Related4,000 Weapons and Ammunition to be destroyed Related4,000 Weapons and Ammunition to be destroyed FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail To combat the illegal trade of firearms, approximately 4,000 weapons and about half ton of small arms ammunition are to be destroyed during a disposal exercise starting Tuesday Feb. 7. Some 2,000 guns will be disposed of today, in Kingston, while the ammunition will be destroyed at the Jamaica Police Academy at Twickenham Park, St. Catherine, tomorrow (February 8). The firearms, which are from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the Firearm Licensing Authority, are being destroyed as they are either unserviceable, obsolete or recovered by law enforcement personnel. Some are also civilian firearms that were left in the care of the police over a protracted period. Firearms from the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and the Department of Correctional Services will be destroyed during a later exercise. This exercise falls under the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean’s (UNLIREC’s) firearm stockpile management and weapons destruction assistance package for Caribbean states. The programme was launched in Jamaica in 2010 to combat the illicit trade in firearms and ammunition; strengthen the capacity of the security forces; and reduce armed violence in Jamaica, and by extension the region. Speaking at the opening ceremony for the exercise, at the Jamaica Constabulary Forces (JCF) Armoury on Elletson Road in Kingston, Minister of Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, thanked UNLIREC for providing technical assistance to enable the Government “to fully develop action on small arms regulation and control.” “Since 2010, UNLIREC has facilitated training in stockpile management (on) how to treat weapons, improve the infrastructure at the national armoury to enhance security, (and) helped us develop a national action plan to deal with small arms regulations and control,” he said. Mr. Bunting said the Government was also grateful that the entity has reviewed the national Firearms Act and supported the acquisition of equipment for the destruction of firearms and ammunition. “The Ministry of National Security considers these actions important first steps towards effectively monitoring and regulating the number of firearms available for illicit use. Gun crimes represent a major threat to the safety and security of our society, so we’re therefore grateful for meaningful support to help reduce the availability of firearms and thus help to protect our democracy,” he said. The Minister said the destruction exercise was an important step towards implementing aspects of the national action plan on combating the illicit trade of weapons. Programme Co-ordinator with UNLIREC, William Godnick, commended the Government for its commitment to the implementation of the UN Programme of Action to combat the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects. “We see this as a contribution to the ongoing process of developing a national small arms and ammunition control policy in new legislation in Jamaica,” he said. Mr. Godnick informed that the firearms will be destroyed utilising international UN safety standards, noting that the small arms ammunition will be destroyed using a UN-designed small arms ammunition burning tank, which destroys ammunition in both a safe and low emission manner. Jamaica will be the third country to use this technology. It has so far been used in Equador and Trinidad and Tobago. He said that over the next three months, the UN will also be providing the Government of Jamaica, with a set of hydraulic sheers to cut firearms, so that they can be stored outside the armouries until they are able to be recycled or destroyed. This, he said, is in addition to the provision of international standard padlocks to add increased levels of security to different stockpile facilities. Related4,000 Weapons and Ammunition to be destroyed By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporter 4,000 Weapons and Ammunition to be destroyed National SecurityFebruary 7, 2012 Advertisements
RelatedSunderland All Age School is Outstanding Youth Innovator RelatedSunderland All Age School is Outstanding Youth Innovator Advertisements RelatedSunderland All Age School is Outstanding Youth Innovator FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Sunderland All-age School in St. James is still basking in the glory of being crowned Outstanding Youth Innovator for 2012. The group of students and teachers journeyed to Kingston from rural St. James on Friday (November 9), with fingers crossed, hoping that their invention, Sunderland Quick Patch, would win one of two major prizes in The Minister’s Innovation Awards organised by the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining. After a few anxious moments, they erupted with shouts of joy when they were announced as winners in the brand new award category introduced this year. The award, sponsored by the Jamaica Public Service Company, recognises achievement and offers encouragement for the next generation of great Jamaican scientists and technologists. It is given to the top innovator under age 30 and comes with a trophy and $1 million prize money. The school will also receive assistance from the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO), to register a patent for their product. Principal of the school, Noel Burgess is ecstatic with the victory. “When we didn’t win in a previous category, my heart sank, all that effort without recognition. But then I was relieved and heartened by the win in the youth category,” Mr. Burgess told JIS after the Gala Awards Banquet at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. He describes Sunderland Quick Patchas a road patch and road surfacing material made from waste engine oil, shredded newspaper and marl. “When it is compacted it gives you a very hard surface and the sample that we lay down in Sunderland was laid down eight months ago and is still there intact,” Mr. Burgess says. He explains the thought process behind the use of the materials. “In the past, we have used fibre and clay to make wattle and daub. We know that papier-mâché with newspaper makes a hard material, super board is also made in a similar manner, so that somehow inspired us to try the fibre within the mixture to see if it would give us a better product than how it’s being used – black oil being thrown on the surface by the companies these days,” he says. Mr. Burgess hopes that Sunderland Quick Patch will be a commercial success. “I sincerely hope it will be on the market. Give me another three months and you should be seeing something,” he says. He explains that with the prize money, the school should be able to get at least one piece of machine, a mixer, to aid in production. “It is hard to mix without mechanical help,” he says. He gives credit to the students for their role in the project. “They have been very involved. They research, they make charts, they make presentations,” he says. Grade 7 Student, Shaquille Dawkins, says that he and the others have been working on the project for over a year. “We help to make mixtures and we lay it down on the road to let vehicle run over it to set it on the road smoothly. We know that it is waterproof. Water can’t easily damage it, like others,” he boasts. Like his fellow competitors, he is happy for the Minister’s Innovation Award and the prize and recognition it brings. The Award event was being staged for the fourth time since its introduction in 2005. It is aimed at nurturing a culture of creativity and stimulating, or catalyzing, innovation through the application of science and technology to drive economic growth and wealth creation. Through the awards, outstanding, innovative individuals and institutions are identified, recognised and rewarded. They are also given assistance to protect and commercialise their innovations. Speaking at the awards ceremony, Portfolio Minister, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, said he was pleased that after a brief hiatus, the Ministry has once again begun to salute the achievers and innovators in a spectacular way. The Science and Technology Minister further added that the competition will be held annually. He also promised that: “We are going to get our youngsters in schools to learn some other subjects on their own but to focus now on the sciences; To stop thinking that these are hard subjects. We need more Mathematicians, we need more Chemists, we need more Physicists… It is in these areas that we have opportunities that we are going to exploit,” Minister Paulwell said. There were 177 entrants for seven top prizes. Teams from the University of the West Indies took three of the awards, including that of ‘Innovator of the Year’ for its entry: ‘A Novel Treatment Against Hyperglycemia and Hypertension’, which utilises the eucalyptus plant to create a drug that can lower high blood pressure and blood sugar. Other winners on the night were Alison Latchman in the ‘Creativity’ category for Cabbie Chronicles; Leary Myers and Leonardo Clarke of the UWI in the ‘Resource Utilisation Efficiency’ category for Real Time Monitoring and Alert System; Kingsley Palmer in the ‘Resource/Knowledge Valorisation’ category for Agriculture-Water Harvesting and Conservation Techniques; and Ewan Pitter in the Open category, for ‘Renewable Energy Driven Fully Controlled Microcontroller Based On Automated Hydroponic Greenhouse system. Sunderland All Age School is Outstanding Youth Innovator EducationNovember 13, 2012
HomeFeaturedCouncil could expand rent subsidies for seniors Aug. 12, 2019 at 11:04 amFeaturedNewsReal EstateCouncil could expand rent subsidies for seniorsMadeleine Pauker2 years agocity councilCity Halleconomyhousing commissionPODpreserving our diversitySanta Monica City Hall (File photo) City Hall could distribute $2 million to hundreds of low-income seniors to help pay their rent.The City Council approved the Preserving Our Diversity pilot program in 2017 to set aside $200,000 to subsidize rent for long-term residents aged 62 and older who live in rent-controlled apartments. On Tuesday, the council will vote to expand the program from its initial 22 participants to up to 400 struggling seniors.“The Preserving Our Diversity (POD) pilot program was launched to help seniors live with dignity by meeting their basic needs, in order to preserve the affordability of existing housing resources and sustain Santa Monica’s economic diversity by helping low-income seniors remain in the community,” housing program manager Jim Kemper wrote in a report.More than half of seniors in California don’t have enough income to afford basic expenses and the Los Angeles area is seeing a spike in homelessness among people older than 65. Santa Monica launched the POD program after a survey of elderly residents revealed that many were forgoing meals and medical care to afford rent.The program allows the city to keep vulnerable residents housed at a fraction of what it costs to build affordable housing. It takes $450,000 and $650,000 for the Community Corporation of Santa Monica, the city’s largest provider of affordable housing, to build a single new unit.The pilot program began in November 2017 and concluded in January, although 17 remaining participants still receive cash assistance. Five seniors exited the program since 2017. Three started receiving housing vouchers, one moved to another city and another died.Participants in the pilot program get cash assistance based on how much of their income goes toward rent and how much they need to afford basic necessities, which is calculated as about $750 per month for one person and $1,300 for a two-person household. For example, a senior with a fixed income of $1,400 per month who pays about $950 in rent would get a $300 POD allowance to supplement the $450 they have left after paying rent.The new phase of POD would provide different amounts of cash assistance to three groups of seniors and raise the eligibility age from 62 to 65, which would align with federal entitlements like Medicare. Out of a $2 million total budget, the program would allocate $700,000 to renters who only need up to $250 in subsidies, $1 million to those who need between $250 and $500, and $30,000 to those who need between $500 and $700.“The … allocation formula (would allow) the program to serve more households than would be served if only households with the highest financial need were served,” Kemper wrote.An additional $160,000 would fund a limited-term housing specialist position and as-needed staff assistant hours. The pilot program included an extra $100,000 for administrative costs.The Housing Commission recommended that the city roll out the program over six months. Kemper said expanding the program will take one year because of its complexity, but added that city staff recognizes the sense of urgency and will enroll participants in the program as soon as possible.“Expanding the POD program to several hundred participants will involve outreach, waitlist administration, application processing, eligibility determination and coordination with participants,” Kemper wrote.Staff will also be working to resolve the issue of program participants enrolled in CalFresh, otherwise known as food stamps, seeing their benefits reduced when they receive POD [email protected] :city councilCity Halleconomyhousing commissionPODpreserving our diversityshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentArt Exhibit and Sale Supporting the Santa Monica MountainsBig quake could shutter local businessesYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press18 hours ago
Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 09 APR 2020 ZTE calls for joint effort on security Previous ArticleDisney+ users surpass 50M markNext ArticleElisa, Ericsson net Finland 5G public safety contract Author Security agencies in the UK and US warned cybercriminals were trying to exploit fears around the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic to install ransomware and steal information, targeting users through e-mail, SMS and infected apps.A joint report from the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) unit of the US Department of Homeland Security, stated although the overall number of attempted hacks was not increasing, a growing number of those recorded used Covid-19 related themes.Threats cited include the download of ransomware within apps claiming to be outbreak trackers, and phishing e-mails with spoof sender IDs such as the World Health Organisation or names preceded by the word doctor.The agencies added although most phishing attempts were through email, there were also a number of cases using SMS, generally with a “financial theme” to lure victims into handing over personal details.Messages sent included some related to financial support packages being offered by authorities, often claiming to be from official sources.“An increasing number of malicious cyber actors are exploiting the current Covid-19 pandemic for their own objectives,” the security bodies noted. “In the UK, the NCSC has detected more UK government-branded scams relating to Covid-19 than any other subject.”“At the same time, the surge in home working has increased the use of potentially vulnerable services, such as Virtual Private Networks, amplifying the threat to individuals and organisations.” Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Related Home US, UK warn against hackers preying on virus fears China cybersecurity unit targets deepfake threat Tags UK government tightens IoT security Chris Donkin cyber securityDeparment of Homeland SecurityNational Cyber Security Centre
Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Contemplating a journalist’s claim that apes have “spiritual” experiences, neuroscientist Michael Egnor notes a couple of problems. Writing at Mind Matters, he points out that spirituality is necessarily about a reality abstract from our concrete experiences, the spiritual realm. All animals experience heightened emotions, but those all have to do with the concrete reality around them. No research indicates abstract thought on the part of apes or any other non-human creature. That’s not surprising since animals lack language, which is the prerequisite to contemplating abstractions.Egnor:All animals — human and non-human — experience joy and sadness, and all animals have access to the full range of perceptual and emotional experience. Animal perception and emotion may, at times, resemble human contemplation of abstract concepts but it is merely a resemblance; animal experience remains bound to particular things in the animal’s perceptual experience. Abstraction is beyond the reach of animal minds, because abstraction is an immaterial power of the mind, and only humans have immaterial thoughts. Only humans contemplate spiritual things.Read the rest here. It’s an important reality-check, but of course assertions about ape “spirituality” aren’t about seeking an accurate picture of reality, of the real world and what goes on in it. They are an attempt to knock humans off our exceptional perch and teach us a lesson: That we’re not special after all. The wish to demote, punish, and degrade ourselves this way, a neurosis special to our modern culture, is itself, ironically, a tribute to human exceptionalism. No other animals could be this crazy.Photo credit: Zeno Verschaeve via Unsplash. A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Recommended Neuroscience & Mind Egnor: A Couple of Problems with Ape “Spirituality”David [email protected]_klinghofferApril 24, 2019, 12:00 PM Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Share Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Tagsabstract thoughtabstractionanimalsapesconcrete realityemotionhuman exceptionalismhumanslanguageMichael EgnormindMind Mattersmodern cultureneuroscienceneurosisperceptionrealityspirituality,Trending “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide
Share Related Stories The “flyover” lanes connecting Interstate 85 and Georgia Highway 400 open to the public today.Governor Nathan Deal, former Atlanta mayor and Buckhead Coalition President Sam Massell and other officials cut a ceremonial ribbon on the southbound ramp this afternoon. The Georgia Department of Transportation (G-DOT) hopes to have the ramps open by 5 p.m.G-DOT estimates that more than 32,000 cars will use the ramps each day.Construction on the lanes began in early 2012. The $21 million project was supposed to be finished by the end of last year, but weather delayed it. Add to My List In My List Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility For Whom The Bell Rings ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party
Scatec Solar to build Google-backed 104 MW plant in UtahGoogle and Prudential Capital Group are financing the Red Hills solar power plant to the tune of $157 million. The Norwegian integrated independent solar power producer will manage and operate the PV facility. January 8, 2015 Edgar Meza Installations Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share Norway’s Scatec Solar ASA has signed on to a $157 million financing deal with Google and Prudential Capital Group to construct a 104 MW solar power plant in the U.S. state of Utah.When complete, the Utah Red Hills Renewable Energy Park will be Scatec Solar’s largest project in North America.Bankrolled by Google and Prudential, the project will boast a total investment of some $188 million. Google is providing tax equity and Prudential is putting up debt financing while Scatec Solar will provide sponsor equity.Google and Scatec Solar will own the plant via a joint venture between the two companies, which structured and executed the financing for the project. Scatec Solar will manage and operate the plant.Google’s appetite for tax-credit investment in PV shows few signs of abating. Google has signed agreements to fund more than $1.5 billion in renewable energy investments across three continents with a total planned capacity of more than 2.5 GW. 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Council member Laurie Cumbo and a rendering of the Bedford-Union Armory (Getty; Bedford Armory)A student is suing a New York City Council member, alleging the politician had her suspended for publicly criticizing the lawmaker’s stance on a controversial Crown Heights project.Medgar Evers College reprimanded student Sakia Fletcher, allegedly at the behest of Council member Laurie Cumbo, after Fletcher argued with her about Cumbo’s vote in 2017 for the Bedford-Union Armory redevelopment, the New York Daily News reported. The day after the April 2019 exchange, at a community board meeting, Fletcher, the student body president-elect at the time, was suspended for 10 days.In statements, a spokesperson for the city’s Law Department and Medgar Evers College both denied the charges, with the city saying they have “no merit.”The hubbub at Community Board 9 took place nearly two years after the City Council approved the redevelopment of the Bedford-Union Armory in Crown Heights. The controversial project hinged on Cumbo’s support.ADVERTISEMENTAfter initially supporting the proposal, Cumbo began opposing it after locals raised objections. But eventually Cumbo negotiated with the developer, Donald Capoccia’s BFC Partners, to increase the portion of affordable apartments and eliminate market-rate condos from the plan. Following her lead, the Council then approved BFC’s application. [NYDN] — Georgia Kromrei This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now
ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsSecond month of playing SEHA GSS league is behind us. Things that have marked it are surely Tatran Prešov’s wins against Vardar and Metalurg in Skopje which have helped Zagreb to return back on league’s top after winning two great matches against Tatran and Vardar and losing one to Meshkov. On the other side, NEXE has by winning a point in Skopje against Metalurg, probably made the biggest surprise in this year’s SEHA league. SEHA’s PRESS team has picked ‘Best 7’ and interesting is the fact that it has 2 players who were also in in the September’s choosing. Those are Tatran’s right winger Urban and Vardar’s left winger Dibirov.GoalkeeperJakub Krupa (Tatran)Made the best he could out of time on Tatran’s goal he got after Verkić’s injury.Left wingTimur Dibirov (Vardar)Easiness of playing and scoring is, again, meking him the biggest star of the league.Right wingTomas Urban (Tatran)Great comeback for him this season. Tatran is surely more dangerous with him on court.PivotMarin Sakić (Nexe)NEXE is playing well and Mrđenović has in former Zamet’s player got great and efficient associate on the 6-meter line.Left backStipe Mandalinić (CO Zagreb)Great Zagreb’s shooter was almost perfect against Tatran, Vojvodina and Vardar which maybe even makes him the best player of the month.Middle backŽarko Pejović (Tatran)Last year defensive player, this year dangerous attacker. Great discovery and refreshment from coach Hatalcik.Right backŠime Ivić (Nexe)Croatian junior national team player is playing better each game and has continuity of good games which, as we can see, is making NEXE more better too.CoachBoris Dvoršek (CO Zagreb)Zagreb is the leading team of the SEHA league and has, by all injuries, made a great job which means Dvoršek made a really good team. Handball in Germany is played by 750.000 people 1 Comment 1 Comment Bett 2. November 2013. at 19:51 Related Items:gazprom handball, handball, handball league, seha gazprom handball league, SEHA handball France beat Norway with Pardin&Mahe in main role! Recommended for you ShareTweetShareShareEmail TATRAN PREŠOV <3 Veszprem wait clash with Zagreb, Davis: This is Champions League Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Arriva Midlands has commenced its roll out of contactless payment technology from Ticketer, following on from the successful implementation of contactless in the Southern Counties region.Arriva has started the installation of the equipment throughout its 13 Midlands depots, starting with Luton and Aylesbury.Mark Bowd, Regional Managing Director for Arriva Midlands, says: “Customers are at the heart of everything we do, and with the overhaul of our ticketing systems, all we are doing is responding to the ever-increasing demand we are experiencing for more flexible transport provisions.“These ticket machines are futureproofing our vehicles and modernising on-board payment, which will ultimately benefit not only the passengers, but our business too, as we aim to transform the perception of bus transportation and position it as a viable and attractive alternative to travelling by car.”The new machines will be introduced to Milton Keynes, High Wycombe and Derby from 3 March, Thurmaston, Hinckley and Wigston from 10 March, Tamworth, Cannock, Telford and Shrewsbury from 24th March, and Oswestry on 31 March.