Sikh solicitors will no longer have to remove articles of faith when meeting clients in detention centres, after the Ministry of Justice settled a claim for religious discrimination brought by Amrik Bilkhu of GT Stewart Solicitors.
Share Share Tweet LocalNews PM announces Plans to Build new Wing on Reginald Armour Hospital in Portsmouth by: – July 24, 2019 Sharing is caring! 258 Views no discussions Health Care is expected to receive a major boost in the Portsmouth constituency with the construction of a new wing on the Reginald Armour Hospital as well as a new health center.These new projects are funded under Dominica’s Citizenship By Investment (CBI) programme and will be developed by Montreal Management Consultants EST (MMCE).According to Prime Minister Honorable Roosevelt Skerrit, contracts have already been signed for the construction of the new health center.“We will be creating more space and additional services at that hospital to cater to the town of Portsmouth. We also have already signed an agreement for a new health center. The health center will now be separated from the hospital so that we separate primary health care from secondary health care services. We have been advised that this allows for a more organized service because sometimes people go to the hospital for things they should go to the health center for,” Hon Skerrit said.The Dominica leader went on to express appreciation to the MMCE and made clear it’s exclusive sponsorship through the CBI programme. Share
Spain called off the Running of the Bulls in July, the U.S. scrapped the national spelling bee in June and Germany canceled Oktoberfest five months away, making it clear that the effort to beat back the coronavirus and return to normal could be a long and dispiriting process. Amid growing impatience over the shutdowns that have thrown tens of millions out of work, European countries continued to reopen in stages, while in the U.S., one state after another mostly ones led by Republican governors began taking steps to get back to business. Business owners in the U.S. who got the go-ahead weighed whether to reopen, and some hesitated, in a sign that commerce won’t necessarily bounce back right away.Virus cancels world events COMMENT Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 22nd April, 2020 09:55 IST With deaths and infections still rising around the world, the push to reopen has set off warnings from health authorities that the crisis that has killed well over 170,000 people globally including more than 42,000 in the U.S. is far from over and that relaxing the stay-at-home orders too quickly could enable the virus to come surging back. The economic damage mounted as oil prices suffered an epic collapse and stocks registered their worst loss in weeks on Wall Street. The crisis hit home at Trump ‘s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, which laid off 153 workers, including bartenders, cooks, dishwashers and housekeepers.The U.S. Senate on Tuesday approved nearly $500 billion in coronavirus aid for businesses, hospitals and testing after a deal was reached between Congress and the White House. Trump urged House members to quickly pass the measure. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said during the daily White House briefing Tuesday that while some big businesses obtained access to government loans under an earlier aid package, its intent was to help mostly companies with 10 or fewer workers. He and the president said bigger businesses should return those funds. Trump also said he will stop issuing certain immigration green cards for 60 days to limit competition for jobs and protect American workers already suffering in an economy devastated by the pandemic.In Europe, meanwhile, Denmark, Austria, Spain and Germany began allowing some people back to work, including hairdressers, dentists and construction workers, and some stores were cleared to reopen or will soon get the OK. But in an indication that it will be a long time before life returns to normal, Spain canceled its Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, the more than 400-year-old event made world-famous by Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel The Sun Also Rises. It was also called off during the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s. The Scripps National Spelling Bee in the U.S. was canceled. The competition has been held since 1925 and was last scrubbed in 1945, during World War II.Germany called off the centuries-old Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, which draws about 6 million visitors each year. It was previously canceled during the two world wars; during a period of hyperinflation in Germany in 1923; and twice because of cholera outbreaks in the 1800s. “We agreed that the risk is simply too high,” Bavarian governor Markus Soeder said. Mark Lebos, owner of Strong Gym in Savannah, Georgia, where Gov. Brian Kemp announced that gyms and salons can reopen this week, said it would be professional negligence to do so right now.”We are not going to be a vector of death and suffering,” he said. FOLLOW US “If some of these reopenings are done the wrong way, it’s going to affect all of us, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on CNN.De Blasio said Tuesday that New York City will honor health care workers and first responders with a ticker tape parade once it’s safe to hold large gatherings again. Written By WATCH US LIVE In Italy, Premier Giuseppe Conte confirmed that businesses can start reopening on May 4 but dashed any hopes of a full end to the country’s strict lockdown any time soon, saying: A decision of that kind would be irresponsible.” In the U.S., some states, including Tennessee, West Virginia and Colorado, announced plans this week to begin reopening in stages in the coming days. Sunbathers quickly flocked to the sand after some South Carolina beaches reopened with the governor’s backing. Last Updated: 22nd April, 2020 09:55 IST Virus Cancels World Events; Divided Opinions On Reopening Spain called off the Running of the Bulls in July, the U.S. scrapped the national spelling bee in June and Germany canceled Oktoberfest five months away Political tensions were high. Some sheriffs in Washington state, Michigan and Wisconsin said they won’t enforce stay-at-home orders. Angry protesters demanding the lifting of restrictions marched in Alabama, North Carolina and Missouri with signs like Enough is enough. And Wisconsin Republicans asked the state’s high court to block an extension of the stay-at-home order there.During an online ceremony Tuesday to donate masks, ventilators and other desperately needed medical supplies to hard-hit New York City, Chinese Consul-General Huang Ping indirectly appealed to Trump to tone down his recent rhetoric against the Asian country where the virus first emerged. After weeks of elaborate praise of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s response to the pandemic, Trump has turned to blaming China and halting U.S. contributions to the World Health Organization, accusing it of parroting misinformation from Beijing. “This is not the time for finger-pointing,”Huang said. This is the time for solidarity, collaboration, cooperation and mutual support. Trump, meanwhile, said he had a very productive” meeting with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the White House on Tuesday during which they discussed how they could work to expand screening with the goal of doubling testing in New York in the next few weeks. The meeting marks a sharp shift in rhetoric between the two politicians. Days earlier, Trump had called on Cuomo to work harder to secure testing material for his state, while Cuomo pushed back that the president should turn off his television and get back to work. Numerous governors and local leaders have said that before they can relax social distancing restrictions, they need help from Washington in expanding testing to help keep the virus in check. LIVE TV
Despite the impetus to direct funding towards post-apartheid development imperatives like housing and basic service supply, the government is now prioritising research.Most research capacity in the higher education sector is located in the country’s top 12 universities, but the National Research Foundation is spending R43-million each year in an equity drive to boost research activity in the historically disadvantaged institutions. (Image: School Moves)Brand South Africa ReporterAfter years of academic isolation, the country’s higher education institutions have eagerly rejoined the international research environment.The country puts out more research than any other on the continent, generated by 12 500 academics and as many researchers based at research councils, institutes and companies. There are hundreds of researchers who have achieved international recognition as leaders in their fields of research.Most research capacity in the higher education sector is located in the country’s top 12 universities, but the National Research Foundation is spending R43-million each year in an equity drive to boost research activity in the historically disadvantaged institutions. Altogether, the higher education sector contributes 34 percent of the country’s research and development initiatives.Despite the impetus to direct funding towards post-apartheid development imperatives like housing and basic service supply, the government is now prioritising research. In 2001, state funding for research increased by 15%.The challenges presented by a developing country combined with first-world teaching and research facilities at some of our universities and technikons, provide unique opportunities for study and research in South Africa. Many local institutions are working in collaboration with foreign institutions, and many academics from abroad spend periods of time here.Applied research projectsThrip. Higher education institutions are also forging links with private companies on applied research projects. The government’s huge Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme (Thrip) embraces government, industry, science councils and higher education institutions in joint ventures to develop new technology and skills for the country.Innovation Fund. The government has also set up an Innovation Fund, which received R125-million for 2000 – 2001. The initiative encourages multi-disciplinary collaboration on projects addressing major social and economic problems. Countless opportunities exist for students to embark on academic study and research that has a real impact on the broader society.Statutory research bodiesSouth Africa has eight statutory science councils through which the government commissions research for social, scientific and technological development. Each has its own web site, offering a huge range of science-, technology- and industry-related information, archives, databases, services, products, funding and other facilities.National Research Foundation. The NRF promotes research through funding, human resource development and the provision of research facilities in order to facilitate knowledge creation, innovation and development in all areas of science and technology. The NRF’s web site has plenty of information on research and funding opportunities in the higher education sector.For specific information on bursaries and scholarships administered by the NRF, click here.To access research funds for research to be conducted at historically black universities, click here.Agricultural Research Council. The Agricultural Research Council promotes agriculture and related sectors through research, technology development and technology transfer.Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. The CSIR is the largest scientific and technological research, development and implementation organisation in Africa.Council for Geosciences. The Council for Geosciences provides geoscience information and services for the benefit of the people of South Africa.Human Sciences Research Council. The HSRC facilitates problem-solving and enhances decision-making through research excellence in the human sciences.Medical Research Council. The MRC improves South Africans’ health status and quality of life through relevant and excellent health research.Mintek. Mintek is one of the world’s leading technology providers, specialising in mineral processing, extractive metallurgy and related fields.South African Bureau of Standards. The SABS is responsible for the development and publication of standards for products and services.Other research organisationsAfrica Institute of South Africa. The AISA Promotes research on Africa and aims to further the aims of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad).Southern African Association for Institutional Research. The SAAIR furthers research and development in the context of research units in higher education institutions.South African Association for Research and Development in Higher Education. The SAARDHE aims to further research in higher education with grants and awards.For more information on research opportunities, visit Study South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
28 November 2013 A consignment of 33 rhino horns that was seized by customs officials in Hong Kong in November 2011 has been returned to South Africa. The horns together weigh 79.9 kilograms and are worth an estimated R23.8-million on the black market. The horns, along with a large number of elephant ivory products, arrived at OR Tambo Airport International Airport on Wednesday. Colonel Johan Jooste, of the Hawks special investigation unit of the SA Police Service, told a press briefing at the airport that a container allegedly containing waste, parings and scrap plastic had been cleared at an SA Revenue Service office in Johannesburg in October 2011, transported to Cape Town and shipped to Hong Kong. “On 15 November 2011, Hong Kong customs officials seized a container of 33 rhinoceros horns along with 758 ivory chopsticks and 127 ivory bracelets,” he said. An investigation was then launched by the Hawks’ endangered species unit and a docket presented to the National Prosecuting Authority, after which South Africa applied to China for the return of the horns. Both countries are party to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Jooste said the success of the investigation was encouraging, and that it was evident that the Chinese government was willing to co-operate in combating wildlife crime. “It’s a positive step forward, we see the engagement of other countries seeing it as important as we do.” He said the return of these items meant they could now be forensically analysed, which could lead to the arrest of the poachers as well as the couriers of the illegal shipment. Department of Environmental Affairs deputy director-general Fundisile Mketeni said that in addition to an existing agreement on legal assistance between South Africa and China, the government was now negotiating a broader agreement which included co-operation on biodiversity matters. This agreement was an improvement “because we are not [only] going to look at rhinos but all environmental crimes, issues of awareness, technology transfer, compliance, aligning our laws, harmonised policies. It gives us space to work better with Hong Kong.” Mketeni said the investigation and subsequent return of the horns demonstrated that the government took poaching and the illegal trade in horns seriously, “otherwise, we could easily lose all our rhinos and we would have lost our heritage.” Source: SAnews.gov.za
Every year in December Read/WriteWeb does a Best Web Companies round-up. This is the 4th time and, like last year, we’re splitting it over two posts. In this post we’ll announce the Best Web BigCo of 2007 and later in the week we’ll announce Best Web LittleCo and Most Promising Web Company or Innovator. These will be selected by the Read/WriteWeb writers, but at the end of this post we’ll be asking for your input for the LittleCo awards.Last year’s Best BigCo was Google, an honor it also won in 2004. In between, in 2005, Yahoo was adjudged Best Bigco. So can Google win the title for a third year – and become the Internet equivalent of the Chicago Bulls in the 1990’s? Or will one of Yahoo, Microsoft, Amazon, eBay, Facebook or another BigCo take the silverware (metaphorically speaking)? Read on to find out…And the Winner is…The Read/WriteWeb authors were unanimous in our decision, but it was a close contest between two BigCos. You can probably guess that one was Google, because it’s been another bumper year of innovation and acquisitions at the Googleplex. All through the year we’ve been delivering the Weekly Wrapup of Web tech news, reviews and analysis – and seemingly every week there was something new about Google. But there was another company that really came of age this year; and more importantly it was the catalyst for some important Web trends. Last year this Silicon Valley based company was not among our BigCo list – it was shortlisted for Best LittleCo! In 2007 that all changed though. And by the end of the year, it had done enough to even trump Google as a big influential Internet company. The winner is:Facebook! Things started to get interesting for social networking company Facebook on May 24 this year, when it announced a new “open” platform – a system enabling 3rd party companies to integrate their services inside of Facebook user pages. The new platform went beyond the ability to post media from outside into Facebook and beyond the previous Facebook API (a read-only API). With the new platform, outside companies were for the first time being allowed to deploy advanced functionality inside the Facebook site. For the social networking industry as a whole, it was a significant move – because up till then it had been a relatively closed system that was tightly controlled by the hosts (MySpace, Facebook, et al). Simply put, no other Internet bigco had opened its platform to such an extent before.Although Facebook’s platform wasn’t quite as open as initially claimed, it nevertheless gained immediate traction. Many startups integrated their products into the Facebook platform and over 2007 Facebook’s user growth ramped up and became mainstream. Also the Facebook platform had a major influence on its competitors. Google followed up on 1 November with OpenSocial, a set of common APIs for building social applications across the web. MySpace, Facebook’s main competitor, joined the OpenSocial alliance that same week.In November Facebook announced a controversial new advertising system, nicknamed Beacon. It was an attempt at conversational marketing, where users become product promoters and are encouraged to spread the word about things they buy and use among their group of friends and contacts. It had major privacy issues though and the company later added a privacy control that allows users to shut off the program completely. Even after all that, Beacon is a pointer to the future of online advertising – where your personal and social ‘attention’ data will influence the ads you see. At around the same time, MySpace announced a similar advertising program it called “HyperTargeting,” which uses profile data to target ads to users. Tags:#2007 in Review#Features#Trends#web#Year in Review Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts GoogleWe mentioned above that it was a busy year for Google. The Mountain View company has undoubtedly been the most influential Internet company of the ‘web 2.0’ era – and you could fairly argue that Google’s actions were far more wide-ranging and influential than Facebook’s this year. In 2007 Google made moves in the Web Office market, acquired a number of companies (such as Feedburner and DoubleClick), launched OpenSocial, released an open-source mobile operating system called Android, ramped up itspersonalization efforts (more info here), built up its Gadget ecosystem, launched voicesearch, GoogleGears, Street ViewMaps, Universal Search — and a lot of other Web initiatives. Despite all of this, we concluded that Google didn’t shake up the Web industry this year as much as Facebook. For example, on closer inspection OpenSocial wasn’t as innovative as it was hyped up to be by many bloggers and commentators. Plus it was almost certainly a reactionary move against Facebook. We’re interested in your feedback though – do you agree with our choice of Facebook over Google? It was a close call.Honorable MentionsApple continued its golden run with the iPod/iTunes combo, racking up monster sales and bullying major record labels. And of course who can forget the launch of the iPhone, certainly the year’s biggest product launch and a catalyst for a lot of new Mobile Web development activity. Yes, it was a great year for Apple and they are arguably the most innovative Web bigco around currently (even though Web is not their main focus as a company).Pic: Shht!Amazon also continued to innovate. At the end of last year it rolled out its WebOS stack, including EC2 and S3. It continued to build out that system in ’07 and its recommendation engine impressed too. Then late in the year Amazon announced an e-book reader called Kindle, which may shake up this long sought after market.Adobe was another bigco to have a good year – its RIA (Rich Internet Apps) strategy began to pay dividends with the launch of Apollo in March (later re-named AIR). Standing for ‘Adobe Integrated Runtime’, AIR is a cross-operating runtime developed by Adobe that allows developers to create Rich Internet Applications for the desktop. 2007 was a year when desktop apps made a bit of a comeback, with the combo of Web access and slick UIs proving popular. For example Adobe Media Player, released in April, is a desktop app that enables consumers to view high quality video whether they are online or offline.Mozilla, although not strictly speaking a bigco (it’s an organization), had a good year in 2007 too. Firefox continued to make ground on IE in the latest browser wars – they also seem to be pushing innovation in browsers forward, with microformats and offline functionality amongst other things. More areas where Mozilla impressed this year: Prism, an application that takes web apps to the desktop; new commitment to Mobile Web; Add-ons; and a new organization to develop Internet mail and communications software (under the Thunderbird umbrella). Also RansYahoo, Microsoft, eBay, AOL all were either flat or downright disappointing this year. At least in terms of Web products. 90’s Internet star Yahoo had a year to forget – it got caught up in sticky peanutbutter, missed out on buying Facebook, saw its stock price fall, and dismissed itsCEO. It’s not all badnews for Yahoo, because its user base is still huge and there is a lot of brainpower in the company. Plus new CEOJerry Yang has re-focused the company since taking the reins in June. We hope to see more of the same spark in 2008 that made Yahoo our top bigco in 2005.“Um Tom, unfortunately I’m going to have to fire your ass…” (pic by Maximum Mitch) For Microsoft, it has been ‘steady as she goes’ inRedmond – with the nextgeneration of Windows Live launched, interesting new products like Surface, andother efforts to compete withGoogle and Adobe (Silverlight) inmotion. Mostly promising initiatives, especially Silverlight. However, we were disappointed to see the Windows Live brand continue to flounder this year and there was no innovation on the Web Office front. In 2008 we’re hoping to see more product evidence of the undoubted ability of Ray Ozzie and co to innovate on the Web.Regarding AOL, it has made some great moves in open platform and personalization. But it hasn’t really caught the imagination of the public, yet. I’m looking forward to what they do in 2008 though. eBay hasn’t done much this year, apart from making a hash of its multi-billion dollar Skype acquisition.ConclusionWe here at Read/WriteWeb have been analyzing the above companies all year, and we’re confident that our selection of Facebook as Best BigCo is something many will agree with. However we’re also aware that Facebook has been accused in some quarters of getting too much attention and hype. So we await with interest your comments! Let us know below whether you agree with our choice of Facebook, or not.Also, we’d like your suggestions for Best LittleCo of 2007. We already have a winner in mind, but it’s not too late to influence the judges’ decision! We also want to ensure we’ve considered all possibilities, so tell us which LittleCo you think is deserving of the title. richard macmanus
New Jersey has issued guidance for personal income taxpayers discussing IRA withdrawals. Increased exclusion amounts are being phased in over a four-year period.2018 Exclusion AmountsFor 2018, the exclusion amounts are up to:– $60,000 (married/civil union couple, filing joint return);– $45,000 (single, head of household, or qualifying widow(er)/surviving civil union partner); or– $30,000 (married/CU partner, filing separate return).GIT-2, IRA Withdrawals, New Jersey Division of Taxation, December 2018, ¶402-244Login to read more on CCHAnswerConnect.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.
Australian spin legend Shane Warne has little doubt that Sachin Tendulkar would get his 100th international century on the present tour Down Under, but he wished the iconic Indian batsman to reach the feat in the first cricket Test starting December 26 here.”I feel Sachin would get his 100th century (in Australia) but I wish he does so in Melbourne,” Warne said on the sidelines of a function at the Melbourne Cricket Ground where his 300kg bronze statue was unveiled this morning.Warne, who in his entire career could claim Tendulkar’s wicket only thrice in Test matches, has enormous respect for the champion Indian batsman whom he rates as the best willow-wielder of his time.The first match against Australia would be Tendulkar’s 185th Test. He has so far made 15,183 runs from 303 innings with 51 centuries at an average of 56.03 in five-day games.Tendulkar also has 18,111 runs from 453 ODIs with 48 centuries under his belt at an average of 45.16.Tendulkar, though, has struggled to add to his tally of 99 international centuries this year ? his last ton being 111 against South Africa at Nagpur in March during the World Cup.His last Test century was also against South Africa – 146 at the Newlands, Cape Town in January and has been without a ton in the longest format of the game in his last 14 innings.On the present tour, India revisits Melbourne again in February, though it would be for a 50-over match against Australia on February 3.Meanwhile, Warne also expects the famed Indian batting line up to do well in the upcoming series.advertisement”I think their batters, especially Rahul Dravid, will make big runs. He’s a quality person, a quality act, a quality player.”India has a quality team. In Test cricket we’ve seen them, against the West Indies. Their batsmen will do pretty well,” said Warne, who ended his career with 708 wickets from 145 Tests at a staggering average of 25.42.The former leg-spinner, however, did not boast of an impressive record against India. In his 14 Tests against India, Warne captured only 43 wickets at an average of 47.19.If Warne is confident about India’s good showing in the batting department in Australia, he has serious doubts over the visitors’ bowling abilities.”Their bowlers will have to stay fit. If Zaheer Khan or Ishant Sharma get injured, then I think their bowling attack could be quite weak. The Australian batsmen could perform pretty well. I think it’s going to come down to how India are going to take 20 wickets with their bowling,” he said.
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TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Barcelona prepared to sell Coutinho back to Premier Leagueby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona are prepared to sell Philippe Coutinho back to the Premier League.That is, if Bayern Munich decide not to make his move permanent, says AS.Barcelona plan to offload the Brazilian playmaker permanently at the end of the season.Bayern Munich have an option to buy for a fee of around €120million.It is claimed that even if that option is not triggered, the Catalan club have no plans for Coutinho to play for them again – meaning a move back to England could be back on the cards at the end of the season.He was tipped to make a return to Liverpool in the summer, with Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal also linked with bringing him back to the Premier League, says the Mirror.