CAPAM awards innovation in private sector

first_imgMinister of State Joseph Harmon said the presentation of International Innovations Awards (IIA) is a fitting conclusion to the 12th Biennial Conference of the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM).CAPAM 2018 concluded, with a banquet and IIA ceremony at the Marriott Hotel, Kingston, Georgetown, on Wednesday evening. Minister Harmon commended CAPAM for celebrating innovation which explores new frontiers in the pursuit of public administration and management.“I wish to commend the International Innovations Awards ceremony that seeks to promote the spirit of innovation of the public service by recognising organisations that have made significant contributions to improving governance and service in the Public Sector,” Minister Harmon is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.This is the first time the Conference was held in Guyana. Minister Harmon said Guyana agreed to host the Conference based on its deep commitment to the Commonwealth’s programmes and activities. “It is our hope that we have been a good and gracious host, that we have properly facilitated the work and success ofMinister of State Joseph Harmon poses with the winners of the International Innovations Awards (IIA)the Conference and that we have contributed to CAPAM’s objective to improve public administration and management,” Minister Harmon said.CAPAM was held from October 22-24 at the Guyana Marriott under the theme “Transforming the Public Sector for Climate Governance”. Margaret Saner, former chair of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) and Chair of the IIA Assessment Panel introduced the Awards, noting that, “many of the finalists’ innovations speak to the resilience, determination and leadership of those involved, and often understate the challenges and obstacles faced. These people have demonstrated vision, ingenuity and sensitivity to citizens and colleagues’ needs.” She continued, saying that “some innovations were strongly community-based, while others focused on equipping the public service to better serve citizens or to enhance economic or social potential. They exemplify what is best about the public service and show what is possible even in the face of long-standing, deep-rooted problems.” The winners of the IIA were Unnayan Banka for reinventing education using technology, India, in the category of innovation incubation; Helping Elderly Singaporeans Plan for Retirement in a Digital World, Singapore for innovative policies, programmes, services, and access to services that are outward-facing and client-based in the category of citizen-focused innovation; Unified Agriculture Markets, India, for recognises innovations that are largely internal/inward-facing to government and consist of functional or whole-of-system policies or business processes in the category of innovation in Public Service Management; and InNEAvation (NEA´s Innovation DNA), Singapore in the category of innovation DNA.The awards ceremony reached its conclusion when Minister Harmon presented the overall gold medal to unified agriculture markets, India. CAPAM enables public service professionals to effectively solve challenges and pursue interests by exchanging knowledge, networking, and engaging in shared learning about leading practices.last_img read more

Warriors’ Rick Barry, Jamaal Wilkes, Clifford Ray share what made Oakland fanbase unique

first_imgOAKLAND – For a moment, Rick Barry feared for his life.The Warriors had won the 1975 NBA championship over the former Washington Bullets, and had landed in Oakland after an oversized crowd at San Francisco International Airport forced them to change their travel itinerary. When Barry and his teammates took a cab from Oakland to San Francisco to greet those fans, other Warriors fans almost prevented them from doing so.“They jumped up on top of the cabs. The roof of the cab I was in was …last_img

Over 6000 Australians stranded in Bali

first_imgVirgin Australia and Jetstar flights to and from Bali remain cancelled as the ash cloud from the erupting Mount Mt Rinjani on the island of Lombok, continues to drift over Bali. Jetstar attempted to launched three rescue flights to bring stranded passengers home but had to cancel them when the wind change spreading the ash cloud over Bali.More than 6000 Australians are believed to be stranded in Bali. Both Virgin Australia and Jetstar said today that they will review Sunday flights late today (Saturday).The position of the two Australia airlines has been backed up by the Australian regulator the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.Both airlines are offering passengers the opportunity to change flights for no additional fee and are urging passengers to follow the updates on their websites.AirAsia has resumed services and is adding extra flights to clear the backlog of passengers.It says that it will “notify passengers of their updated flight status and the options made available to them.”Passengers are also advised by AirAsia to check their flight itinerary through the “Manage My Booking” feature on the website.Jetstar and Virgin Australia said they will add additional services to clear the backlog of passengers once the ash cloud clears completely.last_img read more

Y Combinator Hosts a Job Fair for Startups Tomorrow

first_imgOne of the myriad of challenges in starting a company is finding and hiring employees. You need to find the people with the right talent and the right skill set, but also people with the right mind-frame – people who share that entrepreneurial spirit and are willing to face the challenges of working with a newly-established company.Although the unemployment rate might suggest that anyone with a job opening would have a long list of applicants to choose from, even in an economic downturn, startups compete with larger, more established firms for skilled labor. And as established firms typically have deeper pockets for pay and benefits as well as staff dedicated to recruiting “the best and the brightest,” startups might struggle to compete. In addition to startups wondering how to convince someone to work there, prospective employees also often wonder if a startup is really the right fit?Y Combinator is sponsoring an event tomorrow night that seeks to address these issues. “Work at a Startup” is a job fair, of sorts, where over 30 startup founders will make their pitch to 100 job applicants.The event also seeks to answer some of the questions potential employees might have about working at a startup: How can you tell whether a startup would be good to work for? How much salary should you expect? How much equity? What are the danger signs you should watch for?Programmers submitted their resumes in order secure an invitation, and the companies at the fair are all YC-funded. And while the event is invitation-only, it will be live-streamed by Justin.tv: http://justin.tv/ycombinator.Even if you aren’t attending, the presenters are likely to answer questions that both entrepreneurs and job-seekers have about working for a startup. Tags:#events#start Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… audrey watterscenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Social Networking For Authors & Overcoming The Rejection Slip

first_imgNot a Novel IdeaThere are many other social networks for writers on the Web. So getting new users is going to be nearly as much of a challenge for Moysidis as getting a publisher to notice her debut novel.But according to Moysidis, most of the existing social networks for authors are geared towards helping writers self-publish. Writer’s Bloq is all about helping new writers get the attention of publishing houses. Which begs the question: how will Writer’s Bloq attract publishing industry people to the network?Moysidis replied that Writer’s Bloq is starting out with a focus on writers, but it intends to open up to publishers officially at a later date. In the meantime, she said that industry professionals are already registering… as writers. Many in the industry are budding writers themselves.Like any new social network, Writer’s Bloq has a very tough road ahead of it. The key is to get network effects going, in other words get more and more writers – and ideally publishing industry people too – signed up and using the site regularly. Easier said than done. But Writer’s Bloq has a great design, enthusiastic early users and a Kickstarter project (see video below) to raise money for offline meetups – cleverly called “bloqparties.”Perhaps most importantly, Writer’s Bloq has a passionate, focused founder in Nayia Moysidis. Whose ultimate goal, by the way, is still to get her first novel published. The first thing that struck me about Writer’s Bloq when I signed up for a nosey, was the crisp and clean design. Goodreads could learn a thing or two from that.Writer’s Bloq has two main sections: a writing section and a reading section. As with any social network, it’s advisable to have a look around first before posting your own content. There are many ways you can discover the writing of others – by genre, format, status (published or unpublished), or tags.You can choose to read a piece immediately, or save it for later. You can also send it to your Kindle. The staples of social networks are all there: comments, likes, sharing via Facebook and Twitter, the option to subscribe to the author. What’s In It For WritersWriter’s Bloq is clearly very early in its evolution – there isn’t a huge amount of activity on the site right now. That is of course the problem every new social network has. Goodreads is at the opposite end of the social network spectrum. It’s a mature social network that reached its tipping point a few years ago and is now in the midst of mainstreaming (10 million users and counting!).So the challenge for Writer’s Bloq is to get its core user base – budding writers and people in the publishing industry – to sign up. I asked Nayia Moysidis why new writers should post their work on Writer’s Bloq. Why not just self-publish, if they aren’t able to land a traditional publisher? She replied that when writers submit a manuscript to a publisher, essentially they are after the following three things:Editing and serious feedback on their work.Marketing.Validation.Writers can’t get those things by self-publishing, said Moysidis. The aim of Writer’s Bloq is to give writers a better opportunity to attract publishers. They can promote their work on Writer’s Bloq and get feedback from peers – and perhaps even from publishers sniffing around the site. The community helps self-select the best writing, through ratings and comments. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App richard macmanus Yesterday I reviewed the leading social network for book readers, Goodreads. In the second post in my Social Books series, I’m checking out a brand new social network for book writers. Called Writer’s Bloq, it was founded by a young wannabe writer from New York named Nayia Moysidis. In a phone interview, I discovered that Moysidis, a graduate of Columbia University’s creative writing program, started Writer’s Bloq because of the frustrations she encountered trying to get her first novel noticed by publishers. She’d sent 93 individualized letters to publishing houses, but only received a few generic rejection letters in response.Like many entrepreneurs, Moysidis is a very determined person. After being largely ignored by publishers, her next step was to take an intern job at Simon & Schuster. There she was dismayed to find her very own novel – submitted under a pen name – in the slush pile! On the plus side, Moysidis saw first hand that it was impossible for a publishing house like Simon & Schuster to pick up every book sent to them. They simply receive too many manuscripts.After seeing the writer submission process from the other side, Moysidis concluded that publishers are so overwhelmed that they aren’t discovering enough new talent. She felt that writers needed a better way to try and get noticed, which ultimately would help publishers too. So she created Writer’s Bloq, a wonderfully named social network where writers can post snippets of their work and network with others in the industry. Tags:#Reviews#web 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Nagaland CMO files FIR against fake exit letter

first_imgThe Nagaland Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) has filed an FIR against the circulation of a fake and forged resignation letter of Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang and his Cabinet colleagues on social media. The FIR was lodged at the Kohima police station on Wednesday by the Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to the Chief Minister, the police said. According to the FIR, the letter head of the Chief Minister of Nagaland has been forged and a fake letter number has been given. The signature of the Chief Minister has also been forged and the fake resignation letter is being circulated on the social media. The FIR stated that the forgery was very serious and amounted to cyber crime as also spreading rumours with an objective to create confusion and unrest in society. The Kohima police said thy has registered a case and the investigation is in progress.last_img read more

Iconic hotels that still rock

first_imgHistory with a shot of the modern, the hip and the cool. With snazzy makeovers and new additions, the buzz is back in ten of the world’s most iconic hotels. Rashmi Uday Singh finds out what keeps them ticking.Beverly Hills hotel, Los AngelesThis is an icon of Hollywood–decades of glamour and history distil themselves and yet this legendary hotel continues to rejuvenate itself. Its iconic Polo Lounge, a premiere dining spot in LA, may look the same as it did when it was first set up but the culinary flavours are all contemporary. The creative force behind the kitchen is Malaysian Executive Chef Alex Chen. Graceful palms, lush gardens, rare plants and flowers make this into a 12-acre haven. Who’d believe that we are in the heart of Los Angeles? www.beverlyhillshotel.comTaj Pierre, New YorkIt’s a happy coincidence that this fabulous Georgian style hotel (located on New York’s 5th Avenue), born out of inspiration from a French chateau, has now been taken over by our very own Taj Palaces and Resorts. It has recently undergone a multi-million dollar revamp. Not only have the rooms and baths of my most favourite New York hotel been renovated but they’ve also added on a new destination bar, Two E. Le Caprice continues to be an upper crust restaurant with a sublime touch of British class. www.tajhotels.comThe Dorchester, LondonIn the gold room the frescoes are restored by Gaugin’s great grand-daughter, a gold plated spiral staircase glimmers in a grand suite and the uber cool, elegant China Tang restaurant rocks with a glamorous vibe and haute Chinese cuisine. In the hallowed, very British, Grill Room, Chef Aiden Byrne is reinventing traditional British dishes in modern terms. Alain Ducasse has set up his temple to French gastronomy here. I revel in the brand new spa with its Spatesserie (where you can feast on delicious cakes and cocktails), South Sea pearl chandeliers and the Vaishaly facial, which is exclusive to The Dorchester. It is the best treatment your skin could ask for. www.thedorchester.comRitz, Paris This more than a century-old beauty continues to reinvent herself and yet preserve her style. Even the Bloody Mary cocktail was created here for Ernest Hemingway in Bar Hemingway. And the crepes suzette by chef Auguste Escoffier. Colin Field, the “world’s best mixologist and head bartender” (Forbes magazine) creates magic cocktails while Chef Michel Roth rustles up classics. I also attend a class at the Ecole Ritz Escoffier cooking school! And I never skip a swim in the fabulous indoor pool (probably the only pool in the world with so much art around it). www.ritzparis.comMandarin Oriental, LondonWhat a shot of youthfulness has been injected to this Knightsbridge legend! I love its spruced up high-ceilinged plush rooms as much as I do the superb massages in its new spa. April saw the opening of Bar Boulud here and it is already one of London’s most happening places. I love the fabulous French bistro meals here. The trendy new Mandarin Bar, too, is a rage. There’s more in offing: Celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal is all set to launch Dinner with Heston before Christmas this year. Talk of Victorian heritage infused with contemporary buzz! www.mandarinoriental.com/londonBeverly Wilshire, Los AngelesIf it’s Hollywood, it’s got to be the Beverly Wilshire hotel. Here eight decades of Hollywood glamour are distilled within its elegant interiors located on the stunning sun-drenched Rodeo drive. Radha Arora, the dynamic vice- president keeps injecting energy and youth into this hotel, from the state-of-the-art spa to setting up a cutting-edge restaurant from America’s leading chef Wolfgang Puck. Hollywood dines, meets and stays here and so does our own Bollywood. www.fourseasons.comMandarin Oriental, BangkokThe inspiration of Somerset Maugham to Paul Theroux, this Grand Dame on the banks of the Chao Phrya River, Bangkok, continues to amaze me with its grace and energy. She continues to update herself. Two outdoor swimming pools, the most well-equipped sports centre and spa beyond comparison too. In order to keep up with the times, The Thai Cooking & Cultural School offers the most amazing classes, which I have attended with great joy. I stayed at the rejuvenated River Wing… an exquisite balance of modern technology and sumptuous comfort. www.mandarinoriental.com/bangkokBreidenbacher Hof, DusseldorfIn Dusseldorf’s Breidenbacher Hof (two centuries of history cohabit with the most contemporary hi-tech) I taste my finest Frikadeller (traditional German meat ball). It is a favourite of Beyonce, Tom Jones and the chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel. What does the Dusseldorf Air Taste Like? is the intriguing name of the must-have dessert here. It’s not just the restaurant, even the rooms are fully equipped with thoughtful hi-tech flourishes; automatic lights come on when you enter the walk-in cupboard at this hotel located across the style mile–the glittering Konigsallee or the King’s Avenue. www.breidenbacherhofcapella.comFour seasons George V, Paris The legendary George V reigns in its Franco-British aesthetic splendour. Every detail is impeccable, luxury and technology blend stylishly–antique clocks, bronzes and more and yet there is up-to-date technology here. From the complimentary 24-hour business centre to the poshest spa in the City of Lights. From the rejuvenating Oxygen Facial, chocolate massage to Chef Eric Briffard’s Michelin starred magical food… there is magic everywhere. And then there is their Silver Ghost Rolls Royce (with custom made interiors by H?rmes). Did you just say ‘by George’? www.fourseasons.com/parisHotel de Paris, Monte CarloThis landmark hotel of Monaco (the balmy playground of the rich and the famous) lives up to its grand history in every single way. It adds on the fabulous sprawling state-of the-art Les Thermes Marins de Monte-Carlo spa. I not only have the most unique and rejuvenating crushed red ruby massage but also feast on Louis XV’s ‘Essential Cuisine’ served amid flamboyant luxury in a Versailles-style dining room. Here super chef Alain Ducasse delivers a fabulous experience. Contemporary melds with the traditional in the sensational Grill restaurant which also dishes out memorable views of Monte Carlo. en.hoteldeparismontecarlo.comadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Fagan Calls for Sustained Anti-Smoking Programme

first_imgMinister of State for Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Colin Fagan, says a sustained public education programme, targeted particularly at the youth, is critical in raising awareness of the adverse effects of smoking. “Statistics provided to me indicate a worrying trend that has shown that Jamaica is now having children as young as 10 years old addicted to smoking; a trend that is increasing,” he lamented. The State Minister was speaking at the ‘Partnerships for Smoke Free Spaces’ breakfast meeting this morning (November 22) at the Terra Nova Hotel in St. Andrew. Mr. Fagan said that equally of concern is the burden on the budget to manage the health effects of smoking, both for smokers and those who are exposed to second hand fumes.  He informed that of the approximately US$170 million per year spent on non-communicable diseases, a significant portion is related to tobacco smoking. “Simply put, Jamaica cannot afford this. We need to be promoting healthy lifestyles, and tobacco use and smoking are clearly not among the contributing qualities,” he said. Mr. Fagan informed that the Government remains steadfast in reducing tobacco use, signing the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on September 24, 2003 and ratifying the agreement two years later on July 7, 2005. Legislation is also being drafted to ban smoking in public places, while the tax on tobacco has been raised as a means of control. The Government is also increasing public awareness through ongoing education and consumer information. Mr. Fagan also pointed to efforts at the local government level, with the St. Catherine Parish Council designating Emancipation Square a smoke free zone. “I want to implore your organisation to work more closely with our parish councils and municipalities, all 14 of which, I am sure, would welcome you and partner with you for a cause that will redound to the benefit of our environment, our health sector and young people,” he urged. Mr. Fagan also commended the efforts of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica and the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control towards the sensitisation of Jamaicans regarding the effects of smoking. The World Health Organization (WHO) MPOWER 2009 Report, states that tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death worldwide, and is a risk factor for six of eight leading causes of death worldwide. Tobacco use kills more than five million people every year, more than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined, demonstrating the increasing burden of tobacco on the world’s health status, which, if current trends are not aggressively addressed, could kill more than eight million people per year by 2030, and up to one billion people in total in the 21st Century, the report said. In addition to the effects on those that directly consume tobacco, one third of the world’s adult population are regularly exposed to second hand smoke, which kills 600,000 persons each year.last_img read more