General Manager of Couples San Souci Hotel, in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, Pierre Battaglia, and the Mystic Mountain Rain Forrest attraction, also situated in the parish, copped top honours at the 2011 Tourism Service Excellence Awards ceremony, held at the Ritz-Carlton Golf and Spa Resort in Rose Hall, Montego Bay, on Saturday (December 8). Mr. Battaglia captured the overall individual category, edging out 11 other contenders, while Mystic Mountain Rain Forrest, topped the nominees vying for the award for organizations/entities, and were awarded multiple trophies, awards and other prizes. The awards, which are presented annually under the Tourism Service Excellence Programme (TSEP), are organized by the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo). They represent the highest accolades given in recognition of excellence in service delivery in the sector. In his address, Tourism and Entertainment Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, said while the presentations rewarded the recipients for excellence in service delivery, they are also intended to motivate and inspire others to aspire towards attaining achievements at the highest level, through hard work. “As Jamaicans, this is what separates and differentiates us as the premier tourism destination in the Caribbean. The climate, the plant infrastructure, the hotels and the service provision, often, have similarities in most destinations. However, it is that genuine interaction and warmth of the Jamaican persona…delivered simultaneously, that is credited for distinguishing that moment of truth,” he stated. The Minister contended that the successes recorded by Jamaica’s tourism industry, to date, have hinged on the stakeholders’ ability to improve on the “intangible element” of service excellence. “The Tourism Service Excellence Awards is a part of the government’s efforts towards this greater goal,” Dr. McNeill declared. Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), Evelyn Smith, noted that all of this year’s finalists have demonstrated that service delivery is not a “one-off moment”, but rather “but moments so woven together into…their daily life and work or (that of) their organization(s), that they become one with excellence”. Consequent on this, Mrs. Smith said Jamaica currently benefits from sustained levels of excellence in service delivery to which they and others have committed.
The St. James Parish Council yesterday (January 18) handed over space in the Charles Gordon market to the Area One Police for the setting up of a police post. The approximately 264 square feet of space is part of a complete facility, which was built at a cost of approximately $3.2 million. Mayor of Montego Bay and Chairman of the St. James Parish Council, Councillor Glendon Harris, in his comments at the brief handing over ceremony, noted that the establishment of the police post at the market, located on Fustic Road, is part of a plan to attract more visitors to the facility. “We need to make this, as is the case in most other jurisdictions, that the local fruits and vegetable market/food market is an attraction,” he stated. He said that the St James Parish Council has embarked on a concerted effort to put order into vending at the market, which has brought back some amount of civility and dignity to shopping at the facility, noting that even tour buses have started to revisit the market. “I invite every well-thinking citizen of the parish to come and assist us in ensuring that the Charles Gordon Market is a place of pride,” he stated, while also calling for the full support of the vendors. Assistant Commissioner of Police in Charge of Area one, Devon Watkis, in accepting the facility, informed that a team of approximately 14 police personnel will be posted there. He said they will be tasked with ensuring that consumers and vendors can conduct business in a safe and secure environment so as to enhance commerce. Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott, in his address, emphasised the importance of conforming to the laws of the land regarding the proper disposal of garbage. He said that a stringent system of prosecution will begin soon to cut down on public littering. “Whether it is a sweetie paper, a bottle, or a bag or garbage itself, we are going to begin a process to enforce the law, because we have to bring decency and sanity to the country,” he stated. The Minister commended the St. James Parish Council for providing space for the police post and gave a commitment to assist “as far as resources will allow”, the move to make the market environment safer. President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Devon Crump, in his remarks, promised some furniture for the new police post.
Recommended for you Airports Authority commanded to protect South Caicos airport by airline State of Emergency Declared for South Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Oct 2015 – South Caicos residents are paying considerably higher fares for domestic air travel due to a change in the schedule at InterCaribbean Airways. Recently, Member of Parliament for the District, Hon Norman Saunders responded to the question on the issue on RTC radio and said it is a grave inconvenience which even impacts patients at the hospital. “Because now instead of getting to Grand Turk even at 10 o’ clock which is considered late for many things that South Caicos residents would want to do in Grand Turk, you cannot get to Grand Turk before 11 o’ clock now.”Hon Saunders continued, “the arrangement the government had was that South Caicos patients visiting the Grand Turk hospital would normally go up in the morning and come back in the afternoon. That is almost impossible now, they will not get to Grand Turk before 11 o’clock and depending on the circumstances they will have to overnight so that is an extra cost for the Government.”The Member is calling on Government to intervene; calling the situation ‘drastic’. The Premier had promised that he would get all of the stakeholders together to resolve the issue. The change was conveyed to Saunders days before it took effect on October 11. Airline tickets are as much as $100 more for travel out of South Caicos. Related Items:Intercaribbean Airways, norman saunders, south caicos Teen dies mysteriously in South Caicos, Police investigate Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Citation: Highly magnified gravitationally lensed red quasar detected by astronomers (2018, July 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-highly-magnified-gravitationally-lensed-red.html Explore further Astronomers have discovered a highly magnified, gravitationally lensed quasi-stellar object (QSO). The newly found quasar, designated W2M J104222.11+164115.3, is dust-reddened, and exhibits a significant flux anomaly. The finding is reported in a paper published July 14 on the arXiv pre-print server. Quasars are active galactic nuclei of very high luminosity, emitting electromagnetic radiation observable in radio, infrared, visible, ultraviolet and X-ray wavelengths. They are among the brightest and most distant objects in the known universe, and serve as fundamental tools for numerous studies in astrophysics as well as cosmology. Some quasars are obscured by dust as they transition from a heavily dust-enshrouded phase to typical, unobscured QSOs, which reddens their light. Finding quasars during such a transition could help astronomers better understand the processes of galaxy evolution and star formation.A group of astronomers led by Eilat Glikman of the Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, has conducted a search for red quasars by analyzing the available data from the WISE and 2MASS (W2M) surveys. They were selecting objects based on their infrared colors, which resulted in identifying 40 red QSOs. Among the newly found objects was one quasar designated W2M J104222.11+164115.3 (W2M J1042+1641 for short). This QSO interested the researchers as it was more luminous than any other known radio-quiet quasar and implied extreme properties suggestive of gravitational lensing.”In this paper, we report the discovery of a quadruply lensed, radio-quiet red quasar discovered in a search for red quasars using WISE color selection and no radio criterion,” the paper reads.In order to get more detailed information about W2M J1042+1641, Glikman’s team also analyzed observational data of this quasar collected by Hubble Space Telescope (HST), Large Binocular Telescope (LBT), NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) and Keck I telescope.W2M J1042+1641 was found at a redshift of 2.517. According to the paper, the quasar has an infrared luminosity of about 120 trillion solar luminosities and is moderately reddened from dust intrinsic to its environment. The researchers noted that W2M J1042+1641 exhibits outflows in its spectrum as well as morphological properties suggestive of it being in a merger-driven transitional phase. Moreover, the quasar showcases significant flux anomaly as its 20 cm flux density was found to be below 1.0 mJy.In concluding remarks, the researchers emphasized that the case of W2M J1042+1641 could be helpful for studies of less luminous, more typical infrared-selected quasar at high redshift. However, they noted that the origin of flux anomalies of this quasar is still uncertain, which should be a target for further investigation.”Microlensing magnification maps may be explored to investigate the possibility of the flux anomalies being due to microlensing. On a longer timescale, monitoring observations would separate microlensing and intrinsic flux variations. Since the quasar is radio-faint, observations probing narrow line emission from the source, too spatially extended to be affected by microlensing, would be required to separate the effects of microlensing and substructure,” the astronomers wrote in the paper. New quasar discovered by astronomers Color combined HST WFC3/IR F125W and F160W images of W2M J1042+1641 over two visits along with output from a morphological analysis with galfit (Peng et al. 2002). Credit: Glikman et al., 2018. More information: A highly magnified gravitationally lensed red quasar at z = 2.5 with significant flux anomaly: Uncovering a missing population, arXiv:1807.05434 [astro-ph.GA] arxiv.org/abs/1807.05434AbstractWe present the discovery of a gravitationally lensed dust-reddened QSO at z=2.517 discovered in a survey for red QSOs by infrared selection. Hubble Space Telescope imaging in the WFC3/IR F160W and F125W filters reveals a quadruply lensed system in a cusp configuration. We find that compared to the central image of the cusp, the nearby, brightest image is anomalous by a factor of ∼7−11. Although the source is extremely bright in the mid-infrared, a magnification by a factor of ∼50−120 places an upper limit of 1.35 mJy on the intrinsic mid-infrared brightness, well below the WISE W4 detection limit of 6 mJy. We find that this QSO is moderately reddened, with E(B−V)=0.7 and that ∼1% of the intrinsic spectrum is leaked back into the line of sight resulting in an upturn in its UV spectrum. We conclude that the QSO’s reddening is intrinsic and not due to the lens. Consistent with previous red quasar samples, this source exhibits outflows in its spectrum as well as morphological properties suggestive of it being in a merger-driven transitional phase. Depending on how Lbol is computed, the quasar’s accretion rate may be as high as 0.26 LEdd. We detect two Lyman limit systems, at z=2.102 and z=2.431, with absorption by metal lines likely at small impact parameter to the QSO, and a putative lens redshift of z=0.599. Given the rarity of quad lenses, the discovery of this source allows detailed study of a less luminous, more typical infrared-selected quasar at high redshift. © 2018 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.