first_img The survey was designed to collect statistically sound and internationally comparable estimates of key indicators that are used to assess the situation of child labour. National Project Coordinator, Regional Initiative, International Labour Organization (ILO), Resel Melville, has commended the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) on completing the Jamaica Youth Activity Survey 2016, which aims to bring an end to child labour in Jamaica.The survey was designed to collect statistically sound and internationally comparable estimates of key indicators that are used to assess the situation of child labour.Conducted by STATIN with support from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and the ILO, the survey was launched at the University of the West Indies, Mona, on April 25.Speaking at the launch, Ms. Melville said the survey sets a standard and is an example for other nations in the Caribbean and other regions to follow.“This report and these statistics are not only important at the local or national level, but they actually have a very significant impact at the regional level and at the hemispheric level in terms of our efforts and interventions to eliminate and prevent child labour in Latin America and the Caribbean,” Ms. Melville said.She argued that the report has been launched at the right time, as there are upcoming initiatives where the data will be needed.“The timing of the release of this report dovetails perfectly with several other key initiatives that the ILO has been collaborating with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security in Jamaica and others partners in Jamaica on,” Ms. Melville said.“Jamaica is one of the countries accepted for the pilot application of the Child Labour Risk Identification Model, which has been developed by the Regional Initiative. This particular model will seek to use the country’s existing data to create maps to show the specific areas in the country and the levels of probability or levels of vulnerability to the risk factors for child labour,” she added.She said that with the survey, various organisations will be better able to target specific areas where children are in need, and define multisectoral actions that will be most effective in addressing, preventing and interrupting the trajectory of child labour.“At the regional level, Jamaica continues to be a leader in the Caribbean, an exemplar to the other eight countries which have signed on with us for this regional initiative,” Ms. Melville said.“The other CARICOM members who are currently considering joining the regional initiative are looking at the examples and the leadership of Jamaica, in terms of its activities and interventions,” she added.Ms. Melville said that in the next two weeks, there will be the third face-to-face meeting of the focal-point network for a regional initiative, which brings together the country representatives from all of the participating countries across Latin America and the Caribbean. At this meeting, the data from the survey will also be analysed.“This particular meeting is important, because it is not only going to provide us with a status report on the progress that the Regional Initiative has made in the past year or four years but it also maps an event for strategic planning for what we consider to be the second phase of the regional initiative,” she said.The Jamaica Youth Activity Survey 2016 is the first stand-alone survey of children’s activities conducted nationally.Objectives of the survey were to collect comprehensive information on children’s engagement in economic activities; improve information on working children, child labour and hazardous work at the national and regional levels; strengthen the capacity of the Government of Jamaica to conduct future data collection, research and analysis of child labour and to use information collected to monitor Sustainable Development Goal 8, Target 8.7.The survey found that approximately 53,274 children participated in economic activities and were working between five and 17 years of age (33,436 boys and 19,838 girls). The survey also found that 37,965 of the children engaged in child labour, which refers to work that is mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful to children and interferes with their schooling. Speaking at the launch, Ms. Melville said the survey sets a standard and is an example for other nations in the Caribbean and other regions to follow. Story Highlights National Project Coordinator, Regional Initiative, International Labour Organization (ILO), Resel Melville, has commended the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) on completing the Jamaica Youth Activity Survey 2016, which aims to bring an end to child labour in Jamaica. last_img read more


first_img Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says good customer service has to be a top priority, for the justice system to operate at the highest level of efficiency. Speaking at the recent launch of the Case Information Statistical System (CISS) for the Rural Circuit and Coroner’s Courts at the Jewel Dunn’s River Resort in St. Ann, Mr. Chuck said the Ministry has been investing a lot of resources into improving its customer service delivery, as “this is the most important part of the justice sector.” “Many of them are coming for the first time and it is important that our court staff treat them as if they are helping a pupil. We have to remember that many of them are ignorant of court processes, so we have to make it welcoming…we have to make it a pleasant experience,” he added. Story Highlights Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says good customer service has to be a top priority, for the justice system to operate at the highest level of efficiency.Speaking at the recent launch of the Case Information Statistical System (CISS) for the Rural Circuit and Coroner’s Courts at the Jewel Dunn’s River Resort in St. Ann, Mr. Chuck said the Ministry has been investing a lot of resources into improving its customer service delivery, as “this is the most important part of the justice sector.”“When our citizens come to the courts to access justice…to get information…this is where customer service is very important,” the Minister emphasised.“Many of them are coming for the first time and it is important that our court staff treat them as if they are helping a pupil. We have to remember that many of them are ignorant of court processes, so we have to make it welcoming…we have to make it a pleasant experience,” he added.Meanwhile, Mr. Chuck implored court workers to ensure that all files are documented so as to make for a speedier trial process.“This way we will know for sure as to how many files are there and which require immediate attention or closure. Not only will every case now has a number, but we will see how that case is progressing through the system,” he said.“I am looking forward to the day…maybe in a matter of months…certainly no more than two to three years…when our citizens go to court to access justice, and within a certain timeframe they can get a result…the file can be closed,” the Minister said.Mr. Chuck said that while judges and court workers sometimes get a bad rap and are unfairly accused of tardiness, “the truth of the matter is that when you see the statistics, the judges and the courts are overburdened with work.”“The statistics will be able to demonstrate that more personnel, more equipment, more technology and more resources must be allocated to the justice sector,” he pointed out.Mr. Chuck said it is important that the resources that are going into making the justice system better be used wisely and “where we can see that it is money well spent.”last_img read more


first_imgTaipei: Two US warships sailed through the Taiwan Strait over the weekend, Taiwan’s defense ministry said Monday, in a move that Beijing said threatened to hinder US-China relations. The ministry said the ships made the passage on Sunday, sailing from south to north through the waterway that divides the self-governing island from mainland China. Beijing frequently objects to the movement of foreign military vessels in the strait based on its claim to Taiwan as its own territory, to be annexed by force if necessary. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportTaiwan’s defense ministry said US ships were free to sail through the Taiwan Strait as part of their “strategic Indo-Pacific tasks.” Despite the lack of formal diplomatic ties, the US is a key ally of Taiwan and provider of defensive weapons. China has been increasingly willing to protest actions by foreign militaries in areas it considers its home waters or sphere of influence. That especially applies to the Taiwan Strait and South China Sea, which China claims almost in its entirety. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Monday that China has expressed concern to the US about the warships. The US should handle Taiwan-related issues “prudently” in order to avoid negatively impacting its relationship with China, Geng said, adding that “the Taiwan issue is the most important and sensitive issue in Sino-US relations.”last_img read more


first_imgTemperatures may have risen into the 80s last week, but that doesn’t mean the water is warm now.Brian Schlottmann, an environmental public health program manager with Clark County Public Health, said safety is his main current concern with the county’s bodies of water. Earlier this month, a 30-year-old Portland man fell out of his inner tube on the Washougal River, and hasn’t been found. He is presumed to have drowned.A 28-year-old woman he was with also was pulled out of her inner tube, but she was rescued and survived.Schlottmann said the combination of strong currents and water cold enough to shock swimmers has him concerned.“With what happened recently on the Washougal River, people need to be aware that water temperatures are still in the 50s,” Schlottmann said. “The Columbia River is right around 50 to 55 degrees. People need to be aware of how cold the temperature is. Even though the temperature is warm outside, the water is flowing fast. It’s still high. And oftentimes it’s still too cold to be in.”Rivers are still high from rain and snowmelt, and may be carrying debris. Public Health advises to not swim alone.Schlottmann said there are around 3,500 unintentional drownings in the U.S. each year. He said alcohol use and marijuana play a large role in that number. So does a lack awareness about the strength of Mother Nature. “It’s the same old thing. It’s not knowing the water you’re swimming in. It’s overestimating your swimming ability,” he said.Stay hydratedClark County Public Health Officer Dr. Alan Melnick said that as climate change occurs, “we’re going to see more frequent hot days, record temperatures and prolonged heat spells.” Temperatures are expected to cool off this week, but the Northwest continues to break records with its temperatures.Melnick said it’s important to hydrate to beat heat, and it’s important to check on elderly neighbors. Public Health will let people know of public cooling stations on days when those are needed. He said a shopping mall can function as a cooling area if someone is in need.last_img read more


first_imgNews Twitter NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 8, 2015 – 11:55 pm Arctic Monkeys On Their “Wild” Year Arctic Monkeys Release Their Sixth LP arctic-monkeys-release-new-album-tranquility-base-hotel-casino Arctic Monkeys Release New Album ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’ Facebook For their sixth studio LP, the British band turns to frontman Alex Turner’s piano-based songs draped in front of dreamy soundscapesNate HertweckGRAMMYs May 11, 2018 – 7:39 am GRAMMY-nominated British indie rock band Arctic Monkeys released Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino on May 11, their sixth album and first since going on hiatus after an extensive tour in support of 2013’s AM.The buildup for the album was minimal, as while the band announced the title and street date back on April 6, they did not release any advance singles from the 11-song project. The band did, however, premier a number of the new songs live, including at the first show of their North American tour, which kicked off May 5 in Los Angeles.Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino trades in the band’s guitar-driven swagger for a more dreamlike piano-based sound. Frontman Alex Turner conceived the album’s material while sitting at the piano, an instrument he’d never written songs on before, according to Rolling Stone.“The places my fingers would naturally fall on the piano… suggested to me this idea of a lounge-y character, which never would have occurred to me had I been playing a guitar,” said Turner. “They reminded me of things my father used to play on the piano.” Email In addition to a new musical method, the album is also very lyric-focused. The resulting songs, along with band’s the ethereal sonic backdrop, create a Bowie-esque balance of inventive melody, sonic experimentation, and lyrical intrigue.Arctic Monkeys are currently touring in Europe and will return to the U.S. for Firefly Festival in Dover, Del. on June 15 before resuming their North American run of shows on June 16 in Raleigh, N.C. For a full list of dates and ticket info, visit the band’s website.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more


first_imgRanbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.Movie Still.Good news for fans of the Ranbir Kapoor-Deepika Padukone onscreen pair. The two superstars who are ex-lovers are all set to reunite on screen in a Bollywood film! If reports are to be believed, Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone will be seen on screen opposite each other in Luv Ranjan’s film produced by Bhushan Kumar of T-Series. The film also stars Ajay Devgn in the lead.Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone have done three films together – Bachna Ae Haseeno, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Tamasha – the last two being after their famous breakup. The two exes have always been cordial with each other and never said no to work together, even if it’s an ad or a ramp walk.They just starred in an advertisement together, their first assignment with each other after Deepika Padukone got married to Ranveer Singh. Currently, there is a lot of buzz around the two couples of Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, and Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh. The foursome’s camaraderie at the Zee Cine Awards 2019 was to be seen to be believed!Reports suggest that as couples, Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, and Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh have landed a deal together for a showcase tour to the United States of America in 2020. That explains the recent display of over-friendliness between the exes and their respective partners.But fans are certainly interested in seeing Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone together on screen again, with their wonderful chemistry. Mumbai Mirror reports that you may get to watch them sharing screen space again. “Four years after Imtiaz Ali’s Tamasha in 2015, Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor will be reuniting for their fourth film together, Luv Ranjan’s yet-untitled next directorial,” says the tabloid.Deepika Padukone is currently producing Chhapaak, a film where she stars as acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. The first look of the film received rave reviews. Ranbir Kapoor is busy with Brahmastra and Shamshera, while Ajay Devgn is gearing up for his big movie Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, which will now release on January 10, 2020.last_img read more


first_imgClose This week, pound sterling hit its highest level against other major world currencies for over seven years (figure 1), judging by the Bank of Englands Pound sterling index.This latest surge has been driven by the political certainty given by a Conservative general election victory, plus a following wind for the UK economy as:Unemployment continues to fallRetail sales surge higher (+4.7% year-on-year in April 2014)The domestic property market resumes its upwards march.Pound posts big gains against the euro and Aussie dollarOf the major world currencies, the pound has gained against virtually all of them so far in 2015, save the Swiss Franc (figure 2).The biggest move has been the near 10% jump against the euro (from €1.29 at the beginning of 2015 to €1.41 currently).The pound has also posted useful gains against the Australian dollar and Swedish crown too, with only the Swiss franc doing better this year so far.Why should sterling stop here?As long as the British economy keeps steaming along and the European Central Bank continues with its programme of bond buying (so-called Quantitative Easing, or QE), we could well see sterling return to the heady heights of €1.50 reached on several occasions between 2004 and 2007 (figure 3).After all, the euro remains undermined by the ongoing Greek saga, while the extremist leftist party Podemos has made large gains in the local elections in Spain, underlining the political fragility of the established ruling parties across the eurozone and introducing yet further uncertainty.Remember, if there is one thing financial markets hate, it is uncertainty – one area where the UK has a clear lead over its continental European cousins with a Conservative majority government now voted in.How can we make money from a stronger pound?One sector a canny investor should look at is the retail sector, given the majority of the goods sold on the UK high street tend to be imported. After all, a stronger pound means cheaper prices for imported goods, especially from the eurozone where the exchange rates have moved the most over recent months.Food and drink is one big category where the UK imports a lot from the likes of Spain, France and Italy. Overall, the UK imports 40% of all the food consumed, much of it from our eurozone neighbours.This should give a welcome boost to supermarket and upmarket food store chains such as Tesco (TSCO) and Sainsburys (SBRY). I would focus more on two other retailers where I see potentially greater currency-related benefits.The first is the venerable Marks and Spencer (MKS), which recently reported strong results. The retailer is continuing its slow transformation into primarily an upmarket food retailer along the lines of John Lewiss successful Waitrose chain.Its Simply Food store format is enjoying a lot of success, and Marks and Spencer is focusing its new store programme on this format. While we may think fondly of the retailer as the nations favourite purveyor of underwear, in actual fact food and drink now accounts for 57% of Marks and Spencers UK sales.The second retailer who could get a big profit boost from the stronger pound is wine warehouse chain Majestic Wines (MJW).This £300m company is the UKs largest wine specialist merchant, with 213 stores selling wine by the case to 643,000 active customers.French, Spanish, Italian and Australian wine imports in particular should all become cheaper in pound terms for Majestic to buy in the coming months and could deliver a useful profit bump.Majestic should also see faster growth ahead following its recent acquisition of leading online business Naked Wines.So go shopping for wine bargains thanks to that stronger pound, and why not add Marks and Spencer and Majestic Wines into your shopping basket while you are at it.Edmund Shing is the author of The Idle Investor (Harriman House), an expert columnist and a global equity fund manager at BCS AM. He holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence.last_img read more


first_img(Phys.org)—Researchers have shown that tomato pulp dissolved in water can eventually be turned into a powder of nanoparticles containing carbon dots with diameters of less than 5 nm. Like all carbon dots, one of the main characteristics of the tomato-sourced carbon dots is an intense fluorescence, which may lead to applications in imaging and sensing. Journal information: Nanotechnology More information: Weijian Liu et al. “Highly crystalline carbon dots from fresh tomato: UV emission and quantum confinement.” Nanotechnology. DOI: 10.1088/1361-6528/aa900b The researchers, led by Jinping Wang at Qingdao Agricultural University, have published a paper on the synthesis of carbon dots from tomato in a recent issue of Nanotechnology.Carbon dots are a new class of fluorescence nanomaterial that researchers are investigating as a possible alternative to semiconductor quantum dots and organic dyes. Because they are so new, the quantum mechanisms underlying their fluorescence are still not well understood. Carbon dots can come from many different sources, from carbon nanotubes to various kinds of biomass, such as fruits, vegetables, and flowers, and dots from different sources exhibit different fluorescence properties.An advantage of using tomatoes as the source of carbon dots is that tomatoes are inexpensive and the process is relatively simple. Basically, fresh tomato is chopped into pieces, crushed to a pulp by a tissue compactor, dissolved in water, heated in a microwave, centrifuged to remove any large particles, and then filtered by dialysis, leaving behind a solid powder of nanoparticles. Although the process is simple, the researchers showed that it still has the potential to produce high-quality carbon dots.One of the most important results of the new study is the UV fluorescence properties of the carbon dots can be controlled due to the quantum confinement effect, which is not often the case with carbon dots sourced from biomass. Here, the researchers demonstrated that, by adding certain organic compounds (ethylenediamine (EDA) and urea), they could control the size and tune the fluorescence of the nanoparticles formed from the tomato pulp.”Fresh tomato-sourced carbon dots tuned by urea can emit fluorescence in the UV region due to the quantum confinement effect,” Wang told Phys.org. “Our future research plan is to obtain red emissive carbon dots using biomass as precursors.”To illustrate the potential applications, the researchers evaluated the carbon dots for their use as staining agents for bioimaging fungi, and also as sensors for vanillin, which has applications in the biofuel industry. The researchers demonstrated that the carbon dots were highly biocompatible with the fungi and became brightly illuminated when excited by a laser. In the case of vanillin sensing, they showed that the vanillin quenches the fluorescence of the carbon dots, with the amount of quenching being proportional to the vanillin concentration. The researchers plan to further investigate these applications and others in the future. Researchers transform fresh tomatoes into three types of carbon nanoparticles. Credit: Liu et al. ©2017 IOP Publishing © 2017 Phys.orgcenter_img Turning pollen into a low-cost fertilizer Explore further Citation: Researchers transform tomatoes into fluorescent carbon dots (2017, November 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-11-tomatoes-fluorescent-carbon-dots.html 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


first_imgIn a suspected inter-caste violence case in which two Dalit kids were burnt alive, the state administration arrested four accused out of 11 and suspended four police officials who were in charge of the situation in the Sunped village of Faridabad district.On Tuesday morning a few people of one community allegedly set fire to the home of a Dalit family killing Vaibhav (2) and Divya (nine-months-old) and causing serious burn injuries to their mother Rekha.According to the information received from a state government spokesperson — Balwant, Dharam Singh, Kartar and Guddu have been detained out of the 11 accused. All these four detained accused belong to the influential Balu Rajput camp in Sunped village in Faridabad district. The police also suspended four policemen who were amongst the seven police personnel who were deployed with the victims’ family for security. The four policemen included police officers of different ranks. Inspector Anil Kumar, OC of  Sadar Ballagbarh police station was suspended for dereliction of duties. Also Read – Man arrested for making hoax call at IGI airportConstables Bali Mohammed, Vikas and Sandeep have been placed under suspension for showing laxity as they failed to protect the victims as they were deployed for the security of the victims’ family. Till now, nineteen persons have been booked for the triple murder in 2014 of the three members of Jitender’s family. Sources also reveal that Balwant’s relatives could be the other accused responsible for the incident as Jitender (father of the two kids) and Balwant have been having clashes between them since October 2014. It also came to light that this bitter rivalry between the Rajput Balu family and the Dalit Lajli camp have been on since three decades.last_img read more


first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 2 min read Enroll Now for Free Global cryptocurrency exchange itBit Trust Company, LLC, is arguably the envy of the entire Bitcoin community today.The nascent Bitcoin trading platform announced this morning that it has officially received a banking trust charter under New York State law. The groundbreaking new license makes itBit the only U.S.-chartered and supervised Bitcoin exchange compliant with New York and federal law, Techcrunch reports.    The trust company charter lends itBit “bank-like status,” as The New York Times put it, not to mention some hefty bragging rights within the Bitcoin community. “This is a big deal,” itBit co-founder and CEO Charles Cascarilla told the Times, “not just for us, but for the entire Bitcoin industry.”Related: Richard Branson Holding Digital Currency Summit on Private Caribbean IslanditBit Trust Company is a game-changer for US #bitcoin regulation & customer asset protection http://t.co/EB8Caty1TL pic.twitter.com/guz90GwEgV— itBit (@itBit) May 7, 2015The license signifies a momentous stride forward in the race to legitimize the fledgling digital currency sector, sullied in the not so distant past by sketchy, unregulated Bitcoin exchanges, like Mt. Gox and Ripple Labs. Just last week, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network slapped Ripple Labs with a $700,000 fine for breaching the bank secrecy act, among other infractions.Related: Is Bitcoin Speculative Foolery or a Financial Services Breakthrough?In addition to heralding its new license, itBit also shared the news today that it clinched a $25 million Series A venture capital financing round. Several new and existing investors participated in the raise. Among them are RRE Ventures, Liberty City Ventures and the Jordan Company. The funding will be used to “significantly scale” the startup’s products and services, as well as to hire talent to staff positions in compliance, customer service, engineering, marketing and operations, according to a statement issued by itBit.Cascarilla, a former Wall Street financial services professional, co-founded itBit 18 months ago. The exchange is based out of New York City and Singapore. He told Techcrunch that it took his company 15 months and a thousand-plus-page application to finally win the historic charter.Related: ‘Days Felt Like Years’: What Morgan Spurlock Found When He Tried to Survive on Bitcoin for a Weekcenter_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now May 7, 2015last_img read more


first_img(Back row left to right) Cameron Kerr, Director and Chief Executive, Taronga Conservation Society, Lyndel Gray, Executive Director and General Manager Tourism NSW, Narendra Kumar, Executive Manager QantasLink, and Councillor Alan Smith, Mayor of Dubbo pose in front of the aircraft with QantasLink flight and cabin crew with Taronga zoo handlers and wildlife In an effort to promote regional tourism and educational awareness, QantasLink and Taronga Western Plains Zoo have launched new wildlife aircraft livery for the QantasLink Bombardier Q400. During the official launch, which was held at the Qantas Jet Base at Mascot, guests were also invited to visit ZooMobile, Taronga’s wildlife outreach programme. This offered the opportunity for guests to interact with a variety of Zoo animals that aid educators in teaching communities about the importance of Australian wildlife. “We are excited to see one of our 74-seat Q400 aircraft ready to fly in this special safari livery and even more excited to have the opportunity to take it around Australia and promote the Zoo as one of our great regional destinations” said QantasLink Executive Manager, Narendra Kumar. Ms. Kumar emphasised the fact that QantasLink is embedded in regional Australia and in turn, has a strong understanding of the incredible opportunities, destinations and experiences available across the country. Taronga’s Director and Chief Executive, Cameron Kerr is confident that the “simple, yet intriguing message will travel to communities around Australia.” “By using an aircraft as a flying canvas [it is] an invitation to discover the wonders of wildlife in one of Australia’s premier open range zoos and to do so with the travel convenience of Qantas’ comprehensive regional airline network” he said. The initiative aims at highlighting the Zoo’s conservations efforts while adopting a novel approach to connecting people with the growing opportunities for wildlife tourism in regional Australia. QantasLink operates 50 return services each week between Sydney and Dubbo, providing easyaccess to Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s famous Zoofari Lodge wildlife Safari experience, along withaccess to the Orana region’s many attractions. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T (Left to right) Cameron Kerr, Director and Chief Executive, Taronga Conservation Society, Lyndel Gray, Executive Director and General Manager Tourism NSW, andNarendra Kumar, Executive Manager QantasLink. QantasLink flight and cabin crew pose in front of the special aircraft with Taronga zoo handlers and wildlifeQantasLink flight and cabin crew pose in front of the special aircraft with Taronga zoo handler and wildlife last_img read more


first_img24Mar Rep. Lucido welcomes local students to Capitol Categories: Lucido News,Lucido Photos Rep. Lucido speaks with a group of fourth-graders at the CapitolRep. Lucido today welcomed a group of students from Duncan Elementary in Shelby Township.“The best days of being a state representative are days like today,” said Rep. Lucido, R-Shelby Township. “It is wonderful to see groups of bright and talented students come to the state Capitol to learn about their government and see it work.”Rep. Lucido showed the fourth-grade students around the Capitol and then recognized them on the House floor during today’s session.“It was my honor to meet and talk with these great kids,” Rep. Lucido said. “Their visit was truly the highlight of my day and I wish each and every one of them and their families a blessed Easter.”The students were supervised by teachers including Nicole Tucker, Julie Willey, Vanessa Tucker, Jill Lee, Sue Kutskill, Allison Tayloe and Holly Siracoff along with several parents.###last_img read more


first_img Categories: Miller News 16Jan Reps. Miller and Chatfield introduce Religious Freedom Day resolution Resolution for Uplifting Faith and Freedom in AmericaState Rep. Aaron Miller of Sturgis today joined Rep. Lee Chatfield of Levering to introduce House Resolution 223 observing Jan. 16, 2018 as Religious Freedom Day in Michigan.Religious Freedom Day commemorates the anniversary of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, written by Thomas Jefferson. This statute ensured that never again would private citizens suffer at the hand of an abusive state church.“Today is a special day, one of meditation and prayer,” Rep. Miller said. “I hope Michiganders will join me and use this time to reflect and ask God to continue to bless our state and our nation.”The resolution encourages citizens “to pray in his and her own manner, seeking God’s blessings on our families and government officials for personal renewal, moral awakening, and a new spirit of harmony across our land.”“Faith and religion have always played a vital role in America,” Rep. Chatfield said. “Since before George Washington, religious freedom has been revered. I am honored to continue the legacy of those before us by defending our God-given rights of religious freedom.”House Resolution 223 passed the Michigan House of Representatives unanimously.PHOTO INFORMATION: Rep. Chatfield and Rep. Miller joined in prayer for Michigan and the nation in recognition of Religious Freedom Day.last_img read more


first_imgA drop in sales of TV sets and set-top boxes contributed to a decline in the German consumer electronics market in the first half of the year, according to figures compiled by consumer electronics retail association the GFU.Sales in the CE sector dropped by 2.5% overall to €12.337 billion. Sales in TV sets declined by 16.5% to €1.8 billion, while sales in satellite receivers and set-top boxes dropped by 14.3%.In terms of units shipped, TV sales fell by 16.1% to 3.3 million units by comparison with the same period last year.The decline in TV and set-tops and other areas including automative multimedia, digital cameras and personal audio equipment was partially offset by growth in home audio, miniature cameras, home audio systems and video game consoles.last_img read more


first_imgShareTweet CHRISTMAS will officially begin in Strabane when the festive lights are switched on by a ‘very special guest’ in Abercorn Square next Saturday, November 25, from 2 pm-5:30 pm.‘Santa’ will be making the long trip from the North Pole to visit the town – and Mayor of Derry and Strabane Council, Councillor Maolíosa McHugh, is encouraging everyone to join in the festive fun and experience the magic of Christmas at this year’s lighting ceremony.Mayor McHugh said: “I am delighted that Santa is taking the time out of a very busy schedule to visit Strabane and usher in the start of this year’s festive celebrations! ABERCORN SQUARELOST IN FROSTMAYOR MAOLIOSA MCHUGHSantaSANTA’S GROTTOSTRABANE CHRISTMAS FAYRESTRABANE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON NEXT WEEKEND “Santa has confirmed that he’ll be bringing his famous festive cheer – so make sure that you’re there early and don’t miss out on what promises to be a truly magical occasion!”Keep up to date with Christmas news and upcoming entertainment & events by visiting www.derrystrabane.com/christmas or following Facebook ‘What’s On Derry Strabane’ for competitions & exclusive festive deals.STRABANE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON NEXT WEEKEND was last modified: November 13th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: “The ‘Christmas Lights Switch On’ is a great family event which marks the start of a fantastic festive campaign that includes the Strabane Christmas Fayre and the Lost in Frost mayoral initiative for families at the Alley.“Santa and his reindeers will be on their way to Abercorn Square & Railway Street for the big switch on – so join them from 2 pm for face painting, Santa’s Grotto, Community performances, carol singers and much more!“Indeed, the afternoon’s activities and festive lighting ceremony is a great way for families to count down to Christmas.“I’m expecting a great turnout – and look forward to welcoming visitors to Strabane in the run up to Christmas.last_img read more


first_img But in the oil patch, you either innovate or disintegrate. The need to bring down costs and increase the recovery of oil and natural gas is now a prerequisite to stay alive in the oil patch during a major price correction, such as we’re currently in. The need to modify drill and production programs to be efficient is greater than ever. Companies will focus on increasing the number of wells per pad and down spacing, which allows producers to increase extraction efficiency by reducing the length between wells on a per acre basis. But I believe the greatest efficiency and success of this downturn will be re-fracking. Re-Enter and Re-Frac In the next few years, you’ll very likely be hearing a lot about re-fracking… and it will likely also become as common as fracking is today over that time frame. What is re-fracking? Essentially, rather than drilling a new well, a company re-enters and re-fractures existing horizontal wells. This can be done currently at about 25% of the cost; that cost will only improve with more “re-fracks” and as better techniques develop with time. Now that oil has fallen to new lows and management teams are coming to the realization that prices aren’t going up anytime soon, oil producers need to find ways to reduce drilling costs and increase production (recovery) from existing wells. I believe that one of the absolute best ways to do this is to eliminate as much of the drilling costs of a new well as possible and focus on re-entering an existing well. By applying better modern technology and better equipment, the company can re-frack the older horizontal wells to unlock the trapped oil and natural gas left behind in the initial frack process. And there’s a lot of oil left behind in the existing fracked wells. Bam! Innovation out of necessity. Re-fracturing horizontal oil wells is new to the industry, but I think it will actually revitalize the declining wells in the shale sector. I’m not saying that the re-fracked wells will be better than the original fracked wells initially, but thus far, the future is very promising for re-fracks based on the results I’ve seen. Not only can re-fracking revitalize these declining wells, it can also increase the companies’ drilling inventories significantly, which is a huge positive. “Drilling inventory” is the number of potential wells per section. More wells means more reserves, which is good, especially if the cost  to re-enter those existing wells is one-quarter or less the cost of drilling a new well. Now I know there will be an old guard—the same guys who in 2007 and 2008 told me that fracking is science fiction—who won’t believe in re-fracking, but that’s their problem. I’m already planning how I am going to position myself and my subscribers to take advantage of this trend that no one is talking about. One of the first companies to test re-fractures is Marathon Oil Corp. (MRO) in its core Bakken acreage in Mountrail and Dunn Counties. So, we called the company up and starting asking questions. They really didn’t like the fact we came knocking and didn’t want to give out much information, as this is cutting-edge stuff, and the company has a leg up on its competition. But anyone who knows me knows I don’t give up easily, so I got the story… and it gets very good. The re-fractured wells significantly outperformed expected results. In the third quarter of 2014, Marathon Oil completed 13 re-fractured wells, all with very positive results. So I kept the search on for other management teams that have the know-how to deploy re-fracks. I called Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD), one of the true pioneers in the early days of the Eagle Ford shale in Texas. PXD is seeing major success using re-fracking the Eagle Ford. I didn’t stop there. I have the whole list of who’s re-fracking and who isn’t. But that information is for my paying subscribers. That said, I’d be remiss if I left out my fellow Canadians and failed to mention that the Canadian companies such as Crescent Point Energy (CPG.TO) are not too far behind this new re-fracking trend. CPG will begin re-fracturing its Alberta Bakken wells in 2015. Who will really benefit from the re-fracking boom? I think I nailed this one… and it will be the basis of my March Casey Energy Report newsletter. I spoke to one of the world’s leading minds in well re-fracking recently, to pick his mind on where the industry is currently and where it will be going in a few years. His insights and experience are incredible. This executive was one of the final candidates to be the president of one of the world’s largest service companies; and after not getting the nod, he left the company (into which he’d put over 30 years of service) and formed a multibillion-dollar fund which is now capitalizing on the new enhanced oil recoveries. I also plan on making money for my Casey Energy Report subscribers with it. The reason for the recent emphasis on efficiency is due to the adversity facing oil and gas producers, with lower oil prices and a business model built upon levered growth. Many companies have over-accumulated debt to fund growth projects, and as oil prices fall, they must look to efficiencies to keep growth alive or keep existing production stable. Shale wells face production decline rates ranging from 50%-85% in some wells of the three main formations. Therefore, US shale producers have to keep drilling just to maintain production and continuously pay out large interest payments to their debt holders. These interest payments are burdensome on the profitability of producers, but if they even slow production, their interest payments would be at risk at $50 oil. Looking at the large and small producers in the three main basins in the US, we can see how much these interest payments can cost a company as a percentage of operating profit. If highly levered US producers were to cut production, their interest costs could rise to greater than 50% of their operating profit and would put the company at risk of default. If that happens, debt is likely to dry up, and lenders would tighten lending restrictions on these companies. US companies are using down spacing, pad drilling, and re-fracturing as a way to stabilize and grow production while cutting costs in order to avoid accumulating additional debt or seeking additional credit facilities to fund their production. The United States is a place that fosters innovation. With companies like Google, Apple, and Tesla, it’s easy to overlook innovation in the oil and gas industry. As oil and gas producers face the adversity of low oil prices and high leverage, they rely on the main characteristic that birthed the shale revolution: innovation. The Saudis may be dictating the price of oil currently to fight for international market share, but oil production from shale formations will not be destroyed, as OPEC hopes it will. The US oil producers will continue to pump record amounts of crude, not because they want to, but because they have to—and having to do something spurs the type of innovation we’re seeing in the oil and gas industry today. The future of fracking is re-fracking, and we’re on the cusp of what will be the next phase of the US Shale Revolution. How Do You Make Money from the Re-fracking Revolution? The current energy markets are volatile, but a speculator must use volatility to his own advantage to build positions in companies that have suffered as a result of the current market correction. I follow a very disciplined approach and use very advanced mathematics and technical knowledge to position myself in the best energy companies. If you’re looking for in-depth research, experience, and exposure to my vast network in the resource sector, then you may want to pay attention to what I’m doing. If you believe that to be successful in the resource sector one must be a contrarian to be rich—as I do—now is the time to become engaged. Come see what I’m doing with my own money. You’ll get access to every Casey Energy Report newsletter I’ve written in the last decade, as well as my next two monthly reports, which will not only cover the potential of re-fracking, but will reveal which companies will be best situated to make their shareholders money in the current depressed energy market. It’s all available right here. I can’t make the trade for you, but I can help you help yourself. I’m making big bets—are you ready to step up and join me? This will be one of the most important missives I will ever write. The future of fracking is re-fracking. This cutting-edge technology is new, and I’ll walk you through everything you need to know about the next game-changing technology in the shale revolution. Some will call it Fracking 2.0., but I call it Re-Fracking. Adversity is understating the potential headwinds heavily indebted oil and gas companies face as 2015 begins, oil prices stay suppressed, and hedges on their production eventually wind down. Adversity always results in innovation in the top oil and gas producers, operators, and servicers in the industry in every downturn. Where We Were, Where We Are, and Where We’re Going In 1956 Marion King Hubbert, a geoscientist from Shell, predicted peak oil production would be reached between 1965 and 1970. He became famous when his prediction became reality in 1970. But everything changed when the innovations in horizontal drilling and fracturing allowed companies to recover oil and natural gas from new and deeper formations such as the Bakken, Eagle Ford, and Permian Basin at the dawn of the 21st century. Hydraulic fracturing has experienced many innovations, such as increased lengths both vertically and laterally as well as new completion designs which have increased fracture stages along the well and perforations (number of fractures) between each cluster stage, to name a few.center_img I prefer to spell the shorthand for hydraulic fracturing as “fracing,” because it’s an adaptation of the word “fracturing,” which is what happens to the formation of rock. But mainstream media, Microsoft Office Word 2013, and most important, my proofreaders disagree. The latter tell me it should actually follow some rule involving a part of speech called a “gerund” and get the “k” added. It’s a battle I don’t care to fight (I care about making money, not academic nonsense), so fracking will be the spelling in Casey publications moving forward. Whether you read the word fracking, fraccing, or fracing, they all refer to hydraulic fracturing.last_img read more


first_imgIn the past few years, consumer advocacy groups have pressed restaurant chains to offer healthier kids’ meals and more nutritious side options like milk and fruit, and the restaurants have responded.In 2013, McDonald’s pledged to remove all mentions and images of soda from Happy Meal menu boards, and shortly thereafter, other fast-food restaurants began to devise policies to introduce nutritious drink and side options beyond fries and dessert. McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and Subway — the four biggest fast-food chains — replaced soda on kids’ meal menus with low-fat milk, water and 100 percent juice, and McDonald’s and Subway promised to make fruit and vegetable sides available.So have the voluntary pledges to make fast food healthier meant parents are purchasing more of the healthier food for their kids at the restaurants?Not really, says a study released Thursday by the University of Connecticut’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. And that may not be a good sign for children’s health.The study documented about 800 parents’ purchases for their children at McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and Subway through online surveys conducted in 2010, 2013 and 2016.Between 2010 and 2016, the percentage of parents who purchased kids’ meals and received healthier drinks remained about the same at 59-60 percent. And from 2013 to 2016, the percentage of parents who purchased kids’ meals with healthier sides actually declined from 67 percent in 2013 to 50 percent in 2016.Also, parents report buying fast food for their children more often. In fact, 91 percent of parents surveyed in 2016 said they had purchased a meal for their child at the four largest fast-food chains in the past week, compared with 79 percent in 2010.”It appears that restaurants’ voluntary policies as currently implemented are unlikely to substantially reduce children’s fast-food consumption overall, or increase their consumption of healthy items,” the study says.The report doesn’t really surprise researchers. Past studies conducted by Rudd have shown that fast-food restaurants are following their own voluntary pledges inconsistently.For example, at one McDonald’s location, the cashier may automatically include soda with a kids’ meal, at another location you might need to ask, and the same goes for french fries, the study found. While all chains removed the items listed in their pledges from their online menus, many still listed soda on kids’ meal menus in the brick-and-mortar restaurants.Still, the “health halo” of the healthy offering policies seems to resonate with parents. Nearly all parents surveyed in the latest Rudd study said they would purchase food for their children at that restaurant more frequently because of the healthy offerings. But Harris says while they may have health in mind when entering the restaurant, this doesn’t always lead to healthy choices.”The marketing of the healthy options available is getting people in the door, but it’s unlikely they’ll take the effort to ask if [the restaurant has] something healthier,” says the study’s lead author, Dr. Jennifer L. Harris, the director of marketing initiatives at the Rudd Center.Instead, Harris says, the best option for public health would be to automatically include the healthy options with the kids’ meals. “If fast-food restaurants start automatically giving patients healthy choices, that would be encouraging,” she says.Hillary Caron, a senior policy associate at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, says that the Rudd Center’s study is particularly interesting because it demonstrates the power of defaults in consumer decision-making. That is, if the meal comes with fries unless you ask for apple slices instead, you’re likely to get fries.Some government officials have already taken this message to heart. Just last week, California became to first state to pass a healthy-kids’-meal policy when Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that prohibits soda and other sugary drinks from being the designated beverages that come with kids’ meals. Similar bills have passed in cities like Louisville, Ky., and Baltimore and have been proposed in New York City and D.C.Harris says that the findings of the latest Rudd study indicate a need for such public policies. Voluntary and mandatory policies could work hand in hand, though, according to Caron.”Both approaches reinforce each other,” Caron writes in an email to NPR. Voluntary commitments from restaurants, she says, help make the case for state and local policies because they show that the changes are achievable. But state and local policies ensure that the principles apply to all restaurants, not just chains that propose voluntary health policies.Still, Harris wants people to remember that even if the fast food offered at restaurants is billed as healthy, most fast-food meals still consist of chicken nuggets, burgers and fries.”It’s important to communicate that fast-food meals are not healthy options,” Harris says. “Replacing soda with milk or water doesn’t make the meal healthy,” she adds. “It’s a small step, but in the right direction.”Rachel D. Cohen is an intern on NPR’s Science Desk. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more