Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesBy JULIA JACOBO and ALEXANDER MALLIN, ABC News(HARRISBURG, Pa.) — The Capitol Hill rioter who allegedly stole House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s laptop with the intention of selling it to Russian intelligence officers has been released on house arrest.A federal judge on Thursday ordered that Riley June Williams, 22, remain confined in her home in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, pending further proceedings in her case. She was released into the custody of her mother and will be fitted with a GPS monitoring device. She was also ordered to stay away from Washington, D.C.“You are being released today because the Constitution has prevailed,” the judge said before going into recess. “I share that thought with you, as you leave here today, that your freedom, conditioned as it is by the orders that I’ve entered, is a result of the prevailing of the Constitution. And I’ll leave you with this final thought Ms. Williams: The Constitution prevails here today, and the Constitution will always prevail in this country.”Williams allegedly stole a laptop from Pelosi’s office during the siege on the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, according to federal court documents. The FBI is investigating whether Williams intended to sell the device to Russia.Williams was arrested after a witness who identified himself as a former romantic partner of Williams called the FBI with a tip that she was the woman seen in a video published by British broadcaster ITV, according to the charging affidavit.Williams allegedly kept the device or destroyed it after the sale to Russia fell through, the complaint states. A post from Discord, a social media platform, in which Williams allegedly states she stole the computer as well as images taken from inside Pelosi’s office, including one that depicts the laptop being stolen, are cited in the court records.Williams has been charged with entering a restricted building, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.During the court appearance, Williams’ attorney argued that she has been “vilified” and that many of the allegations against her are overstated. Williams’ attorney also claimed the witness who identified her was an abusive ex-boyfriend from whom she was fleeing.The FBI is continuing to investigate claims from the witness, who said he’d spoken to friends of Williams who said she intended to sell Pelosi’s laptop to Russia, prosecutors said.Federal authorities are continuing to charge dozens of people who participated in the Capitol riots, including a former Fashion Institute of Technology student who posed in front of Pelosi’s office, a Proud Boys organizer and a man who allegedly participated in pinning down a Metropolitan Police officer using a door and a police shield.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Labangco said despite the low internet connectivity in the city, the teachers have found a way to encode the required data in the LIS, and they also did their best to contact the parents, guardians and learners through different online platforms of enrollment. “I provided constant technical assistance to the public schools’ district supervisors, school heads, advisers, and most especially to the information and communications technology coordinators,” she added. If a previous class adviser failed to contact and administer the LESF of the incoming Grade 7 and Grade 11 learners, the parents or guardians shall initiate contact with the former adviser of the learner. “That’s the secret of our accomplishment,” she stressed. The procedure requires all Grades 6 and 10 class advisers of the school year 2019-2020 to initiate contact with their former advisory class and facilitate the administration of LESF. These included the Facebook Messenger application, e-mail, text message, phone call, video call, and online enrollment link. Others included in the top 10, or also “almost done” are the schools’ divisions of Surigao del Norte, Guimaras, Siargao, Butuan City, Southern Leyte, Bayawan City Isabela Province, Batangas, and Baybay City. If the parents or guardians submitted LESF to the prospective Junior High School for Grade 7 and Senior High School for Grade 11, school administrators of these schools shall likewise initiate contact with the previous adviser of the learner and coordinate the administration of LESF, based on DepEd Memorandum DM-PHRODFO-2020-00192 issued by Undersecretary Jesus Mateo. (With a report from PNA/PN) BACOLOD City – The Department of Education (DepEd) Schools Division of Sagay City in this province topped the nationwide ranking of the Learner Information System (LIS) Learner Enrollment and Survey Form (LESF) Tagging ahead of school year 2020-2021. DepEd-Sagay City garnered an average score of 89.8 percent to rank number one and be considered “almost done”, based on the LIS LESF Progress Updating Report on the accomplishments of all schools divisions as of the third week of July.Engr. Brenda Labangco, planning officer of DepEd-Sagay City, said on July 30 such achievement can be credited to the cooperation of the teachers themselves. The information they collect through the LESF are then encoded to the LIS. This includes class advisers who have learners intending to enroll in another school. This teacher of the Department of Education (DepEd) Schools Division of Sagay City, Negros Occidental enroll learners through phone and online platforms as part of the 2020 Oplan Balik Eskwela last June. The DepEd-Sagay City topped the nationwide ranking of the Learner Information System Learner Enrollment and Survey Form Tagging ahead of school year 2020-2021. DEPED TAYO SAGAY CITY FB Last month, the DepEd deployed the LESF module in the LIS to enable teachers to encode collected learners’ data. Labangco also acknowledged the support of Schools Division superintendent Arlene Bermejo in motivating the schools in expediting the encoding of learners’ information.
First Published: 7th September, 2020 07:50 IST FOLLOW US Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 7th September, 2020 07:51 IST Teal Bunbury Scores Twice, Revolution Beats Fire 2-1 Teal Bunbury scored twice in the New England Revolution’s 2-1 victory over the Chicago Fire on Sunday night. COMMENT Teal Bunbury scored twice in the New England Revolution’s 2-1 victory over the Chicago Fire on Sunday night.The Revolution (3-2-5) rebounded from a 2-0 loss to New York City FC on Wednesday night. The Revs have given up just 10 goals over the last 11 games. Chicago (2-6-2) is winless in three games.Bunbury scored to the near post in the third minute, shooting between goalie Bobby Shuttleworth’s legs. Bunbury fired a shot just under the crossbar from distance in the 54th for his fourth goal of the season.Fabian Herbers scored in the 22nd minute for Chicago, tapping a right-footed shot to the near post that beat goalie Matt Turner. The Fire’s Boris Sekulic and Francisco Calvo missed on headers in the second half.Turner finished with six saves. Written By LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US
Chelsea’s Under-18 side showed their promise with a 4-1 victory against Sheffield Wednesday in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup.They led 2-0 at half-time in the game at Aldershot’s Recreation Ground after goals from Isaiah Brown and Charly Musonda.Charlie Colkett made it 3-0 from the penalty spot following a foul on Brown, and after the visitors pulled a goal back, Dominic Solanke netted the Blues’ fourth.The win came a week after Chelsea’s Under-21 side beat West Ham to reach the quarter-finals of the Under-21 Premier League Cup.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Did you know that one in every three bites we eat is the result of honeybees at work? On April 19, students participating in this year’s Ag Innovators Experience (AIE) kickoff will learn about a critical component to growing food and feeding the world – honeybees.The “Honeybee Challenge” helps students understand the connection between honeybees and the foods they eat. Participants will build a model tabletop honeybee foraging route to learn about hive habitat, best management practices and foraging behavior while gaining a greater understanding of the importance of pollinators in their own communities.For the third year, National 4-H Council is collaborating with Monsanto Company on the Ag Innovators program, which will engage 10,000 youth in eight states to build awareness of, and interest in, agriculture innovation and careers. This year’s “Honeybee Challenge” events will be held throughout the summer in Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Nebraska. This is also the third consecutive year that the AIE challenge was created by Ohio 4-H’s Bob Horton, and for the kickoff event to be held at Ohio State. The event was held at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center last week.
Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… ReadWrite Sponsors Related Posts Entrepreneurs, take heart. You don’t have to be a giant international manufacturing company to build killer wearables. Even small companies can do it, if they make smart choices about hardware development.The Polar M600 is a fitness watch that’s been garnering rave reviews for its extra-long battery life. But the key to Polar’s long battery life — 10 hours with the GPS on; two days with it off) — is its chipset, the MediaTek MT2601, which is optimized for low power consumption.When it comes to wearables, battery life is a huge pain point, not only for consumers who aren’t crazy about having to recharge wearables on a daily basis, but for those who design them. Small form factors don’t leave room for a lot of battery; and with batteries, a small physical size equates to small energy capacity.That’s why design decisions, like which chipset to use, are incredibly important. Wearable designers have to strike a balance between performance, power consumption, and size. And that’s only part of the story. Development can quickly turn into a series of tradeoffs between seemingly incompatible design goals. At the same time, you need to hurry up and bring the device to market—or at least to a point where you can get funding.See also: It’s not hard to make IoT hardware easyWithout deep resources, you could easily be looking at a few years of building the hardware, creating software interfaces, and getting your product ready to show — and that’s before you’ve even tried to sort out how production will work.Larger companies are more apt to have the resources for that kind of investment, something that used to keep entrepreneurs off the playing field. Fortunately, that’s changed. But today, even small companies can compete on the same stage as Polar, thanks to rapid hardware development kits and associated software development kits from ecosystem/developer programs like MediaTek Labs. These kits open up a path for exploring ideas, create new proof-of-concept devices and IoT applications.MediaTek powers Tinitell wearablesConsider Tinitell, which has created an easy-to-use, simplified wearable phone for kids. The Swedish startup built a rugged, water- and dirt-resistant watch with just one button to call Mom or Dad, or to answer their incoming calls. And the watch has a built-in GPS, so parents can always keep tabs on the location of their child, using an accompanying Android or iOS app.MediaTek developer kits, like the Linkit ONE used by Tinitell to determine the proof-of-concept of its innovative new product, provide a platform for startups who want to build wearable and IoT devices successfully. These kits offer developers the ability to quickly prototype a new wearable or IoT product.Tinitell was just a small startup without the deep pockets of a large R&D organization. Yet, it was able to use a MediaTek hardware developer kit to try out different concepts and eventually create a prototype of its phone for kids to promote on Kickstarter and get the funding it needed to finalize its product with one of MediaTek’s supply chain partners/ODMs and go into production. Tinitell hit its campaign goal of $100,000 in just seven days.Another examples of a commercially launched Wearable based on MT2502 is the HUG Smartwatch from India.The Hug Smartwatch is designed to help users control their gadgets with just the motion of a hand. Hug is the world’s first Gesture Control Smartwatch with integration that enhances the customer experience in Virtual Reality with the Oculus Rift. Based on MT2502, the Hug Smartwatch enables its users to make calls, track physical activity and nutrition, play music and find misplaced or stolen devices.MediaTek developer kits, such as the Linkit ONE, can be used by startups like Tinitell and HUG Innovations to create a proof-of-concept of their innovative new product, and provide a platform for them to build wearable and IoT devices successfully. These kits offer developers the ability to quickly prototype a new wearable or IoT product.New developer kits arriveThe idea of a developer kit is not new. Software companies have been providing software development kits (SDK) for years to simplify things for developers who might want to build new products on top of the software company’s platform.MediaTek, with almost two decades of experience as a chipset maker for a broad spectrum of consumer electronics products, saw an opportunity to create something similar, but decided to focus on hardware.Specifically geared for tomorrow’s IoT and wearable tech entrepreneurs, LinkIt ONE is an open-source, high performance board for rough-and-ready fast prototyping, so entrepreneurs can get where they need to go and land the funding they need to keep going. They include: MediaTek LinkIt ONE for the creation of proof-of-concepts with unrivaled connectivity on a single board, developed using the Arduino IDE; MediaTek LinkIt Assist 2502 for the development of sophisticated proof-of-concepts in a wearable form factor. Offers C programmers a feature rich Eclipse based environment; and MediaTek LinkIt Development Platform for RTOS supports multiple chipsets, including MT2523, based on FreeRTOS and ARM Cortex-M4 architecture, offering high performance, low power connectivity.The LinkIt ONE platform has been the most popular among DIY makers thanks to its ease of use and all-in-one connectivity options. There are several hundred maker projects based on MediaTek LinkIt ONE on Hackster and on Instructables. LinkIt ONE is based around a commercial system-on-a-chip for wearables: the MediaTek MT2502 (Aster), which includes 4MB of RAM and 4MB of flash memory, as well as support for Bluetooth LE, Wi-Fi, GSM cellular connectivity, and more.The kit includes a board, similar to the Arduino board, with plenty of pins for connecting sensors, displays, and other peripherals. The MT2502 chip itself is tiny — about half the size of your pinky nail — leaving plenty of room for whatever other hardware you might want to include. Additionally, the LinkIt ONE board/HDK includes energy efficient Wi-Fi and GNSS companion chipsets, so you can easily create devices that connect to other smart devices or directly to cloud applications and services.In the two years since its launch, MediaTek Labs has rolled out five different MediaTek LinkIt platforms, supporting a broad range of IoT use-case scenarios, including Wearables, Smart Home & Office, Smart Cities and more. Each of these kits comes with an associated SDK, so you can create apps for your devices as well. Launched this year, the new LinkIt Development Platform for RTOS with LinkIt 2523 HDK by SAC, is used for rapid prototyping of Bluetooth-enabled Wearables with fast and accurate positioning. Development and debugging is supported in ARM Keil μVision, IAR Embedded Workbench and GCC. Perhaps most useful to ambitious developers, this kit is based on production chip and production code, making it easier to transition seamlessly from prototyping to production.Health-centric wearables have their own needsIn the world of health-centric wearables, where performance and reliability are critical, MediaTek developed new chipsets to tackle that marketplace. They recently introduced their first bio-sensing Analog Front-End (AFE) chip, MT2511, designed for health and fitness devices, which can be paired with a System on a Chip (SoC) or microcontroller unit (MCU) integrated with a number of the MediaTek’s wearable platforms to cater to a variety of product design requirements.It can be incorporated into devices that range from simple to advanced applications, with or without touch screens. This 3mm x 3.4mm sized chipset is easy to integrate into wearable devices to provide the benefits of powerful biometric sensing.The MT2511 acquires biometric signal through simultaneously gathering electrocardiography (ECG) and photoplethysmography (PPG) data. ECG data is used to monitor the heart for stress, and will be useful when integrated in health and fitness applications to determine levels of strain during exercise and during normal daily activities. PPG is an optical technique that detects blood volume changes at the skin surface, and provides valuable information about the cardiovascular system.Wearable success factors are driven by energy consumption, size and connectivity. Especially for fitness smart watches, MediaTek this year launched a new SoC, the MT2523G, the first chipset to offer GNSS — covering all the leading satellite positioning systems and standards — with dual-mode Bluetooth 2.1 and Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy with high resolution mobile screen capabilities supported by MIPI. It offers a very high level of sensitivity, accuracy and Time-to-First-Fix (TTFF) with low power consumption.The MT2523G combines all of that capability in a small 9.2mm x 6.0mm package, with an ARM Cortex-M4 processor, which combines high-efficiency signal processing functionality with low power, low cost and ease-of-use benefits.These MT2523 chipsets are both is supported by the new MediaTek LinkIt Development Platform for RTOS. Based on the popular FreeRTOS with additional open-source modules, the RTOS platform supports chipsets based on the ARM Cortex-M4 architecture, offering high performance, low power connectivity, and development and debugging in ARM Keil μVision, IAR Embedded Workbench and GCC.IoT developer community outreach is also keyIn the two years since its launch, MediaTek Labs has rolled out five different MediaTek LinkIt platforms, supporting a broad range of IoT use-case scenarios. Each of these kits comes with an associated SDK, so you can create apps for your devices as well. Perhaps most useful to ambitious developers, all of these kits are based on production chips and production code, making it easier to transition seamlessly from prototyping to production.MediaTek’s experience in smartphones, media, and connectivity make it well-suited to help designers of IoT devices. Since the company’s founding nearly 20 years ago, it’s been making chips for everything from smartphones to smart TVs, home entertainment to home automation, and technology both wireless and wearable.So for startups with a vision for the future that want to quickly explore new concepts and ideas in the wearable and the IoT market, MediaTek’s developer kits offer a great starting point.But a broad IoT chipset product portfolio isn’t enough. The expansion of MediaTek’s IoT market efforts has also been supported by building the company’s IoT developer program.MediaTek Labs is a core touch point for budding entrepreneurs as well as larger IoT companies and provides the technical documentation, software and hardware development platforms as well as technical and business support needed to take your idea from idea to prototype to production.MediaTek Labs also provides self-help resources online, and has a staff that monitors and responds to forum entries for questions related to developing IoT solutions based on MediaTek chipsets. Numerous developers have successfully created proof of concept designs using the MediaTek LinkIt platforms, and some have begun their commercial launches after starting their projects using the LinkIt HDKs. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Puck Tags:#Internet of Things#IoT#MediaTek
OTTAWA — New court documents show public servants discussing the risk to taxpayers as successive federal governments have turned to sole-source contracts to buy desperately needed equipment for the Canadian Forces and others.The documents were filed on behalf of suspended Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, who is charged with breach of trust in connection with one such contract. They land amid frustrations with Canada’s military procurement system — including because of political mismanagement — that have led to the need for quick fixes.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has chosen to sign several sole-source contracts to bolster the coast guard’s aging icebreaking fleet and the country’s fighter-jet force, buying time to find permanent replacements.Sole-sourcing does make sense in many cases, said defence analyst David Perry of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, particularly where there is an emergency or it’s clear that only one company can meet the government’s needs.“But if you’re sole-sourcing to fill a capability gap, that’s the result of mismanaging a procurement to the point where you are out of options and have no alternative,” Perry said. “That’s not really a good reason to be sole-sourcing.”The Tories under Stephen Harper once intended to buy a fleet of F-35 fighter jets on an untendered contract, but aborted that plan in 2012 once the full price became known.Then the Trudeau government planned to spend about $6 billion on 18 sole-sourced “interim” Super Hornets from Boeing because it said Canada needed more fighter jets to support its aging CF-18s until replacements could be purchased through a competition.The Super Hornets deal eventually fell apart because of a trade dispute with Boeing. So the government is buying 25 second-hand Australian fighter jets, also without a competition. Canada isn’t expected to get new fighter jets until at least 2025.The Liberals also recently bought three second-hand icebreakers from Quebec-based Davie Shipbuilding for the coast guard, whose existing fleet is on average 35 years old — with no immediate plan to replace it on the horizon.Suspended as the military’s second-in-command in January 2017, Norman was charged in March 2018 with one count of breach of trust for allegedly leaking cabinet secrets to Davie over a different contract. He has denied any wrongdoing and vowed to fight the charge.The case against Norman centres on a sole-sourced deal negotiated between Davie and the previous Conservative government in 2015, in which the Quebec shipyard proposed converting a civilian cargo ship into a temporary support vessel for the navy.The $700-million contract with Davie was not finalized before that year’s federal election. Although the newly elected Liberals at first wanted to delay it for a closer review, they signed off on the deal a short time later.Before Liberal ministers agreed to buy the converted ship, bureaucrats from the Privy Council Office, the government’s top department, wrote a secret briefing note in November 2015 that discussed the problems with not holding a competition.“The risk inherent with a sole-source contract is that much of the leverage in the contract negotiation resides with the company,” the bureaucrats wrote, even as they noted that the Conservatives had exempted the deal from the usual oversight for such projects.Despite these concerns, the officials recommended the government approve the deal. Partly because they had assessed that “risk mitigation measures” were in place, but mostly because the navy urgently needed a support ship for faraway operations.The court documents, none of which have been filed as exhibits or tested in court, include RCMP interviews with civil servants that suggest politicians’ desire for votes in Quebec also played a role in the decisions about the ship. But the navy’s need for the vessel was real.The navy at the time had just retired its 50-year-old support ships and while replacements are being built in Vancouver through the government’s national shipbuilding plan, numerous delays and problems mean they won’t be ready until the 2020s.The navy had originally expected to get new support ships in 2012.The briefing note said a competition could have been held to find another, perhaps cheaper, solution, but “a competitive process would take longer to deliver a solution — likely 10-14 months for a contract award, and then more time for the service to be ready.”RCMP interviews with several senior civil servants raise similar concerns about awarding a contract to Davie without a competition while also alluding to the sense of urgency in getting new support ships.The Defence Department’s head of procurement, Patrick Finn, told the Mounties that other companies were clamouring to compete to supply a temporary support ship in late 2014, and that “the information existed to say that this could be done competitively.”But Finn noted that Davie had already found a ship that it could convert for the navy, which “at that point had no replenishment ships.”Melissa Burke, an analyst with the Privy Council Office who attended various cabinet meetings about Davie’s proposal in 2015, told the RCMP that federal procurement officials were unhappy because “they felt the taxpayers were getting a raw deal.”Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press
Yesterday, Ritchie King and I ran the numbers on the most popular teams in the NFL, NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball and the English Premier League, according to the number of Google searches they generate.The rankings compared teams within each league. But we can also make cross-sport comparisons. What’s the most popular North American professional team in any sport, as judged by Google search frequency globally?It’s either the New York Yankees or the Boston Red Sox. Each generates about 30 percent more Google searches worldwide than the most popular NFL team, the Dallas Cowboys, and almost 40 percent more than the most popular NBA team, the Los Angeles Lakers. You can skip down to the giant chart at the end of this blog post to see how all teams in the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB compare to one another.The Montreal Canadiens, the most popular NHL team, aren’t particularly close to the most-searched teams in other leagues. Does that mean there’s really a “Big Three” rather than a “Big Four”? (Disclosure: ESPN doesn’t broadcast NHL games, and the league isn’t the subject of all that much focus at the network.)I’d say that the NHL’s status as a major league isn’t in question. The average NHL team generates about two-thirds as much Google search traffic as the average NBA team. There’s a gap there, but it’s no larger than the one separating the NBA and MLB. Furthermore, there’s a lot of overlap in the rankings. The 60th-percentile NHL team (roughly speaking, the Washington Capitals) is about as popular as the 40th percentile NBA team (the Philadelphia 76ers).Keep in mind that these figures are based on global search traffic, so that includes traffic in Canada. Canada — despite its much smaller population — generates almost as much revenue and fan interest for the NHL as the United States.But if we’ve included the NHL, what about Major League Soccer, the Canadian Football League and the WNBA?We have bad news for fans of women’s basketball. The most popular WNBA team, the Seattle Storm, generates only about one-quarter as much search traffic as the least popular Big Four team, the Columbus Blue Jackets.MLS has a better argument. Its most popular teams, the LA Galaxy and the Seattle Sounders, generate more search traffic than the Blue Jackets. The Galaxy and Sounders also earn about as much search traffic as the least popular NBA team, the Milwaukee Bucks.If MLS has a case, the CFL probably does, too. Two of its teams, the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Edmonton Eskimos, also surpass the Blue Jackets in search popularity.But we’ve neglected the league that has the strongest case for inclusion alongside the Big Four. You may have heard of Mexico. It has the 11th-largest population and the 14th-largest economy in the world. It’s a part of North America. And soccer is awfully popular there.In fact, Mexico’s top professional soccer league, Liga MX, is comparable to the NHL in terms of global popularity. Liga MX’s most popular team on Google, C.D. Guadalajara, produces about as much search traffic as the Canadiens, the Seattle Seahawks, the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Bulls.So, if we’re talking North America — not just the U.S. — there’s really a “Big Five”: the NFL, the MLB, the NBA, the NHL and Liga MX. The most popular teams in MLS and the CFL are more popular than the least popular teams in the Big Five, but their inclusion is debatable, especially because they are surpassed by other leagues playing the same sport on the same continent.In the spirit of inclusivity, we’ve ranked the teams in all seven North American leagues in the humongous chart below. (Rankings are taken relative to the average team across all seven leagues, which works out to be roughly the Buffalo Bills or the Cincinnati Reds.) We haven’t included the English Premier League. The top teams in the EPL swamp everybody else in global search traffic; even the Yankees are no match for Man U.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 7, 2017 – Grand Bahama – As the country celebrates its 44th Independence on July 10 some of the best and brightest Bahamians have made contributions in many spheres internationally, said Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Michael Pintard during the Flag Raising Ceremony on Friday.The ceremony is part of the 44th Anniversary of Independence celebrations. “Our small national has become the envy, not just of the region but countries around the world who have understudied what we have done in tourism and in financial services. Even in crisis, we continue to prove we are resilient and powerful. In the aftermath of the blacklisting, we produce a cadre of compliance officers who designed one of the sophisticated compliance regimes that assisted this region in getting back on track.“Therefore, this morning as we raise our flag, we salute all those nation builders on whose shoulders we stand, some with title and many with no name or face recognition but, nevertheless, they played a pivotal role in transforming life as we know it in The Bahamas. So, we salute them. We also acknowledge that there are many unrealized dreams that we have set, and there are some stubborn issues that threaten the gains that we have made thus far. This Minnis led government believes that the collective will and genius of the Bahamian people will enable us to grow our economy once again; reduce the high incidences of crime and the high occurrences of non-communicable and other diseases. We are determined to forge deeper relationships with all Bahamians, regardless of their political persuasion, religious differences, differences in race. All of us have to be on the same page if we are to transform this country for the better.”Minister Pintard saluted all those who had the insight and courage 44 years ago who felt it was time for the country to govern its own affairs and sit at international tables as equals.“The pursuit and achievement of Independence on the 10th of July, 1973, was an acknowledgement that we ought to be the main agents, the main architects designing our own future and managing the growth and development of our own country. We accepted the challenge undergirded by our faith in God and the confidence in our collective ability as a people.“Over the last four decades plus, despite all of our challenges, we’ve accomplished I believe you would agree with me this morning, a great deal as a people. In the international sphere, our voice factored loudly. When we engaged as a global community in the discussion of disarmament, there was a Bahamian chairing many of those sessions, Dr. Davidson Hepburn. In international diplomacy our own Missouri Sherman-Peters impacted the significant work done by the United Nations, and our first Prime Minister, Sir Lynden Oscar Pindling’s voice resonated internationally as we dismantled as a global community Apartheid’s wall and rebuilt in its place, a multiracial South Africa that even today is working to forge a lasting peace.”The country has made contributions all over the world, he said. “In academics, we continue to produce multiple Rhode’s scholars, scientists that are impacting the world both in technology, just ask NASA and in medicine as we travel throughout particularly Africa assisting on many levels. We have set a standard. Many of our scholars have sat international standardized exams and performed as well, and often better, than their colleagues who hail from around the globe.“We are good as anyone else, anywhere else in the world.“Sons and daughters of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas have caused tens of millions around the world to pause and salute The Bahamas as our flag has been raised in numerous stadiums around the world where track and field took place, in aquatic centres where swimming took place, on the shores even in Regattas. Our amateur and elite athletes have made a difference, have made us proud and have made the world take note.”He added, “This morning, we salute all of you who continue to engage in this nation building exercise. Bahamians, those that have chosen to cast their lot with us and have moved to The Bahamas. Diplomats who have worked with us on an ongoing basis, we look forward to working with you to frame a democracy that will be envied.“This year’s theme, “One God, One People, One Bahamas” is a most appropriate reminder of the core values that have held us together since Independence.”Also present for the flag raising ceremony, held at the Harold Degregory Complex were: Senator the Hon. Dion Foulkes, Minister of Labour; Senator the Hon. J. Kwasi Thompson, Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister along with other Members of Parliament, senior government officials and religious leaders.While the ceremony was taking place in Freeport, Senate president, the Hon. Kay Forbes-Smith was present with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest in East Grand Bahama. Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Public Works, the Hon. Iram Lewis and Parliamentary Secretary of Information and Communications in the Office of the Prime Minister, the Hon. Pakesha Parker-Edgecombe were in West Grand Bahama. All three areas held Flag Raising Ceremonies simultaneously.THE HON. MICHAEL PINTARD, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture (BIS Photo/Andrew Coakley)SALUTE TO THE FLAG – Senior government officials and officers of the Royal Bahamas Police Force and Defence Force, are seen during the Flag Raising Ceremony of the 44th Anniversary of Independence ceremony on Friday at the Harold Degregory Complex. Shown in the front row from left are: Assistant Commissioner of Police, Clarence Reckley; Andrew Bowe, Senior Lt./Executive Officer of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and OC of Grand Bahama; and Deputy Commission of Police and OC of Grand Bahama, Emrick Seymour; Senator the Hon. Dion Foulkes, Minister of Labour; the Hon. Michael Pintard, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture; Senator the Hon. J. Kwasi Thompson, Minister of Statefor Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister and Rev. Peter Pinder, president, Grand Bahama Christian Council.Story by: Robyn AdderleyPress Release: BIS(BIS Photo/Andrew Coakley)