– driver’s licence suspended for 12 monthsSeveral drivers in the mining town of Linden were recently charged and placed before the court for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), as Police in ‘E’ Division (Linden-Kwakwani) continue crackdown exercises targeting these offenders.On Tuesday last, twenty-three-year-old Mahaica Grant pleaded guilty to this offence when he appeared before Linden Magistrate Clive Nurse for the second time in less than two months.Already charged with exceeding the legal limit of alcohol on his breath while driving, Grant has also been charged with dangerous driving.The court heard that on June 9, 2018, Grant, while driving motor vehicle PSS 9449 along the One Mile Public Road in Linden, collided with another motor vehicle. He was then subjected to a breathalyser test which proved that he was above the prescribed limit of alcohol consumption.The accused pleaded guilty to this charge and was fined $10,500 or an alternative of three weeks in prison for dangerous driving. Additionally, his licence has been suspended for 12 months for exceeding the legal limit of alcohol while driving under the influence.Back in April, Grant had appeared before Magistrate Nurse for the first time in connection with this offence, and was fined $7,500 with an alternative of one week in prison.Drivers are being reminded that the legal limit of alcohol when driving is 35 micrograms. Drivers in default on the first occasion will face a fine of $7,500, second occasion occurrence would result in drivers’ licences being suspended for one year; and third occasion occurrences would result in drivers’ licences being permanently suspended.
Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, has committed to bringing the Tobacco Control Act to Parliament early in the next financial year. The legislation, which is in the drafting stages, seeks to protect citizens from the harmful effects of tobacco, including the banning of smoking in public and workplaces. “I am committed, as Minister, to bring by the first quarter of financial year 2013-14 a (Comprehensive) Tobacco Control Act that will deal with smoke-free work place and public space. This is something we have to look at,” he said. Dr. Ferguson, who was speaking at the National World Diabetes Day breakfast meeting at the Courtleigh Hotel in Kingston on Wednesday, said the legislation is an integral part of the Government’s bid to address the increase in non-communicable diseases. The Comprehensive Tobacco Control Act is designed to reduce demand for tobacco products over time, protect persons and the environment from tobacco smoke, and prevent the elicit supply of tobacco products. Enactment of the legislation is in keeping with obligations under the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which Jamaica ratified in July 2005. The breakfast meeting, held under the theme: ‘Diabetes Protect Our Future’, was organised by the Ministry. The Health Minister said that death and disability from diabetes and non-communicable diseases can be prevented by addressing the four main lifestyle risk factors, which are physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, tobacco use and harmful use of alcohol. He informed that one in 13 Jamaicans, aged 15-74 years old, have diabetes and one in four Jamaicans are not aware that they have the condition. He noted that obesity is a driving factor for diabetes, and one in four Jamaicans 15-74 years old, are obese. He said that 80 per cent of Type II diabetes is preventable by addressing the risk factors. Dr. Ferguson stated that Government is putting measures in place to encourage Jamaicans to adopt a healthier lifestyle, and has already raised excise taxes on alcohol and tobacco control. “In keeping with the FCTC, the projection would be that tobacco tax would be somewhere in the region of 52 per cent. We, in Jamaica, are already ahead, we are somewhere in the region of 60 per cent in that regard,” he said. Dr. Ferguson said that other intervention measures include: restricting access to retail alcohol; enforcing bans on alcohol advertising; reducing salt and sugar content in packaged and prepared foods and drinks; promoting public awareness about diet and physical activity through education and consumer information; and restricting the marketing of foods and beverages high in salt, fats and sugar, especially to children. According to the Health Minister, poverty exposes persons to the main risk factors for diabetes and other non-communicable diseases. He noted further that diabetes leads to the loss of household income due to unhealthy behaviours, poor physical capacities, long-term treatment, and high cost of health care. “The epidemic is predicted to impede the poverty reduction initiatives that the Government have undertaken and the World Health Report states that 100 million people are pushed into poverty because they had to pay directly for health services,” he said.
Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the business environment in Jamaica has improved significantly, with investors now more willing to take risks.The Prime Minister, who was addressing the grand opening of an itelbpo Smart Solutions facility in Freeport, St. James, on October 4, said he has been attending several similar opening and ground-breaking ceremonies in recent times.“I do this because it drives home the point that great things are happening in Jamaica. I am doing two or three per week.“It is amazing what is happening in Jamaica and it is showing the psychology of economics; confidence,” he said, noting that the Government is making it easier for persons to calculate “what the risk factors are, project what the future will be and where you can make wise investments”.The Prime Minister said the fact that persons are willing to take risks with their money puts the impetus on the Government to put the measures in place where they can be successful.“When the owners of capital take the risk and create employment, everyone should be appreciative and try to ensure that the capital is successful,” he stressed.The Prime Minister pointed out that the Government is working to create a sustainable cycle of economic growth and job creation.“We understand that this is the partnership that the Government must continue to nurture. We also want employees to know that they are a part of the risk and should value the fact that employment has been created to their benefit. It all works together in a nice partnership,” he said.For his part, itelbpo co-founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Yoni Epstein, said the company has “developed exponentially” since its inception in 2012.He informed that itelbpo has grown from a small business process outsourcing (BPO) operator with seven employees in Jamaica to a large global competitor with more than 1,000 employees in Montego Bay; Kingston; The Bahamas; and Tampa, Florida.Over the past five years, the company has serviced a range of clients across sectors such as hospitality, telecommunications, utilities, medical billing and transportation, he pointed out.Services include sales, booking, web chat, social media coordination and Google PPC management, quality assurance and payment services.Itelbpo Smart Solutions is Jamaica’s largest locally owned BPO and contact centre management firm.The function also marked the company’s fifth anniversary celebrations. He informed that itelbpo has grown from a small business process outsourcing (BPO) operator with seven employees in Jamaica to a large global competitor with more than 1,000 employees in Montego Bay; Kingston; The Bahamas; and Tampa, Florida. “It is amazing what is happening in Jamaica and it is showing the psychology of economics; confidence,” he said, noting that the Government is making it easier for persons to calculate “what the risk factors are, project what the future will be and where you can make wise investments”. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the business environment in Jamaica has improved significantly, with investors now more willing to take risks.
Short-sea and feeder operator Seago Line, a part of Maersk Group, has introduced a new vessels, the Vistula Maersk, to its North Europe feeder link between Rotterdam, Netherlands and St. Petersburg, Russia.The recently-delivered Vistula Maersk, which is the first in a series of vessels purpose-built to serve the North Sea and Baltic Sea, made a maiden call to Petrolesport and First Container Terminal (FCT) in St. Petersburg on April 20.In the Russian Baltics, where harsh winters and icy waters pose challenges for container shipping, ice-class vessels “bring a very important value proposition to the market.”Vistula will shortly be joined by its sister unit Volga Maersk and these vessels will together be the only two to operate on the North Europe Feeder Link 1 service.During the coming months, five other sisters, namely Vayenga Maersk, Venta Maersk, Vuoksi Maersk, Vilnia Maersk and the last one still to be announced, will join Vistula and Volga in enhancing a number of Seago Line services in the North Sea and Baltic Sea.Seago Line informed that the new ships are the world’s largest ice-class container vessels, designed specifically for operation in winter conditions and temperatures pof down to -25 degrees C. Apart from their stronger hull, they are characterised by high refrigerated cargo intake.Vistula Maersk and Volga Maersk will operate on Seago Line’s L16/L01 service, which calls Rotterdam’s APM Terminals 1, Delta Container Terminal and APM Terminals Maasvlakte 2, before calling Port of Ust-Luga and then Petrolesport and First Container Terminal in St. Petersburg.Image Courtesy: Seago Line
Todd LamirandeAPTN NewsVictoria Island is a significant cultural and spiritual place for Indigenous people in the Ottawa area.It’s located just outside of the downtown core and close to Parliament Hill and is used by a number of Indigenous peoples as a site for ceremony and protest.Starting at the end of October, it will be off limits for the next seven years.And that caught some off firstname.lastname@example.org@toddlamirande