Gov’t Urged to Prioritize WASH

first_imgWaterAid Liberia, in partnership with WASH Stakeholders and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), has called on the government to strengthen the health care system through the provision of adequate water, sanitation and hygiene.The group made the call on Monday, August 8, in a joint communiqué addressed to the Ministry of Health. They want the government to give post-Ebola recovery for water, sanitation and hygiene the highest priority.Presenting the letter to Deputy Health Minister, Dr. Francis Kateh, the chairman of the Liberia WASH CSOs Network, Prince Kreplah, said the action by the group is intended to urge government to improve the health sector.Kreplah, however, commend the government for strides made to improve WASH in health care facilities across the country, adding that the government should exert more effort to deliver on its health and WASH promises.In response, Deputy Health Minister Kateh thanked WaterAid and WASH’s CSO partners for their continued work, and agreed that the issue of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are crucial to the health care delivery system of the country.Dr. Kateh, who is also the nation’s Chief Medical Officer, appealed to Liberians to take their health seriously, especially when it involves water.Following the presentation of the letter to the Health Ministry, a press conference was held to address key health and WASH issues.The Chairman of the Liberia NGOs Network, George Kayah, commended the government and development partners for steps taken to improve WASH and health care delivery but noted that despite these efforts there still remain serious deficiencies in water, sanitation and hygiene in rural communities, hospitals and clinics.WASH Coordinator at the Health Ministry, Wataku Kortima, disclosed that the government has put in place WASH protocols to ensure that water, sanitation and hygiene play a key role in the country’s health care delivery system.He urged collaborative efforts among CSO actors as well as Liberians to ensure that challenges affecting the health sector are resolved. The Health Ministry has started the training of health care workers on WASH protocols and the essence of WASH in health, he added.Speaking on behalf of the British Charity WaterAid in Liberia, Program Effectiveness Coordinator Samuel Quirmolue indicated that WaterAid will continue to support the government and local partners in the sector to improve WASH and make it accessible.Meanwhile, a baseline report released on water, sanitation and hygiene in health facilities in 2015 found out that about 95 percent of health care facilities do not meet the Ministry of Health’s standards on water quantity for all purposes.More than 50 percent of health facilities do not have a protected year–round source of water, and 20 percent do not have any protected source on site.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Consolidation Offers Potential Solution for Replacing Aging Guard Reserve Facilities

first_imgMany of the nation’s National Guard and Reserve facilities are aging and need to be replaced, top DOD officials told lawmakers this week.Forty-seven percent of the Army National Guard’s readiness centers have an average age of 50 years or more, Lt. Gen. Timothy Kadavy, director of the Army National Guard, told the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.“But most of all, armories are still either degraded, misaligned or out of date. They even were built in the 1950s and 1960s for a different type Army,” Kadavy said.The Army’s decision to reduce funding for military construction in favor of facilities sustainment and base operations support has made it difficult to stem the deterioration of its readiness centers, he said.Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.) had raised the issue of the condition of Guard and Reserve facilities to ask the witnesses about the possibility of consolidating multiple readiness centers that need to be replaced onto larger installations.Gen. Frank Grass, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said his organization already has been consolidating facilities onto active-duty installations, in many cases as a result of recommendations from the 2005 BRAC round. Grass noted that a lot of National Guard regional training institutes are located on active installations, and allow for joint use by active, Guard and Reserve components.The Air National Guard is looking at not only combining facilities at larger installations but combining operations, Maj. Gen. Brian Neal, acting director of the Air National Guard, told Calvert.“So we’re looking, can we combine functions which by definition we’ll combine people doing the same job in to the same building and that’s how we get synergies. We’re still in the infancy but we’re all for that so we support that idea,” Neal said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Bengal becomes 7th state to have direct selling guidelines

first_imgKolkata: Bengal has become the seventh state in the country to regulate direct selling through West Bengal Direct Selling Guidelines 2018, the industry body said here on Wednesday.”These guidelines provide a definitional clarity for direct selling, paving way for a much-needed statutory push for the industry in the state. While, emphasising on a strong consumer protection mechanism,” Indian Direct Selling Association (IDSA) said.The guidelines also have provisions for appeal and revision to be monitored by the designated authorities. “The eastern region is a very important market for the direct selling industry with 19 per cent market share. Bengal is ranked second among the top 10 states in the country with Rs 940 crore business, accounting for 9.10 per cent share in total sales,” IDSA chairman Vivek Katoch said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe industry generate self-employment opportunities for more than 4.60 lakh direct sellers.The other states to have notified direct selling guidelines are Chhattisgarh, Sikkim, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Mizoram, IDSA sources said.The Union department of Consumer Affairs, had notified the Direct Selling Guidelines in 2016, a model framework on guiding principles for state governments to consider regulating direct selling and multi-level-marketing. MPOSTlast_img read more

ACVDreamMakers takes agents to the beach with VR technology

first_imgTags: Air Canada Vacations, Explor VR, Sandals Resorts, Virtual Reality Posted by Share TORONTO — Air Canada Vacations is encouraging travellers to test-drive their dream vacations before departure at its cross-country #ACVDreamMakers Sun Collection launch events taking place this month.The events, which highlight ACV’s 2018/19 Sun Collection, programs and offers, also showcase the innovation of virtual reality, which the company is using to promote the many destinations it travels to.“VR technology seems to be a growing trend and there’s no question is a terrific tool for travel agents to use in the selling process,” says Dana Gain, Senior Director of Sales, Groups & Partnerships, Air Canada Vacations. “Travel is an experiential product, so our trade partners need to draw a picture of what the experience can look like before a customer will buy,” adds Gain. “If they are successful in painting that picture, they will close the sale. VR is a great tool to help them do that, so I imagine it will continue to grow in popularity.”Agents were able to experience many different destinations in VR at ACV’s launch events in Vancouver (Sept. 10), Calgary (Sept. 11) and Montreal (Sept. 13), including Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Turks & Caicos, St. Petes, Las Vegas, Canada, Italy, Scotland and more. ACV’s next stops are Halifax on Sept. 18 and Toronto on Sept. 20.The Vancouver and Calgary events were a big success, with ACV explaining its core objectives going forward. These include a digital transformation that will include a new B2B website in 2019 featuring added functionality, as well as continued diversification away from Sun product to other destinations Air Canada flies to, like Europe, Hawaii, Asia and Canada. Finally, ACV is undergoing “project excellence” in an effort to update its image and culture, which will be supported by employee training at the Disney Institute.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaAir Canada is anticipating a 17% capacity increase for winter 2018/19, while ACV will be adding 77 new hotels to its collection, including 13 that are exclusive to the company. Agents are also encouraged to pick up its Ultimate Escapes brochure featuring luxury properties enjoyed by the likes of former U.S. President Barack Obama and hip hop mogul Jay-Z.Also in attendance at the Calgary and Montreal events was Explor VR, a leader in the virtual reality market, which will also be attending the Toronto event on Sept. 20. In addition to showcasing the VR experience, the company will be drawing one lucky winner to win an Oculus Go in each city. Agents are encouraged to swing by its booth for a chance to win.Explor VR recently visited Sandals Montego Bay with a film crew to capture footage of the resort’s recent enhancements. Filming took place over two days and was shot with an eight-camera-rig. The new virtual reality video experience gives agents a feel for the property, almost like a virtual fam of the upgraded resort.Air Canada Vacations, which helped organize the in-destination film shoot, was happy to be part of the project. Said Gain: “Sandals is a longstanding and outstanding partner of ACV, so we were very excited about the video shoot!”More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthFirst opened in 1981 by Sandals Resorts International Founder and Chairman Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Sandals Montego Bay has remained at the heart of the most popular all-inclusive resort chain in the world. And now with its recent renovation, the resort has once again been transformed into the pinnacle of progress and luxury in the Caribbean.“VR technology seems as if it was tailor-made for travel. Aside from agents visiting a resort or a destination for themselves, it’s the next best thing so they can get a complete, 360 view of the product,” says Maureen Barnes-Smith, Director of Sales & Marketing, Unique Vacations Canada. “Sandals Resorts has long been the innovator in the all-inclusive industry, from introducing many industry standards like swim-up pool bars and specialty dining to opening the Caribbean’s first over-the-water bungalows, so it’s only natural that they offer a next level selling tool such as VR to agents.”The Sandals Montego Bay virtual reality experience and many more will be available to agents to view at the #ACVDreamMakers events. Agents can also download the Explor VR app now from Google Play and the Apple Store. Thursday, September 13, 2018 center_img #ACVDreamMakers takes agents to the beach with VR technology Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more