Education Ministry Increasing Uniformed Groups in Schools

first_img The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, under its Safety and Security Programme, is on a mission to increase the number of uniformed groups in schools. In addition, students who are members of these groups do better socially and academically than those who are not affiliated with such organisations. The move is part of measures to improve discipline among students. Research shows that the presence of clubs and uniformed groups on the school grounds helps to promote positive values and attitudes. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, under its Safety and Security Programme, is on a mission to increase the number of uniformed groups in schools.The move is part of measures to improve discipline among students. Research shows that the presence of clubs and uniformed groups on the school grounds helps to promote positive values and attitudes.In addition, students who are members of these groups do better socially and academically than those who are not affiliated with such organisations.“We are anticipating that for students who are involved with groups, it will help with their behaviour, help with self-discipline and group discipline and certainly help with the reduction of violence and critical incidents within our schools,” says Director of the Safety and Security Unit in the Ministry, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Coleridge Minto.The Jamaica Combined Cadet Force (JCCF), one of the oldest uniformed groups in the island, is among the entities that the Ministry has engaged in its drive.ASP Minto tells JIS News that the objective is to increase student involvement in the cadet corps from 3, 000 to 10,000 in the next three to five years.“The schools have been very supportive of this expansion effort and 120 persons, including principals and teachers, have expressed interest in becoming cadet officers. Fifty commenced the basic officers and adult rank course in July 2018,” he informs.Commandant of the JCCF, Colonel Errol V. Johnson, tells JIS News that the organisation now has a presence in over 50 per cent of high schools across Jamaica; however, in the next two years, the force will be in all high schools.The JCCF is open to male and female students attending school at the secondary level, who can enlist as cadet recruits.During the training process, which can last up to four months, recruits are exposed to the rules and regulations of the corps, basic drills, and learning to march and salute.Recruits are also exposed to weapons training, field craft, map reading, some social graces, community involvement, disaster management, first aid, music and environmental consciousness.Adults are trained by the JCCF to become cadet officers, and Colonel Johnson is appealing for more persons with suitable leadership qualities to volunteer to serve.Currently, professionals such as pilots, engineers, nurses, doctors, teachers, and lawyers serve as officers in the cadet corps.Other uniformed groups being engaged by the Ministry include the Scouts Association, St. John Ambulance and the Caribbean Merchant Marine Cadet Corps.Currently, there are Scouts groups in 80 public schools, mainly at the primary level, while St. John Ambulance will roll out its youth brigade this year.At the primary level, the students will be called Humming Bird; the St. John Cadet at the secondary level; and the St. John Link at the tertiary level. Students will be taught first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), among other things. Meanwhile, the Caribbean Merchant Marine Cadet Corps, which is operated through the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), was established just over two years ago and, to date, there are active cadet units in 30 schools with approximately 900 cadets.ASP Minto pointed out that other groups, such as the Boys’ and Girls’ brigades, Girl Guides, National Interschool Brigade Movement, and the Dynamic Cadet Corps, will also be incorporated into the Ministry’s Safety and Security programme.He informs that the Ministry will support these groups through funding, endorsements as well as assisting with their expansion programmes.He says that the Ministry is ensuring that all the groups it endorses are approved to operate in schools.“As with any external body, uniformed groups are required to submit the necessary documentation to the Permanent Secretary when attempting to integrate their club into a school,” he points out. Story Highlightslast_img read more

ILO: Algeria Ratifies Maritime Labour Convention

first_imgzoom Algeria recently became the 79th Member State to ratify the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006) with the International Labour Organization (ILO).The government of Algeria deposited the instrument of ratification of the MLC, 2006 in late July, marking another step towards worldwide ratification.The MLC, 2006 consolidates and revises the majority of the maritime labour instruments previously adopted by the ILO.The convention, which is considered the “fourth pillar” of the international regulatory regime, together with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Conventions SOLAS, STCW and MARPOL, represents a turning point, since both seafarers and shipowners can benefit from the standards that it sets, ILO said.In 2015, the Algerian merchant fleet counted 138 ships totalling 747,500 gross tonnage and the country estimated global supply of seafarers amounted to 1,137.last_img read more

Two men in custody after alleged carjacking in northwest Calgary

first_imgCALGARY – Police say two men are in police custody after an alleged carjacking in Calgary.Investigators with the Calgary Police say that at about 5 a.m. on Saturday, two men approached the driver of a pickup truck that was stopped at an intersection and produced a handgun.They say the men demanded the driver get out, and the suspects got into the vehicle.Police say the suspects fled in the truck, driving erratically throughout the northwest of the city, at times veering into oncoming traffic.When officers tried to stop the vehicle, the pickup truck rammed into the police cars before continuing on.Police say the vehicle was stopped a few hundred metres away, and the men were taken into custody.Investigators say charges are pending against the men, who have not been publicly identified.last_img read more

Stars Roll Up To UNICEF UK Halloween Ball

first_imgUNICEF UK Ambassadors Jemima Goldsmith and Michael Sheen led the terror-ific turn out alongside guests Rita Ora, Poppy Delevingne and Hugh Grant at Unicef UK’s annual Halloween Ball on Thursday, raising vital funds to help protect Syria’s children in danger.Michael Sheen at UNICEF Halloween BallCredit/Copyright: UNICEF UKThe event raised an incredible £1.6 million, made possible by the UK Government matching all public donations pound for pound on the night.Rita Ora at UNICEF Halloween BallCredit/Copyright: UNICEF UKHigh-profile personalities from the worlds of entertainment, fashion and business arrived at London’s iconic venue, One Mayfair, for the freaky circus themed party that included live circus acts and spooky immersive theatre.Hugh Grant at UNICEF Halloween BallCredit/Copyright: UNICEF UKSinger Jessie Ware kicked off the entertainment with a breath-taking performance followed by an electrifying show by artist, Rita Ora. Producer and DJ Mark Ronson kept the party going with a DJ set until the small hours as guests danced the night away.Long-standing Unicef UK Ambassador Jemima Goldsmith said, “We’ve all been shocked by the recent heart-breaking images of children’s bodies washed up on beaches and children suffocating in trucks as families desperately try to seek safety in Europe. But it’s not enough to be shocked, we must take action. Unicef is one of the few organisations working inside Syria as well as delivering life-saving humanitarian aid for refugee children across the region. Their work remains desperately underfunded. At the Halloween Ball tonight we’re thrilled to help raise vital funds to support Unicef’s work for Syrian children whose lives have been devastated by the conflict.”The money raised at the Halloween Ball will help Unicef, the world’s leading children’s organisation, provide clean water, vaccinations, school supplies, warm winter clothes, psychosocial care and child protection for Syrian children whose lives have been turned upside down by the conflict.Until the end of January 2016, the UK Government will match pound for pound all donations made to Unicef’s work for the children of Syria.International Development Secretary Justine Greening said: “The Syria conflict is robbing a generation of its childhood. There are nearly six million children inside Syria in desperate need of help and children make up half of the four million refugees forced to flee their homes. Many have known nothing but war.“Unicef is working to reach these children in danger and to ensure they get the clean water, medical care, protection and warm clothes they need as another winter closes in. For the third year in a row we are matching pound for pound all donations to Unicef’s Syria winter appeal, to ensure that this public support goes twice as far.”Unicef UK Executive Director, David Bull said: “Right now there are there are now nearly 14 million children in Syria and the surrounding countries affected by the conflict. Every day they face danger of exploitation, violence and abuse and as winter looms, many are sleeping in the open air and are at risk from pneumonia and hypothermia. The need to protect these children has never been greater. We are thankful for the overwhelming support and generosity that our guests have shown at the Halloween Ball and to the UK Government for matching pound for pound all donations made on the night and until the end of January 2016. We rely entirely on voluntary donations so the money raised is vital to enable Unicef teams to continue working round the clock to protect Syrian children in danger.”You can help keep Syria’s children safe. Please visit to donate.last_img read more

AU Peace and Security Council Holds Meeting in Morocco

Rabat – The Peace and Security Council of African Union (AU) will gather in the Moroccan seaside town of Skhirat on Monday, June 24, as announced last week by Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.According to the ministry’s statement, the three-day gathering will review the peace-building actions in Africa and the Council’s working plan to tackle the challenges of crisis management and conflict alleviation in the region.This will be the first meeting of the AU on Moroccan soil since last year when Morocco organized a seminar on “improving the working methods by the AU Peace and Security Council.” The seminar took place on May 9, 2018, in Rabat andprioritized the need to reform the council by improving its credibility and efficiency in the face of the threats Africa is currently facing concerning its peace and stability.The gathering in Skhirat will be attended by the Council’s 15-member-states committee of Algeria, Angola, Burundi, Djibouti, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Togo, Zimbabwe, and Morocco.Read also: Egypt Hosts Polisario Delegation at African Union Meeting in Cairo read more

Sri Lanka will accept Qatar currency operate flights to Doha

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt cut on Monday diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing the Gulf state of supporting and financing “terrorism” as well as interfering in their internal affairs.Later on the day, Yemen, the Maldives and Libya’s eastern-based government also decided to sever diplomatic relations with Qatar. (Colombo Gazette) However the Central Bank of Sri Lanka says it had not issued instructions to any bank not to accept Qatari Riyals. Meanwhile Sri Lanka’s national airline, Srilankan Airlines said it will continue to operate flights to Qatar and will monitor the situation. The Central Bank of Sri Lanka today categorically denied reports by various media institutions stating that “the Central Bank has informed banks not to accept Qatari Riyals”.Officials at the Katunayake Airport had said that most banks at the airport had refused to exchange Qatari Riyals. read more

Kosovo UN chief urges widest possible participation in Sundays polls

In a statement from his spokesperson, Mr. Ban called on all concerned “to uphold the highest democratic standards and show full respect for the diversity of the population’s views. “Free and fair elections this Sunday will constitute a milestone in the strengthening of peace and security in Kosovo, the top United Nations official said in the statement. There are reportedly nearly 8,000 candidates in the 3 November polls to select councilors and mayors.Mr. Ban “strongly encourages the widest possible participation,” his spokesperson said. He welcomes the progress achieved and the determination of all parties to ensure inclusive elections, free of intimidation and violence, the spokesperson added.Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in February 2008 following years of ethnic tensions, but Serbia has not recognized the declaration. The European Union has since been facilitating dialogue between the parties on a range of practical matters.Tensions between ethnic Serbs and ethnic Albanians have flared up over the years, particularly in the north of Kosovo – which has an ethnic Serbian majority, unlike the rest of Kosovo, where ethnic Albanians are the majority – sparking concerns from UN officials.The agreement to hold the November elections with the facilitation of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is among the provisions of the historic 19 April Agreement brokered in Brussels. read more

At Chinas Belt and Road Forum UN chief Guterres stresses shared development

“Both strive to create opportunities, global public goods and win-win cooperation. And both aim to deepen ‘connectivity’ across countries and regions: connectivity in infrastructure, trade, finance, policies and, perhaps most important of all, among peoples,” the Secretary-General said addressing Chinese President Xi Jinping and dozens of other state leaders at the Belt and Road Forum. The attendees represent some of the more than 60 countries included in the Belt and Road plan that China introduced in 2013 to stimulate trade and economic growth along the ancient Silk Road and beyond.“In order for the participating countries along the Belt and Road to fully benefit from the potential of enhanced connectivity, it is crucial to strengthen the links between the Initiative and the Sustainable Development Goals,” Mr. Guterres noted, adding that the 17 Goals can guide the policies and actions under the Belt and Road towards true sustainable development.The initiative reportedly includes nearly $1 trillion worth of infrastructure investments in Africa, Asia and Europe. As these projects – which include bridges, nuclear plants and railways – unfold, Mr. Guterres highlighted the need to work together to uphold international environmental and social standards, and ensuring that rural areas, not just cities, benefit. “With the initiative expected to generate vast investments in infrastructure, let us seize the moment to help countries make the transition to clean-energy, low-carbon pathways – instead of locking in unsustainable practices for decades to come,” he said, praising Chinese leadership on climate change. He also urged donor countries to continue investing in development projects through official development assistance (ODA), and urged them to fulfil their commitments under the Addis Ababa Plan of Action, which finances projects related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Mr. Guterres also called on Governments to settle peacefully any tensions related to the One Belt, One Road initiative, saying that “just as the initiative opens new corridors for goods, let us also keep open the channels for dialogue.” He praised the initiative for its “immense potential” to promote access to markets, and as “far-reaching in geography and ambition.” Since arriving in China on 13 May, Mr. Guterres has met with senior Chinese officials, including Foreign Minister Wang Yi. He also held a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. read more

No 13 South Carolina women beat ETSU at Vancouver Showcase

VANCOUVER — Doniyah Cliney and Bianca Jackson had 14 points apiece and Tyasha Harris scored 13 to help No. 13 South Carolina beat ETSU 101-55 on Thursday night to advance to the semifinals of the Vancouver Showcase.Nelly Perry and Elysa Wesolek each scored 10 for South Carolina (3-1).Cliney hit two 3-pointers in the opening 90 seconds to spark a 20-4 run over the first four-plus minutes and South Carolina never trailed. The Gamecocks hit their first 10 field-goal attempts, including five 3-pointers, and opened a 20-point lead with three minutes left in the first quarter. ETSU scored 12 of the next 14 points to trim its deficit to 33-23 early in the second but Harris answered with a 3-point play that ignited a 9-0 spurt and the Buccaneers got no closer.Raven Dean led ETSU with nine points. Erica Haynes-Overton, who came in averaging a team-leading 15.8 points per game, scored eight on 1-of-11 shooting.The Buccaneers (0-5), who won 20 games and appeared in the Women’s NIT last post-season, are off to their worst start since losing 10 straight to open the 2011-12 season.The Associated Press read more

The Warriors Are Making A Mockery Of The NBA Salary Cap

Just when you thought competitive balance in the NBA couldn’t be worse, the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors swooped in Monday night, stole the thunder from LeBron James’s coronation in Los Angeles and signed DeMarcus Cousins (the best big man still available in free agency) for well below market value. Now, what already felt like the biggest foregone conclusion in sports — yet another Warriors championship — seems even less in doubt, somehow.Doesn’t the NBA have an incredibly complex set of salary-cap rules to prevent this kind of thing from happening? In theory, yes. But from Kevin Durant’s discount contract to Klay Thompson’s talk1Which his father, former NBA player Mychal Thompson, later downplayed. of leaving millions on the table to remain with Golden State (not to mention the coups the team scored with veterans like David West), the Warriors have a long history of convincing stars to take less money for the sake of the dynasty. Cousins is just the latest example — and maybe the most shocking, since he signed for less than Aron Baynes, Marco Belinelli or Mario Hezonja will reportedly make next season.The Warriors were able to sign Cousins as a free agent despite being tens of millions of dollars over the cap thanks to one of the NBA’s many salary-cap loopholes: in this case, the mid-level exception, or MLE. The MLE comes in several different varieties depending on how far past the cap a team’s payroll is, but the Warriors used the so-called taxpayer MLE to give Cousins his $5.3 million next season. It’s all legal, at least according to the letter of the salary cap rules. (As for the spirit? Not so much.)The MLE was introduced in the NBA’s 1999 collective bargaining agreement as a way for capped-out contenders to still be able to add quality role players in support of their stars. Perhaps the best examples of the MLE working as originally intended are Shane Battier, who joined the Miami Heat in 2011 and played a vital role on two title squads, and Shaun Livingston, who signed with the Warriors before the first of their three championship runs over the next four years. Those are the kind of guys who are supposed to be available via the mid-level exception — solid players, not stars.Cousins, however, is much, much better than your typical MLE pickup. Sure, there are questions about how he’ll fit on Golden State’s roster. But he also made the All-NBA second team as recently as 2016, and has generated 11.2 points of value over replacement player (VORP) — worth roughly 30 wins — over the previous three seasons according to, a tally that ranks tied for 16th best in basketball during that span.Using archives of Basketball-Reference’s database of contracts going back to the 2012-13 season, I identified 175 instances of the MLE (or one of its variants, including the taxpayer/“mini” mid-level and the so-called “room exception”) being used to sign a player in recent years, prior to the summer of 2018. In that group, the average MLE signee had generated 1.2 VORP in the three seasons leading up to his contract — meaning Cousins was worth about 27 more wins (!) than the typical MLE-worthy player in the years before signing his new contract. No other MLE pickup in our data set was even remotely close to as valuable going into his new deal as Cousins was: It’s probably clear by now just what a steal Cousins is at $5.3 million, but here’s one more note: Our CARMELO projection system, which spits out fair dollar values for every player’s production, thinks Cousins should be worth about $46.1 million next season. The NBA’s maximum salary rules preclude him from getting quite so much, of course, but he still figures to be worth far more than the mid-level pittance Golden State is doling out for his services.From Cousins’s perspective, it does make some sense to cut this particular deal. He’s coming off a major injury last season, and he may not be available to the Warriors until after the 2018-19 season begins. The Pelicans’ unexpected surge without him during the playoffs reinforced old questions about Cousins’ ability to win, and the market for bigs was looking cash-poor anyway this summer, with the repercussions of 2016’s wild spending spree crashing down on teams’ cap and luxury-tax budgets. According to The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears, Cousins didn’t receive any “significant” contract offers when free agency opened up. So instead, Cousins is gambling that he can fit in with the Warriors’ legendarily unselfish group for a year, produce solid numbers, ease back into health, win a ring — and in the process, ditch his longtime label as a me-first malcontent. If all goes according to plan, he’ll be due for a much bigger payday next summer than he could’ve gotten had he played the normal free-agent game this summer.But even if things work out well for Cousins, it will have meant dealing another blow to whatever competitive balance is left in the league. For a brief while, things seemed to be taking a turn toward increased excitement: The Rockets spent a season suggesting the Warriors weren’t as unbeatable as they seem — coming within a Chris Paul injury and some historically cold shooting of possibly proving it in the playoffs — and James is just starting to form his own Western Conference challenger in LA. But then, Golden State strengthened their grip on the NBA with another deal that turned the salary cap’s rules against their own underlying purpose. The Warriors proved once again that the most exciting time on the pro basketball calendar is during the summer free-agent frenzy — when no games are played, but the fate of the following season is sealed. read more

Copper prices to remain high in 2012

first_imgDespite some price retracing in 2011, the copper physical market fundamentals remain strong; with liquid stocks near an all-time low. China’s growth will continue to underpin copper’s performance although it may not be the “market saviour” that it was in 2009. In the longer term, according to Intierra Resource Intelligence, increased mine supply will temporarily overwhelm the market. This will create a dip in the price of copper from 2014 to 2017 followed by a recovery in the last part of the decade. Production costs will become more of a factor in determining the price of copper and these costs are higher than in the past. Intierra’s Executive Director, Glen Jones, will present Copper: Market Dynamics and the Exploration Pipeline at the PDAC 2012 Conference in Toronto, Canada on Sunday March 4 at 2:15 pm. This talk is part of the Commodities and Market Outlook session.The PDAC four-day annual Convention held in Toronto, Canada has grown in size, stature and influence since it began in 1932 and today is the event of choice for the world’s mineral industry. In addition to meeting over 1,000 exhibitors and 27,000 attendees from 120 countries, it allows the opportunity to attend technical sessions, short courses, the Prospector’s Tent, the Core Shack as well as social and networking events.last_img read more

The 5 at 5 Thursday

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.1. #CRC: It’s been a day of revelations about the financial goings-on at the CRC as former boss Brian Conlan appeared before the Public Accounts Committee. Conlan said that one-time boss Paul Kiely received a retirement payout of €473,000 – more than double what he had previously told TDs.2. #DISPUTE: Union members at Aer Lingus and the Dublin Airport Authority are to vote on industrial action over the ongoing pensions dispute, amid claims that employers have failed to engage in meaningful discussions.3. #MISSING: Police in Scotland are searching for a 3-year-old boy who has gone missing from his home in Edinburgh. Mikaeel Kular was last seen when he was put to bed last night but was gone from the house this morning. A Child Rescue Alert has been issued to help in the search.4. #ABUSE: Top Vatican officials have been grilled today by the UN’s child rights watchdog about child abuse in the Catholic Church. The representatives said that the Vatican is committed to stamping out sexual abuse by the clergy.5. #RIP: British actor Roger Lloyd-Pack, best known for playing Trigger in Only Fools and Horses, has died at the age of 69. He had been ill with pancreatic cancer.(Video: D King/YouTube)last_img read more

Privacy Groups ramp up support for IE9 Tracking Protection

first_imgWith all the majors browsers shifting their HTML rendering and JavaScript processing engines into high gear in recent versions, the battle for supremacy (and mindshare) has moved to security and privacy. Mozilla’s take, the Do Not Track header, has yet to catch on — in part because it relies on folks who build and maintain websites updating their code in order to have any effect.In Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft built upon its previous filtering technologies and introduced Tracking Protection. Rather than being dependent on code someone else’s code updates, Tracking Protection works like AdBlock does: it pulls down a list of sites from a central location (like EasyList) and blocks the transmission of data to or from any blacklisted providers. As Microsoft puts it, they’re like “Do Not Call” lists for web advertising providers.Tracking Protection Lists (or TPLs) are maintained by a number of different groups, and they’re available for download on the IE Gallery site. In addition to EasyList, TPLs are offered by TrustE, Abine, and This week, Privacy International joined the ranks of TPL providers by posting three European-focused lists including one that is specifically targeted at protecting children online.Today there are 20 different TPLs to choose from — compared to just five when IE9 launched back in March of 2011. Support for Tracking Protection Lists continues to grow, and that’s great news for anyone who’s concerned about privacy on the Internet. Better still, TPLs are simple text files — so it’s entire possible for other browser manufacturers to implement support in their own apps. Whether or not any will remains to be seen, but with Tracking Protection being developed as a standard by the W3C the odds are certainly good.More at Exploring IElast_img read more

Has political correctness gone mad Comedians must be allowed to offend

first_img POPULAR YOUTUBER PEWDIEPIE has been dominating the headlines this week because of a variety of perceived anti-semitic jokes in his videos. Initially reported by the Wall Street Journal, this story exploded and ultimately lead to Pewdiepie getting dropped by Disney. Seán Connolly 112 Comments 2,727 Views Supremacist, Nazi, racist: Do you know the difference?> Saturday 25 Feb 2017, 8:00 PM Has political correctness gone mad? ‘Comedians must be allowed to offend’ Comedians are at the forefront of a battle against an assault on free speech, writes Seán Connolly. By Seán Connollycenter_img Share197 Tweet Email1 Feb 25th 2017, 8:00 PM Some of our best-known comedians have called on the Government to introduce an exemption from defamation for comedy, “to allow citizens think, laugh and collaborate”. The itself carried a story recently about an offensive MC at a Galway comedy night.Could comedians be at the forefront of a battle against an assault on free speech?Should comedians be allowed to offend? Should comedians be allowed to offend? Or should comedy be censored so that it is politically correct? Personally, I agree with the former.I feel that there should be no enforced censorship in comedy. All censorship ever does is make the thing that people want to censor more powerful.Many people complain about the “snowflake” generation of millennials who are offended by everything. I’d offer a different point of view. In the past, comedy has been perfectly happy to have people of a certain gender, race or sexuality as the butt of a joke. We aren’t anymore.Listening to their audience David Mitchell found himself in hot water a number of years ago for an Anne Frank joke involving a drum kit. Source: Shutterstock/Featureflash Photo AgencyComedians need to listen to the reasons people give for being offended, to take certain things on board, and to think critically about their comedy writing. This can only result in a better routine and jokes that appeal to a broader audience.If you want to keep willingly making lazy jokes based on simplistic stereotypes, then you might have to just accept that you’re a person who deserves the hate they’re getting.As adults, we should all be smart and aware enough to tell the difference between “this joke is annoying people for a pretty valid reason” and “this joke is annoying someone because their name is Steve and they don’t like how you pronounce Steve.”Many comedians have weighed in on this issue over the yearsFor some, being mindful of what they say actually has creative benefits. Graham Linehan has his own rules for these challenges. He has said: “If the person I was making fun of contacted me, would I be able to defend it? If the answer is yes, I go ahead.”If you’re going to offend, punch up. Take the piss out of people in power. Look at how well Saturday Night Live is doing these days.Melissa McCarthy’s impression of Sean Spicer is hilarious because it both points out the absurdity of the man, and how the Trump administration can’t deal with any sort of criticism. What would ever be the point in using comedy to punch down or to bully instead? No point whatsoever.You can joke about anythingDavid Mitchell found himself in hot water a number of years ago for an Anne Frank joke involving a drum kit, which he defended as “satirising the situation they were in”.Mitchell himself didn’t write the joke, but defended it saying: “The tragic circumstances give it an edge and make the audience more likely to laugh, but that’s not the same as finding the Holocaust funny.”I agree with Mitchell. You can joke about anything, but it’s the target of the joke that matters.Seán Connolly works as a video producer for the popular Irish YouTube channel Facts. He studied Digital Media in the University of Limerick, and also creates a variety of video content for his own YouTube channel, where he can be found at .Complaints after MC says ‘n****r’ and ‘f*g’ at Galway comedy gig> Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Chandra XRay Data May Have Revealed Most Distant Cloaked Black Hole

first_imgStay on target Scientists Find ‘Hungry’ Supermassive Black Hole Eating 3 Meals DailyScientists Behind First Black Hole Image Win $3 Million Prize Astronomers using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory have discovered evidence for the most distant “cloaked” black hole found to date and at only roughly six percent of the universe’s current age, it is the first sign of a black hole concealed by gas at such an early date in cosmos history.According to NASA, supermassive black holes typically expand by pulling in material from a disk of surrounding matter and rapid growth produces large amounts of radiation in a tiny region around the black hole, which is known as a “quasar.”Current theories suggest that a dense cloud of gas feeds material into the disk around a supermassive black hole during its early growth period, which “cloaks” much of the quasar’s bright light from our view on Earth. As the black hole becomes more massive and consumes material, the gas in the cloud is drained until the black hole and its illuminated disk are uncovered.Observations of a quasar named PSO167-13, which was first discovered by the Pan-STARRS optical-light telescope in Hawaii, helped lead astronomers to the mysterious “cloaked” black hole. Optical observations from surveys have observed approximately 200 quasars already shining when the universe was roughly seven percent of its present age. These surveys were only considered for locating unobscured black holes, because the radiation they sense is suppressed by thin clouds of dust and gas. Initially, quasar PSO167-13 was expected to be unobscured as well, since it was part of these observations.Fabio Vito, a CAS-CONICYT fellow at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and his team, put this idea to the test by leveraging Chandra to study PSO167-13 and nine other quasars. Following 16 hours of observation, only three X-ray light photons were detected from PSO167-13 and they all had relatively high energies. Considering low-energy X-rays are more absorbable than higher energy ones, it’s possible that the quasar is highly shrouded by gas, enabling only high-energy X-rays to be detected.#News: Chandra X-ray data revealed what may be the most distant “cloaked” #BlackHole! Found at a time only about 850 million years after the #BigBang, this black hole could help us better understand an important epoch in the Universe! About the discovery:— Chandra Observatory (@chandraxray) August 8, 2019What’s tricky about these observations is that if the X-rays come from the known quasar, astronomers will need to explain why the quasar showed up in a highly obscured state in X-rays but not in optical light. There might have been a rapid increase in concealing of the quasar during the three years between when the optical and the X-ray observations were made. If the X-rays came from the companion galaxy instead, then it represents the detection of a new quasar within a close distance to PSO167-13.Regardless of each scenario, the quasar spotted by Chandra would be the farthest cloaked quasar spotted at 850 million years after the Big Bang. The previous quasar that held this record was detected 1.3 billion years after the Big Bang. The astronomers plan to conduct more observations to learn more about the “cloaked” black hole and how it could help give clues on the early days of the universe.“It’s extraordinarily challenging to find quasars in this cloaked phase because so much of their radiation is absorbed and cannot be detected by current instruments,” said Vito. “Thanks to Chandra and the ability of X-rays to pierce through the obscuring cloud, we think we’ve finally succeeded.”More on Space Telescope Discovers Bizarre Black Hole DiskX-Rays Help Astronomers Spot Spinning Black Holes in SpaceCool, Gassy ‘Disk’ Spotted Around Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Holelast_img read more

Finance Minister Welcomes Engagement With G20

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Related Items:g20, jamaica, peter phillips Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppWASHINGTON DC, April 14 (JIS): Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, has welcomed the opportunity for the Caribbean to engage with the powerful G20 to highlight and address some of the peculiar challenges that are impeding the progress of countries in the region.He was addressing the first Caribbean Regional Dialogue with members of the G20 Development Working Group on Monday (April 13), as part of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Spring Meetings now underway in Washington DC.Jamaica was asked to co-chair discussions on the challenges confronting Caribbean countries at the meeting with the G20 Development Working Group.Dr. Phillips, in his remarks at the start of the meeting, said the session will be of great value to the Caribbean, because it is the first time there has been engagement between the Caribbean and the G20 in an organised fashion. Dialogue of this nature, he contended, allows for the opportunity to bring to the attention of the G20 countries and the Development Working Group, the specific conditions of the Caribbean region, which he identified as low growth and high debt.He noted that the Caribbean is still suffering the effects of the crisis of 2008-09, pointing out that the consequences of that crisis are impeding the region’s capacity to grow, particularly because of the high debt.“This first contact, I think, is important and it will be the first of a number of contacts. We are grateful to the Turkish authorities, who are President of the G20 this year and the Chinese, who will preside next year. During these engagements, we’ll have to collaborate with the G20 to examine some practical solutions to the issues facing the Caribbean,” he said. “We should also be grateful to the Trinidadian authorities, who took an active part on behalf of the Caribbean in this regard. This dialogue will continue and there are specific areas in which practical solutions can be brought to the table to benefit the Caribbean,” he added. Last October, Dr. Phillips urged the G20 to make good on its promise to assist the Caribbean region to mitigate the effects of the recession of 2008. Speaking during a Caribbean breakfast and caucus meeting in Washington DC, Minister Phillips expressed concern that the group of major economies has not kept its promise to provide financial support to assist the region.“We continue to suffer because the expectations that were generated in 2008, coming out of the first meeting of the G20 nations, for resources to alleviate the plight of the region that was hardest hit by the crisis, have been unfulfilled,” he stated.Dr. Phillips said there is urgent need for the G20 to fulfil its promise, citing the region’s high debt burden, climatic vulnerabilities, along with energy insecurities.The G20 Development Working Group was established in 2010, and is responsible for implementing the G20 Development Agenda, which includes increasing financing for infrastructure investment in developing countries.The G20 is a forum for the governments and central bank governors from 20 major economies. The members include 19 individual countries – Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, The Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States and the European Union.Dr. Phillips is leading Jamaica’s delegation at the IMF and World Bank Spring Meetings, which provide a forum for discussion among governors of central banks, high-level authorities of member countries, representatives of multilateral financial institutions and development agencies. The Jamaican delegation also includes Financial Secretary, Devon Rowe; Governor of the Bank of Jamaica (BoJ), Brian Wynter; Wayne Robinson also of the BoJ; Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Colin Bullock; and head of the IMF Coordination Implementation Unit in the Ministry, Judith Reid.The summit will end on Sunday, April 19, 2015. While in Washington, Dr. Phillips will meet with representatives of the IMF, World Bank, and the US Treasury. Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaicalast_img read more

Thompson Opens Grand Bahamas GOOMBAY Summer Festival

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 7, 2017 – Grand Bahama – Grand Bahamians will play an important role in revitalizing the island of Grand Bahama, according to Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of The Prime Minister, Senator Kwasi Thompson.“Recovery is a group effort; it takes all of us as a community to see a better, brighter island,” said Senator Thompson. “Truly, one of the most impactful efforts toward revitalization is working together as one.”The Minister’s remarks came during the short opening ceremony to kick off this year’s GOOMBAY Festival, which was held at Taino Beach on Thursday, July 6, 2017. The Summer Cultural Festival is expected to run until the end of August, and will be held every Thursday evening at the popular beach.During the opening ceremony, scores of tourists and locals alike flocked to Taino Beach to enjoy Bahamian culture, including food, drinks, Bahamian music and a junkanoo rush out.In his address, the Minister of State for Grand Bahama noted that such festivals as Goombay provide economic value for the country, particularly for the island of Grand Bahama. He noted that upon taking office the Minnis Administration committed itself to revitalizing the island of Grand Bahama.“Grand Bahama has shown great resilience in times of hardship and has always had limitless potential for a successful, sustainable, booming economy,” Senator Thompson told those gathered for the Summer Festival.“We are now moving toward unveiling that potential and making way for this island to be all that it can be.“As such, I urge residents of this island to support local festivals like these; support cultural activities and support Bahamian businesses, because ultimately, Grand Bahamians will play an important role in revitalizing Grand Bahama.”Minister Thompson noted that the government is actively working on the redevelopment of the Lucayan strip. He admitted that the once popular shopping district has faced a number of challenges, particularly for local businesses within the tourism industry.“We want to assure those business owners, particularly vendors in Port Lucaya Marketplace that we stand behind you,” said Minister Thompson. “We are committed to restoring life to Port Lucaya.”“And for our visitors, if you haven’t already done so, please visit Port Lucaya Marketplace. It is our hope and full intent, in conjunction with the Ministries of Tourism and Culture to bring festivals like this to Port Lucaya and throughout our island, thereby creating an avenue for local businesses to thrive and flourish.“As we progress toward revitalization, I strongly encourage the public to participate in these activities.”Minister Thompson commended the team at the Ministry of Tourism for their dedication and hard work in bringing the “awesome” summer festival to Grand Bahama once again. He also thanked the sponsors, as well as the vendors and entertainers who made the decision to be a part of this year’s GOOMBAY Festival.Story by: Andrew CoakleyPress Release: BIS(BIS Photos/Andrew Coakley)Photo Captions:SUMMER FESTIVAL 2017 – Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of The Prime Minister, Senator Kwasi Thompson (centre, with hat), is joined by Member of Parliament for Bains and Grants Town and Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Travis Robinson, Betty Bethel, Director of Tourism (Northern Bahamas) and Ministry of Tourism organizers of this year’s festival, for a group shot during opening ceremonies for the 2017 GOOMBAY Summer Festival on Taino Beach, Thursday, July 6, 2017.OPENING FESTIVAL – Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of The Prime Minister, Senator Kwasi Thompson was the guest speaker at the opening of the 2017 Bahamas GOOMBAY Summer Festival, which was held on Taino Beach, Thursday, July 6, 2017.GREAT SPEECH – Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Member of Parliament for Bains & Grant’s Town, Travis Robinson (left) is congratulated by Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson, for a great speech during the opening of the 2017 Bahamas GOOMBAY Summer Festival.last_img read more

California governor signs 2148 billion budget

first_imgCA is now offering 2 years free community college — less hurdles, more opportunity for all. That’s our promise.— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) June 28, 2019 AP California governor signs $214.8 billion budget AP, June 28, 2019center_img SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California’s budget negotiations (all times local):5:30 p.m.California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed the state’s $214.8 billion operating budget.Newsom signed the budget on Thursday, hours before the midnight deadline.The signing comes after Newsom and state legislative leaders announced a final budget agreement on spending for housing and homelessness. That deal still needs approval from the full Legislature.While the Legislature passed the main budget bill earlier this month, lawmakers and the governor’s office have been negotiating on several other bills that will direct how to spend the money.The budget includes a $21.5 billion surplus, expanded health care for people living in the country illegally and a penalty for people who don’t purchase health insurance.___3:15 p.m.California’s governor and legislative leaders have agreed to reward local governments that make it easier to build houses faster and punish those who don’t.The proposal finalized on Thursday is in response to the state’s housing shortage, which is driving up costs and sending more people to the streets.The plan would reward local governments deemed to be “pro-housing” with more than $1 billion in housing and transportation grants. It would also let the state sue local governments who do not comply, which could include court-imposed fines of up to $100,000 per month. The court could impose additional penalties.The proposal still must pass both houses of the state Legislature.The agreement is part of the final package of bills around the state budget. Newsom has until midnight Thursday to act on the budget bill.___9:51 p.m.California’s governor is running out of time to act on the state’s nearly $215 billion operating budget.Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has until midnight Thursday to make a decision on the budget, which lawmakers passed earlier this month.This is Newsom’s first budget since he took office in January. It includes a $21.5 billion surplus, the largest in at least two decades following years of budget cuts because of shrinking revenues.Newsom has not said whether he will sign the budget. He could also veto it entirely or veto parts of it. Newsom and state lawmakers are still negotiating about other bills that direct how the money will be spent. But Newsom called those outstanding bills “small issues.” Posted: June 28, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Caitlyn Yunker Graduates From Arcadia University

first_imgGLENSIDE, PA — Caitlyn Yunker, a resident of Wilmington, earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology during Arcadia University’s 2018 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on May 18.Nearly 600 students earned degrees at Arcadia’s Commencement. Members of Arcadia’s Class of 2018 will move onto careers in the military, at nonprofit organizations, and in the business sector, including positions with Teach for America and AmeriCorps, Amtrak, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Delaware Shakespeare Theater.Dr. Araj Nair, who assumed office as president of Arcadia in April, presided over the ceremony.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Arcadia University.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Graduate From Bridgewater State UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Kristen Luise Graduates From University Of New HavenIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s MacKinnon & Simmons Graduate From Western New England UniversityIn “Education”last_img read more

Could Norway be an Alaskan model for prison reform

first_imgAlaska is looking to Norway as a model for prison reform.Listen nowThe state is one of several that the California based non-profit Prison Law Office, is working with to improve conditions for prisoners.During a Tuesday (May 9) press conference outside Fairbanks Correctional Center, Prison Law office Executive Director Donald Specter described Norway’s approach.”In Norway, people who are incarcerated are seen as members of the community, so they’re not forgotten about when they come into a facility,” Specter said. “They’re immediate goal is to try to get them out in a productive way. Norwegian prison systems have a saying, that they want to produce a better neighbor.”Specter said Norwegian prisons offer a more residential living arrangement, that allows inmates to prepare their own meals. A tour of the Fairbanks facility is a precursor to an upcoming Prison Law Office trip to view prisons in Norway, where Alaska Corrections Comissioner Dean Williams says a much lower rate of recidivism is fostered by a fundamentally different system.”Better humane conditions and transition opportunities that look differently, and really normalizing prisons to look less like a prison and more like a rehabilitative location for people to get vocational training and education,” Williams said.Williams says Alaska is already drawing on that philosophy, including at in Fairbanks, where despite a very old facility, superintendent Tammy Axleson said change is happening.”We’re really trying to be respectful to the folks and treat them as the people that they are,” Axleson said. “There’s a lot of amazing people who find themselves making bad choices and coming in here. But they are our community members and our neighbors. So trying to make sure that people treat them that way. Expanding programs and asking the inmates what is is that they’re needing to be successful.”Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallot said that prison reform will save the state money. Mallot will join commissioner Williams, the Prison Law Offices Specter and State Senator Pete Kelly on the Norway trip, which is planned for September.UPDATE: This story has been updated with the date of the press conference outside Fairbanks Correctional Center.last_img read more