Software Acquired to Track the Homeless

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Board of Supervision of the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development has acquired the Client Service Tracker Software, to assist in developing the Information Identification Homeless Database System (IIHS), to track the homeless. The client service tracker technology is a Microsoft access database.  This software captures a person’s data, including a photograph. Making his contribution to the 2012/13 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on July 11,  Minister of State in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Colin Fagan, informed that the system seeks to solve the problem of identifying the homeless, accounting for them in numbers as well as areas that they frequent. He further informed that a Point in Time Survey of all homeless persons on the streets of Jamaica is scheduled to be conducted in the first week of November this year. “Hopefully, at the end of these activities the system will have a photo of the homeless person as well as capture the necessary demographic details, such as name, age,  gender, locations, education, family life, employment, self-reported health status, nutrition, the main illnesses, abuse and substance abuse, the reasons for homelessness, the length of time being homeless and the nature of previous living arrangements, and the support structures that are in place from their perspective,” Mr. Fagan said.  He noted that each Inspector of the Poor in the Parish Council will have access to this database with all the relevant information, noting that they will also be able to view the photograph, even if the homeless person moves from parish to parish. “The system will include assigning a unique number to identify all homeless persons, so that they can be better traced and provided with the necessary support services,” he said. Turning to the benefits, the State Minister said it will: provide a count of the number of homeless adults on the streets and in the shelters across Jamaica; provide data on the number of shelter nights for any period under review; identify shelter programmes or who reside in the shelter; allow for Case Notes to be added to a client’s record; and allow for the tracking of services to the client, for example, counselling and referral to hospital. Mr. Fagan said the Ministry will continue to provide budgetary support for the various programmes to assist with the continuing care of the homeless in Jamaica, adding that the budgetary allocation was increased from $15.8 million  to $19.98 million in the 2012/13 Estimates of Expenditure, to assist with feeding programmes being facilitated by the Local Authorities. “We are moving ahead with the welfare of our homeless and the Board of Supervision will continue to play its vital role in its co-ordinating of services and public sensitisation,” he said. The Board of Supervision is a statutory body that has legal oversight for the relief of poverty and destitution among members of the Jamaican society, as well as for monitoring and setting standards for the island’s 14 infirmaries. By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter RelatedPrime Minister Golding Announces Cabinet Changes Software Acquired to Track the Homeless ParliamentJuly 13, 2012 RelatedSoftware Acquired to Track the Homeless RelatedSoftware Acquired to Track the Homeless Advertisementslast_img read more

Membership Benefit provider offers medical evacuations

first_imgMembership Benefit provider offers medical evacuations April 15, 2013 Regular News Membership Benefit provider offers medical evacuationsSince 2011, Medjet, a medical evacuation membership program, has been a part of The Florida Bar’s Member Benefit lineup.In the event that a Medjet member becomes ill or injured and is hospitalized more than 150 miles away from home and requires inpatient care, Medjet will arrange transport to the hospital of the member’s choice, virtually anywhere in the world, at no additional cost. The membership will protect The Florida Bar members, regardless if they are traveling for business or pleasure — both domestically and abroad.Here is an example, provided by Medjet, on how the service helped a Florida-based family: To celebrate her husband’s retirement, Margaret Indgin and her husband took a cruise on the Indian Ocean. Two days before the final port of call, Mrs. Indgin woke with debilitating back pain. Mrs. Indgin stayed aboard the vessel two more days before disembarking in Singapore where she was admitted to the GlenEagles Medical Centre. After an X-ray showed a vertebral infection of the lumbar spine, the chief neurologist determined Mrs. Indgin was stable enough for transport to her home hospital where doctors knew her medical history and could treat her accordingly. When contacted, Medjet arranged for transportation back to Miami via commercial business class air with a critical care nurse escort accompanying the Indgins the entire way to Baptist Hospital, her U.S. hospital of choice. Though her hospital to hospital transfer from Singapore to Miami would have cost upwards of $27,000, Medjet arranged the transport at no cost beyond their annual Medjet membership fee.There are no adventure travel exclusions with a Medjet membership — likewise no health questions to enroll under age 75, no deductibles, co-payments, or claim forms.The annual membership rate for Florida Bar members is $205 (under age 75) for an individual with family memberships also available. Medjet offers corporate/firm protection and membership via application for persons age 75-85.Visit or call (800) 527-7478 for more information.last_img read more

North Korea releases photos it claims are of latest missile test

first_img Related iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The North Korean government released on Saturday photos of what it said is the rogue regime’s latest ballistic missile test.The government said the photos, released to North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), depict an intermediate range Hwasong-12 missile, the same model launched over Japan on Friday and on August 29. The photos cannot be independently verified.The missile on Friday traveled 2,300 miles as it flew over Japan on Friday before landing in the northern Pacific Ocean. It was the country’s longest-ever test flight of a ballistic missile.The KCNA said Kim expressed great satisfaction over the launch, which he said verified the “combat efficiency and reliability” of the missile and the success of efforts to increase its power.Following Friday’s missile launch, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement, “These continued provocations only deepen North Korea’s diplomatic and economic isolation … United Nations Security Council resolutions, including the most recent unanimous sanctions resolution, represent the floor, not the ceiling, of the actions we should take. We call on all nations to take new measures against the Kim regime.”The launch is the 14th missile test conducted by North Korea in 2017. On September 3, North Korea said it tested a hydrogen bomb, leading to sanctions being passed against the country by the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more