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

Ofcom eyes 10 MHz for IoT, aims to counter licensing “misconception”

first_img UK launches regulator targeting tech giants Ofcom completes 5G spectrum allocation Richard Handford Bharti Airtel makes enterprise IoT play Previous Articleletgo raises $100M from media company NaspersNext ArticleInstagram extends ad availability AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 10 SEP 2015 Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more UK watchdog Ofcom wants to set aside a chunk of existing spectrum to encourage investment in new applications for the Internet of Things (IoT) space.The aim is to use 10 MHz of VHF spectrum for IoT applications that require wireless connections over long distances.Ofcom thinks access to this spectrum could be particularly useful for users in coastal or rural parts of the UK. The frequencies are in the 55-68 MHz, 70.5-71.5 MHz and 80.5-81.5 MHz bands.The type of applications envisaged are agricultural, such as networking farm equipment and livestock, as well as environmental sensing and other maritime applications, including for fish farming.IoT access to these VHF bands is available through existing licences issued by Ofcom. However, the watchdog says there is “a popular misconception” that its business radio (BR) licences are voice-only. Ofcom thinks this might be hindering investment in IoT.“We are keen to address this misconception because we believe our BRlicence products are appropriate for a wide range of IoT uses. This is because BR licences are flexible, simple to apply for, relatively inexpensive and can be used for data transmission,” said the regulator.Ofcom has opened a consultation on setting aside 10 MHz of spectrum, and whether any other changes to the licences are necessary to promote innovation. The closing date is 12 November. Related Home Ofcom eyes 10 MHz for IoT, aims to counter licensing “misconception” Tags Author IoTOfcomlast_img read more

Anchoring’s Aftermath

first_imgORLANDO, Fla. – The army of anchorers has all but disbanded. The belly and broom have essentially gone belly up with the Jan. 1 ban still eight months away. All that’s left are three major winners relearning how to play with a putter that isn’t pressed against their sternum or stomach. To the casual fan, this wouldn’t seem like a huge deal – they’re PGA Tour players! – but the early returns have suggested otherwise: • Adam Scott snapped a streak of 45 consecutive made cuts after a cover-your-eyes week in Tampa. • Keegan Bradley ranked 29th last year in putting. So far this season, he’s 148th. • Webb Simpson has never ranked worse than 58th on the greens (including 34th a year ago). Today, he’s 92nd. Arnold Palmer Invitational: Articles, videos and photos This (way-too-early) data from the marquee names would imply that anchoring helps, that the transition is more significant than originally thought, and that’s bad news with the start of major season now only 21 days away. Indeed, the new normal is an uncomfortable one for the former anchorers, which is why rounds such as Thursday’s at Bay Hill can represent a significant step. All three players shot 69 or better in the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. “Every round that we play is so big for us,” Bradley said, “because it’s another round under our belt that we haven’t had. This is new for all of us.” For his many gifts, Scott has never been a particularly strong putter, with or without the broomstick. Only three times since 2004 has he been ranked inside the top 100 in putting. When he switched to the broom-handled putter in spring 2011, the most notable difference was not that he consistently poured in more birdie putts, but that his poor putting days weren’t as bad. That led to him racking up six top-five finishes in majors since 2011, the most of any player over that span. After messing around with the short putter during a long offseason, Scott started auspiciously over the first two rounds at Doral. He faded over the weekend (T-4) and had a rough two days in Tampa, leading to his first early exit in 45 events. Entering this week, he had missed 17 times inside 10 feet over his last four rounds and lost a whopping 7.9 strokes to the field. Worse, he admitted that he wasn’t “married” to the short stick, meaning he was still flirting with the idea of switching back. Indecisiveness typically doesn’t play well at Augusta. Scott appears to have settled on a unique approach in which he uses a conventional grip for longer putts on slower greens, and the claw grip for putts from inside, say, 30 feet. The longest birdie putt he made Thursday was an 8-foot, 11-inch putt on No. 9, his final hole of the day. Three of his four birdies during an opening 68 were from inside 3 feet. That’s not uncommon this week on a course that has slower, bumpier and spottier greens than usual. “[The greens] are not exactly what I was hoping for to test my stroke at the moment,” Scott conceded. Bradley, meanwhile, switched to the shorter putter at the World Challenge event in December, and after a high finish there he declared it was one of the “biggest tournaments of my career.” Hyperbolic, perhaps, but it only underscores how fragile a player’s confidence can be on the greens. Four months later, Bradley described his putting performance as “kind of boring, middle of the road,” which is also one way to describe his results – only one top-15 in six 2015 starts. Bradley has transitioned from a 46 1/4-inch putter to one that is about 39 inches – still longer than a conventional short putter – but has a long, thick grip that is similar to his belly model. His new putter is more upright, which puts his eyes more directly over the ball. “It’s very awkward, very different,” he said of the switch. “I’ve given up thousands of rounds, thousands of hours to these guys out here, so I’m gaining some of those back as we speak.” Simpson is starting from square one, too. Earlier this year he snapped his belly putter – the same club that helped him win the 2012 U.S. Open – over his knee so he wouldn’t be tempted to use it again. At times this season he probably wished he had some superglue, because in 15 tournament rounds he is 92nd on Tour in putting. He lost nearly 1.5 strokes on the greens on Thursday, too, even during an opening 69. “I’m having some good days, some bad days, similar to the belly putter,” he shrugged. For the past year and a half, the anchoring brigade said it would wait as long as possible before changing – you know, to make hay while they could. Yet today, it’s rare to see a long putter on the PGA Tour, and the ban doesn’t take effect until the first day of 2016. “Waiting until the last minute, it was a situation where it was almost like I was forced into doing something, like it was my last resort,” Simpson said. In a few years we’ll know how much anchoring truly mattered. For now, there’s only one option: Adapt.last_img read more

A glitch in ‘gatekeeper cells’ slowly suffocates the brain

first_imgShare Share on Facebook LinkedIn Email Pinterestcenter_img Share on Twitter Abnormality with special cells that wrap around blood vessels in the brain leads to neuron deterioration, possibly affecting the development of Alzheimer’s disease, a USC-led study reveals.“Gatekeeper cells” called pericytes surround blood vessels. They contract and dilate to control blood flow to active parts of the brain.“Pericyte degeneration may be ground zero for neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s disease, ALS and possibly others,” said Berislav Zlokovic, senior author of the study and director of the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. “A glitch with gatekeeper cells that surround capillaries may restrict blood and oxygen supply to active areas of the brain, gradually causing neuron loss that might have important implications for Alzheimer’s disease.” Published on Jan. 30 in Nature Neuroscience, this was the first study to use a pericyte-deficient mouse model to test how blood flow is regulated in the brain. The goal was to identify whether pericytes could be an important new therapeutic target for treating neuron deterioration.“Vascular problems increase the risk of cognitive impairment in many types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease,” said Kassandra Kisler, co-first author and a research associate at the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. “Pericytes play an important part in keeping your brain healthy.”A closer look at the mouse modelsPericyte dysfunction suffocates the brain, leading to metabolic stress, accelerated neuronal damage and neuron loss, said Zlokovic, holder of the Mary Hayley and Selim Zilkha Chair in Alzheimer’s Disease Research.To test the theory, researchers stimulated the hind limb of young mice deficient in gatekeeper cells and monitored the global and individual responses of brain capillaries, the smallest blood vessels in the brain. The global cerebral blood flow response to an electric stimulus was reduced by about 30 percent compared to normal mice, denoting a weakened system.Relative to the control group, the capillaries of pericyte-deficient mice took 6.5 seconds longer to dilate. Slower capillary widening and a slower flow of red blood cells carrying oxygen through capillaries means it takes longer for the brain to get its fuel.As the mice turned 6 to 8 months old, global cerebral blood flow responses to stimuli progressively worsened. Blood flow responses for the experimental group were 58 percent lower than that of their age-matched peers. In short, with age, the brain’s malfunctioning vascular system exponentially worsens.“We now understand the function of blood vessel gatekeeper cells is to ensure adequate oxygen and energy supply to brain cells,” said Amy Nelson, co-first author and a postdoctoral scholar at the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. “Prior to our study, scientists knew patients with Alzheimer’s disease, ALS and other neurodegenerative disorders experience changes to the blood flow and oxygen being supplied to the brain and that pericytes die. Our study adds a new piece of information: Loss of these gatekeeper cells leads to impaired blood flow and insufficient oxygen delivery to the brain. The big mystery now is: What kills pericytes in Alzheimer’s disease?”last_img read more

UWF Drops 2-Point Game to AUM, 63-61

first_imgNext Game: Both teams took a while to get their offense going. AUM led 6-2 before UWF tied it at six and the teams traded buckets into the end of the period with a 10-10 tie.  UWF will play host to West Alabama (8-8, 3-7) on Saturday evening. The game will begin at 4 p.m. Full Schedule Roster UWF (5-14, 1-10 Gulf South) shot 39 percent with a 41 percent effort in the second half. AUM (10-8, 3-7) got 21 points from Catlin Carter and 14 from Jordan Brewster, who made two big 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. Watch Live AUM used a 9-2 run that was capped off by a Morales three to go up 42-34 late in the third.  The second quarter saw more back and forth play with neither team leading by more than four points. The Warhawks held a 22-19 edge just past the midway point as the Argonauts closed the half on a 6-2 run with a layup from Ellmore and two from McCree.center_img West Alabama 1/25/2020 – 4:00 pm Preview PENSACOLA, Fla. – UWF had four players score in double figures but Auburn Montgomery made nine 3-pointers to create enough distance before holding off a late rally and defeating the Argonauts, 63-61, at the UWF Field House Thursday. Danielle Norquest led UWF with 17 points and 13 rebounds for her NCAA-leading 15th double-double. Rachel McCree had three 3-pointers to end her night with 15 points. Charlotte Ellmore and Faithe Franklin had 10 points each.  UWF trailed by 11 midway through the fourth quarter and battled back to within two points twice, including with six seconds remaining but Rachel McCree’s long shot at the buzzer was just short. Live Stats  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Three things to know about Leonys Martin, Cleveland’s newest outfielder

first_img Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation’s Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42 Ashley Bastock CLEVELAND– With the MLB trade deadline less 90 minutes away, the deal of the day (so far) for the Cleveland Indians was trading for Tigers center fielder Leonys Martin in exchange for shortstop prospect Willi Castro.So what does this move mean for the Indians as they inch closer to another postseason run? Here are three things to know about their newest addition in the outfield. Pages: 1 2 3 4 Related TopicsClevelandCleveland IndiansDetroit TigersIndiansleonys martinMLBlast_img read more

Former Reggae Boy ‘Teddy’ Johnson in hospital after shooting incident

first_imgWilliams said that he was notified of the incident by club president Dawn Herron.Williams said that Johnson, 40-years-old, is at the Kingston Public Hospital and he is awaiting a further update on his status.Johnson has represented Jamaica 74 times at the senior level and scored 11 goals. He returned to Tivoli Gardens in 2015 after a lengthy career in England and the United States. [email protected]last_img