Estimated 80M savings through Bahamas Govt employee verification

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#80milliontobesavedinemployeeverification, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, August 4, 2017 – Nassau – The government’s public sector employee verification of workers which begins next Tuesday could lead to a cost saving of $80M per year in recurrent revenue on salaries; so says John Pinder, the President of the Bahamas Public Services Union.   Pinder is reporting that he supports the move by Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, explaining that the process will weed out phantom workers and end other unethical practices which are costing the Bahamian people.The figure of $80.1M comes from a belief, by John Pinder, that Government could save 3% of the $2.67B national budget .   Pinder said that dead, incarcerated and missing people are all still being paid by Government and in some cases families are collecting the money.   Pinder added that there is even more room to cut back by reviewing those who continue to be employed by Government despite being unfit or unsuitable for their jobs.The Union President recommended that more attention be given to what he called, ‘succession training’.    The verification programme, explained the Minister of Finance and DPM, Peter Turnquest is to clean up and see where there can be cuts to the over $650M government current pays per year in public workers salaries.#MagneticMediaNews#80milliontobesavedinemployeeverificationlast_img read more

Progress Unlikely in Senate on Defense Milcon Spending Bills

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Two defense-related bills that have stalled in the Senate in recent weeks are unlikely to advance before lawmakers begin a seven-week recess at the end of the week, leaving any further action on individual spending bills for defense and military construction-veterans affairs until Congress returns to Washington in September.On June 28, Senate Democrats blocked the conference agreement for the fiscal 2017 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill from advancing due to their opposition to the $1.1 billion funding package addressing the Zika virus included in the measure. Democrats have criticized the anti-Zika component over the spending offsets Republicans relied on and language related to contraception services.Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has rebuffed demands to reopen negotiations over the conference agreement, reminding Democrats that such legislation cannot be amended.“The time for debate about the content of it is over. If we did what the Senate Democrats said they want to do, we’d get no outcome at all,” he said, reported CQ.Nevertheless, McConnell plans to hold another vote to limit debate on the conference report that would allow it to go to the floor. Similarly, McConnell also plans to hold a second vote to advance the chamber’s FY 2017 defense spending bill, after Democrats last week blocked it from advancing.Senate Democrats say they won’t allow the defense spending bill to go ahead because they don’t trust Republicans to complete the rest of the appropriations process.“What we don’t want is defense-only appropriations and everything else in a CR [continuing resolution],” said Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Committee.Senate Democrats seem to be focusing their efforts on a year-end omnibus spending measure, according to the story.“What we need is an agreement — how to end this appropriations debate this year,” said Minority Whip Richard Durbin (D-Ill.).last_img read more

POLICE LOG for July 12 Coyote Pup Dies Solicitor Complaints Keolis Issues

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, July 12, 2018:A caller reported the railroad gates are up on Clark Street, but the lights are flashing. Keolis responded. (4:18am)Manager of Shell Gas Station on Main Street reported yesterday a patron drove away with the gas hose still attached to the car, causing damage to the pump. (6:29am)Police received report of a truck that struck a couple of town barrels on Salem Street. (1:58pm)Police received a deceased coyote pup on Woburn Street. (2:42pm)Police received complaints of a solicitor from Insight Pest Control going door-to-door on a segway on Burlington Avenue and Jacquith Road. Police were unable to locate. (7:59pm)5-ton weight limit signs just before Butters Row Bridge are blocked by tree limbs. Police notified Mass Highway. (9:12pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 13: Teens Take Off From Group Home; Door-To-Door Solicitor Using SegwayIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 21: Driver Issued Summons; Solicitors Going Door To Door Without Required PermitIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 25: Wilmington Man Arrested For OUI; Men Carrying Sledgehammers Down Street; Turkeys Causing TrafficIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Can you spot the Mars rover on this wild Red Planet landscape

first_img 0 Mars rovers NASA Space Enlarge ImageTry to spot the Mars rover in this view from orbit. NASA/JPL/University of Arizona NASA’s Curiosity rover loves to send selfies and close-up looks at fascinating rocks and even its own hole-y wheels. But sometimes it gets to pose for a portrait from far, far away. Conditions were just right at the end of May for NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) spacecraft to capture a snapshot of Curiosity working away in an area called Woodland Bay, part of the intriguing “clay-bearing unit.” The enhanced-color image comes from the MRO’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera, which is operated by the University of Arizona in Tucson. If you’re having trouble spotting the rover, check out NASA’s cropped version of the image that highlights its location.hirisecuriosity2Enlarge ImageThat bluish spec is the Curiosity rover. NASA/JPL-Caltech A close look at the rover shows a bright spot in the upper left-hand corner. This is likely the rover’s “head,” which includes a suite of instruments on the end of a mast. The sun was hitting the rover just right. “Mirror-like reflections off smooth surfaces show up as especially bright spots in HiRISE images,” said NASA in a release on Friday. The clay-rich area Curiosity is exploring now is one of the big reasons NASA chose Curiosity’s landing site in Gale Crater. The rover is studying the history of water on Mars and looking for signs of microbial life, past or present. 41 weird objects seen on Mars, explained Spotting NASA machines on Mars is a bit of hobby for the MRO HiRISE team, which showed us both the InSight lander and the now-defunct Opportunity rover last year. Curiosity is NASA’s only working rover on Mars at the moment, but that’s scheduled to change when the Mars 2020 rover gets its own crack at the Red Planet in 2021. The MRO should be there to keep an eye on Mars’ new visitor. Post a comment Share your voicecenter_img 43 Photos Tags NASA rover sees bewitching night-shining clouds on Mars NASA spots Mars surprise at Curiosity rover work site Sci-Tech Marvelous Marslast_img read more

Two arrested in Juneau for murder in Anchorage cold case from 1995

first_imgAn Anchorage Crime Stoppers tip and DNA led to arrests Wednesday in Juneau for an Anchorage murder case that had gone cold for years.Listen nowA grand jury indicted two Juneau men each on one count of second-degree murder in the death of Jerry Dillivan. Dillivan was 25 when he was killed in 1995.According to online court records, 49-year-old Duwaine Price and 44-year-old Browne Willard III are scheduled for a 1:45 p.m. court hearing in Anchorage. Price and Willard are being held at Lemon Creek Correctional Center and are expected to appear by telephone.The Alaska Department of Law says that on the morning of Nov. 21, 1995, Dillivan was found beaten to death behind a Texaco station near Sixth Avenue and Muldoon Road in Anchorage. A woman found him as she was coming to work and called 911.Price and Willard face a possible sentence of up to 99 years in prison.The Anchorage District Court set bail for each man at $500,000 with additional conditions.last_img read more

PM wants intl pressure for Rohingya repatriation

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina talks with UN resident coordinator and UNDP resident representative in Dhaka Mia SeppoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday stressed the need for quick repatriation of Myanmar’s forcibly displaced Rohingya people, reports UNB.She renewed the call upon the international community, including the UN, to exert more pressure on Myanmar to take back its nationals to their homeland.The prime minister made the call when newly appointed UN resident coordinator and UNDP resident representative in Dhaka Mia Seppo met her at her Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban office in the evening.Sheikh Hasina said the process could be expedited once the repatriation of the Rohingyas begins, the prime minister’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim told newsmen.The premier put emphasis on both bilateral and multi-lateral efforts to resolve the Rohingya crisis.She extended her gratitude to the UN agencies for supporting Bangladesh and trying to address the issue.Hasina also thanked development partners and other international players for their emergency services to the Rohingya people who fled to Bangladesh.About the impact of such huge Ronhigya influx into Bangladesh, the prime minister said local people in Cox’s Bazar are suffering as they cannot cultivate their lands. More importantly, she said, the environment is being affected due to the stay of the refugees.During the meeting, the new UN official highly appreciated Hasina for providing shelter to the Rohingyas saying her government showed an incredible compassion in this regard.She said such huge influx of the Myanmar nationals from Rakhaine in just three weeks’ time is surprising.Mia Seppo lauded the efforts and good management of the government in providing various assistance and support, and sheltering such huge refugees.She, however, put importance to decongestion of Rohingya camps to ensure a healthy environment there as those are overpopulated.last_img read more

Researchers study interstellar medium in the galaxy NGC 3665

first_imgUsing ESA’s Herschel telescope a team of Chinese researchers has performed analysis of the interstellar medium in the early-type galaxy NGC 3665. The study offers insights into physical properties of the matter between its star systems. The results were presented January 16 in a paper published on arXiv.org. 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. Discovered by William Herschel in 1789, NGC 3665 is a lenticular early-type galaxy located some 108 million light years away. However, contrary to typical early-type galaxies, NGC 3665 is abundant in cool gas and has a low star formation rate surface density. Studying gas, dust and other matter in this galaxy, especially in its interstellar medium, could therefore explain the galaxy’s low star formation efficiency.A group of astronomers led by Meng-Yuan Xiao of the Nanjing University in China, has carried out an analysis of the physical properties of the interstellar medium in NGC 3665. For their research, they used far-infrared photometric and spectroscopic data obtained by ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory – an infrared telescope operating in space from 2009 to 2013. The dataset provided by Hershel was complemented by observations conducted with the Calar Alto Observatory (CAHA) in Spain.The observational campaign allowed the researchers to physically characterize NGC 3665’s interstellar medium by obtaining its fundamental parameters, which could improve our understanding of this atypical galaxy and star formation process taking place there.”In this paper, we focus on the photometric observations of NGC 3665 at 100, 160, 250, 350 and 500 µm, obtained with the Photodetector Array Camera and Spectrometer (PACS; – 4 – Poglitsch et al. 2010) and the Spectral and Photometric Imaging REceiver (SPIRE; Griffin et al. 2010) onboard Herschel, with five fine-structure lines of [N ii] 122 and 205 µm, [C ii] 158 µm, [O i] 63 µm, and [C i] 370 µm. We also perform optical spectroscopic observations of NGC 3665 with the CAHA 3.5m telescope,” the scientists wrote in the paper.According to the study, the researchers found that neutral and ionized gas in NGC 3665 have extended structures and follow the carbon monoxide line gas disk distribution, adding that the fluxes are stronger at the center.Furthermore, Xiao’s team estimates that the dust-to-stellar mass ratio of NGC 3665 is about 0.0011, which is nearly three times larger than the mean value of local lenticular galaxies. When it comes to the gas-to-dust mass ratio, this value is approximately 182, similar to that in our Milky Way galaxy. According to the authors of the paper, these findings, together with the calculated star formation rate of around 1.7 solar masses per year, suggest that NGC 3665 has large gas reservoirs and less star formation.Moreover, the researchers found that NGC 3665 has a weak active galactic nucleus in its central region, a very weak ultraviolet radiation field and has the lowest gas heating efficiency in photodissociation regions among different kinds of galaxies. The astronomers conclude that the new findings, compared with results provided by previous studies, indicate that suppressed star formation in NGC 3665 is most possibly caused by its compact, massive bulge through stabilizing cool gas reservoirs. © 2018 Phys.org Citation: Researchers study interstellar medium in the galaxy NGC 3665 (2018, January 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-interstellar-medium-galaxy-ngc.html More information: The Physical Characteristics of Interstellar Medium in NGC 3665 with Herschel Observations, arXiv:1801.05110 [astro-ph.GA] arxiv.org/abs/1801.05110AbstractWe present the analysis of the physical properties of the interstellar medium (ISM) in the nearby early-type galaxy NGC 3665, based on the far-infrared (FIR) photometric and spectroscopic data as observed by the Herschel Space Observatory. The fit to the spectral energy distribution reveals a high dust content in the galaxy, with the dust-to-stellar mass ratio of Mdust/M∗ ∼ 1.1 × 10−4 that is nearly three times larger than the mean value of local S0+S0a galaxies. For the ionized regions (H~textsc{ii} regions), the electron density (ne) is around 49.5 ± 11.9 cm−3 based on the [N~textsc{ii}],122,mum/[N~textsc{ii}],205,mum ratio. For the photodissociation regions, the heating efficiency is in the range of 1.26 × 10−3 and 1.37 × 10−3 based on the ([C~textsc{ii}]+[O~textsc{i}],63,mum)/LTIR, which is slightly lower than other local galaxies; the hydrogen nucleus density and the strength of FUV radiation field are n ∼ 104 cm−3 and G0 ∼ 10−0.25, respectively. The above results are consistent with the presence of weak AGN and a low level of star-forming activity in NGC 3665. Our results give strong support to the `morphological quenching’ scenario, where a compact, massive bulge can stabilize amount of cool gas against star formation. Image: Hubble’s cosmic atlas Explore further The 2D bulge-disk decomposition of NGC 3665 with Galfit. Panels from left to right are r-band observed image, model image, and model-subtracted residual image. The black region in residual image shows a dust structure near the galaxy center, which has been masked out before the fitting. Credit: Xiao et al., 2018.last_img

Flavours of punjab

first_imgTraditional wares from Punjab such as phulkari embroidery work, the Punjabi jutti, nate-parande, bangles, wooden furniture and inlay items are being sold here in various exhibitions held to mark the upcoming harvest festival of Baisakhi.At the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts whose lawns have been temporarily transformed into a mini Punjabi village for a Baisakhi Mela. Among the many stalls at the IGNCA lawns is one which features a hawker from Manipur which is stocked with items ranging from phulkari to khanda to funky t-shirts with Punjab style prints on it. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“We are selling stoles with Ura Era Iri print. This is the Punjabi alphabet,” says Awon Marei with a smile. “We generally don’t keep phulkari work in our shops in Chandigarh and Janpath but we have especially got it from the villages in Punjab to sell here. The phulkari work key-ring we have is from Sangrur where a part of the proceeds goes for the education of children there,” says Marei. The shop girl who sports a Punjabi ‘kada’ in her hand says she knows a lot about the Punjabi culture since she has been working with the shop for eight years now. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixJawahar Dhawan, secretary, Punjabi Academy which has organised the event, says that the aim of the event was to to showcase a mini-Punjab. “Even children belonging to Punjabi families in Delhi hardly know anything about their culture. So this event will help people know more about Punjab. We have traditional performances like giddha, bazi, gatka dhadi and bhangra here. Besides that we have called stars like Vatsala Mehra, Harshdeep Kaur, Hardy Sandhu and Ammy Virk,” says Dhawan. Food stall features cooks from Amritsar dishing out specialties like Amritsari kulche and Amritsari macchi fry. Another Baisakhi Mela is being organised by Delhi Tourism at the Garden of Five Senses which will include cultural performances by artists of Sahitya Kala Parishad and Punjabi Academy. Meanwhile, entertainment destination the Kingdom of Dreams has roped in a band of singers led by Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor of Baby Doll fame for an evening of merriment and music.“I’ll sing my latest numbers as most of them are in Punjabi and if there is a dhol then we’ll try doing few songs with dhol as well. However, we haven’t still decided on the exact numbers and we prefer going with the flow,” Kapoor said. The ‘Punjab Pavilion’ in the Culture Gully of the Kingdom of Dreams is also hosting special offers.last_img read more

Strengthening bonds

first_imgWith the view of strengthening the bond between India and UK , a grand celebration , ‘UK-India year of culture 2017’, took place in the national Capital on Thursday evening with the re-inauguration of British Council Centre by Sir Ciaren Devane, Chief Executive of British Council.The iconic British Council Centre is the epicentre to showcase the strong cultural relationship that India and UK share. Over the time, the British Council keeps on refurbishing its interiors as well as the technology based library, auditorium and the beautiful art gallery according to the highest modern standards. The art gallery demonstrate the variety of British art since 1920 to the present. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Speaking at the event, Ciaren Divane emphasized the necessity to promote cultural exchange for stronger ties between the two nations. He also announced that 2017 will be ‘UK-India year of culture’.He was also accompanied by Sir Dominic Asquith, British High Council Commissioner to India and Alan Gemmell , Director of British Council of India. They both spoke about the traditional and cultural values for connecting both the countries and also gave a glimpse of future projects that will take place within a year. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOn this event , the renowned personalities of British Council addressed the importance of relationship between India and UK to face the challenges of 21st century.The main purpose behind ‘UK- India 2017 year of celebration’ was to enhance the appreciation of contemporary UK in India and vice versa in order to establish a profound and relevant long standing relationship between the two big culturally heritage countries.Apart from this, ‘UK-India 2017’ will seek to challenge the outdated perception of UK with an inspiring programme, demonstrating the quality of contemporary British art and culture. Gemmell, Director of British Council of India , also launched the trailor of ‘Mix the Play’,a special edition of the popular ‘Mix the City’ platform to promote Shakespeare life. Gemmell said , “‘Mix the Play’ will offer digital audiences an exclusive chance to play director of one of Shakespeare’s most loved plays : A Midsummer Night’s Dream and visitors to ‘Mix the Play’ website will be invited to make a short film from a scene in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.The duration of a scene will be under 3 minutes.”  The main purpose behind the project is to make a close interaction between audience and Shakespeare’s play and to educate them about theatre in a fun way. He also added, “We are working closely with the Indian High Commissioner and his team in London to identify how best we can support each other’s programme.” The programme is basically designed for the youth of both nations and with the help of digital technology it will reach a numerous number of audience.The event also saw the launch of some great British artsist work .Last year, Prime Ministers of India and UK, Narendra Modi and David Cameron announced a celebration for the bilateral cultural year to promote deeper connection on India’s 70 years of Independence. Sir Ciaren Devane said, “2017 will see an exciting and surprising UK programmes across in India.”last_img read more

Spreading Gandhis message of peace

first_imgCommemorating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and highlighting his principles of non-violence and peace, the Lalit Kala Akademi(LKA) has been organising various theme-based art events since October 2018. And recently, it organised an art show titled ‘Mahatma Gandhi and World Peace’.The show will be on view for the public until February 12 at the Lalit Kala Akademi Art Galleries of Rabindra Bhawan, New Delhi. Artists participating in the art show include Deepak Shinde, Anil Nayak, Chandrakant Change, Paul Koli and Srikant Jadhav, to name a few. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDr Mahesh Sharma, Cultural Minister, who was invited as the chief guest, inaugurated the show in the gracious presence of Uttam Pacharne, Lalit Kala Akademi Chairman; Nirupama Kotru, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture along with Rajan Shripad Fulari, Secretary, LKA. Dean Vishwanath Sabale, Professor Mariti Shelke; Professor Shashikant Gorakhe from Sir JJ School of Arts, art lovers and critics. In the program, Chairman Uttam Pacharne talked about Ram V Sutar’s statues of Gandhi and also, felicitated him with a shawl. The show has been organised in association with Sir J J School of Art, Mumbai. Over 75 artworks by the same number of artists have been put on display in this exhibition. The artists have shown their creative perspectives and thoughts about Gandhiji and World Peace. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveInaugurating the exhibition, Dr Mahesh Sharma appreciated the initiatives of the Akademi in conveying the message of peace among new generation. “Gandhiji has contributed a lot in the upliftment of the people throughout the world and has influenced a lot in each and every perspective. We will keep on celebrating many such inspirational personalities. I congratulate Lalit Kala Akademi for organising such a beautiful exhibition on Gandhiji.” Addressing the audience at the event, Uttam Pacharne, Chairman, Lalit Kala Akademi, reiterated the glorious journey of Mahatma Gandhi towards his strong principles of non-violence and his teachings of achieving world peace. He said, “We’ve all known the struggle of Independence of the great men who spent their whole lives conveying the message of peace. Let’s remember them and follow on with their ideologies.” Ram V Sutar, who was the Guest of Honour said that he has always been inspired by Gandhiji’s principles, in 1948 he got his first chance to sculpt his statue. After that, he made many statues of the national figure. Congratulating LKA for the initiative, he said: “I congratulate Lalit Kala Akademi for organising such an exhibition.” On this occasion, the catalogue of Winter Show which was organised by the Akademi was also launched. Many art lovers attended the event.”last_img read more

Hakim inaugurates New Town helpline

first_imgKolkata: State Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim inaugurated the toll-free New Town helpline number at a programme in Salt Lake Sector V on Tuesday evening.The residents of New Town can now call up the toll-free number 1800-103-7652 for any information on New Town, as well as for registering complaints. Hakim, who has decided to talk to the residents of the city every Wednesday on a toll-free number, said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wants the civic authorities to provide better service to the people. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHe said intense campaign on garbage segregation is required. It may be mentioned that the Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) had organised a day-long seminar on garbage segregation to create awareness among the residents. Later, the residents of New Town took part in a rally and agreed to segregate garbage at source. Hakim also inaugurated a 350 m stretch of road connecting the parking plaza and Ring Road in Sector V, on Tuesday. The road falls under the jurisdiction of Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA). Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHe said Sector V has become saturated and IT companies are moving out to New Town, where the country’s biggest IT hub is coming up. Some companies have also moved to Bantala in South 24-Parganas. Hakim thanked Debashis Sen, chairman of HIDCO, NDITA and New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA), who is also the additional chief secretary of the IT department, for his personal efforts to bring several IT firms to Bengal. The New Town IT hub will follow the model of Silicon Valley and the roads will join the IT hubs in New Town, Sector V and Bantala, he maintained.last_img read more