Mercy Committee ends near two year dormancy new procedures coming to streamline

first_img Foreign relations to be enhanced between TCI, Haiti, Dominican Republic Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidencial 07 Jul 2015 – Finally, the Mercy Committee has had a subsequent meeting after being legally in existence in the TCI since September 2013 and meeting initially then. The Governor’s Office not only shared names of the members of the group but that there are 15 cases up for review by the Committee which has the power to grant pardons for convicted offenders, exoneration from punishment for crime; to substitute a lesser penalty for crime and to delay or reverse penalty for any crime. There are people who are seemingly prime for pardons from the Mercy Committee, but are held up by the infrequent meetings and continue to have criminal records which prevent them from getting a job for example. But the Committee in that meeting July 2nd, found that the applicants are not clear, there is pertinent information missing and so it is decided the TCI will create a standard application which will be modeled after some already in existence. The Governor also said some appeals need to be passed on to the Commissioner of Police who has the power to wipe eligible candidates’ police records clean. Constant questions in the House of Assembly on when the Mercy Committee would convene likely moved things along for the group which is led by the Governor, Attorney General and includes Fr. Bernard Been, Oral Selver, Emily Saunders and Mervyn Cox. The new applications will be available soon and according to HE, Peter Beckingham, the Mercy Committee will again meet in the third quarter of the year and it is hoped the Committee will be able to make decisions on the applications in time for the holidays. Related Items:Attorney General and includes Fr. Bernard Been, Emily Saunders, governor, meeting, mercy committee, Mervyn Cox, Oral Selver, pardons, peter beckingham Clement Howell High meeting at 5pm today Premier to showcase TCI’s financial rebound at London meetings Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Govt Looking To List Entities To Be Privatised On Jamaica Stock Exchange

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, July 22 (JIS): The Government of Jamaica is moving to change the model used for the privatisation of state-owned entities. Deputy Financial Secretary with responsibility for Public Enterprises in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Ann-Marie Rhoden, said the Ministry is looking at listing public entities that are suitable for privatisation on the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE).Mrs. Rhoden, who was speaking at a JIS Think Tank on Tuesday (July 21), said that this method will replace the existing process of extending private invitations to investors to purchase entities or soliciting requests for proposals.She said when this model is approved and implemented, it should result in a quicker turnaround time in privatisation of loss-making entities.Mrs. Rhoden informed that the procedure was used successfully in the past for privatisation of the National Commercial Bank (NCB) and the Cement Company.“We believe that the time is right for us to return to that model. There are entities that are ready for privatisation and if we were to develop the prospectus and get the entities out to market to the stage of listing, then we could complete a privatisation exercise in six months or so,” she pointed out.Mrs. Rhoden was speaking within the context of recommendations made by a team from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), who are in Jamaica, to present their report: ‘Finding Balance 2014: Benchmarking the performance of State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) in Island Countries.’Jamaica, for the first time, participated in the study, which reviews the historical financial performance of SOEs in selected island economies, identifies the drivers of performance, and outlines successful reform strategies to inform future policy action.Former Minister of State-Owned Enterprises in New Zealand, Hon. Richard Prebble, who is a part of the ADB team visiting Jamaica, said the listing of public enterprises on the stock market has been a successful model for the Government in New Zealand.“The present New Zealand Government has listed some SOEs in New Zealand and that has turned out to be very successful. One of the reasons is once you list, the share price appears every day and that’s a great incentive for the directors to start to concentrate on what the business really should be doing, now…and that is a model that has worked,” Mr. Prebble noted.In the meantime, Mrs. Rhoden said that this model will promote ownership of local enterprises by Jamaicans and result in more efficient management and delivery of service.“So it wouldn’t be a matter of ‘selling-out’, because it’s our own Jamaican people on the stock exchange, who would own the asset; not a single or two persons, but the mass of Jamaica that would be owning and feeling good about themselves,” she noted. Related Items:Ann-Marie Rhoden, jamaica stock exchange, Ministry of Finance and Planning, privatisedlast_img read more

Freedom to disturb and agitate is the right of all poets

first_imgObserving that it is often in times when poetry is impossible, that the best kind of poetry is written, pioneering Malayalam poet and theorist K Satchidandan said it was important to be able to hurt and affect sentiments in an increasingly charged and gentrified world.”The freedom to disturb and agitate is one of the most important rights a poet has, especially in the history we find ourselves living in today. Poetry is the freedom to conceive, to create alternative worlds, different ways of seeing, going beyond reality to escape it. Or perhaps even oppose the real and inhabit other realities,” said Satchidanandan, during a thought-provoking evening conversation at Vak: Raza Biennale of Indian Poetry, an event held in the Capital recently. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe scholarly panel discussion, titled ‘Poetry as Freedom’, was held at the Triveni Kala Sangam as part of the three-day Biennale. The first-of-its-kind celebration of verse in the country was organised by the Raza Foundation – set up by the late master artist Sayed Haider Raza in 2001 and helmed by eminent Hindi poet Ashok Vajpeyi, the Managing Trustee.”Though it is but words, poetry is ultimately an act of imagination and a kind of conversation. To use meter, rhythm, metaphor, rhyme, syntax, structure, style and imagery to follow or break with diktats and rejuvenate and recreate language in order to make apparent the invisible,” added K Satchidandan. Citing the importance of the discussion, Vajpeyi said, “Poetry is perhaps the best embodiment of the ideals of freedom. It has become all the more crucial today when there are many curbs on freedom of expression and in a world where the idea of freedom has been divorced from ideas of equality and justice.” The hour-long conversation also featured prominent educationist and former NCERT director Krishna Kumar, award-winning author and academic Ananya Vajpeyi and Apoorvanand, renowned professor of Hindi at Delhi University. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveDescribing poetry as the “last refuge” against tendencies of systemic oppression and reductionism, Ananya Vajpeyi traced the influence poets and their works have exercised on the sub-continent across epochs. Contending that a “little amnesia” would help the contemporary shake off the shackles of the past, iconic litterateur Keki N Daruwalla said that poetry was an important counterweight against the canonisation of myth as memory.”The danger of myth becoming scripture and memory, as something to be remembered as having lived or occurred is something we must all be wary of. This sort of co-option – the darker side of memory – is linked to nostalgia. A little amnesia would benefit us all,” said Daruwalla, sparking a lively discussion at event. He linked the conflation of myth with historical and racial anger and distrust. The discussion saw impassioned rebuttal arguments from noted social scientist Shiv Visvanathan and celebrated Gujarati poet-playwright Sitanshu Yashaschandra at the Biennale.”Indian poetics understands that memory, like literature, gives you space for and elasticity of interpretation. Indian literature traditionally used memory as metaphor. Like literature, memory should be permitted to cheat us and play with us,” Yashaschandra said.last_img read more

BJP insulting Ram by using his name for polls Abhishek

first_imgKushmandi (South Dinajpur): Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee said BJP is insulting Ram, as his name is being used by the party in a bid to win elections.Addressing a meeting here on Thursday afternoon, Banerjee said: “BJP is insulting Ram by using his name to win elections. Before the election BJP promises to construct Ram temple and forgets it after the election gets over,” he said, adding: “BJP shouts Jai Sri Ram before conducting riots. There are blood stains on their hands.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBanerjee said as BJP does not do any work, the party has no other alternative but to use religion to win polls. “Religion is private and in social life, work is the only religion. BJP uses religion to divide people and incite people belonging to one religion against the other,” he added. Banerjee said at a time when the entire country is suffering from acute economic crisis, Narendra Modi is spending Rs 3,000 crore to construct the statue of unity and crores more on his foreign trips. He alleged that Modi’s “Make in India” is a big hoax. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”Modi is encouraging the sale of Chinese products. The bullet train has been brought from Japan and he himself uses a German vehicle,” he said, adding: “Earlier, Modi used to sell tea by holding a kettle and now he is selling the country with Jaitley besides him.” Addressing first-time voters, Banerjee said: “Before casting your vote you should think about the consequences of note ban and GST. The poor people are yet to come out of the shock of note ban. Thousands of people have lost their jobs. Twelve thousand farmers have committed suicide. The hasty implementation of GST has affected traders and small businessmen badly. Modi has not said a single word on the issue and is instead making false promises before the elections.” The Trinamool Youth Congress president said BJP workers and leaders can only be seen before the elections, whereas Trinamool workers and leaders stay beside people throughout the year. “People know that Trinamool leaders and workers will always stand beside them during distress. BJP leaders are like seasonal birds, they go when the season is over,” he said. Banerjee said Trinamool candidate Arpita Ghosh, who is the sitting MP from Balurghat, will win the election by 2 lakh votes. “I can feel the pulse of the people and can assure you that Ghosh will win by 2 lakh votes,” he said, requesting voters to go to the polling stations early in the day to exercise their franchise. Balurghat will go to polls on April 23.last_img read more

OnetoOne Teaching Platform Savvy Launches Tapping a 105 Billion Market

first_img Listen Now Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. A new startup launching today, Savvy, allows students and teachers to schedule appointments and join live video chats through an online platform.The San Francisco-based startup aims to tap into a smart education-technology market that was worth $105 billion in 2015 and is expected to balloon to $447 billion by 2020, according to a report from market research firm Markets and Markets.Savvy gives teachers in all manner of disciplines — ranging from voice training for individuals who have recently undergone transgender surgery, managing your career as a dancer, somatic body movement to becoming a private investigator — a way to advertise their skillset, book appointments either via live video chat or in person and accept payment.Image Credit: SavvyRelated: This Is Bill and Melinda Gates’ Prediction for the Future of Online EducationSavvy makes a 15 percent commission on whatever a teacher charges.”Today, there isn’t enough of the right education to go around. Traditional schools can’t keep up with demand, and often don’t teach folks the right knowledge at the right time,” said Hamish Chandra, co-founder at Savvy, in a statement announcing the launch. “The biggest advantage with Savvy that learners can tap into a wide variety of experts from the convenience of their homes.”To be sure, there are other online education portals. For example, Udemy is an online education resource with more than 10 million students and 40,000 courses.The difference is that Savvy connects teachers and students one on one. That allows for individually tailored instruction.Image Credit: SavvyRelated: Duolingo, the Chart-Topping Language App, Unveils a Platform for Teachers“For example, my co-founder is an immigrant with kids in Germany starting a company in California. When it was time for him to think about his finances, there were plenty financial planning videos and courses out there, but none that could help him figure out his specific situation,” says Chandra in a post with users on the discovery platform Product Hunt. “By giving him access to one-on-one teachers, he can talk about his specific questions and get answers he can actually apply to his life. As an extra bonus, he could also find a teacher who’s been in his situation (i.e. starting a company while thinking about kids’ college funds).”To date, Savvy has raised $1.7 million from a handful of venture capitalists and angel investors.To see more about how Savvy works for teachers and students, watch the YouTube video embedded below. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifercenter_img 3 min read March 3, 2016last_img read more