Vaccine rollout faces challenges in France’s poorest region

first_imgSAINT-DENIS, France (AP) — Many people lining up for vaccines in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis are particularly grateful for the injections. The surrounding region is the poorest in mainland France, with 130 languages spoken and the country’s highest rise in mortality last spring. Up to 75 percent of the population is made up of immigrants and those with immigrant roots. France’s already troubled vaccine campaign faces special challenges in this region. So officials are sending out a special bus to visit street markets and assigning “vaccination ambassadors” who speak several languages to provide vaccine information — and fight disinformation that spreads fast.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Approval for 227 Community Improvement, Transportation, and Environmental Protection Projects

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter November 14, 2017 Governor Wolf Announces Approval for 227 Community Improvement, Transportation, and Environmental Protection Projectscenter_img Environment,  Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Transportation Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced 227 new project approvals made through the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA): 115 projects using funds collected from the impact fee on unconventional gas wells in the Marcellus Shale and 112 Multimodal Transportation Fund (MTF) projects in support of community revitalization, transportation improvement and environmental protection.“Part of our responsibility for drilling in the Marcellus Shale is to make sure we use a portion of the revenue collected from impact fees to protect the areas and communities where the drilling takes place,” Governor Wolf said. “The Multimodal Transportation Fund and Act 13 projects approved during today’s CFA meeting help us remain good stewards of the environment while we provide targeted improvement to sidewalks, streets, intersections, bridges, recreational trails, and other assets to improve the safety and quality of life for all Pennsylvanians.”The MTF was established to ensure the availability of safe and reliable transportation access in communities throughout the commonwealth. The 112 MTF projects approved today are in 36 counties: Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Cumberland, Delaware, Franklin, Indiana, Jefferson, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Philadelphia, Pike, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland, and York. The total funding amount was $59 million.A complete list of Multimodal Transportation Fund projects approved at today’s CFA meeting can be found here.The Marcellus Legacy Fund was created by Act 13 of 2012 to provide for the distribution of unconventional gas well impact fees to counties, municipalities, and commonwealth agencies. The act stipulates that a portion of the fee revenue will be transferred to the CFA for statewide initiatives that will include abandoned mine drainage abatement, abandoned well plugging, sewage treatment, greenways, trails and recreation, baseline water quality data, watershed restoration, and flood control.The 115 Act 13 projects approved today are in 43 counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clarion, Columbia, Dauphin, Delaware, Elk, Fayette, Franklin, Indiana, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Union, Venango, Washington, Wayne, and Westmoreland. The total funding amount was $15.7 million.The projects are designated for specific initiatives as follows:Flood Mitigation: 13 projects approved; $2,994,521 totalGreenways, Trails and Recreation: 83 projects approved; $9,992,829 totalOrphan or Abandoned Well Plugging: Three projects approved; $657,503 totalSewage Facilities: Four projects approved; $125,147 totalWatershed Restoration and Protection: 12 projects approved; $1,930,000 totalA complete list of Act 13 projects approved at today’s CFA meeting can be found here.For more information about the Commonwealth Financing Authority or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov.last_img read more

Dominica highlights the importance of its forest this week

first_img Share LocalNews Dominica highlights the importance of its forest this week by: – December 12, 2011 Share 34 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Photo credit: un.orgThe launching of the book “Playing with Plants in the Nature Isle” and the commissioning of a standing exhibition on the natural history of the island are among activities marking International Year of the Forest 2011 today.Other activities will include tree planting, media appearances with former and present members of staff, presentations on the Crapaud Project and Baby Sisserou which was bred in captivity in May 2011.Acting Forest Officer Jacqueline Andre said International Year of the Forests 2011 is a celebration of the central role of people in the management, conservation, and sustainable development of the world’s forests. “Throughout the year countries have been highlighting the multiple roles forests play in our lives because they provide shelter to people and a habitat for biodiversity; they are a source of food, medicine, fresh air, and clean water; and they are a crucial part of the equation for maintaining a stable global climate and environment. In short, forests are vital to the survival and well being of people everywhere, all 7 billion of us,” she said.The activities which are being held under the theme “Celebrating Forests for People” will end on December 16th, 2011.A radio address by the acting minister for Agriculture and Forestry Ivor Stephenson officially launched the week of activities today. Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

Bethard exits UK online gambling scene

first_img TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Bethard Group has confirmed that it will terminate its entire UK online gambling market presence next month.  The Malta-based gambling operator communicated to UK customers that its flagship Bethard brand would no longer accept wagers or further transactions from the 6 July. UK customers have been given until the 10 August to withdraw funds and clear their player accounts, as Bethard closes its UK presence in line with UKGC licensing procedures.Bethard confirmed to SBC that its UK exit follows a strategic review undertaken during lockdown in which management have chosen to focus on ‘profitable markets’.The operator secured its UKGC licence in 2018 as part of the firm’s multi-market expansion targeting growth in the UK, Denmark and Ireland, having established its presence as a challenger sportsbook in its home market of Sweden.In the exit statement, Bethard management has chosen not to disclose any specific reasons for its decision to depart the UK online gambling scene, simply underling that it has reviewed all marketplace options.UK online gambling tax, regulatory and compliance changes undertaken during the course of 2019-to-2020 have seen a number of licensed incumbents depart the market, including 188BET, Betclic Everest, ComeOn and Royal Panda.Bethard management confirmed that the operator will maintain its presence across all other established markets, through licenses for Malta, Denmark, Ireland, Spain and Sweden. UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Sharelast_img read more