Jamaicas PM hails Land Information Council for advancing GIS in Jamaica

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 12, 2017 – Kingston – Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has lauded the Land Information Council of Jamaica (LICJ) for pioneering the development and maintenance of a national Geographic Information System (GIS) network over the past 25 years.   He said that more than 50 State entities have implemented GIS in their operations, resulting in greater efficiency in the execution of their mandates.These include the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), National Works Agency (NWA), National Water Commission (NWC), and Social Development Commission (SDC).“Through the innovative use of GIS applications, we are becoming more effective and efficient in harnessing the power of our limited resources. We, however, acknowledge that there is still much more that can be done.  We must think spatially to improve overall planning, monitoring, evaluation, information-sharing and communication,” Mr. Holness said.He was delivering the keynote address at Tuesday’s (October 10) opening of the inaugural two-day Jamaica GIS User Conference held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.   The Prime Minister said geospatial technology is applicable in assisting the Government’s strategic objectives, noting that its use in providing data to inform policy and action is invaluable.“If we know how things are happening and why they are happening, then we can predict where they will happen, who will cause things to happen or who (they) will happen to…what will happen and when (they) will happen.    In other words, geospatial information creates a predictive cycle,” he pointed out.The Prime Minster praised former LICJ Chairperson, Jacqueline daCosta, for her indelible contribution to advancing GIS in Jamaica and modernising and reforming the planning, land policy and land management sectors.  He further commended the National Spatial Data Management Division (NSDMD) for staging the conference in tandem with the LICJ, and urged the participants to explore how best GIS technology can be utilised to expand economic growth and job creation.For his part, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, who has responsibility for the NSDMD, said he is encouraged by the number of public-sector agencies that have been utilising GIS technology.   He noted that these entities have used GIS to create data sets and applications in health, land administration, national security, and natural resources management, which have assisted in strengthening their core business processes and functions.Mr. Vaz noted that the conference, under the theme ‘Geospatial Technologies: Mapping Our Way to Secure Communities’, is relevant and “synergises this Government’s commitment to ensuring the safety and protection of our people”.“I affirm that GIS in Jamaica is poised for great things. As we move forward, I wish to encourage us to continue the work that has begun. I am confident that at the end of these two days, we will have a greater understanding and deeper appreciation of GIS and its contribution to nation building and community development,” he added.The conference, which concludes on Wednesday (October 11) forms part of activities marking the LICJ’s 25th anniversary.Release: JIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Handanovic believes Inter didnt take enough risks

first_imgInter Milan goalkeeper Samir Handanovic has criticized Inter for their negative approach to Barcelona, stating that If they don’t take some risks, it will be tough to get results.Even though the Nerazzurri were beaten 2-0 at Camp Nou, the goals would’ve been more if Handanovic wasn’t there to save them with his goalkeeper’s heroics.“I don’t think we were frightened or awed by the environment. Quite simply, when you misplace the first few passes, it affects your confidence,” Handanovic told Sky Sport Italia via Football Italia.Stefano Sensi, inter milanReport: Inter go top with win over Udinese George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Inter Milan are top of Serie A after beating Udinese to make it three wins out of three.Antonio Conte’s career at Inter Milan, could…“The truth, and it’s what we saw today, is that if you don’t take some risks, it’s tough to get results.”Inter takes the second position in the group with six points, while Tottenham Hotspur only drew 2-2 with PSV Eindhoven and remain on one.Handanovic had represented Slovenia’s under-21 team and made his senior international debut in 2004. He has gone earned 81 caps for his country, the second-most appearances for Slovenia and most by a goalkeeper, and played for them at the 2010 FIFA World Cuplast_img read more

USPS Exigent Rate Hike Nullified…Sort Of

first_img The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said Friday that the justification for the Postal Service’s 4.3-percent exigent rate hike has expired. Lower mailing volumes brought on by the recession should be recognized as a “new normal,” removing the defense for higher pricing intended to make up for lost earnings. The ruling affirmed the stance the Postal Regulatory Commission took when it approved the exigent rate increase in late 2013. Subsequently, the USPS attempted to override the imposed limits, arguing that the hike should become permanent. Critically however, the court said that the method used by the PRC to arrive at an expiration date for the rate increase—the “count once” standard—was insufficient. Timing restrictions on mail volume tabulation were ruled “arbitrary”; a better estimation of mail volume lost from the recession needs to be calculated. That leaves the original August finish line for the price hike in doubt. A federal appeals court ruled that the USPS will have to roll back its exigent rate hike in a big win for magazine publishers struggling to keep distribution costs down (or, at least, consistent), but exactly when that will happen is still in doubt. “We are pleased that the court recognized that exigent circumstances are not permanent and that the Postal Service must adjust to lowered mail volumes as its ’new normal,’ says Mary Berner, president and CEO of the MPA, in a statement. “We are very pleased that the court upheld the Commission’s conclusion that the exigent surcharge should not be applied permanently,” says David LeDuc, senior director of public policy for the SIIA. “That said, there is still a considerable amount of uncertainty around rates going forward. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that August will bring the end of the exigent rate increase, as expected.” “Just because some of the effects of exigent circumstances may continue for the foreseeable future, that does not mean that those circumstances remain ‘extraordinary’ or ‘exceptional’ for just as long,” Judge Patricia Millett wrote in her opinion.last_img read more

Wilmington OBITUARIES Week of December 9 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are the obituaries published on Wilmington Apple during the week of December 9, 2018:Lived In Wilmington At Time Of Passing:David M. Malonson, 28Victor A. Manni, 77Previously Lived In Wilmington:Alexander T. Fairweather, 90Worked In/Volunteered In/Connected To Wilmington:Colin Walter Brace, 63Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of December 2, 2018)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Your neighbourhood may make you obese

first_imgMoving to a neighbourhood with a high obesity rate is likely to make a person become overweight, say researchers who suggest that your social circles can inadvertently influence your weight. “Social contagion in obesity means that if more people around you are obese, then that may increase your own chances of becoming obese,” said Ashlesha Datar, a senior economist at University of Southern California in the US. “In other words, living in a community where obesity is more common can make sedentary lifestyles, unhealthy eating and overweight or obesity more socially acceptable,” said Datar, one of the authors of the study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfObesity is linked to many factors, including eating and exercise habits, genetics and the environment. Research shows that living in certain communities carries a higher risk of obesity than living in other communities, but this association has been challenging for scientists to explain. Researchers studied military families to assess whether living in communities with greater obesity increased their own risk of being overweight or obese. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMilitary families, they reasoned, cannot choose where they live –rather, they are assigned to installations. Some of those installations are in counties with higher rates of obesity. “We found that the families assigned to installations in counties with higher obesity rates were more likely to be overweight or obese than those assigned to installations in counties with lower rates of obesity,” Datar said. The researchers recruited families of US Army personnel at 38 military installations in the country to participate in surveys and measurements. In all, 1,314 parents and 1,111 children participated. Three-fourths of the parents and about one-fourth of the children were overweight or obese – reflective of the national rates. Researchers found that the family’s risk of obesity may increase or decrease, depending on the county obesity rate where they live. Moving to a county with a lower rate decreases the family’s chances of becoming overweight or obese. To assess whether shared environments could explain these results, the study accounted for extensive data on the food and activity opportunities in the county and neighbourhood, such as gyms and grocery stores.last_img read more

Yahoo Beats Google in Monthly Traffic for First Time Since 2011

first_imgAugust 22, 2013 Maybe Marissa Mayer deserved that Vogue cover after all.Yahoo beat archrival Google in traffic in July, with 196.6 million unique visitors against Google’s 192.3 million, according to data from comScore. That’s the first time Yahoo has topped Google on a monthly basis since May 2011.Microsoft, Facebook and AOL rounded out the top five.Crucially, Yahoo beat Google without having Tumblr traffic added to its tally, according to comScore.Since Mayer took over the company last year, after a revolving-door of failed strategies implemented by a string of chief executives, she has made a big splash with deals like the one for Tumblr. But she has also faced criticism that she still hasn’t delivered results.Indeed, while the traffic figure is a clear plus, there remain questions over whether Mayer can monetize the audience – something Yahoo has failed to do effectively over the last few years.Mayer herself said as much at a Goldman Sachs investment conference earlier this year. “We need to see monetization working better because we know that it can and we’ve seen other competitors in the space illustrate how well it can work,” she said. 2 min readcenter_img Related: Yahoo Overpays Tumblr’s David Karp by Another $81 Millionlast_img read more