24 Oct

Minister Bunting to Look into Assisting Cops with Legal Representation

first_imgStory Highlights The National Security Minister is prepared to seek to facilitate amendments to regulations that prohibit state-financed legal representation for the JCF’s memberss. Mr. Bunting argued that the need for state-financed legal provisions is even more relevant against the background that an officer may be attending a hearing merely as a witness and would be hard pressed to afford an attorney’s fees. Mr. Bunting assured that once Commissioner Ellington supports the proposal for amendment (s), “then I will ask the Attorney General to guide us in terms of how we can achieve that without violating any principle of law.” National Security Minister, Hon. Peter Bunting, says he is prepared to make the necessary representation to facilitate amendments to existing regulations that prohibit state-financed legal representation for the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) members.This commitment comes against the background of what he said were concerns raised recently by the Jamaica Police Federation (JPF) over fees, averaging between $80,000 and $100,000, which JCF members have had to pay for private legal representation in matters involving them and agencies such as the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).He was speaking at Tuesday’s (October 8) motor vehicle handing over ceremony at the Police Commissioner’s Office, Old Hope Road, St. Andrew.Mr. Bunting noted that JPF chairman, Sergeant Raymond Wilson, proposed an examination of the existing regulations, to determine how best the government can assist police officers with legal representation, “either at the point of questioning by INDECOM during the investigation process or, indeed, if the matter goes to court.”“From my own perspective, it seems that fairness and justice demands that in the same way, that if a Minister or a Permanent Secretary or another officer of government has to go to court in the course of his (or her) performing professional duties… and they would get representation from the Attorney General’s Department or from private lawyers, paid for by the government, then  I think, by extension,… it would seem only fair that the same consideration be extended to the men and women (of the JCF),” the Minister reasoned.Mr. Bunting argued that the need for state-financed legal provisions is even more relevant against the background that an officer may be attending a hearing merely as a witness and would be hard pressed to afford an attorney’s fees.“We, as a government, in the course of negotiations, have already put on the table, a contribution to a legal defence fund that would assist the police associations in their representations. But I am going to go beyond that and ask the (Police) Commissioner (Owen Ellington) to give me his opinion on…whether it would be desirable from the perspective of the High Command, to change that section of the Book of Rules (prohibiting the provisions of state-funded legal representation),” the Minister said.Mr. Bunting assured that once Commissioner Ellington supports the proposal for amendment (s), “then I will ask the Attorney General to guide us in terms of how we can achieve that without violating any principle of law.”“This is something that I am committing (to), …(as) soon as I get (the Commissioner’s) advice, to take (it) up with the Attorney General’s Department and with the Cabinet to see how we can provide some institutional support for persons in the line of duty on legitimate operations,”  the Minister stated.Tuesday’s ceremony saw the handing over of some 39 motor vehicles, valued over $136 million, to boost the JCF’s fleet.The units, all Mitsubishi 4X4 twin-cab pick-ups, which were acquired through local dealership, Stewart Auto Sales Limited, were symbolically presented to Commissioner Ellington by Mr. Bunting.They were purchase from the $300 million, which the Government has committed, through the Ministry of National Security, to boost the JCF’s mobile capability this year. The provisions form a pivotal part of the administration’s 2013/14 strategic priority focus on improving security and safety in Jamaica.last_img read more

14 Oct

Internal politics behind NWACs Sisters in Spirit shift Brazeau

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe country’s most prominent First Nations women’s organization was motivated by “internal politics” in its decision to water-down their initial support of the government’s $10 million strategy to deal with the hundreds of cases of murdered and missing Aboriginal women, says Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau.Brazeau made the accusation in a Nov. 10 posting on his Chamber Chat blog which also said that APTN National News’ coverage of the brewing Sisters in Spirit controversy has been “rife with errors and mistruths.”Brazeau said that the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) had initially issued a press release supporting the Oct. 29 announcement before raising concerns.“The fact that NWAC’s position on the funding of measures to deal with missing and murdered Aboriginal women seems to have changed since a meeting of its board of directors speaks more to the organization’s internal politics than to benefits to the community that these investments seeks to deliver,” wrote Brazeau.Brazeau also criticizes NWAC for raising concerns over the government’s demand that no grant monies go toward projects using the name Sisters in Spirit . NWAC said the demand would have a negative impact on the name recognition of Sisters in Spirit which had grown in prominence since its birth over two decades ago on the streets of Vancouver.“Should this be the aim of such investments? Should organizational profile trump provisions to help people?” said Brazeau. “NWAC readily deserves significant credit for its past and current efforts in respect of the Sisters in Spirit initiative. But it is of no justice or comfort to the families of the victims to suggest that anything linked to the announcement of $10 million in action designed to build upon the previous $5 million invested over five years represents unnecessary pain to victims’ families and communities. This is not only untrue it’s irresponsible to suggest as much.”Brazeau also said that APTN‘s coverage of the issue had been “distorted” and called for “accuracy and balance” in future reporting.APTN National News reported that the Conservatives would not allow NWAC to use government money for any projects using the name Sisters in Spirit or linked with the upkeep the organization’s groundbreaking database of murdered and missing Aboriginal women cases.APTN also reported that NWAC was given one day’s notice of the government’s Oct. 29 announcement of a so-called national strategy on murdered and missing Aboriginal women.NWAC told APTN last week that the announcement had little to do with Aboriginal women and that the organization would be asking the government for targeted funding in the next federal budget.“It continues to baffle me that in some circles, significant action on issues is met with attitude and spin designed to purposely create controversy,” wrote Brazeau. “This is certainly the case with APTN’s distorted coverage of the Native Women’s Association of Canada’s position on the recently announced $10 million dealing with the plight of missing and murdered Aboriginal women.”Brazeau said APTN’s “skewed” coverage made it “hard to get a clear sense of the real facts” around the issue.“APTN news reports are rife with errors and mistruths,” said Brazeau. “One thing is clear and needs affirmation: NWAC’s role in this matter has been pivotal. Further, it bears noting that NWAC was apprised of the announcement before it was made. They were on the podium for its introduction, and NWAC’s national office was instrumental in many of the announcement logistics, including choosing the elder who gave the blessing which opened the ceremony….“No one, especially NWAC, ‘was kept in the dark until the last minute’ regarding the announcement. Let’s be clear, the efforts of NWAC in undertaking the Sisters in Sprit initiative have delivered impetus that has directly led to the $10 million federal investments that will contribute to means that seek to overcome the tragic toll of missing and murdered Aboriginal women has had on victims’ families and their communities,” said Brazeau.Brazeau, however, does not offer details of the errors or mistruths that he says were rife in APTN’s coverage.APTN’s request for an interview with Brazeau was turned down. Brazeau’s staff say he is busy this week.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

17 Sep

Baltimore Based Cancer Specialist Helping TCI

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaiocos, January 25, 2018 – Providenciales – A serious spike in cases of cancer has health officials in the Turks and Caicos rallying behind an idea that there needs to be more informed discussions and serious, activation of plan to do minimize the disease which is killing more and more islanders each year.  Dr Armando Sardi was introduced by the Minister of Health, Edwin Astwood and Private sector partner, Dr. Hugh Malcolm as having a expansive background that could rescue the TCI from this globally common, unfavorable trend.Dr. Sardi sat for nearly an hour with members of the Turks and Caicos media core, expounding on the gravity of this often deadly disease, agreeing that indeed the effort to beat cancer must be a collaborative one.“Education, children, girls, boys knowing how to help prevent cancer, how to diagnose early, early vaccination.  For example, if you vaccinate a kid, both boys and girls with the vaccine for the viral HP virus, you will prevent 90 percent of the cervical cancers, 90 percent. If women do screening mammograms, you are going to detect the cancer early when it’s curable. Cancer does not mean death, and that is the most important thing to do, we are afraid that if I find cancer I’m going to die, if I operate I’m going to die, it’s going to get bigger, that’s not correct.  If cancer is detected early, most cancers will be cured.”As Director of Cancer Medicine at Mercy Medical in Baltimore, Dr Sardi explained what needs to happen…“I am very grateful that the country, and I have already met with several people that are really dedicated to make a change.  But we need the help of the industry, the Tourism industry, all the industries in the country, private, government, schools, education, because if we all don’t work together, it will never happen, and as I mentioned before, this is a process that will effect more and more people.”Cancer is up 18% in the Turks and Caicos.#MagneticMediaNews#DrArmandoSardihelpingTCI#letusallhelptoendcancer Related Items:#DrArmandoSardihelpingTCI, #letusallhelptoendcancer, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

17 Sep

Mauro Icardi proud of a successful 2018

first_imgMauro Icardi hopes to build on a successful calendar year after his efforts were rewarded with numerous individual accolades.The Inter captain equally assured the fans they are going all out for a win in Turin when they trade tackles with Juventus.“I would absolutely not be content with a point at the Juventus Stadium. We go there to play it without fear, as that must be the mentality of a sportsman.”Icardi received several awards over the last 24 hours, from the Gran Gala’ del Calcio to this evening’s Gazzetta Awards.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“I am very happy with how my 2018 has gone so far. My first goal in the Champions League gave me indescribable emotions,” the Argentine told Football Italia.“I had been waiting such a long time for my first goal with the Seleccion and that came too, so I couldn’t have asked for anything more.“It has been an unforgettable year and along with my teammates we achieved the rewards for our hard work.”last_img read more

10 Sep

Oculus Quest may have its first killer app with Beat Saber

first_img Tags Share your voice Game Developers Conference Comment Game Developers Conference Now playing: Watch this: Apr 30 • Facebook’s new Oculus Rift S vs. Oculus Quest: Which VR headset is for you? reading • Oculus Quest may have its first killer app with Beat Saber Oculus What will it take for people to want to put Facebook’s upcoming portable VR headset, the Oculus Quest, on their face? A killer app would help. Beat Saber seems like a good start. Beat Saber is one of the smash hits of the virtual gaming world, relatively speaking. The musical fitness game is one of CNET’s favorite VR games for good reason: it’s addictive, active and wonderfully tuned. It’s even an arcade game. It’s also going to be a launch game for the Oculus Quest when it arrives later this spring, Facebook revealed on Monday.The Oculus Quest is a fully wireless, standalone VR system that allows full six degrees of freedom (6DoF) room motion. That’s a perfect pairing for the arm swinging of Beat Saber. My early experiences with the Quest were promising, and it seems to be aiming for a Nintendo Switch-like gaming focus at launch. As to how well it works on a mobile system? We’ll follow up when we can. Meanwhile, check out the trailer below. Oculus Quest is a full-motion, self-contained VR headset… 16 Photos Oculus Quest virtual reality headset revealed See All • Mar 21 • Google Stadia puts Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC gaming on notice 1 Apr 30 • How to preorder Oculus Quest and Rift S right now Video Games Wearable Tech 1:34 Mar 21 • Intel intros 9th-gen Core H mobile CPUs, Graphics Command Center Oculus Virtual Reality Facebooklast_img read more

5 Sep

Infosys Q3 earnings in focus after disappointing TCS results

first_imgInvestors keenly await the third quarter results of Infosys following its robust performance in the previous two quarters.Infosys, India’s second largest IT firm, will announce its earnings for the December quarter on 14 January.Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) on Tuesday reported a 14.19% rise in its net profit to Rs 6,083 crore for the third quarter ended 31 December, 2015 and an 11.68% increase in revenues at Rs 27,364 crore.However, TCS Q3 revenue missed the analysts’ expectations for the sixth consecutive quarter.Domestic IT players usually face weak demand in the October-December quarter as Christmas and New Year holidays result in less business volumes from the key markets — the US and Europe. Both the markets contribute to nearly 85% of the revenues of IT firms in the country.The Bengaluru-based IT major is expected to maintain its annual cross currency (CC) revenue growth guidance of 10-12% for the current fiscal year.”The dollar revenue growth is likely at 1.1% quarter on quarter (QoQ) at US$ 2,419 million, CC revenue growth of 1.5% QoQ, earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) margin decline of 66 basis points (bps) QoQ. We expect Infosys to maintain its CC revenue growth guidance of 10-12% YoY for FY16,” Business Standard quoted HDFC Securities as saying in a results preview.Edelweiss Securities expects Infosys to post an increase in its total contract value from the $ 850 million quarterly range to $ 1 billion in the current quarter.”While the company has hinted for increased investments and a decline in margins, we believe some benefit of Indian rupee depreciation, utilisation improvement and attrition cool off will help it maintain flattish margins this quarter,” Edelweiss said.The top five Indian IT companies are expected to post single digit growth rates for the current fiscal year, even as industry body Nasscom predicts software export revenue growth of 12-14% for the year.Domestic IT majors — TCS, Infosys, Wipro, HCL Tech and Tech Mahindra — are expected post a single-digit growth rate of 5-9% in their revenues for 2015-16, growing at the slowest pace since the financial crisis of 2008, according to analysts.The share price of Infosys soared by nearly 3.5% to Rs 1,086 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Wednesday as investors remained optimistic over its Q3 earnings.last_img read more

31 Aug

Al Haynes Pilot From Miraculous 1989 Crash La

first_img by NPR News Merrit Kennedy 8.26.19 5:40pm A pilot who is credited with saving dozens of lives has died. United Flight 232 went into total hydraulic failure while Al Haynes was at the controls in 1989. With the help of three other pilots, he maneuvered the DC-10 to a miraculous crash landing in Sioux City, Iowa, and 184 of the 296 people on board survived.Haynes is widely seen as a hero among aviation experts, akin to Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and his “miracle on the Hudson.” Haynes’ son Dan confirmed to NPR that his father had died. Haynes was in the middle of the flight from Denver to Chicago when an engine suddenly failed. Shortly after that, First Officer Bill Records said he was unable to control the aircraft, as Haynes later recounted to New York magazine.”I thought to myself, How are we going to keep this thing in the sky? You don’t train or drill for something like this, because it’s just not supposed to happen,” he said. The hydraulic system — the way that pilots steer — was down. Haynes and his colleagues were desperately trying to use the throttles and thrust as a crude way to control the aircraft. A pilot who happened to be flying as a passenger on the plane jumped in to manipulate the thrusters. The team was aiming to touch down in Sioux City. After about 45 minutes of tense maneuvering, Haynes got on the loudspeaker.”I’m not going to kid you,” he said to the passengers, as he told New York. “We’re going to make an emergency landing in Sioux City. … It’s going to be a very hard landing, harder than anything you’ve been through. Please pay close attention to the flight attendants’ briefing, and we’ll see you in Sioux City.”The plane touched down with no brakes or spoilers. The cockpit crew lowered the landing gear to try to absorb the shock of landing, Haynes told New York. When it did land, one of the plane’s wings caught the ground and sent the craft cartwheeling down the runway. “I was knocked out after we hit, and I came to in the crash site,” said Haynes. NPR’s Howard Berkes was at the scene of the crash in 1989 and described the wreckage. “There’s one particular pile of aluminum — at least, that’s what it looks like, an unruly stack of crumpled aluminum,” he said. “Well, that’s actually the cockpit of the plane. It doesn’t resemble a cockpit or anything else for that matter. And one of the amazing facts about this whole tragedy is … that three people — the cockpit crew — were found alive in that pile of junk.”Haynes told New York that he felt guilty about surviving the crash in which 112 people died. But the fact that anyone survived is viewed as miraculous. Other pilots have attempted the landing in simulations. As Berkes reported, United pilot Mike Hamilton told The Associated Press that he’s “not aware of any that replicated the success these guys had. … Most of the simulations never made it close to the ground.”In its official accident report, the NTSB said that on a fan disk, there was a “fatigue crack” stemming from a defect in a “critical area.” The disk disintegrated during the flight, which resulted in debris that impacted the plane’s flight controls. Haynes retired in 1991 after working for United Airlines for 35 years, according to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. In Seattle, the museum added, he was “a volunteer umpire for Little League Baseball for over 33 years and a stadium announcer for high school football for over 25 years.”Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. John Gaps III Al Haynes, Pilot From Miraculous 1989 Crash Landing, Has… last_img read more

31 Aug

Bridging cultural differences

first_imgIn an attempt to sort out friction between the communities, Khoj International Artists’ Association is presenting Coriolis Effect: Currents across India and Africa’ at Khoj Studios, in the national Capital, Beginning on August 28, Coriolis Effect is an international exhibition featuring works of artists from India and Africa. The exhibition, resulting from a month-long residency, seeks to activate the social, economic and cultural relationship and historical exchange which exists between India and the continent of Africa.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Bernard Akoi-Jackson (Ghana), Ethiraj Gabriel Dattatreyan (Africa/US), Juan Orrantio (Bogota,Colombia), Amshu Chukki (India) and Insurrections Ensemble (India/Africa) are the artists who are participating in this exhibition.Sitara Chowfla, the program manager at Khoj said, “Stream of immigrants from the Indian Subcontinent, as well as migrants from countries such as Cameroon, Somali, Nigeria, Kenya, Afghanistan and Nepal, are residing in Khirki Extension. This hotpot of cultural difference has long been a source of friction between residents, often bubbling into acts of discrimination based violence.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThis project has grown out of a series of encounters and conversations which took place in and around Khoj through 2014.”The works for the show were created during a month long residency where the artists sought to unpack notions of geography, memory, cultural exchange as well as the tension and fear of the ‘other’, through history. The Coriolis Effect will not only use the present context of 21st century migrations, but equally refer to various moments of exchange through history; from the recent past of the Non-Aligned movements in the 20th century, to the cultural relationship shared by Indians and Africans from the 1st century AD onwards.When: August 28-31Where: Khoj Studios, S-17, Khirkee ExtensionTimings: 11 am-7pmlast_img read more