Broadcasting Commission Seeking to Modernise Laws

first_imgRelatedBroadcasting Commission Seeking to Modernise Laws Broadcasting Commission Seeking to Modernise Laws InformationJune 24, 2011 RelatedArchives Critical to Jamaica’s History RelatedBroadcasting Commission Seeking to Modernise Laws “We see in our own mainstream television services, the emergence of I-reports, of citizens using their mobile phones to capture moments that traditional camera coverage might not be available to do, and when we look at all of these things, we have to see how far, when those begin to reflect themselves in the zone that is part of our regulatory remit, we are going to manage in dealing with them,” Professor Dunn contended. The Broadcasting Commission, a statutory body established by the Broadcasting and Radio Re-Diffusion Amendment Act of 1986, is responsible for monitoring and regulating the electronic media. Prior to this, the broadcast media were monitored by the Broadcasting Authority, which was created by the Broadcasting and Radio Re-Diffusion Act of 1949. The Authority’s functions were incorporated into the Commission. By Douglas McIntosh, JIS Reporter FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Chairman of the Broadcasting Commission, Professor Hopeton Dunn, says the agency has made several recommendations to the Government regarding revisions to the existing regulations governing the Jamaica’s broadcasting industry. These changes, he explained, are intended to re-define the context of broadcasting to make it more comprehensive and inclusive, while reflecting the changing face of media. “We would like to see the Act re-formulated into a modern communications Act, in the way that many countries do operate,” Dr. Dunn stated at the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce’s (JCC) monthly meeting on Tuesday (June 21) at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston. In arguing this point, Professor Dunn said that the Commission has no regulatory authority with regards to the Internet “except in specific circumstances”. He pointed out that in other countries there are some aspects of the Internet, which do not go without the attention of the regulatory agencies. These, he informed, include children’s access to this medium, as well as criminal activities for which it may be used.    The Chairman also pointed to a “large and growing range of activities” emerging locally, including the voice over internet, and various social networking facilities, as well as what he described as “citizen media”.    Advertisementslast_img read more

Survey: More Money Needed to Fight Noxious Weeds

first_img Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. HELENA – Land managers along the Rocky Mountain Front spent an estimated $1.1 million last year to fight noxious weeds, and most believe that more is needed to control the spread, according survey released Wednesday.The survey questioned 10 different federal, state, local and non-governmental agencies that manage land on or near some 2 million acres where the Rocky Mountains meet the Great Plains.It was commissioned by The Wilderness Society on behalf of the Coalition to Protect the Rocky Mountain Front, a group promoting a plan to protect more than 300,000 acres in the region.The agencies that responded said they spent about $840,000 combined last year to manage spotted knapweed, leafy spurge and other noxious weeds. The survey’s author, economist Joe Kerkvliet of The Wilderness Society, estimated $230,000 was spent on top of that.“We wanted to quantify, get a better estimate on just how much money they do spend,” Kerkvliet told reporters Wednesday.Nine of the 10 agencies said their budgets fell short of allowing them to do all they could to control the spread of the weeds. Most said they’d need a budget increase of about 50 percent to accomplish their goals, according to the survey.Among the areas where more work is needed, the agencies said the top priorities were mapping existing weed infestations and locating new ones, documenting the effectiveness of treatments and sharing information with each other.The survey estimated that 32,000 acres are infested with weeds along the 2-million-acre Rocky Mountain Front from the Canadian border to Roger’s Pass from north to south, and the Continental Divide to Montana Highways 89 and 287 from west to east.Noxious weeds compete with native plants and grasses for water or soil nutrients and eventually overwhelm them. Their spread can damage water quality, agricultural productivity and even wildlife habitat.“They just eliminate the grasses elk are dependent on, particularly in elk winter ranges,” said Tom Toman, director of conservation for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. “If you think about the long term ramifications, it can really change a place for the critters, the soil chemistry and everything else.”Paul Wick, coordinator for the Teton County Weed District, said he didn’t believe eradication of the invasive weeds was possible, but the control programs are necessary to keep them in check and prevent widespread economical and ecological damage.Montana Department of Agriculture weed specialist Tonda Moon agreed that the well-established noxious weeds are here to stay. “But that’s no reason to stop trying,” she said. “Containment and control are very effective.”last_img read more

The lessons from cases about Italian lawyers’ fees

first_imgSilvio Berlusconi thinks he is the most sued man in history. There is another Italian institution which has had its fair share of litigation recently in the EU’s Court of Justice, and that is the Italian legal profession. There was a fresh case reported this week. The cases I shall mention all concern the Italian system of lawyers’ fees. In the UK, fee scales have been abolished for decades, out of the national preference for free market systems. But they exist in other countries, including Italy. The cases below show two things clearly. First, within the EU there are at least two approaches to issues to be tackled, one through competition, and the other through Single Market provisions (Member States should not have systems which block free movement). The attacks on lawyers’ fees have involved both. The second lesson is that nostrums which we hold dear, such as the free market, do not find favour everywhere. The first was the Arduino case (C-35/99), where the question was whether the competition provisions in the Treaty precluded Italy from continuing with a fee-setting procedure where the minimum and maximum to be charged by lawyers was recommended by the Bar and adopted by the government. Essentially, the Court said that there was nothing wrong with it, since the Italian government had leeway whether to agree to the Bar’s recommendations or not. The second was Cipolla (C-94/04 and C-202/04) (actually, two cases combined concerning people whose names translate into English as Mr Onion and Mr Melon, obviously from a country where food is important). There were several questions, but they boiled down to whether the Italian fee system was contrary to competition and single market provisions, since there was generally no derogation from the system, whether for services reserved to lawyers or for out-of-court services provided by others not subject to the scale. The fee scales were not struck down, and on the Single Market aspects the matter was referred back to the national court for decision. Shocking to UK ears, used to the rule of the free market, is the following sentence from the Court to which it asked the national court to pay attention: “Although it is true that a scale imposing minimum fees cannot prevent members of the profession from offering services of mediocre quality, it is conceivable that such a scale does serve to prevent lawyers, in a context such as that of the Italian market which, as indicated in the decision making the reference, is characterised by an extremely large number of lawyers who are enrolled and practising, from being encouraged to compete against each other by possibly offering services at a discount, with the risk of deterioration in the quality of the services provided.” Then there is a new case, out just this week, Commission v Italy (C-565/08). As you can see, the enemies of the Italian fee system do not give up. This time the Commission attacked the maximum fees charged under the Italian scale on the basis that they interfere with the Single Market. The Commission said that the maximum fees subject EU lawyers from outside Italy, who want to provide services in Italy, to additional costs resulting from the application of the Italian system of fees, as well as to a reduction in profit margins and therefore a loss of competitiveness. However, the Court did not think that the Commission had proved its case, and went on to praise the Italian fee system as “characterised by a flexibility which appears to allow proper remuneration for all types of services provided by lawyers. “Thus, in cases which are particularly important, complex or difficult, the fees may be increased by up to twice the maximum tariffs applicable by default, and, for cases which are exceptionally important, by up to four times those limits or even more where there is a clear lack of proportionality, in view of the circumstances of the individual case, between the services of the lawyer and the maximum tariffs. “It is also open to lawyers, in numerous situations, to conclude a special agreement with their clients to fix the amount of the fees.” My point is that we, and particularly UK regulators, should consider having many arrows in our quiver, and not only the one marked Free Market.last_img read more

Cracking reactor move for Coordinadora

first_imgThe reactor will be used in the Tupras Refinery Project, located in Izmit, Turkey. According to Arancha Ruiz from Coordinadora Internacional, the 34.89 m x 7.95 m x 8.55 m unit was loaded in Japan, along with seven other reactors ranging from 500-700 tonnes.Due to the outstanding weight of the largest reactor, the Turkish destination port of Derince had to be checked to ensure the quayside was capable of handling such a super-heavy load.Ruiz explained that road transportation of the reactor from Derince port to the final jobsite was unfeasible, so a local flat pontoon was chartered to complete the project. The reactor was loaded onboard the pontoon through a ro-ro operation.An earthquake had damaged the destination quay and it required reinforcement prior to the delivery of the cargoes. Furthermore, it was not possible to touch the first 5 m from the quay edge due to structural concerns resulting from that same earthquake, so Coordinadora’s engineering department built a special 12 m long, 1,000-tonne load-bearing capacity ro-ro steel ramp to overcome the problem.The largest reactor was discharged at Derince port directly onto 20 double-axles of SPMTs, which then were carefully positioned on the barge. Coordinadora calculated and managed then ballasting procedure on-site using its team of experienced project forwarders.Coordinadora is a member of the Project Cargo Network (PCN) representing Spain.  www.projectcargonetwork.comwww.coordinadora.eulast_img read more

Roger Federer reveals long-standing hand injury

first_img“I hurt my hand training at the start of the grass season,” Roger Federer tells a German newspaper. AFP ROGER Federer has revealed that he has been suffering with a hand injury since the summer but said the problem is no longer a worry as he heads into his home Swiss Open starting on Monday.The 20-time Grand Slam winner told Germany’s Sonntag Zeitung of the problem that began when he trained for the grasscourt season.“I hurt my hand training at the start of the grass season,” Federer told the newspaper. “It’s had more consequences than I thought. I dragged this pain for about three months.“It’s not an excuse and we’re not going to make a fuss over it.” He added: “(Sometimes) I felt pain during the first 10 minutes of a match warm-up. But now I can let go of my forehand normally without thinking of it.”The 37-year-old Federer will start his bid for a ninth Basel title on Tuesday when he plays Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic and could face a revenge match in the second round if he and John Millman both advance.The 33rd-ranked Australian shocked Federer in the US Open fourth round in September.The Swiss, who will be playing only his second ATP tournament since the US Open, has a huge reputation to live up to at home, having won the trophy in three of the last four editions.Ranked third in the world, the defending champion takes the top seeding with German Alexander Zverev seeded second after losing in the first round in his only previous appearance here four years ago.Marin Cilic, the Basel winner in 2016, takes the third spot and starts against Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov while Zverev plays Robin Haase in the opening round.Stefanos Tsitsipas, who on Sunday became the first Greek winner of an ATP tournament when he triumphed in Stockholm, makes his Basel main draw debut as fourth seed and faces off against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy. (AFP)last_img read more

KPBSD Receives Grant To Reinstate Petroleum Academy

first_imgKPBSD Superintendent Sean Dusek announced that the school district was awarded a grant from the Alaska Community Foundation, in order to reinstate the Petroleum Academy program. Dusek: “Our students are able to earn industry level certifications, those types of things that are very pertinent to kids working in those particularly industries.” Certifications offered include: 16 Hour Petroleum Health & Safety, 24 Hour CITS Certification, 40 Hour Hazwoper Certification, Confined Space Entry Certification, and numerous other courses. Dusek: “We talk a lot about our academic achievement, but we do focus quiet a bit on career and technical education.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai Peninsula Students will once again have the opportunity to earn industry certifications in Kenai, from the Alaska Petroleum Academy. Classes are be held at the Workforce Development building on the Kenai Spur Highway. For information and class scheduling call 907-953-2255 or send an email to [email protected] Story as aired:last_img read more

Xavi Hernandez agrees a 40 per cent salary cut

first_img 19/04/2020 Xavi Hernández acuerda una rebaja salarial del 40% Upd. at 21:05 IN SPORT.ES Xavi Hernandez has agreed on a salary cut with Al Sadd of around 40 per cent, per AS. The coach wanted to take a step forward and help out in the new economic reality and has agreed on this figure with the club while competitions are on hold.  The coach is not the only one at the club who has seen his salary affected, with players in the squad also having a reduction – just like in major leagues across the world. Sport EN CEST The federation there is planning to return to normal on April 30 but that date could easily be extended.last_img

Tom McCartney signs three-year extension

first_imgThe hooker, who can also play at loosehead prop, has agreed a new three-year deal that will see him play at the Sportsground until at least the summer of 2020. Connacht Rugby and the IRFU are delighted to confirm the contact extensions of Tom McCartney.   McCartney, who will qualify to play for Ireland in October 2017, recently celebrated his 50th Connacht appearance with a Man of the Match performance and two tries against Benetton Treviso in the Guinness PRO12.Commenting on the latest deal, Connacht Rugby CEO Willie Ruane said:“This is a hugely positive move for Connacht Rugby and a big statement from Tom highlighting the belief and confidence he has in the future of the club. “Tom came to Connacht from overseas and in a short time he has made a very positive impact on our environment here. He is an important member of the squad and very popular among our supporters. We are thrilled that he sees his future with Connacht.”Head Coach Pat Lam added:“I’m delighted for Connacht Rugby and our supporters that Tom has re-signed. It is a massive statement for the future of the squad and the province.  “I’ve known Tom for so much of his career and he is a valuable leader on and off the pitch. Along with all the other recent re-signings, he will be an important contributor to the future success of the province.”Tom McCartney said:“I’m delighted to sign on for another three years with Connacht Rugby. I came here excited to be able to help the province achieve its vision of success and I believe we have the structures in place to see us continue to go from strength to strength.”print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Decisions Of Ard Chomhairle Relating To Proposed Tier 2 Football Championship And Dates…

first_imgProposal A will feature theProvincial Championships as present with the current four rounds of All-IrelandQualifiers reducing to two rounds and open to teams from Allianz Divisions1 and 2 and any Allianz Division 3 and 4 teams who qualify for their ProvincialFinals.The Tier 2 Championship format ofProposal A is a straight knock out competition for 16 teams from acrossDivisions 3 and 4 that do not make their Provincial Finals. There is the possibility for thecompetition to be organised on a geographical basis – northern and southernconferences for first round ties, quarter-finals and semi-finals to ensureless travel for teams and supporters, while also retaining local rivalries.The semi-finals would be the onlysenior inter-county GAA events on their respective weekend – barring a majorreplay.Proposal B which has gone forward fordiscussion is similar to the above and also features Division 3 and 4 teamsthat do not reach a Provincial Final entering a new Tier 2 championship.A key difference is that in the eventthat a Division 3 or 4 team do reach a Provincial Final,to make up 16 teams in Tier 2 their place in Tier 2 would be taken by thelowest ranked Division 2 team from that year’s Allianz league.The format for the Tier 2Championship in Proposal B features an initial round of games which thencreates a winners’ group and a losers’ group and so offers beaten counties away of playing their way back into contention.Proposal B would be played out on thefollowing lines:16 Teams involvedRd 1: 8 Teams v 8 TeamsRd 2a: 4 Winners Rd 1 v 4 Winners Rd1Rd 2b: 4 Losers Rd 1 v 4 Losers Rd 1Rd 3: 4 Rd 2b Winners v 4 Rd 2aLosersQF: 4 Rd 2a Winners v 4 Rd 3 WinnersSemi-finals & FinalAn additional prize for the winner ofthe final under both proposals would be a place reserved in the followingyear’s All-Ireland Sam Maguire Championship, irrespective of their leagueposition. It is also envisaged that both proposalswould have dedicated broadcast coverage and a marketing and promotionalcampaign with a dedicated All-Star selection and tour.The finals under both proposals wouldtake place at Croke Park.The proposals will now be sent tocounties for discussion with a final wording on the proposals to be agreed at ameeting of Ard Comhairle in September.In another development, Ard Comhairlealso decided to condense the schedule for the AIB All-Ireland club seniorchampionships and has agreed to move the senior finals next year from March 17to a new date in January.In 2020 the senior semi-finals in hurlingand football will be played across the weekend of January 4/5. The AIBAll-Ireland club senior finals in hurling and football will now be played on Sunday,January 19.The move is part of an overallcommitment to condense the fixture calendar, create opportunities for clubactivity and would also allow counties in the Allianz Leagues to access playerswho were previously unavailable because they were playing in All-Ireland seniorclub semi-finals and finals.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Ard Comhairle has this morning unanimouslyagreed to send forward two separate proposals on the formation of a Tier 2All-Ireland senior football championship out to the wider membership fordiscussion. A decision on the proposals will betaken at a Special Congress which will be staged at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on October19, with a view to implementation in time for the 2020 Championship summer.last_img read more

Steve Clarke continues good start with win over Hearts

first_imgSteve Clarke has continued his good start as Kilmarnock manager with a 2-1 victory over Hearts at Murrayfield.A late winner by substitute Adam Frizzell gave the Rugby Park side all three points after Isma Goncalves ruled out Kris Boyd’s 31st minute opener with an equaliser on 75 minutes.The game in Edinburgh was Killie’s fifth since they appointed Clarke as manager at the start of October.The former Chelsea and Liverpool man was in the stands to see a 2-0 victory over Partick Thistle on the day of his appointment. Since taking his place in the dugout they recorded two credible draws in Glasgow against Rangers and then against Celtic. In midweek he tasted his first, and so far only defeat in a 3-0 loss to Hibernian.Sunday’s victory over Craig Levein’s Hearts moves Kilmarnock ahead of Partick Thistle in the table into tenth and out of the relegation zone.The defeat means Hearts stay in sixth place ahead of St Johnstone on goal difference.last_img read more