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Oct
12

New Zealand PM vows gun law reform after mosque massacre

first_imgChristchurch: New Zealand’s prime minister vowed Saturday to toughen the country’s gun laws after revealing the alleged shooter behind Christchurch’s mosque attacks had legally bought the five weapons, including two semi-automatic rifles, used in the massacre.The nation’s firearms laws are lax compared to neighbouring Australia, which enacted a strict gun control regime in the wake of a similar massacre in 1996.Jacinda Ardern said 28-year-old Australian Brenton Tarrant obtained a “Category A” gun licence in November 2017 which allowed him to purchase the weapons used to mow down worshippers in two Christchurch mosques. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangSome of the guns appear to have been modified to make them more deadly, she said, adding that a ban on semi-automatic weapons would be considered.”The mere fact… that this individual had acquired a gun licence and acquired weapons of that range, then obviously I think people will be seeking change, and I’m committing to that,” she told a press conference.”I can tell you one thing right now — our gun laws will change.”Ardern confirmed that the suspected gunman and two associates who were also arrested had not been on the radar of any intelligence agencies for extremism. Also Read – Want to bring back US forces engaged in endless wars: Trump”I have asked our agencies this morning to work swiftly on assessing whether there was any activity on social media or otherwise, that should have triggered a response. That work is already underway,” she said.The head of the New Zealand Police Association, Chris Cahill, welcomed Ardern’s comments and said previous attempts to introduce gun controls had failed partly because of diehard opponents to reform.”I believe many New Zealanders will be aghast that in our country someone can amass a cache of weapons like that discovered in this Christchurch tragedy,” he said in a statement. “There is no place in the upcoming debate for the radical gun lobby which has made its presence felt in previous attempts to make our country safer.”He highlighted the “bitter irony” that the alleged Australian shooter would not have been able to buy the same weapons in his home country.At least one of the weapons used by Tarrant was reportedly an AR-15 — the same semi-automatic rifle used in a number of mass shootings in the United States, including the 2012 Sandy Hook school killings in Connecticut.Families of the Sandy Hook victims were recently given the green light to sue US gunmaker Remington for knowingly marketing a military grade weapon that is “grossly unsuited” for civilian use and has become the gun of choice for mass killings.But despite the horror of the Christchurch shootings, some local residents who AFP spoke with Saturday warned against any drastic moves on gun control.”Let’s hope there are no knee-jerk reactions,” said Matthew Simmonds.”Just because a lot of people are killed on the roads we don’t ban cars.There needs to be a proper investigation.”New Zealand tightened its gun laws to restrict access to semi-automatic rifles in 1992, two years after a mentally ill man shot dead 13 people in the southern town of Aramoana.But subsequent efforts to tighten the laws, including a ban on semi-automatic weapons, have stalled in parliament.Anyone over 16 can apply for a New Zealand firearms licence, valid for 10 years after completing a safety course and a police background check.Most guns do not require registration under New Zealand’s Arms Act and police do not know “how many legally or illegally owned firearms there are in New Zealand”, police said last year.In 2014, police estimated there were up to 1.2 million legal firearms in civilian ownership, or around one for every four members of the public — twice the per capita number of guns in Australia.Separate “endorsements” are required to own semi-automatic weapons, as well as pistols and other restricted weapons but police and firearms experts have pointed to several loopholes.last_img read more

Oct
12

The Latest: Detroit has 60 days to assemble land for FCA

DETROIT — The Latest on Fiat Chrysler’s plan to expand in Michigan (all times local):1 p.m.Detroit has 60 days to assemble 200 acres (80 hectares) of land where Fiat Chrysler can implement a proposed major expansion within the city.A memorandum of understanding signed Tuesday between Detroit and the automaker outlines terms of the deal.Mayor Mike Duggan says the land will have to be bought with the co-operation of landowners because the government can no longer use eminent domain powers for auto plant projects. He says the automaker is on a very tight schedule, but Detroit must act to land 5,000 jobs with an average wage of $58,000.Fiat Chrysler said Tuesday it will bring 6,500 new jobs to Detroit and its suburbs in a $4.5 billion investment.Duggan says they “are the kinds of jobs we need to bring back to the city.”___11:40 a.m.Fiat Chrysler says it plans to roughly double its hourly workforce in Detroit as part of a $4.5 billion investment that will add about 6,500 jobs in the city and surrounding suburbs to build all-new or next-generation SUVs.The company said Tuesday it will reopen a shuttered engine plant in the city and convert another in the same complex into a future assembly plant for the Jeep Grand Cherokee and a new, three-row, full-size Jeep SUV and plug-in hybrid models.That complex is expected to add 3,850 jobs. Another 1,100 new jobs are expected to be added at FCA’s Jefferson North Assembly, and roughly 1,500 new jobs at facilities in the neighbouring suburb of Warren.Fiat Chrysler says it’s working with city and state officials on tax incentive packages.The Associated Press read more

Oct
12

Spanish Authorities Intercept Three Moroccans Crossing to Spain on a Kayak

Rabat – Three Moroccan immigrants on board a Kayak attempted to cross the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe on Tuesday, June 3.According to the press agency El Faro de Ceuta, the maritime rescue unit, the “Salvamar Atria” arrested the three Moroccans following a tip-off. The rescue unit then handed them over to the Red Cross and the three are now awaiting their deportation back to Morocco through the border crossing point, Tarajal. Despite the drop in the number of immigrants coming by sea, the Spanish enclaves on the northern tip of Morocco still face huge land crossings. Most immigrants crossing by land run the risk of death from suffocation as they are most often stowed away in cars, the El Faro added.Read also: Moroccans 4th Most Deported Immigrants From FranceMorocco, which is considered the stepping-stone for immigrants crossing to Europe, has stepped up efforts in recent years to boost its’ border and maritime security. It has successfully scaled down the rate of immigrants crossing to Europe.According to the Moroccan border security chief, Khali Zerouali, the number of immigrants, most of whom hail from sub-Saharan countries, dropped by 30 percent between 2018 and 2019.Spain, however, has invested a $36,8 million budget into a project it called “smart borders” and has deployed a number of high-tech security equipment to help monitor the influx of migrants coming to Spain. read more

Oct
12

Continuing attacks on Congolese journalists draw concern from UN mission

In the latest incident, four men attacked Florian Barbey, a journalist with Radio Okapi on Sunday night in his home in Bunia, the capital of the restive Ituri province in the northeast of the DRC. The reporter was beaten and the house was ransacked.Radio Okapi is a partnership between the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC, known as MONUC, and the Hirondelle Foundation, a Swiss non-governmental organization (NGO), and the two bodies issued a joint statement today in Kinshasa condemning the ongoing attacks.The work of journalists in the DRC “is essential to the security of the whole Congolese population and to the good running of a society striving to consolidate a nascent democracy,” the statement said.MONUC and the Hirondelle Foundation called on the Congolese judiciary and civil authorities to do all they can to ensure the safety of journalists and to apprehend and punish those people responsible for the recent wave of attacks.On 13 June, Serge Maheshe, who also worked for Radio Okapi, was shot and killed by two men on a street in Bukavu, in the far east of the DRC, as he and two friends were about to enter a UN-marked vehicle.Meanwhile, MONUC has also deplored an attack against four of its military observers yesterday by a hostile crowd of about 500 people in Moba in Katanga province.After throwing stones towards MONUC vehicles, the crowd sacked the observers’ home, ransacking the residence and injuring the observers. 2 August 2007The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today denounced the recent series of attacks on journalists in the troubled country, especially those working for a UN-backed radio station with the largest Francophone audience in sub-Saharan Africa. read more

Oct
8

Canadians taking on more debt but also getting better at paying it

TORONTO — Credit monitoring agency Equifax says Canadians racked up more debt in the latest quarter, driven by mortgages and higher instalment loans.Data compiled for the second quarter shows that overall consumer debt, which includes mortgages, grew 7.2% to $1.45 trillion from $1.35 trillion a year ago.Debt also grew 1.8% from the first quarter.However, the rate of delinquencies fell to its lowest level since the recession began to unfold five years ago.The national delinquency rate, which tracks bills overdue by 90 days or more, fell by 2.8%, while consumer bankruptcies dropped by 5% compared with the same time last year.On average, Equifax says Canadians held $20,759 in debt without factoring in mortgages.Albertans are the leaders for new credit demands, the report says, with requests rising for five consecutive quarters.Equifax says instalment loans — or scheduled payments — increased 10.8% while mortgages grew 9.2%. The credit card sector was up 4.4% over the same time last year.“Demand for new credit is up, but has slowed significantly versus the first quarter when we saw a spike in credit card activity,” says Regina Malina, senior director of decision insights for Equifax Canada.“Credit card balances of new cardholders continue to increase, while credit limits and new card issuance have slowed.”During the first quarter, the credit monitoring agency noted that more new credit cards were being issued, but with consumers carrying smaller balances.Malina says the slower increase of demand may be an indication that credit card issuers are starting to wrap up recent promotions to sign new cardholders. read more

Oct
3

Everyone talks about automation hurting workers Here are a few solutions

Everyone talks about automation hurting workers: Here are a few solutions by Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 20, 2017 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Mar 20, 2017 at 2:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Everyone’s talking about problems hurting workers. In the last U.S. election, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton argued about reasons for a historic disruption in the labour market. The Canadian government will explore it in Wednesday’s budget.The issues are well known. With inequality already rising in most of the industrialized world, and a long-term decline in labour-force participation, particularly in the U.S., fast-improving automated technologies are rolling in to obliterate jobs — potentially millions in the transportation sector alone.So how about solutions?Some ideas from experts on the disruptive potential of artificial intelligence:—A JOB MORTGAGEImagine a new financial instrument like a student loan, with major differences: It’s designed for mid-career apprenticeships, it comes with a guaranteed job, provides very specific training — and it doesn’t cost taxpayers a dime.The idea comes in a thought-provoking book from a Silicon Valley innovator who is now teaching at Stanford University about the changes he foresees from AI.In “Humans Need Not Apply,” Jerry Kaplan warns that ever-accelerating innovation might bring great benefits to society but also legions of dispossessed workers and instability, without a careful transition.He proposes ideas that aren’t stuck in old political debates of left-versus-right. For example, this Hillary Clinton supporter sees the job-mortgage idea as similar to one from conservative economist Milton Friedman in the 1950s.How it would work: A company needs people trained in a new 3D printing process. It finds the right candidate — a laid-off manufacturing worker. It offers a job contract on the condition that worker gets trained. The worker takes that contract to the bank and requests a $20,000 loan to help weather the transition. If anyone defaults, they get penalized.The company designs a specific training curriculum. It’s perhaps delivered by a for-profit partner like Udacity, a startup that offers so-called nanodegrees — occasionally promising a money-back guarantee of a job from one of its corporate partners.Kaplan says the government can set the regulations. But it could face some jurisdictional challenges. In Canada, the feds write banking regulations but job certification comes from the provinces and industry groups.Otherwise, Kaplan says in an interview: “The government need not even get involved. It just gets out of the way and sets up the right incentives for private parties to finance education, just as it sets up the right conditions for banks to loan you money to buy your house.”— CLUSTERED CAREERSWhat if we stopped preparing for specific jobs — and started preparing for broader job categories? That’s the idea in an Austalian study by a government-affiliated non-profit.The Foundation for Young Australians analyzed 4.2 million job postings for its report, “New Work Mindset,” and mapped out clusters of jobs that require similar skills.It named seven job types: generators, informers, co-ordinators, carers, technologists, designers, artisans. So for instance, a designer could plan to be an architect but wind up taking courses on building inspection. An artisan might be a bricklayer with side training in cabinet-making — in case there’s a shortage of bricklaying work.The report says: ”Our mindset needs to shift to reflect a more dynamic future of work where linear careers will be far less common and young people will need a portfolio of skills.”—A ROBOT TAXSome people really want to tax robots. Bill Gates, for starters. The Microsoft founder wants to tax machines, with revenues going to workers they’ve displaced. That creates an incentive to slow automation, giving society time to prepare.It doesn’t need to be called a robot tax. Technology writer Martin Ford’s “Rise of the Robots” says the general idea involves shifting the fiscal burden — away from personal taxes, toward capital.“We eventually will have to move away from the idea that workers support retirees and pay for social programs, and instead (decide) that our overall economy supports these things.”Kaplan calls for new fiscal architecture. One idea: a negative tax rate for certain volunteer work. Another involves a new public benefit index for things like hedge funds. The more investors they include, the lower the taxes.— INFORMATION-SHARINGIn his final presidential address, Barack Obama warned of jobs being stolen — not by foreigners, but by robots. This after the country has just clawed back 900,000 manufacturing jobs, after losing millions in recent decades.Obama’s senior adviser for manufacturing and innovation says recent gains are due partly to innovative partnerships. Obama built hubs for next-generation manufacturing — modeled after Germany’s Fraunhofer Institutes. Nine exist so far.University researchers and government agencies like NASA share intellectual property with companies in the hope they’ll hire in the neighbourhood. For instance, the one in Youngstown, Ohio, shares information and equipment related to 3D printing.Obama’s former adviser, Vikrum Aiyer, explains that another hub, on textiles, is developing smart fabrics — hospital gowns and military uniforms that read vital signs, and communicate them to doctors and commanding officers.“We’ve started to hear the roar of U.S. manufacturing coming back,” Aiyer said.Canada’s finance minister has been urged to create a different kind of partnership. It came from a council of advisers led by McKinsey’s Dominic Barton. They proposed creating a FutureSkills Lab — to gather information on labour-market trends, with different levels of government, companies, unions and non-profits co-operating to help workers upgrade skills.The council pointed to other programs — like Singapore’s, where everyone over 25 gets a $500 credit for training. Finance Minister Bill Morneau has been examining the report for ideas; it’s unclear how many will end up in the budget this week.—UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOMEThe best-known, most hotly debated of these ideas. It has support and critics — both left and right. Some conservatives like guaranteed income as a substitute for other welfare programs. Sen. Marco Rubio has proposed a modest version for the U.S. Libertarian economics legend Friedrich Hayek endorsed it long ago.Manitoba’s NDP government launched a pilot project in the 1970s, which was spiked by its Conservative successors. Ontario’s Liberals are now planning a similar experiment. It’s popping up in the federal NDP leadership race. The Finnish government has a pilot project.Ford’s book lists potential problems: A disincentive to work, and the possibility of housing inflation gobbling up new income. But he favours it for its benefits: Boosted consumer demand, and a safety net that allows workers to take a leap into new careers. read more

Oct
2

UN rights chief warns police agreement by five European countries will worsen

Urging the five countries that adopted the measures – Austria, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia – to “carefully recalibrate” the approach of their police forces, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein emphasized that the measures are exacerbating “the chaos and misery all down the line,” and especially in Greece, which is already overwhelmed. “Alarmingly, given the primary duty of the police to protect people, the agreement contains no measures aiming at protecting these extremely vulnerable women, children and men on the move – there is, for example, not even a mention of special measures to protect people who might be particularly at risk of human rights violations, including children, persons with disabilities, LGBT persons, older people, victims of torture or victims of gender-based violence or trafficking,” Mr. Zeid said in a statement. “Instead, the agreement appears to be solely concerned with applying stringent limitations of entry on people travelling along the so-called Balkan Land Route, and providing for the ‘controlled transfer of migrants,’ without sufficient safeguards,” he added. The adoption of the police measures this past week followed the announcement by the Government of Austria of limitations both on the number of refugees to be accepted in 2016, and on the number of people who will be allowed to transit the country. The latest reports suggest chain deportations are now taking place all the way down the Balkan land route, which includes Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, towards Greece, Mr. Zeid said. In addition, hundreds of Afghans were reportedly stranded for more than five days on the border between the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia, and many other Afghans have been blocked from entering the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia from Greece, apparently solely on the basis of their nationality, he said. Mr. Zeid also regretted certain authorities’ reported refusal of entry to any people arriving at their borders, if they were unable to produce the documents specified in the agreement. Whether someone possesses a particular document has no bearing on whether they are a refugee, he said, adding that the lack of a valid document should never be a reason for refusing entry into an asylum procedure. “I understand the challenge facing the authorities in some European countries who are trying to cope with large numbers of migrants arriving on, or transiting, their territory, and efforts to improve the management of the situation would be very welcome indeed.” Mr. Zeid said. “However, this extraordinary agreement by police chiefs establishes a policy across five states that includes measures which seem to be incompatible with the human rights obligations of the countries concerned, all of which are bound by international human rights and refugee law.” Noting that he was “particularly troubled” that the agreement appears to enable the collective expulsion of non-nationals – acts explicitly prohibited under international law – Mr. Zeid said the prohibition against collective expulsion entitles every non-national to an individualized examination of all the arguments used against his or her removal. Moreover, an integral element of the right to protection from collective expulsion and the right of access to an effective remedy is that an expulsion is stayed until its compliance with international human rights law has been finally determined. Mr. Zeid also said the agreement by the five countries appears to authorize profiling people and limiting “entry on humanitarian grounds,” solely on the basis of their nationality and possession of identification documents, rather than on an individual assessment of whether or not they are in need of asylum or some other form of international protection of their human rights. The agreement also establishes “extremely narrow criteria” for allowing entry – “fleeing war” – with no mention of “persecution,” which is the key criteria for recognizing refugees under the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol and related international law, Mr. Zeid stressed. He added that the “narrow focus” also appears to invalidate a number of other legitimate grounds according to which a person may be permitted to enter another State’s territory under international and European human rights law. Mr. Zeid noted the repeated calls by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Francois Crépeau, to the European Union (EU) to halt the continuous regression of the human rights of refugees and migrants. He also urged the EU and other European countries to “take steps to counter the myth-making, stereotyping, racism and xenophobia which have so distorted and politicized the migration debate, undermining efforts to govern the movements of refugees and migrants in rational ways that both protect their rights and ease the management challenges the whole of Europe is facing.” read more

Oct
2

Accounting grad in top one per cent on national exam

It’s been quite the year for Goodman School of Business alumna Suman Nagra (BAcc ’18, MAcc ’18).Not only did she graduate from Brock twice, first with her Bachelor of Accounting co-op degree followed this fall by her Master of Accountancy degree, she started a position with EY as a senior staff accountant and capped off 2018 by finishing in the top one per cent in Canada on the CPA Common Final Exam (CFE).Goodman School of Business alumna Suman Nagra (BAcc ’18, MAcc ’18).The results, released by the CPA on Nov. 30, indicated that 6,163 candidates successfully wrote the exam across Canada in September, and the Top 68 performers made the prestigious National Honour Roll.The exam represents an important milestone for CPA candidates, who face rigorous academic, practical and examination requirements before they can use the internationally recognized designation of Chartered Professional Accountant.Nagra’s results capped a strong showing for the 2018 cohort of Goodman’s MAcc program.“I’m extremely proud of the outstanding results we’ve obtained this year on the CFE from our graduate students,” Goodman Dean Andrew Gaudes said. “It reflects the tireless effort of the faculty in the School that have prepared them for such a leading accomplishment. I don’t think we could have done any better.”While completing her bachelor’s degree and co-op terms at EY, Nagra knew she wanted to obtain her CPA designation, which meant picking between the CPA’s Professional Education Program or Goodman’s accredited MAcc degree that covers the CPA requirements. Choosing to complete the MAcc program allowed her to reach her goal faster.“Choosing the MAcc program was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” she said. “The co-op program and master’s get you to where you want to be at such a young age.”The program’s small cohort provides students with individual attention from Goodman faculty and builds tight bonds among classmates.“The amount of familiarity you end up having with the faculty allow them to focus on what your strengths and weaknesses are, to make sure that you as an individual are fully prepared from every angle,” Nagra said. “I feel that in a larger class that might not be as feasible.”The support she has received from the program’s professors has left a lasting impression as she begins her career.“I want to thank Pascale (Lapointe-Antunes), Barbara (Sainty) and Linda (Stillabower),” she said. “I think they are such strong female role models in the master’s program and an inspiration to everyone.”Gaining the knowledge and skillset needed to excel on the CFE started in the BAcc program. Nagra also wanted to thank Goodman lecturers Sangeeta Hollo and Glenn Skrubbeltrang for their support and motivation throughout and beyond her undergraduate degree.Goodman is looking forward to celebrating with all successful alumni at the CPA convocation in March 2019. read more

Sep
25

IPI urges Govt to review amendments to broadcast bill

The International Press Institute (IPI), today, called on the incumbent administration to review the controversial Broadcast Amendment Bill, which was recently passed in the National Assembly.Citing the many concerns already expressed, the IPI says that government should hold consultations with local stakeholders before the President assents to the Bill.The following article, written by Henri Mikael Koponen, was published by the International Press Institute on its website:   The government of Guyana should address serious concerns raised by local media groups over pending amendments to the country’s broadcast law, the International Press Institute (IPI) said today.Local critics say the amendments, passed on Friday by Guyana’s National Assembly and now awaiting the signature of President David A. Granger, grant the state “unwarranted” power to manage the programming of radio and television stations by allocating time slots for public service programming dictated by the government.In a joint statement last week before the bill was passed, a group of private Guyanese broadcasters called for debate to be deferred, describing the planned public service programme requirement as an “infringement on the freedom to determine broadcast content”.That view was echoed by the Guyana Press Association (GPA), which told IPI in a statement that it condemned the planned changes and would work with international groups to “convince the government of the need to halt or reverse this process given the severe consequences these amendments pose to freedom of the press and the commercial viability of private radio and television stations”.IPI Director of Advocacy and Communications Steven M. Ellis urged the Guyanese government to address criticism regarding the amendments before they become law.“We are troubled that this bill appears to have been drafted and passed without time for sufficient consultation with all relevant stakeholders, including Guyana’s private broadcasters and local civil society groups,” Ellis said. “Elements of this legislation – in particular provisions related to the broadcasting of public service content – also raise questions about the government’s commitment to ensuring that Guyanese radio and television stations can operate independently from state and political control. We urge lawmakers to address those questions and revise these amendments as necessary.”Tabled early last week by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, the amendments include a provision requiring private broadcasters to allocate, free of charge, up to 60 minutes of public service programming daily. Additionally, the law would require all current broadcast license holders to reapply within 30 days or lose their right to broadcast.While the GPA said it agreed that private broadcasters should play a role during emergencies and disasters, it highlighted the fact that the amendment would give authorities the ability to dictate time slots if they did not agree with the ones allocated by stations. Furthermore, the new legislation leaves the frequency and content of public service announcements to the discretion of the government.The changes define a public service broadcast as “the broadcast of a programme produced for the purpose of informing and educating the public, and promoting policies and activities of the Government that benefit the public as a whole”.The broadcasts, which also include time for presidential addresses and disaster warnings, are to be allocated between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.GPA told IPI the bill “will disrupt and violate contractual obligations that stations will have with advertisers and programme sponsors”, adding that it “strongly objects to the Guyana government seeking to redefine what constitutes public service programmes”.Anand Persaud, editor-in-chief of the daily Stabroek News, told IPI that mandating the airing of what the government considers to be public service programming “unconscionably limits the freedom of operation” of private broadcasters, who have to pay broadcasting fees.“The content of the public service programmes will invariably be political,” he commented. “It is a clear attempt by the government to promote itself.”Opposition lawmakers in Guyana have slammed the amendments. Former President Bharrat Jagdeo, now leader of the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP), dubbed the changes “a threat to press freedom” and said they would force broadcasters to air government propaganda. On Friday, PPP MP Gail Teixeira described the bill as “reckless, undemocratic in content, and an infringement on the rights of people”.Prime Minister Nagamootoo defended the bill, insisting that it did not restrict press freedom but rather “lends clarity and certainty” to the powers granted to Guyana’s National Broadcasting Authority (NBA), a body established by the Broadcasting Act of 2011.Concerns over broadcasting freedom in Guyana are not new. The Guyanese government exercised a complete radio monopoly until 2011, and critical television broadcasters were consistently denied broadcast licenses during much of the PPP’s 23-year rule from 1992 to 2015. During a 2013 visit to Guyana, IPI urged the government to ensure that the granting of television and radio licenses under the newly introduced Broadcasting Act be conducted in a transparent and impartial manner. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBroadcast Amendment Bill: PPP/C plans to challenge it in Court- NandlallAugust 9, 2017In “Business”Legal challenge to Broadcast Amendment Bill filed by former Attorney GeneralOctober 10, 2017In “Business”Broadcast Amendment Bill: GPA stands in solidarity with local broadcastersAugust 3, 2017In “Business” read more

Sep
22

Mens U20 EUR0 2014 – DAY 1 Denmark against Serbia – France

← Previous Story Anti Doping Commision: Suspension for Mimi Kraus! Next Story → Men’s U2O EURO 2014 – DAY 1: Favorites have no mercy! Here are the schedule of the Day 1 at the Men’s U20 EURO 2014 in Austria:Group A:Spain – Macedonia 14hrsFrance – Norway 17hrsGROUP B:Estonia – Switzerland 16Denmark – Serbia 20Group C:Germany – Slovakia 18Austria – Belarus 20Group D:Sweden – Israel 14Hungary – Slovenia 16The Men’s 20 EHF EURO takes place in the Austrian cities of Linz and Traun from 24 July to 3 August 2014. For more information visit the official website and the event’s Facebook page.All matches can be watched online. This is the link to matches in Linz, matches in Traun can be watched here. read more

Sep
22

Luka Žvižej retires from Slovenian NT

luka zvizej Amazing 217 matches and 702 goals are behind Luka Žvižej in the Slovenian national team. Ahead only captain’s role at RK Celje Pivovarna Laško. Experienced 36-years old left wing decided to close chapter with the national team a month before the Olympic qualifications, the last chance for Slovenia to see Rio:– There is a moment, when I had to decided about the future. With a huge honour I played every single of 217 matches in this 15 years. The number 20 will always stayed in my heart. There was a lot of memories, more nice than the other one, a lot of challenges with my team-mates, brothers, with whom I was a part of the team. Thanks to all those who shared moments with me – concluded Luka Žvižej his NT career. ← Previous Story 12 teams fighting for TOP 8: Replay in Plock and Szeged Next Story → Kim Andersson is back to fight for Rio! read more

Sep
21

Sydney conference to explore Hellenism in a globalised world

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram 60 academics, in the field of Greek studies along with members of the wider academic community, will come together this week to discuss Hellenism in a globalised world. Speakers from America, England, Greece, Cyprus, Austria, Australia and New Zealand, will present talks at the tenth biennial conference of the Modern Greek Studies Association, Australia and New Zealand (MGSAANZ), which begins Thursday and concludes Sunday. The conference will focus on Greek culture, examining its past and more importantly its future. Lecturer and Head of Modern Greek Studies at Macquarie University, Dr Elizabeth Kefallinos, will deliver a lecture on Greek-Australian identities in the Globalised World, and said the conference has an important focus. “Usually when we do conferences about Hellenism we look at the past, but I think it’s time to speak of the present,” Dr Kefallinos told Neos Kosmos. Dr Kefallinos said her lecture would examine identity and the new Greek identity that has formed. “We are trying to reevaluate our existence in Australia by asking what are we? What is our Greek identity?” she said. “People like me left Greece when quite young but were old enough to have completed our identity as Greeks, however we grew up and studied here in Australia so it is inevitable our identity would be linked to Australia as well. Sometimes people feel we go back to Greece and we don’t feel Greek; a lot of people feel in between and it’s not very nice to feel this way,” she said. This feeling of “between-ness” is vastly affected by globalisation, Dr Kefallinos said. Other academics speaking at the conference include Dr John Yiannakis discussing language, history and diaspora in the age of globalisation, Ms Sophia Sakellis discussing Greek language in the age of globalistion and Dr Despina Michael lecturing about negotiating ethnic identity: The Musician as ‘insider-outsider’ in Modern Greek culture. The conference will be held on the Macquarie University Campus in Sydney. The program is available online at: http://www.eurolang.mq.edu.au/conferences/Greek/index.htmllast_img read more

Sep
19

NWIW Inslees opposition doesnt affect Kalama methanol project

first_imgLONGVIEW — Will Gov. Jay Inslee’s newfound opposition to the $2 billion proposed Kalama methanol plant kill the project?No, according to the company and local officials. But the future of the project will remain murky at least for a few more months.The Washington governor Wednesday afternoon announced his opposition to the Kalama project and a liquefied natural gas plant in Tacoma after signing a bill banning hydraulic fracking for oil and gas. He’d endorsed the methanol project shortly after it was proposed in 2014, but he said Wednesday the project runs counter to what is needed to combat global climate change.Northwest Innovation Works hopes to build at the Port of Kalama to convert natural gas into methanol for shipment to Asia, where the company says it would be used in production of plastics.Cowlitz County Commissioner Dennis Weber said Thursday it is “disappointing” Inslee changed his stance on the project, but he is glad the governor didn’t order Ecology to stop the permitting process. Weber said Inslee’s campaign for U.S. president, in which he is advocating action to curb carbon emissions and halt global climate change, “colors most of his decisions.”Inslee said in his statement that his stance does not change the state’s regulatory process.Vee Godley, chief development officer for Northwest Innovation, said Inslee’s announcement doesn’t affect the next steps for the project.“At the end of the day, this is still a project that’s received every permit required by the state,” Godley said.One year ago, Cowlitz Superior Court Judge Stephen Warning overruled the state Shoreline Hearings Board’s September 2017 decision to invalidate the two shoreline permits that county regulators had previously granted. However, the permits are on hold until completion of a “cradle to grave” analysis of the plant’s potential to affect climate change.last_img read more

Sep
6

ISRO releases first set of earth pictures captured by

first_imgNew Delhi: Space agency ISRO on Sunday released the first set of pictures of the earth captured by Chandrayaan 2, the country’s second Moon mission launched a fortnight ago. The pictures were captured by L14 camera on board Chandrayaan II. The pictures show the earth in different hues.#ISROEarth as viewed by #Chandrayaan2 LI4 Camera on August 3, 2019 17:32 UT pic.twitter.com/KyqdCh5UHa— ISRO (@isro) August 4, 2019 Also Read – Trinamool, BJP activists scuffle at Dilip Ghosh’s event Advertise With Us Recently, the organisation announced that it has successfully carried out the fourth earthbound orbit-raising manoeuvre for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft.#ISROEarth as viewed by #Chandrayaan2 LI4 Camera on August 3, 2019 17:32 UT pic.twitter.com/KyqdCh5UHa— ISRO (@isro) August 4, 2019″Fourth earthbound orbit-raising manoeuvre for Chandryaan-2 spacecraft has been performed successfully today (August 2, 2019) at 1527 hrs (IST) as planned, using the onboard propulsion system for a firing duration of 646 seconds. The orbit achieved is 277 x 89472 km. All spacecraft parameters are normal,” the space agency had said in a statement. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us A Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark III, carrying the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft, had lifted off at 2.43 pm on July 22 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. Chandrayaan-2 will explore a region of the moon where no mission has ever set foot. The spacecraft consists of an orbiter, a lander, and a rover together referred to as “composite body”. The landing on the moon’s south polar region is expected on September 6 this year. The spacecraft will be the first Indian expedition to attempt a soft landing on the lunar surface. This mission will make India the fourth country after the US, Russia, and China to carry out a soft landing on the moon.last_img read more

Sep
1

Mens Golf Opens Spring Season at South Alabama

first_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville men’s golf team begins the 2019 spring season with the Mobile Sports Authority hosted by South Alabama at the Magnolia Grove Crossings Golf Course from Feb. 11-12.All 15 teams in the field will start play on Monday with a 9 a.m. ET shot-gun start, with the second round continuing later in the day. Tuesday’s final round will include a double tee start at 9 a.m.Aside from the Cardinals, the other teams in the tournament include Abilene Christian, Florida State, Illinois Stare, Jacksonville State, Kennesaw State, Louisiana, Nicholls, North Alabama, Oral Roberts, Richmond, South Alabama, Southern Mississippi, Texas State, and Western Kentucky.The Cardinals are coming off one of their most successful fall seasons, posting a win and two second-place finishes. The Cardinals won the Olde Town Club Invitational and were second at the Louisville Cardinals Invitational and Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate.Louisville will be traveling Matthias Schmid, John Murphy, Devin Morley, Simon Zach, Jiri Zuska, and Trevor Johnson will be playing as an individual.Schmid led the Cardinals with a 67.93 scoring average in the fall, winning the Olde Town Club Invitational at 18-under and posting three top-five finishes.Murphy also had a successful fall, finishing second on the team with a 69.93 stroke average, while Zuska stands third at 70.87.Live stats for all three rounds will be displayed on golfstat.com.Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

Aug
29

Surprise Bing is doing quite well

first_imgSurprise: Bing is doing quite well by Martin Brinkmann on July 05, 2017 in Internet – 14 commentsMicrosoft published information on Bing on the company’s Bing Ads account yesterday that show Bing’s market share in some parts of the world.According to the Bing Network market share graphic, Bing has a global market share of 9% of the search market.If you break down the market share, you will notice that Bing is doing quite well in North America, and other English speaking countries.Bing’s market share according to Microsoft is 33% in the US, 26% in the UK, 17% in Canada, 19% in Hong Kong, 17% in Norway, and 19% in France.The data comes from Comscore; Bing Network data includes Bing Search, as well as Yahoo Search operations powered by Bing, and Aool Search Network. The measurement period was March 2017, and included only searches on desktop systems.Bing Network market shareWhile Bing is doing well in some regions of the word, mostly in English speaking ones, it is not doing so well in others.If you look at continents, you will notice an overall market share of 3% in the Asia Pacific region, and a 5% market share in Latin America.Microsoft did reveal the number of monthly searches as well in the graphic. The Bing Network gets over 12 Billion monthly searches according to Microsoft worldwide. Over 5 Billion of those come from the United States alone.The Comscore figures are a bit higher than those by third-party tracking services such as Statcounter. Statcounter sees Bing at a market share of 2.96% in March 2017. If you add Yahoo Search to that, which had a market share of 2.2% in the same month, you get an accumulated market share of 5.16% worldwide.Microsoft’s Bing Search engine is doing well when it comes to revenue as well according to Steve Sirich, General Manager of Bing Ads (via MSPoweruser). Bing is closing in on the $5 Billion per year revenue mark, and has seen more than 30% growth over the last year. The growth of Bing is fueled mostly by the growth of Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system, as Bing is integrated in Windows Search and also the default search engine for both Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer.Closing WordsOne reason why Bing is doing well in most English speaking regions and not so well in most non-English speaking regions is that Microsoft still seems to focus much of the development on the US version of Bing.New features are usually introduced on Bing US first, and there is always a chance that they are not pushed to regional versions of Bing at all.I can only speak for Bing’s German search results; they are not great mostly.Now You: What’s your take on Bing?SummaryArticle NameSurprise: Bing is doing quite wellDescriptionMicrosoft published information on Bing on the company’s Bing Ads account yesterday that show Bing’s market share in some parts of the world.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Aug
27

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first_imgFacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Imaging informatics leaders from across the globe gathered in Washington, D.C., last week to exchange ideas and network with their peers during the 2015 annual meeting of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM). The event included opportunities to earn CME and CE credits while hearing experts from the field discuss practical solutions for the imaging informatics challenges the industry is currently facing.Attendees were able to learn and network at the Science & Innovation Pavilion, where they could discover the latest science and innovations in enterprise imaging. In addition, they could participate in the scientific posters and demonstrations “Roving Tours” and interact with authors who are paving the way for the next generation of imaging informatics.At the 8th Annual Open Source and App Plug Fest attendees were able to browse some of the most successful open source projects and app products available to the medical imaging informatics community. New this year, the Plug Fest featured some of the hottest free apps being developed and used by peers.And back by popular demand, the 2015 SIIM Hackathon was the place to observe vendors and attendees working side-by-side while exploring, navigating, and developing apps.I had the opportunity to discuss several key topics with top industry leaders while at SIIM. Topics addressed include:What is Social Media and mHealth? With Richard Wiggins III, M.D.SIIM 2015 Program Committee Chair Richard Wiggins III, M.D., discusses social media and mHealth, and explains what SIIM is doing to integrate it.Discussing Interoperability at SIIM 2015 with David BrownSIIM Chair David Brown discusses interoperability, and his concerns from a data security and compliance perspective.SIIM 2015 Hackathon with Donald DennisonDonald Dennison, co-chair of the SIIM Hackathon committee, discusses the objectives for this event’s second year SIIM.Don Dennison Discusses the Next Imaging Evolution at SIIM 2015Donald Dennison, director-at-large on the Board of Directors for SIIM, shares his thoughts on “the next imaging evolution,” and the technical and market forces that are driving this change.Be sure to view these videos on itnTV.In addition, attendees spent time on the show floor viewing new products and services; highlights from the show floor are featured below.Be sure to mark your calendars for the SIIM 2016 Annual Meeting June 29-July 1 in Portland, Ore. The Call for Abstracts deadline is Sept. 14, 2015. For more information, visit www.SIIM2016.org. Blog | June 04, 2015 Creating the Image Enabled Enterprise last_img read more

Aug
19

The Blind Pigs celebrate 20year anniversary Vday

first_imgThe Blind Pigs Blues Band has been around for two decades, and in some ways has evolved over that time. But vocalist David Scott, who founded the band, says its always been about the blues.He grew up listening to the blues in a post-WWII London, and during that time, England’s music scene was heavily influenced by the States. Merchants and seamen brought albums over from U.S. ports, including blues albums.Costa Rica, on the other hand, has more recently come to embrace the blues. When Scott arrived here in 1990, there was no blues music whatsoever, he recalls. He eventually established a blues and jazz bar in San José, but soon got another idea. “Having no money and being a blues musician, I thought, ‘Ah, I’ll start a blues band,’” he says with a smile.He came in contact with a local bass player, a German drummer, and an Italian guitar player to form The Blind Pigs Blues Band.Over the years, though, members of The Bling Pigs have come and gone. “All the musicians [in Costa Rica] who are capable of playing blues music have passed through my band at one time or another,” Scott says. When one of the members is travelling, he will have another friend join in the fun, so “the band always keeps going”.One of those artists was Costa Rican Minister of Culture and Youth Manuel Obregón. “He can play rock ‘n’ roll and blues that will make your hair pop off,” Scott says. Another is Nancy Buchan, a violinist. Scott is pleased she could be a part of the band, as “she can play it all.” In addition he feels the violin is a unique addition to a blues band.The common denominator in all the band members is their love for the stage and entertainment, Scott explains. “[Blues] is not all together a sad thing, because you can go out play the blues and make people dance and laugh and sing.”The Blind Pigs Blues Band plays original songs, but also classics from Eric Clapton, Jimmy Hendrix, Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, among others. “First of all you learn the song that they wrote, the way they wrote it,” he says. “Then we change it to our style of blues.”The Blind Pigs Blues Band has released three albums and is recording a fourth with all new material. The curious name is a reference to speakeasies (illegal establishments that sold booze) in Philadelphia called “blind pigs,” which often featured a blues piano player.The Blind Pigs Blues Band holds a series of concerts at Jazz Café venues. They’ll play a “Blue Valentine” special on Feb. 14 in San Pedro and then another concert in Escazú on Feb. 27. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Aug
10

Paolo Soleri met with the students for an hour of

first_imgPaolo Soleri met with the students for an hour of Q&A. The group also participated in the weekly ‘School of Thought’. For more information on the Ecosa program contact their web-site at www.ecosainstitute.org. To schedule a special tour or workshop at Arcosanti contact Kelli Huth in our Public Relations department. [Photo & Text: sa] The Ecosa group had a tour of the Arcosanti planning department and visited Soleri archives. Arcosanti chief of Design, Tomiaki Tamura, gave a presentation on the sustainable design aspects of the Arcosanti project and Paolo Soleri’s design philosophy. For hands-on experience the group helped with plaster application in the East Crescent complex and worked on a project in agriculture. [Photo & Text: sa] Paolo Soleri’s method of construction with silt is widely used at Cosanti and Arcosanti. The silt workshop provides instruction in the use of this versatile material. [Photo: Mirelle Packer & Text: sa] April 30, 2004The Ecosa Institute was founded in 1996 by Arcosanti alumnus Tony Brown. His dedication to issues of sustainability and ecological design developed after joining Paolo Soleri’s Cosanti Foundation where he worked for thirteen years on conceptual designs for a new vision of urban settlements. He worked with Soleri as architect in residence supervising both design and construction.The Ecosa Institute was founded in 1996 by Arcosanti alumnus Tony Brown. His dedication to issues of sustainability and ecological design developed after joining Paolo Soleri’s Cosanti Foundation where he worked for thirteen years on conceptual designs for a new vision of urban settlements. He worked with Soleri as architect in residence supervising both design and construction. Tony Brown: ‘It became clear that only a design education that is comprehensive, interactive, and innovative can bring any understanding of a subject as complex as ecological design’. [Image: Ecosa Institute & Text: sa] Ecosa Spring Semester 2004 focuses on Sustainable Design. The class visits Arcosanti for 2 days of lectures and hands-on activities. [Photo: Mirelle Packer & Text: sa]last_img read more

Feb
23

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