ICT to be A Growth Driver -Vaz

first_imgRelatedICT to be A Growth Driver -Vaz ICT to be A Growth Driver -Vaz InformationJuly 23, 2010 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, has said that the government is working to create a productive Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry that will drive social and economic growth.The industry, he said, will be supported by a legal and regulatory framework, which promotes universal access, social inclusiveness and competitiveness.“ICTs will be the driver of economic and social development in this country,” Minister Vaz stated, as he addressed Flow’s fourth anniversary media breakfast held this morning (July 22) at the telecommunications provider’s St. Lucia Avenue headquarters in New Kingston.Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz (centre), addresses Flow’s fourth anniversary media breakfast, held at the company’s St. Lucia Avenue headquarters in New Kingston this morning (July 22). Listening are President and Chief Operating Officer of Flow, Michele English, and Director of Commercial Services, Andrew Fazio.According to the Technology Minister, ICT should be leveraged to transform Jamaica’s productive capacity, in the bid to achieve developed country status by 2030.He said that all Jamaicans must be engaged in exploiting and reaping the benefits from the technology available and pledged to work “tirelessly” to support the best use of ICT in Jamaica, from software developers to bloggers and other content producers.He noted that the government is of the view that expansion of broadband at greater speeds and bandwidth is a critical element in the building of a knowledge-based society. “We want to see ubiquitous and economic broadband access that is heavily utilised by everyone – children, senior citizens, laymen and professionals,” he stated.He noted that “while we are happy to see the speeds at which we can now download information, the availability of broadband provides an opportunity to upload the wealth of the island’s culture, music, sports and cuisine”.Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz (right), is greeted by Director of Commercial Services at Flow, Andrew Fazio. Occasion was the telecommunications provider’s fourth anniversary media breakfast, held this morning (July 22) at its St. Lucia Avenue headquarters in New Kingston.“We are anxious to reverse the one-way traffic into cyber space with a view to capitalising on our natural resources,” he stated.The Minister congratulated Flow on its achievements, as it continues to spread its operations across the island, and the wider region.Flow, which provides a wide array of interactive telecommunications services, has invested some US$700 million in building communication infrastructure in Jamaica, informed President and Chief Operating Officer, Michele English.She noted that there had been a 70 per cent reduction in the price of Internet service to residential consumers with Flow coming into the market, and a 78 per cent reduction for commercial consumers.She said that in terms of world broadband pricing, Flow has the fourth lowest price on a per megabyte basis, out of 34 countries. She noted also that the company plans to invest some $80 million in a variety of educational, sports and cultural programmes across the island this year. RelatedArchives Critical to Jamaica’s Historycenter_img Advertisements RelatedICT to be A Growth Driver -Vazlast_img read more

Rachel Potter Chills Us to the Bone! See Her Rock Out to Heart’s ‘Alone’ on The X Factor

first_img Star Files Rachel Potter View Commentscenter_img It seems like just yesterday Rachel Potter was making us cry in her moving performance as the Mistress in Broadway’s Evita, and now she’s rocking out onstage every week on the TV competition series The X Factor (and did we mention she’s absolutely killing it?!). This week, Potter brings the ‘80s rock edge in a passionate rendition of Heart’s “Alone,” and the judges (well, everyone but Simon Cowell, but we think he’s just jealous) went absolutely wild for her performance. Click below to judge for yourself, then tune in on FOX to see if she makes the cut!last_img read more

`Spirit’ faces cold, uncertain future

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champSpirit’s solar panels, shrouded by a layer of fine dust from July’s planetwide dust storms, are collecting less than half the sunlight hitting them. By the depths of winter, that number is expected to drop even further, Callas said. There is little hope of reprieve. On Mars, winter is not a windy season, so the dust layer will likely coat Spirit for many months to come. Without enough power from sunlight, Spirit’s heaters – its only line of defense against temperatures as low as 130 degrees below zero Fahrenheit – cannot run. PASADENA – It is fall in Mars’ southern hemisphere. With every new day, the sun arcs lower across the horizon and the cold and dark creep farther north over the red Martian soil. Although some of Mars’ robotic explorers are unaffected by the changing seasons, the coming winter could spell the end of the rover Spirit’s slow sojourn across the Red Planet’s surface. “This will be the toughest winter for Spirit. This will be the greatest challenge since she landed (in early 2004),” said John Callas, project manager for the rovers at JPL in Pasadena. JPL engineers are now driving the rover to the edge of the feature known as Home Plate, where they can park it for the next several months with its solar panels turned as far toward the sun as possible. They have already conceded, however, that they will have to turn off the heater protecting one instrument used to study minerals, and will possibly have to turn down another heater, allowing Spirit’s electronics to drop to minus 67 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 55 degrees Celsius). “The rover’s electronics were tested to minus 55 degrees Celsius,” Callas said, but “the minus-55 testing was done with a brand-new rover. These rovers are now four years old. There is a risk that if we allow the rover to get colder, things could break.” Spirit will have to survive until the winter begins to lift in July before engineers can be confident it will live to see another spring. But elsewhere around Mars, the news isn’t so grim. “Opportunity is doing great,” Callas said. “Power is not an issue for Opportunity because she’s closer to the equator and doesn’t have nearly as much dust on her arrays,” he said. Unlike Spirit, Opportunity will not have to hibernate to conserve energy but will instead continue its investigations of Victoria Crater. Already, it has visited two of three layers in the intriguing bright band of rock circling the crater’s inside like a bathtub ring. “We could finish up our activities there and be out within a couple months,” Callas said. And, from high above the Martian surface, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) continues to dazzle scientists with the high-resolution images it captures of the planet below. For eight months this year, it watched as spring crept over the south pole, transforming the creased and rutted terrain known as the Cryptic region. With MRO’s observations, JPL planetary scientist Candice Hansen said, scientists were able to show that the scarred landscape was caused as sun pierced the translucent ice caps, made not of water but of dry ice – frozen carbon dioxide. With the sun warming the soil below, the bottom of the ice layer turned to gas, building up pressure beneath its frosty cap. When the gas finally forced its way through the ice, it carved channels into the ground as it rushed outward and jetted fans of dust and dry ice onto the surface. “The interesting thing is that we have nothing like this on Earth – nothing,” Hansen said. The shapes etched into the ground, called araneiform or “spiderlike,” come in many varieties. “There are spiders that link up to each other. There’s spiders that don’t link up to each other. There’s circular spiders, there’s elongated spiders. There’s shallow ones, there’s deep ones,” she said. From above, it makes the martian surface look like lizard skin, or like lace. With spring now coming to Mars’ north pole, MRO’s powerful cameras will soon study whether the same features exist there, as well. There are big plans for Spirit, too. Earlier this year, the intrepid explorer unearthed soil so rich in silica “it’s really strong evidence that this area we were traversing over was either the source of a hot spring or the source of some volcanic fumarole,” said Bruce Banerdt, JPL’s rover project scientist. The find was particularly interesting because “these areas on Earth are places where we find very vigorous biological activity,” he said. Since then, the rover’s panoramic camera has spotted other areas to the south similar in appearance to the area now nicknamed “Silica Valley.” “We’re hoping to go south and investigate some of these areas where we see some of these knobby outcrops,” Banerdt said. But first, Spirit’s biggest challenge will be just to survive the Martian winter. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Car park to be renamed in memory of community figure Hugh Duffy

first_imgThe Old Mart Car Park in the heart of Letterkenny is to be renamed in honour of the late Hugh Duffy.Mr Duffy was a much-respected member of the local community who passed away in January 2015.The Galway native moved to Letterkenny to take up a teaching role at St Eunan’s College and became an active member in various community groups. Mr Duffy was a former Captain of Letterkenny Golf Club, he was actively involved in Meals on Wheels and he was a member of the Board of Management of St. Bernadette’s School. He took a great interest in the ongoing development of Letterkenny Town and his home at College Row won numerous prizes for ‘Best Kept Garden’ in the Tidy Towns competitions.Councillors with the Letterkenny Municipal District passed a motion today to name the Old Mart Car Park in memory of Mr Duffy.Old Mart Car Park LetterkennyThe motion was raised by Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh, who said recent works to transform the site have made it a fitting place to honour a local figure.Cllr Kavanagh commended the council for their work on the car park and removal of the building to prevent anti-social behaviour and attract more usage of the car park. A unanimous decision was made during a members’ workshop to choose Hugh Duffy as the person who would be remembered at the site.“I think it would be a nice tribute to him that the car park is named in Hugh’s honour. He lived all his life in College Row near St. Eunan’s College. He was very active in campaigning to make sure the site remained in public ownership,” said Cllr Kavanagh.The motion was seconded by Cllr Gerry McMonagle, who said: “The Old Mart Car Park is a lot more inviting now and to name it for a person who gave so much to the community is apt.”Car park to be renamed in memory of community figure Hugh Duffy was last modified: October 9th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Police briefs: Man charged with assault and robbery

first_imgA 26-year-old man is facing a charge of assault and robbery after two men were attacked in separate incidents early Wednesday evening in Chatham.Chatham-Kent police allege the accused, of no fixed address, approached a man walking on King Street in Chatham around 6:30 p.m. and began assaulting him in an attempt to steal his cigarettes.Police were called by a concerned citizen who witnessed the reported assault.The victim was taken to hospital for treatment of minor injuries.Police said as the accused fled the area. He then approached another man on Barthe Street and allegedly assaulted him. That victim did not sustain any injuries, police said.The accused was found on Grand Avenue, and arrested and charged with assault and robbery, police said.He was taken into custody pending a bail hearing.Receipts lead to arrest of Blenheim womanA 31-year-old Blenheim woman is facing charges in connection to evidence Chatham-Kent police found inside a stolen pickup truck.Police said the accused was released from court on May 6 with several conditions, including that she not operate a motor vehicle.Police recovered a stolen pickup truck early Wednesday morning on Raleigh Street in Chatham. While examining the vehicle, police found two receipts from local businesses inside the truck.Police went to these businesses and, through investigation, allege the woman was responsible for driving the stolen truck to purchase grocery store items and cash out a ticket.The accused was located Wednesday night and arrested. She has been charged with being in possession of property obtained by a crime over $5,000 and failing to comply with her release conditions.She was placed in custody pending a bail hearing.Wallaceburg teen chargedA family dispute landed a Wallaceburg teen in trouble with the law.Chatham-Kent police responded to the dispute, where an investigation revealed the accused, a 15-year-old male, allegedly threw items at his mother during an argument.While being placed under arrest, police allege the accused pulled away in an effort to resist arrest and began swinging at the officers.The youth was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters.He was charged with assault with a weapon and resist arrest, and later released with an Aug. 12 court date.Argument leads to chargeA 45-year-old Dover Township man was arrested Wednesday night in connection to an argument with his girlfriend’s father.Chatham-Kent police said the argument resulted in threats being made.The accused was arrested and charged with uttering threats.He was released with an Aug. 20 court date.Traffic enforcementSeveral area motorists are feeling the financial impact of some traffic enforcement initiatives by Chatham-Kent police.Wednesday morning, police stopped and charged five motorist with speeding through a 50 km/h zone while conducting traffic enforcement on Longwoods Road in Kent Bridge.Police were also conducting traffic enforcement in the area of construction on Pioneer Line, which resulted in nine motorists being stopped and charged with driving on a closed road.last_img read more

LinkedIn Cofounder Wants To Teach You How To “Blitzscale” Your Company

first_imgHow Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… How to Meet the Demands of the Socially Conscio… AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them Related Posts How to Cultivate the Skill of Being a Creative …center_img Tags:#education#Leadership#LinkedIn#Reid Hoffman#Stanford#startup gregory ferenstein This post appears courtesy of the Ferenstein Wire, a syndicated news service. Publishing partners may edit posts. For inquiries, please email author and publisher Gregory Ferenstein. Stanford is continuing its ultra-popular course series on creating tech startups. Starting this month, LinkedIn billionaire Reid Hoffman will be teaching a specialized version of the course on scaling businesses from small product ideas to large companies (or what he calls “blitzscaling”). “When you examine the history of iconic Silicon Valley companies, they quickly grew their customers, revenue, and organizational scale to fit a global market,” he explained in a company blog post. “Most of the impact and value creation that Silicon Valley companies produce actually occurs during this scaleup phase.” See also: Why Silicon Valley’s Tech Talent Worked For Free Over The HolidayInterestingly, Hoffman is permitting select non-Stanford students to apply for the class. Interested parties can fill out the application form here. (Warning: It’s lengthy.) For those who don’t get in, or can’t fly to the Bay Area, lectures will be placed online for Course CS183C. A Novel Approach (At Least For Stanford)It’s not very often that world-class schools allow non-matriculating students to walk into their halls and intermingle with students. They usually keep outsiders at arm’s length with online lectures. But much of the value of a university comes with the networks between students and professors—such as former Stanford grad students Larry Page and Sergey Brin (who, I’m told, went into the search business). Unfortunately, this gated philosophy can also perpetuate insular networks that exclude the most needy students. Opening up the course to public application is one way (albeit small) to break down these barriers. The lectures themselves will cover everything from hiring an executive team to managing through an analytics dashboard. You can learn more about the course here.*For more stories like this, subscribe to the Ferenstein Wire newsletter here. Lead photo by Sheila Scarboroughlast_img read more

Ind vs WI: Bravo puts Windies on pedestal

first_imgDarren Bravo scored a massive century even as Indian bowlers continued to toil on the second day of the third Test at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday. Score | PhotosClearly the curator Sudhir Naik would have kept Sachin Tendulkar’s elusive 100th international ton in mind while designing the pitch. Unfortunately, he wouldn’t have thought that the same pitch would end up tormenting the India bowlers even as West Indies batsmen piled on run aplenty. At the end of the innings they were sitting pretty on 575/9.West Indies started the day on 267/2 with Kirk Edwards and Darren Bravo in the middle. The two bat with confidence to counter India skipper MS Dhoni’s plans for an early dismissal.Like the Day 1, Dhoni again utilised a spinner, Pragyan Ojha, and pacer, Varun Aaron, in tandem to unsettle the batsmen. However, the two stayed frim as the Windies score went past 300 runs.Eventually Dhoni’s plan did work as paceman Ishant Sharma, who too was being utilised in tandem with a spinner, got the better of Kirk Edwards when the WI score was 314. Edwards failed to read Ishant’s line and an edge off his bat was nicely taken by Dhoni behind the stumps and the man departed after posting a fine 86. He and Bravo put on 164 runs for the third wicket.Soon Bravo was past his century. A four off R Ashwin saw him reach his third century in Tests. His second came during the Eden Test match, where he put up a brave front when the Windies were following on.advertisementAt lunch West Indies were 378/3 with Bravo (105) and Kieran Powell (38) at the crease.The second session saw the Windies score venture past the 400-run mark as Bravo and Powell continued to bat on at ease. Soon Powell was past his half-century, becoming the third WI batsman to score a half-century in the innings.India skipper MS Dhoni brought in Sachin Tendulkar into the attack, but it was left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, who eventually broke the Bravo-Powell 160-run partnership minutes before tea. Ojha’s turner that was pitched outside off gained in speed and took the edge of his bat and skipper Dhoni took a neat catch behind the stumps. He fell for 81 and West Indies lost their fourth wicket on 474.At tea the West Indies score was an impressive 494/4 with Bravo (156) and Marlon Samuels at the crease.The third session proved a lot better for the hosts for five wicket fell in it, but it wasn’t without some impressive bowling by 22-year old Varun Aaron, billed as India’s fastest pacer.The man accounted to the prized wicket of Bravo, which also was his maiden Test wicket. A length ball that kept low took the edge of Bravo’s bat to land in the safe gloves of Dhoni. Bravo departed after posting a massive 166 runs on board puntuating his innings with 17 fours. West Indies lost their fifth wicket on 524.In his next over Aaron struck again to despatch Carlton Baugh cheaply as West Indies lost their sixth wicket on the same total. But he wasn’t finished as he came around to get rid of opposition skipper Darren Sammy and West Indies lost their seventh wicket on 540.Tail-ender Ravi Rampaul didn’t last long and fell to a R Ashwin turner at in the final overs of the day.Samuels, who was way past his half century and was looking ahead for a big total fell to Ashwin on 61 as West Indies closed the day on 575/9.last_img read more

San Diego DA Summer Stephan on Jeffrey Epsteins sex trafficking charges

first_img KUSI Newsroom San Diego DA Summer Stephan on Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking charges July 8, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: July 8, 2019center_img Updated: 5:52 PM 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) – Billionaire hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein was charged Monday in a Manhattan Federal Court for sex trafficking and sexually abusing dozens of underage girls. Epstein has been in custody since the weekend.In studio to talk about Epstein’s case is San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan.RELATED STORY: Jeffrey Epstein faces sex trafficking and conspiracy charges Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News Tags: Jeffrey Epstein, Summer Stephan FacebookTwitterlast_img read more