Minister Calls on Jamaicans to Put an End to Child Labour

first_img “As Minister of Labour and Social Security, I am deeply concerned about the global trend in child labour,” Mrs. Robinson said. Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, has reiterated calls for citizens of Jamaica to put an end to child labour and allow the nation’s youth to enjoy their adolescence. Story Highlights Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, has reiterated calls for citizens of Jamaica to put an end to child labour and allow the nation’s youth to enjoy their adolescence.Speaking at the launch of the Country Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce Child Labour (CLEAR II) Project at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Tuesday (June 26), Mrs. Robinson said if all Jamaicans do not join forces and ensure children are not engaging in child labour, then the objective of the Government for zero tolerance will not be achieved.“As Minister of Labour and Social Security, I am deeply concerned about the global trend in child labour,” Mrs. Robinson said.“Principle two of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child [proclaimed by General Assembly Resolution 1386] declares that ‘The child shall enjoy special protection and shall be given opportunities and facilities by law and by other means, to enable him to develop physically, mentally, morally, spiritually and socially in a healthy and normal manner and in conditions of freedom and dignity’,” the Minister added.Mrs. Robinson also noted that data from the Jamaica Youth Activity Survey (JYAS) that contain information on child labour in Jamaica is alarming.“According to the survey, up to 2016, there were an estimated 657,697 children between the ages of five and 17 years in Jamaica, and from that total, 37,965 were recorded to be involved in child labour activities, with 25,797 being boys and 12,168 were girls,” she said.“Furthermore, out of the 37,965 children involved in child labour, an estimated 26,053 were involved in hazardous work, and based on investigation, children are almost twice likely to be involved in child labour in the rural areas, compared to urban areas,” she added.The Minister called on Jamaicans to ensure that child labour is non-existent in their communities.CLEAR II is a new programme through which Winrock and Lawyers without Borders will work with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security to reduce child labour, with the following intermediate objectives – improving legislation that addresses child labour issues, including bringing national laws into compliance with international standards; improving the monitoring and enforcement of laws and policies related to child labour; and effective implementation of national plans of action on child labour.Activities on CLEAR II will focus on the development of light and hazardous work lists, a Child Labour Prosecution Training of Trainers, the development of a National Action Plan to Combat Child Labour, organisation of a National Action Plan Child Protection Collaboration Workshop and Coordination Plan; and support for a study on street children.This project is funded by the United States Department of Labour, under a cooperative agreement with Winrock International. Speaking at the launch of the Country Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce Child Labour (CLEAR II) Project at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Tuesday (June 26), Mrs. Robinson said if all Jamaicans do not join forces and ensure children are not engaging in child labour, then the objective of the Government for zero tolerance will not be achieved.last_img read more

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US hurricane forecasters embark on preparedness mission to Mexico and Caribbean

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited States, April 10, 2017 – Miami – The 2017 hurricane season is fast approaching, and NOAA and the U.S. Air Force Reserve will host a series of events, including tours aboard a hurricane hunter aircraft to help communities in Mexico and the Caribbean prepare for the season and weather the coming storms.NOAA hurricane specialists, including National Hurricane Center director Rick Knabb, Ph.D., will provide information to residents of vulnerable communities about hurricane preparedness and resilience. Tours of the Air Force Reserve Command’s WC-130J “Hurricane Hunter” will offer an opportunity to learn how scientists collect hurricane information.“Several Caribbean countries were severely damaged last year by Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Otto,” Knabb said. “Another season is just weeks away and we have to be prepared. Simply hoping one of these storms won’t hit your community is not a good plan.”Locations, all local airports, and local times for public tours are:April 24, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Merida, MexicoApril 25, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – San Pedro Sula, HondurasApril 26, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Grand CaymanApril 27, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Turks and CaicosApril 29, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Aquadilla, Puerto RicoDuring hurricanes, military air crews fly state-of-the-art WC-130J aircraft directly into the core of tropical cyclones to gather data that are critical for forecasting a hurricane’s intensity and landfall. The data are sent in real time via satellite from the aircraft directly to the National Hurricane Center for analysis and use by hurricane forecasters.“This data is vital in improving storm track models, which plays a critical role in alerting coastal residents about potential hazards,” said Lt. Col. Kaitlyn Woods, 53rd WRS chief meteorologist. “The Caribbean Hurricane Awareness Tour educates the public not only about our mission but also of the importance of being prepared.”During the 2016 hurricane season, the 53rd WRS flew 75 missions, including 12 investigative flights over the Atlantic, for the National Hurricane Center. It also flew one mission over the eastern North Pacific and 14 over the central North Pacific. The eastern North Pacific hurricane season begins May 15 while the central North Pacific and Atlantic basin hurricane season begins June 1.Aside from Knabb, also participating in the tour will be Lixion Avila, Ph.D., NOAA NHC senior hurricane specialist; and U.S Air Force reservists from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron (WRS), 403rdWing, Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Miss.NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our other social media channels.Press Release: NOAA Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Hampton Roads Communities to Study Best Ways to Protect Ft Eustis from

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Multiple jurisdictions surrounding Joint Base Langley-Eustis will begin a joint land use study shortly to limit incompatible development outside the joint base in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia.James City County, York County, Newport News and Hampton are participating in the effort. The study has been approved by the Defense Department; the Office of Economic Adjustment is expected to allocate funding after it reviews the scope of work for the study, the Virginia Gazette reported this week.The possibility of new development interfering with operations at Fort Eustis assumed greater urgency when BASF Corp. applied to change its land use designation in James City County’s comprehensive plan for land it owns along the James River to mixed use. The corporation is considering selling the property to a potential waterfront developer. DOD said development on that land could come into conflict with operations at Fort Eustis.At the time, Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs John Harvey Jr. urged the county to postpone any rezoning until after a joint land use study had been completed, according to the story.last_img read more

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HK Kumaraswamy appointed as new Janata Dal Secular president

first_imgTwitterThe Janata Dal (Secular) appointed senior leader HK Kumaraswamy as the new party president on Thursday. Madhu Bangarappa has been appointed as the party’s working president and Nikhil Kumaraswamy, who is the son of Karnataka CM, has been appointed a the new state youth wing president.The new team of the JD(S) was unveiled by HD Devegowda after the party’s defeat in the recent polls due to which H Vishwanath had resigned from his post.HK Kumaraswamy is a Dalit leader and six-time MLA of Sakleshpur constituency in Hassan. Kumaraswamy and Bangarappa were picked up by the JD(S) to secure the Dalit-OBC-Vokkaliga union in the party.According to reports, former minister NM Nabi and MLA K Gopalaiah have been made senior vice-presidents of JD(S). R Manjunath from Hanur is the vice-president of the party.last_img read more

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Rohingya new arrivals now 607000 IOM

first_imgThis photograph taken on October 28, 2017 shows Rohingya refugee children watching the Bangladeshi theatre group `Drama Therapy` at Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia. AFPSome 607,000 new arrivals are reported as of 28 October, according to IOM Needs and Population Monitoring, UNHCR and other field reports released on Monday.Since the last situation report on 26 October, there have been 2,000 new arrivals, said the reports.According to the IOM, the government has registered 325,660 people using biometric registration as of 28 October while the Local Government and Engineering Department (LGED) is constructing access roads towards different camps.Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya on Sunday said the registration of some 365,000 lakh Rohingya people, who have fled Myanmar to avoid persecution, has been completed.Meanwhile, 10 access roads having a total length of 9.25 kms are being constructed and 68 percent work has already been completed.Bangladesh Army started construction of the main connecting road within the new camp, which will be 22 kms long. Five kms have been completed.The Bangladesh government’s Social Services Division has identified and registered 22,484 orphaned children.Thirteen new NGOs were granted FD7 permission this week.The Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) remains available to assist partners with the clearance process through the NGO Coordination Cell.During the last reporting period, many statistics have changed due to better data collection and better data reporting from partners, the report claimed.Violence in Rakhine State which began on August 25 last has driven an estimated 607,000 Rohingya across the border into Cox’s Bazar.The speed and scale of the influx has resulted in a critical humanitarian emergency.The people who have arrived in Bangladesh came with very few possessions.They have used the majority of their savings on transportation and constructing a shelter, often out of no more than bamboo and thin plastic.They are now reliant on humanitarian assistance for food, and other life-saving needs.Basic services that were available prior to the influx are under severe strain due to the massive increase in people in the area.In some of the sites that have spontaneously emerged, there is no access to water and sanitation facilities, raising the risks of an outbreak of disease.The Rohingya population in Cox’s Bazar is highly vulnerable, having fled conflict and experienced severe trauma, and now living in extremely difficult conditions.Population movements within Cox’s Bazar remain highly fluid, with increasing concentration in Ukhia, where the government has allocated 3,000 acres for a new camp.last_img
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DC Leaders Take Sides on ExelonPepco Merger

first_imgFormer D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams favors the Exelon-Pepco merger.As the date of the District’s public service commission decision on the Exelon-Pepco merger draws near, District political and business leaders are publicly expressing their feelings about it.A spokeswoman for the D.C. Public Service Commission told the AFRO on May 22 that a decision on the Exelon-Pepco merger will take place on or before Aug. 25. Judi Jones, an advisory neighborhood commissioner for single-member district 4B07, has been outspoken in her opposition to the merger.“There is an overwhelming lack of support for this,” Jones said. “I don’t like the fact that a monopolistic nuclear power company will be in charge of power to District residents and businesses. Thirty out of 40 advisory neighborhood commissions have voted not to support this merger because it is not in the best interest of the residents.”Exelon of Chicago plans to acquire Pepco Holdings for $6.83 billion. If it goes through, Exelon would control the lucrative mid-Atlantic power market and would also give the company financial resources to aid its ailing nuclear power plant portfolio.The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Virginia, New Jersey, and Maryland, approved the merger on May 15. Maryland supports the merger but has 46 conditions that largely deal with energy efficiency, relief for low-income customers, and the delivery of services.The District and Delaware are considering the merger and for Exelon to acquire Pepco, those two jurisdictions must approve.Residents had until May 27 at 5:30 p.m. to submit comments on the merger to the public service commission. Anthony Lorenzo Green, the chairman of the 8B advisory neighborhood commission, led his colleagues to vote against the merger on May 19.“Our residents have a lot of concerns about this deal,” Green said. “There isn’t a lot of faith in Pepco as it is. Many of our residents don’t think that a nuclear-power company in Chicago will be responsive to their needs.”The advisory neighborhood commissions as well as the D.C. Council have no voice in the merger’s approval. However, D.C. Council members Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) and Elissa Silverman (I-At Large) opposed the merger earlier this year and were recently joined by David Grosso (I-At Large) and Brianne Nadeau (D-Ward 6) on that.“I have concluded that the merger does not meet the “public interest” standard as required by the law of the District of Columbia,” Grosso said in a May 12 letter to the public service commission. “First, Exelon has a storied history of opposing commitments to renewable energy. Second, Pepco divested from its generation assets (which focus on financial growth) several years ago and is now focused primarily on the distribution of electricity to its customers.”Grosso said, in essence, that he didn’t want District residents to pay for Exelon’s floundering nuclear power plants. Nadeau, in a May 22 letter to the public service commission, expressed discomfort with the financial benefit that Pepco shareholders and company executives would get as a result of the merger while there are no solid guarantees of rate fairness for consumers.D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) hasn’t commented on the merger because he owns Pepco stock and D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-Ward 5) is a former Pepco vice president and has therefore recused himself from the debate.Jones said that there is one public official she wishes would take a position on the merger: D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D). “She needs to take a stand on this,” Jones said.The mayor, through a statement and in interviews with the AFRO, has said she is reviewing the merger and wants what is best for the residents of the District.The merger has its supporters in the District. “A proposal that brings substantial and tangible benefits for D.C. citizens and economy, with no downside, should be pursued,” former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams and Harry Wingo, president of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, said in a May 15 edition of the Washington Business Journal touting the merger.Williams, the executive director of the Federal City Council, and Wingo argue that the $125 one time rate credit, Exelon’s $1.6 million a year community benefits program and its promise to improve performance for customers merit approval of the merger.“When you look at the facts, this proposal is good for residents and ratepayers and it is good for our economy,” the two business leaders said. “We believe that when the [public service commission] examines the facts of this proposal it will agree-and approve this merger.”last_img read more

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Sweating determined by body size

first_imgSweating depends on body size, weight and not on gender, meaning that larger individuals sweat more than smaller ones during exercises in warm and tolerable conditions, a study has found, negating the conventional belief that gender influences sweat.The body cools itself down in two main ways: Sweating and increasing circulation to the skin’s surface. Body shape and size dictates which of these two is relied upon for heat loss, the researchers said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Gender has long been thought to influence sweating and skin blood flow during heat stress. We found that these heat loss responses are, in fact, gender independent during exercise in conditions where the body can successfully regulate its temperature,” said lead author Sean Notley from the University of Wollongong in Australia.The study found that smaller males and females with more surface area per kg of body mass are more dependent on heat loss through increasing circulation and less dependent upon sweating. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor the study, published in the journal Experimental Physiology, the team looked at skin blood flow and sweating responses in 36 men and 24 women.They performed two trials – one of light exercise and the other of moderate – at 28 degrees Celsius and 36 per cent humidity. These are conditions where the body is able to mitigate the additional heat produced during exercise and prevent further rises in body temperature by increasing sweating and blood flow to the skin. The results showed that the body temperature changes were same in all participants within each trial regardless of the gender.last_img read more

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