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Dominican Republic Prepares to Effectively Respond to Disasters

first_imgBy Yubelin Mariel/Diálogo September 29, 2016 The Dominican Republic’s National Emergency Commission (CNE, per its Spanish acronym) and the University of Hawaii’s Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) held the “National Disaster Preparedness Baseline Assessment” workshop. The event took place in Santo Domingo on September 14th and was led by Major General Rafael Emilio De Luna Pichirilo, executive director of the Dominican Republic Civil Defense and representatives of the PDC. Among other participants were members of the National Emergency Commission such as the Dominican Red Cross, the Ministry of Public Health, Civil Defense, the National Geological Survey, the National Statistics Office, the Emergency Operations Center and the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic. The preliminary results of the “National Disaster Preparedness Baseline Assessment,” were presented. The study was conducted by the Dominican Republic to identify conditions and capacities to effectively respond to disasters. The Dominican Republic was selected for the project because of its multiple high-risk profiles in terms of disasters like hurricanes, floods, forest fires and landslides. The workshop laid the groundwork for a strategic plan that will increase the country’s capacity to confront and reduce vulnerabilities in order to save lives and reduce losses. National evaluation project The project is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of preparedness capacities during national disasters, and the results will be used to make effective and timely decisions for disaster mitigation and risk management. The main objective of the project is to identify conditions throughout the country which make certain areas either more or less ready or able to respond effectively and recover from natural disasters. Maj. Gen. De Luna Pichirilo welcomed participants and explained the importance of proper analysis to understand disaster risks. “With this data collection we are going to have a restructuring of our plans, fine tuning the actions we need to take through prevention committees, and mitigation and response in the different municipalities and provinces throughout the country. Likewise, the Emergency Operations Center will have an extremely important tool at its disposal to take action on its own in terms of institutional coordination, and we understand that with that we are moving forward in the risk management process,” said Maj. Gen. De Luna. He added the operation’s center will work in close collaboration with disaster management organizations, governmental ministries, non-governmental organizations and various universities. During his presentation, Todd Bosse, a specialist at the PDC’s Disaster Management office, praised the CNE’s active participation in the project. “All the work and the effort put in for the National Emergency Commission’s event today demonstrates a great effort, a great vision for the future and a great willingness to collaborate.” Furthermore, he said that “successful coordination can save thousands of lives, and, in the end, that is the objective we want to reach; that the disaster that could occur affects the least amount of lives and causes the least amount of losses.” The PDC, a research center managed by the University of Hawaii, is dedicated to improving disaster mitigation, preparation, response and recovery through innovative, global, multi-hazard disaster monitoring, early warning and decision support systems, as well as risk and vulnerability assessment. For almost two decades, PDC has delivered comprehensive information, assessments, tools, and services with the goal of reducing disaster risk. “Disaster management requires information, as well as analyzing the best practices and how to combine those practices,” said Bosse in reference the expectations for the Dominican Republic’s disaster response capacity. “We hope this will be a great effort so we can not only mitigate, prevent and resolve a disaster when it occurs, but also save the greatest number of lives before they are impacted negatively.”last_img read more

Dutch scheme’s retirement modelling tool draws wider interest

first_imgDutch healthcare scheme PFZW has rolled out a web application to enable its members to assess whether they can take early retirement or start working part-time.PGGM, the pension fund’s provider, said that not only were its members enthusiastic about the tool – launched last month – but several other pension funds had shown an interest in licencing it.“The app provides our members with a quick answer to the most often posed questions of when they can retire and what the options are for early retirement,” explained Peter Borgdorff, the director of the €206bn scheme.“These questions have gained in urgency, because of the rising official retirement age, combined with existing early retirement schemes coming to an end. Borgdorff: ‘Workers are struggling to make it to the official retirement age’At the same time, the existing options for a part-time pension or early retirement were not widely used, Borgdorff said – just 6% of older workers made use of these options.The advisory tool, called Future Explorer (Toekomstverkenner), has already won three awards since its pilot phase last summer, including a communication award from IPE’s Dutch sister publication Pensioen Pro.Thomas Laffree, PGGM’s innovation director, said that last month, of the 10,000 participants who were sent an email about the app, 66% had read it and 27% of them had also looked at the tool.“In particular the latter percentage is very high,” he said.By using data from social security insurance organisation UWV, the Dutch Inland Revenue, and consumer finance organisation Nibud, the tool was able to deliver a complete financial overview.This provided the individual member with an indication of their future net income, and also enabled them to model the effects of changes to retirement age, part-time employment, and expected individual expenses.According to Laffree, the process could be completed within a quarter of an hour, as members don’t need to fill in data themselves.The explorer tool was developed by PGGM in co-operation with software developer Ortec and IT firm Yellowtail.Laffree said that, because of the unexpected level of interest from other pension funds, PFZW had decided to offer other pension funds a licence to use the tool. PGGM was in talks with six other funds to put an adjusted version of Future Explorer on their respective websites, he said. “An increasing number of workers are struggling to make it all the way to the official retirement age.”last_img read more

Senate adjourns again, forms 12 member committee

first_imgSen. Orengo: We need to adjourn this house until Wednesday. With the current polarised and divided house, we are not going to make any step forward. Let us retreat and come back on another special sitting, I believe we shall agree on this issue. #SenateLive— Senate of Kenya (@Senate_KE) August 17, 2020However, Sakaja requested the Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka to give senators a short break to have a conversation that would allow for the final resolution on the revenue sharing formula, a prayer that was granted.Sen. @SakajaJohnson: I want to ask Sen. Orengo and other Senators to sit down and agree. Mr. Speaker give us 15 minutes to retreat and agree, we have until 9pm. #SenateLive— Senate of Kenya (@Senate_KE) August 17, 2020,The government is pushing to have the formula in place to guide the disbursement of budgetary allocation to counties. Some senators are however accusing the government of trying to deprive some counties of cash by drastically reducing their share of the Ksh 316.5 billion shillings. Also read https://www.kbc.co.ke/day-of-drama-as-revenue-formula-quest-extends-into-the-night/Also Read  COVID-19: Kenya records 139 new cases, 198 recoveries and 9 fatalitieshttps://www.kbc.co.ke/bomet-senator-langat-arrested-as-dci-seeks-to-arrest-malala/ 1. Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja 2. Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen 3. Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior 4. Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika 5. Nandi Senator Samson Kiprotich Cherargei  6. Homabay Senator Moses Kajwang 7. Narok Senator Ledama Olekina 8. Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula 9. Lamu Senator Anwar Loitiptip 10. Kilifi Senator Stewart Madzayo 11. Lamu Senator Nderitu Kinyua12. Mandera Senator Mohamed MahamudAlso Read  152 more test positive as Kenya’s COVID-19 cases hit 36,981Poghisio called upon the senators to be ready for the special sitting so as to put the matter to rest.,Senate had earlier been forced to take a vote on an adjournment motion after a section of Senators expressed reservations over what they said was continued detention of Bomet Senator Christopher Langat, Cleophas Malala of Kakamega and Samburu’s Steve Lelegwe.The three senators were arrested on Monday by officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) after a dramatic stakeout at their homes where officers are said to have camped outside his home Sunday seeking his arrest.Also Read  President Kenyatta hails peace progress in S.SudanAfter the vote was defeated, Orengo sought to have a motion for the house to adjourn to allow for consensus building.Sen. Orengo: When a speaker makes a ruling, it is like a Court of Law. We cannot appeal but review it through a substantive motion. #SenateLive— Senate of Kenya (@Senate_KE) August 17, 2020 The Senate has yet again adjourned the debate on revenue allocation to allow a special committee formed by opposing sides to reach consensus.Senate Minority Leader Senator James Orengo moved the adjournment motion of the Senate special sitting which was seconded by the Leader of Majority in the senate Senator Samuel Poghisio.The Special sitting will be convened next week on Tuesday at 2:30 PM by Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula in efforts to end the stalemate.center_img The Special Committee consists of; Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153last_img read more

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