RelatedRobertson Says NEP Will Protect Energy Investments FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Energy and Mining, the Hon. James Robertson, is contending that Government’s efforts to implement the National Energy Policy (NEP), particularly focusing on renewable energy, will protect approximately US$3 billion in investments anticipated for the sector.Mr. Robertson noted that with energy efficiency and conservation central to efforts to reduce Jamaica’s fuel bill, and the thrust towards modernizing and diversifying energy generation and fuel use, the country was “looking at up to US$3 billion worth of investments.”Minister of Energy and Mining, Hon. James Robertson (right), speaking with Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) President, Joseph M. Matalon, during Wednesday’s (September 15) launch of the European Union (EU) funded joint PSOJ/Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce (CAIC) ‘Capacity Building of Caribbean Private Sector Environmental and Energy Management Capabilities’ project, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston, on Wednesday (September 15).“That’s not a small amount of money,” the Minister said, arguing that the policies that are being put in place will protect and drive this level of investment. He also pointed to several sub-policies of the Policy which have either been drafted or are being pursued.These include: the draft of the Renewable Energy Policy, which has been posted on the Ministry’s website; the draft of the Waste Energy policy, which will be posted this week for public consideration; bio-energy fuels energy policy; and the carbon emissions and trading policy.“The Ministry of Energy and Mining is committed and being driven to give this country the policies and the platform for us to really and truly speak with one voice, in terms of our seriousness in energy conservation,” he assured.The Capacity Building of the Caribbean Private Sector Environmental and Energy Management Capabilities project is being jointly undertaken by the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ), and Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce (CAIC) based in Trinidad and Tobago and funded by the European Union (EU).Minister of Energy and Mining, Hon. James Robertson (right), presenting copies of Jamaica’s National Energy Policy to Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) Chief Executive Officer, Sandra Glasgow, during Wednesday’s (September 15) launch of the European Union (EU) funded PSOJ/Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce (CAIC) ‘Capacity Building of Caribbean Private Sector Environmental and Energy Management Capabilities’ project, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston.It will cost 790,818 pounds ($82 million), and involves an assessment of the policy framework for energy and environmental management, relative to the private sector.Mr. Robertson assured the PSOJ and the CAIC that the government is in full support and in step with their objectives. Robertson Says NEP Will Protect Energy Investments TechnologySeptember 16, 2010 RelatedRobertson Says NEP Will Protect Energy Investments RelatedRobertson Says NEP Will Protect Energy Investments Advertisements
Jamaicans, especially those residing in rural areas, are in for a special treat this year, as the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) festival bandwagons will roll into their towns and communities, bringing a taste of Independence and Emancipation festivities to their doorsteps.A mobile showcase of the best talents in the performing arts from various communities within the parishes, the festival bandwagon series, which kicked off on Sunday, August 2, is one of the JCDC’s new and exciting additions to this year’s festivities, being celebrated under the theme: ‘Proud and Free…Jamaica 53’.According to the JCDC’s Marketing and Public Relations Director, Stephen Davidson, this new element presents an opportunity for persons, particularly those in deep rural communities, to get involved in the celebrations.“It’s a celebratory and reflective time…for us to reach out to the different communities to persons who may not get to go to (events such as) the Grand Gala,…(by offering them) a taste of (the) Gala,” he tells JIS News.Mr. Davidson explains that the festival bandwagons will, up to Wednesday, August 5, simultaneously make their way through the different regions via motorcades, and will make stops at designated locations where stage shows will be held.“So, deep in the community, other persons (will be) able to see some of the best in traditional folk forms, the best in music, drama, (and) speech, we have the different marching bands, different costumed groups,” he outlines, adding that prizes for patrons will be up for grabs.Mr. Davidson notes that while focus is being placed on rural communities this year, the intention, in the long run, is to roll out the festival bandwagon concept islandwide.“So in every parish, there will be vigils, there will be thanksgiving church services, sound of drums on Emancipation Day, Independence Day, flag-raising ceremonies, stage shows, and mini-galas, as well as street dances happening in communities and town squares,” he says.Another new feature introduced this year was a market place, dubbed ‘Curry Come Uptown’.This saw vendors at the Coronation Market in downtown Kingston, being hosted in a farmer’s market at the Independence Village, created inside the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, Hope Road, St. Andrew, on Emancipation Day, Saturday, August 1.Making its return to this year’s festivities is the Festival Fashion Theme, for which Jamaicans are invited to wear designs, throughout the festival season, depicting the 2015 theme: “Bandana Wid Denim…Ketch Di Fashion Riddim”.“We are encouraging designers, dressmakers, just about everybody to participate in this. We invite them to go out and purchase the materials and (use them) to make those different outfits that would match the fashion theme,” Mr. Davidson says.Merchants are also encouraged to stock up on the bandana and denim material, so that members of the public will have adequate supplies.There will be a special fashion show titled, ‘Fashion Greets Music Festival’, which is also scheduled for the Independence Village, on Monday, August 3, beginning at 8:00 p.m.‘Fashion Greets Music Festival’ is a musically infused fashion show that will match the fashion of the time with the corresponding musical era. It will also feature various well-known Jamaican personalities and performances by some of Jamaica’s top musical acts.Individuals are urged to join in lively ‘Link Up and Labrish’ discussion fora that will also be held at the Independence Village.These engagements, which started on August 1, are slated to run until August 5, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.They aim to generate meaningful debate around the country’s achievements and vision for the future of its diverse culture and heritage.The discussions will be presented as ‘conversations’ that will be managed by a moderator who will place, in context, the sub-theme and issues or questions that are to be examined.Each session features five panellists who will make initial presentations, to be followed by interactive discussions involving members of the audience.Audiovisual presentations will also be included at various junctures of the discourse.Some 30 Jamaicans, representing a wide cross section of cultural sectors and backgrounds, including youth, have been recruited to moderate and sit as panellists.Jamaicans can also look forward to the other usual activities, which include: Mello-Go-Roun on August 4; and World Reggae Dance Championship on August 5.The festivities will climax on Independence Day, Thursday, August 6 with the Grand Gala, at the National Stadium, in Kingston. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedJamaicans Urged to Share Quality Time on Family Day RelatedJamaicans Proud and Free for Independence RelatedCoronation Market Vendors Hosted at Independence Village Festival Showcase for Jamaica 53 Celebrations CultureAugust 4, 2015Written by: Alecia Smith-Edwards Story HighlightsThe Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) festival bandwagons will roll into their towns and communities, bringing a taste of Independence and Emancipation festivities to their doorsteps.A mobile showcase of the best talents in the performing arts from various communities within the parishes, the festival bandwagon series, which kicked off on Sunday, August 2.This new element presents an opportunity for persons, particularly those in deep rural communities, to get involved in the celebrations. Advertisements
HomeNewsTransportationMore testing on Metro Expo Line before opening day Jan. 23, 2016 at 6:51 amTransportationMore testing on Metro Expo Line before opening dayMatthew Hall5 years ago5th streetcolorado avenuedowntown santa monicaexpo linejose ubaldolight railLos Angeleslos angeles metroLos Angeles Metropolitan Transportation AuthorityMetroNewsphiladelphiapublic safetypublic transitpublic transportationSanta Monicasanta monica newstransportation(Photo courtesy of Metro) The next wave of Expo testing is underway with trains traveling the tracks in anticipation of a spring 2016 opening.Metro recently took control of most of the Expo line and officials sent out notice this week announcing train testing and operator familiarization on the track.“These activities are necessary as we lead up to full train service (Spring 2016),” said the document.Work is ongoing at the maintenance yard and Metro officials said they will determine the official opening day within 30 days of receiving final control over the yard. In the mean time, Metro is asking locals to be aware of activity on the tracks.The train testing will be similar to the tests administered so far. Trains will be traveling at low speeds along the track to check clearances, test traffic signals and look for mechanical issues. Metro will begin operator familiarization training in the coming months and test trains will now run as necessary between Downtown Los Angeles and Downtown Santa Monica up to the opening of the line.Police continue to monitor some of the train/street crossings to keep drivers aware of the newly moving train and Metro has deployed “safety ambassadors” to talk to pedestrians.According to Metro spokesman Jose Ubaldo, the Rail Safety Ambassadors work with Metro’s Transit Safety Programs team to encourage the community to adopt safe behaviors; intervening when they observe unsafe behavior; and educating the public about the meaning of warning signs installed at the light rail crossings.The program was the first to win a Gold Award from the American Public Transportation Association in 2013.Ubaldo said eight Safety Ambassadors will be posted at key locations along the Expo Line Phase 2 during the testing phase. Their exact location will vary depending on where the test trains are running. He said the program will expand in the next month to a total of 24 Ambassadors posted along the alignment from Bagley/Exposition in Los Angeles to 5th/Colorado in Santa Monica.In addition to providing education, the Ambassadors are also receiving feedback about the project.“The public has been informing the Safety Ambassadors about certain safety issues concerning the Expo Line; the Ambassadors then report those comments/concerns back to me and then gets forwarded to the appropriate department either within Metro or outside agencies such as LADOT, City of Santa Monica, law enforcement,” said Ubaldo.In June 2013 Metro’s Safety Ambassador Program was honored with the first ever Gold Award for program innovation at the 2013 American Public Transportation Association (APTA) in Philadelphia.Metro said anyone driving, walking, biking or just standing near the tracks should be aware of basic safety information. Their advice includes obeying all warning signs, adhering to traffic signals, looking both ways before entering the street, never walking on the tracks and using crosswalks at all times.The City of Santa Monica recently authorized the installation of new fencing along the center of the track to discourage pedestrians from crossing the street/tracks mid-block.Visit www.metro.net/projects/exposition for more [email protected] :5th streetcolorado avenuedowntown santa monicaexpo linejose ubaldolight railLos Angeleslos angeles metroLos Angeles Metropolitan Transportation AuthorityMetroNewsphiladelphiapublic safetypublic transitpublic transportationSanta Monicasanta monica newstransportationshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a comment‘Beyond Measure’ film screening to benefit Santa Monica schoolMy Write: Why Santa Monica needs an elected city attorneyYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor23 hours agoBriefsNewsBeach House Begins Community Re-Opening June 15Guest Author2 days agoBriefsNewsInput Invited for Marine Park Improvement ProjectsGuest Author2 days agoBriefsNewsPublic Health Emphasizes the Importance of Vaccinations as Distancing and Masking Guidelines Relax Next WeekGuest Author2 days agoBriefsNews“Righting Our Wrongs” performance on June 11Guest Author2 days agoBriefsNewsSEATTLE Feds plan to curtail West Coast salmon fishing to help orcasGuest Author2 days ago
WhatsApp payments resurfaces in Brazil Nokia accelerates open RAN play in Brazil Saleha Riaz Related Tags auctionBrazilspectrum Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more Brazil’s telecoms regulator, Anatel, said nine companies registered their interest to participate in the auction of leftover frequencies in the 1.8 GHz, 1.9 GHz and 2.5 GHz bands.The nine companies are Claro, Clivo Participacoes, Lig Telecomunicacoes, Nextel, Sercomtel, Sky, Telefonica, Tim and TPA Telecomunicacoes for the A and B lots.There is no list of bidders for type C lots as there is no prior registration required. The C lot is aimed at small and medium providers licensed by municipalities.Bidding will open on 17 December.Earlier this week, the Brazilian Association of Internet and Telecommunications Service Providers wanted the auction to be postponed. It said there was very little time between publication of the auction notice and the auction itself, which could discourage participants.Last year, Brazil’s auction of 4G spectrum in the 700MHz band generated less revenue than expected after just three of the four nationwide operators bid for licences. Brazil sets 5G auction rules without Huawei ban Home Brazil’s multi-band auction attracts 9 applicants AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 11 DEC 2015 Author Previous ArticleAsia Briefs: Spark to buy 70MHz of 2.3GHz spectrum, China Unicom expands in Xinjiang with Huawei gear & moreNext ArticleIndia’s Jio targets acquisitions in market share battle
Pinterest Previous articleGAA Programme – Glenfin & Aodh Rua lock horns for Intermediate titleNext articleBlaney seeks all documents on sewage plant plans News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Twitter Facebook By News Highland – October 11, 2018 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Donegal County Council’s Crisis Management Team is meeting this morning to prepare for all eventualities relating to Storm Callum.With very high astronomical Spring Tides forecasted for this period and with surge levels in coastal areas predicted to increase in the coming days, Donegal County Council is urging the public to take extra care when outdoors during this weather event.Extreme care should be taken overnight and during the morning work and school commute on Friday particularly in coastal areas and on higher ground owing to high winds. All motorists should drive with extreme care, allow extra time for journeys and watch out for fallen branches and debris on roads. There is also a risk of fallen trees.Homeowners, property owners and businesses should take precautions to secure any loose items of furniture, hoardings, scaffolding, signage and items such as trampolines and bins, which would be vulnerable to strong winds.The Council is also asking property owners and occupiers of properties in areas susceptible to coastal flooding to be prepared and to take the necessary precautions.Donegal County Council’s Crisis Management Team is meeting this morning to finalise necessary arrangements and will continue to monitor the situation. The council will provide further updates on Facebook and on Twitter @DonegalCouncil #StormCallum.The Council can be contacted during normal business hours on 074 91 53900 and in the event of an out of hours emergency the Council’s Road Service can be contacted on 074 91 72288. Irish Water can be contacted on 1850 278 278. For emergencies requiring the assistance of the Fire Service call 999.You can sign up for free weather alerts to your phone by registering at www.mapalerter.com/donegal. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Storm Callum: Council Crisis Management Team meeting underway Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook Twitter Homepage BannerNews Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA
narvikk/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 700,000 people worldwide.Over 18.5 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 4.7 million diagnosed cases and at least 156,830 deaths. Here’s how the news is developing Wednesday. All times Eastern:8:30 a.m.: Fourth-graders to be quarantined after student tests positive in North CarolinaA fourth-grade student at a private school in North Carolina has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a report by Durham ABC station WTVD-TV. Thales Academy said it was notified Monday that one of its student at its Wake Forest campus had tested positive after being exposed by a family member. The school then sent a letter home to parents explaining what happened and how it planned to move forward, WTVD reported. The last time the infected student was on campus was Friday. The student was asymptomatic throughout their time at school, passing the temperature check and symptom-screening checklist for entry, according to WTVD. Students potentially exposed have been contacted and will be quarantined for 14 days along with the teaching staff, WTVD reported. Thales Academy welcomed students back to its campuses for the new school year in July.7:50 a.m.: Bolivia cancels the rest of its school yearSchools across Bolivia will remain closed for the rest of the year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Interim Bolivian President Jeanine Anez announced the decision earlier this week. “Today we make the decision to close the school year,” Anez wrote in Spanish on Twitter. “It is very hard, but we do it to take care of the health of Bolivians, especially our children. Health is the most important thing, especially at this time.”Last week, the South American nation’s highest electoral authority postponed the presidential election from Sept. 8 to Oct. 18 due to the pandemic, marking the third time the vote has been delayed. More than 83,000 people in Bolivia have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and at least 3,320 of them have died, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.7:09 a.m.: Democratic and Republican governors band together to fill testing voidA bipartisan group of at least seven governors has teamed up with the Rockefeller Foundation to try to expand the use of rapid antigen tests to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, clinched the deal with the New York City-based private foundation in “the first interstate testing compact of its kind among governors during the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to a press release. The governors of Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia have all signed on to the agreement.The governors are now in talks with the U.S. manufactures of the Food and Drug Administation-authorized fast-acting tests, which deliver results in 15-20 minutes, to purchase 500,000 per state, for a total of three million tests.“With severe shortages and delays in testing and the federal administration attempting to cut funding for testing, the states are banding together to acquire millions of faster tests to help save lives and slow the spread of COVID-19,” Hogan said in a statement Tuesday night. “I want to thank my fellow governors for signing on to this groundbreaking bipartisan agreement, which we have just finalized after weeks of discussions with the Rockefeller Foundation. We will be working to bring additional states, cities, and local governments on board as this initiative moves forward.”5:14 a.m.: Global death toll tops 700,000More than 700,000 people around the world have now died from the novel coronavirus — another grim milestone in the pandemic.As of early Wednesday morning, the global death toll from COVID-19 was at 700,741, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University. 3:37 a.m.: US daily case count shoots back up over 50,000More than 57,000 new cases of COVID-19 were identified in the United States on Tuesday, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.The latest daily caseload is about 10,000 more than the previous day’s increase but still lower than the country’s record set on July 16, when more than 77,000 new cases were identified in a 24-hour reporting period.A total of 4,771,519 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 156,830 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 70,000 for the first time in mid-July.Many states have seen a rise in infections in recent weeks, with some — including Arizona, California and Florida — reporting daily records.However, an internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency obtained by ABC News on Monday night shows an 8.8% decrease in new cases across the United States over the past week compared with the previous week. That same seven-day span saw a 24% increase in deaths, according to the memo. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
A female former executive at Bank OZK claims she was fired days after flagging sexual misconduct in its lending unit (Credit: iStock, Pixabay)UPDATED, 12:10 p.m., July 29: A former executive at Bank OZK’s real-estate lending division alleges that current and former executives within her group engaged in sexual misconduct and age discrimination.In a lawsuit, Anna Carrillo, a former senior vice president within the Dallas-based Real Estate Specialties Group, claims that in October 2017, she was fired days after complaining that a junior paralegal in the department was underperforming. That paralegal, Carrillo alleges, was engaged in an inappropriate sexual relationship with another executive in the group, Wes Hardin. The suit details an “animal house” culture that enabled heavy drinking and inappropriate fraternizing within the bank’s commercial lending division, which has loaned billions of dollars to New York, Miami and Los Angeles developers over the past few years.“It is a bank where male executives ran amok pressuring younger females to have sex with their supervisors in total disregard for the #metoo movement,” Carrillo’s suit claims.ADVERTISEMENTThe legal action, initially filed against Bank OZK in November 2018 in Dallas County Court, is now in the Northern District of Texas Supreme Court. When reached for comment, a Bank OZK spokesperson pointed to a court filing that denied all allegations in the lawsuit. In the filing, the bank states that Carrillo’s termination was “based on legitimate, non-discriminatory, and non-retaliatory business reasons.”In one incident detailed in Carrillo’s suit, Hardin, then a managing director in the real-estate lending group, invited the paralegal to an event for bank executives, where they were allegedly seen to be behaving as a couple. The pair also allegedly spent “hours” in Hardin’s office with the door closed on multiple occasions during work hours, despite Hardin having no oversight of her duties. These events were the subject of a separate complaint filed to the bank’s human resources department by another employee, which has been viewed by The Real Deal.Carrillo, who is 54 and oversaw the closing of more than 250 transactions at the bank, said the company framed her termination as a “re-structuring,” but that many of her duties were later assigned to the paralegal, who is in her 20s. Shortly after, an internal investigation into conduct by Hardin and the paralegal, who TRD has chosen not to name, led to their termination.“It took me over 30 years to get to that position,” Carrillo said in an interview. “And it was all taken away from me.”The lawsuit also claims that Hardin, another executive, Brannon Hamblen, who is the current president of the group, and two other men in the unit engaged in inappropriate conduct with a female receptionist earlier in 2017. One episode allegedly involved an inappropriate image sent by Hamblen to the receptionist.According to an affidavit filed by Dan Thomas, who was then head of the division, he confronted the four men in a meeting about a rumor of inappropriate conduct with the receptionist, but all denied wrongdoing. Thomas left the company before Carrillo was fired.Hardin, Hamblen and the other two men are not named as defendants in Carrillo’s lawsuit. They did not respond to requests for comment. Court filings from June indicate the parties are working toward a settlement.The lawsuit against Bank OZK comes at a time when the real-estate industry is facing a wider reckoning spurred by the #MeToo movement. Major companies in the space have been hit with claims of sexual harrassment and age and gender discrimination, including WeWork, Cushman & Wakefield and Newmark Knight Frank.This story was updated to clarify the timeline of events. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now
This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now Message* The high-profile family is among many notable residents who have bought homes at the Robert A.M. Stern–designed condo building over the years. Others include Sting, Denzel Washington and fashion designer Elie Tahari.The corner unit features three bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms and large windows facing Central Park, according to StreetEasy.The family could not be reached for comment. Fred Samuel, a lawyer who signed as for them in property records, did not respond to a request for comment. Representatives for Bank of New York Mellon also did not respond to requests for comment.Contact Sylvia Varnham O’Regan Email Address* Full Name* Sheikh Sultan A. Al Qasimi and 15 Central Park West (Google Maps)“You are in danger of losing your home.”That was the warning attached to a foreclosure action filed this week against Sheikh Sultan A. Al Qasimi, ruler of the Gulf emirate of Sharjah and owner of unit 2A at Zeckendorf Development’s 15 Central Park West.Al Qasimi and his daughter, Bodour Al Qasimi, bought the 2,915-square-foot pad in 2014 for $14.25 million — about $4,888 per square foot — according to property records.Lawyers representing Bank of New York Mellon and an affiliated trust allege that the family has since failed to pay the balance of a $334,101 tax lien sold to the trust in August 2019. The lawyers argue the parties have grounds to foreclose under the city’s Administrative Code and are asking the court to order the sale of the property, with proceeds going toward the debt.ADVERTISEMENTRead moreFour of HFZ’s condo loans being shopped in foreclosure saleCommercial evictions, foreclosures halted through October1M struggling homeowners didn’t request forbearance. Now what?
New catalogue covers thermal management parts for commercial vehiclesBehr Hella Service has published its latest thermal management parts catalogue for commercial vehicles and light commercial vehicles.It showcases 3,100 part numbers across multiple part groups, and it caters for more than 800 vehicles from 60 manufacturers.280 part numbers have been added to the 2018/19 issue, reflecting developments in the thermal management market.Among them are EGR coolers as well as more traditional products, such as control valves for heaters, electrical controls, and cover plates. QR codes are used throughout that catalogue.www.hella.com
About 1,100 migrants are being detained in Malta, according to figures released by the Valetta government. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has complained that the Maltese authorities detain nearly all asylum-seekers and migrants who arrive on the island. “Detention should be the exception,” said Judith Kumin, director of the UNHCR’s Brussels office. “In Malta, it is the rule.”Human rights groups have reported that hygiene, recreational facilities, access to information and medical care for detainees are poor, although they concede that the Maltese authorities have made efforts to ensure that migrants can be seen by doctors. Katrine Camilleri from the Jesuit Refugee Service in Malta said that there had been “arbitrary changes in policy”. Although the authorities had promised that detentions would not exceed 18 months, seven individuals whose bids for asylum have been rejected have been held for longer than that period, she added. But Simon Busuttil, an MEP with Malta’s ruling Nationalist Party, said the “issue of detention has to be part of the equation”. Although he criticised xenophobic comments being made in the Maltese media, he said that the large numbers of migrants were having an impact on Malta’s population.More than 1,800 migrants landed on Maltese shores during 2005, most of them from sub-Saharan Africa. This would be the equivalent of 400,000 arriving in Germany or 300,000 arriving in Italy, the Maltese authorities estimate. Malta has been arguing that EU development aid should be made partly conditional on African countries being willing to take back migrants from their countries. But the UNHCR and relief agencies have argued that it would be wrong to use development aid in this way.