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Customs Department Hosts Information Expo

first_imgAn information exposition hosted by the Jamaica Customs Department will be held on Saturday, January 26, at the Chinese Benevolent Association (CBA), Old Hope Road, Kingston. The event, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., culminates a week of activities to observe Customs Week 2013 from January 20 to 26, under the theme: ‘Innovation for Customs Progress’. Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank held on Wednesday (January 23), at the agency’s headquarters on Half-Way-Tree Road in Kingston, Commissioner of Customs, Major Richard Reese, said the expo provides an opportunity for stakeholders to get information on the many activities and innovations of the department. “We will be seeking to increase the level of awareness about the services we offer and how to simplify or improve the processes,” he said. Various stakeholders, including the Bureau of Standards Jamaica, Tax Administration Jamaica and the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), will also mount information booths. Other activities for Customs Week include an awards ceremony on Thursday, January 24, at the Ministry of Finance and Planning’s National Heroes Circle offices, where 10 staff members will receive awards from the World Customs Organization (WCO) for outstanding work and for upholding the rules of the WCO. The Department is registered with the WCO under its Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programme and Customs Enforcement Network (CEN). In addition, 12 employees will receive the Commissioner’s awards for exceptional service. On Friday (Jan. 25), a Customs Vibes Day will be held in the car park of the Customs Department, Newport East, which will see staff engaging in friendly competition in football, netball, and domino with representatives of stakeholder groups and agencies.last_img read more

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Police say several fatalities after Pikangikum fire in Ontario

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe northern Ontario community of Pikangikum has suffered from a fire, according to the OPP.OPP Sgt. John Whitney said it’s believe there were fatalities as a result of the fire, but there are few details at the moment.Whitney said the Ontario Fire Marshall’s Office is headed to the community to investigate.The OPP said in a statement there were “a number of persons” dead as a result of the fire that started late Tuesday night and several remain unaccounted for.According to a community member, at least three children were killed in the house fire, along with six other family members.Pikangikum First Nation is a fly in community located 509 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay.More to come.last_img read more

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Hourlong daytime nap ups diabetes risk

first_imgWhile taking a short nap may be good for your health, extending it to an hour or more significantly increases risk of developing diabetes, says a new study.“Excessive daytime sleepiness and taking longer naps were associated with increased risk of Type-2 diabetes, with a short nap not increasing this risk,” the study said. The research by Tomohide Yamada from University of Tokyo in Japan analysed studies published till November 2014 on the association between daytime sleepiness, nap, and diabetes.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’After examining over 600 hundred studies including 261,365 people from Asian and Western countries, the research found that excessive daytime sleepiness increased the risk of diabetes by 56 per cent, while a longer daytime nap of 60 minutes or more increased the risk by 46 per cent. In contrast, a shorter nap (60 mins or less per day) did not increase the risk of diabetes. The analysis showed there was no effect of napping up to about 40 minutes per day, after which risk began to increase sharply.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Daytime napping might be a consequence of night-time sleep disturbance such as obstructive sleep aponea (OSA),” the study noted.Several studies have demonstrated the beneficial effects of taking short naps less than 30 minutes in duration, which help to increase alertness and motor skills. “A short nap finishes before the onset of deep slow-wave sleep. Entering deep slow-wave sleep and then failing to complete the normal sleep cycle can result in a phenomenon known as sleep inertia, in which a person feels groggy, disoriented, and even sleepier than before napping,” Yamada said.“Although the mechanisms by which a short nap might decrease the risk of diabetes are still unclear, such duration-dependent differences in the effects of sleep might partly explain our findings,” Yamada noted.last_img read more

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Absconding life convict falls in police net

first_imgA 27-year-old life convict, who allegedly fled from the custody of police soon after being admitted at a hospital here in June, has been arrested, police said On Saturday.The accused, identified as Karambir, alias Sonu, has been a sharp-shooter with a criminal gang and has allegedly been involved in several heinous crimes, including robbery and murder, police said.According to police, the convict is a history-sheeter and has previously served imprisonment terms in jails of Gurgaon, Faridabad and Sonepat. On June 27 this year, Sonu had developed some medical issue for which he was brought to Safdarjung Hospital here from where he had escaped and was nabbed on Saturday, police said.last_img read more

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Your toddler is already a tech pro says study

first_imgBabies as young as two-year-olds are adept at using touch screens, and can swipe, unlock and actively search for features on smartphones and tablets, a new study has found.This level of interactivity is akin to play, the researchers said, suggesting that the technology might have a potential role in childhood developmental assessment. They base their findings on 82 questionnaires on touch screen access and use, completed by the parents of children aged between 12 months and three years. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Nine out of 10 parents who owned a touch screen device said their child was able to swipe.Half of them said their child was able to unlock the screen, and nearly two-thirds felt their child actively searched for touch screen features. In 1999, the American Academy of Paediatrics recommended that screen time be discouraged in children under the age of two. However, the researchers involved in the study suggest that these recommendations were made before the advent of touch screen media, which might have a different impact on the developing brains of toddlers.“Interactive touch screen applications offer a level of engagement not previously experienced with other forms of media and are more akin to traditional play,” they wrote.The findings were published in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood.last_img read more

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MMTCs Festival of Gold

first_imgGold has always been a precious gem for everyone and MMTC’s Festival of Gold has added on spark to it. The festival was inaugurated by AK Bhalla, Additional Secretary of Ministry of Commerce on May 6 and will continue till May 10 in the national Capital.The lustre of the glittering event was further enhanced by the visit of celebrated model and Femina Miss India International 2011, Ankita Shorey on Saturday. She spoke about her jewel inspirations and expressed her delight at being able to visit the one-of-its-kind festival.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’One of the highlights at the Festival of Gold this year is the Indian gold coin, the first ever national gold offered by the Government of India. MMTC (Metals and Minerals Trading Corporation of India) launched the Indian gold coin, now being retailed through the Company’s outlet and Indian Overseas bank branches across India. Soon, it will also be available through India Post and other bank branches across India.Ved Prakash, CMD, MMTC, said, “It is our endeavour to encourage consumers to choose the Indian gold coin as their preferred purchase by offering it at IOB branches and our own retail outlets across 31 cities in India”. To beat the rising heat, city residents are getting their hands on one of the best studded jewellery from across the country. The grand exhibition-cum-sale by MMTC, has returned to fulfil popular demand on the occasion of Akshay Tritiya. They present a hand-picked collection of jewels from ten states of India, gold and silver medallions in the 999 purity and latest range of Sanchi silverware. The traditional and cultural appeal of gold, combined with its strong fundamentals, remains central to millions of Indian households.last_img read more

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