DOH decries lower 2019 budget Jess Diaz (The Philippine Star) - May 3, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) is calling the attention of lawmakers to the allocation of a lower budget this year for public health services. In a report submitted to the House of Representatives committee on health chaired by Quezon Rep. Angelina Tan, the DOH said the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) had proposed P70 billion for public health in the 2019 budget. This was the amount carried in the national expenditure program (NEP), which was the original budget proposal President Duterte submitted to Congress in July 2018, it said. The DOH said the P70-billion outlay was P36 billion lower compared to 2018 and P25 billion less than the 2017 funding. The 2019 … [Read more...] about DOH decries lower 2019 budget
KUALA LUMPUR: SME Association of Malaysia today encouraged budget hotels operators to join the Malaysian Budget Hotel Association (MyBHA) to be recognised by the Tourism Ministry. SME president Datuk Michael Kang said over 200 hotels in the city have not obtained licences from Kuala Lumpur City Hall. “I urge all budget hotels operating in Kuala Lumpur and Federal Territory to legalise their businesses by obtaining operating licences from the authorities if they have not been certified yet,“ he told a press conference. “Those having issues with licensing can seek advice at no cost by joining MyBHA and submitting their application through the association.” MyBHA president P. K. Leong advised budget hotels to follow safety requirements set by the Fire and Rescue Department. “In order to get a Fire Certificate, they must install an Automatic Fire Control System, which is the same as four and five star hotels.” Leong said he was confident the unlicensed … [Read more...] about Budget hotels operators urged to join association
When the budget airline Wow Air abruptly ceased operations earlier this year, thousands of travelers were left stranded and scrambling, on both sides of the Atlantic, to make alternate travel plans. The news, after months of speculation that the Icelandic airline was struggling financially, came at a period that has already been particularly difficult for low-cost carriers. Cyprus’ Cobalt Air, Pakistan’s Shaheen Air, and Primera, based in Denmark and Latvia, collapsed in October. In February, Flybmi and Germania filed for bankruptcy. For most, rising fuel costs and overexpansion led to their demise. Budget airlines are appealing to travelers because they offer much lower prices than major airlines. A flight to London from New York can cost around $1,000 on American Airlines, British Airways or another major carrier, but the same trip on low-cost Norwegian, for the same dates, can be around $600. Similarly, a flight from Washington to Paris costs around $1,200 on Air France, … [Read more...] about News Are budget airlines really worth it?
“The budget proposed by the MOEE should be maintained and not cut to avoid power outages. Power generation is not something that happens overnight and we should continue to invest in ensuring we have sufficient electricity,” said U Tun Naing, deputy minister of the MOEE, in response to questions raised by U Nay Myo Htet, MP from Kyauktada township, Yangon. The blackouts this summer were caused by issues in the national grid, including damage caused by artillery from battles in conflict areas and disruptions caused by wildlife and plastic debris, and fewer hydropower plants, said U Tun Naing. For example, plastic debris that got entangled on the Thabyay Wai- Thayarkone line caused power supply disruptions leading to blackouts in Yangon on April 24. “And as existing dams where hydropower plants are built have been harnessed to supply water for agriculture, there was a decrease in the amount available for energy production,” he said. … [Read more...] about Don’t stinge on budget to avoid power cuts during summer: MOEE
By Jacques Gallant Legal Affairs Reporter Mon., April 29, 2019 Legal Aid Ontario will be cutting full-time positions and implementing a hiring freeze in the wake of cuts announced in the recent provincial budget. In an email to staff Monday morning and obtained by the Star, CEO David Field laid out a number of changes the organization will be making to save money. “Front-line services provided by LAO will continue and remain strong,” he said in the email. “LAO carefully considered its expenditures in terms of its client service and accountability for public funds and has developed a plan which is guided by those considerations.” Field said the cutting of full-time jobs will mainly be made through eliminating vacant positions, attrition and voluntary exits, as well as “other arrangements” that he did not specify. Cutting the positions, along with other administrative changes including a hiring freeze, salary freeze for … [Read more...] about Legal Aid Ontario to cut jobs, impose hiring freeze after provincial budget cutbacks