first_img Recommended for you Dames is first Hospitality Hero Related Items:anya williams, ports authority, stevedoring DEPUTY GOVERNOR SPEAKS OF STREAMLINING GOVERNMENT SERVICES. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI European Union money could be lost due to UK referendum on membership Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales- The Ports Authority seeing some movement in two areas… one, the cost of importing goods to the Turks and Caicos to increase; this from Cabinet which this week agreed to sanction, retroactively a 2.54% increase in stevedoring fees. Acting Governor Anya Williams, who chaired Cabinet was asked to approve changes to make the hike to load and unload ships at the docks more expensive; that change taking effect September 1st which was last week Monday. And secondly, some positivity on a request to introduce scanners at the docks. It was a proposal by the Ports Authority to improve security of containers coming in and going out; Cabinet likes the idea of scanning and a subsequent presentation is expected. last_img read more

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first_imgProsecutors are biding their time before bringing Bethany Storro to court to avoid incurring medical costs associated with her self-inflicted injuries.Clark County Deputy Prosecutor Tony Golik said Wednesday he doesn’t expect the Vancouver woman to make a first appearance until next week because she is still receiving treatment at an unspecified hospital for her facial burns. “I don’t want the county to have to pay for treatment of those injuries,” he said. “I’d like to see the injuries healed before jail.”Golik noted there also isn’t a rush to bring her to court because the 28-year-old isn’t considered a flight risk or a danger to the community. A deli clerk, she lives with her parents in their west Vancouver home.He anticipates a lawyer for Storro will contact him to arrange a time for her surrender. So far, Storro hasn’t hired an attorney, Golik said.On Monday, the major crimes deputy prosecutor filed three counts of second-degree theft by deception against Storro. The charges came four days after Vancouver police revealed that Storro — who fabricated a story about a black woman throwing acid in her face — reportedly confessed that her injuries were self-inflicted.last_img read more

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first_imgMoudud AhmedBNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed on Saturday proposed that the next general elections could be held under an interim poll-time government like that of 1991 based on a consensus of all political parties.Also former law and parliamentary affairs minister, Moudud Ahmed made the proposal at a discussion meeting, apparently in response to the ruling Bangladesh Awami League’s (AL) denial of BNP’s demand for holding the next polls under an election-conducive government.After scrapping of the caretaker government provision through the 15th amendment to the constitution by the then AL-led parliament in 2011, the present constitution stipulates that the general elections shall be held with the incumbent government at the helm of power.Against this backdrop, country’s primary opposition political party Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its allies have long been demanding for the installation of a neutral election-conducive government during the polls to keep the election free from the influence of the government machinery as well as from the ruling party.BNP and its allies even boycotted the 10th parliamentary election held on 5 January 2014 as their demand was not met at that time.But, the ruling AL has long been denying BNP’s proposal, arguing that such a provision is not in the constitution.“The next elections could be held based on consensus the way the 1991 general elections were held,” Moudud told the discussion on the election-time government organised by a pro-BNP civic body – Jatiyatabadi Prajanma ‘71 – at the National Press Club.He went on saying, “Present crisis is political in its nature. So, it cannot be avoided showing the excuse of constitution. Constitution is meant for people, but people are not meant for constitution. There is no scope here to see constitution as a bigger issue.”The BNP leader referred to the formation of the interim government led by justice Shahabuddin Ahmed in 1990 and said an arrangement was made for holding the elections going beyond the constitution at that time.“That was done for very political reason, not because of the constitution.”The BNP leader also echoed BNP’s other leaders’ claim that the election commission has devised a roadmap for the next polls only to reinstate the ruling AL in power.“If you see the roadmap carefully, you will see that words and phrases like ‘level-playing field’ or ‘equal opportunities for all political parties’ are absent in the roadmap,” he added.Presided over by Aminul Islam, the discussion meeting was also addressed, among others, by Gonoshasthaya Kendra trustee Zafrullah Chowdhury and Jatiya Party (Zafar) leader Ahsan Habib.last_img read more

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first_imgThese boys were selected as the 2014 Legislative Floor Leaders for 2014 Maryland Boys State.Each June, a free, week-long residential camp run by the American Legion gathers young men from around the state of Maryland for an exercise in civics in which they simulate the processes of democratic governance. While the program, known as Boys State, has some famous alumni, a lack of greater awareness about the program has limited its ability to attract potential participants from inner city areas like Baltimore.Boys State, held this year on the campus of McDaniel College, takes in young men from around the state who have completed their junior year of high school and divides them into groups, referred to as cities. For the first 24 hours, the counselors, all of whom are members of the American Legion and most of whom are themselves military veterans, give all the commands and make all the rules.Boys State, however, is not your standard drill camp for boys considering a career in the military. Discipline is not the principal aim of these first 24 hours; rather, the participants are subjected to a set of rules in which they had no say as a simulation of the transition from more autocratic forms of government to democratic ones.Over the course of the second day, participants meet with their fellow citizens and draw up charters for their city government, elect officials, and make their own rules and laws. After forming their own city governments, the boys also elect representatives to a state legislature, which will vote on laws based on the recommendations of committees who have already debated the relevant bills and in which all the boys participate.Two of the participants in the camp will be elected senators and sent to another week-long program that generally runs towards the end of July and takes place in Washington D.C. The only cost to the young men is transportation to the camp. However, according to Russell Myers, department adjutant for Maryland Boys State and the chief administrator of this year’s camp, “If they can’t afford to get here, the Legion post arranges for them to get a ride here.”The only other cost associated with the camp is the requirement that participants bring a roll of quarters. The purpose of the quarters is to fill the city coffers once a tax is levied in order for each city to provide important services to its citizenry, in this case laundry. “It’s a way to show that the essential services in a city don’t just show up, there’s a way that they happen,” said Myers who took the AFRO on a tour of the camp.While there are certainly echoes of the counselors’ military backgrounds – for example, there are color guards and the accommodations in which the boys stay are referred to as barracks – the emphasis is not on military service but on the inner workings of democratic governance. “We’re trying to make citizens and to continue on with our form of government,” said Ronald Holcombe, a camp counselor, and member of the Federal Post No. 19 of the American Legion in Baltimore City.Holcombe has worked to increase participation by boys from the Baltimore City area but has found recruitment difficult. As part of his efforts, he visits high schools, speaks with guidance counselors about the program so that they can inform students they think might be interested, as well as sends mailers. The response, Holcombe told the AFRO has been little to none. This year, only one person from Baltimore City participated, while another was accepted but never showed. “It’s a hard task trying to get students from the high schools from the inner city.”Myers admits that, while some very famous persons have come through the Boys State program, including former President Bill Clinton, and NBA stars Michael Jordan and Thurl Bailey, the American Legion could do a better job of advertising programs such as Boys State.For Ayobami Afolabi, one of the nine boys elected a legislative floor leader at this year’s camp and whose family hails from Nigeria, Boys State has served to help him see his own potential as he heads into his final year of high school and the decisions about one’s future that inevitably coincide with it. “As soon as the first day went by, I felt like everyone here was like a family. They helped me to know who I was and what I was capable of. I helped them out, we all helped each other and it’s just been a really great experience,” said Afolabi.last_img read more

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first_img Explore further (Phys.org)—Chinese based Guangzhou OED Technologies (makers of O-paper displays), in collaboration with another unidentified Chinese company has announced that they have developed what they are claiming is the “the world’s first graphene electronic paper.” In the announcement, the companies also claim that the product is a breakthrough that will bring e-paper to a new level. Graphene, is of course, a single layer of carbon bound together in a hexagon pattern. Its impressive conductivity properties have made it the subject of much research by many individuals and organizations around the world over the past few years. Now, in this new effort, the group at OED claims to have developed a graphene material that is suitable for use in making e-paper. Doing so, they also claim, allows for creating screens that are more bendable and that are also brighter because they will be able to display light with more intensity. They also suggest that because the end product will be carbon based, it should be cheaper to manufacture than current e-paper products which are based on metal indium. Thus far, the new material has not been publicly demonstrated, and it is still not clear how available products will be even after they move into production next year as promised. Despite advances, such as those made by engineers at MIT last year, it is still not clear if it will be possible to mass produce such a product in a defect-free manner. Also not clear is if the new material will be sold in partnership with other companies with a high profile in marketing e-readers, such as Amazon’s Kindle device.If the new e-paper proves to be as advertised, it could mark a major shift in e-reader technology—graphene, as is noted in the announcement, is a mere 0.335 nanometers thick, which would mean thinner displays, less weight, more durability and of course, much more flexibility. It seems possible that such a material could usher in a paradigm shift—from e-readers that look like tablet computers, to e-paper that looks like old-school paper, but is animated, similar to that seen in the Harry Potter movies. Or, as also mentioned in the announcement, it could lead finally to wearable smart devices. Credit: AlexanderAlUS/Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 3.0 A new way to make higher quality bilayer graphenecenter_img 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. © 2016 Phys.org Citation: Chinese company announces development of graphene electronic paper (2016, May 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-05-chinese-company-graphene-electronic-paper.htmllast_img read more

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first_imgLast week we reported a major bug in Apple operating systems that would cause them to crash from mere exposure to either of two specific Unicode symbols. Today Apple fixes this major text-handling issue with iOS version 11.2.6 and macOS version 10.13.3, both now available for download.The issue, discovered by Aloha Browser in the course of normal development, has to do with poor handling of certain non-English characters. We replicated the behavior, basically an immediate hard crash, in a variety of apps on both iOS and macOS. The vulnerability is listed on MITRE under CVE-2018-4124. If you were curious.Apple was informed of the bug and told TechCrunch last week that a fix was forthcoming — in fact, it was already fixed in a beta. But the production version patches just dropped in the last few minutes (iOS; macOS). Apple calls the magical characters a “maliciously crafted string” that led to “heap corruption.” It seems that macOS versions before 10.13.3 aren’t affected, so if you’re running an older OS, no worries.The iOS patch also fixes “an issue where some third-party apps could fail to connect to external accessories,” which is welcome but unrelated to the text bomb. You should be able to download both updates right now, and you should, or you’ll probably get pranked in the near future.last_img read more

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first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Labor Statistics Confidence Consumer spending Investors Jobs Labor Department Lenders & Servicers Personal income Private Construction Service Providers Unemployment 2012-12-07 Mark Lieberman Unemployment,Jobless Rate Drops to 4-Year Low December 7, 2012 434 Views Sharecenter_img Superstorm Sandy blew a hole not in the nation’s labor market, but in economists’ crystal balls as the economy added 146,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent–the lowest level since December 2008–the “”Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)””:http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf reported Friday. Economists had forecast payroll growth of 93,000, down from 171,000 as originally reported for October, and an increase in the unemployment rate from 7.9 percent to 8.0 percent.[IMAGE]The storm, which struck the Northeast at the end of October, had been expected to stall new hires and business creation.Job growth for October was revised downward to 138,000, and growth in September was revised to 132,000 from 148,000.While the drop in the unemployment rate was a positive sign, it was driven largely by a drop in the labor force, which fell 350,000 in November as both the number of individuals employed and unemployed fell. According to BLS, 12,029,000 people were unemployed in November, down 229,000 from October, and 143,262,000 people were working, down 122,000 in the month.BLS shrugged off the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the data.├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the Northeast coast on October 29, causing severe damage in some states,├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø BLS said in its report. ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£Nevertheless, our survey response rates in the affected states were within normal ranges. Our analysis suggests that Hurricane Sandy did not substantively impact the national employment and unemployment estimates for November.├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ØAs it does every month, BLS will release a more detailed geographic employment situation report with regional and state labor market data that could reveal more about the storm├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós impact. That report is typically released two to three weeks after the Employment Situation report.Beyond the increase in jobs and drop in the unemployment rate, average hourly earnings in November rose to $19.84 from $19.81 in October, while average weekly hours also rose. Taken together–along with the increase in payroll jobs–the report indicates an increase in aggregate personal income to help boost consumer spending.The labor force participation rate–a key number reflecting confidence–slipped to 63.6 percent in November (matching its September level) from 63.8 percent in October. The employment-population ratio, which captures the percentage of all individuals over 16 who are employed, also fell back to its September rate of 58.7 percent after improving to 58.8 percent in October.According to the BLS, the number of multiple jobholders increased in November increased by 198,000, which suggests–arithmetically, at least–all of the newly created jobs in the month went to individuals who already had jobs, though the number of part-time workers fell 337,000.The number of self-employed workers also rose in November, rose 190,000 to 9,740,000.Private sector jobs rose 147,000 during the month, with government contracting by 1,000, marking the 26th straight month private sector jobs have increased.Virtually every industry sector showed job growth in November, led by leisure and hospitality, which added 42,000 jobs, and professional and business services, which added 39,700. The number of retail jobs increased by 33,800. According to other data in the report, leisure and hospitality and retail trade are the two lowest paying industry sectors. Temporary jobs accounted for half of the gain in professional and business services, adding 19,700 jobs in November. An increase in temporary jobs is often cited as a positive sign with the argument they are an entry way to permanent employment, but temp jobs also suggest a lack of confidence on the part of employers to make a commitment to an increase in staff.Within the financial sector, which gained 1,000 jobs in November, the number credit of positions–essentially loan underwriters–rose marginally. The number of real estate jobs, however, declined.The frequently cited alternative measure of unemployment fell to 14.4 percent from 14.6 percent. That measure includes individuals ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£marginally attached to the labor force├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø and not meeting the definition of unemployed as well as those ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£working part time for economic reasons.├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø To be considered ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£unemployed├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø by BLS an individual has to be out of work, available for work and looking for work.Long-term unemployment–27 weeks or longer–fell 216,000 in November to 4,786,000, the lowest level since June 2009.The report also showed ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£job leavers├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø among those unemployed fell to 992,000 in November from 1,010 in October, signaling a slight dip in confidence in the ability to find a new job.The unemployment rate among college graduates was unchanged at 3.8 percent (from 4.1 percent in September), good news for the housing sector, as college graduate are more likely to be homeowners than those who did not complete college.BLS changed its methodology for this report, shifting the ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£reference week├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø from the week including the 12th calendar day of the month to the week including the 5th so that survey interviews did not have to be conducted during Thanksgiving week. For the jobs survey, an individual paid for even one hour of work during the reference week is counted as a job and an individual who worked for any part of the week is counted as employed.The storm appeared to have little impact on the number of firms reporting data to BLS. According to supporting material, 76.2 percent of businesses submitted payroll data for November, up from 72.0 percent one month earlier for the first report of October payrolls. For the second report, 92.0 percent submitted the voluntary report. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicinglast_img read more

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first_imgNo attempt to demonise or undermine the work of the Health Insurance Organisation (HIO) will stop the implementation of the national health scheme (Gesy), the group said on Saturday.The organisation was responding to Friday’s accusations by the private hospital association (Pasin) that said the HIO had been lying about the plan’s management.The HIO, tasked with managing the Gesy, said that they were disappointed in Pasin and that the group had conducted an “orchestrated campaign to create tension and a sense of insecurity” about the scheme.“The people, organisations, political parties, the parliament, and the whole state have decided that the Gesy will be equal, universal, sturdy, social, unified, and not a system where the majority of citizens are required to receive second-rate medical aid,” the HIO said.It added that Pasin’s ‘war of words’ would not stop Gesy from being enacted in the timeframe that has been set out.On Friday, Pasin spokemsan Dr Marinos Soteriou said the HIO’s lies were aimed at cultivating super expectations among the public for a health scheme that was planned “haphazardly and in an amateur way 2.The proposed Gesy, Soteriou said, “is unfortunately ill since its inception”. It was for this reason, he said, that it needed competent doctors and quality inpatient care to get well.Soteriou said it was a lie that Gesy was based on actuarial study analysing the existing system and comparing it with the proposed health scheme. The study was carried out in 2010 and did not take into consideration the economic crisis three years later. He said it needed to be updated “so that we know what is true today and not what was true nine years ago.”Pasin also dismissed as lies the idea that Gesy would provide universal health care that patients would be able to choose any doctor or hospital they wished and receive top-quality healthcare.“The HIO already knows that patients who can afford to, can pay the difference and buy brand name drugs,” Soteriou said. This alone, he said, creates “two-tier patients”.He added that patients would not be able to choose any hospital or doctor, as they will have no access to hospitals and doctors who chose not to join Gesy if they are not covered by private insurance or are unable to cover medical expenses.You May LikeSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)UndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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first_imgBhopal: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) vice-president Prabhat Jha has sent a legal notice to Congress president Rahul Gandhi for BJP chief Amit Shah a ‘murder accused’ during an election rally in Madhya Pradesh recently.Speaking to the media, Jha quoted reports on Gandhi’s statements saying it was directed at the national president of a party which has 11 crore members, one of whom is the nation’s Prime Minister. “Shah hatya ke aropi aur shahzada jadugar,” Jha read a header of one of the reports quoting Gandhi during a recent election rally in Jabalpur. He said Gandhi had also called Shah a “murder accused”.“We wish to know from Rahulji whether he considered himself a court, as the (country’s) court has already said Shah was not an accused and the CBI has also said the same thing. So how was he (Gandhi) saying this?” said the senior BJP leader.“As the vice-president of the party, I was hurt by Gandhi’s remarks and I ask him to either tender an apology within three days or face defamation suit in the court,” said Jha.He also said that the Congress president had recently apologised for ‘chowkidar’ jibe.Jha has sent another legal notice to Gandhi over his reported remark that the central government had passed an Act which allowed tribals to be shot at.“Narendra Modi Sarkar ne ek kanun pass kiya hai jisme ek line jodi gayi hai ki adivasiyon ko goli mari ja sakegi (Narendra Modi government has passed a law which allows shooting of tribals),” Jha quoted Gandhi as saying.Stating that no such law has been passed by Parliament, Jha said this was nothing but an attempt by Gandhi to confuse voters in the tribal belt.“Even if such an Act was passed, where was Rahul Gandhi and his 44 MPs at the time?” the Rajya Sabha MP said. Amit ShahBharatiya Janata Partychowkidar jibecongress First Published: April 28, 2019, 9:52 PM ISTlast_img read more

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