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Guyanese and Jamaicans need visas to visit St Maarten

first_img Share LifestyleNewsRegionalTravel Guyanese and Jamaicans need visas to visit St Maarten by: – March 18, 2011 by Global News StaffPHILIPSBURG, St Maarten — Guyanese and Jamaicans will now have to get visas before they can visit the Dutch territory of St Maarten.The announcement was made by St Maarten’s prime minister, Sarah Williams, who also has the portfolio of national security.Williams made the announcement on a radio programme “People’s Voice” and said that the ministry of justice has already been instructed to enforce the visa requirement.Nationals of Haiti and Dominican Republic also require visas to enter St Maarten.Guyanese and Jamaicans also need entry certificates to enter Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, and other British Overseas Territories.For the past two decades a large number of Jamaicans and Guyanese have been living and working in St Maarten and the British Virgin Islands.Source: Caribbean News Now!Photo Credit: SXM Info.com Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share 51 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

No. 3 Syracuse field hockey holds off No. 13 Boston, 2-1, in last regular season road game

first_img Published on October 23, 2016 at 4:18 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44 Facebook Twitter Google+ No. 3 Syracuse (13-2, 4-2 Atlantic Coast) finished off its regular season road schedule on Sunday with a 2-1 victory over Boston (10-5, 3-1 Patriot). SU dominated play in the first half with two goals before clinging to its lead as BU made a late second-half push.The game began with heavy possession by Syracuse. Lies Lagerweij rang the post in the first five minutes of play setting the tone for a long half for the BU defense. Syracuse found the back of the net just over 22 minutes into the game as Jennifer Bleakney scooped up a loose ball and snuck it just inside the right post. Less than four minutes later, Lagerweij struck a reverse shot past BU goalie Cammy Jensen for what would be the eventual game winner.Jensen had a busy day in net for the Terriers as she faced 11 shots on goal, denying nine of them. Orange goalie Regan Spencer helped fight off the late surge from BU as she turned away four shots in the game.Boston’s lone goal came in the game’s final minutes. Following a key save by Jensen, BU scrambled down the field. With 3:54 left in the game Amanda Cassera gathered her own rebound, and shot the ball past Spencer to cut the Syracuse lead to one. The Orange regained control of the game following the goal, tallying two more shots to finish the game with 18.Syracuse will finish its regular season schedule with senior day next Sunday against Indiana (8-9, 3-4 Big Ten) at 1 p.m. at J.S Coyne Stadium.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentslast_img read more

Gallery: Syracuse falls in final seconds to Notre Dame, 51-49

first_imgSyracuse (12-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) struggled from the field in its 51-49 loss to Notre Dame (13–3, 3–0) but the Fighting Irish shot the ball at a lower clip. It was 21 offensive rebounds by UND that made the difference in the defensive battle, including a Rex Pflueger putback on Notre Dame’s final offensive board of the game with just over two seconds remaining. Here are the best images from SU’s loss on Saturday. Comments Published on January 6, 2018 at 8:47 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Canada Issues Travel Advisory for Haiti as Protests Continue

first_imgOTTAWA, Canada- CMC — The Government of Canada has warned nationals to avoid travelling to Haiti as violent protests and widespread civil unrest have been taking place across the nation for several weeks.According to security officials, the situation in the French-speaking Caribbean country could deteriorate quickly and large demonstrations are scheduled to take place from November 4 to 6.“In addition to this volatile situation, the country is also experiencing water food and fuel shortages. Many businesses and banks are closed, making it difficult to access cash and commodities of all kinds.”The Canadian Government said roadblocks have been disrupting transportation across the country.“There have been reports of armed protest orders who throw rocks or shoot at vehicles that get close or kidnap people for ransom money.”On Friday, Radio Canada said there has been widespread hostility towards citizens from the United States and Canada.“Last week protesters reportedly threw rocks at the Canadian Embassy in Portau- Prince…the walls in Port-Au-Prince are covered with graffiti against the UN and also against what everyone here knows as the ‘Core Group’, a group of donor countries, including Canada, the United States, European Union and the Organization of American States…”The political and economic crisis in Haiti was triggered by the publication in January 2019 of a report on the Venezuela-funded PetroCaribe Oil initiative, under which Caracas provided oil and other petroleum products to Haiti under a preferential agreement.Opposition parties have been staging street demonstrations over the past weeks demanding the resignation of President Jovenel Moise, whom they have accused of engaging in corruption linked to the Venezuelan funded oil initiative, PetroCaribe.But Moise, who came to power in 2017, has said he has no intention of stepping down and instead has proposed a national dialogue so as to move the country forward.last_img read more

Two Dead, 20 Injured in TX Homecoming Party Shooting; Suspect on the Loose

first_imgTwo people are dead, and another 20 are injured, after a gunman allegedly opened fire at an off-campus Texas A&M University-Commerce Halloween and homecoming party Saturday night.According to Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks, the shooter may have been targeting a certain person at the gathering of about 750 people in Greenville, which is 15 miles southwest of the campus.The shooting occurred around midnight Saturday. Meeks says the injured included four people who did not have suffer gunshot wounds but were instead hurt while attempting to run from the scene.Authorities believe the male shooter entered the venue through a back door and then began firing with a handgun. He remains on the loose, and they do not know who he is or have a description of him.Sheriff’s deputies had been questioning a party-goer in front of the building due to complaints of parking on the roadway blocking traffic. That is when they heard gunshots coming from the back of the building.Meeks says the two deceased victims are both males, but he did not know if they were A&M-Commerce students.School and sheriff’s officials add that the party was not a school-sponsored event.The party was being held at a facility called The Party Venue. The owner is cooperating with authorities, Meeks says.According to its website, Texas A&M University-Commerce is the second-largest university in the Texas A&M University System. The school, which was founded in 1889, has about 6,000 undergraduate students and 4,000 graduate students.last_img read more

Parents charged with child neglect after leaving 4-month-old alone

first_imgOfficials in Fort Meyers have charged a couple who reportedly left their 4-month-old child in a parked car while they shopped.The incident occurred at the Sam’s Club Plaza at 5100 South Cleveland Avenue Thursday morning.Authorities say they received a call from a concerned citizen about an infant who had been left alone in a vehicle while her parents shopped in the Dollar Store.Officials were able to free the child from the car and have since turned her over to the Department of Children and Families.The infants parents, however, have been charged with child neglect.last_img read more

Lawsuit Claims Funeral Home Left Girl’s Body to Decompose

first_imgA Riviera Beach funeral home is facing a multi-million dollar lawsuit, after a family claims the business failed to preserve an 11-year-old girl’s body.The family of Re’Asia Washington claims they noticed her body was decomposed and nearly unrecognizable leading up to her memorial service.“My daughter was deteriorated beyond recognition, her skin has come off her body,” says Ebony Morgan, Re’Asia’s mother.The fifth-grader died on Jan. 22 after suffering an asthma attack while in Georgia.Morgan hired Shawn Johnson Funeral and Cremation Services to handle the arrangements.However, “When I saw her face, it looked like someone had threw acid on her face, or she was pushed into a fire and just left to burn,” Morgan explains. She adds that her daughter’s scalp appeared to be coming off the girl’s head.In the lawsuit, which was filed by Tayson Gaines with the Palm Beach County-based Gaines Firm, the family alleges a breach of contract with the funeral home, fraudulent misrepresentation, negligence, negligent infliction of emotional distress, deceptive and unfair trade practices, and conspiracy.The family has also filed a complaint with the Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Funeral, Cemetery and Consumer Services, according to Pierre Ifill, Re’Asia’s uncle and an attorney who is helping Gaines with the lawsuit.“What we got was a mummified body that was not presentable for a service. What we got was excuses,” Ifill says. “That’s not acceptable.”On Jan. 24, an employee of the funeral home transported Re’Asia’s body to Florida from Georgia without embalming or refrigerating it.The funeral home also lacked the disposition permit that is required by Georgia law to move a body across state lines.On Jan. 31, Shawn Johnson allegedly refused to allow Ebony Morgan to see her daughter’s body. Johnson refused again on Feb. 5 and 6.However, Morgan paid Johnson $3,055 on Feb 4.After Johnson refused to allow Morgan to see the body on Feb. 6, Morgan contacted state officials to inquire about her rights to see her daughter’s body at the funeral home, and was told she could.Later that day, Morgan visited the funeral home with a police escort. A few hours later, Johnson returned to the funeral home and rolled Re’Asia’s body into the office. She allowed Morgan and her sister to only see the girl’s face and hand.When Morgan’s sister began taking photos of the body, Johnson reportedly threatened to sue if she showed them to other people.On Feb. 7, Morgan informed Johnson that she was planning to pick up the body. Johnson claimed that it was in a Fort Lauderdale morgue. However, the morgue claims that it does not have a contract with the funeral home.“We have not heard one apology” from the funeral home or anyone associated with the business, Ifill states.The family says it had to cancel Re’Asia’s viewing due to what happened.Morgan and Re’Asia’s father, Reginald Washington, are now seeking $10 million in damages from the funeral home, its three managers — Shandelrio “Shawn” Johnson, Ronald Warnecke and Alterraon Phillips — and the funeral home’s embalmer, Adrienne Leger.last_img read more

Sandoval lands $10,000 fish at Family Day Fishing Derby

first_imgSecond place went to David Jamieson with a 16.5 pound Rainbow with Rick Carlson finishing third.Bruce McIntosh from Genelle placed first, winning $2,000 in the Dolly competition. McIntosh landed a 14-pound Dolly.Second place went to Kirk Daley with John York taking home third.Once again this derby was a tremendous success say derby officials, far surpassing even their own high expectations. Hector Sandoval of Creston is $10-grand richer after walking away with the top prize at the Kootenay Lake BC Family Day Fishing Derby Monday.The event, hosted by Canadian Training Resources, by not only tossing out $30,000 in prizes but also donated 80 pounds of fresh fish to the local food bank in Creston.Sandoval won the top prize by landing an 18-pound (34-5/8 inches) Rainbow Trout. This year derby organizers asked fishermen to donate the fish they entered in the derby to the local food bank. Bonus prizes were given throughout the weekend including a fishing trip for two to the West Coast, a fishing trip to northern Saskatchewan, and an outboard motor as well as many smaller prizes of gift cards donated by local sponsors.To see all the prize winners go to http://www.ctrcanadaderby.com/last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP seek assistance in locating missing person

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 14-year-old Jordyn McCartney.According to RCMP, McCartney was last seen in the Grande Prairie area on May 13.McCartney is described as:CaucasianBrown HairBrown eyes5’2″/ 150 lbs- Advertisement -There is a concern for her well-being.The RCMP would like to locate and speak with her as soon as possible.If you have any information in regards to McCartney’s whereabouts, you are being asked to contact the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5701 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.Advertisementlast_img read more

Open Thread: How Are Your Social Media “Causes” Actually Helping Anyone?

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting jolie odell A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Open Thread#web Today, Americans are celebrating a very somber but inspiring national holiday: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.As Twitter co-founder Biz Stone wrote in a blog post a few days ago, “People all over the United States are urged to honor Dr. King’s legacy by making this holiday a national day of service.” Stone reminded us of this wonderful quotation by King: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” But often in my sojourn through the social Web, I find myself with no decent answer for that question as I watch hordes of well-meaning people throw their supposed social capital at hashtags and fan pages without doing anything more meaningful than that. What do you think: Is your “whuffie” enough of a donation to a good cause?“What are you doing?” “What’s going on?” The questions most often asked of us by the social Web are essentially navel-gazing. In a recent post about a startup devoted to self-reference, I wrote, “Answering questions all about you, your preferences, your past, your thoughts, your wishes and hopes, your regrets, what you eat and where you live – nothing is more intoxicating to the average social media user. From our first LiveJournal entries to mid-2000s MySpace chain surveys to our latest tweets, we clearly love talking about ourselves.”If the visibility of humanitarian topics in social media is any indication of a trend, we clearly love aligning ourselves with good causes, as well. Sometimes, it seems to me that the latest global tragedy or incurable disease is used as simply another hue on the social Web’s palette – something we use to paint pictures of ourselves. For example, in 2009, I saw waves of green Twitter avatars and locations of “Tehran” as #iranelection peaked on Twitter’s trending topics. But what did any of us actually do to help the citizens on the ground there? The green pro-free Iran icons really did nothing to help the folks getting wounded and killed in Iran. And the new “censored” Twitter avatars we’re seeing? Well, since Twitter’s blocked in most countries that are aggressively censoring Web content, it does absolutely no good.As Kiva fellow and social media philanthropist Sloane Berrent told me a few months ago, “People are so fast to click a button, and that can be great. Retweeting, forwarding and Facebook walls are great engagements. But what’s more difficult is the donate button. That’s the big hurdle and disconnect.”In other words, from Haitians to humanitarians, they all wish we’d put our money where our mouths (or status updates) are.Our latest international disaster was Haiti’s earthquake last week. I’m sure many of the folks reading this post did a lot to help via donations to the Red Cross and other organizations, but how often can we say that our social media or other actions are truly doing something for others? And how often are those actions as ineffective as a lapel pin on a politician or as meaningless as a prayer on the lips of a hypocrite? In many cases, the social media user is doing nothing for others, but is instead highlighting his own awareness and sociopolitical “involvement.”There are some organizations such as SocialVibe (scroll to the last part of the post) or Drew Olanoff’s Blame Drew’s Cancer campaign that allow brands to foot the bill for fundraising as users simply point and click their way through Web interfaces to show their support. And there’s no doubt that social media tools have made it easier for struggling groups to communicate their needs for help. But by and large, I believe that our social media actions don’t do nearly as much for others as they do for us ourselves.Perhaps, before we fire off rant-replete blog posts or make our avatars into 50 x 50 pixel political statements, we should ask ourselves the question Dr. King posed so many years ago: “What does my action DO for others?” And on the flip side of that coin, “What does my action do for me?”If the answers to those questions embarrass you, take a step back, make a sizeable donation to a related humanitarian organization, then post away and tell others how much you donated and to whom, and create channels for others to do the same.What do you think? Am I completely wrong; is awareness and communication through social media the “new” currency for donating to a good cause? What points have I missed in my thought process? Let me know your opinions in the comments, and also share how you plan to make your actions count for others today.For another perspective on this topic, see Mashable editor Ben Parr’s column on CNN.com, or check out ReadWriteWeb’s Charity & Social Good archives.center_img Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Here are 3 ways IoT is transforming healthcare

first_imgRelated Posts Is Voice Search the Next Big Travel Technology … How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Tags:#Curo#Healthcare#Internet of Things#IoT#KORE#Livongo#obamacare#OrganTracker FDA Extends Collaboration on Living Heart Proje… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting ‎Alex Brisbourne, CEO, KORE Wireless Group Inc.OrganTracker – safe, secure, and efficient organ deliveryThe issueAccording to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), there are over 100,000 people waiting for an organ transplant in the United States. Some patients wait up to five years to receive an organ donation, and because organs are viable for transplant for only four to 24 hours, it is absolutely critical that donations are transported quickly and safely to their recipients. Any logistical error or miscommunication during this process could not only result in a wasted donation but could also cost patients their lives.The solutionHaving already developed fleet and asset GPS tracking solutions for industries such as construction, insurance, and security; Novipod expanded beyond these traditional applications with a new product – OrganTracker. The OrganTracker solution combines hardware, communications’ technologies, and their software platform to transmit real-time data for organ donations.In addition to high precision GPS location powered by Position Logic, OrganTracker provides intelligence for other key variables in the organ transportation process including temperature, light, shock, humidity, and pressure – all delivered automatically to medical organizations via IoT.Key resultsEfficiently and securely transport organs from the donor to the recipientReduce instances of human error or miscommunicationIncreased success rate for organ transplantsAbility to make better-informed decisions regarding organ transplantsLivongo – simplifying diabetes managementThe issueIn 2012, there were 29.1 million Americans suffering from diabetes, with another 86 million people with an elevated risk of developing the disease. Aside from the potential complications and high costs associated with managing diabetes – the condition weighs a hefty toll on quality of life and creates significant personal implications for those who suffer from it.While automated, IoT-powered solutions have simplified and improved the delivery of care for many chronic diseases – there has unfortunately been little traction made to assist diabetics. Realizing this gap in the consumer medical device industry, Livongo set out as an early-adopter providing digital health solutions for the treatment of a number of illnesses, including diabetes.The solutionThe first of its kind – Livongo has developed a cellular, IoT-enabled connected meter that automatically uploads blood glucose readings to the cloud, making them accessible online by patients, physicians, as well as family and loved ones. Digital record storage eliminates the complexity associated with the traditional log books used by diabetics, simplifying the record-keeping process. In addition, Livongo’s application transforms the raw data into valuable information that can be used to improve patient care and provide personalized tips for managing diabetes effectively.Key resultsDigitally record and track blood glucose readings for easy accessGain real-time, personalized messages to improve diabetes managementAutomatically notify physicians or loved ones when blood glucose readings are out of rangeAbility to make better-informed decisions regarding your readings based on data analysisReal-time support from Certified Diabetes EducatorsThese are just three examples of how IoT technology is transforming healthcare. If you have a similar product or solution and are looking to get to market faster, consider speaking with an experienced cellular IoT provide.This article was produced in partnership with KORE.The author is CEO and KORE Wireless Group Inc. and has over 20 years of experience in the networking and telecommunications industry in companies all over the world, including in Europe, North America, and Asia. He has extensive experience in wireless, enterprise, and fixed-line services, and he sits on the Advisory Boards for a number of technology companies in the U.S. and Canada. In 2015, he served for a year as Chairman of the IoT M2M Council, the largest and fastest-growing IoT and M2M trade group. ReadWrite Sponsors The Internet of Things (IoT) has become known for its cool factor right now. From self-driving cars to smart homes filled with voice activated devices, the innovation of IoT’s connectivity never fails to impress. However, the world of IoT is doing more than making day-to-day tasks and business objectives easier to accomplish – oftentimes much more – such as saving lives.With each day, we’re seeing new IoT applications that are addressing healthcare issues head-on and, quite frankly, we could go on and on and only scratch the surface of the amazing work being done in this space. That said, here are three unique use cases that illustrate how IoT is transforming healthcare delivery.Curo – IoT is enabling seniors’ autonomyThe issueExponential advancements in the healthcare delivery field are directly, and positively, impacting life expectancy and contributing to our aging global population. Although it is true that people are now able to live longer, healthier lives – with old age comes increased probability of falling ill with chronic disease, decreased mobility, and greater risk of medical emergency. Traditionally these conditions would result in long-term hospitalizations or a move to an assisted care facility or nursing home.Today, because of innovative healthtech companies such as Curo, senior care can now be delivered in a more flexible and convenient manner via the KORE IoT cellular network, empowering elderly patients to continue to reside independently in their own homes.The solutionOriginally based in Melbourne, Australia, Curo recognized the need for an “aging in place” solution that would not only facilitate senior autonomy, but also ensure peace of mind to loved ones and enable caregivers to quickly and efficiently intervene in the case of a medical emergency.As a result, Curo has developed a SaaS-based IoT healthcare solution that leverages intelligence derived from sensors placed in a patient’s home to monitor the activity and well-being of older adults. Thousands of data points autonomously transmit information without requiring the older adult to wear any type of device or complete any physical task for the solution to function.Key resultsEnsure timely and necessary home visits for professional caregiversProvide information and peace of mind for family members or loved onesEmpower caregiving companies with access to more information, thus improving quality of careNoninvasive or bothersome to the older adultAllow for earlier and lower cost interventions in case of medical emergencylast_img read more

Leg or foot amputation

first_imgDefinitionLeg or foot amputation is the removal of a leg, foot or toes from the body. These body parts are called extremities. Amputations are done either by surgery or they occur by accident or trauma to the body.Alternative NamesAmputation – foot; Amputation – leg; Trans-metatarsal amputation; Below knee amputation; BK amputation; Above knee amputation; AK amputation; Trans-femoral amputation; Trans-tibial amputationWhy the Procedure Is PerformedReasons for having an amputation of a lower limb are:Severe trauma to the limb caused by an accidentPoor blood flow to the limbInfections that do not go away or become worse and cannot be controlled or healedTumors of the lower limbSevere burns or severe frostbiteWounds that do not healRisksRisksof any surgery are:Blood clots in the legs that may travel to the lungsBreathing problemsBleedingRisksof this surgery are:A feeling that the limb is still there. This is called phantom sensation. Sometimes this feeling can be painful. This is called phantom pain.The joint closest to the part that is amputated loses its range of motion, making it hard to move. This is called joint contracture.Infection of the skin or bone.The amputation wound does not heal properly.Before the ProcedureWhen your amputation is planned, you will be asked to do certain things to prepare for it. Tell your doctor or nurse:What medicines you are taking, evenmedicines, supplements,or herbs you bought without a prescriptionIf you have been drinking a lot of alcoholDuring the days before your surgery, you may be asked to stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen (such as Advil or Motrin), warfarin (Coumadin), and any other medicines that make it hard for your blood to clot.advertisementAsk your doctor which medicines you should still take on the day of your surgery. If you smoke, stop.If you have diabetes, follow your diet and take your medicines as usual until the day of surgery.On the day of the surgery, you will likelybe asked not to drink or eat anything for 8- 12 hours before your surgery.Takeany medicinesyour doctor told you to take with a small sip of water. If you have diabetes, follow the directions your doctor gave you.Prepare your home before surgery:Plan for what help you willneed when you come home from the hospital.Arrange fora family member, friend, or neighborto help you. Or ask your doctor or nurse for help planning fora home health aidto come into your home.Ensure thatyour bathroom and the rest of your house are safe for you to move around in. For example, remove tripping hazards such as throw rugs.Ensure that you will be able to get in and out of your home safely.After the ProcedureThe end of your leg (residual limb) will have a dressing and bandage that will remain on for 3 or more days. You may have pain for the first few days. You will be able to take pain medicine as you need them.You may have a tube that drains fluid from the wound. This will be taken out after a few days.Before leaving the hospital, you will begin learning how to:Use a wheelchair or a walkerStretch your muscles to make them strongerStrengthen your arms and legsBegin walking with a walking aid and parallel barsStart moving around the bed and into the chair in your hospital roomKeep your joints mobileSit or lay in different positions to keep your joints from becoming stiffControl swelling in the area around your amputationProperly put weight on your residual limb. You will be told how much weight to put on your residual limb. You may not be allowed to put weight on yourresidual limbuntilit is fully healed.Fitting for prosthesis, a manmade part to replace your limb, may occur when your wound is mostly healed and the surrounding area is no longer tender to the touch.Outlook (Prognosis)Your recovery and ability to function afterthe amputation depend on many things. Some of these are the reason for the amputation, whether you have diabetes or poor blood flow, and your age. Most persons can still be active following amputation.ReferencesGittler M. Lower limb amputations. In: Frontera WR, Silver JK, Rizzo, Jr. TD. Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2008:chap 109.Heck RK. General principles of amputations. In: Canale ST, Beatty JH, eds. Campbells Operative Orthopaedics. 11th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Mosby; 2007:chap 9.Review Date:11/15/2012Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.advertisementlast_img read more

Gov’t to Put Public Assets into Productive Use

first_imgThe Government of Jamaica will be renewing its effort to dispose of several public sector assets during the new financial year, through a managed privatisation process.Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, informed that the assets will be divested to either the private sector or communities, where it is determined that they would be used more productively, on a sustainable basis. “In doing so, the Government will seek to balance, the well-understood need for getting the best price possible for certain assets and the urgency to put these assets into productive use to create jobs, goods or services,” the Governor-General stated, while delivering the Throne Speech at the opening of the 2013/14 Parliamentary Year on Thursday, April 4, at Gordon House.He explained that Government has arrived at this position because it has found that many assets have been allowed to remain idle for years because it has been trying to secure some incremental increase in price, at or above, the perceived worth of these assets.He advised that the Parliament would be kept informed of any action that will be taken in this regard and the reasons for so doing.The Governor-General noted too that the model of Public/Private Partnerships, some of which are currently being undertaken, will continue to be pursued as a matter of policy.By Andrea Braham, JIS Reporterlast_img read more