OHS policy to be implemented countrywide

first_img– working conditions, rights, safety of workers main focusIn order to improve occupational health and safety by 2020, the Social Protection Ministry has officially launched a new Occupational Health and Safety policy that is to be implemented country-wide.This is according to Permanent Secretary of the Social Protection Ministry, Lorene Baird, who stated that the aim of this policy is to protect all workers from health and safety hazards while they are at their respective jobs.“It sets out duties for all workplace parties, rights for workers, establishes procedures for dealing with workplace hazards…it provides for enforcement of laws where compliance has not been achieved voluntarily. The continued improvement of such a policy is important as workplace health and safety procedures are important for the wellbeing of the employees given that human loss is immeasurable and intolerable.”She pointed out that looking after health and safety makes good business sense as workplaces that neglect health and safety risks prosecution, may lose staff, and may face increased costs and reduced profitability due to more accidents and downtime.“Therefore, we all have a duty. We all have a moral responsibility towards employees’ protection which can only be achieved through such policies…policies which devote resources to deliberating and strategising about safety precautions.”Meanwhile, representative of the Consultative Association of Guyanese Industry (CAGI), Earl Morris pointed out that health and safety measures are not expensive and that contrary to public opinion, systematically applying well-planned safety and health measures have proven to give good returns on investments at the company level.“Apart from reducing costs…and related to absenteeism, accident and disease reduction, Occupational Safety and Health measures help to improve a companies’ image, their position in the labour market and customers’ appreciation. Academic research also shows that high-quality working conditions that trigger job satisfaction may indirectly influence workers’ health and improve job satisfaction over time,” Morris said.He explained that while there is no statistical evidence that economies with poor safety and health measures are more competitive, research by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) suggests that countries where working conditions are among the poorest have greatly reduced competitiveness.“This Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) policy is contributing towards ILO’s objective to achieving decent work. A healthy workforce and a safe working environment are the ideal combining factors that will contribute towards higher output and sustain development. Therefore, adopting a safe and healthy approach at work create benefits for workers, employers, as well as the country.”According to Morris, Guyana must continue to invest in the quality of work, since all workers have the right to work in decent, safe and healthy work environments.“The national OHS policy is being launched at a time when our country is embarking a new frontier, the oil and gas as well as the green industry. Our safety and health measures are definitely going to be tested. This OHS policy is, therefore, timely since it places obligations on various stakeholders in managing those challenges from the traditional industries as well as the newer ones as we face them.”Similar sentiments were made by General Secretary of the Federation of Independent Trades Union of Guyana (FITUG), Dawchan Nagar, who pointed out that considering the changes that have taken place in the country and also changes that are occurring presently, there must be continuous consideration of development at the local, regional and international levels.“National development and advancement have changed our outlook on circumstances since the Occupational Health and Safety Act came into being. For instance, the oil and gas…industry was absent from our national landscape at that time. The construction industry since then has adopted new methods and is reaching new heights, literally and figuratively. Those realities among several others have emerged over the years and have also brought focus and the necessity of Occupational Safety and Health giving the occupational risks that our workers are facing in the jobs of 2019.” (Kristen Macklingam)last_img read more

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High Court order means ‘paid parking on hold’ – former AG

first_imgParking Meter scandal– says respondents would be in breach if project continuesIn spite of an ‘order nisi certiorari’ being issued by Chief Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards against them, Mayor Patricia Chase-Green and Town Clerk Royston King have committed to ensuring that paid parking is re-implemented in Georgetown from today. This announcement has raised eyebrows among legal experts and stakeholders alike, and according to former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, that ‘order nisi certiorari’ has placed a hold on paid parking until the High Court hearing, scheduled for February 27, before Justice Brassington Reynolds.In an interview on Sunday, the Attorney noted that if the city were to continue implementing the project or force anyone to pay for parking before the hearing, this would be tantamount to violating a court order.“A writ of certiorari is one of the prerogative remedies which is granted to quash decisions made by public officers, public authorities or statutory tribunals. The order is granted, firstly by an order nisi being issued calling upon the other side to show cause why a particular decision should not be quashed.”“When that order nisi is issued, it puts that particular decision, which it imputes, upon hold until the (respondents) show or does not show cause. If the other side succeeds in showing cause why the order should not be made absolute, then the order nisi is discharged.”From left: Public Relations consultant Kit Nascimento, Town Clerk Royston King, Mayor Patricia Chase Green and Head of Smart City Solutions Amir Oren during the press briefing at National Communications Network obn FridayHe noted that if the respondents do fail to show cause, then the order nisi is upheld and made absolute, thus quashing the decision.“What that means, therefore, is that until the case is concluded, the decision (in this case) the parking meter contract and its implementation has been put on hold by the order nisi.”In violationNandlall observed that if vehicular clamping were to resume today, then they would be violating a court order. Flouting a High Court order, Nandlall observed, was a serious matter.“And therefore, the Chief Justice should be requested to summon (respondents) before her to answer for violating the court order. Because a court order (would) be violated and that is not a matter that should be treated lightly.”The High Court order was granted on Thursday last after an application for judicial review was made by Attorney Kamal Ramkarran, on behalf of Mohendra Arjune. Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green, Town Clerk Royston King and unspecified City Councillors were named as the respondents.The writ had stated that, “an order nisi of certiorari be and is hereby granted to quash the decision of the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown to enter into an agreement on or around 13 May, 2016”.In addition, the order prohibited the respondents from making “any amendments thereto for the establishment of parking meters in Georgetown with (Smart City Solutions – SCSI) and all acts and things thereafter which flowed from that decision”.The order also curtails the power of the Town Clerk. According to the High Court order, “this court orders that an order nisi of certiorari be and is hereby granted to quash the decision of the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown and the Town Clerk empowering and authorising the Town Clerk to sign and operationalise contracts with (SCSI) for the establishment of parking meters in Georgetown and all acts and things done or caused to be done thereafter flowing from that decision”.It also revoked “the decision of the Mayor and Councillors and anyone acting by or through them or under their directions or instructions or on their behalf to exempt persons or categories of persons from paying fees for parking in the City of Georgetown and being subject to penalties for parking in Georgetown”.The respondents also have to show cause against all the orders made by the Chief Justice to quash their decision to enter into the contract, which has already caused weekly mass protests in front of City Hall.Their day in court is set for February 27, 2017, before Justice Brassington Reynolds. Should they fail to comply, the document noted, they will be held in contempt of court.UnfazedSince the implementation of the order, however, the Mayor and Town Clerk have remained unfazed.During a pre-recorded press conference at National Communications Network (NCN) on Saturday, Mayor Chase Green was quoted as saying that “as of Monday next, we will resume the implementation of the parking meter project.”The statements have been heavily criticised, with lawyers from the lobby group Movement Against Parking Meters expressing consternation during a town hall meeting on Saturday.The issue is a hot topic among citizens, in particular on social media platforms. Already, there have been weekly mass protests outside of City Hall.There is another court order concerning the parking meters in the High Court, scheduled to be deliberated on by Justice Reynolds today . This one, which was brought by New Building Society (NBS), features the Town Clerk and Communities Minister, Ronald Bulkan as respondents.In that writ, the respondents have to “show cause why a writ of certiorari should not be issued to quash his approval/decision to approve the Parking Meter By-Laws made under the Municipal and District Councils Act, Chapter 28:01 made on or about the 23rd day of January, 2017, in that the said approval or decision to approve was of no legal effect and was made unlawfully and in breach of statute.”last_img read more

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Canada,BC invest in infrastructure at Northern Lights College in Dawson Creek

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The BC Government, as well as Canadian Government announced today that they are putting $33.02 million into Northern Lights College that will provide opportunities for those who want to start a career in trades to get the proper skills as well as training in a new state-of-the-art facility.The announcement was made by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and the Honourable Mike Bernier, B.C. Minister of Education and MLA for Peace River South, on behalf of the Honourable Andrew Wilkinson, B.C. Minister of Advanced Education.The new building will replace the current World War II-era structure. The Canadian Government is giving $14.57 million, while the BC Government is giving $15.06 million towards the project.- Advertisement -Northern Lights College and private partners will contribute $3.39 million. Private partners contributing to the new building include: Canbriam Energy Inc., Encana Services Company, Shell Canada and TransCanada Pipelines.Construction is expected to start in Summer of 2016 and be ready for occupancy by early 2018. The project itself will create 133 direct and 102 indirect jobs during development.“Our government wants B.C. students to be first in line for the almost one million jobs expected by 2025. A new trades training facility in Dawson Creek benefits students, instructors and future employers in a range of sectors throughout northern B.C.” – The Honourable Mike Bernier, B.C. Minister of Education and MLA for Peace River South on behalf of the Honourable Andrew Wilkinson, B.C. Minister of Advanced Education.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Federal regulator approves expanded Kitimat LNG gas export licence

first_imgThe Canadian Press CALGARY — The Canada Energy Regulator says it has approved an application from Chevron Canada for a 40-year licence to export natural gas from the proposed Kitimat LNG project despite environmental opposition. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 5, 2019. Chevron has previously stated the increase in scope is designed to improve the project’s “cost of supply competitiveness” compared with other LNG projects around the world. It has not said when a final investment decision will be made, although its application envisions commissioning of the facility by 2029.Advertisement The application filed last spring to the National Energy Board, the CER’s predecessor, aimed to double the previously approved export licence duration and nearly double the potential output of the facility to 997 billion cubic feet of natural gas per year. It also rejected his argument an adequate natural gas supply hadn’t been proven, despite a Chevron expert’s estimate of Canadian and North American natural gas resources of 1,000 trillion cubic feet and 4,000 Tcf, respectively. – Advertisement -In its decision letter, the CER notes that it rejected an application from B.C. environmentalist Michael Sawyer to restart the regulatory process and hold a public hearing. In the fall of 2018, the Shell Canada-led LNG Canada consortium announced it would proceed with its $40-billion, 14-million-tonne-per-year project, also to be built near Kitimat. It’s expected to be in service by 2024. That’s the equivalent of about 18 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas, a substantial increase over the previous 10-million-tonne, 20-year licence which is set to expire at the end of this year.last_img read more

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DONEGAL TEENAGER CLAIMS HE WAS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED AFTER BAGGING TURF

first_imgA Donegal teenager who helped bag turf for three days claims he was sexually assaulted by an older man he had met while working in a bog.The youth, who was 15 at the time of the alleged attack, claims he was assaulted after being asked to fix a wardrobe at the man’s home.The accused, who is aged 43 and lives in West Donegal, denies the claims during a trial which opened at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday (TUES). The teenager, now 17, claims the accused called him and asked him to come to his home and fix a wardrobe and that he would pay him.When he got to the house on April 30th, 2009, the accused man’s mother and friend were leaving to go and get groceries.When the teenager went to the bedroom to try and fix the wardrobe, he heard somebody breathing behind him.He then claims the man pulled down his trousers and pushed him onto the bed.After he landed on the bed, the alleged attacker then pulled down his own trousers and tried to anally rape the teenager.“He tried to stick it in my bum cheeks. I was trying to get him off me but he was too strong for me,” said the youth.He then claims the 43 year old man then turned him around on the bed and performed oral sex on him for a short time.The teenager, who gave evidence by videolink, then claimed he broke free and went outside the man’s house and punched his fist against the wallHe later told a guest of the accused what had happened.He said he had to report the matter to the Gardai but the accused said he didn’t want to and just wanted it all to go away.The man said “I knew by the look of him that something had happened. He was like a rabbit in the headlights.”The teenager eventually told his father and the man said he was very relived.However barrister for the accused, Peter Nolan, said was it not the case that the incident had simply snowballed and that he had made it all up.He alleged that the teenager was actually caught by the accused masturbating in his hallway and was left feeling very embarrassed.He also referred to different doctor’s reports which completely contradicted the evidence given by the alleged victim.The trial before Judge John O’Hagan is expected to conclude today (WED).AT HEARING© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.* Donegaldaily.com – keeping you in touch with all that’s happening in the courts.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyDONEGAL TEENAGER CLAIMS HE WAS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED AFTER BAGGING TURF was last modified: November 9th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Letterkenny Circuit Courtsexual assaultlast_img read more

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CHAMPIONSHIP: ST MICHAEL’S MARCH ON DESPITE GREAT FIGHT BY GLENFIN

first_imgGAA Group 3St. Michaels march onGlenfin 1-08St Michaels 2-07 Having shown tremendous fighting spirit to take victory against Cloughaneely last weekend, Glenfin showed they weren’t going to just make up the numbers against the much-fancied St. Michael’s this afternoon.The visitors started without Martin McElhinney who had impressed in last weekend’s big win against Four Masters and they were made to fight all the way against a Glenfin side who saw Kevin McGlynn find the net.In the end only two points separated the sides after goals from Colm McFadden and Andrew Kelly edged St. Michael’s over the line.CHAMPIONSHIP: ST MICHAEL’S MARCH ON DESPITE GREAT FIGHT BY GLENFIN was last modified: August 30th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:glenfinSt Michaelslast_img read more

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LOCAL NEWS: LETTERMACAWARD COMMUNITY NOTES

first_imgLETTERMACAWARD NOTESThe Graveyards Masses will take place on the Saturday 14th of July at 3pm in the new graveyard  and  Sunday 15th of July at 12pm. in the old graveyard.Bazaar The bazaar will take place in Saint Bridget’s hall on Sunday 8th July from 4pm to 6.30pm. Community Sports Fest 50+ The  Community Sports Fest 50+ will take place in  St Bridgid’s hall, Leitir and outside on 14th July starting at 10.30. We invite you to join us for this event to try out a variety of activities, lead by excellent tutors from Donegal Sports. Costs for the day are €10 including light refreshments. The numbers of participants are limited. Please contact Angela to book: 074 9544341 or 086 373 7502. LOCAL NEWS: LETTERMACAWARD COMMUNITY NOTES was last modified: July 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LOCAL NEWS: LETTERMACAWARD COMMUNITY NOTESlast_img read more

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The Scramble for Africa – Part 2010

first_img20 November 2009The 2010 Fifa World Cup™ began in earnest over two years ago in Samoa, 13 times zones and more than 15 000 kilometres from the 2010 final venue at Soccer City in Johannesburg.The tiny town of Apia kick-started the monumental qualifying process that came full circle on Wednesday night with the final, down-to-the-wire qualifying clashes between France and Ireland, Bosnia and Portugal, Ukraine and Greece, Slovenia and Russia, Uruguay and Costa Rica and, of course, bitter rivals Algeria and Egypt. There have been plenty of ups and downs – on and off the field – including stampedes in Monrovia and Abidjan which left scores of spectators dead.But the very good news for 2010 hosts South Africa is that next year’s edition of the global showpiece of international soccer will see virtually all the planet’s heavyweights competing. These include five-time champions Brazil, Argentina (by a whisker), Germany, England, Italy and France (courtesy of Thierry Henry’s blatant double hand-ball).The reality is that all seven previous World Cup winners and 18 of the world’s top 21 teams will line up for battle next year. Only three of the 32 contestants (New Zealand, North Korea and hosts South Africa) are not among the world’s top 50.The pedigree of these nations raises the quality of the tournament and guarantees that they will be accompanied by hoards of free-spending supporters.There is a great deal of interest in the African contingent, and with Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria all securing their places, the chances of a “home” country reaching the final of the tournament have never been better.The host nation, now languishing in 85th place in the world rankings, has been written off, but the same applied to 2002 co-hosts South Korea, who made it to the semi-finals thanks to some impressive coaching and a surge of local support.The next key 2010 event is the Final Draw in Cape Town on December 4. The ceremony, which will be viewed by an estimated 700-million television viewers in 200 countries, will determine which countries play where, signalling the start of the final preparations for the first World Cup on African soil.Urquhart is a former Fifa World Cup media officer and the current editor of Project 2010last_img read more

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Media accreditation open for WEF Africa 2015

first_imgMedia accreditation is now open for the 25th World Economic Forum on Africa, which will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, from 3 to 5 June 2015, with the support of the government of South Africa.  • World Economic Forum• South Africa’s place in the centre of the world• South Africa pleased with WEF participation• Five reasons to be optimistic about Africa• Africa dismantling trade barriers Media accreditation is now open for the 25th World Economic Forum on Africa, which will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, from 3 to 5 June 2015, with the support of the government of South Africa.Convening under the theme “Then and Now: Reimagining Africa’s Future”, the meeting will mark 25 years of change in Africa. It will also provide an unrivalled occasion for senior decision-makers from industry, government, academia, civil society and the media to accelerate inclusive growth while bringing about sustainable development for the continent.To attend this event, please complete the online registration before Friday 15 May. As the number of accreditations issued is strictly limited, we will not be able to accommodate late registrations. No accreditation will be granted on site. To facilitate the visa application process, we encourage you to register early.This year there is an increase in global efforts to agree on a new set of universal goals aimed at sustainable development. The World Economic Forum on Africa will therefore focus on the continent’s efforts to enhance competitiveness, invest in human capital, strengthen risk resilience and harness opportunities arising from technology adoption in all sectors. Participants will help determine how to diminish vulnerability to commodity price fluctuations, capital market volatility, mounting public debt, youth unemployment, climate change and persistent development challenges.The co-chairs of the meeting are:Antony Jenkins, group chief executive, Barclays, United KingdomPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, undersecretary general and executive director, United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN WOMEN), New YorkPatrice Motsepe founder and executive chairman, African Rainbow Minerals, South AfricaPaul Polman, chief executive officer, Unilever, United KingdomSir Michael Rake, chairman, BT Group, United KingdomFor more information, contact:Maxwell HallSenior media managerWorld Economic ForumTel: +41 (0)79 329 3500Email: maxwell.hall@weforum.orglast_img read more

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