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NOAA is trying to encourage more observers to report sexual harassment

first_imgAleutians | Federal Government | Fisheries | Southcentral | Southeast | SouthwestNOAA is trying to encourage more observers to report sexual harassmentJune 4, 2019 by Renee Gross, KBBI-Homer Share:Alex Ravelo, a former NOAA Fisheries observer, looks out onto Homer’s docks. (Photo by Renee Gross/KBBI)In the commercial fishing industry, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration workers — known as “observers” — jump on board hundreds of vessels each year to make sure fishers are following federal regulations. But many of the women who perform these duties say they experience sexual harassment.NOAA is trying to encourage more female observers to report those instances, even if they seem insignificant.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Alex Ravelo walked toward a sailboat she might buy in the Homer Port & Harbor: It’s a roughly 22-foot vessel with a red hull that she’d like to use to sail around Kachemak Bay.“Oh, she’s the perfect adventure boat. Needs just a little bit of love,” she said.Ravelo loves adventure. In fact, it’s what partly inspired her to become a NOAA Fisheries observer in 2006 soon after she graduated college. An observer collects data on board commercial fishing vessels to verify that fishers are following regulations surrounding harvest practices and limits.Ravelo said some boats created a more welcoming atmosphere for women than others. Sometimes she would see pornographic magazines lying around, and other times she was subjected to sexually inappropriate teasing and jokes.But for the most part, she would just brush it off.“I did want to show that I was capable, and that I could joke around,” she said. “And I wouldn’t get upset by little things.”However, she said in one instance a male crew member tried to prevent her from leaving a room after they were joking around.“Then he just kind of, like, grabbed me, and he was a very large man,” she said. “I felt very trapped, and I just pushed him away. But I had to use all my strength to get his arms from around me and stormed out of there.”Ravelo never filed a report, saying it was an isolated event. Eventually, Ravelo moved on to pursue her graduate degree in marine biology.Even if Ravelo’s experience is few and far between, others like former observer Bobbie Buzzell say it’s hard to know when less extreme interactions should be considered harassment and be reported.“How am I supposed to distinguish whether or not it’s just in good fun? Or is it starting to cross a line with me?” she said. “There’s just a huge gray area, I think.”Jaclyn Smith works for NOAA’s law enforcement division and said she hears those types of comments all the time.“I’ve heard a lot of observers say things like, ‘Well, it’s Alaska, it’s the fishing industry. I should expect this type of behavior.’”She said there are roughly 350 observers in Alaska, and about half are women. Smith sent an anonymous survey to observers deployed in Alaska in 2016 and 2017. About a quarter of female observers responded, and roughly half said they had experienced sexual harassment aboard vessels. They say they declined to report for several reasons, including fear of backlash and that nothing would be done about it.“So that’s why I kind of started to adjust the training that I was doing, trying to encourage observers to come forward to report things that were happening to them, even things that they thought wasn’t a big deal,” she said.Smith is incorporating role-playing scenarios into her training program and encouraging NOAA officers to be more personable with observers, hoping that it will make it easier for them to file reports of sexual harassment.It’s hard to say if these efforts will create change. Under 20 reports have been filed annually over the past few years, and numbers can vary widely.Ravelo thinks more training for observers could make a difference, but she said it’s only half of the problem — meaning that fishing crews need to address harassment from within.“I’ve been on so many boats where the attitude and the relationships that were built on those boats were so healthy and so friendly and professional,” she said. “If it’s possible on some boats, why wouldn’t it be able to happen everywhere?”While Ravelo left her observer position to pursue her graduate degree, she said a change in the commercial fishing culture could help reduce turnover of women in the observer program.Share this story:last_img read more

Judge says she’ll toss the witness signature requirement for Alaskans who vote by mail

first_img2020 Alaska General Election | Coronavirus | Election Coverage | Government | State GovernmentJudge says she’ll toss the witness signature requirement for Alaskans who vote by mailOctober 5, 2020 by Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media Share:Nesbett Courthouse in downtown Anchorage on June 9, 2020 (Lex Treinen/Alaska Public Media)Superior Court Judge Dani Crosby says she intends to issue an injunction to eliminate the witness signature requirement for Alaskans who vote by mail in the November 2020 election, but her order isn’t final yet.Lack of a witness signature is the most common reason the Division of Elections rejects ballots, and for now, the requirement remains in effect.The Arctic Village tribe, the League of Women Voters and others challenged the requirement. They said, due to the pandemic, many voters would have trouble getting to the polls, especially in communities under lockdown orders. People who live alone and have compromised immune systems would have to put their health at risk to find a witness to observe their signature, the plaintiffs argued.Judge Crosby agreed the witness signature would be a burden on the right to vote.She also said she can’t see how the witness signature requirement is an effective tool to detect voter fraud.The Division of Elections could not name a single instance where it played a role.Crosby did not immediately issue an order blocking the witness requirement. She said she wanted to give the parties time to suggest what exactly the order should say, and for the state to pursue an appeal.In the last presidential election, 27,000 Alaskans voted by mail. Many more are expected to do so this year. More than 97,000 Alaskans have received ballots already.Around the country, hundreds of lawsuits are challenging various rules or trying to impose new ones. Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court recently ruled that mailed ballots will be rejected if they are not in a privacy sleeve.Alaska’s absentee-by-mail ballots come with a privacy sleeve, but using it is optional.Alaska voters can request a mail-in ballot up to 10 days before the Nov. 3 election. That can be done online at or by calling the Division of Elections at 907-465-4611 or 1-866-952-8683.Share this story:last_img read more

21 Movie Theaters in L.A. You Need to Experience Before You…

first_imgFilm21 Movie Theaters in L.A. You Need to Experience Before You DieYou owe it to yourself to do movies the right wayBy Thomas Harlander – September 9, 20163392ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItAs residents of Los Angeles, we’ve been blessed by the gods of cinema. We have AFI Fest, Cinespia, and an increased likelihood of running into Orlando Bloom at Whole Foods. But maybe the best thing about living in the quote-unquote “Entertainment Capital of the World” is our menagerie of interesting movie theaters. For any type of film—surrealist art-house shorts, adrenaline-thrumming superhero flicks, whatever it is that Terrence Malick is doing—there’s a big screen in town that perfectly suits it. These 21 theaters are upping our entire city’s cinema game, transcending the low bar set by that Johnny Rockets-adjacent Regal Multiplex down the street. Here, broken down into three semi-coherent thematic categories, are the best, most groundbreaking, most unexpected theaters in the city of L.A.EPIC3D IMAX with Laser at TCL Chinese TheatreHollywoodThe most iconic movie theater in the world also happens to be one of the few places to see 3D films the way God intended—in IMAX with laser projection. The technology makes for a crystalline picture with crazy depth, and only nine theaters in the U.S. are equipped with it (including the AMC at CityWalk, which is great except that CityWalk is the fourth circle of Hell). If you think you hate 3D movies because they’re blurry, or dim, or give you a migraine, you haven’t seen one in this format. Trust us, it will change your life.ScreenX at CGV CinemasKoreatownOn typical days this outpost of the Korean theater chain shows current Korean blockbusters with English subtitles and vice-versa. As if that wasn’t enough of a draw, it occasionally brings out the big guns and does a showing in ScreenX, where the film is projected onto a 270-degree wraparound screen that extends the action into your periphery.4DX at Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE 14DowntownNormally we wouldn’t condone this type of excess, but sometimes you just need to see a epic action flick in a seat that jolts you around whenever someone gets punched. With 3D and motion seats and scent effects and wind and smoke and rain and lightning and live bats that are released into the theater at key moments (JK about that last one), 4DX is purportedly the “next generation for the movie-going experience.” Their words, not ours.Dolby Cinema at AMCVarious Locations Two years ago, Dolby Laboratories started rolling out “Dolby Cinema”—a theater getup combining their crazy good Atmos sound system with Dolby Vision, which uses laser-illuminated projectors for crisp colors and deep, deep blacks. Sure, IMAX has laser projection too, but Dolby’s projected images hit a peak luminance of 31 foot-lamberts (as opposed to IMAX’s 22). That’s your cue to nod like you understand what foot-lamberts are and say, “Woah, that’s crazy luminance.” Because it is. Dolby has introduced Dolby Cinema at select AMCs across the country, four of which are in the L.A. area (AMC Burbank, AMC Century City, AMC Del Amo, and AMC Norwalk). Before buying tickets, call ahead to ensure that the theater is actually showing a Dolby Vision-graded film. OFFBEATNew Beverly CinemaMid-WilshireQuentin Tarantino, Patron Saint of Forgotten Trash Movies, bought the New Beverly in 2007 and personally took over programming a couple years back. He trots out gems from his own 35mm collection on a regular basis. Expect to see things you expect Tarantino would want to see—hixploitation, spaghetti westerns, camp horror double features, and occasionally a resurfacing of Pulp Fiction.The Cinefamily at the Silent Movie TheaterFairfaxThe seats are creaky, the front row couches a bit dingy (hey, there’s couches), and the show may start late, but the eccentric programming more than makes up for the Cinefamily’s humble Fairfax digs (the space was once a silent film revival house). Its typical offerings are off the beaten path by at least 129 miles, drawing from the full spectrum of cinematic weirdness with forgotten classics, found footage mashups, and B-movies commentated by comedians. The owners will even ship in obscure film reels from overseas if need be, and you never know who from their grab bag of celebrity patrons might turn up.El Capitan TheatreHollywoodDisney’s theater on Hollywood Boulevard plays host to almost all Disney premieres and otherwise shows exclusively Disney reruns (which are frequently kids’ sing-alongs). Before shows, the opulent interior is filled with the music of the Wurlitzer organ. Afterward, patrons are treated to walk-through prop and costume showcases in the basement.The Egyptian Theatre and the Aero TheatreHollywood and Santa MonicaThe American Cinematheque manages a crowd-pleasing slate of prestige films, modern classics, and themed series in two locations, the Egyptian (Sid Grauman’s lesser-known Hollywood Boulevard theater) and the Aero (a cozy relic of the 1930s in Santa Monica). The organization also frequently arranges for Q&As with in-person guests—often old stars or (if they’re so old they’re dead) their kids.iPic TheatersWestwood and PasadenaiPic rules the dinner-in-a-movie genre with giant leather recliners, pillows and blankets, upscale restaurant concepts, a “farm-to-glass” cocktail program, and in-theater table service with—and we quote—”ninja-like servers” who wait on you during the film.Old Town Music HallEl SegundoIf you long for the days before CGI, Ice Cube’s acting career, and recorded audio, we have great news. This El Segundo theater shows vintage silent pictures accompanied on the Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ by Bill Field (who’s been running this gig since the ’60s). He also shows black and white talkies like Dracula and The Maltese Falcon.Cinerama DomeHollywoodBuilt in 1963 based off R. Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome design and now part of the ArcLight Hollywood, the dome’s three restored Cinerama projectors are capable of the ultra-widescreen films it was designed for. That said, there’s nothing slated to screen in the unusual format for the immediate future (sad face), but the ArcLight will occasionally break out Cinerama-compatible titles like It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Oh, and of course you can’t go wrong with the ArcLight itself. INDIEVista Theatre and Los Feliz CinemaSilver Lake and Los FelizThese two unassuming gems operate under the umbrella of Vintage Cinemas—the former in Silver Lake, the latter in, yeah, Los Feliz. They’re refreshingly small-scale, and they show indie films that regular people have actually heard of.Echo Park Film CenterEcho ParkPart community film school, part equipment rental depot, part “microcinema” (read, tiny screening room packed with old film canisters and shelves of DVDs), this home brewed nonprofit puts on showings of lofi documentaries and experimental films on a weekly basis.Arena Cinema HollywoodHollywoodClearly trying to cash in on some SEO visibility, this theater has appended “Coolest Independent Movie Theater Los Angeles” to its Google search results. That’s a bold claim, however nebulous a concept “cool” is, but we won’t debate its veracity. Out back of the Egyptian Theatre, the Arena Cinema showcases the indie films Hollywood forgets in the dead center of Hollywood.Downtown IndependentLittle TokyoThis single-screen theater shows consistently with-it contemporary indie films within its futuristic glass-and-steel shell. Also: The theater has been known to host Super Smash Bros. tournaments on the big screen.South Bay Film Society at AMC Rolling Hills 20TorranceRolling Hills 20 isn’t noteworthy in and of itself; it’s the bevy of cinephiles who hold court there, hosting screenings of independent films, that puts it on this list. Started in 2012 by a guy who was sick of driving to Santa Monica to see limited release movies, South Bay Film Society brings unusual offerings to otherwise art-house-devoid Torrance.Laemmle TheatresVarious LocationsA Laemmle theater is easily the most reliable place to see a limited release or Sundance success story. The Royal is the flagship location of of this family run (since 1938) local chain, but each of their seven theaters has its own charm.Art TheatreLong BeachThis neon-bedecked relic of the 1930s is the last of Long Beach’s once plentiful independent theaters. The Art Theater is still putting on a good show, with documentary screenings, small independent films, and a weekly Saturday night Rocky Horror Picture Show ritual. If having “VIRGIN” scrawled across your forehead in red lipstick is your idea of a good time, you’ve come to the right place.Nuart TheatreWest L.A.The Rocky Horror showdown is going down. The Nuart, one of three Landmark theaters in L.A., also boasts a night of transvestivities (“transvestites” plus “festivities” equals—you get it). This cozy single-screen theater is also a solid place to see new indie greats and restored oldies. TAGSAero TheatreArena CinemaArt TheatreCinerama DomeDowntown IndpendentEcho Park Film CenterEgyptian TheatreEl Capitan TheatreiPic TheatersL.A. LiveLaemmle TheatresLos Feliz CinemaNew Beverly CinemaNuart TheatreOld Town Music HallSouth Bay Film SocietyTCL Chinese Theare IMAXTCL Chinese TheatreThe CineFamilyVista TheatrePrevious article7 Ideas for Boosting L.A.’s Sagging Bus RidershipNext articleL.A. Woman LuncheonThomas Harlander RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR45 Fascinating and Unconventional Landmarks That Define Los AngelesThe Cinerama Dome Is Doing Something Special for Its 55th Birthday10 Fun Things to Do This Weekend, 3/25last_img read more

Most expensive cities in the world: Londoners work longer than people in New York, Los Angeles, Luxembourg and Geneva to buy an iPhone 6 (and a Big Mac)

first_imgAll this is according to UBS’ Prices and Earnings index 2015, which shows that salaries go the furthest in Luxembourg, Zurich and Geneva, where the net hourly wage buys the most goods and services from a standardised basket. The study, published every three years since 1971, compiles more than 68,000 data sets to produce a glimpse of the world in 2015.Kenyan capital Nairobi and Indonesia’s capital Jakarta have the lowest purchasing power; workers in these cities can afford just one-tenth of what their equivalents in Luxembourg can buy. And it might take you 13 weeks to buy an iPhone, but Kiev is still the cheapest city in UBS’ study. But if it’s an easy life you are looking for, it’s time to move to Paris.  People there work an average 1,000 hours less each year than those in Hong Kong – a difference of four hours each working day.  Catherine Neilan Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity Mirrorzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbes Most expensive cities in the world: Londoners work longer than people in New York, Los Angeles, Luxembourg and Geneva to buy an iPhone 6 (and a Big Mac) Thursday 17 September 2015 9:25 am It could be worse, of course. In Kiev, workers must spend a whopping 13 weeks labouring away to be able to afford the Apple device. center_img Share We all know that London life can be expensive, not least when you factor in the cost of housing, but it turns out we have to slog it out at work to afford that most prevalent possession: our iPhones.Londoners have to work an average of 41.2 hours to be able to buy an iPhone 6 – far more than their counterparts in New York City, LA, Miami, Chicago, Zurich or Geneva, where it takes less than 30 hours to notch up enough readies to splurge on the smartphone.  whatsapp UBS also looks at what has in the past been the preserve of The Economist – how long it would take workers around the world to buy a Big Mac. Here Londoners catch up slightly with their rivals in the US and Switzerland. It takes us 12 minutes to earn the cash for McDonald’s ubiquitous burger, compared with 11 minutes in New York and Geneva. Hong Kong is the best place for Big Macs though – there it takes just nine minutes. All things considered Zurich, Geneva and New York City are the most expensive cities in the world to live in. London comes sixth if you exclude rent, or fifth when you take that into account – although it is only 13th when it comes to earning potential. Nairobi, Jakarta and Kiev are the lowest-ranked cities for earnings, where workers receive only around five per cent of the average gross earnings in Zurich, the best city in the world. whatsapplast_img read more

News / No magic in how Walt Disney avoided the risk of US west coast supply chain chaos

first_imgBy Gavin van Marle in Long Beach 05/03/2015 The supply chain officer for the Walt Disney Company has revealed how it managed to completely avoid any hold-ups to its cargo during the recent congestion seen across US west coast ports.Speaking at the JOC’s TPM conference in Long Beach this week, David Croft said that during the last port lockout, in 2002, he had been running Motorola’s logistics in the region and this had left him with “some pretty deep scars”.He told delegates: “It was absolute chaos then, and when I knew this contract situation was coming up about three years ago, I went to my leadership and said that we had significant risk coming to our supply chain and needed to get ahead of this and build some relationships outside the US west coast, particularly for our IPI [inland point intermodal] cargo.“So we actually shifted all of our IPI cargo destined for Detroit, Chicago and Memphis to the Prince Rupert and Vancouver gateways, utilising Canadian National (CN) rail. We were very fortunate that the relationships we built with our partners in those ports over those three years, and with CN, meant that we didn’t see an impact to our IPI cargo.That re-routing also included cargo destined for Southern California itself, where the company operates the Disneyland themepark and has a retail distribution centre.“We have local cargo in Southern California for Disneyland and some other lines of business, and we made a cost decision about the fact that we needed to deliver to our guests no matter what it took,” he said.However, he added that the decision, although made several years before the congestion began to form, had been relatively easy to take.“Within our executive team supply chain is a wish to enhance the brand, I was fortunate to get executive buy-in to these plans very early and quickly.”However, Disney’s supply chain remains centred on Florida and the south-east of the US, and prioritised around supplying Disney World in Orlando, where “everything begins and ends with our guests – they are supposed to have the most magical days of their lives there and we have to fullfil that”.It also operates retail distribution centres in New Jersey, Detroit, Chicago and Memphis, with the latter the largest.The company’s principal gateway is the east coast port of Jacksonville, although it also uses Savannah and Miami for other IPI freight.“Geography plays a big part [in choosing Jacksonville] and we have developed a very good relationship with the port. We are a shipper that likes to develop strong relationships so we get priority service – while obviously we would love to see more carriers coming into Jacksonville, we really focus on building relationships within our supply chain to drive service levels,” he said.Mr Croft also added that Port Canaveral was becoming increasingly important – “we have four very large cruise ships based there, and it is a port with which we will continue to build a relationship as they begin to move into the container business,” he said.In contrast to many shippers, he said that freight cost came fourth in terms of Disney supply chain priorities.“Other factors are much more important because everything begins and ends with our guests. Cost is not the significant factor – it is about the right products in the right place at the right time. Then it is about the right cost.”last_img read more

A Dark World for the North Korean People

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter Analysis & Opinion A Dark World for the North Korean People Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? AvatarShin Joo Hyun Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke”center_img Analysis & Opinion By Shin Joo Hyun – 2007.01.17 11:29am Analysis & Opinion [imText1]North Korea’s shortage of power is extremely serious.North Korea’s power shortage began in the early 1990’s. As the electrical supply began to deteriorate it became difficult to use 1~2 hours of electricity a day. Recently, this situation has only worsened with electricity operating briefly during the day and darkness spreading on sunset. North Koreans only light lanterns when they have meals and with each bottle of diesel oil costing 800won, only those with leeway can afford to light a lantern to see the faces of family members during their dinner meal. Of all the children in North Korea, more than 70% (excluding the wealthy who live in Pyongyang and those who own small generators) sleep early as there is no electricity or sit in the fire lit kitchen reading books. Meanwhile, elementary school children living in South Korea freely download MP3’s or play with their phones while awaiting the new iPhone, the latest device of complex mobile phones invented by Apple. Some may say “Aren’t North Koreans lucky to simply be alive and not starve to death?” When people who ask this kind of question are told that at least half of North Korea’s population are eating rice, they respond that then there is no problem. As North Korean people earn a days living and then spend a days living and cannot wear warm clothes, sleep, be educated, find relatives, nor be married or conduct funerals, how could we say they are living well. If simply eating is supposed to be a joyous event, how different are we to a pig or cow. If only electricity was supplied and North Korea’s industrial enterprises, factories, coal mines and marine equipment properly utilized, North Korea’s mass starvation could have been prevented. Who is the ringleader to drag North Korean people into the darkness of calamity and inhibit the right to use electricity for such important uses? It is precisely, Kim Jong Il, North Korea’s highest ruler and commander of nukes. If North Korea had surrendered its nuclear developments, not only would foreign energy support have continued but nuclear skills would have been received and the power issue easily resolved. In this case, North Korea’s factories would have operated properly and fertilizer would have provided the basic needs for production. However, Kim Jong Il forfeited this hopeful path and merely engrossed in his own seat of autocratic power refused to leave the dark forces. It is the nuclear and electricity issue that will ultimately decide whether or not Kim Jong Il is a competent enough figure to carry our development and reform. Well then, why don’t we question whether or not Kim Jong Il is even aware of his transgressions. We can only conclude that there is no answer to this question. As long as the prudent and obtuse Kim Jong Il has sharks fin dishes on his dinner table and his father’s corpse is honored in an ostentatious palace, to him it is irrelevant whether or not hundreds and thousands of people are dying. All his life, Kim Jong Il has lived this kind of life. The reason behind this lies in his little understanding of sin, where he would beat his friends and suddenly fall into fear while laughing and watching a video footage about middle school Korean girls, though at least immature middle school girls when educated inevitably make a confession. It almost seems too much to expect margins for development from Kim Jong Il who has no knowledge of sin. Former President Kim Dae Jung and Minister for Unification stress the importance of high level talks every day. In a way, if these leaders could persuade Kim Jong Il to surrender his nukes and spread electricity throughout the nation then the burden should be placed onto them . However, the only thing heard are talks of improving South-North relations and the resolution of the nuclear issue yet no action. As long as Kim Jong Il continues his obstinate “march of suffering” and nuclear armaments, there is no reason to meet him. Shaking hands with North Korea and creating a lame “peace” is dragging the North Korean people into the greater depths of darkness. Though it was once said that as long as you know your enemy and yourself, 100 battles could be won, the people who are still willing to offer a hand of reconciliation without knowing the enemy are in fact our former presidential officials. SHARE Analysis & Opinionlast_img read more

Westmoreland Gets Export/Business Information Centre

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Micro, small and medium-sized business enterprises in western Jamaica are to benefit from a range of export-related advisory services and developmental tools, that should greatly enhance their performance and profitability.Jamaica Trade and Invest (JTI), in partnership with the Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce, yesterday (February 5), officially opened an Export Centre and Business Information Point (EC/BIP) at the Savanna-La-Mar Civic Centre on Great George Street.Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, which form the backbone of Jamaica’s economy accounting for as much as 80% of employment, are expected to be empowered by the new EC/BIP satellite centre which brings to 11 the number of such facilities across the country.Addressing participants at the opening ceremony, President of the JTI, Robert Gregory, said that no country could grow and create wealth and prosperity if these enterprises were not afforded the enabling environment to succeed.“Today’s launch represents a chance for firms to truly connect with the flow of foreign direct investment into the country, and capitalize on the many new and exciting opportunities that are opening up in the local economy, particularly in the tourism sector,” Mr. Gregory said.He added that the tourism sector was a vital element in the drive for the creation of and sustained generation of jobs and wealth, and must be regarded as a powerful contributor to the economy.“With our current hotel room stock approximately 20,000 and counting, and with projections of an additional 10,000 rooms over the next 2-5 years, firms engaged in agricultural production must position themselves to provide a range of goods and services at a fair price and, most importantly, of high quality for all our properties”, the JTI President noted.He stressed that investors must be assured of world class quality, consistency in supply and competitive pricing, pointing out that Jamaicans must ‘step up and become world class or we are no class at all’.He urged business leaders in Westmoreland to encourage farmers to produce quality food products; route taxis and bus drivers to provide a quality public transportation; and students to stay in school and gain the academic credentials and training needed to take their places in a globally competitive world.Export Centres and Business Information Points are two major components of the Private Sector Development Programme (PSDP), a five-year joint initiative, designed to provide an integrated, comprehensive and coherent response to the various challenges that affect Jamaican micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). RelatedWestmoreland Gets Export/Business Information Centre RelatedWestmoreland Gets Export/Business Information Centre RelatedWestmoreland Gets Export/Business Information Centrecenter_img Westmoreland Gets Export/Business Information Centre CommerceFebruary 9, 2009 Advertisementslast_img read more

JNA Re-launches Website

first_imgRelatedJNA Re-launches Website JNA Re-launches Website TechnologyJuly 11, 2009 Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Jamaica Netball Association’s (JNA) website,, boasting a new look with more user-friendly features was re-launched on Friday (July 10).The website was designed and will be maintained by the Jamaica Information Service (JIS).During the ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston, Web Developer at the JIS, Joseph Curtis, who was instrumental in the design of the website, said that the Agency will offer keen technical support through a hand-holding approach.Of the many features now offered by the revamped site, is a content management system which will allow staff to update the website without having technical ‘know-how’. Other features include a search engine; a discussion board; a contact form; a photo gallery; a donation box; information on upcoming events, and general information about the JNA.Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange (standing right), is greeted by President of the Jamaica Netball Association (JNA), Marva Bernard (left), during a ceremony held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston on Friday July 10, to re-launch the JNA’s website. Also pictured seated second left is Patron of the Association, the Most Hon. Lady Hall, wife of the former Governor-General , the Most Hon. Professor Sir Kenneth Hall, while at far right is First Vice-President of the JNA, Yvette Smith.The website will also be used as a medium for the contribution of funds for the Association. In this regard, Mr. Curtis noted that the JIS, with the help of the National Commercial Bank (NCB), worked to develop this functionality and ensure that it is secure.“We are using plug and play, which is a well known internet payment gateway which necessitates all the security needed to ensure that your transactions are secure. Here we are able to do transactions using both US and Jamaican dollar currencies,” he said.Patron of the Association, the Most Hon. Lady Hall, wife of the former Governor-General, the Most Hon. Professor Sir Kenneth Hall, said that the inclusion of a donation box on the website was a welcome innovation.She noted that this should make it easier for the Association to receive monetary contributions from persons who access the website.Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange (left) consults with President of the Jamaica Netball Association (JNA), Marva Bernard, during a ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston on Friday (July 10), to re-launch the JNA’s revamped website. Seated beside Mrs. Bernard, at right, is Patron of the Association, the Most Hon. Lady Hall, wife of the former Governor-General, the Most on. Professor Sir Kenneth Hall.“This will, hopefully, result in people here in Jamaica, and abroad, giving generously to the development of the various squads that make up the netball family,” she said.President of the Association, Marva Bernard, was excited about the re-launch of the website, and recalled that the idea was conceived out of a brainstorming of how the JNA could capture persons all over the world, who wanted to help but could not communicate with the association.“We needed every Jamaican in the Diaspora to help us, so we decided to follow in the footsteps of (United States) President Barrack Obama, with his donation box. We will be sending to everyone in our inbox, to get them to donate,” she added.Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange, said she was impressed with the work of the JIS in producing “this new and improved website.”She said that the Agency is a “great agency, doing a great job, because you never fail, and in your quiet way, you are always there to support associations, to support Government agencies, to support the Ministries and you do get the job done without fanfare.”In professing help for the team to meet its $7 million dollar target for the Under 21 squad’s trip to the World Youth Netball Championships in August in the Cook Islands, the Minister presented Mrs. Bernard with a cheque for $1 million. This was in addition to a $1 million cheque donated earlier by the Government.The Association has raised in excess of $2 million already from activities, including tin drives, a benefit performance play, a shoe drive and several cake sales and raffles.center_img RelatedJNA Re-launches Website RelatedJNA Re-launches Websitelast_img read more

Broadmarsh fire investigation must be made public to assure community safety

first_imgBroadmarsh fire investigation must be made public to assure community safety Tasmanian LaborCommunity confirms contractor called wrong council and after the factFindings of investigation must be made publicCommunities must be given assurances that safety will always come firstAn investigation into a Broadmarsh fire sparked by a subcontract to TasNetworks irresponsible use of explosives needs to be made public so communities can be assured similar mistakes will never be made again.Shadow Energy Minister David O’Byrne said legitimate questions about the January 11 fire that burned through about six hectares of bush after explosives were used by a contractor to excavate rocks were left largely unanswered at a public meeting attended by TasNetworks executives last night.“Serious mistakes were obviously made and this is a community that has a right to answers,” Mr O’Byrne said.“It’s taken the community to discover that the contractor contacted the wrong council – Brighton rather than Southern Midlands – and then only after the damage was done, an hour after the fire was started.“Four senior TasNetworks staff who attended yesterday’s meeting – including the CEO and the general manager of the works program – have given the Broadmarsh community an undertaking that a thorough investigation is ongoing but considering questions remain unanswered, that report must be made public. That’s particularly important considering the investigation is not independent but is being carried out internally by TasNetworks.“And while those executives have given the community an undertaking that explosives will no longer be used on total fire ban days, it’s important they tell Tasmanians what immediate measures are being undertaken to supervise and manage the work of sub-contractors on a daily basis.“TasNetworks claims safety is its first priority but if that is the case, how can it be that a contractor was permitted to use explosives in bushland on a total fire ban day?“TasNetworks, as part of this investigation, needs to explain how the conduct of its contractor placed a community in danger and diverted firefighting resources at a time of maximum bushfire risk.“As a state-owned business it is the Government’s responsibility to ensure best practice is being undertaken.”David O’Byrne MPShadow Minister for Energy /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:ban, Brighton, bushfire, business, community, council, energy, fire, Government, investigation, Minister, resources, Safety, southern, Tasmania, Tasmanian Labor, Tassielast_img read more

Child mental health disorders on the rise

first_img News Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Read Article The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Comments (0) Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Add Comment Child mental health disorders on the rise mental healthmental health disordersNeuroGen Brain and Spine InstituteOne Mindful MindTBWA\India Related Posts By EH News Bureau on April 24, 2019 NeuroGen Brain and Spine Institute in association with TBWA\India Launch interactive child psychology print tool kit “One Mindful Mind”NeuroGen Brain and Spine Institute in association with TBWA\India launched an interactive print tool kit “One Mindful Mind” that helps every parent turn into a counsellor for their child. It encourages light-hearted yet crucially significant discussions between parent and child. It also helps children understand their emotions better, and be in control of them.Dr Alok Sharma, Neurosurgeon, Director, NeuroGen Brain and Spine Institute, Professor, Head of Neurosurgery, LTMG Hospital and LTM Medical College, Sion said, “There has been an alarming surge in reported cases of mental health disorders afflicting children and teenagers in recent years. According to the World Mental Health Organisation, one in four children in the age group of 13-15 years in India suffer from depression, anxiety, mood or conduct disorders, a problem that affects 86 million people in South-East Asia alone.”Dr Sharma said “India is confronted with a childhood-adolescence mental health crisis. With stressful peer pressure, high parental expectations, breakdown of traditional family structures, and incremental technology dependence forcing lifestyle changes, a rising number of children and adolescents are finding it difficult to cope with the burden of the pressure to excel and continuous scrutiny.Dr Sharma further added, “The heartbreaking reality is that children don’t seem to have the coping mechanisms needed to deal with negative circumstances effectively and still develop a positive outlook on life. While mental health experts are trying to find a solution to what is globally being touted as an “epidemic of anxiety”, it seems as though the cure will be one that nips it at the bud. A universal and preventive approach needs to be adopted and every child must be taught and trained in positive psychology, not just the ones affected by illnesses. In short, a seismic change is needed.”That’s where One Mindful Mind comes in with its five simple tools that are part of the OMM tool kit and can be used at one’s own pace and convenience. Each tool gives children the ability to think and play in a non-prescriptive manner. Children are free to use the tools of their choice and express their own unique ideas and moods. The five tools include:The Feeling Flashcards: a set of 10 illustrated cards listing some prominent everyday feelings. Each card has an example that the child can relate to and a set of activities or coping mechanisms that helps them make sense of their emotions.The Mood Journal: It helps children record their daily thoughts with the help of mood wheels and journal pages. Each wheel projects feelings as a 30 day report, giving a quick view of the child’s moods over the last month. You cannot manage what you cannot measure and the mood wheel helps in easy identification of dominant feelings and is a healthy daily exercise promoting emotional fluency. The journal sheets can be used to create doodles, observations, stories, notes, anything to express a child’s mood.The Thought Cards: An escape into art therapy and self reflection. The cards are multi-functional, yet simple. The child first summaries a key thought into a sentence (e.g. healthy thoughts create a happy mind) and puts it down on the card. Then a picture has to be coloured. This helps improve focus and concentration and the process of creation puts the child in a calm, happy state of mind. The best part is, the Thought Cards can be shared with loved ones and make wonderful collectibles.The Mindful Workbook: A friendly tool that helps the child indulge in reflective and situation based problem solving through stories, poems, and interactive exercises. It covers an array of mental health topics such as self-esteem, anger management, social skills and more. It uses various materials to keep a child visually intrigued.The Parental Guide: A comprehensive information directory putting together existing market resources and useful contacts, for a child’s mental health.Many parents are now using OMM as a positive step towards better mental health. The kit has been distributed across 100 child care centres, hospitals, libraries and schools nationwide.Dr Sharma further said “OMM is just one way of making sure we don’t just prepare children for university but for the universe. An early start is the best thing we could do for our children. This is because emotional and cognitive development shapes quite early. They must engage in activity based learning from the very start to cultivate a healthy mind. At this stage, parents have a major role to play. This is where OMM becomes relevant.” MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Sharelast_img read more