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JIS Urged to Continue Highlighting Country’s Positives

first_img Dr. Jaja lauded the JIS for highlighting positive stories Story Highlights The team will be learning about the structure and processes of the agency and how it relates to persons outside Government Botswana team urged to benchmark the “spirit” of the JIS in addition to the programmes and services Members of staff of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) have been urged to continue to highlight the positives and to showcase what is good in Jamaica.This advice came from Motivational Speaker, Dr. Nsombi Jaja, while addressing employees at a staff meeting session held on September 18, at the agency’s head office in Kingston.The special meeting, attended by the Honorary Consul of Botswana, Dr. Henley Morgan, was held to welcome a visiting five-member delegation from Botswana.The delegation, led by Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of State President, Mogomotsi Kaboeamodimo, who is responsible for information and broadcasting services, arrived in the island on Tuesday, September 17, for a communication benchmarking visit.Other members of the delegation are: Manager, Radio, Keitirile Mathapi; Director, Information Services Department, Russ Molosiwa; Managing Editor, Botswana Daily News (Information Services Department) Charmaine Revaka; and  Chief Information Officer,  Daphne Motswakae, who has responsibility for reporters in districts and the sub-editing desk.Dr. Jaja lauded the JIS for highlighting positive stories, stating that significant good is happening in Jamaica compared to the negatives.“You cannot focus on the negatives all the time and that now becomes what we pay attention to. You cannot build a country like that; you have to feel good about the country in which you live, you have to see the positive things in the country, you have to have hope on a day-to-day basis in order for you to be able to give your best wherever you are,” she stated.“People will start seeing Jamaica through a different set of lens because you have helped Jamaica to clean the lens that they are looking at this country through and to see the wonderful blessings that God has blessed us in Jamaica,” Dr. Jaja added.She advised the Botswana team to benchmark the “spirit” of the JIS in addition to the programmes and services offered by the agency. “No amount of benchmarking of what they do is going to help you to adopt what it is they are doing if you do not capture the heart and essence of what this organisation is,” she stated.Mr. Kaboeamodimo, in his remarks, said his delegation is benchmarking with the JIS because of the local agency’s long history of public education and news reporting.He noted that his country has a similar office called Information Services, which is responsible for information and broadcasting in Botswana.“We have come a long way since our Independence, being responsible for information functions of Government. We like to see ourselves as connecting Government with every citizen every day in the country,” he said.The Deputy Permanent Secretary, who said he was inspired by the motivational talk and prayers, said his team would like to know “how you are able to handle the information services of government, the manner in which you do it, whether by radio or whatever else you do.”Additionally, he said, the team will be learning about the structure and processes of the agency and how it relates to persons outside Government.Other speakers at the meeting were Chief Executive Officer of the JIS, Donna-Marie Rowe; Dr. Morgan; Director of Human Resources, JIS, Bernita Locke; and Mr. Molosiwa.last_img read more

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first_imgImages: Livestock Carrier Sinks in BrazilLebanonflagged livestock carrier MV Haidar has capsized earlier today while docked at Porto Vila do Conde in Brazil with around 5000 heads of cattle on board… Read More Cruise Orderbook Hits Record LevelCruise lines seem to have abandoned their cautious approach to ordering new ships this summer as the cruise orderbook has achieved record level with the sector hoping t… Read More World Maritime News Staff Update 2: Damage to Flinterstar Worse than ExpectedDutch shipping company Flinter said that damage their general cargo ship Flinterstar sustained in a collision with the LNG tanker AlOraiq off Belgium’s Zeebruggee o… Read More Weakness in Dry Bulk Shipping May Bring More WoesThe ship supply surplus built up in 20102012 and slowdown in Chinese raw materials imports especially coal continue to drive overall weakness in the dry bulk shipping ma… Read More Search for El Faro Survivors EndsThe United States Coast Guard said it will suspend the search for possible survivors from the cargo ship El Faro at sunset Wednesday which is believed to have sunk during… Read More last_img read more

Govts total liabilities rise to rs 8468 lakh cr at endMarch 2019

first_imgNew Delhi: Government’s total liabilities reached Rs 84.68 lakh crore at the end of March 2019, up 1.5 per cent over the preceding quarter, a report released by the Finance Ministry said Friday. The total liabilities stood at Rs 83.40 lakh crore crore at end-December 2018. “The total liabilities (including liabilities under the ‘Public Account’) of the Government, as per provisional data, increased to Rs 84,68,086 crore at end-March 2019 from Rs 83,40,027 crore at end-December 2018,” it said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepPublic debt accounted for 89.5 per cent of the total outstanding liabilities at end-March 2019. Nearly 28.27 per cent of the outstanding dated securities had a residual maturity of less than 5 years. “The holding pattern indicates a share of 40.5 per cent for commercial banks and 24.6 per cent for insurance companies by end-December 2018,” the quarterly report on ‘public debt management’ said. During the March quarter of last fiscal, the central government issued dated securities worth Rs 1,56,000 crore as against Rs 67,000 crore in the year-ago period. The temporary cash flow mismatches were bridged through issuance of cash management bills amounting to Rs 60,000 crore during January-March quarter of 2018-19.last_img read more

US lawmakers decry abusive imprisonment of two Canadians in China

first_imgOTTAWA — U.S. lawmakers in the House of Representatives are being asked to condemn the “abusive” imprisonment of two Canadian men in China.China imprisoned former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor in December, little more than a week after the RCMP’s arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver on an American warrant.The U.S. wants to extradite Meng and prosecute her for allegedly lying to banks to avoid U.S. sanctions on Iran.The motion introduced in the lower house of the U.S. Congress praises Canada for upholding the rule of law in arresting Meng.The motion also calls for the immediate release of Kovrig and Spavor and for “due process” in the case of a third Canadian, Robert Schellenberg, who had a previous prison sentence for drug smuggling upgraded to death earlier this year.The motion will be sent to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs before the full House votes on it later. In May, the U.S. Senate tabled a similar resolution in support of Kovrig and Spavor that won rare unanimous approval.The House resolution says Kovrig and Spavor “have faced harsh conditions while in detention that include limited consular access, no access to a lawyer, being unable to turn off the lights at night, and lengthy interrogations, including in the case of Mr. Kovrig, about his official activities during his previous tenure as an accredited diplomat in the People’s Republic of China.”That treatment amounts to a potential violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, the motion says.The motion asks the House to express “concern over the Government of the People’s Republic of China’s apparent arbitrary detention and abusive treatment of Canadian nationals Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig in apparent retaliation for the Government of Canada’s detention of Meng Wanzhou.”The incident has plunged Canada’s relations with China to an all-time low, with China blocking agricultural shipments such as Canadian canola seeds, alleging they found pests in some shipments.China has also asked Canada to suspend all its meat-export certificates after Chinese customs inspectors detected residue from a restricted feed additive, called ractopamine, in some pork products certified as Canadian-inspected. Canada has questioned whether the meat even came from Canada.The motion says the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs “strongly urged Canada ‘to immediately release’ Meng Wanzhou and threatened that otherwise ‘it will definitely have grave consequences, and (Canada) will have to bear the full responsibility for it.’ “The motion refers to a U.S. State Department assessment that says Chinese judges “regularly received political guidance on pending cases, including instructions on how to rule, from both the government and the CCP (Chinese Communist Party), particularly in politically sensitive cases.”Canada has been courting international support for Kovrig and Spavor, an effort that has raised the ire of Chinese leaders.U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft has said that U.S. President Donald Trump discussed the two Canadian men in a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Japan last month.Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Gasoline companies to speak at public inquiry into BC pump prices Wednesday

first_imgThe utilities commission released a schedule and description of the so-called oral workshops, along with questions that will be asked, over the next two days. But it said it’s committed to staying on schedule and Parkland said Friday it would still participate.Other companies said they were reassured by the new confidentiality terms, including a spokesman for Husky, but didn’t commit to release the data.“The advance ruling on confidentiality does go a long way to satisfy Husky’s concerns,” Mel Duvall said in an email Thursday.“That said, we are still considering whether there are other measures that can be implemented by the BCUC that would provide further protection for the interveners.”Shell said it would provide the data ordered but requested the inquiry use the same confidentiality process that the National Energy Board used in proceedings dealing with pipeline access, including storing confidential material in a red folder.Suncor said it was preparing to submit the figures by Monday, while Imperial Oil said it still wasn’t comfortable doing so. Costco submitted two copies of a questionnaire Friday, one for the public and one with three additional answers it deemed confidential.Questions shared in advance by the utilities commission reveal some of the information the public may learn.They cover capacity and costs of using the Trans Mountain pipeline, whether refineries co-ordinate with one another to plan for maintenance repairs and shutdowns, and whether companies divert refined product from B.C. when gas prices are low.“We’ll be making findings on what we’ve found, whether it’s competitive or not, how the prices are set, why the prices are different here and why they fluctuate more than they do in other parts of Canada,” Morton said.The province has also asked the utilities commission to explore mechanisms the province could use to moderate price fluctuations and increases.Recommendations on the Trans Mountain pipeline are unlikely, Morton said, adding that he didn’t want to preclude anything prematurely.Ervin said there are a few options facing the province:— It can create a watchdog agency to monitor the elements going into the pump price and where they seem to change, in order to better understand and explain to the public what happens and why.— It can reduce taxes, which are among the highest in Canada, especially in the Metro Vancouver area where the carbon tax represents 9 cents per litre and the transit authority adds another 18.5 cents per litre.— Or it could pursue regulation of crude going into refineries, wholesale gasoline prices, or prices at the pump. Each of those regulations is “problematic,” he said.Crude and wholesale gasoline are globally traded commodities, he said. That means for example, that if wholesale gasoline prices are capped low, American wholesale buyers may buy them up leaving B.C. dry, he said.The Atlantic provinces regulate prices at the pump but that may have a counterproductive effect in B.C. Retail margins aren’t large and have actually declined over the last 20 to 30 years when inflation is taken into account, Ervin said.“It would most certainly have the consequence of putting gas stations out of business,” he said.Amy Smart, The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — An industry expert says a public inquiry into British Columbia’s record-breaking gasoline prices may increase the public’s understanding of a murky market but the provincial government’s options for response are limited.Michael Ervin, senior vice-president with consulting firm Kent Group that specializes in the downstream petroleum industry, said he also doesn’t expect the inquiry to uncover any bombshell revelations.The reason prices at the pump are so much higher in Vancouver and other B.C. cities than comparable jurisdictions all funnels down to supply and demand, he said. “We felt that under the circumstances it would not be unreasonable to provide them with that assurance,” Morton said in an interview.Calgary-based Parkland Fuel, which had raised concerns about confidentiality, also complained of tight deadlines in a letter from its lawyers to the commission on Tuesday.“The inquiry has the potential to profoundly impact Parkland’s business,” it said, adding that it is a voluntary participant and short notice on what the hearings would look like impedes their “full and fair participation.”“The only way to mitigate that harm is to delay the workshop.”center_img “It really comes down to very tight supply relative to pretty strong demand in the Lower Mainland and B.C. in general,” Ervin said in a phone interview.Premier John Horgan ordered the inquiry in May when prices at the pump reached $1.70 a litre, saying gas and diesel price increases were “alarming, increasingly out of line with the rest of Canada, and people in B.C. deserve answers.”He tasked the British Columbia Utilities Commission with overseeing the inquiry. A three-member panel chaired by CEO David Morton is set to begin its oral proceedings on Wednesday in Vancouver.But the inquiry has already encountered some hurdles.The utilities commission beefed up its confidentiality terms last week after six of seven fuel companies refused to share their retail margins, saying it would compromise their positions in a competitive market.The new terms grant advanced approval of confidential status to those who submit information that they identify as commercially or competitively sensitive under the new terms, rather than granting the status after the content is reviewed and deemed eligible.last_img read more

Principal deputy principal of Pollonaruwa school nabbed

The principal, duty principal and an office assistant of a school in Pollonaruwa have been arrested by the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery Or Corruption (CIABOC).Director, Investigations, Priyantha Chandrasiri said that they were arrested for accepting a bribe of Rs. 7500 inside the school. Chandrasiri said that the duty principal and office assistant of the school had obtained the bribe on behalf of the principal to admit a child to the school. He said that the arrest was made following investigations conducted on a complaint the Commission had received. The principal, duty principal and office assistant are to be produced before a Magistrate in Pollonaruwa. (Colombo Gazette)

TSX advances solid earnings from Suncor Energy raise expectations for sector

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TSX advances, solid earnings from Suncor Energy raise expectations for sector by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 29, 2014 6:21 am MDT The Toronto Stock Exchange Broadcast Centre is shown in Toronto on June 28, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed higher Tuesday as a strong earnings report from oilsands giant Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) raised expectations for other energy companies reporting this week.The S&P/TSX composite index climbed 52.2 points to close at 14,583.11.Suncor posted operating earnings of $1.79 billion, or $1.22 per share, widely beating the average analyst expectation of 93 cents and its shares were up 3.05 per cent to $42.60.The Canadian dollar was up 0.62 of a cent to 91.32 cents US.A better than expected earnings season pushed New York’s Dow Jones industrials up 86.63 points to 16,535.37.The Nasdaq gained 29.14 points to 4,103.54 and the S&P 500 index climbed 8.9 points to 1,878.33.After the close, social network company Twitter reported earnings per share, ex-items, showing it broke even, better than the three cent a share loss that had been expected. Revenue of $250 million beat expectations of $241 million but its shares fell about nine per cent in after hours trading, giving back Tuesday’s advance of 4.64 per cent, amid a slightly weakerthan expected revenue forecast.U.S. corporate earnings are currently expected to grow by 1.4 per cent in the period, compared with growth of 5.2 percent in the same period as a year earlier. Two weeks ago, companies were expected to report a decline in earnings.Investors also looked to the U.S. Federal Reserve, which wraps up its two-day meeting Wednesday. Policy-makers are expected to further trim the central bank’s bond-buying program and provide further insight into the state of the world’s biggest economy.Traders will also look for further indications of when the Fed might start to raise short-term interest rates, which have been near zero since the financial crisis.Suncor’s performance helped send the energy sector up 1.6 per cent as June crude in New York rose 44 cents to US$101.28 a barrel.Traders will be taking in earnings from other heavy hitters in the sector this week, including Cenovus (TSX:CVE), Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) and Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) amid a sharp change in the fortunes for these companies.One of the improvements revolves around a sharp narrowing in the price between oilsands crude, known as Western Canadian Select, and West Texas Intermediate, a lighter crude used as the U.S. benchmark.“That narrowing has gone from roughly $31 at the end of the fourth quarter last year to $21, so that’s a 33 per cent improvement right there,” observed John Stephenson, portfolio manager at First Asset Funds.He also pointed out that the Canadian dollar weakened in the quarter.“So you have an industry where you’re getting revenues in U.S. dollars and paying expenses in the lower Canadian currency, so you’re making a spread there. And there’s a record number of deals and activity happening in the oilsands year to date.”July copper was down two cents to US$3.07 a pound and the base metals sector rose 1.13 per cent.Gold faded $2.70 to US$1,296.30 an ounce and the sector was up about one per cent.In other corporate developments, Quebecor Inc. (TSX:QBR.B) shares were 62 cents lower to $26 with the announcement that its president and chief executive is retiring. Robert Depatie, who was promoted to the post last May when Pierre Karl Peladeau stepped down, announced Monday that he was retiring for health reasons. read more

MasterCard 2ndquarter profit climbs as processed transactions increase

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MasterCard 2nd-quarter profit climbs as processed transactions increase by The Associated Press Posted Jul 31, 2014 6:45 am MDT PURCHASE, N.Y. – MasterCard’s second-quarter net income climbed 9.8 per cent as it benefited from volume growth and handled more transactions in the period.The company’s results topped analysts’ estimates. Shares rose in premarket trading on Thursday.MasterCard Inc. is the world’s second-largest processor of debit and credit card payments. Like its bigger rival, Visa Inc., it benefits from heightened consumer spending.The company, which is based in Purchase, New York, earned $931 million, or 80 cents per share, for the three months ended June 30. That’s up from $848 million, or 70 cents per share, a year earlier.The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 77 cents per share.Revenue rose 13 per cent to $2.38 billion from $2.1 billion, beating Wall Street’s forecast of $2.3 billion. The revenue performance were somewhat offset by an increase in rebates and incentives.Worldwide purchase volume climbed 13 per cent to $821 billion, while processed transactions increased 12 per cent to 10.6 billion.Mastercard’s stock gained $1.34 to $77.25 before the market opened Thursday. read more

Dems seek Senate vote on barring guns for terror suspects

Dems seek Senate vote on barring guns for terror suspects by Alan Fram, The Associated Press Posted Jun 13, 2016 1:38 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 13, 2016 at 6:54 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Rachel Henry, from left, Selene Arciga, Nicolette Gullickson, Joanna Lamstein join members and supporters of the LGBT as they gather for a candlelight vigil in front of the White House in Washington, Sunday, June 12, 2016, in support for the victims and their families and friends, who were killed and injured in a massacre at an Orlando nightclub. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) WASHINGTON – Democrats will try forcing a Senate vote on a proposal making it harder for suspected terrorists and people on government terror watch lists to buy guns and explosives, they said Monday as Congress moved toward a possible partisan fight following the weekend’s mass shooting in Orlando.Their response, and remarks by Republicans focusing on the threat from the Islamic State extremist group, underscored how the mass killing in Florida touched on a range of political issues just months before elections in which control of the White House and Congress are at stake.Top Democratic senators told reporters they’d seek a fresh vote on a proposal by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., that the Senate rejected last December in a near party-line vote. Judging from that vote, the Democrats’ latest attempt is likely to be difficult.Democrats consider the bill “the logical and first and most likely to pass step” in response to the shooting, said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. Other steps could include trying to expand background checks for gun buyers, he said.Schumer, a member of the Senate Democratic leadership, said he believes Republicans “in a political season are going to find it very, very difficult” to oppose the legislation this time.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., did not address Feinstein’s bill as the chamber convened Monday but focused on links the shooter apparently had to the Islamic State extremist group. President Barack Obama and administration officials said the shooter, identified by officials as American-born Omar Mateen, 29, was probably inspired by foreign terrorist organizations.“It’s no longer an open analytical question whether the followers of ISIL and other Islamic terrorist groups will attempt to strike us here in the West,” said McConnell, using an acronym for the Islamic State. “They have, and they’re going to continue to do so.”McConnell said the U.S. must “fight back” to prevent additional attacks and called on the Obama administration to brief lawmakers on its plan for doing that.Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., criticized Republicans for the Senate’s 2013 rejection of bills to tighten background checks and curb assault weapons.Reid questioned how Republicans could “campaign for re-election in good conscience” because of those votes.Forty-nine victims died in the Orlando attack and more than 50 were injured, making it the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. Mateen was also killed in the Sunday morning shootings.FBI Director James Comey said Monday that Mateen had “strong indications of radicalization” and was probably inspired by foreign terrorist organizations. Officials said Mateen had twice come to the FBI’s attention, including a 10-month investigation prompted after co-workers expressed concern over statements he’d made about possible ties to terrorist groups.Comey said Mateen was added to a terror watch list in 2013 when he came under investigation and then taken off it when that 10-month inquiry ended.According to the FBI, the government’s terror watch list has about 420,000 names on it of people known or suspected to be engaged in terrorism or planning such activities. Only 2 per cent of the names on the list are Americans or legal permanent residents permitted to purchase firearms, with foreigners able to do so on rare occasions.Currently, the FBI is notified when someone on a list applies to purchase a gun from a federally licensed firearms dealer. That often results in increased surveillance of a suspect, but simply being on a watch list is not grounds for barring a gun sale.People undergoing background checks for gun purchases can be denied the firearm if they are convicted felons, have certain serious mental illnesses or fall into other categories.Out of 2,477 times that people on the terror watch list applied to buy guns or explosives from February 2004 through 2015, 2,265 — or 91 per cent — were allowed to make the purchase, according to a letter sent in March to Feinstein by the Government Accountability Office. The office is a nonpartisan investigative agency of Congress.The federal no-fly list is a subset of the terror watch list and has about 16,000 people on it, the FBI says.Last December, Republicans offered their own proposal for curbing guns for people on terror watch lists that also fell short in the Senate. That measure by No. 2 Senate GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas would give the government up to 72 hours to block such a sale by proving in court that there was probable cause to do so.Democrats said they would try attaching Feinstein’s measure to a bill financing Justice Department and other programs that the Senate could debate this week.A similar House proposal by Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., has gone nowhere in that chamber.Congressional leaders arranged briefings on Orlando by administration officials on Tuesday for House lawmakers and Wednesday for senators.___Associated Press writers Eric Tucker and Alicia Caldwell contributed to this report. read more

More has to be done to deliver on European commitments for asylum

“Effective relocation is key to increasing solidarity and responsibility sharing in Europe, and ensuring the better management of movements,” a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR), William Spindler, told a news briefing at the UN Office at Geneva today. “This is particularly vital given the humanitarian situation in Greece, and the increasing number of people staying in Italy and applying for asylum,” he added. According to UNHCR, the number of people seeking refugee status in Europe has soared over recent years. This is due in large part to war in Syria and Iraq, as well as conflict and instability in countries such as Afghanistan, Eritrea and elsewhere. In their search for sanctuary, increasing numbers of refugees and migrants are crossing the Mediterranean, a perilous journey which has cost thousands their lives, according to UNHCR, which is pressing for concerted European action to prevent the loss of lives at sea, and works to ensure dignified reception standards, protection-sensitive asylum systems and durable solutions.  Last year, the European Union (EU) and UN Member States agreed on a two-year plan to relocate 160,000 asylum-seekers, mainly from Greece and Italy, to other European countries. However, until now only 4,776 asylum-seekers have been relocated from the two countries – less than three per cent of the original target, according to the UNCHR spokesperson. Mr. Spindler pointed that first-time asylum applicants in Italy have increased by 53 per cent, to 72,470, this year compared to the same period in 2015, during which the total stood at 47,428, impacting the country’s reception and asylum system capacity. A refugee crisis is happening in Europe. Urgent and bold action is needed from the Greek government and the European union. In Greece, some 12,290 relocation candidates and other asylum-seekers have been accommodated in temporary accommodation, but many more men, women and children who are eligible for relocation are living in sites with poor conditions and security, which are inadequate for the coming winter. Given this situation, the UN official emphasized the need for countries to work in partnership with the Greek and Italian authorities, as well as with relevant agencies, to increase the personnel and infrastructure made available, and to speed up the registration and processing of cases. Mr. Spindler also called on EU and UN Member States to revisit the eligibility criteria and lower the threshold for relocation candidates to include additional nationalities likely in need of protection. Currently, only asylum-seekers of nationalities with an average recognition rate of 75 per cent or higher at the EU level are eligible for relocation. The UNHCR spokesperson said that, according to the latest available EU data, this threshold excludes, for example, Iraqis, who previously met the threshold, as their average recognition rate has fallen to 73 per cent. Mr. Spindler also emphasized the need for parallel efforts for integrating those refugees not eligible for relocation. “It is imperative,” he said, “that our collective efforts begin to deliver significantly on the commitments made one year ago for the benefit of people in need of international protection.” read more

Former Taoiseachs comments on financial regulation gave MEP the shivers

first_imgMEP NESSA CHILDERS has criticised former Taoiseach John Bruton over comments he made last week calling for less financial regulation.Bruton made the comments at the European Insurance Forum conference in Dublin, commenting that regulation could not be a substitute for ethics.Today Childers hit out at the former Taoiseach and president of the IFSC and said his speech gave her “the shivers”. “It seems some people have not learned from the financial crisis which cost us all billions of euro,” she said. The MEP said that greater transparency is needed in lobbying meetings between the international finance industry and the Irish government.“This is especially needed when discussing EU policy, with balance provided with participation from other sectors, from SMEs and the social partners,” she said.She said groups involved in lobbying focus on the hedge fund, insurance, banking and treasury sectors with monthly meetings of each in government buildings with many international firms involved as well as accountancy companies.“It is of course essential that there is close co-operation between the government and the IFSC is developing such an important sector, the IFSC provides thousands of jobs and much needed tax revenue,” Childers said.“However these meetings, the agenda and the attendees must be made transparent and published online. We know from previous experience that government policy on such critical sectors of the economy must be openly and transparently debated.”Read: Personal Insolvency service will be available to gardaí> Read: Former politicians will face temporary ban on lobbying under new rules>last_img read more

Earls returns to Munster lineup for Heineken Cup showdown

first_imgMunster team to play Clermont: F Jones; K Earls, C Laulala, J Downey, S Zebo; R O’Gara, C Murray; D Kilcoyne, M Sherry, BJ Botha; D Ryan, P O’Connell capt; P O’Mahony, T O’Donnell, J Coughlan. Replacements: D Varley, W du Preez, J Ryan, B Holland, P Butler, C Sheridan, I Keatley, D Hurley, J Murphy.Don’t touch that dial… here’s the sport on TV this weekendJust hit the game-winning grand slam? Here’s a concussion MUNSTER HAVE MADE one change for tomorrow’s Heineken Cup semi-final meeting with Clermont Auvergne.The switch sees Keith Earls replace Denis Hurley on the right wing but apart from that it is the same side which defeated Harlequins at the quarter-final stage.Earls has not featured for the province since January and will be makes his return having last played competitively in Ireland’s Six Nations defeat to Italy.On the bench, John Ryan and Billy Holland come in for the injured Stephen Archer (wrist) and Donncha O’Callaghan (knee).last_img

Photos et films de vacances place au visionnage

first_imgPhotos et films de vacances : place au visionnageSi la fin des vacances approche ou a déjà sonné pour certains, les souvenirs restent. Jamais à court d’idées, les fabricants proposent de nombreux outils pour visionner films et photos de vacances.La tablette Archos 5 propose une manière simple de regarder ses films : sous Android, il suffit d’y enregistrer l’élément vidéo que l’on souhaite visionner, et la séance peut commencer. L’outil séduit particulièrement par son côté ludique.À lire aussiSaurez-vous reconnaitre à quel objet du quotidien appartiennent ces gros plans ? Les vidéoprojecteurs portables arrivent quant à eux à reproduire une qualité d’image proche des grands. Optoma propose le PK 301, qui permet de projeter les images stockées dans un téléphone ou une carte mémoire. Malgré la concurrence des smartphones, un baladeur multimédia fait on apparition : le Cowon J3, doté d’un écran de 3,3 pouces, possède un espace mémoire de 16 Go, une autonomie de 50 heures en audio et de 10 heures en vidéo. De son côté, Samsung propose des écrans non brillants pour ses Netbooks qui possèdent une dizaine d’heures d’autonomie. Enfin, l’ordinateur portable Vaio de Sony permet une grande qualité de visionnage pour ce type de matériel grâce à un écran 13 pouces full HD et une carte graphique de qualité.Le 8 août 2010 à 18:21 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Hay ignites barn in Amboy destroys building

first_imgHay that spontaneously caught fire in a barn Tuesday destroyed the building and damaged about $25,000 in farming equipment.Assistant Chief Gordon Brooks from Fire District 10 said drying hay at a barn in the 41000 block of N.E. Columbia Tie Road north of Amboy lit and destroyed horse tack, hay, large farm equipment and other sundries in the barn.“It’s actually relatively common,” Brooks said. “As it dries and cures, it creates a significant amount of heat.”No one was injured, Brooks said, but the barn was a total loss.Brooks said the Fourth of July holiday was relatively quiet for the north county district as of the afternoon. Crews responded to smaller medical emergencies and a legal burn in addition to the barn fire.last_img

Driver dies in Miami Gardens tractor trailer crash

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – A 54-year-old truck driver has died after a tractor trailer overturned in the northbound lanes of the Florida Turnpike in Miami Gardens.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene northbound lanes of the Florida Turnpike at Northwest 27th Avenue at around 11:40 a.m., Tuesday.The vehicle took out several yards of the guard rail and knocked down several lights before landing upside down on top of another part of the guard rail.Crews worked diligently to remove the one person trapped inside the truck. A surgeon was also called to the scene.However, the victim was pronounced dead after they were removed from the cab of the truck.Crews closed the northbound lanes while they worked to remove the vehicle from the scene, as well as clean up the debris and repair the guard rail.Tow trucks arrived at the site of the crash at around 5:15 p.m. Around 6 p.m., crews were able to get the truck turned over upright. The scene was eventually cleared, and the ramp has since been reopened.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

FW Enters Licensing Partnership with Hubert Burda Media

first_imgAccording to F+W, first steps will focus on building a U.S. publishing operation for Burda Style—a Burda Style magazine, e-magazines, books and e-books, as well as PDF sewing pattern collections and instruction programs. F+W will also offer direct-to-consumer online product sales and will begin growing the U.S. market through SEO and SEM campaigns, email marketing and social media.”The business will quickly scale to a multi-million dollar business with a robust e-commerce business, online events, live events, books, e-books and a magazine that launches this fall,” adds Nussbaum.See Also: F+W Media Hires Amazon Exec to Fill VP Ecommerce RoleF+W Media made several acquisitions in 2012, including enthusiast publisher Aspire Media and The Martha Pullen Compnay—a deal that set up F+W with a hard-goods fulfillment operation. Craft and enthusiast media and e-commerce company F+W Media has struck a licensing partnership with Germany-based Hubert Burda Media. The deal sets up F+W as the U.S. and Canadian publishing and sales operation for what will become Burda Style USA—a digital, e-commerce and print platform for DIY fashion and sewing enthusiasts.Burda Media, a $3 billion company based in Munich, has also extended its publishing operations across Switzerland, Eastern Europe and Russia and until now had no representation in the U.S. or Canadian markets, except for a New York-based office running a U.S. website. As part of the deal, F+W will take over operation of that website, which currently has over 800,000 registered users, says F+W chairman and CEO David Nussbaum. “Essentially we are responsible for everything e-media, e-commerce, sales and content. But we also get to tap into the Burda Style global content machine. The intent is to broaden our relationship into other opportunities with Burda.”last_img read more

Anchorage man beaten bound and put in dog kennel police searching for

first_imgAPD police vehicles (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Anchorage Police are searching for five people involved in an assault and kidnapping in East Anchorage.Listen nowPolice say the suspects abducted and beat 24-year-old Abshir Mohammed on Sunday in a house on the 6500 block of Cimmaron Circle. They allegedly put him in a dog kennel where he was discovered and driven to the hospital by a person who was not believed to be involved with the assault.On Friday, police released a statement saying Mohammed is still in critical condition and asked for help from the public to find the people who assaulted him.Police spokesperson MJ Thim said evidence suggests Mohammed was targeted and the assault was not random. However, he said the department has not yet determined why, but they’ve ruled out the possibility that it was a hate crime.“We have a bunch of theories and that’s what we’re trying to determine which one is the correct one that happened and why,” Thim said.Officers are searching for four alleged assault suspects — Macauther Vaifanua, Faamanu Vaifanua, Jeffery Ahvan and Tamole Lauina — as well as a fifth unnamed person of interest who is believed to have been at the home where Mohammed was assaulted.Ahvan and the Vaifanuas face charges of kidnapping and assault while Lauina faces a kidnapping charge.APD said all five should be considered armed and dangerous.last_img read more

DU senate nominates 3member VC panel

first_imgDhaka University. File PhotoA special senate session on Wednesday nominated the incumbent Dhaka University vice chancellor professor Md. Akhtaruzzaman, pro- vice chancellor (administration) Muhammad Samad and professor Maksud Kamal as the members of VC panel, reports BSS.The VC panel was nominated at the meeting held at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban on the campus this afternoon.President Abdul Hamid, also the chancellor of the university, may appoint anyone from the panel as the DU VC under the Article 11(1) of Dhaka University Order-1973.The article 11 (1) says, “The vice-chancellor shall be appointed by the chancellor for a period of four years from a panel of three persons to be nominated by the Senate on such terms and conditions as may be determined by the chancellor, and shall be eligible for re-appointment for a further period of four years.”Earlier, Blue Panel, the Pro-Awami League (AL) teachers’ body of DU yesterday finalised the three as their candidates after a voting for the nomination of VC panel at a meeting.Pro-VC (admin) professor Muhammad Samad bagged 42 votes, incumbent VC professor Akhtaruzzaman got 36 votes and DU Teachers’ Association President professor Maksud Kamal bagged 30 votes.White Panel, the BNP and Jaamat-e-Islami backed teachers’ body, boycotted the VC panel election raising allegation that the 105-member senate was not formed properly.last_img read more

Fully Functional Pinball Machine Built Exclusively with LEGO

first_imgWow, what a day! We never would have guessed the pinball machine would be so popular! We’re incredibly grateful to have this chance to share it with the whole world! Thank you all so much for the comments! Always feel free to send us a message! #LEGO #Pinball #Grateful #Pewpewpew— Renegade Bricks (@RenegadeBricks) May 10, 2018The idea for Benny’s Spaceship Adventure, Burns told The Brick Brothers, came in March 2017; she unveiled the final version at this year’s Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, about a year after the project began.“I realized that, like most real pinball machines, leveling issues, realignments, and periodic breakdowns needed to be addressed,” she told TBB. “But I was able to achieve my goal of giving a couple hundred people the opportunity to play it.”Burns spent between 200 and 300 hours designing, building, and programming the machine. She even stuck diligently to her self-prescribed challenge to use only official LEGO products.“No gluing, screwing, fabrication, or modification of any of the parts, including balls, rubber bands, and even the use of the LEGO NXT-G software instead of another programming platform,” she explained.The journey from piles of colorful bricks to a working pinball game was not easy, though: Constantly hammered by soaring steel balls, the table “flew apart repeatedly,” according to TBB.But what has LEGO taught us if not to persevere in the face of adversary—be it the frustration of missing pieces, or the all-out rage of unexpectedly stepping barefoot on said missing piece?That’s exactly what Burns did.“LEGO are meant to be played with,” she told TBB. “And I wanted this to be an inspiration to young builders, so getting people to play it and seeing kids’ faces light up made all the difficulties totally worth it.”The machine is a beautiful nod to LEGO’s “classic” space sets—the blue, grey, white, and yellow collection of cosmic cubes that inspired The LEGO Movie‘s enthusiastic astronaut Benny, aka 1980-Something Space Guy. Lego Unveils ‘Friends’ 25th Anniversary Central Perk SetThis Tree House Is Lego’s Most Sustainable Set Ever For many, LEGO bricks and pinball machines are mere school-day memories. For Bre Burns, they’re the ultimate geek mash-up.Burns, half of the LEGO enthusiast duo Renegade Bricks, built a fully functional pinball machine with more than 15,000 plastic blocks and a brilliant throwback theme.As detailed by The Brothers Brick, the tabletop game stands 2.5 feet tall, and, aside from a slab of plywood bearing the unit every inch of Benny’s Spaceship Adventure pinball machine is made from LEGO.AdChoices广告That includes three Mindstorms NXT “brain” bricks, a handful of PowerFunctions lights and battery boxes, several Mindstorms steel castor balls, and 30-plus official rubber bands. Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Novel Superlens Offers a Simplified Subwavelength Imaging Technique

first_img Cesar Monzon of Enig Associates, Inc., in Bethesda, Maryland, has presented this new technique in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters. As Monzon explains, many (but not all) subwavelength imaging mechanisms involve a complicated implementation and offer narrowband operation, such as lenses using metamaterials. He hopes that his technique could overcome these challenges with purely resistive means, simply by using a thin electrically conducting sheet to counteract the effects of space’s filtration properties. “An important advantage of the present method is that the resolution of the image so produced is not limited by the extent of a wavelength as in a common lens, but by the separation from the image to the conducting thin sheet,” Monzon told PhysOrg.com. “In fact, the analysis presented in the paper indicates that we can easily form images 10 times sharper than a conventional lens (or 5% of a wavelength of operation). Actually, depending on the frequency of operation, achieving images that are over 20 times higher resolution than possible with diffraction limited optics seems feasible. Hence the proposed technique is that of a ‘superlens,’ because it beats the diffraction limit.”Basically, space acts like a low pass filter for highly evanescent components, and makes evanescent waves very short-lived; these waves usually decay exponentially with the distance from their light source. Monzon found that, when he placed a thin sheet of conducting material close to the light source, the sheet could restore the evanescent components of the light that had been diminished by the air in between. “Saving” these evanescent wave components results in near-field subwavelength imaging right behind the resistive sheet. The “spot size” (imaging area) depends on the separation between the light source and the sheet, meaning that extremely high resolution is possible for very small separations. As an additional benefit, the effect is found to be broadband.”An evanescent wave is essentially a near field wave component that is not propagating away from a radiator, but remains standing in its neighborhood,” Monzon explained. “Evanescent fields are responsible for the reactive energy around a radiator, and generally decay quickly with distance. Just like radiating waves, evanescent waves are a general property of wave equations, and since they basically form the near field of a radiator, they are needed for its proper reconstruction (via focusing or imaging). Now suppose we have a point radiator; if evanescent waves are not used in the reconstruction, such as done by a typical lens (which operate in the far field), then we get a diffraction limited image where the minimum spot size is commensurate with the wavelength. If on the other hand we utilize the evanescent fields, as done here, then we are not bound by a diffraction limited spot size, as the evanescent field spectrum has the ability to form the very near field. For a point radiator this means, in principle, extreme resolution, with a minimum spot size clearly a very small fraction of the wavelength, hence enabling very high resolution imaging.” (PhysOrg.com) — Since the first demonstrations of subwavelength imaging just a few years ago, scientists have been making great improvements, developing a variety of new methods for realizing high-resolution imaging. Recently, a new superlens for subwavelength imaging has been developed that offers a simplified and wide broadband operation. The superlens could potentially shrink the size of features on computer chips to make faster transistors, as well as increase the storage capacity of computer memory. Unlike in previous subwavelength imaging techniques that use surface plasmons (electron density fluctuations) and that are plagued by losses, the new technique has a different physical cause based on harnessing the spectrum of evanescent fields. As Monzon explained, the smaller wave impedance of the conducting sheet enables researchers to trade definition for amplitude.”What is shown here is that a simple conducting thin sheet acts like a special type of ‘lens’ for evanescent fields, allowing the details of a nearby image to be transferred to the other side of the sheet faithfully (this happens because accurate reconstruction of the evanescent fields of the original image takes place there),” Monzon explained. “Now, it happens that the more conducting the sheet is, the more faithful the reconstruction. However, as we know, the more conducting the sheet is, the more reflective it becomes, resulting in smaller transmitted fields, and a lower amplitude image being formed. Thus better definition can be obtained at the expense of sacrificing amplitude, and vice versa.”This technique could have useful applications, showing that micrometer or nanometer layers of resistive materials can be used to achieve subwavelength imaging in the optical and elusive infrared regions. The method could also be applied to other areas of physics where wave motion exists.”The sharper images, the simplicity of the scheme, and the broadband operation are definite advantages for applications,” Monzon said. “A superlens such as this, capable of creating images of objects or features much smaller than the wavelength of light, could be use in novel types of microscopes, of the super-resolution type. The method can also be used to shrink the size of features on computer chips, so to make smaller transistors that will result in faster computer chips. There is also potential to use this technique in computer memory technology such as read and write devices, so as to be able to access even smaller bits, which can definitely increase general storage capacity/density, and the corresponding data transfer capability.”More information: Cesar Monzon. “Subwavelength Imaging Using Conducting Sheets.” Physical Review Letters, 102, 173901 (2009).© 2009 PhysOrg.com Citation: Novel Superlens Offers a Simplified Subwavelength Imaging Technique (2009, May 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-05-superlens-subwavelength-imaging-technique.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Goal of nanoscale optical imaging gets boost with new hyperlenslast_img read more