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Improvement of prison conditions imminent with IDB funded survey – Ramjattan

first_imgPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has stated that the results from the recently announced prisons survey will be used to design rehabilitation and social reintegration programmes for inmates.Speaking with reporters on Wednesday, Ramjattan stated that from the information gathered, they can glean and discern certain characteristics so that programmes and services can be developed.“I want a science-based, evidence-based set of information that would tell me what should be the strategies and plans. A lot of time its adhocracy and to get out of that requires a very comprehensive survey that is going to be far more informative as to why they (inmates) did what they did and how it is they are paying the penalties,” he stated.The Camp Street PrisonAccording to Ramjattan, the survey will be wide-ranging and would gather information on the lives of prisoners prior to incarceration, during imprisonment, and those of repeat offenders.“We are going to seek information as to the background of each one of the inmates who are going to answer the questionnaires. Some might not want to answer the questionnaire but we want to get down to understanding from whence they came, what were their circumstances, what were the parenting they came from so that we can get a complete picture of these inmates and their background,” the Minister outlined.He went on to say that this will help to make better assessments on how to plug programmes – whether it’s at the homes, domestic level or community level and also what can be done in relation to their education level.The survey, which is being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) under its Citizen Security Strengthening Programme (CSSP), will commence in September. It will be conducted by an Argentine University in collaboration with the University of Guyana.The role of UG would be to capture the data, while the Tres de Febrero University of Argentina will be responsible for analysing the data and preparing and compiling the report. They will also overlook the implementation of the survey by the University of Guyana.The data capturing period is slated to last some six weeks with a preliminary report expected by the end of November. The final report is expected at the end of April 2017. The final report will generate intellectual presentations on the conditions of the prisons and will make recommendations.A 2015, United States, State Department Report on Human Rights had indicated that rehabilitation programmes within the local prison services did not adequately address the needs of prisoners. Overcrowding and the harsh conditions faced by inmates were also highlighted by the report.More recently, a Commission of Inquiry into the prison riots of March 3, which resulted in the deaths of 17 inmates, pointed out overcrowding and inadequate facilities as some of the shortcomings of the system.last_img read more

South Africa’s SMME payment hotline

first_imgPayments overhaul About 760 government departments, agencies and municipalities have been asked to supply the call centre with the names of people responsible for payments. To date, 512 have responded. There are about 2.4-million registered SMMEs in South Africa, accounting for 40% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). Small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) experiencing late payments of more than 30 days after doing business with the government can now call a hotline on 0860 766 3729 or fax their details to 012 452 0458 for assistance. Through the hotline, launched by Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies in Pretoria this week, a group of agents will provide a single point of contact to facilitate the speedy payment for services or products provided to the government. Davies said payment processes within the government needed a complete overhaul. “Some of the procedures and processes have remained a stumbling block, and it’s a major challenge that we need to address. Davies said that while the delays could be absorbed by larger companies with access to credit, late payments could have devastating consequences for small firms. “It is our experience that small enterprises are still being paid extremely late, in some instances after 90 days, and this is adversely affecting the viability of small business,” he said.center_img Davies said a number of small businesses had in the past been forced to close down as a result of delays in payments, adding that the Public Finance Management Act called for contractual obligations on accounts to be settled within 30 days of receipt of invoice. 21 September 2009 ‘Contractual obligation’ Source: BuaNews The Small Enterprise Development Agency will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the call centre. The agency will compile annual reports identifying the major reasons for late payments and identifyiing government departments prone to the problem. “Of course we need to ensure that the processes and procedures are such that they ensure proper control and efficient use of resources, but we must at the same time cut out the unnecessary stress and procedures that delay payments unnecessary,” he said.last_img read more

Recounting the year past

first_imgMr Kingsley Makhubela : CEO of Brand South AfricaThe South African nation brand’s dynamism and resilience has withstood a challenging year and has remained strong.This is attested by South Africa’s performance in the World Economic Forum’s 2015 Global Competitiveness Index which placed the country within the top 50 most competitive nations in the world and the second most competitive on the continent.To summarise, South Africa’s biggest improvements come in the areas of: health and primary education (up 6 places), labour market efficiency (up 6 places), technological readiness (up 16 places), and innovation (up 5 places).  South Africa has also improved in the areas of: macro-economic environment (up 4 places), higher education and training (up 3 places), and business sophistication (up 2 places) while dropping in the area of infrastructure (down 8 places), institutions (down 2 places), goods market efficiency (down 6 places), financial market development (down 5 places) and market size (down 4 places).The Mo Ibrahim Index on African Governance saw South Africa holding steady at number 4 of 54 countries on the continent.  This Index looks at the performance of African countries in the areas of: safety and rule of Law, participation and human rights, sustainable economic opportunity and human development.  South Africa’s performance in each of these areas earns it the position of 7 in terms of safety and rule of law (up from position 8 in 2014), 4 in terms of participation and human rights, 2 in terms of sustainable economic opportunity and 6 in terms of human development, in Africa.The Brand Finance list of the 100 most valuable nation brands was also released in October this year.  According to this list, South Africa is the 37th most valuable nation brand in the world with a nett nation brand value of US$ 225 billion.  Brand Finance measures the strength and value of the nation brands of 100 leading countries using a method based on the royalty relief mechanism employed to value the world’s largest companies.  The study measures a nation brand across the following pillars: goods & services, investment and society. These are divided into sub-pillars: tourism, market, governance and people & skills.What do these numbers tell us about South Africa as a nation brand?These figures tell us that South Africa is a visible nation brand amongst the global community of nations.  This is something that all South Africans can be proud of since we remain a relatively young democracy.Our performance in these indices equally tell us that work needs to be done to ensure that we address the challenges that impact negatively on the nation brand and our global competitiveness.  This includes, amongst others, areas of education, healthcare, policy cohesion.  However, we can again feel confident that the National Development Plan has also highlighted similar areas and work is underway to decisively deal with these challenges.  Addressing these challenges systemically will see South Africa increase its global competitiveness.The numbers equally tell us that South Africa’s dynamism, energy, industriousness and personality encapsulated by the national pay-off line, Inspiring New Ways – continues to contribute to our nation brand equity.Domestic and international challenges aside, South Africa has all the ingredients to move ahead as a globally competitive nation.  This will however require the concerted effort of each citizen in our country since ultimately, the nation brand reflects each of us.The South African people are at the heart of this democracy. It is the people of this country who make our country great and it is the people of our country who show the world who South Africa is.  Brand South Africa thanks you for playing your part and carrying the South African brand with pride.Follow Mr Makhubela on @klmmakhubela  Mr Kingsley Makhubela Brand South Africa: CEOlast_img read more

Maine Group Will Award $10,000 Towards a Deep-Energy Retrofit

first_imgThe organizers of the BrightBuilt Retrofit contest plan to award $10,000 to a New England nonprofit organization that commits to a deep-energy retrofit project.The public is invited to vote on which of four proposals is most deserving of the award. The proposals have been submitted by Community Partners of Biddeford, Maine; Farm & Wilderness of Plymouth, Vermont; Freeport Community Services of Freeport, Maine; and Yestermorrow Design/Build of Warren, Vermont. The online voting will continue through November 2, 2010.The winning project will receive:A $10,000 cash awardA $90,000 interest-free loanDiscounted design servicesAccess to an award-winning team of expertsA reduced carbon footprint and lower energy billsA more comfortable, livable, beautiful spaceThe goals of the BrightBuilt Retrofit award are to highlight the affordability and accessibility of deep-energy retrofit projects and to help complete an energy-conserving building renovation for a deserving New England nonprofit organization.Full disclosure: GBA editor Martin Holladay is on the project’s Board of Advisors. Also serving on the board are Tedd Benson, president of Bensonwood Homes; Keith Collins, owner of BrightBuilt Barn; Gunnar Hubbard, principal of Fore Solutions; Allison Zuchman, project manager at Fore Solutions; Phil Kaplan, principal of Kaplan Thompson Architects (an a Podcaster for GBA); Robin Tannenbaum, architectural designer at Kaplan Thompson Architects; Dan Kolbert, owner of Kolbert Building & Renovations; Jessica Lantos, membership manager at the Maine Association of Non-Profits; Jennifer Marapese, interim executive director at the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association; Naomi Mermin, Chair of the Maine chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council; Jim Newman, director of strategy at BuildingGreen; John Rooks, president of the SOAP Group; and Alissa Conroy, vice-president of the SOAP Group.For more information, or to register your vote, visit BrightBuilt Retrofit.last_img read more

Microsoft Begins Restoring ‘Invisible’ Windows Phone Apps

first_imgTags:#apps#Microsoft#music#Windows Phone#Windows Phone 8 On Friday, when I tried to push Slacker from the Windows Phone website to the phone, the process failed. (Pushing an app from the website to the phone requires the user to turn on the Find My Phone feature.) If that process fails, Microsoft sends a link to the app via email. The update process failed with an error code, 805a0194, a Marketplace error message. But the process worked fine on Monday. The only glitch I noticed was that my “history” of songs didn’t connect to those songs, but to “radio” stations auto-generated by the artist.A Microsoft spokeswoman denied that Microsoft may have been tempted to cut out competition to its newly-launched Xbox Music app, which launched a short time ago. Both Spotify and Slacker offer a la carte searches and radio-style streaming, as Microsoft’s services does.Overall, the number of “invisible” apps was small, and shrunk with the Monday updates. But music remains an integral part of the mobile experience, and app discovery is key to Microsoft’s future, as its Mimvi purchase shows. More than its competitors, Microsoft needs to ensure that the process goes smoothly. Related Posts markhachman Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Customers purchasing the new HTC Windows Phone 8X – the first to use Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 – may have faced an odd lack of some popular music apps, issues which Microsoft addressed on Monday.On Friday, Spotify, Slacker, TuneIn and podcast app 8Tracks didn’t show up on the version of Windows Phone that’s built into the phone itself. But they did appear on the Web-based version of the store – which, most likely, a new customer would never bother visiting if they couldn’t find the app on the store itself.The problems could be tied to be a few possibilities: First, the HTC 8X devices given to members of the press at the recent Windows Phone launch to test were labeled as pre-production hardware, even though the final 8Xes shipped Friday. Another possibility is that Windows Phone isn’t showing apps it deems incompatible with Windows Phone 8, even though, in some cases, the app is compatible. There’s also the possibility that it’s a holdover from a digital certificate glitch that Microsoft discovered and supposedly fixed in mid-August, that prevented apps from being published for a short time. The most likely reason, according to Ryan Polivka, the director of marketing for TuneIn, is that Windows Phone 8 hasn’t transferred all of the other apps over to the new mobile operating system. “The reason we’re not in the Marketplace right now for W8 is because the ingestion engine hasn’t completed making all WP7 apps available on W8,” he wrote in an email Monday. “Apparently this should be resolved within a few days.”Whatever the reason, however, these “invisible” apps only exacerbate one of the perceived problems with the Windows Phone platform: a lack of apps.Playing Catch-UpKevin McLaughlin, a Web developer with Level 3 Communications, first highlighted the issue for me in the comments section of ReadWrite’s hands-on with Windows Phone 8, where I noticed that streaming-radio app Slacker didn’t appear to be available for Windows phone, based on the on-phone search. “These have been in the store for some time but no one can find them for some reason even though a simple search with the name brings them up,” McLaughlin wrote of Slacker and Rovio’s Angry Birds. “I have found this with multiple apps people say are not in the store.”He was right. As of Friday, listings for Slacker, TuneIn and 8Tracks appeared on the Web page, but not on the phone. Gas Buddy was also in the same camp, although most of the invisible apps seem, apparently coincidentally, to be clustered around music.After ReadWrite contacted Microsoft on Friday, however, some of the apps began resolving. Slacker was restored as of Monday morning, and now appears within the Windows Store. Spotify, an app that lacked even a Web page, also appeared on the phone, but with a note that it wasn’t downloadable due to the 480×800 resolution that the HTC 8X uses.It’s likely that an app like Gas Buddy doesn’t show up because, unlike Android, some apps written for earlier versions of the Windows Phone aren’t compatible with Windows Phone 8. It’s one of the unfortunate legacies of the Windows Phone 7 platform that will isolate apps designed for Windows Phone’s early adopters – which some have dubbed a “sucker punch” against Windows Phone fans. If GasBuddy.com doesn’t update the app, it will fade away, trapped in the shrinking puddle of Windows Phone 7 devices.Quantity vs. Quality?Android, which counts more than 400,000 “regular” apps, according to AppBrain (plus 150,000 of what AppBrain deems “low-quality” apps), still holds a commanding lead over Windows Phone. But Google recently told Bloomberg that the number of apps is 700,000, the same number Apple claims to have. Microsoft executives said at the Windows Phone 8 launch that Microsoft’s Windows Phone app ecosytem now includes 120,000 apps across 191 countries, including 46 of the top 50 most heavily used apps on other platforms. Microsoft appears to want to match the other two platforms in quality, rather than quantity.Part of Android’s advantage, however, is that even creaky, ancient Android apps still maintain compatibility with newer versions of the OS: Air Attack for Android, for example, was designed for Android 1.5, which debuted in April 2009. That allows it to remain in the Google Play Store, and keep selling.But a spokeswoman for TuneIn said that the listing on the Windows Phone Web site, where the app was listed for Windows Phone 7, was a mistake. Polivka confirmed that the app was Windows 8 compatible. “The TuneIn website being out-of-date shouldn’t impact store discoverability,” a TuneIn representative added in an email. “But again, they are looking into this.”Spotify, whose headquarters are in New York City and without power, couldn’t be reached. But interestingly, the company’s listing on the Windows Phone website has been eliminated. But on Spotify’s Web page, the company’s Windows Phone app supports several Windows Phones, including all Windows Phone 7.5 or “Mango” devices, although only for Spotify’s “Premium” tier of service. WMPowerUser claims that Microsoft revoked the “sideloaded” Spotify app earlier this month, although users have also posted an outraged 20-page thread detailing the app’s numerous bugs and calling for updates.More Popular Apps Coming To Windows PhoneMicrosoft representatives said late Friday that new, optimized Windows 8 apps will begin rolling out soon. “The Windows Phone 8 platform was designed to run existing 7x apps, but some may require a degree of optimization given the new hardware and software capabilities,” a company spokeswoman said in a statement. “We are working with popular developers like Spotify and encouraging all developers to test their apps with our new SDK to help ensure that apps and games run great and take full advantage of new features. We expect the catalog of existing app titles on new devices to grow steadily over the coming weeks and months, and a Spotify client for Windows Phone 8 is in development and will be available in Q1 2013.”In early August, Microsoft revealed a technical issue in early August that shut down app publishing for a short time. “Some customers who try to download a new app may see an error message,” Microsoft’s Todd Brix wrote. “If they’re attempting to update an existing app, they might repeatedly be prompted to retry the update.” What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

Life insurance Policies: Make Sure Loved Ones Can Find Them

first_imgBy Gladys Lawrence, AFCPE-FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship InternEvery year more than a billion dollars in life insurance benefits go uncollected mainly because beneficiaries do not file claims. How can military families ensure that their loved ones collect the money that they intended their beneficiaries to have?Keep life insurance policies in a safe place.  A safe deposit box, safe, or designated home filing system is recommended. Ensure that one or more trusted people also have access to insurance documents, if military families chose to put them in a safe or safe deposit box. These people should have a separate key. This is a small but important point: check to see that all keys to box actually work properly. If life insurance policies are put in a safe,  make sure one or two other trusted persons have the combination to the safe.Advise service members to make a list with the names of the insurance companies, phone numbers, policy numbers, pay off amounts, and the name(s) of beneficiaries. Use this form from Rutgers Cooperative Extension to record important financial data. File this list away and let trusted family or friends know about it or physically given another copy to them.  Policyholders can also put a copy in their safe deposit box or safe.Remember, taking a few simple steps now can save a service member’s family money and stress during a very vulnerable time in their lives.This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on August 2, 2013last_img read more

Lokpal bill: Govt may soon call an all-party meet

first_imgWith the issue of bringing Prime Minister within the ambit of the Lokpal remaining a ticklish affair, Government is expected to soon call an all-party meeting to seek views across the political spectrum.This became clear on Saturday after a meeting of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi had with top party leaders favouring such parleys against the backdrop of widening differences between the government and the civil society representatives led by Anna Hazare on the issue.Grappling with the issue and other sensitive matters like Telangana, the Congress Core Group headed by Gandhi met on Saturday, the second meeting coming just after its two-hour long deliberations last night. Saturday’s meeting also discussed Telangana problem. The Hazare camp is pitching for inclusion of Prime Minister as also higher judiciary in the proposed Lokpal bill during meetings of the Joint Committee to draft the measure which will now be meeting on June 20 and 21.Government is prima facie opposed to the inclusion of Prime Minister within the ambit of Lokpal but was open to the idea of covering him once he demits office.HRD Minister Sibal on Saturday said, “within the government, we feel prima facie, the Prime Minister should not be covered (under the Lokpal). But at the same time we want to make sure that if he demits office, he should not be exonerated from prosecution.”- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisementlast_img read more

App launched to streamline functioning of PGC in JK’s Udhampur

first_imgJammu, Sep 23 (PTI) The Jammu and Kashmir Police Sunday launched the ‘Sahulat Office App’ in Udhampur district for streamlining the functioning of public grievance cell (PGC). The police also formally released a short movie on drug addiction titled ‘Ujadta chaman’ at a function organised at Sher-e-Kashmir Police Academy (SKPA) in Udhampur.”Drug addiction and substance abuse affects the capabilities and energies of youth and it is the responsibility of all stakeholders to work together and eradicate the growing menace, which has risen to an alarming level in modern society,” Additional Director General of Police and director Sher-e-Kashmir Police Academy, Udhampur, Suleman Salaria said.Salaria along with Inspector General of Police, Jammu, S D Singh Jamwal launched the app and released the movie which was directed by Rahul Sharma and produced by the state police, the spokesperson said.”We would have to address the major reasons which lead the youth to take drugs, besides de-addicting the drug users,” the IGP said. The Jammu and Kashmir Police realising its social responsibility has taken initiatives for the physical and mental development of the youth of the state, he said. Besides its professional duties, the police has been working for drug de-addiction centres, he said and stressed for joint efforts by all stakeholders, especially parents, to overcome the menace and save youngsters from drug consumption.Later, the IGP visited district police lines, Udhampur, and dedicated the newly-constructed police martyrs memorial and also inaugurated a podium for general use of police and various sports and cultural activities, the spokesperson said. PTI TAS  KJKJadvertisementlast_img read more

Apple to open campus in San Diego adding 1000 jobs

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 10:57 AM December 13, 2018 KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego is one of several cities around the nation that will get a new Apple campus in the next three years, the company announced Thursday.Apple will spend roughly $1 billion on its largest planned expansion in Austin, Texas, which will be the second Apple campus in that city. Apple will also build new campuses in Seattle and Culver City, along with San Diego, and increase the size of its offices in cities around the country like New York, Boston and Portland.“Talent, creativity and tomorrow’s breakthrough ideas aren’t limited by region or zip code, and, with this new expansion, we’re redoubling our commitment to cultivating the high-tech sector and workforce nationwide,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in the announcement.Apple officials were tight-lipped about the details of the San Diego campus, but rumors have swirled of a possible location in University City. The tech giant is one of several big names to add offices in San Diego in recent years. Google opened a 60,000-square-foot office in 2016, while Amazon opened a tech hub in University City in September of this year.Apple plans to add 1,000 jobs in San Diego, as well as Seattle and Culver City, by the end of 2021.“Joining an influx of other large tech firms like Amazon, Google and Teradata, Apple is setting up a significant operation in San Diego to take advantage of the region’s STEM talent,” said Mark Cafferty, president and CEO of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. “We look forward to building a stronger working relationship with Apple to help them grow and succeed in this already thriving tech hub.” Apple ❤️ Austin! Proud to announce our newest campus there, along with plans for new sites in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, CA as Apple expands operations and creates thousands of jobs across the US.https://t.co/f2UwlXW2Hk— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) December 13, 2018center_img Apple to open campus in San Diego adding 1,000 jobs Thank you to @tim_cook for agreeing to expand operations in the U.S. and thereby creating thousands of jobs! https://t.co/2zOVxp9nTF— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 14, 2018 Posted: December 13, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

France likely to offer 2 additional squadrons of Rafale to India

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