PM Tables Sexual Harassment Bill

first_img Recommended for you Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Dec. 9 (JIS): Prime Minister, the Most. Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, tabled the Sexual Harassment Bill in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (December 8).The legislation provides a framework for addressing the issue of sexual harassment in Jamaica. Specifically, it outlines sexual harassment in the home, workplace and institutions, and the actions that can be taken against persons, who commit such offences.Speaking at the Jamaica House press briefing today (December 9), Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, said the legislation was shaped from the CARICOM Model Bill on Sexual Harassment, taking into account local cultural norms.“Importantly too, under the Act, victims of sexual harassment will be able to seek redress in the Resident Magistrate’s Court or at a special division of the Industrial Disputes Tribunal, which will be established for this purpose,” Senator Falconer informed.Following debate and passage in the Lower House, the Bill will go before the Senate for its deliberation. Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Related Items:bill, jamaica, sexual harassment billlast_img read more

Ripples in spacetime suggest a black hole swallowed a neutron star

first_img Taking 3 and 5🌞masses as our “cut-off” labels for #NeutronStars or #BlackHoles is a useful rule-of-thumb but it could be wrong – or at least not the full picture. So #S190814bv *could* still be 2 merging #BlackHoles… Lots more careful analysis may tell us the answer!… 3/5 pic.twitter.com/0RSc5jk0xc— LIGO (@LIGO) August 17, 2019 7 Tags 16 Photos That throws up an exciting possibility that one of the black holes would be lighter than any black hole we’ve ever seen before. We can’t lose!If the event is confirmed as a neutron star-black hole merger, it would complete LIGO and Virgo’s trifecta of cosmic detections. The facilities have seen black holes merge with black holes and neutron stars merge with neutron stars, but they’ve never seen the two obliterate one another.The next step is to focus telescopes on the small section of the sky S190814bv came from. It’s relatively close, by cosmic standards, at just 900 million light-years away. The gravitational waves race out faster than other electromagnetic waves, giving astronomers a chance to try and detect other signals emitted by the event. What will we see?”We will either see a neutron star being ripped apart by a black hole, or getting swallowed whole like Pac-Man swallowing a ghost,” says Simon Stevenson, an astronomer with Swinburne University of Technology in Australia. “Either way, we are in for a show!”  Share your voicecenter_img What is a black hole? The universe’s dark, mysterious monsters Comments Black hole, meet neutron star. Neutron star, this is black hole. Play nice. Carl Knox/OzGrav ARC Centre of Excellence Astronomers watching the cosmos for faint ripples in space-time may have detected a black hole swallowing up a neutron star for the very first time. Gravitational wave observatories in the US and Europe were switched back on after upgrades in April to hunt for these extreme cosmic events, and since then have detected 23 potential cosmic wobbles. The latest is perhaps the most exciting yet — and it’s also potentially the most puzzling.The event, designated S190814bv, was detected on Aug. 14 by the finely-tuned lasers of the twin LIGO detectors in the US and the Virgo detector in Italy. The facilities picked up ripples in the fabric of the universe and have, tentatively, suggested they resulted from a collision between a black hole and a small, dense star known as a “neutron star”.The facilities have seen potential black hole-neutron star collisions in the past, but none have been adequately verified. Since switching back on in April, only three candidates for this insane type of cosmic collision have been presented with varying levels of confidence. That’s because the detectors are so fine-tuned they sometimes flag noise as real events.For S190814bv, the chance the newly-detected signal is just noise is 1 in 10 septillion years.That would even put Han Solo off believing S190814bv is anything but a neutron star-black hole merger, but the researchers are still urging caution. It could be, they say, two merging black holes. Sci-Techlast_img read more

BCL threats force proquota reforms teacher to leave campus

first_imgbclAn assistant professor of Chittagong University has left the campus in the face of threats from Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) following his posts on Facebook in favour of quota reforms.Md Maidul Islam, a faculty member of the university’s sociology department, told Prothom Alo that he was living with his family on campus.He said he left the campus on Monday in face of the BCL threats.Kh Ali Ar Raji, an assistant professor of the communication and journalism department, also came under wrath of the ruling party’s student wing for his support to the teacher.BCL has already sent a memorandum to the vice-chancellor of the university Iftekhar Uddin Chowdhury, demanding dismissal of two teachers from the university.Incidentally, BCL has no university committee on campus since 6 December last year when it was dissolved.Maidul Islam has been writing in favour of quota reforms for last few days on the social media platform. He recently shared a photo of teachers who came under BCL attack in Dhaka.Following the Facebook post, a group of BCL leaders and activists ranging 15 to 20 went to the sociology department’s chairman SM Monirul Islam and pressed complaints against Maidul.When the BCL men started creating chaos in his room, the chairman assured them he would look into the matter.The BCL leaders also posted a photo of Maidul on Facebook and threated  him. Another teacher Kh Ali also said he feels unsafe on the campus. “I can’t move around easily on the campus.” Kh Ali said he will continue to fight against those who will try to curtail the teachers’ freedom of speech.Asked about the matter, former president of the university’s BCL unit (now dissolved) Alamgir Tipu said, “There is no problem here centring quota reform movement. Two teachers are trying to heat up the campus by posting comments on Facebook. They even mocked the government. If they continue to do so, we will first protest and prevent it.”Neither vice-chancellor Iftekhar Uddin Chowdhury nor pro-vice chancellor Shirin Aktar answered when attempts were made to call them over phone.Proctor Mohammad Ali Asgar Chowdhury said he has no information about the matter.“No teacher has complained as yet. Once they complain, we will investigate the matter.”Meanwhile, a student of Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU) was suspended from the campus for posting comments on Facebook in favour of quota reforms.last_img read more

Cost of living in Dhaka rises 6pc in 2018 CAB

first_imgThe Consumers Association of Bangladesh members speak at a press conference at the Dhaka Reporters Unity on Saturday, 12 Jan 2019. Photo: UNBThe Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB) reported on Saturday that the cost of living in Dhaka, in terms of retail goods and services, went up by 6 per cent last year, reports UNB.CAB revealed a report on the cost of living, not accounting for the cost of education, medical care or transport, at a press conference at the Dhaka Reporters Unity.Its chief Ghulam Rahman said the report included data on 114 food products from 15 retail markets and 22 daily necessaries.They took into account the cost of 14 services including gas, electricity and water.Prices of essential commodities and services rose by 5.19 per cent, he said, reading out the report.The cost of living had increased 8.44 per cent in 2017 and the price of commodities and services had gone up 7.17 per cent, he said.According to the report, 2.44 percentage points decreased in the rate at which the cost of living increased.Ghulam said they calculated the cost of living by comparing the “basket” of goods and services purchased by consumers and comparing them to the total cost of the family’s basket according to weight.”The organisation did not have sufficient capacity to calculate their total cost of living because most Bangladeshis live in rural areas. But the report will reflect a partial picture of the situation in the capital,” he said.Ghulam said cost of living won’t be problem if people’s income increased.According to the CAB report, soap prices increased the most in 2018 – 20 per cent compared to 2017. Rice prices increased an average of 8.91 per cent, fish 13.50 per cent, vegetables 9.38 per cent, betel leaves 7.18 per cent and milk 13.33 per cent.On the other hand, prices of pulse, salt, spices and sugar fell in 2018 compared to 2017. The cost of edible oil, powdered milk, electricity, gas, fuel and rail fare were unchanged.Professor Shamsul Alam, energy adviser to the organisation, said the county’s consumers paid Tk1.14 trillion in import duties in the last year, which is much higher than in neighbouring countries.However, 25.64 per cent tariff was imposed on imports to Bangladesh in 2017. The average tariff rate in Southeast Asia in 2016 was 4.74 per cent.The CAB report recommended, among others, to build work-oriented education, make price stable, decrease default loan in banking sector, give priority to farmers; decrease electricity and gas prices.last_img read more

Facebook stands to benefit from a significant shif

first_imgFacebook stands to benefit from a significant shift in consumer behaviour as people spend more time on mobile and online platforms than they do watching TV, according to the social media giant’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg.Speaking on a conference call following Facebook’s first quarter results, Sandberg said that consumers spent more time on mobile and desktop devices than they did on TV last year for the first time. She said that US consumers spent on average five and three quarter hours “on digital” compared with four and a half watching TV, with the shift largely being driven by mobile.“As consumer time and attention shifts, we think ad budget shift as well – particularly if you have good mobile ad products and you can measure results,” she said.Sandberg said that marketers should be comparing return on investment across multiple platforms.“We want them to compare us to the other investments that could make to see who can drive the most value to the bottom line and that’s what we are focused on,” she said.Sandberg said that mobile platforms now account for 59% of Facebook’s advertising revenue, up 6% from the fourth quarter.Addressing the question of whether Facebook would develop premium video advertising on its platform,Sandberg said that the company had “significant opportunities” but that “it’s still very early” and that the company didn’t expect meaningful contribution from projects including premium video this year.“On video ads, video represents a really big opportunity, really driven by consumer behaviour,” said Sandberg.“Smartphones are going better and faster and more people have phones that can provide a great video experience. So we’re seeing consumers do a lot more in video.”She said ‘click-to-play’ video ads were performing well on the platform and that Facebook was in early conversations with clients about auto-play video ads. However, she said, “we really want to see autoplay video ads be something that’s pretty common in the newsfeed experience based on consumer usage before we push very hard in the ads business.”last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet Singleshoe Productions are also performing A Disappearing Act: an immersive, magic-filled interactive comedy later those evenings at 8 pm. Participants of the workshops will be invited to attend.So come along and bring your older or younger relatives, have fun and get creative. Workshop spaces are limited so book your FREE place at www.alley-theatre.com or call 028 71 384444. Creative Together Workshops at the Alley was last modified: September 9th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: THIS September visiting international theatre company Single Shoe Productions, in partnership with Linking Generations will hold a series of intergenerational workshops held at the Alley Theatre, Strabane on Friday 21st at 3.30pm and Saturday 22nd September at 10am.Participants young and old will have the opportunity to come together to enjoy theatre games and take part in lively improvisations that will lead them to create a short theatre piece together. This workshop is designed to bring younger (10-18) and older (60+) participants together to create work and are perfect for groups. Previous experience is not required, just enthusiasm. Places are limited, so don’t miss the chance to get involved with an innovative, international company and take part in a playful exploration of theatre creation.Founded in 2011, by theatre-makers Filipa Tomas and Bradley Smith, London-based Single Shoe Productions is an international theatre company that creates devised work for universal audiences. They combine visual storytelling, physical comedy and a love for the absurd to create theatrical experiences that challenge boundaries, break down walls and explore the connections that hold us together. Creative Together Workshops at the Alleystrabaneworshopslast_img read more

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