Land Divestment Committee to be enshrined in Law

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, said that the Land Divestment Advisory Committee (LDAC) is to be enshrined in statute. “I will shortly take the Bill to amend the Crown Property Vesting Act to the legislative committee of Cabinet and hope to have it tabled in the House as early thereafter as possible,” he said, during his contribution to the 2012/13 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives recently. He said the amendments will also outline the composition of the LDAC, its appointment and other related matters. “With changing times, the land divestment process has also come under the microscope as we strive to ensure transparency and fairness in the allocation of such lands and promote prudent and sustainable land utilisation that will lead to social and economic development,” he said.   During fiscal year 2011/2012, the LDAC processed 31 applications (including re-submissions) for divestment. A total of 25 applications, were recommended for divestment.  Ministerial approval was obtained for 22 applications valued at approximately $112 million for sale or lease of government owned properties. The remainder of the applications was deferred for further information/clarification as required by the LDAC, Minister Pickersgill informed. Land Divestment Committee to be enshrined in Law EnvironmentJuly 27, 2012 RelatedLand Divestment Committee to be enshrined in Law RelatedLand Divestment Committee to be enshrined in Law Advertisements By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter RelatedLand Divestment Committee to be enshrined in Lawlast_img read more

TCs publish outcomes of driver conduct hearings

first_imgThe Traffic Commissioners (TCs) have started to publish online the outcomes of driver conduct hearings.It follows widespread approval of the proposal from respondents to a consultation held in 2019. While there is no statutory requirement for TCs to publish notice of driver conduct hearings or the decisions taken therein, the consultation document noted that they “recognise the risk of action being taken against a driver’s entitlement of which an employer is unaware.”As a result, the publication of outcomes will make it easier for employers to investigate whether a driver has been subject to regulatory action.The data is presented in an Excel spreadsheet. Within it is the date of the hearing, the driver’s first name and surname, their year of birth, the categories of their vocational driving entitlement and the first three digits of their postcode. The decision is detailed in brief. Updates will be made weekly, usually on Mondays.Where applicable, the spreadsheet will also include details of when a decision is appealed and the outcome of that appeal.In the consultation document, the TCs noted that many licence suspensions handed out at driver conduct hearings are relatively short. Because of that, an employer may unwittingly continue to deploy such an driver as the sanction may not be identified during routine licence checks.The TCs have ensured that data protection principles are complied with when the document is published.last_img read more

A girlfriend he never met? Seems silly, but Te’o among many who claim online wishful thinking

first_imgThe Washington Post: It started out a stunner: The Heisman Trophy runner-up had told heartbreaking stories about a dead girlfriend who didn’t exist. Then it became unreal: The All-American linebacker said he had been duped, and theirs was a relationship that existed only in phone calls and Internet chats.The reaction was predictable: Unbelievable. Couldn’t happen.…“If we shake the tree, we would find hundreds of thousands of people falling out of the tree who are experiencing something like this,” said Robert Epstein, a senior research psychologist at the California-based American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology.It’s just human nature, Epstein said, something known formally by psychologists as “confirmation bias.” We watch the news that matches our political beliefs. We discount viewpoints we don’t like. We ignore good advice and miss red flags, so we can continue believing in something we want to be true.Read the whole story: The Washington Post More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Antimicrobial Resistance Scan for Aug 31, 2016

first_imgStudy: Written reports help dentists reduce antibiotic prescribingA new UK study has found that dentists prescribe fewer antibiotics to their patients after receiving a report on their past prescribing habits.According to the study, published yesterday in PLoS Medicine, dentists prescribe roughly 10% of the antibiotics dispensed in UK community pharmacies, often in the absence of clinical need. Using dental prescribing and treatment claim data routinely collected by the UK National Health Service (NHS), researchers with the RAPiD (Reducing Antibiotic Prescribing in Dentistry) trial set out to determine whether an individualized audit and feedback intervention could have an impact on prescribing habits.The trial included 795 dental practices in Scotland, with 632 practices in an intervention group and 163 in a control group. The intervention group was further subdivided into two groups: one that received a line graph showing an individual dentist’s monthly prescribing rate, and another that received a line graph with a written “behavior change” message containing national guidelines for dental antibiotic prescribing.At the start of trial, the rate of antibiotics prescribed per 100 NHS treatment claims was 8.3 in the control group and 8.5 in the intervention group. After 12 months, the researchers found that both groups were prescribing fewer antibiotics. But the drop in the prescribing rate in the intervention group—from 8.5 to 7.5—was 5.7% greater than it was for the control group. And the subset of dentists who received a written message saw their prescribing rate drop by an additional 6%.The authors of the study wrote that the findings are significant because they indicate that a “relatively straightforward, low-cost public health and patient safety intervention” could help the entire healthcare system address antimicrobial resistance.Aug 30 PLoS Med study Review outlines economic incentives for antibiotic developmentLimited commercial returns are considered a primary factor in why pharmaceutical companies are not investing in antibiotic development. That’s why a “constellation of economic incentives” will be needed to promote antibacterial drug development going forward, according to an article published yesterday in Clinical Infectious Diseases.The article, written by members of the Trans-Atlantic Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance (TATFAR), is a review of the various economic incentives identified in policy documents, peer-reviewed publications, organization proposals, and government-sponsored reviews that have addressed the question of how to spur new antibiotic development. In October 2015, TATFAR agreed to make an informed recommendation on a package of economic incentives to be considered and implemented in the future.In those documents, the authors found a consensus around the idea that economic incentives must contain both “push and pull” mechanisms that will guarantee return on investment. Push incentives include subsidies (in the form of grants, public-private partnerships, and tax credits) to fund early-stage development of antimicrobials, which is often risky and expensive. The idea is to provide incentives to academic institutions and companies by providing up-front money for research and development.Pull incentives, on the other hand, are meant to encourage antibacterial drug development by promising a substantial financial reward to companies that successfully develop new antibiotics. Examples include large milestone or prize payments, patent buy-outs, advanced market commitments, and extended market exclusivity.Pull incentives, the authors found, will be most successful if they rely on a “de-linkage” model that would remove the motivation for pharmaceutical companies to market and oversell their product. Negating the need for high product sales, they argue, would ensure that new antibiotics are not overused, thereby linking new antibiotic development to conservation and stewardship.Finally, the authors found widespread agreement that global coordination will be needed to administer the funding of these incentive programs. Aug 30 Clin Infect Dis literature review Growing polymyxin resistance reported in CRE in BrazilBrazilian researchers are reporting increasing resistance to polymyxin antibiotics in clinical Klebsiella Pneumoniae strains that are already resistant to carbapenem antibiotics.In a letter to Emerging Infectious Diseases, the researchers report on an analysis of more than 3,000 K pneumoniae isolates recovered from patients at 10 private tertiary-care hospitals in Sao Paulo from January 2011 to December 2015.The analysis showed a dramatic increase in carbapenem resistance in the K pneumoniae isolates—from 6.8% in 2011 to 35.5% in 2015. And among the carbapenem-resistant K pneumoniae isolates, polymyxin resistance rose from 0% in 2011 to 27.1% in 2015. Polymyxin resistance among carbapenem-susceptible K pneumoniae isolates also rose, from 0.7% in 2011 to 3.9% in 2015.The authors said the findings are worrisome because carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) are more deadly than carbapenem-susceptible strains, and carbapenem-resistant K Pneumoniae bacteria are endemic in Brazil. Furthermore, most resistant infections are treated with polymyxins.Aug 30 Emerg Infect Dis letterlast_img read more

Help From Chamber

first_imgThe East Hampton Chamber of Commerce is focused on local recovery efforts and appreciates the efforts of the local, county, and state officials who are working tirelessly to secure much-needed resources for the region. The offices are currently closed. Members of the community can book a 30-minute virtual appointment to gain assistance while applying for these funding opportunities, for sole proprietors, LLCs, or nonprofits. As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, small businesses may apply for two Small Business Administration loans — the Economic Injury Disaster Loan may be accessed at, and Paycheck Protection Program at For updates call 631-324-0362 or email [email protected] Sharelast_img read more

Soufriere, Scott’s Head & Gallion to vote for new village council

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share 219 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share Heston Charles; Soufriere/Scotts Head Village council chairman.Residents of Soufriere, Scotts Head and Gallion will vote for members to make up its village council tomorrow, Wednesday 9 May 2018.The election will take place as one of the activities celebrating the 29th anniversary of Local Government Month, with voting set to commence at 8:00AM. Nominees include Lucien Alfred, Bernisa Bellot, Conrad Caesar, Ann Marie Delsol, Pamela Delsol, Marshall Gregoire, Mary Idona Humphreys, Weefer Jules, Merlyn Mitchel-Lewis, Uline Jules-Lewis, Delbert Mitchel, Alison Seraphin, Selina St. Hilaire-Shillingford, and Terrel Toussaint.In an interview with Dominica Vibes on Tuesday 8 May, Current Chairman of the Soufriere- Scott’s Head-Gallion Village Council, Heston Charles stated that the council serves a very important role in the communities.“The village council is unique in the sense that it has three communities that plays a very integral role in the fishing industry, and in the tourism industry. Hence the new council, especially post Maria, has a very, I must say, a very important task to perform. They have their work cut out for them,” Charles stated.He congratulated the nominees, wished them well and reminded them that villagers’ interest should be given priority.“I also want to send a message, because what I have noticed over the years, is that people have that desire to enter into village council and the agenda and the motive is, ‘let me go and see what is there, let me go see what they enjoying’. There is no enjoyment. Council is an entity where you go to give your service, not to receive anything,” Charles noted.According to Charles, the most ideal personality for a councilor includes selflessness; “a personality that looks out for others, a personality that cares about people, and will leave yourself behind to take care of the needs of others,” in addition to “business skills and administrative skill”.One of the major accomplishments for the council was the repair of most of the residential roads under its management completed with government funding as well as repair to the Scotts Head public convenience which had been closed for some time.Charles, who has been a member of the council for nine years, described his tenure as very valuable and rewarding.“When I became chairperson, it was at a time when we faced a very difficult dilemma, where we sort of had to restore the image of the council, because people were thinking that the council wasn’t doing anything, so there’s no need to pay the house rates,” he informed. Upon becoming chairman, Charles said the council embarked on a campaign “to get people to understand that if you pay house rates, it empowers us to fix your roads, to fix your drain and to do other little basic things in the community”.“And that for me was a great experience, seeing the people being more enthusiastic about paying their house rates, to be able to listen to the people, understanding the culture of Soufriere, sitting with the fishermen, understanding their needs and more, that for me was a valuable and a great experience,” Charles added. LocalNewsPolitics Soufriere, Scott’s Head & Gallion to vote for new village council by: – May 8, 2018last_img read more

Justin Timberlake Hooked Up With A Spice Girl

first_imgBut in a 2004 interview on British TV, EMMA BUNTON pretty much admitted it was her.  In other words, Justin delivered the goods to BABY SPICE!  (Here’s that interview.  Skip ahead to 7:22.) Four of the guys immediately said no, but JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE did enough hemming and hawing to make it obvious that he HAD.  He wasn’t asked to elaborate, and he didn’t offer any details on his own. ‘N SYNC played a game of Never Have I Ever on “Ellen” yesterday, and Ellen asked the guys if they’d ever hooked up with a SPICE GIRL.last_img

Corini: ‘Brescia need a result’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Brescia boss Eugenio Corini notes that whilst today’s game against Hellas Verona is not decisive, they really do need a result. It kicks off at 14.00 GMT, click here for a match preview. The Rondinelle sit 18th in the table with no wins from their last five games, narrowly losing to Inter in midweek, and Corini is under no illusions that they need to take something from the game against Verona. “There’s still bitterness over the defeat [to Inter], but like I said to the lads, it was a very good performance. However, we need to work on how to finish and how to defend. The performance, accompanied by improvements, can turn into results,” said the coach in his press conference. Both Brescia and Verona won promotion to Serie A last season, and Corini was full of praise for his opposite number. “I have decided my approach to the game, against a side that’s doing well. I congratulate [Verona boss Ivan] Juric on his work for this season. “Points are always imperative, then inside the game there are so many more moments to understand.”last_img read more

Photo: 6 Years After Leaving Syracuse, Eric Devendorf Presented His Mother With His Diploma

first_imgOtto the Orange takes the court.OMAHA, NE – MARCH 23: The Syracuse Orange mascot “Otto the Orange” performs during the first half in the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional between the Duke Blue Devils and the Syracuse Orange at CenturyLink Center on March 23, 2018 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Eric Devendorf left Syracuse to pursue a pro career after the 2009 season, but he never quite gave up on his goal of graduating from college. Devendorf finished his degree this spring, and on Friday, he was able to present his mother with his SU diploma.Been waiting 2 do this for awhile now! Moms couldn’t be any happier which makes it even better @SyracuseU #diploma— Eric Devendorf (@edeven23) August 14, 2015Devendorf isn’t the only memorable former Orange player to finish off his degree this year. Derrick Coleman surprised his mother with his diploma back in May. While some fans scoff at the notion of players leaving school early, both of these Orange greats prove that they can always go back and finish their education.last_img read more