Gov’t Spending $7m on Data Collection Processes

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Government’s capacity to analyse and manage development data is to be further improved with the provision of $ 7 million for the Support to National Development Planning Goals, Millennium Development Goals and the Human Development project in the 2010/2011 Estimates of Expenditure.Being implemented by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), through funding from the United Nations Development Programme and the Government of Jamaica, the project also aims to enable the administration to have good quality data for decision making.Under the project, the methodology of estimating poverty, based on a revised minimum basket of food, was revised, up to January, 2010,Physical achievements, up to January this year, involved consultancies to develop indicators for the National Development Plan and the development of a new Computable General Equilibrium Model.The project, which began in December, 2009, is expected to end in December, 2012. Gov’t Spending $7m on Data Collection Processes LabourMarch 31, 2010 RelatedGov’t Spending $7m on Data Collection Processes RelatedGov’t Spending $7m on Data Collection Processescenter_img RelatedGov’t Spending $7m on Data Collection Processes Advertisementslast_img read more

New Digital Tool Launched to Assist Companies Market Products

first_imgA new digital tool aimed at transforming the way businesses advertise and market their products was launched in Kingston, on Tuesday, March 18.The Branditise solution  allows companies to effectively utilize channels, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Blogs to grow their business.  It was designed by experienced developer, Wayne Marsh, who unveiled it at a breakfast event at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston.Addressing the launch, State Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, reiterated the Government’s commitment to the development of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry, and to provide the supporting mechanisms to ensure that technology entrepreneurs can succeed on a global basis. He said the government will be facilitating entrepreneurship in the Information Technology (IT) sector by making it easier for young developers to access financing, through the soon to be launched Venture Capital Industry, which is being administered by the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ).Mr. Robinson also noted that plans are well advanced for the establishment of ‘Start Up Jamaica’ later this year, which will be an incubator/growth accelerator programme that will provide mentorship, marketing and other support for young technology entrepreneurs to help them build their business.“It is going to be a physical hub, which is important, because one of the major benefits of small incubators which are accelerators worldwide, is the opportunity for entrepreneurs from all over to collaborate and share ideas,” he informed.The State Minister shared that a private sector company has volunteered a facility for the hub in downtown Kingston and another has volunteered to outfit the facility with furniture.He pointed out that with Start Up Jamaica, persons who are providing venture capital will have more confidence in investing in a company that has been through the incubator process, as the chances of the business succeeding will be greater.The State Minister congratulated Mr. Marsh for sticking with his vision for developing Branditise, a product that can solve problems and can be used outside of Jamaica.“I hope that we will see many more young entrepreneurs like Wayne building and developing solutions,” he said.Mr. Robinson further pointed out that there are many opportunities within the IT sector to earn foreign exchange and to help solve the country’s economic challenges.Introducing Branditise.com, Mr. Marsh informed that it is a cloud based solution that can be accessed anywhere and anytime. It can allow companies to establish their digital media marketing goals; define key performance indicators; define target audience; develop content framework and social media policy as well as create a scorecard.The Branditise tool also allows companies to manage and monitor major digital media accounts from one platform.  It also allows businesses to measure, for example, fan and follower demographics, plus geo-location, gender and age; website and blog visitor traffic demographics, among others. RelatedGovernment Finalising Waste to Energy Policy New Digital Tool Launched to Assist Companies Market ProductsJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedMeasures in Place to Protect Tablet Computers FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail New Digital Tool Launched to Assist Companies Market Products TechnologyMarch 18, 2014Written by: Andrea Brahamcenter_img Photo: JIS PhotographerState Minister for Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson(right), talks technology with developer of Branditise.com ,Wayne Marsh (left), and Communication Specialist, Carlette Deleon, during the launch of the digital media marketing tool at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston on March 18. Story HighlightsA new digital tool aimed at transforming the way businesses advertise and market their products was launched in Kingston, on Tuesday, March 18.The Branditise solution allows companies to effectively utilize channels, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Blogs to grow their business. The government will be facilitating entrepreneurship in the Information Technology (IT) sector by making it easier for young developers to access financing. RelatedMobile Phone Service Focus for World Consumer Rights Day Advertisementslast_img read more

Bar Foundation seeks director applicants

first_img December 1, 2012 Regular News Bar Foundation seeks director applicants The Florida Bar Foundation is seeking applicants for seven seats on its board of directors for terms starting July 2013 under the Florida Supreme Court approved governance plan. The plan calls for 18 members of the Foundation board to be selected in equal portions by the Supreme Court, The Florida Bar Board of Governors, and the board of directors of the Foundation.Six of the 18 at-large seats will be filled for three-year terms beginning July 1, 2013. The positions for which applicants are being sought currently are held by Roberto R. Pardo, Miami, and Patrick J. Casey, West Palm Beach (Foundation appointees), Dominic C. MacKenzie, Jacksonville, and Kathryn D. Weston, Daytona Beach (Florida Bar Board of Governors appointees), Anthony J. Carriuolo and Juliette Lippman, both of Ft. Lauderdale (Florida Supreme Court appointees). Casey, Weston, and Lippman are eligible for an additional term. The seventh at-large seat will fill the unexpired one-year term of John P. Kuder, Pensacola (Foundation appointee).Since 1981, the Foundation has been the administrator of the Florida Supreme Court’s IOTA Program. The Foundation board awards all grants, oversees the Foundation’s fundraising program, sets investment policies, Foundation policies generally, and adopts the annual operating budget.Applications for positions to be filled by the Supreme Court and the Foundation (at-large seats), may be obtained from the executive director of The Florida Bar Foundation, P.O. Box 1553, Orlando 32802-1553 (800-541-2195), or downloaded from the Foundation’s website, www.floridabarfoundation.org, under: About Us — Membership and Governance. Completed applications for these seats must be received by the Foundation by February 1, 2013. (The Florida Bar will give separate notice for the positions to be filled by the Board of Governors. Applicants for the Bar seats should contact the Bar directly or visit the Bar’s website. )The Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors embraces the concept of diversity. A diverse membership makes the board stronger, and its work for the Foundation more relevant to the society in which we live. The Foundation strongly encourages minorities and persons with disabilities to apply for service on the board. To help achieve the broadest participation, The Florida Bar Foundation “Expense Reimbursement Policy” provides modest reimbursement of reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred during board service for attorney members, and full reimbursement of reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred during board service for public members and members of the judiciary.Applicants will be advised in writing by May 31, 2013, of action taken by the selecting authorities. Bar Foundation seeks director applicantslast_img read more

Plug Power report Q2 results

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RFMD Surpasses Shipment Milestone With Breakthrough CMOS Power Amplifiers

first_imgRFMD announced that it has shipped more than a million RF7196D high-power, high-efficiency CMOS power amplifiers (PAs). The ultra-low cost RF7196D is RFMD’s newest and most innovative CMOS PA, delivering a revolutionary combination of cost, size and performance. It is in mass production in support of multiple high-volume 2G and 3G handset platforms, and shipments are expected to increase rapidly, reaching approximately 10 million units by the end of the September quarter. RFMD is seeing strong adoption of its CMOS power amplifier technologies in next-generation handset platforms targeting emerging markets. The Company is migrating its diverse set of customers of 2G power amplifiers (both GaAs and CMOS) to its ultra-low cost RF7196D and expects shipments will more than double in the December quarter and exceed 100 million units worldwide in calendar 2014. Industry analysts forecast the total addressable market for RF applications in emerging markets will increase at a compound annual growth rate of approximately 20% through 2018 as next-generation 3G and 4G air standards are introduced, as existing subscribers upgrade their devices, and as new subscribers are added.last_img read more

Miles made a Michigan promise in interview for LSU job

first_imgHOUSTON – The Les Miles Era at LSU all started about three hours from here in San Antonio, Texas, at the JW Marriott Hotel.It began its 10th year Saturday night at NRG Stadium as the No. 13 Tigers opened the 2014 season against No. 14 Wisconsin.Dressed in sweatpants as he had just finished a practice with his Oklahoma State team in preparation for the Alamo Bowl against Ohio State on Dec. 29, 2004, Miles sat in a hotel conference room with then-LSU athletic director Skip Bertman and LSU Board of Supervisors members Stanley Jacobs of New Orleans and Charles Weems of Alexandria.Miles, then 51, may not have been dressed for success, but he oozed it as he had the Cowboys in their third straight bowl after inheriting a program before the 2001 season that had experienced one bowl season in the dozen previous seasons before his arrival. He had also twice slayed the hated and top four ranked Oklahoma in 2001 and ’02 and had interviewed for the Alabama job before the 2003 season. His star was rising.“I remember he was in his sweats,” Weems, an attorney in Alexandria who still usually travels with the Tigers, chuckled Friday from his home. “But he did great in the interview. He came across as such a personable guy and is as everybody knows. He was an easy interview – great to talk to. And he gave the right answers to everything we asked. He said he knew that LSU could continue to win big. And we all liked what he had done at Oklahoma State.”Miles was not LSU’s first choice to replace Nick Saban, who would be leaving to coach the NFL Miami Dolphins after guiding the Tigers against Iowa in the Jan. 1, 2004, Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Florida.Bertman, Jacobs and Weems had already interviewed Louisville coach Bobby Petrino in Memphis while his team was at the Liberty Bowl, Arkansas coach Houston Nutt in Orlando, and they had attempted to talk to then-NFL head coach Jack Del Rio of the Jacksonville Jaguars. But Del Rio pulled out and pulled over at the last minute while driving to Orlando when he learned his contract barred such interviews. And Weems and the late Richard Gill, a former president of the Tiger Athletic Foundation and president of the Shaw Group engineering company in Baton Rouge, interviewed LSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher in Orlando.But Miles was LSU’s last choice.“He gave the perfect answer to a question I asked,” Weems said.Weems and LSU’s search committee were concerned with the Michigan factor. Miles had played offensive guard at Michigan under legendary coach Bo Schembechler and coached under him and under Schembechler’s successor Gary Moeller. Miles even talked like Schembechler. Weems asked him if Michigan – aka Mama – called after he was at LSU.“I’ll never forget what he said,” Weems said. “He had that twinkle in his eye as he often does and said, ‘Why would anybody leave LSU to go to Michigan?’ I knew we had our guy.”Miles did not get the offer right there, and a 33-7 loss to Ohio State in the Alamo bowl did not hurt his chances.“We went back to Baton Rouge and talked about it,” Weems said. “We were all blown away by him. Skip called Les a few days later and offered him the job.”That was on New Year’s Eve of 2004. Miles accepted, and the news broke late that night and early on New Year’s Day before and during the Tigers’ 30-25 loss to Iowa in the Capital One Bowl.Michigan, at the time, was at its second straight Rose Bowl under Coach Lloyd Carr, who had won his fifth Big Ten title and won the national championship in 1997. But LSU had just won the 2003 national title, and Saban had signed No. 1 recruiting classes in 2003 and 2004. National championship talent was waiting on the next coach.“Les knew what we all expected and what Nick’s performance in five years had proven,” Weems said. “And that was if a coach did what he needed to do in recruiting and coaching, LSU could be a monster. Les had seen what Nick had done and thought he could continue to win big, which he has. We just saw him as a great fit.”Miles went 11-2 in each of his first two seasons, then won the national championship at 12-2 in the 2007 season. And along the way, he turned down interest from Michigan, canceling an interview that had been set up for the week after the Tigers’ victory over Tennessee in the SEC Championship Game. Michigan later hired Rich Rodriguez.After two seasons of 8-5 and 9-4, Miles was back at 11-2 in 2010 and turned down an offer to coach Michigan following that season, according to LSU board member Stanley Jacobs and other sources. Michigan then hired Brady Hoke. Miles reached another national championship game as the 8-0 SEC champions in 2011 at 13-0, but lost to Alabama and Saban, who had left the Dolphins after two average seasons.Miles enters the 2014 season as one of the nation’s most successful coaches at 95-24 overall at LSU with a 52-20 record in the SEC.“He has been everything we could’ve wanted,” Weems said. “Other than a few glitches here and there that have been magnified mainly because of the coach he followed, he has been great. We couldn’t ask for more. He really fit in instantly, and I feel has continued to get better and better. He is more comfortable now, and I believe will continue to win big.”last_img read more

Law confident of securing Olympic spot despite Tokyo Games postponement

first_img(Reuters) – Four years after being inspired by watching compatriot Justin Rose claim gold at the Rio Olympics, Bronte Law had all but secured a spot on the British golf team before the 2020 Tokyo Games were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. With the Olympic qualifying period likely to be extended for another year, Law remains confident of maintaining her strong form to secure her ticket to Tokyo.She flew back from her American base to her family home in Cheshire just before Britain went into lockdown earlier this week to slow the spread of the coronavirus.With the LPGA Tour shut down indefinitely, Law, who won the 2015 English amateur by 16 strokes, will have plenty of time to ponder the Olympics. “It’s been something on my mind for a couple of years now,” she told Reuters in a telephone interview.“(During the 2016 Rio Games) I was still in college. To see (Rose win) made it very real as far as golf now being an Olympic sport.“You can win grand slams in tennis and majors in golf, and all of those are incredible achievements but when you become a gold medal winner you become part of a very select group of incredible athletes that branch across all sports.” Law is 18th on the Olympic qualifying list, the second-placed Briton, immediately behind Charley Hull and well ahead of 39th-ranked Georgia Hall.Two British women will qualify.“(The delay) is obviously very disappointing,” said Law. “I really set my sights on Tokyo and have been playing well, and hope to continue to do that, so I’m not so concerned about making sure I make the team.”Whenever the LPGA Tour resumes, the 25-year-old Law will be ready rather than rusty.“We have a nice place with plenty of room and land and I figured I would be at least able to practice and have a gym at home here,” she said. “We have land attached to the garden where I can hit a range of iron shots, not too many drivers but I’m planning on putting up a net. I don’t have it too badly here.”Though Law is rarely venturing out because of the lockdown, her parents have been busy supplying packaging to food manufacturers.“My parents are working non-stop and it’s just me and my sister at my house,” Law said. “We’re trying to do our best to not leave the house at all.”That will soon change, however, as Law has signed up to deliver groceries to those most in need, including health workers who are working long hours due to the pandemic. “It’s an unknown time for a lot of us but a time we can give back in a way we’re not always able to, having such busy schedules,” she said.last_img read more

The Obamas congratulate Tyler Perry on his studio’s grand opening: “What an inspiration”

first_imgABC/Steve Iervolino(LOS ANGELES) — Although they were unable to make it to the October 5 grand opening of Tyler Perry Studios, Barack and Michelle Obama have a special message for the director and now studio owner.“So much love for @TylerPerry, who just opened the first major film studio lot fully owned by an African-American,” tweeted Mrs. Obama tweeted. “Barack and I couldn’t be more proud of you—thanks for showing that no matter what, progress keeps marching forward.”“What an inspiration,” she wrote, adding a strong arm emoji.Perry later reposted Mrs. Obama tweet to his Instagram, adding his own thoughts to her message.“I’m a writer with no words,” he wrote. “I’m still trying to take it all in. Forgive me but all I can say right now is thank you!!! @michelleobama.”As previously reported, Perry told ABC Audio that he hoped his studio opening would serve as inspiration to others.“My whole intention…my whole hope is that somebody gets inspired,” he said. “If that happens, then I’m good, I’m good. So that is that, that is what I feel. I want to inspire somebody — to dream, to believe that they can do it too. No matter where he came from.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more