Senator says Digital Parliament needed

first_imgRelatedSenator says Digital Parliament needed Advertisements RelatedSenator says Digital Parliament needed FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Opposition Senator, Norman Grant, has tabled a motion in the Senate, seeking to have the use of communications technology by members permitted in Gordon House, seat of Jamaica’s Parliament. Senator Grant’s motion challenges one of the “hallowed” traditions of the Parliament, which insists that members of both the upper and lower Houses should make oral presentations; a rule that, however, has been breached consistently as members read extensively from prepared texts. The motion speaks, specifically, to allowing the use of computers to access compact discs and other sources of information, on the basis that major developments in technology, generally, and moves by Government agencies to release annual reports on compact discs, necessitate the use of computers to access the data for informed debate of the reports. “If technology cannot be used, then there is no way the information can be accessed,” Senator Grant told JIS News. “There are a number of things that, as a nation, our Parliament must lead from the front on, and the fact that the whole world is using technology as a means of growth and development, barring it during the sitting of the Senate appears contradictory,” he added. He said he is expecting the full support of the Senate for the motion, which raises an issue which has constantly been highlighted in both Houses. He also stated that he is optimistic, because it would be an appropriate marker, as Jamaica prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary as an independent nation next year (2012). The motion reads as follows: “WHERE AS a number of agencies of Government have started to table their annual reports on compact discs, which require electronic/computers to access the data; “AND WHEREAS members of the Senate need immediate access to the reports when tabled, for purposes that include raising questions, seeking clarifications and enhancing the governance process; “AND WHEREAS there is no provision in the Standing Orders of the Senate for the use of technology during sittings: “BE IT RESOLVED that a review of the Standing Orders of the Senate be undertaken to allow for the use of technology during its sittings”. Senator says Digital Parliament needed OppositionJuly 4, 2011 RelatedSenator says Digital Parliament needed By Balford Henry, JIS Reporter & Editorlast_img read more

Support Analyst II

first_imgLocationSyracuse, NY CampusSyracuse, NY • Bachelor’s degree and /or equivalent combination of education andexperience with at least four (4) years knowledge or experiencewith a broad range of computer systems and applications, includingcloud-based applications, online learning technologies, and secureenterprise networks. Application Instructions Staff LevelS5 The Support Analyst II provides direct supervision of studentemployees and a full range of technical assistance andtroubleshooting to on-premises and remote students, faculty, staff,applicants, parents, alumni, and other users of the University’ssystems and services. The Support Analyst II responsibilities coverITS enterprise systems, accounts, email, secure and accessiblecomputing, classroom and computer lab technologies, network access,and personal end-user devices. Support and troubleshooting coverITS -provided online learning technologies including, but notlimited to, Blackboard, the University’s online learning platform,and Registrar-scheduled classrooms. Online learning supportinteractions include client access and course content-relatedsupport and supporting real-time learning sessions throughBlackboard Collaborate and Zoom.Additionally, the Support Analyst II evaluates new systems andservices, manages technical change by contributing to the systemdevelopment lifecycle of ITS -administrated systems, and providessupervision, including hiring, training, and day-to-day workflow,to student consultants employed within ITS .The position is required to participate in rotating after-hourssupport. Quick Link Unionized Position CodeNot Applicable Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-actioninstitution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassmentbased on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, nationalorigin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability,sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteranstatus, or any other status protected by applicable law to theextent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy coversadmissions, employment, and access to and treatment in Universityprograms, services, and activities. About Syracuse University Job CategoryStaff Job TypeFull-time About the Syracuse area Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community Not Applicable Job TitleSupport Analyst II Qualifications Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans Physical Requirements • Strong technical knowledge of applications, operating systems,and web-based services encompassing both administration andend-user support.• Working knowledge and experience with online learning systems(such as Blackboard, Canvas, etc.) and online collaboration systems(Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Blackboard Collaborate, etc.) in order toprovide general troubleshooting and assistive support during onlineactivities through the University online learning systems.• A service-oriented professional approach in working withclients.• Basic understanding of networks, including both physicalinfrastructure and virtual environments.• Basic understanding of information security concepts, includingworking appropriately with confidential information and restrictedaccess within computing systems.• Strong interpersonal skills required to effectively collaboratewith leaders, peers, and other organizational units.• Managerial and/or supervisory experience, includingadministration, professional development, and accountability ofemployees when necessary.• Basic understanding and awareness of IT accessibility. Department Code20702-6027 Job Specific Qualifications DepartmentInformation Technology Servicescenter_img Not Applicable In addition to completing an online application, please attach aresume and cover letter. Full Consideration By Posting Details Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic centerof New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New YorkCity. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. Thearea offers a low cost of living and provides many social,cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums,festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shoppingvenues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range ofseasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing andsnow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites,visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trailsalong the Erie Canal. Pay RangeCommensurate with Experience Syracuse University is a private, international research universitywith distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and anundeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New YorkState, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history,Syracuse University offers a quintessential collegeexperience.The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: apioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges;nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more thana quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a studentpopulation from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For moreinformation, please visit Hours Job #036818 Message to Applicants FLSA StatusExempt • Provide computing and instructional support while working withinthe ITS Help Desk and walk-in Service Center.• Document all interactions using Syracuse University’s onlineticketing system. Provide excellent customer service whiletranslating complex technical solutions into non-technical languagefor clients of diverse populations with varying levels of computerskills.• Coordinate the hiring, training, and professional development ofpart-time employees working for both the ITS Help Desk and walk-inService Center.• Create, maintain, and enforce policies that provide clarityaround each employee’s roles and responsibilities while working forITS .• Develop and implement services and projects as per the needs ofthe organization from standard application and information lifecycles to project management, including coordinating volunteerstaff, student employees, and fellow support analysts to achieveproject objections.• Work with teams of system administrators, faculty, staff, andother technical support professionals on cloud-based and otherapplications to accomplish SU’s academic goals and administrativerequirements.• Collaborate with other departments and units on campus toincrease Help Desk knowledge of University business practices andsolutions so ITS can better serve client requests and implementappropriate technical solutions. Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and themilitary-connected community through its educational programs,community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II,Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans toour campus, and those veterans literally transformed SyracuseUniversity into the national research institution it is today. TheUniversity’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on thishistorical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiativesfocused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to thepost-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed toposition Syracuse University as the employer of choice for militaryveterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military familymembers. Tools/Equipment Responsibilities Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment inwhich students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, socialactivities, governance, and all other aspects of campus lifereflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. TheUniversity community recognizes and values the many similaritiesand differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we arecommitted to preparing students to understand, live among,appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and worldmade up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds,military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status,cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and genderidentities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a communitythat celebrates and models the principles of diversity andinclusivity. Job Posting Date02/16/2021 EEOC Job Description Standard University business hours8:30am – 5:00pm (academic year)8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)Hours may vary based on operational needs.Rotating after-hours support. Application Deadlinelast_img read more

FRIDAY 7 am UPDATE: Forecast calls for Friday evening landfall

first_img Tropical Storm Force winds extend 80 to 140 miles from the center of circulation.The expected total rainfall for Southeast Texas through Monday is six inches. Projections, as of 7 a.m. Friday, show Delta as a category 2 hurricane making landfall Friday evening in eastern Cameron Parish.The National Weather Service said life threatening storm surge, dangerous hurricane force winds and heavy rain are expected along and east of the track of Delta as it moves inland across Louisiana.Warning Coordination Meteorologist Roger Erickson said in the hardest hit areas, expect widespread power outages, numerous fallen trees, and roof damage to some homes and businesses. Roads will be impassable in many places due to fallen trees, debris, heavy rains, and storm surge.As of 7 a.m. Friday, the storm was 165 miles from Port Arthur.Delta’s northern fringe is now coming into the coast of Louisiana. Hurricane Force winds extend 25 to 35 miles from the center of circulation.last_img read more

County commissioners pass county budget with tax hike to pay for libraries, parks, transit

first_imgThe Johnson County Board of County Commissions on Thursday approved a budget for fiscal year 2016 that includes the county’s first property tax hike since 2006.The total property tax increase will be 3.3 mills, which translates to $99.12 over the course of a year for the owner of a $261,000 home, the average home value in Johnson County.Commissioners Ron Shaffer, Jim Allen and Steve Klika joined chair Ed Eilert in voting for the budget. Commissioners Jason Osterjaus, Michael Ashcroft and John Toplikar voted against it.The tax increase is broken down into four categories, with funds set aside for specific purposes:1.622 mills of the 3.3 increase will go to maintain existing county services, helping fill the hole left by in part by the state’s elimination of the mortgage registration fee..75 mills will go toward the implementation of the parks and recreation 15-year master plan, which will fund the development of existing but unused park land, the construction of 30 miles of streamway trails and upgrades to existing parks..75 mills will go toward implementation of the 20-year library master plan, which initially had called for the redevelopment of the Corinth and Cedar Roe libraries, but may be altered due to reduced funding..178 mills will go toward expansion of para transit options as part of the county’s public transportation system.The Kansas Policy Institute had organized a show of opposition to the proposed tax increase. The new tax levels will go into effect January 1.last_img read more

Gophers thankful to play summer baseball

first_imgGophers thankful to play summer baseballIn total, 27 players competed in developmental or local leagues.Kamaan RichardsGophers Pitcher Trent Schoeberl launches a pitch at U.S. Bank Stadium on Tuesday, March 3. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily) Brendan O’Brien, Sports ReporterSeptember 9, 2020Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintAs spring turned to summer, the pessimism about playing summer baseball continued to grow for Gophers’ baseball players.For collegiate players, the inability to play would be quite the disappointment. Not only is summer league baseball a great way for players to develop their game through live innings, it also provides players the opportunity to travel to different parts of the country and play with new teammates and coaches. And in the year 2020, players would appreciate this opportunity even more after missing out on most of the college season.Like many other summer activities, the likelihood of baseball being played seemed slim due to COVID-19. But for some Gophers’ baseball players, they were thankful to eventually have some options later in the summer. In total, 27 Gophers played in some sort of summer league, whether it be for a local team or a developmental league for collegiate players. A majority of Gophers participated in the Northwoods League, which gradually started play in mid-June and early July.To continue to play baseball, the Northwoods League created different pods of teams to compete throughout the summer rather than have every team travel to several states to play every team in the league. One pod in particular included teams only from Minnesota and Iowa.One of the standouts from Minnesota’s roster was Chase Stanke. The third-year catcher was named to the Northwoods League Postseason All-Star team after spending time with the Willmar Stingers over the summer, batting .310 with 22 RBI and 14 runs in 100 at bats. Stanke said playing well at the plate helped build his confidence and also learn what he needed to improve on in his game.“I did well in some areas, but there were other areas I learned I really needed to work on,” Stanke said. “It was a summer about gathering information on where I was at, if I had progressed on things I worked on at home over quarantine and seeing what areas I need to improve on.”Summer league was also beneficial for pitchers on the Gophers’ staff. Second-year Trent Schoeberl played for the Saint Cloud Rox, pitching 26 innings — the most of any Gophers pitcher — with an ERA of 3.81 and 20 strikeouts. Schoeberl stressed how important it was for him and other pitchers to throw live innings instead of only having throwing workouts outside of games.“With spring being cut short, I thought it was a great opportunity to get out and work on stuff that I’m going to need for the fall and spring this year,” Schoeberl said. “So, just getting out and being able to throw every day, especially having some teammates there from school, I thought it was very beneficial to get on the mound and throw to live hitters because you can’t create those situations until you’re actually in a game facing live hitters.”Up next for Minnesota is fall practice in preparation for the 2021 season. The Gophers are following the University’s COVID-19 protocols for athletics and are able to return to some sense of normalcy. Stanke said he is more appreciative of practice than ever before.“I’d go crazy if I couldn’t do anything baseball related with being stuck in the apartment all day,” he said. “So, to be able to go to the field and practice and get some work in is going to be nice.”last_img read more

Intelligence Is Not the Same as Value

first_imgThe New York Times:People who do well on a test of one mental ability — let’s say a test of verbal ability — will tend to do well on tests of others — math ability, spatial ability, and so on. This finding, which has been replicated thousands of times, implies that there is a general factor of human intelligence. Psychologists call this factor “g.” We still don’t know what underlies g. Ian Deary, a researcher at the University of Edinburgh, has argued that the speed of perceptual processes is one piece of the puzzle, while Randall Engle, of the Georgia Institute of Technology, has established that intelligence is strongly linked to working memory capacity, which he thinks of as the ability to hold information in the focus of attention. Others suggest that when we try to boil down the human intellect to a single factor, we lose view of its complexity.What we do know is that measures of general intelligence are practically useful. Frank Schmidt, of the University of Iowa, and the late John Hunter, of Michigan State University, documented that g is the single best predictor of job performance across a wide range of occupations — better than personality, interest, motivation and even job experience. People who do well on tests of intelligence tend to make the best mechanics, managers, clerks, salespeople, pilots, detectives and scientists. They also tend to make the best teachers. It makes perfectly good sense, as Andrew Biggs and Jason Richwine argue, to use intelligence as a predictor of teacher performance. We should want smart people to be our teachers.Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

MoR unveils Rs107bn capacity stimulus programme

first_imgINDIA: Following cabinet approval on February 17, a Rs107bn railway investment stimulus programme covering the double and triple-tracking of several routes has been announced by the Ministry of Railways. To be delivered through ‘extra budgetary resource and institutional funding’, the six schemes around the country are intended to increase capacity on constrained corridors for both passengers and freight. The projects are:Doubling of the 190 km broad gauge line between Hubli and Chickajur within a budget of Rs13bn. The project is planned for completion by the end of 2020 and forms part of a bigger programme to provide a double-track alignment along the Pune – Miraj – Hubli – Bangalore corridor, which in turn is an important link for trains running between Mumbai, Bangalore and the port of Mangalore. Doubling between Bangalore and Tumkur and between Arsikere and Chickajur has already been completed, and work is in progress on the section between Hubli and Vasco-da-Gama.Triple-tracking of the 132 km line between Wardha and Ballarshah in Maharashtra at an estimated cost of Rs14·4bn; work is expected to be finished by 2021. The 160 km Ramna – Singrauli line, which runs from Madhya Pradesh into Uttar Pradesh, is to be double-tracked at a cost of Rs27bn by 2019-20. This project is designed to increase sectional capacity for freight and passenger traffic serving the Northern Coal Fields, power plants and associated industries in and around Anpara and Shaktinagar.Doubling of the 261 km between Katni and Singrauli at a cost of Rs21bn has also been approved. Due for completion by 2021, this project is again being driven by coal traffic as well as the need to enhance capacity around the busy junction at Katni, which is on the main line between Allahabad and Mumbai. Also in Madhya Pradesh, a third track is to be built along the 165 km section between Anuppur and Katni at a cost of Rs16bn for completion by 2021. This would alleviate a significant bottleneck caused by rapid growth in mining in the region, the ministry says.Costed at Rs17bn, double-tracking is envisaged on the Rampur Dumra – Tal – Rajendrapul route in Bihar. Due to be completed by 2019-20, this project includes construction of a new bridge at Hathidah to replace a single-track road and rail structure which cannot be widened; this is the only bridge linking the northern and southern parts of the state, MoR says.Subscribers to Railway Directory can access a map of the Indian main line network.last_img read more

Big Prize In KSRM Egg Hunt

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享This year, the cash prize hidden inside the KSRM Easter Egg will be $2000. Eight area sponsors make the annual egg hunt possible and the clues that lead to the cash are posted at each sponsor’s store during the contest.  Sponsors are listed daily on KSRM, “The One” and also on K-Kiss at 96.5 FM. You’ll also find egg hunt sponsors listed on John Davis, President of the KSRM Radio Group, announced last Friday that $2000 will be the total value of the KSRM Easter Egg this year. This is the 49th year that Davis has hidden the easter egg somewhere in the greater Kenai/Soldotna area, and the big cash prize hidden in the egg always generates considerable activity in the annual egg hunt.  Now, with $2000 cash hidden in the egg again this year, it is expected that many thousands of listeners will be tuned in and searching for the cash. The hunt will be begin on Tuesday April, 4th 2017.last_img read more

UK prime minister chairs national security meeting on poisoned former spy

first_imgABC News(LONDON) — Political pressure is mounting on U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May to take firm action against the perpetrators of the nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter in Salisbury, England.May is chairing a National Security Council with government ministers, attended by senior defense and intelligence officials, who have been compiling information on the attack that took place on March 4. It is the second such government meeting since the attack took place.The former spy, Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia Skripal, 33, were having lunch in Salisbury that day.Tom Tugendhat, a British politician who sits on the government’s Foreign Affairs Committee, told BBC Radio on Monday morning that evidence was mounting that indicated Russian involvement.Russia has denied any involvement in the attack against the Skripals, and has accused the government of waging an anti-Russian campaign. The Russians have also said they would assist with the investigation if asked by the British authorities.Skripal was a retired Russian double agent, who was convicted in Russia in 2006 of spying for British intelligence. In 2010 he was involved in a prisoner exchange alongside the Americans after 10 sleeper agents were discovered spying for Russia in the U.S.Skripal was pardoned the following year and has been living in the U.K. under his own name. His daughter Yulia, who lives in Russia, was visiting her father when the two fell suddenly ill and collapsed on a park bench in the city center, having visited an Italian restaurant and a nearby pub.Both areas have been cordoned off by police for a week. Police said that “traces” of the nerve agent were found at Zizzi’s restaurant.On Sunday, a week after the incident took place, authorities asked hundreds of members of the public who visited either location on March 4 to thoroughly wash and wipe down their personal belongings, but stressed there was a low risk to the public.Military personnel are assisting local police and counterterrorism forces in Salisbury, with chemical warfare specialists and elite Royal Marines troops among the units deployed. Hundreds of investigators and counterterror experts, as well as forensic specialists from a nearby military research facility, are involved in the investigation.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Juan Soto addresses Miles Mikolas’ mimicking gesture

first_img“He has a routine where he shuffles around the box and adjusts his cup or whatnot, and I was just having fun out there, just kind of giving it back to him in a good-natured, ribbing kind of way,” Mikolas told reporters. “There was no intent to be mean or start anything out there.”Was Miles Mikolas taunting Juan Soto here? You be the judge.— Thomas Lott (@tlott33) October 12, 2019Mikolas also admitted he was mocking Soto.”I wanted to wait for him to see me do it,” he said. “Kind of poking the bear a little bit. Again, just having fun with it. It’s one of those things he does. Hitters do all their stuff, so it’s fun as a pitcher to give it back to a hitter every once in a while.”Nationals manager Dave Martinez addressed what Soto does before taking a pitch, calling it a routine.  Nationals star Juan Soto addressed Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas’ mimicking gesture after Washington’s 2-0 victory over St. Louis in Game 1 of the National League Championship series on Friday.”I don’t care. He can do whatever he wants. We’re going to keep going,” Soto said (via ESPN).  It started when Soto took a curveball in the dirt on a pitch from Mikolas. He then appeared to grab his crotch while staring at Mikolas. The pitcher decided to return the favor, mimicking the gesture.— Max Wildstein (@MaxWildstein) October 12, 2019Mikolas downplayed his antics, saying he “was just having fun out there.” After the game, Mikolas explained what the exchange was all about. Related News Miles Mikolas, Juan Soto appear to taunt each other with crotch grabs in NLCS Game 1 Phillies CEO John Middleton overruled front office to fire manager Gabe Kapler Three takeaways from Nationals’ nearly historic NLCS Game 1 win over Cardinals “I said this before — at first when I saw him doing it, I thought, you know, it’s a little, you know,” Martinez said. “But then after talking to him and watching him, it’s a routine that he uses to get to the next pitch. I mean, when you talk to him, he really feels like that’s his batter’s box, he owns that batter’s box.”And when he does that, it’s basically just saying, ‘Hey, I’m going to get back in here and I’m going to get ready to hit the next pitch.’ If he misses one or whatever or if he takes one, it’s just his way of saying, ‘Hey, this is my batter’s box, it’s part of the game, we got a game, it’s me against you, and I’m going to try to beat you.'”Game 2 of the series is set for Saturday at 4:08 p.m. ET.last_img read more