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first_imgA Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is to be signed between theMinistry of Labour and Social Security through its agency, the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD), and the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) to assist persons with disabilities who do not have birth certificates, to secure these under the National Identification System (NIDS) project.Executive Director of the JCDP, Dr. Christine Hendricks, who made the disclosure in an interview with JIS News, said the initiative came about following two town hall meetings organized by the Council in May.The participants included representatives of several private and public sector entities who were engaged in dialogue with persons with disabilities from several parishes on issues affecting them, including not having birth certificates.Dr. Hendricks explained that persons will get assistance to cover the cost for assessments in order to get their birth certificates, adding that “we are in the process of finalizing the MoU.” “We know that (for) persons with developmental disabilities and autism (among other challenges), the assessment process being done by clinical psychologists is very costly. So for those who are unable to pay, there will be assistance (from the NIDS project) to help them get their birth certificates as well as other assistance that is needed,” she informed.Dr. Hendricks encourages persons with disabilities to register with the Council in order to access this and other benefits.“Good things are happening for persons with disabilities and that is why I continue to implore persons to register, because only persons registered with the JCPD can benefit,” she said.The RGD is to be transformed into the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA). Work facilitating this is slated to commence during the 2018/19 fiscal year.The RGD’s Chief Executive Officer, Deirdre English Gosse, said the MoU is currently being reviewed by the entities’ legal teams.“Based on our previous meetings, we found out that there are a lot of persons with disabilities who do not have birth certificates. We are trying, basically, to provide persons who have been registered with the JCPD with birth certificates,” she explained.Outreach activities for the initiative, which will be undertaken islandwide, are being funded through the NIDS project. These include health and wellness fairs organized by the RGD.“All they have to do is show up and once we get the proper information from them, we will process and provide them with a birth certificate. We hope that persons will come out and we will get a significant number of persons with disabilities, so they can get their birth certificates. It will help them to be included in the National Identification System project, once that gets underway,” Mrs. English Gosse said.NIDS, which is scheduled for implementation in 2019, will provide a comprehensive and secure structure to capture and store identity information for all Jamaicans.Under the system, each citizen will be provided with a randomised nine-digit National Identification Number (NIN), which they will have for life.last_img read more

17 09 19

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, November 8, 2016 – The diaspora is being touted among the specific areas that will be engaged to attract investment for achieving economic growth.  Chairman of the Economic Growth Council (EGC), Michael Lee-Chin, speaking in a panel discussion and signing ceremony at the Courtleigh Auditorium on November 7, said the diaspora is a central repository for investment capital.  He said the EGC will be engaging members of this demographic in visits to Atlanta, New York, Miami, London, Toronto and other diaspora nodes in a move to expose them to the mission of the council and how they can partake in the push for growth locally.Mr. Lee-Chin noted that other areas that are expected to drive growth include insurance, local and foreign investors, agriculture and the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry. He said investments in renewable energy, mining, tourism, manufacturing and infrastructure are also critical.The Chairman expressed confidence in the commitment to achieving growth of five per cent in gross domestic product (GDP) in four years, noting that the table is set for this due to a confluence of factors – fiscal stability, historically low inflation, low energy and telecoms prices, and improved business confidence.  “The table is set for growth because the Government has accepted its role to enable and facilitate growth,” Mr. Lee-Chin emphasized.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness; Mr.  Lee-Chin and Vice Chairman, Ambassador Nigel Clarke, used the ceremony to sign a declaration of intent with private sector-groups, unions and civil society, which underscores the Government’s commitment to the specific policies that fall under each growth initiative.The growth initiatives by the EGC, which was appointed by the Prime Minister to consult widely and advise Cabinet on policies and reform that will facilitate economic growth, are to: maintain macroeconomic stability and pursue debt reduction; improve citizen security and public safety; improve access to finance; and pursue bureaucratic reform to improve the business environment.The other initiatives are to: stimulate greater asset utilization; build human capital; harness the power of the diaspora; and catalyze the implementation of strategic projects.last_img read more

17 09 19

first_imgTottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has revealed he’s keen to overtake Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the race for the Premier League golden boot award.The England international, who won the Premier League Golden Boot prize in 2016 and 2017 before also finishing first in the race for the Golden boot at the World Cupid Russia, said, according to ESPN: “Since I’ve been in the Premier League it’s had some of the best strikers in the world.”“Aubameyang is at the top end at the moment. There’s quite a few on eight or nine goals so it’s important for me to carry on doing what I’m doing.”“When you’ve done it on the biggest stage of them all, the World Cup, you can look back and gain confidence from that. If you’re going through a spell where you’re not scoring, a couple of games here and there, you know you can do it at the highest level.”kanu, arsenal'Report: Kanu makes bold claim about Pepe George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Former Arsenal superstar Kanu claims the Premier League teams fear Nicolas Pepe.The Ivory Coast international Pepe, made an 80 million Euro move to Arsenal…Spurs victory over Southampton was a welcome relief after Sunday’s 4-2 defeat to Arsenal, and Kane is pleased that the North London side will get another crack at the Unai Emery’s men when they return to the Emirates for the Carabao Cup quarterfinal in two weeks’ time.“It was a derby game and you never want to lose those kinds of games,” he said.“Credit to them, they were probably the better team on the day but it was important for us to dust it off and get back to winning ways.”“Revenge is a strong word but we’ll be motivated [in the quarterfinal]. It was a heated derby. It’s what you want a derby to be like.”“It’s an opportunity for us to get one back if we can. That’s still a couple of weeks away but I’m sure the fans will be looking forward to it, and we will be as well.”last_img read more

17 09 19

first_imgRetired Marine Completes Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon Eight Months After Losing Leg Anjalie Tandon June 3, 2019 Anjalie Tandon, Posted: June 3, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Retired Marine Peter Keating had his leg amputated eight months ago. This past weekend he finished the full Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon.KUSI’s Logan Byrnes interviews him for the full story. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

14 09 19

first_imgBarney Feinberg is the President of the Kay Group – Life Balance Recruiters.  He is a Certified Life Coach who has merged Life Coaching with Executive Placement. He can be reached at bfeinberg@thekaygroup.com. You walk into work on Friday, getting ready for the weekend with your family. Sitting down at your desk you start your day, checking e-mail messages as you drink your coffee, milk no sugar.It is 9:15 in the morning when you get a call from the director of human resources to come into her office. A bell goes off in your head but you choose not to notice it. As you walk into her office you notice your boss on the other side of the desk. As you sit down in your chair you feel as if you are sinking and there is an unfamiliar anxiety covering you like a hot beach blanket, causing you to sweat. Then the words, “Today is going to be your last day….You have just been downsized.There is an initial shock, grasping for more to understand, as if there was a way to change the decision. An offer is made for severance after you sign some papers. You are then escorted to your desk to take your personal belongings; feeling like you were walking the last mile to oblivion with eyes staring at you, some comforted that it is not them, others wondering who’s next.You have been stripped of your perceived security, sent into the street with little to show for it and the uneasy realization that the mortgage payments never stop, your eldest son needs braces, and what are you going to tell your spouse who works part time without benefits? Is the Iceberg Melting?The most important thing to accomplish after being downsized is to realize your fear and understand that you can either use it as an asset or it will use you, causing a paralysis of action. For most of us, it is something to get rid of, an uncomfortable anxiety. We may succeed at times but it doesn’t just go away, it is something that can come back many times with many things triggering it, including my introduction to this article. It can take away our confidence and make us settle for less than we can achieve to live our dreams for a wonderful life.We can be great creators of fear, often projecting worst case scenarios that never happen. I work in the Empire State Building and after 9/11 I can tell you it was easy to create fear, worrying about future events. Worry is planning for failure and anyone in a successful business will tell you it is better to plan for success.Planning for success in the face of the unknown is where you want to be when finding your next career opportunity. You may be thinking, “That makes sense, but easier said than done, I have all these things to worry about.” When one is downsized it can be easy to worry, especially if you have a lot of financial responsibilities to meet. I am here to tell you planning for success takes your mind off of worry and with practice it becomes easier.How can we use fear as an asset? Speak to actors with stage fright; many rely on that energy from increased adrenaline to enhance the passion of their performance. They focus their attention on the actions they intuitively know they can perform, brilliantly!If you have recently been downsized, just noticing that you are worrying and planning for failure can help you choose to get back into planning for success. Success planning is a very powerful place to be that will lead you to action in finding your next career move.For those of you who are reading this article and working, yet understand that some day downsizing could happen to you, a friend, or family member, this is the perfect time to plan for success.This planning can be done every day and not just for your career but for every area of your life. It can be a short range plan that you can take action on immediately, such as going to the gym or getting to bed on time. It can be a long range plan that has milestones of accomplishment before you reach your goal such as losing 10 lbs. over a period of time or creating a Web site. The key is to make success planning a habit in every area of your life.There are many ways to find a new job: networking, job boards, direct company contact, and executive recruiters. Being in action by planning for success will bring the results you want much quicker with less stress. Deal with downsizing from strength not fear.last_img read more

13 09 19

first_imgThe seven members of the Senate Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee are asking Senate appropriators to provide defense officials more leeway in spending the department’s fiscal 2018 budget allocation, with the department likely to have less than six months to use the extra funds afforded by last month’s bipartisan budget agreement. The lawmakers propose waiving the one-year limitation on spending operation and maintenance funds and the “80/20 rule,” which restricts officials from obligating more than 20 percent of one-year appropriations during the last two months of the fiscal year, reports Defense News. “Either of these two exceptions will ensure that service secretaries will have the flexibility to obligate funds in an efficient manner to restore readiness and execute the National Security and Defense Strategy,” according to the readiness panel’s March 5 letter. The request echoes a similar proposal House appropriators are considering.Air Force photo by Sr. Airman Joshua Kleinholz Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

10 09 19

first_img Comments Tags 2 Share your voicecenter_img Marriott is getting into the home-sharing business. Marriott International Marriott is looking to get in on the home-sharing business. The hotel chain plans to start a home-rental business to compete with Airbnb and similar services, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. Marriott didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, but the Journal reported that the company could unveil the first phase of its plan early next month. The move would make Marriott, the world’s biggest hotel operator, the first major hotel company to create a US home rental platform. Airbnb, which has over 6 million listings worldwide, has progressively moved into the hotel business over the past couple of years, including acquiring Hotel Tonight Inc. in March. It’s also increasingly working with landlords on profit-sharing deals. The company announced partnerships with major landlords in Florida and in San Francisco in 2017. And on Monday, Airbnb announced that it’s partnering with RXR Realty, one of New York City’s largest real estate owners, to convert 10 stories of an iconic Rockefeller Plaza building into Airbnb rentals.On Monday, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky was on CBS This Morning to talk about the company’s future and its new documentary, Gay Chorus Deep South, which is premiering at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. (Editors’ note: CNET is owned by CBS.)”I think you’ll think of Airbnb to plan your entire vacation at all price points and all geographies in the world,” Chesky said. “So, we’re going to combine where to go, what to do and how to get there all in one place. The whole end-to-end trip. Not just housing, not just homes.” Originally published April 29, 6:57 a.m. PTUpdate, 7:08 a.m.: Adds details; 7:58 a.m.: Adds Chesky’s comments from CBS This Morning interview; 3:29 p.m.: Adds information on Airbnb’s partnership with RXR Realty. Tech Industrylast_img read more

10 09 19

first_img 10 Photos VW will build Sedric, this self-driving concept pod Volkswagen Autonomous Vehicles Car Industry Auto Tech Post a comment Share your voice News • 2019 Volkswagen Arteon is pricey, starting from $36,840 Self-driving cars Join us for a ride in Ford’s prototype self-driving car Now playing: Watch this: 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2019 Lamborghini Urus review: Part SUV, part supercar 0 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Preview • 2019 Volkswagen Arteon first drive: Flagship fastback feels familiar Tags More about 2019 Volkswagen Arteon 5:57 Review • 2019 Volkswagen Arteon review: VW’s CC followup is more than just a carbon copy More From Roadshow Enlarge ImageI’d probably feel carsick, too, if I was getting driven around with that thing on my head. Volkswagen It took me years to condition myself to be able to look at my phone from the passenger seat of a moving vehicle without getting nauseous, and there are countless others still trying to make that happen for themselves. When self-driving cars begin to litter the landscape, occupants might be rightfully worried about how the cars will drive and whether or not they might make people sick. Thankfully, Volkswagen is trying to figure out ways around that.Volkswagen last week published a release chronicling the ways that the automaker is attempting to mitigate car sickness for passengers of autonomous vehicles. The OEM is looking at two specific things: What makes a person sick in a car, and how to mitigate that in the future.To figure this out, Volkswagen is putting people in cars and making them sick (really). In its release, it mentions a specific scenario: A volunteer wears sensors and cameras to measure various things like pulse and body temperature. That person is taken around a test track, following behind a semiautonomous vehicle operating “in a stop-start motion,” mimicking traffic. The volunteer must watch a video displayed on a dashboard-mounted tablet the whole time the test is running. The test passenger mentioned in the release said she doesn’t normally get carsick, but in this test, she did.VW is trying to figure out ways to mitigate this onset of nausea. The automaker mentioned the idea of movable seats that could physically react to changes in vehicle physics, as well as a set of LED light strips that tell users when the car is braking or accelerating, hopefully syncing up the brain and inner ear with the motions experienced through the vehicle. VW claims that there has been “some initial success,” but it’s still working to ensure that whatever countermeasures it devises will be useful for those in the real world.It doesn’t take a self-driving car to make you nauseous as a passenger, obviously. I felt under the weather trying to operate a trunk-mounted camera while riding shotgun around a track, and it took fewer than three laps to start feeling unwell. Taking my eyes off the screen and focusing solely on the horizon did help, but when it comes to autonomous cars, one of their perceived benefits is the ability to get some work done on a commute, and immediately getting carsick would negate that. VW’s smart to try and get ahead of this, lest we find a whole subset of civilization unsuited for AVs from a gastrointestinal standpoint.last_img read more

5 09 19

first_imgSamsung Electronics has announced its earnings for Q4 ending 31 December, 2014.Net profit was 5.35 trillion won (approximately $4.88 billion) and operating profit stood at 5.29 trillion won (approximately $4.83 billion). Total revenues were up 11% quarter-on-quarter at 52.73 trillion won (approximately $48.11 billion), according to Samsung Tomorrow. Operating profit saw an increase of 1.23 trillion won (approximately $1.12 billion) quarter-on-quarter.However, the company witnessed a decline in operating profit compared to the corresponding quarter last year. It posted operating profit of 8.3 trillion won (approximately $7.5 billion) from 59.28 trillion won (approximately $54 billion) during the same period last year.Samsung’s earnings from its mobile division declined 73.9 percent to 1.75 trillion won (approximately $1.60 billion) in Q3 of 2014, its worst since the second quarter of 2011, but it did better in Q4, thanks to Galaxy Note 4, registering 1.96 trillion won (approximately $1.79 billion) in operating profit from consolidated revenues of 26.29 trillion won (approximately $24 billion).Earnings from mobile division are expected to grow in 2015 with demand for smartphones likely to increase in emerging markets like India and China, and 4G LTE services expected to expand.”Through new materials, innovative design and differentiated features, competitive products will be introduced to drive smartphone sales, while efficiency will be enhanced across R&D and marketing to increase profitability,” reported Samsung Tomorrow.The dip in Samsung’s Q3 earnings was mainly due to poor sales of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, which received negative response from many gadget lovers and Samsung fans, as it failed to have many features that were speculated before its release.Now, all eyes are on the upcoming Galaxy S6, which is expected to be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC 2015) to be held between 2-5 March. Samsung will surely look forward to the device to boost its earnings in the second and third quarters of 2015. Reports on the device that have appeared so far, suggest that it will have significant changes in features and design.last_img read more

5 09 19

first_imgState-owned telecom operators – Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) – are reportedly in talks with private players to share spectrum in a bid to reduce losses and improve their revenues.”We are talking to two-three private operators. We have unutilised spectrum in many locations, in different circles,” a senior BSNL official told Business Standard.While MTNL provides telecom services in Delhi and Mumbai, BSNL offers services in the rest of the country. Due to intense competition in the telecom space, both the public sector operators have been struggling, incurring huge losses for the past few years.BSNL had posted a loss of Rs 7,600 crore for the financial year ending 31st March 2015, while MTNL’s loss stood at Rs 745 crore in the first quarter of the current financial year.Sharing spectrum with the two government-owned telcos is expected to assist private operators to address rising call drop issues. It will enable them to use their spectrum efficiently.In a bid to address the growing furore over increasing call drops, the telecom regulator has recently recommended operators to provide compensation to users for each dropped call. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has asked the operators to offer a compensation of Re 1 for each call drop.With the government giving its green signal for spectrum sharing, many companies have intensified their talks for such an arrangement, said the BSNL official.Nevertheless, the government has to ease the spectrum cap limits in order to enable spectrum sharing between two major telecom operators.As per the existing rules, an operator is not permitted to have over 25% of the spectrum allotted to all operators “in a particular circle or more than 50% of spectrum assigned in a particular frequency band.”last_img read more