Public Security Ministry pleased with “incident free”

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first_imgFollowing the successful hosting of two state events – the National Flag Raising Ceremony and the Jubilee Float Parade – organised as part of the 50th Independence anniversary celebrations, the Ministry of Public Security said it is pleased that the events were “generally” incident free.In a statement on Friday, the ministry commended the general public and the Guyana Police Force for their display of good citizenship. It was observed that the Police Force, supported by the Guyana Fire Service and the Health Services, coordinated efforts to ensure the general safety and security of the public.According to the ministry, while citizens were in celebratory mode, “our officers were working beyond the call of duty to deliver first-class operational and security support to the major events over the last two days.These efforts included crowd control, traffic management, protection against possible terror threats and general public safety.”“The Ministry wishes to offer special commendation to the traffic ranks who executed a well put together plan to minimize inconveniences to the traveling public. It is heartening to note that we were able to celebrate our Golden Jubilee almost without incident,” the statement detailed.In addition, the ministry said citizens of Guyana and visitors who attended these mega events conducted themselves in a manner that is praiseworthy. Nevertheless, as there are a few more events remaining on the official Jubilee Calendar of events, the ministry calls upon the general public to continue to demonstrate good citizenship and the security forces to continue to demonstrate resolve and dedication.On another note, the Public Security Ministry extended condolences to the relatives of the late Roxanne Mitchell, who died as a result of a vehicular accident while returning home from the flag raising ceremony. “This loss of life is regretted.The Ministry takes this opportunity to call upon the traveling public to obey the rules of the road and take care and caution when traversing our roadways,” the statement read.last_img read more


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first_img0Shares0000Game of frustration: Michy Batshuayi says he “did not have a good time at Chelsea”. © AFP/File / Patrik STOLLARZBERLIN, Germany, Feb 17 – Michy Batshuayi has opened up about his frustrating time at Chelsea, claiming he “did not have a good time” at the Premier League giants.The 24-year-old has been on fire since joining Borussia Dortmund on loan in January, hitting five goals in just three games. The Belgian striker threatens to add more goals in Sunday’s German league match at Borussia Moenchengladbach, who have lost their last three games without scoring.Batshuayi scored twice on his debut in a 3-2 league win at Cologne, then hit the net again in a 2-0 defeat of Hamburg last weekend.His incredible run continued on Thursday with two more goals in Dortmund’s 3-2 home win against Atalanta in the last 16, first leg, in the Europa League.After months on Chelsea’s bench behind first-choice Alvaro Morata, Batshuayi is relishing his new role leading Dortmund’s attack.“I did not have a good time at Chelsea, but I’m doing well here and I’ve been well received by my colleagues and supporters,” Batshuayi told Belgian network Sporza.“Sitting on the bench, scoring a goal and then being back on the bench is quite difficult to deal with for an attacker.“As a young player, you need a lot of playing time to evolve. It’s perfect here, and I’m trusted by everyone.”Having sold Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal, Dortmund need a goal scorer, but Chelsea did not offer a ‘to buy’ option on Batshuayi’s loan deal.He is unconcerned about his future and just wants to keep scoring for Dortmund to help win a place at the World Cup with Belgium.“I’m not thinking about that (returning to Chelsea),” said Batshuayi.“For me, it’s important to perform well for Borussia Dortmund in every match.“I’ll deal with the situation as it comes.”Dortmund can go second in the table with a win at Gladbach, but will be without Shinji Kagawa.The Japan midfielder has an ankle injury, but Dortmund captain Marcel Schmelzer could return after a calf injury.“We’ll make a decision whether it makes sense for him after the final training session, he doesn’t feel 100 percent fit yet,” said Dortmund coach Peter Stoeger.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


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first_imgDuckenfield, 74, has pleaded not guilty to 95 counts of gross negligence manslaughter following the fatal crush in the Leppings Lane end.The trial is taking place at Preston Crown Court in northwest England. The city is 25 miles (40 kilometres) from Liverpool.There is no manslaughter charge over the death of a 96th casualty, Anthony Bland, as he died almost four years later, and under the law in 1989 his death is now “out of time” to be prosecuted.Duckenfield sat next to co-defendant, former Sheffield Wednesday club secretary Graham Mackrell, who is charged with an offence involving the stadium safety certificate and a health and safety offence. The trial began with the whittling down of 100 potential jurors to the final panel of 12, with candidates asked if they supported any of the clubs involved or knew either of the men on trial.It is unknown how long the trial is expected to last.Families of the Hillsborough victims fought a long campaign for events surrounding the disaster to be re-investigated, and around a dozen family members were in court for the start of proceedings.The Crown Prosecution Service, England’s state prosecutors, announced the decision to press charges in June 2017.“We will allege that David Duckenfield’s failures to discharge his personal responsibility were extraordinarily bad and contributed substantially to the deaths,” the CPS said at the time.Former police officers Donald Denton and Alan Foster, plus retired lawyer Peter Metcalf, will go on trial in September, charged with doing acts intended to pervert the course of justice.The crush was Britain’s worst sports stadium tragedy.The final memorial at Liverpool’s Anfield stadium for the 96 victims was held in 2016, 27 years to the day since the disaster took place.Families of the deceased unanimously agreed the service would be the last public event at Anfield in memory of the supporters who died.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000David Duckenfield arrives at Preston Crown Court on the first day of his trial © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYPreston, United Kingdom, Jan 14 – The police commander at the Hillsborough football stadium disaster appeared in court on Monday for the first day of his trial over the deaths of 95 Liverpool supporters, 30 years on from the tragedy.David Duckenfield was the match-day commander at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough ground on April 15, 1989.last_img read more


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first_img Budget cuts hurt, but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate on hurricane funds Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 23 Mar 2015 – The Chamber of Commerce told Magnetic Media they had not been consulted, nor their members informed of the massive hikes published as coming for Work Permit fees. President EJ Saunders said our report was how he knew of the changes. On Friday the Government’s Gazette revealed a series of changes to the Immigration Ordinance and they include a more than double in cost of work permit fees to take effect April 1st. It was shared in the House of Assembly today that last year, Labour Clearances earned about $200 thousand dollars more than projected and earnings on work permits, surged past its estimate making $4 million dollar above what government had expected. Recommended for you TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Related Items:chamber of commerce, ej saunders, house of assembly, work permit Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6mlast_img read more


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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Sergeant Ensa Wilson of the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Unit said, “It is our duty to safeguard all children living in the Turks and Caicos Islands, we encourage persons to report child abuse by making use of all available resources.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 9, 2016 – The woman arrested in the case of the death of a six year old boy in Bottle Creek, North Caicos will spend life behind bars.  Darlene Saint Louis, 34 years old, was on Thursday December 8, 2016 found guilty of the death of her own son in an investigation dating back to September 2015 where the youngster was found unconscious and unresponsive.  The judge in the case gave a zero tolerance speech against child abuse.  The trial, which started on November 28 exposed that the boy was found with bruises all over his little body.  Police count the close of this trial as a victory in the courtroom in a case which shocked the small communities of North and by extension, all in the Turks and Caicos. Related Items:last_img read more


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first_img Moby To Sell Over 100 Pieces Of Gear From His Private Collection For Charity Moby To Sell Off Some Of His Gear For Charity moby-sell-over-100-pieces-gear-his-private-collection-charity News Email Twitter The dance music icon is selling some of his most beloved gear for a good causeBrian HaackGRAMMYs Apr 24, 2018 – 2:02 pm Starting April 26, GRAMMY-nominated producer/DJ, author and activist Moby plans to open a new Reverb.com shop in order to sell off more than 100 pieces of his classic studio gear, with plans to donate 100 percent of the profits to charity.”This is the equipment I’ve used to make all my records,” Moby explains in the launch video for his official Reverb Shop. “I have so much equipment and almost all of it has profound sentimental value to me, including synthesizers I started using in the ’80s. But rather than keep it all in storage, I want to sell it for a good cause.”The cause Moby has elected to help raise funds for is the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, an organization which plans to “dramatically [change] the way doctors treat chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and cancer,” and “has been working tirelessly for alternatives to the use of animals in medical education and research and advocating for more effective scientific methods,” according to their website.The items Moby plans to sell include the Yamaha SY22 Vector synthesizer he used on his first-ever single release, 1991’s “Go,” as well as the Roland Juno-106 synth used for the bassline of “Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?” from his Best Alternative Music Performance GRAMMY-nominated 1999 LP Play. Also up for grabs are assorted bass and electric guitars Moby has owned and used since the late 1980s, some costume pieces from the music video for “The Perfect Life” that Moby filmed with Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips, as well as  the “crown jewel” of his synth collection: the Roland Jupiter-6 that he used on “almost all of [his] early techno records,” and was once owned by techno pioneer Joey Beltram.”Every penny that’s generated goes to charity,” Moby explains. “I don’t get to keep any of it. I don’t get to keep the equipment, and I don’t get to keep even one cent of the money generated by it.”Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead more Facebook last_img read more


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first_imgUBS employees work in the UBS “fintech lab” at Canary Wharf in London.ReutersWithin the silos of incumbent financial services, so-called fintech companies are good at picking off one thing only and doing it well.This approach is also taken within data science, where a lot of the properly intelligent work is about understanding the domain (problem) and how best to use the information/data for the problem you have. In doing so, a fintech approach – collaboration, open-sourcing code – is helping to gradually change the culture of finance, even in some hitherto heavily guarded domains.Dr Tristan Fletcher, research director, Thought Machine, said: “Without this specialisation and domain knowledge, it’s very hard to rise above the noise. However, the algorithms themselves are often applicable in many areas or problems, and we are probably seeing decreasing specialisation here.”Fintech lends itself particularly to specialisation because there are many well-packaged problems that need to be solved and can be clearly delineated – KYC, AML, credit checking etc. Having a competence in one area does not necessarily imply it in others, so it is harder to justify being a corporate fox vs a hedgehog.”Bonus-driven executives with a big bank or fund might be reluctant to share their secret sauce with people in their own company, never mind other corporates. In contrast, within the majority of small fintech startups, most employees will share (to varying degrees) in the ownership of the company, which will drive collaboration and the sharing of ideas internally. Furthermore, because of the relative balkanisation of a lot of the domains in the fintech ecosystem, there is much more incentive to co-operate than be competitive in the industry.Fletcher said: “I think the main reasons for the disparity between fintech and investment banks and hedge funds is that a lot of the sources of revenue in the latter are closer to a zero-sum game. Profiting from pure speculation, for example, means that someone else must be losing money (assuming the counterparty isn’t doing something more economically useful like actually mitigating risk).”Furthermore, compensation in traditional financial institutions is much more closely linked to one’s actual proximity to (often large) amounts of money. It’s often a food chain with front office staff getting more than middle office, getting more than back office for example.”Incentivisation through cash bonuses, which is gradually going out of fashion, encourages a very short-termist approach. Fintech incentivisation, being a relatively new and entrepreneurial sector, is much more about ownership in the company, which is clearly much longer term.”Value in the fintech world is much more about the execution of an idea, whereas hedge funds, for example, are known to take a cloak and dagger approach to their intellectual property, in order to justify their management fees.”However, some financial institutions and even secretive hedge funds are changing, sharing information and open sourcing some non-core infrastructure. A good example is the US hedge fund AQR, which open-sourced some of its infrastructure around time series storage and helped kickstart the pandas libraries community.”I have heard of more and more private companies open sourcing non-core infrastructure and this makes a lot of sense: it adds credibility from a technology perspective to the organisation, gets lots of developers to critique and improve any code at very low cost and encourages the adoption of any software the company might be pushing out,” said Fletcher.As much as fintech is providing an exciting new lease of life for the financial services industry, there is a super-abundance of hype out there. Terms like data science, AI, machine learning, blockchain and so on have become extremely hyped terms these days. Attaching these words to your LinkedIn profile if you work in software will get your profile more views; framing a project in this way can get funding more easily.”There are a lot of people claiming to be doing artificial intelligence and machine learning purely to get funding or generate publicity. In some cases this is being a little bit disingenuous, using machine learning when something simpler would be fine and in others it’s just bare-faced lying. This obviously doesn’t just apply to start-ups, ” he added.”The danger is that you get disappointments that blemish the entire field: perhaps some unscrupulous people use machine learning in a massively incorrect way and you get a well-publicised failure that tarnishes the reputation of the entire genre.”Fletcher said there are no easily recognisable conditions that prove some entity is genuinely doing this sort of work, but he would generally look to see whether some of the senior staff did at least have some strong academic credentials in AI or statistics.The financial arena is characteristically conservative, and when it comes to using artificial intelligence, non-finacial use cases associated with the likes of Google DeepMind and IBM Watson (which are modelled around potentially replicating human behaviours) garner much more attention and would appear to be far ahead.Fletcher added: “One of the problems with AI/deep learning is interpreterability; it’s hard to work out what the black box is actually doing. And this is dangerous in applications which could impact the tightly-coupled financial markets or indeed people’s bank accounts.”A lot of the machine learning in markets is based around time-series analysis, and it is more typical to use different methods (less related to biological processes) here.”There has been work using genetic algorithms, biologically inspired in a different way, on portfolio construction (for example bond portfolios by a product called Galapagos) and I’m sure many people used Neural Nets in the 80s but a lot of the ML methods used in markets nowadays are very far away from being biologically plausible in any way.”Newsweek and International Business Times are to host an Artificial Intelligence and Data Science in Capital Markets event, taking place on 1 and 2 March 2017 at the Barbican in the City of London.last_img read more


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first_imgRohingya refugees walk on the muddy path after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Teknaf. Reuters file photoRohingyas, now living in Bangladesh, want to see certain positive developments including right to citizenship before returning to their homeland- Myanmar.“A majority of Rohingyas those interviewed indicated that before considering returning to Myanmar they would need to see some positive developments, in particular in relation to citizenship, security, and the possibility for them to enjoy their basic rights,” says the UNHCR on Saturday.Some Rohingyas have also asked for reassurances about UNHCR’s involvement in the process, being familiar with UNHCR’s role and assistance in past efforts to assist refugees to return to Myanmar, according to an ‘operational update’ shared by the UN agency.Some 655,000 people have fled Myanmar to Bangladesh since August 2017.There were more than 2,200 new arrivals between 1 and 26 December last year, a significant decrease in arrival trends compared to November, which saw the arrival of over 12,700 Rohingyas in November.In December, the majority of arrivals (over 1,900) arrived through the Mogpara/Sabrang border point, on the southernmost tip of Bangladesh.UNHCR said it is working with the Bangladesh government and partners to ensure protection and assistance for refugees.UNHCR’s support also aimed at ensuring that local host communities affected by the unprecedented influx are considered and assisted.On 23 November 2017, the governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh signed a bilateral ‘arrangement’ on the return of refugees to Myanmar.A Joint Working Group (JWG) consisting of government representatives from Myanmar and Bangladesh was subsequently formed on 19 December.The JWG is tasked to develop a specific instrument on the physical arrangement for the repatriation of returnees.UNHCR said it continues to offer its technical support to both Governments to establish a voluntary repatriation framework in line with international standards, with a view to ensuring that any returns occur in conditions of voluntariness and safety – and in a sustainable manner.The first meeting of the JWG is planned to take place on Monday in Myanmar capital.The two countries are likely to finalize ‘physical arrangements’ in the JWG meeting to start repatriation of Rohingyas.UNHCR offers to help the governments to ensure international standards are contemplated.Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque will lead the Bangladesh delegation at the meeting, an official told UNB.A 14-member Bangladesh is scheduled to leave for Myanmar on Sunday afternoon.UNHCR has been sampling Rohingyas’ views on return.The UNHCR said the biggest challenge to refugee protection is the environment of the camps. UNHCR and partners are working to address the logistical challenges of bringing large amounts of aid.The UN refugee agency said they are concerned about the potential risk of human trafficking and smuggling in the refugee settlements, with some reports from refugees of parents being approached with offers to take their children away and for a better life for women and men through marriage arrangements and jobs.UNHCR said they are developing anti-trafficking awareness materials and working with partners to highlight risks to refugees.In December, UNHCR’s partner Bangladesh National Women Lawyers’ Association (BNLWA) conducted awareness sessions on trafficking for almost 3,000 refugees and 120 community representatives. These efforts will continue in 2018.The UN agency said the significant demands on the humanitarian response for Bangladesh need to be recognised.“The response of the Government and people of Bangladesh has been extraordinarily generous. However, additional support is needed,” it said.UNHCR hoped that the commitment of Bangladesh towards supporting refugees’ immediate needs and finding solutions will continue to be supported by the international community with adequate financial contributions and with other support in 2018.To date, the UN agency said, the support has been encouraging with 85 per cent of UNHCR’s initial appeal for US$ 83.7million received.An inter-agency Joint Response Plan (JRP), covering the period from March to December 2018 is presently being finalised.last_img read more


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first_imgIndian pilot, wing commander Abhinandan, stands under armed escort near Pakistan-India border in Wagah, Pakistan in this 1 March, 2019 image from a video footage. Photo: ReutersA pilot shot down in a dogfight with Pakistani aircraft returned to India on Friday, after being freed in what Islamabad called a “peace gesture” following the biggest standoff between the two countries in years.But fresh violence raged in Kashmir, with seven people killed in the Indian-administered part of the tinder-box territory, suggesting that the crisis may not be over yet.Wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman, shot down on Wednesday over Kashmir — divided between the nuclear-armed rivals since 1947 — crossed into India at the famed Wagah crossing point, sporting a black eye from his ordeal.Thousands of Indians, waving flags, singing and dancing with patriotic fervour, had gathered at the crossing point on Friday afternoon but the crowd dwindled after his release was delayed inexplicably by hours.Live news channels broadcast on television images of Indian Air Force (IAF) wing commander pilot Abhinandan Varthaman returning to India from the India-Pakistan Wagah border on 1 March, 2019. Photo: AFPIn New Delhi the announcement of the experienced pilot’s release was seen as a diplomatic victory, but India warned that its military remained on “heightened” alert.On Thursday and Friday both countries continued to fire barrages across the Line of Control (LoC), the de-facto border dividing Kashmir, leaving at least one person dead.Gun battles on the Indian side left two militants and four members of the Indian security services dead, while a civilian was killed in later protests, police told AFP.”Influence of terrorists and terrorism has been curtailed and it is going to be curtailed even more. This is a New India,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi, facing a tough election due by May, said Friday.”This is an India that will return the damage done by terrorists with interest,” he said.India’s junior foreign minister and former army chief, Vijay Kumar Singh, tweeted that the “welcome” release of the pilot was “the first of many steps that #Pakistan must take to reinforce their commitment to peace”.- Suicide bombing -Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule. Both claim it in full and have fought two wars over the Himalayan territory.India has half a million troops in the part it administers, with militants — backed by Islamabad, according to New Delhi — fighting for independence or a merger with Pakistan.Tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians, have died since a revolt that broke out in 1989. Last year was the deadliest in a decade with almost 600 killed, monitors say.Air Force Police cars come out of the India-Pakistan border restricted area, after Indian Air Force (IAF) Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was freed to return to India, at the Wagah border on 1 March, 2019. Photo: AFPMatters escalated alarmingly after a massive suicide bombing killed 40 Indian troops on February 14, with the attack claimed by a Pakistan-based militant group.Twelve days later Indian warplanes launched a strike inside undisputed Pakistani territory, claiming to have hit a militant camp.An infuriated Islamabad denied casualties or damage, but a day later launched its own incursion across the LoC.That sparked the dogfight which ended in both countries claiming they had shot down each other’s warplanes, and Abhinandan’s capture.Prime Minister Imran Khan unexpectedly announced Thursday that he would be released in the first sign of a potential thaw.Khan alluded to the catastrophic consequences of nuclear war and called for talks — even as he warned India should not take the announcement as a sign of weakness.Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi meanwhile said he was boycotting a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held in Abu Dhabi, as India had been invited.The tensions prompted Pakistan to close down its airspace, disrupting major routes between Europe and South Asia and grounding thousands of travellers worldwide.Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said Friday that flights could land and depart from its main airports from 1300 GMT, and that others would be opened “gradually”.- Standing ovation -The parents of handlebar-moustached Abhinandan were given a standing ovation by fellow passengers as they boarded a flight to Amritsar near Wagah to welcome their son.He has become a national hero after purported footage that went viral showed him being beaten by locals after being shot down before Pakistani soldiers intervened, with social media abuzz with #GivebackAbhinandan and #Abhinandanmyhero hashtags.His subsequent polite refusal to proffer more details than necessary — “I am sorry major, I am not supposed to tell you this” — won him particular sympathy in India.His father, a retired air force officer, told the Times of India newspaper, “Just look at the way he talked so bravely… a true soldier… we are proud of him.”last_img read more


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first_imgNew Delhi: In a boost to the Centre’s flagship Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission, the West Bengal government today signed an MoU with the NHA for implementing the health insurance scheme in the state, following a long-drawn negotiation. Through the Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Scheme (AB-NHPM), the government aims to provide a coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family annually to more than 10 crore poor households. The National Health Agency (NHA) is the apex body for implementation of the insurance scheme. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “Earlier this month, they (West Bengal) sent the draft MoU which was approved by the NHA, following which the health department of the West Bengal government signed the MoU with the agency today,” a government official said. According a source, Delhi is also likely to adopt the scheme. The Union health ministry has launched a formal process to empanel public and private hospitals to achieve universal health coverage under AB-NHPM. A senior official in the ministry said the Centre is carrying out beneficiary identification process based on the Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) data, and 80 per cent of beneficiaries in rural areas and 60 per cent in the urban areas, have been identified. Announced in the 2018-19 Budget, the AB-NHPM is being touted as the ‘world’s largest government funded health care scheme’ and is likely to be rolled out on August 15.last_img read more