first_imgRelatedJamaica can Attain First World Status Through ICT – Mullings Jamaica can Attain First World Status Through ICT – Mullings UncategorizedMarch 14, 2008 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Energy, Mining and Telecommunications Minister, Clive Mullings, has said that Jamaica is capable of attaining first world status and generating significant global impact through information and communications technology (ICT).He has, however, lamented the “lack of technical capacity” in this regard, which he said, could limit the country’s ability to take advantage of opportunities which could accrue, particularly within the context of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).“If we are not ready..if we are not capable, then we won’t be able to take best advantage of the opportunities that are there,” Mr. Mullings said as he addressed a breakfast meeting at the Courtleigh Hotel this morning (March 14), to announce plans for the 5th annual regional summit of the Central Information Technology Office (CITO). “It is critical for us because what we are seeing is the movement, now, to get the synergies together. CITO has been given a particular role (in this regard),” he stated.The Minister pointed out that the private sector is leading the ICT development thrust noting that their progress is not “hamstrung by certain bureaucracies (or) by a sense of territorialism.”“Unfortunately, in the government sector, we have those problems, and most of them, I believe, are coming out of a good intention to prevent abuses. You put in checks and balances and procurement procedures, which, at some point in time, create a bottleneck. So it is technology, it is ICT that will cut through all of that,” he underscored.Another challenge facing the public sector, Mr. Mullings said, is the lack of connection among agencies, noting that “everybody is caught up with the latest technology that they want to put into the ministries.”“So we end up doubling what you ought to be paying, or tripling that, and then say ‘how come we have to spend so much on ICT and we’re not getting results at the other end’. We have to change that,” he stated. Mr. Mullings noted that the upcoming CITO summit will allow all participating stakeholders to brainstorm about the efficiencies and other benefits to be derived from ICT.The CITO summit will be staged from May 7-8 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, under the theme: E-Powering Business: Maximizing the Opportunities.Acting Chief Executive Officer of CITO, Dainsworth Richards, said this year’s summit was aimed at empowering Jamaican and regional organizations to “maximize on all available technology (in order) to move their operations, the country, into a leadership position, in the exciting world of the global marketplace.”Some 100 persons, drawn from a range of sectors, are expected to attend the summit which is being staged in conjunction with the Jamaica Business Development Centre and several private sector organizations. RelatedJamaica can Attain First World Status Through ICT – Mullingscenter_img RelatedJamaica can Attain First World Status Through ICT – Mullings Advertisementslast_img read more

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first_imgShare Email Pinterest Share on Facebook LinkedIncenter_img New research indicates religious individuals are more likely to cheat but that this tendency can be diminished by prayer. But the study in Religion, Brain & Behavior suggests that prayer can have the opposite effect on non-believers.“A number of studies show that religious primes increase moral behavior via fear of God. While petitionary prayers prime religiosity and thus serve as religious primes, they also often imply and supply external attributions of control. External attribution of control have been associated with decreased moral behavior, including cheating,” said study author Victoria K. Alogna of the University of Otago.“For these reasons, we thought that petitionary prayer could have the opposite effect as other religious primes, decreasing moral behavior via external attributions of control. We tested these competing hypotheses in this study.” Share on Twitter In the study, 98 non-religious and 153 religious Americans completed an online Swahili translation task that provided them an opportunity to cheat by looking up words. The participants were asked to guess the meanings of 17 Swahili words using only their intuition. They were informed that the highest scoring participants would receive a $100 reward.Before completing this task, half of the participants were asked to compose a prayer. They were told that “research suggests that writing a prayer, even if you don’t believe in God, can improve performance on intuitive tasks.”The researchers found that religious participants were more inclined to cheat than non-religious participants overall. The prayer request, on the other hand, was associated with a decreased likelihood of cheating among religious participants — but an increased likelihood of cheating among non-religious participants.“Although in need of replication and extension, our results suggest that asking God for help may have different implications for moral behavior, depending on participants’ religious beliefs, with prayer decreasing cheating among believers (by reducing their inflated cheating) and increasing cheating among non-believers. This may be due to believers’ and nonbelievers’ different conceptions of their own and God’s control,” Alogna told PsyPost.All research includes some limitations, however, and the current study is no exception.“Religiosity, attributions of control, and views about God were measured before participants were randomly assigned to pray or not pray. Participants in both conditions were probably primed with their attitudes and beliefs prior to praying, which may have strengthened the effects of prayer and served as a religious priming manipulation in the control,” Alogna explained.“Our cheating measure only captures one domain of cheating, and results may not generalize to others (such as infidelity or fraud). Lastly, this study focused on a mostly Christian population, which implies certain schemas about God and prayer that may limit the generalizability of these results to other populations,” Alogna said.The study, “The divergent effects of prayer on cheating“, was authored by Victoria K. Alogna and Jamin Halberstadt.last_img read more

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first_imgNari Williams-Singh *** Local Caption *** Brian McCalla/Freelance PhotographerThough Williams-Singh no longer gets his hands dirty fixing aircrafts, he loves every aspect of his job. Director General of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA)  Nari Williams-Singh, says normality has been restored to the country’s airspace, following major disruptions last week.Between last Tuesday and Saturday, several flights were delayed or had to be diverted, due to what were reportedly problems caused by malfunctioning equipment.However, Williams-Singh says the issues have been resolved.“Last week we did reduce our operations – providing service between the hours of 7am to 11 pm – those matters have been addressed (and) as of last Saturday we resumed the 24 hour operations.”The disruptions forced management personnel of the JCAA, to monitor control towers during the period of disruption.Fingers were pointed at the Jamaica Air Traffic Controllers Association (JATCA) saying some of JATCA denied this.Williams Singh says there’s been no fallout with Jamaica’s aviation partners due to the disruptions.We were in touch with our international partners, we understand and we know that there were disruptions with some airlines …..,” he said.last_img read more

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first_imgSa quatrième victoire en autant de crosses cette saison survient trois jours après la mot de son grand-père Raymond Poulidor, rival récurrent de Jacques Anquetil puis d’Eddy Merckx sur la route dans les années 60 et 70.Malgré le décès de Poupou, vainqueur de Milan-Sanremo et huit fois sur le podium du Tour de France, sans jamais le remporter, van der Poel n’a pas modifié son programme cette semaine.Il doit disputer dimanche à Hamme, en Belgique, le 5e des huit cross sur lesquels il prévoit de s’aligner en novembre.Double champion du monde de cyclo-cross, van der Poel a choisi depuis début 2019 de se consacrer principalement à la route, sur laquelle il a notamment remporté l’Amstel Gold Race au printemps.Les obsèques de Raymond Poulidor sont prévues mardi à 10H00 dans son village limousin de Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat (Haute-Vienne). Partager Le Néerlandais Mathieu van der Poel, petit-fils de l’ancien champion français Raymond Poulidor, décédé mercredi, a remporté samedi à Tabor la 4e manche de la Coupe du monde de cyclo-cross.Dans les labourés tchèques, le coureur de 24 ans a devancé le Belge Eli Iserbyt (même temps) et son compatriote Lars van der Haar, qui a franchi la ligne d’arrivée 12 secondes plus tard.last_img read more

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first_imgThe wireless antennas contain small radios that mesh into a network that communicates with the Internet. Cities would be charged a rate for leasing space on the poles. If the plan is approved, anyone with a wireless-capable laptop or other Wi-Fi devices could surf the Web from city parks or other spots around town. Since Santa Clarita first explored Wi-Fi about 11/2 years ago the vendors’ business model – which included revenue from banner ads – has changed. The service might be free in parts of town, while in other areas a fee might be charged. Public access could be an option for people who can’t afford home-based cable Internet or high-speed lines such as DSL, because it might be offered free or at reduced cost. [email protected] (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – The days of patronizing certain food or coffee joints to tap a wireless Internet feed may soon be past, with citywide access on the horizon. Southern California Edison recently sought state regulators’ approval to let cities mount wireless antennas on the utility’s light poles. Cities seeking the service are relieved some action’s been taken, but complain about how long it took. “We’ve been prevailing on Edison for two years, and there are very few private industries that could have hung on that long for a decision to move forward on something,” said Ken Desforges, director of information systems for the city of Diamond Bar, which has been in the forefront of the push. After determining hookups were safe and wouldn’t disrupt service, Edison filed a plan on May 23 with the state Public Utilities Commission. The public comment period is under way and if no opposition is lodged, the tariff could be approved within 90 days. last_img read more

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first_imgTHE DONEGAL Derry Vipers have announced the first session of their eight-week ‘Hard Knocks’ training camp.The ‘Hard Knocks’ camp will see where new recruits and returning Veterans come along and try out one of Ireland’s fastest growing sports.The Donegal Derry Vipers are an American Football team that bridges the Irish border. The team have bases in the Vale Centre, Greysteel, Derry and Coláiste Ailigh, Letterkenny The training camp will take place in the Vale Centre in Greysteel, Derry, kicking off on October 6th from 10am to 1pm and continuing every Sunday until November 24th.Club Chairman, Patrick Maguire tells us a bit more about the rookie camp.“This is the first step in becoming a Viper and playing throughout the Island amongst other teams, it is also the first step in becoming a new and fitter person and making some friends along the way,” he says.“In previous years, our try-outs consisted of one combine and then normal training sessions, but after feedback from our veterans over the years we are going back to basics and building the player from the ground up “We will teach you how the game is played and the correct way to tackle, the sport is open to everyone, from the very fit down to the first timers to sport, now is the time to get involved”.The Vipers are keen to point out that the team is for men AND women.“We had a few women playing in the league last year in some of the Dublin and Craigavon teams, so please if you’re a lady, interested in the sport, call down to the try-outs, you wont be disappointed,” he says.“All you need to bring is water, football boots and a gum shield, we provide all the pads and helmets.The Vipers compete in the IAFA league (Irish American Football Association) and are the premier team in the North West.” The team was founded in 2014 by Cathal Curran and has gone from strength to strength since its inception and was promoted to IAFA1 in 2017 after a very successful undefeated 2016 season resulting in the team winning the IAFA2 bowl.Offensive Co-Ordinator Derm Brown says: “Whether you’re a sports athlete star looking to try something new in American Football or a lazy couch potato looking to get into shape. This is the sport for you.“There’s something for everyone requiring all kinds of body types and mindsets.“Even if you know nothing about American Football now, that will soon change. The majority of the team began with zero American Football knowledge and now know the vital importance of a 3rd down conversion or what a ‘hold’ is.” If you’re interested visit: to sign up to the Tryouts by using our contact form to register your interest so we have an idea of numbers in advance. We will also add you into the Vipers WhatsApp Group for further information.Donegal Derry Vipers announce ‘Hard Knocks’ training camp was last modified: October 1st, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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