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Tiered Work Permit Fees Could Be Implemented

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first_imgThe Ministry of Labour and Social Security is currently exploring the possibility of implementing a tiered work permit fee structure, in a bid to streamline the issuance process. Making the disclosure during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House on June 4, Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, said the proposed structure, along with a pre-approved point system, will help to make the issuance of work permits more efficient in various sectors, such as agriculture and telecommunications. [RELATED: Flexible Work Arrangements Will be a Reality – Minister Kellier] “This is being done in an effort to encourage local entrepreneurship and productive investments,” the Minister told the House. He further emphasised that these measures are being implemented to protect the Jamaican worker and to “prevent unscrupulous persons from compromising our work permit system.” Mr. Kellier noted that the process of issuing work permits is guided by an Inter- Ministerial Committee, which meets on a bi-weekly basis to review and make recommendations for approval. “This group provides invaluable expertise to the process of granting a work permit. The committee also conducts research into the needs of the market and assists in carrying out investigations to minimise the reported incidence of human trafficking,” he said. Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwardslast_img read more

February 20 2012One of the announcements in our r

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first_imgFebruary 20, 2012One of the announcements in our report from Friday, Feb. 17. 2012 talked about an interview with Paolo Soleri by Prof. Constance Devereaux, Program Coordinator NAU Arts and Cultural Management. Prof. Constance Devereaux visited Arcosanti with a group of students from the NAU ACM 410 class to use Arcosanti as a case study for examining leadership transition and strategic planning, as these are two significant issues with which an arts and cultural manager should have experience.[photo: Chihiro Saito & text: Jeff Stein, Sue]The opportunity to observe and study these two areas in an internationally-known organization which itself is working on these areas would provide an incredible experiential learning opportunity. 3 to 4 visits are planned during the semester.[photo: Chihiro Saito & text: Jeff Stein]Students would formulate a case-study research question that would ideally be a real issue that Arcosanti is interested in. Students would then conduct the study and produce a written report with recommendations.[photo: Chihiro Saito & text: Jeff Stein]last_img read more

Wentworth New law safeguards due process rights of all Michigan residents

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first_img Categories: Wentworth News Conviction will soon be required before civil asset forfeiture is initiatedState Rep. Jason Wentworth, second from right, joins Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as she signs his civil asset forfeiture reform plan into law. Shown from left are Policy Advisor Aaron Van Langevelde, House Speaker Lee Chatfield, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, Gov. Whitmer, Rep. Wentworth and Chief Legislative Advisor Joe Perry.A civil asset forfeiture reform plan spearheaded by state Rep. Jason Wentworth was signed into law today, strengthening the due process rights of all Michigan residents.Prior to these reforms, Wentworth said law enforcement agencies throughout Michigan could take and keep property from individuals without ever charging them with a crime. The new law will require a criminal conviction before private property is seized from people through the civil asset forfeiture process.“The rights of every single Michigan resident are stronger with this reform,” said Wentworth, R-Clare. “Innocent people will no longer be treated like criminals when it comes to civil asset forfeiture, and our law enforcement officers will still have the tools they need to continue doing a great job protecting the public.”The new law continues to allow officers to seize property based on probable cause, but requires a criminal conviction before law enforcement agencies can sell or use the property. This will ensure an individual’s personal property can easily be returned if they are found not guilty.In 2017, Michigan law enforcement agencies reported confiscating $13.1 million in cash and property through civil asset forfeiture. In more than 200 cases, people who were later found not guilty were forced to forfeit their property, never to have it returned. Charges were never even filed in a staggering 736 cases.Wentworth sponsored the bipartisan solution alongside Rep. David LaGrand, D-Grand Rapids, and Sen. Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township.### 09May Wentworth: New law safeguards due process rights of all Michigan residentslast_img read more

Mediaset is still open to a deal with Vivendi that

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first_imgMediaset is still open to a deal with Vivendi that “creates value”, but no proposal is currently on the table, according to Pier Silvio Berlusconi.Speaking to Italian journalists in London, where Mediaset presented its investment strategy up to 2020 this week, Berlusconi said that the Italian media group had “not received any proposal” and added that the aborted April 2016 agreement between the pair that would have seen Vivendi take 100% control of pay TV platform Mediaset Premium had been “the best possible” deal.However, he said, if Vivendi showed willingness to strike a fresh agreement that “creates value and growth for Mediaset” and that “makes industrial sense”, he would be open to that, even if he was skeptical about the prospects of achieving such a deal.Berlusconi said he had met with Vivendi CEO Arnaud du Puyfontaine but that the latter had made only a “vague” reference to a possible deal, in this case involving Telecom Italia.However, the Mediaset chief made it clear that he is not interested in Mediaset taking a stake in Telecom Italia, in which Vivendi is the leading shareholder, as part of an overall deal, something around which there had been speculation earlier this week.He said that in terms of convergence between media and telecoms, it was more common for telcos to acquire media assets than vice versa.Berlusconi said that Mediaset could, on the other hand, be interested in a deal that would involve it supplying premium content to Telecom Italia to enable the latter to package content with broadband subscriptions.Mediaset used its investor presentation on Wednesday to unveil and rethinking of its pay TV strategy with a new focus on making its pay TV channels and content available to other operators and opening up its domestic digital-terrestrial pay TV platform to third-party content players, a strategy for which Telecom Italia would be an ideal candidate.There has been considerable speculation in recent weeks that Vivendi and Mediaset could strike some sort of deal after Vivendi took control of close to 30% of the Italian broadcaster’s shares in a series of unsolicited moves.Berlusconi told the Italian journalists gathered in London that the addition of Vivendi representatives to Mediaset’s board – something to which the French media giant now has a right as a major shareholder – was “not a problem” as long as the board continued to work in the interests of Mediaset.last_img read more

Air Links existing TV service Chinabased settop

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first_imgAir Link’s existing TV serviceChina-based set-top box specialist Hybroad and Denmark-based middleware provider Nordija have teamed up to deliver an integrated IPTV and OTT set-top system for telco Air Link to launch an upgraded TV offering for viewers in Trinidad and Tobago next year.The platform integrates the Nordija middleware platform fokusOn on the new 4K HEVC Hybroad box with new features, according to the pair.Air Link operates a digital cable pay TV service, as well as telecom services, on Trinidad and Tobago.“We’re happy to see the joint solution of Nordija middleware on Hybroad STB, providing the operator market a cost-effective and ready-to-go IPTV/OTT STB solution with functions like EPG, linear TV, VOD, catch-up, nPVR and much more, both available on Linux and Android platform,” said Kevin Xia, VP at Hybroad.“It has been a great collaboration and we are excited about the possibilities for the future. Airlink has great potential and Hybroad fits excellent in their future plans,” said Jeroen van Vliet, CCO at Nordija.“We see this partnership with Nordija as playing a critical role in achieving our goal of always evolving to meet the ever-changing demands of the pay TV market,” said Keenan Singh, Airlink.last_img read more

2010Daily TelegraphProsecutors warn over newspaper

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first_img 2010Daily TelegraphProsecutors warn over newspaper speculation about charging Bloody Sunday soldiersPSNI PPS read more

Smartphones camera could help perform nonclinical diagnostic testing in rural areas

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first_imgA smartphone’s camera can distinguish up to 16-million colors. We’re taking advantage of this capability to do the same kind of diagnostic testing that a microplate reader does in a laboratory — except we’re using an everyday phone.”Zhendong Cao, who recently graduated with a master’s degree in applied sciences Related StoriesOlympus launches next-generation X Line objectives for clinical, research applicationsScientists develop universal FACS-based approach to heterogenous cell sorting, propelling organoid researchAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyTypically, researchers perform diagnostic tests in a laboratory that is equipped with a microplate reader. Microplate readers can cost thousands of dollars and weigh more than 50 pounds. Cao’s device is part of a system that, when completed, will allow researchers to carry out those same laboratory tests anywhere in the world.To develop his technology, Cao modified the software inside a smartphone’s camera to analyze the amount of colored pixels and UV light in a photo of a biological sample.The colors in the photo’s pixels correspond to a known “signature” produced by a substance — for example, estrogen — that the researcher or health-care provider is investigating. The way light is absorbed or emitted can indicate a sample’s concentration, such as how much estrogen is present in saliva. In addition to estrogen, the researcher or clinician could test other indicators of women’s reproductive health and stress levels, which could affect her ability to get pregnant.To improve the accuracy and efficiency of the tests, Cao also created a light-blocking container the size of a cookie tin that houses multiple samples for testing. The container shields against interference from ambient light and helps the smartphone capture a more precise image. Altogether, Cao demonstrated that the result of the smartphone’s tests were comparable to the original microplate reader technology.Cao’s innovation could enable high-quality lab testing to become hand-held, supporting faster research in the short term, or perhaps one day, more rapid access to reproductive health information and diagnoses in rural areas.Though Cao’s innovation is not yet commercialized, the team hopes to test it for Nepomnaschy’s field studies in rural areas in the future. Source:Simon Fraser University Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 27 2019A Simon Fraser University researcher is hoping to help women in rural areas access information about their reproductive health using a common tool in their pockets: a smartphone.Zhendong Cao has developed a unique way to take advantage of a smartphone’s camera so that it could eventually help perform non-clinical diagnostic testing, with initial applications that can help women with family planning and reproductive health monitoring.Cao’s thesis project was co-supervised by engineering science professor Ash Parameswaran and health sciences professor Pablo Nepomnaschy. The research addresses a key challenge for Nepomnaschy’s field studies in Guatemala.last_img read more

Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty to add 3 more properties in KeralaGrand Hyatt

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first_img COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty (GHB), which has completed one year of operations, is adding three more properties in the hospitality sector in Kerala at an investment of around Rs 1,000 crore.The new properties under the brand Hyatt Regency, would come up in suburban Malayattur on the banks of the River Periyar, Thrissur and Thiruvananthapuram within one year.“Of late, tourist arrivals to Kerala, especially from West Asia, Europe, the UK and US have started picking up. We are looking at a 7-8 per cent growth this year, with improved air connectivity and a better business environment”, said Shrikant Wakharkar, General Manager, GHB.Key segments such as MICE, leisure and corporate travel to Kochi are on the rise, thanks to the proactive steps taken by Kerala Tourism in promoting the state. Despite adverse conditions such as the floods and Nipah Virus issues last year, GHB managed to record 40 per cent room occupancy, which is a healthy sign as per international standards.“We expect more dynamic changes in the hospitality industry in Kerala, especially with seamless air connectivity offered by four airports. The commencement of direct flights from Tel Aviv to Kochi by Arkia is expected to increase tourist arrivals”, he told BusinessLine.On the beefing up of security in the aftermath of terrorist strikes in Sri Lankan hotels, he said: “We don’t have to wait for Sri Lanka to happen, to tighten our security. Security is our priority and our staff, who have worked in other Hyatt properties, have the exposure to handle any emergency situation.”Asked whether Kerala as a tourist destination could cash in on the business opportunity in the wake of terror-related issues in the island nation, Wakharkar said: “We may be one of the destinations. But it would be spread across other tourist destinations such as Goa, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai and even Bangkok”.He suggested a uniform tax structure, as the current GST rates are on the higher side. Besides, room rates, especially in the major metros vis-a-vis Asian countries, are on the lower side. A hike in room rates would improve the profitability of the hospitality sector, he added. tourism and leisure hotel and hospitality SHARE Kerala May 05, 2019 Published on Kochi COMMENTSlast_img read more

Vietnam goes from trade war winner to Trump target

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first_img Related News HANOI: Americans are buying solar panels from Vietnam like never before, but local manufacturer IREX Energy JSC isn’t celebrating.After U.S. President Donald Trump slapped higher tariffs on China, production in neighbouring Vietnam went into overdrive. Chinese manufacturers, who face a 55% U.S. tariff on their goods, relocated some production to Vietnam, while local businesses saw a jump in orders. In June alone, U.S. imports of solar cells from Vietnam surged 656% from a year ago.That trade boom in everything from Ikea furniture to Nike Inc. shoes is now prompting more scrutiny from the US and making businesses like IREX concerned.”We are worried that the US may raise tariffs on our solar panels,” Pham Thi Thu Trang, the company’s chief operating officer, said from Ho Chi Minh City. “Though the U.S market is huge, it is a complicated market when it comes to its politics.”Communist Party-led Vietnam has steadily opened up to foreign investors over the years to become a manufacturing hub in the region, with household names like Samsung Electronics Co., Intel Corp. and Nestle SA setting up factories there. It’s that trade openness, as well as its low-cost labor and proximity to China, that’s helped Vietnam successfully navigate growing global protectionism as companies seek out refuges from the trade war.It’s very quickly climbed the ranks to become a significant U.S. trade partner. Vietnam’s annual trade surplus with the U.S. has exceeded $20 billion since 2014 and reached $40 billion last year, the highest in records going back to 1990, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. For the first five months of the year, the surplus is already 43% higher than a year ago at $21.6 billion.The Trump administration is now pressuring the nation of 97 million people to slash its trade surplus, threatening one of the world’s fastest-growing economies.Trouble began in May, when the U.S. Treasury added Vietnam to a watchlist of countries being monitored for possible currency manipulation. Then, in response to U.S. pressure, Vietnam announced a crackdown on Chinese exporters rerouting products through the Southeast Asian nation with fake Made-in-Vietnam labels to bypass Trump’s tariffs.Trump described Vietnam last month as “almost the single-worst abuser of everybody” when asked if he wanted to impose tariffs on the nation. And just last week, the U.S. slapped duties of more than 400% on steel imports from Vietnam which originated in South Korea and Taiwan.Vietnam officials have been left reeling. The government says it’s committed to buying more U.S. goods, from Boeing Co. jets to energy products to help narrow its trade surplus with the world’s largest economy. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc last week told officials to monitor U.S. reactions to the nation’s monetary policy more closely.”They are very nervous and confused. They don’t know what Trump’s next move will be,” said Alexander Vuving, a professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Hawaii.Vietnam has not been adept at responding to charges against its trading practices in Washington, where a cadre of lawyers are needed to quickly engage the government, said Nestor Scherbey, a licensed U.S. customs broker and consultant based in Ho Chi Minh City. “It’s like being charged in court and not showing up.”Cheap LabourCapital Economics Ltd. estimates that if Trump levied a 25% tariff on imports from Vietnam as he did with Chinese goods, Hanoi would see a 25% drop in export revenue, equivalent to more than 1% of the nation’s gross domestic product. That would erase the estimated 0.5 percentage-point gain it has had over the past year as a beneficiary of the trade war.Even before the trade tensions, Vietnam was benefiting from businesses looking for low-cost alternatives to China as wages there grew. That trend will likely continue, which should help to sustain Vietnam’s economic trajectory, according to Adam McCarty, chief economist with Mekong Economics in Hanoi.”It’s not going to stop the underlying economic motivation to move basic factory work from China to Vietnam,” he said. “China is getting too expensive.”Vietnam’s leaders have also long worked to buffer the country from trade shocks by hedging its reliance on any single market, including the U.S., the nation’s largest export destination. Vietnam has inked more than a dozen free trade agreements such as the just-signed deal with the European Union that will eliminate 99% of customs duties, and the revamped Trans-Pacific Partnership, which eventually provides duty-free access to markets such as Canada and Japan for many products.”Vietnam’s foreign policy for decades has been the opposite of what Groucho Marx said: he’d never want to join a club that would have him,” McCarty said. “The Vietnamese approach is to join every trade and investment club they possibly can.” Markets 27 Jun 2019 Trade-war winner Vietnam is now a target for Trump’s tariffs Nation 08 Jul 2019 US not being clear of its priority targets in trade war with China Economy Vietnam goes from trade war winner to Trump target. Tags / Keywords: Related News For manufacturers like IREX, Trump’s recent action means they can’t sit back either.”Our sales department is looking for new markets, so if the U.S. increases Vietnam tariffs it won’t impact IREX’s business much,” said Trang, the company’s COO.- Bloomberg Nation 10 Jul 2019 Malaysia has potential to profit from US-China trade war, says Azmin {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more