Story Highlights The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is currently developing mobile apps, which, along with the staging of quarterly media briefings, will help to heighten public awareness about the agency’s work and services. These will also inform consumers on developments in the commercial trade as well as how best they can safeguard their interests when making purchases. Details were outlined by Chairman, Kent Gammon, and Chief Executive Officer, Dolsie Allen, during the CAC’s press briefing at the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, in New Kingston, on July 5. The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is currently developing mobile apps, which, along with the staging of quarterly media briefings, will help to heighten public awareness of the agency’s work and services.These will also inform consumers on developments in the commercial trade as well as how best they can safeguard their interests when making purchases.Details were outlined by Chairman, Kent Gammon, and Chief Executive Officer, Dolsie Allen, during the CAC’s press briefing at the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, in New Kingston, on July 5.Mr. Gammon said the CAC is in the process of finalising an app that will provide consumers with alerts on various developments, adding that further details are expected shortly.For her part, Mrs. Allen said the briefings are being held “to engage the media in a very special way to advise and update (the public) on some of the work that we have been doing”.Mrs. Allen noted that the CAC utilises a three-pronged approach in fulfilling its mandate of safeguarding consumers’ interest.These, she outlined, are consumer education; complaints resolution, specifically between the providers of goods and services and clients; and market surveillance/research.She emphasised that the CAC is doing a great deal of work to heighten its effectiveness as a consumer-protection agency, in its quest to remain “relevant and impactful”.Mr. Gammon also underscored the importance of the press briefings in disseminating information, adding that this would be complemented by the agency’s website, which would also highlight details of the CAC’s activities.In this regard, he encouraged persons to visit at: www.cac.gov.jm and make their queries on matters of concern, or for which they need clarification or additional information.
GRAND MANAN, N.B. – The Campobello Whale Rescue Team says an entangled North Atlantic right whale spotted last week in the Bay of Fundy appears to have been freed.Jerry Conway with the rescue team says the whale was spotted late Sunday afternoon and a crew went out and cut off a buoy and line that had been hampering the animal.Conway says it’s not known if they got all of the fishing line off the whale because it didn’t lift its head, but it seemed to be swimming more easily.The whale, identified as an adult male, was seen Monday morning about 22 nautical miles east of Grand Manan, N.B., with an orange buoy trailing behind it.The weeklong search for the whale was halted briefly on Tuesday due to heavy fog, but searchers resumed the hunt the next day.There were 18 recorded North Atlantic right whale deaths in Canadian and U.S. waters last year — most of them in the Gulf of St. Lawrence — mainly due to collisions with ships or entanglements in fishing gear.Freeing a whale from fishing lines can be very dangerous, Conway said.The death of Joe Howlett, a lobster fisherman and a member of the Campobello Whale Rescue Team, highlighted the dangerous nature of whale disentanglements.Howlett was killed a year ago in waters off eastern New Brunswick when he was struck by a whale just after freeing it from fishing gear. His death prompted a temporary ban on volunteer whale rescue efforts that was lifted in March.Conway said the six remaining members of the whale rescue team are all trained commercial fishermen with plenty of experience out on the water.Despite the dangers, Conway said disentangling the creatures is an important step in protecting the endangered right whale population.The whale rescue team team recently freed a humpback calf from a mess of fishing line in the Bay of Fundy just off of Brier Island, N.S. — their first disentanglement operation since Howlett’s death.There are believed to be fewer than 450 right whales remaining and, of those, only about 100 breeding females.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Jamaica, October 19, 2016 – Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has urged Wisynco Group Ltd., the sole manufacturer of styrofoam in Jamaica, to consider the development of environmentally friendly alternatives to the product.Following a tour of Wisynco’s White Marl complex in St. Catherine today (October 19), Mr. Holness issued a challenge for the company to identify products within the Jamaican environment that could be creatively used to replace Styrofoam. He suggested the hemp plant could be utilized in creating a substitute for the product. “I am challenging you, the captains of industry to see what… can be used to propel innovation, to bring new products to market that create new streams of manufacturing, that employ new people (leading) to more sales, which drive growth,” he said.The Prime Minister’s tour of the facility follows the Senate’s recent approval of a private member’s motion proposing a ban on Styrofoam and plastic bags. The motion, brought by Government Senator, Matthew Samuda, noted that Styrofoam and plastics take an inordinately long period of time to break down in the environment, and create a major problem at landfills. He suggested the use of containers made from cardboard or other biodegradable materials.Mr. Holness, in stating that the Government is pushing for inclusive and sustainable growth, highlighted the problems brought on by inappropriate disposal of plastics and Styrofoam. He noted that while banning the products may not be the solution, the issue must be debated in keeping with the country’s democratic processes, adding that the discussion will serve to stimulate public discourse on the topic.The Prime Minister, in the meanwhile, commended the company on initiatives it has already taken to reduce the impact of its products on the environment, as well as the move to add a biodegradable component to its foam items, which will allow them to break down in about five years. “It is good for us to know that you have already started to use technology to ensure that your products are not harmful in the long term to the environment, and I think that should be included in the conversation about the potential ban on Styrofoam,” he said.Mr. Holness said the Government, in the short term, will have to look at ways to improve waste management. He reiterated the intention to pursue a waste-to-energy solution, which he believes will create an economic motive for persons to more adequately manage waste products.Chairman of Wisynco Group Ltd., William Mahfood, in highlighting the steps taken to reduce the company’s carbon footprint, noted that balancing human capital, the environment and business sustainability is important to the entity. He said it is crucial that a holistic look be taken of the impact that instituting the proposed ban on Styrofoam would have on consumers and the approximately 2,000 employees of the company. Wisynco Group has been producing Styrofoam for more than 35 years.
News Facebook The “AGT” winner and rising star shares some secrets behind the making of her latest music videoBrian HaackGRAMMYs Apr 12, 2018 – 6:03 pm On March 30, rising singer/songwriting star and “America’s Got Talent” season 11 winner Grace VanderWaal dropped the new video for her latest single, “Clearly.”The anthemic self-assurance ballad interpolates lyrics and melody from reggae singer/songwriter Johnny Nash’s 1972 classic “I Can See Clearly Now” into the chorus, and the video showcases a coolly collected VanderWaal displaying an acting prowess that belies her age of just 14 years.As a follow-up to the video release, VanderWaal has shared a brief behind-the-scenes spotlight about the making of the project through Vevo. In the clip, she discusses how she was able to cry so convincingly, revealing it’s a skill she can summon on demand. She also shared a teaser for the B.T.S. video via Instagram, where she explains her secret. Email Twitter Grace VanderWaal Can Cry On Demand: Behind The Scenes Of “Clearly” VanderWaal will hit the road later this month as the supporting act for Imagine Dragons’ summer stadium tour. The young performer will open for 40 dates on the North American leg of the Evolve World Tour. Tickets and full show dates can be found on her official website.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more https://www.instagram.com/p/Bhb1JzCgnhY/?utm_source=ig_embed Grace VanderWaal, “Clearly”: Behind The Scenes grace-vanderwaal-can-cry-demand-behind-scenes-clearly
Vehicles moving at a junction in New Delhi on Jan 23, 2017.IANSAutomobile companies Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (MSIL), Hero Motocorp and Ashok Leyland are expected to report good growth in July volume sales while others are likely to witness a fall. The data will be interesting as it will be the first month after the implementation of the goods and services tax (GST).In June, domestic car sales dropped 11.2 percent despite companies luring buyers with discounts. Therefore, on a sequential basis, the July growth rate is likely to be high for some companies.Also read: Turning around Tata Motors domestic business need of the hour: N ChandrasekaranAn estimate by brokerage Nirmal Bang Institutional Equities (NBIE) on Monday said MSIL is likely to post double-digit growth (~14 percent) in domestic car sales on a year-on-year (YoY) basis while Mahindra and Tata Motors could report a fall in their passenger vehicle sales. “We expect good growth in car and two-wheeler segments. July 2017 retail sales are expected to be weak because of strong sales witnessed in the previous month, but despite this we expect decent sales growth in case of two-wheelers and passenger vehicles as they face inventory build-up ahead of the festive season,” Gaurant Dadwal and Vivek Sarin, research analysts at NBIE said in a note.The biggest spike is expected in volume sales for MSIL on a sequential basis, though the YoY growth is likely to be modest, others could end up a fall. “In the car segment, we expect MSIL to report 14 percent YoY growth in sales, but witness a sharp MoM growth of 47 percent as the company went for plant shut down in June 2017. For Mahindra & Mahindra, we expect its automobile division’s sales to decline 4 percent YoY,” they wrote in their note.Tata Motors and Ashok Leyland are expected to post around 10 percent growth in their commercial vehicle (CV) sales while passenger vehicle volumes could witness a decline for Tata Motors.In the case of two-wheelers, Hero Motocorp and TVS Motor Company are likely to report around nine percent growth while Bajaj Auto could end up with a flattish trend, according to the analysts. Nirmal Bang Institutional EquitiesAt around 12.40 pm, shares of MSIL were trading 1.23 percent higher at Rs 7,715.80 apiece, Tata Motors was up 0.29 percent higher at Rs 447.60, Ashok Leyland was almost flat at Rs 109.40 and Hero Motocorp was up 0.23 percent higher at Rs 3,640.
A Chittagong court on Tuesday granted bail to 10 school teachers out of 13 accused in a sedition case filed with Banshkhali police station in this year, reports UNB.Chittagong district and session judge Helal Chowdhury passed the bail order, said lawyer Ibrahim Hossain Chowdhury Babul.The court also rejected the bail petitions of three other teachers in the case.According to the court sources, the accused compared the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with the chairman of a local union parishad Liakat Ali, also a BNP leader, in the question paper of a class IX interim exam of those schools.The conscious people of the area noticed the matter first and protested it on social networking sites and local media before they informed the matter to upazila administration, sparking off a huge public criticism.Following this, sub-inspector M Nurul Anwar of Banshkhali police station filed a case against 13 teachers of different schools on 14 June.However, all of the accused granted an eight-week anticipatory bail from the High Court in the case.On 23 August, the 13 teachers of secondary schools in different upazilas of the district surrendered to a local court upon completion of the interim bail and filed bail petitions again.However, the court sent them to jail rejecting their bail petitions.
Harun-or-Rashid ( on the right). Photo: UNBThe lone accused in the case filed over the killing of Wari minor girl Samia Afrin Sayma after rape reportedly confessed before a court here on Monday to his crime, reports UNB.Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Sarafuzzaman Ansari recorded the confessional statement of Harun-or-Rashid, 25, when police produced him before his court, said Mohammad Arjun, an inspector of detective branch (DB) of police.Detectives on Sunday arrested Harun from Dabordanga area in Cumilla district.Sayma, younger daughter of Abdus Salam, was found dead at a flat on the 8th floor of a building in Wari on 5 July.According to the family, Sayma came out of their 6th-floor flat around 6:30pm on Friday for going to their neighbour’s flat to play with her friend.However, they did not find her at the neighbour’s flat around 7:30pm which prompted a hectic search for the minor girl.Later, she was found dead at the kitchen of a flat on the 8th floor which basically remained locked all the time.The victim’s father filed a case with Wari police station.After conducting a postmortem, Sohel Mahmud, head of Dhaka Medical College Hospital’s forensic medicine department, said the girl was murdered after rape as they found the evidence of rape on the victim’s body.
Tuma Basa, who in March left Spotify, where he led curation of the popular RapCaviar playlist, has been appointed YouTube’s Director of Urban Music.YouTube today announced that Basa “will lead activities that draw on his deep industry connections and expertise in programming to increase our engagement with the urban music community, artists and consumers.” Asked for further details on this newly created role, a source told Variety that Basa will be helping artists and labels get the full benefit of YouTube’s direct-to-fan tools through product education; will serve as a liaison between YouTube and the artist community; and will also be programming, a component of which is playlisting. Said Lyor Cohen, Global Head of Music at YouTube: “Tuma brings a deep knowledge of the Music Industry with many years of experience at BET, MTV, REVOLT and most recently, Spotify. His experience will be invaluable to the music journey we are on at YouTube, connecting artists and fans across the globe, and I am thrilled to welcome his voice to our collective efforts.” Popular on Variety Upon Basa’s exit from Spotify, where he worked for three years as global programming head for hip-hop, the Swedish streaming giant noted: “Tuma has been an incredible asset to the RapCaviar team, and we thank him for his contributions,” Spotify said when announcing his departure Thursday. “The RapCaviar team, which is rapidly expanding with boots on the ground globally, is committed to building the brand and giving its users the best hip hop experience on the platform.”YouTube has recently launched its own music streaming service called YouTube Music. Basa’s appointment comes on the heels of the recent move by Carl Chery from Apple Music to Spotify. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
In a letter dated Tuesday, Carver County District Court Judge Kevin Eide denied a request from three of Prince’s heirs to reconsider the artist’s estate’s recent agreement with Tidal, which was approved by the court in May. Attorneys for heirs Sharon Nelson, Norrine Nelson and John R. Nelson submitted a heavily redacted request earlier this month that, according to a response letter from the estate, requested reconsideration of that agreement on the basis of news reports that alleged Tidal had falsified its streaming numbers.Included in the deal is a week’s exclusive streaming rights for an album of unreleased material that will be co-curated by Jay-Z and is scheduled for release next year; the agreement also settled “previously unresolved legal matters” between the estate and Tidal, which had been ongoing in the wake of the confused state of the artist’s business affairs after his death from an accidental overdose in April 2016. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety In the estate’s response, attorney Lora M. Friedemann argued that “The Nelsons fail to raise any issue that merits reconsideration,” stating, among other claims, that their request is “based on accusations about Tidal reported in one newspaper article in Norway over six weeks ago,” which claims that Tidal falsified its streaming numbers for high-profile releases including Kanye West’s “Life of Pablo” and Beyonce’s “Lemonade.” The Nelsons’ letter fails to acknowledge that Tidal has denied the allegations as ‘lies and falsehoods,’ and has stated that information ‘was stolen and manipulated.’ Unproven media reports do not constitute an ‘intervening legal development,’ or demonstrate that the Court’s Order was ‘palpably wrong in some respect.’“The Nelsons’ request is meritless and should be denied,” she concludes.The heirs’ attorney did not immediately respond to Variety’s request for comment.In 2015, Prince struck a deal with Tidal that made it, at the time, the exclusive streaming partner for his catalog. After his death, most of his Warner catalog returned to all major streaming services in February of last year, but much of it remained either unavailable or only on Tidal while the two parties worked to settle the deal. That agreement was announced last month.
Explore further African grey parrot. Image credit: L.Miguel Bugallo Sánchez, Wikipedia The problem-solving test they used for their research was originally designed to test the team work ability for chimpanzees and has also been used with elephants. A tray was filled with food for the birds, but in order to acquire it, they needed to work as a team to pull it toward them by two strings. They demonstrated the ability to understand that they needed a partner in order to complete the task and they would wait for them to arrive.In another task, one of the birds was required to climb a perch in order to release the tray which was then pulled by the second bird, and they were also able to carry out these complementary roles.However, in the third test, the parrots let their personalities shine through. When the birds were given a choice of performing an individual task with less food reward versus a team task with a reward of twice as much food, the results were dependent on which of the three birds were participating. Shango proved to be the more individualistic bird and was more prone to choose the solo task. Zoe, the one female, would only choose the team task when paired with Leo, a male parrot she was reared with, but she refused to work as a team with Shango. Leo seemed to like his extra rewards and always choose to take a partner.This shows the researchers that the birds were not just demonstrating a conditioned response to completing the task, but used their personalities in their decision of whether to work as a team or go it alone. (PhysOrg.com) — In a new study published in the journal Animal Cognition, Dr. Dalila Bovet from Paris West University Nanterre La Defense showed how African grey parrots are capable of cooperating and performing tasks as a team, but let their personalities lead their decision. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Who’s slowing you down? Citation: Parrots display teamwork and decision-making skills (2011, May 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-parrots-teamwork-decision-making-skills.html More information: Cooperative problem solving in African grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus), Animal Cognition, DOI: 10.1007/s10071-011-0389-2AbstractOne of the main characteristics of human societies is the extensive degree of cooperation among individuals. Cooperation is an elaborate phenomenon, also found in non-human primates during laboratory studies and field observations of animal hunting behaviour, among other things. Some authors suggest that the pressures assumed to have favoured the emergence of social intelligence in primates are similar to those that may have permitted the emergence of complex cognitive abilities in some bird species such as corvids and psittacids. In the wild, parrots show cooperative behaviours such as bi-parental care and mobbing. In this study, we tested cooperative problem solving in African grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus). Our birds were tested using several experimental setups to explore the different levels of behavioural organisation between participants, differing in temporal and spatial complexity. In our experiments, African grey parrots were able to act simultaneously but mostly failed during the delay task, maybe because of a lack of inhibitory motor response. Confronted with the possibility to adapt their behaviour to the presence or absence of a partner, they showed that they were able to coordinate their actions. They also collaborated, acting complementarily in order to solve tasks, but they were not able to place themselves in the partner’s role.via BBC This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
National Award-winning Bollywood actor Tabu, known for portraying intense characters, says filmmakers have become too lazy to cast her in different roles.The actor has delivered some critically acclaimed performances in films like Maachis, Astitva, Chandni Bar, Maqbool and Haider among others. She has also acted in comic films like Saajan Chale Sasural, Chachi 420, Hera Pheri, Biwi No 1 and others.Tabu said filmmakers find it easy to cast her for an intense role as they think it works for them. They lacks ‘vision’ to offer her different kind roles. Also Read – A fresh blend of fame“I think people do whatever is convenient to them because it suits them to cast me in serious and intense roles as it works. So, they take the easy way out in giving those roles,” Tabu told a media person. “They don’t have the vision to present me in a different role. I think they have become lazy in presenting me in a different manner,” she said.The Cheeni Kum actor, however, said she doesn’t like to be known as someone doing just “serious cinema”. But at the same time she is happy with the way her career has shaped up so far. The 43-year-old actor feels that 40s is an exciting time as a lot of things are happening for her. Also Read – Martin Freeman confirms ‘Black Panther’ returnOn being quizzed which is the ‘best phase’ of her career, the 40s or the initial years, Tabu said, “It is a busy time, a lot more is happening now. I think this is a good phase. I have gone through so many experiences and a range of work in 40s is a good place to be in.Tabu will be seen next in Nishikant Kamat’s Drishiyam alongside lead actors Ajay Devgn, Shriya Saran and Rajat Kapoor. The film, slated to release on July 31, is a murder mystery set in Goa and is a remake of a successful Malayalam film of the same name.
British Airways parent IAG eyeing a bid for Norwegian Air Thursday, April 12, 2018 Travelweek Group Share TORONTO — Just days after Norwegian Air put its plans for transatlantic flights out of Canada on hold, comes word that British Airways’ parent IAG could be looking to buy the airline.British Airways’ parent company said Thursday it is considering making an offer for the low-cost carrier.International Airlines Group says it has acquired 4.61% of Norwegian Air Shuttle “to establish a position from which to initiate discussions, including the possibility of a full offer for Norwegian.” IAG already operates LEVEL, a low-cost carrier out of Spain. With LEVEL’s launch IAG now has five main airline brands, including Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia and Vueling.IAG says no official discussions have taken place, and the company emphasized that it hasn’t decided whether it will make an offer.Shares in Norwegian Air jumped 37% on the news.Norwegian Air Shuttle has rocked the long-haul market with offers like US$140 tickets from Edinburgh to New York.More news: Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaHere in Canada, Norwegian Air filed with the Canadian Transportation Agency to possibly start transatlantic flights from this market starting summer 2018, however on Tuesday it was reported that the airline has pushed back plans for a possible Canada launch until at least spring or summer 2019 due to aircraft delivery delays.In a statement, the Oslo, Norway, based company said it had “no prior knowledge of this acquisition,” adding it had “not been in any discussions or dialogue with IAG about the matter.”“Norwegian believes that interest from one of the largest international aviation groups demonstrates the sustainability and potential of our business model and global growth,” it said.For months there has been talk of a possible LCC alliance between Ryanair and Norwegian. Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary has said he has no plans to expand Ryanair’s operations across the Atlantic but the airline has been in talks with Norwegian about a possible partnership that would see Ryanair piggyback on Norwegian’s long-haul routes. Ryanair is now the biggest European airline in terms of passengers flown – or at least it was until 2017, when a snafu with pilot holiday time schedules led to the cancellation of thousands of flights (and Lufthansa Group grabbed the title).More news: Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problem With files from The Associated Press << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: British Airways, Norwegian Air Posted by