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first_imgRelatedCommittee to Monitor all Government Projects RelatedPrime Minister Welcomes Investments Downtown FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Plans are well advanced for this year’s staging of the Prime Minister’s Youth Awards for Excellence and Jamaican Youth in Concert, scheduled to take place on Sunday, March 24, at Emancipation Park, New Kingston.Nearly 30 young men and women, 15 to 24 years old, will be honoured for achievement in sports, agriculture, academics, leadership, journalism, arts and culture, youth in service, entrepreneurship and international achievement.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, will present the awards at the event, being held under the theme: ‘Youth on a Mission…Project 2062’.Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank on March 19, Producer of the event, Gregory Simms, said an exciting programme has been arranged in tribute to the young Jamaicans, who are making valuable contributions to national development in various spheres.He explained that the awards component will feature all the pomp and pageantry befitting the occasion. For the Youth in Concert segment, Mr. Simms said there will be performances from the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC), Jamaica Youth Theatre, Jamaica Youth Chorale, the Company Dance Theatre, Christopher Martin and Kevin Downswell.“We have collected a fine array of performers and they represent what is best in Jamaican art,” he said, adding that there will also be some surprises.Mr. Simms said the youth awards programme seeks to motivate and inspire the country’s young people and to show them that they are “a meaningful and relevant part of the Jamaican demography and they have valid ideas that can inform policy.”Meanwhile, former youth honouree, Jaevion Nelson, said the award programme was instrumental in his personal growth.A graduate of the University of the West Indies and the University of Wales in Swansea, Mr. Nelson was the 2005 awardee in the category of International Achievement. He was the second person to receive the honour after 1998 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion, Jody-Ann Maxwell.“When I looked at the profiles of nominees… I thought, well, I must be worthy, I must be doing something good for my country and so I should continue doing,” he said.Mr. Nelson, who is Executive Director of the Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network, said his experiences and opportunities expanded after he won the award. Some of his experiences include lobbying United States foreign policymakers on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on issues relating to youth sexual and reproductive health, and human rights issues. He is also a columnist with the Gleaner newspaper.Mr. Nelson said the staging of the awards is important, to show young Jamaicans that they too, can make a meaningful contribution to the development of the country.“It is important that young people look at others in their community and say: ‘this is somebody who I can emulate’. I did that when I was young,” he said.The awards show is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m. and persons are being asked to be seated by 3:30 p.m.By E. Hartman Reckord, JIS Reporter RelatedPublic Servants Agree to Wage Restraintcenter_img Plans in High Gear for PM Youth Awards Office of the Prime MinisterMarch 20, 2013 Advertisementslast_img read more

first_imgMoves are stressful for everyone — including the family pet. Pets can sense stress and a change in routine can be difficult for them. If possible, keep your pets in a quiet, secure area while movers pack up or unload your belongings. Movers will have your door open while they move boxes and furniture, and a pet may slip out the door undetected. Make sure you keep a collar with an ID tag on your pet at all times. Ensure the tag has your current phone number on it. It is also a good idea to microchip your pets. Remember to keep the microchip’s contact information up-to-date. If your pet escapes during any part of your move, you want the animal shelter that scans the chip to be able to contact you.Depending on where you live, your pet may face new outside dangers as human activity increasingly encroaches on wildlife habitat. Wildlife that your pet may encounter include beavers, coyotes, gophers, raccoons, rodents, skunks, even deer, bears and moose. The best way to avoid wildlife around your home is to limit any behavior that might attract it. Do not leave animal kibble unattended outdoors; raccoons, coyotes and even squirrels that eat pet and people food can lose their fear of humans and may become aggressive. Keep trash in containers with lids that are animal-resistant. In addition to larger animals, smaller pests such as fleas, ticks and spiders can be extremely dangerous as they carry disease to pets and humans, Keep your dog on a short leash in wooded areas, and check for ticks and bites on your animal when you get home. Visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/living/nuisance for a full list of wildlife dangers and how to avoid them, and the Washington State Department of Health’s web page describing how to avoid pests, such as ticks and spiders, at www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/Pests.Animal ServicesWashington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)Puget Sound Region16018 Mill Creek Blvd.Mill Creek, WA 98012 425-775-1311http://wdfw.wa.govThe WDFW manages and ensures the long-term well-being of fish and wildlife, especially as humans continue to encroach on wildlife habitats. The website offers tips about living with many of the species across the state. For information about wildlife in the Puget Sound region specifically, visit http://wdfw.wa.gov/about/regions/region4.Pierce County Animal Services2401 S. 35th St., Room 200Tacoma, WA 98409 253-798-7387www.co.pierce.wa.us/index.aspx?nid=325Animal Services, part of the Pierce County Auditor’s Office, provides a variety of services, including pet licensing, animal adoptions, noise complaints, investigation of animal neglect and cruelty, enforcement of county and state animal ordinances and laws, and connecting lost pets with their owners. For more information, visit the office’s website.Humane Society of Tacoma & Pierce County2608 Center St.Tacoma, WA 98409 253-383-2733www.thehumanesociety.orgThe state’s largest animal welfare agency, the Humane Society of Tacoma & Pierce County finds loving homes for more than 6,000 pets a year, reunites thousands of lost pets with their owners, provides medical care for ill and injured shelter pets, and offers comprehensive low-cost spay-neuter programs. For more information on the animal shelter and pet adoption, visit the society’s website.Veterinary ServicesVeterinary services in Pierce County are plentiful; see the Advertiser Directory in this guide to connect with local providers. Another source for connecting with a veterinarian is the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association website, http://wsvma.org.Pets for Patriotshttps://petsforpatriots.orgPets for Patriots’ vision is to end animal homelessness in the United States while giving our military veterans and their families the greatest “thank you” of all: the extraordinary love of a companion pet. It makes this happen through its nationwide shelter and veterinary networks, military and veteran organizations, and a public that values the lives of both the vulnerable and heroic among us.To learn more about adopting a pet, visit https://petsforpatriots.org/adopt-a-pet/how-it-works.last_img read more

first_imgThe survey takes less than five minutes to complete. The results will be published online at www.khl.com in mid-April and in an upcoming issue of IRN. The results are aggregated, so individual responses are anonymous.ERA/IRN RentalTracker Survey – Q1 2020ENGLISH: https://forms.khl-group.com/C/international-rental-news-surveys-english/era-and-irn-q1-2020-rental-tracker-survey-english/47FRENCH: https://forms.khl-group.com/C/international-rental-news-surveys-french/era-and-irn-q1-2020-rental-tracker-survey-french/60GERMAN: https://forms.khl-group.com/C/international-rental-news-surveys-german/era-and-irn-rentaltracker-survey-q1-2020-german/56ITALIAN: https://forms.khl-group.com/C/international-rental-news-surveys-italian/era-and-irn-q1-2020-rental-tracker-survey-italian/58RUSSIAN: https://forms.khl-group.com/C/international-rental-news-surveys-russian/era-and-irn-q1-2020-rental-tracker-survey-russia/59SPANISH: https://forms.khl-group.com/C/international-rental-news-surveys-spanish/era-and-irn-q1-2020-rental-tracker-survey-spanish/57Readers can also access the survey links on the KHL website.For more information on the survey, or if you have any questions, please contact: Thomas Allen, Editor, International Rental News. E-mail: [email protected], Tel: +44 (0)1892 786209. The European Rental Association (ERA) and International Rental News (IRN) would be grateful if rental companies in Europe could complete the online Q1 2020 ERA/IRN RentalTracker survey. The survey is carried out every six months by the ERA and IRN.last_img read more

first_imgMarauders drop to 5-11By Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSFIELD — The University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County men’s basketball team was outscored by two points in each half and lost to UW-Rock County 87-83 in a Wisconsin Collegiate Conference West Division game Saturday afternoon at the Marauder Gym.Both teams are now 5-11 overall and 3-5 in the WCC West.Rock County led 38-36 at halftime and outscored the Marauders 49-47 in a high-scoring second half to close out the win.Joseph Estrict had 23 points, Devin Klein added 21 points, and Covon Rudolph had 19 for the Marauders. All three finished with 10 rebounds.UW-Marshfield hosts UW-Richland at 7:15 p.m. Monday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Rattlers 87, Marauders 83UW-Rock County 38 49 – 87UW-Marshfield/Wood County 36 47 – 83UW-ROCK COUNTY (87): DannySeverance 1-3 0-0 2, Joe Castle 8-13 7-8 23, Austin Affolter 2-3 2-2 6, Andre Williams 2-12 4-4 8, Mitch Benway 3-8 2-3 9, Anthony Ashley 5-14 2-6 13, Gevoanne Moragne 5-10 2-2 13, Nathan Sora 0-0 0-0 0, Ed Laird 6-11 1-1 13. FG: 32-74. FT: 20-26. 3-pointers: 3-15 (Moragne 1-1, Ashley 1-3, Benway 1-6, Castle 0-4). Rebounds: 45 (Moragne 7). Assists: 13 (Castle 5). Turnovers: 6. Fouls: 22. Fouled out: Moragne. Record: 5-11, 3-5 Wisconsin Collegiate Conference West Division.UW-MARSHFIELD/WOOD COUNTY (83): Devin Klein 8-17 0-2 21, Joseph Estrict 7-23 8-12 23, Covon Rudolph 8-16 2-5 19, Tyler Prust 6-9 1-1 13, Sayre Ystad 2-5 0-0 6, Terrell Zurakowski 0-3 0-1 0, Jared Seeman 0-6 1-5 1. FG: 31-79. FT:12-24. 3-pointers: 9-27 (Klein 5-9, Ystad 2-5, Estrict 1-5, Rudolph 1-5, Seeman 0-1, Zurakowski 0-2). Rebounds: 49 (Klein, Estrict, Rudolph 10). Assists: 21 (Estrict 8). Turnovers: 17. Fouls: 17. Fouled out: Prust. Record: 5-11, 3-5 Wisconsin Collegiate Conference West Division.last_img read more

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts guest author 1 Peer-to-Peer GeofencesWith peer-to-peer geofencing, both the geofence location and the time window are regularly shifting – and the goal is to detect “collision” (nearness) of two very dynamic points as, for example, when we want to detect that two friends are near each other. This is a more advanced feature of a geofencing services aPI because it involves a real time comparison of many streams of location data both for location and time collision (it’s much less interesting to detect that your friend was here a few days ago).What’s Taking So Long?The easy part is coming up with these use cases. But Android, Blackberry and WinMo have had background process capability for some time – why haven’t we seen an explosion of these kinds of apps on those platforms? It turns out that managing background process – especially using location and geospatial calculations – can be very complex. Naïve implementations can be a massive drain on battery life of a phone (leaving the GPS chip on would drain the battery in a few hours). Geospatial calculations can be complex, as is rapid computation of massive amounts of location data.Producing a scalable, commercial-grade solution is a difficult problem. iPhone attempted to solve some of these issues (like battery drain), the solution is far from ideal. For instance, in our early testing, the iPhone background location API was not reliable out-of-the-box for geofencing. We have a long way to go. But the opportunity is huge and obvious, so I expect we will see much innovation in this area in the coming months as the industry moves into Location 2.0.Photo by Yaroslav B. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Location#mobile#Real-Time Web#web Until recently, iPhone location app designs were limited by the constraints of single-tasked OS capabilities: launch Foursquare and check-in, use Yelp find a nearby place of interest, open another app to update your status and tag it with location.All of these scenarios require users to have a participatory role in publishing and sharing. This works well for some apps that require active engagement such as broadcasting your Twitter status and where you’ll be later. But an entirely new class of compelling scenarios really shine when you use a technology called geofencing to leverage background location and push location updates up to public and private clouds.Guest author Tasso Roumeliotis is founder and CEO of Location Labs, the leader in Location-as-a-Service for mobile application developers. You can follow his location stream on Twitter: @TassorThe interesting nuance here is that the geofence location is relatively static (a traffic accident doesn’t move much), but the geofence time window is extremely dynamic (accident locations appear and disappear). This gets very interesting when you incorporate rapidly moving real-time data, like Twitter feeds.Place GeofencesPlace-based geofences use a stream of continuously pushed location to identify when a user enters or exits a place or static zone. A place may be the local bar or even the state of California. Place and zone data sources are infinite – from restaurants and other POIs to boundaries such as a county, city, zip code, neighborhood, your home, school, or workplace.If you need more ideas for zone data types, check out UrbanMapping’s geodata catalog, which lists dozens of geodata source types. With places loaded into a geofencing service, you can build Smartphone apps to trigger when a user enters or leaves the static area that you care about. Your app could send an email, text or multimedia alert to the user (“Billy has arrived safely at school!”) or trigger an action such as updating a database. Imagine a geofence that automatically checks you in to one of your favorite venues, without having to even interact with the Foursquare mobile client. Or when you leave, it checks you out so your friends aren’t wondering where you are.Dynamic GeofencesAnyone reading this post has heard of, or probably even used, a mobile app that delivers real-time and right-time information to your smartphone app: weather alerts, Amber Alerts, traffic alerts, emergency notifications. With dynamic-feed proximity-based geofencing and geofencing APIs, it’s possible to deliver these dynamic data sources just-in-time as mobile users move within geographic proximity of continuously shifting, moving-target data streams.The interesting nuance here is that the geofence location is relatively static (a traffic accident doesn’t move much), but the geofence time window is extremely dynamic (accident locations appear and disappear). This gets very interesting when you incorporate rapidly moving real-time data, like Twitter feeds. You could imagine real-time location-aware celebrity sighting notifications where I would receive an alert that Lionel Messi (the best soccer player in the world, who lead my beloved Argentina in the World Cup) was spotted and then geo-tagged and tweeted about around the corner from me. Also, think about all the “expiring assets” – movie tickets just before showtime, pizza slices post-lunch rush – these could be fed to nearby subscribers, offering discounts. Or maybe an exclusive Gilt sale that lasts a couple of hours.last_img read more

first_imgJahlil Okafor drives the ball against North Carolina defenders.CHAPEL HILL, NC – MARCH 07: Jahlil Okafor #15 of the Duke Blue Devil drives between defenders Brice Johnson #11, Marcus Paige #5 and Marcus Paige #5 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at the Dean Smith Center on March 7, 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Duke stars Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow seem like locks to be lottery picks on June 25, when the 2015 NBA Draft rolls around. Point guard Tyus Jones has a great shot at being a first round pick. Senior guard Quinn Cook? He was vital to Duke’s success this season, but his NBA potential is a little less clear. Well, at least to those who didn’t play with him on the 2015 national championship team.Basketball Insiders‘ Alex Kennedy wrote a great piece on Cook’s NBA prospects, and spoke to Okafor, who had nothing but praise for his former [email protected] praised @QCook323 and said he’d love to play with Quinn again. Full article: http://t.co/1lRWwrBv01 pic.twitter.com/p4ZfERqzrL— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 17, 2015Cook is ranked as the No. 55 prospect in the draft by Draft Express, but the site’s mock draft doesn’t have him being selected. While the other three Blue Devils all look like safe bets to be drafted, we imagine Duke fans would like nothing more than to see Cook land with a team. If that team winds up being Okafor’s? They’d probably sell a bunch of gear in North Carolina.[Basketball Insiders]last_img read more

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – A man and woman have been charged with a number of drug-related offences after Mounties in Grande Prairie pulled a vehicle over and found drugs inside.On Wednesday April 18, at approximately 6:30 a.m., officers were patrolling westbound on 100 Avenue in the Swan City and located a vehicle with a suspended driver. After pulling the vehicle over, police seized weapons along with a large amount of money and drugs including methamphetamine, fentanyl, cocaine, crack cocaine, and magic mushroomsThe driver, 37-year-old Grande Prairie resident Travin Norwegian, has been charged with 14 Criminal Code offences including: four counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, three counts of possession of a dangerous weapon, and driving while prohibited. 20-year-old passenger Jessica Zatko, also from Grande Prairie, has also been charged with four counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, three counts of possession of a dangerous weapon. The RCMP say that no further information will be provided as the matter is now before the courts.last_img read more

first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. – The Fort Nelson RCMP are investigating a fire that destroyed four tractor-trailer units in the community.On Saturday, June 8, 2019, at 2:38 a.m., an RCMP officer on routine patrol discovered four tractor-trailer units were on fire. The vehicles were in a fenced compound at a local transport trucking business. The Fire Department was immediately called to the scene. It has been determined that the fire was deliberately set.Examination of the scene showed ATV tracks in the area along the fenced compound, and video surveillance shows an unknown person operating an ATV in the area. The chain link fence had been cut to gain access to the compound. Police would like to speak to anyone who may have information that will help solve this crime. Thankfully no one was injured.If you have any information, you are asked to call the Northern Rockies RCMP at 250 774-2700 or Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477.last_img read more

first_imgIstanbul: New Zealand’s deputy prime minister said the gunman accused of killing 50 people in two mosques in the South Pacific nation would spend the rest of his life in isolation in prison and called for solidarity to eradicate “hate-filled ideologies.” Winston Peters was speaking at an emergency session of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s executive committee in Istanbul where he denounced last Friday’s attacks as “an attack on all of us” in his country of “religious tolerance.” Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAustralian Brenton Harrison Tarrant was arrested and charged with murder. Tarrant, 28, livestreamed the attack and released a manifesto describing his white supremacist views and how he planned the shootings. Peters said “no punishment can match the depravity of his crime but the families of the fallen will have justice.” He screened photographs of New Zealanders mourning the victims. The comment appeared to be in response to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who during a speech earlier this week said: “If New Zealand fails to hold the attacker accountable, one way or another we will hold him to account.” Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAddressing the OIC meeting Friday, Erdogan thanked New Zealand for its “sensitivity and determined stance.” He praised New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, saying her “reaction, the empathy displayed and her solidarity with Muslims” should serve as an example to all leaders. Erdogan slammed populist politicians who he said encouraged attacks on Muslims and refugees. “Politicians who pave themselves the road to power by alienating Muslims and creating enemies out of refugees, must pull themselves together.” He argued Muslims weren’t the only ones affected by “rising cultural racism.” But Erdogan himself has sparked outrage abroad by screening excerpts of Tarrant’s video at campaign rallies to denounce Islamophobia but also to shore up Islamic and nationalist sentiments before the March 31 local elections. Despite widespread criticism, Erdogan has continued showing the blurred out video with clear audio of automatic gunfire to thousands of people at rallies and broadcast live on Turkish televisions. New Zealand has been trying to prevent the use of the video and Peters is expected to take up the issue. Facebook said it removed 1.5 million videos of the shootings during the first 24 hours after the massacre.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Friday said that they have arrested two brothers from Gurugram who are involved in an attempt of honour killing case in Uttam Nagar area.The interrogation of the accused revealed that his sister got married to a person against the wishes of their family and the society for which they opted to take revenge. Police identified the accused as Neeraj (32) and Nitin (28) both natives of Hastsaal Village. Both are brothers. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rajesh Deo said that on May 15 a PCR call of firing was received at Uttam Nagar police station, it was found that the injured was shifted to hospital, subsequently, another call was also received from the hospital that an injured has been admitted. DCP Deo further added that the injured (gym trainer) is also resident of Hastsal Village. He stated that on May 14 at about 10 PM while he was passing a gym in Lal Chowk, along with his friends, he met one person and started talking to him, the elder brother of his wife, was also nearby. “Suddenly his wife’s younger brother came on a motorcycle and pulled out his pistol. The victim tried to flee from the spot after allegedly fired on him and the bullet hit in his right hand and he fell down on the spot,” police said. Both alleged brothers started hitting the victim shouting “shoot him in the head”. When the crowd started gathering at the spot, both the accused fled away. The DCP further said that on May 16, constable Sandeep from Inter-State Cell (Crime Branch) received information regarding the alleged persons are coming to Gurugram. The team departed to Gurugram bus stand, where they were nabbed. The Delhi Police in their press statement said that during the course of interrogation the accused persons Neeraj and Nitin revealed that his sister got married to a victim against the wishes of their family and the society. The accused Nitin has done MA.last_img read more