RelatedTime 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 Advertisements 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 Politics
LEXINGTON, Ky. — With the 2015 regular season finished, it’s time to take a position-by-position look at the Kentucky football roster. The Courier-Journal’s position report card series continues with the running backs…Nov 21, 2015; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats running back Stanley Boom Williams (18) runs the ball against the Charlotte 49ers in the first quarter at Commonwealth Stadium.Returning starters: As a freshman, Stanley “Boom” Williams showed glimpses of the talent that had UK fans dreaming of future All-Southeastern Conference accolades. As a sophomore in 2015 he built on those glimpses with one of the more consistent performances from a UK running back in recent history. Williams just missed a 1,000-yard rushing season with 855 yards and six touchdowns on 121 carries in 10 games. Williams missed one full game and more than half of two others with an elbow injury and sat out another game due to a personal issue. He topped the 100-yard rushing plateau five times.Other returning players: Junior running back Jojo Kemp became the first freshman to lead Kentucky in rushing in 13 years during the 2013 season, and while he has since been passed by Williams, Kemp remains an important part of the UK rushing attack. He finished second on the team with 555 rushing yards and tied for the team lead with six rushing touchdowns in 12 games. Sophomore Mikel Horton added 318 yards and three touchdowns on 82 carries. Freshman Sihiem King saw his role expand as the season went on and finished his debut year with 127 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries.Important losses: Barring an unexpected transfer, Kentucky will return each of its scholarship running backs for the 2016 season.One to build around: After two promising seasons, 2016 will be the year for Williams to prove he belongs in the top tier of SEC running backs. A UK spokeswoman confirmed Williams does not need surgery after reinjuring his elbow in the regular-season finale against Louisville, and he should be healthy for spring practice. If the injury does not linger, Williams likely enters the 2016 season as the clear No. 1 player on the roster. He ranked second in the SEC in yards per carry (7.1) this season and was the league’s only running back with at least 50 carries to average more than seven yards per carry.Addition to watch: Three-star running back Benny Snell is set to join the program after a standout career at Westerville Central High School in Westerville, Ohio. As a senior, Snell totaled 1,826 yards and 26 touchdowns on 247 carries, according to MaxPreps.com. He also added 27 catches for 264 yards and three touchdowns. Kentucky could have the running back depth to redshirt both Snell and fellow commit A.J. Rose next season, but if he does play Snell will have the benefit of easing into his UK career behind some talented veterans.Current 2016 commitments: Benny Snell (5-11, 200), A.J. Rose (6-2, 185)Question mark: At times, Horton has looked like Kentucky’s best NFL prospect, but he has battled inconsistency throughout his first two seasons as a Wildcat. Horton’s best performance as a sophomore came with 14 carries for 109 yards against Tennessee. He scored the game-winning touchdown in the season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette and opened the win at South Carolina with a powerful run for a score. Despite being listed at 6-foot-1, 226 pounds on the UK roster, Horton has failed to present the short-yardage weapon needed in a power back and lost that role to Kemp late in the 2015 season. Ball security has been an issue for Horton at times, as evidenced by his three fumbles in UK’s last two games.Key stat: No one will confuse first-year FBS program Charlotte with legitimate SEC competition, but the Wildcats’ rushing performance in the Nov. 21 win offered a glimpse at the potential of the running backs on the roster. Kentucky totaled 415 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns in the 58-10 victory. The 415 rushing yards were fourth-most in a single game in program history. Season grade: BKentucky’s 1,952 rushing yards and 22 rushing touchdowns on the season were the program’s most since 2010, but one could not help but think the total could have been even bigger in 2015. While Kemp and Horton both had their moments in the spotlight, the offense was rarely the same when Williams was unavailable. “We struggled the three games he didn’t play this year,” UK offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said after the Louisville loss. “We’re definitely a different team without him out there.” With quarterback a question mark for UK in 2016, leaning more heavily on the running backs doesn’t seem like a terrible strategy.Email Jon Hale at [email protected] . Follow him on Twitter @JonHale_CJ .