August 24

Juneau mulls anchoring limits to prevent derelicts

first_imgCommunity | Juneau | Local Government | TransportationJuneau mulls anchoring limits to prevent derelictsFebruary 10, 2018 by Jacob Resneck, KTOO Share:The M/V Lumberman is a 107-foot tug that’s been converted into a makeshift liveaboard. It’s been anchored off Aurora Harbor for years despite city efforts for it to move. (Photo courtesy Dave Borg/Juneau Docks & Harbors)The Juneau Assembly is reviewing anchoring rules aimed at preventing vessels from becoming derelict in city waters. The initiative is in response to a notorious tug boat that’s been anchored near a downtown boat harbor for years.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2018/02/09ANCHOR-NPR1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Gastineau Channel is a patchwork of jurisdictions that fall under federal, state and local rules. Until now there’s no time limit for anchoring in city waters.Juneau Harbormaster Dave Borg said that’s a problem.“Our docks and harbors were not designed for vessels to just sit in wet storage for, you know, eons,” Borg said, “because they cause a lot of problems as far as deteriorating, pollution, they become a nuisance, basically.”The Docks and Harbors board recently sent the Assembly draft regulations to address the issue. They require permits for boats anchored more than 24 hours in city-owned or managed waters and tidelands.The initiative is in response to the M/V Lumberman, a 1940s-era tug that’s anchored at the entrance of Aurora Harbor. It’s an unpermitted liveaboard paying no mooring fees.Tragedy struck in December when a skiff carrying five people heading out to the tug capsized. Three people made it safely to shore but two Juneau men, James Cole and Sheridan “Scott” Stringer, were never found.The incident was three months to the day after Juneau’s port director told the vessel’s owner to move the tug away from Aurora Harbor.“We’ve issued that vessel a notice to move prior to this regulation even being put in place, and obviously the boat’s still there,” Borg said.Borg said the Lumberman’s owner Brenden Mattson has kept a low profile and hasn’t been seen in weeks. The tug’s engine and bronze propeller were removed long ago.“We’ll be monitoring the situation and coming up with a plan next. I really don’t want the boat, I would rather that someone would up and leave the area but I don’t think that’s going to be an option,” Borg said. “We’re going to have to handle it somehow or another.”The M/V Lumberman and the various vessels attached were served with a Sept. 6, 2017, notice to move by Juneau’s port director. But harbor officials say the owner has shown no indication it’s going anywhere soon. (Photo courtesy Dave Borg/Juneau Docks & Harbors)The Coast Guard recently boarded the vessel and found oily waste, aerosols, batteries and other hazardous waste.An Anchorage-based contract crew was paid about $62,000 from the federal Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund to remove nearly 5 tons of waste in mid-January.“They removed 830 gallons of miscellaneous oils and chemicals, just under 2,000 pounds of hazardous batteries,” said Sector Juneau spokesman Lt. Nicholas Capuzzi.”Over 500 pounds of miscellaneous hazardous material like aerosols, paints, cleaners and that kind of thing, 300 pounds of oily waste and 200 pounds of other oily debris.”The Coast Guard spokesman said the proposed anchoring limits could help the local harbormaster keep these kinds of problem vessels from laying anchor and becoming a long-term problem.“I think the idea is to hopefully prevent this scenario from happening again where a vessel is anchored and becomes essentially a floating storage shed for these hazardous materials,” Capuzzi said. “There’s either a pollution event or, in this case, you had to spend a lot of money to go out there and remove it.”Mariners seeking to drop anchor for longer than 24 hours would still have federally managed navigable waters as an option. That’s provided they don’t block shipping.The anchoring regulations will be reviewed by the Juneau Assembly at its Feb. 12 meeting.Share this story:last_img read more

July 4

News / Amazon sends air cargo market into a spin as it eyes large 767 freighter fleet

first_imgBy Alex Lennane 18/12/2015 It seems likely that other operators will be searching for 767Fs as quickly as possible.“Amazon has made its intentions clear, and everyone in the US is scrambling to get a piece, such as Kalitta Air, Atlas Air and so on.”Atlas owns two 767-300s, one of which is due to be converted this quarter and another next quarter, to go into service for DHL Express. It also operates 11 767s for DHL on a CMI basis, with two more to come by March next year.ATSG also appears to have acquired two 767-300ERs for conversion, while Atlas too is said to be looking for more.Amazon currently works with all the large integrators, but is said to be frustrated at the limited pace of growth it can achieve with outsourced logistics. However, it is also likely to find itself competing with them to acquire the 767s, as UPS, FedEx and DHL all favour that aircraft type. In July 2015, FedEx announced an order for 50 767-300Fs, with options for another 50 – altogether, the company has at least 75 firm orders for delivery between 2018 and 2023.Amazon’s logistics spend was $8.7bn last year and analysts have been predicting Amazon would be likely to roll out its own logistics operation.“Will we eventually see Amazon cargo planes moving goods from New York to San Francisco? I would not be surprised,” said Colin Sebastian, analyst at Robert W. Baird recently.Analysts agreed that not only would Amazon’s delivery economics improve, but it would have greater control of capacity at peak times.While the e-tailer is unlikely to be eyeing its own AOC just yet, it could begin acquiring aircraft after testing the waters through a leasing operation. It is thought already to be working with ATSG out of the old DHL facility in Wilmington, Ohio.ATSG and subsidiary ABX Air have been operating five 767s for an unknown domestic US  customer. Flight tracking websites show the aircraft are flying several times a day to destinations such as Dallas, Tampa and Ontario – all cities near which Amazon has distribution centres. The Seattle Times noted that since November 1, the carriers flew 219 flights out of Wilmington – a significant contrast to the seven flights they operated in the same period last year.Last month, ATSG CEO Joe Hete said: “We advised you in August that the third quarter would be a transitional time for us, with intensive preparations to ready aircraft and services for new assignments in the fourth quarter. We deployed three Boeing 767 cargo aircraft under new arrangements during the third quarter, and will deploy eight others, five of those under dry lease arrangements, in the fourth quarter.”He also confirmed the company’s interest in e-commerce.“We also signed commitments during the third quarter to invest in a new joint-venture that will provide air express services in China and other points in Asia, starting in mid-2016 after pending regulatory approvals. That airline, United Star Express, will serve rapidly growing e-commerce markets from an operating base in Tianjin. We expect to be a source of leased aircraft to United Star Express as it expands over the next several years.”An Amazon spokeswoman told The Loadstar  it had “a longstanding practice of not commenting on rumors and speculation”. No other sources were willing to go on the record.Scott Ruffin, Amazon’s director Transportation, Logistics, Supply Chain, is thought to be in charge of its air cargo plans. From his LinkedIn profile he appears to have extensive expertise in supply chain management and logistics for retailers – and spent four years in the US Marine Corps as Captain and Logistics Officer. Amazon is said to be sourcing up to 60 767 freighters as it looks to launch its own air freight operation, The Loadstar has learned.The news has sent the US air freight industry into something of a spin, sources said, as leasing companies begin jostling for position.“No existing express company can cope with Amazon’s growth,” said one involved source. “Ultimately, it is looking for up to 60 767s for its exclusive use.”This month, Kalitta Air, which has always operated 747s, acquired three 767-300ERs, one from Business Air Thailand and two from Japan Airlines. Two will be converted and one left for spare parts.last_img read more

June 21

WATCH: Man robs Port Charlotte Publix liquor store

first_imgAdvertisement PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – Deputies are searching for a man who robbed a Port Charlotte Publix liquor store Thursday. The man was caught on store surveillance walking into the Publix liquor store just before 8 p.m. and showing a gun to the cashier after demanding cash, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. Publix to offer walk-up COVID vaccines at Florida pharmacies May 10, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS VIDEO: Gator strolls through North Fort Myers Publix parking lot April 21, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Ex-wife of Palm Beach Publix killer responds to sheriff’s criticism June 16, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementTags: Charlotte county sheriffs officeliquor storePublix Video courtesy of the Charlotte County Sheriff’s OfficeThe store is located at 24001 Peachland Boulevard. The man described as black or hispanic was wearing a heavy black coat with a hood, jogging pants, gray and white shoes, white gloves and a white face mask, deputies said. Advertisement Popular ‘Pub Sub’ Twitter account abandoned after Publix backlash April 28, 2021 AdvertisementThe Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to contact them at 941-639-0013. last_img read more

June 20

Laois singer/songwriter announced as finalist in international songwriting competition

first_imgCiarán made it into the final with his song ‘Freemind’ and was given high-praise by the judges at the international songwriting competition.“We absolutely loved this song. Sensational work, you have fans here,” said the judges.SongDoor is an annual worldwide songwriting competition that’s open to amateurs and professionals, with the winners being announced on January 22.Ciarán’s track ‘Freemind’ falls under the Soft Rock/Alt Folk category with three other songs from the US and one from the UK.‘Freemind is featured on The Finns’ debut album Creations, which was released November 22, 2018.The album has been a huge success for the indie duo and is continuing to rise in popularity.‘Freemind’ is due for release near the end of January with a music video in the works.SEE ALSO – Laois pub named in Sunday World ‘Top 10 Boozers’ for 2018 WhatsApp Community WhatsApp By Siun Lennon – 10th January 2019 Twitter Twitter Pinterest Facebook Council Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic yearcenter_img A Laois guitarist and singer/songwriter has just been announced as a finalist for the 2018 SongDoor International Songwriting Competition.Ciarán Finn, of popular alt-folk duo The Finns, is the only representative from Ireland that has made it to the final.The Rathdowney man beat tens of thousands of nominees places through each round and was ecstatic with the news.“I was absolutely chuffed to hear that I made it to final. I couldn’t believe it,” he told LaoisToday.“Hugh had entered it into the competition and I wasn’t aware of how big it actually was until I saw just how many entries there were.” Home We Are Laois Laois singer/songwriter announced as finalist in international songwriting competition We Are Laois Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleShock as Laois mart announces decision to closeNext articleLaois camogie county board elected – but with no PRO decided as meeting set to reconvene Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening TAGSCiaran FinnRathdowneyThe Finns Facebook Community Laois singer/songwriter announced as finalist in international songwriting competitionlast_img read more

June 16

Go Time On Glenroy Level Crossing Removal

first_imgGo Time On Glenroy Level Crossing Removal VIC PremierThe Andrews Labor Government’s Big Build summer works will ramp up this week, with major construction getting underway to remove another dangerous and congested level crossing in Melbourne’s north.Acting Premier and Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan today visited the site of the $285.6 million Glenroy level crossing removal project, which will deliver 500 local jobs as crews remove the crossing and build a brand-new station for Glenroy.The busy Glenroy Road crossing is one of the most congested in Melbourne – with boom gates down for more than 40 per cent of the two-hour morning peak, causing delays and frustration for the 19,000 drivers who cross it each day.Crews will use the quieter summer period to relocate underground utilities and install foundations for the new rail trench that will safely separate trains and cars and remove the level crossing for good. The project will be delivered by an alliance of John Holland Group, Kellogg Brown and Root and Metro Trains Melbourne.Buses will replace trains on sections of the Craigieburn line, and coaches will replace trains on all Seymour and Shepparton services from 9pm on Thursday, 7 January until 10pm on Saturday, 16 January. Glenroy Road will be closed at the level crossing from Thursday, 7 January to Sunday, 28 February.During the closure, the old Glenroy Station buildings will be demolished, and temporary station facilities installed to prepare the site for major excavation, which will see the rail line lowered into a trench slightly east of the current rail line – enabling trains to keep running for most of the works.When it opens next year, the new Glenroy Station will provide a modern gateway for commuters, transforming the station precinct by connecting Post Office Place and Hartington Street for the first time in 100 years.While coaches are replacing regional train services for the level crossing works, V/Line will continue delivering the Labor Government’s $328.4 million investment in critical public transport and roads maintenance and upgrades.Works on Kilmore East’s station improvement will continue, while a $1 million rail milling program will ensure track between Donnybrook and Kilmore East is in good condition. Track maintenance will take place right along the Seymour and Shepparton lines, as well as early works on Stage 2 of the Shepparton Line Upgrade.Across Melbourne, crews have been working around the clock to take advantage of the quieter roads, with West Gate Bridge maintenance work completed early, and Yarra Trams maintenance works on Bridge Road between Church Street and Burwood Road underway until Saturday, 16 January.Work on the West Gate Tunnel Project will continue as crews begin demolishing the Grieve Parade overpass before rebuilding it to allow for two extra lanes each way. The West Gate Freeway will close in both directions at Grieve Parade from Wednesday, 6 January until Monday, 11 January.Inbound and outbound West Gate Freeway traffic will detour via Geelong and Millers Roads, while Altona-bound M80 Ring Road motorists must exit early at Boundary Road, with delays of up to 60 minutes in all directions.For six weeks from Monday 11 January, crews will also reconstruct bridges and make room for extra lanes on the West Gate Freeway at Geelong Road and the M80 Ring Road intersection. During the works, both inbound and outbound ramps from the Princes Freeway to Geelong Road and the M80 inbound ramp to the West Gate Freeway will also be closed. Delays of 30 minutes are expected.The Glenroy Road level crossing will be gone and the new Glenroy Station open in 2022 as part of a pipeline of infrastructure work in the northern suburbs – with four level crossings removed from the Upfield line last year and construction on four more to ramp up in Preston this year, making Bell Street level crossing-free by 2022.For more information about the summer works program visit bigbuild.vic.gov.au. To plan your journey visit ptv.vic.gov.auAs stated by Acting Premier Jacinta Allan“We haven’t wasted a minute removing level crossings – with 44 already gone, this year we’ll remove a crossing on average every four weeks to improve travel, make our suburbs safer, and supporting thousands of local jobs.”“We know more Victorians are holidaying closer to home this year – so we encourage people to plan ahead and allow extra time while we get on with delivering the big projects our state’s transport system needs.”As stated by Member for Pascoe Vale Lizzie Blandthorn“It’s great to see so much progress here onsite at Glenroy. These boom gates are dangerous, they divide the community, they cause traffic congestion – and thankfully, they’ll be gone for good in 2022.”As stated by Member for Northern Metropolitan Region Sheena Watt“This project will transform the heart of Glenroy, making it easier and safer to get around, and deliver a new station precinct for the community to enjoy – I can’t wait to see the end result.” /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:Andrews, AusPol, Australia, community, Donnybrook, Geelong, Government, infrastructure, Investment, Kilmore East, Melbourne, Minister, pipeline, Premier, project, Shepparton, Transport, Victorialast_img read more

June 16

Zia Places Second in Georgia Tech Three Minute Thesis Competition

first_imgZia Places Second in Georgia Tech Three Minute Thesis Competition Muhammad Saad ZiaMuhammad Saad Zia, a Ph.D. student in the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), placed second in the recent Georgia Tech Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition. The event was held on April 9 in a virtual format.Zia was among 11 graduate students from units in the College of Engineering and the College of Sciences who presented their research in three minutes or less and in a way that anyone can understand. A second Ph.D. student from ECE, Mohammad S.E. Sendi, also took part in the competition.Zia is advised by ECE Professor Mary Ann Weitnauer and is co-advised by ECE Professor Douglas Blough. The topic of his 3MT talk was “Mitigating Beam Alignment Errors in Millimeter-Wave Communications to Go Beyond 5G.”Zia’s research focuses on the mathematical modeling and performance analysis of 5G and beyond wireless communications networks. The traditional cellular systems, such as 4G, operate at frequencies that are towards the lower end of the wireless frequency spectrum. These lower frequencies have become very congested due to the operation of various wireless systems, and have almost been utilized to their maximum potential.To satisfy the requirements of future communication networks, the use of millimeter-wave frequencies has recently gathered a lot of attention. The millimeter-wave frequencies lie towards the higher end of the spectrum and can support significantly high data rates. However, such frequencies also have very strict engineering requirements. An extremely important requirement is the alignment of the transmitter beam with the receiver beam. Errors in beam alignment are inevitable and degrade the performance of the wireless network. In Zia’s research, he models the effects of such beam alignment errors and investigates their impact on system performance. He aims to address how the system performance can be improved in the presence of such alignment errors.Zia has been a Ph.D. student in ECE since 2017 and is a Fulbright Scholar. He received his bachelor’s and master’s in 2012 and 2015, respectively, in electrical engineering from the National University of Sciences and Technology in Pakistan. Prior to starting his Ph.D., Zia was an Assistant Director with the spectrum regulatory authority of Pakistan. In the future, he would like to work in industry as a researcher that focuses on developing innovative wireless communication technologies.Zia is active in the Georgia Tech community. He was a Senator in the Student Government Association during Fall 2019, and he regularly participates in the events of the Fulbright Student Association of Georgia Tech. Zia also takes part in the activities organized by the Fulbright Georgia Chapter. When he is not busy with his research and on campus activities, Zia likes to travel and explore different places. /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:4G, 5G, communications, community, director, Engineering, Georgia, Georgia Institute of Technology, Government, industry, operation, Pakistan, Professor, research, students, technology, universitylast_img read more

June 14

State economy in mostly positive territory, as expected

first_img Published: July 15, 2016 • By Elizabeth Lock Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Categories:Business & EntrepreneurshipNews Headlinescenter_img The Colorado economy continues to expand, outperforming the U.S. economy, but at a slower pace than seen in 2014 and 2015, according to a midyear economic update released today by the University of Colorado Boulder’s Business Research Division (BRD) at the Leeds School of Business.Employment in the state was up by 2.4 percent year-over-year in May 2016. A total gain of 62,000 jobs in Colorado is expected for 2016, nearly reaffirming the estimate given in December at the BRD’s 51st annual Business Economic Outlook Forum. However, the sources of that growth among the state’s sectors have slightly shifted from expectations with some areas performing better than others.“Our original forecast for 2016 is similar to what we’re in fact seeing, but there are some sectors that are doing better than we anticipated and some that aren’t doing as well,” said economist Richard Wobbekind, executive director of the BRD, which prepares the midyear outlook. “There’s been more growth in government jobs and leisure and hospitality than we’d anticipated. And we certainly are seeing significant flows of venture capital particularly into software and applications-types of areas.”Wobbekind also noted both commercial and residential construction is strong, as well as manufacturing and information, which includes publishing and telecommunications.“We’re really seeing job growth across the board, except for the natural resources and mining sector,” he said.Wobbekind recently met with Colorado Business Economic Outlook steering committee members, who represent the state’s major economic sectors, for the midyear update.Sector highlights:Agriculture: Low commodity prices and a decline in exports in 2016 continue to affect Colorado farmers and ranchers. Drought conditions have moderately abated.  Natural resources and mining: The number of seasonally adjusted jobs in this sector has been decreasing since January 2015. With 26,300 jobs in May 2016, the industry has experienced a 16.8 percent decline since May 2015.Construction: Although employment in the industry has grown steadily since the beginning of 2012 and sits at 158,300 as of May 2016 – up from 147,800 jobs in May of last year – the number has not reached pre-recession levels.Manufacturing: Employment in the sector surpassed committee estimates in 2015, but is underperforming against expectations for this year. Employment in the sector totaled 143,300 jobs in May of 2016, up from 140,700 around the same time last year.Trade, transportation and utilities: Holding steady, the sector increased in employment by 1 percent through May after experiencing a 2.9 percent increase, or the addition of 12,400 jobs, in 2015. The sector currently employs 448,900 people and accounts for 17.3 percent of statewide employmentInformation: Total employment in May 2016 was 71,800 jobs, or 36.6 percent below the peak reached in 2001, but up by 1.8 percent year-over-year.Financial activities: Overall employment has seen a modest gain of 3,500 jobs year-over-year through May. The real estate, rental and leasing sector grew by 7.5 percent in the same period, indicating growth in the housing industry.Professional and business services: Year-over-year growth in May 2016 was 2.2 percent, an 8,700-job increase, bringing the sector total to 405,700 jobs. Among the sector’s three subsectors, professional, scientific and technical services accounted for 51.2 percent of total employment in the industry in May 2016.Education and health services: Total employment in the sector was at 321,000 jobs as of May 2016, a year-over-year growth of 3.1 percent. Accounting for nearly 88 percent of the sector’s employment, the areas of health care and social assistance grew by 7,300 jobs year-over-year in May, continuing a steady growth trend.Leisure and hospitality: The sector grew by 5 percent in jobs year-over-year as of May 2016, or 15,500 jobs.Government: Through May 2016, the sector is 7,000 jobs, or 1.7 percent, above the committee estimate, which was 418,200 jobs total.International trade: Colorado exports were down by 11.1 percent year-over-year in April 2016. The state’s top-five import markets in order are Canada, Mexico, China, Japan and Malaysia. Malaysia replaces the Netherlands, which held the No. 5 spot at midyear in 2015.For the complete Colorado 2016 midyear economic update visit the Business Research Division page.last_img read more

June 12

All Jamaicans Must Stand In The Interest Of Children – PM

first_imgAll Jamaicans Must Stand In The Interest Of Children – PM CultureMay 25, 2015Written by: Garfield L. Angus Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson, has commended the volunteers who came out to work on the Rudolph Elder Park in Morant Bay, St. Thomas, which was the National Labour Day project.She said the strong turnout of persons, including opposing political representatives, sends a signal that “all need to stand in the interest of our children”.The Prime Minister joined scores of residents, public officials, members of the private sector and civic groups, in the rehabilitation of the park under the theme: ‘Labour of Love, Nurturing our Children.’Scores of volunteers gathered from early in the morning, to paint, erect a perimeter fence, install concrete benches, tables, swings, slides, and plant flowers and trees, among other activities.The Prime Minister used the occasion to once again declare the Government’s commitment to the protection of children.“We do not want any child to be ignored; all should be taken care of. So anything to do with their education, and their care and protection, will always be given serious attention. I want to encourage communities to care for and protect the children,” she said.For his part, Member of Parliament for Eastern St. Thomas, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, informed that he has committed $5 million to continue work at the park “to ensure that it becomes a treasured recreational ground”.“We have done all the design work for the park, and we are going to transform this park. It is going to become our own Emancipation Park in St. Thomas. It is going to be a wonderful area for our people and our children,” he said, while calling on residents to protect the facility.Acting Principal Director of Culture at the Ministry of Youth and Culture,Dr. Janice Lindsay, said the focus on protecting children “really made a difference for Labour Day 2015, as the theme really got people working.”Corporal Donavon Gordon of the St. Thomas Police Community Safety Branch, said the Labour Day focus on children will boost measures to keep children safe.Western St. Thomas Member of Parliament, James Robertson, informed that some 20 projects were undertaken in his constituency through the Social Development Commission (SDC), including restoration of a bypass in the Mount Vernon/Jones Pen area “where we have a major breakaway.” RelatedChildren’s Institution in Spanish Town Renovated All Jamaicans Must Stand In The Interest Of Children – PMJIS 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 RelatedYouth Minister Says Thanks Photo: Yhomo Hutchinson Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller (centre), assists children as they play on the new swings installed today (May 25), at the Rudolph Elder Park in Morant Bay, St. Thomas. The facility was designated as the National Labour Day project. Others (from second left) are: Member of Parliament for Western St. Thomas, James Robertson; Member of Parliament for Eastern St. Thomas, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson; and State Minister in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Colin Fagan.center_img Story HighlightsPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson, has commended the volunteers who came out to work on the Rudolph Elder Park in Morant Bay, St. Thomas, which was the National Labour Day project.She said the strong turnout of persons, including opposing political representatives, sends a signal that “all need to stand in the interest of our children”.The Prime Minister joined scores of residents, public officials, members of the private sector and civic groups, in the rehabilitation of the park under the theme: ‘Labour of Love, Nurturing our Children.’ FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedBasic School in Rae Town Gets Facelift Advertisementslast_img read more

June 12

The latest offerings from the Bar’s Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism

first_imgThe latest offerings from the Bar’s Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism Melanie Griffin on always showing grace to others. Henry Paul on professionally responding to negative online reviews. Judge Jessica Costello on the “Commerce of Integrity.” The latest professionalism newsletter, some fresh Pro Tips professionalism videos, and the latest edition of the Never Contemplated podcast are among the recent offerings from the Bar’s Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism.The center, working with the Standing Committee on Professionalism and the Student Education and Admission to the Bar Committee, offers a variety of resources to help Bar members enhance and sustain their professional standards.The most recent issue of The Professional, the center’s newsletter, went online in mid-November. It focuses on the importance of diversity with several related columns including one by Committee on Professionalism Chair Ita Neymotin. Other articles cover mentorship, working from home during the pandemic, information for lawyers about the Bar’s grievance system, and a column by Orlando attorney Larry Smith on advancing professionalism with diversity and inclusion.The latest two issues of the center’s Never Contemplated podcast have also gone online. The October edition features a discussion between host Judge Hetal Desai and Judge Andrea Wolfson on the importance of civility, congeniality, and community in the legal profession.The November show has Desai and Judge Nina Ashenafi Richardson talking about Richardson being a first-generation immigrant and her path to the bench.The podcast also has episodes featuring Judge Patricia Seitz, first female Bar president, and Marcia Morales-Howard, our most recent William Hoeveler Judicial Professionalism Award winner. The podcasts can be found on our Professionalism Resources page and on major podcast platforms, including Stitcher.The podcasts are approved for 1 hour of general CLE credit, 0.5 hours of bias elimination credit, and 0.5 hours of professionalism credit.There are new additions to the center’s rapidly growing #ProTips Tuesday series, which feature short videos discussing various professionalism issues. Among the latest inclusions:Bar President Dori Foster-Morales on responding (or pausing before responding) to emotional phone calls from clients and other lawyers. Center Director Rebecca Bandy on professional expectations as contained in the Oath of Admission to The Florida Bar and the Bar’s Professionalism Creed.The Center for Professionalism has a variety of resources to help lawyers, from The Professionalism Handbook to a variety of free CLE courses. The center can also be found on social media at #FLBarProfessionalism.Aside from those activities, the center has recently produced four free CLEs — three mental health and wellness CLEs and one on bridging the gender pay gap. Apr 08, 2021 By Rebecca Bandy Director of the Bar’s Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism Top Storieslast_img read more

June 4

Android update drives Snap user growth in Q2

first_img Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more Snapchat snaps Spotlight feature in TikTok rivalry Snap gained 15 million daily active users (DAUs) in Q2, its highest number of net additions in three years, reaping the rewards of strategic updates to its messaging app.The company ended the quarter with 203 million DAUs, up from 188 million in Q2 2018.During an earnings call, CFO Derek Andersen attributed much of the growth to the release of new AR Lenses as part of an overhaul of its Android app in April, which he said attracted between 7 million and 9 million new and lapsed users. He chalked up the remaining increase in users to underlying growth trends.CEO Evan Spiegel said: “Augmented reality has become a daily behaviour for the vast majority of our community because Snapchat opens into the camera.”Since rolling out the revamped Android app in late April, Spiegel said Snap generated a more than 10 per cent increase in retention among first-time users, adding new users on the updated app are sending 7 per cent more messages than those on the old version.He noted improvements to the company’s advertising platform made it easier for Snap to generate revenue from this increased user engagement.“Now that we have built a strong underlying foundation for our service, we are well-positioned to continue investing in key areas like our content platform, our augmented reality platform, and our gaming platform”.FinancialsRevenue grew 48 per cent year-on-year to $388 million, up from $262 million in the year-ago quarter.Profit remained elusive, but the company continued to narrow its net loss, which came in at $255 million for the quarter compared with $352 million in Q2 2018.In Q3, Andersen said Snap expects revenue of between $410 million and $425 million, with DAUs growing slightly to between 205 million and 207 million. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Related Author Q2 earningsSnap IncSnapchat Tags Snap joins chorus of iOS criticscenter_img Diana Goovaerts Previous ArticleRogers chiefs content despite revenue slowdownNext ArticleDoJ probes big tech competition Apps AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 24 JUL 2019 Home Android update drives Snap user growth in Q2 Spiegel bullish on Snap rise as lockdowns liftlast_img read more