A man has been arrested after gardaí raided a suspected drugs grow house near Mountcharles in Donegal.The discovery was made on Friday last, when the District Drugs Unit, the Regional Support Unit and local gardaí carried out a search on a property in the Mountcharles area.A man, who had been sought by gardaí for drugs offences since 2015, was subsequently arrested. “It would appear that a grow house was being set up due to the amount of equipment etc. discovered,” said a garda statement.The incident has prompted gardaí to warn landlords about renting properties to criminals who intend to turn them into hidden drug production labs.“We would like to urge landlords to be extremely careful when renting /letting property and please always vet any potential tenants well.”Wanted man arrested after grow house discovered in Donegal was last modified: December 20th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
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South Africa’s current credit rating has been confirmed, as Moody’s Investors Service kept the government bond long and short-term ratings unchanged at Baa2 and P-2 respectively, while assigning a negative outlook.Moody’s is the only solicited rating agency that assigns the same rating for both the domestic and foreign currency denominated debt, Baa2 – a rating that is two notches above sub-investment grade.The confirmation of South Africa’s investment grade credit rating marks an end to the evaluation period that started on 8 March 2016, when Moody’s placed the country’s ratings under review for possible downgrade.On Saturday, the National Treasury released a statement outlining the three reasons Moody’s affirmed the ratings.1. South Africa’s economic growth will start recovering after 2016, having reached its trough this year.“Government will continue to collaborate with business, labour and civil society to restore confidence in the economy and address the structural constraints to economic growth,” Treasury said in the statement.It said the National Development Plan remains the catalyst for growth. The Nine-Point Plan will ensure its milestones are achieved. These include:promoting a stable and cooperative labour relations environmentencouraging development of energy efficient, job-creating industrieslowering the cost of doing business, removing regulatory constraints and acting swiftly to remove policy uncertaintyboosting investment through launching Invest SAimplementing reforms to ensure that state-owned companies are financially sound, operate efficiently, are well-managed and properly governed2. The adoption of more aggressive consolidation measures in the 2016 Budget will increase the likelihood that general government debt to gross domestic product (GDP) will stabilise in the current year.Treasury said the government’s decision to implement fiscal consolidation to return public finances to a sustainable path, while protecting core social and economic programmes, was correct.“This was done through tax policy adjustments to boost revenue, moderate current expenditure and reprioritised budgets. Furthermore, government’s recent track record of achieving fiscal targets gives credence to the future fiscal plans, especially maintaining an expenditure ceiling and recapitalising state-owned companies in a budget neutral manner.”3. According to Moody’s, the recent political developments are testament to South Africa’s institutional strength, compared to its peers.Treasury said South Africa’s monetary and fiscal institutions have remained sound over time.“Despite adverse political developments in recent months, government continues to demonstrate determination to bring public finances under control and ensure that programmes such as nuclear and the National Health Insurance are financed at a scale and pace that is affordable.”Moody’s warned of the need to implement the structural and legislative reforms agreed to by the government, business and labour. The rating agency said the future trajectory of the rating will be “highly dependent on government’s success in enhancing medium term growth prospects, stabilising debt and restoring investor confidence.”It said the country’s outlook can be changed from negative to stable if the government delivers on commitments that support growth and achieve fiscal targets.South Africa’s government, meanwhile, is intensifying efforts and focus on inclusive economic growth, job creation and improving investor confidence through addressing structural constraints.“Collectively working with business, civil society and labour, government will continue to demonstrate its commitment to translate plans into concrete actions that will ensure South Africa remains an investment grade country,” Treasury said.Ramaphosa welcomes ratingDeputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has welcomed Moody’s decision. He was in Mbizana in the Eastern Cape when he responded to the credit rating on South Africa.“We are very pleased with Moody’s report, where they have kept our rating status as is. Many people were thinking that they would downgrade us. They haven’t and that is a great success for us because it shows what we can achieve when we work together.“We have to congratulate Treasury for having led the charge working together . with other organisations, trade unions, business and civil society. It was very pleasing to see them travel to investors overseas as a united team, essentially as Team South Africa, going to sell South Africa and explain everything about our country.“So it’s great news and great success. As South Africans, we can congratulate ourselves.”Ramaphosa cautioned, however, that the country should not relax.“It is not over yet because there is another rating that is coming and this is when we must work harder and unite and demonstrate that South Africa is solid, stable and a worthy investment destination.” Source: South African Government News Agency
BADMINTONEVENING: 4.30pm to 9.30pm Men’s: Singles (3rd place play-off); Doubles (3rd place play-off) Women’s: Singles (3rd place playoff); Doubles (3rd place play-off) Mixed doubles (3rd place play-off)BOXINGAFTERNOON: 3pm to 5.30pm Men’s: Light flyweight (49kg); bantamweight (56kg); light welterweight (64kg), middleweight (75kg); heavyweight (91kg) EVENING: 7pm to 9.30 pm Men’s: Flyweight (52 kg); lightweight (60kg); welterweight (69kg); light heavyweight (81kg); super heavyweight (over 91kg)CYCLING ROADEVENTS MORNING: 10.30am to 11.45am Women: 29km individual time trial (final) AFTERNOON: 1pm to 3.30pm Men: 40km individual time trial (final)DIVINGMORNING: 9.30am to 11.30pm Women’s: 3m springboard (heats) Men’s: Platform (heats) EVENING: 4pm to 6pm Women’s: 3m springboard (final) Men’s: Platform (final)GYMNASTICS (RHYTHMIC)EVENING: 5pm to 8.45pmWomen’s: Individual all-around competition (final)HOCKEYMORNING: 10.30am to 3.30pmWomen’s: 3rd place play-off; finalSHOOTINGCLAY TARGETMORNING: 10am to 4.30pmMen’s: Skeet singles (stage 2); skeet singles (final)PISTOL & SMALL BOREMORNING: 9am to 6pmWomen’s: 10m air pistol singles (qualification); 10m air pistol (final)Men’s: 25m standard pistol singles (final); 50m rifle prone singles (qualification); 50m rifle prone (final)FULL BOREAFTERNOON: 10am to 1pm Men’s: 1,000 yards pairs (final); 1,000 yards singles (final)LAWN BOWLSMORNING: 9am to 10.30pmMen’s: Singles (semi-finals); 3rd place play-off; finalWomen’s: Singles (semi-finals); 3rd place play-off; finalSQUASHAFTERNOON: 12pm to 3pmMIXED DOUBLES (FINAL)Women’s: Doubles (final)Men’s: Doubles (final)TABLE TENNISMORNING: 9.30am to 3pmWomen’s: Singles (semi-final); doubles (semi-final)Men’s: Doubles (semi-final); singles (semi-final)EVENING: 4.30pm to 9pmMen’s: Doubles (3rd place playoff); finalWomen’s: Singles (3rd place play-off); final
Industry Minister Calls for More Medical Labs to Get AccreditedIndustry Minister Calls for More Medical Labs to Get Accredited
Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, is calling for more medical labs to apply for accreditation, as the Government moves to position Jamaica as a health tourism destination.Mr. Hylton made the call at a ceremony to present a certificate of accreditation to Biomedical Caledonia Medical Laboratory Ltd, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Kingston, on June 25.This is the first medical lab in Jamaica to be accredited to international standards, and was done by the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC).The Minister said there is a need to establish a world class national quality infrastructure within the field of medicine, and that accreditation is an important pillar of this national quality infrastructure.“There is probably no other area of national life where the need for quality and accuracy is more important than in our health care delivery services. Decisions related to health care must be informed by reliable and accurate information, not sometimes, but every single time,” Mr. Hylton stressed.Lab accreditation, though mandatory in some other Caribbean countries, is still a voluntary action in Jamaica. However, Minister Hylton said legislation should be put in place to ensure that lab accreditation is mandatory in Jamaica.Highlighting the importance of the Minister’s call, Chief Executive Officer of JANAAC, Marguerite Domville, pointed out that the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 70 per cent of clinical decision making is influenced by medical laboratory results.“Statistics have shown that thousands of persons die each year, due to errors in medical laboratory results. Therefore, the ISO 15-189 standard which was developed in 2003, is to ensure that this situation changes and medical labs accredited to this international standard can deliver high quality service,” she explained.Senior Lead Assessor at JANAAC, Mrs. Sonia Morgan, said that the accreditation of Biomedical Caledonia Lab is internationally accepted and meets both the requirements of ISO 15-189 and the International Laboratory Accreditation Corporation (ILAC).She outlined the process of accreditation for other labs that might be interested in becoming accredited.“The process begins with an application from the lab that is seeking accreditation, which is then reviewed by JANAAC and the findings are presented to the laboratory,” Mrs. Morgan said.She added that after the lab deals with the findings of the review, an onsite visit is conducted by the assessment team from JANAAC.“An interim report is prepared after the visit, and the lab is given an opportunity to make corrections based on the findings. The team then executes follow-up activities to assess the lab’s efforts to implement effective corrective actions,” Mrs. Morgan pointed out.A final report is then made to the CEO of JANAAC, which is sent to the Accreditation Evaluation Committee which makes the final decision.Contact: Shelly-Ann Irving/ Sanasha Pearson
A sultry evening in Delhi was proof. Shiro at Samrat Hotel opened its doors for intellectuals, book lovers and friends as the black and red interiors played host to Sreemoye Piu Kundu’s book Sita’s Curse (Hachette, Rs 350) launch in the Capital. Apsara Reddy, actor Adil Hussain and Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal (of the Vagina Monologues fame) along with Kundu opened the evening with discussions about sex, sexuality and desire before they read parts of the novel and engaged in some very riveting conversations with the packed house. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Sita’s Curse tells the story of Meera who, after the death of her twin brother and a rather unhappy marriage, manages to find desire her way. What ties you down to the novel is the vivid imagery and the stunning words Kundu uses to express Meera’s wants. Wants and needs are a world apart and in the domain of desire, the former rules supreme. Kundu revealed that she crafted Meera along the lines of this beautiful, sensuous woman she used to see in a chawl in Mumbai, everyday, on her way to office. Mumbai floods hit and Kundu never saw Meera again, but Meera’s sad melancholic eyes plagued her and eventually came Sita’s Curse. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe panelists discussed at length that in India, desire and women were divorced concepts and how more often than not, a woman loses her sexuality once she is married. A married woman ends up prioritising her husband, in-laws, kids and her house over herself and somewhere a beautiful woman just vanishes into nothing. Sita’s Curse is a rescue from that. Kundu, without a doubt, is the first of the gutsy breed of writers I spoke of in the beginning. Her language of desire started with Faraway Music and has gained a more sensual font in Sita’s Curse. Published by Hachette this book is now in its second print run and roaring ahead. The country does not have much erotic English literature to talk of and most books, if they exist and written in rather distasteful prose – we could well call Sita’s Curse a first for many other reasons including the genre it carves out for itself. The enthusiastic audience agreed whole heartedly with the discussions about women setting their minds on the path to find desire and accept that all of them deserve to be desired. A Meera in all of us. Pick up the book, you won’t regret it.
Kolkata: The West Bengal government is drawing up several schemes for the promotion of solar power and other sources of renewable energy, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said. On the National Renewable Energy Day, Banerjee made a reference to ‘Aloshree’, a scheme taken up by her government to fit solar panels in all government offices and educational institutions. “Today is #NationalRenewableEnergyDay. Our State Govt is drawing up major schemes for the promotion of solar power & other sources of renewable energy like tidal power in #Bangla,” Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle. “One such scheme is ‘Aaloshree’ under which roofs of all government offices & schools are being fitted with solar panels. #NationalRenewableEnergyDay,” she added. The National Renewable Energy Day, also called Akshay Urja diwas and celebrated on August 20 every year, is an awareness campaign on the developments of renewable energy in the country.