Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Feb 2015 – Thwarting bribes was the focus of a two day workshop held recently at Blue Haven resort and hosted by the UK Ministry of Justice. Some thirty actors from the TCI private and public sector were a part of the sessions where Roderick Maccauley and Peter Monday of the UK, led the sessions which dealt with international perspectives on bribery, how to enforce anti-bribery legislation, a review of the UK’s Bribery Act 2010 and Corporate liability and incentives. The governor was on hand, and welcomed the delegates for the workshop, which was the second to be held in a Caribbean UK Overseas Territory; the first was delivered in Bermuda. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:bribes, ministry of justice, peter monday, Roderick Maccauley
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 01 Sept 2015 (by Shorrell Dames @magneticmedia1) – The Ministry of Education is making a teachers’ training investment, which is expected to benefit schools in the country. Seventeen individuals have been selected to participate in the Caribbean Vocational Qualification program. The National Training Agency from Trinidad commenced training on August 24th and will run until September 11th.Permanent Secretary, Cherylann Jones says, “the introduction of the CVQ program intends to strengthen technical and vocational education in TCI.” The CVQ training, which is to be held at the Airport Inn Hotel in Provo, includes food preparation, construction, data operations, customer services, and early childhood education. Earthquake hits again in Trinidad while TCI Cabinet agrees with GPS Station in Capital Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:caribbean vocational qualification, cherylann jones, cvq, trinidad Recommended for you Digicel T&T Donates Supplies to Anguilla and British Virgin Islands TCI Finance team in Trinidad on ‘Road Show’
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Shakhtar Donetsk have confirmed their upcoming Champions League game against Lyon has been moved to KievThe Ukrainian Premier League leaders normally host their home matches in Kharkiv rather than Kiev.However, the destination of Donetsk’s Group F showdown with Lyon has been in doubt for the past few weeks due to Ukraine’s tense relationship with Russia.Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…“The UEFA have decided that the Champions League group stage game against Lyon will be held at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev,” read a statement on the club website.Shakhtar are third in Group F and two points off second-place Lyon heading into the final game next week.Paulo Fonseca’s side needs to win to progress to the knockout stages with leaders Manchester City out of reach with a five-point advantage.
An underground Catholic church overlooks the village of Huangtugang. Photo: ReutersIn 1996, a tiny village with a huge Gothic-style church in China’s Catholic heartland of northern Hebei province was the scene of a tense stand-off between the ruling Communist Party and the faithful.Authorities surrounded Donglu village’s Our Lady of China Catholic Church, blocking thousands of pilgrims and detaining Vatican-ordained Bishop Su Zhimin, who was a member of the “underground” Church, not the state-backed official Church which did not recognise the pope’s authority to name bishops.Despite repeated appeals to Chinese authorities from Vatican officials and underground clergy, it is unclear whether Su, who would now be 86, is still being held or is even alive.Decades on, the Donglu church’s ties with officials are now convivial, according to Diao Ligang, a local priest, reflecting a generational shift towards acceptance of the ruling Communist Party’s authority over China’s Catholics.“Before, it was as if they kept wanting to see what we were hiding in our fist,” said Diao. “But then we opened it and they realised there was nothing dangerous in there in the first place.”Last month’s secretive deal with the Vatican, which gives the Holy See a long-sought and decisive say over the appointment of new bishops, sets the stage for Beijing to recognise some underground congregations. Details of how and when this process might happen have not been released.Interviews with five underground priests and two dozen believers in Hebei suggest previously stark divisions between underground Catholics loyal to the Vatican and churches officially registered with the Chinese authorities have blurred in recent years.The coming together reflects growing, if grudging, acceptance of government oversight by the faithful, as the Vatican pushes for a reconciliation with Beijing and many of the older generation that had expressed staunch opposition to the party are either silenced or dead.Still, Cardinal Joseph Zen, 86, the outspoken former archbishop of Hong Kong, has led an international chorus of conservative critics who say the deal is a sellout to the Communist Party and an insult to those who had suffered under oppression.He and other opponents of the secretive deal warn the expected gradual folding of unofficial churches into a government system of control risks abandoning a group of “loyalist” bishops and priests, who for decades resisted joining the Catholic Patriotic Association, as the state-backed church is known, and have been punished as a result.BLURRED LINESChina says there are six million Catholics in the country, across 98 officially approved dioceses. The Holy Spirit Study Centre, run by the diocese of Hong Kong, estimates that there are 10 million believers spread over 144 dioceses.Such discrepancies have been the subject of closed-door negotiations for more than a decade between Beijing and the Vatican, which wants to preserve and expand the Catholic community in China.The Vatican went ahead with the provisional deal, despite it failing to address some outstanding points of contention, because it feared the two Churches would split even further apart, resulting in a schism that would become irreparable, Vatican sources told ReutersAt four recent services attended by Reuters journalists, three official and one at an “underground” church, there was little that was discernibly different between those at churches loyal to Beijing or the Vatican.Donglu is now run under the leadership of Bishop An Shuxin, who had been an “underground” coadjutor bishop alongside Su, meaning he had been granted right of succession by the Vatican.An was also detained in the 1996 crackdown but reappeared a decade later, and in 2009 announced he had joined the Patriotic Association. In 2010, he became the officially recognised bishop of Baoding diocese, where Donglu is located.An declined to be interviewed when contacted by Reuters, citing health problems.For Diao, the village priest, An’s experience and that of the local Church in Donglu represents hope for an end to the divisions that have riven the church in China since Beijing in 1951 cut ties with the Vatican and banished its diplomatic mission.“These divisions are made by people who want to say they have more faith than others,” Diao told Reuters during an interview in Donglu church, built in 1992 to replace the original shrine destroyed by Japanese bombers during World War Two.“If people have faith, then they have faith. That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t also follow the law.”The church remains one of China’s most important Catholic pilgrimate sites and thousands travel there every May to celebrate a claimed miraculous appearance of the Vigin Mary in 1900.A depiction of Our Lady of China and the Baby Jesus, a painted image of a Chinese woman holding a baby, both dressed in the yellow imperial robes of the Qing dynasty, which ruled China until 1912, hangs in the church.Since 2012, Chinese President Xi Jinping has overseen a tightening of restrictions on religious belief in China, with Muslims and Christians being targeted most.Regular weekend classes and week-long summer camps for children at one church had been cancelled by the authorities over the summer, one underground priest from a village near Hebei’s Zhangjiakou city said, declining to be named for fear of retribution from the authorities.In light of the Vatican deal, he preached patience and acceptance of government restrictions: “I told my parishioners, this is not about the millions of us who already believe; it is about those who do not yet believe. We must have the foresight to think about how to let them find faith.”FRAGILE ACCORDThe deal between Beijing and the Vatican was struck without resolution of some long-held Church concerns over clerics in detention, Catholic Church sources familiar with the substance of the deal have told Reuters.As part of the deal, the Vatican approved seven excommunicated Patriotic Association bishops ordained without church approval, meaning all Beijing-approved Bishops have now been accepted by the Holy See.It is unclear what, if any, immediate change the deal made for Beijing’s attitude towards China’s approximately 30 underground bishops, whose uncertain fate could still scupper the accord, said Yang Fenggang, a professor at Purdue University in the United States specialising in religion in China.“This is a baby step and the relationship looks very fragile,” he said.However, the acceptance of government-backed bishops by the Holy See had already started to blur the lines, as more bishops were seen as both Vatican and Beijing-approved, he added.Wang Meixiu, an expert on China-Vatican relations at the state-affiliated Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said for the agreement to move forward the pope will have to call for unofficial churches to “abandon former hatred” and be good citizens.“The eyes of the government are still on those churches that have not registered and those underground clerics that have not been approved,” she said.
Explore further © 2014 Phys.org More information: Carbon Storage in Basalt, Science 25 April 2014: Vol. 344 no. 6182 pp. 373-374. DOI: 10.1126/science.1250828AbstractAll the carbon in the atmosphere, living creatures, and dissolved in the oceans is derived from rocks and will eventually end up in rocks, the largest carbon reservoir on Earth. The carbon moves from one reservoir to another in what is called the carbon cycle. Humans have accelerated this cycle by mining and burning fossil fuel since the beginning of the industrial revolution, causing rising atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations that are the main cause of global warming. One option for mitigating high levels of global warming is to capture CO2 and safely store it for thousands of years or longer in subsurface rocks. By accelerating carbonate mineral formation in these rocks, it is possible to rebalance the global carbon cycle, providing a long-term carbon storage solution. However, this approach is both technically challenging and economically expensive. CO2 source at the Hellisheidi power plant. Credit: Sigurdur R. Gislason Regardless of the problems, it appears likely that the cost of storing carbon dioxide in such fashion (or others like it) will likely become relatively smaller as the costs of dealing with rising temperatures and sea levels increases, which hopefully, will cause more such efforts to come about. As the planet continues to warm due to greenhouse gases (mainly CO2) captured in the atmosphere, scientists focus on two main approaches to solving the problem: stopping (or at least slowing) the addition of new gasses into the atmosphere, or devising techniques to remove the gasses already there. In this new effort, the researchers are focused on the latter approach.Most of the press dedicated to global warming to date has been focused on ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Sadly, that approach hasn’t had the desired impact. Because of that governments and organizations are increasingly turning to CCS technology. Just this past week the U.N. issued a climate report which highlighted the necessity of putting more effort into removing gasses to slow the massive costs of the expected average rise in global temperatures in the near future. The problem with pulling carbon out of the air is where to put it—pushing it into the ground is both expensive and risky—geologic activity, such as earthquakes could cause fissures allowing the gas to seep back out into the atmosphere. This is where the researchers in Iceland come in—they’ve been dissolving carbon dioxide into water (from a geothermal plant) and pumping the mixture into basalt formations (that came about due to volcanic activity) underground. Over time, the carbon reacts with calcium, magnesium and iron in the basalt and forms carbonate minerals such as limestone. Scientists have known about this process for some time, but until now, didn’t realize it could happen so quickly. The researchers report that approximately 80 percent of the carbon became embedded in the minerals over the span of just one year. The down side is that it takes a lot of water—up to twenty times as much as the carbon dioxide. Another problem could be pulling the carbon dioxide out of the air, and perhaps having to transport it to a sequestration site. There is also the difficulty of finding the right kind of basalt—it has to be porous. Citation: Researchers find carbon reactions with basalt can form carbonate minerals faster than thought (2014, April 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-04-carbon-reactions-basalt-carbonate-minerals.html Journal information: Science 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. Storing carbon dioxide deep underground in rock form The CarbFix injection site, March 2011. Credit: Sigurdur R. Gislason] (Phys.org) —A pair of researchers, one with the Institute of Earth Sciences at the University of Iceland, the other with University College in London, has found that mixing carbon dioxide with water and pumping it into underground basalt formations in Iceland has resulted in 80 percent of the carbon being sequestered into carbonate materials within one year’s time. In their paper published in the journal Science, Sigurdur Gislason and Eric Oelkers suggest their method of carbon sequestering may prove a feasible approach to carbon capture and storage (CCS).
Kolkata: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) deposited jewellery and cash that was seized from the house and flat of former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh, to Ghatal Sub-Divisional Court on Tuesday.The CID had initiated a probe on the basis of a complaint lodged with Daspur police station against some police officers, including the then West Midnapore SP Bharati Ghosh, on alleged charges of extortion.It may be recalled that the CID officers had moved before the Midnapore Court on September 3, with a plea seeking permission to deposit the seized jewellery and cash to the court. The court had directed officers of the investigating agency to deposit the same with Ghatal Sub-Divisional Court by September 11. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeOn Tuesday morning, CID officers were found reaching Ghatal Sub-Divisional Court with five trunks in a police van.It may be recalled that the CID had filed a chargesheetin connection with the case before Ghatal Court in West Midnapore on June 29. There were names of nine people including Ghosh in the chargesheet.Ghosh and her bodyguard Sujit Mondal were shown as absconding by the CID in the chargesheet. A few days ago, Mondal had managed to escape from the custody of Mumbai Police.