bank will be opened in collaboration with Wool Development Board to ensure availability of sufficient raw wool through the follow up of the office of the Development Communication Handicrafts. Besides, the meeting also decided that common washing, Dying and ETP Projects to be initiated by CEPC through the office of the DCH and textile ministry; For reduction of GST on Pashmina Shawls, a suitable proposal of the industry will be recommended to the Ministry of Finance from the Ministry of Textiles. Also, CEPC will work closely with JKTPO to help the marketing and branding requirement of the manufacturers and traders from J&K at trade shows within India and across the globe, to mention a few. Mahavir Pratap Sharma, Chairman, CEPC thanked the Ministry of Textiles and Committee of administration for their support. And he said that it is because of their support and confidence, he is able to open CEPC’s Regional office at Srinagar – which is a milestone in the growth journey of the Council and Handmade Carpet Industry. He further elaborated saying that the Srinagar office will be helpful for better coordination between Member Exporters and Council. Not only him, but the entire carpet industry in Srinagar is grateful to the Minister and her proactiveness of announcing all the schemes on the spot. The minister, in turn, thanked the Prime Minister and his leadership for supporting all industries’ especially carpets in the state. The Indian Handmade carpet Industry is an age-old industry and has made significant strides in the recent past. The Industry is highly labour intensive and provides employment to over two million workers directly and indirectly in the rural areas especially women in their homes. After Iran, Kashmir carpets are one of the most expensive carpets in the world. Now Kashmir is also producing modernly designed carpets. State of Jammu and Kashmir is a traditional handicraft state and famous for handicrafts and carpets. Kashmir is famous for exquisite high-quality hand-knotted woolen and silk carpets which are symbolic of quality and finesse. These carpets have a typically local character imbued in every knot which transforms mere material into magnificent creations of silk and wool with colors and designs that are second to none. Pure Silk Carpets from Kashmir are matchless in design, craftsmanship, and feel. These carpets are woven with 324-2500 knots per square inch and even 4000 knots per square inch and Persian designs are followed. The main carpet producing areas in the state are Baramulla, Bandipura, and Anantnag, Badgam, Pulwama, to name a few. There are approximately 40,000 Carpet Looms in J&K and estimated artisans are around 1.50 lakhs.last_img read more

The top 10 airport scams Stokie holidaymakers need to be aware of

first_img Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . (Image: LIVERPOOL ECHO) 8. Mobile phone scam Holidaygoers now find that they can’t go abroad without a working sim, but do your research on the network companies before getting to the airport. Some vendors have rented phones with the pretext that you get your deposit back when you return the phone, but are instead faced with extortionate call charges. 9. The false greeter If you’ve requested your hotel to send a taxi to collect you from the airport, there could be more than one holding a sign waiting for you. Make a point of getting the driver’s name and number, and you could always check company ID if necessary. Read MoreStoke-on-Trent tourists jetting to Greece for summer getaway warned over deadly disease outbreak   10. The ‘broken’ taxi meter Sometimes taxi drivers can pretend their meter has broken at the end of the journey and then charge you more than the standard tariff. Check prices before you get into the taxi and agree on a price, or book in advance with a reputable company. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Manchester Airport 1. The queue staller Be weary of the person in front of you if they’re being particularly slow at passing through airport security. Their accomplice, who has already passed through the scanner, could steal your belongings and leave.  To avoid this scam, try not to place your belongings on the conveyor belt until you know you’re good to walk through security. Read MoreTravel warning issued to Stoke-on-Trent tourists visiting France this summer   2. The distractor One con artist distracts you enough for you to walk away from your bags, while another dips into your luggage pockets, potentially taking your passport and wallet. A good tip to avoid this is by not placing all valuables in one place, and remember to keep your passport somewhere safe and hidden. 3. The Bluetooth sting If your device is left on ‘discoverable’ mode in an airport, it’ll be susceptible to a hacker’s pairing. They could take your personal information or even install a virus. Driver named following fatal collision Punter found hiding in bushes Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Police search for missing woman Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailAirports can be a stressful enough experience already with having to find a parking space, juggling suitcases and long queues at security. But for the millions of Brits heading abroad for a summer getaway would be well advised to on the lookout for criminals to avoid a holiday from hell before even reaching the hotel. Manchester Airport, East Midlands Airport, Liverpool Airport and Birmingham Airport are all happy hunting grounds for scammers who know holidaygoers will probably be carrying large sums of cash and expensive gadgets. While some passengers may be prone to the docile state of ‘holiday mode’ as they enter the airport – meandering around duty free and eyeing up the restaurants – it’s important to keep your wits about you. And once you’ve arrived on foreign soil, the chances are criminals won’t be far away. So here are the 10 most common airport scams to look out for, The MEN reports if you’re jetting off this summer. Birmingham Airport 4. “Free WiFi” It’s easy to log in to a fake WiFi at the airport by connecting with an insecure hotspot. This can give thieves access to passwords and accounts. Check what the official airport WiFi is before you try to connect. 5. Baggage carousel bump Pickpockets can use their bags as an easy excuse to bump into you and take your wallet or purse. Ensure they’re placed safely in a bag or sealed jacket pocket. Read MoreStoke-on-Trent holidaymakers warned as Spain’s terror threat raised to ‘severe’ for summer holidays   6. The suitcase helper You could fall victim to a scammer pretending they’re trying to help you out, when all they want is your money. Be careful of ‘friendly’ individuals trying to help you with your luggage, but then won’t return it until they receive a sum of money. 7. Classic pickpocket Airports are targeted on purpose because of the amount of cash, passports and luxury items to hand. Holidaygoers are often spotted holding these items out on display in busy areas, so try not to make yourself vulnerable to a pickpocket. last_img read more