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Official UK crime statistics show increase in fraud cases and computer misuse offences

Official UK crime statistics show increase in fraud cases and computer misuse offences

Thursday 19 January 2017 9:59 am Official UK crime statistics show increase in fraud cases and computer misuse offences Caitlin Morrison whatsapp whatsapp Fraud was the most commonly experienced offence in England and Wales last year, according to new data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), with stats showing UK card fraud went up by almost 40 per cent.In its Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW), published today, the ONS revealed there were an estimated 6.2m incidents of crime in the year ending September 2016, which the ONS said was not significantly different from last year.First time However, this was the first CSEW that included a full year’s data on fraud and computer misuse offences (such as the 2015 TalkTalk data breach), and including these offences “yields a new headline estimate of 11.8m incidents of crime covered by the survey”, the ONS said – there were an estimated 3.6m fraud and 2m computer misuses offences in the 12 months ended September 2016.According to the ONS, trend data on frauds referred to the police showed an annual rise of three per cent, while “other industry data on financial fraud, the vast bulk of which is unreported to the police, showed there were 1.9m cases of frauds on UK-issued cards”, representing an increase of 39 per cent from the previous year. In August last year, research from software analytics firm Fico showed card fraud in the UK had increased 18 per cent year-on-year.The CSEW estimates showed no statistically significant change in levels of violence compared with the previous survey. The police recorded an annual rise of 22 per cent in violence against the person offences, but the ONS said the volume increases were “largely driven by changes in recording processes and the inclusion of additional harassment offences within the series”.Crime has changed“In its 35 year history the Crime Survey has charted changing trends in crimes experienced by the population. In the past burglary and theft of vehicles were the high volume crimes driving trends but their numbers have fallen substantially since then,” said John Flatley, who works on crime statistics and analysis at the ONS.”When the CSEW started, fraud was not considered a significant threat and the internet had yet to be invented. Today’s figures demonstrate how crime has changed, with fraud now the most commonly experienced offence. However, it should be emphasised that the new headline figures, including fraud and computer misuse, are not comparable with those from earlier years.” Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRelated ArticlesSHOCKING: 10 Factors Increasing Prostate Cancer RiskCoolest Home Gadgets You Need To SeeTop 10 Date Night In Movies & Films Of All Timeby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutWarped SpeedCan You Name More State Capitals Than A 5th Grader? Find Out Now!Warped SpeedUnify Health LabsRandy Jackson: This 3 Minute Routine Transformed My HealthUnify Health LabsPost FunCops Called To Investigate Smell From Abandoned House Didn’t Expect To Find ThisPost FunPensAndPatronTori Roloff Confirms Devastating News About The FamilyPensAndPatronMaternity WeekAfter Céline Dion’s Major Weight Loss, She Confirms What We Suspected All AlongMaternity WeekZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen Herald More From Our Partners Biden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org read more

News / Shipper customers kick back at 2M Alliance plan to put their cargo on HMM ships

News / Shipper customers kick back at 2M Alliance plan to put their cargo on HMM ships

first_imgBy Mike Wackett 15/12/2016 News that their cargo may be loaded onto Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) vessels has angered customers of the 2M Alliance.Shippers expressed concern after the announcement of a strategic cooperation agreement to commence in April, with 2M partners Maersk and MSC taking over charter and operation of a number of the South Korean carrier’s ships, with HMM as a slot charterer on Asia-Europe and Asia-US east coast routes.Now, Maersk Line and MSC have been obliged to give assurances to customers that cargo will only be loaded onto HMM Asia-US west coast ships if they agree.Maersk and MSC were forced to give the undertaking after major shippers expressed their fears that supply chains could be disrupted again by action from disgruntled HMM creditors.An advisory to customers said: ….”2M cargo will only be loaded onto HMM vessels with customers’ express agreement – and only on the HMM-operated service that is part of the Asia to US west coast slot swap agreement.”Under the 2M + H Strategic Cooperation agreement, HMM will continue to operate its own Asia-US west coast services, which according to Alphaliner currently consists of four ships that are operated within the G6 alliance, and five vessels that are operated independently by HMM on its HNS (Hyundai New Start) loop that it launched in September after the collapse of compatriot Hanjin.The 2M will take slots on HMM’s Asia-US west coast loops which, after it exits from the G6 alliance next April, is expected to be maintained on a standalone basis.In the wake of Hanjin’s entry into administration, shippers fear another bankruptcy, which prompted THE Alliance to build a funding mechanism into its vessel sharing agreement that would allow the remaining parties to take actions to facilitate the movement of cargo carried by the failed container line partner.Commissioner William Doyle, of the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), welcomed the move. he said: “I appreciate the initiative undertaken by THE Alliance carriers to place emphasis on how it can help a carrier member’s shippers and other customers in the event a carrier member becomes bankrupt.”Commissioner Doyle’s comments came as THE Alliance VSA agreement filed with the FMC on 10 November was finally given the green light. Approval had stalled over the FMC’s “serious concerns” about the language within the agreement relating to the alliance’s procurement of services from suppliers such as, tug operators, bunker fuel suppliers, container equipment lessors and stevedoring services.Concerns had also been raised by industry groups as well as the Department of Justice Antitrust Division.After receiving substitute framework language – which is on a par with the 2M and Ocean alliance agreements – that permits the discussion of operational matters but prohibits THE Alliance from using collective bargaining power to procure services, the concerns have been satisfied.Nevertheless, the VSA agreement does allow THE Alliance to jointly negotiate with terminal operators which agree to such an arrangement.Commissioner Doyle said: “Looking forward, some ports and MTOs [marine terminal operators] may wish to file their own agreements with the commission permitting them to jointly negotiate as a group with the ocean carrier alliances.”last_img read more

First responders rescue ducklings trapped in sewer pipe

First responders rescue ducklings trapped in sewer pipe

first_imgRELATEDTOPICS WATCH: Fort Myers lotto looter on the run with stacks of scratchers June 16, 2021 AdvertisementTags: Animal rescueducklingsfmpdsouth trail fire 7 children, 4 adults rushed to the hospital after Fort Myers crash June 1, 2021 Advertisement FMPD surrounds home after shooting June 12, 2021 Fort Myers police develop de-escalation skills with virtual reality technology May 28, 2021 FORT MYERS, Fla. – A mother duck stopped traffic on Boy Scout Drive after her babies got caught in a sewer pipe. The mother duck was panicking, crossing the roadway several times trying to find her babies. South Trail firefighters and a Fort Myers police officer counted 12 ducklings in an underground sewer pipe. The fire crew opened the sewer grate and a firefighter managed to persuade the ducklings to swim toward him before placing them in a basket. With the help of the FMPD officer, the fire crew reunited the worried mother duck with her babies at a nearby canal. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentsDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 commentslast_img read more

Manager Insight: Patience pays off in Manulife balancing act

Manager Insight: Patience pays off in Manulife balancing act

first_img NEO, Invesco launch four index PTFs Related news Risk management is a top priority for Alan Wicks, portfolio manager of the award-winning Manulife Monthly High Income Fund. And he’s not content to measure his fund’s performance against market indexes or its peer group, the Canadian Neutral Balanced category. “When we’re talking about risk,” says Wicks, “it’s not relative to a benchmark. We’re trying to generate positive absolute returns.” Wicks, senior managing director and head of the value-equity team at Toronto-based Manulife Asset Management Ltd., has been managing the portfolio since 1997. Currently closed to new purchases, the fund was the winner in the Canadian Balanced category of the Morningstar Awards in 2015. Contributing to the five-star-rated fund’s success is the flexibility that Wicks and his teammates have to make shifts in the asset mix between equities, fixed income and cash. With the risk-reward relationship becoming more favourable for equities after the 2008-2009 financial crisis, the team raised its equity exposure. The equity weighting reached a peak of 66% in December 2013, up from a low of about 50% before the financial crisis. At last report, the fund held about 60% in equities and 24% in fixed income, with the remainder in cash. Viewed as a risk-management tool, cash has been in the range of 15% to 20% of fund assets over the last number of years. In the last year or two, says Wicks, it has become harder and harder to find great opportunities in the financial markets. “Interest rates are exceptionally low and valuations in quality companies are somewhat high.” Wicks plans to take advantage of any stock-market downturns. “We’ll be out there with the rifle approach, picking out those high-quality names that have come back down into our range, adding back to them again,” he says. “We don’t mind holding cash until we can get a good risk-reward in either (long-term) asset class.” In selecting stocks, diversification by the type of business is one of the team’s risk-management criteria. For example, says Wicks, energy is a very homogenous sector. “If energy prices are going down, then the entire sector is going to go down. And the telcos, the financials, utilities and materials are all also fairly homogenous in their risk.” By contrast, Wicks adds, consumer discretionary, consumer staples, industrials, health care and technology are all sectors where the managers can invest in very good businesses that are doing very different things. An example is the fund’s recent top holding, Loblaw Cos. Ltd. (L), which is Canada’s largest food retailer and also owns the Shoppers Drug Mart chain. The value team seeks to invest in businesses with high and stable earnings and cash flow, and whose shares are trading at a reasonable price. In addition to financial metrics, the team also looks at barriers to entry, competitors, the quality of management and corporate governance. Wicks and his colleagues meet with more than 500 companies a year. Built into the investment discipline is a financial model for every holding with a buy-and-sell target price. Quality businesses that have been sold may be added back to the portfolio when valuations are more attractive. For example, in the spring of 2014 the fund’s holding in Telus Corp. (T) was reaching the Manulife team’s sell target price, so the managers started to reduce the position in the telecommunications company. “There was a lot of noise about trying to attract a U.S. (telecom) name into Canada,” says Wicks, “and Telus equity went from $37, where we had been selling, down to $30 during the summer period. So we modelled that in to calculate the new price of Telus and we were in the market buying that security again.” Today the stock price is getting close to their sell target again. Though Manulife Monthly High Income is a primarily domestic mandate, foreign diversification plays a significant role. About 21% of the fund’s assets are in U.S. equities, a weighting that Wicks says has been fairly consistent for about six years. He notes that because the U.S. is such a large and diverse market, it offers opportunities beyond what can be found in Canada. Among them is Kraft Heinz Co. (KHC), a consumer packaging and beverage company, one of the fund’s top holdings. “Kraft is one where you have excellent brand awareness,” says Wicks. “The company has gone through a management transition, culling some names that aren’t as profitable, and we think going forward they will be successful.” In the bond portion of the portfolio, the Manulife team doesn’t make unduly risky bets on credit quality. Bond holdings must be investment grade, with no holding having a credit rating lower than BBB. Currently, the holdings are all corporate bonds, yielding just over 3.5%, and the weighted average duration is less than six years. In August 2015, Manulife capped the $9.2-billion fund to all new purchases. Wicks says that once a Canadian balanced fund reaches about $10 billion in assets, it’s not as easy to make shifts in asset classes or trades in individual securities. “A high priority is that we continue to deliver the returns that our clients expect,” he says. The decision to cap the fund will be reviewed at least annually. Franklin Templeton renames funds with new managers Facebook LinkedIn Twittercenter_img Keywords Fund managersCompanies Manulife Asset Management Change to Counsel Global Small Cap Fund Diana Cawfield Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

Yarra Riverkeeper Association cleans up at Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2020

Yarra Riverkeeper Association cleans up at Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2020

first_imgYarra Riverkeeper Association cleans up at Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2020 Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) congratulates the Yarra Riverkeeper Association for winning the Environmental Protection category at the Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2020.The Yarra Riverkeeper Association partnered with Clearwater Group to negate the significant effects of litter and polystyrene pollution on the health of the Yarra River, by undertaking four large-scale Yarra Blitz community clean-up events in 2019, which removed 17,500 kg of vacuumed waste and 665 kg of community collected waste.By identifying sources of polystyrene and litter pollution, mapping the hotspots and facilitating Yarra Blitz clean-up days, the initiative engaged and educated the public and developed recommendations to prevent future pollution.EPA is the proud sponsor of this year’s Environmental Protection category which celebrates leadership and excellence in protection and prevention of harm to the environment. EPA Acting CEO Tim Eaton commends the diversity and calibre of finalist initiatives, in both their accomplishments and ability to inspire positive environmental behaviour in others.“We are so proud to be a part of the Awards and especially the Environmental Protection category, where the passion and determination by members of our community looking to enact positive environmental change is so greatly evident,” Mr Eaton said.“This year’s winner and finalists reflect the multidisciplinary nature of the category; through positive collaboration, strategic forethought and consideration for lasting positive impact.”“We extend our congratulations to all entrants and winners in the Awards.”To watch the ceremony, or to view the profiles of all finalists and winners, visit sustainabilityawards.vic.gov.auAbout the Premier’s Sustainability Awards:The Premier’s Sustainability Awards recognise and celebrate Victorians who are leading the way to a sustainable future. The Awards reflect the action that is happening across industry, business and community from regional to metropolitan Victoria. Sustainability Victoria, the Victorian Government and the Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews are proud to have this opportunity to recognise and reward Victorians who are leading the way in sustainable innovation and practices across all sectors within Victoria. Judging is conducted independently of Government and Sustainability Victoria to ensure a fair and unbiased process and outcome. The judging panel comprises a broad range of environmental experts who are selected for their sustainability and industry expertise.Past winners of the Environmental Protection category at the Premier’s Sustainability Awards:2019 Greening the West – 1 Million Trees ProjectGreening the West is a collaboration that aims to deliver positive health, social and liveability outcomes in Melbourne’s west by a planting one million trees.2018 Zoos Victoria, Phillip Island Nature Parks – When Balloons FlyThe campaign known as When Balloons Fly encourages people to use bubbles instead of balloons at outdoor events, reducing plastic pollution and saving marine life.2017 Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park – Orange-bellied Parrot Breeding for RecoveryA 20-aviary complex for up to 40 breeding birds and 100 offspring opens – results from the first season from 12 pairs was 25 offspring, helping to save this endangered species of birds from extinction.2016 Geelong Cemeteries Trust – Moonah Memorial Walk at Queenscliff CemeteryThe Geelong Cemeteries Trust develops the Moonah Memorial Walk, a carefully planned nature reserve offering unique burial and cremation memorials within a protected coastal woodland.2015 Robert Bosch Australia – Reclamation of Copper from Prescribed Industrial WastewaterRobert Bosch Australia is part of a global group which researches, develops and markets a range of technology products and services. The reclamation of copper project is an in-house treatment process which enables Bosch in Victoria to reclaim dissolved copper from manufacturing wastewater – the copper is then recycled, and the treated wastewater used onsite. The project aims to eliminate 40 tonnes of manufacturing waste going to hazardous waste landfill and reclaim 1.2 tonnes of high grade solid copper per annum from the wastewater.2014 Barwon Water, Plenary Environment and Water Infrastructure Group – The Barwon Water Biosolids Management ProjectThe Barwon Water Biosolids Management Project provides a sustainable, long-term management solution for the beneficial use of 100 per cent of the biosolids produced at Barwon Water’s seven water reclamation plants.2013 Restoring the balanceThe Mallee Catchment Management Authority Hattah Lakes environmental watering program /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Andrews, Australia, conservation, environment, environmental change, EPA, extinction, Geelong, Government, Hattah, infrastructure, liveability, Melbourne, Queenscliff, sustainability, Sustainability Victoria, sustainable, Victorialast_img read more

CU Undergraduate Projects Range From Addiction Genetics To Film Studies

CU Undergraduate Projects Range From Addiction Genetics To Film Studies

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Hundreds of University of Colorado at Boulder undergraduates are pursuing research and creative projects with faculty in 2005, ranging from studies on the genetics of addiction to producing an educational video on child trafficking in Nepal. As part of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, or UROP, junior Priyanka Thummalapally is working with Assistant Professor Marissa Ehringer of the Institute for Behavioral Genetics on a study testing the effects of running on a strain of mice that prefers to drink alcohol more than water. The mice under study have running wheels in their cages and access to both alcohol and water, Thummalapally said. The researchers have found that when the mice are allowed unlimited use of the running wheel, they tend to drink less alcohol than they normally do, suggesting human alcoholics may benefit in their recoveries by including exercise as a part of their treatment, she said. Thummalapally, who works about eight to 10 hours a week in the lab, will earn a UROP stipend of $2,000 during the 2005-06 school year for her research efforts with Ehringer. “I want to go to medical school, and doing research in a laboratory situation like this helps prepare me,” she said. “UROP is helping me to achieve my goals.” According to Ehringer, UROP does not just benefit students. “For a faculty member early in her career like me who does not yet have a lot of extramural funding, having motivated undergraduates working with me on research is beneficial,” she said. “They learn how the process of science works, and it’s helpful to my research.” Larry Boehm, assistant director of CU-Boulder’s Special Undergraduate Enrichment Programs, said the UROP program has provided more than $5 million to almost 6,000 students since it began in 1986. Standard grants to qualifying undergraduates are for up to $1,200 a semester and the work may be related to the research of a faculty member or designed by students, he said. Senior Ken Amarit is working with Film Studies Program Assistant Professor Kathleen Man, who recently produced a 50-minute feature documentary film on child trafficking in Nepal titled “Sita, a Girl from Jambu.” Based on the true story of a Nepalese girl who is kidnapped and sold into a brothel, the film is expected to debut in the coming months at one or more film festivals in North America, Europe or Asia. “The film is very compelling, which is why I’m glad to be involved in this project,” said Amarit, who is helping to produce an educational video about the global sex trade. He and three other UROP students in film studies also are creating a Web site and DVD for the project that will feature the video as well as information and photos about children who have been forced into slavery in India and elsewhere in the world. “This is a great opportunity for me,” said Amarit, an aspiring film producer who directed “The Blackout Adventure,” which tied for top honors in the Shoot Out Boulder filmmaking competition held in October. “This project has been a lot of hard work, but child trafficking is an important issue and we want to raise awareness. And this experience will definitely help me down the road when I have my own career.” Man said the UROP students have shown a lot of creativity and initiative on the project. “The students have been great, and in the end I think all of us will have produced something we are proud of. I love the whole process and the student involvement,” she said. “Although the stipends are important, we feel that the greatest benefit of UROP is the hands-on experience students acquire,” said Boehm. “The professional-level work that these undergraduates are doing with faculty enables them to distinguish themselves when applying to graduate programs or for jobs.” Other UROP projects undertaken by students in 2005 include the construction of a hybrid-fuel rocket, studies on how some stream pollutants “feminize” newborn fish, measurements of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere and a seminar on writing literature for minority children, Boehm said. Published: Nov. 16, 2005 last_img read more

Jaslok Hospital launched the HHH Clinic to tackle Hepatitis and HIV

Jaslok Hospital launched the HHH Clinic to tackle Hepatitis and HIV

first_img The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Read Article Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai came up with a HHH clinic for the patients suffering from Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C viruses along with HIV. The HHH clinic is named after three deadly ailments, ‘Hepatitis B virus, Hepatitis C virus & HIV’. The inauguration was conducted by Dr Tarang Gianchandani CEO, Jaslok Hosptial and Research Centre on the occasion of World International Hepatitis Day. Dr Jayshri Shah, Consultant Hepatologist along with Dr Om Shrivastav, Director of Infectious Diseases, will be heading the department.While expressing her happiness, Dr Tarang, CEO, Jaslok Hospital & Research Centre said, the team of Doctors at Jaslok Hospital are the reason towards this big step of the launch of HHH clinic. Dr Jayshri Shah and Dr Om Shrivastav are one of the finest doctors of Jaslok hospital & Research Centre.Jaslok is one of the oldest multi-speciality hospital in the country. We strive every single day to live up to one singular goal of ‘Lifetime of Care’, May together we are able to spread awareness on rising illness in India.”Dr Jayshri Shah “The meaning of HHH clinic stands for three virus i.e Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV. A lot of people know about HIV, but there’s a very little awareness on Hepatitis. The purpose of this clinic is to raise awareness on these three conditions. Another similarity about these three conditions are that all are silent infections and can be present in a person without even knowing about it. By the time the person understands the symptoms they are already in the advanced stage. The idea is to provide treatment for these patients under one center, with the suitable infrastructure and specialist which includes the Hepatologist, liver specialist and who will look after Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C and infectious disease expert who will provide the guidance on HIV. ”Dr Om Shrivastav says ”The initiative of HHH clinic is a step towards optimizing care for patients who are suffering hepatitis B, C and HIV. The scenario of HIV is a broad spectrum often requiring patients who have been exposed and require diagnostic tool immediately and patients who are already undergoing treatment that is not working. In both these situations the impact of the clinic is a big step for patients who are either failing treatment or who are newly diagnosed.” By salil sule on August 2, 2017 Share MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care appcenter_img News Jaslok Hospital launched the HHH Clinic to tackle Hepatitis and HIV Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Related Postslast_img read more

Youth ambassadors receive instruments of office

Youth ambassadors receive instruments of office

first_imgYouth ambassadors receive instruments of office CultureFebruary 11, 2011 RelatedYouth ambassadors receive instruments of office FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Twenty-two young persons were presented with instruments of office, to begin their two-year tenure as Youth Ambassadors for Jamaica, on Tuesday February 8. The Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, assisted by the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange, presented the instruments to the Youth Ambassadors, at the ceremony in the Tea Garden at King’s House. They were assigned portfolios, including CARICOM, the Commonwealth, the Diaspora, disabilities, disaster management, education, entertainment, gender, Organization of American States (OAU),  values and attitudes, vulnerable youth, youth and agriculture, youth and business and the United Nations. The Jamaica Youth Ambassador Programme (JaYAP) is a development project of the National Centre for Youth Development, a department of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture. Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry, Senator Warren Newby, said the primary aim of JaYAP is to enable youths to represent their peers on the national and international stage. “This is necessary in order to promote the full participation of young people in decision making at all levels, locally and internationally,” he said. He noted that young people already have a “distinct presence” in sports and entertainment, adding that Youth Ambassadors would take it to other levels and dimensions of nation building and development. Senator Newby said Youth Ambassadors have promoted the cause of children living in state homes, and spoken at empowerment and motivational sessions in schools. Additionally, they have advocated for information and awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Jamaica and have held treats across Jamaica. Youth Ambassadors also sit on various boards, including the Violence Prevention Alliance, Best Communities, UNESCO Advisory Committees on Education, Social and Human Science, Culture, Communication and Information, he stated. “The Youth Ambassadors are expected to be people to whom their peers can look up to, that adult leaders would listen to, and whose achievements everyone can share and be proud of,” Senator Newby said.                                                                  CONTACT: E. HARTMAN RECKORD RelatedYouth ambassadors receive instruments of office RelatedYouth ambassadors receive instruments of office Advertisementslast_img read more

Blue Line reopens as the A Line

Blue Line reopens as the A Line

first_imgHomeBusinessDevelopmentBlue Line reopens as the A Line Oct. 28, 2019 at 6:00 amDevelopmentFeaturedNewsTransportationBlue Line reopens as the A LineBrennon Dixson2 years agoa lineblue lineMetrophillip washingtonNew signage showing where the Expo and A lines meet at Pico station. (Metro) The construction on the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s A Line — formerly known as the Blue Line — will soon come to an end and the line is expected to reopen on Saturday, Nov. 2.The reopening of the A Line was announced last week when Metro officials said they will offer three days of free rides on the newly upgraded light rail line starting Saturday and going through Monday, Nov. 4.The A Line opened in 1990 and is Metro’s oldest rail line, according to a news release from Metro. The line has historically had the highest ridership out of all of Metro’s light rail lines because it connects riders in Long Beach and the greater areas of Los Angeles to places like Santa Monica and Hollywood.In 2019, Metro began the $350-million New Blue Improvements Project to increase the reliability of Metro’s oldest light rail line with four new switches, an upgraded control system and a new overhead power system, officials previously announced. Station upgrades were also performed to include interactive digital information screens, new station identifiers, refreshed paint and new digital artwork.The modernization efforts forced the closure of the southern half of the A Line but work on the southern segment was completed June 1. However, closures began on the northern half of the line, which disrupted Expo Line Service at the 7th St/Metro Center and Pico stations.Nearly three-quarters of a year have passed, but with the work now completed, rail service on the entire 22-mile A Line between downtown Los Angeles and downtown Long Beach will return to full service.“We are excited that Metro’s oldest light rail line will be back in service between Los Angeles and Long Beach and we want to thank our customers for their patience during the modernization work this year,” said Metro Board Chair James Butts in a news release. “The A Line is a lifeline for the many diverse communities between Los Angeles and Long Beach who rely on reliable rail service to help them reach jobs, school, family and other vital destinations in our region.”The A Line is the first rail line to employ Metro’s new naming convention in which its rail and bus rapid transit lines will be designated with letters and colors, according to Metro officials. The new naming convention was approved in 2018 and designed to make the agency’s growing system easier to navigate.“We believe that a greatly improved A Line will better serve existing riders and also attract new customers to the Metro system,” said Metro CEO Phillip Washington. “Even as we work to expand our system, Metro’s State of Good Repair program is devoted to taking care of and improving what we already have and extending the lifespan of our assets. That benefits everyone, (including) our riders and the taxpayers who support our system.”[email protected] :a lineblue lineMetrophillip washingtonshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentCalifornia utility admits it may have ignited fireMandatory evacuations ordered for residents near Getty fireYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours agolast_img read more

Ryan, Sughrue reach U.S. Senior Amateur final

Ryan, Sughrue reach U.S. Senior Amateur final

first_imgST. LOUIS – Dave Ryan and Matthew Sughrue each won two matches Wednesday at Old Warson to reach the U.S. Senior Amateur final. The 62-year-old Ryan, from Taylorsville, Ill., beat Michael Dunsmore of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., 5 and 3 in the quarterfinals and topped Tim Jackson of Germantown, Tenn., 1 up in the semifinals. The 57-year-old Sughrue, from Arlington, Va., edged Doug Hanzel of Savannah, Ga., 1 up in the quarterfinals and rallied to beat Kevin Cahill of Waukesha, Wisc., in 19 holes in the semifinals. Against Jackson, Ryan won the 14th to take a 2-up lead, lost the 15th with a bogey and matched Jackson with a par-birdie-par finish to close out the match. On Tuesday in the round of 16, Ryan had the third known hole-in-one on a par 4 in USGA history. Against Cahill, Sughrue lost 15 and 16 to fall 1 down, won the 18th with a par and won the match on the 19th with another par. Sughrue also rallied against Hanzel, winning 15 and 16 to take the lead and matching Hanzel with pars on the last two holes. Sughrue left the insurance business after 25 years to go to graduate school at Virginia Tech and become a psychotherapist.last_img read more