Customs ready for executive agency status

first_imgRelatedCustoms ready for executive agency status Advertisements RelatedCustoms ready for executive agency status Customs ready for executive agency status CommerceMarch 18, 2011 RelatedCustoms ready for executive agency status By DOUGLAS McINTOSH, JIS Reporter FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Commissioner of Customs, Danville Walker, says the process to transform the Customs Department into an executive agency (EA) will get underway in the new financial year beginning April 1, with the transition to be completed within 18 to 24 months. He informed that the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, which has portfolio responsibility for the agency, still has to finalise and approve matters pertaining to the job descriptions and salary structures under the executive agency regime for the transition to begin. “April 1 is the beginning of the transition year, that is, if we get the approval from the Ministry of Finance. Once that is so, we can begin that transition year, and we expect it will take about 18 months to two years,” Mr. Walker said on March 16 at a Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association of Jamaica (CBFFAJ)-organised forum at the Four Seasons Hotel in St. Andrew. “But it doesn’t have to be at the beginning of the fiscal year,…it could be June 1 or July 1…(but) we (at Customs) are ready with everything, ”he pointed out. Noting that discussions towards the Department’s transformation have been ongoing since he assumed the position of Commissioner in 2008, Mr. Walker said several activities have been undertaken to this end including the development and submission of organisational and medium-term financing plans. Additionally, he disclosed that the Department will shortly sign off on the contracts and job descriptions for the recruitment of some 10 to 12 senior officers into the new EA structure. Mr. Walker explained that similar exercises will be undertaken for the Department’s other 1,100 employees for whom new job descriptions will have to be developed and interviews conducted to recruit them into the new organisation. “At the end of that process, (we will be) ready to be an executive agency,” he assured. In the meantime, Mr. Walker disclosed that discussions for the development of legislation to separate the Customs Department from the Tax Administration Department, and for Customs to report directly to the Ministry of Finance, are also being pursued.     “There is a Revenue Agency Act coming now, Semi Autonomous Revenue Agency (SARA) that will take Tax Administration out of Finance, take Customs out of Tax Administration, and put us (Customs) reporting directly to Finance,” Mr. Walker informed.last_img read more

Clarendon Gets State-Of-The-Art Fire Truck

first_imgClarendon Gets State-Of-The-Art Fire TruckJIS 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 fullscreenPlay Clarendon Gets State-Of-The-Art Fire Truck Local GovernmentJuly 25, 2014Written by: Garfield L. Angus RelatedSavanna-La-Mar Mayor Welcomes $35M Waste Transfer Station Story HighlightsA state-of-the-art fire truck was handed over to the parish of Clarendon, on July 24, by Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott.The new unit has special features which will make it suitable to deal with the terrain in the parish.Mr. Arscott noted that the truck has hydraulic ramps and generators, and is capable of driving and pumping water at the same time. Advertisements Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott (centre), cuts ribbon to officially hand over new fire truck to Clarendon at the May Pen fire station on July 24. Others (from left): Mayor of May Pen, Councillor Scean Barnswell (left); Member of Parliament for Central Clarendon, Mr. Mike Henry, and Assistant Commissioner of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, John Forester.center_img A state-of-the-art fire truck was handed over to the parish of Clarendon, on July 24, by Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott.The new unit has special features which will make it suitable to deal with the terrain in the parish.Speaking at  the handing over at the fire station, in May Pen, the Minister said the administration is on a path of re-equipping the Fire Brigade, and the procurement process has started for an additional three fire trucks, which will be in the island next year.“The stock of the Jamaica Fire Brigade is being expanded with new equipment, and this modern fire unit is guaranteed to significantly enhance the capabilities of the Brigade. This unit is designed to specification, in order to suit the local terrain,” the Minister said.Mr. Arscott noted that the truck has hydraulic ramps and generators, and is capable of driving and pumping water at the same time, at a discharge rate of 700 gallons per minute. He urged members of the Brigade to maintain the unit.Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for Central Clarendon, Mr. Mike Henry, said the truck is a “welcomed” asset, which should help to protect the infrastructure in the parish.For his part, Mayor of May Pen, Councillor Scean Barnswell, said the new unit would enable the fire service to respond more effectively to the challenges in the parish.The fire truck is among three which the Government recently bought at a cost of $133 million. RelatedKSAC Seeking to Improve Efficiency Through ICT FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedGovernment to Enforce Law Against Lighting Fireslast_img read more

Acer seeks smartphone partner in Indonesia; open to takeover

first_imgHomeDevicesNews Acer seeks smartphone partner in Indonesia; open to takeover Devices AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 28 AUG 2015 Related Author India smartphone shipments grow China smartphone shipments recovering from Covid Tags center_img Joseph Waring AcerIndonesialocal productionsmartphonestakeover Previous ArticleUber raises $1B for China expansionNext ArticleNaver drops plan for Line IPO this year Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more Taiwanese device maker Acer is looking for an OEM partner in Indonesia to manufacture smartphones to avoid the country’s high import duties.The company will decide on a partner later this year, DigiTimes reported.The country’s smartphone market expanded 55 per cent in Q1 compared to a year ago and now accounts for just over half of total handset shipments, according to Counterpoint Research.Smartphone growth is forecast to expand rapidly over the next few years as the country moves away from 2G network technology. According to GSMA Intelligence, 63 per cent of the country’s 318 million mobile connections (Q2 figures) are on 2G, compared to 36 percent on 3G. With some operators only launching 4G services earlier this year, the country has 2.07 million LTE connections.Domestic manufacturing accounted for 35 per cent of the country’s smartphone market during Q1, and local production is forecast to increase due to new regulations.A draft regulation mandating local sourcing for 4G phone manufacturing would pose a challenge to foreign brands since the country’s device component ecosystem is still not mature, Counterpoint Research said.Takeover talkAcer’s Indonesian efforts come as the PC, tablet and smartphone vendor admitted it is open to being acquired, but noted a buyer would have to “pay a heavy price”, Reuters reported.The comment by Acer founder Stan Shih yesterday follows a sharp drop in its share price since April after a poor H1 performance. It posted a TWD2.89 billion ($90 million) loss in H1. Sales fell 33 per cent in July.It had set a target to ship six million smartphones this year, but in H1 only shipped 1.8 million units, putting it under pressure to speed up shipments in the second half, DigiTimes said. European operators target phone sustainabilitylast_img read more

Mexican watchdog reveals market priorities

first_img LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE 360 LATIN AMERICA, MEXICO: Commissioner Mario Fromow of the Federal Institute of Communications (IFT) detailed the Mexican regulator’s priorities as new markets such as IoT develop.Moves made by IFT to increase competition for market leader Telcel (America Movil) were praised by AT&T and Telefonica earlier in the day, but Fromow said that “in spite of the growth, we have great challenges in this arena”.Speaking in a keynote session, he noted that with IoT providing the opportunity to improve Mexico’s economy across industries through the convergence of technology and the physical world, “the responsibility of the IFT is to facilitate these changes to come to reality for the benefit of Mexico”.Priority will be given to worldwide standards, with a focus on areas such as interoperability, coexistence, privacy and security. And to support “hyperconnectivity”, an action plan is also being put in place for the adoption of IPv6.Other work underway by IFT focuses on areas such as shared infrastructure and spectrum. Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more IFTMexico HomeM360 2016 Latin America Article Mexican watchdog reveals market priorities Related Steve Costello Previous ArticleInterview: Ingenu CEONext ArticleMicrosoft to shut Skype HQ in London center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 20 SEP 2016 AT&T, Telefonica chiefs talk up Mexican momentum M360 2016 Latin America Article Tags Authorlast_img read more

7 Mistakes that Internet Users Should Not Make

first_imgThere are many applications and websites these days that ask permission to save your password. And there are many users who are allowing their passwords to be saved in mobile and laptop browsers.It is important to be careful if you are doing this to save time. This could lead to your account being hacked. In addition, when you give your mobile or computer to a friend or acquaintance, he can easily see the password saved in this way.What you see on the internet is what you think is right. But a person who understands computer or has knowledge about it does not consider all the content seen on the internet to be true.Because there is no guarantee that what you see on the Internet or what is shown to you is true. So remember that there may be work being done to make someone look bad, to spread hatred towards a person or community, or to exaggerate about a person, product or company.So be very careful when looking at photos, posts, videos, political topics, etc. that appear on the Internet and make an opinion or evaluate someone based on that.When choosing any content online, you must read the ratings and comments. Most users have a common understanding that content rated above four stars is definitely good.But this is not true. Because there is some content that has a very good rating. But like ratings, those materials are not really good. Behind this, the sellers are asking for fake reviews and comments.This does not mean that all ratings and comments online are wrong. So think carefully before choosing an online product based on ratings.There are advertisements on social media saying that especially expensive mobiles will be made available at cheap prices. If someone is selling goods at unbelievably cheap prices, do not be greedy. You can be a victim of fraud.There are many messages and emails coming on Facebook saying that you have won the lottery of so many dollars or rupees. Or you’ve got a new iPhone.It also explains the exact process for winning a prize or lottery. So don’t make the mistake of making a mistake.Nowadays, no one gives you anything for free. These kinds of things are being done online with the intention of catching fraudsters.So do not give in to temptation. There are some self-proclaimed influencers on social media who are inciting people to earn money by using certain apps or playing games.You should not believe in such things at all. Don’t be fooled into making money just by showing up in the apps graph. Making money is not easy these days.So don’t download or install any gambling, trading or gaming app that you are not aware of. Also, avoid making the mistake of keeping your personal information or spending money on such apps.Of course, you are going to the market to buy different goods. If you use the Internet, be sure to search carefully before buying any electronic devices or mobile phones, laptops, TVs, refrigerators, etc.This is because sellers in the market may offer you unnecessary and inferior products. Not only this, with the help of fire you can do welding. A few searches on the Internet can go a long way in helping you make the right choice.last_img read more

Coronavirus live updates: Arizona’s ICUs are 89% full

first_imgMyriam Borzee/iStockBy WILLIAM MANSELL and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 556,000 people worldwide.Over 12.3 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.The United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 3.1 million diagnosed cases and at least 133,542 deaths.Here is how the news is developing Friday. All times Eastern:1:30 p.m.: Michigan businesses must refuse service to those not wearing masksMichigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed a new executive order requiring face coverings in indoor spaces and in crowded outdoor spaces. The order also requires businesses to refuse entry or service to people who won’t wear a face covering.“Those who are exempt from wearing a mask in Michigan businesses include people younger than five years old, those who cannot medically tolerate a face covering, and those who are eating or drinking while seated at a food service establishment,” a statement from the governor said.Every region in Michigan has seen an uptick in COVID-19 cases in the last week, Whitmer saidThe executive order takes effect on Monday. Those who violate the order could face a $500 criminal penalty. 1 p.m.: Arizona’s ICUs are 89% fullIn hard-hit Arizona, intensive care units are 89% full on Friday.This comes as the state reports 4,221 new cases, reaching a total of 116,892 cases.At least 2,082 people in Arizona have died from the virus.12:30 p.m.: Texas county shuts down testing centers due to heatHarris County, Texas, which includes the city of Houston, said Friday it was shutting down all of its COVID-19 testing centers due to the extreme heat.The National Weather Service warned the heat index values would reach between 105 and 110 degrees during the day.Houston reported 412 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the city’s total to 26,012, the mayor said.Texas hit a record number of daily coronavirus fatalities on Thursday, with 105 new deaths recorded.The state’s positivity rate stood at 15% Thursday.12 p.m.: Mexico looking to extend border closing with USMexico’s Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said Friday that Mexico’s border closure with the U.S. should be extended to August or until there is a “decline” in U.S. cases.“Our perspective and the one from the Secretary of Health is that it would not be prudent to reopen because what we are going to cause is an impact towards a new outbreak.” Ebrard said at a news conference. “So what we are looking with the local authorities is to prolong the nonessential travel restrictions.”11:30 a.m.: South Carolina order restricts alcohol salesIn South Carolina, where COVID-19 is surging, Gov. Henry McMaster said he is issuing an executive order prohibiting the sale of alcohol at bars and restaurants after 11 p.m. each night.The order begins Saturday and lasts until further notice, he said Friday.Restaurants and bars that violate the order may be fined or have their alcohol permits suspended or revoked, the governor warned.Alcohol can still be purchased at wine and liquor stores.South Carolina’s positivity rate stood at 20.6% on Thursday. Three-quarters of the state’s hospital beds were in use as of Thursday.11 a.m.: Florida reports over 11,000 new cases, 11-year-old girl among fatalitiesFlorida reported 11,433 new cases on Friday, bringing the state’s total cases to 244,151.Florida’s positivity rate is down to 12.7%, a 5.5% drop from Thursday.Among the state’s 4,203 fatalities is an 11-year-old Fort Lauderdale girl, reported ABC Miami affiliate WPLG, citing the local medical examiner. The young girl suffered from underlying conditions including cerebral palsy, epilepsy and asthma, WPLG said.Miami-Dade County, which includes Miami, and Broward County, which includes Fort Lauderdale, are especially hard-hit, but both counties showed improvement on Friday.Miami-Dade reported 2,360 new cases and a positivity rate of 20.2%, down from 26.2% on Thursday.Broward County reported 1,627 new cases and a positivity rate of 15%, a drop from 22.7% one day earlier.9:40 a.m.: Dog in Texas confirmed to have COVID-19 A dog in Tarrant County, Texas, was confirmed to have SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans, according to federal officials and the Texas Animal Health Commission. The dog was tested after its owners were confirmed to have the coronavirus, the animal health commission said.The 2-year-old dog is considered healthy, officials said. “Based on current knowledge, there is no evidence that pets play a significant role in spreading SARS-CoV-2 to people,” Texas’ state veterinarian, Dr. Andy Schwartz, said in a statement. “It’s always important to restrict contact with your pets and other animals, just like you would other people, if you are infected with COVID-19 in order to protect them from infection.”8:45 a.m.: Boston’s moratorium on evictions extended through end of yearAs the pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the economy, Boston is extending its moratorium on nonessential evictions through the end of the year, Mayor Marty Walsh said Friday. This moratorium, which began in March, applies to Boston Housing Authority’s public housing residents. “These are extraordinary times, and right now, we all need to come together to ensure that our city’s most vulnerable residents are able to continue to live and work in the city they call home,” the mayor said in a statement.8:03 a.m.: Judge rules against Texas GOP A Harris County District Court judges has ruled against the Republican Party in Texas, after it sued the city of Houston and Mayor Sylvester Turner after the mayor canceled the state’s GOP convention in the city. Turner, citing the surge in coronavirus cases in the state and city, canceled the Texas Republican Party’s in-person state convention, which was scheduled to start on July 16 in Houston. “Look, these are some very serious times, and the safety of people attending the convention, the employees, their family members, the people in the city of Houston, have their public health concerns,” Turner said in a statement. “First responders and municipal workers will all be in contact or in proximity to the indoor gathering. Public health concerns outweigh anything else.” The Texas GOP, said it was expecting the “liberal” court’s ruling and said it would appeal to the Texas Supreme Court. “It didn’t matter in which court this case landed, we expected a denial from the liberal Harris County courts,” Texas Republican Party Chairman James Dickey, said in a statement Thursday. “We thank them for a speedy denial so we can move forward with the appeal we had prepared.” Turner canceled the convention, which was to be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center, after the city’s Local Health Authority, Dr. David Persse called the GOP convention “a clear and present danger.”5:13 a.m.: US COVID-19 deaths begin to climb againNational coronavirus case counts, hospitalizations and deaths continue to climb, according to the COVID Tracking Project. At least 867 people died of COVID-19 Thursday in the U.S.Nationally, the seven-day average has begun to climb after an extended decline, the COVID Tracking Project said.The last three days were the highest numbers the organization has reported since early June. This rise in deaths is concentrated in states with large outbreaks. Texas, California and Florida all reported their single highest day of deaths for the entire pandemic on Thursday.This news comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its COVID-19 death toll forecast Thursday to say it expects between 140,000 to 160,000 deaths by Aug. 1The CDC forecasts suggest that the number of new deaths over the next four weeks in Arizona, Alabama, Florida, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Nevada, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, the U.S. Virgin Islands and West Virginia, will likely exceed the number reported over the last four weeks. For other states, the number of new deaths is expected to be similar to the number seen in the previous four weeks or to decrease slightly.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Adjunct Faculty – Sport Management

first_imgPED3040 Sport Management (daytime, face-to-face, Auroracampus)PED2300 Coaching Principles and Techniques (daytime,face-to-face, Aurora campus)PED2330 Officiating Team Sports (daytime, face-to-face, Auroracampus)PED1120 Business Golf (evening, face-to-face, Auroracampus) Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. While a terminal degree is preferred, a master’s degree in arelated field is required. Industry experience and college-levelteaching experience preferred.When applying, include the phrase “Sport Management AdjunctApplication” in the subject line of the application email and stateyour teaching availability and courses you are qualified to teachin your cover letter.Please email resume or curriculum vitae, plus cover letter statingthe specific areas you are interested in teaching to:[email protected]center_img Aurora University seeks talented adjunct faculty who are passionateabout teaching and learning. Adjunct faculty are qualifiedpart-time instructors offered teaching opportunities based oncourse demand and staffing.Aurora University seeks talented adjunct faculty who are passionateabout teaching and learning. Adjunct faculty are qualifiedpart-time instructors offered teaching opportunities based oncourse demand and staffing.Aurora University is searching for qualified instructors as part ofits adjunct faculty pool to teach in Sport Management and relatedprograms (i.e., Coaching and Youth Sport Development minor). We areseeking adjunct faculty to teach courses in sport management acrossthe curriculum, including the following courses:last_img read more

All aboard! Former rail tycoon’s Hamptons estate pulls in $60M ask

first_img32 Windmill Lane in East HamptonThe family of James Evans, the former chairman of the Union Pacific railroad empire, has put their waterfront estate in East Hampton on the market for $60 million.Evans, a lawyer who died at 94 in 2015, bought the 6.7-acre property at 32 Windmill Lane in 1986 and built a home on it, his daughter, Carol Jepperson, told the Wall Street Journal. While the family often used the property as a gathering place when Evans was alive, since his passing, Jepperson said they have visited less often, prompting the decision to sell.The 5,500-square-foot home, which court filings show is currently owned by a trust in Evans’ name, has five bedrooms, six bathrooms and a large living room with cathedral ceilings. Outside is a 50-foot heated pool, 300 feet of private beach and a separate guest cottage with three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms and its own pool.Behind the Hedges noted that the Evans estate is two separate parcels, with 5.4 acres being on the water and the remaining 1.3 acres inland. Frank Newbold, who recently appeared on The Real Deal‘s ranking of top Hamptons luxury brokers, and Valerie Smith of Sotheby’s International Realty have the listing.Newbold told the Journal that current zoning allows for a new owner to build a 12,500-square-foot home on the larger parcel and a 6,000-square-foot house on the inland parcel. The outlet noted the potential to pursue a teardown and the property’s location near East Hampton’s exclusive Further Lane makes it one of the pricier homes to come on the market in recent years. [WSJ] — Aidan Gardiner This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

François Hollande will vote for anyone but Marine Le Pen

first_imgRecent opinion polls suggest that both Independent candidate Emmanuel Macron and Le Pen will make it to the run-off on May 7.Hollande, who has been France’s president since 2012, said he did not stand as a candidate because he felt he would not get his party’s backing. Also On POLITICO Macron takes aim at ‘extreme right’ Le Pen By Saim Saeed Political Obituary I didn’t hire François Hollande, and the rest is history By Pierre Briançon Outgoing French President François Hollande said he will vote for whoever stands against far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the second round of France’s presidential vote next month.Hollande did not specify which candidate he will vote for in the first round on April 23, but added that if Le Pen qualifies for the run-off, he will vote for her opponent.“I trust the French people [to vote for someone] who will build upon my actions,” he said in an interview with French weekly Le Point published Thursday.last_img read more

Kansas Community Struggles With Fatalities

first_imgVALLEY FALLS, Kan. – A small community in northeast Kansas is trying to cope with the loss of four people killed in recent traffic accidents.A 19-year-old woman died in a one-car crash Monday. Less than 48 hours later, another crash left three young sisters dead.The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that all the victims were from small towns in Jefferson County.The victims of the accidents this week were 19-year-old Beverly Bledsoe, of Valley Falls, who died Monday, and three young sisters, 8-year-old Katelynn, 5-year-old Alissa and 4-year-old Madelyn Spencer. The sisters died after a crash Wednesday. The were from the town of Meriden.Valley Falls resident John Shipley says the whole community is numb, but is banding together to help each other through the loss.___Information from: The Topeka Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.comlast_img read more