Relief Grants Presented To Flood Victims

first_img Speaking at the Ministry’s parish office in Port Antonio, Portland, where cheques were presented to the beneficiaries, the Minister commended them for their patience, and called for “wise” use of the funds. Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, on Friday (February 2), presented relief grants to residents of sections of Portland and St. Mary who were severely affected by floods in January.Approximately 112 residents in Portland, and 101 residents of St. Mary were identified as needing additional assistance, as they had already received some help when supplies were airlifted to them during the heavy rains.Speaking at the Ministry’s parish office in Port Antonio, Portland, where cheques were presented to the beneficiaries, the Minister commended them for their patience, and called for “wise” use of the funds.“Use what you have received to build back normalcy to your lives,” Mrs. Robinson encouraged, explaining that the investigation and assessment of the damage took time to complete, due to the severity of the problem.She also praised the staff at the parish offices who, despite their own dislocation caused by the floods, responded in a timely manner to reach the public, so that the relief agencies could arrange help.The Minister said that with the rains continuing, many families and “certain communities” are still at risk, and the residents should stay alert in case they have to take action to protect themselves. Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, on Friday (February 2), presented relief grants to residents of sections of Portland and St. Mary who were severely affected by floods in January. Story Highlights The Minister said that with the rains continuing, many families and “certain communities” are still at risk, and the residents should stay alert in case they have to take action to protect themselves.last_img read more

Parents and Guardians Reminded of Vaccination for Children

first_img The effects are amputation of an arm or leg, paralysis of limbs, hearing loss, convulsions, brain damage and death. Story Highlights With the 2018/19 school year slated to begin in September, the Ministry of Health is urging parents and guardians to adhere to the schedule outlining clinic appointments for the vaccination of children. With the 2018/19 school year slated to begin in September, the Ministry of Health is urging parents and guardians to adhere to the schedule outlining clinic appointments for the vaccination of children.In a recent JIS News interview, Acting Director of Family Health Services in the Ministry, Dr. Melody Ennis, noted that clinic appointments must not be avoided, because of the deleterious effects that vaccine-preventable diseases can have on a child.The effects are amputation of an arm or leg, paralysis of limbs, hearing loss, convulsions, brain damage and death.“They also need to be reminded that, under law, they are liable if they wilfully prevent their children from being vaccinated,” she said.The Immunisation Regulations of 1986, which were amended in 2013, as well as the adolescent and adult vaccination policies, stipulate that all children under seven years of age must be adequately immunised prior to school entry.This applies to children entering day care, nursery, preschool, basic school and primary school, whether publicly or privately operated.Immunisations mandated by law for children prior to school entry are at birth, the BCG vaccine for protection against severe forms of tuberculosis; at six weeks, three and six months old, polio; pentavalent vaccine for protection against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus (locked jaw), haemophilus influenza type B, and hepatitis B.Others are 12 and 18 months old, the MMR for protection against measles, mumps and rubella, and booster doses for polio, diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus are given at 18 months old and four to six years old to complete the schedule.The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination for protection against cervical cancer is now being offered to grade-seven girls as part of the national immunisation schedule. However, the vaccine is not mandatory.Dr. Ennis acknowledged that Jamaicans have taken the safety and well-being of their children seriously, with a significant number of children from birth to six years being comprehensively immunised against the 10 targeted diseases.They include influenza type B, hepatitis B, tuberculosis, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles, rubella and mumps.“It must be emphasised that 95 per cent coverage is required to adequately protect the individuals and the nation,” Dr. Ennis informed. In a recent JIS News interview, Acting Director of Family Health Services in the Ministry, Dr. Melody Ennis, noted that clinic appointments must not be avoided, because of the deleterious effects that vaccine-preventable diseases can have on a child. last_img read more

Reliance Industries Launches First Two VLECs

first_imgIndian private sector company Reliance Industries Limited (Reliance) has inaugurated its first two very large ethane carriers (VLEC) in a ceremony held in Geoje, South Korea.Constructed by Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), the 80,000 cbm vessels Ethane Crystal and Ethane Emerald are said to be the largest VLECs ever built to date.The ships, which feature membrane technology provided by French marine engineering company Gaztransport et Technigaz (GTT), are the first of a series of six vessels ordered by Reliance in 2014, which will be fitted with GTT’s membrane containment systems.With a market value of USD 97.1 million per ship, according to data provided by VesselsValue, the remaining four carriers are scheduled to join their owner in 2017.The VLECs will be used to transport liquid ethane from the United States to India.Earlier this week Reliance said that it signed term loan deals for a total of USD 573 million to partially finance the construction cost of the six vessels.The loans, which have a tenor of 12 years, comprise of a Korea Trade Insurance Corporation (K-sure) issued tranche of USD 286.5 million and a commercial tranche of USD 286.5 million.Reliance Industries Limited said that the loans will be secured by collateral of the company’s VLECs, financed at a debt to equity ration of 80:20.last_img read more