EU referendum: Is the UK the most Eurosceptic country in Europe and where can David Cameron find support for reform?

first_img whatsapp EU referendum: Is the UK the most Eurosceptic country in Europe and where can David Cameron find support for reform? Show Comments ▼ Tags: Brexit David Cameron People The UK’s position in Europe is looking ever more tenuous, as the UK gears up for an EU referendum before the end of 2017. Greece is currently flirting with an exit and sentiment across the continent has been affected by the crisis, while the UK is famously divided on the issue. So is the UK the most Eurosceptic country in Europe?One of the best ways to measure this is European elections: in May last year, countries across the EU voted their MEPs. Once MEPs are elected they form part of wider European parties, which unite around different ideologies and agendas. Nigel Farage and 23 of the UK’s 73 MEPs, for example, are members of Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) a staunchly Eurosceptic, ideologically conservative party.Meanwhile, David Cameron helped to start the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, which aims to reform the EU. It has 21 UK MEPs.The main partiesBelow is a chart showing the rough political positions of the European parties. The size of the bubbles represents the number of MEPs each party has (there’s a full list of abbreviations at the end of the article).Not all parties that aren’t labelled as Eurosceptic are pro-EU – some, such as ALDE (Alliance of Liberals & Democrats for Europe), contain elements that want reform or change. All would change some elements of the EU.What David Cameron will be counting on, however, is like-minded MEPs. So which countries have the largest proportion of EFDD and ECR MEPs as a percentage of their delegation?The UK comes out as the most Eurosceptic country, with 60.3 per cent of its MEPs belonging to either the ECR or EFDD. In second place is Poland, with 39.3 per cent. A full 10 countries have no MEPs in either party.Click the hide button to tuck the visualisation away and continue reading.[custom id=”34″]Opinion pollingAs the General Election showed, pollsters can be way off with their predictions, but surveys add some interesting context.According to a survey by Eurobarometer, a body that conducts surveys of EU countries, 30 per cent of UK respondents view the EU as positive – just two percentage points lower than the 32 per cent who viewed it as negative. That’s a pretty high negative score: only Greece (44 per cent), Cyprus (38 per cent), and Austria (36 per cent) had higher scores.A recent survey by PEW research showed that 55 per cent of people wanted to stay in the EU. Party abbreviationsECR – European Conservatives & Reformists GroupEFDD – Europe of Freedom & Direct Democracy GroupS&D – Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats in the European ParliamentGUE/NGL – Confederal Group of the European United LeftG/EFA – Group of the Greens/European Free AllianceALDE – Group of the Alliance of Liberals & Democrats for EuropeEPP – Group of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats)NI – Non-Inscrits  Billy Ehrenberg center_img whatsapp Share Monday 8 June 2015 4:00 amlast_img read more

Read more →

Pharmalittle: Roche will pay $4.8 billion for Spark; Senate drug pricing hearing is like deja vu

first_img Pharmalittle: Roche will pay $4.8 billion for Spark; Senate drug pricing hearing is like deja vu @Pharmalot About the Author Reprints Good morning, everyone, and welcome to another working week. We hope the weekend respite was relaxing and invigorating, because that familiar routine of meetings, deadlines, and what-not has, predictably, returned. To cope, we are resorting, as always, to cups of stimulation. And all the better to help us tune out a long-running windstorm attacking the Pharmalot campus and nearby environs. The ongoing, 60-mile-per-hour gusts give new meaning to the idea that life is a breeze. Meanwhile, here are some tidbits. Hope your day goes well and do stay in touch.Roche (RHHBY) is buying Spark Therapeutics (ONCE) for $4.8 billion in hopes of expanding its presence in the market for treating hemophilia, The Wall Street Journal reports. Hemophilia is a new and emerging category for Roche; in 2017, the Food and Drug Administration approved a hemophilia A treatment, Hemlibra, which analysts expect will have billions of dollars in yearly sales. Moreover, as STAT notes, the deal underscores the desire among the largest drug makers to sell gene therapies and that such big biopharma deals are back. STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. By Ed Silverman Feb. 25, 2019 Reprints Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Log In | Learn More Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Ed Silvermancenter_img Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. GET STARTED Alex Hogan/STAT [email protected] Tags drug pricingfinancelegalpharmaceuticalspharmalittleSTAT+ What’s included? What is it? Pharmalot last_img read more

Read more →

An overview of marketization’s influence on wages

first_imgMoving along, 1 kg of pork was selling at 10,000 KPW in Pyongyang, 10,500 KPW in Sinuiju, and 10,200 KPW in Hyesan. Gasoline is trading at 7,000 KPW per kg in Pyongyang, 7,500 KPW in Sinuiju, and 7,550 KPW in Hyesan. Finally, 1 kg of diesel fuel is selling at 5,600 KPW in Pyongyang, 5,940 KPW in Sinuiju, and 5,590 KPW in Hyesan.  Facebook Twitter North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) News News *This segment reflects market conditions from August 17-August 31. News SHARE AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] center_img An overview of marketization’s influence on wages Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR In this session of “Market Trends”, we look into the economy of North Korea. Today we’re joined by Seol Song Ah to take a deeper look into wage disparity within the formal and informal economies of North Korea.How does North Korea justify wage disparities within the tenets of the socialist ideals it purports to uphold?  Marketization brought about massive wage disparities between state-run enterprises and the markets while transforming the traditional roles of North Korea’s proletariat. However, the shifting landscape does not signify an outright rejection of the socialist-planned economy but rather the emergence of a symbiosis of sorts. State-run entities need money generated by the market economy to operate, and participation in the market economy requires the right political connections.  The wages of North Korean workers, irrespective of sector, have increased exponentially due to market forces. For example, in state-run operations like Pyongyang Textile Factory and Musan Mine, wages have increased by more than a hundredfold. The administrative framework is also greatly affected by any shifts that occur in the market. Is there a state-run body tasked with setting wages? Cabinet members of a given enterprise’s labor board set the wages, which vary based on work assignment, whether it’s heavy or light labor, the technical skills required, and so forth. The wages are fixed in accordance with official state prices ostensibly so that rice and foodstuffs can be covered. When monthly wages increased to 2,000 KPW on account of the Economic Management Improvement Measures of July 1, 2002, the official price for 1 kg of rice was about 42 KPW.   However, considering the fact that feeding a family of four requires 4 kg of rice daily, or 60 kg per month, a monthly wage of 2,000 KPW is clearly insufficient to cover the staple food, let alone supplemental foodstuffs.What then is the reason for the wages of workers in state-run factories such as the Pyongyang Textile Manufacturing Factories and Musan Mine being set at 300,000 KPW?Workers at those locations are operating under a de facto capitalistic system by virtue of their connection to the international markets. For instance, pursuant to the central economy, the iron ore mined from the Musan mines is supposed to be sent directly to the Kim Chaek Steel mill. But at the turn of the century, North Korea expanded bilateral trade with China and began sending 80% of iron ore from Musan Mine directly to its neighbor, and only 10% to the Kim Chaek Steel Mill. This inspired the longstanding joke that Musan Mine is essentially a direct supplier to China. Miners receive 700g of rice per person, which is 200g more than the national average. These privileges extend to workers’ families, too. To this end, a new department was created so that the food rations were not sent through the Public Distribution System but directly controlled by the mine’s administration. This is notable because the mine essentially became an autonomous entity, operating outside the confines of the socialist structure, enabling the dramatic increases in wages and rations.  The cabinet members of the labor board had ordered Musan Mine to adhere to the command economy vis-à-vis import and export practices in 2010; however, as China was an important export target, the coal mine followed the centrally planned economic system on the surface, but followed a market economy system internally. Are workers affiliated with foreign currency-earning enterprises categorized differently to their state-run factory counterparts?They would be classified as state-sanctioned market workers. Many foreign currency earning firms are actually run by the donju [new affluent middle class] in practice but appear as state-run entities on paper. Wages hinge on a given enterprise’s profitability. A firm with a stronger foothold in international markets nets more profits and therefore more favorable benefits and rations for its workers. However, it’s important to note that foreign currency-earning companies are volatile entities and at high risk of bankruptcy, rendering them a relatively less stable option than somewhere like Musan Mine. I’d always assumed that workers for the foreign currency-earning companies were the proverbial “iron rice bowl,” that is, guaranteed lifetime employment. And what about the wages and benefits for market laborers?The market labor pay structure is broken down into monthly, daily, and hourly subsections. Monthly wages are paid to those employed on a relatively long-term basis. For instance, a daily laborer who works in a crude oil refinery plant would pay the standard “8.3 Money” (de facto tax to pursue work outside of an assigned workplace) and proceed to work on a somewhat permanent basis at the refinery. Because such work is classified as hard labor, the worker would be paid twice as much as other daily pay workers. As a general rule, monthly wages are for tasks requiring skills and expertise.  Day workers, as the name suggests, are paid daily wages by employers who need work only on a temporary basis. They are usually compensated with a kilogram of rice per day, or the funds to purchase that amount. More recently, mobile phones are playing a vital role in facilitating these operations. An entrepreneur alerts a middleman of their labor needs and a broker solicits the workers quickly, usually within 30 minutes. These agents are highly organized and have built up a robust network of people and information. This speed and efficiency of the market arena always trumps state efforts to glorify the merits of socialist labor ideology. Such is the power of practical compensation.How are the wages for hourly pay workers determined?Unlike state-run factories or foreign-currency earning enterprises, hourly workers and day workers do not receive monthly salaries. Negotiations from the outset of a work arrangement are crucial to determining pay in these situations. For instance, if there is work to unload cement from trains for an hour, the hourly workers will not settle for the market rate of hourly pay but demand to be paid for the day. For example, the going rate for a day of work (approximately 10 hours), might be around 5,000 KPW. But if the worker only works an hour unloading cement from a train, he will push to receive a full day’s pay rather than the hourly rate, which would only amount to 500 KPW in this case. Opportunity costs bear a significant influence in these arrangements.Employers stand to incur huge losses if work goes uncompleted. As such, smart entrepreneurs know it’s prudent to pay workers a competitive rate.Here is a rundown of the jangmadang prices. The price of 1 kg of rice is 5,290 KPW in Pyongyang, 5,500 KPW in Hyesan, and 5,370 KPW in Sinuiju. The cost of 1 kg of corn kernels is 1,290 KPW in Pyongyang, 1,180 KPW in Hyesan, and 1,150 KPW in Sinuiju. The USD is trading at 8,160 KPW in Pyongyang, 8,185 KPW in Sinuiju, and 8,205 KPW in Hyesan. The Renminbi is trading at 1,200 KPW in Pyongyang, 1,220 KPW in Sinuiju and 1,200 KPW in Hyesan – showing a downward trend from earlier this month. Ordinary Pyongyang residents have not received government rations since mid-April By Daily NK – 2016.09.06 10:53am last_img read more

Read more →

Retirements lead to key changes at Scotiabank

first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords AppointmentsCompanies Bank of Nova Scotia Related news CI GAM names its first-ever head of investment management TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Toronto-based Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS) announced two key upcoming changes to its executive suite on Monday. Anatol von Hahn, group head of Canadian banking, will retire on June 19. James O’Sullivan, currently executive vice president of global wealth management, will step into von Hahn’s role that same day. center_img “Anatol has had a long and distinguished career with Scotiabank having made significant contributions to our businesses in key leadership roles in our international and Canadian banking business lines,” says Brian Porter, president and CEO of Scotiabank. “James has a successful track record in capital markets, asset management and wealth. His experience in focusing on the customer and building high performance teams will serve our customers and shareholders well.” The bank announced that Jeff Heath, executive vice president and group treasurer, will also retire on June 19. Andrew Branion, executive vice president and chief market risk officer, will assume Heath’s role effective that same day. “Jeff has made significant contributions over his 30-year career in building the bank’s reputation in the risk management and treasury areas through his expertise, commitment and perspective,” Porter says. “Andrew brings extensive experience in both capital markets and risk management to his new role. He has played a leadership role in influencing how the bank thinks about risk in the trading businesses, as well as operational and enterprise risk management.” Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Tessie Sanci PenderFund names new SVP for investmentslast_img read more

Read more →

Court Ruling will Determine how Gov’t Deals with Unregulated Investment Schemes… says PM

first_imgRelatedCourt Ruling will Determine how Gov’t Deals with Unregulated Investment Schemes… says PM RelatedCourt Ruling will Determine how Gov’t Deals with Unregulated Investment Schemes… says PM Advertisements RelatedCourt Ruling will Determine how Gov’t Deals with Unregulated Investment Schemes… says PMcenter_img Court Ruling will Determine how Gov’t Deals with Unregulated Investment Schemes… says PM UncategorizedDecember 5, 2007 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister, Hon. Bruce Golding says the ruling of the Court will determine whether or not the government has the legal powers to intervene in the issue of the unregulated investment schemes.Mr. Golding said he has been in constant dialogue with the regulators of the Financial Services Commission and that there are two issues before the courts; one for which he expects a ruling soon; the other one for which no date has yet been set. But he said a lot hinges on the court ruling in the matter because it will determine whether or not the regulators have a basis for intervention.The Prime Minister was answering questions about government’s position on the various investment schemes at the (Dec 6) Press Freedom and Corruption Prevention seminar at the Mona Visitors’ lodge at the University of the West Indies. Mr. Golding noted that if the court determines that the Financial Services Commission does not have a basis for intervention, then the question is going to be, whether the government should go to parliament to provide the legislative authority to allow for that intervention.Mr Golding told the media managers that he did not subscribe to the view that government should so regulate business activity that if two people want to get together to go into a business venture, they must seek government’s approval. He said there were many laws on the books that regulate the lending of money. But he said ‘we have nothing that regulates the borrowing of money and therefore there are some essential legal issues that have to be examined’. He is of the view that there is a limit beyond which a government must not be required and should have no obligation to protect people.The Prime Minister said if people chose to invest their money with agencies that fall outside the ambit of government’s legal powers, ‘then you take the risk and you must take responsibility for the risk that you take’. But Mr Golding said the government naturally must have a concern as to the impact that any fallout might have on the official financial sector because there is always a risk of contagion. He said he has been assured that the official system is safe and in tact as the banks have tried to secure their loans to persons who have borrowed from them and have gone and put their monies in these various schemes.Mr. Golding said the banks which have extended unsecured loans are within their required limitations and the banks are sufficiently liquid that if any of them have extended the 3% or 4% of unsecured loans and are called upon to write off those loans, they can withstand this without any tremors to the system. His primary concern is to ensure that government protects the official system and ‘I am satisfied that this is being done’, Mr. Golding concluded.last_img read more

Read more →

Texas college system sends text alerts to some CU Boulder affiliates

first_img Published: Oct. 6, 2016 After receiving several reports of a non-CU text alert received by some affiliates yesterday, campus officials began an investigation with the vendor that provides our text alert system, RAVE Mobile Safety. Searches in social media further revealed that the same message was being received by affiliates at many universities across the United States.The text messages were sent by the same short-form phone number that sends CU Boulder Alerts and referred to an evacuation at “University Prak.” It also did not indicate that they were a “CU Alert,” which you will always see at the beginning of any official text message alert from CU Boulder. Affiliates received the messages after 7 p.m. on Oct. 5.Subsequent investigation by the vendor determined that the academic institution that initiated the text message had an error in its contact database which included all users – past and present – affiliated with the Texas institution. That means that current CU Boulder students who used to have affiliation with the Texas college system may have received the alert. The legitimate evacuation message pertaining to an emergency in Texas was sent erroneously to people no longer affiliated with their campuses.The vendor is implementing failsafes to prevent this occurrence for future messaging, and further will be implementing a standard used by the Boulder campus for many years: an identifying institution name at the beginning of all alerts.“All Rave systems are fully secure and operating at full capacity,” said the company in a statement.The confusion caused by the inaccurate text alert was addressed in updates via the CU Boulder Twitter and Facebook accounts last night.Categories:SafetyCampus Community Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Read more →

Edelweiss general insurance launches health policy with customer friendly features

first_img Related Posts By EH News Bureau on September 3, 2018 Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Read Article Ties up with PolicyBazaar to market it pan-IndiaEdelweiss General Insurance Company, the general insurance arm of Edelweiss Financial Services Limited, has launched ‘Edelweiss Health Insurance’, a comprehensive health insurance policy, loaded with customer friendly features and services. Edelweiss General Insurance was launched earlier this year and caters to India’s exponentially growing market for non-life insurance.The company has tied up with PolicyBazaar, an Indian insurance web aggregator, to market the product across India. PolicyBazaar will help potential customers across India to know more and buy this health policy online.Main features and highlights of Edelweiss Health Insurance:1. A choice of three plans – Silver, Gold and Platinum – with cover up to INR 1 Crore2. Upto eight members (including parents, parents-in-law, grandparents and siblings) covered under the individual variant and upto five members under the family floater variant (including the policyholder, spouse and three kids)3. Covers AYUSH treatment upto 100 per cent of the sum insured, recognising the emerging trend of alternative therapies like Ayurveda, Homeopathy and Unani4. Day care surgeries, which form a huge portion of all hospital treatment, are covered for over 388 ailments, upto the full sum insured5. Covers bariatric surgery for weight reduction. One of the few in the market to offer this feature6. This policy also rewards the noble act of organ donation, by covering the donor’s hospitalisation cost up to INR 2 Lakh7. Covers maternity expenses for any two deliveries8. No Claim Bonus increases the sum insured after every claim-free year upto a maximum of 100 per cent9. Restoration and Recharge benefits available, in case the sum insured is exhaustedCommenting on the launch, Anup Rau, CEO, Edelweiss General Insurance said, “Our product is very comprehensive and feature rich, designed keeping in mind the evolving needs of customers The product features have been explained in a very simple language to enable customers make an informed choice.”Yashish Dahiya, Co-Founder and CEO, PolicyBazaar Group of Companies says, “With Edelweiss General Insurance coming on board, we hope to further strengthen our product offerings in health and motor insurance space. The new health insurance product comes with a unique feature which allows the consumer to opt for a total sum insured restoration and recharge rider among other features introduced making it a wholesome and cost-effective proposition.”The company believes that insurance needs to be simple and customer friendly, right from the moment a potential customer inquires about a policy, till the time he needs to make a claim. Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care appcenter_img The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Share Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Edelweiss general insurance launches health policy with customer friendly features News last_img read more

Read more →

Prince Harry Arrives for 4-day Visit

first_imgRelatedPrince Harry Arrives for 4-day Visit Prince Harry Arrives for 4-day Visit Foreign AffairsMarch 6, 2012 RelatedPrince Harry Arrives for 4-day Visit RelatedPrince Harry Arrives for 4-day Visitcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON – It was just after 5:00 pm today (March 5) when the private jet with His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales (always known as Prince Harry) onboard, landed at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston. The Prince begins a 4-day official visit to the island, as part of activities to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of his grandmother, Her Majesty the Queen, marking 60 years since her ascension to the throne. Members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) gave a 21-gun salute, as the plane entered the Jamaican airspace. The Prince was met at the steps of the plane by Chief of State Protocol, Ambassador Elinor Sherlock and Chief of Defence Staff, JDF, Major General Antony Anderson, who escorted him to the saluting dais for the playing of the national anthem. After inspecting the Guard of Honour formed by the First Battalion Jamaica Regiment, the Prince returned to the dais for a second playing of the national anthem. [ Photos: Arrival of Prince Harry to Jamaica ] He was then introduced to the government team on hand, which comprised: Minister with responsibility for Information, Hon. Sandrea Falconer; State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Arnoldo Brown; Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington; and the Governor General’s Secretary, Dionne Tracey Daniel. The Prince then left the airport for King’s House, which is his official residence while in Jamaica. On Tuesday, March 6, Prince Harry will visit the Usain Bolt Track at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus, where he will observe child athletes and young national athletes during a training session. Prince Harry will then move on to the university’s Law Faculty, where he will witness a few minutes of a mock moot session. The Queen holds the title “Visitor” of the university, and Prince Harry will unveil a plaque there in honour of his grandmother’s Diamond Jubilee. The position of Visitor is considered to be the most senior official of the UWI. Prince Harry will then visit children, parents and staff members at the Bustamante Hospital for Children. Lady Allen is involved in an outreach programme at the hospital and Their Excellencies will accompany Prince Harry. He will also unveil a plaque on the main entry building in honour of The Queen. Prince Harry will then be hosted by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller at a lunch at the historic Devon House. He will then depart for the Victoria Jubilee Hospital and will unveil the statue, The Rings of Life, which marks three events in 2012: the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee; Jamaica’s Golden Jubilee as an independent nation; and the 120th anniversary of the founding of the Victoria Jubilee Hospital. The statue is the work of master sculptor, Basil Watson. He will move to East Street, downtown Kingston, to visit the Rise Life Management Services, an independent non-governmental organisation dedicated to youth and community building. He will speak briefly with children preparing for the upcoming Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT); and view items manufactured by young entrepreneurs. After his tour, the Alpha Boys’ Band will join the children in a short cultural programme. To end the second day of his visit, Prince Harry will hold separate audiences at King’s House, first with Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness, followed by the Prime Minister. There will be a State Dinner where Prince Harry is expected to give a toast to the government and the people of Jamaica. . On Wednesday, March 7, Prince Harry will be wearing military uniform for his visit to Up Park Camp. The morning starts out with breakfast with fellow officers in the Infantry Officers’ Mess. Prince Harry will participate in the commissioning ceremony of the 60-foot rappelling and fast rope tower, which was built with technical co-operation from the Government of Canada. The Prince and two JDF soldiers will then practise rappelling from the tower. This will be followed by firearm practice. Prince Harry will co-pilot a helicopter from the JDF Air Wing to the William Knibb Memorial High School playing field in Trelawny, and from there will commence an afternoon of sightseeing in the company of the Governor-General and Lady Allen. During the tour, which starts on the Falmouth Pier, the Prince will spend a quiet moment at the William Knibb Memorial Baptist Church. After the tour, he will visit the Good Hope Great House. Later that evening, Prince Harry will be treated to a Jamaica Night event on the Sandals Cay in Montego Bay. The event is being staged by the government in partnership with Sandals Resorts. Prince Harry ends his visit to Jamaica on Thursday afternoon (March 8), when he departs from the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. Prince Harry’s visit to Jamaica is the final stop in his visits to Commonwealth countries in the Caribbean. This is the first time that Prince Harry will be on official duty on behalf of The Queen. It is also his first time in the Caribbean. Advertisementslast_img read more

Read more →

Police Looking at Acquiring ‘Shot Spotter’ Technology

first_imgRelatedPolice Looking at Acquiring ‘Shot Spotter’ Technology By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporter FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington, says the police are looking at utilising ‘shot spotter’ technology to assist with investigating gun-related incidents and crimes. “We have started discussions with the Minister of National Security (Peter Bunting) about the deployment of ‘shot spotter’ technology in some of our crime hotspots and in some of areas that are plagued by criminal gang violence,” Mr. Ellington said on April 2, at a press conference at his Old Hope Road offices in Kingston. ‘Shot spotter’ technology utilises audio and visual sensors to detect and convey the location of gunfire or other weapon fire. This information is sent to a digital map indicating the addresses and times of the incidents.  “We have looked at it in several places. It has a record of significantly reducing gun crimes and gunfire in the range of 40 to 60 per cent in some areas where it has been used. We believe that if this capability is built out in many of our crime-prone communities, it could immediately and significantly enhance public security,” the Commissioner argued, adding that the system could also make the operating environment safer for law enforcement officers. He said the technology, which has the capability to determine the number of shots fired and the type of weapons used, also allows for easier detection of gunfire.  “What it does, in the first instance, is provide the police with real co-ordinates so that they can move swiftly in less time to the scene of a shooting, the advantage being that they could apprehend the suspects right after the shooting or if victims are shot…they could find them quickly and rush them off to hospital so that their lives can be preserved,” he said. Mr. Ellington noted that, because the ‘shot spotter’ can enable the police to determine exactly where shootings took place, it can assist with clearing up cases of conflicting reports. “There are many individuals that turn up at hospital (suffering from a gunshot wound) saying that they were walking home and just felt a burning sensation and they turn up at hospital and a lot of these persons actually shoot themselves playing with guns or they are shot by their own cronies, and it’s just a way of covering up their criminal activities,” he pointed out.  “So it actually enables the police to get to the truth about shooting incidents and it therefore enhances the response time, investigations, and it protects the officers when there are conflicting accounts,” he added. Commissioner Ellington also informed that discussions are taking place for the build out of closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems in many crime hotspots and built-up areas. The use of CCTV, he contended, will ensure the safety and security of the physical environment and enable the police to capture evidence of criminal activities on the streets to support effective criminal investigations. “We also believe the build out of CCTV capability in some of these crime hot spots, will also serve as a measure of examining police conduct especially when they use force against citizens,” he said. RelatedPolice Looking at Acquiring ‘Shot Spotter’ Technology Police Looking at Acquiring ‘Shot Spotter’ Technology National SecurityApril 5, 2012 RelatedPolice Looking at Acquiring ‘Shot Spotter’ Technology Advertisementslast_img read more

Read more →

Whitefish Community Library Hires Director

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. The Whitefish Community Library Board of Trustees has announced the hiring of Joey Kositzky as its library director. In a press release from the trustees, the board acknowledges that it has often been a bumpy ride on the path to forming an independent library but sees Kositzky’s hiring as a good omen for the future. The library officially begins operating as its own separate entity from the countywide system on July 1. Supporters of the Whitefish library have disagreed with Flathead County Library System officials over how to divvy up books. “While it may feel like it’s been nothing but harsh storms for the Whitefish Community Library on its quest for independence,” the release states, “(this) recent announcement…may provide the sunny forecast local residents have been hoping for.” Kositzky, a 42-year Whitefish resident, is certified by the Montana State Library as a library administrator. Twenty-four of her 27 years of library experience have been spent as manager of the Whitefish branch of the county library system, according to the release. Kositzky’s responsibilities will include overseeing daily operations, planning future direction of the library, training and evaluating staff, selecting materials and planning programs. The board feels that her experience as branch manager will “allow for a seamless reorganization.” “What has been accomplished in the past, while important, is not as important as where we, as a library, are going,” Kositzky said. “I believe strongly in a community-based library. I believe in a library that does not dictate to its community, but listens to it; one that recognizes that national trends, appropriate in some areas, may not necessarily apply to the Whitefish community.” At least one other current Whitefish branch employee will be joining the staff and the board plans to advertise one additional position. The administrative team and board will use the help of more than 80 volunteers as it re-catalogs existing books and sets up new physical and technological equipment. New book donations are encouraged. Also, new library cards will be available as early as June 6. All Flathead County Library cards will be honored at the Whitefish library as well. Michael Collins, chairman of the Whitefish library board, said the city and county have agreed to leave roughly half of the 30,000 materials in the library when the two sides officially part ways on July 1. But a recent lawsuit has raised questions about how many materials will remain. The Whitefish Library Association filed a lawsuit in Flathead County District Court against county library officials asking that all the books remain in place and that the facility stay open until July 1. The county has plans to close the library in late June to remove more books. On July 1-3, the Whitefish library is holding a book fair. Then it will hold a grand opening celebration on July 16 with complimentary food, entertainment and local author appearances. Kositzky, in the release, said she’s pleased to be part of the transition process. “As we move forward, I hope we can celebrate the community’s uniqueness and diversity and respond accordingly,” Kositzky said. “I feel extremely privileged to have the opportunity to be part of this vision.” To find out more about the Whitefish Community Library, visit www.whitefishlibrary.org. Emaillast_img read more

Read more →