JDF Veteran Named MOCA Interim Director General

first_imgRelatedCrime Stop is Safe; No Compromise to its Network RelatedDouble Digit Reduction in Major Crimes JDF Veteran Named MOCA Interim Director GeneralJIS 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 Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting (left), converses with Colonel Desmond Edwards of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), who will oversee and coordinate the merger of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption (MOCA) Task Force and the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). Occasion was a press conference at the Police Officers’ Club in St. Andrew on Monday, August 4, to announce the merger. Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail center_img RelatedMinister Bunting Responds to Amnesty International Story HighlightsColonel Desmond Theodore Edwards JP,MSc,MA,nsp is Colonel General Staff and is responsible for Force policy on operations, training, intelligence, communications, information systems, civil/military relations and publications.Colonel Edwards, a graduate of Clarendon College, joined the Jamaica Defence Force in October 1984 and was commissioned in the rank of Second Lieutenant in June 1986 after completing his initial officer training at the Indian Military Academy in Dehra-Dun, India.Colonel Edwards has been involved in research surrounding transnational threat entities affecting Jamaica and the wider region, and was instrumental in the drafting the National Strategy to counter transnational crime, which was commissioned by the Ministry of National Security in 2002. JDF Veteran Named MOCA Interim Director General National SecurityAugust 4, 2014Written by: Ministry of National Security, Communications & Public Affairs Colonel Desmond Theodore Edwards JP,MSc,MA,nsp is Colonel General Staff and is responsible for Force policy on operations, training, intelligence, communications, information systems, civil/military relations and publications.Colonel Edwards, a graduate of Clarendon College, joined the Jamaica Defence Force in October 1984 and was commissioned in the rank of Second Lieutenant in June 1986 after completing his initial officer training at the Indian Military Academy in Dehra-Dun, India.During his military service Colonel Edwards held appointments of Infantry Platoon Commander, Battalion Intelligence Officer, Support Platoon Commander, Training Officer (JDF Training Depot now Military Training Wing), Infantry Company Second in Command, and Infantry Company Commander. His most recent appointment was Commanding Officer Support and Services Battalion. He also served for over fifteen years (1993 to 2008) in the HQ JDF Intelligence Unit, where he has held various appointments, including Desk Officer, Unit Second in Command and Commanding Officer.Colonel Edwards is a graduate of the Infantry Officers Advance Course at Fort Benning Georgia USA, Defence Intelligence and Security School at Ashford in Kent, UK; and the International Security Management Course at the Royal Military College of Science (Cranfield University), Shrivenham, UK. He is a graduate of the Canadian Forces College in Toronto Canada, where he successfully completed the inaugural National Security Programme.He holds a Certificate in Management Studies from the University of the West Indies, a Master of Science Degree in Corporate Security Management from Cranfield University, and a Master of Art Degree in Defence and Security Management and Policy from the Royal Military College of CanadaColonel Edwards has been involved in research surrounding transnational threat entities affecting Jamaica and the wider region, and was instrumental in the drafting the National Strategy to counter transnational crime, which was commissioned by the Ministry of National Security in 2002.Colonel Edwards was instrumental in the establishment of the Counter Narcotics and Major Crimes Task Force (Operation Kingfish) and was the Chief of Staff of the Task Force from its inception in October 2004 until September 2006. Colonel Edwards teaches part-time on the MSc in National Security and Strategic Studies at the University of the West Indies where he lectures on ‘Security Concepts and Models’ and contemporary security issues. Colonel Edwards was awarded the medal of honour for meritorious service in 2002. His interests and hobbies are scuba diving, photography and sailing.last_img read more

Concern Uber Changes May Affect Customer Experience

first_img For Whom The Bell Rings Share 1:06 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List Related Stories Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility It’s set to be a year of change for Uber. The ride sharing service just changed its prices and new regulations may be in store.  1:06Uber driver Ben Thompson and asked him about the recent decision by Uber corporate to slash fares in hopes of drumming up more riders. In general, he’s fine with it, but he knows drivers who aren’t.“Uber has to be sensitive to the drivers themselves because without drivers you have no company,” said Thompson.Hundreds of Uber drivers protested last week over the new prices, saying they were too steep. The rift between Uber corporate and its drivers comes as state lawmakers consider new regulations on Uber that would require the company to operate more like traditional taxi cab services.Eric Spike of midtown Atlanta is an Uber rider and hopes all of the developments don’t affect the customer experience.“I want a balance. Obviously if the costs go up to such a point where the consumer is going to take them and the experience changes that’s a problem but you don’t want disgruntled employees driving you around either.”In a written statement, Uber Atlanta chief Keith Radford says the company is working with both drivers and state lawmakers. He insists the new prices will ultimately benefit drivers. He’s also open to regulations, which he says will help establish Uber’s long-term presence in Georgia. ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Partylast_img read more

USDA to run Greek yogurt pilot program for school meals

first_imgThe booming popularity of Greek yogurt has increased the demand for milk in some parts of the country, as new yogurt plants spring up. (Click here to read about the opening of one of these plants.) Soon, the USDA will be contributing to growing consumption of the product, by including Greek yogurt in school meal programs. The National Greek Yogurt Pilot Program is a part of the National School Lunch Program for the 2013 – 2014 school year. The USDA announced in January that it would begin the pilot program to test the cost-effectiveness of including Greek yogurt in school meal programs, according to CNN.advertisementadvertisementThe USDA has opened a solicitation to vendors to supply the states’ orders. Bids are due on July 22, with awards to be announced by the end of July.Arizona, Idaho, New York and Tennessee will be the first four states to participate in the project. If the program is found to be successful there, it could become a permanent part of the foods that USDA offers to purchase for USDA Foods List for schools nationwide.Legislators in those states have expressed enthusiasm for the pilot project.According to a CNN article , New York governor Andrew Cuomo was particularly happy that his state, the largest producer of yogurt in the nation in 2012, had been chosen as part of the pilot.“It is a win-win for the state, exposing our students to a nutritional product and expanding the marketplace for Greek yogurt producers and suppliers in New York State.”advertisementKIVI TV reported that Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has commended the USDA for implementing the program:“Greek yogurt is one of the country’s fastest growing industries, and I hope USDA will continue the important process of making this healthy food option increasingly available to young Americans.”Idaho, already a leading producer of milk and other yogurt-related ingredients, recently became home to the world’s largest Greek yogurt manufacturing plant in Twin Falls, which I recently had the opportunity to tour. Our state is ideal to serve as a part of this pilot project.”The CNN article pointed out that alarms have been raised about byproduct disposal, claiming that the surplus of acid whey could be dangerous to waterways. John Lucey, director of the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research, told CNN that the concerns were “a complete red herring, a non-issue.” PD—Compiled from various sourcesadvertisementlast_img read more

Miyazato aiming for first major title

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 But she said, “My only goal is to win a major championship. I don’t know when I will accomplish that but I will keep on challenging.”Miyazato has had four rounds at Sebonack Golf Club to get a proper feel for the course and she believes she is better prepared than she has been at previous majors.“Looking back (at past majors) I probably didn’t do enough groundwork. I think for the most part I have this course figured out,” she said.Namesake Mika Miyazato heads into the four-day event buoyed by a third-place finish in Arkansas and is hoping to improve on seventh place at last year’s U.S. Women’s Open.“Compared to other tournaments this one has a special atmosphere,” said Mika. “I will go into this tournament in the usual way.” SOUTHAMPTON, NEW YORK – Former world No. 1 Ai Miyazato goes into the U.S. Women’s Open confident of capturing an elusive first major title on the LPGA Tour.The LPGA hits the midpoint of its season this week with the third major of the campaign. Miyazato has yet to win this year and is coming off an 11th-place finish at the NW Arkansas Championship, scene of her last victory on the tour in 2012.center_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more

SAG Awards 2020: Complete winners list

first_imgJohn Shearer/Getty Images for PEOPLE(LOS ANGELES) –The 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were presented Sunday night at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, and many recent Golden Globe winners added another trophy to their collections.Parasite, a South Korean film about class warfare, took top honors for best ensemble performance, becoming the first foreign language film ever to win. Meanwhile, individual awards went to Joaquin Phoenix (Joker), Renée Zellweger (Judy), Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood) and Laura Dern (Marriage Story). All four earned Golden Globes for their roles and are also nominated for Academy Awards.On the TV side, ensemble awards went to the casts of The Crown and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Individual awards went to Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show), Tony Shaloub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) and Fosse/Verdon stars Michelle Williams and Sam Rockwell. Waller-Bridge and Williams also recently won Golden Globes.Here is the complete list of winners:FILMOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture ParasiteOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading RoleJoaquin Phoenix, JokerOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading RoleRenée Zellweger, JudyOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time… in HollywoodOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting RoleLaura Dern, Marriage StoryTELEVISIONOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The CrownOutstanding Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesThe Marvelous Mrs. MaiselOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or MiniseriesSam Rockwell, Fosse/VerdonOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries Michelle Williams, Fosse/VerdonOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Peter Dinklage, Game of ThronesOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Jennifer Aniston, The Morning ShowOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy SeriesTony Shaloub, The Marvelous Mrs. MaiselOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy SeriesPhoebe Waller-Bridge, FleabagLifetime Achievement AwardRobert De Nirolast_img read more

BC Hockey mandates full face protection for Junior B players starting in 2018-19 season

first_imgThe rule change followed 2017 Hockey Canada Winter Congress, where Hockey Canada Director, Insurance and Risk Management, Todd Jackson, reported on dental injuries. Data from the report said with respect to facial and dental injuries while wearing half visors compared to full face is staggering.From 2010 – 2015, over 370 dental injuries with players wearing half visors were reported to Hockey Canada as compared to eight for those who wore full face protection.  During the same time period, the overall cost of dental claims were significantly lower in the full face category; $287,775 versus $7,548.Junior B teams will see a 71 per cent reduction in major medical and dental premiums under the Hockey Canada Insurance Program (down 35 dollars to 10 dollars per player) with the move to full face protection.Currently, approximately five per cent of Junior A players playing in the BC Hockey League (BCHL) wear full face protection.BC Hockey will continue to work with the BCHL and the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) to ensure the safety of our players is a priority,This season, the VIJHL Peninsula Panthers have successfully implemented full face protection, the first Junior team in BC to make the change voluntarily. The Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) also applied full face protection for Junior A and Junior B teams the and it is also required through all minor hockey in Canada and NCAA university hockey.  Members of Team Canada at the under 18 level and below are required to wear full face protection. BC Hockey Junior B players who affiliate with Junior A teams will be required to wear full face during their play at that level.For more information about BC Hockey, please visit the BC Hockey website at www.bchockey.net or email [email protected] or follow along through social media at www.facebook.com/BCHockeySource, www.twitter.com/BCHockey_Source, www.youtube.com/BCHockeySource or www.instagram.com/BCHockeySource. Junior B Hockey in BC is going the way of leagues south of the 49th parallel after BC Hockey announced its implementing face protection for is Junior B players starting for the 2018 – 2019 season.The decision was made in a media release Tuesday by BC Hockey.“BC Hockey is proud to be recognized as a leader in risk management initiatives, and player safety is at the forefront of our program planning,” commented BC Hockey Chief Executive Officer, Barry Petrachenko in the media release. “Our game is faster than it has ever been, and as a result we face increased challenges and responsibilities relative to safety. We are confident that through this initiative facial and dental injuries will be greatly reduced.”The decision affects the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL), Pacific Junior Hockey League (PJHL) and the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL) and the two BC teams participating in the North West Junior Hockey League (Fort St. John Huskies and Dawson Creek Junior Canucks).The KIJHL has teams in Nelson, Castlegar, Beaver Valley and Grand Forks.“This decision is part of BC Hockey’s mandate to provide a safe environment for our players to develop,” said BC Hockey Junior Coordinator, Phil Iddon. “Players can play more confidently without fear of facial or dental injury as a result of a play.  This is a big and positive step for BC Hockey, the game and player safety.”last_img read more

Abilene Christian tops Angelo State

first_imgAbilene Christian Angelo State ABILENE, Texas – ACU sophomore center Sydney Shelstead recorded a career-high 21 points Monday night as she and Suzzy Dimba each recorded double-doubles to lead the Wildcats to a 70-55 non-conference win over Angelo State in non-conference women’s basketball action at Moody Coliseum.The win pushes ACU to 10-8 overall, while the Rambelles fall to 5-13 on the season. ACU now leads the all-time series 53-35 and has won four straight over their former Lone Star Conference rival. ACU will be back in action Thursday at 7 p.m. when it takes on Houston Baptist in a Southland Conference game in Houston.Monday night’s game was actually a close contest throughout the first half and into the early part of the second half before ACU broke away from the Rambelles. ACU led 39-35 at halftime, but saw the Rambelles tie the game at 44-44 with 16:03 to play on a 3-pointer by Keanna Kelly.But that was the last time the Rambelles would actually be in the game as ACU ripped off an 18-4 run over the ensuing 7:09 to turn a tie game into a 62-48 lead. Shelstead and Dimba each had six points in the run and Alexis Mason and Whitney West each had three points in the burst that gave the Wildcats the separation they needed.Dimba got the run started with a jumper with 15:11 to play to make it 46-44, and she capped the burst with a layup at the 8:54 mark to make it 62-48.For Shelstead, her 21-point, 11-rebound effort is the seventh double-double of the season and ninth of her career, while Dimba recorded her fifth double-double of the season and 16th of her career with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Shelstead’s 21 points tops her previous career high of 20 points set on Nov. 19, 2013, in ACU’s win over Northwood. – Return to top –last_img read more

Watch: Davos 2014 pre-meeting press conference

first_img“It will be an exciting meeting,” World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab said of the organisation’s 2014 annual Davos gathering, at a news conference on Wednesday 15 January. “It will be different from last year’s, because it will not be overshadowed by one single crisis.”Schwab characterised the context of the 2014 meeting by three things: cautious optimism, diminished expectations, and many known unknowns.Watch the full 56-minute pre-meeting press conference here:last_img

Social Media: Poised to Replace E-Mail?

first_imgA new prediction from Gartner is sounding the death knell for e-mail.   They are forecasting that Social Media will be the successor.  By 2014 they predict that Social Media will become the primary vehicle for communication for 20 percent of the business population.Monica Basso, vice president at Gartner, said that “today, social paradigms are converging with e-mail, instant messaging (IM) and presence, creating new collaboration styles. However, a truly collaborative, effective and efficient workplace will not arise until organisations make these capabilities widely available and users become more comfortable with them.  Technology is only an enabler; culture is a must for success.  The rigid distinction between email and social networks will erode.  Email will take on many social attributes, such as contract brokering, while social networks will develop richer email capabilities.”Gartner points to big business email platform providers like Microsoft and IBM and see them as preparing to add connections into Social Networks from their email clients.  Contact lists, calendar items, and messaging clients will be shared across email messaging clients and social networks.  Smartphones and Mobile are front and center with acting as enablers for this change to come about.In 2009 about 7 percent of all email accounts were cloud-based.  Gartner expects that to rise to 10 percent by the end of 2012.   80 percent of the enterprise mobile email software market in 2012 will belong to either Microsoft or RIM.last_img read more

Final blast of torrential rains unleashed by weakened Barry

first_img(AP) — Tropical Depression Barry spared New Orleans and Baton Rouge from catastrophic flooding, but even as it weakened and moved north through Arkansas, its trailing rain bands swamped parts of Louisiana with up to 17 inches (43 centimeters) of rain and transformed part of the Mississippi Delta into “an ocean.”As of Monday evening, with the center of the storm about 105 miles (170 kilometers) northwest of Little Rock, the National Weather Service said flash flood watches remained in effect in southeast Texas through the lower Mississippi Valley.Forecasters said the storm was expected to produce up to 4 inches (10 centimeters) of rain — and in isolated spots as much as 8 inches (20 centimeters) — across Arkansas, western Tennessee and Kentucky, southeast Missouri, and northwest Mississippi.No fatalities or serious injuries reported from Barry.Some of the earliest fears that the storm posed didn’t play out: A shift in its path decreased the possibility of major Mississippi River levees being overtopped at New Orleans, where catastrophic levee breaches along canals devastated the city after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. And the torrents of rain forecasters had said were possible — portending repeats of catastrophic Baton Rouge area flooding in 2016 — didn’t happen.“This was a storm that obviously could have played out very, very differently,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said. “We’re thankful that the worst-case scenario did not happen.”But the storm was still a huge headache for many. Levees were overtopped along waterways in some coastal parishes. More than 90 people were rescued because of high water in at least 11 parishes, Edwards said.And the problems persisted long after Saturday’s landfall — when Barry came ashore as a weak hurricane. Deluges hit parts of southwest Louisiana late Sunday into Monday morning.Calcasieu Parish emergency director Dick Gremillion estimated northern parts of the parish got 17 inches (43 centimeters) in a few hours. Two people had to be rescued from swamped cars and 19 others were moved from residences threatened by high water, he said.In Oakdale, Louisiana, Mayor Gene Paul estimated 14 inches (36 centimeters) fell overnight. He spent part of Monday gathering information on businesses and homes that took on water.In Evangeline Parish, north of Lafayette, KLFY television showed scenes of water-covered streets and flooded cars in the town of Ville Platte.For much of Monday a continuous line of showers extended from the southwest to the northeast.“Please don’t drive through these flooded areas,” Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso pleaded with motorists.“I noticed our rivers coming up real quick,” Mancuso said in an interview aired on KPLC-TV . “It’s just very serious right now.”In Mississippi, forecasters said 8 inches (20 centimeters) of rain had fallen in parts of Jasper and Jones counties by Monday, with several more inches possible.“The South Delta has become an ocean,” Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant wrote on Twitter on Monday.He’s calling on the federal government to build pumps to drain water from the confluence of the Yazoo and Mississippi Rivers. The EPA shelved the project in 2008 amid concerns about wetlands and wildlife. The Trump administration has said it might reconsider that decision.The Edison Electric Institute, a trade association, estimated that there were more than 325,000 power outages reported in multiple states over the course of the storm, and that about 33,000 remained without power as of Monday evening.last_img read more