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ODPEM to Receive $72.9 Million for Landslide Risk Reduction Project

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first_imgAdvertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail ODPEM to Receive $72.9 Million for Landslide Risk Reduction ProjectJIS 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 ODPEM to Receive $72.9 Million for Landslide Risk Reduction Project Budget 2014/2015April 10, 2014Written by: Alecia Smith-Edwards The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is to continue implementing the Community-Based Landslide Risk Reduction project this fiscal year with a provision of $72.9 million.This sum has been set aside in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure, currently being reviewed by the Standing Finance Committee of the House of Representatives.The project seeks to reduce the risk of natural disasters in vulnerable communities, and to provide an evidence-based toolkit for vulnerability reduction throughout the Caribbean.Up to March 2014 under the project, four designs of small landslide drainage plan/micro mitigation for four selected communities were completed; and three of the nine chapters for inclusion in the Jamaica Toolkit (Community Selection, Engagement, Mapping and Training) drafted.In addition, a training and communications plan has been developed; visibility and awareness-raising activities have been conducted in the four targeted communities; and Community Disaster Risk Management (CDRM) groups have been established in three of the four communities.For fiscal year 2014/15, construction of drainage infrastructure in the four targeted communities is to commence; training of community members and government officials will be conducted; a training video and documentary will be produced; and a workshop will be conducted with local authorities for awareness raising dissemination.In addition, it is anticipated that visibility activities including: design and placement of community project signs, the use of promotional items, billboards and murals, will be conducted.Funded by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the Government of Jamaica, the project, will run from April, 2014 to December, 2014. RelatedRiverton City Landfill Access Road to be Repairedcenter_img Photo: JIS Photographer Related$27 Million for Initiatives to Improve Children’s Learning Environment RelatedIncreased Access to ICT Services Story HighlightsODPEM is to continue implementing the Community-Based Landslide Risk Reduction project this fiscal year with a provision of $72.9 million.The project seeks to reduce the risk of natural disasters in vulnerable communities, and to provide an evidence-based toolkit for vulnerability reduction throughout the Caribbean.Up to March 2014 under the project, four designs of small landslide drainage plan/micro mitigation for four selected communities were completed.last_img

Rescue Workers Struggle to Reach Cyclone Survivors

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first_imgBARGUNA, Bangladesh — The death toll from Bangladesh s most devastating storm in a decade climbed to at least 2,300 on Sunday, and relief officials warned the figure could jump sharply as rescuers reach more isolated areas. He said a helicopter had dropped packages of food but he had received little assistance otherwise. We have seen more bodies floating in the sea, Zakir Hossain, a fisherman from the country s southwest said, after reaching shore with two decomposing bodies he and other fishermen had found. Rescue workers cleared roads of fallen trees and twisted roofs to reach remote villages, but tents, rice, water and other relief items were slow to arrive. Hungry survivors, thousands of whom were left homeless by Thursday s storm, scrambled for food. Teams from international aid organizations worked with army troops in a massive rescue effort that drew help from around the world. A U.S. military medical team is already in Bangladesh and two U.S. Navy amphibious assault ships — the Norfolk-based Kearsarge and the Japan-based Essex , each carrying at least 20 helicopters and tons of supplies — will be made available if the Bangladesh government requests them, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said. Squatting in a muddy field with his wife, 45-year-old farmer Asad Ali said their 5-year-old daughter, the couple s only child, had been fatally crushed beneath their toppled thatched hut in Barguna, one of the hardest-hit districts. The death toll rose as officials made contact with coastal regions cut off by the storm, said Selina Shahid of the Ministry of Food and Disaster Management. Mobs swarm below the helicopters every time one is spotted. I ve been here waiting for hours for something to eat, he said. What I ve got so far are a few cookies. Not enough. Mohammad Abdur Rob, chairman of the society, said the estimate came from the assessments of thousands of volunteers taking part in the rescue operations across the battered region. Government officials defended the relief efforts and expressed confidence that authorities are up to the task. We have enough food and water, said Shahidul Islam, the top official in Bagerhat, a battered district close to Barguna. We are going to overcome the problem. The Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, the Islamic equivalent of the Red Cross, said the toll could hit 10,000 once rescuers reach islands off the coast of the low-lying river delta nation. The Rome-based World Food Program was rushing in food, and the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society was sending thousands of workers to stricken areas.During his traditional Sunday blessing from the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI called for every possible effort to help our brothers who have been so sorely tested. Disaster Management Secretary Aiyub Bhuiyan met Sunday with representatives from the United Nations and international aid groups to discuss the emergency response. We have briefed them about what we need immediately, Bhuiyan told reporters. The government said it has allocated $5.2 million in emergency aid for rebuilding houses. Many foreign governments and international groups have pledged to help, including the United States, which offered $2.1 million, and the United Nations, which promised $7 million. Germany offered $731,000, the European Union $2.2 million, and the British government $5 million. France pledged $730,000 in aid, while the Philippines announced it would send a medical team. District officials compile the figures, which are far from precise, based on reports from police, public hospitals, military officials, relief workers and aid agencies, said Mohammad Golam Mostafa of the Disaster Management Ministry.last_img

Too old to hire? Research confirms age discrimination in jobs market

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first_imgShare Share on Facebook Pinterest Age stereotypes can strongly affect people’s choices about who to hire, new research from psychologists at the University of Kent has shown.If one of two equally well qualified job candidates is described as having stereotypically ‘young’ characteristics, and the other has stereotypically ‘old’ characteristics, the ‘younger’ candidate is more likely to be selected.The research team, led by Professor Dominic Abrams of the University’s School of Psychology, conducted a series of experiments in which people were asked to imagine they were running a firm and then to select the candidate who would help them to maximise their profits. LinkedIncenter_img Share on Twitter Participants were told about two equally qualified job candidates, whose strengths had been rated as equal by an independent set of judges, but whose age was not given.One candidate was described as having strengths that matched the ‘younger’ stereotype — being good at using IT, creative, good at learning new skills. The other candidate was described as having strengths that matched the ‘old’ stereotype – being good at understanding others’ views, settling arguments, and being careful.The researchers found that participants consistently favoured the young profile. In fact, regardless of whether the job was for a long or short term, and whether it was for a supervisor or supervisee role, over 70% of participants preferred the young profile. Things only evened when participants were told that both candidates would be working for them but that they had to choose which should be the subordinate. In that case, 50% chose the ‘old’ profile to be subordinate.The findings show that people’s unacknowledged assumptions about age and age-related capability can affect the way they view someone’s employability. If these assumptions affect employers’ judgements, it has serious implications for the fair chances of older workers to gain employment in new roles or workplaces.The study was published in the Journal of Social Issues. Emaillast_img

Cole ‘keeping options open’ and QPR are linked with Algeria forward

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first_imgCarlton Cole is “keeping his options open”, the West Ham striker’s agent Saif Rubie has told Sky.QPR manager Harry Redknapp wanted the former Chelsea man before Cole signed a short-term deal at Upton Park, and is interested in signing him this month if his contract is not renewed.Hammers boss Sam Allardyce has indicated that he would like to keep the player.AdChoices广告“It is correct that West Ham have made contact about extending Carlton’s deal, which is due to expire later this month,” said Rubie.“Carlton is West Ham through and through and we will sit down and listen to what they have got to say.“Carlton wants to help West Ham get out of trouble and stay in the Premier League, but the deal has to be right him.“There has been interest in Carlton from other clubs and he is keeping his options open.“At this stage of his career he wants a deal best suited to him and he is a West Ham player until 20 January and then we will see what happens.”Meanwhile, Inter Milan striker Ishak Belfodil, 21, is also wanted by QPR, Sky Italia say.Belfodil’s representatives have touted the Algeria international for a move to England and he has also been linked with Fulham and Crystal Palace.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Helmet and feet issues aside, Antonio Brown’s Raiders tenure is bound for failure

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first_imgThis was inevitable. Antonio Brown was sure to become a major distraction at some point for the Raiders. The only mild surprise is that it occurred before he even hit the field at training camp.Perhaps it’s the presence of HBO's "Hard Knocks" at Oakland’s camp. Maybe Brown is setting the table for more chaos when regular season hits. Or it could be that he is just warming up for the franchise's move to the circus that is Las Vegas next season. Mayock and Gruden knew what they were getting when they acquired Brown. Now they’re living with the consequences, and as long as Brown shows up for work, they’re likely stuck with him for at least two years.Crazy things happen in the world of sports, but I’ll be surprised if this already-rocky marriage lasts beyond the 2020 season.Jeff Diamond is a former president of the Titans and former vice president/general manager of the Vikings. He was selected NFL Executive of the Year in 1998. Diamond is currently a business and sports consultant who also does broadcast and online media work. He makes speaking appearances to corporate/civic groups and college classes on negotiation and sports business/sports management. He is the former chairman and CEO of The Ingram Group. Follow Jeff on Twitter: @jeffdiamondNFL. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ac/9f/antonio-brown-081919-getty-ftrjpg_1svopeoioe71f10szegppw2cu0.jpg?t=-1428334804&w=500&quality=80 During my years as a GM, I dealt with plenty of ego-driven players, but never someone like Brown. I would not have taken a chance on a player so disruptive, no matter how talented he was. It doesn’t play well with the coaching staff or with teammates who have been working hard through training camp while one of the stars is engaged in off-field charades.I’m sure there has been plenty of behind-the-scenes conversation between Mayock, Gruden and Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, including the team threatening to fine Brown if he failed to report this week. And depending on the language of the guarantees, that $30 million could be in jeopardy if Brown doesn’t stay on course.Brown’s return to practice suggests he and Rosenhaus got the message loud and clear. But does anyone believe Brown will be now be in the public eye solely for his football prowess? The drama is not going to end.The fundamental problem for the Raiders is Brown’s lack of focus on football. Like Odell Beckham Jr., at this stage of his career, Brown clearly wants to be a celebrity more than a great player.2019 NFL PREDICTIONS:Standings, playoff projections, Super Bowl pickI find the whole situation sad. Brown went from being a sixth-round pick who was a typical hard-working Steeler to a seven-time Pro Bowler who was a major cog in the Steelers’ four straight playoff seasons from 2014-2017. He reportedly was a good teammate in his formative NFL years.Yet in the midst of his sixth consecutive 100-catch, 1,000-plus receiving yards season, he blew a gasket and went AWOL on the Steelers when they were still in the playoff hunt last year. My guess: none of the above. This is just AB being AB. And judging by first-year Raiders general manager Mike Mayock's pointed remark that he wants Brown "all-in or all-out," the Vegas casinos might soon be taking bets on whether Brown will be wearing silver and black when the Raiders’ first game in Sin City is played next year.MORE: Explaining Antonio Brown's helmet issueBeyond Brown’s age at 31, there’s a reason the Steelers were willing to jettison a superstar talent for the pittance of third- and fifth-round NFL Draft picks and eat $21 million in dead money against their salary cap.What remains difficult to understand is Oakland adding $11.2 million in new money to Brown’s contract and putting themselves on the hook for $30 million in guarantees.I’m on record as saying the Raiders will wind up with buyer’s remorse on the Brown deal; I wrote that long before the cryotherapy issues with his blistered feet or his ridiculous quest to wear a helmet considered unsafe by the NFL and NFL Players Association. Not to mention the reports out of Oakland that Brown pays more attention to his social media platforms in meetings than he does learning a new system and studying the playbook.The best-case scenario for Mayock and coach Jon Gruden is two reasonably productive years from Brown, including the team's first season in Vegas. But I don't see him playing at an All-Pro level anymore.In Oakland, he will face regular double coverage, and he doesn’t have a top receiver like JuJu Smith-Schuster opposite him. Derek Carr is not the top five-caliber quarterback Brown worked with in Pittsburgh with Ben Roethlisberger. The Raiders' offensive line allowed 52 sacks last season (fifth most in the league) compared to 24 given up by the Steelers’ O-line (fourth fewest).MORE: The NFL's 25 highest-paid playersSo it's doubtful the Raiders will get their $32.6 million worth that they’re paying Brown over the two seasons. After 2020, they can exit the deal with only a $333,333 dead money hit. If they cut him next year, the cap hit will be $15 million, which is tough to absorb.Of course, the Steelers accepted an even bigger cap hit to get rid of Brown.Despite Brown's statement on "Hard Knocks" that it's now time for “more work, less noise," the fact is it took Mayock publicly venting his frustration for the receiver to show up on the practice field. He finally did so with the regular-season opener against Denver less than three weeks away (on “Monday Night Football”; perfect for the AB side show).Kudos to Mayock for putting the heat on Brown as opposed to Gruden’s public coddling. I can only imagine how frustrated Mayock was before he gave his apropos quote to media. GMs don’t like to air their dirty laundry the way Mayock did this week, and the team doubled down by posting the quote on the Raiders’ Twitter account."We've got 89 guys busting their tails," Mayock said. "We are really excited about where the franchise is going, and we're hoping AB is going to be a big part of it."His final comment — "End of story, no questions" — further demonstrated his anger.last_img

Heath heads the field at Khao Kheow

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first_imgJomtien Golf with the IPGCMonday, Jan. 12, Khao Kheow – StablefordThere were 33 players out today and we were allocated the C and A courses, the equal cut in the three divisions being made at 5-14, 15-17 and 18+ in division 3, with 11 cards in each group. Cockney boy Phil Heath, playing off 11, won division 1 with 36 points and Teddy Eddie took second on 33.  Terry Madsen was third two further back, beating Peeka Palmu 18/14 on the back nine.(Left-right) Dennis Scougall, Bryan Rought, Rod Howett and Jim Connelly. William Chang topped the podium in division 3 with a 22/16 back-nine count back win over Rudi Schaefer, both on 35 points.  Mike Fitzgerald was third four points behind.There were three 31’s returned in division 2 and Harry Vincenzi got the nod for first place over Jerry McCarthy in second and Lindsay Phillips third on a 17/16/14 back-nine count back.Near pins went to (Div.1) Terry Madsen, Morten, Pete Sumner and Chris Voller, an d (Div.2) William Chang, Gerry Cooke and Rudi Schaefer.Lindsay Phillips birdied the A5 to claim a rollover ‘2’s pot.Wednesday, Jan. 14, Plutaluang – StablefordWe had 12 groups out today on the North and West courses at Plutaluang and managed to get away 40 minutes ahead of schedule.Paul Hartley returned the best score of the day in the three divisions, winning division 2 (15-19) with 36 points and beating Bryan Rought on a amazing 23/14 back nine count back.  Gerry Cooke took third after beating Tim Hake 18/15 on the back nine, both returning scores of 35.In division 1, Ted Lodge beat the ex-London taxi boy Mike Chatt 13/12 on the back six after they both came in with 17 on the back nine and 35 points overall.  Dennis Scougall was third one point behind, beating Terry Madsen and Ian Dallas 19/18/16 on the back nine.In division 3, with a 20+ handicap listing, Mike Fitzgerald with 34 points was top man, one ahead of Alan Bissell in and John Hughes took third on 31.There were five ‘2’s in division 1 from Phil Clereham, Ted Lodge, Bryan Rought, Billy Shepley and Dennis Scougall, and three more in division 2 from John McGarry, Howard Stanley and Ron Walsh.Near pins went to (Div.1) Terry Madsen, Kit Parkington, Billy Shepley and Bryan Rought, and (Div.2) Alan Bissell, Andy Crabb, Mike Fitzgerald and Paul Hartley.Friday, Jan. 16, Eastern Star – StablefordWe had 40 players out today and teed off 5 minutes behind schedule and with it being very busy here we experienced a four and a half hour plus round.In division 1, with the cut at 8-15, the telephone box boy Dennis Scougall with 3 blobs on the round beat Ted Lodge 17/16 on the back nine as they both came in with 35 points.  Gerry Dooley was third one point behind.Thirty-five points won division 2 honours for Frank Kelly, with Paul Hartley taking second place on 34 and Barry Stirling in third with 32.Howard Stanley claimed the win in division 3 (19+) with 32 points and there were three players on 30 points fighting for second and third place; Mike Fitzgerald beating Andy Galvin and Willy Van Heetvelde on a 17/15/13 back-nine count back.In the ladies competition Herma Fitzgerald scored 38 to take the win, with Verana Suhr in second place on 30.Near pins went to (Div.1) Gerry Dooley (2), Marty Rock and Chris Voller, (Div.2) Joe Kubon, Paul Hartley, Ger Lodge and Eiichi Matsumoto, and (Ladies) Jill Stanley and Verana Suhr.Dennis Scougall chipped in on the par 4, 12th hole for a ‘2’, Chris Voller birdied the 6th in division 2 and Gerry Cooke and Andy Galvin got ‘2’s in the 3rd flight.last_img

Sports India Show Year-end awards: Top 5 Test bowlers in 2018

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first_imgAdvertisement j5r66NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs28uoWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8gbzn( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 63kWould you ever consider trying this?😱uxbmdmCan your students do this? 🌚9dhfRoller skating! Powered by Firework Here is a list of 5 Test bowlers who stood out from the rest.Advertisement Although cricket is popularly known as a batsman’s game, bowlers have ruled the sports for so many years. They have created problems for top batsmen, despite the fact that that rules of the game favour the batsmen.Advertisement As the year draws to an end, we take a look at 5 best performers with the ball – who impressed us the most with their pace, spin and movement this year.1. Kagiso RabadaAdvertisement The South African right-arm fast bowler tops this list. The 23-year-old who has been playing for South Africa since he was on the Under-19 squad, has taken 46 wickets this year from 18 innings, at an impressive economy rate of 3.13. He also is currently ranked first in the list of Test bowlers.His best performance this year came against Australia, with Rabada taking 11 wickets in the match and giving away 150 runs. That bowling performance saw South Africa take a convincing 6-wicket win, with Rabada declared Man of the Match for his efforts.2. Dilruwan PereraDilruwan Perera has had quite the strong year, having previously hit the record of being the fastest Sri Lankan and seventh overall to take 100 Test wickets or more in December 2017, the 36-year-old has taken 46 wickets in the 18 innings he has played this year taking five wickets or more on three separate occasions, with a very low economy rate of 2.98.Perera is known for his off-breaks and the arm-ball which he uses to deceive the batsmen in a regular manner. He used them to good effect to snap up 10 wickets in July this year while playing against South Africa in the first Test match in Galle. Part of that ten-wicket haul were figures of 6/32. He was adjudged the Man of the Match, and rightly so.3. James AndersonEnglish pacer James Anderson comes in at number three. Anderson is perhaps the best swing bowler in the world at the present moment.With a classical side-on action, he generates natural outswing and with the old ball he is capable of reverse swinging it.Anderson has taken 43 wickets this year in only 22 innings, at a stingy economy rate of 2.47. His best figures (9 wickets for 34 runs) this year have come against India in the second test match in Lords, it included a five-wicket haul in the first innings.4 Mohammad AbbasLike many in Pakistan, Mohammad Abbas too started as a gully cricketer, but made a rapid rise up the ranks. Abbas took his maiden 5-wicket haul against West Indies, in his third Test match.In the series against Australia, Abbas bagged 5/33 and 5/62 to script Pakistan’s massive 373-run victory over Australia in the Abu Dhabi Test. He finished the two-match series with 17 wickets and was awarded the man-of-the-series award.Abbas has taken 38 wickets in the 13 innings this year, with three 5-wicket hauls among them at an economy of 2.27. He also became the first pace bowler to take 15 or more wickets in a Test Series in the United Arab Emirates.5. Nathan LyonThe Aussie off-spinner, Nathan Lyon is the sixth highest Test wicket-taker this year with 40 wickets in 16 encounters.The off-spinner is known for his economical spells, evident by his economy of 2.81 this year. In the recently concluded Test Match against India in Adelaide, he scalped 6-wickets which are also his best figures this year.Lyon currently holds the record for the most Test wickets taken by an Australian off-spin bowler, after passing Hugh Trumble’s 141 wickets in 2015. Advertisementlast_img

Galway face Kerry in Kennedy Cup Quarter Final

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first_imgGalway’s Kennedy Cup team are into the quarter finals of the Cup competition following the group stages held over the last couple of days. In their group games Galway beat Longford 1-0 and Inishowen 2-1 before finishing with a 1-1 draw with Athlone. This evening at 5pm, Galway will play Kerry in the Quarter Final where a win will see them into the Kennedy Cup Semi-Final tomorrow at 3pm. Roscommon finished third in their group and play Mayo this afternoon in the Shield Quarter Final at 3pm.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img