New date set for the inauguration of OECS Assembly

first_imgLocalNews New date set for the inauguration of OECS Assembly by: – June 20, 2012 11 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! August 10, 2012 is the new date set for the inauguration of the O.E.C.S Assembly.This was disclosed at the 55th Meeting of the O.E.C.S Heads of Authority Meeting which concluded in St. Vincent and the Grenadines last week.The inaugural session of the Regional Assembly which was originally scheduled for June 15, 2012 will take place in St John’s Antigua and Barbuda. Prime Minister Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit who represented Dominica at that meeting says a combined membership of Government and Opposition Parliamentarians has already been submitted to the OECS Secretariat in St. Lucia.“In Dominica’s case the leader of the opposition and four from the Government side will represent Dominica at this O.E.C.S Assembly”.Prime Minister Skerrit has confirmed that Dominica fully supports the formalization of this assembly.“We look forward to this assembly. Our hope is that very important regional matters which affect the people of the O.E.C.S will be discussed”. The revised Treaty of Basseterre of 2010, which governs the OECS move towards an Economic Union, outlines provisions for the establishment of the OECS Assembly as one of the five principles of the sub-regional grouping.Meanwhile Prime Minister Skerrit reports that the economic situation confronting O.E.C.S Member states were also discussed by O.E.C.S heads at the June 10-13 meeting in St.Vincent.“As you know there is a real global crisis affecting every single country of the O.E.C.S. There is a dramatic drop in revenue and there is also an increase in expenditure and the question is how do you balance those things”? The Dominica leader said further that “In the face of this economic situation O.E.C.S Governments have had to continue providing the goods and services to its people and in some cases they had to increase the amount spent on social safety net programmes to respond to the challenges which citizens are confronted with”.The prime minister added that the O.E.C.S heads will continue to discuss this issue when they meet later this month.“We intend to meet again to continue to discuss this particularly at the Monetary Council Meeting which will be held later this month in St.Kitts and Nevis and to device strategies as to how we can overcome some of those challenges”. Other matters discussed during the three-day session included the application by Guadeloupe and Martinique for associate membership in the OECS; the appointment of a new chief justice for the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, a report from the meeting with opposition leaders and issues related to the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority.Government Information Servicelast_img read more

FIFA ITMS officially opens today for Ghanaian clubs

first_imgThe Ghana Football Association has announced that the first window of the FIFA ITMS will officially open on Thursday October 1, 2015.Clubs who are willing to register professional players from other countries will be able to do so from tomorrow till the system closes 23rd December 2015From October 1, all training compensation and solidarity contribution claims must be submitted and managed through the International Transfer Matching System (ITMS) via the new Claims functionality.Clubs are to note that they will no longer be able to submit a paper claim regarding training compensation and solidarity contribution by fax to the FIFA Players’ Status and Governance Department from 1 October 2015.Clubs that do not have access to ITMS, should contact the Ghana Football Association for assistance.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

VCB grateful for support at 5K

first_imgIt was a family affair at Vere Technical High School yesterday as athletes from that institution dominated the first staging of the Veronica Campbell-Brown Foundation 5K, with Britnie Dixon and Kimoy Cohen being crowned the respective female and male champions. Campbell Brown, who was present at the meet along with her husband, Omar, and manager Claude Bryan, was very pleased with the support. “We are grateful for the support as it is the first one, and we will build on it for next year. The main thing we are doing is for two reasons: for charity to help the VCB Foundation to help with girls in high school, and for athletes in building a healthy lifestyle,” said Campbell-Brown. As part of her work in philanthropy, among other things, four students are afforded scholarships through the VCB Foundation each year. The race started early in the morning at the school’s main gate, as the athletes journeyed to the Wembley Football Club main gate and back. Dixon stopped the clock at 19 minutes, 13.40 seconds, while Cohen covered the course in 17:09.75. The top-three finishers among the females were all Vere Technical students, as Kris-Ann Plummer, 19:17.64, and Alithia Ferron, 19:31.93, were second and third, respectively. Among the males, second place went to veteran road-race runner Horace Burey, who represented Island Smile, in 17:18.74, while third went to Vere Technical athlete Oshane Lightbody in 18:31.93. On hand at yesterday’s staging were several executive members of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association in assistant secretary Marie Tavares, committee member Maxine Brown and recorder Ewan Scott.last_img read more

Three straight for St Jago

first_imgKINGSTON:St Jago High School scored an emphatic 3.5-0.5 win over Campion College in the final round of the PCJ Group National Schools Chess Championships, to secure the national title for the third consecutive year.After a draw in their round three match, both St Jago A and Calabar High went into the final round tied for the lead with five points each. As a result, both teams needed an outright win to stay on course for the title.With their feet to the fire, Calabar could only manage a 2-2 draw against St Jago B, which left the door wide open for St Jago A, who made no mistake in dispatching Campion College. This left St Jago A alone atop the standings with seven points.Decarteret College took second place on tiebreaker over Calabar, St Jago B and St Catherine A, as each school ended with six points.Individual category prizes were awarded to the zone champions, Mannings High, Glenmuir High, Wolmer’s Boys’, Ardenne High and St Jago High, while Excelsior High’s girls and Wolmer’s Girls were adjudged best female teams.National Master Shreyas Smith and Malik Curiah, both of Calabar, took home the awards for Best Boards one and two, respectively, Glenmuir’s Wayne March was the Best Board three, Best Board four went to St Jago’s Akeem Brown, and the Best Reserve was Tajae Morgan, also of St Jago. St Jago’s coach, National Master Mikhail Solomon, was adjudged the Best Coach.”The 2016 National Schools Chess Competition was efficiently run by the organisers and well contested by the competitors, and we commend the Jamaica Chess Federation for their efforts to engage students across the country in this beneficial sport,” said Camille Taylor, manager, information and corporate affairs of title sponsors Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica.last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL County Council says it is already responding to an Orange Weather Alert for snow and ice which has been issued by Met Eireann.Gritting lorries began treating main roads across Donegal at 5pm, says the council.The lorries – some fitted with snow ploughs – will be deployed again into the early hours of Tuesday with 6cm of snow likely in some areas. Gardai say roads in higher areas are already treacherous tonight, with officers urging caution on the Barnesmore Gap and the back of Errigal road between Dunlewey and Termon.Met Eireann’s Orange Alert for snow and ice is from 9pm this evening until 6pm on Tuesday.This means there is a high possibility of disruption which could close schools and businesses.  ROADS WARNING AS COUNCIL DEPLOYS GRITTING LORRIES was last modified: February 10th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal weathersnow and iceweatherweather alertlast_img read more

Machiavellian Monkeys Made Us Compassionate

first_imgLove, loyalty, patriotism – all the qualities that imbue a romantic novel with soul – came from Rhesus monkeys acting badly.  This is the belief of Dario Maestripieri, a primatologist and Associate Professor in Comparative Human Development and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago, according to an article in Science Daily.    Dr. Maestripieri observed behavior between groups of Rhesus monkeys and saw “ruthless aggression, nepotism, and complex political alliances.”  Machiavelli was right, he figured: success involves using whatever tactics necessary to hold onto power.  But alas, sometimes poor outcasts became the patriots of a new revolution.  Thus, us:  “Our Machiavellian intelligence is not something we can be proud of, but it may be the secret of our success.  If it contributed to the evolution of our large brains and complex cognitive skills, it also contributed to the evolution of our ability to engage in noble spiritual and intellectual activities, including our love and compassion for other people”, Maestripieri said.But why shouldn’t we be proud of something evolution has built into us?  What is the evolutionary origin of shame?  If anything, we should be ashamed of the kinds of senseless values – noble spiritual and intellectual activities, love, and compassion – that contradict the secret of our success.    Maestripieri did not explain whether his new book, Machiavellian Intelligence: How Rhesus Macaques and Humans Have Conquered the World, intended to propose something that might be true about the world, or was itself a Machiavellian ruse to gain personal power for himself (see self-referential fallacy in the Baloney Detector).  He also did not explain why the Rhesus monkeys got stuck in an eddy with small brains in an endless cycle of group power struggles if, in our case, during the same period of time, big brains and complex cognitive skills were natural by-products of the very same process.His theory also ascribes evolutionary success to those who use sex for power.  Ladies and gentlemen used to despise their fellow humans who acted like brute beasts.  It’s not that people prior to Darwin failed to notice that we share much in common biologically with other creatures.  They just understood that there are superior values to our biological drives, such as self-control, honor, integrity, righteousness, fairness, justice, unselfishness, rationality and common sense.  Brute beasts, lacking these moral and intellectual capacities, were never held responsible for them, but neither were they held up as models for human behavior.  Evolutionary philosophy, by contrast, celebrates our baser nature unconstrained by reason and ethics.  Darwinists only get away with it by borrowing rationality and ethics long enough to dispense with them, a self-refuting position.    For undermining all vestige of human nobility by ascribing it to monkey antics under mindless evolutionary forces, for excusing bestial behavior as the secret of success but then saying we should be ashamed of it, and for shooting his argument in the foot by assuming the ontological existence of love and nobility, Maestripieri handily wins Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week.  We can’t believe anything you said, professor; you’re just in a mindless, truthless, toothless, ruthless power grab.(Visited 38 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

5 Cool Things to Know About Google Chrome Extensions

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Understanding the Versions of ChromeBetween Chrome, Chromium, dev and beta releases, things are getting a little complicated. Here’s how it breaks down:Chromium is open source developer channel, “the bleeding edge” of Chrome development. That’s what we’ve been using here on Mac and it’s the only Mac version today that supports extensions. It’s untested and less stable than the other versions. We’ve been using it for months, though, with only occasional problems.Chrome is the official release. There are 3 versions of Chrome: dev, beta (Windows or Mac) and stable (Windows only). The vast majority of users use the stable version, Mac users got beta build 4.0 today.Dev builds come out every week or so and are at most 1 week behind Chromium. Baum and Rakowski asked in our interview for us to please switch to using the Dev version for Mac instead of Chromium as soon as it supports extensions.Mac Dev Version Will Get Extension Support Very SoonSome of Nick Baum’s Favorite Chrome Extensions So FarAviary – screen capture and image editingGoogle Docs PDF/PPT ViewerGoogle Translate – truly, a wonder to behold Brizzly – an advanced Twitter experience, built by Baum’s former co-worker on Google Reader, Jason ShellenRight now the official extension gallery won’t allow Mac users to download extensions. Officially, at least. This bookmarklet will allow you to install them in Chromium on a Mac with just one extra click. (Thanks, MG Seigler, for finding that.) That bookmarklet will not allow you to use extensions in the official beta for Mac that launched today, just in Chromium.Baum and Rakowski told us today that the next dev build for Mac will allow extensions. That could be out as early as tomorrow morning or in a few days, and it’s anyone’s guess when extension support will come to the Beta version released today. (Who wants to use the Beta version when Dev is so much cooler?)Anyone can get extensions from an unofficial site called and if you’re on a Mac it’s probably most effective tonight to grab Chromium and the bookmarklet above. Then you can get extensions from the official site as well.Chrome Extensions Are Not Like Firefox ExtensionsUnlike Firefox extensions, Chrome extensions install without a browser restart and they update automatically. Too many extensions have been a part of the bloat that’s made Firefox-use nearly intolerable for many of us, but the Chrome team says extensions will cause no more drag on Chrome performance than opening up a new web page in another tab would. That’s a big part of the premise of Chrome, that every process is running distinct from other processes, so one tab can’t slow or crash the others. It’s an architecture well suited to running web applications, not just loading web pages, and it’s great to hear that the extensions platform works the same way.GreaseMonkey? Oh, There Will Be GreaseMonkeyOne of the most enjoyable tide pools of innovation in the Firefox extension world is built on top of the Javascript user script plug-in GreaseMonkey. These tiny scripts re-organize web pages in radical ways for more usefulness and fun. Scripts like AutoPagerize will load the next page at the bottom of the one you’re on, creating a continuous scroll, or WikiDashboard will insert a drop-down dashboard into every Wikipedia page to show a scatter plot graph of who has edited that page the most. The fun never stops with GreaseMonkey.What of Chrome, though? Guess where, Aaron Boodman, the creator of GreaseMonkey works now? That’s right, on the Chrome Extensions team.Boodman recently made it even easier for GreaseMonkey scripts to be added to Chrome than they are in Firefox. A single click transforms the scripts into Chrome Extensions, at least for Windows users. We haven’t found a successful Mac implementation yet, but we’ve got our fingers crossed that this will no longer be an issue when full extension support comes to Chrome for Mac.Red Hot APIs On the WayBaum told us today that the team “will add APIs for other data types soon, personal web history being a prime candidate, so extensions will be able to access that and manipulate it in all sorts of ways.” That sounds great. It’s one thing for a browser to promise not to sell my web history, but it’s a whole new ball game when developers can build software that lets me derive all the more value from the history of my activity around the web.Bring it on, Team Chrome! We might feel a little guilty for abandoning the wonderful community project that is Firefox, but this new browser is just so damn good it’s hard not to give it a serious try.It just so turns out, we have a particularly relevant sponsor this month that we should point to.Add-on-Con is a major event all about browser add-ons. It’s being held in Mountain View, CA this Friday. Google is a sponsor and Aaron Boodman, the man behind GreaseMonkey and now working on Chrome Extensions, is a speaker. Check it out! Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The Google Chrome team released a beta version of its Mac browser this morning and opened up an official gallery of browser extensions. That’s exciting news because the addition of more than 300 extensions, combined with blazing speed and good stability, makes Chrome the best browser on the market today.We got a chance to talk with Nick Baum, Product Manager and Brian Rakowski, Director of Product Management at Google Chrome this afternoon and they shared a number of interesting tidbits with us about the nature and future of extensions in Chrome.Chrome was released more than a year ago and users have been clamoring for extensions ever since. Rakowski and Baum said that a request for extensions was bug #18 filed in the browser’s bug tracking system – it’s something that Firefox has conditioned users to expect.Now those extensions are here and it’s a very interesting story. Related Posts Tags:#Browsers#news#web last_img read more

Is Facebook Now a Better Video Distribution Source Than YouTube?

first_imgFacebook just declared war on YouTube. What does that mean for filmmakers and the future of video distribution?Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, then you probably heard the news that Facebook will soon begin running its advertising pilot program for video content. In this program, Facebook, much like YouTube, will pay content creators 55% of the ad revenue they receive. However, they will only be rolling out this program for select partners initially.If the new program is a success, Facebook will begin rolling out ad revenue support to independent creators by years end. Does all of this do anything for you and your career as a filmmaker?Facebook as a Distribution PlatformFacebook is a great tool for advertising your film projects, but using it as a distribution platform for those productions just doesn’t seem to be the best option. YouTube and Vimeo have established themselves as the best possible options for filmmakers. YouTube has ad revenue, similar to Facebook, and Vimeo has a VOD service that pays its content providers.Here is a video from Bloomberg where they discuss exactly why Facebook is making this move.The main argument against Facebook is that most people go to the social media giant for reasons other than video. However, for an indie production company, adding Facebook to your line of distribution platforms like YouTube and Vimeo could realistically only increase revenue streams. For instance, if you develop your production company’s Facebook page, it becomes a destination. You can then link to your other revenue sources, as well as house your content on that page. So, you are again expanding your audience not limiting it.Facebook videos are big business, as videos on Facebook reach into the billions, in terms of views per day. That’s huge. Granted, most of that content is either “home movies” or content taken from another source. But with an install base like this, filmmakers would be foolish to limit themselves and not utilize Facebook as an added revenue stream.Utilize All Tools at Your DisposalOur business can be a difficult nut to crack, and the only way to successfully survive it is to be as diverse and adaptable as possible. This is especially true for filmmakers, because, let’s face it, folks… film studios aren’t beating down our doors trying to sign us to multi-picture deals.It is left to us to find a way to keep our dream and passion alive. With that in mind, we should never scoff at a potential distribution source and added revenue stream. We should embrace it and diversify ourselves. So, if and when things open up for independent content providers, we need to add Facebook to the list of tools at our disposal.So, back to our original question. Is Facebook a better distribution source than YouTube? While you could theoretically use Facebook as your social media hub in conjunction with your website, I would rather look at Facebook as just another way to add a revenue stream that wasn’t there before. Want more content on film and social media? Then check out these articles from PremiumBeat.How to Properly Export Video for Facebook5 Tips to Increase Your Chances of Getting ‘Staff Picked’ by Vimeo5 Underrated Ways to Promote YouTube VideosWhat are your thoughts on the Facebook news? If it opens up to independent contributors, do you plan to utilize it? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

ISL 2018-19: FC Goa vs. Mumbai City FC: The Gaurs obliterate the Islanders 5-0…

first_imgAdvertisementFC Goa cruised past a hapless Mumbai City FC at the Fatorda Stadium in Goa to sit on the pole position with the final scoreline reading 5-0.FC Goa rise to the top of the table with this victory (credits- Goa took the lead at the 5th minute when Souvik Chakraborti committed a horrendous sliding tackle from behind in the penalty box. Coro stepped up to take the penalty and gave Amrinder no chance whatsoever. FC Goa gave away cheap free-kicks as the game wore on, but the Islanders failed to capitalize on it.After abysmal misses from both the sides in the first half, FC Goa doubled the lead courtesy of Jackichand Singh at the 55th minute. With confidence oozing on them, FC Goa showed no mercy as Edu Bedia chipped the ball past Amrinder after Coro’s inspiring back-pass.Substitute Miguel Palanca, who came in place of Coro, added his name to the scoresheet slamming the ball at the back of the net at the 84th and 90th minute.FC Goa would love to continue their stupendous form when they take on FC Pune City on 28th October. On the other hand, Mumbai City FC would like to forget this performance and hope to bounce back against Delhi Dynamos on 27th.Advertisementlast_img read more

Jamaicas new Road Traffic Act to be passed by year end

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 6, 2017 – Kingston – Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Mike Henry, says the new Road Traffic Act is currently going through changes and adjustments and should be passed in the House of Representatives by the end of the year.“Right now, we’re completing the dotting of the ‘i’s and crossing of the ‘t’s. It contains minor things that we have to adjust, but I can confirm, from the Ministry’s point of view, that we will be ready by the end of the year,” he said.The Minister was speaking at a breakfast function hosted by the Project Management Institute Jamaica Chapter (PMIJC), at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on November 2.   Mr. Henry said he is hoping that road fatalities will remain below 300 by the end of this year.    As at October 31, the figure was 272, some 49 less than the 321 deaths for the similar period last year.“I really hope that we can maintain that, to be able to say we have achieved under 300. One death is too many anyway. The reality is that I think we’re getting some response from the public,” Mr. Henry said.The Minister hailed Jamaicans who continue to drive with care on the nation’s roads.   Among the features of the new Road Traffic Act are a restriction on handheld devices and a requirement for drivers to have a licence in their possession while operating a vehicle.   Fines for breaches will also be increased.Meanwhile, PMIJC President, Arvette Henry, noted that the subject of project management is an integral part of local companies in Jamaica, “because those companies practising it are able to see faster and better results”.During the awards segment, leading provider of information technology products, Fujitsu Caribbean Jamaica Limited, was awarded Project Management Organisation of the Year.    The company won for their project of providing high-performance computing solutions for the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI).“The project that we put forward this year sought to improve the computing capacity of the climate control division of the UWI. In their data centre, they had challenges in predicting and monitoring what different climatic and seismic events occur,” said Project Manager of Fujitsu Caribbean, Nicola Denniser.Seprod Limited received the silver award for their Irrigation in Agriculture Project, while Digicel Jamaica Limited won the bronze award for outfitting the St. William Grant Park with WI-FI hotpots.   Held under the theme ‘Change Management, Maintaining Consistency during Uncertainty’, the event was organised to observe International Project Management Day 2017 as well as to present the awards to the Project Management Organisation of the Year.The PMI, a global organisation with more than 250 chapters and 500,000 members, is set up to advance the practice, science and profession of project management worldwide.   The PMIJC is one of two chapters in the English-speaking Caribbean, and has been operating continuously for 15 years.Release: JISlast_img read more