Jamaicas new Road Traffic Act to be passed by year end

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 6, 2017 – Kingston – Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Mike Henry, says the new Road Traffic Act is currently going through changes and adjustments and should be passed in the House of Representatives by the end of the year.“Right now, we’re completing the dotting of the ‘i’s and crossing of the ‘t’s. It contains minor things that we have to adjust, but I can confirm, from the Ministry’s point of view, that we will be ready by the end of the year,” he said.The Minister was speaking at a breakfast function hosted by the Project Management Institute Jamaica Chapter (PMIJC), at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on November 2.   Mr. Henry said he is hoping that road fatalities will remain below 300 by the end of this year.    As at October 31, the figure was 272, some 49 less than the 321 deaths for the similar period last year.“I really hope that we can maintain that, to be able to say we have achieved under 300. One death is too many anyway. The reality is that I think we’re getting some response from the public,” Mr. Henry said.The Minister hailed Jamaicans who continue to drive with care on the nation’s roads.   Among the features of the new Road Traffic Act are a restriction on handheld devices and a requirement for drivers to have a licence in their possession while operating a vehicle.   Fines for breaches will also be increased.Meanwhile, PMIJC President, Arvette Henry, noted that the subject of project management is an integral part of local companies in Jamaica, “because those companies practising it are able to see faster and better results”.During the awards segment, leading provider of information technology products, Fujitsu Caribbean Jamaica Limited, was awarded Project Management Organisation of the Year.    The company won for their project of providing high-performance computing solutions for the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI).“The project that we put forward this year sought to improve the computing capacity of the climate control division of the UWI. In their data centre, they had challenges in predicting and monitoring what different climatic and seismic events occur,” said Project Manager of Fujitsu Caribbean, Nicola Denniser.Seprod Limited received the silver award for their Irrigation in Agriculture Project, while Digicel Jamaica Limited won the bronze award for outfitting the St. William Grant Park with WI-FI hotpots.   Held under the theme ‘Change Management, Maintaining Consistency during Uncertainty’, the event was organised to observe International Project Management Day 2017 as well as to present the awards to the Project Management Organisation of the Year.The PMI, a global organisation with more than 250 chapters and 500,000 members, is set up to advance the practice, science and profession of project management worldwide.   The PMIJC is one of two chapters in the English-speaking Caribbean, and has been operating continuously for 15 years.Release: JISlast_img read more

BSE closes points 5039 up on March 31

first_imgNew Delhi, March 31 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 50.39 points up to stand at 222390.36. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 6.55 points up to stand at 6702.45. Unitech and Suzlon Energy were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 15.39% and 12.03% along with SAIL and Hindalco with an increase of 10.05% and 8.75% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include ONGC and IDFC with a decrease of 2.99% and 2.91% along with Dr Reddys Lab and Bajaj Holdings with a decrease of 2.52% and 2.32% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 127.76 points at 13,255.29 while the banking sector is down 12.70 points at 14,572.46 and the realty sector is up 40.44 points at 1,468.4. The Indian currency is up 0.66% at Rs 59.91 per dollar.last_img read more

Houston Charity Auction Brings Good From Two Somber Events

first_imgAmy BishopL-R: Esperson Gallery founder Tammy Dowe with artist Robert Hodge and handbag designer Beth Younger Purpich, who plan to donate works for the auction.Anyone on social media probably knows that two of the biggest trending stories lately have been Houston’s historic flooding and the death of the musician Prince. So when a local art gallery owner decided to hold an auction to raise money for people affected by the flood, she found a creative way to do so.“Whether it’s wearable art from our designer in residence, or sculpture, or canvas works, we tried to pick pieces that have a little bit of purple in them, because Prince was known as the ‘Purple One,’ says Tammy Dowe, founder of Esperson Gallery at Green Street.The Princeabration is twofold: It’ll raise money to support flood victims, while paying tribute to Prince.Dowe says 50 percent of the proceeds will go to the nonprofit flood relief fund established by Mayor Sylvester Turner.Local artist Robert Hodge is donating some of his work and is even creating some pieces especially for the event.  “I’m going to keep Prince in mind. I want them fun. I want them affordable, so it’s going to be a surprise for everybody.”The Princeabration will include bands playing Prince covers, with versions ranging from bluegrass to hip hop. It gets underway Friday night at 6:30 inside the Esperson Gallery at Green Street in downtown Houston. 00:00 /01:18 Share Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xlast_img read more

Scrapping of iconic Indian warship INS Vikrant begins

first_img‘We began the process of breaking INS Vikrant yesterday and it will take at least seven to eight months to complete the job,’ Abdul Zaka of ship breaking company IB Commercial (IBC), which had won the bid for the decommissioned ship for Rs 60 crore, told . Zaka said after the Supreme Court in August rejected the PIL to convert the ship into a maritime museum, IBC obtained mandatory permissions from different government authorities for dismantling it at ship breaking yard at Darukana in south Mumbai. Around 200 men have been engaged for the job. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIBefore the Supreme Court’s verdict, the Maharashtra government had expressed its inability to maintain the vessel inducted into the Navy in 1961 and decommissioned in January 1997. In January 2014, during the hearing of a Public Interest Litigation that opposed the plan to scrap the ship, the defence ministry had told the Bombay high court that it had completed its operational life.Responding to the demand for converting it into a museum, Maharashtra government had expressed its inability to preserve it as a museum, citing financially troubles. The majestic-class aircraft carrier, purchased from Britain in 1957, played a key role in enforcing the naval blockade of East Pakistan during the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971.last_img read more

Countdown to Durga Puja 2k18 begins as Kumartuli starts receiving orders

first_imgKolkata: Poila Baisakh marks the beginning of the preparation of Durga Puja, with several Puja organisers visiting Kumartuli to place order for idols.Durga Puja is still 184 days away, but there are several Puja organisers in and around the city that consider the first day of the Bengali calendar as the auspicious one to place order for the idol of Goddess Durga and her entourage.There are around 600 artisans in Kumartuli and they make around 4,000 idols of Goddess Durga every year. Different Puja organisers follow different traditions. Some organisers place order for idols on Poila Baisakh, while the number of the same is more on the day of Rathayatra. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe artisans start making idols of which they get order on Poila Baisakh, in the first week of May. At the same time, they also complete the basic preparation for the idols they have to start making after Rathayatra.Kartik Pal, a senior member of the Kumartuli Mrit Shilpi Samity, said: “The organisers perform a Puja in their clubs on Poila Baisakh and many of them then come to Kumartuli in the afternoon or in the evening, to place order for the idols of Goddess Durga. It has been the tradition for many organisers and no one wants to discontinue it until and unless there is any difficulty.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThis year, Mahasaptami of Durga Puja is on October 16 and Puja organisers will start taking the idols to Puja pandals at least 10 days ahead of Mahasaptami. In some cases, it would happen at least 15 days ahead as well. Keeping this in mind, the artisans in Kumartuli have started making preparations, so that they do not face any trouble in allowing Puja organisers to take idols on time. Like all the previous years, the artisans are also taking necessary steps considering the problems that they usually face every year during monsoon.Most idols in and around the city are made in Kumartuli and it is also a place of tourist attraction for people who visit the city from different parts of the country and abroad.last_img read more

Preventing Another Target Attack

first_imgFebruary 10, 2014 Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. While Target’s credit-card security breach continues to get ugly, the real alarming part, is they weren’t alone. At least five other major retailers were also hit during the same holiday period. While the total number of records in the other attacks was one-tenth that of Target, the assailants still stole an average of 27,000 records per store using the same techniques.The obvious question becomes, “What can be done by retail businesses to both detect and to protect against this specific threat?”  To be fair, there are established Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance standards that are designed to assist retailers in thwarting point-of-sale (POS) attacks like the ones inflicted recently. The controls, however, are worded in ways that are open to interpretation and often are not explicit enough in their language to ensure comprehensive security controls are effectively implemented.While PCI provides an excellent starting point and also includes many traditional information security best practices, it cannot be expected as a mere standard — to canvas the entirety of what it means to operate in a secure state as an organization. Other activities are required.To that end, here are three other points retailers should implement above and beyond the minimum standard.Related: Keeping Your Intellectual Property Safe and SoundIndividually lock down every single POS system component. A POS terminal or collector must be used solely for that single purpose — to make transactions.  So every other unnecessary service and process should be disabled. For example, the local or remote operator should not be able to browse the internet, receive emails or perform any action that is not a direct functional requirement for the POS to function. If the terminal does need connectivity to the Internet, the specific service protocols should be the only ones allowed to leave the system and the traffic should be encrypted.Employ monitoring software for the overall network. There are next generation software solutions that effectively visualize network traffic, break down machine-to-machine connections by service protocols and allow filtering by machine, service or even internet destination. For example, a North American-based retailer using a payment processing partner from the same continent should not see outbound connections from a POS terminal to places like Russia, China or Brazil.  If they do, the connection should be dropped and the security administrator should be notified of the machine initiating the connection.Related: Why Your Small Business Is at Risk of a Hack AttackImplement application-level security practices. Application security is an often overlooked layer of security in POS environments. Keeping such programs up to date with the latest versions and patches as well as performing penetration tests on both internal- and external-facing interfaces would have gone a long way to preventing the lateral movements the Target attackers were able to pull off in a short amount of time. Companies that develop in-house applications should also ensure they are designed securely from the get go, performing both static and active secure code reviews at every minor release. Furthermore, only authorized white-listed applications should be allowed to run and properly identified. We have arrived at a state where cyber attacks against payment systems have become pervasive, massive, damaging and embarrassing. The boardroom rationalizations of the last decade no longer serve the business’ profitability or survivability. Risk cannot simply be transferred to insurance like it could before — at least not without serious damage to goodwill, customer-base trust and future lost revenue. Security controls are meaningful and next-generation ones are no longer just a necessary evil. They are business enablers necessary to protect profits.  Related: Think China is the No. 1 Country for Hacking? Think Again.last_img read more

Sabre outage briefly grounds flights on several airlines

first_imgSabre outage briefly grounds flights on several airlines << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, November 14, 2016 Share DALLAS — Travellers on several airlines had trouble checking in for flights and waited out delays Friday after a computer outage at a company that runs airline technology systems.American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Alaska Airlines and Virgin America confirmed that a technology glitch briefly interrupted their operations. The problems seemed to have been fixed by midday, and airlines reported that flights had resumed.The airlines blamed their difficulties on a breakdown in systems operated by Sabre Corp., a Texas company that provides software and other technology services to airlines and hotels.A Sabre spokeswoman said the systems were running again by early Friday afternoon. She said she did not know the cause of the breakdown.Passengers at several big airports went on social media to complain about flight delays.American said that the outage caused scattered delays but no cancelled flights. Alaska said that 15 flights were delayed by up to 15 minutes. Southwest said the outage briefly prevented bookings, ticket changes and use of mobile boarding passes.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyUnited Airlines said its flights were not affected, and Delta Air Lines said it does not use Sabre.On Oct. 17, a problem at Sabre prevented travellers from booking trips on Southwest, JetBlue and Virgin America.Technology outages have struck almost all the airlines at one point or another over the past two years. Airlines rely heavily on overlapping computer programs to handle everything from selling tickets to checking weight calculations before takeoff. When outages occur, they often lead to cascading delays that can linger for hours.Friday’s glitch didn’t affect airline stocks – most gained ground. Sabre shares rose 39 cents to $24.94, but they have still lost 15 per cent in the last year. Tags: Sabre By: David Koenig Source: The Associated Presslast_img read more