Jamaica working to reduce human trafficking

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppJamaica, July 3rd 2017 – Kingston – Jamaica is making major strides to curb crime especially human trafficking. According to a report released by the US department of State on June 27th, Jamaica has demonstrated increasing efforts to eliminate human trafficking by securing two convictions, prosecuting nine cases against 13 alleged offenders and investigating 40 potentially new cases.Head of the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP), Carol Palmer, also confirmed that the report noted the country’s increased efforts to raise awareness of the crime, and Jamaica’s new victim protocol for health, labour and child welfare.The U.S report also emphasized the responsibility of other Caribbean Governments to criminalize human trafficking and hold offenders more accountable. Palmer stated  “countries should scale up their actions to enable law enforcement agencies to respond effectively in investigating cases of human trafficking, rescuing victims and helping the prosecutorial services to build effective cases against offenders.”Palmer also urged regional Governments to work collaboratively to develop the capacity of law enforcement and judicial officials to implement more modern investigative and evidence processing techniques.  All in all, human trafficking is a serious crime which affect all Caribbean countries.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher#MagneticMediaNews Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Recommended for you Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Related Items:#humantrafficking, #magneticmedianews, jamaicalast_img read more

Kemp Named CEO of Northstar Travel Media

first_imgFormer Penton CEO and Veronis Suhler Stevenson managing director Tom Kemp has been named chairman and CEO of Boston Ventures-owned Northstar Travel Media.Kemp replaces George Hundley, who will transition to chairman of Northstar affiliate ProfessionalTravelGuide.com.Headquartered in Secaucus, New Jersey, Northstar Travel Media publishes several b-to-b titles, including Travel Weekly, Meetings & Conventions and TravelAge West. The company has slightly less than $50 million in annual revenue.“Northstar Travel Media is a perfect fit for my experience and investment goals,” Kemp told FOLIO: today.  In April, Kemp launched Oakstreet Media, a platform for which he hoped to acquire lower- and mid-market business media and information properties. “It’s a company I targeted in my search,” Kemp said. “The good thing about this, considering the state of the financial markets. is that I am joining the company but we are not taking on any new debt.”Northstar carries a “modest” amount of debt but experienced significant “top-line, organic growth” last year, Kemp said.Kemp joins a growing list of former publishing CEOs hoping to team up with private equity sponsors in acquisitions. But market conditions preclude all but a few deals, so some have opted to take more traditional jobs without buying anythhing.Another former Penton CEO, David Nussbaum, tested the private equity waters, but was eventually named CEO at ABRY Partners-owned F+W Media. Ex-Reed Business CEO Jim Casella, who also played the M&A market, was named CEO of Asset International, a Stamford, Connecticut-based company acquired late last year by private equity firm Austin Ventures. Also, Doug Manoni, a former CEO of Wicks Business Information, was looking to team with private equity but instead decided to take a position with Source Media.Before Penton, Kemp worked for more than two decades at Miller Freeman, having left in 1996 as president and COO.last_img read more

76 Mlnyrold Gondwanaland frog discovered in Western Ghats of India Scientists stunned

first_imgnew frog speciesVijayakumar/DineshIndian scientists have discovered a starry dwarf frog that is believed to be an entirely new genus and species, while surveying reptiles at a height of 1,300 meters in India’s southern Western Ghats in Kerala.Palaniswamy Vijayakumar who was among the first to spot the new species one night in 2010, initially thought that it was another species of frog. To his surprise, it turned out to be an entirely new species and could even be a new family with a lineage traceable to ancient Gondwanaland period when the sub-continent was part of the African continent before drifting towards Asia.The frog, which looked like any other frog, did not stand out as a different species, initially with its brown back, orange belly and starlike spots, which acted as camouflage against the dark hues and water droplets on the forest floor. It measured just 2 to 2.9 centimeters long that it “can sit on your thumb,” said Vijayakumar Palaniswamy, a biogeographer at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.”I had no clue I was holding onto a 50-million-year-old lineage,” said Vijayakumar. “It’s a unique, old lineage without any close relatives” said Vijayakumar, who is a member of the team that is working on to confirm through genetic analysis and anatomical comparisons to decide whether it belongs to a differently new species.Named starry dwarf frog, the DNA analysis, anatomy and geographic distribution of it stunned the team in the lab when they realised that they had stumbled upon a new species altogether. The frog belonged to sole known species of a lineage dating back 57 million to 76 million years, said researchers. Scientifically named Astrobatrachus kurichiyana, with a genus name that includes “astro” for the frog’s bluish-white starlike dots, and species name refers to local Kurichiyan people in Kerala. The report was published in PeerJ.last_img read more

3 teenage boys held over bank official murder

first_imgMembers of Police Bureau of Investigation in a drive detained three teenage boys from different areas of the city in connection with murder of bank official Sajal Nandi.The detainees are Chiku, Joy and Prateek, all aged between 16-18.Sadwip Kumar Dash, inspector of PBI, said the three detainees are friends of the victim’s son. Among them, Joy passed the HSC examination from a college in the city and Chiku and Prateek are school students.On 27 May, police recovered throat-silt body of Sajal, 48, cash officer of Rupali Bank, from his residence at Dhoppur area under Bandar police station of the city.Later, his elder brother Swapan Nandi filed a case.last_img

Suicide attack kills 27 Iran elite Revolutionary Guards

first_imgMap or Iran locating the city of Zahedan. Photo: AFPA suicide bomber killed 27 members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards on Wednesday, state media said, in a southeastern region where security forces are facing a rise in attacks by militants from the country’s Sunni Muslim minority.The Sunni group Jaish al Adl (Army of Justice), which says it seeks greater rights and better living conditions for the ethnic minority Baluchis, claimed responsibility for the attack, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.The heavy losses among Iran’s premier military force prompted a senior Revolutionary Guards commander to issue a warning to the country’s foes.“Our response in defence of the Islamic Revolution will not be limited to our borders,” Ali Fadavi was quoted as saying by Fars.“The enemies will receive a very firm response from the Revolutionary Guards like before.” He did not specify which enemies or what actions Tehran would take.In the past Iran has accused its regional rival, Sunni Arab Saudi Arabia, of supporting Sunni separatist groups who have attacked its security forces. Riyadh has denied the charges.Iran’s Shi’ite Muslim authorities say militant groups operate from safe havens in Pakistan and have repeatedly called on the neighbouring country to crack down on them.A suicide bomber driving a vehicle laden with explosives attacked a bus transporting members of the Guards, the force said in a statement. Thirteen people were wounded.A video posted by Fars showed blood and debris at the site of the attack on a road in a volatile area near the Pakistan border where militants and armed drug smugglers operate.The bus was turned into a twisted pile of metal, a photo published on Fars showed. Reuters could not independently verify the image.While Sunni militant groups are not regarded as a major threat, the attack dealt a fresh blow to Iran’s security establishment, which has often said it can repel any threat no matter how big, even from the United States and its ally Israel.Military Might And Business InterestsThe assault in impoverished Sistan-Baluchistan province – among the worst ever on the Guards – illustrated that Iran’s elite force, which answers directly to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, can be vulnerable to guerrilla-style operations.The Guards’ estimated 125,000-strong military, with army, navy and air units, has acted as the sword and shield of Shi’ite clerical rule in Iran since its 1979 Islamic Revolution.The force also operates outside of Iran’s borders in countries such as Iraq and Syria where it works with proxies to promote Tehran’s interest. It runs a business empire in Iran worth billions of dollars.“The self-sacrificing military and intelligence children of the people of Iran will take revenge for the blood of the martyrs of this incident,” Fars quoted Foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi as saying.Iran’s Guards fired missiles at Islamic State militants in Syria in 2017 and 2018 after the group claimed responsibility for two attacks in Tehran and Ahvaz. In 2018, the Guards launched missiles at an Iranian Kurdish armed opposition group in northern Iraq.Wednesday’s violence comes during a month in which Iran has been commemorating the 1979 Islamic Revolution which swept the US-backed Shah from power. Tehran showed off ballistic missiles in defiance of US efforts to curb its military power.Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif appeared to blame the United States for the attack, citing a US-sponsored conference in Warsaw aimed at rallying support to further isolate Iran.On Twitter he asked: “Is it no coincidence that Iran is hit by terror on the very day that #WarsawCircus begins?”Iran had enjoyed relative stability compared to Arab neighbours who have grappled with political and economic upheaval touched off by popular uprisings in 2011.But economic hardships fuelled by US sanctions have triggered waves of protests that sometimes call for Iran’s clerical leaders to step down.Twelve members of the Guards were among 25 people killed last autumn by gunmen on a military parade in the city of Ahvaz in the southwest. The Sunni Islamic State and an Arab separatist group both claimed responsibility.Jaish al-Adl emerged as the main armed opposition movement in the southeast after members of another Sunni group, Jundullah, joined it after their leader was captured on a plane in 2010. He was tried and executed.last_img read more

HydrogenWindNuclear Plant in Ontario Not Currently Worthwhile Study Shows

first_img Explore further Bruce Power – Canada’s first private nuclear generating company – is considering including a hydrogen storage and distribution component to go along with a large scale wind farm, all presently sharing the main electrical transmission line in Bruce County, Ontario. The province’s first commercial wind farm, Huron Wind, is located on the shore of Lake Huron. Its five wind turbines provide a maximum output power of 9 MW. Additional large scale wind farms are located close by, using the same transmission lines.Bruce Power’s nuclear power plant, located about 250 km northwest of Toronto, consists of six reactors. Together, the reactors generate a total output power of 4,830 MW, which supplies more than 20% of Ontario’s electricity.Using hydrogen as a storage and distribution method for the electricity generated by the wind farm and nuclear plant from the same region could have several potential benefits. When the cost of electricity is low, for example, the company could store part of its electricity production as hydrogen, and then sell it back to the electricity market when the price increases. Similarly, electricity could be stored as hydrogen when there is not enough line capacity to transfer it all at once. In periods of low winds, hydrogen storage could help make up for the variability and in periods of high winds and constrained transmission capacities, hydrogen could be used to store the electricity. In the future, the hydrogen itself could be sold to a hydrogen market, which could be more profitable than selling it back to the electricity market. However, costs of the initial investment, production, and operation won’t be matched by the profit solely from storing electricity as hydrogen, according to the study by Gregor Taljan and Gregor Verbič from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and Claudio Cañizares and Michael Fowler from the University of Waterloo, Ontario. Even with an optimistic hydrogen production efficiency of 60% through electrolysis, the researchers’ evaluation shows that the electricity stored as hydrogen would need to be sold to the electricity market at a high price that rarely happens in order for the scheme to be profitable. As the researchers demonstrate, the selling price of electricity would need to be about four times the buying electricity price for the hydrogen system to profit from storing electricity. 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. A recent case study on using hydrogen to store the electricity generated by a mix of wind and nuclear power in Ontario, Canada, has shown that the hydrogen addition won’t be worth the cost, at least not at the current state of hydrogen technology development. Citation: Hydrogen-Wind-Nuclear Plant in Ontario Not Currently Worthwhile, Study Shows (2008, August 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-08-hydrogen-wind-nuclear-ontario-worthwhile.html Solar power system that works at night a renewable energy game-changer “This study is very important from the viewpoint of finding synergies between electrical energy and chemical energy stored in hydrogen,” Taljan told PhysOrg.com. “The study shows that currently, hydrogen is not profitable solely for electricity storage. On the other hand, it might be economically acceptable to produce hydrogen from electricity at advantageous electricity/hydrogen prices. Furthermore, hydrogen is shown to be a highly favorable option when there are electricity transmission constraints in the area, limiting sales of electricity of a power producer.”As the researchers explain, hydrogen storage might be an economically feasible option for storing electricity in times of insufficient electricity transmission line capacities, which would otherwise be dumped. This could be especially true in cases where the upgrade of transmission systems is not an option due to various reasons (such as remote location, resistance of local population, etc.).The study also showed that a hydrogen sub-system for producing hydrogen could be profitable if there is sufficient hydrogen demand. For instance, transportation applications (such as cars, trains, and planes) could provide a market for buying hydrogen produced by a mixed wind-nuclear plant. “Hydrogen production might become profitable when the Hydrogen Economy becomes fully mature, i.e. when the demand, and correspondingly prices, for hydrogen increases (expected mainly from the transportation sector),” Taljan said. “This might happen when the prices of fossil fuels rise as a result of many different possible factors (e.g. shrinking reserves, higher demand, political instabilities, CO2 emissions trading schemes). In this scenario, hydrogen might become a real fossil fuel substitute option which will drive up the hydrogen demand and prices, making the hydrogen production a lucrative business. “In this context, it is also important that research into hydrogen production, storage, transmission, distribution and consumption components ‘wins the battle’ with the electron economy, where the energy carrier is considered to be electricity. Those two economies compete in many different areas, such as efficiencies, durability, and prices. Currently, hydrogen is advantageous in terms of higher energy density and durability but still lags in efficiencies.”The team’s investigation into the feasibility of hydrogen is further elaborated in two other recent studies. “Hydrogen storage for mixed wind–nuclear power plants in the context of a Hydrogen Economy,” which is published in the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, deals with how the excess oxygen and heat utilizations would improve the economics of hydrogen systems primarily designed for storing of electricity. The second study, “Study of Mixed Wind-Nuclear-Hydrogen Power Plants,” which is going to be presented at this year’s North American Power Symposium in Calgary, demonstrates that hydrogen is not economically feasible for the sole purpose of storing electricity, in spite of residual heat and oxygen utilization, and based on current hydrogen production and utilization technologies.More information: Taljan, Gregor; Cañizares, Claudio; Fowler, Michael; and Verbič, Gregor. “The Feasibility of Hydrogen Storage for Mixed Wind-Nuclear Power Plants.” IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Vol. 23, Issue 3, August 2008.Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.last_img read more