Ambassador Commends Gleaner Company

first_imgAdvertisements Photo: JIS PhotographerAmbassador to the United States, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie (fourth from left), accepts a token from the Gleaner’s Spelling Bee Champion and Jamaica’s representative to the just concluded Scripps National Spelling Bee Competition, Christian Allen (second right), when he visited the Embassy in Washington, on May 31. Sharing in the occasion (from left) are: Coach, Rev. Glen Archer; parents, Roger and Daunette Allen; and the Gleaner’s Manager, Business Development and Marketing, Mrs. Karin Cooper. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie, has lauded the Gleaner Company for its tremendous support of the Spelling Bee Competition and the sponsorship of Jamaica’s entry into the Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee Competition, which concluded in Washington last weekend.Welcoming the country’s spelling bee participant, Christian Allen, to the Jamaican Embassy on May 31, the Ambassador said that the “commitment of the Gleaner to the development of our country’s youth speaks volumes.”The Ambassador congratulated young Allen for being Jamaica’s spelling bee champion, as well as the country’s representative at the Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee Finals.Ambassador Vasciannie noted that Christian and all representatives in the Scripps-Howard Spelling Bee from Jamaica were true ambassadors of the country. He also had high praise for coach, the Rev. Glen Archer, who he said, has become an icon in Jamaica and who has demonstrated, over the years, great commitment to the young people.For his part, Christian said he felt honoured and proud to represent his country in the Scripps competition.The Gleaner’s Manager for the Business Development and Marketing Department, Mrs. Karin Cooper, spoke of “the Gleaner’s continued effort to help Jamaica to develop good citizens.”“If we begin by getting our children involved in the spelling bee competition, we will develop children who will think and reason and ultimately, we will have a better country,” she said.The Spelling Bee champion was accompanied by his parents, Mr. Roger and Mrs. Daunette Allen; Rev. Archer; and Mrs. Cooper.Close to 300 competitors participated in the 86th Scripps National Spelling Bee Competition. Jamaica has been participating in the competition since 1957, and captured the title in 1998, when Jody Ann Maxwell won the coveted trophy for Jamaica.Contact: Derrick Scott Related$185 Million for Renovation of Facilities to House Juveniles Ambassador Commends Gleaner CompanyJIS 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 fullscreenPlaycenter_img RelatedBroadcasting Commission Cautions Students on Use of New Media Ambassador Commends Gleaner Company InformationJune 4, 2013Written by: Derrick A. Scott RelatedSenate Approves Bill on Charitable Organisationslast_img read more

PICA Reaches Quota – Customers Invited to Come Back May 21

first_imgRelatedPICA Increases Work Stations to Cope With Persons Applying for Passports RelatedPICA Implements Customer-Flow Measures Prior to Introduction of New Fees PICA Reaches Quota – Customers Invited to Come Back May 21JIS 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 Story HighlightsThe Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) is advising members of the public that it has reached its daily quota for the processing of passport applications at its head office in Kingston, and is inviting members of the public, whose applications are over the limit, to come back tomorrow (May 21).Chief Executive Officer at PICA, Jennifer McDonald, says the agency began processing passport applications at 6:00 a.m. today (May 20), and had reached its daily quota of 1,000 applications by 8:30 a.m.PICA took the decision yesterday (May 19) to introduce a daily quota for passport applications at its branches, in order to manage the overwhelming number of persons seeking to apply for passports prior to the implementation of increased fees on May 26. Photo: Michael ShawChief Executive Officer of the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), Jennifer McDonald. The Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) is advising members of the public that it has reached its daily quota for the processing of passport applications at its head office in Kingston, and is inviting members of the public, whose applications are over the limit, to come back tomorrow (May 21).Chief Executive Officer at PICA, Jennifer McDonald, says the agency began processing passport applications at 6:00 a.m. today (May 20), and had reached its daily quota of 1,000 applications by 8:30 a.m.“We are inviting persons to come tomorrow, because we are at our capacity now and we have to manage the carrying capacity of the premises, which includes our staff… it’s all hands on deck, we are involved in the processing and so we are just asking you to understand and come tomorrow,” she told JIS News in an interview.PICA took the decision yesterday (May 19) to introduce a daily quota for passport applications at its branches, in order to manage the overwhelming number of persons seeking to apply for passports prior to the implementation of increased fees on May 26.The daily quota will be in place for the rest of the week at the Head Office and its branches as follows: Head Office, 1,000 applications; Mandeville, 150; Montego Bay, 250; St. Ann’s Bay, 200; May Pen, 100; and Portmore, 90.The agency is also reminding persons that until Friday, May 22 it will only accept applications from customers whose passports have expired or will expire in six months or less as well as from first-time applicants.In addition, PICA will not be offering expedited service during the period, save for emergency cases.Customers in the Corporate Area are also being reminded that those who are scheduled to pick up their passports this week must do so at the Police Officers’ Club on Hope Road. Collection of passports will continue at this location until Friday May 22, 2015.center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail PICA Reaches Quota – Customers Invited to Come Back May 21 National SecurityMay 20, 2015Written by: Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) Advertisements RelatedPersons Reminded to Pick Up Passports at Police Officers’ Clublast_img read more

Only 34% of US smartphone users download apps

first_imgHomeAppsNews Only 34% of US smartphone users download apps Facebook revives Instagram Lite Joseph Waring Previous ArticleAsia Briefs: Digitel wins appeal, Tatung to lose Wimax licence & moreNext ArticleXL Axiata posts $41M net loss in H1 Apps Author Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more Relatedcenter_img Smartphone users in the US download an average of just one app a month, with 7 per cent of owners of these devices accounting for about half of all monthly downloads.According to a June survey by ComScore, just over one-third of smartphone users have monthly app download activity, but 66 per cent don’t make any downloads each month. Eight per cent say they download one app a month while 9 per cent make two app downloads in a month. The most active 2.4 per cent of users download more than eight apps a month.And a consumer’s favourite app now accounts for 42 per cent his/her total time using apps while four apps consume three-quarters of the average smartphone user’s total app time.More than half of smartphone users say they use apps every day of the month while 26 per cent of tablet users said they did. The ComScore survey also found that mobile apps now take up more than half of the total time US consumers spend on digital media. Smartphone users spend 24 per cent more time consuming digital media than a year, with just 40 per cent of that time now spent on desktop PCs.Since March of 2013, desktop usage and app usage have traded places in the rankings (a year ago desktops were top with a 53-per cent share, followed by mobile apps with 40 per cent).Over the past year, the time spent on mobile apps jumped 52 per cent and usage of mobile web increased 17 per cent. Desktop web usage was up just 1 per cent.No surprise that social networking apps account for a quarter of total mobile app usage while games take up 17 per cent.The split between time spent using apps vs the browser varied only slightly between smartphones and tablets – apps account for 88 per cent of smartphone usage compared with 82 per cent on tablets. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 25 AUG 2014 European fitness app spend soars Tags Huawei opens watch to third-party apps app downloadappscomScoreMobile appssmartphonelast_img read more

Apple tipped for post-smartphone struggles

first_img Author AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 14 DEC 2017 Huawei founder urges shift to software Previous ArticleRakuten aims to become 4th mobile player in JapanNext ArticleEconomic recovery spurs Africa smartphone market Devices Tags HomeDevicesNews Apple tipped for post-smartphone struggles Google taps retail with NYC storecenter_img Apple will lag in the “post smartphone era” as the market moves to more immersive, touchless experiences, ABI Research predicted, tagging Amazon and Google as leaders for the next wave of innovation.In a report, the research company argued Apple is suffering from “innovation complacency”. The company looked at patent portfolios, R&D spend, acquisitions, and contributions to standards bodies and open source communities in its evaluations. Ten companies were profiled – Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Huawei, Lenovo, LG, Microsoft, Nokia and Samsung.“This next wave of innovation in the smart device ecosystem will be led by Google and Amazon, as their apparent strength in major growth sectors, notably computer science, allows for a more flexible approach to next-generation user experiences that are essential for creating immersive experiences and brand-new ways of human-to-machine interactions,” David McQueen, research director at ABI Research, commented.Apple, Samsung, Microsoft and Huawei were tagged “followers/advocates”, and are “not currently as well set-up to drive future innovation in the market”. These companies also have legacy positions in the smartphone space, which give them “little flexibility to innovate outside the box”.But while they are down, they are not out due to the major influence they hold in the market, mainly through brand and market share.With an evolutionary approach to investment, “followers/advocates” fear disruption to their current market leadership and, as such, find it harder to embrace more disruptive approaches to technology, McQueen said. ABI ResearchAmazonAppleGoogleHuaweiMicrosoftSamsung Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more KT makes LG Electronics trade-in move Steve Costello Relatedlast_img read more

Rocky Mountain Show Jumping Initiates $10,000 CET Medal Challenge

first_img Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Calgary, AB – Mother’s Day was the perfect time for John Anderson of Calgary, AB, to announce that his competition management business, Rocky Mountain Show Jumping, will offer a $10,000 scholarship to any Alberta rider that wins the 2010 CET Medal Final at Toronto’s Royal Horse Show in November. Anderson’s mother, Barbara Anderson, was the creator of the CET Medal program, founded in 1988.The CET Medal is open to riders aged 21 and under, and consists of flat, gymnastic, and jumping phases, placing the emphasis on riding ability and horsemanship. At the end of the competition season, four regional qualifiers are held throughout the country, with the top four riders from each region being invited to contest the CET Medal Final at the Royal Horse Show in November. Anderson is offering a $10,000 scholarship, as well as a $2,000 cash bonus to the rider’s trainer, to any Alberta rider that competes in at least four of the six qualifiers hosted by Rocky Mountain Show Jumping and goes on to win the CET Medal Final in Toronto.In an additional effort to encourage participation in the CET Medal qualifiers offered throughout the season by Rocky Mountain Show Jumping, Anderson will refund 100% of the entry fees to any rider that competes in all six qualifying events. Anderson also plays host to the CET Medal Regional Final for the Prairie Region during the Rocky Mountain Fall Classic from September 16-19, 2010.“The CET Medal program works at the grassroots level to develop strong riders for the future,” said Anderson, who most recently represented Canada in the $350,000 BMO Nations’ Cup at the 2009 Spruce Meadows “Masters” Tournament riding Terrific. “When you watch people like Olympic Gold Medalists McLain Ward and Beezie Madden, both of whom developed through equitation programs in the United States, and see how effortless and fluid their riding style is, it quickly becomes apparent how important it is to have a solid foundation as a rider. To build that solid foundation, you have to start at the grassroots level, which is why we are implementing this program.”Anderson continued, “We are not reinventing the wheel. Many countries have programs whereby the federal government or private corporations reward Olympic excellence by offering cash incentives to medal winners. We are doing the same thing, but at the grassroots level. It is not just the person who wins the CET Medal Final at the Royal that wins; it is everyone who participates as they will benefit from the hours and hours of practice that they put into it. In the end, we all win as they will become better riders and strengthen the future of our sport.”Since the CET Medal’s inception in 1988, the winner at the Royal has hailed from the province of British Columbia an impressive 13 times. Ontario has won four times while Alberta has won on only three occasions with Gary Brewster (1989), Jaclyn Duff (2003) and Michelle Wheeler (2007) taking the coveted championship title back to their home province. Seeing an Alberta rider win the CET Medal Final is another reason Anderson is offering the $10,000 scholarship.“We see so many young riders in Alberta only competing in the jumper divisions, which takes the emphasis off developing good basics through equitation,” said Anderson, who represented Canada at the 1986 World Championships and the 1988 Seoul Olympics.Anderson and his brother, Bryan, as well as his twin sisters, Susan and Sandra, are all former members of the Canadian Equestrian Team.“When I was growing up and we were showing in the United States, my brother and sisters and I all competed in the equitation classes, and I believe that is what has made me the rider that I am today,” said Anderson. “My mom believed in developing horsemanship through the equitation divisions, and so my entire family believed in it. I am proud to continue the tradition of emphasizing and encouraging riders to build a solid foundation, starting with the basics.”The 2010 Rocky Mountain hunter/jumper show season officially opens May 12-16 with the Bow Valley Classic I. Included among the various weeks of competition this year are the CSI2* Rocky Mountain Classic I running August 18-22 and the CSI2* Rocky Mountain Classic II running August 25-29, which will host the Western Canadian qualifying event for the 2010 FEI Children’s Final in Doha, Qatar. The Rocky Mountain Classic III, running September 1-5, will play host to the Western Canadian Young Horse Finals.Rocky Mountain Show Jumping holds its tournaments at Anderson Ranch in Calgary’s south end, a world-class facility featuring permanent stabling for 300 horses and a grass grand prix field complete with natural obstacles. For more information on Rocky Mountain Show Jumping, please visit www.rmshowjumping.com. 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imATHLETE named New Technology Partner of LA Marathon

first_img Related In just over a month, thousands of distance runners will take to their computers or mobile devices to register for the 2013 Honda LA Marathon. When they do, they will find a quick and seamless experience, thanks to the marathon’s new partner, I Am Athlete LLC, a technology company that aims to change the way individuals, race directors, and sports organizations promote and engage in healthy lifestyles.Fresh off a successful 2012 race that featured roughly 23,000 participants along the world-class Stadium to the Sea course, LA Marathon officials have confirmed their partnership with imATHLETE, whose technology will support the 1 October 2012 registration launch for the 2013 race. The 28th annual LA Marathon will be run on 17 March 2013.With another large field expected, the LA Marathon required a new technology solution that could support the event’s scope, and selected imATHLETE because of its industry leading customer support and user-friendly technology that creates a quick, easy and socially driven registration experience.Currently, runners can also use imATHLETE’s technology to take advantage of the LA Roadrunners + LA Marathon special bundled package at lamarathon.com, which includes six months of guided training with LA Roadrunners, along with entry to the 2013 race. This package is the only way for runners to sign up before the official launch of registration on October 1st.“We are very excited to be working with the LA Marathon team and to help them expand upon an already impressive event,” said imATHLETE CEO Jeff Matlow. “The LA Marathon is not only one of the most respected running events in the country, it’s also one of my favourite marathon courses. This new partnership aligns both of our goals of growing the event and enhancing each athlete’s overall experience.”Launched in 2008, imATHLETE remains at the forefront of event management technology. The company has ‘successfully reduced the workload of its clients through a suite of unique productivity tools, including the ability for participants to edit their own registration, automatic verification of previous finish times and dynamic reporting tools. The platform also brings a social element to the event sign-up process, enabling racers to personalize their profiles, and share race details and information with fellow competitors.’“When thousands of runners go to their computers to sign up for the 2013 LA Marathon, we want to be sure they’re in great hands,” said LA MARATHON LLC Chief Operating Officer Nick Curl. “This partnership reflects our unwavering commitment to the user experience, from sign-up to the finish line.”www.imATHLETE.comwww.lamarathon.comlast_img read more

Jamerican filmmaker wins best documentary

first_imgCharles Mattocks Tampa-based filmmaker and health advocate Charles Mattocks has won big for his latest documentary “Trial By Fire,” which won the “Best Documentary” award at the Charlotte Black Film Festival, held in North Carolina.“Trial By Fire” is inspired by his mother Constance Marley (sister of legendary singer Bob Marley) and her struggle with the rare and painful nerve disease, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Over 200,000 people within the U.S. and another 100,000 worldwide live with this disease that causes excruciating pain all over the body, for which there is no identifiable cure. The documentary has been featured in film festivals around the U.S., most recently winning the “Best Director” and “Most Impactful Film” awards the Hollywood South Florida Film Festival last February.Despite the recognition for his work, said Mattocks in a recent interview with National Weekly, he is most concerned about spreading awareness about the debilitating condition, which is still misunderstood, even by the medical community.“The main purpose of the film is to draw attention, especially that of the medical fraternity, to the thousands suffering from this disease,” said Mattocks. “I am hoping by grasping the attention of the medical fraternity, a movement will be generated to advance treatment, and a possible cure for the disease.”Mattocks is also coordinating a social media campaign to draw attention to CRPS victims. The Tampa resident is also an acclaimed dietician and cookbook author of “The Poor Chef.”last_img read more