Trade Board Playing Facilitatory Role – Senator Spencer

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail State Minister in the Ministry of Information, Technology, Energy and Commerce, Senator Kern Spencer, has said that a critical facilitatory role was being played by the Trade Board, especially in the context of the CARICOM Single Market.In keeping with this role, a Commerce Facilitation Unit has been established at the Agency to be the main interface between the Ministry and the business community, the Senator informed during his contribution to the 2006/07 State of the Nation Debate in the Senate on December 1.“This we intend to achieve by providing an information and assistance hub through which pertinent and commerce related data can be disseminated. For the upcoming financial year, the main focus of this unit will be a series of seminars, workshops and public forums aimed at stimulating commerce,” he said.The Senator informed that the public could now submit and pay for import/export licences and export certificates of origin online from any computer every day of the week.“To date, the import module of this system has been successfully implemented and has attained an impressive user rate of 61 per cent,” he said.Additionally, Senator Spencer said a pilot project for a paperless licence system had also been launched and that this effected the final phase of full implementation of the Trade Board Information System that has eliminated the need to visit the Trade Board offices.He pointed out that the Trade Board, through provisions of the recently passed e-Transaction Bill, would become the certifying authority for Public Key Infrastructure (PKI).Issuing PKI will give the Trade Board the power to licence and regulate trade certification service providers as well as issue them with digital licences to offer these services. RelatedTrade Board Playing Facilitatory Role – Senator Spencer RelatedTrade Board Playing Facilitatory Role – Senator Spencer Trade Board Playing Facilitatory Role – Senator Spencer UncategorizedDecember 4, 2006center_img Advertisements RelatedTrade Board Playing Facilitatory Role – Senator Spencerlast_img read more

Justices Of The Peace Urged To Assist Efforts to Eliminate Human Trafficking

first_imgRelatedPortmore Municipal Council Refurbishes Home of Disabled Resident Advertisements Justices Of The Peace Urged To Assist Efforts to Eliminate Human TraffickingJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay By Glenis Rose, JIS Regional Office, Montego Bay. Justices Of The Peace Urged To Assist Efforts to Eliminate Human Trafficking Local GovernmentJune 23, 2013Written by: Glenis A. Rose RelatedContribution to the Annual Sectoral Debate by the Hon. Noel Arscott, M.P. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Carol Palmer, has called on Justices of the Peace (JPs) to play a more active role in sensitising community members about human trafficking and identifying perpetrators of the crime.Mrs. Palmer, who is also Chairman of the National Task Force Against Trafficking In Persons (TIP), made the appeal as she addressed an installation ceremony for 35 new JPs for the parish for St. James, held on Thursday (June 20), at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.“We have seen in the past few years, an increase in the number of reported cases of trafficking in persons in Jamaica … I implore you to be keen on this issue and to help to uncover in your communities, any instance of forced labour, forced prostitution or forced exploitation,” she stated.Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery andinvolvesthe use of force, fraud, or coercion to exploitchildren and adults for some type of labor or commercialsex purpose.Jamaica has made significant strides in addressing human trafficking. In addition to establishing the national task force, there have been increased activities in preventing human trafficking and punishing traffickers.A shelter has been established for the care and protection of victims and between April 2012 and March 2013, the police conducted some 213 raids in establishments across the island and 23 human trafficking victims were rescued.  There have been seven TIP investigations launched and four arrests made up to March 2013.Public education efforts have been significantly revved up to increase awareness of the crime.The United States (US) State Department, in its latest Trafficking in Persons Report, has upgraded Jamaica from its Tier 2 Watch List to Tier 2, which is a recognition of the country’s gains in complying with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.Mrs. Palmer, in her address to the JPs, also urged them to be on guard when persons come to them to authenticate documents.Traffickers will often confiscate the passports and visas of victims, or have identifying documents drawn up based on false information.“In your role of verifying documents and validating identity, I urge you to be vigilant that you do not unwittingly assist would be perpetrators.  When persons or groups come to you for the verification of documents, be observant.  Does one individual seem to be exercising unusual or inappropriate control over another person and their documents?” she stated.Mrs. Palmer told those JPs, who are afraid to carry out their role in this regard, to immediately turn in their commission to the Custos of the parish.  “If you are not prepared to say ‘I do not know you, I cannot do this for you’ then return the instruments of office to the Custos,” she advised.The Permanent Secretary said that as “standard bearers” in their communities the JPs are called upon to serve with integrity, honesty and dignity, and to be morally upright.“Do not be influenced by anyone in carrying out your duties. Do not be afraid to carry out your duties in strict adherence to established principles, laws, regulations and guidelines.  Do not allow anyone to cower you from your pedestal of moral exactitude,” she told them. RelatedWestmoreland Community Welcomes Overseas Dental Mission Photo: JIS PhotographerPermanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Carol Palmer, addresses the installation ceremony for 35 new Justices of the Peace (JPs) for the parish of St. James, held recently at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall.last_img read more

All-Star Concert Honors John Lennon’s 75th Birthday Saturday on TV (WATCH)

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreImagine what songs might be playing in your iTunes today had we not lost John Lennon 35 years ago.The co-founder of The Beatles would have celebrated his 75th birthday October 9th — and to mark the occasion some of today’s biggest stars have joined surviving Beatles Ringo and Paul to honor the rock-and-roll legend in a broadcast set to air on cable TV this weekend.An A-List music line-up performed some of his greatest hits on December 5 at a charity concert in New York. “Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert” airs this Saturday on AMC network.NEED MORE HAPPY NEWS? …GET OUR GOOD NEWS APP—>  Download FREE for Android and iOSJohn Fogerty opens the show with back to back performances of “Give Peace a Chance” and “In My Life.”Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler does a crowd-pleasing reprisal of his role from the 1978 “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” movie, in which he played leader of the Future Villain Band. Additionally, in a duet with country music superstar Eric Church, Tyler belts out “Revolution.”The roster also includes Aloe Blacc, Sheryl Crow, Brandon Flowers of The Killers, Peter Frampton, Kris Kristofferson, Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Willie Nelson, The Roots, and Chris Stapleton, among others.RELATED:  Ringo Sells Beatles Drum Kit, Other Treasures, Raises $9.2M for CharityPaul McCartney sent a pre-recorded video and actor Kevin Bacon hosted the concert, which ends with the all-star line-up performing “All You Need Is Love.”The concert raised money for charity with a portion of the ticket sales going to Robin Hood, a New York nonprofit funding 200 programs to help people rise out of poverty.(WATCH the video trailer below) —Photo: stuarthampton, CCScore Some Instant Karma: Alert Your Friends Before Saturday! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

first_imgFred and Carol Logan addressed the crowd at the Johnson County Library Foundation’s Library Lets Loose party on Saturday. Photo via Susan Mong on Twitter.NEJC’s Logans serve as honorary hosts of Johnson County Library Foundation party. NEJC residents Fred and Carol Logan were the honorary hosts of Saturday’s Library Lets Loose celebration, a fundraising event marking the 20th anniversary of the Johnson County Library Foundation.Shawnee Mission School District enrollment down slightly. The SM School District reported it has 27,521 students enrolled for the 2016-17 school year, down 130 students from last year, about a 1/2 percent decline.Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is this Thursday. This month’s guest speaker is Adam Fichman, founder of Lifted Logic. This entrepreneur started his first business in college and was $2 million in debt by the time he was 19. He also had a couple of run-ins with Mark Zukerberg, founder of Facebook along the way to now owning a successful web development firm. The luncheon starts goes from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will be at the Deer Creek Golf Course, 7000 W. 133rd St. Cost is $30 for members, $40 for non-members. You can register here.Election office was not handing out federal voter registration form until pressed by reporters. The Kansas City Star reports that the Johnson County Election Office was not distributing a federal voter registration form that allows people to register without proof of U.S. citizenship until it was asked about whether withholding the form would violate the National Voter Registration Act. “We may have inadvertently made it awkward or some level of inconvenient,” Election Officer Ronnie Metsker said. “But I don’t think we’ve stopped anyone from actually getting registered.” [Johnson County election office changes course, says it will hand out federal registration form — The Kansas City Star]Scandal surrounding former Johnson County Election Officer grows. Brian Newby, who left his post as Johnson County Election Officer for a federal job last year, was involved in what the Associated Press dubs an “unfolding scandal” here in Kansas. Newby was having  an affair with a woman he had promoted in a previous job and used their relationship to cover up unauthorized expenses, according to the story. The AP also says Newby was abusive to his employees. [U.S. elections chief left behind scandal in Kansas — Associated Press]Northeast Johnson County morning roundup is brought to you by Twisted Sisters Coffee Shop on Johnson Drive. For updates on the latest blends and specialty drinks available, follow them on Facebook.last_img read more

Involve members in Unite for Good

first_imgWhen CUs engage members politically, they become more loyal members.by. Bill CheneyDuring the 2013 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference, I unveiled a shared, strategic vision for the credit union movement: “Americans choose credit unions as their best financial partner.”The aim of this strategic vision was to guide us and bring us together to achieve a shared agenda to:Remove barriers (such as outdated laws and regulations that hold credit unions back from fully serving their members);Create awareness (among the public, generally about the roles credit unions play in the lives of their members—but especially among future credit union members and leaders); andFoster service excellence (by always looking for and providing avenues to deliver the best service experience to members).We developed this shared vision and agenda to reach two goals by 2023:1. Add more than 55 million Americans as primary financial institution members at credit unions; and2. Return $20 billion in financial benefits to members annually, through lower rates on loans, higher returns on savings, and fewer and lower fees.That’s a big bite. So, we developed a catch-line to make it easier to digest: Unite for Good.This sums up what our vision really asks our movement to do: Unite behind a shared vision to result in more good for our members. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Michigan woman ordered to jail after refusing to vaccinate her son

first_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Published: October 4, 2017 9:51 PM EDT PONTIAC (WWJ) An Oakland County woman has been sentenced to seven days in jail after refusing to comply with an order to vaccinate her 9-year-old son.The order was handed down in Oakland County Circuit Court Wednesday, at which time Judge Karen McDonald also announced that the boy would be vaccinated today.In explaining her decision, McDonald pointed out that Rebecca Breedow of Ferndale, together with her attorney, signed an order in November, 2016, agreeing that the child would be vaccinated. McDonald said that there was never an appeal of that order, and that Breedow never asked to have the order set aside.The court order stems from an earlier custody hearing where the boy’s father said he wanted the vaccinations for the child. Breedow told WWJ that she objected to grouping the shots together. [Get more details about the case].Breedow’s husband, Gary Breedow, disagrees with the judge’s decision.“I think it’s horrific; to me it’s a worst case scenario,” he said. “For a mother who has done and followed all of the state exemption laws, never had her voice truly heard in this court…I think it’s absolutely horrible.”Michigan is one of 17 states that allows for medical, religious, and philosophical exemptions from vaccines.Rebecca Breedow has said she believes McDonald was motivated by her own pro-vaccine beliefs; and her husband says they will appeal.Tasha Shurgin was among protesters gathered outside the courthouse. How does she feel about the outcome?“I don’t think that going to jail is ever good, but I think it’s important that people stand for what they believe,” she told WWJ’s Charlie Langton. “I don’t think she could life with herself; I know I couldn’t live with myself if I was forced to make a decision that goes against everything I believe in.”The boy is now in the custody of his father. Michigan woman ordered to jail after refusing to vaccinate her son SHARElast_img read more

Colas Rail and TNT test express rail logistics

first_imgUK: On the night of June 4-5, Colas Rail and TNT Express operated a trial freight train from Rugby to London Euston, carrying express parcels and perishable products for distribution in central London.Organised by consultancy Intermodality, the train was intended to demonstrate the feasibility of using rail for ‘high-speed, low-carbon deliveries into the heart of towns and cities’. The train was formed of former First Great Western motor-rail car carriers, which are suitable for carrying traffic in roll cages; these had previously been used for another trial with Stobart in 2012, delivering perishable food for six Sainsbury’s stores.For the latest trial, TNT delivered the roll cages to Colas Rail’s Rugby depot, where the transfer from road to rail took 20 min. After a 132 km trip, the train arrived at Euston at 02.38, and the goods were transhipped into a fleet of TNT electric and low-emission road vehicles in less than an hour.Intermodality Director Nick Gallop, congratulated TNT, Colas Rail and Network Rail on a successful demonstration. ‘This trial more than ever has laid to rest the myths about rail freight and urban logistics: the train ran to time, achieved a faster transit than by road, used an otherwise deserted main line station as a freight interchange, and reduced emissions by at least two-thirds.’TNT is understood to be looking at introducing a regular overnight service each way between London and Glasgow, avoiding the need to route traffic through its road distribution hub at Kingsbury. However, Network Rail has expressed concern that night operations at Euston might be difficult after 2016, when the station is due to be rebuilt to accommodate HS2 services.Colas Rail has purchased 10 Class 60 diesel locomotives from DB Schenker Rail UK. Colas said the locomotives which Brush supplied to British Rail in the early 1990s are being upgraded by DB Schenker Rail’s Toton depot to the ‘Super 60’ specification that has ‘already proven highly successful’ at DB Schenker Rail.last_img read more

Gallery: South African rhythm in Soweto

first_imgCompiled and photographed by Bongani Nkosi The hearty rhythm of South African music and dance is best experienced on the streets of Soweto, the country’s largest and most famous township. The skilled, lithe movements of pantsula dancers, traditional tribal displays and impeccably timed brass band parades are just some of the attractions that are delighting streams of tourists and local spectators alike.Click on a thumbnail for a larger low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below each thumbnail to download a high-resolution image.   • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image MORE GALLERIESlast_img read more

South Africa’s global reputation steady

first_imgFNB Stadium, also known as Soccer City, is located in the Soweto area of Johannesburg, South Africa. South Africa’s standing in the culture category remains its strongest asset. In this category the country scored highly on sporting excellence. (Image: Gauteng Film Commission) The Storms River mouth in the Tsitsikamma National Park in the Eastern Cape province is one of the country’s most beautiful areas. South Africa is particularly well known for its natural beauty and received its best ranking from 11 out of the 20 panel countries on this measure. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Petrus de Kock   Brand South Africa   +27 11 483 0122 RELATED ARTICLES • New slogan for Brand South Africa • Building a thriving African brand • Brand leadership award for SA • ‘Don’t underestimate South Africans’ Wilma den HartighSouth Africa’s overall global reputation has remained steady for the second consecutive year, maintaining its 36th position out of 50 nations under review in the latest Anholt-GfK Roper Nation Brands Index (NBI), an annual survey which measures global opinions of various developing and developed countries across the world.This is a significant achievement for South Africa as the findings come at a time when two thirds of the surveyed countries, some which are considered the world’s most highly regarded nations, suffered declines in their reputation over the past year.South Africa’s stable position as a nation brand is important because the way a country is perceived can make a major difference to the success of its business, trade and tourism efforts, as well as its diplomatic and cultural relations with other nations.Dr Petrus de Kock, research manager at Brand South Africa, says the country’s inclusion in the report is recognition of South Africa’s position in global economic and political systems.De Kock says that promoting the country is not only the job of the government. “The way South Africans speak about their country and relate to others also plays a role when shaping perceptions,” he says.The Anholt survey is conducted annually – approximately 20 000 people are interviewed in 20 core panel countries, one of which is South Africa. They consist of major developed and developing nations that play a key role in international relations, trade, the flow of business, cultural and tourism activities.The respondents rate 50 countries on questions in six categories, namely exports, governance, culture, people, tourism and immigration/investment. The index measures the power and appeal of each country’s ‘brand image’ by examining its competence in these categories.Top achieversThe US retained the top spot for the fourth year in a row, as the nation with the best overall reputation, followed by Germany (2nd), UK (3rd), France (4th), Canada (5th), Japan (6th), Italy (7th), Switzerland (8th), Australia (9th) and Sweden in 10th position.NBI founder Simon Anholt, in his analysis of the results, said in a statement that with a few exceptions, developed nations, ranking among the top 20, have registered some of the biggest score losses.“Put simply, the world likes the world a bit less than it did last year,” Anholt said.Most countries that achieved higher scores in 2012 have come from emerging regions, with the highest gains for the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Kenya, and Poland.No small feat for South AfricaSouth Africans provided high rankings in the people, tourism and culture categories, but are more critical about areas such as governance and immigration/Investment.The latter refers to a country’s ability to attract talent and capital, its economic prosperity, equal opportunity, and the perception that it is a place with a high quality of life. The country’s economic and business conditions are also measured.GovernanceThe report notes that South Africa faces the greatest difficulty in the area of governance, with South Africans being more critical of their government in 2012.Although South Africans’ overall score for their own country in this area declined, the country recorded some gains in this area, outdoing its Brics partners, India and Russia, in this category.Tourism, culture, peopleSouth Africa moved ahead of Russia, South Korea and China in the people category, which measures people’s friendliness by whether respondents would feel welcome when visiting the country.According to the report South Africans are admired across most panel countries for their welcoming nature, especially when it comes to wanting someone from South Africa as a close friend.The cultural reputation of a nation is considered to be among the most volatile of all indices, but South Africa’s standing in the culture category remains its strongest asset, being ranked 28th. In this category the country scored highly on sporting excellence (16th), but is somewhat less known for its culture – both contemporary (34th) and historic (33th).South Africa’s rank of 34 for tourism is the same as last year. The country, which is particularly well known for its natural beauty (15th), received its best ranking from 11 out of the 20 panel countries on this measure.The study found that international travellers, defined as people who have visited at least one foreign country, are the most positive toward South Africa. Travellers view South Africa as a tourist destination, which is also an appealing place to live and work.However, they also note that it is a creative place that contributes to technology, produces quality products and offers both investment and educational opportunities.Selecting the countriesThe list of 50 nations is based on their political and economic importance in global geopolitics and the flow of trade, businesses, people and tourism activities. Regional representation and the diversity of political and economic systems are also taken into consideration.The panel countries are: Western Europe/North America, which includes the US, Canada, the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Sweden; Central and Eastern Europe including Russia, Poland and Turkey; Japan, China, India, South Korea and Australia comprise the Asia-Pacific category; Argentina, Brazil and Mexico as part of Latin America; and the Middle East/Africa panel, which includes Egypt and South Africa.• Slideshow image courtesy of Gauteng Film Commissionlast_img read more

Costly Unpaid Internships

first_img The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training that would be given in an educational environment; The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern;  The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff; The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded; The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship; and The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship. Of the six factors listed, the fourth is typically the hardest to meet. It requires that the employer not receive any real benefit from the intern’s “work,” and that, at times, the intern’s presence actually impedes operations.  Ouch. So, talk with your executives.  Let them know that before they say yes to an offer that sounds too good to be true, they should check with you — because it may be too good to be true. You don’t want your unpaid internship to make a plaintiff’s lawyer rich at your expense. THIS ARTICLE SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE. An important customer, client, colleague or business partner asks an executive if her son can intern with your company for the summer.  Don’t worry about the money, she says.  My son is only looking for the experience. As we approach the summer, expect more of these requests.  I personally have received quite a few already! Sounds like a classic “win-win.”  The intern learns something and you strengthen an important relationship at no cost. So, the executive says “of course.”  Not so fast, please! There have been several recent high-profile cases in which interns have alleged that they were really employees and should have been paid. While mere allegations do not mean actual liability, the fact is that the Department of Labor and the plaintiffs’ bar are focusing very closely on this issue. In September 2011, a case was filed against Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc. by two interns who had worked on the production of “Black Swan.”  They claim that they were misclassified as unpaid interns and that they should have been paid. In February of 2012, an unpaid intern who worked for Harper’s Bazaar sued Hearst Corporation, the publisher of the magazine, claiming that her unpaid internship did not meet the internship requirements, and she should have been paid. And, just last month, a class action suit was filed against Charlie Rose and the production company Charlie Rose Inc., alleging that unpaid interns who worked for the Charlie Rose Show should have been compensated saying they were really employees, not interns, under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Under FLSA, six requirements must be met for an individual to qualify as an intern. Take the time to read the regulations now or you may find yourself reading them later — responding to a DOL audit or answering a complaint. The six requirements are:last_img read more