ICT Conference to Empower Persons with Disabilities

first_imgICT Conference to Empower Persons with Disabilities TechnologyNovember 28, 2013Written by: Rodger Hutchinson Story HighlightsOne of the challenges faced by persons with disabilities is that they are often marginalized and left out of the general workforce because of their disability.A special workshop will be convened at the Conference, under the theme: ‘ICT Empowering Persons with Disabilities’. Ministers from the Caribbean as well as some major industry players will be making presentations during the workshops. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedRegional ICT Conference to Provide Opportunity for Industry Players RelatedGovernment Establishes 160 ICT Centres Across Jamaica ICT Conference to Empower Persons with DisabilitiesJIS 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 fullscreenPlaycenter_img RelatedGov’t Targets 30 per cent Reduction in Electricity Cost by 2016 Technologies, that assist persons with disabilities, are among the key topics for discussion at a special seminar during the Caribbean Telecommunications Union/Information and Communications Technology (CTU/ICT) Week – Jamaica Conference, scheduled for December 2 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.This was disclosed by Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, on November 27.The State Minister said that one of the challenges faced by persons with disabilities is that they are often marginalized and left out of the general workforce because of their disability.He said it is for this reason that a special workshop will be convened at the Conference, under the theme: ‘ICT Empowering Persons with Disabilities’. This will focus on three key areas – ‘ICT Accessibility in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’; ‘Implementing Accessibility Policies in key areas of Technology, Applications and Services’; and ‘Benefits for Persons With Disabilities’.This workshop, to be held on Thursday, December 5, will also host a panel discussion which will specifically examine ‘Accessible Mobile Telephony’, ‘Accessible Television’, ‘Relay Services’ and ‘Accessible Web Services’ for persons with disabilities.Mr. Robinson highlighted that the Government was already making strides in that direction and that a project, led by President of the Senate,  Mr. Floyd Morris, one of the strongest advocates for disabled persons, was already being planned.“What we’re trying to see is how we can use the technology to facilitate persons with disabilities having access to work opportunities,” the State Minister told JIS News.“If they don’t have the tools, they can’t do anything. There’s also going to be a demonstration of how technologies can assist persons with disabilities and they’ll include the Braille input devices and the Screen output system to read screen texts, to assist blind persons,” he noted.Mr. Robinson said that the five-day conference would not be ordinary, and that Ministers of government from across the Caribbean as well as some major industry players will be making presentations during the workshops.The conference will be addressed by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller; Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, and President of the CTU, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, and Secretary General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Dr. Hamadoun Touré. Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of State in the Ministry of Science Technology, Energy and Mining (MSTEM), Hon. Julian Robinson, addresses a JIS Think Tank on the upcoming regional Information Communication Technology (ICT) conference, at the Agency’s head office in Kingston on Wednesday, November 27. Advertisementslast_img read more

Downtown Santa Monica McDonald’s will close at night to prevent crime

first_imgHomeNewsCrimeDowntown Santa Monica McDonald’s will close at night to prevent crime Nov. 14, 2018 at 5:45 pmCrimeFeaturedNewsDowntown Santa Monica McDonald’s will close at night to prevent crimeMadeleine Pauker3 years agocity of santa monicamcdonald’sSanta Monica Police Departmentsmpd The City of Santa Monica announced Nov. 14 that it settled a complaint against the McDonald’s on 2nd Street, which has become a hotbed for crime over the past two years.Most McDonald’s stay open 24 hours a day, including the one downtown. But locals will no longer be able to buy Big Macs between 12 and 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday or between 2 and 6 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, an administrative hearing officer ruled.“Calls for service and disruptive activities at McDonald’s have been greater than at any other business in Santa Monica, including other 24-hour fast food restaurants,” said Erika Aklufi, a Santa Monica Police Department sergeant. “The restaurant’s operations created an unacceptable drain on police resources.”SMPD received 847 calls for service to the McDonald’s in 2017 and 657 in the first half of 2018 alone, Aklufi said. Residents may remember a July 2017 fight between a few people and a security guard at around 5 a.m. that was widely reported in local media. A video showed a security guard asking people who were drinking beer inside the restaurant but had not ordered food to leave. One of the men started repeatedly punching the security guard and another man hit them with a chair to try to break up the fight.The police department and the City’s Code Enforcement Division administratively charged Nicholas Lardas and Lardas Management Inc., who own and operate the McDonald’s, and RBE 1540 Second Street LLC, which owns the property, for maintaining a public nuisance and initiated a week-long administrative trial. In addition to ceasing 24-hour service, the hearing officer required the restaurant close the alley gate to its parking garage between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. and the gate accessible from 2nd Street between 12 and 6 a.m. McDonald’s will also have to relocate its soda fountain behind the cashier counter to prevent people from stealing soda and pay administrative citation fines.The hearing officer may adjust the opening hours in the future if the restaurant maintains decorum. If the McDonald’s sees a 50 percent reduction in calls to SMPD for service by April 15, 2019, it may resume 24-hour [email protected] article was updated Nov. 15 at 12:13 p.m.Tags :city of santa monicamcdonald’sSanta Monica Police Departmentsmpdshare on Facebookshare on Twittershow 4 comments I work at another McD’s and crime is HORRIBLE here with all the desperate, homeless crazy ppl living in the area. There are other places to eat, and it’s not worth the risk. Recently during a day shift a crazy guy threw a trash can at me when I was mopping the front of the bathroom floor. It had broken glass in it but he had already dumped it out on the floor first. When he left the store, I told him on the sidewalk never to come back and he just said ‘ehhhh!’ and kept on walking. It’s bad for business and the lazy cops can’t be everywhere… Officiant says: 3rd body reportedly found in Southern California fire zoneNext generation of biotech food heading for grocery storesYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall9 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson20 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter20 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor20 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press20 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press20 hours ago November 15, 2018 at 5:23 PM Comments are closed. Zach Waldman says: Cecil says: January 25, 2019 at 8:26 PM center_img 4 Comments Sad to see that happen to Santa Monica. There are other places to eat. It’s not worth the risk and we can’t expect the lazy cops to protect us every time the Santa Monica cuckoos attack us while we’re working hard. January 25, 2019 at 8:29 PM November 15, 2018 at 11:09 AM So, instead of dealing with the criminals, McDonald’s gets punished and I can’t get food there late at night? Nice. Cecil says: last_img read more