FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Transport and Works, Mike Henry has said that the Chinese Government is prepared to provide 85 per cent of the required funding to revive the railway industry, through a loan to the Jamaica Railway Corporation, which would be guaranteed by the Government of Jamaica.“The project has to have the capacity to repay the US$354 million it is estimated to cost; the Government of Jamaica will retain ownership of its assets in respect of the JRC, while all the operating costs are to be met by the operators, who will be expected to provide the remaining 15 per cent of the overall funding as equity,” Mr. Henry said.The Minister was making his contribution to the 2008/09 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 28.Mr. Henry pointed out that the Chinese proposal is the route being taken and it is now a “done deal,” with the Ministry and the government looking forward to bringing back the buzz which once dotted the geographical network, which was covered by the passenger rail service.Rural agriculture, cottage industries, heritage tourism and excursions, including school tours are projected to be among the main beneficiary activities from the reintroduction of the passenger rail service.“This is akin to what’s happening in many other parts of the world, where various countries are investing heavily in railways, because of the recognised potential of rail services to contribute to national economic development,” Mr. Henry said.Colombia, China, India, the Philippines, Mozambique, Ghana, Brazil, and Trinidad and Tobago are among the countries which are investing in rail transportation. RelatedRail Service to be Revived RelatedRail Service to be Revived RelatedRail Service to be Revived Advertisements Rail Service to be Revived UncategorizedMay 30, 2008
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South Sudanese refugees being transported from the border of South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to a refugee settlement site on May 10, 2019 in Biringi. PHOTO | JOHN WESSELS | AFPRefugees are flooding into the remote northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo from South Sudan as a September 2018 peace deal hangs in the balance.Authorities report that since the start of the month, 554 people have arrived in the town of Aru in Ituri province, after fleeing fighting along the border between South Sudan and Uganda.Fighting has persisted between government forces and rebels of the National Salvation Front who reject the peace accord between South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and his arch-foe Riek Machar.Spokesman of the UN refugee agency UNHCR in the DRC, Andreas Kirchhof, said that there were a lot of widows as well as unaccompanied children among the refugees.Related Continued conflict in Sudan pushing numbers of refugees higher in South Sudan Over 200 thousand South Sudan refugees in Sudan South Sudan Refugees in Khartoum Offered Professional Counselling
Jamie Carragher has told talkSPORT the Football Association’s rules over retrospective action must be changed after Burnley striker Ashley Barnes escaped punishment for his horror tackle on Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic.Matic was sent off during Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge for pushing Barnes to the floor in reaction to the forward’s mistimed challenge.Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho branded the tackle as ‘criminal’, while Burnley boss Sean Dyche defended his player, saying it wasn’t malicious and was simply a result of a ‘pendulum motion’ as Barnes attempted a pass.Serbian midfielder Matic’s three-match ban was reduced to two games by the FA on Tuesday, though the governing body also confirmed Barnes will face no further action as the incident was seen by referee Martin Atkinson.And Liverpool legend Carragher, who joined Adrian Durham and guest co-host Gary Neville on Tuesday’s Drivetime special, believes Barnes’ escape shows the current rules are wrong.“It’s the right outcome in terms of how the rules are now, in that if referees see something in the game it means they can’t act retrospectively, but I don’t think it is right, it needs to change,” he said.“We all know that when you see something for the first time at full speed, you have to watch it two or three times again before you really understand what has happened, and sometimes after watching it back your opinion of the incident does change.“Barnes should have been sent off for the challenge and I think it’s something you have to take out of the referees’ hands after the game, whether they’ve seen it or not.”Neville was also critical of the ruling, with the Manchester United hero telling talkSPORT ‘it doesn’t feel right’ for Matic to miss the Capital One Cup final over what he claims was a ‘natural reaction’ to the challenge.The former full-back also added that he believes there was a degree on intent to Barnes’ challenge, and admitted he was guilty of the same during his own playing career.He added: “My view is that he was absolutely entitled to his reaction. It was a natural reaction, your instinct takes over and I think that’s why he did what he did.“Ashley Barnes is lucky, he would have had a tarnished career if he had broken Matic’s leg, but he hasn’t done and he’s gotten away with it.“I think he knows what he’s doing – and I did it when I was playing – he’s followed through on Matic and tried to give him one. He wouldn’t have intended to break his leg, and he’s lucky he didn’t, but he wanted to leave one on him, I’m absolutely sure of that.“For Matic, he’s now going to miss a cup final…for pushing someone who has put in a terrible challenge.“It doesn’t feel right, but it was inevitable.”Despite challenging the decision, Neville did defend the under-fire officials and believes the Premier League should adopt a tennis-style challenge system, which managers could use a limited number of times per game to ensure the right calls are made on a consistent basis.“I would like to see the introduction of some type of challenge system, like the one that exists in cricket and tennis, however I also understand the fact that won’t be able to go down to grassroots football and the lower leagues,” said the England coach.“The pressure currently on referees is unhealthy and we need to come up with something that helps the officials become more accurate. They’ve done it in other sports with success and I think we could do it in football as well.”
Ray Maota Ordinary Ghanaians will be able to afford life insurance after the creation of mi-life life insurance by MTN, Hollard Insurance and MFS Africa. (Image: Pitch Invasion) Sifiso Dabengwa will become MTN’s CEO and President at the end of March 2011 as Phuthuma Nhleko steps down after nine years at the helm. (Images: MyBroadband.co.za) MEDIA CONTACTS • Maphamola Lebelo MTN Group Communications +27 83 212 9918 RELATED ARTICLES • MTN: Africa’s most valuable brand • MTN appoints new CEO • Ghana’s world first in legal timber • Black Stars shine for AfricaMTN, Africa’s most valuable brand, is making it easier for people in Ghana to buy life insurance by offering deals through mobile phones.The telecoms giant has partnered with Hollard Insurance and MFS Africa to bring low-income earners in Ghana a product called mi-life, a mobile money life insurance policy.MFS Africa is a mobile financial services provider based in Mauritius and South Africa.The partnership is designed to substantially reduce the cost of insurance.The service enables life insurance seekers to send a text message to a number on their mobile phones – this takes them to a menu of products on offer. Alternatively, the person can contact an MTN service centre to register for a policy that can be managed over the phone.Ghanaians who buy mi-life life insurance for two people can have coverage from US$765 (R5 293) up to $3 062 (R21 188).Premiums are paid via MTN’s mobile money service, which was launched in Ghana in 2009, or through agents at the networks’ service centres. The mobile money service enables users, the majority of whom do not have bank accounts, to receive and send money from their phones.The network has mobile money services in 11 countries around the world and about 4.3-million subscribers.Jeremy Leach, head of micro-insurance for Hollard, said: “Until now, insurance hasn’t really been made available or targeted at that low-income market. It allows us to reach our market in a fantastic way.“Typically, insurance has been predicated around bank accounts, and in Ghana only 34% of people have a bank account.”Other kinds of mobile micro-insurance that will be explored by the network are policies to pay bills and school fees, in the case of a family losing a breadwinner.Bruno Akpaka, GM for MTN’s mobile money operations in Ghana, said: “It’s not a generic life insurance where we’re using phones as a medium to connect to the cash, we’re talking about very, very low premiums.“Customers would be able to submit claims, queries and make premium payments using handsets. We are encouraging customers to go through agents because they also have an educating role.”Partnering to make insurance cheaperMTN was recently named Africa’s most valuable brand, said to be worth $4.7-billion (R32-billion). This was revealed by Brandirectory, an online resource that tracks the performance of the world’s top trademarks.Its closest rivals were Vodacom, Orascom Telecom of Egypt, Standard Bank and First National Bank.Established in 1994, the mobile network has cemented its presence in South Africa and another 20 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.Hollard Insurance is South Africa’s largest privately owned insurance group and has been in existence since 1980. Over the years the group has given R50-million ($7.2-million) to the Hollard Foundation, which is an independent trust that provides assistance for HIV/Aids orphans.The insurance group also has educational programmes and rural and informal sector development programmes. It has renovated clinics in KwaZulu-Natal and has set up a craft markets for small-scale entrepreneurs.
Cate Lawrence Follow the Puck Tags:#Beacons#Go Denver#Go LA#Internet of Things#IoT#PARC#Xerox How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Shop and Ride beacon and app system, powered by Xerox, is promising to deliver personalized, hyperlocal, mobile offers to transit riders based on their preferences and travel patterns. Beacon technology placed in local bus shelters and at merchant sites communicates with the app so users are notified of existing offers in the area or at a particular store. With a single touch, riders can save a coupon to redeem it immediately or at a later time.See also: Freckle beacons want you to get your ESPN onMerchants also benefit from the app. They share two mobile offers per week with Shop and Ride app users. Xerox provides the merchants with real-time tracking of deal conversions and anonymized data – such as the number of users who save, open and redeem the coupons. This allows merchants to make data-driven decisions based on which offers resonate most with consumers.The app grew out of research conducted at Xerox’s storied R&D facility PARC, working in concert with other Xerox innovation efforts helping transportation customers integrate mobile technology into their offerings. Shop and Ride joins other Xerox urban mobility projects being deployed around the world. Earlier this year, Xerox launched Go LA, Go Denver and recently Go Bangalore to encourage multimodal transportation. These apps capture all available transportation options in the city and compute the shortest, cheapest and most sustainable ways to reach a commuter’s destination. Belying their office product and photocopying history, Xerox is also a leading provider of transportation technology services worldwide, including tolling, parking, mass transit and photo enforcement services, supporting governments in more than 30 countries.Beacons are becoming routine for retailGerman lottery operator Westdeutsche Lotterie (WestLotto) is piloting a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon solution to attract consumers into 60 outlets at which they can buy lottery tickets. The system, provided by Berlin-based technology company Sensorberg, delivers coupons and other location-based content to WestLotto app users, and then tracks whether those individuals enter stores and make purchases based on those offers.As well, South Korea’s YAP is looking westward to expand after conquering Vietnam and China, with a beacon network aimed at storefront retailers.
If you’re like me, the impact of any data point in a given new article, business report etc is much greater when it’s put in relative terms – items that we come across in everyday life.Take IT spending trends and how many server refresh plans were delayed due to economic conditions in 2009, and some of the operating cost reduction opportunities left on the table.In a Gartner Research press release last October. “…approximately 1 million servers have had their replacement delayed by a year. That is 3 percent of the global installed base. In 2010, it will be at least 2 million.” (http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=1209913)So let’s look at how much power could have been saved in 2009, using the Xeon® ROI Estimator:On March 30th, 2009, we launched the Xeon® 5500 processor, which enables up to a 9:1 refresh consolidation ratio over single-core servers purchased in 2005. If those 1 million servers were refreshed on day of launch and consolidated on Xeon® 5500 servers (again, at a 9:1 ratio), then the industry could have collectively saved a total of 6.2 BILLION kWh of electricity annually – or the average power output of five (5) Boeing 747s!2009 is behind us, but the business value and power reduction opportunities get even more interesting in 2010. With the recently-launched Xeon® 5600 processors, the operational cost reduction opportunities are even more compelling, as the performance and energy efficiency improvements enable up to a 15:1 consolidation ratio over single-core servers. There’s a lot more Boeing 747s out there…What’s your 2010 opportunity? Check it out for yourself using the updated Xeon® ROI Estimator tool.
Hybrid clouds are a little like hybrid cars. Hybrid cars have two operating modes that work together seamlessly to get you to a destination, but to the driver it all looks and acts the same. Similarly, hybrid clouds let you deploy applications into an on-premises private cloud or into linked public clouds—whichever best suits business needs—but to the application development team it all looks and acts the same. But just as you wouldn’t buy a hybrid car without looking under the hood, you shouldn’t subscribe to public cloud services without looking under the hood to learn how the offered services assure the performance, security, and cost your business needs.To make sure you get the most value from your hybrid cloud environment, here are some items to discuss with your public cloud provider.Security and ComplianceSecurity is a looming concern for enterprises. Public clouds share servers and networks among many customers, so the attack surface is broad. You need to be sure threats introduced in other customers’ applications or operations can’t affect yours. You not only must ensure your data is protected, you must be able to verify and demonstrate that the protections required by corporate, industry, or government regulations are in place and effective.Because cloud service providers recognize security as a major concern of their customers, most have implemented extensive protections. Here are some questions you should explore:How does the cloud service provider (CSP) ensure your virtual machines (VMs) launch on a trusted platform that hasn’t been compromised by an attack through another customer’s instance?Can your data be encrypted—both in place and in transit?What kind of intrusion detection and security monitoring is provided?Who is responsible for keeping software up to date?What security processes and tools are used, and are they compatible with your own incident response systems?Does the CSP offer the ability to integrate apps in their cloud to your enterprise systems for identity management, domain name service, and IP address management?Some of these questions go right to the bottom of the stack—the processor itself. Intel® Xeon® processors, for example, include Intel® Trusted Execution Technology, which ensures operating systems and VMs launch on a trusted platform creating a root of trust for applications. The Intel® Xeon® processor’s encryption accelerators enable security at scale.Performance and FunctionalityThe processors underlying the service can make a significant difference in performance and functionality. Put simply: The processor matters. Applications for analytics, machine learning, and scientific computing may be optimized for functionality built into Intel® Xeon® processors, so moving the app to another platform will result in loss of performance. And the hardware assisted virtualization support provided by Intel® Virtualization Technology makes live migration of VMs fast and efficient, but systems taking advantage of it will fail if the underlying processor lacks support.Learn how the CSP will scale with you by offering more horsepower where needed and by scaling out when appropriate. For big data workloads, demand processors optimized for analytics and machine learning. Assess the CSP’s ability to capture the data close to where it originates, and determine if they have the bandwidth to transport it where it needs to go.CostConsider whether your CSP provides the robust elasticity and scaling that makes clouds such a powerful computing environment. Are tools available to help you measure and adjust utilization, so you’re not paying for more than you need? Does the pricing structure give you flexibility to match the cost to the application’s needs? And since the power of hybrid clouds is the ability to shift apps from one cloud to another as business needs change, identify features that will lock you in to the service, and be sure you understand what challenges you would encounter moving the app back onsite or to another provider.Powering the CloudThe word “Intel” should resonate in the answers you hear to the questions I mention above. Increasingly, Intel® technology powers the cloud—public and private. Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors are a family of scalable processors optimized for the workloads of the future. Storage functions like Intel® Optane™ technology and Intel® Solid State Drives are enabling fast, efficient big data analytics in the cloud. Intel® FPGA enables specialized functions. And network technology like Intel® Silicon Photonics is making cloud data centers—public and private—faster and more powerfulConsistent infrastructure matters—especially in the cloud. Learn more about how Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors power the cloud here.
Thousands of residents in the state of California are making use of a new Vote by Mail (VBM) system for the upcoming Mid-term Elections in the United States of America, which could influence a change in legislation in other states and countries around the world, especially those in the Caribbean. This new voting system, where residents have the option of receiving their official ballot cards for voting by mail days before elections, was introduced for the elections that will take place on Tuesday (November 6), by the Los Angeles (LA) County Registrar-Recorder’s Office, which is the overseer and facilitator of the voting procedure for the largest county in the US. Story Highlights Thousands of residents in the state of California are making use of a new Vote by Mail (VBM) system for the upcoming Mid-term Elections in the United States of America, which could influence a change in legislation in other states and countries around the world, especially those in the Caribbean.This new voting system, where residents have the option of receiving their official ballot cards for voting by mail days before elections, was introduced for the elections that will take place on Tuesday (November 6), by the Los Angeles (LA) County Registrar-Recorder’s Office, which is the overseer and facilitator of the voting procedure for the largest county in the US.Speaking at a press conference with journalists participating in the Foreign Press Centers’ International Reporting Tour at the LA County Registrar-Recorder’s Office in Los Angeles on Friday (November 2), Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Dean Logan, said that this makes the voting process more accessible and convenient, and allows residents to take their votes in ahead of the elections on Tuesday, before the polling stations are even open.“We are days away from the November 6 Mid-term Elections, and a major election happening is that we actually have people on the third floor coming in here to vote today, so this is a live polling station for early voting, and that’s taking place every day leading up to Tuesday,” Mr. Logan said.They believe this change in the way Californians are able to vote will influence a change in legislation in other states and eventually other countries around the world, and allow residents to vote ahead of election days. However, their votes would not be counted until the day of an elections.Los Angeles is the second largest city in the US in terms of population and the third largest in the area. It is the centre of a five-county metropolitan area. There are 5.2 million registered voters in the LA County, one of the largest in the United States, with a diverse electorate, which will also influence the outcome of the Mid-term Elections.“We are a diverse electorate, literally in every sense of the word. LA County is diverse in terms of ethnicity, in terms of economics, in terms of age demographics, and in terms of geography. A lot of people think of Los Angeles as being this urban centre in Hollywood and Beverly Hills. That’s certainly true, but we also have a very large rural area and an agricultural community in the northern part of our county,” Mr. Logan said.Although Tuesday will be the official date for voting, when JIS News visited the LA County Registrar-Recorder’s Office, numerous residents were seen casting their votes, and staff members were seen packaging the ballots cards they received from early voters in order of names and jurisdiction.Resident of California, Annie Gilliland, told JIS News that she decided to use the VBM system because she works at the Mojave National Preserve, which is a National Park located in a desert that is hundreds of miles from the nearest voting station, and it would be tedious for her to travel far to vote.“I live pretty far from the polling places where you have to physically go, so I just applied to do it by mail. It’s much easier and I just voted as soon as it got mailed to me. That was a couple of weeks ago, and now I feel like it’s done and I don’t have to worry about it,” Ms. Gilliland said.On Tuesday, when the polls are open at 7:00 a.m., more than 4,000 locations will be available for voting in California, where residents will be able to vote in the traditional way. On that day, votes from persons who previously received their ballots by mail and brought them in, will be officially counted as well.The ballots being mailed to residents in California are offered in 12 different languages.