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Debt relief plans for world’s poor countries inch forward

first_imgTopics : “The IIF has been adamant that creditors of every type and size have a role to play in making sure the world’s most vulnerable countries have the liquidity needed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic,” said IIF President and CEO Tim Adams.The G20 proposal and the IIF plan cover only to the end of the year, and with no cure for coronavirus expected in the coming months, it may not be enough.UN chief Antonio Guterres called on Thursday for debt relief to be expanded, and urged the International Monetary Fund to increase allocations of its Special Drawing Rights (SDR) currency to give countries more access to funding.African countries face a combined $44 billion debt-servicing bill this year alone. It is estimated that the pandemic and the economic shutdowns could push as many as 60 million people into extreme poverty around the world. Plans for debt relief for the world’s poorest countries inched forward on Thursday as private creditors laid out a blueprint for their involvement, though it received immediate criticism for not going far enough.The proposal shepherded by the Institute of International Finance (IIF) said creditors would grant debt breaks on a case-by-case and voluntary basis this year, after concluding a one-size-fits-all approach would have been “practically impossible.”It was the culmination of work involving more than 100 top money managers after the Group of 20 economies had called on the private sector to match their recent Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI) to help 77 low-income countries.center_img “Alleviating crushing debt cannot be limited to the Least Developed Countries,” Guterres told a high-level UN meeting on how to handle the pandemic’s economic fallout. “It must be extended to all developing and middle-income countries that request forbearance as they lose access to financial markets.”Not enoughWorld Bank President David Malpass also warned at the conference that “much more” debt relief would be needed. He said around half the 77 countries eligible for the G20 debt relief had applied for help so far, and more were signing up.All official bilateral creditors should offer help, he stressed, and said commercial creditors should “participate on comparable terms and not exploit the debt relief of others.”He rejected calls, though, for the World Bank and other multilateral development banks to freeze debt payments, saying that would harm their ability to provide much-needed funding.The Saudi G20 secretariat, in a statement issued after an extraordinary working group meeting, said the debt relief initiative could provide $14 billion in liquidity as more countries signed up. But it said the amount could be even higher if additional creditors such as multilateral development banks and private-sector creditors joined the initiative.The IIF’s plan included coordination with the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Paris Club, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, and more than a dozen finance and development ministers representing DSSI-eligible countries.UN officials say debt relief is imperative to enable developing economies to spend more on containing the coronavirus and limiting what economists worry is an inevitable debt crisis.Tim Jones, head of policy at Jubilee Debt Campaign, a charity that focuses on reducing poverty, was critical.”Overall, the G20 agreement in April and IIF proposal today go nowhere near responding to the unprecedented nature of the coronavirus debt crisis,” Jones said.Some countries could end up paying far more in the medium-term due to accrued interest, he said, and some lenders could ignore the plan, which is voluntary.last_img read more

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Martin Keown and Chris Sutton predict Premier League top four after Arsenal beat Manchester United

first_img Comment Martin Keown and Chris Sutton predict Premier League top four after Arsenal beat Manchester United Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 12 Mar 2019 6:34 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link564Shares ‘You have to be disappointed’: Solskjaer reacts to 2-0 loss to ArsenalTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 5:28Fullscreen’You have to be disappointed’: Solskjaer reacts to 2-0 loss to Arsenalhttps://metro.co.uk/video/you-disappointed-solskjaer-reacts-2-0-loss-arsenal-1879850/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.However, while Arsenal are in the ascendancy, Keown and Sutton are still backing United and Spurs to qualify for Europe’s premier competition next season.AdvertisementAdvertisementKeown told the Daily Mail: ‘On August 6, a week before the start of this season, I predicted this top four and I’m standing by it.‘Pochettino is too good a manager to let Spurs slip and United’s reemergence under Solskjaer has been stunning to watch.’Sutton added: ‘Liverpool and Manchester City have the top two sewn up and it will be tight but I’m backing Pochettino to snap Spurs out of their tough run while Solskjaer will ake sure United don’t dwell on the 2-0 loss at Arsenal.’Will Arsenal finish in the top-four?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Will Emery clinch a top-four finish? (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)Martin Keown and Chris Sutton both think Manchester United will still pip Arsenal to the much-coveted Champions League spots, despite the 2-0 defeat at the Emirates this weekend.Goals from Granit Xhaka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang secured a vital three points for Unai Emery’s side and saw them leapfrog United into fourth place.It was a good weekend as a whole for the Gunners, with Chelsea dropping points againt Wolves and Tottenham Hotspur’s miserable recent run continuing as they were beaten by Southampton.Just four points separate the four teams, who are fighting for two places with Manchester City and Liverpool steaming ahead in the title fight.ADVERTISEMENT Emery praises his players after 2-0 win over Man UtdTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 8:30FullscreenEmery praises his players after 2-0 win over Man Utdhttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-praises-players-2-0-win-man-utd-1879846/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. Advertisementlast_img read more

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HOLIDAY HOMES TARGETED BY BURGLARS IN SPATE OF ROBBERIES

first_imgThere has been ANOTHER spate of robberies across Donegal in recent days.It is understood that three holiday homes in The Beaches in Rathmullan was targeted between Monday and Tuesday.A number of items were taken during the raids including DVD players, televisions and other items. It coincides with other burglaries in the Downings area where home-heating oil has been stolen from holiday homes.Five other homes were targeted in the Letterkenny area in recent days which resulted in thousands of euro of property including two cars being stolen.Gardai have warned owners to ensure that houses have proper security measures in place.   HOLIDAY HOMES TARGETED BY BURGLARS IN SPATE OF ROBBERIES was last modified: May 9th, 2012 by StephenShare 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) Tags:burglariesDowningsRathmullanlast_img read more

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Making victims’ rights a reality

first_img17 January 2005Plans are afoot for the implementation of a new charter spelling out the rights of, and services to be provided to, victims of crime in South Africa.South Africa’s new Victims’ Charter, approved by the Cabinet at its last meeting for 2004, aims to ensure that victims remain central to the criminal justice process in SA by clarifying their rights and the services to be provided to them – and by helping to make these rights a reality. Charter for victims of crime The director or the gender desk in the Department of Justice, Joyce Maluleke, said the department, in conjunction with related departments, had already started training personnel to ensure that the Charter became an effective tool when it was rolled out.“We have already trained 384 staff in KwaZulu-Natal, and by February we will begin to simultaneously train all remaining eight provinces”, Maluleke said, adding that the coastal province would be used as a pilot.Related departments include health, correctional services, education, the National Prosecuting Authority and the South African Police Service.“As government we have been inundated with complaints from the public saying we protect perpetrators of crime more than the victims”, Maluleke said. “With this Charter we aim to balance the equation.”The Victims’ Charter identifies seven rights of victims of crime: the right to be treated with fairness, respect and dignity; the right to offer information; the right to receive information; the right to protection; the right to assistance; the right to compensation; and the right to restitution.The Charter seeks to ensure that victims receive prompt redress for the harm they have suffered through access to the criminal justice system.It also aims to change the mindset of service providers in order to ensure that victims’ rights are observed.By publishing and circulating the charter, government seeks to ensure that members of the public know what they are entitled to, and what to do if the service they receive falls short of these expectations.At the same time, by providing detailed minimum standards to accompany the charter, a clear indication is given to the police and other sections of the criminal justice system of what is expected of them.Maluleke said rural areas had to be prioritised in implementing the Charter, adding that the alignment of demarcations was key to ensuring that all services could be accessed in one area without difficulties.“You can imagine the pain that a victim of rape has to go through when they report a case at a local police station and have to travel farther to a clinic for observation”, she said.Between February and April 2005, the department will undertake an intensive drive to educate communities about the Charter.“We have already secured slots with the SABC for talk shows in all languages, and we will hold an NGO stakeholders forum to unpack the Charter to NGOs, since they deal with people on the ground”, Maluleke said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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How will the budget affect you?

first_imgMinister Pravin Gordhan used his 2014 Budget speech to lay the “foundation for a new bold direction”. (Image: GCIS) • Jabulani Sikhakhane Spokesperson Department of Finance +27 12 315 5944 • South Africa Budget 2014 – all you need to know • National Development Plan to grow jobs • South Africa is ‘Country of the Future’ • South Africa: Sound investment destination, emerging market that matters • Gordhan: we can do betterSulaiman PhilipIt’s the first declaration of the Freedom Charter and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan used it in his 2014 Budget speech to remind us that we are all in this together – “South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white”. That was before he went on to remind those with vices – smokers and drinkers – that they would be asked to pay more for the benefit of citizenship.That toot of tobacco and that snort of liquor will now cost more: a pack of cigarettes rises by 68c and a bottle of whiskey by R4.80 a bottle. Along with the 9c increase on a 340ml can of beer, these increases take effect immediately.Not that it matters though. From 2 April, it will cost you more to drive to your favourite bar or liquor outlet. The fuel levy increases by 12c a litre and the road accident levy goes up by a further 8c. Combined with a weaker rand – and the rand fell again the morning after Gordhan presented his Budget – this means that South Africans can expect at least another petrol price increase in the near future. Minister Gordhan followed tradition with the annual increases in sin taxes but he tried, in a difficult economy, to ease the pain of a global economy slowly emerging from meltdown. The best news was the R9.25-billion worth of tax relief going to ordinary taxpayers.The direct tax burden in the form of tax bracketing and rebates will be adjusted to balance the effect of inflation. About 40% of the relief will go to taxpayers who earn below R250 000 per year. This measure is aimed at the 69% of taxpayers who earn R250 000 or less and pay 17% of the money collected by the fiscus. This will provide limited real relief but the government hopes it will encourage more saving by the population. “We recognise that households must be encouraged to invest in their futures,” Gordhan said.The other big personal tax respite was also aimed at low income earners – the tax-free lump sum pay-out from retirement funds will be increased from R315 000 to R500 000.Small business owners were probably the biggest winners in this year’s budget. But it’s all relative. The minister announced a reform of the tax regime to ease the compliance burden for entrepreneurs, and he allocated R10.3-billion for manufacturing development incentives over the next three years – the new administration is bound by this budget for that period.The special economic zones spread across the most disadvantaged parts of the country have been given a further R3.6-billion to promote exports and generate jobs. Accepting that these areas were also heavily dependent on agriculture, Gordhan announced training and financial support for 500 000 subsistence and small hold farmers.This is a Budget with few surprises, and little to be enthused about. Not that Gordhan had much wiggle room, given the state of the economy and with an election looming. He used this budget, the last of this administration, to lay the groundwork to move forward with adopting the National Development Plan (NDP).The South African economy, while performing better than some, is treading water. Gordhan took note of this and tightened the reins on public spending but laid the foundation for real adoption of the NDP. Schools and hospitals will receive almost R400-billion over the next three years, and other public investment on infrastructure will amount to R847-billion over that period. The real challenge with large scale spending is execution, to ensure that expenditure supports efficient and productive outcomes.In real terms, government expenditure is limited to 1.9% over the next three years – lower than any year since 1994 – in an attempt to reduce the budget deficit.Taken at face value the 2014 budget is a brave combination of populist tax breaks, monetary rectitude, more money for schools and hospitals, and a dollop for infrastructure.Gordhan explained: “Mister President, the next administration will inherit sound public finances, a platform for implementation of the NDP and a framework for collaboration with all stakeholders in driving social and economic transformation going forward.”Minister Gordhan delivered the final budget speech of President Jacob Zuma’s first administration (Image: GCIS)last_img read more

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Wardrobe issues causes Olympic stress for French skaters

first_imgRead Next Aguero involved in clash with Wigan fan after City’s defeat Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises It was during the final element, when Papadakis leaned back in Cizeron’s arms, that her costume rode upward to reveal her breast. The performance was being shown live on international television, and people immediately began posting screen-grabs of the incident on social media.“Our coverage of ice dancing was live tonight. Once a competitor’s brief wardrobe issue became evident, we purposely used wider camera shots and carefully selected replays to keep the issue obscured,” NBC said in a statement to The Associated Press. “We have edited the video for all television encores and online replays.”It was the second wardrobe mishap during the skating program at the Pyeongchang Games. American-born ice dancer Yura Min, competing for South Korea, had the back of her costume come unclasped during her short program with partner Alex Gamelin in the team competition.Papadakis and Cizeron, considered the biggest threat to Virtue and Moir for gold, still managed to gain level-four marks for all their elements save their final straight line lift. That left the French duo less than two points behind their Canadian training partners on a packed leaderboard.It’s unclear whether the judges docked the couple for the wardrobe issue. The rules state losing any part of a costume, even a hair clip, can lead to a one-point deduction.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES “It’s a little bit frustrating to know that it’s not because of something that we did,” Cizeron said. “It’s just a costume issue, something as stupid as that, so it’s a little bit disappointing.”Papadakis was nearly in tears as she approached reporters after the routine, which is required of any Olympic competitor after competition. But she was in better spirits an hour later, when she no doubt realized that her chance of a gold medal was still intact.“It was pretty distracting, kind of my worst nightmare happening at the Olympics,” Papadakis said. “I told myself, ‘I don’t have a choice. I have to keep going,’ and that’s what we did. I think we can be proud of ourselves being able to deliver a great performance with that happening.” MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. When the clasp became unhooked, the 22-year-old Papadakis was more worried about holding up her outfit than making sure her twizzles and rhumba were in sync. Her swinging short program with partner Guillaume Cizeron at the Pyeongchang Olympics was threatening to go down in history alongside Janet Jackson’s infamous wardrobe malfunction during her halftime performance at the Super Bowl.“I felt it right away and I prayed,” Papadakis said. “That’s about what I could do.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSomehow, the French couple kept things together through most of their Latin program, producing a score of 81.93 points Monday that left them second behind Canadian stars Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.Not all the program, though. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France perform during the ice dance, short dance figure skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)GANGNEUNG, South Korea— The first notes of Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” had just played when Gabriella Papadakis suddenly became aware that people were about to see a whole lot more of her shape than she had planned.The French ice dancer’s glittering emerald costume at the Olympics had come unhooked at the neckline and later in the routine her left breast was exposed live on television.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Pirates K-O Sliding Mets, 9-1

first_imgPITTSBURGH — Terry Collins had seen enough. After watching the Mets strike out 14 more times in their fifth loss in six games, the manager addressed his team behind closed doors.There was plenty to talk about.Jonathon Niese was knocked out in the fifth inning, and the Mets managed just seven hits in a 9-1 loss to Pittsburgh on May 24 in the finale of a three-game sweep for the Pirates.“We’re just not executing,” Collins said. “For five years, the effort has never been a question. We’ve just gotta go back and start doing the little things.”New York has dropped 10-of-14 overall. In tandem with a diagnosis of spinal stenosis for third baseman David Wright and Juan Lagares and Lucas Duda missing the game, the team is frustrated.But, to Collins, that doesn’t excuse poor play. “What you try to do is pick the right time to say knock it off,” Collins said. “You’re big league players, you’re the best of the best. Let’s just go play like it.”Francisco Liriano (2-4) struck out 12 in six innings for Pittsburgh. The left-hander allowed one run and six hits.“It was the start he needed,” Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. “It was the start we needed from him.”New York struck out 36 times in the weekend series. Gerrit Cole and A.J. Burnett had 10 strikeouts apiece in the first two games.Niese (3-5) allowed four runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. The left-hander dropped to 1-5 with a 5.40 ERA in his last six starts.Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte homered for the Pirates.Jordy Mercer’s RBI double got Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead in the fourth. The Mets tied it in the fifth on Wilmer Flores’ RBI single.The Pirates chased Niese in the fifth. McCutchen connected for a two-run shot, and Francisco Cervelli had an RBI single.Niese hung a breaking ball to McCutchen, and the slugger drove it into bullpens in left-center.“I had a feeling he was sitting on that pitch,” Niese said. “I should’ve stayed away from it. He was looking out there, he wasn’t looking in.”Marte hit a three-run shot in the sixth for his ninth homer, lifting Pittsburgh to a 7-1 lead.Jared Hughes, Tony Watson and Arquimedes Caminero combined to allow one hit in the final three innings for the Pirates.(NATE BARNES)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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PUBLIC NOTICE CLOSURE TO WINDWARD ROAD ACCESS OFF LEEWARD HIGHWAY

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 5, 2017 – Providenciales – The motoring public on the Island of Providenciales is advised that the access to windward road or Glass shack and Menzies corner as it is commonly called and to Leeward Highway turning right from the same road is closed. Motorist will be able to make a left turn coming out of Windward Street onto Leeward Highway and make a left turn into Windward Street off of Leeward Highway.The decision to close off this access was taken following intense discussions between various Government agencies as to the best course of action to take to manage the flow of traffic at this junction of the Leeward Highway. Serious concerns arose as a result of the number of accidents that occurred on Leeward Highway and Windward Street which resulted in fatalities, extensive damage to property and grievous bodily injury. Previous attempts to manage traffic at this junction proved futile as motorist have not been adhering to signs erected, advising of a left turn only resulting accidents continuing to occur.Access to the glass shack area can now be gained at the roundabout at First Caribbean and industrial park road or motorist may travel to the Suzie Turn roundabout, make a right at the roundabout, travel down to Windward Street and make a left turn.  Coming out of Glass Shack and getting onto Leeward Highway, traveling in easterly direction can be access through Paradise Road onto Discovery Bay exiting at the Junction next to Shell Gas station.The Road Safety department along with the other Government agencies with responsibility for Traffic management take this opportunity to appeal to the motoring public to pay strict attention to the rules of the road and the signs that are erected. Every effort is being made to ensure safe driving on our streets.Press Release: TCIG Related Items:last_img read more

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Jamaican Local Businesses to benefit from Rebranded BSJ

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 13, 2017 – Kingston – Local businesses are to benefit from a re-branded Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), which will now focus on trade facilitation and business support, instead of regulations.   The new focus will aid Jamaican businesses in being more competitive in the local and export markets through the use of standards.The shift is part of recommendations from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD)/World Bank, based on a review of the structure and mandate of the BSJ.   This prompted the Government to separate the BSJ’s regulatory function, which has been transferred to the National Compliance and Regulatory Authority (NCRA).Speaking at a ceremony to launch the re-branded BSJ, a new website and refurbished Energy Efficiency and Mass and Dimensional laboratories held at the agency’s Winchester Road offices in Kingston on October 11, Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda, said “the time has come for separation of the regulatory function and the setting of the standards”.“We are one of the few, if not the only country now, that has them (regulations and standards) under the same roof, driven by the same Board. The separation had to take place. It was passed through the Cabinet, and the Permanent Secretary will take the appropriate steps to effect it,” the Minister said.In a JIS News interview, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Donovan Stanberry, said all the “legal work is being done to effect the separation”.“In that regard, we now have drafting instructions to go to the Cabinet. Once Cabinet has signed off on those drafting instructions, we will work assiduously with the Chief Parliamentary Counsel to have the necessary legal instrument in place to be debated and passed in the Parliament,” he said.Mr. Stanberry noted that the “administrative separation” conforms to international best practice, “by not having the standard development and the regulatory aspect within the same facility”.Meanwhile, Executive Director of the BSJ, Stephen Wedderburn, said with the rebranding of the Bureau, the agency “will be doing things differently and better”.“No longer are we to be seen as policemen. The BSJ now plays a significant role in the nation’s effort to foster economic growth,” he said.Concerning the laboratories, Mr. Wedderburn noted that the Energy Efficiency testing laboratory was renovated by the Science, Energy and Technology Ministry at a cost of approximately US$2.7 million, with funding from the World Bank.“The BSJ is extremely grateful for the assistance that has been provided by the Ministry and the World Bank. With this renovated facility, we will now be able to resume testing of refrigerators and freezers, and, for the first time, we will be able to test air-conditioning units in Jamaica,” he said.  Mr. Wedderburn said this will help consumers in the purchase of energy-efficient appliances.The laboratory’s renovation is aimed at increasing energy efficiency and security through the implementation of the Government’s National Energy Project.   As part of the renovation project, one existing chamber was refurbished and two new tests chambers were created.Regarding the Mass and Dimensional laboratories, Mr. Wedderburn said the environmental conditions under which national measurement standards are kept and national traceability measurements executed are of critical importance in the process to obtain international recognition of Jamaica’s calibration and measurement capabilities.For her part, Acting Country Manager of the World Bank to Jamaica, Karlene Francis, said her agency was pleased that the recommendations were followed.Release: JISlast_img read more

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