Whether or not former Minister of Commerce (MOC) Miatta Beysolow will be tried separately in the US$5million theft allegation on the sale of the Japanese Oil Grant now rests with Judge Emery Paye of Criminal Court C, who decides her request today.If Judge Paye denies the request, Beysolow will be prosecuted along with her co-defendants. Otherwise, she could walk free, because the case against her is not enough to convict her, according to a legal expert who spoke to the Daily Observer.Beysolow, along with former Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) Managing Director T. Nelson Williams, Aaron Wheagar, former Managing Director for Operations at the LPRC, Steve Flahn-Paye, Commence Ministry’s Director for Price Analysis and Marketing, and Aminata andSons, Inc, was jointly indicted by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC).Their charges include economic sabotage, misapplication of entrusted property, criminal conspiracy, criminal facilitation and violation of required Public Procurement and Concession Commission or PPCC procedures and processes.They are indicted for the role each of them allegedly played when using Aminata & Sons to sell oil that was presented to Liberia by the Japanese government for the country’s economy.Under the law, when two or more people are indicted jointly, and there is evidence that is admissible against one of them, but inadmissible against the other, the one against whom such evidence is inadmissible is entitled to a separate trial.But where the evidence is admissible against all defendants, severance of trials is not allowed.Her lawyers are arguing that there is no material evidence to relate her to the commission of the crimes.But the LACC is claiming that it has numerous evidences to convict her of the crime.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Success in Business programmeFirst Lady Sandra Granger has charged the 46 Georgetown participants of the Self-Reliance and Success in Business Workshop to give back to their communities while expanding their businesses. The participants today graduated after successfully completing the five-day workshop, during which they were taught the skills necessary to lead lucrative business ventures. The workshop was held at the Regency Suites, Brickdam.The First Lady, in her closing remarks, expressed her gratitude to the Social Protection Ministry for assisting with funding, and Interweave Solutions for its commitment to ensuring that the initiative is successfully executed throughout Guyana.“Go back to your communities with the excitement and passion to move forward and to grow and expand your business,” she said.The First Lady also stated that the Self- Reliance and Success in Business Workshop was aimed mainly at empowering women, but has since been extended to a number of men as well. In fact, there were two males in today’s batch of graduands.Coordinator Shondel Hope said this initiative has successfully empowered women all across Guyana. “I want to challenge you to take all that you have learnt this week and go out and be your best selves; but see how best you can share that knowledge with the other persons within your community who are also business people. When you empower a woman, you empower a community; and so we feel it is time for women to break that ceiling and continue to climb that ladder of success,” she said.Presenting their business plans to the gathering, Afaia Daly, Kim Gomes- Dainty, Deslinee Kerr and Ulita Moore described how they intend to incorporate into their lives the information they learned during the training sessions. Afaia Daly said, “I am going to set a goal and have a purpose, accept challenges as a natural part of life. With the community action plan, I will create a group that helps single parents in my community, because a lot of parents have challenges on a daily basis to provide for their children.”Ulita Moore, in presenting her business plan, noted that she usually gets many questions from members of the public as to whether or not she makes a profit selling phone credit. “In this type of business, when asked if money is made, I tell them look around and see the amount of persons selling in the Bourda vicinity, then you will know if money is made. If you are going into this type of business, you must have a plan. My group decided that in order to bring my community together as we teach them about our jobs, we will have a cleanup campaign to reduce the pollution and other water-borne diseases”, she said.Delivering the feature address, Chairperson of the Guyana Office for Investment, Patricia Bacchus, commended both the First Lady and the participants, and spoke of a few pointers she uses to accomplish being self-reliant.The highlight of the event was the presentation of certificates to the participants, who are now equipped to prepare their own business plans, which they can submit to the Institute of Private Enterprise Development [IPED] or the Small Business Bureau to access grants or loans.
This holiday season, revenues from electronic devices are expected to jump 9 percent, according to CEA estimates, with $17 billion in factory sales. While MP3 players such as Apple iPods top holiday wish lists, digital cameras and video-game consoles are right behind. For many families, it’s the kids who pry their parents’ purses. “It’s crazy, they don’t even want any clothes any more, they just want gadgets – anything that’s hip,” said Sonia Quiroz , 33, of Orange, shopping for a $400 Xbox360 game station and a $1,000 laptop for two teens. While Quiroz discussed prices on a cell phone, her 4-year-old son gunned down soldiers on a nearby Xbox. “You need a part-time job just to keep up with the gadgets,” she said. Among the AP poll findings: • Between 75 percent and 88 percent of U.S. households contain at least one VCR, CD and DVD player, cell phone and personal computer. • Roughly one in three households have an electronic game console, portable game device and a high-definition TV. • One in four own an MP3 player and a DVR recorder such as TIVO. Fourteen percent subscribe to satellite radio. While 61 percent had high-speed Internet connections, 46 percent said they couldn’t imagine living without their personal computer. “I couldn’t live without my PC,” said Jay Kang , 19, of Reseda, shopping for an iPod to play tunes in his car. “The research, the music, the contact with friends.” Analysts say consumers are hotter than ever before to chuck their gadgets for the latest gizmos. Many would rather die, they say, before being seen with a 5-year-old video recorder. “We are replacing devices at three to five times the rate of old radios and TVs,” said Richard Doherty , an analyst of consumer gadget trends for the Envisioneering Group in New York. “Mostly, we get more bang for the buck – the performance doubles every 18 months. “We have definitely become a throwaway-gadget society.” For Mojica, it means paying between $600 and $700 a month to pay for her cell phone, cable and Internet connections, she said. But it’s worth it, especially the 61-inch high definition TV. “I couldn’t live without it,” she said. “I couldn’t live without my TV.” Some, however, are growing weary of the hassle. “I sometimes say, I’ve just had it with all these gadgets ’cause you have to learn about them, read the manuals,” said Allison Sullivan, 59, of Woodland Hills. “Sometimes it’s just too much.” — Dana Bartholomew, (818) 713-3730 firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The plugged-in habit doesn’t come cheap: more than one-third of the nation’s households report spending more than $200 a month for cell phone, Internet and cable connections. The coast-to-coast poll, conducted last week by Associated Press-Ipsos, suggested a marriage between Americans and their digital machines. “It’s true, there is a love affair with digital technology in this country,” said Jenny Pareti , a spokeswoman for the Consumer Electronics Association, host of the blockbuster International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month. “We are now looking at future trends in robotics … refrigerators that order your food online and stoves that turn on 15 minutes before you get home.” The average American owns 25 consumer electronic gadgets, from MP3 music players to digital cameras to desktop PCs to flat-panel TVs. With their high-def TV and houseful of gizmos, the Mojicas are more plugged in than a blockful of Christmas lights – and hungry for the hottest in holiday digitalia. “My sons are gadget heads. They want everything that comes out – and I pay for it, depending on their grades,” said Rosa Mojica , 34, of Winnetka, shopping for two $300 iPod Videos at Best Buy. “We have to keep up to date with all the new technology.” The Mojicas are not alone. Millions of Americans have turned into high-tech junkies, according to a poll on gadgets released Wednesday. They gab on smart phones. Saunter with iPods. Surf on laptops. And slay monsters – and their friends – on the latest digital gaming devices. Nearly half of personal computer owners say they can’t imagine life without them, while almost the same number of cell-phone users wouldn’t dream of going mobile without ring tones.
Box Score DEKALB, Ill. – The Northern Illinois University women’s basketball rallied past the Drake women’s basketball team by a score of 87-73 Saturday night at the Convocation Center in DeKalb, Ill. Drake (7-3) junior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) scored 25 points with four rebounds and four assists in the road loss while sophomore Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) recorded a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Junior guard Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) added 12 points. Wendell has now scored 20-plus points in five games this season. Freshman Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) chipped in eight points and seven boards. Wendell helped power Drake to a 27-16 lead after the first quarter leading all scorers with nine points in the quarter as six other Bulldogs scored. Drake finished at 50 percent from the floor with nine baskets and six assists. NIU climbed back in the game outscoring Drake, 23-14, in the second quarter. The Bulldogs battled shooting woes in the second quarter as they made just 5-of-22 from the floor, and missed all nine of their three-point attempts. Ingle scored with just two seconds to go in the half to give Drake a 41-39 lead at the break. Drake started the the third quarter with two quick baskets in the first 44 seconds to take a 45-41 and later led by two points after a pair of Wendell free throws with 6:54 in the quarter. However, NIU seized control with a 19-3 scoring run to close out the period taking a 67-54 lead. NIU stretched its lead to as many as 17 points in the fourth before Drake mounted a rally attempt to decrease the Huskies’ lead to nine points with just under two minutes left in the game. NIU held off the late Drake charge to earn its first win in the all-time series between the two schools. Jasmine Harris had 20 points to pace NIU as the Huskies finished with five players in double figures. Drake completes its non-conference schedule at Iowa on Tuesday (Dec. 22) with tipoff set for 5 p.m. The game will be shown online via BTN2Go and broadcasted on the radio on Praise 940. The Bulldogs will then have an extended break before starting league play at the Knapp Center on Jan. 1 as they welcome SIU for a 2 p.m. contest. The New Years Day matinee with the Salukis will be available via ESPN3. Print Friendly Version
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South Africa’s maritime industry is forecast to create thousands of new jobs. Samsa CEO Tsietsi Mokhele is confident of the maritime sector’s potential toproduce jobs. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Tebogo Madibo Head: Marketing and Communications Samsa +27 12 366 2660 RELATED ARTICLES • Aviation, maritime careers for youth • South African maritime industry set to grow • New centre to foster science careers • South Africa to create 5-million new jobsBongani NkosiIn the future up to 160 000 new jobs could be generated in South Africa’s commercial maritime industry, which is currently a largely untapped source of employment for locals.The South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) said a vast number of jobs could be created in the coming years, but the country was in a race against time to develop the required skills.“This industry can create tens of thousands of jobs,” said Samsa CEO Tsietsi Mokhele at a media briefing in Cape Town. “It can create between 140 000 and 160 000 new jobs.”With a 25% unemployment rate, South Africa needs to take advantage of various opportunities that its sectors have to offer.Through the New Growth Path (NGP), the government aims to generate up to 5-million jobs within the next 10 years and slash unemployment by 10%.Mokhele believes the maritime sector can play a significant role in the NGP. He said the six-month-old national strategy has helped create a proper framework for the sector’s development to gear it up for job creation.“Maritime remains a hidden sector that can contribute significantly to the NGP,” he said.Samsa said it has started processes aimed at helping unlock job opportunities in the industry by raising awareness and introducing necessary policies. The government agency is currently developing a National Maritime Skills Plan and Jobs policy, which will be implemented once adopted by parliament.It has appointed Deloitte, an international accounting and consulting firm, to assess the range of skills required to drive employment, according to Mokhele. “For us to develop jobs (in the sector), we need to develop skills,” he said.Most seafarers currently working on South Africa’s freighters are Filipinos. This can change if more South Africans grab the opportunities that exist, Mokhele pointed out.The country needs to groom skilled professionals such as law specialists, engineers and artisans, managers, maritime economy specialists and others specifically for the maritime industry.“We’re looking at generating jobs both inland and at sea,” Mokhele said.Working with universitiesSamsa is lobbying universities to increase or introduce maritime studies. Mokhele said they’ve met with academics from the following institutions over the last few months: University of Pretoria, University of Johannesburg, University of South Africa, University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Zululand and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.The Durban University of Technology and Cape Peninsula University of Technology, both located in coastal areas, are already leaders in offering comprehensive maritime studies.“Universities are responding well to the sector’s needs based on their academic strengths,” Mokhele said.Vital sectorWith up to 80% of trade between South Africa and its partner countries being maritime-based, the country needs to escalate market participation to protect its interests.“We’re disconnected from the world unless we have shipping ability,” Mokhele said.Comprehensive skilling would also allow South Africans to take advantage of opportunities that exist on the continent, which is almost completely surrounded by ocean.Most of the shipping to and from South Africa is currently done by foreign groups, Mokhele noted, which means local businesses also have room to ramp up the market share in future. “Our trade is handled on foreign-registered ships, which employ foreign capital and foreign labour,” he said.Raising awareness in schoolsMaritime career opportunities remain untapped partly due to lack awareness among South Africans, especially the millions living inland.Samsa has teamed up with provincial government divisions to raise awareness among the country’s school pupils. Mokhele said his organisation is initiating maritime career awareness projects in all nine provinces.The awareness programmes have already “matured” in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, both coastal provinces.“Pupils need to look out for mass programmes of awareness that we’re rolling out,” Mokhele said.“We try to let them understand what the sector has to offer. It’s full of adventure and one can make it in the maritime sector coming from any background,” he added.
Keysight Technologies announced its continuing collaboration with China Mobile Communications Group (CMCC) to develop 5G technologies that enable the world’s largest mobile operator to perform 5G Radio Frequency modelling and simulation.Keysight’s SystemVue enables the mobile operator to create realistic modelling and simulation of 5G RF systems to determine relevant performance metrics to apply to its network. CMCC is a leading mobile operator driving 5G commercialization in China and is actively contributing to the 5G standardization process in the 3GPP standards body. CMCC uses SystemVue to build end-to-end system level simulation that involve 5G Baseband, RF, Antenna, as well as Wireless Channel modeling. These simulations have helped CMCC achieve desired results in standardization contributions, 5G specification, and application development. SystemVue offers engineers the blocks necessary to build and optimize a signal source, baseband transceiver, RF transceiver, phased array antenna, and perform signal analysis, thereby accelerating development within a single software platform.Keysight’s 5G NR software solutions, which include SystemVue, enables device and network equipment manufacturers to simulate, prototype and validate physical layer implementations with greater insight and confidence. 5G NR software solutions cover the full product design cycle with simulation, signal creation and analysis, with uplink and downlink directions, providing transmitter and receiver simulation and test.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Kontron: COM Express Type 6 module with 8th Gen Intel Core/ Xeon E processorsNext Particle: production-ready LTE cellular solution for future proofing IoT
TagsEnglish ChampionshipPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say FA hit Birmingham with fine after Aston Villa skipper Grealish attackedby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBirmingham City have been fined £42,500 after a Blues fan attacked Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish last season, reports BBC Sport,Paul Mitchell ran onto the pitch and hit Grealish from behind during March’s Championship derby between the sides.Mitchell was jailed for 14 weeks on 11 March.An independent regulatory commission has also warned Blues about its future conduct, having been found to fail to ensure the supporter conducted himself in an orderly fashion.
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, says that Jamaica may have to consider setting up its own disaster relief fund. “Perhaps we have to look at how we can come up with our own insurance so that in case we have a challenge like Hurricane Sandy we will be able to act,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said on Tuesday October 30 in the House of Representatives. The Prime Minister made the comment, as she informed that Jamaica would not be able to access funds from the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) to offset the over $5 billion repair bill left by the hurricane. Earlier, Opposition Spokesperson on Finance, Audley Shaw, had suggested that the government should look to put a disaster insurance fund in place. “The severity of the storm wasn’t strong enough. Payout usually comes at above category four based on the premium paid by Jamaica. The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility estimated initially that the damage to Jamaica was about US$26 million or approximately $2.4 billion,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said. The CCRIF is a risk pooling facility, owned, operated and registered in the Caribbean for Caribbean governments. It is designed to limit the financial impact of catastrophic hurricanes and earthquakes to Caribbean governments by quickly providing short term liquidity when a policy is triggered. It is the world’s first and, to date, only regional fund utilising parametric insurance, giving Caribbean governments the unique opportunity to purchase earthquake and hurricane catastrophe coverage with lowest-possible pricing. The facility was developed through funding from the Japanese Government, and was capitalised through contributions to a multi-donor Trust Fund by the Government of Canada, the European Union, the World Bank, the governments of the United Kingdom and France, the Caribbean Development Bank and the governments of Ireland and Bermuda, as well as through membership fees paid by participating governments. Sixteen governments are currently members of CCRIF: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and the Turks and Caicos Islands.