McAlpine Welcomes Assurances from Justice Secretary Over Dumfries Prison

first_imgMs McAlpine welcomed this assurance.  She said:“I understand why staff were concerned about the future of the prison, however I am pleased that the Justice Secretary has been able to offer his assurances that it remains an important part of SPS estate.“I hope that this can allow the staff some peace of mind to continue the fantastic work that they do at HMP Dumfries.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInSouth Scotland MSP Joan McAlpine has welcomed assurances from Justice Secretary Michael Matheson that there are no plans to close HMP Dumfries.The MSP wrote to Mr Matheson following an approach from the prison’s branch secretary, amidst concerns that it did not feature in the Scottish Prison Service’s infrastructure investment plan.The omission had left staff worried about the long term future of the prison.However, in a letter Mr Matheson gave reassurances that HMP Dumfries has a secure future.He said:“I can confirm that the Scottish Prison Service has advised me there are no plans to close HMP Dumfries.“It is true that the facility does not currently figure in infrastructure investment plans at this time, however, these plans are developed and prioritised on the basis of the most pressing need for capital investment.”last_img read more

Geothermal energy will eliminate need for fuel surcharge

first_imgLocalNews Geothermal energy will eliminate need for fuel surcharge by: – July 29, 2013 Share Sharing is caring! 8 Views   no discussions Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit presented the 2013/2014 national budget last week WednesdayDominicans have been told that the generation of electricity from geothermal energy will eliminate the need for the fuel surcharge added to their electricity bills.Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit disclosed at Parliament last week that the cost of energy affects the quality of life of families, individuals and households and the competitiveness of businesses. “The “fuel surcharge”, which is part of the electricity bill related to the use of diesel for operating the generators, can be up to 45 percent of the bill. The generation of electricity from geothermal energy will eliminate the need for this surcharge,” he said.He noted that since assuming office, his government has focused on the development of the country’s geothermal resources. “We believe that this resource can have a tremendous transformational effect on the Dominican economy due to the number and variety of new investments that a relatively cheap energy supply could attract”. According to Mr Skerrit, to date, government has invested a significant sum of money towards the geothermal project.“In August 2013, the drilling of a production and reinjection well will commence. This is estimated to cost an additional $36.7 million making a total of $67.2 million invested by government in developing the resource in the Roseau Valley. He said further that this $67.2 million invested has allowed government to establish that the geothermal resource of the Roseau Valley is of excellent quality and available in sufficient quantity to generate in excess of 120 megawatts of electricity.He said there is reason to believe that we are beginning to reap the benefits of using this approach. At a meeting held in Paris, last month, the Agence Francaise de Developpment (AFD) offered to provide full financing for the construction of the small power plant of 15 megawatt which will supply electricity to the local market. The drilling of a production and reinjection well is expected to commence in August“Upon construction of this plant, the current analysis suggests that consumers can expect to see a decrease of some 40 percent in the price paid for electricity,” Mr Skerrit stated.The Government and people of Dominica will own between 80 percent to 90 percent of the small power plant which will be constructed by 2015. A minority shareholding of between 20 percent and 10 per cent will be offered to a group of French and other investors with interest in developing the large power plant of 100 plus megawatt to supply electricity to Guadeloupe and Martinique. In the coming months, work will commence to determine the amount of land that will be necessary to successfully build and operate the geothermal plants that we plan to establish. “In doing so, Government guarantees that the property rights of landowners in the selected communities will be respected. Those occupying lands legitimately, but with no title to the property, will be assisted in obtaining title so as to facilitate transactions for bringing the resource to commercial reality”.He said his government regards the landowners as “key stakeholders” and as such they will intensify the dissemination of information on all aspects of the development.They will also seek their participation and involvement in its planning as the project progresses. Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Seventeen say goodbye to Lead Institute

first_img Sharing is caring! Valedictorian of the 2018 Graduating Class of Lead University, Joanice GeorgeSeventeen students have officially completed their tenure at the Lead Institute with a graduate ceremony held last Friday under the theme ‘Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.’The students received their diplomas from the ceremony’s featured speaker, Dr. Tricia Lewis, and their awards from the Director of Lead Institute, David Vital.Joanice George was named valedictorian, going on to cop the Valedictorian Award and the outstanding Accounts Major as well as the subject prizes for Outstanding Accounting Student, Outstanding Caribbean Studies Student, Outstanding Management Student and Outstanding Integrated Math Student.Natalia Antoine took home the Leadership Award and the Outstanding Law Major Award, as well as subject awards for Outstanding Caribbean Studies Student, Outstanding Law Student, Outstanding Literature Student, and Outstanding Integrated Math Student.Janelle Antoine received subject prizes for Outstanding Literature Student, Outstanding Law Student, and Outstanding Communication Studies Student.Desra Eusell copped the awards for Outstanding Economics Major, and Outstanding Entrepreneurship Student, while Destiny Pascal picked up the award for Outstanding Law Student.During her valedictory address, Joanice George stated that the graduating class ability to embrace change is one of the reasons they were able to complete their college journey.“Our completion of this academic journey was not solely based on our ability but more so our adaptability. We were able to conform to change and make the best of our circumstances. Many of us had the opportunity to run away from the situation or just throw in the towel but you fellow graduates did otherwise,” George stated.She went on to tell her fellow graduates to use obstacles to strengthen themselves as they follow their dreams.“The fact that we are here todays simply shows our determination and drive to succeed despite the odds. I urge you fellow graduates to use any and every obstacle as a confidence booster in the direction of your dreams,” she noted.George went on to state that “instead of having a negative outlook on challenges, look at them as opportunities to strengthen your determination to achieve your dreams,” adding that “since it is your dream, be in control of your destination and your journey.”She warned her colleagues against unfairly comparing themselves and their success to that of others, stating that “your measure of success may not be mine, my dream is not your dream; thus be your own person.”George further urged the graduating class to continue to embrace the changes that they will encounter while following their dreams, noting that “whatever your future endeavors are, remember to be your own person and follow your dreams .“Change is inevitable, she noted, while urging the graduates to be ‘adaptable’ and encouraging them to “not allow your dreams to remain mere dreams.”“Transform these dreams into reality by taking precise steps, embellished with confidence. Graduating class of 2018, please put on your confident socks, strap up your adaptable sneakers and run confidently in the direction of your dreams,” George added.– / 87 Tweet Share Sharecenter_img EducationLocalNewsTertiary Seventeen say goodbye to Lead Institute by: – August 20, 2018 Share 455 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

NEOSI High School Football Preview 2016: Benedictine High School

first_img Ryan Kaczmarski Related TopicsBenedictine High SchoolfootballNorth Coast League By Mike CouteeAfter going 12-1 last year, reaching the OHSAA Division III regional finals, the Benedictine Bengals are prepped for the 2016 season. The Bengals play in the North Coast League (Blue Division), which also features Akron Archbishop Hoban, Walsh Jesuit, Padua, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin and Lake Catholic.First year Head Coach Carter Welo took the place of long time head coach Joe Schaefer, who resigned in February, the day before the National College Letter of Intent signing day.The new Benedictine coaching staff is looking to keep the Bengals as one of the premier programs in Northeast Ohio. Photo by Mike CouteeCoach Welo has set high expectations, both for himself and for his players.“We need to win games,” Welo said. “We need to play every game in November and December.We’re the ‘Home of Champions’ for a reason.“Yes, I’m a first year head coach – new to everything, and have a bunch of seniors leaving – but that doesn’t change our expectations.”Benedictine is dealing with the loss of many key players to graduation, including Justin Layne (Michigan State), Warren Saba (Garden City C.C-Kan.), Dontez Rash (Ohio) and TJ Beltavski (Ball State).“I think it will be hard to replace last years team … the fact is, we did have a lot of talent, but we’re young and growing,” Welo stated. “Our defense has three returning starters, and five on offense returning, but there’s a lot of senior leadership we have lost going into this year.“Our guys are hungry, competing and don’t want to lose a beat,” he continued. “The next guys up need to step up to the plate.”Even though the Bengals lost many players to college football, there are many key players to watch for the 2016 season.Photo by Mike Coutee“We have a lot of young talent on our team,” Welo said. “One is our running back DeCavillon Reese, who is a very special player who started for us last year. Wide receiver Aubrey Warb is a big player maker, while our two safeties, Keith Williams and Jaczin Tytko, return to start on the defensive side, and we need a lot of production from those two guys.”Welo also knows that there are many big games on this year’s docket.“Archbishop Hoban always give us competition,” he explained. “Both teams go in there and grind and always end up in a close game. If you have Benedictine in front of your jersey, every team wants to go after us, because we’ve always finish on top in our division.“Weather if its Ursuline in week one or Cleveland Heights in week three, the expectation is that we’re going to get the best from every team that we play and we going to do the same thing,” Welo added. “That’s how we going to play ‘Bengals football.’”The team’s main goal will be to fight for a trip back to Columbus in the OHSAA state tournament.“(We want) to win the NCL and get back to Columbus, but first, if we want to get there, we expect to go into every game prepared to play and hopefully to come out with a ‘W,’” Welo stated. “The NCL and the playoff push is right in our sites.”The Bengals will look to start off strong, with the 2016 season kicking off against the Ursuline Fighting Irish at home, Aug. 27, at Bedford Bearcat Staduim.2016 Benedictine Bengals season schedule (All home games will be played at Bedford High School)08.27.2016 7:00pm Ursuline High School09.03.2016 2:00pm @ John R Buchtel High School09.09.2016 7:00pm @ Cleveland Heights High School09.16.2016 7:00pm Cathedral Preparatory School09.23.2016 7:30pm @ Bishop Watterson High School09.30.2016 7:00pm Notre Dame Cathedral Latin School *10.07.2016 7:00pm @ Lake Catholic High School *10.14.2016 7:00pm @ Padua Franciscan High School *10.21.2016 7:00pm Walsh Jesuit High School *10.28.2016 7:00pm @ Archbishop Hoban High School ** denotes a conference gamecenter_img Ryan Kaczmarski has been the sports editor for a group of weekly community newspapers for the last five years. He has previously covered the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Cavaliers, Lake Erie Monsters and other minor league and small college teams. He is a born and bred Cleveland Browns fan, who is passionate with love of all things Cleveland sports.last_img read more

IATA Usul Dunia Jangan Karantina Wisatawan! Ini Alasannya

first_img“Menerapkan kebijakan karantina ke wisatawan yang tiba membuat sektor perjalanan dan pariwisata negara-negara di dunia anjlok. Untungnya, ada alternatif kebijakan yang dapat mengurangi risiko kasus Covid-19 impor sambil tetap memungkinkan dimulainya kembali perjalanan dan pariwisata yang berkontribusi untuk memulai kembali perekonomian nasional,” jelasnya.“Kami telah mengusulkan sistem perlindungan baru untuk mencegah orang sakit atau dalam keadaan tak sehat bepergian dan mengurangi risiko penularan jika seorang wisatawan terpapar corona sesampainya di bandara (negara) tujuan,” tambahnya, seperti dikutip dari laman resmi IATA.Sistem perlindungan atau mekanisme baru bagi penumpang yang dimaksud IATA adalah, pertama, saat ini, hampir seluruh maskapai atau negara di dunia telah menerapkan kebijakan rapid test serta test PCR atau uji laboratorium kepada seluruh penumpang. Kebijakan rapid test dan atau PCR juga disarankan IATA agar wajib dilakukan di negara-negara dengan angka kasus corona yang masih tinggi. Dengan begitu, risiko penularan di bandara dan pesawat lebih minim.Bahkan, di beberapa negara seperti Hong Kong dan Dubai, seluruh penumpang internasional yang baru tiba dilakukan rapid test ulang, sekalipun mereka sudah mendapatkan sertifikat sehat berdasarkan hasil rapid test atau PCR di negara asal. Bila pun ada penumpang yang terinfeksi corona, ikut dalam penerbangan, dan baru terdeteksi di bandara atau negara tujuan, tingkat infeksi dari penumpang tersebut diklaim rendah dengan diterapkannya protokol kesehatan yang ketat.Kedua, sistem perlindungan atau mekanisme baru maskapai ialah mendorong penumpang untuk menerapkan protokol kesehatan, seperti memakai masker, mencuci tangan dengan air mengalir atau hand sanitizer, sarung tangan, physical distancing di bandara dan pesawat, face shield, hingga kontak tracing; termasuk di dalamnya inovasi teknologi dari berbagai perusahaan dunia yang disadur maskapai, seperti GermFalcon, inovasi interior pesawat, dan lain sebagainya.Selain itu, maskapai juga mendorong agar penumpang yang merasa kurang sehat agar tak memaksakan diri bepergian kecuali urusan sangat penting.Belum lagi kebijakan kenormalan baru atau new normal, seperti contactless service, berupa memberikan fleksibilitas kepada penumpang untuk melakukan reservasi, check-in, boarding, baggage handling, sampai layanan seluruh tenan restoran, imigrasi, sampai body check tanpa adanya kontak langsung.Baca juga: (1) 15 Inovasi Interior Cegah Penyebaran Covid-19 di Pesawat, Nomor 8 Paling Canggih“Memulai kembali perekonomian dengan aman adalah prioritas. Itu termasuk perjalanan dan pariwisata. Kebijakan karantina mungkin memainkan peran dalam menjaga orang tetap aman, tetapi mereka juga akan membuat banyak pengangguran. Alternatifnya adalah mengurangi risiko melalui serangkaian tindakan. Maskapai sudah menawarkan fleksibilitas sehingga mencegah calon penumpang untuk bepergian,” kata Juniac.“Sertifikat kesehatan, screening, dan pengujian oleh pemerintah akan menambah tingkat keamanan tambahan. Dan jika seseorang bepergian saat terinfeksi, kita dapat mengurangi risiko penularan dengan protokol untuk mencegah penyebaran selama perjalanan atau saat di tempat tujuan. Dan kontak tracing yang efektif dapat mengisolasi mereka yang paling berisiko,” tutupnya.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedPengamat Penerbangan: Kalau Sudah Pakai Masker Semua, Kenapa Harus Jaga Jarak?01/07/2020In “Featured”Berkah Vaksin, IATA Sebut Butuh 8 Ribu Pesawat Jumbo untuk Antarkan Vaksin ke Seluruh Dunia11/09/2020In “Analisa Angkutan”Aturan Baru, Singapura Wajibkan Semua Pesawat Punya Area Karantina di Dalam Kabin10/09/2020In “Featured” Ilustrasi Bandara Ali Sadikin. Foto: Asosiasi Transportasai Udara Internasional (IATA) menyarankan agar pemerintah negara-negara di dunia tidak menerapkan kebijakan karantina ke wisatawan yang datang. Sebab, sebelum naik pesawat, mereka telah melewati serangkaian proses panjang untuk memastikan hanya penumpang sehat yang diizinkan bepergian dengan pesawat.Baca juga: Covid-19 Ubah Enam Hal di Industri Penerbangan, Nomor 4 Bikin Geleng-geleng!CEO IATA, Alexandre de Juniac menyebut, bila negara-negara di dunia masih menerapkan kebijakan tersebut, sektor perjalanan dan pariwisata mereka akan terus tertekan. Ujungnya, perekonomian nasional pun akan terus macet dan menimbulkan efek domino berupa PHK.last_img read more

Miyazato finishes third after Kia final flourish

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Rory McIlroy, Ai Miyazato, Kia Classic, Jason Day, Louis Oosthuizen KEYWORDS Miyazato, joint leader after the first round, finished seven shots behind New Zealand’s world No. 1 Lydia Ko, who captured her first title of the season and 11th of her career.Ko carded a third straight 67 and closed out four shots ahead of South Korea’s Park In-bee.Miyazato had her best finish in an LPGA event since a runnerup finish at the 2013 JTBC Founders Cup. Her last top 10 also came that year, at the 2013 Lotte Championship.“I haven’t finished top 10 since, I don’t know, maybe a couple years ago, and finally I did it,” Miyazato told “So I’m really satisfied with what I did, and definitely gained confidence.“I’ve been struggling with my putting since a couple years ago, and that’s why my game wasn’t really there. But I had really good patience and I knew I could get through it.“Right now, I’m in the process, but the difference is I’m having fun more with my game. So I think that was it. I need this feeling until the end of November.”Also for Japan, Harukyo Nomura had a 73 and finished in 16th place, while Sakura Yokomine had a 72 and closed in 60th.Day reaps rewardAPAustin, Texas — Everyone around him was telling Jason Day to withdraw from the Dell Match Play and not risk further injury to his back.Day knew he was playing well enough to win and wanted to stick it out.The decision paid off in more ways than he could imagine.Day returned to No. 1 in the world by making it to Sunday. It felt even sweeter when he beat Rory McIlroy in an epic semifinal, and then beat Louis Oosthuizen in a championship match so one-sided that it might as well have been a victory lap around Austin Country Club.“I’m glad I didn’t listen,” Day said. “I wanted to win. I wanted to win so bad that I felt with how I was playing, if I kept playing the way I was going, I would be holding the trophy at the end of the week. And that’s what kept me going.” IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img RELATED PHOTOS CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA – Ai Miyazato fired a sizzling final round of 6-under-par 66 to finish third at the Kia Classic on Sunday.The former world No. 1 started the day in 15th place but reeled off seven birdies against a lone bogey at the Aviara Golf Club to secure her first top-five finish in three years with a total of 12-under 276. Ai Miyazato | KYODOlast_img read more

Kenai And Homer In The Top Five Safest Cities In Alaska, According To Report

first_imgThe overall evaluation is based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) in each city. If there was a tie, Safewise also factored in the number of property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft). SafeWise has announced the release of their annual five Safest Cities in Alaska report for 2017. The top five safest cities included; 1. Sitka, 2. Homer, 3. Kenai, 4. Unalaska, and  5. Ketchikan. To identify the five safest cities in Alaska, SafeWise reviewed the latest FBI crime report statistics and population data. Cities that fell below identified population thresholds or that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI were excluded from the ranking system. SafeWise stated that in fact, violent offenses represented less than 10% of all crimes among the top three safest cities of Sitka, Homer, and Kenai.center_img FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享 Story as aired: According to SafeWise, while conducting the data for their report to establish the top five safest cities in Alaska they determined that of all the crime reported in these cities (and in the state), most were property crimes—not violent crimes.last_img read more

Permaul shines as Jaguars take control

first_imgLeft-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul bagged seven wickets yesterday for the Guyana Jaguars to extract the sting out of the Jamaica Scorpions on the opening day of their sixth-round West Indies Championship match at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium.The pint-sized spinner ended with figures of seven for 59 from 30.4 overs, as the Jamaicans struggled to negotiate the Guyanese spinners after being asked to take the first strike and were dismissed for 216.Jermaine Blackwood was once again the only bright spark for the home side, as the right-hander top-scored with a valiant 59 from 132 balls.The day began with the hosts getting off to a decent start with the opening pair of John Campbell and Alwyn Williams putting on 40 runs for the first wicket.The introduction of left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer did the trick for captain Leon Johnson, as Campbell was controversially given out caught behind for 20.Permaul then began his demolition duties, as he bowled both Williams and Paul Palmer Jr. for 12 and 4 respectively, to leave the home side reeling at 60 for 3.Blackwood and Nkrumah Bonner began the recovery mission and the pair added 58 runs for the fourth wicket before Permaul had Bonner lbw for 15.Blackwood and Denis Smith then shared in another useful 38 run partnership, but when Blackwood played around one from Permaul to be lbw for 59, the Scorpions innings went into decline.Smith fought his way to 23 from 82 balls, but when he was the eight-wicket to fall with the score on 197, the Scorpions innings quickly folded with Permaul having Nicholson Gordon caught at slip for 18.Off-spinner Kevin Sinclair picked up two wickets for two runs.The Guyanese openers safely negotiated two overs late in the day without a loss a wicket.last_img read more

Sponsor calls for support in Lae

first_imgRugby League By FRANKIY KAPIN South Pacific Brewery, the naming rights sponsor of the PNG Hunters says everyone should get behind the team with full support. With Lae hosting the Hunters for the first time, South Pacific Brewery said it was about getting the game that Papua New Guineans love close to the people. “Community engagements, meeting the players and coming together as one community to support our team, rugby league is our national sport, and everyone should have the opportunity to see the best players play live and witness the quality of the Intrust Super Cup,” SP said. Asked by the Post-Courier if the success of the Lae game can be considered to extending similar approaches to other centres like Mt Hagen and Goroka, SP Brewery said: “That is a call for the PNGRFL to make. “However in saying that, as the naming sponsors of the SP Hunters we will assist where needed to get SP Hunters out to its loyal supporters.” SP Brewery congratulated the Lae Rugby League team of Adrian Chow and Stanley Tepend for taking charge and ticking all the boxes the Queensland Rugby League requested in their visit to the Lae Rugby League venue and the guidance from PNGRFL CEO Reatau Rau and SP Hunters coach Michael Marum. “The combined efforts of all parties have been the driving force in getting this game across the line and approved for Lae so that we have the best possible surface for the players, and for Lae rugby league in the future,” SP said. “As the naming sponsor of the SP Hunters we want our SP brand to be involved in certain aspects when it comes to rugby league, one of those is having our brand visible at such venues so we have assisted with Lae Rugby League in the rehabilitation of the grounds so that we align our SP brand with the game of rugby league.” SP said that security was paramount to all attending and they have been informed from PNGRFL and Lae Rugby League that it has been taken care of. SP expects the full capacity of 6000 to turn up for the game on Sunday.last_img read more