New Contractor General Urges Jamaicans to Fight Against Corruption

first_imgStory HighlightsNewly appointed Contractor General, Dirk Harrison, is imploring all stakeholders to assist his office in a renewed fight against corruption.“It cannot be business as usual. We cannot keep ‘passing the buck’…waiting for the next generation or the next person to solve or begin to seriously tackle the ills of today. We must be prepared to do whatever it takes, for however long it takes, to continue, renew, reshape our strategy in our fight against the abominable crime called corruption,” he said.Mr. Harrison was speaking after being sworn in as the country’s fifth Contractor General, by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, at King’s House, on February 25. New Contractor General Urges Jamaicans to Fight Against Corruption Governor GeneralFebruary 27, 2013Written by: Alecia Smith-Edwards RelatedNew Contractor General Urges Jamaicans to Fight Against Corruption RelatedNew Contractor General Urges Jamaicans to Fight Against Corruption RelatedNew Contractor General Urges Jamaicans to Fight Against Corruptioncenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Newly appointed Contractor General, Dirk Harrison, is imploring all stakeholders to assist his office in a renewed fight against corruption.“It cannot be business as usual. We cannot keep ‘passing the buck’…waiting for the next generation or the next person to solve or begin to seriously tackle the ills of today. We must be prepared to do whatever it takes, for however long it takes, to continue, renew, reshape our strategy in our fight against the abominable crime called corruption,” he said.Mr. Harrison was speaking after being sworn in as the country’s fifth Contractor General, by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, at King’s House, on February 25.The new Contractor General urged stakeholders to share information “in the united fight against corruption and maintaining law and order”.“If we intend to make a difference, collectively, we must work together as we develop strategies and guidelines to fight crime,” he said.Mr. Harrison said he recognizes that the task is even more difficult, as “the apparently corrupt seem to have become more brazen, technologically savvy and determined to take the fight to law enforcement.”“I therefore invite my countrymen to tell us what you know and we will take the fight to the corrupt. We will protect the whistleblowers and report wrongdoing in the confines of observing fairness, the laws of natural justice and seek to make Jamaica a better place to live, work and play,” he said.The Contractor General further called on the legislators to draft the appropriate laws to allow the sharing of information between state agencies.Prior to his appointment, which becomes effective on March 1, Mr. Harrison served as Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions. He succeeds Mr. Greg Christie, whose tenure ended on December 1, 2012. Mr. Craig Beresford has been acting as Contractor General since that time.A graduate of the Norman Manley Law School, Mr. Harrison has more than 12 years experience as a prosecutor on a wide range of criminal matters in Jamaica’s courts, including the Court of Appeal. In his previous post, he served as Head of the Anti-Corruption Unit, as well as of the Coroners Unit and the Environmental Law Unit.Mr. Harrison’s expertise has been recognised internationally. He participated in the United Nations review of Jamaica’s anti-corruption laws and practices and is a member of a UN-selected team for evaluation and review of countries’ implementation of the UN Convention Against Corruption. He has also represented Jamaica at several international conferences against corruption.Established as an independent Commission in 1983, the Office of the Contractor General is responsible for the monitoring and investigation of government contracts, licences and permits, to ensure that they are awarded impartially and on merit. Advertisementslast_img read more

‘Panic’ over legal aid contract deadline

first_imgThe government’s procurement process for criminal legal aid is continuing to cause a headache for solicitors anxiously waiting for their new contracts as the deadline to sign them looms.Legal aid firms had until Monday (20 March) to sign the 2017 crime contracts, which the Legal Aid Agency says it is continuing to upload to its e-tendering portal for organisations that are on the forthcoming duty rotas.This afternoon the agency announced on Twitter that the deadline to accept crime contracts has been extended to 5pm on 22 March. However it advised organisations to accept contracts as soon as possible ‘in case you encounter any technical difficulties’.In an update posted on its website earlier today, the agency said it was continuing to upload crime contract schedules for organisations which will be included on duty rotas in April, which it expects to complete today.The agency said: ‘If you have not received a contract schedule by 5pm today (16 March 2017) and consider that you should have, please check [the Bravo portal] as we may have already communicated with you about this.’If you consider that your contract schedule is still outstanding please notify the Bravo e-tendering system heading your message “Contract query”.’Law Society president Robert Bourns said several crime firms have not received their contracts. Chancery Lane had asked the agency to extend Monday’s deadline.Bourns said: ‘We have been in regular contact with the LAA throughout the tender, verification and CRM12 processes, and have resolved a number of issues raised by member firms.’As a result of pressure from the Law Society and the other representative bodies, the LAA issued clarification to firms that have not yet received their contracts. Firms will now have to wait until the end of today before they can contact the LAA, which will serve to exacerbate an already very stressful situation.’The Society is acutely aware of the amount of stress that this is causing individual solicitors and those working with them, and that this delay has only served to aggravate that anxiety.’Yesterday, the agency announced it had updated its ‘contract upload guidance note’ to make the deadline to ‘execute’ contracts clearer.Bourns said: ‘We want to assure members that we are doing everything we can to hold the LAA to account in terms of obligations in relation to the contract process.’The Criminal Law Solicitors Association had also contacted the agency today to inform them that many firms have not received their contracts. Chair Zoe Gascoyne said the association had been contacted by many members ‘who were understandably in a state of panic’.last_img read more

Past meets present

first_imgKenichi Kuboya moved up the leaderboard with the day’s low round of 66, moving into a tie for second at 4-under 140. Kimura ties record low NIISATO, Gunma Pref. (Kyodo) Toshimi Kimura equaled the course record with a 7-under-par 65 on Saturday and grabbed the lead after two rounds of the Sankyo Ladies Open.Kimura, looking for her first win of the season, carded eight birdies and one bogey for a 9-under 135 and a two-shot advantage over Kasumi Fujii heading into Sunday’s final round. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES MIYOSHI, Aichi Pref. – Shingo Katayama and Nobuhito Sato, the Japanese tour’s money leaders past and present, emerged as joint leaders midway through the Georgia Tokai Classic after helter-skelter rounds Friday.Katayama, winner of the money title in 2000, had six birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey for a 71 while this year’s earnings leader Sato had a 69 as both players moved to 5-under 139.center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

GALLERY: Community Foundation Easter Holiday Camp

first_imgBungee runs, sumo suits and expert rugby coaching formed part of another jam-packed camp – while the boys and girls in attendance were treated to a special visit from four members of the Bristol Rugby squad, as Alby Mathewson, Billy Searle, Andy Uren and Ryan Edwards dropped in to sign autographs and take part in a Q&A session. Images courtesy of JMPUK.last_img

SA business gets tech-savvy

first_imgRELATED ARTICLES • SA internet use passes 5m mark• SA web users to double by 2014• Broadband boost as Eassy hits SA• Student boffin is top programmer• Talk 11 languages on your phone MEDIA CONTACTS • Arthur Goldstuck MD, World Wide Worx +27 11 782 7003 [email protected] • Christa Botha Corporate Communications Research In Motion +27 82 562 5264 [email protected] have made a dramatic entry into corporate South Africa, far surpassing general consumer use or small business use.This is a surprise finding from a new research study released today by World Wide Worx. The Mobile Corporation in South Africa 2010 report reveals that three-quarters of South African companies have deployed smartphones in their organisations, compared to almost none two years ago.The study, backed by First National Bank and Research In Motion (RIM), shows that saturation point has almost been reached by large South African companies in the use of fixed landlines (96%) and ordinary cellphones (92%). And, as forecast in 2007, 3G data card penetration has also reached near saturation, with 94% of large companies deploying it. Now the focus has turned to integration of smartphones with business processes.“These results show that enterprise mobility solutions are no longer just nice to have,” says Deon Liebenberg, RIM’s regional director for sub-Saharan Africa. “They’re essential for businesses that want to be competitive, responsive and efficient in a world where a customer won’t wait for a salesperson who is visiting customers and where project flow can’t stop because a manager is at a full-day meeting.“Not only does mobility allow companies to improve internal efficiencies and communications, it also enables them to interact more effectively with their increasingly mobile customers.”The study also showed that corporate South Africa expects to embrace the new world of online services to an extent that was not even anticipated as recently as one year ago.“Until last year, concepts like software as a service (Saas) and cloud computing were regarded as little more than buzzwords,” says Arthur Goldstuck, MD of World Wide Worx.Yet, in the next 24 months, 84% of South African corporations expect to have a Saas strategy in place, and 60% expect to have adopted a cloud computing strategy.“These aren’t technologies as such,” says Goldstuck. “They are strategies that make the organisation’s use of new technology more efficient. From storage systems to software deployment, from hardware upgrades to network capacity to bandwidth, the focus is on cost-effectiveness, flexibility and mobility.”Among the technologies expected to take off as a result of the Saas and cloud computing revolution are:Fixed-mobile convergence, with 72% of companies expecting to adopt systems that allow seamless connectivity between fixed and mobile networks.Virtualisation, with 65% expected to embrace this flexible and cost-effective approach to network and server technology.Outsourced storage and archiving systems, with half of large South African companies predicting they will be using it in the next 24 months.The combined effect of these technologies is that, while the organisation’s buildings and infrastructure may still be confined to a specific site, its people, activities, information, documentation and data have been freed from location.“We are literally seeing the foundations being laid for the company of the future,” says Goldstuck.Liebenberg adds: “Smartphones are now mainstream devices within South African businesses, but the smartphone revolution has only just begun. Enterprises should now be looking at what smartphones mean for their businesses in a more strategic and holistic fashion. They need to work towards mobilising their core internal and customer-facing processes so that their employees can use ubiquitous connectivity to be productive and responsive wherever they are.”The Mobile Corporation in South Africa 2010 forms part of the Mobility 2009 project, which included research among 1 000 consumers, 1 000 small and medium enterprisese and 240 large enterprises in South Africa.last_img read more

Who wanted Lalit Modi out?

first_imgLalit ModiThe removal of Lalit Modi as Rajasthan Cricket Association president is a case of intrigue. It has also become synonymous with Rajasthan ever since he set his foot here ten years ago.Amit Pathan, who removed him, has been Modi’s man. Pathan, a BJP leader from Kota, is close to chief minister Vasundhara Raje.Raje used to be very close to Modi during her previous tenure but he surprised many by accusing one of her aides along with Bhupendra Yadav, MP, and Arun Jaitley for selling Assembly tickets in November.Modi easily became RCA president after Raje returned to power but this time she avoided being seen as favouring him.What isn’t clear is whether Pathan acted with the backing of Raje or has he taken a big gamble by siding with the anti-Lalit Modi faction?It also needs to be seen whether cricketers of the state would benefit from the current development as BCCI has refused to allow RCA and its players any recognition as long Modi was its chief.The suspension of Modi was for long viewed as the only way out to pacify BCCI and allow cricket to take place.That has happened now, at a time, when Modi was planning to set up the world’s best cricket stadium in Jaipur.last_img read more

Nova Scotia fisheries minister raises concerns about potential nofish zones

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s fisheries minister says he’s worried about Ottawa’s plans to establish marine protected areas along the province’s Eastern Shore, saying he wants to know if the proposal will include no-fish zones.Keith Colwell said he’s particularly concerned about the area’s lobster fishery because it provides good jobs in a low-employment zone.There’s been no word from federal officials on whether the protected areas will include no-fish zones.The Eastern Shore is the first area along the province’s coast being considered for marine protected areas. Ottawa has promised to protect 10 per cent of Canada’s oceans by 2020.“They (federal officials) are talking about 25.5 per cent of the province being a marine protected area, so where’s it going to end?,” Colwell said following Thursday’s cabinet meeting.“Marine Protected areas are important . . . but if it destroys our economy, how can we justify it?”Colwell said he wants the federal government to know that it has to protect areas in a way that allows fishing that also respects the environment.“We want to make sure that we have all the conditions that we can still harvest fish in a non-destructive way so we are not destroying the bottom, so that we are not destroying the ecosystem,” he said.Colwell said the lobster fishery on the Eastern Shore is a “prime example” of what he is talking about, because fishermen have instituted environmentally friendly practices on their own, including holding large female lobsters that are caught and returning them to the ocean at the end of the season.“Because of that, it’s improved their income and also made the place a very pristine place,” he said.Colwell said he plans to relay his concerns to federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc.last_img read more

Our Updated College Football Playoff Odds For Week 11

TCU 8-1151239%10%4% Navy 7-120155418%<1%<1% Temple 8-122283944%<1%<1% North Carolina 8-123182030%4%<1% Houston 9-024223634%2%<1% Alabama 8-121435%43%12% Oklahoma 8-11214119%17%7% Michigan St. 8-11382211%10%1% LSU 7-199814%12%3% USC 6-3—19719%1%<1% TeamCFPEloFPIConf. TitlePlayoffNat. Title Utah 8-110112121%11%2% Notre Dame 8-1469—30%8% Michigan 7-214201613%7%1% Mississippi St. 7-21716153%3%<1% Clemson is sitting pretty at the top spot. Alabama leapfrogged Ohio State to be No. 2. While LSU and TCU slipped, Iowa and Stanford made big leaps.So go the latest College Football Playoff rankings. Were the selection committee to form a playoff this week, its top four would be Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State and Notre Dame. But who cares about this week? Let’s fast-forward to Dec. 6, when the final decision on this year’s playoff participants will be announced. Our model simulated the rest of the season, and the results are in the table below. UCLA 7-21921186%3%<1% Northwestern 7-2182961<1%<1%<1% Baylor 8-067234%31%12% RankingProbability of … Wisconsin 8-22517243%<1%<1% Stanford 8-1751152%28%6% Memphis 8-12131453%<1%<1% College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings as of Nov. 10. Florida 8-111101438%17%3% Ohio State 9-032544%56%15% Clemson 9-013667%67%17% Mississippi 7-3—26109%<1%<1% Oklahoma St. 9-0841338%23%5% Iowa 9-05132928%22%2% We project that three of the top four teams from this week will make the playoff, but we expect Baylor to surpass Notre Dame. It’s no guarantee, though; the Bears will play three games against top 15 teams — including a big one against Oklahoma on Saturday — so their playoff odds are only 31 percent.Another big change in our model since last week: Clemson has a lock on the No. 1 ranking. After gritting out a tough win over Florida State last week, the Tigers’ playoff odds are at 67 percent, with a 17 percent chance of taking the national title. Both numbers top all other teams. Ohio State has the second-highest odds of making the playoffs; the model put them at 56 percent. Alabama, fresh off an impressive win over LSU, has playoff odds of 43 percent.And finally, for you methodology diehards, we’ve made some slight tweaks to the model since last week. You can read about them here. For a deeper explanation, read Nate Silver’s original explanation of the model’s methodology. Florida State 7-21624170%<1%<1% Oregon 6-3—23321%<1%<1% read more

San Ysidro athletic field receives 17 million worth of improvements

first_img Posted: July 26, 2017 KUSI Newsroom July 26, 2017 KUSI Newsroom, San Ysidro athletic field receives $1.7 million worth of improvements SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — City officials Wednesday unveiled $1.7 million in improvements to Larsen Athletic Field in San Ysidro. The park received new play equipment, drought-tolerant landscaping, picnic tables and benches and additional parking, according to the mayor’s office. Paths were upgraded to meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards. The work was partially funded by a $1 million federal grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and came two years after the city made major improvements to lighting at the park. “When we invest in our parks, we breathe new life into our communities,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said at a ribbon-cutting ceremony. “This beautiful park will go a long way toward creating a fun, accessible and safe environment for everyone in San Ysidro,” Faulconer said. “We’re improving parks across San Diego, and this project shows that communities that have waited a long time for infrastructure investments are getting the attention they deserve.”  Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more