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Bill to Modernize Public Procurement Tabled in the House

first_imgRelatedNew Tax Bill To Be Amended RelatedCustoms Revamps Authorised Economic Operator Programme RelatedDBJ Finalizing Legal Framework for Venture Capital Industry Advertisements Bill to Modernize Public Procurement Tabled in the House Finance & Public ServiceJuly 31, 2014Written by: Latonya Lintoncenter_img Story HighlightsA Bill aimed at modernizing Jamaica’s public procurement laws was laid in the House of Representatives on July 30.The Bill entitled, the Public Procurement Act, 2014 was tabled by Minister with responsibility for Public Service in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Hon. Horace Dalley.Mr. Dalley said the law will reflect new policy thinking and international best practice in the area of public procurement. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A Bill aimed at modernizing Jamaica’s public procurement laws was laid in the House of Representatives on July 30.The Bill entitled, the Public Procurement Act, 2014 was tabled by Minister with responsibility for Public Service in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Hon. Horace Dalley.In a statement to the Lower House, Mr. Dalley said the law will reflect new policy thinking and international best practice in the area of public procurement.He said it will also provide for the establishment of the Procurement Policy Office, the Public Procurement Commission and strengthen and expand the function of the procurement review board that will regulate and harmonize the public procurement process.“(The Bill) also promotes economic development by ensuring value for money in public expenditure, and the participation in public procurement by qualified providers of goods, works and services, and to provide for other related matters,” Mr. Dalley stated.He said the move towards a new comprehensive law governing public procurement is intended to simplify and streamline the legislative framework and create enforceable and bidding obligations for persons involved in procurement.“It will also provide for criminal sanctions for persons found guilty of benefitting through corrupt means from public procurement,” Mr. Dalley said.The Bill will also delete from the Contractor General’s Act, all provisions related to the National Contracts Commission (NCC), which is to be replaced by the new Public Procurement Commission.The methods of procurement have also been expanded, and the circumstances in which bidding occurs expanded to include two stages, open and closed framework agreements, as well as electronic government procurement.A Joint Select Committee of Parliament is to be established to examine the legislation.last_img read more

Health Ministry Receives IV Fluids from Food For The Poor

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Story HighlightsThe public health system has received a boost to its stock of Intravenous Fluids (IV), with a donation valued at $1.75 million from local charity Food For the Poor (FFP).The items were handed over to Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson on August 13, at FFP’s offices in Spanish Town, St. Catherine.he donation came weeks after reports of a worldwide shortage of the fluids at which time, FFP’s Florida office sourced a batch from European suppliers as a gift to the people of Jamaica. RelatedJamaica Not in High Risk Category for Ebola Health Ministry Receives IV Fluids from Food For The Poor Health & WellnessAugust 14, 2014Written by: Garfield L. Angus RelatedTwo New Cases of Chikungunyacenter_img Advertisements The public health system has received a boost to its stock of Intravenous Fluids (IV), with a donation valued at $1.75 million from local charity Food For the Poor (FFP).The items were handed over to Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson on August 13, at FFP’s offices in Spanish Town, St. Catherine.The donation came weeks after reports of a worldwide shortage of the fluids at which time, FFP’s Florida office sourced a batch from European suppliers as a gift to the people of Jamaica.Minister Ferguson noted that although the health facilities did not run out of the fluids, the National Health Fund (NHF) “worked proactively …so that patients would not be affected, and we managed the system across several hospitals to ensure that they all had stocks at all point in time”.He said that within a short time after hearing about the shortage, FFP contacted the Ministry and indicated that they would provide support of sourcing the fluids for the health sector.“We are thankful to have you as a partner in health that we can count on. This will go a far way in adding to our present resources, and I acknowledge the support of Food for the Poor Inc., located in Florida,” he stated.Minister Ferguson informed that in 2013, FFP donated 86 containers of medical items to the health sector with a value of some $3.4 billion, which included pharmaceuticals, suction machines, nebulizers, and blood pressure machines, medical supplies such as gauze, syringes, needles, furniture, wheelchairs and stretchers.“I have very deep admiration for the agency for its continued assistance, especially its focus on vulnerable areas and groups. We appreciate these partnerships and welcome others, who may be able to work with us. The development of public/private partnerships to move Jamaica forward is a tenet of our National Development Plan, as well as this Administration’s Manifesto,” Dr. Ferguson said.IV fluids are critical to saving lives during an emergency. They are used for moderate to severe cases of dehydration, during invasive operations, among other things. RelatedFour Additional Locally Transmitted Cases of Chikungunya Confirmedlast_img read more

Android Wear 2.0 arrives, LG first to deploy

first_img Tags Android WearGoogleLG Related Steve Costello Previous ArticleSingtel grows Q3 profit, forecasts mobile weaknessNext ArticleALBtelecom, the biggest telecommunication operator in Albania is working to link the country with the Balkans and the world. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 09 FEB 2017 HomeDevicesNews Android Wear 2.0 arrives, LG first to deploy Authorcenter_img KT makes LG Electronics trade-in move Google taps retail with NYC store Google refreshes Nest Hub Google launched the new (and delayed) version of its Android Wear platform, which will first be available on a pair of smart watches from LG Electronics – “designed in collaboration with Google”.Android Wear 2.0 was delayed from late last year and, in the meantime, the Android-powered smart watch segment struggled. With the new platform not available for the lucrative Christmas holiday sales period, vendors shied away from launching new products.Google said the new platform offers users “more innovative watch faces, better workouts, new ways to use apps, more ways to stay in touch and on-the-go help from the Google Assistant”.Also new is the ability to choose and download apps directly from an on-watch Google Play store, rather than this needing to be done via a paired smartphone.Google also talked-up the ability of mobile-connected devices to function away from smartphones, such as staying in-touch with calls and messages, music streaming from Play Music, and connected app use.With Google also placing a significant effort on its Google Assistant, Android Wear brings the technology “to your wrist, so you can find answers and get things done – hands free”. It is initially available in English and German, and will be available in other languages “in the coming months”.LG is offering two Android Wear 2.0 watches – LG Watch Style and LG Watch Sport (pictured).Watch Style is said to be “thin, light, beautiful to look at and comfortable to wear”. It has a rotating power button – similar to Apple’s “digital crown” – to scroll through streams, bring up the app launcher, or access Google Assistant.LG’s Watch Sport is “Android Wear’s most powerful watch yet”, including NFC for payments, GPS for tracking and navigation, heart rate sensor and cellular connectivity. It has dedicated buttons for Google Fit and Android Pay, as well as the rotating power button.Android Wear 2.0 will also be available as an upgrade to some existing smart watches, from vendors including Asus, Casio, Fossil, Huawei, LG, Motorola and Tag Heuer. Devices Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more last_img read more

Law Enforcement’s Use of Military Equipment Scrutinized After Ferguson Protests

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Soon after images of battle-ready police officers emerged from Ferguson, Missouri, where protests erupted after a police officer shot and killed an unarmed teenager, critics began to decry a little known Department of Defense program that offers decommissioned military equipment to local law enforcement agencies.The defense department’s 1033 Program has been blamed for the “militarization” of police forces across the country, an opinion aided by images of Missouri officers looking more like soldiers than peace keepers. But Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry said the 1033 Program has enabled his department to acquire useful equipment it couldn’t otherwise afford, particularly a mine-resistant armored vehicle.“I’m somewhat offended by the headlines in the national media that says law enforcement is becoming militarized just because the military gave us a piece of equipment that offers our officers some protection,” Curry said. “We’re not militarizing the sheriff’s office because someone gave us a rig that protects our personnel.”Curry referred to a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, or MRAP, that the county sheriff’s department received in 2013. According to data obtained by the New York Times from the Defense Department, Flathead County is the only law enforcement agency in the state of Montana to receive a mine-resistant vehicle through the 1033 Program. Lincoln, Powell and Roosevelt counties have all received armored vehicles through the program.Curry said the sheriff’s office has two armored vehicles that it can use when the SWAT team is deployed. The newer vehicle was previously used in Iraq and Afghanistan. Curry said when the department applied for the vehicle it wasn’t interested in the fact that it was mine-resistant.“The bottom is mine-resistant but we don’t care about that, we just care that it’s bulletproof,” he said.The Kalispell Police Department also has an armored vehicle, called a BearCat, built by Lenco Armored Vehicles for domestic use in 2007. The vehicle cost $300,000 and weighs 26,000 pounds and features an armored body, bulletproof glass and puncture-resistant tires, according to Kalispell Police Chief Roger Nasset.Nasset said before the department got the vehicle, which was paid for through a private donation, the city’s SWAT team had no armored vehicle to protect itself during live-shooter scenarios.“It’s a tool and just because it looks like a piece of military equipment doesn’t mean it is military equipment,” Nasset said. “To send a SWAT team out with no armored vehicle is ludicrous.”Nasset said the vehicle is usually deployed anywhere from two to six times a year and on occasion has been sent to other communities, including Missoula, where the vehicle was actually shot at. Lincoln County Sheriff Roby Bowe said his department also received an armored vehicle last year but they have yet to use it.All three local law enforcement officials said the armored vehicles are used sparingly, but that it’s important to have them available when a dangerous situation arises.“We work for the public, not against it and this equipment is for their safety as much as it is our safety,” Nasset said. Emaillast_img read more

Woman dies after being struck by a car in Carndonagh

first_imgNews Gardai investigate deaths of two horses on the N56 Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Google+ A woman has died after being struck by a car in Churchtown, Carndonagh.The woman, who was close to her home and in her 70’s, was struck by the vehicle at 5.40pm yesterday (Monday) evening.She was rushed to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry where she died from her injuries just before midnight.There was one vehicle involved, which remained at the scene.The driver of the car, a man in his 40’s, was not injured.The area has been sealed off while forensic collision investigators carry out an examination. Andrew McGinley says his children are getting him through life WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Woman dies after being struck by a car in Carndonagh Donegal retains 14 Blue Flags, Lisfannon is not restored center_img Pinterest Pinterest Previous articlePolice in Derry make appeal following serious assaultNext articleArranmore Islanders and part of the Rosses enter 2nd week with no Eircom service News Highland Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha CTR to take part in new research project Twitter Google+ LUH still not ready to restore IT systems By News Highland – December 31, 2013 Facebook Gardai investigate Castlefinn burglarylast_img read more

SmartZone: Delivering their promise

first_imgBus passengers across South Tyneside are the first to benefit from a transformational new multi-operator smart ticketing scheme that means they can catch the first bus to their destination.The SmartZone initiative gives customers the flexibility to use one smartcard to travel with multiple operators and offers unlimited travel from less than 1.80 per day.The development comes just months after Britain’s biggest bus operators pledged to deliver smart ticketing to millions of customers across England during 2015.It is part of a multi-million-pound investment by the UK’s largest bus operators in what is believed to be the biggest smart ticketing project in the UK’s history.The technology can also allow smaller bus operators to be included in multi-operator schemes and provides a platform to extend the system to other modes, such as trams and trains.The scheme – which uses Government standard ITSO technology – was launched by Stagecoach North East and Go North East, which believe it will deliver even better value, hassle-free bus travel for local people.It follows successful trials of the new ticket last month and is now officially part of the Stagecoach North East and Go North East ticket ranges. South Tyneside SmartZone tickets are valid on buses in South Shields, Harton, Whitburn, Cleadon, Boldon, Bill Quay, Hebburn and Jarrow.Passengers can purchase SmartZone tickets directly on the bus or online, depending on the type of ticket selected. A one-week ticket can be bought onboard or online and costs 13 and the four-week ticket at 50 is only available online.Tickets can be added onto a Stagecoach Smart card or a Go North East Key card, and all valid products on smartcards will be accepted on any Stagecoach or Go North East service in South Tyneside, within the SmartZone boundaries. Customers simply hold their card over the card reader on board the bus to record their journey.In the north east, it is predicted that additional operators will join the scheme later this year as work continues on delivering multi-operator smart ticketing available across the wider north east.In a joint statement, Phil Medlicott, Managing Director, Stagecoach North East, and Kevin Carr, Managing Director Go North East, said: “In line with our promise to customers, we’re delighted to be launching smart ticketing across different operators.“Bus operators are committed to developing services within the region and to enhancing every aspect of the customer experience. Tyne and Wear has the highest customer satisfaction rating of the UK’s metropolitan areas.“This is further evidence that by working together, and with the region’s local authorities, bus operators can make our buses even better.”last_img read more

Trey Anastasio Announces Free 8-Week Livestream Residency, ‘The Beacon Jams’ [Watch]

first_imgThe Phish guitarist’s The Beacon Jams will also collect donations to benefit Phish non-profit The WaterWheel Foundation and its new Divided Sky Fund (DSF). The proceeds generated will be used to deliver help to those affected by addiction and help further plans to open a treatment center in Vermont.Related: Some Educated Guesses About Trey Anastasio’s Mysterious ‘Beacon Jams’“When we thought about playing the Beacon, I was reminded of the meaning of the word,” Anastasio explains along with the announcement. “A beacon is a beam of light, often from a lighthouse, which sends it out to sailors who are lost at sea and all alone. They look for the beacon and it guides them home.”“I’ve been sober for 13 years,” Anastasio says, “It’s a great blessing in my life. We started talking about the idea of a treatment center about a year ago. I was worried that the project would get derailed because of the pandemic but it didn’t – it actually picked up steam; things are really rolling along now. The Beacon Jams emerged as a way to raise money for it while also allowing me to play for the fans again.”“Sometimes gifts come wrapped in strange packages,” Trey adds. “A lot of this is thanks to Twitch and our friends and family at MSG Entertainment. When the idea to do these benefits was born, everybody at MSG Entertainment jumped in and partnered with us and the Divided Sky Fund, which is very kind of them. This is an opportunity for forward motion.”Trey Anastasio – The Beacon Jams – Teaser Video[Video: Trey Anastasio]The Beacon Jams, presented by MSG Entertainment, marks the first-ever virtual residency by the firm, which own Madison Square Garden and the Beacon Theatre, among other venues which Anastasio has frequented with his various touring acts over the years.Related: Trey Anastasio Band Welcomes Page McConnell At Beacon Theatre Comeback Show [Video]“We’re thrilled to be able to partner with Trey on this very special and first-ever virtual residency at the Beacon Theatre to benefit two immensely important causes – the Divided Sky Fund and the WaterWheel Foundation,” said Darren Pfeffer, executive vice president, MSG Entertainment. “As we navigate the live music scene through this socially distant world, we couldn’t think of a more natural way to bring live music to so many fans for such a great cause. Trey’s connection not only with the Beacon Theatre, but with all our venues over the years, including Madison Square Garden, The Chicago Theatre, and Radio City Music Hall, have made this unique concept a perfect partnership.”“We could not be more excited to be part of this amazing partnership with Trey Anastasio and MSG Entertainment to help raise donations for such worthy causes,” said Will Farrell-Green, Head of Music Content at Twitch. “Twitch offers the same intimate experience that artists and their audiences have come to expect from live shows. Over the course of this virtual residency, fans of Trey and Phish will be able to attend performances from anywhere in the world, while feeling like they are right in the front row of the Beacon.”While his 2020 tours were axed along with the rest of the industry, Trey Anastasio has been keeping plenty busy amid the ongoing pandemic. In addition Phish’s new album, Sigma Oasis, Trey also released a quarantine solo LP, Lonely Trip, and served as the first musical guest to perform in-studio on a late-night talk show post-Covid when he performed with The Roots on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. He also performed a short acoustic set in Central Park as part of the CityParks virtual SummerStage Jubilee last month and released a new Trey Anastasio Band live album, Burn It Down. Trey Anastasio has announced The Beacon Jams, an eight-week virtual residency to be streamed for free exclusively on Twitch, live from New York City’s historic Beacon Theatre every Friday at 8:00 p.m. ET from October 9th through November 27th. The Beacon Jams will welcome no live audiences and will feature both acoustic and electric performances as well as home audience interaction and an array of surprises. Tune in to The Beacon Jams with Trey Anastasio via Twitch here. The first show on Friday, October 9th will also air on SiriusXM Phish Radio.last_img read more

Lisa Hanna gets deaths threats after advocating for Vybz Kartel ban

first_imgLisa Hanna Extra protection has been afforded to Jamaica’s former Minister of Youth and Culture and member of Parliament for South Eastern St Ann, Lisa Hanna, after her life was threatened after calling for the banning of popular entertainer Vybz Kartel’s music from radio.Hanna was the subject of a sea of threats via social media after she called for an investigation into the methods the imprisoned entertainer employed to record music while behind bars. Hanna called the music of Vybz Kartel to be banished from radio as he was a convicted felon and should not be allowed to invade the public space and still enjoy idol-like status among the nation’s impressionable youth.The threats have prompted police in the island to warn the perpetrators that if they are caught they will be prosecuted under the Cyber Crimes Act which states that it is illegal to utilize social media to threaten or malign an individual’s character.Vybz Kartel…his fans have issued death threats to politician, Lisa HannaSince Hanna’s call during a Nationwide 90FM interview with broadcaster, Cliff Hughes, debate has raged on the topic.Under Jamaican law no convict should be allowed to earn or practice their trade while incarcerated. However fans of the DJ see Hanna’s call for a ban on his music as an attempt to muzzle him and are up in arms.Vybz Kartel is still on remand as he has appealed a life sentence he received for the 2015 murder of his crony, Clive “Lizard” Williams at his house in Havendale, St Andrew. He will be eligible for parole after serving 35 years of his sentence.He was previously housed at the New Horizon Remand Center at Spanish Town Road in Kingston where it is suspected that he had free reign to record songs and smuggle them out on the streets. He has since been transferred to the Tower Street Adult Correctional Center (formerly known as the General Penitentiary) after the cries grew louder that his songs were flooding the streets at an alarming rate.last_img read more

Hunt beats feet

first_imgBy GEORGIA WESTGARTH HE’S raised more than $155,800 for various charities and organisations over the years and next week Flinders…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Wild night for Bombers, Baker thumps LVR 62-34

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe Mount Baker Wild turned a close game into a rout in a hurry, out scoring the host Bombers 22-0 in the third period to go on to register a 62-34 victory in Kootenay High School Girl’s Basketball action Tuesday at the L.V. Rogers Hangar.Emily Elmo scored a game-high 24 points, including four hoops from three-point land, to lead the Wild to the easy victory.The contest the fifth in seven days for the Bombers following the Christmas holiday break.The Bombers started fast out of the gate, building a 9-0 lead before the Wild scored a basket.However, Baker outscored the Bombers 10-2 to cut the margin to 11-10 after one period.In the second quarter the game turned on an inadvertent play. Bomber point guard Sarah Fuhr became entangled with the Wild player and suffered an injured thumb. The injury proved costly as Fuhr runs the Bomber offence and leads the team in scoring, averaging 17 points per game.The Wild took advantage of LVR’s inability to score, turning a 23-19 lead into a 45-19 advantage after three quarters.Kiandra McLaren led the Bombers in scoring with 10 points while Kyndle Doolan added eight. Fuhr had seven points before leaving the game while Emily Klapstein had six.The Bombers are idle until January 20 when the club plays host to the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks at the [email protected]last_img read more