Head of CMI Awarded CD for Contribution to Education

first_imgStory Highlights Executive Director of the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI), Dr. Fritz Pinnock, is being honoured for his significant contribution to the education sector. Through his leadership, the CMI gained greater national and international recognition, and accreditation of their various programmes by local and international accrediting bodies. Dr. Pinnock says he declined several offers to serve as Head of the CMI over the years, but eventually said yes, acknowledging that he had a vision for transforming the institution. Executive Director of the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI), Dr. Fritz Pinnock, is being honoured for his significant contribution to the education sector.He is to receive the Order of Distinction (Commander Class), during a ceremony of investiture to be held on National Heroes Day, at King’s House.Over the years, Dr. Pinnock has spearheaded various initiatives that have resulted in the further development of the port and maritime sectors.Through his leadership, the CMI gained greater national and international recognition, and accreditation of their various programmes by local and international accrediting bodies.In an interview with JIS News, Dr. Pinnock says that persons such as his late father, who was in the dental field, and the late former Principal of Munro College, Richard Roper, helped to shape his character.“At home, my father was a disciplined person. He was in the dental field as part of his profession, but he was also a businessman. He was quite an astute businessman and people person – someone I admired greatly, and he mentored me a lot,” he says.“And at school, I had an outstanding headmaster. Mr Roper influenced me in a lot of ways. I spent seven years at school in the cadet corps, so discipline became a part of what shaped me along the way,” he adds.Dr. Pinnock spent several years in the shipping industry, working in the private sector before heading to the CMI as a lecturer.“I reached a stage in my career where I was ready to transition into something I believed in, because for 17 years before coming to the Caribbean Maritime Institute, I was an adjunct lecturer here, worked and developed a lot of courses. Then I realised a part of me – the social side – was calling out how to make a difference in my country,” the Executive Director tells JIS News.Dr. Pinnock says he declined several offers to serve as Head of the CMI over the years, but eventually said yes, acknowledging that he had a vision for transforming the institution.“Coming here was to take a business approach to it, to really start a transformational job, and I found excellent people here to work with,” he notes.Dr. Pinnock says his years in the private sector positively influenced his approach to the management of the school.He points out that having a deep understanding of the industry, both cargo and cruise, as well as the general logistics industry, has given him the insight as to how to make that application.Chief among the Executive Director’s achievement is leading the CMI into university status, to officially become the Caribbean Maritime University on World Maritime Day (September 28), at an official Charter Day ceremony to be held at the National Arena in Kingston.This follows passage of relevant legislation in Parliament earlier this year to grant the institution university status and to confer degrees, awards, certificates, diplomas and other academic distinctions.Executive Assistant to Dr. Pinnock, Dawn Reynolds Smith, says he is deserving of the award and recalls his selfless acts to ensure that students get an opportunity to excel.“His take on education is that the students must learn, they must leave with a skill, and they must be able to contribute to Jamaica and to the wider society. He will leave no stone unturned until the students are in classrooms, and that’s a big deal for us here at CMI,” Mrs. Reynolds Smith adds.Meanwhile, Dr. Pinnock tells JIS News that he feels very honoured to be receiving the national award.“This was nowhere in my thoughts as I don’t work for any award. This is on behalf of the hard-working team that I have here. This is a representation of the team, and to say your work is recognised,” he says.The CMI, which was established in 1980 with 30 students, has grown significantly over the years. Enrolment increased from 300 students in 2007 to just under 5,000 in 2017.last_img read more

Oleg Naydenov Sinks off Canary Islands

first_imgzoom A Russian trawler Oleg Naydenov sank some 15 miles off Punta Maspalomas, the Canary Islands, at around 22:45 local time Tuesday, Spain’s Salvamento Maritimo reports.As World Maritime News previously reported, the trawler had been burning for days after a fire that started in the engine room April 11 spread throughout the vessel which was at the time loaded with cardboard.At the time of the incident, Oleg Naydenov was docked at the port of Las Palmas.After failed attempts to contain the fire, the authorities decided early Sunday to tow the burning trawler some 20 miles offshore, fearing that the ship’s fuel tanks might explode or that the vessel might sink in the port due to the large amounts of water used to contain the fire.The trawler sank with around with 1,409 tons of fuel inside the tanks to a depth of 2,400 meters. Salvamento Maritimo said that the tug Punta Salinas has remained at the location of the sinking, and has reported no signs of contamination in the area yet.All 72 crew members aboard the trawler at the time of the incident disembarked the vessel safely on Saturday.The reports from yesterday hinted at the possibility of the vessel pulling through the incident without sinking. The fire had been put out, with some residual smoke coming from onboard the ship, and the initial list of 11 degrees had been reported as unchanged.World Maritime News Staff, Image: Salvamento Maritimolast_img read more

New Nevada attorney general Background check law a priority

first_imgLAS VEGAS — Nevada’s next attorney general Aaron (AY’-ron) Ford says finding a way to implement a stalled, voter-approved gun background check law is one of the top issues the Democrat will tackle when he takes office early next year.Ford told The Associated Press in an interview that he’d also be supportive of other gun-safety measures that may come out of the state Legislature, which is controlled by Democrats.Ford is a 46-year-old attorney and the outgoing state Senate majority leader. He noted Friday was the sixth anniversary of the mass shooting at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School, which left 20 children and six adults dead.He says the victims need to be honoured with “commonsense gun safety measures,” not just thoughts and prayers.Michelle L. Price, The Associated Presslast_img read more

King Mohammed VI Undergoes Eye Surgery in France

Rabat – King Mohammed VI underwent an eye surgery on Wednesday at the Quinze-Vingt Hospital in Paris, in the department of Professor Jean Philippe Nordmann.The King’s operation is to address a condition known as surger’s eye, or pterygium. He developed it in his left eye, extending over his cornea, according to a statement co-signed by Professor Nordmann and Professor Abdelaziz Maaouni, the king’s personal physician.The condition, marked by a growth of pink, fleshy tissue on the conjunctiva, the clear tissue that lines the eyelids and covers the eyeballs, can affect anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors, particularly surfers. Though it isn’t usually a serious condition, it sometimes requires surgery, which usually lasts for 30 minutes.Nordmann’s statement explained that the King will wear an eye patch for protection and requires a 15-day rest to ensure that the eye heals properly. read more

Security Council extends UN mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea

30 July 2007The Security Council today agreed to extend the mandate by six months of the United Nations peacekeeping mission monitoring the ceasefire that ended the border war between Ethiopia and Eritrea in 2000, voicing concern about the ongoing tensions between the two African neighbours. The Security Council today agreed to extend the mandate by six months of the United Nations peacekeeping mission monitoring the ceasefire that ended the border war between Ethiopia and Eritrea in 2000, voicing concern about the ongoing tensions between the two African neighbours. In a unanimous resolution, Council members said repeated violations by both sides of the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) along the border, and continued delays in the demarcation of that border, were creating a “potentially unstable security situation.” The resolution called on Eritrea to immediately withdraw its troops and heavy military equipment from the TSZ and on Ethiopia to reduce the number of additional military forces recently introduced in areas next to the TSZ, and urged both sides to de-escalate the situation by returning to December 2004 levels of deployment. Ethiopia and Eritrea should show maximum restraint towards each other, refraining from threats of force or ending their exchange of hostile statements, the resolution added.Earlier this month, in a report to the Council, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had asked that the mandate of the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) be extended until the end of January next year – a request the Council endorsed today. The Council resolution and Mr. Ban’s report also reiterated previous appeals to Eritrea to lift all restrictions it has imposed on UNMEE’s movement and operations, and said it would reconsider any changes to UNMEE depending on future progress towards demarcation. The demarcation of the border has stalled despite the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission (EEBC) handing down a final and binding decision in 2002, and today’s resolution voiced frustration at the lack of recent progress on the issue. It stressed that Ethiopia and Eritrea also have primary responsibility for implementing the Algiers Agreements, the pacts which ended the border war in 2000, and called on the two countries to take concrete steps to resume and complete the demarcation process. The EEBC has convened a meeting with Ethiopia and Eritrea in New York on 6 September, a move that has been welcomed by the Council. The 15-member panel also welcomed a recent letter from the Ethiopian Foreign Minister to the Council President saying that his Government has accepted the EEBC border decision without preconditions, and called on Ethiopia to immediately take action to enable the Commission to carry out that decision. read more

Foreign investment in least developed nations hits record level in 2012 –

Foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows to the world’s poorest countries grew by 20 per cent last year to a record $26 billion, led by strong gains in Cambodia as well as five African countries, according to a new United Nations report. The World Investment Report 2013, produced by the Geneva-based UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), adds that the majority of ‘greenfield’ investment in the least developed countries (LDCs) – new investment or expansion of existing investment in recipient nations, as opposed to investment through mergers and acquisitions – originated in other developing economies, led by India.Subtitled Global Value Chains: Investment and Trade for Development, the report notes that growth was led by strong gains in Cambodia (where inflows were up 73 per cent), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (96 per cent), Liberia (167 per cent), Mauritania (105 per cent), Mozambique (96 per cent), and Uganda (93 per cent).However, 20 LDCs reported declines in FDI, the report states, adding that the trend was particularly pronounced in Angola, Burundi, Mali, and the Solomon Islands.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commended the report, calling it a “source of reflection and inspiration” for meeting today’s development challenges.“The 2013 World Investment Report comes at an important moment. The international community is making a final push to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by the target date of 2015,” he said, referring to the anti-poverty targets known as the MDGs. “At the same time, the United Nations is working to forge a vision for the post-2015 development agenda. Credible and objective information on foreign direct investment (FDI) can contribute to success in these twin endeavours.”Global FDI, Mr. Ban noted, declined in 2012, mainly due to continued macroeconomic fragility and policy uncertainty for investors, and it is forecast to rise only moderately over the next two years.“Yet as this report reveals, the global picture masks a number of major dynamic developments,” he said. “In 2012 – for the first time ever – developing economies absorbed more FDI than developed countries, with four developing economies ranked among the five largest recipients in the world.“Developing countries also generated almost one third of global FDI outflows, continuing an upward trend that looks set to continue.”The report notes that while the estimated value of announced greenfield investment projects in LDCs declined, developing economies – with 59 per cent of the value of greenfield projects – were the largest such investors in LDCs in 2012. In terms of share of greenfield projects in LDCs in 2012, companies from India were responsible for 20 per cent of total value, according to the report. In addition to their scale, India’s investments in LDCs have been diversified geographically and sectorally, it adds. Among the destinations of large-scale projects, in 2012 Mozambique was the largest recipient of Indian greenfield investment (45 per cent), followed by Bangladesh (37 per cent) and Madagascar (8 per cent). In Africa, greenfield investments from India were targeted at the east and south of the continent. These projects were not limited to large-scale investments in extractive and heavy industries, but also extended to smaller ones in pharmaceuticals and health care. In Asia, while Bangladesh was the only LDC where Indian greenfield investment was announced during 2012, Indian projects were spread over various industries, including automotives, information technology, pharmaceuticals, textiles, and tyres, the report says. read more

Man in his 20s questioned over Skerries death

first_imgGARDAÍ ARE CONTINUING to question a man in his 20s who was arrested in connection with the death of a man in north county Dublin last night.The man was arrested shortly after the discovery of the body at a house in Mourne Park in Skerries at 6pm on Thursday.The victim was in his 50s. RTÉ News reports that he had been babysitting his two grandchildren when he was attacked and stabbed to death inside the front door of the house.The arrested man is currently detained at Ballymun Garda Station and the investigation is continuing.last_img read more

Samaras says Greece will not need third bailout

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister Antonis Samaras sought to douse renewed speculation about the possible need for a third rescue package for Greece, insisting that the country could manage without additional loans from its European partners.Addressing a joint press conference in Athens with his visiting Portuguese counterpart Pedro Passos Coelho, whose country completed its international loan program in May, Samaras indicated that Greece was re-establishing control of its finances. “Soon we will be able to certify the sustainability of our debt without new memorandums, without the need for new loans,” he said. Samaras also reiterated his aim to provide tax relief but did not provide any details.Coelho struck an encouraging tone, referring to the widespread scepticism that had prevailed about Portugal’s prospects of exiting its bailout without additional aid. “I can only applaud the political courage you have shown,” Coelho told Samaras.Both premiers emphasised the need for a broader shift in Europe toward policies designed to boost growth and create much-needed jobs as well as stressing the need for structural reforms to increase competitiveness.Their comments came just a few hours after German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble lectured the German parliament on the need for the fiscal discipline that has been championed by Berlin to continue.Reacting to Samaras’ statements, leftist opposition SYRIZA remarked that they would be “highly amusing” if he were not Greece’s prime minister. The statement prompted the immediate reaction of government spokeswoman Sofia Voultepsi, who retorted that “Tsipras is the only one who is highly amusing,” referring to the leftists’ leader Alexis Tsipras.Ahead of Tsipras’s scheduled speech at the Thessaloniki International Fair on Saturday, the party’s secretary Dimitris Vitsas sought to explain where the leftists plan to find the funding to make good on their pledges to curb unemployment. The money would come from rechanneling state subsidies, cracking down on corruption and rolling over bonds, he told the Parapolitika radio station.last_img read more

RAW Highlights Tag Main Event Paige returns Chamber qualifier Ronda Rousey

first_imgFacebook Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Pinterestcenter_img Google+ WWE posted these highlights after last night’s RAW from Portland. Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WhatsApplast_img read more

The body of Sorineida Arias discovered

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 14, 2016 – The Holy Bible, which most in the Turks and Caicos hold onto as key to their faith life says that God does not give a spirit of fear; but He gives the spirit of power and of love and of a sound mind… and so people know that it is from an evil place that the swelling fear, the obvious disregard for human life and the loss of a peace of mind is coming… the sinking emotions, shock and grief for what was done to young Sorineida Morena Arias, here in these Turks and Caicos Islands is weighing heavily on the country as her partially burned, almost naked body was found dumped in bushes off the North West Point road.  The Dominican Community created several search teams on Tuesday and it was one of those teams that found Sorineida yesterday evening.Edwin Hernandez who is an assistant consul for the DR in the TCI and spokesman was crest fallen, he said he feels bad and believes that had it not been for their synergy as a community, Sorineida, who went missing on Sunday would not have been found so quickly.  “It is a serious problem not only for the Dominican community, it’s a serious problem for the entire Turks and Caicos, because it’s affecting the Dominican community today, tomorrow it can affect another community, maybe the local community, so it’s a serious problem.”Police were not with the teams, and so when the body was found there was a photo taken and that photograph is being widely circulated now.  It not only confirms the death of the woman who worked at the Downtown Gaming Parlour but how cruelly she died at the hands of what most are suspecting is a career killer.  The DR Community said they felt alienated by the Turks and Caicos, as hardly anyone from the islands joined them in the hunt for the mother of two, who was also the breadwinner for the family where her mother is ailing.Shirley Calcano, a Grand Turk native married to a Dominican was outraged and called on local officials in particular to do better.“We would have thought that we had more persons looking for this young lady, but in fact it was just the Dominican community who got together and they decided that we are going to comb every area.  So they went out yesterday, they went out early this morning and they went out this afternoon.  In fact they were the ones to find her, and this shouldn’t happen because I remember I was in the Dominican Republic and when Mr. Howell went missing, I understood that the masses went to search for him, so as a Turks and Caicos Islander married to a Dominican citizen I am also concerned you understand, because we can’t say that only Turks Island lives matter. Of course I love my people, I love my country, but we have persons living among us, and all human beings matter. So I think that our government, our justice system has to rise to the occasion.” Wailing, screaming, fainting, crying, hugging and shock were all on raw display as scores waited and waited as police cordoned off the area and scoured the zone for clues to the killer.  Police said nothing to media officially last night.  Now, it is time to tell the family of the woman that she was found, but dead.  The fourth Dominican woman in the last six years and the second this year, 2016, to be murdered with the mystery, unsolved.  Sorineida Morena Arias was just 26 years old. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Halfway House coming fruition of 22 year old drug intervention

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 24, 2017 – At least 25 of the over 100 people who are in need of intense drug rehabilitation will be able to get it soon at a specialized center to be constructed in the South Dock area of Provo.Government today handed over a long anticipated $150,000 to the Turks and Caicos Drug Prevention Foundation and Health Minister, Edwin Astwood signed the cheque and put it into the hands of an overjoyed Dierin Longmire, president of the not for profit.“So I thing this initiative is very important to all of us here in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and all of our families.  And I want to start this press conference here on a wonderful note by us presenting the  hundred and fifty thousand dollar check to the Drug Foundation.”  Hon. Edwin Astwood“I’m so grateful, it’s been long overdue working on this since like 1995, for something to do with the drug and alchohol issues that are presented in the Turks and Caicos Islands.  I’m so grateful for my committee, I’m so grateful for both governments for supporting me and my committee and getting everything organized.” – Dierin LongmireThe halfway house will be specially outfitted as a home for those struggling with overcoming addiction and Dr. Alicia Malcolm, Director of Substance Abuse Department explained there is a program ready to be activated to get those, mostly men who are mainly from Provo and Grand Turk, on the road to recovery.“For instance there will be individual therapy that’s provided, group councelling that will be taking place during the week. There will also be family counseling as well provided because obviously we don’t want to just work with the individual but also their families, so that they are aware on how to work with their loved ones.  And also if there is medication intervention that is needed, that will be provided because assessments will be done by the psychiatrist.” – Dr. Alicia MalcolmThe presentation was held this morning at Ministry of Health office in Providenciales.#MagneticMediaNews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

January Employment Up 02 Percent From Last Year

first_imgKarinne Wiebold, Economist: “We do believe that the job losses have begun to taper. While we are still continuing to lose jobs, and I believe we are in our 38th or 39th month of job losses, those losses are kind of starting to diminish.”  Wiebold attributed some of the job growth from the recent uptick in the oil and gas industry: “Oil and gas employment over the summer and fall has basically stabilized. They lost a lot of jobs pretty dramatically in late 2015, and 2016, so really employment for oil and gas has stabilized in the past few months.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享January employment was up an estimated 0.2 percent, or 500 jobs, from January 2018, according to the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Construction added the largest number of jobs over the year at 800, followed by health care. State government added 300 jobs; oil and gas added 200; the transportation, warehousing and utilities sector added 200 and local government added 100. Alaska’s seasonally adjusted January unemployment rate remained at 6.5 percent, and the comparable national rate increased from 3.9 to 4.0 percent.last_img read more

Wasilla lawmaker Keep education spending in check cut rural schools

first_imgIt started as a rumor. Democratic lawmakers and some education advocates have heard about it.Download AudioThat there are new ideas for changing how the state pays for education isn’t a surprise. That this cost-saving proposal could close 60 schools across the state is.“Certainly there has been talk that 10 students is, quite frankly — with the technology that we have today and the options that are available — it’s just too expensive,” Rep. Lynn Gattis said.Rep. Lynn Gattis on the House floor, Feb 26, 2014. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)Gattis is a Republican from Wasilla and chairs the House Education Committee. She’s one of the lawmakers considering introducing legislation to change a number of things about how schools in Alaska are funded. One of her ideas is to increase the minimum threshold for schools to receive full funding. She’s considering proposing 25 students as the minimum, but she’s open to a number higher or lower than that.“If I was in charge, I would open up those options whether it be virtual schools — I went to school when it was correspondence back in the day and we have come a long way,” Gattis said.Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins represents a handful of Southeast Alaska communities. The three schools that were closed in Alaska in the last fiscal year were all in Southeast.The Sitka Democrat said he unequivocally opposes raising the minimum threshold.“Closing schools, depriving rural kids of a teacher and a traditional education that kids in cities and parents in cities would reasonably expect is not fair or equitable and it’s a complete nonstarter,” Kreiss-Tomkins said.Hiking the threshold from 10 students to 25 could mean closure for 60 of Alaska’s schools. Typically once a school goes below the threshold and loses most of its funding, the district is forced to close the school, unless it makes the rare decision to siphon funding from other schools it administers. But in this case, pushing funds around may not even be an option. Many of Alaska’s smallest schools are in the same school districts.The Southeast Island School District, for example, has nine schools; eight of them have fewer than 25 students.“Even just talk about the possibility to go to 25 is enough to get parents jumpy. Just the talk will close a few schools because it’s hard keeping enough kids there,” Superintendent Lauren Burch said. “Who’s going to move to a community when they think the school might close?”Burch said three of the district’s schools lost funding a few years ago because enrollment fell under the threshold. He said the district cut spending on basic school supplies and maintenance for buildings and buses to help keep the schools open.Republican lawmakers say growth in education spending is unsustainable, and must be checked.Education Commissioner Mike Hanley says it’s not fair to target education for cuts just because it’s one of the state’s biggest expenses. If cuts to the state budget must be made, he said, then education should be a priority to maintain. As an example, he questioned whether education funding was more important than funding for trail maintenance, or maybe as important as funding for law enforcement.“At some point we have to say we’re not willing to go any lower in education and I don’t know what that number is,” Hanley said. “But at some point we have to (ask), ‘What’s our constitutional responsibility to provide an education? What’s our moral responsibility to supply and provide an education? And can we still meet that obligation with less money?’”Comments on a possible change in the minimum threshold were included in several speakers’ remarks during the National Congress of American Indians conference with the Alaska Federation of Natives and during the AFN convention. Concerns were mainly focused on how such a change would make rural education less equitable.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Tuesday July 4 2017

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowReported North Korean ICBM test could spell concerns for AlaskaAssociated PressU.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed today that North Korea’s latest missile test was with an intercontinental ballistic missile. Though the U.S. military’s initial assessment was that the North Koreans fired an intermediate-range missile, Tillerson’s statement offered the first confirmation from the Administration that it was in fact an ICBM.Alaskans take Mt. Marathon top spotsAPRN StaffThe 2017 Mount Marathon race in Seward is over and a familiar champion has taken first in the women’s race.No one injured after one vessel sinks, three beached in big overnight Nushagak fisheryAvery Lill, KDLG – DillinghamAt least four fishing vessels appear to have had major problems from Sunday night to Monday morning in Bristol Bay’s Nushagak District. One, the fishing vessel N-11, capsized and sank after “deck-loading” a big catch of sockeye.Tulsequah Chief Mine controversy deepens as it courts new investorsEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauSoutheast Alaska tribal groups are calling for cleanup of British Columbia’s long-abandoned Tulsequah Chief Mine.Educators come together for annual National Education Association meetingHenry Leasia, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageEducators from across the nation are currently meeting in Boston for the annual meeting of the National Education Association, the largest teacher’s union in the country.Eielson reminds pilots to not harass wildlife on training rangesTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksEielson Air Force Base officials say they reminded pilots and their commanders participating in a training exercise last month that they cannot harass wildlife that wanders onto military training ranges during a recent exercise.Unalaska is the nation’s eagle attack capital. Why?Berett Wilber, KUCB – UnalaskaUnalaska is the national hot spot for bald eagle attacks. Biologists and law enforcement officials agree: You’re more likely to be attacked by a bald eagle here than anywhere else in the country.How scuba equipment fits into managing Southeast fisheriesAngela Denning, KFSK – PetersburgCommercial fishing is a key industry in Southeast Alaska. But managing the fisheries sometimes means donning scuba gear and checking out the ocean floor.A look into the workings of a Nushagak sport fishing campAllison Mollenkamp, KDLG – DillinghamIn the controlled chaos of Bristol Bay’s commercial and subsistence fishing, it can be easy to lose track of the third group the salmon get to: sport fishermen. They come from all over to fish with guides at camps and lodges along Southeast Alaska Rivers. Those guides are just part of the infrastructure that keeps sport fishing going.last_img read more

What The Latest Immigration Polls Do And Dont Say

first_imgSpencer Platt/Getty Images via NPRDemonstrators, many of them recent immigrants to America, protest the government shutdown and the lack of a deal on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) outside of Federal Plaza in New York City on Monday.Americans could be forgiven for having poll whiplash this week.“Shock poll: Americans want massive cuts to legal immigration,” said a headline from the Washington Times.“Americans broadly embrace the Democratic immigration position,” declared a Washington Post headline, with the release of a new ABC/Washington Post poll.On immigration, as on any other issue, it can seem that there’s a poll result that supports just about any position. Here’s a look at immigration polls to explain what findings are shaky — and to highlight what can reasonably be concluded about Americans’ views on immigration.Question wording mattersDeputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley touted a Harvard Harris poll on Morning Edition Tuesday, saying that it showed Americans support the president’s agenda.“It’s an 80-percent issue, people want to close down the borders,” he told NPR’s Rachel Martin. “It’s a 70-percent issue to end chain migration. [A] 68-percent issue to end the visa lottery program and ask people to come here on merit. That’s a 70-percent issue. And this is a study from Harvard.”First things first — there’s a lot more to these poll numbers than Gidley is saying.That Harvard Harris poll didn’t find that 8 in 10 Americans want to “close down the borders.” Rather, it asked Americans, “Do you think we should have basically open borders or do you think we need secure borders?”Given the choice between “open borders” — a position that no mainstream political leaders are proposing — and a “secure border,” which is current U.S. policy, 79 percent of Americans agreed that the U.S. needs “secure borders.”It is true that 68 percent of Americans said they oppose “the lottery that randomly picks 50,000 people to enter the U.S. each year for greater diversity.” And in fact, even more (79 percent) favored merit-based immigration over family-based migration, based on a question asking whether “immigration priority for those coming to the U.S. should be based on a person’s ability to contribute to America as measured by their education and skills or based on a person having relatives in the U.S.”But then, that question provides an argument for using education and skills as a factor (“ability to contribute to America”) but not for using family ties. That may have swayed respondents toward the merit-based choice.It’s also possible that the question gave some respondents the idea of a false choice, said one immigration researcher.“It shouldn’t have to be an either-or,” said Randy Capps, director of research for U.S. programs at the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan Washington, D.C.-based immigration think tank.It’s possible, he added, for a system to incorporate both “merit” and family ties.“You can have both — you get more points for having higher education, you get more points for knowing English, you get more points for having a close relative,” he said.“I think what they’re saying here is merit should have more of a preference than relatives,” said Mark Penn, codirector of the Harris Poll. “I don’t think we polled a full battery of specific chain migration policy here. I would read this as saying that you see the public backing limits” on the idea of family-based immigration, he added.Right now, both family- and skills-based immigration exist in the U.S., though far more — around two-thirds — is based on family ties, according to Capps. Meanwhile, around 15 percent of admissions to the country are related to jobs and skills. On top of that, there are diversity visas, visas for investors who create jobs and allowances for refugees.The numbers shift heavily depending on how the question is asked, however. In a Morning Consult/Politico poll from August 2017, there was a question asking if there should be a “greater emphasis on an applicant’s job skills over their ties to family members.”Fifty-six percent either strongly or somewhat supported this, while 42 percent opposed it. That’s still a majority who favor merit over family, but it’s a smaller majority.That poll asked these questions still other ways, though. For example, when the poll separated out different potential factors, several had strong support. Fully 60 percent of Americans said that “ties to family members in the United States” “should be a factor” in determining who should get to legally immigrate to the U.S. The poll also found that 57 percent believe education should be a factor, and that 54 percent believe “professional or academic achievement” should factor in.In other words, when it’s not presented as an either-or choice, Americans appear to have a more nuanced view on family-versus merit-based immigration.What Americans do seem to believeAmericans’ support on any given issue can jump around over time, and depending on when and how the questions are asked, the answers can be interpreted any number of ways. But based on an array of reputable polling, here are a few reasonable conclusions to draw.1. Americans support letting DACA recipients stay. That latest poll from the Washington Post found that 87 percent of Americans support “a program that allows undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States if they arrived here as a child, completed high school or military service and have not been convicted of a serious crime.” An NBC News/Survey Monkey poll released Tuesday likewise found that 66 percent of Americans support “the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) policy, which protects those who were brought into the United States as undocumented children from being deported.”There’s a more than 20-point gap there, but these two results do join months of poll findings showing that find that a majority of Americans support the idea behind DACA, allowing children brought to the U.S. illegally to stay in the U.S.2. Americans aren’t that wild about a “wall.” (A different kind of fence, however …)January polls from Quinnipiac, Pew, ABC News/Washington Post, CNN and CBS all find that around 6 in 10 Americans oppose building or expanding a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.That said, all of those polls asked about building a “wall” specifically. But the definition of “wall” is fluid. While Trump has long advocated for a border wall, he has also said that in some places on the border, “natural barriers” would take the place of that kind of barrier. And Republican senators recently said that the “wall” would be more of a “fence.”But that Harvard Harris poll didn’t find such strong opposition to a border barrier. It found that 54 percent of Americans support “building a combination of physical and electronic barriers across the U.S.-Mexico border.”It could be that some Americans oppose a “wall” but believe in using a mix of resources as border barriers. It could also simply be that the word “wall” is at this point so politicized that some Americans instinctively oppose it while still wanting more of a barrier at the border.3. Americans are divided on legal immigration levels, but are more in favor of decreasing than increasing them.For decades, Gallup has asked Americans if they think the level of legal immigration should be “kept at its present level, increased, or decreased.” In recent years, Americans have been closely split between holding steady (38 percent as of June 2017) and decreasing (35 percent). The remainder, around 1 in 4, want to increase legal immigration.While the clear majority want to decrease or hold legal immigration steady, these numbers represent a longer-term pro-immigration shift — as of the mid-1990s, two-thirds of Americans wanted to decrease legal immigration, and only 6 or 7 percent wanted to increase it.The Politico/Morning Consult poll asked it a different way, asking how they’d feel about halving the number of legal immigrants over the next 10 years. It didn’t offer the option for holding it steady, just varying degrees of support or oppose. Nearly half, 48 percent, strongly or somewhat supported cutting legal immigration in this way; 39 percent opposed it (the rest didn’t know or had no opinion).Once again, there’s no majority here, but more people wanted to cut legal immigration than grow it.The Harvard Harris poll tried the question yet another way: “In your opinion, about how many legal immigrants should be admitted to the U.S. each year?” It then provided a series of choices: zero to fewer than 250,000, 250,000 to 499,999 and so on up to 2.5 million or more.It’s hard to know how to interpret the results of that question without the context of current immigration levels. As of 2016, the U.S. accepted nearly 1.2 million new legal permanent residents, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Of those, just over half were new arrivals. The rest of people received changes in status — for example, some might have been refugees who became legal permanent residents.The poll found that 72 percent of people chose some number under 1 million, which might suggest that those people want to reduce legal immigration. But then, the question didn’t provide them with current immigration levels. There was no way for many of them to know what direction they were arguing for immigration to move in. As a result, this is one way that this poll’s results may have been misleading.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

IMA defers protest on National Medical Commission Bill

first_imgKolkata: The Indian Medical Association on Wednesday called off the aggressive public campaign on the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill , scheduled to take place on Thursday.The medical association emergency action committee changed its earlier decision about the withdrawal of services on August 8. IMA in a press release on Wednesday said that they deferred their agitation and health services in the hospitals will function normally on Thursday. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataMedical students and resident doctors across the state took a war path and remained adamant with their decision. Ever since the IMA, the largest organisation of doctors in the country spelt out their movement, the doctors in various government hospitals in the state responded to the call. The doctors from various government hospitals and various organisations of doctors in the state were continuing agitation against the NMC Bill. They took to streets with banners and festoons. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateA few days ago, doctors observed a token protest and did not attend the patients in the outpatient departments of various state-run medical colleges in the state inconveniencing patients. The IMA decided to cancel the withdrawal of health services after a delegation under the leadership of IMA National President, Dr Santanu Sen along with other senior leaders, medical student representatives and junior doctors met with Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare. In view of the certain clarifications and assurances given by him and considering the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir, heavy flood situation in North East, Karnataka, Maharashtra and other parts of the country as well as untimely sad demise of former Union Health Minister Sushma Swaraj, IMA deferred its call for withdrawal of services. The date will be fixed later. The IMA officials also felt the need for further dialogue and creating awareness about hazards of certain provisions of NMC Bill. IMA has decided an aggressive public campaign against section 32, 50 and 51 which legitimise quackery, capping of fee in undergraduate and post graduate medical education and the lingering uncertainty of the career of medical students. IMA also appeals to the President of India to withhold assent until the dangers of the bill are adequately addressed.last_img read more

GitLab 114 is here with merge request reviews and many more features

first_imgGitLab 11.4 was released yesterday with new features like merge request reviews, feature flags, and many more. Merge request reviews in GitLab 11.4 This feature will allow a reviewer to draft unlimited comments in a merge request as per preference. It will ensure consistency and then submit them all as a single action. A reviewer can spread their work over many sessions as the drafts are saved to GitLab. The draft comments appear as normal individual comments once they are submitted. This allows individual team members flexibility. They can review code the way they want, it will still be compatible with the entire team. Create and toggle feature flags for applications This alpha feature gives users the ability to create and manage feature flags for software directly in the product. It is as simple as creating a new feature flag and validating it using simple API instructions. Then you have the ability to control the behavior of the software in the field via the feature flag within GitLab. Feature flags offer a feature toggle system for applications. File tree for browsing merge request diff The file tree summarizes both the structure and size of the change. It is similar to diff-stats which provides an overview of the change thereby improving navigation between diffs. Search allows reviewers to limit code review to a subset of files. This simplifies reviews by specialists. Suggest code owners as merge request approvers It is not always obvious as to which person is the best to review changes. The code owners are now shown as suggested approvers when a merge request is created or edited. This makes assigning the right person easy. New user profile page overview With GitLab 11.4, a redesigned profile page overview is introduced. It shows your activity via the familiar but shortened contribution graph. It displays the latest activities and most relevant personal GitLab projects. Set and show user status message within the user menu Setting your status is even more simple with GitLab 11.4. There is a new “Set status” item in the user menu which provides a fresh modal allowing users to set and clear their status right within context. In addition, the status you set is also shown in your user menu, on top of your full name and username. There are some more features like: Move the ability to use includes in .gitlab-ci.yml from starter to core Run all jobs only/except for modifications on a path/file Add timed incremental rollouts to Auto DevOps Support Kubernetes RBAC for GitLab managed apps Auto DevOps support for RBAC Support PostgreSQL DB operations for Auto DevOps Other improvements for searching projects, UX improvements, and Geo improvements For a complete list of features visit the GitLab website. Read next GitLab 11.3 released with support for Maven repositories, protected environments and more GitLab raises $100 million, Alphabet backs it to surpass Microsoft’s GitHub GitLab is moving from Azure to Google Cloud in Julylast_img read more

COD 293 Multifunctional modern house windependent apartment

first_imghttps://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/29-3-25.jpeg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/29-3-7.jpeg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/29-3-1.jpeg No related posts. https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/29-3-15.jpeg See this and other listings in the new Tico Times Real Estate section here. Facebook Comments Next Image https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/29-3-8.jpeg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/29-3-5.jpeg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/29-3-2.jpegcenter_img https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/29-3-3.jpeg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/29-3-4.jpeg Previous Image https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/29-3-23.jpeg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/29-3-9.jpeg Price: $395,000COD: 29-3Email: realestate@ticotimes.netPhone: +(506) 2258-1558Province: San JoséCantón: San JoséConstruction: 400m2Land: 496m2Bedrooms: 4Bathrooms: 4Parking: 2A/C: YesLocated in a privileged area in the area of San José, near La Sabana Park and in a safe neighborhood. A perfect place to live in and work from!This multifunctional house consists of a main building where we find: a large entrance hall, indoor garden, guest bathroom, bright kitchen with granite countertops and modern furniture, living/dining room that opens to a private tropical garden with deck, a bedroom Home or office with spacious walk-in closet and bathroom with Jacuzzi, indoor garden, and a spacious studio/workshop.Additionally, an apartment that can be used completely independently consisting of: 3 bedrooms, each with private bathroom and walk-in closet, panic room, kitchen, living/dining room with outdoor deck, especially in tropical wood floors and double glazed.The property has use of both residential and commercial land with approved architectural plans to add two more studios or apartments. The property is equipped with 2 electric gates, indoor garage for 2 cars, intercom, electric door opener, underground storage tank, and automatic water irrigation system for all gardens.Sabana Norte San José, San José, Costa Rica https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/29-3-17.jpeg info heading info contentlast_img read more

Final Game of Thrones season will air in 2019

first_imgFinal ‘Game of Thrones’ season will air in 2019 by The Associated Press Posted Jan 4, 2018 1:10 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 4, 2018 at 2:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The final season of “Game of Thrones” will feature veterans of the show behind the scenes when it airs in 2019.HBO said Thursday that David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik will direct and Benioff and Weiss along with Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill will write the episodes. They will collaborate on the six-episode, eighth and last season.Weiss and Benioff have been co-creators, executive producers and showrunners for every season of the hit show. The others have all had roles creating the mythical world of author George R. R. Martin.When season seven ended late last year, an all-time high of 12.1 million viewers tuned in. An additional 4 million caught the episode on streaming channels.last_img read more

December 24 2012Winter has arrived at Arcosanti o

first_imgDecember 24, 2012Winter has arrived at Arcosanti on calendar when the sun traversed the sky touching the highest point of the day. Arcosanti Planning Department staff, Samantha and Mandy, follow the shadow of the South vault that announced the solar noon. [Photos and text by TT]The longest, yet ephemeral arch cast on the ground is recorded in paint as a reminder of our inseparable relationship with built and natural environments.The shadow of the south vault reaches the furthest into the multi-purpose plaza on this Solstice day. From this day on, day is getting longer, while the mercury bar is getting shorter in coming months.last_img read more