Closing the care gap

first_imgIf a jetliner carrying 260 African-Americans crashed every day for a year, the toll would approximate the impact of unequal access to health care and the resulting poorer health outcomes on the nation’s African-American community.Such health disparities also affect Latinos, Asian-Americans, American Indians, and other minority groups. Collectively, their illnesses and premature deaths not only devastate loved ones, they also carry an enormous economic cost, more than $1 trillion from 2003 to 2006, according to a 2009 report by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.Such stark statistics were offered to illustrate the stubborn problem of disparities in health between America’s white and minority communities during a University-wide symposium at the Center for Government and International Studies’ Tsai Auditorium Thursday.“It is a social justice issue,” said symposium panelist David Williams, Norman Professor of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health and professor of African and African American Studies and of sociology in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS). “It’s also a drain on the economy.”Though the problem manifests itself in measures such as lower life expectancy and disease rates, its roots reach past doctor offices and medical clinics to the country’s urban neighborhoods and vast Indian reservations, panelists said. Beyond medicine and public health, it touches on a complex array of issues — racism, economics, poverty, public policy, taxation, and even history.“Health disparities are not new. They didn’t appear in America in 2002,” said Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds, the Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and of African and African American Studies. Hammonds referred to a 2002 report by the Institute of Medicine on health disparities that has been credited with bringing the issue to the fore. She pointed out that not only has the issue existed for centuries, it was examined more than 100 years ago by W.E.B. Du Bois.Evelynn M. Hammonds: “Health disparities are not new. They didn’t appear in America in 2002.”The event, “Eliminating Health Disparities: Transdisciplinary Perspectives,” was sponsored by the Offices of the President and Provost and co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Harvard College, the Office of the Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity and Equity, the FAS Office of Diversity Relations and Communications, the Harvard Catalyst Health Disparities Research Program, and the Harvard/Massachusetts General Hospital Center on Genomics, Vulnerable Populations, and Health Disparities.Provost Alan Garber delivered introductory comments, saying progress on the issue has been “frustratingly slow,” partly due to a lack of data for analysis. That has changed in recent years, however, and new information is available — in disciplines from the social sciences to genomics — that can be brought to bear. Research and action now need to move in sync, he said.“I don’t think the need to do more research should stand in the way of actually taking action,” Garber said. “At the same time, I don’t think the impulse and the need to do something should stand in the way of continuing to do research.”Alan Garber: “I don’t think the need to do more research should stand in the way of actually taking action.”Though statistics describe a continuing gap between the health of whites and minorities in America — not until 1990 did blacks attain the life expectancy whites had in 1950, for example — several panelists cited the large amount of money the United States already spends on health care, recent moves to overhaul the health care system, and the presence of effective examples of low-cost, high-quality care as encouraging for the future.Donald Berwick, former administrator of the federal agency that administers Medicare and Medicaid and a lecturer on health care policy at Harvard Medical School, said though the health care debate is often described in terms of scarcity —who gets it and who doesn’t — he views it as a situation of abundance, with the difficulty being designing a system that cuts costs and improves care while spreading that abundance equitably.The U.S. health care system already has enormous resources, he said, and is steadily gobbling up more. He described the system as “a thief” stealing resources from other sectors, such as education, that can ill afford to lose them.Berwick said he is optimistic because there are several examples of innovative programs that provide good care at lower cost. He cited the Nuka system in Anchorage, which has seen emergency room visits drop by 50 percent, hospital admissions drop 53 percent, and specialist visits drop 65 percent since it was instituted.“Care that meets the needs talked about in this symposium is possible,” Berwick said. “I think we have plenty of resources in this country to make improvements.”A major problem, however, is inertia, Berwick said, with large entrenched interests dragging their feet on change.Paul Farmer, the Kolokotrones University Professor and chair of Harvard Medical School’s Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, echoed Berwick’s optimism even as he pointed out that health disparities aren’t restricted to the United States. Still, he said, modern medicine provides a huge array of tools to fight disease that weren’t available to generations past.The experience of the nonprofit Partners In Health, which Farmer co-founded, shows that large health improvements are possible as long as systems are designed to make care effective. For chronic diseases, Partners In Health has pioneered a system dependent on community health workers who regularly visit, counsel, encourage, and monitor patients at home, while also making use of community clinics and hospitals for more serious conditions.Though causes of the problem are complex, if understood, they can signal avenues of attack. The higher prevalence of asthma among some minority populations can be explained by higher exposure to diesel fumes in housing close to bus depots, for example. Alexandra Shields, director of the Harvard/MGH Center on Genomics, Vulnerable Populations, and Health Disparities, said that although at its root that may be a problem of poverty and racial segregation, physicians and public health advocates can provide regulatory agencies with ways to go after the particle pollution linked to the health problem.“When you understand the mechanistic contributors to disease, that’s how we can go after social stratification,” Shields said.In response to a question from the audience about how to attack such a huge problem, Berwick said that the problem’s size also means there’s lots to be done.“There is so much to do, do what you can do,” Berwick said. “Don’t feel guilty — just get started.”last_img read more

Ecuadorean Armed Forces Will Continue to Be in Charge of Congressional Security

first_img The Ecuadorean government announced that the Armed Forces will continue to be in charge of security at the seat of Congress, a measure taken as a consequence of a police rebellion on September 30, 2010, the president’s office announced on May 8. President Rafael Correa extended the decree declaring a “state of emergency in the Assembly’s facilities,” for two months, authorizing the Military to take charge of security for the building, which was under the care of the police prior to the uprising. The measure, which has been repeatedly extended, states that this decision was made due to the fact that some police officers “severely distorted or abandoned their mission (…) and consequently their duties, through insubordination.” “Despite the intensive process of institutional reorganization of the security system of that branch of the state, it has not been possible to overcome the aftereffects of that incident, something that could generate large-scale domestic disturbance if the Assembly was unable to fully carry out its functions,” the text adds. During a state of emergency, which can be declared in the event of domestic disturbance, the president is authorized to suspend or limit civil rights, such as the inviolability of the home, and to impose prior censorship on information in the media and order the use of government forces. On September 30, 2010, hundreds of police officers rebelled against a law reforming their pay, in protests that left 10 dead and 274 injured, led to Correa’s detention and the subsequent takeover of Congress by the protesters. In mid-2011, the former head of legislative security, Colonel Rolando Tapia, was sentenced to three years in prison for attempting to undermine state security. During the revolt, Correa denounced it as an attempted coup and decreed a national state of emergency, which was subsequently limited to Quito and then to the seat of the legislative branch. By Dialogo May 10, 2012last_img read more

SOUTHCOM’s JTF-Bravo and Honduran Military Provide Medical Services to Remote Populations

first_img“Through MEDRETEs, JTF-Bravo validates its expeditionary medical readiness, the ability to deploy to remote areas, and also to provide care to the local population,” U.S. Army Captain Jana Grimsley, the campaign’s commander and a registered nurse with the Medical Element, told Diálogo. “JTF-Bravo, through collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Honduran Military, also increased partner capacity building and strengthened host nation relationships.” Honduran authorities chose Nueva Jerusalén because the Ministry of Health had designated it as a low-coverage area. “Studies were carried out showing that the residents of the village of Palacios lack medical care or a nearby location to seek such care,” Col. Girón said. The Medical Element of U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) Joint Task Force Bravo (JTF-Bravo) helped provide health services to the civilian population in Honduras by participating in a Medical Readiness Training Exercise (MEDRETE) in collaboration with the Honduran Army, Honduras’s Ministry of Health and the Red Cross in the department of Cortés. The MEDRETE, which took place February 18th-19th, is part of SOUTHCOM’s commitment to support its Central American partner nations. Joint humanitarian campaigns allow the Honduran Armed Forces to raise their levels of engagement with friendly nations and strategic partners, Col. Girón stated. “The Armed Forces of Honduras positively benefit through the respect and fulfillment of the agreements that have been signed.” MEDRETE in Gracias a Dios Preventive medical care The Ministry of Health conducted home fumigations to prevent the spread of the mosquito, a carrier of the Zika, dengue and chikungunya viruses. They also vaccinated animals to protect them from rabies. The Red Cross facilitated communication between JTF-Bravo personnel and the patients who traveled long distances – hundreds of kilometers in some cases – to attend the MEDRETE. Cortés has not been the only beneficiary of a MEDRETE. On January 28th, residents of the village of Palacios, in the municipality of Juan Francisco Bulnes in the department of Gracias a Dios, also benefited from a SOUTHCOM Medical Brigade that was supported by the Honduran Armed Forces. More than 800 patients “benefited from medical care in general medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics, as well as dental care,” Honduran Army Infantry Colonel Juan Rubén Girón Reyes, the Commander of the Policarpo Paz García Task Force, told Diálogo. The Eleventh Infantry Battalion, the Ministry of Health, and the Red Cross cooperated to provide medical and dental care to civilians. Authorities also provided “free medications for the treatment of their general health,” Col. Girón added. JTF-Bravo provided hygiene education and vitamins to patients, while a U.S. medical team was on site to conduct basic surgeries, which included removing a patient’s gallbladder. “This area was chosen because it was ranked at the top in the Ministry of Health’s priority list for Puerto Cortés,” Capt. Grimsley explained. “Authorities also chose this location because it’s close to the border with Guatemala, and it’s a region where the civilian population has many medical needs.” JTF-Bravo’s Medical Element and the Ministry of Health provided preventive health services to 1,019 residents while the Honduran Army’s Third Infantry Battalion assisted by providing security. The physicians and nurses who participated in the MEDRETE also carried 157 cataract screenings, 15 immunizations, 36 Pap Smears, 10 HIV tests/counseling sessions, 88 preventive dentistry sessions, and 23 family planning sessions. Three more campaigns in Gracias a Dios are scheduled for April. Residents in the municipality of Sirsitara will be assisted by the Fifth Infantry Battalion, while the civilian population in Puerto Lempira will be helped by the General Policarpo Paz García Joint Task Force. Personnel from the Naval Base in Caratasca, in northeast Gracias a Dios departmnet, will take care of patients in the area of Barra de Patuca, according to Col. Girón. Enhancing cooperation By Dialogo April 11, 2016 For this humanitarian campaign, the Eleventh Infantry Battalion brought a medical team to Juan Francisco Bulnes, which is in the community of Ibans. Medical personnel provided deworming services for Miskito children and authorities provided civilians in Nueva Jerusalén, also in Gracias a Dios, with information about water purification techniques. last_img read more

Prosecutors: Brentwood Dad Charged in Daughter’s Shaking Death

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Brentwood father pleaded not guilty Wednesday to an indictment charging him with second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of his seven-week-old daughter. Angelo Deleon, 51, appeared in State Supreme Court in Riverhead, where a judge set bail at $250,000 cash or bond.Suffolk County prosecutors alleged that the infant, Genesis Deleon, was shaken to death by her father on Oct. 30 at their Brentwood home. He was her lone caretaker that day, prosecutors said. Deleon was also charged with reckless assault of a child for a separate incident that allegedly occurred several days before the girl’s death. He pleaded not guilty to that charge as well. Deleon’s next court date is Dec. 17.last_img read more

Guilty plea from former credit union CEO

first_imgby: Peter StrozniakClaudia A. Rawes, the former manager/CEO of the $10.4 million Centra Health Credit Union, pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Lynchburg, Va. to embezzling more than $1 million from the credit union since the early 2000s.In court documents, Rawes admitted she wrote checks from the Lynchburg-based credit union’s corporate account to make payments on her personal credit card.To cover up the use of these corporate checks, she would deduct funds from certain members’ accounts. She replaced the money from CHCU’s corporate account so no shortfalls appeared on members’ accounts.Because Rawes’ theft created an increasingly large deficit in CHCU’s corporate account, she began altering the corporate account statements to avoid scrutiny from state and federal regulators. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Cuomo’s Plan to Study Long Island’s Water Woes a Baby Step in Right Direction

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]F[/dropcap]rom the tap, a glass of Long Island’s water is cool and refreshing—descriptions that any soft drink or craft-beer company would love to have on their label.Geologically, our region is blessed with ample amounts of fresh, potable water. It is of such high quality that Lee Koppelman, Long Island’s master planner who heads the Center for Regional Policy Studies at Stony Brook University, often joked in class that in order to close Suffolk’s budget gaps, we should just bottle the county’s tap water and sell it at a premium price.But today our supply is seriously threatened by overdevelopment, industrial malfeasance and political indifference.Despite the importance of protecting this precious resource, the public policies are too often skewed by the hunger to build.Recently Gov. Andrew Cuomo came to Stony Brook University to announce a major initiative to address New York’s water woes. His proposal would allocate $6 million for a new comprehensive groundwater study for Long Island to further examine levels of saltwater intrusion and chemical contamination–essentially the byproducts of over-pumping our aquifer and not having enough sewers.In the decades since the last true assessment of our regional water quality was conducted, development has continued with scant regard for the looming environmental crisis at hand.When it comes to water protection, Long Island’s policymakers have known what to do since the first federally funded study explored the issue in-depth in July of 1978. Conducted by the Long Island Regional Planning Board, the report determined the linkage between land use and water quality, an important connection that helped shape zoning laws across LI. In the years following that groundbreaking document, Suffolk County took the findings seriously and worked with New York State to protect the Central Pine Barrens and other environmentally sensitive areas from development, while Nassau County just shrugged.How best to protect this essential resource is a long-running debate that pits environmentalists, developers, politicians, pundits and other familiar faces. They have conferences, hold panel discussions, pen op-eds and do other things to prime the pump. Currently, the push is on to Build! Build! Build!, but we must prioritize our drinking water as much as we prize retaining millennials and developing rental housing. The simple truth is that the aquifer holds the key to our future.First, we must understand the current condition of our aquifer and then we must preserve its pristine purity in perpetuity. To achieve this, we must aggressively preserve more open space, cut down on contamination from pesticides and nitrogen-rich fertilizers—by-products from East End farming—and ensure that our region’s sewage treatment plants, from local community systems to the large municipal plants, are doing their job.But one big obstacle that must be overcome is Nassau’s balkanized water providers. Their political fragmentation does a disservice to all Long Islanders. As a recent Newsday editorial deplored, the county has a patchwork quilt of “municipal districts, commissioner-run special districts, private corporations and public authorities.” Until these fiefdoms are united, no worthwhile planning effort can succeed.Everybody knows what we need to do to protect our water. But who has the political will to do it? It’s taken dead fish carcasses piling up on the shoreline to dramatize the severity of our regional crisis, leading Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone to declare that nitrogen is “public water enemy number one.”After Superstorm Sandy, the vulnerability of Nassau County’s fragile wastewater infrastructure was grotesquely revealed by the failure of the Bay Park wastewater treatment plant. Tons of untreated sewage were dumped into the surrounding waterways. The crap even ended up in people’s homes. Like the fish kills on the East End, Bay Park’s dysfunction was a public shame.So, Cuomo deserves praise for his proposal to address the water worries of Nassau and Suffolk. But let’s hold off on the celebration until these actions bear fruit. Addressing the Grumman Plume in the Bethpage area is an excellent start, but more steps should be taken.The state should also work with Suffolk to ensure that Article 6, which determines appropriate developmental density in environmentally critical areas, is enforced by local towns, as well as further monitoring of any sewer plant as set forth by the State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System under New York’s Environmental Conservation Law to make sure that the discharge standards are met.As pressure mounts to develop Long Island at higher and higher densities with the proliferation of more sewer facilities in the endless quest for supposed economic gains, the vulnerability of the Island’s aquifers should not be forgotten.New York State Assemb. Steve Englebright (D-East Setauket), a scientist first and longstanding elected official second, has been a champion of LI’s water issues since he first took office in Suffolk County in 1983. He was sitting on the dais with Cuomo at the governor’s recent announcement at Stony Brook. Since joining the Assembly in 1992, Englebright has been instrumental in securing open space preservation policies that still resonate today.He called Cuomo’s new initiative “a positive first step in front of increasingly bad news on public water supplies both elsewhere in the country, and here at home…To have the chief executive take the time to come to Long Island and devote resources to this issue is a big deal.” Historically, water protection policies have not become weaker since the heyday of LI’s “208 Study,” as the ’78 report is known, Englebright said, but they follow a “pattern of involvement that goes back decades, and has accelerated as our understanding of the dimensions of the problems our aquifer faces.”Despite the importance of protecting this precious resource, the public policies are too often skewed by the hunger to build.Suffolk’s efforts have been stronger than its neighbor to the west, Englebright noted, “but there has been no lack of will on the part of Nassau.” He cited various resident-led efforts for water protection in Nassau, but said that the heavily developed county has “narrow options from a policy and development perspective.”When asked whether the governor’s initiative will differ from past attempts that sought to balance economic growth and water protection, Englebright replied, “There will be a tendency for that perspective to be repeated… It will fall to advocates and elected officials (myself included) to say that sewering has its limits, and it is by no means a panacea.”He says he favors recognizing the natural limitations of living on an Island.“This particular Island isn’t the same as Manhattan, and wastewater isn’t the only measure of ensuring sustainable quality-of-life,” Englebright said. “There are many sources of contamination that come from development. Saltwater intrusion and pet waste are two examples, with the latter being directly proportional to the number of households.”Today, Englebright notes that when it comes to environmental policy in the region, there is “a certain amount of memory loss from generation to generation in relation to Long Island’s natural limitations.”It is with a cautious optimism that Long Islanders should embrace Cuomo’s initiative. At this point, any strategy to stop the decline in quality of our drinking water should be cheered, but it’s important for all involved–elected officials, policymakers, vested interests and the public–to keep these efforts grounded in reality.What is the point of planning for Long Island’s future if the end result is just another study that will sit on a shelf? Worse, while the answers gather dust, the next generation of Long Islanders will be drinking dirty water–all because of our collective inability to do the right thing. We owe them a better future than that.Rich Murdocco writes about Long Island’s land use and real estate development issues. He received his Master’s in Public Policy at Stony Brook University, where he studied regional planning under Dr. Lee Koppelman, Long Island’s veteran master planner. Murdocco is a regular contributor to the Long Island Press. More of his views can be found on www.TheFoggiestIdea.org or follow him on Twitter @TheFoggiestIdea.last_img read more

Women step up for spots in French Catholic Church hierarchy

first_imgTopics : Yet so far Pope Francis, who backs many progressive causes such as considering allowing priests to marry, has refused calls to give women a greater role — let alone let them be ordained.Last year, he declined to move forward on letting women become deacons, which proponents say could help fill the gap in countries were priest numbers are dwindling, after several years of inconclusive debates.”This isn’t a move against the Church, but for it,” Soupa said. Seven women announced Wednesday that they would seek leadership roles in the French Catholic Church that are officially reserved for men, the latest push to give women a place in the Church hierarchy.After submitting their candidacies for posts including deacon, priest and bishop to Pope Francis’s envoy to Paris, the women attended a mass at the Madeleine church to mark the feast of Saint Mary Magdalene.Their campaign echoes a quest by Anne Soupa, a 73-year-old activist theologian, who in May declared herself a candidate to lead the archdiocese of Lyon.center_img That post has been vacant since Cardinal Philippe Barbarin stepped down last year over a pedophilia scandal involving one of his priests.”The Church is experiencing a deep crisis, and we need to open up its doors,” Soupa, who accompanied the women to Paris, told AFP.”Women are rendered invisible in the Catholic Church,” she said. “In this age of equality, when women’s abilities are recognized by all, we can’t continue like this.” Scores of pedophilia and sexual abuse charges have rocked the Church worldwide in recent years, prompting calls for wholesale change from critics who say it has failed to adapt its traditions to the demands of the modern world.last_img read more

1-4 Koppen Terrace, Mooroobool fit for a leader in business

first_img1-4 Koppen Terrace, MoorooboolREIGNING high above the city, full of grandeur and history, life will never be the same after moving into 1-4 Koppen Terrace.The six-bedroom, five-bathroom, two-car garage property in Mooroobool sits atop what used to be known as Fairview Hill. After 10 years as a real estate agent, Elite Real Estate Services’ Karl Latham has finally got the opportunity to market what he describes as a property with a “personality and essence like no other”. 1-4 Koppen Terrace, MoorooboolMore from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoPerched on 4445sq m, the sprawling home was built in 1980. The grand entrance with an electric gate and large circular driveway stops most visitors in their tracks.Then a formal foyer moves into a main lounge room flooded with light from floor to ceiling windows.Having guests over for dinner will become one of life’s great joys with a gourmet kitchen including space for two fridges, a gas cooktop and plenty of storage including a butler’s pantry.Two large balconies sit off the master suite, one with a sunken bathtub in which the new owner can enjoy a glass of champagne from a temperature-controlled wine room.A separate one-bedroom granny flat maximises space and privacy and a pool and observation deck provide plenty of conversation starters. 1-4 Koppen Terrace, Mooroobool“This property has been on my radar since day one. Koppen Terrace is a much sought-after street with astonishing 180-degree views over Cairns from the Coral Sea over to the Pyramid and beyond,” Mr Latham said.“The fireplace in the master suite parlour, which is basically a penthouse suite, adds a bit of old-world charm, as does the chandelier over the winding staircase.“I think there will be good interest in this home because Koppen Terrace is very close to the city and is also a level street that’s elevated with views.“It is also in St Francis Xavier’s and Our Lady Help of Christians school catchment.“This home was built with entertaining in mind and space to breathe. Expansive windows give the aura of floating over the rainforest as the cool mountain breezes flow through the home.”center_img 1-4 Koppen Terrace, MoorooboolThe elevated site at the tip of Koppen Terrace was hand selected by Percy Koppen himself, the original developer of the area.According to Mr Latham, no expense was spared in the build. Neighbouring street names offer a nod to the past. Andrea and Brett Close was named after a member of the Koppen family and Strike Ave was named after Arthur Strike, an alderman in 1980.Kingsford St remembers Ash Kingsford, the first mayor of Cairns, who served from 1885-6/1889.Munro Terrace is named after a pioneer of the sugar industry, William John Munro, also the chairman of the Mulgrave Shire Council from 1897 until 1912.last_img read more

Rolls-Royce, Partners Eye Zero Emission Ships

first_imgBy combining existing technologies in a new way, it is possible to build ferries that represent a quantum leap for the environment. That is the idea behind a new R&D project involving four major players in the maritime sector – Rolls-Royce, Color Line, Norled and the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA).The project has now received a NOK 5.9 million (around USD 717,000) grant from the Research Council of Norway’s ENERGIX programme.The Zero Emission Ferry project is intended to result in a new electrical system that not only provides more efficient power output and stable operations but is cheaper to run, easier to integrate and has a lower environmental impact. That is no mean feat aboard a ship, which typically has a hybrid system that is a thousand times larger than a hybrid passenger car, as explained by Rolls-Royce.The four partners aim to achieve this by investigating new ways of combining systems for energy storage, energy management, onboard energy distribution and recharging. The work is already underway and the two ferry operators have specific goals with regard to the outcome.“Our aim is to gradually reduce the emissions produced by our fleet of car and high-speed passenger ferries and become the first Norwegian operator with 100 per cent zero emissions. We are well underway with electrification on our short ferry routes but are waiting for technology to become mature enough to be able to cover longer stretches,” Lars Jacob Engelsen, Deputy CEO at Norled, commented.“This project is completely in line with our environmental strategy, in which the electrification of the fleet plays a key role. We want to exploit the energy on board more efficiently, reduce the operating time for our onboard machine park and ensure that we cover a larger proportion of our energy consumption from ‘green’ onshore power rather than fossil fuels,” Johann Martinussen, Color Line’s Superintendent Automation & Control, said.The Norwegian Coastal Administration Shipping Company was one of the first Norwegian shipowners to use batteries on board. Its multifunctional vessel OV Bøkfjord is equipped with an environment-friendly hybrid system, a new vessel with an even larger battery pack is under construction, and the organisation has an option for a third such vessel.The Marine division of Rolls-Royce is the consortium’s technology partner and will provide both financial and man power. The objective is to develop a system that is commercially attractive for shipowners and as environment-friendly as possible, according to the company.“The aim is for the entire system or its component parts to be capable of use on both short-haul car ferries and big cruise ferries. Norway is far out in front with regard to green shipping, and we see an international export potential for these kinds of systems,” Sigurd Øvrebø, General Manager Product Electric and Power at Rolls-Royce – Marine, said.The partners behind the Zero Emission Ship project represent three different maritime operating environments, and their combined experience forms the basis of the technology that will be developed. The ENERGIX programme demands practical results in return for its support and the objective is to follow-up this two-year research programme with three full-scale installations.Established in 2013, ENERGIX is a 10-year programme under the auspices of the Research Council of Norway. The programme aims to provide new knowledge that promotes the long-term and sustainable conversion of existing energy systems to ones based on more energy-efficient solutions using a higher proportion of renewable energy that provide greater integration with Europe and meet the need for greater flexibility. The programme covers both stationary energy systems and environment-friendly energy for transport purposes.last_img read more

Land plays critical role within local economy says Reginald Austrie

first_img Share 27 Views   no discussions Share Hon. Reginald Austrie addressing the official launching ceremony of the Unified Land Information System this morning.Honourable Reginald Austrie, the Minister responsible for Lands, Housing, Settlement and Water Resource Management, while addressing the official launching of the Unified Land Information System (ULIS) this morning, recognized the critical role which land plays within our local economy.According to the Minister, his Government also recognizes the important role which land plays in an agriculture dependent economy as is the case in Dominica.“Land plays a very critical role within the economy and especially the local economy which is still very dependent on agriculture. Land acts as a stimulant in the private sector investment and other economic activities within any country. Land still remains one of the primary assets for assessing and raising the required financing for undertaking business activities.”It is with this recognition that the Government approved the Land Tenure and Reform Programme with a view to reducing unnecessary cost and delays associated with registration and administration of land on island.“The Government realizing the importance of land resources approved the Land Tenure and Reform Program in 2004. This program was geared at establishing a regulatory and administrative framework which would create the enabling environment for the regulation of land market, thus allowing for effective functioning. These measures will either ultimately reduce or significantly reduce the unnecessary cost and delays associated with the registration and administration of land in Dominica,” Austrie said.The Ministry of Lands, Housing, Settlements and Water Resource Management hopes that implementation of the Unified Land Information System will provide “the provision of a clear and transparent legal framework for ownership and occupation of lands, the facilitation of and guaranteed transfer of property rights through effective land registration systems, the controlled and regulation of land use in population interest especially taking into account environmental concerns, and four more effective management of our land resources.”Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet LocalNews Land plays critical role within local economy says Reginald Austrie by: – July 27, 2011 Sharelast_img read more