first_imgThe University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, is moving towards liquefied natural gas (LNG) as it looks to achieve self-sufficiency in energy.Deputy Dean and Director of the Mona School of Engineering in the Faculty of Science and Technology, Dr. Paul Aiken, told JIS News that July 2018 is the targeted timeline for the UWI to start producing electricity for itself from LNG.“We have to find ways to reduce our operational cost,” he said, noting that 45 per cent of the university’s energy is used for cooling, with the bill coming to over $700 million annually.He said that a combined heat and power plant using LNG is the solution to reducing this cost to the university.Meanwhile, Dr. Aiken said the university’s move towards energy self-sufficiency provides an opportunity for a new generation of electrical power engineers to be trained.Students enrolled in the Electrical Power Engineering degree programme will participate in internships at the LNG plant, which will be managed by Mona-Tech Engineering Services. “There is a lot of investment in LNG technology in Jamaica, and so they will need well-trained and knowledgeable engineers to operate the LNG plants,” he pointed out.He noted that Mona’s first cohort of electrical engineers are currently in their final year, and there were approximately194 applicants for the programme this year.“The university is graduating 75 engineers this year, which is nowhere close to the 1,000 that is required (for the industry),” he pointed out.Skills that are needed for the natural gas industry include electrical, electronics and computer systems engineering.Dr. Aiken is encouraging persons to consider the engineering field as a viable career path.Mona’s three-year engineering degree programmes have a minimum entry requirement of passes in Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) or A’ Level mathematics and physics.Students who do not meet this requirement, but have passes in Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) physics, electrical technology and mathematics, have the opportunity for admission to the preliminary year.last_img read more

first_imgNova Scotia will continue its policy of negotiating issues of mutual interest with Mi’kmaq First Nations, following the Supreme Court of Canada ruling, released today, July 20, in an aboriginal logging case. The country’s highest court restored the original convictions of 35 Mi’kmaq loggers, who had been charged with cutting timber on provincial Crown land, in violation of the Crown Lands Act. “Three years ago we began a process that involves direct negotiations with our Mi’kmaq communities and the federal government,” said Michael Baker, minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs. “We’ve made solid progress with our made-in-Nova Scotia negotiations, which continue to include looking at options for further Mi’kmaq participation in the forest industry. It’s one part of our broader commitment to work together to find opportunities to further involve the Mi’kmaq in our growing Nova Scotia economy.” On June 7, 2002, the 13 Mi’kmaq chiefs of Nova Scotia, the province of Nova Scotia and the government of Canada signed an umbrella agreement that reaffirms their long-standing relationship and commitment to work together in good faith to resolve issues of mutual concern. “We will take the necessary time to review the details of today’s decision,” said Richard Hurlburt, Minister of Natural Resources. “We are confident that this court ruling will be respected.” The forest industry in Nova Scotia generates about 17,000 direct and indirect jobs. Annual exports of newsprint, paper, wood pulp, softwood lumber and other products account for $1.1 billion dollars. Seventy per cent of Nova Scotia forest resources are owned privately. About 25 per cent is provincial Crown land. There are 13 Mi’kmaq First Nations in Nova Scotia with an on-reserve population of 12,261, according to 2001 figures.last_img read more

first_imgKAMLOOPS, B.C. – About 135 students at an elementary school in Kamloops, B.C., were stung by wasps during their Terry Fox run Thursday.Diana Skoglund, communications manager for School District 73, said it’s believed the swarm attacked after the students ran over a ground nest.While the cross-country running team regularly uses the same trail, staff believe the high volume of kids participating in the run Thursday disturbed the nest.Parents and emergency responders were called immediately and all of the children were gathered in the gym for treatment and observation. Two children were taken to hospital for observation but Skoglund said the remainder recovered with treatments of ice packs and sting remedies.“There were some tears for sure but it wasn’t chaos,” she said.None of the kids with known anaphylaxis had extreme reactions, but Skoglund said they had EpiPens with them just in case. The two who were taken to hospital with stronger reactions had not previously been known to have anaphylactic allergies.“Many of the children went home with their parents. Many others stayed, finished their lunch and went to class,” Skoglund said.last_img read more

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN National NewsRail service to the northern town of Churchill, Manitoba could be back on track as early as this fall.The tracks running north were destroyed after flooding in the spring.That essentially cut off a number of communities including the larger Churchill centre.“We have the capacity to repair the railway line. Two months is what we’re saying,” said York Factory First Nation Chief Ted Bland.bhobson@aptn.calast_img

first_imgShares of Hydropothecary Corp. rose more than 18 per cent after the licensed medical cannabis producer announced ambitious plans that will see it further grow its operations in Quebec at a rapid pace.The company (TSXV:THCX) said Tuesday it has acquired property adjacent to its existing facility in Gatineau, Que., to construct a new 93,000-square-metre greenhouse that would increase its production capacity to 108,000 kilograms of dried cannabis per year.The expansion will bring the company’s total production capacity to about 121,000 sq. m of cultivation and manufacturing labs, with the expansion expected to be completed in one year.“Hydropothecary is boldly stepping forward to take the lead in the Canadian cannabis industry… Once legalization and the adult-use recreational market become a reality, Hydropothecary will be ready,” said Sebastien St. Louis, CEO and co-founder, in a statement.Vahan Ajamian, a research analyst with Beacon Securities Ltd., said the expansion would put Hydropothecary among the top three producers in Canada.By comparison, Ontario-headquartered Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED) announced in October that it will develop up to about 280,000 sq. metres of greenhouse growing capacity in British Columbia, more than doubling the production footprint of Canada’s biggest licensed marijuana producer.Hydropothecary currently has a production capacity of about 4,600 sq. m and produces about 3,600 kg of dried cannabis per year. An expansion announced in October will see the company increase its production capacity by about 23,000 sq. m by next July, after which it said it’s expected to produce about 26,000 kg annually.St. Louis said costs for the newest expansion to be completed next December, which are expected to be $80 million, will be funded through the company’s current financial resources.The addition is expected to create up to 100 jobs during construction, with another 100 positions forecast for the operation of the new facility.This is on top of 100 jobs which will be created when the company’s 23,000 sq. m greenhouse expansion, which is expected to cost $25 million, becomes operational in July.Shares of Hydropothecary closed at $4.11, up 63 cents or 18.10 per cent, on the TSX Venture Exchange.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Rabat – The Royal Moroccan Gendarmerie has decided to use helicopters with surveillance technology to pursue drug traffickers after a significant police chase.Daily newspaper Al Massae reported today that the royal gendarmerie will set up several special forces to watch the northern coasts and intercept drug trafficking attempts.The decision came after royal gendarmes  came under gunfire in a recent police chase, according to Al Massae. A drug trafficker managed to escape the gendarmes with nine boats loaded with drugs. Read Also: Moroccan Royal Gendarmerie Rescues 5 Fishermen Along El Jadida CoastThe boats were allegedly escaping from Sidi Yahya to Zaer, two inland regions near Rabat.For the first time, the royal gendarmerie used several helicopters equipped with the latest surveillance technology to pursue drug traffickers. Gendarmes hope that the helicopters will enable them in the future to get high resolution pictures and find drug lords.In a separate incident, on December 8, gendarmes in Jorf Lasfar found a boat in El Jadida port belonging to an international drug network after they had been searching for it for almost two weeks. read more

12 June 2008Pervasive corruption is a stranglehold on the lives of the Asia-Pacific region’s poor, limiting their access to education and health services, according to a new United Nations report released today, which also highlights innovative ways in which communities are striving to fight the problem. Launched today in Jakarta, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) report, “Tackling Corruption, Transforming Lives,” notes that anti-corruption efforts usually focus on exposing the ‘big fish.’ But it is ‘small fry’ corruption – from the salaries of fictitious teachers to doctors demanding cash payments from poor, pregnant women to deliver their babies – that impacts people’s day-to-day lives and threatens the achievement of the global targets aimed at halving poverty by 2015, known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).“Hauling the rich and powerful before the courts may grab the headlines, but the poor will benefit more from efforts to eliminate the corruption that plagues their everyday lives,” says Anuradha Rajivan, Head of the UNDP Regional Human Development Report Unit.“Petty corruption is a misnomer,” she adds. “Dollar amounts may be relatively small but the demands are incessant, the number of people affected is enormous and the share of poor people’s income diverted to corruption is high.” Combating corruption makes more political sense now than ever before, especially in sectors like water and electricity, health and education, as it “not only confers credibility to the government, it also greatly promotes everyday citizen satisfaction,” stresses the report. In the Asia-Pacific region, politicians are seen as the most corrupt group in government followed by the police, with the judiciary running a close third, according to the report. Nearly one in five people claim to have paid a bribe to police during the previous year. In addition, giving bribes for admission to a hospital – or for new mothers even to see their babies in a maternity ward – is common in South Asia. “One survey of Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka found that health workers often demanded bribes for admission to hospital, to provide a bed, or to give subsidized medications,” says the report. The report also shows that higher levels of corruption are correlated with fewer children attending schools and higher dropout and illiteracy rates. An extreme type of education corruption is found in ‘ghost teachers’ who may be on a payroll but never set foot in a classroom, and even ‘ghost schools’ exist. At the same time, the report highlights how some communities are fighting the scourge. For example, in the rural, one-teacher schools of Rajasthan, India, where teacher absentee rates have topped 40 per cent, a local non-governmental organization came up with a novel solution that required teachers to take a photo of themselves with the students at the beginning and end of each day using cameras with tamper-proof date and time functions in order to get their maximum salary. As a result, the number of days that children were actually taught each month increased by one third.Enacting, and enforcing, the right anti-corruption legislation has also made a difference in countries. In China a law was introduced in 2006 stipulating that staff members of schools and hospitals would face criminal penalties for seeking bribes or receiving kickbacks. The former Commissioner of the State Food and Drug Administration was subsequently convicted on charges of accepting more than $850,000 in bribes.The report suggests a number of ways to tackle the problem of corruption, including raising salaries for doctors, teachers and other civil servants so they do not have to rely on bribes to make a living, and using information technology and e-governance to make administration more transparent. read more

Specifically, the report examines the existing legislative framework and institutional practices in Sri Lanka in terms of justice for children, and analyses its administration and enforcement. “While Sri Lanka, particularly the Ministry of Justice has already initiated actions related to some areas which the report highlights – such as increasing the minimum age of criminal responsibility as well as amending the Children Judicial Protection Bill (CJPB) to include the principle of best interest of the child as the predominant consideration in all matters related to the child, there remains areas for improvement that need to be addressed with utmost urgency,” Minister of Justice and Foreign Employment Thalatha Atukorale said. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ), in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), today launched ‘A Legal and Institutional Assessment of Sri Lanka’s Justice System for Children’, a new report that recommends a set of 27 key long and short term actions, that if implemented will further strengthen the administration of justice for children in Sri Lanka.Attended by the Minister of Justice and Foreign Employment, Thalatha Atukorale, officials from Government Ministries, UN Agencies, civil society organisations and the diplomatic community, the report provides a key insight into the justice system for children, and will act as a guide to ensuring the protection of children who are in contact and conflict with law. Of the insights provided by the report, there are two key areas that are identified for priority action. Firstly, addressing the lengthy judiciary processes that results in long delays in bringing children’s cases to trial. The report notes that it is common for cases to be so delayed that the child involved may have grown into adulthood by the time of hearing or conclusion. In instances of child abuse cases, delays in investigation process result in a severe backlog of cases. Secondly, addressing the high rates of long-term institutionalisation especially among children who are orphaned, disabled, or who come from poor and vulnerable communities and backgrounds. Children experiencing judiciary delays or who face long-term institutionalisation are prone to an increased risk of re-victimization, stigma and key rights violations.Tim Sutton, Representative, UNICEF Sri Lanka commented, “Ensuring that children are protected from harm – be it violence, neglect, abuse or exploitation – is vital and must be a priority for all.  Yet undoubtedly, a key mechanism to achieve this is the justice system. We must ensure that the justice system acts in the best interests of children, and that it responds in a timely and efficient way. This report provides us with key insights and recommendations to further build a system that protects one of the most vulnerable and important groups in our society – our children and young people. UNICEF stands ready to support the Government of Sri Lanka in making these improvements a reality.” (Colombo Gazette) read more

President Maithripala Sirisena today insisted that he will not appear before the Parliamentary Select Committee on the Easter Sunday attacks even if he is summoned.The President told media heads at a meeting today that in his opinion the Parliament Select Committee is a drama scripted by Temple Trees. Several key officials, including defense officials, have been questioned by the PSC so far. (Colombo Gazette) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is among those who have been summoned before the PSC and the Prime Minister has said he will appear and make a statement. Sirisena said that he has, however, so far not been summoned to appear before the PSC. read more

Number of passengers who hold confirmed reservations and are denied boarding from a flight because it is oversold. Airlines pushing back on talk of banning overbooking flights by David Koenig, The Associated Press Posted Apr 12, 2017 7:47 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 12, 2017 at 8:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DALLAS – With the federal government and a Senate committee looking into the dragging of a man off a United Express flight, airlines are beginning to speak up against any effort to bar them from overselling flights.The CEO of Delta Air Lines called overbooking “a valid business process.”“I don’t think we need to have additional legislation to try to control how the airlines run their businesses,” Ed Bastian said Wednesday. “The key is managing it before you get to the boarding process.”Federal rules allow airlines to sell more tickets than they have seats, and airlines do it routinely because they assume some passengers won’t show up.The practice lets airlines keep fares low while managing the rate of no-shows on any particular route, said Vaughn Jennings, spokesman for Airlines for America, which represents most of the big U.S. carriers. He said that plane seats are perishable commodities — once the door has been closed, seats on a flight can’t be sold and lose all value.Bumping is rare — only about one in 16,000 passengers got bumped last year, the lowest rate since at least the mid-1990s. But it angers and frustrates customers who see their travel plans wrecked in an instant.Bumping is not limited to flights that are oversold. It can happen if the plane is overweight or air marshals need a seat. Sometimes it happens because the airline needs room for employees who are commuting to work on another flight — that’s what happened Sunday on United Express.Flight 3411 was sold out — passengers had boarded, and every seat was filled — when the airline discovered that it needed to find room for four crew members.That eventually led to the video everybody has seen — a 69-year-old man being dragged off the plane by security officers after refusing to give up his seat.In a series of three statements and an interview, United CEO Oscar Munoz became increasingly contrite. On Wednesday, he told ABC-TV that he would fix United’s policies and that United will no longer call on police to remove passengers from full flights.Politicians have jumped on the public outrage.On Wednesday, 21 Senate Democrats demanded a more-detailed account of the incident from Munoz. A day earlier, the top four members of the Senate Commerce Committee asked Munoz and Chicago airport officials for an explanation.“The last thing a paying airline passenger should expect is a physical altercation with law enforcement personnel after boarding,” said the committee members, two Republicans and two Democrats. They asked Munoz about his airline’s policy for bumping passengers, and whether it makes a difference that passengers have already boarded the plane.Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., asked the U.S. Department of Transportation to analyze “the problem of overbooking passengers throughout the industry.” He said was working on legislation to increase passengers’ rights.The Transportation Department said it is investigating the incident to determine if United violated consumer-protection or civil-rights laws. It gave few details.New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday that he asked the Trump administration to suspend airlines’ ability to overbook flights. Christie, a Republican, said bumping passengers off flights is “unconscionable.” United is the dominant carrier at New Jersey’s largest airport, which is in Newark.Federal rules require that before airlines can bump passengers from a flight they must seek volunteers — the carriers generally offer travel vouchers. That usually works — of the 475,000 people who lost a seat last year, more than 90 per cent did so voluntarily, according to government figures.United said, however, that when it asked for volunteers Sunday night, there were no takers. United acknowledged that passengers may have been less willing to listen to offers once they were seated on the plane.“Ideally those conversations happen in the gate area,” said United spokeswoman Megan McCarthy.Airlines are supposed to have rules that determine who gets bumped if it comes to that. United’s rules, called a contract of carriage, say this may be decided by the passenger’s fare class — how much they paid — their itinerary, status in United’s frequent-flyer program, and check-in time. United has not said precisely how the four people asked to leave Flight 3411 were selected.United bumps passengers less often than average among U.S. carriers. In 2016, it bumped 3,765 passengers, or one in every 23,000. Passengers were twice as likely to get bumped from Southwest Airlines. Hawaiian, Delta and Virgin America were the least likely to bump a passenger against his will.___Marcy Gordon in Washington contributed to this report.David Koenig can be reached at http://twitter.com/airlinewriter read more

Given the importance of physical activity to health, the fact that office workstation type may influence how much people move at work should not be overlooked Participants wore heart sensors and physical activity monitors, which captured the intensity of movement of any type of activity, for three consecutive work days and two nights.Those who worked in open plan offices clocked up 20 per cent more physical activity than workers in cubicles and 32 per cent more than those in offices.The calculations came from monitors which measured all movement, including when workers were standing and sitting.The data also showed those working in open plan offices took around 1,000 more steps a day than those with their own office.And workers in open plan seating experienced lower perceived stress at the office than those in cubicles. The extra physical activity by such workers was also linked to  to lower physiological stress – measured by heart monitors – when they were outside the office.The study was an observational one, so could not prove that the office design caused the boost in health.But researchers said their findings highlight “how office design, driven by office workstation type, could be a health-promoting factor”.They added: “This study suggests that in some cases, design modifications may be employed to overcome the negative health impact features of different types of office workstations.”The authors said that open plan offices may lead to increased physical activity by encouraging “interaction and mobility, including movement to spaces designed for unplanned meetings and phone calls, when available”.”Individuals in open bench seating may also be more aware of others and more dependent on shared services (eg, meeting rooms, printing and filing areas, social spaces) than those in private offices,” they wrote.They concluded: “Given the importance of physical activity to health, the fact that office workstation type may influence how much people move at work should not be overlooked in the health field.” Open plan offices could make workers fitter, new research suggests.The study of 231 employees found that those who worked areas shared with colleagues clocked up a third more physical activity than those who had their own office.Researchers said workers might be more likely to get up and have impromptu conversations with co-workers if they could see them from their desks, instead of resorting to email or phone.The study, published in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine, also linked open plan offices to lower stress levels–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Researchers from the University of Arizona examined data on 231 US government employees working in open plan offices, cubicles with high-walled partitions, or private walled offices. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

The commission will stand in Brixton for at least 15 years. Two other statues of Van Gogh stand in Ramsgate where he lived for a brief period in 1876 and Welwyn, Herts, where he would often visit by walking 100 miles from the Kent town to spend time with his sister Anna, who worked in a girls’ boarding school. The work is part of a series of seven statues – four to be placed in the UK and three in Europe – designed to commemorate the artist’s life and career. The work is part of a series of seven statues to commemorate the artist’s life and career “There’s been a lot in the news about knife crime which is a huge issue at the moment,” said Mr Padgett. He said he hoped that knowledge of the omission of the items could add value to the viewer’s take on the work.  He added: “I think it’s interesting. It’s important for people to know that these items aren’t in it so that they can then understand that the sculpture has different manifestations.”A Lambeth council spokesperson said it had been “supportive” of the work but confirmed they asked Mr Padgett to remove the items.“In conversation the artist said the artwork came in three pieces which could be displayed together or separately.“One piece featured a gun and razor which we informally told him we’d prefer to not have included when that was offered as an option, particularly as the site is next to a school.”Mr Padgett said he did not feel his work had fallen victim to censorship.”I wouldn’t necessarily say its about censorship, it’s about sensitivity to the area. If you had a sculpture of a classical naked lady, and wanted to position it next to a mosque, it wouldn’t be about censorship but about sensitivity to a context,” he said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The work is part of a series of seven statues to commemorate the artist's life and career A Vincent Van Gogh statue in Brixton will not feature a pipe, gun and razor blade after concerns about the area’s problems with violent crime.Lancashire-based artist Anthony Padgett unveiled his bronze of the Dutch painter in south London, last week, close to where Van Gogh lodged after moving to London for work in 1873.Original designs for the still life depicted Van Gogh’s head surrounded by a selection of his personal affairs including a smoking pipe, a cut throat razor and a revolver.The Dutchman infamously severed his own ear with a razor blade in 1888 while in France in an act of self-mutilation and killed himself two years later after shooting himself in the chest with a Lefaucheux revolver.Mr Padgett said he chose to consult with Lambeth Council about the inclusion of the items before seeking permission for his artwork to be sited in Van Gogh Walk, a pedestrianised garden area close to Hackford Road where he lived for a short period, The Art Newspaper originally reported.Following an “informal discussion” with council officers, he decided to remove the gun, razor blade and pipe because of Brixton’s perceived associations with violent crime and drugs.The modified statue, which stands next to a primary school named after Van Gogh, includes the Dutchman’s head accompanied by two sunflowers and a pile of books. read more

first_imgThe mining companies Energy Fuels and Magnum Uranium have entered into a definitive arrangement agreement to implement the acquisition of Magnum by Energy Fuels (originally announced on March 30, 2009). This will result in the combination of Energy Fuels’ 18,630 ha of highly prospective uranium and vanadium properties located in the US states of Colorado, Utah and Arizona and its pipeline of additional development prospects, with Magnum’s uranium holdings in the Western United States (Wyoming, Utah, Idaho and New Mexico) and in Canada’s Athabasca Basin.Pursuant to the agreement, the parties will complete a plan of arrangement whereby Energy Fuels will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Magnum Uranium on the basis of 0.78 shares of Energy Fuels for each Magnum Uranium share. Based on the currently outstanding shares of Magnum Uranium, Energy Fuels would issue around 23.33 million shares to acquire all of the currently outstanding Magnum Uranium shares. It is anticipated that the transaction will close on or about June 30, 2009. Completion of the transaction is conditional upon satisfaction of various conditions precedent, including receipt of all required court and regulatory approvals.“The execution of the arrangement agreement marks an important milestone for Magnum and its shareholders. Our board of directors, being in receipt of an external fairness opinion, has unanimously concluded that this transaction is the best way to maximise the value of Magnum’s assets. Post-arrangement, shareholders will have exposure to a production-focused uranium company with an extensive asset base in the western United States.” stated Craig Lindsay, President and CEO of Magnum.In addition, George Glasier, President and CEO of Energy Fuels said, “We are pleased to complete this important step towards consolidation of uranium assets in the Colorado Plateau. The combination with Magnum Uranium will enhance the property portfolio of Energy Fuels, add significant 43-101 resource to our potential mill feed inventory, and fit well with Energy Fuels’ plan to become the next North American conventional uranium producer.”Energy Fuels is a Toronto-based uranium and vanadium mineral development company actively rehabilitating and developing formerly producing mines. Through its wholly-owned Colorado subsidiary, Energy Fuels Resources Corp, it has assembled this property portfolio along with a first class management team, including highly skilled technical mining and milling professionals based in Lakewood and Nucla, Colorado, USA and Kanab, Utah, USA. Magnum Uranium is a Vancouver-based minerals exploration company focused on the acquisition and development of uranium assets in North America.last_img read more

first_imgTHERE ARE PLANS to bring in cashless welfare transactions at Post Offices – but postmasters want them suspended until a plan for the future of post offices is in place.The Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU) is set to meet tomorrow with the Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte on this and other issues.They want the Government to suspend the current move from cash welfare payments to electronic transfer until a plan for the future of post offices is in place.They also want to talk to Rabbitte about a number of other issues: The possibility of providing insurance advice services through Post Offices now that An Post has acquired the Aviva branch network, The Minister to instruct An Post to pull back from discussions with Tesco and other multiples regarding services which is “totally unacceptable to Postmasters” Establishing a mechanism to resolve issues between An Post and postmasters.Cash At the moment, around half  of the welfare transactions involve cash payment in post offices, making up 30 per cent of post office business.The Department of Social Protection is moving towards eliminating cash payment by 2017 and replacing it with direct electronic transfer.However, a recent independent report by Grant Thornton concluded that this move would result in 550 of the 1,100 Post Offices closing, said IPU.IPU General Secretary Brian McGann said the union recognises that electronic transfer is a modern medium of choice for many people.But he said a specific plan needs to be developed which “modernises how welfare payments are paid and in parallel modernises how Post Offices provide services”.We are calling on the Government to suspend the migration of cash welfare payments to electronic transfer to allow time to develop alternative payment mechanisms.McGann said a solution could be “a full banking service through the Post Office which would facilitate electronic payments and also expand services provided”.The IPU has recommended the establishment of a working group, under the Chairmanship of UCD-based Professor Ray Kinsella, to report on the issue.It also wants the Government to give priority to its proposal to provide Motor Tax renewal through post offices, and that this move be speeded up.Read: Postmasters distance themselves from campaign to ‘Name and Shame’ TDs>last_img read more

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first_imgVancouver police have arrested a man in connection with a homicide that occurred in Arnold Park on July 26.William D. Peek, 27, was booked into the Clark County Jail on Thursday on suspicion of first-degree murder, according to a police news release.The victim’s name has not been released pending notification of family members.The male’s body was found in Arnold Park — the nearest cross streets are Northeast St. James and Northeast 42nd — and an autopsy fixed the cause of death as a homicide.Peek was arrested Thursday by major crimes detectives with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force.He is scheduled to make a first appearance today in Clark County Superior Court.According to court records, Peek has felony convictions for a 2010 residential burglary and theft of a motor vehicle and 2008 residential burglary.Additional arrests are possible, police said.last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON– The Obama administration on Friday gave banks a roadmap for doing business with legal marijuana sellers without getting into trouble, another step by the federal government toward enabling a legalized marijuana industry to operate in states that approve it.The guidance issued by the Justice Department and Treasury Department is intended to increase the availability of financial services for legal marijuana businesses that are licensed and regulated, while preserving the government’s enforcement power.Washington and Colorado in 2012 became the first states in the nation to approve recreational use of marijuana. A citizens’ group is hoping to make Alaska the third state in the nation to do so.Currently, processing money from marijuana sales puts federally insured banks at risk of drug racketeering charges, and they therefore refuse to open accounts for marijuana-related businesses.Friday’s move will allow banks and other financial institutions to serve marijuana-related businesses while ensuring that they know their customers’ legitimacy and remain obligated to report possible criminal activity, the Treasury Department said.last_img read more

first_imgThe recent closing by Condé Nast of Gourmet and three sibling magazines, the shuttering of Country Home by Meredith, and the bankruptcy filing by the owners of Reader’s Digest, were sobering events for anyone in the publishing world. And the list of troubled or failing newspapers has increased dramatically in the past few years, fueled by the continued decline in both circulation and advertising, which is a cause of grave concern for survivors.To be sure, there were systemic problems that none of these failed publications could address in terms of the recession, falling readership, rising costs and the like. One issue that must be confronted by publishers moving forward is the notion that Web distribution should be free (I contend it’s economic suicide).Another issue that gets less attention is automation. Whereas the production folks in typesetting departments and the pressroom have had to accept the impact of technological advances on their respective crafts, art directors, managing editors, ad trafficking managers and other personnel responsible for assembling publications have maintained relatively stable workflows since the adoption of desktop publishing technologies some 15 years ago. As someone who spent more than a decade writing, editing and assembling publications, I grew to love the creative interaction between art director and editor, the iterative process that resulted in a well-designed magazine. However, the stark economics of 21st century publishing have left those fond memories in the dustbin of history. Today, publications have to automate any task that does not require creative input or some sort of judgment. I would contend that automation is increasingly going to be a necessary criteria for success and even survival in print-based publishing.Among the tasks that can be automated are file reception, image preparation, initial page layout, ad trafficking, preflight and insertion, proofing/approval cycles, final file transmission to the printer, and archival. In the interest of full disclosure, I am the director of business development for Enfocus Software, a software company that sells a publishing automation application. However, we are offering just one approach to this issue.There are several approaches that can be used, all of which are viable and which will fit different environments and budgets. Three Ways to GoSo what does automation mean? In broad terms, there are three types of automation for publishing and graphic arts workflows: first is related to standardization of tasks—making people play by the rules. Such an example might be an Apple Script that requires a job ID that is validated (i.e., five digits starting with a ‘3’) which is then entered into a database.Next is what might be called the one-trick pony: a script or action that performs a single task in an application. It might be a utility that converts native design file to PostScript or EPS and drops it into a Watched Folder for Distiller, then moves it to an archive folder.The most complex is process automation in which multiple steps are linked in sequence according to either fixed or dynamic rules. Fixed rules means that every file is processed the same way—i.e. an InDesign file is converted to PDF/X-1a for output compliant with SWOP, preflighted using a particular profile and then sent to a folder for either review or forwarding. Dynamic rules require instructions—most likely in the form of XML—to accompany the data file and outline the sequence of tasks and the specific details performed by each one. Here the instructions might link text and image files to a page layout template, then generate and distribute a low-res PDF for review and revision; if and when it is finalized, the file is then automatically distilled for final output and FTP’d to the printer, and archived to a server or off-line media.Stick to the ScriptsGiven the prevalence of the Macintosh in publishing, Apple Script and its sibling, Apple Automator, are likely to be implemented most. Complementing these are JavaScript, which is platform independent, and Visual Basic for the Wintel platform.  All offer an incredibly inexpensive and flexible way to automate numerous tasks in a publishing workflow for either of the first two categories mentioned above.If your operation is using a database application such as FileMaker Pro along with the Adobe Creative Suite, you can assemble a number of template-driven publications and catalogs. To be sure, there will be “tweaking” required to finalize the layouts, but you can eliminate hours of work importing text and images. Automator is another tool that costs nothing other than time and which can perform plenty of useful tricks. One is archiving final files. Image preparation is an area in which the human need to touch and interact needs to be reined in just a bit. I am not talking about image retouching, but image optimization and preparation. In this case there are several tasks that can help the art director. First is teeing up images: copying originals and making a thumbnail and/or a low-res RGB for layouts and the web. In addition, while there is a strong case to be made for using an RGB workflow all the way to final RIP/output, the vast majority of publications are still using a separated workflow in which the final PDF contains CMYK images. In addition to writing scripts for all of these tasks, users can create Photoshop Actions for many of them which can then be run in batch mode.Ad trafficking lends itself to automation, too. Incoming ads can be routed based on source (e-mail address or FTP site/folder) or naming conventions and then renamed or slugged using scripts. Once an ad has an ID, it can then be automatically inserted into page templates.So what’s the downside to scripts? Maintenance. Since all software is subject to upgrades and revisions the scripts most often need to be revised when new releases come out. Closely related to this is the custom nature of scripting: if the person who wrote the script leaves the organization, so goes the software maintenance, too. In some cases, this might raise intellectual property issues, but the real problem is that the scripts have a bad habit of breaking when the next release is installed, as anyone who has migrated along with the Adobe Creative Suite can attest. Typically this happens because resources get “moved” inside the application.From Start to FinishProcess automation requires the most analysis, planning and investment, but delivers the greatest return on investment. Editorial systems such as K4, Typefi and Woodwing on the editorial side, coupled with digital asset management databases and other tools can automate much of the page layout process while providing high degrees of flexibility with respect to content and delivery format.Closely related to this are systems that address other tasks in the workflow. Among these are DALiM TWiST and Enfocus Switch, both of which fall under the category of rules-based automation systems. While they work in different ways, both enable production managers to build customized workflows that automate file reception and routing, image preparation, page processing, PDF generation, preflighting, proofing, final delivery and archival. With these server-based applications, either a job ticket (XML or a derivative such as XMP or JDF) defines the steps and processes, or a fixed pipeline pushes files from a point of “entry” through to completion.For printers, there are numerous production systems, including ECRM WorkMates, EFI Fiery Central, EskoArtwork Odystar and BackStage, Fujifilm XMF, Kodak Prinergy, Rampage, Xerox FreeFlow ProcessManager, and Xitron Navigator and Sierra. As one would expect, these systems’ capabilities are more focused on the final output requirements, such as imposition, process and spot-color separations, trapping, RIPing and screening.Common to all of these systems is the ability to build notification lists of internal and external personnel to facilitate review/approval cycles or, in the event of an error, to intervene and get the process back up and running again.So, what’s holding you back? Many operations, especially smaller ones, typically say they don’t have enough volume to justify automation. Or they say that the tasks don’t require much time. In some cases, people have built workflows that are intended to save their jobs. However, these arguments will succumb to the almighty dollar, as the operation or position—at least with respect to these tasks—becomes economically unviable. Automating repetitive tasks is absolutely critical for small operations to increase their output without increasing head count (or the workday for employees). And publishers will increasingly be unable to afford the aggregate cost of myriad 30-second to two-minute file manipulations. There are multiple options at a variety of price points available to publishers, ad agencies and printers to automate numerous tasks. No matter which approach you settle on, there’s no time to waste.last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR School Committee Vice Chair Jennifer Bryson Endorses Bendel

first_imgDear Editor and Wilmington Residents,I am writing to express my sincere and heartfelt endorsement and support of Greg Bendel and Kevin Caira for the Board of Selectmen. Both have demonstrated their commitment to supporting education, veterans’ affairs, elderly services, combating the opioid crisis, infrastructure improvements, and public safety. They are thoughtful leaders and deeply committed to public service.Selectmen Bendel and Caira have worked tirelessly for the residents of Wilmington as elected members of The Board of Selectmen. Their commitment to our town has been evidenced in many ways. They were strong advocates for funding Wilmington’s full-time Health and Recovery Coordinator. As an educator, parent and voter, I am struck by their ability to address this epidemic with a myriad of solutions, compassion and care. Additionally, they have advocated for funding for our schools and have supported improvement projects throughout our community. Mr. Caira remains very active in Wilmington Alumni fundraising activities and I also had the distinct pleasure of working alongside Mr. Bendel during the Superintendent Screening Committee last winter. His knowledge as an educator and his dedication to the process served the committee well.Selectmen Bendel and Caira’s community volunteerism and public service are among the finest examples of any citizens I know. I am in awe of their ability to dedicate such tremendous time to their work on The Board of Selectmen while also maintaining such a strong presence at our community and school events. I am committed to the continued progress of our town and grateful that Selectmen Bendel and Caira remain committed to their positions. Please join me in casting your vote on April 27th for Greg Bendel and Kevin Caira for The Board of Selectmen.Very truly yours,Jennifer BrysonLike 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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedA VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectman Candidate Greg BendelIn “Government”A VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectman Candidate Kevin CairaIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Jonathan Eaton Endorses O’Mahoney, Bendel & Caira For SelectmenIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

first_imgIndian stock markets opened with losses of over 1 percent on Wednesday tracking their Asian counterparts that fell after a new poll showed Republican candidate Donald Trump taking a lead over rival Hillary Clinton in the US presidential elections.The BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty were trading at 27,590 (down 286 points, or 1.03 percent) and 8,533 (down 92 points, or 1.07 percent) respectively at around 11.57 am.Top Sensex losers were ONGC, State Bank of India and Tata Motors while stock that were bucking the trend included Mahindra and NTPC.The weak opening was on expected lines, according to brokerage Angel Broking.”Indian markets are likely to open negative tracking global cues and SGX Nifty. U.S. stocks fell Tuesday, with the S&P 500 dropping for a sixth consecutive session to end at a nearly four-month low as investors grappled with a tightening presidential race, economic data, corporate earnings, and the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy decision,” it said in its pre-opening note.On Tuesday, the benchmark indices extended their Samvat 2073 muhurat trading losses, though metal stocks such as Vedanta, Hindustan Zinc bucked the trend.In related news, Bajaj Auto, Mahindra declared their October volume sales data.Trump led by one percentage point in the ABC News/Washington Post poll released on Tuesday. It is the first time that Trump has led in that poll since May. Clinton recently led by as much as 12 points.last_img read more