Easier Access to Courts for the Disabled

first_img Building design plans are to be developed in the upcoming fiscal year to allow members of the disabled community easier access to the island’s courts. Additionally, a portion of the sum will go towards the implementation of 10 technical assistance contracts, including some not yet developed and six already contracted out, for which the procurement process has started. Building design plans are to be developed in the upcoming fiscal year to allow members of the disabled community easier access to the island’s courts.This is to be carried out under the Technical Cooperation Facility V project, for which a sum of $78.5 million has been allotted in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure.The funds will also be used to engage the services of a Public Finance Management consultant, as well as an Engineer for the Programme for Reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality (PROMAC). The money will also assist with a population policy consultancy and development of a strategic plan for the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI).Additionally, a portion of the sum will go towards the implementation of 10 technical assistance contracts, including some not yet developed and six already contracted out, for which the procurement process has started.It will also assist with the training of public-sector officials and non-State actors involved in the Government of Jamaica-European Union (GOJ-EU) Cooperation Programme, in European Commission development, sector policies, and the application of EU procedure. Another sum will support the continued participation of public-sector officials and non-State actors in international seminars and conferences.Under the project, to date, consultants have been engaged to assist the justice sector and the Public Finance Reform Programme, and a State of the Environment Report has been prepared.Support has also been provided for the participation of public-sector officials and non-State actors in several conferences, seminars and trainings.These included seminars on tourism in protected areas, disruptive technologies for the public sector, tax crimes and fraud; the UN Oceans Conference; International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank meetings; International Forestry conference; International Association of Prosecutors conference and meetings; Climate Investment Fund meeting; and the Global Forum on Remittances.The project, which is being implemented by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), with funding support from the EU, is scheduled to end in November 2020. The funds will also be used to engage the services of a Public Finance Management consultant, as well as an Engineer for the Programme for Reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality (PROMAC). The money will also assist with a population policy consultancy and development of a strategic plan for the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI). Story Highlightslast_img read more

NBA Power Ratings And Playoff Odds Waiting On Durant

It’s Monday, and that means it’s time for another edition of FiveThirtyEight’s NBA Power Ratings. The least you need to know about how these numbers work: Each team is ranked according to a projection of its strength over the upcoming week — and the upcoming week only — using Real Plus-Minus (RPM) player ratings provided by Jeremias Engelmann and Steve Ilardi. For more details on the ratings, see our introductory rankings post.(Note: These ratings were calculated before news broke that Chicago’s Jimmy Butler would miss three to six weeks with an elbow injury. Butler carried a strong +3.2 RPM rating, so replacing his 26 minutes per game with a replacement-level player would drop the Bulls from 11th place to a tie for 19th with the Pistons. Chicago’s saving grace might be that the average player below Butler on the team’s depth chart is significantly better than replacement level, but there’s no doubt that this news reduces the Bulls’ rating.)Some observations about the rankings this week:The Oklahoma City Thunder climbed more in the rankings from last week than any other team, leaping from No. 13 to No. 6. The biggest reason? The expectation that Kevin Durant will return in some capacity this week, even if in reduced minutes, was worth 1.7 points per 100 possessions to OKC’s overall rating. The ripple effects of Durant’s return extend beyond his own increased minutes. Our playing-time projections also see Dion Waiters (whose extremely negative RPM falls below the replacement level) getting fewer minutes on the wing — a boon of 0.8 points/100 to the Thunder’s rating. More minutes may also go to plus-minus darling Andre Roberson,1Relative to other metrics at least; from his awful 9.9 Player Efficiency Rating (PER), you wouldn’t expect his RPM to be a strong +2.4. and fewer minutes will go to guard D.J. Augustin, an additional 0.6 point boost for OKC’s rating. The mix of very good and very poor players on the Thunder roster makes the team a great case study in how much effect playing-time reshuffling can have on a team’s overall talent rating.The Atlanta Hawks dropped four spots in this week’s rankings, largely because Al Horford (+2.3 RPM rating), Jeff Teague (+1.3), DeMarre Carroll (+1.2) and Pero Antic (+0.8) are all listed as day-to-day in the team’s injury report. Those slight playing-time downgrades gave more minutes to a host of negative RPM players; chief among them are Dennis Schroder and Kent Bazemore.Joining the Hawks with a four-slot decline this week are the Toronto Raptors. More than half of Toronto’s 1.8 point ratings drop is driven by an injury to Kyle Lowry — and the resulting uptick in playing time for the man behind him on the team’s point guard depth chart, Lou Williams. Williams’s box-score numbers are very good, and Toronto has played much better with him on the court this season. But Real Plus-Minus isn’t convinced despite his great 2014-15 season to date. His long-term predictive RPM is currently -1.9 — with a -3.6 defensive mark — numbers only slightly improved from his -2.0/-3.7 ratings from the end of last season.For all the changes just outside the league’s top tier — in addition to the rise of OKC and declines of Atlanta and Toronto, the Memphis Grizzlies and Houston Rockets both moved up a pair of spots — the top four in our rankings stayed constant. This marks the first time that’s been true since we introduced the rankings in mid-January.With Oklahoma City’s gains, the Western Conference playoff picture is all but set. Seven teams have postseason probabilities in excess of 97 percent, and the Thunder don’t sit too far behind, at 92.7 percent. As for the East, it boasts six teams with playoff odds of 99.6 percent or greater, although there’s some drama to be had with six teams battling for the conference’s final two playoff berths. The Indiana Pacers have the inside track for one of the slots, with a 62.7 percent playoff probability, but none of the five teams behind them are any more than 40.2 percent likely to qualify, which ought to bring at least some tension to the final month and a half of the season.Related to the previous point, it’s worth mentioning that the Utah Jazz have a zero percent probability of making the playoffs despite ranking 12th in talent. What happened? Utah’s record has undershot its Pythagorean expectation by three wins, but the team has also improved its talent rating recently (granted, by too little and too late) by jettisoning Enes Kanter and his -2.5 RPM in a three-team trade with Oklahoma City and the Detroit Pistons.Finally, who on earth is Joffrey Lauvergne? Our projections had the French big man down for 2.8 minutes per game for the Denver Nuggets last week, but he ended up averaging 21 minutes per game instead (and even got a starting nod against the Jazz on Friday). Denver might be toning down Lauvergne’s playing time after he shot 38 percent from the floor and posted a -36 plus-minus in that lone start, but his expected role increase — and -4.4 RPM rating — is still enough to help the Nuggets drop by five slots in the rankings. They’re still not New York Knicks bad, but after their mass talent exodus at the trade deadline, the Nuggets now bring up the rear of the non-Knicks/Philadelphia 76ers division of the power rankings. read more

EXCELLENT EMPLOYEES REWARDED AT POINT GRACE RESORT

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Dec 2014 – Point Grace recognizing and rewarding excellence of its staff just before Christmas; Margaret of the Housekeeping Department was presented the Employee of the Month prize by General Manager of Point Grace, Beverly Williams. “Obviously she has been very helpful in whatever it is that she does and she loves her work and so she is always trying to make things nice, and she likes to fix our flowers and I think that is one of the reasons why she got it.”Margaret says this recognition motivates her. “I feel so good, it make me think to work harder to try to do my best.”Renee of the Maintenance received the certificate of Excellence. “I say thank you to the staff for thinking about this, and I feel so well today. We are in the Christmastime, this makes me feel better.” Many Nominations for TCI Hotels in World Travel Awards Gala Recommended for you ‘Sex’ a main subject tonight at Point Grace sponsored event Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:beverly williams, employee, excellence, point grace Provo Road Runners contest challenging residents to beat the bulgelast_img read more

Gang member convicted of murder in shooting death of passing driver

first_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: October 26, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, October 26, 2018 Updated: 9:09 PMcenter_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter VISTA (KUSI) — An Escondido gang member was convicted Friday of first- degree murder for firing shots intended for rivals but instead striking and killing a passing motorist as she headed home from Bible study at her church.After a two-week trial, jurors also found true a special circumstance allegation that 55-year-old Cathy Kennedy was killed while the defendant, 25- year-old Dionicio Torrez Jr., was an active member of a street gang.Torrez faces life in prison without the possibility of parole when he is sentenced Dec. 20. The defendant also was convicted of attempted murder and shooting at an occupied vehicle.Deputy District Attorney Laurie Hauf said Torrez fired across a street 12 rounds intended for rivals the night of March 7, 2017. One of those bullets hit Kennedy in the head, and she died at a hospital.Defense attorney Alejandro Morales said the prosecution’s case rested on the word of a 16-year-old boy who was with Torrez that night.The juvenile — who took a plea deal — was the one who fired the shots, Morales told the jury.Hauf said two rival gang members were spotted tagging the apartment complex where Torrez and the teenager lived about 9 p.m.Torrez chased the rivals — followed by the 16-year-old — and Torrez opened fire, according to the prosecutor.The victim was found alongside eastbound Grand Avenue near Midway Drive. Her silver Toyota Camry crashed into a parked vehicle. Gang member convicted of murder in shooting death of passing driverlast_img read more

SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher in the fight of his life

first_img April 5, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher will be on trial at the end of May.He is charged with military crimes in a case having heavy political overtones.The charges accuse Chief Gallagher of killing an ISIS fighter, of military age.The defense maintains he is innocent and is working to clear Gallagher’s name.Friday, April 5th all parties were in court to discuss motions brought forward by the defense.Representative Duncan D Hunter urged the President to intervene in this case because of human rights violations against the Navy SEAL while in custody.KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries spoke with Eddie’s wife Andrea Gallagher. SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher in “the fight of his life” Posted: April 5, 2019 Updated: 2:07 PMcenter_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more