Shaw takes a bow for low interest loans

first_imgRelatedShaw takes a bow for low interest loans RelatedShaw takes a bow for low interest loans Shaw takes a bow for low interest loans Finance & Public ServiceJanuary 21, 2011 Advertisementscenter_img RelatedShaw takes a bow for low interest loans FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Finance and Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, is confident that Jamaica will pass the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) 2010 December test. The tests are targets, jointly agreed on by the Government and IMF, which Jamaica need to meet to access funding from a US$1.27 million standby agreement negotiated in 2010. Speaking at Mayberry Investments Limited’s first monthly Investors Forum for 2011, at the Knutsford Court Hotel on Wednesday (January 19), the Minister noted that Jamaica passed the initial three tests in March, June and September, 2010. “I am confident that we will pass the December test, when the numbers are all finally in”, Mr. Shaw elaborated. He said that, consequent on Jamaica passing the previous tests, the administration was able to draw down close to US$900 million of the US$1.27 million available under the standby agreement. Additionally, the Government raised over US$1.9 billion from multilateral institutions such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), World Bank and Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). He pointed out that these loans were at interests of between .63 percent and 1.2 per cent with the IDB, .63 per cent with the World Bank and 1.2 percent to 1.5 percent with the CDB and IMF, with others at two per cent and a few in the four to five per cent region. Mr. Shaw contended that “by any standard of evaluation and measurement”, this was an outstanding achievement. CONTACT: DOUGLAS McINTOSHlast_img read more

Prison inmates used contraband cellphones in ‘sextortion’ ring targeting military service members, officials say

first_imgMivPiv/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Fifteen people have been charged in a “sextortion” ring run by prisoners using contraband cellphones and targeting U.S. military service members, officials announced Wednesday.The suspects involved are prisoners being housed in the North and South Carolina Department of Corrections, as well their associates on the outside, U.S. Attorney for South Carolina Sherri Lydon told reporters at a press conference.The male inmates charged in the scheme allegedly posed as women who were seeking relationships with the military servicemen, Lydon said. After they would make contact with a member of the military, the suspects would then send them nude images of a young woman and ask for nude photos in return, Lydon said.After an exchange of photos, the suspects would then call the servicemen, claiming to be a police officer or the father of the young woman seen in the photos, and would threaten to notify authorities “unless the serviceman paid him some money,” Lydon said.Naval Criminal Investigative Service special agent-in-charge Drew Goodridge characterized the scam as a “sextortion” ring.“The prisoners used fictitious online personas, preyed on service members to engage them in online romantic relationships and then extort those service members for money,” Goodridge said.He added that the servicemen would then pay the extortion money because they were “fearful that they might lose their careers over possessing what they were led to believe was child pornography.”More than 440 military service members, from different military branches stationed around the country, have paid more than $560,000 in extortion money to the suspects, Goodridge said, adding that its likely that more victims exist.The service members involved were mostly men, Goodridge said. When asked if the service members will face disciplinary consequences from the U.S. military, Goodridge replied that they “committed no crimes themselves.”Authorities simultaneously executed five arrest warrants, served five summonses and interviewed five inmates throughout South and North Carolina, Goodridge said. Among their charges are money laundering, extortion and wire fraud. More than 250 people are also being investigated and could face future prosecution, Goodridge added.The suspects were arrested without incident, said U.S. Marshall for the District of South Carolina Tom Griffin. They will soon appear before a federal judge, Griffin added.Matthew Line, special agent-in-charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Charlotte office, emphasized the fact that the prisoners charged “did not act alone” and that they recruited family and friends to sneak them cellphones as well as create a financial network in order to spend the money.Associates opened bank accounts and utilized money transfer services and prepaid debit and credit cards to spend the “illegally gotten gains,” Line said.The NCIS began its investigation into a case it dubbed “Operation Surprise Party” in January 2017, but had been monitoring “this particular sextortion cyber crime” for several years, Goodridge said.“It’s been a pervasive problem,” he added.Lydon said authorities announced the indictment to “sound the alarm that these kinds of scams are a significant threat.”South Carolina Department of Corrections Director Bryan Stirling is hoping to install access management systems at all facilities. The technology would only allow calls from approved numbers to go through, rather than jamming the signal, which would block everything, Stirling said, adding “jamming” is common at federal facilities.Among the problems a manage access system presents is the cost of employing someone to oversee the system as well as having to work with engineers when cell phone companies change their frequencies, causing the system to not function properly, Stirling said. It is already been tested in at least one prison, Stirling said.Stirling emphasized that prisoners are able to continue their crimes when they are in the possession of contraband cellphones.“They’re physically incarcerated, but as you see today, virtually, they’re out there among us,” he said. “They’re able to continue their schemes from behind bars and continue their criminal ways.Lydon vowed to hold the suspects accountable.“We do not lock up criminals only to have them go to prison and continue their criminal conduct,” she said. “It is the unfettered use of contraband cellphones that allows inmates to continue harming the citizens of South Carolina.”  Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

In World First, Norway Will Only Be Allowing Electric Ships to Enter Their Pristine Fjords

first_img“For the first time in the world there is a requirement for emission-free sailing in the fjords and their harbors,” says Marius Holm, head of the environmental foundation ZERO. “Norway has long been a world leader in emission-free ferries based on sound political decisions on zero-emission requirements. Now the country is taking a step further in the maritime green shift that has global repercussions.RELATED: 10-Year-old is Traveling 620 Miles to Clean-up Coastlines, After Whale Dies With 30 Plastic Bags Ingested“At the national level, this will mean a welcome development towards emission-free solutions on many tourist ships, a significant decrease in greenhouse gas emissions and a halt to harmful local air pollution,” adds Holm.The initiative is a welcomed follow-up to Norway’s legislation from 2015 that required all ferries in new tenders to be equipped with zero or low-emission technology. As tourist companies prepare for the 2026 deadline, currently existing ships are expected to be supplied with battery-powered electric propulsion or (in the future) hydrogen, says Marine Log.MORE: All Cars Sold in Norway to be Electric by 2025And with how quickly Norway has been transitioning to a clean energy economy, experts say that the switch to zero-emission sailing technology could come about much sooner than 2026.“Tourists come to see pure nature, not fjords full of exhaust. Norway also has an international responsibility to manage its world heritage sites. We have long been seeking concrete action, and are therefore very pleased with this decision on emissions-free fjords,” says Katrin Blomvik, director of the Geiranger Fjord World Heritage Foundation.Does This Story Float Your Boat? Then Be Sure To Share It With Your Friends – Photo by Xdmag, CCAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreNorway has long been a leader of green energy and sustainability – and their latest initiative in the fight against climate change is establishing the world’s first emission-free zone at sea.The nation’s parliament recently adopted new legislation that will require all vessels, ships, and liners entering their iconic fjords to produce zero carbon emissions. Though the resolution is set to be enforced “as soon as technically possible”, the ban will go into full effect in 2026.With hundreds of thousands of tourists visiting the country’s 1,160 fjords every year, the ban is not only expected to benefit the environment, but also the health of the tourists and local communities.last_img read more

WWPC pair ships to Africa

first_imgThe units were loaded on flatracks and delivered to West Africa on a containership. A direct sailing and short transit time was key to ensuring the cargoes were delivered on time.Steder Group – which is a member of the Worldwide Project Consortium (WWPC) representing the Netherlands, Djibouti and Ethiopia – teamed-up with fellow WWPC member in China, Global Star Logistics, to execute this project.www.stedergroup.comwww.wwpc.eu.comwww.gslcn.com/enabout.htmllast_img

Jackson, eight other Ravens players absent from Tuesday’s practice

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — With an open week to work on fundamentals before learning their opponent for the divisional round, the Ravens hit the practice field without the expected NFL MVP on Tuesday.Quarterback Lamar Jackson is one of a few players dealing with the flu, according to John Harbaugh. The 12th-year head coach had thought Jackson would practice on Tuesday, but the Ravens are wise to play it safe with no game this weekend and players already scheduled to be off on New Year’s Day before returning to work Thursday. Jackson has been dealing with the illness since at least the weekend.Head athletic trainer Ron Medlin often sends players home when they’re under the weather in an effort to avoid the spreading of germs, but the locker room wasn’t open to the media on Tuesday, leaving it unclear if Jackson was at the team facility.“We should be fine. He was on the sideline [Sunday]. I don’t think he felt great, but he was down there,” Harbaugh said Monday. “And I made a point to give him an elbow bump. There were no handshakes.”Eight other Baltimore players were absent from Tuesday’s practice, a list including running back Mark Ingram (calf), tight ends Mark Andrews (ankle) and Hayden Hurst, offensive linemen James Hurst (arm) and Ben Powers, defensive backs Brandon Carr and Jordan Richards, and defensive lineman Chris Wormley.On Monday, Harbaugh said Ingram remained “on schedule” to return for next week’s divisional round after completing a running workout while Andrews continues to be slowed by a minor ankle injury sustained in Week 16. The Pro Bowl tight end was a limited participant in last Friday’s practice and didn’t complete his usual pre-game warmup with the other Ravens tight ends prior to being deactivated for Sunday’s win against Pittsburgh.“There was a chance he was going to go in the game,” Harbaugh said. “He was a game-time decision and didn’t feel good, didn’t feel right before the game. That’s why he was inactive.”Baltimore isn’t required to release an injury report this week.With the Ravens facing the lowest surviving seed of Houston, Buffalo, and Tennessee in the divisional round on Jan. 11, offensive coordinator Greg Roman acknowledged Ravens coaches are spending more time on the Titans this week since Baltimore played both the Texans and Bills in the second half of the regular season. The coaching staff will still revisit the latter two teams in their preliminary preparation before ultimately learning which one they’ll play by the conclusion of Saturday’s Bills-Texans and Titans-New England wild-card games.Roman wouldn’t disclose when he would interview for Cleveland’s head coach opening, reiterating that his focus remains on preparing the Ravens offense for a long playoff run. Defensive coordinator Wink Martindale confirmed the New York Giants have requested to interview him for their open head coach job, but he didn’t discuss any other specifics, repeating what he said last week that it would take a “dream” scenario for him to leave the Ravens.last_img read more

Ravens still pondering options on QB Colin Kaepernick

first_imgFILE – In this Sept. 1, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick passes against the San Diego Chargers during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File)OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) _ Joe Flacco’s health. The salary cap. And of course, potential negative fan reaction.The Baltimore Raves are weighing all these factors _ and then some _ as they continue to wrestle with the decision whether to sign free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick.It’s been a week since Ravens coach John Harbaugh floated the idea of adding Kaepernick, a veteran with Super Bowl experience and the baggage that comes from his decision last year to literally sit out the national anthem on game day.The topic of Kaepernick came up on the first day of training camp because Flacco, the team’s starter for the past nine seasons, arrived with a bad back. Flacco still hasn’t taken a snap, though he insists he’s on the mend.Kaepernick remains an option, particularly since backup Ryan Mallett has not performed well in practice. One problem is the Ravens face in signing Kaepernick is they don’t have much space under the salary cap and still have plenty of holes to fill, including on a porous offense line.But biggest challenge for the Ravens is gauging the potential backlash that might be created by signing a player who gained widespread attention last year for his decision to sit _ then eventually kneel _during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice.So, the Ravens will weigh all their options before deciding if Kaepernick is worth the money.“It’s all linked,” Harbaugh said. “People want to draw big broad lines about, `It’s about this’ or `about that,’ but it’s never one thing. So, we’ll just have to see where it goes and try to do the best thing for our football team, organization and everything.”Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti has interviewed current and former players on the topic, including retired linebacker Ray Lewis and tight end Benjamin Watson, now in his second year with the team.“I was surprised mainly because I don’t get a vote,” Watson said Wednesday after practice. “This organization will make decisions for all the guys on the field right now. It’s about: Can he help us win games?“The biggest thing they have to decide is, is he a good fit for our football team? I would hope that any team, when it comes to Colin Kaepernick, would look at his skill and look at their needs and say, `OK, I’m going to give him an opportunity because I have a need in that area and he can fill it.’ Nothing else.”That’s one of the most important facets among the litany of items the Ravens are considering, but Bisciotti contends that Kaepernick’s protest last season _ along with the quarterback’s assertion that he will stand for the Star-Spangled Banner this year _ cannot be ignored.“Non-violent protesting is something that we’ve all embraced,” Bisciotti said. “I don’t like the way he did it. I liked it a lot more when he went from sitting to kneeling. I thought that if it’s still a silent protest, the level of disrespect isn’t as strong that way.”He wonders if the fans would be able to look past the protest and consider that the 29-year-old Kaepernick threw 16 touchdown passes against only four interceptions last year, and that his lifetime numbers in those categories are 72 TDs and just 30 INTs.“I hope we do what is best for the team and balance that with what’s best for our fans,” Bisciotti said.The subject has transcended football in the Baltimore area. All four Letters to the Editor in the Wednesday edition of The (Baltimore) Sun involved opinions of the potential signing of Kaepernick (three in favor of it; one against).Watson asks only that the Ravens first judge Kaepernick on his ability to throw the ball downfield, make accurate decisions and provide the plays necessary to help the team make some noise in the AFC North.“That’s the respect you want as a player,” Watson said. “Don’t get me wrong, all the other stuff is important. But when it comes to football, the reason why we call sports the equalizer is because you can come in here and have a different view, but if you can perform and are respectful, then you can have a chance.”___For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img

The house that hope built

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‘Just wonderful!’ – Man United fans rejoice after beating local rivals Liverpool

first_img1 Manchester United made it four wins in a row over Liverpool with a 1-0 win at Anfield. Wayne Rooney’s late goal handed Louis van Gaal’s men a vital victory after withstanding pressure from the home side for the majority of the match.The rivalry between the two sides is well documented and Red Devils fans were certainly delighted to beat Jurgen Klopp’s side. GIFs, tweets and poking fun at the opposition, see some of the best United reaction below! ‘Just wonderful!’ – Manchester United fans rejoice after beating local rivals Liverpool last_img read more

Monthly Merchandise Report, May 2018

first_imgShare This!It’s time for another Monthly Merchandise Report! This month we’re headed over to Epcot and my favorite store to shop when I don’t know what I am looking for as a souvenir–Mouse Gear. Here’s what I found on a recent morning stroll. Remember, many of these items can be found around Disney property and also through the Shop Parks app.My daughter lived for these little toy figurines when she was younger. The escapades that Mickey and friends had as they toured the World of Lego, Giant Play Kitchen Universe, and Back Porch Kingdom had to be some great stories to tell.We’re on the verge of a rush of merchandise for Toy Story Land, and so we’ll see plenty more interesting items in months to come. But this bucket of Little Green Men? If only there was some other toy men that came in a bucket, or something that came in a barrel that would fit in the Toy Story world…Are tsum tsums on the way out? If so, don’t tell Derek. But it looks like the latest in compact plush is Ufufy. Anyone know how to pronounce that one?I have a fond recollection of my doctor’s office as a kid having a bunch of large plastic Mickey banks. It’s neat to see that everything old is new again.Months ago, I spotted these plush Mickey Bars and Dole Whip characters at The Emporium. I’m guessing that the line was successful, as we now have new additions….Plush Cupcake, Plush Caramel Apple….Plush Mickey Pretzel, and…Plush Minnie Macaron. What do you think? Cool or creepy?Speaking of plush toys, my daughter has largely aged out of Disney Junior shows, but if she hadn’t, I’d be thinking about these cuties from Elena. Aren’t they adorable?In the adorable category, Flower and Garden merchandise is still available, including this cute shirt featuring everyone’s favorite purple dragon. I’m always hopeful that more Figment merchandise means he’ll be around for years to come.If you want Figment without a Flower and Garden tie-in, this shirt caught my eye.For cuteness in the kids’ department, this shirt was one I seriously thought about buying.I also liked this eye chart style shirt, but Mickey looks a little creepy…and not because of the glasses. What do you think?Worried about opening day crowds for Toy Story Land? Disney’s got a shirt for that.You probably have a few more months before all the 2018 merchandise heads off to the Outlets. I like the design on this one, but it reminds me of California Adventure for some reason.For the eight people in the world who don’t own them, here’s your Rose Gold Spirit Jersey supply check.Already got rose gold? Good thing, because that’s sooo last month. Everyone who’s anyone is now buying the Millennial Pink Spirit Jersey. It’s like the rose gold, but more faded and less sparkly.If you’re looking for extreme Princess purses, Disney has you covered. (It’s my pick for coming soon to an Outlet near here…)You don’t see a whole lot of Bambi merchandise these days. I thought this purse was pretty nice because it’s really understated and classic.Speaking of classy, what do you think about these espresso cups? I love the design, but I need my mega-sized mugs in the morning.With the Solo movie coming up, merchandise has started appearing. I can’t imagine any kid wearing these jackets in the summer, though.Utini! (Seriously, what else needs to be said?)The build-your-own lightsaber station is a neat idea for Star Wars fans, but it certainly takes up a lot of room in the store.And I guess it isn’t too early to start rolling out the ol’ red, white, and blue for Bastille Day, yes?Yeah, yeah, it’s the All-American Mickey line, so I guess it really is ready for your July 4 planning. Who isn’t ready for summer, though? (Hint: Floridians–winter down here is awesome!)And one last item that most people can relate to.That’s it for this month. What items did you see that are on your must-buy list? Got an idea of what park I should window shop at next? Let me know in the comments.last_img read more

Disneyland Preview — Week of October 20, 2018

first_imgHall’n Screams Fireworks*0001001 ShowSatSunMonTueWedThuFri California Adventure8-108-108-198-99-98-108-12 SatSunMonTuesWedThurFri Paint the Night1111111 Disneyland8-128-128-118-69-118-128-7 Pixar Play Parade2211111 Frightfully Fun Parade*0002002 Fantasmic!2220220 *Requires ticket to Mickey’s Halloween Party.Admission and HoursPassholder blockouts remain the same this week; Southern California Select Passholders and Southern California Passholders are both blocked out on Saturday and Sunday. All other passes are honored every day this week. For those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are at Regular Price ($117/$110) all week long.Regular park hours (excluding Extra Magic Hours/Magic Mornings) are as follows this week: Share This!More of Mickey’s Halloween Party and spooky decor as the Halloween season continues! Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland preview.Special Events and NotesIt’s October, and that means that Disneyland is all decked out for the Halloween season! It also means that the park is closed a couple of nights a week for Mickey’s Halloween Party. Note that this event requires a special ticket and all remaining party dates are sold out. If you don’t have tickets already, be aware that Disneyland Park will close early on party days. This week, the party will take place on Tuesday and Friday. If you’re planning on going, be sure to check out our planning guide for the event.Even if you’re not going to the parties, however, the parks will be decked out in Halloween decor (take a look at some pics from the parks here), there will be plenty of unique seasonal treats, characters wear costumes on their costumes, and the following rides have holiday-themed overlays:Haunted Mansion HolidaySpace Mountain Ghost GalaxyLuigi’s Honkin’ Haul-o-WeenMater’s Graveyard JamboreeGuardians of the Galaxy: Monsters After Dark (evening only).For more information, make sure you check out our preview of the season here.Finally, the Dia de los Muertos celebration continues at Zocalo Park in Frontierland in Disneyland Park. Stop by there, and nearby Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante, for photo opportunities, face painting, and treats like Pumpkin Flan. In a similar vein, Plaza de la Familia activities are taking place over at Paradise Gardens Park, including Coco-inspired entertainment, special food options, and exhibits.CrowdsCrowds will be higher on the weekend (this weekend marks the tail end of the period when Utah students are off of school), with lower crowds as the week continues. Crowds are predicted to be quite low on Tuesday in particular, as Disneyland Park closes early for Mickey’s Halloween Party that day.Full details, including park-by-park crowd levels, are available on our Crowd Calendar.WeatherIt’s predicted to be a hot weekend, with more moderate temperatures (highs in the low 80s) the remainder of the week. Also, no rain in the forecast at all. Should be a nice week!As always, it’s wise to double check the weather as the day of your visit approaches. Check out the most up-to-date forecast here.ShowsWith the exception of Party nights, the entertainment schedule is lighter during the week, with no fireworks and fewer parades. There are, however, special shows, including a parade and fireworks, that run during Mickey’s Halloween Party on Tuesday and Friday. Detailed show schedules, including smaller diversions like The Straw Hatters can be found here. Fireworks1100000 As per usual, the parks will open one hour early for eligible guests at Disneyland Park Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and at Disney California Adventure Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Resort guests can take advantage of these hours every day of their stay for Extra Magic Hours, while guests eligible for Magic Mornings can use that benefit one day at Disneyland Park only. Full park hours can be found by clicking on each date in the Crowd Calendar.RefurbishmentsVirtually everything is up and running at the moment.  At Disneyland Park, the Matterhorn is down through November 17, and it’s a small world is slated to go down from October 22 through November 7.  Everything else is scheduled to be online.Similarly, at California Adventure, only World of Color remains offline until further notice — we’ll let you know when we have a better idea of when it will return as well, but we are not anticipating it back until the latter part of the year. All other attractions are currently operational, but as always, be aware that refurbishments can pop up unexpectedly, so check out our refurbishments page for details on exactly what will be down and for how long.That should do it for this week’s preview. Check back next week and every week to find out what’s coming down the pike. Got questions? Aware of anything else that prospective guests should know about? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more