Jamaica Cops EU Women Empowerment Award

first_imgRelatedTime Ripe For Media To Set Up Complaints Council – Minister Falconer Jamaica has been honoured by the European Union (EU) for its role in the empowerment of women, in particular for closing the gender gap in terms of women, who work in public administration.A beaming Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, accepted the award on behalf of Jamaica, during a high profile gala and awards dinner hosted on Wednesday, November 27, by the Women In Parliaments (WIP) Global Forum, at the Royal Museum Of Art and History in Brussels, Belgium.The award is given to a country that has achieved a remarkable level of representation by women in the legislature, as senior officials and managers.“I find it gratifying that the European Union has recognized Jamaica’s achievement in the area of gender equality. I accept with a spirit of humility on behalf of the women of Jamaica, who I represent, and to whom I pay tribute this evening,” she said.Mrs. Simpson Miller noted that many Jamaican women continue to make their mark in their various spheres of endeavors despite the odds. She thanked the European Parliament and WIPs Forum for their initiative in providing an avenue for discussion on women’s leadership, noting that the experience has been enriching.“Let us therefore vow to make gender equality a reality in this generation,” she urged the participants.The Prime Minister urged the young women in the audience to pursue their dream and not to be daunted by obstacles. “I want to say to the young women, be strong, be courageous. There are some who will say that politics is not a good thing, but if it is not good and good people do not get involved, it will remain bad, so we need to be engaged and involved,” she said to loud cheers from the packed room.She stated that politics is an area where women can influence change in policy. Mrs. Simpson Miller urged the young women to use the successful women in the room as examples, telling them “you can make a contribution to your country and to humanity.”She said her greatest joy is serving.President of the EU- Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Foundation, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, who made the presentation to the Prime Minister, noted that 28 per cent of the country’s mayors and 56 per cent of Permanent Secretaries are females. In addition females dominate top positions such as Chief Justice, accountant general and other top public posts.The WIP awards are based on the rankings of the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report, and are awarded to countries for leadership in closing the gender gap.The gender gap report assesses 135 countries, representing more than 93 per cent of the world’s population on how well resources and opportunities are divided among male and female populations. It measures the size of the gender gap in four areas: economic participation and opportunity – salaries, participation and highly skilled employment; education – access to basic and higher levels of education; political empowerment – representation in decision making structures; health and survival – life expectancy and sex ratio.Other winners in the category of political empowerment are Rwanda, for Women in Parliament; and Ireland for number of years with Female Head of State. Iceland was named the Global Winner in Closing the Gender Gap. Jamaica Cops EU Women Empowerment Award Office of the Prime MinisterNovember 28, 2013Written by: Andrea Braham Story HighlightsJamaica has been honoured by the European Union (EU) for its role in the empowerment of women.The award is given to a country that has achieved a remarkable level of representation by women in the legislature.The Prime Minister urged the young women in the audience to pursue their dream. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisementscenter_img Jamaica Cops EU Women Empowerment AwardJIS 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 RelatedMinister Falconer Clarifies ‘Guidelines’ to Media Photo: JIS PhotographerPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller (right), proudly holds the award given to Jamaica for bridging the gender gap in terms of women in public administration, awarded by the European Union. The presentation was made during a high profile gala and awards dinner hosted by the Women In Parliaments (WIP) Global Forum, on November 27, at the Royal Museum Of Art and History in Brussels, Belgium. Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of Rwanda, Donatille Mukabalisa (left), accepted the award on behalf of her country for Women in Parliament; while Speaker of the Senate in Ireland, Paddy Burke, accepted the award for his country, which was recognized for the number of years with Female Head of State. RelatedPM Says Lack of Funding Keeping Women Out of Politicslast_img read more

Face covering rule for coaches and buses in England from 15 June

first_imgAll passengers on coaches and buses in England will be required to wear a face covering from Monday 15 June.The development was announced by Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps when he led the government’s daily press briefing on coronavirus COVID-19. Mr Shapps says the change will be made due to an expected increase in passenger numbers when movement restrictions are eased further.He adds that face coverings that can be made at home are suitable. Exceptions will apply to very young children, disabled people and those with breathing difficulties.An amendment will shortly be made to the Public Service Vehicle Regulations to reflect the requirement. The Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) has confirmed that it will apply to coach passengers in England, as well as those using buses.Mandatory use of a face covering will be enforced by operators. Travel can be refused in the case of non-compliance. Mr Shapps additionally reinforced the note in previously issued guidance that it may not always be possible to observe social distancing guidelines when vehicles are busy.CPT has responded positively to the announcement. CEO Graham Vidler says mandatory use of a face covering will give more passengers the confidence to travel on buses. CPT will work with the government on how the requirement is implemented, including how capacity is increased and how buses’ value is maximised in safely restarting the economy and daily life.Drivers will also “need” to wear face coverings, says Mr Shapps. It has been reported that a requirement for passengers to use face coverings on public transport in Scotland is being considered.last_img read more

Insurance fund deal for mesothelioma victims

first_imgInsurers will pay £300m over the next 10 years into a scheme to support newly diagnosed victims of mesothelioma, the government confirmed today. The money will go into a new fund for the 3,000 victims across the UK who are unable to claim compensation because they cannot trace a liable employer or employers’ liability insurer. It is estimated that 300 mesothelioma sufferers a year lose out on compensation because they are unable to trace a liable employer or insurer. The deal follows more than two years of negotiations between the Department for Work and Pensions and the Association of British Insurers. Membership of the scheme will be compulsory for all employers’ liability insurers, but will apply only to sufferers diagnosed from today. Otto Thoresen, the ABI’s director general, said: ‘Mesothelioma is a particularly aggressive cancer and the insurance industry, working with government, is determined to do all it can to ensure that sufferers get the support they need as soon as possible. This package of measures will deliver help to claimants much faster, including to those who would otherwise go uncompensated. ‘We appreciate the urgency of this disease, and while implementation depends on legislation being put in place, we hope that the scheme will be up and running and the first payments made by July 2014.’ Since 2011, insurers have operated a voluntary Employers’ Liability Tracing Office (ELTO), which runs an electronic database of insurance policies. This will become compulsory for all EL insurers and include companies who have provided insurance in the past. The DWP has also confirmed that there will be an online portal for all mesothelioma sufferers to register claims and for the parties involved to exchange information to settle claims more quickly. Civil Procedure Rules will to support the use of a pre-action protocol to ensure evidence is disclosed early. The government will improve the way it provides information needed to support claims, including standardized medical diagnosis, employment schedules from HM Revenue and Customs and information on state benefits from the DWP.last_img read more

Search expands for missing sailors from USS John McCain

first_imgU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christian Senyk/Released(NEW YORK) — The Navy announced it is expanding its search for 10 missing sailors from the USS John S. McCain on Wednesday just hours after the commander of the 7th Fleet was relieved of duty.Ten sailors are missing after the USS John S. McCain collided with a commercial vessel on Monday. The Navy said Tuesday the remains of “a number” of the missing sailors were found within the ship but had yet to be identified.Additional divers will join the search area east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore, where the ship originally crashed into the tanker, according to a statement. The Royal Malaysian Navy recovered the remains of a sailor in that location on Tuesday. The Navy also said it will continue to search within the USS John S. McCain itself.#USSJohnSMcCain Update: Divers continue to search the ship for the missing. At sea, the search area is expanding. https://t.co/EThaNhWpP0 pic.twitter.com/BpR12oFYzq— 7th Fleet (@US7thFleet) August 23, 2017The U.S. Navy announced early Wednesday it had relieved from duty the three-star admiral in charge of the U.S. 7th Fleet after a string of four accidents this year, including Monday’s disaster. Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin was removed and replaced by Phil Sawyer, the Navy announced.Seven sailors were killed in a similar accident in June when the USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship. In May, the USS Lake Champlain, a guided missile cruiser, collided with a fishing boat in the Sea of Japan. The USS Antietam ran aground off the coast of Japan in February.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more