Bahamas minister touts benefits of single regional airspace

first_img Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring! 37 Views   no discussionscenter_img LifestyleTravel Bahamas minister touts benefits of single regional airspace by: – April 9, 2011 Share Bahamas tourism and aviation minister, Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace NASSAU, Bahamas — Transportation linkages with neighbouring countries could be better facilitated by the establishment of one regional airspace, said Bahamas tourism and aviation minister, Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace.The Bahamas, he said, is now well on its way to regaining control of its airspace.“Effectively right now we are doing it, but there is a way for us to do it even better, which we are moving towards,” Vanderpool-Wallace told Guardian Business on Wednesday. “We want to make sure we identify and control our specific airspace, but also to the degree that what one regional airspace does is it makes it easier for airlines to move around the region… the two of them are not mutually exclusive.“If you got rules at every single country determining whether somebody’s going to fly there, you make it much more difficult to provide the transportation services that you need to put in place.”Vanderpool-Wallace is now lobbying for the relaxing of the capacity to fly in the region through one regional airspace, as opposed to having the current multiple points of consideration and discussions before getting anything complete.According to Roscoe Perpall, president of the Bahamas Air Traffic Controllers Union, The Bahamas has been talking for about 15 to 20 years about controlling its airspace.“If we have control, it will create employment opportunities for Bahamians,” he told Guardian Business earlier. “While we have not rationalized the extent of employment opportunities, I know for certain we employ in the vicinity of 100 persons and it’s anticipated we can triple or more the staff requirement to control the airspace.”He said the money earned from greater control of the airspace can go towards the general maintenance of the aviation system. As a signatory to the Chicago Convention, The Bahamas risks a category rating downgrade once again by the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) International Aviation Safety Administration (IASA) if it does not reform the sector in order to comply with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards, according to a recent IDB report.In 2001, The Bahamas’ rating was downgraded from a category one to a category two, based on its Department of Civil Aviation’s lack of compliance with ICAO standards.Source: Caribbean News NowRepublished with permission of the Nassau Guardianlast_img read more

Backers say House bill addresses labyrinth of gun restrictions

first_imgDES MOINES — Republicans in the Iowa House have passed a bill that would force any Iowa city or county with gun restrictions in a government-owned building to screen people at entrances and have an armed guard inside.Representative Steven Holt, a Republican from Denison, said it will help ensure Iowans have the right to self defense. “It is also about the health and safety of our children and our families,” Holt said. “It is about my right as a parent to be prepared to defend my wife and my children — my family.”The bill would override opinions from the state’s attorney general in 2003 and 2010 that indicated cities and counties could pass resolutions that create gun-free zones.“I have never understood why someone believes that a gun-free zone will make them safer. In reality, a gun-free zone without screening and security will never stop a sick individual from killing innocent people,” Holt said. “It will stop the law-abiding citizen from carrying protection.”Representative Mary Gaskill, a Democrat from Ottumwa who voted against the bill, suggested that if it becomes law, Iowans with a permit will be able to carry guns into most any city or county-owned building in the state.“With the addition of metal detectors and armed security, few entities to pay for these measures,” Gaskill said.Representative Beth Wessel-Kroeschell, a Democrat from Ames, said it would cost more than $400,000 to staff metal detectors and have armed security at the Story County courthouse.“This is an irresponsible use of taxpayer dollars,” she said. “…The constitutional right to own a firearm comes with important responsibility regarding community safety and therefore it must come with conditions.”Supporters of the bill say Iowa gun owners should not have to navigate a labyrinth of different ordinances. The bill also forbids cities and counties from trying to ban gun modifications or from establishing restrictive zoning aimed at gun shooting ranges.The House passed the bill on a 52 to 44 vote as dozens of gun rights activists sat in the gallery watching the debate.last_img read more

‘LABOUR’S BID TO REMOVE RELIGION FROM SCHOOLS IS NEW LOW’ – McCONALOGUE

first_imgDONEGAL TD Charlie McConalogue has described a proposal by the Labour Party’s Aodhán Ó Riordáin to cut chaplaincy services from VECs and community schools as the latest front in the party’s ‘Culture War’, criticising the plan as ‘typically myopic and mean spirited’.Deputy McConalogue told Donegal Daily: “The attempt of the Labour Party to remove all trace of religious faith from public life in Ireland is well understood, however the latest front in this Culture War marks a new low.“Deputy Aodhán Ó Riordáin’s proposal to cancel funding for chaplaincy services in VECs and community schools comes hot on the heels of the Labour Party’s dismantling of the school counsellor system and shows a shocking disregard for the effect that these decisions are having on vulnerable students.” “As someone with a background in education, you would expect Deputy Ó Riordáin to understand that the chaplaincy service in these institutions is more about student support than anything else.“Since his party demolished the student counsellor system, these individuals have taken on a more important pastoral support role than ever before.“Unfortunately, it appears that such considerations take a back seat when it comes to the Labour Party’s prosecution of their Culture War. The proposal is myopic and mean spirited and I am calling on the Minister for Education to move quickly to dissociate himself and his department from it.”  ‘LABOUR’S BID TO REMOVE RELIGION FROM SCHOOLS IS NEW LOW’ – McCONALOGUE was last modified: September 3rd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Charlie McConaloguecutseducationLabour partylast_img read more

Faint Young Sun Paradox Solution Criticized

first_imgA proposed solution for keeping the Earth warm when the sun was 25% cooler leaves other evolutionists doubtful.The “faint young sun paradox” has been a worry for decades.  Theoretically, stars like our sun would have been 20-30% cooler in their early years – about the time when the Earth was preparing for life in evolutionary scenarios.  How did the Earth’s surface avoid becoming frozen solid, from which an escape to springtime was impossible?  Besides, records of the “oldest” crustal rocks show signs that oceans were liquid 3-4 billion years ago in the evolutionary timeline.A new solution was proposed in in the 4 Jan issue of Science Magazine by Robin Wordsworth and Raymond Pierrehumbert of the University of Chicago.  They propose that higher levels of nitrogen combined with 10% hydrogen would have increased collisional and rotational states in these gases.  That would produce global warming enough to keep the surface from freezing.  This new proposal adds to earlier hypotheses about other greenhouse gases that might have been present, such as methane or more carbon dioxide.But in the same issue of Science, James Kasting of Penn State threw cold water on the new proposal.  Hydrogen gas was unlikely to have existed once life evolved, because methanogens would have eaten it out of the atmosphere in short order.  In addition, Sara Reardon in New Scientist noted that fossil raindrop imprints, which are large and show free fall through a thin atmosphere, contradict the idea that nitrogen and hydrogen were abundant.  She also pointed out that volcanoes do not typically exude the amount of hydrogen needed in the new model.  And on Space.com, Charles Q. Choi said that “Past research had suggested that the early Earth was not rich in hydrogen.”  Even Wordsworth admitted, “Hydrogen is such a rare gas in Earth’s atmosphere today that at first glance, it seems crazy that it could ever have played a role in warming the climate.”While not overthrowing the new proposal, Kasting, Reardon and Choi suggested that the paradox will require further work to resolve.  Woodworth agreed:“There’s been lots of previous work on the faint young sun paradox, and we’re sure our study won’t be the last word on the matter,” Wordsworth added. “It’s of course quite possible that the early Earth was kept warm by a combination of effects.“Nevertheless, the headlines in the popular media put the proposal in a positive light.  Because Titan’s atmosphere has more hydrogen than Earth’s, New Scientist titled its entry, “Titan holds clue to faint young sun paradox.”  This is misleading because the hydrogen does not contribute significantly to warming on Titan due to the low temperature, according to Kasting.  And Space.com promised but did not deliver on its headline, “How Early Earth Kept Warm Despite Faint Sun.”This is a classic case of special pleading.  Planetary evolutionists need a warm Earth to fit their old-age ideas of the sun and the planet, but the Earth has to maintain a stable temperature as the sun gets warmer and life evolves.  So they invent scenarios to walk that tightrope.  The Earth could have stayed warm if hydrogen made up 10% of the atmosphere and nitrogen was 2-3 times as dense as it is today.  This implausible ad hoc scenario could conceivably have increased surface temperatures by as much as 10° to 15°C.  But then the hydrogen had to leak out, and the nitrogen become less dense, to match the increasing temperature of the sun over time.Building on the house of cards, Kasting says it “could have been caused by pressure broadening of CO2 and H2O lines” with the higher nitrogen levels.  Climbing higher on the house of cards, he says “the realization that H2 can warm terrestrial planet climates could be important for the prebiotic Earth, early Mars, and young Earth-like exoplanets.”  Wow—we got from one implausible hypothesis to life all over the place!  Isn’t evolution wonderful.  It explains everything.  (So does unbounded imagination.)The faint young sun paradox is a self-contradiction within evolutionary theory.  It does not exist for creationists.  They know that God created Earth to be inhabited from the start, not that long ago. (Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

3 days agoJuventus goalkeeper Szczesny: Dybala made difference for Lokomotiv Moscow win

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus goalkeeper Szczesny: Dybala made difference for Lokomotiv Moscow winby Carlos Volcano3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was always confident of victory over Lokomotiv Moscow.The Russians had taken a shock lead after 30 minutes, but Dybala scored twice in two minutes late in the second-half to win this Champions League clash 2-1.“It was a struggle to get the result, but we controlled the game for 90 minutes and needed a lot of patience to break them down, as they were very organised and put a solid wall back there,” the goalkeeper told Sky Sport Italia.“A great left-foot shot from Dybala made the difference. Lokomotiv were clammed up in defence and we had to move the ball from left to right and back again to open up some spaces.“We must continue being protagonists in Serie A too and that means getting three points against Lecce this weekend.” last_img read more

Watch Tim Tebow, Nick Saban Jump Into A Lake Together

first_imgTim Tebow, Nick Saban speak with ESPN's Marty Smith.The media knows Alabama head coach Nick Saban for his long rants during media conferences and for winning four out of the last seven national championships.He has a playful side too, though.In an interview with ESPN reporter Marty Smith and college football analyst Tim Tebow, Nick Saban opened up his home on Georgia’s Lake Burton and revealed that playful side.Don’t believe it? Watch him jump into the lake with his two visitors, fully clothed:[email protected] & @MartySmithESPN invited themselves to Nick Saban’s house. See the full interview at 9:30am ET on ESPN.https://t.co/sYa0CWA2N1— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 28, 2016The SportsCenter preseason interview with the acclaimed coach set a goal of humanizing the legend. ESPN promoted the visit as “Nick Saban like you’ve never seen him before.” From previews, it definitely lives up to that expectation.The interview took at the end of July, shortly before Alabama opened fall camp. The intimate group made points to discuss non-football topics, including life and family.In addition to jumping into a lake with Saban, the two ESPN representatives grilled the coach on his keys to success while he casually drove his boat.“I don’t think about what was accomplished in the past. I really spend all my time thinking about the next challenge,” Saban told the two reporters.The Tim Tebow, Nick Saban and Marty Smith interview aired this morning at 9:30 E.T. on SportsCenter. It will continue to air throughout the day.Alabama opens its 2016 season Sept. 3 against USC.last_img read more

Kolkata, Bidhannagar Police keep successful vigil to ensure trouble-free Dol Jatra and Holi

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata and Bidhannagar Police have successfully maintained the law and order situation across the city, leading to trouble-free celebration for city residents. During Dol Jatra on Thursday and Holi on Friday, a total of 174 persons have been arrested by Kolkata police for alleged disorderly conduct.According to sources, as per the arrangement there were 709 police pickets set up on Thursday. All Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCPs) and Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACPs) of Kolkata Police were kept on supervising duty throughout the day. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAlso multiple mobile patrolling vans in each division and Quick Response Team (QRT) and Heavy Radio Flying Squad (HRFS) vans were there in strategic points across the city. Apart from law and order, special anti-crime teams were also deployed to prevent any untoward incident across the city. The women team of Kolkata Police, popularly known as ‘The Winners’, was also found on duty on Thursday and Friday. Sources informed that the number of complaints has come down compared to the previous years. The maximum number of arrests were made from the East Division of Kolkata Police. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayApart from law and order and crime, traffic police personnel were also there to prevent drunken driving, over speeding, rash driving and other traffic norm violations. On Thursday, 711 persons were prosecuted for riding bikes without wearing helmets. 11 persons were arrested and later bailed out for driving in drunken condition. On Friday, 699 bike riders were prosecuted for not wearing helmets, while 39 drivers have been arrested and later bailed out after prosecution for allegedly driving in drunken condition. Apart from Kolkata Police, Bidhannagar Police has also successfully managed to keep the law and order situation under control and prevent crimes on Thursday. During special drives and naka checking, 198 persons were arrested under several sections of IPC for allegedly creating nuisance, disorderly conduct and disobeying orders by the police. 76 persons were arrested and later bailed out for driving in drunken condition.last_img read more

Truck mows down bikers at Habra, cops on manhunt to nab driver

first_imgKolkata: Two youths were killed and three persons suffered serious injuries in a road accident that took place at Habra in North 24-Parganas on Monday morning.Police said the deceased identified as Sanu Ghosh and Satyajit Biswas were riding a motorcycle when a truck coming from the opposite direction hit them. Three other persons, who were also on a motorcycle, were knocked down by the same truck. Ghosh and Biswas were going to near Habra station from Kalshima village. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaLocal residents rushed all the injured persons to a nearby hospital where Biswas and Ghosh were declared brought dead. The injured persons are undergoing treatment at the hospital. It is said they suffered serious injuries. According to the police, the deceased had bled excessively and this led to their deaths. The incident caused traffic congestion in the area. Local residents said the truck was moving at a high speed and as a result the driver could not control the vehicle. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe police are probing the matter to find out what exactly led to the incident. According to a senior police officer, the truck directly hit the motorbike, which Ghosh and Biswas were riding. Both the victims were thrown off the motorbike due to the impact of the accident. The truck later hit another motorcycle leaving three riders badly injured. The injured persons are serious and they have been kept under observation. The police reached the spot immediately after the incident and started a probe. The truck driver managed to flee from the spot along with the vehicle. The cops are on a hunt to nab the driver. Local residents alleged trucks often float speed limits. The issue was brought to the notice of the local administration but no steps have been taken in this regard.last_img read more

NYAY scheme will not be a strain on middle class pocket: Rahul

first_imgSamastipur (Bihar): Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday called the NYAY scheme a surgical strike on poverty and asserted that the proposed minimum income guarantee programme was not populist but based on sound economics.Gandhi also sought to allay apprehensions of the middle class saying he guaranteed that the salaried people will have to pay not a single paisa from their pockets to fund the Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) scheme. Addressing a rally in this north Bihar town where he shared the stage, for the first time after general elections were announced, with RJD heir apparent Tejashwi Yadav, Gandhi also deplored the insulting treatment meted out to Lalu Prasad, the jailed supremo of his alliance partner and warned the BJP-led coalition of a backlash in the polls. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Former state minister Ashok Ram of Congress is pitted against Ramchandra Paswan, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan’s brother, at Samastipur (sc,reserved seat). Commencing his nearly 25-minute-long speech with an apology for turning up late because of a snag in his aircraft, Gandhi greeted the crowds with Ki haal chaal chhe (how are you) in the local Maithili dialect and went on to add with a smirk has not Modi looted you a lot. Lakhs of crores have been gifted to thieves like Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Vijay Mallya by the chowkidar (watchman an epithet the Prime Minister uses for himself). Public money to the tune of 5.55 lakh crore has been siphoned off by 15 persons close to Modi, Gandhi alleged. Bihar was promised a special package, besides there were promises of two crore jobs, Rs 15 lakh into the accounts of all poor, Gandhi recalled, adding kuchh nahin sab jhootha hai, Narendra Modi ne loota hai”, (all promises are proven false. Narendra Modi has robbed people of whatever they had). Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KCalling the NYAY programme proposed in his partys manifesto a surgical strike on poverty, Gandhi declared the scheme will be entirely funded with the money that thieves like Anil Ambani plunder with Narendra Modis help. This is sound economics too as the money thus given to the poor would boost the demand for consumer goods and thereby give an impetus to commerce and industries, Gandhi claimed. The Congress president also mocked the prime pinister for making military operations carried out after terror attacks in Uri and Pulwama a poll plank and quipped wherever he goes he gives discourses on the surgical strikes since he is left with nothing else. He carries teleprompter wherever he goes to deliver his speeches, he said and turned towards the young RJD leader for a moment saying Tejashwi ji, you too would have noticed the teleprompter. He delivers his speeches from the text on the teleprompter and in the meantime keeps getting orders from above don’t talk about rozgar (employment)…remit into accounts of every poor Indian.last_img read more

Senior Congress leader Raj Kumar Chauhan joins BJP

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Congress unit Chief Sheila Dikshit’s blue-eyed boy and senior Congress leader Raj Kumar Chauhan quit the party to join the BJP on Saturday, a day before the national capital votes in the parliamentary election.Chauhan was upset with the Congress after he was denied ticket from the North West Delhi Lok Sabha seat. Delhi Congress working president Rajesh Lilothia has been fielded by the party from the seat. The former four-time MLA and minister in the Sheila Dikshit government joined the BJP in the presence of its Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari and Union minister Vijay Goel. Chauhan said he believed in the policies of Prime Minister Natendra Modi and would work to strengthen bonds of his Khatik community with the BJP. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesOn this occasion, Manoj Tiwari said that Raj Kumar Chauhan has suffered a lot in the Congress Party which completely exposes the real face of Congress. It has been the policy of the Congress Party that whoever opposes should be knocked out. He said that in place of apologizing for the 1984 Anti Sikh Riots, Congress is adding insulting to the injury of Sikhs. There is a long list of Congress leaders who are suffocating due to the unfair treatment by the top leadership. Meanwhile,Loksabha Candidate of Ambedkar National Congress Party from North East Delhi Sunil Vishwakarma gave his support to Tiwari and appeals to make him victorious. Devraha and Outer Delhi District President Manoj Shokeen were present on this occasion. Tiwari said the decision of Chauhan to quit the Congress “exposed” the party’s policy.last_img read more