St. Ann gets ready for Tomas

first_imgSt. Ann gets ready for Tomas Office of the Prime MinisterNovember 3, 2010 RelatedSt. Ann gets ready for Tomas RelatedSt. Ann gets ready for Tomas Advertisementscenter_img RelatedSt. Ann gets ready for Tomas FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail St. Ann Parish Disaster Co-ordinator, Alvin Clarke is encouraging residents of the parish to be proactive and make the necessary preparations for Tropical Storm Tomas.In an interview with JIS News, following an emergency disaster preparedness meeting on November 2, at the St. Ann Parish Council, Mr. Clarke said the parish remains saturated due to the heavy rainfall from Tropical Storm Nicole, and in areas such as Pedro River, “over 16 feet of water are still in the depression, so we are expecting some levels of flooding.”With this expectation of flooding in some areas, he assured that all agencies are on high alert, and that they had beefed up their resources in an effort to be able to respond effectively and efficiently.“An Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) will be activated when necessary and we will continue with the pre-preparation until such time. We are advising persons who live in communities that are already under some level of flooding to evacuate and go to the closest shelters, especially for the Pedro River, Cave Valley and the Moneague areas,” he said.Mr. Clarke told JIS News that the parish had a comprehensive shelter programme that should prove effective in the event that Tropical Storm Tomas hits the island.“We are working in collaboration with the Jamaica Red Cross to ensure that the shelter programme works as best as possible, hence we have identified 12 critical shelters and these are located in areas that are expected to be most impacted by the storm. The Jamaica Red Cross will be manning these shelters. Other shelters will be manned under the same programme where we will have trained shelter managers and these persons will be carrying out voluntary services and work alongside our parish disaster committee,” pointed out. Mr. Clarke is appealing to residents who may have to move to shelters, to take care of the facility as they will be needed for the long term benefit of the various communities.last_img read more

Barritt has options after final Sarries stint

first_img Outgoing Saracens icon Brad Barritt has outlined his plans for life after rugby, but there could be an interesting twist to the final chapter of his illustrious career.Recently, Barritt signed a short-term contract extension with Saracens to take him through to the end of 2019-20, his final season at the English club.The 33-year-old has ensured that he will be available for the rest of Saracens’ Premiership campaign and for their European Champions Cup quarter-final as he looks to finish his 12-year career on a high.Since arriving in north London in late 2008, Barritt has become a cornerstone of the Saracens team, making a current total of 257 appearances for the English side.The centre has won five Premiership titles – including the team’s first domestic trophy in 2011 – as well as three European titles. Since taking over as captain in 2015, he has led Saracens to three Premiership titles and all of their European trophy wins.It remains to be seen exactly what path the 33-year-old will take after his final stint with Sarries, but it is understood that there has been tentative communication from the Sharks to see if there could be any possibility of Barritt finishing his career back in Durban.The tenacious centre left the Sharks in 2008, and would go on to feature in 26 Tests for England, a country for which he had ancestral qualification.The discussions on a possible return to the Durban-based side are at a particularly informal level, with very little capacity for signings in the current climate, making it more of a pipedream at this stage for any Sharks fan.As it is, Barritt already has an established business in the UK, and in an interview for the upcoming SA Rugby magazine, he told RYAN VREDE about his entrepreneurial spirit and tentative plans for life after rugby.‘It [an entrepreneurial spirit] dates back to high school, where it was drummed into me to cultivate a pathway to professional independence. Education was key to that, and it’s why I did my masters in business science while playing. I’ve always told myself that I’m going to be more successful post-rugby than I was during my career, and that’s still the focus. I’d attend evening lectures at the University of Hertfordshire after training.‘That was hard and I nearly gave up a couple of times. But I always knew there was a bigger picture. I’m involved in a couple of different businesses but the most recent, Tiki Tonga Coffee, is really starting to take off. It’s the official coffee of Tottenham Hotspur and we’ve done collaborations with some big brands, including Guinness and Nike.‘I was fortunate that the culture at Saracens encouraged players to explore their interests outside rugby. As a leadership group, we said that we need 20% of their time and during that time, we demanded 100% of their effort.‘What they did with the other 80% of their time was their business, but we encouraged players to invest in themselves in whichever ways were beneficial to their growth as people. The notion that players need to be completely consumed by the game is nonsense. It is what we do, not who we are.’READ: What’s in our latest issue?Subscribe herePhoto: Dan Mullan/Getty Images Published on July 8, 2020 ‘  1280  104 ‘ Posted in Features, News, Sharks, Teams, Top headlines, Top story, Uncategorized From the magazine: Jano Vermaak names his Perfect XVFormer Springbok, Bulls, Lions and Stormers scrumhalf Jano Vermaak names a team of the best he played alongside and against.SA Rugby MagUndoLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndoShop Bras Online | Search AdsBrilliant Bra and Panty Sets (take a look)Shop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoLoans | Search AdsLooking for loan in Hong Kong? Find options hereLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Five one-cap Boks that could still represent South AfricaSA Rugby MagUndo Barritt has options after final Sarries stint Shop Bras Online | Search AdsTake a Look at These Bra and Panty SetsShop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndocenter_img ‘ AlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndoWorld Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVSA Rugby MagUndoWatch: Kolbe makes Test players look amateur – Ugo MonyeSA Rugby MagUndoGoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ ‘ Saracens captain Brad Barritt ‘ 熱門話題不要被酵素騙了!在萬寧賣的「這個」直接針對脂肪…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndo The Family Breeze餐桌上嘅敵人: 十五種最致命嘅食物The Family Breeze|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Post by SA Rugby magazinelast_img read more

Corruption And Behavioral Change

first_imgA child pays witness to his parent, giving a hundred rupee note to a traffic constable, a lower penalty without a receipt. As a young adult, he finds himself paying two hundred bucks to the traffic constable, inflation accounted, and of course, without a receipt. The contradictory elements of socially accepted norms and restrictive laws often lead to corruption. There is no need to reiterate what a vast hurdle corruption is to develop, and more so for ‘development’ to reach the intended demographic.However, to expect humans not to find a logical alternate and act virtuously at all times goes right against the evolution principle of the human race. Therefore, the solutions to combat corruption are three-fold: i) Transparency and more substantial governance infrastructure through technology, ii) Legislative amendments with inputs from behavioural science, iii) Positive Culture change in bureaucratic and political bodies. This article will mainly focus on how insights on human behaviour can help us make better policies.While the focus on the intersection of behavioural science and Public policy is only recent, there have been a decent number of interventions aiming to change social norms that accept corruption. These interventions came in many forms, such as Information campaigns, collective deliberations, civic engagement, addressing reciprocity, and moral obligation within closed groups and, installing a culture of integrity through culture change initiatives.In India, Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption campaign through the hunger strike saw success in fighting for the set-up of an anti-corruption body, independent of the elected government. Studies show that anti-corruption agencies, which have proliferated across the globe, only rarely produce dramatic corruption. Keeping the anti-corruption bodies’ effectiveness aside, the awareness created through Anna Hazare’s campaign dissipated soon after. Another campaign, The Doing-in-the-Dark promoted by Princeton University, where students competed for a month to reduce their energy consumption, showed that the energy consumption levels bounced back once the competition was over.A similar sensitizing Information campaign in Paraguay, where a tailor has created suits without pockets, calling these collection anti-corruption suits, became sensational at that point of time. These campaigns, through nudging motivation extrinsically, produced good results only during their execution. They did not see success in creating a long term effect. This is now a problem of how to sustain the inculcated good behaviours. Thus, evidence shows that extrinsic motivation does not seem to stick for long. It has been scientifically demonstrated that doing good or the “right thing” can make a person feel good both psychologically and physically. So we can narrow down our issue to embedding into one’s mind that indulging in corruption is “wrong” so that they are intrinsically motivated to do the “right” thing.One effective measure is to include anti-corruption teachings in the school curriculum so that kids grow up not to compromise on their integrity. When it comes to educating adults, leadership, and culture change initiatives ought to be designed.Systematic corruption puts forth a collective action problem, where despite huge long term benefits, a group fails to act together as individuals seek immediate benefits. Moreover, within closed bureaucratic and political groups, corruption is often driven by the obligation to reciprocate favours. In countries like India, where corruption is an alternate social order; anti-corruption laws and regulations often fail as the law enforcers are themselves corruptible. It is here that behavioural science can lend a hand to make legislation effective.In case of harassment bribes, where-in people are asked to pay up when they claim a legally theirs benefit, it is pointed out that declaring the act of giving a bribe a legitimate activity would reduce the incidence of corruption. The logic behind this is that it will facilitate the bribe givers a free hand to report. In any case, the Indian judicial system is the final line of defence. Without a corrupt, free judicial system, reporting corruptive acts will be of no interest to corruption victims. Imagine a marginal framer whose piece of land from a land redistribution scheme has been put on hold during the paperwork. In his interest to right away pay up the bribe, instead of waging a battle that he will never win.There is yet much to be done to address these issues. Strengthening of bureaucratic and judiciary systems is a must. Studies on demographic responses to Rewards/Penalities, Audits/Monitoring, Restructuring bureaucracies, screening & recruiting have to be considered in drafting policies. However, response to behavioural interventions is heavily contextual and depends on society’s culture. Therefore, emphasis should be laid on testing prospective behavioural interventions through randomized control trails. Behavioural insights are shedding light on the nuanced crack lines of establishments. All in all, corruption is no longer a dead-end, and it is time to indulge ourselves in research and initiatives.last_img read more