Archbishop of York Gets Key to the City of Montego Bay

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Archbishop of York, The Most Rev. Dr. John Sentamu, was last week presented with the key to the city of Montego Bay at a brief ceremony held at the St. James Parish Council.Mayor of Montego Bay, Noel Donaldson, in making the presentation, said that it was a proud moment for the council to bestow the city’s highest honour on the Ugandan-born Archbishop.“We take great pride in having this privilege, particularly because this year is the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, and here you are today, an Archbishop of the Church of England,” he stated.Noting Rev. Sentamu’s “impeccable record of service as a scholar and theologian,” Mayor Donaldson said that the Archbishop stood as an example of success despite the odds.“It’s really and truly I believe, a motivation to many of us, to realize and recognize that no matter what obstacles you may come across in your life’s path, that you can nonetheless strive for and reach the highest heights, and we really congratulate and commend you for all your achievements,” he stated.The Archbishop, in his reply, thanked the council for the honour, and urged the membership to work for justice and for truth for all, as stated in the National Anthem.He suggested that more of the money earned from tourism could be spent on the less fortunate in the city. “It is the underprivileged, the lonely, the weak, the powerless, the less privileged, that this great city has got to address,” he noted.“After all, we are not going to be judged in the end by how well we have lived, but rather by how well we have served, particularly the poor, the lonely, the people facing injustices and poverty,” he added.He expressed the hope that the residents of Jamaica, being descendants of slaves, and now running their own affairs, will recognize the importance of their achievements, as this will drive the nation to greater success.The Archbishop and wife Mrs. Margaret Sentamu, were in the island from October 5-12, as special guests of the Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. Rev. Sentamu expressed appreciation at the welcome received, describing Jamaica as an island of religion and faith.While in Montego Bay, the Archbishop met with the city’s clergy and interacted with students and teachers of the St. James Preparatory School, which is operated by the St. James Parish Church. Archbishop of York Gets Key to the City of Montego Bay UncategorizedOctober 16, 2007 RelatedArchbishop of York Gets Key to the City of Montego Bay RelatedArchbishop of York Gets Key to the City of Montego Baycenter_img RelatedArchbishop of York Gets Key to the City of Montego Bay Advertisementslast_img read more

Portmore Municipal Council Signs Contract for New Premises

first_imgPortmore Municipal Council Signs Contract for New Premises UncategorizedJuly 14, 2008 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A management consultancy contract was signed yesterday (July 10) to develop and construct a new 300,000 square feet Municipal Complex in Portmore, St. Catherine.The building will be situated on lands across from the Portmore Mall behind Captain’s Bakery.Signing on behalf of the Portmore Municipal Council were Mayor of Portmore, Keith Hinds and Chief Administrative Manager, David Parkes while Management Consultants, Dr. Morais Wallen and Archibald Hammond signed for Global Business Support Services Limited.Speaking at the signing ceremony held at the Portmore Municipal Council conference room at the Portmore Pines Plaza, in Greater Portmore, St. Catherine, Mayor Keith Hinds said phase one of the project will include the writing of a business development plan and a risk management assessment for the new building. Financing for the project will be secured after the completion of phase one.“We expect within, at least two months to have this part of the first phase finalized, out of the way and moving to the second phase, which is looking seriously at financing and how we are going to put up this building in short order,” he said.Mayor Hinds said the Municipal Council, which is situated in the Portmore Pines Plaza, was not conducive for disabled persons who might wish to conduct business with the Council. “It is a real difficulty,” he added.According to Mayor Hinds, office space at the building would be available to accommodate a tax office, a court house, the Registrar General’s Department, and banks.“We are planning to boast one of the biggest amphi-theatre in the English- speaking Caribbean with over a 1,000 seats,” he said, adding that some business owners have already approached the Council to secure office space at the complex.Meanwhile, Mr. Parkes endorsed the new project saying it would help the Council “to earn its keep through the development initiative.”“We are acting on our own through the advice of the department of Local Government to start that development process, whereby we can improve what is called a rental stock,” he said, noting that there is a demand for rented space in Portmore. RelatedPortmore Municipal Council Signs Contract for New Premises RelatedPortmore Municipal Council Signs Contract for New Premisescenter_img RelatedPortmore Municipal Council Signs Contract for New Premises Advertisementslast_img read more

'Lego League' Junior Robotics Competition State Finals Hosted By CU-Boulder Dec. 3

first_imgNote to Editors: Photographers and media members should check in at the media table in Balch Fieldhouse upon arrival. Ask a greeter or registration volunteer for directions to the table. Contact Ross Parrent for more information, (303) 588-7219. The state finals of the “FIRST Lego League” robotics competition for 9- to 14-year-olds will be hosted by the University of Colorado at Boulder Dec. 3. Lego robots designed and built by student teams will compete in a variety of challenges starting at 9:30 a.m. in the Balch Fieldhouse Complex, just west of Folsom Field, on the CU-Boulder campus. After a lunch break from noon to 1 p.m., competition will continue through 3 p.m. Awards and presentations will conclude at 4 p.m. Dozens of four- to six-member teams will compete. Most are from the Front Range area, but teams from Nebraska and Hawaii also will participate. Students can win awards in a variety of categories and are judged on robot performance, design, team spirit, research and presentation. The winner of the Dec. 3 competition will move on to compete in an international contest in 2006. Robots are required to be made entirely of Lego elements in original factory condition, including Lego sensors. Electrical parts are limited – remote controls are not allowed – and teams must follow strict rules and guidelines during the competition. Sponsored on campus by the CU-Boulder Office of Community Relations and CU Athletics, the competition has inspired many members of the university community to become involved as mentors, volunteers and judges. The competition is organized by Jenny Golder, a CU-Boulder engineering graduate student and full-time employee of Lockheed Martin. The theme of this year’s competition is “Ocean Odyssey.” In addition to the robotics competition in which robots will complete ocean-themed missions on a dry surface, students will present research on ocean activities, resources and effects on biodiversity and productivity. The competition calls for an innovative solution to help improve the use of a resource or activity while minimizing the negative impact on oceans for present and future generations. FIRST, “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,” is a multinational community outreach and education program. In 2005 the competition reached more than 25,000 high school students on nearly 1,000 teams in 30 regional competitions. The events bring together students, professionals and teachers to solve engineering design challenges. The FIRST Lego League began in 1998 when Lego partnered with FIRST to create a “little league” to the national high school FIRST Robotics competition. The FIRST Lego League is specifically targeted at the 9- to 14-year-old age group. For more details on the Dec. 3 tournament visit http://www.firstlegoleague.org/nobanner.aspx?pid=17940. For more information about Colorado FIRST visit http://www.coloradofirst.org. Published: Nov. 27, 2005 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

EMA grants conditional marketing authorisation in EU for gene therapy Zolgensma

first_img Related Posts Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Read Article To treat babies, young children with spinal muscular atrophyEMA has recommended granting a conditional marketing authorisation in the European Union for the gene therapy Zolgensma (onasemnogene abeparvovec) to treat babies and young children with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a rare and often fatal genetic disease that causes muscle weakness and progressive loss of movement.There are currently limited treatment options for children with SMA in the EU. Patients also receive physical aids to support muscular functions and help them and their families cope with the symptoms of the disease.Spinal muscular atrophy is usually diagnosed in the first year of life. Most patients with severe SMA do not survive early childhood. Patients with the disease cannot produce sufficient amounts of a protein called ‘survival motor neuron’ (SMN), which is essential for the normal functioning and survival of motor neurons (nerves from the brain and spinal cord that control muscle movements). Without this protein, the motor neurons deteriorate and eventually die. This causes the muscles to fall into disuse, leading to muscle wasting (atrophy) and weakness.The SMN protein is made by two genes, the SMN1 and SMN2 genes. Patients with spinal muscular atrophy lack the SMN1 gene but have the SMN2 gene, which mostly produces a ‘short’ SMN protein that cannot work properly on its own. A one-time intravenous administration of Zolgensma supplies a fully functioning copy of the human SMN1 gene enabling the body to produce enough SMN protein. This is expected to improve their muscle function, movement and survival of children with the disease.Treatment with Zolgensma should only be administered once in suitable clinical centres under the supervision of a physician experienced in the management of patients with SMA.EMA’s recommendation for conditional marketing authorisation is based on the preliminary results of one completed clinical trial and three supporting studies in patients with spinal muscular atrophy with different stages of disease severity. These included genetically diagnosed and pre-symptomatic patients.The clinical trial providing the main body of data for the assessment of Zolgensma was conducted in 22 patients who were less than six months of age at the time of the gene replacement therapy with Zolgensma. The trial assessed the percentage of patients who had improvement in their survival (i.e. without the need to be permanently on a ventilator) and motor milestones, such as head control, crawling, sitting, standing and walking (with or without assistance).The survival of patients treated with Zolgensma exceeded what can be expected from untreated patients with severe SMA. Out of 22 patients enrolled in the trial, 20 patients (91 per cent) were alive and did not need permanent ventilatory support at 14 months of age. The experience with this disease shows that at 14 months of age only 25 per cent of patients are still alive. These patients also achieved motor milestones, which are usually not achieved in the natural history of the disease. 14 patients (64 per cent) reached the milestone of independent sitting before 18 months of age. One patient (4 per cent) reached the milestone of walking unassisted before reaching 16 months of age. Patients with less motor deterioration appeared to benefit the most from the treatment with Zolgensma.The most common side effects found in participants in the clinical trials for Zolgensma were increases in liver enzymes (transaminases) seen in blood tests. This is an effect of the immune response to the treatment.Because Zolgensma is an advanced-therapy medicinal product (ATMP), it was assessed by the Committee for Advanced Therapies (CAT), EMA’s expert committee for cell- and gene-based medicines.On the basis of the CAT’s assessment and positive opinion, EMA’s committee for human medicines (CHMP) recommended a conditional approval for this medicine. This is one of the EU’s regulatory mechanisms to facilitate early access to medicines that fulfil an unmet medical need. This type of approval allows the Agency to recommend a medicine for marketing authorisation with less complete data than normally expected, in cases where the benefit of a medicine’s immediate availability to patients outweighs the risk inherent in the fact that not all the data are yet available.Additional efficacy and safety data are being collected through three ongoing studies, a long-term registry and further investigations on the product, including recommendations for future quality development. All results must be included in post-marketing safety reports, which are continuously reviewed by EMA.The opinion adopted by the CHMP is an intermediary step on Zolgensma’s path to patient access. The opinion will now be sent to the European Commission for the adoption of a decision on an EU-wide marketing authorisation. Once a marketing authorisation has been granted, decisions about price and reimbursement will take place at the level of each Member State, taking into account the potential role/use of this medicine in the context of the national health system of that country. 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Gov’t member withdraws censure motion

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — A censure motion against Opposition Member of Parliament, Dr. Peter Phillips (East Central St. Andrew), was withdrawn by the Government during Tuesday’s (June 21) sitting of the House of Representatives. The motion was withdrawn by Member of Parliament for North East St. Catherine, Gregory Mair. Mr. Mair’s motion sought to censure Dr. Phillips, the Minister of National Security in the previous Government, for failing to seek the endorsement, or approval, of the then Prime Minister and/or the then Cabinet to commit the Government to an agreement with a foreign state, “that was of great consequence to our people and infringed their constitutional rights as citizens of Jamaica”. The motion had asked that Dr.Phillips be censured for those actions and that all Members of the Cabinet, upon demitting office as a consequence of a change of administration or otherwise, should give, under oath, a statement on all matters of critical importance to the nation concerning their office to the incoming Minister and, by extension, to the Prime Minister. He explained that he tabled the motion as Dr. Phillips had breached the fundamental rights and freedoms of Jamaicans, by signing the Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) without the knowledge of the former cabinet. However, he said he was withdrawing it, because the matter had been addressed by the Commission of Enquiry into Christopher Coke’s extradition issue. “This has been found so in the report tabled in the (Lower House) on the recent Commission of Enquiry, and (it) has been confirmed to be unconstitutional. I therefore find at this time no reason to pursue this matter,” Mr. Mair said. The MOUs were signed in 2004 between Jamaica, the United States of America and England. They dealt specifically with narco-trafficking, gun-running, money laundering and violent crimes associated with such offences. Dr. Phillips, in his then capacity of Minister of National Security did not seek the endorsement, or approval, of the then Prime Minister and/or the Cabinet to commit the Government to the agreement. Mr. Mairs’ motion was scheduled for debate in the House on Tuesday. Gov’t member withdraws censure motion ParliamentJune 22, 2011 RelatedGov’t member withdraws censure motion RelatedGov’t member withdraws censure motion By LATONYA LINTON, JIS Reporter Advertisements RelatedGov’t member withdraws censure motionlast_img read more

TWO MILLION AND COUNTING!

first_imgTags :daily pressNewsSanta Monicasanta monica californiasanta monica daily presssanta monica electionssanta monica newsSanta Monica Transparency Project Membershare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentFilm Review: The Birth of a NationPlanning Commission wants to build on rules for housing remodelsYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall12 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press23 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press23 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson23 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter23 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor23 hours ago HomeNewsTWO MILLION AND COUNTING! Oct. 10, 2016 at 7:00 amNewsTWO MILLION AND COUNTING!Guest Author5 years agodaily pressNewsSanta Monicasanta monica californiasanta monica daily presssanta monica electionssanta monica newsSanta Monica Transparency Project MemberSanta Monica City Hall (File photo) Santa Monica Elections Don’t Come Cheap(As of October 5, 2016)By Laurence Eubank, Santa Monica Transparency Project MemberWith the November 2016 election still a month away, five City Council Candidates of the ten running have raised about $115,000 ($97,000 in monetary donations and $18,000 in loans) with a PAC primarily funded by Lexus Santa Monica providing $2,077 and the Santa Monica Employees PAC providing $340 of support to each of the four incumbents. The remaining five City Council candidates have raised $0 in the fight for the four seats.The four SM College Board candidates (who are not limited to City’s $340 donation limit that the City Council candidates are) out raised them collecting nearly $125,000 ($111,000 in monetary donations and $14,000 in loans). These candidates are in a race for three seats.The four Rent Control Board candidates (restricted to City’s $340 donation limit) have raised about $23,000 ($6,000 in monetary donations and $17,000 in loans) with the Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights (SMRR) PAC providing nearly $4,000 across two candidates. This is a race for two seats.Even the three sitting School Board candidates have gathered nearly $28,000 in contributions, though one could reasonably wonder why since they are running unopposed.The appropriately $271,000 raised by individual candidates is small ball compared to the nearly $1,778,000 ($1,765,000 in monetary and $13,000 in non-monetary donations) raised as of October 5th by fourteen Political Action Committees (PACs) which affect both candidate races and four ballot initiatives (a fifth measure is unfunded to date). The candidates’ races have had PAC support of a trivial $14,000 and the money is on the four big ballot initiatives.Election disclosure statements indicate that of the organizations marshalling resources, seven are perennial players in Santa Monica election politics, while six are newly formed political action committees (PACs) targeted at supporting or defeating specific ballot initiatives and re-electing the four sitting Councilors. The remaining player, Residocracy, falls somewhere between the two.Examination of legally required September 30, 2016 election disclosure statements plus review of forms (through October 5th) that must be submitted almost immediately for contributions of $1,000 or more illustrate two major factors: 1) the power of incumbency; and, 2) the big money (from all over the country) is aimed at ballot measures that generate the most controversy and have the greatest financial consequences, Measures LV, V, and GS/GSH.Here’s the lineup, first candidates, then ballot measures:City CouncilThe four sitting City Councilors up for re-election have raised the following. The numbers include money contributions and loans – Mayor Tony Vasquez($16K), Gleam Davis($30K), Terry O’Day($17K), and Ted Winterer($44K)Armen Melkonians has raised $9K;Oscar de la Torre, Terence Later, Jon Mann, Mende Smith, and James Watson have raised zero;Santa Monica Forward has formed two separate PAC’s, one to support the four City Council incumbents ($11K), Lexus Santa Monica donated $10K to this PAC and they have already provided about $10K of support which by law cannot be coordinated with the candidates, and another to defeat Measure LV (see below);Rent Control BoardFour candidates – Anastasia Foster($3K), Elaine Golden-Gealer($17K), Caroline Torosis($3K), and Christopher Walton($0), have collectively raised $23K which includes monetary and non-monetary donations and loans.Santa Monicans For Renters’ Rights have provided support of $1,800 each for Foster and Torosis;School BoardSitting members Jon Kean, Maria Leon-Vazquez, and Ralph Mechur have raised $28K to run against nobody, though it remains to be seen how much of these monies are redirected to other racesWe have already seen where Jon Kean for School Board has donated $1,500 in support of campaign for Yes on GS & GSHCollege BoardSusan Aminoff($20K), Margaret Quinones-Perez($27K), Rob Rader($24K), and Sion Roy($54K) raised $125K. These numbers represent monetary and non-monetary donations and loans.The 2016 ballot measures include:Measure LV (voter approval for land use plans and development projects, i.e. LUVE);Measure GSH (a .05% transaction and use tax);Measure GS (advisory to City Council that GSH proceeds be divvied 50/50 for affordable housing and public school maintenance and improvement);Measure V (a $345M bond, with interest over $700M payback, approval for Santa Monica College);Measure SM (clarification and strengthening of the existing anti-corruption Oaks Ordinance) has drawn no funds for or against as of October 5th.Measure LV puts the future skyline of the city at stake.Against – Santa Monica Forward Issues Committee raised $619KAgainst – Housing Opportunity for a Modern Economy (HOME) raised $361KFor – Residocracy has raised $50K in monetary and non-monetary donations;Measure GS and GSHCampaign for Public Education & Affordable Housing – Yes on GS & GSH has raised $117KCommunity for Excellent Public Schools has raised $5K from two individuals;Measure V puts $345M (plus interest yielding a payback of over $700M) in bonds at stake.Campaign For Safety and Modernization at SMC has raised $439K;Organizations assembling financial war chests but keeping their powder dry for now:Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City (SMCLC)Unite Here Local 11SM Firefighters Political ActivitiesSM Police Officers Association for a Better CommunitySM City Employees PAC; to date they have donated $340 to each of the incumbent City Council candidatesSM Democratic ClubIn next week’s article, we will drill down to see exactly who is donating – particularly the heavyweights – to affect the future direction of our city and determine the tax burdens and development decisions that will be borne by its citizens.last_img read more

Stephen Meyer: “Phil Johnson Had the Guts”

first_img“A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide On an episode of ID The Future, Stephen Meyer, director of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, honors Phillip Johnson, the U.C. Berkeley law professor who helped ignite the modern intelligent design movement with the publication of his highly successful book Darwin on Trial. Meyer says Johnson had the courage to speak up when others wouldn’t. Download the podcast or listen to it here.“The overweening dynamic of this debate is fear,” Meyer says. “There are many many many people who have come up to the water’s edge, who have seen the problems with Darwinian evolution, have counted the cost, and recoiled.” But one Berkeley law professor did not recoil. As Meyer put it, “Johnson had the guts.”Photo: Phillip E. Johnson, debating evolutionist Will Provine at Stanford University in 1994, via YouTube (screenshot). Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Evolution Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share TagsCenter for Science & CulturecourageDarwin on TrialDarwinian evolutionfearID the Futureintelligent designPhillip E. JohnsonStephen MeyerU.C. Berkeley,Trending A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to Allcenter_img Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Evolution NewsEvolution News & Science Today (EN) provides original reporting and analysis about evolution, neuroscience, bioethics, intelligent design and other science-related issues, including breaking news about scientific research. It also covers the impact of science on culture and conflicts over free speech and academic freedom in science. Finally, it fact-checks and critiques media coverage of scientific issues. Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Intelligent Design Stephen Meyer: “Phil Johnson Had the Guts”Evolution News @DiscoveryCSCNovember 8, 2019, 12:01 PM Recommendedlast_img read more

Letterkenny Lower Main Street closed after wall collapses

first_img Google+ WhatsApp By News Highland – March 7, 2014 Previous articleArmy bomb experts called to deal with Great James Street security alertNext articleCalls made for Council to explain on-going problems at LYIT traffic lights News Highland Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Letterkenny Lower Main Street closed after wall collapses Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Lower Main Street of Letterkenny has been closed off this morning after a derelict building, close to the old Kelly’s building, partially collapsed.The area has been closed off to traffic while the scene is assessed – there are fears that buildings beside the collapse may also be in danger of coming down.Traffic is currently being redirected from the area while a building inspection team is due to arrive later. Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Newslast_img read more

Irish trade back to growth as the Celtic Tiger begins to roar again after bail-out

first_imgBy Mike Wackett 29/11/2013 But, boosted by a low corporation tax of 12%, hi-tech and social media companies such as Google, Twitter and Facebook have remained, while others are reactivating enterprises, giving out a generally positive sentiment about Ireland’s future in 2014 and beyond.Irish trade has been in the doldrums, with imports of big-ticket goods and construction materials markedly reduced in the past few years, as consumer spending plummeted.However, the pick -up has begun with the third-quarter traffic review published by the Irish Maritime Development Office showing that port activity rose by 3% between July and the end of September, compared with the same period of 2012.The biggest growth was seen in the ro-ro sector where there was 8% more trailer traffic, the majority of which moves across the Irish Sea to the UK, where economic expansion is also being recorded again.However, sluggish demand from advanced economies constrained the container market in Q3, and it declined by 2% quarter-on-quarter, but commodity exports such as dairy products, waste paper and iron and steel all increased, as did imports of vehicles, wood and beverages.And hopefully a trading boost will follow, not least from pent-up demand held at bay by the draconian budget deficit measures imposed by the terms of the bailout.A bellwether of the health of the Irish economy is the interim statement of the Irish Continental Group (ICG), with its diverse involvement in passenger and freight ferries, shortsea freight and container terminals.Posting its third-quarter results this month, ICG reported that turnover had increased to €205.6m in the first nine months of the year, compared with €199.1 million in the same period of 2012, with operating profit up to €28.7m from €24.9m.ICG said that in the 44 weeks to 2 November, ro-ro volumes had surged by 10% versus the previous year and container carryings on its Eucon North Europe domestic and feeder service had risen by 11%.Indeed, such is its confidence in the resumption of growth in trade in and out of Ireland, that ICG is adding a third sailing to its key Dublin-Holyhead route – one of the main arteries between Ireland and the UK. A five-year hangover that followed 12 years of Celtic Tiger-induced partying will come to an end in mid-December when the Irish Republic unshackles itself from its sobering European Union and International Monetary Fund €85bn bailout programme.On 15 December, Ireland, without the need for precautionary funding, will emerge from one of the deepest recessions ever experienced by any of the 17 member states of the euro single currency club.Ireland has been lauded, by the IMF in particular, for its budget deficit management, although this has come at a cost and not without pain to the republic’s 4.6m citizens.Since the 2008 financial crisis, unemployment in Ireland has surged to over 15% and the remains of its burst property bubble has left a third of mortgage holders in arrears and many in negative equity.last_img read more

News / To avoid delays, UK truckers need negative Covid tests before they reach Kent

first_img“While the low traffic volumes we are currently seeing mean this is not causing significant issues, as traffic volumes increase over the coming days and weeks, hauliers arriving untested will become an increasing problem.“To avoid unnecessary friction at the border, and the resultant queuing and traffic disruption, it is vital hauliers seeking to cross into France arrive in Kent and other ports serving France, having already been tested and obtained a negative result,” she continued, adding that the government had set up 34 testing facilities at advice centres created for hauliers in the run-up to Brexit.She said that while French customs officials had taken a “pragmatic approach” to cross-Channel freight documentation since the turn of the year, there was a widely held assumption that their requirements would become more stringent.“Negative Covid tests are not the only requirement at the border and, to date, we are seeing a significant minority of hauliers being turned back.”She said the government expects the French to take “a more robust approach to enforcement” this week and hauliers must arrive in Kent border-ready.“We have not seen significant disruption at the border to date, but we must not take that as evidence that vigilance is not required,” Ms MacLean wrote. By Gavin van Marle 11/01/2021 Photo 202646764 © Algimantas Barzdzius – Dreamstime.comcenter_img The UK government has urged hauliers bound for France via Dover to get their Covid-19 tests before they reach Kent.Under French regulations, drivers arriving in the country from the UK must present a negative Covid-19 test taken within the last 72 hours.Department for Transport under-secretary Rachel MacLean today wrote to haulage representatives to share concerns that cross-Channel freight delays could worsen if hauliers did not get tested earlier in their journeys.“As things stand, the significant majority of hauliers bound for France are still leaving it until they get to Kent to get a Covid test,” she said.last_img read more