E3 Statement to IAEA Board of Governors on Verification and monitoring in Islamic Republic of Iran, March 2021

first_imgE3 Statement to IAEA Board of Governors on Verification and monitoring in Islamic Republic of Iran, March 2021 Thank you Madame Chair,France, Germany, and the United Kingdom would like to thank DG Grossi for his latest report contained in GOV/2021/10 and DDG Aparo for the Technical Briefing.As E3 we remain fully committed to the JCPoA, which, when implemented, is in the collective security interests of all.We remain extremely concerned by Iran’s continued violations of its nuclear-related commitments in recent months, including the significant new escalatory steps taken since November 2020. Iran’s announcement that it will no longer allow JCPoA-related monitoring arrangements, and that it will cease application of the Additional Protocol, is of particular concern. This will make it harder for the international community to assure themselves that Iran’s activities remain exclusively peaceful.Some of the measures have irreversible consequences for Iran’s nuclear capabilities. Iran’s actions seriously undermine the non-proliferation benefits of the JCPoA and further complicate its revitalization.As reported by the Agency, the LEU stockpile is now more than fourteen times higher than the limit of 202,8 kg we agreed to in the JCPoA. For the first time since the start of the JCPOA, Iran now enriches uranium up to 20%. There is no plausible civilian reason for this activity, and we urge Iran to reverse course without delay.Iran continues to install over a thousand advanced centrifuges in the underground facility of Natanz and is preparing the installation of hundreds more at Fordow. Several cascades are already being used for uranium enrichment, and others could be put in use in the near future. Some of these activities are providing Iran with irreversible knowledge gain that it did not possess prior to signing the JCPoA, as well as permanently and significantly enhancing Iran’s enrichment capacity.In addition to its significant violations of commitments related to uranium enrichment, Iran is preparing the technical infrastructure for the production of uranium metal and has already started producing uranium metal at laboratory scale. Iran has no plausible civilian reason for such activity, which will provide weapons-applicable knowledge gain. Iran should halt the production of uranium metal immediately.Furthermore, Iran formally suspended implementation of the IAEA Additional Protocol, and of all its transparency commitments under the JCPoA. This significantly reduces the IAEA’s access and may deprive the Agency of its ability to verify that Iran’s nuclear programme is being used for exclusively peaceful purposes.Iran’s stated intention to cease applying modified Code 3.1. of the Subsidiary Arrangements to Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement is a matter of deep concern. We remind Iran that the Code is legally binding and cannot be modified unilaterally or revoked. This has previously been affirmed by this Board in its resolution contained in GOV/2009/82 and the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1803 (2008).In this context, we welcome the conclusion of a temporary technical understanding between the IAEA and Iran. However, this understanding does not diminish the core need for Iran to restore all accesses. Iran must fully cooperate with the IAEA to ensure the Agency can continue to fulfil its reporting mandate.In view of the seriousness of the situation, we considered tabling a resolution at this Board meeting. We know that our very serious concerns at Iran’s actions, in particular its decision to suspend the implementation of key transparency provisions under the JCPoA and the safeguards regime, are widely shared among members of this Board.We have decided to pause on this initiative for now, despite clear support within the IAEA Board of Governors, to allow time for the Director General to conduct the renewed effort he announced to this Board earlier this week to break the deadlock and to clarify and resolve these issues without further delay. We support the DG’s initiative. We hope that Iran will use this time to enter into a substantial dialogue with the Agency on outstanding issues. We encourage the DG to keep the Board informed regarding progress on monitoring and verification in Iran in all its aspects.We will closely monitor developments and reserve the right to call an extraordinary Board if there is not sufficient progress on this or any of the developments discussed in this meeting. It is right that this Board keeps the very serious and significant issues addressed today under active review.The goal of the broader diplomatic process must be for Iran to reverse its steps and fully restore IAEA accesses. This is the only way that the international community can be reassured as to the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme. The E3 is working intensively to support these efforts. We call upon Iran to accept, without preconditions, the proposal by the Coordinator of the JCPoA for an informal meeting of the JCPoA participants and the United States. A diplomatic solution is the only way out of this crisis.We once again thank the IAEA for its accurate reporting and welcome the most rigorous and impartial implementation of its mandate conferred to it by the United Nations Security Council.We would welcome that the Agency’s latest quarterly report on monitoring and verification in Iran be made public.Thank you. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. 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All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:agreement, community, diplomatic, director, France, Germany, Government, IAEA, infrastructure, Iran, participants, production, resolution, Security Council, UK, UK Government, United Kingdom, United Nations, United Stateslast_img read more

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Slightly Stoopid Gets New York Lifted at Hammerstein Ballroom

first_imgManhattan buzzed with the anticipation on the first Friday of Spring. People lined the outside of Hammerstein Ballroom to see reggae/rock/punk band Slightly Stoopid.  Security gave me a thorough search before entering the venue.  “Empty your pockets please,” the female guard said.  I pulled my cell phone out of my left pocket, and my keys and lighter out of my right.  “Sorry,” she said taking the lighter from my palm and throwing into a pile of confiscated fire, “Go ahead in.”As I stepped into the skunk smelling lobby, I was welcomed by the familiar soulful sound of opener Quincy Mumford and the Reason Why from Asbury Park, NJ.  After a quick 30 minute set, the band Tribal Seeds took the stage and gave the venue a more punk/reggae feel.I settled into the mezzanine section right at the end of Tribal Seeds set.  At 9:30 PM, all seven members of Slightly Stoopid took the stage to a roaring crowd. “You ready to get stoopid?” front men Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald call out to their fans.The opening song was their single “Don’t Stop” off of the album Top of the World released in 2012.  Traditional reggae palm muted guitar riffs filled Hammerstein as clouds of smoke rose from parts of the crowd.  As soon as Slightly told everyone to “light it and put it in the air,” at the beginning of “Anywhere I Go,” the entire GA area began to glow with the sparking of blunts, joints, and bowls and there I was… without a lighter.Conga drums (played by Oguer “OG” Ocon) and the horn section (DeLa & Karl Denson on saxophone and C-Money on trumpet) gave the ganja filled venue that psychedelic San Diego feel New York City needed after a long winter.It was during the song “Wicked Rebel” when I realized how incredibly short all of Slightly Stoopid’s songs are. Before you knew it, they moved on to “Somebody” off of the album Closer to the Sun (2008). With that glimpse of Slightly’s heavier side, the punks in the crowd created a swirling mosh pit in the center of the floor like an eye of a storm.The show constantly changed moods, switching from heavy to calm, punk to reggae, acoustic to electric.  One of my favorite moments was when the song “Closer to The Sun” was played mid set. It was sang and played so beautifully and smiles were on every face surrounding me and we all calmly swayed to the sweet song.  This peaceful moment was then followed by Slightly’s trashing rendition of Nirvana’s “Territorial Pissings”. “Rest in Peace Kurt, we miss you,” Doughty said as the song ended.Slightly Stoopid played most of their hits such as “Running with a Gun” and “Officer” before leaving the stage briefly.  The encore began with a quiet cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire”.  I was pleased to finally hear “Collie Man”, a personal favorite.  They closed out the entire show with the song “We Don’t Wanna Go” which was almost too appropriate before they left the stage.As the stoned audience members walked out of Hammerstein, I noticed the differences in age. They ranged anywhere from 15 to 40 years-old and all seemed more than satisfied with the show they just saw.  But let’s be real, who doesn’t enjoy music about weed, sunshine, and good times? It’s concerts like Slightly Stoopid’s that show us that reggae music can be universally loved and is the perfect medicine for the Winter blues.-Diana KumpfCheck out a couple of videos from the show, courtesy of Marc Millman:“Collie Man”:“I’m On Fire”:last_img read more

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Inaugural Main Street Grants will help fund seven downtown projects

first_imgNational Life Group,Vermont Business Magazine Seven communities around Vermont were announced on Tuesday as the inaugural winners of Main Street Grants(link is external), a program the National Life Group Foundation(link is external) created in partnership with the Vermont Community Foundation(link is external). The grants include funding for signs to guide visitors through downtowns, renovation of a community center, and updating a historic performance space. In all, $85,500 in grants were awarded to Barre, Bennington, Montpelier, St. Albans, St. Johnsbury, Waterbury, and Wilmington. The National Life Foundation provided $70,500 of the funding and the Vermont Community Foundation provided $15,000.“We’re delighted to be able to support the exciting things happening in Vermont downtowns,” said Beth Rusnock, president of the National Life Foundation. “The projects that we’ll help fund will drive the local economy, support local culture and help to foster the civic pride that Vermonters take in their communities.”“The heart of community is a sense of common experience,” said Dan Smith, president of the Vermont Community Foundation. “Vermont should be proud of the work going on across the state to design energetic downtown spaces that bring people together, foster connections and build community. We are excited to be partnering with National Life in exploring how to bring together people and resources to make a difference for these downtowns.”There were applications for 29 different projects across the state. National Life partnered with the Preservation Trust of Vermont(link is external) to analyze the projects and recommend funding. In addition to contributing toward the grants, the Vermont Community Foundation is reviewing all of the applications to determine whether they might qualify for additional future funding.“I appreciate the support of National Life Foundation and the Vermont Community Foundation in launching these new Main Street Grants,” said Governor Scott. “Revitalizing Vermont’s downtowns and villages is crucial to strengthening Vermont’s economy, and I am so thankful for the incredible state, local, public and private partnerships working to build stronger, more vibrant communities.”The winning projects were announced at a news conference with Governor Phil Scott at the annual Downtown Day at the Statehouse. The grant winners are:Barre: Creation of a historical walking tour of downtown and a bicycling tour that connects to Upper Graniteville. The project includes historical plaques, brochures and website. $5,500.Bennington: The Grow Bennington Initiative is designed to create greater vibrancy in the town center with a variety of projects, including plantings, signs, a park and, year-round lighting of trees to make the downtown more visually appealing, safer and vibrant. $5,500.Montpelier: Phase 2 of a “wayfinding” project to manufacture and install signs that will help to guide downtown visitors to landmarks, historic sites and other places in the downtown. $9,000.St. Albans: Continue renovating the City Hall Auditorium into a modern performance space with new sound and lighting equipment, curtains, and a repaired and extended stage. $15,000.St. Johnsbury: Enhancements of Depot Square Park to create gathering spaces with benches and tables, sculpted bike racks, art installations and signs, and community events. $20,000.Waterbury: Projects to make Waterbury’s downtown a “bike-friendly” community with bicycle racks, improved signs directing riders to downtown from attractions outside the business core, and bike wash and repair stations. $5,500.Wilmington: Renovate the lobby and reception area of the former Twin Valley High School building into the Old School Enrichment Center community center to make it handicap accessible, and improve directional signs, and to attract future social service, educational, wellness and community organizations as tenants. $25,000.“Strong, dynamic downtowns and villages, coupled with housing working families and young professionals can afford are critical to my Administration’s work to strengthen and grow Vermont’s economy,” said Scott. “The work to revitalize Vermont’s downtowns and villages is a team sport, so I truly appreciate the growing number of state, local, public and private partners who are working to build stronger, more vibrant communities.”In January, Scott proposed several initiatives that build upon the successful $37 million housing bond(link is external) proposed and passed last year, aimed at introducing more affordable workforce housing throughout the state. These initiatives are currently included in H. 766(link is external).Key provisions of H. 766 include:Allocates $625,000 to pilot a new homeowner tax credit to improve the quality and quantity of housing in and around Vermont’s designated downtowns and villages;Increases investment in the downtown and village center tax credit program by $250,000; andInvests an additional $125,000 for the Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) tax credit to fund its Down Payment Assistance Program for first-time homebuyers.“I appreciate the Legislature’s work to advance my housing proposals, which invest $1 million in tax credits to attract and house the young families Vermont’s economy needs to thrive,” added Scott. “Representatives Fred Baser, William Botzow and Michael Marcotte have helped lead the charge, and my Administration looks forward to our continued collaboration on this work.”At his press conference, the Governor also showcased the contributions of the 23 state-designated downtown communities. In the past year, the 23 state-designated downtown communities have documented nearly $59 million in public and private investment, 127 new housing units, 47 new and expanded businesses, and more than 200 new jobs have been created within the downtown districts.  The Agency of Commerce and Community Development(link is external) administers the state designation programs(link is external), which target investments to build strong communities and promote the efficient use of land, infrastructure and resources. Nearly 170 community centers are designated (downtowns(link is external) and villages(link is external)), allowing them to receive priority consideration for state grants and access to state tax incentives.Click here for additional information on the proposed tax credits(link is external).  Source: NationalLife.com(link is external). 3.13.2018last_img read more

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New destinations and VIP experiences: Gran Fondo World Tour expands in…

first_img Related Gran Fondo World Tour (GFWT) is expanding its global series in 2020, starting the season with 14 events on 4 continents. As the gran fondo cycling event organiser points out, the series is ‘focused on the splendour of cycling in the most remarkable locations.’‘Each event of the 2020 international series offers avid cyclists a memorable cycling experience with the personalized challenge of racing the clock, the route and each other.’“Gran Fondo World Tour takes event cycling to a new level,” said Gran Fondo World Tour CEO Dani Buyo. “Our series is now in our fifth season and we continue to expand our Gran Fondo philosophy around the world. The new destinations joining our series compliment nicely the returning destinations we know so well. Our series expansion offers more races, in new exciting locations, all with the quality of organisation and safety that the GFWT is known for.”He continued, “In order to make our series races even more attractive, we are launching our VIP Experiences alongside the cycling events. The Gran Fondo World Tour VIP Experiences provide cyclists unique travel packages around the races with everything taken care of to allow the riders to focus on the race and enjoy the overall experience of visiting these special destinations.“We want to share places to ride your bike, encourage healthy lifestyles, grow our Gran Fondo community and share our true passion of cycling.”Gran Fondo World Tour VIP Experiences are prepared high-end experiences designed to include cycling, cuisine, culture and activities, both for the cyclist and accompanying family and friends. GFWT will be collaborating with series events to offer these custom experiences to various destinations in 2020, with further expansion planned in 2021. A few of the 2020 series features include… ‘the cycling mystique of South Africa, the challenging Vermont countryside, the steep South Korean landscapes of Seorak National Park, the iconic cobbles of the Netherlands in spring, the sunny weather of the Canary Islands and the extreme conditions of ultra-racing from Trondheim to Oslo in Norway.’The series starts in mid-February with the EPIC Gran Canaria and will look to add additional events to the 2020 calendar mid-year.“We are very excited to host the 2020 opening Gran Fondo World Tour event in Gran Canaria,” said EPIC Gran Canaria Manager, Yojan Reyes. “Gran Canaria is a true cycling destination. With an international airport, beautiful weather and amazing roads, Gran Canaria has it all and is the perfect location for riders and their families.”GFWT’s Dani Buyo added, “The Gran Fondo World Tour now has a rolling ranking system for all members, focused on participation, rather than winning. Points are accumulated in all events and held for a year with recognition on our platform for anyone who participates in more than one event and a ranking for those who have accumulated the most points in the past twelve months.”Gran Fondo World Championship 2020 – Seorak Gran FondoThe 5th annual Gran Fondo World Championship will be held on May 23-24, 2020 in Seorak, South Korea. The Giant Seorak Gran Fondo event features an international peloton of riders from over 40 countries. Athletes take on a steep and challenging 208km route through Seorak National Park and compete against each other, the clock and themselves in a personal endurance challenge.“Seorak Gran Fondo originated with 10 riders departing from the east side of Baek Bok-ryeong in the Donghae city of Gangwon Province at 5:00am on June 5th, 2010. [They rode] 265km over seven hills to reach Sokcho,” said Kisseok Uhm, Principal and Head Manager t Giant Seorak Gran Fondo.“Consisting of beautiful mountain scenery from Seorak Mountain and O’de Mountain in Gangwon Province, the route travels through one of the best mountain areas in Korea. Our event has grown over 10 years and we are proud to be the Gran Fondo World Championship in 2020.”This year’s participants will tackle the 208km course with four UCI category 2 climbs and one HC (Hors Catégorie) category climb with an overall 12-hour time cut. There is also a MedioFondo event – a 105 km course with two category 2 climbs and two category 4 climbs with a time limit of 7 hours.Gran Fondo World Tour 2020 Calendar15-16 February – EPIC Gran Canaria6-8 March – Tour of Phuket4-5 April – California Classic Weekend11 April – Gran Fondo Drenthe25 April – Swartberg100 Gran Fondo23- 24 May – Seorak Gran Fondo30-31 May – Sea Otter Europe Ciclobrava31 May – Cyclotour du Léman6-7 June – Gran Fondo Kazakhstan Silk Way19-21 June – Styrkeproven27 June – Vermont Gran Fondo4-5 July – Gran Fondo Nur-Sultan Astana5 July – Volta als Ports d’Andorra13 September – Gran Fondo Sri Lankawww.granfondoworldtour.comlast_img read more

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The Face(s) of the GOP. Who Do You See?

first_imgThe Huffington Post: I’ve worked in Washington, D.C. for decades, so I have witnessed a fair number of political logjams, even a few government shutdowns. So I’m not quick to panic when the two parties’ leaders stubbornly stake out what are seemingly irreconcilable positions. But I confess that listening to House Republicans this time around — especially but not only the Tea Party zealots — is making me nervous. This is not just the usual posturing and brinkmanship. I really think they perceive a different reality than the rest of us. Is that possible? Can people be so biased by their political attitudes that they look out and see a different world, a world where up is down and black is white? I look at Tea Party Republicans and I see incompetence and selfishness and cruelty. Is it possible that others look at the same faces and see trustworthiness and benevolence?Coincidentally, I came across a new study this week that argues just that. Ohio State University psychological scientists Russell Fazio, Alison Young and Kyle Ratner used techniques from psychophysics to test the idea that our political attitudes can shape our most basic perceptions of human faces — including our perceptions of trustworthiness.Read the whole story: The Huffington PostWray Herbert is an author and award-winning journalist who writes two popular blogs for APS, We’re Only Human and Full Frontal Psychology. Follow Wray on Twitter @wrayherbert. More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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New research reveals how the brain decides to make an effort

first_imgShare LinkedIn Share on Twitter Email Pinterestcenter_img Share on Facebook Treadway’s lab focuses on understanding the molecular and circuit-level mechanisms of psychiatric symptoms related to mood, anxiety and decision-making.“Understanding how the brain works normally when deciding to expend effort provides a way to pinpoint what’s going on in disorders where motivation is reduced, such as depression and schizophrenia,” he says.Previous research had observed three brain regions in decision-making; the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex (dACC), the anterior insula (aI) and the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC). Studies had pointed to the vmPFC as central to the computation of subjective value during probability decision-making. But prior evidence also suggested that when it comes to decisions about effort expenditure, those subjective value estimates were not computed by the vmPFC but by the other two brain regions.A limitation to previous studies on effort-based choices is that they simultaneously presented the costs and benefits of a choice to experimental subjects.“In the real world, however, we usually have to make decisions based on incomplete information,” says Amanda Arulpragasam, first author of the PNAS paper and a psychology PhD candidate in Treadway’s lab.Arulpragasam designed a study that allowed the researchers to model distinct neural computations for effort and reward. Subjects underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) while performing an effort-based decision-making task where the effort costs and rewards of a choice were presented separately over time.The subjects could choose to make no effort and receive $1, or make some level of physical effort in exchange for monetary rewards of varying magnitude, up to $5.73. The physical effort involved rapid button pressing at varying percentages of each participant’s maximum button pressing rate. Participants were required to press the button using their non-dominant pinkie finger, making the task challenging enough to be unpleasant, although not painful.In the effort-first trials, participants were shown a vertical bar representing the percentage of their maximum button pressing rate that would be required to do the task. They were then shown the size of the reward for performing the task. The reward-first trials presented the information in the opposite order.After receiving both sets of information, participants were prompted to choose the no-effort option or the effort option.The experimental design allowed the researchers to tease apart the effects of recent choices on the formation of value expectations of future decisions.The results revealed a clear role for the vmPFC in encoding an expected reward before all information had been revealed. The data also suggested that the dACC and aI are involved in encoding the difference between what participants were expecting and what they actually got, rather than effort-cost encoding.“Some have argued that decisions about effort have a different neural circuitry than decisions about probability and risk,” Treadway says. “We’ve showed that all three brain regions come into play, just in a different way than was previously known.” From deciding to quit hitting the snooze button and get out of bed in the morning to opting to switch off the TV and prepare for sleep at night, the mind weighs the costs versus benefits of each choice we make. A new study reveals the mechanics of how the brain makes such effortful decisions, calculating whether it is worth expending effort in exchange for potential rewards.The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) published the findings by psychologists at Emory University.“We showed that the brain’s ventromedial prefrontal cortex, which was not previously thought to play a key role in effort-based choices, actually appears to be strongly involved in the formation of expectations underlying those choices,” says Emory psychologist Michael Treadway, senior author of the paper.last_img read more

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Emerson introduces continuous gas analyser

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Some feat

first_imgThere can be no excuse for hopping in a cab for Herbert Smith staff in the next month. More than 220 employees have signed up to a charity walk that will count every step they take over the next four weeks. Every volunteer will be fitted with a pedometer, with participants aiming to collectively walk as far as Zambia (just short of 5,000 miles from London to its capital, Lusaka), in aid of the firm’s charity of the year, WaterAid. As well as hundreds of staff from the London office taking part, there will also be contributions from offices in Moscow, Madrid, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Singapore, Paris and Brussels. Looks like the firm is stepping up its charity efforts.last_img read more

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Accommodation Sector suffered extensive damage from Hurricane Maria

first_imgLocalNews Accommodation Sector suffered extensive damage from Hurricane Maria by: Dominica Vibes News – October 18, 2017 Tweet Share 224 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Director of Tourism and Chief Executive Officer of the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) Colin PiperThe Accommodation Sector in Dominica suffered extensive damage as a result of Hurricane Maria Director of Tourism and Chief Executive Officer of the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) Colin Piper revealed during the daily press briefing on Wednesday 18 October 2018. Piper explained that prior to the hurricane the DDA had seventy-three properties listed as functional, this translated to nine hundred and nine guest rooms. After conducting a rapid assessment visiting sixty-four properties or eighty-eight percent of accommodations, the extensive damage was seen to span the entire island ranging from moderately affected to severely damaged or destroyed.“Of the properties visited thus far based on our assessment thirty-two are moderately damaged meaning partial structure damage and able to operate now or in the near future with fixes and repairs either in whole or part and also needing assistance with lights, water, amenities to take care of things like laundry for linens and towels. In most cases Wi-Fi is not available,” he explained. Thirty-two properties assessed have been deemed severely damaged or destroyed with serious to total destruction of structures including roofs, electricals, and plumbing. Piper said the outlook for these properties is a longer term rebuilding somewhere in the area of twelve to even possibly twenty-four months. Unfortunately he added some property owners have indicated that they will be unable to rebuild but said further discussions will be held. Fifty-one percent of the total room stock or four hundred and sixty-seven guest rooms suffered moderate damage while three hundred and eighty-seven guest rooms are in the severely damaged or destroyed category.Piper said some properties have been able to begin minimalistic operations housing mainly relief and aid workers or displaced residents and staff while other properties may need to rebuild completely and estimate reopening times range from three to six months to as far as twenty-four months out. The DDA’s preliminary position is being able to have a full understanding of operations of the industry from an accommodation perspective in January 2018. In the meantime he said they will continue to advocate on the behalf of the accommodation sector for immediate relief. He explained this will include “manpower and labour to help you better assess, we’re also trying to monitor and maintain a daily inventory of the available rooms so that we can communicate that out to the wider public and certainly advocate for the return of utilities to properties that can be operational, that being electricity, water and the like”.last_img read more

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JFF still focused on World Cup Qualifiers

first_imgThe uncertainty of the international football calendar because of the outbreak of the coronavirus has not blurred the Jamaica Football Federation’s vision of qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president Michael Ricketts says that the body has devised a plan to work around the inconvenience of social distancing in hopes of keeping the Reggae Boyz ready for the first World Cup qualifier in late August.Ricketts told The Gleaner that the Boyz must stay ready to play at their best for the August date as Concacaf has not informed the administration that the date of the qualifier will be pushed back because of the virus.With this in mind, Ricketts said that coach Theodore Whitmore and his technical staff put together workouts to keep the team fit.“Our technical team has been having constant meetings. The last one was last week Thursday, and they have been looking at ways and means, keeping players fit,” Ricketts said. “So the physical trainers, – Jason Henry and Lamar Morgan – along with coach Theodore Whitmore, have worked out a programme for the locally based players in order to keep them ready. We are just hoping that when Concacaf give us the green light, we will be in a position to hit the track running.“There are great levels of uncertainty, and nobody knows what will happen. It all depends on how best the virus is brought under control. We have not heard from Concacaf as it relates to the World Cup qualifiers, which are scheduled for late August, but we want to ensure that we are ready if we are called upon.”The Reggae Boyz are ranked 48 on the latest FIFA World ranking, with Costa Rica 46, USA 22, and Mexico 11 being the other Concacaf teams in front of them. If they remain in the region’s top six, they will start qualifiers from the final round of six teams, also known as the ‘Hex’. [email protected]last_img read more

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