Marco Reus out of Euro 2016 BERLIN (AP): Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus was dropped from Germany’s European Championship squad yesterday and captain Bastian Schweinsteiger made the final cut despite injury. Reus, who had been struggling at the team’s training camp in Ascona, Switzerland, was omitted from the final list of 23 players, along with Hoffenheim defender Sebastian Rudy and Bayer Leverkusen players Julian Brandt and Karim Bellarabi. “The doctors could not give a clear prognosis,” Germany coach Joachim Loew said of Reus. “He has huge health problems and can only walk straight at the moment. More wasn’t possible in training so far. “It’s a bitter decision for us and for him, a disappointment for us all, because a Marco Reus in form, healthy and fit, would have been a huge addition,” Loew said. “But for technical reasons we have to take this decision as we know this tournament will be very strenuous.” Reus also missed Germany’s World Cup win in 2014 because of injury. No evidence of corruption in tennis match LONDON (AP): The Tennis Integrity Unit says no evidence of corruption was found after an investigation into a mixed doubles match at this year’s Australian Open that had reportedly attracted suspicious betting patterns. A statement emailed by TIU spokesman Mark Harrison yesterday said “no further action will be taken against any player involved in the match”, in which Lukasz Kubot and Andrea Hlavackova beat David Marrero and Lara Arruabarrena. The statement added: “TIU investigations not only root out corrupt practices, but also support players who are the subject of unproven speculation.” The Wall Street Journal first reported the TIU’s findings. Wrestling champion gives up Olympic place MOSCOW (AP): A two-time wrestling world champion says he is giving up his place at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after a brawl marred a Russian qualifying tournament. Viktor Lebedev was competing against Ismail Musukayev in a semi-final bout at the Russian nationals on Friday when Musukayev was angered by refereeing calls against him and shoved Lebedev. Musukayev’s supporters and coaches charged into the ring, prompting a scuffle that was broken up by riot police. Wrestlers from Musukayev’s home region of Dagestan then boycotted the tournament in protest at the standard of refereeing, causing a nationwide scandal. Lebedev told local news outlet News.Ykt that he is withdrawing from the Olympic team as “a matter of honour” because he feels the referees gave him favourable calls in front of his home crowd.
Met Eireann have warned Donegal showers on Sunday through to next week – with spot flooding in some areas. The forecast comes just days after a yellow weather warning was issued for rain across the county.On Sunday, heavy rain will move in from the Atlantic and become widespread into the afternoon and evening. “Spot flooding is possible later, especially across the west and northwest. Feeling humid in a moderate to fresh southwest breezes,” Met Eireann said.“On Sunday morning rain will spread across Ulster. It will extend to remaining areas in the afternoon and continue for the rest of the day. It will be heavy at times with a risk of localised flooding, especially in Ulster. Highest temperatures of 18 to 21 degrees with fresh southerly winds, strong on coasts.”Monday will be a warm and humid day with long spells of sunshine with temperatures reaching up to 26 degrees – but showers will set in again from Tuesday in some parts.Donegal set for heat and showers as Met Eireann warns of flooding was last modified: July 21st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)
If evolution could develop a complex structure once, defying all probability, then maybe it could do it multiple times, some evolutionists theorize.For the birds: Different groups of birds evolved ultraviolet vision several times, Science Daily claimed. A two-amino-acid mutation might be within the edge of evolution to allow the receptor to shift its sensitivity, but that’s not the whole story:Anders Ödeen and Olle Håstad, who performed this research commented, “There are two different amino acid alterations that can each change bird colour vision from violet to ultraviolet. One particular single nucleotide change has occurred at least 11 separate times. In general during evolution once a colour shift has occurred all species from this ancestor keep it meaning that the rest of the eye and physiology, must also evolved to ‘cement’ in the new colour sensitivity.“For the fungi: A paper in PLoS ONE last November had this to say about fruiting body evolution in fungi:Fungi sharing ostiolar or sealed fruitbodies represented the most advance form, which include Dothideomycetes, Eurotiomycetes and Sordariomycetes. This trait evolved independently at least three times.For the appendix: Science Now trumpeted this improbable headline without blushing: “Appendix Evolved More Than 30 Times.” In so doing, the article undercut another old evolutionary notion: vestigial organs.The appendix may not be useless after all. The worm-shaped structure found near the junction of the small and large intestines evolved 32 times among mammals, according to a new study. The finding adds weight to the idea that the appendix helps protect our beneficial gut bacteria when a serious infection strikes.The article proceeded to show that Darwin’s belief the appendix was a useless (vestigial) remnant is no longer considered valid. After all, animals as diverse as beaver, koalas and porcupines have them; “in other words, the feature is much more common among mammals than once thought.”Now, an international team of researchers that includes Heather F. Smith, an evolutionary biologist at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona, and William Parker, a surgeon who studies the immune system at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, says it has the strongest evidence yet that the appendix serves a purpose. In a new study, published online this month in Comptes Rendus Palevol, the researchers compiled information on the diets of 361 living mammals, including 50 species now considered to have an appendix, and plotted the data on a mammalian evolutionary tree. They found that the 50 species are scattered so widely across the tree that the structure must have evolved independently at least 32 times, and perhaps as many as 38 times.Randolph Nesse (U of Michigan) had an interesting take on this conclusion. “The conclusion that the appendix has appeared 32 times is amazing,” he said. “I do find their argument for the positive correlation of appendix and cecum sizes to be a convincing refutation of Darwin’s hypothesis” (about the appendix being vestigial). One critic, trying to help, trimmed the number down to 18 “clear-cut cases” of independent evolution. Readers might want to recall how evolutionists responded years ago when concluding that wings must have evolved independently 3 times in stick insects (1/16/2003).Observers should notice that it is Darwinians’ prior commitment to evolution that forces them to allege multiple miracles of improbability. Otherwise, it would clearly look like evidence for creation: each animal equipped with what it needs to survive. Since the evolutionists appear poised to search for a function for the appendix, the question of why the majority of mammals don’t need one would be a good research project for creationist or evolutionist. (Visited 34 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
There is one overwhelmingly positive outcome of the ANC’s Polokwane conference – it has set an important democratic precedent. Nowhere in Africa has a sitting President been rejected in a free vote by his own party. Nowhere in Africa has a sitting president been rejected by an electorate this soon after independence. The Polokwane vote therefore signals clearly that political leaders are accountable to, and can be removed by, an electorate. This is an important antidote to the pattern, both in much of Africa and in many other societies where ‘liberation movements’ have achieved majority rule, in which leaders entrench themselves in office indefinitely and cease to be accountable to an electorate. Whatever the future may hold, it signals that South Africa’s political path will differ from that of other African countries and in particular from societies such as Zimbabwe, where leaders entrenched themselves for decades.It is also worth noting that, besides a change of leadership, the ANC conference also produced a commitment to greater democracy within the governing party and within the country more generally. Most important among these is a commitment to abolish floor-crossing, the practice which allows public representatives to ignore the expressed will of voters by changing parties even though they are elected on a party list, rather than a personal ticket. If implemented, this will help restore public trust in elections and the democratic system. The ANC also agreed to devolve more power over the choice of public representatives to its regions, which should help disperse power within the governing party.It is no accident that Africa’s two most consistent economic performers, Botswana and Mauritius, are also its two oldest democracies. The evidence suggests that, in Africa, democracy is a necessary requirement for sustained growth. Because the change in ANC president has strengthened democracy’s prospects, it therefore opens up new opportunities for economic growth too.It is almost inevitable that 2008 will be a year of considerable political fluidity. It is not clear yet whether Jacob Zuma, who now faces corruption charges, will be the ANC candidate for president. The presidential race has also left a divided ruling party whose rival camps may continue to compete for influence. This means that there will be considerable jockeying for power and influence during the year, prompting headlines which worry business decision-makers. In this environment, it will be crucial for business strategists to retain a cool head and a sense of perspective, focussing on the key issue of the year: will the democratic institutions on which growth depends emerge weakened or strengthened? Key indicators here will be whether the independence of the judiciary, the freedom of the Press and the integrity of the democratic system survive intact.Thus far, most of the signs are more positive than negative. The ANC’s national executive appears to have ignored demands by some supporters of Jacob Zuma that he not stand trial and has affirmed its support for the rule of law and for the principle that all, including political leaders, are subject to the law. The new ANC president himself has appealed to supporters not to demonstrate against his indictment and said that he will stand trial. Zuma and his supporters seem far more concerned to woo the media than to restrict it. They have also said that they do not plan to remove Thabo Mbeki as president of the country before his term expires (a step which would seriously disrupt the political process as well as creating great uncertainty in the business environment). Whatever lies in store, it is important that business attention remains focussed on these issues – both in its analysis of the strategic environment and in the messages its sends to politicians. For example, business leaders argued strongly in President Mbeki’s Big Business Working Group meetings over the past eighteen months for the independence of the Scorpions when consideration was being given to the incorporating of that body into the SA Police Services, and it will be repeating those arguments even more strongly in the light of recent events to the new ANC leadership.While the change in ANC president does bring new challenges to the business environment, a substantial shift in the policy environment is highly unlikely. The Zuma coalition includes the left but it is not purely a left coalition since it includes other groups too. The Polokwane conference, while dominated by Zuma supporters, brought no significant economic policy changes. There is no majority within the ANC for a substantial shift in policy, despite the prominence of sections of the left in the Zuma coalition. A Zuma-led ANC is likely to continue to seek a working relationship with business.The Zuma ANC presidency will, however, continue a shift in emphasis, already evident during his predecessor’s presidency of the ANC, towards a more assertive attempt to address poverty within a market-friendly framework. Early examples include a commitment to extend free school education, to enhance the public sector’s role in health care, and to widen the child grant net. The ANC has also adopted the unions’ call for ‘decent’ jobs but has not specified how it will seek to achieve this goal. Clearly these are fiscal considerations for such proposals and business will have to be part of the debate on these.It is important to note, however, that, with the exception of a promise to regulate but not outlaw foreign ownership of residential property (again a product of the Mbeki ANC presidency), there is no indication of ANC interest in intervening to restrict property rights or to enhance significantly the regulation of business. It is equally noteworthy that, if a Zuma presidency does materialise, it is probably more than a year away. During this time, significant interaction between the ANC and business is likely and a broad understanding between the two seems possible, given Zuma’s attempts, prior to Polokwane, to allay business fears.One consequence of the change in the ANC presidency is likely to be an increased stress on mass mobilisation, which is seen by the new leadership as an important means of revitalising the ANC. While Zuma has called for mobilisation against crime, he has also suggested that ANC members may be mobilised in support of policy goals. This clearly raises the possibility of campaigns which will prompt concern among business people. It is, however, important to stress that there is no hard evidence yet of ANC plans to mobilise in support of social and economic demands. If such mobilisation does occur, the outcome will depend on business’s ability to engage creatively with the stated goals of mobilised ANC members. South African business has considerable experience in responding to popular demands in a manner which enhances possibilities for co-operation and there is reason for confidence that, if necessary, business will rise to the challenge again.It is worth noting here that one consequence of the Zuma ANC presidency may be enhanced expectations that business demonstrate its commitment to addressing poverty. Again, however, previous business experience in showing a willingness to address social problems suggests that the new environment, if it does materialise, is one which business is equipped to play a constructive role. In fact the one sure reality is that the new ANC leadership, having emphasised the lack of governmental delivery in “the fight for a better life for all”, faces the same set of daunting and often seemingly intractable challenges as the Mbeki administration: energy security, education, crime, health, housing, land reform and so on. Business has a track record of innovation, partnership and delivery on social issues and there is scope for taking this further.While the succession contest prior to Polokwane was often heated, it left the workings of government largely unaffected. The stakes have, however, been raised considerably because the ruling party and government are now under different leaderships who are still far from finding a way of co-existing. Current indications suggest that, despite tensions between the new ANC leadership and the Mbeki government, the former is committed to allowing the current government to finish its term. Nevertheless, tensions within government prompted by the new ANC leadership’s desire to see ANC policy swiftly translated into law and public policy could prompt tensions through 2008. It is clearly not in the country’s interests – and certainly not those of business – that the effective functioning of government be impaired by conflict between the ruling party and government.Continued engagement between business and government may reduce the potential damage. The critical challenges of growth, fighting poverty, containing inflation and competing in a tough global economy remain. If South African business can make positive contributions to each of these challenges they will be well placed to help shape the national debate and deal with the countries political leadership. While the new environment will require particularly sensitive political management by business, there is again reason for confidence that South African business’s recent history of negotiating its way through a volatile political transition will equip it to respond to the challenge in a way which will ensure that business continues to operate in a manageable environment despite enhanced political volatility.In sum, the change in ANC leadership has created a new fluidity which will again challenge business to respond effectively. While complacency about the uncertainties introduced by the change would be inappropriate, it provides at least as many opportunities as threats. Much will depend on business’s ability to engage in the national debate.
Tags:#Android#Microsoft#Windows Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Microsoft is bringing its widely-used Office application to Android smartphones. But you’ll need to pony up to actually use it.Today, Microsoft announced that Office Mobile for Office 365 is available for smartphones running Google’s Android mobile operating system. The app is free to install, but to use it consumers will need to be Office 365 subscribers, a service that can cost a single individual $100 a year. Office Mobile will not be optimized for Android tablets.The app will isn’t intended to let users actually create Office documents on mobile devices. Rather, it’s intended to allow people to “access, view and edit your Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint” files. An Office 365 subscription allows Microsoft users to put the document suite onto up to five non-Windows devices (Office is preloaded on Windows Phone and Windows 8 tablets and PCs). Microsoft made Office Mobile available on Apple’s iPhone earlier this year. dan rowinski The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
The single-storey shrine of Baba Farid, a 13th Century Sufi saint revered by Muslims and Sikhs equally on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC), was “extensively” damaged due to lightning in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Wednesday.“It’s an unfortunate incident. Apparently, lightning damaged the structure during the intervening night of March 13-14 and early on Wednesday. We are assessing the damage and the exact cause,” Uri Sub-Divisional Magistrate D. Sagar told The Hindu.Local supportThe shrine, a structure made of stone and wood, is located in an uphill area of Uri’s Garkote. The fire gutted the top wooden structure completely and dislodged the stone walls. One estimate suggests the shrine was over 300 years old.“We are seeking the local population’s support to erect the structure as soon as possible,” said Mr. Sagar.Locals said the shrine was an attraction for the people living on both the sides of the LoC.Place for bonding“In pre-1947 era, people from far off regions would visit the shrine. Even after the setting up of the LoC, the shrine became a place of bonding for the divided families. Still, many people from Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir visit the shrine by taking the cross-LoC bus service,” said Niyaz Ahmad, a local.Several shrines dedicated to saint Farid are spread both in India and Pakistan.Farid’s poetry is also believed to be part of the Guru Granth Sahib and is revered equally by Sikhs.Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed concern over the damage caused to the shrine.She directed the official “to visit the shrine complex and take necessary measures for restoration.”
Shoddy batting by top-order saw Unmukt Chand-led India U-19 side lose their opening World Cup match against the West Indies by four wickets here on Sunday .On a slow track at the Tony Ireland stadium, the Indian colts could never get going as they were restricted to a paltry 166 for eight in their stipulated 50 overs.Despite early hiccups, the West Indies team slowly but surely reached the target with 17 balls to spare. John Campbell (36, 70 balls, 1×4, 1×6) and Anthony Alleyne (52, 91 balls, 2×4, 1×6) added 58 runs for the third wicket to put West Indies on track while Alleyne and Kyle Mayers (43, 54 balls, 4×4,1×6) added another 58 for the fifth wicket to consolidate further.It was India’s poor performance with the bat that led to this heart-breaking defeat. A lot depended on skipper Chand (22, 61 balls, 3×4) but he failed to get going as the track was not conducive for a free-flowing stroke player like him.Left-arm medium pacer Jerome Jones (2/23), Ronsford Beaton (3/33) and Kyle Mayers(2/35) shared the bulk of the spoils between them. Losing three quick wickets in the first fifteen overs also pegged India back.Prashant Chopra (1), Baba Aparajith (5) and the talented Hanuman Vihari (8) were dismissed cheaply as India were struggling at 34 for three. Chand followed suit as he edged one to keeper Sunil Ambris off Mayers’s bowling as India were left tottering at 50 for four.Zol (26, 52 balls,1×4) and wicket-keeper batsman Smit Patel (51, 99 balls 5×4) then added 41 runs for the fifth wicket while Patel and Akshdeep Nath (19, 32 balls) added a further 44 runs for the sixth wicket as India managed to cross the 150-run mark. .advertisement
“We were beaten on all the things, all the ingredients you need, added to the talent. There is no place you can hide on the pitch.”United is where it was when Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December — sixth place.ARSENAL SETBACKUnited’s loss meant Arsenal still ended Sunday in fourth place, two points ahead of Solskjaer’s side despite the north London club’s 10-match winning league home run ending.After Christian Benteke netted his first goal in 20 games in the 17th minute, Mesut Ozil did level for Arsenal at the start of the second half.But Benteke set up Wilfried Zaha to restore Palace’s lead in the 61st before James McArthur headed in the visitors’ third.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored in the 77th but Arsenal couldn’t find two more goals to extend its 10-match winning league run at home.“It was very frustrating, because it was a big opportunity,” Arsenal manager Unai Emery said. “But we’ve had plenty of big opportunities before today, plenty of key moments that give us the opportunity to achieve our first target, to play in the Champions League next year.”That could still be secured by winning the Europa League with Arsenal facing Valencia in the semifinals. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid “Man United was in that moment obviously in a much better moment,” Klopp said. “We’ll see what comes out on Wednesday. We have no influence on that, but we still have to play games after that.”For Arsenal, the challenge in its remaining four matches is sealing a top-four finish to qualify for the Champions League. That mission was hampered by a 3-2 home loss to Crystal Palace that left Unai Emery’s side in fourth place but only ahead of Chelsea on goal difference and a point behind Tottenham.LIVERPOOL RECORDLiverpool’s breakthrough against relegation-threatened Cardiff only came in the second half — the sixth successive league game which Liverpool has won by scoring a winner after the break.Georginio Wijnaldum met Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner at the near post in the 57th minute.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Everton’s Lucas Digne, left, celebrates scoring against Manchester United with teammate Seamus Coleman during the English Premier League soccer match at Goodison Park, Liverpool, England, Sunday April 21, 2019. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)LONDON — Before returning to the top of the Premier League, Liverpool got to savor a Manchester United humiliation.Now, unusually, Liverpool needs a swift recovery by its great rival after United’s despair at being routed 4-0 by Everton on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Liverpool’s hopes of ending a 29-year English title drought could hinge on a big favor from sixth-place United when it hosts Manchester City on Wednesday.After beating Cardiff 2-0 on Sunday, Liverpool is two points ahead of City with three games remaining. But Pep Guardiola’s champions have a game in hand over Liverpool so defending the title is still under their control — unless they fail to beat United.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“If you are only motivated by winning the holy grail then something is wrong with you,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said. “We enjoy the ride together with our fans.”How his team could do with United holding City to a 0-0 draw just as it did when Liverpool visited Old Trafford in February. 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Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Neymar returns as PSG celebrates title with 3-1 home win Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “The boys decided the routine for the first goal in the dressing room at halftime,” Klopp said. “We had different routines but the players decided and I love that.”Liverpool was disrupted by losing Fabinho following a clash of heads and Milner was sent on to play what proved to be a decisive role.Milner netted from the penalty spot in the 81st minute after Sean Morrison grappled Mohamed Salah, who fell to the ground.“Morrison used his hands four or five times and (referee) Martin Atkinson took his time but eventually gave a penalty,” Klopp said.Liverpool now has a club-record 88 Premier League points, beating the 86 managed in the 2008-09 season. But there’s still a first championship crown since 1990 to secure.Cardiff’s mission is staying in the Premier League and the south Wales side remains in the last relegation place — three points from safety with three games remaining.UNITED COLLAPSEOle Gunnar Solskjaer apologized to fans after United lost for the sixth time in eight matches in all competitions — a spell that includes the manager’s caretaker position being turned into a permanent job on a three-year contract.Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson scored before the break, and Lucas Digne and Theo Walcott added to United’s pain with further goals in the second half.“We have got to apologize to the fans because they were absolutely fantastic and that performance is not good enough for a Man United team,” Solskjaer said. “All the way from me to the players, we know that we let the fans down, we let the club down. That performance is difficult to describe because it is so bad. 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Shanghai, Aug 30 (AFP) Cheating to win is as old as sport itself but two Chinese pigeon racers took it to modern-day extremes when they hid the birds in milk cartons and hopped on a bullet train.It was no surprise then when their homing pigeons scooped the first four places in the race and total prize money of more than one million yuan (USD 150,000).But the pigeons’ rapid times soon raised suspicions and Shanghai race organisers turned the men in when the scale of the ruse emerged, the state-run Legal Daily reported.The two men, surnamed Gong and Zhang, attempted to conceal their crime by killing the birds and giving up the prize money, the state newspaper said.But it was too late and a Shanghai court handed the duo suspended sentences of three years for fraud.The court also fined Gong 30,000 yuan and Zhang 20,000 yuan, Legal Daily said, adding that they also broke competition rules by using older pigeons instead of one-year-olds.The two men went to great lengths to beat the opposition in the race in April 2017 from the city of Shangqiu in the province of Henan to Shanghai on China’s east coast, a distance of about 750 kilometres (450 miles).Gong and Zhang began their nefarious plan a year in advance, raising the pigeons at two feeding points, in Henan and Shanghai, to familiarise the birds with the locations.After handing the pigeons over to organisers in Henan, rather than flying straight to Shanghai, the birds went to the feeding point elsewhere in the province.advertisementThere, they were concealed in milk cartons for the bullet-train ride to Shanghai, where they were released to the finish line and first place.Gong and Zhang will not serve jail time unless they commit more wrongdoing — forgoing the prize money saved them from time behind bars.Pigeon racing is popular among older people in China and Shanghai is considered the modern-day home of the sport.Speeds vary depending on distance, but racing pigeons can fly about 150 kilometres per hour — fast, but not as fast as a bullet train. (AFP) SCYSCY
Story Highlights The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is reassuring persons that information obtained from surveys is strictly confidential. Currently, STATIN is conducting a year-long household expenditure survey (HES) to collect information on the amount households spend on consumer goods and services such as food, education, health, transportation, recreation and communication. The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is reassuring persons that information obtained from surveys is strictly confidential.“All of our interviewers and all our employees signed an oath of confidentiality and we take that oath seriously, so we want to reassure Jamaicans that the information that they provide is confidential under the Statistics Act and we cannot provide this to any other party,” Director General of STATIN, Carol Coy, told JIS News.Sections 17 & 18 of the Act prohibit the publication or communication of information in any manner that may identify an individual or business.“STATIN celebrated 70 years last year and in that 70 years, we have never released individual information to anyone, whether Government, private sector or person… we have never had a breach and we intend to keep it that way,” the Director General affirmed.She noted that the data collected is used for statistical purposes only and added that “when we are doing our analysis and we are entering our data, names do not matter as that is not an interest to us at STATIN…what is important is the data that comes,” Miss Coy emphasised.The information provided from the surveys assist in producing publications highlighting living conditions; national income and product; the labour force; quarterly gross domestic product; demographic statistics and employment and earnings.Currently, STATIN is conducting a year-long household expenditure survey (HES) to collect information on the amount households spend on consumer goods and services such as food, education, health, transportation, recreation and communication.Miss Coy encouraged persons to cooperate with the interviewers who may visit their homes, and urged them to make contact if there are doubts or concerns.“If you are concerned about the persons asking questions, feel free to call the offices for clarification on the surveys being administered,” the Director General said, adding that each STATIN representative has the necessary identification as proof.Explaining the HES process, Miss Coy said there will be an initial visit to the households to introduce the interviewers and explain the survey. A diary will be left with a randomly selected member of the household to collect individual expenses and input other relevant information.“We want to capture everything that the household spends on…so the diary will be left to record their expenses over a two-week span,” she pointed out.She added that during the process, a questionnaire will also be administered to members of the household.“It (the survey) might require more than one visit depending on the accommodation of the householder, but once the questionnaire has been completed, that is the end of the data collection process for that household,” the Director General said.The HES is being conducted from February 6, 2017 to February 2018. Each month, a sample of approximately 1,200 households are visited by the STATIN interviewers, with about 15,000 households to be reached by the end of the survey.For further information on the HES or other surveys in the field, persons may call 630-1600 or visit STATIN’s website at: www.statinja.gov.jm. “All of our interviewers and all our employees signed an oath of confidentiality and we take that oath seriously, so we want to reassure Jamaicans that the information that they provide is confidential under the Statistics Act and we cannot provide this to any other party,” Director General of STATIN, Carol Coy, told JIS News.