News / AV Cargo unveils new ‘separate, neutral’ entity to serve third MD11F

first_img AV Cargo, the Zimbabwean-registered all-cargo airline, has revealed that the latest company set up by its two directors is designed to house a new business model for its late-arriving third MD11F.Global Associated Aviation Ltd was formed on 5 June. According to AV Cargo’s chief executive Simon Clarke, it will provide an entity for a PEFCO-leased MD11F to do ACMI work.The MD11F was due to join AV’s fleet in April after heavy maintenance checks in Jakarta. Since then however, the aircraft seems to have been stored at Jakarta Airport. But according to Mr Clarke, maintenance has not yet been completed.“The third aircraft is due to complete maintenance checks mid August and then planned to enter service early September. Whilst it was originally planned to introduce the aircraft in March there were some unforeseen delays in its initial preparation to re-enter service,” he told The Loadstar. By Alex Lennane 24/07/2014 The idea is to put the aircraft into ACMI work, said Mr Clarke. “With the third aircraft entering service, we plan to further expand our business model through the development of ACMI work but centring on short-term low-utilisation contracts.“It has been decided to build this specific business via a new entity to enable it to be neutral and separated from our existing commercial activities.”One ACMI specialist questioned the demand for an MD-11F. “There is no ACMI work for an MD11, only a few charters perhaps. And as the MD11 is expensive to operate I doubt it could be competitive in the charter market today.”He also raised doubts over the plan to aim for short-term contracts. “Why would you have a marketing plan based on short term, unless there is no market at all longer term? Charters would be more credible.”Several sources indicated that the airline has not yet overcome its previously shaky financial foundations. The Loadstar has not been able to confirm or repudiate this. But the airline, in its various previous guises, has some form on ‘separating’ its commercial activities.Carrier Avient Aviation, not a registered UK company, appointed global sales and marketing agent Avient Ltd, which entered financial difficulty. AV Cargo Ltd, which was set up in 2009 by Mr Clarke, was appointed by the administrators of Avient Ltd to undertake its commercial interests. This culminated in AV Cargo acquiring Avient Ltd’s interests and some assets last November.Avient Aviation did not enter administration nor was it liquidated. Meanwhile AV Cargo Ltd itself was dissolved in January 2013. Three days later AV Cargo Airlines Ltd was formed by Mr Clarke and Neil Glover, who also had a directorship in Avient Ltd.Mr Glover, according to Companies House records, has been involved with eight companies which dissolved under his directorship. Three had negative net worth at closure, totaling about £266,000.last_img read more

Fleming set to top the poll, Barry shows strongly – but Graiguecullen-Portarlington to return status quo

first_imgAidan Mullins will be returned for a second time but his vote has held steady to what it was five years ago.Mulhall and Brennan have gained support while Paschal McEvoy has increased his support massively from his first-time success in 2014.Vivienne Phelan (Fine Gael) and Deirdre O’Connell-Hopkins (Fianna Fáil) are next in – again both running for the first time but not going to be in the mix on this occasion.Tallying across all three districts has come to a conclusion in St Mary’s Hall.The votes are now being moved to the official count centre in Kealew Business Park where the counting will get underway.Results from the first count are expected later this evening with the counting expected to continue right through Sunday and possibly even into Monday.Fianna Fail TD Sean Fleming chats with his former constituency colleague John Moloney as the votes are sorted in St Mary’s Hall in PortlaoisePaschal McEvoy improved his vote massively from 2014 and is set to retain his seat in the Graiguecullen-Portarlington Municipal DistrictSEE ALSO – Stay with LaoisToday throughout the evening for all the drama on our Live Blog Fleming set to top the poll, Barry shows strongly – but Graiguecullen-Portarlington to return status quo Pinterest Twitter Previous articleKerry blow Joe McDonagh Cup wide openNext articleNew candidates Bergin and Clooney in the mix in Borris-Mountmellick as Goodwin under pressure Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Pinterest GAA Facebook TAGS2019 Local ElectionsAidan MullinsAisling MoranBen BrennanDeirdre O’Connell-HopkinsEoin BarryJohn MoranPadraig FlemingPaschal McEvoyTom MulhallVivienne Phelan Home Politics Local Elections Fleming set to top the poll, Barry shows strongly – but Graiguecullen-Portarlington… PoliticsLocal ElectionsNews Facebook Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory center_img 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin GAA Twitter Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results By Steven Miller – 25th May 2019 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Padraig Fleming and Tom Mulhall Brought to you in association with People First Credit UnionPadraig Fleming looks set to top the poll for Fianna Fáil and take the first seat in the Graiguecullen-Portarlington Municipal District.And it looks almost certain that Tom Mulhall (Fine Gael) and Aidan Mullins (Sinn Féin) will be elected on the first count after polling very strongly too.Paschal McEvoy (Fianna Fáil) will be just short of the quota while Ben Brennan (Independent) will be comfortable too. Aisling Moran (Fine Gael) currently sits in sixth position according to the Fine Gael tallies ahead of Labour’s Eoin Barry.The results of the Fine Gael tally are:Padraig Fleming (Fianna Fáil) – 1,725Aidan Mullins (Sinn Féin) – 1,488Tom Mulhall (Fine Gael) – 1,449Paschal McEvoy (Fianna Fáil) – 1,339Ben Brennan (Independent) – 1,233Aisling Moran (Fine Gael) – 895Eoin Barry (Labour) – 736Vivienne Phelan (Fine Gael) – 531Deirdre O’Connell-Hopkins (Fianna Fáil) – 337Barry, a first-time candidate from Wolfhill, has performed very well for Labour but he’s likely to fall short in the battle for the sixth seat behind Aisling Moran. Also a first-time candidate, Moran looks set to hold onto the seat for Fine Gael, one held by her father John since 1991 up to his recent retirement.With the quota likely to be just under 1,400, it means that Fleming will have a surplus of over 300.Having first been elected in 2009, it will be the first time for Fleming, brother of Laois TD Sean, to top the poll after he saw his vote increase across the district. WhatsApp WhatsApp GAA last_img read more

Activity begins to return to Laois property scene with 60 homes recorded as sold in July

first_imgHome News Activity begins to return to Laois property scene with 60 homes recorded… NewsProperty By LaoisToday Reporter – 24th August 2020 Electric Picnic Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest News Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival House Prices A total of 60 sales of homes recorded in Laois in July, making it the busiest month of activity of 2020 since February.Figures from the Property Price Register, which records the sale of houses in Ireland, show that July was just slightly lower than February when there were 61 sales.There were 50 sales in March, 42 each in April and May and 43 in June. The 60 sales in July of this year compares to 66 in 2019 and 76 in 2018. It is the lowest July figure since 2016.In all there have been 352 sales of homes in Laois in 2020 according to the Property Price Register compared to 485 in the first seven months last year, a drop of 27%.The most expensive sale recorded in Laois was for over €383,000 but that was for two properties in the same sale in the Doirin Alainn estate in Ballylinan.The highest individual sale was for home on the Castlecomer Road in Killeshin for €269,000.The Property Price Register records the sale of homes in Ireland and has been doing so since 2010.Though some anomalies may crop up, it is viewed as the most reliable gauge of activity in the domestic property scene.The prices listed are exclusive of VAT on new builds and instances where land is included with the house, a certain value of that is deducted on the price recorded.You can check out the full list of homes that sold in Laois in July below.€383,388.54 – 12 and 13 Doirin Alainn, Ballylinan – 24/07/2020€269,000 – Castlecomer Road, Killeshin – 30/07/2020€246,697 – 65 Ashewood Walk, Portlaoise – 08/07/2020€246,696.03 – 64 Ashewood Walk, Summerhill Lane, Portlaoise – 21/07/2020€242,290 – 82 Maryborough Village, Portlaoise – 07/07/2020€235,000 – Woodlands, Roundwood, Mountrath – 17/07/2020€229,074 – 2 The Green, Mount Stewart, Portlaoise – 09/07/2020€228,211.45 – 37 Clonkeen View, Bellingham, Portlaoise – 20/07/2020€225,000 – Seskin, Portarlington – 29/07/2020€224,000 – Lissadell, Sandy Lane, Portarlington – 28/07/2020€220,000 – Cherrygarth, Abbeyleix Road, Portlaoise – 07/07/2020€215,000 – 37 Ashewood Walk, Summerhill Lane, Portlaoise – 10/07/2020€210,000 – 18 The Beeches, Forest Park – 29/07/2020€207,489 – 2 Kylegrove Place, Bellingham, Portlaoise – 02/07/2020€205,000 – 1 Clarmallagh, The Swan – 08/07/2020€203,392 – 31 Clonkeen View, Bellingham, Mountrath Road – 15/07/2020€196,000 – 123 Heather Hill Court. Graiguecullen – 02/07/2020€189,427.31 – 248 Maryborough Village, Portlaoise – 03/07/2020€185,000 – 60 Fieldbrook, Dublin Road, Portlaoise – 08/07/2020€184,471.36 – 33 Derryounce, Edenderry Road, Portarlington – 23/07/2020€180,500 – 2 Broomville Court, Portlaoise – 08/07/2020€180,000 – 4 Clondarrig Court, Bellingham, Portlaoise – 30/07/2020€176,211 – 35 Derryounce, Edenderry Road, Portarlington – 17/07/2020€174,760 – 49 The Glen, Kilnacourt Wood, Portarlington – 02/07/2020€171,000 – 25 Rockview Drive, Mountrath Road, Portlaoise – 02/07/2020€170,050 – 12 Lake Side Gardens, Kilminchy – 07/07/2020€169,000 – 17 Silverwood, Mountmellick – 17/07/2020€167,400 – 5 Derryounce, Edenderry, Portarlington – 10/07/2020€166,250 – 71 Carmody Way, Fairgreen – 02/07/2020€165,000 – 15 Whitehorn Grove, Ballylinan – 30/07/2020€162,996 – 50 Boughlone Way, Bellingham – 01/07/2020€162,995.59 – 24 Glenall, Borris-in-Ossory – 17/07/2020€162,500 – 12 Blueberry Hill, Esker Hills, Portlaoise – 03/07/2020€160,000 – 49 Grove Park, Mountmellick – €160,000€160,000 – 29 Lyndon Court, Portlaoise – 20/07/2020€160,000 – 31 Lyndon Court, Portlaoise – 20/07/2020€160,000 – 33 Lyndon Court, Portlaoise – 20/07/2020€160,000 – 35 Lyndon Court, Portlaoise – 20/07/2020€156,000 – 9 Glenbrook, Ballyroan – 10/07/2020€155,000 – 87 Lough Gate, Portarlington – 14/07/2020€155,000 – 58 Clanmalire Close, Portarlington – 29/07/2020€143,650 – 28 Chestnut Avenue, Esker Hills, Portlaoise – 03/07/2020€141,890 – 1 Barrow Court and Apt 1-6 Barrowcourt Portarlington – 03/07/2020€141,000 – 31 Blueberry Hill, Esker Hills, Portlaoise – 17/07/2020€140,000 – 16 Glenall, Rock Road, Borris-in-Ossory – 16/07/2020€140,000 – Portlaoise Road, Mountrath – 08/07/2020€135,000 – Bellair, Clonaslee – 08/07/2020€131,828 – 12 Lake Drive, Kilminchy, Portlaoise – 23/07/2020€125,000 – 15 Laurel Drive, Esker Hills, Portlaoise – 30/07/2020€115,000 – Ridge Road, Portlaoise – 24/07/2020€91,000 – Ballyheggon, Donaghmore – 09/07/2020€76,000 – 21 Clanmalire Crescent, Canal Road, Portarlington – 14/07/2020€75,000 – 24 Marian Avenue, Portlaoise – 06/07/2020€64,000 – 32 Sarsfield Street, Mountmellick – 27/07/2020€56,250 – Main Street, Ballyroan – 07/07/2020€38,000 – Corrig, Stradbally – 23/07/2020€25,000 – 144 Rochford Manor, Leighlin Road, Graiguecullen – 03/07/2020€22,500 – Main Street, Ballyroan – 07/07/2020€22,500 – Main Street, Ballyroan – 07/07/2020€22,500 – Main Street, Ballyroan – 07/07/2020SEE ALSO – Number of properties sold in Laois in June way down – but a couple of big sales nonetheless WhatsApp Electric Picnic Facebook Previous articlePreviewing all of Monday night’s Laois GAA action as championship season gets underway againNext articleLaois beef farmer elected to national IFA role following postal ballot LaoisToday Reporter TAGSProperty Price Register Activity begins to return to Laois property scene with 60 homes recorded as sold in July Twitter Pinterestlast_img read more

Return to the Mindset of 1991

first_img There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest AvatarKim So Yeol News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Facebook Twitter News “Now is the time for North Korea to return to the mindset that was present when the Inter-Korean Basic Agreement and the Joint Declaration on the Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula were adopted, and to embark on the path towards peace on the Korean Peninsula and inter-Korean coexistence and mutual prosperity,” Minister of Unification Hyun In Taek said in a speech on the 10th.Hyun was delivering the congratulatory remarks at an event marking the 18th anniversary of the signing of the Inter-Korean Basic Agreement, “The significance of the Inter-Korean Basic Agreement and the course of North Korea policy,” sponsored by the Korea Institute for National Unification.Returning to such a mindset would, Hyun said, be “the quickest way for North Korea to resolve all the problems it currently faces.” In his speech, Hyun moved to underline the government’s intention to pursue a sincere inter-Korean dialogue, claiming the Lee administration “honors the Inter-Korean Basic Agreement, the June 15th North-South Joint Declaration, the October 4th Declaration and all other North-South agreements, and is willing to consult with North Korea in order to carry out these accords.”He continued, “What is important is that talks are not carried out for their own sake, but rather that they become a forum in which problems are actually solved and productive results are realized.” Furthermore, Hyun added, “On December 12 North and South Korea will depart overseas together to inspect industrial complexes in China and Vietnam. I hope that this inspection bears fruit and that it will serve as a starting block for both Koreas to put their heads together and work out pending issues one by one.” Regarding U.S. special representative Stephen Bosworth’s visit to Pyongyang to discuss the North Korea nuclear issue, Minister Hyun commented, “Although it is difficult to predict future progress at this point, we will cooperate closely with related countries in the hope that we can gather steam from this first step in fundamentally resolving the nuclear issue.” He also commented on inter-Korean relations, stating, “It is fair to say that as a result of our adherence to a position based on principles and coherence, the government has prepared the foundations for a transition towards a new North-South relationship.”“In particular, North Korea’s retreat from hard-line measures and its positive response to talks in the latter half of this year show that current problems can be worked out through North-South dialogue.” Jung Won Shik, a former Prime Minster and chief delegate at high-level inter-Korean talks in 1991, was also in attendance at today’s conference. He asserted that it was now time to emphasize the importance of the Joint Declaration on the Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, despite the tendency to consider it as subordinate to the Inter-Korean Basic Agreement.Former Prime Minster Jung also expressed concern over the current state of North Korea, pointing out that it “has continuously, persistently, and silently developed its nuclear capabilities over the past ten years, and now has gone so far as to demand international acceptance as a nuclear state,” adding, “(North Korea) represents a threat not only to the peace on the Korean peninsula, but also to that of Northeast Asia,” and stressed, “although it is important to shed new light on the Inter-Korean Basic Agreement, we must also shed new light on the Joint Declaration on the Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and inform following generations while striving to mediate tensions in the international environment.” The Inter-Korean Basic Agreement established a new milestone in North-South relations after much difficulty, Jung claimed, but he also expressed regret that after 47 years of division, the accord has been unable to materialize in any concrete way, and is now considered a dead letter. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img By Kim So Yeol – 2009.12.10 6:41pm SHARE Return to the Mindset of 1991 News News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

Old Tioxide Site set to become Marinus Link converter stations

first_imgOld Tioxide Site set to become Marinus Link converter stations Guy Barnett,Minister for EnergyTasNetworks and the Burnie City Council have reached an agreement to redevelop the old Tioxide Site at Heybridge as a potential site for the Marinus Link converter stations.Once all the design and approvals criteria have been met, the historic Tioxide site, which has lain dormant for many years, will be re-energised and given a new purpose as the connection point where Marinus Link joins the TasNetworks Transmission Network.Construction could begin as early as 2023-24, creating jobs and boosting the economy in the Burnie area.This is an important step in progressing a shovel-ready Marinus Link and is another step in our vision to make Tasmania a Renewable Energy Powerhouse and the Battery of the Nation.There will be two convertor stations, which will see significant investment, with construction estimated to be up to $200 million each.Marinus Link is the key to Tasmania’s biggest economic opportunity during the next decade and will play a vital role as we rebuild from COVID-19, by injecting up to $1.4 billion into our economy and creating up to 1400 direct and indirect jobs across our state with the majority in regional Tasmania.It adds to the significant progress we have already made in driving Tasmania’s renewable energy future, with our State now 100 per cent self-sufficient in renewable energy.We have also legislated our world leading target to double our renewable generation to 200 per cent of our current needs by 2040.Our number one priority is to create jobs, rebuild the economy and protect the Tasmanian way of life, which is why we continue to back our State’s renewable energy future. /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:agreement, AusPol, Australia, battery, Burnie, council, covid-19, Economy, energy, future, Government, Investment, jobs, Minister, renewable, renewable energy, TAS, Tasmania, Tassie, worldlast_img read more

Expanded Powers Proposed For the BOJ

first_imgExpanded Powers Proposed For the BOJ November 9, 2011 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) has released a discussion paper on institutional arrangements for safeguarding financial stability, which outlines proposed amendments to the BOJ Act to vest the bank with overall responsibility for financial stability, through a Financial Stability Committee.   The paper which was posted on the BOJ website at the beginning of the month (November 2011) reflects amendments and comments received from the Attorney General’s Chambers, Ministry of Finance, the Financial Services Commission, the Jamaica Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Jamaica Securities Dealers Association as well as individual financial institutions. However, that being done, the BOJ has extended the discourse to other interested parties, through publication of the proposed amendments on its website,, with an invitation for comments. The major policy shift would arm the BOJ with institutional responsibility for financial stability in Jamaica. It is an element of the set of reforms that underpin the Stand-By Arrangement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), while seeking to provide appropriate safeguards, going forward. According to the paper, “one of the important lessons emanating from the global financial crisis, is that institutional responsibility for the stability of the financial system, as a whole, needs to be clearly defined, codified and assigned.” The discussion paper noted that full responsibility for financial stability is “unclear where there are multiple supervisory agencies, with none having the authority or mandate to oversee the links among different kinds of activities and to recognize and address systemic risks.” The document stated that, in order to address this deficiency, the route taken by most jurisdictions has been to locate this function within their central banks. “Adding financial stability oversight to the role of central banks has been a logical choice in light of their existing supervisory role over banking institutions, in most cases, their core mandate to influence conditions in money and credit markets and their essential function as store of liquidity in the economy,” the BOJ document stated. The paper argued that the main requirement to effect this change is the definition of a set of amendments to the BOJ Act, to facilitate a more macro-prudential approach to oversight of the financial system as a whole. “This would complement the BOJ’s traditional direct prudential approach to supervision of the deposit-taking system and expand both the focus and scope of the consultative process currently conducted through the Financial Regulatory Council,” The Paper added. The Central Bank reflected that many other jurisdictions around the globe are concurrently pursuing a similar process of financial architecture reform, to formalize the financial stability role and that, based on Jamaica’s “own experience and regulatory architecture as well as other considerations”, amendments to the BOJ Act have been proposed to meet the objective of assigning formal responsibility to the BOJ and ensuring its ability to discharge the function. The proposed amendments, which will “mandate the financial stability objective of the BOJ”, includes macro-prudential oversight of financial institutions, in addition to the current mandate for the direct prudential supervision of individual institutions and sub-sectors within the deposit-taking system. In this regard, financial institutions would include those that currently fall under the regulatory oversight of the BOJ or Financial Services Commission, including deposit-taking institutions, securities dealers, insurance companies, cooperatives, collective investment schemes and pension funds. Provisions would also be necessary to allow for the BOJ to designate any other type of financial institution to be subject to this type of oversight. Importantly, the BOJ Act would be amended to establish the Financial Stability Committee, which would be charged with the responsibility for coordinating the activities “pursuant to the objective of financial system stability.” The tasks of the Committee to be set out in the BOJ Act and would include: macro-prudential analysis; oversight of the design and conduct of periodic stress test scenarios in regard to plausible systemic threats to the stability of the financial system; periodic consultation with representatives from financial sector stakeholders in order to seek their views and obtain their input in assisting the Committee’s understanding of developments that may impact on financial stability;  determination of an institution’s risk to financial stability; Determination of parameters which trigger action in respect of a financial institution as required under the BOJ’s financial stability mandate; co-ordination of crisis prevention, crisis management and crisis resolution mechanisms and procedures; international cooperation in support of financial stability objectives; preparation and provision of periodic and exceptional reports to the Minister of Finance assessing the performance of the financial system; and any other activity as determined by the Committee in support of its financial stability objective. The composition of the Committee, which is expected to include non-BOJ staff, will be specified by regulations made under the BOJ Act. The law should also contain appropriate provisions to ensure that all members of the Committee are subject to confidentiality requirements relating to the work of the Committee, similar to those that bind supervisory staff of BOJ and should also be indemnified with respect to their activities as Committee members. An important proposed amendment to the BOJ Act is granting the Central Bank discretionary powers to provide liquidity, which would“allow expressly for the provision of emergency liquidity assistance to financial institutions in the event of a threat to systemic stability and in accordance with criteria of systemic importance, solvency and collateral sufficiency.” Interested parties wishing to contribute to the discussion paper should send comments to the Governor, Bank of Jamaica, Nethersole Place, Kingston; Fax: 876-967-4265; Email: [email protected]  Comments should be received by December 31. RelatedExpanded Powers Proposed For the BOJ By Allan Brooks, JIS Senior Reportercenter_img RelatedExpanded Powers Proposed For the BOJ RelatedExpanded Powers Proposed For the BOJ Advertisementslast_img read more

Jamaicans Welcome Re-Introduction of Civics

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaicans are welcoming the decision by the Government to reintroduce civics to the school curriculum, noting that it will help instil national pride and contribute to nation building. The subject, which educates students about their rights, duties, and responsibilities as citizens, the structure and functions of government, the significance of national symbols and emblems, among other things, will be reinstated in all schools beginning September 3. Civics was previously taught from grades seven to nine in all-age schools and at first form in high schools. Portmore resident, Leighton Davis, who learnt civics while in school, says with the reintroduction, students will be able to garner relevant information regarding their country. “There are a lot of Jamaican children that are not able to basically even tell you what the Governor-General does, what the Prime Minister does, what is Jamaica House for, the Parliament building and buildings like that. “There are so many things that Jamaican children need to learn about the civics of the country,” he tells JIS News. Kingston resident David Stewart, agrees that “civics in school is a very great thing because when I was going to school as a youngster, we did civics and it has enlightened me to the point where I understand how the country functions from a government point of view and I think civics is worthy to be placed back on the school syllabus.” Veronica Campbell, who also learnt civics in schoolt is also pleased at the move to return the subject to the curriculum. She says that not only will children learn about national symbols and how government works, but how to be good citizens.  “Things like helping each other, caring about the other person, and serving your community; these things are important. Also developing good character and showing courtesy and respect for others, kindness, these things are not taught in every home, so through civics education, they will learn these things,” she says. Vice Principal of Oberlin High School, Audrey Francis, who taught civics, says an important element of civics education is teaching children about their rights and the fact that they have responsibilities as citizens of Jamaica. She says that today’s, young people tend to say “we have rights” but they are not cognisant of the fact that “those rights are intertwined with responsibilities”. “I do believe it (reintroduction of civics) is the best thing that could have happened because I know that I use to teach civics and when I did, you saw the practical side of everything, aspects of citizenship where students were educated about the rights and responsibilities,” she informs. She notes that when civics was taught in school, students were more knowledgeable about government, the law, the police, the court system, elections and voting.  “Somehow, they had more civic pride because (we went) in depth in the subject, not just doing it in social studies (as is the case) now, and you do a topic here and there along the line,” she adds. The Ministry of Education, on August 17, officially launched the new civics curriculum paving the way for the reintroduction of the subject at the early childhood, primary and secondary levels. The move forms part of efforts by the Government to reinvigorate feelings of patriotism and civic pride among citizens about Jamaica, its development and achievements, as the country celebrates its 50th year of Independence this year. The launch was made all the more significant as it coincided with the 125th anniversary of the birth of Jamaica’s first National Hero, the Right Excellent Marcus Garvey, whose teachings will make up the core of the new civics syllabus. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, in her message at the launch held at the Marcus Garvey High School in St. Ann, said the decision to incorporate the teachings of Garvey was to “say to our beloved National Hero, take your place in our schools as a master teacher of lessons for the second emancipation, the emancipation of the mind.” Minister of Education, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites, for his part, states that civics will be a mandatory part of the curriculum of every grade in schools across Jamaica “so that we can understand the pride and the dignity and the seriousness and the responsibility of being Jamaican.” “We recognise that the objective of our education system cannot be to only have students, who are getting eight and 10 subjects at CSEC (Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate). We want students, who are conscious of themselves, who know their place of dignity, of worth, who understand their rights and their responsibilities as citizens of Jamaica,” he says. He underscores the importance of incorporating Garvey’s philosophies, noting that the National Hero stood for excellence and honesty, and that his message will help to build self-esteem and identity. Director of the Culture in the Education Programme, Ministry of Education, Amina Blackwood-Meeks, who heads the team commissioned by the Ministry to draft the civics curriculum, explains to JIS News that a special handbook has been prepared, which will guide teachers in the teaching of Garveyism. The handbooks titled: ‘The Teachings of Garveyism in the new Civics Programme’ is being made available to schools.  “These quotations are not left to the imagination of the teachers but these quotations are written up in the handbook,” Mrs. Blackwood Meeks points out. The Culture Director informs that all the topics on the syllabus will correspond to a major national event in each school-term. “In the first term, the major national activity is Heritage Week so the themes are built around identity, heritage and celebration. In the second term, the major national activity is Jamaica Day…so (it will cover) everything we want our children to learn about celebrating Jamaica.  In the third term we use the occasion of Child Month to focus on human rights issues through looking at what are the rights of the child,” she tells JIS News. Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Grace McLean, believes that the inclusion of Garveyism will foster self-affirmation and social transformation. “The philosophy of this civics education programme is one of individual and social transformation. There is urgency to address the social and cultural identity deficits that serve as stumbling blocks in the desire of all Jamaican children to honour the greatness they have inherited by achieving greatness themselves”. She says the programme will create self-awareness, awaken social consciousness and social responsibility, and “provide the experimental learning opportunities that will help our young people grow confidently, think critically, enhance their emotional competencies and the nature of their social interactions to produce citizens, who will assume their rightful place in Jamaica, as leaders and nation builders”. RelatedJamaicans Welcome Re-Introduction of Civics Jamaicans Welcome Re-Introduction of Civics EducationSeptember 3, 2012 RelatedJamaicans Welcome Re-Introduction of Civicscenter_img RelatedJamaicans Welcome Re-Introduction of Civics Advertisementslast_img read more

Gov’t Embarks on Project to Reduce Water Loss

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedGov’t to Strictly Enforce NWC Prohibition Notice Gov’t Embarks on Project to Reduce Water LossJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Story HighlightsThe Government is embarking on a $4.9 billion project aimed at reducing water loss in the Corporate Area due to leaks and theft.The five-year Non-Revenue Water Reduction Co-Management Project in Kingston and St. Andrew is intended to improve water supply to residents, and save the National Water Commission (NWC) billions of dollars in lost revenue.It involves partnership with Israeli-based company, Miya, known for its implementation of efficiency solutions worldwide. RelatedNWC Offers Deals to Delinquent Customerscenter_img Photo: Yhomo Hutchinson Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller (2nd right); and Chairman, National Water Commission (NWC), Prakash Vaswani (left), sign the contract for the $4.9 billion Non-Revenue Water Reduction Co-Management project, during a ceremony at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kingston today (July 8). Chairman of Israeli-based company Miya, Meir Wietchner (2nd left); and Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, look on. The Government is embarking on a $4.9 billion project aimed at reducing water loss in the Corporate Area due to leaks and theft.The five-year Non-Revenue Water Reduction Co-Management Project in Kingston and St. Andrew is intended to improve water supply to residents, and save the National Water Commission (NWC) billions of dollars in lost revenue.It involves partnership with Israeli-based company, Miya, known for its implementation of efficiency solutions worldwide.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, in her address at the contact signing ceremony held on July 8 at her offices on Kingston, said the project comes at an opportune time as the country continues to grapple with drought conditions and limited water supply.“In this period of severe drought, we cannot afford to lose one drop of water, and that is why I am pleased to be witnessing the start of this project,” she said.She pointed out that in the Corporate Area, some 108 million liters per day, or more than half of all the water that the NWC produces, is either wasted as a result of leaks, or is stolen. This is a situation, she insists, which cannot continue.The Prime Minister said she is satisfied that the project will serve to increase the operational efficiencies of the NWC and ensure that more of the water produced by the entity will be available to supply paying customers.“Under this five-year project, supported by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Miya will implement strategies and action to enable the NWC to improve its performance and maximise the collection of income for the water it produces,” she pointed out.It is intended that the 53 per cent of water normally lost daily in the Corporate Area will be reduced to 37 per cent within two years, 30 per cent within three years, and 20 per cent by the end of the project.The Prime Minister informed that initially, Miya will conduct an audit of the NWC’s network to determine the precise steps to take towards achieving this objective.She pointed out that by the end of the project, it is anticipated that the NWC will realize an economic benefit of just over $29.2 billion.“Importantly, it will improve the efficiency and reliability of supply to over 650,000 residential and commercial customers,” she said.Miya optimises water supply in urban water systems worldwide. It partners with suppliers of the utility to design and implement comprehensive technology-based solutions that significantly improve the client’s financial and operational efficiency, while also enhancing customer service levels, reducing energy consumption, and lowering contamination and health risks, to benefit people, the community and the environment.Miya’s solutions comprise an audit of the city’s water system, full project planning, on site execution, maintenance, and training. RelatedNWC Announces New Water Restrictions Gov’t Embarks on Project to Reduce Water Loss EnvironmentJuly 9, 2015Written by: Alecia Smith-Edwardslast_img read more

California court eases secrecy on police officer records

first_imgHomeFeaturedCalifornia court eases secrecy on police officer records Aug. 27, 2019 at 5:00 amFeaturedNewsCalifornia court eases secrecy on police officer recordsAssociated Press2 years agocaliforniaCounty Sheriff’s DepartmentGeoffrey Sheldonpolice misconductsupreme courtTani Cantil-SakauyeU.S. Supreme Court By Don ThompsonThe California Supreme Court on Monday expanded rules for telling suspects that they’ve been arrested by a police officer who has previously been accused of taking bribes, tampering with evidence or witnesses, lying or using excessive force.The justices ruled that a suspect’s right to a fair trial outweighs the privacy rights of officers who might have a history of bad behavior.Justices rejected a lower court ruling that barred the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department from giving prosecutors the names of deputies accused of improper conduct.“The importance of a fair trial to a criminal defendant is paramount to our justice system, and this reinforces that,” said attorney Geoffrey Sheldon, who argued the case on behalf of the department. Attorneys representing the deputies’ union did not immediately comment.Longstanding U.S. Supreme Court rulings require prosecutors to share that background with defendants, who can then use it to argue that they were framed or otherwise harmed by rogue officers.But California has some of the nation’s tightest privacy rules involving law enforcement officers.The justices noted that a new law requiring more public disclosure of police misconduct means some police records are no longer confidential.The law requires public access to records if an officer has been found by the agency that employs them to have improperly used force or discharged firearms, committed sexual assaults on the job, or has been dishonest in official duties.Some officers manage to stay on the force — even if violations are sustained by their department — if the conduct was not criminal, prosecutors declined to file charges or officers were not convicted.Some can keep their jobs even with certain criminal convictions. Others appeal their discipline and are reinstated.Law enforcement unions have tried unsuccessfully to block public disclosure of records from incidents that took place before this year, arguing that the law shouldn’t be retroactive.The Association of Los Angeles (County) Deputy Sheriffs argued that disclosure of so-called “Brady lists” also violated deputies’ due process rights.The California District Attorneys Association said 22 of the state’s 58 counties have adopted disclosure policies, though some provide prosecutors with a full list while others disclose the name only when a specific officer is subpoenaed to testify in a particular case.The justices said officers’ names can be disclosed to prosecutors only when they are relevant to a particular case, with no blanket disclosure.The name of the list stems from a 1963 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Brady vs. Maryland, that prosecutors must disclose any evidence in their possession that might help defendants.Eleven years later, the California Supreme Court decided that evidence can include information from a peace officer’s otherwise confidential personnel file. But to get it, defendants must show “good cause” in each case and a judge must privately review the officers’ records before releasing any relevant information.It is not a violation of confidentiality to disclose to prosecutors that an officer is on the Brady list even if the underlying records are confidential, the high court ruled. Prosecutors can then ask the court to review the officers’ file and release any pertinent details.“In this context, construing the … statutes to cut off the flow of information from law enforcement personnel to prosecutors would be anathema to Brady compliance,” said the opinion written by California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, whose husband is a retired Sacramento police lieutenant.The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department compiled a list of about 300 deputies whose names it intended to send to prosecutors, though it said their actual records would not be disclosed without a judge’s order. The department has about 7,800 deputies.The deputies’ union sued to block the department from releasing the list, arguing in part that prosecutors are only obligated to disclose what they learn in their own investigations. It’s up to defendants to seek deputies’ background information, the union argued.Tags :californiaCounty Sheriff’s DepartmentGeoffrey Sheldonpolice misconductsupreme courtTani Cantil-SakauyeU.S. Supreme Courtshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentWhat’s The Point? – Tuesday, August 27, 2019Holocaust survivor keeps history aliveYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours agolast_img read more

Half of Mozilla’s board quits over CEO appointment – report

first_img Tags Related Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more Home Half of Mozilla’s board quits over CEO appointment – report Apps FirefoxMozillaPeople Richard Handford AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 31 MAR 2014 center_img Previous ArticleDropbox CEO claims service reduces operator churnNext ArticleTelekom Austria state shareholder confirms America Movil talks Microsoft builds ad blocker into Edge browser Mozilla invests in browser Cliqz Author Three directors have resigned from the board of Mozilla over the recent appointment of Brendan Eich (pictured), its CTO and co-founder, as the new CEO, according to The Wall Street Journal.According to sources, the three directors wanted a CEO from outside Mozilla with greater experience of the mobile industry who could drive take-up of Firefox, its mobile OS.The three board members are: Gary Kovacs, the most recent Mozilla CEO who now runs online security firm AVG Technologies; John Lilly, another former CEO who is now a partner at VC firm Greylock Partners; and Ellen Siminoff, CEO of online education firm Shmoop.The departures represent half of Mozilla’s board. The remaining directors are co-founder and chairwoman Mitchell Baker; Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn; and Katharina Borchert, chief executive of German news site Spiegel Online.Eich was appointed last week. Even before the three directors resigned, his elevation was controversial with some Mozilla employees for political reasons.In 2008, Eich donated $1,000 to Prop 8, a Californian ballot proposition that wanted to ban gay marriage in California. His action was discovered in 2012. In the public listing, Eich had used Mozilla’s name next to his own.Eich has blogged since his appointment on “Inclusiveness at Mozilla”, in which he wrote:“I am committed to ensuring that Mozilla is, and will remain, a place that includes and supports everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, ethnicity, economic status, or religion”.However, the blog failed to impress some employees including Chris McAvoy who blogged that it “would be impossible for Brendan to discriminate within Mozilla; he wouldn’t be allowed to exercise his personal views of same-sex marriage in a way that discriminates against employees”.Instead he wrote that the “very public debate about Brendan’s appointment points to a divide in Mozilla’s identity, which I’d characterize as Mozilla as tech company versus Mozilla as activist organisation, which is the fundamental reason why I believe the Brendan Eich that contributed to Prop 8 isn’t the CEO that Mozilla needs.” Mozilla chair sceptical of zero-rating approachlast_img read more