Measures Being Undertaken to Improve Access to Information

first_imgStory Highlights Director at the Unit, Damian Cox, told JIS News that the entity will be introducing institutional report cards to measure how public authorities are performing in terms of providing access to information and the overall fulfilment of access to information rights. The Access to Information (ATI) Unit will be undertaking some critical initiatives aimed at improving service delivery, compliance and reporting mechanisms for government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).Director at the Unit, Damian Cox, told JIS News that the entity will be introducing institutional report cards to measure how public authorities are performing in terms of providing access to information and the overall fulfilment of access to information rights.He noted that the initiative will commence with a pilot in 10 public authorities, and is aimed at addressing some of the gaps that have been identified through the complaints and appeals processes.“We are pushing for a baseline assessment of access to information knowledge of rights for next year, so we are going to be ramping up both our public education campaign and then measuring how many persons actually know about their rights, and how they can use access to information to empower themselves,” the Director informed.He added that the Unit will be considering improved mechanisms to reach its clients more effectively though social media, its website and other electronic platforms.“So, we are looking at how do we reach more Jamaicans in the ways in which it is convenient for them; how do we respond in terms of persons accessing information in a more mobile way and how do we engage our stakeholders in trying to make sure that information is provided to persons and access to information rights can be upheld in a manner that suits the user,” Mr. Cox noted further.He pointed out that the Unit’s intention is to transform its operations through improved, effective means that will see it delivering better service to both the general public and the public authorities. He noted that the initiative will commence with a pilot in 10 public authorities, and is aimed at addressing some of the gaps that have been identified through the complaints and appeals processes. The Access to Information (ATI) Unit will be undertaking some critical initiatives aimed at improving service delivery, compliance and reporting mechanisms for government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).last_img read more

NBA Free Agency Diary The Nets Got Their Stars But Will They

Joe Harris07180025+0.8-1.5-0.6 Dear NBA Diary, it’s been two days since the Brooklyn Nets hauled in three of the biggest free agents on the market (Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan), and I’m still adjusting to the reality of those stars suiting up for the franchise that used to call the swamps of New Jersey home.But once we all get used to the idea of KD and Kyrie in Brooklyn black-and-white, their team will actually have to take the court (well, sans Durant for likely all of 2019-20). And how good will they be? According to our metrics, Brooklyn’s work has just begun. A preliminary version of our 2019-20 CARMELO depth chart projections thinks the Nets will have the NBA’s 10th-best offense but its sixth-worst defense, which adds up to a 1497 CARMELO rating (or roughly 40.2 wins of talent). Caris LeVert00210021+0.0-0.9-0.9 Dzanan Musa020507-1.3-0.5-1.8 PLAYERPGSGSFPFCTOTALOFF. +/-DEF. +/-TOT. +/- Team total Garrett Temple01360019-2.1+0.0-2.1 Kyrie Irving35000035+4.2-0.93.3 DeAndre Jordan00062228-1.0+2.01.0 Keep track of the chaotic NBA offseason with our Free Agency Diary. Rodions Kurucs01211014-1.2-0.2-1.4 EXPECTED MINUTES PER GAMEPLAYER RATING Nicolas Claxton000011-3.0+0.8-2.2 CARMELO team rating:1497 Jarrett Allen00002525-0.9+1.40.5 Alan Williams000404-2.3+1.2-1.0 Taurean Prince00122023-0.4-0.9-1.3 Spencer Dinwiddie42500029+1.6-1.40.2 How good are the new-look Nets?Projected opening-night depth chart for the 2019-20 Brooklyn Nets, based on CARMELO plus/minus ratings 240+1.2-1.5-0.2 Jaylen Hands900009-1.8-1.6-3.4 Expected wins:40.2 That’s … probably not the projection you might expect after the free-agent coups the Nets pulled off over the weekend. But truth be told, our model never liked Brooklyn much last season, either: Even as the Nets were making the playoffs (as the No. 6 seed!), we never once rated them as a league-average team. If Coach of the Year candidate Kenny Atkinson had them overachieving with less talent than they will have next season, then maybe he can squeeze more wins — and better defense — out of this roster than our numbers would predict.Plus, it’s important to remember that this is the version of the Nets without Durant. The version with him won’t take the court until the following season, most likely. If KD were to be on the Nets’ opening-day roster, though, our algorithm would give Brooklyn the NBA’s second-best offense and an improved (but still below-average) defense. That team would have a CARMELO rating of 1583 (49.1 wins of talent), which probably still sounds low given the Nets’ newfound star power.One note: Some of you noticed that my depth chart for the Sixers on Monday contained a player (Jonathon Simmons) who was, um, no longer on the Sixers. Sorry about that! As we rebuild our team depth charts over the summer, we’re trying to cobble things together across multiple sources of contracts and rosters, but it’s still a work in progress. Please let us know if you see a player who should be on a different team. read more

Police investigating possible homicide of 21yearold woman in Fairmont Village

first_img Updated: 9:40 PM June 16, 2018 , FAIRMONT VILLAGE (KUSI) — Police are investigating possible homicide in Fairmont Village after a body was found in a home Saturday evening.The body of a 21-year-old woman was just after 5:00 p.m. in the 3600 block of 45th Street in City Heights, San Diego Police said.The female had suffered apparent traumatic injuries.The initial investigation has revealed the victim returned home on June 16, 2018, at approximately 5:45 a.m., after going out with friends.Her body was discovered by family members just after 5:00 p.m. that night. No suspects have been identified at this time.Homicide detectives are currently investigating the situation.Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.This is a developing story, check back for the latest updates. Police investigating possible homicide of 21-year-old woman in Fairmont Village Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: June 16, 2018last_img read more

Apples rare sales warning sparks iPhone fatigue fears

first_imgAngela Lang/CNET Apple’s new lineup of iPhones didn’t have a happy holiday. And a rare sales forecast slash may bode poorly for the rest of the year.In a letter to investors on Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook warned that the company’s fiscal first-quarter revenue would be weaker than previously expected. It now sees sales of $84 billion, well below the range of $89 billion to $94 billion that it forecast in November. Its gross margin is now expected to be approximately 38 percent, a tick below the range of 38 percent to 38.5 percent range it previously forecast, suggesting a shift to lower-priced, less profitable products.A warning from Apple, one of the most valuable and profitable companies in the world, is a rare occurrence that hasn’t happened in at least 15 years. The weaker holiday season — a critical period in which most of Apple’s iPhones are sold — will fan growing belief that the company is struggling with consumer fatigue for its popular smartphone and that sales may be on a downward slide. The company raised a red flag in November when it said it would stop disclosing how many units it sells each quarter. “iPhone units are likely down, and I believe prices on the more premium, higher-priced phones are down due to holiday discounting,” said Patrick Moorhead, an analyst at Moor Insights. The warning prompted concerns similar to those Apple endured more than a decade ago, when it missed its fiscal fourth-quarter numbers amid an economic downturn. Then-CEO Steve Jobs broke his practice of skipping analyst calls in order to quell investor fear, reiterating that Apple would be fine. (He was right.)That hasn’t stopped detractors from jumping on the warning. On Wednesday, law firm Bernstein Liebhard said it was investigating whether Apple mislead investors and committed securities fraud. An Apple spokesman wasn’t immediately available to comment on the law firm’s actions.Apple shares fell 7 percent to $147 in trading after the market close on Wednesday. On Thursday morning, shares fell another 9.5 percent to $142.88, before rebounding 1.6 percent to $144.52 in early Friday trading.Blame ChinaThis time, the economic downturn isn’t in the US. Cook blamed much of the shortfall on China, where the company underestimated a decelerating economy. The company saw a decline in sales of iPhones, Macs and iPads in the country.Cook cited macro factors like trade friction between the US and China, the world’s two biggest economies.”We believe the economic environment in China has been further impacted by rising trade tensions with the United States,” Cook said. See It $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Apple Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? 7:35 See All Comments See It Apple iPhone XS What to expect from Apple in 2019 $999 Beyond demand in China, Cook also blamed a decrease in carrier subsidies, price increases in foreign markets caused by a strong US dollar and customers taking advantage of cheaper battery replacements. Cook pointed the finger as well at a slowing smartphone market, which has taken a toll on other big players, like Samsung. But Avi Greengart, an analyst at Global Data, says Apple’s not taking into account the rise of players like China’s Huawei, the second-largest phone maker in the world. Or Oppo, which owns the hot upstart player OnePlus. “Apple does have a strong franchise in China, but it is not immune from competition,” Greengart said.In an interview with CNBC, Cook said a host of new products introduced in the quarter contributed to the sales miss.”We had an unprecedented number of new products during the quarter. We had new watches, we had new iPad Pros,” Cook told the financial network. “Both of these were constrained for all or most of the quarter.”Still, he remains bullish.”We had sort of a collection of items going on.” Cook told CNBC. “Some that are macroeconomic and some that are Apple-specific. And we’re not going to sit around waiting for the macro to change — I hope that it does and I’m actually optimistic — but we’re going to focus really deeply on the things we can control.”Questions about demandApple was already facing questions about demand for its next lineup of iPhones. In the latter months of 2018, Apple introduced the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, which offered modest upgrades like a faster processor and, in the case of the Max, a big size increase. The other new product was the lower-priced iPhone XR, which came in different colors and cost less than the iPhone XS because of its cheaper components. Addressing concerns that the new iPhones weren’t selling well, Apple said the iPhone XR has been its top-selling iPhone since its launch, which came a month after that of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. But the iPhone XR sits in an awkward position. It doesn’t have the latest and greatest specs to satisfy the hardcore Apple fanboy, but at $750, it is still an expensive upgrade for consumers used to a baseline $650 for a new iPhone. In the meantime, Apple’s older iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models remain available for consumers who don’t want to break the bank for a new smartphone. Apple has been shifting its strategy so it’s less reliant on the iPhone and generating more of its revenue from services like iTunes, the App Store and its upcoming streaming video service. “The services business will have a longer impact than hardware sales,” said Carolina Milanesi, an analyst at Creative Strategies.First published Jan. 2 at 1:42 p.m. PT. Update 1:57 p.m.: To include further detailsUpdate 2:14 p.m.: To include further details, stock market price and background.Update 2:55 p.m.: To include analyst comments.Update 3:10 p.m.: To include further comment from Tim Cook from a CNBC interview.Update 4:40 p.m.: To include more Tim Cook comments.Update Jan. 3 at 6:40 a.m.: To include a new stock quote and analyst comment.Update Jan. 4 at 6:42 a.m.: To include new stock quote and detail about law firm investigation. Apple: See what’s up with the tech giant as it releases new iPhones and more.Does the Mac still matter? Apple execs explain why the MacBook Pro was over four years in the making, and why we should care. Now playing: Watch this: Tags Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 See it Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Boost Mobile $999 $999 See It Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Share your voice reading • Apple’s rare sales warning sparks iPhone fatigue fears • Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Phones 77 Sprint Best Buy Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Applelast_img read more

BSE closes points 5646 down on April 28

first_imgBSE closes points 56.46 down on April 28375 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 56.46 down on April 28375 viewsBusinessNew Delhi, April 28 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 56.46 points down to stand at 22,631.61. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 21.50 points down to stand at 6,761.25. UPL and JP infratec were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 20.18% and 13.83% along with Jain Irrigation and Wockhardt with an increase of 13.52% and 11.73% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Shriram City University and Ambuja Cements with a decrease of 5.24% and 4.23% along with Shriram Transport and LIC Housing Finance with a decrease of 3.46% and 3.11% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 132.47 points at 13,483.49 while the banking sector is up 53.94 points at 14,964.24 and the realty sector is up 8.46 points at 1,480.63. The Indian currency is up 0.02% at Rs 60.59 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, April 28 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 56.46 points down to stand at 22,631.61. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 21.50 points down to stand at 6,761.25. UPL and JP infratec were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 20.18% and 13.83% along with Jain Irrigation and Wockhardt with an increase of 13.52% and 11.73% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Shriram City University and Ambuja Cements with a decrease of 5.24% and 4.23% along with Shriram Transport and LIC Housing Finance with a decrease of 3.46% and 3.11% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 132.47 points at 13,483.49 while the banking sector is up 53.94 points at 14,964.24 and the realty sector is up 8.46 points at 1,480.63. The Indian currency is up 0.02% at Rs 60.59 per dollar.last_img read more

Kerala billionaire converts Scotland Yard into luxury hotel you can stay at

first_imgHyatt’s Great Scotland Yard HoteltwitterScotland Yard, the former headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in London, has been converted into a luxurious five-star hotel by Indian business tycoon and hotelier from Kerala MA Yusuffali. MA Yusuffali, chairman of Lulu Group InternationalTwitter [Representational Image]The Scotland Yard was bought by Yusuffali, the chairman of Lulu Group International, in 2015 for Rs 1,000 crore (£110 million). The heritage site has been converted into a premium hotel in three years at Rs 685 crore (£75 million).The hotel will be managed by the Hyatt group and will open its door to the visitors later this year. The hotel has 153 rooms and the tariff per night is expected to go up to Rs 7,79,842 (nearly €10,000).Some of the uber luxuriant suites in the hotel offer scenic views of the most unique locations in London like the Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and Nelson’s Column. Chandelier inside Hyatt’s Great Scotland Yard HoteltwitterThe renovation has not destroyed the originality and quintessence of the property and certain features still give a glimpse back to the history with decorations including military uniforms and artwork by the prisoners. This certainly is one of a kind experience in the hotel industry with a lot of premium features. Hyatt’s Great Scotland Yard HoteltwitterAccording to reports, the old police cells have been turned into meeting rooms and workspace areas that can be rented on request. The guests will also have access to a secret whiskey bar, a tea parlour, a ballroom and a restaurant.The Scotland Yard was chosen by Sir Robert Peel, the then Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, for the police force after the London Police was formed in 1829.last_img read more

Virtusa to buy Polaris in deal worth 350 million Report

first_imgUS-based IT major Virtusa Corporation is reportedly planning to acquire Chennai-based Polaris Consulting and Services Ltd in a deal worth $350 million (Rs 2,310 crore).The Massachusetts-headquartered IT company’s M&A discussion with Polaris is regarded as a step towards cementing its “offerings” and gain access to new clients in banking and financial services, The Times of India reported.”Polaris has the potential to fill gaps in Virtusa’s portfolio and position itself as an end-to-end digital transformation partner,” said Hansa Iyengar, analyst in London-based IT research firm Ovum.Polaris is expected to finalise the acquirer shortly as “negotiations were fairly advanced,” said a source familiar with the development. Fiserv, Genpact, Tech Mahindra are among other “possible suitors”, according to the report.Arun Jain, chairman of Polaris Consulting and Services, holds 29% stake in the company, while Rohatyn Group (formerly Citi Venture Capital International) has 19% stake. Billionaire investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala also acquired a 4.8% stake in the company.Citigroup is the largest client for Polaris accounting for nearly 35% of its revenue.”Polaris, which counts Citigroup as top client, could find a potential suitor in Virtusa with strong footprint in consumer banking, treasury and capital markets,” said analysts.With JP Morgan Chase, British Telecommunications and AIG Global Services as top clients, Virtusa earned $479 million in revenues last fiscal year and is sitting on a cash pile of $180 million.”Virtusa wants scale and access to a new client base,” Peter Bendor Samuel, CEO of US-based Everest Group said”They have a demonstrated ability to grow services, have a young aggressive talent base and should be able to revitalize a somewhat tired and dispirited business. It’s also good timing for Polaris as valua tions for this are high,” he said.last_img read more

Strong earthquake to jolt earth on May 03 warns seismic researcher

first_imgAn unidentified technician at the French National Seism Survey Institute in Strasbourg, points at a graph February 24, 2004, [ Representational image]REUTERS/Vincent Kessler VK/AAA self-proclaimed seismic researcher named Frank Hoogerbeets is now a very popular name among conspiracy theorists all around the world. His popularity rose sky high when some of his predictions regarding earthquakes turned true. Recently, he had warned that the final days of April would witness a rise in seismic activities due to critical planetary alignment, and interestingly, on April 29, an earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale was reported in Carlsberg ridge, Yemen.Even though this might be a coincidence, conspiracy theorists are already up in arms, and they strongly propagate that the predictions made by Hoogerbeets are authentic. Now, Hoogerbeets has outlandishly claimed that another earthquake, measuring more than 8 on the Richter scale, will jolt the planet between May 01 and May 03.A recent post of Hoogerbeets on his website Ditrianum reveals that the rise in seismic activities is mainly due to the critical planetary alignment in the solar system where Venus, Mercury, and the Sun are apparently specifically positioned, thus causing a gravitational pull on the earth. This gravitational pull will destabilise the tectonic plates on the earth, resulting in increased seismic activities.Exact place not revealedEven though the Dutch researcher has not revealed the exact place where the earthquake is going to hit, conspiracy theorists believe that an earthquake with such a magnitude will cause drastic devastation in the affected area.Hoogerbeets claim that he is making use of a sophisticated system named SSGI (Solar System Geometry Index) to predict potential earthquakes on the earth. As per Hoogerbeets, SSGI is “the computation of a dataset for a specific time-frame of values given to specific geometric positions of the planets, the Moon and the Sun”.Even though many predictions made by Hoogerbeets have turned true, seismic experts have classified his claims unauthentic stating that no technology on planet earth is capable of predicting earthquakes with precision.last_img read more

Hurricane Barbara close to Category 5 intensity storm likely to weaken near

first_imgHurricane BarbaraNHC Eastern Pacific/TwitterA major category 4 storm, Hurricane Barbara, that swept across the Eastern Pacific region has now teetered towards category 5 hurricane. Barbara is likely to weaken on its way to Hawaii from Thursday, July 7.US National Hurricane Centre said the storm sustained winds of 145 mph on Wednesday. The maximum speed reached 155, just 2 mph below falling into Category 5 intensity bracket. Category 5 hurricanes are the most powerful tropical storms on the Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Scale.Watch as #HurricaneBarbara develops an eye in this #GOESWest loop from July 2, 2019. While Barbara remains a Cat. 4 hurricane, gradual weakening is expected throughout the day. More imagery: https://t.co/vJU1Ct5MKl pic.twitter.com/yiY6YRWqA5— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) July 3, 2019The storm was initially located 1,925 miles east of Hilo, Hawaii, and was moving west-northwest at 10 mph, according to CBS reports.The forecast track shows that while the hurricane remained a major intensity of Category 3 till Wednesday, the intensity will decrease in the future due to the warm temperature of Hawaiian waters. The regional temperature, reported Accuweather, does not allow a tropical storm to sustain in the current weather.Newly formed Hurricane Barbara in the Eastern Pacific Basin is no threat to land, at this time. Barbara is expected to become a major hurricane on Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/LOeLNs8tIo— National Weather Service (@NWS) July 2, 2019Accuweather has predicted that Barbara is likely to bring showers and thunderstorms to parts of Hawaii from Monday night to Wednesday of next week.last_img read more