Jamaica to Ratify Caribbean Aviation Safety and Security Oversight System Agreement

first_imgRelatedJamaica to Ratify Caribbean Aviation Safety and Security Oversight System Agreement FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Government has been given the go-ahead to ratify the agreement establishing the Caribbean Aviation Safety and Security Oversight System (CASSOS).Cabinet gave the approval at its sitting held on Wednesday, March 3.Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, explained that CASSOS is aimed at strengthening the civil aviation authorities of the region by promoting the upgrading and harmonisation of regulations, standards, and inspector training.It also serves to enhance the ability of individual states to fully discharge their safety oversight responsibilities and provide resource-sharing mechanisms to ensure that scarce technical skills are always available.CASSOS grew out of the Regional Aviation Safety Oversight System (RASOS) that was established in 2002 as a result of a 2001 agreement by the Association of Civil Aviation Authorities of the Caribbean (ACAAC) to develop a mechanism that would reduce the cost of providing the required airworthiness and flight operation oversight services to individual CARICOM member states. RelatedJamaica to Ratify Caribbean Aviation Safety and Security Oversight System Agreement Advertisementscenter_img Jamaica to Ratify Caribbean Aviation Safety and Security Oversight System Agreement Foreign AffairsMarch 11, 2010 RelatedJamaica to Ratify Caribbean Aviation Safety and Security Oversight System Agreementlast_img read more

Local play going for another turn ‘round the Merry-Go Round

first_imgHomeNewsLocal play going for another turn ‘round the Merry-Go Round Feb. 08, 2018 at 7:00 amNewsLocal play going for another turn ‘round the Merry-Go RoundAngel Carreras3 years agodaily pressdowntown santa monicaJames HarrisMerry Go RoundNewsPaul SandsSanta Monicasanta monica daily presssanta monica newsSanta Monica Pier The Santa Monica Pier is an entertaining place. On any given day you can see a juxtaposition of class, the full melting-pot of America present, people looking for a never-ending ocean view and entertainment. There are buskers performing their talents for cash, carnival-like games, an arcade, and Pacific Park and it’s Sea Dragon and West Coaster rides.Starting Friday, February 10, the pier will house another attraction for entertainment — Jim Harris and Paul Sands’ play, “An Illegal Start”, taking another run inside of the historic Santa Monica Merry-Go-Round building.“We were just trying it out in that space to see if it even worked,” Jim Harris, local playwright and Pier historian said in a phone call, reflecting on the play’s initial run last summer. “It ended up being very well-received, the audience seemed to love it and the performers did a tremendous job.”The play, about two teenagers whose lives become intertwined after a car crash, is based on true events that took place in Harris’s life and was originally written for the stage.Harris and Santa Monica bred Tony-award winner Paul Sand adapted “An Illegal Start” to be performed inside the pier’s Merry-Go-Round building, with performances from actors Cameron Tagge and Irish Giron in its trial run.“During that trial run, we learned a lot,” Harris said. The logistics of figuring how to exactly stage a play in a historic landmark wasn’t much of an issue for Harris, calling the Merry-Go-Round “an antique we always treated with respect.” He cited external forces — namely, parking — as the main culprit affecting the plays initial run.“We actually almost extended the run of shows, it was doing so well,” Harris said. “But parking was such a hassle. Still is. We’d start some shows an hour late just to try and accommodate everyone that wanted to see the play.”After nearly a year, Harris and Sands have ironed out kinks both within the play and out.Moving the date to February, Harris feels traffic will be much alleviated and having nearly a year to fine-tune the play, Harris and Sands added some new wrinkles expected to emotionally engage the audience.“We came to realize we can offer something special and unique in an area of the world where unique artistic experiences are welcomed and expected part of our culture,” Harris said. “We had the ability and experience to do it and do it right.”The duo added new musical components, carousel music to fit the ambiance, and certain things, Harris says, “you’ll have to experience for yourself.” His favorite addition is more emotional resonance.“That final scene was touching and wonderful, but we realized it could use some sharpening up. Last year you may have needed a tissue, this year you might want to bring the whole box.”Jim Harris and Paul Sand’s “An Illegal Start” performs at the Santa Monica Pier’s Merry-Go-Round Building, beginning Feb. 9 for a five-week run, continuing Fridays & Saturdays in February & March.Tickets cost $24-$30 and are available through paulsandprojects.com/[email protected] :daily pressdowntown santa monicaJames HarrisMerry Go RoundNewsPaul SandsSanta Monicasanta monica daily presssanta monica newsSanta Monica Piershare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentNoteworthy: Road Trip SoundtrackLaughing Matters: Ocean Park Library Turns 100You Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall10 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson21 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter21 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor21 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press21 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press21 hours agolast_img read more

Kevin Harvick stretches fuel mileage for Michigan victory

first_imgRecovering from a punctured-right front tire that cost him track position early in the race, Kevin Harvick passed Joey Logano on Lap 183 of 200 and cruised to a 1.595-second victory in Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway.During a closing 48-lap green-flag run that began with a restart on Lap 153, Harvick charged from seventh to first, recording his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season, his third at the 2-mile track and the 47th of his career.RELATED: Race results | Stage recapsSHOP: Harvick gear“It was a day of a little bit of adversity that we were able to overcome,” Harvick said. “We had a really fast car all weekend. Our car handled really well today, and with the multiple lanes (thanks in part to the application of traction compound in the high grooves), we were able to run all three lanes pretty well and make our way through traffic.“They (the team) put a really fast race car on the track, and we were able to capitalize on it, so that’s always fun.”When Harvick crossed the finish line, leading his 22nd lap of the afternoon, Denny Hamlin was running second after Logano pitted for a splash of fuel on Lap 197. Kyle Larson ran third, followed by Martin Truex Jr. and Daniel Suarez, who re-entered the playoff picture when two drivers on the bubble ahead of him — Jimmie Johnson and Clint Bowyer — had disastrous days in the Irish Hills.Thirty-one laps into the race, Harvick steered his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford onto pit road with a flat right-front tire. But with the first 60-lap stage running green from start to finish, Harvick was able to drive up to sixth by the end of the stage.Martin Truex Jr. won Stage 1 after starting from the rear because of two pre-race inspection failures, but his No. 19 Toyota wasn’t as strong in traffic late in the race than it had been early on. Kyle Busch won Stage 2, but his car, like Truex’s, wasn’t as effective in traffic after pit stops at the end of the stage scrambled the running order.Likewise, Hamlin’s car was best in the heat of the day on a hot, slick track, but the speed in Harvick’s car prevailed as the asphalt cooled down.“Well, it seemed like we generally had the best-handling car when it was really hot and slick, but as the day went on and the track cooled off, the guys that had built more speed into their car, it kind of handicapped it for them,” Hamlin said. “Nothing I could really do, just didn’t have enough speed. The 4 was about a half second faster than us in qualifying, and when we were holding it wide open there at the end, just couldn’t overcome it.”Kyle Busch ran sixth, and Ryan Preece came home seventh, posting his first top 10 outside of Daytona or Talladega. The Hendrick Motorsports trio of William Byron, Chase Elliott and Alex Bowman completed the top 10.Hendrick teammate Jimmie Johnson wasn’t as fortunate. On Lap 15, his No. 48 Chevrolet slapped the outside wall, severely damaging the right side of the car. Johnson finished 34th, eight laps down.Bowyer’s misfortune came on Lap 137, after contact with the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford of Paul Menard. Bowyer’s car slammed into the Turn 3 wall, and efforts to repair the car proved futile. Bowyer retired from the race in 37th place.WATCH: Johnson hits wall early | Bowyer clips wall lateJohnson dropped two places to 18th in the series standings, 12 points behind Bowyer and 12th-place finisher Ryan Newman, tied for the last Playoff-eligible position. Suarez moved past Johnson to 17th in the standings and trails Newman and Bowyer by four points with three races left before the cut-off at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.The series’ next race is scheduled for Saturday night (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM) at Bristol Motor Speedway.Contributing: Staff reportslast_img read more

The Kids (Who Use Tech) Seem to Be All Right

first_imgA new paper by scientists at the University of Oxford, published this week in Nature Human Behaviour, should help clear up the confusion. It reveals the pitfalls of the statistical methods scientists have employed and offers a more rigorous alternative. And, importantly, it uses data on more than 350,000 adolescents to show persuasively that, at a population level, technology use has a nearly negligible effect on adolescent psychological well-being, measured in a range of questions addressing depressive symptoms, suicidal ideation, pro-social behavior, peer-relationship problems and the like. Technology use tilts the needle less than half a percent away from feeling emotionally sound. For context, eating potatoes is associated with nearly the same degree of effect and wearing glasses has a more negative impact on adolescent mental health. “This is an incredibly important paper,” says Candice Odgers, a psychologist studying adolescent health and technology at the University of California, Irvine, who wasn’t involved in the research. “It provides a sophisticated set of analyses and is one of the most comprehensive and careful accountings of the associations between digital technologies and well-being to date. And the message from the paper is painstakingly clear: The size of the association documented across these studies is not sufficient or measurable enough to warrant the current levels of panic and fear around this issue.” Read the whole story: Scientific American More of our Members in the Media > Social media is linked to depression—or not. First-person shooter video games are good for cognition—or they encourage violence. Young people are either more connected—or more isolated than ever.center_img Such are the conflicting messages about the effects of technology on children’s well-being. Negative findings receive far more attention and have fueled panic among parents and educators. This state of affairs reflects a heated debate among scientists. Studies showing statistically significant negative effects are followed by others revealing positive effects or none at all—sometimes using the same data set.last_img read more

South Africa sculptor’s wood carvings earn him worldwide acclaim

first_imgSouth African artist who comes from a long line of acclaimed sculptors, Collen Maswanganyi has had his work earn him widespread international acclaim.Collen Maswanganyi is a third-generation sculptor from a small village in Giyani, in north-eastern South Africa.Collen’s love for carving began when his father, internationally acclaimed sculptor Johannes Maswanganyi, taught him the trade and he only works with wood.Each sculpture is a fusion of African culture and contemporary South Africa, loaded with symbolism.Collen has not only made a name for himself locally; his work has also gained international recognition.“I have had a couple of solo exhibitions and a couple of prominent group exhibitions like the identity of South African artists at the Fortress Theatre in 2004 in The Netherlands and I also took part in the Beijing Biennale in 2015 and now my work is in the collection of the National Museum of China.” Collen saidCCTV’s Julie Scheier pays him a visitlast_img read more

HANDBALL: HFN Releases Programmes and Activities For The First Quarter of 2019

first_imgThe Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN) has released a timetable of activities and programmes of the Federation for the first quarter of 2019.In a statement signed by HFN secretary general Alhaji Maigidansanma Mohammed, the national cadet and junior teams are to commence preparation soon towards the IHF Challenge Trophy holding in Niamey, the Niger Republic from 25th Feb.-3rd March 2019.About 45 female players comprising of the Junior and Cadets category are expected to report to camp from Feb 9.Coaches Uzor John and Ndudi Stella are to take  charge of the Junior U-20 female team  while Coaches Abdulkadir Yusuf and Esther O. Lambert will be in charge of the Cadets female teamThe HFN will also organise the National Under 18/21 Male/Female Handball Championship in Lagos from 8th-17th March 2019.The championship will bring participants from the 36 states of the Federation including Handball Academies, Local Government teams, and youth clubs.The HFN has plans to hold a seminar for coaches and referees on March 6th to 9th 2019 with the objective of refreshing and updating the technical officials on the current international best practices in the Handball game.Finally, the first phase of the 2019 Prudent Energy Premier League will hold in Abuja from the 2nd – 14th April 2019 with 10 female and 12 male teams participating respectively.Alhaji Maigidansanma thanked the handball family, stakeholders and fans for identifying with the leadership and activities of HFN.RelatedHANDBALL: HFN Announce New Premier League DatesFebruary 28, 2019In “Sports”HANDBALL: 2019 HFN League Set For Second Postponement As President Exhorts Clubs (AUDIO)March 24, 2019In “Sports”HANDBALL: HFN Reveal National U18 And U21 Squads For IHF International Challenge Trophy in KosovoApril 9, 2019In “Nigeria”last_img read more

EPL: Richarlison, Sigurdsson Punish Chelsea In Stunning Fashion

first_imgEverton produced one of their best results of the season to dent Chelsea’s bid for a Premier League top-four finish.Richarlison headed them into the lead after Kepa Arrizabalaga parried Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s header into his path.Gylfi Sigurdsson sealed the win, scoring at the second attempt after Arrizabalaga had saved his penalty.Chelsea remain sixth, three points behind fourth-place Arsenal and a point adrift of Manchester United.Eden Hazard went close for the Blues with a curling effort that came off the post and Jordan Pickford made a great save to deny Gonzalo Higuain.The Toffees move above Bournemouth into 11th with 40 points.RelatedChelsea Frustrated To Goalless DrawNovember 11, 2018In “England”Battling Blues Edge London Derby In Six-Goal ThrillerOctober 21, 2017In “England”Iheanacho Scores But Ndidi Error Costly As Iwobi Wins Battle Of Super Eagles, Aubamayang Moves Top Of Goals ChartJuly 1, 2020In “England”last_img read more

FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes

first_imgWASHINGTON | The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration.While the proposal being issued Thursday won’t immediately mean changes for the popular devices, the move is aimed at eventually taming the fast-growing e-cigarette industry.The agency said the proposal sets a foundation for regulating the products but the rules don’t immediately ban the wide array of flavors of e-cigarettes, curb marketing on places like TV or set product standards.Any further rules “will have to be grounded in our growing body of knowledge and understanding about the use of e-cigarettes and their potential health risks or public health benefits,” Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg said.Once finalized, the agency could propose more restrictions on e-cigarettes. Officials didn’t provide a timetable for that action.Members of Congress and public health groups have raised concerns over e-cigarettes and questioned their marketing tactics.“When finalized (the proposal) would result in significant public health benefits, including through reducing sales to youth, helping to correct consumer misperceptions, preventing misleading health claims and preventing new products from entering the market without scientific review by FDA,” said Mitch Zeller, the director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products.The FDA said the public, members of the industry and others will have 75 days to comment on the proposal. The agency will evaluate those comments before issuing a final rule but there’s no timetable for when that will happen. The regulations will be a step in a long process that many believe will ultimately end up being challenged in court.E-cigarettes are plastic or metal tubes, usually the size of a cigarette, that heat a liquid nicotine solution instead of burning tobacco. That creates vapor that users inhale.Smokers like e-cigarettes because the nicotine-infused vapor looks like smoke but doesn’t contain the thousands of chemicals, tar or odor of regular cigarettes. Some smokers use e-cigarettes as a way to quit smoking tobacco, or to cut down. However, there’s not much scientific evidence showing e-cigarettes help smokers quit or smoke less, and it’s unclear how safe they are.The industry started on the Internet and at shopping-mall kiosks and has rocketed from thousands of users in 2006 to several million worldwide who can choose from more than 200 brands. Sales are estimated to have reached nearly $2 billion in 2013. Tobacco company executives have noted that they are eating into traditional cigarette sales, and their companies have jumped into the business.Some believe lightly regulating electronic cigarettes might actually be better for public health overall, if smokers switch and e-cigarettes really are safer. Others are raising alarms about the hazards of the products and a litany of questions about whether e-cigarettes will keep smokers addicted or encourage others to start using e-cigarettes, and even eventually tobacco products.“Right now for something like e-cigarettes, there are far more questions than answers,” Zeller said, adding that the agency is conducting research to better understand the safety of the devices and who is using them.In addition to prohibiting sales to minors and requiring health labels that warn users that nicotine is an addictive chemical, e-cigarette makers also would be required to register their products with the agency and disclose ingredients. They also would not be allowed to claim their products are safer than other tobacco products.They also couldn’t use words such as “light” or “mild” to describe their products, give out free samples or sell their products in vending machines unless they are in a place open only to adults, such as a bar.Companies also will be required to submit applications for premarket review within two years. As long as an e-cigarette maker has submitted the application, the FDA said it will allow the products to stay on the market while they are being reviewed. That would mean companies would have to submit an application for all e-cigarettes now being sold.___Michael Felberbaum can be reached at https://www.twitter.com/MLFelberbaum .last_img read more