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Kundasang set to undergo agricultural revolution – Junz Wong

RANAU Kundasang is set to undergo an agricultural revolution as the state government decided to implement modern technologies on the agriculture sector, said Sabah Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Datuk Junz Wong.

 

“The ministry is in the midst of revolutionising the Kundasang area. I think many Sabahans are aware of how conventional farming has damaged the environment.

 

“We have seen soil erosion due to forest cutting, the weather is not as cold as before and the soil is getting laced with more and more harmful chemicals.

 

 

 

“The Sabah government is aware. That is why apart from implementing plans to help farmers, we are also making sure it is sustainable,” he said in a statement here, today.

 

Wong said this includes implementing the fertigation pilot programme at Permanent Food Production Area (TKPM) as an efforts to solve the problems faced by farmers and problems that threatening the environment.

 

“In the Mesilau TKPM for example, we decided to test run a fertigation pilot programme, so that participants can increase their income and at the same time avoid more pollution to the environment.

 

 

“We are seeing extremely positive results. The first batch of eight participants who have joined the pilot fertigation programme are consistently earning five-figure income,” he said.

 

 

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Chini by-election proceeds without untoward incidents – Police

 

PEKAN Polling in the Chini state by-election today proceeded smoothly without any disruption since polling stations were opened at 8 am and closed at 5.30 pm.

Pahang police chief Datuk Abd Jalil Hassan said he had personally visited all 13 centres and received positive feedback from police personnel that no untoward incidents took place.

“I was informed all voters and supporters of the three candidates complied with the new normal as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic as stipulated by the Election Commission (EC).

“Based on my experience in many by-elections and general elections, this is the most peaceful and disciplined election with no cases or incidents of provocation by any parties,” he said when contacted today.

He said 600 police personnel were stationed at the Pekan National Youth Skills Institute (IKBN) to control the situation when the by-election results were announced tonight.

Abd Jalil said after the results had been announced, 250 police personnel would be placed in Chini for 24 hours to control the current situation.

The Chini by-election saw a three-cornered fight between Barisan Nasional’s Mohd Sharim Md Zain, 41 and two independent candidates, Tengku Datuk Zainul Hisham Tengku Hussin, 64, and Mohd Shukri Mohd Ramli, 49.

 

 

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Vacation incentives to revive tourism in Thailand

BANGKOK Authorities implement stimulus packages to revive tourism. Hoteliers can join them right away and people can register their participation on July 15, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported Saturday.

 

Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said that in the “Let’s Travel” package the government paid 40 per cent of room rates but the subsidy was limited at 3,000 baht per room per night.

 

It also gives E-Vouchers worth 600 baht per night for tourists to pay for their meals and admission to tourist destinations. The government also pays 40 per cent of air fares but the aid is capped at 1,000 baht per seat.

 

 

 

TNA report said th “Moral Support” package is to thank local health volunteers and staff of sub-district hospitals. The government pays for their domestic trips lasting two days and one nights. The subsidy is limited at 2,000 baht per person.

 

Both packages will cost 22.4 billion baht and be available from July to October, the report added.

 

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

 

We notified Immigration Dept about Chinese workers decision – Shafie

SANDAKAN Sabah’s decision to allow workers from China to enter the state had already been notified to the Immigration Department for coordination with the Federal Government.

 

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal clarified that the decision, subjected to regulations under the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO), was reached after discussions with the State Immigration Department.

 

The move to allow the workers is an effort to rehabilitate development projects in Sabah, some of which have Chinese investments, he explained.

 

 

 

 

“We need their (China) expertise as they have skilled workers in the field of engineering, and at state ministerial-level, I asked for them to be allowed in, but with proper coordination with the federal government,” he told reporters after officiating the launch of locally-produced cooking oil brand here today.

 

Mohd Shafie was responding to the statement by Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob yesterday that the Sabah government did not have prior discussions with the Federal Government over its decision to allow workers from China to enter the state.

 

The chief minister said after he was notified of Ismail Sabri’s statement, he asked State Secretary Datuk Safar Untong to get in touch with the Senior Minister over the matter.

 

 

Mohd Shafie also said that the state government will look into the possibility of allowing tourists from green zone countries into Sabah as part of efforts to kickstart the state tourism sector.

 

 

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Construction of a new hospital has been suggested for Kapit

KAPIT The construction of a new hospital has been suggested for Kapit as a long-term plan to meet the rising demand for healthcare in the region.

 

Deputy Health Minister II Aaron Ago Dagang said a suitable site had been identified for the construction of the new hospital but there were many things that needed to be done to acquire the land.

 

“This is a long-term plan for the Kapit Division and is still at the planning stage, there is no action plan yet,  but the site has been identified on land owned by the Federal Government… we hope we will get the land,” he told reporters while visiting Kapit Health Clinic here, today.

 

 

 

The site in question is the former Kapit airport which is seen as an appropriate and strategic location for the construction of the new hospital and the Health Ministry need to get in touch with many parties such as the Transport Ministry to acquire the land.

 

He said the current population of Kapit is 120,000 and is expected to increase in the next three to four years, hence the Kapit Hospital would be unable to accommodate large numbers of patients as it has a capacity of only 134 beds.

 

The hospital, which is a referral hospital for patients from Song, Kapit, Bukit Mambong, Belaga, Nanga Merit and Sungai Asap districts, also faces a shortage of health staff and other issues such as parking and dilapidated residential quarters.

 

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Komet Announces Closing of Previously Announced Transaction Regarding the Sale of the Dabia Sud Property in Mali

MONTREAL, July 03, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Further to its news release dated May 15, 2020 announcing the entering into of a binding letter of intent, Komet Resources Inc. (“Komet” or the “Company”; TSX-V: KMT) is pleased to announce that it has closed, on July 2, 2020 (the “Closing Date”) its previously announced transaction relating to the sale of all of the issued and outstanding shares of its wholly owned subsidiary Komet Mali SARL (“Komet Mali”), which owns the Dabia Sud project, to RosCan Gold Corporation (“RosCan“; TSX-V: ROS).

The disposition price was CAD $ 3.2 million. Komet received on Closing Date CAD $1.6 million in cash and an aggregate of 4,060,336 common shares of RosCan, each such common share having a deemed issuance value of CAD $0.394, representing the 5-day volume weighted average price of RosCan’s common shares as of the trading day prior to the Closing Date.

RosCan shares issued in the transaction are subject to a voluntary hold period for 6 months after the Closing Date. Komet has entered into a voting trust agreement with RosCan pursuant to which it has agreed to vote the issued RosCan shares in favour of management’s recommendations for a period of 12 months.

Investor Relations/information :

Mr. Robert Wares, Chairman and interim President:  514-951-4235 / r.wares@kometgold.com

More information about the Corporation is available at: http://kometgold.com.

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