The Ministry of Finance and Planning has launched Jamaica’s first electronic procurement platform, which will significantly improve efficiency and transparency in the acquisition of goods, services and works.The E-Procurement System, launched on July 31 under the theme: ‘Faster, Easier and More Efficient Way of Doing Business’, is in keeping with the Government’s commitment to strengthen and promote Public Procurement Reform under the Economic Reform Programme (ERP).The system will result in a reduction in administrative costs, as well as in processing time.Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Hon. Horace Dalley, speaking at the ceremony at the Pegasus Hotel, said modernisation of the public procurement system is a critical step as Jamaica continues to make new alliances and become more competitive on the world stage.“The Government is the largest purchaser of goods and services. For there to be efficiency, quality, transparency and accountability, we felt that the public procurement regime should have been overhauled and that has been done,” he said.A Public Procurement Bill was passed in Parliament in early July.Mr. Dalley said for the last fiscal year, 378 consulting contracts were procured on behalf of the Jamaican government, valued at $1.459 billion. Procurement activities for goods were valued at $48 billion; $8.49 billion for services and for works, approximately $9 billion. Procurement activities for insurance services were valued at $773.3 million.The Minister said staff from the Ministry and its agencies have been trained and will be given internationally-recognised certification.Mr. Dalley said this should put the Government of Jamaica in a position, “where we will have a group of skilled, trained and certified public procurement officers that can (fully) move us into the 21st Century.”“This is not being done in isolation. This is what public sector transformation is all about; how we do business, the ease in doing business and how the people of Jamaica, our customers, have access to the system of governance,” he added.Features of the E-Procurement Portal include standardized procurement practices in line with international best practices; effective management of the entire procurement life cycle; and easy access to information. There will also be wider supplier participation in procurement proceedings, as well as improved procurement statistics.The development of the portal was done through funding by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Electronic Procurement System Launched Finance & Public ServiceAugust 3, 2015Written by: Denise Dennis RelatedEPOC Co-Chair Supports Pay Down of Petro Caribe Debt RelatedByles Proposes US $1 Billion Job Creation Fund Electronic Procurement System LaunchedJIS 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 RelatedGov’t Receives $11.7m Grant from United Nations Development Programme Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Hon. Horace Dalley (right), in discussion with Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Transport and Works, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy (left), at the launch of Jamaica’s first electronic procurement portal, by the Ministry of Finance and Planning, at the Pegasus Hotel on July 31. At centre is Project Manager in the Finance and Planning Ministry, Mr. John M. Thompson. Story HighlightsThe Ministry of Finance and Planning has launched Jamaica’s first electronic procurement platform, which will significantly improve efficiency and transparency in the acquisition of goods, services and works.The E-Procurement System, launched on July 31 under the theme: ‘Faster, Easier and More Efficient Way of Doing Business’, is in keeping with the Government’s commitment to strengthen and promote Public Procurement Reform under the Economic Reform Programme (ERP).The system will result in a reduction in administrative costs, as well as in processing time.
Become a Member of CitizensLab! Deadline: 1 October 2016Open to: candidates who have completed a PhD in the fields of the humanities and social sciencesFellowship: a monthly stipend of EUR 700, Accommodation in Sofia, Travel allowance and Research expensesDescriptionCAS Sofia is an independent Institute with international and multidisciplinary profile. Located in Sofia, Bulgaria, it promotes high-level scholarship in the social sciences and the humanities. In addition to supporting focus-group research, CAS Sofia invites outstanding scholars to pursue their individual research projects during in-residence periods of up to five months. The invited Fellows participate in the intellectual life and the scholarly community of the Centre (Bulgarian and foreign fellows) while working on projects of their own choice. Fellows receive adequate material and intellectual support and can profit from the Centre’s wide international networks, international seminar- and guest-lecturer programme. CAS Sofia assists Fellows in all practical matters concerning travel, residence and research in Sofia.The selected Fellows will take part in the regular Fellow seminars and the other scientific events organized by the Centre (workshops, conferences, lectures, etc.) and are invited to present and discuss their project in lectures or seminars. The results of their work shall be summarized in a paper (in English), to be published in the electronic CAS Working Paper SeriesEligibilityCandidates must:Be non-Bulgarian citizens;Have completed a PhD in the fields of the humanities and social sciences;International research experience (participation in projects and refereed conferences) and publications in peer-reviewed academic editions are strong advantages.FellowshipA monthly stipend of EUR 700 (liable to 10% income tax) to cover living expenses related to the stay in Sofia;Accommodation in Sofia, comprising living quarters and working space. The Fellows will also have free access to the CAS library and electronic resources/databases;Travel allowance (EUR 400);Research expenses (EUR 100 p.m.).How to apply?All application documents should be presented in English and sent by e-mail to [email protected] with a subject entry “Advanced Academia Fellowships” until 1 October 2016.Links for downloading:Application Form;Reference Form;Application Checklist.For Junior scholars (up to 12 years after PhD defense) only: two letters of recommendation by scholars familiar with the applicant’s academic work should be emailed to CAS by the referees.For more information, please visit the official website. IDRC/SIDA Artificial Intelligence for Development (AI4D) Scholarships 2021 Tweet Advanced Academia Fellowship Programme for International Scholars Share 0 Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Pocket Call for Applications: Central Asia-Azerbaijan Fellowship Program July 26, 2016 Published by elena +1 LinkedIn 0 ← Research Consultant at The European Roma Right Centre Similar Stories UNESCO: Talking Across Generations on Education, New Delhi → Reddit
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SOUTH FLORIDA – Earlier this week, the United States urged nationals in the Caribbean and elsewhere to be cautious as a result of the “heightened tension in the Middle East” as Washington continued to defend its targeted missile strike that killed senior Iranian general Qassem Soleimani last week.However, Caribbean Americans in South Florida did not need to get this cautionary message from the US government to be cautious at what could be a serious conflict with global repercussions from the increase in military tensions between the US and Iran.BAD TIMINGAlthough many Caribbean Americans have admitted to not knowing who Qassam Soleimani was, or of the atrocities he was involved with in targeting Americans and American interest in the Middle East, most expressed to CNW that they believe killing the Iranian general was “bad timing.”“If this man was such an influential, and beloved leader in Iran. I think much more thought should have been giving by the administration in assassinating him. Killing him was bound to result in drastic action from Iran, in an already tense US-Iran relationship,“ said Bridgette Mosely, international relations post-graduate student at Florida International University.PRAYING PEACE PREVAILOn Wednesday morning, following news of Iran’s retaliatory launch of missiles, on US-occupied bases in Iran, Lesline Auguste, Trinidadian-American registered nurse at Baptist Hospital in West Kendall, told CNW she is weary of “war and the threat of war every” since living in the US over the past 18 years. “I arrived in America to the news of war. It was the day US troops were leaving for Iraq, following the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York. Since then war has haunted my family. My husband and two brothers and a nephew are in the military and has been assigned at different times in Iraq, Afghanistan and other places. Thank God they all came home safe, but I am tired of being haunted by war. I pray that peace will prevail, and this Iran thing doesn’t blow up.”WEARY OF ECONOMIC IMPACTSeveral other Caribbean Americans in the region have expressed concern about the impact an extended military conflict in Iran, and the Middle East in general, could have on their personal pockets, and the American economy.“There is very likely to be an increase in oil prices if there is prolonged conflict in the Middle East,” said Brian Ridley, an economic planner with the City of Miami. “And whenever there is an increase in oil prices, it follows that gas prices and the price of other oil-related products will increase. These price increases will also influence transportation cost, and the price of most consumer goods. No; a war in the Middle East is not good for neither the US nor the global economy.”Underscoring Ridley’s comments, on Monday the American Automobile Association (AAA) issued a statement that there were indications that as tension grew in the Middle East gas prices were rising. It indicated gas prices in Florida rose an average of 7 cents in three days since the tensions heightened with the assignation of Soleimani.Another Caribbean American post-graduate student at FIU, Jason Tapper, said while he doesn’t mourn the assassination of Soleimani as he was the “essence of hatred for America” he is nonetheless weary that the conflict with Iran could escalate into a major war. “The reason for my opinion is that I am not at all convinced in the calibre and experience of the defence and national security team advising President Trump. I am afraid these people maybe not bold enough to give him the best objective advice, or restrain him in making the appropriate military decisions.”
Share LocalNews Annual bridal fair carded for August by: – June 18, 2013 Share The second annual Bridal Fair aimed at promoting Dominica as a unique wedding destination has been launched. The event which will be held on Sunday, 11th August at the Windsor Park Stadium follows recent amendment of the Marriage Act. The Marriage Act was amended in 2012 to allow greater flexibility, convenience and expediency of service in acquiring a marriage license.Several businesses including wedding and events planners, caterers, hair stylists, beverage companies, photographers and taxi operators among several others, are expected to participate in the event. Discover Dominica Authority, Caribbean Exquisites, Nature Island Weddings, Bright Light Marketing and Dreamy Weddings have all partnered to make wedding planning in Dominica much easier for both citizens and visitors. The Fair will be organized in booths equipped with information on how one should go about planning a wedding and the processes involved.“When you enter, you start with the customs officers, immigration then if you are coming from a foreign country you would need the Legal Affairs Department because you would need a marriage license, you will need justices of peace so all these will be provided at the booths,” Suanne Allport from the Dominica Bridal Fair Organizing Committee told a press launch on Tuesday 18th June.The Fair will be free of charge to the public, however for wedding planners and other interested people who wish to participate will have to pay $25.00 registration fee and $100.00 for the tent which will be provided.Director of the Discover Dominica Authority Collin Piper said the staging of the bridal fair complements Dominica’s efforts at meeting its target of 90,000 stay over arrivals by 2015. Mr Piper noted that service providers must have their “A game” on, as they will be competing with other wedding destinations in the region, some of which are more advanced. “The romance sector is huge and we want to now participate and compete in the sub-sectors of destination weddings and honey-moons,” he said. Mr Piper also called for wedding and event planners in Dominica to form an association with a view to moving the sector forward. “Our service providers are going to have to get together and I hope that you will utilize the second edition of the bridal fair as an opportunity to form alliances, to form strategic partnerships so that the value proposition that as a destination we put out is second to none,” he said.The guidelines for obtaining a Special Marriage Licence, including a marriage application form and a list of required documents for the granting of a special marriage licence is available on the government’s website www.dominica.gov.dm.Dominica Vibes News Tweet Share Sharing is caring! 40 Views 3 comments
Share Sharing is caring! Tweet 271 Views no discussions Share Share LocalNews CADRES predicts 4th term for DLP by: – October 29, 2014 Peter WickhamThe Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES) has predicted a fourth consecutive term for the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) government. CADRES on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 released the findings of an opinion survey in which forty-eight (48) residents of each of the twenty-one (21) constituencies were questioned through face to face interviews between 17th and 20th of October 2014. Only one person per house was questioned and they were selected from every third house.Peter Wickham, the second director of CADRES, told members of the press, based on this random sampling conducted ahead of the general election constitutionally due in May 2015. However, he noted that “the most significant political observation the survey generates is the projected political swing of -2% away from the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) or +4% towards the United Workers Party (UWP)”.Wickham added however that the direction of the swing is consistent in both instances with what would be a normal trend in the case of a fourth-term government in the Caribbean.He also predicted that any movement with regards to seats in the upcoming election would take place in the Roseau North, Wesley, La Plaine, Morne Jaune and Roseau Central constituencies.Wickham informed that his organization does not think that there will be any additional seats outside this group “changing hands nor do we expect that there would be a change of government in the next election”. “Predictions aside, in the survey 43% of respondents indicated a preference for the DLP, while 30% promised to support the UWP”. “13% of respondents were unsure which party they would support in the next election, while 14% refused to tell CADRES interviewers their preferred candidate or party,” he said. Although the Dominica Freedom Party (DFP) is not fielding any candidates, 0.4% of respondents identified themselves as DFP supporters. Respondents were also asked about the issues of concern to them and their families and 31% or the largest quantity said that “Employment” was their number one concern. The second most important issue of concern to responders was the “Cost of Living” for 22% of Dominicans, with 16% being most concerned about The Economy”.Apart from these, Wickham said there were no other major issues of concern to less than 10% of respondents and “it is noteworthy that corruption was only a concern for 2% of persons interviewed”.One popular gauge used in surveys of this nature was also employed here and as such Dominicans were asked if they believed that the country was on the “right track” or heading in the “right direction”. A majority of persons 42% said they believed the country was on the “right track” while 38% believed that it was heading in the “wrong direction”. “It is noteworthy here that there are 8% more Dominicans who believe that the country is heading in the “wrong direction” than there are persons promising to support the UWP in the next election,” Wickham stated.Dominica Vibes News
What’s a Twitter chat? The HR profession is full of acronyms. Grab any three or four letters from the alphabet and throw them together and there’s probably a corresponding law for it. But there are two acronyms in particular that create a lot of anxiety for HR professionals: FMLA and ADA.Intermittent Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave has rapidly become one of the most common sources of heartburn for employers. Sprinkle in some of the Americans with Disabilities Act’s (ADA’s) ambiguous wording, and the broader definition of “disability” included in the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, and you’ve got all the ingredients for some potentially precarious employment situations.According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, “since July 1992, employers have paid more than $174 million in EEOC [Equal Employment Opportunity Commission] settlements over ADA complaints, not counting administrative costs and legal fees,” and there is still much misunderstanding about how to administer these kinds of leaves. According to SHRM Online legal writer and editor Allen Smith in When Is Enough ADA Leave Enough?, “Few areas of employment law cause as much frustration for employers as the lack of a definitive answer to the question of how much leave beyond the Family and Medical Leave Act’s (FMLA’s) 12 weeks and state-law-mandated leave must be provided under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).”And other questions often arise, such as: When is an employer required to begin a discussion about accommodations?How do you know if an employee is entitled to an accommodation?What if the accommodation violates company rules, or costs the company money?Can an employer force the employee to use paid time off, first?And what happens when these two acronyms begin to overlap? Smith cites pregnancy as an example in his article “Pregnancy Can Produce Variety of ADA, FMLA Claims”:“So what if the pregnant woman runs through all of her FMLA leave before she has recovered from pregnancy-related conditions? What if she hasn’t worked for a year or the requisite 1,250 hours within a year? What if she doesn’t work at a location with 50 or more employees? She still might be entitled to leave as a reasonable accommodation under the ADA if she has pregnancy-related impairments that rise to the level of a disability. Now a wide range of pregnancy-related physical impairments may qualify as covered disabilities, since the bar for ADA disabilities has been lowered. Such ADA-qualifying disabilities might include high blood pressure, severe morning sickness, gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, postpartum depression and uterine fibroids causing risk of premature labor.”When an employee indicates in any way that he or she can’t perform or complete his or her job, this should be a red flag to supervisors, and documentation of the issue should ensue. Information, education and supervisor training—as well as updating job descriptions to include essential functions—can help employers care for their employees while avoiding costly lawsuits and mistakes.Please join @shrmnextchat at 3 p.m. ET on August 19 for #Nextchat with special guest Allen Smith (@SHRMLegalEditor). We’ll discuss best practices that will help employers effectively administer leave while reducing liability.Q1. What FMLA and ADA issues do employers typically struggle with the most?Q2. What are the signs that an employee is abusing FMLA leave?Q3. What are common ADA mistakes employers make?Q4. What are common FMLA mistakes employers make?Q5. How can an employer determine if an accommodation would impose an undue hardship on its business?Q6. What factors help an employer determine when to deny a leave request?Q7. How does an employer determine how long an employee’s leave should be?Q8. How can employers improve their internal practices to avoid ADA-related complaints and legal action?
The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… corvida 1 Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tomorrow will be the start of Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference. The anticipation for the keynote is high with the rumor-mill buzzing about the 3G iPhone being announced at the keynote and more recently, rumors that iChat is coming to Windows. With many ways to get live coverage of the keynote (and find out if the rumors are true), nothing seems to do the job better than Twitter. Yet will Twitter be prepared for the hammering that will follow?Twitter Says Bring it OnLately Twitter has had more than its fair share of downtime. For the past week the service has not been up to par. We’re just beginning the month of June, but Twitter has already experienced over an hour of downtime according to Pingdom reports. Tomorrow the service is expecting 10 times their normally traffic during the WWDC. Everyone’s wondering if they’ll be able to handle it. Twitter is answering back with a resounding yes. According to a recent post on the Twitter blog, there’s a plan A and a plan B.Plan A“We’ve moved much of the load off our database by utilizing more memcache, employing more read-slave servers, and by fixing some bugs for improved efficiency. This work is in intended to help handle the load and keep Twitter up and running while Steve Jobs talks about all the new products and services Apple has planned. Of course these improvements will continue to serve Twitter beyond the WWDC as well.”Plan B“In the event that our estimates and preparations fail, we have designed a way to keep Twitter updates moving quickly through the system to their respective recipients. We have isolated and created on/off switches for many Twitter features. Should it become necessary to shed incoming load quickly, we can turn off features such as stats, pagination, and several others to preserve the reliability and timeliness of your Twitter timeline.”Personal Backup PlanWhile there’s plenty of hope that Twitter will pull through, some promises are just dying to be broken. In the event that Twitter does sustain a dramatic length of downtime and you just can’t wait another minute for an update, you can head over to an alternative service. I’d recommend heading over to FriendFeed or even the up-and-coming Plurk to keep up with the keynote updates. On FriendFeed, there are severalroomsdedicated to keeping users up-to-date. In the meantime, I wish Twitter the best and hope they will make good on their promise. Tags:#twitter#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
Justin Kluivert is given a one-match ban and Federico Chiesa fined for simulation, while Roma face an investigation over racist chants. The Disciplinary Commission announced its findings after Week 8 in the Serie A season. Roma forward Kluivert will be suspended for this weekend’s match with Milan after his red card for two bookable offences against Sampdoria. In the same match, Roma fans were heard making racist chants towards Samp midfielder Ronaldo Vieira and an investigation has been opened. The Giallorossi immediately issued an apology and pledged to work with the authorities to identify the perpetrators. Fiorentina star Chiesa has been fined €2,000 for simulation in the penalty area against Brescia, which also earned him a yellow card during the game. Lecce Coach Fabio Liverani is suspended and fined €10,000 for insulting the fourth official. Genoa assistant manager Roberto Muzzi is given a two-match touchline ban and €5,000 fine for insulting the officials. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/