New Policy Direction to Ensure Integrity of the Country’s Security

first_imgStory Highlights Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the government is in the process of developing a comprehensive policy to deal with securing the integrity of the security forces.He was responding to questions from journalists at his quarterly press briefing held this morning (January 24) at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kingston.The Prime Minister noted that the security forces is not just the police and the army; but, it also includes Jamaica Customs, Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency, Financial Investigation Division and the Tax Authority.“Those persons who have enforcement powers of the law must be beyond reproach and should not be easily suborned. If you have enforcement powers you should not be susceptible to being suborned to any other interest than the interest that you have sworn to in the enforcement of the law”, stated Prime Minister Holness.The policy being developed will seek to specifically put measures in place to assure the society that those persons who have enforcement powers are enforcing the law.He said persons found to be corrupt in the security structure should be removed. He added that this will see a unified and holistic approach to security, which some persons may not want to see.“Some people would want to see a divide between the security forces; that is why some people would want to see a divide between the minister, the prime minister and the security forces; that is why some people would want to see the security forces weak because they know the Government is serious. And that is why they will use all measures the cling on, but it will be a battle”, he cautioned.‘I take it personally’ declares PM HolnessPrime Minister Holness also revealed to the audience that he was a victim of crime; as he was held up and robbed.He declared that he is prepared to do what it takes to address the country’s crime problem and that he “takes it personally”.He said a high crime rate is not good for Jamaica.“I don’t think this is what Jamaica is destined to be. I don’t think that this is the Jamaica that we want to see, but I think we have been very quiet in expressing our dreams and aspirations and ambitions for Jamaica”, he explained.He said the view that Jamaicans should be able to sleep with their windows open must not be dismissed or taken lightly.The Prime Minister firmly stated that Jamaicans must tackle the issue of crime and violence together and “tell the criminals that we don’t like this kind of life”. Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the government is in the process of developing a comprehensive policy to deal with securing the integrity of the security forces. The Prime Minister noted that the security forces is not just the police and the army; but, it also includes Jamaica Customs, Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency, Financial Investigation Division and the Tax Authority. “Some people would want to see a divide between the security forces; that is why some people would want to see a divide between the minister, the prime minister and the security forces; that is why some people would want to see the security forces weak because they know the Government is serious. And that is why they will use all measures the cling on, but it will be a battle”, he cautioned.last_img read more

RCMP vacates Elsipogtog First Nation detachment

first_img(Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Derek Nepinak (L) holds an eagle feather he received following a ceremony with (R) Elsipogtog Chief Arren Sock APTN/Photo)APTN National News ELSIPOGTOG FIRST NATION, NB–The RCMP vacated its detachment on Elsipogtog First Nation following a police raid on an anti-fracking encampment just north of the community.Elsipogtog Chief Arren Sock said band officials were working on a transition plan to have the RCMP return to the community as early as Monday.“Unfortunately they have left,” said Sock.RCMP Const. Jullie Rogers-Marsh said a fire at the detachment forced the officers out.“There was some damage sustained and it needs repairs and our members are not using it at this time,” said Rogers-Marsh.Rogers-Marsh said someone tried to set fire to the detachment, which is next to the community hall, early Friday morning following Thursday’s raid that led to 40 arrests, the seizure of three rifles and improvised explosive devices.Sock said the raid “shattered” a 20-year relationship between the RCMP and the community.“Right now we are still reeling from it and healing as best we can,” said Sock, following a ceremony with the senior grand chief of Manitoba.Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Derek Nepinak arrived in Elsipogtog late Saturday night and visited the encampment that was the scene of Thursday’s raid.Nepinak and Sock participated in a ceremony at Elsipogtog’s Sundance grounds. The two exchanged gifts. Nepinak offered Sock a beaver pelt, sage and pipe tobacco from Kahnawake. Sock offered Nepinak a thick braid of sweetgrass and a hand-woven basket.“Love and respect for one another is what is going to win the day,” said Nepinak, who was also gifted an eagle feather.The two are expected to attend a community meeting scheduled for Sunday read more

News Report cites Bahamas refugee laws lacking UNHCR to help

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 17, 2017 – Nassau – The United Nations Human Rights Commission is telling a local newspaper that Bahamas laws are lagging when it comes to how legitimate refugees are handled; and it is leading to outrageously lengthy detention times for those who rightly fall into the category.   The Tribune reports that this is a twenty year old problem, and despite the fact that The Bahamas has signed onto the conventions since 1993, which would necessitate these laws, the legal framework is simply absent.UNHCR Assistant Protection Officer, Deneisha Moss Balboni said, “…if you look at the people who are admitted into a process and have access to UNHCR, there are still ongoing gaps because there are no guarantees under Bahamian law for people who are recognized as refugees.    So things that are protections that are provided for in the refugee convention that people don’t have access to, for example the right to be issued ID documents and whatever necessary residence permit to facilitate a refugee’s continued stay in a country of asylum, or a right to gainful employment so they could become self-sufficient or the right to access basic healthcare and education.”No law it seems, equates to no respect for the right of that UNHCR refugee and for 12 detainees at the Carmichael Road detention center, who were recently released it meant being held for years and years and years without any criminal charge.   Bascially, local laws should allow the proven refugee to have freedom of movement.Moss Balboni reports that the Government is prepared to fill the legislative gaps with some formal mechanisms, adding that as an advisor for the United Nations, her outlook for the future is bright as The Bahamas aims to get this right.#MagneticMediaNewsPhoto Credit: The Tribunelast_img read more

US Election How best to invest following Donald Trumps victory

first_img Following the surprising win of Republican candidate Donald Trump in the US presidential election, investors are today scratching their heads and trying to figure out what this means for the economy and for stock markets for the next four years.President-elect Trump has zero political experience, and thus his economic policies are more difficult to predict than with previous presidents-elect.Given the resounding majorities won by the Republican Party in both the US Senate and House of Representatives, the road is clear for the Republicans under Trump to pass new legislation for at least the next two years, when the US mid-term elections will be held.Greater government spending: Building and InfrastructurePresident Trump is likely to spend on infrastructure projects across America, including maintenance of road networks, improving airports and oil and gas pipelines. The most powerful economy in the world has surprisingly poor infrastructure, evident when you take a taxi out of Manhattan to New Yorks LaGuardia airport and experience the numerous potholes in the road.This infrastructure spending will benefit construction-related companies such as building company CRH (UK code: CRH), and equipment rental company Ashtead (code: AHT), both of which have huge exposure to the US.Greater government spending: Defence and SecurityDefence and security is a second area where President Trump is likely to spend more money, as this is a typical Republican policy priority.Homeland security is a very high priority if Trump is to deliver on many of his pledges to his voters. This higher defence and security spending should benefit suppliers to the US government such as BAe Systems (code: BA.).Good news for Health careThe US and European healthcare sectors have suffered in the lead-up to this election on the basis that the favourite, Hillary Clinton, was likely to enact heavy price regulation on pharmaceutical companies in the US, limiting their profit-making ability.Over the year to date, US healthcare companies like Pfizer and Merck underperformed the benchmark S and P 500 index by 10% in the run-up to this election.Since Trumps victory, healthcare stocks have bounced by more than the market, starting to claw back some of this lost ground, as Trump is seen as being much more business-friendly to this industry than Hillary Clinton would have been.In the UK, Shire plc (code SHP) is a key member of the FTSE 100 index that has huge exposure to the US pharmaceutical market, made even greater through its recent acquisition of US company Baxalta.Policy uncertainty is probably not good news for government bondsWith Donald Trump likely to increase government spending in order to make good on some of his populist promises to the US electorate, this extra spending is likely to result in more borrowing via bonds by the US government.The expectation of higher borrowing is already resulting in higher bond yields, and thus lower bond prices, not only for US Treasury bonds but also for UK gilts.So investors are likely to do better in the near-term focusing on healthcare, construction and defence/security stocks, and staying away from the gilt market until bond yields stabilise at higher levels. US Election: How best to invest following Donald Trumps victory Closecenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

NonMPO teachers employees end hunger strike

first_imgNon-MPO teachers, employees end hunger strikeTeachers and employees of non-MPO educational institutions on Wednesday broke their hunger strike upon government assurance that their demand of enlisting their institutions under the Monthly Pay Order (MPO) scheme would be met, reports UNB.National professor Anisuzzaman and former adviser to a caretaker government Rasheda K Chowdhury went to the teachers demonstrating in front of the Jatiya Press Club around 3:30pm and offered them water to break the fast.Professor Anisuzzaman said, “The prime minister came up with an announcement over the demand of the teachers at parliament recently. Hopefully the problem will soon be resolved.”On 4 July, prime minister Sheikh Hasina told parliament that the government would take a scheme soon to bring educational institutions under the MPO following a recently formulated policy.Meanwhile, Binoy Bhusan Roy, general secretary of Non-MPO Educational Institutions Teachers’ and Employees’ Federation, said, “In the morning five representatives of the protesting teachers met the education minister when he assured us of granting our demand and said the ministry has already started discussion with the finance ministry over the issue.”The teachers and employees of non-MPO educational institutions went on an indefinite hunger strike under the banner of Non-MPO Educational Institutions Teachers’ and Employees’ Federation in front of the Jatiya Press Club on 25 June.On 31 December last year, they had started observing fast unto death but ended the strike on 5 January after getting assurance from the PM.As there were no specific budgetary allocation for the 2018-2019 fiscal year in this regard, they started fresh agitations.last_img read more

WB VP arrives Sunday to discuss Rohingya issue

first_imgWorld Bank vice president for South Asia region Hartwig SchaferWorld Bank vice president for South Asia region Hartwig Schafer arrives in Dhaka Sunday to discuss how to help Bangladesh cope with the Rohingya crisis.The WB official is scheduled to visit the Rohingya camps and meet local government officials, the civil society and non-governmental organisation representatives in Cox’s Bazar.“Despite its own challenges, Bangladesh has shown great generosity by sheltering nearly one million Rohingya people,” said Schafer.A WB release quoted him as saying, the World Bank is working closely with the government to help address the needs of the Rohingya until their safe return to Myanmar and help build the country’s capacity to deal with the crisisHe appreciates Bangladesh’s ‘remarkable story of cutting extreme poverty to half in record time’ and said other countries can learn from Bangladesh’s many development innovations and successes.“I look forward to meet our partners and see firsthand the country’s journey to economic growth,” said Schafer. This is his first visit to Bangladesh since assuming office on 1 July.In Dhaka, Schafer will meet the finance minister, the water resource minister as well as the private sector and civil society leaders.He will also join the launch of a new World Bank report, “South Asia’s Hotspots: The Impact of Temperature and Precipitation Changes on Living Standards.”He will also visit a World Bank supported project, which is upgrading a unit in the Ghorashal power station to more than double the unit’s electricity generation capacity.The WB release mentioned that it has mobilised up to $400 million on grant terms to help Bangladesh deal with the Rohingya crisis. It has approved the first two operations — totaling about $75 million in grants — to provide health services and education to the Rohingya, many of whom are children, youth or women.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Wednesday December 9

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: of Maryland President Wallace Loh is advocating for the removal of the name of Curly Byrd, perhaps the most influential leader in the school’s history and an avowed segregationist, from UM’s football stadium. We’ll discuss Byrd’s segregationist history at the University of Maryland with AFRO Publisher Jake Oliver. Also, our recurring guests Taya Graham and Stephen Janis (The Mod Squad) are back with reporting on the trial of Officer William Porter, Marilyn Mosby being sued by a former city prosecutor and other Baltimore political and law enforcement news.These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

Nanodisk Codes

first_imgPhysical binary codes formed by nanodisks carved out of nanorods. Image courtesy Chad Mirkin. Researchers at Northwestern University have devised a way to use billionth-of-a-meter-sized disks to create codes that could be used to encrypt information, serve as biological labels, and even tag and track goods and personnel. Citation: Nanodisk Codes (2007, December 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further Applying the Goldilocks principle to DNA structure The nanodisks can form a physical pattern, similar in concept to a barcode, as well as a spectroscopic code, meaning it can exhibit a specific, unique response to electromagnetic radiation, or light, depending on the type of molecule (or molecules) attached to the disks—in other words, how the disks are “functionalized.”Nanostructures can be ideal for encoding. Their small size allows them to be hidden easily in a variety of materials and objects, and scientists’ ability to easily tailor their physical and chemical properties makes it possible to design nanostructures for specific coding functions.In a paper describing this work, published in a recent edition of Nano Letters, the researchers, led by Northeastern chemist Chad Mirkin, describe how the nanodisks can form physical binary codes. The group started with nanorods made of gold and nickel and, using a method they developed, carved disks out of each rod. The disks are created in twos, with up to five pairs created per rod.Each of the five disk-pair locations along the rod can correspond to a “0” or a “1,” depending on whether that location is occupied by a disk pair. For example, if only one disk pair is present, and it is situated at the third location, that code is read as 00100. If two disk pairs are present, at the fourth and fifth locations, the code is 00011.“This is a rapid, low cost way of making many unique nanostructures that can identified and read based upon high sensitivity spectroscopic techniques,” Mirkin said to “It’s a beautiful example of how the ability to shape and control the size and surface composition of a nanostructure can translate into significant technological advantages.”The group has made nanodisk arrays as long as 12 micrometers (millionths of a meter), which can support as many as 10 disk pairs, yielding 287 physical nanodisk codes.The researchers increased the codes’ usefulness by functionalizing them with a class of dye molecules called chromophores. This makes the codes spectroscopically active, allowing each to emit a unique light spectrum when illuminated by an exterior light source, typically a laser beam.Due to the physical and spectroscopic codes they can exhibit, the nanodisks are particularly suited for biological tagging, a method of tracking and detecting individual biological materials, such as DNA. The researchers proved this by attaching pieces of single-stranded DNA to the surfaces of the nanodisks in a 11011 code. Each of these strands was complementary to half of a “target” DNA strand—the strand being tagged. The other half of the target strand was complementary to a “reporter” strand, rendered spectroscopically active with dye. The overall structure formed a three-strand “sandwich,” with the target strand in the middle.The group also created a similar sandwich structure using a different reporter strand and a 10101 code, and then mixed the two samples. They were able to successfully detect and distinguish between the unique spectrums emitted by both reporter molecules.Citation: Nano Lett., 7 (12), 3849-3853, 2007Copyright 2007 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Rice U students create training device for cervical cancer screening

first_img OEDK Gyno-mite team FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Return to article. Long DescriptionFrom left: Christine Luk, Rachel Lambert, Sonia Parra and Elizabeth Stone.Cervical cancer kills close to 300,000 women per year worldwide, with approximately 85 percent of these deaths occurring in developing countries.Rice students Christine Luk, Elizabeth Stone and Rachel Lambert are senior design students enrolled in the course Global Health Design. Together with graduate student Sonia Parra, they developed a low-cost, interactive training model that mimics a woman’s pelvic region and can be used to practice different cervical cancer screening and treatment procedures. The training model, which was developed at Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen (OEDK) and was based on models developed by other teams of students over the past few years (including Christine Diaz ’17, current Rice students Caroline Brigham, Theresa Sonka and Karen Vasquez, and Malawi Polytechnic students Waheed Mia and Mary Mnewa) was created in collaboration with the Rice 360° Institute for Global Health and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.“More than 90 percent of cervical cancer cases are preventable,” Stone said. “Prevention is accomplished through screening and, if necessary, treatment. This device is specifically designed so health care providers in developing countries and low-resource regions — many of whom lack gynecological training — learn to screen for and treat cervical cancer.”“The main reason for this is because these countries are not able to implement the standard of care,” Parra said. “And many times it’s also due to the lack of training for providers to learn standard cervical cancer screening and prevention skills needed in order to screen and provide prevention services for the entire population.”Stone said these procedures can be dangerous when performed without proper training, so it’s not ideal for physicians not trained in gynecological care to practice the skills on a person.“This is why the device is necessary and has such potential to save lives,” she said.The device includes different cervix models that are 3-D printed to mimic human ones that are normal, have precancer or have evidence of cancer. The model cervixes fit into a holder that attaches to the back of the device. Once clipped into place, the holder can be adjusted to simulate the different positions of a human cervix. The models can easily be switched around during training to mimic different conditions encountered in a gynecologist’s office and can be viewed after the speculum is inserted. In addition, the model cervixes can be dabbed with hot water (in a clinical setting, doctors use acetic acid) to mimic the appearance of precancerous lesions doctors might see in a clinical setting.The device also includes model cervixes made of a ballistic gel that can be used to train health care professionals to perform several procedures: colposcopy, which is a method of examining the cervix, vagina and vulva when results of a Pap smear, the screening test used to identify abnormal cervical cells, are unusual; cervical biopsy; cryotherapy, which uses freezing gas to destroy precancerous cells on the cervix; and loop electrosurgical excision procedure, known as LEEP, during which a small electrical wire loop is used to remove abnormal cells from the cervix. The gel allows trainees to practice these procedures at a low cost.“Here in the states we have the ability to perform Pap smears and other practices, but in other countries where this model is used, such as Mozambique and El Salvador, they may not have the necessary infrastructure to do so,” Luk said. “That’s why it’s important that this model can train as many procedures as possible.”Since developing the device, the students have used it in training clinics in El Salvador and the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. Each training session is modified to fit the specific needs of an area.Lambert said the doctors attending these sessions have expressed interest in acquiring their own devices to continue training. Some have even tried to create their own models. In the future, the team hopes to work with a manufacturer to mass-produce the devices for areas in need so newly trained medical providers can train others.For more photos of the project, click here. For more information on other design projects at the OEDK, visit more information, contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or news release can be found online at Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials: Photo album link: credit: Jeff FitlowVideo link: credit: Brandon MartinLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005center_img Share4Rice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy Rice U. students create training device for cervical cancer screeningHOUSTON – (April 16, 2018) – A team of Rice University students hopes a device they developed to train doctors and nurses in developing countries and low-resource areas in the U.S. to prevent and treat cervical cancer will improve the outlook for women with this disease.last_img read more