Bring the actor’s craft to the boardroom

first_imgGive each muscle the instruction to soften and release. Lift your shoulders to your ears, squeeze hard and then drop them down. Rotate your shoulders forward, then back. Allow your arms to hang by your side — free of muscular tension. As Shakespeare wrote: “All the world’s a stage.” That includes the boardroom. Think in the moment Business leaders are expected to give their best performance consistently, while leading in fast-paced environments with time pressures, and adapting their strategy to suit a continuously changing world. 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Most senior leaders struggle to communicate effectively. Our research report, Thinking on Your Feet, identified that 81 per cent of senior leaders feel that they’re often placed in situations where they find it difficult to remain calm and clear-headed. When learning improvisation, actors are taught to turn off their inner critic — the voice in our head that tells us to get it right. Great improvisers focus their attention on their fellow actors and listen, responding to whatever they say or do. Often the simplest response is what is needed. A young Ian McKellan, the English actor, in 1975 (Getty Images) The first stage is to release any physical tension. Muscular tension feeds back to the brain that we are under stress, which makes us think reactively, rather than responsively. Also, consider your breath. Focused breathing helps to manage nerves, which often manifest themselves in high-pressured situations. Imagine your belly expanding as you breathe in. It’s vital to build resilience and confidence in these scenarios. Fortunately, there are techniques, which build upon an actor’s craft, to help leaders prepare their minds and bodies. Opinion Kate Walker Miles is a tutor at RADA Business. Wednesday 25 March 2020 12:01 am Such expectations and responsibilities can be overwhelming, which causes stress levels to build, making it difficult to think on our feet. So before that key meeting, stand with your feet hip-width apart and your knees unlocked. Scan up your body, focusing on the muscles of the legs, then the belly, followed by the shoulders, neck and arms. We can’t expect to set the world alight every time we think, so take the pressure off and keep it simple. In the heat of the moment, have you really listened to the question? Do you understand it? center_img A young Ian McKellan, the English actor, in 1975 (Getty Images) Also Read: Bring the actor’s craft to the boardroom Bring the actor’s craft to the boardroom Try counting, breathing out for seven seconds and in for five seconds. This will help to calm your nervous system, freeing you to think with greater clarity. It becomes harder to think or act flexibly and curtails our creativity. What’s more, showing physical signs of stress may cause our audience to feel uncomfortable. Kate Walker Miles Tutor, RADA business It’s the same in business. If you take the pressure off yourself, you give yourself the chance to be “in the moment” and your best ideas can flow during a meeting, rather than 15 minutes after you’ve left. A young Ian McKellan, the English actor, in 1975 (Getty Images) Also Read: Bring the actor’s craft to the boardroom The ability to think clearly under pressure and remain calm in stressful situations is a skill that many of us wish we could master. Furthermore, 37 per cent of leaders stated that high-pressure scenarios made it harder to prepare their thoughts. Our research found that board meetings (31 per cent), and video conference calls (30 per cent) most frequently impacted senior leaders’ ability to act authentically and think on their feet. whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Now focus on your neck. Turn your head to look over each shoulder, in turn. Allow yourself a huge, open yawn to release the jaw muscles and tongue. Finally, take a moment to shake out all muscular tension. City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. Share whatsapp What are these techniques, and how can leaders apply them? If not, resist the urge to start speaking. Pause, think, and ask for clarification if you need it. Breathe and try offering your responses in short sentences for good impact.last_img read more

Italy Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to resign as his coalition crumbles

first_img Reuters whatsapp Earlier, politicians in the prime minister’s own coalition warned he would face defeat in parliament this week in a vote over a contested report on the justice system, which could only be averted by handing his resignation. Conte has no direct party affiliation but is close to the largest coalition group, the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement. It also reiterated its support for him, and has also made clear that it does want any attempt at reconciling with Renzi. whatsapp The prime minister, who has been in office since June 2018, hopes President Sergio Mattarella will give him a mandate to form a new government with broader backing in parliament, senior government sources said. However, once a prime minister resigns, there is no guarantee that a new coalition can form, and always a risk that early elections might end up as the only viable solution. A recent reform cut by one-third the number of parliamentary seats up for grabs at the next national ballot, meaning that many of the current lawmakers are unlikely to win re-election, whatever the result. Italy has had 66 governments since World War Two and administrations are regularly ripped up and then pieced back together in tortuous, behind-the-scenes talks that open the way for cabinet reshuffles and policy reviews. Tags: Eurozone Italy has had 66 governments since the end of World War 2 and governing coalitions are known to easily disband (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) Also Read: Italy Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to resign tomorrow, as his coalition crumbles But his efforts have floundered and lawmakers from the co-ruling Democratic Party (PD) said he needed to stand down and open formal negotiations in order to win time to create a new coalition. “He is a problem and cannot be part of the solution,” said Stefano Patuanelli, industry minister and a 5-Star politician. Italy Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to resign tomorrow, as his coalition crumbles Italy has had 66 governments since the end of World War 2 and governing coalitions are known to easily disband (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) Trying to allay his fears of a political imbroglio, PD lawmakers said they would support him to lead a new cabinet.center_img Conte lost his majority in the upper house Senate last week, when the centrist Italia Viva party led by former premier Matteo Renzi quit the coalition in a row over the government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis and economic recession. Show Comments ▼ If the prime minister shuns him, his path to securing a solid parliamentary majority will be more difficult, with relatively few senators seen as open to joining the government. Monday 25 January 2021 8:30 pm Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will hand in his resignation to the head of state tomorrow morning after a cabinet meeting to inform his ministers, Conte’s office said. Looking to put pressure on waverers, the main ruling parties have warned that snap elections, two years ahead of schedule, will be the only way out of the impasse unless a solution is rapidly found. Italy has had 66 governments since the end of World War 2 and governing coalitions are known to easily disband (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) Also Read: Italy Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to resign tomorrow, as his coalition crumbles Conte’s efforts to lure centrist and independent senators to the government’s ranks have met little success. 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Instead, he tried to draw wavering senators into his camp with vague promises of a new government pact and possible ministerial positions. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTaco RelishSuspicious Pics That Are Fishier Than The SeaTaco RelishPost FunGreat Songs That Artists Are Now Embarrassed OfPost FunAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthMagellan TimesIf You See A Red Ball On A Power Line, Here’s What It MeansMagellan TimesZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldUrbanAuntyKate Middleton’s Outfit Took Prince William’s Breath AwayUrbanAuntyEliteSinglesThis Is Where the Majority of Divorced Over 40 Are Finding Love Again in ScottsdaleEliteSinglesgo.dailystocktraders.comThis Secret IRS Loophole May Change Your Renzi has indicated he would return to the coalition on the condition that Conte accepts a string of demands. This means that there will be no rush in parliament for a vote, putting pressure on party leaders to find a compromise. The cabinet is convened for 8am, at which Conte “will inform his ministers of his intention to resign. He will then go to see President Sergio Mattarella,” the cabinet office statement said.last_img read more

Economist: Alaska’s job losses are staggering, but not surprising

first_imgCoronavirus | EconomyEconomist: Alaska’s job losses are staggering, but not surprisingMay 22, 2020 by Lex Treinen, Alaska Public Media Share:The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development building in Juneau. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)Alaska lost 42,000 jobs in the month of April compared to the same month last year, according to data released Friday from the state Department of Labor. The losses are staggering, but state economist Karinne Wiebold said that after seeing the national numbers last week, she’s not surprised.“That’s not a magnitude that we’ve run into before, so it’s large number, it really is, but it’s not shocking,” she said.Alaska’s unemployment rate now stands at 13%, slightly lower than the national rate. The sector hardest hit is leisure and hospitality, where nearly 50% of people lost their jobs. Wiebold said those jobs, which include restaurant workers, bar workers, gym workers were lost due to shutdowns due to the coronavirus. Those jobs tend to be relatively low-paying.“But at the same time, we’re down over the year over 1,000 oil and gas jobs and oil and gas jobs are very well paid, so being down 1000 of those could be a wage equivalent of many more jobs in lower-paid sectors, and that obviously has a big effect on our economy,” she said.There were also substantial losses in retail, construction, and state and local governments, which Wiebold said are largely linked to education job cuts. The total number of people filing for unemployment benefits in Alaska has hovered around 50,000 for the past several weeks.Share this story:last_img read more

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Just Got a Major Tech…

first_imgUncategorizedThe Wizarding World of Harry Potter Just Got a Major Tech UpdateIn the words of Beyonce: ”Let me upgrade U”By Marielle Wakim – March 23, 2017801ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItWell Merlin’s beard, y’all. Universal Studios announced today that Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey—the trademark thrill ride at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter—just got a pretty impressive technological upgrade: all of the film projections will now be presented in 4K-HD, which sounds like a Star Wars character but is really the shorthand for “Super Sharp And Pretty Mind-Blowing Imagery That Will Have You All OMG I’m LITERALLY Flying On a Broom With Harry Potter At Hogwarts RN.” (The press release would be more clear if that’s what it said, to be honest.) Per the theme park, pre-filmed images shown throughout the ride that were once projected at 60 frames-per-second will now be projected at 120 frames-per-second, which means every crazy jaunt through Hogwarts’ corridors and every sharp turn on the Quidditch pitch will feel even more immersive.If you visited the park in its early days, you might have caught the ride in its 3D iteration. Three-dimensional screens combined with nausea-inducing hydraulics on its four-seater vehicles resulted in lots of vomit, none of the Weasley twins’ puking pastilles required. The addition of the 4K-HD means dumping the 3D glasses and hopefully the barf bags. If the ride still turns your stomach, though, consider spending the rest of your day sipping Butterbeer (we’d suggest the carbonated version, as it might help settle your innards) and scouring the park for all of its hidden film props. TAGSHarry PotterHarry Potter and the Forbidden JourneyThe Wizarding World of Harry PotterUniversal StudiosPrevious articleHappy National Puppy Day. Here Are Photos of Adorable L.A. Dogs.Next articleYou Can Now Take the Bus to Griffith Observatory and the Greek Theatre Every Day of the WeekMarielle Wakim RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORThe Best Safe and Spooky Halloween Events in L.A.COVID-19 Is Already Canceling Halloween at SoCal Theme ParksScience and the Horror Genre Have Always Been Intertwinedlast_img read more

News / A bumpy ride for air cargo on the radar as global slowdown takes its toll

first_imgBy Alex Lennane in Singapore 12/03/2019 “We didn’t know we would see a contraction in the past three months, and it’s more severe than we thought. And if we see a deterioration of the trade situation, we could see an even weaker environment.” Speaking at the World Cargo Symposium in Singapore this morning, he said there had been a consistent picture of a slowdown. “Asia is a bellwether, and it has shown a pattern of weakness.  “The fact is we are facing a problem with world trade rather than general economic weakness. The [trade war between] the US and Asia has added to European trade weakness, and the EU is going through an increasingly difficult time, with weakening exports and trade.” Despite generally good economies, Mr Pearce said trade was restricted by increasing protectionism, and he pointed to some 9,000 policies put in place which have restricted trade. “It’s no wonder trade is not matching GDP growth,” he added. “We might be on the cusp of a trade deal between the US and China, which is good news. But we are in a different world today, one of aggressive unilateralism. And even if we do get a deal, I am not sure it’ll be finished.” He added: “Globalisation has paused. We had two extraordinary decades of China being integrated into  the world economy, which was probably a one-off benefit, so it’s not surprising that it’s levelling off. He said there were reasons to be optimistic, however, with the IMF forecast suggesting world trade to grow at 3.5%, while the global economy would rise 3% in the next five years. And the growth of air cargo, he said, was in partly in the hands of the industry itself, with e-commerce one opportunity, while Brexit could also lead to a short-term pick up. “It’s going to be a difficult year … but there’s every chance air cargo could outperform sluggish word trade growth. It may not be too far out of reach.” For airlines, the real challenge will be yields, said Chin Yau Seng, senior vice president cargo for Singapore Airlines. “That’s what makes or breaks profitability. When demand and supply are mismatched it affects yields …and there is no end in sight to capacity rises. The billion dollar question is whether demand will keep up.” IATA has downgraded its projected growth figures for air cargo by nearly half, following a poor start to the year. The association now predicts growth of just 2% for 2019, down from 3.7%, while others are even more pessimistic. One senior analyst told The Loadstar he thought gtowth would more likely be flat or 1%, while a chief executive believed the industry would “be lucky to reach 2%”. Brian Pearce, chief economist for IATA, said: “Two percent is quite a significant downgrade from what we were thinking in December.  last_img read more

A new procedure could help obese patients shed pounds

first_imgBefore: A doctor guides the catheter to the stomach and delivers embolic spheres to block blood flow to arteries (black lines in scan) that feed the fundus. After: Once blocked, arteries are no longer able to supply blood to the fundus, resulting in lower levels of ghrelin. Clifford R. Weiss, MD and Edwin ChoiBut keep in mind:This is simply a pilot trial, only tested in a handful of patients who had a BMI over 40, but weighed less than 400 pounds and were otherwise relatively healthy. Because patients with conditions like diabetes were excluded from the preliminary study, it’s not clear how other health factors might affect how well the procedure works.What they’re saying:Dr. Matthew Kroh, the director of surgical endoscopy at the Cleveland Clinic, said that while bariatric arterial embolization is outside the lines of traditional interventions, there’s a need for that.“We have well-established therapies that range from exercise and diet control to surgical intervention. But there’s a tremendous number of patients that don’t get the therapy they need,” he said.Kroh emphasized that it’s a small group of patients and the trial is still early, but said it warrants further investigation.Next steps:The researchers will run more extensive trials on a larger group of patients to get a better grasp of how effective the procedure will be in the long run, and how it stacks up compared to a placebo. News Editor About the Author Reprints @meggophone [email protected] Tags obesityweight loss Quick TakeA new procedure could help obese patients shed pounds center_img Megan Thielking By Megan Thielking April 3, 2016 Reprints A small study shows that a non-surgical procedure designed to block blood flow to a certain part of the stomach could help obese patients lose weight, though the results are still preliminary.Why it matters:Surgical weight-loss options like gastric bypass and lap-band surgery can be quite invasive, costly, and can come with a lengthy recovery time. A minimally invasive procedure could open the door for more patients to lose weight and boost their overall health.The nitty gritty:The procedure, called bariatric arterial embolization, starts by feeding a small catheter through a patient’s arteries, via an incision in either the groin or the wrist, to an area at the top of the stomach called the fundus, where the hunger-stimulating hormone ghrelin is produced. Tiny beads are injected through the catheter to decrease blood flow to the fundus.advertisement In a pilot study of seven patients, the procedure appeared to work. After six months, the patients had lost an average of 13.3 percent of their excess body weight, which the researchers defined as the number of pounds above their ideal weight. There weren’t any significant adverse events reported in any of the patients.“As our efficacy increases, we may one day replace bariatric surgery for patients who are on the early end of morbid obesity,” said lead researcher Dr. Clifford Weiss, an interventional radiologist at Johns Hopkins University.advertisement APStocklast_img read more

Big pension funds seek to unseat Mylan directors over executive pay

first_img By Ed Silverman May 31, 2017 Reprints What’s included? @Pharmalot Jeff Swensen/Getty Images Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Big pension funds seek to unseat Mylan directors over executive pay Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED What is it? Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. [email protected] center_img About the Author Reprints In a harshly worded letter, several large institutional investors are urging shareholders to oppose the re-election of six Mylan directors — including non-executive chairman Robert Coury — over its “costly record of compensation, [and] risk and compliance failures.”The move comes shortly after Mylan disclosed that Coury was given a $97 million pay package last year.  At the time, corporate governance experts suggested shareholders may revolt over his compensation, which included a $22.3 million termination benefit for his recent change in status to non-executive chair and came in the wake of a wave of pricing controversy and government probes. Ed Silverman GET STARTED STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Log In | Learn More Pharmalot Tags financepharmaceuticalsSTAT+last_img read more

Deaths in Laois – Monday, December 16, 2019

first_img WhatsApp Twitter TAGSDeaths in Laois 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Twitter Pinterest GAA Facebook Previous articleMixed fortunes for Portlaoise Panthers National League teams over the weekendNext articleSeven Talking Points as the Laois hurlers start Walsh Cup with a win Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Pinterest GAA Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Maisie Keegan (née Conroy)4 Botley Court, Portarlington, Laois / Emo, LaoisFormerly Cappakeel Emo County Laois. Peacefully at the Regional Hospital Tullamore. Loving wife of the late Michael and dear mother of the late Gavin. Deeply regretted by her loving sons Thomas and Ivan, daughters Martina and Denise, granddaughter Aisling, grandson Andrew, sisters Agnes and Nora, brother George, extended family and friendsRest In Peace.Reposing at her residence on Monday from 3pm with Rosary at 8pm. Removal on Tuesday at 12:20pm arriving St Paul’s Church Emo for Requiem Mass at 1pm. Funeral afterwards to the New Cemetery Emo.House Private on Tuesday Morning Please.Patricia (Patty) Lalor (née Breen)Boley, Shanahoe, LaoisPeacefully, in the care of the staff of Tullamore Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. Predeceased by her brother Jimmy. Deeply regretted by her loving husband Dan, daughters Margaret (Walsh), Alice (Fahey), Noreen (Mc Evoy), Patricia (Clooney), sons Donie, Thomas, John and Patrick, brothers Paddy, Eddie and Tommy, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.Reposing at her residence today, Sunday and again tomorrow, Monday, with recital of the Rosary on Monday evening at 8pm. Removal on Tuesday morning to St. Brigid’s Church, Shanahoe, for 12 noon Requiem Mass. Burial afterwards in St. Brigid’s Cemetery, Shanahoe. Family flowers only, by request. Donations, if desired, to Irish Kidney Assocation.Jim DelaneyGrangemore, Borris-in-Ossory, LaoisJim Delaney, Grangemore, Borris in Ossory, Co. Laois. December 13th 2019. Peacefully at Portlaoise Regional Hospital. Deeply regretted by his sister Moira (Walsh) Portlaoise, brother in law Tom, nephews Brendan, Kevin, Owen, Cyril and Shane, nieces Ann, Caroline and Aoife, grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins, relatives, neighbours and friends.Reposing at O’Sullivan’s Funeral Home, Rathdowney on Sunday evening from 6.30 with rosary at 8pm. Funeral mass on Monday at 12 noon in Knockaroo Church followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.Sr. Anthony (Margaret Mary) COFFEY D.C.Blackrock, Dublin / Rosenallis, Laois(late of Clonduff, Rosenallis, Co. Laois and 10 Henrietta St. Dublin 1) December 13th 2019 in her 102nd year, peacefully at Nazareth House Nursing Home, Malahide Rd. Deeply regretted by her Community of the Daughters of Charity, her brother Peter, sister-in-law Betty, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, relatives and friends.Reposing at St. Catherine’s Provincial House, Dunardagh, Temple Hill, Blackrock, Co. Dublin on Sunday, December 15th, from 3.00 p.m. until prayers at 5 p.m. Funeral Mass in St. Catherine’s at 10.30 a.m. on Monday, December 16th, followed by burial in Deansgrange Cemetery.Bland Patrick (Rory)Late of Rath House, Ballybrittas, LaoisBland, Patrick (Rory) (Late of Rath House, Ballybrittas, County Laois) – 12th December, 2019. (Peacefully) at TLC Nursing Home, Santry. Sadly missed by his son, daughters, grandchildren, sister in law, nephews and a wide circle of friends.Reposing at Massey Bros., Funeral Home, 109 The Coombe, Dublin 8, on Monday, 16th December, at 12.30 o’c prior to Service in Mt Jerome Garden Chapel, Monday at 2 o’c with cremation thereafter. All enquiries to Massey Bros., Funeral, 109 The Coombe on 014533333SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Sunday, December 15, 2019 Facebook Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Monday, December 16, 2019 Deaths Deaths in Laois – Monday, December 16, 2019 WhatsApp By Alan Hartnett – 16th December 2019 GAA last_img read more

Stern Urges Effective Public Defender to Enforce Charter of Rights

first_imgRelatedStern Urges Effective Public Defender to Enforce Charter of Rights FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce & Investment and Member of Parliament (MP) for North West Clarendon, Hon. Michael Stern, has said that without a proper mechanism, such as an effective Public Defender to enforce sanctions against abuse, the proposed Charter of Rights and Freedoms will become another wasted effort.Mr. Stern said that cost is a critical factor which militates against the public’s capacity to access the justice system. He was speaking in the debate on the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (November 3).“The machinery to access the judiciary is sometimes slow and in some cases non-existent, therefore, consistent and effective reform of the justice system must be looked at for the benefit of the small man,” Mr. Stern said.“It is evident to me, based on my experience, that this newly amended Charter of Rights and Freedoms will be of little consequence, if they cannot be enforced on behalf of the poor and disadvantaged, who are the most defenceless against abuse of their rights and freedoms,” he noted.“Many of us sitting in this Honourable House have been forced to defend our constitutional rights at great pain and costs. We must ask ourselves the question, can a small man in Frankfield (Clarendon) afford to go the distance in the courts and fight to maintain his civil liberties? My recent experience in the court tells me a resounding ‘No’,” the Clarendon MP, added.He said that the Charter could become an effective tool to foster the development of a dynamic society, “but without proper mechanism in the form of an effective public defender, that is well funded and well equipped to enforce sanctions against abuse,” it would become another wasted effort.Mr. Stern proposed that the obvious deficiencies in the justice system, which could affect the ability of ordinary Jamaicans to benefit from the Charter, be addressed. He suggested funding guaranteed by the state, the private sector and civil society for the Office of the Public Defender, as well as the NGOs that represent the interests of the less privileged.He also expressed his concern about the proposal to link bipartisan co-operation on passing the Charter to agreement on the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), as Jamaica’s final appellate court.“This is a separate issue and it is foolhardy for the Opposition to hold Jamaicans, and, indeed, the growth and development of this great nation, at ransom for the sake of implementing the Caribbean Court of Justice,” he said.He noted that many Jamaicans maintain an “unbroken confidence” in the Privy Council, and still believe that the justice system is deficient, in many areas, and needs the critical judgments of the Privy Council, as an appellate court.However, Mr. Stern expressed confidence that the Charter would help to bridge the void between the authorities and the citizenry.“This Bill will finally move us up a step towards good governance, with the people at the centre,” he predicted.He acknowledged that the broadening and the deepening of the rights to which the Bill speaks is, perhaps, the most significant and far reaching measure brought to Parliament in recent times. He projected that the Charter could become an effective tool in fostering the development of a more dynamic society.The Charter provides for the protection of the rights and freedoms of Jamaicans, subject to such measures as are required for state governance in periods of public disaster or emergency, or as are regarded as demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society. It will replace Chapter Three of the Jamaican Constitution. It has been before Parliament for nearly 17 years. RelatedStern Urges Effective Public Defender to Enforce Charter of Rights RelatedStern Urges Effective Public Defender to Enforce Charter of Rightscenter_img Stern Urges Effective Public Defender to Enforce Charter of Rights ParliamentNovember 4, 2009 Advertisementslast_img read more

Ian Scott to Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology 27 November

first_imgIan Scott to Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology 27 November From: Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications CommissionWe begin by applauding your members for your study on the accessibility and affordability of telecommunications services. We take this opportunity to reiterate the need to close the digital divide by ensuring universal access to high-speed Internet and a high-quality cellular network. All Canadians need fast, affordable and reliable broadband Internet and mobile access to participate fully in today’s economy and society.November 26, 2020Ian Scott, Chairperson and Chief Executive OfficerCanadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)Check against deliveryThank you, Madam Chair, for inviting us to appear before your Committee.I am joined today by Renée Doiron, Director of Broadband and Network Engineering, and Nanao Kachi, Director of Social and Consumer Policy at the CRTC.We begin by applauding your members for your study on the accessibility and affordability of telecommunications services. We take this opportunity to reiterate the need to close the digital divide by ensuring universal access to high-speed Internet and a high-quality cellular network. All Canadians need fast, affordable and reliable broadband Internet and mobile access to participate fully in today’s economy and society.This is something the CRTC has been actively advancing since declaring broadband Internet a basic telecommunications service a few years ago.The CRTC’s universal service objective calls for all Canadians to have access to fixed broadband at download speeds of at least 50 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of 10 Mbps, as well as an unlimited data option. It also calls for the latest mobile wireless technology to be available to all Canadian homes and businesses, and along major roads.While meeting this standard has been a priority for some time, the profound economic and social upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the need for broadband in communities that are underserved.At the CRTC, we want – and expect – all Canadians to have access to broadband Internet services on both fixed and mobile wireless networks so they can work, learn and access health care and civic institutions.It is currently not the case, as many rural and remote communities are underserved by Internet technologies. According to the latest data, 45% of households in rural and remote areas had access to the CRTC’s universal service objective by the end of 2019. While that’s progress from the 41% who had access in 2018, far too many households are being challenged by poor Internet connections.To help resolve this unfortunate reality, the Commission launched the CRTC Broadband Fund to improve services in rural and remote regions that lack an acceptable level of access.The $750 million Fund – spread over five years – is designed to help build or upgrade access and transport infrastructure to provide fixed and mobile wireless broadband Internet service in underserved areas. The key word here is help. The Fund is a complement to existing and future private investment and public funding.Up to 10% of the annual amount will be aimed at satellite-dependent communities. Special consideration may also be given to projects in Indigenous or official-language minority communities.Our first call for applications was issued in June 2019. The call targeted the hardest-to-serve areas in the country: the territories and the satellite-dependent communities.This past August, we announced the first recipients of this targeted funding. Five projects will share a total of $72.1 million to improve Internet access services to more than 10,100 households in 51 communities in the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and northern Manitoba. The majority of these communities are Indigenous. There will also be a total of 316 km of new fibre installed in the Yukon and Northwest Territories to connect many communities.The projects will serve some of the most remote areas in Canada, where the geography and climate present unique challenges to providing broadband Internet access and mobile wireless services. The prices committed to by the recipients must be maintained for at least five years after the infrastructure is built. We expect that construction for these projects will begin in the spring of 2021.In terms of affordability, recipients must provide broadband services at a price that is no higher than broadband services provided by service providers in major urban areas in the same territory of the project. For projects affecting satellite-dependent communities in the Northwest Territories, Yukon and northern Manitoba, the rates proposed by applicants were compared to the rates for comparable services provided in Iqaluit, Nunavut.In November 2019, the CRTC issued a second call for applications, which was open to all eligible regions across the country. By the time the call closed in June 2020, we had received 593 applications requesting more than $1.5 billion in total funding. The assessment of these applications is a high priority for the Commission. We are working to identify those projects that will yield the greatest benefits in closing the digital divide – and some projects may be approved sooner than others.We expect that 90% of households across the country will have access to fixed broadband Internet services that meet our universal service objective by the end of next year. As a country, we are on the right path to achieve this target. The percentage of homes and businesses with such connectivity had risen to 87.4% by the end of 2019.Of course, we want all Canadians to enjoy the same level of connectivity as soon as possible. This will require private-sector investments as well as government programs. We were delighted with the government’s announcement earlier this month that it is increasing funding for the Universal Broadband Fund. Several provinces have also announced programs to fund projects in their regions.These measures, combined with the service providers’ investments in their networks, will bring broadband to even more households and help close the digital divide.Our work at the CRTC is also focused on the affordability of broadband and mobile wireless services. Measures are being taken to address this issue. I should warn you, however, that there are a number of matters before the Commission and we may not be able to provide detailed responses to your questions at this time.Access to broadband is crucial to spur innovation and empower Canadians to excel in a post-pandemic world – not just in major urban settings but also in villages, towns and small cities from coast to coast to coast. As COVID-19 has underscored, an individual’s or business’s physical location, even during periods of lockdown, is immaterial if there is equitable and high-speed access to the Internet.Speaking of COVID-19, let me conclude by adding that since the earliest days of the pandemic, we have worked closely with our partners across government to reduce the harm caused to Canadians by COVID-themed scams. Protecting Canadians from fraudulent activities is something we continue to work on.So, again, my colleagues and I want to thank you for shining a light on the important issue of the digital divide in Canada. As your committee’s study will no doubt confirm, few things are more important to Canada’s future than making sure Canadians in rural and remote areas have access to high-quality Internet service – just like their urban counterparts.We would now be happy to respond to your questions. /Public Release. 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