RPD’s Strategies to Include Ethics in Schools

first_img Speaking at the RPD’s 10th anniversary church service at Saint Peter’s Anglican Church in Port Royal on Sunday, June 17, Commissioner/Principal Director (Acting), Cranston G. Morgan, said the Department will step up enforcement activities as well as engage more civil society groups. The Revenue Protection Department (RPD) will continue to fight corruption by including in its strategies the recommendation to introduce ethics in schools. Story Highlights Mr. Morgan highlighted that according to the 2017 corruption perception index, Jamaica has improved 15 places to be ranked 68 of 180 countries, and encouraged Jamaicans to strive to reduce corruption even further. The Revenue Protection Department (RPD) will continue to fight corruption by including in its strategies the recommendation to introduce ethics in schools.Speaking at the RPD’s 10th anniversary church service at Saint Peter’s Anglican Church in Port Royal on Sunday, June 17, Commissioner/ Principal Director (Acting), Cranston G. Morgan, said the Department will step up enforcement activities as well as engage more civil society groups.Additionally, he said the RPD will continue the fight by assisting more Government entities to put systems in place to deter corrupt activities.Mr. Morgan highlighted that according to the 2017 corruption perception index, Jamaica has improved 15 places to be ranked 68 of 180 countries, and encouraged Jamaicans to strive to reduce corruption even further.“Improvements must come from all sectors. Government must continue to set the tone by being open and transparent, and public servants must continue to understand what acceptable ethical behaviour is, and to live it,” the Acting Commissioner said.He said that in addition to this, the public must take responsibility as well, “as it takes two to tango, and if they are not willing to participate in bribery or other forms of corruption, then public servants won’t have corrupt opportunities”.The Acting Commissioner urged the media to continue to shine the light on corrupt practices, while calling on the church to “continue to preach the truth and to be our collective conscience”.He called on civil society; non-governmental organisations and other special-interest groups “to continue to agitate for better and to expose those among them that are corrupt or seek to corrupt public officials”.Acting Commissioner Morgan said that the RPD, within the last 10 years, “has stopped the Treasury from being fleeced of millions of dollars, has successfully brought perpetrators of fraud to Justice, has stemmed the leakages of tax dollars already collected, and has dealt with persons and agencies attempting to breach the laws of Customs”.The RPD engages primarily with the Jamaica Customs Agency and Tax Administration Jamaica in helping to make their systems and processes more robust by investigating cases involving tax fraud; enforcing tax laws and screening potential employees.Meanwhile, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Fayval Williams, said good governance is integral in moving Jamaica forward as a country, and the RPD is part of that good governance infrastructure.She emphasised that the role of the RPD is very crucial, as it ensures “that the tax of the people of Jamaica finds its way to what matters for the people, such as roads, bridges, drainage systems, general infrastructure and the uplifting of the lives of those who suffer”last_img read more

Plane that landed on Calgary street had enough fuel to reach airport

first_imgCALGARY – A report says a small passenger plane that made an emergency landing on a Calgary street last April had more than enough fuel to make it to the airport.The Transportation Safety Board says the two-person crew of the Super T Aviation Piper Navajo Chieftain failed to complete a fuel flow check when the engines began to surge.The plane, which was en route from Medicine Hat with four passengers on board, ended up landing on a street about five kilometres south of Calgary International Airport shortly before 6 a.m. on April 25.The plane clipped a light standard but no one was hurt.Investigators say since the emergency landing Super T Aviation has made changes to its flight checklist procedures and submitted them to Transport Canada.The changes include making it easier to monitor the fuel tanks, changing when the crew is to look at a checklist that deals with fuel, putting more details into onboard quick reference handbooks and making them easier to read.“When fuel management SOPs (standard operating procedures) are not in place, fuel starvation can occur even if there is sufficient fuel remaining on board the aircraft to complete the planned flight,” said the report released Thursday.“If flight crews do not complete checklist procedures in their entirety, opportunities to rectify emergency situations can be lost.”The report notes that once the crew decided the plane couldn’t make it to the airport, they did a good job of making the emergency landing.last_img read more

Mahinda takes oaths as Prime Minister

United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Ministers and Parliamentarians were present at the event. (Colombo Gazette) Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa took oaths today as the new Prime Minister.He took oaths before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today.

TSX declines amid falling mining stocks mixed reception for bank earnings

TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed lower Wednesday amid pressure from the mining sector and mixed earnings reports from two of the big Canadian banks.The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 47.06 points to 14,610.96.Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) raised its dividend by two cents to 78 cents per share as it reported a quarterly profit of $1.1 billion, up 12 per cent from a year ago. Adjusted earnings per share were $1.63, up 13 per cent from the same quarter last year and 10 cents ahead of estimates.Its stock dipped 18 cents to $76.62, but the shares are still up about three per cent in the past week since the big banks starting reporting earnings.Meanwhile, shares of National Bank (TSX:NA) were down $1.17 at $45.86 after it posted a second-quarter profit of $362 million, which was down 13 per cent from a year ago. Adjusted earnings were $1.05 a share, a penny higher than analyst estimates, and it raised its dividend four per cent. However revenue of $1.28 billion missed expectations for $1.34 billion.The earnings from the two banks followed earlier reports from Royal Bank (TSX:RY), TD Bank (TSX:TD) and Scotiabank, which also beat expectations.“I think the best word to describe our banks is resilient,” said Allan Small, senior adviser at HollisWealth.“As parts of the business start to slow down, they manage to find ways to invest in other areas to make up that slowdown,” Small said.CIBC (TSX:CM) posts quarterly earnings Thursday morning.The Canadian dollar lost 0.12 of a cent to 91.95 cents US.U.S. markets were lower as the Dow Jones industrials gave back 42.32 points to 16,633.18, the Nasdaq declined 12 points to 4,225.07 and the S&P 500 index was 2.13 points lower at 1,909.78.July copper was unchanged at US$3.18 a pound and the base metals component 2.34 lost per cent.The TSX gold sector was sharply lower for a second day, down 1.6 per cent per cent, while June gold was off $6.20 at US$1,259.70 an ounce.Bullion had closed Tuesday at its lowest level since early February, amid an easing of concerns about Ukraine. Worries about higher inflation had also supported gold prices, but now economists are, if anything, more worried about deflation, particularly in Europe. At the same time, the costs of mining gold are rising, leaving analysts to wonder about what can take the gold sector higher after declining about 11 per cent this month.“Inflation is starting to creep up a little bit but (it’s) not an issue, interest rates are still low — there really is no catalyst to take the gold sector higher,” Small said.The energy sector was ahead 0.17 cent as July crude in New York slipped $1.39 to US$102.72 a barrel.In other corporate developments Valeant Pharmaceuticals (TSX:VRX) shares gave back $2.93 to $138.11 as the company upped the cash portion its hostile takeover offer for Botox maker Allergan by $10 to US$58.30 a share. The stock portion of the offer remains the same at 0.83 of a Valeant share, valuing the proposal at $162.86 per share or almost $50 billion in total.Meanwhile, Nestle says it is paying $1.4 billion in cash to Valeant for the rights to sell lip and wrinkle treatment Restylane and other skin products in the U.S. and Canada. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted May 28, 2014 6:23 am MDT TSX declines amid falling mining stocks, mixed reception for bank earnings AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN humanitarian chief urges more support of people fleeing violence in eastern

“The affected Congolese, in Rwanda and the DRC, want an end to the violence and a chance to return home,” the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos, said in a news release. “It is vital that all partners in the region contribute to solve this crisis, which is affecting the region.”Earlier Thursday, Ms. Amos visited the Kigeme refugee camp in southern Rwanda, where more than 11,500 Congolese are housed. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which Ms. Amos heads, about 20,000 people have crossed the DRC border into Rwanda, fleeing armed violence in the DRC’s North Kivu province.The eastern DRC – particularly its provinces of North Kivu and South Kivu – has been plagued by violence over the past few months as a group of renegade soldiers known as the 23 March Movement (M23) has been active in the area. The M23 has clashed with national army troops, which have been supported by peacekeepers from the UN Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO), and has caused massive displacement of local residents, in addition to raising concerns about the region’s stability.In addition, the fighting in eastern DRC has uprooted nearly half a million people over the past four months, including some 220,000 people in North Kivu province, 200,000 in South Kivu province, and more than 51,000 who have fled to neighbouring Uganda and Rwanda. The M23’s activities have led to condemnation from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council.The Rwandan Government and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are responsible for coordination efforts in Kigeme camp, with UN humanitarian agencies and their non-governmental partners providing basic services such as water, sanitation, health and food.“The Government of Rwanda has played a crucial role in the relief effort, providing a site where families, children separated from their parents, the elderly and other vulnerable persons have sought safety,” Ms. Amos said. “However, more resources are needed to scale up the response.”While in the Rwandan capital of Kigali, Ms. Amos met Prime Minister Pierre Habururemyi and Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo. Their discussions centred on the ongoing relief efforts in DRC and Rwanda, and the ways in which the United Nations and its partners are supporting them, as well as regional efforts to resolve the crisis.Earlier this week, Secretary-General Ban renewed his call for the regional grouping known as the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) to help resolve the security crisis in the eastern DRC.Ms. Amos’ visit to Rwanda was preceded by a visit to DRC. The three-day mission to the two African countries was aimed at highlighting the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the DRC and its effect on the region, particularly on neighbouring Rwanda, in addition to discussing ways of strengthening relief efforts and mobilizing additional assistance, including financial support, with Congolese and Rwandan authorities and other humanitarian partners. read more

Ohio State womens soccer upsets Wisconsin advances to Big Ten semifinals

OSU senior forward Michela Paradiso (9) during a game against Purdue on Oct. 9 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Anbo Yao / Lantern photographerThe Ohio State women’s soccer team is headed to the Big Ten tournament semifinals after an upset victory in Madison, Wisconsin, defeating the Wisconsin Badgers 2-1. The Buckeyes entered Sunday’s match as the No. 7 seed, with the Badgers holding the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten after the teams went 5-4-2 and 8-2-1 in regular-season conference play, respectively.With the win, the Buckeyes are now 11-5-3 overall on the year.OSU was first to get on the scoreboard in the 30th minute when senior midfielder/forward Michela Paradiso was taken down in the box and converted the ensuing penalty kick.The penalty score was Paradiso’s third goal in the last two games after a two-goal performance in OSU’s regular-season finale. Two of the Columbus native’s goals in the span were off of penalty kicks.Four minutes after the opening score, junior defender Nicole Miyashiro shot a cross from the right wing and sophomore forward Sammy Edwards headed it in from six yards out to grab a 2-0 lead in front of the crowd of 478.The Buckeyes continued to attack, nearly taking a 3-0 lead a minute later when junior forward Nichelle Prince played a low strike, but her shot narrowly missed the far post.OSU sat atop the Badgers 2-0 heading into halftime. Shots were knotted at 8-8 at the break.Prince played a big role in maintaining the lead in the second half, as she pressured the Badger defense throughout much of the final 45 minutes.However, in the 71st minute the Badgers cut the lead in half when redshirt senior forward Nikki Greenhalgh finished from inside the box after a loose ball off a corner kick.In the 75th minute, the Badgers had consecutive chances off a corner to level the match but both were blocked.The second half consisted of very physical play, and the Badgers pushed until the final buzzer to even the game at 2.With 20 seconds remaining, the Badgers had a final shot attempt off a header, but the attempt missed wide left to seal the upset win for the visitors.For the game, Wisconsin held a 22-10 lead in shots, 10-4 on goal. The second half was all Badgers, as they outshot OSU 14-2 in the latter stanza.OSU goalkeeper Devon Kerr played an impressive game in the net, making nine of 10 saves to improve her record to 5-0-1 in her freshman season. After splitting time in net with redshirt junior Jillian McVicker throughout the season, Kerr seems to have displaced her at the tailend on the depth chart, as she made her second consecutive start.OSU will look to pull off another upset on Friday, as it is set to play the No. 3-seeded Rutgers Scarlet Knights in State College, Pennsylvania. Kickoff time is yet to be announced. read more

New tracking and management system for Bingham Canyon

first_imgRajant’s BreadCrumbr wireless mesh system has been selected by Kennecott Utah Copper Corp (KUCC), the wholly owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto, as its primary communications platform for operations within the Bingham Canyon copper mine. Rajant and its technology is described in the December issue of International Mining. The Rajant BreadCrumbr system will enable KUCC to gain additional operational efficiencies by tracking, monitoring and managing its copper mining operations.“Enabling Kennecott to streamline its mining operations was the primary goal of using the Rajant BreadCrumb wireless mesh system,” said Gary Anderson, Senior Vice President of Mining for Rajant. “We knew they required a high number of moving wireless nodes for improving mine monitoring and control. The Rajant InstaMeshr software running on the wireless BreadCrumb units connects hundreds of devices to each other while rapidly transporting critical operational data.”Kennecott has successfully implemented a large number of BreadCrumb systems in an interconnected network that allows loader trucks, shovels, pumps, laptops and other production equipment to communicate with each other in real-time. These systems are a mix of secure access nodes that enable data and voice communications across a meshed, self-healing network for fleet dispatch, health monitoring and other critical mining applications. Many of the devices that require wireless communications are moving at all times throughout the wireless mining infrastructure. The BreadCrumb nodes rapidly adapt to any changes in the network topology, assuring that IP traffic uptime and bandwidth are maximised.last_img read more

Lions like cuddly cats on Balkans – Celje beat RNL

5. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko6204170:175(-5)4 6. Chekhovskie Medvedi6015184:211(-27)1 2. HC Vardar6312175:169(6)7 RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko German DKB Bundesliga leader, Rhein Neckar Lowen, had another bad evenning as visitors on Balkans. After Skopje, where Nikolaj Jakobsen boys were defeated easily, not better performance was seen in Celje, where home team showed once again, who talented are. At the end, 32:28 win for Celje, who remain in the race for TOP 16, while Germans lost all the chances to reclaim the first place from Veszprem…In one moment, RNL was seven goals behind the home squad – 28:21…Celje Pivovarna Laško : Rhein-Neckar Löwen 32:28 (16:11)Celje Pivovarna Laško: Skok (13 saves), Lesjak, Blagotinšek 1, Ivić 2, Žuran 1, Janc 4, Razgor 3 (2), Marguč, Malus, Poteko 2, Miklavčič 7, Slišković 4, Zarabec 5, Kodrin 1, Kasal 1, Žvižej 1.Rhein-Neckar Löwen: Landin (5 saves), Rutschmann, Schmid 2, Gensheimer 7 (4), Kneer, Sigurmannsson, Myrhol 4, Steinhauser, Larsen, Groetzki 1, Reinkind 1, Guardiola, Petersson 2, Ekdahl Du Rietz 5.STANDINGS: ← Previous Story Zagreb win handball war against Meshkov Next Story → Barca hat-trick against Flensburg – Big point for Wisla in Denmark 3. Montpellier Agglomeration …6222188:193(-5)6 3. Rhein-Neckar Löwen6303177:167(10)6 1. MKB-MVM Veszprém6600174:153(21)12 read more

One of Trumps top aides Hope Hicks is to resign

first_imgOne of Trump’s top aides Hope Hicks is to resign Hicks was questioned yesterday about possible Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Image: Chip Somodevilla https://jrnl.ie/3878149 Feb 28th 2018, 10:36 PM 32,190 Views Image: Chip Somodevilla Share28 Tweet Email 71 Comments center_img Wednesday 28 Feb 2018, 10:36 PM By AFP HOPE HICKS, ONE of Donald Trump’s longest-serving aides, is resigning as the US president’s communications director, the White House said this evening.“Hope is outstanding and has done great work for the last three years,” Trump said, in a statement on the departure of perhaps his most trusted aide and confidante, who was a key figure in the Republican’s election campaign before joining him in the White House.“I will miss having her by my side but when she approached me about pursuing other opportunities, I totally understood,” the president added. I am sure we will work together again in the future.“There are no words to adequately express my gratitude to President Trump,” the 29-year-old Hicks said in a statement of her own.White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said no timeline had been set for Hicks’ departure, and denied any link between her decision and her questioning yesterday by a congressional panel probing Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.During her appearance before the House Intelligence Committee, Trump’s communications director had stuck to answering pre-approved questions, and refused to answer many of the other questions put to her by the lawmakers.That meant avoiding questions about her work and White House contacts with Russia, according to lawmakers present at the closed session.Hicks had cut a discreet figure in the White House since the president took office a year ago – but was brutally thrust into the spotlight in early February when another top Trump aide with whom she had become romantically involved was accused of domestic abuse.Former White House staff secretary Rob Porter – who denies the abuse claimed by two ex-wives – resigned following the allegations.Read: ‘I have a flame in me right now’ – students return to Florida high school for first time since mass shooting that killed 17 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Paul wanted to talk But there was nobody to talk to

first_img‘Paul wanted to talk. But there was nobody to talk to’ Patricia Turner lost her son to suicide in 2009. Apr 24th 2017, 8:10 PM THIS YEAR’S DARKNESS Into Light walk takes place on Saturday May 6th in aid of Pieta House, supported by Electric Ireland. Participants in more than 150 locations, on four continents, will walk the 5km route to raise funds and awareness.All throughout this week, people around Ireland are sharing their own Darkness Into Light journeys. Here, Patricia Turner, from Tralee in Co Kerry, tells her story.My son Paul died by suicide on March 31st, 2009. He was 29 years of age.Paul first went into hospital in September 2008 after suffering a breakdown. His relationship of eight years had ended, and it hit him especially badly because there were two kids involved, his ex-girlfriend’s children who he had reared as his own.Over the next few months, the doctors put him on different kinds of tablets and were changing the dosage but nothing was working. He was getting worse, not better. In January 2009, a family friend was killed in a car crash and after that Paul just went to pieces.Afraid to interactI had him back at home with me at that stage, and he just slowly began to withdraw more and more. He wouldn’t go outside, it was like he was afraid to interact with people. He lost interest in everything: friends, work, all of that.Paul could talk for Ireland, he’d lecture you about anything. The problem wasn’t that he didn’t want to talk, it was that there was nobody to talk to. At that time, Pieta House didn’t exist near our home town, and we were relying on doctors and psychiatrist appointments. There was no-one for him to talk to and I know that’s all he wanted. Paul was an artist, he was very deep, and that was great in some ways but it was a bad thing in other ways. Source: Patricia TurnerPaul had this belief that he was hurting everybody, and that his life was a joke. My husband died from a heart attack 19 years ago, and Paul would say to me over and over that if his dad could see him, he’d be ashamed. I tried to reassure him that we’d get through things, and that his dad would be nothing but proud of him, but nothing was getting through. He couldn’t see any bright spots.A conversation that stands out for me is one I had with Paul on March 30th, 2009, the day before he died. A friend of his had taken his own life quite recently, and I said to Paul, ‘I don’t know what I’d do if anything ever happened to you.’ All he said was, ‘I’d never do that to you. I love you too much.’ And the very next day I found him on the stairs.Looking backThere were lots of things I said afterwards, lots of things I thought about, maybe if I’d done something differently on the day it happened, I could have changed things. I went out that day with my granddaughter, and I asked Paul to come with me. He said no, he’d stay at home. My youngest son John was in bed at the time and Paul even came into his room for a cigarette, they had a laugh about John still being in bed in the middle of the day.By the time I got back to the house, Paul had taken his own life. I remember thinking if I’d come home sooner, it might have been different. I felt I had let him down, but I know I didn’t. The system let him down.I believe that if Paul had access to a service like Pieta House, things could have been different, and that’s why I think it’s so important to raise awareness now.Bad patchOne of my other sons was going through a bad patch a couple of years back. He was the closest in age to Paul and never really dealt properly with his anger over what happened. Thankfully at that stage Pieta House was there for him, and within two sessions with the staff there I could see a difference. I can tell you, it saved him. Without it, I would have been burying a second son.My daughter Stephanie has been fundraising for Pieta House for a few years now, and she was instrumental in bringing the Darkness Into Light walk to Tralee for the first time last year. We had over 3,000 people. My partner of five years, who also lost two sons to suicide, is on the committee too. The whole town gets involved.Too many deathsOn May 6th, the day of the Darkness Into Light walk, I’ll be up all day and night decorating, setting things up and getting people registered. Even something like making tea and coffee is a monumental task when it’s for a few thousand people.We’re losing too many people to suicide in this country, and the work that Pieta House does is fantastic. All Paul wanted was someone to talk to, and that’s the kind of service Pieta House offers.Join the thousands walking from Darkness Into Light on May 6th to raise funds and awareness for Pieta House. You’ll find more information online here and here.Helplines:Pieta House 1800 247 247 or email mary@pieta.ie – (suicide, self-harm)Samaritans 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.orgAware 1800 80 48 48 (depression, anxiety)Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634 (for ages 13 to 19)Childline 1800 66 66 66 (for under 18s) Monday 24 Apr 2017, 8:10 PM 917 Views By Patricia Turner http://jrnl.ie/3356623 center_img Patricia Turner Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share681 Tweet Email3 33 Comments last_img read more