14 March 2013The heads of the customs services of the BRICS member countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – met for the first time in South Africa this week to discuss common problems and outline ways to extend cooperation.The customs chiefs signed a protocol on cooperation on the results of the three-day meeting, held in Bela Bela, Limpopo province ahead of the 5th BRICS Summit taking place in Durban from 26 to 27 March.“We have similar problems. We’re all in the same boat,” the first deputy head of the Russian Federal Customs Service (FTS), Vladimir Malinin, said, adding that these included substitution of invoices, under-declaration of the value of goods, gray schemes and smuggling.“The fight against drug smuggling is the priority,” Malinin said.For speeding up customs procedures, the BRICS representatives agreed to unify their software, organise preliminary informing and stimulate electronic customs clearance of cargoes.Malinin said his agency had already established contact with colleagues from China and India, but had “practically had no” such contacts with Brazil or South Africa prior to this week’s meeting.He noted that Brazil and South Africa were “advanced countries” in terms of the technological equipment of their customs.“The significance of the BRICS as an international association is growing. We expect the political decisions of the summit to promote their implementation and make life easier for conscientious businesses,” Malinin said.“With the development of trade, the work of customs authorities acquires particular importance,” he stressed.Source: SAnews.gov.za-Itar-Tass
Going out to shoot on your own? Need to travel light? The following audio setup is perfect for one-man-band video production.In the following quick tip video, one of our favorite photo/video content creators, Knoptop, shares his trick for getting clear sounding audio when shooting on his own. For a dramatic improvement over audio simply captured ‘in camera’, try using an external recorder with a lavalier mic. On-board camera mics are typically pretty low quality and pick up unfocused sound (lots of ambient noise).Knoptop’s recipe for success is a Zoom H1 recorder (an industry favorite) and an Azden lavalier microphone. Check out the video tutorial below to see how he uses this setup for his video shoots – and a few other tricks for better sounding success. Thanks for sharing, Knoptop!
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Ipswich sign Huddersfield Town forward Collin Quanerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveIpswich Town have signed Huddersfield Town forward Collin Quaner on loan until the end of the campaign.The 27-year-old German has only featured twice for the Terriers this season, making two appearances from the bench last month.The former Ingolstadt and Union Berlin player moved to the John Smith’s Stadium in January 2017.He becomes Ipswich’s third signing of the January transfer window.
Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar back on Man City agendaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLyon playmaker Houssem Aouar is back on the agenda of Manchester City.Aouar has emerged as one of the most exciting prospects in football at Lyon.L’Equipe say City showed interest in Aouar once again in the summer window just gone.However, both the player and Lyon decided against a move away but Aouar has since struggled to find his best form during the new Ligue 1 campaign.It is reported that he is one of the players ‘shaken’ by Bruno Genesio’s departure as manager and the recent arrival of Sylvinho. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Jones thrilled for Man Utd duo Garner, Williamsby Freddie Taylor13 hours agoSend to a friendShare the lovePhil Jones was thrilled with the performance of Manchester United youngsters James Garner and Brandon Williams in Thursday’s 1-0 win over Partizan Belgrade.The teenagers were part of seven changes made by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from the line-up that faced Liverpool on Sunday. And Jones thinks the pair more than held their own in Serbia.He said: They’re going to put you under pressure and we dug deep I thought Jimmy Garner and Brandon were outstanding they should be very proud of themselves tonight.”A huge experience at a young age both looked comfortable at this level and have a very bright future the pair of them.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
IG/pjwilliams_26Jameis Winston gets most of the publicity out of this year’s Florida State players in the NFL Draft, but a number of other former Seminoles are enticing prospects as well. Cornerback P.J. Williams was one of the most important players on the FSU defense, and projects to be drafted in the first two rounds of this spring’s draft.Williams posted a video of himself doing a box jump on Instagram this afternoon, in which he shows off the athleticism and explosion that makes him one of the draft’s top defensive backs.We’re not sure exactly how high that jump is, but we are certainly impressed.
“The Regulations that will further define how the NIDS will actually work… are still to come. I encourage all Jamaicans to ensure that you are satisfied with the details of the regulations, (and) ask for the support of everyone who wants to see the best for Jamaica,” he said. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has assured that the Government will be hosting public consultations in the form of town hall meetings, to provide further clarification on the National Identification System (NIDS). Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has assured that the Government will be hosting public consultations in the form of town hall meetings, to provide further clarification on the National Identification System (NIDS).The first meeting is slated for Tuesday, December 5 at Emancipation Park in Kingston, beginning at 6:00 p.m.Mr. Holness, who was speaking at an OPM-Live mini town hall meeting at Jamaica College in St. Andrew on Wednesday (November 29), advised that while the supporting NIDS Bill has been passed by both Houses of Parliament, it has one more stage of deliberations before its implementation.“The Regulations that will further define how the NIDS will actually work… are still to come. I encourage all Jamaicans to ensure that you are satisfied with the details of the regulations, (and) ask for the support of everyone who wants to see the best for Jamaica,” he said.Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister and Leader of Government Business in the Upper House, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, advised persons attending the meeting that the legislation provides for a pilot to be undertaken to determine how the initiative will be rolled out, and, thereafter, for the Bill to be reviewed within an 18-month period.Senator Johnson Smith said based on the project plan, full roll-out “is more likely to be in three or four years”.“So, the anxiety and the concerns that are being raised legitimately, we hear them, we are taking them on board, and we want you to raise the issues, so that we can address them,” the Minister told the audience.Meanwhile, Chief Technical Director in the Office of the Prime Minister, Jacqueline Lyn Stewart, advised that the NIDS public education has started and will be ramped up in 2018.She also noted that additional training is being provided for members of the project team to enable them to provide in-depth information about the NIDS to stakeholders who are engaged at the community level.Mrs. Lyn Stewart also encouraged persons to familiarise themselves with details of the NIDS at: www.nidsfacts.com. Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister and Leader of Government Business in the Upper House, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, advised persons attending the meeting that the legislation provides for a pilot to be undertaken to determine how the initiative will be rolled out, and, thereafter, for the Bill to be reviewed within an 18-month period. Story Highlights
MONTREAL – A J.D. Power survey says passenger satisfaction with the performance of Canada’s two largest airlines has grown in the past year.Air Canada enjoyed the largest gain in satisfaction among traditional carriers in North America, rising 25 points to 734 on a 1,000-point scale.WestJet scored 747 in the low-cost carrier segment, up from 736 a year ago.Each Canadian airline ranked third overall in their respective segments.Airline investments in newer planes, handling of luggage and cheaper fares drove a seventh straight year of improved customer satisfaction.Alaska Airlines ranks highest among traditional carriers for the 11th consecutive year, while Southwest Airlines tops the low-cost carrier list for a second straight year.Satisfaction with United Airlines dropped. The U.S. carrier received undesirable global attention after a passenger was dragged off an overbooked flight.The exceptions to improved satisfaction with North American airlines were in the categories of in-flight services, including food, beverage and entertainment systems.The study of business and leisure travellers is based on responses from 11,508 passengers who flew on a major North American airline between March 2017 and March 2018.Companies in this story: (TSX:AC, TSX:WJA)
ALBANY, N.Y. — A city in New York state has found a novel way of motivating residents to pay their back taxes: personal notes handwritten by city officials.The idea stemmed from an experiment on late-tax payments, in which the city of Syracuse partnered with researchers at Syracuse University. City officials wrote and signed thousands of notes by hand, rather than sending standard legal letters demanding payment.The result was the city collecting nearly $1.5 million more than it predicted traditional methods alone would have brought in. University researchers estimate that the personal approach brought in 57 per cent more revenue from delinquent property owners than the city could expect from using more traditional letters.The notes took a less threatening approach, focusing on steps the resident could take to avoid late penalties or legal action. Instead of being addressed “dear property owner,” the notes were all personally addressed to the resident. Each had a brief, handwritten message on the outside of the envelope as well, researchers said.“It’s the kind of positive outcome that occurs when you aren’t afraid to try something new,” Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said in a statement.Collecting late taxes is a big challenge for many cities, which often use computer-generated letters to residents threatening action if the money isn’t paid. The researchers said the experiment could have broad applications to a number of different government services. The researchers said they aren’t aware of any other city in the U.S. using the personalized note method to collect taxes.“These are small, simple changes that can have huge payoffs,” said Leonard Lapoo, a Syracuse professor and director and co-founder of Maxwell X Lab, a behavioural research centre at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.The lab’s managing director, Joe Boskovski, called the experiment common sense, saying treating people as humans can yield results.The findings were first reported by The Associated Press. City officials announced them publicly on Tuesday.David Klepper, The Associated Press
GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Muskoseepi Park in Grande Prairie has been evacuated and closed until further notice. Many paths are under water and creek banks and slopes are extremely unstable.The public is urged to stay away from the Bear Creek corridor and Muskoseepi Park.Vehicular bridges crossing Bear Creek are safe for travel.Releasing the water at a higher than normal rate through the spillway has protected the dam. It has also lowered water levels in the reservoir but increased water flows downstream. Muskoseepi Park will remain closed until water recedes and a thorough damage assessment can be completed. Pedestrian bridges, paths, creek banks, and other park infrastructure will be inspected for safety before the park is reopened.Crews will be monitoring water levels to protect critical infrastructure throughout the corridor.RCMP and Enforcement Services will be monitoring the park.At this time no properties have been damaged. Residents are asked to obey signs, barricades and the direction of local authorities.