Investigation shows BP Alaska reckoning with multiple accidents and leaks

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | Energy & Mining | EnvironmentInvestigation shows BP Alaska reckoning with multiple accidents and leaksOctober 20, 2017 by Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk Share:An oil rig contracting for BP looms on the horizon at Prudhoe Bay this spring. (Photo by Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk)An investigation published Friday by Buzzfeed News revealed BP Alaska was responsible for a series of safety incidents on the North Slope this year, some of which put workers at risk.BP isn’t disputing that the incidents took place. The company has already taken extreme steps to address the issue.As part of its report, BuzzFeed obtained a recording of Jeff Kilfoyle, health and safety manager for BP Exploration Alaska, talking to workers this September.“Obviously any gas release is not a good thing. But a gas release of that magnitude inside a structure with people is obviously a major concern to us within Alaska and within the business,” Kilfoyle said. “That’s not a place we want to be.”Kilfoyle was talking about a previously unreported safety incident that happened on September 10. According to BuzzFeed, two workers were exposed to a gas leak inside a building at one of BP’s drill sites. The workers weren’t injured, but the situation could have led to a deadly explosion. This was one of five spills or leaks — called Tier 1 events — that BP Alaska was responsible for this year, BuzzFeed reports.It also reports that BP dealt with 27 worker accidents in Alaska as of Sept. 12. Buzzfeed obtained emails showing BP’s leaders were so alarmed by the incidents they forced many of their employees to halt work for the first 12 days of October. BP operates Prudhoe Bay, the biggest oil field in Alaska.  All work was halted except operating the field, drilling wells and operations required to meet regulatory and safety standards.In an email to the company workers, BP Alaska President Janet Weiss said, “I am deeply concerned that with these trends, we are not in a stable state.”Cathy Foerster, who sits on the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, said the incidents described in the report are troubling, but she also thinks BP is taking the right steps to address the situation.“Of course it’s concerning and you can tell Janet [Weiss] is concerned,” said Foerster. “When you see a trend of either unsafe or un-environmentally sensitive events, then you definitely need to step back and take a time out, take a look at what you’re doing and assess what you need to change. And that’s what BP did.”Foerster did dispute Buzzfeed’s implication that two of the incidents it described were caused by human error. Foerster said her agency is investigating those incidents and believes they were mechanical failures.Foerster said because her agency only has jurisdiction over two of the incidents, she couldn’t comment on whether the age of BP’s facilities was a factor.Richard Sears, a professor of energy resources engineering at Stanford, said the fact that Prudhoe Bay has been online for 40 years could be leading to issues, but that’s likely not the full story.Sears, who advised the presidential commission that investigated the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, thinks BP is right to be worried. But he added that not all five of the leaks outlined in Buzzfeed’s report are equally serious.“The bottom line: Is BP some kind of a scoundrel because of all this? Not really. Have they possibly let maintenance and good safety practice lapse a little bit in the last few years? That’s very possible,” Sears said. “Does it mean that something really bad is about to happen on the North Slope? I don’t think so. I always think that when a company recognizes they’ve got a problem, that’s the first step, right?”Lois Epstein of the Wilderness Society said she’s disturbed that the public didn’t know about these incidents before Buzzfeed reported on them.“There’s a lot of information in this report that says things were going badly for BP, and we didn’t know anything about it — the public didn’t know anything about it,” Epstein said.In response to the report, BP sent Alaska’s Energy Desk the same written statement it sent to Buzzfeed. According to the statement,  safety and protecting the environment are the company’s “top priorities,” and its pipeline assurance program performs close to 300,000 inspections each year.“BP reports all incidents in accordance with state and federal laws, including two natural gas releases earlier this year at a Prudhoe Bay drill site and Flow Station 3,” spokeswoman Dawn Patience said in the written statement. “While the goal is to have no releases, both of these incidents occurred during planned maintenance and were halted quickly, and neither resulted in injury to workers or impact to the surrounding environment.” Share this story:last_img read more

Third grand jury returns with Roland Maw indictment alleging PFD fraud

first_imgCrime & Courts | JuneauThird grand jury returns with Roland Maw indictment alleging PFD fraudApril 13, 2018 by Matt Miller, KTOO Share:In this July 21, 2013 photo, Roland Maw (right) takes notes during a hearing on the Magnuson-Stevens federal fisheries management act in Kenai. (Photo courtesy Peninsula Clarion)Roland Maw has been indicted on charges related to Alaska Permanent Fund dividend fraud and theft.Again.For the third time.A Juneau grand jury handed up an indictment Thursday that included six felony counts of first-degree unsworn falsification and six felony counts of second-degree theft.Twice already, Maw has been indicted on similar charges related to applying for and receiving permanent fund dividends between 2009 and 2014.Both times, a judge threw out the indictments because he determined there was insufficient evidence presented to the grand jury.A status hearing is scheduled for Monday in Maw’s case.Maw, 74, was the former executive director of the United Cook Inlet Drift Association.He also was an Alaska Board of Fisheries nominee and applicant to be commissioner of Alaska Department of Fish and Game.Share this story:last_img read more

News / Thai Airways restructure sees its air cargo services cut back and an end to freighters

first_imgThai’s 747-400BCF arrives at Schiphol A revamp of Thai Airways will see it end freighter operations next week with its final two 747-400BCF services. It operated Bangkok-Delhi-Frankfurt-Amsterdam-Bangkok.The loss-making carrier will also stop A340-600 services and decommission its four A330-300s. It plans to sell 22 aircraft by July, according to CH Aviation.Thomson Reuters data shows that the Thai carrier has debts of some $5.9bn – the highest of its regional peers – and has faced seven consecutive months of losses.Its restructure, overseen by the airline’s president, Charumporn Jotikasthira, who was appointed by the military junta in December, is likely to involve the carrier selling non-core assets, cutting capacity by some 20% and cutting the fleet from 101 aircraft to 77 by the end of the year – with 747s phased out as well as A340s. Route closures, including Johannesburg, Madrid and Moscow, have also been announced. By Alex Lennane 23/03/2015center_img The carrier, which was at one time a strong player in the cargo market, has stopped and started freighter operations over recent years. It was the first carrier to use a 777F, which it leased from Southern Air in 2010, in a bid to return to freighters.Thailand has not only seen fewer European tourists in recent months, but air freight exports have fallen too. In a letter sent to customers this morning, David Ambridge, general manager of Bangkok Flight Services (BFS) noted: “It is very concerning, and disappointing, to see export volumes are down again in February. I’m not really sure why that is, as import volumes are up. Maybe Chinese new year is the reason but we will keep a close eye on this.”BFS, which apart from Thai itself is the only cargo handler at BKK, has announced signed deals with Ethiopian Airlines and Iran’s Qeshm Air. The handler saw exports fall 4% in February, year-on-year, while imports rose 18% and transhipment traffic rose 18%. Cumulatively for the year, exports fell 6% and transhipment traffic fell 10%, while imports rose 13%. Year-on-year growth was just 0.5% in total.Asia Pacific’s  overall February air freight traffic, in contrast, grew 3.4%, with Tokyo Haneda reporting the highest growth at 21.4%.Thai Cargo’s move is in direct contrast to rival Cathay Pacific, which continues to invest heavily in cargo. In September James Woodrow, Cathay’s director cargo, noted that rivals’ decisions to withdraw from freighters would put the Hong Kong carrier in a good position.“We have now seen a bit of a shake-out, with some operators like Thai and IAG pulling out and others such as Singapore Airlines and AF-KLM not re-investing. And if you don’t re-invest, you won’t be in this business long-term.“You need to have modern equipment…Others will pull out, so at some point we will have a relatively scarce resource.”Last week, Cathay Pacific Group reported a profit rise of 20%, reaching HK$3,150m (US$406m), on turnover up 5.5% to HK$105,991m. Cargo revenues began to rise in the middle of last year, ending in a “very strong fourth quarter”, it noted.  Cargo revenues for the year reached HK$25,400m, up 7.3%, while capacity rose 10.4%, load factors rose by 2.5 percentage points, and yield fell 5.6% to HK$2.19.Thai Airways confirmed that all freighter services will end on March 29.last_img read more

Gilead sues U.S., claiming it ‘secretly’ obtained patents on HIV research that led to Truvada

first_img Log In | Learn More Ed Silverman Tags drug pricinggovernment agenciesHIV/AIDSlegalSTAT+ By Ed Silverman April 26, 2020 Reprints GET STARTED Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Gilead sues U.S., claiming it ‘secretly’ obtained patents on HIV research that led to Truvada [email protected] Gilead Sciences (GILD) has accused the U.S. government of breaching several contracts and “secretly” obtaining patents stemming from research that led to the ground-breaking Truvada HIV-prevention pill.In a lawsuit filed late Friday, the drug maker claimed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention violated the terms of a 15-year-old collaboration by failing to notify the company of patents that were later sought and awarded on the research. What’s included?center_img Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Eric Risberg/AP About the Author Reprints Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. What is it? @Pharmalot Pharmalot STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond.last_img read more

Christmas Opening Hours in Jessop Street Dental Practice in Portlaoise

first_img Facebook Pinterest Christmas Opening Hours in Jessop Street Dental Practice in Portlaoise Twitter Pinterest Home Sponsored Christmas Opening Hours in Jessop Street Dental Practice in Portlaoise Sponsored WhatsApp Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Wednesday, December 18, 2018Next articleOut of my comfort zone but Wine Appreciation course goes down a treat LaoisToday Reporter GAA By LaoisToday Reporter – 19th December 2018 GAA TAGSJessop Street Dental PracticePaul Conroy WhatsApp It’s probably one of the last places you’d want to go over Christmas but if the need arises and you must see your dentist, Jessop Street Dental Practice will be able to help.Jessop Street Dental Practice will be open on Monday, December 24, from 9am to 1pm and again on Thursday, December 27 from 10am to 1pm – for emergencies only.The practice is the re-opening fully on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 from 9am to 5pm.Dr Paul Conroy and his staff would like to wish all their patients a very Happy Christmas and New Year.SEE ALSO – Check out the dedicated Property section on Twitter Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Facebook GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Minister of Health Launches Child Poverty and Disparities Study

first_imgMinister of Health Launches Child Poverty and Disparities Study Health & WellnessOctober 23, 2009 RelatedMinister of Health Launches Child Poverty and Disparities Study RelatedMinister of Health Launches Child Poverty and Disparities Study RelatedMinister of Health Launches Child Poverty and Disparities Studycenter_img Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Health, Hon Rudyard Spencer, has proposed several measures to increase immunisation of children, and improve infant and maternal mortality figures, which have not changed significantly in over a decade.At the launch of the Jamaican component of the Global Study on Child Poverty and Disparities, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston, on Wednesday (October 21), Mr. Spencer said the country has maintained relatively high vaccination coverage for many years since 1985. The average vaccination coverage is 83 per cent, with the exception of the MMR at 77 per cent.“Our target remains 100 per cent, notwithstanding, and we therefore need to strategise on reaching those children who are not covered,” he stated.Among the proposals he has made for increasing the number of children immunised against diseases, were suggestions to make it mandatory for caregivers to produce the immunisation card for all patients up to age 18; offer immunisation services at every point of the health care delivery system; and prosecute people who prevent children from being immunised.Mr. Spencer also suggested that the Ministry of Health strengthen collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the Early Childhood Commission, to ensure that all children admitted to school are properly immunised.He added that the Ministry could utilise public/private partnerships with healthcare providers, to routinely provide immunisation services, and undertake a public education campaign on the issue.Turning to the infant mortality rate, Mr. Spencer said that the rate was 25.7 per 1,000 live births in 2007, and that the number of births attended by skilled personnel was 96.1 per cent, based on data collected last year.“We still have a difficulty relating to shortage in the midwifery cadre, which stands at 47 per cent. This has impacted negatively on our efforts to improve our infant and maternal mortality [rates],” he explained.He stated that the Ministry covers tuition for training in midwifery and encouraged persons to take advantage of the opportunity.last_img read more

Women for WineSense Winemaking Roundtable Will Present March 29th GM Leadership…

first_imgShare TAGSMarkham VineyardsWomen for WineSense AdvertisementKimberlee Nicholls..Winemaker, Markham winery and vineyards, Napa, CaliforniaHELENA, CALIFORNIA | MARCH 29, 2017:  The Napa | Sonoma chapter of Women for WineSense’s (WWS) Winemakers’ & Viticultural Roundtable will host a panel discussion about General Manager Leadership Development specifically through women’s winemaking and viticultural career tracks, Wednesday, March 29th, 2017, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in one of Napa Valley’s key historic landmarks, the stone cellars of Markham Vineyards, located at 2812 St. Helena Highway North, St. Helena, CA, 94574.  Our host is noted Markham Winemaker Kimberlee Nicholls.Lise Asimont Director of Viticulture FFCPOur unique, candid panel discussion will feature three dynamic women that have worked from entry level production / viticulture roles up to GM / COO / Director roles, building noted brands and teams along the way.  Guest speakers include Janet Myers, Director of Winemaking / GM, Franciscan Estate, Mt. Veeder Winery and additional portfolio brands, Lise Asimont, Director of Grower Relations, Francis Ford Coppola Presents, and Kat Doescher, Director of WInemaking, Madrone Estate Winery, Valley of the Moon, Lake Sonoma Winery and additional custom crush operations.  The facilitators will be WWS members, Marisa Taylor, Rutherford Hill, General Manager and Head Winemaker who was a Leadership Panel speaker in 2016, and Jennifer Higgins, noted Winemaker for Lambert Bridge.ABOUT THE EVENT:The roundtable will open at 3:00 p.m. with wines, fellowship and networking followed by a 3:30 p.m. behind-the-scenes winemaker tour with Kimberlee Nicholls.   At 4:00 p.m., the group will gather for announcements then enjoy the panel discussion, followed by a question and answer session.  Attendees are encouraged to bring a bottle or two of wine for the host and speaker panel.  Janet Myers, Franciscan WinemakerRoundtable chair Julie Lumgair noted, “This is an exceptional opportunity for attendees to converse directly in the mingle and program times with three notable industry leaders with diverse operational backgrounds that have truly walked the walk and excelled in our functional tracks.  Each will openly share leadership lessons, answer candid questions and much more in a very friendly, relaxed environment.”ABOUT THE WINEMAKING & VITICULTURAL ROUNDTABLE |RSVP DETAILS:  WWS  is the premier wine education and networking organization for industry professionals and wine aficionados.   The professional Winemaking & Viticultural Roundtable is a special group filled with talent and invaluable camaraderie.  Topics focus on advanced career skills you need, but aren’t always easy to get in the daily winemaking or viticultural environment.   The Roundtable meets approximately six times a year, taking a harvest break.  It is a great time to expand skills while reconnecting and meeting new industry professional winemakers and viticulturists.The free roundtable meeting is open to WWS Winemaking Roundtable members and interested women winemakers and viticulturists who have emailed and received RSVP guest confirmations through the roundtable chair.  Guests may attend up to two roundtables before deciding to join.Please, all attendees must be pre-approved; no walk-ins.  To RSVP, or for any questions on this event or future WWS Winemaking Roundtable events, please contact the Chair, Julie Hagler Lumgair ( [email protected] | 415-786-3415).Lumgair commented “The Winemaking Roundtable’s past meeting topics have focused upon the skills women winemakers need but aren’t always easy to get in the daily winemaking environment.” She further explained that, “Held at some of the region’s finest host wineries, these programs have been a fantastic opportunity for women winemakers to connect directly, in a welcoming forum, with experts that they otherwise wouldn’t get to meet for personal advice and questions.  Some of our recent speaker shave included global sensory consultants, wine critics, sommeliers and key wine publication editors, media trainers, CFO’s and GM’s in panel discussions and leading recruiters.”ABOUT WWS ROUNDTABLES:  WWS’ eight current professional roundtables serve to provide a welcoming and confidential environment to meet in small peer groups on a bi-monthly or quarterly basis. Members network, provide advice and support for one another, as well as foster educational occasions by inviting guest speakers in their fields and discussing ‘hot issues’ facing members in their day-to-day work. Multiple Roundtables have developed for WWS industry members in finance, accounting, human resources, winemaking/viticulture and marketing/direct-to-consumer fields.The Napa/Sonoma Chapter currently has more than 350 members of which 70% are wine industry professionals. To join or learn more about WWS’ roundtables, please visit  For inquiries about  other WWS roundtables for additional functions besides winemaking and viticulture, contact the Napa| Sonoma Chapter’s Roundtables Director, Lisa Bishop Forbes, [email protected] ABOUT WOMEN FOR WINESENSE:  WWS is a not-for-profit organization 501(c)6.   The Napa| Sonoma Chapter founded in 1990 is the founding chapter of this national organization which provides outstanding educational and networking opportunities to both wine industry professionals and wine enthusiasts by presenting educational, insightful and stimulating events in a welcoming, fun environment.  Both men and women of legal drinking age are welcome to join.  There is an exciting line-up of events planned for 2017.  To join or learn more about the various  WWS’ roundtables and general events, please visit Advertisement Twitter Email Facebook Home Industry News Releases Women for WineSense Winemaking Roundtable Will Present March 29th GM Leadership Development…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessWomen for WineSense Winemaking Roundtable Will Present March 29th GM Leadership Development Panel at MarkhamBy Press Release – March 28, 2017 45 0 Linkedin ReddIt Pinterest Previous articleBianca Bosker Book Signing at Silverado VineyardsNext articleEmails to Customers Press Releaselast_img read more

The First-Ever International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) Portland Trunk Sale

first_img TAGSInternational Pinot Noir Celebration AdvertisementSunday May 17th with Elephants DelicatessenMcMinnville, OR • The final details were being prepared and guests were less than four months away from this year’s International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) at Linfield University in McMinnville, Oregon when the COVID-19 global pandemic caused the IPNC Board of Directors to cancel IPNC for the first time in the storied festival’s 34 years of existence. The long-running and wildly popular Pinot Noir immersive three-day celebration has been rescheduled for July 2021 and the programming is expected to be better than ever. But the experienced team of event specialists and winemakers is not taking this year sitting still!In a quick turnaround, IPNC announced this past Friday that it has paired up with Elephants Delicatessen Northwest (115 NW 22nd Ave, Portland) for a special Trunk Sale Fundraiser from noon-5pm on Sunday, May 17th. This special one-day-event was organized to offer a variety of delicious pre-made dinners alongside award-winning wines from IPNC winery partners: Adelsheim Vineyard, Dr. Loosen, J. Christopher, Lingua Franca, Love & Squalor, & Westrey Wine Co.Local wine and food lovers are invited to pre-order by 5pm on Friday, May 15th, and IPNC will have the provisions ready upon arrival and will load up the trunk of their car, completely contact-free. A full list of items can be found and purchased in advance at Plus, if participants purchase one of the hand-selected Winemaker’s 6-Packs, they will automatically be entered to win 12 bottles of wine from the exclusive IPNC Library that spans a decade and includes top-tier wines from all over the globe!In addition to stocking up on some great wine and picking up a tasty meal, participants will be helping to support a great cause. Half of each wine purchase price will go directly to the IPNC to help this small non-profit pull off its annual International Celebration.IPNC looks forward to hosting guests at the 2021 event to celebrate its 35th anniversary alongside iconic Champagne producers Louis Roederer, Laurent-Perrier, Henri Giraud, among others, for a deep-dive into the world of Sparkling Pinot Noir in addition to our global winemakers that craft the finest still Pinot Noir from all corners of the globe. More information on attending next year’s IPNC can be found at everyone involved with the day-to-day operations at the IPNC, thank you for your support and your contribution to keeping one of the longest running wine events in the United States alive and well. See you Sunday, May 17th between noon and 5pm!About the International Pinot Noir CelebrationNow going into its 35th year, the International Pinot Noir Celebration is held the last full weekend of July in McMinnville, Oregon. The legendary event offers Pinot Noir consumers and industry members the chance to immerse themselves in an unparalleled selection of Pinot Noir from around the world. The three-day celebration offers a full schedule of seminars, intimate tastings, winery tours, and al fresco dining that feature unforgettable meals prepared by over 60 of the best Pacific Northwest-based Chefs.Except for a vineyard and winery tour, the IPNC is held on the beautiful and historic Linfield College campus. McMinnville is an easy hour drive southwest of Portland in the heart of Oregon wine country. The IPNC offers three ticket options for guests to choose from: The Full Weekend (Friday-Sunday), Salmon Bake (Saturday evening), and the Passport to Pinot (Sunday afternoon). Tickets and full information can be found on our website here.Advertisement Facebook ReddIt Twitter Previous articleOregon Wine Month Is Back for May with New Rewards ProgramNext articleAlcohol Sales Sees Strongest One Week Growth Since First Week of Pandemic Lockdown Press Release Home Industry News Releases The First-Ever International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) Portland Trunk SaleIndustry News ReleasesThe First-Ever International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) Portland Trunk SaleBy Press Release – May 12, 2020 353 0 Email Share Linkedin Pinterestlast_img read more

Jamaica Embarks on New Programme to Reduce Maternal and Child Mortality

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedInfant and Young Child Feeding Policy Before Cabinet Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips (seated, second left) signs an agreement for the provision of a €22 million ($3 billion) grant from the European Union (EU) for the implementation of the Programme for the Reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality (PROMAC), during a ceremony at the Finance Ministry in Kingston on September 17. Also signing (seated, second right) is Director for Latin America and the Caribbean in the EU’s Development Co-operation Office, Jolita Butkeviciene. Also at the signing are: (seated, from left): Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson; and Head of Delegation for the European Union to Jamaica, Ambassador Paola Amadei. Standing (from left) are: Spanish Ambassador to Jamaica, Her Excellency Celsa Nuno; Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Jamaica, His Excellency Josef Beck; Ambassador of the French Republic to Jamaica, Her Excellency Ginette deMatha; Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to Jamaica, Her Excellency Godelieve Van den Bergh; and British High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency David Fitton. Jamaica Embarks on New Programme to Reduce Maternal and Child Mortality Health & WellnessSeptember 18, 2013Written by: Alecia Smith-Edwards Jamaica Embarks on New Programme to Reduce Maternal and Child MortalityJIS 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 RelatedFoundation Stages Banquet to Sponsor Health Mission to Montego Baycenter_img RelatedBreastfeeding Is Everybody’s Business – Health Minister Jamaica will now be closer to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) relating to the reduction of maternal and child mortality, as it embarks on a new programme to tackle this issue.The European Union (EU) is providing a grant of €22 million ($3 billion) for the implementation of the Programme for the Reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality (PROMAC), which represents the introduction of a new critical care service for mothers and newborn babies in the public health sector in Jamaica.An agreement to undertake this initiative was signed on Tuesday, September 17, between the Minister of Finance, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips and Director for Latin America and the Caribbean in the EU’s Development Co-operation Office, Jolita Butkeviciene, during a ceremony at the Finance Ministry in Kingston.“This fits within the general pattern of support from the European Union…(These funds) will assist us in meeting our MDGs in respect of maternal and child mortality,” the Minister said.Meanwhile, Ms. Butkeviciene said in the area of health, while big strides have been made in fighting HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria, “we still haven’t arrived where we would like to be in tackling mother and child deaths during child birth and also securing access to services.”She noted that Jamaica is one of 18 countries chosen by the EU for assistance under its MDG initiative which seeks to assist with addressing challenges in achieving MDGs.Ms. Butkeviciene said Jamaica is considered as one of the countries committed to achieving the MDG objectives and had presented a very credible proposal in the area of health.For his part, Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, expressed his gratitude to the EU for the assistance, which will greatly aid in the country’s achievement of MDGs 4 and 5, which “have presented their own challenges.” MDG 4 relates to reducing infant deaths; while MDG 5 speaks to improving maternal health.“This project has come at a very critical and important period. The elements of this project are excellent. ..The question of institutional strengthening, improvement at the primary care level, training and research – all of this will add significant value to the quality of care that we will be able to offer to our people,” the Minister said. Story HighlightsThe EU is providing a grant of €22 million for the implementation of PROMACPROMAC represents the introduction of a new critical care service for mothers and newborn babiesJamaica is one of 18 countries chosen by the EU for assistance under its MDG initiative FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail last_img read more

LUH one of the most overcrowded hospitals in Ireland today

first_img Twitter Previous articleFresh search for remains of murdered Tyrone man to begin todayNext articleDonegal Artist Kevin Sharkey pulls out of Aras 2018 campaign News Highland By News Highland – September 17, 2018 Google+ Harps come back to win in Waterford WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook LUH one of the most overcrowded hospitals in Ireland today Google+center_img Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty DL Debate – 24/05/21 Homepage BannerNews Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Letterkenny University Hospital was the third most overcrowded hospital in Ireland this morning with 33 people awaiting admission. Twelve people were on trolleys in its Emergency Department while a further 21 were waiting on wards.The most overcrowded hospital this morning was University Hospital Limerick with 56 people waiting there followed by Cork University Hospital’s figure of 35.The nationwide figure is 434, an increase of 34% on the same day last year when there were 324 patients on trolleys. Facebooklast_img read more