(British High Commission in Bridgetown Press Release) Directors of Public Prosecutions (DPPs) from 17 Caribbean (countries) came together at a conference held in Miami on 31 October–1 November to discuss some of the major challenges they face in prosecuting serious organised crime in the region, and to explore ways of overcoming the changing manifestations of criminality. Barbados, the OECS countries of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines; Jamaica, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas, Belize and the British Overseas Territories were all represented. DPPs discuss measures to combat criminality in the region (from left, seated): Zoe Lash – Criminal Justice Adviser to Jamaica; Sirah Abraham – Criminal Justice Adviser to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean; Hilary Ryan – Criminal Justice Adviser to the Overseas Territories; Maia Hibben – CSSF Programme Manager Trinidad and Tobago; Marybeth Grunstra – US Department of Justice; Vyana Sharma – Senior Legal Advisor Attorney General’s Office and Ministry of Legal Affairs Trinidad and Tobago (Photo via British High Commission Bridgetown) You may be interested in… JURIST Project launches Model Sexual Offence Guidelines Conference delegates heard presentations from leading international experts in various areas of criminal law, including gang violence, social media evidence and leadership and management amongst other topics. The conference highlights included a presentation by Ms. Claudette Thompson, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Jamaica, who addressed the obstacles to the successful prosecution of cases of gang violence, and the practical steps which can be taken to make a difference in the investigation and prosecution of gang violence; On the second day, Mr. John Riesenberg, Associate Director, Department of Justice in Washington and Ms. Donna Babb Agard QC, DPP of Barbados, discussed the key challenges in using social media and computer evidence, explored the changes which must be made to legislation and procedures so as to make a positive difference, as well as the opportunities for regional and international collaboration in the use of social media and computer evidence. Criminal Justice Adviser to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Sirah Abraham, whose post is funded by the United States of America and the United Kingdom, lauded the conference as yet another demonstration of the US’s and UK’s commitment to improving the investigation and prosecution of the criminal cases, not only in the light of the increasingly serious threats of gang violence, firearms and cyber practices faced by the region, but also the need to engender public confidence in the region’s justice system. DPP Valston Graham from St. Kitts and Nevis, praised the timeliness and relevance of the conference. He said “this was another extremely successful DPP conference. It was an excellent opportunity for the DPPs to come together and discuss important issues that affect the daily discharge of our duties. We had two days of vibrant and focussed discussions on a number of key issues. It is great to see how much this conference has grown and the impact it has created on the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions within the region. One of the recurring themes has been the constructive and beneficial network that has developed between the Directors since the inception of this conference. We appreciate the commitment of the organisers, who continue to demonstrate their willingness to develop the DPP offices in the region.” For more information, please contact Malissa Brathwaite, Communications Officer Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel: + 1 (246) 430-7867; http://www.gov.uk/world/barbados Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 2, 2017 Canadian Prime Minister to meet with CARICOM Heads of Government in BarbadosPrime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, will travel to Bridgetown, Barbados to participate in the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to build even stronger ties with the region.The Conference will be held 18-19 February 2020. The announcement was made Tuesday 11 February via a press…February 11, 2020In “31Intersessional”Statement by the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States on Cuban Medical Brigades(The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Press Release, Sunday, June 21, 2020) — The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) expressed its deep appreciation to the Republic of Cuba for the medical support provided to six (6) member countries of the Organisation to assist with efforts to combat the spread of…June 23, 2020In “Antigua & Barbuda”Caribbean States prepare to battle illegal fishing(Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism Press Release)— Eighteen border control officers from seven Member States of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) are currently undergoing a four-week training course in Fisheries Prosecution and Interdiction, organized by the Barbados-based Regional Security System (RSS) in collaboration with the CRFM Secretariat, the Government of…July 22, 2019In “Antigua & Barbuda”Share this on WhatsApp
Through its newly launched Decarbon8-US impact fund, the company hopes to support the technologies needed to address climate change.Molly Shor, E8 Screen Committee Chair and Member of the D8 Investment Committee, said, “Decarbon8 offers everyone an opportunity to help address the generational crisis of climate change by supporting decarbonisation innovation.”“These companies have proven technologies that are ready to go, and we are excited to give investors a chance to learn about them and participate in their growth.”Out of the 38 start-ups that applied for the funding, the following three will benefit:Earthly Labs, a Texas-based company giving small craft breweries and other industrial facilities a change to capture and recycle CO2 emissions. Earthly Labs’ decarbonisation technology is ready to scale, drive by a beverage-grade CO2 shortage and momentum for circular economies and sustainability.Steelhead Composite, a Colorado-based company who provides specialised vessels for storing hydrogen that can be found in automobiles, maritime ships, and stationary and backup power, and even in space.Xeal, based in Los Angeles, is offering an advanced software platform for electric vehicle charger networks that is connecting multi-unit properties and workplace customers and their drivers.Decarbon8-US has said it will invest a minimum of $50,000 in Earthly Labs, a minimum of $40,000 in Steelhead Composites, and a minimum of $25,000 in Xeal.Mike Rea, E8’s Executive Director, said, “This fund and its flexible options make it easy for anyone to participate in climate innovation and returns, regardless of expertise, wealth and free time.”
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Currently head of contract logistics in South America, he succeeds Carlos Velez Rodriguez.Meanwhile, Guillaume Sauzedde has been appointed managing director of the recently-expanded cluster covering Germany as well as Eastern and Central Europe, effective November 30.As HLPFI reported here, Sauzedde joined CEVA from Kuehne + Nagel in October.www.cevalogistics.com
SPAIN: Presenting on March 20 the results of the first 12 months of the market-based fares structure introduced by RENFE in February 2013, Development Minister Ana Pastor reported that the number of passengers carried on high speed services had grown by 23⋅47% from 12 million to reach 14⋅9 million in February 2014. Over the same period, revenue had grown by 6⋅95% from €733m to €784m, with average train occupancy up from 65% at 73%.Aiming to offer a more flexible range of fares to increase ridership, particularly amongst younger travellers, the new pricing structure has seen the average price of a journey in ‘turista’ (standard) class fall by 27⋅5%, with discounts of up to 70% available on more restrictive advanced-purchase fares. Valid for a year, a railcard for passengers aged between 14 and 25 offers a 30% discount on high speed and long-distance fares.Other innovations have included mobile phone ticketing, used by 4⋅8 million passengers, and a RENFE ticketing app downloaded by 200 000 customers in two months. Internet booking now accounts for 44⋅85% of high speed ticket sales, up 48⋅24% on the year before.During 2014, commercial strategy will include offering its passengers a more ‘personalised’ service, with quiet cars to be introduced and onboard wi-fi trialled on high speed services. RENFE’s new Tempo loyalty card programme enables holders to also earn points when purchasing hotel accommodation, car hire and meals at the Cinco Jotas restaurant chain.
By Celina DeCastroA news report in Jamaica shortly after the recent Easter celebration drew attention to the fact that young people do not have the same views of Easter as their parents. The findings of that report was accurate as religion has little or no appeal to millennials.The Pew Research Center, has found that fewer millennials are less likely to affiliate with any religious tradition or identify themselves as part of a Christian denomination.One in four adults under the age of 30 consider themselves atheist, agnostic, or have no religion, the center stated.While some believe that the higher power no longer exists to them, others believe that the label of religion keeps us from understanding each other.South Florida Ryan Nisman, 22-year-old of Puerto Rican descent, who recognizes himself as agnostic, feels that religious labels cause prejudice and hate towards other religious groups.“Why hate someone because they choose to call your god by another name?” Nisman said.Agnostics feel God’s existence cannot be neither proven or unproven. They subscribe to the notion that it is impossible to know if God exists.While some argue the existence of God or a higher power and are avid church goers, some millennials also believe in a higher power but choose not to join a church.Leila Gonzalez, 35-year-old of Palestinian and Columbian descent, was raised in the Catholic church but left after finding faults with the church.“My religious base means having more of a relationship with God rather than having to follow the man-made rules and laws we were taught in Catholic school,” Gonzalez said.Other millennials feel the church also does not agree with the lifestyle they have chosen.“I’m not waking up before 10 on a Sunday morning to go to a place to be told that I’m going to hell because I would prefer to marry a woman,” 18-year-old Panamanian-American Hailey Crosthwaite said.One millennial who did not want to be named felt that God was not working in his favor.“When I was a kid I went through a lot and somewhere throughout the challenges, I started praying to God, but nothing worked. I kept on praying and praying and then one day I just stopped and took in the pain from my challenges. I just stopped believing in God,” he said.Millennials although they do not follow a religion all seemed more in tuned with their own spirituality. Most will march for the causes they believe in, help the poor and those in need, donate, but chose not to be defied because they do not follow mainstream religions.
RF payload components are important for all space missions. In fact, one or more RF subsystems are embedded in every spacecraft Lockheed Martin produces. Using its partnerships with suppliers and research universities, the center will develop a variety of technologies commonly incorporated in RF payloads, such as antennas, arrays and transmitters for the full spectrum of bandwidth. A new development center at the Lockheed Martin facility in Denver, will advance satellite sensing and communication technologies known as Radio Frequency (RF) payloads. The RF Payload Center of Excellence will focus on developing reconfigurable payloads and advancing satellite systems that many already rely on, for high-def television broadcasts to GPS transmissions and secure government communications. The new facility reduces cost and accelerates development by uniting researchers, manufacturers and analysts at one location. Bringing people together improves schedule, reduces transportation costs and enhances collaboration between related teams.The RF Payload Center of Excellence will reinvent the process of payload development through advanced technology research and streamlined manufacturing. Lockheed Martin’s Digital Tapestry uses the same set of digital information to interweave virtual design, 3-D printing and automated assembly, test and inspection. This digital approach maximizes common products, cuts cost and cycle times, and it mirrors the payload strategy of the Optical Payload Center of Excellence, which opened earlier this year. The facility co-locates the majority of payload development, production and testing, a first for Lockheed Martin. The center serves as the hub for a network of experts in industry and academia focused on the future of RF technology. Lockheed Martin has shaped this technology arena for more than 50 years, producing over 170 payloads.
Only 300 will be built. MV Agusta worked on reducing friction in the engine and reducing weight. Has MV Agusta’s Brutale finally lived up to its name? It has now with this 2019 MV Agusta Brutale 1000 Serie Oro.The MV Agusta Agusta Brutale line-up has always looked awesome but let’s face it, they were never truly that fierce. It is especially true when compared to its contemporaries in the shape of the Ducati Monster 1200 S, BMW S 1000 R, Aprilia Tuono 1000 and 1100, Triumph Speed Triple, and the completely mental KTM 1290 Super Duke R. But it had a great name: “Brutale” which means brutal in Italian.Well, it’s time MV steps out of the closet and create the most powerful Brutale and most powerful super naked, yet.For starters, the MV Agusta Brutale 1000 Serie Oro (Italian for Golden Series) is endowed with 205 bhp. That’s put it way out of the ballpark of current super nakeds that produce 160 to 180 bhp.But if 205 bhp isn’t enough to blow you backwards off the bike, you can try it with 209 bhp by bolting on the SC Project 4-1-4 titanium exhaust system.MV Agusta achieved this by drawing on their experience in the WorldSBK and WorldSSP Championships. Their overriding objective was friction reduction.The Brutale 1000 continues MV’s four-cylinder heritage. The 998cc engine employs 79mm bore and 50.9mm stroke, with a 13.65:1 compression ratio, which are identical to the F4 superbike race machine. The valves are still titanium but the guides are now sintered. The combustion chamber has been redesigned. Camshaft timing is revised, besides changes to the intake and exhaust lobes. The pistons employ low friction Asso compression rings. The crankshaft is all-new.What sets the Serie Oro apart are the details. The wheels are carbon fibre. However, the radiator shrouds out to capture your attention quickly. They are shaped like aerobody winglets. They start creating downforce from 200 km/h and above. The bodywork is entirely carbon fibre.Other smaller details include carbon fibre clutch cover and phonic wheel covers. Note also the clip-on handlebars instead of a tapered bar like on all other naked bikes.The use of carbon fibre brings down the bike’s weight. The MV Agusta Brutale 1000 Serie Oro tips the scales at 186 kg dry. Using the race kit sheds another 2 kg.Suspension is electronic Ohlins on both ends, featuring NIX forks and TTX36 rear shock. Brembo Stylema calipers anchor the front.Another bit of wonderful news: MV Agusta has moved to a 5” TFT rather than retaining the old LCD screen.Bad news is the MV Agusta Brutale 1000 Serie Oro is a limited production model. Only 300 will be built.–Ads– The 2019 MV Agusta Brutale 1000 Serie Oro is now the most powerful super naked with 205 bhp.
The world of electric mobility is getting bigger by the day and the latest addition to this ever-growing industry comes in the form of the Yatri Project Zero; Nepal’s first electric bike. Yes, it’s an advanced electric motorcycle hailing from Nepal. Talk about awesomeness.Concerned about the environment, Yatri decided that be a company that supports the future of urban mobility without contributing the more pollution into the world. Hence, the Yatri Project Zero came to life and according to reliable sources, we might be able to see it go up for sale as soon as March 2020.Its main design inspiration called the ‘Philosophy of Elegance’ offers one hell of clean looking café racer that’s very modern but not too modern like some concept bikes introduced over the years. This bike is targeted not only to those who are concerned for the environment but also for those who have a finer taste in life.Its 30kW electric motor offers a healthy 40hp but what’s more impressive is the fact that the Project Zero can travel up to 230km with a single full charge. How long does it take to charge it up to 100%? Only two hours. If you plug it into a standard wall outlet during your one-hour lunch break, that’s 100km added to the range.Perhaps its most impressive feature is its seven-inch full-HD display that offers every single important information to the rider from vital telemetry data to navigation with a tap of the screen. Connected to the Yatri Hub first-in-class ecosystem, riders are provided with real-time data to make sure that they’re always connected.Pre-orders are now open for those who are interested but there’s still no news on the availability as well as pricing. What we do know is that Yatri from Nepal is doing something very cool with a bike that has a huge potential to succeed.Segway electric superbike coming soon?–Ads–
MINNESOTA VIKINGS at CLEVELAND BROWNS Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Practice Report DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE CLEVELAND BROWNS WednesdayQB Sam Bradford (knee), T Riley Reiff (knee), G Jeremiah Sirles (knee), DE Stephen Weatherly (knee) WednesdayCB Mackensie Alexander (hip), CB Tramaine Brock (hamstring), WR Stefon Diggs (groin, ankle), G Nick Easton (calf), WR Michael Floyd (hamstring), QB Case Keenum (chest) WednesdayWR Sammie Coates (hamstring) FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE WednesdayWR Laquon Treadwell (toe) Practice Report FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE Related TopicsBrownsHue JacksonMyles GarrettVikings Matt Loede LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE WednesdayWR Kenny Britt (knee, groin), LB James Burgess (knee), LB Jamie Collins (shoulder), CB Jamar Taylor (ribs) MINNESOTA VIKINGS The first injury report of the week is out for the Browns battle Sunday in London with the Minnesota Vikings. The big name on the Browns list worth noting is Myles Garrett, who did not take part in practice due to a concussion suffered in the 12-9 Sunday loss to the Titans in overtime.“I know the report about (DL) Myles (Garrett) has gotten out to you guys. He came into the facility yesterday not feeling well, and we immediately placed him in the concussion protocol. That is where he is. That will be day to day until we figure that out,” Hue Jackson said Wednesday. “That is just a process that they all have to go through. It is nothing as far as coaching or any of that is concerned. I think you guys get it, it is concussion protocol, and some guys are going to come back quicker than others and some guys stay awhile as we know. We hope it is the [former] and we will kind of go from there.“As far as the injuries are concerned, (DL Trevon) Coley’s neck, (DB Jason) McCourty’s ankle, (DL Larry) Ogunjobi’s groin and (DB) Jabrill (Peppers) toe, they weren’t able to practice today. We will see how the progress goes throughout the week and then kind of go from there. “That is kind of where we are as a team. I thought the guys were outstanding in the building today. A lot of energy in meetings as well as at practice and I think there is real excitement about going over to London and playing against a really good football team.” WednesdayDT Trevon Coley (neck), DE Myles Garrett (concussion), CB Jason McCourty (ankle), DT Larry Ogunjobi (groin), S Jabrill Peppers (toe) LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE