Companies Urged to Place More Emphasis on Branding

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Companies Urged to Place More Emphasis on BrandingJIS 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 Companies are being urged to place more emphasis on branding, particularly the goods and services they produce, to achieve large returns.Making the call, Minister of Industry, Investment and Commence, Hon. Anthony Hylton, emphasised that branding should not be an add-on exercise, but a position that involves both leadership and staff.He was delivering the keynote address at the official opening of J. Wray and Nephew’s corporate office, in New Kingston, on April 10.The Minister argued that there is great power in brand identity, to capture consumers, break into new markets, and to make a “greater return on investment”.“We have built some strong Jamaican brands, but in many cases, we still need to see a more aggressive focus on branding in the market,” Mr. Hylton said.The Minister argued that branding must involve the entire business, the structure, goals and attitudes. “Factors such as these have made J. Wray and Nephew a success over the years,” he added.Emphasizing the importance of standards in international trade, Mr. Hylton said a key component of enhancing competitiveness is to use value-added products to move up the global value chains.He  noted that J. Wray and Nephew has proven that companies can produce quality brands for the global market, which it has done with a wide range of high quality products derived from sugar, particularly rum.“You have established that it is more than possible to evolve from primary products to creating some of the best brands in the world,’ the Minister said.The company has spent over $250 million to redesign and renovate its corporate office that will be the company’s hub for the Caribbean. It is central to its strategy of strengthening the route to markets in the region, and also improving the service offered to customers. Companies Urged to Place More Emphasis on Branding CommerceApril 14, 2014Written by: Garfield L. Angus RelatedMore Than 600 Foreign Buyers at Expo Jamaica 2014 Story HighlightsCompanies are being urged to place more emphasis on branding, particularly the goods and services they produce, to achieve large returns.Branding should not be an add-on exercise, but a position that involves both leadership and staff.The Minister argued that there is great power in brand identity, to capture consumers, break into new markets, and to make a “greater return on investment”.center_img Related500 Buyers Registered For Expo Jamaica 2014 Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Industry, Investment and Commence, Hon. Anthony Hylton (right), along with Managing Director at J. Wray and Nephew, Clement Lawrence, view some of the company’s products at the official opening of its corporate office, in New Kingston, on April 10. RelatedAllocation of $123 Million to Boost Export Capacity Advertisementslast_img read more

Confidence influences eyewitness memory of crimes

first_imgPinterest Memory conformityAs Dr Thorley explains, “In 2003, 29 people witnessed the murder of the Swedish foreign minister, Anna Lindh, in a shopping mall. Afterwards these co-witnesses discussed the murder. During these discussions, one incorrectly stated that the murderer wore a camouflage-patterned jacket.“Several of the witnesses then included this incorrect information in their subsequent police statements. Consequently, the police wasted time and resources looking for someone in a camouflage-pattern jacket. Photographic evidence later revealed the murderer had worn a grey hooded sweatshirt”.Last year, Dr Thorley conducted the first study examining whether memory conformity can result in eyewitnesses blaming an innocent bystander for a crime. In that earlier study, participant eyewitnesses watched a crime video and then read a statement from a co-witness about the crime that incorrect blamed an innocent bystander for it. Just over 40% of participants who read this statement also blame the innocent bystander. This specific form of memory conformity became known as blame conformity.Blame conformityIn his most recent research, published in the latest issue of Psychology, Crime, and Law, Dr Thorley conducted two studies examining whether or not eyewitnesses are more likely to engage in blame conformity when incorrect information about a crime comes from a high-confidence, compared to a low-confidence, co-witness and when the eyewitnesses themselves are low, compared to high, in self-confidence.In both experiments participant eyewitnesses watched a video of a bag theft. They then read a co-witness statement about the theft. For some of these participants, the co-witness incorrectly stated an innocent bystander was the thief. The participant eyewitnesses were then asked who committed the theft.ConfidenceIn the first experiment, the incorrect co-witness expressed high or low confidence in her assertion that the innocent bystander was the thief. Participant eyewitnesses who read the incorrect statement by the high-confidence co-witness were at greater risk of engaging in blame conformity by also blaming the innocent bystander for the crime.In the second experiment, participants’ own self-confidence was assessed. Those who were lower self-confidence were more likely to engage in blame conformity by also blaming the innocent bystander for the crime.Interestingly, when participant eyewitnesses engaged in blame conformity in both experiments were asked how confident they were that the innocent bystander was the thief, they only expressed moderate levels of confidence. This suggests they had an awareness that their responses were potentially incorrect but engaged in blame conformity regardless.Eyewitness susceptibilityThis is the first research to examine whether or not co-witness confidence and own self-confidence can predict susceptibility to blame conformity. The findings suggest both play an important role in the effect.Dr Thorley specialises in teaching people about human memory, memory and law, research methods, and statistics. As part of his ongoing research Dr Thorley has lectured to a range of different audiences including undergraduate students, fellow academics, medical professionals, and senior police officers LinkedIn Share on Facebook New University of Liverpool research has found that co-witnesses to a crime can contaminate each other’s memory of who committed it, but that the likelihood of this contamination occurring depends upon their confidence.The research, conducted by Dr Craig Thorley from the University’s Institute of Psychology, Health and Society, was inspired by real-life incidents where co-witnesses have discussed a crime, one has made a mistake during these discussions, and the others have then included this mistake in their subsequent police statements.This effect is known as memory conformity and it has the potential to derail police investigations.center_img Share Share on Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Bonner hits century as Scorpions share spoils

first_imgFor the second game in a row, defiant second innings batting saw the Jamaica Scorpions avoiding defeat after they played to a draw with the Windward Islands Volcanoes at Sabina Park in the Cricket West Indies Regional Four Day tournament yesterday.Paul Palmer Jr had scored a classy 117 not out in their opening game against Trinidad and Tobago Red force to stave off defeat. This time, it took two more solid centuries to stop the Scorpions from being beaten outright.167 behind on first innings after being dismissed for 220 in reply to the Volcanoes’ 387, the Scorpions managed 404 for 8 declared in their second innings.Nkrumah Bonner joined his captain John Campbell, who had scored 102 earlier, by carving out an even unbeaten 100.Paul Palmer Jr continued his good form, when he made 42 runs.Sherman Lewis was the pick of the Volcanoes bowlers with 3 for 62. Scorpions head coach Andre Coley was pleased with the way his team fought back, especially with the bat. Resilience after follow-on “We showed a lot of resilience after being asked to follow on. That was good. In fact we were able to put ourselves in a position to declare and push for a win. That was good from a batting standpoint,” said Coley.Asked to get 238 to win outright, the Volcanoes reached 155 for 5 when the game was called off with 10 overs to go.Devon Smith was the topscorer with 47 runs, while Derval Green took 3 for 30. Coach of the Volcanoes, former Jamaican pacer Andrew Richardson, was full of praise for both teams.“It was a very good game. We were basically in control for two days and Jamaica clawed their way back. They came back this morning and showed some fight. Certainly put us under pressure for the last few hours. However, our batting stood up … it was an excellent game of cricket,” Richardson said.The Scorpions will next play Barbados Pride at Sabina Park starting on Thursday.Yesterday’s drawn result leaves Jamaica in fifth position after two rounds.Leading the charge is the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force with 29.6 points followed by the Volcanoes on 29.4. The Barbados Pride are next in third position with 25.6 points. They are followed by the defending champions the Guyana Jaguars, who are on 24.8 points. The Scorpions have 14.8 points while the Leeward Island Hurricane are at the bottom of the table with 4.2 points.last_img read more

Southern rugby’s export boom

first_img29 June 2007Springbok captain John Smit will be playing his rugby in France for the next two years, joining what could become an exodus of top South African rugby players to Europe. Judging by similar moves by Australian and New Zealand players, the game could be in for a shake-up after the World Cup in France.Smit announced on Wednesday that he has accepted an offer to play for Cleremont Auvergne in 2008/09. Free State Cheetahs’ centre Marius Joubert is joining Smit there, while former Springbok Grant Esterhuizen is already on the club’s books.“Representing the Springboks since my debut in 2000 and also playing for my beloved Sharks was a real dream come true for me and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with them,” Smit said on the Sharks website. “However, the time has come to make a change and move on in my professional career.”Smit’s decision notwithstanding, national coach Jake White, should he remain coach of the Springboks after the World Cup, has said he would still pick the hooker to captain the Boks. “Without a doubt, John’s ability to lead a team, coupled with his strength in the scrums and accuracy in the lineout, make him special,” White said.Andy Marinos, the manager of South Africa’s national rugby teams, said Smit had consulted SA Rugby throughout the process and “we respect his decision”.More international skippersSmit might not be the only Springbok captain heading for France. Ambitious French second division side Toulon recently announced that Victor Matfield, who led South Africa against New Zealand in Durban recently, has been signed.Matfield hasn’t yet confirmed the move. The French media, however, have quoted the lock as saying he has only a few loose ends to tie up and is committed to Toulon in principle.Former All Black captain Tana Umaga is both a player and the club’s general manager. He’s been very active signing players, and apart from chasing Matfield – viewed by many as the best lineout forward in world rugby – Umaga has signed Australia’s George Gregan, the most capped player in test, former All Blacks flyhalf Andrew Mehrtens, and Anton Oliver who, like Umaga, has led New Zealand.South Africans at ToulonToulon has a good number of South African players on its books, including Daniel Muller, Nicky Smit, Charl van Vliet, Nico Breedt, Norman Jordaan and Chris Rossouw, so it appears that settling settling in wouldn’t be a problem for Matfield.The club’s most recently announced signing, prop Lawrence Sephaka, brings the number of South African players, excluding Matfield, to seven.Toulon even has a South African coaching connection, with Tim Lane, who previously coached the Cats (now Lions) in Super Rugby and served as a Springbok assistant coach, in charge.While Matfield is 30 and probably doesn’t have that many years left in his career, another Springbok star, Schalk Burger, has drawn the interest of France’s Toulouse and England’s NEC Harlequins, and he is just 24 years of age.Currency issuesNaturally, South African rugby would rather not lose a young superstar to a northern hemisphere club, but it is an uphill battle for South Africa’s provinces and the SA Rugby Union – at current exchange rates the euro is worth close to R10, while the pound is worth over R14.It would be difficult, if not impossible, for South Africa to match the money Europe can offer players of the stature of Smit, Matfield and Burger.The list of players rumoured to be heading north doesn’t end there, however, and, if the number of New Zealanders and Australians also heading in that direction after the World Cup is any indication, a lot of South Africans will be joining them.UK callingPercy Montgomery, who previously had a stint in Wales with the Newport Gwent Dragons, has been linked with Perpignan, as has Bok winger Ashwin Willemse. Gerrie Britz has already signed a three-year contract with the club.Springbok flyhalf Butch James has reportedly been approached by English club Bath, while 39-test veteran De Wet Barry recently signed a two-year contract with Harlequins.Should a large number of frontline Springboks sign contracts with French and English clubs, there could be problems for SA rugby down the line.One need only to look back on England’s recent tour of South Africa and France’s tour of New Zealand, where both touring teams were missing many top players because of club rugby commitments.In both series, the southern hemisphere teams, at full strength, recorded record margins of victory over the northern hemisphere sides. South Africa thumped England 58-10 and 55-22, while the All Blacks hammered France 42-11 and 61-10.World rugby shake-up?Increasingly, countries are selecting teams for test matches that are not their strongest line-ups, but rather selections that are used to gauge whether players are potential World Cup players or not.The rugby world could be in for a big shake-up after the World Cup in France, with more watering down of national teams a definite possibility.An exodus of South African, New Zealand and Australian players could result in a weakened Tri-Nations competition; it could even end up with the southern hemisphere powers sending out third-string teams against the northern hemisphere.When England tackled the Springboks recently, 30 top players were unavailable for selection, mostly because of club commitments. The shoe could soon be on the other foot.SA players in EuropeBelow is a list of South Africans who played club rugby in France or England this past season, or who are set to play in Europe next season (A * indicates players linked with a move to a club, ^ indicates players who have recently signed contracts).Included in the list are a number of English, French, New Zealand and Welsh rugby internationals who were born and/or grew up in South Africa.FRANCEStade FrançaisPieter de Villiers (French international), Boela du Plooy, Brian Liebenberg (French international), Frans ViljoenToulouseDaan Human, Gaffie du ToitCleremont AuvergneGrant Esterhuizen, John Smit*, Marius Joubert*PerpignanGavin Hume, Gerrie Britz*, Percy Montgomery^, Ashwin Willemse^BourgoinRudi Coetzee, Wessel JoosteMontaubanBraam ImmelmanCastresDanie Saayman, Gerhard VoslooBriveVickus Liebenberg, Johan van Zyl, Hendrik Gerber, Charl van RensburgMontpellierDrikus Hancke, Rickus LubbeBayonneRob Linde, Jacques Deen, Sam Gerber, Eduard CoetzeeNarbonneHenk Eksteen, Retief Uys, Tinus van RensburgAgenWillem Stoltz, Adri Badenhorst, Pietman van Niekerk, Conrad StoltzToulouseSchalk Burger^Toulon (Division Two)Daniel Muller, Nicky Smit, Charl van Vliet, Nico Breedt, Norman Jordaan, Chris Rossouw, Victor Matfield^ENGLANDGloucesterRudi Keil, Jake BoerSaracensCobus Visagie, Neil de KockLondon IrishMike Catt (England international), Danie Coetzee, Faan RautenbachNEC HarlequinsStuart Abbott (England international), Hal Luscombe (Wales international), Andre Vos, Schalk Burger^BathPieter Dixon, Hottie Louw, Matt Stevens (England international), Michael Claassens, Butch JamesNewcastle FalconsRussell WinterWorcester WarriorsThinus Delport, Greg Rawlinson (New Zealand international)Northampton Saints Joe van Niekerk, Geoff Appleford (England international), Pat Barnard Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Eden Gardens to host ICC World Twenty20 final

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has allotted Eden Gardens to host the ICC World Twenty20 final and the board too announced other venues that will host the tournament starting from March 11 to April 3, 2016.Bengaluru, Chennai, Dharamshala, Mohali, Mumbai, Nagpur and New Delhi will be the venues along with Kolkata, which will also host the final of the event. These venues will host the matches subject to fulfilling the prescribed requirements of the ICC and BCCI while adhering to the statutory obligations that are mandatory for hosting an international match.Speaking to the media, honorary secretary of the BCCI, Anurag Thakur said, “BCCI is extremely proud to host this prestigious event. All the venues identified have hosted many prestigious matches. With this announcement, we have begun our preparations in right earnest. We want this T20 WC to be a memorable experience for our participants and fans. I am confident that all the venues nominated will deliver a world class event.”BCCI also constituted a Managing Committee for the T20 World Cup comprising of the following members:President of BCCI, Mr. Jagmohan Dalmiya would be the chairman of this committee along with the following members;Mr. Anurag Thakur, convenor and Hon. Secretary, BCCI.Mr. Amitabh Choudhary, Hon. Joint Secretary, BCCI.Mr. Anirudh Chaudhry, Hon. Treasurer, BCCI.Mr. G. Ganga Raju, Vice President, BCCI.Mr. Rajeev Shukla, Chairman, IPL.Mr. Ashish Shelar, Vice President, Mumbai Cricket Association.Mr. Ashirbad Behera, Hon. Secretary, Orissa Cricket Association.last_img read more

JCCF Celebrates 75th Anniversary

first_imgThe Jamaica Combined Cadet Force (JCCF) is commemorating its 75th anniversary with the staging of several activities from November 2018 to November 2019.The year-long events will commence on Thursday, November 1, with a Reading of the Proclamation by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen at King’s House.Following the event at King’s House, there will be a proclamation run throughout the year in 12 parishes, where the proclamation will be read in a church.There will also be presentations of 75th anniversary medals to persons who have served in the JCCF for several years.A special church service will be held at the Garrison Church of the Ascension at Up Park Camp in St. Andrew on Sunday, November 4.The JCCF will also host a ‘Receiving of the New Colours Parade’ on Sunday, November 4 at Up Park Camp, where a public presentation of military colours will be inspected by the Governor-General. The parade is open to the public and begins at 3:00 p.m.A carol service, musical extravaganza, cadet sports day and international cadet camp are some of the other activities that will take place during the year.Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’, on October 24, the JCCF Commandant, Colonel Errol Johnson, said the activities are geared towards bringing greater visibility to the organisation.“We want to celebrate the impact the JCCF has had on the country by highlighting the ways in which our youth can be engaged gainfully by becoming a part of this organisation. The JCCF caters to the holistic development of young people aged 12 to 18, providing mental, moral and physical training, so we encourage the public to take part in the activities throughout the year,” said Lieutenant Johnson.last_img read more

Viola Davis Just Became The First Black Woman To Win An Oscar

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: When Viola Davis walked onstage at the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday to accept her award for Best Supporting Actress, she also vaulted herself into one of the most prestigious acting clubs in the [email protected] gives #Oscars acceptance speech: Artists “the only profession that celebrate what it means to live a life”— ABC News (@ABC) February 27, 2017 Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img With the win for her work in the 2016 film “Fences,” Davis becomes the 23rd person to complete the so-called triple crown of acting, which is the term used to describe actors and actresses who have won at least one competitive acting award at the Oscars, the Emmys and the Tonys. She is the first black woman to do so. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Horrible crash off Scripps Poway Parkway on Christmas

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A horrible crash at 11500 Scripps Poway Parkway occurred on Christmas day.A 27 year old male and his 26 year old female passenger were in a 2014 Infinity Q50 traveling eastbound 11500 Scripps Poway Parkway, when the driver lost control of the vehicle.The vehicle slid sideways into the center median and struck a tree on the passenger side.The driver was transported to the hospital by medics with serious injuries. The female passenger was air lifted by medevac to the hospital with serious life threatening injuries.Alcohol was not a factor and Traffic Division responded to the scene and are investigating the collision. KUSI Newsroom, December 25, 2018 Posted: December 25, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwittercenter_img Horrible crash off Scripps Poway Parkway on Christmas Updated: 8:25 PM KUSI Newsroom last_img read more