– specialists, laboratory to be addedThe Chinese Centre for Disease Control (CDC) in collaboration with the Public Health Ministry is putting measures in place to upgrade the Pakera Regional Hospital at Matthews Ridge, Region One (Barima-Waini).Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo PersaudThis was disclosed by Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Shamdeo Persaud, who told reporters that after the discovery of the histoplasmosis organism fungus which claimed the lives of two Chinese nationals who were working with the Guyana Manganese Company to clear a mine in the area, the Chinese CDC has been in talks with the Public Health Ministry here to offer much-needed assistance to upgrade medical facilities at the Pakera Hospital.According to Dr Persaud, the organisation has committed to upgrading the Pakera Hospital with the addition of specialists and a laboratory and X-ray department so as to enhance the services to members of those communities.This, he noted, will also aid in the delivery of timely and improved services being offered to patients in that region. The CMO added too that the Chinese CDC will also be assisting in the enhancement of the National Public Health Laboratory in Georgetown so that it will be able to facilitate additional testing locally, eliminating the need for samples to be sent overseas for such testing, creating delays in the facilitation of medical services to patients.In addition, Dr Persaud stated that the CDC has also donated equipment, medication and other medical supplies to the MOPH and they are also working to support other areas.Providing an update on the histoplasmosis organism outbreak in the region back in April which claimed the lives of two Chinese miners and affected 24 other workers, the CMO said the issue has been resolved as all affected workers were closely monitored and treated and are all fully recovered.The other Chinese workers who were medically evacuated to China after the death of their colleagues have also recovered and according to the last report received, Dr Persaud said no further occurrences were detected.He explained that the said organism is not deadly in patients whose immune systems are strong, however, the two workers died as a result of the large dosage of the fungus they inhaled during a prolonged period of time in the decades-old mines, which were filled with faeces of rats and bats.Dr Persaud pointed out that the Manganese Company, in keeping with recommendations from the Ministry, has since sealed off the mines where the incident occurred.Meanwhile, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is still evaluating the mine before giving approval to the Manganese Company to commence operations.In April last, 14 miners had to be air-dashed to the city after they fell ill resulting in one of them dying. The symptoms the men exhibited were pain, fever, headache and respiratory distress.They were all being treated in a secure area at the Georgetown Public Hospital, where a second miner succumbed to those symptoms. After samples were sent to Caribbean Reference Lab for further testing, it was discovered that the miners were infected with histoplasmosis organism, a fungus which results from exposure to droppings of rats and bats.
Although average farmland values have increased every year since 1993, recent increases are less pronounced than the 2011-2015 period that recorded significant average farmland value increases in many different regions.Gervais said fewer land transactions in 2018 is consistent with a tight supply of land available for sale and a softening in demand, which is a reflection of farm income levelling off, variable commodity prices and rising borrowing costs.Farm operators need to exercise caution, especially in regions where the growth rate of farmland values significantly exceeded that of farm income in recent years. At the same time, there is still a strong business case for buying more land, but not without carefully weighing the risks and rewards, he said.“There was a strong demand from producers for lower-valued land, which explains part of the average value increase recorded in some regions,” Gervais said. “It’s a strategic investment that can pay off if the operation is able to extract more from that land and improve its overall efficiency.”Advertisement FCC’s Farmland Values Report highlights average changes in farmland values – regionally, provincially and nationally. This year’s report describes changes from January 1 to December 31, 2018, and provides a value range in terms of price per acre. ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – In 2018 the average farmland value in Canada continued its steady climb, was published in a report by Farm Credit Canada, being driven by fewer, but more strategic investments by producers.“With the steady rise in farmland values, producers are making more strategic investments,” according to J.P. Gervais, Chief Agricultural Economist for Farm Credit Canada (FCC). “Whether it means paying a higher price for land that has potential to be more productive or buying in blocks to improve the efficiency of their operations, producers are sharpening their pencils with an eye on variable commodity prices.”The average value of Canadian farmland has increased by 6.6 percent in 2018, following gains of 8.4 percent in 2017 and 7.9 percent in 2016, according to the FCC’s 2018 Farmland Values Report.- Advertisement -In British Columbia, the average farmland value increased by 6.7 percent in 2018, following gains of 2.7 percent in 2017 and 8.2 percent in 2016.Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador were the only provinces that did not see an increase in farmland values. Quebec experienced the highest average increase at 8.3 percent, followed by Saskatchewan and Alberta, both at 7.4 percent, and British Columbia at 6.7 percent. The rest of the provinces were below the national average with Prince Edward Island’s average increase at 4.2 percent, Manitoba at 3.7 percent, Ontario at 3.6 percent and New Brunswick at 1.8 percent.Nova Scotia recorded a decrease of 4.9 percent in average farmland values, while Newfoundland and Labrador did not have enough publicly reported transactions to fully assess farmland values.Advertisement
The Civil Aviation Training Institute, operated by the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA), has received its TRAINAIR PLUS accreditation.This means that the entity has joined a network of more than 50 organizations worldwide that have been accredited under the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) TRAINAIR PLUS programme.The TRAINAIR PLUS programme is utilized by civil aviation training institutions to train civil aviation professionals, through the sharing of a quality system, based on a competency-based training methodology, to prepare and improve the courses and programmes used in their training offerings.According to Regional Director of ICAO, Loretta Martin, the TRAINAIR PLUS programme presents a unique opportunity to share best practices and experiences, to look at what works, and integrate that into a training package that will benefit the entire aviation community through TRAINAIR PLUS membership.She was delivering an address at the opening of an ICAO Next Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP) and TRAINAIR PLUS Regional Symposium, on February 5, at the Hilton Rose Hall Hotel, in Montego Bay.Mrs. Martin argued that the new ICAO TRAINAIR PLUS programme is an essential partner in providing tools to achieve high quality training, adding that it also enhances efficiency and workplace performance by facilitating the development of training materials, as well as encouraging collaboration and networking of training centres.Meanwhile, Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, in declaring the four-day symposium officially open, said the hosting of the event by Jamaica is a further indication of the Government’s commitment to strengthening the local air transport industry.He pointed out that there are two main objectives of Jamaica’s aviation training programme – to maintain a highly competent cadre of aviation professionals and to increase training opportunities.“We, like several other countries, are faced with the reality of an ageing population, a critical issue which has to be addressed, not just in the aviation industry but generally, in ensuring that we have trained an adequate number of professionals to replace those who will be retiring over the next few years. This is a critical element in terms of planning, for the future of the (aviation) industry,” the Minister emphasized.He said that as part of its strategic plans, the JCAA is seeking to expand its Air Traffic Controller training programme to the Caribbean and the rest of the world, while at the same time offer training in other civil aviation areas.
“Indeed, Mexico continues to be a significant investor in Jamaica’s tourism,” he added. Bilateral relations between Jamaica and Mexico have fostered excellent cooperation across a wide range of areas critical to national development in the two countries. “Our ties in trade, investment and tourism continue to be strong. Both trade and investments have shown healthy increases,” said Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr. Story Highlights Bilateral relations between Jamaica and Mexico have fostered excellent cooperation across a wide range of areas critical to national development in the two countries.“Our ties in trade, investment and tourism continue to be strong. Both trade and investments have shown healthy increases,” said Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr.“Indeed, Mexico continues to be a significant investor in Jamaica’s tourism,” he added.The State Minister was speaking at a reception to commemorate the 208th Anniversary of the Independence of Mexico, held on Friday (September 14) at the Ambassador’s Residence, 9 Cherry Gardens Avenue, St. Andrew.He said the two countries have advanced their bilateral agenda during 2018, and cited the visit by the Mexican Foreign Minister, His Excellency Dr. Luis Videgaray Caso, in March as “another tangible demonstration of the strength of the Jamaica-Mexico partnership”.The State Minister said the Government is looking forward to hosting the Ninth Meeting of the Mexico-Jamaica Bi-national Commission in Kingston early next year.In his remarks, Ambassador of Mexico, His Excellency Juan Jose González Mijares, said that Jamaica is increasingly becoming an important destination for Mexican companies, with investments expanding in the tourism, airport management and construction sectors.He mentioned ongoing projects in the areas of energy, statistics, agriculture, maritime security, the preservation of digital archives and disaster risk-management.“The objective is to span the promotion of investments and technological exchanges in agricultural services and the Blue economy, among others,” he noted.The Ambassador said that the visit by the Mexican Foreign Minister “elevated our political dialogue and cemented Mexico’s willingness to support Jamaica as a reliable partner in the achievements of its strategic economic objectives”.He thanked the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, led by Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, for its dedication to facilitating the dialogues and for widening “our economic and cooperation exchanges”.The Ambassador also offered his full support to Ambassador Jason Hall, who has been appointed to head Jamaica’s Mission in Mexico.“We will work together in bringing not only more of Mexico to Jamaica but more presence of Jamaica in Mexico,” he said.The ceremony featured a performance by the Quemacocos band, which delivered an eclectic fusion that combines rock and roll with traditional Mexican music, and the presentation of El Grito de La Independencia (Independence Cry) directed by Ambassador González Mijares.Diplomatic relations between Jamaica and Mexico were established in March 1966.