RAND gives Cities Readiness Initiative good marks

first_img Report summary There is also anecdotal evidence that the CRI has improved responses to real incidents, the investigators found. For example, three sites said preparations for rapid dispensing helped them set up vaccination clinics during the 2009 flu pandemic. Improve performance feedback to jurisdictions and develop better tools to help them improve. RAND also found that TAR scores have improved consistently for both states and MSAs. The median for states rose from 85% in 2006-07 to 95% in 2009-10, while the MSA median climbed from 52 to 89 over the same period. The study relied primarily on the CDC’s existing CRI data collected over the years, including data from a standardized written assessment tool called the Technical Assistance Review (TAR) and self-reported data from program drills. The authors supplemented these sources by interviewing stakeholders in a few of the participating jurisdictions. The CDC has conducted TARs on state health departments and on local jurisdictions within the participating metro areas, the report explains. As of 2009-10, all the state health departments had overall TAR scores of at least 79%, the threshold of acceptability, and the average state score was 94%, the report says. “Although performance was strong across all functional areas, performance was somewhat lower in three particularly critical areas: coordination and guidance for dispensing, security, and distribution,” it adds. See also: The CDC hired RAND in 2010 to assess (1) the capability of CRI communities to meet the program goal of delivering medical countermeasures within 48 hours, and (2) whether the program has actually improved communities’ capability to meet that goal. Full text of report (76 pages) The CRI is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) program that was born in 2004. Its goal is to equip metropolitan areas to provide life-saving medications to their populations in the event of a major bioterrorist attack, natural disease outbreak, or other health emergency. As for test exercises, participating units conducted 1,364 drills in 2008-09 and 1,422 in 2009-10, but few have run large-scale exercises, the report says. For example, in 2009-10, only 32% of exercises that tested medication dispensing involved 500 clients or more. RAND report access pagecenter_img The assessment says the metropolitan areas and other units participating in the Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) generally score well on performance capacity, but they could benefit from staging larger drills that more closely mimic real emergencies, among other steps. “The fact that greater ‘exposure’ to CRI is associated with considerable increases in TAR scores is consistent with CRI having an effect on preparedness,” the report states. “However, the absence of data from a representative comparison group makes it difficult to rule out the possibility that other factors drove the increases. Thus, the findings must be regarded as suggestive but not conclusive.” Consider encouraging states to collect more data on non-CRI communities to permit systematic comparisons between CRI and non-CRI areas. In other recommendations, the report suggests that the CDC should: They found that local scores varied more than state scores and that local performance “was lower in the critical areas of training, exercise, and evaluation; security; and dispensing.” MSAs in higher-scoring states with centralized public health systems performed better on the TAR than those in lower-scoring states with less centralization. Try to validate TAR scores, ie, determine whether they reflect real differences in communities’ preparedness. Conducting larger exercises is one of the report’s five recommendations. It says that larger drills, such as ones involving a jurisdiction’s entire point-of-dispensing volunteer list, would lead to more realistic assessments of capabilities. The TAR scores for local jurisdictions were aggregated to give a score for each federally defined Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). The average MSA scored 86% on the TARs, with a median of 89%, the RAND analysts found. The program currently includes 72 of the nation’s largest urban areas along with various “planning jurisdictions,” such as health departments and groups of cities within those areas, according to the report. All told, the program covers about 57% of the US population. Jun 7, 2012 (CIDRAP News) – A federal program designed to prepare communities to quickly distribute medications to the population to blunt a bioterrorist attack generally seems to be working well and making an impact, but there’s room for improvement, according to a new report from the RAND Corp. Assess the program’s cost-effectiveness.last_img read more

COMMUNIQUÉ Issued at the Conclusion of the Thirtieth Inter-Sessional Meeting of…

first_imgMultilateral Air Services Agreement –Dominica Grenada, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago You may be interested in… Declaration of Intent to Provisionally apply the Protocol on Contingent Rights Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines APPRECIATION Heads of Government expressed their appreciation for the gracious hospitality and excellent arrangements provided by the Government and People of St Kitts and Nevis for this meeting. Protocol on Contingent Rights Belize, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis OPENING SESSION Chairman of Conference Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr the Honourable Timothy Harris, immediate past Chairman, Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness and Secretary-General of the Community, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque addressed the opening session. The themes of the statements reflected: the need to advance the progress already achieved with regard to the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME); closer regional unity in order to respond strategically and decisively to a changing global environment; as well as the Community’s concerns with respect to blacklisting and the situation in Venezuela. The text of their statements can be accessed at www.caricom.org. Jul 6, 2019 Revised Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC)–Dominica Communique – Thirty-Eighth CARICOM Heads of Government… CARICOM SINGLE MARKET AND ECONOMY Heads of Government reviewed progress on decisions taken at the Eighteenth Special Meeting, of the Conference on the CSME. They welcomed the fact that all countries party to the CSME have signed the Protocol on Contingent Rights.  In addition, eight countries have decided to apply the measures that would allow their nationals to benefit in those countries from the provisions of that agreement on contingent rights which allows for spouses and dependents of skilled workers who move to another country to access services such as education and health on the same basis as nationals.  The countries involved are Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago. They welcomed the opening for signature of the Agreement on the Protocol for Public Procurement and noted that the Protocol can be provisionally applied when seven Member States have signed a Declaration of Intent while recognizing that for entry into force, the Protocol must be signed by all parties to the Revised Treaty. Heads of Government, in pursuit of strengthening the consultative mechanisms for engagements with the private sector, labour and civil society agreed to meet with representatives of national Business and Labour Advisory Committees (BLAC) twice every year. They emphasised that this was essential for enhanced regional decision-making, particularly in the context of the CSME. They urged Member States that had not yet done so to give legal effect to the free movement of the 10 categories of skilled persons already agreed by the Conference ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP: UPDATE ON APPLICATIONS FROM ARUBA, CURAÇAO AND SINT MAARTEN Heads of Government considered a report from the Secretary-General on the visit to three countries that have applied for Associate Membership, namely Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten, in pursuance of the mandate given to him to begin the process of negotiations. Heads of Government, taking into account the existence of common areas of interest and the mutual benefit that could be derived, mandated the Secretary-General to continue negotiations with those countries, with a view to making appropriate recommendations at the next meeting of Conference. Guyana-Venezuela Relations Heads of Government received an update on the most recent developments between the Co-operative Republic of Guyana and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. They noted that Guyana had submitted its Memorial on Jurisdiction to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on November 19, 2018, in accordance with an Order of the Court and that the Court had established April 18, 2019 for the submission of the Counter Memorial by Venezuela. Heads of Government expressed support for the judicial process underway which was intended to bring a peaceful and definitive end to the long standing controversy and which was in accordance with the principles and purposes of the United Nations Charter and the decision of the Secretary General of the United Nations under the Geneva Agreement of 1966. Heads of Government reiterated their firm and unswerving support for the maintenance and preservation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Guyana. Agreement on the Return and Sharing of Recovered AssetsBarbados Declaration of Intent to Provisionally Apply the Protocol on Public ProcurementBarbados, St Kitts and Nevis BLACKLISTING Heads of Government recognised that the blacklisting of CARICOM Member States by the European Union (EU) has wrought considerable reputational damage to the Community.  Despite all Member States, with the exception of one, being removed from the EU blacklist, the damage inflicted is irreparable and has consequential implications for building Member States’ economic and climate resilience given their inherent vulnerabilities. Heads of Government emphasised the Community’s commitment to good governance and the drive to enhance Domestic Resource Mobilisation (DRM) in accordance with the United Nations (UN) Addis Ababa Action Agenda, while recognizing that small, highly vulnerable States also require access to external capital to build resilience. In this regard, Heads of Government viewed the EU’s approach to “tax good governance” as inappropriate. In addition, Heads of Government recall that the appropriate forum to deal with these matters is the OECD Forum for Harmful Tax Practices which is inclusive in allowing other Member States to be present and to be consulted.  This was settled by the global community more than a decade ago.  The OECD has already reviewed the steps taken by Member States and had no difficulty with them.  It is an infringement of their sovereignty, coercive and harmful to the future of a key economic sector in CARICOM for the EU to demand these political commitments.  In addition they have not provided any empirical evidence of instances of tax evasion. Heads of Government agreed that the Community’s strategy against blacklisting will be multi-dimensional and targeted to both the immediate protection of Member States’ sovereignty and their future relations with Europe. Heads of Government have accordingly requested the EU to cease the blacklisting of CARICOM States which have already made commitments to reform their tax structures in good faith. Heads of Government have proposed that the EU should adopt a more collaborative approach which would allow Member States to conduct the required impact and sensitivity analyses to determine how to further align their tax regimes with global standards for tax transparency and governance. Heads of Government noted other EU initiatives to identify countries with strategic deficiencies in their Anti-Money Laundering/Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) frameworks as well as to monitor investor citizenship and residence schemes within the context of their visa suspension mechanism for visa-free countries. In this regard, Heads of Government welcomed the initiative of the CARICOM Committee of Central Bank Governors to convene a Biennial Caribbean Regional Conference on AML/CFT Risk Management commencing in 2020.  This Conference will allow for the dissemination of information on Member States’ AML/CFT Frameworks as well as facilitate the Community’s engagement with AML/CFT stakeholders internationally. May 9, 2018 The Thirtieth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held at Frigate Bay, St Kitts and Nevis 26-27, February 2019.  Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr the Honourable Timothy Harris, chaired the proceedings. Other Members of the Conference in attendance were: Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Honourable Gaston Browne; Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Honourable Dr. Hubert Minnis; Prime Minister of Barbados, Honourable Mia Mottley;  Prime Minister of Dominica, Honourable Roosevelt Skerritt; Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Rt. Honourable Keith Mitchell; Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness; Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Honourable Allen Chastanet; Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. the Honourable Ralph Gonsalves; and Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley. Belize was represented by the Attorney General Honourable Michael Peyrefitte; Guyana was represented by His Excellency Second Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge; Haiti was represented by Foreign Minister, Honourable Bocchit Edmond; and Suriname was represented by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Honourable Yidiz Pollack-Beighle. VENEZUELA Heads of Government discussed the situation in Venezuela and issued a “Statement on Escalating Tensions in Venezuela”. BORDER ISSUES Belize-Guatemala Relations Heads of Government received an update on the most recent developments between Belize and Guatemala. Heads of Government recalled that in accordance with the Special Agreement to Submit Guatemala’s Claim to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Guatemala successfully held their referendum on 15 April 2018 to submit its claim on Belize to the ICJ for a final resolution, and that Belize has scheduled the date of 10 April 2019 for its national referendum.  They further welcomed an update on progress of the nationwide public education campaign, which the Government of Belize is undertaking to prepare Belizeans to make an informed decision. Heads of Government reiterated their concern that the undertaking by both countries and the Organisation of American States (OAS) to engage in the design and development of a mechanism of co-operation for the Sarstoon River remains outstanding and urged both countries and the OAS to reinvigorate their efforts to this end. They expressed support for the crucial role of the OAS in the process aimed at resolving the dispute, arising from Guatemala’s claims on Belize; and further called on the international community to continue supporting the OAS Office in the Adjacency Zone. Heads of Government re-emphasised their unwavering support for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of Belize. AGREEMENTS SIGNED  TRANSPORTATION Heads of Government met in Special Session on Transportation in keeping with their quest to deliver adequate, fair, competitive, efficient transportation services at affordable costs. Heads of Government recalled that the Multi-lateral Air Services Agreement (MASA) had been opened for signature in February 2018 and acknowledged the assent by all Member States to the MASA would give effect to the Community becoming a liberalised environment for CARICOM air carriers.  In that regard they urged those Member States which had not done so, to sign and ratify the Agreement.  Nine (9) countries have now signed the MASA allowing for provisional application. Heads of Government agreed that Member States should undertake a review of their domestic taxes and other charges related to the air transportation sector, with a view to rationalising the relevant tax structures as deemed appropriate by Member States Ministries of Finance. With respect to maritime travel, Heads of Government agreed to establish a joint private and public sector team to review the findings and recommendations of reports on a regional ferry service. The team has been requested to provide preliminary estimates for the implementation of a ferry services following discussions and negotiations with prospective ferry operators. Heads of Government also agreed that the Directors of Maritime Affairs of each Member State should meet regularly with the intention of coordinating and presenting a holistic approach to addressing the maritime safety and security issues of the Community. Heads of Government further agreed to restructure the Regional Transportation Commission (RTRC) and its programmes to enable greater efficiency.center_img Declaration of Intent to provisionally apply the Agreement on the Return and Sharing of Recovered AssetsBarbados Protocol on Public ProcurementBarbados, St Kitts and Nevis Jul 7, 2017 Declaration of Intent to Provisionally Apply Multilateral Air Services Agreement –Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago STATEMENT ON ESCALATING TENSIONS IN VENEZUELA  ISSUED BY THE THIRTIETH INTER-SESSIONAL MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY DATE OF THE FORTIETH REGULAR MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT OF CARICOM (JULY 2019) The Government of Saint Lucia indicated that the Fortieth Regular Meeting of the Conference will be held on 3-5 July 2019. COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE FORTIETH REGULAR… Situation in Haiti Heads of Government expressed deep concern about the situation prevailing in Haiti during the past three weeks characterized by violent protests jeopardizing the political, economic and social stability of the country. Heads of Government recognised that the violent protests violated the fundamental and inalienable rights and freedoms of a large part of the population. Heads of Government call upon all stakeholders to prioritise dialogue as a means to address peacefully and meaningfully all relevant issues and to create the conditions for lasting political stability essential to the sustainable economic and social development of Haiti. Heads of Government also encourage and support the Haitian Government in its efforts and initiatives and call on all Opposition Leaders and other stakeholders to put the national interests and the wellbeing of the Haitian People at the forefront. Mar 1, 2019 Associate Members in attendance were: Bermuda represented by Deputy Premier and Minister of Home Affairs, Honourable Walter Roban; and the Turks and Caicos Islands, represented by Deputy Premier, Honourable Sean Astwood. Frigate Bay, St. Kitts and Nevis 27 February 2019 STATEMENT ON ESCALATING TENSIONS IN VENEZUELA ISSUED BY THE… SECURITY Heads of Government reiterated the critical importance to the Region of the national and regional security architectures in combatting crime and violence, transnational crime and other security threats as well as for the effective functioning of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) Free Movement Regimes. Heads of Government also welcomed the adoption and opening for signature of the Agreement on the Return and Sharing of Recovered Assets from criminal activity. The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is deeply concerned by the recent further escalation of tensions in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the ensuing increase in hardship and suffering of the population exacerbated by the imposition of sanctions. The people of Venezuela must be allowed to decide their own future in accordance with the principles of the United Nations Charter – non-intervention, non-interference, prohibition of the threat or use of force, respect for the rule of law, human rights and democracy. As CARICOM has ceaselessly advocated, for this objective to be attained, there has to be a meaningful and internal dialogue between the contending parties. This dialogue must determine how best the crisis can be resolved within the confines of the constitution and the rule of law, whether by referendum, elections or any other agreed mechanism. Nothing short of this will lead to the quelling of this crisis or provide the relief that all Venezuelans desire. Pending this, there must be a commitment to the delivery of humanitarian aid in a manner that is not politicised but which uses United Nations mechanisms that have been used over the years for the impartial and effective delivery of humanitarian relief. EXCHANGE OF VIEWS WITH SPECIAL GUEST Heads of Government welcomed Her Excellency the President of Estonia and acknowledged the forging of new relations between CARICOM and Estonia based on shared interests. They agreed to continue to explore areas of cooperation in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) and e-government. The President outlined the development of her country as a digital nation emphasising its value to economic growth and development which could be an example for small countries. Heads of Government agreed on the need for cooperation initiatives between CARICOM and the Government of Estonia in order to advance the digital development of the Community and to promote the collective approach to the CARICOM Single ICT Space and the ‘CARICOM Digital Agenda 2025’ initiative. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Frigate Bay, St. Kitts and Nevis 27 February 2019 ………………………………………………………….. See also: Press Conference – 30th Inter-Sessional Meeting CARICOM Heads of Government Bilateral relations matters among COFCOR’s key… COMMUNIQUÉ – 29th Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOMCOMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE TWENTY-NINTH INTER-SESSIONAL MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY 26-27 February, 2018, Port-au-Prince, Haiti   The Twenty-Ninth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held at Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on 26-27…March 1, 2018In “Anguilla”PM Harris meets CARICOM SG ahead of assuming Community Chairmanship(OPM St. Kitts and Nevis Press Release) Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris met today, Monday, 17 December, 2018, with the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, in the Office of the Prime Minister at Government Headquarters. Prime Minister Harris said it was a special privilege…December 17, 2018In “CARICOM”PM Harris welcomes efforts to strengthen CDF(St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service Press Release) Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, says he welcomes efforts advanced at the recent 31st Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Caribbean Community’s Heads of Government to strengthen the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) headquartered in St. Michael, Barbados.…February 21, 2020In “31Intersessional”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Instagram For Foodies

first_img@jk.chefcollectionJK Chef Collection / @jk.chefcollectionJack Kelly of JK Chef Collection and JK Weddings is a curator of events and manager of high-end chefs for hire. He brings together many cultures to put on the most gorgeous affairs, and the menu is always to die for. No matter your taste, Kelly has you covered with the best possible chef for the job. @santambroeusSant Ambroeus  / @santambroeusThe restaurant coffee bar has locations in Milan, NYC, Southampton, and Palm Beach. Every photo makes you wish you were Italian and you lived at home with your mom because she can cook like this. @silverliningdinerSilver Lining Diner / @silverliningdinerThe latest hotspot is actually a diner! The Silver Lining Diner brings a breath of fresh air to the Hamptons with a beautiful menu, staff, and vibe. The food is delicious and so is its Insta feed! Share @shinnecocklobsterShinnecock Lobster Factory / @shinnecocklobsterThe quirky lobster stand in Southampton boasts tons of lobster roll flavors, from traditional to Cajun, all from the vault of famed Chef Marco Barrila. The best-kept secret of the Hamptons is now a mainstay of local street fare. @mortysoysterstandMorty’s Oyster Stand / @mortysoysterstandAmagansett’s new seafood restaurant has our mouths watering. The menu is highlighted by steamed mussels, catch-of-the-day, craft beer, and a raw bar. Check out its Insta feed if you want to meet your new favorite seafood place. @elaia_hamptonsElaia Estiatorio / @elaia_hamptonsAuthentic Greek food right on School Street in Bridgehampton whose Insta feed is super on point. The images evoke a dream vacay on a Greek Island and the food styling is beyond perfect.last_img read more

How to meet the deadline for HCA funding agreements

first_imgStay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Subscribe now for unlimited accesslast_img read more

Green Cargo orders Traxx locos for steel contract

first_imgSWEDEN: Green Cargo has placed a €51m order with Bombardier for 16 Traxx F140AC electric locomotives. To be delivered between February and July 2010, they will be used on freight trains to be operated under a 10-year contract with steel sheet and plate producer SSAB. Green Cargo’s SKr2·5bn transport contract with SSAB was announced on October 30, and covers the movement of more than 4 million tonnes of slab and rolled steel a year in 2010-19. There will be three return trains a day between Luleå and Borlänge, and two between Borlänge and Oxelösund. Green Cargo will also undertake shunting at the SSAB plants in Oxelösund and Borlänge. ‘We want to have the best possible environmental performance of the SSAB transport system’, said Fredrik Sand, Purchasing Manager at SSAB Tunnplåt. ‘The Green Cargo investment in new electric locomotives reduces the energy consumption for our steel transport by more than 15%. Green Cargo is also replacing the engines of the diesel locomotives used for shunting at the SSAB plants to enable the carbon dioxide emissions to be lowered by around 20% and particulates emissions by around 60%.’last_img read more

MONUSCO seeks UN’s continued support as it aids DR Congo’s COVID-19…

first_imgChinese experts arrive in DR Congo to help fight COVID-19 The UN condemns DR Congo killings DR Congo projects 20% mining revenue decline amid COVID-19 impactcenter_img Photo courtesy: MONUSCO – TwitterThe United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo is keen to have the UN Security Council continue offering its support in order to continue its work in the country.Leila Zerrougui, the head of the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), made the plea on Thursday as the Security Council ponders the longer-term future of the mission.Zerrougui informed the 15-member Council that MONUSCO had also added the fight against COVID-19 to its to-do-list, as the DR Congo fights to stop the spread of the disease.“The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced an additional layer of complexity and concern to the existing issues that we face in the country,” she said, presenting the Secretary-General’s latest report on the situation in the DR Congo.MONUSCO’s current mandate expires on 20 December, having been extended by a year.Zerrougui however informed the Security Council that there was still work to be done as many parts of the DR Congo were still dogged by conflict.According to the UN, the situation in parts of Ituri province, which borders South Sudan and Uganda, has taken a grave turn for the worse in recent months, with element of the South Sudan People’s Defence Forces reportedly carrying out incursions into the north of the province.The agency says an armed group, the Allied Democratic Forces ADF), is regrouping even as other militia proliferate in South Kivu.In extending MONUSCO’s mandate in December 2019, the Council took note of an assessment by an independent strategic review that an absolute minimum transition period of three years will be needed for the Mission’s drawdown and exit.At the same time, the Council invited the Secretariat to consider further reductions in MONUSCO’s military deployment – currently capped at 14,000 troops – and its area of operations, while making the protection of civilians the mission’s strategic priority.Relatedlast_img read more

Montserrat launches online visa application system

first_img Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Montserrat launches online visa application system by: – September 1, 2012 Photo credit: gov.msBRADES, Montserrat (GIU) — The government of Montserrat has achieved one of its major reform milestones with the announcement that, from September 1, visa applications can be processed online. The Department for Information Technology and eGovernment Services (DITES) spearheaded the project in collaboration with the Immigration Department to establish MOVA, the Montserrat Online Visa Application system. Travellers from countries that require a visa to travel to Montserrat will be able to go online and complete the process of applying for a visa. Once the visa is approved, an electronic visa will be issued to the applicant via email in PDF format. The online visa processing requires a US$50 transaction fee for each visa application.Director of DITES Denzil West said, “Effective Saturday 1 September 2012, all applications for a visa to enter Montserrat should be made via MOVA on www.immigration.ms.” He added that plans are already in progress to expand MOVA to include a number of other immigration and work permit related transactions via the Internet.Premier Reuben Meade welcomed the announcement and the progress being made to fulfil his commitment to offering more of government’s services online to facilitate easier transactions for those living at home and abroad. “This opens the door for the payments of property taxes, income taxes online.”The implementation of MOVA was managed by the Department of Information Technology and e-Government Services; with the design and coding outsourced to a Montserrat based IT start-up company LavaBits.MOVA is the first government application to be able to accept online payments via credit cards. This application is expected to be the first of a number of eGovernment applications through which the public will be able to access and pay for services online.ASYCUDA which was launched online last year is highly utilised and successful but does not have e-payment facilities as yet. The Montserrat Land Information System, being developed by the Physical Planning Unit in conjunction with LavaBits and supported by DITES will be available online within the next few months; this application will also have e-payment facilities.The complete listing of the countries that require a visa to travel to Montserrat is available on the website. Caribbean News Now Share 31 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

Up to the Second College Bowl Recap

first_imgHere is the latest up to the second College Bowl Recap of all the action thus far.Bowl action resumes tomorrow with four more big bowl games to be played.12:00 Heart of Dallas Bowl will feature Army vs North Texas3:30 Military Bowl will feature Temple vs Wake Forest7:00 Holiday Bowl will feature Minnesota vs Washington State10:15 pm Cactus Bowl will feature Boise St vs Baylor Camellia BowlApp State 31Toledo 28 Vince McKee Armed Forces BowlLouisiana Tech 48Navy 45 New Orleans BowlSouthern Miss 28Louisiana Lafayette 21 Las Vegas BowlHouston 10San Diego St 34 Quick Lane BowlMaryland 30Boston College 36 Idaho Potato BowlIdaho – 61Colorado State – 50 Related TopicsBowl SeasonNCAA College FootballOhio State vs Clemson Boca Raton BowlWestern Kentucky 51Memphis 31Poinsettia BowlBYU 24Wyoming 21center_img New Mexico BowlUTSA 20New Mexico 23 Bahamas BowlEastern MichiganOld Dominion Independence BowlVanderbilt 17NC State 41St. Petersburgh BowlMiami of OH 16Mississippi St 17 Hawaii BowlHawaii 52Middle Tennessee 35 Miami Beach BowlCentral Michigan 10Tulsa 55 Cure BowlArkansas State 31UCF 13 Celebration BowlGrambling St 10NC Central 9 Dollar General BowlOhio 23Troy 28last_img read more

The Monsters Tame Iowa Wild 2-0

first_img Co-editor, photographer covering the Cleveland Monsters, Gladiators and Indians. Also, passionate about high school sports, be sure to follow David on Twitter and Instagram @neosi_sprouse for in-game updates and up-to-the-minute developing news. Related TopicsAHLAnton ForsbergCleveland MonstersIowa WildJohn RanageKyle ThomasMarc-Andre BergeronShut OutT.J. Tynan David Sprousecenter_img The Monsters are on the road in the middle of a twelve day run and on Sunday afternoon, in DesMoines, Iowa they defeated the Wild by a score of 2-0 bringing their record to 24-20-2-4 after 50 games played this season putting them back in fourth place with a 0.540 winning percentage and 54 points thus far in the Central Division standings.After the first two periods slid by scoreless, Kyle Thomas pounded home a sharp-angle John Ramage feed from Marc-Andre Bergeron at 3:44 of the third at even strength to deliver the Monsters a 1-0 lead and earn Thomas his first career AHL goal. T.J. Tynan then followed suit for Cleveland and potted an unassisted empty-net goal at 19:22 to seal a 2-0 victory for the Monsters.Cleveland goaltender Anton Forsberg posted his second shutout of the season on Sunday by virtue of a 28-save performance that pushed his record to 15-12-2 between the pipes this year while Alex Stalock fell to 15-12-6 in net for Iowa despite stopping 25 of the 26 shots he faced.Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Monday rematch vs. the Wild with full coverage, live from Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA, underway at 8:00 pm on 99X and the Monsters Hockey Network. Follow us on Twitter @neosportsinside for up-to-the-minute scores and action or @neosi_sprouse and @Eli_Mooneyham for continued updates.last_img read more

Pamer Kekuatan di Dubai Airshow 2017, Airbus Dongkrak Saham Yang Anjlok di Bulan Lalu

first_imgAirbus A320 milik Etihad di Dubai Airshow2017. Sumber: ainonline.com Pagelaran Dubai Airshow yang diadakan dari tanggal 12 hingga 16 November 2017 akan menjadi momen prestisius bagi Airbus untuk memamerkan beberapa inovasi yang telah mereka ‘godok’ sebelumnya. Tidak hanya memajang berbagai teknologi, produk, dan layanan inovatif dari pesawat komersialnya saja, melainkan perusahaan aeronautika berbasis di Toulouse, Perancis ini juga memamerkan inovasi di helikopter militer, hingga sistem ruang angkasanya.Baca Juga: Efisiensi Biaya Operasional Jadi Alasan Utama Anjloknya Permintaan Terhadap Airbus A380Momentum ini menjadi sangat penting bagi Airbus karena diketahui mereka tengah melebarkan sayap mereka di kawasan Uni Emirat Arab dan sekitarnya. Sebagaimana yang dilansir KabarPenumpang.com dari laman arabiangazette.com (12/11/2017), ada banyak pesawat operasional dan pengembangan Airbus yang dapat dilihat di area display statis, termasuk A350-900 – bagian dari keluarga besar A350 XWB all-new – yang juga rencananya akan melakukan demo terbang. Selain itu, Airbus juga akan menampilkan jet eksekutif ACJ 319ceo dalam kemitraannya bersama Comlux, perusahaan penerbangan charter yang berbasis di Swiss. Sementara itu, Airbus Defense and Space juga memamerkan A400M New Generation Airlifter, sebuah teknologi yang diketahui berperan penting dalam operasi bantuan pasca badai Karibia. Jangan lupakan EADS CASA C-295, gunship terbaru yang dirilis oleh Airbus Defense and Space.Masih banyak produk yang dipajang Airbus dalam pameran ini, seperti helikopter H160, NH90, hingga satelit telekomunikasi SES-12. Pengunjung juga dapat belajar tentang Zephyr, High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) yang berjalan secara eksklusif untuk tenaga surya sebagai pelengkap surveilans dan komunikasi berbasis satelit.Selain itu, para pengunjung juga dapat menjajal kabin Airbus A330neo terbaru, yang diketahui Airbus telah merombak total isi kabinnya dengan peralatanberteknologi tinggi sehingga dapat meningkatkan pengalaman para penumpangnya. Namun, terdapat sebuah ironi dibalik turut sertanya Airbus di perhelatan Dubai Airshow 2017 ini.Baca Juga: Sambut Pesanan Airbus A380 Ke-100, Emirates Pasang Livery Presiden Pertama Uni Emirat ArabPada awal bulan lalu, saham Airbus mengalami kejatuhan di perdagangan awal pekan, ketika para pelaku pasar menghubungkannya dengan peringatan yang dilontarkan oleh Tom Enders, selaku CEO Airbus bahwa produsen pesawat asal Eropa tersebut terancam terkena denda. Hal itu terkait dengan penyidikan korupsi yang sedang berlangsung, termasuk terkait suatu penjualan jet-jet tempur kepada Austria.Mungkin ikut sertanya Airbus dalam perhelatan Dubai Airshow 2017 ini merupakan usaha yang dilakukan untuk kembali meningkatkan sahamnya setelah sempat anjlok seperti yang sudah disebutkan di atas. Terlepas dari hipotesa di atas, Airbus tetap berada di ‘landasannya’ dan tetap berusaha untuk meningkatkan pelayanan kepada para pelanggannya.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedSingapore AirShow 2018: Airbus Perkenalkan A350-1000 Untuk Pasar Trans-Pasifik08/02/2018In “Darat”Sambut Pesanan Airbus A380 Ke-100, Emirates Pasang Livery Presiden Pertama Uni Emirat Arab08/11/2017In “Bandara”Tersebar Isu Soal Kenyamanan Penumpang, Terlalu Dinikah Airbus Luncurkan A321XLR?21/06/2019In “Featured”last_img read more