Consumers Urged to Check Badges and Certificates of Pest Control Operators

first_imgRelatedConsumers Urged to Check Badges and Certificates of Pest Control Operators RelatedConsumers Urged to Check Badges and Certificates of Pest Control Operators Consumers Urged to Check Badges and Certificates of Pest Control Operators UncategorizedJune 26, 2007 RelatedConsumers Urged to Check Badges and Certificates of Pest Control Operatorscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Pesticides Control Authority (PCA) is urging the public to check the badges and certificates of pest control operators to ensure that they are valid.“One of the challenges we [PCA] face is that we have issued certificates to pest control operators and these certificates expire after a particular time, but the consumer might not be sensitive enough to look for the expiration date,” Registrar of the PCA, Hyacinth Chin Sue Walters told JIS News.Certificates and badges expire every three years, however the Registrar said that due to several reasons, such as the lack of liability insurance, which has become mandatory since 2006, a few pest control operators fail to re-register.“So what we want consumers to do is to have a look at their badge, which should be presented prior to commencing the work. Specifically ask the pest control operator when their certification expires or call us, to check if their certification has expired,” she advised.This process should be followed, Mrs. Chin Sue Walters said, even if the operator has been assessed competent in the area, having undergone training organized by the PCA. “The consumer may feel comfortable with this knowledge but we have to enforce the need for the operators to re-register,” the PCA Head said. The registering of pest control operators commenced in 2001 and currently, there are 110 officially registered.The PCA is the governing body mandated through the Pesticides Act of 1975 to carry out the regulation and control of pesticide usage in Jamaica. Advertisementslast_img read more

UK PM to announce largest military investment in

first_imgUK PM to announce largest military investment in Multi-year settlement will allow MoD to invest in next-generation military capability, defending our people from new and evolving threats and protecting the world’s most vulnerable while creating 10,000 jobs annually across the UKDefence settlement underpins wider drive to use our foreign policy to defend free and open societiesMajor announcements mark the first conclusions from the Integrated Review of the UK’s foreign, defence, development and security policyThe biggest programme of investment in British defence since the end of the Cold War will be announced today [Thursday] by the Prime Minister.In a speech to the House of Commons he will set out a £16.5 billion increase above the manifesto commitment over four years that will protect our citizens, help us build back better from coronavirus by creating thousands of new jobs and demonstrate to our allies they can always count on the UK.Our defence forces are operating in a rapidly changing world. This spending increase recognises the need for them to undertake a generational modernisation programme in order to defend the UK, our allies and the world’s most vulnerable people.Since the Cold War the threat from our adversaries has been evolving. Our traditional defence and deterrence capabilities remain vital, and our Armed Forces work every day to prevent terror reaching the UK’s shores. But our enemies are also operating in increasingly sophisticated ways, including in cyberspace, to further their own interests.Rather than being confined to some distant battlefield, those that seek to do harm to our people can reach them through the mobile phones in their pockets or the computers in their homes. To protect our citizens, UK Defence therefore needs to operate at all times with leading, cutting-edge technology.Our Armed Forces are also working in a broader range of areas than ever before to protect the most vulnerable people in the UK and around the world. Over the course of the coronavirus pandemic in the UK over 20,000 personnel have been made available to deliver PPE, run testing sites and ensure those in the most remote areas can receive the medical care they need.Defence has also been on the front line responding to every major international humanitarian disaster of the last decade. In the last year alone HMS Enterprise has come to the aid of Lebanon following the explosion in the Port of Beirut, RFA Argus and Army personnel have delivered disaster relief to Central American countries ravaged by Hurricane Eta, and the RAF has transported vital medical supplies to communities struggling against coronavirus in West Africa and the UK’s Overseas Territories.The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, said:I have taken this decision in the teeth of the pandemic because the defence of the realm must come first.The international situation is more perilous and more intensely competitive than at any time since the Cold War and Britain must be true to our history and stand alongside our allies. To achieve this we need to upgrade our capabilities across the board.This is our chance to end the era of retreat, transform our Armed Forces, bolster our global influence, unite and level up our country, pioneer new technology and defend our people and way of life.The £16.5 billion extra in the Ministry of Defence’s budget over the next four years is the amount over and above the manifesto commitment. The Government has already pledged to increase defence spending by 0.5% above inflation for every year of this parliament. On existing forecasts, this is an overall cash increase of £24.1 billion over four years compared to last year’s budget.It will also cement the UK’s position as the largest defence spender in Europe and the second largest in NATO.The commitment will allow the Government to invest in cutting-edge technology, positioning the UK as a global leader in domains such as cyber and space and addressing weaknesses in our defence arsenal that cannot be allowed to continue. To support these advancements the Prime Minister will also announce a new agency dedicated to Artificial Intelligence, the creation of a National Cyber Force to protect our people from harm and a new ‘Space Command’, capable of launching our first rocket in 2022.This will be underpinned by a record investment of at least £1.5 billion extra and £5.8 billion total on military research and development and a commitment to invest further in the Future Combat Air System. This reverses the systematic decline in this crucial area in the last thirty years, creating new advances which surmount the old limits of logistics and go beyond military use with a vast number of civilian applications such as autonomous vehicles and aviation.These projects are expected to create up to 10,000 thousand jobs annually across the UK. These will reflect the expertise and ingenuity of British people both inside and outside our Armed Forces, harnessing the UK’s skills in construction and science and reinvigorating those industries in the coming decades.The Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace, said:This is excellent news for Defence, and provides us with the financial certainty we need to modernise, plan for the future and adapt to the threats we face. It demonstrates the Prime Minister’s recognition of how important Defence is to our resilience and to the reputation of the United Kingdom.This settlement secures UK jobs and livelihoods, allows us to invest in our fantastic shipyards and aerospace industry, spreading prosperity to every corner of the UK.Next year represents a huge opportunity for this country, and Defence will be at the forefront of creating the jobs and business opportunities that will help us build back from the pandemic.Over the next few months I will set out in more detail our ambitious agenda for Defence.Today’s announcements mark the first outcomes from the Integrated Review of the UK’s foreign, defence, development and security policy. The full conclusions of the Integrated Review will be announced in the new year. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Africa, america, artificial intelligence, Beirut, Boris Johnson, defence force, Europe, Government, Humanitarian, intelligence, lebanon, mobile phone, NATO, Prime Minister, UK, UK Government, United Kingdomlast_img read more

Labour Day 2010 to Focus on Children

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Plans are in high gear for Labour Day 2010 activities, which will focus on children, with the slogan, ‘Our Children.Show Them We Care’.Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon Olivia Grange (left) addressing members of the National Labour Day Planning Committee at a meeting at Jamaica House on Wednesday (April 14). Labour Day falls on Sunday, May 23, however it will be observed on Monday, May 24.Activities include the official launch of, Workers’ Week Thanksgiving Services in each parish (May 16), Labour Day activities (May 24) and the Labour Day concert.This was announced at the first National Labour Day Planning Committee meeting held Wednesday (April 14) at the Banquet Hall, Jamaica House, Kingston.Speaking at the meeting, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange, said that the theme was timely and most appropriate considering “all the issues that have affected our children in recent times.”She said that it was important that emphasis be placed in this area and people are encouraged to demonstrate care and support for the children.Over the past six weeks, a national Labour Day core group has been engaged in preliminary work, pertaining to the concept and activities for Labour Day and Workers’ Week.Miss Grange called on the committee members, including representatives of private and public sector entities, to finetune the suggestions that were made.“Make your recommendations, we can make amendments. It is not cast in concrete. This is your committee and whatever comes out of this committee, success or failure, Labour Day will be in your hands,” she told the gathering.According to the Minister, Labour Day which falls on Sunday, May 23, this year, will be observed on Monday, May 24, in keeping with regulations regarding the observance of Public Holidays.Miss Grange, who is also Chairman of the Labour Day Committee, said that workers of Jamaica will be recognised for their contribution to nation building during Workers’ Week, which begins one week prior to and culminates on Labour Day. Labour Day 2010 to Focus on Children CultureApril 15, 2010 RelatedLabour Day 2010 to Focus on Children RelatedLabour Day 2010 to Focus on Childrencenter_img RelatedLabour Day 2010 to Focus on Children Advertisementslast_img read more

Uzbekistan completes Ferghana Valley electrification project

first_imgThe first section of the ring to be electrified under the US$202m programme supposed by the Asian Development Bank was the 186 km Pap – Qo‘qon – Andijon southwestern segment which was energised in 2016. The 45 km northwestern section from Pap to Namangan followed on August 31 2019.UTY began operating modernised ER9E electric multiple-units between Andijon and Qo‘qon in March 2020.The electrification project required various infrastructure works, including a new bridge over the Great Fergana Canal which was designed by Boshtransloyikha and built by UTY subsidiaries Andijon Mechanical Plant and Trest Kuprikkurilish. The ring runs from Pap through Namangan, Andijon, Marg‘ilon, and Qo‘qon back to Pap.‘The times of diesel locomotives have ended’, said Khusniddin Khosilov, Chief Executive of national railway UTY, adding that electrification offered significant economic and ecological benefits. It has also enabled speeds to be raised, with it now being possible to travel around the complete ring in 2 h 20 min.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# UZBEKISTAN: Electrification of the 331 km railway ring in the Ferghana Valley was officially completed on August 30, when electric services were inaugurated on the 101 km Namangan – Andijon section.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more

Pairings Announced For First Two Rounds of Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

first_imgMay 17Tulsa Athletic (NPSL) vs. Tulsa Roughnecks FC (USL)7:30 p.m. CTHurricane Soccer & Track Stadium; Tulsa, Okla. May 10FC Tucson (PDL) vs. Colorado Rush (Colo.)7:30 p.m. MSTKino North Stadium; Tucson, Ariz. May 17Louisville City FC (USL) vs. Derby City Rovers (PDL)7:30 p.m. ETWoehrle Athletic Complex; Jeffersonville, Ind.    -or-    -or- May 17Albion SC Pros (NPSL) vs. San Diego Zest (PDL)7 p.m. PTMission Bay High School; San Diego, Calif. May 10El Farolito (Calif.) vs. Burlingame Dragons FC (PDL)3 p.m. PTBoxer Stadium; San Francisco, Calif. May 10Jacksonville Armada U-23 (NPSL) vs. The Villages SC (PDL)7 p.m. ETPatton Park; Jacksonville, Fla. May 10Fredericksburg FC (NPSL) vs. Christos FC (Md.)5 p.m. ETUniv. of Mary Washington Battleground Stadium; Fredericksburg, Va. May 17Des Moines Menace (PDL) vs. FC Cincinnati (USL)7:30 p.m. CTValley Stadium; West Des Moines, Iowa    -or-    -or- May 10Miami United FC (NPSL) vs. Boca Raton Football Club (Fla.)7 p.m. ETTed Hendricks Stadium; Hialeah, Fla. May 17OSA FC (NPSL) vs. Reno 1868 FC (USL)7:30 p.m. PTStarfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash.    -or- May 10Atlanta Silverbacks (NPSL) vs. SC United Bantams (PDL)5 p.m. ETAtlanta Silverbacks Park; Atlanta, Ga. May 10Dutch Lions FC (NPSL) vs. NTX Rayados (Texas)7 p.m. CTDutch Lions FC Soccer Facility; Conroe, Texas    -or-    -or- May 17Legacy 76 (NPSL) vs. North Carolina FC (NASL)7 p.m. ETWanner Stadium; Williamsburg, Va. May 10FC Wichita (NPSL) vs. Azteca FC (Colo.)7 p.m. CTStryker Soccer Compex; Wichita, Kan. May 17AFC Ann Arbor (NPSL) vs. Indy Eleven (NASL)7 p.m. ETScicluna Field (Eastern Michigan Univ.); Ypsilanti, Mich. May 10Tulsa Athletic (NPSL) vs. Oklahoma City Energy U23 (PDL)7:30 p.m. CTHurricane Soccer & Track Stadium; Tulsa, Okla.    -or- May 17Boston City FC (NPSL) vs. GPS Omens (Mass.)/GPS Portland Phoenix (PDL) winner7 p.m. ETBrother Gilbert Stadium; Malden, Mass.    -or- DateGameTimeVenue May 10Fresno Fuego (PDL) vs. La Máquina FC (Calif.)7 p.m. PTChukchansi Park; Fresno, Calif. May 17San Francisco Deltas (NASL) vs. Burlingame Dragons FC (PDL)/El Farolito (Calif.) winner7:30 p.m. PTStanford University; Stanford, Calif. May 17Ventura County Fusion (PDL) vs. OKC Energy FC (USL)7 p.m. PTVentura College Sportsplex; Ventura, Calif. May 17Tartan Devils Oak Avalon (Pa.) vs. Louisville City FC (USL)7 p.m. ETRooney Field; Pittsburgh, Pa. May 10Sonoma County Sol (NPSL) vs. Anahuac FC (Nev.)7 p.m. PTCasa Grande High School; Petaluma, Calif. May 10Western Mass Pioneers (PDL) vs. Boston City FC (NPSL)7 p.m. ETLusitano Stadium; Ludlow, Mass. May 10Ventura County Fusion (PDL) vs. Moreno Valley Fútbol Club (Calif.)7 p.m. PTVentura College Sportsplex; Ventura, Calif. May 17FC Cincinnati (USL) vs. AFC Cleveland (NPSL)7 p.m. ETNippert Stadium (Univ. of Cincinnati); Cincinnati, Ohio May 10Carolina Dynamo (PDL) vs. Legacy 76 (NPSL)7 p.m. ETMacpherson Stadium; Greensboro, N.C. May 10New Jersey Copa FC (NPSL) vs. FC Motown (N.J.)7 p.m. ETSaint John Vianney High School; Holmdel, N.J. May 17Fredericksburg FC (NPSL) vs. Richmond Kickers (USL)5 p.m. ETUniv. of Mary Washington Battleground Stadium; Fredericksburg, Va. May 10Chicago FC United (PDL) vs. Grand Rapids FC (NPSL)7 p.m. CTMartin Stadium (Northwestern Univ.); Evanston, Ill. May 17Miami United FC (NPSL) vs. Jacksonville Armada (NASL)7 p.m. ETTed Hendricks Stadium; Hialeah, Fla. May 17Grand Rapids FC (NPSL) vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL)7:30 p.m. ETPat Patterson Field (Crestwood Middle School); Kentwood, Mich. The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, recognized as U.S. Soccer’s National Club Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 103 consecutive years dating from 1914. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt. May 17Jacksonville Armada (NASL) vs. Boca Raton Football Club (Fla.)7 p.m. ETSouthern Oak Stadium (Jacksonville Univ.); Jacksonville, Fla. May 10L.A. Wolves FC (Calif.) vs. San Diego Zest (PDL)7:30 p.m. PTBell Gardens John Anson Ford Park; Bell Gardens, Calif. DateGameTimeVenue May 9Red Force FC (Fla.) vs. South Florida Surf (PDL)8:30 p.m. ETTropical Park; Miami, Fla. May 17Western Mass Pioneers (PDL) vs. GPS Omens (Mass.)/GPS Portland Phoenix (PDL) winner7 p.m. ETLusitano Stadium; Ludlow, Mass.    -or-    -or- May 16Red Force FC (Fla.) vs. Miami FC (NASL)8:30 p.m. ETTropical Park; Miami, Fla. May 17Carolina Dynamo (PDL) vs. North Carolina FC (NASL)7 p.m. ETMacpherson Stadium; Greensboro, N.C. May 17FC Golden State Force (PDL) vs. Orange County SC (USL)7 p.m. PTCitrus College; Glendora, Calif. May 10Des Moines Menace (PDL) vs. AFC Cleveland (NPSL)7:30 p.m. CTValley Stadium; West Des Moines, Iowa May 17San Antonio FC (USL) vs. NTX Rayados (Texas)7:30 p.m. CTToyota Field; San Antonio, Texas    -or-    -or-    -or- May 17OKC Energy FC (USL) vs. Moreno Valley Fútbol Club (Calif.)7 p.m. CTTaft Stadium; Oklahoma City, Okla. May 17Richmond Kickers (USL) vs. Christos FC (Md.)7 p.m. ETCity Stadium; Richmond, Va. May 10Ocean City Nor’easters (PDL) vs. Junior Lone Star FC (Pa.)7:30 p.m. ETCarey Stadium; Ocean City, N.J. May 10Albion SC Pros (NPSL) vs. Chula Vista FC (Calif.)7 p.m. PTMission Bay High School; San Diego, Calif. ATTENTION SOCCER FANS!The 104th 2017 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP SCHEDULE Has been released and can be viewed below.This year’s winning team will receive $250,000, a berth in the 2019 CONCACAF Champions’ League and have its name engraved on the historic Dewar Challenge Trophy, one of the oldest nationally contested trophies in American team sports. The runner-up will earn $60,000, while the team that advances the furthest from each lower division will take home a $15,000 cash prize. May 10Reading United AC (PDL) vs. Clarkstown SC Eagles (NPSL)7:30 p.m. ETExeter Township Senior High School; Reading, Pa.    -or- May 17Reading United AC (PDL) vs. New York Cosmos (NASL)7:30 p.m. ETExeter Township Senior High School; Reading, Pa. May 17Junior Lone Star FC (Pa.) vs. Harrisburg City Islanders (USL)TBDHome Team TBD May 17Tampa Bay Rowdies (USL) vs. The Villages SC (PDL)/Jacksonville Armada U-23 (NPSL) winner7:30 p.m. ETAl Lang Stadium; St. Petersburg, Fla. May 17Chattanooga FC (NPSL) vs. Charlotte Independence (USL)7:30 p.m. ETFinley Stadium; Chattanooga, Tenn. May 10Derby City Rovers (PDL) vs. Tartan Devils Oak Avalon (Pa.)7:30 p.m. ETWoehrle Athletic Complex; Jeffersonville, Ind. May 17Ocean City Nor’easters (PDL) vs. Harrisburg City Islanders (USL)7:30 p.m. ETCarey Stadium; Ocean City, N.J. May 17Charleston Battery (USL) vs. SC United Bantams (PDL)7 p.m. ETMUSC Health Stadium; Charleston, S.C. May 17Chicago FC United (PDL) vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL)7 p.m. CTMartin Stadium (Northwestern Univ.); Evanston, Ill. May 10Michigan Bucks (PDL) vs. AFC Ann Arbor (NPSL)7:30 p.m. ETUltimate Soccer Arenas; Pontiac, Mich. May 17Dutch Lions FC (NPSL) vs. San Antonio FC (USL)7 p.m. CTDutch Lions FC Soccer Facility; Conroe, Texas    -or- May 17FC Wichita (NPSL) vs. Saint Louis FC (USL)7 p.m. CTStryker Soccer Compex; Wichita, Kan. May 17L.A. Wolves FC (Calif.) vs. Chula Vista FC (Calif.)/Albion SC Pros (NPSL) winner7:30 p.m. PTBell Gardens John Anson Ford Park; Bell Gardens, Calif.    -or- May 17Atlanta Silverbacks (NPSL) vs. Charleston Battery (USL)5 p.m. ETAtlanta Silverbacks Park; Atlanta, Ga. May 17Rochester Rhinos (USL) vs. FC Motown (N.J.)/New Jersey Copa FC (NPSL) winner7 p.m. ETCapelli Sport Stadium; Rochester, N.Y. May 10OSA FC (NPSL) vs. Sounders FC U-23 (PDL)7:30 p.m. PTSeattle High School Memorial Stadium; Seattle, Wash. May 17Tulsa Roughnecks FC (USL) vs. Oklahoma City Energy U23 (PDL)7 p.m. CTHurricane Soccer & Track Stadium; Tulsa, Okla.    -or- May 10FC Golden State Force (PDL) vs. Outbreak FC (Calif.)7 p.m. PTCitrus College; Glendora, Calif.    -or- May 17Charlotte Eagles (PDL) vs. Charlotte Independence (USL)7 p.m. ETCharlotte Christian School; Charlotte, N.C. May 17New York Cosmos (NASL) vs. Clarkstown SC Eagles (NPSL)7 p.m. ETRocco B. Commisso Stadium; New York, N.Y.    -or- May 17Fresno Fuego (PDL) vs. Phoenix Rising FC (USL)7 p.m. PTFresno State Soccer & Lacrosse Stadium; Fresno, Calif.    -or- First Round                  May 9-10 (PDL, NPSL, Open Division clubs enter)Second Round             May 16-17 (NASL and USL clubs enter)Third Round                 May 31 (Winners of 26 Second Round games play each other)Fourth Round               June 14* (Major League Soccer clubs enter)Round of 16                 June 28* (matches determined by Round of 16 Draw on June 15)Quarterfinals                July 11 (window of July 7-16 available for consideration)Semifinals                    Aug. 9*Final                             Sept. 20    -or- May 17South Florida Surf (PDL) vs. Miami FC (NASL)TBDHome Team TBD May 17Outbreak FC (Calif.) vs. Orange County SC (USL)7 p.m. PTLong Beach State Univ.; Long Beach, Calif. May 17Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (USL) vs. Colorado Rush (Colo.)/FC Tucson (PDL) winner6 p.m. MTWeidner Field; Colorado Springs, Colo. May 17Saint Louis FC (USL) vs. Azteca FC (Colo.)7 p.m. CTWWT Soccer Park; Fenton, Mo. May 17Chula Vista FC (Calif.) vs. San Diego Zest (PDL)7 p.m. PTEastlake High School; Chula Vista, Calif. Second Round May 17Michigan Bucks (PDL) vs. Indy Eleven (NASL)7:30 p.m. ETUltimate Soccer Arenas; Pontiac, Mich. May 17Sacramento Republic FC (USL) vs. Anahuac FC (Nev.)/Sonoma County Sol (NPSL) winner7:30 p.m. PTPapa Murphy’s Park; Sacramento, Calif. May 10GPS Portland Phoenix (PDL) vs. GPS Omens (Mass.)7 p.m. ETMemorial Field; Portland, Maine First Round May 10Charlotte Eagles (PDL) vs. Chattanooga FC (NPSL)7 p.m. ETCharlotte Christian School; Charlotte, N.C. Related Topics#neosiAFC Cleveland RoyalsLamar Hunt May 17La Máquina FC (Calif.) vs. Phoenix Rising FC (USL)7 p.m. PTSanta Ana Stadium; Santa Ana, Calif. May 17Sounders FC U-23 (PDL) vs. Reno 1868 FC (USL)7:30 p.m. PTSunset Stadium (Sumner H.S.); Sumner, Wash. Vince McKeelast_img read more

Tribunal officer calls intelligence incomplete

first_img“What were purported to be specific statements of fact lacked even the most fundamental earmarks of objectively credible evidence,” Abraham said in the affidavit submitted on behalf of a Kuwaiti detainee, Fawzi al-Odah, who is challenging his classification as an “enemy combatant.” Abraham’s affidavit “proves what we all suspected, which is that the CSRTs were a complete sham,” said a lawyer for al-Odah, David Cynamon. The Pentagon defended its process of determining which detainees should continue being held, but didn’t address Abraham’s criticism. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – An Army officer who played a key role in the “enemy combatant” hearings at Guantanamo Bay says tribunal members relied on vague and incomplete intelligence while being pressured to rule against detainees, often without any specific evidence. His affidavit, submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court and released Friday, is the first criticism by a member of the military panels that determine whether detainees will continue to be held. Lt. Col. Stephen Abraham, a 26-year veteran of military intelligence who is an Army reserve officer and a California lawyer, said military prosecutors were provided with only “generic” material that didn’t hold up to the most basic legal challenges. Despite repeated requests, intelligence agencies arbitrarily refused to provide specific information that could have helped either side in the tribunals, according to Abraham, who said he served as a main liaison between the Combat Status Review Tribunals and the intelligence agencies. last_img read more

Mum who crashed car with baby was four times over drink-drive limit

first_imgA young woman who crashed her car with her child on board was FOUR times over the legal drink-driving limit.Caroline Morrow appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with drink-driving. Solicitor Rory O’Brien said his client had claimed she had only had two drinks but was also taking medication.Ms Morrow, aged 35, was driving in Stranorlar on August 26th last when she crashed her Vauxhall car into a parked vehicle.Her one-year-old child was in the back of the car during the collision but was unhurt.The court heard that Ms Morrow, from Oak Park in Convoy, had previously been disqualified from driving in 2015 for two years.Mr O’Brien said the incident had had a profound impact on his client’s life.“This has had a tremendous impact on her life and she has written a letter of apology to the court.“She works as a home help and is trying to get her life back on track but the loss of her car will have an impact on her also,” he said.Judge Paul Kelly pointed out to Mr O’Brien that his client was actually four times over the legal drink driving limit even though she claims she only had two drinks.“This is a very serious matter. She put her child in danger,” he said.He banned Ms Morrow from driving for three years and also fined her €250.Mum who crashed car with baby was four times over drink-drive limit was last modified: December 4th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Caroline MOrrowChildconvoycourtcrashdrink-drivnglast_img read more

Photo of the Week: Brants in Marine City

first_imgAre you interested in a detour along the St. Clair River, I asked my husband as we drove south from the Upper Peninsula last week.We had spent an extended weekend in the Upper Peninsula, birding and catching the beautiful fall colors along Lake Superior as well as some of our favorite back roads.The St. Clair River is a good two hours out of our way to where we live in the western suburbs of Detroit, which meant we’d get home after dark, rather than late afternoon.Why? he asked.You won’t believe this, but there are half-dozen sea birds hanging out in a park in downtown Marine City. Let’s go! he replied.Which meant at just after 6:00pm last Monday, we discovered what had birders all over Michigan traveling hundreds of miles to downtown Marine City: six Brants lazily grazing in the grass along the St. Clair River.We weren’t sure where to find the birds.They had been reported along the shore in the park, in a parking lot, out on the river as well as across the river in Canada. But it didn’t take long to find a birder and a photographer standing along the river, looking at the group of birds.Sea birds that breed in the high Arctic, typically found along the Atlantic Coast and Pacific Coast, the six Brants were grazing the grass along a river that connects Lake Huron to the Detroit river. And the birds didn’t seem to mind the people taking photos and staring at them through binoculars. They’re a bit smaller than Canada Geese, note the faint white necklace around their neck. What a treat to see the birds! No one’s sure how long they will stay, Brants are occasionally seen along the Great Lake during migration. They’ve been spotted along the river in Michigan for the past six days. Birders who weren’t able to see them during the week have made the trek this weekend to the area and were glad to find the birds are still hanging out. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedPhoto of the Week: Stella Clair, Blue Water River WalkWhen I was birdwatching last weekend, I spent time traipsing through the snow along the shoreline of the St. Clair River and found my way to the Blue Water River Walk near Desmond Landing in downtown Port Huron, Michigan. I was peering through my binoculars at the gulls and canvasbacks…In “Michigan”Photo of the Week: Who Wants to Drive Around Lake Erie?Living near the Great Lakes gives you amazing opportunities to travel to interesting places, whether it’s the beautiful Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Lake Superior in Michigan, Coventry Garden in Windsor, Ontario overlooking the Detroit River, or the magnificent Niagara Falls.  Years ago, we drove around Lake Michigan and had a fantastic time…In “Miscellaneous”Photo of the Week: Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Long Distance TravelerWhen news that the Buff-breasted Sandpiper had been seen along Lake St. Clair, I knew I would be traveling to the other side of town to see this beautiful, elegant-looking shorebird. Why? One, it’s a beautiful bird! The light buff-brown colored bird with black patterned spots on its head and…In “Nature”last_img read more

Google’s Reckless “Dragonfly” Project Will Strengthen Authoritarianism in China

first_imgIn 2010, Google announced that it would cease offering censored search and news services in China, as it could no longer tolerate the Chinese government’s attempts to suppress information or spy on human rights activists through its services. Unfortunately, it seems that the company has more recently had a change of heart.In August, documents were leaked detailing a new project from Google codenamed “Dragonfly” to bring back search and news services that complied with China’s burdensome censorship requirements. If launched, Google would join Yahoo, Bing, and several domestic search engines in presenting a view of the Internet carefully restricted by the ruling Communist party. The revelation immediately spurred a coalition of 14 human rights groups to condemn the plan. Many employees have urged the company to drop the project, both in an internal letter and in a public statement issued in late November.Not all Google employees oppose Dragonfly, however. In another letter, the signatories argue that Dragonfly fits in with Google’s broader mission of organizing the world’s information and making it accessible and useful. While the letter acknowledges the human rights concerns at issue, it offers no specific solutions.Access to information is critical for a free and prospering society, and China’s censorship laws heavily undermine that access. Any internet company looking to do business in China will need to block content related to a long and ever-growing list of forbidden keywords including “human rights,” “anticommunism,” and “Tiananmen Square,” along with entire publications like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. If Google truly plans to stay true to its stated goal of making the world’s information more accessible, it can’t allow itself to be used as a tool to suppress basic facts of history.Dragonfly presents a danger not just in the information it hides, but in the information it collects as well. The Chinese government is known for its expansive surveillance over its population. Due to regulations over data storage and compliance with government data requests, there are serious concerns that the vast data Google collects about its users will only further feed the government’s efforts to spy on dissidents. Because search histories would be linked to users, the Chinese government could easily target those who seek out forbidden information.When Google shut down many of its Chinese services in 2010, it noted that a major motivating factor had been the cyber attacks targeting the accounts of Chinese human rights advocates. Now, however, Google seems much less concerned with the privacy of its users. According to an in-depth report from the Intercept, multiple former and current employees claim that the teams responsible for evaluating the privacy and security of their products have been shut out of Dragonfly. A report from the privacy team concluded that Google would be expected to be a part of the Chinese government’s surveillance apparatus and would be less able to push back against Chinese demands for data than they are in the US and Europe. However, the project’s leadership consistently stonewalled attempts to raise these issues.It’s not too late for Google to change course. According to CEO Sundar Pichai, Dragonfly is still in an early experimental phase (although the Intercept reports that staff had been told to prepare for an early 2019 launch). While expanding access to information is an important goal, attempting to do so at the cost of being a tool for censorship and surveillance will ultimately do more harm than good to the people of China. Whatever information to which they gain access will be seen through the distorted lense of the regime’s blacklist, and Google’s cavalier attitude toward privacy will endanger anyone fighting for a more free China.last_img read more

Why Facebook Ads Are Like Pop Art

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Take this “Get Out of Debt with Siegel” ad on a dirty packed train car. You see it on the Chicago Red Line, a train that traverses almost the entire city – from the north side to the far south, passing steel buildings and open lots and fast cars. This train pauses for less than one-minute intervals to open its doors, swallowing in a new stampede of directionless people. It chugs on to the next stop, pausing only in an emergency. What better space to experience a late-night infomercial?Another writer described the experience of logging onto Facebook as entering Grand Central Station. It’s a space that’s ripe for advertisements. She felt deluged by friends, and has since defriended down to a lean number of 250, keeping mostly closer friends and family members. Doing this makes Facebook feel more like a neighborhood get-together and less of a visit to one of the busiest train stations in the United States. Facebook ads appear in what feels like a busy train station, perhaps. Facebook is still “feeling its way around the ad business.” Yet it did happen to sell more than $3 billion worth of ads last year. It’s probably because such ads operate on the simple idea of liking something. It’s something that Andy Warhol knew quite well.Facebook and The Laws of Pop Art“Anything you can post on a page, you can turn into an ad,” says Facebook. The content becomes easier to see as more users keep liking it. Advertisers receive the same sort of instant gratification as the ready and willing Facebook users. Everyone likes, everyone wins – at least, in a superficial sense. We become advertisements of ourselves, looking into a virtual mirror. Facebook’s ad strategy reminds me a lot of the concept behind pop art. In 1963, Andy Warhol said that one day everyone would be world-famous for 15 minutes. Reality TV and viral YouTube videos have made that happen, stretching those 15 minutes to perhaps 15 intense hours on the Internet. On Facebook, that idea becomes a reality even moreso because time is not linear, and fame happens within smaller sub-niches – so 25 people might be having their 15 minutes of fame at the exact same time. The social media celebrity is different than more traditional ideas of pop culture celebritydom that one witnesses at the Grammys, for example. Today everyone will be famous to 15 people, for 15 minutes. It’s the experience of pop art concepts on Facebook. Or maybe it’s Facebook pop art. Let’s examine.Here’s the Warhol version of pop art: Facebook is about liking things. And so is pop art. The two should really get to know each other. The experience of logging onto Facebook is like no other – it is like feeling one’s way through a black hole of non-linear time and space, plunging through other peoples’ memories and ideas. “Let’s do the time warp” doesn’t really explain what the Facebook experience feels like. “And the ad business still isn’t sure what to make of Facebook,” writes AllThingsD. “Grand new marketing paradigm, or a collection of 800 million people who don’t seem very interested in clicking on ads?”Are people clicking on Facebook ads? Such advertisements on Facebook sometimes feel more like those strange banner ads on public transportation than the more alluring targeted advertisements. I’m talking about ads on the train, the ones that you gaze at when you’re dead tired and just want to zone out, but you can’t. Those ads are there, staring back at you. Or maybe Facebook ads are more like pop art, culled from the banal, the commercial, memory and the everyday. They want you to like them, like, a lot. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook’s Pop Art Ad Strategy: You Will Like ThisWarhol produced Campbell’s Soup Cans in 1962. He took an everyday consumer culture object and silkscreened its image onto a canvas. Pop art was born.Facebook doesn’t take ads and make them into art – but an artist could easily do that, calling it Facebook Pop Art. That artist could take a Facebook ad, paint it onto canvas and display it in a gallery. Too easy? Are you ready to like it? This could work. Except advertising on Facebook doesn’t make complete sense.ReadWriteWeb’s Dave Copeland reports that the 845 million Facebook users that the company claimed in its IPO filing may not actually be quite accurate. Not surprisingly, 6% of those accounts may be fakes and another 5% may just folks who have downloaded the Facebook mobile app, which runs in the background (and might be collecting data from your text messages). Does advertising on Facebook make any sense at all? Or, rather, do pop art concepts make sense? Yes of course – if you want people to like you/it/the product, that is. And like they will. And here, you are the product, completing the cycle of personalized advertising. All you have to like is yourself.“The only number an advertiser cares about is the number of prospective customers it can reach — and what it takes to get them to buy whatever it is the advertiser is selling,” Marty Levine, executive vice president of product development at Prosyna Inc., told ReadWriteWeb.Being an “active user” on Facebook – and other networks, for that matter – is kind of like being a passive consumer, roaming about on Facebook with no real purpose. It is like strolling the streets taking photos with the Instagram app, and uploading them with no prior thought or consideration. It is strolling along, uploading things you like to Facebook, where social media pop culture lives. The actual soup cans, sans Warholianism: Facebook becomes a magazine. You put yourself on the cover of a magazine and then people like you. Or they just catch glimpses of you on Facebook. Either way, you’ve made the magazine, you’re in the public eye. Pop art is about liking things. Facebook advertisements are about liking things. And the more users like an idea, a status update or an image, the more advertisers know about them. In this pop art Facebook landscape, however, what does a like actually mean? It might be little more than a clever, passive verb. It is easy to digest, it is light and it hardly means a thing. It is something that you like.If you have ideas for the Facebook version of a pop art ad might look like, leave a comment below.Images via Wikimedia Commons and Tags:#advertising#Facebook#web Related Posts The Facebook ad version of pop art? Insert your idea here. Just make sure it’s commercial enough to stick. alicia eler A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more