24 Aug

State to hold meetings on evaluation process for controversial water protections

first_imgShare this story: Environment | Federal Government | Southeast | State GovernmentState to hold meetings on evaluation process for controversial water protectionsFebruary 28, 2017 by Emily Files, KHNS-Haines Share:Four Alaska communities from Haines to Bristol Bay have applied for high-level water body protections.The Outstanding National Resource Water, also known as Tier 3, nominations have been in limbo for a few years. That’s because the state is still figuring out what evaluation process to use.A series of public meetings in March aim to gather input on that question. Last year, Outstanding Resource protection was one of the most hotly debated topics in Haines.“Why classify something, have another law that is stuffed down our throats?” Haines resident Don Hess asked at a meeting hosted by Michelle Hale, from the state Department of Environmental Conservation.Hale held a meeting in Haines after news of an Outstanding Resource nomination for the Chilkat River sparked a lot of questions from the community.The Chilkat Indian Village of Klukwan nominated the river for special protection.Jones Hotch Jr. was tribal council president at the time. He said plummeting salmon returns in the river motivated the village.“I believe this is like a shot across our bow,” Hotch said. “Like a warning to us, a signal, that we should do something.”But many in the area are worried about the restrictions that come with the water protection.A Canadian company is in the midst of mineral exploration for a potential mine near the river.“Even though this is a technical subject matter, it does have some significant impacts to communities as well as land,” Earl Crapps with DEC said. “That’s the reason I think that there’s been some significant interest in the subject.”Outstanding Resource designation is the highest water protection available under federal law.It prohibits activity that would degrade water quality, unless the impact is limited and temporary.States are federally mandated to have a process to consider nominations.Alaska does not have such a process yet.DEC worked with Gov. Bill Walker to introduce legislation during last year’s session.The bills would have given power to lawmakers to evaluate and decide on Outstanding Resource nominations.But there was significant opposition to that proposal. Some said it would “politicize” water protection decisions. So, in April, Walker withdrew the bills.“We thought we were creating a more public process. Obviously either we weren’t or a lot of folks thought we weren’t doing it the correct way,” Walker said. “So we said, ‘well, let’s push the reset button and start this process over again.’”DEC is starting the process over again by holding a series of public meetings.They are March 20 in Juneau, March 21 in Anchorage and March 22 in Fairbanks. A statewide teleconference is set for March 23.To be clear, these meetings are not to debate the merits of whether the Chilkat River, Koktuli River, Chandalar River or Yakutat Forelands should be granted higher protection. It’s to talk about what process the state should use to evaluate the nominations.Crapps said there are three main options proposed.The first is what DEC suggested last year – giving decision-making power to the state legislature.“The second would be a board approach where a board is formed to vet and make the decision on the nominations,” Crapps said. “And the third would be the authority rests with the DEC to make the decision on the nominations.”DEC is also gathering feedback through a new Tier 3 Outreach website.Crapps said these public meetings mean the four pending Alaska Outstanding Resource nominations will likely have to wait at least another year for the state to figure out its evaluation process.last_img read more

13 Jul

Greek official: Athens cannot pay the €1.6bn it owes the IMF

first_img Greece cannot pay the IMF the €1.6bn (£1.2bn) it owes, the government has admitted.Speaking to Reuters, one of Greece’s top negotiators, Euclid Tsakalotos, said Athens was willing to make concessions, but would not cross any of its red lines, such as cuts to pensions. He said: There is no financing. We haven’t got access to the markets, we haven’t got money that hasn’t been paid since the summer of 2014, so obviously we won’t be able to pay that.Greece’s current deal for bailout funds runs out on 30 June, and it will not be getting any more aid if reforms are not agreed upon.The meeting of the Eurogroup of finance ministers today is seen as the best chance for a deal, although an accord is not expected.Asked if there could be an agreement today, Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis said: “I do not believe so.” But he added that reaching a deal quickly is “a moral duty”. Read This NextYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofBest Wine Gifts & Wine Accessories at Every PriceGayotChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofBaked Sesame Salmon: Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Billy Ehrenberg Share whatsapp Greek official: Athens cannot pay the €1.6bn it owes the IMF Thursday 18 June 2015 3:10 am Tags: Greek debt crisis IMFlast_img read more

21 Jun

Three injured in Naples crash

first_imgAdvertisement Driver slams into parked cars in Lehigh Acres, deputies blame foul weather June 17, 2021 Car splits in two after slamming into Cape Coral power pole June 16, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementNo further information was immediately available. NAPLES, Fla. – Three people were injured in a two-car crash in Naples Wednesday. The crash happened around 10:30 a.m on Davis Blvd near Brookside Drive. One of the vehicles rolled over, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. One person was taken to the hospital by helicopter as trauma alert. Advertisementcenter_img Driver leads deputies on chase in Collier County June 9, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Car slams into utility pole in Naples, causing nearly $40k in damage June 9, 2021 AdvertisementTags: crashDAvis AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 commentslast_img read more

20 Jun

Jewellery from Laois likely to be part of 100k stash discovered by Gardaí

first_img Twitter WhatsApp Permission granted for housing development in Abbeyleix while further homes planned in Portarlington WhatsApp Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Facebook Pinterest Twitter Jewellery from Laois likely to be part of 100k stash discovered by Gardaí Council Image of the jewellery recently discovered in Tallaght. Around €100,000 worth of jewellery was found by Gardaí last week, and it is believed that a substantial amount is from recent Laois burglaries.Gardaí are currently carrying out Opertion Thor, which is an investigation targeted at the criminal gangs that are involved in the constant wave of burglaries across the country.It is believed that the criminal gangs are utilizing the motorway networks, and are able to cover ground quickly using high powered cars to haul the stolen goods. Pinterestcenter_img Previous articleLaois set to host European ChampionshipsNext articleLaois GAA clubs vote to introduce EXTRA underage competition Sean HennessyA former Knockbeg student, and is currently a student in the University of Limerick trying to scrape a BA in History and Politics. A marquee player in the goals for Annanough, but well capable of doing a job in full-forward and has the knack to turn his hand to any sport (except running). Only starting out in his journalistic career but already the specialist farming and property reporter. Happiest when Liverpool and Laois are winning! Community RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Home News Crime Jewellery from Laois likely to be part of 100k stash discovered by… NewsCrime Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Facebook TAGSGardaiLaoisOperation ThorStolen Jewellery The Gardaí have been tracking criminal gangs that are linked to the recent wave of robberies to hit the midlands.This is why they believe that jewellery robbed in Laois may be in the loot found.In the latest raid, jewellery was found in Tallaght last Friday, and two people were arrested.A woman aged 30, holding a UK address, and a 23 year-old man, were charged and appeared before court last Friday morning.Laois/Offaly crime prevention officer Sgt Graham Kavanagh says it is likely that the jewellery contains items stolen in Laois and has urged any local that have a record of the jewellery such as photos or other identification to contact the Gardaí.Gardaí are advising people to mark all valuable goods so that they can be identified if found in the event of a robbery, and they have warned to be vigilant in the winter months, with the burglaries likely to take place during 5pm and 11pm.SEE ALSO – Portlaoise estate waiting 20 years to be taken in charge Council By Sean Hennessy – 1st February 2018 last_img read more

17 Jun

ADDRESS TO PARLIAMENT BY THE MOST HON. PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER, ON, MP PRIME MINISTER ON THE TRAFIGURA ISSUE

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedADDRESS TO PARLIAMENT BY THE MOST HON. PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER, ON, MP PRIME MINISTER ON THE TRAFIGURA ISSUE RelatedADDRESS TO PARLIAMENT BY THE MOST HON. PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER, ON, MP PRIME MINISTER ON THE TRAFIGURA ISSUE FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Persons have been asking for me to address the Trafigura issue since the matter was brought to public attention.I know that they have waited with expectancy to hear from me and rightly so.Allow me to say, partial information can be quite convincing without being correct.I have waited for the facts because I wanted not just to be convincing, but more importantly to be correct.Specific actions have been taken:-. I have instructed that the monies be returned;. I am advised that a full audit is being conducted by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica;. I have called for all information pertaining to the matter.In keeping with my pledge to the Jamaican people, in my inauguration address, I will lead a transparent and open government.In considering this Resolution that seeks to declare a lack of confidence in the Government, it is important to begin by reminding ourselves of the sequence of events that has culminated in this Resolution being brought to this Honourable House.On Tuesday October 3, the House was debating a Motion of Censure brought against the member for North Central St. Andrew.This Motion was based upon a false charge by the member to the effect that a Report had been presented to the Cabinet by the Honourable Noel Hylton in respect of the construction of The Sandals Whitehouse Hotel, and that this Report had been deliberately suppressed by the Government because it reflected unfavourably on the Urban Development Corporation and other Government entities.The member had refused to apologise.Before this debate was concluded, the Opposition walked out of Parliament and called a press conference for the purpose of making a specific charge in relation to the receipt of monies by an entity linked to the Peoples National Party and coming from the foreign company- Trafigura Beheer.The effect of this charge, Mr. Speaker, was a claim that these monies were monies that the company was contractually obligated to pay to the Government of Jamaica under an existing contract.By this contract, the foreign company was engaged to lift oil provided by Nigeria to the Government of Jamaica, to sell this oil on the market and then to pay to the Government of Jamaica an agreed sum calculated on the basis of the amount of oil sold.The Leader of the Opposition went on to say that these funds, having been improperly and illegally diverted from the Government to the control of the Peoples National Party, was then used by the Party to finance its recently held Conference.The report in the media of the following day October 4, indicated that this was the specific and only allegation made at that time and in that press conference by the Leader of the Opposition.This is made clear by the headline in the Gleaner newspaper of the following day which reads “Partying on State Funds” – “Golding accuses Government of using oil money to finance conference”.This charge was immediately denied by the Government and the political party. It is patently false, in that at the time when this payment of money was made and received, no funds were due under the Nigerian oil arrangement to the Government of Jamaica, from the foreign company or anyone else. It was stated, by Officers of the Party, that this payment constituted a voluntary donation to the election fund of the Party by the company and therefore had nothing whatever to do with the diversion of monies that should have gone to the Government and people of Jamaica.Faced with his obvious inability to substantiate his allegation of diversion of funds, the Leader of the Opposition and his Party in general have substituted another allegation.This is to the effect that the amount paid for the benefit of the political party constituted an incentive designed to ensure that the existing contract with the foreign company, and which was due for renewal would be renewed.In support of this claim, they point to the fact that the company, when asked to explain this payment, have said that it was not a donation to the Party, but a payment made in the course of a commercial transaction between themselves and the recipient, although they admitted to knowing that the recipient was linked to the Peoples National Party.With respect to this new charge which now forms the basis of this Motion of No Confidence in the Government, I make the following comments:Firstly, it is, and continues to be, emphatically denied by the Peoples National Party and the Government that any impropriety was involved in so far as receiving the money as payment for renewal of the contract is concerned.In fact, this contract which has been in existence since the year 2001, and which has been renewed from time to time in previous years has not yet been renewed for the current period by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica which is the entity that would be responsible for the renewal.Mr. Speaker, let me be very clear, the contract I am referring to is that dealing with the amounts Jamaica will receive from the oil that is lifted from Nigeria.The Motion which seeks to blame the Government is therefore not based upon any proof of wrong-doing by the Government and is consequently totally misconceived.Secondly, this Motion is a continuation of the strenuous attempt being made to divert attention from the behaviour of the Member for North Central St. Andrew which is to be considered in due course by the Committee of Privileges of this Honourable House.My third comment is that, in seeking to score political points, the Leader of the Opposition has been a party to a clear breach of the Banking Law in so far as that law protects the confidentiality of individual accounts and the private transactions of the citizens of Jamaica.The example that he has set can have far-reaching and detrimental consequences for the integrity of our banking system and financial institutions generally.This is not the sort of conduct that can be regarded as a qualification for leadership of our country.When one bears in mind that this use of improperly obtained documents was utilized as a diversion from another charge of improperly obtained documents and which was the subject of the Censure Motion in this House, I would suggest to the Leader of the Opposition, that he is in no position to charge anyone with not deserving the confidence of the people.Those who seek to condemn others for not ensuring probity of conduct must themselves come with clean hands.Finally, in order that some good may come of this episode, I intend to continue to press for reform of our electoral laws in so far as they deal with the question of the funding of political parties and expenditure on election campaigns.This is a matter on which my Party and this Government and preceding Governments of the Peoples National Party have been consistently seeking to have firmly placed on a proper footing.We intend to ensure that appropriate arrangements are made for this Parliament to take on board the preliminary agreements that have been reached with the Electoral Commission.We must also give the general public; the people of this country, an opportunity to express their views on what needs to be done to ensure that our electoral process is not distorted by illegitimate funding sources and the overwhelming influence of wealthy donors.Political contributions should, ideally, be open and acknowledged. However, even if it is eventually decided to retain confidentiality at the wish of the donor, the transaction itself must be so structured that it can be revealed at anytime without giving rise to embarrassment or suspicion.This must certainly be an issue that must be fully addressed for any agreed system to command the confidence of the entire society. What is good for the goose must be good for the gander.Legislation to achieve these objectives is long overdue.I now call on the Opposition to demonstrate the sincerity of their commitment to the principle of transparency in, and regulation of, political contributions.Such an opportunity would be provided by their taking part in completing the debate on the Bill which was tabled by the member for St. Catherine North East and which is still incomplete.It would be further demonstrated by their cooperation in the work of a Joint Select Committee of both Houses of Parliament so that all voices can be heard and a national consensus on this issue, which is vital to our democratic system, can be achieved.This country can rest assured that under my leadership no amount of money can be used to buy my defence of the Jamaican people. This Prime Minister is not for sale; not for 31 million dollars; not for any amount. My life, from that as a young girl to now as a woman in full bloom has always been about the people of Jamaica.center_img RelatedADDRESS TO PARLIAMENT BY THE MOST HON. PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER, ON, MP PRIME MINISTER ON THE TRAFIGURA ISSUE ADDRESS TO PARLIAMENT BY THE MOST HON. PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER, ON, MP PRIME MINISTER ON THE TRAFIGURA ISSUE UncategorizedOctober 17, 2006last_img read more

17 Jun

Agriculture Ministry Implemented Measures to Increase Rural Farming in 2006

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedAgriculture Ministry Implemented Measures to Increase Rural Farming in 2006 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Agriculture and Lands, Roger Clarke, has said that during the year, the Ministry worked aggressively to create production enhancement opportunities for rural farmers through a number of projects and programmes.Mr. Clarke, who was addressing an end-of-year press conference at his Old Hope Road offices in Kingston yesterday (Dec. 28), cited the flagship Agricultural Support Services Project (ASSP), as one of the programmes that has impacted positively on the growth of the rural farming during the year.Under the project, some $10.9 million was allocated to the Tilapia Expansion Project and according to the Agriculture Minister, this project significantly increased productivity and pioneered the introduction of a number of value-added products on the market, including breaded fish sticks and fish burgers.In addition, a further $18.7 million was allocated to the sheep production project, and some 50 high yielding dorper sheep were imported for crossbreeding with local herds, in order to increase productivity and lower the farmers’ production costs.The Ebony Park Vegetable Production Project, another initiative under the ASSP, also received $19.3 million, which was used to assist farmers’ groups islandwide to supply produce to the hotel sector.Minister Clarke further informed that a total of $19 million was allocated to the Amity Hall project, which assisted some 32 farmers to plant peppers, escallion for export and the local agro-processing industry.During the year in review, under the ASSP, a total of $5.6 million was earmarked to the Hounslow/Pedro Plains Producers Group, which allowed the group to supply sweet potatoes and vegetables for the export market.Since its inception in 2001, the ASSP has financed 78 projects and services at a cost of $645 million. To date the ASSP’s expenditure stands at $56.5 million. In an effort to diversify the country’s agricultural production, the Ministry of Agriculture developed a strategy aimed at modernizing and repositioning its key sub-sectors in order to create economic growth. As part of the effort, $200 million was pumped into a number of areas such as sheep, goat and pig production, beekeeping, sweet potato production, tree crop cultivation for the agro-processing industry, and vegetable production under greenhouse conditions.“In terms of the sheep, goat and pig production. significant increases were recorded in these sub-sectors during the period on review, as a direct result of capital injections of $50 million and $18 million from the Ministry and the ASSP respectively.the results have been phenomenal,” the Minister informed.Minister Clarke noted that during the year in review, honey production doubled from an average of 3.2 gallons to 7.5 gallons per hive. “This is as a direct result of the Ministry’s strategic intervention through the adoption of modern technologies and the improved pest-management practices demonstrated to farmers by the apiculture unit’s extension services. The injection of $11.5 million into the industry by the ASSP funded honey marketing and production,” he informed.Mr. Clarke noted further that the Ministry recognized that there was tremendous potential in the beekeeping sub-sector, and as such, during the year in review, a further $30 million was allocated to train unemployed young men and women in beekeeping skills, as well as to establish a $15 million revolving loan fund from which existing bee farmers, as well as new entrants to the industry, can access a maximum of $250,000. Agriculture Ministry Implemented Measures to Increase Rural Farming in 2006 UncategorizedDecember 29, 2006center_img RelatedAgriculture Ministry Implemented Measures to Increase Rural Farming in 2006 RelatedAgriculture Ministry Implemented Measures to Increase Rural Farming in 2006last_img read more

17 Jun

Dr. Chang Says $477 Million Being Spent on Wells to Ease Water Crisis

first_imgDr. Chang Says $477 Million Being Spent on Wells to Ease Water Crisis EnvironmentDecember 10, 2009 RelatedDr. Chang Says $477 Million Being Spent on Wells to Ease Water Crisis FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Water and Housing Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, has announced a $477 million mitigation programme to address the islandwide water shortage triggered by the prolonged drought Jamaica is experiencing.Speaking at a post-Cabinet media briefing at Jamaica House, Dr. Chang said the programme entailed several measures, which are expected to bring relief to householders in districts, particularly in the northeastern and southern sections of the island, including the Corporate Area which has been experiencing low rainfall.The measures, which are being jointly undertaken by the Ministry and the National Water Commission (NWC), include an aggressive and extensive public education programme, highlighting the impact of the prevailing situation and conservation measures that can be employed to assist in mitigating the problem to be undertaken at a cost of $17 million.Other measures are: a black tank distribution programme by the Ministry in conjunction with the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) costing some $15 million; the trucking of water by the NWC and local authorities over the next six months, at a cost of $297 million; restoration of some five wells throughout the Corporate Area, at a cost of $142 million dollars, to provide an additional five million gallons of water; and the completion of 22 rural water supply projects, three of which have already been commissioned, at a cost of $97.2 million.Water and Housing Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang (right), emphasises a point while addressing journalists at Wednesday’s (December 9) post-Cabinet media briefing at Jamaica House. Looking on is Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Daryl Vaz.Dr. Chang said that the wells being restored are located at: King’s House; Devon House; Hampstead, Mountain View Avenue area; Rennock Lodge, East Kingston; and Havendale, St. Andrew.He said that the King’s House well should be on stream by February, and has a good supply and quality of water. Devon House has to be assessed for its volume and quality. Hampstead, which went down because of vandalism and social conflict in the area, is an excellent well, he said, with a yield of about one million gallons per day and Jamaica Wells is working on that facility.The Rennock Lodge well was taken out of commission over 10 years ago because of saline intrusion. By now it should be in good order, it is being tested and should be able to provide good quality water in that area.He said that a small well in the Havendale area will also be brought on stream by February.Dr. Chang also disclosed that the NWC will be embarking on a “more aggressive” leak and repair programme, because leaks are not affordable for any prolonged period during the drought.“So by February, we are confident that in addition to the trucking and the other mitigation. and conservation measures, we should be able to bring on stream (upwards of) an additional five million gallons of water in the Corporate Area (and other sections of the island),” he said. Advertisementscenter_img RelatedDr. Chang Says $477 Million Being Spent on Wells to Ease Water Crisis RelatedDr. Chang Says $477 Million Being Spent on Wells to Ease Water Crisislast_img read more

12 Jun

$100 Million for August Celebrations Will Be Well Spent

first_imgStory HighlightsThe celebrations are vital given the role of culture in empowering the spirit of the nationMinister Hanna dismissed comments by some that the money is a waste of resources at this time. Plans are in high gear for the celebrations in the western region RelatedEmancipation and Independence Celebrations Launched RelatedSeveral Activities in the West for Emancipation and Independence Western Regional Coordinator for the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), Natalie Morris, has welcomed the $100 million allocated by the Government towards Emancipation and Independence celebrations this year.She said that the money, while less than the sum provided in 2012, will be well spent in promoting the country’s culture and heritage.Youth and Culture Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna, announced the $100 million budget during the launch of Emancipation and Independence activities on Monday, July 21, at the Office of the Prime Minister.She said that despite fiscal constraints, the celebrations are vital given the role of culture in empowering the spirit of the nation during these times.Miss Morris, who was addressing a Think Tank at the Jamaica Information Service’ s (JIS) Montego Bay Regional Office on July 24, lauded Government’s commitment to supporting the development of the arts and culture even as it faces budgetary constraints.“We know that from an economic perspective, we are having financial challenges and so even in the local business community, people are cutting back. The allotment is reflective of how tight the economy is and what is happening around us and indeed it is a cut back from last year, (but still much can still be achieved) as we commemorate and celebrate our emancipation and independence,” Miss Morris told JIS News.She dismissed comments by some that the money is a waste of resources at this time.“I believe that there is a misunderstanding or a misinterpretation of the society as to how they view entertainment.  For a country that boasts that our competitive advantage is our music and sports, we pay very little attention and place very little importance on that industry and the many persons that benefit from it … I don’t believe that this will be money wasted, it is money that will be well spent supporting an industry, a culture and our history, that can be a competitive advantage and that which can put us in the place where Jamaica needs to be, a developed nation by 2030,” Miss Morris asserts.Meanwhile, she informed that plans are in high gear for the celebrations in the western region, which comprises Trelawny, St. James, Hanover and Westmoreland.Activities include Emancipation vigils, staging of culture yards, church services, and Independence Day civic ceremonies. $100 Million for August Celebrations Will Be Well Spent CultureJuly 24, 2013Written by: Glenis A. Rose $100 Million for August Celebrations Will Be Well SpentJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlaycenter_img Advertisements Photo: JIS PhotographerJamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Regional Manager, Natalie Morris, addresses a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank on July 24, at the Montego Bay Regional Office, to provide details on Emancipation/Independence celebrations for western parishes. RelatedTracing Jamaica’s History at Seville Heritage Park FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail last_img read more

12 Jun

Supreme Court warns about email ‘Florida legal document’ scams

first_img Dec 09, 2020 Top Stories An ongoing international email scam aimed at bilking people out of money has resurfaced again using fraudulent Florida court documents. They often appear to come from the Florida Supreme Court.It is part of an ongoing series of similar scams stretching back several years. They appear to come from locations in Florida like Shalimar but may target people elsewhere in the United States or other nations. Many of the intended victims are unfamiliar with Florida law.The current scam has targeted people in Europe, including Spain and Sweden, and claims connections with other nations like Hungary and South Africa. All the documents are falsified to suggest they came from the Florida Supreme Court.Some contained legal terminology not used in Florida, such as calling attorneys “barristers.” They may use other legal words more common in Europe and may cite nonexistent state or federal statutes.Florida’s state courts do not send out binding official legal notices by email. Anyone receiving emails that reference a Florida court document should never pay money without checking further.People who want to inquire about potential scam emails can do so by forwarding copies of the email and its attachments to the Florida Supreme Court at [email protected] The Court’s Marshal’s Office and other appropriate law enforcement agencies can investigate scams that falsely use the name of the Florida Supreme Court or forge signatures of its judges.A similar version of the current scam surfaced in early 2019 and was the subject of a public warning at the time. An earlier public warning about other scams were released in 2017, and yet another public warning was issued  in 2014.These previous email and telephone scams have targeted Spanish speakers with threats of deportation, professionals over licensing issues, and members of the general public for supposedly missing jury duty. One scam a few years ago demanded a court “fine” for “illegal software use.”Anyone receiving such scam documents should report them to local law enforcement. Copies of redacted examples of the recent scams are attached to this press release. Supreme Court warns about email ‘Florida legal document’ scamslast_img read more

4 Jun

Ofcom eyes more spectrum for 5G

first_img Previous ArticleOrange and Optus gear up for 2017 5G action; Small Cell Forum warns on fragmentationNext ArticleTwitter targets sale conclusion this month Nokia scores Philippines 5G deal with Dito AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 06 OCT 2016 Richard Handford Author 5GOfcom Related Asia center_img UK regulator Ofcom is offering two options to current occupants of the 3.6-3.8 GHz band as it pursues more spectrum for 5G.The band has been identified by the regulator as suitable for future mobile use, and part of it is already authorised for mobile and fixed communications.But Ofcom wants to take more. It points out national regulators across Europe have identified the wider 3.4-3.8 GHz band as suitable for 5G. Ofcom itself is readying an award of 150 MHz in the lower part of the band at 3.4 to 3.6 GHz.While currently occupied by point-to-point fixed providers, and satellite services, the 3.6-3.8 GHz band has low intensity of usage.Freeing up the band would involve eventually awarding 116 MHz not currently used for mobile services.But analysis shows large separation distances are required to prevent interference in the band, raising a question how mobile operators would share with the band’s incumbents.Ofcom said it has two options. In the first, incumbents’ current authorisation would continue. Mobile licences would have terms and conditions aimed at preventing interference. Given the large separation distances required, this would likely deny mobile operators in the band access to large geographic areas around the UK. The regulator would consider reviewing spectrum fees for existing occupants of the band to reflect this, Ofcom said.The second option is to remove incumbents’ authorisation, so the fixed links and satellite providers would no longer be licensed to use the band, with appropriate notice being given.New mobile licences would include interim terms and conditions aimed at preventing interference until the end of the notice period to minimise disruption. Mobile Mix: Buzzing for Barcelona Telkomsel turns on 5G in major cities Home Ofcom eyes more spectrum for 5G Tags Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more last_img read more