In Pictures: Calls to repair dangerous cemetery wall in Timahoe

first_imgHome News In Pictures: Calls to repair dangerous cemetery wall in Timahoe News Twitter Twitter Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest By Sarah Cullen – 12th December 2018 Plans to repair a dangerous wall that could topple and overturn headstones at Timahoe cemetrey have been prioristed for early next year.The graveyard’s perimeter wall, which has been examined by Laois County Council, in such dangerous condition that it is causing concern for visitor’s safety.Cllr Paschal McEvoy asked for an update on repair plans at the latest meeting of Graiguecullen-Portarlington Municipal District.Cllr McEvoy previously highlighted the need for safety works last April, when he was told that the perimeter wall in Timahoe graveyard would be included in the council’s ‘prioritized works schedule’ for cemeteries across Laois.At he time, he warned: “It’s an old stone wall and it is definitely going to fall.“If it is not looked after and it falls, it will cause thousands of euros worth of damage to headstones.”Highlighting the issue again at the November council meeting, cllr McEvoy stressed that the wall is in a “very dangerous state” and should be repaired as soon as possible.In a written reply, senior environment engineer Orla Barrett said works to secure the perimeter wall at Timahoe cemetery had been prioritized for 2019. Council Community WhatsApp In Pictures: Calls to repair dangerous cemetery wall in Timahoecenter_img Pinterest Facebook Previous articleIn Pictures: Ballyroan 10 mile and Santa Fun Run a huge successNext articleDeaths in Laois – Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Sarah Cullenhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSarah Cullen is a Journalism and New Media graduate from the University of Limerick. A Portlaoise native, she is happiest when tweeting and talking about dogs. SEE ALSO – WATCH: Little Laois girl makes plea for funds for the organisation that saved her life Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Community WhatsApp Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ TAGSTimahoe Cemetery last_img read more

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AMF creates fintech working group

first_img Keywords FintechCompanies Autorité des marchés financiers Rise of fintech includes many future risks, FSB says Related news James Langton The Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) on Monday announced the creation of a fintech working group. “The group’s primary mandate is to analyze technological innovations in the financial sector and anticipate regulatory and consumer protection issues,” the announcement from the Quebec securities regulator says. The fintech working group will also be engaging with both the industry and consumer groups to gain their perspective on these emerging issues. The unit is expected to “make recommendations about the ability of the current regulatory framework to support changes in commercial practices, business models and financial sector technologies while ensuring a solid balance between consumer protection and market efficiency,” the AMF adds. “The creation of the fintech working group further demonstrates the AMF’s resolve to serve as a go-to point of contact and reference for all industry stakeholders interested in financial sector technological innovations,” says Louis Morisset, AMF president and CEO, in a statement. “We want to broaden our understanding to ensure that over time, the regulatory environment in Quebec adequately addresses the many challenges and issues raised by fintech,” he adds. Photo copyright: rawpixel/123RF Fintechs elude official statistics: BIS ESMA launches digital finance consultation Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Regulators must avert looming irrelevance: IAPlast_img read more

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Chancellor invites nominations for the 2021 Hazel Barnes Prize

first_imgThe nominator must succinctly address the relationship between these two professional responsibilities of faculty and show the apparent impact that the nominee has had on students, faculty, colleagues and the university. Reference letters supporting the nomination also must address this key interaction.A faculty member may be nominated no more than three times during their career at CU Boulder.How to submit a nominationThe nomination packet should be supplied as documents in PDF format with bookmarks to allow the selection committee to access different sections easily. This packet can be emailed to [email protected], brought to the chancellor’s office at 914 Broadway on a flash drive, or mailed to Office of the Chancellor (attn. Carole Capsalis), 914 Broadway, 17 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0017. Questions may be directed to Capsalis at 303-492-0318.The nomination packet must include the following:A letter of nomination that addresses the focus of the award.Four to seven letters from persons both within and outside the University of Colorado who can evaluate the applicant’s contributions (letters from friends of the nominee also may be included).A curriculum vitae of the nominee, up to 20 pages.FCQs of the nominee for the last seven years—please provide the summary sheet onlyStudent letters (4-6 total) supporting the nominee’s outstanding teaching record are encouraged to strengthen the nomination. These can include graduate, undergraduate, current and alums.Reprints of the five most important publications of the nominee, two of the applicants most important books or examples of creative work, artistic endeavors, musical and or theatrical performances, etc., of the nominee. The nominator should highlight the scholarly contributions of the research or creative work.The most thoughtful preparation of the file will consist of a scrupulous adherence to the stated criteria of the award, which will significantly influence how the committee reads the file and therefore will consequently affect the outcome of the competition.The recipient of the 2021 Hazel Barnes Prize will receive an engraved university medal and a monetary prize of $20,000. The winner will be announced in March 2021. Get more information on past recipients of the Hazel Barnes Prize.Categories:Deadlines & AnnouncementsNominationsCampus Community Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Dec. 4, 2020 Nominations are now being accepted for the 2021 Hazel Barnes Prize. The deadline for nominations is March 5, 2021.The Hazel Barnes Prize is one of the most prestigious awards at the University of Colorado Boulder and focuses on the enriching relationship that occurs between teaching and research. Nominees should be regionally and nationally recognized, tenured faculty members who are outstanding teachers and who have highly distinguished records in research and scholarship over a substantial period of time at CU Boulder.last_img read more

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Roger Clarke Hailed for Dedication to Agriculture and Rural Development

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Roger Clarke Hailed for Dedication to Agriculture and Rural Development ParliamentSeptember 15, 2014Written by: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker Advertisements RelatedPM Leads House Tribute to Roger Clarke RelatedDouble Digit Reduction in Major Crimescenter_img Story HighlightsMembers of the Upper House paid tribute to the late Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, on September 12, remembering him as “an exceptional Jamaican”.Minister Clarke died on August 28, while returning to the island from the United States, where he had gone for back surgery.Government Senator and President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Senator Norman Grant, said the late Agriculture Minister will be remembered as a man completely dedicated to public service. Members of the Upper House paid tribute to the late Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, on September 12, remembering him as “an exceptional Jamaican”.Minister Clarke died on August 28, while returning to the island from the United States, where he had gone for back surgery.Government Senator and President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Senator Norman Grant, said the late Agriculture Minister will be remembered as a man completely dedicated to public service, agricultural expansion and integrated rural development.“He was a defender of the powerless, a hard working and committed Parliamentarian, stalwart, and of course, an agricultural hero and a champion farmer,” Mr. Grant said.The JAS President said Jamaica has lost a true veteran leader, who worked for the greater good of those he served – the farmers and the people of Jamaica.He further said Minister Clarke’s policies and programmes provided the foundation for national growth and advancement, evidenced by his leading the recovery of the agricultural sector, following the ravages of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.“Under his leadership, the agricultural sector grew in the third and fourth quarters of 2013 to record 0.8 per cent growth for the calendar year 2013, and the momentous growth continued in the first and second quarters of 2014, of just over 20 per cent and 12 per cent, respectively,” he informed.Mr. Grant argued that this level of growth assisted Jamaica in passing five successive reviews, under the International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme.He further pointed out that under Mr. Clarke’s watch, the agricultural sector also continued to employ approximately 200,000 persons representing approximately 20 per cent of the labour force and contributed about seven per cent to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), based on primary production.He noted that Minister Clarke was presented with the JAS Gold Medal for his support to the ‘Grow What We Eat Campaign’, as well as the Denbigh Lifetime Achievement Award for his continued support of the Denbigh Show for over 18 years.For his part, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. A.J. Nicholson, said the late Agricultural Minister was passionate about food security and about reducing the food import bill.Mr. Nicholson said Minister Clarke aimed to improve Jamaica’s competitiveness and to retain the country’s position of being the leading agricultural producer/exporter in the Caribbean.Opposition Senator, Robert Montague, described Mr. Clarke as “a beloved brother”.“Roger Clarke was larger than life. He was affable and funny, yet he was also an intellectual,” he said.Hundreds of Jamaicans have turned up at locations across the island to view Mr. Clarke’s body and pay their final respects to the stalwart parliamentarian.Public viewings have been held at the People’s National Party (PNP) Headquarters, 89 Old Hope Road; the Sharon Baptist Church in Santa Cruz, St. Elizabeth; and the Mannings High School in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland.A wake will also be held this evening (September 12) at Independence Park in Savanna-la-Mar.The official funeral service for the late Minister will be held on Saturday, September 13 at the St. George’s Anglican Church, Savanna-la-Mar.  Interment will follow at a family plot in Glen Islay in Williamsfield. RelatedHouses of Parliament Pay Tribute to Sir Howardlast_img read more

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Chiefs-Rams game moved from Mexico City to LA due to field

first_imgTags :apChiefsnflramsshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentA Twisted Christmas CarolVeterans Day, My DaughterYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall9 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson20 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter20 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor20 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press20 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press20 hours ago HomeFeaturedChiefs-Rams game moved from Mexico City to LA due to field Nov. 14, 2018 at 5:00 amFeaturedNewsChiefs-Rams game moved from Mexico City to LA due to fieldAssociated Press3 years agoapChiefsnflrams GREG BEACHAMAP Sports WriterThe NFL moved the Rams’ Monday night showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs from Mexico City to Los Angeles on Tuesday due to the poor condition of the field at Azteca Stadium.The league announced the extraordinary decision six days before one of the most-anticipated regular-season games of the year.In a news release, the league said it determined that the recently re-sodded field at Mexico City’s historic stadium “does not meet NFL standards for playability and consistency, and will not meet those standards by next Monday.”The Rams (9-1) will host the Chiefs (9-1) at the Coliseum instead.The decision creates a morass of logistical concerns for the teams and for fans traveling to Mexico, and it disappoints thousands of fans eager to see a marquee matchup. But the league consulted with the players’ association and local officials before deciding it couldn’t risk the players’ health on a damaged field.“The combination of a difficult rainy season and a heavy multi-event calendar of events at the stadium have resulted in significant damage to the field that presents unnecessary risks to player safety and makes it unsuitable to host an NFL game,” said Mark Waller, the NFL’s executive vice president of international. “As a result, we have determined that moving the game is the right decision, and one that we needed to announce now in order to allow our teams and fans to make alternate arrangements.”Azteca officials changed the playing surface from natural grass to a hybrid in May, but the turf hasn’t been ideal for several months. Concern about the field grew in recent days when aerial photos of the stadium showed serious damage to the grass, particularly on the end of the stadium recently used for a major concert.Cruz Azul, the Liga MX soccer club that shares the stadium with Club America, played a tournament game on the field last Saturday in noticeably poor conditions. Coach Pedro Caixinha expressed concern, and the NFL continued working with groundskeepers to improve the field.Azteca hosted the first regular-season game ever held outside the U.S. in 2005 when Arizona beat San Francisco. The stadium has hosted several NFL exhibitions, and the Oakland Raiders, Houston Texans and New England Patriots all played regular-season games there over the past two seasons.___More AP NFL: www.apnews.com/NFL and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

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New faces enter fray as California recall slowly takes shape

first_imgHomeFeaturedNew faces enter fray as California recall slowly takes shape Jun. 09, 2021 at 6:00 amFeaturedNewsNew faces enter fray as California recall slowly takes shapeGuest Author2 days agofeaturedNews MICHAEL R. BLOOD and KATHLEEN RONAYNE, Associated Press Meanwhile, many voters say they are not paying much attention to the unfolding race, leaving open questions about which way they might turn. The slow push to reopen public schools, an emerging drought that is drying up reservoirs and streams, and the looming wildfire season all pose risks for the incumbent, who was elected in a 2018 landslide. Heatlie said his assistance to Kiley is being done outside of his role with the recall committee, which is barred from coordinating with a candidate. Heatlie said he reached out to Kiley after getting a slew of phone calls from recall volunteers asking if the assemblyman planned to run.  State officials announced in late April that recall organizers had gathered more than the necessary 1.6 million petition signatures to place the election on the ballot, following a preliminary count. That kicked off a lengthy review process.  The list of Republican challengers who have signaled an intention to enter the race is about to top 20, though no consensus front-runner has emerged. State Assemblyman Kevin Kiley this week became the latest to announce he is considering stepping in.  The declaration means California can be reimbursed from the federal government for many of its pandemic-related expenses. But it also gives Newsom the authority to suspend state laws and impose new rules. Since declaring this emergency, Newsom has issued at least 58 executive orders to alter or suspend hundreds of laws because of the virus. Kiley, who is 36 and represents suburbs east of Sacramento, has been one of Newsom’s chief critics in the state capital during the pandemic. Though little known to a broad swath of voters, he is a hero of sorts among the recall’s most fervent organizers and volunteers. “With the lawsuit that he had against the governor, he’s gained a lot of notoriety and he’s gotten a lot of attention,” said Heatlie, a former sheriff’s sergeant who filed the recall petition and led the volunteer signature-collection drive.  Newsom, meanwhile, has regained his footing after seeing his popularity fall at the start of the year amid the worst of the pandemic and criticism over his COVID restrictions for the public and businesses. The first-term governor has since benefited from a sharp decline in cases during the spring and a record-breaking surplus that allows him to bestow billions on favored projects and issues.  Still, just last week he faced another round of criticism for saying he planned to keep an emergency declaration in place even after the state fully reopens its economy next Tuesday. “There’s uncertainty in the future,” he warned. With Kiley’s potential entry into the race, it signals that many Republicans remain underwhelmed with the field so far, which includes businessman John Cox, who Newsom defeated in 2018, former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and reality TV personality and 1976 Olympic decathlon champion Caitlyn Jenner. The recall took root last year, driven largely by public dismay with Newsom’s long-running virus restrictions that shuttered schools and businesses. He sued to stop Newsom’s use of broad emergency powers during the pandemic. A state Superior Court ruled in favor of Kiley, but an appeals court overturned that ruling in May. Kiley and fellow Republican Assemblyman James Gallagher plan to appeal to the state Supreme Court. center_img Recent polling suggests Newsom would beat back the recall; a Republican hasn’t won a statewide race in heavily Democratic California since 2006. But those same surveys reveal signs of an unsettled public: independent voters, for example, tend to view his job performance skeptically and most say the state is going in the wrong direction.  Even now, it’s possible it could take another two months before the recall is certified for the ballot, following various required state financial reviews. Under that scenario, it would push the election into at least October. But given wiggle room in the law, and the potential for more quickly concluding those reviews, that date could come sooner. If voters say yes to the recall, then whoever among the listed candidates gets the most votes becomes the next governor. In the election, voters would be presented with two questions: Should Newsom be recalled? Who should replace him?  Part of the unsettled landscape around the expected election is the result of the state’s time-consuming rules for placing a recall on the ballot.  Earlier this year he released a book called “Recall Newsom: The Case Against America’s Most Corrupt Governor,” and he spoke at dozens of recall rallies and events during the signature-gathering process. Six weeks after California officials announced that Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom would face an almost certain recall election that could drive him from office, the contest continues to be roiled by uncertainty and questions – even the date when it might take place remains unclear. The recall’s chief organizer, Orrin Heatlie, is informally advising Kiley as he ponders a candidacy and said he’s hearing a lot of frustration about the current field, but declined to give specifics. He said he sees opportunity to appeal to many voters by pointing out California’s failures in dealing with the homeless crisis and poverty, high taxes and that under Newsom public school classrooms remained closed through most of the pandemic — all familiar themes for the leading GOP candidates.  Kiley said he has no timeline for deciding when to run and declined to criticize any of the Republican candidates, saying they all share the goal of getting a majority of Californians to support recalling Newsom.  Tuesday marked the deadline for voters to withdraw their signatures from the recall petition, a new addition to the process adopted by Democrats several years ago after a state senator was removed from office. State elections officials will release the official count later, but it is improbable enough signers pulled back to change anything.Tags :featuredNewsshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentCrime WatchCity Council approves new City Manager in Santa MonicaYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall4 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson15 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter15 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor15 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press15 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press15 hours agolast_img read more

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Colombia puts Coltel stake on the market

first_img The Colombian government put its 32.5 per cent stake in Telefonica’s Coltel up for sale for COP2.3 trillion ($791 million), with 1.1 billion shares on offer.Colombia’s finance ministry said in a statement each share will be sold for COP2,075, with the sale process running until 3 October.Telefonica, which owns the remaining 67.5 per cent stake in the operator, first bought a 50 per cent stake in Coltel in 2006 for $369 million.It then increased its stake in 2012, investing an additional $670 million. Coltel operates under the Movistar brand following a merger of Coltel and Movistar Colombia.The shares will initially be available to special interest groups, and will then be extended to local and international investors.Movistar was tipped to have ended Q2 with 15 million connections, placing it as the country’s second largest operator behind America Movil’s Claro.In 2017, Telefonica struck a deal with the country’s government to increase Coltel’s capital to €1.37 billion to pay debt owed to an asset management fund. The company was further hit with an arbitration fine during the year for breaching a government contract for mobile services, which led to another capital increase of €472 million. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 03 AUG 2018 Related Previous ArticlePivotal Commware tips FWA as operator cloud portalNext ArticleFCC confirms rules for first US 5G spectrum auctions Tags Kavit Majithia Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Home Colombia puts Coltel stake on the marketcenter_img MovistarTelefonica Author Luz verde a la fusión entre Telefónica y Liberty Global en el Reino Unido Telefonica bolsters blockchain security Español Telefónica refuerza la seguridad de las cadenas de bloqueslast_img read more

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News / Carrier ‘marriages’ spark fears among rival carriers of being ‘left on the shelf’

first_img The planned operational marriage between the world’s top-three ocean carriers and the extended co-operation between the G6 members have got singleton liner rivals in a spin, scared they will be left on the shelf to compete against the mega-alliances’ vastly better economies of scale.Moreover, as regulatory hurdles look set to be overcome by the P3 and the G6 groupings – providing for a green light for their plans for the second half of the year – both Cosco and CSCL and Evergreen and the CKYH alliance look ready to announce betrothals aimed at bolstering their defences against the expected onslaught.In an announcement to stock exchanges, the two struggling Chinese state-owned carriers said they had signed a “Strategic Co-operation Agreement” to establish a “resource-sharing mechanism in areas of shipping, terminal operation, logistics, shipbuilding and ship repair”.The joint release added: “The agreement will help the two companies achieve advantage, complementation and co-ordinated growth, and be better prepared for industrial changes, so as to improve the influence of Chinese shipping companies in the world shipping industry.” Rumours of a merger between the two unwieldy shipping groups have been around for some time and were intensified by lower-key strategic partnerships on domestic routes – but it was always said that politics would stand in the way of a stronger relationship.But now it would appear that Beijing has knocked the carriers’ heads together and demanded that they co-operate and find synergies or face the tap for their funds for newbuilds being turned off .Meanwhile, Taiwanese carrier Evergreen said in a statement yesterday that it was talking to the CKYH grouping about forming a new alliance with its members: Cosco, K Line, Yang Ming and Hanjin Shipping.A brief comment on frantic market gossip read: “Evergreen is continually reviewing its operational options to better serve customers and increase efficiency of its vessel utilisation.  To this end, we are in negotiation with CKYH to establish a new alliance.“As the negotiation is continuing and no agreements have been signed yet, we are unable to confirm whether Evergreen Line will become a new member of the alliance.”Whether Cosco would continue in the “comprehensive strategic partnership” with its compatriot is now the big question that can probably only be answered in Beijing.And where does this leave the up-and-coming and ambitious UASC, which in collaboration with CSCL has orders at shipyards for ten 19,000teu ships it intends to use in a vessel-sharing agreement?The merry-go-round of carrier economy of scale, alliance jostling is just beginning, so watch this space! By Mike Wackett 19/02/2014last_img read more

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The Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application

first_img LinkedIn 0 Call for Nomination: World Food Prize 2021 Tweet Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development Share 0 Reddit ← The Engineering for Development (E4D) Continuing Education Scholarship Programme Pocket +1 Deadline: 15 June 2019Open to: nominees under the age of 40, actively working in the discipline, research area, position, or on the project(s) for which they are being recognizedBenefits: USD 10,000 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and ApplicationDescriptionThis award will recognize exceptional, science-based achievement in international agriculture and food production by an individual under 40 who has clearly demonstrated intellectual courage, stamina, and determination in the fight to eliminate global hunger and poverty.The award will honor an individual who is working closely and directly “in the field” or at the production or processing level with farmers, animal herders, fishers or others in rural communities, in any discipline or enterprise across the entire food production, processing, and distribution chain.To nominate a deserving individual, please visit this form. Nominations are due June 15.EligibilityNominees must be under the age of 40 (40th birthday not reached before World Food Day, October 16, of the year in which the award is presented).Nominees must be actively working in the discipline, research area, position, or on the project(s) for which they are being recognized. They may be associated with a public or private educational, research or development organization or related entity.Nominees remain eligible for consideration beyond the year of their nomination, at the discretion of the Award Jury, as long as the award criteria and age requirement are met.The award is intended to be presented to one person. In unusual and rare circumstances, another person may share the award for pronounced collaborative efforts and achievement.BenefitsThe USD 10,000 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation, will be presented every October in Des Moines, Iowa, by the World Food Prize Foundation.How to apply?All nominations must be submitted in English online at on this link.Required Nomination Documentation:A concise statement (3000-word limit) explaining and describing:1) the nominee’s work and accomplishments, with details and examples that illustrate several of the criteriaspecified for this award;2) how, in doing this work, the nominee reflects the attributes demonstrated by Dr. Borlaug during his early career; and3) the impact or results of the nominee’s work.Nominee’s Curriculum Vitae or resume, including date of birth, country of origin, education, and professional background.One (1) nomination letter and two (2) letters of support describing, explaining and emphasizing the main achievements of the nominee must be provided with the nomination.  Due to the high volume of nominations, please do not submit more than two support letters.Photos: A head shot of the nominee is required (minimum 300 dpi resolution); 2 additional action photos of the nominee at work may also be submitted.For more information, please visit the official web page. Similar Stories March 29, 2019 Published by Bojana Ericsson Innovation Awards 2017 The Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application UNESCO/ Poland Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme – “Engineering” →last_img read more

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Retro Air Air Jordans among 14,800 fake Nike sneakers seized in bust

first_imgRiverNorthPhotography/iStock(LOS ANGELES) — Customs and Border Protection agents at the country’s largest seaport seized more than 14,800 pairs of counterfeit Nike sneakers for trademark infringement after examining a shipment that arrived from China.Agents at the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach discovered the fake kicks in two containers that were “misdeclared as ‘napkins’ in a clear attempt to disguise the illicit cargo,” the CBP said in a statement Wednesday.The shoes, which were seized for infringing on a protected trademark, would have had an estimated retail price of $2,247,680 if they were authentic.Retro classics like the Air Jordan 1s Off-White, Air Jordan 11s and Air Max ’97s were among the designs targeted. Some of the shoes could go for as much as $2,000 on the online collectors scene, according to the CBP.“These special edition Nike and retro designs are highly coveted by collectors and sport shoes enthusiasts. A legitimate pair can potentially sell for $1,500 and up to $2,000 online,” the CBP said in a statement. “Consumers shopping online are eventually likely to encounter fraudulent sellers.”CBP Port Director of the LA/Long Beach Seaport LaFonda Sutton-Burke called the counterfeit shoe business a lucrative criminal industry that “becomes more profitable in markets involving successful and popular products” like Nike’s Jordan brand.“Counterfeit brand-name shoes is a multi-million dollar criminal industry. The trafficking of these items is extremely lucrative and becomes more profitable in markets involving successful and popular products,” Sutton-Burke said. “CBP commits substantial resources to detect, intercept and seize illicit goods at our nation’s largest seaport.”CBP agents at the Port of New York/Newark seized a shipment containing more than 9,000 counterfeit Nike sneakers from China last December. If genuine, those kicks would have been worth nearly $1.7 million, according to the CBP.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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