Guyana Govt working on strong relief response to hurricane hit territories

As the region grapples with the devastation brought on by Hurricane Irma and impending threats of Hurricane Jose, the Government of Guyana has pledged an initial sum of US $50,000 to aid urgent relief effortsthrough the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) regional mechanism, which is coordinated by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) in partnership with the Association of Caribbean States (ACS). Further assistance will be determined subsequent to the completion of a Needs Assessment. This was announced today, following a high-level meeting convened by President David Granger at State House. The Head of State has tasked the team with ensuring that Guyana’s response also comprehensively addresses the needs of Guyanese citizens, who are residing in the affected territories, according to the Ministry of the Presidency.President David Granger convened a high-level Ministerial Meeting to discuss Guyana’s response to hurricane-hit territories of the Caribbean region. The high-level team included: Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon, Minister of Finance, Mr. Winston Jordan, Minister of Citizenship, Mr. Winston Felix, Minister of Public Infrastructure, Mr. David Patterson, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Carl Greenidge, Minister of Public Affairs, Ms. Dawn Hastings-Williams and Minister with Responsibility for the Public Service, Dr. Rupert Roopnarine. (MotP photo)Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon, who has responsibility for disaster relief, announced the initial sum committed by Government noting that Needs Assessments are being conducted at the regional level and added that regular Situation Reports are being monitored as Guyana continues to work with the Region to ensure a coordinated response.  Additionally, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo will Head a Ministerial Task Force that will be responsible for oversight of the efforts of the Civil Defence Commission’s (CDC) National Risk Reduction Platform, which has since been activated.According to the MotP, Harmon also informed that over the next few days, strenuous efforts will be made to keep an open line of communication to ensure that relatives of those residing in hurricane-hit zones are provided with the necessary information regarding their loved ones. “We will work to render assistance to Guyanese nationals in Caribbean countries and generally to the affected states themselves. We want to be able to have an inventory of students, who are on scholarships in Cuba and in other parts of the Caribbean and to see to it that such information is provided to their families,” the Prime Minister said.Meanwhile, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Carl Greenidge said that Cuba has better infrastructure than many of the other Caribbean countries and noted that from current reports, the Ministry has no reason to believe that scholarship students are in any danger or have suffered in any alarming way. Nevertheless, the Ministry will be setting up a portal on its website to facilitate communication between those affected and their families as well as the authorities in Guyana, the MotP reported.Lack of communication is one of the major difficulties that the regional response effort faces. Minister Greenidge explained that while there is a basic framework of communication such as Honorary Consuls, Ambassadors and other diplomatic representatives, the storm has ravaged communications infrastructure, especially in places like St. Maarten, St. Barts and Barbuda. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHurricane Maria: Guyana stands in solidarity with Dominica, ready to offer support- PresidentSeptember 19, 2017In “latest news”CDC, Foreign Ministry open hotline for relatives of persons affected by Hurricane IrmaSeptember 14, 2017In “latest news”Int’l Donors Conference to be called for hurricane-devastated islandsSeptember 15, 2017In “latest news” read more

EPCUK brings safety to the fore with new Esprit dEquipe mobile app

first_imgEPC-UK says it is again emphasising safety as a number one priority for all of its employees and customers with the launch of its innovative new Esprit d’Equipe mobile app. This free multifunctional mobile app provides the user with safety alerts and the very latest safety information, as well as the ability to track and record individual CPD activity. It can also report issues directly to EPC-UK which, when combined with its inbuilt tools can save valuable time when on-site. “With easily accessible information, such as detailed product guides; event information, including upcoming exhibitions and seminars; news stories; and an understandable and easy to use format, the app is extremely user-friendly.”“Available on all Android and Apple devices, the app allows downloaded information to be accessed offline, eliminating the need for data or a Wi-Fi connection.  The Push functionality also means the user will be kept up-to-date with the latest safety data, helping them to stay at the forefront of this challenging industry. The new app not only reduces the need for excessive paperwork, but it enables EPC-UK employees to instantly access information on-site, regardless of location or network coverage and disseminate this information directly to the customer in real-time.”Externally, the app’s powerful tools enable complex calculations to be made by blast designers and shotfirers, helping to increase on-site efficiency and effectiveness, as well as safety.  It also allows EPC-UK employees to collaborate more closely on safety issues and provides employees and customers with updates on new EPC-UK initiatives and developments, as well as the ability to instantly access the EPC-UK website and Twitter feed.The Esprit d’Equipe app has been developed in collaboration with EPC-UK’s Safety Ambassadors.  Safety Ambassadors were introduced to the company to assist in communicating the importance of safety throughout the organisation.  The Ambassadors also assist to ensure that safety standards are being met and that these standards are taken out on-site and ultimately to the customer.“The inspiration for the app came from EPC-UK’s Esprit d’Equipe initiative and is based on the group’s core values, which are encapsulated in the word ’SPIRIT’– safety, passion, integrity, respect, innovation and team work – with safety being the number one priority.”“In our industry, safety must always remain at the core of everything we undertake.  The new Esprit d’Equipe mobile app will bring safety to the forefront of everyone’s minds, consolidate all of our knowledge and expertise into one place, and help us reach our ultimate goal of zero harm,” explains Ben Williams, Managing Director for EPC-UK.“Real time safety information will also prove invaluable when on-site, whilst the ability to record and track activity will provide us with the vital information we need to make EPC-UK even more effective – and more importantly safer – in the future, benefitting both our employees and our customers,” adds Williams.last_img read more

Spain escape defeat against Slovenia

← Previous Story Norway take Croatian scalp Next Story → Russia beat Hungary for Main Round hope Slovenia had +1 and attack in the last minute of the clash with Spain, but that wasn’t enough. After terrible shot by Dean Bombač, Cristian Ugalde leveled the result on 24:24 (13:10) only 15 seconds beore the final buzzer. Slovenians tried once again to score the winner, but Borut Mačkovšek had no chance against strong block in the last second.Slovenian team led by Veselin Vujovic had a good start, 6:2, 11:7, but Spaniards managed to turnover on 19:18. However, Luka Žvižej (6) and his compatriots managed to overtook control over the results once again in the last ten minutes of the match. At the end, lack of good decisions and match winners took cut a point…STATISTICSphoto: ehf-euro.com read more