CSME– as EU rep stresses need for common customs policyBy Jarryl BryanLocally-hosted consultations bringing together top customs officials from across the Caribbean to consider the implementation of a single regional policy governing customs systems got underway on Tuesday at the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretariat.Representative of the EU delegation to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Adam WisniewskiAmong the topics that will be covered is the Automated Systems for Customs Data (ASYCUDA), long touted by the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) as its e-service and modernisation saviour.In his address to delegates, representative of the European Union (EU) delegation to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Adam Wisniewski, conveyed the EU’s commitment to providing technical assistance to the Region. The EU itself is well known for being a contemporary example of regional integration.“The EU has been the lead partner of the [African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States] ACP-EU trade programme. Behind each of the projects, there are indications that the programme is still appreciated by the beneficiaries. One of its most unique features is the technical assistance it brings to the Region.”“The developing of common import procedures, declarations, and customs valuation procedures is an important step towards regional economic integration, strengthening the Region as a global economic player and significantly contributing to its inclusion in global value chains.”He contended that this was also a step in the right direction towards achieving a single economic market – one of the reasons Caricom was formed in the first place. He noted that this would increase the Region’s viability towards the EU and other trade partners.Assistant GRA Commissioner with responsibility for Customs, Shawn RichmondBut despite the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), which was signed in 2008, Wisniewski noted instances where provisions to foster regional integration were still not being implemented.“Although much has been achieved, there are still certain shortfalls, specifically in the case of the Region. Countries still have to ratify the agreement. Some provisions to promote regional integration are still to be put into practice. And rules on competition, policing intellectual property stealing are still to be implemented,” he pointed out.“Our expectation and hope are that this and other similar projects will not only contribute to the overall goal, but will also strengthen the dynamics of the already present in the Region. Workshops like this can no doubt serve this purpose.”The EU reportedly funded the project at the behest of the ACP Group of states. The workshop will also provide customs valuation training; participants are expected to discuss this concept, learn the methods of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) valuation system, and how to apply these principles.Guyana’s representative at the horseshoe table, Assistant GRA Commissioner with responsibility for Customs, Shawn Richmond, gave an update on the country’s progress with ASYCUDA.Representatives of customs administrations from across the Region pose for a group photo outside the Caricom Secretariat“Guyana is currently implementing ASYCUDA worldwide. Should we agree on a standard or a module for the SAD (Single Administrative Document), we would be the first to implement that. So, the workshop would be very useful in that regard,” Richmond said.ASYCUDAASYCUDA World is intended to replace the Total Revenue Integrated Processing System (TRIPS) GRA used for some time. The GRA has expressed expectations that it would improve efficiency and effectiveness in the trade environment, specifically as it relates to customs clearance.ASYCUDA World is a recognised Internet-based software system used in several Caribbean territories. Besides simplifying procedures and minimising administrative costs, the GRA has said the system would allow a paperless environment, facilitate e-payments, improve its risk management capacity, and connect with allied agencies.Among the other benefits that were touted were a reduction in processing time of customs documentation and the quick release of imported and exported goods. Earlier this year, the GRA had embarked on a round of sensitisation seminars with key trade stakeholders in the lead-up to the official launch of ASYCUDA World.This consultation had involved the ASYCUDA National Project Team (ANPT) of the GRA, together with its consultants from the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD), facilitating a seminar for freight carriers and their agents at the Authority’s Camp Street headquarters.As the facilitators had already requested shippers, wharf owners, and agents to submit advance cargo manifests in electronic format, the seminar was specific to the manifest module of ASYCUDA World and the mandatory fields associated with the module.
SANTA CLARA – What should the 49ers know about the Detroit Lions ahead of Sunday’s home opener at Levi’s Stadium? If the Lions’ 48-17 blowout loss on Monday night to the New York Jets didn’t provide enough clues, here are five questions with Lions beat writer Justin Rogers of the Detroit News:Is a mutiny afoot with veterans ready to turn on new coach Matt Patricia, even though any veteran worth his salt should be upset after a 48-17 blowout? And why is Patricia reserving his conference call …
f=”crev03.htm#amazing11″>03/27/2001), we reported on the discovery of prestin, a motor protein that acts as an amplifier in the inner ear. One of the fastest-acting molecular motors known (02/21/2002), prestin works by stiffening the rod-shaped cell body with its cilia. Somehow, the action of this motor protein amplifies hearing in mammalian ears by several orders of magnitude (09/19/2002). In the intervening years, cell biologists and physiologists studying prestin have debated its role in amplification. Some have thought that the cilia were the main players in amplifying the sound, as in non-mammals. Now, according to an article in Science Daily, prestin’s role is to affect the sensitivity of the entire cell, not just the cilia. Researchers at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital bred mice with mutated prestin that extends the cilia instead of pulling them in. If cilia were the key agents of amplification, they should have shown more gain – but they did not. Somehow, prestin assists the entire cell to “bounce” more effectively in response to the sound ripples in the cochlear fluid. This whole-cell response is called somatic motility. “The researchers concluded that somatic motility was not simply a way to make cilia do their job better; rather, there is no connection between the hair cell contractions and how the cilia do their job,” the article explained. “Instead, somatic motility, generated by prestin, is the key to the superior hearing of mammals.” The presence of these prestin-assisted outer hair cells in mammals increases sound sensitivity a hundredfold, the article said. “The finding could explain why dogs, cats, humans and other mammals have such sensitive hearing and the ability to discriminate among frequencies.”Motors in your ears that amplify sound. What more could be said? He who has ears to hear, let him hear.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
20 March 2006After opening their Commonwealth Games medal challenge with a title winning performance in the men’s 4×100 metres freestyle relay, Team South Africa has continued picking up medals in Melbourne, mostly in the swimming pool.Natalie du Toit, after setting a world record in qualifying for the final of the 50 metres freestyle for elite athletes with a disability (EAD), went on to claim gold in the final in another world record time of 29.27.Speaking after her win, Du Toit said her goal remains to make it to the Olympic Games as an able-bodied competitor.Also on Friday, Lize-Mari Retief captured bronze in the women’s 50 metres butterfly after dead-heating with Alice Mills in 26.78 for the final medal.In the men’s 50 metres backstroke, Gerhard Zandberg, a member of SA’s 4x100m freestyle relay team, took third place in 25.16.Three more swimming medalsOn Saturday, Team SA picked up four medals, three of them in the swimming pool.Sprint superstar Roland Schoeman added the Commonwealth title to the World Championship title he won in 50 metres butterfly, touching in 23.34 seconds. It was some way off his world record of 22.96 that he swam in Montreal last year.George du Rand picked up a silver medal in the 200 metres backstroke, finishing in 2:00.32.Suzaan van Biljon added a bronze medal to the country’s haul from the swimming pool, turning in a time of 2:25.39 in the women’s 200 metres breaststroke final.There was further success for South Africa in shooting as the men’s 25 metres standard pistol pairs team laid claim to the bronze medal.Gold for NatalieOn Sunday, Natalie du Toit won her second gold medal of the championships, clocking 1:01.81 to take victory in the EAD 100 metres freestyle.Roland Schoeman and Ryk Neethling, like they did at the World Championships, had to settle for silver and bronze in the men’s 100 metres freestyle, except this time around it was Neethling who won the silver.England’s Simon Burnett won the race in 48.57, ahead of Neethling’s 49.20 and Schoeman’s 49.24. Afterwards, Burnett, who trains with Schoeman at Arizona University, credited the South African ace for his huge improvement in the event, saying Schoeman had helped him tremendously, including assistance with improving his stroke.Javelin goldIn athletics, Sunette Viljoen struck gold in the women’s javelin, throwing 60.72 metres, just 87 centimetres shy of her career-best throw.It was a fantastic turnaround for the 22-year-old athlete, who in 2005 faced a possible two-year drug ban for failing a drug test after returning abnormally high hormone levels. It was subsequently discovered that she was seven months pregnant and she was cleared of the charge.Besides the medal winning performances, there were further good showings from South African swimmers. Lauren Roets posted an African record 25.64 in the 50 metres freestyle heats, Gerhard Zandberg also swam an African record, clocking 55.41 in the 100 metres backstroke semi-finals, and Wendy Trott recorded an African record 8:39.19 in the final of the women’s 800 metres freestyle as she finished fifth.Hockey drawsIn hockey, the South African men’s team, after opening their challenge with a 6-1 pounding of Trinidad and Tobago, were held to a one-all draw by Pakistan.Paul Revington’s charges were just 90 seconds from a stunning upset of the highly fancied Pakistanis after Reece Basson put them ahead in the fifty-second minute by beating three men and then slamming his shot across goalkeeper Salman Akbar into the net. However, Syed Imran Warsi netted a late penalty corner to earn Pakistan a share of the spoils.The women’s hockey side experienced a similar fate. They began their competition with a 4-1 win over Nigeria and then faced India.They led the defending champions two-nil after early goals from two early goals from Henriette du Buisson. The Indians, though, pulled one back through Subhadra Pradhan and then, in the last minute, Pradhan smashed in a second penalty corner to make the final score two-all.
23 March 2015Following a state funeral, Collins Chabane was buried on Human Rights Day at the local cemetery near his ancestral village of Xikundu in Saselemani, Limpopo.The public service and administration minister died in a car crash on the N1 in Limpopo, on 15 March. Two of his bodyguards, Sergeants Lesiba Sekele and Lawrence Lentsoane, also died in the collision.Delivering his eulogy at the official funeral service, President Jacob Zuma said South Africans should be prompted by the deaths to reflect deeply on road safety.“The manner in which we lost him and the two police officers calls upon us to reflect deeply on road safety. Drivers should observe the rules of the road, whether they see traffic officers or not. It is up to all of us to drive safely and save lives. The carelessness on the roads cannot continue in this manner,” he said.“The human cost is enormous. [The] government cannot solve this problem alone; it requires the commitment and actions of all road users.”CondolencesZuma extended his condolences to the Chabane family and the families of Sekele and Lentsoane. “We also lost the lives of dedicated police officers, Lesiba Sekele and Lawrence Lentsoane. Their passing was sudden, tragic and shocking. We once again extend our deepest condolences to the Sekele and Lentsoane families, who are also laying their loved ones to rest this sad weekend.”Chabane was seen as a patriot who was admired and respected for his simplicity, humility and intellect. “We have seen the week-long celebration of the life of a man who dedicated his life to the struggle for freedom, justice and equality, and who has also served his country diligently since the dawn of freedom,” Zuma said.In 2014, when the country celebrated 20 years of freedom, Chabane led the development of the 20-year review, critically assessing the progress of the ANC government since 1994. In the new administration after elections later that year, he was appointed minister of public service and administration.The president urged public servants to follow Chabane’s vision and serve people with dignity and respect. “From our licensing departments’ staff to those responsible for applications for social grants and identity documents to nurses, police officers and those handling municipal enquiries, let us put our people first in memory of Minister Chabane.”Human Rights DayThe day of his burial – Human Rights Day – symbolised his unwavering commitment to the entrenchment of a human rights culture in the country. “As we bid farewell to Minister Chabane on Human Rights Day, we acknowledge the sacrifices that accompanied the struggle for democracy and reaffirm our commitment to advance human rights as enshrined in the Constitution.”The official funeral service took place at the Salema Sports Ground in Malamulele, Limpopo. There was also a prayer service at the Xikundu Evangelical Presbyterian Church.Family member Ronald Chabane made the announcement of the death. “Mr President, your son who you’ve always trusted is no more. We announce it officially that he is no more. To all the Mhingas [Chabanes], your lovely son is gone. Collins is gone, we’ll never see him again,’ he said.The family had lost a man, a giant. “He had a tiny body but a big brain.”Tributes came from Chief Hosi Xikundu, Chabane’s son Matimba and his daughter Tsakani, and other family members, as well as from Cosatu and churches. A ceremonial guard of honour from the South African National Defence Force was in place as the cortege left for the cemetery.Chabane’s funeral was an official funeral category one; these are reserved for serving ministers, speaker of the National Assembly, Chief Justice, chairperson of the National Council of Provinces and premiers of provinces. His official memorial service was held on 19 March at the Tshwane Events Centre, where thousands of mourners came to pay their respects.Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa was appointed the acting minister of public service and administration.Source: SAnews.gov
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Klopp on Liverpool title-run: We’ll enjoy the rideby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp says Liverpool will “enjoy the ride” as they look to claim their first top-flight title win in close to 30 years.The Reds can extend their gap at the top of the table to nine points with a win over third-placed Manchester City at the Etihad tonight.Klopp isn’t willing to put any pressure on his players and insists they will take everything as it comes.”Now, we are in a really good moment, that’s true, but we have to go to Manchester City and play all the other big ones apart from Arsenal,” Klopp told Gary Neville on Sky Sports.”It’s football. I don’t need to know now what will be in May. Who can’t really live with the time between now and May? Go on holiday and switch everything off then come back in May and see what happened. I cannot change that. I don’t want to. I want to enjoy the ride until May!”For us, the target was to qualify for the Champions League and even that is not sure because the others can win 17 games in a row.”We have to only be focused on us and that’s what we do and so far, the mood in the club and around has got better and better. We will see where that leads us to.”
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement One of the pieces is a navy blue leather jacket with embroidered suns, moons and stars. On the back is “of the stars” written in Cree syllabic.The jacket currently hangs in her Hamilton boutique with the rest of her new collection launching Feb. 15. The James Street North boutique has exposed brick walls and change rooms with yellow suede curtains.The showcase will take place at Canada House in Trafalgar Square in London, England, and is a collaboration between Toronto Fashion Incubator, the City of Toronto and The High Commission of Canada to the United Kingdom.Keya Wings, a First Nations model from Calgary, is wearing a leather jacket from DeMontigny’s newest collection. ‘Of the stars’ is written and embroidered in Cree syllabic. (Marta Hewson/DeMontigny Boutique|Gallery)‘Indigenous luxury’DeMontigny said people sometimes make assumptions about her work because she is an Indigenous designer and it’s been “really challenging” fighting the stereotypes. Advertisement Angela DeMontigny is headed for London Fashion Week as one of nine Canadian designers chosen for a showcase in partnership between Toronto Fashion Incubator, the City of Toronto and The High Commission of Canada to the United Kingdom. (Lisa MacIntosh/DeMontigny Boutique|Gallery) Angela DeMontigny, a Hamiltonian of Cree/Métis heritage, will be bringing her “100 per cent Indigenous” collection to London Fashion Week as one of nine Canadian designers selected for a showcase.Her collection named, “Of the stars,” designed and made ready-to-wear in just a month, is one that shows the connections Indigenous people have with the stars, sun and moon.“A lot of people don’t know that in Indigenous culture, we have so many creation stories and legends about us coming from the stars,” she said.
APTN National NewsIt’s day 10 out of a 78 day stretch on the Federal election campaign.There are major efforts underway to get Indigenous people to the polls in the upcoming Federal election.There are also a record number of Indigenous candidates running this time around.But as Dennis Ward reports – some advocates want voters to think twice before heading to the ballot [email protected]
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Harry’s has carved out a niche selling men shaving razors direct to their doors, elbowing in on an industry long dominated by names like Gillette and Schick.In the process, the company says it found that 1 million women were using its products for their shaving needs.So its logical next step is Flamingo, a direct-to-consumer hair removal and body-care brand for women that launches Tuesday.Flamingo’s leaders say their aim is to make women more comfortable talking about shaving and waxing.“We want to normalize the fact that women might have hair here, or there, and if they choose to remove it, we want to support that,” Allie Melnick, the general manager for Flamingo says in an interview with The Associated Press.Flamingo is the first brand to emerge from Harry’s Labs, an offshoot of the company that has chipped away at the market share of industry giant Gillette, capitalizing on consumer frustration with pricey razors. Harry’s received $112 million in new funding earlier this year to develop new brands, with a vision to becoming a major consumer-products company to compete with the likes of Gillette parent Proctor & Gamble.Flamingo offers a five-blade razor, waxing kits, shaving gel and body lotion for women. The products will be sold on its own direct-to-consumer website , a space where the brand’s leaders Brittania Boey and Melnick hope to open frank conversations about women and body hair.The duo says Harry’s internal research shows nearly all U.S. women choose to shave or wax off some of their body hair. They say Flamingo wants to offer products and tips to help women do that while talking openly about furry toes, back hair and fuzzy upper lips.Harry’s launched as a direct-to-consumer company in 2013. It has since expanded into body care for men and now sells its products in Target and Walmart. Along with rival Dollar Shave Club, the company shook up the $2.8 billion U.S. men’s shaving industry, forcing Gillette to slash its razor prices and revamp its marketing strategy to stem a decline in market share.Harry’s remains a relatively small player, with 2 per cent of the market, according to Euromonitor International market research firm. But its direct-to-consumer model has helped create a sense of intimacy with its customer base that bigger brands find hard to replicate.Consumers have a growing appetite for tailored offerings that make small companies appealing, according to a recent report from management consulting firm Bain & Co., which cited both Harry’s and Dollar Shave Clubs as examples. Chobani’s and Noosa’s have similarly disrupted the yogurt industry, while digital upstarts like Casper’s helped drive Mattress Firm into bankruptcy.Flamingo hopes for the same success in the $1 billion U.S. women’s shaving industry, where Gillette holds 50 per cent of the market, according to Euromonitor. The new brand will compete in a more fractured landscape than the one Harry’s encountered for men’s shavers five years ago.Several new online brands have already seized attention, if not yet significant market share.Among them are Angel Shave Club, which donates part of its sales to the Malala Fund to promote education for girls abroad. The start-up Billie made a splash since launching last year with ads showing body hair — including a gif of a woman shaving her toe — while declaring war on the “pink tax,” the notion that women typically pay more than men for the same product.“It is likely that more women’s shave clubs will enter the U.S. market before one or two players emerge on top,” Kayla Villena, senior analyst at Euromonitor International, said in a recent report that preceded Flamingo’s launch.Melnick and Boey said more than 1 million women have bought Harry’s products, making Flamingo a logical first choice for the company’s newest brand.“My wife uses Harry’s now, too. She was stealing mine, so I got her one,” said Cody Chastain, a 42-year-old Roseville, California, man who likes Harry’s because of the convenience of its delivery service.Flamingo mirrors Harry’s in pricing and the simplicity of its offerings. It has one five-blade razor with a handle that comes in three different colours, priced at $9. Cartridge replacements are $2.25 per blade. It’s a deliberate contrast to the array of women’s razors from Gillette and No. 2 player Schick, which range from disposable razors for around $1 a piece to higher-end razors at 4$ or $5 per blade replacement.One notable difference separates Flamingo from the men’s razors Harry’s offers. Flamingo will offer its products a-la-carte only because women’s shaving routines vary too widely for subscription plans, Melnick says. Some shave only during warm seasons. Other might not bother shaving their legs if they are not in a romantic relationship. And, she says, women are very particular about which part of their body to shave or wax.Melnick has clearly gotten comfortable talking about her own lifelong battle with body hair.“I keep my arm hair, except when I demonstrate our wax strip. But I choose to remove my toe hair,” she says. “It’s all very personal.”
Residents of the building were evacuated to the Pomeroy Sport Centre, which was also set up to receive evacuated homeowners from the Tommy Lakes fire north of Prespatou.As we get more information about the fire, we will post updates here. If you have any pictures or video to share email [email protected] FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Fire Department responded to a fire at the Ridgeview Apartment building on 86 street at around 11 p.m. Saturday night.The fire caused the entire building to be evacuated and part of 86 street to be closed while officials fought the fire.The official cause is not known at this time, but eyewitnesses suggest it started on a balcony of one apartment building. 1 of 6 Firefighters battle a fire at the Ridgeview Village Apartment building last Saturday night. Submitted photo.