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PREMIUMCustoms and excise office adopts blockchain tech to cut logistics costs

first_imgLog in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? Topics : Google Indonesia ibm Maersk TradeLense customs-and-excise logistics shipping-industry blockchain Facebook The Directorate General of Customs and Excise has adopted blockchain technology for information sharing in an effort to reduce shipping costs and eliminate inefficiency resulting from paper-based processes.The directorate general announced on Tuesday that it was using IBM and Maersk’s TradeLense–one of the most popular open supply chain platforms based on blockchain technology that enables real-time end-to-end information sharing and collaboration.The office’s information and technology director, Agus Sudarmadi, said a digital transformation was needed to bring down logistics costs and ease document processing at the customs and excise directorate general.“This technology allows us to use single documentation where everyone involved in the supply chain can see the data,” he said during a press conference on digital transformation. “As such, there … Linkedinlast_img read more

Molo’s No. 5 most wanted person falls

first_imgThe suspect was detained in the lockupfacility of the Molo police station. No bail bond was recommended for histemporary liberty./PN ILOILO City – Police arrested a mantagged as the No. 5 most wanted person in the police station of Molo district. Paracio – resident of Barangay SanJuan, Molo district – faces murder and frustrated murder charges. center_img His apprehension was staged on thestrength of an arrest warrant issued by Judge Juana Judita Panigbatan-Nafareteof the Regional Trial Court dated May 18, 2018. The 25-year Ernie Jude Paracio wascaught in Barangay Buray, Oton, Iloilo around 9:30 a.m. on March 11, a policereport showed.  last_img read more

Citizens Action Coalition to begin door-to-door activities Monday

first_imgFranklin County, In. — The Citizens Action Coalition will begin door-to-door fundraising and political outreach activities on Monday, July 23. Members will contact residents at their homes between 4 and 9 p.m.Local officials want residents to know the efforts of the group are legitimate.last_img

‘It’s time we be heard before it’s too late’ – Falcarragh residents to meet tonight

first_imgA public meeting is planned in Falcarragh tonight to discuss the water supply issues in the parish of Cloughaneely.Organisers of the meeting have confirmed that it will proceed as planned, following yesterday’s announcement by Irish Water that they have secured funding to fast-track upgrade works.Meeting chairperson Michael Mc Clafferty says it’s important that local voices are heard: “It’s time we, the community came together and be heard before it’s too late, both for ourselves and the whole area in general, the young the old sick vulnerable and all local employment and businesses.” The meeting will be held at 8pm in Falcarragh Parish Hall this Friday night.Irish Water has confirmed that funding has been allocated to replace a section of pipe in the Falcarragh/Gortahork area that is prone to frequent bursts.The reason for the recent disruption to water supply in the area was put down to the existing pipework, which is asbestos concrete, a common pipe material used in the 1980s which tends to burst quite frequently as the pipes reach the end of their life cycle.In a statement yesterday, Irish Water said they have reprioritised water mains replacement work in Donegal to bring this project to the top of their list. ‘It’s time we be heard before it’s too late’ – Falcarragh residents to meet tonight was last modified: May 3rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

Judge Rules ID Unconstitutional

first_imgJudge John E. Jones III gave his ruling on the Dover school board case in favor of the plaintiffs, as expected.  His wording against the board was strident, even accusing them of lying about their religious motives for including intelligent design (ID) as an alternative to evolution.  He spoke of the “breathtaking inanity” of the school board’s policy, and claimed the citizens of the Dover area were “poorly served” by the members of the board who voted for the ID policy that required a statement be read by school administrators in biology classes disclaiming evolution as a fact and mentioning an alternative text that would be available for interested students.  “We conclude that the religious nature of ID would be readily apparent to an objective observer, adult or child,” the judge said.  MSNBC News reported:Jones blasted the disclaimer, saying it “singles out the theory of evolution for special treatment, misrepresents its status in the scientific community, causes students to doubt its validity without scientific justification, presents students with a religious alternative masquerading as a scientific theory, directs them to consult a creationist text as though it were a science resource and instructs students to forgo scientific inquiry in the public school classroom and instead to seek out religious instruction elsewhere.”   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)(See also LiveScience.)  Judge Jones clearly embraced all the arguments of the plaintiffs and their witnesses, lawyers and scientists, and accepted none of those on the other side.  He tried to pre-empt claims that his ruling would be viewed as “the product of an activist judge” by claiming the only activists were the members of the Dover school board.  Bill O’Reilly on Fox News didn’t hesitate to accuse him of being an activist judge, shaking his head in disbelief at the ruling, as did his guest Judge Napolitano: now, just mentioning the idea of a designer in a public school class, without specifying anything about said designer, without requiring any testing or assignments on it, but just informing students that an alternative theory exists, is unconstitutional.  The Fox News segment mentioned that Jones is a Republican appointed by President Bush.  It also noted that Jones added insult to injury by forcing the defendants to pay all the plaintiff’s legal bills, probably astronomical, a move which will likely have a chilling effect on other school boards wanting to test the waters on intelligent design.  It is also unlikely this ruling will be appealed, since the board members who instituted the policy were voted out of office in last month’s election (11/09/2005).  That also means the ruling will remain limited to the central Pennsylvania district where the trial occurred.    The Discovery Institute was quick to respond, calling the ruling a “futile attempt to censor science education.”  Articles by Jonathan Witt and John West soon followed; the very one-sided ruling is bound to generate a great deal of polarized commentary.  Access Research Network found it surprising that the ruling not only prohibited offering ID as an alternative to evolution, but even made it unconstitutional to criticize evolution in any way: “To preserve the separation of church and state mandated by the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution,” the ruling stated, “we will enter an order permanently enjoining Defendants from maintaining the ID Policy in any school within the Dover Area School District, from requiring teachers to denigrate or disparage the scientific theory of evolution, and from requiring teachers to refer to a religious, alternative theory known as ID.”  Leaders in the ID movement see the Dover trial as a poor test case that will probably not be the last.    See also the Fox News report and a commentary on it by Tom Magnuson at Access Research Network.Given the nature of the case, a ruling in favor of the board would have been surprising.  But Jones went overboard; his ruling is so full of bluster and emotion, it sounds like another bluffing shout before the dying gasp of the materialists wanting to maintain their stranglehold on education and to police student brains against entertaining doubts about the authority of Pope Charlie, a shriek by the wicked witch threatening death to her captives before the water of scientific evidence makes her melt away.  Undoubtedly Jones did not want to soil his reputation among the scientific elitists.  Now he can continue to party with his liberal friends without them calling him the judge that destroyed science.  He may have rescued his reputation for the short term, but in the long term of history, his ruling may well be cited as the epitome of activism, of judicial meddling in science and philosophy.    Already, columnists like Dennis Byrne in the Chicago Tribune are wondering, “what is so scary about intelligent design?”  What are the DODOs (Darwin Only! Darwin Only!) so afraid of?  If their theory is rock solid, it should stand any scrutiny and critical analysis.  Anything that has to be so protected that no one can even be allowed to consider that alternatives exist is going to look silly in due time.    Perhaps some onlookers will feel pity for the losers, wondering what all the fuss was about, and why it generated so much rancor.  The fuss will continue, and judges can be overruled.  Why?  Politics?  Religious activism?  No: because evidence cannot be suppressed indefinitely.  Remember, in Georgia already, Judge Clarence Cooper’s similar ruling against the disclaimer stickers is being viewed by the appeals court as gratuitous and contrary to the evidence (12/16/2005).  The NCSE may find Jones’s ruling to be a pyrrhic victory.  The important thing is that design in nature is ignoring the decision.  It is so ubiquitous at all scales (see next two entries for examples), it cannot be hidden forever by mountains of rhetoric.  The glacier grinds on.(Visited 43 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Lüderitz: desert to deep blue sea

first_imgBetween the desert and the deep blue sea: the Namibian town of Lüderitz, with the Felsenkirche in the foreground. Art nouveau on the edge of the desert: Görke House on Am Diamantberg Street in Lüderitz. The ghost town of Kolmanskop. (Images: Wikimedia Commons) Richard HolmesIn Lüderitz, you’re never far from the desert.Coming in to land at the small international airport the runway is just a thin strip of tarmac, carved out of sand and rock. From the hill near the Felsenkirche, dunes of yellow and orange creep ever closer from the north. And when the south wind blows, which it does most of the time, the dust sweeps in from the Sperrgebiet, whispering of the gems that may still lie hidden.While today Lüderitz relies on the riches from the sea – mainly the “red gold” of prized West Coast rock lobster – it wasn’t so long ago that the desert sands made the Lüderitz buchters, as the townspeople are called, rich beyond their wildest dreams.In 1909, workers laying train tracks to the interior stumbled across diamonds lying loose on the sand, and Namibia’s diamond rush began. In the nearby town of Pomona, the legend goes that under the glow of a full moon the valley floor sparkled with the precious stones.There are still diamonds being sifted from the shifting sands, but today the dunes for kilometres around Lüderitz are out of bounds. This is the Sperrgebiet, the forbidden mining area where you can look forward to a hefty fine and an intimate interrogation if you’re found trespassing.For a taste of the harsh but profitable life that once flourished in the desert, most visitors head for Kolmanskop, the most accessible ghost town in the region. With the rush for diamonds it became one of the wealthiest towns in Africa, boasting opera theatres visited by European stars and hilltop swimming pools for the residents.There was so much money to be spent that drinking water for thirsty miners was shipped all the way from Cape Town. Kolmanskop was even home to the first X-ray machine in Africa, allegedly to keep an eye on any diamonds leaving the Sperregebiet illicitly.There are worthwhile guided tours of Kolmanskop at 9:30 am and 11 am Monday to Saturday (grab a delicious scone at the tea-room beforehand), but it is well worth allowing yourself a few hours to explore on your own.Wandering down rows of abandoned houses it’s easy to imagine the lives once lived here. Vacant doorways and windowless frames provide a glimpse into houses where bedroom doors lie anchored in the sand. The wind whistles through hallways and once-opulent wallpaper peels away in long desiccated strips. There may not be real ghosts in Kolmanskop, but the spirit of the town certainly lives on.Back in Lüderitz, for a taste of the riches the area once enjoyed, it’s worth strolling through the delightful Görke House on Am Diamantberg Street.As the inspector of mines, Hans Görke was a powerful man in Lüderitz. His mansion is a fine example of the elegant art nouveau style that found an unlikely home on the edge of the Namib Desert. The house is open daily for visitors and the stained glass windows on the stairway are alone worth the visit.A few steps from Görke House is perhaps the best place to get a sense of the town.The Felsenkirche has gazed out over Lüderitz since 1912, when it was built by the diamond-flush German aristocracy of the time. Thick walls keep the relentless wind at bay and the bright sunlight streams through the soaring stained glass windows.To the right Martin Luther gazes down at the faithful, while to the east Jesus appears to be saving a wrecked fisherman. A fitting blessing for a town whose fortune now relies on the sea’s bounty.The church is only open for an hour each afternoon (check the church door for times), and the sound of sermons is rarely heard here now. A minister from Swakopmund or Windhoek, some five hours to the north, visits just once a month.Step outside and wander up the hill to your right to enjoy the spectacular views over the town. The rows of brightly coloured houses wander towards the new waterfront development; the harbour bustles with deep-sea fishing boats while the dunes of the distant desert creep ever closer. Across the bay, Agate Beach is a popular spot for weekend barbecues and long lonely walks.If lonely windswept coast is what you’re after, you’ve come to the right place.Diaz Point is at the end of a wonderful 65-kilometre circular drive that runs close to the Sperrgebiet to the south. Follow the good gravel road past Radford Bay to Second Lagoon – known as one of the country’s best bird-watching spots. You’ll find curly sandpipers, grey lapwings, flamingos and myriad waders here at various times of the year. Further on, Grossebucht (Big Bay) is home to a breeding colony of the endangered Damara tern.The road runs along a crenulated coastline of buchts and fjords until finally delivering you to Diaz Point, where a replica cross marks the spot where Bartolomeu Dias erected a padrão on his homeward voyage to Portugal in 1488 after rounding the Cape of Good Hope. It’s a wild, dramatic corner of this remote Namibian coastline, and one can only wonder what he must have thought of this untamed landscape.As it turned out, Dias hoisted sails and made his way back to Europe. It wasn’t until one Adolf Lüderitz stepped ashore in 1883 that the town’s long history of European influence really began.Lüderitz is certainly no place for softies. It’s seen its fortunes wax and wane, forever battling the desert and the elements, but sandwiched between the desert and the deep blue sea this hardy seaside town is, surely, a diamond in the rough.Travel advisory Where to stay: The upmarket Nest Hotel is the best place to stay in Lüderitz or you can choose from a range of B&Bs. Sightseeing: Lüderitz Safaris and Tours in Bismarck Street is your best bet for airport transfers, tours and information on activities. Call 0264 63 202 719 to find out more. Flights: Air Namibia flies daily from Cape Town and Johannesburg to Windhoek, with connections to Lüderitz. There are also direct flights from Cape Town to Lüderitz six times per week. Call +27 11 978 5055. Web: Go to the Namibia Tourism Board or call them on +27 11 785 4626 or +27 21 422 3298.last_img read more

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Congress sweeps Nanded civic polls

first_imgThe Congress today made a clean sweep in the Nanded-Waghala municipal corporation elections, winning 49 of the 54 seats for which results were declared. Results for 54 seats, out of the total 81, have been declared so far. Nanded is Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan’s home turf and it saw an aggressive campaign, with BJP making all efforts to wrest control of the civic body. The campaign for the polls witnessed a bitter war of words among the Congress, BJP and Shiv Sena. Of the results declared so far, BJP has won three, while Shiv Sena is placed a distant third, winning a solitary seat. The results indicate a rout of the AIMIM, which had around a dozen corporators in the outgoing body. The Congress has 41 members in the outgoing civic body, followed by 14 corporators of the Shiv Sena, 11 of the AIMIM and Nationalist Congress Party’s 10. The municipal corporation of Nanded has been ruled by the Congress, since it came into existence two decades ago. The BJP won 12 of the 16 civic bodies, for which polls were held this year, expanding its footprint in Maharashtra’s urban areas.last_img read more

Bengal BJP chief changes residence after new threat

first_imgWest Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh’s residence was changed on Thursday to make room for new security arrangements, following inputs regarding a life-threatening attack on him by some “foreign agents”.The leader, who currently has Y-plus category security, however, said he has not received any formal intimation regarding upgrading it to Z category.“I have changed the residence to a ‘broader’ place. The infrastructure of the previous house was inadequate. There were also issues related to connectivity and car parking. Hence, my residence has been changed to make room for more personnel if the security is enhanced,” Mr. Ghosh told reporters here.“My car has been attacked more than 50 times in the last few years. I have also been assaulted multiple times. Now, there is a new report that a conspiracy has been hatched to kill me using foreign agents. We have informed the authority concerned in the government regarding the same. They are taking necessary actions,” he added.last_img read more

Carlo Biado wins PH’s 2nd gold in pool

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Biado beat Vietnamese Duong Quoc Hoang, 9-5,in the championship round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Thrilling win for Centeno: ‘I thought I lost the gold’ Carlo Biado of the Philippines competes against Duong Quoc Hoang of Vietnam in the finals of men’s 9-ball singles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games billiards competition at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. Biado prevailed, 9-5, to clinch the gold medal.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLThe Philippines pocketed another gold medal in pool after Carlo Biado ruled the men’s 9-ball event in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Sunday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.This is the Philippines’ second gold medal in billiards after Chezka Centeno triumphed over Rubilen Amit in women’s 9-ball. ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more