Daily Postcard: Terrain awash in pastel colors recently in White Rock. Photo by VaLynn Purvis
Daily Postcard: Terrain awash in pastel colors recently in White Rock. Photo by VaLynn Purvis
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Attorney Wayne Golding Plans to move program to GuyanaThe Jamaican Diaspora Advisory board has continued their outreach efforts for Jamaican deportees, picking up 14 more cases for U.S. reentryAdvisory Board members and attorneys Wayne Golding and Joan Pinnock offered free council with over 350 deportees at a recent session in Kingston at the Jamaica Theological Seminary. The attorneys were assisted by attorney Cecil Rowe from New York, Seminary president Dr. Garnett Roper and founder of the Family Unification Resettlement Initiative Carneta Abarus. Golding said despite the “marathon forum,” the team was able to review each deportee’s case, with some participants traveling from as far as Negril by bus.The 14 individuals identified for possible reinstatement in the U.S. “derived citizenship from their parents,” said Golding. “And numerous other deportees were identified, whose cases have developed relevance because of changes in the interpretation of U.S. immigration law.”The program is in response to data collected at the recent Jamaica Diaspora Conference, showing a majority of deportees were removed for various criminal offenses, but those offenses were not necessarily permanent bars to returning to the U.S. legally.“Deportation from the U.S. has had a devastating effect on Jamaican families, and has led to some deportees illegally returning to the U.S. only to be imprisoned up to twenty years for the offense,” notes Golding. “Some individuals have even died attempting to return to the U.S. illegally.”The popularity of the Board’s initiative has grown to such an extent that the attorneys have been invited to meet with deportees in Guyana later this week. They also are scheduled to return to Jamaica to hold another forum next January.“The success of these forums will effectively afford the Jamaica Diaspora the opportunity to form partnerships in and outside Jamaica,” says Golding. “So we can address U.S. immigration policies affecting Caribbean families.”
As the world officially remembers the genocidal murder of 800,000 Rwandans in 1994, United Nations leaders warn that ethnic cleansing and mass atrocities continue to blight humanity and call for sharper action to prevent such violations in the future.Twenty-four years ago, on 7 April, ethnic Hutus in Rwanda began the frenzied slaughter of Tutsis, moderate Hutus and others in what is widely regarded as one of the darkest episodes in recent history.In memory of the Rwandan victims – and as a sombre reminder of the international community’s failure to intervene – the UN observes 7 April every year as an “international day of reflection.”“Today we remember all those who were murdered and reflect on the suffering of the survivors, who have shown that reconciliation is possible, even after a tragedy of such monumental proportions,” said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a message for the grim anniversary.“Rwanda has learned from its tragedy; so must the international community,” Mr. Guterres said, expressing concern about “the rise of racism, hate speech and xenophobia around the world.”The UN will hold a commemorative ceremony on the Rwandan genocide at its New York Headquarters on 13 April on the theme “Remember, Unite, Renew.”
Emerson Network Power has appointed Con-Tek Marketing (CTM) to represent Emerson Connectivity Solutions’ Midwest Microwave and Semflex product lines in Utah, Wyoming and Colorado, effective February 1, 2014. This territory was previously covered by RF Marketing and after a long and successful tenure as a manufacturer’s representative for Emerson Network Power Connectivity Solutions, Mr. Costy Haddad; sole proprietor of RF Marketing, has decided to retire. Everyone at Emerson wishes Costy the very best in his retirement.
Blighter Surveillance Systems, a British designer and manufacturer of electronic-scanning (e-scan) radars and surveillance solutions, has partnered with Genetec, a leading technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations and business intelligence, to integrate its range of Blighter ground surveillance radars with Genetec Security Center, the company’s flagship unified IP security platform.This integration enables airports to ‘fold-in’ the wide area surveillance capability provided by Blighter’s range of radars, super-charging situational awareness in their existing command and control (C2) systems to deliver round the clock surveillance in all weather and light conditions. The collaboration will also enable the Blighter radar and target tracking data to be shared across Genetec’s other decision management and support systems as well as with its collaborative digital management solution, Genetec Clearance.This integration will make it easier to introduce Blighter’s maintenance free solid-state micro-Doppler radars and tracker into airports providing improved situational awareness but without adding to the complexity of installed systems.Another benefit of the Blighter/Security Center integration is the ability to create Dynamic Virtual (non-physical) Perimeters across an airport site. This is helpful for providing CZ/RZ (controlled zone/restricted zone) separation monitoring but it is particularly useful for the many airports undergoing expansion or enhancement projects. The ability to build Dynamic Virtual Perimeters around work areas is hugely attractive both as a cost-saving measure and as a means of reducing disruption inside an operating area that is already very crowded and busy.Genetec Security Center is a unified security platform that blends IP security systems within a single intuitive interface to simplify operations. From access control, video surveillance, and automatic license plate recognition to communications, intrusion detection, and analytics, Security Center provides enhanced situational awareness, unified command and control, and connectivity to the Cloud.Blighter’s passive electronically scanned array (PESA) radars, featuring Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) micro-Doppler fast scan capability, perform well in cluttered airport environments, detecting small and slow-moving targets with minimal false alarms. The radars deliver a 24x7x365 all-weather persistent surveillance capability.The Blighter B400 series radar is most popular for airports, as it can detect and track a person walking at a distance of 11 km (6.8 miles), a person crawling at 4.6 km (2.9 miles) or a large moving vehicle at 25 km (15.5 miles) and then cue a camera system to follow and identify the targets. The Blighter radar can be mounted high up on existing airport infrastructure thereby minimising installation costs and maximising surveillance as the radar can see over obstacles including aircraft and vehicles.
While the world eagerly waits to use the full potential of 5G cellular technology, researchers are now already working on technologies for the next generation of wireless data transmission – “6G”. The sixth generation update is expected to have far higher transmission rates and shorter delays than 5G, and also an increased device density, with artificial intelligence (AI) playing an important role. But on the way towards the sixth generation cellular network, many challenges have to be mastered regarding both individual components and their interaction.Future wireless data networks will have to reach higher transmission rates and shorter delays, while supplying an increasing number of end devices. For this purpose, network structures consisting of many small radio cells will be required. To connect these cells, high-performance transmission lines at high frequencies up to the terahertz range will be needed. Moreover, seamless connection to glass fiber networks must be ensured, if possible. Addressing the challenge, researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), as published in the journal Nature Photonics, have used ultra-rapid electro-optical modulators to convert terahertz data signals into optical signals.The next generation of wireless networks will consist of a number of small radio cells to quickly and efficiently transmit large data volumes. These cells will be connected by transmission lines, which can handle tens or even hundreds of gigabits per second per link. The necessary frequencies are in the terahertz range, i.e. between microwaves and infrared radiation in the electromagnetic spectrum. In addition, wireless transmission paths have to be seamlessly connected to glass fiber networks. In this way, the advantages of both technologies, i.e. high capacity and reliability as well as mobility and flexibility, will be combined.Scientists of the KIT Institutes of Photonics and Quantum Electronics (IPQ), Microstructure Technology (IMT), and Radio Frequency Engineering and Electronics (IHE) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF, Freiburg, have now developed a promising approach to converting data streams between the terahertz and optical domains. As reported in Nature Photonics, they use ultra-rapid electro-optical modulators to directly convert a terahertz data signal into an optical signal and to directly couple the receiver antenna to a glass fiber.In their experiment, the scientists selected a carrier frequency of about 0.29 THz and reached a transmission rate of 50 Gbit/s. According to Professor Christian Koos, Head of IPQ and Member of the Board of Directors of IMT, the modulator is based on a plasmonic nanostructure and has a bandwidth of more than 0.36 THz. The results reveal the great potential of nano-photonic components for ultra-rapid signal processing. The concept demonstrated by the researchers will considerably reduce the technical complexity of future radio base stations and enable terahertz connections with very high data rates – several hundred gigabits per second are feasible.Click here to read the published paper.
By KEVIN TEME PNG Sprint sensation Nelson Stone has been a role model to many aspiring sports men and women in the country. His achievement in his career as an athlete speaks volumes even being crowned the gold medalist in various international championships including Pacific Games. But something for sure Stone loves to do is giving back his time and effort in helping youths in his Tokarara suburb and other suburbs in Moresby West. Seeing sports as a tool for change, the PNG sprinter has given his time to the youths and his efforts has been recognised by the Port Moresby Suburban Sports Association by appointing him as the head coach of the Suburban Ducks in the Southern Confederation’s Zone trials currently underway in Port Moresby. Stone is also the head coach for the Tokarara Newst Rugby League. Stone has being given the opportunity to showcase his coaching talent when he leads Port Moresby Suburban select side for the Southern Confederation Selection trials which will kick off this weekend for the Men’s A grade division. Meanwhile the Port Moresby Suburban select side known as the Suburban Ducks which was named this week has; Simon Piyo, Zechamah Elpa Greg Kapia Walter Mirupasi Simon Lari Alex Amos Nelson Kapi Olape Kaloma Henny Kepas Paul Amil Reiyo Rex Joe Timbi Michael Chris Kopran Ali May Poiya Jethro Anga Elizah Aiyo Kondie Tape Lian Pangu Elizah Kutz Jonah Hokira Francis Nest Joel Palus Stone is the head coach while his assistant is Juda John and the team trainer is Michael Mini and Sosla Gaegae is the team manager. The men’s competition is set to start this Sunday.