Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) First Vice-President Robert Chung says it is moving for a dissolution of the board of directors at the Don Anderson-led Institute of Sports (INSPORTS).Chung says the INSPORTS board’s refusal to restore administrative director Ian Andrews’ signing power, despite instructions from the permanent secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Finance, plus continued breaches in the said matter, has forced its hand, and it has started putting its case together.He also said the board is yet to provide any evidence of wrongdoing by Andrews, whose authority was unconstitutionally downgraded.”We have started to put together our case that the Government dissolves the board. There is nothing else we can do as a union, but put forward our case to say these are the things that we are seeing and that they are in breach of the public-sector governance, so we are asking that the board be dissolved and a new board put in place because something has to give,” Chung informed The Gleaner.”There will be review of the material this Friday … . We have to cross the t’s and dot the i’s when it comes to the legal requirements,” he noted. “It takes a little time to do that, maybe another week, as we have to be sure of what we are doing, as we are not making any mistakes. We have solid grounds and the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) does not move until we have solid grounds,” he stated.INSPORTS is in a bind because of the impasse.Staff and creditors of the government-run agency are being significantly impacted as health benefits and personal deductions for staff, which have been signed by Andrews, are not being co-signed by Anderson or any other board member.Also, some creditors who have rendered services in various sports development programmes carried out by the government organisation cannot be paid, as Anderson refuses to co-sign the cheques with the administrative director.compensationOnly recently, one creditor, Edward Cooke, filed for compensation by the agency through his lawyer, for monies ($619,000) owed by INSPORTS.In separate interviews pertaining to both issues, Anderson declined to comment directly, noting that he would be careful in his assessment.In the meantime, Chung said the board has stepped out of bounds.”… We are seeing that the board is doing some things that are in breach of government policy in dealing with public entities and there is nothing before for us to represent him (Andrews) on. And a public entity (INSPORTS) is not able to function properly and give the Jamaican people what they are paying for,” he divulged.”Here is an organisation that is supposed to develop sports at the grassroots level … because Jamaica is doing very well in sports and we want to be able to continue that and the only way we can continue that is to have an organisation like this (INSPORTS) performing effectively and efficiently.”This (board’s action) is killing the tree from the root,” he said.
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The number of persons in shelters across western Jamaica is decreasing, as most of them are returning home, following the passage of Hurricane Sandy. Checks with Disaster Preparedness Co-ordinators in the parishes of St. Elizabeth, Westmoreland, Hanover, St. James and Trelawny have revealed that at mid-day today (October 25), the number of persons in shelters has dropped from 295 to just 14. JIS News was informed that most of the persons going into shelters did so as a precautionary measure. The parish of St. Elizabeth had five persons in shelters all of whom were still occupying those facilities; while Trelawny had 28, with nine remaining today. Westmoreland had 88 persons occupying shelters, Hanover 158 and St. James 16, all of whom have returned home. The Disaster Co-ordinators in all five parishes reported minor infrastructural damage. In Trelawny there were reports of two land slippages, with vehicular traffic reduced to single lane in both areas, one on the Lowe River main road and the other on the Joe Hut main road. Motorists are being advised to proceed with caution on those roadways, and to follow the instructions of flagmen In St. Elizabeth, there are reports of challenges in navigating several roadways, because of several downed trees and other debris. The main problem experienced in Hanover was downed power lines. In St. James, Mayor of Montego Bay, Glendon Harris, has urged motorists to approach the Spring Mount and Tangle River roads with caution.
Eutelsat 172BEutelsat’s first high-power all-electric satellite is to be shipped to French Guiana on March 20 ahead of its planned launch on an Ariane rocket on April 25.Eutelsat 172B will deliver increased capacity for applications including in-flight and maritime connectivity, cellular backhaul, corporate networks, video distribution and government services.The satellite will be located at 172° East, providing reach over the Asia-Pacific region and the Pacific Ocean.The satellite will replace the Eutelsat 172A satellite and will include C and Ku-band payloads connected to a range of footprints.A new Ku-band multi-beam payload delivering 1.8Gbps of throughput will serve what Eutelsat describes as the world’s fastest-growing region for air traffic, with over 8,000 aircraft to be delivered to the region by 2034.According to the operator, Eutelsat 172B will be a major growth platform for in-flight connectivity, thanks to a deal with Panasonic Avionics. Eleven elliptical spotbeams will enable Panasonic to bridge the West coast of North America to Asia and Australia.New technologies deployed on the craft include the Multi-Port Amplifier (MPA), an innovation that will dynamically distribute power between the 11 spotbeams in response to surges in capacity on board aircraft.The satellite is expected to enter service in third quarter 2017.
Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Dec 19 2018Scientists at the KU Leuven Rega Institute in Belgium have developed a new vaccine against the Zika virus. This vaccine should prevent the virus from causing microcephaly and other serious conditions in unborn babies.In 2015 and 2016, the world was shocked by the sudden and massive outbreak of the Zika virus in Latin America. “The Zika virus is transmitted by the tiger mosquito and, in most cases, the patient experiences no or only mild symptoms,” says Professor Johan Neyts.”But when a pregnant woman contracts the virus, this can affect the brain development of the foetus. It can lead to microcephaly – whereby the infant has a smaller-than-average head – but also mental and other severe health issues”The outbreak of the virus in Latin America is currently under control. However, the virus remains present – in Latin America as well as in other areas with tiger mosquitoes – and there can be a new outbreak at any time. Therefore, scientists across the world are looking for an effective vaccine.Based on the yellow fever vaccineRelated StoriesNew shingles vaccine reduces outbreaks of painful rash among stem cell transplant patientsScripps CHAVD wins $129 million NIH grant to advance new HIV vaccine approachGeorgia State researcher wins $3.26 million federal grant to develop universal flu vaccineIt now appears that Professor Neyts, Dr Kai Dallmeier and their team have developed such a vaccine. “To do so, we made use of the yellow fever vaccine. The yellow fever virus is closely related to the Zika virus and is transmitted by the same mosquito. The vaccine is very safe and offers lifelong protection.””We replaced a piece of the genetic information of the yellow fever vaccine with the corresponding code of the Zika virus. To engineer the vaccine, we used a new technology that we’d developed earlier in our lab and that makes it possible to produce the vaccine in fermenters instead of in fertilized chicken eggs. Another important advantage is that the vaccine remains stable, even at high temperatures. This makes a world of difference for a vaccine that is also intended for use in the most remote corners of tropical and subtropical areas.””Together with the University of Liège, we then explored whether the vaccine was effective in pregnant mice. The vaccine was administered to female mice and, when these mice were a few days pregnant, the Zika virus was injected into their placenta. The pups of vaccinated mothers developed normally and the virus also couldn’t be found in their brains or other organs.”This complete protection is remarkable, says Kai Dallmeier. “We now intend to further develop the vaccine, which could then be used to quickly and effectively vaccinate the population in case of a new outbreak of the Zika virus. This should prevent a lot of suffering.”Source: https://nieuws.kuleuven.be/en/content/2018/game-over-for-zika-ku-leuven-researchers-develop-promising-vaccine
Bitcoin has plunged more than two thirds from its record highs in December 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. The virtual currency fell to $5,992 for the first time since mid-November, according to Bloomberg News, the latest hammering for the cryptocurrency that saw a stratospheric 26-fold rise last year.Tuesday’s collapse comes just six weeks after bitcoin hit a record high of $19,511, fuelled by a flood of speculators looking to make a quick buck.Since those heady days the cryptomarket—which includes dozens of other units—has been pounded by news of crackdowns by governments including in China, Russia and South Korea, one of the biggest markets for the sector.On Thursday, India said it would “take all measures to eliminate” cryptocurrencies’ use as part of a payment system and in funding illegitimate activities, while Japanese authorities raided a virtual currency exchange after it lost $530 million to hackers.Central banks in Europe, Japan and the United States have also flagged concerns about the unit. This week several commercial lenders said they would stop allowing their customers to buy bitcoin through their credit cards owing to debt concerns.Stephen Innes, head of trading for Asia Pacific at Oanda, said “the dynamics behind the moves are regulatory clampdowns and investors losing confidence in crypto”.The sell-off on Tuesday was exacerbated by crushing losses on world stock markets, with the Dow on Wall Street suffering its biggest one-day points loss and wiping out all its 2018 gains.Panicked investors are fretting over rising US borrowing costs, leading them to cash in profits after a stellar couple of months that have seen many indexes hit record or all-time highs.Equities have enjoyed months of surges fuelled by optimism over the US economy, corporate earnings and the global outlook.But while traders have been piling into equities, pushing many global indexes to record or multi-year highs, there has been growing concern on trading floors about elevated US Treasury bond yields—at four-year highs—and the likelihood of fresh Federal Reserve interest rate rises.”The risk-off tone is hitting Bitcoin almost as hard as a global regulator and bank scrutiny,” said Greg McKenna, chief market strategist at AxiTrader. “The latest dent to the Cryptospace has been banks saying they are shutting down the ability of clients to buy bitcoin with their cards.””This could end up a full round trip back into the $1,850/$2,966 region.” © 2018 AFP Bitcoin plunged more than 20 percent to fall below $6,000 on Tuesday, its latest sharp loss following a series of setbacks, with a global stock market collapse fuelling the selling. Cryptocurrencies fall after Japan’s Coincheck halts withdrawals Citation: Bitcoin drops below $6,000 for first time in three months (2018, February 6) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-bitcoin-months.html Explore further