In plea deal, charges dropped in alleged robbery for trespass convictions

first_imgCrime & Courts | Juneau | Public SafetyIn plea deal, charges dropped in alleged robbery for trespass convictionsJuly 23, 2017 by Matt Miller, KTOO Share:Felony charges have been dismissed against a Juneau man in an armed robbery case as part of a plea deal. He’s been released after time served for misdemeanor trespassing in several downtown businesses.Juneau Police Chief Bryce Johnson said they agreed with the decision made by the District Attorney’s office to drop the robbery and assault charges.“We’re trying to find out what actually happened,” Johnson said. “Unfortunately, all cases aren’t just perfect. We don’t always have everything perfect lined up.”“In that particular robbery case, I think that decision that the attorney made was correct because we had open questions about whether we could prove that case against that particular defendant,” Johnson said.Eric Rivera, 23, was arrested May 30 just after a Taku Harley-Davidson employee reported being robbed at knifepoint. She reported that Rivera — who a day earlier had been fired from his job at the store — stopped by to pick up his pay stub.According to the investigating officer’s report, Rivera pulled out a knife he had purchased at the store and said, “I am sorry. I need the money.” He walked out with a bank bag containing about $5,000 cash. Rivera was arrested a half-hour later on Front Street and charged with felony robbery and assault.Taku Harley-Davidson officials declined to comment on the case. Juneau Police Department officials confirmed Wednesday that none of the money has been recovered and the case is still under investigation.Last April, Rivera was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass at the Mendenhall Tower Apartments. Video surveillance cameras and another man’s cell phone camera captured Rivera forcing open the locked exterior doors and sleeping in the lobby and common area. On video, Rivera also smacked the phone out of the man’s hand.Rivera was also charged with trespassing at Alaskan Hotel, Foodland IGA and Baranof Hotel in March and April.In early June, the robbery and assault charges stemming from the Taku Harley-Davidson case were dismissed as long as Rivera pleaded guilty to half of the criminal trespass charges. He was ordered to serve 10 days in jail with credit for time already served.As is usual practice, Rivera’s public defender declined to comment on the case.Rivera has served his sentence and is already out of custody.Share this story:last_img read more

Young suggests guns could’ve saved Jews during Holocaust

first_imgFederal Government | Juneau | Nation & World | Public SafetyYoung suggests guns could’ve saved Jews during HolocaustFebruary 27, 2018 by Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media Share:Speaking at a conference in Juneau last week, Alaska U.S. Rep. Don Young argued against gun control by suggesting Jews might not have died in the Holocaust if they had been armed.Audio Playerhttp://media.aprn.org/2018/ann-20180226-03.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“How many millions of people were shot and killed because they were unarmed? Fifty million in Russia,” Young said. “How many Jews were put in the ovens because they were unarmed?”The recording was provided by Dimitri Shein, an Anchorage Democrat who is running for Young’s seat.Shein was in the audience for Young’s speech to the Alaska Municipal League and he asked Young about school safety, which prompted Young to bring up the Holocaust.The argument that gun control allowed the rise of Hitler has circulated among gun-rights advocates for several years.Here’s CNN’s Wolf Blitzer challenging then-presidential candidate Ben Carson about it in 2015:“So what is your point: If there had been guns in Germany, there might not have been a Holocaust?” Blitzer asked.“That was only one of the countries I mentioned,” Carson retorted. “There were a number of countries where tyranny reigns and before it happened they disarmed the people.”A 1938 Nazi law prohibited Jews from owning weapons, but there were numerous instances of armed Jewish resistance during the war.The Anti-Defamation League said it’s ludicrous to claim Germany’s Jews could have stopped the Third Reich with personal firearms when the military might of entire European countries could not.Young is a long-time board member of the National Rifle Association. He said last week he favors allowing teachers to carry firearms.He points to video games and the breakdown of families as possible causes of school violence.Share this story:last_img read more

Christmas boost helps Royal Mail continue growth

first_img Christmas boost helps Royal Mail continue growth Thursday 22 January 2015 9:02 pm Show Comments ▼ A MERRY return on Christmas parcels has allowed Royal Mail to report a one per cent growth in revenues for the first nine months of the year, the company revealed in a trading update yesterday. Parcel volumes for the nine months were up three per cent, compared to two per cent in the first half. The figure was buoyed by a four per cent year-on-year rise in parcel volumes for the month of December, in which Royal Mail delivered 120m parcels. Chief executive Moya Greene told City A.M.: “It was the best Christmas in my five years here. That’s a function of several things: Firstly, we started planning for Christmas on 1 April; secondly, we had in place before the summer 10 pop-up parcel sorting facilities and brought 19,000 new people on board, so we were ready to go. 120m parcels is more than the vast majority of industry players deliver in a whole year”Although in line with analysts expectations, the one per cent growth was still a fall on the two per cent recorded at the half year, and Greene admits that competition in the parcel market is still hurting the company. “We have a lot of new players in the parcel market and some of those of players continue to financially underperform, and as result of that retailers are able to drive pricing down as many of these players will accept very low prices just to fill up their networks,” she said. Share whatsappcenter_img whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Weekzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comGloriousaTrail Cam Photos Captured In The WildernessGloriousaBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MDUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementConsumer TechSee Everything from Miles Away Like You Are Standing Next to ItConsumer TechTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmTotal Battle – Tactical Game OnlineThe Most Addictive Strategy Game of 2021Total Battle – Tactical Game OnlineVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 50 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online Game Express KCS Tags: Company Royal Mail More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comlast_img read more

EMA adopts EU Ombudsman recommendations to avoid bias concerns over drug approvals

first_imgPharmalot Log In | Learn More GET STARTED European Union Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly Virginia Mayo/AP What’s included? Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED What is it? EMA adopts EU Ombudsman recommendations to avoid bias concerns over drug approvals Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. [email protected] center_img By Ed Silverman Nov. 26, 2019 Reprints Ed Silverman STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. About the Author Reprints Seeking to end another flap about transparency, the European Medicines Agency has agreed to recommendations made by the European Ombudsman to ensure that private talks with drug makers about marketing applications do not influence approval decisions.In a Nov. 21 letter to Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly, the regulator noted it plans to separate “to the greatest extent possible” the roles of its Scientific Advisory Working Group, which makes suggestions to drug makers about such things as clinical trial design, and the members of the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use, which evaluates marketing applications. @Pharmalot Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Tags STAT+last_img read more

Big battle in store as Borris-Kilcotton and Rathdowney-Errill face off in Laois SHC final

first_img TAGSBorris-KilcottonBorris-Kilcotton v Rathdowney-ErrillLaois SHCRathdowney-Errill GAA Rathdowney-Errill 1-21 Ballinakill 0-6 – Report hereRathdowney-Errill 4-16 Castletown 0-11 – Report hereRathdowney-Errill 2-33 Portlaoise 1-13 – Report hereRathdowney-Errill 1-15 Camross 0-17 – Report hereWhat are the Odds?Rathdowney-Errill are slight favourites at 8/11 with Borris-Kilcotton at 11/8 and the draw at 8/1.Who’s the ref?Castletown’s Alan Doheny takes charge of his first Laois senior hurling final. Having risen up through the ranks in both camogie (and taken charge of an All Ireland camogie fina) and hurling, this is his biggest game on the local scene in Laois.Last championship meeting?The last time these two did battle in the championship was in that 2016 replayed final when Borris-Kilcotton won the title for the first time thanks to a 1-18 to 2-10 win after an incredible 2-26 apiece draw in the first game.SEE ALSO – Major change on the way for 2020 All Ireland football championship as Tier 2 competition introducedSEE ALSO – Listen: We’re joined by the legendary Pat Delaney to look back on the Laois hurling season – as well as ahead to Sunday’s county finals Pinterest Big battle in store as Borris-Kilcotton and Rathdowney-Errill face off in Laois SHC final Previous articleThree staff injured in Midlands Prison as assault numbers continue to riseNext articleLIVE BLOG: Follow all of the action from the Laois SHC and SHC ‘A’ finals from O’Moore Park Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. They come in as the slightest of favourites despite a very unimpressive showing in the semi-final. Granted it was a thrilling finish, Ross King’s injury time winning goal was a screamer and it denied Camross a shot at winning three-in-a-row but it was a poor game and a very disappointing performance from Rathdowney-Errill.Is there more in them? There will have to be. They looked riddled with nerves for what was a high-tension, high-stakes game but it was their first competitive game in seven weeks after they breezed through the group stages. Despite a diet of high quality challenge games, they were very under-cooked for that one and should be the better for it.Borris-Kilcotton have had to hit greater heights en route to the final, primarily due to being in a much tougher group. They beat Camross in their first game but then lost to Clough-Ballacolla, a result that left them having to beat Abbeyleix or risk end up missing out on the knockout stages altogether.That did in style, scoring 5-18 in the process, and they then followed it up with 13-point win over Ballinakill in the quarter-final.They absorbed what Clough-Ballacolla threw at them in the semi-final to reverse that earlier loss, with PJ Scully continuing his red-hot form by scoring 18 points.He comes into the game with 6-55 in five games, an average of almost 15 points per game, and 34 points clear of Camross’s Niall Holmes, the second highest scorer in the championship.Limiting Scully’s influence and limiting the frees they give away will be among Rathdowney-Errill’s biggest focus.And as always in big games, the match ups will be fascinating.  Who’ll pick up Scully? Who’ll be on the almost equally influential Joe Campion? Who’ll be on Aaron Dunphy, quiet by his standards in the semi-final, but a forward capable of turning a game in an instant?Neil Foyle will also take minding and Rathdowney-Errill will be conscious that he got three goals in the two final meetings in 2016.Rathdowney-Errill’s half-back line of Joe Fitzpatrick, Jack Kelly and Eric Killeen is a seriously impressive trio while the full-back line includes joint captain Brian Campion and the versatile John Purcell, both set to play in their ninth county final if you include the 2016 draw and replay.There are injury concerns over Borris-Kilcotton midfielder Colm Stapleton and that would be a considerable loss even if the likes of Conor Kilbane, the two Whelans, the Fitzpatricks and Stephen Finan are all having fine seasons.Rathdowney-Errill have their own questions to resolve. Where best to get the best out of Paddy Purcell, joint captain alongside Campion and seeking to cap off an incredible season by lifting the Bob O’Keeffe Cup in O’Moore Park just a couple of months after lifting the Joe McDonagh Cup in Croke Park.Purcell was alongside Ross King as part of a two-man full-forward line against Camross before moving out the field. It’s understandable they’d want him close to goal (he has four goals in this championship as well as three in the Joe McDonagh Cup) but his impact looks greater from midfield or the half-forward line.James Ryan, Shane Dollard and John Keane will all put in big shifts while Mark Kavanagh’s free-taking, though slightly off his best in the semi-final, will be a huge factor too.It’s hard to see a whole lot between them but Rathdowney-Errill might have a bit more improvement in them.It’ll be a tight one, but they’re our slight fancy to get the job done.Prediction: Rathdowney-ErrillPaths to the FinalBorris-Kilcotton 2-13 Camross 0-17 – Report hereBorris-Kilcotton 1-16 Clough-Ballacolla 2-17 – Report hereBorris-Kilctton 5-18 Abbeyleix 0-13 – Report hereBorris-Kilcotton 3-17 Ballinakill 0-13 – Report hereBorris-Kilcotton 0-25 Clough-Ballacolla 1-15 – Report here Home Sport GAA Big battle in store as Borris-Kilcotton and Rathdowney-Errill face off in Laois… SportGAAHurling GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Facebook Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Twitter Jim Fitzpatrick of Borris-Kilcotton in action against Jack Kelly, left, and James Ryan of Rathdowney-Errill during the 2016 Laois SHC final Laois SHC Final – Borris-Kilcotton v Rathdowney-ErrillIn O’Moore Park at 4pmThe biggest day in the Laois hurling final is upon us.Neighbours Borris-Kilcotton and Rathdowney-Errill are the last two standing and will meet in the championship for the first time since this exact weekend three years ago when Borris-Kilcotton won the Bob O’Keeffe Cup for the first time in their history.It took a replay in 2016 to separate the sides after an incredible 2-26 apiece drawn game two weeks earlier and neutrals will be hoping for similar drama and quality today. By Steven Miller – 20th October 2019 WhatsApp WhatsApp Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Both teams have gon through a couple of disappointing seasons since 2016, with Borris-Kilcotton knocked out in successive semi-finals by Camross and Rathdowney-Errill going down in controversial circumstances in last year’s final.Winning a second title would be a big deal for Borris-Kilcotton; undoing the wrongs of last year and finishing the decade with four county final wins, more than any other club in the county, would mark it out as a really special era for Rathdowney-Errill. Facebook GAA Twitterlast_img read more

51st round of Geneva International Discussions UK statement

first_img51st round of Geneva International Discussions UK statement The UK welcomes that the 51st Round of the Geneva International Discussions took place in person on 10-11 December. As the only international forum that brings together all sides from the conflict the GID plays a vital role in trying to achieve a resolution to this ongoing conflict. These discussions could make a real difference to the lives of those on all sides of the Administrative Boundary Lines. Therefore it is concerning that the 51st Round was the only round hosted in 2020.We are particularly concerned by the recent announcement of a programme to create a common socio-economic space between the Russian Federation and Georgia’s breakaway region of Abkhazia, in clear violation of Georgia’s internationally-recognised sovereignty over the region and further impeding the reconciliation of Georgia’s conflict-affected communities. We are also concerned by the ongoing borderisation activities particularly along the South Ossetia Administrative Boundary Line which have continued despite the COVID-19 pandemic.Restrictions on people’s freedom of movement remain in place and are exacerbating the humanitarian situation in the breakaway regions. This is made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic as people cannot freely access Georgia’s medical supplies and treatment. These restrictions also significantly contribute to the ongoing issue of internally displaced people who are still unable to return to their homes in South Ossetia and Abkhazia.These issues highlight the importance of continuing these discussions. It is therefore disappointing that the Co-Chairs press release reports that that some participants did not engage on the key humanitarian issues of internally displaced persons and refugees.As well as the Geneva International Discussions, the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism meetings also play an important role in preventing the escalation of the conflict and in helping protect the safety and security of people on the ground. Although we note that the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism meetings in Ergneti have now restarted, the meetings at Gali remain suspended. The meetings in Gali should resume without further delay or pre-conditions. We also continue to support the objectives of the EU Monitoring Mission in monitoring the activities of all sides along the Administrative Boundary Lines.I want to re-state the UK’s unwavering support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders. Like the majority of the international community, the UK continues to follow a policy of non-recognition of the self-declared independence of the breakaway territories of South Ossetia and Abkhazia . Russia’s support for the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia is a clear demonstration of a lack of respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its neighbour and for the rules based international system.We call upon the Russian Federation to fulfil immediately its clear obligation under the EU-mediated 12 August 2008 ceasefire agreement to withdraw its forces to pre-conflict positions, as well as its other commitments under the ceasefire agreement.I would like to re-iterate the UK’s support for the Geneva International Discussions. We call on all parties to support, prepare and engage with the next (52nd) round which is planned for 23-24 March 2021.Thank you. /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:agreement, community, covid-19, demonstration, EU, Europe, Georgia, Government, Humanitarian, incident, refugees, resolution, Russia, security, South Ossetia, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

Harvest Lunch and Barrel Tasting at Flying Goat Winery

first_img TAGSConsumerFlying Goat Cellars Home Industry News Releases Harvest Lunch and Barrel Tasting at Flying Goat WineryIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessHarvest Lunch and Barrel Tasting at Flying Goat WineryBy Press Release – September 10, 2018 11 0 AdvertisementLompoc, CA (August 29, 2018) – Flying Goat Cellars will host a Harvest Lunch and Barrel Tasting on Saturday, September 15, from 11am-2pm at the winery, located at 1251 West Laurel Avenue in Lompoc. Winemaker Norm Yost will provide the edutainment while guests sip on 2017 barrel samples and a few library wines. Norm, Chief Philosopher Kate Griffith, Cellar Master André Baltazar and winery dog Cooper invite you to get creative, blend your own Pinot Noir and be playful.Enjoy the aromas of fresh fruit and fermentations underway that complement the seasonal winemaking activities. The wines will be paired with a delicious lunch, offering vegetarian and nonvegetarian dishes.Wine Club Members & Guests $50/per person; Others $70/per person. Purchase tickets online here; call 805-736-9032 or email [email protected] to make your reservations.Advertisement Pinterest Linkedin Share Email Twitter Facebook ReddIt Previous article“Wine and Wisdom” with Philosopher Joe White at Flying Goat CellarsNext articleMorton’s The Steakhouse & the Mondavi Family to Host a Taste of Two Legends Press Releaselast_img read more

Municipal Police Making An Impact In Western JA

first_imgAdvertisements Municipal Police Making An Impact In Western JA Local GovernmentJune 9, 2010 RelatedMunicipal Police Making An Impact In Western JA RelatedMunicipal Police Making An Impact In Western JAcenter_img RelatedMunicipal Police Making An Impact In Western JA FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail It began in the parish of St. James in July, 2004 with 15 persons recruited as pioneers in a pilot programme being implemented by the Department of Local Government.Today, in four of the parishes in western Jamaica, the cadre stands at 51 officers, and they can be seen in the town centres of Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland; Lucea, Hanover; Falmouth, Trelawny and Montego Bay, St. James.The necessity for the establishment of this cadre of persons came about because of the terrible traffic congestions, caused most times by unruly behaviour, which often occurred in towns in the region, as well as illegal street vending, mounting of illegal billboards and failure to secure trading licences, among many other anti-social activities, which fall under the responsibilities of the local authorities.St. James Municipal Police Officer, Julian Rodney, who has special responsibility for the enforcement of the Places of Amusement Act, goes over an application for a planned entertainment event.This led to the establishment of the Municipal Police Force within the Parish Councils in the western region, starting in St. James then extending to Hanover, Westmoreland and Trelawny, by March, 2008. The men and women who signed up to serve in the Force have been given specialised training, and are sworn District Constables with the power of arrest.The duties of the Municipal Police Officers can be categorised into three main areas, namely: Operations, Revenue Collections and Compliance/Enforcement. The emphasis is placed on various areas, according to the requirements of each parish. They are often supported by the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF), which works very closely with the Local Authorities.Secretary/Manager of the Hanover Parish Council, Patricia Sinclair-Stair, in an interview with JIS News, emphasised that the need for the Municipal Police within the parishes is very great. She added that there is now a lobby within the Local Authorities to further support them with Municipal Courts.“Although the ISCF assists us sometimes, for us to do a good job we have to have our own (policing), and so it is based on these and other things that the Department of Local Government saw it fit to introduce municipal policing to its Local Authorities,” she stated.“And the next thing that we are working at, and hope that it will come into being soon to compliment the work of the Municipal Police, is the Municipal Court,” she said.She argued that the establishment of the Municipal Court is necessary, as the Local Authorities are now having a hard time getting their matters heard in the Resident Magistrate’s Courts, because of the vast amount of civil matters clogging that system.Mayor of Montego Bay and Chairman of the St. James Parish Council, Councillor Charles Sinclair Jnr., told JIS News that although revenue generation is not the primary aim of the Force, since their introduction, the St. James Parish Council has seen a noticeable increase in revenues. He said the effectiveness of the Officers has led to a compliance rate within the town and its environs of about 98 per cent, in terms of securing licences, permits and other legal requirements for operating within those areas.He said that in terms of barbers and hairdressers, in 2009/2010 the revenue collected from them was $2.5 million, compared to the 2008/2009 figure of $1.7 million. Noting that there has been no increase in fees, he confirmed that the increase in revenue had to come from an increase in the compliance rate, due to the effective monitoring. He also noted similar increases in other areas, due mainly to the work of the Municipal Police.Both the Mayor and Mrs. Sinclair-Stair maintained that the responses from respective Councils to the activities of the Municipal Police have been favourable. They expect that once the teething pains are over and persons get used to being disciplined for abnormal and anti-social behaviour and activities, good social behaviour will become the norm.They both insist that there is now a high level of co-operation from residents throughout these parishes.Municipal Police Officer for St. James, Julian Rodney, in an interview with JIS News explained that in her day to day activities, there are times when she meets resistance, but that she takes great pleasure in exercising patience to get the public to understand the policies and procedures.Ms. Rodney said that she does her best to ensure, for example, that persons go through the proper procedures when applying for their amusement permits and are only penalised when no effort is made to comply with the Places of Amusement Act, which governs entertainment activities and the display of advertisements related to such activities.Municipal and Commercial Services Coordinator at the St. James Parish Council, Ricardo Rhoden, who has direct supervisory responsibility for the Municipal Police in the parish, had high praise for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the ISCF, for the assistance they continually render to the Local Authority, in general, and the Municipal Police, in particular.He said that the establishment of the Municipal Police Corp has produced positive results, especially with regards to the maintenance of safety and health issues throughout the parish.last_img read more

Shaw Leaves for London Financial Meeting

first_imgRelatedShaw Leaves for London Financial Meeting FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Finance and the Public Service, the Hon. Audley Shaw, left for London Monday July 26, to attend the Commonwealth Secretariat’s first Global Small States Conference.Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley ShawThe Minister will update the international investment community on developments in Jamaica’s medium-term Economic Programme. The conference will be held at Marlborough House, July 28-29.It is the first in a series of biennial events to provide a platform for small states to exchange views on challenges, to develop a common position on global issues and to advocate their concerns to international agencies and donors. Participants will deliver recommendations for promoting the interests of small states, with specific actions to be taken by the Secretariat, small states and the international community.They will focus on the debt crisis of small states, financing sustainable development, private sector development and international trade and regional cooperation.Financial Secretary, Dr. Wesley Hughes, and Technical Advisor, Sophia Whyte-Givans, are accompanying the Minister.Mr. Shaw will also address members of the international investment community at a luncheon hosted in his honour by Geoffrey Bell, President of Geoffrey Bell & Company, consultants to central banks and governments around the world. Mr. Bell is the Executive Secretary of the Washington-based Group of Thirty, an influential and high powered council of private and central bankers.While in London, the Minister will also participate in media interviews on developments in Jamaica, as well as on the outlook and prospects going forward. He is scheduled to appear on BBC World Service on Tuesday July 27 tomorrow, at an interview beginning at 9 a.m. GMT. Advertisements RelatedShaw Leaves for London Financial Meetingcenter_img RelatedShaw Leaves for London Financial Meeting Shaw Leaves for London Financial Meeting Finance & Public ServiceJuly 28, 2010last_img read more

Forum to Highlight GIS Solutions for Businesses

first_imgRelatedForum to Highlight GIS Solutions for Businesses By Jeneva Gordon, JIS PRO FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — The Ministry of Housing, Environment, Water and Local Government (MHEWLG) will be staging a Geographic Information System (GIS) Business Executive Forum today (November 9), at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston. Under the theme: ‘GIS: Generating Innovative Solutions,” the forum seeks to expose members of the business community to GIS, and how they can benefit from its numerous customised solutions. “We hope to enlighten more persons about GIS and all its capabilities. Also, we want to expose persons about how entities have been utilising the various software and what the possibilities are,” said Senior GlS Manager at the Ministry, Simone Lloyd. She told JIS News that the event will include technical presentations, and booth exhibitions and workshops, to showcase GIS software applications such as Google Earth, Google Maps, and TUMP, which are widely used to find places, services and events. “We are encouraging persons to get involved and to actually reap the benefits of using these software because we are in a technological age. Persons, who have Internet access, can easily download these GIS software using a smart phone or a computer anywhere in the world,” Miss Lloyd said. Portfolio Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, will address the opening of the forum, while Dean of Public Health Technology at the University of Technology (UTech), Professor Winston Davidson, will deliver the main address. Among the participating organisations are: GeoTech Visions Enterprise Limited, Mona Informatix, Spatial Innovision Limited, Globe Insurance, National Works Agency (NWA), and the Ministry of Health. The forum is supported by the Land Information Council of Jamaica(LICJ), the National Land Agency (NLA), Spatial Innovision Limited, and the Mona Geo-Informatics Institute. Persons, who wish to participate, can contact the Spatial Data Management Division within the Ministry at 876-927-0441, or LICJ at www.licj.org.jm. GIS is the merging of cartography, statistical analysis, and database technology and is designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of geographically referenced data. In a general sense, the term describes any information system that integrates, stores, edits, analyses, shares and displays geographic  information than can be used to inform decision making. GIS applications are tools that allow users to create interactive queries (user-created searches), analyse spatial information, edit data, maps, and present the results of all these operations. RelatedForum to Highlight GIS Solutions for Businesses RelatedForum to Highlight GIS Solutions for Businesses Forum to Highlight GIS Solutions for Businesses EnvironmentNovember 9, 2011 Advertisementslast_img read more