Jamaica’s Former PM defends JLP’s one seat majority

first_imgBruce Golding Former PM says Holness could run the country effectively with a one seat majority Former prime minister Bruce Golding says Prime Minister elect Andrew Holness should be free to form his own cabinet, dismissing speculation that the one-seat majority for the Jamaica Labor Party (JLP) could spell disaster for the incoming administration. Golding told reporters on Monday that the 32-31 result of the general election held last Thursday, should not be used as a mechanism to hold the 43-year-old Holness to ransom.“With a tight majority of one, it would be a perfect situation if, after he has put together his Cabinet, everybody is happy. But human nature doesn’t function that way,” Golding said, noting that immediately after the February 25 poll, he sent Holness a message in which he advised him that “compromises very often have to be accommodated in the workings of politics.”But he said he also urged Holness, who had replaced him as prime minister in 2011, not to let anybody hold a gun to his head in the decisions he will have to make.“I may not be happy if I am not made minister of X or minister of Y, but if I am a member of the team; if I am a member of the parliament, my duty is not only to the party but to the country to support the Government at a time when the Government needs [the] full hundred support of its members,” he said. “Therefore, I hope that people will give him the space that he needs and allow him to exercise his discretion as he sees fit.”The former Prime Minister, who said he played a role in getting JLP candidates campaign in at least 10 constituencies, said that he had also indicated to Holness his willingness to assist. He said he was due to meet with Holness on Monday night and would inform him “if there is an area where he feels my assistance can be of help to him then he will raise it. If it is something he already has under control he won’t waste his own time and waste mine,” he said, adding that Holness’ wife Juliet Holness should be considered for a cabinet position, like every other successful candidate of the JLP.“I don’t think that she should be put in the cabinet because she’s his wife, but at the same time I don’t believe she should be left out of the cabinet because she’s his wife. It’s a judgement call that he must make, but he must make that based on the criteria which guides him,” Golding said.Golding also said that Holness could run the country effectively with a one seat majority, even as he acknowledged that “it is going to be challenging to administer a government with a one-seat majority.last_img read more

Knowles Introduces Bypass Capacitor Kit for MMIC Amplifiers

first_imgKnowles Precision Devices (KPD), a division of Knowles Corporation that focuses on the production of a wide variety of capacitors and microwave to mmWave components, has launched a Bypass Capacitor Kit for MMIC amplifiers.High-frequency MMIC amplifiers with broadband gain need to be protected from RF noise on the supply lines, particularly the RF energy coupled back into the device from its output. Supply noise creates challenges in RF systems where it can mix with RF signals, impacting signal/noise ratios and potentially causing spurious output. Avoiding this requires the use of a bypass capacitor that provides an efficient path to ground for RF energy on the supply line before it enters a gain stage.Features of Knowles Bypass Capacitor Kit:Voltage handling: up to 200VGaN application requires x2 rated voltageX7R (-55⁰C to +125⁰C)Superior Microwave PerformanceEach kit contains Border Caps and V-Series:ParticularsBorder CapsV-seriesFrequency RangeUp to 80 GHzUp to 40 GHzCapacitance Value0.02pf to 2.4nF1nF to 10nFVoltage HandlingUp to 100 VUp to 200 VApplications: DC Blocking, RF Bypassing, Filtering, Tuning, and CouplingKnowles Precision Devices (KPD), focuses on the production of a wide variety of highly engineered Capacitors and Microwave to Millimeter-Wave components for use in critical applications in military, medical, electric vehicle, and 5G market segments. Their products also find applications in Radar, pacemakers, MRI equipment, satellites, airplanes, electric vehicles, and mobile phone base stations.Click here to learn more about the Bypass Capacitor Kit for MMIC Amplifiers.last_img read more

World No 1 Djokovic, wife test positive for coronavirus

first_imgWorld No. 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic has tested positive for coronavirus. Djokovic is the fourth player from the Adria Tour, a tennis exhibition that took place in Serbia and Croatia over the past two weeks to have contracted COVID-19 after Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki all tested positive. Djokovic, who had planned the tour, was not tested in Croatia on Sunday, instead travelling back to Serbia. Upon arrival there it was confirmed he had tested positive for coronavirus, although he is not displaying symptoms. His wife, Jelena, has also tested positive and they will go into self-isolation for 14 days. “The moment we arrived in Belgrade we went to be tested,’ Djokovic said in a statement. ‘My result is positive just as is Jelena’s, while our children’s are negative. ‘Everything we did in the past month, we did with a pure heart and sincere intentions. Our tournament meant to unite and share a message of solidarity and compassion throughout the region. ‘We organised the tournament at the moment when the virus has weakened, believing that the conditions for hosting the Tour had been met. ‘Unfortunately, the virus is still present, and it is a new reality that we are still learning to cope and live with. ‘I am extremely sorry for each individual case of infection. I hope that it will not complicate anyone’s health situation and that everyone will be fine.’ The remainder of the Adria Tour has now been cancelled. Adria Tour director and Djokovic’s father Djordje, said: ‘We are extremely sorry that we have to stop organizing the upcoming tennis tournaments in Banja Luka and Sarajevo. We were looking forward to promoting sports and providing financial support to local players, as well as to the audience finally seeing Novak Djokovic and other tennis players live, after many years of waiting. ‘Unfortunately, due to all the events that happened in the last few days, we have decided that the most important thing right now is to stabilize the epidemiological situation, as well as for everyone to recover. The Zadar-based final between Russia’s Andrey Rublev and Djokovic was abandoned after Dimitrov tested positive, with the Bulgarian world No. 19 revealing the news on Instagram. It was no surprise when others including Coric, Troicki and members of Djokovic and Dimitrov’s teams confirmed they had also contracted the virus given the total abandonment of any social distancing during the event.last_img read more