Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Montserrat launches online visa application system by: – September 1, 2012 Photo credit: gov.msBRADES, Montserrat (GIU) — The government of Montserrat has achieved one of its major reform milestones with the announcement that, from September 1, visa applications can be processed online. The Department for Information Technology and eGovernment Services (DITES) spearheaded the project in collaboration with the Immigration Department to establish MOVA, the Montserrat Online Visa Application system. Travellers from countries that require a visa to travel to Montserrat will be able to go online and complete the process of applying for a visa. Once the visa is approved, an electronic visa will be issued to the applicant via email in PDF format. The online visa processing requires a US$50 transaction fee for each visa application.Director of DITES Denzil West said, “Effective Saturday 1 September 2012, all applications for a visa to enter Montserrat should be made via MOVA on www.immigration.ms.” He added that plans are already in progress to expand MOVA to include a number of other immigration and work permit related transactions via the Internet.Premier Reuben Meade welcomed the announcement and the progress being made to fulfil his commitment to offering more of government’s services online to facilitate easier transactions for those living at home and abroad. “This opens the door for the payments of property taxes, income taxes online.”The implementation of MOVA was managed by the Department of Information Technology and e-Government Services; with the design and coding outsourced to a Montserrat based IT start-up company LavaBits.MOVA is the first government application to be able to accept online payments via credit cards. This application is expected to be the first of a number of eGovernment applications through which the public will be able to access and pay for services online.ASYCUDA which was launched online last year is highly utilised and successful but does not have e-payment facilities as yet. The Montserrat Land Information System, being developed by the Physical Planning Unit in conjunction with LavaBits and supported by DITES will be available online within the next few months; this application will also have e-payment facilities.The complete listing of the countries that require a visa to travel to Montserrat is available on the website. Caribbean News Now Share 31 Views no discussions Share Share Tweet
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The Galway Tribesmen were eventual winners on Saturday last when they a secured a narrow victory against the Athboy Longhorns to secure the Republic Of Ireland title. The team now will do battle against the best that Northern Ireland has to offer in the All Ireland Final next Saturday in the clubs biggest game in their short history. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Fresh from their win the previous week against the Dublin City Exiles, the men from the West started the game where they left off last week and had the Longhorns under pressure from the start. The Tribesmen were awarded a scrum as early as the 2nd minute close to the Longhorns line but were unable to capitalize on this early pressure. The first points of the game went to the Longhorns when they were awarded a kickable penalty on the 14th minute mark and their Irish International Casey Dunne duly slotted the ball between the posts to register two points.The Tribesmen however, maintained the pressure, led by their captain Andrew ‘Mika’ Atonio and quickly replied with a well worked try by winger Eddie Weaver in the corner. With an unsuccessful conversion attempt this put the Tribesmen ahead 4-2.Both teams tried everything to try and gain the advantage but both teams were unyielding in their defence and it difficult to see where the next points were going to come from.The question was answered on the 35th minute when the Alan McMahon stepped up for the Tribesmen and cleverly slotted over a drop goal. The one pointer gave the Tribesmen a 5-2 lead and this was score when the half time break arrived.The match resumed with the Longhorns in robust form and they immediately stole a march when Simon Deevy burst over from close range to put the Meath men in the ascendency. With Dunne slotting the conversion over this gave them an 8-5 advantage over the men from the west.However, it wasn’t long before the Tribesmen were back in the hunt, when ‘no nonsense’ prop forward Jason East making a significant contribution for the second week running, added a further 4 points to the Galway men’s tally. With Peter O’Neill converting this gave the Tribesmen a lead of 11-8.As the game progressed, both teams displayed tenacious defence and try scoring opportunities were few and far between despite the impressive running displays of Deevy for the Longhorns and Jacob Spargo and Jason East for the Tribesmen.The Tribesmen have come into a rich vein of form at the right time of the season and they were virtually faultless for the remainder of the game. The Longhorns, however were guilty of a couple indiscretions which were punished by the boot of Peter O’Neill who secured two further penalty kicks to add 4 further points for the Tribesmen. The tension was running high as the clock ran down but the Tribesmen maintained their impenetrable defensive wall. The game finished at 15-8.The Tribesmen now march on to the All Ireland Final next Saturday at the Carlisle Grounds in Bray, where they face the winners of the Northern Ireland league, the Ballynahinch Rabbitohs, in which the winners will be crowned the best team on the Island of Ireland. This has been a monumental season for the Tribesmen who started off the season with a ground breaking tour to North Wales and are now on the verge of lifting the trophy that will confirm them the best team in country!The final kicks off at 2pm at the Carlisle Grounds in Bray, Co Wicklow, Saturday 6th August.
Women’s Field Athlete of the Week – Demi Payne, Stephen F. AustinPayne set an NCAA record in the women’s pole vault at the Texas A&M Team Invitational Saturday, clearing 15-02.25 on her first attempt. The New Braunfels, Texas (New Braunfels H.S.), native blew by the field in College Station and nearly added to her NCAA record-setting flight, narrowly missing at 15-3 on her three allotted attempts. The Kansas transfer also claimed a world record in the pole vault with her historic jump Saturday. Combined with her father’s best jump as an All-American at Baylor, she is part of the best father-daughter combination all-time, passing the Russian duo of Alex and Liz Parnov. Demi and her father Bill hold a combined height of 34-5. Payne helped the Ladyjacks to a fourth-place finish out of nine teams at the meet. Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the athletes of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his or her own student-athlete. To receive honorable mention, an athlete must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland sports information directors. FRISCO, Texas – Lamar junior Jannika John and Stephen F. Austin senior Demi Payne have been named the Southland Conference Women’s Track and Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Honorable Mention: Gabriela Busquet, Houston Baptist; Alexia Fortenberry, New Orleans; Danielle Demas, Sam Houston State. Honorable Mention: Rechelle Bessard, Northwestern State; Misha Frazier, Southeastern Louisiana. Women’s Track Athlete of the Week – Jannika John, LamarJohn took first place in the mile run Friday at the Texas A&M 13-Team Invitational, finishing more than 20 seconds ahead of the next competitor in a time of 4:46.75 to set a meet record and rank second in school history. The Furstenfeldbruck, Germany (Technische Universitat Munchen), native had her mile time place seventh in the nation and top in the Southland for that event. The junior also led the distance medley team to a first-place finish, setting a meet record and breaking Lamar’s record by almost two seconds as her team ranks seventh in the nation. John helped the Cardinals to finish third out of 12 teams at the invitational.
Article published by Glenn Scherer Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Amazon Conservation, Amazon Destruction, Amazon Logging, Amazon People, Controversial, Deforestation, Environment, Environmental Crime, Forests, Green, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Illegal Logging, Illegal Mining, Indigenous Culture, Indigenous Cultures, Indigenous Groups, Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Rights, Land Conflict, Land Grabbing, Land Rights, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforest Logging, Rainforests, Saving The Amazon, Social Justice, Threats To The Amazon, Tropical Deforestation There are 462 government-declared Indigenous Lands (TIs) in Brazil, but of these only 8 percent have been demarcated, a boundary-marking process vital to preventing and to prosecuting illegal incursions by land grabbers, loggers, miners and other outsiders.On 19 September the Kaxuyana-Tunayana TI on the border of Pará and Amazonas state received Ministry of Justice approval for demarcation of its 2.1 million hectares (8,108 square miles). However, drastic budget cuts at FUNAI, Brazil’s indigenous affairs agency, leaves the date at which the demarcation process will begin unknown.At least 18 different indigenous groups live within the remote Kaxuyana-Tunayana TI, including four isolated uncontacted groups. In the 1960s, the Brazilian government removed many indigenous people forcibly from the region, transporting them in Air Force planes. Some returned, walking all the way back to their home territory.Indigenous advocates, and indigenous people living in the Kaxuyana-Tunayana TI, worry that the growing political strength of the bancada ruralista agribusiness lobby in Congress will result in the abolishment of FUNAI and prevent the demarcation process from ever happening. But they remain hopeful. At least 18 indigenous groups live within the Kaxuyana-Tunayana TI. Pictured are some of the Kaxuyana people. Other indigenous groups that live in the territory include the Tunayana, Kahyana, Hixkariyana, Txikiyana, Xereu, Xowyana and Katuwena, as well as four isolated uncontacted groups. Image by Mario Vilela / FUNAI.The Brazilian government has declared 462 traditionally occupied Indigenous Lands (TIs), but only 8 percent of these reserves have been demarcated, legally protecting them from land grabbers, loggers, ranchers, miners and farmers. Among the remaining 92 percent still fighting for recognition of their indigenous territory borders as guaranteed under the 1988 Constitution is the Kaxuyana-Tunayana TI, in the heart of the Amazon.In September, persistence and a bit of luck finally paid off, as the Ministry of Justice issued a decree officially establishing permanent land ownership, and giving a go-ahead for the demarcation of the Kaxuyana-Tunayana TI – covering 2.1 million hectares (8,108 square miles) on the border between Pará and Amazonas states.Fifteen years had passed since indigenous leaders first made their formal request for TI demarcation to FUNAI, Brazil’s indigenous affairs agency – a frustratingly lengthy approval period not untypical of that experienced by other indigenous territories.Political conflicts during those years caused most of the delay, but the process had the help of the Federal Public Ministry of Pará, a government body of independent litigators, which intervened every time the FUNAI approval process stalled.A remote Kaspakuru village along the banks of the Trombetas River. Image by Denise Fajardo / Iepé Institute.Finally in May, FUNAI submitted its Circumstantial Identification and Delimitation Report (RCID), that finalized the TI’s legitimacy with the Justice Ministry. But the ministry’s final okay of demarcation might have been delayed far longer September had it not been for a chance meeting in July between Luis Donizete, executive coordinator of the Institute of Research and Indigenous Formation (Iepé), and Torquato Jardim, Minister of Justice, at a United Nations indigenous rights event in Geneva.Donizete took the opportunity to ask Jardim if any TI declarations would be approved by the ministry in 2018. Jardim replied that the government had to clarify some issues with the Attorney General’s Office (AGU), as it was challenging the signing of indigenous declarations.The Iepé coordinator argued that the recognition of the Kaxuyana-Tunayana TI was not impacted by the AGU’s concerns, and asked the justice minister to receive a delegation of indigenous representatives to plead the group’s case. After analyzing the evidence, Jardim signed the decree on 19 September.“There are no invasions, disputes or demonstrations against the demarcation of the TI that would justify the non-signing of the declaration. There are also no infrastructure project requests. This is a rare case in the Amazon region,” Angela Kaxuyana, a Kaxuyana-Tunayana leader told Mongabay.One reason for the lack of conflicting land claims with outsiders is the remoteness of the Kaxuyana-Tunayana; waterfalls and other natural barriers block easy access. Still, there is rising commercial interest in the indigenous territory, said Denise Fajardo, an anthropologist at Iepé and a member of the technical group that carried out the identification and delimitation studies of the TI. “The mayor of Nhamundá [in Amazonas state], for instance, has been trying to co-opt indigenous leaders to explore [the possibility of] gravel [mining] in the southern portion of the TI.”A Tunayana leader (left) and a Kahyana leader. A direct appeal by indigenous leaders to Brazilian Justice Minister Jardim helped move their request for TI demarcation forward this Summer. Image by Denise Fajardo / Iepé Institute.Demarcation date left in limboThe September ministerial declaration instructs FUNAI to move forward with the demarcation of the Kaxuyana-Tunayana TI. However, with the agency’s budget cut by half by the Temer administration, no one can say when the process will begin.“FUNAI is not demarcating any land today, the agency itself is in a vulnerable situation, which weakens our security as indigenous people,” said Kaxuyana, a representative of the Coordination of Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon (COIAB), the nation’s largest indigenous advocacy alliance. “The [continuing] existence of FUNAI depends on the current political scenario, and we fear that the bancada ruralista, [the politically powerful agribusiness lobby] with its goal to extinguish the agency, will end the land regularization process of the TIs.”At least 18 different indigenous groups live within the Kaxuyana-Tunayana TI, including four isolated uncontacted groups. While the reserve’s name refers only to the Kaxuyana and Tunayana, other peoples, including the Kahyana, Hixkariyana, Txikiyana, Xereu, Xowyana and Katuwena, have long been living in the region, said Fajardo – despite attempts to eject them by Brazilian authorities in the past.“Many indigenous [groups] were forcibly removed from their lands in the late 1960s [under the Brazilian military dictatorship] and taken to other parts. Thirty years later, the Kaxuyana began to walk back along the Oiapoque River from Tumucumaque Mountains National Park, where they were living,” said Fajardo.The Cachorro (Dog) River, a tributary of the Trombetas River, in Pará state. The region’s isolation and difficulty of access have largely protected it from illegal loggers, miners and land grabbers. Though recently interlopers have begun showing interest in exploiting the lands within the Kaxuyana-Tunayana TI. Image by Ruben Caixeta.The anthropologist, who began her research work in Tumucumaque, in the extreme north of Pará state in the 1990s, recalls her surprise when she was told stories by families who had been transported away from their traditional homes on a Brazilian Air Force plane. “They felt foreign in the new place, and were told they would never go back to their homeland. But the dream of returning was great and touching, and eventually they started traveling back, finding some old relatives and the land virtually intact,” she said.Angela Kaxuyana sees the TI demarcation declaration as an important milestone, especially in light of the socio-environmental legal setbacks posed by the Temer administration. The Justice Ministry’s September decision, she said, “made us gain strength and believe again that the state itself, and therefore the Brazilian nation, recognizes it has a debt to indigenous peoples.”Correction: An extra zero was inadvertently added to the original title of this story, so that it incorrectly read “81,000-square-miles”. It has been corrected to read “8,100-square-miles.”FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.A scene inside the indigenous Kaxuyana village of Chapéu. Image by Mario Vilela / FUNAI.
Today, 70 percent of US consumer Internet traffic is video, and it’s growing every day with over-the-top (OTT) providers delivering TV and movies to consumers, broadcasters and enterprises streaming live events. Cloud computing is changing the landscape for video production as well. Much of the work that used to require dedicated workstations is being moved to servers in data centers and offered remotely by cloud service providers and private cloud solutions. As a result, the landscape for content creation and delivery is undergoing significant changes. The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas highlights these trends. And Intel will be there highlighting how we help broadcasters, distributors, and video producers step up to the challenges.Intel processors have always been used for video processing, but today’s video workloads place new demands on processing hardware. The first new demand is for greater processing performance. As video data volume explodes, encoding schemes become more complex, and processing power becomes more critical. The second demand is for increased data center density. As video processing moves to servers in data centers, service cost is driven by space and power. And the third demand is for openness. Developers want language- and platform-independent APIs like OpenCL* to access CPU and GPU graphics functions. The Intel® Xeon® processor E3 platform with integrated Intel® IrisTM Pro Graphics and Intel® Quick Sync Video transcoding acceleration provides the performance and open development environment required to drive innovation and create the optimized video delivery systems needed by today’s content distributors. And does it with unparalleled density and power efficiency.The NAB 2015 show provides an opportunity for attendees to see how these technologies come together in new, more powerful industry solutions to deliver video content across the content lifecycle—acquire, create, manage, distribute, and experience.We’ve teamed with some of our key partners at NAB 2015 to create the StudioXperience showcase that demonstrates a complete end-to-end video workflow across the content lifecycle. Waskul TV will generate real time 4k video and pipe it into a live production facility featuring Xeon E3 processors in an HP Moonshot* server and Envivio Muse* Live. The workflow is divided between on air HD production for live streaming and 4K post-production for editorial and on demand delivery. The cloud-based content management and distribution workflow is provided by Intel-powered technologies from technology partners to create a solution that streams our content to the audience via Waskul TV.Other booths at the show let attendees drill down into some of the specific workflows and the technologies that enable them. For example, “Creative Thinking 800 Miles Away—It’s Possible” lets attendees experience low latency, remote access for interactive creation and editing of video content in the cloud. You’ll see how Intel technology lets you innovate and experiment with modeling, animation, and rendering effects—anywhere, anytime. And because the volume of live video content generated by broadcasters, service providers, and enterprises continues to explode, we need faster and more efficient ways of encoding it for streaming over the Internet. So Haivision’s “Powerful Wide-Scale Video Distribution” demo will show how their Intel-based KulaByte* encoders and transcoders can stream secure, low latency HD video at extremely low bitrates over any network, including low cost, readily available, public Internet connections.To learn more about how content owners, service providers, and enterprises are using Intel Xeon processor E3 based platforms with integrated HD Graphics and Intel Quick Sync video to tame the demand for video, check out the interview I did on Intel Chip Chat recently. And even if you’re not attending NAB 2015, you can still see it in action. I’ll be giving a presentation Tuesday, April 14 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific time. We’ll stream it over the very systems I’ve described, and you can watch it on Waskul.TV. Tune in. © 2015, Intel Corporation. All rights reserved. Intel and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. *Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.
Bayern Munich keen to replace Robben with Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoiby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich want to replace Arjen Robben with Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi.The Sun says the Chelsea youngster is the German giants’ top transfer target in a £30million deal this month.And he will get the No10 next season when Robben leaves the club, showing the teenager how highly they rate him.Robben is a club legend with seven Bundesliga titles and a Champions League triumph during his time at Allianz Arena.As a Chelsea player Robben won two Premier League titles with Chelsea as well as an FA Cup before he was sold to Real Madrid in 2007.Hudson-Odoi is seen as the face of a bright future for the club and has refused to sign a new deal at Stamford Bridge, with the prospect of following Jadon Sancho to Germany appealing after finding chances limited.Chelsea have twice rejected bids from Bayern, with the Blues reportedly demanding a package of £36m for the winger. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Wolves closing on new deal with Joao Moutinhoby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves are closing on a new deal with Joao Moutinho.Talks over a new two-year contract for Wolves midfielder Moutinho are at an advanced stage, says the Express & Star.The 33-year-old Portuguese midfielder has been a revelation since being signed for £5million from Monaco last year, and the club are determined to keep him around.The Euro 2016-winner’s current deal expires at the end of the season, but him staying for two more is being discussed, and negotiations are understood to be well on their way to being concluded.Moutinho arrived after trophy-laden spells at Sporting, Porto and Monaco, and was instrumental as Wolves enjoyed vast success last season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
MILAN — Italy’s government borrowing costs are easing — a sign of investor relief — after the government indicated it is considering changes to the draft budget rejected by the EU’s executive body.Bond yields dropped Tuesday after Italy’s populist leaders said that its focus is “on relaunching growth and development” and that it “wasn’t a question of decimals.” The statement late Monday showed a willingness to respond to the EU Commission’s concerns about a spending plan that would increasing Italy’s debt to 2.4 per cent of GDP, three times the level agreed by the previous government.After weeks of resistance, Italy’s leaders seem intent on avoiding sanctions and reducing high borrowing costs, which could wipe out the positive impact of any reforms.The government says it has communicated its willingness to the EU but did not indicate possible amendments.The Associated Press