JIS Wins International Website Award

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The website for the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), located at www.jis.gov.jm, was yesterday (November 28), adjudged the Best Website Representing a Nation. The winning site was chosen from a field of seven websites that were nominated for the award.Recognised in the Culture Category in the Black Web Awards (BWA), the JIS was one of more than 500 websites from across the world that were nominated by the awarding organisation, Linton Publications out of Baltimore, Maryland in the United States.The organisation launched the BWA this year to celebrate African, African-American and Caribbean online excellence in some 100 categories.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the agency, Carmen Tipling, told JIS News that she was proud of the achievement. Giving kudos to the JIS Computer and Research Services team, she said that, “they constructed and are maintaining an excellent website, which operates as a mini-portal for access to all Government of Jamaica Ministries and Agencies”.Mrs. Tipling said the website, which hosts more than 3,000 pages, with links to all CARICOM member states, took a great deal of “smart work and dedication” to ensure that it could house user-friendly and ready-to-use information in a manner that was easily retrievable by its visitors, which include thousands of Jamaicans in the Diaspora.Outlining the groundwork that culminated in the award-winning website, she said that in the year 2000, the agency had embarked on a major thrust to modernise the information organisation, including its information mini-portal.“A plan of work was outlined by KPMG, our modernisation consultants, who identified a number of goals we were to achieve within a set time,” Mrs. Tipling said, adding that these targets were met within three years.“We achieved all of these within this time period and have gone beyond that to set and meet our own targets on an annual basis,” she said.The CEO emphasised that it was through the efficient use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) that the agency was gleaning, gathering and disseminating information to its publics.“It is heartening that significant changes are taking place at the JIS and modernisation is helping Government entities, such as the JIS, to package and deliver information at levels that were not previously accessed by the public,” the CEO said.Meanwhile, Computer and Research Services Manager at the JIS, Andrea Bryan, said it was a phenomenal accomplishment for the JIS to win such an award on its maiden attempt. She said the nomination in itself was elating, but winning the award was even more spectacular.Miss Bryan told JIS News that in the run-up to the BWA, the department “placed an ad on the site and asked persons who visited our website to vote and we got an overwhelming amount of votes”.“This is a fabulous achievement,” the Manager said, adding that she was proud that the combined 20 working hours per day for the five-member department had been recognised by an international award.“We update the website on a daily basis. This includes more than 20 new releases per day as well as special pages that we maintain for the 14 Ministries of Government and their related agencies,” Miss Bryan told JIS News.Mrs. Tipling pointed out that the information from the agency’s mini-portal was critical to the promotion of the nation’s culture.“We are satisfying a need and the feedback from the public, even through this award, attests to that,” she said, adding that it “was a welcomed recognition of the on-going achievements of the JIS in its promotion of Government’s programmes and policies”. RelatedJIS Wins International Website Award RelatedJIS Wins International Website Award Advertisementscenter_img JIS Wins International Website Award UncategorizedNovember 29, 2006 RelatedJIS Wins International Website Awardlast_img read more

Commissioner Promises to Restore Order, Despite Sudden end to Emergency

first_imgRelatedCommissioner Promises to Restore Order, Despite Sudden end to Emergency RelatedCommissioner Promises to Restore Order, Despite Sudden end to Emergency Commissioner Promises to Restore Order, Despite Sudden end to Emergency National SecurityJuly 26, 2010 RelatedCommissioner Promises to Restore Order, Despite Sudden end to Emergencycenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is determined to carry on its operations to restore security, peace and order in Jamaica, despite the sudden ending of the State of Emergency in Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Catherine, says Police Commissioner, Owen Ellington.“The work which we started on May 23 is not over. It could not have been completed in the short space of time between then and now. We were anticipating an extension of those limited powers, so that we could complete the job. We no longer have those powers, but we are determined to carry on our operations. We are determined to restore security, peace and order in this country,” Commissioner Ellington said.He was speaking at the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica’s (PSOJ) President’s Forum on Friday (July 23) at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort in Ocho Rios, St. Ann.Mr. Ellington said that the Security Forces would continue to work, collaboratively, to achieve the best results, despite the fact that they no longer had emergency powers.“Since we got news that the special powers were no longer available to us, we have had several meetings. We have crafted new strategies that we hope to roll out,” he said.The Commissioner admitted that there will be challenges and shortcomings, but he assured Jamaicans and, in particular, the business community, that the Security Forces have combined their efforts, “so as to enable us to continue the fight to regain control of our streets and communities and to secure this country”.Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Colonel, Rocky Meade, confirmed the continued support of the Military for the JCF in the fight against crime.“The Jamaica Defence Force stands ready to continue to support the JCF in its efforts in dealing with the significant national security issues that we are faced with,” Colonel Meade said. He called on Jamaicans to support the Security Forces, as they carry out their duties in the effort to restore peace and order in the country.President of the PSOJ, Joseph Matalon, commended the members of the JCF and the JDF for the work that they have been doing across the island, and urged them to continue to do so to the best of their ability.The Forum was held in collaboration with FLOW Jamaica, under the theme, “Addressing National Security Issues”.The State of Emergency, declared on May 23 and limited to Kingston, St. Andrew and, eventually, St. Catherine, ended Thursday after the Government failed to get Opposition support in Parliament to extend it for another month, Advertisementslast_img read more

Bobby Joe Morrow, 3-time winner in 1956 Olympics, dies at 84

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 31st May, 2020 06:08 IST Associated Press Television News COMMENT WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 31st May, 2020 06:08 IST Bobby Joe Morrow, 3-time Winner In 1956 Olympics, Dies At 84 Bobby Joe Morrow, the Texas sprinter who won three gold medals in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics while a student at Abilene Christian University, died Saturday. He was 84center_img Written By FOLLOW US LIVE TV Bobby Joe Morrow, the Texas sprinter who won three gold medals in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics while a student at Abilene Christian University, died Saturday. He was 84.Morrow’s family said he died of natural causes at home in San Benito.Morrow won the 100 and 200 meters in Melbourne and anchored the United States’ champion 400 relay team, matching the world record of 20.6 seconds in the 200 and helping the relay squad set a world record.Earlier in 1956 he successfully defended his AAU 100-yard title and swept the sprints for Abilene Christian at the national college championships. He was honored as “Sportsman of the Year” by Sports Illustrated, and won the AAU’s James E. Sullivan Award the following year.Morrow spent most of his life in the Rio Grande Valley along the Gulf of Mexico near the Mexican border. He was born in Harlingen and grew in San Benito. He starred in track and football at San Benito High School, where the football stadium is named Bobby Morrow Stadium.Morrow was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1989. last_img read more

Auburndale boys basketball cruises past Northland Lutheran

first_imgFive Apaches score in double figuresBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMOSINEE — Luke Olson scored 17 points to lead five Auburndale players in double figures, and the Apaches cruised to a 77-40 victory over Northland Lutheran on Thursday night at Northland Lutheran High School.Olsen made 6 of 9 shots from the field and all five of his free throws to top Auburndale (5-5, 3-2 Marawood Conference South Division).Cameron Ertl added 13 points, Caleb Weinfurter and Colton Wright each had 12 points, and Cale Jacoby added 10 for the Apaches. Ertl also had a team-high seven rebounds.Auburndale poured in 43 points in a productive first half to take an 18-point lead at the break. The Apaches held Northland Lutheran (1-6, 0-3 Marawood South) to 15 points in the second half to remain in control.Auburndale returns to action Tuesday at Wausau Newman Catholic.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Apaches 77, Wildcats 40Northland Lutheran 25 15 – 40Auburndale 43 34 – 77NORTHLAND LUTHERAN (40): Statistics not provided. Record: 1-6, 0-3 Marawood South.AUBURNDALE (77): Cooper Weinfurter 2-5 1-2 6, Luke Olsen 6-9 5-5 17, Logan Willfahrt 1-1 0-0 3, Cason Schmutzer 0-2 0-0 0, Caleb Weinfurter 3-11 4-4 12, Collin Hawkins 1-4 2-2 4, Carter Wilcott 0-1 0-2 0, Colten Yeske 0-2 0-0 0, Cameron Ertl 5-8 3-4 13, Cale Jacoby 4-6 2-2 10, Colton Wright 5-10 0-0 12. FG: 27-59. FT: 17-21. 3-pointers: 6-20 (Wright 2-6, Ca. Weinfurter 2-6, Willfahrt 1-1, Co. Weinfurter 1-3, Schmutzer 0-1, Ertl 0-1, Olsen 0-2). Rebounds: 33 (Ertl 7). Record: 5-5, 3-2 Marawood South.last_img read more

Roadblock to Virtualization: “Virtual Stall” Strikes Again

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market No, that’s not a typo in the headline. You’ve heard of virtual sprawl already, no doubt, and you may have experienced it in your own company. But virtual stall or VM stall refers to a concept coined by CA Technologies, from a landmark white paper published in August 2010.Essentially, the idea is this: Many enterprises have launched their boats already, and are heading toward a virtualized data center or a reputable hybrid cloud solution. The problem is, they’re not halfway there yet, and the reasons are often more political than technological.The broader topic of virtualizing large business workloads is the topic of a panel I’ll be moderating today at 1:00 pm ET / 10:00 am PT, with VMware Senior Systems Engineer Stephen Shultz and Intel Mission-Critical Data Center Strategist Mitchell Shults. (You read right, Shultz and Shults.) It’s a live chat, and I’d like to have you join in, especially with respect to this very topic: how to realign the organization around retooled, virtualized resources.Yesterday, I talked about the problem of departmental silos that fail to align with the resource pools and shared servers that are the by-products of the virtual data center. Whereas a few years ago, certain managers were in charge of particular boxes, today those boxes don’t physically exist. But their jobs do.“Virtual stall” is a bigger problem, which I discussed in greater detail in a story earlier in the summer. It’s more of a political/technological mashup, or what we used to call in the 20th century “sociology,” where issues that crop up in the business of migrating or transitioning systems lead to breakdowns in communication, which lead to the inevitable problems of whom to blame.Here’s an excerpt from the CA white paper from Mason Bradbury and Andi Mann:“Even some IT departments are skeptical of moving key systems to virtual environments for fear of the ‘guilty until proven innocent’ phenomenon – in which the virtualization infrastructure is blamed for problems until it is definitively shown otherwise. As resources are delivered to applications in pools, application specialists and others outside of the systems management department have far less visibility than in a traditional physical environment into the systems on which their applications run. When problems arise, employees are far more likely to blame the virtual infrastructure, as they cannot troubleshoot it themselves. Even if the problem has to do with the operating system or application itself, virtualization administrators worry that application owners will blame them until they can locate the problem and show that it is not a fault in the virtual infrastructure.”Since that white paper was published, other firms including Symantec have followed up with new research. For example, take the case of the admin who happens to be the script writing expert in the IT shop. This is the go-to person for ad hoc issues that crop up, and who eventually becomes credited with finding the whirlwind solutions to every virtualization transition issue that admins fail to address. If the need for solutions were to, say, go away, then the level of appreciation they receive as a result would also subside. As the Symantec report published last June relates, some IT shops get hung up on never-ending remedial projects that require one-time script writing — for example, “root cause analysis.” There may or may not be actual analysis involved, but the process becomes self-sustaining, taking on a life of its own. And Symantec has started measuring the side-effects in terms of dollars.As Symantec’s Jennifer Ellard put it, “The admins simply delay virtualization which costs them increased operational complexity and inability to consolidate physical servers and end up having to pay for the energy and space utilization.”So here’s the problem: In environments where virtualization deployment takes place in stages, the workloads that businesses would most readily classify as mission critical – the big databases, the e-mail servers, messaging, collaboration, ERP — get pushed to the bottom of the agenda. And there they sit, waiting for the political issues to resolve themselves further up the ladder.We’ll be discussing the entire topic of mission critical workload virtualization this afternoon in the RWW live chat. I hope to see you there. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts scott fulton Tags:#cloud#Virtualization last_img read more

How To Scale React Applications

first_img HomeWeb DesignHow To Scale React Applications Related postsInclusive Components: Book Reviews And Accessibility Resources13th December 2019Should Your Portfolio Site Be A PWA?12th December 2019Building A CSS Layout: Live Stream With Rachel Andrew10th December 2019Struggling To Get A Handle On Traffic Surges10th December 2019How To Design Profitable Sales Funnels On Mobile6th December 2019How To Build A Real-Time Multiplayer Virtual Reality Game (Part 2)5th December 2019 We recently released version 3 of React Boilerplate, one of the most popular React starter kits, after several months of work. The team spoke with hundreds of developers about how they build and scale their web applications, and I want to share some things we learned along the way.We realized early on in the process that we didn’t want it to be “just another boilerplate.” We wanted to give developers who were starting a company or building a product the best foundation to start from and to scale.The post How To Scale React Applications appeared first on Smashing Magazine.From our sponsors: How To Scale React Applications How To Scale React ApplicationsYou are here: Posted on 8th September 2016Web Design FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+sharelast_img read more

Former female firefighter says she is to get official apology for discrimination

first_imgHALIFAX – A former firefighter says her 12-year battle against “systemic” gender discrimination has ended with a settlement that will see a public apology issued by the city of Halifax on Monday.In an interview Tuesday, Liane Tessier released details of an agreement that she says comes after years of complaints about abusive and disrespectful behaviour from her male counterparts.Tessier, who said other female firefighters have also come forward with concerns, said she hoped the settlement would signal that change is needed, especially in male-dominated professions.“Gender-based violence is not going to stop because of this apology,” said Tessier. “But hopefully my struggle, the settlement, and the apology will put other employers on notice as well.”Tessier said the settlement includes financial compensation and a commitment from the Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency service to implement eight policy changes that she suggested.She said they cover a range of things from keeping hiring statistics to making the workplace safer for women to speak out. The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission is to monitor to ensure the fire service is abiding by the policies, she said.A city spokesman wouldn’t immediately comment on the settlement, saying the issue remains before the rights commission.“We continue to work closely with the commission regarding next steps and will provide more details once they can be made available,” Brendan Elliott said in an email.The 53-year-old Tessier first complained in 2005 about gender discrimination at the Herring Cove fire station.In a 26-page statement given to The Canadian Press, Tessier alleges she was “ostracized” and was subjected to “malicious gossip” after she spoke out. The statement and its allegations are not part of the settlement and haven’t been proven in court.She said she formally complained to management and was referred to a human relations consultant who “minimized and denied” all harassment claims.Tessier subsequently filed a complaint with the provincial rights commission in 2007, but she said it languished in the investigation phase for almost five years before it was dismissed.Not giving up, Tessier filed for a judicial review and in 2014 the Nova Scotia Supreme Court ordered that the complaint be re-examined by the rights commission.The case was to have come before a public board of inquiry in October of this year.“What’s hard about this last 12 years is that I had to speak and fight for my basic rights,” Tessier said. “And then I was getting retaliated against and had to eventually leave a job that I loved.”Although certified as a training instructor and competing in the firefighter combat challenge for years, Tessier said she was also passed over for jobs that were given to men with less experience.Tessier said she believes her experience has taught her about the “huge” imbalance of power that still exists in many modern workplaces and leaves many women “terrified” to speak out.She said women who come forward are seen as “trouble-makers or too sensitive,” while men are often hailed as “heroes or game-changers.”“There is a real double standard that is really evident and sort of infuriating,” said Tessier. “It made me crazy how I was treated so badly just because I wanted to have a better workplace for myself.”last_img read more