British shopper loads could lighten in race to roll out driverless vehicles

first_img Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayotHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapWatch President Biden Do Battle With a Cicada: ‘It Got Me’ (Video)The WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Share BRITISH shoppers and businesses could save a fortune if haulage companies start using driverless technology, a new report has revealed.The study found that the advent of automated, driverless vehicles in the courier and haulage sectors could deliver nearly £34bn in savings in a decade, significantly lightening the load for companies if those savings are passed on to consumers.Research by AXA UK found that lower labour costs, insurance and efficient fuel consumption from using automated trucks could even save companies £47.5bn after a decade.Driverless technology has seen investment from major manufacturers recently. On Saturday, Toyota announced plans to invest $50m (£32.3m) with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to gain an edge in the race to phase out human drivers.THE ROAD TO DRIVERLESS CARS• Google started building 100 auto­mated cars in January with plans to test them early next year, while in May US motor manufacturer Daimler was first to be granted a licence to test driverless trucks.• Uber recently announced a collaboration with the University of Arizona to produce an automated mapping system for its own taxis. Tags: NULL whatsappcenter_img British shopper loads could lighten in race to roll out driverless vehicles by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunMoguldom NationFather Of 2 Sues Los Angeles Hospital After Wife Dies During ChildbirthMoguldom NationComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity Mirrorzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.com Sunday 6 September 2015 11:18 pm Express KCS last_img read more

Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office adds new aviation water rescue crew

first_imgAdvertisementTags: Charlotte County Sheriff’s OfficeWater Rescue Englewood mother joins teenage son behind bars for involvement in accidental shooting June 16, 2021 Man in custody after shooting at Charlotte County RV park June 1, 2021 Advertisement AdvertisementThey were met with the CCSO’s new calvary – the aviation water rescue crew.“We got the call there was a capsized vessel with two subjects on board inside Charlotte Harbor, that’s our backyard,” Pilot Jonathan Bautista said.“Once we were in Charlotte Harbor we were able to ID the victims in the water,” Chief Pilot Shane Engelauf said. CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. – A sailboat flipping in Charlotte County this week showcased why a new expansion at the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office can be life-saving. “In any case, we went out and got distracted,” Joan and Scott Singer said. “We did some things we’ve never done before, and in the process our boat turned over.” The Singer’s are pro sailors, with 10 years of experience. They set sail in Charlotte Harbor Monday afternoon on their vacation, and one small mistake sent them overboard.“It seems like one of the things you would panic over, but you know we were holding onto the boat,” Joan Singer said. “Low and behold the phone was working and I called 911.” RELATEDTOPICS Once they found the Singer’s, Engelauf jumped out of the helicopter and into the water. It was the first real rescue mission for the aviation unit, which just recently added water rescue to its repertoire.“This is a ton faster than boats can be and our perspective is much different,” Engelauf said. “Being at the ground level or water level you’re only seeing so much. We can go directly to a sinking vessel because we can see it 50 miles out.”“It’s instant return when somebody is calling 911, I might die, and then we show up and obviously we do our best to turn that tide,” Bautista added.The Singer’s said without CCSO, they could have been in a lot of trouble.“The only damage, besides our pride, of course, was their phone and I believe Joan lost her hat. They were very small prices to pay,” the couple said. Skateboarder causes $3,500 in damages at Charlotte County Catholic school June 5, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Man arrested after offering young girls money for sex act June 2, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisementlast_img read more

Grants for Laois swimming pools but county ‘left out’ of new housing proposal

first_img Pinterest Facebook Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 months Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp €72,582 has been allocated to six swimming pools in Laois in an effort to support their ongoing maintenance and running costs while they are closed as a result of Covid-19.Portlaoise Leisure Centre will receive the highest at €15,058 while Portarlington Leisure Centre is to get €14,185Club Vitae, The Maldron Hotel (€12,658) and the Midlands Park Hotel Leisure Club (€12,439) with Ballinakill Outdoor Swimming Pool (€9,275) and The Heritage Hotel, Killenard (€9,057) completing the six.Welcoming the news, Fianna Fail TD Sean Fleming said: “The government recognises that as the swimming pools are closed during the current Level 5 restrictions, there are ongoing costs in maintaining the pools while closed.Tthis is part of a nationwide scheme and I am pleased that all the pools in Laois have benefited from this.“The vast bulk of this funding is being paid out immediately and a small instalment of this amount has already been provided to each of the six swimming pools in December.“It is important to keep these sporting and leisure facilities in good order such that when it is safe for people to return on a phased basis they will be ready to re-open at the highest standard they have always operated at.”Meanwhile, Sinn Fein TD Brian Stanley says that Laois has been ‘left out’ of a new government housing scheme.Speaking in the Dáil this week on the Government Land Development Agency Bill (LDA), Mr Stanley says the bill will ‘will only assist in the development of sites in areas with populations over 30,000. That will exclude all of Laois and Offaly’.The Laois TD said: “It is disappointing to see another housing measure that is based on the conservative ideology by both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.“Unfortunately, it will fail to deliver social housing. In reality, this piece of legislation will increase house prices and push affordable homes further out of reach of ordinary workers and families. This is a bill for developers.“There are serious problems in housing provision for workers and families whose income is just above the threshold for council housing, but not high enough to ever get a mortgage from a lending facility.“Trapped in private rental housing without rent controls or security of tenure. The Governments Land Development Agency will do little to resolve that issue and will most likely make it even worse.“I also want to highlight that we have the Land Aggregation Scheme which currently manages five state-owned sites in Laois alone. There is a total of 40 acres suitable for housing, but the State has no plans in place for housing development on those sites.“I note that the Governments Bill will only assist in the development of sites in areas with populations over 30,000. That will exclude all of Laois and Offaly.“There has been much said about local authorities ability to deliver. Laois county council, a small local authority, will house 150 families in new housing in the space of six or seven weeks.“This shows that even small local authorities have the ability to deliver new social housing.“I want to highlight a number of provisions in the Bill. It defines affordable housing as ‘the median price’ in that particular geographical area.“The issue is that the median price is calculated on all modest homes and mansions. The Minister knows that this pulls up the price artificially and makes it too high for the people looking to buy. It’s an inflated cost that the average family or worker can’t afford.“Secondly, the legislation compels the LDA to pay the full market price for land from public agencies, even if the land had a low, existing use value. This will drive up land inflation and therefore the cost of LDA homes.“Thirdly, you are now establishing another layer of quangos to be called “designated activity companies”. Some of them will be joint ventures, which strips power away from democratically elected councils.“Sinn Féin has published its alternative to the Governments legislation. We have a detailed proposal for a new agency with strong CPO powers that will deliver an average of 20,000 council homes annually for 5 years.“The homes will be a mix of affordable to purchase, social and cost rental. We mean truly affordable for low and middle income workers. That group which is stuck in the middle and locked out of owning or renting a home.’’SEE ALSO – In Pictures: County Council called on to clean up popular walking route in Laois town Electric Picnic Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date By Alan Hartnett – 19th February 2021 Grants for Laois swimming pools but county ‘left out’ of new housing proposal WhatsApp Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleCoronavirus: 28 new deaths and 763 new cases – 13 in Laois – as construction to remain shutNext articleDeaths in Laois – Saturday, February 20, 2021 Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. 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Two men charged following drug seizures in Laois

first_img Council Twitter Pinterest By LaoisToday Reporter – 5th March 2021 Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date WhatsApp Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 months Previous articleLaois clubs and families called to take part in Jerusalema Dance Challenge with prizes up for grabsNext articleTidy Towns and GAA clubs to come together for ‘community clean-up’ this weekend LaoisToday Reporter Twitter Facebook Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Pinterest Electric Picnic TAGScannabisLaois Drugs Unit Two men charged following drug seizures in Laois Electric Picnic WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Two men have been charged and are due in court following two separate drug seizures in Portlaoise yesterday.Gardai from the Laois Divisional Drugs Unit carried out a number of searches throughout Thursday.At one house, €6,600 worth of cannabis was recovered and a man in his 20s arrested before being subsequently charged.While at a second location, €3,200 worth of cannabis was recovered and a man in his 30s suffered the same fate.Gardai confirmed that both men were charged with Possession of Drugs for Sale or Supply.They say: “Laois Divisional Drugs Unit and members from Portlaoise carried out a number of searches on Thursday during which two seizures of cannabis were made.“€6,600 cannabis was seized in one search in Portlaoise.“One male in his 20s has been charged with Possession of Drugs for Sale or Supply and is to appear Portlaoise District Court.“In another search, €3,200 cannabis was seized in a house in Portlaoise.“One male in his late 30s was charged with Possession of Drugs for Sale or Supply to appear before Portlaoise District Court.”SEE ALSO – Sadness following passing of Laois principal who ‘united three schools’ Home News Crime Two men charged following drug seizures in Laois NewsCrime Facebooklast_img read more

JBDC and US Small Business Administration Sign MOU

first_imgRelatedJBDC and US Small Business Administration Sign MOU RelatedJBDC and US Small Business Administration Sign MOU Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The United States (US) Small Business Administration and the Jamaica Business Development Centre (JBDC) have signed a memorandum of understanding, which will provide the Jamaican organization with technical expertise and financial assistance in support of its efforts to assist the small business sector.The US Small Business Administration is a US government agency, which provides support to small businesses.Speaking at the signing ceremony held recently at the World Bank headquarters in Washington DC, Director of International Trade for the US Small Business Administration, Luz Hopewell, said that her organization is very pleased to assist the JBDC.She noted that the Administration will work with the US government “to see that the Jamaican people receive some support and expertise from our office so that they can help develop imports and exports.” She indicated that the assistance to the JBDC will become available within the next couple of months.In her remarks, Chief Executive Officer of JBDC, Valerie Viera, said the signing ceremony is a very important day in the life of her organization. The association, she said, will enable the JBDC to benefit from information and experience to benefit the island’s small business sector.Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Anthony Hylton, in his remarks, noted that the relationship will assist the Jamaican small business sector to tremendously improve its export capabilities.United States Ambassador to Jamaica, Brenda LaGrange Johnson and Ambassador to the United States, Professor Gordon Shirley, also commended both organizations for coming together to assist Jamaica’s small businesses. They pointed out that this is an important signal of co-operation between the two organizations, which will no doubt lead to job creation and economic growth.center_img RelatedJBDC and US Small Business Administration Sign MOU JBDC and US Small Business Administration Sign MOU UncategorizedJune 25, 2007last_img read more

Improve your Sunshine Coast journey with Roads Hub

first_imgImprove your Sunshine Coast journey with Roads Hub Sunshine Coast CouncilDid you know Sunshine Coast Council offers a free online tool to help residents and visitors better navigate local roads?Roads Hub – roads.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au – is a free online mapping tool created to minimise road user frustration and improve road safety by helping users plan ahead and be aware of road works or other events which may impact traffic.Service Excellence Portfolio Councillor Winston Johnston said taking the time to check Roads Hub before starting your journey was quick and easy.“With a few simple clicks you can see road improvement works council is delivering, as well those being carried out by the Queensland Government’s Department of Transport and Main Roads,” Cr Johnston said.“Visiting Roads Hub can save you time and ensure you know where you might encounter delays, giving you the option to consider leaving earlier or plan to take an alternative route.“We appreciate how inconvenient road works can be while we deliver important improvements, so we’ve created this tool to help minimise those impacts while our staff and contractors deliver crucial road upgrades.”Fellow Service Excellence Portfolio Councillor Christian Dickson said council’s top priority was to keep all road users safe.“This includes motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and our road workers,” Cr Dickson said.“We want to ensure our community is aware of any changed conditions they may encounter on the roads and Roads Hub alerts you to road closures, crashes, hazards, flooding, road works, congestion and special events.“Consider making Roads Hub part of your regular journey planning and don’t forget if you ever notice potholes or other damage to local roads please let council know.”You can lodge an eRequest online, chat with a Customer Service Officer using council’s Live Chat, or contact council’s Customer Contact Centre on 5475 7272. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Christian, community, council, Government, Impact, Internet, online, QLD, Queensland, road closure, road safety, Safety, Sunshine Coast, Transportlast_img read more

Statement by President Biden on American Dream and Promise Act of 2021

first_imgStatement by President Biden on American Dream and Promise Act of 2021 The White HouseIn every generation, America has been enriched and strengthened by wave after wave of new immigrants. Dreamers and TPS holders, for whom the United States is home, are part of our national fabric, and make vital contributions to communities across the country every day. Many have worked tirelessly on the frontlines throughout this pandemic to keep our country afloat, fed, and healthy-yet they are forced to live with fear and uncertainty because of their immigration status.The American Dream and Promise Act of 2021 is a critical first step in reforming our immigration system and will provide much needed relief to TPS holders and Dreamers, young people who came here as children and know no other country. I support this bill, and commend the House of Representatives for passing this important legislation.My Administration looks forward to working together with Congress to do the right thing for Dreamers and TPS holders who contribute so much to our country, and to building a 21st century immigration system that is grounded in dignity, safety, and fairness, and finally enacts the long term solutions we need to create an orderly and humane immigration system, tackle the root causes of migration to the United States and to create a path to citizenship for the undocumented population in the United States. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:america, american, building, Century, children, citizenship, Congress, Government, house, immigrants, immigration, legislation, migration, pandemic, President, Safety, United States, White Houselast_img read more

Afternoon Brief, July 5

first_img TAGSAlexander Valley WinegrowersBarolo & Barbaresco AcademyBordeauxBouchard CooperagesChampagneClark SmithClimate ChangeCoca-ColaDan BergerEnartisHazel’s Beverage WorldHuber’s OrchardLiber PaterPernod RicardSan Francisco Wine SchoolSantorini VineyardSonoma State University Wine Business InstituteWinery & Vineyards Trending Story:Could Coca Cola Try to Buy Pernod Ricard’s Wine Brands?Rumours started circulating around Pernod Ricards intention to sell its wine brands, which include Jacobs Creek, based out of the Barossa Valley, and other labels including Brancott Estate, Kenwood and Campo Viejo, earlier this year …Today’s News:Canned vs. Bottled: Which Type of Wine Is More Sustainable?Wander into any liquor store this time of year, and youre bound to see a growing share of the real estate dedicated to wine in cans. Typically served in 250-milliliter aluminum cans and sold by the four- or six-pack, canned wine seems to be the drink of choice for people enjoying the beach or summer picnics …TTB Proposes the Elimination of Most Standards of Fill for Wine and Distilled SpiritOn Monday, July 1, 2019, we published two deregulatory proposed rules in the Federal Register proposing to eliminate all but a minimum standard of fill for wine containers (Notice No. 182), and all but a minimum and maximum standard of fill for distilled spirits containers (Notice No. 183) …Climate Change Could Mean More Pesticides in Your Wine, According to ResearchersSummer is the perfect time to sit outside and uncork a bottle of chilled white wine or Rosé. But drinkers who prefer European pours, watch out: Much more of it is likely to have been treated with pesticides …Next Climate Challenge: Getting the Smoky Taste Out of WineTo Till or Not to TillClimate Change Begets Changing “Terroir,” and Winegrowers RespondAlexander Valley Winegrowers Introduces Access Alexander Valley, an Evening of Alexander Valley Wines, Local Cuisine, and Entertainment – August 30, 2019Turkey Flat: Natural Wine Has Led Consumers Towards Lighter StylesLiber Pater to Release the Most Expensive Wine in the WorldBordeaux Vintners Convicted of Fraud, but Fellow Winemakers Cry FoulChampagne Embarks on Major Tourism DriveBarolo & Barbaresco Academy Launched in the Heart of LangheSantorini Vineyards Hit by Unprecedented RainfallDan Berger: California’s Non-Cabernet Sauvignon LegacyIndustry Events:The Shifting Landscape in the Wine Industry: A Wine Business Institute Research SummitJuly 10, 2019 – Rohnert Park, CA, USAPostmodern Winemaking “Somm-inar” with Clark SmithJuly 14, 2019 – South San Francisco, CA, USAMicroscope Workshop Level 2July 18, 2019 – Windsor, CA, USA2019 International Bulk Wine & Spirits ShowJuly 23, 2019 – South San Francisco, CA, USA3rd Annual Wine & Weed SymposiumAugust 8 – Santa Rosa, CA, USAMore Wine Industry Events…WineIndustry.Jobs:Barrel Sales RepresentativeBouchard Cooperages – Napa, CA, USAWinery Retail DirectorHuber’s Orchard, Winery, & Vineyards – Borden, IN, USARetail Sales RepresentativeHazel’s Beverage World – Boulder, Colorado, USAMore Wine Industry Jobs…Feature Your Job Listing in the Afternoon BriefTop Stories of the Week:‘To Kalon’ Napa Valley Trademark Case Against Constellation Brands Gets AmendedMendocino Producer Charlie Barra Dies, Age 92, After 73 Harvests; Organic Since 1945, Fought for Growers, Created First AVAMillennial Winemakers – the Future of Mid-Atlantic WineThe Incredible Ways the 4th Industrial Revolution and AI Are Changing WinemakingSonoma County Winegrowers Share Early Outlook on 2019 Harvest Crop ExpectedThe Complete Guide to Egg FermentationWine Grape Pruning Expenses Slashed with MechanizationHow Millennials’ Wine Preferences Differ from BoomersTTB Efforts to Streamline COLA Application Process: New “Conditionally Approved” COLA StatusHow Wine Became Part of the Trade WarSchumer Joins Wineries to Push for Change in Canned Wine RegulationsExperts Discuss Career Prospects in WineNapa’s Crimson Wine Group Names Interim CEOWine, Widgets & Website AccessibilityHow #Soberlife Is Affecting the Drinks Industry ReddIt Share Previous articleBarolo & Barbaresco Academy Launched in the Heart of LangheNext articleCrop Protection Device Saves 95-100% of Grape Damage in Vineyards Editor Home Afternoon Brief Afternoon Brief, July 5Afternoon BriefAfternoon Brief, July 5By Editor – July 5, 2019 216 0 Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief Facebookcenter_img Twitter Pinterest Email Advertisement Linkedin Subscribe to the Afternoon BriefAdvertisement last_img read more

Minister Falconer Lauds Diaspora for Keeping Jamaica’s Image High

first_imgRelatedMinister Falconer Lauds Diaspora for Keeping Jamaica’s Image High RelatedArchives Critical to Jamaica’s History Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, has lauded the Diaspora for keeping the good name, image and reputation of Jamaica at a high level. She was delivering the keynote address at the annual gala of the Merl Grove High School Past Students’ Association’s North-Eastern American Chapter, held on June 29 at the Hilton Hotel in Greenbelt, Maryland. Noting the country’s accomplishments in various fields, Miss Falconer said: “we should never allow ourselves to be led into believing that the minority position is what defines a people and a nation, as is demonstrated time and time again, when Jamaicans step out, they take on and beat the world.”  The Minister told the audience that the Government is committed to openness, noting that “enlightened policies” in the information and telecommunications technology (ICT) sector, as well as passage of the Access to Information legislation, have made information readily available to nationals at home and abroad. She said that under her leadership more is being done to open up government to the people, and in a matter of weeks the new Jamaica House/Office of the Prime Minister website will be launched, “which will be on the cutting edge and interactive”.  “We have also brought together, all the communications arms of Government under one umbrella grouping, to share ideas and to ensure that we all agree on the importance of increasing the access to government information by the people,” she said. Turning to technology in education, Minister Falconer stated that despite fiscal constraints, the Government is seeking to increase the use of ICT to improve access to and the quality of education. “We are determined to move the education system to a point where it is more relevant and more geared towards providing us with an internationally competitive edge,” she said. “We have, at this time, an education system that produces a large number of brilliant graduates at every level.  We are aiming for a system where all have an equal opportunity to excel, where very few will fail, and where the broad majority emerge as more than just average, but having mastery of the basic skills and competencies on which to build a productive and fulfilling life,” she added. Minister Falconer encouraged the alumni groups to continue their outstanding efforts to help their school and by extension, education in Jamaica. By Derrick Scott (Washinton, D.C.) RelatedMinister Falconer Lauds Diaspora for Keeping Jamaica’s Image High Minister Falconer Lauds Diaspora for Keeping Jamaica’s Image High InformationJuly 3, 2012last_img read more

‘FAWL in love with GAL’

first_img Program provides mentors to girls who are aging out of the foster care system May 20, 2019 By Jim Ash Senior Editors Top Stories Guardian ad Litem Program administrators are designing a guidance system for foster teens that is powered almost exclusively by women lawyers.When it’s fully operational, the “FAWL in love with GAL” program will help girls who are aging out of foster care navigate the real world.In social service and legal parlance, it’s a “pro bono mentoring initiative” that draws on the expertise of the Guardian ad Litem Program and the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.“We want to give these youth the same chance at success other people have had by providing a mentor for the nearly 1,000 teenage girls that are close to aging out of foster care without a permanent home,” said Thomasina Moore, director of the statewide GAL Pro Bono Initiatives.Moore says the program is built on the concept of “episodic mentoring.”“It’s the notion that mentees can learn a great deal from mentors in as little as 20 minutes a month,” Moore said. “It offers the foster youth, many of whom will soon be on their own, the advantage of learning how to ask questions and to hold conversations to promote their own development, empowering them for the future.”According to Moore, mentors will act as counselors and advisors by working with a GAL pro bono attorney liaison who is responsible for the assignment of cases and supporting the pro bono attorney.Pro bono attorneys will be asked to mentor at least one foster youth placed in the attorney’s geographic region, and the attorney will determine the time and location of the face-to-face meetings. GAL volunteers will deliver mentees to their mentors.Moore says mentors will work with members of the child’s GAL team, including a child advocate manager, to identify the youth’s needs and create a plan for meeting them.The GAL program is offering participants free CLE training that includes information about dependency law and practice, bias elimination, independent living and foster care outcomes. The training includes two hours of Ethics and one hour of Bias Elimination credits.More information is available on FAWL’s website at https://fawl.memberclicks.net/fawl-in-love-with-gal/.Training began May 2, and 52 volunteers have completed the course, Moore said. Another 100 volunteers have formally expressed an interest, Moore said.A “GAL/FAWL Tour” of law schools across the state is also being planned, Moore said.“I anticipate high interest in those,” Moore said.FAWL President Jennifer Shoaf Richardson considers the program a rare opportunity, however brief, to step away from your everyday practice and to start counting blessings.“Anybody who has participated in a mentoring program will tell you that the mentor gets much more out of it than the mentee,” she said. “Because you just step back and remember how lucky you are, and that you do have things that you can share that will improve the lives of children who need guidance.”She stresses that the program does not require FAWL members to become legal guardians, and it’s designed to accommodate their busy schedules. Mentoring is a natural fit with FAWL’s stated mission, Richardson said.“Our mission is for the advancement and promotion of gender equality in three different areas, the legal profession, the judiciary and the community at large,” she said. “This is especially on target for our community-at-large prong.”center_img ‘FAWL in love with GAL’last_img read more