Government response: Government response to Honda announcement

first_img Honda have announced, as part of a global restructuring, plans to close their Swindon plant in 2021; and instead manufacture and export the new Civic model into Europe from Japan. As Honda have said, this is a commercial decision based on unprecedented changes in the global market. Regardless, this is a devastating decision for Swindon and the UK. This news is a particularly bitter blow to the thousands of skilled and dedicated staff who work at the factory, their families and all of those employed in the supply chain. I will convene a taskforce in Swindon with local MPs, civic and business leaders as well as trade union representatives to ensure that the skills and expertise of the workforce is retained, and these highly valued employees move into new skilled employment. The automotive industry is undergoing a rapid transition to new technology. The UK is one of the leaders in the development of these technologies and so it is deeply disappointing that this decision has been taken now. Business Secretary Greg Clark said:last_img read more

GFF meets with Member Associations to asses COVID-19 impact

first_imgWAYNE Forde, president of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), conducted a series of consultations and sessions with representatives from the Regional Member Associations (RMAs), Affiliates and Elite League Clubs to obtain a firsthand account of the impact COVID-19 has had within their respective jurisdictions.The sessions, which began on July 24 and concluded on August 4, were organized in small groups in adherence to the COVID-19 social-distancing guidelines.Forde, in commenting on the meetings, said they were informative and there was optimism among members. “It was indeed a pleasure to spend time with our football family and see how well everyone was coping in these challenging times.”“While we have a duty to engage with our primary stakeholders when key decisions are being contemplated, it goes without saying that it will require a massive team effort to kick-start football once the situation improves and the requisite approvals and protocols are announced,” Forde said.The GFF president also stated that “these meetings were informative and enlightening and I felt that everyone left feeling optimistic and motivated to put in the work that is so badly needed to ensure that football makes the best use of future opportunities.”Among the issues discussed at the meeting were the decisions made by Concacaf and FIFA to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on football across the Region, present plans and obtain feedback on competition formats being developed by the GFF for the resumption of on-field football activities and present plans for the material and financial support the members will have access to during 2020 and 2021.last_img read more

Somalia: first doctors in 18 years

first_imgFadumo Abdulkadir Hassan, one of eight female doctors to graduate from the Benadir University Medical College in Mogadishu. (Image: Hasaan Mahamud Ahmed, IrinPhoto)Somalia’s first medical doctors in 18 years officially graduated in Mogadishu on 20 November.Twelve men and eight women completed their studies at the Benadir University Medical College (BUMC) and are now working at various hospitals in Mogadishu, said Mohamed Mahamud Bidey, dean of the college.This is the first time since 1990 that doctors have graduated from a Somali institution such as the BUMC.“There is an acute shortage of doctors in the country and this new crop will help the health system,” Bidey said.No new Somali doctors have entered the profession since 1990. At the same time, “former doctors left the country, got old or simply died”, he said.“Before the civil war, our university [Somali National University] used to have 50 medical graduates a year.“We expect to see 24 doctors graduate next year.” He added that this number would have been greater but many students dropped out because they could not pay the fees.The college is funded by donations from Somali physicians and an annual fee of US$1 500 (R15 000) per student.Bidey said the BUMC was training 256 medical students – 151 male and 105 female.Mohamed Adan Shahiid, one of the lecturers, said the BUMC had collaboration agreements with several foreign universities, including Universita Degli Studi G’Annunzio Di Scieti in Italy, Jazira University in Sudan and Ismailia University in Egypt.These institutions had pledged to assist in “curriculum development, books, distance-learning, training and equipment”, he said.According to Shahiid, BUMC is staffed by Somali doctors based both inside and outside the country. “We have two Somali professors from the diaspora who are teaching. Others come and go as time allows them.”Fadumo Abdulkadir Hassan, 24, one of the new graduates, said she had been assigned to the Benadir Hospital’s pediatric section for her internship.Hassan said it was a difficult learning environment for students and teachers “but we are very happy to be here”.“There were times when we could not get to the college. Other times we could not leave and had to spend the night inside the college because it was too dangerous to leave.”She said she was as committed to the course as her instructors. “We cannot all leave. Who will take care of the people?”Yahya Abdulakdir, another graduate, said that despite the difficulties they faced, “all of us are happy and overjoyed. Without the dedication of our professors who braved all sorts of problems we would never have been here.”Shahiid said the university’s most pressing needs were a library and teaching material and space, and training for both the teaching staff and the graduates.He said so far the UN World Health Organization had helped in providing some training and appealed to agencies, Somalis in the diaspora and well-wishers to “do anything they can to help the university. With the right help we can produce the next generation of medical staff for Somalia, despite the difficulties.“Together we can make a difference.”Source: Irin NewsDo you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] articlesFruity treatment for malariaBig medicine from a little plant Angola’s four-year plan for health Improved labs for Tanzania Research into tropical diseaseslast_img read more

Matuidi: Mbappe can win Ballon d’Or

first_imgFrance and Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe has everything to eventually win the Ballon d’Or, according to Blaise Matuidi.Mbappe, 19, is among the nominees for this year’s award, although the attacker is not considered as one of the favourites.However, Matuidi believes the teenager – who helped PSG win a treble last season and was named the best young player as France claimed the World Cup – will win the coveted individual prize one day. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “He’s among the nominees so he can win. He’s shown that he is a great player despite his young age,” he told a news conference.”What he shows on the pitch is very impressive. We also see it in training. We are very happy to work with him.”I’m not going to give favourites because I don’t want to have enemies in the group. May the best man win.”But Mbappe has everything to win the Ballon d’Or this year or in the future.”#FridayFeeling  pic.twitter.com/Cc3dliWk7H— French Team  (@FrenchTeam) October 12, 2018Raphael Varane, also a key part of France’s World Cup-winning squad, enjoyed a fine year which included helping Real Madrid secure another Champions League title.Matuidi, whose team are preparing to face Germany in the Nations League on Tuesday, lauded the 25-year-old centre-back as one of the world’s best defenders.”Raphael had a great season. He won the Champions League. He is a world champion. That’s good for him,” he said.”He is one of the [Ballon d’Or] nominees. If he’s nominated, it’s because he deserves it. Currently, he is one of the best defenders in the world or perhaps the best if we look at his performances in the few seasons. But there are other great defenders.”Anyway, he’s had a great career, even if it’s far from the end. He’s still young. He has already won a lot, but he still has time to win even more – especially with the national team.”last_img read more

Premier League: Manchester City thrash Tottenham Hotspur, go 14 points clear

first_imgThe Manchester City bandwagon showed no sign of stopping as Tottenham Hotspur became the latest of the lot to face the music.Guardiola’s side hammered the North London side 4-1 at the Etihad to maintain their dominance in the Premier League.City are now 14 points clear at the top of the table after 18 games. Neighbours Manchester United, who will take on West Brom on Sunday are second. City now have 52 points while United have 38 with a game in hand. Chelsea are thired with 38 while Arsenal sit fourth on 33 with 18 games each.The win over Spurs was City’s 16th straight league win. The victory was secured with a first-half header from Ilkay Gundogan and further efforts after the break from Kevin De Bruyne and a double from Raheem Sterling, rendering Christian Eriksen’s stoppage-time goal a consolation.Proud of this team!Thanks to all our fans! You are our key and we will continue so that we make you proud also?????#cityvsspurs #Mancity pic.twitter.com/n5Utiubevq- Eliaquim Mangala (@Elia22Mangala) December 16, 2017The margin of victory and the performance from City, against a team considered potential rivals in pre-season, suggests it will take a series of unlikely outcomes for the title to go anywhere other than the Etihad Stadium.While second-placed Manchester United can claw back three points at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, it seems all but a forlorn pursuit.In the past six days, Pep Guardiola’s side have won against United at Old Trafford and then crushed Swansea City 4-0 in South Wales in midweek, yet there was no sense of complacency or tiredness as they faced another acid test.advertisementWhat a win today, +3 important points! #MCFC #RS7 pic.twitter.com/JT7YvgpFhD- Raheem Sterling (@sterling7) December 16, 2017With Leroy Sane’s speed a constant threat and De Bruyne capable of turning defence into attack with one perfectly precise pass, City looked barely troubled by the absence of David Silva, who was missing due to personal reasons.Just as in the Manchester derby last week, City showed that for all their pretty football, they are also adept at taking a more basic route to goal and opened the scoring from a set piece.Gundogan was left unmarked from a 14th minute Sane corner and the German’s stooping header flashed past Hugo Lloris in the Spurs goal. ATTACKING INTENTThe home side were bursting with attacking intent and sensed the opportunity to the kill game off early as Sergio Aguero had a low shot parried by Lloris with Sterling unable to keep his follow-up effort down.??? The thoughts of Mauricio after this evening’s defeat at the Etihad Stadium: pic.twitter.com/aMvXyzZKOB- Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 16, 2017Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino deserved credit for at least trying to take City on at their own attacking game, rather than following the example of so many other teams and merely seeking to nullify and frustrate the leaders.Yet Harry Kane’s curling shot from the edge of the area in the 35th minute, which went just wide of Ederson’s left-hand post, was the nearest they came to scoring in the first half.Spurs came out positively after the break, however, enjoying a spell of pressure and City’s Brazilian keeper had to make a superb save in the 55th minute to keep out another Kane attempt.Guardiola took off Aguero and introduced Gabriel Jesus and while the Brazilian’s direct impact was minimal, City took total control following the switch.last_img read more

World Cup 2019 semi-final: Virat Kohli reacts to reporter’s question on MS Dhoni retirement speculation

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli said he hasn’t been informed anything about MS Dhoni’s future while speaking to the press after India’s World Cup 2019 exit in Manchester on Wednesday.Speculations were rife that MS Dhoni would announce his retirement after India’s campaign in the World Cup. However, India Today sources had confirmed that there were no official word on Dhoni retiring.Dhoni, it is safe to say, played his last 50-over World Cup match on Wednesday. The World Cup-winning wicketkeeper-batsman hit a valiant 50 in India’s unsuccessful chase of 240 against New Zealand in the semi-final in Manchester.Dhoni took his time to get going but stitched a crucial stand with Ravindra Jadeja. The duo added 106 runs for the 7th wicket but India fell short of the total by 18 runs after the top-order imploded in the first 10 overs.Here’s what happened in the press conference in Manchester on WednesdayReporter: After this, India are going to the West Indies to play ODIs as well. There are speculations about what MS Dhoni will do next. Has he told anything about his plans to your or the team?Virat Kohli: No, he hasn’t told us anything about his future.There were concerns surrounding MS Dhoni’s strike rate in World Cup 2019 as the former captain faced a lot of heat after a slow knock in India’s close win over Afghanistan.Meanwhile, former India captain Sourav Ganguly defended MS Dhoni’s approach in the semi-final, saying the wicketkeeper-batsman is still one of the greatest finishers of the game.”As a finisher he has tremendous respect all around the world, as Kevin Pietersen said. And it was actually not over, it was tough but he had the ability to finish matches on his own and get the big hits. That’s why he leaves it to the last,” Sourav Ganguly added.advertisementA few weeks ago we were here and all talking about MS Dhoni… I said he will get through this phase… he will bat and he will bat. The day he finishes a game people will say ‘what a finisher’. The day he doesn’t get through, people will say ‘he has taken too many deliveries’. That’s how he plays his game. He actually believes that’s the way to win cricket matches.Also Read | World Cup 2019: New Zealand were braver than us and they deserved to win, says Virat KohliAlso Read | India’s World Cup dream over, New Zealand storm into finalAlso Seelast_img read more

ZIM Eyes 50 Pct Cut in Average CO2 Emissions by 2025

first_imgzoomIllustration. Source: Pxhere under CC0 Creative Commons license Israel-based liner company Zim Integrated Shipping Services (ZIM) has released its first annual sustainability report, devoting special attention to steps aimed at minimizing the company’s carbon footprint.ZIM provided a detailed account of the company’s ongoing sustainability activities and achievements.The report covers ongoing efforts relating to corporate governance and business ethics, including anti-trust and anti-bribery, as well as corporate social responsibility.Additionally, the company detailed its steps aimed at minimizing the carbon footprint through reduced emissions, both at sea and ashore.Speaking about its targets for reduction of emissions, ZIM said that it aims to improve the fleet’s average environmental CO2 and SOx emissions per TEU container unit (gCO2/TEU-km) every year by 2%, reduce emissions by at least an additional 18% between 2019 and 2025, and achieve a 50% reduction in its fleet’s Average CO2 Emission Factor by 2025.ZIM said that its fleet complies with all mandatory standards and abides by all relevant treaties for the prevention of marine pollution, including IMO resolutions, the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) code, flag administration, ballast water management, the Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (SOPEP) regarding oil spills, and other standards regarding sewage, garbage and air pollution, as well as all national, regional and local regulations.“ZIM has made it a top priority to strengthen its enduring commitment to the highest standards of sustainability and business ethics across all aspects of operation,” Eli Glickman, ZIM President & CEO, said.“Over recent years we have implemented new modes of operation, work procedures, training and guidelines to enhance sustainability and to uphold our Code of Ethics,” Glickman concluded.last_img read more

TCI Ministry of Health defends its public handling of Zika virus

first_img Related Items:Ministry of health defends its handling of Zika virus, potential law to allow ticketing for individuals breaking DEH health codes, public thinks government is too closed mouth about zika, residents need to do more to prevent breeding sites Many believe the same is happening with Zika which has spawned resort cancellations to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars.Origin of the Zika cases we asked?  No, we cannot know but three countries were confirmed as the source places.Why so slow for us to know we asked?  Confirmation on the five cases as Zika was needed, media was told.  Yet all five cases are separate instances and we only knew at five.  Now there are reportedly eight; this approach to not sharing from the very first case has many believing that the TCI is beyond the eight revealed cases which includes a pregnant woman. What about the $550,000 in Solid Waste Management money we asked?  We were told it is for the Premier to say.  The Premier, who is also the Minister of Health was not there at the press conference to say.  And when Magnetic Media asked why?  Well there was no true reply, except that one day, some day, the Health Minister will share the solid waste management plan.New to your fight?  Door to door inspections and visits supported by the TCI Red Cross, we were told.Also new… ticketing for breaches in the environmental health codes for residential, industrial and commercial properties. The law, however, to get that enforcement started is likely three months from implementation.At times it was a rowdy exchange between media and the two health directors in the hunt for clarity, transparency and accountability… including a cocksure posture by Health Officials about public perception on what is or is not being done.We informed that most believe nothing is happening to stop Zika Virus spreading in these islands.Biggest problem?  The public which refuses, in some cases, to acquiesce to the law and best practices to decrease breeding of that aedes Eqypti mosquito.Another, but not mentioned today by the Medical & Environmental Health Directors is the incessant rain.  A leaf is a great birthplace for a mosquito and so is a plant pot.The TCI is not alone and other countries do have Zika; but the TCI is unique and is one of the countries which has opted to omit the facts.  Often conveyed to Magnetic Media by Joe Public is concern over the secrecy and guardedness of info when this global health crisis which has now hit home within the past four weeks is a fight for the health and for the wealth of the nation by all.In the meantime, please do your part to become and advocate and participant in keeping the TCI free of more mosquito breeding sites. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, August 16, 2016 – The Turks and  Caicos Ministry of Health defends its public handling of the Zika Virus; despite media conveying that residents are critical of their Public Relations. In a media conference today to share the national action plan, missing was the Minister of Health, Dr Rufus Ewing and present were Dr. Nadia Astwood and Mr Kenrick Neely who repeated commonly communicated information and gave little insight into the cases detected and confirmed; and scant information on what is new.Though the campaign against mosquito breeding at various times can be labeled vigorous, it has failed to resonate in a way to drive down the dangers as mosquito breeding sites continue to exist and actually flourish in too many communities.  The inability to get some residents to fall in line has actually led to the mushrooming of two mosquito borne diseases in the TCI; Dengue Fever since 2011 and Chikungunya Virus in 2014.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more