CARICOM SUSPENDS MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION FOR THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTRINIDAD & TOBAGO, NOVEMBER 28, 2013- Diplomatic doors have been shut on the Dominican Republic…According to a Caribbean news source, CARICOM has reportedly suspended the DR’s application to CARICOM in light of human rights concerns. Since the recent decision of Dominican courts to cancel the citizenships of generations of those born to Haitian migrants there have been reports of violent break-outs and scrutiny from many quarters on that ruling. CARICOM met Tuesday about the matter; chairing the meeting was Hon Ralph Gonsalves, PM of St Vincent and the Grenadines. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Desmond Bannister MIA explained by Cabinet

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 16th 2017: He is the last man to officially take the oath in the new Dr Hubert Minnis led cabinet, Desmond Bannister.Hailed to be the new Minister of Works, Desmond Bannister was not seen at the swearing in ceremony held for new ministers. His absence as a result, has sparked speculation and rumours on social media, that he has been hospitalised in the United States as of Saturday.However, Cabinet in a statement issued Tuesday afternoon following its first official meeting that “Mr. Bannister indicated at that time that he had some prearranged commitments outside The Bahamas and requested to be sworn in at a later date. He assured the Prime Minister that he would be returning to The Bahamas during this week and is expected to be sworn in at the earliest opportunity”.The statement goes on to say that “Mr. Bannister had an audience with the Prime Minister on Sunday, which time he accepted the appointment of Minister of Works”.Bannister is also the newly elected Member of Parliament for Carmichael.#MagneticMediaNews#DesmondBannisterMIAFromSwearingIn#FNMCabinet Related Items:#DesmondBannisterMIAFromSwearingIn, #FNMCabinet, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Mayor Faulconer calls for reform in water bill accuracy

first_img Updated: 10:37 PM John Soderman Posted: July 26, 2018 Mayor Faulconer calls for reform in water bill accuracy Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img July 26, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (CNS) – San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer Thursday called for “sweeping reform” within the Public Utilities Department following widespread complaints of inaccurate water billing from late 2017 into this year.Reports by City Auditor Eduardo Luna’s office and business consulting firm West Monroe Partners found that meter reading employee errors, lack of oversight and insufficient quality control led to billing complaints, in addition to scheduled rate increases, higher water use after drought restrictions were lifted as well as a longer billing cycle between September and December.Though only a “very small percentage” of bills had to be adjusted after being received by a customer — one-fifth of a percent — Faulconer called for the immediate implementation of 18 auditor-recommended reforms related to strengthening quality control and human meter reader oversight; proactively analyzing billing, water use and call volume data; and improving public communications and customer service attitudes.“Percentages don’t matter if you are the one that is overbilled — even one wrong bill is too many,” Faulconer said. “…The department needs to rebuild the trust that has been lost.”Overall, most recommendations are expected to be implemented by Jan. 1, according to the city.Luna’s audit analyzed 1.3 million water bills from 2017, and found that roughly 21,000 bills, 1.6 percent, showed double or more than double the previous billing period’s usage. That doesn’t mean customers were incorrectly billed.Overall, the utilities department flagged 57,117 potentially anomalous bills for additional review, adjusted 18,728 bills before they were sent to customers and another 2,750 after customers received an incorrect bill.Luna’s audit found that human error caused the largest amount of incorrect bills.Of the department’s 36 meter readers, 10 were responsible for more than half the readings corrected before billing and 71 percent of rebillings for 2017.Meter readers need to be more accurate, supervisors need to be more attentive and management needs to provide better training and tools to ensure accurate billing, Faulconer said.Recommendations from the recently completed audits include proactive customer outreach regarding water use, conservation efforts, advanced notice of billing cycle and rate changes; developing employee performance metrics to reduce the number of errors and skipped readings; and overhauling programs that analyze misreads, estimated bills and customer call volume.Deployment of the Advanced Metering Infrastructure program should also help, according to the audits.Separate city audits are expected for the smart metering program and utilities department’s customer service wing.Faulconer also said he’s ordered a review of the entire Public Utilities Department.“We must change the culture of this department to consistently deliver the excellent services San Diegans expect,” he said. John Soderman, last_img read more

ASU cosmologist suggests studying moon for alien artifacts

first_img Though some might see it as farfetched, or heaven forbid, lunacy, Davis and Wagner are convinced that it’s worth the small amount of investment such a search would entail. What if, they suggest, close-up photographs of the moon that are already being made available to the masses (from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter) via the Internet, were to be presented with a request that anyone that would like to participate, study whichever photos they find interesting, looking for anything that appears of unnatural origin, then report back. Interesting “finds” could then be studied by many others, and those that seem promising could be studied further by professionals. It all seems so easy, after all, other group projects are underway, and by most accounts, appear to meet with relative success.Another possibility, the team suggests, is using image or shape recognizing software to scan photos of the moon to help narrow down search areas and to alert humans when it finds something interesting.The idea of putting resources towards searching for the existence of intelligent alien life wouldn’t be new of course, the SETI project exists for that sole purpose. Looking for evidence that we’ve been visited by an extraterrestrial is of course a little different, but in this case, it seems to make sense. After all as Davis and Wagner point out, because the moon is so barren, has no atmosphere and because it is so seldom hit with meteorites, things that go on there are preserved for tens or even millions of years. If any aliens visited the moon during that time span, it should be possible to find traces of their activity, or their equipment, offering proof for the very first time, that there really is someone else out there. New calculations suggest Jupiter’s core may be liquefying (PhysOrg.com) — If you were part of a team sent to explore an unknown planet; and that planet had a natural orbiting moon, wouldn’t it make sense to use that moon as a base camp or remote observation post? Especially if you didn’t want those being observed to know you were there? Professor Paul Davis and research technician Robert Wagner think so, and that’s why they’ve published a paper in Acta Astronautica that suggests we humans begin taking a little closer look at our own moon to see if any alien life forms might have left behind some evidence of their visit. More information: Searching for alien artifacts on the moon, Acta Astronautica, In Press. doi:10.1016/j.actaastro.2011.10.022AbstractThe Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) has a low probability of success, but it would have a high impact if successful. Therefore it makes sense to widen the search as much as possible within the confines of the modest budget and limited resources currently available. To date, SETI has been dominated by the paradigm of seeking deliberately beamed radio messages. However, indirect evidence for extraterrestrial intelligence could come from any incontrovertible signatures of non-human technology. Existing searchable databases from astronomy, biology, earth and planetary sciences all offer low-cost opportunities to seek a footprint of extraterrestrial technology. In this paper we take as a case study one particular new and rapidly-expanding database: the photographic mapping of the Moon’s surface by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) to 0.5 m resolution. Although there is only a tiny probability that alien technology would have left traces on the moon in the form of an artifact or surface modification of lunar features, this location has the virtue of being close, and of preserving traces for an immense duration. Systematic scrutiny of the LRO photographic images is being routinely conducted anyway for planetary science purposes, and this program could readily be expanded and outsourced at little extra cost to accommodate SETI goals, after the fashion of the [email protected] and Galaxy Zoo via The Guardian Moon. Photo courtesy of NASA Explore further © 2011 PhysOrg.com Citation: ASU cosmologist suggests studying moon for alien artifacts (2011, December 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-12-asu-cosmologist-moon-alien-artifacts.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

State Cabinet gives nod to creation of over 500 posts

first_imgKolkata: The state Cabinet has given approval to the creation of more than 500 posts in its meeting on Monday.The meeting, headed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, was held in the state Secretariat. Most of the posts, creation of which received the Cabinet’s approval, is in the state Health department which will ensure better service to the common people.Around 1,000 posts were created in the last Cabinet meeting that held on May 22 and it led to the creation of jobs in different departments including Finance, Home and Hill Affairs, Agriculture and Higher Education. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be mentioned that in almost all the Cabinet meetings, the state government has been creating several posts to ensure job opportunities for athe youth. In November 2017, around 1,200 new posts were created in different departments of the state government including 200 drivers and helpers for the Transport department. The state government has also created thousands of job opportunities in the past seven years. In June 2017 alone, the announcement of creating 3,754 new posts was made. According to a senior official at the state Secretariat, the next Cabinet meeting is scheduled to be held on June 21.last_img read more