FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) announced today (Sunday, September 14) that as of mid-night last night, September 13, 2014, as scheduled, passengers travelling on its buses will only be able to access concession fares with the use of a Smarter Card.The JUTC said that the new system in operation on its buses from mid-night last night, restricts the drivers to issuing tickets only for the adult fare which is $120.The adult fare is the only one which passengers may pay by cash which means passengers wishing to access the concession fare must use their Smarter Cards.The JUTC is also emphasizing to the travelling public that there is no deadline for adult passenger category to get a Smarter Card and that they can pay their $120 fare with cash or card on any JUTC bus at anytime, anywhere.Meanwhile, the special centre, on the top floor of the Half Way Tree Transport Centre, will be open again today, Sunday, September 14, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 10 p.m., to facilitate passengers wishing to pick up concession cards.The Spanish Town Bus Park will also be opened today from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the JUTC East Parade office in downtown will be opened from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. also today.Concession passengers are children between three years old and eleven years old; students aged 12 to 20 in school uniform; the elderly, 60 years and older and persons with disabilities who have been issued identification cards from the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities. Story HighlightsThe new system in operation on the buses restricts the drivers to issuing tickets only for the adult fare which is $120.Concession passengers are children between three years old and eleven years old; students aged 12 to 20 in school uniform; the elderly, 60 years and older and persons with disabilities who have been issued identification cards from the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities.Adult passengers can pay their regular $120 fare with cash or card on any JUTC bus at anytime, anywhere. Photo: JIS Photographer Smarter Cards Only to Access Concession Fares on JUTC Buses Now in EffectJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedJUTC Rolls Out Vehicle Tracking System Tomorrow RelatedToll to Start on North South Highway on September 6 Smarter Cards Only to Access Concession Fares on JUTC Buses Now in Effect TransportSeptember 14, 2014Written by: Granville Newell RelatedEngineers Urged to Take Advantage of Available Global Best Practices Advertisements
Almost everyone knows Shykh Seraj in Bangladesh, where farming offers a lifeline to most of its 140 million people, half of whom live on less than one U.S. Dollar a day.He teaches impoverished farmers how to better work their fields and rise above grinding poverty.A decade ago the journalist, interested in agriculture, launched a TV show and YouTube channel, more recently, focusing on farmers and giving solutions for their problems.“Every day there is new reports, new techniques, and new crops.”
D.C. officials are concerned that they will be unable to vaccinate the city’s health care workforce once a coronavirus vaccine is available, according to the city’s health director.More than 80,000 health care workers are employed in the District, but the federal government plans to allocate the city just 8,000 doses as part of the first phase of distribution. Those estimates could change though.“We have requested that they reconsider and provide the District a pro rata share based on our workforce, given our porous borders,” D.C. Health Director LaQuandra Nesbitt said during a press conference on Nov. 30.A vaccine may be distributed as early as December because promising research results were filed in November.Moderna reported that its vaccine was 95% effective on Nov. 16. Pfizer reported that its vaccine is safe and at least 95% effective and that it would seek regulatory approval on Nov. 20. And AstraZeneca reported three days later that its vaccine was up to 90% effective and easy to transport, though its study has raised questions in the weeks since, as some test groups were mistakenly given incorrect doses.Both Pfizer and Moderna applied for emergency use authorization on Nov. 20 and Nov. 30, respectively. The Food and Drug Administration will review the research results and an advisory committee will then vote on whether to approve each vaccine. If both vaccines are approved, 20 million people could be vaccinated by the end of the yearStates have already begun working on how they would distribute a coronavirus vaccine. Each state had to submit a draft vaccine distribution plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in October. D.C. officials recently made its draft plan public.D.C. health officials believe the city has sufficient storage for the vaccine, which may have to be stored at ultra-cold temperatures. But the city will only get one tenth of what is needed to vaccinate those eligible in the first half of phase one; there are four phases. That is because the allocation is based on how many health care workers are District residents, even though many workers enter the city from Maryland and Virginia.“We don’t quibble about testing residents from Maryland or Virginia who work here, because we can just put more money into that,” Nesbitt said during a recent scientific advisory meeting in October. “But I can’t put more money into buying more vaccines. It’s a controlled supply chain, so it’s not a budgetary issue, it is strictly a resource allocation issue.”More than 21,000 residents have tested positive for the virus, and 680 people have died from COVID-19. Nearly 160 COVID-19 patients are in D.C. hospitals, 43 of whom are in the intensive care unit. District officials believe those numbers will get worse in a few weeks, reflecting the reality that many people traveled and gathered for the Thanksgiving holiday, even though health officials advised against it.“We expect that we’re going to have more cases,” D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser said during a press conference on Nov. 30. “We have a very robust testing program, which we feel strongly will help us identify and isolate people who have been infected by covid.”The spikes in coronavirus numbers could come at a time when health officials are distributing the first doses of a vaccine. While D.C. health officials are concerned that they might not receive enough vaccines to vaccinate all health care workers regardless of their residency, they are perhaps more concerned that vaccine acceptance is low.People mistrust a coronavirus vaccine because of how rapidly the manufacturers have developed the vaccines, and because of the Trump administration’s interference at the FDA.People of color are especially suspicious of a vaccine because of reports of Black people being used for research experiments in the past, such as in the case of the Tuskegee Study when men were unknowingly infected with syphilis and then weren’t treated for it. The suspicion is particularly worrisome because Ward 7 and Ward 8, which have the highest populations of African Americans in the city, have been particularly hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic.But Castina Watson, a Shaw resident who is Black, plans to take a vaccine as soon as she can. She lost her mother to COVID-19 earlier this year and can’t imagine not doing her part to protect other people from the illness.“Seeing this thing up close and what it does to people, not only people who pass away but people like me who are just left here to deal with the ashes, anything that I can do to try to eradicate it from the planet, I’m totally interested in doing,” Watson said.,Fear growing in ICE detention centers as COVID-19 cases steadily climb this winter. Immigration organizations and lawyers are fighting for better health care but are afraid it’s…,Families must wait longer than usual to set up funerals for lost loved ones in another grim consequence of the enduring pandemic.,Black Lives Matter activists and community organizers march outside the L.A. mayor’s…
Share 424 Views 4 comments Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share LocalNews UWP stages silent protest in Roseau by: Dominica Vibes News – March 16, 2015 The Opposition United Workers Party (UWP) is today Monday 16 March 2015 staging a silent protest outside of the Financial Center in Roseau for what they claim is the “abuse of public finances”, one hundred days following the 2014 general election.UWP officials claim that the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) has created employment for candidates who were unsuccessful in the December 2014 general election which they claim is “not necessary”. Members of the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force were seen on the grounds of the Financial Center during the protest action while opposition members stood outside bearing placards.According to information disclosed by Opposition Leader Lennox Linton, which we have not yet been successful in verifying, four of the DLP candidates have been given government employment.They are Dr Martin Christmas, who contested the Marigot Constituency, as liaison in the ministry of health, Nicholas ‘Shanks’ Esprit who contested the Salisbury Constituency, as adviser in the ministry of agriculture, Athenia Benjamin who contested the Wesley Constituency as liaison officer in the ministry of diaspora Affairs and Alvin Bernard who contested the Roseau Central constituency as analyst in poverty reduction.Mr Linton also disclosed that the four candidates are receiving compensation of eighty thousand dollars ($80,000) a year.Mr Linton told Dominica Vibes there are several burning issues affecting the country that are not being given priority by the government. “We have a situation where these rejected candidates have been retained by the government using state money for eighty thousand dollars each per year, at the same time the National Employment Program appears to be under threat and the Black Sigatoka issue is not improving, banana ills are not going anywhere, we are not selling any more bananas, poor people children remain unemployed at the rate of upwards of seventy percent of our young people,” he said. Linton noted that another issue of concern to the Opposition is the infestation of bed bugs at the Princess Margaret Hospital, a situation which the chief medical officer Dr David Johnson reported “is under control”. He said the government has not given priority to these “critical situations” but is instead “putting priority on employing its own”.“They are making sure that they are taken care off, they are setting up an economic council so they can have a director, Ambrose George for eighty thousand dollars a year,” Mr Linton said. He said all of these salaries were not budgeted for in the 2014/2015 national budget and is considered to be reckless spending of the public’s money.Mr Linton reiterated his earlier call for the downsizing of the Cabinet saying it is hurting the finance of the country. “We also note the expansion in the size and the cost of the Cabinet and we really think that the government can do better than that”.“We really think this is totally unnecessary and this focus on really taking care of your own, at this time when people are suffering is insensitive as it is corrupt and we are hoping that the government will change its mind about that,” he said. – / 11
For the second year in succession, the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) has collaborated with the Ministry of Education through the Allied Arts Institute and the Child Care and Protection Agency to roll out another 17-and-under female T20 franchise. The launching was done at a simple ceremony on the top floor of the GCB, Regent Road where Territorial Development Officer (TDO) of the Board, Colin Stuart laid out the dynamics of the competition.Stuart explained that the competition will be played across three rounds, the first of which is today at Everest Cricket Club, Camp and Carifesta Avenue, Georgetown, and Young Warriors Ground, Cumberland, Berbice, with the two teams who achieved the most points clashing in a final.The TDO shared the board’s delight in once again being able to partner with the aforementioned bodies to promote the game as well as continue the fight to show that academics and sports go hand in hand and in fact, aid in the development of each other. Stuart noted that this competition will be used as a scouting programme to identify those who show potential to be selected for the national youth team or even move up to be included in the West Indies squad.The former West Indies fast bowler also namedropped Shemaine Campbelle, Shabika Gajnabi and Sheneta Grimmond who have been named in the West Indies Women’s side for India’s tour of the Caribbean as well as Cherry-Ann Fraser and Kaysia Schultz who have been regularly invited to the West Indies training camps.The TDO disclosed that it is the intention of the Board to provide an environment for the female players that is similar to the men’s while creating a structure that is non-discriminatory. Meanwhile, Unit of the Allied Arts Administrator, Lorraine Barker-King praised the GCB for yet another step towards the development of young athletes especially since the interest in cricket has been growing in the schools.Barker-King posited that she was pleased to see a woman-dominated head table for a change and labelled the female Guyanese players in West Indies as “role models” for those children who have chosen to embrace the sport.Georgetown Regional Administrative Officer of the Department of Education, Shenaine Christian-Henry reflected on her involvement in the game, reminiscing on her younger years where she was unable to comprehend what “15 runs for two wickets meant” but has over the years grown to love the sport. She most notably recalled the impact the staging of the female T20 World Cup in Guyana had on her. Senior Probation and Social Series Officer of the Child Care and Protection Agency, Sherry-Ann Vandeyar echoed Christian-Henry’s experience but reminded those in administration, that child care is everyone’s business and needs to be at the forefront.Vandeyar commended the GCB for their continued outreach to the Agency in an effort to provide their coaches and other key personnel with the foundation to perform in this area.The Officer further posited that this competition helps to empower women and serves as a “teardown” of the stereotypical gender barriers that often attach themselves to events of this nature.
By Brian NealDONNELLSON, Iowa (April 21) – Jeff Waterman was the Friday night Budweiser IMCA Modified winner at Lee County Speedway.Mitch Boles and Kelly Buckallew led the field to the drop of the green flag in the 20-lap feature, with Boles jumping out front to lead lap one over Dennis LaVeine and rookie Dakota Simmons, who moved out of the SportMod class for 2017.Coming off turn two to complete the second lap, LaVeine went low, Waterman was in the middle, with Boles up top to race three wide for the top spot. LaVeine emerged as the new leader, then worked the bottom of the track over the next three laps while Waterman used the top.Waterman grabbed the top spot away from LaVeine on lap six and was pulling away when the only caution of the race appeared on lap 15 and brought the field back to his back bumper.On the restart, Waterman moved back out front, with LaVeine working to hold off Blake Woodruff for second. Waterman then led the final five laps to score his first win of the season at the track. LaVeine held on for second and Woodruff was third.Jeremy Pundt topped the 20-lap Donnellson Tire & Service IMCA Stock Car main event and Tony Dunker showed the way to the checkers in the 18-lap Shottenkirk Parts Express IMCA SportMods.Barry Taft prevailed in the 15-lap Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compact feature.