first_imgRelatedGov’t to Re-Table and Pass Port Security act This Year RelatedGov’t to Re-Table and Pass Port Security act This Year RelatedGov’t to Re-Table and Pass Port Security act This Year Gov’t to Re-Table and Pass Port Security act This Year UncategorizedJanuary 28, 2008center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of National Security, Derrick Smith, has said that the Government will be taking measures to strengthen security at the nation’s ports, including the re-tabling and passage of the Port Security Act by the end of the year.The Minister, who was addressing an information fair organized by the Jamaica Customs Department yesterday (Jan. 26) at Dump Up Beach in Montego Bay, said that the legislation will, among other things, provide for the establishment of a single agency with responsibility for security at the ports and bonded warehouses.“I intend to have discussions with my counterpart Minister Mike Henry in the Ministry of Transport and Works, so that, that bill could be looked at again, re-tabled and to ensure that it is passed into law by the end of this calendar year,” he stated.The move, he said is in keeping with Government efforts to curtail the illicit trade in drug and guns and appealed for all well-thinking Jamaicans to join in the fight. “We as a nation need to continue to increase our actions against these smugglers who are clever and who are wealthy and who on many occasions, succeed in buying their way forward. We must keep at it because if we don’t, not withstanding past efforts and not withstanding efforts at the international level, we will not be successful,” the Security Minister noted.He further commended the “hardworking custom personnel, those on the front line and those in the back room. Continue doing your work. We appreciate your efforts, not only in bringing in the revenue to the Government, but the role you play to minimize illicit items entering our country. I say to you, continue to be professional, continue to be honest and of the highest integrity. Keep up the good work.”The information fair, held under the theme: ‘The fight against drug trafficking,’ was the culmination of a week of activities by Jamaica Customs to mark International Customs Day.Hundreds of persons attended the event, where they were sensitized about the work of the Customs Department and associated public and private sector agencies.Among the agencies and institutions that set up display booths were the Tax Administration Department, Statistical Institute of Jamaica, Customs Enforcement Unit, Organized Crime Unit, custom brokers, and the Jamaica Bankers Association. Advertisementslast_img read more

first_imgRelatedEducation Minister Welcomes National Scholarship Digest RelatedEducation Minister Welcomes National Scholarship Digest Education Minister Welcomes National Scholarship Digest EducationApril 26, 2012 Advertisements RelatedEducation Minister Welcomes National Scholarship Digest FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Education, Rev. Hon. Ronald Thwaites, has welcomed the publication of National Scholarship Digest, noting that it will enable more students facing economic challenges to identify funding for higher education. “We are faced with lots and lots of students, who are capable…and able to matriculate into university but they can’t do so because of economic circumstances. We have a couple of dozen, who are in danger of being deregistered just before final exams because they can’t make the payments and they didn’t know of scholarships,” he said. The Minister was speaking on April 24, at the official launch of the document published by Next Move Jamaica (NMJ) at General Accident insurance company’s Half-Way-Tree Road offices in Kingston. He commended the NMJ on its initiative and General Accident for sponsoring the publication. “No one should be denied educational advancement because of a lack of resources and you are contributing to that principle with the publication of this digest of scholarships,” he said.            The Education Minister noted that access to education, particularly at the tertiary level, is critical in the advancement of the nation and used the opportunity to call for partnerships to building a quality education system, as the state could not do it alone.     “We provide a place for everyone in the pre-primary cohort, we provide universal primary education, 85 per cent of our secondary cohort find a place in high school and now almost 33 per cent of the tertiary cohort are engaged in one of the 17 universities and colleges and 47 accredited programmes of tertiary education that we have in this country,” he pointed out. The National Scholarship Digest provides a comprehensive listing of scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study; certain fields and discipline including law, medicine, mass communication and engineering; as well as tertiary institutions located in Jamaica and other countries such as China and Australia. It also provides a guide for students to understand the applications process, how to navigate the 4,200 listed scholarships valued in excess of $9 billion, and access to information on honing interview skills, as well as where, how and when to apply. Limited free copies of the digest will be distributed to all secondary and tertiary institutions island wide. Copies can also be purchased for $1,500. During the ceremony, two students, who attend the University of the West Indies, Mona campus was presented with scholarships valued at $70,000 each. They are Corey Anderson and Kayla Belnavis. By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

first_imgKanawha County Sheriff’s Office(CROSS LANES, W.Va.) — She impressed beauty pageant judges with her fiddle playing and tugged at hearts with her personal battle with multiple sclerosis, but now former Miss Kentucky Ramsey Bearse is back in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.The 28-year-old Bearse was arrested in West Virginia on suspicion of sending topless photos via Snapchat to a teenage boy, authorities said.“This is a very difficult day, and this is a shock to her, and to me, and to everyone else,” Bearse’s attorney, Al Emch, told reporters following her arraignment in Kanawha County, West Virginia, Magistrate Court.Bearse, an eighth-grade science teacher at Andrew Jackson Middle School in Cross Lanes, West Virginia, was charged with four felony counts of distribution or display of obscene matter to minors.She was arrested on Thursday after she admitted to investigators from the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office that she sent the victim at least four topless images of herself between August and October, according to a criminal complaint. At the time, the victim was 14 or 15 years old, sheriff’s officials said.An investigation was launched on Dec. 5 when the victim’s mother contacted the sheriff’s office to complain that she discovered the nude photos of Bearse on her son’s cellphone, according to the criminal complaint.“The parent informed me that her son attended Andrew Jackson his sixth through eighth grade, during which Ramsey Bearse was a teacher during some of that time,” Detective S.D. Ferrell wrote in the criminal complaint.Officials at Andrew Jackson Middle School would only confirm that Bearse is a teacher at the school.“We cannot comment on personnel matters, but we will follow all applicable policies and procedures,” Kanawha County Schools officials said in a statement. “The safety and security of our students is our top priority.”Following her arraignment on Friday, Bearse, who has been married to a coal mining executive since 2016, told reporters, “I have no comment to make to you all at this time.”If convicted of the charges, Bearse faces up to 20 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.Emch’s request to have her released on her own recognizance was rejected by a magistrate, who told him during the arraignment, “I don’t think that would be proper at this stage.”Bearse was released from custody after posting a $10,000 property bond, officials said.She was crowned Miss Kentucky in June 2014 under her maiden name Ramsey Carpenter. She went on to compete in the 2015 Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, placing among the top 12 semi-finalists and winning the preliminary talent competition for her bluegrass fiddle playing.The winner of the Miss America pageant the year Bearse competed was Miss New York Nina Davuluri.During her reign as Miss Kentucky, Bearse promoted the platform of multiple sclerosis awareness, speaking out in numerous interviews about being diagnosed in 2010 with the disabling disease of the central nervous system. She served as spokeswoman for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.Sgt. Brian Humphreys of the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office said Bearse’s case is a wake-up call to all parents of young children.“There are a lot of bad situations that can arise because of a naive understanding of how social media works,” Humphreys told ABC affiliate station WCHS-TV in Charleston, West Virginia, adding, “So it’s important as a parent to monitor those things, keep tabs on who your children are communicating with.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgBUY TICKETS: See the Daytona 500 live! Joey Logano is from Connecticut and a New England Patriots fan. David Ragan is from Georgia and is an Atlanta Falcons fan. Add that with the fact that both teams are squaring off in Sunday’s Super Bowl LI in Houston, Texas on FOX and the two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers agreed to a good-natured bet that will benefit charity. With the Patriots winning, Ragan will donate $2,200 to The Joey Logano Foundation. If the Falcons had won, Logano would have donated $2,200 to Shriners Hospital for Children. Founded in 2013, The Joey Logano Foundation partners with other organizations to provide comfort and relief to those in need after such unforeseen circumstances. Shriners Hospital for Children has been Ragan’s official charity of choice since 2008. Shriners Hospital for Children served as the primary sponsor for Ragan in one race in 2016 and he rode on the Shriners Hospital float in last year’s 127th Rose Parade. How did this bet come to fruition and how exactly was the total agreed on? Here is a look at the anatomy of that bet. On Sunday, Logano tweeted a photo of the two drivers getting ready to attend the big game. Logan and Ragan aren’t the only ones in the NASCAR world with a friendly wager on the big game. Atlanta Motor Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway have a bet as well. The details of which you can read here.last_img read more

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA Mutual Group, CUNA Lending Council recognize programs that foster sound growth.Four credit unions received 2014 Excellence in Lending Awards at the CUNA Lending Council’s 20th annual conference Monday in San Diego.CUNA Mutual Group and CUNA Lending Council grant the awards, which recognize credit unions that have implemented outstanding lending programs while demonstrating sound financial performance.Andrea Stritzke, director of lending compliance for CUNA Mutual Group, presented the awards to:• Carter Federal Credit Union, Shreveport, La., consumer lending (less than $250 million in assets);• Clearview Federal Credit Union, Moon Township, Penn., consumer lending (more than $250 million in assets);• Numerica Credit Union, Spokane Valley, Wash., business lending (more than $250 million in assets);• Highmark Federal Credit Union, Rapid City, S.D., business lending (less than $250 million in assets);Carter Federal, chartered in 1954 by Floyd Carter of International Paper Company, significantly grew its more profitable direct lending program while maintaining a moderate indirect lending channel.The $230 million asset credit union recently adopted a Salary Advance Loan program by piloting Filene Research Institute’s “Borrow and Save” lending program. This payday loan alternative deposits 5% of each loan request into a savings account to help members break the predatory lending cycle. In five months, Carter Federal booked more than 118 loans for more than $53,000.Clearview Federal, with roots in the airline industry, struggled to get its lending program off the ground until a consultant revamped its processes. For instance, the $900 million asset credit union made its home equity products more flexible and competitively priced, and shortened the turnaround time from 4-6 weeks to 10-14 days. Those and other improvements produced double-digit loan growth in 2013, and loan balances grew 18.87% year-over-year in 2014. continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgBar leaders gather at NBA’s Tampa event June 1, 2012 Regular News BAR LEADERS FROM ACROSS the state gathered recently in Tampa for the National Bar Association’s Gertrude E. Rush Awards Dinner, including, from the left, Pedro Bajo, Jr., president of the Hillsborough County Bar Association; Florida Bar President Scott Hawkins; C. Sha’Ron James, president of the Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of the National Bar Association; Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy A. Quince; Daryl Parks, president of the National Bar Association; and Henry Gyden, president of the George Edgecomb Bar Association. Founded in 1925, the National Bar Association is the nation’s oldest and largest national network of minority attorneys and judges. It represents approximately 20,000 lawyers, judges, law professors, and law students and has over 80 affiliate chapters throughout the United States and around the world.last_img read more

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first_imgPictured above, UAL Texas, UAL Fortitude and Vectis Progress have gathered at the Belgian gateway as part of the carrier’s scheduled services.HLPFI readers will recall that at the beginning of August, UAL expanded its services to include a port call in Warri, Nigeria. The company partnered with multipurpose terminal operator Julius Berger Services Nigeria (JBSN) to launch the monthly service, which will depart from Europe and call at Warri port’s Terminal C.UAL said that the service has a 30-day transit time, without transhipment stops, and will cater for breakbulk, project cargo and container shipments.www.universalafricalines.comlast_img read more

first_imgOrganisations across the profession have urged Lord Justice Jackson to be cautious about significant increases in the limit for fixed costs.The judge is in the process of gathering evidence for his review into a potential extension of fixed recoverable costs for all civil claims worth up to £250,000.The consultation closes this week, and Jackson will find a body of evidence in his inbox urging him to rein in plans for such a major extension.The Law Society said today the proposals risk making many cases economically unviable, leaving either successful claimants, or their lawyers, to foot the bill even if they have won their case.President Robert Bourns said: ‘If the sum is fixed, then for at least some cases and possibly most, the costs that a successful party could recover will fall significantly short of the costs they have incurred.‘Either they will have to meet the costs out of their own pockets, or out of their compensation, or the solicitor will have to do the work for the recoverable costs only.’Bourns said the Society acknowledges that fixed costs offer assurance for both sides in straightforward, low-value claims, but that it was wrong to apply the same rules to all cases.The Commercial Litigation Association insisted that fixing recoverable costs by reference to monetary value was itself ‘unjustifiable’.Its consultation response added: ‘There is no correlation between the value of a case and its complexity. A case worth a lot of money may be simple in terms of complexity and detail, whereas a case worth a relatively small amount of money may be complex and time-sensitive.’The group said there needs to be improvements in the efficiency of the court service before any recommendations to extend the fixed costs regime, with a simplification of procedural rules and a lowering of judges’ expectations from represented parties.It added that unreasonable conduct of opposing parties and litigants in person is a significant contributing factor to the cost of litigation.The Association of Costs Lawyers said it was too soon after other civil justice reforms to consider such an extension of fixed fees.It said Jackson’s own 2013 reforms, which imposed new directions on budgeting, have already helped to control excessive costs and need more time to take effect.Simon Murray, chair of the ACL’s fixed costs working group and chief executive of specialist costs law firm NeoLaw, said: ‘The overarching concerns of the membership are that if there is to be any extension to FRCs, timing is key and the level of fees must be informed by meaningful data provided by all of the key stakeholders in the legal industry.‘Moreover, it is extremely unlikely that a ‘one-size-fits-all’ system will be achievable and so a tailored approach to the various classes of action will be required.’last_img read more