A High Level Advocacy Forum on Statistics will be held next week as the Region continues to place more emphasis on the production and use of quality statistics. The Forum, the third of its kind in the Region, will be held in St. George’s, Grenada, on 22 February 2018 under the theme ‘Investing in Statistics to build resilience and to achieve sustainable economic growth and development in the Caribbean Community’. Lead Head of Government with responsibility for Science and Technology, Dr. the Hon Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, will deliver the feature address at the opening of the Forum which will draw participation from senior government officials, other regional and international officials and international development partners. FLASHBACK: Delegates at the first High Level Forum on Statistics held in St. George’s, Grenada in 2014 The Forum will take advantage of the momentum generated with the endorsement of the framework for the Regional Strategy for the Development of Statistics (RSDS). CARICOM Heads of Government endorsed the framework last year during their Thirty-Ninth Regular Meeting of the Conference. Their endorsement completes Phase One of the RSDS development plan, which was built on the results of the Diagnostic Assessment of the National Statistical Offices (NSOs) of Caribbean countries done in 2011/2013, and the assessment of the CARICOM Statistical System done in 2016/2017. The RSDS was jointly produced by the Standing Committee of Caribbean Statisticians (SCCS) and with funding support of the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21). Oct 16, 2020 CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… Oct 16, 2020 CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Oct 16, 2020 The RSDS is aimed at strengthening and improving the availability of quality statistics for evidence-based decision-making across the Region. It is considered to be the Region’s gateway to building resilience and achieving sustainable development that is anchored on sound data. The Forum will explore Member States’ political commitment to the RSDS, and the areas of greatest needs for the transformation and modernisation of the National Statistical Systems. Discussions will also focus on resource mobilisation support from international development partners for the upgrade of statistics through the CARICOM RSDS. The Forum will be preceded by a High Level Seminar on the 2020 Round of Population and Housing Census on 21 February. where implementation of the CARICOM RSDS will again be the centre of discussions. Presentations will cover Census Management and Planning with the aim of delivering timely, high quality census results. There will also be a focus on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and its role in Census data collection, processing and dissemination, and enabling ICT applications in the roll out of the RSDS. Participants will also focus on governance arrangements to transform and modernize the CARICOM Statistical System as well as promoting and sustaining a culture of statistics. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Related Posts Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC Rich discussion, political commitment expected at Statistics High Level ForumCommitment from governments of the Region to strengthen national statistics systems is one of the key outcomes of the High Level Advocacy Meeting on Statistics that will be held on Friday, 22 February 2019 in St. George’s, Grenada. The Forum will be held under the theme ‘Investing in Statistics to…February 20, 2019In “Audio”Regional Seminar on Statistics focuses on 2020 Census, RSDSA Regional High Level Seminar on Statistics focusing on the 2020 Round of Population and Housing Census and the Regional Strategy for the Development of Statistics (RSDS) got underway in St. George’s, Grenada, Thursday morning. The Seminar at the Grenada Trade Centre explores the role of the Census in the…February 21, 2019In “Associate Member States”CARICOM Regional Statistics Strategy advances to Heads of GovernmentMinisters responsible for CARICOM Affairs have recommended that the Strategic Framework of the CARICOM Regional Strategy for the Development of Statistics (RSDS) be placed before CARICOM Heads of Government in July for endorsement. The recommendation came after the Ministers deliberated on the Strategic Framework of the CARICOM RSDS during the…May 23, 2018In “Antigua & Barbuda”Share this on WhatsApp
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Bestobell Marine informed it has won two new orders for its cryogenic globe and check valves to be used in LNG re-liquefaction. The company said in a statement that the valves will be fitted in the LNG re-liquefaction systems on two LNG carriers being built for Norwegian company, Knutsen OAS Shipping. The vessels are being built at the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea.The company added that a similar system will be used on two sister ships being built for Elcano by Imabari Shipbuilding Group.[mappress mapid=”16891″]LNG World News Staff; Image: Bestobell
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The waste heat recovery unit, which stands 17.38m tall, will be shipped next Tuesday, from Hull to Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh. Once in place, the unit will be used for gas processing at a landfill site in the Krishna Godavari gas field. The UK forwarder says its client, CiTECH Energy Systems Limited, has seen a fairly constant demand for waste heat recovery units over the past five years. ALS operations manager Andrew Wormald has been working on the project since early 2007. “The major challenge for ALS is the co-ordination of the transport, police, cranes and vessel. Any delay incurs serious financial loss to ALS, or our client,” he said.
The requirements stipulate compliance with a number of certificates, which include an electrical, fire and safety, occupational health and safety and a full set of stadium design layouts and approved building plans. Picture: Tracey Adams/African News Agency(ANA) Athlone Stadium to be closed for pitch maintenance and alterations.The City said the stadium will be closed until Thursday August 15 to prepare it for the next soccer season. Additional alterations will also be done so that the stadium will retains its Grading Certificate status. The closure forms part of the annual maintenance programme. “The stadium is also a popular events venue during the latter part of the year, therefore, from a public safety perspective routine maintenance will need to be carried out during the next three months,” the City said. The stadium also needs to meet a set of stringent criteria to retain its Grading Certificate in terms of the Safety at Sports and Recreational Events Act (SASREA) No 2 of 2010. Currently it is non-compliant and is operating under a conditional certificate, which will expire next month. Under the conditional certificate, only certain parts of the stadium can be used for events. “Should the City fail to comply with the required legislation, it is at risk of losing its Grading Certificate, which will lead to the ultimate shut-down of the facility in June,” the City said.
UK: MTR Corp announced on December 20 that Spanish national operator RENFE had joined its bid for the West Coast Partnership franchise. The Department for Transport invited three shortlisted bidders to tender for WCP in March this year. The contract will cover operation of inter-city services on the West Coast Main Line linking London with northwest England and Glasgow, as well as a ‘shadow operator’ role to prepare for the launch of services over the first phase of High Speed 2, scheduled for 2026.The MTR West Coast Partnership bid vehicle also includes Guangshen Railway Co, which runs trains between Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Pinhshi in China. Key sub-contractors include consultancy Deloitte MCS Ltd, Panasonic Systems Europe, Swedish travel software company Snowfall and ticket retailer Trainline.MTR said that RENFE would bring ‘specific experience of bringing new high speed lines into operation’, reflecting its role as an operating partner for the recently opened Haramain high speed line in Saudi Arabia and the planned Texas Central project in the USA.‘We have sought to bring the best and most up-to-date high speed expertise into our bid. With Europe’s largest high speed network and significant expansion plans, RENFE has unrivalled knowledge of how to bring new high speed lines into service in Europe’, commented Jeremy Long, Chief Executive of MTR’s European Business.‘We are delighted to have the opportunity to bid to bring our high speed knowledge to the UK to help deliver HS2’, said Manuel Villalante, Strategy General Manager at RENFE. ‘With our expanding network in Spain and partnerships elsewhere in the world including Texas, this shows RENFE’s ambitions to remain a leader in high speed rail.’RENFE had reportedly held preliminary discussions about possible co-operation with other bidders for WCP, notably the incumbents Virgin and Stagecoach. Their West Coast Partnership Ltd vehicle is now made up of Stagecoach (50%), 30% Virgin Holdings (30%), and SNCF (20%). The third shortlisted bidder is First Trenitalia West Coast Rail (70% FirstGroup, 30% Trenitalia).Inter-city services to and from London Euston have been operated by Virgin and Stagecoach under the Virgin Trains brand since 1997. The latest franchise was directly awarded by DfT to Virgin and Stagecoach in February; this runs until March 31 2019 with a possible extension of up to a year at DfT’s discretion.
JoJo will release her new album good to know this spring on Clover Music/Warner Records.For the record JoJo has worked with producers Doc McKinney (The Weeknd, Santigold), Lido (Halsey, Chance The Rapper), and 30 Roc (Roddy Ricch, Kendrick Lamar, Cardi B). The album is described as an ’emotionally honest body of work centered around her new-found confidence, both musically and personally’.JoJo explains, “I called the album good to know because of everything I’ve learned in the past few years – every piece of feedback, criticism (internal or external), whatever it is – it’s all just information. And it’s all good! I’ve been lucky to have the space to reflect on my own journey up to now, and I hope people can take comfort in the fact that I am not anywhere near perfect, and I will never sugarcoat anything. We are all constantly living and learning, and that’s what makes this life so fun.”In support of the record, JoJo is heading out on a 20+ date tour in the US that kicks off on 21st April in Seattle. Tickets will go on pre-sale on Monday 24th February and general sale of 28th February.Credit: Warner RecordsThe full list of North American dates is:April 21 – Seattle, WA – The ShowboxApril 22 – Portland, OR – Wonder BallroomApril 25 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency BallroomApril 27 – Los Angeles, CA – The NovoApril 28 – Santa Ana, CA – The ObservatoryApril 30 – San Diego, CA – House of BluesMay 1 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto TheatreMay 4 – Dallas, TX – Canton HallMay 5 – Houston, TX – House of BluesMay 8 – Nashville, TN – Cannery BallroomMay 10 – Atlanta, GA – Variety PlayhouseMay 12 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s CradleMay 14 – New York, NY – Terminal 5May 15 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music HallMay 17 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore Silver SpringMay 19 – Boston, MA – RoyaleMay 20 – Philadelphia, PA – Union TransferMay 22 – Cincinnati, OH – BogartsMay 23 – Cleveland, OH – House of BluesMay 27 – Chicago, IL – Vic TheatreMay 28 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s HallMay 30 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
SEGA and Creative Assembly have recently announced that the latest DLC for Total War Warhammer 2 will be ‘The Warden and the Paunch’ and will be available from 21st May on Steam.The Warden & The Paunch introduces two new Legendary Lords for the Greenskins and High Elves races, both featuring in an interwoven campaign that culminates in an epic showdown that will determine the future of the fabled Kingdom of Yvresse.Watch the Warden and the Paunch trailer below:The Warden and the Paunch introduces two new Legendary Lords, one each for the High Elves and the Greenskins. Warlord Grom, known more famously as Grom the Paunch is the only Greenskins warlord to have ever successfully invaded the fabled isles of Ulthuan, home of the High Elves. Both bloated and unstoppable, Grom is an indomitable character blessed with supreme power and a WAAAGH! eager for fightin’.Eltharion, Prince of Yvresse, is one of the most renowned High Elves in all Ulthuan having achieved what many of his kin consider impossible many times. Mounted atop his ethereal griffon named Stormwing, he is vengeance incarnate and will do all that he can to protect Yvresse from the forthcoming green tide.Credit: SEGA / Creative AssemblyThe DLC will also add a free Legendary Lord for all owners of the game in the form of Prince Imrick of Caledor. There will also be some new units including Arch-Mage and Giant River Troll Hag to devastating ground troops such as magical Rogue Idols, the majestic Arcane Phoenix, and the deadly War Lions of Chrace.Alongside the DLC pack, a new update will go live for all players. This update consists of considerable quality of life improvements to the Greenskin faction including improvements to the WAAAGH! mechanic and much more.For more information check out the official FAQ page.
Doctors treating COVID-19 patients in Sierra Leone went on strike on Thursday over unpaid bonuses. /REUTERS Doctors treating COVID-19 patients in Sierra Leone went on strike on Thursday over unpaid bonuses, leaving patients in some of the main treatment centres without care, health-workers said.Hawanatu Conteh, a nurse at Connaught Hospital, tends to a patient while the hospital’s doctors strike over pay and conditions, in Freetown, Sierra Leone December 4, 2018./ REUTERSThe strike marks an escalation in a row between doctors and government over what doctors say is a misuse of funds for the coronavirus response in the small West African country, and a lack of protection and compensation for health-workers.Doctors say that they were promised hazard pay for their work during the pandemic, but that the pay has not come.Government officials could not be reached for comment.A spokesman for the coronavirus response team previously told Reuters the government was carrying out an audit of health workers to verify who was directly involved in the response.Since the disease began, around 20 percent of Sierra Leone’s total coronavirus expenditure, or nearly $850,000, went to procuring 30 new SUVs and 230 motorbikes for the Emergency Operations Center, Office of National Security, police force, and military, according to procurement reports released by Sierra Leone’s finance ministry on May 22.Related Zambia discharges 12 COVID-19 patients Sierra Leone Covid-19 responders strike over unpaid risk allowances Sierra Leone’s doctors end nationwide strike