PM Stresses Support for Work of UN

first_imgAdvertisements PM Stresses Support for Work of UN Foreign AffairsSeptember 27, 2012 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has underscored Jamaica’s continued support for the work of the United Nations (UN) and its pursuit of human rights, justice, social equity and the peaceful settlement of disputes. Delivering Jamaica’s policy statement this morning’s (Sept. 27) during the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Mrs. Simpson Miller reiterated the country’s adherence to the principles of the UN Charter, multilateralism and “the inviolability of diplomatic institutions in the conduct of relations among states”. RELATED: [Jamaica Signs Treaties at UN] She noted that recent events have called attention to the fragility of peace and security in many parts of the globe and highlight the importance of respect for the rule of law, democracy and good governance. The Prime Minister pointed out that the cycle of insecurity transcends borders and therefore must be dealt with on a collective scale. She therefore called for increased partnership to fight the scourge of transnational crime, narco-trafficking and the illicit trade in small arms and ammunition, further pointing out that Jamaica will continue to work with all delegations to achieve a comprehensive and robust Arms Trade Treaty. “(These) are major components of the cycle of insecurity,” she said. “They continue to endanger lives, undermine the rule of law, and fuel violent crime.” Meanwhile, Mrs. Simpson Miller said that Jamaica is “deeply concerned at the escalating internal violence and the resulting loss of life” in Syria, stating that the conflict in the country poses a real threat to international peace and security. “It is our conviction that this conflict can still be resolved through political and diplomatic means,” she told the gathering. Turning to the Israel-Palestine conflict, the Prime Minister said “we continue to urge the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian authority to resume negotiations as early as possible, based on the two-state solution and relevant United Nations resolutions. These address Israel’s right to exist within secure borders as well as the aspirations of the Palestinian people for self-determination and statehood.” She further noted that all states must ensure that the UN remains relevant to its membership through a process of reform of its organs, including the Security Council. “Negotiations should proceed urgently towards a satisfactory conclusion,” she stated. RelatedPM Stresses Support for Work of UNcenter_img RelatedPM Stresses Support for Work of UN RelatedPM Stresses Support for Work of UNlast_img read more

Educator Calls for Greater Emphasis on Research

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Regional Director in the Ministry of Education’s Region 5, Nadine Leachman, has called for greater focus on research to drive change in the education system. She argued that a culture of research is essential in enriching learning, raising standards and improving the overall quality in schools. “Research must not only be a requirement to obtain a degree, it must…become a powerful tool to drive a transformation of our practice as educators, the education system, and ultimately Jamaica,” Ms. Leachman stated. She was delivering the keynote address at the John Amos Comenius Inaugural Research Day on Tuesday, April 30, at the Bethlehem Moravian College in Malvern, St. Elizabeth. Ms. Leachman, who was representing Education Minister, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites, said there is a need for quality teachers, who will drive the culture of research in the nation’s schools. “We need teachers,” she said, “who are more captivated by the need to touch a life than by the need to hit the road at the sound of dismissal bell.” The Regional Director commended the educators in attendance, for their decision to choose the vocation of teaching over all others. “Because of you, young Jamaicans will go to bed tonight able to dream about a future limited only by their imaginations. Your desire to become a teacher will safeguard a generation of Jamaican students,” she stated. She noted that the teachers will ensure that the students of today become authors of their own destiny, while simultaneously, rewriting the future of the country. John Amos Comenius, in whose honour the research day is named, is known as the father of modern education. He is credited with introducing pictorial textbooks; applying effective teaching based on the natural gradual growth from simple to more comprehensive concepts; supported lifelong learning and development of logical thinking; and was a proponent of equal opportunity for impoverished children. He also opened doors to education for women and made instruction universal and practical. A native of Moravia, Habsburg (Czech Republic), he was born on March 28, 1592 and died on November 15, 1670. By Bryan Miller, JIS Reporter RelatedEducator Calls for Greater Emphasis on Research RelatedEducator Calls for Greater Emphasis on Research Educator Calls for Greater Emphasis on Research EducationMay 2, 2013center_img RelatedSeven Primary Schools in East Kingston Get Tablet Computers Advertisementslast_img read more

Schroeder girls finding stride at the right time

first_img By PAUL GOTHAMWEBSTER, N.Y. — Kent Brown might have preferred that his Webster Schroeder girls’ soccer team stayed under the radar for another week.It’s difficult to go unnoticed when you’ve won or shared the past two Section V Class AA titles.Brown’s Warriors closed the 2020 regular season Saturday night having gone unbeaten in their past three outings.“We’re defending well,” the 29th-year coach said after Schroeder’s 1-0 win over Victor in Monroe County Division I action. “We’ve slowed down giving up goals, and we’re starting to produce.”Schroeder, which went undefeated (15-0-4) a season ago, allowed more goals (7) during the first five games of 2020 than they did the entire 2019 season (6).On October 24th, the Lady Warriors fell to Penfield 2-0. The loss dropped them to 1-4-0 on the season.“We’ve sorta found our rhythm after we lost at Penfield couple weeks ago,” Brown stated. “I thought we played really well the first half (of that game). In the second half, they just ran over the top of us.”Since that defeat, Schroeder has gone 3-1-2, and they are back to playing Schroeder soccer. Saturday night’s shutout was the third straight and fourth in those past six games.“We’re slowly getting there.”Adjusting to a school year with COVID-19 protocols has delayed the process.“Part of the problem the kids are having is you go to school with only half of your class,” he noted. “The seniors are in one day, the juniors another. You don’t see each other during the day, so all those tight bonds we don’t have them.”He saw the challenges developing earlier in the calendar year.“A lot of what we do is based on work June and in the summer. We just weren’t able to do it (because of COVID restrictions). The team connections, the comfortableness with each other it was missing. You could see it the first couple of weeks (of this season).“The seniors have struggled to find their thing that makes us tick because we’re just not around each other.”Erika Lawson’s penalty kick in the 45th minute was the difference on Saturday. The Warriors brought consistent waves of pressure before earning the PK. Schroeder girls finding stride at the right time This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Schroeder girls finding stride at the right time added by Paul Gotham on November 7, 2020View all posts by Paul Gotham →FacebookTwitter分享by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksSponsor ContentAirPhysioThis All-Natural “Lung Cleaning” Device Helps Anyone Breathe EasierAirPhysioUndoTop Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat InsuranceUndoBig Data Courses | Search AdOnline Big Data Courses Might Be Better than You ThinkBig Data Courses | Search AdUndoby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksMore from Pickin’ SplintersBaron keeps Bonaventure close to his heart – Pickin’ SplintersUndoTah-Jae Hill, Zion Morrison and the Starting Five – Pickin’ SplintersUndo”If you had a Mount Rushmore of MCC baseball, he’s on there.” Longtime assistant Jack Christensen passes away – Pickin’ SplintersUndo Eliana Ockrin made eight saves for the shutout. Victor’s Ava Lattimer stopped 10 shots. Lawson’s goal was the senior’s first of the season. Connect on Linked in Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Share on Facebook A year ago, Schroeder finished as co-champs with Penfield. The Patriots advanced to regionals on PKs. Schroeder (4-5-2) opens the 2020 post-season on Thursday against Rush-Henrietta (4-6-0). The Royal Comets have taken both meetings (3-2/2-1) between the Monroe County Division I rivals.“We’ll see what happens the next couple weeks,” Brown said. Subscribe by Email Print This Post Add to Google+ By Paul Gotham on November 7, 2020No Comment “We’ve had a lot of games where we’ve been really good for 10 or 15 minutes in the other team’s final third. We just got to figure out the composure in front of the net and finish it when we get the chance. We had a couple tonight I thought we’d put away.” Follow on Facebooklast_img read more

De Blasio fundraiser and witness Jona Rechnitz sentenced to prison

first_imgJona Rechnitz (Credit: iStock)A federal judge has sentenced Jona Rechnitz — prolific witness, political fundraiser and the head of real estate firm JSR Capital — to serve five months in prison and pay $10 million in restitution.Since pleading guilty in 2016 to bribing police officers, public officials and a union boss, Rechnitz has spent hundreds of hours assisting in a municipal-corruption probe, the Wall Street Journal reported.Read moreJona Rechnitz says he pressured de Blasio to help friend in lawsuit against SL GreenJona Rechnitz allegedly involved in “Hamilton” ticket-sale Ponzi scheme“I’m all ears, Jona”: De Blasio told aides to help Rechnitz with real estate favors In 2017, Rechnitz was booted from the Borough Park real estate firm where he was a partner, and was implicated in a $70 million Ponzi scheme involving “Hamilton” and Super Bowl tickets. That year, he skipped town to California.He also admitted to pressuring Mayor Bill de Blasio to oppose SL Green Realty’s One Vanderbilt office project. He said he was acting on behalf of his friend, Andrew Penson, who at the time owned the adjacent Grand Central Terminal and was suing SL Green over the development. In his ruling, the judge acknowledged the perception that white-collar criminals avoid prison if they cooperate with prosecutors.“There is a feeling that if you get to the prosecutor early you don’t serve,” U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein said. “I think it’s wrong.”Rechnitz, a campaign bundler in 2013 for de Blasio, had also asked the mayor for help solving his real estate problems, according to emails obtained by the Daily News under the Freedom of Information Law. His testimony aided in the convictions of New York City correction-union president Norman Seabrook, hedge-fund founder Murray Huberfeld and another former de Blasio fundraiser, Jeremy Reichberg.Alan Levine, an attorney for Rechnitz, said he planned to appeal the decision. [WSJ] — Georgia Kromrei This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

Project 24 Review: Cane Creek 40-Series headset

first_imgCheck out all of our Project 24 posts here!Frickin’ headset standards.  With so many head tube interface options and tapered steerer tubes joining 1 1/8 and 1.5in options- and these are just the mainstream choices- figuring out what headset will act as an interface between your frame and fork can be massive headache.  With a tapered Zero Stack head tube and both tapered- and straight-steerer forks on tap, we called on the headset experts at Cane Creek to help us navigate their wide selection- and to help our Project 24 bike around the corners.In order to make things easier for both shops and consumers, Cane Creek recently launched their headsetfitfinder.com headset selection website and is shipping most of their headsets in halves.  This approach easily accommodates mixed-standard frames and allows for easy upgrades (when transitioning from a straight to tapered head tube, for example).  In the case of our Project 24 bike, this meant a 1/18 Zero Stack top assembly and both 1.5 Zero Stack and 1.5 Zero Stack Conversion bottom assemblies from the company’s new Forty-Series.After using the handy step-by-step guide on the headsetfitfinder website (you’ll need a decent pair of calipers if your frame isn’t in their database- our ’11 Ellsworth Truth wasn’t when this was written), Cane Creek sent out 1 1/8 ZeroStack top assemblies in each the short and tall carbon cover verstions ($53 each) and a 1 1/2in ZeroStack bottom assembly ($42).  I wondered at first why Cane Creek would offer the same top assembly in both short and tall versions, but given the short head tube on the Truth, I was happy to have the tall version taking up some of the room between the frame and stem.  29er riders and old-school riders will no doubt prefer the lower version.When it arrived, I was impressed by the look of Cane Creek’s newest headset.  The Forty-Series (and it really is a series, with dozens- if not hundreds- of variations) is made overseas of 6061 aluminum and features black oxide coated cartridge bearings top and bottom.  Because of the countless options, it’s hard to compare weights- our set weighed in 141g thanks to the large steel crown race, which allows the use of a straight 1 1/8in steerer with a 1 1/2in lower bearing.  For comparison purposes, a 1 1/8 ZeroStack set with the low top comes in at a competitive 102g.  The captive seal and compression ring are claimed to improve top assembly sealing and make swapping or servicing forks that much easier, as does the Interlok spacer compatibility (not tested).  Though it is very good looking (especially in the sun), the $21 upcharge for the carbon cover’d top assembly doesn’t come with any weight savings, possibly making it hard for some to justify.Once installed- ZeroStack headsets press into the head tube using the usual headset press- I all but forgot about the Forty.  Over the two winter months’ I spent with it, the headset remained smooth and quiet, which is really all that I ask.  All that a change to a tapered-steerer Magura Durin Race fork meant was swapping out the crown race for a non-conversion model- a $10 part, readily available from Cane Creek.  Unlike most headsets’, the Forty-Series’ has an integrated face seal, to act as a first line of defense against damp and dust.  Despite the seal, some winter precipitation made it to the bearings, which did show a very small amount of surface rust when disassembled.  Though the bearings remained smooth and it doesn’t seem as though any moisture made it in to the balls, this was a bit of a disappointment.  Happily, Forty-Series internal components are compatible with others from Cane Creek’s range, so an upgrade to stainless bearings would be an easy one when the time came (also available from Cane Creek’s website).Despite that tiny amount of surface rust, which didn’t impact the Forty’s performance, I was impressed with Cane Creek’s workhorse headset.  Because the mountain bike industry is in a bit of a transition, the ability to use a straight-steerer fork on a new tapered head tube frame, and to inexpensively upgrade to a tapered fork when the time comes, has the potential to be a big time and money saver.  Between the multitude of options ordered and a straightforward selection tool, Cane Creek have taken a lot of the pain out of headset ordering.  The system’s individual components seem well made and (especially with the aluminum top cover) represent a good value.  Given the ability to upgrade bearings if and when needed, it’s really hard to see spending any more on a headset.marccanecreek.comlast_img read more

Women taking hormonal contraceptives have reduced perseverance on cognitive tasks, study finds

first_imgShare on Facebook Share Share on Twitter Email New research provides more evidence that hormonal birth control pills can negatively impact women’s cognitive performance. The study, published in the journal Hormones and Behavior, found that women taking contraceptive pills tend to have reduced perseverance when completing both simple and complex cognitive tasks.“My colleagues and I first became interested in this topic after learning that women taking hormonal contraceptives don’t experience a spike in cortisol that is typically found after one encounters a stressor. While people usually talk about cortisol as a bad thing, this cortisol spike allows people to adequately meet challenges in their environment,” explained Hannah K. Bradshaw (@HKBradshaw), a PhD candidate in Experimental Psychology at Texas Christian University and corresponding author of the study.“After we started looking through the literature, we also found that, compared to non-users, women taking hormonal contraceptives exhibit decrements in brain areas that play an important role in learning, attention, and memory.”center_img LinkedIn Pinterest “For instance, compared to non-users, women taking hormonal contraceptives have decreased hippocampal volume. This led us to wonder whether hormonal contraceptive use is associated with differences in perseverance and performance on simple and challenging cognitive tasks that one might encounter in their day-to-day lives.”In two studies, 324 female undergraduates completed various cognitive tests as the researchers timed them. Roughly half of the participants had been on hormonal birth control for at least two months, while the remainder had not used hormonal birth control for at least three months.In the first study, participants completed a simple spot-the-difference task in which they were shown two similar images and asked to find 10 subtle differences. In the second study, participants completed more complex mathematical problems and word scramble problems from the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) test.The researchers found that women on hormonal birth control tended to spend less time on the problems, which in turn was associated with their relatively worse performance on all of the cognitive tasks.“Our data suggest that hormonal contraceptive use is associated with decreased perseverance on both simple and challenging cognitive tasks. These differences in perseverance drove decrements in performance. That is, women taking hormonal contraceptives performed worse on these tasks than non-users because they spent less time on the tasks,” Bradshaw told PsyPost.“The major takeaway here is that hormonal contraceptive use carries a myriad of consequences beyond mere pregnancy prevention; additional research is desperately needed to more fully understand what these consequences may be.”The study — like all research — includes some limitations.Randomized experiments are the gold standard in scientific research, but there are obvious problems with trying to randomly assign women to receive hormonal birth control. “We didn’t randomly assign women to the hormonal contraceptives (vs. non-user) group, so it’s possible that our effects may, in part, be due to previously existing differences between women,” Bradshaw explained.“Secondly, hormonal contraceptives can include different hormones and various ratios of these hormones. We didn’t collect information about this, so it’s impossible to know what specific hormones or hormonal ratios are responsible for our results. Future research is needed to address these limitations.”The findings may have important implications for women, but the real-world impact of decreased perseverance is unclear. Future research is needed to help “understand how hormonal contraceptive use might influence women’s perseverance in their education, careers, and relationships,” Bradshaw said.“My colleagues and I don’t have an anti-birth control agenda. By enabling women to take control of their fertility, hormonal contraceptives have helped women meet their educational and career goals,” she added.“However, it’s important that we understand the unintended consequences associated with hormonal contraceptive use. Millions of women worldwide take hormonal contraceptives. While several women complain about negative emotional and mental side effects, their concerns are largely written off. We need to be less cavalier with women’s health and women’s hormones.”The study, “Hormonal contraceptive use predicts decreased perseverance and therefore performance on some simple and challenging cognitive tasks“, was authored by Hannah K. Bradshaw, Summer Mengelkoch, and Sarah E. Hill.last_img read more

Board Of Public Utilities Meeting And Quorum Notice

first_imgCOUNTY News:The Los Alamos County Board of Public Utilities will meet in closed session via teleconference at 2 p.m. June 2.The purpose of the meeting is to discuss information pertaining to limited personnel matters – Utilities Manager performance review and planning.last_img

“He broke me”: Kathy Griffin blames “bully” President Trump, “white men” for decapitation video backlash

first_img Related (LOS ANGELES) — Days after apologizing for a photo in which she held up a bloodied effigy of the head of President Donald Trump, drawing widespread bipartisan condemnation, comic Kathy Griffin — flanked by her newly hired civil rights attorney, Lisa Bloom — was equal parts tearful and defiant at a Friday press conference in Los Angeles. Misogyny, and, according to Bloom, a misunderstanding over the video were to blame for “bullying” that has caused former colleagues like CNN and others to leave Griffin. Bloom said the Trump image was a response to then-candidate Trump’s campaign comment that former Fox news anchor Megyn Kelly had “blood coming out of her eyes,” and that it wasn’t a threat of violence against Trump, whom they called “the most woman-hating tyrannical president” in U.S. history. Bloom claimed that male artists, such as rocker Marilyn Manson, have made similar “provocative” art, but they were just “considered bad boys.”After further criticism from Bloom of President Trump, his family, and his policies, a more contrite Griffin read from a prepared statement, in which she called Trump another one of the “older white guys” she said have “tried to keep me down” throughout her career.She accused President Trump of being a “bully,” noting that, “A sitting president of the United States, and his grown children, and the first lady are personally…trying to ruin my life forever.”Her camp also confirmed that the Secret Service was investigating the situation, but Griffin’s criminal attorney, Dmitry Gorin, said no threat was ever meant, and he’s sure his client would be cleared. “The Secret Service is doing its job, I suppose,” he added.“I’m gonna make fun of him more now,” Griffin said of Trump, adding, “I shouldn’t have to die for this,” referring to death threats she says she’s received. Even so, Griffin said, her “apology still stands.” Later, Griffin said she expected her career would continue to suffer for the “joke,” adding of President Trump: “I don’t think I’m going to have a career after this.”“He broke me,” Griffin said.Bloom deflected a question regarding past comments Griffin admitted to have made about the president’s 11-year-old son, Barron Trump, who was reportedly affected by seeing the video. Bloom noted it’s “up to parents” to filter comedy for their children.Griffin was most emotional when asked what she thought of her friend and former CNN New Year’s Eve coverage partner Anderson Cooper’s condemnation of the photos as “disgusting.”“That hurt,” she said.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

Celta Vigo 3-1 Real Sociedad: Super Iago Aspas continues ridiculous run of form

first_img RSO IN SPORT.ES Incidencias The importance of Aspas is obvious. The local hero has participated in seven of their last eight goals since returning from injury last weekend (five goals and two assists). After scoring his second goal against La Real, he was booked, meaning he will miss the next game against Atletico Madrid but will then be free to play the final six games as the relegation battle hots up.  Rulli; Zaldua, Aritz, Navas, Theo; Zubeldia, Merino (Bautista, 81′), Pardo (Sangalli, 55′); Sandro (Juanmi, 60′), Oyarzabal; Willian José. Real Sociedad 3-1 MATCH FACTS LaLiga Alba López Árbitro Goles 0-1 M. 31 Willian José, de penalti. 1-1 M. 50 Iago Aspas, de penalti. 2-1 M. 61 Iago Aspas. 3-1 M. 91 Maxi Gómez. CEST Celta 07/04/2019 Iago Aspas no tiene precio Upd. at 22:39 They have their own particular Lionel Messi in Vigo. If Iago Aspas didn’t exist, they would have to invent him. On Sunday, against Real Sociedad, he was once again decisive, scoring two goals as Celta won 3-1 to continue their recent return to form.  Their climb up the table coincides with Aspas’ return from a long injury layoff. He scored twice as they came from two down to beat Villarreal last weekend and scored one more and made two in the midweek draw with Huesca. With him in this kind of form, Celta will back themselves to remain in La Liga this season. CEL Balaídos. 20.519 espectadores. Melero López (Comité andaluz). TA: Yokuslu (65′) y Iago Aspas (69′) / Rulli (46′). TR: Willian José (57′). Rubén; Mallo, Cabral, Araujo, Olaza; Jozabed (Boudebouz, 64′), Yokuslu, Lobotka, Boufal (Hjulsager, 80′); Aspas (Beltrán, 93′), Maxi Gómez. Willian Jose scored from the penalty spot to give La Real the lead at Balaidos but Celta responded when Aspas was brought down in the area. He dusted himself off to level from 12 yards before Willian Jose saw red. Aspas then edged Celta ahead in the 70th minute before striker partner Maxi Gomez added the third goal late on. Celta moved above Real Valladolid and Villarreal with the win, leaving the relegation zone behind them for now.  The reality is that without Aspas, there’s no Celta Vigo. last_img read more

Sellers get back into the race

first_imgAFTER the holiday-affected market the previous week at VLE Pakenham, supply returned to normal with 510 more cattle penned. But…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img