Lotto win, joyous pictures and both sides of Twitter – it’s our Top Stories of the week

first_img GAA Lotto win, joyous pictures and both sides of Twitter – it’s our Top Stories of the week Twitter Home We Are Laois Lotto win, joyous pictures and both sides of Twitter – it’s our… We Are Laois Pinterest NEWSShock and sadness following passing of young Laois mother in South AfricaDeep sadness spread at the devastating news that Aisling Heath (neé McCormack), a Portlaoise native, died suddenly at her home near Cape Town.Laois woman airlifted to hospital following farming accident Previous articleYour guide to the Laois hurlers preliminary All-Ireland quarter-final clash against DublinNext articleTraffic congestion in Portlaoise as huge crowds arrive for O’Moore Park double header 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. Facebook GAA Twitter According to Sylvester Phelan of Agriland, the accident involved cattle and took place in Mountrath.Three-year sentence handed to man who seriously assaulted Laois footballerIn April last year, Daniel, known as ‘Dicey’, was out socialising with friends before he was attacked and knocked unconscious while waiting for a taxi at 1am on Easter Sunday night.€1 million lotto ticket sold in well-known Laois shopSomeone in Laois is €1 million richer following Friday evening’s EuroMillions lotto draw.TD hits out at ‘nasty’ online comments about seriously-ill former Taoiseach Brian CowenThis was and is disgusting behaviour.SPORTIn Pictures: Laois Footballers celebrate glorious win over Offaly with supportersSome brilliant pictures. In Pictures: Joyous scenes as Laois hurlers and supporters celebrate Joe McDonagh triumphLaois supporters turned out in force to welcome the victorious Laois senior hurling team back to Portlaoise last Sunday night.The Twitter reaction as the Laois hurlers claim Joe McDonagh Cup successTwitter never lets you down on joyous occasions.WE ARE LAOISIn Pictures: Serious style as St Fergal’s Rathdowney kicks off 2019 debs seasonThe first Debs of the year.Moment in TimeFor this week’s Moment in Time we take a look back to June 2008 when Timahoe NS opened their new extension onto the school.Property Watch For this week’s Property Watch, we looked at properties for rent ranging from €800 to €900 around Laois.COLUMNISTSFr Paddy: 10 guidelines for a happy and peaceful Summer for allSEE ALSO – National ‘Soundest Town’ prize goes to Laois area for the month of June RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img By Alan Hartnett – 7th July 2019 WhatsApp Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results TAGSTop stories of the week GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

Coronavirus: 13 additional deaths and 371 new cases as decision pending on latest easing of restrictions

first_img WhatsApp Coronavirus: 13 additional deaths and 371 new cases as decision pending on latest easing of restrictions WhatsApp By LaoisToday Reporter – 28th April 2021 Electric Picnic Facebook Council There have been a further 13 Coronavirus-related deaths and 371 new cases announced this evening.Once again fewer than five of the cases announced are in Laois, meaning the county’s 14-day incidence rate drops to 87.4 compared to the national average of 121.2.Today’s figures come ahead of a Government decision on what measures will be next to be relaxed in the coming weeks.The Government are set to examine allowing outdoor hospitality to resume at the end of May, the scrapping of the “substantial meal” €9 meal rule for pubs and a late May reopening for personal services including hairdressers and barbers.According to the Irish Times, senior sources said they are “hopeful” that outdoor dining could reopen somewhere in the week of May 24th but it is subject to agreement by cabinet.It’s understood a phased approach similar to April is being considered for next month, with activities seen as having higher levels of risk likely to resume in the second half of the month.This would also see non-contact training for adult sports teams potentially restarting towards the end of May. The resumption of driving tests is also said to be under consideration.There is also hope of delivering further “vaccine bonuses” to those who have been immunised, although the pace of change here is likely to be largely determined by advice currently being worked on by the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet). One potential avenue would be for increased levels of household mixing involving vaccinated people.SEE ALSO – Man dies in Portlaoise following car accident Facebook Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Pinterest Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date TAGSCoronavirus Home News Community Coronavirus: 13 additional deaths and 371 new cases as decision pending on… NewsCommunity Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 months Electric Picnic Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleMan dies in Portlaoise following car accidentNext articleThirteen of the best walking trails Laois has to offer LaoisToday Reporter last_img read more

In Pictures: Joyous scenes as Music Generation Laois entertain residents and staff at two Laois nursing homes

first_img Electric Picnic Pinterest By Alan Hartnett – 12th May 2021 Previous articleThe Midweek Podcast: Hairdressers re-open, top tourist spots in Laois and Abbeyleix woman to represent Ireland in PoloNext articleGAA supporters warned not to use fraudulent websites to watch games live 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. Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSMusic Generation LaoisShaen HospitalSt Vincent’s Mountmellick Twitter They said: “Well done to the band of Nuala Kelly, Denise Boyle and Mary Wisely and the singers from Mountmellick Men’s Shed.“Also thanks to the residents and staff of both settings for such a brilliant musical and sociable experience.“Lets hope this is the first of many outdoor live music experiences for Summer 2021. Home Lifestyle In Pictures: Joyous scenes as Music Generation Laois entertain residents and staff… LifestyleOut and About WhatsApp There were scenes of great joy at two Laois nursing homes over the weekend.Members of Music Generation Laois spent two days aboard the Bandwagon for Bealtaine Festival 2021 in association with the Laois Arts Office.They travelled to Shaen Hospital and St Vincent’s Community Nursing Unit in Mountmellick where the staff and residents were treated to live music.We’d almost certainly say that it was the first live gig to take place in the county for 14 months.It was brilliant to see all the smiling faces and a spokesperson for Music Generation Laois thanked all who took part. Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date WhatsApp In Pictures: Joyous scenes as Music Generation Laois entertain residents and staff at two Laois nursing homes Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Twitter Electric Picnic Pinterest Council “Music Generation Laois’s Nuala Kelly leads the Musical Memories project and the bandwagon was created by Laois School of Music for Electric Picnic 2019.“Thank you also to Creative Ireland and Creative Ireland Laois for their support under the Creativity in Older Age Fund 2021.”Check out some brilliant Alf Harvey pictures below:St Vincent’s Community Nursing Unit MountmellickEnjoying the Music Generation Laois, Musical Memories Bandwagon Tour with Mountmellick Men’s Shed Singers at St. Vincent’s Community Nursing Unit, Mountmellick as part of Bealtaine Festival 2021.Picture: Alf Harvey.Activities co-ordinator Margaret Lawlor encourages the residents to sing along with the Music Generation Laois, Musical Memories Bandwagon Tour with Mountmellick Men’s Shed Singers at St. Vincent’s Community Nursing Unit, Mountmellick as part of Bealtaine Festival 2021.Picture: Alf Harvey.Nuala Kelly performing with the Music Generation Laois, Musical Memories Bandwagon Tour with Mountmellick Men’s Shed Singers at St. Vincent’s Community Nursing Unit, Mountmellick as part of Bealtaine Festival 2021.Picture: Alf Harvey.Enjoying the Music Generation Laois, Musical Memories Bandwagon Tour with Mountmellick Men’s Shed Singers at St. Vincent’s Community Nursing Unit, Mountmellick as part of Bealtaine Festival 2021.Picture: Alf Harvey.Ray McEvoy performing a solo during the Music Generation Laois, Musical Memories Bandwagon Tour with Mountmellick Men’s Shed Singers at St. Vincent’s Community Nursing Unit, Mountmellick as part of Bealtaine Festival 2021.Picture: Alf Harvey.Matthew Carroll performing a solo during the Music Generation Laois, Musical Memories Bandwagon Tour with Mountmellick Men’s Shed Singers at St. Vincent’s Community Nursing Unit, Mountmellick as part of Bealtaine Festival 2021.Picture: Alf Harvey.The Music Generation Laois, Musical Memories Bandwagon Tour with Mountmellick Men’s Shed Singers at St. Vincent’s Community Nursing Unit, Mountmellick as part of Bealtaine Festival 2021.Picture: Alf Harvey.Enjoying the Music Generation Laois, Musical Memories Bandwagon Tour with Mountmellick Men’s Shed Singers at St. Vincent’s Community Nursing Unit, Mountmellick as part of Bealtaine Festival 2021.Picture: Alf Harvey.The Music Generation Laois, Musical Memories Bandwagon Tour with Mountmellick Men’s Shed Singers at St. Vincent’s Community Nursing Unit, Mountmellick as part of Bealtaine Festival 2021.Picture: Alf Harvey.Enjoying the Music Generation Laois, Musical Memories Bandwagon Tour with Mountmellick Men’s Shed Singers at St. Vincent’s Community Nursing Unit, Mountmellick as part of Bealtaine Festival 2021.Picture: Alf Harvey.Enjoying the Music Generation Laois, Musical Memories Bandwagon Tour with Mountmellick Men’s Shed Singers at St. Vincent’s Community Nursing Unit, Mountmellick as part of Bealtaine Festival 2021.Picture: Alf Harvey.The Music Generation Laois, Musical Memories Bandwagon Tour with Mountmellick Men’s Shed Singers at St. Vincent’s Community Nursing Unit, Mountmellick as part of Bealtaine Festival 2021.Picture: Alf Harvey.Shaen HospitalThe Music Generation Laois, Musical Memories Bandwagon Tour at St. Brigid’s Hospital Shaen as part of Bealtaine Festival 2021.Picture: Alf Harvey.Denise Boyle performing for the Music Generation Laois, Musical Memories Bandwagon Tour at St. Brigid’s Hospital Shaen as part of Bealtaine Festival 2021.Picture: Alf Harvey.Mary Wisely performing for the Music Generation Laois, Musical Memories Bandwagon Tour at St. Brigid’s Hospital Shaen as part of Bealtaine Festival 2021.Picture: Alf Harvey.Denise Boyle, Nuala Kelly and Mary Wisely performing for the Music Generation Laois, Musical Memories Bandwagon Tour at St. Brigid’s Hospital Shaen as part of Bealtaine Festival 2021.Picture: Alf Harvey.Nuala Kelly performing for the Music Generation Laois, Musical Memories Bandwagon Tour at St. Brigid’s Hospital Shaen as part of Bealtaine Festival 2021.Picture: Alf Harvey.The Music Generation Laois, Musical Memories Bandwagon Tour at St. Brigid’s Hospital Shaen as part of Bealtaine Festival 2021.Picture: Alf Harvey.Denise Boyle, Nuala Kelly and Mary Wisely performing for the Music Generation Laois, Musical Memories Bandwagon Tour at St. Brigid’s Hospital Shaen as part of Bealtaine Festival 2021.Picture: Alf Harvey.Denise Boyle, Rosa Flannery, Nuala Kelly, Martin Hibbitts and Mary Wisely from Music Generation Laois, Musical Memories Bandwagon Tour at St. Brigid’s Hospital Shaen as part of Bealtaine Festival 2021.Picture: Alf Harvey.SEE ALSO – “No reason” for Electric Picnic not to go ahead in September says organiser Facebook Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 monthslast_img read more

TMX meets requirements for takeover of Australia’s Razor Risk

Share this article and your comments with peers on social media In November, TMX Group entered a $10.2-million takeover agreement for all of the company’s stock that was conditional on at least 90% acceptance from shareholders. Razor, headquartered in Sydney, provides credit risk software to clearing houses, stock exchanges, financial institutions and brokerages around the world. Part of the initial offer included an additional one- or two-cent per share payment if there was excess working capital in Razor when the offer became unconditional. However, the TMX said that it has been determined that working capital has been calculated to be nil. TMX Group Inc. (TSX:X) says it has met the requirements to trigger an automatic takeup of shares in its bid for Australia’s Razor Risk Technologies Ltd., a provider of credit risk software. The operator of Canada’s largest stock exchange said Wednesday that 91.2% of outstanding shares have been tendered to the bid. Related news Canadian Press Cidel Asset Management to acquire fixed income manager CI acquires US$5.1B San Diego-based RIA Desjardins buys Montreal boutique firm Hexavest Keywords Mergers and acquisitionsCompanies TMX Group Inc. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

FASB issues new guidance on financial assets

first_img The FASB began a joint effort with the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) began before the financial crisis to improve their standards on the accounting for financial instruments, and to achieve convergence between their standards, the new guidance explains. It notes that the global economic crisis further highlighted the need for improvement in the accounting for financial instruments. The main objective of the new guidance is to “enhance the reporting model for financial instruments to provide users of financial statements with more useful information,” the guidance says. “The new standard is intended to provide users of financial statements with more useful information on the recognition, measurement, presentation, and disclosure of financial instruments,” says Russell Golden, FASB chairman. “It improves the accounting model to better meet the requirements of today’s complex economic environment.” The new guidance will take effect for public companies for fiscal years beginning after Dec. 15, 2017. The Norwalk, Conn.-based Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) on Tuesday issued an accounting standards update that aims to improve the recognition and measurement of financial instruments to provide investors with more useful information. Among other things, the new guidance: requires firms to measure equity investments at fair value, and to recognize changes to fair value in net income; mandates the use of the exit price notion when measuring the fair value of financial instruments for disclosure purposes; and requires firms to provide separate presentations of financial assets and liabilities by measurement category and form of financial assets. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Accounting standards Standards setting for accounting, auditing facing review CSA sets rules on non-GAAP financial reportingcenter_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news James Langton Don’t skimp on financial reporting, IOSCO sayslast_img read more

Gov’t Importing Cement to Meet Shortage in Supplies

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedGov’t Importing Cement to Meet Shortage in Supplies RelatedGov’t Importing Cement to Meet Shortage in Supplies RelatedGov’t Importing Cement to Meet Shortage in Suppliescenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The government is moving to address the shortage of cement in the market through the importation of 64,000 tonnes of the product from Cuba.Information Minister, Senator Colin Campbell, told journalists at yesterday’s (April 11) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, that the government, through the Jamaica Bauxite Institute (JBI), would be finalising an agreement with the government of Cuba this week, for the imports.The imports should arrive in three tranches, with shipments to the island expected to begin within three weeks.In addition, he informed that the Ministry of Finance and Planning has approved some 150,000 tonnes of commercial imports and the first shipment was expected in Jamaica next week.Meanwhile, Senator Campbell said that Industry, Commerce, Science and Technology Minister, Phillip Paulwell had reported to Cabinet that, “the cement supply situation was steadily improving even though there is still some level of shortage in the market.”He informed that work had restarted on major government projects including the bus transportation centre in Half-Way-Tree and the two stadiums for next year’s Cricket World Cup, while Carib Cement’s daily production of approximately 3,000 tonnes of cement had returned to normal under the supervision of the Bureau of Standards.The company has also imported some 20,000 tonnes of cement for distribution.Recently, Carib Cement recalled 500 tonnes of faulty cement that had reached the market, resulting in a shortage of supplies for major projects. Gov’t Importing Cement to Meet Shortage in Supplies UncategorizedApril 11, 2006last_img read more

Mining Sector Will Rebound by 2010, Says Ministry Spokesman

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedMining Sector Will Rebound by 2010, Says Ministry Spokesman FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Senior Director of Policy Planning and Development in the Ministry of Mining and Telecommunications, Oral Rainford, is calling upon persons in the mining sector to prepare to benefit when a rebound takes place by 2010.“The mining sector is expected to rebound by 2010, so the time is opportune to get ready to reap the benefits and be in the forefront of planning and investments”, Mr. Rainford said at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ session yesterday (February 5), to inform of activities scheduled for Minerals Week.“Investment in limestone mining from raw material to the value-added product can be a very valuable investment, leading to an average increase in the unit value from US$10.00 per tonne for construction grade limestone aggregate, to an average of US$120.00 per tonne for lime,” said Engineering and Management Consultant and member of the National Minerals Week Committee, Norman Davis, who also spoke at the JIS ‘Think Tank’ session.Mr. Davis said that in 2008, Jamaica produced 305,000 tonnes of limestone aggregate and imported 90,000 tonnes at a value of US$120.00 per tonne to meet a shortfall. He said that Jamaica could increase production, if local capacity was beefed up. One way, he suggested, would be to restore closed operations and upgrade those in operation, noting that many operations had machinery which were 20-40 years old.One aim of National Minerals Week is to broaden awareness of possibilities for increased production and earnings in the sector, by looking at modernisation in the face of local and global challenges. This is reflected in the theme of the week and its range of activities.Mr. Davis added that lime was one of the most widely used, value-added products which demand continued to outstrip production. Lime is used in pharmaceuticals, construction equipment, food such as flour and sugar, paint and numerous other products.The challenges facing the minerals sector and the required solutions for development will be discussed during the week at the many events, including Town Meetings, which will allow for the widest public participation. Mining Sector Will Rebound by 2010, Says Ministry Spokesman MiningFebruary 7, 2009center_img RelatedMining Sector Will Rebound by 2010, Says Ministry Spokesman RelatedMining Sector Will Rebound by 2010, Says Ministry Spokesmanlast_img read more

Benz’s light-up badges recalled because they could kill power steering

first_img advertisement COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Trending Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Subscribe to Plugged In on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts. Dealers will fix the issue free of charge, and affected owners will be notified in December.Earlier this month, several Rolls-Royce models with illuminated ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ hood ornaments were recalled — not because of any malfunction, but because the European Union deemed the feature a contributor to light pollution in the continent.LISTEN: E-mobility expert Daniel Breton talks EV adoption in Quebec. Mercedes-Benz is recalling new SUVs with its illuminated tri-star grille badge option because the feature’s wiring could cause connected systems in the power steering, headlights, and wipers to fail.In the U.S., about 12,799 examples of the 2020-model-year GLE and GLS sport-utilities are affected, specifically the GLE350, GLE450, GLE580, GLS450, and GLS 580 if equipped with the option.On affected vehicles, the ground for the light-up badge – shared with the above-mentioned systems – may have been installed incorrectly. That bad ground could then lead to a sudden loss of power steering, to the wiper motors failing, or to the headlights malfunctioning. The automaker has received no reports of accidents connected to the issue so far, however. RELATED TAGSMercedes-BenzSUVLuxuryLuxury CarsSafety and MaintenanceLuxury VehiclesMaintenanceNew Vehiclescenter_img First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Trending in Canada See More Videos 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 ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

Major Focus on Alternative Energy

first_imgRelatedMajor Focus on Alternative Energy Advertisements The volatility of the global energy market has forced consuming countries worldwide to take a serious look at the skyrocketing cost and its impact on their economies, and to plan and implement strategies aimed at reducing their dependence on fossil fuel.The Government, which is also feeling the effects of the cost of imported oil, has stepped up its effort to raise public awareness and plan strategies for the use of alternative energy, particularly renewable energy.Included in the strategies are the launching of the country’s first National Energy Policy; setting the stage for the introduction of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG); promoting the use of solar energy and expanding wind farms.There has also been an islandwide series of community and stakeholder workshops put on by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ).At the February 2011 launch of the workshops, Chief Technical Director at the PCJ, Earl Green, explained that the objectives were to promote energy efficiency; and the utilisation of energy efficient equipment, gadgets, systems and programmes in Jamaica.Meanwhile, newly appointed Minister of Energy and Mining, Hon. Clive Mullings, is   calling on Jamaicans to be more knowledgeable about energy consumption in their households, in their daily travels and at the workplace.  In so doing, householders will be able to control what they spend monthly to meet their domestic energy needs.Speaking with JIS News, Mr. Mullings said consumers must ensure that the appliances they purchase are energy efficient, and that they are aware of what causes spikes in energy usage.“The reason why, in some instances, the bill goes up, is that the house is locked up and is very hot, and the refrigerator, by virtue of the increasing pressure on the outside, is continuously working,” he says.Mr. Mullings points out that 65 per cent of energy consumption is in refrigeration and air-conditioning, and the Government is actively examining the use of the current hydro carbon refrigerant, which is highly inefficient.“We have to see how best we can minimise the utilisation of that in appliances or make our consumers aware that when they are purchasing equipment, they don’t just buy the cheapest one, but they look at the energy efficient one,” he argues.The Minister also cites other strategies that consumers can adopt to minimise energy consumption, including opening windows to increase air flow, using the water heater for no more than five to 10 minutes and restricting the frequent use of irons.“Unlike the leaking pipe where you can see water gushing, you don’t see the electricity gushing. For the refrigerator, you have to get into the culture of not going in and out like a revolving door, because you are affecting your consumption.  These things add up,” he notes.The Minister says efforts are being made in public buildings to reduce energy consumption, particularly in this time of fiscal constraints.Mr. Mullings recommends that private companies can request of the Jamaica Public Service, a graph of their energy consumption pattern.  This will enable them to identify periods of high energy use, analyse these times and take corrective decisions.There is also concern about the use of high energy consuming incandescent light bulbs, which could be replaced by more energy efficient fluorescent bulbs.Commenting on the proposed ban on incandescent bulbs, the Minister says there is merit in at least examining the prospect of imposing such a ban, pointing out that any such decision would have to be made by Cabinet.“The fact is that the energy saving bulb is more expensive, but we have to get there, because we are facing a crisis,” he says.Meanwhile, the Government has stepped up its effort to boost its renewable energy strategy, through the commissioning of a Wind Mapping study.This study is being undertaken by Wigton Wind Farm Limited, an agency of the Ministry of Energy and Mining, through the PCJ.Wind mapping will determine the wind blowing patterns across the island. It will also identify the best points for establishing wind farms.The Energy Minister tells JIS News that the study is critical to the government’s strategy of increasing its available stock of alternative energy sources, which will assist in reducing the country’s dependence on fossil fuel.“A loan has been received and the process has already begun. We expect that that wind map will allow not only for putting up turbines, but [will] encourage private investors to come in, because then you’ll know where to put up wind turbines,” he said.The wind mapping exercise complements the vision for the country’s energy sector under the National Energy Policy.  This policy seeks to provide the framework for the sustainable management of energy resources and for the development of viable renewable energy resources, which is expected to represent some 20 per cent of the country’s energy mix by 2030.Mr. Mullings points out that the study is also necessary because not every location that is windy or has a strong gust of wind, is suitable.“If the flow is inconsistent, then the output from the turbine is inconsistent and it affects the grid’s stability and its delivery,” he added.Using wind turbines for the generation of electricity enhances the country’s drive for ‘clean energy’. It also reduces the emissions from burning traditional fuels and lowers the country’s global carbon output.The PCJ is also keen in facilitating the development of a solar manufacturing plant in the island, or developing the business plan which would lead to its creation.“We’ve had some discussions and we’re going to be either facilitating or developing a business plan for a solar manufacturing facility in Jamaica and this would be the first in the CARICOM region,” Mr. Green says.The Chief Technical Director says the private sector will be invited to take part in such a venture. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Major Focus on Alternative Energy EnergyAugust 24, 2011Written by: O. Rodger Hutchinsoncenter_img Story HighlightsThe volatility of the global energy market has forced consuming countries worldwide to take a serious look at the skyrocketing cost and its impact on their economies, and to plan and implement strategies aimed at reducing their dependence on fossil fuel.The Government, which is also feeling the effects of the cost of imported oil, has stepped up its effort to raise public awareness and plan strategies for the use of alternative energy, particularly renewable energy.  Included in the strategies are the launching of the country’s first National Energy Policy; setting the stage for the introduction of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG); promoting the use of solar energy and expanding wind farms. RelatedMajor Focus on Alternative Energy RelatedMajor Focus on Alternative Energylast_img read more

Tiered Work Permit Fees Could Be Implemented

first_imgRelatedProductivity Centre Assists Uniform Manufacturer to Boost Output Tiered Work Permit Fees Could Be Implemented LabourJune 4, 2013 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is currently exploring the possibility of implementing a tiered work permit fee structure, in a bid to streamline the issuance process. Making the disclosure during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House on June 4, Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, said the proposed structure, along with a pre-approved point system, will help to make the issuance of work permits more efficient in various sectors, such as agriculture and telecommunications. [RELATED: Flexible Work Arrangements Will be a Reality – Minister Kellier] “This is being done in an effort to encourage local entrepreneurship and productive investments,” the Minister told the House. He further emphasised that these measures are being implemented to protect the Jamaican worker and to “prevent unscrupulous persons from compromising our work permit system.” Mr. Kellier noted that the process of issuing work permits is guided by an Inter- Ministerial Committee, which meets on a bi-weekly basis to review and make recommendations for approval. “This group provides invaluable expertise to the process of granting a work permit. The committee also conducts research into the needs of the market and assists in carrying out investigations to minimise the reported incidence of human trafficking,” he said. Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwards Related2013/2014 Sectoral Debate: Minister of Labour and Social Security, the Hon. Derrick Kelliercenter_img Advertisements RelatedSchools in Western Parishes Get Facelift on Labour Daylast_img read more