Mighty Sparrow – Person of the Year for NY Magazine

first_img Trinbagonian Calypso Rose continues to reign Oct 8, 2019 West Indies cricket legends for Florida BenefitFormer West Indies captains, Sir Garfield Sobers, Courtney Walsh and Brian Lara, head a galaxy of former West Indies cricketing stars who have confirmed their participation in an exhibition game and fundraising dinner, in South Florida, on January 24 and 25, this year. The Cricketing Legends weekend of activities will…January 20, 2015In “CARICOM”HRD Consultations take place in BelizeThe CARICOM Secretariat along with the Human Resource Development Commission  is hosting a series of national consultations across the Region in its quest to develop a strategy that will shape the future of the Region’s education and human resources. The consultations for Belize took place on October 31, 2016 and was…November 7, 2016In “Antigua & Barbuda”Saint Lucia to table legislation to make CCJ final courtBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – The St. Lucia government says it will soon table legislation that will allow for the island to make the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) its final court, replacing the London-based Privy Council. Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony said that St. Lucia has a provision in…July 7, 2015In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Another international award for Calypso Rose Calypso to be taught in schools Shadow’s son accepts honorary degree on his behalf Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… center_img Nov 7, 2018 Oct 30, 2018 You may be interested in… Apr 22, 2019 A United States-based publication has named calypsonian Slinger Francisco, popularly known as The Mighty Sparrow, as its “Person of the Year.” Herman Hall, Editor/publisher of the New York based Everybody’s magazine said Sparrow was “overwhelmingly” selected by its readers and social media friends from among “many regional leaders and people of Caribbean heritage in the Diaspora”. More in the Gleanerlast_img read more

LAHS Homecoming Court Asks Community To Participate In ‘Court For A Cause’

first_imgLAHS Homecoming Court from left, Zoe Butler, Ogden Berry, Ariel Edkin, Alex Moulton, Cory Liechty, JD Carson, Maddie Ovaska, Hunter Swavely, Ellie Oldham, Luc Chavez, Ona Gartz. Not pictured: Jacob Majors. Courtesy photo The Homecoming Court has set up a page to collect donations that will be used to offer more teacher mini-grants this fall. To contribute to Court for a Cause, visit lapsfoundation.com/court-for-a-cause. LAPS FOUNDATION News: “The 2019 Homecoming Court wanted to start a new tradition, similar to other schools nationwide, called Court for a Cause,” member Maddie Ovaska said. “This is a chance for the students who have been recognized to come together and give back to the community. There is no better cause than our own schools!” As their way of giving back to the schools and teachers who have supported them, the students are encouraging members of the community to donate to the LAPS Foundation, specifically to fund teacher mini-grants. Last year, the LAPS Foundation realized that while it was impacting many teachers with its bigger grants, there was a real need for smaller grants that would allow teachers to quickly implement a new idea or introduce a new resource in the classroom. Last year the LAPS Foundation offered $1,000 per semester in mini-grants on a first-come-first-served basis. This year it increased the amount to $1,500 per semester. All the schools are a buzz this week with Homecoming activities. There are the usual spirit days, a Homecoming parade, football game and dance, but this year there will be a new Homecoming tradition. Members of the Homecoming Court, voted on by their LAHS peers, have decided to give back to their schools, and so they are starting an initiative called Court for a Cause. “Basically what was happening,” LAPS Foundation Executive Director Laura Loy said, “was that teachers were spending their own money just to get their idea off the ground. We saw this as an opportunity to offer mini-grants, up to $100 each, and the concept has really taken off.” “Already the money for fall mini-grants has been allocated, and more won’t be available until spring” Loy said. “It’s become a very popular part of the support we offer to teachers and schools.” Ovaska added, “We are excited to participate in this week’s festivities and help make the school better through this new tradition.”The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation is an independent organization that invests in a successful future for all Los Alamos public school students. Since its inception in 2005, the LAPS Foundation has raised more than $1 million for Los Alamos public schools. The Foundation raises money through generous contributions from individuals and organizations who share the Foundation’s core values. To learn more about the LAPS Foundation and how to get involved and/or make a donation, visit lapsfoundation.com or call 505.500.6501.last_img read more

Board Of Public Utilities Moves Meeting To March 25

first_imgBoard of Public Utilities News:The Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has rescheduled its March 18 meeting to occur one week later at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 in Council Chambers at 1000 Central Ave. While Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) staff will present to the BPU in council chambers, BPU members will participate by phone. This social distancing is to comply with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Officials encourage citizens to live-stream the meeting and submit public comment via email.  Included on the agenda is:A recommended modification to DPU Rule GR-13 as it relates to disconnection and reconnection of services;Approval of services agreement with Sanbros Corporation in the amount of $199,000 for the purpose of on-call electrical contractor services to support the advanced metering infrastructure project; andApproval of the DPU fiscal year 2021/2022 budget. The complete agenda will be published 72 hours prior to the March 25 meeting and available at https://ladpu.com/BPU-AgendasMeetings. Citizens can live stream the meeting March 25 by visiting the Live Proceedings page at: https://ladpu.com/BPULiveProceedingsBPU and DPU encourage public comment be provided via email to bpu@lacnm.us. Citizens are advised to write PUBLIC COMMENT in the subject line of the email. In the body include a name, address, whether the comment relates to an agenda item or not and the comment. Comments will be read into the record at the appropriate section of the agenda.The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) operates the county-owned electric, gas, water & wastewater systems under the jurisdiction of the Board of Public Utilities. Board meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. and of course, the public is welcome. The DPU is funded by rates paid for electric, gas, water and wastewater services and auxiliary fees, and has provided the community with these services for more than 50 years. CustomerCare@lacnm.us | 505.662.8333 | www.ladpu.com/DPUlast_img read more

The battle of Jericho

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Recovery will be long and slow says Charlie Mayfield, John Lewis chairman

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BOC shareholders approve Linde takeover bid

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Ecosse Wraps Up 2nd Seabed Clearance on Race Bank OWF

first_imgDONG Energy senior project manager, Luke Bridgman, said: “Ecosse has done an excellent job preparing the seabed for our arrays, export cable and foundation installation.” Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS) has completed second seabed clearance project on behalf of DONG Energy on the Race Bank offshore wind farm.ESS cleared more than 3000 boulders at the wind farm site, located off the Norfolk and Lincolnshire coast.Race Bank will consist of 91 turbines of 6MW each and generate enough electricity to power more than 500,000 homes.ESS teams mobilized several vessels including Siem Topaz and Siem Sapphire for the work.The company deployed the latest version of its SCAR 2 seabed system, while an ROV grab was used to remove boulders and debris.The boulder clearing took place across the export corridor, array cable routes and turbine locations, with 30-meter plus clearance corridors created using multi-pass capability, the company explained.last_img read more

Flettner fitted on Fehn Pollux

first_imgThe vessel arrived in Leer earlier this month in preparation for the next phase of the Eco Flettner project, which was announced in 2015, as HLPFI reported here.“During the last two weeks, the forecastle was strengthened, new wiring was laid and the control console for the rotor was installed at the bridge,” said Matthias Hesse, managing director of Fehn Ship Management. “This state-of-the-art piece of equipment will monitor and manage the prototype sail propulsion system automatically.”Meanwhile, Fehn Ship Management’s deck officers have completed training at the Faculty of Maritime Sciences in Leer to get accustomed to the handling of the Eco Flettner.The vessel is expected to leave the port of Leer at the end of next week. After a test at sea Fehn Pollux will return to its normal services between ports in the Mediterranean, the Black Sea, Northern Europe and the Baltic.During the next 12 months scientists of the University for Applied Science Emden/Leer will evaluate the efficiency of the additional propulsion system under real conditions.www.fehnship.dewww.ems-fehn-group.comlast_img read more

Truck attack suspect is charged with terrorism offenses

first_imgTruck attack suspect is charged with terrorism offenses Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Complaint: Truck attack suspect plotted rampage for 2 months Published: November 1, 2017 6:46 AM EDT Updated: November 1, 2017 11:28 PM EDT SHAREcenter_img Author: AP Recommended NEW YORK (AP) Federal prosecutors brought terrorism charges Wednesday against the Uzbek immigrant and former Fort Myers resident accused in the truck rampage that left eight people dead, saying he was spurred to attack by the Islamic State group’s online calls to action and picked Halloween because he knew more people would be out on the streets.The charges against 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov could bring the death penalty.Even as he lay wounded in the hospital from police gunfire, Saipov asked to display the ISIS flag in his room and said “he felt good about what he had done,” prosecutors said in court papers as Saipov was brought to court in a wheelchair to face the charges.Another person, Mukhammadzoir Kadirov, was briefly wanted for questioning in connection with the attack. But at a news conference later FBI Assistant Director in Charge Bill Sweeney said, “We’ve found him, and we’ll leave it at that.”Kadirov lived in south Fort Myers as recently as August, records show.MORE: Ex-neighbors of terror suspect in Fort Myers, Tampa reckon with realitySaipov, accused of driving the rented Home Depot pickup truck that barreled down a bike path near the World Trade Center memorial on Tuesday, was charged with providing material support to a terrorist group and committing violence and destruction of motor vehicles, resulting in death.His lawyers did not immediately return a message seeking comment.Prosecutors said he had 90 videos and 3,800 photos on one of his two cellphones, many of them ISIS-related pieces of propaganda, including images of prisoners being beheaded, shot or run over by a tank.Saipov left behind knives and a note, in Arabic and English, that included Islamic religious references and said, “Islamic Supplication. It will endure” – “it will endure” is phrase that commonly refers to ISIS, FBI agent Amber Tyree said in court papers.Questioned in his hospital bed, Saipov said he had been inspired by ISIS videos that he watched on his cellphone and began plotting an attack about a year ago, deciding to use a truck about two months ago, Tyree said.During the last few weeks, Saipov searched the internet for information on Halloween in New York City and for truck rentals, the agent said. Saipov even rented a truck on Oct. 22 to practice making turns, and he initially hoped to get from the bike path across lower Manhattan to hit more pedestrians on the Brooklyn Bridge, Tyree said.He even considered displaying ISIS flags on the truck during the attack but decided against it because he did not want to draw the attention, authorities said.John Miller, deputy New York police commissioner for intelligence, said Saipov “appears to have followed, almost exactly to a T, the instructions that ISIS has put out.”In the past few years, the Islamic State has exhorted followers online to use vehicles, knives or other close-at-hand means of killing people in their home countries. England, France and Germany have all seen deadly vehicle attacks since mid-2016.A November 2016 issue of the group’s online magazine detailed features that an attack truck or van should have, suggested renting such a vehicle and recommended targeting crowded streets and outdoor gatherings, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, a militant-monitoring agency.Carlos Batista, a neighbor of Saipov’s in Paterson, New Jersey, said he had seen the suspect and two friends using the same model of rented truck several times in the past three weeks.It was not clear whether Saipov had been on authorities’ radar. Miller said Saipov had never been the subject of a criminal investigation but appears to have links to people who have been investigated.In Tuesday’s attack, Saipov drove his speeding truck for nearly a mile along a bike path, running down cyclists and pedestrians, then crashed into a school bus, authorities said. He was shot in the abdomen after he jumped out of the vehicle brandishing two air guns, one in each hand, and yelling “God is great!” in Arabic, they said.In addition to those killed, 12 people were injured.The aftermath took a political turn Wednesday when President Donald Trump slammed the visa lottery program that Saipov used to come to the U.S. in 2010. Trump called the program “a Chuck Schumer beauty,” a reference to the Senate’s top Democrat.The program dates to 1990, when Republican President George H.W. Bush signed it as part of a bipartisan immigration bill. Trump called on Congress to eliminate it, saying, “We have to get much tougher, much smarter and less politically correct.”Schumer, who represents New York, said in a statement that he has always believed that immigration “is good for America,” and he accused the president of “politicizing and dividing” the country.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saipov appeared to have acted alone after becoming radicalized while in the U.S.During his time in Fort Myers, around 2010, Saipov was “a very good person,” an acquaintance, Kobiljon Matkarov, told The New York Times.Assailants in a number of other recent extremist attacks around the world were found to have been “lone wolves” – inspired but not actually directed by the Islamic State. In some cases, they never even made contact with the group.On the morning after the bloodshed, city leaders vowed New York would not be intimidated, and they commended New Yorkers for going ahead with Halloween festivities on Tuesday night.They also said Sunday’s New York City Marathon, with 50,000 participants and some 2 million spectators anticipated, will go on as scheduled.“We will not be cowed. We will not be thrown off by anything,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.While the mayor said there have been no credible threats of any additional attacks, police said they were adding more sniper teams, bomb-sniffing dogs, helicopters, sand-truck barricades and other security measures along the marathon route, in the subways and at other sites.The attack killed five people from Argentina, one from Belgium and two Americans, authorities said. Nine people remained hospitalized in serious or critical condition, with injuries that included lost limbs and wounds to the head, chest and neck.A roughly two-mile stretch of highway in lower Manhattan was closed for much of the day for the investigation. Authorities also converged on Saipov’s New Jersey apartment building and a van in a parking lot at a New Jersey Home Depot.Runners and cyclists who use the popular bike path were diverted from the crime scene by officers at barricades.“It’s the messed-up world we live in these days,” said Dave Hartie, 57, who works in finance and rides his bike along the path every morning. “Part of me is surprised it doesn’t happen more often.”The slight, bearded Saipov is a legal, permanent U.S. resident. He lived in Ohio and Florida before moving to New Jersey around June, authorities said.Birth records show he and his wife had two daughters in Ohio, and a neighbor in New Jersey said they recently had a baby boy.Saipov was a commercial truck driver in Ohio. More recently, he was an Uber driver.In Ohio, Saipov was an argumentative young man whose career was falling apart and who was “not happy with his life,” said Mirrakhmat Muminov, a fellow truck driver from heavily Muslim Uzbekistan.“He had the habit of disagreeing with everybody,” Muminov said.He said he and Saipov would sometimes argue about politics and world affairs, including Israel and Palestine. He said Saipov never spoke about ISIS, but he could tell his friend held radical views.last_img read more

One out, all out

first_img Follow Catherine on Twitter The warning by Criminal Bar Association chair Max Hill QC today that barristers are prepared to strike – backed by a survey showing near unanimous outrage – is a watershed moment. Hill notes barristers’ reluctance to use their ‘ultimate weapon’, namely ‘stopping the courts’, to make their point, but perhaps that is what it will take before the government will listen. Listening, as anyone involved in the campaign against the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act, will know, is not the government’s strongest suit. The self-employed status of barristers, although in one sense a weakness, as they are vulnerable and might be left exposed if only a few take action, is also a great strength. They are not beholden to or controlled by a union. If they each decide to withdraw their labour, in a similar fashion to that being done by many freelance interpreters who are opposing the new single contractor booking regime, there is little than can be done to rein them in. But for any strike to achieve its aim, the unanimity of purpose suggested by the survey would need to be matched by the criminal bar en masse, and importantly, would need to be supported by the bar’s solicitor colleagues. When push comes to shove, will this be seen? Catherine Baksi is a reporter on the Gazettelast_img read more