Malta: International organisations urge close scrutiny as the public inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia begins on 6 December

first_img The long awaited public inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia will begin this Friday 6 December at the Law Courts in Valletta. For two years, our organisations have supported the family of Daphne Caruana Galizia in calling for an independent, impartial and effective inquiry. The inquiry will address questions including whether the State knew or ought to have known of the risk to Daphne Caruana Galizia’s life; whether they failed to take measures to protect her life; and whether the State is fulfilling its obligations to protect journalists whose lives are at risk from criminal acts. We will be in Malta to monitor the first hearing where Matthew Caruana Galizia and Peter Caruana Galizia will give statements. News The public inquiry is a critical mechanism to ensure the whole truth emerges in the case of Daphne Caruana Galizia. It is essential for ensuring that lessons are learned and implemented to protect other journalists in Malta who remain at great risk. We urge full transparency in the process of the public inquiry, in particular that information pertaining to the inquiry is made publicly available in a timely fashion.Our organisations strongly urge media, international governmental organisations and diplomats to monitor this opening hearing.Our organisations will closely monitor the public inquiry, which is set to last 9 months. Sarah Clarke, Head of Europe and Central Asia for ARTICLE 19, will monitor the first hearing at 9am on 6 December. Signed:Reporters Without Borders (RSF)ARTICLE 19 Association of European Journalists Committee to Protect Journalists European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)European Federation of JournalistsFree Press Unlimited (FPU)IFEXInternational Press Institute PEN InternationalTransparency InternationalScottish PENDetails: Friday 6 December 0900 CETCourt of Appeal,Republic St, Valletta, MaltaTerms of Reference for the Public InquiryFor media inquiries: – Rebecca Vincent, RSF, +44 (0) 20 7324 8903- Pam Cowburn, A19, [email protected], + 44 (0) 7749 785 932- Flutura Kusari, ECPMF, [email protected], +383 (0) 49 236 664 December 5, 2019 Malta: International organisations urge close scrutiny as the public inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia begins on 6 December Malta: RSF files complaint in France in connection with Maltese journalist’s murder MaltaEurope – Central Asia CorruptionWomenImpunityFreedom of expressionViolence Help by sharing this information to go further Malta: International organisations condemn the further degradation of press freedom in Malta and the continued intimidation of journalists November 29, 2019 Find out more Receive email alerts Malta: Political resignations are not enough; RSF demands prosecution of the masterminds of Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination News Follow the news on Malta December 4, 2019 Find out more RSF_en MaltaEurope – Central Asia CorruptionWomenImpunityFreedom of expressionViolence News News Organisation November 27, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Young people encouraged to unleash their creativity at Limerick’s Cruinniú na…

first_imgLinkedin WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads WhatsApp Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Facebook NewsCommunityEducationYoung people encouraged to unleash their creativity at Limerick’s Cruinniú na nÓgBy Staff Reporter – June 5, 2019 177 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash TAGSCommunityeducationlimerickLimerick City and CountyMayor James Collinsyouth Emailcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleO’Sullivan welcomes funding for apprenticeships at Limerick Institute of TechnologyNext articleNew Limerick Mayor to be elected on Friday Staff Reporter Twitter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Print Pictured at the launch of Cruinniu na nOg in the Hunt Museum was Donnachadh and Cliodhne Burrows. Picture: Alan PlaceOver 30 free creative activities for under 18’s as part of Creative Ireland Programme initiative supported by Limerick City and County Council and RTÉMayor of the city and county of Limerick, Cllr James Collins is calling on all children and young people to fire up their imaginations and take part in one of the free Cruinniú na nÓg events that will take place around the county on Saturday 15th June 2019.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Now in its second year, Cruinniú na nÓg celebrates and encourages participation by children and young people in creative activities in their local neighbourhoods and communities.  Led by the local Limerick Culture and Creativity Team, with huge support from local artists, arts organisations, creative practitioners and community festivals, activities include everything from free outdoor film screenings to stop motion animation workshops and shadow animation. With a strong emphasis on participation, activities are specially designed to spark an interest and encourage the inner creative in children to try something new or fulfil a secret ambition!Said Mayor Collins, “Ireland is the first, and only, country in the world to have a national day of free creativity for children and young people under 18. Limerick invites young people and children of Limerick to celebrate culture and creativity through the interdisciplinary medium of film. The exciting programme of events on Saturday 15th June,  will span across the city and county of Limerick, including film production workshops, arts and creativity workshops, screenings and a special highlight of the day, a Young Film Convention at our offices in Merchant’s Quay. Come and enjoy all the fun free activity in libraries, parks and cultural venues across Limerick.”Highlights of this Limerick’s Cruinniú na nÓg include:Shadow Animation workshops 5-10yr Olds Libraries Granary Limerick, Watch House Cross, Dooradoyle, Adare, Kilmallock and Newcastle WestA hands-on 3-hour workshop for teens interested in filmmaking, called One Minute Wonders! 14-18-year-olds Limerick Youth Services City Centre, Killfinane, Newcastle West and CappamoreStop Motion Animation Hunt Museum 6-8 & 9-12-year-olds : These fun and exciting workshops will enable young people to experience each step of the Stop Motion process to produce a short animated filmMinister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan TD said:   Although only in its second year, Cruinniú na nÓg has already grown in ambition and scale with almost double the number of free activities taking place across the length and breadth of the country this year. This unique and important initiative helps us to deliver on our promise to enable the creative potential of every child and to give them the sense of accomplishment that comes with participating in a creative project that really triggers their imaginations.Each of the activities and events have been carefully curated by our network of passionate and committed Culture and Creativity teams across the country. I would like to particularly thank the local authorities and RTÉ, who have been enthusiastic partners and collaborators on this event from the beginning, and also the many artists, arts and youth organisations, creative practitioners, festivals and communities who have helped to make this exciting new day of youthful creativity for children and young people a brilliant success.”Dee Forbes, Director-General, RTÉ, says: “Creativity and community are at the heart of RTÉ’s new mission statement.  They are also core principles of the Creative Ireland Programme’s Cruinniú na nÓg, which makes this partnership especially important for us. Encouraging and supporting opportunities for children and young people to come together to experience and explore their creative potential is a brilliant initiative. The diversity of creative activities available from gaming to a starter course in stop-start animation to Japanese kite-making is part of what makes Cruinniú na nÓg so unique.RTÉ supports over 130 arts and cultural events every year so recognizing and enabling artistic endeavour and creativity is something we take very seriously. We look forward to sharing in the excitement and fun on Saturday, June 15th when the next generation of Ireland’s future creatives take centre stage on this very special day.” Advertisement Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League openerlast_img read more

A Way Amidst the Wildfires

first_imgSubscribe in Daily Dose, Featured, Loss Mitigation, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago October 25, 2018 1,627 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: California CoreLogic Homes HOUSING Insurance Property real estate wildfires California CoreLogic Homes HOUSING Insurance Property real estate wildfires 2018-10-25 Radhika Ojha Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago A Way Amidst the Wildfires Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Risky Business Next: Citadel Launches New Product Sign up for DS News Daily Share Save A webinar hosted by CoreLogic, available to the public here, discusses the housing situation in California in light of recent wildfires. The webinar, entitled “California Wildfires: A Way Forward,” explores at length the Carr and Mendocino Complex Fires from 2017, the damage the fires caused to more than 10,000 structures. The webinar looks back as well as forward, considering next steps in reconstruction after what has occurred and increasing resilience to future fires.Maiclaire Bolton-Smith, a Sr. Leader for Research and Content at CoreLogic, hosted the webinar. She touched on the catastrophe in Mendocino County before detailing the worst of the 2017 wildfires, especially the extent of damage in Tubbs County. Howard Kunst, a Principal and Chief Actuary of Science and Analytics at CoreLogic, gave a statistical perspective on the fires, showing how even though the amount of acreage destroyed in fires has increased in relation to the number of overall fires started. Whereas the five-year average between 2012 and 2016 was 8,363 fires with 691,299 acres destroyed, in 2017 a total of 9,560 fires caused more than 1.2 million acres worth of damage. Kunst suggests that models have obtained a high enough degree of accuracy regulations based on their predictions will be more commonly enacted. One of these is the requirement going into effect July 2019 that mandates insurance companies discuss the likelihood of fires to customers with residential properties, as well as various strategies and costs of reconstruction. Guy Kopperud, a Principal of Industry Solutions with CoreLogic, focused his discussion on reconstruction and valuation. Kopperud dilated on how the heated market in California continues to interfere with reconstruction efforts, and how the surge in California housing demand affects contractors and builders in the state. Rodney Griffin, Sr. Leader of Product Management and Services, spoke about resilience to future fires and strategies for minimizing damage in future disasters. These include fire-resistance ratings for construction being promoted as well as construction with fire-resistant materials.  Griffin indicates that the costs of building with resilient materials can be justified by the bottom line and reduction in loss potential. Lastly, Tom Larson, a Principal in Industry Solutions closes with a focus on managing wildfire risk in the future, in the process highlighting how fires in 2017 challenged current zonation, and how different models for zoning could help manage risk. Larson shows how if one also accounts for infrequent high winds and the latest fuel and topography models, risks can be minimized. Considering that more than 1.7 million homes, or 13 percent of the total 13.6 million California homes, remain at risk today. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Staff Writer Related Articles  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / A Way Amidst the Wildfireslast_img read more

Chelsea among clubs said to be chasing German midfielder Kramer

first_imgChelsea are among the clubs chasing Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Christoph Kramer, according to the Express. The Blues and Tottenham are said to have joined Liverpool and Manchester United in a battle to sign the 23-year-old, who featured for Germany at this year’s World Cup.Chelsea are also said to be keen to sign Barcelona’s former United defender Gerard Pique.The Daily Star have picked up on a report on Spanish website Fichajes which claimed the Blues are considering offering £24m for the 27-year-old when the transfer window reopens in January.Pique has therefore been touted as a possible long-term replacement for Chelsea captain John Terry, while United have been linked with a bid to re-sign him.The Star have also linked Chelsea with Stephan Lichtsteine and say their supposed pursuit of the defender has been boosted because Juventus are lining up a replacement.Meanwhile, QPR’s on-loan right-back Mauricio Isla has dismissed speculation he could return to Juve.The Chile international has had a difficult start for Rangers since arriving on a season-long loan and there were reports in the Italian media that the deal could be cut short.But Isla told the Evening Standard: “That was never going to happen.“People talk but I’ve never spoken about it. I’ve not spoken to a single director at Juventus since I came to England.“It is important for me to stay here a long while because I need to get match fitness back after the cruciate knee ligament injury I had.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Stars Found Almost as Old as Universe

first_imgA new record was set by a Caltech team using the Keck telescopes on Hawaii: they detected a galaxy nearly as old as the universe.  The consensus age for the universe is 13.6 billion years.  The light from this galaxy, they claim, is over 13 billion years old – “a mere 500 million years after the Big Bang” itself was supposed to have brought the universe into being.  The discovery was reported by the BBC News based on a paper in the Astrophysical Journal.1    Some astronomers are questioning the accuracy of the report and its use of gravitational lensing to see the distorted light from the distant galaxy, but agree the work was done carefully.  This exceeds the previous redshift record (z = 6.96) into the 8 to 10 range.  The authors found six candidates and proposed that at least two of them are real, and may lie at redshifts close to or beyond z=10.  They assumed metallicities of 1/20 solar abundance.  This means that heavy elements (metals) would have had to be products of a prior generation of hydrogen stars.  The authors also believed that their candidate galaxies were representative of a large abundance of similar low-luminosity galaxies that were present in that epoch.1Stark, Ellis et al, “A Keck Survey for Gravitationally Lensed Lyman-Alpha Emitters in the Redshift Range 8.5 < z < 10.4: New Constraints on the Contribution of Low-Luminosity Sources to Cosmic Reionization,” The Astrophysical Journal, 663:10-28, 2007 July 1.These measurements are indirect and tentative.  Confirmation must await observations from the refurbished Hubble, the James Webb Space Telescope, and refinements of the gravitational lensing technique.  There is also a fuzzy line between observation and theory in cases such as these.  Even using their own assumptions, however, the situation is paralleled by that in biology: more maturity and complexity as far back as they can see.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Stakeholder Summit gallery

first_imgAfrica’s most valuable nation brand, South Africa, continues to search its soul and look towards enhancing its international reputation and increasing its brand equity as it aims to stay relevant and strong in the current competitive economic environment, where only nations with a strong dose of credibility and competitiveness can survive.last_img

World-class field for Mr Price Pro Ballito

first_img17 March 2014Many of the world’s leading surfers, including South African superstar Jordy Smith, will be in action at the ASP Prime Mr Price Pro when it returns to Willard Beach on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast from 30 June to 6 July.A favourite stop among the world’s touring professional surfers, this year’s event will see 96 competitors from 18 countries compete for a lucrative R2.7-million ($250000) prize-purse and critical ratings points for those hoping to qualify for the elite ASP World Championship Tour in 2015.Crowd-pullerCalifornian Dane Reynolds, widely regarded as the one of the world’s most exciting surfers, has confirmed his entry into this year’s event where he is sure to be a crowd-puller with his aerial mastery and go-for-broke approach.Leading localsLocals will have plenty to cheer about with perennial world title contender Jordy Smith and experienced World Tour campaigner Travis Logie, the top two South Africans, featuring in this year’s classy line-up.With two podium finishes under his belt at the Mr Price Pro, Logie is always a title contender, but he is well aware of the intense competition that the event attracts.‘Up there with the best’“The level is up there with the best of them,” Logie, who recently sent shockwaves through the surfing world when he eclipsed Hawaiian John John Florence at the Quiksilver Pro in Australia, said in a statement last week.“The Mr Price Pro is definitely one of the toughest ASP Prime events as so many of the top surfers love surfing in Ballito. I really want to win the event as I’ve come so close so many times that every year I become more determined to win it.”‘He can blow minds’Logie and Reynolds share the same apparel sponsor, Quiksilver, and he agreed that “Reynolds is arguably the best surfer in the world. He can blow minds in any type of surf and is fun to watch because he’s so unpredictable. It’s really going to be exciting to see Dane back in SA.”Many of South Africa’s rising stars, such as Beyrick De Vries from Umhlanga, will be looking to make their mark on home soil, while at the same time they will be aiming to gain some ground on the world stage.Beach festivalRenowned as one of the biggest beach festivals on the African continent, the Mr Price Pro Ballito saw over 100 000 fans soak up the non-stop entertainment over the seven days in 2013. This year’s Festival is expected to see record numbers once again, with more cultural, retail, lifestyle and sports entertainment in store.While the surfers ride the ocean waves by day, spectators will again be rocked by sound waves at night when Mr Price and the KwaDukuza Municipality present free music concerts at Salt Rock on 3 and 4 July.On 1 and 2 July, the event will also feature a Food and Wine festival, adding an exciting, extra element to the lifestyle event that proved to be so successful last year.CharityThe RedCap Foundation has been selected as the event’s Corporate Social Investment programme as it has been actively involved in the region since 2010, with the Foundation’s health and education programmes impacting low income communities in KwaDukuza.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Cherise Stander inspired by late husband Burry

first_img28 May 2014Cherise Stander, wife of the late Burry Stander, will be aiming to draw inspiration from his achievements at the Cascades MTB Park when she contests the UCI Mountain Bike (MTB) Marathon World Championships in Pietermaritzburg on 29 June.The Team RECM rider, a stage winner on the 2012 Route de France, has had a tough start to the year by her own admission, but has set her sights on the forthcoming global spectacle.She has been hard at work, preparing for the tough 74km route that will take riders through the Cascades MTB Park and around the surrounding landscape of Pietermaritzburg.‘I am training hard’“It’s been a bit of a bumpy start to the year,” Stander said, “but at the moment I am training hard and focused on the event. I have been focusing on trying to get my strength up, so I have been doing a bit of work in the gym and also focusing on power intervals.”With it being her first MTB Marathon World Championships, she admitted it would be a learning experience: “I really have absolutely no idea what to expect from this race and the main goal is to get through the race and finish,” she said.Winter conditionsThe winter conditions in Pietermaritzburg are often cold and dry and Stander believes that she is more suited to the warmer conditions. However, with the South African Championships providing a dress rehearsal for the UCI event three weeks before it takes place, she has an opportunity to assess whether conditions will be favourable for her or not.“KZN gets really cold in June and I am usually a bit better in the heat, but, having said that, racing in your home country is always an advantage. We will be racing the course at SA champs on 7 June, so I will have a better idea if the course suits me after that,” she explained.Vivid memoriesHaving supported her late husband Burry at the Cascades MTB Park on many occasions previously, she has some vivid memories of him competing at the venue and taking on the best in the world with distinction. Stander hopes to draw on some of those memories for inspiration.“The Cascades MTB Park is a place that is very close to me and it definitely will be motivation,” she said.“I have some amazing memories of Burry fighting his heart out there, so I will definitely be thinking of him and his never-say-die attitude when I’m tired.”She added: “I am really looking forward to not having to travel so far. It is also great that all my family and friends will be able to watch the best in the world compete against each other.”PreparationsStander’s preparation for the World Championships have included time off the bike to work on her strength. She is hoping it pays off when Pietermaritzburg plays host to the latest in a long line of major cycling events that have taken place in and around the KwaZulu-Natal capital.“I’m getting there! It’s a bumpy road, but I’m making progress slowly but surely, and with the Hilton Classic the week before the World Champs, I will be prepared,” Stander concluded.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

AI Does Not End With Datasets

first_imgChina and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Zhenya Mirkin AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage I remember my undergraduate professor in AI saying, “AI is what they call machine intelligence they don’t yet fully understand. Once they understand it, it is no longer considered AI. Once robotics was well understood, it was no longer AI and became its own branch. Once computer vision was understood, it became independent. Speech recognition and natural language processing followed that route too.” Perhaps, the only field that is well understood and yet is so central to AI that separating would render AI meaningless, is machine learning, the science of using complex math-heavy algorithms to interpolate latent functions. It is because of this special status that we end up with slogans such as “AI and Machine Learning” sometimes, which is a bit like saying “Math and Calculus”.Machine learning (that includes the more famous branch called “deep learning”) is certainly crucial. ML algorithms are common to many AI areas and they are that very esoteric crux which helps the machine to guess desired outcomes off some obscure inputs. Load up a data set into an model and voila – you get predictions. ML makes that happen. Media gets the message. If you read most popular articles these days, you may just believe that AI will magically solve everything and everywhere. The overarching recipe is banal to a fault – collect a data set, find the ML algorithm that can interpolate the problem’s complexity, train a model, and collect cash. Simple.And yet as any real AI practitioner knows, ML, while vital, is not heart of the matter. A seminal NIPS paper by Google ML researchers explained in depth that machine learning is only a miniscule part of what makes an AI application. The bulk of work is around optimizing pipelines, collecting clean data and extracting features that are palatable to the ML model and are maintainable in a dynamic environment. This is particularly pronounced in natural-language understanding, where in order to extract features palatable to the classifier model, one needs to address misspellings, stemming, stopwords, disambiguate entity references, possibly, look at context, understand that people often use made-up words, be ready for a slowly changing vocabulary and topic distribution, and a myriad of other things.One might ask, why not skip that altogether and load the task into an powerful deep learning box? Surely, we can trade complexity of modeling the data for spending more time during the training stage? Well, good luck. Have you tried predicting weather off tree rings? They are correlated… Your machine should be able to find the path from one to the other. Problem is, you may be long resting peacefully underground by the time that happens. Some of the most powerful supercomputers used to predict weather off far more impactful signals still make inaccurate predictions. There is a reason – exponential complexity in computation is no joke. Many of the input feature have different degree of impact on the end result and most are not even independent of one another – an attribute that is diametrically opposite the prevalent assumption in the design of ML algorithms.This is where domain expertise becomes invaluable. Simply put, a human expert can prune a lot of unnecessary computation by offering shortcuts to the machine. This is done by modeling inference paths using the knowledge human experts accumulated in a particular domain over many years. Continuing with NLU, a good example is enriching the data with information from linguistics such as parts of speech, sentence structure (i.e. parse trees), orthography, etc. To understand the benefit, consider how a complex project can be managed effectively. The first thing you do is break it up and establish intermediate milestones. These are smaller in scope, easier to define, and, therefore, easier to reach. Achieving the bigger whole is then reduced to reaching each intermediate milestone, which is easier to define and track. Same with NLU – establishing intermediate steps helps re-define the problem in terms of tying the intermediates together.But there is more to modeling than taking shortcuts. Proponents of training off data sets overlook the plethora of domains where it is very hard to even define how to compile a data set for training. That means one will have a hard time explaining to an annotator (the one who labels the data set with expected results) the logic of how to come up with an expected result for each data sample. Sometimes, it is the ambiguity of labels that complicates things. Other times, it is the complexity of analyzing the input data – it may be outright impossible to provide the required sensory data to the human. In the physical world, certain measurements may be dangerous to the annotator (e.g. if your inputs are gasses). Each of these circumstances instantly renders the whole process of collecting data unviable from the start. Your choice of ML model will not matter if you cannot produce the input data!It may be worth re-examining all those fields that “branched off” from AI. A common theme among them is the incredible amount of domain modeling and knowledge. For instance, robotics relies on the physics of motion, mechanics, materials, electrical engineering, optics, and other more rudimentary sciences. While the end result may be feeding images into a CV unit, the bulk of “magic” actually happens before then. In other words, it is not ML at all that makes for a “magical” AI application, but a concoction of axioms, theorems, measurements, tuning, and the like that describe the domain about which the system is making predictions. ML is just icing on the cake. Instead of relying on the machine to correlate inputs with outputs, applications in these fields put domain knowledge first, building out their technology bottom-up – from basic rules to complex systems, possibly bridging some steps with ML. Their overall composition is always driven by the domain logic.The benefits of doing so are aplenty. First, you no longer have to rely heavily on manual data collection, which, as we discussed, is rife with constraints and errors. This allows for a more comprehensive coverage of your domain. Just think of what you’d rather have, a rule for multiplication of 2 numbers or an infinite table listing products of different pairs of reachable numbers? Second, you are able to explain the inference to the end user.Instead of highlighting how your back-propagation went on the 7th hidden layer, you can explain that it was a certain domain feature with a real English name that affected results the most. Thirdly, it allows for a cleaner assembly of the product and the ability to replace components with more optimal implementations. Try doing that with an ML pipeline! (this is where it’s worth reading the aforementioned NIPS paper again)So what, you may ask? By now you may agree that domain modeling is crucial for effective implementation. You decide to hire domain experts and carry on. Is there more to it? Yes! Because domain modeling is so central to AI applications, it can also serve as a compass to finding novel untapped applications of AI! To put it in different words, to find new opportunities, seek a out a field where data is hard to collect while the general domain environment is well understood and merely lacks automation. It is in those spaces where one can close small gaps between two clusters of domain knowledge with a simple ML bridge and suddenly get to a far more impressive result. And, unlike the “we’ll correlate everything with everything crowd”, you will have the advantage of the complete domain coverage, far better descriptive power, and, ultimately, a more robust product. Related Posts center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them Zhenya Mirkin is an Inventor of Entropy AI and partner at Caura & Co.. In the 2000s, he led the development of predictive text input software (called “iTAP”) that shipped on all Motorola phones worldwide. last_img read more

Ensure Employment Agencies are Legitimate – Kellier

first_imgMinister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, is advising Jamaicans seeking jobs overseas through private employment agencies to first contact the Ministry to verify their legitimacy. “Members of the public are being strongly reminded to verify the authenticity or legitimacy of employment agencies, prior to making any commitments or sending payments through any remittance services,” Minister Kellier said on Wednesday (January 2), as he addressed the first cohort of workers to depart for Canada under the Overseas Employment Programme. [RELATED: 172 Workers Leave for Canada] He noted that all employment agencies are governed by the Ministry and are issued with licences that should be publicly displayed at all times. The Minister informed that in the past, there have been complaints about employment agencies and “we don’t want (in) 2013 for any of those to be repeated”. “We want to run a very clean and strict programme. When persons pass on their funds to employment agencies, we want to make sure that no one is fleeced and when you turn up there is no employer, or no one to meet you at the airport,” Mr. Kellier stated. In the meantime, the Minister urged persons, who want to participate in the Overseas Employment Programme to check with the media regularly for information on recruitment.last_img read more