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Beginners Excel training course could be just what you’re looking for

first_imgHome Sponsored Beginners Excel training course could be just what you’re looking for Sponsored Beginners Excel training course could be just what you’re looking for Facebook Facebook Pinterest New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Community Community Pinterest Council Twitter By LaoisToday Reporter – 1st October 2018 TAGSExcelMartin Loughman Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding The Portlaoise Enterprise Centre is the venue for another one-day Beginners Excel spreadsheet course on Thursday, October 18.This is a great opportunity for a beginner or someone returning to the workforce to learn Excel from scratch.No need to bring along a laptop on the day as computers are provided by the centre in its excellent computer training room.  Maximum class size is eight people.The trainer, Martin Loughman, is a certified Microsoft Excel spreadsheet expert whose company Spreadsheet Interaction Limited designs and delivers high-quality Excel training programmes to groups across the country.You will learn:Excel spreadsheet basics – columns, rows, cells, ranges, sheets, formulasExcel’s basic ribbon commandsCopy & Paste reason for Relative v. Absolute cell referencesSix basic Excel functions – SUM | AVERAGE | COUNT | MAX | MIN | IFPaste special & spreadsheet formattingSort & filter dataFreeze panes & Print titlesHow to visualise numbers on a simple graphIf you always wanted to learn Excel from scratch, now here’s your chance!Contact Martin:  Mobile (087) 4310927 or Email: [email protected] book your place click here and to watch the video explaining what the course will offer click here.  WhatsApp Previous article‘We’ll meet you there’- Town Team launch brand new logoNext articleAll of this week’s GAA fixtures as attentions turn to hurling LaoisToday Reporter WhatsApp Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

JOB VACANCY: Laois County Council seeking to recruit Retained Firefighters

first_imgHome Jobs JOB VACANCY: Laois County Council seeking to recruit Retained Firefighters JobsSponsored Pinterest Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Previous articleLaois to learn Leinster championship opponents tomorrowNext articleLaois GAA club’s players – past and present – raise huge sum for local cancer charity LaoisToday Reporter WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook Laois County Council has advertised the position of Retained Firefighters in the following locations: Abbeyleix, Durrow, Portarlington and Rathdowney.Have you ever considered joining the Fire Services? Do you think you have what it takes? Do you tick all the boxes?Team PlayerDisciplinedPhysically and mentally strongCan follow ordersDeterminedAdaptable to various work environmentsTo ApplyIf you would like to join our team, application forms and further information are available on www.laoiscoco.ie and by email from [email protected] ALSO – Check out the dedicated jobs section on LaoisToday TAGSLaois County Council Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 months Twitter JOB VACANCY: Laois County Council seeking to recruit Retained Firefighters Pinterest Electric Picnic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Council Twitter Electric Picnic Facebook Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date By LaoisToday Reporter – 19th April 2021 last_img read more

Tax Administrators Urged to be More Diligent

first_imgTax Administrators Urged to be More Diligent Finance & Public ServiceJanuary 26, 2009 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Audley Shaw, has called on senior managers, commissioners and other key personnel in the tax administration system, to more diligently carry out their responsibilities under the law.He noted that the reform of the tax system, now being undertaken, is designed to address the wanton evasion of taxes and instances of corruption, and tax administrators have a key role to play in the process.“Whatever is the final decision in terms of tax reform, I put it to you that the most important thing that is going to require reform, is a reform in how you discharge your responsibilities as assessors and compliance officers,” Mr. Shaw stated, at the opening of the Inland Revenue Department’s (IRD) conference at the Grand Lido Braco Resort and Spa in Trelawny on Thursday (Jan. 22).“You have to change gear. We have to become more aggressive . we are going to have to cut out the corruption from within the system,” he stated. “You are going to step out and you are going to assert yourself and you are going to indicate to the people that there is a law, and you must abide by the law,” he added.In the meantime, he indicated that an incentive system is being considered for revenue officers, and “we want to ensure that our facilities everywhere are decent and up to a standard that will ensure your comfort and the comfort of your customers, who are the taxpayers of the country. I am committed to that”.As such, he said, there are plans to build new collectorates in Mandeville and Christiana.The two-day conference, held under the theme: ‘IRD’s relevance in a changing environment’, brought together personnel from the island’s 29 collectorates for dialogue on important tax issues and to make recommendations on new strategies, tools and resources to deal with challenges. RelatedTax Administrators Urged to be More Diligent RelatedTax Administrators Urged to be More Diligentcenter_img RelatedTax Administrators Urged to be More Diligent Advertisementslast_img read more

Future threats and opportunities competition for students

first_imgFuture threats and opportunities competition for students The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has launched a quest to uncover visions of the future from the brightest student minds in the UK.Entrants must answer the question: what do you believe to be the future threats or opportunities facing UK defence and security over the next 25 years?The competition is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students currently based at UK academic institutions.The 5 finalists will be invited to (virtually) present their essay to a panel of senior current and former government officials, before the final winner is revealed.The winner will receive £250 prize and the top 5 will receive certificates of commendation.The top 10 essays may be published in a journal style publication.How to enterSubmit your essays to /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:Defence, future, Government, postgraduate, science, security, students, technology, UK, UK Government, winnerlast_img read more

Global Anti-Corruption Sanctions Regime Foreign Secretary’s statement to Parliament, April 2021

first_imgGlobal Anti-Corruption Sanctions Regime Foreign Secretary’s statement to Parliament, April 2021 Madame Deputy Speaker, with your permission, I would like to make a statement on our new Global Anti-Corruption Sanctions Regulations.Corruption has an immensely corrosive effect on the rule of law, on trust in institutions.It slows development, it drains the wealth of poorer nations. It keeps their people trapped in poverty.It poisons the well of democracy around the world.Whistleblowers and those who seek to expose corruption are targeted.Some have paid the ultimate price with their lives, including of course Sergei Magnitsky himself – the inspiration for our Human Rights Sanctions regime.But his courage was not in vain.The framework of sanctions that we are launching today, shared by some of our partners around the world, flows directly from his decision to take a brave stance against injustice.And it won’t be forgotten.Madame Deputy Speaker, this country has an important role to play in the fight against corruption.Our status as a global financial centre makes us an attractive location for investment – and we are proud of that. We welcome it.But it also makes us a honeypot, a lightning rod for corrupt actors who seek to launder their dirty money through British banks or through businesses.That’s why we have already taken steps to become a global leader in tackling corruption and illicit finance.Our law enforcement agencies are recognised as some of the most effective in the world.The National Crime Agency’s International Corruption Unit and its predecessors have restrained, confiscated or returned well over a billion of assets stolen from developing countries since 2006.And my department continues to provide funding for this vital work.The Bribery Act 2010 criminalises bribery, and the failure of businesses to prevent bribery from happening in the first place.In April 2016 the UK was the first in the G20 to establish a public register of the beneficial owners of companies and similar legal entities.And that was an important first step in tackling the use of anonymous shell companies to move corrupt money around the world.I can tell the House that over four and a half million companies are now listed on that register.Then in 2017, we adopted the ambitious five year Anti-Corruption Strategy, bringing in measures such as Unexplained Wealth Orders, Account Freezing Orders and the like.That year we also established the International Anti-Corruption Coordination Centre in London, which has helped freeze over £300 million of suspected corrupt assets worldwide and led to dozens of arrests.According to Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, those actions and our commitment to tackling corruption have seen the UK rise from a global ranking of 20th in 2010 to 11th place in 2020, out of a total of 180 countries.Against that backdrop Madam Deputy Speaker, the new sanctions regime I am announcing today will give us an additional, powerful tool to hold the corrupt to account.It will prevent corrupt actors from using the UK as a haven for dirty money, while combating corruption around the world.Madame Deputy Speaker, as Honourable Members across the House will recall, this follows the launch of our Global Human Rights sanctions regime which I introduced to the House in July 2020.Since then, the UK has imposed human rights sanctions on 78 individuals and entities involved in serious human rights violations including in Russia, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Pakistan, Myanmar, North Korea, Belarus, The Gambia, Ukraine and most recently in relation to Xinjiang in China.Now we will have an equally powerful weapon in the fight against corruption.As with our Global Human Rights sanctions approach, the anti-corruption sanctions are not intended to target whole countries or whole peoples, but rather to target the individuals who are responsible, and should be held responsible, for graft and the cronies who support or benefit from their corrupt acts.So these Regulations today will enable us to impose asset freezes and travel bans on individuals and organisations who are involved in serious corruption.Our approach is grounded in, it is based on the UN Convention against Corruption and related instruments, it has a clear focus on bribery and misappropriation of property, and that includes embezzlement.‘Bribery’ is well understood. As defined in the Regulations it includes both giving a financial or other kind of advantage to a foreign public official, and a foreign public official receiving a financial or other advantage.‘Misappropriation of property’ occurs where a foreign public official improperly diverts property entrusted to them in their official role. This may be intended to benefit them or a third party.For example, it could include siphoning off state funds to private bank accounts, it could include the improper granting of licenses for the exploitation of natural resources.But whatever the particular circumstances, at the heart of this Madam Deputy Speaker, lies the same debilitating cycle of behaviour – corrupt officials ripping off their own people.These powers will also enable us to target those who facilitating or profiting from such corrupt acts, those who conceal or transfer the proceeds of serious corruption, and those who obstruct justice relating to serious corruption and that won’t be limited to state officials.For clarity in all of this, we have published a policy note today, which sets out how we will consider designations under these Regulations. I know across the House there is always interest in the legal criteria as well as the evidence base that we have to accumulate.We will also ensure, and I think it is right to say ensure, due process and the rule of law so that the rights of others are respected.So those designated will be able to request that a Minister reviews the decision, and they can also apply to challenge the decision in court which I think is an important check in the system.As well as introducing the legal regime, today I can tell that House that we are making the first designations under the new Regulations, which include some of the most notorious cases of corruption in recent history.Each designation is underpinned by evidence, and meets the tests set out in the Sanctions Act and the regulations.So today I can tell the House we are imposing sanctions on individuals who have been involved in serious corruption from 6 particular countries.First we are imposing sanctions on 14 individuals involved in the $230 million tax fraud in Russia, perpetrated by an organised crime group, and uncovered by Sergei Magnitsky.Next we are imposing sanctions on Ajay, Atul and Rajesh Gupta, and their associate Salim Essa, for their roles in serious corruption.Those individuals were at the heart of a persistent pattern of corruption in South Africa which caused significant damage to its economy and directly harmed the South African people.We are also designating three individuals involved in serious corruption in Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala – including facilitating bribes to support a drug trafficking cartel.Finally, Madam Deputy Speaker, we are imposing sanctions on the Sudanese businessman Ashraf Seed Ahmed Hussein Ali, known also as Al Cardinal, for the misappropriation of significant amounts of state assets in one of the very poorest countries in the world.This diversion of resources, in collusion with South Sudanese elites, caused serious damage to public finances in South Sudan and has also contributed to the ongoing instability and conflict there.Lets be clear Madam Deputy Speaker, corruption is not a victimless crime. Far from it, by enriching themselves, these people have caused untold damage, untold hardship on the countries and communities which they exploited for their own predatory greed.So today, we send a clear message.Those sanctioned today are not welcome in the UK.They will not be able to use British bank accounts or businesses to give their illicit actions some veneer of respectability, because their assets in the UK will be frozen.More designations will follow in due course based on the policy note as well as they legal criteria that we have set out, and assessed against the evidence.As with all targeted sanctions, they are most effective when they are backed up by coordinated, international action.Of course that is particularly important when it comes to corruption given the fluid, complex and global nature of modern illegal corruption schemes.We will continue to work with our friends and partners, including the US and Canada, who are equipped with legal frameworks to take similar actions.So today, Madame Deputy Speaker, I hope the whole House will unite, and join with me in standing up for the values of democracy, good governance and the rule of law.As Britain sends the clearest message to all those involved in serious corruption around the world…You can’t come here.You can’t hide your money here.And I commend this statement to the House. /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:Belarus, Canada, China, Gambia, Government, Guatemala, Honduras, Myanmar, Nicaragua, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, UK, UK Government, Ukrainelast_img read more

Ford Canada, auto parts companies producing face shields for hospital staff

first_img There are still challenges, though, as all the manufacturers who make the correct fabric for the masks’ filters are from China or the United States. Supply chains are being stressed, and it’s becoming difficult to get the masks tested. Businesses from across the Canadian automotive industry are being asked to step up and make equipment that could help those on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, and Ford Canada is apparently the latest to throw its hat in the ring.Ford Canada said early April it will be working with the Ontario and federal governments to distribute face shields throughout the province. “By re-purposing our production facilities in Windsor to meet the urgent demand for face shields, we can help protect the lives of our heroic healthcare professionals and first responders as they continue to treat the most vulnerable among us,” said Dean Stoneley, president and CEO, Ford Motor Company of Canada. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Several auto parts suppliers across the country have switched production from vehicle components to face masks, too, Flavio Volpe, president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA) told the Financial Post.“It would be very foolish right now to rely on trading partners, especially when our main trading partners have been hit harder by COVID-19 than we have,” said Volpe.“So we’re saying OK, if we need masks, and export controls are going to be an issue everywhere including the U.S., then let’s figure out how to make them here.”The Canadian Press reported later in the day April 7 that Vaughan, Ontario-based The Woodbridge Group completed its first shipment of 1,000 Level 3 face masks for distribution from the facilities it usually uses to produce the foam for car seating.RELATED Canadian auto parts makers team up to build ventilators with three companies Trending Videos The shipments are scheduled to begin next week. RELATED TAGSFordFlexNew VehiclesFlexInstagramOntarioToronto The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca SHARE STORY See More Videos Our up-to-date timeline of coronavirus’ impact on the auto industry In conjunction with its facilities in Kitchener, Ontario, it plans to produce one million N95-certified masks per week.Engineers at McMaster University are also taking part in helping Canada’s auto industry make the stark switch in output, the institution itself having helped developed an assembly line process for turning out surgical and N95 masks in just two weeks. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information.last_img read more

Nuclear Energy: A Safe Renewable Alternative

first_imgRelatedNuclear Energy: A Safe Renewable Alternative RelatedNuclear Energy: A Safe Renewable Alternative Nuclear Energy: A Safe Renewable Alternative EnergyOctober 25, 2010 RelatedNuclear Energy: A Safe Renewable Alternativecenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail With the rising cost of fossil fuels (fuels generated from oil deposits in the ground) the world has been experimenting with alternate or renewable energy sources and, in about a year or so, Jamaica could have its first radiation laws, as the Bureau of Standards makes substantial progress in that direction.A submission is expected to be made shortly to Cabinet, allowing members to peruse the submission on radiation management before it is tabled in Parliament, to facilitate deliberations which would, after approval, lay the groundwork for implementation of a policy on Radiation Management.Options for renewable energy include solar, wind, hydro, thermal and nuclear. A close assessment of these alternatives, however, gives varying cost benefit results. For example, wind power remains an expensive alternative to produce; solar, though experiencing some re-invigoration, is too expensive to produce in large quantifiable amounts; and changes in nuclear technology is making it worth looking at as an attractive alternative.Commenting on the option of nuclear energy for Jamaica, Director General of the International Centre for Environmental and Nuclear Sciences (ICENS) at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Professor Gerald Lalor Lalor says it would be foolhardy not to take advantage of the nuclear centre at the UWI, Mona to begin the forward thinking process and to start making plans for a 100-Megawatt reactor in another seven years, followed by another in three years, on until all the projected energy demands of the country are met.Special Projects Consultant at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) Dr. Raymond Wright“You’re going to need some new thinking, training of people, legislation and insurance . It is something that, in my view, is quite urgent. I am not saying, go out and buy. What I am saying is that, 10 years is not a long time. Any investment you make in a nuclear plant, you can expect it to be operating for 50 to 60 years,” he noted.Nuclear energy, apart from generating electricity for domestic use, can also be used to smelt bauxite, generate hydrogen for public transport and in the processing industries.During his budget presentation, Prime Minister Bruce Golding accepted a suggestion from Leader of the Opposition, the Most Hon Portia Simpson-Miller, to take another look at the prospects of introducing nuclear energy, as a means of meeting long term energy needs. A committee of experts was subsequently convened to examine this option.The idea of using nuclear energy to supplement the energy consumption needs of Jamaica, was again brought to public attention by Special Projects Consultant at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) Dr. Raymond Wright.SLOW Poke Nuclear reactor at the University of the West Indies, Mona, in full bloom. The reactor is not used to provide energy but as a research toolHe contends that using nuclear energy as an alternative to fossil fuel, currently being used as the primary source of producing electricity in Jamaica, would reduce the cost of producing electricity to mere United States cents per kilowatt hour (the international standard for cost measurement of electricity), making it cheaper than the current cost of electricity production in Jamaica.France, a major user of nuclear energy, has a production cost of US$0.05cents per kilowatt hour. As an option for Jamaica’s productive and entertainment sectors, which are high volume consumers of electricity, and householders, this is quite attractiveDr. Wright thinks the high cost of energy makes the productive sector’s ability to compete very challenging.“The real problem for Jamaica is that, if we are to move forward, energy is the engine of everybody’s economic growth and our effort must be to reduce the cost of electricity, as fast as possible,” he said.Members of the Jamaica Manufacturers Association (JMA), led by its President, Omar Azan, would no doubt be happy with a reduction in the cost of electricity, as they have expressed concern that the cost of electricity has made them uncompetitive against imported goods. Consumers also find local goods and services expensive but, were the cost of electricity lowered, it could have a significant impact on the costs.Dr. Raymond Wright feels with today’s technology and the recent strides that have been made, Jamaicans would have nothing to fear from nuclear power.“The question that has bothered us for years is nuclear waste, and that is not as important as it was some years ago. Nuclear waste can be collected properly under arrangements with other countries and disposed of in a proper fashion. The concern is primarily twofold, the danger of an accident and the fear of it becoming a tool for terrorism,” he said.However, according to Dr. Wright, conventional nuclear plants are not economically below the production of 600 megawatts and, in Jamaica’s case, there is an installed capacity of just over 700 megawatts with a demand of somewhere between 600 and 620 megawatts daily.So, if a conventional nuclear plant was to be installed in Jamaica given the current demand, it would mean that that would become the country’s sole source of supply. However, he said that would be ill-advised, because it would need to be closed down for maintenance.“So what we’re looking for is smaller nuclear plants, in the range of 150 to 300 megawatts, which can be expanded on a modular basis; then it becomes perfect for small countries like Jamaica,” Dr. Wright said, suggesting as a suitable small nuclear plant, the Pebble Bed reactor which uses small helium balls.Small nuclear technology is nothing new, Dr. Wright added, as there are submarines, warships and large aircraft carriers that employ nuclear technology for their energy needs. There is a small reactor at the University of the West Indies (UWI), which is primarily for research purposes. It is called a ‘Slow Poke’ reactor, used as a training tool without the capacity to generate electricity.Professor Lalor gives his full support to the introduction and use of nuclear energy to supplement the country’s energy needs.Considering that the future holds more and more hurricanes, which are projected to get more powerful each time, coupled with huge sea level rises, the safest bet would be on nuclear power. Additionally, nuclear technology does not have the problem of carbon emissions and in the last five years has become cheaper to produce than coal.“So Nuclear has two distinct advantages today. costs and it does not generate the carbon dioxide that so many other things do,” he said.Developments in nuclear technology have advanced dramatically, a whole range of nuclear reactor designs have emerged, varying in size from 10mw up to 300mw, and some models are being designed as a self-contained capsule.“These reactors will be built in a factory, standardized, shipped out by rail or car or ship and you install them at the site that you want and, because they are smaller, all kinds of safety measures can go in,” he said. Making them weatherproof is a distinctive option he adds.“You can make them hurricane proof by burying them underground, and they can generate power for up to 40-50 years before you have to do anything to it. When you have to do something to it just dig it up and ship it back to the manufacturers, they can recharge it and ship it back if you want,” he noted.Professor Lalor pointed out that these new-generation reactors were not yet available but already there was talk of use but the first license application was not due for another two years and the buzz in the industry is for reactors becoming available in five to ten years. “People will tell you that they will be so small, so safe, so easy to handle that you can put them anywhere,” he said.Prices may be prohibitive depending on the respective country’s economy. For example a 50 Megawatt reactor might cost in the region of about US$50 million although in today’s economy that might not be such a big deal anymore.A proposal to approach one of the worlds leading manufacturers of nuclear reactors to give the island a 10-megawatt energy producing reactor for demonstration purposes, is also receiving serious consideration. The 10-megawatt reactor could supply power to an area the size of Papine, the UWI and UTECH campuses and with a little extra in reserve. A similar donation would be made by the manufacturer to a village in Alaska with a population of approximately ten thousand people. This will ensure them electricity for at least 40 years and is being done as a ‘demo’ by the manufacturer.Acting on a request by the Minister of Energy and Mining, Hon James Robertson, for providing an objective assessment of the use of nuclear energy, Professor Lalor concluded that “. it does look like something that is worth very urgent attention, that some of the necessary legislation should be put in place now (as the International Atomic Energy Agency is demanding).”He also pointed out that there are reactors being designed that start-up with normal high-quality uranium, but can burn waste, which can give between 60 to 100 years of continuous work before it needs to be shut down.Professor Lalor stresses that before the concept of nuclear energy is introduced to Jamaica, however, a serious effort must be made to educate the public about the benefits of low cost energy, the safety of the new-breed of nuclear reactors and the quantum leap the island will make toward its development strategy. 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Children’s Registry Opens Office in Mandeville

first_imgRelatedChildren’s Registry Opens Office in Mandeville Advertisements RelatedChildren’s Registry Opens Office in Mandeville By E. Hartman Reckord, JIS Reporter RelatedChildren’s Registry Opens Office in Mandeville FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) has expanded its operations to Mandeville as it moves to reduce and eliminate incidences of child abuse across the island. Persons can now make reports of known or suspected child abuse to OCR’s registration officers occupying space at the Child Development Agency’s (CDA) office located at Caledonia Mall in the Manchester capital. The office, which began operations on April 2, opens from 8:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. Registrar of the OCR, Greig Smith, told JIS News that “our primary function is to see how many children we can assist by taking in these reports and doing immediate referrals to the CDA, which is on spot, to provide the interventions through investigation.” He said the office will initially remain open for a period of three months, after which an evaluation would be done to ascertain the level of demand for its services in Mandeville with a view to opening a complete branch. “We would do our evaluation and assessment to see how feasible it is through the statistics that we will get through the number of reports on a daily basis,” he said. Mr. Smith said the ORC will work in collaboration with the CDA, the Office of the Children’s Advocate and the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) on the appraisal, which will take into consideration the resources that would be required. He said that partnership with these agencies will ensure that effective strategies are put in place to eliminate child abuse. “That is something that is important to the Registry. It’s not been taken lightly,” he stated. The Registrar informed that similar offices have been set up in St. James and St. Catherine to determine the resources that would be needed to operate full branches in those parishes. So far, he said, land for an office has been identified in Montego Bay and the OCR is now in discussion with officials of the Commissioner of Lands to deal with the necessary legal procedures. Discussions are also proceeding with Cabinet for the recruitment of additional staff for the Montego Bay office, he told JIS News. “So, for the new financial year, the OCR is proposing and we are going to aggressively work towards opening two regional offices, and more likely we are going to be having one in St. James and the other one in Mandeville,” he said. Persons can also call 1-888-PROTECT (776-8328) from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Monday to Fridays, to report cases of child abuse. Other contact numbers are: 908-2132, 618-5888 (Digicel), 631-8933 (Flow) and 631-8908 (Flow). Children’s Registry Opens Office in Mandeville CommunityApril 13, 2012last_img read more

China Mobile targets 70M 5G users in 2020

first_img Author Telkomsel turns on 5G in major cities Related Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more HomeAsiaNews China Mobile targets 70M 5G users in 2020 Tags Joseph Waring China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile operator, set a target of signing up 70 million 5G users by the end of 2020, with a planned investment of CNY20 billion ($2.85 billion), China Daily reported.Yang Jie, the state-owned operator’s chairman, said during a conference in Guangzhou its 5G investment over the next five years will reach at least CNY100 billion, the newspaper wrote.Yang said the company will focus on deploying standalone 5G technology.The market leader registered more than 10 million 5G users even before officially launching 5G services at the end of October in parts of 50 cities, along with rivals China Telecom and China Unicom.China Mobile aims to deploy 50,000 5G sites by end-December.GSMA Intelligence forecasts China will have 460 million 5G subscribers by 2025. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Backcenter_img Asia Singtel lights SA 5G network 5GChina Mobile Nokia scores Philippines 5G deal with Dito Previous ArticleVodafone Idea losses soar on regulatory rulingNext ArticleNew Zealand’s Spark goes multi-vendor for 5G AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 18 NOV 2019 last_img read more

Clark chases down Furyk to win Canadian Open

first_imgMONTREAL – Tim Clark rallied to win the Canadian Open on Sunday, birdieing five of the last eight holes for a one-stroke victory over Jim Furyk. Clark closed with a 5-under 65 at rainy Royal Montreal for his second PGA Tour victory. The 38-year-old South African player also won the 2010 Players Championship. Furyk, the two-time Canadian Open champion who took a three-stroke lead into the final round, finished with a 69. The 44-year-old American matched Clark with a birdie on the par-3 17th and a par on the par-4 18th. ”It looked like Jim wasn’t going to make any mistakes,” said Clark, who moved into contention Saturday with a 64. ”He was pretty solid, so I knew I had to make birdies. At that point, there was nothing to lose. Suddenly I got hot and I went with it.” Furyk is 0 for 7 with the 54-hole lead since winning the 2010 Tour Championship for the last of his 16 PGA Tour titles ”I kind of controlled my own destiny,” Furyk said. ”I’ve got to shoot 3 or 4 under and it would have been impossible to catch me, or darn near it. I left the door open with even par on the front nine and Tim took advantage and shot 30 on the back.” On No. 18, Clark left a 45-foot birdie putt about 6 feet short, and Furyk missed left on a 12-footer. Clark sealed the win by holing the 6-footer for par. RBC Canadian Open: Articles, videos and photos ”Once he missed his putt, I didn’t want to have to go into a playoff, knowing he can take it over the water (off the 18th tee) and I have to play over to the right,’ Clark said. ”So, it was huge for me to get it finished right there. I got hot with the putter on the back nine. To stand over that putt and still feel confident was really nice.” Clark, four strokes behind Furyk after bogeying the par-4 first, took the outright lead with a birdie on the par-4 16th after a short rain delay. Clark finished at 17-under 263 to tie tournament record for total score set by Johnny Palmer in 1952 at St. Charles in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and matched by Scott Piercy in 2012 at Hamilton in Ancaster, Ontario. Clark’s wife, Candice, is from Toronto and has family in Montreal. He won his first pro title at the New Brunswick Open on the Canadian Tour in 1998 and followed a week later with a win at the CPGA Championship. ”The irony of it is Canada could be the location of my first win and my last one,” Clark said. ”To come back here, it’s full circle. That was 16 years ago when I was just cutting my teeth as a professional golfer and I was fortunate enough to be given some starts up here, so I have fond memories. ”It’s certainly one I’ve wanted to win for a long time. Any national championship to me is special. particularly to the people from that country. It’s an honor for me to be the open champion.” Justin Hicks was third at 13 under after a 64. Matt Kuchar (65), Michael Putnam (66) and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (66) tied for fourth at 11 under. Graham DeLaet, from Weyburn, Saskatchewan, was the top Canadian, closing with a 68 to tie for seventh at 10 under. Pat Fletcher, born in England, was the last Canadian winner, taking the 1954 event at Point Grey in Vancouver. ”I fell a little short, but it was fun,” DeLaet said. ”So many people were cheering for me. … Coming down 18 was a special moment. Dicky Pride also finished at 10 under, matching the course record with a 63. Organizers moved up the starting times by two hours and had the players went out in threesomes from both the first and 10th tees to try to finish before the forecast storms. Most of the players had finished before a cloudburst halted play for 26 minutes.last_img read more