‘Panama squarely in T&T’s sights’ PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC): Even though Trinidad and Tobago are eyeing wins in both upcoming World Cup qualifiers in the space of five days, midfielder Kevan George said they will be fully concentrated on the first assignment against Panama today. “Right now it’s not an option,” said the 27-year-old, who plies his trade in the North American Soccer League. “We have to come together as a unit and get a result on Friday.” T&T face a tricky double-header, with CONCACAF giants Mexico the next opponents next Tuesday. After suffering defeats in their opening games of the confederation qualifying final round last November, the hosts know that only two positive results will revive their flagging campaign. Panama and Mexico are yet to lose in the competition, with both winning one and drawing one to sit third and second, respectively, on four points. Sarfraz: WI series vital for morale KARACHI, Pakistan, (CMC): Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed believes positive results on the tour of West Indies starting this weekend will be important in boosting team morale in the wake of yet another cricket corruption scandal. Five players were recently suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board on charges related to spot-fixing during the just-concluded Pakistan Super League (PSL), casting a dark shadow once again over Pakistan cricket. Two of the players Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif were members of the limited overs side and will now miss the Twenty20 and one-day series against West Indies. “I don’t want to comment on the PSL issue, but yes, we are going through tough times, and we need to do well in the upcoming series to boost our people,” Sarfraz said prior to the team’s departure for the Caribbean on Tuesday. Pakistan face West Indies on Sunday in the first Twenty20 International at Kensington Oval in Barbados before contesting the remaining three games of the series at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad. English FA condemns ‘insulting’ fan chants at Germany game LONDON, England (AP): The English Football Association has condemned “insulting” chants by fans at Wednesday’s game against Germany, referencing past wars between the countries. Before the 1-0 loss on Wednesday, England fans booed the Germany anthem and sang distasteful songs referencing the First and Second World Wars. FA chairman Greg Clarke said yesterday that “the behaviour of a section of the England support in Dortmund last night was inappropriate, disrespectful and disappointing.” Clarke expressed frustration that supporters chanted “songs that could be regarded as insulting to others” and said the FA is trying to address the problem with fan groups.
Sixty-eight assaults were reported on HSE staff members at hospitals the Saolta Group so far this year.The North West Hospital Group, which includes Letterkenny, was the worst affected group in Ireland for reported assaults against staff.Information obtained by Sinn Féin’s Louise O’Reilly show that 279 HSE staff have been assaulted across Ireland in 2019. The majority of attacks were made against nurses and midwives. With 68 attacks in 2019, the Saolta Hospital Group had the highest number of reported incidents. The group comprises: University Hospital Galway and Merlin Park University Hospital, Sligo University Hospital, Letterkenny University Hospital, Mayo University Hospital, Portiuncula University Hospital, Roscommon University Hospital.The statistics count reports of either physical, verbal or sexual assault. Staff are also encouraged to report all near misses and incidents that do not result in harm to staff. The HSE has said the number of incident reports should not be considered as indicative of a level of harm and there can be multiple reports for the same incident. 68 health staff assaulted in West/North West hospitals this year was last modified: July 1st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)
With the high cost of energy affecting their bottom line, small hoteliers across the region are welcoming the introduction of a project that is aimed at fostering energy efficiency in the industry.The Caribbean Hotel Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Action Advanced Programme (CHENACT AP), is a project geared towards enhancing the competitiveness of small hotels under 400 rooms in the region. It focuses on the hotel’s use of renewable energy and micro-generation and has been successfully piloted in Barbados. It is to be implemented in Jamaica and the Bahamas by the end of this year.Funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), it has received endorsements from the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (MSTEM), the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourist Association (CHTA).Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Minister, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, describes the initiative as timely and says that it is consistent with the Government’s move to drive down national energy consumption and increase competiveness. Mr. Paulwell points out that there is s trend towards energy efficiency that is being adopted within the global tourist industry. “The aviation industry is implementing cutting-edge technologies to make aircraft lighter than ever before, commercial flights are beginning to use bio-fuels in their fuel mix, key card systems and energy saving light bulbs are increasingly being implemented in hotel rooms worldwide, and tour operators are asking for energy efficiency throughout their chains,” he explains.Mr. Paulwell pledges his support for the project, which is being implemented in Jamaica through partnership with his ministry, the JHTA and CHTA.Through the project, the sector hopes to see more efficiency in energy use in the Caribbean; reduced energy costs to hotels; increased competitiveness in the sector through lower operating costs; increased use of renewable energies with positive environmental impacts; and additional revenue generated from the sale of carbon credits.In the meantime, Chairman of the CHTA, Josef Forstmayr notes that returns to the hotels from energy savings will come quickly. He is advising members that implementation of the project will allow the sector to be more profitable, more competitive, and they will be able to invest the returns into their product.Mr. Forstmayr informs however, that only hotels that are members of the CHTA and JHTA are eligible to participate in the project. He is inviting non members to join the associations to take advantage of the project offerings.“Remember, energy efficiency is not just about going green, and appealing to environmentally conscious visitors, it is a common sense practice that will pay for itself very, very quickly,” Mr. Forstmayr says.Meanwhile, President of the JHTA, Evelyn Smith, is recommending that investors in the sector take decisive steps toward making energy management a central part of their respective organizational structure.“We encourage all our Caribbean Hotels and Tourism Association members to embrace this project in the interest of the viability of their businesses, our industry and ultimately, for the benefit of Jamaica,” Mrs. Smith says.Regional Programme Manager with CHENACT, Loreto Duff-Mayers, says the pilot project was a success in Barbados and many of the models that did well there, will be used here.“We will be looking to replicate that in Jamaica, but looking, obviously, at the differences between Jamaica and Barbados,” she says.She explains that funding for CHENACT will come from the Smart Fund, which is a $US10 million loan from the IDB. Hoteliers will be able to accessed loans at 3.7 per cent for energy efficiency.“We are looking at demonstration models which could be wind or could be solar water heaters in at least two hotels in Jamaica and the Bahamas,” she explains while giving an update of the project. The major objectives listed for the project include developing energy efficiency models for hotels; conducting energy audits and walk-through assessments for the sector; conducting audits for Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS); analyzing Caribbean EnergyServices Companies (ESCOs); and initiating/accelerating movement towards greater efficiency and micro-generation through the use of renewable energies within the sector.